Jean Vermeire graduated with a degree in electro-mechanical engineering from the University of Ghent (Belgium) and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California (Berkeley).
He joined Distrigas, the Belgian-based natural gas company, in 1989 as Commercial Director, responsible for sales, supply and transit of natural gas. Appointed General Director and CEO of the new gas merchant company Distrigas as of 1st December 2001 after the unbundling of the former Distrigas. Retired from this position in January 2005. Member of the Board of Directors from May 2003 to March 2012 and Chairman of the Board from October 2008 to March 2012.
Previously with the Chevron Corporation for 17 years with various managerial assignments in commercial, finance and planning in the oil and gas activities of the corporation, with postings in Belgium, Italy, UK, USA and Australia.
Now active as independent consultant on commercial matters in the gas industry.
Member of the Supervisory Board of the Nederlandse Gasunie N.V. and Honorary President of the Paris-based International Group of LNG Importers (GIIGNL).
Senior fellow at the Energy Delta Institute in Groningen.
Andrej Pustisek studied Geophysics and Economy and holds a PhD in Geophysics from the University of Vienna, Austria and a PhD in Economy from the University of Münster.
Working for Wintershall AG, Germany and then WINGAS in the 1990s he had responsibilities in international natural gas purchasing, transportation, storage and optimization. After changing to E.ON Ruhrgas in 2002 he led as Senior Vice President International Natural Gas Sales and then, from 2008 to 2011 Portfolio Management. In this function he also headed the E.ON team during the January 2009 supply interruption (“Ukrainian crisis”). He currently consults international natural gas and energy companies, conducts international courses on natural gas for HOT Engineering, Leoben and teaches energy economics at the University of Applied Science, Stuttgart and at the University of Karlsruhe.