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MAKING PETROLEUM INDUSTRY GREENER

Mr. Wehner has 38 years of varied North American Oil & Gas Industry experiences. Mr. Wehner is a recognized expert within the CO2 EOR/CCuS community and offers services as a consultant.

Most recently, Mr. Wehner was asked to take on a short assignment with an Independent CO2-EOR operator to bring new perspectives and technical approaches to on-going EOR businesses. Prior to the latest assignment, Mr. Wehner was a member of the Executive Team for a private E&P Independent focused on Unconventional light tight oil (LTO) and CO2 EOR in the North American mid-continent.

Mr. Wehner’s background is strong in Reservoir Engineering/Management and Operations; complimented by drilling exposure, facility knowledge, and a good understanding of the Geosciences. Focus over the past 33 years has been on reservoir studies, planning / design / economics, implementation, and management of CO2 – EOR projects. During the past 13 years attention has also embraced CO2 sequestration issues and associated projects. Mr. Wehner has published and presented on numerous CO2 topics, both domestically and internationally.

Mr. Wehner performs strategic/tactical planning and budgeting. He has screened over 70 potential CO2 – EOR projects for his combined employers. In one recent position Mr. Wehner was instrumental in the analysis of a large mature asset, staffing an engineering/geosciences team, and providing guidance for redevelopment of the asset with miscible CO2 EOR.

Recent successes were recognized in the redevelopment and expansion of four CO2 projects (Postle) in Oklahoma. He lead studies of developing anthropogenic CO2 sources for EOR & Sequestration. He managed the identification and divestiture of non-core corporate assets. Mr. Wehner had 12 direct reports and responsibilities for a total staff of 89 employees throughout this operation.

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Mr. Melzer combines his thirty-plus years of technical oil and gas industry experience with extensive familiarity with CO2 enhanced oil recovery as well as the science, distribution and properties of residual oil zones (ROZs). His research has revised the thinking of the reservoir intervals below the oil/water contacts and laid the foundation for commercial projects using both horizontal well reservoir depressuring technologies and enhanced oil recovery projects within the ROZs. He has developed an extensive familiarity with the design, project evaluation, regulatory environment, and business of waterfloods and enhanced oil recovery (EOR) projects. This background involves advising U.S. and International organizations on ROZs in their oil basins, EOR, carbon capture and storage (CCS), horizontal well depressuring in both conventional and unconventional reservoirs, and private clients on related business strategies. He assists clients and regulators with evolving policies involving carbon dioxide (CO2) EOR and CCS. He also conducts reservoir characterization, engineering, and project planning studies on oil and gas projects and has served on the Texas Governor’s Panel for FutureGen, a next generation pre-combustion capture coal gasification project.

For the past fifteen years, Mr. Melzer has provided enhanced oil recovery consulting services for the oil and gas industry. From his extensive familiarity with a large percentage of waterfloods and a majority of the CO2 floods in the Permian Basin, he has helped companies redefine their EOR targets to select analogs for forecasting oil response, better optimize oil response and include residual oil zones when appropriate. Prior to forming his consulting practice, he was the initial Director of the Petroleum Industry Alliance, a part of The University of Texas System and located at the Center for Energy and Economic Diversification between Midland and Odessa, Texas.

Mr. Melzer has been actively engaged in oil and gas exploration and development through a family owned business, Melzer Exploration Company. The partnership, formed with his father in l978, has invested in more than 85 successful oil and gas wells. Prior to accepting the post at the Center for Energy and Economic Diversification, he supervised drilling and production operations in over twenty-five company-operated wells.

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Mr. Davis is University Professor Emeritus at Colorado School of Mines. He graduated in Geophysics from University of Calgary in 1971 and got his Ph.D. in Geophysical Engineering at Colorado School of Mines in 1974. Overall, he has 40 years of experience working as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor at Colorado School of Mines. Besides working at that faculty, he was consultant for different projects conducted in 80 countries, president of TLD Geophysical Consulting Ltd, geophysicist at Amoco Production Company, Assistant Professor and Associate Professor at University of Calgary.

He is a member of Alberta Association of Professional Geologists, Geophysicists and Engineers, European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, American Association of Petroleum Geologists and numerous other societies.

In last three years he has been serving on a Science Advisory Board to the USEPA and on the Board of Directors of Geospace Technologies. In addition, he was organizer and participant in technical conferences, workshops and programs for the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Director of the Reservoir Characterization Project of the Colorado School of Mines and Director of the Petroleum Engineering Summer School in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

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Domagoj Vulin was born in Zagreb, graduated Petroleum Engineering in 2003 (“Mechanical Properties of Sandstone Rocks from Some Mature Gas and Oil Reservoirs in Sava Depression”) at Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum engineering, University of Zagreb, Croatia. In period of 2000 to 2005, he worked as server-side programmer.

He defended PhD thesis entitled “Modeling Thermodynamic and Petrophysical Parameters for Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide” in 2010. During the research career his interest extended to effects of heterogeneity of rock properties on multiphase flow prediction and to numerical simulation of thermodynamic properties of complex fluid mixtures and numerical modeling of the underground flow and transport, stochastic modeling of time series. As Associate Professor, he teaches courses related to PVT, Reservoir modelling and Fluid flow and in porous rock. At the faculty, he is the chief of the Laboratory for routine and special analyses of rock and fluids.

He contributed for seven EU FP projects and was the part of the team that made first CO2 theoretical storage capacity assessments for Croatia. Currently he is participant of another CO2 storage EU project ENOS, and principal investigator at Croatian project ESCOM (Evaluation System for CO2 Mitigation), which is focused on CO2 mitigation in upstream oil and gas industry.

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Serge van Gessel holds a Master Degree in Geology at Utrecht University (1994). He is currently working as senior geoscientist and advisor for the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate at the Geological Survey of the Netherlands – TNO. Besides his day-to-day work at TNO, Serge holds the position of Chairman of the Geo-Energy Expert Group at EuroGeoSurveys (European Geological Surveys) and Geo-Energy Theme Coordinator of the Applied Geosciences ERANET programme GEOERA.

During his career, Serge has built up a long-term experience in petroleum geosciences, 3D modeling and applied geoscience research. He has worked at industry consultants and the National Geological Survey of the Netherlands. His past work incorporates lead contributions to many national scale modeling studies, site-specific assessments and European projects and consortia. From 2014-2016 Serge was the technical coordinator of the EC-ESTMAP project (European Energy Storage Mapping and Planning). His current activities focus on the role and evaluation of subsurface energy storage in the future renewable energy system.

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Vit Hladik is geo-energy research coordinator at Czech Geological Survey. His professional focus is research and project management in the field of CO2 geological storage, subsurface energy storage and other geo-energy technologies. He acted as project coordinator of several international projects, including CO2NET EAST (CO2 capture and storage networking extension to new Member States), TOGEOS (Towards geological storage of CO2 in the Czech Republic), and REPP-CO2 (Preparation of a research CO2 storage pilot project in the Czech Republic). He has also been Management Board member of European research projects CGS Europe (FP7), ESTMAP and ENOS (Horizon 2020) and has abundant experience in awareness raising and educational activities related to CCS, including university and public lectures.

Vit has been serving as the Czech national representative in ENeRG (European Network on Research in Geo-Energy) since 2002 and recently has been elected ENeRG president for 2018-2019. He is also active in the ZEP Technology Platform and represents CGS in the Geo Energy Expert Group of EuroGeoSurveys and the CO2GeoNet network. Vit possesses MSc degree in applied geophysics from Charles University in Prague, and MBA from Nottingham Trent University / Brno Business School.

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In 1989 he graduated in Geology of Mineral Resources and Applied Geophysics at the University of Zagreb and since the he is affiliated with Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering (UNIZG-RGNF). In in 1998 he defended PhD Thesis „Genetic Stratigraphic Sequence Analysis of the Pontian Sediments in the Western part of the Sava Basin“ (done at Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering and in Croatian national oil co. INA Industrija nafte d.d., Naftaplin, Zagreb).

In capacity of associate professor he teaches various courses in the fields of petroleum geology, coal geology, seismic stratigraphy, subsurface mapping etc. He mentored and co-mentored five PhD Theses altogether, two of them related to geological storage of CO2. As a Croatian representative in ENeRG since 2000, he took part in three FP6 projects, all related to geological storage of carbon dioxide (CASTOR, EU GeoCapacity and CO2NET EAST). Later, he was leader of the Croatian research team in two FP7 projects (ECCO and CGS Europe) and in the ongoing H2020 project ENOS. In the same period he lead the research projects in Croatia mapping the CO2 geological storage potential, once for the Energy Efficiency and Environmental Protection Fund and for the second time for the HEP d.o.o. (Croatian state-owned power utility). He is also active in CO2GeoNet, where UNIZG-RGNF is a member representing Croatia and in EAGE, as well as in various Croatian professional organizations.

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Maša Prodanović has been an associate professor at the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems  Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin since September 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from the University of Zagreb, Croatia and a PhD in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from Stony Brook University, New York, USA. Prior to her current post she has held an assistant professor position 2010-2016,  a Research Associate position in the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (UT Austin) 2007-2010, and prestigious J. T. Oden Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute of Computational Engineering and Sciences 2005-2007. Her research interests include multiphase flow and image‐based porous media characterization especially applied to heterogeneous porous media, pore network models, shale gas flow, particulate flow and formation damage, sediment mechanics, fracturing and ferrohydrodynamics. She received NSF CAREER award in 2013, Interpore Procter & Gamble Research Award for Porous Media Research in 2014, SPE Faculty Innovative Teaching Award in 2014, Texas 10 (top faculty) and Stony Brook 40 Under Forty awards in 2017. She organized and co-instructed three short courses on image analysis in porous media between 2011 and 2014, and has recently started Digital Rocks Portal (https://www.digitalrocksportal.org/) platform for curation and modeling of porous media microstructure images.

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Darcy W. Spady, is with Broadview Energy, a private, independent oil and gas producer in Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada. Spady has an extensive background in the natural gas, oil, and heavy oil segments of the industry. He is an active board member and technical advisor, currently serving as Chair of Green Imaging Technologies (MRI core analysis), MNP Petroleum and as a technical advisor to HEAL systems. Experience includes working a decade for Schlumberger across North America in its wireline and pressure pumping segments, as well as with the Columbia Natural Resources/Triana Energy Group in the Appalachians, Atlantic Canada, and internationally. He has also served as the CEO of Contact Exploration, and more recently as head of sales for Sanjel Corporation.

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PETROLEUM SERVICES

Guy Lefort is a Drill Bit Technology Manager for Europe, EurAsia and Sub-Sahara Africa (EESSA) at Halliburton located in London England. He leads the deployed technical teams for the different countries of the region that supply drill bit designs, drilling application, evaluation and optimization, BHA, directional and rock strength analysis for their customers.

Guy Lefort has nearly 30 years in the drill bit industry and has worked in manufacturing, design, technology, marketing and management throughout his years of service with HDBS. He holds several patents and has been published in several oil field trade magazines related to drill bit design and drilling optimization. His travels and positions have given him global drilling experience, but for the last ten years his focus has been on North American unconventional shale drilling.

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Tzoni Raykov is a Service Manager at Halliburton. In his role, he is responsible for preparation and execution of all stimulation jobs within Continental Europe. Before stepping into a management role Tzoni was a lead Engineer for Frac/Acid in Europe and has designed and pumped hundreds of jobs in the area.

Tzoni Raykov holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in Petroleum Engineer from Montan University of Leoben / Austria. Furthermore, he has published/co-authored several papers on the application of a sea water based fracturing fluids.

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Dr. Constantin Tiemeyer is a Cementing Engineer at Halliburton located in Germany. In his role he is responsible for cementing operations in Germany, The Netherlands and South Eastern Europe. Additionally, he is currently one of the Continental Europe technological supports for designing specialized cement slurry compositions for challenging well conditions.

Dr. Constantin Tiemeyer holds a Diploma in Analytical Chemistry from Technische Universität München (TUM) and a Ph.D. degree in Oil Field Chemistry (also from TUM). In his research he focused on the stability of cementing systems and cement additives under high temperatures and pressures. Additionally, he performed studies about the degradations of cements by carbon dioxide present in reservoir fluids and under the challenging conditions of carbon capture & storage (CCS) projects. Furthermore, he published several papers on the interaction between drilling mud filter cakes and hardened cement focusing on well integrity issues.

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Florian Oprea graduated Oil and Gas University from Ploiesti, Romania in 2002, with a degree in Reservoir Engineering; Mr. Oprea holds a Master Degree in “Reservoir Engineering” at Oil and Gas University from Ploiesti, Romania and Technical University Clausthal, Germany since 2004, and a second Master Degree in “Oilfield Management” at Oil and Gas University from Ploiesti, Romania, since 2007.

In 2003, Mr. Oprea started as a Teaching assistant at the Oil production Department of Oil and Gas University from Ploiesti. In 2004 he joined as Drilling Fluids Engineer one of the world leading companies in Drilling Fluids Services, where over 8 years he moved to several positions. In 2012 he joined Halliburton Baroid as Technical Professional for SE Europe, where he leads the operations for major clients in the area.

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Damir Zadravec Ph.D. is a highly experienced and educated E & P Consultant. After graduation on the Faculty of Mining Geology and Petroleum at the University of Zagreb in the year 2000, he was working for several Service and Operating oil and gas companies, such as Crosco, INA Naftaplin, Aban Offshore, ENI International, AL Khafji KJO and Qatar Petroleum. During his works in the oil and gas industry he was participating in well design, drilling and completion of up to 200 oil and gas wells in Croatia, Italy, Egipt, USA, India, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan and Qatar. In 2007, he completed his postgraduate study in petroleum engineering at the Faculty of Mining Geology and Petroleum in Zagreb, defending master’s thesis “Improving the operational properties of jack up drilling rigs”. Ph.D. thesis “The Stochastic model of wellbore drilling dynamic system” was defended at the Faculty of Mining Geology and Petroleum in Zagreb, in 2012. During his professional career, he has participated in a numerous professional workshops, seminars and conferences. As an author of professional and scientific papers, he contributes to drilling operations performance improvement; especially jack up drilling rigs and simultaneous drilling and production operations in offshore environment. As a mentor, he has actively participated in the training and further education of a number of young engineers, and new employees. Since 2017, he is a member of the Scientific Council for Oil and Gas Economy and Energy of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

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Franck Boutot is the Drill Bit Technology Lead for Europe, UK and Sub-Sahara Africa at Halliburton and he is located in Aberdeen, Scotland. He leads the deployed technology team and supplies drill bit designs, drilling application, evaluation and optimization, BHA, directional and rock strength analysis for different customers.

Franck Boutot has more than 20 years’ experience in the drill bit industry and has worked in Operations, Sales, Technology and Management throughout his years of service with HDBS in UK, Norway, Algeria, Libya, Central and West Africa, and Continental Europe. His travels and positions have given him global drilling experience, such as in UK, Norway, Continental Europe, North Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa but for the last ten years his focus has been on Europe.

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Giuseppe Di Febo is an Account Representative, Principal for Europe at Halliburton located in Ortona (CH) Italy. He is daily technically and commercially involved for different countries of the region that supply drill bits, coring and Down Hole Tools.

Giuseppe Di Febo has nearly 30 years in the coring and drill bit industry and has worked in Operation, Sale and Technology and Management throughout his years of service with HDBS in Italy, Kuwait UAE and other East Europe Countries. His travels and positions have given him global drilling experience, such as Middle East, Africa and Europe but for the last ten years his focus has been on Southeast of Europe.

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ENERGY BUSINESS & NATURAL GAS VALUE CHAIN

With more than 25 years experience in the natural gas industry Andrej Pustišek currently consults international natural gas and energy companies and teaches energy economics at the University of Applied Science, Stuttgart, at the University of Karlsruhe, and conducts international courses on natu-ral gas, inter alia on transportation, storage, and commodity pricing.

Born in Zagreb, Croatia, raised in Germany, he studied both, Geophysics and Economy in Vienna, Co-logne and Münster.

In 1990, he started working in international natural gas purchasing of Wintershall AG, Kassel, Germa-ny. As of 1993, he headed WINGAS’ natural gas supply logistics department, being responsible for transit and storage contracts. From 1996 to 2001, he headed WINGAS’ natural gas planning and port-folio optimization. The conceptual design and pricing of both commodity and flexibility were amongst his main responsibilities.

After changing to E.ON Ruhrgas in 2002, he led as Senior Vice President International Natural Gas Sales. In this function, he successfully established and expanded the company’s sales activities in 11 countries and was responsible for strategy, conception, negotiation and operation of gas sales, trans-portation and storage contracts in several European countries. From 2008 to 2011, he was Senior Vice President for Portfolio Management, as such responsible for the design and handling of the compa-ny’s contractual and asset portfolio. In this function, he also headed the E.ON team during the January 2009 supply interruption (“Ukrainian crisis”).

He has been involved in various arbitration proceedings for natural gas delivery, transportation and storage contracts in Europe. He is author of several publications, inter alia the multi-client study: ‘Flexibility – Germany and Aus-tria’, 2nd edition 2014 and the textbook ‘Natural Gas – A Commercial Perspective’ published in 2017 (both together with M. Karasz).

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Head of Center for Energy Policy Research, Energy Institute, National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Russia

Vitaly Yermakov has over 20 years of oil and gas industry experience. He currently leads a research center at Higher School of Economics, Moscow that focuses on analysis of energy policy. Vitaly’s research interests include energy market and pricing developments, petroleum taxation, and energy regulation with a focus on natural gas in Eurasia. Prior to joining Higher School of Economics, Vitaly worked as Director of Research at Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA) and IHS CERA. Before that he was a manager at TNK-BP, an oil company. Mr. Yermakov is the author of over 50 CERA and IHS CERA analytical private reports, including analysis of gas demand issues and gas price regulation in Russia and Ukraine, analysis of tax changes for Russian oil and gas industries, regulatory reform in the Russian energy sector and comparative analysis of oil and gas transportation tariffs in Russia and North America.  He also led numerous consulting projects for the CERA and IHS CERA clients, including Russian tax reform for the oil sector, developing gas strategy and developing strategy of marketing LPG for major Russian companies, analysing gas transportation in Russia for a major Western company. Vitaly’s recent publications include analysis of Russian gas taxation for Oxford Institute of Energy Studies and analysis of price competitiveness of US LNG and Russian pipeline gas in Europe for KAPSARC, Saudi Arabia, where Vitaly was a visiting researcher. Vitaly has been lecturing for Energy Delta Institute’s executive MBA program on a wide range of topics, including natural gas and LNG developments and pricing, China’s gas demand, and Russian gas developments. He is a frequent speaker at major industry conferences in Russia and abroad. Mr. Yermakov holds a master’s degree from Duke University and a PhD from Samara State University.

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Jean-Marc Dumas is the founder of PCMC, based in Paris – France, an international consulting and engineering contractor specialized since 1998 in the energies. He is currently South Central and East Europe SPE Director and a member of the SPE International Board of Directors.

He started working for Total in Middle East then in Asia as a development engineer. In 1983, he joined Coflexip (now TechnipFMC ) in charge of export sales promotion. Later he worked for Perrotin Corp. (now Reel group) as plant & sales manager. He has spent much of his career in a succession of international and executive positions including technical responsibilities in the Production, Development, Research and Refining business sectors.

Jean-Marc founded SPE France section in 1984, holding various positions, among others France Section Chairperson, Program Chairman, leader of the Industry Advisor Committee, editor of monthly magazine “La Lettre de la SPE France” and Treasurer. He was elected SPE France Honorary President in 2016.

Dumas earned a BSc in mechanical engineering from Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs Tarbes, an MSc in metallurgy and welding from Ecole Supérieure du Soudage et des Applications Paris and an MBA from IFG Paris (France).

He is a recipient of 2010 SCEE Regional Service Award and 2016 Int. Distinguished Membership Award.

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Marcel Kramer holds a Master’s Degree in Private and Corporate Law. He works as an independent consultant and advisor to several companies and institutions on energy and infrastructure issues, projects and policies. In October 2015 he was appointed President of the Energy Delta Institute (EDI) . The main focus of EDI is executive education for those who work in the field of energy.

Marcel Kramer is a frequent public speaker on energy-related topics and lectures in several executive education programs associated with universities in Western Europe, Russia and other countries. He is a longstanding member of the Council of the International Gas Union (IGU) where he acts as Regional Coordinator for Russia, the Black Sea region and the Caspian.

During his professional career he worked in the Department of Oil & Coal at the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands, in the Secretary General’s Office at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, he led the Oil Industry Division at the International Energy Agency in Paris, worked as Director of Crude Oil Supply and Trading in Petro-Canada, worked at several senior management positions in Norway, Bangkok, Singapore and Caracas. In 2003, Mr. Kramer joined the gas infrastructure and transport company Gasunie in The Netherlands and he was appointed Chairman and CEO in 2005. He was CEO of the South Stream offshore pipeline project JV company in Zug, Switzerland and later in Amsterdam from September 2010 till July 2013. Following that assignment he acted for two years as Senior Counsel to the Management of Gazprom.

In August 2010, Marcel Kramer was awarded the title of Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in recognition of his services to the Kingdom.

Marcel Kramer was the President of Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) from 2005 to 2009 and of the Royal Dutch Gas Association (KVGN) from 2009 to 2012. For six years, until May 2015 he was a member of the Supervisory Board of Royal Boskalis Westminster, a global dredging , towage and offshore heavy lift company, listed on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

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The business career of Gordana Sekulić is focused on the field of economics of oil and gas economy. Presently, she is a Manager of Development and Planning Department at JANAF Plc. Her business activities and responsibilities, among others, include: economic analyses related to oil transportation as well as storage of crude oil and petroleum products; participation in preparation and management of feasibility studies; coordination of teams for preparation of JANAF’s strategies and development plans and teams for crude oil transport prices. She was employed in INA – Oil Industry Plc. on the activities of the company development plans, projects and analyses of upstream and downstream business. Her professional career was enriched by her work in the state institutions (Croatian Ministry of the Economy and Republic Institute of Social Planning), thus contributing to the creation of energy strategies, plans and politics.

Gordana Sekulić was the member of the Working Groups for the EU negotiations: Chapter 15 – Energy and Chapter 21 – Trans-European networks and the member of Working Group for Trade and Transit of the Energy Charter Secretariat as the representative of the Croatian Ministry of the Economy. She was also the member of the Managing Board of the Pan European Oil Pipeline Project. Presently, she is a member of the Regional Oil Group at the European Commission, whose main task is the preparation of proposals of the EU projects of common interests related to oil pipelines and monitoring their implementation.

She holds PhD in Economics from the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb. She published numerous professional papers and attended various energy forums, holding the presentations on the JANAF company and Croatian energy sector.

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Sergei Komlev is Head of Directorate in Gazprom Export, trade arm of the Russia’s major gas company Gazprom. Mr. Komlev is in charge of contract structuring and corporate price policy formation. In his previous experience in the consulting and equity research business he worked on a variety of energy assignments encompassing natural gas, electricity, oil, and financing matters both in the Russian market and internationally.

Mr. Komlev has a PhD from the Institute of World Economy and International Relations in Moscow. Prior to joining Gazprom Export he worked as director of the Moscow office of international energy consultant Pace Global Energy Services. Formerly, he was an Area Expert with the Economist Intelligence Unit and a Senior Analyst with the brokerage company United Financial Group.

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Andrej Tibold is Senior Energy Analyst with the Energy Delta Institute (EDI), an international energy business school founded by Gasunie, Gasterra, Gazprom, Shell and the University of Groningen. Here he is responsible for energy analysis and content development related to EDI’s executive training portfolio, covering the natural gas value chain and a wide range of renewable energies. Prior to joining EDI, he worked as an energy correspondent in Berlin, reporting on the German ‘Energiewende’ and European-Russian energy relations. He started his career as an editor with the Eurasian Energy Observer, a business intelligence newsletter focusing on the energy sectors of Eastern Europe. He holds a Master’s degree in East-European Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Slavic languages from the University of Amsterdam.

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Florijana Đedović graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Business in Zagreb in 2000. She is a head of Strategic Development and EU Funds business unit in Plinacro. Since 2004 she has been working in Plinacro, mostly in the field of international relations, EU funds and regional development projects. From 2008 to 2010 she was a secondee in the International Gas Union (IGU) where she was an adviser to the Secretary General of IGU. She is involved in the work of gas regional projects and she actively participates in energy working groups of both the European Commission and IGU.

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