Guests of Honor

We are happy to welcome many high-ranked and international speakers from different branches and industries.

Friederike C. Kühn

President of the IHK Nord

Friederike C. Kühn is President of the IHK Nord and President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Lübeck.
After graduating in the field of communication, focusing on advertising agencies, she bought her own agency in 1989, constantly expanding its reach and business concept.
Since 2010, she is member of the presidium of the CCI Lübeck and got elected as President of the CCI Lübeck in 2013, re-elected in 2016 and 2019. This position is at times accompanied by the office of the President of the IHK Nord.
She is member of the Board of Trustees University of Lübeck and the Supervisory Board WAK Schleswig-Holstein. Furthermore, she is supporting the development of women’s business networks.

Michael Eggenschwiler

President of the Hydrogen Society Hamburg

Michael Eggenschwiler is CEO at Hamburg Airport. The 60-year old business graduate from the university of St. Gallen/Switzerland has assumed this role in March 2005 after two years as Managing Director of Hamburg Airport.
Starting his professional carrier at Crossair in various management positions, he took over a senior management role at Swissair. Michael Eggenschwiler was Member of the Executive Board at Swissair, last being responsible for sales & marketing in Swissair's home market Switzerland.
From 2007 to 2010 he acted as President of the German Airports Association ADV and is currently Board Member of the German Airports Association ADV and Bundesverband Deutsche Luftverkehrswirtschaft BDL. He is Swiss Honorary Consul for Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein. Further he is member of the Advisory Board NordLB, Hamburger Sparkasse and HDI-TALANX.

Dr. Peter Tschentscher

First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Peter Tschentscher was born on January 20th 1966 in Bremen. Beginning in 1987, after secondary school and civil service, he studied medicine with postgraduate studies in molecular biology in Hamburg, which he completed with a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1995. This was followed by a Habilitation in 2008. Until 2011, he was a senior physician at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf.
Peter Tschentscher joined the SPD as a student. From 2008 to 2011, he was Deputy Chair and Financial Policy Spokesman of the SPD faction in the Hamburg Parliament. In 2011, he was named Minister of Finance in the Hamburg Senate.
On 28 March 2018, the Hamburg Parliament elected Peter Tschentscher as the First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

(Bild: Senatskanzlei Hamburg / Ronald Sawatzki)

Daniel Günther

Minister-President of Land Schleswig-Holstein

Daniel Günther is the Minister-President of Land Schleswig-Holstein.
In 2001, he received his Master’s Degree in Political Science from Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel. Being active as Councilor in the city of Eckernförde from 1998-2014, he became Member of the County Parliament Rendsburg-Eckernförde in 2003 (until 2010). From 2005-2012, he was Managing Director of CDU Schleswig-Holstein and got nominated as Member of the Board of Trustees for the Land Agency for Political Education Schleswig-Holstein and as Board Member for Schleswig-Holstein Association of Adult Education Colleges in 2012. As of 2013, he was Managing Director of the Hermann Ehlers Foundation and Hermann Ehlers Academy.
Since 2009, he is Member of the Parliament (Landtag) of Schleswig-Holstein, acting as Chair of the CDU Parliamentary Group from 2014-2017. Since June 2017, he is Minister-President of Schleswig-Holstein.

Ad van Wijk

Professor Future Energy Systems at TU Delft

Ad van Wijk is part-time Professor Future Energy Systems at TU Delft, the Netherlands. He also works for KWR Water Research Institute to develop and implement the research program Energy and Water.  And he is appointed hydrogen ambassador at the ‘New Energy Coalition’ to realize the green hydrogen economy in the Northern Netherlands.
In 1984, van Wijk founded the company Ecofys, which eventually grew into Econcern. Econcern developed many new sustainable energy products, services and projects. Examples include the 120 MW offshore wind farm Princess Amalia in the North Sea, several multi-MW solar farms in Spain and a bio-methanol plant in the Netherlands, which is the largest second-generation biomass plant in the world. Van Wijk achieved many important prizes for excellent entrepreneurship. Amongst others he was Dutch entrepreneur of the year in 2007 and Dutch top-executive in 2008. Van Wijk was honored by KWR, by appointing him Honorary Fellow 2018.
At TU Delft van Wijk will focus on the energy systems of the future. Especially he will do research on hydrogen and fuel cell cars and at the same time will realize "the Green Village".

Kikuko Kato

Consul-General of Japan in Hamburg

She joined the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1985.
Having served in various posts in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs such as the Economic Affairs Bureau, the United Nations Bureau, the Treaties Bureau and the Foreign Policy Bureau, she served as the director of the Law of the Sea Division and the director of the International Judicial Proceedings Division in the International Legal Affairs Bureau.
As overseas posts, she served in the Consulate-General of Japan in Hamburg, the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna, the Embassy of Japan in Berlin, the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations and the Embassy of Japan in Hungary.
Since July 2018, she is leading the Consulate-General of Japan in Hamburg as Consul-General.
She graduated from the Department of German Studies in the Faculty of Foreign Studies, Sophia University in Tokyo with Bachelor of Arts degree and acquired Magister in the Political Science from the University of Bonn, Germany.

Michael Westhagemann

Senator for Economics, Transport and Innovation of the City of Hamburg

More information coming soon.

Speakers 2019

We gladly present our Keynote Speakers at the International Hydrogen Symposium 2019. All of them are dedicated experts in hydrogen economy from all over the world.

Thorsten Luft

VP Corporate Fuel Management, Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Thorsten Luft is Head of the Corporate Fuel Management of the Lufthansa Group. He is responsible of the procurement of aviation fuel for more than 850 aircraft at 500 locations around the world, he also overlooks the Fuel Risk management, Emmisson trading, Fuel Consortias at many airports and the Fuel related IT issues within the Lufthansa Group.


Jens Müller-Belau

Energy Transition Manager at Shell Global Solutions Deutschland GmbH

More information coming soon.

Marc Grünewald

Vice President at MAN Energy Solutions

Marc Grünewald is working as Vice President for MAN. He is the team leader of Business Development and Strategic Consultancy for project developments of large capital investments in energy markets within Europe, and worldwide . He has more than thirty years of professional experience in the resources industry. Prior to MAN he worked for Accenture, STEAG, and KPC Consultants AG.  His focus is on international project development and new technologies for a more decentralized and decarbonized energy world.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerd Holbach

Design and operation of maritime systems, TU Berlin

Gerd Holbach is the head of the Department of Design and Operation of Maritime Systems at the Technical University of Berlin. He is leading the academic program of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering and research projects in the fields of alternative drives for maritime systems, autonomous shipping and deep sea technology.
He worked from 1995 until 2006 at different leading positions at  the field of design and engineering at the Flensburger Schiffbaugesellschaft.
1989 he graduated in ship and maritime technology and received the Ph.D. in the same area from the TU Berlin in 1994.


Prof. Dr. Christian Mohrdieck

Director Fuel Cell & CEO Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell GmbH, Daimler Group Germany

Prof. Dr. Christian Mohrdieck has been a Director Fuel Cell at the Daimler Group since 2012 and at the same time CEO of Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell GmbH since 2015.
After studies of physics in Germany and France, Prof. Mohrdieck joined Daimler-Benz Research in 1989. In 1995 he became head of the Executive Office of the Member of the Board responsible for Research and Technology in Stuttgart.
From 1999 on Prof. Mohrdieck has been a Senior Manager Fuel Cell Systems with Daimler-Chrysler Corporation in the USA. Back in Germany, he became a Director of Structural Materials at DaimlerChrysler AG and afterwards in 2003 Director of Alternative Energy and Drive Systems. In 2005 Prof. Mohrdieck assumed the responsibility for Fuel Cell Drive System Development.
In 2006 he got the additional responsibility for Li-Ion battery development at Daimler AG. Two years later Prof. Christian Mohrdieck became a Director of Fuel Cell & Battery Drive Development.
In 2013 the University Ulm appointed Dr. Mohrdieck Honorary Professor.

Dr.-Ing. Sae Hoon Kim

Head of Fuel Cell Division Hyundai Motor Group

Dr.-ing. Sae Hoon Kim graduated from the department of Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University in 1992. He received his doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from RWTH Aachen, Germany in 1997.
Dr.-ing. Kim joined Hyundai Motor Group as manager of fuel cell engineering team in the corporate R&D division in 2003. He served as project leader for the Tucson ix35 Fuel Cell, the world’s first commercial production FCEV. Hyundai’s 100 kW class fuel cell stack and unique modular power system have been developed under his leadership.
As director of the Fuel Cell Group, he led the successful launch of Hyundai’s second-generation FCEV model, the NEXO SUV in 2018. The NEXO achieved significant improvement in many aspects including efficiency, performance as well as durability under his long term expertise and supervision.
Dr.-ing. Kim is currently the head of Hyundai Motor Group’s newly established Fuel Cell Division, a dedicated organization to develop technologies and new businesses opportunities surrounding hydrogen energy.

Nikolas Iwan

Managing Director at H2 Mobility GmbH

Nikolas Iwan started his carrier with Shell. In his last position, he was responsible for the Retail business in Austria. Managing a network of 260 stations with 100,000 customer transactions a day he learned a lot about customers and infrastructure. 

Nikolas was always passionate about pushing the Energy transition and has now found the perfect task: building up hydrogen infrastructure in Germany. Since April 2016 he is CEO of the joint venture H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG. The mission: Building and operating a customer centric national network of hydrogen stations in Germany, leading the way to making it a business and showing the world, that hydrogen in mobility works.


Rolf Huber

Chairman, Founder H2 Energy AG

Rolf Huber graduated as Dipl. Engineer from ETH Zürich and started his career in consultant and management positions at McKinsey & Company. After various leading management positions in Switzerland, Canada, Germany and the Netherlands, he returned to Switzerland and became the founder and chairman of Ceres Capital AG and H2 Energy AG. He is a member of the non-executive board of the Comet Holding AG and Jury Member of the Swiss Pioneer Price.

Dirk Graszt

CEO of Hary AG

Dirk Graszt is CEO of HARY AG since 2017.
Before he entered the branch of logistics as Branch Manager in 1989, he concluded an officer career in the German Air Force. Until 2000, he hold several functions at OCEANGATE Distribution GmbH, followed by management positions at PaulGünther Cargo GmbH and “Hamburger Hafen- und Logistik AG (HHLA). Since 2004, he runs an independent consultancy, focusing on operational logistics management and logistic strategies. From 2004-2007, he hold an advisory mandate for Paul Günther AG and occupied the post of the Interims Managing Director of Trailer4You GmbH from 2007-2009. In 2009, he got appealed to the Board of Directors of Paul Günther AG. He was Managing Director at Krone Fleet A/S (2011-2015) and GDH (2015-today), and became CEO of Hary AG in 2017.

Dr. Jens Sprotte

Head of business unit Urban & Systems at Alstom Transport Deutschland

Dr. Jens Sprotte is the head of the business unit Urban & Systems at ALSTOM Transport Deutschland. In 2003 he joined the ALSTOM group as the overall project manager in the rail car field. While participating in an exchange program designed for managers by The Federation of German Industries (BDI) he acted as a consultant for economic cooperation and development from 2005 to 2006 at the Federal Ministry in Bonn. Working as an overall project manager until 2009 he then became the head of business development Germany/Austria as well as Prokurist of the ALSTOM Transport Germany GmbH. Since 2016 he is heading the business unit Urban & Systems.

André Steinau

Advisor of the CEO at GP JOULE GmbH

André Steinau graduated as Master in Business Administration from Westfaelische Wilhelms-University in Muenster, Germany in 2002. He has a career in Marketing and Sales Management and Sales Controlling in the banking sector. Since he joined GP JOULE at the very beginning in 2009 he held many positions as director for finance, marketing, managing director miniJOULE e.g. As Coordinator to the CEO he is the project leader in the business development of GP JOULE’s hydrogen activities within Germany and beyond.

Gabriele Schmiedel

Executive VP at Siemens Hydrogen Solutions Germany

Gabriele Schmiedel is the Executive Vice President of the Siemens Hydrogen Solutions business.

The business department develops, produces and sells hydrogen electrolysers that convert green electricity into hydrogen to a broad range of applications in energy, industry and mobility.

Prior to this role Gabriele worked for Siemens in different industries and functions from Service, Sales, Strategy, Product Management, Project Management and R&D.

She holds a master in computer science and lives in Erlangen and Munich.


Dr. Oliver Weinmann

Managing Director at Vattenfall Europe Innovation GmbH

Oliver Weinmann is Managing Director of Vattenfall Europe Innovation GmbH. The subsidiary of Vattenfall GmbH focuses on business development, mainly related to renewable energies. He studied Process Engineering at the RWTH Aachen, followed by a PhD on Solar Thermal Power Plants at DLR in Cologne. In 1992 he started his career at HEW in Hamburg and changed to Vattenfall in 2003 as Head of Innovation Management. In parallel, between 2004 and 2007, he was Managing Director of Vattenfall Renewables GmbH. In 2010 he was appointed as Managing Director of Vattenfall Europe Innovation GmbH.

Bart Biebuyck

Executive Director of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking

Bart Biebuyck is the Executive Director of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), a public-private partnership aiming at facilitating the deployment of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies in Europe.
Before the FCH JU, Bart Biebuyck was at the Fuel Cell department of Toyota Motor Europe where he held the position of Technical Senior Manager. His expertise in the automotive industry includes extensive knowledge related to the deployment of new technologies in the European market. It is as part of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) programme in Berlin that Bart worked at reinforcing European trials for the Toyota Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle. He also had the opportunity to develop and expand his know- how in Japan, where for two years he worked on the PSA-Toyota Small Vehicle Development Project which resulted in the launch of the Toyota AYGO in 2006.
In addition to his industrial experience, Bart has been politically active in his local town since 2006. In 2013 he became the vice president of the City Council, responsible, among others, for the local economy and education.
Bart joined the FCH JU as the new Executive Director on the 16 May 2016.

Jörg Starr

Chairman at Clean Energy Partnership

Joerg Starr has served as Chairman of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) since 2019.
He studied mechanical engineering in Dortmund from 1990 to 1993. Upon completing his degree, his career path led him first to smart and Daimler, where he held successive positions in chassis development and technical project management, and finally, in 2017, to Audi. He has worked as Technical Project Manager on the Audi h-tron project since 2015. He is very familiar with the CEP through his many years of intensive collaboration in the project’s working groups.
The Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) is working, across multiple sectors, towards the market activation of hydrogen and fuel-cell mobility as part of a sustainable energy transition. The partners involved in the CEP are Air Liquide, Audi, BMW, Daimler, GP Joule, H2 Mobility, Honda, Hyundai, Linde, OMV, Shell, Total, Toyota and the Westfalen Group.


Dr. Pierre Sames

Group technology and research director at DNV GL

To be confirmed. More information coming soon.

Andrea Wenzel

CFO at H&R Ölwerke

To be confirmed. More information coming soon.

Dirk Lehmann

Managing Partner at Becker Marine Systems

Dirk Lehmann is Managing Partner Becker of Marine Systems.
After graduating in Marine Engineering in 1987, Lehmann resigned from German Bundeswehr as Captain and started his career as project engineer at KAEFER Isoliertechnik. In 1994, he founded Partner KSW Systems, specializing in the matter of ship technology. In 1999, he became Managing Director at INTERING Stabilisierungssysteme für Seeschiffe and joined Willi Becker Ingenieurbüro in 2001 as Managing Director. Various inventions in the field of container vessels are ascribed to Lehmann. Since 2002, he is Managing Partner of Becker Marine Systems.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Marc Hölling

Professor of Chemical Engineering, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Prof. Hölling studied Process Engineering at the Hamburg University of Technology and afterwards did his Ph.D. at the department of thermofluiddynamics. In 2007, he started his career at the steel plant in Hamburg, which belongs to the world’s biggest steel producer ArcelorMittal. He was responsible for energy efficiency and optimization of the direct reduction plant. In 2010, he became manager of the department of Process Technology, which is in charge of process development and optimization for the whole steel works. In 2016, he changed to the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and became Professor of Chemical Engineering. His research interests are CO2-free steel production, energy storages and transformation of the energy supply.


Randy MacEwen

President & CEO of Ballard Power Systems, Inc.

Mr. MacEwen has been the President & CEO and a member of the board of directors of Ballard since October 2014. He has held executive roles in clean energy companies for over 15 years, including in fuel cells and solar.

From 2009 to 2014, Mr. MacEwen was Founder and Managing Director of NextCleanTech LLC, a cleantech consulting firm. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. MacEwen served as President & CEO of Solar Integrated Technologies, Inc., a commercial rooftop solar company. From 2001 to 2005, he served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development of Stuart Energy Systems Corporation, a leading supplier of hydrogen generation systems.

Mr. MacEwen began his career as a corporate associate at Torys LLP, a leading business law firm, where he specialized in M&A and corporate finance from 1995 to 2001. Mr. MacEwen holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree from York University and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Western Ontario.

Patrick Cnubben

LNG & Hydrogen, New Energy Coalition Groningen

To be confirmed. More information coming soon.

Paul de Rook

Vice-Mayor of the City of Groningen

More information coming soon.

Jürgen Wollschläger

CEO of Raffinerie Heide GmbH

Jürgen Wollschläger is CEO of Raffinerie Heide GmbH having been appointed in 2017.

He has over 19 years experience working in the refining industry, having held various roles at BP’s Lingen refinery earlier in his career, before moving to take on leadership positions at Romanian energy company, OMV Petrom S.A. Jürgen Wollschläger studied industrial engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück.

Since 2018, Jürgen Wollschläger has led Raffinerie Heide’s involvement in the KEROSyN100 research project. The aim of the project is to develop and produce clean, synthetic kerosene – made with hydrogen generated from green wind energy.

Additionally, Raffinerie Heide is partner of the Reallabor Westküste 100 project. The project aims to model a regional hydrogen economy, to be scaled on an industrial level and has been described as a “real-world laboratory of the energy transition” by Germany’s Ministry for Economics and Energy.

André Mücke

Vice-President of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce

André Mücke is the vice-president of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and since 1999 CEO as well as founder of the DSA youngstar GmbH.

He received a diploma in Business Administration from the Hamburg University, majoring in marketing, HR, regional and transportation studies while minoring in journalism.

In 2003 he founded the HEAG Hamburg Event AG and acted as a board member there until 2008. Meanwhile in 2006 he also became the founder of the DSA Schuldisplay GmbH and in 2015 furthermore founded the FrontRead – Institut für Lesen und Schreiben GmbH. He still acts as the CEO at both companies.

Besides André Mücke is a member of the General Assembly of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce since 2014 as well as chairman of the Education Committee. He is also a member of the Committees for Media and Creative Industries and SME policy. In addition he currently acts as the Chairman of the association “It’s Your Choice e.V.” and is furthermore known as the Treasurer of the professional association “Ambient Media e.V.”. Last but not least he is part of the “AGA Unternehmensverband” and “Junge Unternehmer/Familienunternehmer” and acts as an honorary judge at the state labour court.

Johannes Büchs

Moderator Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln

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