Confirmed speakers

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.

Jean-Michel Glachant

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).

Vera Pinto Pereira

Executive Board Member at EDP

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Vera Pinto Pereira

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.

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.

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.

Joanna Hubbard

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.

Chris Peeters

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.

Dr. John E. Kelly

Dr. John E. Kelly

Executive Vice President of IBM

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Dr. John E. Kelly

Executive Vice President of 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.

Will Gardiner

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.

Antonio Tajani

Antonio Tajani

President of the European Parliament

Antonio Tajani

President of the European Parliament

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Lisa Davis

Lisa Davis

Member of the Managing Board - Siemens

Lisa Davis

Member of the Managing Board - Siemens

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Stefan Dohler

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.

Javier Ormazabal Echevarria

Javier Ormazabal Echevarria

President of Velatia

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Javier Ormazabal Echevarria

President of Velatia

Javier Ormazabal has spent his professional career in the family owned group of companies Velatia. He is President of the group, whose leading brands are Ormazabal and Ikusi.
In 2010 Javier Ormazabal has been appointed member of the Advisory Board at BBVA Bank (Spain). And also Advisor of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation in Bilbao (Spain).
Since September 2010, Javier Ormazabal is the President of Tecnalia Research and Innovation (private centre of technology and applied research).

Since January 2011, Javier Ormazabal is also President of Ikusi, as part of the new Velatia Corporation created between Ormazabal and Ikusi, multinational company which supplies integrated solutions in the field of Information and communication technologies with a team made up of 1000 highly qualified professionals and a turnover of about 150 M€.

Anders Runevad

Anders Runevad

Group President & CEO of Vestas

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Anders Runevad

Group President & CEO of Vestas Wind Systems A/

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.

Pasquale Romano

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 MI.

Dr. Christian FEIßT

Dr. Christian Feißt

CEO of Greencom Networks

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Dr. Christian Feißt

CEO of Greencom Networks

Christian was the founder and Managing Director for Smart Grid at Cisco Systems. Before joining Cisco, Dr. Christian Feißt spent 10 years working in the utility industry for the management consultancies A.T. Kearney and Booz Allen Hamilton. He holds a PhD in business administration from the University of Hohenheim.