Chairman of GIE Board and GIE General Assembly
Torben Brabo is CEO of the Gas TSO in Energinet, the Danish national transmission system operator for electricity and gas – which is an independent public enterprise owned by the Danish state under the Ministry of Climate, Utilities and Energy. He has 25 years of experience in the energy and gas sector in Denmark and abroad. Prior to joining Energinet, he took part in European power and gas projects as part of the liberalisation of the Danish gas market in 2002-2004. As the current CEO in Energinet Gas TSO, Torben Brabo is highly involved in European renewable and low-carbon gas projects.
Besides of being GIE’s President, he is engaged in ENTSOG (European Network of gas TSOs) and the European gas capacity trading platform PRISMA, and promoting ERGAR. Moreover, he participates in several decarbonisation projects, such as the Green Gas Initiative and Gas for Climate. He has held a position as chairman of the board of the Danish-Swedish gas exchange ‘Gaspoint Nordic’.
Gas Connect Austria
Gas Connect Austria
Born in 1960, married, 2 children
Graduate of the Vienna University of Economics and Business
Experience of more than 35 years in the gas industry, in several areas and responsabilities. Main international positions: Chair of the Group of Experts on Gas in the United Nations ECE, member of the ExCom of the International Gas Union and member of the Board or Executive Board of ENTSOG, GIE, Marcogaz, and NGVA. Education in Chemical Engineering and Economic Science and Business Administration.
Biography coming soon
Gaetano Mazzitelli has been Executive Vice President Commercial, Asset Planning & Regulatory Affairs of Snam since February 2021.
He began his career in Snam in 1995 with increasing responsibilities roles, including: national and international acquisition projects and the unbundling of transmission and regasification activities.
In 2001 he was Head of Tariffs and Project Evaluation at Snam Rete Gas, in charge of investment planning and regulated services tariff proposals and contributing to the company IPO.
From 2006 he was in charge of Snam Rete Gas Business Development, ensuring tariffs and network code proposals definitions, gas demand forecasts, the identification of markets and regulations development opportunities and participating to Stogit and Italgas acquisition and integration projects.
In 2011 he was appointed as Snam Executive Vice President of Regulatory Affairs.
He was Board Director in TAG Gmbh and in Interconnector UK Ltd.
He was Chairman of the Shareholder Meeting of PRISMA European Capacity Platform GmbH between March 2017 and March 2021.
He is President/CEO of ITG, the company owning and operating the pipeline connecting Adriatic LNG terminal with the Italian network.
He is GIE Board Member, GTE and GSE Executive Committee Member as well as ENTSOG Board Member.
He graduated in Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano and achieved a Master on Business for Energy and Environment at the Eni School for higher studies “E. Mattei”.
RWE Gas Storage CZ
Biography coming soon
Pieter van Aartsen is company secretary of Gasunie. In addition to this position he heads the government and regulatory affairs department. Before taking up his position as GIE board member he chaired the strategy task force and represented GIE in the steering committee of GasNaturally.
Previously he has worked as policy advisor on energy, climate and the internal market in the European Parliament. He was closely involved in the negotiations between the EU institutions on the Third Energy Package and the Second Strategic Energy Review. Before relocating to Brussels he was working in the communications department of a political party and worked on several election campaigns in the Netherlands.
Arno Büx has been Chief Commercial Officer of Fluxys Group and Fluxys
Belgium since autumn 2015. He oversees all commercial activities of
Fluxys, both regulated and non-regulated as well as its business
development in Europe.
Arno Büx is Board Member of GIE and President of GLE, European Industry
Association of LNG Terminal Operators.
Arno Büx holds degrees in Engineering and Business Administration.
Before joining Fluxys, he has evolved within the ENGIE Group for 20 years,
working in Belgium, France and Luxemburg but mostly contributing to the
development of the Group’s energy activities in Germany. He held various executive and nonexecutive management positions in businesses targeting the B2B and B2C commodity markets as well as the gas midstream sector.
Camille BONENFANT-JEANNENEY, an engineer and political science graduate, was previously Managing Director of CPCU (Compagnie Parisienne de Chauffage Urbain), a subsidiary of Engie group. After spending three years at the head of France’s leading district heating network, which provides heat and hot water to 500,000 equivalent housing units, she began a new phase in her career with the Engie group by taking over the management of Storengy, one of the world’s leading underground natural gas storage companies, a developer of geothermal energy solutions and a producer and storer of low-carbon energy.
Camille BONENFANT-JEANNENEY began her training at Polytechnique (2000) and then followed a double degree at the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and the Institut d’études politiques – Sciences-Po. She began her career in European affairs, as a diplomat at the Permanent Representation of France to the European Union (2006-2012), on industrial and environmental issues and as an advisor to the cabinet of the Minister Delegate in charge of European Affairs (2012-2013). In 2013, she joined RATP as head of the Greater Paris mission and then chief of staff to the Chairman and CEO (2014-2015).
In 2015, she joined the ENGIE group, initially as Director of NewCorp within the General Secretary. In 2018, she took over the management of the Paris district heating company; as a director of Storengy since 2018, she got to know the company she is joining today.
Hungarian Gas Storage
Hungarian Gas Storage
Mr. Kriston has become CEO on 1st July 2020. He has been deputy CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Hungarian Gas Storage since 1st October 2013. Previously, he worked for MVM Hungarian Electicity Plc. among others as Head of Business Development. Before joining MVM Group Mr. Kriston worked in the field of financial advisory and audit for almost 10 years at Deloitte and KPMG, both in Hungary and in Germany. Mr. Kriston holds an MSc. degree in Business Administration and graduated from Corvinus University, Budapest.
Dr Axel Wietfeld has been CEO of Uniper Hydrogen since November 2020. Prior to that, he served as Managing Director of Uniper Energy Storage, one of Europe’s major gas storage operators with facilities in Germany, Austria and the UK. Uniper has also successfully developed power-to-gas/hydrogen projects to support renewable energies.
In his previous roles at Uniper/E.ON, Dr Axel Wietfeld held several key executive positions: CEO of E.ON Southern Africa Ltd (South Africa), CEO of E.ON Földgaz Storage (Hungary) and Vice-President Group Energy Projects in Dubai (United Arab Emirates).
Since August 2020, Dr Axel Wietfeld has been President of Gas Storage Europe (GSE). In June 2017, he was elected to be a representative of the Gas Storage Europe Executive Committee towards the GIE Board.
Dr Axel Wietfeld received a Doctor’s degree from the Institute of Energy Economics at Technical University, Cottbus (Germany).
Ralph Bahke, born 1964, studied Information Technology at the Technical University of Dresden. He joined VNG – Verbundnetz Gas AG in 1994 and became responsible for the planning of automation technology. In 2001 he changed to the Gas Transportation Department where he held various senior management positions.
Between January 2006 and November 2008, Bahke worked in senior management posts of the Network Marketing Department in the newly established transmission system operator ONTRAS. Since November 2008 he has been one of the two ONTRAS managing directors, responsible for the division controlling and development.
From December 2009 to December 2015 Bahke was board member of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG).
In 2011 Bahke was appointed member of the Energy Advisory Board of the German Free State of Saxony. Since December 2012 Bahke was Chairman of the board of “Vereinigung der Fernleitungsnetzbetreiber Gas e.V.”, the association of German Transmission System Operators for Gas. He gave up this position in 2020 and joined GIE (Gas Infrastructure Europe) board in January 2021.