FT Global Shale Energy Summit
Andrew Austin
Chief Executive Officer
IGas Energy

Andrew Austin is a Founder of IGas, and has been an Executive Director since 2004 and then Chief Executive Officer for the last five years with full time responsibility for the day to day operations and business development of the company. Prior to joining IGas, he was involved in a number of ventures as principal, specialising in energy projects in the gas, electricity and renewable sectors with a track record of raising substantial funding from both private and public equity. Mr Austin is responsible for the transformation of IGas from a non-operating partner to delivering material hydrocarbon production to Britain’s energy market.
Mark Brownstein
Associate Vice President & Chief Counsel, US Climate & Energy Program
Environmental Defense Fund

Mark Brownstein is Chief Counsel of the Energy Program at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and leads EDF’s natural gas efforts.  Additionally, Mr Brownstein is an Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a Governance Committee member of The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL). He also specializes in utility-related issues, including transmission development, wholesale and retail electric market design, rate reform, and power plant siting and investment. Mr Brownstein was one of two EDF staff leads on the United States Climate Action Partnership, a coalition of the nation’s leading corporations and environmental groups championing immediate action on federal legislation to cap and substantially reduce greenhouse gas pollution across the US economy.  He is co-author of the Carbon Principles, a set of enhanced due diligence principles for investment banks considering the financing of coal fired power plants.

Prior to joining EDF, Mr Brownstein was Director of Enterprise Strategy for Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), where he worked directly with PSEG’s senior leadership in crafting and implementing the corporation’s business strategy. Over his nearly ten year career with PSEG, he served the company in a variety of environmental management roles, including Director of Environmental Strategy and Policy. He was active in numerous environmental legislative and regulatory proceedings including efforts to develop federal legislation limiting emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, mercury, and carbon dioxide from power plants, and the Environmental Council of States’ (ECOS) 37-state Ozone Transport Assessment Group (OTAG) process, which developed specific recommendations to address the persistent problem of ozone transport in the eastern United States. Mr Brownstein was also an active member of the US EPA’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee and New Jersey’s Renewable Energy Task Force.

Aside from PSEG, Mr Brownstein’s career includes time as an attorney in private environmental practice, a regulator with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and an aide to then-Congressman Robert G. Torricelli (D–NJ).

Mr Brownstein has a JD degree from the University of Michigan Law School and a BA from Vassar College. He was named a Truman Scholar in 1985.

Guy Chazan
Energy Editor
Financial Times
Guy Chazan was appointed as the FT's Energy Editor in 2012. Prior to joining the FT, he was The Wall Street Journal's Energy correspondent. He worked as the Journal's Moscow correspondent from 1999 to 2007, and also spent time reporting for the newspaper in the Middle East, Central Asia and Afghanistan. Before joining the Wall Street Journal, he worked at BBC World Service Radio in London.
Pilita Clark
Environment Correspondent
Financial Times

Pilita Clark was appointed Environment Correspondent in May 2011, having previously been the Aerospace Correspondent and Deputy News Editor on the main news desk at the Financial Times, and then Deputy Editor of the FT Magazine.
In her current role Ms Clark covers all environmental issues, from climate change to wildlife and renewable energy, but has a particular focus on the impact of low carbon policies on businesses and investors.
Before joining the FT in 2003 as a Commissioning Editor on the FT Magazine, Ms Clark was a Senior Writer for the Sydney Morning Herald, where she was a Political Reporter in Washington DC and Canberra. She was also Managing Editor of The Eye news magazine in Sydney, and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
Ed Crooks
US Industry and Energy Editor
Financial Times

Ed Crooks, based in New York, is the US Industry and Energy Editor at the Financial Times, a role he took up in 2010. Before that, Ed Crooks was Energy Editor at the FT and was based in the Head Office in London. Mr Crooks joined the FT in 1999 as Economics Editor, and then went on to become UK news editor. Previously, Mr Crooks was an economics correspondent for the BBC, reporting on both television and radio. he started at the BBC as a researcher and producer and worked across several news programmes. He has also been a reporter and editor for Investors Chronicle as well as an economic analyst for the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Mr Crooks graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He regularly appears on national and international TV and radio.
Dr Leo Drollas
Director and Chief Economist
Centre for Global Energy Studies (CGES), London

Leo Drollas is Director and Chief Economist at the Centre for Global Energy Studies (CGES), where he oversees publications, studies, contributes papers on oil inventories and prices, oil speculation versus fundamentals, tanker demand, aviation fuel demand, US gasoline demand, export tariffs, prices, production, oil capacity utilisation, pipeline tariffs, OPEC’s quota policies, non-OPEC oil supplies, Asian tiger demand, the connection between desired oil stockcover and futures prices, global warming, the oil market in the short and long term, and the economy in general. At the London School of Economics (where he obtained his BSc, MSc and PhD) he chose for his doctorate research subject a country's foreign trade sector in disequilibrium. After a spell with the Commodities Research Unit, he joined BP as its first econometrician managing its energy and economic modelling team. Seconded for two years to the Confederation of British Industry as Deputy Director of  Economics, he compiled two major studies: the attitude of British business to exchange rates and the comparison of British with German manufacturing. Dr Drollas co-authored with David Long of Oxford Petroleum Research Associates a major CGES study on strategic hedging activities of oil companies and a book Oil — the Devil’s Gold with Jon Greenman. He speaks regularly at conferences, appears on TV, radio and is regularly quoted in the international press.
Remi Eriksen
Chief Executive Officer
DNV Maritime and Oil & Gas

Remi Eriksen is CEO of DNV Maritime and Oil & Gas and a Member of the Executive Committee of the DNV Group. He brings deep and wide experience from the oil, gas and maritime  industry in Norway, Brazil, US, Middle East and Asia to his current role, and has extensive experience in leading change in a global, multicultural environment to capture growth opportunities.Mr Eriksen’s technical expertise lies within maritime and offshore technology as well as gas value chains. He has initiated and managed several joint industry projects in the offshore and marine domain to develop new technology and risk-based decision models for design of complex systems. 

Prior to joining DNV Group, during the period 2006-2010 Mr Eriksen was a Member of the OG21 Board of Norway - a Board appointed by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy tasked with the responsibility to develop and implement a common national Technology Strategy for Norway.Mr Eriksen has a Masters degree in Electronics and Computer Science from the Norwegian Institute of Technology and has completed executive education at Rice University, IMD and INSEAD. In the course of his career he has published many professional papers and articles.
Duarte Figueira
Head of the Office of Unconventional Gas and Oil
Department of Energy and Climate Change

Duarte Figueira is Head of the UK’s Office of Unconventional Gas and Oil. He has senior managerial background in UK policy, service delivery and regulation in challenging business-facing roles in DECC, UKTI and BIS, and has significant experience of international business. Prior to his current role, Mr Figueras undertook a private sector strategy role in a leading French engineering firm on a one-year secondment from Government. From 2007-2012 he was responsible for UK policy and development of offshore wind and marine energy (wave and tidal), a task he undertook by addressing financial and non-financial barriers to deployment and supporting the growth of a UK-based supply chain.
Chris Finlayson
Chief Executive Officer
BG Group

Chris Finlayson was appointed Chief Executive of BG Group on 1 January 2013. He has over 35 years experience in the oil and gas industry, joining BG Group from Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) in August 2010, and became a member of the Board in November 2011. He has an outstanding track record of delivering large scale projects, optimisation of production and operational performance, and has worked successfully with joint venture partners, national oil companies, and governments at the highest levels.

Prior to his appointment to the position of Chief Executive, Mr Finlayson had executive responsibility for leading BG Advance, including BG Group’s world-class exploration team, the Group’s major capital project programme, contracts and procurement and technology.

During his time at Shell, Mr Finlayson was a member of the Exploration and Production (E&P) leadership team. He held a number of senior leadership positions in E&P and LNG in Russia, Nigeria, Brunei and the North Sea.

Mr Finlayson graduated with a first class honours degree in Physics and Geology from the University of Manchester in 1977. 
Josh Fox
Gasland and Gasland 2

Josh Fox is the Founder and Artistic Director of the International WOW Company. Mr Fox has written/directed/produced three feature films and over twenty works for the stage which have premiered in New York, Asia and Europe. His film "GASLAND", an Academy AwardNominee for Best Documentary, is a gripping, timely, and necessary film about the largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history. Conceived of, directed, narrated, and filmed by Josh Fox, GASLAND premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and won six major awards, including a Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize and a Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Artistic Vision award. "GASLAND Part 2" had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Mr Fox has also received the the 2010 Lennon Ono Grant for Peace. 
John Hofmeister
Founder and CEO
Citizens for Affordable Energy, Former President of Shell Oil

John Hofmeister is a key member of the United States Energy Security Council, a bipartisan group which includes former Secretary of State George Shultz and two former secretaries of defence, William Perry and Harold Brown, as well as three former national security advisers, a former CIA.director, two former senators, a Nobel laureate, a former Federal Reserve chairman, and several Fortune-50 chief executives.

Following retirement from Shell Oil Company in 2008, Mr Hofmeister founded and heads the not-for-profit, nation-wide membership association, Citizens for Affordable Energy. This Washington, DC registered, public policy education firm promotes sound US energy security solutions for the nation, including a range of affordable energy supplies, efficiency improvements, essential infrastructure, sustainable environmental policies and public education.

As Shell President, Mr Hofmeister launched an extensive outreach programme, unprecedented in the energy industry, to discuss critical global energy challenges. The programme included an 18 month, 50-city engagement program across the country during which Mr Hofmeister led 250 other Shell leaders to meet with more than 15,000 business, community and civic leaders, policymakers, and academics to discuss what must be done to ensure affordable, available energy.

A business leader who has participated in the inner workings of multiple industries for over 35 years, Mr Hofmeister also has held executive leadership positions in General Electric, Nortel and AlliedSignal (now Honeywell International).

Mr Hofmeister earned Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Political Science from Kansas State University. In May 2010 he was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters from the University of Houston.

John Hofmeister is the author of Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an Energy Insider (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). 
Peter Jackson
Vice President, Upstream Research

Peter Jackson, VP of Upstream Research at IHS, is a widely respected authority on oil and gas production and upstream development. He combines expertise with practical experience in some of the world’s most important production areas. At IHS he is responsible for the upstream research practice which covers the entire value chain from strategy, technology, costs, service sector activity and trends, company and asset valuation, the  M&A market and business context. A major component of his research is examining current trends and challenges in production capacity and reserves distribution as well as forecasting which areas will become a focus for future exploration and production (E&P) industry investment. He is co -author of IHS’s forthcoming paper Exploring the Undulating Plateau: The Future of Global Oil Supply which will be published by the Royal Society of London.

Dr Jackson has 22 years of E&P experience with what were the UK’s two leading independent oil companies, Britoil and Enterprise Oil, both as a a geologist and as a manager. With Enterprise he was President and General Manager of Enterprise Oil’s Gulf of Mexico  business, where he gained extensive experience with deepwater development. He  served as Chief Geologist for Enterprise, responsible for the worldwide view of prospects  and development, while Enterprise was the world’s largest independent oil company. He  also gained deep knowledge of E&P projects while working in the United Kingdom, Indonesia, and Italy. Dr Jackson holds a BSc from St. Andrews University and a PhD from Edinburgh University.
Kurt Lonsway
Acting Director of Energy, Environment and Climate Change
African Development Bank

Kurt Lonsway is an experienced engineer currently serving as Acting Director (Officer in Charge) for the Energy, Environment and Climate Change Department of the African Development Bank (AfDB). The Department spearheads the Bank’s energy, environment and climate change investments. Mr Lonsway works with a team of environmental, social, climate change and energy specialists and manages climate finance initiatives such as the Climate Investment Funds, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and  the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa. 

During his career at the AfDB, Mr Lonsway has previously served as the Manager for Environmental and Social Safeguards and Compliance, and as an Agriculture and Irrigation Specialist. Prior to joining the AfDB, he was Manager for the International Development Service team on Environmental Resources Management and subsequently served as the Moscow Project Coordinator for a large oil and gas project in Siberia, Russia. He also served as Country Representative for the International Water Management Institute in Niger, West Africa. Mr Lonsway has over 30 years of international work experience, primarily in Africa and Asia.

Gal Luft
Co-Director, Institute for The Analysis of Global Security
Senior Adviser, United States Energy Security Council

Gal Luft is Co-Director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) a Washington based think tank focused on energy security, and Senior Adviser to the United States Energy Security Council. He specialises in strategy, geopolitics, energy security, natural resources and economic warfare. Newsweek Magazine called him a "tireless and independent advocate of energy security," the business magazine Poder called him "one of the most recognizable figures in modern energy and security issues," and Esquire Magazine included him in its 2007 list of America's Best and Brightest. Dr Luft has published numerous studies and articles on security and energy issues in various newspapers and publications such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The American Interest, The National Interest, Commentary Magazine, LA Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He is co-author of Energy Security Challenges for the 21st Century (2009), Turning Oil into Salt: Energy Independence Through Fuel Choice (2009) and Petropoly: The Collapse of America's Energy Security Paradigm (2012). He is also author of Beer, Bacon and Bullets: Culture in Coalition Warfare from Gallipoli to Iraq. He appears frequently in the media and consults to various think tanks and news organisations worldwide. Dr Luft testified before committees of the US Congress, including Senate Foreign Relations, House International Relations, House Science and the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He holds degrees in international relations, international economics and strategic studies and a doctorate in strategic studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS,) Johns Hopkins University.
Edward Morse
Managing Director, Global Head of Commodities Research

Ed Morse is Managing Director and Global Head Commodities, Citi Research in New York. He previously held similar positions at Lehman Brothers, Louis Capital Markets and Credit Suisse. Widely cited in the media, he is a contributor to journals such as Foreign Affairs, the Financial Times, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. He was most recently ranked one of “The 36 Best Analysts On Wall Street” by Business Insider (one of two commodity analysts) and #23 among the “Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2012” by Foreign Policy. He worked in the US government at the State Department, and later was an advisor to the United Nations Compensation Commission on Iraq as well as to the US Departments of State, Energy and Defence and to the International Energy Agency on issues related to oil, natural gas and the impact of financial flows on energy prices. A former Princeton professor and author of numerous books and articles on energy, economics and international affairs, Mr Morse was the publisher of Petroleum Intelligence Weekly and other trade periodicals and also worked at Hess Energy Trading Co(HETCO). 
Eric Oudenot
The Boston Consulting Group

Eric Oudenot is a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in London, and is the topic expert on shale gas. Over the past few years Mr Oudenot has advised: Governments on defining regulatory frameworks and planning for logistical constraints, large IOCs on creating dedicated operating models and organisational structures for shale operations, US independents on designing shareholder value creation strategies, service companies on developing entry strategies in US basins and in Central Europe and private equity funds on assessing specific businesses which could benefit from shale gas developments (onshore drillers, frack spreads, sand mines, railcars).Prior to joining The Boston Consulting Group, Mr Oudenot spent 10 years in the oil and gas industry. He started his career with TOTAL in Iran, spent four years at BP working mostly on Angolan deepwater blocks, and three years with Schlumberger where he became Assistant to the President of the consulting segment. Mr Oudenot graduated from H.E.C in France and is a member of the SPE Board in London. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences and the co-author of The Great, Global, Shale Gas Development Race.
Janez Potočnik
European Commissioner for the Environment

Janez Potočnik is European Commissioner for Environment. Dr Potočnik became a Member of the European Commission on May 1 2004. In his first mandate (2004 – 2009) he was responsible for Science and Research. Prior to joining the Commission, in June 2001, he was appointed a Minister Councillor at the Office of the Prime Minister of Slovenia and later as Minister without portfolio responsible for European Affairs. This followed his appointment in April 1998 as Head of Negotiating Team for Accession of the Republic of Slovenia to the European Union. In July 1994, he was appointed Director of the Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development of the Republic of Slovenia. Dr Potočnik graduated with Honours from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana. He completed his Master's degree in 1989 and gained a PhD in 1993 from the same University.
Governor Bill Richardson
Former Governor of New Mexico

In January 2011, Bill Richardson completed his second term as Governor of New Mexico. As a private citizen, he serves as Chairman of APCO Worldwide's executive advisory service (Global Political Strategies) and as Senior Fellow for Latin America at Rice University's James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. He sits on several non-profit and for-profit boards, and has served as Special Envoy for the Organization of American States (OAS).

Elected as Governor to New Mexico in 2002, he was re-elected in 2006 with 69% of the vote (the largest margin of victory in N.M. history).With his bold governing style, he made New Mexico the "Clean Energy State" by requiring utilities to meet 20% of the state’s electrical demand from renewable sources, and established a Renewable Energy Transmission Authority to deliver the state’s renewable resources to market. 

He sought the Democratic nomination for President of the US. in 2008. Prior to his Governorship, Governor Richardson enjoyed a successful career in public service. For 15 years, he represented the 3rd Congressional District in northern New Mexico. In 1997 he served the US Ambassador to the United Nations, and in 1998 the US Senate confirmed him unanimously as Secretary of the US Department of Energy.

Governor Richardson has authored two books, Between Worlds and Leading by Example.He earned his BA and MA from Tufts and Tuft’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1970 and 1971, respectively.
Christof Rühl
Vice President and Group Chief Economist

Christof Rühl is Group Chief Economist and Vice President of BP. He manages BP’s global Economics Team, providing economic input into the firm’s commercial decisions.  BP’s Economics Team also produces the annual Statistical Review of World Energy and Global Energy Outlook.

Mr Rühl has a distinguished track record in both academia and economic policy making.  Prior to joining BP, he was at the World Bank (1998-2005) where he served as the Bank’s Chief Economist in Russia and in Brazil, and before that, he worked in the Office of the Chief Economist at the EBRD in London.  

Previously, he was an academic economist, first in Germany and from 1991 as Professor of Economics at the University of California in Los Angeles.  In addition, Mr Rühl held Visiting Professorships at academic institutions worldwide, amongst them the University of Chicago.  His areas of specialisation are macroeconomics and energy economics; he has published widely in these fields.
Paolo Scaroni
Chief Executive Officer

Paolo Scaroni has been Chief Executive Officer of Eni, one of the world’s leading energy companies, since June 2005.Prior to this, from May 2002 to May 2005, he was chief executive officer of Enel, Italy’s leading electricity utility. Mr Scaroni has held a number of senior positions within industry. He joined Pilkington in 1996 and was Chief Executive Officer until May 2002. In 1985, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Techint, where he oversaw the privatizations of SIV, Italimpianti and Dalmine, and from 1973 until 1984, he held a series of positions with Saint-Gobain, culminating with his appointment as President of the Saint-Gobain glass division. He worked for Chevron for two years after graduating from university. Mr Scaroni has also served as an Associate at McKinsey & Company. Mr Scaroni is currently NonExecutive Director of Assicurazioni Generali, Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of London Stock Exchange Group, Non-Executive Director of Veolia Environnement and is in the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School and Fondazione Teatro alla Scala.In May 2004, Mr Scaroni was appointed Cavaliere del Lavoro of the Italian Republic and in November 2007 he was decorated as an officer of the French Légion d’honneur.Mr Scaroni graduated in 1969 with an Economics and Commerce degree from Milan’s Bocconi University and with an MBA from Columbia Business School in 1973.
Charif Souki
Chairman and CEO
Cheniere Energy
Charif Souki is Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Cheniere Energy, Inc, and has held these positions since December 2002. Mr Souki founded Cheniere Energy, Inc in 1996. He received his BA from Colgate University and his MBA from Columbia University.
Douglas Uchikura
Deputy General Director, Onshore Europe
Chevron Upstream Europe

Based in Warsaw, Poland, Douglas Uchikura is Deputy General Director, Onshore Europe, Chevron Upstream Europe, a position he has held since July 2012. Mr Uchikura joined Chevron in 1979 and has held numerous positions in the company. From January 2008 through June 2012, he served as President, Chevron Nebitgaz B.V. (Turkmenistan) based in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. From 2004 through 2007, he was General Manager, Upstream, Policy, Government and Public Affairs (PGPA) for Chevron Corporation with responsibilities for developing and implementing PGPA strategies to support upstream businesses in close coordination with all segments of the PGPA function. From 2003 to 2004, Mr Uchikura served in San Ramon as a Senior Counsel, Chevron International E&P, Negotiations, Legal and Procurement, a position he assumed following a role as Shareholder Representative for Chevron's interest in the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) in Moscow, Russia from July 2000 through September 2003. From 1998 through June 2000, Mr Uchikura served as General Manager for the Eurasia Business Unit’s San Ramon-based team with offices in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Russia, Turkey and London. From 1988 through 1997, Mr Uchikura was Senior Counsel in Chevron International E&P and had extensive experience in negotiating Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs), Joint Operating Agreements (JOA), and other upstream-related agreements in countries such as Albania, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Kuwait, Nigeria, and Yemen. From 1979 through July 1988, Mr Uchikura worked on obtaining the necessary federal, state, and local permits for oil and gas exploration, development and production activities offshore California and onshore in Santa Barbara County, California.

Mr Uchikura earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an MBA from California State University in Hayward, California, and a Law degree from Santa Clara University Law School in Santa Clara, California. He is licensed by the California State Bar, and is a member of the American Bar Association and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.
Maria van der Hoeven
Executive Director
International Energy Agency

Maria van der Hoeven took over as Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) on 1 September 2011. Ms van der Hoeven has steered the IEA during a period of exceptional change in the global energy landscape. While the original IEA mandate of energy security remains at the core of the agency’s mission, the IEA has been challenged by rapidly shifting supply/demand balances for oil as well as other major fuels, affecting its members’ interests and also those within the wider global energy economy. Ms van der Hoeven is taking the initiative to address the challenges of global energy governance in the face of changing worldwide requirements. 

She is determined to strengthen the Agency’s role, enabling it to take the lead in the transition to a secure and sustainable energy future. One of her overarching priorities is implementing a new global engagement strategy to further build and formalise cooperation with the major emerging energy players of the 21st century. Another is expanding modern energy services to the 1.3 billion people worldwide who currently lack them. In recognition of the IEA’s efforts to address the crisis of energy poverty, 

Ms van der Hoeven has been invited to serve on the Advisory Board to the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative. Previously, Ms van der Hoeven served as Minister of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands from February 2007 to October 2010, during which time she demonstrated leadership on energy policy at the national, regional and global levels.
Piotr Wozniak
Chief National Geologist Under Secretary of State
Ministry of the Environment, Poland

Piotr Woźniak is Poland’s Chief National Geologist and is Undersecretary of State for the Environment. In the course of his career he has held numerous positions in both the public and private sector. Prior to taking up his current post, Mr Woźniak was Chairman of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), and from 2005 to 2007 he served as Minister of the Economy. From 2004 to 2005 he served as an expert of the Parliamentary Committee investigating irregularities at Poland's PKN Orlen, and from 2004 to 2005 he was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ence.Eko Limited where he was responsible for consulting in the field of investment projects in power industry. In this same time span, from 2002 to 2005, Mr Woźniak also ran his own business as economic adviser in the fields of trade in fuel gas, and implementation of projects in power industry and environment protection technologies. From July 2000 to March 2002 he sat on the Board of Directors of 
PolskieGórnictwoNaftoweiGazownictwo S.A. (Polish Oil and Gas Mining Industry PGNiG) as Deputy Chairman for Trade and Restructuring, in charge of transforming the company into a capital group, and restructuring the portfolio of supply contracts. As adviser to the Prime Minister on infrastructure in the period from 1998 to 2000, he took part in the work of permanent committees of the Council of Ministers and in task groups focusing ,among other things, on customs duties and customs infrastructure, railway transportation restructuring, the power industry and diversification of natural gas supplies. Other public and private positions have included: Chairman of the Board of Directors of Polish-American Corporation of Environment Protection Technologies (PAKTO S.A), and Commerce Counsellor of Poland's Embassy in Ottawa, Canada.

In 1980 Mr Woźniak graduated from Warsaw University, with a Master's degree in Geology.