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ETEC Meeting: European Union Energy Delegation
April 13 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am EDT
EU Energy Counselors Biographies
Jens Acker has served at the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. as the Counselor for Energy, Trade and Digital Economy since April 2016. He is seconded to that position by the German Ministry for Economics and Energy.
Prior to that, Mr. Acker was Legal Counsel in the energy department of the Ministry for Economics and Energy in Berlin from 2011 -2016, and within the European Department on EU-State Aid issues from 2007 – 2011. Mr. Acker was the Desk Officer at the State Chancellery of the Free State of Saxony (the regional government in south eastern Germany), specializing in Federal and European Affairs.
Eva Hunnius Ohlin works in the Trade and Economic Affairs section at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington DC. In her role as senior advisor for energy and environment, she reports on US energy, climate and environment policy as well as transportation policy and promotes Swedish environmental technologies. Prior to this position, she worked as an analyst at the Swedish Agency for Growth Policy Analysis, where she focused on entrepreneurship and innovation systems.
Prior to joining the agency, she managed the local Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC. Mrs. Ohlin has a Master of Science in Business Administration from the School of Business, Economics and Law in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Nikica Kopacevic has served in his current position of counselor at the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Washington, D.C. since September 2016 and earlier as the Second Secretary in the Political Military Affairs section. For one year between these two assignments, Mr. Kopacevic served as Chief of Staff for the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Croatia. Earlier in his career, Mr. Kopacevic served in the Office of Afghanistan Affairs and in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs in the U.S. Department of State and in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration in the Republic of Croatia.
Mr. Kopacevic graduated with a Master’s degree in Economy-Finance from the University of Rijeka. Additionally, he attended the Diplomatic Academy with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Croatia.
Irina Markina serves as a Senior Energy Advisor at the European Union Delegation to the United States, based in Washington, D.C. Ms. Markina has over seven years of experience in public service. Her expertise spans energy, economic, security and environmental sectors. At the EU Delegation in Washington D.C., Ms. Markina directs European diplomatic energy engagements with the U.S. and she oversees the development and implementation of strategic priorities under the EU-U.S. energy Council. In that role, Ms. Markina reports to the European External Action Service and the European Commission Directorate General for Energy.
Prior to joining the EU Delegation to the U.S., Ms. Markina worked at the European Parliament, based in Brussels, Belgium and the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Lithuania.
Ms. Markina holds a Master of Science in European Affairs with a focus on Political Economy and Environmental Policy form Lund University, Sweden, and a highest honors degree in Political Science and International Relations with a focus on Security Studies and energy sector from Vilnius University, Lithuania.
Prior to that, he joined in 2013 the General Secretariat of the national debate on the energy transition, before becoming head of the gas infrastructure unit of the Directorate General for Energy and Climate within France’s Ministry of the Environment, Energy and the Sea.
Previously, he held various positions at the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN). He began his career at the French-German Research Institute for Defense, and then as Head of a regional unit at the Directorate for the Research, Industry and Environment of Alsace. Krembel is Ingenieur du Corps des Mines.
Michel Wallemacq has been working in different capacities in the economic and trade sector in Europe, North Africa, Eastern Africa and lately in US.
He started his professional career by working several years in an international auditing company in Belgium before leaving for trade opportunities to Egypt. He later moved to Kenya where he was providing economic and trade services in all Eastern Africa.
Michel has a strong interest in the energy sector since his stay in Africa where alternative energies were largely underutilized while deforestation for basic cooking and heating purposes was turning a fragile environment into a desert, making life for the local population very complicated and hard. This interest in the energy sector was reinforced when he came to the U.S., a country where there are still great opportunities for energy efficiency.
To better understand the practical aspects of the energy sector and the way forward to improve our environment, Michel completed a degree in Energy Technology with the University of Montana.
In his daily work, Michel covers for the Belgian Embassy in Washington the sectors of agriculture, transport, economy, finance and, of course, energy. He will organize at the end of May, in cooperation with the town of Brussels, a mission on the high efficiency buildings in Washington DC.
Michel is graduated in law and economics (Hon) from the University of Louvain in Belgium and in Energy technology (HH) from the University of Montana
Fabrice Vareille joined the EU Delegation to the United States as Head of the Transport, Energy and Environment section in September 2014.
He has served in the EU External Relation Services since 2001 both in Brussels headquarters and foreign postings. Fabrice’s decade-long diplomatic experience has been primarily focused on key EU partners in the Asia-Pacific. Most recently, Fabrice was the Deputy Head of the European External Action Service (EEAS) Division for relations with Japan, the Koreas, Australia and New Zealand. From 2001 to 2006, he served in the same division in various assignments ranging from managing trade promotion and cooperation programs with Japan and Korea to holding political desk officer positions for relations with Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
Fabrice was posted in Tokyo to the EU Delegation to Japan from 2007 to 2011 as Head of the Political and Economic Section and was directly involved in the EU’s response to the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami and the ensuing Fukushima nuclear accident. After his stint in Tokyo, he worked on China-related issues, as political coordinator in the EEAS China and Mongolia Division (2011-2012) where he closely followed the launch of the EU-China Urbanisation Partnership in February 2012.
Fabrice Vareille joined the European Commission in 1996; early in his EU career he held several positions in the Commission department in charge of education and training, with a particular focus on youth policies. Prior to becoming an EU official, Fabrice worked in the non-profit sector for an NGO promoting environmental education through scientific expeditions in polar areas.
Fabrice graduated from ‘Sciences-Po’ Paris and from the Paris Management School ESCP-Europe.
Ludovica LAVIANI MANCINELLI, First Secretary, was Born in Potenza, Italy.
Ms. Mancinelli began her diplomatic service in 2013 as Second Secretary, with assignments at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Directorate General for Global Affairs, Office of G7 and G20 and in the Office of the Diplomatic Advisor to the President of Council of Ministers (2016), where she was also responsible for the G7 Taormina Summit in 2017.
Since August 7, 2017 she serves at the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC, where she works in the Economic, Commercial and Scientific Office and is the Chief of Events Office. Ms. Mancinelli has a degree in Economy and Management of Public Administrations and International Institutions from Luigi Bocconi University.
Dora Zombori is the Energy and Political-Military Officer at the Embassy of Hungary in Washington D.C. She overseas traditional and emerging security challenges.
Prior to her assignment at the Embassy, she worked at the U.S. Department of State’s East Asia Bureau, where she was a Transatlantic Diplomatic Fellow for Multilateral Affairs (EAP/MLA). Previously, she was Head of the Energy Security Unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary. Other tours include: Desk Officer for Energy Security, Energy Policy Coordinator for Hungary’s EU Presidency Team and Desk Officer for Japan, Korea and the Asian Development Bank.
Ms. Zombori earned her Master’s Degree in International Relations from Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary. She also studied Political Science at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and at Dublin City University, Ireland. Ms. Zombori speaks English, Danish and French.