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Keynote Speakers

Philip Lowe

Philip Lowe

Director-General, DG Energy, European Commission


Philip Lowe was born in Leeds in 1947. He read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at St John's College, Oxford and has an M. Sc. from London Business School. Following a period in the manufacturing industry, he joined the European Commission in 1973, and held a range of senior posts as Chef de Cabinet and Director in the fields of regional development, agriculture, transport and administration, before becoming Director-General of the Development DG in 1997. From September 2002 he was Director-General of the Competition DG until he took up his current appointment as Director-General of the Energy DG in February 2010.

Jos Delbeke

Jos Delbeke

Director-General, DG Climate Action, European Commission


Mr Jos Delbeke (1954, Belgium), Director-General of the newly set up European Commission's DG Climate Action, Deputy Director-General of DG Environment from 2008-2010. He was very involved in negotiations on the package on climate change and energy in the EU Council and Parliament. Mr Delbeke has also been a key player in developing Europe's International Climate Change strategy, its legislation on cars and fuels, the European Emissions Trading Scheme, and legislation on air quality and emissions from big industrial installations. He joined the European Commission in 1986 and was very active on market-based instruments, on cost-benefit analysis, and on the new chemicals legislation REACH. For several years he was the European Commission's chief negotiator at the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties.

He holds a PhD in economics and has lectured at the University of Louvain in Belgium. In 1985, he worked temporarily for the International Monetary Fund in Washington.

Nickolas Reinhardt

Nickolas Reinhardt

Senior Policy Advisor and Chair of International Financial and Regulatory Affairs, Fleishman-Hillard


Nickolas Reinhardt is Senior Policy Advisor and Chair International Financial and Regulatory Affairs at Fleishman-Hillard in Brussels. His particular expertise is in the financial services sector advising clients on regulatory affairs since 1995. He has also been engaged on many high-profile merger, acquisition and anti-cartel cases. Nickolas similarly provides senior counsel to companies and organizations on corporate governance practices, company law, transatlantic relations, energy, information technology, security and trade.

Covering the whole spectrum of public affairs, Nickolas advises the boards of blue chip companies on their regulatory and communication strategies, business transactions, product development and authorization, media relations, as well as crisis and reputation management.

He joined Fleishman-Hillard in January 2008. Nickolas trained and worked as a merchant banker and securities trader for ABN Amro Bank. He was awarded his MA in Political Science, Economics and History from the Christian Albrechts University Kiel in Germany. He undertook postgraduate study and taught on EU affairs at the University of Limerick and the Queen’s University, Belfast. Starting his EU public affairs career at the European regional representation office of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein (the Hanse Office) he has since accumulated 17 years of public affairs experience in Brussels.

Nickolas is vice-chair of the Financial Services and Company Law Committee of the American Chamber to the European Union and a Member of the Public Affairs Executive of the European private equity industry. Nickolas has published extensively on European issues and is a regular guest speaker at seminars and conferences.

Sharon Bowles

Sharon Bowles

MEP and Chair of ECON Committee, European Parliament


Sharon Bowles has been an MEP since May 2005 and became Chair of the Economic and Monetary Affairs
Committee at the start of the new Parliamentary mandate in
July 2009.

Born in Oxford, Sharon graduated from Reading University
with an honours degree in Chemical Physics with Mathematics, specialising in quantum mechanics, spectroscopy and crystallography. She moved on to research on semiconductors at Oxford University using electron microscopy to study electrical and luminescent properties of laser materials.

In 1978 she commenced training to be a Chartered and European Patent Attorney, qualifying in 1981 and setting up her own practice the same year. Her husband Andrew Horton joined her to form the Bowles Horton partnership in 1986. Sharon worked in the practice until 2005 covering leading edge technology for both multinational companies and individual clients. Her main specialities were semiconductor fabrication and integrated circuits, telecommunications, computer architecture, oil extraction and wingsail design.

Sharon became active in politics in the mid 1980s. During the period from 1997 to 2005 she served on the Federal Executive (board) of the Liberal Democrats, its Finance and Administration Committee and chaired their International Relations Committee, was a Vice President of Liberal International, and became (and remains) Vice President of the ELDR aisbl (European Liberal Democrat and Reform party).

Sharon was a UK parliamentary candidate for the Liberal Democrats in 1992 and 1997, and also a European parliamentary candidate in 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009.
She entered the European Parliament in 2005, replacing Chris Huhne on his election to the UK parliament and took over his place on the ECON committee.

During the last Parliament she was the shadow rapporteur, inter alia, for the directives on Payment Services, Solvency II, Capital Requirements, Deposit Guarantees and Level 3 Committee funding, for reports on Hedge Funds and Private Equity and Transparency of Institutional Investors, as well as being rapporteur on tax fraud and for the setting up of the Statistical Governance Advisory Board. As a substitute on the legal Affairs Committee she covered Company Law and Intellectual Property and from time to time has intervened on the Industry and International Trade committees.

Re-elected in 2009, Sharon now Chairs the ECON committee and remains a substitute member of the Legal Affairs (JURI) committee.


Lena Ek

Lena Ek

MEP, European Parliament


Lena Ek is a Member of the European Parliament representing the Swedish Centre Party. Mrs. Ek is the ALDE Coordinator on the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, as well as a substitute member of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality, and the Committee on Agriculture. She is also the vice-president of the Croatia Delegation and of the ELDR.

She has previously been a Member of the Swedish Parliament, President of Centerkvinnorna (the Centre Party's Women's Organization), and a Municipal Commissioner in Sweden.

Before entering politics she was a lecturer and a research fellow at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Lund University.

Mrs. Ek holds a Jur. Kand. (Master of Law, LL.M.) from Lund University.

Fatih Birol

Fatih Birol

Chief Economist, International Energy Agency


Dr. Fatih Birol is the Chief Economist of the International Energy Agency, with overall responsibility for the organisation’s economic analysis of energy and climate change policy. He oversees the annual World Energy Outlook which is the flagship publication of the IEA and is recognised as the most authoritative source for energy analysis and projections. He is also responsible for the IEA Energy Business Council which provides policymakers with a business perspective on energy market issues. He is a frequent contributor to media and delivers numerous speeches each year at major international summits and conferences.

Throughout his career, Dr. Birol has been decorated with numerous awards in recognition of his contribution to the energy debate. He was recently named by Forbes Magazine as the world’s fourth most powerful person in terms of influence on the world’s energy scene. In 2009, alongside awards from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Polish Ministry of Economy, Dr. Birol was honoured with the Federal Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. He was awarded the Golden Honour Medal of the Austrian Republic in 2007 and was made a Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes Academique by the French Government in 2006. He received the annual award of the International Association of Energy Economics for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Profession’ in 2005. These followed awards from the U.S. Department of Energy in 2004 and the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2002.

Prior to joining the IEA in 1995, Dr. Birol worked for six years at the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna.

A Turkish citizen, Dr. Birol was born in Ankara in 1958. He earned a BSc degree in power engineering from the Technical University of Istanbul. He received his MSc and PhD in energy economics from the Technical University of Vienna.

Johannes Kindler

Johannes Kindler

Vice President, BNetzA


After studying law and holding different positions as adviser and assistant head of division at federal level, Johannes Kindler headed the office of the Minister of State to the Federal Chancellor between 1987 and 1991.

From 1991 to 1995 he was head of division for industrial and energy policy, the Treuhand privatisation agency, small and medium sized enterprises and regional economic policy at the Federal Chancellery.

Between 1995 and 2007 he was head there of the department for industrial, energy and telecommunications policy, innovation, foreign trade and financial markets. In this position, he worked as industrial adviser to Chancellors Gerhard Schröder and Angela Merkel.

Since February 2007 Johannes Kindler has been Vice President of the Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway.

He was elected Vice-Chairman of the European Regulators' Group for electricity and gas (ERGEG) in the European Union in November 2007.

Javier Echarri

Javier Echarri

Secretary General, EVCA


Javier Echarri is Secretary General of EVCA, the European Private Equity & Venture Capital Association. EVCA was founded in 1983 and has more than 1,400 members in 60 countries.

Mr Echarri joined EVCA in 1999, becoming its fourth Secretary General in 2000. Previously he was the Director of both Retail and Institutional Banking at ARGENTARIA bank (now BBVA) from 1995.

Mr Echarri began his career in the automotive and specialist engineering industries. He has also held the position of Secretary General at the Spanish Chamber of Commerce for Benelux.

Current engagements include non-executive board positions at the European Federation of Junior Enterprises (JADE), the Asia Pacific Venture Capital Association, buyout firm GED, and the secondary exchange platform Triago X.

He is a graduate in Economics and Business Studies from the University of Deusto in Spain and has a Post-graduate degree in European Union Economic integration from the University of Amsterdam.

Howard Chase

Howard Chase

Director European Government Affairs, BP


Howard Chase is Director of European Government Affairs for BP Europe based in Brussels and is responsible for relationships between the company and the European Union.

Through a career of more that thirty years with BP, Howard has worked on many major oil and gas development projects worldwide, including in the North Sea, Russia, Azerbaijan, Colombia, Algeria, Vietnam and Angola.

Prior to taking up his role in Brussels, he held senior government affairs posts for BP in both Washington DC and in Moscow.

He is a graduate in engineering from the University of Cambridge and later completed management studies programmes in the UK and at Harvard Business School.

In addition to his role as Chairman of the Industry Advisory Panel of the Energy Charter Treaty, he is Chairman of the Foreign Economic Relations Work Group of the European Round Table of Industrialists and was a ‘sherpa’ to the European Commission High Level Group on Competitiveness, Energy and the Environment.

Trevor Sikorski

Trevor Sikorski

Head of Environmental Markets Research, Barclays Capital


Trevor Sikorski is a Director within the Commodities Research team at Barclays Capital, based in London. He is responsible for carbon markets and environmental products research.

Dr. Sikorski joined Barclays Capital in May 2008 from Point Carbon where he was a Director and senior analyst responsible for developing long-term analytical frameworks and forecasting capability in European gas, continental power and post-2012 CO2 emissions. Dr. Sikorski has analysed the emissions markets since 2004 and has authored numerous reports on the subject.

Dr. Sikorski graduated with a PhD in Economics from Strathclyde University.

Louis Redshaw

Louis Redshaw

Head of Environmental Markets Trading, Barclays Capital


Louis Redshaw is a Managing Director and Head of Environmental Markets at Barclays Capital, based in London.

Mr. Redshaw established and is responsible for Barclays Capital’s carbon trading activities globally, providing carbon sourcing, risk management and financing solutions to clients. Barclays Capital is a leading provider of EU Allowance and Certified Emission Reduction (CER) trading services.

Mr. Redshaw joined Barclays Capital in 2004 from EDF Trading where he was manager of trading and marketing of EDF’s renewable electricity portfolio. Prior to this, he spent four years trading electricity at Enron Europe and was responsible for setting up its renewable energy trading desk.

Mr. Redshaw holds a Masters in Environmental Technology and Energy Policy from Imperial College, London, graduating with Distinction.

Andrzej Błachowicz

Andrzej Błachowicz

International Co-operation Manager, Polish National Administration of the Emissions Trading Scheme / National Centre for Emission Management


Mr. Andrzej Błachowicz is in charge of International Cooperation at the Polish National Administration of Emissions Trading Scheme-National Centre for Emission Management (KASHUE-KOBiZE) – a government agency. He is involved in all implementation aspects of the EU Climate and Energy Package. He is also a member of the Polish delegation to the UNFCCC negotiations, where he focuses predominantly on financial aspects of the future climate regime. Andrzej has been involved in climate change policy issues since 2001. His previous posts included working at the US-based think tank – the Center for Clean Air Policy in Warsaw and Brussels and at HVB Bank in Germany.
Andrzej is a Marshall Memorial Fellow of the GMF and a fellow of the US Department of State. He holds a master degree in environmental management from the University of Warsaw and also completed the international courses at the UN University in Tokyo.

Andrzej Błachowicz (co-)authored several publications, last of which („View from the East” published in „Trading Carbon” 12/2009-1/2010) presents the explanation of the Poland’s position in climate negotiations.

Delia Villagrasa

Delia Villagrasa

Senior Advisor Climate Change Diplomacy, European Climate Foundation (ECF)


Delia is Swiss-Spanish, and has a degree in business administration from the University of St. Gallen. She has worked in the corporate sector and for development and environmental organisations.

At present she is Senior Advisor to the European Climate Foundation on Climate Change issues relating to the EU, climate finance and the UNFCCC negotiations.

After some corporate work, her environmental career started at WWF International, where she worked for 4 years and got the «environmental bug», never to fully leave environmental issues thereafter. Delia came to Brussels over 14 years ago to become Director of Climate Action Network Europe, which she steered for 4 years during the exciting time of the UN negotiations for the Kyoto Protocol, and the resulting development of EU policies until 1999. Afterwards she headed the Business Council for Sustainable Energy for several years and then made herself independent, advising different organisations on EU environmental matters, working intensively with the EU Institutions.

She is married with two (extremely beautiful and bright) daughters.

Russel Mills

Russel Mills

Global Director, Energy & Climate Change Policy, Dow Europe


Russel Mills is the Global Director of Energy & Climate Change Policy for Dow Chemical. He is currently based at Dow’s European headquarters close to Zurich in Switzerland. Most of his career has been in market development, technology exploitation and global business management. He has also worked in consolidating acquisitions, setting up new businesses and managing Joint Venture operations. He is a physics graduate of Oxford University.

Mills has been working in the chemical and related industries for over 30 years. Regular job moves have taken him to the USA, UK, and the Netherlands and on several occasions to Belgium and Switzerland. Recent job assignments have included the Global Business Director role for the Cargill Dow bio-polymers joint venture, a secondment to European chemical industry associations, and leading the development of technology cooperation and government PPPs strategies for Dow in Europe.

Mills participated in the High Level Group on Competitiveness, Energy & Environment set up by the EU Commission in 2005, has represented the company at numerous energy and climate fora and chairs a number of key initiatives in this area on behalf of the global chemical industry.

Russel Mills is a British citizen, is married to a Kenyan, has two children and currently lives in Kuesnacht, Switzerland.



Wednesday 24 March, 2010
08.30 to 14.30




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