Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena)
Andreas Kuhlmann was appointed dena’s Chief Executive in July 2015. In this position he has increased dena’s profile as a driver and pioneer of the energy transition. Exemplary projects include the international innovation initiative “Start Up Energy Transition”, which now brings together around a thousand start-ups from all over the world, as well as the “Integrated Energy Transition” pilot study, whereby dena, together with more than 60 partners from business and science, is developing strategies for the future.
Andreas Kuhlmann sees the energy transition as one of the most fascinating change processes of the present day, which, in addition to challenges, above all also brings with it opportunities. In this sense, he injects his knowledge of the diverse national and international projects acquired at the interface of business and politics to the energy and climate policy debate. He also promotes more courage and determination in shaping the regulatory frameworks necessary for the success of the energy transition.
Director of Planning and Programme Support
Ms Elizabeth Press is the Director of Planning and Programme Support at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). As part of her portfolio, Ms Press leads the development of IRENA’s Work Programme and strategic documents, and programmatic reporting to governing bodies. She represents IRENA in climate-related entities and initiatives and leads several special projects including on the geopolitics of energy transitions. Ms Press also oversees diversification of the Agency’s resource base and is IRENA’s focal point in Europe. Ms Press has served with IRENA since its inception in 2011. Before joining the Agency, she worked for some 18 years in the fields of development and peace and security, predominately with the United Nations. Ms Press worked in Africa, Europe, Middle East, North America, and South-East Asia. She has an MA in Public Administration.
Jay is an experienced, successful executive in both public and private energy companies. He has served as the CEO / President of venture backed energy companies, public and private energy technology company executive experience, and 30+ years P&L experience. He co-founded an energy technology startup that grew revenues through internal cash flow to $17 million annually with $100 million in forward contract values before outside funding. Jay has developed, built, owned, operated and financed renewable and CHP projects in long term PPA structures and is now in London focusing his efforts on growing Kiwi Power’s energy technology business internationally.
Kingsmill Bond, CFA is the Energy Strategist for Carbon Tracker. He believes that the energy transition is the most important driver of financial markets and geopolitics in the modern era.
Kingsmill has worked as a sell-side City equity analyst and strategist for 25 years, including for Deutsche Bank, Sberbank and Citibank in London, Hong Kong and Moscow. He has written research on emerging market and global themes, including the wider significance of the shale revolution and the impact of US energy independence.
At Carbon Tracker he has written about the impact of the energy transition on financial markets, domestic politics and geopolitics, and authored a series of reports on the myths of the energy transition, looking at the many arguments made by incumbents to deny the reality of change.
He has an MA in history from Cambridge University, qualified as an accountant (CIMA), and is holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification.
Lord Adair Turner
Energy Transisions Commission
Energy Transition Summit
Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable. International broadcaster. Moderator of public/private conferences (corporate/government). http://www.thinkunthink.org/
35 year analytical expertise in diplomacy, defence, international security.
– Main news presenter, the BBC’s international 24-hour news channel BBC World News 1996-2014.
– presented The Hub with Nik Gowing, BBC World Debates, Dateline London , plus location coverage of major global stories.
– 1979-1996 ITN : bureau chief in Rome/Warsaw’
– Diplomatic Editor Channel 4 News (1988-1996).
– BAFTA award for coverage of Martial Law in Poland 1981
– Chatham House (1998–2004)
– Royal United Services Institute (2005–present)
– Overseas Development Institute (2007-2014)
– Westminster Foundation for Democracy inc vice chair (1996-2005)
– Wilton Park (1998-2012 )
– Hay Festival
Much sought-after analytical expertise on failures to manage information in new transparent environments of conflicts, crises, emergencies and tension. Peer-reviewed study at Oxford University is “Skyful of Lies and Black Swans”. Predicts new vulnerability, fragility and brittleness of institutional power in the new all-pervasive public information space.
Ongoing “Thinking the Unthinkable” study reveals candidly why so many leaders face new difficulties identifying what looms in the disruptions of the “new normal”. The findings are scary. Based on hundreds of interviews, inc 60 top level confidential interviews of corporate/public service leaders, plus new generation of millennials.
2014- Visiting Professor, Kings College, London in School of Social Science and Public Policy.
Member World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Geo-Economics.
Honorary Doctorates – Exeter University 2012; Bristol University 2015 for ongoing cutting edge analyses and distinguished career in international journalism.
1994: Fellow Kennedy School of Government, Harvard.
Rana Adib is the Executive Secretary of REN21, the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century. REN21 is a global public-private multi-stakeholder network on renewable energy headquartered at the United Nations Environment Programme in Paris/France. Previously, Rana was REN21’s Research Coordinator developing the international expert community and leading the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report series to become an international reference.
Prior to REN21 Rana worked in private industry and applied research in the areas of renewable energy, energy access, and waste management. She was also responsible for coordinating the biogas-to-energy research programme of Veolia Environment.
Rana holds a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Wedel in Germany. She has over 20 years of experience in the energy sector.
Director Marketing and Sales
Richard Sarti is Director of Marketing and Sales. He joins NODES AS 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 10 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.
Taavi Veskimägi is the Chairman of the Board of the Estonian electricity and gas transmission system operator Elering AS since the company’s set-up as an independent TSO in 2009.
Taavi is the founder and the Chairman of the Board of the Estonian Defence Industry Association and the member of the board of the Estonian Employers’ Confederation.
He has been a member of the Estonian parliament for two consecutive terms. During 2003-2005 he was the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Estonia. He held the position of Vice President of the Parliament from 2005 to 2006 and until 2007 he was the co-chairman of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union, the main centre-right political party in Estonia.
His professional civil servant career started in 1996 at the Ministry of Finance where he worked for 5 years as a head of the Public Administration Department and non-political advisor to the Ministry.
In 2017-2019 and 2011-2013 Taavi was a member of the board of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E). He has been Supervisory Board member many state owned companies (Estonian Post Ltd., Port of Tallinn etc) and private owned companies (Olympic Entertainment Group AS, Milrem AS etc).
In 2017 Taavi was bestowed with the Estonian state decoration the Order of the White Star as a developer of the energy sector.
The Hon. Andrea Meza Murillo
Minister of Environment and Energy
She is an expert in sustainable development with more than 20 years of experience in formulating public policies and executing projects. She has worked in more than 15 Latin American countries in multidisciplinary projects financed by various multilateral organizations (IDB, World Bank, CAF, European Union, UNDP), bilateral (AECID, GIZ) and National governments.
The Hon. João Galamba
Deputy Minister and Secretary of State for Energy
Government of Portugal
João Saldanha de Azevedo Galamba was born in Lisbon in 1976.
Graduated in Economics from the Faculty of Economics of Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
He completed the academic part of the PhD in Political Science at the London School of Economics, having taught Political Philosophy in the Government department.
He worked at Banco Santander de Negócios, at consultant DiamondCluster International, at the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union and at the Mission Unit for Integrated Continuous Care.
He came to parliament in 2009, being a deputy in the XI, XII and XIII Parliamentary terms. He was coordinator of Socialist Party deputies on the Budget and Finance Committee and Vice-President of the Socialist Party Parliamentary Group.
He is Secretary of State for Energy since October 2018.
Director A.I. (Private Sector Facility)
Green Climate Fund
Head of Corporate Office Health, Safety, Environmental and Fire Protection
Torsten Kallweit is Bosch’s Head of Corporate Office Health, Safety, Environmental and Fire Protection, as well as Sustainability. He is responsible for the development and implementation of the Bosch’s CO2 strategy. He is also CTO of the advisory service Bosch Climate Solutions.
After studying Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Berlin Torsten started his career at the strategic consulting division of Accenture, and later moved to BT Group, working on the development of consulting business in Germany and Eastern Europe. In 2008, he moved to the machine and plant manufacturer Voith for the development and implementation of economic and ecologic concepts in manufacturing and product life cycle. In 2011 he became Corporate Head of HSE and Sustainability department of Voith Group, and moved to Bosch in 2017.
Director of Energy & Impact
Vanessa serves as the Director of Energy Innovation and Impact reporting to Chief Environmental Officer. Her group is responsible for charting the way for Microsoft to be carbon negative by 2030. Vanessa has been advancing green infrastructure, the energy transition and sustainability through innovation, program development, policy advancement, and operational excellence – at global scale. She started her career at the French Ministry of Finance and Energy, was part the French climate change negotiation team, and then shifted to private equity finance of green infrastructure. She dedicated her career to climate change adaptation, mitigation financing and innovation, and has used the power of advanced technology and financial instruments to transition to a low-carbon economy. She is French and Indian, holds masters’ degree from Sciences-PO Paris, ESCP Paris, and is a graduate of Ecole nationale d’administration.