Director of Fraunhofer IEG
Prof. Mario Ragwitz has been joint institute director of Fraunhofer IEG with Prof. Rolf Bracke since December 2019. Previously, he was deputy institute director of Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) in Karlsruhe. On April 1st, 2020, he was appointed speaker of Fraunhofer Hydrogen Network, which coordinates the work of 25 institutes in this thematic field. Since 2019, as scientific director of Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence "Integrated Energy Systems", he coordinates the joint research of seven Fraunhofer institutes in the thematic field of energy system transformation.
He holds a PhD in physics and his scientific activities include issues of energy system analysis, modeling and analysis of energy systems and infrastructures, as well as policy analysis and transformation research in the field of energy and climate. His tasks included the derivation of the EU renewable energy targets for 2020 and 2030 as well as the development and evaluation of the EU renewable energy directives and the Renewable Energy Sources Act in Germany. As project coordinator of numerous international and national projects, he developed scientific foundations of national and European energy policies and is author of more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific articles. In 2007 and 2011 he was a gas scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the USA.
In addition to the German government, he advises the European Commission, the German Bundestag, the EU Parliament, the World Bank, national governments and companies.
Since 2014, he has been an Honorary Professor at the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg (Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources), and since 2017, he has been a Part-Time Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute in Florence.