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SPEAKERS

The greatest speakers of the hydrogen industry

Enass Abo-Hamed 

H2GO Power | Co-founder and Director 

Enass Abo-Hamed is a Co-Founder and Director of H2GO Power in Cambridge, UK, Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, Member of the Board of Advisors at General Atlantic, Vice Chair and Expert Consultant for the European Commission, Chair of the Sustainability Interest Group at the Royal Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Cartier Women’s Initiative, TEDx Speaker (“The World’s Biggest Problem”), has a PhD from Cambridge University and is “Visionary of the Year” (MIT Tech Review 2017).  

In her keynote presentation Enass will talk about ways to electrify developing countries with renewable energy and hydrogen. 

Bart Biebuyck

Clean Hydrogen Partnership, Executive Director

Jackie Birdsall

Toyota North America | Senior Engineering Manager

Jackie Birdsall is a Senior Engineering Manager at Toyota North America and has been part of the development team of the Mirai 1 and Mirai 2, the Toyota Fuel Cell Trucks and other products. Her experience comes from almost 20 years at the forefront of developing fuel cell systems, hydrogen tanks and vehicles. With more than 178,000 followers on LinkedIn, Jackie is also a tireless advocate and influencer for hydrogen and fuel cells.  

Her second big passion is to empower women in the automotive industry. 

In her keynote presentation, Jackie will explain why she is so passionate about hydrogen and believes in “Fuel Cell Everything”. 

Andrew Clennett 

Hiringa Energy Ltd | Co-Founder and CEO 

Andrew Clennett is the CEO of Hiringa Energy and a board member of Hydrogen New Zealand. Hiringa Energy is the leading zero emission green hydrogen company in New Zealand, aiming to decarbonize transport and industry. Currently, Hiringa Energy is developing a hydrogen refueling infrastructure for passenger cars and trucks around Auckland. 

In his keynote presentation, Andrew will show the status of the hydrogen projects of Hiringa Energy and other hydrogen projects in New Zealand. 

Bill Elrick

California Fuel Cell Partnership | Executive Director

Bill Elrick has been the Executive Director and Technical Program Director at the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Partnership (formerly known as California Fuel Cell Partnership) for 15 years. The work of his organization has been pivotal for the deployment of the hydrogen infrastructure and fuel cell vehicles in California.  

In September 2022, CaFCP has become a national organization and launched a national hydrogen mobility strategy that focuses on building a hydrogen fueling network across the U.S. for heavy-duty trucks, enabling links between ports, hydrogen hubs and more. 

In his keynote presentation, Bill will explain the national hydrogen mobility strategy and how it can be implemented thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act. 

Pierre-Etienne Franc

Hy24 | CEO & FiveT Hydrogen AG | Co-founder and CEO

He is considered as one of the leading architects of the hydrogen economy. He served as Chair of Hydrogen Europe (2011- 2016) and then co-founded and coordinated the World Hydrogen Council as secretary from 2017-2020. Within Air Liquide, after several global business, strategy and operational management positions, he led over the last ten years the advanced technology companies, venture capital and Hydrogen energy activities for the Group. In 2021 he co-founded the FiveT Hydrogen investment platform, and currently serves as the CEO of Hy24.

Since the beginning of his career, Franc has built a development approach driven by a belief in the power of alliances, joint ventures, and co-development. It has helped to open new businesses (co-generation), new territories (Russia, China, Brazil in the steel markets), new markets (hydrogen energy, IT), and new technologies (electrolysis, hydrogen tanks, fuel cells in forklifts).

In 1994, he wrote his first book, with Christopher Hogg focusing on the importance of customer management, which was published by Dunod. On the occasion of the COP21 in 2015, Franc published a book that detailed his vision for the hydrogen economy, with a preface by Pascal Lamy. His 2017 “Entreprise et bien commun” is a reflection on the role of business in improving society, with a preface by Gaël Giraud.

Franc graduated in 1993 from France’s HEC business school, where he was awarded the HEC Foundation Prize and the second prize of the Ernst & Young Foundation for his final thesis on industrial joint ventures.

Prof. Dr. Christopher Hebling

Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE | Director Division Hydrogen Technologies

Christopher Hebling is the Director of the Division Hydrogen Technologies at Fraunhofer ISE, the most famous renewable energy and hydrogen technology research center in Germany, and a Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.  

With his team of 100+ scientists, engineers and students researching fuel cells, electrolyzers and synthetic fuels, Christopher has made groundbreaking contributions to the worldwide hydrogen industry and clean energy policies in Germany and Europe. 

In his keynote presentation, Christopher will explain why there is no energy transition without hydrogen and what has to be done to make it happen. 

Robert Herzner

GERMANY TRADE & INVEST | China Director 

Robert Herzner is the China Director of Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI), a state-owned company that helps international companies set up business in Germany – free of charge.  

With 15+ years of experience in China, Robert is an expert for connecting people and companies across countries and cultures.  

In his keynote presentation, Robert will showcase common business cases for Chinese and German companies in the hydrogen industry and explain how international companies can profit from the hydrogen-friendly policies and funding in Germany. 

GTAI will also have a Showroom at Hydrogen Online Conference and will be available for free consulting. 

Jacob Krogsgaard

Everfuel | CEO 

Jacob Krogsgaard is the CEO of Everfuel, leading the way to commercialize hydrogen fuel and PtX. Before co-founding Everfuel, Jacob was a SVP at Nel Hydrogen, where he was responsible for the hydrogen refueling station business. 

Everfuel, based in Denmark, is currently building and operating 13 hydrogen refueling stations and several electrolyzers with up to 20 MW. 

In his keynote presentation, Jacob will explain why he believes that yesterday’s wind will be today’s optimal fuel – and what is needed to make it happen. 

Uwe Lauber 

Cellcentric | CEO

Uwe Lauber is the CEO of MAN Energy Solutions, the world market leader for large-bore gas and diesel engines for marine and stationary applications. MAN Energy Solutions also produces chemical reactors e.g. for methanization and large cryogenic tanks. 

As the largest manufacturer of engines for the maritime industry with a market share of approximately 50%, MAN ES is committed to decarbonization.  

In his keynote presentation, Uwe Lauber will show why eFuels are the only solution for large vessels and that 700 GW of electrolyzers will be needed to produce enough eFuels for the maritime industry. 

Michael Lohscheller

Nikola Motor Company | President

Audrey Ma 

REFIRE | Vice President, Business Development, Marketing and Communications

Audrey Ma is a Vice President at Refire Group in Shanghai, responsible for scaling up the international business of the largest fuel cell systems manufacturer in China.  

Refire has supplied fuel cell systems to more than 50% of the fuel cell vehicles in China and supported the integration in 118 different vehicles ranging from passenger cars to busses and trucks.  

In her presentation, Audrey will showcase the fuel cell systems and highlight the impressive roll-out of both infrastructure and vehicles in China. 

Andy Marsh 

Plug Power | President and CEO

Andy Marsh is the CEO of Plug Power, the leading manufacturer of fuel cells for material handling. More recently, Plug Power has also become a leader in building an end-to-end green hydrogen ecosystem that addresses every step of operations ranging from green hydrogen production to hydrogen transport, hydrogen storage and hydrogen use. 

In his presentation, Andy will explain their integrated approach to the hydrogen industry, “Green Hydrogen at Work”. 

Prof. Dr. Christian Mohrdieck 

Cellcentric | Chief Commercial Officer

Christian Mohrdieck is the Chief Commercial Officer of Cellcentric, a Daimler Truck and Volvo Group joint-venture focused on the development of fuel cell systems for trucks. 

Christian has 23 years of hydrogen experience, having led the fuel cell development team of Daimler and several joint ventures in the past.  

In his keynote presentation, Christian will present the new fuel cell system for trucks and their plans for the fuel cell gigafactory in Weilheim, Germany. 

Oleksandr Riepkin 

Ukrainian Hydrogen Council | President

Oleksandr Riepkin is the President of the Ukrainian Hydrogen Council and a Strategy Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, responsible for energy diplomacy with the EU. His current responsibilities include the Ukrainian Hydrogen Strategy and ways to produce clean energy in Ukraine and sell it to Europe. 

In his presentation, Oleksandr will show how renewable energy and hydrogen can contribute to peace and how Ukraine can become a hydrogen hub for Europe. 

Adamo Screnci 

Hydrogen Refueling Solutions | Board Member – Director

Adamo Screnci is a Board Member and Director at Hydrogen Refueling Solutions, the Chair of the Working Group Mobility at Hydrogen Europe, a Board Member at Dii Desert Energy and a Member of the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance. 

Before joining HRS, Adamo was a VP at TotalEnergies, ThyssenKrupp and AirLiquide and a Co-Founder of McPhy. 

In his keynote presentation, Adamo will explain how to scale up hydrogen refueling stations in France and in the rest of Europe and what policies and regulatory framework is needed to make it happen. 

Marcus Spickermann

Robert Bosch GmbH | SVP – Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Program

Noé van Hulst

International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE) | Chair

Noé van Hulst is the Chair of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE), a Special Advisor Hydrogen for the International Energy Agency (IEA), International Hydrogen Advisor for Gasunie and a Senior Fellow at the Clingendael International Energy Program. 

With more than 40 years of experience in the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, the International Energy Agency, the International Energy Forum and the Energy Academy Europe, Noé is one of the most distinguished experts for energy policy and international cooperation. 

In his keynote presentation, Noé will explain what policies and rules are needed to trade hydrogen internationally, where we are at the moment and what needs to be done to make hydrogen an energy carrier that is traded globally. 

 

Daryl Wilson 

Hydrogen Council | Executive Director 

Daryl Wilson is the Executive Director at Hydrogen Council. The Hydrogen Council is a global CEO-led initiative of 134 leading companies from 20+ countries with a united vision and long-term ambition: for hydrogen to foster the clean energy transition for a better, more resilient future. 

Before being appointed Executive Director at Hydrogen Council, Daryl was the CEO of Hydrogenics from 2006 to 2019. 

In his keynote presentation, Daryl will present the new report published by the Hydrogen Council and McKinsey: “Global Hydrogen Flows: Hydrogen Trade as a Key Enabler for Efficient Decarbonization – International hydrogen trade can reduce the cost of the energy transition by $6 trillion.”