David Appleton is a Senior Analyst at Argus, specializing in LPG markets. He is responsible for delivery of the global and European LPG statistical reviews which Argus publishes in partnership with WLPGA and AEGPL each year. He is also the editor of the Argus LPG Outlook, deputy editor of Argus LPG World, and manages Argus Analytics – LPG Service, a long-term fundamentals and price forecasting product. David holds a BscEcon in Politics and Economics and a Masters in International Development.
Rebecca Ball began her career with the Cavagna Group based in the UK just over 2 years ago within Greengear Global, a company in the Cavagna Group that specifically deals with the manufacturing, marketing and promotion of LPG Greengear-branded products and ENERKIT technologies.
Upon graduating University, in 2011 Rebecca started her career in Project Management for Bombardier Transportation, the world’s leading manufacturer for both planes and trains. Working on global projects such as Stockholm, Riyadh and the London Underground.
In 2015 Rebecca decided to change career focusing on the startup LPG equipment project for Cavagna : Greengear Global. Concentrating on all parts of the startup of the business – from the first production, to marketing, to sales on a global level, with the intention of increasing the perception and usage of LPG overall.
Rebecca holds a joint honours degree in Marketing, Business Psychology and Human Resources from the University of Derby, UK. She currently resides in Derbyshire but is now transitioning with the company over to Brescia in Italy.
Export Technician (Trade School/ Technical College)
Morten Balle currently holds the position as Regional Sales Director of Hexagon Ragasco A.S. of Norway. He has been with Hexagon Ragasco since 2004. Hexagon Ragasco is the world’s leading manufacturer of composite LPG cylinders and belongs to the Hexagon Composite group.
In Hexagon Ragasco Morten is responsible for the commercial activities in Latin America as well as Southern and Central Europe.
Previously Morten worked at Kosan Crisplant A/S as a Project Manager and Export Manager for 5 years.
Morten regularly represents Hexagon Ragasco A.S. at the Industry Council of the WLPGA and attend the Matrix days under the WLPGA.
Antonio Barani is the CEO and Global Head of Trading of Ankorgaz. He is an Italian entrepreneur with a strong physical and electronic trading background who currently resides in Monaco. After moving to the Principality at the young age of 27, in 2011 he founded Ankorgaz, a global market leader in trading, supply, transportation and distribution of NGLs. The company’s core business is to purchase, store and sell physical products and its global operations include origination, marketing and distribution of a wide range of Natural Gas Liquids.
Vincent Choy is a Director at Volt Supply & Investments, a distributor for Greengear in the Philippines and Indonesia. Vincent started VOLT a year ago with a couple of local partners in the Philippines. The company promotes the use of alternative fuels for power generation and works closely with LPG companies to promote the use of LPG as a viable fuel and remove subsidies for diesel and gasoline.
Martina Conton is currently Policy Advisor at the European Biogas Association, where she is following regulatory developments of EU and national renewable energy legislation while promoting the role of renewable gases towards decarbonisation objectives. Prior to joining EBA, she has gained relevant experience in EU energy policies while working for different industry representations and European institutions in Brussels, including the European Commission, providing support to the negotiation of the EU climate policies in transport.
Emilie Coquin is Public Affairs and Communication manager at Comité Français du Butane et du Propane, the French LPG national association, since 2013. Previously, Emilie held several positions in public affairs, information and communication in international organizations (United Nations) and in communication agencies. She graduated from Paris XI University in International Relations and European studies.
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Henry Cubbon is Managing Director of DCC Energy LPG and is responsible for Ireland-based DCC’s LPG operations in the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium and most recently France, after the €464m acquisition of Butagaz.
Henry initially joined DCC in 2008 as Managing Director for Flogas UK. Prior to that he was Managing Director of Antalis from 2000, overseeing its paper distribution business in the UK, Ireland and South Africa, having also held a strategic planning role at paper manufacturer Arjo Wiggins Appleton. Henry has also worked for Barclays Bank, and was Senior Manager at their Paris headquarters
Filippo is a mechanical engineer that started his career in the design of pressure equipment for the petrochemical industry.
He moved to the Italian LPG association eleven years ago, where he is dealing with the technical issues related mainly to the transport of dangerous goods, pressure equipment and safety of residential use of the product.
He is involved in the standardization process in the Technical Committees related to the use of LPG both at national, where is the Chairman of the national Mirror Committee, and European level.
He is now also in charge for the Autogas sector in the Italian LPG Association.
Thomas M. Edvardsen is a Sales Director at Flogas Scandinavia. He is 43 years old and is a Norwegian citizen. Thomas has 17 years of experience in Sales and Marketing. He holds a Master Degree on Environmental Science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
Andrew Ford is the Group Public Affairs Manager of SHV Energy. He joined Calor Gas Ltd in the UK from Exeter University and held a number of management roles, largely within the sales and marketing function. Following a period as Corporate Affairs Manager from Calor he was appointed Public Affairs manager for the SHV Energy Group in 2008. Andrew has been involved in many campaign initiatives during this time including developing the FREE (future of rural energy in Europe) initiative and subsequent European Parliamentary Group and supporting the LPG Exceptional Energy initiative from its outset.
Ole B. Jensen founded ENVO-DAN in 1995. ENVO-DAN is one of the leading manufacturers of weed burners for the professional use, within municipalities and organic farming, mainly in Europe. And in 2017 is expanding to South Amerika and Oceania.
Ole B. Jensen has worked with LPG from day one, because it´s clear and available energy form, both domestic and international. He has worked with leading LPG companies, like Kosangas/BP/Shell Denmark, Primagaz Denmark, Primagas Germany, AGA Norway and Sweden. A good cooperation between LPG companies and ENVO-DAN gives the end-user a good experience.
He has led ENVO-DAN into the future by inventing the most energy efficient weed burner on the market. The many years of experience gives ENVO-DAN an advantages in inventing new products and there is more in the pipeline.
After some years working as Sales/Export manager in the building component industry, Preben started out in the LPG business in 1996, with a BP LPG dealership, covering sales and distribution in a major part of Jutland, Denmark.
In 2001 he took the chance to become Sales manager with BP Gas A/S, and had a career with different positions in the company, ending up as head of sales in the Nordic countries.
Today the UGI Cooperation has acquired BP Gas as well as Shell LPG in the Nordic countries, and merged them in to Kosan Gas, where Preben works as Nordic Sales manager with responsibility for the appliance business and for different business and market development projects. Through the years Preben has contributed to the success of many innovation projects in the business, i.e. developing new markets by introduction of new appliances, introduction of composite bottles in 2001, merging and streamlining bottle distribution, new Routes to Market in retail segments, and the strategy for introduction of vending machines for LPG bottles in the Danish market.
Margarida has over a decade of experience in EU government service in the field of energy and climate change having served in the European Parliament, the European External Action Service and the European Commission. Currently working for a Portuguese MEP, she is part of the negotiating team for the Energy Union governance file. She previously worked for a business association where she ran an international coalition to support the Paris Agreement.
She holds an LLM in environmental and energy law from the University of Leuven and an MA in EU Diplomacy from the College of Europe in Bruges.
Samuel Maubanc is General Manager at the European LPG Association (AEGPL), which is the sole representative of the LPG industry at European level, representing national LPG Associations as well as distributors and equipment manufacturers from across Europe.
He started working for the AEGPL in 2011. His main role is to coordinate the work of the association, manage its administration, and establish reliable and efficient communication channels with European Union policy makers and the wider policy community, on behalf of the European LPG sector.
Samuel has over ten years of experience in management and government relations. He has provided consulting services in public affairs and strategy to companies from a wide range of sectors including energy, ICT, retail, food, and media. Prior to living in Brussels, he also worked in Tokyo at the European Commission Delegation to Japan, where he dealt with regulatory obstacles preventing European businesses getting access to the Japanese market.
Samuel is a French citizen and holds a Master’s degree in European Studies from the University of Aalborg, Denmark.
Mr Pasquet is one of the two cofounders of the Youth ID project, an initiative aimed at promoting the role young people play in today’s society. This project brings together people from different sectors, origins and walks of life, gathering the ideas and inspiration that guide the leaders of tomorrow. Originally from Brittany, Mr Pasquet is currently a student at Toulouse Business School Barcelona, having also studied in Rennes, Trondheim, Barcelona and Paris.
He has been Involved in several youth and sustainable development NGOs for years, contacting with young people and learning about their issues. Mr Pasquet’s presentation in Lisbon will focus on the Youth ID world tour and the choice of doing so using LPG powered cars.
Beth Reid is Director of International Business Development at UGI International, one of Europe’s largest LPG marketers, and a subsidiary of UGI Corporation – a leading global energy marketer.
Beth began her career working for a large International Industrial Gases company. During her 18 years with Air Products and Chemicals Inc. Beth worked across the bulk, cylinder and tonnage gas divisions and in various functions and geographies, where she had wide-ranging accountabilities for sales, marketing and customer services divisions in both Europe and the US. Beth joined UGI in 2014 as part of the UK based subsidiary AvantiGas where she was responsible for Marketing and Business Development. During Beth's tenure in this role AvantiGas executed several new business acquisitions, while she also applied her specialized skills to many European programs across the International companies.
In her current role, Beth is responsible for business program and geography development across the UGI International organization, her remit also extends to providing governance and steering to UGI International’s regional marketing community - 6 brands operated across 16 countries.
Beth sits on the board of several of the company subsidiaries and is an active champion of the WINLPG Program.
Beth holds an BSC degree in Chemistry and Physics from the University of Durham and an MBA from the Open University.
He has been working in Galp since 1988. Prior to his current position he held several executive positions within Galp including Marketing Retail Director, Retail Payment Systems Director and Iberian Wholesale Director.
He holds a degree in Engineering from the Nautical School College of Portugal and several Advanced Management Programs (Universidade Catolica, Insead, Kellog).
Filipa Rio is a Senior Director for Strategic Communications at FTI Consulting in Brussels, focusing on energy and natural resource issues.
Ms. Rio began her professional career as an Environmental Scientist working as a government contractor for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she spent 5 years performing technical review of data.
She then moved to the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers in Washington DC, where she spent 6 years working as Director of Environmental Affairs on various issues, including fuel economy, product stewardship and electrification.
In 2013, Ms. Rio moved to Miami where she managed Government Affairs for Harley-Davidson in the Latin American Region.
Ms. Rio holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy.
Richard Roldan was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Propane Gas Association in March 2002. His tenure with NPGA began in 1995 with his appointment as Vice President of Government Relations. Since that time, Mr. Roldan has played an important role in the formulation of public policies that have saved the propane industry billions of dollars and strengthened its reputation as a clean, safe and domestically-produced energy source.
NPGA is the national trade association of the propane industry. Its membership consists of approximately 3,000 companies, including producers, wholesalers, transporters, and retailer marketers of propane gas, as well as manufacturers and distributors of propane equipment and appliances. 60 million Americans use propane. 7 million households choose propane as their primary energy source.
Mr. Roldan’s involvement with the propane gas industry began in 1994 with his selection as the founding Executive Director of the Propane Vehicle Council. The council was formed to promote propane as a cleaner-burning alternative transportation fuel.
From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Roldan served in the Administration of President George H. W. Bush. As Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management, Mr. Roldan was one of the principal stewards of the nation’s land, mineral and renewable resources. Mr. Roldan also served on the staff of the White House Conference on Climate Change.
Mr. Roldan has held senior positions with the Republican National Committee (RNC) and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). He is co-author of Business PACs and Ideology: A study of Contributions in the 1982 Election.
He is an active member of the Natural Gas Roundtable and the Washington Industrial Roundtable. He is also an active member of the Cathedral of Saint Matthew Parish, and is a past president of the parish council.
Mr. Roldan is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he was designated a 1977 CU Presidential Scholar.
Mr. Victor Saenz Vota has been involved in alternative energy and fuels programs since 1997, beginning when he attended the University of Texas, El Paso, where he was a research assistant for the Engines and Alternative Fuels Research Laboratory. While at this position, he worked with fellow researchers developing and testing the first prototypes for hybrid, CNG and LPG Liquid Injection Systems.
From this point on, Mr. Saenz has held several management positions in Mexico, USA, Poland and Spain for Automotive engineering firms (IAV Automotive Engineering) Alternative Fuels Energy Generation (CAPSTONE Microturbine) and leading alternative fuels systems manufacturers (Fuel Systems Solutions, IMPCO Technologies, Technocarb Equipment, IMPCO-BRC Mexico).
Accomplishments: Always focusing on the alternative fuels market for both LPG and CNG, Mr. Saenz Vota has been responsible for the development, integration and deployment of new alternative, clean fuel technologies in several parts of the world.
Responsible for planning and implementation of biofuels business plan in Eni, purchasing and sales inland biofuels and biorefineries supply (Venezia and Gela). Ilaria has worked in Eni since 2006; initially as supply manager for several refineries both inland (Sannazzaro) and coastal (Taranto and Milazzo) then as a supply coordinator of refineries in Sicily and manager of several processing contracts. With extensive experience in the supply chain optimization of traditional refineries that is now deploying on behalf of the bio conversion project. She worked as process engineer in TotalErg Rome refinery and as lubrication engineer in Renault -Technical Centre Lardy, Paris. Ilaria is a chemical engineer, she graduated from University of Rome “La Sapienza” and she holds a master of Engines and Petroleum products from ENSPM - Ecole nationale supérieure du pétrole et des moteurs, Paris.
Jean Schweitzer, M. Sc. in Engineering, Ph.D.
Date of birth: 4 November 1958
Memberships: Danish Gas Association. GERG, MARCOGAZ, IGU
EMPLOYMENT AND EXPERIENCE RECORD
YEAR | COMPANY POSITIONS | RESPONSIBILITIES
1988- | Danish Gas Technology Centre | Project manager International projects.
Coordination, management and implementation of several R&D projects related to gas utilisations. Development of testing methods for the assessment of gas technologies
Coordination of the TPC for the international gas research conference (IGRC2014) and other technical gas conferences (EGATEC)
Ex Member of the executive committee of the International Gas Union (IGU). Ex. Chairman of the committee utilisation.
Chairman of the Committee utilisation of MARCOGAZ (Technical association of the European gas industry)
Member of GERG PCU (Utilisation) (European gas industry R&D association)
Chairman of LABNET (technical association of laboratories testing heating appliances)
1986-1990 | CETIAT (FR) | Research Engineer in (Laboratory in the fields of aerodynamics and fluid mechanics, heat sciences and acoustics). Responsible of fuel oil boiler tests and studies for central heating boilers
1983-1986 | SOFREL (FR) | Ph.D., Design and development of auto-adaptive control system for heating installation.
EXAMPLES OF (EU) PROJECTS
ARTICLES, PAPERS, ETC
Dr. Jeffrey M. Seisler is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Clean Fuels Consulting based in Washington, D.C. and also operating in Brussels, Belgium since 2007. Clean Fuels Consulting is a private company whose mission is to facilitate the commercialization of clean fuels and technologies. Principle activities include lobbying, expert consulting and analysis, regulatory support, communications, training and workshop development. Clients include large and small commercial sector companies, governments and associations.
Dr. Seisler was the founding Executive Director of the European Natural Gas Vehicle Association (ENGVA) based in the Netherlands starting in July 1994 through September 2007. He was the founding Executive Director of the Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition (NGVC) in Washington, D.C. starting in August 1988 until July 1994 when he left for Europe to start ENGVA. He was one of the founders of the NGV Global, the International Association for NGVs in 1986. He served as its president from 1998-2002, and was an active member of the Executive Committee from 1990 to 2008. As a consultant to NGV Global and other clients he continues to do regulatory and advocacy work at the United Nations and the European Commission where he is a recognized champion of NGV development.
Dr. Seisler has been active with energy, environment, alternative fuels and new technology commercialisation issues since 1976. He has authored several hundred articles and monographs on a wide variety of energy-related topics for newspapers, magazines and journals worldwide. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of London (England) in international relations, decision making and communications and earned his B.Sc. in International Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Pedro Simões Coelho is presently Professor, Dean and President of the Scientific Board of the NOVA Information Management School (NOVA IMS) of Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He is also Visiting Professor of the Faculty of Economics of Ljubljana University (FELU) and researcher in the Information Management Research Center (MagIC) of NOVA University. He is presently senior expert near the European Commission for the area of sampling techniques for audit. He is member of the board of the European Master of Official Statistics (EMOS), member of the Ischools accreditation committee and member of the Portuguese Health Technologies Commission. He is former President of the General Assembly of the Portuguese Association for Classification and Data Analysis (CLAD) and Vice-President of the company Qmetrics, SA. He is also former member of the Portuguese High Council for Statistics (CSE) and President of the Fiscal Board of the European Center of Statistics for the Developing Countries (CESD-Lisboa).
His main research interests are centered in survey methodology, sampling and estimation, marketing research, customer satisfaction measurement and structural equation modeling.
Pedro S. Coelho has “aggregation” (post-doctoral degree) in Statistics (NOVA University), PhD in Statistics (NOVA University), MSc in Statistics and Information Management and a graduation in Systems Engineering.
He has been lecturer of near 30 graduate and undergraduate courses, including Sampling, Survey Methodology, Marketing Research, Data Collection Methodologies and Data Analysis. He has also directed more than 50 master dissertations and PhD thesis and was examiner of about 60 different theses.
He is author of about 200 studies and projects, resulting in more than 500 research reports. He is co-coordinator of the Portuguese Customer Satisfaction Index project (ECSI Portugal) and of the Brazilian Customer Satisfaction Index (BCSI).
He is also author of about 100 refereed publications. He has presented near 100 seminars, invited conferences and oral presentations in scientific conferences. He is presently referee of several scientific publications, namely the Journal of Applied Statistics, the Journal of Statistical Computing and Simulation and the European Journal of Marketing.
Pedro S. Coelho has been consultant and trainer for several organizations, namely for the European Commission, Eurostat, the Portuguese Statistical Office, the Portuguese Central Bank and several National Statistical Offices around the world.
Andreas Stücke, born in 1959 in Warstein, Germany, Dr. jur., lawyer
1992 - 1999 Department Head Public Affairs, Kienbaum Management Consultants, Düsseldorf
2000 – 2003 General Manager German Association Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Berlin
2003 – 2013 General Manager Haus & Grund Deutschland (real estate industry), Berlin
Since September 2013: General Manager German LPG Association (DVFG), Berlin
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Karen Tang is the Managing Editor of the Europe LPG team for OPIS, a division of IHS Markit. Based in London, Karen has covered the pricing of LPG markets in Europe, as well as NGLs in the U.S. Gulf Mont Belvieu market for OPIS in New York. Karen has previously worked as a market analyst at Saudi Petroleum and a reporter at Argus Media. Karen originally hails from Sydney, Australia, and has a Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New South Wales.
Ingebjørg Telnes Wilhelmsen is an Assistant Director in the Norwegian Petroleum Industry Association. She has been working there for almost 10 years, and a key element in her work is to coordinate the advocacy and policy initiatives on behalf of the LPG suppliers in the Norwegian Market. Before joining the association, she worked several years in The Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection, as a Legal Adviser in the Department for Industry, Products and Hazardous Substances and the Director General’s Senior Staff. Ingebjørg has a law degree from the University of Bergen, Faculty of Law, and has additional education in Organizational Behavior and Management at BI Norwegian Business School.
Married, 2 children, based at Lucerne, Switzerland
March 2013 – CEO VITOGAZ Switzerland AG
Sept. 2010 - Feb. 2013 Managing Director VITOGAZ Germany
Jun 2007 - Aug 2010 Sales Director VITOGAZ Switzerland AG
Jun 1996 - Mai 2007 Divers Management Position at Shell Gas LPG Switzerland AG
1987 1996 Aircraft Engineer at Swissair
Aircraft Engineer with complementary studies in Business Administration
With a career history in UK politics as a Senior Parliamentary Assistant Emily has a comprehensive understanding of Government relations, both in Westminster, with devolved administrations and at the grass-roots levels of policy making and implementation in the UK.
Now as Public Affairs Manager for UKLPG, Emily is responsible for developing a strong and progressive relationship with Government, legislators and policy makers regarding LPG’s supply resilience, operational performance and environmental credentials for the UK off-grid market.
Emily takes an active role liaising with the UK Government’s Departments, elected members, officials and 3rd sector organisations, to ensure that LPG is recognised as an immediate, cost effective and low emission solution for decarbonising off-grid Britain.
She is currently launching the new UKLPG policy pathways document for UK stakeholders ‘Gas for off-grid Britain’ which will form the foundation of her presentation today.