Aleksandar Kovačević holds a degree in energy economics from Belgrade University. He started his professional career with the Federal Productivity Institute of Former Yugoslavia in 1986. He has been providing strategic advice, complex energy efficiency solutions and emergency situation assistance to major institutional, financial and private clients for over 20 years, including assistance to UN OCHA coordinating the rapid reconstruction of Serbia’s energy infrastructure after the 1999 war. He was an associate in PlanEcon until 1992, project manager for the Tagarnrog Development project in Russia (1992-1998) and a contributor to the Black Sea and Central Asia panel at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University. He is the principal author of the energy poverty analysis Stuck in the Past (UNDP, 2004), co-author of the Western Balkans Energy Policy Survey(IEA/UNDP, 2008) and Public Expenditure and Institutional Review (PEIR) for Serbia and Montenegro (World Bank, 2003), as well as a number of papers, lectures and media contributions. His publications also include The Impact of the Russia-Ukraine Gas Crisis in South Eastern Europe and The Potential Contribution of Natural Gas to Sustainable Development in South Eastern Europe. Mr. Kovačević has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Russian Power conference since 2002 and the UNECE Group of experts in sustainable energy, as well as a regular consultant to the World Bank and contributor to the Oil and Gas Economy and Law (OGEL) network. He won the Innovation Award at the Power Gen Europe Conference in 2002.