Cross Cutting WS : Potential of Hydrogen Energy for Energy Transition
Mr. Steven Winberg
DOE Assistant Secretary
As Assistant Secretary, Steven Winberg is responsible for the management and oversight of FE's research and development program, encompassing coal, oil, and natural gas, as well as the Office of Petroleum Reserves. Mr. Winberg has 39 years of experience in the energy industry. He began his career at the engineering firm Foster Wheeler as an engineer on coal-fired utility boilers. From there, he spent 14 years with Consolidated Natural Gas working in a variety of positions before becoming Vice President for CONSOL Energy Research & Development. Immediately prior to coming to DOE, Mr. Winberg served as a Senior Program Manager at Battelle Memorial Institute.
Mr. Shawn Tupper
Associate Deputy Minister
Shawn Tupper was appointed Associate Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Canada effective November 5, 2018. He was previously the Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet at the Privy Council Office, where he was responsible for Economic and Regional Development Policy. Prior to this position, Shawn was the Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy, at Transport Canada, where he was responsible for the breadth of policy development and advice regarding the Transportation System. He also held Assistant Deputy Minister positions at Public Safety Canada.
Mr. Pierre-Etienne Franc
Vice President, Air Liquide / Secretary
Pierre-Etienne Franc, graduate from HEC Paris, joined the Air Liquide Group in 1995 as strategic analyst for the Group general management. He then held several positions in large Projects Business Development, Operations General Management, Strategy and Diversification activities. Since 2010 he has been supervising the portfolio of advanced businesses and technologies initiatives of the Group, in the fields of energy and environment, space,aeronautics, cryogenics, gathering 20 companies. Since June 2017, he is Vice President, Air Liquide, Hydrogen Energy World Business Unit, in charge of developing the full potential of H2 activities for the Group worldwide and supervises Air Liquide Venture Capital arm (ALIAD), which he created in 2012. Between 2011 & June 2016, he was Chairman of Hydrogen Europe and of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), the European Platform financing Hydrogen and Fuel Cell sector. He is the current Hydrogen Council Secretary. He is author of three books ("Le Management du Client", Eyrolles, 1994 ; "Hydrogen, the energy transition in the making", Manifesto/Gallimard, 2015, "Entreprise et bien commun", Palio 2018).
Mobility WS : Expansion of Hydrogen Use
Mr. Takeshi Uchiyamada
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Toyota Motor Corporation
Takeshi Uchiyamada was born on August 17, 1946. He graduated from Nagoya University with a degree in applied physics in March 1969, and joined Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) in April the same year. In January 1994, Mr. Uchiyamada became project general manager of Vehicle Development Center 2. In January 1996, he became chief engineer of the center, which developed the Prius—the world's first mass-produced gasoline-electric hybrid car.
After being named to the Board of Directors in June 1998, Mr. Uchiyamada oversaw Vehicle Development Center 3. In June 2000, he became chief officer of Vehicle Development Center 2, and in June 2001, became the managing director and chief officer of the Overseas Customer Service Operations Center. Mr. Uchiyamada was made a senior managing director (this title was changed to senior managing officer as of June 2011), and was also appointed chief officer of the Vehicle Engineering Group in June 2003. In June 2004, he became chief officer of the Production Control & Logistics Group, and in June 2005, he became an executive vice president. Mr. Uchiyamada was appointed vice chairman of the board of directors in June 2012, and then chairman in June 2013.
Dr. Kim Saehoon
Vice President, Head of Fuel Cell Division
Hyundai Motor Group
Dr.-Ing. Saehoon Kim majored in Mechanical Engineering at Seoul National University in 1992. He received his doctor's degree of mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University, Germany in 1997. He joined Hyundai Motor Group in 2003, and served as the project leader for Tucson ix35 FCEV, the world’s first commercial production FCEV. As the director of the Fuel Cell Development Group, he led the successful launch of Hyundai's second generation FCEV, NEXO in 2018. NEXO achieved significant improvement in many aspects under his long term expertise and supervision. He is currently the head of Hyundai Motor Group's newly established Fuel Cell Division, a dedicated organization to develop technologies and new businesses opportunities regarding hydrogen energy.
Mr. Akiji Makino
Chairman and CEO
Mar. 1965 Osaka University of Economics, Bachelor of Economics
Mar. 1965 Joined Iwatani Corporation
Jun. 1988 Appointed Director
Jun. 1990 Appointed Executive Director, General Manager of Industrial Gases& Material Division
Jun. 1994 Appointed Senior Executive Director
Jun. 1998 Appointed Executive Vice President
Apr. 2000 Appointed President
Jun. 2004 Appointed President, Executive Officer
Jun. 2012 Appointed Chairman and CEO, Executive Officer (current position)
Dr. Alexander Unterschütz
Senior Vice President Member of the Executive Leadership Team, Components
- Dr. Alexander Unterschuetz leads Plant Components at Engineering for Linde plc.
- He joined Linde's corporate strategy department in 2010 and was appointed Head of Corporate Strategy in 2011. Subsequently he was building up and heading the Performance Transformation department to drive the global standardization and sustainable improvement of Linde's business processes.
- In 2016 Alexander Unterschuetz joined the Engineering Division and became Head of Manufacturing and General Manager of the Schalchen Plant.
- Prior to joining Linde, he worked at McKinsey & Company as an Associate Principal in the automotive industry.
- Alexander Unterschuetz holds a masters degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Technical University of Karlsruhe, Germany. He completed a PhD in Business Administration at the Otto Beisheim School of Management (WHU) in Vallendar, Germany.
Mr. Hideki Sugawara
Japan H2 Mobility (JHyM)
Mr. Sugawara joined Toyota Motor Corporation in 1984. He started his career from the public relations department with responsibility for communicating with mass media, and got involved with Japanese government environment and energy policy making process through addressing issues in the automotive industry at the governmental affairs department. He was transferred to Japanese government in 1996 and participated in reorganization project of the ministries. As general manager in Toyota Motor in 2013, he was globally responsible for Toyota's social contribution activities in the fields of environment, traffic safety and human resources development. He contributed to the establishment of Toyota Mobility Foundation in 2014 and had worked on various kinds of challenges towards the next generation society of mobility network. After general manager of general affairs at Toyota's Tokyo headquarters in 2016, he has served as president of Japan H2 Mobility, LLC since 2018.
Supply Chain WS : Upstream & Global Supply-chain for Global Hydrogen Utilization
Mr. Masakazu Toyoda
Chairman & CEO
The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ)
He has been Chairman and CEO since 2010 at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan which has been ranked among Top-3 energy and resource policy think tanks for five consecutive years, in Global Go To Think Tank Index Reports by University of Pennsylvania.
He also has been appointed as a member of Strategic Policy Committee of Agency for Natural Resources and Energy and contributed compiling the Fifth Strategic Energy Plan.
Prior to IEEJ, he served at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan where he held prominent positions namely Vice-Minister for International Affairs.
Ms. Yasuko Yoshida
Country Chair, President
Shell Japan Limited
Yasuko Yoshida was appointed as Country Chair Japan and President of Shell Japan Ltd since Dec. ‘18 and oversees Shell businesses in Japan and Shell's relationships with Japanese stakeholders.
Prior to the current role, she worked in Myanmar as Country Chair since July '15. Before moving to Myanmar, she held a leadership role for Shell Japan as General Manager LNG & Strategy. She has held various commercial roles for Shell in Japan and Shell Development Australia.
Yasuko holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Waseda University, and MBA from Keio University in Tokyo.
Mr. Yoshinori Kanehana
Representative Director President and Chief Executive Officer
Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Yoshinori Kanehana has been serving as Representative Director, President since June, 2016 and Chief Executive Officer in Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. since April, 2018. He joined the Company in April 1976. His previous titles include General Manager of Marketing, Executive Officer, Managing Executive Officer and Senior Executive Vice President in the Company. He used to work for a subsidiary, Kawasaki Rail Car, Inc.
Mr. Masayoshi Kitamura
Representative Director Chairman
Electric Power Development (J-POWER)
April 1972 Joined the Company
June 2000 Department Director of Corporate Planning & Administration Dept.
June 2001 Director, Department Director of Corporate Planning & Administration Dept.
April 2002 Director
June 2004 Executive Managing Director
June 2007 Executive Vice President and Representative Director
June 2009 President and Representative Director
June 2016 Representative Director Chairman
Mr. Steinar Eikaas
Vice President for Low Carbon Solutions
Steinar Eikaas is VP for Low Carbon Solutions in Equinor, responsible for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and Hydrogen Solutions. Mr Eikaas has worked for 25 years in Equinor (former Statoil) and has previously held senior positions within international business development. He has had his current position since 2017 and holds a Master of Science from The Norwegian School of Business and Administration (NHH).
Mr. Satoshi Onoda
JERA Co., Inc.
Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Onoda was a member of the board of directors of Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. (CEPCO) from June 2018 to March 2019, serving as representative director and vice president and as president of CEPCO's Power Generation Company. His responsibilities included leading CEPCO's renewable energy business and preparing for the integration of its thermal power generation business with JERA Co., Inc.
Mr. Onoda majored in mechanical engineering at the Keio University Graduate School of Technology and holds a Master of Science degree.
Mr. Katsuya Nakanishi
Executive Vice President Group CEO, Power Solution Group
1985 – Joined Mitsubishi Corporation
1990 – Mitsubishi Colombia (Bogota)
1992 – Hermi Ingenieria (Mexico City)
2002 – Mitsubishi International Corporation (New York)
2011 – GM, Power Systems International Unit, Power & Electrical Systems Div.
2013 – GM, EMEA Business Dept., New Energy & Power Generation Div.
2016 – SVP, Regional CEO, Middle East & Central Asia (Dubai)
2018 – Div. COO, New Energy & Power Generation Div.
2019 – Executive Vice President Group CEO, Power Solution Group
Prof. Dr. Peter Hennicke
Former President, Wuppertal Institute/ Co-Chair
German-Japanese Energy Transition Council (GJETC)
Prof. Dr. Peter Hennicke: Former President of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. Member of the Club of Rome and of many international advisory panels and management boards. Winner of the German (2014) and Swedish (2015) Environment Award. Guest Professorship at IIIEE/Lund University 2014/ 2015. Prof. Hennicke published more than 200 articles and books. His research activities are focussed on Energy and Climate Policy as well as on Resource Efficiency Policies.
Sector Integration WS
Mr. Mario SAVASTANO
Executive Vice President, Global Head of Business Development - Hydrogen Business Unit
MARIO SAVASTANO holds a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), and Executive Education at the INSEAD Business School (France and Singapore). He is Executive Vice President, Global Head of Business Development of the ENGIE Hydrogen Business Unit since July 2018, based in Santiago de Chile. This newly created Business Unit aims at developing green hydrogen solutions worldwide, from production to downstream uses. Since he joined ENGIE in 1999, Mario served successively as SVP Business Development stationed in Bangkok and then Dubai, Chief Executive Officer of the SMN Group of Companies based in Muscat, EVP Asset Management for Construction for the South Asia, Middle-East and Africa region based in Dubai, and EVP Head of Business Development for the Asia-Pacific region based in Bangkok. He has more than 25 years of technical, commercial and managerial experience in the international energy business.
Mr. Jon André Løkke
Jon André Løkke was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NEL ASA effective 4 January 2016. Mr. Løkke comes from the position as CEO of Norsk Titanium AS, developing and industrializing 3D printing technology for the production of titanium components for the aerospace and other industries. He has ten years' experience from the REC Group, including positions as senior vice president in REC Wafer, investor relations officer in REC ASA and CFO in REC ASA. Mr Løkke has also worked for the ABB Group and holds an International MBA degree from Glasgow University and a Bachelor degree in business and economics from Southampton University.
Mr. Shigeki Takayama
Representative Director, Vice-presidential Executive Officer
Asahi Kasei Corporation
March 1978 Bachelor of Applied Chemistry, Keio University
March 1980 Master of Polymer Chemistry, Keio University
March 1997 Doctor of Engineering in Polymer Physics, Shibaura Institute of Technology
April 1980 Joined Asahi Kasei Corp.
April 2009 Executive Officer & General Manager, Display & Optics Div., Asahi Kasei E-materials Corp.
April 2013 President & Representative Director, Asahi Kasei E-materials Corp.
August 2015 Additional post) President & CEO, Polypore International, LP
April 2018 Primary Executive Officer, President of Separators SBU, Asahi Kasei Corp.
April 2019 Vice-Presidential Executive Officer, Asahi Kasei Corp.
June 2019 Representative Director, Vice-Presidential Executive Officer, Asahi Kasei Corp.
Mr. Kosei Shindo
Representative Director & Chairman
Nippon Steel Corporation
Kosei Shindo joined Nippon Steel Corporation in 1973. Following the merger of Nippon Steel Corporation and Sumitomo Metal Industries Ltd in 2012, he became Representative Director & President in 2014 and, in April 2019, he was appointed to the Representative Director & Chairman of Nippon Steel Corporation. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of Japan Business Federation (Keidanren).
He has a Bachelor of Economics degree from Hitotsubashi University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Jeffrey Haspels
Jeffrey Haspels has been with Vattenfall for almost 20 years. He has held various management positions within Vattenfall's project development and project realization unit. Jeffrey is currently responsible for the Magnum hydrogen project which aims to convert an existing gas power plant into a hydrogen fired power plant. He is also acting as Country Manager Hydrogen Netherlands within BA Wind.
Mr. Wouter Vanhoudt
Wouter Vanhoudt is a commercial engineer and Master in finance. Within Hinicio, he is responsible for the activities in Europe and Asia and contributed to a.o. CertifHy project, to develop a tracking & tracking scheme for renewable and low carbon hydrogen and lighthouse studies for IRENA (Hydrogen-from-renewable-power, also available in Japanese) and FCH-JU (a.o. Business Cases for Power to Hydrogen). Before joining Hinicio, Wouter worked in Abu Dhabi, UAE; liaison officer for a Belgian start-up with the Chinese supplier base and as business unit manager at Altran Group in Belgium.