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Patrick Graichen

State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Germany

Patrick Graichen

Born in Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia on 11 March 1972

From 15 December 2021
State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action

January 2014 to December 2021
Executive Director and Managing Director of Agora Energiewende

2012 to 2013
Deputy Director of Agora Energiewende

2007 to 2012
Head of Division at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

2001 to 2006
Deputy Head of Division for International Climate Action and Personal Assistant to the State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

1996 to 2001
Research assistant at the interdisciplinary Institute for Environmental Economics at Heidelberg University and doctoral degree (Dr. rer. pol.), thesis: ‘Municipal Energy Policy’

1993 to1996
Degree in Economics and Political Science at Heidelberg University and the University of Cambridge (UK)

Tinne Van der Straeten

Minister for Energy, Belgium

Tinne Van der Straeten

Tinne Van der Straeten has a Master's degree in African Languages and Cultures and a Master's degree in Law. 

In 2007 she was elected to the Federal Parliament and remained a member until 2010. 

She then went to work as a lawyer at Blixt. A law firm where she gained 9 years of experience in the energy sector.

In 2018 she became alderwoman of Public Works in Koekelberg. A few months later she was re-elected to the Federal Parliament.

After a long period of government formation, she became Minister of Energy in October 2019.

Her expertise in energy is highly respected. People know her as a woman who tries to find common ground and build bridges between people, regardless of their beliefs or political affiliation. She works with passion and expertise on the energy transition.

Tinne Van der Straeten lives in Brussels. She has been a board member for many organizations, such as the King Baudouin Foundation. Functions she gave up when she was appointed Minister of Energy.

She is mother of two children.

Virginijus Sinkevičius

EU Commissioner for Environment

Virginijus Sinkevičius
  • European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries

    2019-present

    Minister of Economy and Innovation, Lithuania

    2017-2019

  • Member of the Parliament, Lithuania

    2016-2019

  • Chair of the Parliament Economics Committee, Lithuania

    2016-2017

  • Deputy Leader of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union

    2016-2019

  • Team Leader of the Group for Regulatory Affairs, Invest Lithuania

    2016

  • Project Coordinator, Lithuanian Airports

    2015-2016

Kadri Simson

EU Commissioner for Energy

Kadri Simson

2019-present: Commissioner for Energy

2019: Member of the Riigikogu (Estonian Parliament),  Chairman of the Estonian Centre Party faction  and Leader of the Estonian NATO Parliamentary Assembly Delegation

2016-2019: Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure

2007-2016: Member of the Riigikogu and Chairman of the Estonian Centre Party faction  (as of 2009)

2003-2007: Secretary-General of the Estonian Centre Party

2003: Research  Assistant,  NATO Parliamentary Assembly

2001-2002: Advisor to the Mayor of Tallinn

1999: Advisor of Tallinn City Council

1998-1999: Consultant,  European Documentation Centre of the University of Tartu

2003: Master's degree  in Political Science, University College London

2000: Degree in History, University of Tartu

Arshad Mansoor

President and CEO, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Arshad Mansoor

Arshad Mansoor is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), responsible for the institute’s operation and portfolio of R&D and demonstration programs. Mansoor has been with EPRI for 21 years and previously served as SVP of research and development, and VP of the Power Delivery and Utilization sector.

Mansoor holds five U.S. patents in power electronics and distributed energy resources. He is a senior member of IEEE, served as VP of the U.S. National Committee of CIGRE, and is a member of the board for the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) at UNC Charlotte.

He earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology; and a M.S. (1992) and doctorate (1994) in electrical engineering from the University of Texas in Austin. He completed the MIT Reactor Technology Course and the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

As an energy thought leader, Arshad Mansoor has been widely quoted on related matters in both national and global press and has presented in various forums worldwide including board briefings.  In addition, he has published numerous papers in journals and conference proceedings.

Francesco Starace

Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Enel S.p.A.

Francesco Starace

Starace joined the Enel Group in 2000, holding several senior 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).

From 2008 to 2014, he served as Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Enel Green Power, the Group's renewable power generation company and a leading player in the global renewables industry. In November 2010, he oversaw the initial public offering (IPO) of the company and its listing on the Milan and Madrid Stock Exchanges with a market capitalization of 8 billion euros.

At the start of his professional career, he managed the construction of power generation plants, first with the General Electric Group, then at the ABB Group, and subsequently at the Alstom Power Corporation, where he was Head of Gas Turbine Sales Worldwide.

Francesco Starace also gained considerable international professional experience by working in Egypt, Saudi

Arabia, Switzerland and the United States.

He served as a member of the Advisory Board of the United Nations’ Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) initiative from June 2014 until the dissolution of the Board in 2017 and in October 2020 he was appointed Chair of SEforALL’s Administrative Board, which aims to accelerate and deliver at scale the solutions needed to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy) by 2030.

From 2015 until 2021, he served as member of the Board of Directors of the United Nations’ Global Compact. From January 2016 until January 2018, he was co-chair of the World Economic Forum's Energy Utilities and Energy Technologies Community.

In October 2016, he was appointed to the position of co-Chair of the B20 Germany 2017 “Climate & Resource Efficiency” Task Force and in January 2020 he became co-Chair of the B20 Saudi Arabia 2020 “Energy, Sustainability and Climate” Task Force.

From June 2020 to December 2021, he was a member of the G20 Business Advisory Board for the Italian Presidency, which is led by The European House Ambrosetti.

From December 2020 to December 2021, he was appointed Chair of the B20 Italy 2021 ‘Energy & Resource Efficiency’ Task Force, the aim of which is to make practical and actionable policy recommendations for sustainable progress.

He served as President of Eurelectric, the European association for the electricity industry from 2017 until 2019. In September 2017, the European Commission made him a member of the “Multi-stakeholder Platform on the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the EU”.

In September 2019, he became a member of the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty, on the invitation of the Rockefeller Foundation.

Since January 2020 he has been co-chair of the WEF “Net Zero Carbon Cities – Systemic Efficiency Initiative” and since January 2021 he has been co-chair of the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance’s round table on "Renewable and Low-carbon Hydrogen Production.”

A graduate in Nuclear Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan, he is married and has two sons. He is a keen cyclist, a supporter of the A.S. Roma football club, and has a passion for poetry.

Hando Sutter

CEO of Enefit

Hando Sutter

Hando Sutter has served as the CEO of Enefit since December 2014. Enefit is a company, which operates in the Baltic Sea electricity and gas markets and in the international fuel market.

Prior to this, Hando Sutter was the regional manager of Nord Pool Spot power exchange in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia. In addition, he has previously worked in the management teams of regional companies, such as US Invest, Olympic Entertainment Group, Tolaram Investments, ESS Group (renamed to G4S Estonia) and Eesti Talleks.

Mr Hando Sutter is a member of Eurelectric Board of Directors since March 2015. He also serves as a member of the Council of Estonian Employers' Confederation and is heading the education working group there. In addition, Mr Sutter is a member of the Council of Estonian Health Trails Foundation.

Hando Sutter has graduated Tallinn University of Technology as mechanical engineer, and also completed MBA course in Estonian Business School.

Christian Zinglersen

Director, ACER

Christian Zinglersen

Christian Zinglersen is the second Director of the European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER). He was appointed in September 2019 and took office on 1 January 2020.
Before joining ACER, Mr Zinglersen was the first Head of the global Clean Energy Ministerial Secretariat hosted at the International Energy Agency in Paris (IEA). He previously served as Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities, and Climate, where he was a member of the Ministry’s Executive Board responsible inter alia for the energy policy portfolio. He served as the Danish government’s representative and Vice-Chair of the IEA’s Governing Board and was the Danish participant in the Director-General meetings on energy policy within the European Union. Prior to that, he served as the Danish government’s head of the global climate negotiations, culminating in Denmark’s Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2012.
Mr Zinglersen started his career in the Danish Foreign Service where he focused on EU policy and law, having been posted to Brussels at the Danish Permanent Representation to the European Union. For a number of years he taught Union law at the University of Copenhagen. He holds a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Copenhagen and is a graduate of IESE Business School's Advanced Management Program and Harvard Kennedy School's Senior Managers in Government program. He is married to Christina, a dentist, with whom he has four children.

Jean-Bernard Lévy

Eurelectric President - CEO, EDF

Jean-Bernard Lévy

Jean-Bernard Lévy was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EDF Group on November 26th, 2014.
From December 2012 to November 2014 he was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Thales, a leading electronics and systems industrial group.
From 2002 to 2012, he was at Vivendi, a global communications and digital media company, based in Paris. He was Chief Operating Officer of Vivendi from 2002 to 2005, and CEO from 2005 to 2012.
From 1998 to 2002 he was Managing Partner, Corporate Finance at Oddo & Cie.
From 1995 to 1998 he was Chairman and CEO of Matra Communication.
Jean-Bernard Lévy was General Manager, Communications satellites of Matra Espace and then Matra Marconi Space from 1988 until 1993, when he became Chief of Staff to Gérard Longuet, the French Minister for Industry, Postal Services & Telecommunications and Foreign Trade.
From 1986 to 1988, he was Advisor to Gérard Longuet, the French Minister for Postal and Telecommunications Services.

Jean-Bernard Lévy began his career in 1979 with France Telecom as an engineer in Angers. In 1982, he became responsible for the management of senior staff and budgets, and was later promoted to deputy head of Human Resources.

Jean-Bernard Lévy, 63, is married with four children. He is a graduate of the École Polytechnique (1973) and Télécom ParisTech. He is an officer of the Légion d’Honneur and of the Ordre National du Mérite.

Lawrence Slade

Chief Executive Officer, GIIA

Lawrence Slade

Prior to taking up his role as Chief Executive Officer with GIIA in January 2020, Lawrence Slade worked with Energy UK since 2011, becoming Chief Executive in January 2015. He has been involved in the energy industry since the late 1990’s working in countries all over the world. Lawrence is a member of the UK Government’s Committee on Fuel Poverty, an Advisory Board member of Connected Kerb, a Board Trustee and Audit Committee member of the Money Advice Trust (who run the National Debtline and Business Debtline) and is also a Fellow of the Energy Institute

Catharina Sikow-Magny

Director of Green transition & energy system integration, DG ENER, European Commission

Catharina Sikow-Magny

Catharina Sikow-Magny joined the European Commission in 1997 and is currently the Director responsible for Green Transition and Energy System Integration in the Directorate General for Energy. Before that, she was the Head of Unit in charge of Consumers, Local Initiatives, Just Transition. Before that she was the Head of Unit responsible for Networks and Regional Initiatives. She has as well worked on international transport, trans-European network policy and financing, internalisation of external costs, and strategic policy research.

Before joining the Commission, Catharina Sikow-Magny was a team leader and chief economist in the private sector in Finland. She has also worked for the United Nations Development Programme in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She holds a Master of Economics degree from the Aalto University, Finland.

David Bryson

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer, Uniper

David Bryson

David Bryson has been Uniper’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer since November 2019. Combining the two roles reflects Uniper’s determination to tackle the climate challenge in an integrated way. David also heads the company’s hydrogen portfolio which is organized in a joint structure with its majority shareholder, Fortum.

A chartered engineer who spent 24 years developing as a leader and manager in the British Army, Bryson joined the energy industry more than 14 years ago. In various senior management positions at E.ON he helped develop an open-minded culture that was central to expanding the business’s operations, raising awareness of works-safety and driving business transformation through a dedicated focus of operational excellence to listen to the customer’s needs.

Since Uniper’s first days, Bryson has been responsible for its asset business’s international operations. As a long-term champion of diversity, he always sees both sides of the coin and considers the view of all stakeholders in his decision-making. These qualities led him to become a key figure in Uniper’s pursuit of more constructive conversations with sustainability-focused NGOs.

Matthias Rebellius

Member of the Managing Board, Siemens AG and CEO Siemens Smart Infrastructure

Matthias Rebellius

Matthias Rebellius was appointed to the Managing Board of Siemens AG and became the Chief Executive Officer for Siemens Smart Infrastructure on October 1, 2020. As managing board member, he is also responsible for Supply Chain Management, holds the role as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Siemens Switzerland and in addition assumed responsibility for Siemens India Ltd.

Between 2003 and 2012, Mr. Rebellius served in multiple leadership roles at Siemen Building Technologies, before starting his assignment as President and CEO of Region Americas in Illinois, USA in 2012. He returned to Switzerland in 2015 as CEO of Siemens’ Building Technologies Division and in April 2019 assumed the roles of Chief Operating Officer of Siemens Smart Infrastructure and CEO of Siemens Switzerland.

Today, Mr. Rebellius is also a member of the supervisory boards for Siemens Energy AG and Siemens Energy Management GmbH.

Melissa Stark

Global Renewables and Energy Transition Services Lead, Accenture

Melissa Stark

Laura Shields

Founder and Managing Director, Red Thread

Laura Shields

Laura Shields is the founder and MD of Red Thread EU, a Brussels-based communications agency specialising in media, presentation and message training. After graduating from Cambridge University in 2000, Laura started her career as a journalist at CNN and CNBC in London, specialising in European business news and US politics.

She moved to the BBC in 2004 where she initially worked as the Economics and Business Analyst and then as a producer for Radio 4's World at One and PM programmes.

Laura now works as a communications trainer and panel moderator in Brussels.  As a media trainer she opened the Brussels office of The Media Coach in 2008 before establishing Red Thread in July 2017. She has reported for Reuters TV from major EU Summits and written for Open Democracy, Huffington Post, Communication Director and Outsource Magazines.

Her communication clients include European Prime Ministers, European Commissioners, EU and US Ambassadors, European government ministers, MEPs, NATO, Microsoft, FedEx, Roche, Open Society Foundations, Novartis, Transport & the Environment, Bruegel, Transparency International and the European Women's Lobby.

Laura Cozzi

Chief Energy Modeller, IEA

Laura Cozzi

Laura Cozzi was appointed the Agency’s Chief Energy Modeller in 2018. As Chief Energy Modeller Ms. Cozzi oversees the Agency’s work on outlooks and forecasts and is in charge of overall consistency of modelling work and resulting messages. Ms. Cozzi is also Head of the Demand Outlook Division with responsibility of producing the annual World Energy Outlook, the IEA flagship publication. The Division produces medium to long term energy demand, efficiency, power generation, renewables and environmental analysis for the World Energy Outlook and other publications.

Goran Hult

VP of Nuclear & Development at Fortum, Sweden

Goran Hult
  • Goran Hult is VP of Nuclear & Development at Fortum, Sweden.

    Goran manages Fortum’s ownership in Swedish Nuclear companies and is also quite involved in public affairs in both Swedenergy and Eurelectric where he is chair of the Generation & Environment Committee.

    A qualified mechanical engineer he has spent his entire working career in the energy business. Most of  which has been as an employee at Fortum, but also a period as a consultant and another as a supplier. Within Fortum Goran has held several different positions including but not only leading the project and purchasing department in the heating business. He has been manager for Fortums Nordic Hydro fleet and also manager for the R&D in Sweden.

Annegret Groebel

CEER President & Director of International Relations, Bundesnetzagentur

Annegret Groebel

Dr Annegret Groebel is a Director of International Relations at the German Regulatory Authority for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA). Dr Groebel has worked for BNetzA since 1998.

She is CEER President since January 2019 and was Vice President of CEER since 2012. She also co-chairs the CEER Market Integration and Transparency (MIT) Working Group since 2013.

She is a member of the Board of Regulators of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER).

Dr Groebel has a PhD in Economics from the University of Mannheim, an M.A. (Master of European Administrative Management) from FH Bund (Bruehl) and a Diploma in Economics from the University of Heidelberg.

She has an excellent knowledge of the European regulatory framework for electronic communications as well as the regulatory framework for the internal energy market. She has experience in advising public authorities on regulatory reform and sector specific regulation and is actively involved in the work of the European Regulators Group (ERG) and of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC).

Apart from her professional duties, she has also been lecturing for a considerable time on different subjects in economics, finance, social policy, trade policy and European Integration, as well as on the regulatory framework in the German and European telecommunications and energy markets at different universities and vocational training academies in Germany, the FSR in Italy, and Switzerland.

Dr Groebel is the author of various publications in the field of telecommunications and energy regulation.

Monique Goyens

Director General, BEUC

Monique Goyens

As Director General of BEUC, Monique represents 46 independent national consumer associations in 32 European countries, acting as a strong consumer voice in Brussels, ensuring that consumer interests are given weight in the development of policies and raising the visibility and effectiveness of the consumer movement through lobbying EU institutions and media contacts.

As a consumer expert and advocate, and on behalf of BEUC, Monique is a member of the EU Platform on Sustainable Finance and of the Euro Retail Payments Board. She is a member of the European Commission’s Consumer Policy Advisory Group, High-Level Roundtable on the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, and Structured Dialogue on Security of Medicines Supply. She is also a member of the Advisory Group on Noncommunicable Diseases of WHO- Region Europe. Previously, she was a member of the expert group on “Online Disinformation” (2018), the expert group on “trade agreements” (2018-2019), the EU High Level Forum for the Capital Market Union (2020) and sub-group on Artificial Intelligence, Connected Products and other new Challenges in Product Safety (2020). She was also Vice-Chair of the European Advisory Board of the Open Society Foundations (2017-2020).

In her capacity as BEUC Director General, Monique is currently EU Co-Chair of the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) a network of EU and US consumer organisations, and she also represents BEUC at Consumers International, the international consumer organisation.

Apart from championing consumers’ rights, Monique’s passions/challenges are her family & cooking for friends – including delicious veggie meals.

Stephan Lechner

Director, Euratom safeguards, DG ENER, European Commission

Stephan Lechner

Dr Stephan Lechner, based in Luxembourg, is Director of Euratom Safeguards at the European Commission's Directorate General for Energy. Mr Lechner also co-ordinates the policy activities for the European Commission on cybersecurity in the energy sector. Before this appointment to this position in July 2016, he was Director of the Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy, for more than 8 years. Before this responsibility he held various management positions and spent more than 18 years in the hi-tech sector of private industries, at large international enterprises and at telecommunications operators. He managed international expert teams in Germany and in China and has more than 25 years of experience in collaborative European projects. Dr Lechner holds a degree in mathematics and computer sciences and a doctoral degree in cryptography. 

Claire Waysand

EVP, in charge of Corporate Secretariat, Strategy, Research & Innovation and Communication, ENGIE SA

Claire Waysand

Claire Waysand has spent most of her career working for the French government, and in particular headed the office of the Minister of Finance and Public Accounts. She was previously Deputy Director of the Prime Minister's Office and Deputy Director General of the Treasury. Claire Waysand has represented France on the European Economic and Financial Committee and was a director of the European Investment Bank (EIB), and worked at the International Monetary Fund.

Claire Waysand joined ENGIE Group in October 2019 as Corporate Secretary. From February 24 to December 31, 2020, she was appointed Acting Chief Executive Officer and, together with Judith Hartmann and Paulo Almirante, was responsible for the operational management of the Group. She brings her in-depth knowledge of French, European and international economic and financial issues and her experience to the service of the Group's strategy.

Claire Waysand is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and ENSAE, holds a Master of Science in Economics (London School of Economics) and a PhD in Economics (Paris X).

Wytse Kaastra

Managing Director for Utilities & Energy Transition Europe, Accenture

Wytse Kaastra

Wytse Kaastra leads Accenture’s Sustainability Services in Europe and is also the European Utilities lead. With approximately 26 years of experience in the Energy and Utilities arena he is an expert in the European energy sector. Experience ranges from strategic growth and transformation strategies as well as large scale execution & implementation programs across Europe. Projects spanning both the business side as well as the execution with digital, AI & cloud technologies.

Over the past couple of years much focus has been on Energy Transition related services such as Renewables, smart grids, eMobility, Green Hydrogen, Energy management, digital Decentralized & Decarbonized energy solutions and Flexibility services.

Prior to joining Accenture in 1997, Wytse started his career at ExxonMobil as an economist in the downstream area. Wytse holds a master degree in Economics from Wageningen University in The Netherlands.

Paula Pinho

Director of Just Transition, Consumers, Energy Efficiency and Innovation, DG ENER, European Commission

Paula Pinho

Ms Paula Pinho has been appointed as a Director for Just Transition, Consumers, Energy Efficiency and Innovation in the Directorate-General for Energy (ENER) in April 2021. Ms Pinho, a Portuguese national and lawyer by training, draws on her extensive knowledge of various EU policies and in particular EU energy policy, as well as on her leadership, management and negotiation skills towards her commitment to Europe’s clean and just energy transition. Since 2015, she has been Head of Unit in DG ENER, and acting Director between 2019 and 2020, in charge of energy strategy and coordination of energy policy in the context of the Green Deal and Recovery. She has been monitoring the implementation of the Energy Union and the 'Clean Energy for all Europeans' legislative package. From 2008 until 2015, she was a member of various Cabinets and notably of the one in charge of energy from 2010 until 2014. Prior to that, she worked in the Directorates-General for Trade and for Internal Market. She joined the Commission in 2000.

 

Stephen Woodhouse

Director, AFRY Management Consulting

Stephen Woodhouse

Stephen is an expert on changing energy markets, focusing on market design. Stephen has over twenty years’ experience in the energy business, specialising in the changing energy markets and the strategic response of commercial players. He led our global work on energy market design for many years, and is internationally recognised as an expert in energy market reform and the energy transition.

 

He is currently working on a series of innovation projects to deliver market designs for transmission-level stability services and reactive power, and at distribution level to create a secondary market for capacity rights. He contributes to the global and EU debates on appropriate markets 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.

 

He is an inspirational conference speaker and has published numerous papers on electricity market design and the energy transition.

Lucy Craig

Senior Vice President, Growth, Innovation and Digital Energy Systems, DNV

Lucy Craig

Lucy Craig is Senior Vice President and Director of Growth, Innovation and Digitalisation at DNV Energy Systems, where she is responsible for scaling new ventures, digitalization, innovation and technical governance across service areas covering the energy systems value chain from generation and production, transport, transmission and distribution to energy use. She directs Energy Systems’ strategy for innovation and growth in new technologies and processes, including top growth priorities such as hydrogen, digital assurance, solar and offshore wind. A top priority for Lucy is supporting DNV’s customers in accelerating the Energy Transition.

Through advisory, monitoring, verification, and certification services, DNV provides assurance to the entire energy value chain – across generation and production, transmission and distribution, and end use. DNV supports the operation of high-risk assets and systems, both physical and digital, in wind, solar PV, energy storage, hydrogen, oil & gas, synthetic fuels, power grids, and carbon capture and storage.

Prior to her current role, Lucy managed the region of Iberia and Latin America for DNV in Renewables Advisory. Lucy has 30 years’ experience in the renewables industry.  She has a PhD in electrical power engineering and is a Fellow of the UK Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Peter O’Flaherty

Head of Network Utilities, Equitix

Peter O’Flaherty

Kristian Ruby

Secretary General, Eurelectric

Kristian Ruby

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.

Sabine Erlinghagen

CEO Grid Software, Siemens Smart Infrastructure

Sabine Erlinghagen

Since January 01, 2022, Sabine Erlinghagen is responsible as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the global Grid Software business at Siemens Smart Infrastructure. Sabine holds a degree in Business Administration and a French Diplôme de Grande École from ESCP Europe. In addition, she has a PhD from ETH Zurich (Switzerland).
Sabine has extensive experience in the energy sector with a focus on Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Customer Success, and the Internet of Things.

Jesse Scott

Director International Programmes, Agora Energiewende

Jesse Scott

Jesse Scott is Director of International Programmes at Agora Energiewende. She leads Agora’s work on the energy transition beyond Europe in major and emerging economies, including research projects, collaborations with country partner think tanks, and strategy. Before joining Agora in February 2019, Jesse worked at the International Energy Agency in Paris where she was a lead author of the Agency’s pathbreaking report on the opportunities and risks of digitalizing the energy system. Prior to that, she worked for fifteen years in Brussels on European Union energy and climate policy-making, including as Head of Climate and Environment for the electricity sector association Eurelectric and as organiser of cross-sector advocacy to strengthen the EU Emissions Trading System from 2011 to 2014. Jesse’s experience spans business, government, campaigning, law, and think tanks. She holds a degree and masters from Cambridge University and also studied in Italy at the European University Institute.

Laurent Segalen

Founder, Megawatt-X (Co-host Redefining Energy podcast)

Laurent Segalen

Laurent Segalen is a Franco-British banker specialised in Renewable Energy transactions. He is the founder of Megawatt-X, the London-based platform for investing in Wind and Solar assets, which he currently heads. Megawatt-X has listed more than 14GW of Wind and Solar transactions over the past 8 years.

His career spans over 25 years, from Director at PWC, Fund Manager at Natixis/Mirova to Managing Director Clean Commodities at Nomura. He was awarded Environmental Deal of the Year 2006 by Environmental Finance. Laurent Segalen is also Board Member of the PPA digital platform Zeigo.

Gerard Reid

Energy Transition Investment Banker (Co-host Redefining Energy podcast)

Gerard Reid

Gerard Reid is a Co-founder and Partner at Alexa Capital. He is also a Fellow at the Institute of the Environment at the University of Minnesota and a ember of the World Economic Forum's Future Energy Council.

He is focused on assisting people and organizations in the energy and mobility areas who are struggling to understand and come to terms with unpredictable and rapid change going on around them.

Gerard has developed a strong reputation as a leading global expert in the energy and mobility space. He is an avid blogger and author with a following of more than 150k across several platforms and he is the co-host to “REDEFINING ENERGY” podcast.

He has spent over fifteen years working in investment banking (equity research, fund management and corporate finance) with a focus on both the energy transition and the digital energy revolution the sector is going through. Prior to founding Alexa Capital, he was Managing Director and Head of European Cleantech Research at Jefferies & Co.

Gerard was an adjunct professor at Imperial College and a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin.

He was born and raised in Dublin and received a Bachelor of Business Studies and Master of Arts as well as Higher Diploma in Education from Trinity College Dublin. Currently, he works in London and lives outside Berlin in a small village

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis

CEO, Hydrogen Europe

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis has been working at Hydrogen Europe since 2016.  Before he was Representative of Infineon Technologies in Brussels and Member of the European Parliament (2004– 2014) inter alia in the ITRE Committee (Industry, Technology, Research and Energy) where he could contribute to lay the cornerstone for the first and the second Joint Undertaking on hydrogen and fuel cells. In 2007 he was elected “MEP of the year” by his colleagues of the European Parliament in the category “Research and Innovation”. In 2015 he was appointed ambassador at large for Greece.

Mr Chatzimarkakis was born in Duisburg, Germany. He holds German and Greek nationality, a degree in political science from the University of Bonn.

Christine Materazzi-Wagner

Chair, ACER & CEER Electricity Working Groups Head of the Electricity Department, E-Control

Christine Materazzi-Wagner

Christine Materazzi-Wagner is a graduated electrical engineer and working in the energy sector for more than 25 years. From 2011 on she is Director Electricity at E-Control. Since 2019 she chairs the regulator’s (ACER and CEER) Electricity Working Group tackling the regulatory issues of e.g. system operation, network development, market integration and adequacy.
Before joining E-Control, Christine covered engineering, development cooperation, research and management consulting tasks, also dealing with power generation, renewables and smart grids.

Gaia Stigliani

Principal, AFRY Management Consulting

Gaia Stigliani

Gaia Stigliani is an energy strategy expert with 8 years' experience advising clients across the energy value chain on the opportunities and risks of the energy transition. Before joining AFRY, she worked for KPMG UK, where she focused on net-zero and on the opportunities that it brings across the heat and transport sector.

 

Gaia has previous experience working for the Climate Policy Initiative, an international think tank, and has also trained as an economist specialising in policy impact assessments while working at Ecuity Consulting (Gemserv). 

She has working experience on three continents: Europe, North America and Africa. Gaia holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Surrey and a master's degree in Economics and International Financial Economics from the University of Warwick.

Vilislava Ivanova

Senior Researcher, E3G

Vilislava Ivanova

Vilislava is a Brussels-based Senior Researcher within Clean Economy, working across Place-Based Transitions and Climate-Neutral Energy Systems.

Her focus is on the EU level and key Member States, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe. Vilislava has previously worked as Energy Policy Advisor at Energy Systems Catapult, engaging with policy development on a variety of topics including energy system innovation, electricity market design, heat decarbonisation and local area energy planning.

Joaquim Nunes de Almeida

Director in charge of “Mobility and Energy Intensive Industry, DG GROW

Joaquim Nunes de Almeida

Joaquim Nunes de Almeida is director in charge of “Mobility and energy intensive industries” at the European Commission in the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) since March 2021. This includes “Green and Circular Economy” as well as the Circular Plastics Alliance.

Before that, he was director in charge of single market policy (since 2016).

Joaquim started his career at the European Commission in 1995 and has extensive experience in policies related to the internal market and home affairs (police cooperation, terrorism, law enforcement, asylum and immigration).

He studied law and worked as a lawyer at the Bar of Lisbon, Portugal, from 1989 to 1994, dealing mainly with anti-trust law as well as commercial and civil law.

Cedric Osterrieth

Managing Director THERMAL Europe, ENGIE

Cedric Osterrieth

Holds a Master and post-graduate studies in Applied Economics from Catholic University of Louvain. 24 years of professional experience in the energy sector, equally spread between Power sector and Oil and Gas sector. Varied financial and strategic background including transactional M&A experience in various countries, change management.

Held Managing Director duty of ENGIE E&P Norge with 280 employees and turnover of 1,2 BEUR and subsequently CEO ad interim of ENGIE E&P International (currently known as Neptune Energy), 1500 employees and turnover in excess of 2 Bn EUR. Executive leader profile with extensive international experience, flexible and adaptable, proven management and people skills.

Carolina Vereda

Chair, Eurelectric WG Regulation & Network Customers Regulatory Affairs, Endesa

Carolina Vereda

Carolina Vereda works for Endesa in the regulatory affairs department since 2013. She is engaged in different topics such as flexibility markets, aggregation models, DSO retribution, network development plans and customers.

Carolina is involved in many Brussels activities related to DSO business. In 2018, she was elected Chair of the WG Business Models and Networks Customers at Eurelectric and currently she is co-chairing the WG Regulation and Network Customers. She also takes part in the joint TF Demand Side Flexibility in charge of developing the scope of the upcoming NC on flexibility.

Before that and for 3 years, she worked for Eurelectric as Policy Adviser for DSO-related issues.

She holds an industrial engineering degree and in 2020 she was selected by World Energy Council as part of the Future Energy Leaders program.

Brian Denvir

European Energy Markets Lead, Google

Brian Denvir

Brian Denvir is Google's lead for European energy markets and policy, supporting Google in its goal to operate carbon-free in every hour and in every location worldwide. Before joining Google Brian worked for the Irish state energy agency on energy systems modelling and policy, and prior to that he worked for E4tech, a specialist energy consultancy. He holds masters in Energy Finance and in Energy Policy & Technology.

Bruce Douglas

Director Business & Communications, Eurelectric

Bruce Douglas

Bruce Douglas has been working in renewable energy for 20 years. He is currently the Director of Communications and Business at Eurelectric a member-led association based in Brussels representing the European electric utility sector.

Previously he was Deputy CEO of SolarPower Europe, 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. Before that 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.

José Mª Torres

Head of Ormazabal Smart Grid Unit

José Mª Torres
  • Electrical engineer by UPV/EHU ETSIIT-Bilbao. Head of Smart Grid Unit at Ormazabal since 2019, although he has 25 years of experience within the company with different roles: Technical Office Director, Technical Manager at Ormazabal Primary Distribution Division, R&D

Manager and General Manager at Ormazabal Secondary Distribution Division.

Diana-Paula GHERASIM

Advisor - Renewables - 2030 Framework Lead, Eurelectric

Diana-Paula GHERASIM

Diana works as Advisor on Renewables and Lead on the 2030 Framework at Eurelectric, where she also provides policy input on the activities of the 24/7 RES-E Task Force, a joint initiative between Eurelectric and the RESource Platform. She is as well involved in driving the energy transition on the EU islands and contributing to defining an integrated approach to renewables deployment and biodiversity protection.

Elena Giannakopoulou

Director of Strategy, Public Power Corporation (PPC)

Elena Giannakopoulou

Elena is Director of Strategy at Public Power Corporation (PPC) in Athens, responsible for developing and delivering the group’s strategy on decarbonisation and energy transition. Prior to joining PPC, and for more than ten years, Elena had senior positions in energy investment, analysis and consulting organizations in London, UK.

Elena is a Mechanical Engineer by training graduated from National Technical University of Athens. She also holds a master’s degree in Applied Economics and Finance from Athens University of Economics and Business, and one in Sustainable Energy Futures from Imperial College London.

She is a mentor on various network groups encouraging young girls and women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) and promoting women’s leadership on climate change.

Tom Brown

Professor of "Digital Transformation in Energy Systems", TU Berlin

Tom Brown

Tom Brown is a professor for "Digital Transformation in Energy Systems" at the Technical University of Berlin. He researches cost-optimal pathways for the energy system, with a particular focus on revealing the trade-offs between energy resources, network expansion, flexibility and public acceptance of new infrastructure. He is also a strong supporter of openness and transparency in research data and software, with the goal to enable a vigorous public debate on the trade-offs necessary to reach climate neutrality. He is one of the lead developers of the widely-used open-source toolbox Python for Power System Analysis (PyPSA). Before joining TU Berlin in 2021, he led a Helmholtz Young Investigator Group at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He did his BA and MMath at Cambridge University and his PhD at Queen Mary, University of London.

Catherine MacGregor

Chief Executive Officer of ENGIE

Catherine MacGregor
  • Catherine MacGregor joined the ENGIE group on 1 January 2021 as Chief Executive Officer. She has spent her entire professional career working in the energy sector.
    From 2019 to 2020, she was a member of TechnipFMC Executive Committee and the head of Technip Energies, hosting the engineering activities. She was in charge of the entity’s IPO.
    Previous to these positions, she has worked 23 years at Schlumberger, the world's leading provider of reservoir characterization, drilling, production and processing technologies for the oil and gas industry. She occupied a number of roles in various geographies (Republic of Congo, the US, Malaysia, ...): from Director of Business Entities (Wireline, Reservoir Characterization, Drilling, ...) to Regional Division (Europe and Africa).

Gary Lawrence

Power & Grid Segment President - Schneider Electric

Gary Lawrence
  • Gary began his career in 1997 and has more than 20 years of experience in electro-intensive businesses, leading teams and organizations. Prior to working at Schneider Electric he led large electrification projects at ABB. He joined Schneider in 2014, leading the global E-House business based in Singapore. In 2015, Head of the Regional Application Center APAC. Gary has been in his current position since January 2020 where he leads the strategic direction and customers of utilities, core to this is the empowerment of digitization and green sustainable energy. Gary has previously spent six years in the Royal Australian Air Force.

Simone Mori

Head of Europe, Enel Group

Simone Mori
  • Simone Mori has been the Enel Group’s Head of Europe since 2018. Prior to that, he covered several managerial positions within the Enel Group, having responsibility at Group level for regulation, antitrust, environmental and climate policies, innovation and carbon strategy. He has also worked in Human Resources and R&D.

    He is currently a board member of Enel Russia and Slovak Power Holding B.V. and a member of the Enel Foundation’s Scientific Committee. He has also served on the board of several companies belonging to the Enel Group, both in Italy and abroad.

    In 2016, in his role as Chairman of the Italian electric energy association Assoelettrica, which represents conventional energy companies, he promoted its merger with AssoRinnovabili, the Renewable Energy Association. This merger, which led to the creation of the Elettricità Futura association in 2017, was the first example in Europe of integration among power operators from conventional and renewable sources. At Elettricità Futura he covered the position of Chairman until July 2020 and he is currently a member of the Executive Committee.

    He is a member of the Europe Committee of Confindustria (the Italian business association) and till May 2021 he was a member also of the General Council of Confindustria. He has held various roles in other business associations, including Chairman of the Energy Committees of the business associations of Milan and Rome.  He has also been a member of the Energy Committee of Confindustria and of the advisory group for Business Europe.

    He is currently Italy board member of Eurelectric. He is also a member of the board of Bruegel and a member of CERRE (the Centre on Regulation in Europe). He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the EastWest European Institute. Previously, he was a Senior Transatlantic Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and a member of the General Assembly and the Executive Committee of OME (Observatoire Méditerranéen de l'Energie).

    He lectures in Economics and Management of Energy Sources at LUISS Guido Carli Universities in Rome. He has a degree in Physics and an MBA. He is married with two children.

Paweł Cioch

Vice-President for Corporate Affairs PGE Group

Paweł Cioch
  • Paweł Cioch, Vice-President for Corporate Affairs PGE Group, member of the Management Board of the PKEE

    Doctor of Law, manager and attorney-at-law specializing in providing legal services to commercial law companies and public finance sector entities. For many years, he provided legal services to corporations in the manufacturing, transport and construction industries, as well as local government units and organizational units of the State Treasury. Mr Cioch has experience in the implementation of corporate governance in joint-stock companies. Since 2007, the owner of the Law Firm of Attorney-at-Law - dr Paweł Cioch, and between 2016-2020 the Managing Partner of the law firm Cioch & Partnerzy. Between 2018-2020 he was the Legal Advisor of the Marshal of the Lublin Province.

    In 2007-2015, assistant professor at the Department of Civil Procedure at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. He was also a lecturer at the College of Finance and Banking in Radom and the College of Entrepreneurship and Administration in Lublin in the field of securities law. Between 2013-2020 lecturer at the Bar Association of Attorneys-at-Law in Lublin in the field of civil proceedings.

    He also holds an MBA from Collegium Humanum and London Apsley Busienss School.

Jutta Paulus

Member of the European Parliament for the Greens

Jutta Paulus
  • Jutta Paulus is a Member of the European Parliament for the Greens since 2019. She is a member of the committees on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and Transport (TRAN).

    Paulus started her career as a pharmacist, co-founded an independent laboratory for the examination of chemical hazards, and worked in quality management. From 2017 to 2019, she was the regional co-president of the Rhineland-Palatinate Greens.

    Jutta Paulus dedicated her political work to climate, energy and environmental challenges. She aims to achieve that the European Union takes effective action against climate change and that human beings, animals and nature are protected from destruction, pollution and poisoning.

Sébastien de Menten

Innovation Project Lead, Engie

Sébastien de Menten
  • Sébastien is a business developer at ENGIE, developing new solutions and services for 24/7 sustainable power procurement. He leverages both ENGIE and his experience in energy procurement, risk management, digitalization and innovation to move the market towards a more transparent and sustainable energy procurement. He is based in Brussels, Belgium, and holds a degree in engineering from UCLouvain and an MBA from INSEAD.

Marianne Kleiberg

Managing Director Europe, The Nature Conservancy

Marianne Kleiberg
  • Marianne is an internationally recognised leader in global conservation, climate and biodiversity with over 20 years’ experience in 4 different regions –North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe. Marianne leads The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Europe as a catalyst for global conservation impact, supporting and leveraging the vital work of TNC and partners across all regions and overseeing our conservation programmes within Europe. She is the Chair of the TNC UK Foundation Limited and Director of The Nature in Conservancy in Europe gGmbH.  TNC Europe has offices in Berlin, Brussels, and London and engages with business leaders, governments, philanthropists and global change agents to support and accelerate public and private funding, public policy and large scale and lasting global conservation impact.

    Marianne is a native of Norway and lives and works in Berlin. During her tenure with the organization, she established TNC’s first in-country presence in Baja California, Mexico, began new TNC country programs in Haiti and Cuba and was the first female regional director at TNC. Before joining the Conservancy, she worked as an international development consultant and operations manager of a manganese mining company in Panama and worked in the timber industry in Norway. She has a master’s degree as a Fulbright Scholar in Latin American Studies with concentration on political ecology.

Maxim Timchenko

CEO, DTEK

Maxim Timchenko

Maxim Timchenko Chief  Executive Officer of DTEK. Mr. Timchenko has headed the company since its foundation in 2005. Under his leadership, DTEK has evolved from a regional conventional energy company into Ukraine’s largest private investor as well as leading energy company. Under Mr. Timchenko’s leadership, DTEK is developing in line with global trends, introducing and leveraging innovations and new technologies. Additionally, he backs the idea of Ukraine becoming a decarbonization leader in Central and Eastern Europe and advocates for investments in clean and affordable energy, energy efficiency, and new technologies.

In 2020, Maxim Timchenko presented DTEK's new Strategy 2030, based on ESG principles, as well as plans and actions for the company's transformation into a modern digital enterprise. This would see the company advance as an innovative, environmentally-friendly and technologically advanced organisation, serving as the leading player in Ukraine's new economy.

Maxim Timchenko started his career in 1999 at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he advanced from the position of consultant to senior auditor in just four years. Between 2002–2005, he worked as a senior manager at SCM. In this role, he supervised the work of SCM’s energy business until its spin-off into DTEK.

In 1997, Maxim Timchenko graduated with honours from Donetsk State Academy of Management, majoring in Production Management. He continued his education at the University of Manchester, where he obtained a diploma with honours and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economic and Social Studies.

Maxim Timchenko is a member of the Electricity Governors community, which brings together business leaders and partner organisations from the  World Economic Forum. He is a member of the  UN  Global  Compact  Network  Ukraine  Supervisory  Board,  as  well as  a  member  of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). On numerous occasions, Mr. Timchenko has been recognised as Ukraine's top executive by various business media and also among the top ten CEOs by Forbes Ukraine.

Annika Viklund

Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Distribution, Vattenfall Distribution

Annika Viklund

Annika joined Vattenfall Distribution in 2006 as Marketing Manager. Since 2010 she is Managing Director for the Swedish distribution business and since 2015 also Business Area Manager for the electricity distribution operation in Vattenfall Group.

Annika represents Swedenergy in the industry association Eurelectric Distribution & Market Facilitation Committee and is a member of The Commission for Electrification, an advisory body chaired by the Swedish Minister for Infrastructure.

Before joining Vattenfall, Annika worked in both managerial and technical positions over her 20 years with IBM and holds an MBA from Henley Business School.

She is a frequent speaker in the Swedish energy sector and was awarded “Diversity Manager of the Year” in 2017 by the Swedish Management Magazine “Chef” and “Power Woman of the Year” in 2019 by the female energy industry network “Kraftkvinnorna” (Power Women).

                                          

Michel Fraisse

Europe Vice President & CTO , Huawei Digital Power

Michel Fraisse

Michel Fraisse hold a Master of Science from CPE engineering school (FRANCE) & a Master of Business Administration from the Pennsylvania State University (USA).

Michel has 30 years of experience dealing with the IT & Telecom power industry.

Before Joining Huawei in January 2016, Michel held a number of positions at Schneider Electric & Eltek.

Michel is currently Europe Vice President & CTO of  Huawei Digital Power.

Constant Alarcon

Programme Manager for Clean Energy at C40 Cities

Constant Alarcon

Constant is Programme Manager for Clean Energy at C40, a network of the world’s megacities taking bold climate action and leading the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future. In this role, he supports cities to plan and implement ambitious actions to decarbonise electricity and energy for heating and cooling, in line with their climate action plans. Before that, he held various roles focusing on power sector decarbonisation and sustainable urbanisation. As a campaign manager, he helped to double the number of global companies committing to 100% renewable power through The Climate Group's RE100 initiative. He also worked as an analyst at CIFF - one of the world's largest philanthropic organisations working on climate change. He started his career working for various French environmental public institutions after a Master in Public Affairs from Sciences po Paris and an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.

Vincent Berrutto

Head of Unit Innovation, Research, Competitiveness, and Digitalisation, DG ENER

Vincent Berrutto

Vincent Berrutto is the Head of Unit responsible for research, innovation, digitalisation, and competitiveness at the European Commission Directorate General for Energy (DG ENERGY). His Unit aims to support R&I in clean energy, foster digital energy services, and improve EU’s competitiveness, with the long-term goal to decarbonise Europe by 2050. Prior to this, he was heading the Unit in charge of energy efficiency at the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-size Enterprises (EASME). He also dealt earlier with clean energy issues in other services of the European Commission, as well as in the French government. He is a civil engineer with a MSc and a PhD in building science.

Fiona Tiller

Product Owner (TraceX), Powerledger

Fiona Tiller

Fiona has spent the past twenty years working as a Product Owner across financial products, and domestic and international payment platforms. As a Product Owner at Powerledger, Fiona is able to adapt rapidly to the changing needs of both the customer and their business. With a focus on product and process optimisation, and the delivery of sustainable outcomes for customers, Fiona is launching TraceX into the US and multiple global markets.

Joop Hazenberg

Policy & Impact Director, RE-Source

Joop Hazenberg

Joop is the Director of the RE-Source Platform. He has been working and living in Brussels since 2013, specialising in Europe’s energy and climate policies. Joop worked as a freelance correspondent, managed campaigns for climate NGOs and developed climate policies for European telecommunications operators. He also founded a think-tank and wrote six books.

Miguel Stilwell de Andrade

Chief Executive Officer of EDP

Miguel Stilwell de Andrade

Miguel Stillwel de Andrade was born in 1976. Graduated with an M.Eng with Distinction in Mechanical Engineering in the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland) and an MBA by MIT Sloan (Boston, USA).

He initiated his career at UBS Investment Bank in London, UK, where he worked primarily in Mergers and Acquisitions in various projects in European countries, including Portugal, as well as in Japan, Thailand and Brazil.

Miguel lived between 1994 and 2003 in Scotland, Italy, England, Portugal and the USA.   In 2000, he joined EDP in the area of Strategy and Corporate Development / M & A and was the Director of this area between 2005 and 2009.

During this period Miguel coordinated and managed various M&A and capital market transactions for EDP, including the acquisition of several companies  that gave rise to EDP Renewables, the acquisition of Hidrocantabrico, the different phases of EDP’s privatization, EDP’s share capital increase in 2004, EDP Energias do Brazil IPO in 2005 and EDP Renewables IPO in 2008.

He was a member of the Board of EDP Distribuição Energia from January 2009 to February 2012.

Miguel was also a non-executive Member of the Board of Directors of EDP Inovação, EDP Ventures, EDP Gas Distribution and Chairman of InovGrid ACE.

On 2012 he was appointed Chairman of EDP Comercial as well as Counselor-Delegate and Vice-Presidente of Hidroeléctrica del Cantabrico and Naturgas Energia. On 2014 he was appointed as Chairman of EDP Soluções Comerciais. He is currently a Director of FAE – Fórum de Administradores de Empresas.

He was appointed as a member of the Executive Board of EDP on 20 February 2012 and reappointed on 21 April 2015.

Sabine Crome

Policy Officer, Internal Energy Market Unit, DG ENER, European Commission

Sabine Crome

Sabine Crome is working as a Policy Officer in the “Internal Energy Market” unit at the Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission. Her main assignments relate to DSO regulation, demand side flexibility and electromobility.

Sabine Crome joined the European Commission in 2000. Previously to her current post, she worked in the Directorate General for Mobility and Transport and in the Directorate General for Competition in the field of State aid and merger control.

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