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Baudouin Denis

General Manger

BMW Group, Poland

Mr. Denis hat been since 2017 in charge of the Polish branch of the BMW Group. He has been working with the company since 1991. His career started in BMW Group France, then he held various managerial positions in Munich, the Philippines and Belgium. From 2009 he served as Marketing Director in BMW Group France and in 2013 moved to Hungary assuming responsibility of General Manager.

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Dr. Thomas Becker

Vice President Governmental Affairs

BMW Group

Since 2007 Thomas Becker holds the position Vice President Governmental Affairs at the BMW Group in Munich. In his position he supervises the worldwide representation of BMW Group’s political interests, oversees the company’s approach to integrate political topics into the product and business communication of the BMW Group, and steers the sustainability communication of the company.

Thomas Becker started his career as a Consultant in the department of environmental policy at the Association of the German Industry (BDI) in Berlin. He later held several leadership positions at the Association of the Automobile Industry (VDA) in Frankfurt. Before his current role at the BMW Group, he held the position of Deputy Managing Director of the VDA with responsibility for the co-management of the association. Thomas Becker also served as a reserve officer with the rank of Captain from 1988 until 2003 for the German military.

Thomas Becker received his PhD degree (Dr. rer. pol.) with Professor Dr. Ekkehard Kappler at the Reinhard-Mohn foundation chair for management, economics, and social evolution at the University of Witten / Herdecke with magna cum laude. Thomas Becker also holds a diploma in economics from the University of Cologne

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Michał Kurtyka

Secretary of State

Ministry of Environment, Poland

Graduated from the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and received a scholarship in quantum optics from the National Institute of Standards and Technologies in Washington (DC), where he worked under the lead of William D. Phillips, Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics. During his studies, he also specialised in economics, with particular emphasis on market organisation under the lead of Professor Jean Tirole, Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics in 2014. He also studied international economics at the University of Louvain La Neuve and was awarded a Master’s degree at the Warsaw School of Economics. He defended his PhD dissertation at the University of Warsaw. In the past, he worked as a professor, teaching change management, economics, market organisation and industrial strategy at the University of Warsaw, Collegium Civitas, Oxford Programme on Modern Poland. He co-authored the concept of effective change management in an enterprise, described in the book Zarządzanie zmianą. Od strategii do działania, he also wrote Od restrukturyzacji do modernizacji. Opóźniona transformacja polskiego sektora elektroenergetycznego w latach 1990-2009.

He began his professional career in the Office of the Committee of European Integration, in the team of Minister Jan Kułakowski, responsible for conducting accession negotiations with the European Union, where he led an analytical team and was directly responsible for the area of energy and transport. Later on, he carried out the modernisation processes in numerous Polish companies, where he supported adaptation to the challenges of the European and global market. He promoted European cooperation in the field of industrial changes and adaptation of European industry to the challenges of globalisation within the framework of the European University of Labour and the Dublin Foundation.

He created the governmental programme for the development of electro-mobility in Poland,

described for the first time as a concept in New Electricity and New Cars, a book written in

2013-2015, together with Prof. Leszek Jesień. He also serves as Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Electro-mobility Programme.

 

Since 1 January 2016, he has been working as the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Energy, where he has been directly responsible for technological development and innovation in the energy sector, implementation of climate and energy policy in the fuel and gas sector, international relations with countries and international organisations. His duties also included supervising the participation of the state in the largest Polish energy companies in the oil and gas sector, such as Orlen, Lotos and PGNiG. He was the initiator of the “Electro-mobility Development Plan” and then piloted the creation of a law on electro-mobility and alternative fuels, thanks to which these forms of transport will be able to develop dynamically.

On the 27th of April 2018, he was appointed as the Plenipotentiary for the Presidency of the COP 24 Summit.

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Rachel Kyte

Chief Executive Officer

Sustainable Energy for All

Rachel Kyte is Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All.

A leading advocate for sustainable development, Ms. Kyte is focused on affordable, reliable and sustainable energy as the key to combating both poverty and climate change. Ms. Kyte drives SEforALL’s work to mobilize action towards its 2030 goals of ensuring universal access to modern energy services; doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. As Special Representative for the Secretary General she is the point person in the UN for action towards the recently agreed global goal on sustainable energy.

Ms Kyte served until December 2015 as World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, leading the Bank Group’s efforts to campaign for an ambitious agreement at the 21st Convention of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP 21). She was previously World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development and was the International Finance Corporation Vice President for Business Advisory Services.

Recipient of numerous awards for women’s leadership, climate action and sustainable development, she is a Professor of practice in sustainable development at Tuft’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She holds a master’s degree in international relations from Fletcher, and a bachelor’s degree in history and politics from the University of London.

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Toshinori Abe

Chairman & Representative Director

Sekisui House

Sekisui House is a pioneer of industrialized housing in Japan and is the largest home builder in the country, having built over 2.4 million homes.

Mr. Abe has more than 40 years experience in the housing industry, and from an early stage has had a focus on finding ways to prevent global warming. In 2009, he initiated the “Green First” strategy to halve CO2 emissions from the company’s houses, based on the realization that housing related CO2 emissions had a significant impact on our ability to ensure a green Earth free of extreme weather events. In 2013, he led the introduction of zero energy houses, and Sekisui House has manufactured more zero energy houses than any company in the world.

Mr. Abe puts the environment at the core of his corporate strategy. The company is working to decarbonize all of its operations, and was the first in the Japanese construction industry to join the RE100 initiative. As chairman of the Japan Federation of Housing Organizations, he is also leading the entire industry in its carbon reduction activities, and has begun the challenge to bring the company’s environmental technologies to the rest of the world.

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