Conference Speakers 2022

Scroll down to discover the high-class speaker line-up for the EM-Power Europe Conference, May 10–11, 2022 in Munich.

Conference Speaker Overview

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Christian Adolph, Webasto Group

Product Manager Charging

Germany

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Aurélie Alemany, SENEC GmbH

CEO

Germany

Aurélie Alemany (46) has been CEO of SENEC since October 2020. The Breton studied process engineering and gained her first managerial experience in the chemical industry. She has been working in the energy sector since 2011. Before joining SENEC, she worked for Yello Strom GmbH in Cologne for five years, most recently as managing director. During this time, she drove the company's brand development with focus on introduction of agile collaboration as well as the digitization of sales processes for an excellent customer experience. As managing director, she was responsible for setting up e mobility services and the solar business. Another focus was building up an ecosystem. At SENEC she shares the tasks with the managing director CFO Thomas Augat and the other members of the management board. As CEO, she is spokeswoman for the management of Leipzig based SENEC.

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Nadina Baghina, Eneco

Battery Storage Strategy and Development

The Netherlands

Nadina is currently responsible for the development of grid scale battery storage projects in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany for the Dutch utility Eneco. She is an expert in the matters determining a battery business case, from a commercial perspective, regulatory perspective, as well as market, technological or asset management perspective. Nadina is graduated in Sustainable Energy Technology from the Technical University of Eindhoven and has been working for 6 years for Eneco in the field of battery storage. Her positions ranged from engineering to operational and at the moment development of battery systems.

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Tomoko Blech, CHAdeMO Association

Secretary General

France

Tomoko Blech is the Secretary General of CHAdeMO Association Europe based in Paris since 2013. A former marketing strategy consultant and business reporter with work experience in Asia-Pacific, U.S.A. and Europe, she is in charge of the overall operations of CHAdeMO Association in Europe and beyond, including public relations, institutional communication, member services, and event coordination. Tomoko holds a B.A in International Relations from the University of Tokyo, and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Veronika Brandmeier, The Mobility House AG

Head of Energy Supply and VGI Projects

Switzerland

Veronika Brandmeier studied Industrial Engineering with a focus on renewable energies and energy economics in Weihenstephan and Aachen, Germany. She started her professional career as a strategy consultant with Siemens Management Consulting. The idea of driving forward the disruptive opportunities in electric mobility and renewable energies led her to join The Mobility House in 2017. After implementing a range of international projects on the topic of integrating electric vehicles into the energy system, she is now responsible for the strategic development of new business models focusing on the interface between the automotive and energy sector.

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Simon Briggs, Energy Systems Catapult

Practice Manager Business Models

United Kingdom

Simon leads the Business Model Innovation Practice at Energy Systems Catapult, an independent research centre that provides technical, commercial and policy expertise to drive innovation in the energy sector. The team work with a variety of organisations including Government, local authorities and start ups to design new business models that can help transform the UK energy system. Over the last two years we have been exploring how to commercialise new concepts such as Heat as a Service, whole house retrofit and demand side flexibility in projects with our partners. Simon's background is in Commercial and Product Management working for over 15 years in the energy industry. Before joining the ESC, he has worked for energy suppliers in the UK and Europe specialising in research projects on small scale renewables, connected home and smart metering.

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Jean-Pierre Cleirec, Energy Pool

CEO Western Europe

France

Jean-Pierre Cleirec has a degree of engineering from the Mines de Paris Engineering School. He spent 30 years of his career in the metallurgic industry, where he carried out numerous roles. He held the role of CEO of AFFIMET, an aluminum recycling company, and CEO of Carbone Savoie, an electro-intensive graphite product manufacturing company. He then took over the management of major hydroelectric projects in Cameroon, and as such launched the Nachtigal dam project (420 MW) currently under construction. In 2019, he joined Energy Pool, a company that provides cut edge solutions including flexibility management which necessary for balancing electrical systems. He is the CEO of the Western Europe Business Unit. It develops innovative solutions that facilitate the introduction of decarbonization solutions in industrial companies.

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Patrick Clerens, EASE - The European Association for Storage of Energy

Secretary General

Belgium

Mr Clerens studied law at the University of Saarbrücken and the University of Mainz. Since 1996, he has worked as a consultant for a private company specialising in European Affairs in Brussels. In his capacity as Brussels Representative of different European associations, he has been involved in the climate and energy field since 2003. He has managed the EASE office in Brussels as Secretary General since its establishment in September 2011. Since then, EASE has grown from the initial 13 founding members to over 40.

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Cristina Corchero García, Bamboo Energy S.L.

CTO

Spain

Cristina Corchero is co-founder and CTO of Bamboo Energy and Head of the Energy Systems Analytics Group at IREC. She holds a M.Sc. and PhD in Statistics and Operations Research from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (2011). Her experience and research focuses on applying advanced optimisation tools to electricity markets, smart grid, smart communities, electric vehicle and hybrid systems. Cristina led and participated in several European, national, regional and industrial projects on energy efficiency and new technologies system integration. She has registered and patented different software solutions to optimize novel energy system integration and management. She leads the Vehicle-Grid-Integration tasks at the Hybrid and Electrical Vehicle Technology and Collaboration Programme from the International Energy Agency since 2015. She has participated in several scientific publications, national and international conferences, workshops and seminars.

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Matthias Dilthey, sonnen

Senior Vice President Energy & Flexibility Trading

Germany

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Bruce Douglas, Eurelectric

Director Business Development & Communications

Belgium

Bruce Douglas has 25 years international experience in the promotion of renewable energy and electrification. He is currently Director of Communications and Business at Eurelectric based in Brussels, representing over 3000 companies active in the European power sector. Previously he has held the following positions: Deputy CEO of SolarPower Europe, Coordinator of the RE-Source Platform - the European alliance for corporate sourcing of renewable energy, founding Chairman of the Global Solar Council (GSC), 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.

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Markus Elsässer, Solar Promotion GmbH

Chief Executive Officer

Germany

Markus Elsässer studied mechanical engineering at the University of Stuttgart. He worked for a German manufacturer of solar thermal systems before he founded several companies all in the field of renewable energies. Markus Elsässer is the founder and CEO of the company Solar Promotion GmbH, an internationally operating exhibition company with a focus on renewable energy, energy storage technologies, electric transportation and energy efficiency. In 1991 he founded Intersolar, the world´s leading exhibition series for the solar industry with events spanning four continents. In 2014 the ees (electrical energy storage) exhibition was started, which has become Europe's largest exhibition for batteries and energy storage systems. In 2018 he founded The smarter E, an innovation hub for events and topics driving the new energy world: renewable energies, decentralization, digitalization and electric transportation. Solar Promotion has currently 50+ employees in Germany and has representation offices in 14 countries.

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Ditlev Engel, DNV

CEO

Norway

Ditlev Engel is the CEO of business area Energy Systems at DNV and member of the DNV Executive Committee. He leads a team of 4,000 energy experts to help customers navigate the complex transition to a sustainable decarbonized energy future.  Prior to his role at DNV, Ditlev was the Group President & CEO of global wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S between 2005 and 2013. Before this he spent 20 years at global coatings manufacturer Hempel A/S, where he was Group President and CEO between 2000 to 2005.  With over 30 years experience in the global energy industry and international leadership competence, Ditlev has been a driving force behind many global green investment initiatives, pushing the energy transition to the next level, including a role as Denmark's Special Envoy for Climate and Energy in the lead up to UN Climate Summit in September 2019 in New York.

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Petra Eussen, Rabobank

Product Innovation Manager at Rabobank - Sustainable Living

The Netherlands

Product Innovation Manager with 20+ years of experience in product innovation & innovative technology. Rabobank is the no 1 mortgage bank in the Netherlands, with a mortgage portfolio of 1 million households. At Rabobank Sustainable Living, responsible for customer activation and engagement for the energy transition in the consumer domain.

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Thomas Gereke, Siemens AG

Global Senior e-Mobilty Consultant

Germany

Thomas Gereke is a Senior e-Mobility Consultant for planning and implementation of e-Mobility infrastructures at Siemens AG. He has a strong background in the Mobility, Utilities and industries branch. As part of his role he leads the e-Mobility IT architecture and process definition of the European project Green eMotion. Hereby the integration of renewable energy, cyber security and load-management was an essential part. He is an expert in integration of E2E business processes in complex IT-Architecture and has comprehensive knowledge in business IT applications. In total he has more than 25 years experience in IT integration and business consulting, process design, application development and operating.

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Carmen Gimeno, GEODE

Secretary General

Belgium

Carmen Gimeno is the Secretary General of GEODE, the European association representing the interests of 1200 private and public energy companies for both electricity and gas in 15 European countries. She is also a Managing Partner at Verdia Legal in Barcelona, where she has been working since 1995. Her expertise in energy law is built upon over 20 years of experience in this field. Ms Gimeno holds a Law degree from the University of Barcelona (1992). In 1993, she became a Member of the Bar Association of Barcelona. In the same year, she earned a postgraduate degree in Business Management Techniques at the Business Studies School of the University of Barcelona. She also studied Political Science and Sociology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and completed a study period within an Erasmus Programme at Ruprecht-Karls Universität in Heidelberg, Germany, specialising in International and Community Law (1990-1991).

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Rune Hogga, Agder Energi Group

CEO

Norway

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Frank Jacobs, DNV Energy Systems

Principal Asset Management, Grid Operations & IT/OT integration

The Netherlands

Using AI/ML within asset management requires new digital skills, good data quality, the ability to embed in the core business processes and gaining the trust of the employees to use. Frank is leading multiple transformation projects within asset management and grid operations, while focussing on the integration of information between the corporate and control centre domains. With 19 years of industry experience Frank has worked for many TSOs and DSOs in Europe and beyond. Frank successfully implemented large-scale smart grid investment & maintenance programs, control room enhancements, complex projects on European level with multiple TSOs involved and introduced new technology within primary & secondary substations. Frank has brought standardisation and new digital technologies to the core business processes of European utilities (e.g. AI, Analytics, RPA, Digital Twin) and introduced new business models (e.g. Distributed Energy, BPO). Frank has also implemented large IT delivery programs, among which several SAP S/4HANA upgrades and SAP decoupling projects.

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Torsten Knop, E.ON SE

European Regulation

Germany

Torsten Knop spent his whole career in the utility industry. After a brief period working for an industry association he joined the RWE Group (today E.ON) in 1999. Here he was mostly focused on public affairs issues concerning transmission and distribution grids. With the start of formal regulation in Germany in 2005 he moved to regulatory affairs and is currently responsible for European Regulation at E.ON SE. He is an economist by formation.

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Julian Kretz, Next Kraftwerke GmbH

Project Manager Business Development

Germany

Julian Kretz is Project Manager in Next Kraftwerke's Business Development team. He joined the Virtual Power Plant nearly seven years ago. Julian is working on the improvement of existing products linked to Virtual Power Plants as well as on the analysis of business cases, market design and regulatory framework related to market integration of renewable energies. Key subjects of his work is the ongoing harmonization of European Balancing Markets, development of flexibility products and integration of storage systems into the VPP. Julian Kretz holds a Master of Science in Business Administration and Electrical Power Engineering.

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Claire Lajoie-Mazenc, RTE

Senior Scientific Advisor

France

Claire is currently a senior scientific advisor for the French national Transmission System Operator, Rte. She is more specifically in charge of strategic management of Rte contribution to international scientific contributions, and an Emeritus Expert for storage of energy. She is also Chair of the IEEE France Section, chair of the French Storage technical Club SEE (Société des Electriciens, Electrotechniciens) she has created 6 years ago, member of the governing board of the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) and has been member of the European Technology and Innovation Platforms "Smart Network for the Energy Transition" and "Batteries". Claire is graduated in Electrical Engineering from Toulouse Electrical Engineering School in France and has been working for more than 35 years for EDF and Rte, in research and operational fields, in contributive or managing positions. She has been committed in storage for stationary uses for more than 12 years, both in EDF and Rte.

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Luigi Lanuzza, Enel X

Head of B2C & B2B Innovation Factory

Italy

Luigi Lanuzza 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, he moved to the semiconductors manufacturing industry and then in 2009, he joined Enel Green Power (EGP), first as part of the team developing and building the PV modules factory 3SUN and then contributing to the startup of EGP activities in South Africa. In 2013 he moved to the Innovation department of EGP, managing the program of the first EGP storage pilot projects, as Head of Energy Storage. Since July 2017 Luigi is part of Enel X, where he's currently Head of B2C and B2B Innovation Factory. Luigi is proud Fellow of Enel Foundation. Also, Luigi is member of the Executive Board of the Battery European Partnership Association (BEPA) and Chair of WG6 of ETIP - Batteries Europe.

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Ciro Lanzetta, I-EM

Chief Technical Officer

Italy

Ciro Lanzetta, Chief Technical Officer at i-EM S.r.l., is an electrical engineer with more than 20 years' experience in ICT solutions in renewables sector and smart grid applications. Project Manager of national and international projects (European Space Agency, EU Commission etc.) regarding the management and optimization on micro grid and smart grids. Supervision of the design and the development of all i-EM's solutions for intelligent energy management. Active in international association, such as the Indian Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) and the Europe's association for smart energy smartEN. From 2020 Italian industrial coordinator for EDA (European Defence Agency) in the energy sector. Pluriannual experience in Business to Business relations, industrial and institutional, at national and international level, and excellent customer relationship, negotiation and acquisition of orders and projects.

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Michael Lippert, SAFT

Director Innovation and Solutions for Energy

France

Michael Lippert is currently in charge of product and market strategy for Saft's Energy Storage Systems (ESS) Business Unit at the company's headquarters near Paris. He is also Vice-President of the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) and Chairman of the Governing Board of "Batteries Europe" as well as "Batteries European Partnership Association", all in Brussels. Michael is holding a degree in European Business Studies in France and Germany and has been working for more than 30 years in different international sales and marketing positions at Saft for Railway, Traction and Stationary markets. He has played a major role in establishing Saft's market position in Li-ion battery technology for renewable energy and smart grids since 2010. In parallel he contributed to the development of EASE since its foundation in 2011. In October 2019, he was elected Chairman of the Governing Board of European Technology and Innovation Platform (ETIP) for Batteries, which is driving and coordinating R&I activities at EU level, and since then also accepted to chair the related Partnership Association founded in December 2020.

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Simon Löffler, Volkswagen Group Charging GmbH

CCO

Germany

Before being appointed Chief Commercial Officer for Volkswagen Group Charging in 2021, Simon Loeffler held various VP & C-level positions, from start-up to corporate level in sales, marketing and product management. He is an expert in the energy sector and software & hardware technology, also having a proven track record in the EV industry. With his open mind and entrepreneurial attitude, he has build new and grown existing businesses in Europe and the United States. In his last position he served as the CEO of innogy eMobility US, managing their brands BTCPower and Plugshare.com. Simon holds an International Business & Cultural Studies degree from the University of Passau and lives with his wife and two sons in Bonn, Germany.

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Florian Mayr, Apricum - The Cleantech Advisory

Partner

Germany

Florian Mayr is an expert for strategy, business development and transaction advisory in the global renewable energy markets, including energy storage. Mr. Mayr leads Apricum's energy storage practice and is responsible for the company's international activities in this field. In particular, Mr. Mayr supports Apricum's clients in successfully accessing new markets and seizing attractive business opportunities. He is also active in advising cleantech companies on corporate and project financing, including M&A, fund raising and due diligence. Furthermore, he is a regular contributor to external publications and a frequently booked speaker on the topic of energy storage. Prior to Apricum, he spent a decade in senior positions at McKinsey & Company and RWE, where he was mainly involved in strategy development projects both in the conventional and renewable energy sectors. Mr. Mayr holds a master's degree in engineering from the Technical University of Berlin, and an MBA from the Technical University of Berlin and the University of Mannheim.

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Pasi Norrbacka, Statnett SF

Senior Advisor Reserves & Flexibility

Norway

Pasi has worked for Statnett since 2013. His current role is Senior Advisor in Flexibility and Reserves department where he is working with flexibility projects as a project manager/advisor. He has M.Sc in Information Technology from Tampere University of Technology, Finland. Before joining Statnett he has worked among others in DNV and City of Oslo in positions both on IT and business side.

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Kevin O'Donovan, A Bit of This and That

Technology Evangelist

France

Kevin is the founder of the boutique technology consultancy company, A Bit of This & That ... focused on the intersection of technology and the Energy Industry, delivering innovative technology consultations, advisory, speaker & B2B Influencer services. Being a bit of a storyteller, Kevin has been evangelizing how new technologies can transform the way we do things through-out his career. Kevin has a proven track record of 'bridging the gap' between the capabilities a new technology can bring and the practicalities of bringing that technology to market. Kevin has held senior leadership Technical Sales & Sales Management roles at Compaq, HP and most recently at Intel, where he was Intel's Worldwide Sales Director for the Energy Industry.

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Gregorio Ogliaro, Accenture

Managing Director, Global Utility T&D Lead

Italy

Gregorio Ogliaro is the Global Transmission and Distribution Lead for Accenture's Utilities business. He helps network operators transform to use the opportunities arising from the Energy Transition, Digitization, and Sustainability. Gregorio joined Accenture in 1996 and became Managing Director in 2011. Gregorio holds a degree in Engineering from Politecnico of Turin and a postgraduate education in Business Administration at SDA Bocconi University of Milan.

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Carlos Alberto Pacheco, GreenPowerMonitor

Chief Operations Officer & Director of Grid Integration

Spain

COO & Director of Grid Integration at GreenPowerMonitor (a DNV company). Coming from an engineering background, with degrees in Business Administration and Project management, Carlos started his career as an entrepreneur creating a company in 2000. It was in 2006 when he started is track in the renewable energy sector founding GreenPowerMonitor. Since then, he has been playing different roles helping the company to become a leader in the SCADA and control solutions for renewable assets. Today, in his role, he is managing more then 90 people focused on operations and Grid Integration.

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Jean Philippe Poirrier, Enedis

Head of Department, Smart Grid Solutions

France

Jean-Philippe Poirrier is Head of the Smart Grid Solutions Industrialization Department at Enedis. This department aims at facilitating the energy transition and increasing operational performance: IoT, AI and big data analytics and smart meter based grid diagnostics. His career includes positions in France at RTE, SNCF, Enedis as Operations Assistant Regional Director, Human Resources Regional Director, and other engineering positions as well as developing high tech manufacturing marketing channels as part of a California-based startup company. Jean-Philippe received his engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from Grenoble National Polytechnic Institute (ENSIEG) and a certification in Human Resources Management from ESSEC.

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Jesus Rodriguez Gonzalez, McKinsey & Company

Partner

United States of America

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Raffaele Rossi, SolarPower Europe

Head of Market Intelligence

Belgium

A MSc graduate at the IIIEE Institute at Lund University, passionate about climate and renewable energy policy. Currently employed as Head of Market Intelligence at SolarPower Europe, striving to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon EU energy system through effective policymaking and enabling regulatory frameworks. Key areas of expertise Renewable Energy Policy Solar PV, Battery Storage and electricity markets & technologies Sustainability and Climate Change Corporate Social Responsibility and SDGs International experience Fluency in 3 languages

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Martin Rothert, SMA Solar Technology AG

Senior Expert Standards & Committee Work

Deutschland

Mr. Rothert studied electrical engineering and environmental sciences at the University of Aachen. From 1993 to 1995 he worked for a small German energy supplier. From 1995, he was employed at the solar institute "ISET" in Kassel for seven years. In 2002, he joined SMA, where he was responsible for product management for residential and commercial storage inverters for more than ten years. Today, he works as a senior expert for standards and committee work on storage and grid connection regulations. Here, he is actively involved in the specialist group on grids and storage at BSW (German Solar Industry Association) and in various project groups at VDE-FNN (Forum for Grid Technology and Operation) in Germany and CENELEC.

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Jaideep Sandhu, ENGIE SA

Chief Technology Officer, Renewables Global Business Unit

France

Jaideep is a mechanical engineer and power industry professional with over thirty three years' experience in Management, Operations, Maintenance, Rehabilitation, Renovation, Modernization, Commissioning/re-commissioning, Construction Oversight, Acquisition and Greenfield Development of power stations and seawater desalination plants in multi-cultural environments. He has a successful track record in the development, execution and operation of power, cogeneration and desalination projects across a range of technologies including Solar PV, Onshore Wind, Hydro and CSP. Jaideep has been in ENGIE for over 26 years and is currently Chief Technology Officer of the Renewables Global Business Unit. He has previously worked in different positions in ENGIE such as Head of the Technical Expertise Department at ENGIE Corporate Headquarters, Director Renewables in the Centralised Generation Metier, Head of Operations and Maintenance Support for Branch Energy International which had over 73GW of operational capacity; and COO for the South Asia Middle East and Africa Region with over 26GW in operation and 4GW under construction. He has either directly worked as part of project development teams or had an overall supervisory and guidance function on technical and O&M matters on over 19GW Power and 680MIGD of desalination capacity representing a TIC over 17bn €.

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Richard Sarti, NODES

CEO

Norway

Richard Sarti is CEO of NODES. He joined NODES from Nord Pool where over the past 10 years he successfully set up and lead the development of Nord Pool's Exchange and commercial activities in the GB Wholesale Electricity Market. Prior to Nord Pool, Richard spent 15 years working within Market Data, Energy Trading and Risk Management Software Sales. Richard's expertise resides in Business Development, Trading and Sales Management, he is an Alumni from London Business School, where he completed the Senior Executive Program, focusing on Leadership, Strategy and Transformation.

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Laurent Schmitt, Dcbel Europe

CEO

France

Laurent Schmitt joined Dcbel in early 2021 as CEO of Dcbel Europe. For the last 25 years, Laurent has worked in both public and private organizations with the goal of automating and digitizing the global energy industry. Prior to joining Dcbel, he held the positions of Secretary General of the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E) and Global Smart Grid Strategy Leader at GE Grid Solutions. His previous work spans across Europe, the United States and Asia, and touches all sectors of the energy value chain from power generation controls, energy trading and markets to grid management including distributed energy resource (DER) integration and community microgrids. Laurent has been a member of several strategic industry committees including CIGRE, IEC, EPRI and is currently the Chairman of the Digital taskforce of SmartEn, the European association for Demand response and Distributed Energy Resource flexibility. He has been named one of the most influential Smart Grid industry leaders on numerous occasions and is active on his LinkedIn and Twitter where he discusses topics around grid digitization. Laurent is based in France and a strong believer in the need to accelerate the energy system transformation towards prosumers to reach net-zero ambitions by 2050. He graduated in Power System Engineering from Supélec in Paris and holds an Executive MBA from INSEAD, France.

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Dennis Schulmeyer, LADE GmbH

CEO

Germany

Dennis Schulmeyer (born 1978) is the founder and CEO of LADE, a startup based in Mainz/Germany. The company is developing and producing a comprehensive, smart, scalable and sustainable charging solution for BEV. He founded his first company more than 20 years ago, providing IT and software development services throughout the Rhine-Main region. In 2012, he bought his first fully electric vehicle. Being a trained electrician, he installed the first public charging station in his hometown at his private home in Mainz. At the same time, he started developing ideas for a fully integrated charging solution. In 2020, Schulmeyer founded LADE to turn his ideas into reality. His team of more than 30 people brings together expertise in electronics, software development, and smart IT. The product is scheduled to be launched in 2022.

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Dr. Michael Schwan, Siemens AG

Head of Power Technologies International

Germany

Dr. Michael Schwan is an expert in power system planning and analysis with more than 20 years of experience. Today, he is the head of the Siemens Power Technologies International (PTI), managing the world-wide business on power system advisory and consulting with more than 1,500 projects every year, executed by a dedicated team of more than 150 specialists and consultants. Before joining Siemens PTI in 2005 as Senior Consultant, he was with the Research Association for Electrical Equipment and Power Economics (FGH e.V.) as department director for system studies. He completed his doctoral degree in power engineering at Saarland University in 2003, where he was working as a research associate from 1998 following his diploma certification.

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Panagiotis Stamoulis, Fluence

Market Director Southern EU

United Kingdom

Panos brings 17 years of Siemens experience in traditional Medium Voltage substation business and passionate in new technologies. Since 2012 actively involved on Li-ion battery energy storage market, supporting delivery of projects for the biggest European utilities (Enel, Terna, EDP) and driving business developments activities in several European, Asian and South American countries. Founding member of Fluence, responsible for South European area and monitoring electrical energy storage market development, contributing on several international workshops (EU, Cigre). Married and father of 2 restless sons. Holds Diplom in Electrical Engineering and MSc in Management of Business, Innovation and Technology.

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Matthias Taft, BayWa r.e. AG

Chief Executive Officer

Germany

Matthias Taft was born in Munich in 1967. From 1988 to 1993, he studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich. In addition, he studied industrial engineering at the University of Hagen from 1997 to 2001. In 2003, Matthias took over the management of RENERCO Renewable Energy Concepts AG and since 2013 has been responsible for the management of BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH. In addition, Matthias was responsible for the Renewable and Conventional Energy divisions as a member of the Board of Management of BayWa AG from 2015 to 2021. Since 2021, he has been CEO of BayWa r.e. AG.

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Alf Inge Tunheim, Elvia AS

Project Manager Research & Development

Norway

Alf Tunheim is head of consumer-centric research and development at the Norwegian electricity distribution company Elvia AS. He is an avid advocate of customer involvement and "dogfooding" - using colleagues as guinea pigs.

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Bram van der Wal, Net2Grid

Director of Product

The Netherlands

Bram is a seasoned Product Management and Product Marketing professional, with +15 years experience in Strategy, Innovation Management, Product Sales and Product Development. He is passionate about bridging people & business opportunities with technology & platform innovation in regional and international environments to make the world a better place. Development of customer proposition strategy and service portfolio, ensuring business value creation for clients and the delivery of outstanding customer satisfaction based on Data-Driven Business Models is what drives him every day. Daily he is asking very often 'what, why and when' with the end user and client in mind, while also guiding product development teams to deliver the best solutions. Bram has extensive experience in Lean Startup within Corporate Innovation, Product Management & Development, Marketing & Business Strategy, New Business Development. In the last 2 decades Bram has been active in the area of Cleantech Digital Convergence and Data-driven Business Acceleration (Smart Energy, IoT, Smart Home hardware/services, Mobile Apps) at NET2GRID, incumbent energy suppliers Essent NL and E.ON International. Prior to switching into energy the sector he worked at global firm Philips Consumer Electronics as manager Product Marketing TV for the EMEA region and at Philips Consumer Lifestyle Innovation in The Netherlands and India in various roles.

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Philippe Vangeel, AVERE - The European Association for Electromobility

Secretary-General

Belgium

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Michael Villa, Smart Energy Europe

Executive Director

Belgium

Michael Villa is Executive Director of smartEn - Smart Energy Europe, the European business association integrating the decentralized solutions of the clean energy transition. He joined smartEn in 2018 when he lead the advocacy efforts as Head of Policy. Before joining smartEn, he worked as Senior Consultant to provide specific advocacy support to clients both in the EU and Middle East in the energy sector. Among others, he led the Secretariat of a cross-sectorial business organisation, the European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE), and supported Knauf Insulation as Public Affairs Adviser in Italy. Michael worked also in the European Parliament for a Cypriot MEP and at the Embassy of Italy in Copenhagen during the UN Climate Change Conference COP15. Michael has a Master at the Institute for European Studies in Brussels and a bachelor degree from the Catholic University of Milan.

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Klemens Wegehaupt, Siemens AG

Solution Architect

Germany

Klemens Wegehaupt - enthusiastic engineer, practical pragmatist & passionate improviser - from energy enthusiast to energy expert, has been working for over 10 years in the field of microgrids & renewable energy. He moved from the conservative business of general planning for large power plants, where he was responsible for the design, calculation, and planning of primary and secondary components, to innovation in the field of microgrids & renewables. In this field he is working since 2011 as project engineer & solution architect and takes care of the creation of practical concepts for sustainable energy supply. According to Einstein's principle "If you can't explain something simply, you haven't understood it." he tries to inspire and sensitize people for this topic.

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Len Wismeyer, TenneT TSO B.V.

Business Developer Digital & Flex

The Netherlands

Len has a studied at the TU Eindhoven focussing on innovation sciences and innovation management in the energy system. During his studies he was granted a scholarship in the energy sector and was active in several energy related working groups. He has started his career as an international trainee at TenneT TSO throughout several cross border teams. Currently he works as a business developer in the Digital & Flex team of TenneT, focussing on unlocking new flexibilities for the future energy system.

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Markus Wunsch, Netze BW GmbH

Head of E-Mobility Power System Integration

Germany

Markus Wunsch graduated from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) with a master's degree in industrial engineering. He then started his career in the corporate trainee program at EnBW. After gaining experience in the entire value chain of the Group, he worked for three years in the so-called Digital Office of EnBW in the field of digital transformation. Together with the technical divisions of EnBW, the focus was on the development of digital business strategies and the initiation and operationalization of digital initiatives. Since March 2020, Markus Wunsch is in charge of the activities of Netze BW related to the grid integration of E-Mobility. The focus here is on the challenges of the mobility transition from a DSO's perspective.

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Tobias Zeh, Netze BW

Product Owner for Advanced Analytics in Asset Management

Germany

Tobias has worked for Netze BW since 2019, now in his current role as Product Owner for advanced analytics in asset management, he has established a generic data-driven approach that employs machine learning to predict future reliability of underground medium-voltage cables and gas pipes as a Data Engineer/ Scientist. He gained his M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering at Technical University of Munich. He has two publications in the fields of risk and uncertainty in engineering systems.

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