Founder & Executive Director
Andrei Marcu has vast experience in managing policy-focused organisations, creating partnerships, managing stakeholder relations and fundraising. His focus has been on sustainable development, climate change and energy. In different capacities, he has been engaged in multilateral negotiating processes and subsequent implementation action, both at the global and sectorial level. He has acted as negotiator for developing countries, coordinator for the G-77 and China, and as representative of the international business community. He pioneered cooperation between the UN system and multinational corporations when serving as Manager of Private Sector Cooperation in the United Nations Development Programme.
During his career, Mr. Marcu has performed at the highest managerial level, both in business organisations and in non-profit organisations. This includes: Sr. Vice President and Head of Regulatory and Policy Affairs at Mercuria Energy Group; CEO of Bluenext, a Paris based exchange; Managing Director for Climate & Energy at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in charge of Energy and Climate and as Vice Chair of the Energy and Environment Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris; Senior Associate to the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Senior Advisor on Climate Change and Emissions Trading at Bennett Jones LLP in Canada; Founder, President and CEO of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), a business association with offices in Geneva, Brussels, Washington and Toronto. Mr Marcu founded the organisation and made it into one of the leading global business NGOs and the voice of business in its field. Mr. Marcu initiated his career in Ontario Hydro, where among other responsibilities, he served as Chief of Staff for the Chairman & CEO.
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Energy Diversity – How can Europe turn its different energy concepts into a coherent strategy?
Europe is a continent of diversity, not last with regards to its energy policies. Energy production, supply and demand are structured very differently from region to region. For the self-imposed ambitions to climate neutrality, this diversity can be a disadvantage, and it may affect Europe’s competitiveness vis-à-vis the other large economic areas of the world. On the other hand, the different approaches might be turned into an asset, making Europe more resilient. How can Europe turn its different energy concepts into a coherent strategy?
Gilles Le Van, Vice-President Large Industries and Energy Transition Central Europe, Air Liquide
Mechthild Wörsdörfer, Deputy Director-General for Energy, European Commission
Markus Lesser, CEO, PNE
Andrei Marcu, Founder & Executive Director, ERCST
Moderation: Holger Lösch, Deputy Director-General, BDI