About this Summit
Countries across the world are looking to hydrogen to help decarbonise energy systems. There’s already broad agreement that hydrogen has a key role to play in reaching net zero. There’s also technical and engineering understanding and know-how. So what are the next steps that need to be taken to deploy hydrogen with urgency? How can different countries and projects learn from each other without repeating work and research already done? And how can developing nations skip over heavy-carbon energy and move to cost effective hydrogen from renewables?
At the Hydrogen Transition Summit, we focused on: ‘What are the benefits and compromises to be made in making hydrogen economies a reality?’
We heard from influential international speakers working on hydrogen projects and programmes as well as those developing energy and financial policies.
This Hydrogen Transition Summit was a full-day of presentations and discussions on hydrogen: from industry, transport, policy and finance through to energy decarbonisation and carbon capture. Sessions shared innovations, ideas and case studies.
The Summit was an ideal platform for investors, project developers, policymakers and innovators to share insights and expertise and highlight
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer
David Bryson has been Uniper’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer since November 2019. Combining the two roles reflects Uniper’s determination to tackle the climate challenge in an integrated way. David also heads the company’s hydrogen portfolio which is organized in a joint structure with its majority shareholder, Fortum.
A chartered engineer who spent 24 years developing as a leader and manager in the British Army, Bryson joined the energy industry more than 14 years ago. In various senior management positions at E.ON he helped develop an open-minded culture that was central to expanding the business’s operations, raising awareness of works-safety and driving business transformation through a dedicated focus of operational excellence to listen to the customer’s needs.
Since Uniper’s first days, Bryson has been responsible for its asset business’s international operations. As a long-term champion of diversity, he always sees both sides of the coin and considers the view of all stakeholders in his decision-making. These qualities led him to become a key figure in Uniper’s pursuit of more constructive conversations with sustainability-focused NGOs.
Executive Vice President
Rod Christie is Executive Vice President of the Baker Hughes Turbomachinery & Process Solutions (TPS) business, which is headquartered in Florence, Italy. With operations across 120 countries, TPS boasts one of the industry’s most extensive portfolios for rotating equipment, process flow, transmission technology, and lifecycle services serving the entire energy value stream, including onshore-and-offshore production, gas processing, pipeline, liquefied natural gas (LNG), refining, petrochemical, heavy industry and process industries, and new energy frontiers such as hydrogen, CCUS and energy storage.
Rod is an industry veteran with more than 30 years of international experience in the Power & Energy industry. In his current role, he leads the Baker Hughes Technology Leadership Council and is also responsible for overseeing the development of the company’s overall CCUS, Hydrogen and Clean Integrated Power Solutions portfolio and strategy.
Rod is highly engaged in global energy transition initiatives and serves on the Hydrogen Council and the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance. Prior to joining Baker Hughes, Rod spent 15 years with Scottish Hydro Electric (now Scottish & Southern Electric) in a wide range of engineering, project development and management roles. Rod holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Glasgow Caledonian University.
EMEA Regional Hydrogen Lead
Head of Future Energy Analytics
S&P Global Platts
Roman Kramarchuk leads efforts at Platts to analyze the impacts of the energy transition – driven by policy changes and technology advancements – on energy sector and market short medium and longer term outlooks, with a special focus on clean energy technologies (i.e. hydrogen, stationary storage, electric vehicles/alternative transport, renewables, etc.). He oversees the Platts Analytics Future Energy Outlooks Service – advising clients on energy transition and long term energy market views (including 2 degree scenarios) – as well as the GHG and North American Environmental Markets Services – offering insights into environmental markets & policies.
Prior to joining PIRA, now part of S&P Global Platts, he was at the U.S. EPA, developing key power plant and industrial emissions regulations at the Clean Air Markets Division. With both PG&E NEG and PA Consulting / PHB Hagler Bailly, he evaluated strategies regarding fuel choice, capital investments and trading. Roman also worked on international projects to develop power markets and regulatory capacity in the former Soviet Union and India. At the Federal Reserve Board, Roman analyzed trends in industrial production.
He has an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. in economics and B.S.E. in systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Director for Policy and Partnerships
Daria is an expert in climate and energy policy and regulation. Over the past decade she has worked with energy companies, industry associations, policymakers and consultancies helping them navigate the policy and regulatory landscape in Europe, as well as building and successfully implementing their advocacy strategies. Daria’s main focus areas have been the development of the enabling policy and legislative framework for hydrogen, carbon pricing and the design of the European wholesale energy markets.
Latham and Watkins
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Seifi Ghasemi became chairman, president and chief executive officer of Air Products in July 2014. In this role, he is focused on setting the strategy and policies of the company, developing leadership, and meeting shareholder commitments.
Mr. Ghasemi is a member of The Business Council, an association of the chief executive officers of the world’s most important business enterprises. In 2020, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum. In 2019 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the US-China Business Council. Mr. Ghasemi also was the recipient of the 2017 biennial International Palladium Medal from the Société de Chimie Industrielle for his distinguished contributions to the chemical industry.
Prior to joining Air Products, from 2001-2014, Mr. Ghasemi served as chairman and chief executive officer of Rockwood Holdings, a global leader in inorganic specialty chemicals and advanced materials that was acquired by Albemarle Corporation in January 2015. From 1997-2001, he held leadership roles at GKN, a global industrial company, including positions as director of the Main Board of GKN, plc, and chairman and chief executive officer of GKN Sinter Metals, Inc. and Hoeganes Corporation. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ghasemi spent nearly 20 years with The BOC Group (the industrial gas company which is now part of Linde AG) in positions including director of the Main Board of BOC Group, plc; president of BOC Gases Americas; and chairman and chief executive officer of BOC Process Plants, Ltd. and Cryostar.
Mr. Ghasemi earned his undergraduate degree from Abadan Institute of Technology and holds an M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He also was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Lafayette College in 2017 and an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2018.
Head of External Affairs
With over 25 years experience in the Building Services sector, including consultancy, design and contracting, Jeff plays a key role in the development of company strategy within Baxi. Jeff has a wealth of technical, commercial and legislative knowledge relating the residential and commercial building services sector including low and zero carbon technologies
In his current role Jeff is widely involved in setting the agenda regarding legislation and policy for the heating sector, regularly representing both Baxi and the wider industry at Government and trade body meetings to offer advice and analysis.