Research Team

Florence-Based Research Team


Asevedo Isabel

Isabel Azevedo // Team Member
Isabel Azevedo is Research Assistant at the Florence School of Regulation since January 2011. Isabel has obtained a degree in Physics / Applied Mathematics (Astronomy) at the University of Porto, in Portugal. She spent one year of her studies at Lund University, in Sweden, under the Erasmus program. She has done post-graduation studies on sustainable development and energy systems, including the Sustainable Energy Systems Advanced Studies course within the MIT Portugal program, at the University of Porto. In 2010, she worked in the Faculty of Engineering from the University of Porto as a research assistant.

Erik Delarue

Erik Delarue // Team Member

Erik Delarue holds a MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering (2005) and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (2009), both from the University of Leuven (KULeuven), Belgium. He has worked on the modeling of electricity generation systems, and made contributions to operational electricity generation models, modeling fuel switching under the EU ETS and portfolio theory modeling applied to power systems. In 2010, he joined the Florence School of Regulation at the European University Institute in Italy as a research assistant and member of the THINK team. His work focused on the decarbonization of the EU and on the Smart Cities Initiative. He is currently a post-doctoral research fellow from the Research Foundation - Flanders (F.W.O.) at the KULeuven, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Division of Applied Mechanics and Energy Conversion. He is working on the modeling.
Jonas Egerer

Jonas Egerer // Visitor

Jonas Egerer holds a degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Technical University of Dresden, Germany. He is currently working as a research assistant at the Workgroup for Policy Infrastructure of the TU Berlin, Germany. His research interests relate to infrastructure planning and expansion of the European electricity transmission network towards market and renewables integration. In those fields he focuses on welfare economics and techno-economic modeling approaches.


Xian He // Team Leader
She is Research Assistant at the Florence School of Regulation. She holds an MSc in Economics and Management of Network Industries from University of Pontificia Comillas of Madrid, Spain, and from University of Paris Sud XI, France, where she studied in the Erasmus Mundus Master program during 2006-2008. Xian did her PhD research on Electric Energy Storage between 2008-2011 in the framework of collaboration between University of Paris Sud XI and EDF R&D, where she also worked as a PhD engineer. She defended her thesis on “Designing the Market for Bulk Electric Energy Storage: Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Analysis” in September 2011. Xian joined the Florence School of Regulation in October 2011. She holds a PhD in Economics from University Paris Sud XI.

Keyaerts Nico

Nico Keyaerts // Team Member

Nico Keyaerts is a Research Assistant at the Florence School of Regulation. His research interests include the organization of gas balancing and operational flexibility in liberalized European gas markets, and, in a wider context, European energy policy and regulation. Nico studied Commercial Engineering at the KU Leuven in Belgium. He then worked as a research assistant on gas markets at the department of Mechanical Engineering of the KU Leuven between 2007 and 2012. He published his work in international journals and presented it at international conferences. In 2012, he defended his Ph.D thesis on the topic of Gas Balancing and Line-Pack Flexibility. Nico joined the Florence School of Regulation in January 2013. Nico holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (2012) and a Degree in Commercial Engineering (2007), both from the KU Leuven in Belgium.

Peter Kotek

Peter Kotek // Visitor
Peter Kotek's research interests include energy efficiency policy and analysis of electricity markets. Peter studied Economics at the Corvinus University of Budapest, majored in industrial organisations. He spent a semester as an Erasmus student at the University of Groningen. He joined the THINK team in January 2012.
Peter holds a Master's Degree in Economics, and had been working with the Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research as a research assistant since 2009.


Adeline Lassource // Team Member

Adeline Lassource is a Researcher at the Florence School of Regulation. Her research interests cover energy economics, policy and integration of a European Energy Market. Adeline studied Economics at the University of Franche-Comté, in France. She defended her PhD on the topic of "Auctions applied in Electricity Market" in September 2006. She joined the French Energy Regulatory Authority, the Commission de Régulation de l'Energie, in 2007. Within CRE, she was in charge of facilitating cross-border trade and was deeply involved in the Electricity Regional Initiatives' process. She mainly worked on harmonization of long-term capacity allocation on interconnection and market coupling implementation. At the EUI she works as a researcher for the THINK project. Adeline joined the Florence School of Regulation in June 2012.Adeline holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Franche-Comté, in France.

Siok-Jen LiongSiok Jen Liong // Team Member

Siok Jen Liong has been a team member of the THINK tank. She holds an Erasmus Mundus Master’s Degree in Economics and Management in Network Industries (2008) from Delft University of Technology, University Paris XI and Pontifical Comillas University under European Commission Scholarship. From April to August 2008, she held a trainee engineer position at Gas Natural Spain where she had been working on a research project related to regulation, liberalization, business development and investment strategy on electricity and gas sector. Her employment experiences also include working as a lecturer (2009-2010) at Swinburne University and a project manager in the field of construction and civil engineering in (2003-2006).


Claudio Maracantonini // Team Member
PhD in Physics from MIT and Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from the University of Perugia, Italy. He is a member of the Think team since January 2011. He did research on the European Emission Trading System for the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency where he worked as a consultant before joining the Florence School of Regulation. He estimated how carbon pricing affects the competitiveness of nuclear energy with respect to coal and gas. He also worked on costs of electricity at the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and at the MIT Centre for Environmental and Policy Research. He analyzed levelized costs of electricity and his work was included in the 2010 study “Projected Cost of Electricity” of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency and International Energy Agency.

Leonardo Meeus

Leonardo Meeus // Scientific Coordinator, Team Leader

Leonardo Meeus is Associate Professor of Energy Markets at the Vlerick Business School in Brussels, Belgium. Leonardo is a Commercial Engineer with a PhD in Electrical Engineering, both from the KU Leuven. During his PhD, he was involved in setting up the first international electricity market on the European continent. Before joining Vlerick in 2012, he also worked in Ireland for an energy infrastructure project developer, and in Italy for the Florence School of Regulation at the European University Institute. At Vlerick, he is Director of the Future Power Grid Managers Programme. He is also a Part-time Professor of the Florence School of Regulation, and a Visiting Professor of the KU Leuven.


Luis Olmos // Team Leader

Luis Olmos holds a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Pontifical Comillas University, Spain. Luis currently is a senior researcher in the regulation and modeling areas of the Institute for Research in Technology at the same university, where he has worked on more than thirty research and consultancy projects for main electric and gas utilities and public entities like the European Commission. He has also been a research fellow at the Florence School of Regulation of the European University Institute, where he has advised the European Commission on energy technology policy issues (FP7 program project THINK). Luis’ main research interests include the regulation and modeling of the electricity transmission activity, the integration of renewable generation and the development and deployment of clean technologies. He has written more than 20 research articles in international peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.

Sophia Ruester

Sophia Ruester // Team Leader
Sophia Ruester joined the Florence School of Regulation in January 2010. She holds a PhD in Economics (2010) and Diploma in Industrial Engineering (2006), both from the Technical University of Dresden, Germany. She has published articles on various issues related to European energy policy and corporate strategies in (liquefied) natural gas markets in different academic journals, including the Journal of Institutional Economics, Utilities Policies, Energy Policy, and Energy. Since 2011, Sophia is also Managing Editor of the IAEE publication “Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy”.


Marcelo Saguan // Visitor

Marcelo Saguan is a senior consultant in Economics and leads the Energy & Climate Practice at Microeconomix. He has extensive experience in infrastructure regulation, electricity and gas markets and environmental issues. He has produced several relevant reports for European energy utilities and has been involved in several studies produced for the European Commission. He has also been widely published in professional and academic journals on energy issues, including market power, congestion management, balancing market design and renewable energy integration in competitive markets. Marcelo was previously Jean Monnet Fellow at the RSCAS in the Loyola de Palacio Energy Policy Programme. He had postdoctoral position at University of Paris XI. He holds a PhD in Energy Economics (2007) from the University of Paris XI and the Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (Supélec) and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from ENIM (Metz) and from University of Cuyo, Argentina (2001).


Martina Sartori // Visitor

Martina Sartori holds a Master’s Degree in International Economics from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. In 2008 she started her PhD in Economics at the University of Milan. Her main research interests are about environmental economics, green accounting and CGE modeling for policy assessment. She was a research consultant at the World Bank (Washington, DC) in 2010 and her academic experiences include teaching as a lecturer at Ca’ Foscari University (2008-2009 and 2011). She is currently collaborating with the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change (CMCC) for the European WASSERMed project and with the Centre for Research on Energy and on Environmental Economics and Policy (IEFE, Bocconi University, Milan). She visited the Florence School of Regulation from January to May 2011 to collaborate in the 4th THINK Tank topic as an external consultant.

Sebastian Schwenen

Sebastian Schwenen // Team Member 

Sebastian Schwenen is Researcher at the Florence School of Regulation. His research interests are in the areas of energy economics and industrial organisation, with most of his recent work focusing on the economics of supply security in electricity markets. Sebastian studied Economics at Humboldt University Berlin and at Charles University Prague. During his studies he interned at the German Antitrust Authority's energy division. After graduating in 2007, Sebastian worked as an Assistant Lecturer in Public Finance at Humboldt University Berlin. In 2008 he started his PhD at the Economics Department at Copenhagen Business School, where he joined a research program on energy markets. He also spent one academic year as a visiting PhD student at the London School of Economics. Sebastian joined the Florence School of Regulation in May 2012. Sebastian holds a PhD in economics from Copenhagen Business School and a Diploma in Economics from Humboldt University Berlin.

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