Agenda 2022

MEF Energy Forum 2022

Socially Just and Democratic Energy Transition in Times of Energy Crisis



June 29 – July 1, 2022
Hotel Inex Olgica, Ohrid

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Arrival of participants


MEF Official Gala Dinner
Hosted by Fortis Energy

Thursday, June 30, 2022

10:00 – 10:30 OFFICIAL OPENING

10:00 – 10:30

Remarks by:

Agim Selami
Executive Director, ZIP Institute

Fatmir Bytyqi
Deputy Prime Minister, Government of the Republic of North Macedonia

HE Kate Marie Byrnes
Ambassador, US Embassy to North Macedonia

HE David Geer
Ambassador, Delegation of the European Union to North Macedonia

10:30 – 10:45 MEF 2022 Group Photo and Press Statements

10:45 – 12:15

Panel 1: Ministerial Panel
Synergies in Addressing Energy Challenges



Ali Aslan
International TV Presenter and Journalist


Keynote Address:  

Jennifer Granholm
Secretary of Energy, United States Secretary of Energy
(pre-recorded video)

Kadri Simson
Commissioner for Energy, European Commission
(pre-recorded video)

Artur Lorkowski
Director, Energy Community Secretariat

Dr. Heinz Hetmeier
Deputy Director General, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Germany



Kreshnik Bekteshi
Minister of Economy, Government of the Republic of North Macedonia

Alexander Nikolov
Minister of Energy, Republic of Bulgaria

Zoran Lakicevic
State Secretary, Ministry of Mining and Energy, Republic of Serbia

Ilir Bejtja
Deputy Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, Republic of Albania

Alexandra Sdoukou
Secretary General for Energy and Mineral Resources, Ministry for the Environment and Energy, Hellenic Republic

Mentor Arifaj
Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economy, Republic of Kosovo

12:15 – 12:45

Fireside Chat: Rethinking Regional Energy Security


Fatmir Bytyqi
Deputy Prime Minister, Government of the Republic of North Macedonia

George Papandreou
Former Prime Minister of Greece

Ali Aslan
International TV Presenter and Journalist

12:45 – 14:00 Buffet Lunch

14:00 – 15:30

Panel 2: New Approaches to Reaching Net Zero Goal



Goran Svilanović
Abkons, Country Manager Serbia, Montenegro, BiH


Keynote Address:

Marko Bislimoski
President, Energy Regulatory Commission, North Macedonia

Sercan Bravo
Manager, FORTIS Enerji



Vasko Kovachevski
General Director, AD ESM

Nikola Stamenov
Vice President, CWP Global, Serbia

Rozeta Karova
Senior Energy Lawyer, Energy Community Secretariat

Sasho Saltirovski
Managing Director, EVN Macedonia

Zoran Obradovic
Executive Director, WPD Adria, Croatia

Filip Ivanovski
Managing Director, Pakomak

15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break

15:45 – 17:15

Panel 3: The Gas Market in the Western Balkans in Times of Crisis
Powered by Siemens Energy



Eirini Vantaraki
CEO, Greek House Davos, World Economic Forum (WEF)


Keynote Address:

Gergely Molnar
Energy Analyst, International Energy Agency, Paris



Maria Rita Galli
CEO, DESFA, Greece

Nikola Delev
Acting Director, Strategic Planning and Development, Bulgartransgaz EAD, Bulgaria

Petar Šainović
Managing Director, Siemens Energy

Bajram Rexhepi
Director, National Energy Resources, North Macedonia

Redi Basha
CEO, Abkons, Albania

Karlo Jadanić
Manager, PwC Croatia Advisory Ltd

20:00 Dinner

Friday, July 1, 2022

09:00 – 10:30

Panel 4: Aspects of the Decarbonization of Southeast Europe from the Perspective of Multi-Level-Governance – MLG
Organized by GIZ, Open Regional Fund for South-East Europe – Energy, Transport and Climate Protection (ORF ETC)



Gorjan Jovanovski
Eco Activist, Co-founder, AirCare


Presentation of the project EU4ET Covenant of Mayors in the Western Balkans and Turkey:

Sibylle Strahl
Fund Manager, GIZ, ORF ETC

Dubravka Bosnjak
Regional Project Manager GIZ, ORF ETC


Keynote Address on EU Best Practices in Multi-Level Governance:

Mike Mannaart
Executive Secretary and Principal Adviser, Association of municipalities Netherlands and Belgium (KIMO)



Teodora Grncharova
State Counsellor on Climate Change, Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning

Dushica Perishic
Executive Director, Association of Units of Local Self-government Units (ZELS)

Maja Morachanin
Member of the Parliament, North Macedonia

Vedad Suljic
Project Manager, Regional Education and Information Center for Sustainable Development in South-East Europe, BiH

Miodrag Gluščević
Programme Director for Sector for Urban Development, Environment and Communal Services, Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities, Serbia

Elena Gavrilova
Country Coordinator, GIZ ORF ETC

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break

10:45 – 12:15

Panel 5: Financing the Green Energy Transition



Aleksandra Nakjeva Ruzhin
Special Advisor to the Minister of Finance of North Macedonia



Christian Milhan
Sector Economist, Project Directorate, Energy Department, European Investment Bank, Luxembourg

Jonathan S. Saiger
Senior Operations Advisor – Energy, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Washington DC

Filip Drapak
Advisor, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Alvin Alicevic
Member of the Management Board, Sparkasse Bank AD Skopje

Emilija Spirovska
CEO, ProCredit Bank, North Macedonia

12:15 – 13:15 Buffet Lunch

13:15 – 14:45

Panel 6: Cybersecurity and Technology Innovation for Energy Resilience



Olimpija H. Zaevska
CEO, Elson Solutions, Lecturer at Copenhagen Business School


Keynote Address: 

Robert E. Wheeler (Ret.)
Deputy Chief Information Officer for Command, Control, Communications and Computers and Information Infrastructure Capabilities for the Secretary of Defense of the US



Mike Stone
Global Managing Director, Public Sector, Healthcare, and Life Sciences, IBM

Miltiadis Zervas
Consultant, ENERVIS, Germany

Angel Angjushev
Technical Manager, Green Machines, North Macedonia

Magnus Asbjornsson
CEO, Reykjavik Geothermal, Iceland

Cristian Pirvulescu
CEO, Enevo Group

Nina Dusper
Managing Director Balkans, Hitachi Energy, Croatia

14:45 – 15:00 Coffee Break

15:00 – 16:30

Panel 7: Unpacking Socially Just Energy Transition
In partnership with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, North Macedonia



Ivana Vuchkova
Program Manager, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, North Macedonia


Keynote address:

Alexandru Albu
Head of Operations, EU Delegation to North Macedonia



Markos Sofroniou
Policy Officer, European Commission, Directorate General for Structural Reform Support (DG REFORM)

Faruk Serdarevic
Regional Representative, USAID Connect for Growth Project

Nargis Nehan
Former Minister of Mines and Petroleum in Afghanistan

Sonja Risteska
Project Manager Southeast Europe, Agora Energiewende, Germany

Dirk Buschle
Deputy Director, Energy Community Secretariat

Frosina Antonovska
Climate Action Network Europe, Energy and Climate Policy Officer for the Western Balkans

16:30 – 17:00 MEF 2022 Conference Conclusions
17:00 Farewell Reception, Hotel Inex Olgica - Aperitif Bar Terrace

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