President of GasNaturally
CEO, Snam Spa
Marco Alverà has been appointed as the first President of GasNaturally, the partnership representing the European gas industry. He is Chief Executive Officer of Snam since April 2016. Previously he was Chief Operating Officer from January to April 2016. Since April 2016 he is also Chairman of the Board of Snam Rete Gas, a Snam’s subsidiary company that operates in natural gas transportation and dispatching. With a degree in Philosophy and Economics from the London School of Economics, Marco Alverà began his career in London working in Private Equity and M&A. In 2000 he founded Netesi, Italy’s first broadband ADSL company.
In 2002, he joined Enel as Director of Group Corporate Strategy and member of the management committee, contributing significantly to the development of the company’s gas strategy and participating in the listing of Terna. In 2004 he became Chief Financial Officer of Wind Telecom and oversaw the sale of Wind to Orascom. In 2005, he joined Eni as Director of Supply & Portfolio Development at the Gas & Power Division, successfully managing the outcomes of the gas crisis between Russia and Ukraine in the Winter of 2006, and taking part in the negotiation of the international agreement on gas supplies. In that role, he also oversaw the acquisition of Belgium’s Distrigas in the delicate unbundling process from Fluxys. During the same period, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Bluestream and Promgas and was in charge of the development of new routes for natural gas towards Europe from the Caspian area, Iran, the Middle East and Africa.
In 2008 he moved to Eni’s Exploration & Production Division as Executive Vice President for Russia, North Europe, and North and South America. In these countries, he managed operations and led negotiations with governments and other international oil companies. In 2010 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Eni Trading and Shipping, which manages all commodity Trading and Shipping activities for the company, and in 2012 he became Senior Executive Vice President Optimisation and Trading. In 2013, he took on responsibility for the business unit Midstream, which consolidates the results of Eni’s Gas & Power Division and brings together all of the supply, logistics and trading activities of the energy commodities. From July to September 2015 he was the Chief Retail Market Gas & Power Officer. Since December 2016 he is a member of the General Council of the Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice, promoting culture and arts and hosting several high-profile initiatives on international relations. Since March 2017 he is a board member of S&P Global, one of the world’s leading providers of credit ratings, benchmarks and analytics in the global capital and commodity markets.
Dr James Watson
Secretary General of Eurogas
Chair of GasNaturally Steering Committee
Dr James Watson is the Secretary General of Eurogas, a role he has held since January 2019. Eurogas is the association representing the European gas wholesale, retail and distribution sectors.
Prior to taking the helm at Eurogas, Dr Watson was the Chief Executive Officer of SolarPower Europe, the European solar industry association. Before joining SolarPower Europe, Dr Watson worked as the Director of Public Affairs for Weber Shandwick, specialising in energy and trade policy. Before coming to Brussels, Dr Watson worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat on a European Commission project on trade and sustainable development based in Ethiopia. Earlier in his career James worked for various UK government bodies in London and worked as a lecturer in Environmental Law at the University of Manchester.
He holds a Ph.D in International Trade and Environmental Law from the University of Leeds, and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.