Prof. Dr. Lion Hirth is founder and director of Neon. He is also assistant professor at Hertie School of Governance, a public policy school and research fellow at MCC, a think tank. He is an energy economist and expert in wind and solar power, power market modeling, and electricity market design. Previously, Lion spent five years with the Swedish utility Vattenfall, where he was concerned with long-term price projections. His latest projects were a model-based assessment of system-friendly wind power for the International Energy Agency, the construction of an open data platform for the German government, and wholesale power price modeling for the Swedish electricity trade association. He also consults the German government on wholesale and balancing market design. Lion acts as secretary of Strommarkttreffen, a network of energy professionals in science, policy, and industry. He has developed and maintains the open-source power market model EMMA. Lion holds a Ph.D. in energy economics, a Diploma in economics, and a Magister in political science. His academic articles, published inter alia in Energy Economics, The Energy Journal, and Applied Energy, have won several awards (certificate) and are heavily cited. Lion has a daughter and lives in Berlin. Contact: or +49-157-55 199 715