Yana Popkostova – Keynote Speaker

Founding Director of the European Centre for Energy & Geopolitics Analysis

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Specialist Subjects

  • Low-Carbon Transition
  • Transnational Energy Governance
  • Geopolitics of Energy
  • Oil&Gas Economy Transition Pathways
  • Diversity and Inclusion in Energy
  • Anticipatory foresight and strategic agility


  • English
  • French


Yana Popkostova is the founder of the European Centre for Energy and Geopolitical Analysis. Her policy work explores the evolving landscape of risks associated with the low-carbon transition, building tailored corporate and regulatory anticipatory foresight for agile risk management to particularly geopolitical, governance and commodities volatility, but also resource scarcities and societal stresses. She is equally an all-round advocate for women’s empowerment and diversity in energy.

Popkostova’s background is in the EU Energy policy incubator. She has previously worked on energy policy and strategy for the European Climate Foundation; and before that as a policy advisor within the cabinet of the Vice-president of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, and DG Presidency in the European Parliament. She served as an expert reviewer for the landmark IPCC 1.5˚C Report and sat at the advisory board for France of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day.

Yana Popkostova has received numerous accolades throughout her careers. In 2017, she was designated as one of the 35-under-35 Future Energy Leaders by the World Energy Council. Popkostova is also a recipient of the prestigious EUI Policy Leaders Fellowship on Transnational Energy Governance.

She serves on the advisory board of the World Energy and Meteorology Council [WEMC] and as a mentor for the German Ministry of Industry-sponsored Global Women Network for the Energy Transition. In 2020, she was invited to join Team Europe, an experts’ network of the European Commission.

She has published widely and is a highly requested speaker on global energy relations and transformations, transnational energy governance and geopolitics of energy, as well as access to critical raw materials, the EU Green deal and other net-zero strategies and talent, diversity and empowerment in the energy industry.

Yana Popkostova holds a postgraduate degree with distinction from the London School of Economics.

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