Jerzy Buzek

MEP, Chair, ITRE Committee

Polish politician and university professor, Jerzy Buzek is a former Prime Minister of Poland and former President of the European Parliament.

A member of the European Parliament since 2004, he currently chairs European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE).

He is the chairman of the European Energy Forum, a platform for discussion between European energy stakeholders and policymakers. Presently, he lead's EP's work on Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation, being formerly responsible for, inter alia, the Security of Gas Supply legislation, the EU Internal Energy Market, European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) and the EU’s 7th Framework Programme for Research.

In 2010, together with Jacques Delors, he proposed the creation of a “European Energy Community”, a strategy to strengthen energy legislation and cooperation within and outside the EU which laid foundations for EU's Energy Union. He has received honorary doctorates from numerous universities and is an honorary citizen of more than a dozen cities in Poland.

Bertrand Piccard

CEO and Co-founder, Solar Impulse

With his dual identity as a medical doctor and explorer, Bertrand Piccard has become an influential voice heard among the most distinguished institutions across the globe as a forward-thinking leader in progress and sustainability.

He is independent, not affiliated to aparticular party or lobbying group, and as such is atrusted adviser and influencer for the development of new societal solutions, and a very sought-after speake rfor private and public audiences.

It is in Bertrand’s DNA to go beyond the obvious and achieve the impossible, as he did with his two round-the-world flights, recently in a solar-powered airplane, and before that non-stop in a balloon. The ocean depths and the stratosphere attracted his father and grandfather; the challenges of our time fascinate him. Rather than new territories, he wants to discover new ways of doing and thinking, in particular in the field of clean technologies for a better quality of life.

Bertrand is the initiator and visionary behind Solar Impulse, the very first airplane capable of flying perpetually without fuel. Taking turns at the controls with André Borschberg for the first flight around the world on solar power, his ambition is to leverage pioneering spirit for a useful contribution to the cause of renewable energies. This is why he spent the last 15 years bringing together the major partners providing technologies and funds for this adventure. Together with his wife Michèle, he conceived the Solar Impulse project as a now widely recognized platform to raise public awareness and encourage political actions in favour of clean technologies and energy efficiency, the next stage of which includes the establishment to this end of the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions under the aegis of the Solar Impulse Foundation.

The inspiration he received from other explorers and pioneers during his childhood gave him the desire to inspire young generations in return.

Victor Negrescu

Minister Delegate for European Affairs, Romania

Minister Delegate for European Affairs, Victor Negrescu, was born on 17 August 1985, in Bucharest.

Former Member of the European Parliament (2014-2017), Negrescu was the coordinator of S&D40, the network of the young S&D MEPs in the European Parliament. Winner of the MEP Award 2015 for Digital Agenda, Victor Negrescu was also the youngest Romanian MEP to get ever elected in the European Parliament and he is the youngest ever vice-president of the Social Democratic Party of Romania (PSD).

President of PES activists Romania, an organization gathering more than 10.000 members interested in European issues and politics, he is also a university teacher and former digital entrepreneur with an MBA in executive business and a PhD in development cooperation.

He started his professional career as a journalist at Radio France Internationale, collaborating in parallel with the prestigious magazines Le Monde diplomatique and Regard. Victor Negrescu is also the founder of the Romanian Foundation for a Democratic Left, gathering respected left wing Romanian intellectuals of the new wave.

Andrey Novakov


Andrey Novakov is the youngest Member of the European Parliament and joined the institution in November 2014. He is a Vice-Coordinator in the Committee on Regional Development and a K4I Governing Board member.

Andrey and his team are mainly focused on the future of EU funding, EU financing for businesses, entrepreneurs, innovators and infrastructure. He is covering three committees – Regional development (REGI - EU funding), Budgets (BUDG - EU annual and multiannual budgets) and Budgetary Control (CONT - how EU institutions utilise EU investments).

The future Multiannual Financial Framework as well as the annual EU budgets are among the core activities of Andrey in BUDG who, for two consecutive years, was part of the negotiating team for the 2018 EU budget. The committee is where every year he launches successfully pilot projects funded by the European Commission.

In CONT Andrey and his team have been involved in the evaluation of the 7th Framework Programme. The latest priorities are securing stable levels of financing under Horizon 2020the as well as the post-2020 R&I funding.

For his achievements, Andrey Novakov was selected by Forbes magazine in its prestigious 30 under 30 ranking for young leaders positively changing the world.

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