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Argus Emissions Markets 2018 | 6-7 March | Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Speakers at Argus Emissions Markets 2018

 Adolfo Aiello

 Adolfo Aiello, Director of Climate Change, The European Steel Association (EUROFER)

Adolfo Aiello has been Director Climate and Energy at European Steel Association (EUROFER) since July 2015. He leads the advocacy and technical work on climate and energy issues, including the EU emissions trading scheme (EU ETS), renewables and energy efficiency. Adolfo has 10 years’ experience in Brussels-based trade associations dealing with these topics. He holds an MA in European Studies at the College of Europe and a BA in International Economics.

   
 Africa Abajas Africa Abajas, Head of Aviation Services, Vertis Environmental Finance

Africa Abajas is Head of Aviation Services at Vertis Environmental Finance, one of the first companies in the world to be involved in carbon markets. Vertis started with project development services under the Kyoto protocol, then expanded into emissions trading and consulting to serve clients on compliance with the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS), the voluntary offsetting of emissions and energy efficiency. Africa joined Vertis in September 2016 and is based in Madrid, continuing her career in the aviation industry focusing on environmental issues. She is responsible for running and developing Vertis’ aviation business line, aviation strategy and product range. Prior to Vertis, Africa worked as Legal and Policy Adviser for the Spanish Civil Aviation Authority. She was responsible for files such as the EU ETS on aviation and was involved in the ICAO process for the development of the Corsia scheme, at a technical and political level. She supported co-ordination among EU states representing the Spanish competent authority through European institutions, industry associations and other stakeholders and participated in European funded projects on biofuels for aviation. Africa started her professional career in a Spanish airline association where she worked as legal adviser on aviation related policy issues, developing and implementing lobbying plans to promote clients’ interests and serving as liaison between clients and policy makers and regulators. Africa has a law degree with a specialisation in international and European law and aviation regulations.
 
 Espen 100 Espen Andreassen, Senior Analyst CO2 and European Power Markets, Wattsight

Espen Andreassen is a Senior Analyst at Wattsight. He has analysed the carbon market for the past 13 years, as well as the German power market and European long term energy development.

 Lucy Arndt Lucy Arndt, Sales & Business Development Manager, Ecosphere+

Lucy Arndt is responsible for sales and business development at Exosphere+, focusing on the extractive and consumer goods and services industries. She has a background in addressing sustainability and climate risks and opportunities within the private sector to achieve business and social value. At BG Group she worked on developing environment and climate change strategy and building multi-stakeholder climate initiatives to drive industry action. She also led the firm’s sustainability reporting and communication programme, achieving the highest transparency rating for the energy industry. She holds a master’s degree in sustainable development from the University of St Andrews, where she co-founded a Scottish Government Climate Challenge-funded community behaviour change initiative. Lucy joined Exosphere+ after working in Kenya for a forest carbon REDD+ project.

 Jared Braslawsky Jared Braslawsky, Secretary General, RECS International

As Secretary-General of RECS International, Jared works on the consumer-driven market for renewable electricity in Europe and around the world. He is a leading expert in the market for Guarantees of Origin and other electricity tracking instruments. Jared recently launched the International REC Standard Foundation, which implements and standardises attribute tracking systems around the globe. Jared is a member of a number of technical working groups and advises companies on issues related to attribute and emissions accounting.
 Ross Brown  Ross Brown, Principal Fiscal and Policy Analyst, California Legislative Analyst’s Office

Ross Brown is a Principal Fiscal and Policy Analyst with the California Legislative Analyst’s Office, the non-partisan fiscal and policy advisers to the state legislature. Ross works on budget and regulatory issues related to energy, climate change, and air pollution for the office. He has authored several reports related to the state’s cap- and-trade programme and testified at several legislative hearings related to cap-and-trade.
 Tomaz Centrih Tomaz Centrih, Senior Specialist, Holding Slovenske elektrarne (HSE)

Tomaz Centrih is a Senior Specialist at Slovenian power producing company Holding Slovenske elektrarne (HSE). He has been analysing the European energy and carbon market for more than 12 years, with a focus on fundamental and technical analysis, trading strategies and power and climate policies. Tomaz started his career at HSE as a portfolio analyst in 2006 and was later promoted to the post of Head of Portfolio Management, where he was responsible for elaborating short and long-term forecasts for the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS) and the regional electricity market. Tomas holds a master’s in economics from the University of Ljubljana and a degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Maribor, Slovenia.
 
   
   
Koen Coppenholle

 Koen Coppenholle, Chief Executive, CEMBUREAU - The European Cement Association

Before joining CEMBUREAU, Koen was Head of European Affairs for ArcelorMittal (2007-12) and Senior Counsel European Affairs for General Electric (2000-07). Koen was Senior Counsel with the law firm Linklaters (1995-2000) and legal clerk for the Dutch Judge in the European Court of Justice (1992-95). He started his career as a research and teaching assistant in European law at the University of Leuven.

   
James Cooper

James Cooper, Lead Analyst, Global Environmental Products, BP

James leads BP’s emissions market analytics as part of the global environmental products team. His focus covers the range of markets in which BP is active, including Alberta, California-Quebec, Ontario, RGGI, EU ETS and China. Prior to joining BP, James worked as Lead EU ETS analyst for Bloomberg New Energy Finance. James has a BA in geography from Oxford University.

   
 Stefano de Clara Stefano Da Clara, Director, International Policy, IETA

Stefano De Clara is International Policy Director at the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). He joined the IETA in 2014, initially focusing on the EU ETS and UNFCCC negotiations. While continuing to work in both areas, he now leads IETA’s international work, including activities at the UNFCCC level and in Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

Working on IETA’s Business Partnership for Market Readiness (B-PMR) initiative he often focuses on emerging carbon markets.

Prior to joining the IETA, he focused on emissions trading in academia and for consulting companies. He holds an MSc in Sustainable Development from Utrecht University in the Netherlands and a BSc in Environmental Science from the University of Trieste in Italy.
   
 Francisco 100 Francisco Grajales Cravioto, Emissions Trader, Vattenfall Energy Trading

Francisco Grajales has over 12 years’ experience in renewable energy, environmental markets and trading. Currently, he is Lead Environmental Commodities Trader at Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall. Francisco’s trading portfolios include EUAs, CERs, VERs and GoOs, among other green products. Before joining Vattenfall, Francisco was Assistant Fund Manager for the Clean Tech Fund, where he worked in the identification and development of investment opportunities in renewable energy projects. Prior to that, Francisco worked in the Latin American (LA) Environmental Department of the World Bank, in Washington, DC. And before the World Bank, Francisco worked as a Climate Change and Emissions Trading Analyst for Finnish energy company Fortum, where he contributed to the development of a corporate carbon market strategy.
   
Tony Gai

Tony Gai, Managing Director, Heng Neng

Tony founded Heng Neng earlier this year, aiming to help China’s market participants manage their risks under China's national carbon trading scheme, which is expected to be launched later this year. Heng Neng will also help international and Chinese companies to access Chinese and international emissions markets.Previously, he was Head of Emissions Trading at PetroChina International. Tony carried out China's first emission allowance trade in 2013, when the first pilot market launched in Shenzhen.

   
 Julie Girling  Julie Girling, Rapporteur of the EU ETS, European Parliament

Julie Girling was elected as a Conservative member of the European Parliament for south west England and Gibraltar in 2009 and successfully re-elected for a second term in 2014.
She is the co-ordinator for the European Conservatives and Reformists Group on the Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. She also sits on the committees for Agriculture and Rural Development and on Women's Rights and Gender Equality.

Julie sits on the delegation for relations with south east Asia, and has previously served as chief whip for the Conservatives in the European Parliament.
During her time in the European Parliament she has worked on a number of important legislative files covering areas such as air quality, emissions, food safety, reform of the common agriculture and fisheries policies, biodiversity, chemicals and animal welfare. Julie has recently been rapporteur for the ETS Phase IV and the Aviation ETS files.
   
Brigitta Huckestein

Dr Brigitta Huckestein, Senior Manager Energy and Climate Policy, BASF

Brigitta studied chemistry at the Georg-August University in Göttingen. In 1991, she joined BASF´s plastics research and headed a laboratory where she developed products for new applications and improved production processes. After that, she initiated, led and accompanied a range of technical, communication and advocacy projects in various functions in the plastics department. Key focuses were plastics recycling, sustainability and energy efficiency of plastics. Since 2008 her focus is on energy and climate policy — such as energy efficiency of buildings and in industry, emissions trading and global climate policies. She is active in several industry and chemicals associations on international and national level, including ICCA, Cefic and BDI.

  Dave Jones, Power Analyst, Sandbag
  Dave Jones has been working with a network of NGOs for five years to accelerate the phase-out of unabated coal in Europe. He previously spent 13 years at German power utility Eon analysing electricity and carbon markets.

 Kari Kankaanpaa  Kari Kankaanpää, Senior Manager, Climate Affairs, Fortum Corporation

Kari Kankaanpää is Senior Manager, Climate Affairs, for Fortum Corporation in Finland. He has profound expertise and experience in climate change policy and legislation, carbon market and emissions trading, renewable energy and environmental regulation. After working for several years in environmental administration, Kari has held several positions in the energy industry. He has a proven track record in public affairs, interest promotion and stakeholder collaboration, as well as strong advocacy for market-oriented policies and measures as well as low-carbon power generation. Kari is a member of several committees and working groups of energy sector branch organisations and stakeholder groups in Finland and at the EU level. He is a member of Eurelectric’s climate working group and represents his company in the World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition. Kari has a master’s degree in environmental and chemical engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology.
   
Ross McKenzie

 Ross McKenzie, EU Public Affairs Manager, Drax Group

Ross is EU Public Affairs Manager at Drax, the UK’s largest power station. Previously, he was an adviser to Ian Duncan MEP, Rapporteur of the ETS Phase IV file in the European Parliament. Ross chairs Energy UK’s Brexit and ETS Working Groups.

   
 Julia Michalak Julia Michalak, EU Policy Director, IETA

Julia Michalak is EU Policy Director at the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), a non-profit business organisation that promotes the establishment of a functional global framework for trading greenhouse gas emission reductions.
Prior to joining IETA, Julia worked for several years on EU climate policy in research institutes and the non-governmental sector.
 Giuseppe  Giuseppe Montesano, Chair of Environment and Sustainable Development Policies Committee, Eurelectric & Deputy Director, Enel Foundation

Giuseppe Montesano graduated in mechanical engineering in 1985, specialising in energy transformation and energy systems. He has worked for Enel since 1988, developing renewable energy projects, designing environmental and low-carbon strategies, and advising on regulatory matters. He has held several managerial positions, including Head of Network and Tariff Regulation, Head of Environment, Head of European Regulation and Scenarios, and Head of European Energy Policy. He also chairs European electricity industry association Eurelectric’s Environment and Sustainable Development Policies Committee, and is Vice-Chairman of the Italian National Committee of the World Energy Council. He is presently a Deputy Director of the non-profit Enel Foundation.

 Tobias Munk 100x100 Tobias Munk, Head of Options Trading, CEZ

Tobias Munk has spent the past two years as the Head of Options Trading at Cez, having previously been the Head of Fuel and Carbon Trading at Axpo Trading. Tobias has been the leader of emissions trading teams at leading companies for over seven years, following a spell as a Senior Emissions Trader at Eon, and has been trading for more than 20 years. Quick to assimilate new ideas and concepts, Tobias is a skilled team player driving productive environments. Tobias has undergone extensive training in the practical and theoretical application of options trading and other derivatives and their application to optimisation and flexibility management.
   
Bernadett Papp

 Bernadett Papp, Senior Market Analyst, Vertis Environmental Finance

After studying at the University of Budapest, Bernadett Papp took her MBA from the University of Lyon. She worked at several investment firms as an equity research analyst specialising in utilities and energy service companies, before joining Vertis Environmental Finance in Budapest, where she has been since January 2012.

   
Ariel Perez
Ariel Perez, Head of Emissions Trading, Hartree Partners

Ariel Perez has worked in carbon markets since 2009 and joined Hartree in 2015 to start its environmental markets business, with responsibility for global sales and trading.
He was hired by Mercuria UK in 2012 as a senior Cross Commodity Trader and Managing Partner, where he ran a cross commodity trading business.
Ariel started his career in foreign exchange for US bank Citigroup in New York in 2009 and founded its North American CO2 business. He was appointed head of trading for environmental markets in London two years later.
Ariel has traded over 500mn carbon credits and is among the most experienced emissions traders in the market. He holds a BS in applied economics and management from Cornell University.

Louis Redshaw

Louis Redshaw, Chief Executive, Redshaw Advisors

Louis Redshaw is Chief Executive and founder of Redshaw Advisors, which is dedicated to making companies successful in carbon markets. Redshaw Advisors brings together like-minded, customer focused carbon professionals to educate and advise industry, governments, investors and others with exposure to carbon. Previously, Louis founded and ran for 10 years Barclays Capital’s environmental markets business, creating the largest carbon business by traded volume, globally. His work included standardising trading terms for EUA and CER transactions — similar efforts in the US led to the first trades in California Carbon Allowances (CCAs). In 2009, he initiated a CER portfolio acquisition process that resulted in the purchase of Tricorona in 2010, the third-largest CDM project developer.  He has been a Director CMIA, and Director of IETA for four years, as well as a Director of Tricorona.

 Ricardo Rossi Ricardo Rossi, Director, Wholesale Gas and Energy Trading Regulation, Centrica

Riccardo Rossi is an economist, expert in the field of regulation of energy commodity markets and expert in the regulation of European gas and electricity markets and energy commodity markets.
He joined the Centrica Group in 2017, where he is responsible for Wholesale Gas and Energy Trading Regulation. He worked for Gazprom Marketing & Trading from 2013 as Regulatory Affairs Manager in charge of financial regulatory affairs and co-ordinator of the team.
Riccardo has been member and chairman of working groups in energy associations, such as the European Federation of Energy Traders.
He developed his experience in European regulatory affairs and energy markets in the E.ON group from 2006 and started his career at Dalmine Energie, in Italy.

 Rajesh Sethi Rajesh Sethi, Manager, Sustainable Development Mechanisms, UNFCCC

Rajesh Sethi is manager and secretary to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) executive board and Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee in the sustainable development mechanisms programme at the UNFCCC Secretariat in Bonn, Germany.
He is responsible for registration of CDM projects, issuance of certified emission reductions, and managing third party entity assessment process as well as the CDM registry.
Rajesh is the manager responsible for Article 6 negotiations under the Paris Agreement work programme.
He previously worked in the government of India in various capacities, was a member of the CDM executive board for six years and chaired the board in 2008.

Trevor Sikorski

Trevor Sikorski, Head of Natural Gas and Carbon Research, Energy Aspects

Trevor has been analysing European energy and environmental markets for more than 15 years, having held senior analytical research roles with Barclays Capital, Point Carbon, Global Insight and PwC. He has an in-depth understanding of the global markets for generation fuels and carbon, including their fundamentals, trading behaviours, and complex interactions. In 2010, Trevor was named the top carbon market analyst by Environmental Finance magazine and was in Commodity Magazine’s commodities research team of the year in 2011. Trevor is frequently featured in leading media outlets, including the Financial Times, BBC News, Reuters, Bloomberg, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, and Sky News.

 Miguel Simon Miguel Simon, Emissions Analyst, Yara International 

Miguel Simon is Senior Manager for Energy Sourcing at Norwegian chemicals company Yara, where he is responsible for sourcing natural gas for the company’s ammonia plants in northwest Europe and the Americas, as well as managing Yara’s carbon portfolio at a global level. Miguel joined the department in 2004, when he started to follow the first steps of the carbon markets in the EU — with implementation of phase I — and the impact for Yara. With the development of the company’s N2O catalysts technology used in the production of nitric acid, Miguel has been involved in a number of CDM/JI projects up to 2012. Miguel is currently following up the emergence of new carbon schemes in North America where Yara has production facilities, as well as the development of renewables in the chemicals industry aimed at reducing the company’s carbon footprint.
 
 Gabrielle Sommers Gabrielle Sommers, Deputy Director, Internal Market Affairs Directorate, EFTA Surveillance Authority

Gabrielle Somers has been deputy director for the Internal Market Affairs Directorate at the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) since 2015.
She leads the team responsible for ensuring compliance with EU environmental law in the three EEA EFTA states – Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. This includes the participation of the three EEA EFTA states in the EU’s emission trading scheme.
Gabrielle worked as a lawyer in private practice prior to joining ESA in 2011, where she advised the EU Commission and businesses on climate change matters.
Ondrej Strecker

Ondrej Strecker, Senior Strategy Specialist, CEZ

Ondrej has worked for Czech power utility CEZ in the market analysis and prognosis department of the strategy unit since 2009. He focuses on such areas as EU ETS modelling and its design, long term supply-demand balances, and potential overlaps with other European climate policies. He is also active in power demand forecasting, energy efficiency topics and macroeconomic analysis. He holds a degree in economic theory from Prague’s Charles University.

 Jeff Swartz Jeff Swartz, Director of Climate Policy and Carbon Markets, South Pole

Jeff is the Director of sustainability services provider South Pole’s strategy and services on international climate policy and carbon markets. He provides business development for the company’s activities with the public sector and supervises its portfolio of public-sector advisory projects. Prior to joining South Pole, Jeff was Managing Director of the International Emissions Trading Association (Ieta). Jeff represented Ieta and its more than 140 members on all aspects of international climate change negotiations with a special emphasis on carbon pricing and its role in the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Jeff set up Ieta’s Business Partnership for Market Readiness (B-PMR), which shapes the next generation of carbon markets. Jeff spent more than four years in Beijing working on the UN Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) for the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (Nefco) and Evolution Markets. He has experience working for the US State Department in Guangzhou, and for the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments, where he worked on the design of local implementations of California’s AB 32 scoping plan.
Sirui Xiao

Sirui Xiao, Deputy Director of Research and Planning Department, China Emissions Exchange (CEEX)

Sirui Xiao joined the China (Guangzhou) Emission Exchange (CEEX) in 2014, where he worked and led a wide range of projects in the field of emissions trading mechanism design, carbon finance innovation, carbon allowances allocation, environmental equity and sustainable development. More recently, he has been supporting the development of Chinese national ETS and green finance system in the Guangdong area. He has also been extensively involved in setting up other provincial and divisional exchanges within CEEX, maintenance of exchange membership and business development of carbon finance.

Peter Zapfel

Peter Zapfel, Head of Unit, ETS Policy Development and Auctioning, DG Climate Action, European Commission

After joining the commission in 1998, Peter Zapfel worked for the DG for Economic and Financial Affairs and DG Environment. He has represented the commission as a delegation member in several UN climate negotiation sessions. For several years, he was responsible for the economic assessment of climate policy. He has been involved in the commission’s work on emissions trading since 1998. In DG Environment, he has co-ordinated a DG-internal task force for the commission's assessment of national allocation plans for phase two of the EU Emission Trading System. He also served as assistant to the Deputy Director-General of DG Environment and as assistant to the Director-General in DG Climate Action. Prior to his current assignment, he was Head of Unit of the economic analysis and strategy unit in DG Climate Action. He holds academic degrees from the University of Business and Economics in Vienna, Austria, and the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

   
   

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Espen Andreassen, Senior Analyst, MKonline
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