July 6th, 2021, 13:45-15:25h

We warmly welcome you to digitally join the Dutch-German Hydrogen Symposium. This symposium is part of the state visit of the Netherlands to Germany. His Royal Highness King Willem-Alexander and Her Royal Highness Queen Máxima will attend the symposium.

Last January, Germany and the Netherlands signed the Dutch-German Innovation & Technology Pact. With this signing, both countries showed their commitment to far-reaching cooperation in the fields of mobility, healthcare, smart industry and energy transition. An important field within this cooperation is hydrogen.

Low carbon hydrogen will play an important role in our future climate-neutral economies. Both Germany and the Netherlands are well positioned to successfully develop the hydrogen market. By bundling our strengths, our countries can reinforce each other. This symposium is aimed to highlight the Dutch-German cooperation on amongst others low carbon hydrogen production, international import chains, hydrogen infrastructure and applications in the industry and transport sector. During the Dutch-German Hydrogen Symposium, high level speakers from government, industry and research institutions will present their hydrogen cooperation initiatives.

Please make sure to register before the 25th of June, so we can send you a sustainable 3D gadget.We can unfortunately only send the gadget to addresses in the Netherlands and Germany. With this gadget you can fully experience the virtual reality hydrogen tour presented during the event.

We look forward to your registration for this inspiring event.

Dutch-German Hydrogen Symposium 2021

Implementing the Dutch-German Innovation & Technology Pact

This symposium is part of the state visit of the Netherlands to Germany. His Royal Highness King Willem-Alexander and Her Royal Highness Queen Máxima will attend the symposium.

Dutch-German Hydrogen Symposium 2021 – PART I
Moderated by Ulrike Nagel


-    Ingrid Thijssen, President of VNO-NCW

German Green Hydrogen Strategy

-    Dr. Stefan Kaufmann MP, Innovation Commissioner for Green Hydrogen at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Import of Hydrogen for Europe

-    Allard Castelein, CEO, Port of Rotterdam

Panel Discussion on Transport of Hydrogen

-    Dr. Arnd Köfler, CTO, ThyssenKrupp Stahl

-    Stefan Dohler, CEO, EWE

-    Han Fennema, CEO, Gasunie

Panel Discussion on Research and Innovation for a Hydrogen Future

-    Prof. Dr. Matthias Wessling, Vice-Rector for Research and Structure, RWTH Aachen

-    Prof. Dr. Richard van de Sanden, Scientific Director, Eindhoven Institute for Renewable Energy Systems

-    Katja Baumann, Managing Director, MARIKO

Co-Interview on Hydrogen Production

-    Marjan van Loon, President Director, Shell Netherlands

-    Andreas Nauen, CEO, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy


Dutch-German Hydrogen Symposium 2021 – PART II

Welcome to Part II

-    Peter Adrian, President DIHK

Keynote Speech

-    Peter Altmaier, Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany (tbc)

Keynote Speech

-    Mona Keijzer, State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

Virtual Reality Hydrogen Tour

-    Virtual Gateway, a 3D Hydrogen Experience

Conclusions and closing

-    Prof. Dr. Siegfried Russwurm, President of BDI (Federation of German Industries)

End of program


Ulrike Nagel - Moderator

Ulrike Nagel is a moderator, an experienced television and radio reporter and editor-in-chief. During and after her study at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, she lived and worked for several years in the Netherlands. In recent years she worked as a freelance camera journalist based in Berlin and as a correspondent for several Dutch media. Ulrike grew up in East Berlin and remembers the fall of the Berlin wall as a ten year old. She is bilingual (German/Dutch) and has experienced both countries from the inside very well.

Picture: © Rogier Veldman

Ingrid Thijssen - President VNO-NCW


Ingrid Thijssen (1968) took up the position of President of VNO-NCW, the Confederation of Netherlands’ Industry and Employers, on September 15th, 2020. Prior to her appointment as President of VNO-NCW, Ingrid Thijssen was CEO of the electricity network company Alliander. In that capacity she was also a member of the Executive Board of VNO-NCW.The Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW) is the largest employers' organization in the Netherlands. VNO-NCW represents Dutch companies of various sizes and across all sectors, such as listed companies, family businesses, small and medium-sized enterprises and young businesses, both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Stefan Kaufmann MP - Innovation Commissioner for Green Hydrogen at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Dr Stefan Kaufmann MP is Innovation Commissioner for Green Hydrogen at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). In his field, he coordinates the focus of BMBF‘s R&D activities and the transfer of R&D into practical applications. He is also tasked with introducing promising results from BMBF-led research to the political arena and public debate. In his capacity as Innovation Commissioner, he is a permanent guest on the German State Secretaries’ Committee for Hydrogen and the German National Hydrogen Council. Furthermore, Dr Kaufmann serves as a directly elected member of the German Bundestag from Stuttgart for the CDU party.

Picture: © Jens Oellermann Fotografie

Allard Castelein - CEO, Port of Rotterdam


Allard Castelein has been president of the Port of Rotterdam Authority since 2014. He studied medicine and then worked for over 25 years at Shell in a range of diverse positions worldwide, including leading the group's international Environmental Department. The objective of the Port of Rotterdam Authority is to strengthen the competitive position of the port of Rotterdam as a logistics hub and world-class industrial complex. The Port Authority focuses on accelerating sustainability in the port by developing a wide range of (public-private) projects. These include CO2 capture and storage, electrification and the production, import and application of green hydrogen. The aim is to develop the port into the European hub for renewable energy, as it is now for fossil fuels. The Port of Rotterdam Authority is active in the entire hydrogen value chain, from the landing of offshore wind and the production of green and blue hydrogen to setting up the import of hydrogen from overseas, the development of import terminals, and the use of hydrogen as a fuel for heavy transport (trucks, inland shipping).

Crucial here is the timely development of infrastructure, both in the port of Rotterdam and between Rotterdam and other industrial areas, especially North Rhine-Westphalia. Recently, the German steel companies Thyssenkrupp Steel and HKM announced that, together with the Port Authority, they would investigate the establishment of international supply chains for hydrogen. Hydrogen can replace coal in the production of steel.


Dr. Arnd Köfler - Board member thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG, Chief Technical Officer (CTO)


Dr. Arnd Köfler has been a member of the Executive Board of thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG since January 1, 2017. He is responsible for the entire production area comprising all operations from iron production through rolling to coating. German steel companies thyssenkrupp Steel and HKM and the Port of Rotterdam jointly investigate setting up international supply chains for hydrogen. Together, the partners will explore hydrogen import opportunities via Rotterdam as well as a possible pipeline corridor between Rotterdam and thyssenkrupp Steel’s and HKM’s steel sites in Duisburg. The partnership may serve as a framework for additional initiatives and aims at supporting existing initiatives and projects the partners are involved in.


Stefan Dohler - CEO, EWE


Stefan Dohler is Member of the Board of Management of EWE since January 2018. He started his career in 1998 at the Hamburg energy supplier HEW, one of the predecessor companies of Vattenfall. Since then, he has held a number of leadership positions in the areas of finance, networks, products and markets. In 2012 he became a member of the Executive Management Team of the Vattenfall Group. Most recently he was CFO of Vattenfall AB in Stockholm, Sweden.

As an innovative service provider, EWE is active in the business areas of energy, telecommunications and information technology. EWE is playing a pioneering role in the areas of climate protection and digital participation. To this end, in the coming years the Group will invest more than one billion euros in the expansion of its fiber-optic infrastructure, four billion euros in the construction of new wind power plants, and is a leader in the expansion of the hydrogen infrastructure.

The northwest of Germany offers ideal conditions for the successful market entry of hydrogen technology. It is precisely this potential, combined with extensive expertise in the field of energy services, that EWE AG is counting on to make green hydrogen an integral part of its portfolio. To this end, various projects, such as HyWays For Future and HyBit, are already being implemented in EWE AG's business territory. For the supra-regional development of a hydrogen economy, EWE AG is cooperating closely with Gasunie. With the closely linked IPCEI approaches Clean Hydrogen Coastline and HyPerLink, concrete implementation concepts are available. Together with the other partners ArcelorMittal Bremen, FAUN Umwelttechnik, swb and TenneT, hydrogen technology can be introduced to the market across all stages of the value chain.

Wasserstoff – Langzeitspeicher für erneuerbare Energien | EWE AG
Wasserstoff – Langzeitspeicher für erneuerbare Energien | EWE AG
"Clean Hydrogen Coastline" jetzt auf europäischer Ebene | EWE AG

Han Fennema - CEO and chairman of the Executive Board of N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie


Han Fennema graduated from the University of Twente in 1986 (IT). Afterwards, he held various posts within the energy sector, amongst others at ExxonMobil, Esso Aardgas and Eneco. From 1 January 2014 Han Fennema is a member of the Executive Board of Gasunie. From 1 March 2014 he is CEO and chairman of the Executive Board.

Gasunie manages and maintains the infrastructure for large-scale transport and storage of gas in the Netherlands and the northern part of Germany. Gasunie is a leading European energy infrastructure company whose core activities are gas transport and gas storage. The company believes in a sustainable future with a balanced energy mix and a lasting role for diversified gas.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Wessling - Vice-Rector for Research and Structure, RWTH Aachen

Matthias Wessling is Professor of Chemical Product and Process Engineering at RWTH Aachen University and Member of the Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials. He is specialized in the development of membranes and catalytic materials for electrolysis processes and integrates them into scalable electrolysers. He is member of the Steering Board of the Cluster4Future on Hydrogen.

As Vice Rector for Research and Structure he signs responsible for the Excellence Strategy of RWTH Aachen University and its strategic developments. RWTH’s ambition is to be Germany’s academic cornerstone for providing sustainable solutions that impact today’s and future’s challenges.

With its vision of “knowledge.impact.networks”, RWTH Aachen is an important player in the current transformations of today’s energy, materials and resource sectors. The transformation of the Rheinisches Revier, located at the border between the Netherlands and Germany, can serve as a European model region to swiftly implement defossilization strategies - with hydrogen being one essential key ingredient.

Prof. Dr. Richard van de Sanden - Scientific Director, Eindhoven Institute for Renewable Energy Systems

Richard van de Sanden is the scientific director of the Eindhoven Institute for Renewable Energy Systems (EIRES) and a professor at the Department of Applied Physics of the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. He is also a research group leader at the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER) where he has been director from 2011 until July 2020.

He received his Ph.D. in 1991 from the Eindhoven University on a fundamental plasma physics subject. In 1990, he was appointed an Assistant Professor, his main interest being the fundamentals of plasma assisted processing of materials. In 2000, he was appointed as a full-time professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology. At the DIFFER institute he focuses on the physics and chemistry of plasma-surface interaction and on research into the direct and indirect conversion of renewable energy into synthetic fuels and chemicals.

He is a member of several (scientific) advisory boards for (inter-)national programs, institutes and departments. Since 2017 he is the chairman of the advisory committee on Electrochemical Conversion and Materials (ECCM), and an active member of the Energy committee of the European Academies for Science Advisory Council (EASAC).

Katja Baumann - Managing Director, MARIKO

Katja Baumann has a degree in environmental sciences and has been working at the Maritime Competence Centre in Leer in Lower Saxony for around 10 years. In 2015 she took over the management of the non-profit company. The main task of MARIKO GmbH is to support stakeholders in the maritime sector. Innovative strategies and projects for companies are developed through networking activities and the formation of research and cooperation consortia. The focus is particularly on collaboration with small and medium-sized enterprises operating in the maritime and inland navigation sector.

Since its foundation in 2009, Mariko GmbH has been working intensively on the topic of propulsion technologies and alternative fuels. MARIKO executes innovation projects in the context of hydrogen-based fuels, such as equipping a water taxi and a harbour boat with methanol fuel cells. Many of the activities are being implemented in Dutch-German cooperation. The projects “GreenShipping Niedersachen” and “GreenShipping Waddenzee” as well as the INTERREG project "H2Watt", in the course of which various hydrogen utilisation perspectives are demonstrated and realised. Another example is the annual "Hydrogen Cross Border Conference", which is organised with the Dutch cooperation partner FME and attracted over 700 participants this year.

Marjan van Loon - President Director, Shell Netherlands

Born in Helmond (1965), she studied Chemical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology. Immediately after her studies she joined Shell in 1989. Since then she has held several positions both in NL and abroad. Marjan is the first female President Director of Shell Nederland B.V.

Between 1997 and 2007 she worked in Australia and Malaysia. Before becoming President Director of Shell Nederland, she was Vice President Integrated Gas & LNG (liquid gas). In that position she was responsible for the development of LNG activities, including the design and development of Floating LNG and LNG as fuel for the transport sector.

Marjan is married and has two children

Andreas Nauen - CEO, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

The leader in renewable energy I Siemens Gamesa

Andreas Nauen was born in Krefeld (Germany). He is Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Delegated Executive Committee of SIEMENS GAMESA RENEWABLE ENERGY, S.A., a publicly listed company, and one of the global leaders in the wind sector employing more than 26,000 people around the world, having installed 110GW on five continents.

With regard to the production of green hydrogen, Siemens Gamesa has announced two pioneering projects, one in Denmark (onshore) and a second in Germany (offshore) – with the H2Mare project as a contribution to the German national hydrogen strategy.


Peter Adrian - President DIHK

DIHK - Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag

Peter Adrian is the president of DIHK, the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce e. V., since March 2021. DIHK represents the entire commercial sector in Germany. Its members comprise the 79 chambers of industry and commerce (IHKs) with several million companies from industry, trade and services – from kiosk owners to large corporations. The DIHK bundles the interests of businesses across all sectors and branches of the economy in a democratic and deliberative manner. In addition, the DIHK coordinates the network of more than 140 foreign chambers of commerce, delegations and representative offices of German business in 92 countries

Peter Altmaier - Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany

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Peter Altmaier heads the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, prior to that he was Minister in the Chancellor’s Office and has been acting Federal Minister of Finance since 24 October 2017. Altmaier has been a Member of the German Bundestag since 1994.

Mona Keijzer - State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

Mona Keijzer began her career in January 1991 as a legal policy officer serving the municipality of Waterland. From 1993 to 1994 she was a management trainee at Leiden University. She then held legal positions at the Gelderland Environment Inspectorate and the municipality of Almere.

In 1998 Ms Keijzer became a member of the municipal executive and deputy mayor of the municipality of Waterland. In 2006 she began working as a lawyer and certified mediator. In 2007 she became a member of the Purmerend municipal executive. In 2012 Ms Keijzer became a member of parliament for the Christian Democratic Alliance (CDA), with policy responsibility for chronic care for older and disabled people, and later became spokesperson for hospital care and asylum, migration and integration policy.

On 26 October 2017 Mona Keijzer was appointed State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy in the third Rutte government.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Siegfried Russwurm - President of BDI

Siegfried Russwurm completed his studies in manufacturing technology at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg as a graduate engineer in 1988. There, hereceived his doctoral degree at the Chair of Applied Mechanics where he researched numerical simulation processes. In 1992, he joined Siemens AG, first as a production planner and project manager in the medical technology division. In 2006, he was appointed Divisional Director in Medical Technology, and in January 2008 he became a member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG, where he was active until March 2017. During this time, he was responsible for all industrial issues, as Chief Technology Officer for Technology, for Healthcare and for Human Resources.

Russwurm is active in various supervisory and advisory boards. Among other things he has been Chairman of the Shareholders' Committee and the Supervisory Board of Voith GmbH & Co KGaA since March 2019 and was elected Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Thyssenkrupp AG in October 2019. Russwurm was chairman of the North Africa Middle East Initiative of German Business (NMI) under the umbrella of the BDI from 2015 to 2017. From 2014 to 2017, he was chairman of the Platform Industry 4.0 of several BDI member associations, and from 2011 to 2017 member of the Restricted Board of the BDI member association of the mechanical engineering industry, VDMA.