Award winner by category
Greek Energy Influencer
George Sakellaris, P.E. Chairman of the Board of Directors President and Chief Executive Officer, Ameresco, Inc.
Mr. Sakellaris is the President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE:AMRC), a leading North American energy efficiency and renewable energy company headquartered in Framingham, MA. A visionary and entrepreneur, Mr. Sakellaris founded Ameresco in April 2000. He aspired to build an entirely product-neutral and supplier-independent energy company that had the skills, capabilities and foresight to create independent energy solutions that went beyond just conservation; one that addressed a customer’s entire energy stream including supply and demand, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Early in his career, Mr. Sakellaris worked at the utility New England Electric System (NEES), where he welcomed the challenge to establish NEES Energy, a company that would promote energy efficiency, thereby avoiding the need to build new power generation plants. Mr. Sakellaris then purchased the business known as NEES Energy in 1991 and renamed it NORESCO. He built NORESCO into a an industry-leading independent energy services company before selling it to Equitable Resources in 1997, where he continued to lead NORESCO and was also appointed as a Senior Vice President of Equitable Resources (NYSE:EQT), a Fortune 500 Energy Company. Today, Mr. Sakellaris leads Ameresco, a public company, employing over 900. Ameresco continues to grow and thrive, and currently supports 70 offices in 33 states, five Canadian provinces and the United Kingdom. Ameresco combines a North American footprint with strong local operations. For more than thirty years Mr. Sakellaris has persevered in the energy industry, working to eliminate regulatory barriers to investing private capital into energy efficiency and renewable initiatives. Mr. Sakellaris’ dedication and influence in promoting energy efficiency dates back to his involvement with the Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI) where he championed the development of demand side management (DSM) programs that were widely implemented across the country. Additionally, he was a founding member of the National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO) where he served as the first president and advocated for the new industry. He remains an active NAESCO member today. Mr. Sakellaris earned both M.B.A and M.S.E.E. degrees from Northeastern University and a B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Maine - Orono. In May 2012, the University of Maine granted him an Honorary Doctorate for his lifetime of achievements, recognizing his dedication and exemplary leadership in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Mr. Sakellaris was the recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 New England, Energy, Cleantech & Natural Resources Award. In 2012, he was named the Worcester Business Journal's Business Leader of the Year for large businesses and also honored by The Boston Globe for Ameresco’s Globe-100 Top-performing Public Companies #29 ranking. The Boston Business Journal ranked Ameresco #31 in the Area’s Fastest Growing Public Companies and #49 in Massachusetts’ 150 Top Public Companies. In 2011, Ameresco was honored on the Forbes 100 list as one of America’s Best Small Companies and in 2010, as the New England Clean Energy Council Employer of the Year.
Corinth Pipeworks is a world leading manufacturer of steel pipes and hollow sections to the oil and gas and construction sectors. Founded in Athens in 1969, Corinth Pipeworks Group of Companies has subsidiaries in Greece, USA, Russia, Cyprus and Poland and a representative worldwide network of agencies with a headcound of 425 employees. Customers include oil and gas majors such as BP, Shell, ExxonMobil, Saudi Aramco, Socar etc..
Signal Maritime is a commercial ship management company bringing together shipping best practice with internet-age advanced analytics and management methods. The company was founded in 2014 in Athens, as a spin-off from Thenamaris Ships Management. Signal Maritime has 21 employees and during the past few years has served 230 top-tier customers.
Research Project of the Year
Danae Azaria, Lecturer in Law, Faculty of Laws, University College London
Outstanding Energy Company
Energean Oil & Gas is a private E&P company focused on Greece, the Adriatic, the East Mediterranean and N. Africa, and is the only oil & gas producer in Greece with a 35-year track record of operating offshore and onshore oil & gas assets in environmentally sensitive areas. The company employs 401 professionals and its portfolio of assets include the developed Prinos and North Prinos oil fields and South Kavala gas field in NE Greece.
Energy Consultant / Services Company Excellence
FTI Consulting is a global business advisory firm that provides multidisciplinary solutions to complex challenges and opportunities. The firm provides services in areas including Corporate Finance & Restructuring, Economic Consulting, Forensic & Litigation Consulting, Strategic Communications & Technology and combines unparalleled expertise with innovative thought leadership to address critical challenges. FTI Consulting has a worldwide network of more than 4,600 employees in 28 countries.
Dentons is a multinational law firm and the world’s largest law firm by number of lawyers. It was founded in March 2013 by the merger of SNR Denton, Fraser Milner Casgrain and Salans. It has more than 125 offices across 50-plus countries, with approximately 7000 lawyers. Dentons continues to be ranked one of the world's top 20 Global Elite law firms by a survey of in-house counsel around the world
Distinguished Contribution to East Med
EDT Oil & Gas Ltd is a Cyprus based Oil & Gas services company specialising in supporting the needs of operators and international services companies out of Cyprus and covering the Mediterranean. Founded in Limassol in 1980 as ship managers and operators, and after thirty years of work dedicated to achieving world-class standards, EDT has become a highly successful and well respected organisation.
Solon Kassinis, founder and Managing Director of Kassinis International Consulting Ltd.
Solon Kassinis is the President of the “Solon Kassinis” Energy Training School and Research Centre, of UCLan Cyprus.He was until recently the Executive Vice President of Cyprus National Hydrocarbons Company. Prior to that, he also served as the Director of the Department of Energy Service of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism. Solon has been closely associated with the oil and gas industry for more than 35 years and through his positions in the Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Tourism, he was dealing with the development of the hydrocarbon exploration activities offshore Cyprus. He is now an independent consultant and Managing Director of his newly founded company “Kassinis International Consulting Ltd”, offering consulting services for the oil and gas sector and the petrochemicals business.
Rising Star of the Year
Alexandra Reddaway, Senior Drilling Engineer, Tullow
Alexandra is a Senior Drilling Engineer with Tullow Oil and cementing lead for the company. She is also embedded within the well delivery team responsible for the exploration, appraisal and future development campaigns for the Company’s East Africa business unit. Alexandra joined Tullow in 2013 and became Chartered with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers shortly after in September 2014. At 31 this made her the youngest chartered engineer in the company. She has contributed to the energy industry by co-authoring an SPE paper which she presented at the IADC/SPE conferences in Abu Dhabi and Rome. When not presenting or working, she campaigns in schools and universities to increase the focus on women in STEM and encourage young women to follow a mathematical or technical route through education. She mentors three engineers professionally and two engineering students outside of Tullow. Previous to Tullow Alexandra worked with BP in various projects from Algeria well planning for a mega gas development project to working on a semi-submersible rig in the North Sea. Previous to BP she worked in Cyprus at an engineering consultancy, Meletiou Consultants, and with an architect, Anastasiou Architects.
The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) will transport Caspian natural gas to Europe starting at the Greek-Turkish border (connection point with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP)), will cross Northern Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea before coming ashore in Southern Italy to connect to the Italian natural gas network. The economic and strategic benefits of TAP are also important at a national level in the countries through which the pipeline will pass. Greece, Albania and Italy signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) in support of TAP in February 2013 and continue to cooperate fully with the project. Construction is planned to begin in 2016.
TERNA ENERGY is a vertically organized Renewable Energy Sources company undertaking the Development, Construction, Financing, and Operation of renewable energy projects (wind, hydro, solar, biomass, waste management). The company is a member of GEK TERNA Group of Companies and was incorporated in 1997 as a subsidiary of TERNA S.A.. It currently employs more than 2,000 people and since 2011 has expanded its operating projects in Poland, Bulgaria and USA.
StealthGas Inc is an international shipping transportation company specialized in the transportation of various petroleum and petrochemical gas products in liquefied form. StealthGas Inc is headquartered in Athens and owns the world’s largest fleet of LPG pressurized carriers in the strategic 3,000-8,000cbm segment (35 vessels).
GEF Most Published Author
Daria Nochevnik, Chief Analyst, European Energy Review Journal
Daria is the Chief Analyst for Natural Gas, LNG and Energy Systems Integration at the European Energy Review Journal and Brussels-based energy consultant.She is specialising on regulatory, policy and market aspects of the European natural gas and LNG sectors development and integration, focusing particularly on the Southeast Europe and the Mediterranean region, energy security issues and EU’s relations with external suppliers. Daria is the author of numerous analytical reports and studies and has been collaborating with international organizations, universities and think tanks across Europe. She is often presenting at international energy conferences (e.g. the European Gas Conference (Vienna, 2016), Black Sea Oil and Gas Summit (Vienna, 2015), Global Oil & Gas South East Europe and Mediterranean Conference (Athens, 2015)) and giving comments and interviews to energy media platforms.She is fluent in English, Greek and Russia and has intermediate command of French and Italian.