Energy & Development 2019


24th National Conference «Energy & Development 2019»

"Energy’s Pivotal Role in Economic Growth”

Eugenides Foundation, Athens, November 21-22, 2019

1st Day - Thursday, November 21 2019

Session Ι, "The Greek and Global Energy Scene”

Introductory remarks by Mr. Costis StambolisChairman & Executive Director, ΙΕΝΕ and Prof. Pantelis Capros, Director of E3M Lab, National Technical University of Athens and Chairman of the Scientific Council, ΙΕΝΕ 

  • Address by the Deputy Minister of Environment & Energy in Charge of Energy and Natural Resources, Mr. Gerassimos Thomas
  • Presentation of IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2019 by Mr.Kieran McNamara, Senior Analyst, International Energy Agency, Paris
  • Presentation by Ms. Irini Nikolaou, Policy Officer, DG Climate Action, European Commission, Unit B2 – ETS Implementation & IT, Brussels

Session II, «Ambassador’s Forum»

Moderator: Mr. Gus Papamichalopoulos, Deputy Chairman, ΙΕΝΕ and Partner, KG Law Firm

  • HE Ms. Zhang Qiyue, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in the Hellenic Republic
  • HE Mr. Kyriakos Kenevezos, Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus in Greece

Session III, "Key Challenges in the Current Energy Environment”

Moderator: Mr. John Chadjivassiliadis, past Chairman and Member of the BoD, IENE 

  • Mr. Tim Yeo, Chairman, The New Nuclear Watch Institute (NNWI) and former MP, UK
  • Prof. Pantelis Capros, Director of E3M Lab, National Technical University of Athens and Chairman of the IENE’s Scientific Council
  • Prof. Andrey Konoplyanik, Adviser to the Director and Professor of International Oil & Gas Business, Gazprom Export and Russian State Gubkin Oil & Gas University, Russia

Session IV, "Investing in Energy Infrastructure”

Moderator: Dr John Desypris, Past Chairman of ΙΕΝΕ and Director of Regulatory Affairs, Mytilineos SA 

  • Mr. John Papathanassiou, Chairman BoD, HELLENIC PETROLEUM
  • Mr. Aristotelis Chantavas, Head of Europe area, Enel Green Power Hellas
  • Mr. George Polychroniou, Executive Director Strategy, Business Development, Administration & IT & Corporate Secretary, Public Gas Corporation of Greece S.A. (DEPA)
  • Mr. Dimitris Gontikas, Vice President & CEO, Energean in Greece

Session V, Parallel (Main Hall) - "The New Natural Gas Market in Greece and SE Europe”

Moderator: Prof. Nikolaos Farantouris, Jean Monnet Professor of EU & Energy Law, University of Piraeus 

Session VI, Parallel - "Electromobility and Smart Grids, Smart Cities, Smart Islands”

Moderator: Dr. Dionysios Xenos, Member of IENE’s Executive Committee and of BoD

Keynote Speaker: Ms. Alexandra SdoukouSecretary General for Energy & Mineral Resources, Ministry of Environment & Energy, Greece 

  • Dr George Ayeridis, Head of Division, Energy Efficiency Directorate, CRES
  • Ms. Sofia Politopoulou, Director of the Regulatory Division, Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator S.A. (HEDNO) and Member of BoD, ΙΕΝΕ
  • Mr. Alexandros Perellis, Research Associate, ΙΕΝΕ
  • Dr. Athanasia Alonistioti, Associate Professor at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, University of Athens
  • Mr. Constantinos Theofylaktos, Secretary General and Chairman of Energy Efficiency Committee, ΙΕΝΕ
  • Mr. Panagiotis Stamoulis, Market Director Southern EU, Fluence Energy GmbH

 2nd Day - Friday, November 22, 2019

Session VII, «The Challenges in Energy Policy Making and Implementation»

Moderator: Prof. Pantelis Capros, Director of E3M Lab, National Technical University of Athens and Chairman of the Scientific Council of ΙΕΝΕ 

  • Prof. Ioannis Anagnostopoulos, Member of the Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE)
  • Mr. George Stathakis, ex Minister of Environment & Energy and former MP
  • Prof. Ioannis Maniatis, ex Minister, Associate Professor, Piraeus University 

Session VIII, «The New Electricity Market in Greece and SE Europe»

Moderator: Mr. Andreas Petropouleas, Director of Energy Management, Elpedison and Chairman of IENE’s Electricity Committee 

  • Prof. George Ioannou, CEO, Energy Exchange Group (ΕnEx Group)
  • Mr. Nikolaos Kontaroudis, Vice President A', Hellenic Capital Markets Commission (HCMC)
  • Mr. Ahmet Türkoğlu, CEO, Turkish Energy Exchange (EXIST)
  • Mr. Iraklis Skoteinos, Director, Directorate of Market Management, Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO)
  • Dr. Giorgos Stamtsis, General Manager, Hellenic Association of Independent Power Producers (HAIPP)
  • Mr. Konstantinos Athanassiadis, President, Hellenic Association of Energy Trading & Supply Companies (ESEPIE)
  • Mr. Antonis Kontoleon, Secretary to the BoD, Hellenic Union of Industrial Consumers of Energy (UNICEN)

Session IX, Parallel «The Electricity Markets in the West Balkans»

Moderator: Dr. Nikos Frydas, Senior Energy Consultant, PPP and Corporate Transactions Advisory – ECA region, International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) and Member of the Board, IENE 

  • Mr. Aleksandar Mijušković, Advisor to Executive Director, SEE CAO Montenegro
  • Mr. Fadil Z. Ismajli, CEO, NKEC – New Kosovo Electric Corporation jsc Kosovo
  • Mr. Shkelqim Bozgo, Managing Partner, SEA Consulting Albania
  • Prof. Vesna Borozan, Head of Power Systems Department, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies, University of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, North Macedonia 

Session X, Parallel (Main Hall) "Hydrocarbon Exploration”

Moderator: Ms. Tereza Fokianou, Chairman, Flow Energy SA, Member of BoD of IENE, Chairman of IENE’s Upstream Committee

Key Speakers: 

  • Ms. Liana Gouta, Group Director, Energy Policy and International Affairs, HELLENIC PETROLEUM and Chairman Downstream Committee, ΙΕΝΕ
  • Dr. Yannis Bassias, President and CEO, Hellenic Hydrocarbon Resources Management (HHRM)
  • Dr. Dinos Nikolaou, Technical Advisor, Energean Oil & Gas, Member of the Board, IENE 

 Round table discussion follows with the participation of: 

  • Mr. Yannis Grigoriou, CEO, HELPE Upstream and Member of the Board, IENE
  • Prof. Nikos Pasadakis, School of Mineral Resources Engineering, Technical University of Crete and Director of Institute of Petroleum Research, Foundation for Research and Technology (FORTH)
  • Dr. Elias Conophagos, Vice-President, Flow Energy SA

Session XI, Parallel "Renewable Energy Resources and Energy Efficiency”

Moderator: Mr. Constantinos Theofylaktos, Secretary General of IENE and Chairman of IENE’s Energy Efficiency Committee

Key speakers: 

  • Mr. Eftimios Tsitouras, Deputy Director, Energy Efficiency – HE CHP and Emissions Trading System, Operator of RES & Guarantees of Origin (DAPEEP SA)
  • Dr. Sotiris Kapellos, Chairman, Hellenic Association of Photovoltaic Companies (HELAPCO)
  • Mr. Panagiotis Ladakakos, President, Hellenic Wind Energy Association (HWEA)
  • Dr. Vasilis Rallis, Independent Energy Advisor 

Round table discussion with the participation of the following:


  • Mr. Stelios Loumakis, President, Hellenic Association of Photovoltaic Energy Producers (SPEF)
  • Mr. Costas Travasaros, President, Solar Heat Europe
  • Mr. Elias Kakiopoulos, Secretary General, Greek Association of Micro Hydro Power
  • Mr. Christos Zafiris, Responsible for the Biogas Unit, Biomass Dept., CRES
  • Mr. Nicholas Sofianos, Member of the BOD and Chairman of RES Committee, ΙΕΝΕ
  • Prof. Panagiotis Ktenidis, Soft Energy Applications and Environmental Protection Laboratory, University of West Attica

Session XII, Parallel (Main Hall) «Geopolitical and Geostrategic Parameters of the New Energy Landscape»

Moderator: Mr. Christodoulos (Christos) Dimas, Member of IENE’s Executive Committee, MoB and Chairman of IENE’s Geopolitics Committee

Key speakers:


  • Prof. Angelos Syrigos, Associate Professor, Panteion University and Member of the Greek Parliament, Nea Dimokratia
  • Dr. Constantinos Filis, Executive Director, Ιnstitute of International Relations, Panteion University
  • Dr. Marika Karayianni, Energy Expert, PEDIS, University of Peloponnese

Round table discussion with the participation of the following:


  • Mr. Stavros Lygeros, Journalist, Author and Director, SLPress
  • Mr. Vasili Nicoletopoulos, Founder, Natural Resources PC
  • Mr. Giannis Papanikolaou, Economist, Business Consultant
  • Mr. Costis Stambolis, Chairman & Executive Director, IENE

IENE awards to representatives of local authorities for innovative actions in promoting RES and Energy Efficiency Applications

The "Prometheus” Awards for 2019 are awarded to:


  • Mr. John Falekas, f. Vice Mayor of Alexandroupolis for his pioneering work in promoting geothermal applications
  • Mr. Giorgos Pappous, General Manager, EGTC Efxini Poli, for his contribution in the implementation of an energy efficiency programme in Public Buildings in the Prefecture of Messinia


Conference review and preliminary conclusions by rapporteur Mr. John Chadjivassiliadis and conference summing up by Mr. Costis Stambolis, Chairman of IENE