Opening Remarks from the Board

Get to know the Members of the World Hydrogen Advisory Board

Allard Castelein

President & CEO

Port of Rotterdam

 

“The energy transition is a fascinating journey. Finding the best route towards a net zero economy, we have to learn from one another and set up new partnerships. Rotterdam has the ambition to become Europe’s largest hydrogen hub, and it is my pleasure to participate in this Advisory Board.”

Allard Castelein is Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Rotterdam Authority since 1 January 2014.
Born in Rotterdam in 1958, Allard graduated in medicine at Erasmus University.

He started working with Shell in The Netherlands in 1987. For the first couple of years he held positions in Trading, Sales and Marketing. From 1992 he lived and worked in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom in various positions in Marketing, Strategy, Business Development and General Management. Allard 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. In this capacity he led a major re-organisation and change management programme. In 2009 Allard was appointed Vice President Environment for Shell. He led the global Environment cluster and was accountable for strategy, standards, controls and strategic partnerships worldwide.

In addition to his position as CEO with the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Allard Castelein is:

  • Vice president and member of the Supervisory Board of Sohar Industrial Port Company SAOC (SIPC);
  • Vice president and member of the Supervisory Board of Sohar International Development Company (SIDC);
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Rotterdam Partners;
  • Member of the Executive Board of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW);
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Isala Hospitals;
  • Chairman Board Ronald McDonald Huis Sophia Rotterdam;
  • Member Economic Board Zuid-Holland;
  • Non-executive director Renewi plc.

Paul Bogers

Vice President – Hydrogen

Royal Dutch Shell

 

“As hydrogen continues to rapidly accelerate into the mainstream of the energy sector, it is now critical that everyone in the industry comes together in order to help create the conditions for the successful delivery of a global hydrogen market. At Shell this means continuing to work with our peers across the industry, which is why I am delighted to become a founding member of the SEC World Hydrogen Advisory board. I am excited to get to work with my fellow board members to drive the conversation forward and help hydrogen play its role in reaching net zero emissions globally.”

Paul Bogers was recently appointed as the VP for Hydrogen, looking after all aspects of Shell’s growing hydrogen business. In this role Paul will oversee Shell’s work in hydrogen as a fuel for transport and the growing business in industrial hydrogen.

Prior to taking this role, Paul was Shell’s VP for Fuel Technologies, leading a team of 200+ scientists and engineers looking after all fuels development, including actively shaping future fuels and alternatives.

Previous assignments in Shell included a range of commercial, technical and strategy roles in Shell’s aviation business and overseeing differentiated fuels and lubricants product development in the UK and US leading to a world’s first commercial flights on GTL Jet fuel as well as spearheading development of Pennzoil Pureplus – the first Motoroil born from Natural Gas.

Paul holds an MSc in Aerospace Engineering from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands, and a post-graduate degree in fluid dynamics from the Von Karman Institute in Brussels.

Andrew Horvath

Global Group Chairman

Star Scientific Limited

 

“Star Scientific is honoured to be invited to join this prestigious board. It is welcome recognition of our Hydrogen Energy Release Optimiser, or HERO, which companies and governments around the world are recognising as the missing link in the demand case for hydrogen deployment, without combustion, for industrial heating and energy purposes. We are also proud to be asked to bring the Australasian perspective to the Sustainable Energy Council’s deliberations on hydrogen.”

Andrew Horvath is Global Group Chairman of private research and development company Star Scientific Limited, where he oversees the business strategy and development behind the company’s breakthrough technology, HERO®. Mr Horvath founded Star Scientific in 1998 and his vision has been instrumental in transforming it to an international business. The company and its subsidiaries across Australasia, Europe and the United States are currently undergoing a rapid-scale up across its science, engineering, corporate and finance divisions.

Grace Quan

President & CEO

Hydrogen In Motion Inc. (H2M)

 

“On the behalf of Hydrogen In Motion Inc (H2M), I am honoured to be a founding member of the Sustainable Energy Council World Hydrogen Advisory Board. With impact of Climate Change being felt around the world, hydrogen is recognised as a key enabler of zero emission energy and is embedded in world-wide national greenhouse gas reduction strategies. At this important juncture, in order to fast track technology solutions, it is essential that community stakeholders as well as industry leaders collaborate in our efforts to address technical and adoption challenges in the hydrogen supply chain to make hydrogen solutions cost effective, scalable and easy to implement. With the help of committees such as the SEC, It is my hope that innovations such as H2M’s solid state hydrogen storage technology can leapfrog existing barriers and bring about clean renewable energy solutions for a sustainable healthy future for all.”

As the CEO of Hydrogen In Motion Inc. (H2M), Grace brings fiduciary accountability to the table with her CPA/CMA and MBA credentials. Grace has a vast range of financial and managerial experience in private and public sectors from managing a Flying School, to working in a Provincial Minister’s office, to helping to manage the $250 billion dollar budget for the Treasury Board Secretariat of the Government of Canada.

Grace’s 10 year career in the federal government also includes working in foreign aid at the Canadian International Development Agency and in the Foreign (DFAIT), departments which have been combined to become the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. This varied experience gives Grace an insider understanding of the functioning of business and government.

In 2018 Grace Quan, CEO was recognized by BC Business magazine as one of the 50 Most Influential Women In STEM.

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis

Secretary General

Hydrogen Europe

 

“I am honoured to be a founding member of the SEC World Hydrogen Advisory Board among such esteemed experts in the field. Hydrogen Europe is committed to provide a significant contribution, bringing together stakeholders from across the whole hydrogen value chain. Our collective efforts will enable meaningful exchanges on the future of the EU energy system and the role of clean hydrogen.”

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis was appointed Secretary General of Hydrogen Europe in 2016. Before he was Representative of Infineon Technologies in Brussels and Member of the European Parliament (2004 – 2014) inter alia in the ITRE Committee (Industry, Technology, Research and Energy) where he could contribute to lay the cornerstone for the first and the second Joint Undertaking on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells. In 2007 he was elected “MEP of the year” by his colleagues of the European Parliament in the category “Research and Innovation”. In 2015 he was appointed ambassador at large for Greece.

Mr Chatzimarkakis was born in Duisburg, Germany. He holds German and Greek nationality, a degree in political science from the University of Bonn.

Max Correa Achurra

Head of the Fuels & New Energy Division

Ministry of Energy, Chile

 

“Chile is rich in renewable energies, which combined with our robust institutions, transparent and non-discriminatory regulation, and advanced energy markets, will unlock the potential to produce the cheapest green hydrogen on the planet. To exploit the full potential of this clean energy carrier, we have laid out a National Green Hydrogen Strategy that sets ambitious goals. Attracting international sources of financing for these projects, public-private cooperation and dialogue is key to understand and reduce critical barriers for hydrogen deployment. I look forward to working with the SEC Hydrogen Advisory Board to bring our perspectives to the table and continue enhancing crucial international cooperation.”

Max is currently the Head of the Fuels and New Energy Division at the Ministry of Energy, Chile. His Division is comprised of three Units: Hydrocarbons; Wood Fuels; and New Energy, the later responsibly of promoting the development of a green hydrogen industry in the country.

Before joining the Ministry of Energy, Max served as the Executive Director of the Solar and Energy Innovation Committee at the Chilean Economic Development Agency, Corfo. During his tenure, the Committee’s work has been largely focused on increasing international collaboration and on the promotion of green hydrogen and other energy innovations as critical elements of Chile’s energy transition.

Max previously worked at Corfo as Deputy Director of Strategy and Sustainability, supporting the Executive Vice President (CEO) in defining and implementing the institutional strategy, and providing prospective and exploratory information to identify upcoming trends. During this period, Max led a team to draft and promote the creation of the largest Technological Institute ever created in Chile – the Clean Technologies Institute – which will have a strong industrial focus on development, scaling and adoption of technological solutions in solar energy, low emissions mining and advanced materials derived from lithium and other minerals. The Institute will receive a public subsidy of up to US$190 million with an additional 30% of the total budget to be financed by the private sector.

Prior to Corfo, Max worked as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Andes Iron, an iron ore mining company that owns two world-class IOCG Ore Deposits along the Andes Coastal Range.

His experience also includes working as an associate to the Energy and Corporate Group of Chile’s largest full-service law firm, Carey & Co.

Max is on the Board of Directors of the Chilean Natural Resources Information Centre, CIREN (part of the Ministry of Agriculture) and as City Councilor for the Municipality of Zapallar; a well preserved seaside area in central Chile. He also contributes to several conservation initiatives, most notably to Corporación Bosques de Zapallar (http://bosquesdezapallar.cl/), Chile’s first Land Trust devoted to preserve a unique Mediterranean forest located in the country’s central coast.

Max graduated from Universidad de Chile, Faculty of Law and holds an MPhil in Environmental Policy, Department of Land Economy, from Cambridge University in the UK and undertook a Certificate Program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He was awarded with a joint full scholarship by the UK Government’s Chevening scheme, the Cambridge Overseas Trust and British Gas Group.

Alicia Eastman

Co-Founder & President

InterContinental Energy

 

“At InterContinental Energy, we believe hydrogen is one of the important keys to unlocking the energy transition. It is a pleasure and an honor to join equally enthusiastic proponents of decarbonization on the SEC Hydrogen Advisory Board, collaborating to secure our future.”

 

Alicia has led investment and strategy in global markets for nearly 25 years, managing private equity funds, market entry and finance for multinational companies and institutional investors across Australasia including the Middle East. She has focused on infrastructure, renewable energy, specialty chemicals/pharma, telecommunications, and technology. Before co-founding InterContinental Energy in 2014, she was a founding partner of Asia Pacific Capital Fund II and the Mongolia Opportunities Fund as well as MAP Capital, an industrial investment advisor in the Persian Gulf. Previously, Alicia led international strategy and acquisitions at Elan Biopharmaceuticals and was Vice President of Prudential Asia Infrastructure Mezzanine Capital Fund. She was a founding principal at NetFuel Ventures (acquired by a University of Chicago affiliate) and has held international strategy and investment positions at Gemini, Lend Lease, and AirTouch International (Vodafone). Alicia holds a B.Sc. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Noé van Hulst

Chair at IPHE

Hydrogen Advisor at IEA & Gasunie

 

“The global momentum for clean hydrogen is incredibly strong, as we can see from the increasing number of countries with hydrogen strategies and public funding commitments, as well as the private sector investment appetite. What we need now, is the appropriate regulatory framework to scale-up clean hydrogen rapidly and de-risk the huge private investment required. We also need smart policies that aim at creating integrated markets and facilitate the entire value chain across borders, including infrastructure and storage. I am happy to join this advisory board.”

Elaine Wong

Co-Founder and Partner

Hydrogen Capital Partners

 

 

Ms. Wong is a co-Founder and Partner Hydrogen Capital Partners (HCP), a decarbonization focused fund with expertise in Hydrogen.

Ms. Wong has over 20 years of private equity experience. In addition to founding HCP, Ms. Wong also co-founded HAO Capital, a China-focused growth equity fund. As a private equity investor, she has helped build, fund, and take companies public in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Frankfurt, London, and New York.

She currently is the Lead Independent Director for Hyzon Motors, serves on the Advisory Board for Enapter AG, and is a Board member of Protium Green Solutions.

Ms. Wong graduated from MIT with a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering and has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Ms. Wong is an active member of her community. She has served on the global MIT Alumni Association Board of Directors and is currently on the MIT Task Force 2021 and Beyond Alumni Advisory Committee.

Horst H. Mahmoudi

CEO & Executive Chairman

Smartenergy

 

“We are committed to decarbonize. Through our strong engagement in the development and structuring of renewable hydrogen projects we have gained substantial practical experience on how to unleash the potential of green H2 projects and how to overcome the roadblocks. I am thrilled and honoured to be among the founding members of the SEC World Hydrogen Advisory Board.”

David Burns

VP Clean Energy

Linde

 

“As the world is shifting toward a new energy system where hydrogen is set to play a key role, it is paramount to create programs that promote the dialogue between industry stakeholders. This is necessary at both a regional and a global level, and in ways that contribute to the creation of a robust knowledge base focused on the many ways hydrogen can help reach the Paris Accord goals. With over 100 years of experience in the field, Linde is well-equipped to support this mission and I am personally very glad to be part of the founding members of the SEC World Hydrogen Advisory Board, along with other well-known leaders in the energy industry.”

Dr. David Burns is Vice President of Clean Energy at Linde. Prior to this, Dr. Burns served as Vice President for Hydrogen and Syngas Global Business Development.

Dr. Burns joined Linde (formerly Praxair) in 2005 and, since then, has made significant contributions to the development of new business in the hydrogen and energy industries globally. Prior to Linde, Dr. Burns worked at Dow Chemical, where he held several business management roles.

Dr. Burns has a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Leeds in the UK and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Shigeru (Sam) Muraki

Representative Director

Clean Fuel Ammonia Association

 

“I am very honoured to be a member of SEC World Hydrogen Advisory Board with distinguished members. Under the Grand Energy Transition, decarbonization is the key challenge, and hydrogen will take an important role in this transition. We, Japan, have been developing hydrogen energy carriers to transport clean hydrogen for long distance over Oceans from renewable rich countries to major markets in Asia. Ammonia is considered as primary carrier, and we, Clean Fuel Ammonia Association, are working on implementation of Fuel Ammonia Value Chain. I am excited to contribute to hydrogen & ammonia economy through this Board.”

Shigeru (Sam) Muraki joined Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. in 1972 after graduating from Applied Chemistry Department of the University of Tokyo. He was appointed chief representative in New York from 1989 to 1994. From 1996 through 2004, he worked at Gas Resources Dept. He was promoted to senior executive officer and CTO in 2004.

In 2007, he moved to Energy Solution Division in charge of marketing in commercial and industrial markets and power business. He was appointed Executive Vice President in 2010 and Vice Chairman in 2014. Since April 2015, he has been Executive Adviser for Tokyo Gas.

He was Program Director of Energy Carriers for SIP (Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program) from June 2014 to March 2019.

He has been Representative Director of the Clean Fuel Ammonia Association since July 2019.

He was assigned to Regional Vice Chair, Asia Pacific and South Asia, of World Energy Council since May 2016.

He was awarded the Medal of Honor with Blue Ribbon in May 2017.

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