Date: 25-28 November, 2014

Hour:

Location: Tbilisi


The Atlantic Treaty Association would like to thank  NATO SPS Division, the Atlantic Council of Georgia and all the participants for the outstanding results of the Advanced Research Workshop held in Tbilisi, Georgia, 25-28 November 2014. 

We have collected the most concrete best practices of critical energy infrastructure protection (CEIP), which have been  discussed during the workshop. These findings have been consolidated in a dedicated publication, which will be published next autumn and will be handed to the NATO Industrial Resources and Communications Services Group (IRCSG)/NATO Operations Division. The findings will highlight the opportunities for better CEIP by enhancing public-private partnership.

The Advanced Research Workshop (ARW) was financed by NATO with the aim of providing high-level discussions and information sharing, in order to find solutions for today’s emerging energy security challenges. The workshop  featured panels on the role of international organizations, public and private stakeholders in energy security; terrorism and its implications for energy infrastructure security and cyber threats to critical energy infrastructures.
Experts discussed a wide range of threats and risks that can compromise energy infrastructure networks, such as terrorist attacks and cyber threats. These risks affect both NATO Allies and partners alike, since countries are often connected by energy infrastructure networks that are of crucial importance for our energy supply.

This workshop has been directed and coordinated by Mr.Alessandro Niglia as Co-Director NATO ARW with the support of Mr.Giorgi MuchaidzeExecutive Director of the Atlantic Council of Georgia.

 


PROGRAM


 25 November 2014

DINNER RECEPTION

GeorgiaDifesa

Sponsored by the Ministry of Defense of Georgia

19.30 – 22.00 | Marriott Courtyard, Tbilisi, Georgia

WELCOME REMARKS

– Mr. Alessandro NIGLIA | Co-Director NATO SPS ARW, Atlantic Treaty Association

– Mr. Giorgi MUCHADIZE | Executive Director, Atlantic Council of Georgia.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

– Ms. Teona AKUBARDIA | Deputy Head of the National Security Council Secretary

– Mr. William LAHUE | Head of NATO Liaison Office, Georgia

CLOSING REMARKS

– Amb. Vasil SIKHARULIDZE | Chairman, Atlantic Council of Georgia


26 November 2014


   Panel discussion:

Critical Energy Infrastructure Protection from Terrorist Attacks, Vandalism, Sabotage and Criminal Activity

This session aims to identify the consequences of terrorist attacks,sabotage and espionage on Critical Energy Infrastructure with aspecific focus on pipelines and electrical grids.

MODERATOR

– Lt.Col. Nicholas HENRY | Deputy Director, NATO ENSEC COE

SPEAKERS

– Mr. Heiki JAKSON | Strategic Analysis and Research Division Subject Matter Expert, NATO ENSEC COE

– Mr. Kujtim PROSEKU| Head of Electrical Department, InfraTransProject

– Prof. Dr. Mesut Hakki CASIN | Professor of International Relations, Ozyegin University, Turkey

– Dr. Nadejda KOMENDANTOVA | Coordinator of Risk Governance Group Risk, Policy and Vulnerability Program – International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis – IIASA


27 November 2014


  Panel discussion:

Critical Energy Infrastructure Protection from Cyber-Attacks

This session aims to identify the linkage between potential cyberattacks on Energy infrastructure and how to prevent them. The session will facilitate an exchange of public, non-classified and factbased information on cyber threats to critical energy infrastructure.

– Dr. Burkhard THEILE | Cyber Security Expert, Atlantic Council of Germany

– Dr. Stefano MELE | Director of the Observatory on Info Warfare and Emerging Technologies, Italian Institute of Strategic Studies Niccolò Machiavelli

– Mr. Frederick POLLACK | Senior Analyst, Energy Security at NATO Intelligence Fusion Center

– Col. Andrea COLELLA | Italian Atlantic Committee Cyber Security Advisor

– Ms. Caroline BAYLON | Research Associate – Science, Technology and Cyber Security, International Security Department, Chatham House


   Panel discussion:

The Potential NATO Role in CEIP and Public-Private Partnerships

This session aims to involve experts coming from the private sector and state representatives to consider how to apply the strategic defense technique, crisis management and resilience in order to prevent a critical crisis scenario.

MODERATOR

– Mr. Matthew BRYZA | Former US Ambassador to Azerbaijan

SPEAKERS

– Mr. Ilia ELOSHVILI | Deputy Minister of Energy, Georgia

– Mr. Julijus GRUBLIAUSKAS | Energy Security Officer at NATO

– Mr. Cyril LEROY | Senior Programme Officer at the Office of the Coordinator of OSCE Economic and Environment Activities

– Mr. Riccardo DUGULIN | Research Analyst, Drum Cussac

– H.E. Mr Nikoloz VASHAKIDZE | Former President of Georgian International Oil Corporation, Former First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Founder of Society Iveria


28 November 2014


Panel discussion:

Protecting Trans-Adriatic Pipeline—TAP as a Case Study

This session aims to involve experts coming from the private sector and state representatives to consider how to apply the strategic defense technique, crisis management and resilience in order to prevent a critical crisis scenario.

MODERATOR

– Mr. Mario D’AGOSTINI | Swiss National Representative in Industrial Resources and Communication Services Group, IRCSG Industry

SPEAKERS

– Mr. Alessandro ORTIS | President, Association Mediterranean Energy Regulators for Electricity and Gas

– Mr. Stavri DHIMA | Head of Petroleum and Mining Policies Sector at Ministry of Economy,Trae and Energy, Albania

– Mr. Dimitrios MANOLIS | Deputy Head Division , DEPA S.A., Public Gas Corporation of Greece

– Mr. Zaur SHIRIYEV | Senior Research Fellow for the Caspian Center for Energy and Environment (CCEE0), ADA University


Conclusions: 

Findings of the ARW, Best Practices and Recommendations

The central aim of the conclusion panel is to collect the most concrete best practices of critical energy infrastructure protection (CEIP), which will be discussed during the workshop. These findings are to be consolidated in a dedicated publication, which shall be handed to the NATO Industrial Resources and Communications Services Group (IRCSG)/NATO Operations Division. The findings should highlight the opportunities for better CEIP by enhancing publicprivate partnership.

MODERATOR

– Mr. Farshad MOHAMMAD-AVVALI | Risk Analyst at the Risk Management Head Office in Kabul, Afghanistan

SPEAKERS

– Mr. Jason WISEMAN | Secretary General Designate, ATA

– Lt. Col. Nicholas HENRY | Deputy Director, NATO ENSEC COE

– Dr. Burkhard THEILE | Cyber Security Expert, Atlantic Council of Germany

– Mr. Matthew BRYZA | Former US Ambassador to Azerbaijan

– Mr. Mario d’AGOSTINI | Swiss national representative in Industrial Resources and Communication Group – IRCSG

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