Thijs Aarten is Managing Director at Ecofys, a Navigant company, and EME Energy Practice Leader. He has over 33 years of energy industry experience, having worked internationally for global corporations such as Royal Dutch Shell, Royal Pakhoed, Royal Vopak, KEMA and DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability. In addition to his role as CEO of Ecofys, Thijs is Managing Director of Aarten Energy Solutions B.V., as well as Managing Director of EnShared Development B.V. Thijs is and has been active in a number of key industry groups and associations, presenting his expert insights on energy transition subjects. Besides having advised clients in many countries around the globe, Thijs has lived and worked in the Netherlands, Singapore, United Kingdom, Hong Kong and China. Due to his international exposure, he has a strong appreciation for cultural differences and is able to connect the various trends in different continents.