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2030 EU Energy Security, the Role of the Eastern Mediterranean Region

European Economic and Social Committee, 99 Rue Belliard, 1000, Brussels, Belgium

10 December 2014, 13:30 - 20:30


Keynote Speakers

Henri MalossePresident European Economic and Social Committee

Henri Malosse is the 30th President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). He is the author of over fifty reports as Member of the EESC since 1995, including a highly critical analysis of the Bolkestein Directive. He has been actively involved in EU policies supporting SMEs and inspired the creation of the Euro Info Centres. Mr Malosse was personally involved in the launch of the French Chambers of Commerce and Industry Delegation to the EU, becoming its president six years later. He also established the European Association of SMEs at the European Parliament. Born in France in October 1954, at an early age he became firmly convicted that Europe has a key role to play in nurturing a sense of European citizenship. At age 16 he began exploring the cultures of Eastern Europe, becoming a fluent speaker of Polish and Russian. Anxious to gain on-the-ground experience, he began traveling and it was during one of his visits to Gdansk that he met Lech Walesa in 1976, with whom he shares a taste for freedom and aversion to any form of oppression. Henri Malosse feels a strong sense of responsibility towards young people and has taught for many years in France, Poland and Russia. He founded a DESS post-graduate degree course in Strasbourg entitled European public policies.

Session Chairs and Moderators

Dr. Andriosopoulos KostasVice Chairman (DEPA Group) - Associate Professor (ESCP Europe)

Dr Kostas Andriosopoulos is the Executive Director of the Research Centre for Energy Management at ESCP Europe Business School where he holds the position of Associate Professor in Finance and Energy Economics. He is also the Academic Director of the full-time (MEM) and the Executive (EMEM) Masters in Energy Management. Kostas holds a PhD in Finance, an MBA and MSc in Finance and a bachelor’s degree in Production Engineering and Management. In addition to his academic activities, Kostas is currently the Vice-Chairman of the BoD of the Greek Natural Gas Utility (DEPA), and a senior advisor of 3H Partners, a management consultancy.


Karen AyatPartner and Contributor to Natural Gas Europe

Karen Ayat is an energy analyst and journalist focused on the hydrocarbon development in the Eastern Mediterranean. She is currently a Partner and Contributor to Natural Gas Europe, a leading platform that provides information and analyses of natural gas developments. Karen has emerged as a key expert on the geopolitics of the Eastern Mediterranean since the discovery of natural gas in the Levant basin. She has written substantially on the subject and her work has been widely published, mainly by Natural Gas Europe and Energy Tribune. Her articles expose potential legislative and political hurdles to the development of natural resources in the Levant basin and offer solutions to mitigate such risks. She explores various export strategies comparing possible routes and infrastructures, highlighting the pros and cons of each scenario in terms of time and cost efficiency, security and flexibility in the choice of the export market. Her work has also covered maritime border disputes and the various methods of resolving such conflicts. Karen has interviewed high level officials, energy experts in Lebanon, Cyprus and Jordan as well as major oil and gas companies. She has been quoted in academic papers and in international media. Karen is also the co-founder of the Lebanese Oil and Gas Initiative (LOGI), which aims to promote the transparent and sound management of Lebanon's oil and gas resources. She previously worked as a private banker in Credit Suisse in London servicing UHNW individuals in the Middle East. Karen reads International Relations and Contemporary War at King's College London focusing on Natural Resources and Conflict. She also holds an LLM in Commercial Law from City University London and a Bachelor of Laws from Université Saint Joseph in Beirut.

Stéphane Buffetaut, chair of the European Economic and Social Committee's Section for Energy, Transport

Stéphane Buffetaut, chair of the European Economic and Social Committee's Section for Energy, Transport, Infrastructure and the Information Society (TEN), holds degrees in European law from the Paris-Sorbonne University. He is a former member of the European Parliament. Stéphane Buffetaut is also chair of CILGERE, an organisation devoted to financing social housing in France and subsidised by the French firms that have a legal obligation to help their employees to meet their housing needs. Stéphane Buffetaut is also chair of the social housing firm ERIGERE and is responsible, in all, for over 700 employees. 

Dr. Gkanoutas-Leventis AngelosVice Chairman, Greek Energy Forum

Angelos is an economist, with a strong academic background, having graduated from the London School of Economics and the City University of London where he was awarded a PhD for his research on the financialisation of the oil market. After gaining experiences in the consulting, marketing and banking sectors, Angelos started his career in the oil & gas industry as an economist of Pertrobras, focusing on expanding its business activities in the international area. Since then, he joined BP, where he is currently part of the commercial management team of a production facility, overlooking a number of products as well as focusing on management of change and crisis & continuity management. Angelos is a founding member and current Vice Chairman of the Greek Energy Forum, a professional network for Greek energy professionals, while he also holds the position of a Fellow in the CITYPERC Research Center (City Univiresity, London).

Alexandros Lagakoschairman, Greek Energy Forum

Alex is a Senior Gas Analyst in Shell Energy Europe in London and the Founding Chairman of the Greek Energy Forum. In his current role in Shell, he is responsible for the analysis of gas markets' fundamentals and is the focal point for European gas trading analytics for senior management within the Group. His duties include providing traders with personal price forecasts, trade recommendations and optimisation advice on trading strategies. In the past, he has been a member of the Business Development Team of Shell Energy Europe, focused on the origination and negotiation of complex energy deals with major international companies. Before joining Shell, Alex worked for Gazprom as a Risk Analyst, involved in risk-due diligence on new market entries and innovative commercial products/structured deals on gas, electricity, carbon permits and biomass. He also possesses consulting experience, having worked in Mott MacDonald within the energy economics and finance team in the UK and having liaised with prestigious customers such as the World Bank and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Alex has addressed a number of international conferences as a guest speaker and has participated in market consultation exercises as a company representative. He holds an MEng in Electrical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an MSc on Sustainable Energy Futures from Imperial College in London. He is an enthusiastic and active supporter of initiatives that aim at helping Greece accelerate its way towards a better future, as both his earlier political involvement as an elected municipal councilor at the age of 22 and his decision to start the Greek Energy Forum in London hopefully prove in practice.


Charlotte Brandsma, Mediterranean Policy Program Coordinator, German Marshall Fund of the United States

Charlotte Brandsma joined the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in 2011. Based in Brussels, she coordinates GMF’s work on the Mediterranean and Middle East and is also part of the Energy & Society team. Since 2012, Charlotte manages GMF’s Eastern Mediterranean Energy Project which aims to promote the conditions for the peaceful development of new energy opportunities in the Eastern Mediterranean and to promote regional cooperation on energy issues. Her main focus is on energy politics in the Mediterranean region, U.S. and European policy towards the Mediterranean and Middle East, the Middle East Peace Process, and energy transition in the EU and the U.S. Prior to joining GMF, Charlotte worked for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brussels on the European Neighbourhood Policy and EU enlargement. She holds a BA and MA in International Relations from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Brendan Devlin, Advisor/Counsellor in the Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission

Brendan Devlin is an Advisor/Counsellor in the Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission. At present, his major work focuses on the development of the North Sea energy resources, the integration of renewables in the electricity market & the reconsideration of investment frameworks for electricity markets. Until recently, he was heavily involved in developing Caspian energy links with the European Union. He guided the negotiation and signature of the Nabucco intergovernmental agreement of 13 July 2009, & worked on developing the EU Southern Gas Route. His work has encompassed developing the legal doctrines applicable to import pipelines to the EU. He has negotiated the texts for the sanctions regimes in place for energy for Iran and worked on investor protection & trade issues in non-EU states. Before 2007, he guided the negotiation, signature (in October 2005) and ratification of the Energy Community Treaty, the first multilateral treaty between the successor states of the ex-Yugoslavia, Albania and the European Union (and the first energy Treaty signed by the EU).  Moldova and Ukraine have now joined the Treaty. He began working in the Commission at the Directorate General for Competition leading major cases looking at the gas market in Germany and the North Sea. Then for three years, he worked as a note-taker at EU-US Summits. By training, Mr Devlin is a lawyer and economist. He worked as a journalist before entering the Commission, writing in the UK national press and as an editor on a specialist political/economic journal. He has also worked in a Fortune 500 company and as teacher of political economy at the London School of Economics.

Patrick Gougeon, Director, ESCP Europe London Campus

Professor Dr. Patrick Gougeon holds a Doctorate in economics and is a member of ESCP Europe finance department, now based in Paris where he moved recently after four years in London as Director of ESCP Europe London campus. In the course of his career with the School he has occupied several positions in France and abroad. In Asia (1989-1993) he was the Director of the School of Management at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT, Bangkok,Thailand); back in Paris he was the Director of EMBA program me (1993 - 2001). He has also contributed to the development of various international programmes, such as the MEBF (Master in Economics of Banking and Finance), Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam), an ESCP Europe/Paris Dauphine joint programme holding the position of academic co-director. More recently, considering the importance of energy issues, he started to apply his expertise in this field with the launch of new executive programme in energy management (EMEM). Then, in June 2010, he was then appointed as UK Director and contributed to the development of the London campus with a particular effort placed on building a strong expertise in the field of energy management which eventually led to the launch of the Research Centre on Energy Management (RCEM) and a full-time Master in Energy Management (MEM)

Borchardt Klaus-DieterDirector of Internal Energy Market, DG Energy, European Commission

Klaus-Dieter Borchardt is Director of the Internal Energy Market at DG Energy. Borchardt joined the European Union in 1987 where he has held numerous positions including Deputy Head of Cabinet and Head of Cabinet for the Commissioner for Agriculture. Borchardt is an Honorary Professor at the University of Würzburg, where he has taught European law since 2001.



George Kremlis, Head of Unit “Enforcement, Cohesion policy & European Semester”, Directorate-General for Environment, EU commission

Georges Kremlis has started his career in the European Union in 1981. Currently he is the Head of the "Cohesion Policy and Environmental Impact Assessments" Unit in the Directorate-General for the Environment of the European Commission. He has joined as a Head of Unit DG Environment in 1995 and has served since then as the Head of the Legal and the Governance Units. Before joining DG Environment, he was a Legal advisor in the European Commission’s Legal Service, with an interruption of three years (1990-1993) in Greece. In that period he exercised the functions of Advisor to the Greek Minister of National Economy (1990), National co-ordinator for the EC internal market (1990-1992), Head of the EC Committee under the Greek Prime Minister (1993) and Secretary General for the European affairs in the Ministry of National Economy (1993). He is also:The founding and Honorary President of the Hellenic Environmental Law Association; The honorary President of the NGO INTEN-Synergy (Inter-Disciplinary Environmental Synergy) active on Sustainable development issues and trans-boundary environmental co-operation in the Balkans, the Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean; A founding member of a number of different European and International Associations, such as F.I.D.E. (International Federation for European Law), UAE (Association of European Lawyers), the ECU Institute (Lyon), etc;
A visiting Professor in a number of European Universities, such Athens Law School, University Centre of Nancy, University Centre of Luxembourg, etc; Organised and participated as a moderator or speaker in various seminars on EU Policy and/or Law across the EU; A lawyer of the Greek Supreme Court and in the past he has been a Research fellow at the Centre of International Economic and European Law (1979-1980), in Thessaloniki. He is the author of a very large number of various publications, in English, French and Greek, including books and articles, on EU Policy and Law, in particular institutional law, business law, private international law, environmental law, comparative law etc. He is the co-author of a four volumes Commentary, Article by Article, of the EU and EC Treaties (in Greek).

Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry & Tourism, Cyprus

Yiorgos Lakkotrypis was born in Nicosia on May 30th 1970. He is a graduate of the English School, Nicosia and has studied Mathematics and Computer Science (BSc) at the University of Keele in the UK (1988-1991). He completed his postgraduate studies in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Colorado in the USA, on a Fulbright scholarship (1993-1995). In 1991 he joined Joannou & Paraskevaides, assigned to oversee the IT systems at the company’s branch in Benghazi, Libya. In 1995, upon his return to Cyprus from his studies in the US, he joined IBM Cyprus, where for the next 6 years he worked in sales. In 2003 he was the first employee hired by Microsoft in Cyprus, entrusted with developing the company’s operations in the country. After five years of rapid growth, his duties expanded to the position of Managing Director for Microsoft Cyprus and Malta, while in November 2011 he was appointed Public Sector Director at Microsoft Central & Eastern Europe, with the mandate of developing the company’s operations in 24 countries.In addition, in 2008 he was appointed by the Council of Ministers as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA), a position he held until November 2011. In 2009 he was also appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Natural Gas Public Company (DEFA), a position he held until his appointment as Minister of Commerce. Mr. Lakkotrypis assumed office as Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism on March 1st 2013.

Anthony LivaniosCEO Energy Stream CMG

Anthony Livanios, CEO of Energy Stream CMG GmbH, has over 20 years of experience in structuring, negotiating, and implementing oil and gas projects, intergovernmental agreements, pipeline negotiations, geopolitical risk assessments, and market intelligence. His experience includes providing advice on oil and gas project development agreements, shareholders and project sharing agreements. He has been advising oil majors, national oil companies, and oil independents on concessions, pipelines and LNG projects on investment strategies, establishment of joint ventures, privatization, and oil and gas infrastructure development. He has implemented energy projects in the Eurasia and Caspian region, Persian Gulf and Arab world, Europe and the United States. He has developed a strong network in the areas of energy and international relations. 

Ioannis ManiatisEnergy Minister of Greece

Dr. Eng. Yannis Maniatis is a Rural and Surveying Engineer (National Technical University of Athens). He has been an Associate Professor at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki since 1995, an Associate Professor at University of Piraeus since 2002 and a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Economic Geography of University of Bonn (1995). Main academic fields include: Geographic Information Systems (G.I.S.), Energy and Transportation Systems and Environmental Monitoring. Mr Maniatis has published more than eighty (80) scientific papers in international congresses and scientific magazines. He has been Scientific Person in charge for twenty five (25) Inquiring Programmes that were financed by the European Union, the Greek State and private enterprises. Dr. Maniatis was elected as a Member of the Greek Parliament for the prefecture of Argolida for the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) for the first time in the 2004 elections and re-elected in 2007, 2009, May 2012 and June 2012 elections.  On 25th June 2013 he was appointed Minister of Environment, Energy & Climate Change of Greece.

Peter J Mather, BP, Group Regional Vice President, Europe and Head of Country, UK

Peter was appointed the BP Group Regional Vice President for Europe in April 2010. Before this he was Head of Country, UK and Vice President Europe Region. Peter has kept his UK roles as part of his expanded European brief. Peter’s early career in BP included oil trading, refining and shipping, in London, New York, Paris and Brussels. He then held senior strategic planning roles, initially in BP's upstream Global Gas group, and then in the Corporate Centre. On moving back into Refining and Marketing he worked on the establishment and implementation of the BP/Mobil JV, led the European Supply and Distribution activity and sat on the Management Board of the Nerefco refinery in the Netherlands, managing BP’s shareholding. He was then appointed to run the supply, trading and marketing business for BP’s new North Europe Gas Business and was subsequently appointed Managing Director of the UK Gas and Power activities and sat on the Board of the UK Interconnector pipeline and the Great Yarmouth power station. Peter’s current role has overall responsibility for the governance, reputation, co-ordination and integration of all BP’s activities across Europe. He is Chairman of BP Oil UK, BP Lubricants UK, BP Norway, and of the BP Europe Supervisory Board. He also sits on the Board of BP France and various other internal boards. Peter is Vice President of Fuels Europe and a Council Member of ICC UK. He is also an Honorary Director of the Royal Opera House, a Trustee of Dartington Hall and a Trustee of the BP Pension Fund. He sits on the Business in the Community Leadership Teams for Education and Arts & Business and is a member of the British Museum Chairman’s Advisory Group. Peter has an MA from Oxford and an MBA from INSEAD and is an honorary Fellow of King’s College, London. He is married with three children, and his outside interests cover the arts and most sports, from tennis to triathlons.

Costas Mitropoulos, Executive Board Member of PwC Greece

Costas Mitropoulos is an Executive Board Member of PwC Greece, responsible for business development. Costas has been, between July 2011 and August 2012, the Chief Executive Officer of Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund, the Hellenic Republic’s privatisation agency, while up to July 2011, the Executive Chairman of Eurobank EFG Equities, and the Head of Capital Markets of the Eurobank EFG Group with operations in Greece, Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia. Costas was the founder, and up to 2008 the Executive Chairman of KANTOR Management Consultants S.A., a leading consultancy in Greece with offices in London, Brussels, Warsaw, Bucharest and Sofia. Previously, he worked as a management consultant with Coopers & Lybrand in the UK. He has been responsible for numerous privatisations and corporate restructurings. Costas is a mechanical and electrical engineer from the National Technical University of Athens, with post graduate studies in Business Administration and Economics, holding an ΜΒΑ from Imperial College and a PhD from the London Business School.

Mathios RigasEnergean Oil and Gas S.A., Chairman & CEO

Mr. Rigas is a founding shareholder, and the Chairman & CEO of Energean Oil & Gas since 2007. Prior to setting up Energean Oil & Gas Mr. Rigas spent 18 years in investment banking and private equity investments. Between 2001 and 2007 Mr. Rigas was the President and Managing Director of Capital Connect Venture Managers, a private equity fund in Greece investing in innovative enterprises in IT, healthcare, waste management, and food industries. Mr. Rigas is also the Chairman of the Board of Tyres Herco S.A. a tire recycling company and MAVIN S.A. a company recycling agricultural and brewery by-products. From 1999 until 2001 Mr. Rigas ran Piraeus Bank's Shipping division. Prior to that (1993-1999) he was Vice President of Shipping, Energy & Project Finance at Chase Manhattan Bank in London where he arranged financing in excess of $5 billion, mainly in the oil & gas sector. His career started at Arthur Andersen in 1991 as a consultant in the energy sector. Mr. Rigas holds a Degree in Mining and Metallurgical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and an MSc / DIC Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College in London.

Dominique RistoriDirectorate-General for Energy - European Commission

Dominique Ristori has worked in the European Commission since 1978 and has held several senior positions. Prior to his current posting, he was Director-General of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) from 2010 to 2013. Between 2006 and 2010 Mr Ristori was Deputy Director General of DG Energy and Transport. From 2000 to 2006, as Director in charge of General Affairs and Resources in DG Energy and Transport, he was responsible for interinstitutional relations; enlargement and international relations; coordination of energy and transport research; internal market, state aids, infringements and public service obligations; passengers' and users' rights, as well as central management of human and budgetary resources. Between 1996 and 1999, he was Director in charge of European Energy Policy in DG XVII (Energy). Mr Ristori played an important role in the preparation and adoption process of the two first Directives on the Internal Market for gas and electricity. He also successfully launched the Florence and Madrid Fora for electricity and gas at the start of the regulatory process in the energy sector. In the period from 1990 to 1996 Mr Ristori was in charge of transnational cooperation between SMEs in DG III (Enterprise). Dominique Ristori graduated from the Institute of Political Studies of Paris in 1975.

Rikard ScoufiasTAP AG, Head of Country

Rikard Scoufias (born 1971) is a Swedish citizen. He is a lawyer by background, specialised in EU and International law from Uppsala University (Sweden), Maastricht University (Netherlands) and the College d’Europe (Belgium). In 1998 he joined BP Plc as CEO John Browne set out the company’s Beyond Petroleum strategy to set up the Government and Public Affairs department for renewable energy. In 2001/2002, he was appointed Group Regional Advisor for Europe at BP’s global headquarters in London and for the next eight years he held a number of Senior Leadership positions with the company, including head of Government and Public Affairs and Senior Advisor for several of the company’s main projects in South America, Asia and Africa. In 2009 he was appointed Executive Director for a Brussels based think tank created by Shell, J&J, Unilever, Microsoft and IBM to drive global thought leadership on business’ role in society, and since 2011 he is the business leader and country manager for BP, Socar Statoil, Fluxys, E.on, Total and Axpo’s Trans Adriatic Pipeline JV in Greece. TAP is a multi-billion project that will open up the strategic 4th gas corridor to bring Caspian gas to European markets, with the majority of construction concentrated in Greece. He has a passion for international affairs and applied leadership. He has been a board member at the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House) in London, a founding member of the EU’s Climate Change Panel and visiting professor at the College d’ Europe in Belgium.

Mechthild Wörsdörfer, Director for Energy policy in Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission

Ms Wörsdörfer has been appointed Director for Energy policy, Directorate in charge of general strategy and monitoring of energy policy, international relations and economic analysis in Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission (as 1st January 2014). Prior to her appointment she was Head of Unit A1 (Energy Policy & Monitoring of electricity, gas, coal and oil markets) responsible for the follow-up of the Communication 2030 framework for energy and climate policies, the Report on energy prices and costs, the Energy Roadmap 2050, the publishing of the quarterly reports on gas and electricity markets, the preparation of the work programme and the annual management plan as well as the coordination of infringements procedures in the DG. Prior to joining DG Energy Ms Wörsdörfer pursued a long career in the DG Enterprise & Industry. As Head of Unit E4 (SME policy development) she was dealing with the coordination and development of SME policy for growth and jobs, the preparation and monitoring of the communication on the "Small Business Act" for Europe. From 2009 – 2010 she held in addition the position of Acting Director in Directorate E (Promotion of SME's Competitiveness). From 1999 – 2004, she worked in the Cabinet of Commissioner Erkki Liikanen, responsible for Enterprise Policy and Information Society. She studied Economics at the University of Heidelberg and the University of Montpellier and completed her studies with a Master in European Economics at the Free University of Brussels. She speaks German, English, French and Spanish.

Shaul Zemach, Former Director General of The Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources

 Shaul Zemach served as the Director-General of the Israeli Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources from 2009 to 2013. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Director-General of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. In 2011, after the discoveries of significant Natural Gas volumes in Israel, Mr. Zemach was appointed by the Prime-Minister and the Minister of Energy as Chairman of an inter-ministerial committee to examine government policy on the natural gas industry in Israel, (Known as "(T)Zemach Committee"). The Committee submitted its final report to the Prime-Minister in 2012 and the policy was approved by the Cabinet on June 2013. Mr. Zemach began his career in 1994 at the Ministry of Finance and served in various positions at the office. Inter alia as Coordinator for Macroeconomics and State budget, and Head of Energy and National Infrastructures at the Budget Department. From 2002 to 2007 Mr. Zemach served as Deputy Budget Director at the Ministry of finance where he was responsible for Transportation, Agriculture, local Governments and Interior.Mr. Zemach served on several Boards of Directors of various government-owned companies, including Israel Electric Corporation, BAZAN Oil Refineries, Israel Railways, and Israel Airport Authority. In 2006 he was Acting Chairman of Israel Airport Authority Council.Mr. Zemach participated in the program "Enhancing Municipal Leadership in Israel", at John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He holds a Bachelor in Economics and International Relations from the Hebrew University and a Master in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University.