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Meeting: March 8, 2016: Brussels Energy Club hosts energy MBAs from Texas Christian University for a special briefing on European energy security

The Brussels Energy Club is pleased to make the following announcement:


Brussels Energy Club hosts energy MBAs from Texas Christian University for a special briefing on European energy security


This special briefing took place on Tuesday March 8, 2016, 10am — 1.00 pm @ TUSIAD Avenue des Gaulois, 13, Brussels 1040


Expert contributors to the discussion included:

Dr Marat Terterov, Founder and Director, Brussels Energy Club; Principal Coordinator, Energy Charter Secretariat

Emmanuel Haton, BP Director, European Government Affairs

Christian Cleutinx, Former-Director General, EURATOM/European Commission, Global Energy Associate, Brussels Energy Club

Piotr Kuś, Director, Gas Transmission Operator GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. (Poland) Brussels Office 


The panel of experts addressed the following questions, as well as brief the MBA students on other aspects of European energy security:

  • Why doesn't Russia reduce production to effectively turn around oil prices?
  • What is Belgium's long term energy security strategy?
  • We understand that you are visiting Houston to research LNG, is importing LNG from the US part of the long term plan for the EU?
  • Is the 2025 Pan-Europe super smart grid still realistic? How does today's hydrocarbon prices affect the plan? What about renewables in the plan?
  • Has there been any advancements in unconventional plays within the EU?
  • Why did Poland fail with their unconventional exploration?
  • How will the ban on hydraulic-fracturing affect energy prospects within the EU?


Questions compiled by students from The Neeley School of Business in Texas, USA: http://www.neeley.tcu.edu/ 


Speaker information 

Emmanuel HatonEmmanuel Haton is a French National and has spent his entire 30 years career in the BP group first in France and later in several other regions in the world. His experience is a mix of Upstream Exploration and Production in countries where the company has operations and in the BP headquarters as well as several years spent in Refining, Supply and Trading and Marketing and Government and Public Affairs. From 1983 onward Mr Haton held a variety of posts in BP France HR, Supply and Trading Division. He then moved in Air BP in the UK as head of Air BP Africa and then in charge of BP business development in the South West Pacific. In 1995 he was assigned to BP Exploration in Algeria to work on the In Salah gas Project as Director Government and Public Affairs. In 2001 he moved to BP Exploration and Production in Angola at the time BP was seriously growing its offshore business there. Prior to this Emmanuel re-joined the BP Corporate Centre in London as Director Environmental Science and Technology. He has spent the last ten years in his existing role in Brussels as Director, European Government Affairs.

Marat TerterovDr 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.

Christian CleutinxChristian Cleutinx, a Belgian, is an international expert in energy security, diplomacy and international dialogues with over 30 years of experience in geopolitics, international relations and energy with a special emphasis on Russia and the United States. He was until April 1st 2011Director General of the Euratom Supply Agency at the European Commission. He advises and lectures on energy policy and geopolitics at universities, think tanks and international institutions. After studies in Belgian universities and post-graduate work in Chicago, he held managerial positions in energy and hi-tech corporations. He joined the European Commission in 1975 and has occupied several functions in the field of energy policy. Between 1982 and1986 he was in charge of industrial policy, antitrust, transport, environment and energy at the Delegation of the European Commission in Washington DC. From 2000 onwards, while being in charge of fossil fuels policy and after having been an initiator of the EU-Russia Energy Dialogue, he coordinated the Dialogue process up until 2009. 

He also led energy negotiations with Ukraine, which led to the signature of an MOU between the EU and Ukraine on energy cooperation. In 2002-2005 he negotiated directly with the US administration the strengthening of energy cooperation between the EU and the United States. In early 2003, he became director within the Directorate General for Energy and Transport of the European Commission, being first in charge of conventional energies(including the internal energy market) before moving to Luxemburg, where he took over the Commission's Nuclear Safeguards Directorate in charge of nuclear non-proliferation. In 2008 he become Director General of the Euratom Supply Agency. He has authored numerous works on international energy relations and affiliated policies. Christian Cleutinx, an economist, holds an MBA degree as well as Master Degrees in Economics and Finance.

Piotr KusPiotr Kus is the Director of the Brussels Office of GAZ-SYSTEM (Polish Natural Gas TSO), where he is responsible for managing the Company"s EU affairs, relations with the EU institutions and liaising with industry organizations and trade associations based in Brussels. He is also involved in GAZ-SYSTEM"s international activities and projects. Before joining GAZ-SYSTEM in 2008, Piotr worked for Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG S.A.) as an employee of the Representative Office in Brussels, dealing with EU policy issues. Mr. Kus started his professional career in the Polish financial sector. Piotr graduated from Warsaw School of Economics from the faculty of Finance and Banking. His principal areas of interests were institutional economics, banking and financial markets.


Further information

For more information please contact Martin Minarik on industry@brusselsenergyclub.org and/or Ben McPherson on research@brusselsenergyclub.org, or visit the contacts section of our website.

For more information on the Texan MBA group please visit: http://www.neeley.tcu.edu/

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