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Welcome & Keynote speeches

Philippe Sauquet

President of Eurogas

Philippe Sauquet began his career in 1981 as a civil engineer at the French Ministry of Infrastructure. He subsequently worked at the French Ministry of the Economy and Finance. He joined chemical company Orkem in 1988 as Vice President, Strategy before being appointed Senior Vice President, Acrylics Sales & Marketing. He moved to Total in 1990 as Vice President, Anti-Corrosion Paints and was subsequently named Vice President, Chemicals Strategy.

In 1997, Mr. Sauquet transferred to the Gas & Power Division, where he was successively Vice President, Americas; Vice President, International; Senior Vice President, Strategy & Renewables; Senior Vice President, Trading & Marketing, Gas & Power, based in London.

He was appointed President of Gas & Power on July 1, 2012, in which capacity he also sat on the Group Management Committee.

On October 29, 2014, Mr. Sauquet was named President, Refining & Chemicals and joined Total’s Executive Committee. On September 1rst, 2016, Mr Sauquet was named President Gas, Renewables & Power and President Strategy-Innovation.

Born in 1957, he is a graduate of France’s Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées engineering schools and of the University of California, Berkeley in the United States.

Maria Spyraki

MEP, EPP, Member of the ITRE Committee, European Parliament

Maria Spyraki is the awarded MEP of the year 2019 for Industry, Research, and Innovation. She is now serving in her second mandate in the European Parliament as member of the Committees on Industry, Research, and Energy (ITRE), on Regional Development (REGI) and on the Environment (ENVI). She has also worked for 22 years as a journalist in her home country Greece. She has also worked in the Press Office of the European Parliament in Athens from 2003 to 2004, as well as the office of Greek Commissioner to the EU, Mr. Stavros Dimas, for the period 2004-2009.

Maria Spyraki has served as the Spokesperson of Nea Demokratia and is an elected member of the Nea Demokratia Executive Board.

Her first dégrée is in Chemistry and she also studied economics and energy policy.

Ville Niinistö

MEP, Greens/EFA coordinator in the ITRE Committee, European Parliament

Ville Niinistö is a Member of the European Parliament. He is the Greens/EFA groups coordinator in the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.

Niinistö served as Finland’s Minister of the Environment from 2011 to 2014. Niinistö is a former member of the Finnish parliament, former party leader of the Green Party of Finland and a current member of the city council of Turku.

Niinistö has a master’s degree in political science from the University of Turku. Before being elected to the parliament in 2007 he worked as a doctorate student in political history (Finnish foreign policy) at the University of Turku in Finland.

Besides politics, Niinistö enjoys both playing and following football, walks with his dog and spending time in the nature of the archipelago southwest of Finland. Now he is living between Helsinki, Turku and Brussels, previously he has been staying in Stockholm, Indonesia and London.

Panel 1: Energy in 2030 & 2050 - What will it look like?

Giles Dickson

CEO, WindEurope

Giles Dickson is the Chief Executive Officer of WindEurope (formerly EWEA), a position he’s held since 2015.

WindEurope is the voice of the European wind industry. It represents the whole value chain of onshore and offshore wind across Europe and has more than 400 members.  It engages Governments and other stakeholders on policy and regulation It organises industry exhibitions, conferences and workshops. And it coordinates publicly-funded R&D in wind.

Dickson is also Chairman of the Advisory Council of ENTSO-E.

Prior to joining WindEurope he was a UK civil servant for 16 years then ran public affairs at Alstom.

Frauke Thies

Executive Director, SmartEn – Smart Energy Europe

Frauke Thies is Executive Director of smartEn, the European business association integrating the decentralized solutions of the clean energy transition.

The association’s aim is to create opportunities for every company, building and car to support an increasingly renewable energy system.

Before joining smartEn in September 2015, Frauke held different positions at Greenpeace EU and SolarPower Europe.

She also worked on secondments in Washington, D.C. and in New Delhi, India.

She holds a Master degree in Environmental Sciences from Lüneburg University, Germany, and an Executive MBA from Vlerick Business School, Belgium.

Jan Ingwersen

General Director, ENTSOG

Jan Ingwersen is General Director of ENTSOG, seconded from ENERGINET – the Danish gas and electricity TSO.

He previously held positions at DONG Energy, Gastra and consultancies.

Jan headed implementation of the liberalisation of the gas market in Denmark for Gastra/Energinet (2000-2005) and the storage and offshore transmission activities of DONG Energy (now Oersted) (2006-2013).

He has over 30 years’ experience working in all parts of gas sector value chain – gas procurement, offshore and onshore gas transmission, gas storage and gas sales.

Jan holds a technical MSc from University of Aalborg, Denmark, a commercial degree from Copenhagen Business School and management education from IMD, Switzerland.

Clara Poletti

Chair of the Board of Regulators, ACER

Clara Poletti is Commissioner of ARERA, the Italian independent Regulatory Authority for Energy, Networks and Environment and Chair of the Board of Regulator of ACER, the European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators.

She has more than twenty years work experience in the field. As far back as in 1997, she contributed to start-up of the Italian independent energy Regulator. Since then she has worked on regulation of the energy sectors, both at national and at EU level.

She is Associate researcher of the Cambridge Energy Policy Research Group. From 2007 to 2011 she was Director of IEFE, the research Centre of Bocconi University on energy and environment. She was also founding joint academic director of the Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE) and currently she is member of the Board She is also member of the Advisory Council of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). She has authored numerous scientific articles.

Panel 2: A Green Deal that works for the EU consumers & industry

Andreas Graf

Project Manager, EU Energy Policy, Agora Energiewende

Andreas Graf is a Project Manager for EU Energy Policy and the Brussels Liaison for the Berlin-based energy transition think tank Agora Energiewende. In this role he helps to develop scientifically based and politically feasible recommendations for advancing the European energy transition, including through sectoral integration. Prior to joining Agora Energiewende, Andreas Graf was a Researcher at the environmental policy think-tank Ecologic Institute in Berlin supporting research projects and dialogue processes on German and EU energy policy, as well as a trainee in the European Commission and German Bundestag.

Andreas Graf holds a Master in International Relations from the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and the University of Potsdam.


Paul Voss

Managing Director, Euroheat & Power

Paul Voss has been active in the EU energy policy debate for 12 years and has been the Managing Director of Euroheat & Power since late 2013. Prior to this, he was Head of Public Affairs at
Danfoss District Energy, a global leader in the field of efficient technology for heating and cooling networks.

Together with his team of extremely talented and award winning colleagues at Euroheat, Paul spends his working days telling stories, drinking coffee and arguing (1) that there can be no real energy transition without a fundamental change in the way we heat our buildings and (2) that district heating and cooling, when it’s done properly, has a massive role to play in achieving this, particularly in cities.

Outside of work, Paul’s a keen long-distance runner, an enthusiastic drinker of irritatingly trendy micro-brewery beers and (he hopes) an adequate husband, Dad and dog owner. He’s originally from the UK but grew up mostly in Canada and settled in Belgium after stints in France, Guatemala and South Korea.

Nicola Rega

Climate Change and Energy Director, CEPI

Since February 2003, Nicola Rega has been working in Brussels on EU-related policies for a wide range of stakeholders (industry associations, European Commission, NGOs, governmental institutes, consultancies). His area of expertise focuses primarily on energy and environmental policies.

In January 2013 he joined CEPI, where he is currently holding the position of Climate Change and Energy Director. His role is to represent industry’s interests towards the European Institutions, international organizations and relevant stakeholders.

Nicola holds a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Turin, an Advanced Master’s in Political and Social European Integration from the VUB, and a Master of Laws (L.L.M.) in Energy and Environmental Law from the K.U.Leuven.

Monique Goyens

Director General, BEUC

As Director General of BEUC, Monique  Goyens represents 45 independent national consumer associations in 32 European countries, acting as a strong consumer voice in Brussels, ensuring that consumer interests are given weight in the development of policies and raising the visibility and effectiveness of the consumer movement through lobbying EU institutions and media contacts.

As a consumer expert and advocate, and on behalf of BEUC, Monique is currently member of the EU High Level Forum for the Capital Market Union. She is a member of the sub-group on Artificial Intelligence, Connected Products and other new Challenges in Product Safety (2020), an effective member of the Euro Retail Payments Board, a member of the expert group on “trade agreements” (2018-2019) and Vice-Chair of the European Advisory Board of the Open Society Foundations. She was a member to the expert group on “Online Disinformation” (2018).

In her capacity as BEUC Director General, Monique is currently EU co-chair of the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) a network of EU and US consumer organisations, and she also represents BEUC at Consumers International, the international consumer organisation.

Apart from championing consumer’ rights, Monique’s passions/challenges are her family & cooking for friends.

Concluding remarks

James Watson

Secretary General, Eurogas

Dr James Watson is the Secretary General of Eurogas since January 2019. Eurogas is the association representing the European gas wholesale, retail and distribution sectors. Prior to this, he was the CEO of SolarPower Europe. Before joining SolarPower Europe, he worked as the Director of Public Affairs for Weber Shandwick. Before coming to Brussels, he 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.