Nicholas Lawson

Nicholas Lawson

Nick is heavily involved in the development of BP’s portfolio of lower carbon businesses across a wide range of investments from advanced biofuels, electric charging to carbon trading.

Nick currently chairs the oil and gas industry association IPIECA’s climate change and adaptation task force.

In prior roles Nick established BP’s group risk function and before joining BP worked in KPMG’s energy team. Nick is a chartered accountant and holds a degree in economics from the University of Bristol.

Arcadio Gutierrez Zapico

Arcadio Gutierrez Zapico

Born in Turón, Asturias, Spain, Mr. Gutierrez has an engineering degree (Roads, Canals and Ports) from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Madrid. He also holds a Master’s degree from IESE’s Senior Business Management Program (PADE).

He began his professional life on that date in the energy sector, as an engineer in the nuclear field at Empresarios Agrupados.
In 1987 he joined the Technical Corps of the State Civil Administration where he has been Deputy Director General in the Ministries of Labor and Social Security and of Industry and Energy.

Among other positions, he has been Director of Technology and Engineering of Gas Natural Fenosa and President of its Engineering Division, Director of Soluziona, Prointec, GHESA and Empresarios Agrupados. President of the Spanish Association of Engineering and Industrial Construction Companies (TECNIBERIA), between 2000 and 2002.

Since December 2012 he has been General Director of the Spanish Energy Club. He is also President of the Agustín de Betancourt Foundation and Counselor of the College of Civil Engineers, Canals and Ports.

 

Axel Thiemann

Axel Thiemann

Axel Thiemann became CEO of Sonnedix in September 2018 after serving as a member of the senior leadership team and Board of Directors. Since joining Sonnedix in 2011, Axel has played a fundamental role in its evolution, initially based in London, as COO with responsibility for Asset Management, Finance, HR and E&C, and more recently based in Miami, overseeing M&A, integration and strategy during a four year period when the company experienced five-fold growth. To Axel, the most special thing about Sonnedix is its team of bright and passionate people across four continents that have come together to create a sustainable future for the world

Jose Vicente Zapata

Jose Vicente Zapata

José Vicente Zapata is a partner in Holland & Knight’s Bogotá office with more than 25 years of experience in the natural resources sector. He focuses his practice on corporate and commercial matters with an emphasis on the environment, energy and natural resources, regulatory and contractual issues, as well as in corporate compliance and liability cases, including FCPA. Mr. Zapata co-chairs the firm’s Venezuela Focus Team, a group of partners who assists clients with interests in the country.

Mr. Zapata represents electric, oil, gas, mining, agrochemical and industrial companies. In addition, he regularly advises clients in the structuring of foreign investment transactions, corporate reorganizations, and mergers and acquisitions as well as matters of environmental liability and judicial proceedings such as class action and international claims.

Throughout his career, Mr. Zapata has served on various boards of directors and has headed numerous successful companies. He has represented clients in many of the largest transactions made in Colombia to date in the energy, mining, oil and gas sectors, in addition to assisting a range of companies in entering the energy market, obtaining mining and oil and gas concessions and structuring the contractual arrangements for such purposes. More recently, Mr. Zapata has been very active in renewable energy projects, and has led both wind farm and solar ventures. Mr. Zapata has also participated actively in key financing and structuring of transactions in these sectors.

Mr. Zapata has participated in critical environmental liability cases and class action litigation in Colombia. Of particular importance is his participation in complex cases where communities and companies discuss their corresponding rights and in prior public consultations, and environmental permits and authorizations.

Mr. Zapata has acted as co-counsel in major international commercial and investor-state arbitrations, involving sensitive international judicial matters of Colombian interest under the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) rules. These matters focus in energy and natural resources concerning disputes across the oil and gas, electricity, infrastructure and mining sectors.

Beyond his law practice, Mr. Zapata has served as professor of corporate responsibility, environmental liability and sustainable development at Universidad Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Universidad de Los Andes and Universidad Externado de Colombia.

Pablo Ruiz

Pablo Ruiz

Pablo Ruiz holds a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master Degree in modelling and regulation of energy markets.

As academic researcher, as utility consultant or as policy advisor, he has always been working in knowledge-based decarbonization solutions for the energy system. Along his career he has been involved in key decarbonization processes such as the UNFCCC, the launching of the International Renewable ENergy Agency or the development of national renewable and energy efficiency plans. The last years he has been acting as scientific project officer at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Petten, NL. During this period, he has been involved in the development and the public release of key strategic modelling tools such as the JRC-EU-TIMES energy system model or the ENSPRESO renewable potentials data base. He has also contributed in assessing the employment impact of developing renewable technologies in the “Clean energy technologies in coal regions” report.

 

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