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Welcome speech

Klaus Schäfer

President of Eurogas/CEO of Uniper

Klaus Schäfer has been Chief Executive Officer of Uniper since January 2016 ahead of the planned spin-off from the E.ON Group. Uniper is a major international energy company and operates in Europe, Russia, and a number of other markets around the world in power generation, gas up- and midstream, global commodities and engineering. With 20 years of experience in the energy sector, Klaus has held a number of top management positions in the E.ON Group before the split. He was Member of the Board of E.ON, CEO of E.ON Global Commodities and E.ON Ruhrgas, and he held senior executive positions in E.ON Italia, E.ON Sales & Trading and Thüga.

Klaus obtained his master degree in management from the ESCP Europe School of Management in Paris, Oxford and Berlin.

Philippe Van Deven

Vice President of NGVA Europe / Director General GNVERT-ENGIE

Philippe VAN DEVEN currently General Manager GNVERT, since 2013. GNVERT, a subsidiary of ENGIE Group acting a major player in its sector, carries out activities of sustainable mobility, focusing on providing a wide range of solutions and services including the design, building, financing , operation and maintenance of filling stations and the distribution and sale of Compressed Natural Gas , Biomethane, LNG, Hydrogen, Hythane to various customers such as local authorities, companies and fleet operators.

ENGIE develops its businesses around a model based on responsible growth to take up today’s major energy and environmental challenges: meeting energy needs, ensuring the security of supply, combating climate change and optimizing the use of resources. The Group provides highly efficient and innovative solutions to individuals, cities and businesses by relying on diversified gas-supply sources, flexible and low-emission power generation as well as unique expertise in four key sectors : liquefied natural gas, energy efficiency services, independent power production and environmental services. Before leading GNVERT, Philippe VAN DEVEN served as  Director  of Operations in COFELY Services Inc. from 2007 till 2013 in Montréal, Canada. Member of the executive committee of the NGVA Europe Board, he holds a Senior Vice-President position since 2013.

Philippe VAN DEVEN  is a graduate Master in Engineering, University of Liège, Belgium.

A new paradigm for mobility

Jeffrey Skeer

Senior Programme Officer for Technology Cooperation – The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Jeff Skeer is Senior Programme Officer for Technology Cooperation at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) where he is working to assess sustainable bioenergy potential and technologies and strategies to realize that potential.  Previously, at the U.S. Department of Energy, he was actively engaged in the launch of the US-EU Energy Council, served as U.S. delegate to the Energy Working Group of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and chaired the APEC Biofuels Task Force.  At the Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre in Tokyo from 2002-2004, Jeff led studies on natural gas market reform and the regional benefits of electric power grids. From 1996 to 2002, he served as a U.S. delegate to the Standing Group on Long-Term Cooperation of the International Energy Agency (IEA).  From 1989 to 1996, he worked at IEA in Paris, catalyzing multilateral agreements on electric demand side management, hybrid vehicles, hydropower and the environment, and photovoltaic power systems.

He began his career at the DOE’s Office of Electricity Policy, from 1980 through 1989.  He holds a Bachelors degree in Public Administration from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University (1978) and a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard (1980).

Panel 1: Sustainable fuels – Many options, much potential

Dr. Ansgar Christ

Director, Passenger Car Product Management – Division Powertrain Solutions – Bosch

Dr. Ansgar Christ started his professional career as a Research engineer with Robert Bosch Corporate Research and held various positions as Manager and Technical Specialist within Robert Bosch departments.

Since 2018, Dr. Christ is Director Passenger Car Product Management at Robert Bosch Powertrain Solutions.

Dr. Christ holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Dartmouth College NH), a Diploma and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from RWTH Aachen.

Kristian Ruby

Secretary General - eurelectric

Kristian Ruby is a widely recognised expert with a strong communication profile and extensive experience in political affairs.

He joined EURELECTRIC from Wind Europe, where he served as Chief Policy Officer and was in charge of development and implementation of the political strategy.

Prior to this, Ruby worked as a journalist and served seven years as a public servant in the Danish Ministries of Environment, and Climate and Energy and in the European Commission in the cabinet of the former Climate Action chief, Connie Hedegaard.

Kristian holds a master degree in history and international development.

Dr. Andrew Noble

Head, Commercial Vehicle and Off Highway Market Sector

Dr. Andy Noble has worked at Ricardo for over 30 years on a very wide range of automotive research and product development projects.  He currently is leader of the Commercial Vehicle and Off Highway Market Sector, a customer-facing team managing the winning and delivery of powertrain / vehicle design and development projects from concept through to production.  The team faces the challenges of delivering to OEM and Tier 1 customers improved emissions, better fuel efficiency, higher power density and enhanced productivity for application sectors including commercial vehicle, off highway, rail and power generation.

He has authored over thirty technical papers, has filed seven patents and chaired numerous sessions at international conferences in the engine and automotive arena.

His current main areas of interest are the development of higher efficiency powertrains for commercial vehicles and off highway machines, and finding pathways to implement appropriate levels of alternative fuels, electrification and autonomous operation.

Eva Hennig

Head of Department of Policy Issues – Thüga

Eva Hennig, study of Mechanical Engineering at TU Munich. With Thüga AG in Munich since 1989 in various positions. The Thüga Group constitutes the largest alliance of  municipal utilities in Germany active in the sectors gas, electricity, district heating.

Active in the field of DSO regulation for gas and electricity, sector coupling and renewable gas. Head of Department for EU Energy Policy.

Since 2012 chair of the Eurogas Distribution Committee.

Panel 2: How to make it happen - Which political and legislative framework?

Alexandre Paquot

Head of Road Transport Unit, European Commission - DG CLIMA

Alexandre Paquot currently heads the Road Transport Unit in DG CLIMA at the European Commission. He started this role in January 2016 and his unit closely follows fuel and CO2 emissions from vehicles.

Before leading the Road Transport Unit, Mr Paquot was the Head of Unit on Monitoring, Reporting & Verification (MRV). In this role he worked to support the evaluation of climate policy. His main responsibilities were domestic and international MRV and governance of the Energy Union. Previously, Mr Paquot served as an Assistant to DG CLIMA’s Director General. Prior to this, he was team leader on Industrial Emissions within DG ENV. Mr Paquot’s first position within the Commission was in the Waste Management Unit of DG ENV. Prior to his work in the Commission, he has been Head of Unit for Health & Environment in the French Ministry of Environment.

Khurram Gaba

Policy Planning Executive – ExxonMobil

Khurram Gaba is Policy Planning Executive for ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants. His responsibilities include fuels policy planning for Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific regions.

Khurram has over 30 years of experience in the Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals Industry. He joined Halliburton in 1983, as a Project Engineer, engaged in North Sea oil and gas field development. In 1990 he joined Exxon as a Staff Engineer, supporting European oil refining operations.  Subsequently, he has held technical, managerial, leadership and advisory positions with ExxonMobil, in Research & Engineering, Safety & Operations Integrity, and in Oil Refining and Chemicals Manufacturing. This has involved several international assignments, in support of ExxonMobil’s global operations. In 2014 he assumed his current role in Strategy and Planning, based in Brussels.

Khurram is a graduate of Oxford University, where he gained a MA degree in Engineering Science. He also holds an MSc degree in Fluid and Structural Mechanics from Imperial College, London.

Per-Olof Granström

Director, Energy – CERRE

Per-Olof Granström is the Director for Energy at CERRE.

He has previously held various positions in the European energy sector, such as: Secretary General of EDSO for Smart Grids, Director of European Affairs at Vattenfall, Executive Vice President at Swedenergy, Vice President/Director of trade at Nord Pool and Head of Generation and Trade at Stockholm Energi.

He holds a M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from Linköping University in Sweden.

Lennart Pilskog

LNG Senior Advisor - AB Volvo

Lennart Pilskog is currently Senior Advisor at AB Volvo, Energy topics with a focus on LNG.

He held various positions in his professional life: Director Public Affairs (Volvo Trucks), Commercial Director Eastern Europe, CEO Volvo Austria.

Vice Chair in NGV Global and Board member at NGVA Europe, he was earlier in his career General Secretary at NGVA Europe.

Dr. Guy Walker

Associate Professor – Heriot Watt University

Dr Guy Walker is an Associate Professor in Human Factors at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland.  Dr Walker’s research reflects a trend towards increasing cross-disciplinary activities, and a recognition that solutions to transportation problems have at their core a complex cultural and technological system that can no longer be approached by one academic specialism alone.

Dr Walker’s wide ranging background in the study of Human Factors, which includes over one hundred peer reviewed articles and fifteen books, makes a unique contribution to the increasingly important interface between engineering and the human sciences.  Guy has worked on a wide range of transportation projects, from railway and aviation safety through to vehicle design and driver behaviour with highly-automated vehicles.  Guy is a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors.

Concluding remarks

Helmut Morsi

Adviser to the Director for Investment, Innovative and Sustainable Transport – European Commission - DG MOVE

Mr Morsi holds a doctorate in natural sciences and has broad experience in research and technology, both in the public and private sectors.

He is with the European Commission at Brussels headquarters since Nov1993; first with DG RTD on mobility of researchers, IT support and funding for physics, engineering & thermonuclear fusion, then at DG MOVE on logistics in 2002, managing the Marco Polo I programme and creating Marco Polo II. Since 2006 he worked in various management positions at TEN-T and CEF. Creating the TENTEA/INEA agency in 2006/7 as well as the TENtec Information System, which he has managed until 2014 (IT & business manager). Supervising the creation of all TEN-T maps and online planning and publication. Since 2008 he was developing and leading the TEN-T / CEF innovation and new technologies priority. His new interest on “breaking-up silos” achieved the first CEF Synergy call in Sep’2016, again with focus on innovation and real-life trials combining transport and energy (and cyber security). In April 2015 he was appointed as Advisor to the Director of DG MOVE-B “Investment, Innovative & Sustainable Transport. Mr Morsi is much involved in the CEF Blending call of 2017 and legislative drafter and political coordinator of its innovation priority.


Alec Wilkinson

TV presenter/broadcast journalist

Alec Wilkinson is a TV presenter and broadcast journalist.

He has worked internationally for Sky News in the UK, Sky Italia, Fox network in the USA and Australia’s Channel 9.