Mark van Stiphout is currently Deputy Head of Unit in DG Energy in the unit that is responsible for research and innovation, including Horizon 2020 and the Strategic Energy Technology Plan.
Until the 1st of November he was a member of the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Energy, Günther H. Oettinger, who he advised on nuclear energy and energy research, as well as smart grids, retail markets and the relations with Russia. This included for example the Commission's work on nuclear safety and the trilateral negotiations with Russia and Ukraine on gas supply.
Previously he has worked in the Cabinet on other issues such as electricity and gas networks, and as assistant to the Director-General for Energy. From 2006 to 2010 he worked as Policy Officer in DG Energy in the Electricity and Gas Unit. As coordinator of the gas team he was responsible for the liberalisation of the internal market for natural gas, including the preparation and negotiation of the 3rd internal energy market package.
Previous roles include consultancy on renewable energy projects, at Ecofys, with a focus on generating energy from biomass, and market analyst at Cogas Energie.
His academic career contains post graduate studies in Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources in Paris and an MSc in Technology and Society (at Eindhoven University of Technology).