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* Speakers list is subject to change (latest update: 2 August 2019)

Pilar Aleu

Business Development Manager, shecco

Pilar holds an Executive MBA from ESADE Business School (Spain) and a double-degree in Economics from the Public University of Navarra (Spain) and University of Abertay Dundee (UK) in European Economics and Management. She complemented her education and working experince in the US and India.

Pilar has been working at shecco for over five years, during which time she has contributed to the market development of natural refrigerants based technologies through the ATMOsphere conferences and has strenghted shecco's relations with customers and other stakeholders globally, with a special focus on Europe and America.

Tommy Angback

Director of Global Key Account Sales , Energy Division, Alfa Laval Group

Tommy holds a Master of Science degree in industrial management engineering. He has more than 20 years’ experience working with heat exchangers for refrigeration and air conditioning applications. He is dedicated to promoting high efficiency, natural refrigerant based, heat exchanger solutions in both industrial and commercial fields. For the past 10 years, he has been focusing Ammonia and CO2 applications.  

Currently Tommy is globally responsible for Alfa Laval sales activity of plate heat exchangers towards the industrial refrigeration market.

Matthew Bilverstone

Coldstore Engineering Supervisor, Greenyard Frozen

Matthew Bilverstone, Greenyard Frozen’s Coldstore Engineering Supervisor has over 10 years of food processing industry knowledge. He began working for Greenyard Frozen in 2009 as an apprentice, learning all the vital skills and relevant compliance expertise to become a multi-skilled engineer. Matthew then became Packing Engineering Supervisor and continued to climb the ranks to his current position of Coldstore Engineering Supervisor through Greenyard Frozen’s company succession and mentoring plan. The mentoring plan provided Matthew with support from a mentor who had over 40 years of experience working with refrigerants. Matt now has first-hand knowledge of looking after ammonia plants ranging from 5 to 40 years old as well as the smaller F-gas air handling units.

Pierre Boyer

Managing Director, Mechanical Systems, Carrier Commercial Refrigeration

Based in Aubagne, France, Pierre Boyer leads the Mechanical Systems activity for Carrier Commercial Refrigeration throughout Europe including sales, engineering and operations. He is actively promoting the use of CO2 and other natural refrigerants in systems of all formats, recently celebrating the 10 000th CO2 rack produced by Carrier in Aubagne.

Pierre took his current position in early 2018, after many years of experience in other branches of Carrier Refrigeration. He has a broad background in refrigeration and developing international capital goods businesses. Pierre is a graduate of HEC Paris business school and speaks English, French, German and other languages.

Marc Chasserot

CEO, shecco

Marc Chasserot is a specialist in natural refrigeration with over 15 years of 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 CEO of shecco, 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.

Henrik Christensen

Business Development Manager, Reftronix

Henrik Christensen joined Reftronix early 2017 and is heading sales, marketing, and business development.Reftronix’mission is to develop electronic solutions for the global HVAC/R industry in order to assist the industry in complying with regulatory mandated use of natural refrigerants and energy efficiency requirements.

Prior to joining Reftronix, Henrik was Global Platform Manager, Food Retail, for Parker Hannifin. In this role Henrik was responsible for the Global Food Retail Electronic Solution business and managed the CO2 solution rollout in North America. Before this, he held the position of Senior Director at Danfoss North America responsible for marketing, development, and operations, of the electronic solution business.

Henrik holds a Masters Degree in Engineering, Computer Science, and an MBA from Loyola University, Baltimore USA.

Matteo Dal Corso

Application Specialist - Retail Solutions, CAREL

After obtaining his Master degree in Energy Engineering (Padua University, 2015), Matteo Dal Corso joined CAREL working as an Application Specialist for food retail refrigeration application.
He is currently in charge of the development and deployment of electronic controllers dedicated to centralized supermarket and condensing units by defining marketing strategies, proposing new solutions and supporting the sales network with technical and application consulting. 
During the last period he has been focused mainly on the use of DC compressors in CO2 transcritical application.   

Mauro De Barba

Marketing Manager Refrigeration Systems and Digitization, Eliwell by Schneider Electric

With more than 21 years’ in Eliwell, Mauro covers marketing roles since the 2001 merging his experience in monitoring systems and connectivity with a vision for sustainable and future proof solutions to answer the more and more demanding requirements from the refrigeration industry. He delivered solutions from Environmentally Optimized controllers to Televis Systems evolution leveraging on state-of-the-art technology and open protocols. Since the acquisition of Eliwell in 2014, Mauro is coordinating the IT-OT convergence and promoting the integration of all refrigeration solutions into Schneider Electric EcoStruxure architecture.

Jan Gerritsen

Innovation Manager Refrigeration Solutions, GEA

Jan graduated from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, where he studied Mechanical Engineering and specialized in Refrigeration Technologies. He joined GEA in 1988 and participated in many new technical developments, such as Ammonia DX and CO2 cascade systems. From 2012 to 2015 he worked as manager R&D for one of the leading supermarket cooling companies in the Netherlands, for which he developed transcritical CO2 systems. This combination of experience in both industrial and commercial refrigeration makes him well suited to present GEA’s view on CO2 and Ammonia systems.

James Graham

Sales Manager - Industrial Products, J & E Hall International

James holds a first class degree in Physics and an MBA in business. He has worked in the refrigeration industry for 26 years with companies such as York International, Johnson Controls, Engie and J & E Hall International. His focus and passion is energy efficiency, CO2 abatement and sustainable natural refrigerants.

Currently James is working as a senior sales manager for J & E Hall International throughout the UK and Europe advocating industrial products utilising natural refrigerants. The products J & E Hall manufacture are heatpumps, compressors, ScrewPacks and low-charge ammonia systems.

Vincent Grass

Refrigeration Team Leader, Corporate Operations – Engineering Services , Nestle

Vincent Grass is Refrigeration Team Leader in the Corporate Operations – Engineering Services department at Nestlé. He is responsible for expanding Nestlé‘s use of natural refrigerants worldwide.

He is involved in implementing natural refrigerant projects in Nestlé facilities across the globe, as well as risk mitigation related to using natural refrigerants. Prior to joining Nestlé seven years ago, he spent two years at Johnson Controls (JCI) and 10 years at Cofely Axima (formerly QUIRI). During that time he was primarily involved in projects using natural refrigerants ammonia and CO2.

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.

Peter Michael Hansen

Head of Global Application, Nidec Global Appliances - Light Commercial Division, Nidec Global Appliances

Peter holds a university degree in thermal and mechanical engineering.

He has more than 20 years’ experience in Refrigeration Compressor and System Optimization. His background in the compressor industry comes from more than 15 years at Danfoss Compressors and 7 years at Secop, which is part of Nidec Group – Nidec Global Appliance.

Currently, Peter is global responsible for all Nidec/Secop technical market support.

Christian Heerup

Product Manager Refrigeration, Danish Technological Institute

Pioneering the use of CO2 cascade systems in Danish Supermarkets in the past, Heerup continues to aim at the use of CO2 and other low GWP refrigerants in commercial as well as in other applications of refrigeration, involving research projects, consulting, troubleshooting and training.

Andreas Meier

Managing Director, TEKO

Andreas Meier has several years of experience in management functions within the refrigeration sector. He has been a member of TEKO's management since August 2015. He was previously President of Sales D / A / CH at GEA Refrigeration Technologies, based in Berlin - Germany, and before that he was the Head of Marketing and Product Management at GEA Küba GmbH.

He also worked in Zug - Switzerland, as Sales & Marketing Manager at a Japanese manufacturer for industrial refrigeration.

Manuel Munoz

Senior Application Engineer, Shrieve Products International Ltd.

Manuel holds a PDD Diploma from IESE Business School (Madrid, Spain, 2001), and a Chemistry Degree (Speciality: Industrial) from Granada University (Granada, Spain, 1989).

Manuel has over 27 years of experience in a variety of positions within the HVACR Industry, including: Technical Director - Refrigerants Distributor; AC Contractor; Maintenance Engineer; & Turnkey Project Engineer. For the last 10 years he has supported the sales network of speciality lubricant supplier, Shrieve within the EMEA and South America regions, promoting Shrieve’s capabilities and portfolio in conferences and seminars. Specific focus has been on testing and approval of their lubricants for R-744 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration systems, by tier one compressor manufacturers.

Serena Ometto

IoT Marketing Manager, CAREL

After graduating in Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Padua in 2002, Serena Ometto began her career in the telecom sector, first in Germany then in Italy. After experience in the automotive sector, she came to CAREL in 2008 in the role of Product Manager, managing and promoting monitoring products. 

From 2014 to 2018 she was Platform Manager, managing the entire life cycle of the product ranges for terminals, connectivity and supervision. From 2018, as IoT Marketing Manager, she is managing the conception and promotion of new service proposals based on the innovative IoT platform, by defining service-oriented business models and organizations.

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.

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.

Tony Powell

European Strategic Account Manager, Parasense

Tony Powell is the European Strategic Account Manager for Parasense Ltd., a Bacharach Company. For over 20 years Tony has provided customer solutions and technical expertise in a variety of Engineering, Project Management and Sales roles within the Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning and Air-Treatment industries in North America, Europe and Asia. Building on his education as a Mechanical Engineer and career background as a Refrigeration Engineer, Tony brings technical depth to his ability to find the best solutions for his customers.

Jürgen Süß

CEO, Efficient Energy

Jürgen joined Efficient Energy in December 2013 and is currently the CEO of the company. 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 Energy Management, METRO AG

Olaf Schulze is the Director Energy 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.

Yoram Shabtay

Heat Exchanger Designer veteran, Heat Transfer Technologies LLC

With 20 years of experience, Yoram Shabtay is a Heat Exchanger Designer veteran with a Master’s degree in Heat and Mass Transfer. Shabtay is the head of consulting firm Heat Transfer Technologies LLC (HTT) and as a licensed HVAC engineer, provides designs for current and new condenser and evaporator coils. HTT is also the official Technical Advisor to the International Copper Association, providing guidance and designs for all types of HVAC and refrigeration systems. He regularly speaks at conferences about new upcoming heat-exchanger technologies and related development work. HTT also works with industry leaders providing prototype heat-exchanger service for evaluation.

Gaku Shimada

Manager, Strategic Planning of Condensing Unit Business and Overseas Sales, Cold-Chain Business Division, Panasonic Corporation

In 1996, Gaku Shimada graduated from WASEDA University (with a Major in Applied Physics) and entered SANYO Electric Co.Ltd as a Mechanical Engineer of compressors. After receiving a Master degree in 2006 from Boston Univ., School of Management, he became the compressor sales manager as well as a strategic business planning manager of the new technology research department. Since 2017, Mr. Shimada has been the Manager of Strategic Planning of Condensing Unit Business and Overseas Sales, Cold Chain Business Division of Panasonic Corporation.

Silje Smitt

PhD Candidate, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Silje is working as a PhD Candidate at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Her specialization is within integrated heat pump and cooling systems for high performance buildings using natural refrigerants. She is currently working on developing “All-in-one” CO2 solutions for the hotel industry.

Maurycy Szwajkajzer

Managing director, ENRECO

Maurycy is a graduate of the Warsaw University of Technology with a specialty in refrigeration and air conditioning. For many years, he has actively been involved in the promotion of technologies based on natural refrigerants and energy efficiency. He works according to the engineering2business concept, which consists in connecting engineering and business for the profit of the client.

Bente Tranholm-Schwarz

Deputy Head of Unit, DG Clima, European Commission

Since 2010 Bente Tranholm Schwarz is deputy Head of Unit in DG Climate Action in the European Commission responsible for, inter alia, protecting the ozone layer and the climate system against adverse effects of ozone depleting substances and fluorinated gases.
From 1996-1999 and from 2004 to 2009 she was dealing with state aid policy in DG Competition. Before she joined the European Commission she was working in the Danish Permanent Representation to the European Union and the Danish Ministry of Economics and Business Affairs.

Razvan Voicu

Chief Operating Officer, Frigotehnica

With a vast experience gained in key positions (sales, design, project management and top management) in leading companies – YORK, Sabroe and Johnson Controls, Razvan have been a significantly contributed to the development of Frigotehnica over 10 years since joining the team.

Good understanding of the evolution of customer needs, the passion for innovative solutions in the field of cold, the close collaboration with the team of designers, the permanent search for new technologies and optimizations has helped us to provide our customers with efficiency, safety and quality. These efforts quickly succeeded in winning flagship projects in industry.

Klara Zolcer Skacanova

Market Development Manager, shecco

With a background in public affairs and economics Klára joined shecco in 2011. She leads the company’s market development team focusing on market research, policy analysis, funding projects and specialised campaigns with the objective of accelerating the adoption of climate friendly technologies across different world regions. She has co-authored several extensive market and policy publications focusing on the current use and future potential of natural refrigerants. Prior to joining shecco she worked at the European Commission and a European association for small and medium-sized businesses.

Ivan Zudek

Business Development Manager, Zudek

Business development Manager for Zudek srl since 2016.  A industrial refrigeration company focused on ecologic and extremely efficient plants. In this role Ivan Zudek is leading the company’s marketing and sales department, overseeing a team of marketing and sales professionals. Ivan is the oldest son of Alessandro Zudek founder of the Zudek srl. Having many years of international experience, studying Business management and working in the UK for two years he is the key player of the Zudek export strategy as well as product development.