David worked for Shell International for 25 years, living in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.
During his career in Shell he worked in the downstream business, responsible for special products, and ran Shell’s LPG businesses in Hong Kong and China.
He left Shell in 1996 to establish his own LPG consultancy business, which is based in Western Australia. He has since undertaken projects all over the world, focusing on the downstream LPG sector — from primary storage through to the consumer.
David joined the World LPG Association (WLPGA) in 2009 and is the contact point for WLPGA members in the Asia-Pacific region. He also runs several global projects for the WLPGA including the publication of the Global Statistical Review, managing the Good Industry Practices programme and overseeing the WLPGA Training initiative. He is also the delegation head for the WLPGA at the IMO meetings covering the 2010 Hazardous & Noxious Substances (HNS) Convention.
His company provides integrated consultancy support – on both commercial and technical issues – to the global LPG industry.
David is a Chartered Engineer and has a post graduate diploma in management. He is married with three children and one granddaughter and lives in Australia.
Ernst Brandstaetter is General Manager at SHV Gas Supply & Risk Management. He graduated in Strategic Management at the University of Innsbruck. He joined the local Austrian subsidiary of SHV Energy, Primagaz Austria, in 1979 where he covered various positions until 1981.
In 1981, he became Chief Financial Officer of Primagaz Austria. In 2002, he became Managing Director of Primagaz Central Europe and, since 2008, he is General Manager, Supply & Risk Management, at SHV Gas.
Nick Black is Principal, LPG at Argus Media’s new consultancy arm and also editor of the well-known bi-monthly business intelligence report LPG World. Nick has been at Argus in various roles for 24 years, over 20 years of which have focussed on the LPG sector.
Prior to that he spent about 8 years in the oil industry as a crude oil broker. He holds a Masters of Art degree from Oxford University and is based in London, UK.
Dmitrii Styrkas is a consultant at IHS Energy Insight Downstream Consulting, an internationally recognised consultancy to the Energy and Petroleum Industries.
Dmitrii has worked on a number of projects, focussing on refined products and petrochemical feedstocks market dynamics, investment and strategy studies for project sponsors and financial institutions. During this time, he has worked on a variety of confidential assignments for major Russian oil companies as well as assisting financial institutions in the evaluation of potential projects in Russia.
Prior to IHS Dmitrii worked in Purvin & Gertz for 2 years and before that at international consultancy Nexant for almost 11 years.
Dmitrii graduated from Moscow Physical and Technical Institute in Moscow, did his PhD at Oxford University in physical chemistry. He also has an MBA in international business from University of Bristol.
Reidar A Sundvor
Reidar A Sundvor, a Norwegian citizen, is a partner with ViaMar AS, the Oslo based independent shipping market analyst company. He holds a Master of Science degree in Finance and International Marketing from the University of Lund, Sweden (1979).
He is responsible for ViaMar’s LPG Shipping Market Outlook. He was a co-founder of ViaMar AS in 1996, after serving 10 years in leading positions in ship owning companies controlled by I. M. Skaugen and later Kvaerner of Norway within the LPG and tanker markets.
Before that, Reidar spent 8 years in ship broking working for R. S. Platou in Oslo and New York.
Dr. Jörg Adolf
Dr. Jörg Adolf is Chief Economist and Stakeholder Manager at Shell Deutschland Oill GmbH. He gained a PhD in Politics at the Faculty of Economic Sciences at the University of Hamburg. He started his professional career as Dr. Klaus Von Dohnanyi’s scientific assistant at Exspect, a German consultancy based in Hamburg, where he worked for 5 years.
After that, in 2000 he joined RWE-DEA’s mineral oil and chemical department as Policy officer. In 2002, he joined Deutsche Shell, where he first worked as Government Relations Adviser and in 2005, he became Chief Economist and Issues Manager. Since 2012 he is Chief Economist and Stakeholder Manager.
Technology, economics and environmental impacts of fuels, chemicals and plastics – these are key areas of Eric Johnson’s expertise. Atlantic Consulting, the company he founded in 1994, researches these topics regularly for its customers, which include sellers, buyers, governments and NGOs.
Eric Johnson is a chemist, who began his career as an editor of Chemical Engineering and Chemical Week magazines. Currently he is Managing Director of Atlantic Consulting, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Environmental Impact Assessment Review, an editor of the Journal of Health and Pollution, and a Technical Advisor to two NGOs, Green Cross and the Blacksmith Institute. He serves on the CEN/ISO Committees that are developing ‘sustainability’ criteria for biofuels. He has been nominated by Switzerland’s federal government as an IPCC inventory assessor.
Paul Ladner is the Vice President of Marketing for UGI International, representing five LPG brands in sixteen countries in Europe, and wholly owned by UGI Corporation.
Prior to his current position Paul served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Flaga, a division of UGI International and a leading Central and Eastern European LPG marketer. Paul’s LPG experience began in 1995 with UGI’s US based LPG company, AmeriGas Propane, where he worked in several positions throughout the US including Market Operations Manager, Director of Regional Sales, and Director of National Accounts. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Richmond and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Penn State University.
Paul also currently serves as the Vice President of the European LPG association, the AEGPL.
Fulco van Lede
Fulco van Lede has been appointed as member of the Management Board of SHV Energy since August 2014. He is responsible for operations in Austria, China, France, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic as well as Supply & Risk Management, SHV Energy’s central LPG procurement organisation.
Fulco van Lede graduated in law at Groningen University and has a MBA from INSEAD. He held commercial management positions at KPN before joining SHV in 2004. Over the years he has held various management positions within SHV Energy such as Business Unit Manager responsible for Czech Republic and China. During his appointment in China he was responsible for the acquisition and integration of the Chinese LPG business from BP.
Francesco Franchi is President and CEO of Costiero Gas Livorno, an ENI subsidiary which manages the largest LPG deposit in Italy. He started his professional career covering several Account Management roles in different sector.
He joined ENI in 2000, when he became Account Director at Atriplex Srl, an ENI-owned company based Tuscany. In 2003, he became senior Vice President for fuel sales at ENI and he covered this role until 2013, when he became President and CEO of Costiero Gas Livorno. He currently is also President of Assogasliquidi, the Italian LPG Association.
Rainer Scharr is the managing partner of Friedrich Scharr KG and chairman of DVFG’s board. He graduated in Business Administration at the University of Stuttgart and started his professional career in the marketing sector at CONOCO in Texas.
In 1992, he joined Friedrich Scharr KG, where he first worked as a management assistant and became managing partner in 1996. From 2006 to 2009 he was AEGPL president. He is also a member of the board of IWO, the Institute of Thermal and Oil Technology, and a member of the supervisory board of natGAS AG, a European provider of gas and power services, solutions and supplies and an internationally active trader in the field of gas and power.
Henry Cubbon has been Managing Director of the Flogas Group since 2012. The Flogas Group operates as leading LPG distributor in 6 countries in Europe, and is owned by DCC PLC. Prior to this role, Henry was Managing Director of Flogas Britain from 2008, and previously spent 15 years in the paper manufacturing and distribution industry.
His career started on a graduate programme with Barclays Bank, which included a senior management role in France and a sponsored MBA at the Henley Management College.
Brian Johnson has been covering the highs and lows of the Brussels political scene for more than a decade. He began his media career as an editorial assistant in Scotland on Dods’ Holyrood and Parliament Magazine titles.
He set up the Dods Brussels office in 2002, relaunched the Parliament Magazine as the publication “for MEPs, by MEPs” and successfully established and oversaw the growth of Dods’ EU events business, including the widely regarded Parliament Magazine annual MEP awards.
Currently the managing editor of the Parliament Magazine, Brian is in the process of realigning Dods EU events and publications towards a ‘digital first’ strategy.
Andreas Lücke is a General Executive Manager at the Federation of the German Heating Industry (BDH). He gained a MA in Economics in the United States at TCU and, after that, he joined Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Buenos Aires, where, from 1983 to 1987, he worked as deputy chief at the scientific institute of the interdisciplinary center of Latin-American development studies.
From 1988 to 1993, he worked at the Federation of German Industries, where he first was Deputy Director of division and, in 1990, he became Executive Manager of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations. In 1993, he joined the German Heating Association, where he worked as Executive Manager until 1998. In 1993, he also became General Executive Manager of the Federation of the German Heating Industry and Secretary General of the European Boiler Association (EBA). He covered the position of Secretary General of EBA until 2002 and, from 2010 to 2011 he was Secretary General of the Association of the European Heating Industry (ehi).
Richard R. Roldan
Richard Roldan was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Propane Gas Association in March 2002. His tenure with NPGA began in 1995 with his appointment as Vice President of Government Relations. Since that time, Mr. Roldan has played an important role in the formulation of public policies that have saved the propane industry billions of dollars and strengthened its reputation as a clean, safe and domestically-produced energy source.
Mr. Roldan’s involvement with the propane gas industry began in 1994 with his selection as the founding Executive Director of the Propane Vehicle Council. The council was formed to promote propane as a cleaner-burning alternative transportation fuel.
From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Roldan served in the Administration of President George H. W. Bush. As Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management, Mr. Roldan was one of the principal stewards of the nation’s land, mineral and renewable resources. Mr. Roldan also served on the staff of the White House Conference on Climate Change.
Mr. Roldan has held senior positions with the Republican National Committee (RNC) and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). He is co-author of Business PACs and Ideology: A study of Contributions in the 1982 Election.
He is an active member of the Natural Gas Roundtable and the Washington Industrial Roundtable. He is also an active member of the Cathedral of Saint Matthew Parish, and is a past president of the parish council.
Mr. Roldan is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he was designated a 1977 CU Presidential Scholar.
Dr.-Ing. Axel Friedrich
Dr.-Ing. Axel Friedrich is a Technical Chemist who graduated at the Technical University of Berlin. He worked for more than 28 years at the Umweltbundesamt (UBA), the Federal Environment Agency of Germany. From
From 2008 he is an independent consultant. He consulted for for the World Bank, GIZ, ADB and other international bodies in a number of development countries, including China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Chile, Mexico, Brazil. He has been involved in the law-making process in Europe for emissions standards for cars, trucks and fuels.
He is a Former Chairman of the OECD working group on transport and Former Member of the Committee of the German transport ministry for the implementation of the National Bicycle Plan. He also is a Founding member of ICCT ( International Council for Clean Transport ).
José Fernandez Garcia
Mr José Fernandez Garcia works at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, Unit Clean Transport and Sustainable Urban Mobility.
Mr Fernandez Garcia is part of the team who negotiated the Directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure and is currently working on its implementation.
He is a Lawyer by training and has held several positions in the European Institutions since 1998.
Tobias Wolny, Senior Political Advisor in the Berlin office of BP Europa SE is, inter alia, responsible for the area Fuels Marketing and advises the management in Bochum and London for questions regarding fuel material strategy. In the last two years he has represented BP assisting the Federal Government of Germany in the development of its mobility and fuel strategy (Mobilitäts- und Kraftstoffstrategie, MKS).
Apart from that Tobias Wolny was also corporate press spokesperson in Berlin until the end of 2012. He also worked as Policy Director for the London based Alternative Energy business unit, with a focus on policy and regulatory advice in renewable energy projects.
Between 2004 and 2008 he was responsible for the Russian business unit of BP and for Corporate Social Responsibility towards policy makers and NGO.
Previously he served as Corporate Finance Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Germany (2001-2003) and in the Czech Republic (1996-2000). From 1993 to 1995 Tobias Wolny worked as foreign policy advisor in the Office of the President of Czech Republic Vaclav Havel.
Richard Hakeem joined UKLPG in 2012 and is the Director of Safety and Technical Policy. Areas of responsibility include providing guidance on safety and engineering best practice via the creation of Codes of Practice and other technical publications. Richard is responsible for formulating the technical industry response to Government consultations and works alongside Competent Authorities to ensure new EU directives and domestic regulations that are integrated into the UK LPG industry are fit for purpose and cost effective.
Richard runs the UKLPG Technical and Safety Management Team and its four key technical working groups on Transport and Pressure Vessel Design, Equipment and Appliance Standards, Major Hazard Sites, and Training and Skills.
Prior to joining UKLPG, Richard worked at Calor Gas (SHV) for 14 years. He was involved in a Joint Venture with Shell Retail UK, responsible for design, installation, maintenance, LPG deliveries and site training for all Autogas LPG installations on Shell forecourts. He later assisted the Shell Centre for Excellence in Global Engineering & Design to develop Autogas design and operational standards for Shell International to achieve a consistent approach in all the countries that Shell operate in.
Richard has a first class honours in Mechanical Engineering and currently sits on the UK Process Safety Management Project Board and the Health and Safety Executive’s Chemical Downstream Oil Industry Forum.
Peter Gilbert is the Executive Director of the LPG Association of New Zealand. He is also Chair of the New Zealand Standards Gas Sector Board and of the New Zealand Gas Community Group. He is a member of a number of Standards committees including those covering LPG storage and handling (AS/NZS 1596) Gas Installations AS/NZS 5601 and Gas Appliances AG006 and of two Government/Industry working groups to introduce new hazardous substance regulations and major hazard facility regulations.
He is a Gas Engineer originally trained in the UK by British Gas. He has been in the Gas Industry in a variety of roles, all his working life.
Armando Viçoso started to work in the LPG industry, with Shell since 1980, developing several roles at very different areas as : Engineering Department, Technical, Material and Plants equipment , Quality management, HSE (Health, Safety & Environment), Procurement, LPG Marketing & Image and Competence training in very different countries,
In 2005 have joined the Repsol Company, again and always on the LPG business, managing the technical coordination between the different countries (especially in South America).
Actually he is the Repsol LPG Regulatory Policy Manager, responsible for the relations with the different LPG associations, adapting / anticipating the accomplishment of the new regulation in LPG area and with the internal LPG policy coordination management with different Repsol portfolio products.
Armando Viçoso holds a Master Science in Mechanical Engineering.
Lee Gannon has been Managing Director of Flogas Britain since November 2012. He was previously the Sales & Marketing Director for Flogas Britain, appointed in June 2006. Prior to this Lee ran his own interim business, working in the Postal, Logistics and CRM sectors. Lee has extensive experience in Sales & Marketing, working at Director Level in a number of industry sectors, specifically in businesses with large external sales organisations.
Lee is a qualified Mechanical Engineer and is a member of the Institute of Marketing. Prior to joining Flogas, Lee spent 9 years in Royal Mail Group and 17 years in the manufacturing sector working with Lucas Electrical & Ross Courtney & Co.
Bruno Cusset has been working for SHELL-BUTAGAZ in France for 14 years, where he started as a young engineer in charge of projects of Machine Installation on our filling stations.
In 2005, he turned toward engineering in Tanks, Cylinders, Equipment and Appliances where he led various activities of development of new products or new controls, leading for 3 years the laboratory in charge of our Suppliers/Equipment Qualification Program.
Since 2009, while still leading technical development for Tanks/Equipment, he is in charge of all the Regulation Follow up of the whole French tank population.
Thorsten Herdan (Dipl. Ing.) was born on 10 July 1966. He was appointed Director-General for energy policy – heating and efficiency – in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy as of June 2014.
He previously held the positions of managing director of the professional association for producers of power systems and the professional association for producers of engines and systems (both members of the German Engineering Federation) (VDMA), of managing director of the Research Association for Combustion Engines (FVV), and of managing director of the German Engineering Federations’ Energy Forum, which is in charge of developing the Federation’s energy policy.
Moreover, Mr Herdan served on the Board of the European Association of Internal Combustion Engine Manufacturers (EUROMOT), on the Board and the Supervisory Board of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), and as Vice-President of the Offshore Wind Energy Foundation (Stiftung Offshore-Windenergie).
Günther Hermann Oettinger is a German politician, who currently is the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society and he served for 5 years as European Commissioner for Energy under the second Barroso commission.
Oettinger studied Law and Economics at the University of Tübingen. He worked in an accounting and tax consulting business, before being licensed in 1984 to practice law and worked in this sector until 1988. He started his political career in the Junge Union, the youth organisation of CDU, of which he was a chairman between 1983 and 1989. In 2005, he was elected as Minister President of Baden-Württemberg and became Chairman of the CDU in Baden-Württemberg.
In 2010, in the Second Barroso Commission, Oettinger was allocated the Energy portfolio, which had just grown in importance after the Lisbon Treaty gave the EU complete authority in the area. As a Commissioner for Energy, he contributed shaping a sustainable, energy efficient and environmentally friendly economy. After the 2014 elections, he became European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society under the Juncker commission.
Nikki studied at the University of Westminster in London and qualified with a first class degree in Business and Management Studies
Nikki Brown joined Cavagna Group UK Limited in 1993.
She was appointed Managing Director of Cavagna Group UK Limited in 2004.
Cavagna Group UK Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cavagna Group Italy a world leading manufacturer of Equipment for LPG and Industrial and Medical Gases.
Prior to her current position she was Sales Director.
Nikki is Treasurer of UKLPG, the industry association in the United Kingdom. Nikki has been on the board of directors since 2003. She was appointed as Chair in January 2012 and was the first woman in the Association’s history to hold this position. She is the longest serving member of the current Board of Directors.
Nikki is a member of the Institute of Directors and actively supports the development of women at executive level. She acts as a mentor to 3 women owned businesses within the UK.
René Sejer Laursen
Mr. René Sejer Laursen Holds an M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark in 1989. Until 1992 he was employed at Riso National Laboratory where he worked with super critical oxidation technology. Until 1994 he worked with waste incineration boilers at Aalborg Industries and until 1998 he worked with drilling equipment for the Greenland Ice Core Investigations Project and research equipment at the Niels Bohr Institute of Copenhagen.
He joined MAN B&W Diesel in 1998, and in early 2004 he started in the ME-GI project group as Product Manager. In 2010 he was promoted to Promotion Manager, looking after the market for gas fuelled ships.
Italian Nationality, born in 1950 in Emilia Romagna Region, the Italian “Motor Valley”.
Graduated from Scientific High School in Bologna, I did military service as Fleet Manager for heavy-duty vehicles in the artillery. Until 1977 I was dealing marketing and sales as Traffic Manager in an International Shipping Agency.
In 1978 returning to my passion for engines and vehicles I established in Bologna the B&B Engineering company, as sole exporter of CNG and LPG automotive conversion equipment manufactured by the newborn O.M.V.L. and till to 1989 as fundamental partner for the great successes of sales all around the world of such company (today O.M.V.L. is a Westport/Cummins company).
In that period I have developed an innovative dual-fuel Diesel-Natural Gas conversion system, that starting from 1982 has obtained patents in 23 countries. In the 80’ such pioneering technology was successfully applied in U.S. on the first Diesel/LNG shrimp fishing boat and on heavy-duty buses and trucks in USSR and also on many heavy duty trucks and buses in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Italy.
Sold the patents of the D-G System, in the 1990 I have established a new fully owned company, becoming sole European distributor of Hercules gas engines, till to the closing of such U.S. company in 1998. In that years I did deep experience in the utilization of natural gas and LPG engines for powering HVAC and CHP units.
Starting from 1996 I have realized the prototype and till to 2001 the production of the first generation of low-floor 12m CNG buses for Breda Menarinibus, 2nd bus manufacturer in Italy owned by Finmeccanica Group. Such CNG buses, equipped with MAN dedicated CNG engine, was supplied to the cities of Firenze, Bolzano, Pistoia, Palermo and Siena.
In the second half of 90’ I started also to work in China, from 1999 to 2001 converting on CNG 1,900 buses in the city of Chengdu, in the Sichuan Province.
After 2001 prosecuting my work in China, I was involved in the plan to use LPG as fuel for taxi and bus fleets, from 2004 for the needs of the cities for the 2008 Olympic Games. For two years I was working as China representative of one of the first European manufacturer of Liquid LPG Injection system, but due the lack of reliability of such equipment at the end of 2006 I returned in Europe and I designed and patented the IMMISS System.
In December 2007, some investors established X-Tech as company for the research, development and promotion of this new technology as the birth of the IMMISS - LGI System.
In the same period, prosecuting also the business in the CNG field, X-Tech become representative of Lincoln/Raufoss Type 4 full composite CNG cylinders and fuel systems for heavy-duty vehicles, and I become Trainer for the certification as per R-110 and ISO 19078 Standards of inspectors and maintainers of such Type 4 CNG cylinders and fuel systems.
Today, as responsible of the IMMISS - LGI System Project I am working for the development of the 4th generation of the equipment, to make such technology very easily suitable for any kind of use for professional, on heavy duty, hybrid, marine, industrial vehicles and also hi-tech cars.
Dr. Javier Aríztegui Cortijo
Javier Aríztegui Cortijo gained a PhD at Madrid’s Polytechnic University in Mechanical Engineering with a thesis on on-board emission measurement finished in 2000.
He joined Repsol in 2000 working in the Engine’s Lab of Repsol Technical Centre near Madrid. Involved in projects about alternative fuels and differentiation of conventional fuels, as well as participating in international working groups.
Today he is a Senior Technologist in Repsol and he has been the leader of the AutoGas development project presented in this session.
Filippo De Cecco
Filippo De Cecco graduated in mechanical Engineering and he started his profession in an engineering company specialized in pressure equipment design and construction, in Rome.
He joined the Italian LPG association 10 years ago where he took responsibilities in the technical sector. He is actually the Technical and Regulatory Officer of the association and is mainly active the technical-regulatory field of LPG distribution for domestic use.
Kristen is a Manager in the London office, providing analysis and developing strategy for energy clients. She has developed extensive experience of the LPG through her work at Argus, including a review of global fundamentals and forecast of LPG supply, a demand and price outlook for a client evaluating the opportunity in the Mediterranean LPG storage market, a strategic review of an oil major’s LPG business in a large European country and a project looking at a market opportunity for an investor considering building a gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in the FSU.
Prior to Argus, Kristen was a Consultant at L.E.K. Consulting, developing market assessments and recommending and implementing revenue growth projects. Kristen has an MBA from London Business School and an MA in Economics & China Studies from Johns Hopkins University.
Hinrich Helms, staff member of IFEU in the department "Transport and Environment" since 2002, is in charge of accounting and assessing of the environmental impact from transport systems and mobile machinery. He has led several projects to measures regarding transport and mobile machinery, and on the topics of electromobility, lightweight construction and alternative fuels. Since several years now Mr Helms is head of research for the sectors "electromobility" and "mobile machinery" in the IFEU. One main field of action is the differentiated accounting of the environmental impact of mobile machinery and deriving appropriate measures and the assessment of the effectivity to reduce the environmental impacts.
Hinrich Helms studied geography at the University of Heidelberg.
Andrew Ford is the Group Public Affairs Manager of SHV Energy. He joined Calor Gas Ltd in the UK from Exeter University and held a number of management roles, largely within the sales and marketing function. Following a period as Corporate Affairs Manager from Calor he was appointed Public Affairs manager for the SHV Energy Group in 2008.
Andrew has been involved in many campaign initiatives during this time including developing the FREE (future of rural energy in Europe) initiative and subsequent European Parliamentary Group and supporting the LPG Exceptional Energy initiative from its outset.
Hagen Fuhl is Head of Department: Marketing, Product Management, Public Procurement at SenerTec Kraft-Wärme-Energiesysteme GmbH. He graduated in Electrical Engineering in 1995 and, after that, he joined Siemens. He started his professional career as a researcher and he later shifted to engineering functions.
Since 1996, he has held senior management positions in sales, public procurement and marketing at SenerTec GmbH, a company specialized in power and heating cogeneration products. In 2011 he became Vice-President of B.KWK, the Federal Association of Cogeneration. In 2012, he became Head of Department at SenerTec.
Matthias Boltze is the founder, shareholder and managing director at new enerday GmbH. He graduated in Automotive Engineering in 1990 and, after that, he achieved a PhD in Engineering at the University of Dresden.
In 1996, he worked as Head of Development Compressor Technology and Fuel Cells at ZM (Borsig) and Sachsenring AG Zwickau. Later on, he joined Webasto Neubrandenburg, where he worked as Head of System Engineering. In 2010, he founded new enerday GmbH where he currently works as managing director.