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.
Mattijs Slee is Shell’s Commercial Manager Hydrogen for Europe, in which he is looking after all business development and commercial activities in Europe but increasingly also the Middle East. He is an engineer by background and has worked around the world where developing and executing large scale energy projects. Subsequently, he was a development manager for multibillion US$ acquisition and divestments, and responsible for the pre-sanction development of one on the largest projects in Shell.
In 2017 he led the acquisition of NewMotion on behalf of Shell New Energies and made several venture investments as Investment Principal in the new fuels space on behalf of Shell Ventures. Mattijs holds an Global Executive MBA at INSEAD and has a personal motivation to accelerate the Energy Transition and deliver the scale required to minimize climate change.
Shiva Dustdar has over 25 years of experience in the financial industry working for large private and public institutions in New York, London and Luxembourg. Since joining EIB in 2003, she has worked in risk management, lending and investing in innovative companies and currently heads the Innovation Finance Advisory (IFA) Division in the EIB which she was tasked to set up in 2013. IFA has 2 units covering project advisory and thematic finance providing access to finance advice to public and private entities, performing market studies and developing new financial products to meet the financing needs across the innovation spectrum to support smart, green and healthy growth.
Shiva started her career in 1993 at J.P. Morgan Investment Banking in New York working in M&A, Project Finance and Emerging Markets before joining Fitch Rating Agency in 1999 to set up its European High Yield rating business.
Shiva holds a BA in Economics from Columbia University and an Executive MBA from London Business School (LBS). Shiva co-founded the European High Yield Association (EHYA), which is now part of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) and was nominated to Top 50 Women in Credit by Credit Magazine in 2006. She is a regular speaker on innovation and impact financing, gender smart investing, digital and green financing and actively engaged in networks that promote sustainable and mission oriented financing.
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.
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).