Polish politician and university professor, Jerzy Buzek is a former Prime Minister of Poland and former President of the European Parliament.
A member of the European Parliament since 2004, he currently chairs European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). He is the chairman of the European Energy Forum, a platform for discussion between European energy stakeholders and policymakers.
Lately, he leads EP's work on Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation, being formerly responsible for, inter alia, the Security of Gas Supply legislation, the EU Internal Energy Market, European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) and the EU’s 7th Framework Programme for Research. In 2010, together with Jacques Delors, he proposed the creation of a “European Energy Community”, a strategy to strengthen energy legislation and cooperation within and outside the EU which laid foundations for EU's Energy Union.
He has received honorary doctorates from numerous universities and is an honorary citizen of more than a dozen cities in Poland.
Benedek Jávor is a Hungarian environmentalist and a founding member of Dialogue for Hungary party (Párbeszéd Magyarországért).
He is also a member of the European Parliament for Together – Dialogue for Hungary Alliance (Együtt – Párbeszéd Magyarországért Választási Szövetség).
He is first vice-chair of the Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and is a substitute member of the Committee of Industry, Research and Energy. In the 2010 general elections, he won a seat in the Hungarian National Assembly and was Chair of the Sustainable Development Committee for most of his mandate.
Furthermore, Benedek is a founding member of the environmental NGO Védegylet (Protect the Future!) and holds a PhD. in biology. He is the author of several articles and publications on environmental threats, ‘going green’, and the future of the Earth.
Jos Delbeke (1954, Belgium) has been the Director-General of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Climate Action since its creation in 2010. He joined the European Commission in 1986.
Mr Delbeke was very involved in the negotiations on the European Union's 2009 policy package on climate change and energy in the European Council and Parliament. He has been a key player in developing EU legislation on cars and fuels, the Emissions Trading System (ETS), air quality, emissions from big industrial installations and chemicals (REACH). Mr Delbeke has been responsible for developing the EU's international climate change strategy and was for many years the European Commission's chief negotiator at the United Nations climate conferences.
In 2015, Mr Delbeke co-authored a book entitled "EU Climate Policy Explained", which aims to explain the EU's climate policies in an accessible way.
Carmen Becerril is an international expert in the energy field, with more than 20 years of experience in the sector.
From 2006 to 2014, Mrs. Becerril worked for ACCIONA Group, where she held several positions, such as President of ACCIONA Energía S.A, and Director General of the International Department.
From 1986 to 2004 she worked for the Government of Spain, where she performed the following functions, among others: Director of Energy Policy and Mines, and Director of the Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE).
In addition, Mrs. Becerril has participated in the Board of Directors of several companies, many of them linked to the energy sector, such as Red Eléctrica Española (REE), Compañía Logística de Hidrocarburos (CLH), ENRESA and ENDESA and currently, she is member of the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Advisory Board.
Between 2002 and 2007, she was President of Energy Without Borders Foundation and, from 2008 to 2011, President of the Acciona Microenergy Foundation (FUNDAME).
Carmen holds a law degree from Autonomous University of Madrid, and received her MBA from the IESE Business School.
Dr Hans Bruyninckx
Dr Hans Bruyninckx became the Executive Director of the European Environment Agency on 1 June 2013.
In 1996 he completed a PhD in international environmental politics at Colorado State University and since 2010 headed the HIVA Research Institute in Leuven which specialises in policy research.
Over the last 20 years, he has conducted research in more than a dozen countries, in areas including environmental politics, climate change, and sustainable development.
Nancy Saich is a chartered civil engineer who specialised early in her career in transport projects and more specifically in ports and coastal work.
25 years ago, she became involved in the discussions in the maritime engineering industry on the challenges of incorporating climate change impacts into the design guidance for maritime projects. This was the beginning of her close interest in climate change. After 13 years of work as a consulting engineer, she joined the European Investment Bank in 1998.
Nancy is one of the longest standing members of the Bank’s Environmental Assessment Group, providing the Bank’s Project Teams with due diligence support on environmental and climate matters on a wide range of projects funded by the Bank. She is also a founder member of the Bank’s Inter-Directorate Climate Working Group. Following her move to the Bank’s Environment, Climate and Social Office in 2011, Nancy has a specific role as EIB’s Senior Adviser on Climate and Environment, and is responsible for leading the work on Climate Finance definitions and impact reporting, including the Carbon Footprint of the Bank’s Project portfolio and impact reporting for the Bank’s Green Bonds – the EIB’s Climate Awareness Bonds.
She also works closely with other Finance Institutions on climate finance tracking, impact reporting harmonisation, mainstreaming Climate Action across all parts of the Bank’s activities and on definitions for Green and Sustainable Finance – including work supporting EIB’s role as Observer to the EU Commission’s High Level Expert Group (HLEG) on Sustainable Finance.
Martijn Broekhof has been independently advising the European Court of Auditors on the Landscape Review on Climate and Energy. Martijn has a long track record in climate change and energy policy. He was leading the European Climate Foundation’s activities on carbon pricing and investment challenges. His main focus has been on the economics of decarbonisation & financial implications for the European economy. Martijn was a Global Leadership Fellow for the World Economic Forum’s from 2008-2010, advising the WEF's Climate Change Initiative.
He has a background in management consulting (PwC) and was accredited lead verifier for the EU ETS. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Economics from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.
Sabrina Schulz is Head of the Berlin office of E3G – Third Generation Environmentalism.
Her work focuses on the low-carbon transformation of the European economy, with a special focus on Germany and Central and Eastern Europe. Before joining E3G in 2012, she worked in various policy capacities for think tanks and consultancies in Germany, the UK, the US and Canada.
From 2009 to 2011, Sabrina was a Policy Advisor for climate change and energy to the British High Commission in Canada.
She is also a member of the board of Greenpeace Germany and a Policy Fellow at Das Progressive Zentrum in Berlin.
Sabrina holds an MA in Public Policy and Management from the University of Potsdam, for which she studied at the University of Konstanz and l’Université catholique de Louvain, as well an MA in International Politics and a PhD from the University of Wales at Aberystwyth in the United Kingdom.
E3G website: www.e3g.org E3G Twitter account: @e3g, https://twitter.com/e3g
Ms Mechthild Wörsdörfer
Ms Mechthild Wörsdörfer is a Director at the European Commission's Directorate General for Energy, in charge of renewables, research and innovation, energy efficiency.
Between 2014 and 2017, as a Director in the same Directorate-General, she was responsible for energy policy, international relations, legal aspects and economic analysis. In that function she notably managed the development of the Energy Union Framework Strategy, the Governance and external aspects. Prior to that Ms Wörsdörfer worked as head of the policy unit in DG Energy, in particular on the 2030 Energy and Climate Framework. Before, she pursued a long career at DG Enterprise & Industry in the area of competitiveness and SME policies. Between 1999 – 2004 she worked in the Cabinet of Erkki Liikanen, the European Commissioner for Enterprise Policy and Information Society.
Ms Wörsdörfer studied Economics at the University of Heidelberg and the University of Montpellier and completed her studies with a Master in European Economics at the Free University of Brussels.
She speaks German, English, French and Spanish.
Olivier Prigent is an auditor within the European Court of Auditors since 2012. He performs audits in the agriculture, environment and climate fields.
He is the Head of Task of the landscape review on EU action on energy and climate change.
Previously, Olivier worked 4 years for the management consultancy McKinsey & Company in the water, pharmaceuticals, packaging, telecommunication and insurance industries.
Prior to joining McKinsey, he led, during eight years, audits of public infrastructure for environment consultancies.
He is a Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP). He also holds a Master of Engineering from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (France) and a MBA from IMD in Lausanne (Switzerland).
Katharina Bryan works as attaché to Phil Wynn Owen.
She has supervised and co-authored several audits and also the ECA’s landscape review on EU action on energy and climate action.
She joined the ECA in 2010, leading the audit on the EU’s Management of the External Borders Fund and performing financial, compliance and performance audits.
Prior to working for the Court, she was Head of a Structural Funds’ Managing Authority in Austria, ensuring sound financial management of ERDF, ESF and EARDF in Burgenland. She lectured for several years on Bachelor and Master programmes on the EU.
Katharina holds a Master in International Business Relations (Austria) and a Master of Laws in European Law (UK). She has an Advanced Professional Certificate in Public Performance Audit.
Phil Wynn Owen
Phil Wynn Owen has been a Member of the ECA since January 2014.
He worked initially on investment for cohesion policy. Since, June 2016, he has been leading the ECA’s work on the sustainable use of natural resources, as Dean of its Chamber I.
Before joining the ECA, Phil worked for over 30 years as a UK civil servant. He led Treasury teams responsible for Transport (1993-96) and Tax and Budget (1996-99); was Director of the Regulatory Impact Unit, Cabinet Office (1999-2003); Director-General at the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) (2011-13); and DECC Acting Permanent Secretary (Nov 2012-Feb 2013).
He has an MBA from the London Business School, and was also educated at Oxford University and Harvard Business School.
Anthony Teasdale is Director General of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), the in-house research centre and think tank of the European Parliament, and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the European Institute of the London School of Economics (LSE).
He has been a political adviser and civil servant both in London and Brussels. In Whitehall, he served as Special Adviser to Sir Geoffrey Howe during his time as UK Foreign Secretary, and to Kenneth Clarke as Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Within the European Parliament, he was deputy chief of staff to the President of the Parliament, and Director for EU Internal Policies, before taking up his current role in 2013. A former Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University, Teasdale is co-author of The Penguin Companion to European Union (2012).