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Dr Michael Gallagher, Advisory Board Member, Agility Fuel Solutions and Chair of NGV Global

Dr. J. Michael Gallagher is Chairman of the Board of NGV Global, as well as an Advisory Board Member for Agility Fuel Systems, a leading natural gas fuel systems company.  He is also former Senior Adviser, President and Chief Operating Officer of Westport Innovations, where he worked to encourage the global adoption of natural gas in clean transportation systems, and former Chairman of the Board of Cummins Westport Inc.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Opera Foundation, Health Arts Society, chairman of the BC board of The Nature Conservancy of Canada-British Columbia,  and a member of the national board of directors for the Nature Conservancy.

Mel Ydreos, Executive Director, Public Affairs, International Gas Union

Menelaos (Mel) Ydreos is Chairman, Coordination Committee of the International Gas Union for its 2015-2018 and triennium as the United States, with leadership from the American Gas Association, prepares to host the 2018 World Gas Conference in Washington, DC.
Mr. Ydreos currently also serves as IGU’s Director, Public Affairs. IGU’s mission is to advocate for natural gas as an integral part of a sustainable global energy system, and to promote the political, technical and economic progress of the gas industry.
Mr. Ydreos also serves as the Executive Director of Energy Vantage Inc. in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He launched Energy Vantage Inc. after a long career at Union Gas Ltd-A Spectra Energy Company where he held a number of executive positions. He served as Interim President and CEO of the Ontario Energy Association in 2013-2014. Under the IGU’s Malaysian Presidency, he chaired the special task force on geopolitics and natural gas. He was also the Interim President and CEO of the Canadian Gas Association in 2009.
He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Waterloo Institute of Sustainable Energy and has served on the Boards of Pollution Probe and the Canadian Standards Association. Mr. Ydreos earned a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Peter Keller, Chair, SEA / LNG

Peter Keller, Chair, SEA / LNG

Peter Keller, currently an Executive VP, joined TOTE Inc., in February of 2012 as president of TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico and has been leading the conversion of the company’s fleet to liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Mr. Keller has extensive experience in port and terminal development, liner industry activities, labour relations, intermodal operations and supply chain economics and strategies.  He has also been involved in merger and acquisition strategies and tactics, public private partnership development and has advised many senior industry executives.

From 2000 until 2010, Mr. Keller was EVP and chief operating officer of NYK Group Americas, Inc.  In this capacity he oversaw policy matters for all the NYK Group operating companies in North America that included NYK Line, NYK Logistics, Yusen Terminals and Ceres Terminals.  Prior to that assignment he was president of NYK Line (North America) Inc. and a member of the governing board of NYK in Tokyo. He is only the second non-Japanese nominated to the Governing Board in the 125 year history of NYK and was the first to be named president of NYK Line (North America).

Mr. Keller was a member of the board of directors of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), the Pacific Maritime Shipping Association and the United States Maritime Exchange (USMX).  He is also a founding father of the Intermodal Transportation Institute of the University of Denver. He served for many years as chairman of OCEMA, the Ocean Carriers Equipment and Maintenance Association.

Together with Target Stores and TTSI he was a founder of the Coalition for Responsible Transportation (CRT), now an industry-wide organisation committed to environmentally responsible practices across the supply chain.

Peter Keller was inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame in 2006 at the United Nations in New York.

Loek Vroon, Director Netherlands, IVECO

After graduation at the IVA business school, started his career at a Swedish heavy truck brand. Worked there for 10 years in different departments, Sales, Parts & Service and Telematics. Since November 2010 working for IVECO, today as Operational Director for IVECO NLS. The leading brand in LNG heavy trucks. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnofqHAUgww

Diego Goldin, Executive Director, NGV Global

Diego Goldin, Executive Director, NGV Global

Since February 2013 Diego Goldin serves as Executive Director of NGV Global, formerly known as the International Association of Natural Gas Vehicles. He is responsible for implementing the association’s strategic plan, strengthening member relations, leading member recruitment activities, and overseeing the management of the association.

Goldin commenced his career in the automotive industry after graduating as an electromechanical engineer from the University of Buenos Aires in 1980. He served as technical liaison between Mazda Motor Corp. of Japan and their Argentine distributor and went on to become Assistant Manager of the Technical Department in charge of warranties and technical communications.

In 1984 he entered Gas del Estado, the Argentine National Gas Company, as part of the team tasked with developing the Argentine Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) Program. He was named leader of the group shortly after. In 1986 Gas del Estado designated Goldin as the Argentine delegate to the inaugural meeting in Vancouver, Canada, of NGV Global.

Working as an independent industry consultant since 1991, Goldin has assisted several automotive companies including Fiat and General Motors with their NGV programs. Since 2011, he has provided support to IVECO Argentina for their NGV program in Argentina.

A past Secretary of Argentina’s national NGV association, the Cámara Argentina de GNC, Goldin has committed much of his working life to the development and implementation of industry standards for natural gas vehicles, working as Technical Advisor to governments and non-governmental organizations including NGV Global, both in Argentina and Latin America and around the world. He has participated of numerous conferences on the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel and made presentations to government officials interested in NGV development in several countries (e.g. Chile, Uruguay, Trinidad & Tobago, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, South Korea, India, Czech Republic, USA, Canada, Israel, etc).

 

Currently, Goldin serves as:

 

  • Convenor of NGV Global International Group of Experts
  • Chairman of NGV Global’s Technical Committee
  • Convenor ISO TC22 SC41 WG3 CNG Fuel Systems
  • Project Leader & Co-Convenor  ISO TC 252 WG1 CNG Fueling Stations

 

He is a specialist in codes, standards and regulations as well as developing and implementing NGV programs including vehicle certification and homologations.

Andrea Gerini, NGVA Europe

Andrea Gerini, NGVA Europe

Graduated in 1990 as Mechanical Engineer at Politecnico di Milano, he started as research engineer at IFP (Institut Français du Pétrole) working on the development of Internal Combustion Engines fed with alternative fuels.
He joined Centro Ricerche FIAT in 1997 where he was in charge of the development of Natural Gas engine technologies for passenger cars and, later on, also for Heavy Duty applications.
During the years, he took different positions dealing with the R&D programs addressing the engine technologies development and the use of Alternative Fuels, being involved in several EU funded projects.
Since 2013 he was responsible of the Collaboration & Strategic Programs area within R&T (Research & Technologies) division of FCA Powertrain Engineering for the coordination of the collaborative programme actions for the EMEA Region, with the aim to develop public funding operations in the domain of the pre-competitive research.
Since several years, he is member of the Expert Group on Fuels & Energy as well as on Powertrain within the EUCAR association and CRF representative in the Energy & Environment Working Group within ERTRAC association.
Starting from March 2017 he has been appointed new Secretary General at NGVA Europe in Brussels.

Kaloyan Tsilev, NGVA Europe

Kaloyan Tsilev, NGVA Europe

Kaloyan is working as a European Affairs Officer at NGVA Europe as well as Eurogas since 2016. His current line of work includes the project management of an industry-wide LCA study on the Greenhouse Gas emissions from natural gas in transport, statistics collection and data analysis, as well as policy analysis.
He was trained in the field of business, strategy and management at the University of St Andrews and specialized in energy management at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum, Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee.

Scott Foster, Director, Sustainable Energy Division

Scott Foster, Director, Sustainable Energy Division at United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

 

Executive Management; Project Management; Recruitment; Governmental Relations; Regulatory Affairs; Strategic Planning; Benchmarking; Energy Market Analysis; and Market Design/Regulatory Oversight.

More than 30 years of experience in global gas and power: development, regulatory affairs, and strategic scenario planning at PG&E, International Energy Agency, and CERA, as well as with AES, ECON Energia, and Global Insight.

Specialties: Market Analysis and Due Diligence; Competitive Benchmarking; Strategy Development and Testing; Scenario Planning; and Expert Witness Testimony.
Nomad Energy Consulting created and delivered a unique method of scenario development and strategy testing that yields robust strategies, cost-effective implementation, and organization-wide support for recommended action plans

Graham Williams, GP Williams Consulting

Graham Williams

 

Graham’s consulting practice, GP Williams Consulting, specialises in NGV technology, market and environmental assessment.

 

He co-chaired the NGV sub-group for the National Petroleum Council’s “Future Transportation Fuels” study.

 

Until 2008 he spent 7 years at Westport Innovations as VP for HPDI technology and commercialisation.

 

Prior to Westport, Graham spent ten years with Ricardo Consulting Engineers in the UK.

Lennart Pilskog, Volvo Sweden

Lennart Pilskog, born in Sweden, has graduated as Mechanical Engineer and has also studied Economy, Marketing and Management. He has been with Volvo since many years and over time engaged in all Volvo products, Cars, Trucks, Buses, industry engines, constructions machinery and aircraft engines in most parts of the world.

His experience includes managing aftermarket, business and development, setting up structures and handle operation for Volvo in several countries with a focus on strategic actions, sales and marketing.

Fedrico Gaiazzi , Industrial Marketing Manager, FPT Industrial
Charlie Ker, Cummins Westport Inc.

Charlie Ker, Director of Industry Relations, Cummins Westport Inc.

 

As Director of Industry Relations, Charlie works closely with Cummins’ North American distribution network to help private companies, governments and industry groups on broad policy issues as well as fleet-specific projects. Charlie serves on the board of the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance and California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership.

Mats Ekelund, Strateco Development AB

Mats Ekelund, Strateco Development AB

Mats has an MBA from the Stockholm School of Econmics and has been in the alternative fuels and NGV business longer than most other people, among others as an NGV Global Board member and in 2008 awarded NGV World Championship. His clients are among OEMs, Fuel suppliers and Fleet users.

Erik Neandross, CEO of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA)

Erik Neandross

Erik Neandross is the CEO of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA), North America’s leading consulting firm specializing in the market development of natural gas technologies and renewable natural gas fuel for on-road transportation and off-road high horsepower sectors. GNA provides a range of consulting services and marketing events in these areas.  www.gladstein.org

Dan Fitzpatrick, Gas Networks Ireland
Daniel Fitzpatrick, Commercialisation Manager, Gas Networks Ireland

 

Daniel FitzPatrick is Commercialisation Manager in Gas Networks Ireland and is focused on the delivery of natural gas and biogas as a cleaner and more affordable alternative fuel for the commercial and public transport market. Daniel has over 15 years’ experience of developing innovative products and services in the gas, telecoms and space sectors.

Dr Jeffrey Seisler, Clean Fuels Consulting

Dr. Jeffrey M. Seisler, Chief Executive Officer, Clean Fuels Consulting

Dr. Jeffrey M. Seisler is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Clean Fuels Consulting based in Washington, D.C. and Brussels, Belgium. Clean Fuels Consulting’s mission is to facilitate the commercialization of clean fuels and technologies. Clients include governments, international institutions, NGOs and commercial companies worldwide.

Philippe Heisch, Cryostar

Philippe Heisch / Cryostar SAS

 

Philippe has a mechanical engineering background from French Engineering University and  a Master in industrial marketing & sales. He started his career by Cryostar within the pump sales team and is now head of sales for LNG distribution products like bunkering pumps, LNG & LCNG stations, and trailer loading systems.

Michael Wiskirchen, Flow Instruments GmbH

Michael Wiskirchen, Flow Instruments GmbH

Michael joined Flow Instruments in June 2015 as Business Development Manager with responsibility to grow the company’s business worldwide. A Master of Automotive Electronics, Michael brings 20 years of experience in qualification programs and developing and selling equipment solutions for companies in the automotive supply chain, working with renowned brands, such as GM, Toyota, Mercedes and Volvo.

Roel Swierenga, Hanze Development

Roel Swierenga, Owner and Director, Hanze Development

Roel Swierenga is director of Hanze Development and chairman of Hansa Green Tour Foundation in the Netherlands. A business strategist with a background in plastic recycling at Royal Lankhorst Euronete.  Strong focus on sustainability awareness raising projects and events like the 928 Revolution – Biogas Powered Mobility project.

 

Paul Rogers, Keihin, NA

Paul Rogers, Keihin, NA

Paul Rogers has been with Keihin for nearly 20 years with responsibilities ranging from fuel system and engine management system design and calibration to managing the North American powersports business unit. At present, Paul is responsible for Keihin’s new business development and alternative fuel initiatives in the Americas.

Brenda Smith, Gas Advisors

Managing Director at Safety and Gas Advisers and a committee member of the Asia Pacific Natural Gas Vehicle Association
Brenda Smith is a chemical engineer who has spent almost her entire career in the industrial gas industry, initially with BOC and Air Liquide and latterly as an independent consultant. She worked in Europe and South America before moving to Asia in 1978 where she has been based ever since.

Mariarosa Baroni, NGV Italy

Mariarosa Baroni, President NGV Italy.

President NGV ltaly,  CNG  stakeholders association, leaders in NGV technology.  She has a long experience with OEM HD and LD CNG projects.  As managing director  of  Selca Eng, and then as consultant of leading   companies in automotive alternative fuels worlwide.  she is considered a major expert of NGV industry.

NGV Global Board member.

Phil Fathers, Alternative Fuels Consultants

Phil Fathers, Alternative Fuels Consultants

Phil was a student of Trevelyan Collage Newcastle, and UMIST Manchester where he graduated in Mechanical Engineering.

After working for Monitor Engineering in the UK designing equipment for the Mining and Petrochemical Industry, he moved to Emerson in the early 1980’s where he has held the positions of:

UK Sales and Marketing Manager

Divisional Sales and Marketing Director – Europe Middle East & Africa

Group Regional Business Director – Middle East & Africa

Global Business Director – Alternative Fuels

After 34 years with the Emerson Corporation, Phil left to start his own Company “Alternative Fuels Consultants” in July 2015

Eric Desmarais, GazMetro, Quebec

Éric Desmarais, Director, LNG Operations and Logistics, Gaz Métro

Mr. Desmarais has nearly 22 years of management experience in the energy and production sectors. As Director, LNG Operations and Logistics, he is in charge of Gaz Métro’s liquefaction, storage and regasification plant operations, Gaz Métro’s Ste-Sophie site, and all logistics pertaining to the movement of LNG to various customers. Previously, Mr. Desmarais acted as general manager and as plant, production, maintenance and engineering manager for such firms as Goodyear Canada and Rolls-Royce Canada. Mr. Desmarais holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from École de technologiesupérieure and has Black Belt Six Sigma certification.

Mrs Mercedes de Juan

Mrs Mercedes de Juan, Fundación Valenciaport

Mercedes de Juan has an MSc in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Polythechnic University of Madrid. She has worked at different shipyards and shipping companies as R&D Project Manager. Since 2014 is a Senior Project Manager working as a specialist energy efficient engineer.

Carlos Guerrero, Bureau Veritas

Carlos Guerrero

Carlos Guerrero is M.Sc. Naval Architect by the U.P.M. (Spain). He is involved in the business development of gas carriers in the Head Office of Bureau Veritas following closely different subjects such as the use of LNG as a fuel, innovation in gas carrier designs, etc.

Thomas Wallner, Argonne National Laboratory

Thomas  Wallner, Argonne National Laboratory

Thomas Wallner is a Principal Mechanical Engineer and the Manager of Fuels, Engine and Aftertreatment Research at Argonne’s Center for Transportation Research. His research includes projects on light-duty and heavy-duty engines with various fuels including hydrogen and natural gas, gasoline and alcohol fuels as well as diesel fuel

Mr P.K. Pandey ,Vice President, Indraprastha Gas Limited, Delhi.

Mr P.K. Pandey ,Vice President, Indraprastha Gas Limited, Delhi.

He has over 30 years of experience in the fertilisers, explosives and glass industries, and has been involved in maintenance, projects and commercial activities. He has experience in implementation of TPM and safety systems for the British Safety Council. He has also had a short stint with different plants of US-based Owens Brockway. Mr Pandey is a graduate in mechanical engineering from Delhi College of Engineering. He is a life member of the Indian Institute of Engineers as well as the Indian Institute of Welding. He is in the functional committee of OISD & MED16, PCD3 of BIS.

Mr Pandey has been with IGL since 2006 and has made a mark for himself in the CGD business in India as well as in International scenario. He has also presented papers in various National & International forums on different aspects of CGD business.

Agnes Raj, Johnson Matthey

Agnes Raj, Johnson Matthey

Agnes Raj is Senior Scientist, CNG project leader at Johnson Matthey Emission Control Technologies, UK. She obtained her PhD in Material Science from Imperial College London. Since joining JM in 2007, her research  has been focussed on PGM based catalysts for diesel/CNG after-treatment systems.

Peter Meyer, Arkema SA

Peter Meyer, Arkema SA

Business Manager Gas Odorants at Arkema SA holds a diploma in Chemical Engineering of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany and a second in Refinery and Gas technology of IFP School, France. He works in the Natural Gas Industry since more than 15 years with several papers given at GPA.

Peter Martin, Johnson Matthey

Peter Martin, Johnson Matthey

Peter graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Master’s degree in Natural Sciences.

He started working for Johnson Matthey in 2013 in Business Development, and in January 2016 he joined the Commercial Team within the Gas Processing Business as the Sales Manager for the UK, Europe and South America.

Howard Levinsky, DNV GL

Howard Levinsky, DNV GL

Howard Levinsky is Senior Principal Specialist in Combustion Processes at DNV GL Oil and Gas, and Professor of Combustion Technology at the University of Groningen. He is a specialist in elementary processes in gas combustion, studying ignition phenomena and the relation between flame structure and pollutant formation using laser-spectroscopic measurements. Understanding the effects of fuel composition on end-use equipment based on first principles has been a recurring theme in his research for more than 30 years. Recent work in his group varies from research towards characterizing the physical-chemical processes responsible for engine knock for stationary and LNG engines to providing the technical foundations for policy regarding the introduction of “new” sustainable and natural gases.

Marc Perrin, ENGIE

Marc Perrin, ENGIE

Since 2014 Marc Perrin is Senior Program Manager for LNG R&D at ENGIE Lab CRIGEN. He has a long term experience of industrial R&D associated with practice on projects development and engineering.

After an Engineering Degre at ENSAM Paris and a PhD in Energy Sciences from « Ecole Centrale Paris », Marc Perrin joined the R&D Division of “Gaz de France” in 1984. After a 2 year assignment as “Visitor Scientist” at the Combustion Research Facility of the Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, USA, he headed for 10 years the basic research team on natural gas combustion made at Gaz de France.

In 2000, he joined the Engineering Centre of the National Transmission and Storage Grid (today DI at GRTgaz), in charge of the Rotating Machinery Group where his was involved in the Project Review Team of the SNOHVIT Liquefaction Project.

In 2005, he joined the Energy Services Branch of GDF SUEZ (COFATHEC then COFELY), in charge of Business Development of CHP projects including Biomass Gasification and Digestion.

In 2011, he joined the CRIGEN Research Center to be in charge of the R&D Programme on Biomass Gasification in GDF SUEZ.

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Mathijs Koot, Shell
Kaj Portin, Wartsila

Kaj Portin, Wartsila

Kaj Portin has a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology 1993 in Finland. Kaj has been working within different development and managerial positions in R&D in Wärtsilä since 1993.

Since 2000, he has been working with new development of gas engines. He is currently working as Program Manager, Engine Operation and Fuel Flexibility heading the new technology development related to gas engines and alternative fuels.

He is currently a member of the CIMAC work group for gas engines and involved in the standardisation process of LNG quality.

Sander Gersen, DNV GL

Sander Gersen, PhD

Sander Gersen is an expert in combustion processes. He is involved in several projects to assess the impact of the introduction of “new” (sustainable) fuels on the performance end-use equipment such as engines and burners. Sander is the project leader of the TKI project “A correct ‘octane’ number for LNG”.

Todd Sloan S.V.P. Innovation & Business Development, Agility Fuel Solutions

Todd Sloan

S.V.P. Innovation & Business Development, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, Agility Fuel Solutions

  

Todd Sloan, S.V.P. Innovation and Global Business Development, is a heavy truck and bus natural gas and hydrogen system industry innovator credited with developing the first CNG refuse truck systems in North America.  One of the founders of Agility Fuel Solutions, Mr. Sloan has 20+ years of industry experience and holds multiple patents.

Dr. Joachim Kiefer

2000 – 2003

Research Chemist at Celanese Ventures, Frankfurt-Höchst (D) Development of novel high temperature membranes for Fuel Cells
36 patent applications
2003 – 2013

Head of Materials Engineering Department at Delphi Automotive Systems Luxembourg, Bascharage (L) Materials technologies for Powertrain Products, fuel injection systems and Thermal Systems 6 patent applications

Since 2014

Research Technologist at Delphi Automotive Systems Technology Transfer, National and European Research Programs Dissemination for Life DI-CNG project.

Flavio Merigo, NGV Italy

Flavio Merigo, NGV Italy

 

Graduated in Electronic Engineering, has been working as Research Director (also in the matters concerned with NG) since 1983, previously in the University and recently in the private sector. In the last fifteen years he directed the    largest national campaign for the certification of NGVs workshops’ technicians   and achieved a huge experience in the standardization activities as chairman of some ISO and CEN working groups.

 

Presently:

  • chairs ISO TC 22/SC 41 and CEN TC 326/WG3
  • is the Technical Director of NGV Italy,
  • is the chairman of Italian mirror committee dealing with the use of gaseous fuels in transportation
  • is involved with the Regulatory activities both at national and international level
  • is member of the technical committee dealing with the use of LNG in transportation at Ministry of Economic Development
Dr. Attila Kovacs, Board Member European Biogas Association

Dr. Attila Kovacs, Board Member European Biogas Association

 

Attila Kovacs, PhD in Economics (University of Economics, Budapest), MSc in Chemical Engineering (Institute of Technology, Leningrad). Member of the Board of European Biogas Association since 2009. Secretary General of the European Renewable Gas Registry (ERGaR) established in September 2016. Managing Director of First Hungarian Biogas and Solar Ltd – an engineering and consulting company in Budapest; formerly Managing Director of E-A Energy Consulting GmbH, Vienna. He has 37 years of experience in international oil and gas industries, including engagement over 10 years with Mobil Oil Corporation. Attila Kovacs has been working in the field of biogas since 2004, promoting biogas technology in Hungary and other Central – East European countries. He has published several articles on the subject and has been a speaker on numerous international renewable energy conferences.

Benjamin Berg, Cyro Pur

Benjamin Berg, Business Development, Cryo Pur

Benjamin Berg is Business Developer for Northern Europe at Cryo Pur since 2016. He holds an Engineering degree from Ecole Centrale Paris and a MBA from Collège des Ingénieurs. He has previously worked in Sweden with hydrogen and biogas projects, and acquisitions of biomethane liquefaction and distribution businesses.

Zoltan Elek, Landwärme GmbH

Zoltan Elek, Landwärme GmbH

 

Zoltan Elek graduated at Technische Universität München in electrical engineering. After his employment at E.ON Engineering, Stadtwerke München, and McKinsey & Company, he founded Landwärme. Mr. Elek offers around 10 years of experience in and well-founded knowledge of the biomethane industry in Europe.

Kurt Sorschak, Xebec

Kurt Sorschak, President Xebec Adsorption Inc

Co-founded Xebec Adsorption Inc., and developed it from a local compressed air and gas dryer manufacturer into an internationally active gas purification company. He established strong relationships with different universities and laboratories in Canada and the U.S., for the development of innovative adsorption based gas purification solutions.

Erik Buthker, Pitpoint Clean Fuels

Erik Büthker, Pitpoint Clean Fuels

Mr Büthker has been involved in natural gas as a motor fuel for a long time. Today he is business development manager at PitPoint clean fuels. PitPoint is an refuelling infrastructure provider and has the aim to supply only clean fuels by 2030 consisting of CNG, bio methane, LNG, hydrogen and electricity.

Ron van de Weerd, Managing Director, VCC and A.S.E. Repair, Dutch Partner of Herose Germany

Ron van de Weerd, Managing Director, VCC and A.S.E. Repair, Dutch Partner of Herose Germany

After completing his education as process engineer, Ron submerged himself in the world of valves. With more than 30 years of international experience, he can be named as the specialist on control valves, safety valves etcetera in the cryogenic and steam industry. Ron is used to work with excessive circumstances while offering his clients the best solutions. As founder and Managing Director of VCC and A.S.E. Repair, he helps companies to optimize processes and enthuses them to work according to safe, efficient and sustainable regulations.

Brandon Grote, Swagelok

Brandon Grote, Senior Market Manager: Alternative Fuels, Swagelok

Brandon has been in the fueling industry for over 15 years. He’s active in global safety standards, notably as chairman of NGV 3.1, and NGV 1.  Brandon holds positions on the Board of Directors of NGV Global, and Vice President for ANGVA.

Conor Slater, Bright Sensors SA

Conor Slater

Conor Slater is the Co-Founder and CEO of Bright Sensor SA, a high-tech startup that develops low-cost sensors for natural gas. He has over 10 years engineering and research experience developing sensors for automotive, aerospace and environmental applications, working with companies such as BMW and Mitsubishi

Dr Amir Sharafian, University of British Columbia

Dr Amir Sharafian

Dr. Amir Sharafian is a postdoctoral fellow in the Clean Energy Research Centre at the University of British Columbia in Canada. His research has been focused on renewable and sustainable energy resources, and development of energy conversion systems with impacts on climate change reduction.

Frederik Brandes, DVGW

Frederik  Brandes

Since 2014 Technical Manager in the Department of Technology and Innovation Management of the German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water (DVGW) in the research areas Gas Mobility and Smart Grids. Main areas of activity: Technology and sustainability of LNG and CNG

Frank Haberli, Group Vice President, Business Development, Hexagon Composites ASA

Dipl. Ing. Frank Haeberli is Group Vice President Business Development for the Norwegian Hexagon Composites Group.

Until 2016 he headed the Mobile Pipeline® Division for Nebraska-based Hexagon Lincoln, a subsidiary of Hexagon Composites. He joined the Group’s Norwegian subsidiary Hexagon Raufoss in 2005, and held leading positions within the sales management of Type 4 CNG cylinders and storage systems until 2013.

Mr. Haeberli is very familiar with European and international CNG city bus and passenger car applications and the related safety standards. He was the driving force to develop the first composite CNG transportation units built by Hexagon in 2006 for the Asian market. Since then, Hexagon has participated in the majority of global projects supplying compressed natural gas beyond the pipeline.

Frank Haeberli holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and a bachelor’s degree in law from German universities.

Mauricio Gonzalez, Clean Energy Compression

Mauricio Gonzalez, Director of Global Business Development , Clean Energy

Mauricio Gonzalez serves as Director of Global Business Development for Clean Energy Compression. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and over 15 years of experience in the Compressed Natural Gas sector in Latin America. In strategic planning, he had been a key player in implementing commercial strategies focused to increase sales in corporative clients and stations of CNG, as well as hands-on planning commissioning, successful start-ups and mechanical maintenance programs for NGV stations.

Matt Godlewski, NGV America

Matt Godlewski, NGV America

Matthew Godlewski is the president of NGV America, the national trade association dedicated to the development of a growing and sustainable market for vehicles powered by natural gas. Mr. Godlewski has more than 20 years of experience developing and executing strategic plans, building effective teams and interacting with government officials to shape policy at all levels of government.

Before joining NGV America, Mr. Godlewski served as Vice President of State Affairs at the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a national trade association representing twelve automakers including BMW Group, FCA US, LLC, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz USA, Mitsubishi Motors, Porsche, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo Cars North America.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Mr. Godlewski served as Director of State and Federal Policy at Pernod Ricard USA, a division of the Paris-based Pernod Ricard spirits and wine company. In that role he led successful efforts to expand consumer access to company products and coordinated state policy channels within the corporation.
From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Godlewski served in the Global External Affairs Office of Seagram/Universal Studios, where he managed complex state and federal regulatory matters related to beverage alcohol, intellectual property and freedom of speech.
Mr. Godlewski is a veteran of several political campaigns, and dedicated eight years to public service through various positions in the Michigan legislature, beginning in 1988. From 1996 to 1998, he worked on various financial services, entertainment and beverage alcohol franchise issues at Michigan’s leading public affairs firm
A graduate of Michigan State University’s James Madison College, Mr. Godlewski holds a bachelor’s degree in American Public Affairs.

Marc Meyer, Agility Fuel Solutions
Steve Dent, EControls

Steve Dent, EControls

 

Steve Dent is the Director of Application & Calibration Engineering at EControls.  Graduating from Loughborough University with Honors in Aeronautical Engineering then progressing through Caterpillar, FEV and IMPCO.  With twenty years’ experience designing, calibrating and implementing spark ignition engines has become a preeminent expert supporting the global natural gas engine community.

Brad Couch, Ariel Corporation

Brad Couch, CNG Business Development Manager, Ariel Corporation

 

Brad Couch is the CNG Business Development Manager for Ariel Corporation, Ohio, USA. With over 55,000 natural gas compressors sold, Ariel is the world’s largest.  Brad has spent nearly a decade working with alternative fuels, first through US-DOE Clean Cities working on multiple alternative fuels, then focusing exclusively on CNG.

Alfonso Morriello, Axegas

Alfonso Morriello, CEO of AXÈGAZ

 

AXEGAZ is a small scale LNG distributor, which is deploying a Europe-wide network of LNG refueling stations.

An engineer and holder of an MBA, Alfonso worked for many years for international oil companies, such as Royal Dutch Shell across the functions (operations, M&A, general management) and the geographies.

Dr Neel Sirosh, LightSail Energy

Dr. Neel Sirosh, LightSail Energy

 

Neel is an early pioneer in the NGV industry, obtaining government certification in 1992 for one of world’s first plastic-lined carbon composite NGV fuel tanks. Since then he was responsible for designing, developing and commercializing fuel systems, delivering tens of thousands of CNG and hydrogen systems to major automakers and truck companies. Currently he serves as the Senior Vice President of Global Product Portfolio at LightSail Energy, where he developed and certified high capacity pressure vessels for compressed air energy storage. Prior to joining LightSail in 2013, he was with Quantum Technologies for 17 years, with 7 years as their CTO. He served as a member of the Advisory Council for Alternative Energy at CSA International, and as a member of a number of US, and Canadian committees to develop standards related to alternative energy. Dr. Sirosh holds several US and international patents and co-authored three books on the application of composites in energy storage. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from the Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary, Canada, MBA from the Paul Merage School of Management, University of California, and BE (Honors) from the National Institute of Technology, India.

Andrew Kendrick, Vard Marine Inc

Andrew Kendrick, Vice President of Operations, Vard Marine

He is a well-recognized figure in the marine industry with over 30 years of experience in commercial, navy and coastguard ship design, consulting, research and development.  His involvement with LNG as a marine fuel includes ship design and conversion projects, extensive work on risk assessment, and the management of a major industry/government project exploring all aspects of implementation of a marine LNG fuel supply chain in Canada.

Ian Patterson, NGV Technologies
Tamas Jozsa, Clean Energy Compression

Tamas Jozsa, Clean Energy Compression

Tamas has over a decade of experience in leading Engineering teams for CNG equipment development.

Joining Clean Energy Compression in 2011, he conceived and led the complete re-design of the core CleanCNG product portfolio.

Tamas has a Masters in Science in Engineering (M.Sc.) Aircraft Design from Budapest University of Technology & Economics, Budapest, Hungary

Billy-Paul Holbrook, Ingevity

Dr Billy-Paul Holbrook, Ingevity

Graduated in 2009 from Pennsylvania State University with a doctorate in Chemistry.  The following two years were in Lyon at the CNRS.  In late 2011 started working for Ingevity as Product Research Scientist.

Robert Bonelli, Adsorbed Natural Gas Products, Inc

Robert Bonelli, President and Chief Executive Officer, Adsorbed Natural Gas Products, Inc.

 

Mr. Bonelli, an engineer by education, spent 30 years in the financial industry primarily as a corporate planning and development executive. He returned to his engineering roots to co-found ANGP and has been the company’s chief executive since its inception.

Timothy Boyle, Angi Energy

Timothy Boyle

Mr. Boyle has 40 years of experience in Compression and the Alternative Fuels industries.  Primarily responsible is for the business development of CNG equipment.  Additional responsibilities include, development and implementation of a CNG/LNG business plan, specification review, project estimating, proposal creation, conceptual and product design, equipment selection, and project management.

Shaun Hogan, Director Composit Products, FIBA Technologies

Shaun Hogan, Director Composit Products, FIBA Technologies

Shaun Hogan is the Director of Composite Products for FIBA Technologies, USA.  Shaun has been designing and building composite pressure vessels for more than 35 years, and is an expert on the Asia Pacific CNG market, having worked more than 10 years in Japan, Korea, China, and Southeast Asia

Damien Spenlehauer

Damien Spenlehauer (affiliations:Endress+Hauser Flowtec AG).

Damien is working for the company Endress+Hauser Flowtec AG in Reinach (Switzerland) for more than 15 years.
Since 2007 he is in charge of the business development with OEM customers in different industries and applications.
With focus on the european market Damien is supporting the development of new flowmeter technologies in alternative fuel (CNG, LPG, LNG, AdBlue) measurement.

Robert Goevaers, LNG Platform Holland
Nadège Leclercq, Director, Market Development, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Westport

Nadège Leclercq is Director, Market Development, Europe, Middle East and Africa at Westport. She is focused on leading the development of the market for natural gas in transportation in the region, in advance of emerging natural gas technology and product offerings. She has been gaining expertise in the natural gas vehicle market over the last six years.

Prior to joining Westport, Nadège spent ten years at Ducker Worldwide, an international BtoB marketing consulting company, where she had a strong focus on the European transportation and automotive industries.

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