President / VPs


Dr. Wolfgang Cieslik
Dr. Wolfgang CIESLIK. Foto: Becker&Bredel

Dr. Wolfgang CIESLIK , born in 1952 in Bornheim, studied fuel engineering at RWTH (Rheinish-Westphalian University of Technology) in Aachen. After his doctorate, he began his professional career at Rurhkohle AG, taking many positions there and rising to chairman of the management board in charge of distribution and marketing of all coal production. Currently, Dr. Cieslik is a board member at the German utility company STEAG GmbH and the current Chairman of the Coal Importers’ Association (VDKi) – a EURACOAL member. STEAG is an international company operating nine coal-fired power plants in Germany and further ones in Turkey, Colombia and the Philippines. Dr. Cieslik is responsible for all the company’s generation assets.


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Mr. Vladimír BUDINSKÝ

Mr. Vladimír BUDINSKÝ is Vice Chairman of the Board at ČEZ Distribuce and was previously the Board Member responsible for strategy and communications at Severoceske doly a.s., a Czech lignite mining company also in the ČEZ Group. Born in 1959, he graduated from the Czech Technical University in Prague and gained his MBA at the Masaryk Institute of Advanced Studies and Sheffield Hallam University. He has held many managerial positions in industry and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the UNECE Group of Experts for Cleaner Electricity Production from Fossil Fuels. In 1995, he was appointed Transport Minister in the first Czech government.




Mr. Janusz OLSZOWSKI is President of the Polish Mining Chamber of Industry and Commerce (GIPH), a position that he has held since 1998. He graduated from the Faculty of Mining and Geology at the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy in Kraków and completed post-graduate studies in aerology at the Academy before studying Administration and Management at the Faculty of Law in the University of Silesia. He is author of numerous publications, expert opinions, policy advice and papers presented at national and international conferences and symposia. He is also engaged in a number of commissions, parliamentary committees and other bodies such as the Committee on Occupational Safety in Mining at the Higher Mining Authority, the Scientific Council of the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy, the Central Mining Institute and the Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

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Mr. Nigel YAXLEY

Mr. Nigel YAXLEY YAXLEY is Managing Director at CoalImP, the Association of UK Coal Importers and Producers (CoalImP). He joined the then nationalised UK coal industry in 1977, after graduating in physics from Cambridge University. On the industry’s privatisation in 1995, Mr. Yaxley joined UK Coal plc where he became Marketing Director. From 2005 to 2007, he was President of EURACOAL and has chaired the Association’s Market Committee.




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Dr. Zygmunt ŁUKASZCZYK, President 2015-16

Dr. Zygmunt ŁUKASZCZYK was born in 1961 in Żory, near Katowice. He is Chairman of the Board of Katowicki Holding Węglowy S.A., one of Poland’s three largest coal mining companies. He graduated in physics and studied economics prior to obtaining his doctorate in the Faculty of Mining and Geology at the Silesian University of Technology. From 2007 to 2014, he was Governor of the Silesian Voivodeship and prior to that held a Vice President position at the major Polish coking coal producer, Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa S.A., where he was in charge of restructuring.

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