Sergio Ugarte

Nationality: Spanish

Location: Barcelona, Spain

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Phone: +34 661485801

Sergio is co-Founder and director of SQ Consult BV. Sergio’s combined technical and political expertise has brought him to management of various complex, international and multi-discipline projects related to energy and development issues. During his long-term career in the energy sector he among was Vice-Minister of Energy in Peru and  International Director for global activities in energy generation strategies at European consultancy firm Ecofys.

Sergio holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, with minors in Economics  and Mathematics from Northeastern University in Boston (USA), where he was for several years an associate researcher on energy generation topics and future energy needs.

Sergio currently works in renewable energy and climate change strategies and policies. In the last years he has developed strong expertise in sustainability, production and trade of biofuels and different sorts of biomass. He has a very thorough understanding of investment decision making within the energy sector as well as extensive hands-on experience on overcoming investment barriers.

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Monique Voogt

Nationality: Dutch

Location: Utrecht, the Netherlands

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Phone: +31 617500196

Monique Voogt (MSc) has worked as a consultant in the field of sustainable energy and climate change since 1994, specialised in the design and implementation of energy and carbon market mechanisms. Monique combines in-depth insight in policy and markets with passion for sustainability and solid business understanding.

She has worked with the European Commission, Development Banks and UN Bodies, as well as with NGOs and various multinational companies around the globe. Monique supported public clients in developing policy programs and legislation, including the European Energy Directive, the EU-ETS, voluntary agreements for industrial energy efficiency, green and white certificate systems, and NAMAs. She supports corporate clients in (re-) designing their corporate strategy in response to upcoming and expected legislative changes, and supports development of business propositions in energy and carbon markets. and conducted various power market analyses (portfolio analysis, due diligence, strategy design and policy response) for several European energy companies. Monique is a fast-thinker, analytical, open, down-to-earth, and a strong communicator. She knows how to motivate people and excels at building bridges between a diversity of people, disciplines, and ideas.

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Dian Phylipsen

Nationality: Dutch

Location: Utrecht, the Netherlands

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Phone: +31 655804619

Dian Phylipsen is an international climate change expert with more than 20 years of experience in the areas of international energy and climate change policies, carbon markets and climate change negotiations. She also worked on understanding and improving industrial energy efficiency and emission intensity (benchmarking).

Dian has been a member of, and advisor to, the Dutch negotiating delegation at various occasions (EU Expert Group on Climate Change, IPCC, COP). She is also a member of the Expert Group on Climate and Markets of the Dutch Emissions Authority and the European Climate Change Programme’s working group on Emissions trading, as well as a reviewer of IPCC Assessment Reports and a UNFCCC CDM review expert. Dian developed the Triptych approach to burden sharing, the basis for the 1997 agreement on the distribution of the European Kyoto target. A key expert on the EU Emissions Trading System, she advised the European Commission, national governments and NGOs about its design and effectiveness and helped businesses understand the risks and opportunities. Recent activities focus on the converging areas of carbon markets and climate change negotiations, including the development of carbon markets in developing countries, new market mechanisms and NAMAs. Dian is a member of the roster of experts of the World Bank's Programme for Market Readiness and the Climate Development and Knowledge Network, as well as the Advisory Board on Climate and Developing Countries of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Recent work focuses on supporting the implementation of climate commitments through means of climate finance and technology transfer.

Dian obtained her PhD from Utrecht University on the topic of ‘International Comparisons and National Commitments: energy and technology differences in the Climate debate’. Dian also worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the US and with Ecofys, where she set up the international climate change activities, including CDM, emissions trading and post-2012 commitments. Dian worked in the Netherlands, the US, UK and Italy.

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