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* Speakers list is subject to change (latest update: 11 May 2016)

Marc Chasserot



CEO, shecco

Marc Chasserot is a specialist in natural refrigeration with over 10 years experience in the HVAC&R sector, starting as the Marketing Manager for the Norsk Hydro business unit specialised in CO2 transcritical refrigeration and heating. He worked closely with several Japanese manufacturers selling the market innovative "CO2 Ecocute heatpumps".

In 2006 Marc founded the industry leading website for CO2 cooling and heating experts worldwide, called www.R744.com. This was followed by three additional industry resources for hydrocarbons, water and ammonia (namely: www.hydrocarbons21.com, www.R718.com and www.ammonia21.com).

Marc is co-founder and Managing Director of shecco sprl (Belgium), an independent market development company specialised in bringing Natural Refrigerants 'faster to market', working with numerous companies worldwide. Marc has  chaired and organised several international workshops bringing together leading policy and industry experts to discuss 'how to bring natural refrigerants' faster to market, known as 'ATMOsphere'. He is also an active member of ASHRAE.

Kim G. Christensen



Managing Director / Director of Engineering, Advansor

Kim G. Christensen co-founded Advansor in 2006, and currently serves as Managing Director and Director of Engineering. 

Alvaro de Oña



Chief Operating Officer and Head of Media, shecco

Alvaro is a shareholder and co-founder of shecco as an independent entity. He was instrumental in the early success of shecco’s communication platforms (R744.com, hydrocarbons21.com, ammonia21.com) and market research services. With a background in social sciences and international relations, he has spent the last six years working at the European Commission as an Human Resources expert, overseeing several change projects and helping to set up two new Agencies of the EU from scratch. As of March 2016, Alvaro is back at shecco to help its further international development and lead the media team in its efforts to share relevant stories, news and updates on the global transition towards natural refrigerants.

Kenneth Hoffmann



Key Account Manager, Star Refrigeration

With M.Sc.E from Technical University of Denmark and a background in food processing and consultancy, Kenneth has worked in the refrigeration industry for more than 10 years in various capacities. He joined Star Refrigeration in 2005 as a Sales Engineer. In the beginning e was responsible for developing high density CO2 server cooling and since 2009 as the CO2 systems have turned into a mature product he was set in charge of Star’s new focus product: industrial heat pumps. He is now responsible for heat pump sales both in the UK and globally together with Star’s trusted local partners.

Giacomo Pisano



Technical Sales Manager, Dorin

After obtaining his Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2002, Giacomo Pisano worked for one year as a Project Manager for General Electric's Oil & Gas division, where the core business is turbomachinery applied to the oil & gas industry. He joined DORIN in 2003 in the R&D department, taking responsibility of the CO2 compressor development and being in charge of the product's technical qualification. Giacomo Pisano then took over several application engineering roles and is currently responsible for the CO2 compressors' business development. In the meantime he joined several ASERCOM working groups and was the Chairman for the association's CO2 working group for many years.

Roelof Robbertsen



Account Manager and Teacher - Cold Technology , Aeres Tech

Roelof Robbertsen is a highly experienced refrigeration engineer with over 29 years of experience in transport cooling, climate, industrial, consultancy and design. For the last eight years he has been working at Aeres Tech in the Netherlands. Roelof provides education (national and international) to companies and their employees to gain the certification for natural refrigerants such as ammonia, CO2 and hydrocarbons. He develops practical training programs for cascade ammonia/CO2, transcritical CO2 and cold systems with hydrocarbons and educative material on level 2 mechanics, 3 technical maintenance and 4 service technicians/designer cold technology.

Menno Van der Hoff



Research & Development HVAC Manager, Uniechemie (a BeijerRef company)

Since April 2014, Menno is leading the development of the TripleAqua Heat Pump at Uniechemie (NL) and he is responsible for the design and technology of this HVAC heat pump climate control system. By applying active and passive thermal storage, natural refrigerants and optimized transfer of energy, a zero carbon footprint sustainable solution was created. Prior to that, he was the EU International Product Manager HVAC at Colt International Ltd, UK.

Menno has patented several designs, such as Apparatus and Method for Influencing the temperature in a Building (2013). In 2009, he received The Cooling Industry Award 2009 UK and the H&V News Award 2009 UK Environmental initiative of the year. He was also awarded the NVKL Koeltrofee (Cool Trophy) 2010-2011 at VSK Utrecht, NL for a propylene decentral cascade heat pump system. Through his original work, he has achieved results reducing the GHG emissions directly and indirectly from HVAC systems. He strives to build new and innovative business without the use of ozone depleting chemicals and synthetic refrigerants.

Andrew Williams



Editor, shecco & Accelerate Europe, shecco

As editor and senior reporter in Brussels, Belgium, Andrew oversees publication of natural refrigerant news on shecco’s B2B websites R744.com, hydrocarbons21.com, ammonia21.com and R718.com. He is also editor of Accelerate Europe, shecco’s new quarterly magazine showcasing how leading organisations are turning to climate-friendly natural refrigerants like carbon dioxide, ammonia and hydrocarbons to improve and future-proof refrigeration, heating and air conditioning systems around Europe and beyond.

He joined shecco Europe in December 2015 from COGEN Europe, the European Association for the Promotion of Cogeneration, where as communications manager he helped to represent the interests of the combined heat and power sector towards the EU institutions. He particularly focused on the heating and cooling sector and its contribution to delivering climate and energy policy objectives.

Andrew's previous roles include communications manager at the European Policy Centre, an EU affairs think-tank, and sub-editor and journalist at EU affairs news website EurActiv.com. He studied French, German and European Union Studies at the University of Edinburgh.