Speakers (by alphabetical order)

Adnan Amin
, Director General, IRENA (@IRENA)

Adnan Z. Amin was elected as IRENA’s first Director-General in 2011, and he is currently serving his second term. During his tenure, IRENA has grown to 149 Member States and has become the global authority on renewable energy. Mr. Amin has over 25 years of experience in international environment and sustainable development policy, as well as in the political, management, and interagency coordination functions of the United Nations (UN).
Mr. Amin is a development economist specializing in sustainable development. He is a national of Kenya.

Miguel Arias Cañete
, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, European Union (@MAC_Europa)

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

Osama Assran
, Vice Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Egypt

Vice Minister ofElectricity and Reriewable Energy ( 2014 )
2011: Chairman ofSouth Cairo for Electricity Distribution Company
2009 : Head ofDistribution Networks Sectors -South Cairo for Electricity Distribution Company
2007: Head ofTechnical AffairsSectors -South Cairo for Electricity Distribution Company
2006: First Under Secretary & Supervisor for Doki Sector -South Cairo for Electricity Distribution Company
2003: Head ofGiza Networks Sectors -South Cairo for Electricity Distribution Company
2001 : General Manager-Operation & Maintenance -Giza R ural Networks -South Cairo for Electricity Distribution Company

Elisabeth Ayrault
, Chief Executive Officer, CNR

Elisabeth AYRAULT is CNR Chief Executive Officer since 2013. A chartered architect, she set up an architecture and town planning practice in Perpignan in 1980. In 1991, she joined Dumez Immobilier Promotion, before working for 10 years for Elyo, a company specialised in energy efficiency. From 2009 to 2013, she was Managing Director of SITA France. She is a member of the Supervisory Board of the Grand Port Maritime de Marseille and that of the Banque Postale.

Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama
, Prime Minister of Fiji

Tobia Becker
, Program Manager, Africa, ABB

Paolo Bertoldi
, Senior Expert, Joint Research Centre, European Commission (@EU_ScienceHub)

Electrical Engineering. He has been working with the European Commission since 1986, as Administrator in DG Energy and Transport, in charge of EU regulatory and voluntary programmes for energy efficiency. Since May 2001, he is Senior Expert at the Joint Research Centre, in charge of research activities on energy efficiency policy analysis and the Covenant of Mayors.

Kateri Callahan
, President, Alliance to Save Energy

Sandrine Dixson-Decleve
, Chief Partnership Officer, Sustainable Energy for All

Marie Donnelly
, Director of Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency, European Commission

Ms Marie Donnelly currently works with the European Commission in the Directorate General for Energy as Director for Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency.
Previously, Ms. Donnelly worked with the European Commission in the Employment and Social Affairs Directorate General as Director for Resources and Communication and in the Directorate General for Enterprise in the area of Industrial policy in Pharmaceuticals - Human and veterinary medicinal products. She also served as Head of unit for European Social Fund Policy, Coordination in the EQUAL Community Initiative, and was Head of the unit Equality for women and men.
Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Donnelly worked as Industry Group Director with the Federation of Irish Chemical Industries in Dublin, Ireland.

Moulay Hafid Elalamy
, Acting Minister of Energy, Morocco, invited

October 10, 2013 appointed Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and the Digital Economy.
A graduate of the University of Sherbrooke in information systems, Moulay Hafid Elalamy began his career in Canada as a Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Finance of Québec before joining Saint-Maurice, a Canadian insurance company, where he held the responsibility of Director of Information Systems.
Back to Morocco in 1988, Moulay Hafid Elalamy joined the African Insurance Company, a subsidiary of the ONA Group, as CEO.
In 1995, he created the SAHAM Group currently operates in four business segments: Insurance, Offshoring, Health and Property.
Saham Group is present in 26 countries in Africa and the Middle East with a turnover of 1.09 billion USD.
A personality recognized in the economic and social Moroccan world, Moulay Hafid Elalamy was President of the Moroccan General Confederation of Enterprises of Morocco from 2006 to 2009.


  • Member The Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity presided over by His Majesty King Mohammed VI,
  • Member of the board and treasurer of the Lalla Salma Foundation for fight against Cancer, chaired by Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Salma.
  • President of SAHAM Foundation "act for equal opportunities."

Grégoire Gailly
, Regional Director West Africa, GERES (@GERES_en)

Grégoire is a French engineer who has been working in West Africa on rural development for 15 years. He joined GERES 3 years ago to conduct an energy access project in rural areas for productive use. He is now responsible of all GERES West Africa’s climate and energy project activities.

Edgar Kapiza Bayani
, Director of Community Energy, Malawi

Rachel Kyte
, Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All)

Rachel Kyte is Chief Executive Officer of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All. A leading advocate for sustainable development, Ms. Kyte is focused on affordable, reliable and sustainable energy as the key to combating both poverty and climate change. Ms. Kyte drives SE4All's work to mobilize action towards its 2030 goals of ensuring universal access to modern energy services; doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. As Special Representative for the Secretary General she is the point person in the UN for action towards the recently agreed global goal on sustainable energy. Ms Kyte served until December 2015 as World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, leading the Bank Group's efforts to campaign for an ambitious agreement at the 21st Convention of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP 21). She was previously World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development and was the International Finance Corporation Vice President for Business Advisory Services. Recipient of numerous award for women's leadership, climate action and sustainable development, she is a Professor of practice in sustainable development at Tuft's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She holds a master's degree in international relations from Fletcher, and a bachelor's degree in history and politics from the University of London.

Mark Lister
, Acting Head, Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (@UNEPDTU)

Mark Lister has diverse experience across business, government, NGOs and academia through roles in Australia, Africa, Asia and now Europe, where he acts as head of the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency. The Centre functions as global energy efficiency hub of Sustainable Energy for All and aims to double the rate of global EE improvement by 2030.

Katarina Maaskant
, Head of Public Affairs, IKEA Group (@KatarinaMaas)

Katarina Maaskant has been heading Public Affairs at IKEA Group since 2012. She is overall responsible for advocacy in order to support the company’s strategies and business goals. Katarina has also a background on sustainability as she was advisor on sustainability policies for IKEA and worked on these topics in the European Parliament.

Stefano Manservisi
, Director General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission

May 2016 - present: Director General of Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO)
Nov 2014–May 2016:Head of Cabinet – Federica Mogherini, Vice-President of the European Commission, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Apr 2014–Oct. 2014: Ambassador, Head of Delegation, EU Delegation to Turkey
Jul 2010-Apr 2014: Director-General of Directorate General Home Affairs (HOME).
Nov 2004–Jul 2010: Director General of DG Development and Relations with Africa, Caribbean, Pacific States (DEV)
Jun 2001–Nov 2004: Head of Cabinet to President Romano Prodi.
Jan 2000–Jun 2001: Deputy Head of Cabinet to President Romano Prodi.
Jan 1995–Jan 2000: Deputy Head then Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Monti.
Mar 1993–Jan 1995: Member of Cabinet then Deputy Head of Cabinet to Commissioner R. Vanni d'Archirafi.
Jan 1993: Head of Unit 'Finances' in the then DG VIII (later: DEV, DEVCO). Mar 1991–Dec 1992: Principal Administrator, Member of Cabinet to Vice-President Pandolfi.
Oct 1987–Feb 1991: Administrator. Directorate-General for Development (ex DG VIII).
Aug 1983–Sep 1987: Administrator. Directorate-General for Agriculture.

Jean Patrick Masson
, Deputy Mayor of Dijon and Chairman of the French CoM club

Eco Matser
, Climate Change/Energy and Development coordinator, HIVOS (@hivosorg)

Mr. Matser is coordinator Climate, Energy and Development at Hivos an international organisation based in the Netherlands. He responsibilities include a global programme for Green and Inclusive Energy for improved policies internationally and in selected countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Pamela Mhlanga
, Executive Director, Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre and Network (@ZWRCNZimbabwe)

Pamela is the Executive Director of the Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre and Network. She is a passionate women’s rights activists, wih expertise in gender, law in development issues. She has a track record of more than 20 years work in Zimbabwe, SADC, and the rest of Africa. She holds undergraduate and post graduate degrees in law from University of Botswana and University of Warwick respectively.

Simone Mori
, Executive Vice President, ENEL

Enel's Head of European Affairs and Chairman of Assoelettrica. Over the last few years he was Enel's Head of Regulatory, Environment and Innovation and Head of Carbon Strategy and held a number of positions in business associations. He is professor at La Sapienza and LUISS Guido Carli Universities.

Gilles Pargneux
, Member of EU Parliament, Rapporteur of COP21 (@gillespargneaux)

Born on 24 March 1957, Gilles PARGNEAUX is a French politician, Member of the European Parliament (EP) since 2009. He is vice-president of the environment, health and food security committee and member of the foreign affairs committee, the budget control committee as well as the security and defence committee.
As an MEP, Gilles PARGNEAUX has been rapporteur of the report of the European Parliament on the COP 21: "Towards an international agreement on Climate in Paris". He was a member of the EP delegation to the COP21 in Paris.
Sensitive to the issue of cooperation between the European Union, the Maghreb and the Mashrek, Gilles PARGNEAUX is President of the EU-Morocco friendship group as well as Vice-president of the delegation with Mashrek countries and Member of the Delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries and the Arab Maghreb Union.
Born on 24 March 1957, Gilles PARGNEAUX is a French politician, Member of the European Parliament (EP) since 2009. He is vice-president of the environment, health and food security committee and member of the foreign affairs committee, the budget control committee as well as the security and defence committee.
As an MEP, Gilles PARGNEAUX has been rapporteur of the report of the European Parliament on the COP 21: "Towards an international agreement on Climate in Paris". He was a member of the EP delegation to the COP21 in Paris.
Sensitive to the issue of cooperation between the European Union, the Maghreb and the Mashrek, Gilles PARGNEAUX is President of the EU-Morocco friendship group as well as Vice-president of the delegation with Mashrek countries and Member of the Delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries and the Arab Maghreb Union.

Nandita Parshad
, Director of Power & Energy Utilities, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Nandita Parshad is the Director and Global Head of the Power & Energy Utilities Team at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) where she heads a team of 37 professionals covering 36 countries with a portfolio of over EUR 6 billion, doing an annual business of over EUR 1 billion.
Nandita has over 25 years’ experience in financing and investing in the power sector in diverse emerging economies such as India, Eastern Europe, former Soviet Union, Mongolia, Turkey, Middle East and North Africa. Since joining EBRD in 1992, Nandita has led several complex power project financings involving debt, equity, syndications and intensive policy dialogue at the highest level in Governments and with reputable domestic and international strategic investors. She has also held various Supervisory Board and Board of Directors memberships in investee companies and is also a Director on the International Board and a Trustee of the United World Colleges. She took over as the head of the team in 2007 and under her leadership quadrupled the Bank’s business in volume and number of deals in the power sector and renewable energy projects in particular.
Prior to working at the EBRD, Nandita worked for the World Bank in Washington D.C. and from 1988-1992 in New Delhi, India.
Nandita was born in Calcutta, India and holds both her undergraduate (A.B. 1986) and graduate degrees (MPA 1988) from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. She continues to support a number of charities in India and is also an active volunteer with the Princeton Alumni Schools Committees in India and the UK.

Diego Pavía
, CEO, EIT InnoEnergy (@InnoEnergyEU)

Diego Pavía graduated as electrical engineer, specialising in electronics and automation from the Polytechnical University of Madrid. His first professional experience, in 1988, was as co-founder and CEO of a start-up, Knowledge Engineering, dealing with industrial controls systems using artificial intelligence and neural networks. Three years later he joined Sema Group, and started a long career with private companies.
In SchlumbergerSema, Diego headed multicultural working groups all over the world in the field of energy, with revenues of 650M$. Between 2002 and 2010, Diego was the CEO of Atos Origin, a leading international IT service provider, where he was responsible for Spain and South America, about 9.000 employees, and an annual turnover of EUR 450 million.
Since 2010, Diego has been CEO of KIC InnoEnergy.
Diego, as a serial entrepreneur, has created 7 companies in his lifetime.

Betrand Piccard
, Chairman of Solar Impulse (@bertrandpiccard & @solarimpulse)

A pioneer unconstrained by certitude and stereotypes, an explorer of the human spirit more than an adventurer, he rejects all dogmas other than the need for all-embracing curiosity. As an enthusiastic balloonist and aviator, Bertrand tackles challenges that others consider impossible. He made the first ever non-stop round-the-world flight in a balloon and launched the «Solar Impulse» project for a solar airplane, in which he flew from Europe to Africa without a single drop of fuel. A doctor and psychiatrist, he derives from his training in hypnosis and his interest in oriental philosophies a different focus, putting human beings and their quality of life in the foreground.

Elizabeth Press
, Director Planning and Programme Support, IRENA (@esp2001)

As Director, Planning and Programme Support, Elizabeth Press oversees the internal coordination and the strategic integration of extra-budgetary resources in IRENA’s programmatic work; leads the reporting on programmatic matters to governing bodies and individual donors; facilitates Agency-wide participation in global or thematic initiatives; and contributes to strengthening IRENA’s presence in Europe, including at the EC level and with Germany as Host Country.
Ms. Press joined IRENA in November 2010 and was a member of the team that led the transition from the Preparatory Commission to becoming a full-fledged Agency in April 2011. Prior to joining IRENA, Ms. Press had some 18 years of international experience, mainly with the United Nations, in the field of development, humanitarian assistance, rule of law and political affairs. She has served in HQ duty stations in New York and Geneva, as well as in different field locations, including Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi, DRC, Cambodia, and Kosovo. Ms. Press holds an MA in Public Administration.

Lily Riahi
, Advisor on Sustainable Energy in Cities, UNEP

Dominique Ristori,
Director-General for Energy, European Commission (@ristori20)

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.

Didier Robert,
Président du Conseil Régional de la Réunion

Born 26 April 1964 at Saint-Pierre (Reunion Island) 3 children
Since 1st July 2014, Senator of Reunion Island
Since March 2010, President of the Reunion Regional Council
May 2010 – April 2012, MP appointed by the Prime Minister to head an inquiry into "Tourism Development in France's Mediterranean and Overseas Regions"
June 2007-Nov 2010, MP for the Department of Reunion Island
2006 2010, Mayor of Le Tampon
2004– 2007, Regional Councillor
2001 – 2014, Le Tampon City Councillor
Sept 2012/Sept 2013, Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of the EU Outermost Regions
2006 – 2010, Chairman of the South Reunion General Hospital (GHSR)
2006 – 2014, Chairman of the Reunion Island Southern Districts Utilities (CASUD)
(Districts of Le Tampon, Saint-Philippe, L'Entre Deux and Saint-Joseph, with a total population of 115,000)
PRESIDENCY of Bodies/Companies
May/December 2014, President of the Vanilla Islands alliance of Mauritius, Reunion, the Seychelles, the Maldives, Mayotte, the Comoros and Madagascar
Since 2010, Chairman of SEMATRA

2010 – 2014, Chairman of SPLA Maraïna - Chairman of Air Austral's Supervisory Board
1987, Aix en Provence Institute of Political Studies - Economics & Finance Section Limoges Faculty of Law & Economics
1985, Bachelor of Economic & Social Administration (AES)
1983, Limoges University Institute of Technology (IUT) - IUT Degree in Business Administration & Public Service Management
2000/2005 Head of Staff - District of Saint-Paul (Population: 100,000)
1998/2000 Member of the Department Council President's Office Team
1991/1998 Head of Staff - District of Le Tampon
1989/1991 Company Manager (Automotive Sector)
1988 Vice-President & Founding Member of the EMPR (Military School) Alumni Association; AET (Former Military Schoolboys) Member
1986 Founding Member of the "Science Po Aix" Junior Enterprise
Chevalier of the French National Order of Merit

Jacob Schambye,
Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Heating Segment, Danfoss (@danfoss)

Jacob Schambye is Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing of the Heating Segment at Danfoss A/S – a global leader in energy efficient technology and solutions.
Danfoss Heating offers heating and cooling solutions for generating, distributing and adjusting heat by providing an efficient green infrastructure, which contributes to achieving optimum indoor comfort and energy efficiency in residential and commercial buildings all over the world.
Jacob Schambye joined Danfoss in 2015 and has a broad management experience from leading positions previously with Velux, GN Netcom, and The Boston Consulting Group.
Jacob Schambye holds a Master of Science, Economics & Business Administration, International Business, from the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.
Board memberships:
Genan Holding A/S
Dynatest A/S

Fathallah Sijilmassi
, Secretary General, Union for the Mediterranean

Fathallah Sijilmassi was appointed Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean on 1 March, 2012. He was re-elected Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean on December 4, 2014.
A career Diplomat for the Moroccan Government, he specialises in the field of economic international relations, in particular with regard to Euro-Mediterranean issues. He started working in the banking sector as representative of the Banque Commerciale du Maroc in Milan (Italy).
His career within the Moroccan administration was then marked by his active role in the negotiations of free trade agreements with the European Union, the United States, and several Arab and African countries.
From 1999 onwards, he has held senior positions within the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Director of Multilateral Cooperation (1999-2001), Director of European Affairs and Ambassador to the Barcelona Euro-Mediterranean Process (2001-2003).
In 2003, he was appointed Ambassador to the European Union (2003-2004) and later to France (2005-2009). In 2009, he becomes CEO of the Moroccan Investment Development Agency, leading its launch and subsequent growth. Fathallah Sijilmassi is an officer of the Légion d´honneur and grand officer in the Ordre National du Mérite of the Republic of France. He is a graduate in Political Science, holds a PhD in Economics and speaks five languages: Arabic, French, English, Italian and Spanish. He is married with two children.

Claude Turmes
, Member of the European Parliament

Claude Turmes (from Luxembourg) is a Member of the European Parliament, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance.
Since 1999 a Member of the European Parliament, he held the position of Vice President of the Green Group of the European Parliament from 2002 to 2014. He is a member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and the coordinator on energy issues for the Green Group. Mr Turmes has been Rapporteur of the Directive on Renewable Energies, and the Energy Efficiency Directive and more recently, he has been involved as shadow rapporteur in the report "Towards a European Energy Union" (2015).

Sheila Watson
, Deputy Executive Director & Director of Environment and Research, FIA Foundation

Sheila Watson is Deputy Executive Director & Director of Environment and Research at the FIA Foundation. She is also Executive Secretary to the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (www.globalfueleconomy.org). An economist, she has many years’ experience as an Senior government advisor and consultant.

Felice Zaccheo
, Head of Unit, Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, DG DEVCO, European Commission (@felicezaccheo - @europaid)

Felice has over 25 years’ experience in cooperation and development. He worked as development practitioner cooperation in several rural development projects in Ethiopia, Peru, Tanzania, Tunisia, and Nicaragua before joining the European Commission in 1997. Since then he held several positions including in the EU Delegations in Nigeria and Jamaica. In 2007 he moved to the Headquarters in Brussels where he is currently Head of Unit responsible for Sustainable Energy and Climate Change in the Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development. respect of human rights, notably through external aid. We foster coordination between the European Union and its Member States in the area of development cooperation and ensure the external representation of the European Union in this field.

Arthouros Zervos
, Chairman, REN21 (@REN21)

Arthouros Zervos is a Professor at the National Technical University of Athens and has been Chair of the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) since 2013. Formerly he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Public Power Corporation - Greece. Dr. Zervos has more than 30 years’ experience in the renewable energy sector including leading key European renewable energy bodies and acting as policy advisor to Governments and EU bodies.