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Antony Zegers, Business Development Engineer, Austrian Institute of Technology - AIT (Austria)

Antony Zegers studied Electro-Mechanical Engineering at Ghent University in Belgium. He gained experience in the utility sector working as an R&D engineer Smart Grids at Eandis, Belgium´s largest distribution network operator. In 2013, he joined the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), Electric Energy Systems, and is responsible for R&D projects for System Operators and Service Providers. His main experience areas are the integration of renewable energy sources in distribution grids and the implementation of ancillary services to support grid operation.

Bert den Ouden, Managing Director Energy, Berenschot (The Netherlands)

Charles van Heck, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Hive (UK)

Christian Heuer, Global Head of Energy Business Advisory, Siemens (Germany)

David Bornstain, Senior Consultant, ENEDIS (France)

David Bornstain is in charge of coordinating the deployment by ENEDIS of various large-scale smart grid projects across France and supervises communications activities of ENEDIS’ Smart Grid Projects division. Prior to that, he worked as head of communications at ENEDIS’ Regional Directorate, Ile-de-France (Greater Paris area, 6 million customers, 80 000 km of middle- and low-voltage lines), where he oversaw communications activities related to the preparations for the roll-out of the Linky smart meters throughout the region as well as the ramp-up of power distribution infrastructure for the “Grand Paris” metropolitan development project. 

He has held other positions in the fields of Communications, Public affairs and International Relations at Electricité de France, more particularly as head of communications of the nuclear engineering division in Paris and also at EDF’s liaison office to the European Union in Brussels. 

David graduated in Journalism from the Paris-IV-Sorbonne University’s College of Information and Communications and has a university degree in European languages (English, German and Russian). 

Eirini Stavropoulou, Director of Islands Network Operation Department, HEDNO (Greece)

Ms. Eirini Stavropoulou is the Director of Islands Network Operation Department of the Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operation (HEDNO S.A.). She is an Electrical Engineer with a Master in Business Administration and holds certificates in “Negotiating Skills” and in “Leading at a Higher Level”. During 1984-2012 she holded several positions in the Public Power Corporation of Greece (PPC S.A.), such as Director of Purchasing and Transport Department (2006-2012). She was the representative of PPC S.A. at the International Union of Producers and Distributors of Electrical Energy (UNIPEDE) and at the European Union of the Electricity Industry (EURELECTRIC). During her carrier she has carried out and published numerous studies in Electrical Energy Distribution and Electrical Energy Market related conferences and conventions.

Eleonora Bettenzoli, Executive Advisor to the Head of Energy Division, AEEGSI (Italy)

Eva Plunger, Project coordination, Verbund (Austria)

Francisco Boshell, Analyst, RE Technology, Standards and Markets, IRENA (Germany)

Mr. Francisco Boshell is an Analyst in markets and standards for renewable energy technologies at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). He focuses primarily on providing policy advice and guidance to countries regarding technology innovation, quality control and standardisation programmes for successful deployment of renewables. Mr Boshell analyse technology development strategies for a wider deployment of renewables in energy systems. During his 15+ years professional career, Mr. Boshell has also: developed technical standards for quantifying GHG emission reductions from CDM projects and supported the climate change negotiations under UNFCCC; provided consultancy services for the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects at KEMA Consulting; and designed and implemented infrastructure and energy related projects in the automotive manufacturing sector at General Motors. His background is in Mechanical Engineering and he holds a MSc. in Sustainable Energy Technology from the Eindhoven University of Technology, in the Netherlands.

Frauke Thies, Executive Director, SEDC (Belgium)

In September 2015, Frauke joined the Smart Energy Demand Coalition SEDC as Executive Director. The SEDC is an industry group dedicated to making the demand side a smart and interactive part of the energy value chain. Frauke has been actively involved in European energy policy in Brussels since 2005. She worked as EU Energy Policy Director for Greenpeace and as Chief Policy Officer for SolarPower Europe, formerly known as the European Photovoltaic Industry Association. She also spent several months working on secondments in Washington, D.C. and in New Delhi, India. Frauke holds a Master degree in Environmental Sciences and is currently concluding an Executive MBA programme at Vlerick Business School.

Fridrik Larsen, CEO, LarsEn Energy Branding (Iceland)

Dr. Fridrik Larsen is the CEO of LarsEn Energy Branding. LarsEn consults electricity retailers to brand their products and/or their companies.  Prior to launching LarsEn, he was the owner/manager of a large promotional company as well as the founder of Agrippa, a marketing and strategy consultancy. Dr. Larsen is a present and previous member of the board of directors of various organizations and Asst. professor of Business Administration at the University of Iceland, where he teaches marketing and branding. His main research focus is electricity branding and he has published a number of international academic papers and book chapters on the subject. Furthermore, Dr. Larsen is the chairman of the Icelandic Marketing Association and Worlds first Energy Branding Conference 

Georgina Grenon, 100% Renewable Energy Solutions Director, Engie (France)

Ms. Grenon leads the international development of 100%RE solutions at the ENGIE Fab team, integrating cutting-edge technologies and accessible renewables through innovative business models, a priority for the ENGIE Group. Previously, she was a Sr. Policy Adviser to the French Ministry of Ecology and Energy where she worked on co-ordinating and promoting development polices, demonstration and deployment of renewables, in close cooperation with IEA and other international bodies. After starting her career in Argentina, she has been a strategy consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton for almost a decade, based in Paris. She holds a MsC in ChemEng from ITBA, and an MBA from INSEAD

Guillaume Virmaux, Head of European Affairs, GRDF (France)

Guillaume Virmaux is the Head of European Affairs of GRDF and also vice-chair of Eurogas Distribution Committee and member of the board of ERGAR.

He has worked more than 10 years in the European gas industry where he held several positions in Engie (ex GDF SUEZ) such as Area Sales Manager for Spain, Italy, Turkey and Belgium (2008-2012), Business analyst and Communications officer for Spain & Portugal (2005-2008). He has also worked for Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) in Congo and Haïti (2012-2013).

He studied in France, Spain and Argentina and has earned a degree in Political Science and a Master of European Affairs from Sciences Po Grenoble.

Guillermo Amann, Vice-President, T&D Europe (Spain)

He is Senior Advisor to the President in ORMAZABAL (company specializing in Medium Voltage, covering a wide range of solutions, products and services for the electricity distribution network) where he puts in practice his vast experience in the MV distribution field, giving advice to the President and CEO in all strategic matters for the further development of the company.He is Vice-President and Member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Electricity Transmission and Distribution Equipment and Services Industry (T&D EUROPE). He is president of AFBEL (the Spanish Association on Manufacturers of Electrical Equipment) and Vice-President of “Alianza INERCIA”, the Spanish conglomerate of sector organizations devoted to the promotion of the Smart Cities concepts.

Henrik Göthberg, Director Group Financial Systems, Vattenfal (Sweden)

Jason Simpson, VP Global Energy and Utilities, Liberty Global (UK)

Jason is currently responsible for leading the Energy Transformation strategy at Liberty Global which has Cable TV and Telecoms operations across Europe, Caribbean and Latin America (Virgin Media, Telenet, VodafoneZiggo, UnityMedia, UPC, Cable & Wireless). Jason started his career with Accenture Strategic Services advising clients on the impact of UK energy markets de-regulation. He then spent 15 years in senior management roles for telecoms operators across Europe, Africa, Middle East and Caribbean primarily with Cable & Wireless Communications plc. He is a regular speaker at industry events such as Mobile World Congress, African Utility Week, Ovum Digital Futures and Vivatech. Jason is a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Relations, Cambridge University Department of Engineering and Bath and Erasmus Universities' School of Management.

Jean-François Segalotto, Research Manager, IDC (Italy)

Jens-Peter Schulz, CEO Dresdner Invest & President of RETechDACH.org (Germany)

Peter is responsible for Dresdner Invest´s business with national and international clients such as funds, banks and insurance companies, looking to invest in Germany. The company is always looking for new development opportunities in the region. Dresdner Invest specialises in developing distressed real estate portfolios, mainly commercial and residential real estate, either by directly investing in the properties, or on behalf of clients. The in-house asset and property management division manages both the proprietary portfolio as well as those mandated by clients. Peter himself has over 25 years’ experience working with international clients, and over 10 working in leading real estate functions.

Joachim Gruber, Staff CTO, NetzeBW (Germany)

Joachim Gruber joined EnBW Group in 1999. He worked for the IT department and the COO office. From 2008 to 2011 he was a manager at EDF SA (France) ? responsible for the IT-Hardware Procurement Strategy. Since 2011 he works again for EnBW. He coordinates the Smart Meter activities throughout the group and represents EnBW in federations such as BDEW, FNN and Eurelectric. He runs the FNN expert team ?Smart Meter - Systems and Processes?. During the governmental hearings for the ?cost-benefit-analysis? of the smart-meter roll-out he was the spokesperson of EnBW. He is co-author of the ?traffic-light-concept? of BDEW.

Johan Hospers, Energy Portfolio Manager, AkzoNobel Industrial Chemicals (The Netherlands)

Joanna Fisher, Thought Leadership Manager, Schneider Electric (France)

Joanna Fisher works in Schneider Electric’s Energy division focusing on Thought Leadership initiatives linked to today's energy challenges and how utilities will leverage digital technologies to transform operations. Joanna began her marketing career in the energy space at AREVA T&D in 2008 and has run a series of successful Schneider Electric utility customer conferences featuring thought leaders in the field and higlighting innovative technology and customer testimonial sessions. 

Jose Manuel Carvalho, Global Strategic Marketing Director, EFACEC (Portugal)

Klaas Hommes, Business Development, Customers & Markets, TenneT, The Netherlands

Klaus Reinisch, Managing Director - Global LNG Business Development, Trailstone (UK)

Klaus leads TrailStone’s LNG business development including potential investments in the LNG value chain. TrailStone is a global commodities trader and investor in strategic assets, funded and backed by the Riverstone Group, an energy-focused private investment firm with $36 billion of capital raised. Before joining TrailStone, Klaus was CEO of the European PETRONAS energy trading business, including Director of its LNG terminal, power generation, and gas storage assets for over six years, and prior to that he was Group Vice President for Midstream at TAQA in Abu Dhabi and previously Head of Business Development at Gazprom in London.

Lorena Skiljan, The Blue Minds Company (Austria)

Lorena Skiljan studied law at the University of Vienna and Energy Management at the WU Executive Academy.  

Lovisa Fricot Noren, CEO, Teknisca Verken (Sweden)

Lovisa Fricot Norén is CEO at Tekniska verken Linköping Nät AB, part of a regional Swedish utility corporation that makes it possible to combine a comfortable everyday life with a sustainable lifestyle. She is determined to address the three main trends and challenges for the industry - digitalization, renewable energy and regulations. Lovisa has a broad background, which extends from infrastructure and renewable energy to digitalization and business development. Before working with energy distribution systems, city lighting and metering services in her current position, she was COO at Utsikt Bredband AB, a data communication services supplier, operating the local broadband networks and infrastructure. Prior to that, Lovisa has been working as head of R&D Biogas and consulting in business development, market analysis and strategies. She holds an engineering degree from École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Nancy, France, and a Master of Science from the Linköping Institute of Technology, Sweden.

Luis Cunha, Advisor to the CEO, EDP (Portugal)

Advisor to the CEO of EDP Distribuição and Chairman of EDSO for Smart Grids, Luís Vale da Cunha has been working for the last years on the energy sector transformation process and on the role DSOs will need to play in order to lead the way forward. Over and above energy policies, smart grids, and the digitalisation of the distribution system, he has been focusing on the strategic discussion, design and implementation of a successful transition process. He is also taking part in several initiatives at European level on behalf of EDP Distribuição (EDPD) and DSOs across Europe. Previously, he served in various capacities within EDPD, ranging from technical to senior management positions in areas such as network control and automation, system operation, metering and data management, among others. He is one of the founders of the InovGrid initiative, a pioneer, innovative and reference implementation programme that has been successfully addressing the technological, societal and economic value of the Smarter Grids. He graduated from the University of Oporto in 1995, where he studied Electrical Engineer. He holds a Master degree in Information Management and a post-graduation in Business Administration.

Magali Lancon, Marketing Manager, Schneider Electric (France)

Manuel Jesus de Tellechea Suarez, Technology Strategy, Network Technology, Global Infrastructure & Network, ENEL (Italy)

Manuel Jesús de Tellechea works in ENEL, Global Infrastructures and Network division, Smart Metering Solutions. Previously he has worked in the ENDESA Smart Metering project, mainly concerned about protocol standardization tasks and innovation projects related to smart metering. Manuel Jesús de Tellechea Suárez has a master degree in telecommunications from the UPM (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 1990) and a degree in Strategic Management in ICT (UPM, 2000). He has extensive experience in utilities (Red Electrica de España, Endesa, Enel), mainly in smart metering, remote control, scada systems and automation areas. He is member of several European Smart Grid Standardization working groups and committees (CENELEC) and he has participated in several EC-founded projects related with energy efficiency.

Martijn van Gemert, ‎Senior Economist in Market Design, Vattenfall Energy Trading (The Netherlands)

Martijn van Gemert works as Expert Market Design at Vattenfall Energy Trading. Before he worked as a Manager Regulatory Affairs at Nuon and as an senior economist at the Competition Authority in The Netherlands. He is an economist with 15 years of experience in the energy sector in the field of (European) regulatory, economic and competition policy. He is a permanent member of the EFET Electricity Committee.

Matthijs van Leeuwen, Lawyer, Norton Rose (Netherlands)

Matthijs van Leeuwen is an energy lawyer specialising in Dutch and European regulatory issues, renewables and energy infrastructure with a focus on energy project development, commercial contracting and (project) financing. He has broad experience in multiple national and international energy related projects, ranging from off- and onshore wind projects to the first Dutch LNG terminal, the Bergermeer underground gas storage facility and the merchant interconnector linking the Dutch and UK high voltage grids. He is the coordinator of the Norton Rose Fulbright LLP global working group focussing on energy storage. He is currently involved in the North Sea Energy Law Programme, an EU accredited executive LL.M jointly organised by 4 European Universities.

Mercè Griera i Fisa, Head of Research & Innovation sector, European Commission (Belgium)

Mercè Griera i Fisa is a Scientific Officer and Head of Sector Research and Innovation in the Smart Cities and Sustainability Unit of the Communication Networks, Content and Technology Directorate General (DG CONNECT) at the European Commission, where she is responsible for research and innovation activities.  She entered the European Commission on 1993 in the area of Research Networking where she supported the first World-Wide Web projects. In 1999, she was appointed Area Co-ordinator for Distributed Systems where she promoted the convergence between IT and Telecommunications and provided support for the first GRID computing projects. In 2003, she was appointed Head of Sector on Embedded Systems where she promoted the creation of the technology platform ARTEMIS.  Prior to joining the European Commission, she was Technical Director of CAETI (Generalitat de Catalunya) and Head of Project at CIEJ (Caixa d´Estalvis i Pensions de Barcelona). From 1983 to 1987, she was a Lecturer and Researcher at the Autonomous University of Barcelona with research positions at the University of Toulon and of the Var (FR) and at the University of Sherbrooke (CA). She holds a degree on Computer Sciences and a Masters degree on Mathematics.

Michiel Klever, Strategic Director, Priogen Energy (Netherlands)

Michiel Klever joined Priogen in 2010 as a trader and has served in various front office and management roles. In recent years, he has shifted his focus towards the energy transition in general and flexibility value in particular. By combining his strong quantitative skillset with a pragmatic problem-solving approach, he aims to increase the value of flexibility for its owners, users, and society as a whole.

Ole Tom Rolser, Associate Partner & Solution Leader Global Energy Perspective, McKinsey (The Netherlands)

Panos Papadopoulos, Head of Business Development, HIT Hypertech Innovations (Cyprus)

Patrick Clerens, Secretary General, EASE - European Association for Energy Storage (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 almost 40.

Paul Giesbertz, Head Advisor Market Policies & Regulatory Affairs, Statkraft (The Netherlands)

Paul Giesbertz joined Statkraft Markets since July 1, 2008. As Head Advisor Market Policies & Regulatory Affairs he is responsible for regulatory affairs in continental Europe with focus on German and EU developments. He is also Board Member of Baltic Cable AB, which operates a 600 MW cable between Sweden and Germany. He is an active member of the EFET Electricity Committee and is the EFET representative in the ENTSO-E Advisory Council. Before that, he worked as deputy manager for the Dutch energy regulatory office where he was responsible for wholesale power market issues like market design, European market integration, impact of market power and reliability of supply. From 1997-2004 he has been Senior Consultant and Head of the Markets & Regulation group of KEMA Consulting in Europe, where he acted as project manager in several international projects, related to open access introduction, regulation, trading arrangements, technical codes and system operation From 1988-1997 he worked for Sep, the former Dutch power pool and TSO. Paul Giesbertz holds a master degree in power engineering and was awarded the 1999 Hidde Nijland Price.

Peter Jensen, Senior Researcher - R&D Division, EDF (France)

M. Jensen joined the EDF Group in 2007 where he currently holds positions in EDF’s Research & Development division as a Senior Researcher and Project Manager. He has a senior advisory role in smart metering and smart grid projects for the EDF Group. Before joining EDF, M. Jensen has held positions as project manager and advanced development manager for more than 15 years in the test & measurement business. In these positions he has been involved in the development of web-based AMR-solutions, smart electricity meters, wireless solutions as well as handheld measurement instruments. 

Philip Lewis, CEO, Vaasa ETT (Finland)

A leading international expert in customer centric behavioural, competitive and smart issues in the global energy market. 18 years of experience in over 60 markets in 5 continents for 500+ organisations. Member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Electricity 2014-2016. Co-founder and board member of the Smart Energy Demand Coalition (SEDC). Named among top 40 most influential people in Smart Grid in Europe by Metering International 2014. Head of marketing research and analysis for the UK based retailing subsidiary of Amoco (BP) and Seeboard (EDF) during the onset of competition in the British retail energy market. Holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh.

Philipp Offenberg, Analyst, European Political Strategic Center (Germany)

Philipp Offenberg is a Policy Analyst providing strategic analysis and policy advice on energy and climate policies in the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC). The EPSC is the in-house think tank of the European Commission and reports directly to the President and operates under his authority.Prior to joining the European Commission in January 2016, Philipp Offenberg was responsible for EU energy policy at the Jacques Delors Institut Berlin. Since 2014 he has also been a non-resident Research Associate at the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) King’s College London. He has published on the interaction between EU energy policy and Germany's energy transition as well as on energy security aspects of the EU's neighbourhood policy and spoke at a number of conferences in Asia, Latin America and Russia on the EU's renewable energies policy, EU-Russia energy relations and the Sino-Russian natural gas cooperation.Philipp Offenberg has gained work experience in the energy industry with Accenture (Utilities – Resources) and BASF subsidiary Wintershall. He holds a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, specialising in energy economics and quantitative methods. He also holds a Magister artium (M.A.) in Communications, Political Science and History from University of Mainz (DE) with stays abroad in Moscow and Pamplona (ES) and completed a traineeship in journalism at the Journalist Academy of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

Renzo Coccioni, Industry & Government Relations Director - Energy Division, Schneider Electric (France)

Robert Sarcevic, Energy Management Division, Business Development & Marketing, Siemens (Germany)

Robert joined Siemens’ Energy Automation business in 2006 as Marketing Consultant, after having held various positions in marketing and service businesses, and studied law at Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany. As a graduate of the Siemens Management Development Program, he was appointed Global Head of Fairs & Events of Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector, Smart Grid Division and associated business units in 2012 - the start of Siemens’ far-reaching footprint at European Utility Week. In 2014 Robert joined the global Business Development & Marketing department of Siemens Energy Management Division as marketing expert in the smart energy arena, further accompanying the exciting change affecting energy supply systems.

Roberta Bigliani, Research Director, IDC (Italy)

Mrs. Bigliani joined IDC in 2007 and in her role, she is responsible for EMEA research-based advisory and consulting services, which provide full coverage of the energy industry value chain including both utilities and oil & gas segments. Her area of expertise includes business and IT issues relevant to the utilities and oil and gas companies, as well as digital transformation, customer experience, Bid Data and Analytics, Internet of Things, IT and operational technologies integration. Mrs.Bigliani has over 20 years of experience in the electricity and gas industry.

Roberto Zangrandi, Special Advisor, EDSO for Smart Grids (Belgium)

Roberto Zangrandi, has joined EDSO for Smart Grids as a Special Adviser on secondment from Enel Group of Italy. He has been running the European Public Affairs office in Brussels for Enel between 2007 and 2014. Previously with Enel he had been Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Identity and Image, Corporate Communication Plans. In his background 12 years with Fiat (Director of External Relations in Frankfurt and Head of International Media Relations) and 15 years an economic and financial journalist (last position, chief editor with Il Mondo, in Italy) are to be found. In addition he worked as organisational communication expert for a prime consulting company over some years. He studied Political Science and Sociology and held the postgraduate chair of Public Relations at Udine University, the first one teaching the practice in Italy.

Sandra Trittin, Head of Business Development & Marketing, Swisscom Energy Solutions (Switzerland)

Sandra Trittin is a Co-founder and Head of Business Development of Swisscom Energy Solutions AG. Starting her career in business consulting she continued working in different positions with the biggest Swiss telecommunication provider ranging from organizational restructuring to software development, latest in strategy. In between she complemented her Bachelor Degree in Business Administration with an MBA of Mannheim Business School.

Sonja Schouten, Strategy Consultant, Alliander (Netherlands)

Sonja has a double master’s degree in Psychology and International Relations. She graduated respectively in 2008 from Leiden University and in 2010 from the University of Amsterdam. Today, Sonja works for the Alliander Strategy Department where her main focus is on Smart Cities. The changing ecosystem of our cities and the challenges we face in our urban areas inspire Sonja to work on new ways to create social value at the local level, contributing to more prosperous cities around the globe.Since 2013 Sonja is involved in the European Innovation Partnership Smart Cities & Communities. Within this program Sonja is responsible for the Action Cluster on Business Models, Finance & Procurement. The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities & Communities is one of the key policies for Smart Cities at the European level.

Susanne Nies, Manager Strategy and Communication, ENTSO-E (Belgium)

Is heading, since March 1st 2015 the Corporate Affairs Section of the European Association of Transmission Network Operators, ENTSO-E. Until then she was Head of Unit Distribution System Operators with EURELECTRIC, the European electricity sector association based in Brussels, since June 2014. Before and from 2010 she was heading the Energy Policy and Power Generation Department for the same association.  

German national by origin she holds a PhD from Bonn University and a Habilitation from Berlin Free University, as well as Sciences Po Paris, in Political Sciences, in International Relations, as well as an economics degree from London School of Economics. Previously she was heading the French Institute for International Relations Brussels branch and was affiliated as a senior researcher to the energy programme of the Institute; was working with CERI and IRIS, Free University Berlin, CIFE Nice an Heinrich Boell Foundation. She has a long track of academic publication on energy, international relations and Eastern Europe, affiliation to research and lecturing, as well as consulting. She speaks fluently German, English, French and Russian.

Tatiana Pasquel Garcia, Business Developer - Unit Smart Energy & Built Environment, EnergyVille/Vito (Belgium)

Tatiana Pasquel Garcia holds a MSc in Environmental Sciences, Policy & Management from Lund University, The University of Manchester and Central European University. Tatiana also holds a Law degree and has advised public and private organisations in energy and environmental regulation, performed environmental impact assessments for green field energy projects and developed stakeholder engagement strategies. In south east Europe, she has collaborated with UNECE in a project involving trans-boundary river basin management and stakeholder engagement. Later on, she teamed up with Statkraft AS in Oslo, where she took part in a project regarding cost projection models for wind onshore, solar PV and CCGT technologies. In 2015, she joined the VITO/EnergyVille as a Business Developer . At VITO/EnergyVille, Tatiana is responsible for analysing market trends, identifying new opportunities, developing a strategy for business development (national and international), drawing up proposals and budgeting, regular contact with public authorities - in the fields of energy policy, energy modelling, ecodesign, smart cities & sustainable materials for buildings

Tomaz Oresic, Vice President, GGE (Slovenia)

Energy utility manager with international executive expertise in energy industry and liberalised energy markets, including 16 years of experience along the electricity supply value chain, preferably in energy sales. Extensive knowledge of market mechanisms in European energy market, energy sales, new business models development, regulatory framework, price formation, energy infrastructure development, as well as key trends in the customer-oriented energy industry. From March 2017 Vice President at GGE Group, one of the leading energy services companies (ESCO) in SE Europe. With over 100 projects in energy saving measures and activities in five countries of SE Europe GGE has saved its partners millions of euros each year. GGE implements variety of specialized energy solutions that can provide significant improvements in the use of energy and reduce energy costs. From December 2014 Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Elektro Maribor d.d., the second largest electricity distribution company in Slovenia. From February 2015 till February 2016 Member of the Board and Executive Director at the state-owned vertically integrated incumbent utility Electric Power Industry of Serbia (EPS / JP Elektroprivreda Srbije), responsible for the electricity supply, marketing and development of new services, which included development of downstream procedures, customer care and new services (ESCO, ICT services) in the period of full market opening and increasing competition. From 2013 till 2015 Director of Business Development at Helsinki headquartered global energy Consultancy Company VaasaETT Oy. (www.vaasaett.com ), specialising in the behaviour and value of energy markets and consumers globally. The scope at VaasaETT included Consulting projects in the field of new offerings and customers’ loyalty for the retail companies. From 2007 till 2013 Director Western & Central Europe at EFT Group, responsible for market development strategy, market origination and entering new markets; Between 2003 and 2007 Member of the Board at the 2nd largest Slovenian distribution company Elektro Maribor d.d. (www.elektro-maribor.si ). Strategic development of the company, trading and sales activities on the emerging liberalised market, preparation and execution of new market strategy were some of the main executed responsibilites. From 1997 till 2003 director of Glas2000 d.d., the first provider of consulting services in the first stage of the liberalisation process of the Slovenian energy market in 2001, offering pooling and electricity supply contracts negotiations for large industrial customers From 2011 to the end of 2013 Member of the Supervisory Board of Geoplin d.o.o. (www.geoplin.si ), the incumbent gas trading and sales company in Slovenia Founder, Chairman and Organiser of the annual international conference on electricity market and T&D ENERGIJA14 www.energija14.si (10 consecutive years from 2005 to 2014), as well as longtime active Programme Committee Member and a speaker at European Utility Week, premier business, innovation and information platform connecting the smart utility community. Co-author of the book 2020 Program for Global Health, issued 2013 in the USA.

Walter Boltz, Senior Advisor European Energy, ACER (Austria)

Walter Boltz is a Senior Advisor on European Energy. He has extensive experience in Regulation of the European energy sector and currently supports his clients in successfully navigating the ever more complex business and regulatory environment in Europe. He is Member of the ACER Board of Appeal and former Vice-Chair of the ACER Board of Regulators and Vice-President of CEER. Walter headed the Austrian Regulatory Authority E-Control for 15 years and chaired the European Regulators Gas Working Groups for many years. In this period important pieces of energy legislation were discussed, developed and implemented. Under his auspices both editions of the Gas Target Model were developed.

Willem Strabbing, Managing Director, ESMIG - European Smart Metering Industry Group (The Netherlands)

Willem Strabbing is Managing Director of ESMIG, the European voice of Smart Energy solution providers. In this position he is responsible for the ESMIG organisation, its strategy and the representation of ESMIG in Brussels. Before joining ESMIG, mr Strabbing was manager of the unit Intelligent Networks and Communication of KEMA Consulting. Mr. Strabbing has more than 25 years experience in advanced computer applications related to process automation. The development European strategies related to the implementation of Smart Meters and Consumer Energy Management  Systems on both political and technical level currently are in the main focus of Mr. Strabbing’s work. He is involved in various discussions with stakeholders in Europe regarding these issues. Mr Strabbing represents ESMIG in the steering committees of the Smart Grid Coordination Group and the Smart Grid Task Force and he is chair of the Smart Meters Coordination Group of CEN/CENELEC/ETSI.

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