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Adam Sieminski

Senior Advisor to the Board of Trustees  KAPSARC

Adam Sieminski is the Senior Advisor to the Board of Trustees at the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), a leading advisory think tank located in Riyadh. KAPSARC’s mission is to inform global policies on energy, economics, and sustainability.  Sieminski served as the President of KAPSARC from April 2018 to August 2021, and before that held the Schlesinger Chair for Energy & Geopolitics at the Center for Strategic and international Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC.

From June 2012 through January 2017 he served as head of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the data and analysis division of the U.S. Department of Energy.  While awaiting Senate confirmation for the EIA, he was Senior Director for Energy and Environment at the U.S. National Security Council at the White House. Earlier in his career, he was Deutsche Bank’s chief energy economist as well as an integrated oil company analyst, working in Baltimore, London, New York, and Washington.

Sieminski earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Master’s in Public Administration, both from Cornell University.  He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.  He is currently serving on the advisory committee for the nascent KAPSARC Graduate School of Public Policy as well as on the curriculum advisory committee for Cornell’s Brooks School of Public Policy.

 

Adnan Shibab-Eldin

Senior Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, United Kingdom  

Dr. Shihab-Eldin studied electrical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley and received the degree of Bachelor of Science in 1965. Later on he focused on nuclear engineering and was awarded a M.Sc. degree in 1967 and a Ph.D. degree in 1970, respectively. Dr. Shihab-Eldin is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate.

He started his career at the Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC). Later on he held teaching and research positions at Kuwait University, the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, the University of California, Berkeley, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and Harvard University amongst others.

Dr. Shihab-Eldin also has a long career in administration and held senior management positions at national institutions and international organizations, including: Vice-Rector for academic affairs of Kuwait University, Director General of the Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research, Director of the UNESCO Cairo Office (Regional Office for Science and Technology for the Arab States), Director of the Division for Africa, Asia & Far East of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Director of the Research Division of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), where he served as Acting Secretary General in 2005.

Dr. Shihab-Eldin is a member of many national, regional and international scientific and professional societies; he has also served as a member of the board of directors of many companies and foundations as well as numerous advisory committees, including most recently the International Advisory Committee of the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,[4] the International Advisory Panel on Energy to the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ambrosetti Forum’s International Advisory Council.

Dr. Shihab-Eldin has published extensively, including research papers in refereed journals, articles and reports; he has also authored or contributed to chapters to several books (see link below for a detailed list of publications),[5] as well as invited talks at international and regional meetings. His publications are covering many fields, including Energy Policy, Economics and Technology; the Environment, Oil Markets; Renewable and Nuclear Power, Management and Development of Science & Technology in Developing Countries; Higher Education Systems, and other related fields.

Dr. Shihab-Eldin received many prestigious awards, most recently "The 2nd Abdullah Bin-Hamad Al-Attiyah International Energy Award - Lifetime Achievement"[6] for the Advancement of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.

 

Adonis Yatchew

Professor of Economics at University of Toronto, Canada / Editor-in-Chief of the Energy Journal by IAEE

Adonis Yatchew’s research focuses on energy, regulation and econometrics. Since completing his Ph.D. at Harvard University, he has taught at the University of Toronto. He has also held visiting appointments at Trinity College, Cambridge University and the University of Chicago, among others. He has written a graduate level text on semiparametric regression techniques published by Cambridge University Press. He has served in various editorial capacities at The Energy Journal since 1995 and as Editor-in-Chief from 2006 to 2023. He has advised public and private sector companies on energy, regulatory and other matters for over 35 years and has provided testimony in numerous regulatory and litigation procedures. He currently teaches PhD. level courses in econometrics, and M.A. and undergraduate level courses on energy in the University of Toronto Department of Economics and the School of Environment. The energy courses are interdisciplinary, spanning economics, the environment and sustainability, politics, geopolitics and security. He has also taught short courses covering these areas at international conferences.

Ahmet Turan Özdemir

General Manager at ASPİLSAN, Türkiye

​With 20 years of experience in electronics engineering and renewable energy, Mr. Özdemir possesses a deep passion for developing innovative solutions in sustainable and efficient energy systems. Serving as the General Manager of ASPİLSAN Enerji, a prominent battery manufacturer in Türkiye, he leads a team of talented engineers and researchers who share a collective vision of creating high-performance and environmentally-friendly products catering to various sectors and customers. His robust background in artificial intelligence, electronic design, and lithium-ion batteries was cultivated through academic and professional experiences at Erciyes University, Bilkent University, and MIT.

In his current role, he shoulders the responsibility of overseeing strategic planning, management, and growth initiatives for the company, while also leading research and development activities. He has successfully launched several projects and patents contributing to the enhanced quality and performance of battery products. Examples include the smart battery storage and charging cabinet, an advanced hearing device with fall detection function, and the design of a three-dimensional non-destructive inspection system. Furthermore, he has forged partnerships with esteemed organizations such as IEEE, where he holds the position of coordinator for the vitality section in Region 8. Eager to continually acquire new skills and stay abreast of emerging technologies, he actively seeks collaborations with experts and professionals in the field of electronics engineering and renewable energy.

 

Ahmet Türkoğlu

CEO at EPİAŞ, Türkiye / Association of European Energy Exchanges / Lecturer at Boğaziçi University, Türkiye

Ahmet Türkoğlu graduated from Boğaziçi University, Department of International Relations in 1996. Türkoglu holds an Executive MBA from the same university.

Türkoğlu held several executive positions at various companies after his graduation. In 2010, he was appointed as Deputy General Manager of Türkiye Petrolleri Petrol Dağıtım A.Ş. (Turkish Petroleum)  where he served for 3 years.

From 2013 to 2015, he served as the CEO of Öztürk Group of Companies including companies such as OPET and Regnum Hotels.

Throughout 2016, he served as the General Director and Member of Board of Directors of Turkish Energy Company (TEC) and moreover throughout 2017, he worked as the General Director and Chairman of Board of Directors of Turkish Petroleum International Company (TPIC).

 As by June 20, 2019 Türkoğlu was appointed to his current role,  the CEO of Energy Exchange Istanbul (EXIST).

He was elected as board member of EUROPEX (Association of European Energy Exchanges) for two years in 2022. 

Türkoğlu simultaneously serves as a member of Board of Directors of TEC (Turkish Energy Company), and the Administrative Board of World Energy Council Turkish National Committee besides his current duties. Furthermore, he is a member of Energy and Natural Gas Sectoral Assembly at the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Türkiye (TOBB).  Türkoğlu is married with four children, has advanced command of English.

 

Andrea Kollmann

Lecturer & Principal Research Coordinator at the Energy Institute at Johannes Kepler Universitat Linz, Austria

Andrea Kollmann is Key Researcher and Principal Research Coordinator at the Energy Institute at Johannes Kepler University Linz with extensive experience in national and international research projects in Austria and Europe. She currently coordinates the H2020 projects “DIALOGUES – Energy Citizenship for a sustainable future” and “GREENFOOT – Green power and energy efficiency investments community-financed for football buildings” and works on the H2020 projects ENCHANT and frESCO. Her research focuses on the role of citizens in the transition to a more efficient, low-carbon energy system and explores this topic from different perspectives. Ms Kollmann regularly publishes her research in journals with a focus on the analysis of energy decision-making processes of households, individuals and companies.

 

Burçin Ünel

Executive Director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law

Dr. Ünel is an expert in utility regulation, and environmental and energy policy. She has authored over 100 papers, policy briefs, public comments, and reports on numerous energy and environmental policy issues. Her articles on how to design policies for the future of the grid have been selected by the Environmental Law Institute as one of the year's top five environmental law articles, each year from 2017 to 2019. Dr. Unel also serves on NYISO's Environmental Advisory Council where she uses her expertise in utility regulation and energy policy to help NYISO build and maintain New York's “grid of the future.” 

Prior to her current role, Dr. Ünel had been the institute’s Energy Policy Director, leading Policy Integrity’s stakeholder involvement both at the federal and state level in front of regulatory agencies such as public utility commissions, U.S. Department of Energy and FERC. She also served as a Senior Fellow in the Department of Energy’s Office of Policy, where she worked on domestic energy and climate policy issues, focusing on federal clean energy legislation, emerging technologies, clean energy deployment, and infrastructure planning.

Before joining Policy Integrity, Dr. Ünel held faculty positions at the Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the University of Florida, and the Department of Economics at Bogaziçi University in Turkey. She also taught as an adjunct faculty member at the City College of New York and NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She received a B.A. in Economics from Bogaziçi University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Florida.

Carlo Andrea Bollino

Professor of Economics at the University of Perugia, Italy / Professor of Energy Economics at the University LUISS, Rome, Italy

Carlo Andrea Bollino is a Professor of Economics at the University of Perugia and Professor of Energy Economics at the University LUISS, Rome. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was supervised by Nobel laureate Professor Lawrence Klein. He has been a Visiting Researcher at KAPSARC since 2015, focusing on econometric analysis, electricity market reform and climate change policy analysis. He is a Visiting Professor at Technische Universität, Berlin, Germany, the President (honorary) of the Italian Association for Energy Economics.

He was the President of the IAEE in 2008, the President of GSE (Italian Renewable Energy Agency) and GRTN (Italian Electric Transmission network); Energy Advisor to the Minister of Industry and Ministry of Treasury of Italy; Chief Economist, ENI; Economist, Bank of Italy; and a Research Associate at Project Link for the United Nations. He has testified to the Italian Senate and Parliament briefings and has provided various governments with technical and policy reports on electricity market liberalization and renewable energy developments.

 

Cem Avcı

Professor at Boğaziçi University, Director at the Energy Policy Research Center (EPAM)

Cem Avcı is a Professor of  Civil Engineering at Boğaziçi University. His research interests are in the fields of Sustainability in Infrastructure Projects, Environmental and Social Impact assessments, Soil and Ground Water Quality Investigations and Remediation projects as well as Waste Management Studies. In particular:

Environmental and Social Impact Assessments Research:  Hydroelectric Power Plants, Wind farms, Gas Fired Combined Cycle Gas Power Plants, coal and mineral mines), infrastructure (motorways, tunnels and bridges, health campuses, container terminals, airports) and oil and gas (refineries, oil and gas (shale gas, large scale pipelines. Research include impact evaluation, methodology, risk ranking, mitigation measures and monitoring. Turkish and International guidelines.

Water Resources Research: Ground water resources evaluation, aquifer characterization, soil and ground water contamination site assessment, risk based corrective actions and modelling. Surface water watershed modellling, surface water quality modelling. Climate change impact on flood conditions

Waste Management: Engineered landfill containment barrier design, clay liner contamination breakthrough, hydraulics of waste storage facilities.

Environmental Health and Safety Assessments: Effectiveness of Phase I Investigations in sectors spanning cement industry, oil and gas, petrochemical, automotive, pharmaceutical and real estate development

 

 

Christian Klöckner

Professor at Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology, Norway)

Prof. Dr. Christian A. Klöckner is a professor in social psychology and quantatitve methods at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He leads the research group for “Citizen, Environment, and Safety” which is focusing on researching individual, social and contextual drivers of environmental decisions (including food, energy, mobility, housing). His personal research interest are modelling of environmentally relevant decisions and behaviour in the social and structural context, innovative environmental communication methods, societal disruption and transition, and psychologiocal trade-offs in sustainability issues. He is engaged in many national and international research projects, coordinating several of them, among them the H2020 projects ECHOES, SMARTEES, and ENCHANT. He is author of more than 100 academic papers

 

Christophe Bonnery

Programme Director at Paris School of Economics, France

​· Christophe Bonnery is President of the French Association for Energy Economics since 2009 (www.faee.fr).

· He has also been elected in 2019 President of the International Association for Energy Economics (www.iaee.org).

· He is Director, Strategic Partnerships in Paris School of Economics (www.parisschoolofeconomics.eu)

 · Previously is was Vice President, Economics & Prospective, Enedis, the French power distribution company.

· He created the French Circle of Energy Economists, to promote energy economics to energy policy makers.

· He created the Marcel Boiteux Award, which recognizes the best book on energy economics.

· He was also Vice President, Energy Policy for the AREVA Group. His role consisted in understanding current energy policies and promoting acceptable evolutions for all stakeholders.

· He also led for a program aiming to define potential synergies between nuclear and oil industries for heavy oil production.

· Mr. Bonnery received his M.Sc in General Engineering from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers, Paris, France, and MBA in Petroleum Economics and Management from the Center for Economics and Management, IFP School, Paris, France.

· His former affiliations include: Head of the Economics Department, NUSYS consulting company, Paris, France; Project-consultant, Shell, Paris, France; Research Assistant, Economic and Industrial Research Division, University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

· Christophe Bonnery has been awarded the Knighthood of the National Order of Merit.

Davit Narmania

Chairman, Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission

Mr. Narmania is a professor of Tbilisi State University (TSU) head of Management and Administration Department Since October 2019, and the Chair of Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission. Since December 2017, Mr. Narmania was a member of GNERC. In 2014-2017, he was the mayor of Tbilisi and the head of the Georgian delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional and Self-Governmental authorities of the Council of Europe. In 2012-2014, being a member of the Government of Georgia, he was the Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia.

In 2008-2012, he was the Executive Director, Caucasian Institute of Economic and Social Research - CIESR; a professor at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) and the Georgian-American University (GAU). In 2006-2007, he was the Chairman of the Board, Young Economists’ Association of Georgia; In 2004-2005, he worked as a Director General, at Business Consulting Group.

In 2001-2003, he held various positions at the Ministry of Finance and Revenue Services of Georgia.

Davit Narmania received his higher education in Tbilisi State University in the field of business administration (bachelor's degree and master's degree). Since 2006, he holds the degree of academic doctor of economics (sectoral economy, management). In 2007-2008, he completed Scientific internship under German Academy Exchange Service (DAAD) program – Germany, Postdam University, department of financial sciences. He is the author and co-author of more than 50 scientific research papers.

He speaks English, German and Russian languages.

Edmar de Almeida

Professor at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; IAEE President-Elect

Dr. Edmar de Almeida is professor and researcher at the Institute of Energy in PUC-Rio. Prof. Edmar Almeida is also president-elected at the International Association For Energy Economics - IAEE.
Since 1993, Prof. Almeida teaches in undergraduate and graduate (including MBA) courses focusing largely on the energy sector. He is also active in research and consulting, focusing on the evolution of the oil, gas and electricity industries in Brazil and globally.
His specific research interests include energy economics and regulation and energy transition. Prof. Almeida has advised many government agencies, private and public companies, institutional investors and multilateral organizations on energy sector policy and planning, regulatory issues, market development.
Prof. Almeida graduated in Economics from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil (1992) and has a Master’s Degree in Industrial Economics (1994) and a PhD in Applied Economics from the Institute of Energy Policy and Economics of the Grenoble University, France (1999). Prof. Almeida is the author or co-author of several books, academic papers and professional articles, and is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences, both in Brazil and abroad.

 

Eberhard Jochem

Founder and Managing Director of IREES (former BSR Sustainability)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eberhard Jochem was founder and managing director of IREES (former BSR Sustainability) from 1991 until September 2014. Since then he supports the team as Senior Executive in selected research areas.

Eberhard Jochem has been full Professor for Economics and Energy Economics at the ETH Zurich (Swiss Institute of Technology) since 1999 where he founded the Centre for Energy Policy and Economics (CEPE). He is also a Senior Executive at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI). He has been lecturing on various topics of technology and impact assessment, energy issues, and the economics of national resources at Karlsruhe University since 1978 and since 1996 at the University of Kassel. He is member of the Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences and of four scientific journals.

He works on technical and economic issues of efficient energy and material use as well as energy and climate policy. His research subjects include research and development and energy policy instruments and their impacts on employment, foreign trade and environment; he also follows the development of quantitative methods in these subject areas. The research issues are approached from the viewpoint of companies and sectors as well as from an administrative perspective in national, European and international contexts.

Elchin Ibadov

Chief Executive Officer SOCAR Türkiye

Elchin Ibadov is the Chief Executive Officer of SOCAR Türkiye in Istanbul.  He started his career at the World Trade Centers Association in Chicago (USA), where he was inspired by the professional approach and positive attitudes of the auditors.  In 2003 he joined PwC, a professional services firm engaged in auditing, consulting, cybersecurity, governance, risk management, transformation, and tax services.  He established and headed the successful PwC Academy in Azerbaijan that provides specialists with professional training in a range of disciplines important to PwC’s clients and employees in the Caspian region.

In 2014 he joined SOCAR (the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic) Türkiye group of companies. SOCAR is a fully state-owned national oil and gas company headquartered in Baku. The company produces oil and natural gas from onshore and offshore fields in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea.  Before becoming CEO, Elchin enjoyed the daily challenges of being the CFO of a large SOCAR refinery.

Elchin Ibadov is a holder of the Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago and also holds a PhD degree in Financial Economics.  He is a Certified Chartered Accountant (ACCA) and is affiliated with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) as well as the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).  He dreams of having the power to change the design of university education to make it more responsive to the needs of the business world, with more ‘hands-on’ and practical experiences.

 

 

Emre Çamlıbel

CEO at Re-Pie Asset Management, Türkiye

​Co-Founder and currently Chairman of Re-Pie Portfoy (current AUM Euro 1.5 billions with 65 separate real estate, private equity, pension and hedge funds), Dr. M. Emre Çamlıbel holds an MS degree in Civil Engineering from MIT, and a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Yıldız Technical University. He also has a PhD degree in Civil Engineering on energy efficiency optimisation modelling from Boğaziçi University. M. Emre Çamlıbel started his career in 1992 at STFA in Turkey as a structural engineer and continued at Kennedy & Rossi Inc. and Walsh Brothers Inc., in Boston as a project engineer and manager afterwards. In 1998, he joined Soyak Group where he initially served as Assistant to General Manager at Soyak Construction and later as the Project Development Coordinator at Soyak Holding, followed by being the general manager and executive board member of Soyak Real Estate Development Co., and finally CEO of Soyak Holding between 2008 and 2016. He was a Board member of the Housing Developers and Investors Association (KONUTDER), Reits and Real Estate Association (GYODER), as well as Turkish Green Building Council (CEDBIK) and Istanbul Contractors Association (INDER). He also serves as a board member at the Affordable Housing Institute in Boston, independent board member at Torunlar GYO in Istanbul, board member of Turknet, GTC solar, Hasfin Agrotech as well as an advisory board member of an AI startup in San Francisco. Primarily focusing on the real estate and energy sectors, Dr. Camlıbel has 33 years of experience in general project management, investment and business development. Dr. Camlibel is an Associate Professor at Vilnius Business College and a part time instructor at Bogazici University and a frequent visiting instructor at Columbia University.

 

Efe Biresselioğlu

Professor & Dean of Graduate School at İzmir University of Economics, Türkiye

Mehmet Efe Biresselioglu is a Professor of Energy Policy in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, founding Dean of Graduate School and Head of Sustainable Energy Division at Izmir University of Economics. He is also acting as the Management Board Member of European Energy Research Alliance’s (EERA) Joint Programme on Economic, Environmental and Social Impacts of Energy Policies and Technologies, and the Head of Izmir Circle of Mediterranean Citizens’ Assembly (ACIMEDIT).
He is the recipient of Turkey’s most prestigious science award for scholars under 40 – TÜBİTAK Young Scientist Incentive Award on Social Sciences (2020).
He has been acting as Work Package Manager in several Horizon 2020 projects, including ECHOES, EERADATA, eCREW, ENCHANT, DIALOGUES and CAMPAIGNers. Moreover, he has been acting as Coordinator in TUBITAK and BAP supported projects. He is also currently working as a researcher in the project CURE funded by the Norwegian Research Council.
He also taught as a Visiting Lecturer on Energy policy at Den Haag University (the Netherlands), University of Aalborg (Denmark), Budapest College of Management (Hungary), University of Salerno (Italy) and University of Minho (Portugal).
Previous to his current positions, he acted as a Lecturer at EU’s INOGATE Programme (Baku, Azerbaijan), Sr. Visiting Research Fellow in Norwegian Institute of International Affairs’ Energy Program (Oslo, Norway), and non-resident Jr. Fellow at Finnish Business and Policy Forum (Helsinki, Finland).
He completed his Ph.D. at IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca, Italy and also received his ‘Doctor Europaeus’ degree with the approval of Confederation of EU Rectors. He received his MA in European Studies from Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at University of Turku, Finland and his BA in Political Science and Public Administration from Bilkent University, Turkey. He is also proud to be a graduate of TED Ankara College for his high school education similar to many of his family members.
His current research focuses on (1) examining the role of energy security in energy policy making, (2) analyzing individual and collective energy choices and social acceptance of energy transitions, (3) assessing the existing energy and environment policies and targets, (4) developing methodologies for impact assessment of political, economic, technologic shifts in energy and environment domain, and (5) resource curse.
He published several articles related to energy issues in the leading journals such as Nature Scientific Reports, Energy Policy, Journal for Cleaner Production, Energy and Energy Research&Social Science. He is also the author of the “European Energy Security: Turkey’s Future Role and Impact” (UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and the editor of “Enerji Güvenliği Perspektifinden Türkiye’ye Bakış” (TR:EHAEY, 2015). He is also acting as an Associate Editor for Frontiers Environmental Psychology Journal.

Esma Dilek

Deputy Director General of Communications at the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure and the President of ITS Türkiye

Esma Dilek was born in Denizli in 1981. She graduated from Department of Computer Engineering at Yildiz Technical University in 2003. After working as a Software Engineer in the private sector for around 1.5 years, she started to work as a Computer Engineer in the Traffic Directorate of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) in 2006.
As part of the local government-funded overseas study project initiated by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality in 2008, she had an opportunity to have a master’s degree in USA. She completed her master's degree in Computer Science Department at Boston University in 2010, obtained the "Certificate in Academic Excellence", and continued her duty as a Software Development Specialist at IMM’s Traffic Directorate.
Until she was appointed as the Deputy Traffic Director in April 2015, she worked in many projects as an application developer of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) for desktop, internet and mobile platforms at the Traffic Control Center, which serves under the IMM’s Traffic Directorate. During three years as the Deputy Traffic Director, she served as the technical and administrative officer of ITS components, and software used by IMM that are managed from the Traffic Control Center. During the years she was employed at the Traffic Directorate of IMM, she worked as Project Manager in many international projects carried out by Transportation Department of IMM.
As the Project Manager of the VITAL and R4E (Roadmaps for Energy) Projects, for which IMM was entitled to receive grants within the scope of the 7th Framework and Horizon 2020 programs of the European Union, she contributed IMM to benefit from the European Union funds.
Ms. Dilek has many research papers about Intelligent Transportation Systems and the effects of mega projects on Istanbul’s transportation, which were presented and published in various international congresses.
Dilek, who worked as IMM's Information Technologies Manager and Smart City Manager between August 2018 - April 2020, has been working as the Deputy Director General of Communications at the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure since April 2020. She is also volunteering as the President of ITS Türkiye since April 2021 and has a good command of English. Dilek pursues her doctoral studies at Gazi University Department of Information Security Engineering. She has papers published in many national and international transportation congresses on the effects of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and mega projects implemented in Istanbul to Istanbul's transportation. Her research interests include ITS, computer vision, deep learning and information security. She has several published papers on peer-reviewed journals on these topics.

Fahad M. Alajlan

President, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC)

Fahad Alajlan was appointed as the President of King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) in August 2021. KAPSARC was founded as a non-profit institution for independent research into global energy economics and applied research in 2007.  Prior to joining KAPSARC, Fahad held many senior roles across both government and the corporate world.  In 2020, was named as head of the Circular Carbon Economy National Program, which aims to manage Saudi Arabia’s GHG emissions while creating economic value.

In 2019, he held the position of Director of the Hydrocarbon Sustainability Program at the Ministry of Energy, where he was responsible for looking at the long-term energy trends plus their impact on global energy markets, with special emphasis on the demand for oil and gas.   Before this, Fahad worked at the Ministry of Economy and Planning, where he advised on energy markets, policy, industry trends, and the petrochemical sector. In addition, to those responsibilities, his experience spans senior roles in operations, corporate strategy, and investment planning, and as mergers and acquisitions at Saudi Aramco, over 15 years.

As KAPSARC president, Fahad is building on the momentum the Center has enjoyed while supporting the Saudi energy ecosystem in introducing the Circular Carbon Economy and advancing  the Think 20 (T20) engagement groups developed during the Saudi G20 2020 presidency.  Fahad holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA from Stanford University in California. 

 

 

Hasan Ozkoç

Director at Mediterranean Energy Regulators

Mr. OZKOC is the Director of the Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG). He leads MEDREG in developing activities, tools, regulatory standards and good practices to promote a functioning, interoperated, compatible and sustainable regulatory framework in the Mediterranean region.

Prior to MEDREG, he occupied the position of Sector Manager for Energy at the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, managing reform process, implementation and follow-up of pre-accession developments, monitoring and coordinating the programmes/projects under the EU Financial Assistance to Turkey between July 2010 and March 2018.

In 2006, he worked as Senior Gas Expert (Head of Hydrocarbons) for the Energy Community Secretariat in Vienna, where he contributed to the development of strategies for gas market structures in the South-Eastern European Countries and monitored the compliance of Members with the EU’s internal energy directives.

He worked for the Turkish Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) from its establishment in 2001 until 2009. He was involved in the preparation and implementation of the implementing legislation of the Natural Gas Market Law. Following his graduation, he joined Petroleum Pipeline Corporation (BOTAS) in 1994 as a natural gas engineer and specialised on natural gas and LNG sales and purchase agreements as well as gas infrastructures.

He received a BS in Metallurgical and Materials Science Engineering and later an MS from the Middle East Technical University (METU).

 

Jean-Michel Glachant

Professor at European University Institute & Director of Florence School of Regulation, Italy; IAEE President 2023

Jean-Michel Glachant is a Professor of Economics at the University of Paris-Sud and currently serves as the Director of the Florence School of Regulation. His primary research interests focus on European energy policy and the economic regulation of energy networks. Jean-Michel has been honored with the "European of the Year" Award in EU Energy Regulation and Climate Policy by EURELECTRIC in his role as FSR Director. Additionally, he is a distinguished member of the Academy of the European School for New Institutional Economics (ESNIE).

Johannes Reichl

Professor & Scientific Director of the Department of Energy Economics at Johannes Kepler Universitat Linz, Austria

Johannes Reichl is the scientific director of the Department of Energy Economics. He earned his PhD in Statistics from Johannes Kepler University Linz in 2009, and obtained his habilitation in Econometrics in 2022. His research focuses on developing methods and tools for a better understanding of the role of households in the energy and climate sector, as well as methods and tools for analyzing the economic impacts of new technologies on our daily lives and on the economy. He has led numerous research projects on energy and climate topics, and is currently the coordinator of the H2020 projects CAMPAIGNers and eCREW, was the coordinator of the project PEAKapp (H2020), the vice-coordinator of the FP7 project SESAME, and the legal, ethical, data protection, and policy officer of the FP7 project SPARKS. He is a Lead Author of the 2nd Austrian Assessment Report on Climate Change and is involved in the BRIDGE initiative of the European Commission.

John E. Parsons

Deputy Director for Research, MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research

Dr. Parsons is a financial economist specializing in corporate finance, valuation, capital investments and financial risk management. His research focuses on the valuation and financing of investments in the energy industry and the challenge of decarbonization, on the problems of risk in energy and environment markets and the role of trading
operations in energy companies. He is the Deputy Director for Research at the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR). He holds a BA in Economics from Princeton University and a PhD in Economics from Northwestern University. He has taught on the finance faculty at MIT’s Sloan School of
Management, at the Zicklin School of Business at the City University of New York’s Baruch College and at the Columbia Business School. Dr. Parsons has served as an Associate Member of the Energy and Environmental
Markets Advisory Committee at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and has been a Visiting Scholar at the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. For ten years Dr. Parsons worked in the Finance Practice at the economics consulting firm CRA International, where he was a Vice-President and Principal. He worked with major
international oil companies, mining companies and commodity processors, electric utilities and international pharmaceutical companies, among others on a wide variety of risk management and valuation matters.
SELECTED RESEARCH
“Energy and Water Without Carbon: Integrated Desalination and Nuclear Power at
Diablo Canyon” With Andrew T. Bouma, Quantum J. Wei, Jacopo Buongiorno, and
John H. Lienhard V., Applied Energy 323, July 2022.
“The Role of Hydropower Reservoirs in Deep Decarbonization Policy” with Emil
Dimanchev and Joshua Hodge, Energy Policy 155:112369, 2021.
“The Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World – an Interdisciplinary
MIT Study”, Chaired by Jacopo Buongiorno, Michael Corradini, John Parsons and David
Petti, September 2018.
“The Fundamentals Underlying Oil and Natural Gas Derivative Markets.” Annual Review
of Financial Economics 9, December 2017.

Laura Malaguzzi Valeri

World Resources Institute

laura.malaguzzi@wri.org

Washington, DC 20002

Experience

2023 - current     Global Director - Research Integrity, World Resources Institute, Washington D.C.

Oversees the Research Integrity team with the goal of improving the impact and maintaining the credibility of WRI’s research portfolio.

2014 - 2023         Deputy Vice President for Research, Data and Innovation, World Resources Institute, Washington D.C.

Guides the peer-review of research papers, reviews proposals and mentors staff on research methods.

2014 - 2018         Research Affiliate Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin 2005 – 2014          Research Officer Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin

(Post-Doctoral Fellow 2005-2009)

2010 – 2011        Visiting Assistant Professor Colby College, Waterville, Maine

Education

2005                    Ph.D. in Economics; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA 1999 M.A. in Economics; University of Michigan

1997                    M.Sc. in Economics; Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

1996                    Laurea (B.A.) in Economia e Commercio; Università La Sapienza, Rome, Italy

Select papers

Automated extraction of energy systems information from remotely sensed data: A review and analysis, with Simiao Ren, Wayne Hu, Kyle Bradbury, Dylan Harrison-Atlas, Brian Murray, and Jordan M. Malof. Applied Energy, vol. 326 (2022)

Estimating Power Plant Generation in the Global Power Plant Database, with Luotian Yin, Logan Byers and Johannes Friedrich. World Resources Institute Technical Note (2020)

How much does wind power reduce CO2 emissions? Evidence from the Irish Single Electricity Market, with Valeria Di Cosmo. Environmental and Resource Economics, vol. 71(3), 645-669 (2018)

Wind, storage, interconnection and the cost of electricity generation, with Valeria Di Cosmo.

Energy Economics, vol. 69, 1-18 (2018)

Irish and British historical electricity prices and implications for the future, with Paul Deane, John FitzGerald, Aidan Tuohy and Darragh Walsh. Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy, vol. 4(1), 97-111 (2015)

The incentive to invest in thermal plants in the presence of wind generation, with Valeria Di Cosmo. Energy Economics, vol. 43, 306-315 (2014)

The impact of a carbon tax on economic growth and carbon dioxide emissions in Ireland, with Thomas Conefrey, John FitzGerald and Richard Tol. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, vol. 56(7), 934-952 (2013)

Other

Member: International Association for Energy Economics; American Economic Association.

Maciej Mazur

President of PSPA  / President of AVERE - The European Association for Electromobility

Co-founder and President of the Board of PSPA one of the largest organizations focusing on the development of new mobility and President of AVERE - The European Association for Electromobility the oldest organization related to the zero-emission transport market in Europe. A business practitioner with many years of experience in the energy and automotive sectors. Since 2012 he has been associated with the alternative fuels industry particularly the electric energy sector (electromobility). He worked on the implementation of the largest infrastructural investments carried out in Poland and advised companies from the fuel automotive infrastructure financial and FMCG sectors. A graduate of International Relations with a specialization in International Trade Policy at the University of Warsaw. He also holds an MBA degree. Author of numerous publications in the fields of energy and social communication.

Michael Strebl

CEO, Wien Energy

Murat Kirazlı

General Manager and Board Member of Aksa Electricity

Niels Ehlers

Head of Transformation and Digitalization at 50Hertz, Germany

Dr. Niels Ehlers is heading a digital transformation team of the German grid operator 50Hertz Transmission GmbH. He has more than 20 years of experience in the energy sector. After studying electrical engineering at RWTH Aachen he received his PhD with honors at TU Berlin for his work on integrating renewables into the energy market. A particular focus of his work was on the cannibalization effect of energy storage systems. Before his current position he led teams for market development and system operation concepts. The team created new IT tools that managed and coordinated several TWh of redispatch per year to avoid critical grid congestion. In his current position his team is focusing on accelerating delivery of infrastructure projects by smarter use of data and tool-based automation.

Noura Mansouri

Research Fellow at KAPSARC, Saudi Arabia / Chair of Think 20 (T20) Climate Change and Environment Task Force

Dr. Noura Y. Mansouri is a climate change and sustainable energy enthusiast and professional. She is currently the Chair of Think 20 (T20) Climate Change and Environment Task Force (#2), Engagement Group, Group of Twenty (G20 Saudi Arabia 2020. She is also a Research Fellow at King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC.) and maintains the status of Research Affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Previously, Dr. Mansouri has served as the manager of strategy and marketing at AREVA, the then global leader in nuclear energy and major player in renewable energy. Her work related to the establishment of the nuclear sector in Saudi Arabia through human capacity building, industrial development, and research, development and innovation.

Upon earning her PhD degree, Noura was a part-time post-doctoral research fellow between 2013 and 2015 at the RGD Lab, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she received the Ibn Khaldun Fellowship from the Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy. Her work was focused on sustainable water desalination systems in Saudi Arabia.

Noura earned her PhD from the University of London, on the subject of clean energy transition in Saudi Arabia. Her thesis is now published into a book, Greening the Black Gold: Saudi Arabia’s Quest for Clean Energy. She also holds an MBA in technology exploitation and management (clean energy) from the same university. Noura has done her first degree BSc in Management Information Systems (with honours) at Dar Al Hekma University (joined as a 15 year-old freshman and graduated at 19). Noura has a diplomatic training certificate from The Fletcher School, Tufts University in Law and Diplomacy.

Dr. Mansouri was appointed as a member of the Selection Committee for 2019 and 2020, and Review Committee for 2018 in the Zayed Sustainability / Future Energy Prize, and she was selected as a leading young scientist to attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate 2017 Meeting in Economic Sciences. Noura has received the 2015 Women Excellence Leadership Award (LEWA) under the category "Rising Stars", she has also been appointed as a Future Energy Leader in 2015 at the World Energy Council, and a Board Member at Women in Clean Energy (WICE) under the Clean Energy Business Council for MENA. She participated in several scientific conferences, international and local events, sharing panels and events with leading figures in business and energy. Some examples include: presented before the Saudi and American Energy ministers, completed AREVA's nuclear learning tour, presented before the Saudi and German foreign ministers on the topic of renewable energy collaboration at the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, participated in the energy discussion panel at a Harvard University's conference, participated at The GLOBELICS PhD Academy, presented at The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies Seminar and was part of several youth programs organized by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In addition, she participated in many international conferences and workshops on the subject of sustainable energy and water. Noura is a co-founder of CellA+ a network for professional women in Saudi Arabia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ricardo Raineri

Professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile

Dr. Ricardo Raineri Energy Economist | Researcher | Infrastructure Advisor | MDB & Government Leader

Summary: Skillful economist and leading energy expert with extensive advisory and managerial experience across public and private sectors, multilateral organizations, and state-owned enterprises (SOEs). Expert in advising on energy, extractive industries, critical infrastructure sectors, telecom, finance, and corporate governance. Accomplished Energy Minister, Board Chairperson, World Bank Representative, and academic. I have a proven track record in driving policy, strategy, industrial organization, and regulatory frameworks.

Professional Experience:

  • President 2017, International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)

  • Special Economic Advisor, Associated Universities, Inc (AUI.edu)

  • Alternate Executive Director, World Bank Group represented Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay.

  • Energy Minister, Chile:

  • Board Member, Schwager Mining and Energy SA.

  • Board Chairperson, ENAP (Chilean State Oil Company)

  • Board Member, Chilean Council of State Companies

  • CEO Global Mining and Energy Partners, LLC (GMAEP)

Consulting & Advisory Roles:

  • Assisted governments, MDB, companies, and financial institutions across Latin America and beyond.

  • Expertise in energy policy, economics, industrial organization, competition, antitrust, institutional, and regulatory frameworks, business strategy, and corporate governance.

  • Economic and strategic evaluation of energy and infrastructure projects.

Education:

  • Ph.D. & master’s in economics, University of Minnesota

  • Bachelor’s in economics, Business Engineer, and Master in Economics, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Academic Contributions:

  • Professor, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

  • Editorial Board Member, The Energy Journal

  • Published in prestigious journals and media columns and keynoted at global conferences.

 

 

Richard Green

Professor of Sustainable Energy Business at Imperial College Business School, United Kingdom

Richard Green has been Professor of Sustainable Energy Business at Imperial College Business School since 2011.  He was previously Professor of Energy Economics and Director of the Institute for Energy Research and Policy at the University of Birmingham, and Professor of Economics at the University of Hull.  He started his career at the Department of Applied Economics and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.  He has spent time on secondment to the Office of Electricity Regulation and has held visiting appointments at the World Bank, the University of California Energy Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

He has been studying the economics and regulation of the electricity industry for over 30 years.  He has written extensively on market power in wholesale electricity markets and has also worked on transmission pricing.  More recently, the main focus of his work has been on the impact of low-carbon generation (nuclear and renewables) and energy storage on the electricity market, and the business and policy implications of this.

He was the 2016 Chair of the British Institute for Energy Economics. He is an editor of The Energy Journal and on the Editorial Board of Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy. He is a member of the team that produces Electric Insights, independent of but financed by Drax Group plc.

 

His publications include:

Green R, Staffell I, 2021, The contribution of taxes, subsidies, and regulations to British electricity decarbonization, Joule, Vol: 5, Pages: 2625-2645, ISSN: 2542-4351, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.joule.2021.09.011

Green R, 2021, Shifting Supply as Well as Demand: The new economics of electricity with high renewables, Handbook on Electricity Markets, Editors: Glachant, Joskow, Pollitt, Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing, Pages: 407-428, ISBN: 9781788979948

Geske J, Green R, Staffell I, 2020, Elecxit: the cost of bilaterally uncoupling British-EU Electricity Trade, Energy Economics, Vol: 85, Pages: 1-16, ISSN: 0140-9883, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eneco.2019.104599

Geske J, Green R, 2020, Optimal storage, investment and management under uncertainty: it is costly to avoid outages!, Energy Journal, Vol: 41, Pages: 1-28, ISSN: 0195-6574, http://dx.doi.org/10.5547/01956574.41.2.jges

Green RJ, Pudjianto D, Staffell I, Strbac G, 2016, Market Design for Long-Distance Trade in Renewable Electricity, Energy Journal, Vol: 37, Pages: 5-22, ISSN: 0195-6574, http://dx.doi.org/10.5547/01956574.37.SI2.agia

Staffell I, Green R, 2014, How does wind farm performance decline with age?, Renewable Energy, Vol:66, ISSN:0960-1481, Pages:775-786 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2013.10.041

Green R, Yatchew A, 2012, Support Schemes for Renewable Energy: An Economic Analysis, Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy, Vol:1, Pages:83-98 http://dx.doi.org/10.5547/2160-5890.1.2.6

Green RJ, Vasilakos N, 2012, Storing Wind for a Rainy Day: What kind of electricity does Denmark export?, Energy Journal, Vol:33, ISSN:0195-6574, Pages:1-22, http://dx.doi.org/10.5547/01956574.33.3.1

Green R, Hu H, Vasilakos N, 2011, Turning the wind into hydrogen: The long-run impact on electricity prices and generating capacity, Energy Policy, Vol:39, ISSN:0301-4215, Pages:3992-3998, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2010.11.007

Green RJ, Newbery DM, 1992, Competition in the British Electricity Spot Market, Journal of Political Economy, Vol:100, ISSN:0022-3808, Pages:929-953, http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/261846

 

 

Sama Bilbao y León

Director General at World Nuclear Association

​Sama leads a team of experts, analysts and communicators working to enable the growth of the global nuclear sector by connecting players across the nuclear value chain, shaping and representing the industry’s position in key world forums, providing authoritative information and influencing key audiences, organizations and media. Sama is also President of World Nuclear University, dedicated to inspire and develop the future leaders of the global nuclear industry.

Sama has more than 20 years of experience in nuclear engineering and energy policy. Sama has a very diverse professional experience having worked in the nuclear industry (Nuclear Safety Analysis Engineer, Dominion Energy, USA), in academia (Director of Nuclear Engineering Programs and Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), USA) and in international organisations (Head of the Division of Nuclear Technology Development and Economics at the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), Head of the Technical Secretariat for the Generation IV International Forum (GIF), Head of Water Cooled Reactors Technology Development Unit, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)).

Sama, who is originally from Spain, holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Energy Technologies from the Polytechnic University of Madrid; a master's degree and a PhD in Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison; and an MBA from Averett University. Sama is one of the seven founders of the North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN). Sama’s areas of expertise are nuclear thermal-hydraulics for both light water reactors and sodium cooled reactors, nuclear reactor design, nuclear safety, energy and environmental policy, and complex decision making.

 

Tatiana Mitrova

Research Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, United States

Dr. Tatiana Mitrova, Research Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University | SIPA, Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies, Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ) and Visiting Professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po).

She has twenty-five years of experience in dealing with Eurasian and global energy markets. From February 2017 to December 2020, she has been the Executive Director of the Energy Centre of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, a graduate business-school. From 2006-2011 she has been the Head of Research in the Oil and Gas Department in the Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

• profound knowledge of the global and FSU energy markets - energy technologies, market organization and corporate strategies.

• 14 years of experience in business education.

• 8 years as Independent Director in the international public energy companies. Currently Dr. Mitrova serves as a board member of SLB.

• Strong focus on ESG and corporate climate strategies.

Dr. Mitrova is a graduate of Moscow State University’s Economics Department. She has more than 200 publications in scientific and business journals and co-authors10 scientific books as well as best-seller “The 8 and 1/2 Steps: How to Live, Love And Work At Full Capacity” (stories of women leaders).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yannick Perez

Full Professor in Economics  / Sustainable Economy Research Group @ LGI / École CentraleSupélec 
Université Paris-Saclay

Yannick Perez was born in 1971 in France, and took his master’s degree (1997) and PhD in economics (2002) at University Panthéon-Sorbonne in France.

Yannick Perez became assistant professor at University de Cergy (2000-2003) and tenured associate professor of Economics at University Paris-Sud (From 2003-2019). From September 2019 he is Full Professor of Economics and Energy and Mobility in CentraleSupélec, university Paris-Saclay.

In parallel, from October 2008 to September 2022, he has been chief economic advisor of Professor Jean-Michel Glachant, at the Loyola de Palacio Chair on European Energy Policy at the European University Institute. Actually, he is still Part Time professor in charge of the EV regulation online courses.

In February 2012, he joined the Armand Peugeot research chair on Electromobility as Senior Research Fellow. The Armand Peugeot chair is open science research initiative sponsored by Stellantis to analyze the links between EVs and electricity networks regulations.

Since the last 20 years Yannick Perez has published more than 80 articles and book chapter in Energy related topics including contribution in Energy Economics, Energy Policy, Energy Journal, Ecological Economics and Renewable and Sustainable Energy Review among others.

Lastly Yannick Perez has conducted research for several industrial companies including EDF, RTE, Areva, Gaz de France, Stellantis, Vedecom, CEA, Verbund, Edison…. He has supervised 13 Ph.D. theses and is currently co-supervising 8 Ph.D. doctorates. 

 Concerning the IAEE organization, Yannick Perez has been involved in its activities since he was a PhD Student. He organized the annual PhDs meetings (1999, 2000, 2001) then the FAEE annual Meetings (2010, 2011, 2012) then the IAEE international conference in Paris 2020 (Canceled due to Covid) and the 2021 First full Online meeting. He is now involved in the organization of the 2025 International conference in Paris next year.

Ying Fan

Professor &  Dean of the School of Economics and Management at Beihang University, China

Prof. Ying Fan received her PhD in system engineering. She had been involved in the research of energy economics and management at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) for 25 years before moving to Beihang University in 2015. She is currently a professor and the Dean of the School of Economics and Management at Beihang University, and the director of MOE social science laboratory of low carbon intelligent governance (LLIG) at Beihang University. She visited Cornell University in the US as a visiting scholar from 2004 to 2005, and visited KAPSARC in Saudi Arabia in 2015. She was the Vice President for Academic affairs of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) during 2016-2020. Her research and teaching fields include energy economics, Energy-Environment-Economy system modeling, Emission Trading Scheme, climate change, energy and environmental policy.

 

Yukari Niwa Yamashita

Managing Director  , Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ)

Yukari Niwa Yamashita is a Managing Director for the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ), in Charge of the Energy Data and Modelling Center which is responsible for quantitative and qualitative analyses on energy policy issues. Her team’s analyses and recommendations contribute greatly to debate and policy making for Japan and international communities such as ERIA, APEC and IEA.  The annual IEEJ's Outlook is globally recognized for its timely analyses and pragmatic approach towards climate change.

 

She has been serving as a member of various government councils and committees in the fields of energy and science & technologies. Her latest contributions include policy discussions at Nuclear Energy Subcommittee and WG under Energy Efficiency and Conservation Subcommittee. She also led miscellaneous international and regional programs on energy cooperation through IEA, APEC, ERIA and IPEEC. She is a visiting professor at Kyushu University. She has been a Council member of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) for 2015-22 and served as the 2020 President of the IAEE.  

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Murat Kirazlı, who graduated from the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department of Middle East Technical University, completed his Master's degree in Finance at Bilkent University. With over 15 years of experience in the energy sector, Kirazlı began his professional career as a Co-Founder at CCM Ltd. Şti. Subsequently, he worked as a Senior Consultant in the Energy Sector at Deloitte, Energy Trading Director at Espe Enerji San. ve Tic. A.Ş., and Energy Trading Director at Limak Energy Group. In September 2014, Kirazlı joined Aksa and served as the Energy Trading Director at Aksa Energy Group. Murat Kirazlı continues his role as the General Manager and Board Member of Aksa Electricity Group.

Patrizia Marin

Founder of Marco Polo Experience, Italy

Patrizia Marin is a multi-faceted professional with extensive experience in chartered accountancy, legal auditing, media and public relations, and business strategy development. Based in Dubai, she leads Marco Polo Experience, a global agency specializing in crafting business and marketing strategies, communication solutions, media relations, and public affairs campaigns. Inspired by Marco Polo's legendary journeys, the agency fosters connections between key players across Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East, acting as a bridge for business opportunities along the modern-day Silk Road.

Her impressive career includes serving as an advisor to the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers for Communication. She possesses a deep understanding of the logistics and infrastructure sectors, having held leadership positions such as Head of Communication for the Venice Port Authority and Advisor for Investor Relations at Atlantia. Additionally, she is a passionate advocate for Italian excellence, spearheading international marketing campaigns, particularly within the wine industry (being a certified sommelier). Their experience extends to government and international public affairs, having partnered with Alan Friedman's media company. Currently, she is actively engaged in exploring the potential of new technologies, including blockchain and the metaverse environment.

Patrizia Marin holds a double degree in International Political Science and Law. She has served as a university lecturer in Leadership and International Relations at IULM University of Milan and various management master's programs (Made in Italy, Food & Wine, Luxury, Sport, etc.). Originally from Treviso, Italy, she is currently based in Dubai and maintains a passion for global exploration, having visited over 80 countries. She possesses fluency in Italian (mother tongue), English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese, with a dedication to learning Arabic as well.

Vilayet Valiyev

Rector, Azerbaijan Technical University

Dr. Vilayat Valiyev is a recognized leading researcher and expert on energy sector and economy. His career of over thirty years has been marked by academic distinction in teaching and research in the areas of the application of uncertainty/risk analyses to resource extraction, development of optimization programs for oil and gas recovery, economic and technical analysis of rehabilitation projects in the energy sector, and analysis of laws and contractual arrangements intended to facilitate the development of both the upstream energy sector and the domestic utility industry, commercial assignments in the development of financial and management accounting systems for fuel and energy enterprises; economic modelling, forecasting and strategic planning; regional development and enhancing inter-sectoral ties; determination of tax rates; decision-making on investments and innovations.

Dr. Valiyev has been conducting studies on a number of problems in upstream oil & gas sector, such as rational coordination of works in geological-geophysical, exploration and development phases for oil & gas fields and condensate fields; preparation of feasibility studies for development of oil & gas and condensate fields; estimation and projection of oil & gas and condensate reserves and their extraction; development of Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) models for joint development of oil & gas reserves; study of various perspective geological, technical and economic problems and strategic decision-making in oil & gas production, etc.

Along with above-mentioned, Dr. Valiyev has carried out research on expanding financial and investment capacity of enterprises, public-private partnerships, optimal tax rates, regional inequalities, identification of competitive advantages of economic sectors and products, sectoral analysis, constructing social accounts matrix (SAM), computable general equilibrium (CGE) and macro-econometric models, economic forecasting and strategic planning, while developing decision making mechanisms at various levels.

 
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