Alexis Tsipras

Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic

Alexis Tsipras was born in 1974. He entered into a civil partnership with Betty Baziana, and together, they have two sons. He studied Civil Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, from which he later received a graduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

He was Secretary of the youth wing of the “Coalition of the Left — Movements and Ecology”, from 1999 to 2003. In 2006, he was elected Councilman of Athens. In 2008, he was elected party President during the 5th Congress of the “Coalition of the Left”, and then re-elected during the 6th Congress in June 2010. He has served as President of SYRIZA from the founding party congress in July 2013.

Since December 2012, he has served as Vice President of the “European Left” party (EL). In December 2013, he was nominated EL’s candidate for President of the European Commission.

He was elected MP and head of the Parliamentary Group of SYRIZA during the national elections of 2009. He was re-elected MP during the national elections in May and July 2012, and has since served as Leader of the Opposition.

On January 26, 2015, he was sworn in as Prime Minister of Greece. (invited)

George Stathakis

giorgos_stathakisMinister of Environment and Energy, Greece

He studied Economics at the University of Athens and completed his postgraduate studies at the University of Newcastle. Since 1988, he is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Crete.

In the past, he has cooperated with the Harvard University’s European Studies Center and the Queens College’s Modern Greek Studies Center, City University in New York. He is a SYRIZA deputy since 2012 and Vice Rector of the University of Crete. He is married and has two children.

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Efisio Luigi Marras

marras-170Ambassador, Republic of Italy

Born in Domodossola (VB) 28 August 1955

  • Degree in Law (University of Rome, 2 April 1980)
  • Second Lieutenant, Army Artillery
  • Joined the Diplomatic service on 1 July 1982
  • 1982 – 1984 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate General Development Cooperation – Office for Latin America

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Victor Vlad Grigorescu

Victor-Grigorescuf. Energy Minister, Romania, Member of the Advisory Board, Energy Policy Group (EPG)

Mr. Grigorescu was Romania’s Minister of Energy during 2016, and previously advised the Minister of Energy in 2014.

Former member of the board of Electrica, Romania’s largest electricity distribution company, he also has a background in diplomacy and international relations, having served at the Permanent Representation of Romania at the EU (2007-2011) as an expert on the EU’s trade policy.

He took part in Romania’s accession negotiations to the EU during his time at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce (2004-2007). Mr. Grigorescu published various articles on public policy and international relations and has co-authored several works on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Panos Carvounis

carvounis-panosHead of the Representation of the European Commission in Greece

Studied Law at the University of Athens and Paris and in 1982 was proclaimed “Docteur d’Etat” in Law by the University of Paris-Pantheon/Sorbonne. Born in Patras – Greece. Speaks French and English fluently.

Works in the European Commission since 1982.

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Emmanouil Panagiotakis

panagiotakis ΔΕΗChairman and CEO, PPC S.A (since April 2015)

He has been working in the Corporation since 1974, and for the past 20 years he is a member of the senior management team of the Organization.

He holds a BA in Mechanical-Electrical Engineering from the NTUA since 1972, as well as a Diploma in Management from Henley Management College. He has worked as a self-employed professional on studies and constructions of electromechanical building installations.

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Anastasios Tzikas

tzikas_170President of the Board of Directors, TIF HELEXPO S.A.

Anastasios Tzikas was born in Thessaloniki in 1958 and graduated from the faculty of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki from the Department of Electrical Engineering.
Anastasios Tzikas is President of the Federation of Hellenic Information Technology and Communications Enterprises (SEPE) and of the High Technology Business Park Technopolis Thessaloniki S.A.

He is also the President of the Board of Thessaloniki International Fair – Helexpo S.A., a Board Member of the Information Society S.A., a Member of the Hellenic Australian Business Council, a Board Member of the Thessaloniki Tourism Organization as well as Honorary President of the Association of Information Technology Companies of Northern Greece (SEPVE), of which he was President for more than 15 years.

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Xinghua Shi

Xinghua-Shi-170SGID’s delegate in IPTO as deputy CEO and Member of the Board of Directors,
State Grid International Development Co Ltd. (SGID), China

Xinghua Shi had been engaged in technical and managerial work in State Grid Zhejiang Electric Power Company from 1990, therefore being highly experienced at management in power sector. Since 2014, Mr. Shi had worked as senior management at International Cooperation Dept. of State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), SGCC’s Australian Representative Office etc.

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Shumin Wang

WANG-ShuminExecutive Vice President of Shenhua Group

Dr. WANG Shumin, Ph.D. in Engineering and a Senior Engineer, now the Member of CPC Leadership Group and Executive Vice President of Shenhua Group Corporation Limited.

Mr. Wang used to serve as Deputy Director of Power Generation Division, North China Power Administration, Ministry of Energy, then worked as Director of Technical Division and Deputy Chief Engineer of ZhangJiakou Power Plant. Later he served as Deputy Director of Planning Dept. with China HuaDian Corporation.

Then he held posts as Vice President, President, Chairman and Vice Secretary of the CPC Committee of Beijing Guohua Power Corporation Limited. Mr. Wang’s previous post was the Vice President of China Shenhua Energy Corporation Limited.

Meng Zhang

MENG-170Vice Director of Business Development Division, CMEC, China

Vesna Borozan

borozanProfessor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies, University of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Prof. Vesna Borozan received her PhD in 1996 from University of Belgrade.

She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at North Carolina State University in 1997, Visiting Professor at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile in 1999 and Honorary Professor at Vienna University of Technology in 2010 – 2012. Prof. Borozan was MP during the mandate period 2002 – 2006 and Ambassador to Austria from 2006 to 2010.

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Nikolay Iliev

n-iliev-photoDeputy Director “Finances and Budget” Electricity System Operator (ESO EAD), Sofia, Bulgaria

He has graduated as an Energy engineer (Master’s degree) in Odessa Polytechnic University and has worked as a Research worker in Energoproject, Sofia and as an expert in National Electric Company of Bulgaria, dealing with technical and economic analyses in Energetics.

His latest activities include Management of the Balancing Market in Bulgaria and Contract and Securities’ Surveillance in ESO EAD.

Mr. Iliev is an associate member of Institute of Energy for SE Europe (IENE)

Gus Papamichalopoulos

Gus-Papamichalopoulos-ieneDeputy Chairman of IENE and Partner of Kyriakides Georgopoulos (KG) Law Firm, Greece

Gus heads the Energy and Infrastructure department. His main area of expertise focuses on the energy industry. He has been involved in the liberalization of the Greek electricity market and gas market.

Due to the complexity of the issues associated with the electricity market regulations he advises on major regulatory issues of the electricity and gas market, including renewable sector. As a business lawyer focusing on the energy sector, key international energy companies investing in Greece have mandated Gus in the early stages of their investment program for the implementation of important energy projects (infrastructure projects such as, oil and gas investments, licensing and development of gas pipelines, establishing power generation plants, wind parks, low pressure gas distribution networks, etc).

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Christopher Tan

tan-170Director, SUMEC Clean Energy International

Christopher Tan have 20 plus years of experience dealing with international business from his career in National Grid of China, Huawei technologies, Societe Generale and China City Construction Corporation. Currently, he is the director of Sumec Clean Energy International, in charge of marketing, commerce and financing.

From SOE to private sector, from Chinese company to International company. His unique experience and extensive network in Chinese financial community and EPC contractors community make him a top tier expert in the industry who could bridge the international market and Chinese resources seamlessly.

Ilias Monacholias

monacholias ΔΕΗ ΑΝΑΝΕΩΣΙΜΕΣChief Executive Officer PPC Renewables S.A., Greece

He is a Civil Engineer. He studied Civil Engineering at the University of Patras.

Since January 2017 he is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PPC Renewables S.A. (PPCR). He previously served as a Member of the BoD of PPCR.

Seminars: Business Process Re engineering, Sales and Marketing, Management. Foreign languages: English (written and oral). He is married and has one child.

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George Papadimitriou

George Papadimitriou IEAHead of East Europe & North Africa, Enel Green Power

George Papadimitriou joined the Enel Group in 2008 and is currently the Head of East Europe & North Africa in Enel Green Power (EGP).

In 2009 he took over as Head of Regulatory Affairs for Europe Area based in Rome and in 2012 he was appointed Country Manager of EGP France, based in Lyon, until December 2014 and the company’s successful divestment. In 2015 he became Head of EGP Business Development, Europe and subsequently he undertook the position of the Head of EGP Business Development, Latin America, which he held until April 2016.

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Konstantinos Stamatakis, PhD

stamatakis-k-ppc-170Director, Tests, Research & Standards Center, Public Power Corporation (PPC)

Dr. Stamatakis is the director of PPC’s S.A., Testing, Research & Standards Center (TRSC), since 2013. His vision for TRSC is to extend its activities to become a creativity and innovation center. For this reason TRSC participates in collaboration with Greek and European Universities and Research Centers, in European Research Programs, focusing on the development of new materials for thermal power plants, on robotics and on the development of new processes for environmental protection and energy storage.

From 2006 to 2013 he was the director of Procurement and Purchases directory of PPC’s mines division. During this period he was focusing on reverse engineering to reduce the cost of spare parts and replacements of the main equipment used in PPC’s lignite mines.

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LI Dongya


Deputy Director-General of Global Cooperation Department – Eurasia, China Development Bank (CDB)

Mr. LI Dongya is currently serving in China Development Bank as Deputy Director-General of Eurasia Department.

He has been working in China Development Bank since 1996, respectively serving in CDB head office and China-Africa Development Fund.

He has experiences in macro analysis, banking operational administration and equity investments.

Nick Frydas

FRYDAS-170Chartered Electrical Power Engineer and Energy Economist

Dr Nick Frydas is a Chartered Electrical Power Engineer and Energy Economist, and has more than 28 years of professional experience with emphasis in the design and regulation of energy markets, sector structural reforms and energy policy.

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Nicholas Jennett

N-JENNETT-170Deputy Director General, European Investment Bank (EIB)

Nicholas Jennett became Head of the EIB Investment Team for Greece on 1 February 2016. Before he was Head the New Products and Special Transactions (NPST) Department since 1 November 2011.

Prior to this, from 2008, he held the position of Head of the European PPP Expertise Centre (EPEC).

Nick joined the Bank in 1998, commencing his EIB career in the Projects Directorate as a health economist. He subsequently worked in the Structured Finance Division of the then UK, Ireland and Nordic Countries Department, and the Energy and Environment Division of AGI/NPST.

Before joining the Bank, Nick held posts as an academic, a government economist and a management consultant. He has degrees in economics from the University of the York and the London School of Economics, and an MBA from the University of Keele.


karl-vella-170Public Affairs Coordinator – Generation, Climate and Environment at EURELECTRIC

Karl Vella is the Public Affairs Coordinator on Generation, Climate and Environment at EURELECTRIC, the association which represents the European electricity industry. In his role, Karl is responsible for overseeing all aspects of EU and international policy and advocacy relating to these areas.

Prior to joining EURELECTRIC, Karl worked as the Climate Change Attaché at the Permanent Representation of Malta to the EU, as well as a legal advisor and international climate change negotiator for the Government of Malta. He holds a law degree from the University of Malta and a Master’s degree in International Law from the University of Edinburgh.

Dr. Alex Papalexopoulos

papalexopoulosCEO and President, ECCO International Inc., Chairman of the Board, ZOME Energy Networks, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Dr. Alex Papalexopoulos is an authority in energy market design and President and CEO of ECCO International, a specialized Energy Consulting Company, which provides consulting services worldwide to a wide range of clients such as Governments, Regulators, Utilities, Independent System Operators, Financial Institutions and Traders.

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Kimon Malataras

Kimon MalatarasDirector, Corporate Affairs & Communication Dept., PPC S.A.

Senior Corporate Affairs Executive highly experienced in general management and finance issues, as well as in stakeholder management, communications, media relations, corporate social responsibility and crisis management.

A Cornell University Master’s graduate on Public Policy, he possesses expert knowledge on the FMCG, pharmaceuticals and tobacco industries and brings along an excellent network among Key Opinion Leaders and Policy Makers.

Holder of an Economics degree and being a finance executive with two major manufacturers at the beginning of his career, he acquired a solid background in financial planning and analysis. Later on, as the General Manager of a services company, he achieved significant results on the Business Development front as well.

Costis Stambolis

stampolis_iene_17Executive Director, Institute of Energy for South-East Europe (IENE)

He is a founding partner (2003) of the Institute for Energy of SE Europe (IENE) while he currently serves as its Executive Director and Deputy Chairman. He is also the founder and managing editor of, Greece’s foremost energy portal in operation since 2001.

Having graduated from Athens College (1968) Costis studied Physics, Architecture, Strategy and Innovation in the U.K. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Architecture and Energy Studies (AA Dip. Grad) from the Architectural Association and a professional practice license as Architect-Engineer from the Technical Chamber of Greece. He also holds a Master’s degree from the University of Oxford (Said Business School) on Strategy and Innovation.

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Alexandra Gouta

Journalist, The Athens News Agency – Macedonian Press Agency (ANA-MPA)GOUTA-170