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Oytun ALICI Head of Group – Electricity Market Department ENERGY MARKET REGULATORY AUTHORITY , Turkey
Graduated from Middle East Technical University as B.Sc. in mechanical engineering in 1989. Completed his M.Sc. studies in University of Dundee , CEPMLP in energy economics between 2005-2006. Worked as engineer in ministry of energy between 1993-2001, responsible for evaluation of feasibility studies and contract negotiations of Build-Operate-Transfer power plants. Transferred to energy market regulatory authority upon its establishment in 2001. Worked in the electricity market department mainly responsible for drafting balancing and settlement regulation and ancillary services regulation which sets the market rules for energy and ancillary services.
James BARRY Research Scientist, Electrical Energy Storage KARLSRUHE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY­ KIT , Germany
James Barry is a research scientist at Project Competence E (PCE) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). He has been involved in the procurement, development and commissioning of several energy storage projects, in particular a multi-kWh PV-battery system at the Helmholtz Institute Ulm. James holds a PhD in physics from the University of Heidelberg, and worked as a researcher in the field of neutrino physics at the Max-Planck-Institute for Nuclear Physics for four years. After his PhD James made the quantum leap from theoretical physics to renewable energy research at KIT, where he uses advanced data analysis methods to optimise the integration of energy storage solutions.
John HODEMAEKERS Project Leader Of Hoog Dalem Project, Innovation Manager STEDIN , Netherlands
John Hodemaekers has an electro technical background and experience in Asset management. Today John is Innovation Manager in the Strategy and Innovation department of Stedin Netbeheer, a Dutch DSO, where he is responsible for a portfolio of smart grid projects. The focus of these projects is the transition to a more sustainable energy system. John also represents Stedin in several taskforces related to the transition. John is also chairman of the executive board of the USEF foundation. Stedin is one of the founding partners of this foundation. The foundation has developed the Universal Smart Energy Framework, a market control mechanism for a future sustainable energy system.
Ervin PLANINC System Operation Specialist And Project Manager ELES , Slovenia
Ervin Planinc gained his B.Sc. degree from the University of Ljubljana in 2007 and his M.Sc. degree in 2016 in electrical engineering, respectively. He is a System Operation Specialist and Project Manager in the System Operation Division at Slovenian Transmission System Operator ELES. In the past, he was working in the Network Development and Asset Management Division where he was responsible for System Adequacy, load and generation forecasts, network modelling and for coordination of the preparation of the Ten-Year Network Development Plan. He was a member of the ENTSO-E SDC sub-groups and a member of the subgroup on Generation Adequacy Assessment of the Electricity Coordination Group at European Commission DG Energy. Since 2013 he is working in the System Operation Division where he is focusing on Ancillary Services and Smart Grids. He is a Project Manager of the Battery Energy Storage System project, which is a part of the international Smart Grid project called SINCRO.GRID.
Eliano RUSSO Vice President, Energy Storage – Batteries E.ON SE , Germany
Eliano Russo has got more than 15 years’ experience in the utility area with a strong focus on renewables and business development. After having worked 8 years for ENEL, he joined E.ON in 2009 and has been working for almost four years in E.ON Climate & Renewables (EC&R), initially leading the Carbon Sourcing Unit and later on, in February 2012, taking the position of Director for Business Development and Business Affairs where he was in charge for Strategy, Portfolio Management, Policies and Internal Communication. In 2012 he moved to Brazil where he took the responsibility to develop renewable projects for E.ON in Latin America. Eliano came back to Europe in 2014 and since October 2014 he is responsible for developing Energy Storage Solutions in E.ON.
Siddhartha SENGUPTA President-Engineering VIKRAM SOLAR , India
Mr Sengupta has over 21 years of experience in Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Field with International exposure in Europe (UK & Ireland), Middle East (Oman & UAE), Asia (India & Malaysia) & Africa (Cameroon, Nigeria). He has worked in all possible applications of solar PV (MW scale utility, kW scale rooftop), solar power for telecom towers, solar power for oil & gas, solar off-grid (street/home lighting, village electrification etc.). He underwent training on ‘Manufacturing Technology of Crystalline Solar Photovoltaic Cells’ by Helios Technology SPA, Italy in 1994, and on ‘Grid Connected Solar PV System Design and Engineering’, by ENDECON Engineering, California, USA, in 2002. Mr Sengupta has also consulted for MW level utility scale project developers including interpretation of policies, site feasibility study, technology assessment, energy generation estimation, power evacuation assessment, preparation of bankable DPR, plant performance audit, complete design & engineering, O&M audit, etc.
Andreas TIREZ Director ELECTRICITY AND GAS REGULATION COMMISSION , Belgium
Andreas Tirez received the degree of Master in Electrotechnical Engineering in 2000 and a Master in Economics in 2007, both from the University of Leuven (KULeuven), Belgium. In 2006, he joined the Belgian federal regulatory body for electricity and gas (CREG), within the department of the technical functioning of the electricity and gas market. His work focused on electricity interconnection capacity and monitoring of wholesale power trading. In 2013, he became the director of this department and joined the board of directors of CREG.
Nicholas TUMILOWICZ Principal Manager, Grid Integration Of Distributed Energy Resources ELECTRIC POWER RESEARCH INSTITUTE – EPRI , United States
Nick Tumilowicz is Principal Technical Leader for Energy Storage and Distributed Generation with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), deploying distributed energy technologies into practical, real-world contexts. By identifying and executing demonstration projects across the international community, he addresses the utility challenges of high-penetration renewables and advises on technical solutions to validate value streams and inform industry standards. Prior to joining EPRI, Tumilowicz drove global research and development efforts as Director of Energy Storage with SunEdison and renewable energy hardware testing at the United States Department of Defense Naval Research Laboratory. Tumilowicz studied mechanical engineering at Marquette University, with a focus on energy systems and materials science, and is a member of the Solar Energy Society.
Lorraine H. AKIBA Commissioner PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION , United States
Lorraine H. Akiba was appointed to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission in January 2012 by Governor Neil Abercrombie for a term to expire June 30, 2018. Prior to this appointment, she worked in private practice as a law partner at McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP and Cades Schutte Flemming & Wright LLP. She headed the Environmental Practice Groups at both law firms with an emphasis in environmental and natural resources law in addition to her commercial and business litigation practice. Commissioner Akiba also previously served the public as the Director of the State of Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and as Chair of the State of Hawaii Environmental Council. Commissioner Akiba is currently a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and serves on its Energy Resources and Environment Committee and is also a member of the Electric Power Research Institute’s (“EPRI”) Advisory Council.
Ricardo Mendes ANDRE Project Manager Of The SENSIBLE Project EDP NEW WORLD , Portugal
Ricardo Mendes André has a Master Degree as Electrical Engineer from Instituto Superior Técnico-Universidade Técnica de Lisboa. In 2008 he joined EDP Produção where he worked as engineer on contract & project management in the business area of thermal power plants owned by EDP Group. In 2012 he joined EDP Distribuição where he worked in Innovation and Technology Area, where he started the development of the first Energy Storage System installed by EDP Distribuição. In 2015 he joined EDP New Energy World – Center for New Energy Technologies, EDP’s new R&D centre, which scope and action plan is focused in four strategic areas: i) Smartgrids; ii) Energy storage and energy management; iii) Thermal and hydro flexibility; iv) Offshore wind
Heli ANTILA Chief Technology Officer FORTUM , Finland
Dr Heli Antila, Chief Technology Officer, Fortum Oyj since June, 2012. Heli received her Dr in Control Engineering from Tampere University of Technology, Finland in 1997. Her main research topics were optimal scheduling of hydropower and thermal power, feasibility of energy storages, and integration of wind power in energy systems. She has been working in energy sector management consulting for 15 years. Her consulting experience covers a wide-range of topics: energy markets, regulation and policy, energy contracts, combined heat and power, strategies, and mergers and acquisition In Fortum her main tasks are to capture and develop technology enabled business opportunities for Fortum. The framework for these new business opportunities is defined in Fortum's vision of Solar economy. Thus the future technologies we are interested are all carbon-free and mostly renewables, e.g. bioeconomy, wave and solar power as well as flexible energy systems and advanced customer solutions. The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) has nominated Heli Antila as ambassador for clean energy.
Ramses BARABINO COO & CTO ALTEN RENEWABLE ENERGY , Spain
Mining Engineer specialized in Energy and Fuel at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. Management Development Program (PDD) at IESE Business School in 2014. In 2002 he worked in the Combined Cycle Department of Gamesa Energía Servicios (GES). Thereafter in Gamesa Solar (9REN Spain) as Project Engineer, Project Manager and Area Manager Photovoltaics in Spain. Since January 2010 as Technical Director and Chief Operating Officer of Alten Renewable Energy.
Aleksander BATRAKOV Head Of Energy Trading OGK2 , Russia
Was born in 1983 in Moscow, Russia. Was graduated in Moscow Power-engineering institute (Technical university), as an engineer at 2006. After that finished Antwerp management school, where got an EMBA degree. During his career worked at the biggest Russian’s power generation and trading companies, such as Mosenergo, Rushydro, Gazprom Energyholding and finally OJSC «OGK-2». His main professional experience are power trading and asset optimization, risk management and business development in power sector. Now, at OGK-2 he is responsible for power and heat trading, strategy and marketing in power industry. Besides, he is a member of Power storage technologies committee by Russian's Ministry of energy.
Uwe BECKMEYER Parliamentary State Secretary FEDERAL MINISTRY FOR ECONOMIC AFFAIRS & ENERGY , Germany
Uwe Beckmeyer holds the office of Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and is the German Government's Maritime Coordinator. Mr. Beckmeyer, who was born in Bremerhaven, has been a Member of the German Bundestag since 2002. From 2004 to 2011 he was spokesman for transport policy; since 2011 he has been coordinator for maritime affairs in the SPD parliamentary group in the German Bundestag. From 1987 to 1999 Mr. Beckmeyer was a Member of the Senate of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen.
Leo BENICHOU Business Development - Distributed Energy & Generation at Home ENGIE , France
Leo has an extensive experience in modeling and simulation for energy transition scenarios developed at The Shift Project, think tank between 2010 and 2014. Then joined ENGIE, first in research and technology for smart grid economics & digital transformation and now since 2016 in global business support for distributed energy and generation at home. Graduate in engineering from Ecole Polytechnique (Paris, France) and Kungliga Tekniska Höskolan (Stockholm, Sweden): applied thermodynamics, renewable energy industrial ecology and clean tech.
Ronald BOHTE Manager Energy Storage ENECO , Netherlands
Mr. Bohte has been the Manager of Energy Storage at Eneco since July 2015. His previous position at Eneco Energy Trade was as Project Developer for Renewable Energy. In his current role he is responsible for new business development in the field of home energy storage within Eneco. Mr. Bohte obtained his MSc in Civil Engineering at the Delft University of Technology in 2008.
Etienne BRIERE Executive Vice President, Program On Storage, Renewable Energy & Environment EDF , France
Graduate from the Ecole Centrale de Paris (1984), he passed a PhD in Energy in 1987. He joined EDF R & D in 1987, where he held various positions in the field of energy and environment. From 1999 to 2003, he was responsible for R & D Program on Environment and Nuclear Radioprotection. Then in 2004, he became head of a department of EDF R & D on fluid mechanics, energy and the environment and renewable energy. From 2008 to 2010, he was Executive Vice President R&D Finance Management. Since October 2010, he took the responsibility of the Storage, renewable energy and environment R&D programm.
Andy BURGESS Burgess Vice Chair, CEER Distribution Systems Working Group / Associate Partner, Energy Systems OFGEM & CEER , United Kingdom
Andy leads Ofgem’s work on Flexibility and the teams dealing with the Electricity system framework and connections and constraint management. Andy is also a member of Ofgem’s Enforcement Oversight Board. He joined Ofgem in 2008 from the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR), where he was Head of Network Regulation, and interim Deputy Director of Industry Monitoring and Analysis. Andy had previously held a number of posts at ORR, including leading on European Policy and developing ORR’s strategy and corporate planning and managing regulatory oversight of commercial access contracts for rail infrastructure. He is Chair of the CEER Smart Grids Co-ordination Task Force and vice-chair of the CEER Distribution System Working Group, and a member of the Bureau of the OECD Network of Economic Regulators.
Ali Ozgun CETIN Energy Storage Expert, R&D Manager BEDAS , Turkey
R&D Engineer, Ali Özgün Çetin (Male) Received his B.Sc. degree in Energy Systems Engineering from Bahcesehir University. He worked as long intern at BEDAS before his graduation. He has been working at Bogazici Electricity Distribution Company as R&D Engineer since 1 year. His main interests are power system analysis, integration of renewables, different energy storage technologies and their integration to power distribution system, distribution system automation, and demand side management in distribution systems, data mining in power system.
Catalin CHIMIREL Director Of New Technologies, TRANSELECTRICA , Romania
Mr. C?t?lin Lucian CHIMIREL is Director for New Technologies Department within CNTEE Transelectrica SA.He has also been working in the private sector for ten years, developing both consulting activities regarding feasibility of energy – related projects and consulting and design activities in the following fields: high voltage stations, grid connection, system stability, energy storage, standard power plants, power plants based on renewable sources, and specific regulations. Mr. C?t?lin Lucian CHIMIREL has an experience of 30 years in the energy sector and has held different positions within RENEL, CONEL and Transelectrica. Mr. C?t?lin Lucian CHIMIREL graduated the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest in 1986. He attended different training courses as, project management at Open University School London, Primavera project planner at Totalsoft, framework of project management process – CODESC, Open University, Mr. Chimirel Catalin is an IEEE member and has atended many Conferences with a lot of articles related to new technologies, SMART metering and SMART grid solutions. He is a licensed electrician grade - IVA and IVB – ANRE and buildings energy auditor – licensed with professional grade 1 at MDRT Bucharest. He is now in final stage for obtaining a PhD at the Doctoral School of Energy, Politehnica University of Bucharest.
Ernesto CIORRA Head Of Innovation And Sustainability, ENEL , Italy
Born in Rome in 1971 and married with two children, Ernesto Ciorra gained a degree in Business Economics from Milan’s Bocconi University, after which he worked as a partner at consulting firm Busacca & Associati, helping leading telecommunications corporations in many innovative projects, including the launch of the prepaid service. In 2003 Ciorra founded a consulting firm “Ars et Inventio” focused only on innovation and creativity, which he headed up until September 2014 . He supported the planning of the Chief Innovation Officer function for many leader firms in Italy and abroad, by inventing and launching innovative ideas that have become popular worldwide. The most important clients he collaborated with are: Enel and Enel Green Power, Nokia Italia and Finland, Telecom Italia, WindInfostrada, Vodafone, Fastweb, Abbvie, Zodiak Group, Poste Italiane, ENI, Gaz de France, A2A, Edison, GSE, Angelini Farmaceutica, Unilever, RCS, Sole24Ore, BNP, Ubi Banca, Unicredit, ABI (Italian Banking Assotiation), American Express, Sisal, SAS, Euler Hermes (Allianz Group), EY , Fater and Fameccanica ( Procter&Gamble joint ventures). Mr Ciorra taught “Innovation Management” at various Italian and Spanish universities and was the scientific coordinator of the Master in “Innovation Management” organised by the Sole24Ore’s Business School. He was also a member of the advisory board of the Master in Innovation Strategy at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, and also the director of the Advanced Innovation Management Programme at the IE Business School in Madrid. He has been appointed Head of Enel’s “Innovation and Sustainability” Function since September 2014. He is also the author of three collections of poems and a play that has been performed in some Italian theatres.
David GAME Head Of R&D, Energy Storage RTE , France
Mr. Game has been Head of R&D at RTE since February 2016, before that he was the Head of Department at the Center of Expertise In Economic Modelling And Studies (CEEME) at Engie. He was involved in quantitative software for energy management of central western-Europe for ENGIE, and worked to forecast of consumption & production, optimize gas, power, and heat networks from dispatch to mid-term planning and the simulation of climate, market prices, imbalance prices. At RTE Mr. Game is responsible for energy storage mission.
John HATTON Chief Commercial Officer ALPHEON ENERGY , United Kingdom
John Hatton is co-owner of Alpheon, a company that reduces energy cost and risk for private and public enterprises. This is achieved through smart, decentralised energy solutions and investment in energy efficiency and on-site generation. Alpheon’s proprietary algorithms and management tools have optimised various aspects of engineering, finance and plant operation for companies such as TNT Logistics, RWE, Akzo Nobel, Phillips, Unilever and Interserve. Before Alpheon John worked on energy projects in China between 2008 and 2010 and prior to that spent 10 years in the financial services industry, firstly at Morgan Stanley and then with JPMorgan.
Johannes HENKEL Head of Energy Market Development, 50HERTZ , Germany
Dr. Johannes Henkel studied Energy and Process Engineering at Berlin University of Technology between until 2006. He completed his PhD in Energy Economics also at Berlin University of Technology. He collected professional experience at Institute of Energy and Environmental Research (Heidelberg/Germany), IPSE (Bogotá/Colombia _as well in the Energy Brainpool (Berlin/Germany). In the later he worked as an advisor for companies, institutes and political institutions of the German and international Energy Sector. Since July 2016 Dr. Johannes Henkel joined 50Hertz Transmission GmbH and is now heading the Energy Market Development field in the Energy Economics department.
Juha KARPPINEN Development Manager (ESS, Smart Grids & Emobility) HELEN , Finland
Dr. Juha Karppinen works as a development manager of new energy-related services and technologies at Helen Ltd, the Helsinki-based leading energy company in Finland. He has over 6 years of experience in working with Li-ion battery systems as senior researcher in Aalto University (2010-2013), as EV battery integration specialist at Valmet Automotive Inc. (2013 -2014) and as development manager at Helen Ltd (2014- ). Today his most significant projects include commissioning and operation of the Suvilahti battery energy storage system, the largest battery-operated stationary electricity storage in the Nordics, as well as developing both Helsinki’s eBus infrastructure and Helen’s public electric vehicle charging network.
Michael KOLLER Energy Storage Specialist EKZ , Switzerland
Michael Koller holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry and a M.Sc. in Energy Science and Technology (passed with distinction), both from ETH Zurich. He joined the Elektrizitaetzswerke des Kanton Zurich (EKZ, Utility of the Canton Zurich) in 2011 and is responsible for the development of business cases for distributed energy storage . His interests and activities at EKZ include advanced control strategies for grid integration of distributed generation and storage resources, battery technologies and the provision of ancillary services. EKZ is one of the largest electrical utilities in Switzerland with a broad distribution grid supplying around 1 Million customers.
Adriana LAGUNA-ESTOPIER Low Carbon Technologies Manager, Project Leader Of SNS Project, UK POWER NETWORKS , United Kingdom
Adriana is Low Carbon Technologies and External Engagement Manager at UK Power Networks. She oversees innovation projects on electrification of transport and heat, small scale generation and storage. She is currently in charge of Smarter Network Storage, a 6MW/10MWh grid-scale battery. She joined the company in 2012 as Low Carbon Project Manager of Flexible Plug and Play, a project addressing the challenge of connecting more renewable distributed generation, before moving onto to become the Commercial Strategy Lead for Low Carbon London, a four year innovation project that investigated the impact of a wide range of low carbon technologies on London’s electricity distribution network. Prior to joining UK Power Network Adriana worked at Acciona Energy in charge of developing 300 MW of wind energy in Mexico. She also worked in the Ministry of Energy in Mexico helping design the country’s first Renewable Energy Programme. Qualifications include a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, as well as a BSc Industrial Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.
Jesus Serrano LANDEROS Commissioner ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION - CRE , Mexico
Commissioner Jesus Serrano-Landeros was appointed by the Senate as a Commissioner for Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission on September 18th, 2014. Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, he worked as general director of generation, transmission and transformation of electric power in the Ministry of Energy. He also worked as resident and project engineer at Luz y Fuerza del Centro, from 1988 to 1992 and as an assistant director of financial institution supervision in the National Banking and Securities Commission from 2001 to 2002. He was the director of economic policy from 2002 to 2006, and deputy general director of public policy analysis from 2007 to 2010 in the Economic Planning Unit of the Ministry of Finance. Jesus was the general director of heavy and high technology industries in the Ministry of Economy from 2010 to 2013 and manager of analysis of Public Finance at the Bank of Mexico, from 2013 to March 2014.
Luigi LANUZZA Head Of Energy Storage & New Business Models ENEL GREEN POWER , Italy
Luigi Lanuzza, born in Milazzo (Messina - Italy), holds a Master Degree in Electronic Engineering from University of Messina and a Master in Photovoltaic Engineering magna cum laude from University of Rome - Tor Vergata. After having worked in the University of Pisa as associate researcher, developing research activities in applied Electromagnetics, he moved to the semiconductors manufacturing industry working for ASML. In 2009, he joined Enel Green Power, as part of the development and of the construction teams of the PV modules factory 3SUN, being in charge of the overall planning and of the supply of the manufacturing equipments. Then, in 2012, he was part of the startup of the activities in South Africa, managing the development of several projects. In 2013 he moved to the Innovation department of EGP, being in charge of PV and energy storage initiatives, and managing the program of the first EGP storage pilot projects. Since January 2015, Luigi is leading the Energy Storage Innovative Business Opportunities unit of EGP Innovation and Sustainability department.
Robin MCCORMICK Director Of Operations, Planning & Innovation, and General Manager, EIRGRID,SONI , Ireland
Robin McCormick has extensive experience in the power industry in a regulated utility environment. He was jointly responsible for establishing the Single Electricity Market Operator, an all-island wholesale electricity market in Ireland. The current focus is to establish a new market i-SEM in compliance with the European Energy Directive. He has been recently appointed as EirGrid Group Executive Director responsible for Operations, Planning and Innovation. He has participated in the board to establish ENTSO-E - the transmission system operators’ regional association. Robin is a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Member of the IET Engineering Policy Group-Northern Ireland and IoD. He holds an MBA from the University of Ulster, Jordanstown and an MSc from Napier University Edinburgh.
Donald MCPHAIL Senior Network Strategy and Policy Engineer, ENERGY QUEENSLAND , Australia
Donald McPhail (BE, CPEng, RPEQ), is the Senior Network Strategy and Policy Engineer with Ergon Energy. Donald has been responsible for the development and implementation of Ergon Energy’s connection standards, strategies and policies for distributed energy resources - including Solar PV, Battery Energy Storage, Electric Vehicles and microgrids. The focus of this work has been to facilitate Ergon Energy’s vision to become a market enabler, in an increasingly dynamic industry. From 2011 to 2013 Donald was an E.S. Cornwall Scholar, working in the UK, Netherlands and US and gaining exposure to international developments in the integration of DER. Donald is a steering committee member of the Australian Energy Storage Alliance.
Paulo Libano MONTEIRO Director Of Technology And Innovation EDP , Portugal
Paulo works on EDP’s smart grids projects since 2007, where he currently is director of Technology and Innovation. During the last years he has led the solution development of the Inovgrid project, involving architecture definition, device specification, functionality and interoperability testing and qualification of the main components of the solution. Previously, as a consultant, he managed several projects in the utilities, transport and telecommunication sectors. He also created the reference entity for telephone number portability in Portugal, where he served as a board member. Paulo started his career as a researcher at INESC – a telecommunications and computer science research institute. Paulo holds a master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Business Management Program.
Aparna NARANG Director, Short-Term Electric Supply PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY - PG&E , United States
Aparna Narang is the Director of Short-Term Electric Supply at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). She leads procurement of over $3Bn annually in the short-term electricity markets to meet demand. Her team is also responsible for 24 x 7 dispatch communications for over 20,000 MW, including renewable energy and energy storage. Prior to joining PG&E in 2010, Aparna worked in the wind energy industry developing projects and project managing construction in North America. Aparna has a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering and Environmental Studies from Tufts University and a MBA from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
Stefan NYKAMP Head Of Innovation Management - Grid Storage, WESTNETZ , Germany
Stefan Nykamp received his M.Sc. degree from the University of Muenster and the RWTH Aachen, Germany in 2010 in Energy Economics. He received his doctorate in 2013 from the University of Twente, The Netherlands (extra-occupational). He has worked in several roles in the grid planning and strategic projects of RWE. Currently, he is responsible for the department Innovationmanagement / Grid Storage of Westnetz GmbH, Dortmund (Germany).
Robert O'ROURKE Manager, Electricity Markets COMMISSION FOR ENERGY REGULATION - CER , Ireland
Robert has wide experience in electricity and gas regulation. He is currently the manager of Electricity Networks in the Commission for Energy Regulation in Ireland. Ireland has ambitious targets for the integration of renewable energy onto the system and is currently implementing a range of policies to facilitate this. His at the CER works closely with the Utility Regulator in Northern Ireland on network related issues in the all-island Single Electricity Market (SEM) and with other European regulators on issues such as the EU Network Codes.
Mihai PAUN Vice-President ROMANIAN ENERGY CENTRE – CRE , Romania
Dr. Mihai PAUN is Vice-President & Founder of the Professional Association - Romanian Energy Center (CRE) and Senior Programme and Project Manager at Mediterranean Transmission System Operators foe Electricity - Med-TSO. Previously Network and System Development adviser at the European Networks of Transmission System Operators for Electricity, ENTSO-E for more than 6 years, responsible for the preparation of the non binding European-wide Ten-Year Networks Development Plan - TYNDP, HV electricity infrastructure, Smart Grids, Electricity Highways. Energy Policy and Networks adviser at EURELECTRIC – Union of the Electricity Industry in Brussels for more than 8 years. Member of the Board of the Electricity Distribution System Operator ELECTRICA - Electricity Distribution Subsidiary “Electrica Distribu?ie Muntenia Nord” SA (EDMN). Appointed Member of the European Economic and Social Committee – ECOSOC Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society - TEN/211; Independent Expert evaluator for the EC FP6, FP7 H2020 Energy and ICT Projects.
Pablo Albi PEREZ Chairman, And Electrical Engineer, Design Department SPANISH MIRROR COMMITTEE, IEC TC 120, RED ELECTRICA DE ESPANA , Spain
Pablo Albi has been involved in standardization activities since 2005, when he joined AENOR (Spanish National Committee) as standardization technician for several electrotechnical committees. In 2009 he joined REE, supporting and coordinating the standardization activities of his company since then. He is chairman of the Spanish mirror committees of IEC TC 120:Electrical Energy Storage (EES) Systems, and IEC TC 38: Instrument transformers. He has participated in the definition and implementation of REE´s R&D projects for electrical storage systems. He is also the Spanish delegate at IEC TC 120, and member of its WG 2 Unit parameters and testing methods and WG 3 Planning and installation.”
Bjorn PETERS General Manager COMMODITY CONSULTING , Germany
Bjorn Peters joined DWS Investments, the retail asset management arm of Deutsche Bank and the largest mutual fund company in Germany, five years ago. He is responsible for setting up and marketing closed-end funds on energy and infrastructure projects. In 2012, a closed-end fund was launched that invests in European small hydropower. A few other projects are in the pipeline that are supposed to finance other, mostly renewable, power stations in Europe and beyond. Before joining DWS, Bjorn worked at McKinsey and at Deutsche Borse AG, where he became an expert in commodity markets. He is founder of Germany's most successful "gold fund", an exchange-traded commodity marketed under the brand "Xetra-Gold". Bjorn holds a PhD in physics. He is married and has two daughters.
Rosario POLITO Head Of Innovation And Storage TERNA , Italy
Rosario Polito obtained an M.Sc in Electrical Engineering form the University of Naples Federico II in 2009. After gaining work experience in the field of renewables and electric systems designing as a project engineer, concurrently the first year of Ph.D. School in Power Converter, Electric Machine and Electric Drives, he joined Italian TSO Terna as an analyst in the Dispatching and Energy Operation Department, specializing on the Italian Energy Market and Ancillary Services Market. In 2013, he joined Terna Storage, another subsidiary of the Terna Group, whose mission focuses on the realization of the ESSs project approved by the Italian Regulator. He then became the project leader responsible for ESS technologies and system operation, having the responsibility of the Energy Intensive ESS design and commissioning, including factory and site tests and the activation.
Adrian RICHARDSON Head Of Microgeneration CENTRICA , United Kingdom
In a 20-year career in the energy industry, Adrian has been active in the development and market introduction of novel low carbon technologies. He led the development of micro CHP systems in British Gas and BG Group, and supported their commercialisation in a number of international markets. He has extensive experience in evaluating and trialing a wide range of energy technologies for residential and commercial applications, including heat pumps, solar energy, cogeneration, HVAC equipment etc. He currently manages Centrica’s participation in a number of major international collaborative research and development programmes in gas utilisation technology. Adrian has a degree in Mechanical Engineering, MSc in Building Services Engineering and an MBA from Durham University Business School.
Veli-Pekka SAAJO Director ENERGY AUTHORITY , Finland
Veli-Pekka is the head of network regulation section and a member of the executive board to the Energy Authority in Finland. The Authority has responsibilities in electricity and natural gas networks and markets, as well as in, emission trading, energy efficiency and licensing renewable schemes. He has been working with several expert groups involved in smart energy solutions in addition to electricity networks. Working for two decades within energy sector, he has a broad experience in regulatory aspects of electricity and gas distribution and transmission network operators. He has specialized in economic regulation and incentive schemes with view of an economist. He is an active member of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER), especially with the Distribution System working group (DS WG). As a former co-chair of the Electricity Quality of Supply and Smart Grids Task Force (EQS TF), has given him a broad view on smart solutions in Europe. He is also active within academic research as being a former member of advisory board of the IDE4L project and as being on the advisory panel of the EL-TRAN project.
Raphael SCHOENTGEN Board Chairman, And CTO, HYDROGEN EUROPE, ENGIE , France
Raphael Schoentgen is, since April 2014, the Group’s Director for Research and Technologies (CTO). He has been elected President of Hydrogen Europe in June 2016. He is since 2015 a Board Member of the French Institute of Petroleum and New Energies. He was previously, from 2008 to 2014, President of the Group in China. Between 2004 and 2007, R. Schoentgen was diplomatic advisor to the French Minister in charge of Energy, Telecommunications and Industry. Previously, he also worked in the public sector as detached national expert to the European Commission’s Competition General Directorate and as Head of the State Economic Development Department of France’s Northern Region. In the private sector, Mr Schoentgen held jobs in the textile sector and water sector in France, in telecommunications in China, in the power sector in the United States and Thailand, and in the gas sector in Mexico. Raphael holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (member of the "French Corps des Mines") and a Civil Engineering Degree of the Paris National Mining University ("Ecole Nationale des Mines de Paris"). Raphael has been nominated in 2011 amongst the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum, in 2012 amongst the Young Leaders of the France China Foundation, and in 2014 amongst the Young Leaders of the World Cities Summit. He was until early 2014 a Member of the Advisory Board of the European Trade Chamber in China and President of its Energy Working Group.
Olaf SCHULZE Director Energy Management METRO GROUP , Germany
Olaf Schulze is the responsible energy manager of the METRO AG, Düsseldorf, Germany and in the position since 2014. Before he was since 2005 the managing director of MEM METRO Properties Energy Management GmbH. Current he is also the deputy chairman of the energy committee at the German Retailers Association. After a study of legal science in Halle/Saale and the 2 nd state examination 1993 in Düsseldorf he started his professional life in different energy distributing companies. He is born in 1963 in Halle/Saale and father of four children.
Hannes SEIDL Head Of Energy Systems And Energy Services DEUTSCHE ENERGIE-AGENTUR - DENA , Germany
Hannes Seidl studied physics at the Technical University of Munich and the University of Kapstadt. Mr. Seidl has been acting head of the “Energy Systems and Energy Services” division since 2016 and has made it his goal to help execute a successful energy turnaround using innovative strategies. The division’s central tasks and projects include studies, platforms and stakeholder dialogues aimed at further development of electricity networks, innovative system solutions, the integration of renewable energies and sectoral integration, the digitisation of the energy world and the development of energy efficiency and energy services markets.
Gudrun SENK Head Of Renewable Department, WIEN ENERGIE , Austria
Gudrun Senk is authorized signatory of Vienna Energy and head of the renewable division, being responsible for expanding the renewable portfolio nationally and internationally. She is a renowned expert in management and energy and climate issues. After serving in top management consulting, energy industry as well as the energy ministry, she joined Vienna Energy in 2009, where she set up the CO2 Management before becoming head of strategy. Senk has extensive experience in wind, hydropower, solar and renewable heat generation projects from the technical and management side.
Georg-Nikolaus STAMATELOPOULOS Senior Vice President Generation ENBW , Germany
Gudrun Senk is authorized signatory of Vienna Energy and head of the renewable division, being responsible for expanding the renewable portfolio nationally and internationally. She is a renowned expert in management and energy and climate issues. After serving in top management consulting, energy industry as well as the energy ministry, she joined Vienna Energy in 2009, where she set up the CO2 Management before becoming head of strategy. Senk has extensive experience in wind, hydropower, solar and renewable heat generation projects from the technical and management side.
Andreea STRACHINESCU Head of Unit C2 - New Energy Technologies, Innovation and Clean Coal EUROPEAN COMMISSION , Belgium
Andreea Strachinescu works with the European Commission in the Directorate-General for Energy as Head of Unit for new energy technologies, being responsible for the development of the policy and actions on non-nuclear energy research and innovation. Ms Strachinescu has a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Mechanical Engineering, a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in Marketing (Bucharest, Romania) and an M.Sc. in International Economics from H.E.C. Montreal, Canada. Prior to joining the European Commission, Ms Strachinescu worked for public administration in Romania and Canada, in the field of economic development and international trade policies and actions.
Karl-Axel STRANG Industrial Strategy Advisor ENEDIS , France
Karl Axel Strang earned an Engineer's degree from the Ecole des Mines de Nancy, then a Master's degree and a PhD from Stanford University. Passionate about renewable energy systems, sustainable aviation and social entrepreneurship, Axel has pursued his career in Europe, Asia and the United States. After working at the French Ministry of Ecology and Energy as a policy advisor on the industrial development of smart grids, hydrogen and energy storage, he is currently working at Enedis as industrial strategy advisor, with a main focus on emerging technologies.
James TEDD Head of Energy Storage, ESB INNOVATION , Ireland
James Tedd is ESB Innovation’s head of energy storage, and founder member of the ESB Smart Energy Services team. He has over 15 years energy experience, leading innovative projects and applied research in Solar PV, Offshore Wind, Wave and Automotive technologies. Over 8 years in ESB James has had a variety of roles in the International; Generation and Innovation businesses. Prior to joining ESB James worked in Industry for technology and consulting companies and in Academia in the USA and Denmark. James graduated in mechanical engineering from Cambridge University and MIT, and has a Doctorate in civil engineering from Aalborg University.
Pierre-Guy THEROND Head Of Technologies EDF EN , France
P.G. Therond is currently Head of Technologies at EDF Energies Nouvelles, a green energy provider. In this position, he looks to all development with renewable technologies like PV solar, Concentrated Solar Power, marine energies, offshore wind, electrical storage, innovative biomass. Previously, he was responsible for strategy for New Businesses at EDF SA. Pierre-Guy Therond spent also 15 years at the R&D division of EDF, where he took various positions, as researcher and manager of research, development and testing services in the domains of electrical engineering, electrical systems, materials, renewable energy and environment. His last R&D position was as Director for R&D portfolio on renewable and environment. Pierre-Guy Therond has been involved into international organizations: he chaired two Task Forces at CIGRE , and used to be the Vice President of RECS International for 4 years. Pierre-Guy Therond received a PHD in solid state physics in 1986, and is graduate from the French High School for Electricity (Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité) since 1983.
Cedric THOMA Green Technologies Policy Officer MINISTRY FOR ECOLOGY, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND ENERGY , France
Cedric Thoma is currently working as a green technologies policy advisor on smart grids, hydrogen and energy storage at the French Ministry of Energy. He makes policy recommandations to develop storage units in the French energy system, especially in the electricity mix, and participates in the evaluation process of energy projects funded via the national public innovation fund. He also worked for the main French DSO as a lobbyist for 5 years. Cedric Thoma graduated from the Mines Paristech "grande école" in 2010. 
Harold VELDKAMP Leading Delivery Manager For Strategy And Innovation, Senior Program Manager ALLIANDER , Netherlands
Harold Veldkamp studied Business Informatics in Groningen, The Netherlands. After working in the ICT industry covering a wide variety of business lines such as Finance, Government and Telecommunications, he became involved in the Energy sector and remained in that sector until today. He has been a member of the standardization committee of the Dutch smart meter requirements, member of the Smart Grids taskforce of the Dutch government and member of the evaluation committee of national energy related grant programs. He co-founded research centres such as RenQi and Entrance, both situated in Groningen. Right now he is employed by Alliander, serving as the delivery manager for all innovation projects related to Energy Transition for the Asset Management department. This includes responsibility for all testing grounds and facilities where these projects are carried out, including but not limited to residential storage, smart design etcetera.
Milan VUKASOVIC International Project Manager AUSTRIAN POWER GRID , Austria
Milan Vukasovic (born 1981 in Sarajevo, BiH) received his MSc. in Electrical Engineering from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering Podgorica, Montenegro. After gaining valuable experience in real?time transmission system operation in CGES (Cronogorski Elektroenergetski Sistem), he moves to Austria at the end of 2007 where he starts to work in the Market Management Department of the Austrian Power Grid AG (APG). Currently he leads “network security standards” team in the operations department of APG. In the last five years, Milan has been engaged in the most important European energy market projects. His main interests are in demand?side management, load?flow analysis, electricity markets simulation, congestion management, and computer applications in power systems. He is co?convener of the regional ENTSO?E market Task Force (TF) in South?East Europe as well as being the Chairman of the Economic Group within the TSO TSC Security Co?operation (http://www.tscnet.eu)
Martin WILCOX Senior Consultant Of The Power Transmission And Distribution Division MOTT MACDONALD , United Kingdom
Martin assists distribution network operators (DNOs), DNO clients and renewable developers in the areas of regulatory out-performance and Smart Grid implementation. He also has a strong interest in assisting UK industry and developing countries to achieve rural electrification and network reliability targets. Martin is a Chartered Engineer with a background in both electrical and electronic engineering. He has 7 years’ experience in regulated utilities, latterly as a member of the Senior Management team of UK Power Networks, and 17 years’ experience in project management. Prior to joining Mott MacDonald, Martin held over-arching responsibility for innovation on 25% of the UK’s electricity distribution network and led his team through the delivery of a 6MW/10MWh battery energy storage facility (the first of its kind to deliver services to the system operator National Grid).
Sam WILKINSON Senior Researcher, Solar and Energy Storage IHS MARKIT , United Kingdom
Sam Wilkinson is a Senior Research Manager for the Solar and Energy Storage Research group at IHS Markit. During eight years working within the group, Sam has been responsible for researching the PV inverter market and the PV module and polysilicon supply chain working closely with leading global suppliers to develop detailed analysis on these markets. Sam has also been responsible for establishing primary research reports focusing on solar demand and policy, complementing IHS Markit extensive research of the complete PV supply chain. Building on his experience in the solar research team, Sam established IHS Markit Power Technology’s coverage of energy storage, covering a wide range of topics within this fast developing sector. Sam’s analysis and commentary is regularly published by leading PV and energy industry media and also the global press. He has also presented at many leading industry events and conferences.
Bharath Reddy YELLASIRI Senior Manager SOLAR ENERGY CORPORATION OF INDIA - SECI , India
Bharath Reddy YELLASIRI Senior Manager, SOLAR ENERGY CORPORATION OF INDIA - SECI, India Mr. Yellasiri has been the Senior Manager at the Solar Energy Corporation of India since July 2012. Prior to his current position, he was the General Manager of Engineering and Technology at Sujana Energy Limited for a year. His work there included: LED luminaire design and development, solar thermal design and development and solar PV system design and integration. His experience at Moserbaer Photovoltaic Ltd enabled him to research and develop crystalline silicon solar cells and nanostructured solar cells. He holds an MSc in Physics and a Ph.D in thinfilms and solar cells, from Sri Venkateswara University.

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