Is professor emeritus and corresponding member of the Romanian Academy. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Geology and Geography, with a specialization in mineralogy-petrography. In 1974 he acquired a PhD in Geology. He was an assistant professor, lecturer, associate professor and professor at the University of Bucharest; professor emeritus since 2011 and held the leadership of the faculty between 1992-1996 and 2004-2005. He contributed to the scientific performances development of a great number of former students. He undertook specialization courses, conducted research and geological applications in France, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, the US, Canada, Australia, Chile, China and Japan. His research findings are available in more than 150 papers and studies published alone or collaboratively, both in the country and abroad. He is a director of projects and internal and international grants launched by the Ministry of Education and Research (1991-2012), Member and former President of the Geological Society of Romania (2000-2006), former Member of the Environmental Mineralogy and Petrography Society “Ludovic Mrazec” (1990-1994), member of the International Association of Sedimentologists, and of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). He is also member of the National Council of Geologists in Romania and a representative of Romania in the International Union of Geological Sciences Commission (IUGS) for Geological History. He received the “Gr. Cobălcescu” Romanian Academy prize (1976) and was awarded with the Order of the Star of Romania, Officer rank.
Marius George Popescu
Is the young founder and CEO of Energy Brains Consulting, an entity focused on gas market analysis, strategy and leadership & human resources. He already has global experience in the energy market; he lived and worked in places like Alaska, Malaysia, Qatar, the Netherlands, Romania and Austria. Marius has two master’s degrees, in International Economics and in International Business Management, from the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands.
He has been working passionately as an energy analyst for the past 5 years and is continuously active as Vice Secretary of Task Force 1 within the International Gas Union Recently, Marius started a new cooperation with the World Energy Council.
Is a partner and consultant at Sound Energy, an Oslo-based company specilized in commercial and strategic energy consulting (www.sundenergy.com). He works on various consultancy projects and has expertise in the areas of unconventional gas, carbon capture and sequestration, biogas, liquefied natural gas (including its use as road and maritime transportation fuel), European natural gas market, as well as offshore wind, etc. Dragoș constantly engages in debates and holds presentations at international conferences in the field.
In Romania, he took part in the Energy and Environment working group within the Romania Juna event organized by the League of Romanian Students Abroad where he elaborated, along with fellow experts, a paper which identifies the main problems related to Romania’s energy sector and proposes short, medium and long term solutions. Dragoș has graduated from the Master in International Marketing and Management (with a focus on energy and corporate social responsibility) at BI Norwegian Business School, with a thesis on Chinese investments in the wind industry in Romania.
Is Senior Associate for Government Relations at McGuireWoods Romania. In this capacity, he assists clients with government related matters, also focusing on analytical activities related to political developments and market evolutions for key industries such as mining, energy and healthcare.
Prior to joining the firm, Robert worked both in the United States as well as Romania, focusing on grassroots organizing and environmental regulations. His experience also includes a range of diplomatic activities such as an internship with the Diplomatic Office of the Prime Minister of Romania, as well as the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy in Washington, D.C.
He is a graduate of Northwestern College and also attended the American Studies Program where he consulted large non-governmental organizations as part of the Millennium Legacy Team that aimed at surveying developmental strategies through energy-efficiency programs in sub-Saharan Africa.
Melania Amuza has a highly diverse and extensive business, legal and industry exposure in energy (electricity and natural gas), as well as in consulting and other energy-related industry sectors.
For 20 years she has been managing business, regulatory and legal risk related to energy matters, business development and strategic projects. She specializes in energy distribution, customer solutions and energy efficiency. From 2013 to 2017, Melania was the Corporate Legal and Compliance Director of E.ON Group Romania.
She has been acting as a top level legal executive and adviser to boards of directors and management boards to multinational companies, whereby she has been an active decision partner.
Melania has a proven track record of achievements in business transformation, business environment improvement, process and team optimization, M&A projects, international arbitration, policy formulation.
Alexandra Danu is a young renewable energy professional with a PhD in photovoltaic energy integration in the National Power System from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. Alexandra worked as an adviser at the Romanian Ministry of Energy for the new Romanian Energy Strategy.
She has been also involved as a technical adviser in the sustainability project called Modularity, that aims to develop an energy-efficiency modular housing solution. She is curently employed as a scientific researcher at the National Research and Development Institute for Energy – ICEMENERG Bucharest in the department for new energies and renewables, with a focus on photovoltaic energy and strategy.
Mihnea Cătuţi is a PhD candidate at the University of York and a visiting researcher at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), in Bruxelles. His current research focuses on the development of the EU energy polices, analysing areas such as the Energy Union, the liberalisation of the internal market for gas and electricity, energy efficiency and the promotion of renewable energy sources. In addition, he works as a graduate teaching assistant on comparative politics and energy policy at the University of York.
He is a graduate of the University of Bristol (Frist class Honours) and has a Master in European Public Policy from the University of York and the Central European University (Distinction). His experience covers a range of areas, such as civil service in Romania, think tank research in Bruxelles and academic work in the United Kingdom. He also has some volunteering experience in the NGO sector.
With an R&D background in the field of energy storage technologies, hydrogen and Li-ion batteries, at ICSI Rm. Vâlcea and CEA Grenoble, Mihai Bălan joined RWEA (Romanian Wind Energy Association) in 2017 as a Policy Officer, eager to get actively involved in enabling the energy transition in Romania through relevant strategy, policy and market design mechanisms.
Mihai Balan obtained his PhD from Arts et Métiers ParisTech and University Politehnica of Bucharest (UPB) with a thesis investigating the Romanian and European potential of Power-to-Gas applications and holds a Bachelor and Master degree in Power Engineering from UPB. He is also a member of IEA Hydrogen TCP Task 38 on Power-to-Hydrogen and Hydrogen-to-Methane.