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.
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.
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 “.
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.
“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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BP’s group chief economist, Spencer Dale, is responsible for advising the board and executive team on economic drivers and trends in global energy.
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Spencer Dale is group chief economist of BP plc. He manages BP’s global economics team, providing economic input into the firm’s commercial decisions. BP’s economics team also produces the annual Statistical Review of World Energy and Global Energy Outlook.
Spencer Dale joined BP as group chief economist in October 2014. Prior to that, he was executive director for financial stability at the Bank of England and a member of the Financial Policy Committee. Between 2008 and 2014, Spencer was chief economist of the Bank of England and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee. Spencer joined the Bank of England in 1989 and served in numerous roles, including private secretary to Mervyn King and head of economic forecasting. Spencer served as a senior advisor at the US Federal Reserve Board of Governors between 2006 and 2008.
He was educated at the University of Wales, gaining a BSc in Economics in 1988 and at the University of Warwick, gaining an MSc in Economics in 1989, whereupon he immediately joined the Bank of England.
György Kóbor is a senior finance and energy industry professional with significant top management experience.
Mr Kóbor worked as Managing Director at E.ON Energy Trade Ltd. between 2002 and 2010. He was appointed Deputy CEO for Procurement and Sales at E.ON Hungary Ltd. in 2009. From 2010 to 2012 and between 2013 and 2016 Mr Kóbor worked as Chief Financial Officer at MVM Group. He was the CEO of MET Power Hungary in 2012 and 2013. He joined NKM National Utilities Ltd. (NKM) as Chairman and CEO in 2016. Mr. Kóbor was appointed Chairman and CEO of MVM Group in August 2018. Currently he holds the Chairman position at NKM Group as well.
Mr János Süli has been appointed as Minister without portfolio responsible for the planning, construction and commissioning of the two new units at the Paks Nuclear Power Plant in May 2017, following that he has been elected as Member of the Hungarian Parliament at his constituency (Tolna County), in April 2018.
Mr Süli has worked at the Paks Nuclear Power Plant in different positions between 1980 – and 2011.
From 2010 he was Deputy CEO of the Paks Nuclear Plant Co. Ltd. He has been elected and worked as Mayor of the City of Paks between 2014-2017.
Mr Süli graduated from the Budapest University of Technology, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, specialised in High voltage Engineering, Electricity Sector in 1980.
Dr. Andrew Walker is responsible for the Strategy and Market Outlook of the marketing arm of Cheniere, located in London 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 as 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.
Mr. Gyetvay worked in various capacities at a number of independent oil and gas companies in the United States where he specialized in financial and economic analysis for both upstream and downstream segments of the petroleum industry, as well as a former partner in PWC’s Petroleum practice based in Moscow from 1995 to 2003.
From 2003 to 2014, Mr. Gyetvay was a member of NOVATEK’s Board of Directors and served as the Chairman on the Strategy and Investment Committee. Since July 2010, he became Deputy Chairman of NOVATEK’s Management Board. He has been consistently recognized by Investor Relations Magazine as one of the best CFO’s in Russia and the CIS by winning numerous awards and accolades, and was recognized twice by Institutional Investor magazine as one of the Top Five CFO’s in Europe’s Oil and Gas sector. Mr. Gyetvay was recently the recipient of the Finance Monthly 2015 and 2016 “Best CFO – Russia” and “Game Changer Award – Russia ” 2017.
Ms. Haifa Al Khaifi was appointed as Petroleum Development Oman’s (PDO) Finance Director in 2012.
PDO is the leading exploration and production company in the Sultanate of Oman. The company delivers the majority of the country’s crude oil production and natural gas supply (contributes towards 75% of the country’s revenues), but above all, we focus on delivering excellence, growth and sustainable value creation within and well beyond our industry. The Company is owned by the Government of Oman (with a 60% interest), Royal Dutch Shell (34%), Total (4%) and Partex (2%).
Haifa has broad international experience across the oil and gas sector, gained during a 23-year career, which has included senior roles in various sectors. She has worked in Oman, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates.
Her previous roles include, Shell’s Regional Manager for Planning & Reporting (Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia), PDO’s Business Finance Manager, Finance Controller, and Finance Manager for Enhanced Oil Recovery projects. In addition to her current role as the Finance Director, Haifa is the PDO Company Secretary and the Secretary to the Oil and Gas Boards.
On a pro bono basis, Haifa sits on various Boards outside of PDO; external appointments include, Executive Board Director for the Shingo Institute (Utah State University), Board Director Association of Certified Professional Accountants UK (AICPA, CIMA, CGMA), the Omani Society for Petroleum Services (OPAL), and the Sultan Qaboos University Academic Innovation Programme Oman (SQU-AIAP).
Haifa has B.Sc. in Marketing and a Minor in Interpersonal Relationships (Counseling Psychology) from Ball State University (USA). She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA-UK) and a member of the Chartered Global Management Accountants (CGMA-UK). She has been certified by institutions including: Harvard, HRH the Prince of Wales’ Business & Sustainability Programme (University of Cambridge UK), INSEAD (France), the World Bank (USA), and BATES (USA).
Haifa has been listed as one of the “Most Influential Arab Women” in the ranking by Forbes (Middle East) for five consecutive years, including 2018.
She is a very proud mother of two, enjoys traveling, hiking, running, and is an avid champion of wellness.
Franck studied Energy at the University of Rouen and received an Engineer Degree and then followed a Master of Mechanical Engineering at Cranfield University in United Kingdom. Later on, he earned an Executive Degree from the London Business School. Franck spent 25 years working for the Group Engie. Thus, he started his career at Gaz de France in the engineering department for 7 years and then moved to the Marketing and Sales with different functions in different countries such as France, Czech Republic, Hungary, Netherlands, Italy and UK before joining OMV Petrom. He was appointed member of the OMV Petrom Executive Board as of July 1, 2018.
Paula R. Glover is President and CEO for the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), a national energy trade association that represents all sectors of the energy industry. Mrs. Glover leads a 2000-member association with 40 chapters nationwide. The association’s focus is to represent the voice for African Americans and other minorities on energy policy, regulations, and environmental issues.
Mrs. Glover directs the association’s strategic plan, business development and policy positions. She represents the organization before energy industry executives and national and state policy makers. She is an industry thought leader for issues around diversity and inclusion. Her work on international energy issues underscores the importance of energy to improve the quality of life for people throughout the African Continent. The association under Mrs. Glover’s leadership has partnered with the US Department of Energy on its Minorities in Energy initiative as well as business development programming for minority entrepreneurs. She has also testified before Congress about the impact of policies on underserved communities. Ms. Glover’s has more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry, including 15 years in both electric and natural gas distribution companies where she has worked in government affairs, regulatory affairs and economic development.
In March 2014 Ms. Glover was appointed to the National Petroleum Council by U.S. Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz. In June of 2017 she was voted onto the Board of Directors for the Alliance to Save Energy. Mrs. Glover is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Maryland Energy and Sustainability Center at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Mrs. Glover received her B.S. in Marketing Management from the University of Delaware. She is the recipient of the Bring It Home to Hartford Award; the Clarke Watson Chairman’s Cup and the Platinum Achievement Award from the Cooperative Developmental Energy Program at Fort Valley State University. She is a 2003 graduate of Leadership New Haven and has contributed to articles on work life balance in Take Pride magazine.
Christopher Steane is Deputy Head of ING Wholesale Banking, and will retire in September 2018. Before his current role, Christopher has served ING as Global Head of Lending Services in ING Wholesale Banking, and in various other roles over 39 years. He started his career at Barings in 1978. His experience includes debt, corporate finance and derivatives. He has also served as a trustee of the Baring Foundation, a grant giving charity, and as a member of the Council of Christ’s Hospital, a 470 year old educational charity.
Christopher led the development of guidelines for ING’s sustainable lending practices. He believes this is a catalyst for a new commercial focus on sustainability overall. ING seeks to support clients in the energy transition, and in making changes toward the circular economy. Christopher looks at how ING is supporting clients in making the transition: and at the implications of circular business models on financing. “Our approach is to establish a clear dialogue with clients early on, so we can identify potential issues and address them together. Dialogue and cooperation are essential.
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
He was elected as President of European Petroleum Refining Association in 2017 June, but at the same time he is the Vice President of MOL Group Center of Business Excellence.
During his 20 years career within MOL Group he was in charge of various leading positions in Refining and Marketing Division.
In 2003 he took the position of director of Refinery & Marketing of SLOVNAFT.
Between 2007 and 2011 as VP of MOL Group Refining was controlling the operation of 5 refineries, then between 2012 – 2016 as the Senior VP of MOL Group Supply Chain Management was responsible for the optimization of MOL Group operation in 12 countries.
He graduated from the Technical University Budapest as Chemical Engineer and has a PhD degree in Physical Chemistry.
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.
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.
Since July 2018 Brigitte Bach is responsible within WIEN ENERGIE for telecommunication business, electromobility and developing new business areas. Before she was leading the Energy Department in the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) for 10 years, shaping it`s profile based on the areas Smart Grids, Smart Cities and Energy Efficiency in Industry. In arsenal research, the predecessor organisation, Brigitte Bach developed energy research as head of business unit. In earlier stations in her career she has been assigned CEO of the Austrian Ecology Institute and has been leading her own small company.
Brigitte Bach is active in national and international boards and committees, amongst others in the evaluation board of the Copernikus projects (core projects financed by the German ministry of science to support the Energiewende), member of the Smart City Vienna steering board and since 2018 she is a board member of Austrian Standards.
Brigitte Bach received a doctor`s degree in physics and a master of science in corporate management and attended several seminars at the SLOAN Management School, MIT related to business innovation and strategic business development. In 2009 Brigitte Bach has been elected Austrian of the year in the category of research.
Mr. Ságvári was appointed as Ambassador-at-large for energy security of Hungary in 2016 and he is also director general for emerging security issues in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Prior to his current positions he was director for energy policy in the Ministry of National Development between 2011-14 where he was repsonsible for working out Hungarian energy strategy. He was also coordinating regional energy market development projects such as North-South Energy Corridor, Hungarian-Slovak gas interconnector, Nabucco, South Stream, CEEGEX, CEEE Forum, V4 Gas Forum, Electricity Market Coupling. He started his career in the private sector. He also held different key expert positions in GDF SUEZ Hungary in the field of natural gas and electricity supply.
She is responsible for URENCO’s relationships with its customers and business development in Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Netherlands, Slovenia, Switzerland, and Ukraine.
Debbie has been with URENCO for more than 8 years and was previously responsible for managing deliveries of enriched uranium to Japan, Germany, Sweden and South Africa. Prior to working for URENCO, Debbie’s experience includes working in the Financial Services Industry and UK Music Industry.
Urenco (UK): is a leading international supplier of enriched uranium and associated technologies. URENCO’s principal activity is the provision of a service to enrich uranium to provide fuel for nuclear power utilities.
Mr. Fernando Eleit started his professional career as lawyer and advisor of several international mining companies in Argentine and South America countries.
In 2010 Mr. Eleit started as member of the Board of Directors of Lithium international companies.
Mr. Eleit headed from 2011 to 2017 an argentine law firm, E&A, advising on local and strategic aspects to most of the Mining Companies that are developing Lithium Projects in Argentine.
Since 2017 Mr. Eleit is the Chairman of the Board of Cuper S.A. and Dajin Resources S.A., two Lithium Companies based in Argentina.
A devout tech evangelist, I have dedicated the last 20 years to bringing tech led innovation to some of the largest organizations across the globe. My commitment has been to helping companies “Renew” their world through digitization whilst creating “New” frontiers so they can be the first to disrupt their own industry.
An ardent advocate of Machine Learning and A.I, I have been spearheading the development of new platforms in the world of Energy and Services to leverage their data – the new oil of the 21st century. My passion to revolutionise these sectors through A.I. has lead me to the development of systems that are now crunching offshore oil rig data, which is foreseeing system failures in real time. And machine learning systems that have crunched 25 years of Tennis sensor data, giving us the power to showcase player’s technical and character trends, leading us to be able predicting outcomes.
Digitizing companies, I have worked on the automation of business processes for a Fortune 100 electric utility, cash management and payments hub for an investment bank and digitizing the world of sports to engage and add value to the fans whilst monetizing this engagement for the client. Disrupting industries, I am working on the application of Deep Reinforcement Learning through sensor data to create a real-time virtual tennis coach, an Uber like platform for real-time staffing and a social media sentiment platform for the oil and gas industry, providing a global and local insight into trends, news, opinion leaders and talking points to the leaders and policy makers in the industry.
Charles Hernick is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions Forum in Washington DC. As an energy expert who understands emerging clean technologies, market barriers, and policies and regulations, Charles was brought on to lead CRES Forum’s policy work and execute strategies to advance clean energy solutions and innovative approaches to reducing carbon emissions. For over a decade he has worked at the crossroads of economic development, energy, and natural resource management across the U.S. and on the ground in over a dozen countries in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Before joining CRES Forum, he advised executive-level decision-makers at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Agency for International Development on energy and environmental issues, and identified project-level opportunities for clean energy expansion. Charles as an M.A. in International Relations and Environmental Policy from Boston University and a B.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Minnesota.
Mr. László Fritsch started his professional career at Shell. Between 2001 and 2003 he was the financial director of Shell Gas Hungary Ltd., following which he joined the international activities of the group and worked in several European countries.
In 2006 Mr. Fritsch started his employment at the then German-owned E.ON Földgáz Storage Ltd., from 2009 he worked for the company as the financial director. In 2012 he became the member of the board of directors responsible for operation. He assisted the preparation of the ownership change of the company in this capacity and after the Hungarian state acquired the shares, since 2013, he has been the CEO and the chairman of the board of Hungarian Gas Storage Ltd.
Mr. László Fritsch was elected to be a member of the GIE Board as of June 2016 while he also maintains his membership in the Executive Committee of Gas Storage Europe.
Rita Farkas, the co-founder and CEO of HeatVentors completed her studies at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics: Energy Engineering BSc and Mechanical Engineering MSc. She did technical audit for GlaxoSmithKline and worked for E.ON energy generation, energy trade and business development departments to get experience in a corporate environment and complete her abilities with economic and business knowledge. She has more than 6 years experience in thermal energy storages, and she investigated the phase change materials with measurements and simulations. She took a roll to create an optimisation algorithm, which is able to model the behaviour of the phase change materials and essential for the accurate design of the heat storage tanks. She has 14 international scientific publications and she presented at international conferences.
With Rita’s lead HeatVentors won several startup competitions and motivating many women to step into the light and start their life as entrepreneurs.
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.
Attila Kiss, Chairman and CEO of E.ON Hungária Zrt , joined the E.ON Group in 1999 and since then, he has held numerous senior positions both in Hungary and in Germany.
Between 2007 and 2008 he was Head of CEE Asset Management and Regulation; between 2008 and 2009 he worked as Country Manager responsible for Hungary at E.ON Energie AG. In 2009, he was appointed Director of Energy Controlling and Optimization at E.ON Hungária Zrt; between 2011 and 2014 he worked as Managing Director of E.ON Ügyfélszolgálati Kft. He has been on E.ON Hungária Zrt’s Board since 2015.
Attila Kiss studied Foreign Trade at the College of Commerce and Economics in Szolnok, Hungary and finished a Postgraduate Course at the University of Economic Sciences in Budapest. In 2002, he received his third Diploma in Management Studies at the Buckinghamshire Chilterns University, UK.
Dacil Borges is the CEO of Totum Innova, a company focused on Digital Transformation of industrial companies. She is responsible for energy sales and customer solutions such decentralized energy solutions, digital transformation, IoT, innovation and IT, energy management, marketing.
With an internet background she found two digital companies at the age of 24. Since 2016 she is as well a President of Click That Matters Foundation developing tech solutions for social cases such blockchain tools and digitalization application for inclusive smart cities and Board of the Women Forward Foundation, empowering girls to joint into theSTEAM industries.
Dacil Borges studied tourism at the UNED University of Madrid and Digital Programing and Design at Google Program held by Deusto, Spain.
György Domokos Vargha has more than 8 years’ experience and a strong track record in the energy sector.
Mr. Vargha works in MET International AG since its establishment in 2010. Previously he kickstarted the gas trading operations of METI as Head of Trading and later on headed the Wholesale and Origination activities of the company. As such he was responsible for the establishment of the LNG desk and MET Group’s wholesale activities in Italy, Austria, Spain, France and numerous other European countries.
Mr. Vargha has graduated in the Business Administration faculty of the Corvinus University of Budapest.
Randy has over 25 years’ experience in helping energy and commodity trading companies improve processes and enhance systems. His experience includes commodity trading strategy, risk management, systems implementation, credit, valuation and financial reporting. Randy has worked with many energy companies and traders to enhance operational performance through the integration of new technologies.
Randy also leads Deloitte’s work with VAKT – a blockchain consortium formed by nine global energy companies and banks – providing strategy and on-boarding/integration support. He heads Deloitte’s commodity trading practice in the UK and is a global leader in the Energy and Resources blockchain team.
Dr. Csaba Kiss has been working in the power generation industry for 30 years.
Mr. Kiss occupied several manager positions at international and state-owned energy companies. He was the Managing Director of GE Power Services previously, then he became Senior Consultant for the CEO of Paks II. He was appointed Deputy CEO, Chief Executive for Generation of MVM Group in August 2018. He is also the Chairman of the Hungarian Atomforum Association.
Larry Glover is a marketing and communications executive who has worked with global advertising agencies and for clients such as Procter & Gamble, Coca Cola and Sara Lee Corporation.
Since 2015 his firm has specialized in Energy Strategies For Urban Communities and
providing practical guidelines to improve efficiency for buildings in urban centers. Larry has been a leader is promoting the use of data to assess and track energy performance and its impact on community of color. As part his efforts in Energy Efficiency and Workforce Development Larry worked with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to develop and execute a model public, private, labor partnership for energy efficiency.
Larry has lectured as a multicultural subject matter expert. He has held Board positions on Marketing and Advertising industry associations and was appointed to Chair a State insurance regulatory agency.
From 2006-2012 he worked at GAZPROM Marketing&Trading as the senior Energy trader.
From 2001-2006 he acted as power trader at Shell Energy Trading Limited.
Balázs Csuday is a senior counsel at Dentons’ Budapest office and a member of the Regulatory practice. He focuses on public affairs, statutory compliance, and regulations concerning various sectors, including government, energy, financial institutions, and manufacturing. With regard to the energy industry, and particularly within the nuclear energy sector, Balázs has been nurturing decade-long ties with key stakeholders and representatives of various governments, various industrial sectors, and international organizations. He has also served as the Hungarian Sherpa at Nuclear Security Summits.
Balázs is an international legal professional and a former ambassador with considerable experience in representing and advising the most senior levels of the Hungarian Government, Hungarian and multinational corporations, and the European Union in various international contexts. He was previously Director of Public Sector and Government Relations at a Big Four firm in Budapest. Prior to that, he served in the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary with the Permanent Mission of Hungary to the UN and other international organizations in Vienna.
Louis Skyner is a partner in Dentons’ Energy practice, focused on Russia and CIS. He is an English-qualified solicitor with more than a decade of experience in the energy sector, including upstream and downstream oil and gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG), nuclear energy, hydro, wind and solar power.
Louis advises international oil and gas companies on upstream and downstream projects in Russia and CIS, Russian oil companies on their international investments and operations, and joint ventures and operators on a variety of regulatory and contractual issues. He has extensive experience in structuring and financing projects being developed under concession, production sharing, and risk service agreements, as well as the structuring of sales arrangements.
He has advised the project sponsors of a number of renewable power generation projects in the CIS region on their structuring and financing.
Previously he headed the Russia and CIS Oil and Gas practice of a large international law firm. Prior to that, Louis worked as leading legal counsel at Statoil, where he supported the company’s participation in oil, gas and LNG projects in both Russia and the Middle East.
In addition to his legal practice, Louis has authored numerous articles on the Eurasian energy market regulation, economics and politics. He is an Associate Fellow at the Forum for Central Asian Studies at the University of Cambridge, and has previously worked as an Associate Professor at the New Economic School in Moscow, and the European University in St Petersburg.
CEO of ENERGEN, the battery energy storage system (BESS) integrator company based in Sweden and Hungary, developer and operator of the first large-scale energy storage in the CEE.
Owner of ZAG Consulting Ltd., holds executive roles in companies with business in power generation, equipment manufacturing and waste water treatment.
Formerly Deputy CEO at MVM, the Hungarian national energy holding, and held various management roles in his 20 years with Shell.
Originally trained as a Chemist and in Chemical Engineering, Paul has spent over 25 years working internationally in the Energy and Environment fields for both the Public and Private Sector.
His early career included managing Environment & Energy performance in the Pharmaceutical Sector, policy development and regulation of major industry in the UK and Europe, and latterly consulting on large scale energy and waste projects. He is known internationally for his technical & policy work with the European Commission, including as the Working Group Leader and Author of the first EU “Best Available Techniques” Reference document on thermal waste treatments published in 2006.
Over the last decade he has been responsible for the development of the Waste & Energy businesses of the International consulting engineers Ramboll – dealing in particular with the development, management and execution of numerous waste to energy and biomass projects internationally, ranging in size from dedicated facilities of a few or few tens of MW, to biomass conversions on a Gigawatt scale.
He the Chairman of the UK Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM) Special Interest Group on Thermal Waste Treatment and has been the author / co-author of papers on issues including low carbon energy and materials management, a supervisor of university projects, and author of technical policy documents regarding national and international emission regulation.
László Szabó is the director of REKK. He received PhD from the Corvinus University of Budapest in economics. After his studies, he held several positions in the Hungarian public administration: at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and also at the Hungarian Energy Office. Between 2002 and 2010 he was a researcher and scientific officer at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, DG JRC and European Commission, where he specialised in modelling energy intensive sectors and climate change related issues. He participated in several EU projects dealing with climate change mitigation and adaptation issues and also investigated energy efficiency measures, publishing the results in several peer-reviewed journals. Since 2010 his work at REKK focuses on various energy related topics, amongst them the regulation of renewable energy sources in Hungary and also in the wider region, energy economics of buildings, and analysing electricity market developments in the short and medium term with a regional context.
Since 2018, he is the acting director of REKK.
Zsolt Bertalan is a senior innovation and energy industry professional.
Mr. Bertalan is the Chief Technology Innovation Officer at MVM Group since September 2018. Prior to that he occupied several management positions and at last was appointed the CEO of MAVIR between 2002 and 2013. After that he worked as the CEO of the Hungarian Power Exchange Company (HUPX) between 2013 and 2016. In 2016 he was appointed CEO of Smart Future Lab Ltd., MVM Group’s incubator company for startups. He is also the Chairman of the Smart Future Innovation Cluster since 2012.
Jonathan Simpson is a English law qualified partner based in Dentons Warsaw office. He is a highly respected senior lawyer with over two decades experience advising on project development, project finance and structured finance transactions in Europe and around the globe.
Jonathan has advised leading multinational sponsors, governments and leading financial institutions on transactions in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas in several sectors, including power and renewables, mining and resources, oil and gas, petrochemicals, transport infrastructure, social infrastructure and water.
Jonathan has been ranked by Legal 500 as one of London’s leading project finance lawyers and speaks regularly at conferences.
Wouter Koopman is EU Affairs Manager Gas and LNG for Royal Dutch Shell, based in The Hague. Mr. Koopman is responsible for Shell’s European policy and advocacy efforts related to natural gas market development. Prior to his current role, he has held various commercial and strategy roles within Shell’s Exploration & Production and Integrated Gas businesses, based in London, The Hague and Nigeria. Most recently, Mr. Koopman served as the strategy lead for Shell’s refreshed Integrated Gas strategy. Prior to joining Shell, Mr. Koopman was Finance Director at the global airline company AirFranceKLM holding different responsibilities including positions in the fuels department. He holds a MSc degree in International Business Economics from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam and a MSc degree from the Free University of Amsterdam.
Dr. Teodor Chirica is the President of FORATOM (the European Nuclear Forum), the Brussels-based trade association for the nuclear energy industry in Europe, since January 1st, 2018 and member of the FORATOM Executive Board since 2006. He was instrumental in setting up the Romanian Atomic Forum (ROMATOM) in 2000 and in its affiliation to FORATOM.
Dr. Chirica is an engineer with rich experience (40+ years) with the Romanian power industry, specialised in nuclear power. He was actively involved in development of the CANDU project in Romania since early 70s, working for Romanian engineering and consultancy companies (ISPE, CITON), utilities (RENEL), as well as for CANDU Owners Group, Toronto. Between 1998 and 2009, Dr. Chirica served in different managerial positions with Nuclearelectrica, which led as CEO between March 2005 and January 2009. He acted also as Managing Director of AMEC Nuclear Romania (2009-2013) and CEO of EnergoNuclear, the Project Company for Cernavoda Units 3 and 4 (2013 – 2017). Currently, he is Senior Adviser to the CEO of Nuclearelectrica.
He holds a PhD in nuclear science from the “Politehnica” University of Bucharest.
Danila specializes in Eurasia energy and natural resources issues with a particular focus on the natural gas. Before joining EWI, Danila was an Inbev visiting scholar for EU-Russia relations at the at UCL/KUL universities in Belgium. He also worked on China and Central Asia affairs at the European Parliament and the Energy Charter Secretariat and frequently advises private sector companies and international institutions.
Beside this position, Kostiantyn Gura is the coordinator of the Finnish-Ukrainian Trust Fund from the side of State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine. Within the framework of the event “Nordic Green to Scale” Kostiantyn announced the launch of Trust Fund starting from September 2018.
Also, Mr Gura currently holds the position of Head of the State Company Subdivision Green Investment Development Center.
His professional career started in Ukraine in 2011, working in the Department of Commercial Relations of SE “Energorynok”. Then in 2012-2013, he studied at the leading university Ecole Polytechnique (Paris, France), where he received a Masters degree in RENEWABLE ENERGY SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. For some time he worked for the TOP-4 French company Saint-Gobain (Paris, France). In 2013 he returned to Ukraine. Worked in the private sector in the field of electricity. At the moment he is also responsible for international cooperation in SAEE.
He is a speaker and participant of international events. He represents Ukraine’s interests in the framework of UN events in the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency. He regularly speaks on the profile forums and conferences organized by the International Energy Agency, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the European Commission (TAIEX), etc.
Gábor Hiezl is a senior energy industry professional with significant management experience.
Mr. Hiezl worked at E.ON Group between 2000 and 2013 in different manager positions. In 2013 Mr. Hiezl became Director of Portfolio Management at MET Power Hungary Ltd., after that he worked as Chief Commercial Officer at E2 Hungary. He joined NKM National Utilities Ltd. in 2016 as Chief Commercial Officer, later he became Deputy CEO for Digitalization and Innovation. He became the CEO of NKM National Utilities Ltd. in August 2018.
Mr. Almási has been a portfolio manager at ALTEO since 2014. Prior to that, he had an important role in preparing energy related projects as a project engineer at Sinergy Kft. for two years.
He obtained his degrees from Budapest University of Technology and Economics. After his graduation he continued deepening his knowledge in economics as a postgraduate at Corvinus University of Budapest, also by participating in the Leadership Program of the Business Council for Sustainable Development in Hungary.
As a member of the Hungary Young Professionals in Energy group he actively contributes to the new insights and knowledge management of the energy sector.
Kamran Niki Oskoui has been working in the field of Energy Economic for 8 years. He has been working at Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) as Market Research Analyst in Gas Market Analysis Department (GAMD) since 2016. He is responsible for monitoring and analyzing global economy, gas demand and LNG trade.
Before joining the GECF, he has worked in the Ministry of Petroleum of Iran as Gas and Energy Market Analyst for 6 years.
He has a Ph.D degree in Resource and Environmental Economics and Master Degree in Energy Economics. He has a background in energy modeling and has published several research papers related to energy economics.