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Michel Thiollière
MEDREG President
  Born in 1955, Michel Thiollière holds a BA and an MA in American Studies. A certified English teacher, he was elected deputy mayor of Saint-Etienne in 1983 and mayor from 1994 to 2008. He presided over the agglomeration community of the Saint-Etienne metropole from 1996 to 2008. General councillor of the Loire from 1985 to 1998 and regional councillor of the Rhône-Alpes from 1998 to 2001, he was elected senator of the Loire in 2001. Vice-president of the Committee on Culture, Education and Communication of the Senate in 2004, author of the law on decentralised cooperation (2007), rapporteur of copyright laws (DADVSI) in 2006, Creation and Internet law (known as HADOPI I and HADOPI II) in 2008-2009 and the public broadcasting reform (2009), he was appointed member of the board of HADOPI (law promoting the distribution and protection of creative works on the internet) and administrator of France Television. In March 2010 he was appointed Commissioner of the French National regulatory authority (Commission de régulation de l’énergie, CRE) by the President of the Senate . Since February 2011 he is Vice President of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER). Since November 2012 he is President of MEDREG.
Luigi Carbone
MEDREG Permanent Vice-President

Luigi Carbone is a Divisional President of The Supreme Administrative Court of Italy (Consiglio di Stato). In February 2011 he was appointed for seven years as a Commissioner of the Italian Regulatory Authority for Electricity, Gas and Water. In most of his activities, at the national and international level, he has dealt with the topic of regulatory reform. Among his other jobs, he has been Deputy Secretary General of the Italian Prime Minister, Executive Chair of the Regulatory Simplification Unit of the Italian Prime Minister's Office, member of a high-level group of independent experts for regulatory and administrative simplification set up by Confindustria, the main Italian Business Association. Between his other scientific activities, he is lecturer in the Italian (SNA) and the French (ENA) public training institutes, as well as in several Italian Universities and in private institutes. At international level, he is actually Chair of the recently established Network of Economic Regulators (NER) at the OECD, and Permanent Vice President of MEDREG - The Association of the Mediterranean Regulatory Authorities for energy Independent regulators. He represents Italy at the High Level Group on Better Regulation of the European Commission and has been member of the Bureau of the Regulatory Policy Committee at the OECD. Among others, he was the Italian member of the "Mandelkern Group on better regulation".


Fazıl Şenel
MEDREG Vice-President
  Fazıl Şenel is high commissioner / board member at EMRA ( Energy Market Regulatory Authority , EPDK ). He was Chairman and General Manager of BOTAŞ, Turkey’s state-owned oil and gas pipeline company.
Mr. Şenel’s varied career has spanned the oil, natural gas, energy, and automotive industries. Mr. Şenel holds a Bachelor’s degree from Istanbul Technical University’s Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University.
Mr. Şenel speaks English, and has a working knowledge of Arabic and Azerbaijani.
Hafez Abdel Aal

MEDREG Vice-President
  Dr. Hafez Abdel Aal El-Salmawy, received his PhD from Cairo University in 1991. He is a Professor of Heat Engines at the Department of Mechanical Power Engineering in Zagazig University, Egypt. He has been appointed to serve as the Managing Director of the Egyptian Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency (EgyptEra) in 2006. He is the chairman of the Electricity Working Group in the Association for Mediterranean Regulators for Electricity and Gas “MEDREG” as well as in the Regional Association for Energy Regulators in East and South African Countries “RAERESA”. He published over 40 scientific papers in many international journals and conferences in addition to several reports and manuals. He participated in developing several national documents including the new electricity law and Renewable energy strategy for Egypt.

Houda Ben Jannet Allal - OME

Dr. Allal joined OME in1992 and is currently the General Director of OME. Her fields of expertise mainly relate to energy prospects, renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable development in the Mediterranean region. Mrs. Allal occupied several functions within OME, most recent ones being successively Director of Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development and Director Strategy. She coordinated several large regional projects on renewable energy in the Mediterranean region and is the author of several publications. Dr. Allal has a graduate degree in energy economics from Institut Français du Pétrole, the University of Paris2/Assas and the University of Dijon (France). She also holds a PhD from the Ecole des Mines de Paris.

Ernesto Bonafé - Energy Charter

Mr. Bonafé is a trade expert at the Secretariat of the Energy Charter Treaty. He focuses on energy market reform, regional integration and international relations. He was a legal expert in the EU-project ‘Paving the Way for the Mediterranean Solar Plan’. Previously, Mr. Bonafé was training coordinator for energy regulators at the Florence School of Regulation. He also worked as legal counsel in law firms in Valencia (Spain) and Brussels (Belgium) and acquired professional experience at the European Commission and the European Court of Justice of Luxembourg. Mr. Bonafé holds a PhD from the European University Institute of Florence (Italy) and a LLM from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium).

Noureddine Boutarfa - Med-TSO President

Noureddine Boutarfa holds a degree in physical sciences and an Engineer degree (engines and applications). He joined Sonelgaz in 1974, where he has spent the greater part of his career, rising to the positions of director of Economic studies and director of Engineering. In 2001 he was named chairman and CEO of the Algerian Energy Company (AEC), which is specialized in development projects, in particular, electricity generation and sea-water desalination. He is chairman and CEO of Sonelgaz Holding since 2004, a company of the Sonelgaz Group whose subsidiaries are primarily involved with the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity, the transmission and distribution of natural gas, building infrastructure for the energy sector, and research and development. In 2004, he chaired the Maghrebian committee for electricity (COMELEC) which includes the electricity companies of the Maghreb countries, he has assumed its presidency again for two years 2012 and 2013. In April 2012, he was elected as the first president of the Association of Mediterranean Transmission system operators (Med-TSO). Noureddine Boutarfa chairs the Algerian Energy Committee member of the World Energy Council (WEC). He is also a member of the boards of companies from the telecommunications and energy sectors.

Natàlia Caldés - CIEMAT

Dr. Natàlia Caldés is a senior researcher at the Energy Systems Analysis Unit of CIEMAT, the Spanish Government Research institute on Energy, Environment and Technology. Since she joined CIEMAT in 2004, her work has mainly focused on the socio-economic impact assessment of energy projects and evaluation of energy policies. Besides participating in numerous national and international research projects, she has lectured in graduated programs and co-authored various publications in the field. Since 2012 she is coordinating the EU funded project BETTER which aims at assessing the opportunities and barriers associated to renewable energy cooperation between Europe and neighboring countries. Prior to CIEMAT, she worked in the field of development economics for various United Nations agencies and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPR) in Washington DC. She holds a PhD in Agricultural and Natural Resources Economics by the Polytechnic University of Madrid, a MsC in Applied Economics by the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) and a BA in Economics and Business Administration from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.

Pantelis Capros -
Univesity of Athens


Pantelis Capros is a Professor of Energy Economics and Operation Research at the National Technical University of Athens and the Director of Energy-Economy-Environment Modeling Laboratory (E3MLab). He has more than 25 year’s professional experience of consultancy in the domain of energy and economic policy. He combines economic analysis with a thorough engineering evaluation and support of technology forecasting in the energy domain and focus on quantitative economic analysis and directly support economic, energy and environmental policy for the European Union and other world regions.


Tareq Emtairah -
  Dr. Tareq Emtairah has 15+ years of experience in sustainability, environmental socioeconomics, energy policies management, and transition management fields combining both corporation and public authority perspectives. His professional experience includes resource efficiency implementation in industrial operations, performance evaluation, policy research, capacity building, business development, and project management. He started several initiatives to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency in different regions. Moreover, he co-founded a sustainability reporting venture and participated in various committees and research groups on standardization of sustainability performance evaluation. He taught sustainability and business strategy at leading European academic programs. He authored and co-authored various expert reports and scholarly papers in leading scientific publications and books.

Gonzalo Escribano -
Elcano Royal Institute
  Gonzalo Escribano is the Director of the Energy Programme at the Elcano Royal Institute for International Studies, and professor of applied economics at the Spanish Open University (UNED), from which he holds a MA in International Trade. He has a degree and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid., and has been visiting fellow at Florida State University and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and associated researcher for the Centro Español de Relaciones Internacionales at the Fundación Ortega y Gasset. He has lectured in several foreign universities and programs, and has participated in research programmes like the EU’s VIIth Framework Program, the European Commission’s FEMISE programme, and awarded the 2007 Spanish Economic and Social Council research prize. His research agenda focuses on the international political economy of energy and the economic dimension of Euro-mediterranean relations, with a focus in North Africa.

Jean-Michel Glachant - FSR

Jean-Michel Glachant is Director of the Florence School of Regulation and Holder of the Loyola de Palacio Chair at the European University Institute, Florence. He is a professor in Economics and holds a PhD from La Sorbonne University. He is or has been Advisor to DG TREN, DG COMP, DG Research and DG ENER of the European Commission and Coordinator/Scientific Advisor of several European research projects like THINK, SESSA, CESSA, Reliance, EU-DEEP,  RefGov, TradeWind, Secure and Optimate. He is a research partner of CEEPR, (MIT, USA) and EPRG (Cambridge University, UK). He is editor-in-chief of EEEP: Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy and a member of the Council of the International Association for Energy Economics. He is also on the editorial board of the journals Competition and Regulation in Network Industries, European Energy, Latin-American Economic Review, Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, and Revue d’Economie Industrielle. Glachant is a member of the EU-Russia Gas Advisory Council of Commissioner Oettinger (EC), member of the Steering Committee of the International Conference on the European Energy Market (EEM). He has recently published the book Building Competitive Gas Markets in the EU (E. Elgar Publishing – 2013).


Riku Huttunen -

Mr. Riku Huttunen (born 1966)
Director General of the Finnish Energy Authority since 2011
Co-chair of CEER International Strategy Group since 2013
Deputy Director General responsible for nuclear energy and EU energy policy issues, Ministry of Employment and the Economy 2005-2011
Counsellor (Energy, Industry and Competition) at the Permanent Representation of Finland in the EU, Brussels 2000-2004
Senior Adviser on EU State aid and competition issues, Ministry of Trade and Industry 1992-2000


Hisham Khatib -
World Energy Council
  Dr. Hisham Khatib is past-Chairman – Jordan Electricity Regulatory Commission, Honorary Vice Chairman of the World Energy Council. He is an engineer and economist on energy technology and energy security, local and global environmental issues related to energy and development. Over the last many years, Dr. Khatib was a Minister in the Government of Jordan in many portfolios – planning, water and energy. In 1998 he was awarded the “Medal of Achievement” of the Institution of Electrical Engineers in the UK. In the World Energy Congress in Rome 2007, Dr. Khatib was awarded the highly prestigious “Global Energy Award” by the World Energy Council. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE.

Mariano Marzo -
University of Barcelona

  Mariano Marzo is full professor of Stratigraphy at the Faculty of Geology of the University of Barcelona where he teaches Petroleum Geology and Energy Resources. M. Marzo’s research interests focus on the application of clastic sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy, reservoir modelling, and basin analysis to the exploration and production of hydrocarbons. He is actively involved in training activities and research projects funded by oil and gas companies (Cepsa, ConocoPhillips, Enagas, ExxonMobil, Hess, Norsk Hydro, Repsol-YPF, Shell, Statoil and Total among others). He has worked in southern Europe, North Sea, South America, northern Africa and Middle East. M. Marzo has authored and co-authored more than 75 scientific papers, edited or co-edited 15 books and special issues on sedimentology and stratigraphy, held more than 100 presentations on conferences and workshops and has served in the editorial board of highly-reputed international geological journals like “Basin Research”, “Geology” and “Sedimentology”. M. Marzo is member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and of the European Association of Petroleum Geoscientists & Engineers. Mr. Marzo is actively involved in several advisory panels on energy issues working for the Spain, Catalan and Vasc Governments. He is a regular collaborator of “La Vanguardia” and an occasional contributor on energy issues to the main Spain’s media.

Pedro J. Mejía Gómez -
  Pedro J. Mejía Gómez is Chairman and CEO of the Iberian Energy Market Operator (OMEL) and Chairman of the Iberian Energy CCP (OMIClear). He has also been appointed, in November 2011, Executive Vice Chairman of the two Iberian Market management companies: OMIE (spot market operator) and OMIP (future and derivatives markets operator). He is full member of the High Level Steering Committee of the Price Coupling of Regions project (PCR) and is Co-Chair of the Joint Steering Committee for the Multiregional Coupling (MRC).

Rafik Missaoui - ALCOR
  An energy and climate change Expert, Rafik Missaoui was basically trained as an Industrial Engineer, and completed his education by a muster degree in economics and PhD in industrial engineering and management of innovation. With more than 20 years professional experience, he specially acquired large experience in renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate change, particularly in investments and financing issues.

Ignacio J. Pérez-Arriaga - University of Comillas & MIT
  MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and Electrical Engineer from Comillas University in Madrid, Spain. Since 2008 visiting professor at the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (MIT, Boston, USA). Professor and Director of the BP Chair on Sustainable Development at Comillas University, Madrid, Spain, and founder and director for 11 years of its Institute for Research in Technology (IIT). Commissioner at the Spanish Electricity Regulatory Commission (1995-2000). Independent Member of the Single Electricity Market Committee of Ireland (2007-2012). Life member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering and Fellow of IEEE. Member of the Board of Appeal of the Agency for the Coordination of Energy Regulators (ACER) in the EU. Director of Training at the Florence School of Regulation in the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). Review editor of the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Consultant and lecturer in more than 30 countries. Author and editor of several books, more than 200 papers, principal investigator in more than 90 projects and supervisor of 30 doctoral theses and more than 100 master theses. His current areas of research are future trends in energy regulation, strategic issues in universal energy access, and operation and planning of power systems with a strong presence of renewable generation and other decentralized resources.

Alberto Ponti - Société Générale
  Alberto joined Société Générale in 2010 to head the Pan-European utilities Team in Equity Research and also coordinates to joint research effort with the Commodities Team. On top of equity research, over the past twenty years Alberto specialized in modeling power markets in Europe with current interests mainly focusing on capacity mechanisms. Before Société Générale Alberto spent ten years at Citigroup where he ranked individually #2 in Europe and his team 1st from 2000 to 2008 by Extel and Institutional Investors. At present he covers German and Italian stocks while also being responsible for the sector strategy. Before that, he worked for three years for Flemings and LEK partnership. Alberto holds a Degree in Economics (Econometrics) from L. Bocconi University (Milan).

Branislav Prelevic -
ECRB President

Chairman of the Energy Community Regulatory Board (ECRB) Energy Community December 2013 - present
Chairmen of the Board of the Energy Regulatory Agency of Montenegro (RAE) Energy Regulatory Agency April 2013 – present
Visiting lecturer – Economics of Energy University of Donja Gorica, Podgorica Jan 2012 – present
Co-Author – Energy Development Strategy of Montenegro 2030
Adviser for Intersecting Energy and Environment Issues to the Minister of Spatial Planning and Environmental Protection Government of Montenegro, Nov 2009 – Feb 2011 Education
Annual Training on the Regulation of Energy Utilities 2012/2013
Florence School of Regulation, European University Institute
Master of Science in Energy Management B.I. University in Oslo 2008/2009 IFP Francuski institut za naftu, Pariz ESCP - Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris Bachelor of Science in Business Economy Faculty of Economics, University of Montenegro 1988 Specialized study - Law in Source of Energy (energy-related legal matters/law) Faculty of Law – University of Belgrade 2004/2005


Teresa Ribeiro -
UfM Deputy Secretary General for Energy
  Teresa Ribeiro was appointed Deputy Secretary General for Energy at the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean in 2013. Of Portuguese nationality, she was Secretary of State for European Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal between 2008 and 2009. During her experienced career she has held different positions in the fields of communication and international relations especially and has long work experience with European Union institutions. Before joining the Secretariat, Teresa Ribeiro was Executive Director of AICEP (Portuguese Agency for Investment and Foreign Trade), Director General of the Portuguese Institute for the Media (Instituto de Comunicaçao Social) for eight years and Director for International Affairs of the same Institute. She was also auditor at the Institute for National Defense (Ministry of National Defense) in Lisbon. She holds a Master in Philosophy and a Certificate of “Driving Government Performance” by the John Fitzgerald Kennedy School of Government of the University of Harvard. She is fluent in English and French.

Alessandro Rubino -
University of Bari
  Alessandro Rubino is Lecturer in Economics at Bari University. Alessandro's research interests are in the fields of regulation, industrial organisation, energy market integration and demand side participation. Alessandro obtained his PhD in Economics from Siena University. Before completing his PhD has worked at Ofgem as Regulatory Economist. His main tasks where related to the analysis of the impact of the Large Combustion Plants Directive (LCPD, 2001/80/EC) on the generation portfolio in UK. In addition Alessandro has worked on the design and implementation of the incentive scheme for the national transmission system operator for gas and electricity. From June 2009 to July 2012 Alessandro has worked as Research Assistant at the Florence School of Regulation (European University Institute) within the Robert Schuman Centre, a research unit specialized in applied economics. He has been junior expert in the EC founded project "Paving the Way for the Mediterranean Solar Plan" and coordinator of the International Energy Regulation Network (IERN). From July 2012 to January 2014 Alessandro has been head of Capacity building and knowledge dissemination at the Enel Foundation and is currently senior policy advisor at RES4MED.

Ernesto Somma
  Ernesto Somma is Full Professor of Industrial Economics at the University of Bari Aldo Moro where is is the Dean of the undergraduate School of Marketing. He holds a D.Phil in Economics from the University of York (UK). He coordinated for six years the Doctoral School of in Business Studies, Economics and Statistics at the University of Bari. In addition to his academic duties, he has served as: • Coordinator of the Program for the opportunities of regions in EU under the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers - General Director 2008 - 2012 • Coordinator of the Technical Secretariat of the Ministry for Regional Affairs and Cohesion Policy 2008 - 2011 • Member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Innovation Agency (Agenzia per la diffusione delle tecnologie per l’innovazione) 2008 - 2011 • Member of the Board of Directors of Ansaldo Breda SpA (Finmeccanica Group) 2009 - 2012 • Chairman of the Board of Directors of Studiare Sviluppo s.r.l. (in house company of the Ministry of Economy and Finance) 2009 – 2014. Currently, he is Senior Regional Stakeholder Advisor for TAP (Trans Adriatic Pipeline), Senior Advisor responsible for special projects of the Agenzia Nazionale per l’attrazione degli investimenti e lo sviluppo d’impresa (Invitalia SpA) and member of the Board Director of the Institute Banco di Napoli Fondazione.

Simone Tagliapietra - FEEM
  Simone Tagliapietra is Researcher at the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) and Research Fellow at the Istanbul Policy Center (IPC). He is an expert in international energy issues and has published extensively on the international natural gas markets, the EU energy policy, the Mediterranean renewable energy markets and the Euro-Mediterranean energy relations, with a particular focus on Turkey. Prior to joining FEEM in March 2011, he completed a traineeship at the Energy Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva. He has recently authored the books "The Globalization of Natural Gas Markets", "The Geoeconomics of Sovereign Wealth Funds and Renewable Energy" and "A New Architecture for EU Gas Security of Supply". He is Member of the Editorial Board of the European Energy Journal (EEJ), Member of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) and Senior Expert Member of the Euro-Med Economists Association (EMEA).

Maria Vagliasindi -
World Bank
  Maria Vagliasindi is currently Lead Economist at the World Bank, leading analytical work and policy dialogue with senior government officials, the private sector, donor representatives and civil society on energy and infrastructure reforms in several developing countries worldwide. She has also led over the past two decades on policy initiatives in partnerships with other institutions, including the IMF, OECD, OPEC and other multilateral development banks, in high level contexts such as the G-20. Before joining the World Bank she worked in the Chief Economist Office of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development. Earlier she was teaching Industrial and Public Economics at the Universities of Warwick and Edinburgh. Maria has written widely on the economics of competition, regulation and public private partnerships, and also on governance of state owned enterprises. Her publication include papers published in several books academic journals, including The European Economic Review, Revue d'Economie Financière, Economic Systems, Comparative Economic Studies, and Utilities Policy. Maria holds an M Phil in Economics from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Economics from the University of Warwick. She serves on the editorial board of the International Association for Energy Economics’journal, the Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy.

Roberto Vigotti -
RES4MED Secretary General

General Secretary  of RES4Med the “Initiative for RE in the Mediterranean” , promoted by 16 international key energy stakeholders to facilitate dialogue between the various existing institutional and industrial initiatives; the association aims at the deployment of a broad range of renewable energy solutions and their integrations in the electricity market in the Mediterranean.  from 2012.
At the International Energy Agency (IEA):
-Deputy Chair of the Renewable Energy Working Party From 1998 until 2010 he has been   Chairman of the Group ;
  from 1990;
-Coordinator of the RE Industry Advisory Board formed by the 34 world leading companies and association to support the Agency strategy and program of work of IEA; from 2012

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