18 September - 19 September 2017 | Brussels

Chair and Speaker


Phedon Nicolaides (Chair & Speaker)
Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges and at the Maastricht University, Academic Director at lexxion training

Phedon Nicolaides was educated in the United States, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. He has a PhD in Economics and a PhD in Law. He presently holds positions at the College of Europe and the University of Maastricht. He has published extensively on European integration, competition policy and State aid. He is also on the editorial boards of several journals. Dr. Nicolaides has organised seminars and workshops in many different Member States, and has acted as consultant to several public authorities.

Gatis Kristaps
Member of Board, Finance and Law, Ardenis-Consult, Riga

Gatis Kristaps holds a MSc in Economics. In the role of business consultant he has 15 years of practical experience in transport infrastructure projects for multiple funding organizations including the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and others. The special areas include sea ports, airports, railways and public transport. The expert has 6 years on the ground experience in State aid including elaboration of individual notifications and consultations on State aid related issues.

Feodora Petit
Case Handler, State Aid Transport, Directorate General for Competition, European Commission

Feodora Petit is currently a case handler at the European Commission, in the field of transport state aid. She started her career in 2005 lobbying for trade associations mainly on energy and environmental topics. In 2010 she took up a post at the European Commission's Smart Cities & Sustainable ICT Unit (DG Connect) before joining the British energy regulator Ofgem in 2013, where she stayed until returning to the European Commission in 2015. She holds a Master in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges and also studied at the IEP de Paris, in Heidelberg and in Potsdam

France Jeanty
Case Handler, State Aids: Industrial Restructuring, Directorate General for Competition, European Commission

France Jeanty has been working at DG Competition since 2016 specializing in industrial restructuring through state aid.  France provides legal and economic analysis of public support measures provided by member states and determines whether such interventions qualify as state aid and if they fulfil the proper criteria for authorization.   Before taking on her current role at the European Commission, France Jeanty worked for 6 years at BNP Paribas as an investment manager for private equity.  She attained her Masters in Business Engineering at the Louvain School of Management in Belgium graduating Suma Cum Laude.  

Lorena Ionita
Case Handler, DG COMP, European Commission, Brussels

CV not available upon publication date.


Udo Woll
Head of unit for Public Commercial Law, State Aid Law and Public Transport Contract Law, Legal Department, Deutsche Bahn AG, Berlin

Dr. Udo Woll heads the unit for Public Commercial Law, State Aid Law and Public Transport Contract Law within the legal department of Deutsche Bahn AG. His career has started in the Brussels Office of a law firm, where he has been employed from 2003 to 2005. State Aid was his main consulting area, but he also dealt with antitrust matters. After a two-year experience as a specialized prosecutor in the field of financial crimes, in 2007 he joined the Legal Department of Deutsche Bahn AG, where he previous to today's position headed the State Aid Unit. He regularly publishes and contributes in conferences on State Aid Law.

Philipp Melcher
Consultant, Morais Leitao, Galvao Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, Lisbon

Philipp advises domestic and international clients on competition law (antitrust, state aid), trade law (antidumping, antisubsidy) and general EU law and represents them in proceedings before national and European Union authorities and courts. Before joining MLGTS in 2015, he worked at Gleiss Lutz (2008-2014), one of Germany’s leading law firms. He was Associated Partner of the firm and based at its Brussels and Frankfurt offices. During his legal clerkship (2005-2007) and alongside his postgraduate studies at King’s College London (2007/2008), Philipp worked, inter alia, at the EU Commission (in the unit responsible for the enforcement of state aid rules in the area of transport and energy) and in the legal department of a major US internet company.

Melvin Könings
Associate, Lysias Consulting Group, Amersfoort

Melvin Könings is managing consultant on EU State aid affairs for the Lysias Consulting Group in The Netherlands. He studied Public Administration and has a wide practical experience local, national and international civil service. From 2001 to 2005 hewas detached on behalf of the DutchMinistry of Economic Affairs at the European Commission, in DG Competition. He was member of the State aid team on the Accession of the 10 new Member States in 2004. In 2005 Melvin Könings started working for the Lysias Consulting Group, a medium sized Dutch firm, specialised in consultancy projects in the public sector on administration, policy changes and democracy. From 2006 to 2009 Melvin Könings was also Alderman in the Dutch municipality Geldermalsen. From his in deep State aid assessments, Melvin Könings knows a wide variety of policy instruments in great detail. Not only from a legal perspective, but also from an economic and political perspective. On a yearly basis, he is involved in more than 100 State aid cases (projects, programs and schemes). In 2013, he successfully coordinated the Dutch State aid notification of the JESSICA funds of the cities of The Hague and Rotterdam. Melvin has a lot of experience in providing State aid training. He regularly provides presentations for both civil service and industry.


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