The four-day long BEST 2018 is the premier energy conference in the Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) region. More than 300 participants are expected: top energy industry leaders, experts, government officials and policymakers, as well as top executives from the worlds of technology and finance. The BEST 2018 includes the BEST CLEAN Energy Forum will provide a platform to clean energy players, showing the opportunities and challenges of nuclear power developments, renewable energy, the natural gas sector and alternative fuel solutions. The BEST INNOVATION Hub will give the floor to the most promising technological innovation projects, which are deemed to be the key to decarbonizing the global energy supply. Meanwhile, the WOMEN in ENERGY Conference is a high profile event featuring leading women from the global energy sector.
Karsten Wildberger has been a member of the Board of Management of E.ON SE since April 2016. As Chief Operating Officer – Commercial, he is responsible for energy sales and customer solutions in E.ON’s regional businesses, decentralized energy solutions, energy management, marketing, digital transformation, innovation and IT.
With a consulting background (The Boston Consulting Group) he joined the telecommunication industry and held international leadership positions with T-Mobile and then Vodafone. Before joining E.ON, he served from 2013 to 2016 as a member of the Management Board of the Telstra Group, an Australian telecommunications company based in Melbourne.
Karsten Wildberger studied physics at the Technical University of Munich and RWTH Aachen and received a doctorate at research center Jülich in Germany. He holds an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
Dr. Anita Orban joined Tellurian LNG as Vice President for International Affairs in 2017. Previously she worked as Chief Advisor for Cheniere Marketing Ltd. Between 2010 and 2015 she served as Ambassador-at-Large for Energy Security of Hungary. Previously she was the Director of Constellation Energy Institute, a think tank facilitating cooperation in the Central Eastern European energy sector. She is the author of the book Power, Energy and the New Russian Imperialism (CT: Praeger, 2008). Between 2005 and 2008 she served as the Executive Vice President of the Budapest-based International Centre for Democratic Transition (ICDT). In 2004-05 she was editor of the ’World’ section of the Hungarian political weekly Heti Valasz where she also ran a monthly op-ed column on international issues for six years.
She earned her PhD degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston in 2007. She holds a Master Degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School and a Master in History from Tufts University. She earned her Bachelor degree in economics from the University of Economic Sciences in Budapest in 1997.
“I see sustainability as a resource of opportunities that inspires to innovate”
Léon Wijnands is Global Head of Sustainability since November 2013 at ING.
Sustainability is a strategic priority for ING and built into the purpose of the company. The department has set the direction 2017 focussing on integrating sustainability more into the core business of ING and accelerating two themes where ING can have an impact on society; financially empowering people and navigating sustainable transitions for businesses.
Léon has more than 25 years of experience in banking, particularly in the field of sales and marketing. Prior to his current position, Léon led the ING Bank Customer Contact Centers and the Customer Intelligence team. Over the years he was responsible for the 21 branches in the “District Amsterdam” and has led many marketing initiatives as well as change programmes.
Léon holds a master degree in business economics, business administration and in financial economics. He joined ING in 1990.
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Mr. Chikan has been the CEO of ALTEO since its establishment in March 2008. Previously, he was the Chief Investment Officer of EETEK Holding where he played a pivotal role in making energy investments amounting to over HUF 10 billion.
Prior to that, worked as a financial and investment analyst, holding different positions.
He received his degrees from the University of Economics of Budapest (now Corvinus University of Budapest) and the College of Foreign Trade (now a part of the Budapest Business School).
Active in addressing sustainability issues, the CEO has a topical blog called Chikansplanet.
Mr. Chikan has been the elected president by the general assembly of Business Council for Sustainable Development in Hungary (BCSDH), since 2016.
Mr. Varró has been appointed as Chief Economist of IEA in January 2016. He has worked at the IEA since 2011 as Head of Gas, Coal and Power Markets.
Mr. Varró started his economist career at the National Bank of Hungary and from 2000-2005 he served as the Director of Price and Economic Analysis of the Hungarian Energy Office.
Before joining IEA he has worked for MOL Group as Chief Economist and from 2008 as Director for Strategy Development.
Emilia has been executing private equity investments in the Central European region for the past 14 years. Prior to co-founding ESPIRA, Emília was a Head of the Czech Republic and Slovakia within PineBridge Investments CEE, which is a Central European focused private equity firm managing over €500 million. Earlier in her career, Emília was a member of the investment teams of Benson Oak Capital and Penta Investments. Emília has been involved in numerous transactions in a variety of sectors including health care, consumer goods, manufacturing and services. Emilia’s track-record encompasses deals ranging from early stage to control buyouts, buy-and-build and late stage growth capital investments.
Emília graduated with honors with an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and holds a Master’s Degree in Finance from Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica Slovakia
Mr. Sefcovic is the leader of the Project Team “Energy Union” since 2014. From 2010 to 2014 he acted as European Commissioner and Vice-President for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration, from 2009 to 2010 as European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth. From 2004 to 2009 he was appointed as Slovak Permanent Representative to the EU.
Mr. Sefcoviv is the author of the book “Driving the EU forward – summary of 5 years’ experience in the position of the Vice-President “.
Péter Kaderjak was appointed Minister of State for Energy and Climate Policy in May, 2018. Presviously he served as a Director of the Regional Center for Energy Policy Research at the Corvinus University of Budapest. He received his MSc in economics from the Budapest University of Economic Sciences in 1987. In 1998 he was appointed as Chief of Cabinet of the Minister of Economic Affairs and started to work on the liberalisation of the electricity and gas sectors in Hungary. In January 2000 he became the President of the Hungarian Energy Office, the national energy regulator. Between 2000 and 2004 he also served as the Chairman of the Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA), an association of energy regulatory institutions of countries from Central and Eastern Europe, the CIS and South East Europe. Since 2004 he has been serving as Training Director for ERRA’s in-house energy regulatory trainings. He is also directing a postgraduate program in Energy Economics at Corvinus University since 2010. He is research partner in the “European Energy Institute” at University of Leuven and a regular lecturer at the Florence School of Regulation. He has directed several recent research efforts with regional relevance. In 2011 he was appointed as alternate member of ACER’s (Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators) Board of Appeal.
Ivana Ivancic graduated from Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering in Zagreb and started her business career in 2004 in INA d.d. She has joined the gas sector in May 2007 and in February 2011 she was appointed to the Director of gas purchase and portfolio management department in INAs subsidiary Natural Gas Ltd.
In February 2013, Ivana Ivancic has joined Underground Gas Storage Ltd as the Head of Sales and compliance with the main task of the market opening of natural gas storage services, and ensuring TPA to the storage system. In October 2014, she was appointed to the position of Director of Research and Development Sector responsible for the investments in storage assets.
In July 2015 she joined PPD at the position of Board member and Executive director, managing operational and commercial activities on regional markets including assurance and maintaining high standards of corporative management and social responsibility wherever company operates
Since 2007, she actively participate in international and national working groups contributing to the process of harmonization of domestic gas regulations with the guidelines and directives of the EU. In the same period, as participant, as well as lecturer she participate in a number of national and international seminars related to the gas business.
Gergely Szabó has been managing MET Hungary since December 2014. The company is a leading player in the Hungarian energy market with more than 30% market share on the industrial natural gas segment.
Mr. Szabó joined the Gas Division of MOL Group in 2007. He was the Executive Director of Origination and Structured Trading at MOL Energy Trade Ltd. between 2010 and 2011, then managed the Swiss subsidiary of MET Group as CEO at MET International AG between 2011 and 2014.
In addition to his role as Country Chairman Hungary, MET Group, Mr. Szabó is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of E2 Hungary Ltd., the joint venture energy trading company established by Magyar Telekom Plc and MET Holding AG. Mr. Szabó is also responsible for the operation of MET Croatia d.o.o.
Marcel heads the Banking and Finance practice in Amsterdam. His experience covers a broad range of finance and restructuring transactions. Marcel is a member of the Energy group and specializes in real estate finance, projects (energy and infrastructure), trade and commodity (including export) finance, cash management and acquisition finance. He acts for both lenders and borrowers on domestic and cross-border deals.
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