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Willie Walsh, CEO, International Airlines Group (IAG)
Willie Walsh became chief executive of IAG, the holding company of British Airways and Iberia, in January 2011, joining from British Airways where he was chief executive from October 2005. It is one of the world’s largest airline groups with more than 400 aircraft flying to 200 destinations and carrying more than 55 million passengers each year. At British Airways, Willie guided the company to its first-ever 10 per cent operating margin in 2007 and introduced permanent changes across the airline to bring it through the worst recession in aviation history in 2008/9. He secured the airline’s long-term strategic objective to establish a transatlantic joint business with American Airlines and Iberia and set up the merger with Iberia that led to the formation of IAG. Prior to joining British Airways, he was chief executive at Aer Lingus, a position he was appointed to in the aftermath of 9/11.
Enric Arderiu, Carbon Originator, BP
Enric is a Carbon Originator at BP where he structures and trades carbon products as well as managing BP's exposure under the EU ETS and California ETS. Previously, Enric was a Principal Commercialization Manager at EcoSecurities, a company specialized in sourcing, developing and trading carbon offsets. Additionally, Enric managed the origination activities of the company in North Africa and the Middle East. Enric has a BA in Economics by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Spain and is currently studying for a Master in Finance at London Business School. He is fluent in Catalan, Spanish, French and English.
Andreas Arvanitakis, Director, Advisory Services, Thomson Reuters Point Carbon
Andreas Arvanitakis is Director in the London office of Point Carbon. He has 12 years of experience in climate change politics, consulting with the European Parliament’s head of delegation to the Kyoto summit in 1997. Andreas joined Point Carbon in 2003 establishing the London office and launched the price discovery service before moving to Advisory. His expertise lies in carbon finance, policy and market entry, investment support in different sectors; post-2012 portfolio and project investments. Sectors include aviation, maritime, built environment, renewables and waste. His clients include national governments and intergovernmental institutions, IFIs as well as utilities, banks, energy firms and airlines.
James Atkins, Chairman, Vertis
James founded Vertis in 1998. Under his guidance, Vertis has been a pioneer in emission trading and has grown into a top broker in the EU ETS and Kyoto markets. Previously, James was a manager in corporate finance at Deloitte & Touche. He is the author of Climate Change for Football Fans, a humorous but serious book on climate change, and writes a blog called The Bustard.
David Baranyay, Sales trader, Vertis
David is a sales trader at Vertis Environmental Finance, a top environmental commodities broker, specialising in emissions trading since 2001. David helps airlines and stationary installations develop their Phase 3 trading strategies, and execute their spot, forward and options trades at the best terms. David is frequently invited to present at conferences and workshops about the practicalities of trading in the EU ETS.
Stefan Baumeister, Managing Director, myclimate
Stefan Baumeister worked for 16 years in different management positions in the IT hardware and software industry. In 2009 he joined myclimate and since then is in charge of myclimate´s German organization, with Lufthansa and the TUI Group as 2 major key accounts. The non-profit foundation myclimate – The Climate Protection Partnership, is an international initiative with Swiss origins. myclimate is one of the world leaders when it comes to voluntary carbon offsetting measures. Science-based and market-oriented, myclimate offers a comprehensive package of services for offsetting in accordance with the principles of "avoid – reduce – offset" and "do the best and offset the rest". myclimate promotes the idea of integrating CO2-offsetting into the flight booking process and is ready to serve as Gold Standard offset supplier to IATA member airlines.
Martina Becher, Fuel and EU ETS Manager, TAG Aviation Europe
Martina is currently Fuel & EU ETS Manager at TAG Aviation. Prior to TAG Aviation, Martina held several positions at DC Aviation (formerly known as DaimlerChrysler Aviation) as Ground Handling Agent, Project Manager for the set up of a Fuel Management Department to become DC Aviation's Fuel Manager and finally she implemented all processes and procedures linked to EU ETS compliance at DC Aviation. Since 2009, Martina is a Member of the EBAA Working Group on Environment, where she supports the EBAA in representing the business aviation industry's position on EU ETS. One goal of this working group is to raise awareness at EU Commission level about the specific obstacles, which very small emitters are facing during the EU ETS compliance process. Martina is also the Manager of TAG ETS Solutions Manager, a service designed to support small emitters in complying with the EU ETS.
Valdimar Bjornsson, CFO, Primera Air and Primera Air Scandinavia
Valdimar Bjornsson is the CFO of Primera Air and Primera Air Scandinavia. He is also General Manager of Primera Air Scandinavia branch in Iceland. Primera Air is a subsidiary of Primera Travel Group. The company operates 7 Boeing 737-800 & 700 aircraft and has a turnover of USD 220 million. The airline operates flights mostly from Scandinavian bases to 75 airport locations worldwide. Prior to joining Primera Air, Valdimar held several positions at Icelandair, Icelandair Cargo and Deloitte & Touche.
Rachel Burbidge, Aviation Environment Analyst, EUROCONTROL
Rachel Burbidge joined EUROCONTROL in 2005. She has been involved in aviation emissions trading since 2009 when she established the EUROCONTROL EU ETS Info Desk to provide ETS information to aircraft operators. She also leads EUROCONTROL’s work on aviation climate change adaptation and contributes to the SESAR Single European Sky ATM Research Programme, where she leads the environmental risk and regulation work. She has degrees in Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development.
Hubert Corpehot, Risk manager, Air France
Hubert Corpechot joined the Air France fuel purchasing team in 2010, where he manages the jet fuel hedging portfolio and where he is in charge of covering the emission exposure of the Group. He is additionally responsible for fuel purchasing in South America for the Air France – KLM Group. Hubert holds an engineer’s degree from the Centrale Nantes School of Engineering and a Master in Finance from the University Paris-Dauphine.
Matthew Cowie, Carbon Market Research Manager, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Matthew Cowie works for Bloomberg New Energy Finance in London and manages carbon market research for the company globally. The markets that this research covers includes; Europe, Australia, California/Quebec, New Zealand, South Korea, China and the market mechanisms of the Kyoto Protocol. Bloomberg New Energy Finance advises most of the world’s major energy companies, governments and financial institutions on the outlook for, and design of, carbon markets. Prior to his current role Matthew was working on carbon market strategy for Centrica Energy, a UK utility. Matthew has degrees in Mechanical Engineering from both the University of Canterbury in New Zealand as well as the Centre for Environmental Energy Engineering at the University of Maryland, USA.
Jo Deketelaere, Business Developer, Global Carbon, Statkraft
Jo Deketelaere joined Statkraft in 2008 as a member of the carbon team following and exploring business opportunities in the emerging carbon markets in the United States. Currently he focusses on secondary market deal structuring, product development and carbon trading with industrials, power producers and airlines which have compliance obligations under EU ETS. Prior to Statkraft, Jo was working in the Belgian power and gas sector working on environmental policy and its interaction with investment strategies. Jo holds a master’s degree in business engineering from the University of Brussels.
Dirk Forrister, President and CEO, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)
Dirk Forrister is President and CEO of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). Previously, he was Managing Director at Natsource LLC, the manager of one of the world’s largest carbon funds. Earlier in his career, Mr Forrister served as Chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force in the Clinton Administration. Prior to that, he was Assistant U.S. Secretary of Energy for Congressional, Public and Intergovernmental Affairs; and legislative counsel to Congressman Jim Cooper. He was also Energy Program Manager at Environmental Defense Fund. Forrister now serves on the Board of Directors of the Verified Carbon Standard and as a member of the Advisory Boards of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the American Carbon Registry.
Philip Good, DG Climate Action, European Commission (EC)
Philip Good works for the EC in the International Carbon Market, Aviation and Maritime Unit of DG Climate Action. The Unit is responsible for the development of an international carbon market and the inclusion aviation into the EU ETS. Philip is currently managing the team responsible for the implementation of the legislation to include aviation in EU ETS. Previously Philip regulated the automotive sector, developing legislation for limiting emissions from road vehicles. Prior to joining the EC, Philip was a management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers specialising in environment and climate change.
John Hanlon, Secretary General, European Low Fares Airline Association (ELFAA)
John Hanlon joined British Airways in 1968 and spent 30 years in overseas Regional General Management positions in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Awarded OBE in 1993 for services to British aviation interests in Nigeria. Joined Flybe in 2000, becoming Director Alliances. In June 2006 appointed Secretary General of ELFAA, having previously chaired the Airspace Work Group within ELFAA. ELFAA member airlines carry over 180 million passengers a year, operating a combined fleet of some 700 of the most environmentally-efficient aircraft. Low Fares account for over 43% of scheduled point-to-point intra-European traffic.
Andrew Herdman, Director General, Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA)
Andrew Herdman is Director General of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Andrew is committed to expanding the role of the Association as the leading trade organisation for international airlines based in the Asia-Pacific region, addressing a wide range of both regional and global policy issues affecting the industry. AAPA works closely with regulators and other industry associations with the aim of fostering the sustainable growth of international civil aviation. Andrew previously held a number of senior positions with the Swire Group, Cathay Pacific Airways and other aviation related companies based in the Asia Pacific region. He is a graduate of Oxford University.
Leigh Hudson, Environmental Affairs Manager – Carbon Management, British Airways
Leigh currently leads British Airways carbon management portfolio including an extensive biofuels programme, as well as carbon accounting and efficiency initiatives. She also oversees the company’s One Destination Carbon Fund, which aims to increase customers’ awareness of climate change by investing in small-scale community projects to install renewable energy. A Chartered Chemist, Leigh has extensive experience of environmental management within multinational corporations. She holds an MSc in Corporate Environmental Management from the University of Surrey.
Tim Johnson, Director, International Coalition for Sustainable Aviation (ICSA)
Tim is the Executive Director of the UK-based environmental non-governmental organisation, the Aviation Environment Federation (AEF), a founder and lead member of the International Coalition for Sustainable Aviation (ICSA), set up to represent the international environmental NGOs as an Observer to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). Tim has over twenty years expertise in the aviation and environmental field, covering legal, planning and policy aspects. He is a member of the UK Department for Transport’s External Advisory Group and South East Airports Taskforce and chair of the advisory panel of the UK aviation industry’s Sustainable Aviation Initiative. On behalf of ICSA, Tim is the nominated observer for the environmental NGOs at ICAO. He participated in the “Friends of the President” group on climate change ahead of the 37th Assembly, and plays an active role in the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP), chairing ICAO’s carbon calculator task force.
Jérôme Lesourd, Head of ETS Unit, Direction Générale de l'Aviation Civile (DGAC)
After an initial education in public law and a first job with the French weather institution Météo-France, Jérôme Lesourd joined the DGAC in 2008 as legal advisor for passenger rights regulations. In March 2012, Jérôme was appointed as Head of the EU ETS Unit under the Direction of Air Transport for Sustainable Development in charge of the implementation of the Aviation EU ETS.
Simon McNamara, Director General, European Regions Airline Association (ERA)
Simon was Deputy Director General of the ERA between 2010 and 2012 and has been Director General since January 2013. Prior to this he held the position of Director Industry Affairs covering the development, promotion and implementation of ERA's policies on air traffic infrastructure, user charges, airport matters, the environment and air transport policy. Before joining ERA he worked at the International Federation of Airline Pilot Associations and the Flight Data Company. He graduated in Aeronautical Engineering and Air Transport Management.
S. Eyup Ozbay, Purchasing Manager, Turkish Airlines
Before becoming Purchasing Manager in January 2013, Eyup Ozbay as Agreements and Risk Management Supervisor was responsible for purchasing fuel and overseeing the carbon emission strategies of Turkish Airlines. Besides this responsibilities, he is also a member of Biofuel Working Group of the company. Eyup has presented his findings and recommendations about using biofuel on aviation at this group. Prior to this position, he participated in Financial Risk Management Project in 2008 and with the know-how that he got during this Project, Eyup has contributed to establish carbon emission strategy. His primary area of study has focused on how to make the cost of EU ETS more foreseeable for Turkish Airlines. Additionally, he works on complying with the requirements of this scheme.
Annie Petsonk, International Counsel, Climate & Air, Environmental Defense Fund
Annie coordinates EDF’s advocacy efforts on international environmental law, international agreements and institutions. She works to develop international laws that provide economic incentives for environmental protection. Annie has been actively engaged in international climate negotiations since their inception. Prior to coming to EDF, she served in the U.S. Department of Justice, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the United Nations Environment Programme, and the private bar. Annie teaches international trade and sustainable development law at the George Washington University Law School.
Yvonne Schmidt, Legal Officer, DG CLIMA, European Commission
Yvonne is a qualified lawyer who has been working on the overall EU ETS for eight years, since it began operation in 2005. She is particularly specialized in aviation in EU ETS, where she drafted the German legislation that applies this Directive. She was Deputy Head of the German Emissions Trading Authority’s Legal Department and joined the European Commission in 2010, where she is responsible for drafting implementing legislation, interaction with authorities in the Member States and acceding States, and outreach to third country counterparts. She also works on linking the overall EU ETS with Switzerland’s ETS and lectures at academic institutions.
Michael Schneider, Assistant Director, Carbon Offset Business Development, IATA
Michael Schneider has 16 years of working experience in airline finance and attained extensive expertise in the aviation sector during work and study assignments in Germany, South Africa and Switzerland. In early 2010 Michael transferred to IATAs Aviation Environment department to address the industry’s upcoming environmental and financial challenges linked to the introduction of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) and other mandatory schemes. He currently manages IATAs Carbon Offset Program, actively consulting its 19 participating member airlines to help them to reduce their carbon footprint and to comply with mandatory requirements. Michael holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in International Finance and Banking of the International University in Geneva and holds a diploma in International Business and Marketing of Michigan State University.
Robin Smale, Director, Vivid Economics
Robin is an economist who focuses on business and government strategy in resource-based sectors and infrastructure. He specialises in the market-state interface, especially resources management, regulation and behaviour. His main interests are energy, energy-intensive industries, water, fisheries and climate change, to which he applies core expertise in infrastructure regulation, resources management, competition and competitiveness, the behaviour of firms and individuals, and handling risk. Robin contributed to a Vivid Economics study commissioned in 2012 by WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative to generate knowledge, analyses and options for the design of an international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the international aviation sector, based on market-based measures (MBMs).
Paul Steele, Executive Director, ATAG & Director Aviation Environment, IATA
Paul Steele is Executive Director of the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), the only global association that represents all sectors of the air transport industry. Its mission is to promote aviation’s sustainable growth for the benefit of global society. He is also Director Aviation Environment for the International Air Transport Association (IATA), responsible for guiding and implementing IATA’s environment strategy worldwide. Prior to joining ATAG, Paul was COO of WWF International. Before WWF, Paul had over 20 years’ senior management experience with major international companies. He holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and a Diploma in Industrial Studies from Loughborough University and is a former faculty member of the Prince of Wales’s Business and the Environment Programme run by Cambridge University.
Niclas Svenningsen, Manager for Strategy and Policy Development, Market Mechanisms, UNFCCC
Niclas is the Manager for the Strategy and Policy Development unit for market based mechanisms in the UNFCCC Secretariat. In this capacity he is coordinating the climate secretariat’s strategic work and support to international carbon markets and mechanisms. He is also responsible for the secretariats’ support to negotiations on new and existing market based mechanisms. In addition, he has over the past 12 months coordinated the work of the high-level Panel on the CDM Policy Dialogue, a wide ranging research and consultation process to define the role of markets in the post-2012 climate architecture. He was previously working in the United Nations Environment Programme where he was in charge of the climate neutral strategy of the UN system.as well as for the implementation of UNEP’s programmes for sustainable buildings, urban development, and sustainable procurement.
Abdul Wahab Teffaha, Secretary General, Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO)
After his post-graduate studies in Socio - Economic Development & Political Sociology, Mr Teffaha joined AACO as an assistant tariff analyst and rose up through the ranks until becoming Assistant Secretary General in 1992. He was elected Secretary General of the Association in June 1996 and still serves in this capacity. Mr Teffaha played a key role in developing a new strategy for AACO based on delivering specific measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound results to AACO member airlines. Joint projects were quickly launched and include, to date, a fuel project, ground handling, joint market intelligence, the establishment of the Regional Training Center and global distribution agreements covering almost all the markets of the region and MRO cooperation.
Dr. Louise Twining-Ward, Chief Technical Officer, Sustainable Travel International (STI)
Dr. Louise Twining-Ward is Sustainable Travel International’s Chief Technical Oﬃcer. She is a sustainable tourism professional with a passion for using tourism as a tool for development and conservation. She has 20 years international experience in tourism standards, destination management, market analysis, and tourism monitoring. She is a specialist in the development and use of sustainable tourism indicators at business, destination, and regional level. Dr. Twining-Ward is widely published and has a reputation for creative thinking, pragmatic solutions, concise reporting, and measurable results.
Mladen Vukovic, Senior Advisor - EU ETS, United Kingdom Environment Agency
Mladen Vukovic has extensive regulatory experience across several regimes in the Environment Agency. His focus over the last three years has been on EU ETS and he is the Environment Agency lead on the Union Registry. He has worked closely with the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the European Commission on the development of EU ETS legislation, particularly the Registries Regulations and EU Registry rules and, has been heavily involved in ensuring their practical implementation.
Jamie Wallace, Originator, BP
Jamie has been with BP for eight years and has worked in a variety of roles across oil, gas and power before joining the emissions trading team in 2009. Jamie manages BP’s own exposure to the EU ETS as well as designing and delivering emissions trading services to BP’s customer base, with a current focus on the aviation market. Prior to joining BP Jamie worked at Deloitte for three years and is a qualified chartered accountant.