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Biography of Dominique RIQUET – MEP, Chairman of the Long-Term Investment Intergroup

Dominique RIQUET

Elected at the European Parliament in 2014 for a second mandate, Dominique Riquet is the first Vice-Chair of the transport and tourism committee and a member of the industry, research and energy committee. As a member of the UDI (Union des Démocrates et Indépendants) in France, he joined the ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) within the European Parliament. In 2017, hehas been elected President of the French delegation in the ALDE group. Particularly involved in funding and financing infrastructure issues, he was rapporteur on the Connecting Europe Facility and rapporteur for opinion on the European Fund for Strategic Investments (“Juncker Plan”). In the meantime, he has become the founder and chairman of the Parliament’s intergroup on long-term investment and reindustrialisation (#Invest4Future). Prior to that, he was Regional Councillor for the Nord Pas-de-Calais region (1992-2009) and he also served for ten years as the mayor of Valenciennes (2002-2012) following Jean-Louis Borloo. Born in 1946, Dominique Riquet holds a degree in general medicine and a degree in urological surgery.

 

Biography of Simona BONAFE – MEP, Vice-Chair of the Long Term Investment Intergroup

Simona BONAFE

Simona Bonafè ran as head of list of the Italian Democratic Party (PD) for the European Parliament election in May 2014 and was elected, for her first mandate, with the highest number of preferential votes among Italian MEPs.In the European Parliament she is a member of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats (S&D) and sits as Member in the Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), and as Substitute Member in the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). She is vice-chair of the Long Term Investment Intergroup. MEP Bonafè was elected to the Italian Lower Chamber in 2013, sitting in the Committee for Economic Activities and Trade. Prior to that, for over 10 years she was engaged in local politics in Tuscany, where she served as Municipal Council Member for Environment.

 

Biography of Burkhard BALZ – MEP, Vice-Chair of the Long-Term Investment Intergroup, Coordinator/Spokesman of the EPP Group in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee

Burkhard BALZ

Aged 45, Mr. Burkhard Balz joined the German political party Christlich-Demokratische Union (CDU) in 1989. He was elected as a Member of the European Parliament in June 2009 and re-elected in May 2014, representing the CDU in the group of the European People’s Party (EPP), the largest political group in the European Parliament. Since 2009 he is a full member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. After having served as EPP Vice-Coordinator in the Committee for five years, he has been appointed EPP Coordinator after his re-election in 2014. In this capacity he is also member of the EPP’s bureau. He is a substitute member in the Committee on Budgets. Moreover, he is a full member of the Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and a substitute member in the Delegation for relations with Japan. A successful career in banking equipped Balz with in-depth knowledge of the global financial markets. Before joining the European Parliament, he managed the relations with institutional clients as Vice-President for Commerzbank AG Hanover branch. Burkhard Balz studied law at the University of Göttingen and gained some work experience abroad during traineeships in Tokyo and London. European affairs were already part of his professional life, when he worked for the Commerzbank Liaison Office to the European Union in 2001/2002.

 

Biography of Adina Iona VALEAN – MEP, Vice-Chair of the Long Term Investment Intergroup

Adina Ioana Valean

Adina Ioana Vălean has been Chair of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety of the European Parliament since February 2017. Previously she was Vice President of the European Parliament, on behalf of the EPP Group, elected for the first two and a half years of the current legislature. As a politician, Vălean is innovative in her structure, scope and philosophy. Her take on European issues is considered progressive and daring. In the 2014-2019 legislative term, she is a member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy; and a member of the Delegation for relations with the United States. She also serves as a substitute in the Committee on International Trade. Her work is focused on telecommunications, energy and industry. Her current activity is dedicated to the two big package initiatives of the European Commission: the Digital Single Market and the Energy Union.Adina Vălean has been a member of the European Parliament since 2007.  In the previous mandate, she was rapporteur on the Connecting Europe Facility; a financing instrument which aims at funding €33.2 billion worth of investments to improve Europe’s transport, energy and digital networks. She takes an incisive approach towards reassessing public financing, which she thinks should be primarily used for completing the single market: by increasing competition and incentivising private investment. As member of the INTA Committee, she has also developed a strong interest in the negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: the benefits of which she has long advocated. With a strong commitment to the internet economy, entrepreneurship and innovation; she has been elected as a member of the steering committee of the European Internet Forum, as well as board member of the knowledge4innovation platform. With a particular interest in securing the competitiveness of the European automotive industry, Adina Vălean is co-chair of the Forum for Mobility and Society.Adina Vălean is a member of PNL (Romanian National Liberal Party) and from 2004 to 2006 was a member of the Romanian Parliament. Valean’s main focuses, while in the National Parliament, concerned market and labour issues. Prior to that, she acted as the Secretary General of the National Liberal Party’s youth wing; and Secretary of the National Liberal Party Committee on business, privatization and competition policy. She joined the National Liberal Party in 1999. Before becoming a politician, Adina Vălean was a social activist, member of several foundations and associations, which promote tolerance, dialogue and a liberal economic market. Adina Vălean began her professional career as a teacher of Mathematics in Bucharest. She has a Master’s degree in European Integration and Security Studies, postgraduate studies in National Security and Defence Management and a Bachelor degree in Mathematics. She is married and has one child.

 

Biography of Markku MARKKULA – President of the European Committee of the Regions

Markku Markkula

Markku Markkula (born 15 July 1950 in Kolari, Finland), elected as the President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), is member of the Espoo City Council since 1980, holding its Presidency in 1990-92 and 2010. He is also member of the Board of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council and the Chairman of the Espoo City Planning Board. Mr Markkula works at Aalto University as the Advisor to Aalto Presidents, where his focus is on European Union research, innovation and education policy affairs. A long-standing politician, Mr Markkula is a former member of the Finnish Parliament (1995-2003). During his time as an MP, he served as a member of two permanent parliamentary committees: the Committee for Science, Education and Culture, and the Committee for the Future. As an MP his international role included the Presidency of EPTA Council, European Parliamentary Technology Assessment Network. As a tribute to his achievements in the field of education policy, he was elected to the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame in 2008. Markkula is a member of the National Coalition Party (EPP), with political chairmanships on different organisational levels along his career, from local and national Student Unions to the Espoo City and Uusimaa Region; as well as a long standing member of the Board of the Party. He became member of the CoR in 2010 and has held a number of positions in the institution over the last five years including the 1st Vice-Chair of the EPP Group and Chair of EPP Group’s Task Force on Europe 2020. He also authored a number of opinions including “A Digital Agenda for Europe”, “Horizon 2020”, and “Industrial Policy Package”. In February 2015 he was elected President of the CoR for a two and a half year mandate.

 

Biography of Jyrki KATAINEN – Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, European Commission

Jyrki Katainen

Jyrki Katainen (born 14 October 1971), originally from Finland, is the European Commissioner for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness and is also a Vice President of the European Commission. He became a member of the Siilinjärvi municipal council in his first political position, in 1993. He was then elected member of the Finnish Parliament (Eduskunta) from the district of Northern Savonia in 1999, served as the vice-chairman of the party in 2001, and became the leader in 2004. From 1990 to 2000, Katainen was Vice President of the Youth of the European People’s Party. Katainen became the Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister in the new cabinet 2007. He was appointed the Prime Minister of Finland from 2011 to June 2014 and chairman of the National Coalition Party from 2004 to 2014.

 

Biography of Prof. Franco BASSANINI – President of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Franco Bassanini

Franco Bassanini, former Italian Cabinet Minister for Public Administration and Regional Affairs (1996-2001) and Professor of Constitutional Law at the First University of Rome, is now Chairman of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (the Italian National Development Bank) and President of Astrid Foundation, an Italian think tank gathering together about 350 scientists and experts in the field of European institutions, public policies, public administration’s reform, market regulation and e-government (www.astrid.eu). He is President of the Executive board of Metroweb Italia SpA, President of the Long Term Investors Club, President of the Executive board of CDP Reti SpA, Vice President of the Inframed Fund and Vice-President of the ELTI, Association of long-term investors of the European Union. He is also member of the Supervisory Board of the 2020 European Fund for Energy, Climate Change and Infrastructure (Marguerite Fund) and of the French Commission pour la Libération de la Croissance française, chaired by Jacques Attali. He has been member of: Italian Parliament (1979 to 2006); E.N.A.(École Nationale d’Administration) Executive Board (2001-2005);  Comité d’évaluation des strategies ministérielles de réforme (2003-2005).

  

Biography of Viktor Andersson – Head of Economic Affairs of the European Rail Infrastructure Managers

Viktor Andersson

Viktor Andersson since last year has been managing Economic Affairs at EIM, where his focus has been to incorporate a more holistic business strategy into the transport sector in general and the railway sector in particular. With a background of working as chief advisor for the Director General of the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) and former President of EIM, Mr. Gunnar Malm, Viktor has a clear multimodal approach when it comes to developing the transport sector. During his time at the Swedish Transport Administration Viktor was also involved in setting up PRIME, a platform for cooperation between rail infrastructure managers and the European Commission. A platform he now coordinates on behalf of the industry co-chair. Viktor has a management consulting background from Accenture and experiences from different company boards such as the Swedish Railway Training Center as well as the Chalmers University in Göteborg, Sweden where he also received his Master’s degree in Supply Chain Management. His background also includes leading an organisation of 10 000 members, which owned several companies and assets for more than 100m€, as well as being active in inspiring teenagers for further studies.

 

Biography of Christian THIMANN – Member of the Executive Committee, AXA Group

Christian Thimann

Christian Thimann is Member of the Executive Committee of the AXA Group, based in Paris, and Group Head of Strategy and Public Affairs. He is also a Member of the Board of Directors of Alliance Bernstein Investment Managers, New York. Until 2013 he was Director General and Adviser to the President at the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt. He is affiliated Professor of Economics at the Paris School of Economics.

 

Biography of Laurent ZYLBERBERG – Director for Institutional, International and European Relations, Caisse des Dépôts Group & Chairman of the Management board, Marguerite Fund

Laurent Zylberberg

Laurent Zylberberg was born 1961; he has a sociology and public law background. He holds a PhD (1992) in sociology and political science about the history of urbanism in Paris’region. Political adviser for various Ministers (Home office, Defence, Prime Minister’s office, social affairs) from 1989 to 1993, in the meantime, he taught at the Sorbonne University in political science and public law. He was then Social Affairs Counsellor at the French Embassy in London until 1996 when he moved to Brussels to head the European’s office of the lobbying company “Euroconsultants”. Back to Paris in 1998, he joined France Telecom Group being marketing director for public services, then director for parliamentary affairs. He moved as Employee Relations Directors in 2005, first at international level then for the whole Orange Group. In 2011, he is appointed as General Manager for Orange Vietnam and came back in France in 2013 when he became Group Chief Compliance Officer. Since October 2013, he is Senior Executive Vice-President in charge of Public Affairs and European and International co-operation. He is member of both management committees (Caisse des Depôts Group and Caisse des Dépôts Public Establishment).

 

Biography of Jonathan Hill – European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union

Jonathan Hill

Jonathan Hill is the European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union.  Amongst his responsibilities is ensuring that financial markets are properly regulated and supervised so that they are stable, competitive and transparent.  A British national, he was a member of the British Cabinet as Leader of the House of Lords (2013–2014) and Under Secretary of State for Education (2010–2013).  He was Political Secretary to Prime Minister John Major (1992–1994).  Commissioner Hill, who is 55, worked in publishing before joining the Research Department of the Conservative Party in 1985.  He spent a number of years in the private sector working in public relations and crisis management, and in 1998 set up his own consultancy Quiller Consultants. He took up his current position in 2014 and one of his tasks as Commissioner is to put in place the building blocks for a Capital Markets Union by 2019.

 

 

Biography of Gérard de la Martinière – Rapporteur of the Paris stock exchange’s Task Force on Long Term Investment

Gérard de la Martinière

After various positions in the Ministry of Finance from 1969 to 1984, including notably the Directorate of the Public Accountancy, Mr Gerard de la Martinière was Secretary General of the French Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission des Opérations de Bourse”, the regulator of financial markets in France) from 1984 to 1986. From 1988 to 1989 he was General Manager of the SBF-Bourse de Paris. He joined AXA in 1989 and was director-general for finances, control and strategy, and a member of the direction board (directoire) from 1997 to 2003. From 2003 to 2008 Mr. de La Martinière has been the Chairman of the French Federation of Insurance Companies (“Fédération Française des Sociétés d’Assurances”) and served as President of the European Insurance Committee (“Comité Européen des Assurances”)(2004-2008). M. de la Martinière is a director of Air Liquide and Schneider Electric. Gérard de la Martinière (born 1943) is a graduate of École polytechnique (X1963) and Ecole National d’Administration (ENA).

 

 

Biography of Sirpa Pietikainen – MEP, Member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary AffairsSirpa Pietikainen

Ms. Sirpa Pietikäinen is a Finnish member of the European People’s Party (EPP) in the European parliament since 2008.  Ms. Pietikäinen is former Finnish Minister of Environment (1991-1995). At the European parliament, Ms. Pietikäinen is member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and substitute member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee, Special Committee on Tax Rulings as well as of the Women’s Right and Gender Equality Committee. In the ECON-committee she has been responsible for legislatives reports on transparency directive and non-financial reporting. She was also the EPP-shadow person attending the work of the Special Committee on the Financial, Economic and Social Crisis. A graduate from the Helsinki School of Economics, Ms. Pietikäinen has MSc (Business), and still teaches university courses on negotiations theory and practices.

 

 

Biography of Michael Collins – Deputy Chief Executive & Public Affairs Director, EVCA

Michael Collins

Michael represents the private equity industry across the EU institutions. Based in Brussels, Michael covers both regulatory issues and wider EU political developments for the industry. He joined the EVCA in 2013 from Citigroup, where he was Managing Director for European Government Affairs, with responsibility for a wide range of financial regulatory issues and for advising Citi senior management and clients on developments in the Euro area.  Prior to Citigroup, Michael spent four years with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Brussels, as Financial Counsellor at the UK Permanent Representation to the EU (UK Rep). In that role he represented UK Government interests before the EU Institutions, advised senior UK Ministers and officials on the range of economic issues facing the EU, and led the team responsible for macroeconomic policy, financial services regulation, and taxation and fiscal policy. The Alternative Investment Funds Manager’s Directive was part of his team’s responsibilities. Michael has 15 years of experience in the UK civil service, working in Edinburgh, London and Brussels, including in HM Treasury. Michael holds a First Class degree in Modern History from Wadham College, Oxford, and also holds a postgraduate diploma in management.

 

Biography of Eloy Lindeijer – Chief Investment Management, PGGM, on behalf of Pensions Europe

Eloy Lindeijer

After graduating in Business at Nyenrode University and International Relations at Johns Hopkins University, I started my career at De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB). I held several positions over a period exceeding twenty years, most recently as director of the Financial Markets division. I represented DNB in various committees of the European Central Bank and the Bank for International Settlements. In my current position I am responsible for PGGM’s investment management. My main challenge is to generate a sustainable long-term return on our global investment portfolio. We strive to realise an inflation-protected pension, while contributing to a more sustainable world. I am married with two children. Our hobbies are travelling and discovering new places.

 

Biography of Abigail Herron – Head of Responsible Investment Engagement, Aviva Investors, Member Affiliate of Eurosif

Abigail Herron

Abigail leads responsible investment and corporate governance engagement across all asset classes and markets at Aviva Investors. She compliments this work with public policy advocacy in the UK, EU and UN on issues from sustainable capital markets through to green bonds. Previously, Abigail headed up the corporate governance team at The Co-operative Asset Management (TCAM). During her tenure TCAM won ‘Best Steward’ ​in the Financial News Awards and Best Users of Research – Thomson Reuters Extel SRI-Connect survey. TCAM became the first investor to ascribe to the Stewardship Code and to factor in gender into their voting policy. Abigail is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) and a chartered company secretary. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Securities, a graduate of Sheffield University’s Management School and holds the UK Green Build Council’s certificate in sustainability. She previously worked at the law firm Eversheds in the corporate department where she provided compliance and legal advice to a variety of listed and private clients. Before this, Abigail worked for a Minister of Parliament.

 

 

Biography of Niall Bohan – Head of the Unit “Capital Markets Union”, DG FISMA, European Commission

Niall Bohan

Niall Bohan (b. 1967) studied economics at Trinity College Dublin (1984-1988) and the College of Europe in Brugge, Belgium (1988-1990). He worked at the Centre of European Policy Studies, Brussels before joining the European Commission in 1994 where he has worked in a variety of technical and management, principally focussed on financial market regulation. This includes responsibility for drafting the COM proposal for MiFiD (2000-2002), serving as Deputy Head of Unit for financial policy coordination (2002-2004) and as Head of Unit for the Asset Management unit between 2004 and 2009. Between 2011 and 2013, he was seconded to the Task Force for Greece (DG ECFIN), where he coordinated the provision of technical assistance to the Greek government to support reform of customs, public procurement, competition and investment licensing. From January 2014 to March 2015, Niall Bohan was Head of the Banking Unit, with responsibility for implementation of for the Capital Requirements Regulation and Directive. On April 1st, 2015, he assumed responsibility for management of the unit responsible for the Capital Markets Union in DG Financial Stability and Capital Markets Union.

 

                

Biography of Roberto GUALTIERI – MEP, Chair of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

Roberto Gualtieri

Roberto Gualtieri (born in Rome, 19/07/1966) has been a member of the European Parliament since 2009. He graduated in literature and philosophy (1992) and has a research doctorate (PhD) in contemporary history (1997). Since 1995, he has been author of several books and articles on Italian and international history of the XXth century and on the history of the European integration. Mr. Gualtieri is an associate professor of contemporary history at ‘La Sapienza’ University, Rome. Within the European Parliament he held, among others, the following tasks: In 2010, he has been S&D Group negotiator within the EP negotiating team on the creation of the European External Action Service. In 2011, he has been co-rapporteur (with Elmar Brok) for the European Council decision amending Article 136 of the TFEU with regard to a stability mechanism for Member States whose currency is the euro. In 2011, he has been member of the European Parliament negotiating team for the establishment of the “Fiscal Compact”. In 2012, he has been appointed S&D Group coordinator for the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO). In 2012, he has been S&D negotiator for the European Parliament in the working group set up by Herman Van Rompuy on a “Genuine Economic and Monetary Union”. In July 2014, he has been elected Chair of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON). He is also a substitute member of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) and of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET). He is member of the National board of the Partito Democratico (Italy), since 2008.

 

Biography of Elżbieta BIEŃKOWSKA – European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Elżbieta BIEŃKOWSKA

Between 2007 and 2013 she was the Minister for Regional Development of Poland and from 2013 to 2014, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Poland. She was in charge of the strategic development system of the country, including the effective investment of the European funds. Her work resulted in the full absorption of the EU funds from the budget for 2004-2006 and distribution of almost 68Bn€ granted to Poland for the years 2007-2013. She was managing the preparation of the EU funds implementation system from the EU budget for the years 2014-2020.  Apart from the European funds her tasks in the Polish Government included also the management of transport infrastructure and issues related to construction and housing. Before, from 1999 to 2007, she was working for the local government of the Silesia Region in Southern Poland. She graduated from the Jagiellonian University and from the Polish National School of Public Administration and completed the business administration post graduate studies at the Warsaw School of Economics. She is married, with three children.

 

Biography of Monika HEIMING – Executive Director of the European Rail Infrastructure Managers (EIM rail)

Monika Heiming

Since 1993 Monika Heiming has been active in Brussels as a lobbyist and manager of international associations and groupings. In November 2004 she joined the European Rail Freight Association (ERFA) and in January 2005 was made its Secretary General, serving the organisation’s company and association members across Europe. Her tasks include dealing with the association’s legal, technical, political, financial and administrative matters and external issues. From 1999 to 2004 she managed and marketed the engineering activities of a European engineering group, Europengineers eeig, which had 5,000 staff working in 10 design offices that were active in 45 countries. From 1993 to 1997 she helped to develop the railway industry association UNIFE, lobbying for multimodal, combined transport, the environment, EU Framework Programmes for R&D and CEECs. Monika Heiming studied languages at the University of Cologne, she holds a Master’s degree in European Management from the University Faculties in Brussels and an Executive MBA from the Belgian Solvay Business School. She is member of the Solvay Alumni and of the Belgian League of Optimists. Monika Heiming was born on 18 November 1965 in Cologne (Germany).

 

Biography of Erzsebet FITORI Director at the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA)

Erzsébet Fitori

Erzsébet Fitori is Director at the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (Brussels office), the trade association representing over 100 pro-competitive operators across Europe. She oversees ECTA’s public policy, regulatory and PR activities and is responsible for ECTA’s engagement inter alia with the EU institutions, national regulators and governments. Prior to joining ECTA as Regulatory Affairs Manager in February 2008 she was Head of Regulatory Affairs at Telenor Hungary in Budapest. Erzsébet’s early career saw her as an Assistant Professor in the Department of European Law and Private International Law at the University of Miskolc in Hungary. Erzsébet holds an LL.M. in European Community Law from Leiden University and a Degree in Law from the University of Miskolc, Hungary. In addition to her native Hungarian she speaks excellent English, intermediate level German and basic French.

 

 

Biography of Olivier GRABETTE – Deputy Director General of RTE for the Economy and member of RTE’s executive Board, Union for the French Electricity Industry (UFE)  

Olivier Grabette

A graduate of the National School of Aeronautics and Space, Olivier Grabette is Deputy Director General of RTE for the Economy, Markets and Innovation. Aged 50 and holds a DEA in automation, he held numerous positions in the engineering of electricity transmission networks in France and abroad (EDF) before joining RTE maintenance activities in 2002. From 2006, he held various management positions at the Network Expertise Centre of RTE. In 2012, he created the Department of R&D of RTE. Since 2014, he has accompanied the RTE Presidency in steering innovation on Intelligent Electrical Networks (Smartgrids)”. On September 29, Olivier Grabette was nominated member of the Board of RTE, in addition to his current role of Deputy Director General of RTE for the Economy, Markets and Innovation.

 

Biography of Philippe de BACKER – MEP, Member of the Long Term Investment Intergroup

Philippe De Backer

Philippe De Backer (35) holds a PhD in biotechnology from Ghent University and an MBA from Solvay Business School.  Before joining the European Parliament, Philippe worked as Technology Transfer Officer at CRP-Santé and as analyst at Vesalius Biocapital, a Luxembourg based venture capital firm specialized in the life-sciences. He has an expertise in the valorisation of IP developed by public research institutes and setting-up early ventures in the life-sciences. Philippe is currently a Member of the European Parliament where he is a full member of the Industry, Technology, Research and Energy Committee. He is a substitute Member of the Economy and Monetary Affairs Committee. As a liberal, Philippe truly believes that it is his duty to take up responsibility in the community and actively work for the society and the people that live in it. He believes strongly in individual liberty, self-development, free markets and equal starting chances for everybody.

 

 

Biography of Jacques ROEDER – Senior Counsel and “Chargé de pouvoir” with Allianz Capital Partners, in charge of infrastructure investments and government relations

Jacques Roeder 

Jacques Roeder was born in 1975 in Bonn, Germany. He is married with three children. He has a background in law and studied in France, Germany and in the United States. Before joining Allianz, he worked, between 2002 and 2008, as a corporate attorney in private practice in New York, Paris and Munich. Since 2008, he has been appointed senior counsel and “chargé de pouvoir” with Allianz Capital Partners, Munich, in charge of infrastructure investments and government relations. 

 

Biography of Alain RAUSCHER – Managing Partner, CEO of Antin-Infrastructure Partners

Alain RAUSCHER

Alain is CEO and a Managing Partner of Antin Infrastructure Partners. He is a member of both the Executive Committee and the Investment Committee. Having founded Antin IP in 2007, Alain oversees the company’s development and drives its strategy. Under his leadership, Antin IP completed two successful fundraises, securing a total of more than €3 billion in commitments from investors. Together with Managing Partner Mark Crosbie, he laid the framework for growing the firm from one office and two founders to today’s footprint of three offices (Paris, London and Luxembourg) and 48 professionals comprising 20 nationalities.  He was named Global Infrastructure Personality of the Year at the Infrastructure Investor Awards in 2011. Alain holds board seats for several portfolio companies. He is also Chairman of the Infrastructure Roundtable at Invest Europe (formerly EVCA). Alain was formerly Head of the Oil, Gas and Mining division at BNP Paribas Corporate Finance. Prior to that role, he worked on numerous mergers and acquisitions transactions in various sectors at Lazard Frères and Lehman Brothers. He began his career with Bain & Company. He received an MPhil in Philosophy from the Ecole Normale Supérieure, an MPhil in Philosophy from the Sorbonne University, an MS in Economics from Sciences Po and an MA in Management from HEC.

 

Biography of Nicolas MERIGO – Partner and CEO of the 2020 European Fund for Energy, Climate Change and Infrastructure (Marguerite Fund)

Nicolás Merigó

Nicolás Merigó has 25 years’ experience in Private Equity, M&A, and Asset Management. He has been CEO and Partner of Luxembourg and Paris-based Marguerite Adviser since 2010.  Marguerite Adviser is the independently owned exclusive advisory company to the 2020 European Fund for Energy, Climate Change and Infrastructure.  The Fund, also called Marguerite, was launched in 2010 with the backing of six major European financial institutions, i.e. the EIB, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, Instituto de Crédito Oficial, KfW and PKO Bank Polski. The equity fund’s overall aim is to make capital-intensive greenfield and brownfield investments in three core sectors, i.e. energy, mature renewables and transport, within the EU-27 countries. Prior to joining Marguerite, he spent 17 years with the Santander Group in Spain, U.K., and Chile, where he was most recently Head Partner of Santander Infrastructure Capital, and previously Deputy Manager of the Industrial Group Division.  He also worked at McKinsey (Madrid), Salomon Brothers (London), and Lazard Frères (Paris) before joining Santander. Mr. Merigó has a Physics degree from Imperial College of Science & Technology (London) and an MBA from UCLA.

 

Biography of Michel AGLIETTA – Professor of Economics at the University of Paris X, Nanterre

Michel Aglietta

Born in Chambéry in 1938, Michel Aglietta is a French economist, former student of the Ecole Polytechnique and of the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique (ENSAE). Currently Professor of Economics at the University of Paris X –Nanterre, he is also Counsellor at the CEPII (Center of research and expertise on the world economy). From 1997 to 2003, he was a member of the Council of economic analysis for the French Prime Minister. His monograph “A Theory of Capitalist Regulation: The US Experience” laid the foundation for the regulation school of economics, in 1976. He is a specialist of international monetary economy and of the functioning of financial market, and took an active part in the construction of the european single currency.

 

Biography of Jean-Louis Borloo – Former Minister, President of the Foundation “Energies for Africa” 

Jean-Louis Borloo

Born in 1951 in Paris, Jean-Louis Borloo is a French politician, foundator and former President and of the “Union des démocrates independents” (UDI) Party.  Former lawyer, he was mayor of the city of Valenciennes continuously between 1989 and 2002, and Member of the National Assembly, representing the 21th North district.   Between 1989 and 1992, he was a Member of the European Parliament working for the Commission of regional development. In 2002, he was appointed Minister Delegate for Urban Affairs and Urban Renovation. Until 2010, he then holds various positions within the French government as Minister for Employment, Minister for Economy and Finance and finally Minister of State in charge of Ecology. At this position, he was number two of the government, clearly committed in the fight against climate change. He was notably in charge of negotiating the legislative package “Energy-Climate” during the French Presidency of the European Council. He brought all his political mandates to an end in 2014 for personal reason. This same year, he announced the foundation of the organization “Energies for Africa” in order to promote a massive plan of access to electricity for Africa. He has a bachelor in law and philosophy from University Paris X – Nanterre and graduated from HEC Paris.

 

Biography of Gilles PARGNEAUX – Member of the Long Term Investment Intergroup

Gilles Pargneaux

Born on 24 March 1957, Gilles Pargneaux is a French politician, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) since 2009. He is vice-president of the environment, health and food security committee and member of the foreign affairs committee, budget control committee as well as the security and defence committee at the European Parliament.  As an MEP, Gilles Pargneaux has been rapporteur of the EU decision on cross-border health threats, has co-written the EP’s resolution on the fight against fraud and crisis in the food chain, has led the battle against the privatisation of the railway sector. He is chair of the working group against the tobacco industry interference at the European Parliament.  He is the rapporteur of the own-initiative report of the EP on the COP 21: “Towards an international agreement on Climate in Paris” which defines the position of the EP in the prospect of the international climate negotiations that will take place in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015. He will be a member of the European Parliament delegation to the COP21 in Paris. Committed in the cooperation between the European Union, the Maghreb and the Mashrek countries, Gilles Pargneaux is president of the EU-Morocco friendship group as well as vice-president of the delegation with Mashrek countries and a member of the Delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries and the Arab Maghreb Union. A former 1st secretary of the northern federation of the Socialist Party from 2005 to 2015, Gilles Pargneaux is currently national secretary for the Socialist Party advising on North-South relations as well as political adviser to Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, leader of the French Socialist Party. Gilles Pargneaux is as well the president of the socialist group at the European Metropolis of Lille and advisor for Europe and EU funds.

 

 

Biography of Philippe MECHET – Senior executive Vice-President, EDF

Philippe Méchet

Born 22 January 1960 in Paris (France), Philippe Méchet graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris in 1980. He also holds a post-graduate degree in Political sciences from the French national foundation for political sciences. He is a Research Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington. Director of communications at Veolia Environnement, from 2006 to 2010, he worked as President of the European institute for geo-economic analysis, and was radio and TV editorialist on BFM and LCI between 2005 and 2006. Before that, Philippe Méchet had first been Executive vice-president in charge of communication, public affairs and European affairs at Électricité de France, from 2003 to 2005.  Between 1995 and 2003, he was a member of the executive board and deputy general manager of Taylor Nelson Sofres, where he was director in charge of political studies and corporate and opinion surveys – world. During the same period, he was also managing director of EOS Gallup Europe. From 1990 to 1995, he was general manager of Institut Louis Harris France, after starting his career with Sofres in 1985 as an engineer.  From 1983 to 1984, he was a researcher at the national center for scientific research (CNRS).  He has been associate professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris since 1989 and Secretary General of the Livre Politique since 1995. Between 1995 and 2003, Philippe Méchet was joint manager of the Sofres annual publication “l’état de l’opinion” (published by Seuil). He also is administrator and treasurer of LADOMI and moderator of the Cercle Européen de la Défense.

 

 

Biography of Kjetil TONNING – Vice-President of the European Construction Industry Federation

Kjetil Tonning

Borned in Norway, Kjetil Tonning is a Civil & Structural Engineer (M.Sc.) and a business Economist (BBA). He has more than 30 years of professional experience in leading positions in national and international construction companies and consulting engineering firms, as well as in the Norwegian army and public administration. He is currently Area Manager, Heavy Construction, with Veidekke Entreprenør AS, Norway’s largest construction company (6.400 operatives, 224 apprentices, 100 trainees). He also helds numerous honorary chairmanships and responsibilities in the Boards of regional, national and European companies and professional associations of contractors and consulting engineers.

 

 

Biography of Kata TUTTO – Member of the European Committee of the Regions, Representative of Local Governments of District 12 of Budapest  

Kata Tutto

Kata Tutto is a local councilor at Budapest disctrict XII, Hungary and is a member of the European Committee of the Regions since 2007. She is Rapporteur of the Opinion on the Covenant of Mayors and has been representing the Committee of the Regions during the COP21.

    

Biography of Benjamin QUATRE – Director in charge of European and international public affairs, and export finance, French Banking Federation

Benjamin Quatre

As of January 1st, 2015, Benjamin Quatre is Director in charge of International and European Affairs of the French Banking Federation in Brussels. Therefore he is in charge of the FBF representative office in Brussels. Benjamin Quatre graduated from Sciences Po Paris (the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris) and holds a Master degree of Human Resources Management. In 2002 he started his professional carrier as training project manager at the Caisse des Dépôts Group, and became recruiter in 2005. From 2006 until 2008 he acted as member of the Cabinet of the Chairman of French savings banks (Caisse Nationale des Caisses d’Epargne) and was Rapporteur of a Ministerial mission on “economic integration of migrants in France” for the Minister of Home Affairs. In 2008 he was appointed International project manager in BPCE in charge of an Alliance of banks for the Mediterranean region. In 2009 he became senior advisor in charge of European Affairs at BPCE and from September 2011 at the French Banking Federation. He has been a Member of the enlarged Steering Committee of the FBF since September 2011.

 

Biography of Mette QUINN – Deputy Head of Unit in charge of Energy & Environment Policy DG Climate Action, European Commission

Mette Quinn

Mette works in the Directorate for Strategy, governance and emissions from non-trading sectors as deputy head of unit for Land Use and Finance for Innovation at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Climate Change. She took part in the negotiations of the international climate agreement in Paris recently, and also worked on domestic EU climate finance. Mette now coordinates and develops EU’s approaches to financing innovation through the EU Emissions Trading Scheme as part of the EU’s implementation of the Paris Agreement. She has also worked in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry, where she has a number of years’ experience as a policy officer on innovation policy development and benchmarking. She was closely involved with Europe INNOVA and PRO INNO Europe and set-up pan-European initiatives such as the Knowledge Intensive Service Innovation Platform and the Creative Industries Alliance. Previously, Mette worked for the Danish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and also spent a few years at the Danish Permanent Representation to NATO.

 

Biography of Dominique RISTORI – Director General for Energy, European Commission

Dominique Ristori

Dominique Ristori has been working in the European Commission since 1978 where he has held several positions. Prior to his current position, he was Director- General of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) (2010-2013). Between 2006 and 2010 Dominique Ristori was Deputy Director General of the Directorate General for Energy. Whilst Director in charge of General Affairs and Resources at Directorate-General for Energy and Transport, he was responsible for interinstitutional relations; enlargement and international relations; coordination of energy and transport research; internal market, state aids, infringements and public service obligations; passengers’ and users’ rights; central management of human and budgetary resources (2000 – 2006). Between 1996 and 1999, he was Director in charge of European Energy Policy at Directorate-General for Energy. Dominique Ristori played an important role in the preparation and adoption process of the 2 first Directives on the Internal Market for gas and electricity. He launched also successfully the Firenze and Madrid Forum for electricity and gas at the origin of the Regulation process in the Energy Sector. In the period of 1990 – 1996 Dominique Ristori was in charge of transnational cooperation between SMEs at the Directorate-General for Enterprise policy. Dominique Ristori graduated from the Institute of Political Studies of Paris (1975).

 

Biography of Viviane REDING – Former Vice President of the European Commission and Member of the European Parliament

Viviane Reding

Viviane Reding is one of the most prominent personalities of Europe, completing three terms as Member of the European Government, currently Member of the European Parliament in charge of International Trade and Rapporteur for the TiSA agreement (Trade in Services agreement). Viviane Reding was born in 1951 in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg. After obtaining her PhD degree (Sorbonne, Paris), she acted as a professional journalist for 20 years. In 1999, having served for 10 years in the Luxembourg Parliament and for 10 years in the European Parliament, she became European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. In her first term she pushed through the Erasmus World programme, expanding the co-operation between universities and the exchange of students worldwide. She also strengthened the MEDIA programme for the promotion of European films. In 2004, she became EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media, winning a major battle against telecom companies by capping mobile roaming charges by 70%. She was instrumental in the reform of the European telecom sector, opening the internal market to competition. In that period, she also reformed the European research area, reinforcing the technological research platforms. Viviane Reding was awarded numerous national, European and cultural awards as well as a number of “Doctor Honoris Causa” degrees by universities. She has published many articles, mainly on the reform of European Institutions, on the development of the European Union into a Federal Political Union, on data protection and the Digital Single Market as well as on economic and financial governance.

 

 

Biography of Sébastien SORIANO – Chairman for ARCEP

Sébastien Soriano

Sébastien Soriano is Chairman of ARCEP (French body of telecoms regulation) since 15 January 2015.  A graduate of the École polytechnique, and a chief engineer, Sébastien Soriano, 39, spent most of his career in competition and telecoms regulation, before becoming Chief of Staff to Fleur Pellerin, then Minister responsible for SMEs, innovation and the digital economy in Mai 2012. He was also her advisor in charge of the news media sector when she became French Minister of Culture and Communication in August 2014.

 

Biography of Magnus FRANKLIN – Chief Correspondent, Telecoms, MLex

Magnus Franklin

Chief Correspondent, MLex ITM, Magnus Franklin was previously an analyst and reporter on Mobile Communications Europe and Telecom Markets. He provides comprehensive coverage of regulatory and legal developments in the telecoms, media and IT sectors both in Brussels and across Europe. Mr Franklin studied journalism and economics in London, and works in English, Spanish, Swedish and Norwegian.

 

Biography of Edgar AKER – President of the FTTH Council Europe

Edgar Aker

Edgar Aker was appointed President of the FTTH Council Europe in April 2015. He has been an active member of the organisation FTTH Council Europe since 2007, and a Member of the Board since October 2011, representing Prysmian Group. Edgar Aker is currently Director of Marketing, Business Development and Strategy at Prysmian Group. Previously responsible for Draka’s telecommunications company for the BeNeLux, Edgar Aker has been involved with the company’s broadband activities since the very beginning. Additionnaly Mr Aker is member of the Dutch telecom association NETELCOM.

 

Biography of Gaël SERANDOUR – Head of digital infrastructures, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

Gaël Serandour

Mr Serandour has graduated from Telecom SudParis. He joins the Interior Ministry in 1997. From 1998 to 2005 he is in charge of relations with higher education, industrial property then Secretary of the Scientific Council at Bouygues Telecom. From 2005 to 2011 he is in charge of innovation and strategic partnerships at the Corporate Division of Bouygues Telecom. He joins Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC) in Mai 2011 as officer for strategic marketing in the Digital Development in Territories department. He is nominated Head of Digital Infrastructures in October 2012. As such, he steers the investment programme of CDC for digital infrastructures and coordinates relationships with the stakeholders in this field (institutions, investors, industrialists and operators).

 

Biography of Lise FUHR – Lise Fuhr, Director General, European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO)

Lise Fuhr

Lise is ETNO’s Director General. Prior to that, she was Chief Operating Officer of DK Hostmaster and DIFO, the company managing the .dk domain name. In the period between September 2014 and December 2015 she also chaired the Cross Community Working Group for the IANA Stewardship Transition, building on her strong network within the internet community. Lise has 10+ years of experience in the telecoms industry. She started her career at the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (1996-2000, where she wrote and implemented regulation for the telecommunication markets. After that, she worked for the telecoms operator Telia Networks (2000-2009), where she led various teams dealing with issues as diverse as interconnection agreements, mobile services and industry cooperation. Lise is a Danish national.

 

Biography of David ZIMMER – Inexio, CEO, European Competitive Telecommunication Association

David Zimmer

David Zimmer was born in 1973 and has been an entrepreneur since 1990. He is founder of Inexio and responsible for the strategic business development, corporate communications and sale of telecoms activities within Inexio. David Zimmer was ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ in 2012 in the category “start-up companies”. Mr. Zimmer is also managing director at Zimmer & Associates Asset-Management since 1990, member of the supervisory board of TOPIX Business Software AG since December 2004 and Vice-President of the Executive Committee at LU-CIX ASBL – Luxembourg Commercial Internet Exchange since 2009. He is also Vice-President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Saarland since 2012 and Deputy Chairman for Saarland at the Economic Council Germany since November 2012. Finally he is Vice-President of the German Competitors association VATM. Inexio was founded in 2006 and is based in Saarlouis, Germany. Inexio invests in the development and extension of the most modern telecommunication infrastructure in the Land of Rhineland-Palatinate, at Saarland, Luxemburg, Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria.

 

Biography of Dalibor VAVRUSKA Managing Director, Global Head of Digital Connectivity Strategy and CEEMEA Telecom Research, Citigroup

Dalibor Vavruska

Dalibor is leading global digital connectivity strategy research as well as telecom equity research for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa at Citigroup. His strategy work has been most recently focusing on digital economy and its impact on the telecommunications industry.  Dalibor has more than twenty years of experience in equity and strategy research, including managing research teams globally. He has exclusively focused on TMT in the past fifteen years. Before joining Citigroup in 2011, Dalibor worked at ING Bank, leading emerging markets telecom equity research globally. In the initial stage of his career he worked for Credit Suisse Asset Management as an equity analyst, after which he helped to found and lead equity research for the Czech Republic and Slovakia at Erste Bank.  For most of his careers Dalibor has worked in institutions with leading market share in equity trading as well as capital formation in his region and sector. He was involved in a number of telecom IPOs in his focus regions, particularly in Russia and Turkey. Dalibor holds a degree in mathematics from the Czech Technical University in Prague and an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology with top scores in both. He is married with one child

 

Biography of Anthony WHELAN – Director for Electronic Communications Networks and Services, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Anthony Whelan

Anthony Whelan is a barrister. He has been a lecturer in public law at Trinity College Dublin, followed by a number of years as legal secretary in the chambers of an Advocate General at the European Court of Justice. He was subsequently a member of the Legal Service of the European Commission. He was head of the cabinet (private office) of EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes when she was commissioner for competition, and later when she became commissioner for the Digital Agenda.  Now Anthony Whelan is the Director for Electronic Communications Networks & Services.

 

Biography of Günther OETTINGER – European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

Günther Oettinger

Born in 1953 in Germany, Günther Oettinger was Commissioner for Energy from 2010 to 2014. Mr Oettinger studied Law and Economics at the University of Tübingen and was a lawyer and CEO of an audit and tax consultancy from 1984 to 2005. Mr Oettinger held several local and regional mandates in Germany: district councillor in Ludwigsburg from 1979 to 1993, member of the regional Parliament of Baden-Württemberg from 1984 to 2010 and Minister-President from 2005 to 2010. Mr Oettinger is member of the Governing Board and Federal Executive Committee of the CDU (Christian Democratic Union of Germany) since 2005 and was Chairman of the federal media policy committee of the CDU from 2006 to 2010. 

As Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society he is also member of the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, a platform of top CEOs and industry leaders, senior policy-makers, government representatives, and academia dedicated to promote broadband on the international policy agenda as a key to development.

 

 

Biography of Jacques DE LAROSIERE – Former Governor of the Banque de France, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund and Honorary President of Eurofi

Jacques de Larosière

Jacques de Larosière entered the French Treasury in 1958 where he worked mostly on international financial matters. From 1974 to 1978 he was Undersecretary for Monetary Affairs. From 1978 to 1987, he was Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He was appointed Governor of the Banque de France in 1987 and served until 1993. He then became the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), from 1993 to 1998. He is the Chairman of the Strategic Committee of the Agence France Trésor since 2004. He held the position of Advisor to the Chairman at BNP Paribas from 1998 to 2008. He has also occupied several high level positions in the European financial industry: president of the Observatoire de l’Epargne Européenne (OEE) in 1999, Chairman of Eurofi in 2000 and co-Chairman of the “Committee on Crisis Management and Crisis Resolution in Emerging Markets” of the Institute of International Finance, (2003-2009). He was a Trustee of Reuters Founders Share Company Limited (1999-2004) and a member of the Group of Trustees for the Principles for Emerging Markets, 2006. He is Chairman of the Advisory Board of MidEuropa Fund (2006) and was a member of the International Advisory Board of China Development Bank (2005-2009). He also was a member of the Board of Directors of France Telecom (1998-2009). From 2007 to 2014, he was a director of the Stichting NYSE Euronext (the Dutch Foundation) and trustee of NYSE Group Trust I (the U.S. Trust). He chaired (Nov. 2008 – Feb. 2009) a high level committee on the reform of the European financial supervisory architecture whose recommendations were agreed by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union in September 2010. He is a member of the “Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques” of the Institut de France. He is a Grand Officier of the Legion d’Honneur, KBE and a member of the French Society of the Cincinnati. Education: Paris University, Institut d’Etudes Politiques, and Ecole Nationale d’Administration.

  

Biography of Raphael LANCE  –  Head of Renewable Funds at Mirova, on the Langmarken onshore wind farm located in Värmland County, Sweden

Raphael Lance

Raphael Lance joined Mirova in 2009, where he has now spent 6 years managing the renewable energy infrastructure funds (including FIDEME, Eurofideme 2 and Eurofideme 3 for a total of about EUR 500 million AUM). Previously, Raphael spent 12 years at General Electric where he held various managerial positions in finance and M&A at GE Healthcare, GE Oil&Gas and GE Energy Financial Services in various European countries (France, Italy, Hungary). In particular, he has been the CFO of GE Healthcare for Eastern Europe and Middle East Africa, and at GE O&G he was the risk manager for all contracting activities in projects mostly located in emerging countries. In his last 5 years at GE, he oversaw investments at GE Energy Financial Services for France, Spain and Italy (€350 million of investments in renewable energy). He began his career in project finance at Crédit Lyonnais, for which he was first based in Vietnam for 2 years and then part of the marine financing teams in charge of the Asian market. Raphael holds a Master’s Degree and a Masters in Finance from Paris Dauphine, the Executive Leadership Finance Program of General Electric, and the International Executive Program at INSEAD. He has extensive international experience, having lived more than 10 years outside of France.

 

 

Biography of Giulia GREGORI Strategic Planning Manager at Novamont, on the development of an integrated supply chain in the field of biochemicals and bioplastics, Italy

Giulia Gregori

Dr. Giulia Gregori works in Novamont as Director of Strategic Planning & Corporate Communication. Novamont is a global market leader in bioplastics and in the development of biochemicals. Starting as a research centre in the 90s it became a profitable company, awarded and recognized at international level. Novamont is currently involved in several projects which entail conversion of petrolchemical sites in biorefineries in Italy with the aim to restore growth through bioeconomy. Giulia Gregori entered in Novamont in September 2000, after graduating in Pure Chemistry with a specialization in Bioinorganic from the University of Milan, in collaboration with Leiden University. Within Novamont she is responsible for Strategic R&D and Researcher Training Projects and Corporate Communication, and undertaking also external relationships with Public and Private Funding Institutions. She has been a member of several Associations and she is member of Biobased Industries Board, as well as member of the board of directors of Enne3 – Incubatore di impresa Novara and P.U.MA.S. (Polo di Innovazione Umbro materiali Speciali e micro-nano Tecnologie). She has been Secretary of the Italian Cluster SPRING (Sustainable Processes and Resources for Innovation and National Growth) which involves over 120 companies, RTOs and eight Italian regions, which aims to trigger further investments and create a common platform in the field of bioeconomy at Italian level.

 

 

Biography of Klaus TROMMEL– Secretary General, European Investment Bank (EIB)

Klaus Trömel

Klaus Trömel, a German national, is the Secretary General of the European Investment Bank (EIB). He led the Operations Directorate, covering all lending and guarantee activities in all EIB’s countries of operation for more than one year until 16 August 2015. He was the head of EIB’s Risk Management from 2011 to March 2014. Between 2007 and 2011, he established EIB’s Transaction Management & Restructuring Team, also responsible for EIB’s portfolio of clients and loans as well as workout situations.  From 2000 to 2007, Klaus headed the credit risk team responsible for reviewing structured & project finance operations and the relations to EIB’s subsidiary, the European Investment Fund.  From joining the EIB in 1989 to 1999, he was a loan officer responsible for a large number of projects in the oil&gas and transport sectors, primarily in the United Kingdom. Prior to joining the EIB, Klaus worked was a structured trade finance officer at Credit des Bergues and an analyst for Hewlett-Packard in Geneva.  He is a Civil Engineering & Business Graduate of the Technische Universität Berlin and holds MBA from the Jones Graduate School, Rice University, Houston.

 

Biography of Lutz-Christian FUNKE Senior Vice-President, Managing Affairs and Communication, KfW Bankengruppe

Lutz-Christian Funke

Dr. Lutz-Christian Funke completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in law at the universities of Freiburg, Frankfurt and Geneva. After having completed his second state examination in Berlin, Dr. Funke was awarded a German doctorate in law from the University of Frankfurt. Additionally, he holds a Masters’ Degree from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. After having completed his academic studies, Dr. Funke went on to work for an international law firm in Brussels. In 1996, he joined the KfW Group in Frankfurt, initially as a Project Manager in the Office of Management Affairs, subsequently as a Senior Project Manager and Vice President in KfW’s export and project finance group and in 2003 he was promoted to the position of First Vice President responsible for Management Affairs. In 2007, Dr. Funke was seconded to IKB Deutsche Industrie AG as an Authorised Representative and Senior Vice President responsible for the Office of Management and Legal Affairs and Corporate Communications. In 2009, he returned to KfW initially as Senior Vice President of Corporate Management, now responsible for the Office of Management Affairs and Corporate Communications of KfW Group. Dr. Funke is member of the board of directors of IKB – Deutsche Industriebank AG and Managing Director of KfW’s GZBV Verwaltungs-GmbH (Administration Airbus shares).

 

Biography of Antonella BALDINO – Head of Development Finance, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti 

Antonella Baldino

Antonella Baldino is Head of Development Finance of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti S.p.A.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of SACE S.p.A., Simest S.p.A. and Fintecna S.p.A. She was member of the Senior Advisory Board of the Treasury Department – Ministry of Economy. She served as Senior Independent non-Executive Director of Generali Real Estate S.p.A. and Generali Investment Europe. She was also Chairwoman of the Surveillance Body of Generali Investment Europe SGR until March 2016. Mrs Baldino worked for primary international financial institutions, focusing on structuring and management of financial products, relationship management, analysis and strategic planning. In 2007 Mrs Baldino was appointed Executve Director of Institutional EC of Unicredito S.p.A. She managed operations with reference to the Public Sector and Institutional Clients. She also held the same role in Capitalia S.p.A. in 2005. From 2004 to 2005 served as Executive Director of Studies & Research Department of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti S.p.A., coordinating economic, corporate and financial activities, with particular reference to public enterprises, real estate and infrastructure sector. In 2003 Mrs Baldino was appointed as Executive Director of Research Department of Medio Credito Centrale S.p.A., where she coordinated equity and fixed income researches, managed operations with reference to public funds for enterprises, contributing to the development of the National Compensation Fund for SMEs.For the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Economic Development, she structured several financial interventions in different infrastructure and economic sectors. In 1995 Mrs Baldino served as Economist at the World Bank in the Central Western Africa Department and previously for The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Antonella Baldino holds an Economics degree from “La Sapienza” University of Rome and a Master degree in International Economics at The Graduate Institute of International Studies of Geneve.

 

Biography of Benjamin ANGEL – Director for Treasury and financial operations, Dg Ecfin, European Commission & Member of the EFSI Steering board

Benjamin Angel

Benjamin Angel has been working for the European Commission since 1994. He is currently Director for the ‘Treasury and financial operations’. During the last years, he has notably drafted and negotiated the creation of the various European sovereign firewalls (ESM, EFSM, EFSF) and of a macro-prudential supervision (ESRB). He was directly involved in the preparation of all the texts establishing a European Banking union (single supervisory mechanism, single resolution mechanism…). He has also been in charge of the creation and negotiation of the Juncker plan and negotiated the Regulation creating the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI), the European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH) and the European Investment project Portal (EIPP). He is notably a member of the EFSI Steering Board and of the Board of Directors of the European Investment Fund (EIF) and is alternate member of the Boards of Director of the EIB and ESM. He is a former member of the private offices of the Commissioners for economic and monetary affairs Yves-Thibault de Silguy (Santer Commission), Pedro Solbes (Prodi Commission) and Joaquin Almunia (first Barroso Commission). He is graduated from HEC Paris (specialization in finance), Sciences-Po Paris (specialization in economics) and has a master in political science and a PHD in law. He has written numerous books and articles on EMU and EU affairs.

 

Biography of Laurence MONNIER – Head of infrastructure debt, Aviva

Laurence Monnier

Laurence Monnier is responsible for managing infrastructure debt within Aviva Investors’ infrastructure fund management business. She has over 25 years’ experience in infrastructure and energy finance. Prior to joining Aviva Investors, she was Head of Credit Infrastructure and the Public Sector at Depfa where she was responsible for the management of over €20 billion of infrastructure loan assets. Between 2002-2007, as Director at Fitch Ratings, Laurence Monnier established and managed the European project finance ratings practice. Earlier in her career, she was a Director at Deutsche Bank, with responsibility for the European project finance portfolio. Laurence Monnier holds a Masters from HEC (Paris) and the Investment Management Certificate (IMC).

 

Biography of Wilhelm Molterer – Managing Director of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)

Wilhelm Molterer

Wilhelm Molterer has been Managing Director of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) since November 1, 2015. He holds a Master’s degree in Social Economics from Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria. After his University studies, he became an Economic Adviser at the Austrian Farmers’ Association and an Adviser to the Regional Minister of Agriculture in Upper Austria. He subsequently became an Economic Adviser to the Federal Minister of Agriculture. He then continued his career as Head of Cabinet of the Federal Minister for Agriculture and became Secretary-General of the Austrian Farmers Association. From 1990 to 1994, Wilhelm Molterer was a Member of the Austrian Federal Parliament and a Spokesperson for Agriculture and later became Secretary-General of the Austrian People’s Party /ÖVP. From 1994 to 2002, he was the Federal Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management in Austria. From 2007 to 2008 he was Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister of Finance, while in the period from 2008 to 2011 he acted as the Parliament’s spokesperson for constitutional matters. From July 2011 until August 2015 he was Vice-President of the European Investment Bank and a member of its Management Committee, a permanent collegiate executive body.

 

Biography of Joanne SEGARS – Chief Executive of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, former Chair of PensionsEurope

Joanne Segars

Joanne Segars became Chief Executive of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in 2006 having joined in 2005 as Director of Policy. Previously, she was Head of Pensions and Savings at the ABI and held the pensions brief at TUC.  Joanne Segars sits on the Boards of PensionsEurope and Pension Quality Mark and is Chair of Pensions Infrastructure Platform. She is a founding governor of the PPI and sits on Council and is a Director of TUC Stakeholder Trustees Ltd. Joanne Segars has a degree in economics from John Moores University, Liverpool, and a Master of Arts degree in industrial relations from the University of Warwick. Joanne Segars was awarded an OBE for services to the pensions industry in the 2003 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

 

Biography of Violeta BULC – European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport

Violeta Bulc

Violeta Bulc is the European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport since November 2014. A noted academic, author, systems architect and entrepreneur, Ms Bulc has long had a high profile in her homeland of Slovenia. In the corporate sphere, she held various positions in the telecoms industry, including Telekom Slovenia and Telemach (1994-2000). She has also been the owner and CEO of Vibacom (2000-2014), engaged in work on sustainable and innovative business solutions. Immediately prior to her appointment to the European Commission, she was the Deputy Prime Minister of Slovenia, with ministerial responsibility for development, strategic projects and cohesion. Ms. Bulc holds a Master’s degree in Information Technology from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Informatics from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

 

Biography of Raffaelle Cattaneo – President of COTER Commission, European Committee of the Regions

Raffaelle Cattaneo

The current President of the Lombardy Regional Council and member of the European Committee of the Regions started his political career as director of the Lombardy Region Presidents Cabinet in 1995. Five years later he became Deputy Secretary-General of Lombardy’s Regional Council and in 2005 he was elected Regional Counse llor. Since then, he has held different executive positions in areas related with transport and infrastructure polices. In 2013 he was appointed President of the Lombardy Regional Council and the next year was designated member of the European Committee of the Regions, where he was elected President of the Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Budget (COTER) in 2015. Mr Cattaneo holds a degree in Economics and Business from the Catholic University of Milan and worked in the Chamber of Commerce of Milan between 1988 and 1995.

 

Biography of Vincent Piron Vice-Chair of the working group Infrastructure & Financing at the European Cons truction Industry Federation (FIEC)

Vincent Piron

Mr Piron has his own engineering office “Piron Consulting SAS”, and represents the European Federation for Construction for Concessions and PFI contracts. In SIF, he is Knowledge Manager for developing the IISS platform and acting CFO. He is specialized in investment evaluation in infrastructure projects (airports, toll roads, tunnels and bridges) and in urban planning. He has participated in various working groups about project economics, public discount rate, risk management at the State level and written articles on the economics of urban zones and has developed an urban model called Pirandello® describing the urban equilibrium of large cities in terms of city pattern versus socio economic and transport constraints. After his degree at Ecole Polytechnique in 1968 and at Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in 1973, Vincent Piron went to Gabon as Chief of the Infrastructure Department in the public company managing the airports and developing new ones. From 1977 to 1981 he was in charge of Master Planning and construction Department in the State Secretary for Civil Aviation. From 1981 to 1985 he was working in Lyon as Head of the Department in charge of motorways, metro and airports for the Minister of Transport. He developed the Lyon Metro, managed the 2 airports Lyon and Satolas, and developed the urban road system (250 km urban roads, bridges and and tunnels). Then he left France to go to Cairo from 1985 to 1991 as Managing Director for the Cairo metro project. From 1991 to October 2010 Vincent Piron has been working in VINCI Concessions as Strategy and Investment Director. More than 150 bids were done at that time and 30 concessions and PFI contracts were signed (in transport infrastructure or buildings).

 

Biography of Olav Jones Deputy Director General, Insurance Europe

Olav Jones

Olav Jones joined Insurance Europe as deputy director general in November 2011. As head of the federation’s economics and finance department he is responsible for prudential regulatory issues, accounting and investment, as well as international affairs and reinsurance. Olav was previously head of group risk strategy at Belgian insurer Ageas, the company created following the break-up of the Fortis banking and insurance group. From 2008–09 he was chief risk officer of Fortis Insurance, having previously been head of insurance risk and strategic risk at Fortis Group since 2002. He started his career with management consultant Oliver Wyman after gaining a first class honours degree in engineering science from the University of Exeter and an MPhil degree in finance from Queens’ College, Cambridge, both in the UK. He then worked for UK insurer Prudential in a variety of roles for six years before joining Fortis. He is currently vice-chair of the insurance and reinsurance stakeholder group of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA).

 

Biography of James Wardlaw – LTIIA Board Advisor and Head of Global Infrastructure at Campbell Lutyens

James Wardlaw

James Wardlaw joined Campbell Lutyens in 2011 to take responsibility for the firm’s infrastructure practice. He was previously a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs for 6 years. Prior to this, he worked as an HM Treasury official where he was responsible for the financing strategy for a number of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects. Prior to HM Treasury, James worked for 17 years as a financing banker. James is on the panel of expert advisors to the UK Regulators Network, recently formed by all the economic regulators in the UK. James is also a non-executive Board member, and chair of the Treasury Committee of the Notting Hill Housing Group, one of the largest developers and providers of affordable housing in London.

 

Biography of Marie-Laure Mazaud – Executive Director, in charge of Transportation Sector & Development, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

Marie-Laure Mazaud

Marie-Laure Mazaud is Executive Director, in charge of strategy and investments in the transports sector and of marketing and development of the department at Caisse des Dépôts & Consignations (“CDC”) since May 2013. She came from Alcatel-Lucent (2004 to 2013) where she held several executive finance positions encompassing customers financing, treasury, risk assessment and banking relations. Since mid-2008, she was Global Head of Project Finance Credit & Collection, in charge of international and infrastructure financing as well as of the “Credit to Cash” project for the Group. Prior to joining Alcatel-Lucent, Marie-Laure worked 9 years for Coface as Head of Structured and Project Finance (1998 to 2004) and Senior Project Manager (1996 to 1997) and prior to that, she spent 4 years in banking as Relationship Manager with Citibank Paris and Credit Analyst at Crédit Lyonnais Tokyo (1992-1995). Marie-Laure has occupied several board member positions since 2009 (at Alcatel-Lucent, Electro Banque, and NextiraOne), is currently non-executive director at the Supervisory Board of FM Holding (an international family owned logistic group with a turnover exceeding 1 billion €) and President of its Audit and Risk Committee as well as in companies in which CDC has invested (Sanef/Sapn highway concession, Lisea – the high-speed rail between Tours and Bordeaux -, Viaduc de Millau, the L2 bypass of Marseille, the operating and infrastructure companies of the Ports of Detroit at Calais and Boulogne sur Mer). She holds a Masters in Corporate Finance from Lyon Graduate School of Management, a degree from Lille Graduate School of Business (EDHEC) and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies from Brighton Polytechnic.

 

Biography of Giorgio Chiarion Casoni – Head of Unit, Financing of climate change, infrastructure policies and Euratom DG ECFIN, European Commission

Giorgio Chiarion Casoni

Giorgio Chiarion Casoni developed his professional career at the European Commission where he managed financial programmes in support of SMEs before becoming responsible for coordination of the activities of the European Commission with the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Investment Fund, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and other IFIs. He is currently Head of the Financing Infrastructure and Climate Change Unit in the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs. He is responsible for core parts of the Investment Plan for Europe (European Fund for Strategic Investments, the European Investment Advisory Hub and the European Investment Portal) and other European innovative instruments designed to support investment in infrastructure.

 

Biography of Jean-Louis Marchand – President of the European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC)

Jean-Louis Marchand

Jean-Louis Marchand is the President of the European Construction Industry Federation since June 2016 where he was Vice-President for Economic and Legal Affairs from 2014 to 2016. Mr Marchand has also extensive experience in representing the construction industry at a national level as he has been a member of the board of the French Fédération Nationale des Travaux Publics since 2008 and President of the committee “Vocational Education and Training” since 2014. Originally in the telecom industry for twelve years at France Telecom, Mr Marchand joined in 1986 the road construction company Cochery-Bourdin-Chaussé which would later become Eurovia, the road division of Vinci. With Eurovia, he spent 17 years between France and Germany, leading its international development as Chief Operative Officer (COO). Finally he was President of Advancity, the French cluster for sustainable cities and mobility, from 2012 to 2016. Mr Marchand is an engineer. He has graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and Telecom Paris Tech.

 

Biography of Gerassimos THOMAS, Deputy Director-General for Energy, European Commission & Chairman of the EFSI Steering board

Gerassimos Thomas

Mr. Gerassimos is Deputy-Director in DG Energy and Chairman of the EFSI Steering Board. Mr. Thomas has been Director at European Investment Bank since January 1, 2012. He served as the Head of the Cabinet of Commissioner Joaquin Almunia from 2006 to 2009, as the Deputy Spokesman for European Commission’s President Romano Prodi from 2003 to 2004, and as Spokesman of Commissioner Pedro Solbes for Economic and Monetary affairs from 1999 to 2004. Mr. Thomas was involved in reform policy from 1995 to 1997, international financial issues from 1993 to 1995, regional policy from 1992 to 1993 and financial integration issues from 1990 to 1992. Previously, Mr. Thomas was at a Japanese Investment bank in London from 1987 to 1990. He has studied Economics, Business administration and International relations in Athens, London and Brussels.

 

Biography of Adrian JOYCE, Renovate Europe Campaign Director

Adrian Joyce 

An Irish national, Adrian has more than fifteen years of experience as a practising architect. In 2003, he joined the Brussels-based Secretariat of the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE), of which he became Director in 2010. Adrian is Secretary General of EuroACE and Campaign Director of the Renovate Europe Campaign since August 2011.

  

Biography of Olivier Guersent – Director-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, European Commission  

Olivier Guersent

Olivier Guersent graduated with a distinction from the “Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux” in 1983. He joined the French Ministry of Economy and Finance in 1984, where he carried out many investigations for the French Competition Authority. He joined the European Commission in 1992, initially with the “Merger Task Force” in the Directorate-General for Competition. Since then, he has alternated between the private offices of a number of European Commissioners (Karel Van Miert, Michel Barnier and Neelie Kroes) and DG Competition (successively Deputy Head of Unit in charge of cartels, Head of Unit in charge of policy and coordination of cases, Head of Unit in charge of merger control, Acting Director “Transport, postal and other services”) and, from 2009, Director responsible for the fight against cartels. From 2010 to 2014 he was the head of the private office of Michel Barnier, Commissioner for Internal Market and Services. Having held the position of Deputy Director-General since July 2014, Olivier Guersent was appointment the role of Director-General of the Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union in September 2015.

 

Biography of Will OULTON, Global Head, Responsible Investment at First State Investments (FSI) & President of the European Sustainable Investment Forum (EUROSIF)

Will Oulton

Will Oulton is the Global Head, Responsible Investment at First State Investments (FSI) based in the UK and is responsible for defining and delivering FSI’s responsible investment and stewardship strategy globally.  In this role he is tasked with advancing FSI’s understanding of how ESG Factors impact long term investment value.  He is also responsible for developing FSI’s thought leadership programs and managing the RI Governance structure for the business. Previous to this he was the Head of Responsible Investment for Mercer Investments across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, advising institutional asset owners on environmental, social and corporate governance matters. He has more than 14 years of experience working in sustainable and responsible investment. Before joining Mercer, Will was the Director of Responsible Investment at FTSE Group, where he led the development of FTSE’s global sustainability services. In February 2012 he was appointed vice president of the European Sustainable Investment Forum (Eurosif) and, in the same year, was also appointed to the board of the UK Sustainable Investment Forum. He is also a Trustee Director of the CBA Pension Scheme, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; an Honorary Associate Professor at Nottingham University Business School’s International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility and sits on a number of investment industry advisory boards and committees.

 

Biography of Anne-Catherine HUSSON-TRAORE, Director General

Anne-Catherine Husson-Traoré

Anne-Catherine is an expert in responsible investment, of which she is a tireless advocate with a number of bodies, speaking regularly at conferences in France and internationally. She contributed to the launch of Novethic in 2001 as editor-in-chief, and today serves as editor-in-chief of SRI Essentials, Novethic’s professional newsletter. After holding a number of editorial positions at the M6 Group over a 13-year period, she specialised in the Internet back in 1998. Anne-Catherine is a graduate of Centre de Formation des Journalistes (CFJ, a journalist training centre) and holds a Master’s in Public Law.

 

Biography of Rita GEYERMANN, First Vice President, Head of Asset Management at KfW

Rita Geyermann

Rita Geyermann is head of asset management at KfW Bankengruppe with responsibility for the bank`sliquidity portfolio, the promotional ABS and green bond portfolio. After completing an apprenticeship as a banking professional and graduating from the University of Applied Science in Koblenz with a degree in business administration (Diplom – MSc in business administration equivalent) she joinedKfW Bankengruppe in 1991 as a trainee in accounting and controlling. Afterwards she held different positions as senior manager in the accounting, the financial market and the securitisation department. Later, she was head of asset securitization for seven years with focus on ABS investments before she became head of asset management in 2013. The Federal Agency for Financial Market Stabilisation (FMSA) appointed Rita Geyermann to FMS Wertmanagement’s supervisory board in August 2010.

 

Biography of Pervenche BERÈS, MEP, Member of the Long-term Investment Intergroup

Pervenche Berès has been a Member of the European Parliament since 1994. She holds several offices in the EU institutions since 2014. Among others, she is Chair of the French socialist delegation to the European Parliament, S&D coordinator for the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, substitute member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and substitute member of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs From December 1999 to October 2000, she was the Vice-president of the European Parliament delegation to the Convention in charge of elaborating a European Union Charter of fundamental rights. Between 1981 and 2009, she was administrator of the French National Assembly Secretariat of the National Assembly’s delegation for the European Communities. From 1988 until 1992, she served as policy officer, then technical adviser on international affairs in the office of Laurent Fabius and Speaker of the National Assembly. Between 2001 and 2008 she was also Member of Sèvres Municipal Council.

 

Biography of Dominique RISTORI – Director General for Energy, European Commission

Dominique Ristori has been working in the European Commission since 1978 where he has held several positions. Prior to his current position, he was Director- General of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) (2010-2013). Between 2006 and 2010 Dominique Ristori was Deputy Director General of the Directorate General for Energy. Whilst Director in charge of General Affairs and Resources at Directorate-General for Energy and Transport, he was responsible for interinstitutional relations; enlargement and international relations; coordination of energy and transport research; internal market, state aids, infringements and public service obligations; passengers’ and users’ rights; central management of human and budgetary resources (2000 – 2006). Between 1996 and 1999, he was Director in charge of European Energy Policy at Directorate-General for Energy. Dominique Ristori played an important role in the preparation and adoption process of the 2 first Directives on the Internal Market for gas and electricity. He launched also successfully the Firenze and Madrid Forum for electricity and gas at the origin of the Regulation process in the Energy Sector. In the period of 1990 – 1996 Dominique Ristori was in charge of transnational cooperation between SMEs at the Directorate-General for Enterprise policy. Dominique Ristori graduated from the Institute of Political Studies of Paris (1975).

 

Biography of Dr. Dochul CHOI, Vice-President of Samsung

Dochul Choi

Dr. Dochul Choi, a senior vice president in Samsung Electronics, is in charge of global business and technology strategy. He is overseeing the business opportunities and product development for main business segments such as air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, cooking ranges and vacuum cleaners. He also leads various exploration activities to achieve quantum business growth through innovations and new technologies. Dr. Choi also oversees all foreign government affairs, global standardization and regulatory activities as well as trade association activities for the business division. He is a Chairman of Major Appliance Division in AHAM (Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers in USA) and a Steering Committee Member of CECED (European Committee of Domestic Equipment Manufacturers). Prior to his current position, he was the head of Samsung Home Appliance Research Center, and Chief Technology Officer of Digital Appliances Business Division. He was responsible for global product development activities, business development, and also commercialization of appliances and core components for the division. Before joining Samsung in 2004, he was with United Technologies Research Center as a Research Fellow. During his UTC tenure, he was nominated as a MIT Industrial fellow. He was with AVCO Research Laboratory, TEXTRON, as a Principal Research Scientist. Before coming to the US for the graduate study, he was a Senior Research Scientist in Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute in Seoul, Korea. He earned his PhD and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania.

 

Biography of Theresa Griffin – Member of the European Parliament

Theresa Griffin

Theresa Griffin is a Labour MEP and represents the North West of England. She is Labour Party Spokesperson for the Industry, Research and Energy Committee. In the European Parliament, Theresa has been working for the S&D Group on various energy reports and was recently Rapporteur on the New Deal for Energy Consumers. She is a committed trade union activist and has campaigned closely with all unions on employment rights, health, and disability, rights for young people and equality and against the BNP, EDL and far-right.

 

Biography of Federico DE STEFANI, CEO of SITGroup, European Heating Industry

Federico de Stefani

Federico de Stefani, born in Padua in 1967, graduated in Business Economics at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, and completed his studies at the Harvard Business School University/OPM Program in the US, becoming a “Harvard Alumnus” in March 2000. He began his career at Vaillant in Remscheid, Germany. From 1995 to 1996 he was employed at Ernst & Young Corporate Finance in New York. During this time he participated in the course “Financial Management Program” at Columbia Business School in New York. From 1996 to 1998 he was general manager of SIT Controls Ltd, the UK subsidiary of the SIT Group. In 1998 he joined the Board of Directors of SIT La Precisa (now SIT SpA), holding company of SIT Group. SIT Group, based in Padua and with direct industrial and commercial presence in 20 countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia (ca. €300 mio turnover, in total more than 1,800 employees, of which 50% outside Italy), 8 production plants, 21 subsidiaries, is globally positioned among the leaders of a technologically advanced and competitive market: systems and components for combustion control in domestic heating gas appliances, as well as smart gas meters. Mr de ‘Stefani  is currently Chairman and CEO of SIT SpA, as well as Chairman and CEO of MeteRSit srl – Milan and holds positions of Chairman, CEO and Director in several other of SIT Group’s companies worldwide.

  

Biography of Sylvie PERRIN, Head of Project, Smart Electric Lyon, EDF

Sylvie Perrin

Mrs. Sylvie Perrin is now managing for EDF Lab R&D the governmental Smart Grid project Smart Electric Lyon which is a five year long project (2012-2017) including 21 participants (15 industrials and 6 academics), the goal of this demonstrator is to test with customers in-home industrial solutions working with the Linky meter, to test different flexibility methods on buildings and focus on innovations, new trends in this domain.  Before that she was a team manager at EDF R&D, the team was mainly focused on new technologies and Information Systems for end users. The aim of the team was to produce new digital services for EDF customers (B2C, B2B). The subjects the team dealt with were very different and going from the development of apps for smartphones and tablets, to virtual reality, to lifi lightening, radio modules for meters in order to have them send data in homes… regarding EDF and its customers. She also led projects such dealing with the global ENEDIS subsidiary AMI experimentation and deployment initiative.  Through the past few years, she has also been involved in international standardizing working groups in organizations such as IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission). The past projects she has been dealing with mainly concern the definition of a standard for electronic data interchange for utilities. She is graduated from Paris IX in fundamental mathematics.

 

 

Biography of Justin WILKES, Deputy Director of the European Environmental Citizens Organisation for Standardization (ECOS)

Justin Wilkes

Justin Wilkes is Deputy Director of ECOS (European Environmental Citizen’s Organisation for Standardisation) where he is responsible for ecodesign and environmental standardisation activities. Previously Justin held numerous positions at the European Wind Energy Association, WWF, and the European Parliament. Justin has an extensive background in EU energy, environment, and climate policy having closely engaged on energy policy (renewables, internal energy market, electricity market design, infrastructure), climate change (ETS, international negotiations), finance and innovation policy (Stimulus Plan, NER300, SET-Plan, European Economic Recovery Plan), State aid (Environment and Energy Guidelines), trade policy (WTO, TTIP), chemicals (REACH), and environment policy (forest protection, species preservation). He has a Master’s degree in International Studies (Diplomacy), and is a joint Irish/UK national.

 

Biography of Alain CAUCHY, Property Director, Société Nationale Immobilière (SNI), Caisse des Dépôts Group

Alain Cauchy

A graduate from the engineering school, École Supérieure de l’Énergie et des Matériaux (ESEM – Polytech’Orleans), Alain Cauchy currently holds the position of Property Director for the SNI group (France’s number one low-income housing operator, managing 346 000 housing units), a subsidiary of the Caisse des Dépôts. In this capacity, he oversees the development and coherence of technical resources, asset management and supervision for SNI’s 20 operational units. Prior to this position, he worked as operational engineer and technical director within the Group.  Before joining SNI, Alain CAUCHY was a field engineer for Bouygues group and a safety engineer for Socotec group. He has extensive experience in asset strategy, project engineering and an in-depth technical and maintenance expertise. Alain Cauchy also chairs the NF (French standardization body) Housing Committee (Qualitel).

 

Biography of Paul HODSON, Head of Unit Energy Efficiency & Intelligent Energy, DG Energy, European Commission

Paul Hodson

Paul Hodson is Head of the European Commission’s energy efficiency unit. He previously worked for the Commission on renewable energy, urban transport, and as a speechwriter.Before joining the Commission, he was head of transport policy at Manchester City Council (UK) and transport policy manager at Reading Borough Council (UK). He began his career in the Inner Cities Unit of the UK’s National Council for Voluntary Organisations. He has a degree in history from Cambridge University and a Masters in urban planning from Oxford Polytechnic.

  

Biography of Fabio GALLIA  CEO of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Fabio Gallia

Born in Alessandria in 1963, since 2015 Fabio Gallia is the CEO and General Manager of Cassa depositi e prestiti, the Italian National Promotional Institution. He is also member of the Boards of Coesia, Ariston Thermo, Assonime, Telethon Foundation and Turin’s Egyptian Museum. His career began in 1988 at Accenture. Two years later, he joined the Ersel-Giubergia Group where he held managerial posts with growing responsibility until becoming Partner. From 2002 to 2007, he worked at Capitalia Group, first as Deputy General Manager, then Associate General Manager, finally as CEO of Fineco (September, 2003) and Banca di Roma (December, 2005). In 2008, he joined BNP Paribas Group as General Manager and CEO of BNL and member of the Executive Board of the BNP Paribas Group. In 2012, he became Head of BNP Group in Italy. Mr. Gallia holds a degree in Economics from the University of Turin (1987), and he has been enrolled in the Register of Chartered Accountants since 1989.  In 2013 he was appointed Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honor of the French Republic and in 2015 Knight of Labor of the Italian Republic.

 

Biography of José Manuel FERNANDES – Member of the European Parliament, Co-rapporteur on the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)

José Manuel Fernandes

A Member of the European Parliament since 2009, José Manuel Ferreira Fernandes is the EPP coordinator in the Committee on Budgets (BUDG). Rapporteur for the BUDG Committee on the extension of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), he was also rapporteur for the 2016 EU budget. Mr Fernandes is a substitute member in the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON), a full member of the Committee of Inquiry into Money laundering, tax avoidanceand tax evasion (PANA). In the European Parliament, he was the author of the pilot project that gave birth to the program “Your first EURES job” for unemployed young people and, more recently, the preparatory action “Reactivate” to support unemployed people over 35 years. Mr Fernandes has written many books European programs, funds and history, for instance, in the collection “Europe – For Our Land”, with eight editions published: “European Union, History and Institutions”; “Europe 2020 strategy”; “Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020”; “Cohesion Policy 2014-2020”; “Portugal 2020”; “Horizon 2020”; “Erasmus +”; And “European Funds for SMEs”. José Manuel Fernandes was born in 1967, in Vila Verde, Portugal. He holds a degree in Systems Engineering and Computer Science, from the University of Minho and he attended the 3rd year of Law at the University of Minho. From 1997 to 2009, he was Mayor of the Vila Verde Municipality. In 1999, he was elected Member of the Portuguese Parliament.

 

Biography of Antonella BALDINO – Head of Development Finance, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti 

Antonella Baldino is Head of Development Finance of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti S.p.A.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of SACE S.p.A., Simest S.p.A. and Fintecna S.p.A. She was member of the Senior Advisory Board of the Treasury Department – Ministry of Economy. She served as Senior Independent non-Executive Director of Generali Real Estate S.p.A. and Generali Investment Europe. She was also Chairwoman of the Surveillance Body of Generali Investment Europe SGR until March 2016. Mrs Baldino worked for primary international financial institutions, focusing on structuring and management of financial products, relationship management, analysis and strategic planning. In 2007 Mrs Baldino was appointed Executve Director of Institutional EC of Unicredito S.p.A. She managed operations with reference to the Public Sector and Institutional Clients. She also held the same role in Capitalia S.p.A. in 2005. From 2004 to 2005 served as Executive Director of Studies & Research Department of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti S.p.A., coordinating economic, corporate and financial activities, with particular reference to public enterprises, real estate and infrastructure sector. In 2003 Mrs Baldino was appointed as Executive Director of Research Department of Medio Credito Centrale S.p.A., where she coordinated equity and fixed income researches, managed operations with reference to public funds for enterprises, contributing to the development of the National Compensation Fund for SMEs.For the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Economic Development, she structured several financial interventions in different infrastructure and economic sectors. In 1995 Mrs Baldino served as Economist at the World Bank in the Central Western Africa Department and previously for The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Antonella Baldino holds an Economics degree from “La Sapienza” University of Rome and a Master degree in International Economics at The Graduate Institute of International Studies of Geneve.

 

Biography of Eva WITT Director Federal and European Affairs, KfW Bankengruppe

Eva Witt is Director at KfW’s General Secretariat and heading a department in charge of institutional relations with public stakeholders in Germany and Europe. The department is also responsible for KfW’s institutional relationship with national and multilateral promotional institutions in Europe. Before joining the General Secretariat, Ms. Witt was director at KfW Development Bank in charge of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia. She has more than 20 years of experience in development finance, project finance and capital market activities.

 

Biography of Phillipe CITROËN – Director General of the Association of the European Rail Industry (UNIFE)

Philippe Citroën joined UNIFE in June 2011. He began his career as Transport Advisor at the French Permanent Representation to the EU in 1986 and then became Member of the Cabinet of the French Transport Minister in 1990. In 1993 he became Manager and Chief of Staff at RATP Paris, and joined the SNCF as Strategy Director in 1999. Prior to assuming his position at UNIFE, he served for 8 years as CEO of Systra, one of the world’s leading public transport engineering companies. Mr Citroën is a graduate of Paris II University in Public Law, holds a Diploma from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and also studied at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA), where he also lectured about Rail and Urban Transport. He is married and has three children.

 

Biography of Anna Lisa BONI – Secretary General of EUROCITIES

Anna Lisa Boni

Anna Lisa Boni is Secretary General of EUROCITIES since 2014. Previously, she was the director of the Brussels office of the French region Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur. Anna Lisa Boni has 20 years of professional experience in EU public affairs in the field of local and regional government. She has worked for the city of Bologna in Italy, and has extensive experience with international and European networks and the European Parliament. A committed European through education, upbringing and career, she has worked for a stronger recognition of cities’ challenges within the European agenda. Based in Brussels since 2001, Anna Lisa Boni is of Italian nationality and speaks four European languages.

 

Biography of Andrey NOVAKOV – MEP, Member of the Long-Term Investment Intergroup

Mr Andrey Novakov is the youngest Member of the European Parliament. He joined the institution in November 2014. A member of the EPP, he is a Vice-Coordinator in the Committee on Regional Development (REGI) and a member of the “Knowledge 4 Innovation” Governing Board. He is also covering the Committee on Budgets (BUDG) and Budgetary Control (CONT). In the REGI Committee, Mr Andrey Novakov and his team are mainly focused on the future of EU funding, EU financing for businesses, entrepreneurs, innovators and infrastructure. The latest priorities are securing stable levels of financing under Horizon 2020 and the post-2020 R&I funding. The future Multiannual Financial Framework and the annual EU budgets are among the core activities of Andrey Novakov in the BUDG Committee. For two consecutive years, he was part of the negotiating team for the 2018 EU budget. In the CONT Committee, Mr Novakov and his team have been involved in the evaluation of the 7th Framework Programme.

 

Biography of Aleksandra OLEJNIK – Coordinator of the activities of the City of Łódź (Poland) in international organizations

Mrs Olejnik is a postgraduate student at the Faculty of Management at the University of Lodz, where she performs her research work on innovation activities in urban centers. Currently, she is a coordinator and advisor of the City of Lodz in relation to international organizations and political affairs to the European Committee of the Regions and the Council of Europe. She is responsible for the creation and implementation of innovative projects in cooperation with private entities and academic centers. Plenipotentiary of the President of the City of Łódź for the EU Urban Agenda.

 

Biography of Mark – R. SONTAG, Executive Director – Mobility Finance, Siemens Financial Services

Mark – Robert Sontag, a German and US national, is Executive Director – Mobility Finance at Siemens Financial Services, the financing arm of Siemens. He is responsible for strategic alignment and combined market approaches of the Financial Services and Mobility divisions of Siemens. Mark has held various management positions including globally leading the financial advisory and structuring unit responsible for the industry and infrastructure sectors of Siemens that includes Mobility. He also acted as commercial project manager within Siemens Mobility and worked as Senior Investment Manager of Siemens Project Ventures, Siemens’ equity investment arm. Mark holds a Master’s Degree in Business from the University of Bayreuth, Germany. He was born 1968 in Kiel, Germany, is married and has one daughter. Since January 2016 Mark has been a member of UNIFE’s Working Group on Investment and Project Financing.

 

Biography of Pierre AUBOUIN – Head of the Infrastructure & Transportation Department, Division of Investments & Local Development, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

 

Mr. Aubouin serves as the Head of the Infrastructure & Transportation Department at Caisse des Dépôts’ Investments & Local Development division since 2015. Previously he was Chief Financial Executive Officer and Member of Executive Board at Areva SA since 2011. He began his career with KPMG in 1992 as an Auditor and served as a Manager from 1997 to 2000 and was responsible for a large portfolio of French and foreign industrial customers, particularly in the high-tech sector.From 2000 to 2006, he served as a Consultant, Project Manager and Associate Principal for McKinsey & Company in corporate finance and strategy, high tech and media practices. In 2006, he joined Agence des participations de l’Etat (APE, the French government shareholding agency) as Head of the Aeronautics & Division unit then as Division Director for Services, Aeronautics and Defense shareholdings. From, 2008 to 2011, he was a Director of Safran USA, Inc. and then was a Member of the Supervisory Board at Safran SA and its Director since April 21, 2011. He served as a Member of the Board of Directors at Sogepa and Sogeade Gerance (EADS holdings), DCNS, Imprimerie Nationale and SNPE. Mr. Aubouin is a graduate of the ESSEC Business School and holds a diploma in further accounting and finance studies (DESCF).

 

Biography of Panama BARTHOLOMY, Director, Investor Confidence Project Europe

Panama manages the Investor Confidence Project Europe, a project of the Environmental Defense Fund. Panama Bartholomy was recently the Deputy Director of the CEC’s Efficiency and Renewables Division. He spent four years as an advisor for Chairmen Douglas and Pfannenstiel, where he led efforts on their behalf on the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, clean energy workforce development, land use, renewable energy, and green building for the Division of the State Architect where he started and then ran the Sustainable Schools program. Bartholomy holds an M.S. in Community Development from the University of California, Davis, and a B.S. in Restorative Development from Humboldt State University.

 

Biography of Luca BERTALOT, Secretary General of the European Mortgage Federation – European Covered Bond Council

Luca Bertalot is secretary general of the European Mortgage Federation – European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC), representing the interests of EU mortgage lenders and the covered bond community in discussions with the European Institutions and stakeholders in general on all issues relating to the retail and funding sides of the mortgage business. Luca joined the EMF-ECBC in 2006, becoming head of the ECBC in 2007 and was appointed secretary general in June 2014. Before this, he worked as a financial analyst in Italy and Australia. Luca holds a degree in economics and financial markets from the University of Rome, Tor Vergata. He also studied at the University of Mannheim, Germany, and at the Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania, in the United States.

 

Biography of Markus SCHÖNBORN, Vice-President, Director Product Management Residential Housing, KfW bankengruppe

Markus Schönborn is a trained banker. In his professional career, real estate financing has played a central role since 1994. Since 2007, he has been responsible as Team Leader for the development and management of housing development programs in KfW Kommunal- und Privatkundenbank / Kreditinstitut.

 

Biography of Jessica STROMBACK, Chair, Joule Assets Europe; Chair, Smart Energy Demand Coalition

As Chairman of the Joule Assets Europe financial fund, Jessica Stromback oversees the creation of the European project investment portfolio within the energy efficiency and Demand Response industries. She is also launching the SEAF project evaluation tool for the evaluation of financial returns of these projects in Europe. Jessica Stromback is also founder and Executive Director of the Smart Energy Demand Coalition (SEDC). As Director she actively works with European policy makers and industry representatives to enable demand side participation throughout European energy markets, through information, dynamic pricing, automation, and demand response.