Jorgo Chatzimarkakis was appointed Secretary General of Hydrogen Europe in 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.
Dave Turk joined the IEA in September 2016 and is currently the Acting Deputy Executive Director and Head of the Strategic Initiatives Office. He formerly served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Climate and Technology at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he coordinated the Department’s international clean energy efforts. He also previously served as Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Congressional Affairs at the U.S. National Security Council, and in various capacities in the U.S. Congress.
Dirk Schaap, Coordinator Hydrogen in Transport and Mobility at the Netherlands’ Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.Dirk has been involved in hydrogen since 2014 when the Dutch vision on sustainable fuels was published. Over the years he has worked together with the private sector to support the uptake of hydrogen in transport. He has actively worked together with the European Commission in positioning hydrogen as an energy carrier and in transport. At present he participates with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policies in the making of the Dutch Government vision, expected end of March 2020, on hydrogen in the energy transition.
Christian is heading the hydrogen activities of Smartenergy and is also in charge for solar projects in Germany. Christian has worked over 10 years in Renewable Energies and Electro Mobility for Torqeedo, Nanosolar and Solyndra and over 15 years in Semiconductors for Infineon, Giesecke & Devrient and Siemens in various management positions.
Christian holds a master’s degree in semiconductor physics and microelectronics engineering from Cambridge University and a master’s degree in physics from the Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich.
Didier Stevens (58) is Senior Manager European & Government Affairs at Toyota Motor Europe in Brussels, Belgium. He is in charge of coordinating and leading internally and externally all lobbying activities in Europe for the Japanese automotive company with special focus on CO2 for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, introduction of alternative powertrains and respective infrastructure, and other EU emissions legislation. Didier is the Toyota representative in different stakeholder groups of the European Commission, committees and working groups of ACEA (European car manufacturers association), FEBIAC (Belgian car industry federation) and a member of the WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development) Urban Infrastructure Initiative. Prior to his 20 years with Toyota Motor Europe, he was in charge of the European Internal Market introduction to Mitsubishi Electric. From May 2006 till February 2017, he has been Chairman of the Belgian-Japan Association EU Committee facilitating the contacts between Japanese companies and the European institutions and officials. In June 2017, Didier Stevens has been appointed Hydrogen Europe Board member in charge of the Transport Pillar and is currently leading a working group on hydrogen trucks. Didier Stevens holds a post-university degree from the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium).
Name Eduard Justus de Visser (drs. MBA)
Eduard de Visser (1975) is Director Strategy & Innovation at the Port of Amsterdam. He is responsible for the long-term development and transition strategy of the port, the shareholder relationship and the innovation agenda. Eduard has held various other positions within the port authority. He has been responsible for the corporatization of the Port Authority, the rollout of the international activities of the port, and real estate development. Eduard is married, father of three children and lives in Amsterdam.
2011 – year to date – Director Strategy & Innovation – Port of Amsterdam (PoA)
2009 – 2011 – Project Leader Corporatization Port of Amsterdam (PoA)
2007 – 2009 – Head of Real Estate Development (PoA)
2003 – 2007 – Deloitte Consulting
2000 – 2003 – Ernst & Young Consulting
Other current functions
– Member Supervisory Board Portbase
– Member steering committee Amsterdam Logistics Board
– Member Advisory Board Netherlands Distribution Council
2016 – 2017 – Strategy Execution Program, INSEAD
2013 – 2014 – Community for Authentic Leadership and Learning, Twijnstra & Gudde
2008 – 2009 – Executive MBA, Rotterdam School of Management
2005 – Financial-economic management, De Baak
2003 -Real Estate management, University of Amsterdam
1995 – 1999 – Master contemporary history, University of Groningen
– Dutch – Native language
– English – Fluent in business, fluent socially
– French – Fluent in business, fluent socially
– German – Proficient socially