10 – 12 October 2022


10 – 12 October 2022

Diederik Peereboom is Secretary General of T&D Europe, the association representing the grid technology providers, where he is working with policy-makers, regulators, network operators and grid users to future-proof the European electricity network.

T&D Europe’s members enable the energy transition to a climate-neutral Europe by 2050. Over 200,000 people in our industry manufacture, innovate and supply smart systems for the efficient transmission and distribution of electricity. Our technologies and services future-proof the grid and make clean electricity accessible to all Europeans. We put our collective expertise to work to craft a brighter, electric future. Ready for the Green Deal.

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 led 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.

Before joining ENTSOG in January 2022 as ENTSOG General Director, Piotr Kuś held the position of Deputy Director in the Development Division at GAZ-SYSTEM S.A., since January 2017. His main areas of responsibilities included international cooperation, institutional relations, cooperation with EU institutions and international trade organisations.

Between 2019 and 2021, Piotr was GIE Board Member acting as a sponsor of the CH4 Area. Since 2016, Piotr was a member of the GTE Executive Committee to supervise activities of future sustainable solutions in the natural gas infrastructure. Prior to that, between 2008 and 2016, Piotr was Director of the Brussels Office of GAZ-SYSTEM, in charge of managing the company’s EU affairs.

Before joining GAZ-SYSTEM in 2008, he was employed by the Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG S.A.) and was seconded to its Representative Office in Brussels.

Piotr Kuś graduated from Warsaw School of Economics.

General Manager Germany at Smart Wires, a Global Green Tech company that optimises power networks through modular load flow control. She is also Board Chair of currENT, an association promoting a 100% Renewables based power grid using innovative grid technologies.

Borgen holds a MSc from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Electrical Engineering with the final master thesis written at Technische Universitӓt Darmstadt in Germany.

Borgen has more than 25 years of experience in energy business in a range of fields from both Grid operations, Grid development, Engineering, Licensing, Technology, R&D and Construction works in large projects onshore and offshore. Borgen has 17 years’ experience from the executive committee in Statnett SF as well as other management positions in Statnett SF and BKK. As Executive Vice President (EVP) in Statnett his positions have ranged from Head of System operations (SO), Head of Projects, Head of Technology and development. Borgen has been Project owner for development and construction of four submarine cable interconnectors from Norway to neighbouring countries ; NorNed to the Netherlands (2008), Skagerkak 4 to Denmark (2014), NordLink to Germany (2021) and North Sea Link to UK (2021).

Borgen was apointed EVP Head of Offshore Development in Statnett in October 2021. He also chair the Research & Development and Innovation (RDIC) committee in ENTSOE the European Transmission System operator organisation.

As a consumer expert and advocate, and on behalf of BEUC, Monique is a member of the EU Platform on Sustainable Finance and of the Euro Retail Payments Board. She is a member of the European Commission’s Consumer Policy Advisory Group, High-Level Roundtable on the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, and Structured Dialogue on Security of Medicines Supply. She is also a member of the Advisory Group on Noncommunicable Diseases of WHO-Region Europe. Previously, she was a member of the expert group on “Online Disinformation” (2018), the expert group on “trade agreements” (2018-2019), the EU High Level Forum for the Capital Market Union (2020) and sub-group on Artificial Intelligence, Connected Products and other new Challenges in Product Safety (2020). She was also Vice-Chair of the European Advisory Board of the Open Society Foundations (2017-2020).

In her capacity as BEUC Director General, Monique is currently EU Co-Chair of the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) a network of EU and US consumer organisations, and she also represents BEUC at Consumers International, the international consumer organisation.

Apart from championing consumers’ rights, Monique’s passions/challenges are her family & cooking for friends – including delicious veggie meals.

Yasmine Arsalane has worked throughout her career on energy economics, focusing on the modelling and analysis of interactions between energy and climate policies. In 2017, she joined the International Energy Agency as Energy Analyst, to contribute to the analyses on the power sector and macro-economic assumptions for the World Energy Outlook publication series. 

Prior to joining the IEA, she worked as senior analyst in an energy consulting company (Enerdata, 2011-2017), where  was involved in several advisory and research activities intended to high level actors of the energy sector (large utilities, government bodies, European Commission) , leveraging global energy modelling solutions dedicated to scenario building and analysis.

Prior to Enerdata, Yasmine was involved in land-use modelling projects in order to conjointly assess energetic system, food demand and the evolution of environmental constraint (CIRED and INRA). 

Yasmine graduated as engineer (AgroParis Tech and Ensimag) and earned an MSc in Energy and Environmental Economics (ParisTech).

Before the appointment, Artur Lorkowski was Vice-President of the Management Board of Poland’s National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management. In the fund, he oversaw the work of climate change adaptation, water protection, external funds, zero-emission transport, monitoring, restructuring and recovery, LIFE, innovation, and public aid. Artur Lorkowski is a graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics and the National School of Public Administration.

Artur Lorkowski was the deputy director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs responsible for energy security and climate change until 2013. Between 2018 and 2019, he served as a special envoy of the minister of foreign affairs for climate affairs. Between 2013 and 2017, he was the ambassador of Poland in Austria.

Peter Claes graduated in Managerial Economics at the Catholic University Leuven in 1984 and was Research Assistant in the same department until 1986. From 1987 until 1992 he was Research Department Analyst of the Belgian Economy at the BBL in Brussels. In 1992 he became Director of the Economic Department of essenscia (Federation of the Chemical Industry and Life Sciences, previously called FEDICHEM), where he was General Manager from 2002 until end 2008. He also became Board Member of FEBELIEC (Federation of Belgian Industrial Energy Consumers) in 1994, and from May 1996 until May 2003, he was President of this same federation. Since January 2009, he has been full time active for FEBELIEC. Since November 1998, he has been Vice-President of IFIEC Europe (International Federation of Industrial Energy Consumers), and was also President of this federation between April 2003 and 2007, and again since June 2021.

Antonella Battaglini is the CEO of the Renewables Grid Initiative- RGI, which she founded in 2009. RGI is a unique collaboration of NGOs and TSOs from across Europe, promoting transparent, environmentally sensitive grid development to enable steady growth of renewable energy and the energy transition. In addition, Antonella is an expert member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Clean Electrification and of the European Commission Interconnection Target Group. For many years, Antonella has also held the position of senior scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).

Christof Lessenich is Head of Unit for the Internal market in DG Energy, European Commission. Previously, Mr. Lessenich was Head of Unit for State Aid Energy II in DG Competition (2016 – 2021); Assistant to the Director General in DG Competition (2011-2016); and a Case Handler in units H4 and A3 of DG Competition (2007-2011). Before entering the European Commission, Mr. Lessenich was a Solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (2002-2007 in London, Brussels and Milan).

Christof Lessenich holds a Master of Law (LL.M.) from the University of Cambridge, UK, and a degree and PhD in Law from the University of Bonn, Germany.

Mr Lessenich speaks English, German, Italian and French.

Giles Dickson is the Chief Executive Officer of WindEurope, a position he’s held since 2015.  WindEurope is the voice of the European wind industry.  It represents the whole value chain of onshore and offshore wind across Europe and has more than 400 members.  It engages Governments and other stakeholders on policy and regulation.  It organises industry exhibitions, conferences and workshops.  And it coordinates publicly-funded R&D in wind.

Dickson is also Chairman of the independent Advisory Council of ENTSO-E, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity.

From 1992 to 2008 he was a civil servant in the UK Government, working mostly on European affairs. From 2008 to 2015 he worked for the French engineering company Alstom where he was Vice-President for Global Public Affairs. 

Jan Kostevc is working as the Energy Infrastructure Team Leader, dealing with European network development issues, from PCIs, TYNDP and network development scenarios, cost-benefit assessments, to the national development plans and their consistency with the European one. Besides network development, the team is also working on tariffs, gas security of supply and R&I activities of ENTSO-E.

Before joining ACER, Mr Kostevc was employed at the Slovenian electricity transmission system operator, ELES, where he worked as the Team Leader of the Operational Support Service, focusing, amongst other, on smart grid technologies.

Mark Copley is the CEO of the European Federation of Energy Traders which represents over 130 trading companies from across Europe.  Mark has worked across energy markets for 20 years.  He has previously sat on the Board of Regulators of ACER & General Assembly of CEER, been responsible for wholesale markets at the UK energy regulator (Ofgem), developed network codes during his 4 years with ENTSO-E and was a UK civil servant as Britain left the EU. 

Rafael Muruais Garcia is the Electricity Market Monitoring Team Leader at the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators. With 15 years of experience in the field of Regulation of the Electricity Sector, he has been in the Agency since its creation to foster the Internal Energy Market in 2011. Previously, Rafael Muruais Garcia worked for the Spanish Energy Regulatory Authority (CNMC) the private sector and the University of Vigo, in its hometown, where he had been trained as an Industrial Engineer. In ACER, Rafael has been for several years responsible for the production of the annual ACER’s market monitoring report on electricity wholesale markets, and more recently responsible for the monitoring of the so-called  “70% cross-zonal capacity target”, and for ACER’s decisions related to the bidding zone review process. Rafael has also contributed to ACER’s assessment of the EU wholesale market design published in April 2022.

Daniel Fraile is Chief Policy Officer at Hydrogen Europe where he leads the policy work of the association. He has 16 years of experience on energy policy, renewables energy technologies and international cooperation. He is an engineer with a masters on telecommunications and a Masters in renewable energy.  Today, he is leading the Hydrogen Europe policy work, leading a team of analysts and policy specialists. Before, Daniel had been Director of Market Intelligence at WindEurope, where he worked for 7 years leading the market research and leading several policy topics such as system integration and hydrogen. Previously, Daniel has worked on strategic management consulting in the Power to gas sector, has worked for the European photovoltaic industry association, for the environmental NGO CAN-Europe and for the Spanish utility Iberdrola.

Mr. Ranieri is the first President of EU DSO Entity, the new European association of Distribution System Operators established in June 2021.

In Enel Group since 2000, he is currently Chief Executive Officer of E-Distribuzione S.p.A. Prior to this role, he has held several positions of responsibility including Chief Financial Officer of the Group’s subsidiaries in Romania and Slovakia. He also served as Head of Planning and Control of the Enel Group and of the Global Infrastructure and Networks Business Line. He holds a Master’s Degree in Corporate Finance at Luiss Guido Carli University in Rome.


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