October 30th 2017, Bucharest,
Athenée Palace Hilton Hotel
Le Diplomate hall


For the first time in Romania, the Romanian Wind Energy Association (RWEA), in partnership with WindEurope Association, organizes the "Energy Transition 2017" conference, an event dedicated to the energy industry in general and to the renewable energy sector in particular.

The conference aims to present the global and European current situation and also the trends in the field of energy and to analyze Romania`s positioning in this context. It will be a debate between the personalities of the national and international energy environment regarding Romania’s objectives and the steps taken towards the future integration in the European context of the production and marketing of renewable energy.


09:00 - 09:30

Registration & Welcome coffee

09.30 – 09:45

Welcome speech

• Giles Dickson – CEO, WindEurope
• Claudia Brânduş – President, RWEA

09.45 – 10:25

Keynote speech

• Iulian Iancu – Chairman, Commission for Industries and Services, Chamber of Deputies, Parliament of Romania

10:25 – 11:15

Planning the Energy Transition

Moderator: Christian Egenhofer – Senior Fellow, Head of the Energy and Climate programme, Centre for European Policy Studies download

• Rémy Denos – Policy Officer, DG Energy, European Commision
• Alberto Pototschnig – Director, ACER download
• Andi Aranitasi - Associate Director, Senior Banker with the Power and Energy Utilities Team, EBRD
• Sam Kimmins - CEO, RE100 download
Q&A Session

11:15 – 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30

Renewables Integration in the European Policy. Successful steps in Romania

Moderator: Paolo Marino, Director, Pöyry, MBG Central & South East Europe download

• Niculae Havrileț – ANRE
• Bogdan Chirițoiu – President, Competition Council
• Corina Popescu – CEO, Transelectrica
• Giles Dickson – CEO, WindEurope
Q&A Session

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch Break

13:30 – 15:00

Renewables market insights

Moderator: Valeriu Binig – Business Advisory Partner, Ernst &Young Romania

• Georgios Stassis – Chairman and CEO ENEL Romania
• Eric Stab – Chairman and CEO ENGIE Romania
• Adrian Borotea - Member of the Board, CEZ Romania download • Henk Werkman - Vice-President Sales, Vestas download
• Ovidiu Pop – General Manager, Verbund Romania download
• Nils Aldag – Chairman, EU Hydrogen Joint Undertaking download
Q&A Session

15:00 – 15:15

Concluding remarks: Claudia Brânduş and Giles Dickson


  • Claudia Brânduş, President, Romanian Wind Energy Association

    Mrs. Claudia Brânduș is the Head of Regulatory Affairs and Antitrust with ENEL Romania, being in charge of defining, representing, and promoting the company’s position on regulatory and antitrust issues.

    Mrs. Brânduș has a legal background with broad expertise in EU policy and regulations for the electricity markets and, since July 2016, she has been the President of the Romanian Wind Energy Association.

    Mrs. Brânduș has graduated from the Law School at the University of Bucharest, continuing her education with the “Leadership for Energy Management Program” from Bocconi – Milan IESE Business School in Barcelona, followed by European Union Law at King’s College London, and Green Academy: Green Power Mini MBA in London.

  • Giles Dickson, Chief Executive Officer, WindEurope

    Mr. Giles Dickson has been the Chief Executive Officer of WindEurope since September 14th, 2015. WindEurope is the voice of the European wind industry. It represents the entire value chain of wind power: turbine manufacturers, component suppliers, power utilities, project developers, financial institutions and research institutes. As the industry association WindEurope actively promotes wind power in Europe, it engages Governments on policy and regulations that affect wind power and its integration in the energy system. It coordinates research and development for the wind industry in Europe and manages the European Technology Innovation Platform for wind on behalf of the EU Commission.

    Prior to joining WindEurope, Mr. Giles Dickson was Vice President of Global Public Affairs at Alstom. He was also a civil servant in the UK Government for over 15 years.

  • Iulian Iancu, Chairman, Commission for Industries and Services, Chamber of Deputies, Parliament of Romania

    Mr. Iulian Iancu is the President of the Romanian National Committee of the World Energy Council (CNR-CME) and has more than 20 years of experience in the energy sector. Over the years, he held leading senior management positions in companies such as Distrigaz Nord and Romgaz Mediaş, State Secretary within the Ministry of Economy and Trade, Manager at the Center for Promotion of Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency - Romanian Academy, as well as President of the National Regulatory Authority for Natural Gas. Currently, he holds the position of Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies' Industry Commission.

    Mr. Iancu is an engineer specialized in the oil and gas industry. He attended the Oxford University, UK, specializing in management and is also a doctor in science (oil and gas) and economics.

    Mr. Iancu also published about 30 technical and economical scientific papers sustained in plenary and specialized meetings within the EU – the regional energy market in South-Eastern Europe, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, the Economic Cooperation Councils between Romania and other states, etc.

  • Christian Egenhofer – Senior Fellow, Head of the Energy and Climate programme, Centre for European Policy Studies

    Mister Christian Egenhofer is Associate Senior Research Fellow & Director of Energy Climate House at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels. He is also Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges and Natolin, Warsaw, Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at SciencesPo, Paris and Guido Carli LUISS University in Rome. Other university assignments included MBA Programme at the Solvay Business School at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (2003-2008) and MGIMO in Moscow (2013-2014). From 1997 to 2010, he held a part-time position as Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee in Scotland, UK.

    Mr. Egenhofer has published 8 books on climate change, energy and issues on European integration in addition to more than 100 reports, articles and book chapters. Professor Egenhofer has been working on South-East European energy issues since 2014 and in early 2017 has founded a Central and South East European Business Forum on Energy, hosted by CEPS.

  • Rémy Denos – Policy Officer, DG Energy, European Commision

  • Alberto Pototschnig, Director, ACER

    Mr. Alberto Pototschnig is the first Director of the European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), established in 2010.

    Before joining the Agency, in January 2006, he was a Partner in Mercados EMI, a Madrid-based international consultancy company specialized in the energy sector, where he served as CEO and Deputy Chairman. He has previously worked at the Italian Transmission System Operators (2003 – 2005), served as first CEO of the Italian Electricity Market Operator (2000 – 2003) and at the Italian Energy Regulatory Authority (AEEG, 1997 – 2000), his final position being of Director of Electricity Regulation.

    Between 2003 and 2005, Mr. Pototschnig acted as an adviser to the Italian Government on environmental policy issues. Since 2004, he has been an adviser at the Florence School of Regulation, where he regularly teaches on energy regulation and market design. He has started his professional career in 1989 with London Economics, an international economic consultancy company, where he was eventually in charge of the industrial economic advisory practice.

    Mr. Pototschnig holds a Degree in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan and an MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics, London.

  • Andi Aranitasi – Associate Director, Senior Banker with the Power and Energy Utilities Team, EBRD

    Mr. Andi Aranitasi is an Associate Director with the Power and Energy Utilities team (part of the EBRD Energy Business Group), based in Sofia. His current responsibilities include focusing on projects origination and execution and portfolio management of power projects in Turkey and South-Eastern Europe, both on debt and equity side. Mr. Aranitasi has been involved in closing all EBRD’s transaction in the energy sector in Turkey amounting a total of EUR 1.25 billion financing for EBRD’s own account and overall project value of EUR 6 billion.

    Mr. Aranitasi has 20 years of banking experience focusing on the corporate (cement, pulp & paper, steel, pharmaceuticals, precious metals), telecommunications, agribusiness, property and tourism and energy sectors and project financing with EBRD, focusing on South-Eastern Europe, Western Balkans and Turkey.

    Mr. Aranitasi holds a double Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Applied Economics from the American University in Bulgaria.

  • Sam Kimmins – CEO, RE100

    Mr. Sam Kimmins is the Head of the RE100 campaign that brings together the world's most influential companies committed to 100% renewable power. He has 20 years’ experience leading sustainability projects in the shipping, aviation, food, construction and NGO sectors. Prior to joining RE100, Mr. Kimmins spearheaded Forum for the Future’s Sustainable Shipping Initiative, which recently won the Guardian Sustainable Business Award for innovative consultancy. While at FFtF, Mr. Kimmins spent two years as an advisor for Air New Zealand, steering the development of a pioneering sustainability strategy that won them recognition as Eco-Airline of the Year in 2015.

    Previously, Mr. Kimmins spent 10 years developing and embedding sustainable design strategies for major built environment projects at WSP and Beyond Green. Clients included Bovis Lend Lease, B&Q, Savilles, Sir Robert McAlpine, Emirates Stadium and Heathrow Airport Terminal 5. He is currently non-executive Director of the Ethical Consumer Research Association. He has a MSc in Pollution and Environmental Control from the University of Manchester and a BSc in Natural Environmental Science from Sheffield University, UK.

  • Zoltán Nagy-Bege – Vice-president, ANRE

    Mr. Zoltán Nagy-Bege is Vice-Chairman of the Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority since October 2017. Within the same Authority, he held the positions of Gas Market Director for 2007-2009, Director of the Department for Energy Efficiency in 2009 -2012, and between 2012 and 2017 he was a member of the Board of ANRE. Prior to this stage, he was the counselor of the President of the State Domestic Agency. In 2014, he was President of the Association of Hungarian Economists in Romania, Bucharest Branch. Mr. Zoltán Nagy-Bege studied Economics at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj.

  • Niculae Havrileţ – ANRE

    Mr. Niculae Havrileț has 27 years of experience in engineering and in the natural gas sector, out of which 14 years in leading positions and 3 years of experience in central public administration. Between 1992 and 1993 he worked for ROMGAZ Mediaş as an engineer and afterwards he was Human Resources Director at DISTRIGAZ Târgu Mureş (1993 – 1998). He was appointed General Director at Ministry of Agriculture between 1998 and 2000 and for the next year, President of the Agency of State Domains (ADS). Between 2012 and 2017 he has been the President of the Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority. Mr. Havrileţ is also involved in sponsoring cultural institutions and NGOs for disadvantaged people. Moreover, he founded and organized various companies operating in the natural gas field as well as agriculture. Mr. Havrileţ graduated from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca.

  • Bogdan Chiriţoiu, President, Competition Council

    Mr. Bogdan Chiriţoiu is a renowned Romanian political scientist who held the position of State Counselor in the Presidential Administration, the Department of Economic and Social Policies, between 2005 and 2008, and the Political Planning and Analysis Department, between 2008 and 2009. Since May 5, 2009, he has been Chairman of the Competition Council, having 9 years of teaching in higher education, 11 years in public policy consultancy and 10 years in the field of economic analysis.

  • Corina Popescu, CEO, Transelectrica

    Mrs. Corina Popescu currently holds the position of President of Transelectrica Directorate and has extensive experience in the field of energy. During 2015 – 2017, she was the State Secretary within the Energy Ministry of Romania. Throughout her career, she held multiple leading positions in various important national and international companies such as OMV, OMV Petrom, E.ON, Electrica, as well as in the former Conel and Renel (1991-1998). Mrs. Popescu has also worked in Professional Organizations such as: the International Electricity Network Council, CIGRE, the Association of Electricity Suppliers in Romania (AFEER) and the Romanian National Committee – World Energy Council (CNR-CME).

    Mrs. Popescu graduated in 1991 the Faculty of Power Engineering, Electro-energetics Department of Politehnica University of Bucharest, and in 2007 she obtained a certification in management at The Open University (CODESC).

  • Valeriu Binig, Business Advisory Partner, Ernst &Young Romania

    Mr. Valeriu Binig has a 30-year professional experience in the energy sector, during which he held various positions, from technical and research ones, to academic or consultancy in mergers and acquisitions and in attracting financing.

    Mr. Binig led as a Director the Energy & Resources Department at Deloitte Romania (2008 – 2014), he was the Energy Capital Director of Enterprise Capital (2006 – 2008) and Director of Energy and Utilities at the Romanian-American Investment Fund (2002 – 2006). He worked as an engineer responsible for the operational part of an electrical plant, as a designer, researcher, lecturer, and coordinator of the Multi-Country Phare programs in the energy field, program coordinator within the European Commission Delegation, administrator and consultant on bank investment/ financial advisory services in the energy sector. Using this vast experience gained in the field, he also held a significant consultative role in the transformation process through which the Romanian energy market has been through over the past two decades.

  • Georgios Stassis, Chairman & CEO, ENEL Romania

    Mr. Georgios Stassis is the Country Manager of Enel Romania and has been with Enel Group since 2007. He has previously held the position of Head of Eastern Europe & Egypt with Enel Green Power (EGP). Prior to joining EGP, Mr. Stassis was Executive Director of Strategic Projects & Procurement and a member of the Executive/ Management Committee of Tellas Telecom, the biggest alternative telecom operator in Greece. Mr. Stassis is affiliated with a number of non-profit organizations, including as a Board member of several Renewable Energy Institutions and Associations in the Balkans and the Middle East. Mr. Stassis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Construction Management from the Kingston University in the United Kingdom.

  • Eric Stab, Chairman & CEO, ENGIE Romania

    Mr. Eric Stab is the Chairman & CEO of ENGIE Romania and is responsible for ENGIE’s activities in Eastern Europe (Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic) where the Group has a turnover of 1.3 billion euro and 5,000 employees. Mr. Eric Stab also had two mandates as the President of the Foreign Investors Council, whose Vice-president he currently is.  He is also a member of the Steering Board of the Coalition for the Development of Romania. Mr. Stab’s career started 26 years ago, in Germany, where he has held various management positions for 9 years. He continued as the CEO of Gaz de France’s Natural Gas Sales Division in Europe. After the merge between Gaz de France and Suez, Mr. Stab was appointed CEO of GDF SUEZ’s energy activities in Eastern Europe.

  • Adrian Borotea, Vice-President, Romanian Wind Energy Association (RWEA)

    With more than 25 years of experience in Energy and Regulations, Adrian Borotea is part of the management of CEZ Group in Romania, managing the group strategy, the relations with the European Union and the renewable energy within CEZ Romania Group. Studying while working, Mr. Borotea graduated from the Executive MBA at the University of Pittsburgh in December 2007. He is Executive Vice President of RWEA, the Romanian Wind Energy Association and an active member of various Directors Councils of the most important energy industry organizations.

    Mr. Borotea held the position of ANRE Vice President, having the attributions of the agency's management, participation in negotiations with the energy industry stakeholders, drafting tariffs methodologies and energy prices and tariffs for the final consumer. Adrian also holds the position of Vice-President of the Energy Regulators Association (ERRA).

  • Henk Werkman – Vice-President Sales, Vestas

    Mister Henk Werkman is the current Vice President Sales of Vestas Central Europe. He has over 20 years of experience in mainly European business-2-business, in areas like IT and Telecommunications. As Vestas Vice President, he is responsible for 14 countries in Europe - between the North Sea and the Black Sea, which includes Romania, the organisation being steered from two main offices, Vienna, Austria, and Arnhem, The Netherlands. His activity focuses mainly on Customer First, Employee Satisfaction and Business Growth.

    Mr Wekman studied Business Administration (MBA) at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and is also an Ambassador for Royal Dutch Airforce.

  • Harald Wechselberger – Executive Director, Alpha Wind SRL & VERBUND Wind Power Deutschland

    Mr. Harald Wechselberger is an Experienced Country Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the utilities industry. Skilled in Crisis Management, Business Planning, Wind Energy, Energy Policy, and Management. Since 2001, he has been working for Verbund, occupying a number of leading positions.

    Successful business development professional, Mr. Harald Wechselberger is a law graduate and has a Master in Business Administration (MBA), specialized on Controlling & Finance, at MBA University in Vienna and Glasgow.

  • Ovidiu Pop – General Manager, Verbund Romania

  • Niels Aldag – Chairman, EU Hydrogen Joint Undertaking

    Domnul Nils Aldag este Director General și Co-fondator al Sunfire GmbH, un start-up tehnologic care se adresează unei provocări cheie a sistemului energetic de astăzi: conversia electricității regenerabile în combustibili și gaze pentru înlocuirea gazelor naturale și a țițeiului. La Sunfire, domnul Aldag este responsabil de dezvoltarea afacerilor, vânzări și marketing și relațiile cu investitorii. Sunfire a primit finanțare de capital de risc de la investitori de renume mondial. În 2017, companiei i-a fost acordat pentru a treia oară premiul "Global Cleantech 100 Company".

    Începând cu anul 2016, domnul Aldag este membru al consiliului de administrație și președinte la Hydrogen Europe, asociația europeană a industriei, reprezentând peste 100 de întreprinderi din industria celulelor de combustie si a hidrogenului, precum și proiectul Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking din cadrul programului Horizon 2020. În plus, domnul Aldag este membru fondator al Fundației DESERTEC. A studiat Administrarea Afacerilor și Drept la Universitatea EBS și la Universitatea Nova din Lisabona.

Claudia Brânduş

President, Romanian Wind Energy Association

Giles Dickson

Chief Executive Officer, WindEurope

Iulian Iancu

Chairman, Commission for Industries and Services, Chamber of Deputies, Parliament of Romania

Christian Egenhofer

Senior Fellow, Head of the Energy and Climate Programme, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Rémy Denos

Policy Officer, DG Energy, European Commision

Alberto Pototschnig

Director, ACER

Andi Aranitasi

Associate Director, Senior Banker with the Power and Energy Utilities Team, EBRD

Sam Kimmins

CEO, RE100

Zoltán Nagy Bege

Vice-president, ANRE

Niculae Havrileţ


Bogdan Chiriţoiu

President, Competition Council

Corina Popescu

CEO, Transelectrica

Valeriu Binig

Business Advisory Partner, Ernst&Young Romania

Georgios Stassis

Chairman and CEO ENEL Romania

Eric Stab

Chairman & CEO, ENGIE Romania

Adrian Borotea

Vice-President, Romanian Wind Energy Association (RWEA)

Henk Werkman

Vice-President Sales, Vestas

Ovidiu Pop

General Manager, Verbund Romania

Niels Aldag

Niels Aldag – Chairman, EU Hydrogen Joint Undertaking

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