Speakers

Maria Elena Scoppio

Director, DG TAXUD, European Commission

Maria Elena Scoppio

Maria Elena Scoppio is the Director of the Directorate ”Indirect taxation and tax administration“ in the Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union (DG TAXUD) in the European Commission. which aims to develop and implement tax policy across the EU on indirect taxation, and notably on
environmental taxation. Before being appointed to this position, she was Member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Gentiloni and was responsible for all issues related to DG TAXUD at the Cabinet level. She was notably coordinating the legislative proposals in the field of direct and indirect taxation and
customs. Previously, she was Head of the Unit in DG TAXUD in charge of the elaboration and development of the EU policy in the field of VAT and of digital taxation. Before, from 2004 until 2017, she has served as a Member of Cabinet for the Commissioners Moscovici, Semeta and Kovacs and
was supervising taxation issues. Before joining the Commission in 2002, she worked as a tax and legal adviser for Arthur Andersen.

Carolina Novac

Secretary of State, Moldovan Energy Ministry

Carolina Novac

Carolina Novac is the State Secretary on Decarbonisation covering renewables and energy efficiency at the Ministry of Energy in the Republic of Moldova with over eight years of experience. In 2022 – 2023 she was the Energy Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova in the midst of the country's biggest crisis.

Before she worked as a European energy public affairs professional. Previously, she was the EU Policies and Regulations Manager at National Grid in Brussels. Before she worked at ENTSOG (European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas) as a Policy Advisor, Weber Shandwick – top consultancy in Brussels, the European Commission at the Directorate General for Research and Innovation, energy think-tank Energy Policy Group.

David Kirkland

Business Development Executive (EMEA), Oracle Utilities

David Kirkland

David is an energy sector professional with comprehensive international experience and a successful track record of real time operations, asset management and continual business improvement projects, encompassing organisational and cultural change programmes; operational process improvements; due diligence; corporate KPI; grid modernisation, asset and enterprise risk management.

With experience across the total energy supply chain including generation, transmission, distribution and system operations provides the necessary expertise that understands the impacts that changes in one area will have with other participants.

David is the EMEA Industry Strategy Director and has been with Oracle Energy and Water for five years.

 

Michael Strebl

Chairman of the Executive Board, Wien Energie

Michael Strebl

Since 2016, the former CEO of Salzburg Netz GmbH Michael Strebl (58) has been Chairman of the Wien Energie Management Board. The proven energy expert held various positions at Salzburg AG for over 20 years. He completed a technical degree and a degree in business administration. Born in Salzburg, he is married and father of two children. He has been working in the energy industry since 1994 and gained experience in Austria as well as internationally, for example at the renowned London School of Economics (LSE) in England or at Siemens/USA in Silicon Valley.

Maria da Graça Carvalho

Member of the European Parliament

Maria da Graça Carvalho

Maria da Graça Carvalho is currently a member of the European Parliament. She is vice-chair of the Fisheries Committee (PECH), a full Member of Industry, Research and Energy committee (ITRE) and a substitute member of Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) and Women’s Rights (FEMM) committees. She was a senior advisor to Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, from November 2014 to December 2015. Previously, she was a member of the European Parliament between July 2009 and May 2014. In that capacity, she was one of the rapporteurs of Horizon 2020. She was also Principal Adviser to President Barroso in the fields of Science, Higher Education, Innovation, Research Policy, Energy, Environment and Climate Change from 2006 to 2009. She served as a Minister of Science and Higher Education of the XV Constitutional Government of Portugal and Minister of Science, Innovation and Higher Education of the XVI Constitutional Government. She is a Full Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico (University of Lisbon).

Gonzalo Garcia

Co-head of Investment Banking in EMEA, Goldman Sachs International

Gonzalo Garcia

Investment Banking in EMEA. He serves on the European  Management Committee, Investment Banking Executive Committee, Global Inclusion and Diversity Committee, Firmwide Conduct Committee and is co- chair of the EMEA Conduct Committee. Throughout his career in investment banking, Gonzalo has specialized in the utilities, infrastructure, power and clean energy sectors, where he has advised governments and private companies in Latin America, Asia and Europe on M&A, industry restructurings, privatizations, cross-border transactions and financings. He also led the development of the Investment Banking Division (IBD) infrastructure business. Prior to assuming his current role, Gonzalo was co- head of Latin America, co-head of the Global Natural Resources Group in IBD and head of IBD for Latin America. Earlier in his career, he was head of the EMEA Natural Resources Group and co-head of Global Power and Infrastructure. Gonzalo joined Goldman Sachs as an executive director in 1999 and was named managing director in 2002 and partner in 2008.

Prior to joining the firm, Gonzalo worked as a systems engineer for IBM Corporation from 1988 to 1991 and for the British merchant bank Kleinwort Benson from 1993 to 1999.

Gonzalo is a member of the governing body of the London Business School. Gonzalo earned a bachelor's degree in Engineering and Computer Science from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile in 1988. In 1991, he earned a scholarship from the British Council to finish his studies in England and graduated with an MBA from the London Business School in 1993.

Mechthild Wörsdörfer

Deputy Director-General, DG ENER, European Commission

Mechthild Wörsdörfer

Mechthild Wörsdörfer is Deputy Director-General at the European Commission’s DG Energy, where she is in charge since October 2021 of the Coordination of the Just and Green Energy Transition. This includes steering the work on REPowerEU, accelerating the deployment of renewables and energy efficiency measures, and ensuring EU’s security of supply. Mrs. Wörsdörfer is also responsible for the relations with the Energy Community, and steers the bilateral relations with Ukraine, Moldova, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Prior to this, Mrs. Wörsdörfer was the Director responsible for sustainability, technology and outlooks at the International Energy Agency (2018 - 2021), Director at DG Energy in charge of renewables, research and innovation, energy efficiency (2017 - 2018) and Director for energy policy, international relations, legal aspects and economic analysis (2014 - 2017). Previously, Mrs. Wörsdörfer was Head of Unit on the 2030 Energy and Climate Framework and served in the Cabinet of Erkki Liikanen, European Commissioner for Enterprise Policy and Information Society. Mrs Wörsdörfer studied Economics at the University of Heidelberg, the University of Montpellier and completed her studies with a MA in European Economics at the Free University of Brussels.

Georgios Stassis

Vice-President, Eurelectric; Chairman & CEO, PPC S.A.

Georgios Stassis

Georgios Stassis is a Vice-President of Eurelectric and the Chairman & CEO of Public Power Corporation (PPC), the leading electricity producer and supplier in Greece.

With more than 18 years of experience in the energy sector, he has worked in senior positions in energy, construction, and telecommunication industries, and served on the Boards of various organisations and associations in Greece and abroad. Prior to his current position, he worked for ENEL SpA., the Italian multinational energy company holding the position of the Head of Enel Green Power, responsible for the area of Eastern Europe and the Middle East until 2015, and from 2016 until 2019 the position of President & CEO of Enel Romania SrL., the largest energy company in Romania.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Management in Construction and Structural Design and he has attended Executive Courses at Harvard Business School (US) and Elis Academy (Italy).

Bruce Douglas

CEO, The Global Renewables Alliance

Bruce Douglas

Mission: Electrify everything (that can be electrified) with renewable energy.

#RenewablesNow           

#3xRenewables

Bruce Douglas has 25 years’ international experience in the promotion of renewable energy and electrification. He is currently CEO of the Global Renewables Alliance - the  single voice for wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, long duration energy storage and green hydrogen industries at an international level.

Previously he has held the following positions: Director of Communications and Business at Eurelectric, Deputy CEO of SolarPower Europe, Coordinator of the RE-Source Platform, Founding Chairman of the Global Solar Council (GSC), Chief Operating Officer at WindEurope, Founding Secretary General of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and Managing Director of FLiDAR, an offshore wind company.

He has also held the following non-executive positions:

  • Member of RE100 Advisory committee
  • Member of EnergyTag Advisory Committtee
  • Chairman, IRENA Business and Investor Group
  • Member of IEA Renewable Industry Advisory Board
  • Expert-Member of the EU-GCC Clean Energy Network
  • Member of the Clean Energy Ministerial Multilateral Solar and Wind Working Group
  • Member of the Intersolar Europe Conference Committee

He has a Master degree in renewable energy systems technology and is fluent in English and French.

Serge Colle

Global Energy & Resources leader, EY

Serge Colle

As the EY Global Energy & Resources Leader, Serge supports clients as they manage challenges related to the energy transition.

Throughout his career, he has worked extensively in all parts of the value chain and with clients in diverse geographies.

Drawing on close to 30 years of experience, Serge provides guidance on strategies and business models and helps clients build the capabilities required for the new energy world.

He earned a master’s degree in Applied Economics from Ghent University, an ABMP degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and an MBA in General Management from Vlerick Business School.

How Serge is building a better working world

Serge helps clients take advantage of low-carbon renewable energy sources and emerging technologies. His work directly contributes to greener operations, a better and more efficient customer experience and increased green capital investment potential.

Arshad Mansoor

President and CEO, EPRI

Arshad Mansoor

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

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

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

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

 

Sasha Twining

Journalist, Radio & TV Presenter

Sasha Twining

Sasha Twining has been a radio and TV presenter, both nationally and internationally, for some 25 years.

She’s heard worldwide on the BBC World Service, hosting the flagship programmes ‘Business Matters’ (also broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in the UK) and ‘World Business Report’.

Her television work includes the BBC consumer champion show ‘Inside Out’ and the weekly Politics Show. Previously she was an anchor on the rolling news channel Sky News, and a correspondent for ITV. Internationally, Sasha was the London correspondent for breakfast and daytime programmes on the Nine Network (Australian national television).

In addition to her broadcast work, Sasha moderates debates and chairs events for both the public and private sector. She works in fields including energy transition, sustainability, technology, communications and retail. Details of her work can be found on www.thecorporatefacilitator.com

Sasha is an advocate of new technology – she has an embedded NFC chip, and presented a BBC programme about the innovation.

Leonhard Birnbaum

President, Eurelectric; Chairman of the Board and CEO, E.ON SE

Leonhard Birnbaum

Leonhard Birnbaum was born in Ludwigshafen, Germany, on February 19, 1967. He studied chemical engineering in Karlsruhe. After a subsequent period of academic work at the Karlsruhe Research Centre, he obtained a doctorate from the University of Cottbus. Leonhard Birnbaum began his professional career as a management consultant at McKinsey in Düsseldorf. After holding various positions – including at McKinsey’s off ice in Houston, USA – he was Senior Partner for the energy and industrial sector. In 2008, he joined RWE AG and was appointed to the Board of Management the same year. He served as Chief Strategy Officer and as RWE Group’s Chief Commercial Officer until 2013. In 2013, Leonhard Birnbaum was appointed as member of the Board of Management of E.ON SE and took on a variety of responsibilities within the Board. From 2018 until 2021 he was responsible for the innogy integration project. From 2019 to 2020, he was also Chairman of the Board of Management of innogy SE. In 2021, Leonhard Birnbaum was appointed to his current role as CEO of E.ON SE. In this position, he is responsible for E.ON Group’s Communications & Political Affairs, Corporate Audit, Culture & Performance, Group and Executive HR, HSE & Sustainability, Legal, Compliance & Security, Strategy & Innovation and Nuclear Coordination. Leonhard Birnbaum is President of Eurelectric, the European Electricity Association, Vice-President of the Executive Committee of BDEW, the German Association of Energy and Water Industries, a member of the Executive Committee of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and, and Vice Chair of the World Energy Council. Leonhard Birnbaum is married and has two daughters.

Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl

Director General, DIGITALEUROPE

Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl

Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl is Director-General of DIGITALEUROPE, the leading digital technology industry association representing over 45,000 digital companies in Europe. 

She is a member of the European Commission’s Industrial Forum and High-Level Forum on European Standardisation. She is also a member of the Stakeholder Cybersecurity Certification Group of ENISA (the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity). She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Gaia-X. 

Formerly, Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl served as a member of the Advisory Group to the Secretary General of NATO on Emerging and Disruptive Technologies. She was also a member of the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence, as well as a member of the B20 Digital Transformation Taskforce, a board member of the European Commission’s Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition and the European Parliament-led European Internet Forum. 

In March 2023, Cecilia received the Ukraine Peace Prize on behalf of DIGITALEUROPE for its work supporting Ukraine during the war. 

Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl has more than 25 years of experience in the ICT industry. She previously held international positions at IBM and Oracle as well as with SMEs, building businesses across Europe and China and founding the global SAP implementation company and cloud provider GlobeIT. She served as Board Member of the Danish Chamber of Commerce and was President of the Board of the Danish ICT association (ITB).  

Michael Liebreich

CEO, Liebreich Associates and co-managing partner, EcoPragma Capital

Michael Liebreich

Michael Liebreich is a leading global expert on clean energy and transportation, smart infrastructure, technology, climate finance and sustainable development.

Michael Liebreich is chairman and CEO of Liebreich Associates and co-managing partner of EcoPragma Capital. He is an honorary fellow of the Energy Institute and visiting professor at Imperial College London. Former roles include being a member of the UK’s Taskforce on Energy Efficiency, chairing the subgroup on industry and an advisor to the UK Board of Trade, an advisor to the UN on Sustainable Energy for All, a member of the board of Transport for London and founder of BloombergNEF.

Kristian Ruby

Secretary General, Eurelectric

Kristian Ruby

Kristian Ruby took over as Secretary General of Eurelectric, effective 1 January 2017. Prior to his appointment, he worked at WindEurope as part of the Executive Management team where, in his capacity as Chief Policy Officer, he was in charge of developing and implementing the political strategy of the association. Mr Ruby previously also held positions as assistant to the former European Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard and served, for a number of years, as a public servant in the Danish Ministries of Climate and Energy as well as Environment.

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