Advisory Board

 

EPG has an exquisite advisory board, consisting of Romanian and international personalities of the business, academic, and diplomatic circles.

EPG’s has a growing network of affiliated experts with considerable analytic and managerial expertise in energy matters. They regularly contribute analyses, studies, and opinion pieces, and participate in EPG events and research programs.

 

 

VALERIU BINIG

Valeriu Binig is the Director for Regulatory and Antitrust Affairs of ENEL Romania.

Valeriu has 33 years of professional experience in the energy sector in various roles ranging from technical and academic ones. He has worked as power plant operation engineer, designer, researcher, lecturer, coordinator of Phare programs, EC Delegation Task Manager, top utility company manager, administrator and consultant in investment banking/financial advisory services as well as management consulting and smart transformation in the sector.

He has been deputy project manager in the privatization of the three energy complexes Turceni, Rovinari and Craiova, project leader in the privatization of the regional power distribution and supply companies Electrica Transilvania Nord, Electrica Transilvania Sud, Electrica Muntenia Nord, manager in the privatization of Distrigaz Sud, leader of the technical team in the first IPO of Transgaz, deputy project manager in attraction of investors for the CHEAP Tarnița-Lăpuștești project, engagement partner for assisting Nuclearelectrica in attracting investors for the Cernavoda nuclear units 3&4, or for assisting the Romanian Ministry of Energy in the quantitative modelling for the national energy strategy. He assisted Romanian utility companies in smart transformation, smart data strategiei, power sourcing hedging strategies, ERP systems implementation, etc.

He is Co-Chairman of the Energy and Environment Comittee of AmCham Romania and had previously been Chairman of the Board of the Romanian Energy Efficiency Fund (FREE).

 

 

SERGIU CELAC

Counselor at the State Council. Dismissed as ideologically unreliable in 1978, he worked as an editor and made a living by writing lyrics for pop music and translating poetry and fiction. He became Minister of Foreign Affairs in the first post-communist government in the aftermath of the Romanian Revolution of 1989.  During 1990-1996, he served as Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Ireland (from 1991). In 1996, he was appointed Ambassador at large leading special envoy missions to the Balkans, Central Asia, Caucasus and the Middle East. From April through August 1998, he was the Director of Political Affairs at the ministry. In August 2000, Celac resigned from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

From March 2002 until December 2004, Celac served as Personal Adviser to the President of Romania. He was also the Alternate Director General at the International Center for Black Sea Studies in Athens in 2003-2007. His publications include more than 40 fiction and non-fiction political science books, and more than 500 essays and articles. He also co-chairs the Millennium III Quarterly Journal.

 

 

DUMITRU CHISĂLIȚĂ

Dumitru Chisăliţă has extensive work experience with Romanian companies and institutions including ROMGAZ, TRANSGAZ, Ministry of Economy, Transilvania University, Brasov and Sibiu University.

He is former director of SNGN ROMGAZ SA. He is a technical expert and Oil & Gas consultant, as well as judicial Oil & Gas expert within the Romanian Ministry of Justice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHRISTIAN EGENHOFER

Christian Egenhofer is a Senior Research Fellow within the Energy, Resources and Climate Change Unit at CEPS, where he heads the Energy and Climate House (ECH).

He is also Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium) and Natolin (Poland), SciencesPo (Paris/France) and LUISS University (Rome/Italy).

Christian Egenhofer has more than 20 years’ experience working with EU institutions on numerous policy areas. Over the last decade he has been specialising in EU energy and climate change policy, with a particular focus on the EU energy, climate and transport policies. He is currently Senior Fellow and Head of the Energy, Climate and Environment Programme at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), a Brussels-based think tank. Christian is also Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium) and Natolin (Poland), SciencesPo (Paris/France) and LUISS University in Rome/Italy. From 1997 to 2010 he was Senior Research Fellow and Jean-Monnet Lecturer at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee in Scotland/UK (part-time).

Christian Egenhofer holds a Master’s degree in Administration from the University of Konstanz as well as a Public Law degree.

 

 

IULIAN FOTA

Dr. Iulian Fota is the director of the National Intelligence College and an associate professor at the National Intelligence Academy . He is  a former National Security Adviser to the President of Romania. He previously held the position of  the Head of the Defence Section of the Mission of Romania to NATO  and  Director of the National Defence College of Romania.

The Educational background of Mr. Fota comprises a PhD in Political Sciences achieved at the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest, Romania, as well as the graduation of the NATO Defence College in Rome, Italy and of the National Defence College in Bucharest, Romania.

He is also a  member in the advisory council  of the American think-tank Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) and in the  editorial board of the publications “Romanian Military History Magazine”, Bucharest, Romania  and „Journal of Transportation Security” edited by Springer Science+Business Media, Berlin, Germany.

 

 

 

ALEXANDRA GĂTEJ

Alexandra Gătej received a bachelor’s degree in Economics at the Wharton University, USA. She also has a degree in cybernetics from the Cybernetics Department of the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies. In 2011 Mrs. Alexandra Gătej was elected President of AmCham for two terms by a representative part of the business environment in Romania, acknowledging her qualities as a business interlocutor, but also making her one of the most important voices heard by the Romanian administration in their dialogue with other stakeholders.

Alexandra Gătej is today the CEO of public affairs at Maldon&Wat, uniquely positioned to combine a profound business experience with high level exposure to the public administration in Romania gathered during her mandate as Economic Advisor for the President of Romania (2009 – 2010), as well as during her serving as Chairman for Unilever South Central Europe (2004-2009).

 

 

 

MARK GITENSTEIN

Mark Gitenstein served as the U.S. Ambassador to Romania from 2009 and 2012.

As US Ambassador to Romania, he worked to strengthen relations with Romania on a variety of issues. He actively promoted deeper development of Romania’s equity markets, as well as a fair and transparent business environment for all investors. He also encouraged greater private sector involvement in state-owned enterprises (SOEs), including the introduction of a corporate governance code for SOEs. Notably, the US-Romanian Ballistic Missile Defense Agreement was negotiated and signed during his tenure.

In 2012, the Romanian President awarded him with the “Star of Romanian Grand Cross,” the country’s highest civil order.

 

 

 

 

ANDREAS GOLDTHAU

Andreas Goldthau is the Franz Haniel Professor for Public Policy at the Willy Brandt School at the University of Erfurt. He is also Research Group Leader at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies. Before joining the Brandt School Professor Goldthau served as Professor in International Relations at Royal Holloway College, University of London and as Professor at Central European University’s School of Public Policy. He was a Marie Curie Senior Fellow with the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard Kennedy School and an Adjunct Professor with John Hopkins’ MSc program in energy policy and climate. He also held postdoctoral appointments at the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, the RAND Corporation and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. Prof. Goldthau is non-resident fellow with the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines, the Global Public Policy Institute and the German Council on Foreign Relations.

Andreas Goldthau’s academic interests lie in energy security, global energy governance and the political economy of the low carbon transition. His recent publications include The Politics of Shale Gas in Eastern Europe. Energy Security, Contested Technologies and the Social License to Frack (Cambridge University Press, 2018), the Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy and Natural Resources (ed. with M. Keating and C. Kuzemko, Edward Elgar, 2018), Energy Union. Europe’s new Liberal Mercantilism? (ed. with S. Andersen and N. Sitter, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), A Liberal Actor in a Realist World: The EU Regulatory State and the Global Political Economy of Energy (with N. Sitter, Oxford University Press, 2015), The Global Energy Challenge: Environment, Development and Security (with C. Kuzemko and M. Keating, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), the Wiley Handbook on Global Energy Policy (ed., Wiley Blackwell, 2013), Dynamics of Energy Governance in Europe and Russia (ed. with C. Kuzemko, A. Belyi, M. Keating, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), and Global Energy Governance: The New Rules of the Game (ed. with J.M. Witte, Brookings Press, 2010).

For more information on his work see Google Scholar.

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VICTOR GRIGORESCU

An expert on energy policy and European economic policy, Victor Grigorescu was Romania’s Minister of Energy from November 2015 to January 2017. He is currently working as an energy Consultant focused on EU affairs in SEE and CEE regions. A former member of the board of Electrica, one of Romania’s largest electricity distribution companies, he also has a background in diplomacy and international relations, having served at the Permanent Representation of Romania at the EU (2007-2011) as an expert for the EU’s common commercial policy. He actively took part in Romania’s accession negotiations to the EU during his time at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce (2004-2007), focusing his work on international relations and the EU’s common commercial policy. Before being appointed minister of energy, he has published various articles on public policy and international relations in Romanian and has co-authored several works on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. He is a graduate of Bucharest University’s Law School.

 

 

 

 

VASILE IUGA

Vasile Iuga is a retired PwC partner. He is one of the most experienced consultants in Romania, being known for his excellent knowledge of local and international companies, gained during his involvement in hundreds of projects from all industries, but also in regional projects. His areas of expertise include audit in compliance with International Standards on auditing the financial statements, prepared in accordance with regulations of the International Accounting Standards and financial analysis. Vasile has a rich experience in financial reporting in compliance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

He is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA-UK), financial auditor, member of the Managing Council of the Chamber of Financial Auditors of Romania (CAFR), appraiser (ANEVAR certified), accounting expert in Romania, representative of the Body of Expert and Licensed Accountants of Romania (CECCAR), member of the Audit Committee of the Federation of European Accountants (FEE), founding member of the Romanian Auditors’ Foundation and a member of the board of Aspen Institute Romania. Vasile Iuga holds a Degree in Aeronautics from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. He attended training sessions at Harvard Business School, London Business School, INSEAD and IMD Business School.

 

 

MARKUS MALY

After his diploma in chemistry in 2001 at Clausthal University of Technology, Markus started as project engineer at the Clausthal Environmental Technology Institute (Germany). He led several research projects in the field of biogenic fuel production, its modification, and testing.

Between 2006 and 2016, Markus holds various positions within OMV’s Refining & Petrochemicals business unit in Germany and Austria, including process engineering, fuel product development, and advocacy issues.

With September 2016, Markus changed to OMV Corporate International & Governmental Relations and moved to OMV’s Brussels Representation, where he deals mostly with downstream oil regulations on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and greenhouse gas mitigation.

Since 2014, Markus is chairing the Automotive Fuels Issue Group of FuelsEurope of the European Petroleum Refiners Association.

 

 

OANA MOGOI

Oana Mogoi is a graduate of the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Faculty of Finance, Insurance and Stock Exchanges. She has 16 years of experience in the banking financial system with 7 years in the energy sector at BCR Structured Finance. Since January 2018 she is working at ING, also in the energy sector, but in the Client Coverage area.

 

 

 

 

CORINA MURAFA

Corina Murafa is leading Next Now/Planet & Climate, Ashoka’s flagship global programme on climate action, and is also the Director of Ashoka Romania. Prior to joining Ashoka, she advanced long-lasting positive change in Eastern Europe as a public policy expert on energy and sustainability. She has worked for the World Bank, OMV Petrom, Deloitte, national governments and think tanks. She holds a Master in Public from the Hertie School of Governance and a PhD focused on energy and sustainability from the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THOMAS MURPHY

Tom Murphy is the Co-Director of Penn State’s Marcellus Center of Outreach and Research(MCOR). With 28 years of experience working with public officials, researchers, industry, government agencies, and landowners during his tenure with the Outreach branch of the University. His work has centered on educational consultation in natural resource development, with an emphasis specifically in natural gas exploration and related topics for the last nine years. He lectures globally on natural gas development from shale, the economics driving the process, and its broad impacts including landowner and surface issues, environmental aspects, evolving drilling technologies, critical infrastructure, workforce assessment and training, resource utilization, and financial considerations.

MCOR’s mission is to pursue science-based research and understanding for the many issues surrounding the development of shale energy in PA and around the world. This ranges from environmental risk mitigation strategy, to legal and regulatory implications of energy development in local communities. As part of MCOR’s outreach, examining the role of “social license”, and its many components, is a vital feature of the shale dialogue prior to, and during the energy development phase. In his role with MCOR, Tom provides leadership to a range of Penn State’s related Marcellus research activities and events. Mr. Murphy is a graduate of Penn State University.

 

 

LAURENTIU PACHIU

Laurentiu Pachiu is a Romanian national with policy and legal expertise in the field of energy, oil and gas and natural resources.
He is the Managing Partner and founder of Pachiu & Associates and heads the Energy, PPP and Finance Practice Groups within the firm. Laurentiu has over twenty years of experience in providing legal advice with regards to domestic and cross-border transactions, regulatory compliance, energy and natural resources, concessions, project financing and banking, capital markets, tax and offshore structures, across a wide range of industries.

The energy practice initiated by Laurentiu Pachiu has been among the first legal practices of such kind established in the country, the firm founded by Laurentiu growing at the same fast pace at which the Romanian energy market evolved.

Laurentiu Pachiu provides legal advice with regard to the planning, implementation, development and operation of significant energy projects, advising clients on regulatory and licensing matters, the obtaining of oil and gas exploration permits, the development of land securitization strategies and also the negotiation and conclusion of contractual arrangements with service companies and Romanian authorities, including the signing of relevant concession licenses. Laurentiu has been leading the team that assisted one of the first energy supermajors entering Romania for the development of unconventional upstream projects and serves other important regional players and independent companies in promoting their oil and gas projects.

 

 

 

ALEXANDRU PĂTRUȚI

Dr. ing. Alexandru Pătruți graduated the Faculty of Geology and Geophysics from The University of Bucharest, being specialized in geological and geophysical engineering. He has a rich work experience of over 30 years in the field of mineral resources and energy both in the private sector, but also as a government official (he successively held the position of Secretary of State at Ministry of Economy, Trade, Industry and the Business Environment and President of the National Agency for Mineral Resources). He is a member of numerous trade associations and author of numerous scientific papers presented at national and international conferences.  Alexandru Patruti is today scientific counselor at Romanian National Committee of the World Energy Council.

 

 

CORINA POPESCU

Georgeta Corina Popescu is a top executive with an impressive experience in the field of electricity and natural gas. Appointed General Manager of Societatea de Distributie a Energiei Electrice Muntenia Nord, part of Electrica Group, on June 1, 2018, Corina Popescu also took over from November 1, 2018, the position of interim CEO of Electrica SA. Starting with February 1, 2019, Corina Popescu holds the position of CEO of Electrica, for a period of 4 years.

Graduate of the Faculty of Power Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Power Engineering Systems department, Georgeta Corina Popescu started her professional career in Sucursala de Distributie si Furnizare a Energiei Electrice Bucuresti.

Since 2007, Georgeta Corina Popescu has worked in the private sector, helding important positions in E.ON Romania Group and OMV Group.

Between December 2015 and February 2017, Corina Popescu held the position of State Secretary within the Ministry of Energy, during which time she was also a member of the Board of Directors of Electrica SA. Starting with May 1, 2017, she was appointed in Transelectrica’s Directorate, and during the period of June 2017 – April 2018 she was Transelectrica’s Directorate Chairperson.

 

JULIAN POPOV

Julian Popov is a Fellow of The European Climate Foundation, Chairman of the Buildings Performance Institute Europe, Good Will Ambassador for Energy and Climate Policies of Bulgaria, former Minister of Environment of Bulgaria and former energy security adviser to the Bulgarian President. He is the founding CEO and current Board Member of the New Bulgarian University, former Chairman of the Bulgarian School of Politics and the co-founder of the Tunisian School of Politics. He was voted twice as one of the 40 most influential voices in European energy policy. Julian is the author and co-author of several books and writes regularly on current affairs, climate and energy policies and energy security. His articles has been published by Project Syndicate, Financial Times, The Independent, Gazeta Wyborcza, Reporter Global and other international papers.

 

 

JOHN ROBERTS

John M. Roberts is a senior partner with Methinks Ltd, a consultancy specializing in the interrelationship between energy, economic development, and politics. He is currently researching shale gas development in China and hydrocarbons development in the Eastern Mediterranean and northern Iraq. Roberts is a respected energy analyst who has testified to UK parliamentary committees on Turkish, Russian, Caspian, and Mideast energy security issues.

He has lectured widely on a variety of subjects, including Bosporus bypasses, boundary disputes in the Caspian Sea, the development of Arctic oil and gas, and the impact of social and political unrest in the Middle East. Roberts’ latest book, Pipeline Politics: The Caspian and Global Energy Security, will be published in early 2014 by the United Kingdom’s Royal Institute of International Affairs and by the Brookings Institution in the United States. His previous books include Caspian Pipelines (1996) and Visions & Mirages: The Middle East in a New Era (1995).