Greenmotions Team

Luis Miguel Diazgranados is a former student of the Renewable Energy Management master in the university of Freiburg,  and was part of the coordination team of the Greenmotions Film Festival 2014  (Precusor of the Greenmotions Film Festival). As a professional, he  has been involved  in sustainability and renewable energy  for the last five years, first as a consultant in his home country , then as a student  and research assistant in the Fraunhofer ISE.

Julie Elbert studied Applied Environmental Sciences at the University of Trier and did a PhD in Climate Science at the Oeschger Center in Bern. Currently she is on parental leave spending a lot of time with her 2 year old daughter. She is part of the leading committee of Greenmotions e.V. and responsible for organising the short movie competition and the press work.

Lorenzo Gumier is an Engineer passionate about renewable energy and sustainable technologies. After a few year of professional experience in an international corporation,  he decided to pursue further specialization and joined the the international master in Renewable Energy Management at the University of Freiburg, which has recently completed. The film festival represents for him the ideal way to make the subject accessible and enjoyable for everybody.

Dr Georg Loeser is a freelance energy ecologist who studied topics including physics in Philadelphia and Freiburg and received his doctorate in biology. From 1978 to 2000 he was the Energy and Environment scientific advisor and coordinator to the BUND Baden-Wuerttemberg in Freiburg. Here he organized and led the solar exhibitions and forums from 1976 to 2000 and for many years he was the elected speaker of the “BundesAK Energie” on the scientific advisory council to the BUND. He is the recipient of the European Solar Prize (1994) from Eurosolar in the category of “Isolated Operation Solar and Low Energy Houses”. In 1977/1978 he was the author of the first German reading primer concerning solar and he has published several books concerning Chernobyl, Wyhl, wind energy, energy politics and much more. Until 2000 he was the editor for “Natur & Umwelt” and is presently the Editor-in-Chief for ECOtrinova-News. Since 2003 he has been a chairman of the charitable organization ECOtrinova. In 2006 he initiated the Saturday forum Region Freiburg at the University of Freiburg “das Netzwerk Energie-3Regio und has Klimabuendnis Freiburg”. As a member of the board at Greenmotions he is happy to be part of reviving the earlier Freiburg tradition of ecologically oriented Filmfestivals.

Jonathan Niessen studied at the University of Freiburg where he received a M.Sc. in Environmental Governance in 2014. He currently works at Gruenhof, the home of the Freiburg scene for startups, creativity and sustainability. At Greenmotions Filmfestival he is primarily concerned with marketing and finding sponsors.

Daniela Schaffart studied Events Management, Audiovisual Media (B. Eng.) and Media education (M.A.). Today she is a freelancing documentary filmmaker for social and sustainable topics and puts her energy in many different projects. For the Greenmotions Filmfestival she coordinates the program and is the contact person for filmmakers and cooperation partners.

Peter Rinker is treasurer  and part of the executive board of greenmotions. He is involved in the coordination of the film festival, the side program and logistics. As a professional he is director of the eco.festival, a big sustainability event in Switzerland. Peter holds an MSc. in Sustainable Development. Besides his job and role at greenmotions he is voluntarily active in the fields of international cooperation and social entrepreneurship

Thomas Bowen is a recent graduate of Washington and Lee University with a degree in Physics & Engineering. After completing a research project through the Fulbright Program in Freiburg, Germany he decided to stay and start a M.Sc. in Renewable Energy and Engineering. When he is not studying he enjoys hiking all around the world from the American West, New Zealand, Iceland and of course the Black Forest.

After completing her Bachelor’s in Energy Engineering in Rome Lodovica Di Deodato moved to Freiburg to attend the M.Sc. Renewable Energy Engineering and Management. Previously involved in Energy and Art related organizations, she joined the Greenmotions Film Festival in 2015 as a volunteer, after which she decided to become a permanent member of our team.

Gizem Erdoğmuş is currently studying in Renewable Energy Engineering and Management master program in University of Freiburg. She was a former IT consultant in her home country and made a major change and decided to dedicate her life to be more green. She joined Greenmotion Film Festival team in 2015.

Lee Michael Buchsbaum is a veteran photojournalist and editor who has been covering industrial, mining, transportation, environmental, agricultural and energy related subjects worldwide since the 1990s. After decades of seeing close up the depth and breath of the damage done to communities and ecosystems from extractive industries worldwide, in 2011, while simultaneously serving as associate editor and photographer to Coal Age, Lee Michael began volunteering with Occupy Wall Street and quietly contributing to various environmental and political organizations. A longtime resident of Boulder, Colorado, Buchsbaum holds dual U.S. and German citizenship and has chosen Freiburg, Germany as his new home.

Anna Münzer studied physics in her bachelors but her interest for Solar cells and renewable energy convinced her come to Freiburg to do her Masters in Renewable Energies Engineering and Management. She already supported the festival as a volunteer in 2015 and is now part of the organization Team 2016 as well.