Hydrogen Event Bios

Hydrogen Event Bios

Steinar Eikaas

VP Low Carbon Solutions

Steinar Eikaas is heading up Low Carbon Solutions in Equinor, responsible for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and Hydrogen Solutions. Mr Eikaas has worked for 25 years in Equinor (former Statoil) and has previously held senior positions within international business development. He holds a Master of Science from The Norwegian School of Business and Administration (NHH).

Mark Ackiewicz

Director, CCUS Division
US Department of Energy

Mr. Mark Ackiewicz is the Director for the Division of CCUS R&D at the Department of Energy (DOE).  He is responsible for planning, management, and administration of the division’s R&D portfolio. Before joining DOE in 2007, he worked as a consultant, and in the private sector in various industrial research and engineering positions.  Mark has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s in Engineering Management.

Lee Beck

Senior Advisor
Global CCS Institute

Lee is currently the Global CCS Institute’s Senior Advisor for Advocacy and Communications based in the Institute’s Washington, DC office. In her role, Lee works closely with diverse stakeholders in North America to advocate on behalf of and strengthen the understanding of CCS and its role in delivering vital emissions reductions vis-à-vis global climate goals. Before joining the Institute in mid-2018, Lee was a Public Relations Project Manager at VEIC, a non-profit which addresses the economic and environmental costs of energy consumption through the adoption of energy efficiency and renewables. She began her career as a journalist reporting in Germany, Italy, Tanzania and Hong Kong before gathering experience in a variety of global energy issues such as natural gas markets, energy and climate diplomacy, and the German Energiewende. Lee has a Master of Arts in International Affairs & Economics with majors in Energy, Resources & Environment and Political Economy from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Lee is also currently a Women Leaders in Energy Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center. She speaks German, French and Italian.

Mike Fowler

Director, Advanced Energy Technology Research
Clean Air Task Force

Mike Fowler is Director, Advanced Energy Technology Research at CATF, where he is responsible for exploring new technologies and related commercial landscapes, facilitating awareness of new technology options with key stakeholders such as vendors, customers, finance, public officials, and advocates, and identifying catalytic commercial and policy actions that could be useful in moving key technologies forward. He has spent most of the last two decades evaluating costs and advancing the benefits of clean energy and environmental systems, including providing support for project investment evaluations, providing testimony in state and federal regulatory and permit proceedings, and working with developers to unlock hidden value in their products.

Mike began his career at Harvard in atmospheric physics research before moving into air quality consulting and regulatory agency roles including Best Available Control Technology review for the State of New Mexico. From 2007 to 2012 Mike was Director, Advanced Technology for CATF. Most recently he spent five years with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries working to advance carbon capture and battery energy storage projects. In addition to his work for CATF Mike is an advisor to the Energy Options Network.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from Harvard University, a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Master of Engineering degree in Nuclear Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Patrick Molloy

Senior Associate
Rocky Mountain Institute

Patrick Molloy is a Senior Associate with the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Industry and Heavy Transport Program. In this role, Patrick has worked on innovation and financing decarbonization efforts within the mining and shipping industries, with particular emphasis on on-site renewable energy development and hydrogen-based decarbonization solutions. Patrick previously worked with RMI’s Business Renewables Center, which supported the corporate procurement of renewable energy. He is a graduate of University College Dublin and The Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies.


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