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Mike Horn


Mike Horn

Mike Horn is acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest modern day adventurer-explorers. He has undertaken exceptional feats of endurance, determination and courage, which have extended the boundaries of human achievement. Mike’s list of accomplishments is unparalleled. He has been pushing the boundaries of exploration for more than 20 years now. He’s circled the world twice (once on the Equator and once on the Arctic Circle); he’s walked to the North Pole in winter and complete darkness ; he’s sailed around the planet for four years on his boat educating the youth about the environment; and he’s scaled four of the world’s 8,000+m mountains.


Speech on September 29 at 5:30 p.m.


Nicolas Aumar

Director of the division



Nicolas AUMAR, Director of the ROUGEOT ENERGIE division, is in charge of the direction, management and animation of JUSTY, a design and engineering office. ROUGEOT ENERGIE is a general contractor of hydrogen stations, and ISTHY an European testing center which provides certifications of hydrogen storage systems. 

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Workshop n°03 : “Technologies for using Hydrogen”

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Stéphane Aver

Chairman and CEO


Stéphane Aver founded Aaqius in 2006, Innovative SME, specializing in the creation of low carbon technological standards for mobility and energy. Following the COP21 in Paris, STOR-H the new Aaqius standard is launched. This technological key to the carbon-free hydrogen sector aims to be the new energy standard for green mobility of less than 1 ton. In 2017, China, Morocco, United Arab Emirates are the first to adopt it.

Workshop n°03 : “Technologies for the use of hydrogen” 

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Lucas Bertrand

Business Development Manager

ITM Power

Lucas worked 12 years in the hydrogen industry, most recently as Business Development Manager with ITM Power, the PEM Electrolyser Company. As AFHYPAC member, cofounder of H2 Mobilité France, he participated actively to the emergence of the French H2 vision, promotes and successfully developed H2 projects in France (Pau Bus Station), Benelux (Gasunie), and Iberia.

Plenary n°04 : “Hydrogen energy production / storage / distribution” 

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Christian Bestien

Business Development Director

Haffner Energy

Christian Bestien is Director of Business Development at Haffner Energy: the company behind the HYNOCA® solution, an innovative process for producing carbon-free and renewable hydrogen using the thermolysis of biomass.

Plenary n°05 : “Developing stationary applications” 

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Bart Biebuyck

Executive Director


Bart Biebuyck is since 16th May 2016 the Executive Director of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), a public-private partnership aiming at facilitating the deployment of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies in Europe.

Plenary n°02 : “Hydrogen for heavy mobility”

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Philippe Boucly

Since December 2017, Philippe Boucly has been President of France Hydrogène, the association which brings together players in the French hydrogen and fuel cell industry, after having been its 1st Vice-President for 4 years within this association. From 2009 to April 2013, Philippe Boucly was the Managing Director of GRTgaz, the main French operator of the natural gas transmission network. It was during his tenure that the company made the transition to renewable gases, particularly hydrogen. Philippe Boucly has spent his entire career with Gaz de France, which became GDF Suez then ENGIE.

Plenary n°03 : « Industrialization: going forward with giga factories» 

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Jean-Marie Bourgeais



Jean-Marie Bourgeais is a senior engineer expert in electronics with a background in mechanics. He’s specialized in design, development and integration of complex technical solutions. Passionate about new technologies, he has been one of the rare green hydrogen pioneers-visionaries since 2010 after 4 years of R&D at Airbus. He created the company PowiDian in 2013, a spinoff from Airbus, to develop and implement decentralized energy solutions internationally.

Workshop n°02 : “Stationary applications” 

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Linda Brussaard

Experte en systèmes électriques


After finishing her PhD in Physics, she started working for the Dutch Ministry of Transport and Waterworks. First she was involved in the electrical & mechanical systems in road tunnels, which are safety related systems. In 2005 she changed to the Dutch Civil Aviation Authority and has since then been involved in airworthiness of aircraft as electrical systems expert. Since 2009 she is working for the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Besides the regular certification of all kinds of aircraft, she is a.o. involved in Eurocae working groups regarding electromagnetic hazards and Hydrogen and fuel cell systems, and is a regular contributor to conferences like ICOLSE, MEA, and others.

Workshop n°01 : “Regulatory aspects along the entire value chain”

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Damien Buet

Faurecia Clean Mobility – Zero Emission Division Vice President


Damien Buet is Zero Emission Division Vice-President at Faurecia Clean Mobility. After starting his career with Michelin in operations, he joined McKinsey where he was a senior manager in the Industry practice. He joined FCI in 2009, then under LBO by Bain Capital, and participated in the turnaround of the company in Marketing, Strategy and Sales functions. After the takeover of FCI by Delphi (now Aptiv) in 2012, he became Business Unit Director. He joined Faurecia Clean Mobility in 2016 as Vice-President of Global Sales & Programs, then lead the Emerging Markets Division for 3 years until taking his current position in April 2021. Damien Buet has an Engineering degree from Mines Paris Tech, with specialization in management and finance.

Workshop n°06 : “Production and storage technologies” 

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Cécile Cohas

Innovation research manager

Voies navigables de France 

20 years experience working with industry, politicians, policy makers, academics and third parties specifically in developing new public and private business using national and European funding.14 years working for VNF (French Rivers) leading major initiatives within complex public and private organizations. For 15 years, she has been working for rivers innovation in leading or being part of multidisciplinary team involved in innovative projects and programms bringing technology trends (energies, new propulsion for boat, innovativ logistic) and requiring regional and European fundraising.

Workshop n°05 : “Waterways applications”

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Julien Étienne

Managing Director



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Sébastien Faivre

CEO and co-founder

H2SYS company

Sébastien Faivre is the CEO and co-founder of the H2SYS company established in 2017. H2SYS commercializes hydrogen generating sets and hydrogen “Power Packs” for industry and Off-road mobility. In 2011, he joined the FCLAB-CNRS Research Federation as Vehicle Project Manager on the MobyPost Project which gave birth to the first hydrogen vehicles fleet registered in France.

Plenary n°05 : ” Developing stationary applications”


Capella Festa

Chief Operating Officer (COO)


Capella Festa is the Chief Operating Officer of Genvia, a joint venture between the CEA and Schlumberger.  Before joining Genvia in March of this year Capella was Vice President of Schlumberger New Energy which responsibility for Hydrogen.  Capella has held different technical, operational and management roles over a twenty-five-year career with Schlumberger including a three-year secondment to the International Energy Agency where she was one of the authors of the World Energy Outlook.

Plenary n°03 : « Industrialization: going forward with giga factories» 

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Max Gantet

Max Gantet is a Project Leader at Bouygues Energies & Services BU Smart Energies . As a Project Leader, he is involved in the national dynamic of green hydrogen production in order to develop 100% carbon-free ecosystems (mobility, industry & renewable energy storage). 

Workshop n°02 : “Stationary applications” 

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Christophe Gaussin

Christophe Gaussin is the CEO of the company GAUSSIN. In 1995, he took over the reins of the family business founded in 1880 by his great-great grandfather Eugène Gaussin. At the same period, he took over the presidency of the Lure Chamber of Commerce, which he merged with that of Vesoul. The company’s market value is today approximately €250 million. Under the leadership of Christophe Gaussin, GAUSSIN is transformed into an engineering company, world leader in the field of clean and intelligent freight transport. In December, GAUSSIN announced a world first: its participation in the Dakar 2022 with a hydrogen-powered truck. 

Plenary n°02 : “Hydrogen for heavy mobility”

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Matthieu Guesné



Matthieu Guesné, former research director at CEA, founded Lhyfe in 2017. “Hydrogen is our future if it is clean from start to finish. We produce it from renewable energy. It’s not complicated, and better for our children ”. 

Workshop n°04 : “Electrolysis and industrial hydrogen”

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Roland Hequet

VP Hydrogen Strategy & Origination

John Cockerill

Roland Hequet is Vice-President Strategy & Origination of John Cockerill Hydrogen. After getting a Master’s degree in engineering and general management, Roland has taken several managerial positions in large multi-national companies. He has spent his career in Europe, the USA and other parts of the world.With John Cockerill, he has been in charge of several of the group companies in France, Germany, USA, Russia and India.Since 2018, he has been developing the hydrogen activity of John Cockerill worldwide.

Workshop n°06 : “Production and storage technologies” 

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Jacques Hoffner

Faurecia Clean Mobility – Business Development Director for Zero Emission division


Jacques Hoffner is Business Development Director for Zero Emission Division of Faurecia Clean Mobility. He joined Faurecia 30 years ago as process engineer by Faurecia Automotive Exteriors. He then became R&D Vice President, including the composite activity. Since 2017, he joined Faurecia Clean Mobility as Technology fueling & Business Development Director for Zero Emission Division. Jacques Hoffner graduated from Université de Technologie de Compiègne (UTC) with a degree in mechanical engineering between 1989 and 1991.

Plenary n°02 : “Hydrogen for heavy mobility”

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David Holderbach



Born in 1971 in Valence (France), David Holderbach graduated in aerospace engineering from Arizona State University. He started his career at Renault in 1996 as Thermal Comfort Manager before joining Auto Chassis International (ACI, Renault Group) in 2002 as a Project Engineer, then as Engineering Manager at ACI Japan. In 2006, he joined Nissan as Program Manager on the D platform, then returned to Renault Group in 2009 where he led the cross-functional team in charge of Product synergies. In 2010, David was appointed Segment Chief Product Specialist of the Global Access range. Three years later, he became America Program Director, within the Americas Region, based in Brazil. In September 2018, he returned to Europe as After Sales Europe Project Director and then became After-Sales Director of Renault Benelux where he completed the merger of After-Sales and Quality of Service. 

Since June 3, 2021, David is Chairman of the HYVIA joint venture created between Renault Group and Plug Power, which leads the way towards a complete ecosystem of technologies and services for hydrogen mobility. 

Plenary n°02 : “Hydrogen for heavy mobility”

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Carina Krastel

Commercial Director at European Green Hydrogen Acceleration Center (EGHAC)

EIT InnoEnergy

Carina Krastel is a sustainable energy engineer with experience in engineering, business and innovation. Since 2009, she has worked in the construction and the industrial gas industry on sustainable energy, air quality and innovation topics. Prior to joining InnoEnergy, Carina has worked as the Director for New Offers for the Energy Transition for the Large Industry Business of Air Liquide, a French industrial gas company, focusing on offers for green hydrogen and carbon capture solutions.

Workshop n°04 : “Electrolysis and industrial hydrogen”

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Jérémie Lagarrigue

Jérémie Lagarrigue, EODev‘s CEO and former F18 catamaran world champion, is representative of this generation of engineers for whom the energy transition only makes sense if it is transformed into technological reality. Before joining EODev, Jérémie was the director of Hydros.

Workshop n°05 : “Waterways applications”

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Yane Laperche Riteau

Business Development Director

Ballard Power Systems Inc.

Yane Laperche Riteau joined Ballard Power Systems Inc. in October 2013 as Business Development Director, she has been in the Fuel Cells industry since 2008 working for IdaTech LLC and developing sales mainly in Europe.

Plenary n°02 : “Hydrogen for heavy mobility”


Chris Lefrère

Project Manager HyTrucks


Since 2020 Chris is project manager in charge of developing the HyTrucks project. HyTrucks is a consortium of world leading hydrogen producers, hydrogen pipeline and transport operators, hydrogen refueling station operators, truck manufacturers, transport operators, shippers, technology providers and the ports of Antwerp, Duisburg and Rotterdam.  HyTrucks’s ambition is to kick-start the decarbonization of heavy duty transport in Europe by means of a coordinated deployment of up to 1,000 heavy duty hydrogen trucks and 25 heavy duty hydrogen refueling stations by 2025.

Plenary n°02 : “Hydrogen for heavy mobility”


Bruno Lestrade

Customer Account Manager at GRTGaz & mosaHYc (H2) project


Being graduated from Chimie ParisTech and the IFP-School, and after 15 years in the heavy industry, Bruno Lestrade has joined GRTgaz and its regional commercial teams on the North-East region to deal with natural gas customer and their mutations due to the Energy Transition. Since 2019, Bruno Lestrade is part of the MosaHYc team that aims to create the first H2 hub in France linked with the coal-power plants conversion in Carling and Fenne-Völklingen.

Workshop n°04 : “Electrolysis and industrial hydrogen”


Yannick Legay

Technical and Sales Director


Engineer by training, Mr. Legay has been Technical Sales Director of Alstom France since 2018. Previously, he was System and Production Engineer, Technical Manager of CITADIS Tramways projects, Technical Manager for the development of the AGV prototype, Marketing and Strategy Director and Technical Director High Speed ​​Train Platform, and Engineering Director of the Alstom site, La Rochelle.

Plenary n°02 : “Hydrogen for heavy mobility”

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Peter Mackey

Vice-President Strategy & Policy Support

Air Liquide Hydrogen Energy

Peter Mackey joined the Air Liquide Group in 2017, initially based in Frankfurt. As a member of the Group Strategy team he was involved in numerous projects, including acting as co-chair of the Group’s Energy Transition Task Force. In late 2020 he relocated to Paris to take up his current role as VP Strategy & Policy Support for Air Liquide’s Hydrogen Energy world business line.

Prior to joining Air Liquide, Peter spent over two decades working as a highly ranked Equity Analyst covering the chemical sector. He worked in London for several institutions, including Exane BNP Paribas, Morgan Stanley, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and Commerzbank.

Peter Mackey is a Mathematics & Economics graduate of the London School of Economics.

Plenary n°04 : “Hydrogen energy production / storage / distribution” 

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Ignacio Morandé

Chile’s Trade Commissioner to France

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Graduated with a master’s degree in public administration in 2007-2008 from the London School of Economics and Political Science, in London, United Kingdom. Ignacio is in charge of promoting Chile’s exports in the fields of agro-industry, industry, fashion and innovation, he establishes partnerships with French institutions and supports tourism and tourism policy. foreign investments in Chile. Its action with Chilean start-ups has resulted in the establishment of an innovation program with French incubators.

Plenary N°03 : “Industrialization: going forward with gigafactories”

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Nenad Nikolić

Business Development Manager


Nenad Nikolić has always worked in the field of the Environment and its preservation. After 8 years at ENGIE, Nenad has joined the McPhy team at the end of 2018 year to develop the use of Hydrogen in Sustainable and Renewable Mobility.

Workshop n°04 : “Electrolysis and industrial hydrogen”

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Martin O’Neil

Vice President of Product Management, Head of the GE Decarbonization Center

GE Gas Power

Martin is vice president of product management at GE Gas Power and leads the activities of GE’s Center for Decarbonization, as part of its steering committee.
Martin is a seasoned senior executive who brings deep expertise in product design, programs and technical leadership in the power generation, marine, aviation and transportation industries. He has worked at GE for over 10 years – split evenly between the United States and Europe – and has a keen interest in the developing electricity market, technological and business disruptors, and geopolitical factors influencing the pace of energy transition on a global scale.

Workshop n°03 : “Technologies for the use of hydrogen” 

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Yohann Perrot

Business Development, Marketing and Product Manager

Busch Clean Air

Yohann PERROT, 42 years old, PhD. and master’s degree in Fluid Dynamics in Aeronautics and Aerospace. Since 2006 working in automotive segment and since 2012, dedicated to the fuel cell business development, particularly hydrogen recirculation within the Busch group. From customers’ technical support to business and company strategy via products definition, I sustain the hydrogen subsidiary across the world. 

Workshop n°03 : “Technologies for using hydrogen”

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Julien Poillot

Director of Innovative projects


I am in charge of innovative projects, which will enable us to decarbonize our industry through the industrialization of innovative or new for us solutions. I have previously worked mainly in plant operations and project management, in the fields of cement, energy, waste treatment and industrial flue gas treatment.

Workshop n°04 : “Electrolysis and industrial hydrogen”

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Cécile Prévieu

Deputy Managing Director


Graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique, the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, as well as the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, Cécile Prévieu began her career in the service of the French State, in particular at the Ministry of economy, finance and industry, as energy advisor to the Minister of Industry, then as transport advisor to the Prime Minister.

She joined ENGIE in 2010, where she held responsibilities with the CEO in charge of the Group’s Infrastructures business line, before being appointed Director of Asset Management at Storengy.

Since 2015, Cécile has been Managing Director of Storengy. It has secured the storage activity in France through regulation and developed Storengy on carbon-free activities: production and storage of renewable gases (biomethane, hydrogen and e-methane) and supply of heat and cold by geothermal energy for cities and towns. eco-neighborhoods.

Plenary n°04 : “Hydrogen energy production / storage / distribution”

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Philippe Rosier

Chief executive officer


Since September 2020, Philippe is Symbio CEO, company co-owned by Michelin and Faurecia,  ambitioning to become a global leader in mobile hydrogen systems. Priory, Philippe was Cerdia’s CEO,  leader in the transformation of cellulosic materials, a Solvay’ s spin-off into a LBO with Blackstone. Over 4 years till 2015, he led Solvay Energy, a sustainable profitable business in energy management services ww and developing “climate care” solutions. He was founding President of Orbeo, JV with Société Générale dedicated to CO2 emission markets. Philippe graduated from ESPCI and ENSPM, holds an INSEAD MBA and is auditor from IHEST. Philippe chaired MEDEF’s Energy, Competitivity & Climate Committee over 5-y;  chaired the Energy Committee of Business Europe over 7-y and since 2009 is a Member of the Economic Council for SD, created by the French Government to lay down the foundations of a new sustainable growth.

Plenary n°02 : “Hydrogen for heavy mobility”

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Christelle Rouillé

Managing Director


In September 2017, Christelle Rouillé joined the brand new entity created by the EDF group “New Business Department” in charge of developing the group’s future and new activities and making them growth levers. She holds the position of Director of Strategy and Business Coordination. Since 2019, Christelle Rouillé has been Managing Director of Hynamics, the EDF group’s low-carbon and / or renewable hydrogen production and distribution subsidiary.

Plenary n°04 : “Hydrogen energy production / storage / distribution “


Dominique Sadoul

Advanced Powertrain & Energy Vice President



Dr.-Ing Schaadt Achim

Head of Department “Thermochemical Processes”

Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

Achim Schaadt, PhD in Process Engineering, laureate from the University of Kaiserslautern, has directed the “Thermochemical Processes” department at the Fraunhofer ISE Institute since 2016. In the context of numerous projects funded by the public and the private sector, his team of around 50 people work on the synthesis and reforming processes of energy vectors and their ecological and economic impact. He is co-author of the Fraunhofer road map for the use of hydrogen in Germany.

Workshop n°06 : “Production and storage technologies” 

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Jan-Erik Starlander

Head of relations with territories and local authorities

France Hydrogène

Jan-Erik Starlander is head of relations with territories and local authorities at France Hydrogen, the French national hydrogen association. He holds a MSc in Environmental Management and Policy from the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) of the University of Lund (Sweden). Before joining France Hydrogen, he has been working on industry and energy transition support at CCI France, the roof organisation of French Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CCI).

Workshop N°07 “Jobs of tomorrow”

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Prof. Nadia Yousfi Steiner

Full Professor / Researcher


Prof. Nadia Yousfi Steiner received a Master’ Degree in Mathematics and Master’ degrees in Fluidics and Energetics in 2006. She obtained a PhD in Engineering Science in collaboration between the University of Franche-Comté and the European Institute for Energy Research in Karlsruhe, Germany in 2009. From 2009 to 2014, she worked as R&D Project Manager at the European Institute for Energy Research in Karlsruhe, Germany, in charge of collaborative projects on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells. Her main research activity is linked to Fuel Cell systems characterization diagnostics, pronostics and control. She is currently full Professor at the University of Franche-Comté and director of the Master of Engineering Hydrogen Energy & Energy Efficiency.

Workshop N°07 “Jobs of tomorrow”


Karine Vernier

Karine brings over 20 years of experience in the global energy industry, having successfully led numerous programmes in the clean energy sector, notably with energy giants ENGIE and GRTgaz. Her entrepreneurial track record and passion for innovation, having founded two companies in the natural gas and digital sector, and managed a third one in the clean fuel sector. These experiences give her a unique outlook on the start-up industry and invaluable insights on how to embrace its challenges and opportunities. Co-located in the Paris and Grenoble hubs, Karine will lead EIT InnoEnergy Team in France for a vibrant, sustainable European economy forward by supporting sustainable energy innovation.

Plenary N°03 : “Industrialization: going forward with gigafactories”

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Benno Weinberger

R&D Manager and Hydrogen referee


Dr. Ing. Benno Weinberger, graduated at the Technical University of Berlin as energy and process engineer. Since 2009 he coordinates R&D topics related to hydrogen safety at Ineris and contributes to the working group of the International Association for Hydrogen Safety IA HySafe, were he served several years as secretary. Further he is member of the ISO 197 Hydrogen technologies, CEN/TC 268/WG 5 Specific hydrogen technologies applications, CEN/CLC/JTC 6 Hydrogen in energy systems. 

Workshop n°01 : “Regulatory aspects along the entire value chain”

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Jeon Yongwon


EN Co.

Yongwon Jeon is the CEO of EN company. After he recieved his Ph. D from the Konkuk University, he obtained a research position as post-doctor at the KU institute of biotechnology in Konkuk University. In 2020, he founded EN company. EN is the Start-up for the development of eco-friendly and low-cost  hydrogen-producing facility which is designed to accommodate wastewater treatment and hydrogen production at a time to enhance the existing hydrogen production and water treatment technologies.

Workshop n°06 : “Production and storage technologies”