Allard Castelein

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

Paul Bogers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Horst H. Mahmoudi

David Burns

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.

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