Biographies

Serge Allegrezza

Serge Allegrezza - Director General, STATEC and Observatory for Competitiveness

Serge Allegrezza holds a PhD in applied economics and has been Director General of STATEC, the Luxembourg Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies, since April 2003. He has also been Chairman of Luxembourg’s Observatory for Competitiveness since 2005.

He was a member of the Economic and Social Council (Conseil économique et social, CES) from 1992-2019.

In addition to his duties, Serge Allegrezza was scientific adviser to the Centre de Recherche Public Henri Tudor from 2005 to 2014. He has also been serving as Chairman of the Board of LuxTrust since 2005 and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of POST since 2013. He is a member of the board of SES since April 2010.

From 1991 to 2003, he was "Conseiller de gouvernement 1ère classe" at the Ministry of the Economy and Foreign Trade.

Serge Allegrezza is a Commander of the Order of the Oak Crown.

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Valérie Arnold

Valérie Arnold - Audit Partner, PwC Luxembourg

Years of experience: 28

Relevant experience:

Since 2014, Valérie is leading Corporate Responsibility (CR) efforts for PwC Luxembourg. She engaged with the 150 partners of PwC Luxembourg to understand the sustainability priorities relevant to PwC core businesses and to define what Corporate Responsibility means for a Big Four. As one of the pioneers in Luxembourg, launched the sustainability journey for PwC Luxembourg with face-to-face stakeholder engagement and the 4th time this year published a GRI Standards report.

She is also driving Sustainability services for PwC Luxembourg and as a member of the PwC Global Sustainability Leaders team with leading experts around the world bringing new and innovative services and solutions for clients from sustainability strategy to reporting and sustainability audit for “Responsible Investment Fund” to operational companies (have broad overview of the different sector’s needs).

Working on transforming current, or creating new services is important for our clients to make them more impactful, useful to Society, linking them with the international Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Furthermore, Valerie is our expert on climate change and support our client to implement the TCFD framework.

Qualifications:

  • Master at the University of Strasbourg
  • Cambridge University: "Sustainability for Business Leaders" diploma
  • GRI Certified Trainer

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Roland Bastian

Roland Bastian - Chief Executive Officer, Belval Plant & Country Head, ArcelorMittal

Roland Bastian was born on 13th of December 1962. He holds as Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Aachen, Germany.

Roland started his career at ARBED as a production engineer in the rolling mill department of the Esch-Belval plant in 1988. He joined the R&D process department in Esch in 1990 for 2 years. He coordinated the implementation of the new rolling process on Mill 2 in the scope of the start up of the EAF and CC route in Luxembourg plants. Since 1997, he was responsible for the hot sector of Mill 2 of Belval. In 2006 he was nominated as Manager and Head of Mill 2. In 2011 he moved to Rodange Mill A and was appointed in 2012 as CEO of AM Rodange & Schifflange. He played a key role in the continuity of the production activities on Rodange Mill A and Mill C. In 2014 he was nominated CEO of ArcelorMittal Esch Belval Plant. In 2016 he was nominated Country Head of AM Luxembourg in addition to his role as CEO of Belval.

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Simon Braaksma

Simon Braaksma - Senior Director, Philips

After obtaining his MBA, Simon started his career in 1990 with Citibank where he worked in different management positions until he moved to Philips' Treasury Group in 1998. Next, he worked on a finance transformation project and in Group Control before joining Group Sustainability where he is responsible for Philips' sustainability reporting, contacts with ESG investors and Philips’ climate strategy.

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Gerard Cops

Gérard Cops - Partner, Tax Services Leader, PwC Luxembourg

Gérard Cops is the Tax Services Leader of PwC Luxembourg and member of the Country Leadership Team. Gerard joined PwC in 1994. He has over 25 years of experience in international taxation. Prior to joining PwC Luxembourg, he has worked at PwC Belgium (Brussels) and PwC US (New York).

In his role of client service Tax partner, he advises large corporations on their integrated global structuring, mergers & acquisitions, business transformation and investment projects. In these projects, he partners closely with PwC Network teams across the world.

Gérard holds a Master's Degree in Business Engineering from the University of Louvain and a Master’s Degree in Tax Management from Solvay Business School in Brussels.

Areas of expertise:

  • International Tax Services
  • Value Chain Transformation
  • Integrated Global Structuring
  • Corporate Simplification
  • Intellectual Property

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Ludovic Dardinier

Ludovic Dardinier - Managing Director, Primary Metal, Hydro Aluminium Clervaux S.A.

Ludovic Dardinier holds degrees in 2 different areas. He is both a civil engineer with a degree from the École des Mines de Saint-Étienne and he holds an executive MBA awarded jointly by ICN and EM Strasbourg. He started his career working for the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart before going on to work in the steel industry with Arcelor Mittal. There, Ludovic held several managerial positions in R&D before being in charge of production at several hot rolling mills in France and in Brazil. In 2008, he started working for Novelis (now Eurofoil), a manufacturer of aluminium sheets in Dudelange, where he held the position of head of operations. In 2014, he joined Hydro as Managing Director and refurbished the Clervaux foundry (capacity of 120,000 metric tonnes, specialising in aluminium recycling for the construction sector). Ludovic took part in developing Circal 75R. This product is unique in the market and has the lowest carbon footprint in the world. In 2019, the Clervaux site was awarded a Luxembourg Prize for the Environment.

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Franz Fayot

Franz Fayot - Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs - Minister of the Economy

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Norman Fisch

Norman Fisch - Secretary general, INDR

Norman Fisch is Secretary general of INDR, the National Institute for Sustainability and CSR, and Adviser for UEL, Union des Entreprises Luxembourgeoises. He has developed the national CSR programme ESR-ENTREPRISE RESPONSABLE and co-authored the Guide ESR, the national CSR reference. As an active promoter of sustainability, he regularly teaches on related topics at Uni.lu, Miami University and House of Training. He is an active member on the boards of the MLQE, promoting quality management, and of ProRSE, the first network for CSR professionals. He held previous positions as Programme Manager at the National Research Fund, as Marketing Coordinator at Deloitte and as Head of Marketing at Saint-Paul Luxembourg.
Norman has an MBA in Strategy Management and a post-graduate in Information Systems from UP, Buenos Aires, and a Bachelor in Marketing Management from EPHEC, Brussels. He frequently follows training sessions related to international sustainability standards (GRI, ISOs, etc) and has recently attended the Creating Shared Value course at Harvard Business School.

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Michael Grubb

Michael Grubb - Professor of Energy and Climate Change & Research Director, UCL Institute of Sustainable Resources

Michael Grubb is Research Director and Professor of Energy and Climate Change at University College London, Institute of Sustainable Resources and Energy Institute. From 2011-2016, alongside academic roles, he worked half-time at the UK Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (the energy regulator, Ofgem) as Senior Advisor, and then Chaired the UK government's Panel of Technical Experts on Electricity Market Reform.

His career in international energy and climate change began as a researcher at the UK's Royal Institute of International Affairs, where in the 1990s he became head of Energy and Environment. He was subsequently Chief Economist at the UK Carbon Trust, working with business to implement energy efficiency and low carbon innovation, alongside a Senior Research role at the Cambridge University Faculty of Economics.

Professor Grubb founded the journal Climate Policy, and served on the UK Climate Change Committee, established under the UK Climate Change Act to advise the government on future carbon budgets and to report to Parliament on their implementation. Internationally, he is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Economics Research Institute DIW Berlin and advisor to the Foreign Office's UK - China Energy and Low Carbon Economy Programme.

Michael Grubb is author of eight books, sixty journal research articles, and numerous other publications. His book Planetary Economics brings together the lessons from 25 years of research and implementation of energy and climate policies, with a full Chinese translation published in 2017. It has received widespread accolade as a 'seminal' contribution, ‘comprehensive and profoundly important’ for its development of a wider theoretical framework of economics appropriate to the practical policies for tackling energy and climate change challenges.

In 2018 Michael was appointed as Convening Lead Author for the first chapter of the IPCC Sixth Assessment report on Mitigation, and leader on Sustainability for the UK Research Council programme on Rebuilding Macroeconomics.

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Vincent Hein

Vincent Hein - Economist, Fondation IDEA a.s.b.l

Vincent Hein holds a master degree in Economics from the Université de Lorraine.

Since 2016, he has been working as an economist at the Fondation IDEA a.s.b.l, the think tank created at the initiative of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce. In his publications, he has notably analyzed the Luxembourg's research and innovation policy, low carbon transition, sustainable mobility, european integration and on the Grand Duchy's cross-border cooperation policy.

Since 2009, Vincent Hein is also a lecturer in Environmental economics at Polytech Nancy.

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Alina Macovei

Alina Macovei - Tax Partner, PwC Luxembourg

Lawyer by background, after finishing her studies and starting her career with a local law firm, Alina joined Arthur Andersen Bucharest and subsequently Andersen Brussels.

In 2002 Alina joined PwC Luxembourg in the international tax team and was admitted in the Luxembourg partnership in 2008. Alina is currently leader of the Tax Consulting Services practice in PwC Luxembourg and Luxembourg Tax Policy Leader.

Her main client focus is international tax for US and European asset managers with diversified asset strategies, advising equally fund level as well as holding platform, investor and investment level.

She is also involved in a number of external Luxembourg market industry groups being involved in a number of policy initiatives related to the Alternative Investment sector as well as other sectors (e.g., impact of ATADs MLI and other industry or market initiatives).

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Mireille Martini

Mireille Martini - Policy analyst, OECD Environment Directorate

Mireille Martini is a policy analyst in the Environment Directorate of the OECD. After graduating from French business school ESSEC, she led a career in investment banking in France (BNP Paribas and Caisse des Dépôts) and in London and Moscow (EBRD). She was a rapporteur of the COP21 French Presidential Office mission on Mobilising climate finance and co-authored the book “Financer la Transition Energétique”. She sits on the EU Platforms on Sustainable Finance and on the Sustainable Finance Commission of the French Securities Regulator, the AMF.

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Francois Mousel

François Mousel - Audit Partner and Clients and Market Leader, PwC Luxembourg

Positions:

François Mousel is an Audit partner and a member of the Conseil de gérance/Country Leadership Team of PwC Luxembourg, where he holds the position of Clients and Markets Leader.

Duties:

François serves high-profile operational, institutional and private equity clients and he is PwC Luxembourg’s Clients & Markets Leader.

Work history:

François started his career in audit at PwC Luxembourg before joining the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) in 2010. François worked there as a senior advisor until 2013, helping build up a new department in charge of public oversight of the audit profession.
After 3 years at the CSSF, François rejoined PwC Luxembourg in 2013. He became a partner in 2015, managing a diversified audit and advisory engagement portfolio, including high-profile commercial companies, public institutions, social care institutions/foundations and private equity firms as well as family businesses. Since 2016, he has been a member of the examining board for the "réviseur d'entreprises" exam in Luxembourg. François was elected to the Conseil de Gérance of PwC Luxembourg effective 2 April 2019.

Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Management, Accounting and Finance, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management
  • Qualified "réviseur d'entreprises"
  • Qualified "expert-comptable"

External duties:

François's external duties include:

  • Member of the Institut des Réviseurs d'Entreprises
  • Member of the Ordre des Experts-Comptables
  • Commissioner of the Family Business Network (FBN) – Luxembourg Chapter

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John Parkhouse

John Parkhouse - Chief Executive Officer, PwC Luxembourg

Positions:

John Parkhouse is the Chief Executive Officer and Senior Partner of PwC Luxembourg.

Duties:

John Parkhouse is responsible for leading the Firm and its Executive Board. In addition, he manages a number of key client relationships.

Working experience:

John Parkhouse has been in Luxembourg since 1994 and was admitted as a partner in 1999. During this time, he has served many of the leading asset managers and was appointed as Asset Management Leader for PwC in Luxembourg in 2007 before assuming EMEA responsibility in 2010. He has also worked closely with the Luxembourg Fund Industry Associations and was chair of the Investment Fund Committee of the European and Luxembourg Institute of Directors. Before coming to Luxembourg, John worked with PwC in New York and trained in the UK.

Qualifications:

  • Réviseur d’entreprises agréé,
  • Expert-comptable,
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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Ann Pettifor

Ann Pettifor - Director, Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME)

Ann Pettifor was one of few to predict the Great Financial Crisis in The Coming First World Debt Crisis (Palgrave 2006). In 2008 she jointly co-authored the original The Green New Deal (New Economics Foundation). In 2017 she published The Production of Money (Verso) on the nature of money, debt and banking. In 2019 her book The Case for The Green New Deal (Verso) was published.

She is director of Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME) - a network of mainly Keynesian economists. In 2018 Germany's Heinrich Boll Foundation awarded Pettifor the Hannah Ahrendt Prize. She is a fellow of the New Economics Foundation, and a trustee of the PREP Foundation for pluralist economics.

In 2000 the University of Newcastle awarded her an honorary doctorate for leading an international movement for cancellation of $150bn of debt owed by 35 poor countries, Jubilee 2000. In 2004-5 Pettifor worked with Nigerian Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to clear debts of $30 billion owed to official creditors.

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Claude Seywert

Claude Seywert - CEO, Encevo S.A.

Claude Seywert was born on 13th July, 1971 in Luxembourg. He graduated in physics at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (Zürich, Switzerland). He continued his studies in the United States and holds an MSc and PhD in aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology, (CalTech). He started his professional career as strategy consultant with McKinsey in Germany. In 2002, he joined the Group controlling department of Arcelor (now ArcelorMittal) in its Luxembourg headquarters and subsequently held several senior positions within the ArcelorMittal group before being appointed COO (Chief Operating Officer) Finishing, ArcelorMittal Florange (France). He joined Creos Luxembourg S.A. in 2012 (having previously served in various boards of directors in the Enovos Group). Beginning 2014, he was appointed Deputy CEO of Creos Luxembourg S.A. As of 1st August, 2015, Claude Seywert was appointed CEO and member of the board of directors of Creos Luxembourg S.A. He has also been a member of the Executive Board of Encevo S.A. since that date and exercised this responsibility until 15 September 2018, when he assumed the position of Chairman of the Executive Board of Encevo S.A. and Group CEO.

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Stefan Speck

Dr Stefan Speck - Economic Assessments and Sustainability Expert, European Environment Agency (EEA)

Stefan Speck is working at the Integrated Assessments for Sustainability (IAS) programme at European Environment Agency (EEA) in Copenhagen. He holds a PhD in economics from Keele University in England. His work at the EEA is on the application of market-based instruments (MBIs) for environmental and climate policy, environmental fiscal reform and the green economy. At the EEA he is the lead author of the reports Towards a green economy in Europe EU environmental policy targets and objectives 2010-2050 (2013), Resource-efficient green economy and EU policies (2014) and Environmental taxation and EU environmental policies (2016) and The sustainability transition in Europe in an age of demographic and technologic change – An exploration of implications for fiscal and financial strategies (2020).

Before joining the EEA, he implemented projects for a range of clients including the European Commission (EC), Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Danish Environmental Protection Agency (DEPA), and the UK Department for International Development (DFID). He carried out research projects in Europe, Africa and Asia.

He published widely on environmental fiscal reform and green economy; he was co-editor of the books Environmental Tax Reform: A Policy for Green Growth (2011), Environmental Fiscal Mechanism and Reform for Low Carbon Development: East Asia and Europe (2013), and Carbon Pricing Design, Experiences and Issues (2015).

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Carlo Thelen

Carlo Thelen - CEO, Director General, Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce

After obtaining a Master of Science in Economics at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, Carlo Thelen joined the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in 1996 as an Economic Adviser. In August 2003, he joined the Executive Committee of the Chamber of Commerce and in January 2004, he became Director of International Affairs. In January 2014 he was nominated Director General.
Until 2019, he was also the Chief Economist of the Chamber of Commerce, each year preparing and presenting the most important official opinion of the Chamber of Commerce: the opinion on the state budget. Carlo Thelen is also the author of a notable expert blog that highlights current important socio-economic questions, as well as articles and strategic papers published by the Chamber of Commerce. He also represents the Chamber of Commerce in different working groups and councils in Luxembourg institutions and organisations, is in charge of strategic papers, studies, surveys and statistics, research and innovation, documentation and literature on economics, and regularly gives advice and consultations on these subjects.
In addition to his economic expertise, Carlo Thelen has extensive experience in commercial and economic advocacy as he regularly participates in economic missions abroad where he promotes the Luxembourg economy and businesses.

Blog: https://www.carlothelen.lu/

Non-executive mandates (non-exhaustive list)

  • Member of the Board of Directors of the House of Startups S.A.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the House of Training
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Société Nationale de Crédit et d’Investissement (SNCI)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Société de la Bourse de Luxembourg S.A.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of LuxExpo The Box S.A.

Honorary mandates (non-exhaustive list)

  • Secretary General of the Oeuvre Nationale de Secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte
  • Member of the Institut Grand-Ducal − Section des Sciences Morales et Politiques
  • President of the Cluster for Logistics Asbl
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Luxembourg's economic think tank, Fondation IDEA Asbl

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Gaston Trauffler

Dr Gaston Trauffler - Head of Industrial Policy, FEDIL

Gaston heads the industrial policy activities of FEDIL, the Voice of Luxembourg's Industry. He is also a member of FEDIL's Management Committee.

Before joining FEDIL, Gaston was the Director of Communication, Marketing and Strategy and a member of the Management Committee at Luxinnovation, Luxembourg's National Innovation Agency. Gaston held several other positions with the Agency, including Head of Strategy, Head of Innovation Management, Design & Strategic Intelligence and Head of Start-up Support and SME Performance.

Gaston also gained experience as a senior manager at Ernst & Young, EY Luxembourg’s business advisory practice in strategy, management and innovation. He also spent several years working in Tokyo, Japan as an industrial analyst in the field of foreign direct investment and as a consultant in Zurich advising technology-based companies in Switzerland, Austria and Germany in innovation management.

Trained at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich, Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, a master's degree in business engineering and industrial management with a major in biocompatible material sciences, and a PhD in Strategic Management.

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