• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

Maarten Wetselaar


Director & Chief Executive Officer

Maarten Wetselaar joined CEPSA as CEO in January 2022 and is based in Madrid. In March 2022 he announced the firm’s “Positive Motion” strategy that is aimed at transforming CEPSA into an Energy Transition leader in the coming years. Prior to joining CEPSA, he worked at Royal Dutch Shell for 26 years and served on the firm’s Executive Committee as Director of Integrated Gas, Renewables and Energy Solutions from 2016-2021. In that role he oversaw 38 countries for Shell, including Australia, China, Canada, Japan, Qatar, Russia and Trinidad. Before 2016 he held various financial, commercial and general management positions in Shell's Upstream, Downstream and Trading businesses in Europe, Singapore, Brazil, Ghana, the Middle East and Russia. Wetselaar holds a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Groningen and a postdoctoral degree from VU University Amsterdam in the Netherlands. After his studies he served in the military as an officer in the Royal Netherlands Navy.

Sessions With Maarten Wetselaar

Monday, 18 March

  • 04:30pm - 05:10pm (CST) / 18/mar/2024 09:30 pm - 18/mar/2024 10:10 pm

    Hydrogen: How to grow a market


    Countries are providing incentives to develop new hydrogen markets, with the U.S. leading the way on the scale of government funding available to the emerging industry. Yet there are still questions about how hydrogen can be produced cleanly at scale, and how new end-user markets will develop, creating uncertainties about the hydrogen business’ pace of growth and ultimate size. Where will supply come from? Which use case segments are most promising for hydrogen demand? Where can hydrogen compete with traditional fuels without government support?