Conference Chairman is Professor Wolf Ketter, Director of the Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business. He says: “The beauty of the Forum is the breadth of speakers. We will get presentations, speakers and debate from every perspective; from ICT, from consumer behaviour, from energy producers, and from politics.” Confirmed speakers and panellists for Business Day on 18 June 2015 include:

Yukihiro Sonoda

Vice President Technology Trend Analysis, Advanced Technology & Technical Affairs Planning, Toyota Motor Europe

Yukihiro Sonoda is currently Vice President of Technology Trend Analysis, Technical Affair Planning & Advanced Technology Group at Toyota Motor Europe. After graduating, he joined Toyota's Engine Research & Advanced Engineering Department. In January 1995 he was assigned to work at Toyota Technical Center U.S.A and three years later he returned to Japan, where he served as Project General Manager in Toyota’s Power Train Management Engineering Division. Mr. Sonoda received his Master’s Degree in mechanical and physical engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology in March 1984.

Alfons Wispels

CEO Raedthuys

Alfons Wispels is an entrepreneur in sustainability, pioneer in the field of renewable energy concepts, and founder of the Raedthuys Group. The company began in 1995 with the realization of wind energy projects on Dutch soil. Unique to Raedthuys is the total concept: from development, financing, insurance, construction and management of renewable energy projects to the delivery of real green energy under the name of Pure Energy. In December 2014, for the second time in a row, bodies including the Consumers' Association, Greenpeace and Nature & Environment have awarded Pure Energy the title of "Greenest Electrical Power of the Netherlands".

Allard Castelein

CEO Port of Rotterdam Authority

Allard Castelein is Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Rotterdam Authority since 1 January 2014. He started working with Shell Netherlands in 1987. Subsequently, he held various positions in Marketing, Strategy, Business Development and General Management in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom. He returned to The Netherlands in 2002 to join the Executive Board of the Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij, a Shell-Exxon JV. In 2003 he became Commercial Manager for Shell’s European Upstream business to lead a major re-organisation and change management programme and in 2009 he was appointed Vice President Environment. In addition to his current position, Allard Castelein is Vice President and Member of the Supervisory Board of Sohar Industrial Port Company SAOC (SIPC) and Sohar International Development Company (SIDC), among others. Mr. Castelein graduated in medicine at Erasmus University.

Chris Faulkner

CEO Breitling Energy

Chris Faulkner is Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of Breitling Energy Corporation (BECC). He is the driving force behind the company’s growth, technology innovations and strategic approach to independent oil and gas exploration and production. Informally dubbed “Frack Master” in the media for outspoken oil and gas industry advocacy, authored "The Fracking Truth—America’s Energy Revolution: The Inside, Untold Story" and produced the fracking documentary "Breaking Free: The Shale Rock Revolution". He was named Industry Leader of the Year 2013 for the Southwest Region, Oil Executive of the Year 2013, and recognized in the Dallas Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in 2014 as well as “Dallas Who’s Who in Energy” in 2012-2014. Bringing a unique perspective to energy policy conversations in Washington, DC, he is a trusted source for lawmakers on Capitol Hill, journalists and Washington policy analysts from respected think tanks. He's an expert on Gas projects, Upstream oil, Reserves, Basins and Divestitures.  Faulkner is a crowd favorite on the speaking circuit, giving dozens of keynote and other presentations at industry conferences in the U.S. and around the globe. Additionally, he has been prominently featured in hundreds of news outlets and quoted in Forbes and Bloomberg to name a few.

Colette Maloney

European Commission

Colette Maloney is Head of Unit Smart Cities and Sustainability unit at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology. The unit is charged with developing policy around ICT contributions to smart cities, and to delivering triple-bottom-line sustainability in response to societal challenges in resource efficiency, climate, transport and energy. It is also responsible for R&D activities on ICT and sustainability including energy-efficient buildings and cities, smart electricity grids, low-carbon transport and mobility, and efficient water management. She began her career as a researcher in Ciba, Switzerland and Dartmouth College, USA but in 1994 she joined the Commission, where she held various assignments in the field of ICT, from microelectronics, to telecommunications and digital content. From 2004-2008, she was Head of Unit Cognitive Systems and Robotics and was responsible for building up a substantial R&D initiative in this domain. Ms. Maloney has a BSc in Mathematics and Physics (summa cum laude) and a PhD in Physics (1982 and 1986 respectively) from Trinity College Dublin. 

Ewald Breunesse

Manager Energy Transitions, Shell Netherlands B.V.

Ewald Breunesse is currently Manager Energy Transitions in Shell as well as the communications focal point for Shell Netherlands on the company's long term scenarios in the media, for government, companies and (knowledge) institutes. He started his career in food retailing, followed by retail banking and joined Shell in 1983. He held different positions such as Head of Marketing research, strategist in the Shell Pension Fund, corporate strategist and change manager in Retail. From 2000 to 2005 he was business manager of Shell’s electricity business in the Netherlands.  Ewald Breunesse holds a masters’ in spatial- and business economics of the Free University in Amsterdam and a Ph.D., which he obtained on the thesis “Vision of pensions in the 21st century”.

Prof. Dr. Han Gerrits

VU University Amsterdam and Partner KPMG

Han Gerrits is an entrepreneur that has started a number of IT and internet companies, including Utopics (acquired by Ordina), MVLG e-business consultants (acquired by Lost Boys) and Innovation Factory (acquired by KPMG). He is also a professor at VU University, Amsterdam, where he teaches on innovation, e-business, and entrepreneurship. Being fascinated by the interaction between information technology and organisational change, he has accumulated more than 25 years of experience in consultancy within Moret Advies (Arthur Young International), Cap Gemini / Gemini Consulting and Lost Boys, among others.  He has been a lead consultant for devising innovation strategies and setting up innovation centres at various companies, such as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Achmea (largest insurance company in the Netherlands), PostNL, and Heineken. Mr. Gerrits has further been responsible for open innovation and crowdsourcing programs at Vodafone, Heineken, ABN AMRO, and KPN to name a few.

Mark Dierikx

DG Energy, Telecom and Competition; Ministry of Economic Affairs

Mark Dierikx is Director-General Energy, Telecom and Competition at the Ministry of Economic Affairs since 2011. After graduation, he took a marketing job with Esso Chemicals, a position he held for a few years before electing for a career with the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Initially his work here concerned Dutch industrial and technology policy. In 1992 he transferred to the Directorate-General for Foreign Economic Relations, where in 1994 he became Director of the Economic Cooperation and Export Policy Department. In 1996 he was seconded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Director of the Asia and Oceania Department and Deputy Director-General for Regional and Country Policy. He returned to the Ministry of Economic Affairs in 2000 to become Deputy Director-General for Foreign Economic Relations. Subsequently, in 2004 he was appointed as Director-General for Water Affairs at the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management and four years later as Director-General for Civil Aviation and Freight Transport. Mr. Dierikx studied chemistry with biochemistry and economics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.



Marc Borrett

CEO Reactive Technologies

Marc Borrett is the co-founder and CEO of Reactive Technologies, which was established to deliver highly novel mass-control solutions to assist the electricity industry’s transition to support a lower carbon society. Reactive has recently been named the European Entrepreneurial Company of the Year in ICT for Smart Energy by industry analysts Frost & Sullivan. Prior to Reactive, Marc was formerly the co-founder & CEO of Innovision Research & Technology plc, a UK-based publicly listed semiconductor company at the forefront of NFC technology and wireless chipset IP. Innovision had a world-class customer list and was acquired by Broadcom Corporation in 2010. Marc has a 1st class degree in Business Studies, has 20 patents to his name and holds the Queen’s Award for Technology Export.

Maria Molenaar

CEO Woonstad Rotterdam

Maria Molenaar is Chief Executive Officer of Woonstad Rotterdam as of June 2011. She started her career at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, followed quickly by a position as management consultant with A.T. Kearney Management Consultants. She left consultancy to become corporate business development manager at Cosun, a Dutch sugar cooperative. Her working fields were: corporate and division strategy, M&A, organisational restructurings. Subsequently, she became CEO of a listed international trading company, whose value she managed to triple. She further pursued her career as an executive board member of Rijnland Zorggroep, a healthcare group, where Ms. Molenaar drastically improved the company profitability and competitiveness. In addition to her current position, she is also a member of two supervisory boards: BDR Thermea, an European heating systems producer and Portaal, a Dutch social housing corporation. Maria Molenaar studied business administration at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (MSc) and has a master's degree in French language and literature.

Prof. Dr. Paulien Herder

TU Delft

Paulien Herder is Head of the Engineering Systems & Services department of the faculty of Technology, Policy and Management of the Delft University of Technology. She studies the design and management of energy systems with a focus on energy systems integration and the transition to a sustainable energy provision. She is also Member of National Topteam Energy, Steering group Advanced Dutch Energy Materials (ADEM), Steering group “Computational Sciences for Energy Research” (NWO-FOM), Council of Experts for Metrology, and Steering group Council of Engineering Systems Universities (CESUN) as well as Chairman of Delft Energy Initiative. Paulien Herder is active in the field of energy and industrial systems since 1994. She has an MSc degree in chemical engineering and a PhD degree in the engineering (systems) sciences. She is a (co-)author of more than 150 publications in scientific journals and conference proceedings. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Infrastructure Complexity (Springer) and a reviewer for many other scientific journals, conferences, research programmes and grants.

Ahmed Aboutaleb

Mayor, Gemeente Rotterdam

Ahmed Aboutaleb (born August 29, 1961) is a Moroccan-Dutch politician of the Labour Party, de Partij van de Arbeid (PvdA). He has been the Mayor of Rotterdam since January 5, 2009. He served as State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment from February 22, 2007, until December 12, 2008, in the Cabinet Balkenende IV.

Peter Molengraaf

Chairman Netbeheer Nederland, CEO Alliander

Peter Molengraaf is CEO of Alliander N.V., a network company in the energy sector, transporting electricity and gas to millions of customers in the Netherlands. He previously worked at Nuon and held several posts at Shell, including Manager of the European Customer Service Centre, Cross-Business IT Manager and Commercial Director at Shell Nederland Verkoopmaatschappij. In addition to his current position, he is President of Netbeheer Nederland, an association in the energy sector representing the interests of national and regional electricity and gas network operators. Furthermore, Peter Molengraaf is an active member of the High Level Group, part of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities, which brings together cities, industry and citizens to improve urban life through more sustainable integrated solutions. He serves also as member of the Supervisory Board of Vopak Netherlands, world’s leading independent liquid bulk tank storage service provider by capacity. Mr. Molengraaf studied information technology at TU Delft and obtained his MBA at Erasmus University’s Rotterdam School of Management.

Paula Verhoeven

‎Director General Dept. of City Development Gemeente Rotterdam 

Pieter Trienekens

CEO Stedin

After a study social science at the Radboud University in Nijmegen Pieter Treinekens started his carrier in 1976 at the Ministry of Economic Affairs. In 1987 he went to GasUnie, the national gas system operator of the Netherlands. Untill 2005 he fulfilled different positions and became a member of the board of directors. Since October 2014, Pieter is CEO of regional system operator Stedin. Stedin is responsible for reliable and safe transport of gas and electricity for two million customers in the most densely populated area of the Netherlands, including the port of Rotterdam. In addition Pieter is commissioner at DNV GL. 



Ruud Melieste

Port of Rotterdam

Ruud Melieste is corporate strategist at Port of Rotterdam. His role includes analyzing trends and developments in energy and industry, assessing possible impact on Rotterdam, and defining long-term scenarios, strategies and roadmaps. He started his career at the regional energy company, and joined the Port of Rotterdam Authority in 1993. In collaboration with chemical companies, he developed new business in pipeline infrastructure in the port and acted as managing director for resulting joint ventures MultiCore with Vopak, and RC2 with German ARG. As manager of a commercial department from 2006 to 2013, Ruud was responsible for enhancing the Port of Rotterdam's competitive position as an energy port and industrial cluster. Ruud Melieste holds a master’s degree in economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. 

Prof. Dr. Stephan Reimelt

CEO GE Europe

Stephan Reimelt is President and CEO of GE Europe and CEO of GE Germany. In his current role, he is managing GE's European activities, creating and implementing strategy, and coordinating cross-business growth initiatives. He is further responsible for the leadership of GE in Germany, where he is heading the operations of a "One GE" country business. In his previous role, Stephan Reimelt managed the GE's Energy portfolio in Germany, leading the transformation of the energy businesses Power & Water, Energy Management as well as Oil & Gas. He also brings a wide range of industry and entrepreneurial experience to GE from previous leadership positions at MAN Ferrostaal AG, Lurgi AG and also having run his own technological company. He studied Industrial Engineering in Berlin, where he obtained his doctorate at the Technical University of Berlin. Stephan Reimelt was appointed professor to the TU Berlin in 2010 and currently still teaches Process Engineering at TU Berlin.

Michiel Langezaal

Founder and CEO FastNed

Michiel Langezaal is CEO and co-founder of FastNed. He graduated as Mechanical Engineer from Delft University of Technology and opted after a couple of years of corporate strategy at A.T. Kearney for start-up Epyon, now ABB. In 2011 Fastned was founded by Bart Lubbers and Michiel Langezaal with the purpose to realise a nationwide network of fast-charging stations for electric cars. In 2012 Fastned acquired concessions to realise fast charging stations at 201 locations along the Dutch highways. As of today, almost 30 stations are operational and Fastned is adding one new station every week.

Sumit Bose

Editor and co-founder, Energy Live News

Sumit Bose is the editor and co-founder of Energy Live News the UK’s leading dedicated daily energy news site. It is approaching it’s fifth anniversary and in that time has won an award for Best Journalism by the Scottish Government and been nominated as Best Specialist News site at the 2014 Online Media Awards. Sumit has a long distinguished career in broadcast journalism and won a BAFTA for best regional news feature while at the BBC.  He has presented several TV and radio programmes and worked for all major BBC news outlets as well as freelance spells at SKY and ITN. He was a travel reporter for both the BBC and Travel Channel.

Vincent Everts

HighTech Evangelist

Vincent Everts is Trendwatcher in the digital, electric vehicle and energy field. After his (failed) Erasmus MBA he became a serial entrepreneur and started a number of software companies in Europe, Russia & USA.  He loves talking about the influence of technology on the way we work, play, educate and govern ourselves. His passions are the stevejobsschool of his kids and his Tesla Model S, which for him is a preview for a radical transformation of the mobility and energy industry.

Volker Beckers

Chairman ECFEB, former Group CEO RWE Npower and expert in the integrated energy business

Volker Beckers holds positions at various financial companies and at ELEXON Ltd and he is also Chairman of Spenceram Ltd. He is former Group CEO of UK-based electricity and gas supplier RWE Npower and a non-executive director with the UK government’s HM Revenue & Customs. He was recently appointed Chairman of Albion Community Power PLC, a renewable power generation and investment firm. Volker Beckers also chairs the Advisory Board for ECFEB. 

Prof. Dr. Wolf Ketter

Professor, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Wolfgang Ketter is Professor of Next Generation Information Systems at the Department of Technology and Operations Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. He is the founder and director of the Learning Agents Research Group and the Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business. Professor Ketter leads PowerTAC, a simulator for energy retail markets. Since 2011 he has served as the chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Task Force on Energy Markets.