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Director, Brussels Energy Club
Dr Marat Terterov is the Principal Coordinator of the Energy Charter Secretariat, an international energy security organisation created during the mid-1990s for the purpose of promoting trade and investment in the energy sectors of some 50 countries in Eurasia. Based on the legally binding Energy Charter Treaty of 1994, the Energy Charter today strives to become an organisation with more global reach, predominantly working to promote and protect energy investments in the territories of its member states and beyond. Dr Terterov"s work at the Secretariat is predominantly political in nature, where he lends direct support to the Secretary General in high level relationship management with member and observer governments of the Energy Charter Conference predominantly in the Middle East and former-Soviet Union. He is also the Head of the Energy Charter Knowledge Centre, the internal think tank and communications division of the Secretariat. Terterov is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Brussels Energy Club, an NGO organising regular informal discussions with high level energy executives and government officials from around the world. He also founded the European Geopolitical Forum website and research network of experts engaged in sensitive debates on Eurasian geopolitics. Dr Terterov received his education in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom, and holds a D.Phil. (PhD) in Middle Eastern politics from St. Antony's College, Oxford University (obtained in 2002). He has well over 20 years professional experience working with Russia, the former-Soviet Union and the Middle East in the domain of energy, investment, business development, security, geopolitics and government relations. He has written widely on the countries of these regions of the world and appears frequently as a source of independent thinking and analysis in the international media. Amongst his many important publications is a 600+ page edited volume on Russian and CIS relations with the GCC monarchies and Gulf countries more broadly, which he produced during his time as Research Leader on Gulf-Russia relations at the Gulf Research Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He is a frequent contributor to countless international conferences, roundtables and other public meetings. He speaks English and Russian fluently, while also being conversational in Egyptian Arabic and having very basic knowledge of French.
Fernando Cesar Ferreira
Former Executive Secretary, Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE)
Dr. Fernando Cesar Ferreira is the former Executive Secretary of the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE). OLADE is a public intergovernmental organization founded in 1973, composed of 27 member countries which are represented by their Ministers of Energy. Before joining OLADE, Dr. Ferreira worked for three years in the Brazilian energy sector. He was Senior Consultant of the National Electric Energy Agency (ANEEL) in Brazil. He has experience in economics and financial technical regulation in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity areas. Dr. Ferreira was former Director of Integration of OLADE, responsible for local coordinators and regional units; he performed activities related to Regional Integration in 27 Member Countries; he managed projects and studies; he coordinated information systems and training for the Member Countries of OLADE; he provided assistance to institutional relations with Ministries of Energy; and was responsible for coordinating the activities of the Sub-regional Offices in Central American and the Caribbean.
Former Minister of Energy and National Infrastructure, Israel
Joseph Paritzky is a former Israeli Minister of Energy & National Infrastructure, Joseph I. Paritzky has had a long and distinguished career in law and energy, spanning both the private and public sectors. Reaching the bar in both New York and Israel in the mid-1980s, he was elected to become a member of the 15th Israeli Knesset (Parliament) in 1999. He was re-elected to become a member of the 16th Knesset in 2003, when he also become a member of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon"s government, holding the position of Minister of Energy and National Infrastructure (in charge of Energy and Water). Paritzky was instrumental in developing the natural gas system of Israel and the East Mediterranean more broadly, as well as advancing dramatic reforms in electricity, water, and infrastructure. He initiated the idea of an "Infrastructure Undersea Tunnel" linking Israel and Turkey, and gave licenses to the first private power stations in the state of Israel. He also served as the representative of the Israeli parliament to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. In 2006 he retired from government and since that time has been working in private investment and business development with a special focus on the gas industry of the region.
Executive Director, North American Carbon Capture Storage Association
Michael Moore is the Vice President of Energy Commodities and Advisory Services for FearnOil Inc., a Houston-based division of the Norwegian firm Astrup-Fearnley based in Oslo. Mr. Moore works on development of energy resources and commodities, CO2-EOR, CCUS, infrastructure, technology advancement and related advisory services as well as related energy advocacy work in policy/regulations at Federal and State levels. In addition to FearnOil Inc., Mr. Moore is the Executive Director of The North American Carbon Capture Storage Association (NACCSA) in Washington, DC since 2008. He has more than 30 years of energy (oil, gas, coal, power, CO2, carbon) experience in brokering, marketing, business development and strategy. On December 2015 he was awarded the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit by King Harald V of Norway.
Co-Founder and Director, Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce
Arie Brish is a diverse energy and technology executive and entrepreneur. His background spans over numerous Fortune 500 roles, start-up leaderships, consulting engagements, and non-profit activities. Mr. Brish dedicated most of his career driving business relations between the U.S. and Israel. He led market entries of U.S. firms into Israel as well as Israeli companies into North America. One of the Israeli subsidiaries Arie co-founded for a major U.S. corporation is generating now over $1B in revenue, and has created thousands of jobs in both countries. Some of his other roles include, CEO of Tehuti, North America Regional Mgr for Pentalum Technologies, U.S. Country Manager for Leviathan Energy, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Comformative Systems (acquired by Intel), principal at cxo360, and various Marketing, General Management and technology leadership tenures for Motorola businesses ranging from $100M to $1B in revenue. Arie is a co-founder of the Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce that is hundreds of members strong today. He serves on its Executive Board as well as Co-Chair of the Energy and Cleantech Committee. Mr. Brish holds a BSEE from Ben-Gurion University. MBA from Recanati School of Business, Tel-Aviv University. Energy Technology certificate from University of Texas.
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