invited speakers

Ayse Abamor Bilgin, Assistant General Manager, Technical Affairs & Investments, Aygaz

Session 6: Continuous improvement: a closer look at safety

Ayşe Abamor Bilgin began her career in 1998 as a Management Trainee at Aygaz A.Ş. Appointed Supply Manager in 2005, Ayşe Abamor Bilgin served as LPG Supply and Trade Manager from 2008 to 2011. She has been responsible as Supply Chain Director between 2012 and 2020. Since January 2021, she was appointed as Assistant General Manager of Technical Affairs and Investments at Aygaz A.Ş.

She has graduated from Marmara University German Business Administration Department in 1998 and completed her Executive MBA program in 2004 from Bosporus University.

 

Dafyd Ab Iago

Session 2: Air quality and Europe's sustainable transition

Dafydd ab Iago is Argus' Brussels correspondent to the EU institutions. He follows the wide impact of EU policy and politics on commodities. Key themes in his current reporting are the far-reaching policies and legislative initiatives driven by the EU's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 55pc by 2030. His work looks at the impacts of climate and energy politics on specific sectors, including transport and heating fuels. Dafydd has over 20 years of journalistic experience in Brussels.

 

Ewa Abramiuk-Lete, General Manager, Liquid Gas Europe

Session 9: Lessons learned and journey ahead

Ewa Abramiuk-Lété is General Manager of Liquid Gas Europe. She has been active in the EU Brussels energy arena since 2007. Over the years, she has specialised in gaseous and sustainable fuels and been a strong supporter of Europe’s rural communities. As a European association, Liquid Gas Europe’s vision is to be the leading voice of the liquid gas industry, and a trusted partner for EU decision-makers and stakeholders. Liquid Gas Europe works towards enabling a favourable legislative and regulatory environment allowing the LPG and industry to thrive in Europe, while supporting its transition to being 100% renewable by 2050.

 

Lucas Angelini, LPG Business Unit Director, Repsol

Official opening of the Congress 
Session 1: Accelerating energy transition under net-zero objective

Lucas Angelini Is responsible of the LPG Business Unit In Repsol since July 2021.
He began his career at YPF in 1996 developing technical positions at several refineries in Argentina. In 2000 he continued his career within the Repsol Group in Spain where he developed different positions within the Chemical business. From Plant Manager at Puertollano site to Product Manager for several chemicals products at Madrid office.
In 2008 he was appointed Managing Director Polidux S.A. site (Aragon, Spain) until 2010 when he was promoted as Business Unit Director Intermediates Chemicals.
In 2016 he was appointed as Business Unit Director Lubricants. Asphalts and Specialties focused on the international expansion of the business. With this same goal, in 2019 he was assigned to the Chemical business as Business Development Director. In 2020 during the pandemic he was appointed as Busines Unit Director for the Wholesale Fuels and International Aviation business unit in Repsol. 
He has a degree in Industrial Engineering by ITBA (Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires), a Master (degree Universidad politechica Madrid), and an Executive Program (Universidad de Navarra).

 

David Appleton, Vice-President of Argus Media

Session 4 - Energy Outlook for LPG and bioLPG

David Appleton is Vice President for LPG at Argus, responsible for Argus’ LPG activities in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to that he had a similar role for Asia-Pacific, and was previously also editor of various LPG publications including the Argus LPG Outlook, Analytics, and the Statistical Review of Global LPG which is published jointly each year with the World LPG Association. Before joining Argus in 2015, David spent six years at the European LPG Association, defending and promoting the interests of the sector. He holds degrees in politics, economics, and international development, and is currently based in Singapore.

 

Piotr Arak, Director of the Polish Economic Institute

Session 3: Ensuring a just energy transition for all

Director of the Polish Economic Institute. A social and economic analyst, he previously worked at Deloitte, Polityka Insight think-tank, the United Nations Development Programme, the Ministry of Administration and Digitisation, and the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. He graduated in social policy from the University of Warsaw, followed by further studies on using statistical methods in business and an MBA at the Warsaw School of Economics and Université du Québec à Montréal. He has written numerous studies on economic policy, digitisation and health economics. His last book is “Pandenomics. Did the coronavirus end the neoliberal era?” (in Polish).

 

Greg Archer, Director of European Policy, Lanzatech

Session 7: Renewable gases: what policy framework for a greener future

Greg Archer recently joined LanzaTech as European Policy Director focusing on ensuring regulations in the EU and UK reward its innovative carbon recycling technology and create a circular carbon economy. LanzaTech technology turns waste gases from industrial processes into valuable products using the power of biology. During a career in the environment sector Greg has worked in every sector from academia to consultancy, government, NGOs and now business shaping policies and regulations in topics as diverse as vehicles and fuels, chemicals, air pollution and energy. Amongst notable achievements he led the development of the world’s first national carbon and sustainability certification scheme for biofuels in the UK; helped expose the breadth of the dieselgate scandal and strengthen vehicle testing to in the EU to prevent a reoccurrence. He also led several successful NGO campaigns for strong car CO2 regulations that are now driving the shift to electric vehicles in Europe. A pragmatic environmentalist he is known for his grasp of the detail and forthright views on how to address the climate crisis.

 

Andrea Arzà, President, Federchimica-Assogasliquidi

Session 3: Ensuring a just energy transition for all

Andrea Arzà has been CEO of Liquigas since 2014. He has been a member of the Board of Federchimica, the national federation of the chemical industry, since the end of 2016.He has held several positions in Liquigas at the national and international level, achieving over the years a deep experience in the relevant sector.

Andrea Arzà holds numerous positions on the Boards of Directors of the Liquigas Group's main subsidiaries in Italy and abroad. He is CEO, Director and Vice Chairman of BIMGAS Spa and Chairman of the Board of BUTANPLIN DD Slovenia and LIQUIVEX d.o.o. (Bosnia). He is also Vice Chairman of Costiero Gas Livorno SpA. He is a Director on the Boards of Directors of IPEM Spa, ENERGO Servizi srl, GASCO ENERGY Ltd, LIQUIGAS VALTELLINA srl, and Managing Director of LIQUIGAS MALTA Ltd.

In December 2019, the General Assembly of Assogasliquidi - Federchimica's association representing companies in the liquefied gas (LPG and LNG) distribution sector for combustion and automotive use and companies that build equipment and plants or provide services related to the sector - has confirmed Andrea Arzà as president. Arzà held the position on an interim basis since July 2019, previously serving as combustion group vice president and president since 2018.

 

Carlos Barrasa, Director Commercial & Clean Energies, CEPSA

Session 7: Renewable gases: what policy framework for a greener future

Carlos Barrasa has joined the Cepsa team this year as Director of Commercial & Clean Energies, becoming part of the Management Committee. Carlos has a long track record in the energy sector and extensive international experience, so he will bring great value to the company.

Previously, Carlos Barrasa served for many years as Executive President of BP in Spain and Vice President of Integrated Solutions globally (a business dedicated to driving the decarbonisation of cities and large companies). He also has extensive experience leading the transformation and growth of downstream businesses and leading global teams.

 

Giuseppe Bitti, Managing Director & COO of KIA Italy

Session 3: Ensuring a just energy transition for all 

Giuseppe Bitti, was born in Turin on the 20th of December 1960, where he attended Cavour High School and the Faculty of Electronic Engineering at Turin Polytechnic.  After doing his military service with the rank of Second Lieutenant at the 40th Battery of the Pinerolo Mountain Artillery Group operating in NATO, he began his career in the automotive world at HYUNDAI AUTOMOBILI ITALIA, first as Product Manager and later as Marketing Manager. In 1995, he became Marketing Director of Chrysler-Jeep Italy. After a year, he was offered the opportunity to return to work for a South Korean manufacturer, but this time it was KIA, which at the time was not yet part of the HYUNDAI Group, in the role of Sales Director. In 2000, he became Commercial Director of Lingotto Fiere, a company of the Promotor International Group, owner not only of the Turin exhibition centre but also of the Bologna Motor Show and the Turin Motor Show. In 2001, he was promoted to General Manager and joined the Board of Directors of Holding Promotor International. In 2002 he returned to KIA Motors Italy as Managing Director and General Manager, a position he held until May 2011. In June 2011, KIA Motors Corporation opened its own direct subsidiary, KIA Motors Company Italy (from2021 KIA Italy), and confirmed Bitti in the role of Managing Director and COO. 

 

Rebecca Boudreaux, President & CEO, Oberon Fuels

Session 8: Future Fuels: How are we to transform? Closer look at rDME and other gaseous fuels

Rebecca Boudreaux, Ph.D. is President and Chief Executive Officer of Oberon Fuels. Oberon is the first company in the world to commercialize renewable DME, as a straightforward way to slash the CO2 emissions of the huge propane industry, and a better way to transport green hydrogen. In addition to building the world’s first commercial DME production plant, Dr. Boudreaux has driven first commercial sales of propane blended with DME; and secured partnerships with and/or investments from industry leaders including Suburban Propane, Lipigas, Iwatani, and SHV Energy.

Dr. Boudreaux has performed research at MIT, Princeton University, and National Starch and Chemical. She earned a B.S. in Polymer Science (magna cum laude, University of Southern Mississippi) and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering (University of Massachusetts). She serves as Chair of the ASTM International DME Taskforce and has previously worked with the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Dr. Boudreaux has co-authored seven peer-reviewed publications and is a co-inventor on 13 patents.

 

Laurence Broseta, President, UGI International

Session 1: Accelerating energy transition under net-zero objective

Laurence Broseta has been President of UGI International since 2021, leading the UGI corporation LPG activities in Europe. She joined UGI International in 2019 as Vice President of Region West (France and Benelux) and President of Antargaz. She has more than 20 years of senior-level operational, strategy and leadership experience in the transportation sector, including International CEO at Transdev, an international public transport operator.

As an engineer, she spent the first part of her career in operation, maintenance and new projects for buses, metros and rail in RATP, the Paris public transport company.

She lived abroad in the UK and South Africa where she supervised major new infrastructure transportation projects. She then developed businesses worldwide and led international teams over all continents.

Laurence has 3 daughters and lives UGI values, promoting safety, sustainability, and diversity.

 

Esther Busscher, President, Liquid Gas Europe 

Official opening of the second day of the Liquid Gas Congress

Esther Busscher is Director Sustainable Development at SHV Energy, a group of specialised energy companies providing people & businesses in rural off-grid areas with decentralised lower-carbon and cleaner energy solutions such as (bio)LPG, LNG, solar energy, and energy efficiency services. She is a member of the company’s Leadership Team and is responsible for Public Affairs, Sustainability and ESG. Esther is a member of the company’s Sustainable Fuels management team, that offers a range of sustainable fuels today and are piloting and exploring others like bioLNG and rDME. Esther is passionate about issue management and stakeholder engagement, and curious about strategic partnerships & initiatives. As a family-owned company, SHV Energy is committed to working sustainably with communities, stakeholders and policymakers.

Esther is responsible for the group’s Public Affairs strategy, leads its global Public Affairs Community, and advises the Board on external trends, risks & opportunities.

Esther is also President of Liquid Gas Europe – the European LPG Association – consisting of national LPG associations, the main European LPG suppliers, distributors and equipment manufacturers. In addition, she is a senior advisor to the global LPG industry within the WLPGA as Industry Chair for Advocacy.

Active in EU Brussels for over two decades, Esther Busscher is very familiar with government affairs and energy & climate policies. Previously, she spearheaded the energy team of a leading Brussels Public Affairs agency developing pan-European issue campaigns and advocacy programs. As General Manager, Esther also led the Brussels office of a leading global privately owned communications agency.

 

Natacha Cambriels, General Director, France Gaz Liquides  

Session 9: Lessons learned and journey ahead   

Natacha is leading DCC LPG business in France, as President of Butagaz S.A.S.  

She’s the President of France Gaz Liquides and a member of Liquid Gas Europe Management Committee.  

Natacha joined Butagaz in 2014 as Operations Director. Before that, she held several international positions in Shell – mainly in Supply and Distribution. 

Natacha graduated as a Chemical Process Engineer, with a major in Bio-Technology. She holds a Master degree in Economics and Petroleum Management from the French Institute of Petroleum. 

 

Patrick Anthony Child, Deputy Director-General, European Commission, DG Environment

Session 2: Air quality and Europe's sustainable transition

Patrick CHILD iscurrentlyDeputy Director-General in DG Environmentat the European Commissionwith particular responsibility for the EU’s zero pollution strategy, chemicals legislation, urban agenda, research and innovation for environment and communication.From 2016-2021, hewas Deputy Director-General in DG Research and Innovation (R&I) at the European Commission. As member of the Board of DG R&I, he followedin particular research and innovation in clean energy and climate technologies as well as the R&I dimension of the post-COVID recovery and resilience strategyand Horizon Europe mission on Cancer. Hisinternational roles includedCommission representativeand chair of the steering committee ofMission Innovation (a coalition of 24 countries and the EC working to accelerate global clean energy innovation) and lead co-chair ofthe Group of Earth Observations (GEO).Until April 2016, Patrick Child was Managing Director of the European External Service with responsibility for administration and finance, covering human resources policy, security and the budget.Before he took up this post in 2011, he was director in theEC External Relations Directorate-General in the responsible for managingthe network of Commission delegations.He has previously served as head of cabinet for External Relations Commissioners Benita Ferrero-Waldner and Chris Patten.With a background in the UK Finance Ministry, he joined the European Commission in 1994, where he started in the Economic and Monetary affairs Directorate General before becoming Commission press spokesman for economic and monetary union from 1995-1999.Mr Child studied mathematics at Cambridge University.He is married with two children.

 

Christos Christofides, General Manager, Veroniki Holding

Session 3: Ensuring a just energy transition for all

Veroniki Holding is present in 9 European countries, acting in several sectors including LPG (core business). He also holds the role of General Manager of ButanGas S.p.A. (a Veroniki Holding affiliate) which is one of the major players in the Italian LPG market. Christos joined the Group in 1991 through PetroGaz (a Veroniki Holding affiliate), the leader company in the Hellenic LPG market. Started as a Senior Engineer, then for several years as Operations & Technical Services Manager, up to the role of General Manager and Managing Director.

Before joining Veroniki Holding, he held various positions in the Fertilizer sector for NFI (Nitrogenous Fertilizers Industry SA) from 1983 to 1991.

Christos is a Mechanical Engineer graduated from the Technical University of Athens (1981), Currently is a Member of the Steering Committee of Liquid Gas Europe representing Veroniki Holding.

 

Henry Cubbon, CEO, DCC

Session 1: Accelerating energy transition under net-zero objective

Henry is President of DCC’s LPG activities, having joined DCC in 2008 as Managing Director of Flogas Britain. Prior to joining DCC, he was Managing Director of Antalis from 2000 to 2008, overseeing its paper distribution business in the UK, Ireland & South Africa and Non-Executive Director at CA Coutts plc. Previously he held a strategic planning role at paper manufacturer Arjo Wiggins Appleton and was a senior manager at Barclays Bank, Paris, having started his career on their graduate programme.

 

Wilhelmus de  Wilt, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG Environment

Session 7: Renewable gases: what policy framework for a greener future 

After graduating from a University of Technology and working at several institutes of higher education, Mr De Wilt joined the European Commission in 2003 to work on energy efficiency. Since 2012 he has been working in the Clean Air unit of the Directorate–General for the Environment. His focal point is EU funding for air quality.

 

 

Markus Dreier, Vice-President Operations CoE, UGI International

Session 6: Continuous improvement: a closer look at safety

Markus Dreier is VP Operations CoE (Center of Excellence) at UGI International. After more than 10 years in the Express Logistics Industry, Markus has joined the LPG industry in 2010.

In his current role, Markus oversees UGI International’s industrial operations activities, including Logistics, Cylinder Operation, Technical and Safety and drives related standardization, harmonization and efficiency improvement programs across the UGI Intl group.

Markus graduated from the Vienna University of Economics and Business and lives in Vienna, Austria.

 

Audrey Galland, France Gas Liquides

Session 7: Renewable gases: what policy framework for a greener future

Audrey has a 20 year-experience in public affairs, not only in energy, but also in industry, agriculture and health. She’s also been a Communications manager for a city near Paris, and a French elected in the capital region. Her course of action : being where it’s the most helpful to meet our society challenges. For instance, she worked successfully for the past two years with French pathologists and Government in order to cope with Covid-19 and containments in France. Today, with France and Europe being at a crossing line between gases and liquid gases, she’s committed with our industry to go through with our times’ challenges.

 

Chris Goggin, Director of Operations, Rinnai UK Limited

Session 5: Gaseous fuels and their applications: seizing opportunities in times of transition

Goggin is a graduate of Manchester University and the Cambridge Marketing College – he holds a BSc in Environmental Sciences, master’s in business and a CIM postgraduate diploma in International Marketing.

He has been at the forefront of guiding his company through the energy transition in respect of UK and EU legislation, new fuel sources and product development of new models to herald the advent of decarbonisation. His company is a global leader in the design, manufacture and production of hot water heating units and systems for all commercial and domestic sites. Rinnai makes over two million hot water heating products every year and operates on all five continents.

Mr Goggin has been a strong advocate of decarbonisation through rational pragmatism – and the introduction of new fuels to ensure this aim is achieved. He a family man – married with two young daughters and away from being dedicated to his work he enjoys almost all sports – except golf.

 

Bram Gaber, CEO, SHV Energy

Session 1: Accelerating energy transition under net-zero objective

In 2018 Bram Gräber has joined SHV Energy as CEO. SHV Energy being the leader worldwide in LPG and small scale LNG distribution with operating companies in Europe, America’s, China and India.Before this position he was working at Royal Boskalis a global player in Dredging and Marine Services, leading the Division for Offshore transport and installation services, active both in Oil & Gas and renewable segments.From 1995 till 2016 Bram Gräber was working for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in different roles, amongst other CEO of its low cost arm Transavia and Member of the Group Executive Committee of Air France KLM, responsible for Passenger Strategy.His carrier started in consultancy, after successful conclusion of his MBA.

 

Rebecca Groen, Director, Sustainable Fuels, SHV Energy

Session 7: Renewable gases: what policy framework for a greener future 

Rebecca is member of the senior leadership team at SHV Energy.  She joined the company in January 2018 to set up and lead a new department to explore, develop & exploit routes for the group to reach its bold ambition of 100% renewably sourced fuels by 2040.  She leads a global team of experienced professionals based both in the HQ and in over 14 business units.  The team focuses on scouting for new supply of bio-based and renewable fuels; researching novel, sustainable feedstock & conversion technologies; exploring new product options, managing a portfolio of sustainable fuel investments & assets and global stakeholder management. Rebecca was elected Vice President Renewable Energy of the International DME Association in 2019 and sits on the board of two JVs – Dimeta and Circular Fuels Limited. 

 

Dimeta is a joint-venture between SHV Energy and UGI International set up to advance the production and use of renewable and recycled carbon Dimethyl Ether (“rDME”), a low-carbon sustainable liquid gas, to accelerate de-fossilization of the LPG industry. Dimeta promotes the use of rDME by driving efforts geared at broad market acceptance, developing new rDME based technologies to gain traction among users, and supporting the development of infrastructure, regulations and standards for the safe use of rDME in the off-grid energy sector.

 

Circular Fuels Limited is a joint-venture between Dimeta and KEW Technologies, aiming to fast-track innovative Advanced Conversion Technology for renewable and low-carbon DME (rDME) production. The first dedicated rDME plant will be built in the UK in 2023, producing 50ktonnes/year of low-carbon fuel for the LPG sector. This multimillion GBP investment will dramatically accelerate the ability of the LPG industry to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. From a first commercial plant in the UK, Circular Fuels Limited already has plans to develop subsequent plants across Europe and North America in the mid 2020’s.

 

Prior to joining SHV Energy, Rebecca worked as Subsea Marketing Director for GE Oil & Gas and ran Business Development at the Biomass & Energy Efficiency unit of the Netherlands renewable energy lab, ECN.  Born in London with a self-confessed ‘wanderlust’, Rebecca has lived and worked in Japan, the US, the UK and now lives in the Netherlands.   She also sits on the board of a charity – a choir for people with special needs.

 

Richard Hakeem, Director of Safety and Technical Policy, Liquid Gas UK

Session 6: Continuous improvement: a closer look at safety

Richard Hakeem is a Chartered Engineer and a graduate member of Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. He is the Director of Safety and Technical Policy at Liquid Gas UK, and is responsible for the development of Liquid Gas UK Codes of Practice which is used by regulators for guidance on LPG safety and engineering good practice. Richard is an active member of the UK Regulators Strategic Safety Leadership Group, the UK Process Safety Forum, and is a member of Liquid Gas Europe’s’ Technical Co-ordination Group and the WLPGA Core Safety Group. He is the UK LPG representative for engagement with UK Policy Makers and Regulators as well as European CEN technical standards committees and European intergovernmental working groups. In the past Richard worked with Calor Gas and Shell International to develop a Safety Management System, Safety Case, Written Scheme of Examination and KPI’s for a Joint Venture company. Richard currently runs the Transport, Operations and Process Safety Leadership Group as well as the Standards Development Leadership Group for Liquid Gas UK, the trade association.

 

Helge Haldorsen, PhD CEO Wichmann WH&M and Switch Energy Alliance Senior Fellow

Session 1: Accelerating energy transition under net-zero objective

Helge Haldorsen received his MSc from the Norwegian Institute of Technology and his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, both in Reservoir Engineering. In his 40+year long career in the energy industry, Helge served in a variety of management positions with ExxonMobil, BP, Norsk Hydro and Equinor. Helge is currently a Bain Capital Advisor, the CEO of Wichmann WH&M and an Associate of the Switch Energy Alliance (https://switchon.org/). Dr. Haldorsen also served as the President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), an independent, nonprofit global society with more than 124,800 members in 134 countries and as a Professor of Industrial Mathematics at the University of Oslo.

 

Soren Jacobsen, CEO, Dimeta

Session 8: Future Fuels: How are we to transform? Closer look at rDME and other gaseous fuels

Soren Jacobsen, CEO of Dimeta, the rDME project developer and wholesaler. The last 6 years, Soren was managing director for OCI’s (bio-)methanol plant in the Netherlands. Before that he worked 20+ years in the downstream oil industry in Scandinavia, Benelux, Kuwait, and China. Soren joined Dimeta a few months ago, in March ’22.

 

Bartosz Kwiatkowski, Director, POGP

Session 2: Air quality and Europe's sustainable transition

Bartosz Kwiatkowski is a Director at the Polish Liquid Gas Association. Energy transition and public policy expert, he held previously multiple roles in the energy sector including R&D Director at PSE, the Polish electricity transmission system operator, and Board Member at Virtual Power Plant, an energy optimization startup. Earlier, he was working 10 years on advisory projects in consultancy firms including PwC and CEC Group. Bartosz advised to 20+ multinational corporations on external relations, public affairs and innovations. He had been invited to participate in several policy workgroups co-ordinated by Polish Ministry of Development, Ministry of Digitalization and Polish Agency for Entrepreneurship Development. Bartosz participated in development of 5 Horizon 2020 R&D projects and was involved in raising capital for energy sector startups.

Bartosz co-authored more than 10 publications regarding European energy policy, electric vehicles, innovations in the electricity transmission system and innovative business models. He is also a co-founder of buildingSMART Poland, an association promoting digital standards in the construction industry.

 

Raquel Martin de Almagro Antón, Jefe de Productos Energéticos zona Centro, Repsol

Session 5: Gaseous fuels and their applications: seizing opportunities in times of transition

1999 I have worked as Site Manager for several construction companies (Ferrovial, ACS, Acciona) with very interesting projects such as the Control Tower of Madrid Barajas Airport or the M-30 tunnel.

2002 Later I changed my professional career and joined REPSOL in the development of piped propane gas distribution networks in small Spanish towns and newly developed towns.

2008 Team manager for the development of different propane gas business lines: piped, bulk, bottled and Autogas in the Central area.

In 2013 we began the development of the implementation of the Autogas product in EESS REPSOL, carrying out both the marketing of the product in Official Bodies, and with the agents involved in its development, manufacturers, dealers. Transformer workshops, transport associations, taxi collectives, vtc.

Since 2019, management and coordination of new projects related to alternative products for sustainable mobility: LPG, CNG, LNG, LNG, AD BLUE, SYNTHETIC FUELS.

I am currently coordinating a project for the implementation of 1000 fast charging points in Repsol service stations as well as promoting the installation of solar solutions to participate in the company's decarbonisation policies.

I have recently completed training in PHOTOVOLTAIC SOLAR ENERGY as well as in the HYDROGEN market, for its future implementation in service stations.

 

Xavier Martinez, Chairman, Spanish LPG Association

Official opening of the Congress 

"I am the Director of Operations and External Relations at Primagas Energía, a subsidiary for Spain of SHV Energy (world leader in LPG distribution). Member of the Management Committee since 2003 and reporting to the CEO for Spain. My current responsibilities are, on one hand, the development and execution of the Operations strategy, to make it one of our competitive advantages in the market. This includes the technical areas (both LPG and LNG), gas procurement, Innovation and the provision of technical services to our customers. On the other hand, on the External Relations side, my responsibility is the relationship with the Administration, Associations and other companies in the Spanish energy sector. I am the current President of the Liquefied Gas Association and I represent Primagas in AEBIG and in the Board of Directors of AESSGAN. I have published several articles in the press about our product and sector and have been a speaker at energy forums. I joined Primagas Energía in 2003 as an Operations Manager with responsibilities in the areas of Gas Procurement, Logistics and Technical. Between 2008 and 2011, I was a Sales and Marketing Director. Subsequently, I have participated in various strategic projects in the company such as the launch of new business lines (LNG and piped gas distribution), implementation of quality/sustainability systems and acquisitions. I was the President of Primagas Energía Distribución and Gas Licuado España (now defunct)."

 

Silvia Migliorini, Director of Federchimica-Assogasliquidi

Session 9: Lessons learned and journey ahead

Silvia Migliorini graduated in Law from the University L.U.I.S.S. Guido Carli of Rome in 1997. Silvia subsequently obtained the qualification as a lawyer After a career developed within Federchimica-Assogasliquidi (the Italian national Association of LPG and LNG sectore), she assumed the position of Director of the Association in September 2019. Previously she had held the role of Secretary of the LPG Combustion Group at Federchimica-Assogasliquidi itself. Silvia is currently the Treasurer of Liquid Gas Europe.

 

Panayiotis Mitrou, Global Gas Segment Director,  Lloyds Register

Session 5: Gaseous fuels and their applications: seizing opportunities in times of transition  

Panos Mitrou has been with LR for 17 years and currently holds the position of Global Gas Segment Director, based in Athens Greece. His primary focus is on the maritime gas supply chains, LNG, LPG and other gas commodities and fuels, as well as gas floating solutions, delivering an enhanced service portfolio to the shipping community.

 

In the past he has held various commercial and technology positions. Since 2012 he has been deeply involved in the setup and materialization of several funded projects related to alternative fuels and innovation in the maritime sector. In 2013, he has initiated Poseidon Med, a key cross-border European project, introducing LNG bunkering in Eastern Mediterranean maritime transportation.

 

Panos holds a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer Diploma from NTUA and an MBA in Shipping from ALBA Business School. He is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. Panos is also a PhD candidate in Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering, at University of Strathclyde with focus on optimizing the shipping transition pathway.

Neil Murphy, Vice-President for Business Development, UGI International

Session 4 - Energy Outlook for LPG and bioLPG

Neil graduated in Chemistry and Materials Science from Liverpool University before joining the Industrial Gases Industry. Neil undertook further qualifications at Henley business school, Princeton , Rochester NY and Insead and worked Internationally in the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia between 1983 to 2012. He completed assignments in logistics, Sales, Applied research and development , Marketing and General Management.

In 2012 he Joined UGI as the newly appointed MD for Avantigas in the UK, stepping up to

group CEO of the Nordics, UK and Benelux in 2016 before moving to his current role as VP for business development and M&A in 2018. Neil is currently a member of the Liquid Gas EUROPE management team and chairs the WLPGA group focussing on Technology, innovation and growth. He is based in the Netherlands.

 

Maria Neira, Director, Environment, Climate Change and Health, World Health Organisation

Session 2: Air quality and Europe's sustainable transition

La Dra. María P. Neira ocupa el cargo de Directora del Departamento de Medio Ambiente, Cambio Climático y Salud en la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) en Ginebra (Suiza).

Antes de desempeñar este cargo, la Dra. Neira fué Presidenta de la Agencia Española de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición, en España, entre 2002 y 2005, con rango de Vice Ministra de Sanidad y Asuntos Sociales.

Nacida en la ciudad de Oviedo, Asturias (España), la Dra. Neira estudió Medicina y Cirugía, especializándose en Francia en Endocrinología y Enfermedades metabólicas, obteniendo posteriormente un Máster en Salud Publica, Diploma en Nutrición humana, ambos en Paris, y un Diploma en Suiza en preparación en epidemias y gestión de crisis.

Después de formarse en distintos hospitales en Francia, La Dra. Neira comenzó su carrera como coordinadora médica con Médicos sin Fronteras, trabajando con refugiados en El Salvador, Nicaragua y Honduras. Posteriormente pasó varios años trabajando en distintos países de África, Mozambique, Ruanda, entre otros, durante sus respectivos conflictos armados.

La Dra. Neira ha sido reconocida a nivel mundial como líder en temas de salud, una defensora y negociadora apasionada, y como modelo a seguir en el ámbito de la salud y el medio ambiente.

El Gobierno de Francia le otorgó la Médaille de l'Ordre du Mérite National (medalla de la Orden Nacional al Mérito) y es miembro de la Real Academia de Medicina del Principado de Asturias (España).

Entre otros galardones, ha sido galardonada por la International Society of Doctors for the Environment (ISDE,) fué reconocida como mujer inspiradora del año por su labor para proteger el medio ambiente y, en 2019, fue nombrada una de las principales 100 personas más influyentes en materia de políticas en el ámbito de la salud y el cambio climático.

 

Adriana Orejas Nuñez, Director Industrial Transformation & DEEP Tech, Repsol 

Session 1: Accelerating energy transition under net-zero objective 

Experiencemanaging and motivating international teams with members from multiple cultural backgrounds, committed to leadership by example. Proven track recordin drivingindustrial transformation by innovation through strategic planning, advocacy,and political acumen. In depthknowledge ofEuropean programs related to sustainability and energy transition in process industry. Strategic thinking aimed atidentifyingand buildingtransformative opportunities across the value chain in chemical, refining, engineering,and technological sectors. Strongnegotiation and advocacyskillswith local and European public administration. Company ́s representative withinvestorsin sustainable and technological strategy. Experienced networker both at European and international leveldeveloping partnershipswith large multinationals, technological suppliers, research centers, academia,and energy industryorganizations. Reporting to the company’s board of directorsand accountable for technological advisory and investment technological plans. Proven communication skills in media (television and radio), conferences, international events. Engaged and focused onsustainable technological opportunities in the European industry.

May 2017 -nowDownstream Technology Director and Industrial & Deep TechDirectorin Repsol TechnologyLab. Leading a team ofmore than 50 people specializedindevelopinginnovation processes and productsand sustainable transformation trough technology,focusingon low carbonfootprint, circular economy anddifferentiated products. Responsible for the development of technological decarbonization pathways aligned to the company ́s goals in CO2 emissions reductionroadmap by renewableenergy, hydrogen, industrial processesintegration, circular economy and CCUS.Working side by side with External Relations teamonthe applicationsto European programs as H2020, Green Deals,Innovation Founds, IPCEIsand NGEU. Jan 2013 to May 2017. Technology Development and Energy Management Deputy Directorin Repsol ́s Petrochemical business. Technology screening and development of innovation investment portfolio oriented to business development. Responsible for the design and implementation of a CO2 reduction plan that required leadinga multidisciplinary team that combined refineries and petrochemical sites expertise achieving more than 24% CO2 reduction in industrial areas. Feb 2010 to Jan 2013. Industrial Planning Deputy Directorin petrochemical area. Coordinating strategic industrial plans for process transformation. Environmental, economic, and regulatory scenarios definition and investment analysis for Europe and South America industrial assets.Involved in production and planning in Repsol’s industrial areas including refineries, lubricants, and petrochemicals, where technological development has been a constantchallenge.Dic 1994 to Feb 2010 Strategic Planning for industrial business. Investment analysis in Spain, Argentina and Peru including key investments in downstream of more than 5b€ towards refining transformation. Coordinator for benchmarking studies for the industrial areas in the company.Jul 1992 to Dic1994 Control process engineeringprojects working for Repsol, Dragados and Honeywell in advanced Control projects for refineries transformation.

 

Patricia Ortiz, LPG Supply Manager, Repsol

Session 4 - Energy Outlook for LPG and bioLPG

Obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Suffolk University, Boston, in 1997.

Started off in Repsol Trading in 1998 as a Crude Oil Operator and later joined the Light Products and Petrochemicals team as a Trader. She was part of Repsol’s Climate Change Unit from 2008 to 2010 where she traded under the EU-ETS.

In 2010 she moved to Singapore where, on a leave of absence from Repsol, she perfectioned her Mandarin Chinese and obtained a Master’s Degree in Contemporary China from Nanyang Technological University.

Returned to work in Repsol as LPG Supply Manager in Repsol LPG, position she holds at present.

 

Estíbaliz Pombo, Energy Products for Mobility Manager, Repsol  

Session 5: Gaseous fuels and their applications: seizing opportunities in times of transition 

Estíbaliz is a civil engineer with an MBA and an Advanced Management Master and has more than 10 years proved experience in energy business development, especially focusing on alternative energy for mobility during the latest years. She has been working for Repsol for 12 years now, starting in Repsol Technology Lab, leading Multidisciplinary Teams (external and internal) to carry out development projects for new LPS uses. These projects included particularly ones for Latin-American and related with Autogas.  After that period, she was in different business unit such us LPG, developing Spanish AutoGas Market, and in a new one belonging a great multidisciplinary team with its main goal was analyzing electricity and gas retail business opportunities. And nowadays she is developing different business related alternatives energies in mobility. She has participated as Repsol Media Representative and as speaker in different forums and conferences, such as this Congress in previous years.

 

Beth Ried, Vice President, Growth and Transformation, UGI International  

Session 2: Air quality and Europe's sustainable transition 

Beth Ried is Vice President of Growth and Transformation at UGI International, one of Europe’s largest LPG marketers, and a subsidiary of UGI Corporation – a leading global energy marketer. 

Beth began her career working for a large International Industrial Gases company. During her 18 years with Air Products and Chemicals Inc. Beth worked across the bulk, cylinder and tonnage gas divisions and in various functions and geographies, where she had wide-ranging accountabilities for sales, marketing and customer services divisions in both Europe and the US.  Beth joined UGI in 2014 as part of the UK based subsidiary AvantiGas where she was responsible for Marketing and Business Development.  From there Beth advanced to roles Including Director, International Business Development, where her responsibilities included leading multiple significant growth transactions.  Vice President Energy Marketing, where she held responsibility for the operations of 4 gas and power marketing companies across Europe and Vice President for the North Region LPG business where she led 5 regional business entities across the UK and Nordics. 

In her current role, Beth is responsible for the Internal and External Transformation of the International division of UGI, working across 17 countries and 7 different brands.  Her remit includes leading company-wide transformational programs driving digitalization and automation of the end-to-end value chain. She also heads the regional Advocacy efforts, engaging internally and externally to prepare and deliver the Energy Transition. Beth also leads multiple other strategic programs focused on preparing the company for future operations.  

Beth sits on the board of several of UGI company subsidiaries, she is also a board member of the Liquid Gas UK association and the Liquid Gas Europe Steering. She is an active champion of the WINLPG Program.   

Beth holds an BSC degree in Chemistry and Physics from the University of Durham and an MBA from the Open University. 

 

James Rockall, CEO and Managing Director, WLPGA

Session 9: Lessons learned and journey ahead

James Rockall is the CEO & Managing Director of the World LPG Association (WLPGA). Based in Paris, he has full responsibility for legal, financial, operational, strategic, governance and performance-related aspects of the organisation with over 300 clients operating in more than 125 countries around the world.

Mr Rockall has 30 years of global experience in the energy sector. He has a very strong energy and business development background having worked for Shell International in senior management positions in The Netherlands and Venezuela. Prior to joining the WLPGA, James worked as a Director of the global energy group ALSTOM SA.

He is a Fellow of the UK Institution of Chemical Engineers with a Master’s degree, with Honours, from the University of Nottingham in the UK and an MBA from the Institute of Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.

 

Nerissa Scheik, Head of Market Research and Analysis, SHV Energy Supply and Risk Management

Session 4 - Energy Outlook for LPG and bioLPG

Nerissa Scheik covers a wide spectrum of energy-related subjects, including upstream oil and gas, NGLs and petrochemicals. Prior to SHV, she was a Senior Research Analyst within IHS's Downstream Group. Ms Scheik has an MSc in Environmental Economics, an MSc in Environmental Management and Geomatics and a Bsc in Economics.

 

Adam Scorer, Chief Executive, National Energy Action

Session 3: Ensuring a just energy transition for all

Adam has been Chief Executive of National Energy Action, a charity that campaigns against fuel poverty in the UK, since 2017. He has been a consumer rights campaigner for many years including at major UK consumer bodies such as Which? energywatch, Consumer Focus and Citizens Advice. He has been a member of numerous industry advisory boards and committees from civil aviation to insurance fraud. Fuel poverty, consumer vulnerability and the challenge of decarbonisation have been key drivers throughout his career.

 

Marco Seimandi, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Westport Fuel Systems

Session 5: Gaseous fuels and their applications: seizing opportunities in times of transition

With more than 26 years of experience in the field of automotive gaseous fuel systems and technology, Marco Seimandi is among the veteran professionals in the field of Autogas. He serves Westport Fuel Systems since June 2020 as Sales & Marketing Vice President. He previously covered the position of After Market Sales Director at WFS and Sales & Marketing Director at Fuel Systems Solutions.

Since 1996 and till 2016 he had been MTM Italy – lately merged into Fuel Systems Solutions – Commercial Director. He previously worked as Regional Commercial Manager at Valeo.

Marco Seimandi holds a Master’s Degree (MSc) in Aircraft Engineering from Turin Polytechnic, Italy. He also attended Business Administration studies at CEDEP/INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France

 

Pedro Silva, CEO, BeGas

Session 5: Gaseous fuels and their applications: seizing opportunities in times of transition

With a degree in Electromechanical Vehicle Engineering and Business Administration, Pedro Silva is the co-founder and CEO of BeGas. With more than 14 years of experience managing large accounts and government sales at Renault Trucks, and encouraged by his strong entrepreneurial spirit, seven years ago he decided to embark himself on the development of the first 100% autogas or biopropane engine for industrial vehicles in Spain with European approval. Thus BeGas was born, a company in which Silva has surrounded himself with the best professionals to take another step towards the ecological transition of transport.

 

David Tyler, Director at World LPG Association (WLPGA)

Session 6: Continuous improvement: a closer look at safety

David spent 25 years working in downstream oil and gas markets for Shell International in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia, before establishing his own LPG consultancy business in 1996. He is a Chartered Engineer with a post graduate diploma in management.

His key area of expertise is in the Downstream LPG business, from primary storage through to the customer, focussing on safety of operations, distribution, and marketing.

During his time with Shell International, David was responsible for managing LPG businesses across the Asia Pacific Region including China, Hong Kong, and Indonesia. He specialises in Asian markets but has worked across all regions of the world.

Since 2009, David has been a Director of the WLPGA, responsible for their business improvement goal, which includes safety, digital innovation initiatives, and the good industry practice programme. He is responsible for the WLPGA library of Guides to Good Industry Practices.

He lives between Australia and England and is married with 3 children.

 

François Wakenhut - Head of the Clean Air Unit in the Directorate-General for the environment of the European Commission

Session 2: Air quality and Europe's sustainable transition  

François Wakenhut is Head of the Clean Air Unit in the Directorate-General for the environment of the European Commission since mid-2016.  In the same Directorate-General, he was previously Head of the Resource Efficiency & Economic Analysis Unit (2015-2016), Biodiversity Unit (2009-2015) and Head of Unit for International Relations, Governance & Development (2008-2009). He has also served as Assistant to the Director-General of the Directorate-General for the Environment (2007-2008); Political Coordinator for the Marine Environment/Water in Water & Marine Unit of the Directorate-General for the Environment (2004-2007); Administrator in charge of Environmental Integration within the Sustainable Development & Economic Analysis Unit of the Directorate-General for the Environment (2001-2004); and Administrator within the team of the Director-General (2000-2001). François Wakenhut studied at the Institute of Political Studies in Strasbourg, Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and at the College of Europe in Bruges.

 

 

Wiktor Warchałowski, CEO & Co-Founder, Airly  

Session 2: Air quality and Europe's sustainable transition 

Wiktor Warchalowski - CEO & co-founder of Airly - start-up providing a comprehensive SaaS solution for air quality monitoring and control; Forbes 25Under25 & 30Under30 laureate; Global Student Entrepreneur Awards Poland winner; MENSA member; formerly working in Ericsson and European XFEL - building the largest x-ray laser in the world. 

 

George Webb, Chief Executive, Liquid Gas UK

Session 7: Renewable gases: what policy framework for a greener future

George Webb is Chief Executive of Liquid Gas UK and has extensive senior management experience having lead businesses within the energy sector for the past 18 years.

He has a long history of involvement with the Association and held the position of LGUK Chair and Vice Chair before becoming Chief Executive in 2019. George has vast experience of developing business strategy and delivering strong commercial results during periods of transition and change.

George has been a key figure in the energy sector for many years and has held a number of senior management roles within the industry. He has a deep understanding of the full LPG and bioLPG chain and has built strong relationships within the Government, industry and with international stakeholders.

Liquid Gas UK

Liquid Gas UK is the Trade Association for bioLPG and LPG in the UK with members from across the energy sector including established bioLPG and LPG suppliers, new start-ups in the technology and biofuel space, training organisations, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, installers including plumbers and heating engineers and members supply over 99% of the LPG distributed in the UK.

The associations purpose is to promote growth and sustainability, influence Government policy, promote industry safety and best practice, and most importantly provide an excellent service and clear point of reference to all of our members.

 

Paul Westerman, Global Supply Director, LPG & Renewables, DCC

Session 8: Future Fuels: How are we to transform? Closer look at rDME and other gaseous fuels

DCC is a leading international sales, marketing and support services group headquartered in Dublin (IRL). It is listed on the London Stock Exchange (in the FTSE100) with an annual turnover of approx. GBP 18bn and approx. 15,400 employees who work across three divisions: Energy, Technology and Healthcare.

Paul joined DCC in January 2020 where he works closely with DCC businesses (known under brand names Flogas, Butagaz, Benegas and TeGa in Europe, DCC Propane in the US and DSG in Hong Kong) to optimize product supply, identify pathways and develop partnerships towards Renewable Fuels to meet customer’s current and future sustainable energy needs.

Prior to joining DCC, Paul worked for an International Oil Company for 25 years, where he held a variety of senior roles in Supply & Logistics, Trading and Sales & Marketing across Refining, LPG and the Aviation industry.

He holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Delft University of Technology as well as an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management.

Paul lives in The Netherlands with his wife. Outside work he’s a keen diver and (underwater) photographer.

 

Werner Willems, Technical Expert, Sustainable Fuels Research, Ford

Session 8: Future Fuels: How are we to transform? Closer look at rDME and other gaseous fuels

Career : Project engineer in the department for thermodynamics at FEV Motorentechnik GmbH

Current occupation : 

Since October 1999 :

Technical Specialist for Combustion including alternative fuels in the Powertrain Advanced and Research organization of Ford Motor Company with the following responsibilities:

Since September 2018  :

Since August 2019 :

Since October 2021 :

 

Nikos Xydas, Technical Director, Liquid Gas Europe 

Session 8: Future Fuels: How are we to transform? Closer look at rDME and other gaseous fuels  

Nikos is the Technical Director in the European LPG Association, Liquid Gas Europe, while holding also the same position in the World LPG Association, WLPGA. He has an M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. His main professional background comes from Shell,   where he held Technical, Operations and HSSE positions, the largest majority in international roles with Shell Gas (LPG) and Shell Global Lubricants. Earlier in his career he held also positions with ABB in Switzerland and also in Greece.  

The width of his international roles in Shell, in charge of a large numbers of regions and countries, provided him with a good mix of competences and experiences and not only in Technical, Operations or HSSE, which are his main areas of expertise. Outside these, he spent many years in developing and managing the Shell Select retail outlets network in Greece, and in roles also as communications manager. In Shell Lubricants he held Global managerial positions in Strategy, Planning, Communications, Assurance, Audit, Operations Performance and HSSE. 

In his current roles in the LPG industry he is particularly active with innovation and more specifically with innovation in renewable products, gases and fuels, as well as LPG applications. 

Nikos has a double French/Greek nationality and his lives in Paris.  

 

Marco Zilioli, DME Project Manager (Automotive Applications), Cavagna Group

Session 8: Future Fuels: How are we to transform? Closer look at rDME and other gaseous fuels

University degree in aeronautical engineering in 1992 at Politecnico di Milano.

Engaged since 1995 in the gas sector, in particular in companies dedicated to the production of CNG and LPG components for motor vehicles, industrial and domestic applications, as technical manager and quality manager.

In Cavagna Group since 2009, first as quality manager, then as lean promotion manager, and currently as product manager for alternative fuels applications.

Also contributing since 1997 to the national and international standardization process of automotive products for gaseous fuels use. Presently chairman of ISO/TC22/SC41/WG6 – “Fuel system components and refueling connector for vehicles propelled by Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)” and technical expert of the Italian delegation of other ISO and CEN committees and working groups dedicated to gaseous fuels.

Currently member of WLPGA “rLPG” and “HSE aspects of rDME integration in the LPG industry “ working groups and coordinator of the Workstream 1 “Materials compatibility”.

 

 

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