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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.

Guest of Honour & Speakers


We are happy that many high-ranked and international speakers from different branches and industries joined the International Hydrogen Symposium 2019.

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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.

Johannes Büchs

Moderator Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln

Patrick Cnubben

LNG & Hydrogen, New Energy Coalition Groningen

Drs. Ing. Patrick Cnubben (1965) studied Chemical Engineering at the Hogere Technische School Heerlen (1989) and Chemistry at the University of Amsterdam (1993) and has been employed successively by Pré Consultants, Philips, Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Technology Center North Netherlands before his involvement within the Energy Valley Foundation and New Energy Coalition.

Within the Energy Valley Foundation, which is now merged into the New Energy Coalition. He has been active in this domain for over 16 years now and is focussed on and responsible for the realization of large scale investments in the field of Bio Energy & Gas enhancing amongst else the production and use of (biogenic) energy carriers such as Green Gas, (Bio)LNG and Hydrogen.

The facilitation of business development - from idea generation through the realisation phase towards the operational phase -  with and within industrial clusters on subjects such as Green Gas, (Bio)LNG, Power to Gas, biomass conversion technologies and Hydrogen in the Northern-Netherlands is key.

Patrick is member of several organisations such as a member of the executive board of the Dutch National LNG Platform which executes the public privately organised Green Deal LNG Rhine & Wadden, he also is the secretary of the TaskForce LNG North Netherlands which functions as a regional branch of this Green Deal. Patrick is also a member of the Advisory Committee for Physical Environment of the province of Drenthe and the steering group Chemical Park Delfzijl. He is also involved in structuring the North-Netherlands Green Hydrogen ambitions.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Laurence Grand-Clement

Founder & CEO, Persee

Laurence GRAND-CLEMENT is the founder and CEO of Persee, a young innovative company focusing on fast-tracking the development of hydrogen as a sustainable and viable fuel for the energy transition with a suite of advanced digital tools. Since 2013, Laurence is committed to addressing climate change and local pollutions through entrepreneurial endeavours, including energy storage, energy efficiency financing and clean mobility. At Persee she notably contributes to the success of zero-emission maritime projects like Maranda and Flagships.

Laurence is a graduate from Polytechnique in France and Insead-Wharton’s MBA. She spent the first ten years of her career in various sectors including semiconductor, commodity trading, agrobusiness and FMCG.

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.

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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.

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Dr. Soonil Jeon

Fuel Cell Engineering Design Group Leader of Hyundai Motor Group

Dr. Soonil Jeon received his doctoral degree in mechanical & aerospace engineering from Seoul National University, Korea in 2003.

Dr. Jeon joined Hyundai Motor Group as a fuel cell control engineer in 2003. He contributed to develop the Tucson ix35 Fuel Cell, which was the world’s first commercial production FCEV. He also led the successful launch of NEXO SUV in 2018, which achieved significant improvements like high efficiency, performance, and  durability.

Dr. Jeon is currently the head of Fuel Cell Engineering Design Group. His main task is to design more competitive fuel cell components and system. 

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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.

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Dirk Lehmann

Managing Director 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.

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.

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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.

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Dr. Ralf Sören Marquardt

Director, German Shipbuilding and Ocean Industries Association (VSM)

Dr. Marquardt (born 1963 in Hamburg, Germany, married, one daughter) graduated as Naval Architect at the University of Hamburg and subsequently joined the Institute for Naval Architecture as Research Assistant. His PhD thesis deals with non-linear structural analysis of ship and offshore structures.

From 1996 he worked in the field of research, development and design of passenger ships, gas carriers and container vessels at LGA Marine Consulting GmbH.

In 1999 he joined the German Shipbuilding and Ocean Industries Association (VSM) as Policy Advisor. 2004 he was appointed as Director responsible for the technical lobbying in innovation and regulatory affairs.

On behalf of the Community of European Shipyards’ Associations (CESA), he represents the European shipbuilding industry as Accredited Representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

He is member of boards and advisory committee of several German maritime institutions.

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.

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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.

Jens Müller-Belau

Energy Transition Manager at Shell Global Solutions Deutschland GmbH

Jens Müller-Belau is the Energy Transition Manager Germany for the German Shell Holding GmbH. After receiving his diploma in Chemical Engineering he started working as an engineer for production development at the Shell Technology Centre Hamburg in 1996. In the following years he held various executive positions in the field of Projects & Technology as well as in Downstream. In the process he has spent a couple of years working in the USA.

Among other things as General Manager he was responsible for the global research and development of the fuel innovation. With a team he worked at four international locations to enhance conventional fuels and simultaneously rated and developed future energy carriers for mobility. Furthermore he defined and implemented technological strategies to support all relevant business fields, and lead the development of global technological scenarios in his field as well. When it comes to mobility he also coordinated the industry contacts as well as the product development for the technical cooperation with Ferrari in Formula 1.

As CEO of the Shell Global Solutions GmbH Jens Müller-Belau headed the Shell research in Germany at the Technology Centre in Hamburg, where fuels, lubricants and technologies primary for applications in the field of mobility and the heat market for Shell worldwide are researched and developed market-ready. While in this position he was also part of the governing body of the CRI Deutschland GmbH – the in Leuna residing catalyst production of Shell.

Since March 2018 Jens Müller-Belau works at Shell Headquarters Germany in Hamburg, where he coordinates all activities as Energy Transition Manager regarding the energy transition and in that way helps to develop new business fields.

Dr. Jens Schmidt

Global Technology Director at the Dow Chemical Company

Jens Schmidt is Technology Director Global Technology Support Services and Sr. M&E Fellow at DOW Inc, one of the largest chemical and material science companies in the world.

He joined DOW in 2002 and holds a Master and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Technical University Hamburg, an Executive MBA from Northwood University/USA and is a certified six sigma black belt. Jens has worked in various manufacturing and business roles in businesses such as chlorinated polyethylene, epoxies and polyurethanes for DOW in Europe, the US, Middle East and Asia Pacific.

He has experience as production director of large plants, global technology improvement and operational excellence leader, as well as in capital project planning and execution for entire business units.

Jens also currently serves as global industry 4.0 platform lead for DOW in the area of sensors, process automation and control.

In parallel as Sr. M&E Fellow, the highest technical rank in DOW, he is leading various technology teams for breakthrough innovation around chemical processes and sustainability and solves the most challenging technical problems of the company across all businesses and geographies while also advising on technology aspects of mega projects.

Sebastian-Justus Schmidt

Founder & Chairman, Enapter GmbH

Sebastian-Justus Schmidt is the Chairman and Founder of Enapter. While Sebastian was building his family home in Chiang Mai, Thailand, he realised the opportunities of electrolysers and hydrogen technology. He formed Enapter to build green energy systems and shortly after decided to buy Acta S.p.a. in November 2017. Since then, the company has grown substantially worldwide. Sebastian started his career in Germany, Hamburg and was CIO of Management Data AG.

He founded later SPB Software Ltd., one of the top successful mobile software companies worldwide (Hong Kong). Sebastian also served as EVP and GM Mobile for Yandex (Russia). When he is not travelling, he spends most of his time in Thailand in his worldwide first hydrogen housing complex (PhiSueaHouse).

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.

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Koen Schuiling

Mayor of the City of Groningen

Koen Schuiling has recently returned to the city of Groningen where he started his political career, to become the mayor. He studied at the University of Groningen and also worked there. He is politically active for the liberal party and became group chairman for this party in the city council and afterwards vice mayor in 1998. After serveral positions in business, he started as mayor of the city of Den Helder in 2010. On September 30 this year, he was installed as mayor of the economic center of the Northern Netherlands: the city of Groningen.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

Andrea Wenzel

CFO at H&R Ölwerke

Andrea Wenzel has an extensive experience working in technical focused industries. Prior to joining the speciality refinery of H&R in 2015 Andrea worked for EADS aerospace, Bilfinger and CSC in different functions from CFO, Controlling, Procurement, ERP-consultant, Project Management. In March 2016 she was appointed as Managing Director of H&R Ölwerke Schindler GmbH, a refinery in Hamburg for high-quality white oils, paraffin waxes, base oils and non-classified softeners for the tire industry.

In 2017 she managed the commercial and legal aspects of H&R’s investment of the world’s biggest flexible-control hydrogen electrolysis plant with PEM (Proton-Exchange Membrane) technology. The five-megawatt system uses excess wind power to extract energy-rich gas from water for use in the production process. For the H&R Group “the  PEM installation” represents an important step toward its objective of a “Green Refinery”. Besides Andrea is part of the H&R project development team to elaborate other power-to-chemicals projects within the H&R group.

She holds a master in Business Administration.

Michael Westhagemann

Senator of Hamburg

Minister Westhagemann was born on August 9th 1957 in Beckum. He did an Apprenticeship as a high voltage electrician and studied Information Technology in Paderborn.

After Westhagemann graduated University he started his career at Nixdorf Computer AG which was later taken over by Siemens. Initially, he worked on various stations in China and Japan for the introduction and approval of IT-Communications systems.

Besides he performed managing functions such as Regional managing director in the Middle East and Africa as well as developing the international migration strategy for communication systems and organising global account management in Munich. From 2003 to 2017 Westhagemann was the CEO of Region Nord in Hamburg and mainly managed the business area of wind energy.

Furthermore he was the president of the industry association Hamburg and vice-president of the chamber of commerce Hamburg for many years. Since November 2018 Westhagemann is the Minister for Economics, Transport, and Innovation. During his time at Siemens Westhagemann already discovered the great potential of hydrogen and promotes its use for sustainable mobility in his position as a Senator of the City Hamburg.

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".
 

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.

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