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he 12th Annual SEE Energy Finance Forum brings together leaders across the energy sector, government and institutions, sharing key insights into the evolving energy landscape and the new investment opportunities it presents. As the region moves on to a new framework for renewable energy development and continues its investment in energy efficiency initiatives, we will ask the key questions on investors’ lips including:

– which financial and contractual models will come to dominate the space?

– how will regulatory and other economic factors affect the local energy price?

– what is the on-going viability of projects within the region and where are the hot spots for investment?

With a mixture of lively debates, case studies and keynotes, delegates will immerse themselves in a diverse programme delivered by respected thought leaders in the SEE Energy landscape.

We look forward to welcoming you in 2019.

PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS

◌ Progress on coupling with the Hungarian and European energy systems

◌ The Energy Community’s future carbon pricing system

◌ Experiences of the new renewable auctions in the region

◌ Investment opportunities for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects

◌ Opportunities for corporate PPAs in SEE and Europe

OUR SPEAKERS

Keynote Presenters And Panelists

avatarChristophe Bols

Country Manager Serbia, Elicio Wind

Christophe Bols is an experienced professional with an expertise in the renewable energy sector. He has a solid project development track record, including solar, wind and biomass projects. He has developed and implemented strategic, business plans as well as a range of other responsibilities including consultancy, contract negotiation, project constructions, etc.
Since 2011, Christophe has been working as a country manager with Elicio, Serbia. As an expert with many years of experience in developing renewable energy projects in Romania and France, he was appointed with a task to complete RES projects and wind parks construction.

Franck NeelFranck Neel

Executive Board Member Downstream Gas and Power, OMV Petrom

Franck studied Energy at the University of Rouen, receiving an Engineering Degree followed by a Master of Mechanical Engineering at Cranfield University in the United Kingdom. Later on, he earned an Executive Degree from the London Business School. Franck spent 25 years working for the Group Engie. Thus, he started his career at Gaz de France in the engineering department for 7 years and then moved to the Marketing and Sales with different functions in different countries such as France, Czech Republic, Hungary, Netherlands, Italy and United Kingdom before joining OMV Petrom. He was appointed member of the OMV Petrom Executive Board as of July 1, 2018.

Franck NeelFaruk Serdarevic

Energy Market Expert

Mr. Faruk Serdarevic is multidisciplinary engineer with almost 30 years of working in the energy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, environment and water sectors. In recent years his work has been focused on various issues in regards to energy sectors restructuring as well as electricity markets establishment and coupling in the SEE region.

Jennifer Vishnoi

Head – International Business, India Power

Ms. Jennifer Vishnoi is an enterprising leader with an extensive experience of over 14 years in the private sector fostering high level corporate as well as political partnerships, liaising with regulators, and strong ability to influence thinking, forge alliances, and build consensus.

In her current role, Ms. Vishnoi is working as Head of International Business at India Power Corporation Ltd, a 100-year-old company with a 1500 MW capacity of thermal, wind and solar power owned by the Kanoria Foundation Group. The company has actively forayed into a diversified portfolio, with renewable and conventional modes of power generation, distribution & power trading.

In this role, Ms. Vishnoi represents the company's interests in multiple countries in CEE and Balkans in the energy sector and identifies actionable projects in Europe, liaising and managing relationships with government bodies, policy makers and regulators. Currently, she is spearheading a renewable energy project consisting of setting up a PV power plant in Albania with a generation capacity of 100 MW. She steers stakeholder engagement at various levels for contractual discussions with ministries, project financing including environmental and social impact assessment.

Ms. Vishnoi holds a master’s degree in Business administration from the Institute of Technology and Management, Mumbai and has done Executive Program in Managing Business decision from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.

Laszlo SzaboLaszlo Szabo

László Szabó is the director of the Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK, Hungary). He is an energy economist specialising on renewable energy, climate change policy and energy infrastructure development. Previously he held several positions in the Hungarian public administration as well as in the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (IPTS), where he dealt with long term energy modelling of energy technology developments. He participated in EU research projects assessing the EC energy policy instruments, e.g. Cascade-Mint, Weto-H2 and Peseta projects. Since over 8 years he coordinates regional research projects of REKK, e.g. the SEERMAP project on long term electricity sector modelling, as well as to contribute to international research projects, such as the Towards 2030-Dialogue project. Laszlo has profound experience in managing larger sized networks of researchers, consultants. He also teaches at the energy economic course at the Corvinus University of Budapest, as well as on energy regulatory specialised courses. He also publishes research articles in peer reviewed scientific journals in the field of climate change policy, renewable policy and energy infrastructure assessment.

Laszlo has strong analytical background in economic assessment, mainly in electricity sector modelling, CBA assessment, index based and decomposition analysis, benchmarking, Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) and also in setting up questionnaire based surveys.

Qualifications: PhD. Budapest University of Economics

Relevant experiences:

• Regional energy policy research projects with European and CEE focus (SEERMAP, SLED)
• Economic assessment of electricity network assessment based on benchmarking and on
multicriteria assessment and ranking (PECI assessment for the Energy Community
Secretariat).
• Electricity sector regulation (regulatory background and consultancy)
• Course director of energy regulatory training courses (ERRA, REKK) on tariff setting and
pricing energy utilities,
• Academic research on the field of renewable energy and energy infrastructure, including
H2020 and Intelligent Energy projects (e.g. Towards2030, SET-NAV)
• Lectures and seminars for postgraduate students (Corvinus University of Budapest)
• Articles, academic publications and presentations on several international conferences (H
index: 8, over 15 peer reviewed articles, Scopus Author ID: 56250137600 )

Milica VukadinovicMilica Vukadinovic

Component Leader, GIZ – DKTI

Since 2014, within the GIZ DKTI programme ’Development of a sustainable bioenergy market in Serbia’, Milica Vukadinovic, has supported the implementation of innovative business models for bioenergy projects and builds capacities of the biogas sector.

At the same time, Ms. Vukadinovic advises line ministries about enhancement of the regulative framework related to renewable energies, definition of national targets, integrated energy and climate planning processes and adequate methodologies for assessment of biomass potential for energy production, as well as incentive schemes for renewable energies.

She has successfully implemented projects in cooperation with the partners at the local level are the best practice examples showing how persistent and thorough the technical team Ms. Vukadinovic leads implements activities within this German-Serbian bilateral programme. Finally, Ms. Vukadinovic, through the implementation of capacity development measures, ensures the incapacitation of key partners and replication potential in the regions of Serbia.

She has decades-long experience in providing technical assistance in the developing countries in the private sector development, energy and climate finance fields on behalf of international organizations such as IFC, the World Bank and GIZ, as well as the degree from the University of California, Berkeley in the field of economic development, ensured the quality of her technical advisory and enabled her to develop an in-depth understanding of requirements of the partners.

Milica PestericMilica Pesteric

Senior Associate, Bojovic Draškovic Popovic & Partners

Milica Pesteric is a senior associate at Bojović Drašković Popović & Partners. Her main focus is on energy, contract law as well as overall commercial law.

Prior to Bojovic Draskovic Popovic & Partners, Milica was a senior associate in another reputable Serbian full - service independent law firm and prior that an in - house lawyer in one of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies. Milica earned her LL.M. from the Queens’ College, Cambridge University, where she read 4 papers: Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, International Commercial Litigation and Competition law. She earned her LL.B. from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law. While at university, Milica was recognized many times for her exceptional achievements. She was awarded by the Ministry of Education of Serbia for the Best Students in the Country in 2003. She participated in the Contact 14th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.

Milica is fluent in English and has an upper intermediate knowledge of German. Milica is a member of the Serbian Bar Association.

Milos ColicMilos Colic

Director, New Energy Solutions

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Milos-MladenovicMilos Mladenovic

Director, New Energy Solutions

Milos Mladenovic graduated from the University of Belgrade’s Faculty of Electrical Engineering in 1995. He joined EPS in 1998, working in the fields of real-time System Operation. After the establishment of the Serbian TSO (EMS) in 2005 he has played important role in the emerging process of the electricity sector unbundling and liberalization of the national electricity market.
He participated in the process of drafting Serbia’s National Energy Law in several iterations, in line with the 2nd and 3rd “Energy package” of EU legislation.

In 2008 he became the Assistant General Manager for System and Market operation at EMS, and in 2010 he was appointed as the Executive Manager for System and Market Operation, performing the executive management role for all System and Market operation issues. Starting from 2012 he has worked as a Director for International and Regulatory Affairs, at the same time performing the role of the ENTSO-E Board member and the Convenor of the ENTSO-E Regional group for the South East Europe.

With comprehensive regional and European experience, as the member of the ENTSO-E Board and ENTSO-E Market Committee, as well as the Chairmen of the SEE RG within ENTSO-E MC, he became one of the key players in the process of the SEE Electricity Market integration and EU Target Model implementation in the SEE region./span>

Since July 2015 he has worked as Managing Director of SEEPEX (South East European Power Exchange), JSC established by EMS and EPEX SPOT (European Power Exchange based in Paris). He is also the member of the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy (GERE) established under the UNECE Sustainable Energy Division and he participates as an independent expert in the field of Market and System Operation on several consultancy projects all over the world./span>

Milka MumovicMilka Mumovic

Electricity and Statistics Expert, Energy Community

Milka Mumovic is an energy economist with substantial experience in energy business, energy regulation and energy policies.

She worked for the power utility Elektroprivreda Republike Srpske as a project accountant and project manager on several key projects during the restructuring process, such as multi-donor investment project on power reconstruction, assets revaluation project, developing procedures for financial and accounting control.

In the Regulatory Commission for Energy of Republic Srpska, she was responsible for energy tariffs and market, designing and preparing the rules for energy market functioning and monitoring, such as tariff methodologies, supplier switching rules, general terms and conditions, methodologies and rules for RES incentives, reporting rules and regulatory chart of accounts.

She has been working for the Energy Community Secretariat since 2009. Her main tasks are to monitor implementation of the electricity acquis, in particular related to market functioning and price regulation and implementation of the acquis on energy statistics. As an expert in the economics of the power sector, she analyses spectrum of policy instruments, such as taxation and public procurement regimes with the view to identify any obstacle for market integration. She has developed or contributed to developing respective policy guidelines and recommendations.

In addition, she is coordinating the activities of the ECDSO-E, a platform for cooperation of distribution system operators and several informal coordination groups in the Energy Community.

Nick FrydasNick Frydas

Senior Energy Specialist, Infrastructure & Natural Resources - ECA and MENA regions

Nick Frydas is a Chartered Power Systems Engineer and Energy Economist and has more than 30 years of professional experience in the power sector, with emphasis in energy policy, sustainability agenda and sectoral reforms, energy utilities operations and business models, and comprehensive understanding of energy technologies, planning and operations in the sector.He is a recognized authority in the design of Power Markets, and his study as main Author, on “cross-border integration of Balancing Markets”, is quoted in the website of the EC and ENTSO-E as one of the basis for the European Regulation 2017/2195 establishing a guideline on “Electricity Balancing”.

Nick has a comprehensive understanding of the Sustainability Agenda in the energy sector and of policies, international agreements and support schemes at EU and worldwide level in order to promote RES investments and to mitigate barriers for their entry. He has extensive working experience in RES Grid integration studies, bankability issues for private sector participation and the role of new technologies, Energy Storage, Flexibility and Markets in catalysing high levels of RES in the energy mix.

Nick’s expertise covers all Energy Sector Technologies, Power Generation, T&D, Energy Storage, Smart Grids and Renewables, and in planning, designing, Least Cost studies and implementing of power infrastructure projects. Expertise in Grid and Network Codes, power systems reliability, quality of supply and planning standards.

In his career, Nick has worked in operational and planning roles with power utilities (PPC and National Grid), as a Consultant, and has served as Director of Transmission and Regulatory Affairs with two major European Energy Trading firms based in London (EDF Trading and Merrill Lynch). In the period 2004-2007 Nick was appointed by the United Nations as Chairman of the Energy Regulatory Office of Kosovo, and developed its energy institutional and regulatory framework, culminating in Kosovo becoming a signatory member of the Energy Community Treaty. He served for 3 years (2014-2016) in the Management Team of ENTSO-E in Brussels as Planning Manager, and contributed in the development of the EU Electricity Codes and Guidelines.

Those roles helped him develop an excellent contacts network and professional “footprint” in particularly in Central-Eastern Europe with EC, ENTSO-E, Energy Community Secretariat in Vienna, USAID and other international Donors, Regulators, TSOs, and Utilities in the region.

Nick is currently based in the Belgrade office of IFC, involved in upstream activities and institutional development to catalyse sustainable power projects in the South-eastern Europe and Central Asia regions. He is the Project Manager for several important infrastructure projects amongst which the establishment of the Albanian and Kosovo Power Exchange and the establishment of a real time Balancing Market in Albania, the development of a Battery Scheme in Eastern Europe to provide frequency response and a Gas to Power project in the Western Balkans.

Nick has very strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to build strong partnerships with clients, and different stakeholders, in particularly in energy sector „high policy“ dialogue and negotiations with governmental and other public authorities in a multi-cultural environment.

Excellent oral and written communication skills, including an ability to communicate complex issues in simple terms and to engage in evidence-based dialogue with clients. Invited as Presenter, Panellist and Keynote Speaker in many international Conferences.

Mr. Frydas is also a visiting Lecturer and Member of the Advisory Board of the “Research Center for Energy Management”, at the “ECSP Europe Business School”.

Mihai Toader-PastiMihai Toader-Pasti

General Manager, EFdeN

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Sinisa JanjusevicSonja Risteska

Project Manager for Southeast Europe, Agora Energiewende

Sonja Risteska, is the Project Manager for Southeast Europe in Agora Energiewende. Her main focus encompasses preparation of studies, memos and policy papers on SEE energy transition issues; translation of insights from the German Energiewende and energy transitions in other countries and regions for the SEE audience; as well as management of Agora’s SEE energy transition dialogue projects. Before joining Agora Energiewende in early 2018, Sonja Risteska was the Research and Management Coordinator at Analytica think tank based in Skopje, North Macedonia. She has relevant working experience and has conducted in-depth policy research on many energy and environmental matters on the region of South East Europe. She has authored, co-authored and contributed to more than 30 policy papers, briefs, studies etc. on energy and environmental topics. She holds a BA in Political Science and MA in European Studies.

Sinisa JanjusevicSiniša Janjušević

Director, Resalta Montenegro

Siniša Janjušević, Director of Resalta Montenegro and Head of Energy Solutions for District Heating, is an expert in biomass and waste to energy solutions as well as district heating and combined heat and power plants.

Part of Resalta since 2015, Siniša was project leader on the 5MWe Slatina biomass cogeneration plant, the largest of its kind in that region of Croatia. He was also behind the
implementation of the first ESCO projects in Montenegro and Serbia and is focused on developing large-scale renewables projects in SEE.
A mechanical engineer, he has nearly two decades of experience on HVAC systems and energy efficiency in SEE.

Vladimir IvicVladimir Ivic

Technical Director, John Laing

Vladimir Ivic is an experienced professional with an engineering and finance background and wide-ranging expertise in technical/service sectors in energy and environment, construction, estates and facilities, and project management. He has a solid business development track record, and has also developed and implemented strategic plans, sales/marketing plans and business strategies as well as a range of other assignments, assessments and feasibility studies. Vladimir has worked on a wide range of projects (from £2m to £1.5bn in value), and managed teams of up to 40 in-house staff and consultants. From 1994 to 2002, he held two senior positions with two large American multinationals, Honeywell and Johnson Controls. From 2002 to 2014, he was
running his own technical consultancy company, which involved a wide range of projects in energy/performance contracts, estates and facilities, and project management.

Since 2011 he has been working with John Laing: until 2014 as in-house technical advisor (on contract) for waste, biomass and renewable projects; from 2014 till now as a full-time Senior Technical Director.

Thomas WinklerThomas Winkler

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.

Since 2011 he has been working with John Laing: until 2014 as in-house technical advisor (on contract) for waste, biomass and renewable projects; from 2014 till now as a full-time Senior Technical Director.

Zinaida DimitrijevicZinaida Dimitrijevic

Lead Expert for Electricity Generation, Elektroprivreda BiH

During my working life time in energy industry I am dedicated to science and to researching which is enabled me to obtain a PhD in energy sustainable development in 2015.
In daily work I am responsible for the cooperation with power utilities regarding management reporting, analysing and suggesting corrective and preventive measures related to power generation and environmental protection (based on trends and historical data), cooperation and working on almost all activities related to environment protection related to electricity generation, participating in making power balance related to electricity generation, and representing the Power Generation department in projects directed by the Sector for development in enterprise (Strategic Development Plan, National Emission Reduction Plan, etc.)

Zoran ObradovicZoran Obradovic

Managing Director, WPD

Zoran Obradović is managing director of wpd Adria – Dubrovnik, Croatia based regional branch of German wpd, one of the leading wind park developers. wpd Adria successfully completed four wind park projects in Croatia of more than 90 MW installed power and is currently preparing a new development phase, investigating opportunities in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo. Following a mission to be regionally recognised as the best wind park development partner, Obradović leads a team working with local project partners, land owners, grid operators, community and government representatives across the region in order to participate in renewables energy utilisation development and total energy mix share increase.
After completing a Bachelor of Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2009, Obradović worked at the American College of Management and Technology in Dubrovnik and moved on to the Mayor’s office of the City of Dubrovnik where he was communication officer. During this post, he earned Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations degree at the Libertas University. In 2013. Obradović became marketing director at INA, Croatian oil and gas corporation with a strong presence in the region. Before joining wpd, Obradović was executive director of INA – Crna Gora, Montenegrin branch of the company, during which time the subsidiary doubled its market share and launched retail network development campaign consisting of a mix of greenfield investments and acquisitions.
Since January 2018, Obradović became director of wpd in Croatia. He is currently a doctorate candidate at the Management of Sustainable Development interdisciplinary programme at the University of Rijeka. Since 2015, Obradović is presiding the Management Council of the Special Nature Reserve Lokrum, a natural and historical heritage island near Dubrovnik with very strict habitat protection measures. He has also been guest lecturer at the Bernays College of Communications in the Corporate Social Responsibility course and adjunct faculty at the Libertas University, teaching marketing, conflict management and international integrations. He is a great fan of technology and cars, advocating for sustainable development of new mobility technologies, autonomous transports and clean energy sources for transportation, but also preserving driving excitements at closed tracks and courses and the development of recreational auto-sports.

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