Mr. Birnbaum is a member of the Management Board of E.ON Group and Vice-Chair for Europe of the World Energy Council. Before joining E.ON Leonhard was the Head of Group Strategy and Business Development at RWE AG and hold other important positions also at the company. From 1996-2008 he worked at McKinsey&Company where he became Senior Partner in 2006.
Mr. Csiba started his career in the energy sector in 2007 as the CEO of Atel Energy. He joined to ENGIE (former GDF SUEZ) Group as the CEO of Dunamenti Power Plant in 2008, from 2010 he was responsible for the Hungarian operations of the Group as country representative. From 2015 he is the leader of MVM – the biggest Hungarian nationally-owned, vertically integrated energy group with a significant domestic market position. The Group is also active in the regional electricity markets also and plays an important role in innovation projects.
Mr. Springl is responsible for the overall operation of EP Energy from 2012. EP Energy is a long-term strategic investor, vertically integrated energy utility group, including more than 30 companies, with a headquarter in Praha. Mr. Springl started his professional career in 2002 in the Securities Commission. In 2003 he joined the M&A Department of J&T Group. From 2005 he worked in United Energy, the first significant acquisition of J&T in energy. After that he participated in some successful acquisitions in the energy sector and he is the member or chairman of the board of directors of Nafta, SPP and some other energy companies also.
H.E. Dr. István Mikola has been serving as Minister of State since his appointment in 2014.
Prior to this, he was the Permanent Representative of Hungary to the OECD, Member of the Hungarian Parliament, and Minister of Health Affairs.
As a physician, he has specialised in internal medicine, infectology, and epidemiology.
His background in medical practice, management, research and policymaking give the solid foundation of his active engagement in issues from innovation to foreign trade policy, water management, NAEC and TiVA to name a few.
Dr. Réka Szemerkényi was appointed Ambassador of Hungary to the United States in 2015. Previously, from 2011 to 2014, she was Chief Advisor on Security Policy to the Prime Minister of Hungary. In this capacity, she covered Trans-Atlantic issues, Central European regional relations, the Balkans, Russia, with a particular emphasis on energy security and cyber security.
Between 2006 and 2011, she was Head of International Public Affairs and Chief Advisor on International Relations to the Chairman of the Board of MOL Group, the Hungarian Oil and Gas Company. In this capacity, her role was to cover European Union energy policy and security developments and the establishment of the Central European regional energy cooperation, as well as to provide professional support for executive decisions on a wide range of issues in international affairs.
Réka Szemerkényi held various governmental posts prior to this.
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.
Mr. George Pataki served three terms the governor of New York State, from 1995 through 2006.
He led the establishment of the first mandatory cap and trade carbon initiative (Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative – RGGI) which now includes ten Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic States.
Governor Pataki worked to create public private partnerships for clean energy generation in New York State resulting in one of the largest industrial solar power arrays in the U.S., two cellulosic ethanol pilot production facilities and one of the largest wind-power arrays in the Eastern United States. He introduced net metering to encourage alternative energy production in homes and established the nation’s first business park devoted to the development of clean energy technologies.
Among numerous other awards, Business Week named Governor Pataki one of the top 20 “Individuals who stand out for their efforts to cut gases that cause global warming” in the world.
Mr. George Pataki is Member of Advisory Board of CASON Plc since 2016.
Mr. Alting von Geusau has been working for ING since 1997: first he has worked in Singapore at the finance department, focusing on power generation in Asia Pacific; then he became the Head of utilities sector of Asia, in Hong Kong. In 2003 he moved to London to ING’s Head Utilities.
Before joining ING he was an attorney in an international law firm, Loeff Claeys Verbeke for 10 years.
In 2011 Mr. Komarov was appointed Deputy CEO and in 2015 First Deputy CEO of ROSATOM while remaining CEO of Atomenergoprom. From 2010 he serves as CEO of Atomenergoprom, and has concurrently worked as Director of ROSATOM’s Nuclear Power Directorate. In 2007 he joined Atomenergoprom first as Deputy CEO and then as Managing Director. In 2006 he was appointed Vice President of TVEL Fuel Company prior to becoming CEO of Atomenergomash. Mr. Komarov joined in 2005 the Federal Water Resources Agency as Deputy Director. Before this he was the First Deputy CEO of Renova and CEO of Renova–Razvitie. Mr. Komarov started his career in 1996 at YurCon, a consulting company in Yekaterinburg.
Mr. Aszódi is the government commissioner for the maintenance of the performance of the Paks Nuclear Power Station in Hungary.
He is a widely acknowledged expert in the field of nuclear energy: he was the expert of the Eurpoean Comission in 2011-2012, when risk and safety assessments (“stress tests”) have been carried out on all EU nuclear power plants after the disaster in Fukushima.
From 2014 Mr. Aszódi is full Professor at Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Institute of Nuclear Techniques. Previously he acted as the Director of the Institute for 10 years. He is the member of several energetics societies and has published over 200 articles, reports and conference papers in the last years.
Mr. Ögütcü has more than 30 years of successful track-record in energy business, investment, development, diplomacy, and international organisations.
Currently based in London, Mr. Ögütcü serves as chairman of Global Resources Partnership, and independent non-executive director on the boards of Genel Energy, Şişecam Group, Saudi Crown Holding, and a special envoy for The Energy Charter in Brussels for MENA/Eurasia. He also leads the recently created Bosphorus Energy Club, a prestigious exclusive gathering of the top movers and shakers in finance, energy and politics across Turkey, Eurasia, Middle East and Southeast Europe.
Prior Mr. Ögütcü served for 12 years as a senior staffer at IEA and OECD in Paris, managing energy security and international investment programs.
Ms Kadar has been appointed as Deputy State Secretary for Energy Affairs at the Ministry of National Development in July, 2014. From 2012 to 2014 she worked at Prime Minister’s Office as a Deputy State Secretary. Between 2010 and 2012 Ms Kadar was counsellor at the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the European Union in Brussels. Before this she occupied various positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary.
Ms. Beatrix Andrea Kadar graduated as a biochemical engineer and chemical technical engineer from the Budapest University of Technology.
Mr. Nicolescu has remarkable experience and knowledge of the energy market both from the governmental and from the corporate side also. Before joining Deloitte he acted as the Minister of Energy of Romania from 2014 to 2015. Prior that he served as the Director for Corporate Public Affairs at Petrom for seven years. From 2005 to 2008 he was the Romanian Energy attaché to the EU.
He is the author of several articles and analysis’s on energy.
Mr. Medvedev started his carreer in 1978 at USSR Academy of Sciences.
He held several leading positions between 1989-2002 at banking, financing and oil companies: between 1989-1991 he was the director of Donau-Bank AG and Managing Director of Inter Trade Consult GmbH (Austria) branch, between 1991-1996 and 1998-2002 he held the position as the Director of IMAG Investment Management & Advisory Group GmbH (Austria). In 1997-1998 he was the Vice President of Vostochnaya Neftyanaya Kompaniya (Eastern Oil Company).
He joined to Gazprom in 2002 as the Member of the Management Committee and he was appointed to the Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee at 2005. He was the Director General of Gazexport (Gazprom export) between 2002-2014.
From 2008-2014 he was the President – Chairman of the Kontinental Hockey League Executive Board.
Prior her current position Ms. Mahdjouba Belaifa was Energy Economics Analyst at GECF.
She has 20 years’ experience with SONATRACH, the National Oil Gas Company of Algeria, in positions Business Development Director, Head of International Affairs Department, Principal economic studies engineer.
Ms. Mahdjouba Belaifa awarded Japanese scholarship and holding a Master’s Degree in Econometric from the Institute of Economic Research at Kyoto University (Japan) and Master in Operations Research from University of Sciences and Technology of Algiers.
Mr Varga is a Partner and Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group, based in Budapest, Hungary. As a Global Topic Leader of Power & Gas Markets and Regulation, he is working with global energy companies, supporting them to achieve their business goals. Over the years he consulted clients in many topics, including operational improvement, regulatory management or sales strategies.
Mr.Rouge is Chief Executive Officer of the GE-Alstom Nuclear/French Steam joint venture (GEAST) and Chief Financial Officer for Steam Power Systems at GE Power.
Prior to this role, Sebastien was the Senior Vice President (SVP) Finance for Alstom Thermal Power. Sebastien joined Alstom in 2002 and has held leadership roles of increasing responsibility in the finance function and in project management in several different Alstom businesses.
Prior to this he was with Graham Packaging, Invensys and Faurecia in various finance roles.
Sébastien graduated from the EDHEC business school in France and resides in Paris, France.
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 CEO of MET Hungary Ltd., 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.
Mr. Antunović is director of LNG Croatia LLC, a project promoter and developer of Krk LNG terminal in Croatia. After he graduated on Faculty of Electrical Engineering, the focus of his career was wide portfolio of gas business from a few executive positions.
As a general manager in Montmontaža PLC, a mayor international civil construction company, his focus was construction of gas pipelines as well as building and operating gas distribution networks.
As a CEO of Plinacro, he was governing croatian gas transmission system operator.
Today is developing an LNG terminal Krk that will increase security of supply and bring benefits to gas users in many countries in South-Eastern Europe.
Dr. Andrew Walker is the Vice President for Strategy for Cheniere Marketing.
He is located in London and is responsible for the Strategy and Market Outlook of the marketing arm of Cheniere, reporting into the President of Cheniere Marketing Ltd.
Until recently (October 2015) he was Vice President for Global LNG, and prior to that Head of LNG Strategy, at BG Group, where he worked for over 20 years before joining Cheniere.
During his career in LNG he has been located in Singapore, Egypt, the USA and UK and has worked on numerous LNG projects including Atlantic LNG in Trinidad and Tobago, Egyptian LNG, and Dragon LNG in the UK.
Nigel Knee is responsible for nuclear policy within EDF Energy, the UK arm of EDF Group. EDF Energy operates eight nuclear power stations in the UK and is planning the construction of four new nuclear reactors. Nigel was part of the team that prepared the planning application for Hinkley Point C, a major new nuclear power station on the Somerset coast.
Mr. Knee has over 30 years’ diverse experience in the power industry. He has worked on engineering investigations and safety assessment, research programme management and various commercial issues including the restructuring and privatisation of British Energy, electricity trading strategy, business planning, market regulation, business development and external affairs.
Mr. Bertalan is an experienced energy top executive and an agile innovator. Smart Future Lab Ltd. is a recently established incubator company of MVM Group and undertake a key role in the field of R&D&I within MVM Group. Mr. Bertalan also served as CEO of MAVIR the Hungarian Transmission System Operator and spent twelve years in the TSO business. As former CEO of HUPX he had a leading role in the creation of the organized electricity market in Hungary as well.
Professor Michael LaBelle is an assistant professor at the Central European University. Her serves as the program director of the full-time MBA program and has a joint appointment with the CEU Business School and Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy. His research and teaching is centered on the interaction of government institutions and private companies and how they foster innovation in energy technologies. Professor LaBelle has written peer reviewed articles and consulting publications on the strategic movement of energy firms and the regulatory environment in the Central Eastern European region.
Mr. Fehér has more than 30 years international experience on different fields of energy.
He joined MOL Group in 1998 and worked at different leading positions.
In 2006 Mr. Fehér was assigned to MOL Pakistan Oil and Gas Company as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer where he stayed for 5 years, later became the CEO of MOL Syria Oil and Gas Company. In 2012 he was appointed to International Exploration and Production Sector Director at INA Industrija Nafte d.d. (member of MOL Group).
Mr. János Fehér is the Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors at FGSZ Natural Gas Transmission Ltd since 1 August, 2013.
Mr Fasimon started his carreer at MOL in 1998. He worked until 2003 as Supply Director in the field of crude oil and crude oil products and from 2002 he acted as Managing Director of Moltrade-Mineralimpex Co. Ltd. Between 2003 and 2006 he was the Managing Director of Natural Gas Division of MOL Plc. From 2006 until 2009 he acted as General Director of MOL-Russ LLc. Between 2009 and 2011 he worked as Senior Vice President of Supply & Trading Division and from 1 June, 2011 as Executive Vice President of Exploration and Production.
László Fazekas is CEO and Member of the Board of Directors of Hungarian Gas Trade Ltd., the leading Hungarian natural gas wholesale company, member of the MVM Group.
Mr. Fazekas joined Hungarian Gas Trade Ltd. in 2006 and worked as Chief Financial Officer of the company before he was appointed as CEO in 2015.
Mr Grivach is responsible for the research and analytics covering gas business and energy policy issues, especially Russian-EU gas relations, of the private think-tank based in Moscow.
Before joining NESF in 2013 he worked for more than 10 years as a business journalist focused on natural gas industry in a number of Russian daily papers.