Keynote Speakers

Susanne Åkerfeldt has a solid background in senior policy making at governmental level. As a Senior Adviser at the Swedish Ministry of Finance, she has more than 20 years’ experience of managing projects on policy design in the area of energy and environment, seeking solutions and compromises in a politically sensitive environment nationally and at EU level. Her key focus is to ensure the use of cost-efficient policy measures on the road towards a sustainable, low-carbon and resource-efficient society. She has been instrumental in fine-tuning the design of the Swedish carbon tax since the 1990s as well as pursuing green tax reforms. She serves as Sweden’s lead EU negotiator on energy and climate taxation issues and has worked extensively at EU-level to improve and coordinate the design of EU tax and state aid legislation to better reflect the Polluter Pays Principle and encouraging Member States to increasingly use environmental taxes. She is a member of the Subcommittee on Environmental Taxation Committee under the UN Tax Committee as well as of the Scientific Committee of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition.

Andreas Chrysostomou

Mr. Andreas Chrysostomou is a seasoned professional in the shipping industry. Currently he is the Chief Strategy Officer of Tototheo Maritime, which offers a variety of services to the shipping industry with headquarters in Cyprus and branch offices in Greece and Singapore. He holds an MBA and graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, with a Bachelor of Engineering in naval architecture and shipbuilding. Mr. Chrysostomou, in his long standing career, was the Director of the Department of Merchant Shipping (the Maritime Authority of Cyprus), CEO of Transmed shipping Co. Ltd. and Acting Secretary General of CLIA Europe. He held senior management roles in fields such as safety and security, protection of the marine environment and administration. He also served as the elected Chairman of the Design and Equipment Subcommittee of the IMO and of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), one of the main Committees at IMO. He was twice elected and re-elected Chairman of the International Mobile Satellite Organization (a UN agency) and served as member of the Board of Governors of the World Maritime University (WMU). He also served as President of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMAREST).

Paul Ekins is Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy and Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources at University College London. He is also Deputy Director of the UK Energy Research Centre, and the UKERC Co-Director leading on its Energy Resources theme. He is a member of UNEP’s International Resource Panel, a member of the Advisory Committee of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) and a Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Brussels-based expert platform Green Budget Europe. His academic work focuses on the conditions and policies for achieving an environmentally sustainable economy. He is the author of numerous papers, book-chapters and articles in a wide range of journals, and has written or edited twelve books, including Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability: the Prospects for Green Growth (Routledge, London, 2000) and Environmental Tax Reform: A Policy for Green Growth (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2011). In 1994 Paul Ekins received a Global 500 Award ‘for outstanding environmental achievement’ from the United Nations Environment Programme. In 2015 he was awarded an OBE in the UK’s New Year’s Honours List for services to environmental policy.

Mr. Andrei Marcu is currently the Executive Director of the European Roundtable on Climate Change and Sustainable Transition. He has been one of the corporate sector pioneers in the area of climate change, greenhouse gas markets and related areas on sustainable development. Since 1993, Mr. Marcu has been actively involved in many areas of climate change related initiatives, including as Chief Executive Officer of BlueNext. He joined Mercuria Energy in September 2009 in the role as Head of Regulatory Affairs, Environment and Climate Change. He was the Founder and President and CEO of International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), a world-class business association with offices in Geneva, Brussels, Washington and Ottawa. He acted as Senior Managing Director of the Word Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in charge of Energy and Climate and as Vice Chair of the Energy and Environment Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris. Mr. Marcu was also a Senior Advisor on Climate Change and Emissions Trading at Bennett Jones LLP in Canada.

Christian De Perthuis is Professor of Economics at Paris-Dauphine University and Head of the Climate Economics Chair. He started his career in the agricultural sector, went on to work in leading French research and forecasting institutes and headed the “Mission Climat” of Caisse des Dépots between 2004 and 2008.  His research focuses on the economics of climate change and ecological transition. Author of several articles and books, he is co-author of Green Capital (Odile Jacob, 2013, Columbia University Press, 2015) and co-author of Le Climat, à quel prix? La négociation climatique (Odile Jacob, 2015) He chaired the “Green Tax Commission”, which helped the French Government to set up a domestic carbon tax in 2014.

Dr Tristan Smith is a Reader in Energy and Transport at University College London. He has, since 2010, grown a substantial group focused on modelling and analysis of shipping’s efficiency and emissions. He led the 3rd International Maritime Organisation Greenhouse Gas Study, is lead author of ISO 19030, co-chair of World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition Maritime Thread, and has been involved in numerous projects across the academic, industry and policy domains. The group maintains a number of models including GloTraM, which is used by several multinationals to explore shipping’s future scenarios and technology evolution. Along with Dr Simon Davies, he is co-founder of University Maritime Advisory Services (UMAS).

Yacov Tsur is the Ruth Ochberg Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the Department of Environmental Economics and Management, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984. His research deals with natural resource management under uncertainty and catastrophic threats, with a particular focus on water resources. Professor Tsur publishes widely in economic outlets and has been actively involved in advising Israel’s Water Authority and the World Bank on issues concerning the use of market-based instruments in water resources management and regulation.


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