President of the Republic of Poland from 1995 to 2005. He participated in the famous Round-Table negotiations in Poland, finally bringing to Poland and all Central /Eastern Europe peaceful transformation from communism to democracy . Mr. Kwaśniewski is a co-founding Member and the first Chairman of the Social Democratic Party of the Republic of Poland. Mr. Kwaśniewski was co-author of the new democratic Constitution of Poland, signed into law on 16 July, 1997.
On 7 March, 2006, Aleksander Kwaśniewski was appointed Distinguished Scholar in the Practice of Global Leadership at Georgetown University, where he teaches students in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service about contemporary European politics, the trans-Atlantic relationship and democratization in Central and Eastern Europe. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group, member of the Atlantic Council of the United States, member of the Bilderberg Group, Head of the Supervisory Board of the Amicus Europae Foundation in Warsaw and International Center for Political Studies in Kyiv. Moreover, Mr Kwaśniewski is a Head of the International Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation and a Head of the Board of Yalta European Strategy.
Guy Verhofstadt won the 1999 Belgian elections becoming their first liberal Prime Minister in more than 60 years, forming the first Belgian government without Christian-Democrats in 40 years.
He presided over two Governments with the Belgian socialist parties, partly including the Green parties, and an interim third government in the early months of 2008, following the longest formation crisis in Belgium’s political history.
In 2007, his party lost the federal elections. However, his party joined the new government of Prime Minister Leterme, but Guy took responsibility for the defeat, and took a sabbatical year and left the Belgian political scene after 25 years of activity.
Confirming his European beliefs, he wrote ‘The United States of Europe’ in 2005, which was translated into a dozen European languages and won 2007 European Book of The Year.
Since 2009 he has served as a Member of the European Parliament where he is the leader of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) and founded the inter-parliamentarian federalist Spinelli Group. Guy is also a member of the Club de Madrid, an independent organisation of more than 80 former democratic statesmen. The group works to promote democratic governance and leadership worldwide. Since 2012 is guy an independent Board Member of the Brussels-based, Brussels-quoted Sofina holding.
David Robinson joined the OIES in July 2007. He is a consulting economist who advises on public policy and corporate strategy, especially in relation to energy and climate change. Recent research published by the Institute includes analysis of the following issues, among others: experience meeting the challenges of electricity sector decarbonisation in the UK and Spain; problems facing the European electricity sector; a comparison of US and European electricity prices; the implications of the COP21 for the natural gas industry; electricity demand response in Shanghai, China; the challenges of integrating renewable power in Europe; the prospects for coal and natural gas in the US electricity sector; and problems with regulation of wind power in Colombia. David runs his own consulting company (DR Associates), is an academic adviser to The Brattle Group of Economic and Financial Consultants, and was previously a director of NERA, where he was the co-chair of European Operations and of the Global Energy and Telecom Practices. He also worked at the International Energy Agency (IEA), and wrote his doctoral dissertation at the University of Oxford on the vertical disintegration of the international petroleum industry.
David Livingston is an associate fellow in Carnegie’s Energy and Climate Program, where his research focuses on geoeconomics, markets, and risk. He is also a nonresident associate of Carnegie Europe in Brussels.
Previously, Livingston served as the inaugural Robert S. Strauss fellow for geoeconomics at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, where he concluded as acting Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Congressional Affairs.
He also has worked at the World Trade Organization in Geneva and at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna.
Livingston currently serves on the board of South by Southwest Eco (SXSW Eco) and a number of social enterprises.
Nektaria Karakatsani is a member of the Board of the Greek energy regulator (RAE), an alternate member at the ACER Board of Regulators, and represents RAE at the collaboration with the European Commission for the implementation of key energy reforms in Greece. She holds a PhD in Energy Economics from London Business School and an MSc from Oxford University. She has worked as an energy consultant in the British market and an advisor on regulatory reforms for UK institutions. Her work has mainly focused on the econometric modelling of electricity prices in the context of risk management and on the impact assessment of regulatory changes. She has also worked on the interaction between electricity and gas markets and on behavioral finance issues, including the impact of sentiment indicators on stock returns. She joined RAE in 2008 as a specialized market analyst, developing market monitoring tools and market codes. She has published her research in influential journals, including Energy Economics, Journal of Forecasting, Oxford Handbook of Economic Forecasting and Journal of Non-linear Dynamics and Econometrics. She has been teaching forecasting, business statistics and econometrics at LBS, LSE and City University.
Dr. Kostas Andriosopoulos is the Executive Director of the Research Centre for Energy Management at ESCP Europe Business School where he holds the position of Associate Professor in Finance and Energy Economics. He is also the Academic Director of the two Masters in Energy Management. Kostas holds a PhD in Finance (Cass Business School, City University London), where he has been the recipient of the Onassis scholarship, an MBA and MSc in Finance (Northeastern University, Boston), and a bachelor’s degree in Production Engineering and Management (Technical University of Crete). He is a widely published author, has been presented in recognised conferences world-wide, edited special issues and acts as a reviewer for a number of recognised academic journals, and has organised numerous international conferences.
Kostas was Vice-Chairman of the BoD of DEPA and currently is a board member of the Global Gas Centre of the World Energy Council, acts as Chairman of the Hellenic Academics Association of Great Britain, and also the Chairman of the Hellenic Association for Energy Economics, the official affiliate of the International AEE. Moreover, he was a member of the Energy Commission of the Industry and Parliament Trust in the UK (2012-13).
He lives in London with his wife Chrysoula and his two children, Maria and Dimitris.
Dr. Aué worked as a PhD student at the University of Groningen from 1991-1997.
Hereafter, working at KNP Research from 1997 – 2002 and at TNO from 2003 – 2009, he became interested in innovation management and bringing research to business in new products and services. In 2009 he joined Hanze University of Applied Sciences as Dean of Life Sciences and later Dean of Engineering, creating a Centre of Expertise on Energy: EnTranCe.
In April 2015 he was appointed Dean of the Centre of Expertise Energy at Hanze UAS. He combines the innovative aspects of the energy field and solving problems within companies with training young professionals for future jobs in Industry.
Dr. Aué holds a PhD In Materials Sciences form the University of Groningen.
After studying mathematics and physics, Isabelle Moretti did a PhD in earth sciences at the Paris XI University and was appointed as visiting scientist in Cornell Un. (Ithaca-USA) and MIT (Cambridge_USA). She joined the applied research institute IFPen (Rueil) where she developed concepts and software related to the deformation of the continental crust and basin modeling. From 1986 to 2012 she intersected her years of R&D at the O&G companies such as TOTAL (Paris), YPFB (Santa Cruz-Bolivia) and Cepsa (Madrid-Spain). In the early 2000’s, she led large European research projects aiming to understand earthquake nucleation. In 2012 she joined the exploration group of GDFSUEZepi as expert in geology and unconventional gas. She became the technology director within the R&T coorp. of ENGIE in 2016 and is so now in charge of the choice of the technologies related to the new energy mix (Renewable energy, biogas, solar, wind, H2, Energy efficiency, enabling technologies, IoT…). Moretti was elected GERG (Groupement Européen de Recherche sur le Gaz) president in 2017, and is also member of the EVOLEN and IERE Boards. She is regularly teaching in universities worldwide, evaluated research projects for the French National Research Agency (ANR) and is co-author of more than 110 peer reviewed international publications.
An expert on energy policy and European economic policy, I was Romania's Minister of Energy from November 2015 to January 2017. Former member of the board of Electrica, one of Romania's largest electricity distribution companies, I also have a background in diplomacy and international relations, having served at the Permanent Representation of Romania at the EU (2007-2011) as an expert for the EU's common commercial policy. I actively took part in Romania's accession negotiations to the EU during my time at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce (2004-2007), focusing my work on international relations and the EU’s common commercial policy. Before being appointed minister of energy, I have published various articles on public policy and international relations in Romanian and I have co-authored several works on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. I am a graduate of Bucharest University's Law School.
Tim Cayford is Policy Adviser for the European Gas Research Group (GERG) and for Eurogas. He is manager of the Working Group dealing with the Renewable Energy Directive, Energy Efficiency Directive, and Energy Performance Building Directive. His advising focuses on the future role of gas in a sustainable energy system. His doctorate studies provide expertise in the relevance of gas in a smart energy system, as well as the functionality of gaseous energy not only as a partner to renewable energy, but as a part of renewable energy.
Moreover, his work on community energy systems equips him with some understanding of the future potential in the emergence of bottom-up energy systems, which need to be coordinated with the current networks and businesses that supply our energy needs today, in such a way as to ensure reliability, affordability, and sustainability.
Tim is also a manager of the joint Smart Gas Grid Task Force (Eurogas, GERG, Marcogaz). As an independent adviser, he also advises and works with energy related technology companies and other associations.
CEO of PGK Ltd., a specialized management consulting firm and a private equity investment fund that is active in the energy and gas segment, real estate, outsourcing, infrastructure as a service projects and new technologies (Internet of Things, Cognitive Computing, Asset Management).
Doctor of economics. Graduate of the Harvard Business School and the Technical University of Wroclaw. Vice President of the Initiative for Infrastructure. Former Vice President at Philips Lighting, General Manager of Oracle in Poland and a global Sales Executive at IBM.
Siobhan Hall started reporting on the European energy sector in 1999 in London, first for Financial Times Energy and since 2001 for Platts (now S&P Global Platts), where she edited UK Gas Report for three years. In 2004 she became Platts’ first full-time EU energy policy editor based in Brussels, covering all aspects of EU gas, power and emissions policies.
Siobhan specialises in making European energy policy accessible to a wide audience through blogs, podcasts and videos on www.platts.com, and through her work moderating debates at events. Her articles appear regularly in Platts European Power Daily, European Gas Daily and Power in Europe, as well as Platts real-time services.
With more than 17 years’ experience as a journalist and editor, including more than 13 years focused on European energy policy, she understands how the EU works, what’s important and how to communicate it clearly.
A graduate of the Warsaw University of Technology and Warsaw School of Economics. Associated with the gas and energy industry from 2008 previously he was working in the Office of Research and Development in the Polish Oil and Gas Company S.A.
Employed in the GAZ-SYSTEM S.A since 2009 he was responsible for the preparation and development of the project regarding the construction of the underground gas storage facilities in Poland.
Currently, as a Director of the Development Division, responsible for preparation and implementation of the long-term investment program for the gas transmission system in Poland as well as for the commencement of all projects safeguarding the national energy security, ie.: interconnections with neighboring countries: Denmark, Lithuania, Ukraine, Slovakia and Czech Republic, expansion of the LNG Terminal in Świnoujście and underground gas storage facilities .
Creation of an competitive, well integrated and fully diversified natural gas market in Poland by the implementation of the planned infrastructure projects is the most important task in his work.