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* Speakers list is subject to change (latest update: 4 July 2017)

Micael Antonsson

Technical & Business Director, Carrier SCS / Profroid-Green & Cool

Micael Antonsson, Director and Cofounder of Green & Cool, a manufacturer of CO2 refrigeration and heat pump technology, acquired in 2010 by UTC and since 1st. of December 2014 a division within Profroid SA. He has over 35 years of experience in refrigeration and is one of the pioneers with a history of installing Transcritical CO2 for more fifteen years. 

Selimcan Azizoglu

Project Manager, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Selimcan Azizoglu works as a Project Manager of GEF funded regional projects in Europe, Central Asia and Africa, related to HCFC phase out and reduction of UPOPs and mercury. He coordinates project implementation at regional level providing support to developing countries in the area of policy, technology conversion, capacity building and regional cooperation.

Bram Vanden Berghen

Project Engineer, Colruyt Group

As a Project Engineer at Colruyt Group, Bram Vanden Berghen is part of the team working on the introduction of natural refrigerants in the group’s cooling plants in Belgium and Luxemburg. His responsibilities primarily lie in the correct technical control of the installations and the support of the cooling emergency response team.

Bram is graduated in 2015 as an Electromechanical Engineer at the Free University of Brussels.

Collin Bootsveld

Project Engineer, Colruyt Group

Collin Bootsveld is a Project Engineer at Colruyt Group and responsible for the introduction of natural refrigerants for the cooling of the groups' supermarkets in Belgium. He has a background as a Process Engineer and has developed his career around energy conservation in the process industry, the built environment, green houses and now the retail sector. Refrigeration and air conditioning formed a large part of his work for a Dutch research organisation. Within Colruyt Group he has worked on the introduction of hydrogen for forklift trucks and on electrical and hybrid road transport. Collin also supervises different projects in Colruyt Group.

Guillaume Burvingt

Marketing Director, EMEA, Carrier Commercial Refrigeration Europe

Guillaume Burvingt is leading the product portfolio lifecycle management, starting by product opportunities identification down to product launch support.

Guillaume is based in France, with a background in Engineering, Sales and Project management. He joined Carrier in 1996 and possesses a Master of Science degree from the INSA Lyon and an MBA from the ESC Reims.

Francesco Castagna

R&D Director, Commercial Controls, Machine Solutions , Schneider Electric

Francesco is an electronic engineer with 20 years of experience in the design of controllers for commercial refrigeration and HVAC.

He joined Eliwell, now part of Schneider Electric, in 1998 as an embedded software engineer. He has held various roles in R&D since then and has been leading Eliwell R&D activities since 2011.

Gérald Cavalier

President, Cemafroid

Gérald Cavalier began his career in 1995 as the head of department and deputy director of the Directorate of Agriculture and Forest of Haut Rhin before taking over in 1999 the International Relations department of CEMAGREF, a research organization on agriculture and the environment. In 2002, he became director of development for the RUAS group. Since 2005 he has taken over the management of CEMAFROID. Gérald Cavalier is the President of the Warehousing and Transport Section of the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIF) and President of the French Association of Refrigeration (AFF). He is an expert to UNECE, CEN, WHO and Transfrigoroute International.

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 This was followed by three additional industry resources for hydrocarbons, water and ammonia (namely:, and

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 (,, 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.

Eric Delforge

Corporate Business & Policy Officer, Mayekawa Europe

Eric Delforge joined Mayekawa in 2004. Previously he worked for several screw compressor manufacturers managing European activities. At Mayekawa, he handles European sales in industrial refrigeration, gas processing, cryogenics, heat pumps and food processing. The main focus of his work consists of the integration of heating and cooling into smart energy and thermal storage solutions. He advocates natural refrigerant-based technology applications across all industrial markets. He represents Mayekawa in various market sector organizations, actively informing its members on Mayekawa product developments and innovative applications. He also acts as a consultant and business lead with Mayekawa's large global accounts.

Eric is an executive board member of EURAMMON and chair of the working group Ammonia. He is also a member of the Belgian steering committee to the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) and Chair of the European Heat Pump Association ICHP-group.

Philipp Denzinger

Project Manager, GIZ Proklima International

Philipp Denzinger currently works as a Project Manager of various ambitious global projects related to green cooling for GIZ Proklima International. He is involved in the area of policy advice, technology cooperation and partnerships, capacity development and standards. For many years, Mr. Denzinger has been working in various developing countries, mainly in Africa.

Umberto Di Barbora

Global Product Manager Commercial Cooler, Modine Commercial and Industrial Solutions

Umberto Di Barbora is a highly experienced refrigeration engineer with over 30 years of service in the refrigeration industry.

He has held various roles in the production sector and technical engineering and today he is the Global Product Manager Commercial Coolers at Modine Commercial and Industrial Solutions. 

His task is to define product strategy and roadmaps, gathering and prioritizing product and customer requirement, and defining the product vision, all with a specific interest in the future of refrigeration and coming natural refrigerants opportunities like CO2.

Wolfgang Dietrich

Product Manager (Chillers) , GEA Refrigeration Germany

Wolfgang Dietrich graduated with a diploma in Engineering and he has extensive experience in the use of heat transfer, especially in connection with various refrigeration applications. He has been working at GEA for approximately 10 years, and belongs to the GEA Refrigeration Germany team in Berlin, which manufactures all the GEA Ammonia Chillers. Mr. Dietrich is currently in charge of the product management of chillers, including screw compressor as well as reciprocating compressor-based chillers.

Giulia Fava

Product Developer, EUROKLIMAT

Giulia graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree in 2014 with an experimental thesis on modeling the thermal exchange of closed-circuit evaporative towers. After two years of working experience in areas other than refrigeration, she started working at Euroklimat in 2017 as product developer in the R&D department, focusing on Propane and natural refrigerants.

Nicolas Fidorra

Researcher and PhD Student , University of Braunschweig– Institute of Technology

Nicolas Fidorra is a researcher and PhD Student at the German University of Braunschweig– Institute of Technology, working with simulation of thermal systems in supermarkets. He holds a Spanish-German double degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Braunschweig and Industrial Engineering from University of Zaragoza, Spain.

After staying abroad for nearly two years at Sintef in Norway, he is currently located in Braunschweig. His focus of work is the development of new simulation approaches and numerical assessment of innovative supermarket concepts. Currently he is involved in the European SuperSmart project working on the knowledge-transfer from research to industry.

Torben Funder-Kristensen

Head of Public and Industry Affairs, Danfoss

Torben Funder-Kristensen has a Master degree in Engineering (physics) and he received his Ph.D. in 1994 from the Technical University of Denmark (laser processing). Since 1995, Torben has been with Danfoss in Denmark holding various positions from consultancy within materials science and manufacturing processing to product development of controls components. He has been the Vice President of Product Development and from 2011 the head of Public Industry Affairs for refrigeration and air conditioning controls. He is a member of several internal and external boards and working groups within the industry.

Sylvain Gillaux

Sales & Marketing Manager, SANDEN Environmental Solutions, SANDEN Europe

After working within the automotive division, Sylvain has been involved for the past 7 years in the diversification programme at SANDEN Europe in France. He first coordinated the diversification project team at SANDEN Manufacturing Europe, then established the Advanced Product Management department before starting his current position. Since the recent creation of SANDEN Environmental Solutions branch, Sylvain is responsible for business development in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Sylvain holds a double French-German degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe, and a Master of Science from Arts et Métiers ParisTech.

Vicente Guilabert

R&D and Technology Director, Huayi Compressor Barcelona, S.L

Vicente Guilabert is currently the Vice General Manager leading R&D and Quality at Huayi Compressor Barcelona, S.L. He has an Industrial Engineer degree from the “Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya” and a PDD from the IESE Business School. He has made an extensive professional career within the HVAC&R sector. Mr. Guilabert is currently the head of the R&D team at Huayi Compressor Group for light commercial refrigeration compressors. He has an outstanding knowledge of the hermetic compressor technologies, combined with great expertise in light commercial refrigeration market trends. He has also participated as a speaker in international conferences.

Before joining Huayi Compressor Barcelona 15 years ago, he worked for Hitachi Air Conditioning for 5 years as the Technical Customer Service Centre Manager. His responsibilities were linked to the technical assistance of customers worldwide.

Armin Hafner

Professor Refrigeration Technology, NTNU

Professor Dr.-Ing. Armin Hafner has recently started at NTNU Department of Energy and Process Engineering in Trondheim, Norway, as a professor in refrigeration technology. During the past two decades Armin has been working at SINTEF with research topics related to CO2 refrigeration technology applied in various applications.

Martin Hasnik

Consultant Technology Management and Development, Deutsche Bahn

Martin Hasnik studied at the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, specialising in Project Management, Internal Combustion Engines and Economic calculations. From 2011 to 2013, he was a student trainee at Lufhansa Cargo. After Lufhansa Cargo, he started working as a student trainee at DB RegioNetz from 2013 until 2015. Since 2015 he has been a Consultant in Technology Management and Development at DB RegioNetz.

Sascha Hellmann

Project Leader Systems Development, Carrier Commercial Refrigeration Europe

Sascha Hellmann grew up in the refrigeration business in his father’s company. He joined “Linde Kältetechnik” in 1999 as a trainee for refrigeration plant mechanic. He worked for several years as a service technician for commercial refrigeration (HFC refrigerants), then spent years in the industrial department on ammonia systems. In 2006 he graduated as a “Master Craftsman for Refrigeration Systems” - the highest skill level of a professional technician in Germany, and in 2010 obtained a diploma in Mechanical Engineering in Refrigeration System Technology.

In 2010 he began working in the Carrier Research & Design Center for commercial refrigeration as a Development Engineer for mechanical systems. Since 2013, he has held a position as a Project Leader for mechanical systems, mainly responsible for natural refrigerants such as CO2 or hydrocarbons, and increasing energy efficiency of transcritical CO2 systems.

Kenneth Hoffmann

Product Manager Heatpumps, GEA

Kenneth Hoffmann received a Master's Degree in Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark in 2000 followed by four years of working as a refrigeration consultant for the food and dairy industry in Denmark. In the last 13 years he has been working in the UK for industrial refrigeration companies. Since March 2013, he has been working as a Product Manager for Heat Pumps for GEA. This role involves development of industrial heat pumps application and training of GEA’s global sales team. Over the years he has published many articles and technical papers on high efficiency industrial ammonia heat pump applications.

Adeleke Ige

Technical Engineering Manager, HVAC and Refrigeration, Walgreens Boots Alliance

Adeleke Ige is a Chartered Engineer, and a Member of Chartered institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). He possesses Masters Degrees from University of Salford, Greater Manchester in Manufacturing systems and from Brunel University, West London in Building Services Engineering.

Adeleke has over 10 years of experience that cuts across Equipment manufacturing and Engineering Consultancy. He works for Walgreens Boots Alliance, setting specifications for HVAC and Refrigeration, and also currently looking into overall strategy with a major focus on transition from high GWP refrigerant to ultra-low GWP refrigerants.

Oliver Javerschek

Project Manager, BITZER

Oliver Javerschek joined BITZER in 2001 and now holds the position of a Project Manager. He is in charge of various projects in the field of CO2 applications. He wrote his diploma thesis at Sintef Energy Research in Trondheim. Since 2008 he has published several papers at various conferences and for different journals.

Markus Lenz

Manager Condensing Units, Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions Europe

Markus Lenz joined Emerson in 2008 and he is responsible for marketing condensing units in Europe. Previously he worked in engineering and marketing positions with a strong focus on mobile and stationary refrigeration applications for global companies in Europe and China. He holds a Mechanical Engineering Degree and counts 20 years of professional experience in the HVAC & R industry. Markus is based in the European Headquarter of Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions in Aachen, Germany.

Francesco Mastrapasqua

Marketing Manager, Refrigeration Systems, Epta

After graduating in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering in 1993 in Padua, Italy, Francesco Mastrapasqua started his career as a Commercial and Marketing Manager in the area of robotic and handling factory automation. Since 2003, he has gained a wide experience in business development, international sales, key account and marketing in several HVAC&R multinational companies. Since 2009 at Epta, he has focused on natural refrigeration and environmentally sustainable systems applied to the commercial retail business.

Epta has a leading position as a turnkey system provider and offers to its clients fully comprehensive assistance and training. from the choice of the ideal solution to its implementation and maintenance, including a permanent training center in the CO2 Excellence Center in the UK.

Thomas Nowak

Secretary General, European Heat Pump Association

Thomas Nowak represents the European Heat pump industry in Brussels. Previous to his assigment as Secretary General (2009), he worked as the associations communication officer since 2006.

His responsibilites include lobbying, policy monitoring and consulting, background reasearch on European heat pump policy, participation in projects and executive support for the associations board as well as its members.

Nowak represented the association as member of the IEA expert forum on ETP 2010. He serves as a member of the board of the European technology platform on renewable heating and cooling (RHC-platform).

Alexander Cohr Pachai

Technology Manager Industrial Refrigeration, Sabroe Factory, Johnson Controls

Alexander Cohr Pachai started in the refrigeration industry in 1978 and has been working with hydrocarbons since 1995 and CO2 since 1997. He worked with both R&D, production, sales and installation of systems using these natural refrigerants. Pachai has sold and commissioned the first HC/CO2 system in Auckland for a supermarket as well as the largest HC/CO2 supermarket system in the UK. As a pioneer in the field of natural refrigerants, he has also sold, built and commissioned the first larger supermarket system using CO2 in Denmark and the first large scale HC AC system for computer cooling. Currently he is involved with the phase-out of R22 worldwide and the implementation of natural refrigerants. Pachai has carried out a lot of training for technicians and engineers in using the above-mentioned natural refrigerants in modern refrigeration plants. He is also experienced with the usage of the refrigerants ammonia and water.

Lukas Patryarcha

R&D and Project Management, WURM

Lukas Patryarcha joined WURM as a specialist for thermodynamic systems and applications in the controller development department in the year 2011. Since 2016, he is also responsible for applied research in the company. Major tasks of his work have been the development and implementation of thermodynamic models and applications for overheat and temperature controller functions such as the control method Smartflow+ or the temperature sensor T3S. Currently, his focus is on is on R&D and project management for HVAC&R simulations, data analytics and R744 applications and controllers.

Clare Perry

Climate Campaign Leader, Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)

Clare Perry has worked with the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) since 1998. As a climate campaign leader, she currently leads EIA’s climate campaign, which aims to reduce emissions of fluorinated gases and improve enforcement of multilateral environmental agreements designed to curb trade in harmful chemicals. She has attended meetings of the Montreal Protocol since 2007, was closely involved in the revision of the EU F-Gas Regulation, and advocates the use of climate-friendly alternatives to HFCs in multiple fora. Clare graduated from the University of Southampton in 1993 with a BSc in biology and subsequently gained a Masters degree in coastal zone management.

Vartan Petrosyants

Director and Designer-in-Chief , UPEC Industrial Group

Director and designer-in-chief of the Air Turbo Technology R&D Centre of UPEC Industrial Group, owner and president of Turbo-Vesta Ltd (Ukraine), PhD, Laureate of State Award in the Field of Science and Technology. He has over 40 years experience in the fields of design and production of high efficiency centrifugal compressors and centripetal turbines, heat-exchangers, turbochargers, turbo-blowers, refrigerant turbocompressors and air refrigerating machines. Vartan Petrosyants is the inventor of the ATT - absolutely ecologically pure and highly efficient HVAC units for stationary and vehicle applications at wide range of outdoor temperatures. The ATT uses air as a working body and provides conditioning and heating of premises, delivering up to 100% fresh air.

Nicola Pieretti

Application Manager - Retail Solution, CAREL

After graduating in Engineering from Padua University, Nicola Pieretti joined CAREL working as a Product Manager for food retail refrigeration field controllers. He is currently in charge of the development and deployment of electronic controllers dedicated to centralized supermarket. During the past years he has been focusing on CO2 transcritical application worldwide.

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.

Alexandr Pukhov

Lead Engineer, OJSC Myasomolmontazh

Alexandr Pukhov has worked in the sphere of industrial refrigeration since 2006, particularly on ammonia based refrigeration systems. As a technical specialist, he took part in reconstruction of more than 15 big industrial ammonia refrigeration facilities in Belarus.          

Supported by UNDP-GEF project on HCFC phase out in Belarus, Alexandr Pukhov had an active role in implementation of the demonstration project "Low-charge ammonia based cooling for an administrative building”. He is also part of technical team preparing the new version of "Rules for Safe Operation of Ammonia Refrigeration Units in the Republic of Belarus". Alexandr Pukhov graduated from Mogilev State University as a Mechanical Engineer and received his post-graduate degree in Economics & Management from Belarussian State Economic University.

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.

Jörgen Rogstam

Managing Director, Energi & Kylanalys

Jörgen Rogstam has in his 20 year career been dedicated to the refrigeration field starting off as researcher (PhD student) at the Royal Institute of Technology with research on natural refrigerants. With a specific passion for CO2, which started in the automotive industry in year 2000, he has pushed the use of CO2 in to other applications where ice rinks are one of them.

Today he applies a scientific approach to applications and fields which may not have seen that before such as ice rinks. The working field is international with assignments mainly in Europe and North America. He also teaches students on a University level as well as refrigeration technicians in the art of using CO2 as refrigerant.

Hayato Sakamoto

Assistant Manager, Engineering & Development Section, Aero-Dynamic Machinery Department, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Hayato Sakamoto is the Assistant Manager of Engineering and Development section. He has 14 years of experience in design and development of turbomachines such as centrifugal blowers and compressors. In 2007, he joined the development team of water refrigerant centrifugal chiller and played an integral role of the development and the commercialization of Kawasaki turbo chiller using R718(water) as a refrigerant. After the launch of this new chiller, he has been engaged in the improvement of technologies and the market development.

Jürgen Süß

CEO, Efficient Energy

Jürgen joined Efficient Energy, close to Munich, in December 2013 and is currently the CEO. From early 2011, he served as Managing Director and CEO at Cofely Refrigeration in Lindau, Germany. This company is part of the GDF Suez Group and manufactures products and solutions for the industrial refrigeration segment. Previously, Jürgen had a 13-year assignment at Danfoss A/S in Denmark, where his last role was Vice President R&D of controls and line components for all kinds of refrigeration equipment. Before this, he held various management positions within technology and business development at Danfoss. Jürgen has a Ph.D. in Refrigeration from Hannover University and is active in the IIR, ASHRAE, and other scientific committees and associations.

David Schalenbourg

Director Technical Department, Delhaize

As director of the Technical Department BeLux David Schalenbourg is since September 2015 in charge of realizing Delhaize’s ambitions to reduce its CO2 footprint by building towards a sustainable ‘brick’ network. Graduated as an architect in Brussels, with a Master in Urban Planning obtained in Paris and with an international track record in a variety of sustainable building projects (residential, office, retail, islands, …).

Jonas Schoenenberger

Head Research & Development, Frigo-Consulting Ltd.

Jonas Schoenenberger is working for Frigo-Consulting, a Swiss engineering company mainly active in the fields of retail- and industrial refrigeration, with a focus on energy efficient and sustainable refrigerating systems. Over the past years, he has gained comprehensive experience in engineering efficient and sustainable solutions with natural refrigerants, and has been involved in the design and implementation of several sub- and transcritical CO2 systems. Since 2012, he has been in charge of research and development activities at Frigo-Consulting, and committed to developing and pushing innovative technologies. Jonas Schoenenberger gained a Bachelor degree in system engineering in 2009 and has previously worked as a Mechanical Engineer.

Olaf Schulze

Director of Facility, Energy and Resource Management, Metro AG

Olaf Schulze is the Director of Facility, Energy and Resource Management at Metro AG. From 2005 to 2013, he was the Managing Director of Metro Proper-ties Energy Management GmbH. Previously, Schulze has worked at Europower Energy GmbH as the Head of Legal and Human Resources and at Geberit Mapress GmbH as the Head of Legal and Insurance.

Volker Stamer

Director of SCHAUFLER Academy, BITZER

Dipl.-Ing. Volker Stamer has a long history in the HVAC&R industry. Upon receiving his degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on thermodynamics, automation systems and production/operational management, he began his career at TRANE Germany in 1994. Since then, he has enjoyed a number of successful positions working within both European and international teams. In 2012 Volker began working at BITZER, first as the Division Manager of Global Customer Support, and later as the Director of International Sales. Since 2015, he has been the Director of SCHAUFLER Academy training centre in Rottenburg-Ergenzingen, Germany.

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.

Florian Veyssilier

Policy Adviser, French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development & Energy

Florian Veyssilier graduated from the Ecole des Mines d'Ales engineering school in France. Since 2011, he has been a policy adviser in the general directorate for risk prevention of the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy. In particular, he is responsible for the implementation in France of the FGas regulation and the national regulation that applies to fluorinated greenhouse gases and ozone depleting substances. He is also one of the French delegates in the Montreal Protocol negociations, and especially involved in HFC amendment talks. Previously, he worked for 4 years in the IT industry as a software developer, including 3 years in Amadeus IT Group in Sophia-Antipolis.

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,, and 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 He studied French, German and European Union Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Thomas Willson

Policy Officer, ECOS

Thomas Willson is the Policy Officer responsible for coordinating activities related to refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump standardisation at ECOS, since 2013. This includes engagement with European and international standardisation processes, as well as liaising with the European Commission on standards related issues for the implementation of the EU Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulation No. 517/2014.

Previously, Thomas held positions in the Sustainable Food Trust and the Environmental Justice Foundation. Thomas holds a Master degree in Environmental Science Legislation and Management from Brunel University and a bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom.

Alexander Wirsching

Technical Director, TEKO

Alexander Wirsching is well experienced in refrigeration since nearly 30 years. He gained his basic knowledge as a trainee and technician in commercial refrigeration before he finished the Bundesfachschule Kälte-Klima-Technik in Maintal as an engineer of refrigeration. Since 1998 he is part of the TEKO–Team and participates in the development of CO2 applications from its beginning in 2004 with his responsibility of the R&D Department.