28. September 2022 / F.A.Z. Atrium, Berlin

Hydrogen in times of fundamental change – 
Where are we one year after the Bundestag elections?

In the first few months of its mandate, the new German government has set itself extremely ambitious energy and climate policy targets and has already presented its first concrete plans known as the "Easter Package". At the same time, the war in Ukraine is causing politics, industry and society to fundamentally rethink previous patterns of thought and action – "turning point" being the most widely used term here. In this context, aspects such as security of supply, sustainability and the future energy mix are taking centre stage in the public debate.

Our Energy Policy Dialogue this year will focus on hydrogen. Under the title "Hydrogen in times of fundamental change – Where are we one year after the Bundestag elections?" we want to explore where Germany stands with its energy policy one year after the federal elections, especially with respect to hydrogen.

You can look forward to exciting discussions with high-ranking representatives from politics, business and society.

The panellists will be:
Dr. Jörg Bergmann
Chairman of the Board of Management at Open Grid Europe GmbH

Focus: Strategy, Network Planning, Customer Services and HR

(Born 1962)


Studies, Economics


1987, Research assistant, Münster University

1994, Joined E.ON Ruhrgas AG on management development programme;
Section manager, accounting/shareholdings

1995, Executive assistant to CFO

1997, Head of Joint Ventures Department

2000, Head of Joint Ventures & Investment Projects Department

2002, Vice-President, Cost Controlling

2003, Senior Vice-President, Cost Controlling

January 2008, Member of the Board of Management of Open Grid Europe GmbH

July 2017, Chairman of the Board of Management of Open Grid Europe GmbH

Andreas Rimkus
Member of the German Bundestag

Andreas Rimkus, born in Düsseldorf on 24 December 1962, lives with his wife in Düsseldorf-Bilk. They have two children. When not in office, he works as a master electrician for a municipal energy supplier.

For many years Andreas Rimkus has been committed to promoting social balance – as chair of the Düsseldorf SPD from 2011 to 2021, as a works council member and trade unionist, as a city councillor in the state capital Düsseldorf from 2009 to 2013 and as a member of the German Bundestag for his constituency 107 - Düsseldorf II since the federal elections in 2013.

Dr. Marie Jaroni
Head of Decarbonization at thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG


  • 2021: Head of Decarbonization at thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG, responsible for green transformation - strategy, raw materials (incl. H2), sales and plant construction
  • 2020: Head Strategy and Communications at thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG
  • 2017: Head of Strategy, Markets and Development at thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions
  • 2011: Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company


  • Diploma in Metallurgy at RWTH Aachen University
  • PhD in Metallurgy at RWTH Aachen University
Dr. Patrick Wittenberg
Head of Special Technology/Digitalisation of Westnetz GmbH

As a member of the Board of Management of Westnetz, Patrick Wittenberg has overall responsibility for Special Technology and Digitalisation. He holds a degree and a doctorate from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at RWTH Aachen University.

Patrick Wittenberg started his career at RWE, later innogy, as a technology officer in the metering department of RWE Rhein-Ruhr Netzservice GmbH. This was followed by positions at Westnetz GmbH in purchase order and resource management and as Head of Network Management in Arnsberg before he transferred to RWE AG in 2015 and then to innogy SE one year later. At Innogy he headed the Strategic Network Management & Network Charges division. Most recently, Patrick Wittenberg was Managing Director of wesernetz Bremen/Bremerhaven GmbH.

René Rock
Energy spokesperson of the FDP parliamentary group

René Rock, born on 29 November 1967, is married with one child and lives in Seligenstadt in the district of Offenbach. He has been a member of the Hessian state parliament since 2008. 

From 2009 to 2014 he was Deputy Chairman, from 2014 to 2017 Parliamentary Secretary and since 9 May 2017 he has been Chairman of the FDP parliamentary group in the Hessian state parliament. 

Mr Rock is the energy spokesperson of his parliamentary group and deals with energy policy at federal level as chairman of the Energy Working Group of the parliamentary group chairmen's conference of the federal states and as a member of the federal executive committee of the Free Democrats. 

He is also active regionally as chairman of the FDP parliamentary group in the regional assembly of South Hesse and as district councillor in district of Offenbach.

Ina Böttcher
Journalist and television host

Ina Böttcher is a long-time journalist, presenter and media trainer.

As a journalist Ina Böttcher was in front of the camera almost daily for over 20 years. She presented the Tageschau news programme for 12 years. In addition to news, she also presented various talk show formats on television, including for Deutsche Welle and Spiegel TV. 

Ina Böttcher studied political science, history and psychology in Bonn. She is a much sought-after moderator at live events, panel discussions, press conferences, symposia and conventions. 

For several years she has been working as a communication coach, preparing executives for the camera and large audiences. Ina Böttcher also works as a lecturer for crisis communication.