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Valentina Kretzschmar

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Valentina Kretzschmar
Energy Transition Director, Cairn Energy PLC
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Dr Valentina Kretzschmar has 25 years' experience in the energy sector. She is an expert on the energy transition of the oil and gas sector into clean energies. 

In her current role as Energy Transition Director at Cairn Energy, she is responsible for the development of corporate and portfolio strategies which will position Cairn for long-term growth through the energy transition. 

Valentina joined Cairn after 18 years at Wood Mackenzie, where she served as Vice President of Corporate Research, leading the development of Corporate New Energy Research. Previously, Valentina worked as a Petroleum Engineer with Edinburgh Petroleum Services Ltd and Research Fellow in the Energy Group at the University of Edinburgh. 

She is an Advisory Board Member at CauswayGT – a geothermal company. She also held a non-executive director role on the board of NHST Global Media (Norway). 

Valentina has a BEng Honours Degree in Engineering from the University of Edinburgh, MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London, a PhD in Clean Coal Technology from the University of Edinburgh and an MBA (Finance) from Durham University. Valentina is a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng. MIMechE) and holds a Non-executive Director Diploma.