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Anguel Anguelov

Anguel Anguelov

Executive Director
V-Gas

David Appleton

David Appleton

Senior Analyst
Argus Media

Antonio Barani

Antonio Barani

Group Chief Executive
Ankorgaz

Simone Casadei

Simone Casadei

Research Engineer
Innovhub - Stazioni Sperimentali per l'Industria

Christos Christofides

Christos Christofides

General Manager
Veroniki Holding

Ute Collier

Ute Collier

Senior Programme Leader - Renewable Energy Division
IEA

Henry Cubbon

Henry Cubbon

Managing Director
DCC LPG

Andrew Ford

Andrew Ford

Group Public Affairs Manager
SHV Energy

Samuele Furfari

Samuele Furfari

Senior Adviser
European Commission

Patrick Grange

Patrick Grange

President
Alystech

Richard Hakeem

Richard Hakeem

Technical Manager
UKLPG

Walt Hart

Walt Hart

Vice President Natural Gas Liquids
IHS Markit

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Managing Director
Atlantic Consulting

Paul Ladner

Paul Ladner

CEO
UGI East for UGI International

Rene Sejer Laursen

Rene Sejer Laursen

Promotion Manager
MAN Turbo & Diesel

Daniel Leuckx

Daniel Leuckx

Policy Executive
Fuels Europe and Concawe

Simon Leysen

Simon Leysen

Managing Director
Morris & Chapman

Cécile Nourigat

Cécile Nourigat

Public Affairs Manager - Autogas
AEGPL

Esteban Pajares

Esteban Pajares

Technical Director
AOGLP

Joël Pedessac

Joël Pedessac

General Manager
CFBP

Estíbaliz Pombo

Estíbaliz Pombo

Autogas Manager
Repsol

Jean-Gabriel Robert

Jean-Gabriel Robert

Senior Manager
Ernst & Young

Federica Sabbati

Federica Sabbati

Secretary General
European Heating Industry

Nerissa Scheik

Nerissa Scheik

Market Research & Analyst Manager
SHV Gas Supply & Risk Management

Claudia Squeglia

Claudia Squeglia

Vice President Stakeholder Relations
ENI

Yvonne Stausbøll

Yvonne Stausbøll

Secretary General
UPEI - Europe's independent fuel suppliers

Christian Steger

Christian Steger

CEO
SCHARR TEC GmbH & Co. KG

Sonja Van Renssen

Sonja Van Renssen

Editor
Energy Post

Emily Wilson-Gavin

Emily Wilson-Gavin

Public Affairs Manager
UKLPG

Bert Witkamp

Bert Witkamp

Consultant
European Alternative Fuels Observatory

Anguel Anguelov Anguel Anguelov

Executive Director
V-Gas

Anguel Anguelov is a dedicated Senior Executive with over 25 years of experience in different markets, cultural context and roles. He is currently the executive director of V-Gas Bulgaria EAD, one of the major LPG companies in Bulgaria. Prior to this he had held senior managerial positions in Bulgaria, Hungary, Rwanda, Kenia and the Far East Russia. He has spent most of his career in downstream in Shell.

Anguel Anguelov is graduate and holds a master degree of Law from Sofia University. He has also completed Commercial Law specialization program from Soka University in Tokyo, Japan.

He is on the boards of couple of NPOs and is also acting as an arbiter in the court of arbitration of the National Juristic Foundation in Sofia, Bulgaria.

David Appleton David Appleton

Senior Analyst
Argus Media

David Appleton is a Senior Analyst at Argus, specializing in LPG markets. He is responsible for delivery of the Statistical Reviews of Global and European LPG which Argus publishes in partnership with the World and European LPG Associations each year. He is the editor of Argus LPG Outlook a monthly short-term forecasting report, deputy editor of business intelligence report Argus LPG World, and manages Argus Analytics – LPG Service, a long-term fundamentals and price forecasting product. David is also a specialist advisor on LPG for single client engagements undertaken by Argus Consulting Services.

Antonio Barani Antonio Barani

Group Chief Executive
Ankorgaz

Antonio Barani is Chairman & CEO of Ankorgaz, a Natural Gas Liquids company based in Milan. In addition to chairing the board of directors, Mr. Barani is responsible for managing the company, formulating and executing long-term strategies, as well as interacting with clients, employees, investors and other stakeholders. He is Ankorgaz’s primary decision-maker, setting the tone for the company’s values, ethics and culture.

Ankorgaz is an italian industrial Group with leading positions in the top European NGLs plays such as: bio-LNG production, LPG sea/land transportation and gas retail sales.

Simone Casadei Simone Casadei

Research Engineer
Innovhub - Stazioni Sperimentali per l'Industria

Graduated in Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Milan (2004) where he worked as research fellow (2005) on the correlation between meteorology and air quality in the Po Valley. He has worked for four years as a consultant for the Municipality of Milan and for the Technical University of Milan in the modeling of pollutant dispersion, air quality and meteorology field, collaborating for the Milan Mobility and Environment Agency to the implementation and environmental monitoring of the traffic pollution charge system (Ecopass). He is currently Head of Mobile Sources Sector – Emission Laboratory of the Innovhub-SSI Fuels Department, where since 2009 he has been managing several experimental research projects in the field of automotive exhaust emissions in relation to the use of conventional fuels and non, biofuels, of fuel additives and anti-pollution devices, of innovative engine and aftertreatment technologies. He is the author of more than twenty papers and proceedings in national and international journals and conferences.

Christos Christofides Christos Christofides

General Manager
Veroniki Holding

I. PERSONAL DATA

Name: Christos Christofides
Contact: tel. +393999288649 ‐ +306945261883
Email: cchristofides@petrogaz.gr
Graduate: National Technical University of Athens ‐ 1981
Degree: Diploma
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Power Generation


II. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1.1. June 2013 onwards
General Manager of VERONIKI HOLDING SpA (VH)

1.2. May 2012 onwards
General Manager of BUTAN GAS SpA [a VH affiliate] is one of the major players in theItalian LPG market

1.3. June 2011 May 2013
Strategy & Operation Advisor of VH

1.4. June 2010 onwards
Managing Director of PETROGAZ S.A. [a VH affiliate] the leader company of Hellenic LPG market

1.5. March 2000 June 2010
General Manager of PETROGAZ

1.6. June 1994 – February 2000
Operations & Technical Services Manager of PETROGAZ

1.7. July 1991 ‐ May 1994
Senior Engineer in PETROGAZ Technical Dpt.

1.8. October 1989 ‐ June 1991
Main contractor's Site Manager for the "Megara New Crude Oil Tanks Interconnecting and Fire Fighting Systems" Project of the Hellenic Petroleum S.A. Refinery

1.9. July 1987 ‐ September 1989
Project Control Section Head of Development & New Projects Dpt. of NFI (Nitrogenus Fertilizers Industry SA)

1.10. Beginning 1985 ‐ June 1987
Project Coordinator assigned to the Lignite Gasification Project. Member of the Project Management Team for the complete reorganization of NFI.

1.11. January 1983 ‐ End 1984
Section Head of Maintenance for Acids & Fertilizers production units at NFI productionplant.


III. MEMBERSHIP IN CORPORATE BOARDS (All belonging to VERONIKI HOLDING)

1.1. Sole Administrator of: ROMCONSTRUCT TOP SA (Romania)

1.2. Member of the Board of Directors of:

VERONIKI HOLDING SpA (Italy)
BUTANGAS SpA (Italy)
DRAGOFINA SA (Greece)
BUTANGAS ROMANIA SA (Romania)
DRAGO VERA IMOBILIARA Srl (Romania)
MARIGAZ Srl (Romania)
ROMCONSTRUCT TOP SA (Romania)
VERONIKI ECOGRUP Srl (Romania)
VERONIKI ENERGY Srl (Romania)
BUTANGAS INTERNATIONAL Doo (Serbia)

Ute Collier Ute Collier

Senior Programme Leader - Renewable Energy Division
IEA

Dr. Ute Collier is Senior Programme Leader in the Renewable Energy Division of the International Energy Agency (IEA). She leads the IEA’s work on renewable heat and on renewable energy policies.  She is the author of a recent IEA paper on renewable heat policies and co-author of ‘Renewable energy policies in a time of transition’, a joint IEA, IRENA and REN21 report. Prior to joining the IEA in October 2015, she spent 6 ½ years with the Committee on Climate Change, a statutory advisory body to the United Kingdom government. Her responsibilities included emission reductions in the buildings, industry and waste sectors, as well as work with the UK devolved administrations. In previous roles, she worked for the Greater London Authority, the UK Environment Agency, as well as several non-governmental organisations and academic institutions.

Henry Cubbon Henry Cubbon

Managing Director
DCC LPG

Henry Cubbon is Managing Director of DCC LPG and is responsible for Ireland-based DCC’s propane distribution operations in the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany and most recently Hong Kong and Macau, after the £120mn ($165mn) acquisition of Shell’s propane business, DSG Energy, and the US with the £152mn ($200mn) acquisition of NGL’s western US propane operations now called DCC Propane.

Henry initially joined DCC in 2008 as Managing Director for Flogas Britain. Prior to that he was Managing Director of Antalis from 2000, overseeing its paper distribution business in the UK, Ireland and South Africa, having also held a strategic planning role at paper manufacturer Arjo Wiggins Appleton. Henry has also worked for Barclays Bank, and was Senior Manager at their Paris headquarters.

Andrew Ford Andrew Ford

Group Public Affairs Manager
SHV Energy

Andrew Ford is the Group Public Affairs Manager of SHV Energy. He joined Calor Gas Ltd in the UK from Exeter University and held a number of management roles, largely within the sales and marketing function. Following a period as Corporate Affairs Manager from Calor he was appointed Public Affairs manager for the SHV Energy Group in 2008. Andrew has been involved in many campaign initiatives during this time including developing the FREE (future of rural energy in Europe) initiative and subsequent European Parliamentary Group and supporting the LPG Exceptional Energy initiative from its outset.

Samuele Furfari Samuele Furfari

Senior Adviser
European Commission

Dr. Samuel Furfari  earned a BSc degree in chemical engineering from the Free University of Brussels (ULB). He received his PhD  from the same university with a thesis in the field of energy. He is working since more than 34 years at the European Commission where he has devoted his entire career to energy. He designed and implemented various energy policies and sustainable development. He currently contributes to the coordination of various energy policies by advising the Director General. Samuel teaches Geopolitics of Energy at the Free University of Brussels. He works also for the European Energy Forum which is a group of Members of European Parliament. He is regularly invited to speak at conferences throughout all Europe and in the media. He is the author of 10 books  on energy and sustainable development, including "Energy, from war to peace and prosperity" (Royal Academy of Belgium,2014), "Long-life to fossil fuels - the energy Counter-revolution" (Texquis 2014)", "Policy and the Geopolitics of Energy" (Technip, 2012) and "Ecology in Wonderland" (Publisher Bourin, 2012).  Its last textbook is in 2 volumes ""The changing world of energy and the geopolitical challenges" (February 2017), more than 1200 pages (link here)

Knight of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, Sept. 2017, by the President of the Republic of Poland. An Italian citizen, Dr. Samuel Furfari  was born in Charleroi in 1953.

Patrick Grange Patrick Grange

President
Alystech

Graduated from the Institute of Political studies of Lyon, with a Master in strategy and economic intelligence from ESLSCA Business School Paris and a Master in international affairs from HEIP, Certified Financial Analyst (SFAF), he began his career in Deloitte audit firm as external auditor.

Then he joined in 2001 the audit-inspection of the Credit Lyonnais Asset Management as head of mission (which became Credit Agricole Asset Management (CAAM) in 2004, now Amundi).

In 2005, he joined as fund manager, CPR Private Equity, a multi-management Private Equity company of the CAAM Group. He contributed to private equity investment programs for external investors and Predica, an insurance company of the Credit Agricole Group. In 2008, he joined as Director, GCI (ACG Group) with the aim to develop assets under management in wealth management and to source and manage the purchase of SME’s portfolios. Focused on sustainable development issues, he contributed to his company being one of the first signatories of the Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI, UN).

Then he joined as deputy general manager the association Entreprendre Pour le Fluvial until the end of 2017 whose mission is to develop and finance inland waterways entrepreneurship in collaboration with banks and local authorities, with the main project to set up a fund for investment in new units to develop the modal shift of freight transport in line with the ambitions of the COP 21. At the end of 2016 he co-created Alystech, a company dedicated to the integration of propulsion hybrid systems on boats with the conception of a software for automation and electric engine’s control and to the innovative design of recreational and freight transport boats thanks to digital.

Richard Hakeem Richard Hakeem

Technical Manager
UKLPG

Richard is a Chartered Engineer and is the Director of Safety and Technical Policy at UKLPG.  Richard is responsible for the provision of safety and engineering good practice guidance for the UK LPG industry and is custodian of UKLPG Codes of Practice and other LPG technical publications. Richard runs the UKLPG Technical and Safety Management Team and its 4 sub-groups on Equipment Regulation, Major Hazard Sites, Transport and Training. 

UKLPG Members account for approximately 98% of the UK LPG industry, consequently Richard is widely recognised as the UK lead on LPG Technical and Safety Policy and works closely with UK Policy Makers to ensure that regulations are fit for purpose and cost effective. 

Prior to joining UKLPG, Richard was head of Safety and Operations in a Joint Venture between Calor Gas & Shell Retail UK.  He later assisted the Shell ‘Centre for Excellence in Global Engineering & Design’ to develop LPG design standards so that Shell International could apply a consistent approach to installations across the countries they operate in.

Walt Hart Walt Hart

Vice President Natural Gas Liquids
IHS Markit

Dr. Walt Hart is a Vice President at IHS Markit, where he is the lead subject matter expert for global Natural Gas Liquids. Based in the company’s office in Houston’s Energy Corridor, Walt joined IHS in 2011 when IHS acquired the international energy consulting firm Purvin & Gertz, which he joined in 2006.

Dr. Hart is the lead expert for the IHS worldwide NGL multi-client subscription services, and he leads the three annual international LPG Seminars in the US, Asia and Latin America. He has also designed and taught workshops and training courses. His proprietary studies have involved business analysis and strategy, market studies, forecasting, valuations and legal support. He works primarily in the area of natural gas liquids, but also has significant experience in petrochemical feedstocks and alternative fuels.

Prior to joining Purvin & Gertz in 2006, Walt spent 14 years at The Dow Chemical Company / Union Carbide as well as two years at Owens Corning Fiberglas. He held positions in process engineering, technical sales, research and development, finance and strategic planning. He has also taught at the undergraduate level.

Dr. Hart received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1986 from the University of Notre Dame, and later an MBA from the University of Charleston and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia University. He is a registered Professional Engineer, a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and IHS Markit’s representative to the World LPG Association.

Eric Johnson Eric Johnson

Managing Director
Atlantic Consulting

Carbon footprints and environmental impacts of LPG, biopropane and their competing fuels are core areas of Eric Johnson’s ongoing research. He also is an expert in the technology, economics and environmental impacts of fuels, chemicals and plastics.

Eric Johnson is a chemist, who began his career as an editor of Chemical Engineering and Chemical Week magazines. Currently he is Managing Director of Atlantic Consulting, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Environmental Impact Assessment Review, an editor of the Journal of Health and Pollution, and a Technical Advisor to two NGOs, Green Cross and the Blacksmith Institute. He serves on the CEN/ISO Committees that are developing ‘sustainability’ criteria for biofuels. He has been nominated by Switzerland’s federal government as an IPCC inventory assessor.

Paul Ladner Paul Ladner

CEO
UGI East for UGI International

Paul Ladner is the Group CEO of UGI East for UGI International, a company  representing eight LPG and Energy Marketing brands in seventeen countries in Europe, and wholly owned by UGI Corporation. Prior to his current position Paul served as Vice President of Marketing for UGI International. And before that Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Flaga, a division of UGI International and a leading Central and Eastern European LPG marketer. Paul’s LPG experience began in 1995 with UGI’s US based LPG company, AmeriGas Propane, where he worked in several positions throughout the US including Market Operations Manager, Director of Regional Sales, and Director of National Accounts. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Richmond and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Penn State University. Paul also currently serves as the Past President of the European LPG association, the AEGPL.

Rene Sejer Laursen Rene Sejer Laursen

Promotion Manager
MAN Turbo & Diesel

Mr. René Sejer Laursen Holds an M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark in 1989. Until 1992 he was employed at Risoe National Laboratory where he worked with super critical oxidation technology. Until 1994 he worked with waste incineration boilers at Aalborg Industries and until 1998 he worked with drilling equipment for the Greenland Ice Core Investigations Project and research equipment at the Niels Bohr Institute of Copenhagen. 

He joined MAN B&W Diesel in 1998, and in early 2004 he started in the ME-GI project group as Product Manager. Major achievement in this period: The concept for the ME-GI engine system was finalized in this period, and both the concept for the Laby-GI compressor solutions and for the HP cryogenic pump solution was developed during this period. 

In 2010 he was promoted to Promotion Manager, looking after the market for gas fueled merchant ships and LNG carriers, including the market for engines using new fuels such like ethane, methanol and LPG.

Daniel Leuckx Daniel Leuckx

Policy Executive
Fuels Europe and Concawe

Daniel joined FuelsEurope in June 2013, where he is responsible for the automotive, marine, aviation fuels and customs-excise matters for oil refining products. He is based at the FuelsEurope office in Brussels. 

Daniel has a University Degree in Chemical Engineering (Brussels University - 1980), and has more than 35 years of experience in the field of the petrochemicals & refining sector of the oil industry, covering production, business activities as well as energy and greenhouse gas emission management of petrochemical and refining operations. Daniel worked for several international oil companies and majors.

Simon Leysen Simon Leysen

Managing Director
Morris & Chapman

Simon is the Managing Director of Morris & Chapman, a Brussels based communications agency. Over the past 20 years Simon has worked closely with a range of industries on reputation management, corporate positioning and policy related communications.

Simon combines his academic background in politics and international relations with a passion for creative on and offline communications that deliver results.

He has worked closely with the LPG industry at local, European and international level and has produced a broad range of communication tools advocating the use of LPG targeted at consumers, industry and policy makers.

Simon has a keen interest in the energy debate in Europe and beyond and is a staunch supporter of energy solutions that deliver results today and offer a viable alternative for the future.

Having worked with many companies in different parts of the world, from car manufacturers to developers of innovative cooking solutions, Simon has developed a keen interest in LPG as a fuel to power a sustainable energy future.

Broadening the horizon of LPG applications will help shape this energy future, on land, at sea and even in the air as well as create new opportunities for the LPG industry.

Cécile Nourigat Cécile Nourigat

Public Affairs Manager - Autogas
AEGPL

Ms Cécile Nourigat is AEGPL and WLPGA Autogas Manager since January 2016. She is responsible for the promotion of LPG as transport fuel globally through advocacy activities.

Prior to joining the LPG sector, she worked in a public affairs consultancy in Brussels, running advocacy and communication campaigns on a variety of issues linked to the European Union environment, climate and energy policy.

Cécile holds a post-graduate degree from the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium) and also obtained a Master’s degree in political science in France.

A native French speaker, Cécile is fluent in English, and speaks some Spanish and Italian.

Esteban Pajares Esteban Pajares

Technical Director
AOGLP

With over 35 years of experience in the energy and automobile industry, Esteban has worked in seven countries in Europe and the Americas in various positions in areas ranging from oil and gas drilling platforms to service stations. Since the early 2010´s Esteban has settled in the LPG area.

Originally an Electronics Engineer graduated in 1980, Esteban has worked with pioneer technologies for ESD and Control systems at the very start of deep-water offshore oil and gas exploration, refining processes and various mission critical controls for petrochemical plants.

An intermezzo in the Automobile Industry in the mid- 90’s working in Program and Technical Management of Automotive systems has provided a valuable knowledge of the challenges and needs of the Automotive Industry.

As Technical Director of the Spanish Association of LPG Operators (AOGLP) Esteban represents Spain in National and International Technical Commitments and Institutional Acts .

Esteban’s responsibilities include voicing the needs of the LPG Operators in front of Administration Agencies whilst coordinating the voice of the Spanish Operators when it comes to represent the needs and the position of the Spanish LPG sector for regulatory affairs.

Esteban is also the voice for technical subjects of the Spanish Association at both, AEGPL and WLPGA.

Joël Pedessac Joël Pedessac

General Manager
CFBP

Joël Pedessac is the General Manager of the Comité Français du Butane et du Propane (The French LPG Association), a position he has held for over 10 years.

Before joining CFBP, Joël worked at Shell and Butagaz. He has been President of AEGPL, and also used to chair the Global Autogas Industry Network of the World LPG Association. He holds a degree in energy and technology; and an executive MBA from HCE Paris.

Estíbaliz Pombo Estíbaliz Pombo

Autogas Manager
Repsol

Industrial Engineer with a MBA by the EOI in Spain

Belonging to Repsol since 2001, she is a specialist in LPG technology and in developing LPG markets. Her career has been developed in LPG since 2001, first from a technical point of view coordinating projects in Repsol Technology Centre to develop new uses of LPG. Both for Spanish markets and for South America countries such as Perú and Argentina, country where she lived more than two years. After that, her career has been focused in autogas, developing the Spanish net of Gas Stations, reaching agreement with OEMs and after markers companies to implement local actions and boosting new technical project such us Liquid Direct Injection Technology. Since a few weeks she is the responsible of developing Spanish autogas market that is increasing exponentially nowadays

Jean-Gabriel Robert Jean-Gabriel Robert

Senior Manager
Ernst & Young

Jean-Gabriel, of French origin, completed his studies at Imperial College (UK) in environmental engineering and sustainable development and at Supélec in engineering with a major in energy.

Senior Manager at EY – his 10-year experience includes program and project evaluation as well as market assessments for energy and cleantech related subjects. He specialized in assisting IFIs (World Bank, IFC, AFD, etc.) and national and local authorities designing energy policies and tools aiming to accelerate the energy transition. Over the past few years, he conducted various market studies on the potential development of renewable energy projects and assisted various authorities in France, Europe, Middle East and Africa designing investment tools destined to enhance the energy transition (development of renewable energy, energy efficiency or smart grids). He also assisted various private companies conducting strategic positioning on energy markets.

He led the study conducted by EY on behalf of CFBP (French LPG Association) on the opportunities for LPG to power in Non-Interconnected Areas, investigating the concrete example of a selection of French overseas territories.

Federica Sabbati Federica Sabbati

Secretary General
European Heating Industry

Federica Sabbati is Secretary General of the European Heating Industry (EHI www.ehi.eu), which brings together companies that are leaders in the production of efficient heating systems. EHI members cover 90% of the European market for all heating solutions from boilers to solar thermal systems, from heat pumps to fuel cells, from radiators to underfloor heating. For today’s changing energy landscape, EHI members are innovating in hybrid and digital solutions, as well as ever more energy-efficient and renewable-based systems.

Born in Trieste, Italy, Federica Sabbati has been working in an international political and business environment, in Brussels and London. Her previous responsibilities include being secretary general of the Liberal International and of the European liberal democrat party (now ALDE). In that capacity she was instrumental in creating the Individual Membership section of ALDE, the first amongst the European liberal political families; and in setting up the ALDE party activities to help liberal democrat parties win elections (including training for women candidates).

Her business experience includes also working for the Coca-Cola Company Europe in public affairs, dealing, amongst others, with corporate social responsibility and environmental issues.

Federica holds a university degree in International Relations from the University of Trieste (Gorizia base), Italy, and a master’s Degree in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies from the London School of Economics.

Nerissa Scheik Nerissa Scheik

Market Research & Analyst Manager
SHV Gas Supply & Risk Management

Nerissa Scheik is the Head of Market Research and Analysis at SHV Gas Supply and Risk Management, where she covers a wide spectrum of energy-related subjects, including upstream oil and gas, NGLs and petrochemicals. Prior to SHV, she was a Senior Research Analyst within IHS’s Downstream Group. Ms Scheik has an MSc in Environmental Economics, an MSc in Environmental Management and Geomatics and a Bsc in Economics.

Claudia Squeglia Claudia Squeglia

Vice President Stakeholder Relations
ENI

Claudia Squeglia is a Vice President at Eni. She works in the Italian Government Relations Department of the company and is currently in charge of strategic positioning and legislative analysis. She manages a small team of excellent energy economists and experienced lawyers.

Since she joined Eni in 1996, Claudia served in various different roles ranging from strategic planning and control, business strategy, oil, gas and renewables market analysis, economic evaluations of investment projects and geopolitics of energy, always with a special focus on natural gas.

She has a Political Science degree (LUISS University), a master’s degree in management of energy and environment (Eni, Scuola Mattei) and an executive master’s degree in business administration (Politecnico di Milano - SDA Bocconi).

She serves as a member of the Board of Directors in a company which operates in the transport sector and published several articles and papers on energy markets and energy policies.

She lives in Rome and works between the two company headquarters of Rome and Milan.

Yvonne Stausbøll Yvonne Stausbøll

Secretary General
UPEI - Europe's independent fuel suppliers

Yvonne Stausbøll has more than 25 years’ experience in EU affairs, gained mainly through working in three EU’s institutions in various fields such as external relations and development policy (European Commission and European Court of Auditors) and whilst at the European Parliament as assistant to the chairman of the ITRE committee.  She later moved into the world of Trade Associations working initially in the International Road Transport Union’s office in Brussels, focussing on EU policy in the freight sector.  In 2012 she joined UPEI, the Association representing independent fuel suppliers in Europe, where she was appointed Secretary General in 2014.   Within UPEI she closely follows developments in Europe’s energy policy which impact fuel supply in the transport and heating sectors.  
She holds a Bachelor of Science and Economics Degree in European Community Affairs.

Christian Steger Christian Steger

CEO
SCHARR TEC GmbH & Co. KG

Grown up in the Bavarian Forest, Christian started his business-life with an university study of electric engineering combined with a study of safety engineering After working with an electric motor company for two years and an additional study to become a certified welding engineer, he entered the LPG world.

Starting as a project engineer in the SCHARR group, he is now the CEO of the technical affiliate SCHARR TEC GmbH & Co. KG.

SCHARR TEC provides LPG solutions all over the world. With 30 years of experience Christian is in demand for any technical issues, regardless if it concerns tank installation, gas-mixing solutions or other LPG applications.

A few years ago the patented PROLIMIX-system was designed by him.

Sonja Van Renssen Sonja Van Renssen

Editor
Energy Post

Freelance energy, climate and environment journalist. 

Sonja is the Brussels correspondent for Energy Post, an independent platform for European energy news and analysis that she helped found in 2013. She also writes for other publications such as Nature Climate Change and Platts, and was a lead interviewer for online broadcaster viEUws.eu from 2010-16. Sonja regularly moderates high-level debates and conferences on energy, climate and environment. Before going freelance in 2010, Sonja was the lead climate correspondent for environmental news service ENDS Europe for four years. She won a BBC-sponsored “Young Broadcaster of the Year Award” in 2005. Sonja has an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London and a BA in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford. She grew up in the Netherlands, Japan and Taiwan, and speaks fluent English and Dutch, with a good command of French and German.

Emily Wilson-Gavin Emily Wilson-Gavin

Public Affairs Manager
UKLPG

With a career history in UK politics working as a Senior Parliamentary Aide and Policy Advisor, Emily has a comprehensive knowledge of Government relations encompassing the grass-roots and devolved administrations, up to the national level.  Working in the public sector and on behalf of industry has accordingly equipped her with an acute understanding and first-hand experience of the pathways and mechanisms for uniting stakeholders and mobilising policy action. 

As Public Affairs Manager for UKLPG, she is responsible maintaining a strong and progressive relationship with Government, legislators and policy makers regarding LPG’s supply resilience, operational performance and environmental credentials for the UK off-grid energy market and fleet automotive market. 

Emily leads the UKLPG public affairs programme and is responsible for responding to legislative and regulatory challenges by enhancing and developing the reputation of the UK’s LPG industry with local, national and international influencers.

Bert Witkamp Bert Witkamp

Consultant
European Alternative Fuels Observatory

Bert Witkamp is owner of Valuad Ltd, a Belgium consultancy specialising in Sustainable Transport. Current activities include:

  • EU Commission (DG MOVE) project EAFO (European Alternative Fuels Observatory, special focus on “Biofuels” and “Shipping”.
  • AVERE Project Manager in the EU projects SEEV4City (InterReg) and REE4EU (H2020).).
  • Operating Agent for the IEA Hybrid & Electric Vehicles Technology Cooperation Programme leading the Task “CRM4EV” (Critical Raw Materials for Electric Vehicles).
  • Independent observer in the Clean Energy Ministerial “Electric Vehicles Initiative”.
  • Board Member of the Belgium Electromobility Association AVERE Belgium.
  • Member of the DG MOVE Sustainble Transport Forum as independent electromobility expert.
  • Bert is frequently serving the EU Commission as expert in electromobility or alternative fuels.

Bert was until recently Secretary General of AVERE, The European Association for Electromobility. Bert is working closely together with industry, academia and other non-profit organisations promoting electromobility. He has worked for 25 years in multinational companies supplying the automotive sector where he has held senior executive positions in supply chain, manufacturing and general management. As CEO he has run businesses in wind energy, biomass, solar energy, sustainable housing and sustainable waste management.

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