Hedi Feibel, PhD
Renewable Energy and Water Expert
Dr. Hedi Feibel - diploma in hydrology, interdisciplinary PhD (Civil Engineering / Political Economics) - has worked on a broad spectrum of renewable energy-related assignments in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe with a special focus on mini hydro. From 1992 to 1998 she worked for different consulting companies in the water and environment sector. Subsequently, as scientific officer at Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, she was responsible for the interdisciplinary study focus “technology and development cooperation” and the management of a research project on the dissemination of mini and micro hydro in Ethiopia. Since 2003, she works as energy specialist, hydrologist and socio-economic expert. She has broad experience in project design, planning, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, participatory development concepts and impact analyses.
Mrs. Feibel has been responsible for the establishment of sustainable institutional set-ups for operation and management (O&M) of hydropower projects in Indonesia (GTZ-MHPP) and Tajikistan (ADB), including tariff systems, ownership models, training of future O&M staff etc. Main tasks of this work included load forecasting, analysis of consumption patterns, economic and financial analyses, demand side management and promotion and facilitation of productive use of energy.
As a specialist for interdisciplinary approaches, she has also worked on legal, regulatory, policy and strategic aspects of rural energy projects e.g. in Ethiopia, Nepal, Tajikistan and Morocco. Mrs. Feibel has implemented various socio-economic surveys assessing demand projections, willingness / ability to pay, and direct & indirect impacts of electrification (with special focus on women).