Confirmed speakers

Thomas Ingenlath

CEO of Polestar

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Thomas Ingenlath

CEO of Polestar

Thomas Ingenlath is CEO of Polestar and previously Senior Vice President of Design at Volvo Cars.

Ingenlath obtained an MA in Vehicle Design at the Royal College of Art in London following his degree at Fachhochschule für Gestaltung in Pforzheim, Germany.

He joined the Volkswagen Group and worked for Audi, Volkswagen and then in 2000 was appointed Head of Design at Skoda. In 2006 he was promoted to Director of Design at the Volkswagen Design Centre in Potsdam.[2]

In 2012 he moved to Volvo as Head of Design and in 2017 became CEO of Polestar.

Lisa Davis

CEO Gas and Power, Siemens AG

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Lisa Davis

CEO Gas and Power, Siemens AG

Lisa Davis is a Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG. Appointed to the Siemens board in August 2014, she serves as CEO of Gas and Power and is responsible for the company Energy business globally. In January 2017, Ms. Davis was additionally named Chair and CEO of Siemens Corporation, USA, overseeing the company’s activities in conjunction with the overall Siemens strategy. Ms. Davis is based in Houston, Texas.

Ms. Davis began her career in energy after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Her roles with Exxon Corporation and Texaco expanded across the manufacturing space, ranging from Process Engineering to Operations Management. Ms. Davis later joined Royal Dutch Shell, holding executive positions in Manufacturing Operations & Maintenance, Supply and Trading, Finance, as well as Strategy and Portfolio in both US and UK. In 2008, she served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing Lubricants & Commercial Fuels Americas before being appointed Executive Vice President of Strategy, Portfolio & Alternative Energy at Royal Dutch Shell, UK, in 2012.

Johan Rockström

Director Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Professor at the Institute of Earth & Environmental Science Potsdam University

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Johan Rockström

Director Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Professor at the Institute of Earth & Environmental Science Potsdam University

Director of Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Professor at the Institute of Earth & Environmental Science - Potsdam University

Johan Rockström is a professor in environmental science with emphasis on water resources and global Sustainability. He is an internationally recognized scientist for his work on global sustainability issues. He helped lead the internationally renowned team of scientists that presented the planetary boundaries framework, first published in 2009, with an update in 2015.

The nine planetary boundaries presented in the framework are argued to be fundamental in maintaining a “safe operating space for humanity.” This framework has been embraced as an approach to sustainable development, and has been used to help guide governments, international organizations, NGOs, and companies considering sustainable development.

Michael Liebreich

Chairman & CEO of Liebreich Associates - Founder & Senior Contributor to Bloomberg New Energy Finance

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Michael Liebreich

Chairman & CEO of Liebreich Associates - Founder & Senior Contributor to Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Michael is Chairman and CEO of Liebreich Associates, through which he provides advisory services and speaks on clean energy and transportation, smart infrastructure, technology, climate finance and sustainable development. He is also the Founder and Senior Contributor to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. He is a member of the UK Department for International Trade’s Capital Investment Advisory Board and a Visiting Professor at Imperial College's Energy Futures Lab and most recently joined Sustainable Development Capital LLP (SDCL) as a Senior Adviser. 

Michael serves on a number of advisory boards, including WWF Switzerland, The Hawthorn Club, an international network for professional women in the energy industry, Women in Sustainability (WiSER), Environment and Renewable Energy, Shell New Energies, the OECD Centre on Green Finance, Imperial College’s Masters programme in Climate Change, Management and Finance, Carbon Limiting Technologies Sustainable Technologies Fund, and Ignite Power, a fast-growing provider of distributed solar power in Africa. Michael is a member of the Strategic Committee for the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions (Solar Impulse Foundation) and a member of the selection committee for the Bloomberg New Energy Pioneers, a programme he created in 2008 and chaired until 2014. 

Michael is Founding Chairman of the Liebreich Foundation (Philanthropic) and Association EcoVillages, a Swiss charity focusing on sustainability of mountain regions. He has recently completed a charitable project building a solar power system to support a Neo-natal unit in Sierra Leone (www.projectbo.org). 

Between 2012 and 2018 Michael was a Board Member of Transport for London, where he sat on the Finance Committee and chaired the Safety, Sustainability and HR Panel. He is a former member of the high-level advisory group for the UN Secretary General's Sustainable Energy for All initiative, has served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils on Sustainable Energy and the New Energy Architecture, and the advisory board of the Clinton Global Initiative Energy and Climate Change Working Group. Prior to founding New Energy Finance, Michael helped build over 25 companies as a venture capitalist, entrepreneur and executive, and before that he worked for McKinsey and Company. 

Michael has an MA in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, where he won the Wyatt Prize for Engineering and the Ricardo Prize for Thermodynamics. Michael has an MBA from Harvard, where he was a Harkness Fellow and Baker Scholar. Michael has won lifetime achievement awards from BusinessGreen and the UK Renewable Energy Association, and has been a two-time finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. 

Michael skied for Great Britain at the 1992 Albertville Olympics.

Davide Crippa

Undersecretary, Italian Ministry of Economic Development

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Davide Crippa

Undersecretary, Italian Ministry of Economic Development

Born in Novara (1979), graduated in Environmental and Territorial Engineering from the Polytechnic of Turin. Mr. Crippa is married and has two daughters. After graduation, he founded a small energy consulting company and then pursued a political career in 2013.

Elected in 2013 to the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament, Mr. Crippa was member of the Elections Committee and Committee member of the Commission for Production Activities of which he had been Vice-President until July 2015.  His main legislative activities as Member of Parliament included energy production and energy efficiency. He was also Group leader at the Chamber of Deputies and Delegate of the Parliament Hall for the 5 Star Movement Group.

In 2018 Mr. Crippa was elected to the Chamber of Deputies and became, in June, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Economic Development. Security of energy supply, natural gas market, electricity market, renewable energies, mineral and energy resources (including prospecting, research, cultivation and storage of subsoil) and industrial crises were his main responsibilities.

Magnus Hall

CEO of Vattenfall

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Magnus Hall

CEO of Vattenfall

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.

Francesco Starace

CEO of Enel

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Francesco Starace

CEO of Enel

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.

Leonhard Birnbaum

Member of the Board of Management, E.ON SE

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Leonhard Birnbaum

Member of the Board of Management, E.ON SE

Dr. Leonhard Birnbaum was born in Ludwigshafen, Germany, on February 19, 1967. He studied chemical engineering in Karlsruhe. After a subsequent period of academic work at the Karlsruhe Research Centre, he obtained a doctorate from the University of Cottbus.

Leonhard Birnbaum began his professional career as a management consultant at McKinsey in Düsseldorf. After holding various positions – including at McKinsey’s off ice in Houston, USA – he was Senior Partner for the energy and industrial sector. In 2008, he joined RWE AG and was appointed to the Board of Management the same year. He served as Chief Strategy Officer and as RWE Group’s Chief Commercial Officer until 2013.

Since 2013, Leonhard Birnbaum has been a member of the Board of Management of E.ON SE. Initially in charge of trading and decentralized solutions, he later served as Chief Commercial and Chief Regional Officer and Chief Operating Officer Networks & Renewables. Currently he is responsible for the innogy integration project, Renewables, Sustainability & HSE and PreussenElektra GmbH.

Leonhard Birnbaum is married and has two daughters.

John E. Kelly III

Executive Vice President, IBM

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John E. Kelly III

Executive Vice President, IBM

As IBM senior vice president, Cognitive Solutions and IBM Research, Dr. John E. Kelly III is focused on the company’s investments in several of the fastest-growing and most strategic parts of the information technology market. His portfolio includes IBM Analytics, IBM Security and IBM Watson, as well as IBM Research and the company’s Intellectual Property team. He also oversees the specialization of IBM Watson into various industries and domains including IBM Watson Health, IBM Watson Internet of Things, IBM Watson Education, IBM Watson Financial Services and IBM Watson Customer Engagement.

Prior to joining IBM Research in July of 2007, Dr. Kelly was senior vice president of Technology and Intellectual Property, responsible for IBM’s technical and innovation strategies.

Dr. Kelly received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Union College in 1976. He received a Master of Science degree in physics from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1978 and his Doctorate in materials engineering from RPI in 1980. He has also received three honorary Doctoral degrees.

Antonio Tajani

President of the European Parliament

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Antonio Tajani

President of the European Parliament

Born in Rome on 4 August 1953, Antonio Tajani is the son of an Italian army officer and a Latin and Greek professor. He lived in France for five years, where he and his family accompanied his father to NATO command. He holds a degree in law from La Sapienza University in Rome.

Mr Tajani completed his military service as an officer in the Italian Air Force. After attending a specialised air defence course at Borgo Piave di Latina, he joined the NATO Air Defence Ground Environment (NADGE).

Mr Tajani was a professional journalist for more than twenty years. He started out as a presenter of news programmes on Rai Radio 1, the Italian state broadcaster, and was a special correspondent in Lebanon, the Soviet Union and Somalia.  He was then asked by, Indro Montanelli, the most recognised and revered Italian journalist of the twentieth century, to work for the newspaper, Il Giornale.

A co-founder of Forza Italia, in 1994, he was elected to the European Parliament for the first time, the genesis of what have turned into more than two decades of profound engagement with the European Union and its citizens.

He was appointed European Commissioner for Transport in 2008 and strongly backed the extension of passenger rights during his tenure. In 2010, he became European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, where he championed ambitious reindustrialisation goals, "green growth" and a particular emphasis on helping SMEs, notably through the Late Payments Directive and the Entrepreneurship 2020 Action plan.

He was re-elected to the European Parliament and as one of its vice-presidents in 2014.

Campaigning on a platform that promised to have the presidency focus on actively supporting the work of Members while bringing the institution closer to EU citizens, Mr Tajani was elected President of the European Parliament on 17 January 2017.

Mr Tajani has always been driven by an unwavering belief that the European Union must derive its strength from the results it delivers to its citizens. Nevertheless, he also understands that the EU is going through a sensitive chapter in its history. As a matter of fact, it is only by working twice as hard to respond to the concerns of citizens that the European Parliament will win back the general public's trust. He looks forward to the challenge, working for all Europeans over the next two and a half years.

Mr Tajani is married with two children. Besides Italian, he speaks French, Spanish and English.

Jo-Jo Hubbard

COO & Co-Founder of Electron

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Jo-Jo Hubbard

COO & Co-Founder of Electron

Jo-Jo is the COO and Co-founder of Electron, a London-based energy tech company bringing together distributed ledger technology (blockchain) and deep energy industry expertise to create the digital backbone for the modern energy marketplace.

She started her energy career in the early days of the renewable build-out on the asset financing side before transitioning into Cleantech VC. In 2015 she joined the international strategy consultancy firm McKinsey & Co, where she focused on digital transformation. Here, she understood that the full decarbonization and transformation of the energy sector will not happen without new, shared digital infrastructure and marketplaces that incentivize cooperation. This provided the basis on which Electron was founded.

She is a frequent keynote speaker at energy and technology events, sits on advisory boards for several UK utilities on digital transformation and community trading models and writes for national publications on these topics.

Jean-Michel Glachant

Director of the Florence School of Regulation and the Holder of the Loyola de Palacio Chair

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Jean-Michel Glachant

Director of the Florence School of Regulation and the Holder of the Loyola de Palacio Chair

Glachant took his Ph.D. in economics at La Sorbonne in France. He worked in the industry and private sector before becoming professor at La Sorbonne.

He has been advisor of DG TREN, DG COMP and DG RESEARCH at the European Commission and of the French Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE). He has been coordinator and scientific advisor of several European research projects. Jean-Michel Glachant has been editor-in-chief of EEEP: Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy (an IAEE journal) and he is a current member of the Council of the International Association for Energy Economics.

His main research interests are the building of a common European energy policy (security of supply, renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy technology policy, and climate change policy), the achievement of the European energy internal market (design, regulation and competition policy), the industrial organization and market strategy of energy companies in a wave of innovation (decarbonisation, decentralisation, and digitalisation).

Anders Runevad

Group President & CEO of Vestas

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Anders Runevad

Group President & CEO of Vestas

Runevad holds his position since 2013. As CEO of Vestas, Runevad completed the wind energy company’s turnaround and led Vestas’ period of profitable growth since 2014. Leveraging the strong financial foundation built since 2013, Runevad is today spearheading Vestas’ journey to become the world’s leading provider of sustainable energy solutions.

Runevad spent more than 20 years with Ericsson, holding leadership roles across the Americas, Asia and Europe. He is also Chairman of the board of MHI Vestas Offshore A/S. Board member of Nilfisk A/S. Board member of Schneider Electric. Serves in the General Council of the Confederation of Danish Industries and the Industrial Policy Committee of the Confederation of Danish Industries.

Runevad holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and has completed MBA studies, both at Lund University, Sweden.

James Barclay

Jaguar Racing Team Director

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James Barclay

Jaguar Racing Team Director

Stefan Dohler

CEO of EWE AG

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Stefan Dohler

CEO of EWE AG

Member of the Board of Management since January 2018.

Career
Stefan Dohler started his career in 1998 at the Hamburg energy supplier HEW, one of the predecessor companies of Vattenfall. Since then, he has held a number of leadership positions in the areas of finance, networks, products and markets. In 2012 he became a member of the Executive Management Team of the Vattenfall Group. Most recently he was CFO of Vattenfall AB in Stockholm, Sweden.

Education
Master of Science (Dipl.-Ing) in aviation and aerospace technology, Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Stefan Dohler was born in 1966 and comes from Cochem on the Moselle.

Chris Peeters

CEO of Elia Group

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Chris Peeters

CEO of Elia Group

Chris Peeters is CEO of Elia Group, active in electricity transmission. In addition to its activities as a transmission system operator in Belgium and Germany, Elia Group provides various consulting services to international customers through its subsidiary Elia Grid International (EGI). Elia is also part of the Nemo Link joint venture that operates the first subsea electrical interconnector between Belgium and the United Kingdom.

Before joining Elia Group, Chris Peeters ran the Business Consulting activities of Schlumberger in Europe, Russia, Africa and the Middle East. Prior to that, he was 14 years with McKinsey & Company (of which seven years as Partner), specialising in the energy sector.

The first 10 years of his career, he created an engineering firm and subsequently started a manufacturer of building materials, before joining Hoogevens Aluminium as Sales and Technical Manager for part of Europe. Chris Peeters holds a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Leuven, Belgium.

Vera Pinto Pereira

Executive Board Member at EDP

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Vera Pinto Pereira

Executive Board Member at EDP

Vera holds her position in EDP since April 5, 2018. She serves as Managing Director of FIC for Spain & Portugal at Fox International Channels (US), Inc. She began her professional career in 1996 as associate in Mercer Management Consulting (today Oliver Wyman). Between 2001 and 2003, she became a founding partner of Innovagency Consulting. In 2003, she worked in TV Cabo Portugal - PT Multimédia (today NOS) as TV Service Director. In September 2007, she became TV Service Director in MEO, Portugal Telecom.

Since January 2014, she is Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Spain and Portugal at Fox Networks Group, and member of the Executive Leadership Team Europe and Africa. Currently she is also a non-Executive Board Member in Pulsa Media, in Barcelona, which is a TV Advertising Sales House, representing DTT and PayTV channels from several media groups operating in the Spanish Market. She graduated and Post-Graduate in Economics by Universidade NOVA de Lisboa - NOVA School of Business and Economics, and has a Master in Business Administration (M.B.A.) concluded in 2000, in INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.

Jorge Pikunic

Managing Director Distributed Energy & Power at Centrica

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Jorge Pikunic

Managing Director Distributed Energy & Power at Centrica

Jorge Pikunic is Managing Director of Centrica’s global Distributed Energy & Power business, Centrica Business Solutions, which was established to deliver distributed energy solutions as part of a more decentralized, flexible, and lower carbon energy system. He joined Centrica in 2010, first heading up the Group’s strategy team, before taking over as Managing Director of British Gas’ Smart Metering business, where he lead the roll-out of smart meters to over one million residential customers.

Born in Venezuela, Jorge holds a MSc and PhD in Chemical Engineering and was a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. Before joining Centrica, he worked for McKinsey & Company, Procter & Gamble, and PDVSA (Venezuelan national oil company). He is a Board Director of the Faraday Institution, the UK’s independent institute for electrochemical energy storage science and technology.

 

Pasquale Romano

President & CEO of ChargePoint

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Pasquale Romano

President & CEO of ChargePoint

Pasquale Romano is also a member of the company’s board of directors. He currently sits on the board of Agilone, CALSTART, and the YMCA of Silicon Valley. Pasquale joined ChargePoint in February of 2011, bringing more than 25 years of technology industry leadership and executive management experience to the company. He co-founded 2Wire, which was acquired by Pace plc for $475M in 2010.

Previously, Pasquale held multiple positions in marketing and engineering at Polycom. In 1989, he co-founded Fluent, Inc., a digital video networking company, and served as Chief Architect until it was sold to Novell Corporation in 1993. Pasquale holds an undergraduate degree in computer science from Harvard University and received his M.S. from MIT.

Kristian Ruby

Secretary General of Eurelectric

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Kristian Ruby

Secretary General of Eurelectric

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.

Walburga Hemetsberger

Chief Executive Officer of SolarPower Europe

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Walburga Hemetsberger

Chief Executive Officer of SolarPower Europe

Walburga is the Chief Executive Officer of SolarPower Europe. She is responsible for the overall performance of the association. Her previous experience includes her roles as Head of the EU Representation Office at VERBUND for nine years; Advisor of Financial and Capital Markets at The Association of German Public Banks and Association of Public Banks (VÖB / EAPB); Competition lawyer at Haarmann Hemmelrath; A Parliamentary Assistant to Austrian MEP and experience in the DG Competition Merger Control Task Force. Walburga has also been a Board Member of Hydrogen Europe. 

Walburga holds a degree in Law and Business Administration from Leopold-Franzens Universität Innsbruck. She speaks German, English, Dutch and French.

Christian Rynning-Tønnesen

President and CEO of Statkraft

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Christian Rynning-Tønnesen

President and CEO of Statkraft

Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, born 1959, has been President and CEO in Statkraft since 2010. He came to Statkraft from the position as CEO in Norske Skog (2006 - 2010), and CFO in Norske Skog. He came to Norske Skog from a variety of different leadership positions in Statkraft between 1992 and 2005. Earlier he was a consultant and energy specialist in McKinsey Norge 1989-92, refinery analyst and product coordinator in Esso Norge 1985-89 and researcher at SINTEF 1984-85.

Rynning-Tønnesen holds a Master of Science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Wytse Kaastra

Managing Director Energy Consumer Services for Europe, Accenture

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Wytse Kaastra

Managing Director Energy Consumer Services for Europe, Accenture

After finishing his Masters in Economics, Wytse joined Exxon Mobil as economist. In 1997 Wytse joined the Accenture’s Utilities Consulting practice. He has extensive consulting and technology experience in the European and global utilities & energy arena.

Wytse is the Managing Director responsible for the Accenture Utility Retail practice in Europe and leading Accenture’s Global Connected Energy Services (EV, DER, Flex, Energy efficiency).

Enno Böttcher

CEO of NODES AS

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Enno Böttcher

CEO of NODES AS

Enno Böttcher joined NODES as CEO in February 2019.   He started his career in 1998 at the Hamburg utility HEW, one of the predecessor companies of Vattenfall. Since then, he has worked in utility & trading units / companies, and for TenneT, one of the largest transmission system operators. Enno Böttcher has held a number of leadership positions in sales, trading, grid development, products, and markets. As Managing Director, he spearheaded and operated Europe’s first market coupling auction office. He is also one of the architects modelling and delivering successfully Europe-wide single, integrated day-ahead and intraday markets.

Enno Böttcher was born in 1969. He studied business administration and electrical engineering and holds a Master of Science (Dipl.-Ing.) in power system engineering.

Will Gardiner

Chief Executive of Drax Group plc

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Will Gardiner

Chief Executive of Drax Group plc

Will Gardiner is leading the transformation of Drax to enable a zero carbon, lower cost energy future. As part of Drax’s wide portfolio of assets and businesses, Drax operates the UK’s largest single site renewable electricity producer and Europe’s largest decarbonisation project – Drax Power Station. Prior to joining Drax Will was Chief Financial Officer of CSR plc, a global semiconductor business. He had previously been a Divisional Finance Director of BSKYB and Chief Financial Officer of Easynet Group plc.

Will is a member of the Board of Energy UK, the trade association for the energy industry and a member of the Board of the Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP), a woody biomass certification system focused on building environmentally and socially sustainable supply chains. He is also a Commissioner of the Energy Transitions Commission (ETC), a coalition of industry, government and NGO experts working together to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy.

Will is a non-executive member on the Board of Qardio plc, a wireless medical devices company and a Trustee of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting, a London-based charity that supports local journalists and civic activists in areas of crisis and change around the world.

Will graduated from Harvard University with a BA Magna Cum Laude in Russian and Soviet Studies and from Johns Hopkins University with an MA in International Relations. He spent the early part of his career in corporate finance with Citibank and JP Morgan.

Christian Feisst

Chief Executive Officer Greencom Networks

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Christian Feisst

Chief Executive Officer Greencom Networks

Christian is the founder and CEO of GreenCom Networks, a European energy IoT company. GreenCom enables new business models for utilities, ESCOs, and OEMs in a distributed, renewable and customer-centered energy world. Before, Christian was the founding father and Managing Director for Smart Grid at Cisco Systems and spent more than 20 years working in the utility industry for the management consultancies A.T. Kearney and Booz Allen Hamilton. He holds a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Hohenheim.

Marion Labatut

Policy Director, Eurelectric

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Marion Labatut

Policy Director, Eurelectric

Marion Labatut has 10 years’ experience in electricity markets economics and regulation. She is Director Policy Issues at Eurelectric.

Before joining the Brussels-based trade association early 2014, she was an electricity markets analyst at EDF in Paris, focusing on long term European trends and delivering investment projects’ valuation. Earlier on, Marion also had the opportunity to manage a cooperation project on Vietnamese energy policies at the French agency ADETEF in Hanoi.

Marion graduated from Sciences Po Paris in economics and international business in 2006, she also holds an executive master in energy systems optimization from Ecole des Mines de Paris.

Tom Rowland-Rees

Head of EMEA Research, BNEF

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Tom Rowland-Rees

Head of EMEA Research, BNEF

Since September 2018 Tom Rowlands-Rees has led Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s analysis on Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The teams in his group provide cutting edge market research on trends in power markets, gas, carbon and energy policy in the region. Before that Tom managed the Decentralized Energy team, providing analysis on the transition towards a more distributed, low-carbon energy system.

 

Prior to joining Bloomberg NEF Tom completed his PhD in Physics at Oxford University.

Francesco Venturini

Chairman and CEO of Enel X

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Francesco Venturini

Chairman and CEO of Enel X

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 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, position that he held for 3 years making the company one of the best-positioned and more successful operator in the renewable energy sector at the worldwide level.

In May 2017, Mr. Venturini has been appointed Head of E-Solutions, then renamed Enel X, a new global division within the Enel group, which has been created to provide new digitalized products and value added services, such as energy efficiency, demand response, electric mobility, IoT and optical fiber at both residential and C&I level.

Stephen Woodhouse

Chief Digital Officer, Pöyry Management Consulting Ltd

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Stephen Woodhouse

Chief Digital Officer, Pöyry Management Consulting Ltd

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.

Henryk Baranowski

President of the Management Board of PKEE - Polish Electricity Association

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Henryk Baranowski

President of the Management Board of PKEE - Polish Electricity Association

President of the Management Board of PGE.

Henryk Baranowski is a graduate of Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Warsaw University of Technology with specialty of power engineering. He also completed postgraduate studies in business management of power utilities on the energy market at the Warsaw University of Technology and postgraduate studies in financial management of companies at the Warsaw School of Economics. He also completed Executive MBA program at Business School of the Warsaw University of Technology, HEC School of Management, London Business School and Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration.

In years 2013-2015 employed as the Director for Business Development, and later as the Director for Sales and Marketing of Energy Sector at Alstom Power Polska. From 2006 to 2008 held a position of the Vice-President of the Management Board in PGE, and in years 2001-2006 the President of the Management Board in Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne-Info Sp. z o.o. In period 1990-2001 associated with Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne S.A., where he held a position of, among others, ICT Director. From November 2015 till March 2016 he held a position of the Undersecretary of the State in the Ministry of State Treasury supervising works of Key Companies Department and Corporate Governance Department.

Toby Siddall

Accenture Utilities Lead for UK & Ireland

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Toby Siddall

Accenture Utilities Lead for UK & Ireland

“Innovation to me is still all about people. We can do just about anything today…the trick is putting it to good use and driving adoption” 

  • Deep experience working both in advisory and senior leadership roles across Strategy, M&A, Business Unit Leadership in a career spanning 25 years across Accenture, Goldman Sachs, private equity operations and Centrica plc where Toby was also a member of the Senior Executive Group and a Director of British Gas Services and Insurance ltd.
  • Today Toby is focused bringing the ‘New’ to drive P&L growth, customer satisfaction and employee engagement for clients and Accenture alike. Despite our industry facing enormous cost, environmental and consumer pressure advances in digital, technology, analytics / AI and design capabilities means opportunity for re-invention has never been greater.  Key clients include a number of the largest energy retailers in the UK.

 Other information if needed:

  • INSEAD MBA’99
  • Toby is married to farmer Fi and lives in Suffolk, England with their 3 children

 

Matteo Codazzi

Chief Executive Officer of CESI

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Matteo Codazzi

Chief Executive Officer of CESI

Matteo Codazzi was appointed CEO of CESI in May 2009. CESI is a world-leading consulting and engineering company in the field of technology and innovation for the electric power sector with more than 60 years of experience.

Prior to this, Mr. Codazzi served as CEO and Country Manager of Enel in Romania since 2006. After joining Enel in 1999, Mr. Codazzi held several positions within the group including Senior Executive Vice President of the Italian Electricity Market Business and Chief Financial Officer of the Market division. He started his career in 1990 at Finmeccanica (the Italian Power, Defense and Aerospace Company) holding various positions in the Corporate M&A and Finance areas. 

Mr. Codazzi graduated with honors from the LUISS University in Rome with a MS in Economics and Business and completed the Senior Executive Advanced Management Program at the Colombia Business School. In 2009 he was appointed “Knight” by the President of the Italian Republic.

Peter Botschek

Director Climate Change & Energy CEFIC

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Peter Botschek

Director Climate Change & Energy CEFIC

Peter Botschek holds the position of Director of Climate Change & Energy with Cefic – the Brussels-based European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic). Before joining Cefic, Peter was seconded from HYDRO Agri, today known as YARA, to the European Fertilizer Manufacturers Association in Brussels, as Issue Manager for Agriculture and Environment. Before then, he was part of the application consultancy Thomasdünger GmbH in Germany after managing fertilizer application experiments at the company’s research & development department.

Peter is a frequent speaker and advisor on energy, climate and HSE policies at EU institutions, think tanks and EU and international bodies.

He received his doctorate in agriculture in Bonn, Germany, specialising in plant nutrition and environment issues.

Francesco La Camera

Director-General International Renewable Energy Agency

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Francesco La Camera

Director-General International Renewable Energy Agency

Francesco La Camera is the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). He brings more than thirty years of experience in the fields of climate, sustainability, and international cooperation.

Mr. La Camera formerly served as Director-General of Sustainable Development, Environmental Damage, EU and International Affairs at the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land & Sea since 2014.

In this capacity, he developed cooperation and partnerships agreements with a wide range of countries, particularly developing countries including Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

As the national coordinator for climate, environment, resource efficiency and circular economy, he led the Italian delegation to UNFCCC’s COPs 21 to 24 and the EU delegation to COP 20. He was responsible for the organisation of Italy’s G7 Environment Presidency in 2017. He also led the Italian delegation to the G7 Environment meetings in 2016 and 2018.

Mr. La Camera is widely credited with having spearheaded international cooperation on issues related to climate change and the environment. He played a key role in bringing together multilateral organisations such as the World Bank, the African Development Bank, UNEP, UNDP and FAO to develop joint initiatives designed to implement the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

He served as co-chair of the Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development established in Rome in partnership with FAO and UNDP, and co-chaired the Financial Platform for Climate and Sustainable Development in partnership with the Italian Development Bank Cassa Depositi e Prestiti. He has also coordinated a number of national strategies including on sustainable development, green finance and fossil fuel subsides among other things.

Mr. La Camera was instrumental to the support provided by Italy to several renewable energy initiatives such as the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI), the Initiative for Renewable Island Energy (IRIE) and the Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA), coordinated by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Author of many publications, Mr. La Camera is a Lecturer of Sustainable Development at the University of Cosenza and of Environment & Land Economics at the University of Roma 3. He began his career as an economic analyst at the Italian Ministry of Budget & Planning.

Mr. La Camera is a national of Italy, and graduate of the University of Messina in Political Sciences (Economic Policy major).

Elias Pöyry

CBO and Deputy CEO, Virta Ltd

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Elias Pöyry

CBO and Deputy CEO, Virta Ltd

Elias Pöyry is the Chief Business Officer and Co‐Founder of the electric vehicle charging operator Virta Ltd, operating in twenty-one countries, backed by 18 key Finnish electricity utilities.

Pöyry is a seasoned professional with extensive track record in building new business models for energy and transportation sectors. 

He is a widely connected business ambassador of disruptive business models and electrification of transportation.

Elias Pöyry is the chairman of working group Electromobility of the Union of the Electricity Industry Eurelectric, representing over 2500 Electric Utilities in 32 countries.

Javier Ormazabal

President of Velatia

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Javier Ormazabal

President of Velatia

Javier Ormazabal Echevarria has spent his entire professional career in the family business, Velatia, whose leading brands are Ormazabal, dedicated to the manufacture of transmission and distribution equipment and solutions for electrical networks; and Ikusi, experts in the integration of communication networks, systems and services.

In addition to holding the presidency of Velatia, since 2015 he has been a founding member and President of Aefame (Association of Basque Family Businesses), as well as President of the Basque Business Circle. It should be highlighted, moreover, that for six years he was President of Tecnalia Research and Innovation and he has been a member of the Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

A graduate in Economics from the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU), he furthered his studies at the London Business School and the IESE Business School. In addition, he has been recognized by being awarded an "Honorary Master’s Degree (MBA)" by ESEUNE and named "Honorary Professor" by the University where he graduated.

Antonio Cammisecra

CEO Enel Green Power

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Antonio Cammisecra

CEO Enel Green Power

Born in Naples (Italy) in 1970, Antonio Cammisecra graduated cum laude in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Naples “Federico II" in 1996.

In 2004 he obtained  Executive MBA from Bocconi University.

He joined the International Department of Enel Group in 1999. He then spent time as Business Development Manager in Latin America, working in several countries of Central America (Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama) and South America (Brazil, Chile).

In 2009 he was appointed Head of Business Development Italy for Enel Green Power, later in 2012 Head of Operations and Maintenance Italy Hydro, Wind & Solar.

In 2013, he became Head of Global Business Development, leading a team of more than 200 people, working in over 20 countries across 5 continents.

In May 2017, he was appointed Head of North and Central America, Sub-Saharian Africa and Asia and Chief Executive Officer of Enel Green Power.

Bjarke Møller

Director - Think Tank Europa

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Bjarke Møller

Director - Think Tank Europa

Bjarke Møller is the founding director of the pro-European think tank in Denmark, Think EUROPA, which was established in 2013 and today it is the leading think tank on European affairs in Denmark.

Bjarke Møller is trained as a journalist, and he has an Executive Leadership Education from Columbia University, Graduate School of Journalism. In November 2018 he received the title of Adjunct Professor at Copenhagen Business School.

Before becoming a think tanker Bjarke Møller had a long career as a journalist and editor with different media organisations like radio, newspapers and magazines from 1990-2013. For five years he served as editor-in-chief of the Danish weekly magazine, Monday Morning.

Bjarke Møller has a profound analytical knowledge of European Affairs and globalisation, and he has written several books on Europe, nationalism and globalisation.

Bjarke Møller is 53 years, married with three kids.

Stefan Kapferer

BDEW Chair of the Executive Board

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Stefan Kapferer

BDEW Chair of the Executive Board

From 1993 to 1998, Mr. Kapferer worked for the Lower Saxony regional association of the FDP (Free Democratic Party) in Hannover. From 1999, he worked in the FDP parliamentary party as Head of the strategy and campaigns division in the national office in August 1999.

In 2003, Mr. Kapferer became department Head in the Lower Saxony State Chancellery. As Head of Service for the Representation of the Land Lower Saxony in Berlin, he was involved in the legislative work in the Bundesrat (German upper house).

In October 2008, the Minister for Economics, Labour and Transport in Lower Saxony, Walter Hirche, appointed him as his State Secretary in Hannover. In addition to his role at the Ministry, Mr. Kapferer was Chairman of the supervisory board of N-Bank.

In 2009, Mr. Kapferer was appointed State Secretary for the German Federal Ministry of Health. As the only State Secretary employed as a civil servant at the Ministry of Health, he had overall political and organisational responsibility.

Upon the appointment of Dr. Philipp Rösler to German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Mr. Kapferer switched, in June 2011, to the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. His responsibilities were focused on the coordination of legislation with the Federal Chancellery as State Secretary of the Vice Chancellor. In addition, he regularly represented the Ministry in European councils such as the Council of Energy Ministers. Following the switch by State Secretary Jochen Homann to the German Federal Network Agency, Mr. Kapferer also assumed responsibility for the energy department, as well as assuming the role of chair of the supervisory board of the German Energy Agency. After the 2013 German general election, Mr. Kapferer remained State Secretary with Minister Sigmar Gabriel at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

From 2014 to 2016, Mr. Kapferer was Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD in Paris, leading the areas "Science, Technology & Industry", "Employment, Labour, Social Security" as well as the "Centre for Entrepreneurship".

Since May 2016, Mr. Kapferer has been BDEW Chairman of the General Executive Management Board.

Andrew DAGA

President & CEO of Momentum Dynamics

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Andrew DAGA

President & CEO of Momentum Dynamics

Andy is the founder and serves as the President and CEO of Momentum Dynamics, the global leader in fast, efficient high-power wireless charging for electric vehicles. Mr. Daga holds degrees in structural and civil engineering, architecture and space science and technology. 

Andy’s primary responsibilities include formulating the company’s business strategy, working with the Board of Directors and implementing strategy through the coordination of technology development, market analysis and partnership building.  He is also responsible for promoting the company as a recognized thought leader through his presentations in public media and at key industry conferences where he speaks on a regular basis.

Prior to founding Momentum Dynamics, Andy was a leading consultant to the aerospace industry and contributed to the design of the International Space Station solar power array system, the Mars Pathfinder program, and future mission planning studies with NASA and the US Department of Defense. 

From 1987 to 2009, Andy was an independent consultant to NASA and major aerospace companies where he worked on advanced mission planning studies and also on specific space programs.  His work resulted in the publication of numerous papers that have been incorporated into planning documents by NASA, including its Planetary Science Decadal Survey.  He is regarded as an expert on the subject of manned lunar and Martian mission planning.  Andy’s work with Lockheed (now Lockheed Martin) in the early 1990s proved the feasibility of using astronaut EVA operations to deploy and retrieve the solar array system on the International Space Station, and on other studies which identified wireless power systems as a means of dramatically reducing weight on large scale space-based power systems.

Through this varied experience over 25 years, Andy has developed a strong capacity to identify engineering talent and manage multidisciplinary engineering and business teams.  Andy is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) where he serves on a number of standards committees.

Chetan Kotur

Chief Executive Assistant Polestar

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Chetan Kotur

Chief Executive Assistant Polestar