Meeting Agenda

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Plenary Speakers

This year members of the Hydrogen Council will be featured in a panel discussion during the plenary session. Speakers include Pierre-Etienne Franc, Vice President, Hydrogen Energy, Air Liquide; Katsuhiko Hirose, Professional Partner, Advanced R&D Engineering Division, Toyota Motor Corporation; and Thierry Lepercq, Executive Vice President, ENGIE.

Hydrogen Council and Industry Panel

The Hydrogen Council is a global industry partnership with 40 companies committing to hydrogen infrastructure.

Pierre-Etienne Franc

Pierre-Etienne Franc

Vice President, Air Liquide, Hydrogen Energy World Business Unit
Pierre-Etienne Franc, graduate of HEC Paris, joined the Air Liquide Group in 1995 as a strategic analyst for the Group general management. He then held several positions in Large Projects Business Development, Operations General Management, and Strategy and Diversification activities. Since 2010 he has supervised the portfolio of advanced businesses and technologies initiatives of the Group, including 20 companies doing work in the fields of energy and environment, space, aeronautics, and cryogenics. Since June 2017, he has been Vice President, Air Liquide, Hydrogen Energy World Business Unit, in charge of developing the full potential of hydrogen activities for the Group worldwide and supervises the Air Liquide Venture Capital arm (ALIAD), which he created in 2012. Between 2011 and June 2016, he was Chairman of Hydrogen Europe and of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU). He is the current Hydrogen Council Secretary. He is also the author of two books: Le Management du Client, Eyrolles, 1994, and Hydrogen, the energy transition in the making, Manifesto/Gallimard, 2015.


Dr. Katsuhiko Hirose

Dr. Katsuhiko Hirose

Professional Partner, Advanced R&D Engineering Division, Toyota Motor Corporation
Dr. Katsuhiko Hirose is currently a Professional Partner in the Advanced R&D Engineering Division of Toyota Motor Corporation and a Visiting Professor at Kyushu University. He joined Toyota Motor Corporation in 1981 where he initially worked as a systems engineer and played a central role during the development of the Prius. Following this, he moved to the planning division to deploy hybrid technology worldwide. Katsuhiko subsequently worked in the field of fuel cell development and was for several years responsible for hydrogen energy and hydrogen infrastructure, playing an important role in the development and commercialization of the Toyota Mirai, as well as Toyota's wider hydrogen vision. He obtained his Ph.D. from Kyushu University in Mechanical Science.


Thierry Lepercq

Thierry Lepercq

Executive Vice President, Research, Technology and Innovation, ENGIE
Graduated from HEC Paris, Thierry Lepercq has worked for 20 years in the financing of technologies, first at Bankers Trust in New York, then at Bank Arjil (Lagardère group), and finally at Oddo & Cie. In 1999 he created NetsCapital, an investment bank dedicated to information technologies, then in 2004 he created a think tank specializing in innovation in the energy industry. Since then he has served as the President and Co-Founder of Solairedirect, a world pioneer in competitive solar electricity, acquired by ENGIE in 2015. Since 2016, he has served as ENGIE's Executive Vice President in charge of Research, Technology and Innovation.