President

Steinar Solheim

Steinar Solheim is Head of Energy Regulatory Affairs at Yara International. He started to work for Norsk Hydro in 1980. He had various positions, and in year 2000 became Head of Energy Sourcing in Hydro Agri (later Yara International), a position he kept until 2016 when he became Head of Energy Regulatory Affairs. Prior, Steinar worked as researcher at the University of Oslo. Steinar has been active in IFIEC for many years before his Presidency, as Member of the Management Committee and Chair of the Working Party Gas.

Steinar was educated at the University of Oslo and the Norwegian School of Management.

Deputy President

Alessandro Profili

Representing IE´s member association AICEP – Italy

Alessandro acts as IFIEC Europe's Permanent Representative to the EU. He had a long company carreer working in various management postions inter alia for Alcoa, Honeywell and Exxon. Furthermore, he is affiliated with various other federations and organisations as Assomet, Eurometaux and the Alliance of Energy Intensive Industries.

Alessandro graduated from the University of Rome with a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering.  He later earned an MBA at the INSEAD Business School in Fontainebleau, France.

Vice-President

Carlos Abreu

Representing IE´s member association APIGCEE – Portugal

Carlos Alberto Medeiros Abreu is SECIL Group Director of Operations, having joined the company in 1984. Mr Abreu holds positions as Director in the following companies: Secil Lobito (Angola), Ciment de Sibline (Lebanon), Société des Ciments de Gabès (Tunisia) and Supremo / Margem (Brazil). He is also active in other associations as Cembureau and ATIC.

Carlos holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from IST – Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon) and from several Management Courses from the Portuguese Catholic University and Kellog University, namely in the areas of management, environment, leadership and renewable energies.

Vice-President

Knut Baumann

Representing IE´s member association Norsk Industri – Norway

Knut Baumann is responsible for European and trade issues at Norsk Industri – Federation of Norwegian Industries, with special focus on energy and climate policies. Formerly he has worked within the Confederation of Norwegian Business and Industry and the Federation of Norwegian Process Industries. He has also headed the latter's Brussels Office.

Knut is a political scientist, holding a bachelor degree from the University of Oslo and two master degrees from University of London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies and London School of Economics respective

Vice-President

Peter Claes

Representing IE´s member association FEBELIEC – Belgium

Peter has been active in IFIEC and other European and national industry associations for almost 20 years, and is a former President of IFIEC Europe. As Deputy President he concentrates mainly on the implementation of the European Target Models for natural gas and electricity, and on representing IFIEC on key strategic and regulatory issues. Peter also chairs the Working Party Electricity of IFIEC Europe and is General Manager of FEBELIEC -­ Federation of Belgian Industrial Energy Consumers.­

Peter holds Master of Business Economics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Vice-President

Stéphane Delpeyroux

Representing IE´s member association UNIDEN – France

Stéphane is Head of EU Energy Regulation at ArcelorMittal, Europe delegate in UNIDEN and member of Energy, Competitiveness and Climate Bureau in MEDEF (French business association). Before that, he held various positions in the energy sector in ArcelorMittal on either European or worldwide basis: market analysis, purchasing, energy efficiency and projects. Stéphane was IFIEC Europe Working Party Electricity rapporteur from 2012 till 2016.

He was educated at Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

Vice-President

Hans Grünfeld

Representing IE´s member association Royal VEMW – The Netherlands

Hans Grünfeld is Managing Director of VEMW, the Dutch member association of IFIEC Europe. Having served VEMW since 1999, Hans has extensive experience with the liberalization and integration of the European gas and electricity markets. From 2007-2011, he served as President of IFIEC Europe. Before joining VEMW, Hans Grünfeld worked as researcher for McKinsey & Company and as policy analyst at Rand Europe.

Hans Grünfeld received a Ph.D. from Delft University of Technology and holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Master in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam.

Vice-President

Pasi Kuokkanen

Representing IE´s member association Elfi – Finland

Pasi Kuokkanen is Managing Director of Suomen ElFi Oy in Finlanda. He has 20 years of experience as energy market generalist working e.g. at Hansel, Nord Pool Spot, Fingrid Oyj and Fortum Oyj. In recent years he lead several multinational projects as the “Estonian´s day-ahead and intra-day electricity markets opening” and the “ Full market coupling via implicit auction between Poland and Sweden.“

Pasi holds a Master of science (eng) from The Helsinki University of Technology (TKK) and was furthermore educated at the Finnish Institute of Management.

Vice-President

Barbara Mindejahn

Representing IE´s member association VIK – Germany

 

 

Vice-President

Thomas Mock

Representing IE´s member association VIK – Germany

Thomas Mock is Director Public Affairs at HYDRO Aluminium Rolled Products GmbH in Germany with around 5000 employees. He chairs the Climate Committee of IFIEC Europe´s German member association VIK. Thomas has been active in IFIEC Europe and other European and national industry associations for almost 15 years. He concentrates mainly on key strategic and regulatory issues concerning the implementation of the EU Emissions Trading Schemes, the liberalisation of electricity and renewables in Brussels and Berlin.

Thomas holds a Master of Law from the University of Cologne and is a trained lawyer by profession.

Vice-President

Jeremy Nicholson

Representing IE´s member association EIUG – U.K.

Jeremy Nicholson is Director of the Energy Intensive Users Group, which campaigns for secure, competitive energy supplies for UK industry. He joined the EIUG as an economic adviser in 2000 and has been active in IFIEC Europe for over 10 years. He is a member of Ofgem's Sustainable Development Advisory Group and a Fellow of the Energy Institute. He trained as a civil engineer with the Halcrow Group, specialising in infrastructure and regulatory projects for water and energy utilities and their regulators.

He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of East London.

Vice-President

Jean-Pierre Roncato

Representing IE´s member association UNIDEN – France

Jean-Pierre Roncato is President of UNIDEN and CEO of Exeltium, a company founded by electro-intensive industrial groups to ensure the long-term power supply of their French sites. Before, he held various positions in Research & Development, Operation and Commerce for Gaz de France and GDF SUEZ.

Jean-Pierre is graduated engineer from École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures, Paris.

Vice-President

Juan Vila

Representing IE´s member association GasIndustrial – Spain

Juan Vila is President of Juanvila Solutions, a consulting company handling issues in the areas of recycling, papermaking and energy. He is also President of GasIndustrial. Until 2015, Juan was Managing Director of Stora Enso Barcelona, the biggest recycled carton board mill in Spain. He has also been the President of Acogen, the association that lobbies for co-generators in Spain. He has also been President of Aspapel, the association of the paper industry in Spain.

Juan has graduated as Paper Engineer from the University of Barcelona. He completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School.

Vice-President

Jaromír Vorel

Representing IE´s member association AEM/SVSE – Czech Republic

Jaromír Vorel is working in the company ŠKO-ENERGO, the general energy services company of Škoda Auto, the major Czech car producing company, member of Volkswagen Group. He is in the CEO position since 2013. Previously he worked in chemical and industrial gas industry (21 years) and in the power generating and supplying industry (10 years). All in the operational management and project management positions. He was a chairman of the energy committee of Czech Chemical Association (SCHP ČR). Since 2015 he chairs the Czech Association of Large Energy Consumers (SVSE). He is also Vice-President of the Czech Association of Energy Managers.

Vice-President

Christopher Webb

Representing IE´s member association EIUG – U.K.

Christopher Webb is Head of Energy Management in the EMEA region for Linde Group Purchasing. He was educated at Imperial College London, and worked in international petrochemcials contracting before joining BOC in its engineering organisation. His subsequent career has incorporated spells in Quality, and Key Customer Management, before taking over responsibility for Energy Purchasing and Risk for BOC in the UK and Ireland in 2007, and across Europe for Linde from 2011. He is a former member of the CBI Energy Policy Committee in the UK.

Chair MC

Jeremy Nicholson

nicholson​[at]​ifieceurope.org

Representing IE´s member association EIUG – U.K.

Jeremy Nicholson is Director of the Energy Intensive Users Group, which campaigns for secure, competitive energy supplies for UK industry. He joined the EIUG as an economic adviser in 2000 and has been active in IFIEC Europe for over 10 years. He is a member of Ofgem's Sustainable Development Advisory Group and a Fellow of the Energy Institute. He trained as a civil engineer with the Halcrow Group, specialising in infrastructure and regulatory projects for water and energy utilities and their regulators.

He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of East London.

Director of Coordination

Lars Jope

jope​[at]​ifieceurope.org
Mobile: +49 172 2 69 90 63

Lars Jope coordinates as Director the activities of IFIEC at European level in Brussels since 2012. He additionally coordinates the Unit Climate, Energy Efficiency & Environment at VIK - German Association of Industrial Energy Consumers in Berlin.

Lars holds a degree of Law from the Universty of Hamburg and is a trained Lawyer by profession. Additionally, he holds a MBA from Quadriga University Berlin, at which he was also educated as Public Affairs Manager.

Chair WP Electricity

Peter Claes

febeliec​[at]​febeliec.be

Representing IE´s member association FEBELIEC – Belgium

Peter has been active in IFIEC and other European and national industry associations for almost 20 years, and is a former President of IFIEC Europe. As Deputy President he concentrates mainly on the implementation of the European Target Models for natural gas and electricity, and on representing IFIEC on key strategic and regulatory issues. Peter also chairs the Working Party Electricity of IFIEC Europe and is General Manager of FEBELIEC -­ Federation of Belgian Industrial Energy Consumers.­

Peter holds Master of Business Economics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Rapporteur WP Electricity

Inger Kristin Holm has been working for Hydro since 2000, in the Energy Business Area. Currently Inger Kristin works on regulatory and power market issues in the EU, Norway and Brazil. Prior she held various other positions in Hydro, within portfolio management, strategy and project development.  Before joining Hydro she worked for the Norwegian Ministry of Energy and for the Norwegian Federation of Industries.

Inger Kristin holds a Master of Business from Norwegian Business School.

President & Chair WP Gas

Steinar Solheim

solheim​[at]​ifieceurope.org

Steinar Solheim is Head of Energy Regulatory Affairs at Yara International. He started to work for Norsk Hydro in 1980. He had various positions, and in year 2000 became Head of Energy Sourcing in Hydro Agri (later Yara International), a position he kept until 2016 when he became Head of Energy Regulatory Affairs. Prior, Steinar worked as researcher at the University of Oslo. Steinar has been active in IFIEC for many years before his Presidency, as Member of the Management Committee and Chair of the Working Party Gas.

Steinar was educated at the University of Oslo and the Norwegian School of Management.

Rapporteur WP Gas

Valentin Höhn has been active in IFIEC Europe for almost 8 years. In parallel he is working for the German member association VIK. In 2013 he became Rapporteur of IFIEC´s Working Party. Before joining the industrial consumer side, he worked as a consultant in the energy sector.

He holds a Master's degree in business from the University of Essen. 

Chair WP Climate & Efficiency

Michiel Cornelissen is Advisor Climate and Energy Policies at USG (Utility provider at Chemelot site for a.o. SABIC, OCI Nitrogen, Lanxess and DSM). Before joining USG, Michiel has worked as Project Director and Business Development Manager at DSM responsible for a.o. sustainability projects and ETS trade.

Michiel received from the Eindhoven University of Technology a Master degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master degree in Process and Product Design.

Rapporteur WP Climate & Efficiency

Jean-Philippe Perrot has been working for the Solvay Group since 1988. From 1990 to 2003 he was the power plant manager of the industrial site of Dombasle (East of France). In 2003, he moved to Brussels to work at Solvay Headquarter. Currently he works for Solvay Energy Services and is in charge of the coordination of EU Emission Trading Scheme and of the follow-up of energy efficiency and greenhouse gas intensity within the Solvay Group. He is active in several national and European associations of large energy consumers.

Jean-Philippe holds a Masters Degree in Chemicals Processing from the University of Nancy.

Deputy President

Alessandro Profili

profili​[at]​ifieceurope.org

Representing IE´s member association AICEP – Italy

Alessandro acts as IFIEC Europe's Permanent Representative to the EU. He had a long company carreer working in various management postions inter alia for Alcoa, Honeywell and Exxon. Furthermore, he is affiliated with various other federations and organisations as Assomet, Eurometaux and the Alliance of Energy Intensive Industries.

Alessandro graduated from the University of Rome with a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering.  He later earned an MBA at the INSEAD Business School in Fontainebleau, France.

Electricity

The Working Party Electricity prepares and permanently evaluates IE positions in the domain of electricity markets, electricity price competitiveness and infrastructure and generation adequacy. It concentrates on issues linked to the implementation of the EU Electricity Target model (such as the development of grid codes, transparency legislation, market design, …), generation adequacy, infrastructure availability and cost-benefit analyses, primary fuel mix choices for electricity generation and its impact on prices, security of supply and the environment. It evaluates electricity price levels and their impact on global industry competitiveness, and proposes corrective actions if this is threatened. It detects and promotes opportunities for industrial consumers in the liberalized electricity markets (auto-production, prosumers, demand response, …).

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Peter Claes

febeliec​[at]​febeliec.be

Representing IE´s member association FEBELIEC – Belgium

Peter has been active in IFIEC and other European and national industry associations for almost 20 years, and is a former President of IFIEC Europe. As Deputy President he concentrates mainly on the implementation of the European Target Models for natural gas and electricity, and on representing IFIEC on key strategic and regulatory issues. Peter also chairs the Working Party Electricity of IFIEC Europe and is General Manager of FEBELIEC -­ Federation of Belgian Industrial Energy Consumers.­

Peter holds Master of Business Economics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Inger Kristin Holm has been working for Hydro since 2000, in the Energy Business Area. Currently Inger Kristin works on regulatory and power market issues in the EU, Norway and Brazil. Prior she held various other positions in Hydro, within portfolio management, strategy and project development.  Before joining Hydro she worked for the Norwegian Ministry of Energy and for the Norwegian Federation of Industries.

Inger Kristin holds a Master of Business from Norwegian Business School.

Gas

The shale gas revolution in the U.S. put the European industrial end consumers at a competitive disadvantage, while at the same time the European gas supply is still dominated by few suppliers. Therefore IFIEC Europe is constantly working on competitive prices for industrial consumers. This is done on any possible layer, but mainly inside the framework on the 3rd Energy Package from the Commission.

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Steinar Solheim

solheim​[at]​ifieceurope.org

Steinar Solheim is Head of Energy Regulatory Affairs at Yara International. He started to work for Norsk Hydro in 1980. He had various positions, and in year 2000 became Head of Energy Sourcing in Hydro Agri (later Yara International), a position he kept until 2016 when he became Head of Energy Regulatory Affairs. Prior, Steinar worked as researcher at the University of Oslo. Steinar has been active in IFIEC for many years before his Presidency, as Member of the Management Committee and Chair of the Working Party Gas.

Steinar was educated at the University of Oslo and the Norwegian School of Management.

Valentin Höhn has been active in IFIEC Europe for almost 8 years. In parallel he is working for the German member association VIK. In 2013 he became Rapporteur of IFIEC´s Working Party. Before joining the industrial consumer side, he worked as a consultant in the energy sector.

He holds a Master's degree in business from the University of Essen. 

CLIMATE & EFFICIENCY

IFIEC Europe is carefully following political decisions and measures in the field of policy against global warming, because these are highly affecting EU industry regarding their existential needs for a secure and competitive energy supply. IFIEC´s view on climate and efficiency measures is therefore focused on balanced EU actions based on a comprehensive sustainability approach for energy supply systems, which takes into account the three equally important components: ecology, economy and security. IFIEC Europe´s members - who already achieved impressive results in developing efficient technologies and innovative products - are willing and prepared to continue to do so and to invest in technologies which help reduce carbon emissions and raw materials input. For that purpose, they need a policy framework that effectively avoids carbon leakage and supports investments in modern industry productions.

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Michiel Cornelissen is Advisor Climate and Energy Policies at USG (Utility provider at Chemelot site for a.o. SABIC, OCI Nitrogen, Lanxess and DSM). Before joining USG, Michiel has worked as Project Director and Business Development Manager at DSM responsible for a.o. sustainability projects and ETS trade.

Michiel received from the Eindhoven University of Technology a Master degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master degree in Process and Product Design.

Jean-Philippe Perrot has been working for the Solvay Group since 1988. From 1990 to 2003 he was the power plant manager of the industrial site of Dombasle (East of France). In 2003, he moved to Brussels to work at Solvay Headquarter. Currently he works for Solvay Energy Services and is in charge of the coordination of EU Emission Trading Scheme and of the follow-up of energy efficiency and greenhouse gas intensity within the Solvay Group. He is active in several national and European associations of large energy consumers.

Jean-Philippe holds a Masters Degree in Chemicals Processing from the University of Nancy.

Deputy President

Alessandro Profili

profili​[at]​ifieceurope.org

Representing IE´s member association AICEP – Italy

Alessandro acts as IFIEC Europe's Permanent Representative to the EU. He had a long company carreer working in various management postions inter alia for Alcoa, Honeywell and Exxon. Furthermore, he is affiliated with various other federations and organisations as Assomet, Eurometaux and the Alliance of Energy Intensive Industries.

Alessandro graduated from the University of Rome with a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering.  He later earned an MBA at the INSEAD Business School in Fontainebleau, France.

Chair MC

Jeremy Nicholson

nicholson​[at]​ifieceurope.org

Representing IE´s member association EIUG – U.K.

Jeremy Nicholson is Director of the Energy Intensive Users Group, which campaigns for secure, competitive energy supplies for UK industry. He joined the EIUG as an economic adviser in 2000 and has been active in IFIEC Europe for over 10 years. He is a member of Ofgem's Sustainable Development Advisory Group and a Fellow of the Energy Institute. He trained as a civil engineer with the Halcrow Group, specialising in infrastructure and regulatory projects for water and energy utilities and their regulators.

He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of East London.

Secretary General

Roger Goffin

goffin​[at]​ifieceurope.org
Phone: +32 2 888 52 69

Roger Goffin is as General Secretary in charge of the administration of IFIEC Europe since 1993. Until 2006 Roger worked as Managing Director for Hoechst in Africa, Austria, Germany and Belgium.

Roger holds degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry from ULB - Free University of Brussels. 

Director of Coordination

Lars Jope

jope​[at]​ifieceurope.org
Mobile: +49 172 2 69 90 63

Lars Jope coordinates as Director the activities of IFIEC at European level in Brussels since 2012. He additionally coordinates the Unit Climate, Energy Efficiency & Environment at VIK - German Association of Industrial Energy Consumers in Berlin.

Lars holds a degree of Law from the Universty of Hamburg and is a trained Lawyer by profession. Additionally, he holds a MBA from Quadriga University Berlin, at which he was also educated as Public Affairs Manager.