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.
Born on 30 October 1978 in Komárom.
In 1997, he graduated from the Czuczor Gergely Benedictine Gymnasium in Győr, after which in 2002 he received a degree in Foreign Affairs from the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration.
He has been a Member of Parliament for Fidesz since 2002, and in 2018 began his fifth term in Parliament.
From 2006 to 2010 he was Fidesz Communications Director, the Prime Minister’s Spokesperson from 2010 to 2012, and was Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and External Economic Relations at the Prime Minister’s Office from 2012 to 2014.
In June 2014 he was appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and since 23 September 2014 has served as Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
He is a Roman Catholic and is married with two sons. He was a registered futsal player, stepping onto the field for two 1st division and eighty-five 2nd division games between 2011 and 2016.
Barbara Dorić, PhD is the Managing Director of LNG Croatia, responsible for development of LNG Terminal in the Republic of Croatia. Prior to her appointment as a Managing Director of LNG Croatia two months ago, she was president of the Management Board at Croatian Hydrocarbon Agency, responsible for supervising oil and gas production activities and oil stocks in the Republic of Croatia. She has a rich experience in development and implementation of energy policies and strategy related to primary energy resources production, gas market, petroleum market and EU third energy package.
Prior to the Croatian Hydrocarbon Agency, she worked for the Centre for Monitoring Business Activities and Investments in the Energy Sector and A.T. Kearney, management consulting company, where she gained significant experience in energy practice in South East Europe.
She gained bachelor’s degree in economics at Webster University in Vienna, Austria in 2004, accomplished executive MBA studies at IEDC-Bled School of Management, Slovenia in 2008 and gained PhD degree at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2017.
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.
Prof. Dr. László Palkovics was appointed as Minister of the Hungarian Ministry for Innovation and Technology in May 2018. After serving as Minister of State for Higher Education for two years, Mr. Palkovics held the position of Minister of State for Education and Government Commissioner responsible for research and development of autonomous and electric vehicle systems since 2016. He also held senior research positions at the Technical University of Budapest and the College of Kecskemét. Prior to that, he pursued an international, executive level industrial career with Knorr-Bremse. Mr. Palkovics completed his master’s degree and Ph.D. in engineering, specialized on vehicle mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Budapest. Mr. Palkovics has a title as Doctor and he is Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
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.
Elena Burmistrova was born in Moscow. In 1995 she graduated from Maurice Thorez Moscow State Linguistic University. In 2007 she completed the American Business and Practices program at Boston Northeastern University (USA). In 2009 she received her MBA degree at Lomonosov Moscow State University.
Elena Burmistrova started her career at Glencore International (Switzerland) in 1992, then worked for various international companies.
2003 — 2006: Deputy Director of Spetsgaz, Gazprom Export;
2006 — 2011: Department Head, Managing Director for Oil, Oil Derivatives and Petrochemicals of Gazprom Export;
2011 — 2014: Deputy Director General for Petroleum Products, LNG and New Gas Markets of Gazprom Export;
2014 — present: Director General of Gazprom Export.
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 “.
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.
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.
“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.
Follow him on Twitter @leonwijnands
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