João Pedro Matos Fernandes was born in Águeda, in 1967.
He graduated in Civil Engineering in Faculdade de Engenharia of Universidade do Porto, in 1991, and concluded his Master in Transport, in Instituto Superior Técnico, in Lisbon (1995).
Between 1990 and 1995, he worked in the Northern Region Coordination Commission (Territory Planning), in the transport department.
He was advisor to the Secretary of State of Natural Resources between 1995 and 1997, and he was Head of Office of the Secretary of State Assistant to the Minister of Environment between 1997 and 1999.
He was Director of the company Quarternaire Portugal, Development Consultants between 1999 and 2005.
He was member of the board of Douro and Leixões Port Authority between April 2005 and May 2008, and Chairman of Douro and Leixões Port Authority between April 2008 and May 2012.
He was Chairman of Viana do Castelo Port Authority since its inception, in January 2009, until May 2012.
He was President of the Portuguese Port Authorities' Association between April 2008 and April 2010.
He was Professor in Instituto Superior Técnico (Infrastructures) and in Instituto Superior de Transportes (Energy and Environmental Consequences of Transport) and lectured in several Masters in Universidade do Porto, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa and Napoles University.
He also participated in many conferences related to Transport, Infrastructures and Territory.
Between June 2012 and December 2013, he was advisor of the board in the company Terminals of North and Ports of North (Manica group), and was manager of Nacala Port, in Mozambique.
Since January 2014, he was President of the board of Águas do Porto.
Graduate of HEC Paris and the history faculties of the Paris IV-Sorbonne University and the University of Warsaw.
In 2013, he began working at the Ministry of Environment as part of the Climate Negotiators Team at the United Nations COP19 Climate Summit in Warsaw. Previously, he had gained experience in the field of finance in the private sector.
In 2015–2018, he headed the Environmental Department at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the European Union in Brussels, where he negotiated draft legislation on the environment and climate in Council working groups. In 2018, he served as the chief negotiator of the Polish Presidency of COP24 in Katowice, preparing a package of decisions implementing the Paris Agreement, the so-called Katowice Rulebook. In 2019, he once again became the head of the Environmental Department at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the EU.
Minister of State (Minister for Business, Energy & Clean Growth), Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy,
Anne-Marie Trevelyan was appointed as Minister of State (Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth) at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 8 January 2021.
Anne-Marie Trevelyan was appointed as the UK International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency on 7 November 2020.
Previously Anne-Marie was the Secretary of State for International Development from February to September 2020. She was Minister of State for the Armed Forces from 17 December 2019 to 13 February 2020, and Minister for Defence Procurement from 27 July 2019 to 16 December 2019.
Anne-Marie was first elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for the Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency at the 2015 general election.
A chartered accountant by trade, Anne-Marie sat on the House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee from July 2015 to May 2017 and December 2018 to July 2019. She has previously served as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Defence. As an MP, she has campaigned with colleagues for greater autism awareness and has focused on the Armed Forces Covenant.
Her wider interests involve spending time with her family, making the most of the incredible landscape her vast and varied constituency affords and putting her passion for singing to good use by taking part in Singing for Syrians concerts in Westminster.
H.E. Arno BonteVice Mayor for Sustainability, Clean Air & Energy TransitionCity of Rotterdam
H.E. Arno Bonte
Vice Mayor for Sustainability, Clean Air & Energy Transition
City of Rotterdam
The Hon. Mick de BrenniMinister for Energy, Renewables & Hydrogen, & Minister for Public Works & ProcurementQueensland Government, Australia
The Hon. Mick de Brenni
Minister for Energy, Renewables & Hydrogen, & Minister for Public Works & Procurement
Queensland Government, Australia
Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen and Minister for Public Works and Procurement: 12 Nov 2020
Minister for Housing and Public Works; Minister for Digital Technology; Minister for Sport: 12 Dec 2017 - 11 Nov 2020
Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Sport: 10 Feb 2017 - 11 Dec 2017
Minister for Housing and Public Works: 8 Dec 2015 - 10 Feb 2017
Chief Government Whip: 19 Feb 2015 - 16 Feb 2016
Campaign Director Queensland Council of Unions (QCU), Assistant Secretary United Voice, Industrial Officer TCFUA, Retail, Cleaning.
Community Activity: Logan East Community Neighbourhood Association, Trail Care, Vice Patron Surf Life Saving Queensland, Mountain Bike Australia, RATS Cycling Club, Bicycle Qld, Patron Springwood Puma F.C.
Stephen Patterson was elected to the South Australian House of Assembly as the Member for Morphett in 2018, along with Premier Steven Marshall’s Liberal Government. Stephen brings over 25 years of experience to the Parliament, with a wide-ranging professional background including business, local government and professional sport. Stephen was appointed Minister for Trade and Investment in July 2020. In this role, Stephen is focused on delivering the Marshall Liberal Government’s strong plan to recover the South Australian economy from the effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic. In Parliament, Stephen has served as the Presiding Member of the Environment, Resources and Development Committee and has also served on several other committees, including the Economics and Finance Committee. Directly prior to entering politics, Stephen worked with businesses in South Australia’s key growth sectors of space, defence and hi-tech, through the company he co-founded, Expeed Technology. Stephen represented his local community as the Mayor of Holdfast Bay Council from 2014 to 2018 and was a professional Australian rules footballer with Collingwood Football Club from 1995 to 2000. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science (physics) and a Bachelor of Electrical & Electronic Engineering with 1st Class Honours from the University of Adelaide. Stephen is married to Tammy and together they have four children. Outside of his work as the Minister for Trade and Investment as well as the Member for Morphett, Stephen is an active member of the Glenelg Surf Life Saving Club and enjoys volunteering in a range of community groups with his family.
Ohira EijiDirector General, Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Office Advanced Battery & Hydrogen Technology Dept.NEDO (The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization)
Director General, Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Office Advanced Battery & Hydrogen Technology Dept.
NEDO (The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization)
Eiji Ohira is the Director General of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)’s Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Group within the Advanced Battery and Hydrogen Technology Department. In this capacity, he is responsible the overall strategy, execution and coordination of NEDO’s research, development and demonstration project on fuel cell and hydrogen.
He has also coordinated fuel cell and hydrogen activities with international stakeholders, through International Energy Agency’s Technology Collaboration Program (IEA TCP: Advanced Fuel Cell & Hydrogen), and International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE).
He joined the NEDO in 1992, just after graduation from the Tokyo University of Science. He served as a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997-1998.
Before taking up the current position in April 2013, he served in several positions, including Representative at NEDO Asian Representative Office, Director of the Energy Storage Technology Division.
Allard Castelein is Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Rotterdam Authority since 1 January 2014.
Born in Rotterdam in 1958, Allard graduated in medicine at Erasmus University.
He started working with Shell in The Netherlands in 1987. For the first couple of years he held positions in Trading, Sales and Marketing. From 1992 he lived and worked in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom in various positions in Marketing, Strategy, Business Development and General Management. Allard returned to The Netherlands in 2002 to join the Executive Board of the Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij, a Shell-Exxon JV. In 2003 he became Commercial Manager for Shell’s European Upstream business. In this capacity he led a major re-organisation and change management programme. In 2009 Allard was appointed Vice President Environment for Shell. He led the global Environment cluster and was accountable for strategy, standards, controls and strategic partnerships worldwide.
In addition to his position as CEO with the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Allard Castelein is
Vice president and member of the Supervisory Board of Sohar Industrial Port Company SAOC (SIPC);
Vice president and member of the Supervisory Board of Sohar International Development Company (SIDC);
Member of the Supervisory Board of Rotterdam Partners;
Member of the Executive Board of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW);
Member of the Supervisory Board of Isala Hospitals;
Chairman Board Ronald McDonald Huis Sophia Rotterdam;
Paul Bogers was recently appointed as the VP for Hydrogen, looking after all aspects of Shell’s growing hydrogen business. In this role Paul will oversee Shell’s work in hydrogen as a fuel for transport and the growing business in industrial hydrogen.
Prior to taking this role, Paul was Shell’s VP for Fuel Technologies, leading a team of 200+ scientists and engineers looking after all fuels development, including actively shaping future fuels and alternatives.
Previous assignments in Shell included a range of commercial, technical and strategy roles in Shell’s aviation business and overseeing differentiated fuels and lubricants product development in the UK and US leading to a world’s first commercial flights on GTL Jet fuel as well as spearheading development of Pennzoil Pureplus – the first Motoroil born from Natural Gas.
Paul holds an MSc in Aerospace Engineering from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands, and a post-graduate degree in fluid dynamics from the Von Karman Institute in Brussels.
Andrew Horvath is Global Group Chairman of private research and development company Star Scientific Limited, where he oversees the business strategy and development behind the company’s breakthrough technology, HERO®. Mr Horvath founded Star Scientific in 1998 and his vision has been instrumental in transforming it to an international business. The company and its subsidiaries across Australasia, Europe and the United States are currently undergoing a rapid-scale up across its science, engineering, corporate and finance divisions.
Max CorreaHead of the Fuels & New Energy DivisionMinistry of Energy, Chile
Head of the Fuels & New Energy Division
Ministry of Energy, Chile
Max is currently the Head of the Fuels and New Energy Division at the Ministry of Energy, Chile. His Division is comprised of three Units: Hydrocarbons; Wood Fuels; and New Energy, the later responsibly of promoting the development of a green hydrogen industry in the country.
Before joining the Ministry of Energy, Max served as the Executive Director of the Solar and Energy Innovation Committee at the Chilean Economic Development Agency, Corfo. During his tenure, the Committee's work has been largely focused on increasing international collaboration and on the promotion of green hydrogen and other energy innovations as critical elements of Chile's energy transition.
Max previously worked at Corfo as Deputy Director of Strategy and Sustainability, supporting the Executive Vice President (CEO) in defining and implementing the institutional strategy, and providing prospective and exploratory information to identify upcoming trends. During this period, Max led a team to draft and promote the creation of the largest Technological Institute ever created in Chile - the Clean Technologies Institute - which will have a strong industrial focus on development, scaling and adoption of technological solutions in solar energy, low emissions mining and advanced materials derived from lithium and other minerals. The Institute will receive a public subsidy of up to US$190 million with an additional 30% of the total budget to be financed by the private sector.
Prior to Corfo, Max worked as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Andes Iron, an iron ore mining company that owns two world-class IOCG Ore Deposits along the Andes Coastal Range.
His experience also includes working as an associate to the Energy and Corporate Group of Chile's largest full-service law firm, Carey & Co.
Max is on the Board of Directors of the Chilean Natural Resources Information Centre, CIREN (part of the Ministry of Agriculture) and as City Councilor for the Municipality of Zapallar; a well preserved seaside area in central Chile. He also contributes to several conservation initiatives, most notably to Corporación Bosques de Zapallar (http://bosquesdezapallar.cl/), Chile’s first Land Trust devoted to preserve a unique Mediterranean forest located in the country’s central coast.
Max graduated from Universidad de Chile, Faculty of Law and holds an MPhil in Environmental Policy, Department of Land Economy, from Cambridge University in the UK and undertook a Certificate Program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He was awarded with a joint full scholarship by the UK Government's Chevening scheme, the Cambridge Overseas Trust and British Gas Group.
Dale NallyAssociate Minister of Natural Gas & ElectricityGovernment of Alberta, Canada
Associate Minister of Natural Gas & Electricity
Government of Alberta, Canada
Minister Nally was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on April 16, 2019, as the MLA for Morinville-St. Albert.
Nally brings with him decades of private sector experience managing and leading business units that generate between 50 million and 80 million dollars in revenue. He has a Masters Degree in Education.
Nally was a co-chair for Diversity Edmonton which was a volunteer organization that worked with business to promote the hiring of people with disabilities. He is an active volunteer within his community. You can often catch him at one of the local arenas assisting on and off the ice with his child’s hockey.
Dale Nally was appointed the Associate Minister of Natural Gas and Electricity on March 24, 2020. He previously held the role of Associate Minister of Natural Gas. He will work to advance long-term stability and growth in Alberta's natural gas and electricity sectors.
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.
Oliver Bishop is the General Manager for Shell’s global activities in hydrogen. His team runs Shell’s hydrogen stations in Germany, the UK and North America, and he is also responsible for product development as well as research and development.
He is responsible for Shell’s participation in the H2 Mobility Germany Hydrogen station joint venture which was launched in 2015 and is now rolling out stations across Germany; the 100th station should open by the end of 2020. Besides Germany, Mr Bishop has overseen Hydrogen station openings in the US, the UK and Canada. Besides his hydrogen activities, Mr Bishop is a Director of several Royal Dutch Shell companies.
During his 20-year career at Shell, Mr Bishop was General Manager for Shell’s trading business in Switzerland, held a post as M&A Manager in Shell’s Mergers & Acquisitions team, and has had previous roles in Fuels Retailing, Finance, Strategy and Consulting.
He holds a degree in electronics engineering and is based in Switzerland with his wife and two children. He holds dual Swiss and British citizenship.
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.
Ahmed Aboutaleb (born 1961 in Beni Sidel, Morocco) has been Mayor of Rotterdam since 2009.
Previously, he represented the PvdA (Labor Party) as State Secretary for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment in the fourth Balkenende cabinet (2007-2008) and as an alderman in Amsterdam (2004-2007). At the age of fifteen, Aboutaleb came to the Netherlands for family reunification. The family resided in The Hague, where Aboutaleb successively attended Junior Technical School, Intermediate Technical School and Technical College, graduating in Telecommunications in 1987. Ahmed Aboutaleb is a poetry enthusiast.
In the mid-1980s, Aboutaleb started his career in journalism. He was a discussion leader for RVU Television, made programs for Radio Stad Amsterdam and Radio Noord-Holland, and reported for Veronica Radio, NOS Radio and RTL News. In 1991, he moved to public services, holding positions with the Ministry of Welfare, Health and Culture, the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER) and Statistics Netherlands (CBS). In 1998 he became an administrator for the Forum institute for multicultural development, and in 2002 he became director of the City of Amsterdam’s sector of Social, Economic and Cultural Development (MEC).
Mayor Aboutaleb strongly advocates the values enshrined in the Dutch Constitution: freedom of religion, freedom of speech and the principle of non-discrimination.In his view, obtaining Dutch citizenship entails a responsibility to respect and uphold those values and to take part in building the We Society. The more people take part in which, the stronger and more resilient that society will be, both in good and bad times. He’ll regularly take neighbourhood strolls throughout Rotterdam to have talks with residents about what concerns them.
In 2015, Aboutaleb published two books: an HJ Schoo Reading (published by Elseviermagazine) titled De roep van de stad ('The City’s Call'), covering the leading role cities and urban regions can play at the national and international level, and Droom & Daad ('Dream & Deed'), which was published for the History Week of the Collective Promotion of the Dutch Book foundation (CPNB). In Droom & Daad, he tells a Rotterdam war story to present how to ensure a stable, peaceful society.
Sushil Purohit is the President of Wärtsilä Energy and Executive Vice President at Wärtsilä. He brings more than 26 years of energy and power generation experience, of which 22 years have been with Wärtsilä in sales, business development, and leadership positions.
For the last decade, Sushil has promoted flexible power generation in the Middle East, Asia, Australia and Americas markets. Together with the Wärtsilä team, he has helped our customers unlock value by optimising their power systems and future-proofing their assets. Now, in his current role, Sushil leads Wärtsilä’s global energy business with the vision of leading the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future.
Sushil is committed to accelerating the energy sector’s efforts towards decarbonisation. He believes it is our responsibility to pass on to our children a world in a better condition than the one we inherited. Sushil is determined to foster an environment for learning and open dialogue, while enabling energy leaders to take informed and fact-based decisions. He has a track record in turning vision and strategy into an understandable roadmap – and engaging people to get things done.
Sushil is well respected by his colleagues for his positive outlook and the ability to generate business growth, while his focus is always on his people. Under his leadership, Wärtsilä has won and executed several ground-breaking and award winning projects.
Shibu K. JohnVice President – Strategy & Business Development (Upstream)Primetals Technologies, a part of MHI Group
Shibu K. John
Vice President – Strategy & Business Development (Upstream)
Primetals Technologies, a part of MHI Group
With over 25 years of experience in the metallurgical industry, Shibu K. John is responsible for Strategy & Business Development for the Upstream business of Primetals Technologies, which covers iron ore agglomeration to production of long rolled steel and hot rolled steel in ESP.
Shibu is focused on developing solutions for decarbonization of the steel industry and has been heading the team for setting up the first pilot HYFOR plant in Austria, which is aimed to use Hydrogen to produce emission free direct reduced iron.
Prior to his current position, he was responsible for the business of Smelting and Direct Reduction and implemented number of innovative metallurgical projects in the field of Finex and Midrex direct reduction plants in Korea, USA, Russia and India.
Ulrich Schmitz has more than two decades of experience in sales, marketing and project handling of tailor-made turbo machinery for markets such as chemical/petrochemical, oil and gas, industrial gases, and power generation,
In his current role as Marketing Manager for Atlas Copco Gas and Process, he is based in Cologne, Germany. Schmitz drives product management and state-of-the-art products, while also identifying new markets and products needed in the near and long-term future. Before taking on his current role in marketing, Schmitz worked in R&D and as regional sales manager for Southeast Asia.
Ulrich Schmitz holds a diploma in mechanical engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne (FH Köln), Germany.
Iain Elder is a partner at Shearman & Sterling and the firm's EMEA Project Development & Finance Team Leader.
Iain represents sponsors and lenders on the development and financing of large energy and infrastructure projects throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Iain is particularly focused on the energy transition sector and is currently part of Shearman & Sterling's team advising NEOM on their Helios Project to develop a world-scale green hydrogen and ammonia production facility in Saudi Arabia.
Ruben is CEO of bp in the Netherlands since 2016. He started his career within bp in 1993 and gained broad experience in several (management) roles throughout the organization. He is also chairman of the VNPI, Deltalinqs ambassador for Hydrogen and initiator of the bp NL H2-Fifty project; next to this, he represents bp at the Dutch ‘Climate Table’ (Industry).
Ruben Beens studied Economics at the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam and followed several (bp and external) courses and executive programs.
An energy transition visionary, skilled in market analysis, business case development, digital transformation procedures, and company mergers
With his experience in power system modelling, Ville Rimali is encouraged at seeing how renewable energy has become economically the most feasible option in many countries around the world. He is confident that the world could speed the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future.
As Director, Growth & Development, Wärtsilä Energy, Ville leads a team of energy experts driving growth in new markets, initiating new flexible power plant and energy storage projects, and managing project development activities in Europe and Africa. Ville is a team player known for stimulating the team’s desire to excel, and in general making things happen.
Previously in his Wärtsilä career, Ville worked as a business development professional. He achieved a track record in sales that exceeded 130 MEUR, including several energy storage (BESS) projects. One major success in which Ville was in lead was an energy storage project delivered to South-East Asia. The project modernized an entire nation’s power system, resulting in a reliable and low-cost supply of electricity to millions of people.
Ville is skilled in market analysis, business case development, digital transformation procedures, and company mergers. He holds M.Sc. degrees in both power systems and economics.
Emmanouil KakarasSenior Vice President, Head of New Products & Energy SolutionsMitsubishi Power Europe, a part of MHI Group
Senior Vice President, Head of New Products & Energy Solutions
Mitsubishi Power Europe, a part of MHI Group
Professor Dr. Emmanouil Kakaras has been Senior Vice President for New Products and Energy Solutions at MHI Group company Mitsubishi Power Europe since January 2018. Prior to this role he was Vice President and Head of Research & Development at Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe since September 2012. His R&D activities mainly focus on flexible operation of thermal plants, on fuel cells and electrolysers, the development of large scale energy storage and the utilization of CO2. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the European Power Plants Supplier Association (EPPSA) and of the Board of Directors of EU Turbines.
Professor Kakaras’ academic background is on clean energy generation technologies and since December 1991 he has been Professor at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. He has been also guest lecturer at the Universities of Warsaw and Tokyo. He participates as an external member in various working groups organized by the European Commission (CAG, Energy Committee), the Advisory Council of the Technology Platforms on Zero Emission Power Plants and on Smart Networks for Energy Transition as well as the Scientific Board of Industrial Associations (VGB, Rhein Ruhr Power, BDI). Professor Kakaras is also a member of several advisory committees of academic institutions (EASAC, Academy of Athens, EASE).
Dr Joaquin Narro founded Alcazar in 2012, a company involved in identifying disruptive opportunities throughout the carbon neutrality pathways. He specializes in monetizing opportunities in climate change, renewables generation, hydrogen ecosystem, energy storage, energy distribution and electrification. He is a pioneer of the energy transition and one of the earliest participants in the carbon markets. Joaquin’s experience encompasses investment management, trading, quantitative analysis, risk management, business development and entrepreneurship. He has worked for various leading energy firms, including Aquila Energy, Vattenfall and Nuon, as well as being a founding partner of Cumulus Asset Management. He has a PhD in nuclear physics and a bachelor’s degree in theoretical physics.
Bart Biebuyck is since 16th May 2016 the Executive Director of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), a public-private partnership aiming at facilitating the deployment of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies in Europe. Under his leadership, a strong emphasis on cooperation with cities and regions led to the creation of the European Hydrogen Valleys partnership with around 40 European regions. Dissemination of project results, building technology awareness and enhanced basic research became his key focusing points. Before the FCH JU, Bart Biebuyck was at the Fuel Cell department of Toyota Motor Europe where he held the position of Technical Senior Manager. His expertise in the automotive industry includes extensive knowledge related to the deployment of new technologies in the European market. It is as part of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) program in Berlin that Bart worked at reinforcing European trials for the Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle. He also had the opportunity to develop and expand his expertise in Japan, where for two years he worked on the development of Toyota and PSA’s small vehicle. In addition to his industrial experience, Bart has been politically active in his local town since 2006. In 2013 he became the vice president of the City Council, responsible, among others, for the local economy and education. Bart’s term as the Executive Director of the FCH - JU was extended for four years until 15 May 2023.
Dr. Sunita SatyapalDirector - Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Technologies Office, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable EnergyU.S. Department of Energy
Dr. Sunita Satyapal
Director - Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Technologies Office, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
U.S. Department of Energy
Dr. Sunita Satyapal is the Director for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and is responsible for $150 million per year in hydrogen and fuel cell R&D. She has two and a half decades of experience across industry, academia and government, including at United Technologies managing research and business development, and as a visiting professor. She has served as the Chair – is currently the co-Chair – of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy, a partnership among over 20 countries to accelerate progress in hydrogen. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and did postdoctoral work in Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University.
She has numerous publications, including in Scientific American, 10 patents, and a number of recognitions including a Presidential Rank Award.
Florent BAUDU has been working more than 20 years for the industry (in petrochemicals for a steam cracker/steam reformer equipment supplier as well as for Glass and Steel industry as Vice President Sales for an EPC company).
He holds a MSc in Particle Physics as well as a MBA from EDHEC Business School.
He joined McPhy in February 2019 and he is currently in charge of large electrolysis platforms development dedicated to industrial and energy applications.
Mark KirbyPresident & CEOCanadian Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA)
President & CEO
Canadian Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA)
Mr Kirby joined CHFCA as President and CEO in August, 2019. A mechanical engineer with an honours degree from the University of British Columbia, he has led the commercialization of many clean technologies, including hydrogen energy technologies.
Mr Kirby was a founder and CEO of S2G BioChemicals Inc., a Vancouver-based industrial biotech company 2nd-generation technology for sustainable bioproducts. Over a 10-year period, Mr. Kirby secured investment and strategic partnerships that enabled it to develop into a leading bioproducts company. In 2018, S2G was acquired by Fortress Global Industries, a Canadian forest products company, becoming Fortress Advanced Bioproducts.
Prior to starting S2G, Mark led business and technology development, operations and commercialization in the food, industrial gases, fuel cell and forest products industries with fuel cell leader Ballard Power, Canadian hydrogen technology start-up QuestAir Technologies and global industrial gases company Praxair.
Anna MurrayPlatform Manager, Fuel Cell & Hydrogen TechnologiesCummins
Philip Severin, Senior Director Business Development, Linde Clean Hydrogen
Since joining Linde in 2012, Philip has made significant contributions to the Linde Gases on-site business for industries such as chemicals and steel. Over the past years, he led overall business development efforts on specific opportunities, from early stage engagement to securing major investment projects in the EMEA region.
Philip holds a PhD in physics from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Said Business School, University of Oxford.
Troy MichaudVice President, Global Market Strategy & Business DevelopmentFuelCell Energy
Vice President, Global Market Strategy & Business Development
Hirofumi is a Japanese qualified lawyer who specialises in cross border joint law project finance transactions and energy and infrastructure related corporate transactions, advising equity investors, export credit agencies and commercial banks. He has a wealth of experience advising on renewable projects in Japan and internationally. He is chairing an offshore wind working group, operating within the remit of the Japan Association of Asset Management, and was recently ranked in the top 100 Legal Power List 2020 by A Word about Wind.
Dr. Sergey Ulyakhin is working in FTXT Energy as a Chief Innovation Officer. Sergey's major role and commitment is driving the company's hydrogen energy and fuel cell technology planning, leading the next-generation technology roadmap and strategy development as well identification of core application areas and new business models.
Dr. Ulyakhin graduated from the Lomonosov Moscow State University with Master’s and PhD degrees in materials science (polymer and crystal physics) in 2003 and 2006, respectively.
In 2006-2011 Sergey worked on a number of positions in LG Technology Center in Moscow. He has been involved in and leading a number of battery, fuel cell and solar cell related joint research and development projects.
In 2011-2013 Dr. Ulyakhin worked as a Project Director, Head of Advanced Technologies Department in ELTON Supercapacitors company, dealing with technology development and commercialization of asymmetric supercapacitors.
In 2013-2016 Dr. Ulyakhin served as a leader of the Knowledge Transfer Office within the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology.
From 2016 till 2018 Dr. Ulyakhin occupied a position of Project Leader: Future Technologies in LocoTech-TMH group of companies dealing primarily with optimization of company’s technological and business processes through introduction of advanced technologies.
In 2018 Dr. Ulyakhin joined Great Wall Motors’ hydrogen project as a Technology Management Lead and later on moved to FTXT Energy Technology Co., Great Wall's newly formed hydrogen related stand-alone business.
Ad van Wijk is part-time Professor Future Energy Systems at TU Delft, the Netherlands. He is guest professor at KWR Water Research Institute to develop and implement the research program Energy and Water. He is special advisor to Hydrogen Europe, representing European industry, national associations and research centers to develop European hydrogen policies with the EU commission. He is hydrogen ambassador at the ‘New Energy Coalition’ to realize the green hydrogen economy in the Northern Netherlands. And he holds several advisory and supervisory board positions.
Van Wijk has studied physics and did his Ph-D on Wind Energy and Electricity Production at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He worked as an Researcher and Associate Professor, between 1983 and 1997 in the Department of Science, Technology and Society at Utrecht University.
In 1984, van Wijk founded the company Ecofys, which eventually grew into Econcern. Econcern developed many new sustainable energy products, services and projects. Examples include the 120 MW offshore wind farm Princess Amalia in the North Sea, several multi-MW solar farms in Spain, a solar cell manufacturing plant Solland and a bio-methanol plant in the Netherlands.
Since 2011 van Wijk is appointed as professor Future Energy Systems at TU Delft. His research focus on the energy systems of the future. Especially he will do research on hydrogen energy systems and fuel cell cars and has realized ‘’the Green Village’’ at the TU Delft campus.
Van Wijk achieved many important prizes for excellent entrepreneurship. Amongst others he was Dutch entrepreneur of the year in 2007 and Dutch top-executive in 2008.
Van Wijk was honored by KWR, by appointing him Honorary Fellow in 2018
Van Wijk has published many books, scientific articles and reports. Amongst others ‘How to boil an egg’, 2011 ISBN: 978-1-60750-989-9, ‘Welcome to the Green Village’, 2013 ISBN 978-1-61499-283-7, ‘Our Car as Power Plant’ 2014 ISBN 978-1-61499-376-6, ‘3D printing with biomaterials’, 2015 ISBN 978-1-61499-485-5, ‘The Green Hydrogen Economy in the Northern Netherlands’, 2017 ISBN 978-90-826989-0-9, ‘Solar Power to the People’, 2017 ISBN 978-1-61499-832-7 (online) ‘Hydrogen, the key to the energy transition’, 2018 article in book ‘Hydrogen, the bridge between Africa and Europe’, 2019 article in book ‘A North Africa – Europe Hydrogen Manifesto’, 2019 DII desert energy report ‘Green Hydrogen for a European Green Deal; A 2x40 GW Initiative’, 2020 ISBN 978-90827637-1-3
All these publications can be downloaded from his website www.profadvanwijk.com
Follow Ad van Wijk at twitter @advanwijk or via his website
Principal Adviser to the Director General for Energy
Dr Tudor Constantinescu is Principal Adviser to the Director General for Energy in the European Commission. He is 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.
Roland Kaeppner is the Executive Director of the Hydrogen & Green Fuels within the Energy sector at NEOM. Roland leads all hydrogen and clean fuels initiatives and activities, supporting NEOM in its ambition to be the first at-scale region to be powered by 100% renewable and sustainable energy, guided by ambitions for regenerative development.
Roland has 15 years’ global experience in hydrogen and green fuels and has been an advocate for a future hydrogen economy for more than a decade. Prior to joining NEOM, he was Executive Vice President for Energy Storage and Hydrogen at thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions, where he established and led their electrochemical green hydrogen production and redox flow battery technology businesses.
Roland was previously Executive Member of the Board and CEO of Germany and Asia Pacific at McPhy Energy S.A., developing their innovative hydrogen portfolio and preparing the company for an IPO. Before that, Roland spent 13 years with Siemens Industrial Solutions in their industrial plant engineering business. In this role, he developed their Hydrogen PEM Electrolyzers business.
Roland holds degrees in Engineering from Polytechnic Aalen, the University of Manchester and the Management Center St.Gallen.
Astrid Behaghel is an electrical engineer with a 15-year career in the energy sector. After a couple of years in the Oil&Gas business, working on offshore platforms in the North Sea, she worked for the Development Aid in Africa and Asia on improving the access to energy and electricity for the population. Six years ago, she joined BNP Paribas as a senior power expert.
Within BNP Paribas, after advising the Bank on renewable energy projects in different parts of the World, she is now putting her efforts in supporting the clients of the Bank in their transition to a low carbon economy, especially through hydrogen, by bringing her deep expertise of energy systems.
She is leading the hydrogen initiative within the Bank and representing the Bank at the Hydrogen Council.
Shiva DustdarHead of Innovation Finance AdvisoryEuropean Investment Bank (EIB)
Head of Innovation Finance Advisory
European Investment Bank (EIB)
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.
Alice Krekt (1971) is programme director at Deltalinqs Climate Program (DCP).
Deltalinqs promotes the common interests of over 95% of all logistic, ports and industrial enterprises in the Rotterdam port area. Over 700 companies from fourteen different sectors joined the association of entrepreneurs. The Port of Rotterdam contributes 6,2% (€45,6 billion) to the national GDP. The Portprovides work, either directly or indirectly, to over 385,000 people. Deltalinqs strives to strengthen Rotterdam’s competitiveness, sustainable growth, and social and political acceptability for all activities within the port and industrial area; all for the benefit of our members.
As Deltalinqs Climate Program (DCP) director, Alice initiates and leads projects to reach the Paris Climate Agreement objectives with her team members and private and public partners. By initiating concrete projects in industry and logistics chains, the partners work on three topics: energy efficiency, sustainable fuels, and sustainable resources. Within these three subject areas, DCP’s role is to connect the right parties, inform and inspire these parties, and start innovation projects. With our members as ambassadors, Letters of Cooperation are agreed upon yearly; for cooperation as well as for projects such as H-vision (usage of blue hydrogen for industry and energy), energy mix, and field lab electrification. Blue hydrogen is one of the major building blocks towards a CO2 neutral industry.
Alice has over 20 years of experience in port strategy and development. Amongst others, she worked at Port of Rotterdam and Arcadis N.V.. Both in the Netherlands and internationally, she led teams that made concrete steps towards investment decisions, for instance on inland waterway transport in Brazil, with UN Habitat in Indonesia, and in several ports in the Netherlands. Alice builds bridges between organisations and strives to connect people within strategic cooperations.
Afkenel SchipstraSenior Vice President Business Development, Hydrogen - Project Manager HyNetherlandsENGIE
Senior Vice President Business Development, Hydrogen - Project Manager HyNetherlands
Randy MacEwen has been the President & CEO and a member of the board of directors of Ballard since October 2014. He has held executive roles in clean energy companies for over 15 years, including in fuel cells and solar.
From 2009 to 2014, Mr. MacEwen was Founder and Managing Director of NextCleanTech LLC, a cleantech consulting firm. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. MacEwen served as President & CEO of Solar Integrated Technologies, Inc., a commercial rooftop solar company. From 2001 to 2005, he served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development of Stuart Energy Systems Corporation, a leading supplier hydrogen generation systems.
Mr. MacEwen began his career as a corporate associate at Torys LLP, a leading business law firm, where he specialized in M&A and corporate finance from 1995 to 2001. Mr. MacEwen holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hon) degree from York University and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Dr Daniel Teichmann is the founder and managing director of Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies. The engineer conceptually developed the industrial application of Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC)-based hydrogen storage as part of his doctorate at Friedrich Alexander University (Germany, Erlangen-Nuremberg). After his first professional station at BMW AG Research and Technology, he decided in 2013 to start a business with professors Peter Wasserscheid, Wolfgang Arlt and Eberhard Schlücker - the successful path from research to commercialisation began. With its LOHC storage and release plant systems and integrated services for simple, safe and efficient hydrogen infrastructure solutions, the company – founded in 2013 – is a worldwide leading pioneer today, awarded with “The Innovation Prize of the German Economy” as well as named on the "Global Cleantech 100" list in 2021 for the fourth time in a row. Together with strategic investors AP-Ventures, Royal Vopak, Mitsubishi Corporation, Covestro, Winkelmann Group and Hyundai Motor Company, Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies is pushing forward with large volume and international projects to enable the LOHC technology to scale.
Jo Bamford is the founder and Executive Chairman of Ryse, responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of the business. He is a board member of one of the UK’s largest industrial conglomerates, JCB Ltd and spent eight years as Managing Director of JCB Utility Products. Jo is a clean energy enthusiast and is driven to grow the hydrogen economy, starting with transport.
Joining Shell from university with a physics degree from Delft University of Technology in 1988, Stijn has built up a distinguished career through a range of technical, commercial, project and senior leadership roles.
He has held positions in downstream manufacturing technology, project start-up and operations roles across the Netherlands, Japan and Germany. Furthermore, he has worked in Shell’s upstream business, with LNG, commercial and new business development assignments in England, Australia as well as the Netherlands. During the last 10 years with Shell, Stijn has held a number of senior management roles among which the position as CEO and country chair of Shell’s business in Germany In this last role he has been leading significant energy transition work in Germany.
Since early 2019, Stijn has left Shell and moved back to join his family in the Netherlands. Stijn has taken on the role of Director Commercial at the Port of Rotterdam Authority, responsible for the delivery of key energy transition and other complex transactions.
Extensive record in international business development in renewable energy: Solar, Wind, Hydrogen
International experience: worked in energy projects in more than20 countries in Europe, America, Africa and Asia
Since 2014, Project Governance Officer for the renewable energy projects at Vattenfall; steering investment decisions and project developments, heading the Project Review Board. Responsible for the Project Governance Policy and Decision Framework for the renewable projects.
2011-2013, Head of Biomass Business Development, Vattenfall
2007-2010,Head of Climate Mitigation Projects at Vattenfall, where he created the “Vattenfall Carbon Fund”, financing renewable energy projects in Asia, East Europe, and Latin America.
2000-2007, Head of Energy Economics, Lahmeyer Intl.(Tractebel Engineering),responsible for the restructuring and financial turnaround of the two energy and water companies Electrogaz in Rwanda, and Jirama in Madagascar, financed by World Bank.
Early on, has taken green hydrogen initiatives in various countries, such as using electricity from one of the major UK offshore wind farms for hydrogen supply to bus fleets, to steer them into projects to grow the international hydrogen portfolio (confidential).
Member of the Expert Advisory Board of the MENA-Fuels Project of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) Germany, analysing the Region Middle East and North Africa as strategically important trading partners in supplying green hydrogen based synthetic fuels up to the year 2050.
Co-Author of the publication “How to make Green Hydrogen economic?” (Hermes, Witte et. al.)
PhD in energy economics, and MSc (Dipl.-Ing.) in mechanical engineering
Nils AldagChief Executive Officer & Co-Founder Sunfire GmbH
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Nils is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Sunfire GmbH, a global leader in the production of industrial electrolysers. With its products, Sunfire is addressing a key challenge of today’s energy system: Providing clean fuels and gases from renewable electricity, carbon dioxide and water.
At Sunfire, Nils is responsible for all commercial activities including strategy, business development, sales and marketing, and investor relations. Since 2016, he serves as a Board Member of Hydrogen Europe, the European hydrogen industry association, he is a founding member of the Desertec Foundation, and a Young Leader of Atlantik-Brücke e.V.. In 2019, Nils was awarded “Top 40 Under 40” by Capital Magazine.
Nils studied Business and Law at EBS University and Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
Dr Mardit Matian - Founder & Director of EH Group - mechanical engineer, PhD from Imperial College London (2007) with a focus on design and heat management of fuel cell stacks. He has 20+ years’ experience in the field of low/high temperature fuel cells including PEM/SOFC, with numerous patents. In addition, he has led work on hydrogen production from ammonia & methane reformers. He worked in major enterprises such as ABB, and at specialised SOFC company HTCeramix/SOLIDPower. In 2017, he founded EH Group to independently develop its innovative fuel cell technology, including stacks, systems & production assembly.
Monica SwansonBusiness Manager International Hydrogen ProjectsPort of Rotterdam
Business Manager International Hydrogen Projects
Port of Rotterdam
Monica Swanson is Business Manager International Hydrogen Projects at Port of Rotterdam, where she has worked on the Digitization of Ports prior to starting work on Hydrogen related projects last year. She is currently working on building international corridors and coalitions for the import of hydrogen, in support of corporate aims for this. Projects she manages are, for instance, the H2Sines.RDAM project with Portugal and a project in Morocco. Closer to home she represents Port of Rotterdam in the HyTrucks project for fuel cell driven trucks, working together with business partners to achieve zero emission long haul road transportation to from and via Port of Rotterdam.
Port of Rotterdam is keen to co-operate with other ports and has a strong vision on both Digitization and the Green Transition. We work with commercial and public organisations to achieve our aims for these. Externally, we provide board level advice on port development and port management to ports around the world, initiate and manage participations in new or developing ports and in supply chains in countries strategically important to Rotterdam. Focus on strategic account development, promoting the Port of Rotterdam’s range of solutions and services with other ports and on integrating the aims for the green transition into our way of working.
Dr Graham Cooley joined ITM Power as CEO in 2009. ITM Power was the first hydrogen related company to be listed on the London Stock Market and has been developing electrolyser equipment for over 20 years. Graham started his career in the power sector in 1989 joining the CEGB and became Business Development Manager at National Power plc and then International Power plc developing energy storage and new generation technologies. Before joining ITM Power Graham was CEO of Sensortec Ltd, founding CEO of Metalysis Ltd, a spin out from Cambridge University and founding CEO of Antenova Ltd. Graham has a PhD in physics, an MBA and is a Fellow of the Institute of Metals, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM). Graham also sits on a number of industry bodies and is a member of the UK Government’s Hydrogen Advisory Council.
Andy Marsh joined Plug Power as President and CEO in April 2008. Under his leadership, Plug Power has led innovation, bringing the hydrogen fuel cell market from concept to commercialization, as the world moves forward towards electrification. Early on, Marsh identified material handling as the first commercially viable market targeted by Plug Power. Today, the firm’s fuel cell solutions are leveraged by world leaders such as Amazon, Walmart, and Carrefour to power industrial electric vehicles. As President and CEO, Marsh plans and directs all aspects of the organization’s policies and objectives, and is focused on building a company that leverages Plug Power’s combination of technological expertise, talented people and focus on sales growth to continue the Company’s leadership stance in the future alternative energy economy. Mr. Marsh holds an MSEE from Duke University and an MBA from SMU.
René SchoofVice President Asset Development, Operations & Logistics HydrogenUniper Hydrogen GmbH
Vice President Asset Development, Operations & Logistics Hydrogen
Uniper Hydrogen GmbH
René Schoof is VP Asset Development, Operation & Logistics at Uniper’s Hydrogen Business Line and holds the main responsibility over the Pilot plants WindGas Falkenhagen and WindGas Hamburg. Active in the energy sector for almost 20 years, he has been responsible for gas storage projects for 10 years and has specialized in this context on the storage of renewable energies, mainly in hydrogen and power-to-gas. In addition, he has been able to gain experience in various research projects and since 2014 he heads the research cluster "Gas Generation and Energy Systems" at the German Gas and Water Association e.V. (DVGW) and leads the participation of Uniper in the STORE & GO project.
Martin LambertSenior Research Fellow The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
Senior Research Fellow
The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
Martin Lambert is a Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. Within the Natural Gas Research Programme at the Institute, he leads their work on renewable gas and hydrogen. Since leaving Shell in 2016, in addition to his work with the Institute, Martin works as an independent consultant specialising in the international gas and LNG business.
Martin’s 34 year career with Shell included several senior leadership positions in the gas, LNG and biofuels businesses. He spent around half his career overseas, including assignments in Germany, Japan and the Philippines. From 2011 to 2015 he was seconded to North West Shelf Australia LNG as Senior Vice President Marketing.
Martin holds an MA in economics and engineering from the University of Cambridge in the UK.
As Project Director – Hydrogen, Tony has responsibility for leading the thinking for gas transmission to play it’s role in the pathway to net zero through decarbonising the network either through hydrogen blends or even a full transition to hydrogen.
Prior to this role Tony was Head of Engineering and Asset Management for Gas Transmission. A Civil Engineer by degree Tony has worked in the utilities and infrastructure sectors for over 30 years. He began his career at Severn Trent before moving to Advantica and then DNV GL in a variety of business and sector leadership roles providing a broad range of advisory services and asset management solutions.
Tony is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of both CIWEM and IGEM. As immediate past President of IGEM he is a member of the Executive Board and Council and is also board member of GERG and Marcogaz.
Rachel Crouch is a project finance attorney at the global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright. She represents project sponsors and developers, commercial banks, multilateral and bilateral development finance institutions, private equity funds and institutional investors in debt financing and equity transactions for energy and infrastructure projects. Rachel has advised clients in a number of first-of-their-kind renewables and LNG project financings throughout the United States and Latin America. She has broad experience across the renewables, oil and gas, mining, and infrastructure sectors.
Rob ArthurBusiness Development ManagerSustainable Energy Council
Business Development Manager
Sustainable Energy Council
Dr Gökçe MeteHead of Secretariat, Leadership Group for the Industry Transition hosted byThe Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Dr Gökçe Mete
Head of Secretariat, Leadership Group for the Industry Transition hosted by
The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Dr Gokce Mete, Head of Secretariat, Leadership Group for the Industry Transition hosted by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). LeadIT explores how policy, finance and business practices in hard-to-abate industry sectors can be aligned to achieve climate neutrality consistent with Paris Agreement and the latest scientific evidence from the IPCC. At SEI Dr Mete also project leads research and stakeholder engagement on oil and gas transitions in the North Sea, with specific focus on technology relatedness, hydrogen, CCUS and offshore wind.