Guy Chazan, Energy Editor, Financial Times

Guy Chazan is the FT's energy editor, based in London. In this role, he covers OPEC and the IEA (International Energy Agency), the European majors (Total, ENI, Repsol, Statoil) and some of the National Oil Companies.
Chazan previously served as the Wall Street Journal's energy correspondent covering the UK-based oil majors, BP and Shell. He was previously the WSJ's Moscow correspondent from 1999 to 2007 and also spent time as their Middle East correspondent, based in Jerusalem.
Before joining the Journal (in 1999) he worked at BBC World Service Radio in London. Guy graduated at Oxford University with a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages

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Arnaud Bamberger, President of the French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain and Executive Chairman, Cartier UK
Arnaud Bamberger, President of The French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain (CCFGB), Executive Chairman of Cartier UK Ltd, as its new President.
Since his arrival at the historic New Bond Street site in London in 1992 as Managing Director of Cartier UK Ltd, Arnaud Bamberger has become a well-known and respected figure on the social and sporting scene. Born into a branch of the famous Lumière family – inventor of cinema – Arnaud was brought up in France. It was in the mid-1970s, whilst working as Sales Promotion Director for Rothmans, that his cosmopolitan flair was noticed by Alain Dominique Perrin, the then President of Cartier. Arnaud spent several years as Cartier’s Export Director, based in Paris, but his command of the English language prompted a move in the early 1980s to New York, where he took up the role of Vice President, Retail, and opened up an impressive 15 stores during his time there. In 1987, he moved back to his homeland to head up the retail operations worldwide. After five years in Paris, Arnaud was yet again attracted by a challenge overseas, so the position of Managing Director UK at the very nadir of the recession proved too alluring. Under his successful management this important market for Cartier has more than tripled its turnover and sales continue to thrive.  
Arnaud Bamberger was awarded the highly prestigious Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite.  

The Rt Hon Baroness Tessa Blackstone, Chairman of the Franco-British Council
Tessa Blackstone is Chair of the Franco-British Council. She is also Chairman of the Board of the British Library and of Great Ormond Street Hospital Foundation Trust.
 She was appointed Minister of State for Education and Employment in 1997 and Minister of State for the Arts in 2001.  Between 2004 and 2011 she was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich.
 She became a Life Peer in 1987 and was opposition Spokeswoman in the House of Lords for Education and Science (1988-92); Treasury (1990-91); and Foreign Affairs (1992-97).
 Her political interests are wide ranging; from social policy, education and foreign affairs to the Arts. . She lists France as one of her countries of interest and has a house in France.

Richard Brown CBE, Deputy President, French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain, and Chairman, Department for Transport Franchise Advisory Panel
Richard Brown was Chief Executive of Eurostar from August 2002 to April 2010 and then Chairman until June 2013.  As Chief Executive he turned around its performance, delivering record passenger numbers and punctuality, and successfully launched the first high speed passenger service in Britain, overseeing the flawless overnight transfer of services to Eurostar’s new UK home at St Pancras International.  He was previously Commercial Director and main Board Director of National Express Group plc, where he set up its UK Trains Division, at the time the largest UK passenger franchise operator.  He has spent 36 years in the transport industry, and was a Director of British Rail’s Intercity Division before privatisation.  He is a past President of Railteam and of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and was twice Chairman of the Association of Train Operating Companies. He was appointed CBE in 2007.
He is currently Chairman of Catalyst Housing Ltd, a Board Member of HS2 Ltd and of the Department for Transport, and Deputy President of the French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain.
He was educated at Cambridge, University College, London, and Harvard.   He is married with three adult children and enjoys sailing, skiing, walking and gardening.

Stephen Burgin, Regional Vice President Northern and Central Europe, Alstom 

Executive responsibility for Sales and Marketing for Alstom’s Power Sectors in North and Central Europe, spanning 32 countries. The portfolio comprises electricity generating plant for both thermal power (coal, gas, nuclear turbine island, biomass, CCS, industrial) and renewable energy (hydro, on/offshore wind, ocean) with associated O&M and lifetime services.
Steve started as a student apprentice with GEC in 1975. He has worked in the energy industry, primarily with electricity generation, transmission and distribution, for most of his career. He has held management positions across a range of disciplines in GEC, ABB, AREVA and Alstom, based both in the UK and overseas.Steve’s previous role was Country President Alstom UK, a position he held for 6 years to May 2013.Born in Stoke-on-Trent and spending his time between Staffordshire and London, Steve has a BSc honours degree in Electrical Engineering from Staffordshire University, where he is Chair of Governors. He is Fellow and Vice President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Fellow of the Energy Institute. Steve enjoys skiing, walking, golf and generally keeping fit.


Edward Davey MP, Secretary of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change
Edward Davey attended Nottingham High School and went on to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Jesus College, Oxford and to gain an MSc in Economics from Birkbeck College, London University.
From 1989 to 1993 he worked in the Commons as an economics researcher for the Liberal Democrats, becoming the party's senior economics adviser. In 1993 he left Parliament to work for Omega Partners, specialising in consultancy in the postal services sector.
Edward became Liberal Democrat MP for Kingston and Surbiton in 1997 and was appointed the party’s economics affairs spokesman in 1997. After the 2001 election he joined the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the first of a number of shadow roles, including shadowing the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister with responsibility for local government and the regions (2002-2005), Shadow Education and Skills Secretary (2005-2006) and Shadow Trade and Industry Secretary (2006).
After serving as Chief of Staff to party leader Menzies Campbell, and Chair of Campaigns and Communications for the Liberal Democrats, he was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs after Nick Clegg was elected party leader in 2007. Following the formation of the Coalition Government in May 2011, Edward was appointed Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs in the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills before being appointed as Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change in February 2012.
Edward lives with his wife and son in Surbiton.


Robert Davies, Chief Executive Officer, AREVA UK
Robert Davies spent some 25 years in the Royal Navy, commanding three warships, followed by Budgetary and Planning appointments in the Ministry of Defence. He completed an MBA, and then joined Framatome ANP where he lead on Services, Dismantling and Waste management in the UK followed by a period as UK Country Director for AREVA NP. In 2009, he became Vice President for AREVA UK responsible for nuclear new build and in December 2012, Robert was appointed Chief Executive Officer of AREVA UK. 

Renaud Digoin Danzin, Executive Director, SPIE UK
Renaud Digoin Danzin joined the SPIE UK Board in January 2011. Having graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs Electriciens de Grenoble and from HEC School of Management, Renaud worked for VINCI Energies between 1994 and 2000, where he managed the Infrastructure business, covering both major international projects and maintenance on the French nuclear power stations fleet. He joined the executive committee of Siemens France in 2000 as director of the Industrial Solutions and Services (I&S) Division. He then spent five years in the M&A industry between 2003 and 2008, as a Managing Partner in an M&A boutique and as a private investor. He has been working for SPIE since 2009, first as a member of the Group Strategy & Development team at the head office before moving to the UK.

Patrick Gougeon, Director, ESCP Europe Business School, UK
Professor Patrick Gougeon is Director of the ESCP Europe London Campus. In the course of his career with the school he has occupied several positions in France and abroad. In Asia he was the Director of the School of Management at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT, Bangkok, Thailand); in Paris he was the Director of MBA programmes.
Professor Gougeon has also contributed to the development of various international programmes, such as the MEBF (Master in Economics of Banking and Finance), Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam), an ESCP Europe/Paris Dauphine joint programme for which he holds the position of Academic co-Director. His research activities were initially in the field of insurance and risk management; more recently he has also developed an expertise in the field of energy management, with a particular focus on international project finance. He is the Founder of the Executive Master in Energy Management (EMEM) and Master in Energy Management (MEM) programmes taught at ESCP Europe.

Angela Knight CBE, Chief Executive, Energy UK
Before joining Energy UK, Angela was Chief Executive at the BBA for five years. Previously she was Chief Executive of the Association of Private Client Investment Managers and Stockbrokers for nine years. She was honoured with a CBE for services to the financial services industry in 2007. She was Economic Secretary to the Treasury from 1995- 1997, after being Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and before that to Industry Minister Sir Tim Sainsbury MP. She was MP for Erewash from 1992 to 1997. She graduated from Bristol University with a degree in chemistry and worked at Air Products before jointly setting up and running the company Cook & Knight Ltd for six years.

 Professor John Loughhead, Executive Director, UK Energy Research Centre
Before joining UKERC, John was Corporate Vice-President of Technology and Intellectual Property at 
Alstom's head office in Paris.
He is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London, where he also spent five years in computational fluid dynamics research.  His professional career has been predominantly in industrial research and development for the electronics and electrical power industries, including advanced, high power industrial gas turbines, new energy conversion systems, spacecraft thermal management, electrical and materials development for electricity generation and transmission equipment, and electronic control systems.
For several years he has been extensively involved in national and European public sector technology programmes, as a member of various advisory committees and chair of policy reviews in the area of future energy systems. He is the UK member of the European Energy Research Alliance, a member of the European Advisory Group on Energy, and Advisor to the European Commission Directorate-General Research, Assessor for the Technology Strategy Board, Non-Executive Director of the Ministry of Defence Research & Development Board, and a member of the UK’s Energy Research Partnership. He was also Co-Chair of the Implementation Panel of the EC Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Platform, which produced the future plan for European fuel cell commercialisation, and is currently Co-Chair of the Implementation Committee of the International Partnership for the Hydrogen Economy. He was previously a member of EPSRC Council.
John is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow and Past-President (2008) of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the City & Guilds of London Institute, and the Royal Society of Arts. He is Honorary Professor of Cardiff University, Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary University of London, and a Freeman of the City of London.

Maggie Philbin, CEO, TeenTech CIC
Most people know Maggie from her work on the much loved Tomorrow’s World but she has stayed on the pulse of science and technology ever since.
She’s now presenting Bang Goes The Theory and in the last five years she’s reported for BBC Breakfast, Inside Out and BBC Webwise, as well as heading up the BBC’s Digital Switchover and writing for The Guardian.
In 2008 she created TeenTech, an interactive science and engineering event for teenagers which was awarded Best Engineering Event by the British Science Association in 2010. TeenTech have collaborated with companies, universities and educational organisations to run 12 events across the UK in 2013 and supported by TeenTech patron HRH Duke Of York have launched a supporting Award Scheme to encourage young people to develop their innovative ideas in Science and Technology.
At the WISE Awards in 2012 she won the Communication and Outreach category of Women of Outstanding Achievement for her work with TeenTech . In the same year she received an Honorary Doctor of Technology degree from De Montfort University for "bringing a greater understanding of science and technology to the public”. In 2013 she was given the Promotion of Design Award by the Institution of Engineering Designers for her work as a broadcaster and with TeenTech. 

Paul Spence, Director of Strategy and Corporate Affairs, EDF Energy
Paul was appointed to the EDF Energy Executive Team in January 2009. He leads activity on Energy Policy, Strategy, Branding, External Communications, Sustainability, Digital Futures, and Legal Affairs.  He chairs EDF Energy’s R&D centre in the UK and sits on the licensee board of the New Nuclear build company.  His teams work across all EDF Energy’s UK activities which encompass energy supply and services to domestic and business customers as well as coal, gas, renewable and nuclear generation.
Before their acquisition by EDF, he was Head of Strategy and Business Development within British Energy. Paul joined the company in 2003 and played a key role in crafting the company's restructuring and strategy. He previously spent 17 years with Accenture, advising global oil, gas and utility clients on strategy and large scale change. He holds an MBA from London Business School and a BSc in Engineering from University of Bristol. He is married with two sons and lives in South London.

Vincent de Rivaz CBE, Chief Executive, EDF Energy
Vincent de Rivaz, member of the Executive Committee of EDF Group, is the Chief Executive of EDF Energy, which incorporates British Energy from January 2009. He had previously led the creation of EDF Energy through the merger of former London Electricity Group, Eastern Networks and Seeboard in 2003. He had been appointed CE of LE Group in February 2002. Vincent de Rivaz joined the EDF Finance Department in 1999 as Deputy Chief Financial Officer and in 2000 became Head of Strategy and Finance with group wide responsibility for the financial strategy and operations for EDF Group. Between 1995 and 1998 he worked as Deputy Head of EDF International Division, creating a new Projects Department which he managed. This enabled Vincent de Rivaz to be involved in, among others, the acquisition of London Electricity in 1998. Between 1991 and 1994, he was Managing Director of the Hydro Power Department. From 1985 to 1991 he managed the Far East region placing EDF as a major international player in China, developing projects in the different areas of activity like nuclear, thermal and hydro generation and transmission. A Hydroelectric Engineer, he joined EDF in 1977 in the External Engineering Centre which managed the construction of energy sites for overseas clients, being part of several initiatives in Africa, Guyana and New Caledonia. Vincent de Rivaz was awarded The Energy Institute’s 71st Melchett Award in June 2006. He was named National Ambassador by HRH the Prince of Wales in July 2009 for his significant contribution to the Prince’s Business in the Community projects. In November 2009 Mr de Rivaz became an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers as recognition for the major contribution he has made to engineering. He is Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur and was awarded an honorary CBE in 2012 for services to the electricity and gas industries.

Patrice de Vivies,Senior Vice-President Northern Europe, Total Exploration Production and Chairman of Total Holdings UK, Total
Patrice de Viviès began his career as a Scientific Attaché for the French Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia (1976-1978). He joined the Total Group in 1978 and held the following positions within the group: Economist, Total Exploration Production (1978-1980) Gas Negotiator, Total Indonesia, Jakarta (1981); Manager of Far East Zone, Total Exploration Production, Paris (1982-1984); North/East Asia Gas Representative, Total, Tokyo (1984-1987); Managing Director of Total Korea Services, Seoul (1987-1990); Managing Director of Total American Services, New-York (1990-1992); Group Strategy, Total, Paris (1992-1994); Director of Gas, Electricity, Renewable Energies, Total, Paris (1995-1999); Senior Vice-President Strategy, Finance, Renewable Energies Gas Electricity Division - TotalFinaElf, Paris (2000-2002); Managing Director TOTAL EP Norge, Stavanger (2006-2009). Between 2002 and 2005 he was the Gas Director of the French Energy Regulation Commission. He became Senior Vice-President Northern Europe, Total Exploration Production and Chairman of Total Holdings UK in 2009. He holds additional positions as supervisory director within the group.

Matthew Wallace, Managing Director, Global Head of Resources and Energy Group, Global Banking, HSBC
Matthew Wallace is the Global Head of the Resources and Energy Group (“REG”) within the Global Banking division at HSBC. REG is responsible for the Bank’s advisory, capital markets and credit and lending businesses, including sector-specific structured finance activities such as those of the Strategic Energy Solutions/Reserve Based Lending Group.  REG serves corporates and governments in a number of sub-sectors,  including: utilities and renewables within the power sub-sector; energy, principally in oil and gas; and metals and mining. The group also works with key service providers to these sectors. Globally REG accounts for more than 130 individuals and a significant proportion of HSBC’s deployed capital.
Matthew Wallace is based primarily in Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region but also spends a significant portion of time in Europe, Middle East and Africa.  He joined HSBC in 2011 after 12 years at Credit Suisse where he served latterly as Co-Head of Energy and Industrials Group for the Asia Pacific region. Prior to that he served as Co-Head of the Energy and Resources Group in Europe, Middle East and Africa ("EMEA") from 2006 to end 2008.  Mr. Wallace joined the Energy and Resources Group at Credit Suisse First Boston in June 1999 from Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, where he was in the Corporate Finance Division's Energy and Resources group. He joined Kleinwort Benson's Corporate Finance Division in 1993. 

Rochdi Ziyat, Managing Director, VINCI Energies UK
Rochdi Ziyat is qualified as a Supelec-Paris electrical engineer and Master of physics from Grenoble university France. He started his career in the oil exploration business with Schlumberger oil services in Scotland and then the Netherlands. In 1991, Rochdi joined Vinci Energies as deputy manager of the nuclear energy division. He went on to spearhead the development of the Group’s industrial IT and Automation business which “gave birth” to two successful specialist Business Units. He then took on the responsibility of an industrial and infrastructure division in the Parisian area before being promoted to the position of VINCI Energies Actemium brand Director worldwide. In September 2010, Rochdi was appointed Managing Director of VINCI Energies UK plc.