Gas infrastructures operators are ready to boost the uptake #H2 technologies. We can do that with our existing pipelines, #undergroundstorage & #LNG terminals.

This is how we can contribute 👇
& the policy levers needed: https://bit.ly/3D7sXSc

@TorbenBrabo #energyif2021

GIE President @TorbenBrabo was live at #energyif2021 👇
He stressed that flexibility brought by #undergroundstorage shouldn't be underestimated.
They play a crucial role in ensuring affordable flexibility for EU citizens.

Our study ➡️https://bit.ly/3l6xQ6O

Here we go for the 7th #energyif2021!
Thank you @csikow for your inspiring leadership.

Gas infrastructure operators stand ready to contribute with #renewable & low-carbon solutions. We can be the backbone of the new integrated & decarbonised #energysystem by 2030.

How #hydrogen blending can help deliver the @EU_Commission H2 strategy❓

And what are the #policylevers that can trigger blending’s potential❓

The answers to all your questions:
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Renewable gases are a key asset for decarbonisation and can play a crucial role in helping the EU to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. 💡

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To know more about the contribution of renewable gases please check our Factsheet ➡️

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GIE Annual Conference 2021 @Lucerne, Switzerland

12 October - 13 October

Hybrid Hybrid Event
€495.00 – €1195.00
Welcome

Thank you

Back together in Lucerne!

On behalf of Torben Brabo, President of GIE, we thank you very much for participating to the 18th edition of the GIE Annual Conference in Lucerne, Switzerland on 12 & 13 October 2021.

We hope you enjoyed the keynote addresses, the presentations and the panel discussions. Commissioner Kadri Simson and many high level speakers delivered important messages on recent and future developments relevant for the gas and gas infrastructure industry.

The 2021 edition was organised as a hybrid event, with both an online audience and participants attending the event at the KKL venue in Lucerne.

All presented materials, photo galleries and videos will be made available to registered participants this week  : please check your mailbox for updates.

With the precious support of our Swiss hosting companies Erdgas OstschweizErdgas ZentralschweizGAZNATGasverbund MittellandSwissgas and Transitgas ,we hope you enjoyed the wonderful Gala Dinner at the Swiss Museum of Transport and the undeniable charm of Lucerne.

As announced by Mr Ákos Kriston, CEO of Hungarian Gas Storage and Mr György Berze, CEO of HEXUM Földgáz Zrt., next year’s GIE Annual Conference will take place in Budapest on 7-8 April 2022.

The GIE Conference Team

Programme

Programme

Check the line-up here!

GIE Annual Conference 2021 Programme
(PDF, 4MB)

Tuesday 12 October

8:30 – 9:30 | Back together: Let’s  have a coffee
Welcome coffee and registration in the Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre (KKL)

9:30 – 10:05 | From Switzerland to Brussels: Building a decarbonised world together
Moderated by Boyana Achovski | Secretary General at GIE

  • Torben Brabo | President at GIE & Senior Vice President, Energinet Group
  • René Bautz | CEO at Gaznat
  • André Dosé | President at Swissgas
  • Kadri Simson | EU Commissioner for Energy, European Commission
  • Blaž Košorok | State Secretary for Energy, Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU
  • Benoît Revaz | State Secretary, Director at the Federal Office of Energy of Switzerland

10:05 – 11:05 | Fit for 55 Package: Setting the way towards 2030
Moderated by Thierry Trouvé | CEO at GRTGaz

Keynote Speech : A World Energy Outlook insight towards 2030

  • Keisuke Sadamori | Director for Energy Markets and Security, IEA

Panel Discussion

  • Clara de la Torre | Deputy Director General at DG for Climate Action, European Commission
  • Maria Spyraki | MEP at European Parliament
  • Giles Dickson | CEO at WindEurope
  • Charles-Henri Robert | Executive Director Climate Change and Energy and Industrial Policy at CEFIC
  • Harald Stindl | Managing Director at Gas Connect Austria & GTE President
  • Ilaria Conti | Head of Gas at Florence School of Regulation (FSR)

11:05 – 11:50: Coffee break (45 min)

11:50 – 13:15 | Hydrogen and Decarbonised Gas Package
Regulatory framework for hydrogen: what’s coming next

By Ralph Bahke | Managing Director at ONTRAS & GIE New Gases Area Sponsor

Hydrogen developments in the Netherlands
By Helmie Botter | Manager Business Development Hydrogen at Gasunie

Hydrogen Talk
Moderated by Dr Axel Wietfeld | CEO at Uniper Hydrogen GmbH & GSE President

  • Tudor Constantinescu | Principal Advisor at DG ENER, European Commission
  • Dennis Hesseling | Head of Department Infrastructure, Gas & Retail at ACER
  • Jorgo Chatzimarkakis | CEO at Hydrogen Europe
  • Suzana Carp | The voice of NGOs & civil society
  • Jan Ingwersen | General Director at ENTSOG

13:15 – 14:30: Lunch break (1h15 min)

14:30 – 14:45 | The European Clean H2 Alliance – Kicking off the H2 economy

  • Bart Jan Hoevers | President at ENTSOG

14:45 – 15:45 | Decarbonising the European regions with gas infrastructure
Moderated by Piotr Kuś | Deputy Director for Gas Market Development at GAZ SYSTEM & GIE CH4 Area Sponsor

  • Greg Molnár | Gas Analyst at International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • Tsvetelina Penkova | MEP – S&D, Bulgaria, European Parliament
  • Olga Bielkova | Director on Government and International Affairs at LLC Gas TSO of Ukraine
  • László Fritsch | CEO at Hungarian Gas Trade
  • Milan Sedláček | Head of EU affairs & strategy at Eustream
  • Alex Barnes | Director at Alex Barnes & Associates LTD & Global Gas Centre
  • Lenka Kovačovská | General Director, Czech Gas Association

15h45 – 16h15: Coffee break (30 min)

16:15 – 17:15 | Collaboration for the methane emissions abatement
Moderated by Francisco de la Flor | Director at Enagás, GIE and MARCOGAZ Board Member and GIE System Operation & Development Area sponsor

  • Brendan Devlin | Adviser for Strategy & foresight at DG ENER, European Commission
  • Karolina Čegir | Senior Gas Expert at Energy Community
  • Andris Piebalgs | Professor at Florence School of Regulation (FSR) & Adviser to the President of Latvia
  • Jasmine Urisk | Executive Director at Canadian Energy Partnership for Environmental Innovation
  • Scott Foster | Director Sustainable Energy Division at UNECE

19:30 – Boat cruise over the lake of Lucerne
& Gala dinner at the transport Museum of Lucerne.

 

Wednesday 13 October

 09:30-10:00 | Doors opening and wake up coffee

 10:00 – 10:10 | Opening remarks

  • Roxana Caliminte | GIE Deputy Secretary General
  • MEP Cristian Bușoi | ITRE Committee chair at European Parliament

10:10 – 11:10 | Consumers at the core of the energy transition
Moderated by Jean-Marc Leroy | President of the French Gas Association and Honorary GIE President

  • Camille Bonenfant-Jeanneney | CEO at Storengy & GIE Disruptive Energy Area Sponsor
  • Dimitri Vergne | Team leader for sustainability at the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC)
  • Benoît Esnault | Head of Interconnections & European Affairs Department at CRE & Vice-Chair of CEER’s Gas WG
  • Federica Sabbati | Secretary General at European Heating Industry (EHI)
  • James Watson | Secretary General at Eurogas

11h10 – 11h40: Coffee break (30 min)

11:40 – 12:20 | Hydrogen: The race for colours
Moderated by Anne-Sophie Corbeau | Global Research Scholar at Center on Global Energy Policy

  • Niko Bosnjak | Representing European Hydrogen Backbone vision
  • Peter Claes | President at IFIEC Europe
  • Wim Groenendijk | Managing Director at Gate Terminal
  • Vittorio Musazzi | Representative from H2GAR

12:20 – 13:20 | Decarbonising transport
Moderated by Arno Büx | Fluxys Chief Commercial Officer & GLE President

  • Filip Alexandru Negreanu Arboreanu | Deputy Head of Cabinet of EU Commissioner Adina Valean
  • Claudio Rodriguez | General Director for infrastructure at Enagás
  • Steve Esau | General Manager at SEA-LNG
  • Mads Peter Zacho | Head of Industry Transition at Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping
  • Philip Scarth | General Manager Arbon R&D Center & Head of Open Innovation at FPT Industrial

13:20 – 13:30 | Towards 2022 & beyond

  • Ákos Kriston | CEO at Hungarian Gas Storage
  • György Berze | CEO at HEXUM Földgáz Zrt.
  • Boyana Achovski | GIE Secretary General

13h30 – 15h00: Lunch time

Presented
Link to download
Link to gallery
Link to video

Presented Materials

Networking / Around the Conference - Day 1

Networking / Around the Conference - Day 2

VR Experience

DAY ONE | OPENING | From Switzerland to Brussels : Building a decarbonised world together

Boyana Achovski, Secretary General, GIE

Torben Brabo, President, GIE & Senior Vice President, Energinet Group

René Bautz, CEO, Gaznat

André Dosé, President, Swissgas

Kadri Simson, EU Commissioner for Energy, European Commission

Blaž Košorok, State Secretary for Energy, Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU

Benoît Revaz,  State Secretary, Director of the Federal Office of Energy of Switzerland

Fit for 55 Package: Setting the way towards 2030

Keynote Speech : A World Energy Outlook insight towards 2030

Keisuke Sadamori, Director for Energy Markets and Security, International Energy Agency

Panel Discussion / Moderator

Thierry Trouvé, CEO, GRTgaz

Clara de la Torre, Deputy Director General, DG for Climate Action European Commission

Maria Spyraki, MEP, European Parliament

Giles Dickson, CEO, WindEurope

Charles-Henri Robert, Executive Director Climate Change and Energy and Industrial Policy, CEFIC

Harald Stindl, Managing Director, Gas Connect Austria & President, GTE

Ilaria Conti, Head of Gas, Florence School of Regulation (FSR)

Coffee Break

Hydrogen and Decarbonised Gas Package

Regulatory Framework for hydrogen: what's coming next

Ralph Bahke, Managing Director, ONTRAS & New Gases Area Sponsor, GIE

Hydrogen developments in The Netherlands

Helmie Botter, Manager Business Development Hydrogen Gasunie

Hydrogen Talk / Moderator

Dr Axel Wietfeld, CEO, Uniper Hydrogen GmbH & President, GSE

Tudor Constantinescu, Principal Advisor at DG ENER, European Commission

Dennis Hesseling, Head of Department Infrastructure, Gas & Retail ACER

Jorgo Chatzamarkakis, CEO, Hydrogen Europe

Suzana Carp, The voice of NGOs & civil society

Jan Ingwersen, General Director, ENTSOG

Lunch break

The European Clean H2 Alliance - Kicking off in the H2 economy

Keynote Speech

Bart Jan Hoevers, President, ENTSOG

Decarbonising the European regions with gas infrastructure

Moderator / Panel Discussion

Piotr Kuś, Deputy Director for Gas Market Development, GAZ-SYSTEM & CH4 Area Sponsor, GIE

Greg Molnár, Gas Analyst, International Energy Agency

Tsvetelina Penkova, MEP, S&D Bulgaria, European Parliament

Olga Bielkova, Director on Government and International Affairs, LLC Gas TSO of Ukraine

Milan Sedláček, Head of EU affairs & strategy, Eustream

László Fritsch, CEO, Hungarian Gas Trade

Alex Barnes, Director, Alex Barnes & Associates LTD & Global Gas Centre

Lenka Kovačovská, General Director, Czech Gas Association

Collaboration for the methane emissions abatement

Moderator / Panel Discussion

Francisco de la Flor, Director, Enagás – Board Member, GIE and MARCOGAZ – System Operation& Development Area sponsor, GIE

Brendan Devlin, Adviser for Strategy & Foresight at DG ENER European Commission

Karolina Čegir, Senior Gas expert, Energy Community

Andris Piebalgs, Professor, Florence School of Regulation (FSR) – Adviser to the President of Latvia

Jasmine Urisk, Executive Director, Canadian Energy Partnership for Environmental Innovation

Scott Foster, Director Sustainable Energy Division, UNECE

Gala Dinner at the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne.

After party on boat cruise.

DAY TWO | Opening Remarks

Roxana Caliminte, Deputy Secretary General, GIE

Cristian Bușoi, MEP, ITRE Committee Chair, European Parliament

Consumers at the core of the energy transition

Moderator / Panel Discussion

Jean-Marc Leroy, President of the French Gas Association, Honorary President, GIE

Camille Bonenfant-Jeanneney, CEO, Storengy & Disruptive Energy Area Sponsor, GIE

Dimitri Vergne, Team leader for sustainability, European Consumer Organisation (BEUC)

Benoît Esnault, Head of Interconnections & European Affairs Department, CRE Vice-Chair of Gas WG, CEER

Federica Sabbati, Secretary General, European Heating Industry (EHI)

James Watson, Secretary General, Eurogas

Coffee break

Hydrogen: the race for colors

Moderator / Panel Discussion

Anne-Sophie Corbeau, Global Research Scholar, Centre on Global Energy Policy

Dr Niko Bosnjak, Representative / Vision European Hydrogen Backbone

Peter Claes, President, IFIEC Europe

Wim Groenendijk, Managing Director, Gate Terminal

Vittorio Musazzi, Representative, H2GAR

Decarbonising transport

Moderator / Panel Discussion

Arno Büx, Chief Commercial Officer, Fluxys & President, GLE

Filip Alexandru Negreanu Arboreanu,  Deputy Head of Cabinet of EU Commissioner Adina Valean, European Commission

Claudio Rodriguez, Gas Assets General Manager, Enagás

Steve Esau, General Manager, SEA-LNG

Mads Peter Zacho, Head of Industry Transition, Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping

Philip Scarth, General Manager Arbon R&D Center & Head of Open Innovation, FPT Industrial

Towards 2022 & Beyond

Closing remarks

Ákos Kriston, CEO, Hungarian Gas Storage

György Berze, CEO, HEXUM Földgáz Zrt.

Boyana Achovski, Secretary General, GIE

Speakers

Meet our Speakers

Click on the photo below to check out their biographies.

Boyana Achovski

Secretary General at GIE

Boyana Achovski

Secretary General at GIE


Boyana Achovski is the Secretary-General of Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE), a role she has held since September 2016. GIE is the European association of gas transmission, gas storage, and LNG regasification terminal operators.

Boyana led the Analysis and International Operations Division in Bulgartransgaz, later joining GIE in 2012 as the first secondment of the Bulgarian gas infrastructure operator to the European association. She chaired the GasNaturally Steering Committee twice in 2017 and 2019.

Boyana started her European affairs career in the European Parliament in Brussels. She has graduated in International Economic Affairs, specialised in International Finance, and holds a Master's degree in Finance and in Management of International Associations from the Solvay Brussels School.

Boyana has also obtained a certificate in Women's Leadership from the University of Oxford and is involved in initiatives related to career development, women empowerment, and gender equality in the energy sector.


boyana-achovski
@AchovskiBoyana

Torben Brabo

President at GIE & Senior Vice President, Energinet Group

Torben Brabo

President at GIE & Senior Vice President, Energinet Group


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’.


Torben Brabo
@torbenbrabo

René Bautz

CEO at Gaznat

René Bautz

CEO at Gaznat


CEO of Gaznat SA since 2008, René Bautz is also Chairman of Swiss Energy Trading (SET) and Gas&Com (Telecommunication), Board and Committee member of several companies and organizations within the gas industry: Fingaz, Swissgas, Swiss Gas Invest, Transitgas and Unigaz. He also acts at an international level in the frame of Eurogas, Green Gas Initiative, and the World Energy Council within which he chairs the Global Gas Centre.

In 2002, René Bautz joined Gaznat, starting his career in the company as Chief technical officer. He then served as Chief operating officer for two years before taking over as CEO of Gaznat.

René Bautz studied electrical engineering and holds a Master of Science degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). He dedicated his entire professional career to the energy sector. René Bautz held the position of Managing director at the Société Electrique des Forces de l’Aubonne (SEFA) for 5 years. Prior to this, he served as Director of the Utility of the town of Bienne (ESB). During this period, between 1994 and 2002, he was also Board member and manager of several companies within the water and energy industries.

The first 10 years of his career were spent at the power company Electricité Neuchâteloise (ENSA) as Head of the studies and construction. René Bautz then joined Câbles Cortaillod (now Nexans Switzerland) as Head of the electric network and testing division. As part of his training, he completed an internship on behalf of Brown Boveri Canada in Montreal where he participated in the development of a test platform for electric generators. He further completed his training in the field of business economics and management.


René Bautz

André Dosé

President at Swissgas

André Dosé

President at Swissgas


Since 2018, André Dosé is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Swissgas. Before his presidency
he was Vice President of the Board of Directors of Swissgas since June 2011. Swissgas, founded in
1971 as a private limited company, is a joint service platform for four regional shareholders (regional
companies) and provides its services on their behalf. Swissgas owns and operates its own high
pressure gas pipelines in Switzerland as part of the entire Swiss network.

André Dosé is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of GVM Gasverbund Mittelland (a regional gas
infrastructure and procurement company). He is also the delegate and member of the board of SET
Swiss Energy Trading AG.

Mr Dosé is a former airline captain and former CEO of Crossair, Gulf Air and the founding CEO of
Swiss International Airlines.

He is also Chairman and of Member of the Board of Directors of several national and international
companies in various areas such, as logistics, energy, travel and aviation.

He is partner at Bernd Remmers Consultants, experts in culture, change & leadership, guiding
companies through their strategy implementation and change management. In this function, he is a
valued coach to CEOs, senior managements, and top executives. As the former President of the
Grasshopper Soccer Club, he enjoys using sporting analogies when he coaches. Mr Dosé also owns
his own consultancy company ADC, specialized in restructuring and refinancing firms in various
businesses.

Mr Dosé graduated at NAIA North American Institute of Aviation, in South Carolina USA. He also
holds an honouree doctor title in civil rights of the European University in Barcelona, Spain.


André Dosé

Kadri Simson

EU Commissioner for Energy, European Commission

Kadri Simson

EU Commissioner for Energy, European Commission


Kadri Simson is the European commissioner for energy, a position she has held since December 2019.

She previously held the position of minister of economics affairs and infrastructure of the Republic of Estonia from 2016 to 2019. During the Estonian presidency of the council of the EU (from July to December 2017), Simson chaired both the meetings of the energy ministers and transport ministers in the transport, telecommunications and energy (TTE) council as well as the meeting of economy ministers in the EU competitiveness council.

From 2007 to 2016, she was a member of the Estonian Parliament (“Riigikogu”) and was re-elected in 2019. Simson has a degree in history at the University of Tartu and holds a master’s degree in political science from the University College London.


https://twitter.com/KadriSimson

Blaž Košorok

State Secretary for Energy, Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU

Blaž Košorok

State Secretary for Energy, Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU


Blaž Košorok graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana. After completing his studies, he was employed by the Korošok law firm as a trainee lawyer. He worked predominantly in the field of commercial law, mainly dealing with foreign corporations.

In 2005, he accepted the invitation of the TE-TOL d.o.o. supervisory board to assume the management of the company, first as acting managing director and later as managing director for a full 5-year term of office. He was a member of management boards of professional associations in the energy industry and a member of supervisory boards of the companies Slovenske Železnice, Hidroelektrarne na spodnji Savi d.o.o. and Ljubljana Opera and Ballet from 2007 to 2009. In autumn 2012, he was appointed Director-General of the company Holding Slovenske elektrarne d.o.o. (HSE Company).

He continued his career as COO of Akrapovič d.d. at the invitation of Igor Akrapovič. After his departure from Akrapovič d.d., he worked as a legal adviser for the Swiss company Energygor AG. Since the beginning of 2020 he has been employed at ELES d.o.o.

Benoît Revaz

Director at the Federal Office of Energy of Switzerland

Benoît Revaz

Director at the Federal Office of Energy of Switzerland


Benoît Revaz was appointed as Director of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, which is part of the Federal Department (Ministry) of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications, in October 2016. In this position, he is responsible for the preparation and implementation of Switzerland’s energy policy. Key current focus areas are electricity market design, security of electricity supply, energy efficiency policies and programs, an overhaul of climate legislation to enable Switzerland to meet its commitment under the Paris Agreement and regulation related to nuclear phase-out and siting of nuclear waste disposal. Director Revaz represents Switzerland on the Governing Board of the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Prior to his current post, Mr. Revaz held various positions at Swiss utilities, i.e. Secretary General at EEF (now Groupe e, Fribourg; 1999-2004), Head of Management Services at EOS Holding (Lausanne; 2004-2008), successively Head of Business Development and Head of Management Services for Alpiq Holding (Lausanne; 2009-2013) and Senior Advisor at E-CUBE Strategy Consultants (2014-2016).

Benoît Revaz holds a Master of Law (Fribourg, Switzerland) as well as an Executive Master in Communications Management (Lugano, Switzerland). He also participated in the Stanford Executive Program (Stanford 2012).

Thierry Trouvé

CEO at GRTgaz

Thierry Trouvé

CEO at GRTgaz


Thierry Trouvé, 59, Specialist Engineer and a member of the Corps des Mines, has been CEO of GRTgaz since 26 April 2013.

He began his career at the Ministry of Defence before holding various positions at the Paris Transport Authority (1990) and then at the Department of Industry (1996). In 2000, he joined the French Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) as Director of the Electricity Market and Public Utilities Division. In 2003, he was appointed Director of Pollution and Risk Prevention Operations responsible for major risks within the Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development. In 2006, he joined GRTgaz as Deputy CEO. He was appointed CEO of Elengy in 2009. In 2013, he was appointed CEO of GRTgaz.

Thierry Trouvé is a Knight of the French Legion of Honour and a Knight of the French National Order of Merit.


Thierry Trouvé

Clara de la Torre

Deputy Director General for Climate Action, European Commission

Clara de la Torre

Deputy Director General for Climate Action, European Commission


Since 1 September 2019, Clara de la Torre has held the post of Deputy Director General in the Directorate-General for Climate Action in the European Commission. Prior to her current appointment, her professional career focussed on research and innovation policy. She had been Director for Transport in the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation from 2016 to 2019.

Previously, starting in 2014, she was responsible for Key Enabling Technologies, following a 3-year appointment as Director in the field of Innovation.

In her first post as a Director, from 2008 to 2010, she was in charge of inter-institutional and legal matters related to the Framework Programme at the European Commission.

In the late 1990s, she dealt with National Research Policies and Intergovernmental Cooperation. She worked at the EU Joint Research Centre in Brussels and Seville, where she was Advisor to the Director of the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies.

Before joining the European Commission, she had spent some years in the private sector.

Clara de la Torre has a degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid.


Clara de la Torre
@claraeugenia27

Maria Spyraki

MEP, European Parliament

Maria Spyraki

MEP, European Parliament


Maria Spyraki has worked for 22 years as a journalist in the private sector and she is a member of the Union of Editors of Macedonia and Thrace (ΕΣΗΕΜΘ). Since 1992 she worked at the newspapers «Ependitis», «Exousia», «Thessaloniki», «Aggelioforos», «Imerisia tou Savvatou» and at the TV Stations SKAI, STAR, ALTER, and MEGA, from where she resigned on April 4th of 2014 when the former Prime Minister Antonis Samaras asked her to run for office with Nea Dimokratia at the upcoming European Elections of the 25th of May. As a journalist she has participated in missions to Southeast Europe (Skopje, Cyprus, Albania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Montenegro). Since 1998 and until March 2014 she worked as a political reporter.

She has also worked in the Press Office of the European Parliament in Athens during the period of 2003-2004, as well as the office of Greek Commissioner to the EU, Mr. Stavros Dimas, for the period 2004-2009.

At the European Elections of 2014 she was elected first Member of the European Parliament with Nea Demokratia and she joined the European People’s Party. She is a member of the Committees on Regional Development (REGI) and on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), as well as a member of the EU-FYROM Joint Parliamentary Committee. She is also a member of the Nea Demokratia Executive Board after Kyriakos Mitsotakis was elected in the presidency of the party.

She attended the 2nd Public Elementary School of Litochoro Pierias. She graduated from the High School of Pyrgetos in Larisa. She studied Chemistry at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, from where she graduated in 1989.


Maria Spyraki
@MariaSpyraki

Giles Dickson

CEO at WindEurope

Giles Dickson

CEO at WindEurope


Giles Dickson is the Chief Executive Officer of WindEurope (formerly EWEA) WindEurope is the voice of the European wind industry.

It represents the entire value chain of wind power: turbine manufacturers, component suppliers, power utilities, project developers, financial institutions and research institutes. As the industry association WindEurope actively promotes wind power in Europe.

It engages Governments on policy and regulation that affect wind power and its integration in the energy system. It coordinates research and development for the wind industry in Europe and manages the European Technology Innovation Platform for wind on behalf of the EU Commission.

It also organizes trade fairs, conferences and technical workshops and serves as a platform for networking across the industry and between the industry and other stakeholders. The technical workshops cover among other issues resource assessment – and metrological experts are among the participants.

WindEurope has over 450 members from more than 50 countries and a staff of over 50 based in Brussels. In February 2017 WindEurope was awarded the prize for the Best European Association.

Prior to joining WindEurope, Mr. Dickson was Vice President of Global Public Affairs at Alstom. He was also a civil servant in the UK Government for over 15 years.


Giles Dickson
@gilesdickson

Charles-Henri Robert

Executive Director Climate Change and Energy and Industrial Policy at CEFIC

Charles-Henri Robert

Executive Director Climate Change and Energy and Industrial Policy at CEFIC

Charles-Henri Robert has a long record in Product Business Development and Management in various fields of Chemicals, from Petrochemicals (Polystyrene, Polypropylene) to Performance Chemicals (Engineering Polymers) and Specialty Chemicals (Resins).

These last 10 years, he was based in the United States as CEO of Cray Valley and in Europe as Vice President Strategy and Long Term Planning of the Refining and Chemicals Branch of TOTAL.

His background is Chemical engineer from Chimie ParisTech and he holds a Master in Business from ESSEC. He was Vice President of SFIP – Société Française des Ingénieurs des Plastiques – from 1996 to 2013.


Charles-Henri Robert

Harald Stindl

Managing Director at Gas Connect Austria & GTE President

Harald Stindl

Managing Director at Gas Connect Austria & GTE President

Since 2006 Dr. Harald Stindl is the Managing Director of Gas Connect Austria GmbH in Vienna. Before he was responsible for the regulated domestic transportation business as proxy. Earlier, in 2001, he had taken part in the successful legal unbundling of Gas Connect from OMV AG in the role as head of finance and controlling. From 2004 to 2006 he was in addition managing director of Central European Gas Hub GmbH.

Before joining OMV’s Natural Gas Division in 1999, Dr. Stindl was assigned to Munich from 1995 – 1997 (refining division) in the head office of OMV Deutschland as head of the financial department (proxy) and to London (OMV U.K. Ltd.) from 1992-1995 (E&P division) as Finance Director.

On the international side, Dr. Stindl is member of the ‘Fachverband Gas und Warme’ Committee, the highest body of the industry association ‘gas and heat.’. He also sits on TAG GmbH and AGGM supervisory boards.

Dr. Stindl was a member of the ENTSOG board since its foundation in 2009 for 4 ½ years, and at the same time also of the GTE EXCOM and the GIE board.

Ilaria Conti

Head of Gas at Florence School of Regulation (FSR)

Ilaria Conti

Head of Gas at Florence School of Regulation (FSR)

Ilaria Conti is Head of Gas at the Florence School of Regulation.

Her main fields of expertise concern EU institutional relations and EU electricity and gas regulation.

She spent about 9 years in Brussels, working for the the Permanent Representation of Italy at the EU, the United Nations and, from 2005 until 2013, for EFET, the “European Federation of Energy Traders” covering various positions within the association. She has been EFET Communications Director and Policy Advisor for the EFET Gas Committee, Task Force Iberia, Task Force CEE and the EFET Board.

In 2008 she founded EFET Italy, which she led until 2013. Representing EFET, Ilaria actively took part in the consultative processes with the EU Institutions – leading to the development of major EU regulations and Directives such as the Third Energy Package, the RES Directive, EMIR, REMIT, Security of Supply regulation. At the same time, she contributed to the implementation process of EU energy regulation in several EU countries, by facilitating the exchange of best practices and engaging in a continuous dialogue between the energy industry and national authorities such as Ministries, national TSOs, NRAs. Before joining FSR, she worked from 2013 until 2015 for ENOI S.P.A., where she covered the new role of Institutional and Regulatory Affairs Manager.

Ilaria joined FSR in 2015 as Energy Policy Deputy and in 2017 she was appointed Head of the new FSR Gas area.

She has been the Managing Editor of the IAEE publication “Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy” until 2016 and participates as a member of the Advisory Panel for the CEER study on “Future role of gas from a regulatory perspective”.


Ilaria Conti
@Ilaria_C80

Ralph Bahke

Managing Director at ONTRAS & GIE New Gases Area Sponsor

Ralph Bahke

Managing Director at ONTRAS & GIE New Gases Area Sponsor

Ralph Bahke, born 1964, studied Information Technology at the Technical University of Dresden and started his career as university lecturer for Automation. He joined VNG 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 Commercial Division, since May 2015 Controlling and Development.

He is member of the Energy Advisory Board of the German Free State of Saxony.

Since December 2012 Bahke is Chairman of the board of "Vereinigung der Fernleitungsnetzbetreiber Gas e.V.", an association of german Network System Operators.


Ralph Bahke

Helmie Botter

Manager Business Development Hydrogen at Gasunie

Helmie Botter

Manager Business Development Hydrogen at Gasunie


Helmie Botter studied economics at the University of Groningen. In 2002 she started as an analyst at Gasunie. Within the company she first grew to become financial manager of the first import of LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) in 2008. She focused on the entire financial side for this.

A few years later, she became finance manager at Gasunie Germany in Hanover, before returning to Groningen in 2014 as a concern controller. From 2017 to 2020, Helmie was manager of commercial and regulatory affairs at Gasunie Transport Services. In that role she gave advice on Groningen natural gas extraction and how it could be phased out further and, above all, more quickly. Because that is sometimes forgotten: Gasunie is actively working to reduce its own core product. “A logical consequence of our own transition strategy,” says Helmie.

Since 2017 she has been on the advisory board of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at the University of Groningen, and since November 2020 she has been responsible for the development of the hydrogen activities in the Netherlands and Germany. In that role, she directly and indirectly manages around 200 Gasunie employees.


Helmie Botter

Axel Wietfeld

CEO at Uniper Hydrogen GmbH & GSE President

Axel Wietfeld

CEO at Uniper Hydrogen GmbH & GSE President

Dr Axel Wietfeld serves as CEO of Uniper Hydrogen. From January 2016 to November 2020, in his position of Managing Director of Uniper Energy Storage, Axel has been leading one of Europe’s largest gas storage operators with facilities in Germany, Austria and the UK, and has 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).


Axel Wietfeld

Tudor Constantinescu

Principal Advisor at DG ENER, European Commission

Tudor Constantinescu

Principal Advisor at DG ENER, European Commission

Dr Tudor Constantinescu is Principal Adviser to the Director General for Energy in the European Commission since March 2011. He is an engineer and economist by education. Before joining the Commission, he set up as Executive Director the Buildings Performance Institute Europe.

He was the president of the Romanian Agency for Energy Conservation and for the period 2008-2009 he ensured the presidency of the EnR network of European Energy Agencies. Between 1996-2007, he coordinated the energy efficiency and related environmental activities of the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels.

Dennis Hesseling

Head of Department Infrastructure, Gas & Retail at ACER

Dennis Hesseling

Head of Department Infrastructure, Gas & Retail at ACER

Mr. Dennis Hesseling joined the EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators ACER as Head of the Gas Department in December 2012. He is responsible for the Agency’s gas activities regarding network codes, infrastructure, and market monitoring. He is also the Agency’s representative to the Energy Community Regulatory Board.

Before joining ACER, Mr. Hesseling worked as Head of Unit in the Competition Department of the Netherland Competition Authority NMa (ACM), responsible for merger control and antitrust enforcement in the Dutch energy, telecommunications and media sectors. Prior to that, he worked in the NMa’s Energy Regulation department from 2002 on, mainly on gas issues. From 2000 he worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company in Brussels, providing strategic and operational advice to postal companies and banks.

Mr. Hesseling holds a PhD in Mathematics from Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He received additional training at McKinsey, business school IMD (Lausanne), and the Dutch programme for prospective top civil servants. Mr. Hesseling trained energy regulators and competition authorities in Romania, Bulgaria, the Ukraine, Turkey and Vietnam, and political parties in various African countries.


Dennis Jesseling
@Dehessel

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis

CEO at Hydrogen Europe

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis

CEO at Hydrogen Europe

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis is Secretary General of Hydrogen Europe since 2016. Before he was Representative of Infineon Technologies in Brussels and Member of the European Parliament (2004 – 2014) inter alia in the ITRE Committee (Industry, Technology, Research and Energy) where he could contribute to lay the cornerstone for the first and the second Joint Undertaking on hydrogen and fuel cells. In 2007 he was elected “MEP of the year” by his colleagues of the European Parliament in the category “Research and Innovation”. In 2015 he was appointed ambassador at large for Greece.

Mr Chatzimarkakis was born in Duisburg, Germany. He holds German and Greek nationality, a degree in political science from the University of Bonn.


Jorgo Chatzimarkakis
@chatzimarkakis

Jan Ingwersen

General Director at ENTSOG

Jan Ingwersen

General Director at ENTSOG


Jan Ingwersen became ENTSOGs General Director as of January 2016. He has been with ENTSOG since January 2014, starting in the position as Business Area Manager for Market. Jan is seconded from Energinet in Denmark.

Jan has more than 25 years of experience in the gas industry, holding senior positions at Energinet, Gastra, DONG Energy as well as consultancies. He holds a technical MSc from University of Aalborg, Denmark, supplemented with a commercial degree from Copenhagen Business School and an executive programme from IMD, Switzerland.

Jan has been involved in most parts of the gas sector value chain. He was heading the implementation of the gas market liberalization in Denmark for Energinet/Gastra (2000-2005) – including development of network codes. He has been heading DONG Energy’s storage and offshore transmission activities (2006-2013), the gas regulatory affairs department and was responsible for DONG Energy’s gas release programme. In 1990s he was in charge of DONG’s gas purchase & export activities as well as the system operation.


Jan Ingwersen

Bart Jan Hoevens

President at ENTSOG

Bart Jan Hoevens

President at ENTSOG


Bart Jan Hoevers studied Monetary Economics at the University of Groningen. He started his career in 1996 at the Dutch National Bank (Nederlandsche Bank) specializing in sovereign risk and export credit insurance.

He then moved to the Ministry of Finance, where he worked in the field of state participations, managing the purchase and restructuring of state participations (Tennet, Port of Rotterdam and Gasunie).

In 2007 Bart Jan started working for Gasunie, where he had various functions in the field of regulation, business development and management of joint ventures. Since April 2015 Bart Jan was on the management team of Gasunie Transport Services (GTS), as Manager Network Planning.

On 1 September 2017 Bart Jan was appointed as CEO of GTS. As of that date he also has joined Gasunie’s Executive Board.

Bart Jan is a member of the present Board of ENTSOG.


Bart Jan Hoevers

Piotr Kuś

Deputy Director for Gas Market Development at GAZ-SYSTEM & GIE CH4 Area Sponsor

Piotr Kuś

Deputy Director for Gas Market Development at GAZ-SYSTEM & GIE CH4 Area Sponsor

Piotr Kuś's key areas of responsibility include international cooperation and representation of GAZ-SYSTEM in the number of international organisations; European gas regulatory framework; cooperation with the EU institutions and European Hydrogen Backbone initiative.

He is also involved in a number of business and infrastructure development project. As GSA Platform plenipotentiary, Mr. Kuś has developed and promoted the GSA Platform. Since 2019 he has been a member of the Board of the Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE), being highly involved in activities related to the gas market and the gas infrastructure. Recently he became one of the 4 sponsor Board Members responsible for the activities within the scope of the classic natural gas model.


Piotr Kuś

Lenka Kovačovská

General Director, Czech Gas Association

Lenka Kovačovská

General Director, Czech Gas Association

Ing. Lenka Kovačovská, Ph.D: in 2008 she graduated from the Prague University of Economics and Business, the Faculty of International Relations with a master thesis focusing on energy security. In 2006, she completed a training course at the Prague Security Studies Institute, an international study internship program in Copenhagen (2007), the InterLeader – strategic management and planning course (2012) and worked as an analyst at the think-tank Association for International Affairs (2003-2011). In 2013, she obtained a Ph.D. degree with her dissertation on liberalization of the electricity and gas markets in the European Union at the Faculty of International Relations of the Prague University of Economics and Business.

In 2012-2014, she worked as the Director of the Institute of Energy Economics at the Faculty of Public Economics of the Prague University of Economics and Business. Now, she teaches a special course on the Geopolitics of Energy in the 21st century at the Faculty of International Relations at the same University.

In 2007, she joined the Czech transmission system operator ČEPS, a.s., where she worked in the Department of Strategy and participated in numerous acquisition and international projects.

Between 2013 and 2017, she worked at the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, first as the Head of the Department of Analysis and Forecasts in the Energy Sector (2014), and later on as the Director of Strategy and International Cooperation in the Energy Sector (2014-2015). On 1st December 2015, she was appointed the Deputy Minister responsible for the Energy section. Her scope of duties included the electricity industry, including promotion of renewables, liquid and gaseous fuels, energy efficiency and a complex area of energy strategy and international cooperation in the energy sector. In her duties at the Ministry, she also represented the Czech Republic at the EU level (Strategic Group, Directors General, Energy councils), the International Energy Agency (Governing Board and Standing Group on Long-Term Cooperation), the International Energy Charter, Visegrad Groupt etc. For 3 years she was a Supervisory Board Member of the Czech transportation system operator NET4GAS. And for 2 years a Member (and for a year a chairwoman) of the Supervisory Board of the Czech transmission system operator in electricity ČEPS, a.s.

Since 2018, she has been the Executive Director of the Czech Gas Association, an umbrella organisation representing interests of the Czech gas industry at home and also abroad and issuing technical standards for the gas sector. She is active in the Strategic Committee of eurogas and Executive Board member of Marcogaz.


Lenka Kovačovská
@LenkaKovacovska

Greg Molnár

Gas Analyst at International Energy Agency (IEA)

Greg Molnár

Gas Analyst at International Energy Agency (IEA)


Greg Molnár has extensive experience within the Gas, Coal and Power Markets Division under the Directorate of Energy Markets and Security at the International Energy Agency.


Greg Molnár

Alex Barnes

Director at Alex Barnes & Associates LTD & Global Gas Centre

Alex Barnes

Director at Alex Barnes & Associates LTD & Global Gas Centre

Alex Barnes is an independent consultant specialising in energy market design and regulation. He has nearly thirty years’ experience in the oil and gas sector, most of it spent in the liberalisation of gas and electricity markets.

He has worked for a range of companies including Total, BG Group and Gazprom, helping them manage the impacts of energy liberalisation, both exploiting new opportunities and defending existing positions. At BG Group he led the team which secured an exemption from third part access regulation for the Dragon LNG terminal, enabling investment to go proceed. He established the Regulatory Affairs function for Gazprom Marketing & Trading in 2009, supporting its rapid expansion in gas and power trading in Europe, and also advised Gazprom on gas market liberalisation related issues. He has helped draft gas market rules as an industry representative on expert panels for the European Network of Transmission Operators for gas (ENTSOG) and the European energy market regulator ACER. He has also represented the European Federation of Energy Traders at the Madrid Forum organised by the EU Commission.

Recent work has focussed on decarbonisation of the European gas market, carbon pricing and regulation of future hydrogen markets.

He has a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, and an MBA from Henley Management College.


Alex Barnes

Milan Sedláček

Head of EU affairs & strategy at Eustream

Milan Sedláček

Head of EU affairs & strategy at Eustream

Milan Sedláček joined the gas sector in 1994. Since then he worked in various managerial positions in gas transmission in Slovakia. Since unbundling he works for gas TSO Eustream, holding various managerial positions oriented on business, regulation and strategy, among others Director for commercial/regulatory affairs.

Currently he is the head of EU affairs and strategy at Eustream as well as compliance officer of the company. During his career he was responsible for a number of projects, namely transmission capacities sales department, energy legislation development, certification and unbundling, network codes implementation and EU affairs.


Milan Sedláček

László Fritsch

CEO at Hungarian Gas Trade

László Fritsch

CEO at Hungarian Gas Trade

Mr. László Fritsch started his professional career in the oil and gas industry at Shell Gas Hungary where he worked in various positions. He joined E.ON Gas Storage as Financial Director in 2006. After the takeover of the company by the Hungarian state in 2013 he has been appointed the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Hungarian Gas Storage. From 1 July 2020, he is the CEO and Member of the Board of Hungarian Gas Trade Ltd. (MFGK).

During more than 20 years spent in the oil and gas industry László Fritsch has gained extensive professional knowledge and is also keen on sharing his expertise as a member of the Board of GIE, member of the Advisory Board of the Fund for Hungarian Oil and Gas Museum as well as a member of the Hungarian Mining Association.


László Fritsch

Olga Bielkova

Director on Government and International Affairs at LLC Gas TSO of Ukraine

Olga Bielkova

Director on Government and International Affairs at LLC Gas TSO of Ukraine


In June 2020, Olga Bielkova joined the management team of LLC Gas TSO of Ukraine and is responsible for promoting and protecting the interests of GTSOU in the international arena and among key regulatory bodies.

Olga Bielkova has more than 20 years of experience in the successful implementation of large-scale reform projects with the involvement of international partners – both in managerial positions in public and commercial organizations, and as a national-level politician in the status of a People’s Deputy of Ukraine in the last three convocations of the Verkhovna Rada (2012-2020).

She received higher economic education at the Cherkasy State Technical University (1997), higher legal education at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (2001), graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2011) with a master’s degree in public administration.

In the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (2012-2020) she actively worked in the committees: on finance and banking (VII convocation), on issues of the fuel and energy complex, nuclear policy and nuclear safety (VIII convocation), on finance, tax and customs politics (IX convocation).

Olga Bielkova was the driver of many reforms in the energy sector of Ukraine, in particular, for her authorship were adopted the key laws for the industry – on the natural gas market and on NEURC. In the international arena, she took an active part in opposing the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 project and defending Ukraine’s position as a transit country.

On June 18, 2020, on her own initiative, she resigned from the mandate of a People’s Deputy and completed her work in the Ukrainian Parliament of the IX convocation ahead of schedule.


Olga Bielkova
@OlgaBielkova

Francisco de la Flor

Director at Enagás, GIE and MARCOGAZ Board Member and GIE System Operation & Development Area sponsor

Francisco de la Flor

Director at Enagás, GIE and MARCOGAZ Board Member and GIE System Operation & Development Area sponsor


Francisco de la Flor has over 35 years of experience in the gas industry.

He has held the following notable 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.

He has an educational background in Chemical Engineering and Economic Science and Business Administration.


Francisco de la Flor

Brendan Devlin

Adviser for Strategy & foresight at DG ENER, European Commission

Brendan Devlin

Adviser for Strategy & foresight at DG ENER, European Commission

Brendan Devlin is an Advisor at the Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission.

At present, his major work focuses on the development of Caspian energy links with the European Union.

He has guided the negotiation and signature of the Nabucco intergovernmental agreement of 13 July 2009, worked on developing the EU Southern Gas Route Strategy and worked on investor protection issues in non-EU states.

Before 2007, he guided the negotiation, signature (in October 2005) and ratification of the Energy Community Treaty, the first multilateral treaty between the successor states of the ex-Yugoslavia, Albania and the European Union (and the first energy Treaty signed by the EU). Moldova and Ukraine have now joined the Treaty.

He began working in the Commission at the Directorate General for Competition leading major cases looking at the gas market in Germany and the North Sea. Then for three years, he worked as a note-taker at EU-US Summits.

By training, Mr Devlin is a lawyer and economist. He worked as a journalist before entering the Commission, writing in the UK national press and as an editor on a specialist political/economic journal. He has also worked in a Fortune 500 company and as teacher of political economy at the London School of Economics.


@brendandevlin50

Karolina Čegir

Senior Gas expert at Energy Community

Karolina Čegir

Senior Gas expert at Energy Community

Karolina Čegir is Senior Gas expert at the Energy Community Secretariat in Vienna, with additional responsibility for Renewable Energy in transport sector.

The Secretariat is an international institution established according to the Energy Community Treaty in order to monitor its fulfilment and, from the other hand, to support the Contracting Parties of the Energy Community in their efforts to implement EU acquis required by the Treaty. The main focus of her work is on natural gas while additional tasks are related to renewable energy in transport sector. The scope of work includes regular contacts with EU institutions, such as Gas Coordination Group, European Network Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG), Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) and Concerted Action on Renewable Energy Sources Directive (CA-RES).

From 1992 until 2001, she worked in INA, Gas Transmission Division (future Plinacro, gas TSO in Croatia) covering different positions in the field of the gas transmission - maintenance, supervision, dispatching centre, quality system, investment and development. After that, she worked in Plinacro, gas TSO in Croatia, where she covered different positions, the last being the Assistant to the Director of the Development Sector.

Karolina Čegir holds a bachelor degree in Petroleum Engineering from Zagreb University (1990), and MSc degree in Renewables at the Technical University of Vienna (2013).


Karolina Čegir

Andris Pïebalgs

Professor at Florence School of Regulation (FSR) & Adviser to the President of Latvia

Andris Pïebalgs

Professor at Florence School of Regulation (FSR) & Adviser to the President of Latvia

Andris Piebalgs is an experienced Latvian politician who occupied key positions in both national and European political fields.

During the first Barroso Commission, starting in November 2004, he was the European Commissioner for Energy. In that capacity, he led the development of a more competitive, sustainable and secure European energy system, which is one of the crowning achievements of the Barroso I Commission. In doing so, he was instrumental in propelling EU energy issues into the centre of EU policymaking. In recognition of his leadership in European energy policy,

The Economist magazine honoured him with the title "Eurocrat of the Year" in 2007. In 2009, Andris Piebalgs received the "Diamond Prize" from the Regional Chamber of Commerce in Katowice (Poland) for his work in developing a cohesive European Energy Policy for the further generations. In 2009, the Energy Efficiency Global Forum presented him the Energy Efficiency Visionary Awards for his "outstanding contributions to the advancement of energy efficiency".

Before joining the Commission, Andris Piebalgs pursued a political career, occupying strategic ministerial portfolios. He was also a high-ranking diplomat, helping Latvia to play its role in the EU. Earlier in his career, while Latvia was still part of the Soviet Union, Andris Piebalgs worked as a teacher and was the Headmaster of the 1st Secondary School of Valmiera (1980-1990). He also served as Director of the Department in the Ministry of Education in Latvia. In 1988, Latvian People's Front, an organisation that united more than 200 000 people, was established. Supporters of Latvian self-determination gained victory in the elections of the Latvian Parliament on 18 March 1990. It was the first time since the Soviet occupation that candidates from various political parties were allowed to take part. On 7 May 1990, Andris Piebalgs was appointed as Minister of Education in the new Government, and one year later, in August 1991, Latvia regained full independence. Andris Piebalgs' main task was then to put in place the first independent education system in Latvia. In 1993, Andris Piebalgs won a seat in the Latvian Parliament, when the first elections after restoration of independence were held according to the Latvian election law. He served as the Chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee until 1994. At this time, he became Latvia's Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. From 1995 until 2003, he worked in the Latvian Diplomatic service. Andris Piebalgs first served as the Ambassador of Latvia in Estonia (1995-1997), where he helped to solve the sea border issue between the two states. In 1997 he became the Latvian Ambassador to the EU. In this capacity he helped to establish Latvia as the EU candidate country and led the accession negotiations, which resulted in Latvia's successful accession to the EU in 2004. From 2003 to 2004, he was appointed Deputy Secretary of State for EU affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia. His role was instrumental in coordinating Latvia’s position in the European Council and all Council formations. At the time, he also established the new development assistance policy for Latvia.

Piebalgs is a graduate in Physics from the University of Latvia.


@apiebalgs

Jasmine Urisk

Executive Director at Canadian Energy Partnership for Environmental Innovation

Jasmine Urisk

Executive Director at Canadian Energy Partnership for Environmental Innovation


Ms. Jasmine Urisk has been actively engaged in the environment and energy sectors for over 30 years and has led several international programs while at TransCanada Pipelines Limited (now TC Energy Corporation), and before that at Environment and Climate Change Canada. Jasmine has directed the Canadian Energy Partnership for Environmental Innovation (CEPEI), an environmental and technology research program for the natural gas industry across Canada since 1995. In this role, she has been responsible for environmental research in the areas of climate change, air quality, renewables, waste management, energy efficiency, community energy, and related technologies. This includes projects for greenhouse gas and air emissions estimation, measurement studies, development of management protocols, calculation tools, and emissions inventories.

Scott Foster

Director Sustainable Energy Division at UNECE

Scott Foster

Director Sustainable Energy Division at UNECE

Scott Foster has been the Director of Sustainable Energy at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) since 2011.

With more than 35 years of experience in energy, he has worked extensively with governments, industry, and international organizations on energy policy, market design and regulation, and climate change strategies. His particular focus recently has been assisting energy stakeholders address the critical challenges of sustainability, technology choice, and investment mobilization. Before founding Nomad Energy Consulting in 2004, he was the Vice President of Global Regulatory Affairs with AES Corporation, Senior Director for Global Power with Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA), and Senior Expert on Electricity for the International Energy Agency.

Scott holds a bachelor’s degress from Dartmouth College, a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.


Scott Foster
@fosternomad

Cristian Bușoi

MEP and ITRE Committee Chair at European Parliament

Cristian Bușoi

MEP and ITRE Committee Chair at European Parliament

Born in 1978 in Drobeta Turnu Severin, Romania, Cristian Bușoi has a PhD in Public Health and Health Management. He graduated in medicine at the “Carol Davila” University in Bucharest, in law at the Titu Maiorescu University in Bucharest, and in diplomacy at the Romanian Diplomatic Institute in Bucharest. His political career started in 1996 when, as a young student, he became a member of the National Liberal Party. Eight years later, he entered the Romanian Parliament as Member of the Committee for Health and Family and in 2013 became President of the National Health Insurance.

His dedication in the Romanian Parliament convinced electors to vote him in 2007 as their representative in the European Parliament. He is a Member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine and the Euronest Delegation. He is also a substitute Member on the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection, the Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee and the Delegation for Relations with India.

MEP from 2007-2013 and since 2014.


Cristian Bușoi

Jean-Marc Leroy

President of the French Gas Association & Honorary GIE President

Jean-Marc Leroy

President of the French Gas Association & Honorary GIE President

Since 1 July 2015, Jean-Marc Leroy has been Senior Vice President at Infrastructure Business Line of ENGIE in charge of the implementation of the “Gas Value Chain” Métier project.

Prior to that, he was CEO of Storengy, the underground gas storage operator of ENGIE.

On 13 November 2015, he was elected President of Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE). Between 2008 and 2013, he was President of Gas Storage Europe (GSE), the storage column of GIE.


Jean-Marc Leroy
@_jmleroy

Camille Bonenfant-Jeanneney

CEO at Storengy & GIE Disruptive Energy Area Sponsor

Camille Bonenfant-Jeanneney

CEO at Storengy & GIE Disruptive Energy Area Sponsor

Camille Bonenfant-Jeanneney, an engineer and political science graduate, was previously Executive 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 Ecole Polytechnique (2000) and then followed a double degree at École Nationale des Ponts Chaussés and 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.


Camille Bonenfant-Jeanneney
@camille-bonenfant

Dimitri Vergne

Team leader for sustainability at the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC)

Dimitri Vergne

Team leader for sustainability at the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC)

Dimitri Vergne is Senior Sustainable Transport Officer at the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC). He is well-versed in EU political affairs, after studies in France, Germany and at the College of Europe in Bruges.

After complementing these studies with internships at the German Bundestag and European Commission, Dimitri moved into the field of EU road transport. Here, he represented the interests of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance for four years. Dimitri now works on behalf of Europe’s consumers, advocating for EU legislation that will spur the transformation towards a future of clean mobility.


Dimitri Vergne
@dimitrivergne

Benoît Esnault

Head of Interconnections & European Affairs Department at CRE & Vice-Chair of CEER’s Gas WG

Benoît Esnault

Head of Interconnections & European Affairs Department at CRE & Vice-Chair of CEER’s Gas WG

Holding a PhD in economics, Benoît Esnault has 20 years of experience in energy regulation.

After 8 years as a researcher and senior analyst, he joined the National Regulatory Authority of France (CRE) in 2008. As Head of the Interconnections and European Affairs Department, he is responsible for gas and electricity interconnections and the development and implementation of European guidelines and regulations.

Benoît Esnault has directly contributed to the development and application of the third legislative package and the TEN-E guidelines. He has chaired several European task forces and is Vice Chair of the European regulators’ gas working group. He is also involved in several bilateral or multilateral cooperation programmes with non-EU countries.

He has been chairing the MEDREG Electricity Working Group since 2016. Before joining CRE, he was senior economist at the Observatoire Méditerranéen de l’Energie (OME) for more than 6 years, working specifically on gas geopolitics, gas and electricity regulation and project financing in Mediterranean countries.

He was a post doc researcher at the University of Paris Dauphine where his researches focused on gas and electricity liberalisation in Europe. He has published many articles and reports on energy economics and regulation; he teaches industrial organisation and energy governance in French universities.

Federica Sabbati

Secretary General at European Heating Industry (EHI)

Federica Sabbati

Secretary General at European Heating Industry (EHI)

Federica Sabbati is Secretary General of the association of the European Heating Industry (EHI).

She represents the interests of European manufacturers which are market leaders in the production of heating systems. EHI members manufacture all space and water heating technologies (boilers, heat pumps, micro combined heat and power, biomass, solar thermal, heat storage systems) as well as system integrators (smart controls, thermostats etc.) and heat emitters (radiators and surface heating and cooling). The systems produced are for residential as well as commercial and industrial purposes.

Born in Trieste, Italy, Federica Sabbati has been working in an international political and business environment for almost 20 years, in Brussels and London. Her previous responsibilities include being secretary general of the Liberal International and the European liberal democrats political party (now ALDE). She also worked for the Coca-Cola Company Europe in public affairs, dealing, amongst others, with corporate social responsibility issues.

Federica holds a university degree in International Relations from the University of Trieste (Gorizia base), Italy, and a Master’s Degree in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies from the London School of Economics.


Federica Sabbati
@ehiassociation

James Watson

Secretary General at Eurogas

James Watson

Secretary General at Eurogas


Dr James Watson is the Secretary General of Eurogas, a role he has held since January 2019. Eurogas is the association representing the European gas wholesale, retail and distribution sectors.

Prior to taking the helm at Eurogas, Dr Watson was the Chief Executive Officer of SolarPower Europe, the European solar industry association. Before joining SolarPower Europe, Dr Watson worked as the Director of Public Affairs for Weber Shandwick, specialising in energy and trade policy. Before coming to Brussels, Dr Watson worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat on a European Commission project on trade and sustainable development based in Ethiopia. Earlier in his career James worked for various UK government bodies in London and worked as a lecturer in Environmental Law at the University of Manchester.

He holds a Ph.D in International Trade and Environmental Law from the University of Leeds, and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.


James Watson
@eurogas_eu

Anne-Sophie Corbeau

Global Research Scholar at Centre on Global Energy Policy (CGEP)

Anne-Sophie Corbeau

Global Research Scholar at Centre on Global Energy Policy (CGEP)


Anne-Sophie Corbeau is a Global Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Her research focuses on hydrogen and natural gas. Anne-Sophie has over 20 years of experience in the energy industry and is a recognized expert on natural gas. She is the author of many publications focusing on gas, LNG markets, Asia, China, India and Africa, including the book “LNG markets in transition: the great reconfiguration” (Oxford, 2016). She is also a member of the Gastech governing body.

Prior to joining the Center, Mrs. Corbeau was a senior Leader and head of gas analysis at BP, where she was responsible for advising the Leadership Team on gas market developments and long term pricing assumptions. As part of the Economic and Energy Insights team, she was leading the Energy Outlook’s analysis on gas, industry, nuclear and hydrogen. She also served as a member of BP France’s Comex (board). Before joining BP, she was a Research Fellow at KAPSARC (King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center) in Riyadh where she set up and expanded the natural gas program. She also worked for the International Energy Agency (IEA) where she was responsible for managing the research on global gas markets, and for IHS CERA.

She began her career as an engineer working on fuel cells and hydrogen at Peugeot and Debis Systemhaus. Anne-Sophie holds an MSc from the Ecole Centrale Paris and an MSc from the University of Stuttgart.


Anne-Sophie Corbeau

Niko Bosnjak

representing European Hydrogen Backbone vision

Niko Bosnjak

representing European Hydrogen Backbone vision

Since 2012, Dr. Niko Bosnjak has been Legislative and Political Advisor for two Members of German Federal Parliament (Bundestag). Since 2017 he works at ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH, since 2018 Head of Regulatory and Public Affairs.

He holds B.A. Governmental Studies (University of Erfurt, Universidad de Alcalá, Hong Kong Baptist University), M.Sc. History of International Relations (London School of Economics), Dr. iur. European Climate Change Law (University of Erfurt).

Peter Claes

President at IFIEC Europe

Peter Claes

President at IFIEC Europe

Peter Claes graduated in Managerial Economics at the Catholic University Leuven in 1984 and was Research Assistant in the same department until 1986. From 1987 until 1992 he was Research Department Analyst of the Belgian Economy at the BBL in Brussels. In 1992 he became Director of the Economic Department of essenscia (Federation of the Chemical Industry and Life Sciences, previously called FEDICHEM), where he was General Manager from 2002 until end 2008.

He also became Board Member of FEBELIEC (Federation of Belgian Industrial Energy Consumers) in 1994, and from May 1996 until May 2003, he was President of this same federation.

Since November 1998, he is Vice-President of IFIEC Europe (International Federation of Industrial Energy Consumers), and was also President of this federation between April 2003 and 2007.

Since January 2009, he is full time active for FEBELIEC.


Peter Claes
@ifiec_europe

Wim Groenendijk

Managing Director at Gate Terminal

Wim Groenendijk

Managing Director at Gate Terminal

Wim Groenendijk is Director International Business at N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie and Managing Director of Gasunie Engineering B.V.

He also served as President of Gas LNG Europe (GLE) and as Vice-President of Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE).

Wim Groenendijk has been a founding member of the ENTSOG Board during its first term (2010-2012) and has been a member of the GIE Board since 2011.

Before joining Gasunie in 2007, he has been with Shell International for 17 years, working at various locations and operating units around the world.

Wim holds a PhD in Mathematics.


Wim Groenendijk
@wgroenendijk

Vittorio Musazzi

Representative from H2GAR

Vittorio Musazzi

Representative from H2GAR

Vittorio Musazzi graduated in mechanical engineering and joined Snam in 1984.

He gained his first experience in Technical Department in the field of material normalisation for natural gas pipelines and plants.

In 1992 he moved into regional operations, where he assumed the role of manager responsible for the Piemonte, Liguria and Valle d’Aosta Zone from 1994-1997.

He moved back to Headquarters Offices, where he handled plant and material concepts for the operation and construction of networks, development of information systems for network management and he took part in the restructuring phase of both professional roles and the organisational structures of gas transmission operations.

From 2001, he has been Head of the Innovation unit at Snam Rete Gas, dealing with matters concerning the study and introduction of new technologies for operation of the network, the safety of natural gas pipelines and plants and exchanges of technical information with other European gas companies.

In December 2003, he was appointed Director of Health, Safety, Environment and Technologies and from August 2005, he has held the role of Construction Director, ensuring the carrying out of investments in Italy.

He has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GNL Italia since July 2008.

The General Assembly under the recommendation of the ENTSOG Board decided to designate Vittorio Musazzi as general Manager for a second term, which expired on December 31st 2015.


Vittorio Musazzi
@vmusazzi

Arno Büx

Fluxys Chief Commercial Officer & GLE President

Arno Büx

Fluxys Chief Commercial Officer & GLE President

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 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 non-executive management positions in businesses targeting the B2B and B2C commodity markets as well as the gas midstream sector.


Arno Büx

Filip A. N. Arboreanu

Deputy Head of Cabinet of EU Commissioner Adina Valean

Filip A. N. Arboreanu

Deputy Head of Cabinet of EU Commissioner Adina Valean

Filip Negreanu-Arboreanu is Deputy Head of Cabinet for the Transport Commissioner at the European Commission, in charge of relations with the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament, of the European Green Deal and the coordination of the digitalisation of transport. He joined the European Commission in December 2019 and is currently responsible for the long-term strategy for sustainable and smart mobility, and for the transport aspects of the Green Deal.

Over the last ten years, he has been working as Policy Advisor in the European Parliament, for the Chair of the Industry, Research and Energy and the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committees. During this time, Filip Negreanu coordinated policies on energy infrastructure, Emissions Trading Scheme, CO2 emissions, eCall and EU innovative funding mechanisms, such as Project Bonds.

Among the main legislative dossiers closely followed is the report on the Connecting Europe Facility, which identified and responded to the needs of designing a new financing mechanism that would address market failure and long-term financing needs for energy infrastructure.

Filip holds a PhD in Geopolitics at the University of Bucharest focusing on the development of a regional gas hub in Southeastern Europe, and a Masters of Arts in Business Administration.


Filip Alexandru Negreanu Arboreanu

Claudio Rodriguez

General Director for infrastructure at Enagás

Claudio Rodriguez

General Director for infrastructure at Enagás

Claudio Rodriguez has developed his entire professional career in Enagás where he joined as Resident Engineer for the planned enlargement of the regasification plants. Later he joined the Production Area where after working as responsible for the Maintenance and Operations Unit at the plant of Barcelona, he held the position of Cartagena Plant Chief until the end of 2010.

After holding the Transport Unit management until the end of 2011, in January 2012 he joined the Infrastructure department as General Manager, his current job position.

He combines this position with sectorial responsibilities as Vice-President of the Associations: Sedigas, Gasnam and the Spanish Maintenance Association.


Claudio Rodriguez

Steve Esau

General Manager at SEA-LNG

Steve Esau

General Manager at SEA-LNG

Steve Esau is the General Manager of the LNG bunkering industry association SEA\LNG. He previously served as Head of Energy at Xyntéo.

He began his career as a geophysicist at BP and worked in a variety of business development, strategy, and analysis roles in the company’s gas, power, & renewables and energy trading businesses.


Steve Esau

Mads Peter Zacho

Head of Industry Transition at Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping

Mads Peter Zacho

Head of Industry Transition at Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping

Mads Peter Zacho has worked in shipping for 17 years, recently as CEO for J. Lauritzen A/S. Before that he was CFO in TORM, CFO in SVITZER and deputy head of Treasury in Maersk.

He spent the first 10 years of his career in the financial industry in Denmark and the US. Mads brings shipping experience from a number of shipping segments, namely the dry bulk, gas tanker, product tanker and towage segments.

Mads has an MSc in Economics from the University of Copenhagen and an MBA from IMD.


Mads Peter Zacho

Philip Scarth

General Manager of Arbon R&D Center & Head of Open Innovation at FPT Industrial

Philip Scarth

General Manager of Arbon R&D Center & Head of Open Innovation at FPT Industrial

Philip Scarth has been with the FPT Industrial and IVECO family for over thirty years performing a wide range of functions mainly in the field of research and development in industrial diesel engines and their applications.

Since 2019 he has been General Manager of FPT Motorenforschung AG in Arbon Switzerland, the innovation center of FPT Industrial, where innovative technologies and solutions for future Industrial Powertrain are developed. Since 2021 he has also led the Open innovation department in FPT Industrial, which focuses on advanced concepts to meet the challenges and needs of future powertrains solutions.


Philip Scarth

Ákos Kriston

CEO at Hungarian Gas Storage

Ákos Kriston

CEO at Hungarian Gas Storage

Ákos Kriston previously worked for MVM Hungarian Electicity Plc. among others as Head of Business Development. Before joining MVM Group Mr. Kriston worked in 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.


Ákos Kriston

Tsvetelina Penkova

MEP – S&D, Bulgaria, European Parliament

Tsvetelina Penkova

MEP – S&D, Bulgaria, European Parliament


Tsvetelina Penkova holds a Master's degree in Financial Economics from Oxford University in the UK. She has completed a double Bachelor’s degree at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy and the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, and an affiliated program at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Her professional experience has been accumulated as a finance specialist at an investment fund in London, an investment banker at the Royal Bank of Scotland and an analyst at Egon Zehnder.

She is a Member of the European Parliament from the Group of Socialists and Democrats.


@tsvetypenkova

Roxana Caliminte

GIE Deputy Secretary General

Roxana Caliminte

GIE Deputy Secretary General


Roxana Caliminte is the Deputy Secretary General of GIE, a position she’s held since 2017. GIE is the voice of the European gas infrastructure operators, including gas pipelines, storages and LNG regasification terminals, and it has 70 members from 26 European countries.

Prior to joining GIE, she worked for the Romanian gas transmission operator Transgaz, where she was responsible for the company’s engagement with EU and governmental bodies.

Roxana holds a Master’s Degree in Business in German language from Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, with exchange semesters in Germany and Russia. Since 2020, Roxana is assisting EU-Russia Energy Relations.

Keisuke Sadamori

Director for Energy Markets and Security, IEA

Keisuke Sadamori

Director for Energy Markets and Security, IEA


Keisuke Sadamori took up his duties as Director of the Office for Energy Markets and Security at the International Energy Agency in October 2012.

Previously, he held the post of Deputy Director General for Policy Co-ordination at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in Japan.

He had been involved with the IEA for a number of years as IEA Governing Board Representative for Japan and as Co-Chair of the Standing Group on Long Term Co-operation.

Over the years, Mr Sadamori has served in the Cabinet of the Prime Minister of Japan and has coordinated numerous important projects, including work following the Fukushima-Daiichi accident in March 2011.

Alec Wilkinson

Conference Presenter – Broadcaster & Media Training coach, Presenting Academy

Alec Wilkinson

Conference Presenter – Broadcaster & Media Training coach, Presenting Academy


Alec Wilkinson is an experienced and versatile TV and radio sports presenter. Multi-lingual and with a wealth of sports knowledge he loves transmitting the atmosphere of big sporting events whether from the studio or on location. He works for some of the world’s biggest networks and is also a sought-after media trainer.

After graduating in modern languages from University College London, Alec packed his bags to work as a DJ on a pirate radio station in Italy before returning to UK radio. He moved into TV as a sports reporter at Central ITV and later at ITN. He spent seven years as a sports presenter at Sky News.

His sports news background means Alec loves engaging new audiences in less mainstream sports and he was asked to join Sky Sports to do just that – what followed was a busy schedule of live shows including ATP tennis, sailing, badminton, cycling and motorsports.

Whilst presenting Sky Sports’ coverage of the America’s Cup Alec became passionate about sailing and now commentates and anchors sailing events for numerous broadcasters around the world. He also created the Sailing Uncovered podcast.

Alec is bi-lingual in Italian and fluent in French. He has lived and worked in Paris, Milan and Singapore.

György Berze

CEO, HEXUM Földgáz Zrt.

György Berze

CEO, HEXUM Földgáz Zrt.


Biography expected


György Berze

Venue

Conference Venue

In 2021, we are delighted to welcome you at the Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre (KKL), on the shores of beautiful Lake Lucerne.

The main event of the GIE Annual Conference and the preceding GIE internal meetings will take place at the Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre (KKL), on the shores of Lake Lucerne. The KKL is located right next to the main train station and is within walking distance of the old city centre.

Designed by the visionary architect Jean Nouvel, the KKL serves as the flagship conference venue in Lucerne, and provides a prestigious venue for hosting the GIE Annual Conference.

The KKL Luzern is easily accessible by public transport. No matter whether you are travelling by train, bus or boat, you can quickly reach the Culture and Convention Centre thanks to its location in the heart of the city. From Lucerne Railway station, it’s only 100 steps under shelter to reach the KKL Luzern.

KKL Luzern
Europaplatz 1
CH-6002 Lucerne
Switzerland

T +41 41 226 74 37
www.kkl-luzern.ch

For inquiries, please contact the GIE Secretariat:

Tel +32 2 209 05 00
E-mail gie@gie.eu

Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE)
Avenue de Cortenbergh 100
1000 Brussels
Belgium

Gala

Evening Event

Gala Dinner Evening Event organised by the Swiss hosts will take place on Tuesday evening 12 October.

Experience the past, present and future of mobility in Switzerland’s most-visited museum. A wealth of interactive attractions brings its road, rail, water, air and space focal points to life. The large arena is a great place to linger, explore and enjoy the wonderful evening event organised by our Swiss hosting companies.

Event schedule & evening programme

Tuesday 12 October from 19:15 -> 00:30

    • 19:15  Boarding
    • 19:45  Arrival at the Museum of Transport
    • 20:00 Welcome speeches
    • 20:15  Walking dinner & concert
    • 23:00  Boarding
    • 23:00 – 00:30 Cruise on the Lucerne Lake for a last cocktail

How to get to the Museum of Transport

The Museum of Transport is located on the other side of the lake , opposite of the KKL, about 2,7km on foot along the lake shores.

For an efficient and quick mass transfer, we invite you to join us for the Boat cruise over the lake, which will bring you to the event location.

Alternative ways to get to the Museum of Transport
by train and bus :

– From the train station to the museum :

  • Bus n° 6 and 8 (platform B) or n°24 (platform S) – duration 6 minutes
  • Train S3 (platform 1) – duration 7 minutes

– From the museum to the train station :

  • Bus n° 6, 8 and 24
  • Train S3

Timetable and more details are available on www.sbb.ch

How to register to attend the evening event

Please use the Conference registration form to confirm your attendance to the Evening Event.

Erdgas OstschweizErdgas ZentralschweizGAZNATGasverbund MittellandSwissgas and Transitgas, the Swiss gas infrastructure operators are looking forward to being your hosts in 2021.

We are looking forward to meeting you in October 2021 in Lucerne!

Swiss Museum of Transport
Lidostrasse 5
CH-6006 Lucerne
Switzerland

T +41 (0)41 375 75 75
www.verkehrshaus.ch

For inquiries, please contact the GIE Secretariat:

Tel +32 2 209 05 00
E-mail gie@gie.eu

Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE)
Avenue de Cortenbergh 100
1000 Brussels
Belgium

Lucerne

Welcome to Lucerne

Tourist information

Welcome to the wonderful city of Lucerne, the capital of the Swiss canton of the same name, located in the heart of Switzerland, where the Swiss Confederation was once founded.

The city of Lucerne, with a population of just under 82 000, lies at the outflow of the Reuss river from Lake Lucerne. It is the social and cultural centre of Central Switzerland.

Lucerne is an important tourist destination in Switzerland and the most popular summer destination in the Alpine region (over the entire year, Lucerne ranks third). Lucerne benefits on the one hand from its picturesque location on Lake Lucerne and its practical proximity to the Alps, and on the other hand from sights such as the historic Chapel Bridge, the Swiss Museum of Transport, the architectural masterpiece KKL Luzern and many more.

We hope you take up the opportunity to explore this wonderful city, stroll the streets, have a drink or go shopping!

Getting around in Lucerne

The city benefits from a dense public transportation network. The main railway station is in the center of the city, directly by the public transportation main station.

The congress Center KKL is situated just next to the train station (2 minutes-walk)

The city of Lucerne operates a dense public transport network of buses and trolleybuses. Conference delegates and participants at corporate events in Lucerne can use the public transportation for free thanks to the visitor card.

The Visitor Card gives overnight guests free use of buses and trains within zone 10 of the city network (excluding boat trips), as well as a range of discounts for cableways, mountain railways, museums and excursions in the Lucerne-Lake Lucerne Region. Guests can also take advantage of ‘Free WiFi – LUZERN.COM’ hotspots dotted around the city.

More information is available on  https://www.luzern.com/en/services/visitor-card-lucerne/

Timetables: www.sbb.ch or www.vbl.ch

We hope you enjoy the wonderful city of Lucerne and experience real Swiss hospitality!

For inquiries, please contact the GIE Secretariat:

Tel +32 2 209 05 00
E-mail gie@gie.eu

Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE)
Avenue de Cortenbergh 100
1000 Brussels
Belgium

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Start:
12 October
End:
13 October
Cost:
€495.00 – €1195.00
Event Category:
https://gie.eu/conference

Organizer

Gas Infrastructure Europe
Email:
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Venue

Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre (KKL)
Europaplatz 1
Lucerne, 6005 Switzerland
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