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Hydro Equipment Association
"Renewable Energy House"
Rue d'Arlon 63-67 1040 Brussels, Belgium
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Board and Management
The bodies of HEA are the General Assembly, the Board of Directors and the Managing Director.
Wolfgang Semper President HEA
Joined ANDRITZ in 2006 when the company acquired VA TECH HYDRO and was appointed as member of the Executive Board in 2011.
Responsible for the HYDRO business area (except the pumps divison) and Group-wide for Automation.
Member of the Management Board of ANDRITZ HYDRO GmbH and Senior Vice President of the Large Hydro division of the HYDRO business area, management functions at VA TECH VOEST MCE and Voest-Alpine MCE, engineer at Voest-Alpine AG
Dr. Drago Fabjan
Dr. Drago Fabijan is the General Manager of LITOSTROJ POWER, a company for design, power plant engineering and manufacture of power generation and industrial equipment.
Since July 2005 Mr. Fabijan has been acting as Vice-President of the management Board of the Cimos Group in charge of the Energy Pillar, and as a General Manager of Litostroj Power, the parent company of the Energy Pillar.
From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Fabijan acted as General Manager and President of the Management Board of Holding Slovenske Elektrarne (HSE), a state-owned power generation company. During this period the HSE as a market-oriented company became the leading Slovenian electric power producer as well as the leading electric power trader; it was also the first company from the Southeast Europe to take an active part in the EEX Lepziger Energiebörse, the biggest European stock exchange.
Prior to HSE, Mr. Fabijan held firstly a head position of the Financial & Commercial Division, and in 1996 he became elected General Manager in the Termoelektrarna Brestanica thermal power plant.
Mr. Fabijan also acted as a supervisory board member in several Slovenian companies. Besides, he was President of the Management Board of the Posavje Regional Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Management Board of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Slovenia, a member of the Management Board in different financial and banking institutions, and Vice-President of the Slovenian National Committee, one of the member committees of the World Energy Council.
Drago Fabijan graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Business in Maribor, Slovenia. In 2008 he took his doctor’s degree by defending the thesis: Investments by Power Generation Company Under Condition of a Liberated Energy Market.
He is Slovenian and aged 53.
Dr. Roland Münch
Member of the Corporate Board of Management of Voith GmbH and President and CEO of Voith Hydro Holding GmbH & Co. KG
Dr. Roland Münch was appointed President and CEO of Voith Hydro Holding GmbH & Co. KG in 2008. Voith Hydro is a Group Division of Voith GmbH and – with a workforce of approx. 5,300 employees and a sales volume of more than 1.2 billion Euros in the business year 2010/2011 – belongs to the world-wide leading companies for hydro power equipment.
Prior to Voith, Dr. Münch hold various senior positions within ABB Group and was appointed President of ABB Calor Emag Schaltanlagen AG, Mannheim, Germany in 1998. In 1999 he went to ABB Malaysia as CEO und Country Manager.
In 2002 Dr. Münch joined Voith Paper as Executive Vice President, assuming responsibility for the paper technology activities of Jagenberg AG, following the company’s acquisition by Voith. In October 2002 he took over as Head of the Business Division Voith Paper Automation. In 2006 he was appointed to the Management Board of Voith GmbH and he has been in charge of the Group Division Voith Hydro since 2008.
Roland Münch graduated from Fridericiana University Karlsruhe and worked as a scientific assistant at the Institute for General Electric Engineering and High-Voltage Technology at RWTH Technical University Aachen, where he also obtained his doctorate in 1990. He is German and aged 52.
President of Alstom Renewable Power Sector and Executive Vice-President of Alstom
Jérôme Pécresse was appointed President of Alstom Renewable Power Sector and Executive Vice-President of Alstom, in June 2011. He is in charge of the newly-created Alstom Renewable Power Sector which counts more than 10,000 employees worldwide and covers hydro, wind and other renewable sources of energy.
Prior to Alstom, Jérôme Pécresse was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Imerys in 2008. He was previously Director of the Ceramics, Refractories, Abrasives and Filtration Business Group (2006-2008), and Director of Finance and Strategy (2003-2006). He joined Imerys in 1998 as Vice-President Strategy and Development.
Jérôme Pécresse was previously at Crédit Suisse First Boston as Associate, then Vice-President and finally Director responsible for mergers and acquisitions for France.
Jérôme Pécresse graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and from the engineering school École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. He is French and aged 44.
Francisco Rubén Valenti
Vice-President of IMPSA
Mr. Valenti is a Mechanical Engineer from the Universidad Nacional de Ciencias, Ingeniería y Arquitectura of Rosario (Province of Santa Fe, Argentina). He holds a postgraduate degree in Oil Processing from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Harvard Business School. He joined IMPSA in 1974 as Project Manager and Engineering Manager. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1991.
Mr. Valenti also held the position of President and Managing Director of IMPSA Asia from 1985 to 1997 and since 1985 he has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of IMPSA Asia (Hong Kong). Since 1993 he has been actively involved in the Caliraya-Botocan-Kalayaan Hydropower Project in the Philippines and from 1996 to 1999 he was Director of IMPSA Malaysia. At present, he is Vice-president of IMPSA.
Christine van OldeneelManaging Director HEA
Christine van Oldeneel was appointed Managing Director of HEA in March 2010.
Prior to working with HEA, Christine van Oldeneel has worked as a legal counsel to a number of industrial companies from various sectors (non-ferrous metals, cement, edible oil extraction and fibre-cement).
Within Holcim Ltd., the world’s largest cement producer, she oversaw legal matters of the Belgian subsidiary and was also responsible for regulatory affairs and corporate governance. Later on, as Vice-President Environmental affairs she worked out and implemented environmental strategies and coordinated lobbying activities in this field.
Other important achievements include the negotiation and implementation of indemnification schemes related to environmental and severe health problems.
Fluent in French, English, Dutch and German, Christine van Oldeneel’s professional experience and her keen interest for industrial technologies and environmental issues, led her to take on the position as Managing Director of HEA.
Christine van Oldeneel leads the policy and lobbying activities of HEA, coordinates the missions of its working groups, and ensures progress in raising awareness of hydropower and its benefits.