EIC Spring Conference

20-21 April 2017, Copenhagen

Presentations & Speakers

EIC General Assembly

Copenhagen - April 2017

Jesper Arkil

EIC Board Member - CEO of Arkil


Workshop Introduction

Jesper Arkil is the CEO of the Arkil Group and 3rd generation in the family controlled, Danish contractor, established in 1941, with approximately 1800 employees in Denmark, Germany, Ireland and Sweden. Besides work in his business, Jesper Arkil engages himself in the activities of the Danish Construction Association as well as in other employer related activities.

Paolo Ciccarelli

Head of Unit Water, Infrastructure, Cities - DG DEVCO, European Commission


The EU’s Support to Partner Countries to tackle the Challenges of Rapid Urbanisation

Paolo Ciccarelli is Head of Unit Water, Infrastructure, Cities, managing a team of 20, at DG Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid. He is an architect specialised in development cooperation in the private and public sectors with more than 30 years of experience in managing a broad range of infrastructure projects in Europe and Africa. His experience of living and working in Somalia, and in EU Delegations in Nigeria, Uganda and Zambia enables him to work in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment. He spent more than 20 years with The European Commission and gained experience in policy and strategy negotiation in international forums as well as project appraisal and implementation in many sectors, particularly in the water and transport sectors.

Christian Günner

Director Systems Development - HAMBURG WASSER


Adaptation of Hamburg's Water Infrastructure to Climate Change

Christian Günner is a Civil Engineer and currently holds the position of Director Systems Development at HAMBURG WASSER, which he joined in 2006. He is a specialist for strategic planning, conceptual planning and feasibility studies for water supply and wastewater disposal systems; new sanitary concepts; planning, design and construction of sewage plant installations involving civil, mechanical and electrical engineering; process and system evaluation of wastewater and sewage sludge treatment plants; cost-benefit analyses; invitations to tenders ; operation and maintenance of sewer networks; implementation of complex maintenance support systems for big sewer operation services, geographical information and management systems for documents; stormwater management and long-term urban infrastructural planning.


Morten Ellkjaer

Head of Green Growth, Danida - Denmark


World 2030: Growth through Sustainable Development

Morten Ellkjaer is the Head of Growth at Denmark's Danida. This is the term used for Denmark’s development cooperation, which is an area of activity under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

Verner Kristansen

Communications and International Development Specialist - Verner Kristiansen ApS


Conference Moderator

Verner Kristiansen has more than twenty years of experience in strategic communication and international development. His employment record includes the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, international organisations and the Copenhagen-based think tank Monday Morning. Results-orientation of interactive conferences is a particular interest he has developed over the past ten years of advisory services to decision-makers and practitioners in private companies, governments and civil society. He works in English, German and Danish. Further details can be found on his website vernerkristiansen.com.

Mathieu Mazenod

Principal Policy Officer Growth and Infrastructure - Greater London


Preparing for Growth in London: A Strategic Infrastructure Investment Plan

Mathieu Mazenod is the growth and infrastructure principal policy officer at the Greater London Authority since April 2016. He was previously the lead for the climate change programme at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (2010-16). He has over 15 years’ experience in project and programme management within large public and private sectors organisations in Paris and London. Mathieu has an engineering degree from Ecole des Mines and a business degree from ESSEC (France).

Anders Samuelsen

Minister for Foreign Affairs - Denmark


Keynote Address

Anders Samuelsen is the founder and party leader of Denmark's Liberal Alliance since 2009. He was appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs from 28 November 2016 and served as Member of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2007.

Jeremy Skinner

Head of Economic Growth - Greater London Authority


Preparing for Growth in London: A Strategic Infrastructure Investment Plan

Jeremy Skinner is head of economic growth at the Greater London Authority. His team advises the Mayor on policies, programmes and projects to support both higher rates of growth in the capital and greater opportunities for Londoners. He led the team that produced the London Infrastructure Plan to 2050 and was the lead official on the London Finance Commission, which recommended full devolution of property taxes to the capital.  He has previously worked at HM Treasury, PA Consulting Group and trained with the Audit Commission.

James Stewart

Chairman Global Infrastructure - KPMG


Climate Change and the Infrastructure Sector, Climate Change and the Water Sector & Climate Change and Developing Countries

James Stewart joined KPMG in 2011. He is Chairman of KPMG’s Global Infrastructure practice. In the past four years, he visited nearly 50 countries to discuss their infrastructure investment programmes interacting with both the public and private sectors. In his role as Chairman he supports KPMG’s infrastructure businesses all over the world operating across all stages of the asset lifecycle. He has been involved in the Infrastructure and PPP market for over 20 years and has particular experience advising governments on delivering infrastructure investment programmes. James Stewart is a member of the Infrastructure Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum and the Chairman of the Advisory Board for the UNECE PPP Centre of Excellence and regularly speaks around the world at high profile infrastructure/investment conferences.