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Mikko Viinikainen

Vice-President, Sustainability & Environment, Finavia Corporation – Helsinki-Vantaa, Finland

Lawrence Jones

Vice-President, Edison Electric Institute – Washington DC, USA

Ben Gerritsen

GM Commercial & Regulation, First Gas – New Zealand

Tina Frew

Biofuels Strategy Manager, Z Energy – New Zealand

Andrew Clennett

Co-Founder & CEO, Hiringa Energy – New Zealand

Christoph Frei

Secretary-General & CEO World Energy Council – London, United Kingdom

Dr. Steve Meller

Innovation strategist – Silicon Valley, USA

Vinod Tiwari

GM Business Development, Power Ledger – Perth, Australia

"The Government of Japan regards climate change and energy conservation as among the most serious issues of the 21st century, and is committed to playing its part in working towards a hydrogen energy-based society. It promotes renewable energy alongside the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in its efforts towards decarbonisation and energy conservation.

Energy issues are a common theme among the major challenges that face the world today in areas that also include security, poverty, and increasing population pressures. Tough times also bring opportunity, and Japan will play an active and responsible role in looking for ways to resolve this challenge - just as it did in developing energy-conserving technologies as a result of the oil crisis in the 1970s.

The theme of this year’s Asia Pacific Energy Leaders’ Summit - The 3Ds: Decarbonisation, Decentralisation and Digitalisation - is highly appropriate given rapid advancements in related technologies. I hope that this Summit will allow many opportunities for energy officials and international business partners to share views, build networks and discuss a broad range of topics."

- HE Toshihisa Takata, Ambassador of Japan

“The energy sector is changing on a pace, which was never seen before. The enablers and drivers are the 3D´s – decentralisation, digitalisation and decarbonisation. Business leaders have to be prepared to cope with the speed of innovation by new forms of cooperation und questioning existing business models combining the physical and digital reality. The APEL Summit is on the forefront of this fast-pace evolution.”

- Carsten Rolle, Executive Director, World Energy Council, Germany