Minister of Environment and Energy, Hellenic Republic
Konstantinos Skrekas comes from Megarhi, Trikala. He is married to Eirini Karagouni and has two daughters, Alexandra and Sophia. He holds a Degree in Civil Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Civil Engineering Department, Faculty of Technology), and an M.Sc. in Construction Management from the University of Birmingham, UK. After completing his studies, he worked in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods sector in managerial positions. He is the co-founder of a company operating in the FMCG sector and held the posisition of CEO for 15 years. In the general election of 6 May 2012 he was elected Member of the Greek Parliament (MP) for the Constituency of Trikala with the New Democracy Party. He was re-elected on 17th June of the same year. On the 25th of January 2015 he was elected Member of the Greek Parliament (MP), receiving the largest number of electoral votes among candidates from all political parties, in the Constituency of Trikala. He was re-elected in the elections on 20th September of the same year. In the general elections on 7th July 2019 he was elected Member of the Greek Parliament for the Constituency of Trikala. During his terms of office in the Hellenic Parliament he has been a member of the Standing Committee on Economic Affairs, the Standing Committee on Production and Trade, the Special Permanent Committee on Research and Technology and the Special Permanent Committee on Environmental Protection. He was also Shadow Minister for the Environment and Energy Sector for the New Democracy Party from January 2016 – June 2019. He was appointed Minister of Development and Competitiveness from October 2014 until February 2015. On 9th July 2019 he was appointed Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Food, being specifically responsible for the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP). On 5th January 2021 he was appointed Minister of the Environment and Energy. He speaks English and French.
Minister of Development and Investments, Hellenic Republic
Adonis Georgiadis was born on November 6th, 1972, in Athens. He graduated from the Faculty of History & Archaeology of the School of Philosophy of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. In 1993, he took over the management of publications 'GEORGIADISLIBRARY OF GREEK'. In 1994, he founded the Liberal Studies Center "GREEK EDUCATION". Elected MP in Athens B region in the elections of 2007 and 2009 with the LAOS political party. In February 2012, he joined the Nea Demokratia political party, having resigned from the parliamentary office. Elected with Nea Demokratia in Athens B in the national elections of 2012 and 2015. In 2011, he was Vice Minister of Shipping in the Government of Lucas Papademos and in 2013 he was appointed Minister of Health in the Government of Antonis Samaras. On January 18th, 2016, he was appointed one of the two VicePresidents of the Nea Demokratia by decision of Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the President of Nea Demokratia. On July 9th, Adonis Georgiadis was appointed as Minister of Develpopment and Investments after the 2019 greek elections. He is married to Eugenia Manolidou and they have two children, Perseus and Alcaeus.
Matthew Lodge was commissioned as an officer in the Royal Marines on leaving school in 1986. He was sponsored through Birmingham University from where he graduated with a BA (Hons) in Modern Languages (French and Russian). Subsequent duties with the Royal Marines included service in Norway and the United States, and a secondment to the Army which included an operational tour in Northern Ireland and service in Kenya.
Matthew joined the Foreign and Commonwealth office in 1996. His early diplomatic career included work on the Balkans and Eastern Mediterranean, service in Georgia and Armenia, and postings to Athens (1998-2000), Paris (2001) and the UK Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels (2001-2003). From 2004 to 2007 he was Private Secretary to the FCO Permanent Under Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service. In March 2007 Matthew was appointed as Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Baghdad. On his return from Iraq, Matthew attended the Higher Command and Staff Course (2008) at the UK Defence Academy before being appointed as Head of the FCO’s Afghanistan Group.
From 2010 to 2013, Matthew was Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Finland and from August 2014 to summer 2017 Matthew was Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the State of Kuwait. In spring 2017, Matthew was appointed as Minister at the British Embassy in Paris, serving concurrently as Ambassador and Permanent delegate to UNESCO (2017-2021). In August 2021 Matthew was appointed as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic.
Matthew is married to Alexia and they have twin boys.
President, IAEE; Director, Florence School of Regulation; Holder of the Loyola de Palacio Chair
Glachant took his Ph.D. in Economics at La Sorbonne in France. He is Director of the Florence School of Regulation, and President-elect 2022 of the International Association for Energy Economics. He is associate researcher at the University of Cambridge (Electricity Policy Research Group) and at the MIT (Center for Energy & Environmental Policy Research). His last book (2021) is the “Handbook on Electricity Markets” (co-edited with P. Joskow, MIT, and M. Pollitt, Cambridge U.). He worked in the industry and private sector before becoming professor at La Sorbonne. He has been advisor of DG TREN, DG COMP and DG RESEARCH at the European Commission and of the French Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE). He has been coordinator and scientific advisor of several European research projects. Jean-Michel has been the founding editor-in-chief of EEEP: “Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy” (an IAEE journal) and is member of the Board of Editors of ‘Energy Journal’ since 2012.
Member of the European Parliament, Nea Dimokratia Party
Maria Spyraki is the awarded MEP of the year 2019 for Industry, Research, and Innovation. She is now serving in her second mandate in the European Parliament as member of the Committees on Industry, Research, and Energy (ITRE), on Regional Development (REGI) and the Environment (ENVI). Ms Spyraki is co-chair of the Intergroup on Climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development and rapporteur at the Renovation Wave for ENVI committee.
She has worked for 22 years as a journalist in her home country Greece. Also, she was a member of the Press Office of the European Parliament in Athens from 2003 to 2004, as well as the office of Greek Commissioner to the EU, Mr Stavros Dimas, for the period 2004-2009.
Maria Spyraki has served as the Spokesperson of Nea Demokratia and as an elected member of the Nea Demokratia Executive Board.
Her first degree is in Chemistry and she also has an MSc in Energy Law, Business, Regulation and Policy from International Hellenic University.
Director General Taxation and Customs Union, European Commission
Gerassimos Thomas is Director-General in the Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union at the European Commission.
Prior to his current assignment, G. Thomas had professional assignments as: Deputy Minister for Environment and Energy in Greece (2019-2020); Deputy Director-General in the Directorate-General for Energy and Chairman of the Steering Board of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) (2014-2019); Director Finance at DG ECFIN (2009-2014); member of the EIB and EIF Board of Directors (2009-2017); Head of cabinet of Joaquin Almunia, Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs (2005-2009); Deputy Spokesman for Commission President Romano Prodi; Spokesman for economic and monetary affairs for Commissioner Pedro Solbes (2000-2004). Prior to 2004 held various positions in the European Commission, the European Investment Fund and in investment banking in London.
Advisor to the Prime Minister of Greece for energy issues
Nikos Tsafos serves as the chief energy adviser to the Prime Minister of Greece. A leading authority on energy, Nikos has worked with companies, banks and governments in over 30 countries on some of the world’s most complex energy projects. Most recently, he held the Schlesinger Chair for Energy and Geopolitics at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and served on the Climate Advisory Committee of the Export Import Bank of the United States (EXIM). From 2016 to 2019, he was a lecturer at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Nikos has testified before Congress, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, the Canadian House of Commons, and the Alaska State Legislature. He has written extensively on energy, including for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, EURACTIV, the National Interest, and others. Nikos is also a regular commentator on current affairs: he has been quoted in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Bloomberg, and he has appeared on CNN, NBC, the BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera, and other leading media outlets.
He holds a B.A. in international relations and economics from Boston University, and an M.A. in international relations from Johns Hopkins SAIS.
Fellow at Cambridge Judge Business School; Associate at the Energy Policy Research Group;
Stephen Littlechild is Fellow at Cambridge Judge Business School and an Associate at the Energy Policy Research Group there. He is also Emeritus Professor at Birmingham University, where he was previously Professor of Commerce (1975-1989).
In 1983 he advised the UK Government on the regulation of British Telecom, proposing an RPI-X incentive price cap instead of conventional rate of return control. This model was adopted for most subsequent UK privatisations, and in various other countries.
He was a member of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission (1983-1988).
In 1988 he advised the UK Government on electricity privatisation, proposing then-novel concept of retail competition, which again has been widely adopted in many energy markets. He implemented this approach as the first Director General of Electricity Supply and head of the Office of Electricity Regulation (1989-1998).
Since 1999 he has been an international consultant on privatisation, regulation and competition, including in the electricity, telecommunications, water and airport sectors. He was also a non-executive Member of the Postal Services Commission (Postcomm) (2006-2011).
Chairman, International Advisory Committee of King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC)
He is the Chairman of the International Advisory Committee of King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC). He was the Secretary General of Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Economic Council and Saudi Arabia’s Governor to OPEC, president of the Saudi Economic Association, vice dean and professor of economics at King Saud University, and vice president of World Energy Counci. He was a member of the Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Aramco Board of Directors, and the Board of trustees of the Economic Research Forum.
Mariarosa Baroni has over 35 years of experience in the development of alternative fuels, contributing already in the 90s with her industry-leading engineering company to the birth of OEM gas-powered cars and developing an installation and maintenance network in hundreds of workshops of OEM dealerships.
In the same years, thanks to the experience gained at the Italian level, she contributed to the development of various international gas mobility markets, such as India and Iran, with local partners, operating mainly in the light and heavy duty OEM area.
The close collaboration with European and international OEMs has allowed her to promote Italian technology in the world as an expert marketing consultant and become a reference person for sustainable gas mobility at an international level.
In recent years she has dedicated her first experience to the promotion of natural gas and bio-methane (CNG and LNG) especially in Japan through institutional relations and local authorities.
Since 2013 Mariarosa has been President of NGV Italy continuing to promote and strengthen the leadership of Italian technologies for natural gas and bio-methane (CNG and LNG), blended fuels and hydrogen mobility.
Dr Fatih Birol (@fbirol) has served as Executive Director of the IEA since 2015. After taking office, Dr Birol led the IEA in its first comprehensive modernisation programme since its creation in 1974. These efforts focused on “opening the doors” of the IEA to major emerging economies; making the IEA the global hub for clean energy transitions; and broadening the IEA’s energy security mandate beyond oil to also cover electricity, natural gas, renewables and the critical minerals needed in many of today's clean energy technologies.
Dr Birol took up his current positon after rising through the ranks of the IEA over two decades. He joined as a junior analyst in the mid-1990s and rose to the position of Chief Economist responsible for the IEA’s flagship World Energy Outlook. Dr Birol has been named in the TIME100, TIME's annual list of the world's most influential people, and by Forbes as one of the most influential people in the world of energy. He chairs the World Economic Forum’s (Davos) Energy Advisory Board. He is the recipient of numerous state decorations, including the French Legion of Honour, the Japanese Emperor’s Order of the Rising Sun, the Order of the Polar Star from the King of Sweden and the highest Presidential decorations from Austria, Germany and Italy.
Before the IEA, Dr Birol worked at the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna for six years. He earned a BSc degree in power engineering from the Technical University of Istanbul and received an MSc and PhD in energy economics from the Technical University of Vienna. He is an honorary life member of Galatasaray Football Club.
Professor, Universities of Perugia and LUISS; Visiting Researcher, KAPSARC; Honorary President, Italian Association for Energy Economics (AIEE)
Carlo Andrea Bollino is a Professor of Economics at the University of Perugia and Professor of Energy Economics at the University LUISS, Rome. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was supervised by Nobel laureate Professor Lawrence Klein. He has been a Visiting Researcher at KAPSARC since 2015, focusing on econometric analysis, electricity market reform and climate change policy analysis. He is a Visiting Professor at Technische Universität, Berlin, Germany, the President (honorary) of the Italian Association for Energy Economics.
He was the President of the IAEE in 2008, the President of GSE (Italian Renewable Energy Agency) and GRTN (Italian Electric Transmission network); Energy Advisor to the Minister of Industry and Ministry of Treasury of Italy; Chief Economist, ENI; Economist, Bank of Italy; and a Research Associate at Project Link for the United Nations. He has testified to the Italian Senate and Parliament briefings and has provided various governments with technical and policy reports on electricity market liberalization and renewable energy developments.
Previously is was Vice President, Economics & Prospective, Enedis, the French power distribution company.
He created the French Circle of Energy Economists, to promote energy economics to energy policy makers.
He created the Marcel Boiteux Award, which recognizes the best book on energy economics.
He was also Vice President, Energy Policy for the AREVA Group. His role consisted in understanding current energy policies and promoting acceptable evolutions for all stakeholders.
He also led for a program aiming to define potential synergies between nuclear and oil industries for heavy oil production.
Bonnery received his M.Sc in General Engineering from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers, Paris, France, and MBA in Petroleum Economics and Management from the Center for Economics and Management, IFP School, Paris, France.
His former affiliations include: Head of the Economics Department, NUSYS consulting company, Paris, France; Project-consultant, Shell, Paris, France; Research Assistant, Economic and Industrial Research Division, University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
Christophe Bonnery has been awarded the Knighthood of the National Order of Merit.
Professor, London Business School; Founding Editor, Journal of Energy Markets
Professor Derek W Bunn is the author of over 200 research papers and 10 books in the areas of forecasting, decision analysis and energy economics. As Professor of Decision Sciences at London Business School, he has been the recipient of several professional and industry awards, including the Goodeve Medal, from the UK Operational Research Society. His work has been extensively cited, and translated into more than six languages.
Professor Bunn read Natural Sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge University; received a PhD from London Business School; and was subsequently elected CEGB Fellow in Engineering at Oxford University. He has also been a visiting professor at Stanford University in California.
He was an elected council member of The Institute of Management Sciences (1992-1994), representing international interests in the merger executive with ORSA to create INFORMS.
More recently he has served as council member of the British Institute of Energy Economists. He has been chief editor of the Journal of Forecasting since 1984, and was formerly chief editor of Energy Economics. He is also the founding editor of the Journal of Energy Markets and has served on the editorial boards of 11 other journals, including Management Science.
He is currently chairman of the UK Government Panel of Technical Experts for the Electricity Market and he also serves as an independent member of the industry panel that oversees the wholesale electricity trading. He has acted as a special advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change, consultant to the UK Competition Commission on Electricity Market Abuse, Expert Advisor to the National Audit Office (in their review of the electricity industry reforms), peer reviewer on modelling work for DECC and Ofgem, and Expert Witness in several litigation cases before the High Court and at international Tribunals. He has been a regular keynote speaker and chair at many international research and practitioner conferences.
Head of Europe area at Enel Green Power / President at SolarPower Europe
Aristotelis joined the Enel Group in November 2018 and is currently the Head of Europe region in Enel Green Power (EGP). In March 2020 he was elected President of SolarPower Europe. He has a diverse background in the management of different types of renewables projects, varying in both size and type. His broad professional career in renewable energy, both in Europe and North America, includes executive roles in business development, construction and maintenance, M&A and new investments. Aristotelis graduated in Civil Engineering from DUTH and holds an MSc in Engineering Business Management from University of Warwick, with further specialization in Entrepreneurial Studies at Harvard University.
Associate Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA); General Secretary, HELORS
Dr. Haris Doukas is an Associate Professor at the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He is a mechanical engineer from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), with a PhD in the area of decision support systems for energy policy and management, from the ECE, NTUA. His scientific and research expertise includes the development of decision support systems for energy and climate policy. He has almost 2 decades of working experience in the design of energy and climate policies and programs for the promotion of renewables, energy efficiency and management in a regional, national and European level. Moreover, he participates as a specialist in respective initiatives beyond Europe, such as the countries of the Mediterranean basin and the Arab states of the Gulf. In the abovementioned fields, he has more than 120 scientific publications in international scientific journals with reviewers, the Greek Book "Multiple Criteria Decision Models for Energy and Environmental Systems", the open access Book as co-Editor "Understanding Risks and Uncertainties in Energy and Climate Policy: Multidisciplinary Methods and Tools for a Low Carbon Society", the English Book "Multicriteria Portfolio Construction with Python", as well as numerous presentations in international conferences, chapters in Books, articles in technical magazines and daily and weekly press. Finally, Dr. Doukas is an Associate Editor of the Operational Research International Journal (ORIJ) and participates as member of the scientific journals' Editorial Board in the areas of energy policy and operational research. For his work, Dr. Doukas has received numerous awards by the State Scholarship Foundation (IKY), the NTUA, the AUTH, the Technical Chamber of Greece (TCG), the Hellenic Operational Research Society (HELORS) and the World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC) among others.
Chief Economist and Director, Centre for Global Energy Studies
Currently an independent energy consultant, non-executive board member of Elinoil and senior advisor to Argus Consulting Group, Leo Drollas was born in British India of Greek and Anglo-Irish parents, and educated at Athens College in Athens, Greece, from which he graduated cum laude. After Athens College, Leo Drollas attended the London School of Economics where he read economics. Having obtained his B.Sc. (Econ) and M.Sc. (Econ) at the LSE, he then completed a doctorate at the same university, choosing as his thesis a country’s foreign trade sector in disequilibrium. After leaving the LSE in 1975, Leo Drollas worked in London at the Commodities Research Unit and then joined British Petroleum in 1977 as the company’s first econometrician. At BP he managed the energy and economic modelling team in the company’s Corporate Planning Department (1980-86) and was responsible for many studies on various aspects of the oil market. Whilst at BP, Leo Drollas was seconded for two years to the Confederation of British Industry (1986-88), where he held the post of Deputy Director of Economics and completed two major studies — one on the attitude of British business towards exchange rates and the other comparing British and German manufacturing. In 1989 Leo Drollas joined as its Chief Economist the Centre for Global Energy Studies (CGES), a think-tank founded in that year by Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani, the former Oil Minister of Saudi Arabia.
Leo Drollas was the Deputy Director and Chief Economist at the CGES from 1989 until 2011, becoming in that year the CGES’ Director and retaining the title of Chief Economist. During his time at the CGES, which ceased formal operations in January 2014, Leo dealt with subjects as diverse as oil prices in the long run, oil speculation versus fundamentals, oil’s shipping needs, the demand for aviation fuel, US gasoline demand, the relationship between oil inventories and prices, the determination of oil product prices, the factors driving oil production, oil capacity utilisation and oil prices, oil pipeline tariffs, OPEC’s oil-quota policies, Chinese oil demand, US and global demand for natural gas, the connection between desired oil stock cover and oil futures prices, and many more. Leo Drollas co-authored with David Long of Oxford Petroleum Research Associates a major CGES study on the strategic hedging activities of oil companies and directed the CGES’ work on many aspects of the oil futures markets.
Over a career spanning 47 years, Leo Drollas has written many articles and studies on oil, energy and economics in general, and co-authored a book on oil with Jon Greenman entitled “Oil – the Devil’s Gold” [Duckworth, 1989]. He has spoken at numerous conferences on diverse oil and gas-related subjects, including the oil market in the short and long term, Asian oil demand, the oil futures markets, the world’s gas outlook, global warming, oil fundamentals versus speculation and non-OPEC oil supplies, among many others. In 2014 Leo spoke at energy conferences in Abu Dhabi, Tokyo, Athens, Rotterdam, Milan and London, while in 2015 Leo delivered talks at the Cass Business School in London, at the ESCP Business School also in London, at ENI’s FEEM conference on oil price prediction in Milan and at the Mare Forum shipping and commodity conferences in Athens, Cyprus and Rotterdam. In the last few years, Leo Drollas spoke at the Athens Energy Forum and at conferences in Abu Dhabi, Rome, Cyprus, Naples and Rotterdam. Leo has appeared frequently on the business programmes of CNN, CNBC, ITV-1, BBC-1, the BBC’s World Service, Bloomberg TV, Al Jazeera, Sky News, Channel Four and other channels, and has contributed to numerous radio programmes in Europe, the Far East and the US. Leo Drollas has been quoted regularly on the main wire services and in the world’s leading financial newspapers in the West and the Far East.
Professor, Institute for Energy Technology, Berlin University of Technology
Between 1995 and his retirement in 2018, Prof Dr. Georg Erdmann was Professor for Energy Systems at the Institute for Energy Technology, Berlin University of Technology (www.ensys.tu-berlin.de) where he managed a research team of up to 15 scientists. Between 1982 and 1995 he was Post doc researcher and Assistant Professor in the group of Prof. Dr. Bruno Fritsch at the Center for Economic Research, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich (ETHZ). Part of this time was Delegate at the Paul Scherer Institute, Villigen (Switzerland) in the group of Prof. Dr. Alexander Wokaun. He is trained in Mathematics and Economics, and received his PhD in Economics at the University of Münster (Germany). In 1991 he received the Venia Legendi for macroeconomics by the Abteilung für Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften at the ETHZ.
Erdmann’s research fields cover energy economics including energy market modeling and forecasting, energy market reform, wholesale energy trade, investment strategies, financing and risk management. He combines this research field with the market entry analysis of new energy technologies such as fuel cells, battery electric vehicles, and other innovations. He has also research experience in industrial economics, environmental economics, evolutionary economics, and regional economics.
He is author of many scientific books and articles. His latest book publication is “Energy Economics. Theory and Applications” (2017), together with the co-authors Prof. Dr. Aaron Praktiknjo and Prof. Dr. Peter Zweifel. This book has become an international benchmark for university lectures on energy economics.
Erdmann is founder of the startup company Prognoseforum GmbH (www.prognoseforum.de) which is active in economic forecasting and energy consulting. He is still President of the Board, KSB Energie AG, Berlin which is engaged in providing energy trading services for small and medium sized companies. Among many other mandates he chaired the Gesellschaft für Energiewissenschaft und Energiepolitik (GEE; www.gee.de), which is the German affiliate of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE). In 2009 he served as President of the IAEE. The most recent academic mandate is his membership in the ICEF-Steering Committee, Tokyo; the organization aims to discuss and develop feasible pathways towards carbon neutrality by means of technological, commercial, behavioral and political innovations.
Director, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies; Professor, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Dr Bassam Fattouh is the Director of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES) and Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He has published a variety of articles on energy policy, the international oil pricing system, OPEC behavior, the energy transition, and the economies of oil producing countries. Dr Fattouh served as a member of an independent expert group established to provide recommendations to the 12th International Energy Forum (IEF) Ministerial Meeting in Cancun (29-31 March 2010) for strengthening the architecture of the producer-consumer dialogue through the IEF and reducing energy market volatility. He is the recipient of the 2018 OPEC Award for Research. He acts as an advisor to a number of governments and companies. He is a regular speaker at international conferences.
Areas of Expertise Bassam Fattouh focuses his research on aspects of the international oil pricing system such as the relationship between the futures market and spot market, the relationship between OPEC and the market, the causes of oil price volatility and the dynamics of oil price differentials. He also focuses his research on the IOC-NOC relationship and its implications for investment behaviour. He has a strong background in the economic environment of the Middle East.
Professor of the geopolitics of energy, Free University of Brussels
Prof. Samuel Furfari (aka Samuele) is a Chemical Engineer from the Free University of Brussels. In 1982 he received his Ph.D. from the same university with a thesis in the field of energy. Between 1982 and 2018, he was a senior official at the Energy Directorate General of the European Commission where he has devoted an entire career to energy technology and policy in practically all fields of energy (strategy, outlooks, technologies, environment, climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency) until its end position as adviser to the director general. Since 2003 he is a professor of energy geopolitics and energy politics at the Free University of Brussels. He also lectures at various universities. He is the author of many articles and of 18 books on energy and sustainable development; the last is ‘Energy and Geopolitics, Volume 1: Fundamentals’ (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2021). Since 2019 he is President of the European Society of Engineers and Industrialists. He is Knight of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.
Senior Vice President for Research and Development; Professor of Practice, Khalifa University of Science and Technology
Dr. Steven Griffiths is Senior Vice President for Research and Development and Professor of Practice at the Khalifa University of Science and Technology. At Khalifa University, he oversees the development and implementation of the university’s research strategy and operations.
In addition to his executive management role at Khalifa University, Dr. Griffiths is a member of the Emirates Research and Development Council, a member of the Dubai Future Council on Energy, an elected member of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee, a Zayed Sustainability Prize Selection Committee member, a member of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Low-Carbon Resources Initiative Research Advisory Committee, a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Middle East Advisory Council, a Governing Board member of the Graphene Engineering Innovation Center at the University of Manchester, a member of the UAE Artificial Intelligence Expert Group, advisor to the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science, and a board member of the Microsoft Energy Core. He is also Associate Editor and Editorial Board member of Elsevier’s international journal Energy Strategy Reviews, Editorial Board member of Elsevier’s international journal Smart Energy, Associate Editor and Editorial Board member of Springer’s international journal Energy Transitions and a non-resident Fellow of the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines. In 2017, Dr. Griffiths was Co-Chair of the Solar World Congress and International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry and was General Chair of the 2019 International Association for Energy Economics Middle East Symposium.
Dr. Griffiths holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
President, IAEE; George A. Peterkin Professor of Economics, Rice University
Peter Hartley is the George A. Peterkin Professor in the Economics Department, and a Rice Scholar in Energy Studies in the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He also is Co-Director of the Masters of Energy Economics program at Rice University. He also is 2022 President of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE), having previously served in that role in 2015. He also was President of the US Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) in 2012.
Professor Hartley has researched a range of issues in energy economics for 40 years. He also published papers and books in several other areas of economics, but for the last 25 years or so has concentrated on energy economics.
He completed a first class honors degree in mathematics in 1974, and a Masters Degree in Economics in 1977, at the Australian National University. From 1975-77, he worked for the Priorities Review Staff and the Economic Division of the Prime Minister's Department in the Australian Government. He obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1980. From 1980 to 1986 he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Princeton University. He has been at Rice University since 1986.
He also has held visiting positions in Australia at Monash University, the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University and, most recently, the University of Western Australia. He has also worked for public policy think tanks including the Tasman Institute in Melbourne, where he served as Executive Director in 1996-97.
Nevenka Hrovatin is a professor of economics at the School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana (SEB LU). Since 2004 she has been leading the research group Sustainable Competitiveness of the Slovenian Economy in European and Global Perspective, funded by the Research Agency of the Republic of Slovenia. Her research focuses on the economics of public utilities and, more recently, energy efficiency. She has published her work in several peer-reviewed journals (see bibliography https://bib.cobiss.net/bibliographies/si/webBiblio/bib201_20220317_143357_08652.html) and received several research awards. She has been actively working for the International Association of Energy Economics (IAEE), 2018-2019 as an appointed IAEE Council Member and in 2019 as General Conference Chair and International Programme Committee Chair of the 16th IAEE European Energy Conference held in Ljubljana. She also served as a programme committee member of several IAEE and other international conferences. As Vice-President, she has also been actively involved in the work of SAEE (Slovenian Association of Energy Economics - the national affiliate of IAEE and the section of the Energy Chamber of Slovenia). During her academic career, she has carried out several research and consultancy projects for the Slovenian Electricity and Gas Regulatory Authority Energy Agency, utilities (gas and electricity), the Government of Slovenia and the City of Ljubljana. She was also a member (chair) of supervisory boards of several companies and institutions, including the Energy Council of the Slovenian Prime Minister (2009-2011) and held several managerial/senior positions at SEB LU (as Vice-Dean for International Relations, Chair of Human Resources and Habilitation Committee, Chair of Academic Unit for Economics, Head of the joint EU-Tempus programme in Public Sector and Environmental Economics, etc.). Currently, she is head of the Academic Assembly at SEB LU and head of the Double Degree Graduate Programme in Business Administration organised in cooperation with the School of Economics and Business, University of Sarajevo. She teaches several economic courses, including Energy Economics, at the graduate level.
Editor-in-Chief, Renewable Energy Journal; Professor, Cyprus University of Technology
Professor Soteris Kalogirou is at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Sciences and Engineering of the Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus. He is currently the Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology. In addition to his Ph.D., he holds the title of D.Sc. He is a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences and Founding Member of the Cyprus Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts.
For more than 35 years, he is actively involved in research in the area of solar energy and particularly in flat plate and concentrating collectors, solar water heating, solar steam generating systems, desalination, photovoltaics, geothermal energy and absorption cooling.
He has a large number of publications in books, book chapters, international scientific journals and refereed conference proceedings. He is Editor-in-Chief of Renewable Energy and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Energy, and Editorial Board Member of another twenty journals. He is the editor of the book Artificial Intelligence in Energy and Renewable Energy Systems, published by Nova Science Inc., co-editor of the book Soft Computing in Green and Renewable Energy Systems, published by Springer, editor of the book McEvoy’s Handbook of Photovoltaics, published by Academic Press of Elsevier and author of the books Solar Energy Engineering: Processes and Systems, and Thermal Solar Desalination: Methods and Systems, published by Academic Press of Elsevier.
He is a member of World Renewable Energy Network (WREN), American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Institute of Refrigeration (IoR) and International Solar Energy Society (ISES).
Associate Director for European Energy Security, Atlantic Council
Olga Khakova is the associate director for European energy security at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center, where she manages transatlantic energy initiatives. Before joining the Atlantic Council, Khakova was a senior program coordinator for US Energy Association’s Energy Technology and Governance Program. She helped start and coordinate the Western Balkans’ Electricity Market Initiative working group, which provides technical expertise on creating better-connected electricity markets.
Khakova also worked as a program director for a leading energy non-profit in the Midwest, The Climate + Energy Project (CEP). While at CEP she co-led the conception and development of the Clean Energy Business Council, a network of businesses seeking to capitalize on renewable energy resources in Kansas and the greater Kansas City area through legislative, regulatory, and educational solutions. Khakova facilitated state-wide stakeholder engagement on energy issues, such as education and outreach on rate design dockets at the Kansas Corporation Commission. During her time at Bombardier Aerospace, Khakova organized events and developed communications strategies in Brazil, Canada, China, and the US for a distinguished human factors safety program called Safety Standdown.
Khakova has a business administration degree from Wichita State University and a professional science masters in environmental assessment from the University of Kansas. She is originally from Ukraine.
Prof.Dr. Gürkan Kumbaroğlu Vice Rector, Boğaziçi University President, Turkish Association for Energy Economics
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Professor Gürkan Kumbaroğlu holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. He is Vice Rector for Research and Professor of Industrial Engineering at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. He is Member of the Board of the university’s technology development zone corporations Budotek and Teknopol Istanbul, and Chairman of the Board of the Boğaziçi University Lifelong Learning Center.
Dr. Kumbaroğlu is President of the Turkish Association for Energy Economics, and Past President of the IAEE. He was awarded the Energy Oscar Award for Scientific Contribution to Energy Markets at the 17th International Energy and Environment Conference in 2011. He has further received the Senior International Scientist Award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2012. He is an Editorial Board member of the journals Sustainability, Innovative Energy Policies, and Journal of Self-Governance and Management Economics. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on energy economics, policy and sustainability.
Associate Dean for Research, University of Wyoming; Editor-in-Chief, Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy Journal
Charles Mason is the H. A. "Dave" True, Jr. Chair in Petroleum and Natural Gas Economics in the Department of Economics and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Business at the University of Wyoming. He is an internationally known scholar who specializes in Environmental and Resource Economics with over 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. He testified in the case against BP related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He served as the managing editor of the top international journal in the field of Environmental and Resource Economics (the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management), from 2006 to 2011. He is currently an associate editor of the European Economic Review, co-editor of Economic Inquiry, editor-in-chief of the Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy and joint editor-in-chief of Strategic Behavior in the Environment. He earned a double B.A. in Economics and Mathematics in 1977 and a Ph.D. in Economics in 1983, all at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a non-resident fellow at Resources for the Future, and has been a visiting academic at the University of Cambridge (2003); the London School of Economics (2014, 2015); the University of Oxford (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012); the Venice International University, Ca’ Foscari (2013); and the Toulouse School of Economics (2013). He has been on the faculty at the University of Wyoming since 1982.
Prof. Dr. Anne Neumann is full professor at the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology at NTNU, Director of Research for NTNU’s Energy Transition Initiative (NETI) and MIT-CEEPR Affiliate. Currently she is also co-chairing a working group for the European Academy of Science Advisory Council (EASAC) on “The future of gas”. Previously she worked as Senior Researcher in the Department Energy, Transport, Environment at DIW Berlin, was Professor for Economic Policy at the University of Potsdam and Assistant Professor at NHH Bergen. Her research experience of 15+ years draws on industrial organization, competition economics and econometrics and has provided academic as well as policy relevant publications and advice. From 2014 until 2018 she served as Vice-President for Publications in the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE; The Energy Journal), is currently Editor with Energy Policy and on the Editorial Board of Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy. She has participated in several interdisciplinary EU projects, projects funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research and commissioned studies. Anne has international teaching experience, (co-) supervised PhD students from several universities and developed research agendas across disciplines. She studied economics at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder and holds a PhD in economics from TU Dresden.
Executive Education Associate Academic Dean, ESCP Business School
Miguel Palacios is a Professor of Management at ESCP Business School, as well as the Executive Education Associate Academic Dean at the Madrid Campus. He has been the last 8 years the Madrid Academic Director of several energy programs, masters and courses. He also coordinates several research projects on innovation and family business and is the PI of ESCP Business School at the EU recognized Digital Innovation Hub in Artificial Intelligence & Robotics for Sustainable Development Goals (DIH - AIR4S).
He has supervised several PhD thesis in Spain and Sweden on innovation and is also currently the PhD Advisor of two students. His areas of research and publications are Business Models, Innovation and Family Business across industries and more specialized in the energy sector. He regularly serves as evaluator of European projects and advisor of start up companies.
In 1992, he graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris (MSc in Electronics), then, in 1994, from Universidad Politecnica (UPM) de Madrid (BSc and MSc in Industrial and Electrical Engineering). He followed the Master in Business Administration at MIT Sloan School of Management with a Fulbright scholarship and obtained the MBA in 1999. He also holds a PhD in Business Administration from UPM since 2005, with a discussion on “Critical Success Factors for Businesses Plan Competitions. Development of a Model for the case of the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid.”
Over the course of his career, he worked at Alcatel and Alenia Space from 1993 to 1997 as a Development Engineer in the R&D Department, Industrial Electronics production facility, then as a Project Manager, Operations Department. From 1999 to 2001, he worked as a Management Consulting Manager at Cluster (now Oliver Wyman), in the areas of strategy, marketing and start-up development. From end of 2001 until September 2012 he was a faculty member at UPM where he taught Marketing, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, managed the Business Administration Faculty Unit and several EU recognized international masters, one specialized in energy. He has taken part in the area of Business Planning in the European Commission funded project Eureca and coordinated the participation of ESCP in the EU funded project STARS4ALL.
Chair of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER); Board Member at ARERA
Clara Poletti is Commissioner of the Italian independent Regulatory Authority for Energy, Networks and Environment (ARERA), Chair of the Board of Regulators of the European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) and ARERA delegate at the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER).
She has more than twenty years’ experience in the field. As far back as 1997, she contributed to the start-up of the Italian independent energy regulator. Since then, she has worked on the regulation of energy, water and waste management services at both national and European level.
From 2007 to 2011, she was Director of the Bocconi University research centre on energy and environment (IEFE). She was also a founding joint academic director at the Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE). She is member of the Advisory Council Executive Committee of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and associate researcher of the Cambridge Energy Policy Research Group.
She is the author of numerous scientific articles.
Professor of Business Economics, Cambridge Judge Business School
Michael Pollitt is Professor of Business Economics at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He is an Assistant Director of the Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG) and a joint academic director of the Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE). Michael is a Fellow in Economics and Management at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Michael was external economic advisor to Ofgem from 2007 to 2011. He has published 13 books and over 100 refereed journal articles on efficiency analysis, energy policy and business ethics. His current research interests are in market design and regulation for a high renewables electricity system, carbon markets and productivity analysis of the energy sector. He is Vice President for Publications of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) for 2020-23.
Dr. Andreas Poullikkas holds a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) degree in mechanical engineering, a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) degree in nuclear safety and turbomachinery, a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in numerical analysis and a Doctor of Technology (D.Tech.) higher doctorate degree in energy policy and energy systems optimization from Loughborough University, U.K. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET). Dr. Andreas Poullikkas is currently the Chairman of the Cyprus Energy Regulatory Authority (CERA) and he was for several years the Chairman of the Cyprus Energy Strategy Council (both appointments by the President of Cyprus). In his professional career he has worked for academic institutions and for the industry, such as, a Visiting Faculty at Harvard University, USA, the Cyprus University of Technology (Professor of Power Systems and Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering) and the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (founder and director of the Research and Development Department). He is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Power Technologies, member of the Editorial Board of the journal Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments and the author of various peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals, book chapters, conference proceedings and the author of ten books. He is included in the World’s Top 2% Scientists and the World’s Top 100000 Researchers Lists, both published by Stanford University.
Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES)
Ms. Gulmira Rzayeva is a Research Associate at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES) and visiting research fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy of Columbia University. She is also on board of directorate of the Institute for Effective Governance and Stabilization based in Stockholm, Sweden. She is a founder and managing director of the London-based Eurasia Analytics Ltd consulting company. She was a senior research fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies (SAM) under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan for last ten years until January 2019. Her area of expertise includes energy security covering issues such as the energy policy of Azerbaijan and East Europe/Caspian region, Turkish domestic natural gas market, SEE gas market, global natural gas market, gas-to-hydrogen etc. Ms Rzayeva is recognized worldwide for her reports and seminal articles about energy focusing on the region, as well as for her speeches in some of the most prestigious universities including Harvard University, think-tanks and prestigious international conferences world-wide. Ms. Rzayeva has published several scholarly publications focusing on her area of expertise.
Éric Scotto is a committed entrepreneur, combining his talents as an investor with his concern for the climate. After ten years in information technology, two years in finance and a first success in business creation, he created Perfect Wind and built a first wind farm of 54 MW in 2004. Perfect Wind became a leader in the production of renewable electricity and was acquired by the world's leading wind power company Iberdrola in 2006.
In 2007, he co-founded Akuo, a global independent producer and developer of renewable energy. The company is active across the entire value chain, spanning from project development to financing, construction and operation activities. Akuo has invested over €2.6 billions to build a portfolio of over 1.4 GW of assets in operation or under construction and a 7 GW development pipeline. With more than 450 employees, the group is headquartered in Paris, France, and operates in more than 15 countries spanning over the 5 continents.
In 2010, the group inaugurated its first Agrinergie® power plant on Reunion Island, which combines solar energy production with environmentally friendly agriculture. Since this conclusive experience, Éric Scotto has continued to develop renewable energy plants (wind farms, solar and hydroelectric power plants) throughout the world with the ambition of offering energy packages adapted to the territories and coupled with storage solutions.
In 2011, Eric Scotto participated in the creation of the Akuo Foundation. The Foundation extends the values of the Akuo group to the benefits of disadvantaged communities. Aiming to ensure the access to essential needs such as energy, education, water and health, it designs and deploys local solutions answering the challenges of climate change, sustainable development and biodiversity protection.
In 2017, Akuo developed its own participatory financing platform, AkuoCoop. This tool allows Akuo to further deepen its collaboration with all stakeholders in the territories.
In 2019, Eric Scotto co-founded Sunstyle International SAS, a joint venture between Akuo and Sunstyle AG. The launch of the production of solar tiles in Châtellerault in the Vienne region, France, was made official on 15 October 2020, in the presence of Barbara Pompili, then French Minister for Ecological Transition. Today, Sunstyle tiles are being deployed on a global scale and have been integrated into major architectural projects like the French Pavilion at Dubai World Expo, Google's Mountain View headquarters in California, and others to be launched in the coming years.
In April 2021, he has co-edited "Les énergies renouvelables pour les Nuls" (Renewable energies for Dummies) with Arnaud Leroy, then CEO of ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency), a book published by First to help understand today's energy issues.
In March 2022, Akuo joined forces with Spyropoulos SA, a technical-commercial company with a leading position in the Greek market, to launch GEARS SA (Green Energy Aggregator Services), a new aggregator in Greece, allowing the company to expand in a new market segment while contributing to the optimization of solar power plants in different Greek regions.
General Secretary of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ministry of Environment and Energy
Alexandra Sdoukou is a lawyer, permanent employee at the Management Organisation Unit of Development Programmes (MOU S.A.) under the Ministry of Economy and Development. Since 2004, she is working as legal advisor in the public administration in various positions at the Ministries of Economy, Development and Environment, Energy & Climate Change. She has been specialised as energy policymaker, working with all Energy Ministers from 2007 to 2015. From 2012 to 2015, she was Head of Cabinet at the Minister of Environment, Energy & Climate Change, competent to develop policy formulation, implementation and monitoring on a wide range of energy and environmental projects. From October 2017, she was Advisor to the President of Nea Dimokratia on energy and natural resources. Alexandra holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Democritus University of Thrace, a Master’s Degree LLM in European Commercial Law from the University of Bristol U.K., and a M.Sc. in International & Economic studies from the Athens University of Economics & Business.
Adam Sieminski is the Senior Advisor to the Board of King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center. KAPSARC is a leading think tank located in Riyadh. Its mission is to advance Saudi Arabia’s energy sector and inform global policies on energy, economics, and the environment. He served as the President of KAPSARC from April 2018 to August 2021, and before that held the Schlesinger Chair for Energy & Geopolitics at CSIS. From 2012 through 2016 he served as head of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). While awaiting Senate confirmation for EIA, he was Senior Director for Energy and Environment at the U.S. National Security Council. Earlier, he was Deutsche Bank’s chief energy economist and integrated oil company analyst, working in Baltimore, London, New York, and Washington. Sieminski holds the CFA designation and earned a BS degree in Civil Engineering and a Master in Public Administration, both from Cornell University.
Fereidoon Sioshansi is President of Menlo Energy Economics, a consulting firm based in San Francisco, California
He advises utilities, energy intensive industry, regulators and policy makers.
Dr. Sioshansi is the editor and publisher of EEnergy Informer, a monthly newsletter with international circulation.
His professional experience includes working at Southern California Edison Co. (SCE), Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), NERA, and Global Energy Decisions.
Since 2006 he has edited 14 books published by Academic Press.
Professor of Economics, University of Toronto; Editor-in-Chief, The Energy Journal
Adonis Yatchew’s research focuses on energy, regulation and econometrics. Since completing his Ph.D. at Harvard University, he has taught at the University of Toronto. He has also held visiting appointments at Trinity College, Cambridge and the University of Chicago, among others. He has written a graduate level text on semiparametric regression techniques published by Cambridge University Press. He has served in various editorial capacities at The Energy Journal since 1995 and is currently the Editor-in-Chief. He has advised public and private sector companies on energy, regulatory and other matters for over 35 years and has provided testimony in numerous regulatory and litigation procedures. He currently teaches PhD. level courses in econometrics, M.A. and undergraduate level courses in energy economics and regulation, and a course on energy economics, politics/geopolitics, security and sustainability in the School of Environment.
Arthouros Zervos is the President of the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) since 2013. He is a Professor Emeritus at the National Technical University of Athens.
He has been Chairman and CEO of the Greek electricity utility Public Power Corporation (PPC) as well as Chairman of the PPC Renewables, both from 2009 to 2015.
He has more than 35 years of high level expertise in policy, science, research and technology across the renewable energy sector. He led key European and International renewable energy bodies and has acted as policy advisor to Governments, EU bodies and policy fora.He has been President of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) from 2001 to 2013, President of the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) from 2000 to 2012 and President of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) from 2005 to 2010. In 2013 he received the “Poul La Cour” prize for outstanding achievement in wind energy.
He is a graduate of Princeton University with a Bachelor and Master Degrees of Science in Engineering as well as a Ph.D. Degree from the Université P. et M. Curie (Paris 6).
A well-respected Chairman and Director, with 30+ years of senior experience in various Energy and related sectors (including Oil & Gas, Renewables, Infrastructure and Transportation) across the EMEA region.
Until very recently, Yanos was the Chair of the BoD of DESFA, the newly privatised, but still regulated Gas Transmission System Operator in Greece, where he oversaw the company’s transformation from a public enterprise to private, and from a local business model to international, while improving its corporate governance framework and ESG strategy.
Previous roles included membership of Board-like senior executive teams (top 1%) at regional and global levels within Shell and Vestas, a Global Sales role for a US-based, PE-backed nanotechnology company and CEO of TRAINOSE, the only Railway operating company in Greece. He has managed large P&Ls (> 1 bl €) and complex KPIs, led major change projects, including major organisational and cultural transformations, financial and performance turnarounds, introduction of new products and services, new market entries etc. He has led, mentored, and coached large and diverse teams, operating (virtually) across different functions, and distributed in various locations, countries, and cultures.
Besides his Board directorships, Yanos is also active as a Guest MBA / Exec Ed speaker, corporate governance and leadership development course leader, mentor, and coach, working with the UK’s Institute of Directors, New Energy Business School in NL, and other training organisations.
Yanos has a PhD in Physics from Durham University (UK) and he recently obtained his CFA-accreditation in ESG investing.