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Welcome speech

Martin Herrmann

Acting President of Eurogas

After a career in investment banking in Frankfurt and Prague, Martin Herrmann joined the RWE Group in 2002 as a member of the Board and CFO of RWE Transgas.

Since 2007, he is leading RWE’s and later innogy’s business in the Czech Republic as Chairman of the Board and CEO of innogy Česká republika a.s. (until 2016: RWE Česká republika). From 2011 until 2016, Martin was CEO of RWE East. In 2015, he became responsible for the Retail business on Group level. Since April 2016, he is COO Retail in today’s innogy SE Board.

As an industry representative, Martin is currently acting President of Eurogas and Vice-Chairman of the Czech Gas Association.

Keynote speeches

Seán Kelly

Member of the European Parliament

First elected to the European Parliament in June 2009 for Ireland South and re-elected for in May 2014, Seán Kelly sits on the Industry, Research and Energy Committee, the International Trade Committee and the Fisheries Committee.

One of his proudest achievements as a MEP include his work on the Renewable Energy Directive.

Marie-Christine Marghem

Federal Minister of Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, Belgium

Marie Christine Marghem, a law graduate from the University of Liège and a lawyer, began her political career by running in the 1994 municipal elections in Tournai. Once elected, she became a municipal councillor. She also worked as a Federal Deputy in the Belgian House of Representatives for 11 years. In the context of her parliamentary activities, Marie Christine Marghem stands out nationally for her work in the Sexual Abuse Commission and the debacle of the Dexia Bank.

On 11 October 2014, she took on the role of Minister of Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development. She was then put in charge with getting the country back on track for energy transition. She strives to meet this challenge and guarantee Belgium affordable, safe and sustainable energy.

Marie Christine Marghem is a law graduate from the University of Liège and a lawyer.

Panel 1: Delivering the Energy Transition for a Competitive Europe

Edouard Sauvage


Edouard Sauvage is CEO of GRDF since 24 November 2015.

Before, he was Director of Strategy of GDF SUEZ (2013-2015) and Head of Gas Supplies (2005-2013). He also held various positions at Gaz de France.

Edouard Sauvage also worked for the French Prime Minister Alain Juppé as Technical Advisor.

He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées.

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis

Secretary General, Hydrogen Europe

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis is Secretary General of Hydrogen Europe since 2016.

Before joining Hydrogen Europe, Jorgo Chatzimarkakis was a Representative of Infineon Technologies in Brussels and a Member of the European Parliament (2004 – 2014) inter alia in the ITRE Committee (Industry, Technology, Research and Energy).

He graduated in Political Science from the University of Bonn.

Nicola Rega

Climate Change and Energy Director, CEPI

Since February 2003 Nicola has been working in Brussels on EU-related policies for a wide range of stakeholders. 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 organisations and relevant stakeholders.

Nicola Rega 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.

Marion Labatut

Director Policy Issues, Eurelectric

Marion Labatut has 10 years’ experience in electricity markets economics and regulation. She is Director Policy Issues at Eurelectric.

Before joining the Brussels-based trade association early 2014, she was an electricity markets analyst at EDF in Paris. Earlier on, she also had the opportunity to manage a cooperation project on Vietnamese energy policies at the French agency ADETEF in Hanoi.

Marion Labatut graduated from Sciences Po Paris in economics and international business in 2006, she also holds an executive master in energy systems optimization from Ecole des Mines de Paris.

Panel 2: Going Global – What can Europe Learn?

Guloren Turan

General Manager Advocacy, Global CCS Institute

Guloren Turan is responsible for the Global CCS Institute’s Advocacy team globally, including its international climate policy activities focused on the UNFCCC and its related bodies. Guloren has extensive experience in the energy and climate fields.

From 2015 to 2017, she led the Government Affairs activities at the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline. Prior to this, she held a number of roles over the course of 9 years at BG Group.

Guloren Turan holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, an MBA from Cornell University and BSc Industrial Engineering from Istanbul Technical University.

Jean-Baptiste Dubreuil

Senior Natural Gas Analyst, International Energy Agency

Jean-Baptiste Dubreuil joined the International Energy Agency (IEA) in September 2017 as Senior Natural Gas Analyst. He has over 15 years of experience in energy with major industry companies as well as research and services stakeholders.

Before joining the IEA, he held several economic analysis management positions within Engie, a leading global energy provider, at both corporate and business unit levels. He also has academic experience as an invited lecturer in Oil and Gas Markets with the Paris Institute of Political Sciences and the École Polytechnique Executive Education.

Jean-Baptiste Dubreuil holds a Master of Energy Economics from the IFP School (French Petroleum Institute) and graduated in Economics and Finance from Paris Institute of Political Sciences.

Frank Wouters

Director, EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network

Frank Wouters has been leading renewable energy projects, transactions, and technology development for over 28 years. He worked as Deputy Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and served on the Board of several energy companies, including Torresol, where he developed three CSP plants.

He currently serves as Director of the EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network, a platform that aims to foster clean energy partnerships between Europe and the Gulf. Moreover, he advises the World Bank on solar energy around the world, and serves as Global Lead Green Hydrogen at Advisian. Wouters is Fellow at Payne Institute, Colorado School of Mines and is a non-executive Board Director of Gorestreet Capital, London.

Frank Wouters has authored several books on renewable energy. He has a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Delft University.

Roland Roesch

Deputy Director, IRENA

Dr. Roland Roesch is Deputy Director at the Innovation and Technology Center of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Before he became in October 2010 a Professor for Energy Economics at the University of Applied Science in Darmstadt, he worked for 15 years in the Oil&Gas and Utilities Industry for Shell and E.ON. He also worked as Energy Market Consultant for Lahmeyer International and as researcher for renewable energies.

Roland Roesch has solid business experience in energy markets, energy economics and energy strategies, renewable integration management, energy project development and project financing. He currently leads IRENA´s work on RE Project Development known as IRENA Project Navigator, RE Innovation, Grids and Flexibility for the Power Sector Transformation and the Gas Sector Transformation.

Megan Richards

Director of Energy Policy in DG Energy, European Commission

Since 1 April 2017, Megan Richards is Director of Energy Policy in DG Energy (ENER) of the European Commission (EC). Prior to joining the EC in 1991, Megan Richards worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Africa, the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, the government of Canada, and private law firms. Within the EC, she focused on programmes to support SMEs, research and innovation. She also worked at the Commission’s Joint Research Centre and DG CONNECT.

From 2013-2014, she was EU Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.

Megan Richards holds a bachelor of science, a bachelor of laws and a master of public administration degrees.

Panel 3: Strategies or a Yellow Brick Road to 2050?

Charles-Henri Robert

Executive Director, CEFIC

Charles-Henri ROBERT is Executive Director Climate Change and Energy of The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic). He 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). For the past 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.

He served as Vice President of SFIP – Société Française des Ingénieurs des Plastiques – from 1996 to 2013.

His background is Chemical engineer from Chimie ParisTech and he holds a Master in Business from ESSEC.

Eva Hennig

Head of Department of Policy Issues, Thüga

Eva Hennig studied Mechanical Engineering at Technical University in Munich. She has been with Thüga Aktiengesellschaft in Munich since 1989 in various positions.

Since 2018, she is Head of department for EU Energy Policy. Active in the field of DSO regulation for gas and electricity, sector coupling and renewable and decarbonized gases.

The Thüga Group constitutes the largest alliance of municipal utilities in Germany with activities in the sectors gas, electricity, district heating, water and various services.

Since 2012, Eva Hennig is Chair of the Eurogas Distribution Committee.

Boyana Achovski

Secretary General, GIE

Since September 2016, Boyana Achovski serves as Secretary General of Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE), the European association of gas transmission, gas storage and LNG regasification terminal operators. Prior to her current function, she held the position of GIE Vice Executive Secretary for a period of 4 years. Before joining GIE, she worked for Bulgartransgaz, the Bulgarian transmission and storage operator, where she led the Analysis and International Operations Division, managing the company’s undertakings relating to the European regulatory framework and European energy policy.

From June 2017 to January 2018, she was a Chair of GasNaturally Steering Committee.

Boyana Achovski graduated in International Economic Affairs, specialised in International Finance and holds a Master’s degree in Finance.

David Wells

President, Shell Energy Europe

David Wells was appointed President of Shell Energy Europe Limited in May 2017 and is responsible for the marketing and trading of gas and power in Shell’s European energy markets. His organisation is also responsible for the Shell Group’s global trade in environmental products.
Prior to this role, David was responsible for Shell’s LNG marketing and trading activity, comprising equity and third party purchases and sales, supply of regas facilities, plus supply optimisation and trading.

David Wells has worked for Shell since graduating in Mathematics from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom in 1982. The majority of his career has been spent in various roles in crude oil and products trading, oil supply and refinery production planning. He has also been responsible for Shell’s gas and power marketing and trading activities in Canada and the North-Eastern USA.

Lisa Fischer

Senior Policy Advisor, E3G

Lisa Fischer works as a Senior Policy Advisor in E3G’s London office since 2016. She leads E3G’s work on the future of the EU’s network infrastructure, notably focusing on the transition in the gas sector. Prior to E3G, She worked in the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (now BEIS) and the UK Department for Transport.

Lisa Fischer holds a MSc in Political Economy of Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies as well as a BA in International Relations from the Technical University of Dresden in Germany.

Concluding remarks

Raffaele Mauro Petriccione

Director-General, DG Climate Action, European Commission

Graduated in Law from the University of Bari in 1982, Raffaele Mauro Petriccione obtained an LL.M. from the University of London in 1986 and joined the European Commission in September 1987.

From 2014 to early 2018, he was Deputy-Director General of DG Trade, responsible for trade relations concerning services and investment, intellectual property, public procurement, agri-food and fisheries; trade relations with Asia, Latin America and countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific; trade and sustainable development.

In March 2018 he has been appointed Director General for Climate Action.