Chairman of GIE Board and GIE General Assembly
Torben Brabo is SVP on International Relations in Energinet Group, 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 more than 25 years of experience in the energy and gas sector in Denmark and abroad. Part of that as CEO in more than 10 years for the Gas TSO and Gas Storage Denmark (GSD). Prior to joining Energinet, he took part in several European power and gas projects working for European Commission or World Bank, etc. Torben Brabo is highly involved in Danish and European renewable and low-carbon gas projects.
Besides of being GIE’s President, he is engaged as Board member in ENTSOG (European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas) and the European gas capacity trading platform PRISMA, and promoting ERGAR. Moreover, he participates in several decarbonisation projects, such as Gas for Climate (GfC) and the European Hydrogen Backbone (EHB). He has held a position as chairman of the board of the Danish-Swedish gas exchange ‘Gaspoint Nordic’.
Luis Ignacio Parada
Luis Ignacio Parada is EU Energy Policy & Regulation Director at Enagás, the main gas transmission, LNG and gas storage operator in Spain. He has 25 years of experience in the energy sector, where he has specialised in energy economics, gas and hydrogen sector regulation and energy policy.
Before joining Enagás, Luis started his career in 1998 at Gas Natural, and worked in NERA Economic Consulting from 2001 to 2004.
Since May 2023 he serves as Board member in ENTSOG, in GIE (Gas Infrastructure Europe) and as Executive Committee in GLE (Gas LNG Europe). He is also engaged as Board member in EASEE-gas since March 2019, and was a member of the Executive Committee of GTE (Gas Transmission Europe) from December 2020 to May 2023.
Luis Ignacio holds an Executive MBA from IESE Business School and a MSc. in Applied Economics. He graduated in Economics at Universidad de Salamanca (Spain).
RAG Energy Storage
RAG Energy Storage
Born in 1977, Austrian
2001 | Degree in law (Mag. iur.)
Administrative law, Private international law
Universität Wien – Faculty of law
1995 | University Entrance Diploma (Matura)
– Descriptive Geometry, Mathematics, French
Bundesrealgymnasium Geblergasse – Vienna
Head of EU Affairs and Strategy at eustream, a.s.
Dr. Milan Sedláček is Head of EU Affairs and Strategy at Eustream, a.s. , the gas transmission system operator of Slovakia – which is an operator of one of the biggest import corridors of gas for EU. Milan has nearly 30 years of experience in gas transmission.
In his career in gas transmission he was holding various managerial positions oriented on business, regulation and strategy. He was managing the areas of transmission capacity sales, business development and strategy, always with strong focus on regulatory affairs. Currently he is as well the compliance officer of the company.
During his career he was responsible/cooperating in a number of projects, namely related to introduction of third party access to transmission network, transparency, unbundling, network codes implementation and EU affairs.
Furthermore, the integral part of his activities are the EU gas associations, being the active member of GTE, GIE and ENTSOG since their foundation, being also the member of GTE Executive Committee. He is an active member of Slovak Gas and Oil Association, long time working in IGU bodies, member of the editorial board of Slovgas journal. Milan is active speaker at various international conferences, and has an extensive publication activity.
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”.
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.
Pieter van Aartsen
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.
On 1 March 2023, Charlotte Roule took the position of Chief Executive Officer of Storengy, the European leader in underground natural gas storage.
She will continue to develop and leverage the company’s unique expertise in the storage of renewable gases and the production of natural hydrogen, while accelerating its role as a leader in the energy transition.
As part of her significant roles, she will also assume the management of the storage business in France following the departure of its Managing Director, Pierre Chambon, who has just joined ENGIE. Charlotte Roule was hitherto ENGIE Group Strategy Officer. In charge of long-term forecasting, strategic dialogue, and competitive intelligence, she participated in the review of major projects for the company. Before joining the Strategy Department, she managed Storengy UK and ENGIE in China where she coordinated projects focusing on renewable energy, clean solutions for cities and industries, such as cooling networks and electrical mobility.
She was Vice President of the European Chamber of Commerce in China from 2018 to 2021. Now, she represents the Chamber in Paris. Moreover, she is currently a member of the Board of Directors of France Gaz (formerly Association Française du Gaz).
In 2022, Charlotte Roule accompanied the President of ENGIE in his role as co-chair of the B20 (G20business group) Energy, Sustainable Development and Climate working group.
Uniper Energy Storage
Uniper Energy Storage
Doug Waters has worked in the international energy industry for over 20 years across many areas of the business, both technically and commercially – including almost 18 years at E.ON and Uniper.
Starting as a gas turbine specialist, he then had a number of roles in Power Generation, UK Energy Trading, Asset Management and Global CCGT Fleet Management in UK and Spain. In 2015 Doug and his family relocated from Madrid to Dusseldorf, Germany, where for the following five years he has been the Director of Uniper’s international Global Energy Services business with teams in India, Dubai and Singapore as well as UK and Germany. Since November 2020 Doug Waters is heading the gas storage operator Uniper Energy Storage and leading Uniper’s successful storage business into the future market environment.
Doug holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Birmingham University, UK and an Executive MBA from ESMT, Berlin, Germany. He is a Chartered Engineer in the UK registered with the Engineering Council and holds a UK NEBOSH Construction Certificate as well as having qualifications related to commodity future and derivatives.
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.
Mr Kensbok has been the VP of GAZ-SYSTEM’s Management Board since 1 January of this year. Between March 2021 to December 2022, he was the Vice-President of the Management Board for Finance of KGHM Polska Miedź and was also associated with KGHM in 2019-2020 as the Chief Executive Officer for Strategic Projects and President & CEO at KGHM International in Canada.
He is a graduate of the Catholic University of Lublin, where he obtained a Master’s degree in Philosophy and Theoretical Physics. He also completed MBA studies at INSEAD Business School, specialising in cost management and business process reorganisation.
Anna Slavkovská is a senior expert on regulatory issues focused on EU and Slovak national regulation. Since 2009 she is in a role of leading regulatory lawyer at NAFTA a.s. – a storage system operator active in Slovakia, Austria, Germany, and Czech Republic . In December 2022 she was appointed as a managing director of NAFTA Speicher Inzenham GmbH – a storage system operator in Germany.
Besides being focused on regulatory issues and providing support in this respect for storages within NAFTA group, she also closely cooperates with NAFTA´s commercial department giving her an insight into practical business needs of gas storages. Moreover, she is also deeply involved in NAFTA’s decarbonization projects in various fields e.g. renewable electricity production, hydrogen storage and biomethane.
Anna is also a member of IGU (International Gas Union) Storage Committee focusing on the area of storage regulations and an active representative in GIE within GSE column from 2009. Starting 2023 she is also a member of the GSE Executive Committee and a member of the GIE Board.