Robin Loos is the Senior Sustainable Transport Officer at BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation. He’s leading BEUC’s work on topics such as emissions from cars, charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, access to in-vehicle data and multimodality. His work mainly focuses on making the transition convenient and financially interesting to consumers.
Robin has a background in Political Science at the Université de Louvain and in European Politics at the College of Europe. He previously worked as Mobility adviser in the Belgian Federal Parliament and as a consultant in EU Affairs
Sarah Walker is a Transport Programme Manager at the European Climate Foundation (ECF). She joined the ECF as Senior Associate in 2019, developing her expertise on decarbonisation of road transport.
In this role, Sarah has supported more than 60 organisations across Europe to work towards the provision of an accessible, affordable zero emission transport network.
Based in Brussels, Belgium for the last ten years, Sarah has spent this time working closely with and for the European Union (EU) institutions. From 2016 to 2019, she was a Senior Advisor to the UK Representation to the EU on transport, environmental and climate policy. Before this, she worked for a Member of the European Parliament, focusing on corporate social responsibility and human rights.
Prior to moving to Brussels, Sarah lived in Strasbourg, France whilst serving as the UK’s legal intern at the European Court of Human Rights. Before moving to mainland Europe, Sarah studied Law. She obtained an LLB (Hons) from the University of Exeter (UK) as well as a Master’s (LLM) in Public and Human Rights Law at University College London (UK). Sarah is a trained Barrister, being called to the Bar of England and Wales in November 2012.
João joined DIGITALEUROPE in April 2022 as Associate Director for Digital & Green Transformation Policy, continuing the association’s work on the twin transition and promoting digital as a necessity for significant climate action.
Before joining DIGITALEUROPE, João was Head of Environment & Sustainability and Senior EU Affairs Manager at Hitachi Europe GmbH. Between 2012 and 2021, he worked on EU Environmental policy in the field of Chemicals, Circular Economy, Climate and the European Green Deal. As part of his mission, he contributed to promoting and implementing decarbonisation/greenhouse gases emissions reduction policies and actions across Hitachi Group in Europe. During the same period, he also worked in the field of EU health policy.
Prior to joining Hitachi, João worked for a Medical Devices/Cosmetics regulatory consultancy and completed several internship experiences in the public and private sectors, including at the European Commission, the Embassy of Portugal in Tokyo, a law firm, and a trade association.
João holds a degree in Law from Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal) and a LLM in EU Law from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain). In 2021, he completed a business sustainability management course at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (UK).
A German national, Axel holds a PhD in Political Sciences from the Free University Berlin, Germany.
He joined the European Commission in 2013. In 2021, he was appointed the Deputy Head of Unit for Sustainable & Intelligent Transport at DG MOVE. The Unit is responsible for policies on sustainable and smart mobility, including the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive, Clean Vehicles Directive, Intelligent Transport Systems Directive and related delegated acts as well as promotional policy initiatives in the field of renewable and low-carbon fuels and connected and automated mobility.
Prior to joining the Commission, Axel has held different positions in the public and private sector in Belgium, Denmark and Germany.
Anna Gumbau is a freelance energy and climate journalist based in Brussels. She covers European energy, climate change and circular economy policies for outlets including Energy Monitor, Euractiv, FORESIGHT Climate & Energy Deutsche Welle, and has published opinion pieces for media including El Pais and Agenda Pública. She is also an experienced event moderator at the Moderating EU collective, and has been a mentor for journalists at the Earth Journalism Network Prior to going freelance, she was Carbon Pulse's Brussels correspondent, and an energy reporter with Interfax Global Energy Services in London.
As the EY Global Energy & Resources Industry Market Leader, Serge supports clients as they manage challenges related to the energy transition.
Throughout his career, he has worked extensively in all parts of the value chain and with clients in diverse geographies.
Drawing on close to 30 years of experience, Serge provides guidance on strategies and business models and helps clients build the capabilities required for the new energy world.
He earned a master’s degree in Applied Economics from Ghent University, an ABMP degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and an MBA in General Management from Vlerick Business School.
How Serge is building a better working world
Serge helps clients take advantage of low-carbon renewable energy sources and emerging technologies. His work directly contributes to greener operations, a better and more efficient customer experience and increased green capital investment potential.
From electric guitars to electric cars Roger has been on a colourful journey! After a couple of decades singing the praises of combustion engines he changed his tune a decade ago to become an EV advocate. Musician turned business consultant, his 'Electric Vehicles Outlook' consultancy has been busy with automotive, finance, mining, and energy clients, as well as publicly sharing an EV narrative on the LinkedIn platform where he now has in excess of 200,000 followers. A trio of start-ups behind him:- online car retailing at Virgin cars: amphibious vehicles with Gibbs: and electric trucks at Modec, he now acts as Brand Ambassador for SAIC Europe, and Rimac Automobili, as well as helping French start-up Paris Electric and Gao Feng Advisory in China.
Kristian Ruby took over as Secretary General of Eurelectric, effective 1 January 2017. Prior to his appointment, he worked at WindEurope as part of the Executive Management team where, in his capacity as Chief Policy Officer, he was in charge of developing and implementing the political strategy of the association. Mr Ruby previously also held positions as assistant to the former European Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard and served, for a number of years, as a public servant in the Danish Ministries of Climate and Energy as well as Environment.
Ivan-Asen Ivanov is an Energy & Climate Policy Officer at Eurelectric. Working as the advisor for all policy matters related to two high-level working groups within the association – WG E-mobility and WG Electrification & Energy Efficiency – he is representing the interests of Eurelectric’s vast body of members active in power generation, distribution, and supply across 30 European countries.
Prior to joining Eurelectric, Ivan-Asen was part of the ENVI Committee team at the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament. Furthermore, he has worked extensively on various EU public affairs topics in Brussels, covering roles from energy consulting to NGO advocacy. A Bulgarian native, Ivan-Asen has studied Political Science with a focus on European affairs and environmental policy, in Sofia University and Sciences Po Paris.