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Power Summit 2021 - Electric Decade

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Europe’s premier power sector event recognised as the “Electric Davos” is the leading forum where the European power sector ecosystem connects industry captains, politicians, business disrupters, investors and academics.

Participants will be able to participate in inspiring and interactive sessions and debates and enjoy a rich exhibition dedicated to the sector.
The 2021 digital edition of the power summit will allow for even more interaction with:

  • Multiple studios across Europe
  • 12 main sessions  
  • High level round tables
  • Virtual networking and exhibition
  • Over 3,000 participants expected

The coming ten years will be dominated by digital & decarbonised electrification with significant challenges and opportunities for the sector. Our event will explore how the twin challenges of COVID-19 and economic recovery, combined with the biggest threat to humankind – climate change, can be turned into opportunities for the coming 10 years - the Electric Decade.
Topics to be discussed and debated by our stellar line up of speakers include :

  • EU 2030 Targets
  • Sector Integration
  • E-mobility
  • Grid Infrastructure
  • Investments
An event not to be missed, mark your calendar now!

Confirmed speakers

Erna Solberg

Prime Minister, Norway

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Daniel Yergin is a highly respected authority on energy, international politics, and economics, and a Pulitzer Prize winner. He is Vice Chairman of IHS Markit, one of the leading information and advisory firms in the world with 16,000 employees worldwide.  In November 2020 he was named “energy writer of the year for The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations” by the American Energy Society.

Time Magazine said, “If there is one man whose opinion matters more than any other on global energy markets, it’s Daniel Yergin.” Fortune said that he is “one of the planet’s foremost thinkers about energy and its implications.”

Dr. Yergin’s new book The New Map: Energy, Climate and the Clash of Nations is described by the London Sunday Times as a “wonderful book”.   He is the author of the bestseller The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World. described by the New York Times as “necessary reading for C.E.O.’s, conservationists, lawmakers, generals, spies, tech geeks, thriller writers,” among many others.

Dr. Yergin is known around the world for his book The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil Money and Power, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and became a number one best seller.  His other books include Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy and Shattered Peace: Origins of the Cold War.

Dr. Yergin has served on the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board under Presidents Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump. He is a director of the Council on Foreign Relations and a trustee of the Brookings Institution. He serves on the Energy Advisory Council of the Dallas Federal Reserve.

Dr. Yergin holds a BA from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar.


Dan Yergin

VC, IHS Markit & Pulitzer Prize Winner

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Nigel Topping is the UK's High-Level Climate Action Champion, appointed by the UK Prime Minister in January 2020. Nigel works alongside the Chilean High-Level Climate Action Champion, Gonzalo Muñoz. The role of the high-level champions is to strengthen collaboration and drive action from businesses, investors, organisations, cities, and regions on climate change, and coordinate this work with governments and parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Nigel was most recently CEO of We Mean Business, a coalition of businesses working to accelerate the transition to a zero carbon economy. Prior to that he was Executive Director of the Carbon Disclosure Project, following an 18 year career in the private sector, having worked across the world in emerging markets and manufacturing

Nigel Topping

High Level Champion for Climate Action COP26

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Peter Hinssen

Co-founder & Partner at nexxworks


Pat O'Doherty

Eurelectric President-Chief Executive, ESB


Kerstin Andreae was born in Schramberg, 21 October 1968. She studied economics at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg.

After having received her diploma in 1996, she worked as a project manager at the agency for Health and Cure Technologies, MediKur in Hamm, at the Social Science Research Institute on Gender Issues at the Protestant University Freiburg as well as for “Das grüne Emissionshaus”, a financial services provider in the area of wind power in Freiburg.

From 1999 to 2002, Ms Andreae was member of the Municipal Council of Freiburg. In 2002, Ms Andreae was elected Member of the German Bundestag for the constituency of Freiburg.

From 2002 to 2007, Ms Andreae was Member of the Finance Committee and spokesperson for local politics of the Alliance 90/The Greens Parliamentary Group. From 2007 to 2012, she acted as economic policy spokesperson.

From 2012 to 2017, Ms Andreae was elected vice-chair to the parliamentary group, responsible for coordinating the areas of economic, fiscal, financial, labour and social policy.

In 2017, Ms Andreae became economic policy spokesperson of the Alliance 90/The Greens Parliamentary Group. She was founder and coordinator of the Wirtschaftsbeirat, the economic advisory council to the parliamentary group.

Since 1 November 2019, Ms Andreae has been the Chairwoman of the General Executive Management Board of BDEW.

Ms Andreae is married and has three children. She lives in Berlin.

Kerstin Andreae

Chair, General Exe. Management Board


Leohnard Birnbaum

Eurelectric VP Board Member, E.ON SE

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Emma Pinchbeck is the Chief Executive of Energy UK, a position that she has held since July 2020. She is an expert in whole-economy decarbonisation and the energy transition. She also holds several board advisory positions. Emma had her first baby in October 2019 and shares childcare with her husband. She is passionate about efforts to improve diversity in the energy industry. From 2016-2020, she served as Deputy CEO of the trade body Renewable UK, in which role she also sat on the Board of Scottish Renewables. Prior to this, Emma was Head of Climate Change at WWF-UK. She has an MA from the University of Oxford

Emma Pinchbeck


Energy UK

Kristian Ruby

Secretary General

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Lawrence Slade joined GIIA as CEO in January 2020, having most recently been Chief Executive of Energy UK since 2015. He has been involved in the energy industry since the late 1990’s working in countries all over the world. Lawrence is a member of the UK Government’s Committee on Fuel Poverty, an Advisory Board member of Connected Kerb, a Board Trustee and Audit Committee member of the Money Advice Trust (who run the National Debtline and Business Debtline), and  is also a Fellow of the Energy Institute.

Lawrence Slade

Chief Executive Officer, GIIA


Walburga is the Chief Executive Officer of SolarPower Europe. She is responsible for the overall performance of the association. Her previous experience includes her roles as Head of the EU Representation Office at VERBUND for nine years; Advisor of Financial and Capital Markets at The Association of German Public Banks and Association of Public Banks (VÖB / EAPB); Competition lawyer at Haarmann Hemmelrath; A Parliamentary Assistant to Austrian MEP and experience in the DG Competition Merger Control Task Force. Walburga has also been a Board Member of Hydrogen Europe. 

Walburga holds a degree in Law and Business Administration from Leopold-Franzens Universität Innsbruck. She speaks German, English, Dutch and French.

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Sandrine Dixson-Declѐve has 30+ years of European and international policy, strategy and business leadership experience with a particular focus on climate change, sustainable development, green growth, conventional and sustainable energy solutions and sustainable finance.

She is currently the Co-President of the Club of Rome and divides her time between lecturing, facilitating change in business and policy models and advisory work. She holds several advisory positions for the European Commission: Chair, Expert Group on Economic and Societal Impact of Research & Innovation (ESIR); Assembly Member, Climate Mitigation & Adaptation Mission (DGR&I); TEG Sustainable Finance Taxonomy and Sustainable Finance Platform (DGFISMA); United Nations: Food Summit Action Track 5 Resilience and for companies/organisations/institutes such as BMW, UCB, Climate KIC, UCL-Bartlett School of Enviornment, Energy & Resources and the IEEP.  Sandrine is also  a Senior Associate and faculty member of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and a Senior Associate for E3G, Ambassador, for the Energy Transition Commission (ETC) and WEALL. In 2017 Sandrine co-founded the Women Enablers Change Agent Network (WECAN).

Sandrine was recognised by GreenBiz as one of the 30 most influential women across the globe driving change in the low carbon economy and promoting green business. She has spent her career bringing together business leaders, policy makers, academia and NGO’s.  Until recently, Sandrine was Chief Partnership Officer for UN Agency Sustainable Energy for All and prior to that the Director of the Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group and the EU office of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (2009-2016).  During that period she was also appointed Executive Director of the Green Growth Platform bringing together EU Ministers and CEO’s.

Previous advisory and professional positions include: advising for HRH The Prince of Wales, Members of the European Parliament, European Commission Presidents, Commissioners and officials, Governments in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, international organizations (OPEC, ADB, OECD, UNEP, USAID, UNFCCC, IEA) and business leaders of large international, European and African companies. Sandrine was Vice Chair, European Biofuels Technology Platform 2008-2016; Board member, We Mean Business 2014-2016, Member of The Guardian’s Sustainable Business Advisory Board and on the Sustainability Advisory Board of the Oil and Gas major Sasol from 2007-2010.. She spoke on TEDx: The Sustainable Future series and has published numerous articles, book chapters and given presentations on green growth and competitiveness, innovation, low carbon energy solutions, climate change, sustainable development, transport, conventional and alternative fuel quality legislation as well as on trade & environment.



Sandrine Dixson-Declève

President & Chair, Commissions R&I Think Tank

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Thomas is a long term (renewable) energy aficionado. Apart from closely following the energy transition both in the electricity and heating sectors, he is the owner of a heat pump, a PV power plant and a building, in which, both cooperate peacefully.

In his professional live, Thomas represents the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) as Secretary General in Brussels. His main responsibilities are the representation of the industry at the European institutions, networking with other stakeholders in the field of heating and cooling as well as the management of the association and its future development.

Thomas has published several articles on heat pump technology and the integration of heat pumps in the energy system and has spoken on this topic in European and international conferences.

He has also been contributing to scientific publications including the IEA energy technology perspectives and the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report.

Before working for the EHPA, he has worked in several projects on the economic and social benefits of renewable energy.

Thomas holds a university degree in business administration and economics.

Thomas Nowak

Secretary General


Laurent Segalen is a Franco-British banker specialised in Renewable Energy transactions. He is the founder of Megawatt-X, the London-based platform for investing in Wind and Solar assets, which he currently heads. Megawatt-X has listed more than 14GW of Wind and Solar transactions over the past 8 years.

His career spans over 25 years, from Director at PWC, Fund Manager at Natixis/Mirova to Managing Director Clean Commodities at Nomura. He was awarded Environmental Deal of the Year 2006 by Environmental Finance. Laurent Segalen is also Board Member of the PPA digital platform Zeigo.


Laurent Segalen

Managing Partner


Ioannis Vlachos, PhD, is a highly seasoned professional with more than 15 years of experience working with large corporations and educational institutes worldwide in the area of smart grids as a scientific expert, project manager, commissioning expert, and consultant. He has also worked closely with both academia and industry in more than 30 countries worldwide in projects that merge the worlds of energy and ICT. Vlachos has also advised ministries, national regulatory authorities, and utilities in the context of projects financed by international institutions. He has co-authored more that 40 scientific publications in international journals and conferences with more that 1,000 cross-references. He has been awarded with the “Ericsson Award of Excellence in Telecommunications” and in 2019 received the “Researcher of the Year” award in the area of blockchain technology for the energy sector.

Vlachos holds a Bachelor and a PhD in electrical and computer engineering. He is a member of the ETIP-SNET, the CEN-CENELEC Focus Group on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology, and the IEEE P2418.5 Standard for Blockchain in Energy Working Group.


Ioannis Vlachos

Engagement Manager

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Since September 1st, 2015 Mrs. Van der Laan (1968) is President of Energie-Nederland. Next to her position as president of the board of Energie-Nederland, she is also chairman of the National Referendum Committee. In this capacity, she’s responsible for the well-functioning of the organisation of referendums in the Netherlands.

Previous positions are, amongst others, president of the Dutch agricultural education board and managing director of the Chamber of Commerce East Netherlands. From 2003 until 2006, Mrs van der Laan served as Minister for Culture and Media.

Medy Van der Laan


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Gerard Reid is a Co-founder and Partner at Alexa Capital. He is also a Fellow at the Institute of the Environment at the University of Minnesota and a member of the World Economic Forum's Future Energy Council.

He is focused on assisting people and organizations in the energy and mobility areas who are struggling to understand and come to terms with unpredictable and rapid change going on around them.

Gerard has developed a strong reputation as a leading global expert in the energy and mobility space. He is an avid blogger and author with a following of more than 150k across several platforms and he is the co-host to “REDEFINING ENERGY” podcast.

He has spent over fifteen years working in investment banking (equity research, fund management and corporate finance) with a focus on both the energy transition and the digital energy revolution the sector is going through. Prior to founding Alexa Capital, he was Managing Director and Head of European Cleantech Research at Jefferies & Co.

Gerard was an adjunct professor at Imperial College and a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin.

He was born and raised in Dublin and received a Bachelor of Business Studies and Master of Arts as well as Higher Diploma in Education from Trinity College Dublin. Currently, he works in London and lives outside Berlin in a small village.

Gerard Reid

Energy Transition Investment Banker

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