The purpose of the Hydrogen Ecosystem North Adriatic Conference is to bring together the parties creating an unprecedented phenomenon of cross-regional cooperation in the transition towards a clean energy future based on clean hydrogen. The goal of the 3rd conference is to accelerate activities related the development of North Adriatic Hydrogen Valley (NAHV) project, the first Transnational Hydrogen Valley project in the EU in 2023 and to boost other already ongoing projects developed by industry towards a regional hydrogen ecosystem to accelerate regional and European energy transition, to scale innovations. Industrial partners, universities, and society leaders from participating countries: Croatia, Italy – Friuli-Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region, and Slovenia, are working together to explore further development opportunities and accelerate already envisaged projects.

Networking breakfast buffet

Introduction and Moderation: Jurij Giacomelli

Franc Muzič, Mayor of Goriška Brda (welcome address)

Bart Biebuyck, Former Executive Director Clean Hydrogen Partnership Joint Undertaking, EU Commission

Aleksander Gerbec, CEO, ECUBES

Nevenka Volk Rožič, Director, Northern Primorska Chamber of Commerce, Nova Gorica – (Host)

Danica Maljković, President of Hydrogen Group at Croatian Chamber of Economy, Croatia

Ivan Herak, Member of the Board Finance,HR & Law, ACI, Advisor to the Minister of Tourism, Croatia

Michelangelo Agrusti, President, Confindustria Alto Adriatico, Italy

Anna Mareschi Danieli, Vice President, Confindustria Udine, Italy

Vesna Nahtigal, Executive Director, Chamber of Commerce of Slovenia

Ivo Milatić, State Secretary at the Ministry for Economy and Sustainable Development of Croatia

Sergio Emidio Bini, Regional Minister for Productive Activities and Tourism, Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region, Italy

Bojan Kumer, Minister of the Environment, Climate and Energy of Slovenia

Luigi Crema, President at Hydrogen Europe Research, Vice President at the Italian Association for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells – H2IT

Paolo Guglia, Hydrogen Europe, Chair of the Water Transport Group

Bart Biebuyck, Former Executive Director Clean Hydrogen Partnership Joint Undertaking, EU Commission

Tinne van der Straeten, Minister of Energy, Belgium  – (in videostreaming)

Maxime Saliez, Conseiler at Minister Tinne van der Straeten Cabinet, Belgium

Sarah Neuman, Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Policy advisor, Austria

Ratislav Trnka, Governor of Košice Region, Slovakia

Katharina Bouchaar, ENERCY, CEO, The Netherlands

Moderated by Aleksander Gerbec

Tomaž Štokelj, CEO, Holding Slovenske Elektrarne, Slovenia

Massimiliano Fantuzzi, VP R&D, Danieli Centro Combustion, Italy

Giuseppe Giacomini, Chief Sustainability and Strategy VISION, ABS Spa, Italy

Vesna Kučan Polak, Business Development and new technologies Director, Croatian Hydrocarbon Agency, Croatia

Tobias Puklavec, CEO, GASFIN, Croatia

Tomaž Vuk, Salonit Anhovo, CEO, Slovenia


Matjaž Knez, Faculty for Logistic, University Maribor

  • Launch of H2STUDENT tour through MENA and GULF countries for COP 28 2023
  • Launch of action for young generation from ADANA province, area hit by earthquake in Turkey

Launch of H2STUDENTTM  Grand Prix – Hydrogen cars racing competition  (Villa Courtyard)

Introduction by: Matjaz Knez, University Maribor

Designing an ecosystem through a nexus of innovation pathways

Stephen Taylor, Strategic Coordinator, Joint Working Group, North Adriatic Hydrogen Valley

Hydrogen Visionaries Selection and Award

Jurij Giacomelli, CEO, META Circularity

Introduction and Moderation: Fabio Tomasi, Projects Development and Management Unit Manager, Area Science Park, Italy

Rodolfo Taccani, Delegate for the technological transfer and relations with the enterprises, University of Trieste, Italy

Fausto Ferraccioli, Director of Geophysics Department, National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics – OGS, Italy

Matjaž Valant, Vice-Rector for Sustainable Development and Technologies, University Nova Gorica, Slovenia

Vedran Kirinčić, Faculty of Engineering, University of Rijeka; Croatia

Marko Maver, Specialist for Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage; Secretary, Cabinet Member at the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia

Introduction and Moderation: Stephen Taylor

Stephan Herbs, Technical Head, R&D, Powertrain Hydrogen and Fuel Cell, Toyota Motors Europe, Germany

Cobino Caterina, Partnership & Innovation head, Fincantieri, Italy

Matej Biček, COO, ELAPHE, Slovenia

Blaž Močan, Head of Research, Pipistrel Vertical Solutions, Slovenia

Andrea Rampini, CEO Rampini Bus, Italy

Don Marshall, CTO, HYCUBES Catamaran, Croatia

Introduction and Moderation: Stephen Taylor

Marko Bahor, Executive director, Innovation and Investments, HSE, Slovenia

Boris Miljevac, Managing Director, SIEMENS ENERGY, Croatia

Krešimir Izaković, CTO, NEXE Group, Croatia

Aleš Bratkovič, Recupera, CEO, Slovenia

Marko Martinović, CEO Adria-Polymers, Croatia

Introduction and moderation: Jurij Giacomelli

Guy Verkoeyen, Business Development Manager, EXION, Belgium

Tomaž Bizjak, CEO Recatalyst, Slovenia

Matthias Zeier, Business Development Manager, GKN Hydrogen Storage, Italy

Janez Čeh, CTO, ECUBES Hydrogen & Flexibility Energy storage, Slovenia

Filip Margan, INOMAD.WORLD, CEO, Croatia

Tatjana Puklavec, Owner, Puklavec Wine

Introduction and moderation: Stephen Taylor

Dina Lanzi, Head of Technical Business Unit Hydrogen, SNAM, Italy (TBC)

Uroš Kerin, Assistant to CEO for asset management and projects, ELES, Slovenija

Alberto Agnoletti, CTO, Faber Industrie, Italy

Janos Onodi, CEO, Mobility and Innovation, Slovakia

Stephen Taylor, Strategic Coordinator, Joint Working Group, North Adriatic Hydrogen Valley

Bart Biebuyck, Former Executive Director Clean Hydrogen Partnership Joint Undertaking, EU Commission

Aleksander Gerbec, CEO, ECUBES

How to get there


Address: Vipolže 29, 5212 Dobrovo v Brdih, Slovenia


Address: NK Brda, Vipolže, 5212 Dobrovo v Brdih, Slovenia