Group Chief Executive of ENEL SpA and President of EurelectricShort Bio
Francesco Starace was appointed Group Chief Executive of ENEL SpA in May 2014. Mr. Starace joined Enel Group in 2000, holding several executive positions including Head of Business Power (from July 2002 to October 2005) and Managing Director of the Market Division (from November 2005 to September 2008). Between 2008 and 2014, he was Chief Executive Officer of Enel Green Power, the Group's renewable power generation subsidiary and a leading player in the global renewables industry. With a degree in Nuclear Engineering from the Milan Polytechnic, Mr. Starace began his career in construction management of power generation plants, first at General Electric Group and then at ABB Group and subsequently Alstom Power Corporation, where he was appointed Head of worldwide gas turbines sales.
President and CEO of Vattenfall and Vice President of EurelectricShort Bio
Mr. Hall is President and CEO of Vattenfall AB as per October 1 2014. In the period 1985 until 2014, Mr. Hall kept various positions at stock listed group Holmen, lately as President and CEO 2004-2014. He holds MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management at the Linköping University and studied as a Fulbright scholar at Georgetown University, USA. Mr Hall is chairman of the Swedish media group NTM and vice chairman of Eurelectric, the European Power Assocation.
Chief Executive of FortumShort Bio
PEKKA LUNDMARK is the President and CEO of Fortum Corporation. His mission is to drive the change towards a cleaner world. Fortum is teaming up with the start-up scene to create smart digital solutions that help to reshape the energy system and improve resource efficiency. Prior to Fortum Pekka worked as President and CEO at Konecranes, President and CEO at Hackmann, Managaing Partner at Startupfactory and held various executive positions at Nokia. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Finnish Energy and Helsinki Metropolitan Smart & Clean Foundation.
Managing Director Nissan EnergyShort Bio
Francisco Carranza currently leads Nissan Energy business, a new structure recently created inside Nissan in charge of developing and commercialising products and services in the renewable energy generation and storage. This new division leverages the Nissan expertise in generating customer value, lithium batteries and electric vehicle grid integration services to bring to the market exciting new energy solutions. He has been working in the automotive industry for the last 16 years, and for Nissan since 2008, with responsibilities in innovation, R&D, business development and corporate strategy. Mr Carranza has two engineering degrees, from Sevilla Engineering School and from the French Institute of Petroleum, he also has two MBA degrees from Cranfield School of Management and EM Lyon.
Chief Digital Officer, Pöyry PLCShort Bio
Stephen Woodhouse is Pöyry’s Chief Digital Officer, responsible for digital transformation across the engineering and consulting group. Stephen has twenty years’ experience in the energy business, specialising in the changing energy markets and the strategic response of commercial players. He led Pöyry's global work on energy market design for many years, and is internationally recognised as an expert in energy market reform. He contributes to the global and EU debates on appropriate market designs for decarbonisation, flexibility, capacity, and network access. Stephen has led national programmes for market reform on several occasions, and has worked on electricity markets in around 30 countries. Before joining Pöyry in 1999, he worked as an economic modeller for the UK electricity regulator Ofgem, working on market design, and previously as a transport consultant working on global aviation emissions modelling and high-speed rail projects. Stephen has an MA in Economics from the University of Cambridge. He is an inspirational conference speaker and has published numerous papers on electricity market design.
Javier Ormazabal Echevarria
President of VelatiaShort Bio
Javier Ormazabal Echevarria
Javier Ormazabal has spent his entire professional career in the family business, Velatia, of which he is President. This industrial group, whose main brands are Ormazabal and Ikusi, represents a reality of 550 million euros in turnover and a workforce of 3,000 people spread far and wide around the world. Through the commitment of each one of the persons who are part of Velatia, this family group, created in 1967, has become a world reference, competing with large multinational companies, thanks to its integration and specialization capability in network optimization, as well as through its innovative solutions.
Executive Director of smartEnShort Bio
Frauke Thies is Executive Director of smartEn, the European business association for digital and decentralised energy solutions (formerly SEDC). smartEn’s membership includes innovators in services and technology for energy and data management, finance and research. By taking an integrated perspective on the interaction of demand and supply, the association engages in promoting system efficiency, encourage innovation and diversity, empower energy consumers and drive the decarbonisation of the energy sector. Before joining smartEn in September 2015, Thies held different positions at Greenpeace EU and the European Photovoltaic Industry Association SolarPower Europe. She also worked on secondments in Washington, D.C. and in New Delhi, India. She holds a Master degree in Environmental Sciences from Lüneburg University, Germany, and an Executive MBA from Vlerick Business School, Belgium.
CEO and co-founder of LumenazaShort Bio
Dr. Christian Chudoba has 15 years of management experience in strategic business development and marketing. He developed a business idea based on the concept of flexile software which was first implemented as a startup within a multinational company and created a new business segment. In the same position, he was also responsible for a strategic investment in an associated company that produced Based on this experience and his long-lasting interest in sustainability issues, Christian is driving the strategic development of Lumenaza since 2013. Christian studied physics at the Free University Berlin and received his PhD from the Humboldt University Berlin. Post-graduation, he worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at the Center for Electrical Engineering.
Director DG Climate Action of the European CommissionShort Bio
He took up his current position on 1 January 2016. The current directorate covers international and EU climate strategy and economic assessment and evaluation, EU domestic legislative initiatives related to households, land transport, waste, agriculture and forestry, carbon capture, use and storage, financial instruments for EU innovation, monitoring, reporting, and verification. Since 1 September 2003, he was first Head of Unit, and since 2009 Director focussing on international and domestic climate strategy, international climate change negotiations, climate finance, land use and monitoring and reporting. During this time he was one of the EU lead negotiators, Vice-President of the UNFCCC Bureau in 2010-2012, and also co-chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) in 2013/14 preparing the Paris Agreement. Before this, he spent two years as Head of Operations in the EC Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo. From the end of 1997 until 2001, he worked in DG Development and DG Environment in Brussels on a wide range of environmental issues, particularly climate change in developing countries. He joined the European Commission in 1993, when he was first responsible for the bilateral co-operation covering agricultural policies, rural development and the environment in the EC Delegation in Zimbabwe in Harare. After his University education, he started his professional career at the University of Göttingen, Germany in 1985. His main scientific and lecturing topics were natural resources economics and development economics, including extensive field research in rural West Africa. He holds a doctoral degree in agricultural economics.
CEO of BKK
Vice President Strategy of Sonnen
Karl Heinz Gruber
CEO of VERBUND HydroShort Bio
Karl Heinz Gruber
- Studies of Process Engineering & Environmental Technology at the Technical University of Graz
- Doctorate of Business Sciences and Industrial Economics at the University of Karlsruhe
- Managing Director and Member of the Board of all VERBUND Hydro Power Companies in Aus-tria and Bavaria
- Chairman of the Supervisory Boards of all VERBUND Wind Power Companies in Austria, Germany and Rumania
- Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board and Chairman of the Strategic Forum Hydro Power of VGB PowerTech (Association of all large European power plant operators)
- Chairman and Speaker of the Generation Committee of Oesterreichs Energie (Association of all Austrian Electricity Companies)
Professional Career (Extract)
- Member of the Board of Directors of EnerjiSA in Istanbul
- CEO of VERBUND Italia and Member of the Board of Directors of Sorgenia Group in Milan
- Head of the VERBUND Business Division „New Business Development” in Vienna
- Head of Department „Environmental Technology“ of VERBUND in Carinthia
Chairman & CEO of Enel XShort Bio
Born in New York (USA) in 1968, Mr. Venturini graduated cum laude in Economics from the University “La Sapienza” of Rome, Italy where he also served as assistant professor of Banking Strategies and Techniques during the academic year 1991-1992.
Mr. Venturini is a London Business School alumnus and in 2015 he has been awarded an MBA at the MIT Sloan Business School. At the onset of his career Mr. Venturini served as Financial Controller for Elsag Bailey Process Automation, a Finmeccanica group company, taking part in its listing on the NYSE. He later became Chief Financial Officer for several companies of the Elsag Bailey Process Automation and Hartmann & Braun groups in both the United States and Brazil.
He joined the Enel Group in 1997 as Head of Administration and Management Control at Enel S.p.A., contributing to the company listing on the New York and Milan Stock Exchanges. Mr. Venturini later became Head of Internal Audit within Enel's Distribution and Market Division, and subsequently, Head of Sales Administration within the same division. In 2009, he was appointed Head of Finance in Enel Green Power. Afterwards, he worked at Enel Green Power North America, first taking on the role of Head of Business Development and later, in 2011, as Head of the North America Area. In May 2014, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Enel Green Power.
He was appointed Enel's Head of Global e-Solutions in May 2017 and CEO of Enel X in November 2017.
Chief Executive of SSEShort Bio
Alistair became Chief Executive of SSE on 1 July 2013. He has over 18 years’ service with the Group, having joined Southern Electric plc in 1997. Prior to that he worked for HSBC and National Westminster Bank in corporate finance and business development roles in London and New York.
As Chief Executive he is responsible for delivering the strategy of the Group and leading on safety; operational performance; and development of the people and culture agendas in SSE.
He has extensive experience in the energy sector and in growing businesses in the Wholesale, Retail and Enterprise and other commercial areas of SSE. In addition he has led many of the Group’s most significant transactions since the merger in 1998 which formed the Group.
He is a chartered accountant and former Chairman of the Energy Retail Association. He became Vice-President of Eurelectric in June 2015 is a Director of Energy UK and member of the Accenture Global Energy Board.
CEO of KIC InnoEnergyShort Bio
Diego Pavía graduated as electrical engineer, specialising in electronics and automation from the Polytechnical University of Madrid. His first professional experience, in 1988, was as co-founder and CEO of a start-up, Knowledge Engineering, dealing with industrial controls systems using artificial intelligence and neural networks. Three years later he joined Sema Group, and started a long career with private companies.
In SchlumbergerSema, Diego headed multicultural working groups all over the world in the field of energy, with revenues of 650M$. Between 2002 and 2010, Diego was the CEO of Atos Origin, a leading international IT service provider, where he was responsible for Spain and South America, about 9.000 employees, and an annual turnover of EUR 450 million. Since 2010, Diego has been CEO of InnoEnergy.
Diego, as a serial entrepreneur, has created 7 companies in his lifetime.
Minister of Infrastructure, Republic of SloveniaShort Bio
Peter Gašperšič began his career in academia as a young researcher at the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, where he had graduated and received a Prešeren Award for Students for his undergraduate thesis. He also studied in the USA, where he examined the practical aspects of earthquake resistance of structures.
Leaving academia, he worked in the business sector, where he headed several construction investment projects and civil engineering project for different investors. In this line of work, he has acquired knowledge of all aspects of operational leadership: acquiring jobs, project design, realisation and monitoring.
He continued his career in public administration, where he held leading positions for ten years, from heading a sector and directorate to being the state secretary, all in the fields of transport, infrastructure and construction. He is an expert who brings an ideal mix of academic competence and practical experience in the business sector connected with heading investment projects and a strategic vision for regulating systemic issues in the working areas of the ministry.
Vice President, Insight & Outreach, EnerveeShort Bio
Dr. Guy Champniss is vice president, insight & outreach with Enervee – a US-based energy-tech company that engages consumers in energy-smart buying decisions. Guy is also a visiting professor of consumer psychology with IE Business School (Spain), and a visiting fellow with Cranfield School of Management (UK). Guy received his MBA from IE (Spain) and his PhD in experimental social psychology from Cranfield (UK). His recent research has been published in Energy Efficiency and Harvard Business Review.
President & CEO - GE Renewable EnergyShort Bio
Jérôme leads GE Renewable Energy, which combines the broadest renewable energy portfolio in the industry. The business includes on-shore wind, off-shore wind, hydro and concentrated solar power.
Jérôme Pécresse was appointed President of Alstom Renewable Power Sector and Executive Vice-President of Alstom, in June 2011. He created Alstom’s Renewable Power business which had close to 10,000 employees and sales of around €2 billion. He joined Alstom from Imerys, where he held several positions during his 12 years there, starting with Vice-President Strategy and Development until being appointed Chief Operating Officer of Imerys in 2008. Prior to this, he was with Crédit Suisse First Boston from 1992, firstly as associate, then Vice-President, and finally Director responsible for mergers and acquisitions for France.
Born in 1967, Jérôme Pécresse is a former student of the Ecole Polytechnique and an engineer from Ponts & Chaussées.
Vice President ØrstedShort Bio
Radius is the largest power distribution company (DSO) in Denmark, owned by Ørsted, one of the leading energy groups in Northern Europe. Ørsted employs approximately 6,200 employees and generated DKK 62 billion (EUR 8,2 billion) in revenue in 2016.
Knud Pedersen (born 1955) has an MA in Economics from the University of Copenhagen.
Since 2010, Knud Pedersen has been heading Ørsted Distribution, including Ørsted infrastructure activities within power and gas distribution, gas storage and oil transport infrastructure from the North Sea to onshore oil terminal in Denmark.
Radius is legally unbundled from Ørsted with its own board and independent daily management. Radius serves 1 mill. costumers in the Greater Copenhagen area. From 2005 – 2010 Knud Pedersen was Group Vice President in Ørsted responsible for R&D, innovation and regulatory affairs.
Prior to his posts in Ørsted, Knud Pedersen was a senior civil servant at the Danish Energy Ministry with specific focus on liberalisation and structural reforms in the electricity and gas sectors.
Knud Pedersen is Chairman of The Danish Intelligent Energy Alliance (Danish smart grid association) and Vice Chairman of The Danish Energy Industries Federation. In addition, Knud Pedersen is member of the Danish Industry's Energy and Climate Committee and of various committees within the Danish Energy Association. Knud Pedersen has been chairman of several international task forces on energy policy in the EU and China, and he served as high level Danish representative in EU Council work group negotiating liberalisation of power and gas markets.
VP, HorsePower at Fortum
Board of Management of E.ON SE.
CEO of IKEA IcelandShort Bio
Thorarinn Ævarsson is the CEO of IKEA Iceland where he has been for 13 years. Prior to that he spent 13 years with Domino’s pizza, building their business in Iceland and overseas. Thorarinn is known in Iceland for being an outspoken leader on the retail market, often offering innovative perspectives on what should be considered good business.
Senior Vice President at EllevioShort Bio
Since 2009 Lowina Lundström is Senior Vice President, Customers at Ellevio, Swedens second largest DSO, responsible for all customer related processes like connections, contracts, meters, claims, customer service, field services, billing, digitalization etc and relevant outsourced agreements. A large focus is on digital communication with stakeholders and the introduction of Robotics Process Automation. Currently, her unit has 5 robots working with different errands. She is member of the executive management team of Ellevio.
Lowina is chairing Eurelectric WG Distribution Customers. She holds a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from Stockholm’s University.
CEO of Octopus EnergyShort Bio
Greg is founder and CEO of Octopus Energy. He’s also a non-executive director of Zopa, the world’s first peer-to-peer lender, and Consultant Connect, bringing Consultant expertise to primary care, and an investor in several technology startups.
Previously Greg built C360 and sold it the Tangent group, was a Procter & Gamble Brand Manager and built HomeServe’s innovation business.
Lowina is chairing Eurelectric WG Distribution Customers.
Greg started working life as a video games programmer before going on to study economics at Cambridge University, graduating in 1994.
President and CEO, StatkraftShort Bio
Christian Rynning-Tønnesen has been the CEO of Statkraft since 2010 and has previously held various positions in the company’s top management. Statkraft is a leading company in hydropower internationally and Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy. Rynning-Tønnesen holds a Master of Science from the Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology and has previously worked with Norske Skog, McKinsey, Esso Norge and SINTEF, and from 2005-2010 as CFO and CEO in Norske Skog. He is actively engaged in energy and climate related topics and is a commissioner in The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.
General Manager of HSEShort Bio
Matjaž Marovt was appointed General Manager of HSE d.o.o.. in April 2017, before he was a Member of the Supervisory Board of HSE d.o.o.. Mr. Marovt holds a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Ljubljana and a Master's degree in Total Quality management from Sheffield Business School. His Master's thesis was nominated for the EFQM Award for European Best Master Thesis. Mr. Marovt has obtained invaluable management experience in several large Slovenian multinational companies, working as Senior Technical Manager at Adria Mobil, d. o. o. and Member of the Management Board of Prevent Global d. d. He held senior management positions at Gorenje d. d. for many years in fields of Quality management and Operations.
CEO of GreenCom NetworksShort Bio
Christian Feisst has more than 20 years of experience in the utility industry and across the entire value chain (Europe, US and ME). He was the founder and Managing Director for Smart Grid at Cisco Systems, spent 10 years working in the utility industry for the management consultancies A.T. Kearney as well as Booz Allen Hamilton and co-founded GreenCom Networks in 2011. He holds a PhD in business administration and is currently the CEO of GreenCom Networks.
Lead analyst, Decentralized Energy - Bloomberg New Energy FinanceShort Bio
Tom Rowlands-Rees is responsible for managing the Decentralized Energy analyst team at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The EST team focuses on distributed energy and the implementation of downstream technologies and business models. He joined Bloomberg in 2009 and his work has included in-depth research on energy efficiency, demand response and energy storage.
Prior to joining Bloomberg New Energy Finance Tom was completing his PhD in Physics at Oxford University.
President for AES BulgariaShort Bio
Olivier joined the AES group in 2006 in the North America Business Development team. He contributed to various early-stage projects in financial modeling, contract negotiation, permitting. In 2008, he transferred to AES Singapore office as Director, Business Development, and led development in Indonesia. In 2011, he joined AES Tiete S.A. as Vice-President of Business Development, in charge of the execution of AES Tiete's growth strategy based on natural gas and renewable generation. In 2013, he joined AES Dominicana to lead the development of growth projects leveraging AES existing platform.
Prior to joining AES, Olivier held various positions at Electricite de France, first in Research and Development, then in Operations. Olivier was Operations Manager at a 500MW coal-fired power plant in Paris suburb, and was later promoted to the position of Plant Manager at the Saltillo 250MW combined cycle plant in Mexico.
Olivier holds an Engineer Degree from Ecole des Mines de Paris, France, a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, and a Master of Business Administration Degree with Distinction from Harvard Business School.
CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of EPEXShort Bio
Jean-François Conil-Lacoste is CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of the European Power Exchange EPEX SPOT since its creation in 2008, as well as Executive Board member of EEX Group since 2015.
EPEX SPOT results from the successive mergers of French Powernext and German EEX power spot markets, and, in May 2015, Dutch APX Group. EPEX SPOT today operates organised short-term electricity markets for Germany, France, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg. EPEX SPOT is held by EEX Group and HGRT, a holding of Central Western European electricity transmission system operators.
Graduated from ESSEC Business School in 1976, Mr. Conil-Lacoste spent twenty-five years in the fields of grains and oilseeds international trading, then fixed income brokerage and asset management. In 2001, he launched the French energy exchange Powernext and stayed its CEO until April 2015. He chaired Europex, the association of the European energy exchanges, of which he is a founding member, between 2009 and 2011. In 2014, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Platt’s Global Energy Awards annual ceremony in New York for his long-lasting contributions to the creation of the pan-European power market.
Representative of Alfa Finance HoldingShort Bio
Ivo Prokopiev is a Bulgarian publisher and entrepreneur with strong commitment to public and social affairs. He is founder and co-owner of three Bulgarian groups of companies – A Data Pro, Alfa Finance Holding and Economedia Publishing Group.
Economedia (www.economedia.bg) is the leading quality press publisher in Bulgaria. Ivo Prokopiev co-founded the company in 1993 and was the first Editor-in-chief of the main newspaper Capital for seven years. Currently the media group owns more than ten brands, among which are the only business daily - Capital Daily, the influential weekly Capital, business portal Capital.bg and the leading news site Dnevnik.bg. Economedia employs 100 journalists and over 200 people in total.
A Data Pro (www.aiidatapro.com) has been founded in 1997 as spin off from Economedia. The company has developed as unique niche service partner for projects in data management and content origination to the world’s leading business information providers (Dow Jones, Thomson Reuters, Lexis Nexis, Bloomberg and others). A Data Pro operates 24/7 in 27 languages and employs over 400 young people.
Alfa Finance Holding (AFH) (www.alfafinance.bg) is a private equity-style investment group of over 10 companies with extensive experience in financial services, real estate, renewable energy, smart grids and e-mobility. The group is involved in projects in Bulgaria and Southeastern Europe (Greece, FYROM, Romania, Hungary). The strategy of AFH is to invest, develop and exit its holdings in the mid- to long-term horizons. Recently, the group has refocused it’s efforts and capital from traditional business models to new disruptive ideas and innovative business models in Fintech, Blockchain and clean energy area. Recently, the company has invested in first Bulgarian e-cars charging stations network (https://www.eldrive.eu/) and first e-cars sharing platform (https://spark.bg). The financial group manages assets of over 500 million euro and employs 450 people.
Solarpro (www.solarpro.bg) is the renewable energy division of Alfa Finance Holding, regional leader in solar energy and solar related services like generation, engineering and construction (EPC), operations and maintenance (O&M), balancing and trading of power. Solarpro has completed projects for over 140 MWp installed capacity in 4 countries. Over the last 25 years of transition in Bulgaria, Ivo Prokopiev has been involved in a number of key reforms and projects in both the public and private sectors. He was involved in the currency board introduction and banking sector restructuring, pension reform strategy, media self-regulation, etc. Between 2006 and 2010 Ivo Prokopiev was elected first Chairman of KRIB (Confederation of employers and industrialists in Bulgaria), the biggest business association. Ivo Prokopiev is Honorary Consul of Canada in Bulgaria. He holds a Master’s degree in Finance from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia and an Executive MBA from INSEAD. Married, with four children.
President of Oesterreichs EnergieShort Bio
President of Oesterreichs Energie
Salzburg AG für Energie, Verkehr und Telekommunikation, Salzburg Director and Spokesperson of the Board of Directors
1992 – 1993 Judicial trainee at the court in Salzburg
1993 – 1994 Emco Maier GmbH, Hallein Department for Law, Tax and Group Matters
1994 – 1999 Office of the Governor of Salzburg – Adviser
1999 – 12/2011 M. Kaindl Holzindustrie KG, Kaindl Flooring GmbH/ Kaindl Group Austria, Wals (Salzburg) Managing Director
Senior Advisor & Facilitator, Sustainability & Low Carbon SolutionsShort Bio
Until recently, Sandrine was Chief Partnership Officer for UN Agency Sustainable Energy for All and prior to that the Director of the Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group and the EU office of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (2009-2016). During that period she was also appointed Executive Director of the Green Growth Platform bringing together EU Ministers and CEO’s. She is a respected facilitator and professor on climate change, green growth, conventional and sustainable energy solutions and innovative ideas as well as has been the personal advisor to HRH The Prince of Wales, several MEP’s, European Commission Presidents, Commissioners and officials, Governments in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, international organizations including OPEC, ADB, OECD, UNEP, USAID, UNFCCC, IEA and business leaders of large international, European and African companies. In addition to her role as a facilitator and Board member, Sandrine serves as a special advisor for several organisations and companies on energy, finance and climate action.
Sandrine was recognised by GreenBiz as one of the 30 most influential women across the globe driving change in the low carbon economy and promoting green business. She is a distinguished member of The Club of Rome; a Senior Associate and faculty member of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL); Chair of the INKEMIA Scientific Advisory Board; Member of The Guardian’s Sustainable Business Advisory Board; Member of the European Aluminium’s Sustainability Advisory Board; Member of the Climate KIC Advisory Board. She was Vice Chair, European Biofuels Technology Platform 2008-2016; Board member, We Mean Business 2014-2016 and on the Advisory Board of the Oil and Gas major Sasol from 2007-2010. She recently spoke on TEDx: The Sustainable Future series and has published numerous articles, book chapters and given presentations on green growth and competitiveness, energy, climate change, sustainable development, transport, conventional and alternative fuel quality legislation as well as on trade & environment.
Co-Founder, Energy - WePowerShort Bio
Nick has 10 years of experience working in the energy sector. Nick was building energy and solar plants, buying/selling green energy and green certificates. Moreover, he was involved in the energy import/export between countries.
Founder & CEO - eMotorWerksShort Bio
Val Miftakhov is the Founder of eMotorWerks. Over the last dozen years, Val held executive business strategy & operations positions at Google, McKinsey & Company, and Nielsen. He also launched and managed three startup companies, in all of which he held the CTO position. Prior to his industry experience, Val was a high energy physics researcher at Stanford Linear Accelerator, a Department of Energy facility. Val received his PhD in Physics from Princeton University and his MS in Physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. He was a two-time winner of the Nationwide Russian Physics Competitions. In whatever spare time he gets, Val tries to get good use out of his airplane and helicopter pilot licenses.
Head of Global Analysis Bloomberg New Energy FinanceShort Bio
Albert manages the global research team at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), the leading provider of independent research on transformation in the energy sector. Albert’s group is responsible for BNEF’s research in renewable and decentralized energy, energy storage and advanced transport, as well as cross-sector modelling. Albert joined BNEF in 2009 and has previously led the company’s product management group, as well as its energy smart technologies analyst team. Albert holds a MEng in Electrical and Information Engineering from the University of Cambridge.
Director of Innovation in the Institute of Management Studies (IMS)Short Bio
Dr Chris Brauer is a public academic and Director of Innovation in the Institute of Management Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is a world-renowned researcher specialising in high-impact studies at the intersections of human behaviour, emerging technologies, and socioeconomic change.
Dr. Chris’ research has featured in over 400 media outlets worldwide including the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC Newsnight, BBC Click, CNN, CNBC, China Central TV, Forbes, USA Today, Globo, NPR, and the Sunday Times. All of his research is conducted in collaboration with industry partners including leading research on the Science of Common Ground for the award-winning Heineken 'Open your World' campaign, exploring the Future of Experience with Adobe, analysing the impact of AI on jobs, tasks and workforce productivity with IBM Watson and IPSoft, leading Microsoft's annual digital transformation research, and conducting the world's largest experiment on driver behaviour in 10 countries with Shell.
Executive Vice President, Europe Operations - Schneider ElectricShort Bio
Leonid has held several sales leadership positions and operational management roles in Europe, Middle East, Africa, CIS (Commonwealth of Independent State). He also has a strong experience in emerging markets and has been consistently recognized for his sales leadership in the IT Market.
He started his career within APC (American Power Conversion Corporation) in 1995 and led the Moscow region. He took then the position of Country Manager for Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan before being promoted, in 2001, Regional Director for CIS, Central Europe, Middle East and Africa. In 2004, he was nominated General Manager in charge of South East EMEA, Italy, Greece, Spain and Portugal. Leonid joined the Management Team of Pelco in 2009 as Vice-President and Managing Director of EMEA. He was responsible for Sales, Marketing, Technical and Training for the EMEA region, including United Kingdom, the Nordics, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
In 2010, Leonid joined the IT Business of Schneider Electric and served as Senior Vice-President EMEA, assuming the responsibility for managing sales, service and data center solutions. Leonid was named Zone President of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) at Schneider Electric in June 2012. He was responsible for the overall business throughout the CEE region, for creating a seamless customer experience and ensuring strong contribution to Schneider Electric sustainability strategy. Since July 2015, Leonid has been appointed Executive Vice-President, Europe Operations Division and became a Member of the Executive Committee of Schneider Electric.
Leonid was a Research Engineer in Radio Physics and Electronics at Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden. He was graduated of a Master’s Degree in Radio Physics from “The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology”. He followed a three-year-doctoral program and was a co-author of several articles published in IEEE magazines.
Vice President and General Manager of Flexibility Solutions for Enel X North AmericaShort Bio
Christian Weeks is the Vice President and General Manager of Flexibility Solutions for Enel X North America, which is a new global business line within the Enel Group that includes the recently acquired technology and services from global leaders like EnerNOC, Demand Energy, and eMotorWerks. In this role, Christian is responsible overseeing the demand response and distributed energy resources business, which is focused on connecting and monetizing all types of distributed energy assets with wholesale and retail energy market opportunities to maximize savings, ensure resiliency, and increase sustainability. Christian has over a decade of experience in energy and technology businesses and is passionate about disruptive technologies and scalable growth. Since joining the Company in 2009, Christian has held various roles in strategy, sales, and operations. Most recently, Christian led EnerNOC’s software and demand response businesses in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to joining the Company, Christian worked in Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy & Operations practice based in Washington, DC. Christian is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Harvard Business School and a board member of the Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECE) and Advanced Energy Economy (AEE).
Chief Coordination Officer of Bolloré Transport & LogisticsShort Bio
Expertise and Management experience Fabricio Protti holds a Master’s degree in Finance from Paris-Dauphine University and a Master’s degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Brandeis in the United States.
After his studies, Fabricio Protti held several positions in Investment Banking, in particular, at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he was part of the M&A execution team in London prior to joining the Iberian Coverage team in Madrid.
In 2014, Fabricio Protti joined Bolloré Transport & Logistics as Deputy CEO of the energy division, Bolloré Energy a major player in oil distribution and logistics in France, Switzerland and Germany. In 2016, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of that same division.
Since September 2017, he is the Chief Coordination Officer of Bolloré Transport & Logistics.
Moreover, he is also, since July 2016, head of the Business and Utility energy storage division of Blue Solutions, the energy storage subsidiary of Bolloré Group.
Director of Innovation in the Institute of Management Studies (IMS)Short Bio
Greg leads campaigns for clean vehicles and sustainable energy for Transport & Environment (T&E), a Brussels based federation of over 50 campaigning organisations working for sustainable mobility. With a reputation as both a tough and fearless advocate and technical expert he has led success campaigns in Brussels for tougher vehicle emissions regulations, better tests and controls on biofuels earning both the respect, and occasional anger, of his opponents. A strong advocate for electric vehicles he was the driving force behind the creation of the Electromobility Platform and intends to plug-in his next car!
Prior to joining T&E, Greg worked in the UK in a variety of posts in universities, consultancy and Government bodies on a range of environmental issues. In addition to his work for T&E, Greg is also President of ECOS, the European Environmental Citizens Organisation for Standardisation and runs his own consultancy Gaian Ltd. He spends his working weeks mainly in Brussels; evenings often in the gym; and weekends in the UK with his family, garden and menagerie of pets!
Sander Van Ginkel
Managing Director of Accenture Strategy UtilitiesShort Bio
Sander Van Ginkel
As a Managing Director Sander leads the Strategy practice of Accenture in the Netherlands. Sander has a broad experience in Strategy and Transformation and is specialized in the Energy and Utilities sector. He holds a MSc degree in Business Economics of Erasmus School of Economics and an MBA degree of INSEAD.
CEO of Studio RoosegaardeShort Bio
Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde (1979) is a creative thinker and maker of social designs which explore the relation between people, technology and space. Roosegaarde has been driven by nature's gifts such as light emitting fireflies and jellyfishes since an early age. His fascination for nature and technology is reflected in his iconic designs such as Smart Highway (roads which charge from sunlight and glow at night), Waterlicht (a virtual flood) and Smog Free Project (the first smog vacuum cleaner in the world which makes jewellery from smog).
Roosegaarde graduated from The Berlage Institute with a master in architecture. He founded Studio Roosegaarde in 2007, where he works with his team of designers and engineers towards a better future. Together they develop ‘Landscapes of the Future’ building smart sustainable prototypes for the cities of tomorrow. Roosegaarde is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and named Artist of the Year 2016 in The Netherlands.Roosegaarde has won the Grand Award for Sustainability and the Gold Award at the Design for Asia Awards, the London Design Innovation Medal, the INDEX Design Award, the World Technology Award, two Dutch Design Awards, the Charlotte Köhler Award, and China's Most Successful Design Award. He exhibited at the Design Museum in London, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Tate Modern, Tokyo National Museum, Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris, Victoria & Albert Museum and various public spaces in Europe and Asia. Selected by Forbes and Good 100 as a creative change maker, Daan Roosegaarde shares his visionary ideas frequently at conferences across the world such as TED and Design Indaba.
Head of Technology Management Siemens GamesaShort Bio
Hasan Oezdem started his career in the research field at the Technical University Berlin, holding a master degree in medical physics. He has now more than 15 years’ experience in the private sector, mainly managing and leading innovative topics and technologies. Hasan spent most of his career in the transportation sector creating a network of engineering and innovation sites across the globe.
Since 2016, working in the wind energy sector, he is leading the Technology Management function, responsible for future products like large storage and hybrid. Next to his responsibilities he is the chairman of the executive council and also an advisor to the executive committee regarding digitalization.
Founder - REGENERATORSShort Bio
I’m a visionary strategic thinker with a curious mind. I love to get shit done with passionate people committed to conscious leadership and regenerative societies.
My Mission in life:
It's very simple: I work towards a regenerative world based on a circular economy where people thrive and do business consciously.
Partner, MAA M.Arch, Effekt.dk
Secretary General EurelectricShort Bio
Kristian Ruby took over as Secretary General of Eurelectric, effective 1 January 2017. Prior to his appointment, he worked at WindEurope as part of the Executive Management team where, in his capacity as Chief Policy Officer, he was in charge of developing and implementing the political strategy of the association. Mr Ruby previously also held positions as assistant to the former European Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard and served, for a number of years, as a public servant in the Danish Ministries of Climate and Energy as well as Environment.
Head of the Energy Union Programme at the European Climate FoundationShort Bio
Dries works as Head of the Energy Union Programme at the European Climate Foundation in Brussels. Dries carried forward the ECF’s flagship Roadmap 2050 project and now heads ECF’s activities on EU energy policy and the Energy Union. Previously, Dries worked at Apple, Inc. where he worked for five years in the EMEA Public Affairs department. He holds an M.A. in Contemporary History from the Catholic University of Brussels and Leuven, Belgium, and was awarded a post-graduate degree in International Relations from the Karl-Rüprecht University in Heidelberg, Germany. As a Belgian and native Dutch speaker, Dries also masters English and French and has a good level of German and Italian.
Katarina Hasbani Uherova
Founder of EnruptShort Bio
Katarina Hasbani Uherova
Katarina is Founder of Enrupt, open innovation platform for energy sector. Katarina has 15 years of professional experience in energy from government & consulting in Europe, Middle East & South-East Asia. She founded EnRupt to support the ongoing transformation of the energy sector to be closer to the customer, using cleaner, renewable sources, and leveraging digital technologies. She is driving this transformation by building partnerships between young, innovative startups and corporations.
Katarina is Vice President on the Board of the Alliance for Rural Electrification (Industry association, HQ in Belgium) and Female Founders (Non-profit, HQ in Singapore). She is always looking out for opportunities to support energy sector transformation and champion gender equality.
Head of Unit, Sustainable Energy and Climate Change - DEVCO - European CommissionShort Bio
Head of Unit, Sustainable Energy and Climate Change - Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO), European Commission
Mr Felice Zaccheo has over 25 years’ experience in international cooperation and development. He started his professional career in the field as responsible for a rural development project in Ethiopia. He has been project manager and adviser for several development projects financed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affair in Peru, Tanzania, Tunisia and Nicaragua. Mr Zaccheo joined the European Commission in 1997 at the Food and Veterinary office in Dublin. He moved back to Africa in 1999, as Head of Rural Development for the EU Delegation in Nigeria. Among other tasks, he was responsible for rural development micro-projects in the Niger Delta. In 2003-2007 he was Head of Rural Development for the EU Delegation in Jamaica. One of his main tasks was the execution of development projects in the Caribbean, including Jamaica and Belize. As from 2007 he works in the European Commission Headquarters in Brussels. Since 2016 he has been the Head of Unit for Sustainable Energy and Climate Change in the Directorate for Planet and Prosperity at DEVCO.
Deputy Secretary General at EurogasShort Bio
Jesse Scott is the Deputy Secretary General at Eurogas – the association of the European natural, decarbonised and renewable gas sector. During fifteen years in the energy sector specialising in policy she has previously worked at the International Energy Agency in Paris, where she focused on digitalization, and in Brussels as Head of Unit Environment at Eurelectric, at think tanks DemosEUROPA and E3G, and at White & Case LLP.
International Business Developer next-kraftwerkeShort Bio
Kerstin Pienisch coordinates the International Business Development for Next Kraftwerke and oversees the evolution of its French, Polish and Swiss affiliates named Centrales Next SAS, Elektrownie Next Sp. z o.o. and Suisse Next GmbH. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Economics at the University of Cologne and Korea University in Seoul. The focus of her research activities was on Flow-based Market Coupling. Kerstin Pienisch worked as an Energy Market Analyst at Next Kraftwerke for several years and is an expert for Intraday and Balancing Power Markets.
Vice President & Chief Digital Officer GE PowerShort Bio
Steven Martin is Vice President and Chief Digital Officer for GE Power. Steven is responsible for leading and advancing the business’s digital industrial strategy. This includes the development of product, service and solution roadmaps, and designing new customer experiences and business models.
Prior to joining GE, Steven spent fourteen years at Microsoft and was most recently the general manager and chief data scientist for Azure. In this role, Steven was responsible for global operations, customer acquisition and billing, analytics and data science, as well as the underlying data platform for services management.
Steven previously held several other roles at Microsoft with increasing responsibility, including General Manager of Business Planning and Strategy, Senior Director Business Operations, director of Product Management for Microsoft’s Platform Middleware, .NET and App Servers. Prior to Microsoft, Steven held product management and marketing roles with other tech-related businesses. Steven holds a BS in Behavioral Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and is an ongoing student of Behavioral Economics.
CEO of Siemens Energy Management Division
CEO of TAURON Polska Energia S.A., PKEE Board MemberShort Bio
Mr. Filip Grzegorczyk is the associate professor at the Cracow University of Economics. He specializes in the law of EU and the commercial law. He acquired many years of professional experience in the energy and fuels sectors. He is the former Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of the Polish State Treasury. He speaks fluent English and French.
As the President of the Management Board of TAURON Polska Energia S.A. Mr. Filip Grzegorczyk is responsible the following areas: strategic management and regulatory solutions, relationships with the environment (stakeholders), legal support and investor relations, risk management, legal and internal audit, security and compliance as well as human resources development and social dialogue policy.
Aitor Moso Raigoso
Director of the Liberalised Business at the Iberdrola GroupShort Bio
Aitor Moso Raigoso
An Industrial Electrical Engineer with a degree from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería de Bilbao and postgraduate in Business Administration from IESE Business School (Madrid).
He started his career in the engineering and consulting company IDOM before joining Iberdrola, where he worked in the Planning and Trading Division and occupied the position of retail director from 2006 to 2015. Currently, he is chairman of Iberdrola Generación España, S.A, ScottishPower Generation Holdings Ltd. and Iberdrola Generación México, S.A. de C.V.
Executive Director of IENEShort Bio
Costis Stambolis is a founding partner (2003) of the Institute for Energy of SE Europe (IENE) while he currently serves as its Executive Director and Deputy Chairman. He is also the founder and managing editor of Energia.gr, Greece’s leading Energy Portal and is actively involved in regional projects as an independent Strategy and Energy Advisor. He has studied physics, architecture and Strategy and Innovation having degrees from the RIBA, the Architectural Association of London and from the University of Oxford.
He has carried out worldwide a wide range of projects in the energy field as an independent energy consultant focusing on solar building technology, regional planning, oil and gas infrastructure and licensing and energy market analysis. He has acted as advisor on energy policy issues to governments and international organizations. Costis has lectured widely on energy issues and has participated in several conferences and seminars as invited speaker. He has published extensively in the technical press and in learned journals and he has authored and co-authored several publications.
Director Energy of AkzoNobel Specialty ChemicalsShort Bio
Marcel Galjee (1976) presides in his role as Director Energy within AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals a team of dedicated energy experts, which is responsible for the purchasing, hedging, dispatching and the agenda on energy sustainability & transition. This includes the governmental / regulatory affairs on Energy and the development of its hydrogen proposition. AkzoNobel is an international chemical company with energy intensive activities in multiple countries and an annual energy spent of around € 0.5 billion in primarily electricity, steam and gas.
Prior to his present role, Marcel worked as an international consultant at PWC within the large energy spectrum and another 8 years in various energy related functions at Vattenfall Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands.
CBO and Co-Founder at Virta Ltd.Short Bio
Elias Pöyry is the Chief Business Officer and Co‐Founder of the electric vehicle charging operator Virta Ltd, operating in fifteen countries, backed by 18 key Finnish electricity utilities.
Pöyry is a seasoned professional with extensive track record in building new business models for for energy and transportation sectors. He is widely connected business ambassador of disruptive business models and electrification of transportation. Elias Pöyry is the the chairman of working group Electromobility of Eurelectric, representing over 2500 Electric Utilities in 32 countries.
Managing Director at Uniper Energy Storage GmbH
European Climate FondationShort Bio
Julian Popov is Fellow of the European Climate Foundation, Chairman of the Building Performance Institute Europe and Former Minister of Environment of Bulgaria. He is Bulgarian Ambassador of good will for energy and climate policy, former energy security adviser to the President of Bulgaria, the founding Vice Chancellor and current Board Member of the New Bulgarian University, founding Board Member of Sofia Platform, former Board Member of the American University in Bulgaria, former Chairman of the Bulgarian School of Politics and co-founder of the Tunisian School of Politics (established following the Arab Spring). Julian is author of two books, he is widely published by Bulgarian media and is a frequent guest at national radio and television programmes with comments on energy and climate policies, energy security and European affairs. His articles have been published by Financial Times, Project Syndicate, The Independent, Huffington Post, Al Jazeera and other international media. He was recently voted as one of the 40 most influential voices on European energy policies and also as one of the 40 most influential voices in the European energy efficiency policies by the Brussels agency EurActiv.
Head of EU Energy Policy, Agora Energiewende
Yolanda García Mezquita
Internal energy market: Security of Supply, DG Energy, European CommissionShort Bio
Yolanda García Mezquita
Doctor in economics at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. From June 2001 to April 2009, she has been working as economic advisor in the Spanish National Regulatory Authority (CNE), dealing with regulation and competition issues in electricity and gas sectors. Since May 2009 she is working for the European Commission in the Directorate General for Energy. Since May 2015 she is working in unit B4 "Security of Supply". She is the leader of the team responsible for the drafting and negotiation of the legislative proposal "Risk Preparedness in the electricity sector", which is one of the proposals of the "Clean Energy for All Europeans" package.
President of Slovene Consumers' Association (Zveza Potrosnikov Slovenije) - ZPSShort Bio
Breda Kutin is the founding member of the Slovene Consumers Association - ZPS and has been its President since 1990. She is the editor of the only consumer magazine ZPStest in Slovenia. She is one of the founder of the International Consumer Research Institute and since 1993 its director. She has over 30 years of experience in consumer movement. She is an EU expert on consumer policy and capacity building of consumer NGOs. She has been a member of the Executive of BEUC since 2004, and was its Vice-President for three mandates. She was a Council member of Consumers International from 1994 to 2007 and its Treasurer from 2003 to 2007. From 2008 to 2014 she was a member of the Steering Committee of the TACD and EU chair in 2013/2014. Since 2004, she has been Slovenia‘s consumer representative to the European Consumer Consultative Group. She is member of several bodies in Slovenia, representing consumer interest.
Accenture Utilities Managing DirectorShort Bio
Gregorio Ogliaro is an Accenture Utilities Managing Director Responsible for Accenture’s Digital Grid in Europe, Africa and Latin America, based in Milan. Gregorio has deep experience in Utility Transmission and Distribution markets and has been leading several transformational programs, IT implementations as well as strategic assignments. Current focus is on digital grid innovation and business development across the Utility T&D value chain.
Gregorio joined Accenture in 1996 and became Managing Director in 2011. Gregorio holds a degree in Engineering from Politecnico of Turin and a postgraduate education in Business Administration at SDA Bocconi University of Milan.
CEO of VulogShort Bio
Gregory is an entrepreneur and the CEO of Vulog. From 2009 to 2013 he was the COO of Miyowa, a French Tech startup bought out by an American company in January 2012. Before joining Vulog, Gregory served as the CFO of Powertrain Systems Business Group at Valeo.
Deputy Head of Energy Policy and EU Affairs Department, HSE d.o.o
Deputy CEO, SolarPower Europe / Coordinator, RE-Source PlatformShort Bio
Bruce Douglas has been working in renewable energy for 20 years. He is currently the Deputy CEO of SolarPower Europe, a member-led association based in Brussels representing over 200 organisations active along the whole solar value chain.
He is also the coordinator of the RE-Source Platform – the European alliance for corporate sourcing of renewable energy – and the Co-Chairman of the Global Solar Council (GSC), the representative body for the entire global solar PV sector at an international level, representing over 2000 solar companies around the world.
Previously he was Chief Operating Officer at WindEurope for 10 years, founding Secretary General of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and Managing Director of FLiDAR, an offshore wind company.
He has a Master degree in renewable energy systems technology and is fluent in English and French.
Chief Executive of ESB
Business – Octopus EnergyShort Bio
At Octopus Energy, Zoisa leads the business solutions team – a team that works with businesses large and small to provide future-proof energy services including the provision of 100% renewable energy supply, PPAs, demand side steering, transport as a service and EVs. Zoisa joined the Octopus team in January 2018 - successes to date have included the rapid growth of the organisation’s SME business as well as being instrumental in building the company’s ‘energy as a service’ proposition for corporate customers.
Prior to Octopus Energy, Zoisa was the UK Managing Director of the Dutch Utility, Eneco B.V. At Eneco, Zoisa helped grow the UK’s renewable asset portfolio which consisted of more than 250MW of wind and solar projects, including a direct wire project with Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd. Eneco UK also supplied blue chip companies such as Mars, Unilever, Heineken and AkzoNobel.
The customer-centric British brand, Octopus Energy launched to the public in April 2016 championing fair pricing, digitally led customer service and renewably sourced energy. Octopus specialises in using data science to shed light on the complex energy market, gathering 20,000 data points a day to offer a comprehensive view for customers, media and policy makers. Octopus has an astonishing ‘five star’ rating on independent review site Trustpilot from over 2,000 customer ratings and is the only energy supplier recommended by Which? for 2018. It is run by a team of technology and energy entrepreneurs and is backed by Octopus Capital, who have invested £2billion in UK renewable generation, and whose Ventures arm has backed UK success stories like Zoopla, LoveFilm, Graze, Secret Escapes and SwiftKey.