OVERVIEW OF THE EVENT
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OT 2018 in Prague was launched this year as a one day opportunity for professionals across Europe to hear the latest information in this rapidly evolving sector. The dynamic speakers shared the latest learnings and insights into the IIOT which is currently predicted to be one of the biggest influencers on the shape of our world to come.
Through panels, presentations and engaging audience interactions, this inaugural event covered the topics most relevant to current needs including real time analytics, ecosystem development, nurturing organisational development, viral infrastructure and the future of smart business.
We look forward to welcoming you to the next programme in 2019.
Chairman of the Management Board, Eesti Energia
Hando Sutter has served as the Chairman of the Management Board of Eesti Energia since December 2014. Prior to this he was the regional manager of Nord Pool Spot power exchange in the Baltics and Russia. He has also previously worked in the management teams of regional companies such as ESS Group (renamed to G4S Estonia), Tolaram Investments and Olympic Entertainment Group.
Head of Renewable Energy, EIB
Alessandro Boschi is a manager with 25 years of experience in the power sector at international level.
He currently covers the position of Head of the Renewable Energy (RENEW) Division of the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg, where he is managing a team of experts in charge of the technical, economic and environmental appraisal of renewable energy and innovative low carbon technology projects applying for EIB financing.
The activities of his team include also technical assistance, project monitoring as well as policy definition, preparation of sector papers and liaising with all key sector counterparts including the EU and other IFIs.
Until 2008, before joining EIB, Mr. Boschi worked for 15 years for an international utility, his last role being the Head of Business Development in Bulgaria. Before Bulgaria Mr. Boschi developed an international expertise in the development of power and gas projects spanning from Latin America to the Middle East. He graduated in Electrical Engineering at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and has an MBA from the Bologna based ALMA-Profingest Business School.
Government Relations, Nord Stream 2
Alex Barnes has over 25 years’ oil and gas industry experience, focusing on energy market design and regulation since 2001. He joined Nord Stream 2 AG in 2017. Between 2009 and 2016 he was Head of Regulatory Affairs for Gazprom Marketing & Trading Limited, providing advice and analysis of EU energy market regulation, including financial regulation. He also advised Gazprom Group and participated in the EU Russia Gas Advisory Council.
Prior to Gazprom he worked for BG Group and Total in a number of different roles. He has also been a member of various European gas industry expert panels and represented the European Federation of Energy Traders. He has a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, and an MBA from Henley Management College.
CEO, Estonian Wind Power Association (ETEA)
Anu Eslas is the CEO of the Estonian Wind Power Association.
Head of Unit, DG Clima
Christian Holzleitner is currently Head of Unit responsible for Finance for Innovation and Land Use at the European Commissions Directorate-General for Climate Action. Previously, he worked as assistant to the Director-General for Climate Action covering all issues related to EU and international climate policy; and at the Directorate-General for Competition in the area of State aid for services of general economic interest in the postal, transport, and health sectors. Before joining the European Commission, Christian worked as senior manager with KPMG Germany on international transfer pricing. Christian is an economist and holds a PhD from the University of Linz (Austria).
Director Marketing and Customer Solutions, EPEX Spot
David Assaad has more than 10 years’ experience in the power market. He started his career in that industry as an analyst at Powernext, the French Energy Exchange. He then joined EPEX SPOT, the European Spot Power Exchange established by Powernext and EEX, where he led the European business development unit of the company. David was then closely involved in all the main projects of European power markets integration, from Day-Ahead to Intraday, with a strong expertise on the technical, commercial and governance challenges associated to these initiatives. He has been working in coordination with the stakeholders groups involving the main European associations of the electricity sector, Regulators and the European Commission. As Director of Marketing and Customer Solutions at EPEX SPOT, David is today in charge of the commercial strategy of the core trading business of the Exchange. David is an Executive MBA graduate from HEC Paris, and holds master degrees in Economics and Political Science.
Partner, Baringa Partners
Erik Rakhou is a specialist in European energy market regulation and policy development, with over 15 years of experience in European markets in both commercial and regulatory roles at the national and EU level. Erik works as management consultant for Baringa Partners, advising on variety of European energy markets topics. He assisted clients on a number of projects, including electricity and gas market design.
Prior to joining Baringa Partners, Mr Rakhou worked at the European regulatory body for energy (ACER). His projects involved gas markets, network code design and preparations for European energy wholesale markets monitoring. His previous roles have also included working for a National Regulatory Authority, a major European energy utility and a regional distributor. Mr Rakhou is a speaker at various conferences; commands 6 languages. Mr Rakhou is an alternate member of the ACER Board of Appeal (2016-2021). Mr Rakhou authored a hand book on EU gas markets (see www.europegasmarket.eu ).
Member of the Board, AST
Mr. Junghans currently is a member of the management board at AST (Latvian electricity transmission system operator) and is responsible for system operation and markets. Mr. Junghans has more than 10 years experience in company management in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and he has been working in the energy industry since 2000. Currently, Mr. Junghans is also an associated professor at the Riga Technical University and a member of the management board at World Energy Council's Latvian National Committee. Mr. Junghans holds Doctoral degree in power engineering from Riga Technical University (2008), executive MBA degree from Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (2010), executive education certificate of professional board member and Chair from Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance (2017), and MBA Finance degree from Riga Business School (2018).
Chief Operations Officer, IFE Eriksen AG
Gerhard Bookjans has studied law at Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg in Germany as well as in Basle, Switzerland. He has started his professional career as lecturer for European and International Law at Concordia International University Estonia.
In 2000 Gerhard Bookjans joined Energis Deutschland as Manager for Legal and Regulatory Affairs and stayed with a German subsidiary of Energis Group plc as corporate counsel and company secretary.
From 2002 to 2006 Gerhard Bookjans has been in charge as Head of Legal and Regulatory at Easynet Germany. In 2000 Mr. Bookjans has joined the IFE team as corporate counsel. At the same time he has been Managing Director of Johanna Solar Technology between 2007 and 2008 until the sale of the company to Robert Bosch GmbH. Since 2008 Gerhard Bookjans is Member of the Executive Board of IFE Eriksen AG as well as shareholder of the company.
Chief Business Development Officer, UAB GET Baltic
Mr. Gintaras Buzkys has been working as the Chief Business Development Officer at GET Baltic since 2015. He has more than 12 years' of overall experience in energy and financial industries. Have a proven record managing complex projects within Central and Eastern Europe in a highly regulated environment. Currently in charge of developing Regional Natural Gas Exchange for the Baltic States – GET Baltic.
Mr. Buzkys holds Master degree in Finance from International Business School at Vilnius University.
Managing Director, Latvian Association of Power Engineers and Electrical Constructors
Gunars Valdmanis currently is the managing director of the Latvian Association of Power Engineers and Energy Constructors, which is a non-governmental organisation, uniting the largest power industry companies of Latvia, and representing the Latvian power industry in the European industry association Eurelectric.
Earlier, Mr Valdmanis worked as a deputy director of the Energy market and infrastructure department of the Ministry of Economic Affairs of Latvia, where he was involved in private entrepreneurship. Prior‚to this he worked for several years as a journalist in Latvian media channels. Mr Valdmanis has obtained a master’s degree in environmental science in the Faculty of Power and Electrical Engineering of the Riga Technical University and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Latvia.
President and CEO, Baltic Connector Oy
Herkko Plit is the President and CEO of Baltic Connector Oy, a special purpose company established in 2015 to implement the Finnish part of the Balticconnector natural gas pipeline project and connect the gas networks of Finland and the Baltic Countries. Prior to his appointment to President and CEO in October 2016, Mr. Plit acted as the Chair of Baltic Connector Oy’s Board since November 2015. Since 2012, Mr Plit worked as the Deputy Director General at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Energy Department. At the Ministry, he was responsible for Nuclear Energy and Fossil Fuels as well as among other duties overseeing the Balticconnector project and the development of natural gas infrastructure in the Baltic Sea region. Mr. Plit holds a M.Sc. (Engineering Physics) from the Helsinki University of Technology (1996).
Mr. Plit has a solid experience in leading financially significant construction projects and has during his career been widely engaged in energy related activities, especially in nuclear. Mr. Plit has acted as TVO´s Responsible Director for Construction in the Olkiluoto 3 project, served as the CEO of the engineering company Fortum Nuclear Services and as the General Manager of Fortum Corporation´s business unit Expert Solutions, which had the responsibility of group overall short-term energy business.
In addition, Mr. Plit has experience in the EU Commission and in fusion energy, while acting as Head of Project control unit in EFDA Close Support unit in Garching, Germany. The unit was responsible for EU preparation of ITER activities. Mr. Plit is a member of Fusion for Energy (F4E) Governing Board and chair of Procurement and Contracts Committee.
Deputy CEO, AJ Power
Krisjanis Baidekalns is Deputy CEO of AJ Power Holding – parent company of a group of enterprises that offers a one-stop shop for power industry related solutions including electricity and natural gas trade, development of energy efficiency projects and long term solar power plant lease. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and has a diverse professional experience in management consulting, corporate finance and the energy industry, recently focusing on the development of AJ Power Gas, the natural gas trading subsidiary of AJ Power Holding, and its portfolio in the liberalized Latvian natural gas market.
Business Development Director, Northern Lights (Equinor, Shell, Total)
Kjetil Wilhelmsen has worked at Shell for 15 years in New Business Development roles for oil and gas as well as renewables. He has been based in Qatar, the Netherlands and Norway. He joined Shell from the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.
His degree is in economics from the University of Oslo, Norway.
Kjetil is currently working on the Northern Lights CCS project which is a cooperation between Equinor, Shell and Total. The objective is to develop an industrial scale transportation/shipping and permanent storage solution for liquefied CO2.
Energy & Capital Markets Counsel, Roschier Attorneys Ltd.
Laura Huomo has extensive experience in energy-related transactions both from the regulatory, projects and from the financing side. She is specialized in natural gas (both pipeline gas and LNG). She has published internationally, mainly on issues related to project financing of energy projects and energy transitions related topics. She holds a PhD. from the Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, Finland (topic: Project Financing of Natural Gas Pipelines – A Study on Natural Gas Pipeline Project Financing under Financial Law and Law of Security Interests). In addition; she was one of the two specialist secretaries in the committee of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment preparing the complete reformation of the Finnish Natural Gas Market Act and she continued to be part of the working group putting together the rules for the natural gas markets (market model rules and virtual trading place structure). Laura Huomo works as an Energy and Capital Markets Counsel at Roschier, Attorneys Ltd.
Director General, Estonian Competition Authority
Märt Ots has been the head of the Estonian Competition Authority since 2008. Previously he has worked for the Ministry of Industry and Energetics, State Energy Board as Deputy Director General,
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Head of Energy Department AEA Technology PHARE project "Energy planning for local governments" manager in Estonia, Ministry of Economic Affairs as Deputy Head of Energy Department and the Energy Market Inspectorate as Director General. In 2014, Märt Ots was elected as vice chairman of the Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA). In 2016 he was elected as Chairman of the ERRA, being re-elected in 2018 for another two-year term. Märt Ots has graduated from Tallinn Technical University (thermal engineering) in 1991 and obtained Master ́s degree of technology in 2002. Since 2016 Mr Ots has a doctoral degree in energy economics.
Head of Strategic Planning and Cohesion Policy Programming Unit, Ministry of Finance, Estonia
Partner, Baltic Energy Partners
Marko Allikson has been for last 12 years a partner in Baltic Energy Partners OÜ, an independent power, gas and emissions trader in the Baltics. The group of related companies includes also a portfolio management company Scener OÜ with power/gas portfolio of ca 2 TWh in the Baltic States, and a power/gas retailing in the nearby region. Previously, Marko has been a management board member of Eesti Energia AS and consultant at McKinsey & Company.
President, FPPE Electric Vehicles Promotion Foundation
Marcin Korolec is a lawyer, long-standing advisor, government administration worker, and negotiator. President of Electric Vehicles Promotion Foundation, since September 2016.
Member of the Board of Transport and Environment since April 2019. He was Polish Climate Minister 2014 to 2015, Minister of the Environment from 2011 to 2013 and Minister for
Trade, between 2005 and 2011. Between 2005 and 2015 represented Poland in more than 120 European Union Council Ministers Meetings (Councils: Energy, Trade, Environment,
Climate, Competitiveness,). Marcin was President of the COP 19 in 2013 and also co-led the European Union’s delegation at the 2011 UNFCCC Conference in Durban.
Involved in managing institutions concerned with environment and climate protection, both Polish and international, currently Member of Advisory Board of Baltic Development Forum, he represented Poland in the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF): Board Member – Chair of the Ethics and Audit Committee (2013 – 2015). He established Green Weimar Triangle – cooperation between Environment Ministers from France, Germany, Poland (2013). Member of the UNIDO Green Industry Platform Advisory Board (2013-2015). 2011 he represented Poland in the Council of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Member of the EU-Russia Gas Advisory Council (2010/2011). Marcin Korolec was a member of the Supervisory Board at the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management 2010 - 2011.
In the years 1998-2004 he worked at the Office of the Committee for European Integration in the cabinet of Ministers: Jan Kułakowski and Danuta Hübner, where he supervised preparations for Poland’s accession to the EU in areas of negotiation as free movement of goods and people, agriculture, competition and consumer protection policies.
He is the author of scientific publications about Polish accession negotiations and an academic lecturer. Mr. Korolec is fluent in English and French. He is married to Olga Korolec and the father of four. His hobbies include long-distance running and skiing.
Head Baltic Operations, Division Trading and Sales, ČEZ
Mr. Paulius Gineitis has been working in Energy business since 2009. He has around 10 years of experience in commodity trading business as mainly responsible for power/gas/carbon structured
deals origination and long-short proprietary portfolios. He has a proven record from past trading/origination business related positions in the Swiss energy giant Alpiq AG as well as the Lietuvos Energija Group. Currently he develops the energy business in the Nordic/Baltic market for Czech Republic energy group CEZ. In addition, Paulius is a Member of the Board of Swiss-Baltic Chamber of Commerce where he is working together with local business community for attracting Swiss companies to the Baltic market.
Commissioner, Public Utilities Commission, Latvia
Rota Snuka has been a Board Member at the Public Utilities Commission in Latvia since July 2016, mainly working with energy sector regulation. From 2011 until 2016 she held the position of the Director of the Energy Department at the Ministry of Economics in Latvia. Throughout her career, she has acquired a great deal of experience in developing national and regional energy policy papers and drafting legislation concerning electricity and gas market, namely transposing EU Directives on electricity and gas market.
During the Latvian Presidency of the EU Council in the first half of 2015, she was part of the team which organized the Energy Union conference in Riga and she later worked with governance issues as well as revising the first Baltic Energy Market Integration Plan (BEMIP) and achieving a reinforced BEMIP agreement.
Rota Snuka holds a PhD in Economics as well as BSc in Law. In 2016/17 she completed with excellence the Annual training course on regulation of energy utilities within Florence School of Regulation, European University Institute.
Prof. Dr Stasys Paulauskas
President, Lithuanian Wind Energy Association
Prof. Dr Stasys Paulauskas is an electronics engineer, Doctor of Philosophy (Applied Sociology), and a Professor of Innovation Management, Smart Energy, Wind Energy, Maritime Management. He is the Founder of the innovation group ‘Eksponente’, a CleanTech International contact point and a member of the Lithuanian CleanTech cluster. Stasys is also the author of virtual modelling methodologies Virtugeny, Antropogeny, Sociogeny and Technogeny; Circular Economy 3.0, and the Blue Growth Index. He is the Funder and Head of the Strategic Self-Management Institute (from 1991), participating in four Leonardo da Vinci and 10 ERDF South Baltic Programme projects related to smart energy innovation. He is the initiator and developer of the Lithuanian Wind Energy branch (580 MW), Founder and President of the Lithuanian Wind Energy Association (from 2002), and an investor in advanced energy projects.
Vice President, Trading and Asset Optimisation, Fortum
Simon-Erik Ollus is Vice President, Trading and Asset Optimisation in Fortum and responsible for Fortum’s power trading and dispatching operations in Nordic countries, Baltics and Poland. He joined Fortum in 2009 as the Group Chief Economist and build up Fortum groups Industrial Intelligence and Investment Analysis unit. In 2016 he took over Trading and Asset Optimisation business unit. Prior Fortum Simon-Erik worked as an advisor at East Office of Finnish Industries and as an economist at the Monetary and Research Department at the Bank of Finland. He has published several articles on natural resource economies and Finnish-Russian economic relations. He holds a master degree in economics from the University of Helsinki.
Chairman of the Board, Elering AS
Taavi Veskimägi has been the Chairman of the Board of the Estonian electricity and gas transmission system operator Elering AS since the company’s set-up as an independent TSO in 2009. Taavi is the founder and the Chairman of the Board of the Estonian Defence Industry Association and the member of the board of the Estonian Employers’ Confederation. He has been a member of the Estonian parliament for two consecutive terms. During 2003-2005 he was the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Estonia. In 2017 Taavi was elected to the ENTSO-E’s (European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity) Board, where he also worked in 2011-2013. In 2017 Taavi was bestowed with the Estonian state decoration the Order of the White Star as a developer of the energy sector.
Executive director, Finnish Clean Energy Association
Finnish Clean Energy Association is powering Finland with clean energy. Our goal is to make renewable energy use as easy as possible for Finns as well as to help clean energy industry to grow. Our focus is on renewable energy, smart energy solutions and energy efficiency. In his personal life Mr Tuomi is a prosumer: his house is powered by electricity from solar panels, heat from solar thermal collectors and heat pumps.
Earlier Mr Tuomi worked for The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and before that he made a long career in ICT working with international consulting firm Capgeminii.
Head of Corporate Transactions, VSB Holding
Thomas Winkler has been the Head of Corporate Transactions at VSB Holding GmbH since 2017. His responsibilities include company acquisitions, evaluation and purchase of projects in the field of renewable energies, development of business segments concerning Power Purchase Agreements (PPA), design of financial products as well as investment products, development of an IPP within the company (wind and PV). Prior to this, he was the Head of Sales and Finance at VSB Holding. From 2008 to 2014 Thomas was responsible for Project Development in Eastern Europe for WSB International, where he was involved in the analysis and preparation of market entries in the field of renewable energies, development of business units, project development in the field of wind energy in Romania and furthermore management of the regional office. He holds an Economics degree from the Technical University Dresden.
Commercial Director, Amber Grid
From 2003 to 2006 Vytautas worked in various positions at the Ministry of Finance. In 2006 –
2007 he worked as Manager of the Finance Management Division of AB Lietuvos Dujos. In 2008
– 2013 he was Head of the Planning Division of AB Lietuvos Dujos.
Since August 2013 he has been the Commercial Director of AB Amber Grid, and since October
2016, a Member of the Board of BALTPOOL UAB.
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