Dominique Ristori             
Director-General for Energy, European Commission

Dominique Ristori has worked in the European Commission since 1978 and has held several senior positions. Prior to his current posting, he was Director-General of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) from 2010 to 2013.

Between 2006 and 2010 Mr Ristori was Deputy Director General of DG Energy and Transport. From 2000 to 2006, as Director in charge of General Affairs and Resources in DG Energy and Transport, he was responsible for interinstitutional relations; enlargement and international relations; coordination of energy and transport research; internal market, state aids, infringements and public service obligations; passengers' and users' rights, as well as central management of human and budgetary resources. Between 1996 and 1999, he was Director in charge of European Energy Policy in DG XVII (Energy).

Mr Ristori played an important role in the preparation and adoption process of the two first Directives on the Internal Market for gas and electricity. He also successfully launched the Florence and Madrid Fora for electricity and gas at the start of the regulatory process in the energy sector. In the period from 1990 to 1996 Mr Ristori was in charge of transnational cooperation between SMEs in DG III (Enterprise). Dominique Ristori graduated from the Institute of Political Studies of Paris in 1975.

Miguel Arias Cañete         
EU Commissioner of Climate Action and Energy, European Commission

European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy 2014-present
Member of the European Parliament 2014
Minister for Agriculture, Food and Environment 2011-14
Member of the Administrative Board of Bami Newco, real estate company 2009-2011
President of the Joint Committee of the European Union, Spanish Congress 2008-11
President of Petrolífera Ducar S.L. and Petrologis Canarias S.L. management boards,oil companies 2005-11
Executive Secretary for Economic and Employment Affairs, People's Party 2004-08
Representative for Cádiz, Spanish Congress 2004-08
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 2000-04
State Attorney in Cádiz and Jerez de la Frontera 1999-2000 Town Councillor in Jerez de la Frontera 1994 Member of the European Parliament 1986-99
Member of the regional parliament of Andalusia and Senator representing Cádiz 1982-86
Civil Law Professor at the University of Jerez de la Frontera 1979-82
State Attorney in Ceuta, Cádiz and Jerez de la Frontera 1975-82

Degree of Law from the University Complutense, Madrid 1971

Eckart Würzner
Mayor of Heidelberg and President of Energy Cities

“We as local governments are moving with high speed and have a great potential with lots of know-how and experience to reduce climate emissions.”

Born 10.10.1961in Goslar, marriedto Janine Würznersince 1982, 4 children.
After attending high school in Frankfurt and Düsseldorf, studied Geography in Mannheim and Heidelberg with Geology and Law as subsidiary subjects (first class degree 1987).
Graduate scholarship of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, doctorate on “Comparative influence of atmosphericenvironmental toxins on mortality rates in urban agglomerations”;(1988 – 1993; PhD awarded summa cum laude).
1988 began professional career as environmental consultant to the administration of the City of Heidelberg. In addition to developing and directing the city’s environmental office, was a founding member and managing director of the regional energy agency, and involved in setting up the Environmental Working Group of the German Association of Cities.
Involved in developing environmental and energy management in Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba (Brazil) for the Carl-DuisbergGesellschaft, and implemented environmental seminars in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dhahran (Saudi Arabia) on behalf of the German Foreign Office. Involved in an OECD working group that published a report on “Urban Energy Management“.
In 1996, residence in USA as German Marshall FundFellow, preparing a study on American cities’ climate protection strategies for the Center for Clean Air Policyin Washington, with periods of residence in Washington, Minneapolis, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, Denver and visits to the Rocky Mountain Institute, DOEand EPA.
After 6 years as deputy mayor of the City of Heidelberg responsible for the environment, elected Mayor in 2006; re-elected in October 2014.
Served as chairman of the supervisory boards ofStadtwerke Heidelberg and Heidelberg Marketing GmbH, the Technology Park, chairman of the administrative board of the Sparkasse Heidelberg and regional chairman of the Climate Protection and Energy Advisory Agency.
Member of the board and executive committee of the Association of German Cities, boardmember of the Baden-WürttembergAssociation of Cities,member of the Regional Advisory Body for Sustainable Development, Baden-Württemberg and board member of ZukunftMetropolregionRhein-Neckar
Member of the board of trustees of the Dokumentations- und KulturzentrumDeutscher Sinti und Roma Heidelberg and the board of trustees of the Stiftung Reichspräsident Friedrich-Ebert-Gedenkstätte.
President of the European “Energy Cities” network and President of Heidelberg Club International. Member of the European Covenant of Mayors Board.
President of the Rhein-Neckar/Heidelberg branch of the German Red Cross.
Lecturer at Ruprecht-KarlsUniversity Heidelberg from 1998 to 2005. Since 2009, lecturer in Energy and Environmental Management at the SRH Hochschule Heidelberg. In May 2016 appointed Honorary Professor at the SRH Hochschule Heidelberg.

Heidelberg was the first city in Germany with a municipal climate protection strategy. We built the world‘s largest passive-house district. As one of the model municipalities of the federal "Master Plan for 100% Climate Protection“, our goal is to reduce GHG-Emissions by 2050 by 95% and to cut down final energy consumption by 50%. In Heidelberg, the activities of the local Climate protection policy take place in the areas of integrated sustainable urban planning, extension of renewable energies, efficiency programs, broad participation processes and sufficiency strategies.” ( 578 characters incl. spaces).


Monica Frassoni
European Alliance to save Energy

There are several solutions and business models to boost energy efficiency investments in Europe and all over the world, but without binding targets and measures the potential will not be grasped as there are too many economic and administrative obstacles for these investments to flourish.
Monica Frassoni is an Italian politician and Member of the European Parliament from 1999 until 2009, when she was also co-chair of the European Greens–European Free Alliance group in the European Parliament.
​Previously she served for 10 years as an officer of the Greens group in the European Parliament and was Secretary General of the Young European Federalists. In late 2010, Frassoni took up the role of President of the European Alliance to Save Energy, a business organization dedicated to promoting energy efficiency across Europe.
Furthermore, she currently serves as Co-President of the European Green Party.
EU-ASE was established in December 2010 by some of Europe’s leading multinational companies. The Alliance creates a platform from which our companies (1E, Danfoss, Ingersoll Rand, Kingspan, Knauf Insulation, Oracle Utilities, Philips Lighting, Saint-Gobain, Schneider Electric, Siemens and Veolia) can join with politicians and thought leaders to ensure the voice of energy efficiency is heard from across the business and political community.
EU-ASE members have operations across the 28 Member States of the European Union, employ over 340.000 people in Europe and have an aggregated annual turnover of €115 billion.

James Watson
CEO, SolarPower Europe

Solar power will be a crucial pillar of the clean energy transition, not only for its climate change mitigating impacts, but also for its ability to generate hundreds of thousands of jobs for Europe.
Dr James Watson is the Chief Executive of SolarPower Europe based in Brussels. He joined SolarPower Europe in 2014 after 7 years of working in the energy sector in Brussels with the consultancy Weber Shandwick. Prior to this he worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat on a European Commission project, posted for 2 years as an expert in Africa working on trade and sustainable development. Earlier in his career James worked for various UK government bodies in London and worked as a lecturer in Environmental Law at the University of Manchester. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Law in the VrijeUniversiteit Brussels.


SolarPower Europe is a member-led association representing organisations active along the whole solar value chain and shaping the regulatory environment to enhance business opportunities for solar power in Europe. Cutting-edge market intelligence, including reports such as the Global Market Outlook and Solar PV Jobs & Value Added in Europe, powers our efforts. Equipped with this knowledge, our specialised Task Forces work to bring the solar industry to the forefront of the European energy sector.

Gilles Vermot-Desroches
Schneider Electric

The presentation will be about how to develop inclusive models to promote access to promote sustainable energy (access to energy).
Gilles Vermot Desroches is in charge of Sustainable Development at Schneider Electric. This new entity defines and deploys the environmental, ethical and social policies of the company, as well as developing the awareness of Schneider Electric employees and other stakeholders to sustainable development issues.

Schneider Electric is a leading technology provider in energy management and automation. Our mission is to help businesses meet their energy challenge -keep global warming below the 2°C limit- while achieving better operational efficiency. We want to be a corporate citizen and a responsible employer. In new economies, we develop solutions to provide reliable energy to the 1.1 billion people that do not have access to energy. In mature economies, we address the hundreds of millions which are in situation of fuel poverty.

Jorge Seguro Sanches
Secretary of State for Energy, Portugal

Jorge Seguro Sanches was born in Penamacor on July 30, 1965.
He has a degree in Law (legal sciences) from the Lusíada University of Lisbon, graduate degrees in Energy Law (2007) and Water Law (2012) from the University of Lisbon’s Law School. Completed the academic part of the Master in International Relations from the Lusíada University – Graduate in International Relations (2003).
He was Chairman of the Board of Alentejo Litoral Local Health Unit, was inspector in the Inspectorate-General for Health Activities, in the General Secretariat of the Ministry of Economy and in the Inspectorate-General for Public Works, Transport and Communications.
Was a Member of the Portuguese Parliament in the X and XI Legislatures, having been the rapporteur of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Monitoring of Energy Issues.
Worked at Microsoft Portugal, at the Board of the Institute for the Management of the Citizen’s One-stop Shops (IGLC), and was Head of Office to the Secretary of State for Youth, to the Deputy-Secretary of State to the Prime Minister, to the Secretary of State for Parliamentarian Affairs, and to the Deputy-Minister to the Prime Minister.
He was President of the Municipal Assembly of Penamacor in 2009-2014.

He is Member of the Political Commission of the Socialist Party and a former member of the National Secretariat and the National Commission for Jurisdiction of the Socialist Party.

Thoriq Ibrahim
Minister of Environment and Energy of the Republic of Maldives

His Excellency Mr. Thoriq Ibrahim was appointed as the Minister of Environment and Energy of the Republic of Maldives on November 2013. Minister Thoriq holds the portfolio of protecting natural environment and its resources, managing climate change, coordinating the sustainable development goals, provision of the energy, water, sewerage and waste management services in the Maldives.
Minister Thoriq also oversees and provides policy direction to the affiliated agencies under the Ministry – the Environmental Protection Agency, the Maldives Energy Authority, the Maldives Meteorological Service, and the Biosphere Reserve Office.
Prior to his appointment as the Minister of Environment and Energy, he has served both in the private and public sector for more than 17 years in the field of building services, engineering design, and management of construction projects as well as mechanical and electrical building maintenance services.

Minister Thoriq holds a BEng (Hons) in Building Services Engineering from the Loughborough University of Technology (UK), an MSc in Building Science from National University of Singapore, and an MBA from Preston University (USA).

Adnan Z. Amin
Director General, International Renewable Energy Agency

Adnan Z. Amin is the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), currently serving his second term. He was elected as the Agency’s first Director-General in 2011. During his tenure, IRENA has grown to 151Member States and has become the global authority on renewable energy. The agency today provides the world community with a strong international cooperation framework to accelerate the sustainable energy transformation, as a major pathway to fostering sustainable development and one of the most important solutions to climate change.
Mr. Amin has over 25 years of experience in international environment and sustainable development policy. Mr. Amin has held senior positions in the United Nations (UN), including as Head of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination Secretariat, Director of the New York Office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Executive Director of the Secretariat of the Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence.

Mr. Amin is a development economist specializing in sustainable development. He is a national of Kenya.

John Kaldellis
Tilos Project

What we believe in TILOS is that islands comprise the ideal test-benches for smart energy solutions and for the establishment of sustainable and clean energy models.


Prof John Kaldellis: PhD, Mech. Engineer and Business Administration Diploma. Professor of the Mech. Engineers' Department in the Piraeus University of Applied Sciences, Director of the Soft Energy Applications Lab and Scientific Director of the MSc in Energy Systems, of the MSc in Energy and Environmental Investments and of the H2020 "TILOS" project.
His research interests include feasibility analysis of energy projects (special emphasis on remote islands), technological progress in wind, hydro and solar energy market, hybrid energy systems, energy storage, social attitude towards renewable energy applications and environmental technology-air pollution.
To this end, he has acted as the Scientific Responsible for numerous international and national research projects.
Prof Kaldellis has published six books concerning Renewable Energy Applications (4) and Protection of the Environment (2). He is the Editor of the book entitled "Stand-alone and hybrid wind energy systems: Technology, energy storage and applications" and he is also the Editor of the "Wind Energy" Volume of the Comprehensive Renewable Energy Encyclopaedia by Elsevier.
He is currently Associate Editor of the Renewable Energy International Journal, member of the Editorial Board of several International Journals (Applied Energy, Sustainability, etc.) and reviewer in more than 50 International Journals in the Energy and Environment Sector.
He is the author of more than 150 scientific papers in peer reviewed Journals and more than 400 papers in Scientific Conferences and has more than 3500 citations in his research work (h-index (Scopus) -36).
Since 2015 he is the Scientific Responsible of the TILOS-Horizon 2020 research program.

The Soft Energy Applications Lab of PUAS has long experience in the fields of RES, energy storage, smart energy solutions and hybrid stations for islands, reflected also in the implementation of the TILOS project, energy management and forecasting, with the focus currently given on:

  • Hybrid and Smart Grid Solutions for Islands
  • Artificial Intelligence Forecasting Tools for RES applications
  • Energy Storage Technologies and Electric Vehicles
  • Smart Grid Energy Management Models and Software Tools
Novel Business Models for market-based RES and Storage applications

Gregor Paterson-Jones
EFSI Investment Committee member

Statistics have revealed that the global urban population grows by 1.4 million every week. This is resulting in pressure on cities to deliver transport, telecommunications, energy, water, waste, and building infrastructure.The technology and financing mechanisms exist to make cities grow sustainably. What is often lacking are structures to allow the private and public sectors to contribute finance to quickly and efficiently to deliver these.


Gregor Paterson-Jones is an international expert in Clean Energy Finance. He is recently an IC member for the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and advisor on SME financing to the one of the world's largest sovereign wealth funds. He also holds IC positions on  Mergence Infrastructure Fund IC (an African infrastructure investor) and is expert panel member to the International Solar Alliance in India. He advises the UN Capital Development Fundon Energy funding and the UNDP on Climate Finance and guarantee structures for supporting Energy Investments. Gregor was previously MD of the UK Green Investment Bank and CEO of SW Securities, a clean energy finance firm investing emerging markets.

Arash Aazami

How to democratize access to abundant renewable energies, so that all can create wealth and contribute to an ever-advancing civilization


Arash (1977) is a purpose-driven entrepreneur and innovator. His initiatives merge energy, digital tech and finance. Arash is a faculty member at Singularity University in California. He mentors social entrepreneurship at INSEAD in Paris and advises the Dutch government on energy and digitization.


All that we use, all that we produce, and all that we touch exists through a flow of energy. Energy is a basic human need, and therefore a universal right.
UniversalRight develops towards an Internet of Energy: a global multi-carrier energy exchange platform, based on cutting edge technologies like artificial intelligence and blockchains.

The aim is to democratize access to clean, abundant, renewable energies, so that all can create wealth and contribute to an ever-advancing civilization.

Bertrand Piccard
Explorer, Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation

“Delivering on sustainability is a license to do business in the 21st century, and will reveal hidden gains to those that take the lead.”


Initiator and visionary behind Solar Impulse; the very first solar airplane. Through the establishment of the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions, he has committed to identify 1,000 clean and profitable solutions to help companies, governments and institutions reach their environmental targets and adopt more ambitious policies.


Following the success of the first solar flight around the world, the Solar Impulse Foundation has launched the second phase of its action: by federating the actors in the field of clean technologies through the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions, we will select #1000solutions that can protect the environment in a profitable way, and bring them to decision makers to encourage them to adopt more ambitious environmental targets and energy policies.

Eric Scotto
President and Co-founder, Akuo Energy

Éric Scotto is CEO and co-founder of Akuo Energy. He founded and managed several successful information technology companies. He co-founded Perfect Wind, which was at the time the 2nd largest developer of wind farms in France (600 MW portfolio) and which was purchased by Iberdrola in 2006.

Akuo Energy is the leading French green independent power producer with 1,100MW in operation, under construction or with financing underway. Akuo Energy also aims at creating additional social benefits for the areas where the powerplants are located.

Ongoing projects:  Agrinergie®, an innovative concept that combines farming and energy production on the same site, deriving the maximum value from land // Mobile solutions combining solar power with energy storage for remote sites.

Amani Abou-Zeid
African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy

Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, Egyptian, is an international social and economic development expert with 30+ years’ experience, mainly in international development organizations. Her work is focused on managing international programs as well as establishing strategic partnerships with stakeholders and international partners.
She was elected Commissioner for Infrastructure, Energy, ICT and Tourism at the African Union Commission in January 2017. Previously, she served as Director for Natural Resources Management, Resident Representative in Morocco and as Lead Expert for Infrastructure, Private Sector Development and Regional Integration at the African Development Bank.
Dr Abou-Zeid leads multi-disciplinary, multi-national teams, negotiates international agreements, implements mega projects and manages large portfolios for infrastructure. She also oversees structural reforms to improve the business climate, to promote social inclusion, and to create employment.
She is fluent in French, English and Arabic and has a multi-disciplinary academic and professional background. Formerly a telecommunications engineer (BSc, Cairo University), she went on to earn her MBA from Senghor University, her MPA from Harvard University and her PhD in Social and Economic Development from the University of Manchester, in addition to a degree in Arts from Université Sorbonne-Paris IV.
Her skills and style are characterized by proactivity, by strategic thinking and decision making, by demonstrated communication and negotiation skills as well as learning agility and dependability.

She is recipient of international awards and honors for leadership and excellence: named Commissioner of Broadband for SDG; decorated by HM King Mohamed VI of Morocco; awarded Distinguished Alumni from University of Manchester; selected one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Africa. A certified Alpinist, she also has a passion for piano and running. Not least, she competes regularly in and wins desert car rallies.

Rachel Kyte


Rachel Kyte is Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Sustainable Energy for All. A leading advocate for sustainable development and recipient of many awards, she drives SEforALL’s work to mobilize action towards its 2030 goals on universal energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy. As SRSG, she is the UN point person for the new global goal on sustainable energy. Her previous roles have included World Bank Group Special Envoy for Climate Change and World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development. She is a Professor of practice in sustainable development at Tuft’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Giles Dickson
Chief Executive Officer of WindEurope (formerly EWEA)

WindEurope is the voice of the European wind industry. It represents the entire value chain of wind power: turbine manufacturers, component suppliers, power utilities, project developers, financial institutions and research institutes.  As the industry association WindEurope actively promotes wind power in Europe.  It engages Governments on policy and regulation that affect wind power and its integration in the energy system.  It coordinates research and development for the wind industry in Europe and manages the European Technology Innovation Platform for wind on behalf of the EU Commission.  It also organizes industry exhibitions, conferences and technical workshops and serves as a platform for networking across the industry and between the industry and other stakeholders.  WindEurope has over 450 members from more than 50 countries and a staff of over 50 based in Brussels. In February 2017 WindEurope was awarded the prize for the Best European Association.  Prior to joining WindEurope, Mr. Dickson was Vice President of Global Public Affairs at Alstom.  Before that he was a civil servant in the UK Government for over 15 years.

Alix Chambris
Head of EU Public Affairs, Danfoss

Alix Chambris is leading the Danfoss EU public affairs office since 2015. She is currently vice-president of EuroACE, the European Alliance for energy efficiency in buildings and chair of the policy group of EU-ASE, the European alliance for energy savings. Alix has fourteen years experience in EU policy making and business with a strong focus on energy and climate policy. She has worked in the European Commission where she drafted regulations on the eco-design and energy labelling of energy related products. Prior to joining Danfoss, Alix was responsible for environment, energy and chemical policies for the Michelin Group. Alix Chambris holds a master’s degree in Economics from the College of Europe and a master’s degree of the institute of political science at Science-Po Strasbourg.


Danfoss was founded in 1933 in Denmark. The company’s wide range of energy-efficient products and services are used in areas such as cooling food, air conditioning, heating, controlling electric motors and powering mobile machinery. The company is also active in the field of solar and wind power, as well as district heating and cooling infrastructure for cities and urban communities


Christian Buchel
EDSO Smart Grids

The energy landscape is drastically changing due to three interdependent processes: decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitalisation. DSOs are keen to take up these new challenges and facilitate the development of new markets that will emerge from this energy transition.

Christian Buchel is the Deputy-CEO, Chief Digital & International Officer (CDIO), of Enedis (ex-ERDF), the distribution system operator in charge of operating, developing and maintaining the medium-voltage and low-voltage power grids across 95% of mainland France.  He is also the Chairman of EDSO for Smart Grids, the European association representing leading electricity distribution system companies that are cooperating to make the European smart grids vision a reality.  Prior to this, Christian Buchel held various top-management positions within the EDF Group. He was notably a Member of the Board and COO of Energie Baden-Württemberg (EnBW) in Germany as well as CEO of Electricité de Strasbourg.  In the late 1990s, he also served as an advisor to EDF’s CEO.  During his career, he has held both managerial and operational responsibilities, covering the entire value chain of the electricity industry.  Christian Buchel holds an engineering degree from the Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (Supélec) and was a research fellow at CERN, Geneva, shortly after the end of his studies.
he has also been a research fellow at CERN, Geneva.

ABOUT EDSO for Smart Grids

EDSO for Smart Grids is the European association that represents the larger distribution system operators (DSOs) for electricity. Its 36 members, coming from 18 countries, serve 350 million customers. EDSO’s goal is to promote the deployment of smart grids, thereby facilitating the energy transition and putting customers at the heart of the new energy system. To this end, EDSO acts as key-interface between Europe’s DSOs and the EU institutions, shaping policies and guiding RD&D through large-scale testing of smart grid models.

Joe Mizzi
Minister for Energy and Water management, Malta

Joe Mizzi (born on 7th of March 1952) is a Maltese politician who has been a Member of Parliament since 1987. He became Malta’s Minister for Energy and Water Management in June 2017. Joe served as Minister for Transport and Infrastructure for the period March 2013 to June 2017, and from October 1996 to September 1998 served as Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister. He was first elected a member of the Maltese Parliament representing the Malta Labour Party for the second electoral district in May 1987 General Elections.
Joe Mizzi received his post-secondary education at the Malta Technical Institute; subsequently he followed a course in Advanced Electronics and Telecommunications. Joe has been actively involved in the Malta Labour Party since 1975 when he joined as a member of the Kalkara Youth committee of the Malta Labour Party and was appointed Propaganda Secretary.
Joe was first elected to the Maltese Parliament in May 1987 when he contested Malta’s general elections for the first time and was elected a Labour Party MP. He was re-elected a Member of Parliament in 1992, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2017 General Elections, representing the Second Electoral District.
Joe held several positions, including:

  • Secretary of the Labour Parliamentary Group and a Member of the Administration of the Malta Labour Party, and Opposition Party Whip, 1989 to 2013,
  • Malta Labour Party Representative in the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA),
  • Member of the House Business Committee, 1989 to 2013,
  • Shadow Minister for Environmental Planning and Oil Exploration 1998 to 2003,
  • Shadow Minister for Infrastructural Services and Oil Exploration, which responsibilities also included Enemalta, Water Services Corporation, Telecommunications, the Malta Maritime Authority and MaltaPost, 2003 to 2008,
  • Main spokesman for Transport, Resources and Oil Exploration, including the Malta Maritime Authority and Malta International Airport 2009 to 2013.

Joe Mizzi served as Minister at the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibilities for Police, Home Affairs, Telecommunications and Oil Exploration, from October 1996 until the 1998 General Elections.
Following the General Elections of 2013, Joe Mizzi became Minister for Transport and Infrastructure.
After the last General Elections of June 2017, Joe Mizzi has been appointed Minister for Energy and Water Management responsible for the portfolio of:

  • Development of Alternative Energy Sources
  • Energy Policy
  • Water Policy
  • Energy and Water Services

Olav Skalmeraas
VP Government and Regulatory Affairs, Statoil

The ocean covers around 70% of the world’s surface and is an under-utilised resource for energy and economic growth. Close to 80% of the resource potential is in deep waters. That’s ideal for Hywind, the leading solution for floating offshore wind power, developed by Statoil.
A few years ago, floating offshore wind was a distant dream symbolised by a solitary small-scale Hywind turbine offshore Norway. Today, it is the most viable and mature solution, ready for market. With Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating wind farm, we’re unlocking the vast potential of floating offshore wind. We believe it’s the next wave in renewable energy, and within the next decade, we aim to make floating wind a competitive renewable energy source.


Olav is vice president for Government & Regulatory affairs and Country Manager for Statoil in Germany, a position he took on in March this year. He came from a position as vice president for Statoil’s Carbon Capture Utilization & Storage activities. Before that position he worked in North America and in Central Asia overseeing Statoil’s midstream activities.
Before joining Statoil in 2008, Olav worked in Norsk Hydro as managing director of Norsk Hydro’s aluminium activities in South America and before 2004 as vice president of power and gas marketing activities in Europe. Prior to 2000 he had various managerial positions within oil and gas sales and transportation in Saga Petroleum, an independent oil and gas company in Norway.
Olav has a Master of Science in Marine Engineering and postgraduate studies in economics. He is married with three children.


The company was founded in 1972, and became listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (Norway) and New York Stock Exchange (US) in June 2001. Statoil is an international energy company with operations in over 30 countries. We are headquartered in Stavanger, Norway with approximately 20,500 employees worldwide. We create value through safe and efficient operations, innovative solutions and technology. Statoil’s competitiveness is founded on our value based performance culture, with a strong commitment to transparency, cooperation and continuous operational improvement.

Thomas Nowak
Secretary General European Heat Pump Association

“We can decarbonise the heating sector with todays technologies - what we need is ambition and a supportive framework.“


Thomas is a long term (renewable) energy aficionado. Apart from closely following the energy transition both in the electricity and heating sectors, he is the owner of a heat pump, a PV power plant and a building in which both peacefully cooperate.
In his professional live, Thomas represents the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) as Secretary General in Brussels. His main responsibilities are the repre-sentation of the industry at the European institutions, networking with other stake-holders in the field of heating and cooling as well as the management of the asso-ciation and its future development.
Thomas has published several articles on heat pump technology and the integra-tion of heat pumps in the energy system and has spoken on this topic in European and international conferences.
He has also been contributing to scientific publications including the IEA energy technology perspectives and the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report.
Before working for the EHPA, he has worked in several projects on the economic and social benefits of renewable energy.
Thomas holds a university degree in business administration and economics


EHPA is a Brussels based industry association which aims at promoting awareness and proper deployment of heat pump technology in the European market place for residential, commercial and industrial applications. EHPA provides technical and economic input to European, national and local authorities in legislative, regulatory and energy efficiency matters. All activities are aimed at overcoming market barriers and dissemination of information in order to speed up market development of heat pumps for heating, cooling and hot water production.

EHPA coordinates a quality initiative including the HP KEYMARK, the Quality label for heat pumps and Certification standards for heat pump installers. The association compiles the annual heat pump statistics and organizes a number of events, among them an annual heat pump conference and the decarbheat initiative (

Stefano Manservisi
Director-General for International Cooperation, European Commission

Stefano Manservisi is the Director-General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO) at the European Commission since May 2016.
An Italian national, he previously served as Head of the Private Office of Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Commission Vice-President.
In 2014, he was the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey. Before that, he held other positions at the Commission, including as Director-General for Migration and Home Affairs and Director-General for Development and Relations with African, Caribbean, and Pacific States. He has also headed the Private Offices of the Commission's President Romano Prodi and Commissioner Mario Monti and served in the Private Offices of the Commission's Vice President Filippo Pandolfi and of Commissioner Francesco Vanni d'Archirafi.
A lawyer by training, he enjoys teaching and has been a visiting professor at the University of Bologna, University of Roma III, and the College of Europe.

The Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) designs European international cooperation and development policy and delivers aid throughout the world.

Didier Lhuillier
Director General, CNR

Our project to make Marie-Galante the France’s 1st island territory autonomous in energy, with a 100% renewable and local electricity mix.


Didier Lhuillier is Managing Director at CNR, largest only renewable energy company in France. With 3453MW capacity and 15TWh production, CNR has a large portfolio of hydro, wind and solar generation. Didier is in charge of business development, energy management, asset management, operation and maintenance.
Didier Lhuillier graduated in Mechanical Engineer degree from INSA de LYON in France.
He started his career as a Project Engineer and gradually progressed to Executive Director for International Business Units.
Before joining CNR, Didier Lhuillier was the CEO for Fabricom Inc in Canada, Managing Director of the Energy Division for Cofely in Italy, Director of Power Generation in the United Kingdom, Project Manager in France, and Project Engineer in Turkey.
With diverse international experience in Power Generation, Energy District Heating networks, Natural gas distribution networks and Industrial facilities, Didier Lhuillier has developed a proven platform of success – hire great talent, inspire them to achieve, and manage projects to optimize deliverables. 


CNR is France’s leading producer of exclusively renewable energy and the concessionary of the Rhone for hydroelectricity production, river transport and irrigation for agricultural use. CNR stands out thanks to its role as territorial developer. A company-laboratory of tomorrow’s energies, CNR participates in forging tomorrow’s European energy landscape at local scale. It innovates on electric mobility and green hydrogen.

Mechthild Wörsdörfer
Director, DG ENER

Ms Wörsdörfer is a Director at the European Commission's Directorate General for Energy, in charge of renewables, research and innovation, energy efficiency.
Between 2014 and 2017, as a Director in the same Directorate-General, she was responsible for energy policy, international relations, legal aspects and economic analysis. In that function she notably managed the development of the Energy Union Framework Strategy, the Governance and external aspects. Prior to that Ms Wörsdörfer worked as head of the policy unit in DG Energy, in particular on the 2030 Energy and Climate Framework. Before, she pursued a long career at DG Enterprise & Industry in the area of competitiveness and SME policies. Between 1999 – 2004 she worked in the Cabinet of Erkki Liikanen, the European Commissioner for Enterprise Policy and Information Society.
Ms Wörsdörfer studied Economics at the University of Heidelberg and the University of Montpellier and completed her studies with a Master in European Economics at the Free University of Brussels.
She speaks German, English, French and Spanish.

Jorge Borrego
Deputy Secretary General for Energy and Climate Action of the Union for the Mediterranean

Jorge Borrego was appointed Deputy Secretary General for Energy and Climate Action at the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean in 2016. Of Portuguese nationality, he holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a Senior Member and Energy Specialist of the Portuguese Engineers’ College. He is fluent in English, Spanish and French.
Before joining the Secretariat, Jorge Borrego was General Manager of REN (Redes Energéticas Nacionais), between 2010 and 2015 heading International Affairs and supervising Labor Relations.
He was executive member of the Board of Galpower, SA. (Business Unit of Galpenergia for Power Generation and Commercialization) in two terms, 2000-2001 and 2005-2010, and previously performed several directorate responsibilities within Galpenergia.
In the public sector, Jorge Borrego has been Secretary of State for Transport and Communications (2004-2005); General Director of Energy (2001-2004); Deputy General Director for Energy (1988-1996) and National delegate for the High Level Group of Energy of the European Union (EU) Council; the Governing Board of the International Energy Agency and several Management Committees for R&D EU Programs.

He has also worked as independent consultant -inter alia with several international multilateral agencies- with experience in Energy Policy and Administration in Central and Eastern Europe and Africa.

Sheila Oparaocha
ENERGIA International Coordinator and Programme Manager, Hivos international

Sheila graduated in 1993 with a Bachelors degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Zambia and pursued her MSc in Gender and Rural Development Studies at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). After completing her Masters, Sheila continued to work as a research associate in the Gender and Development Program at AIT. While living in Thailand, she also conducted research in Lao PDR, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Malaysia. Sheila joined the ENERGIA team in October 1999 and works for the ENERGIA Secretariat, as the programme manager of ENERGIA Phase 5. She oversees three large programmes (a programme on Women’s Economic Empowerment, a research programme and an advocacy and policy influencing programme), several smaller ones as well as a number of consultancies.

Cosma Wilungula
Director General of the ICCN

Pastor Dr Cosma Wilungula Balongelwa born  in Lweba in Territory of FIZI  in South Kivu Province on  January 26th 1961  .He has obtained  a PhD in Social and Political Sciences at University of Kinshasa in 2013 where he is acting as Professor in  fulltime.

Previously in early in 1997 until 2000 Pastor Dr Cosma Wilungula Balongelwa worked respectively as well as Consultant and National Representative of  the two biggest  Mining Companies and  suppliers of pure gold, BARRICK GOLD CORPORATION  and GEO SERVICE INTERNAL  in Democratic Republic of Congo. Later on he was appointed as General Director of OKIMO ( Office National de Kilomoto) , an national agency dealing with mining  in DRC

Since 2005 until nowadays ,Pastor Dr Cosma Wilungula Balongelwa is the General Director of Congolese Institute Of Nature Conservation(ICCN) , a government Agency managing National Parks and Natural Reserves in DRC .Since he have taken the responsibility of ICCN  a lot of initiatives and innovations taken place within ICCN in partnership with different partners  working for conservation in  DRC.