Short Biographies of the Speakers

Christophe BONNERY

President, International Association for Energy Economics 

Christophe Bonnery is President of the International Association for Energy Economics, IAEE (www.iaee.org) . He is Vice President, Economics & Prospective, ENEDIS, the French power distribution company. He is also President of the French Association for Energy Economics since 2009.

He created in 2012 the French Circle of Energy Economists, to promote energy economics to energy policy makers. He created the Marcel Boiteux Award in 2011, which recognizes the best French book on energy economics (https://www.faee.fr/en/51-5GHf.html) every year.

Recently he was Vice President, Energy Policy for the AREVA Group. His role consisted in understanding current energy policies and promoting acceptable evolutions for all stakeholders: Governments, industries, consumers, researchers. In this position, he developed an influencing expert network in various countries.

He was previously Vice President, Economic & Prospective Studies, AREVA. In this role, he headed a team of Senior Energy experts in charge of electricity markets, competitiveness assessments and all primary energies analyses.

He also serves as Project Manager for a program aiming to define potential synergies between nuclear and oil industries for heavy oil production.

He is member of the French Association of Petroleum Technicians/ Economic Section and of French Gas Association. He was also member of the Executive Committee of the Center for Energy & Geopolitics Studies (Paris-Dauphine University).

Mr. Bonnery received his M.Sc in General Engineering from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers, Paris, France, and MBA in Petroleum Economics and Management from the Center for Economics and Management, IFP School, Paris, France.

His former affiliations include: Head of the Economics Department, NUSYS consulting company, Paris, France; Commercial Director, International Division, SGN, Paris, France; Project-consultant, Shell, Paris, France; Research Assistant, Economic and Industrial Research Division, University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

He participated and organized more than 250 conferences and policymakers ’advisor contributing to national energy policies on resources assessments, power generation technologies, energy demand modelling, energy and poverty, market designs, energy tariffs, regulation, etc…

Christophe Bonnery has been awarded the Knighthood of the National Order of Merit.


Prof.Dr. Ionut PURICA

President AREE (Romanian Assoc for Energy and Economy)

Presently a corresponding member of the Academy of Romanian Scientists (AOSR) and also a Professor teaching a course in Risk management to masters of science in the Hyperion University. He is a member of the WEC study group for energy scenarios 2050 and 2060 and a member of the Advisory Group for Energy of the EU Commission. He has been also President (State Secretary) of the Romanian Agency for Nuclear Energy and Radioactive Waste – ANDR).


Acting also as a senior researcher in the Romanian Academy’s Institute for Economic Forecasting, and Executive Director of the Advisory Center for Energy and Environment, Dr.Purica was also a counselor of the Minister of Economy and previously the Minister of the Environment and an expert for the Parliament of Romania He participated in the elaboration of the EU accession strategy for Romania and the energy (electricity and heat) strategy (for the Ministry of Economy and Trade) and did risk analysis and transaction structuring and project management with the World Bank, USEA, JBIC, MARSH, ITOCHU, MVV, etc.


Previously he worked as a project officer for energy and infrastructure in the World Bank, in Romania and the Balkans (e.g. energy Assessment in Kosovo 1999), being trained in project guarantees, value at risk, procurement to complete his expertise in engineering acquired as director for international projects of the Romanian Power Company RENEL and senior engineer managing a joint Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd-IMG-Bucharest quality engineering group for the manufacture of nuclear reactor components for the CANDU units in Romania. He worked also as an international researcher for ENEA Rome – the Italian Commission for Energy New Technology and Environment – and as an associate researcher at ICTP Trieste.


Prof.Purica has authored books in his field of expertise published by Imperial College Press, Academic Press, etc. and published articles in journals like Risk Analysis, IEEE Power Engineering Review, Foundations of Control Engineering, etc. He took his second PhD in economics, (the first one in Nuclear Energy Engineering). He is a senior member of IEEE and President of the Romanian Association for Energy Economics. He has received several awards from Romanian and foreign academies and organizations.