To navigate the changes, FORESIGHT Climate & Energy and Eurelectric are hosting a live recording of the successful Watt Matters podcast to discuss what changes are needed right now and which are needed for the next three decades.
Join us on December 8th in Brussels for a live recording of Watt Matters and a cocktail reception. It will be a fascinating day of inspiration, discussion and networking.
Mrs. Ditte Juul Jørgensen took up the position of Director General for Energy of the European Commission (DG ENER) in August 2019. She joined DG ENER from a position as Head of Cabinet for Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager. Mrs. Juul-Jørgensen has 27 years of experience in the European Commission. Before serving as Head of Cabinet, she was Director of Legal Affairs and Trade in Goods in the Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade at the World Trade Organization, where she managed European Union policy and negotiations at the WTO and involvement in dispute settlement and trade in goods. Prior to her appointment as Director, she served as Head of Unit and Acting Director for dispute settlement and legal issues, as well as Head of Unit for Trade and Sustainable Development and Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary Issues. Her previous experience includes a posting as Head of the Economic Section of the EU Delegation to the United Nations in New York and work at the European Court of Justice and European Commission Directorate-General for Competition. Mrs. Ditte Juul Jørgensen is a graduate in law of the College of Europe, Bruges, and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Ditte Juul Jorgensen
Director General, DG ENER
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.
Secretary General, Eurelectric
David Weston is an experienced journalist with a focus on renewable energy and wider business reporting. Based in London, he has written extensively for Windpower Monthly, a global publication, most recently as News Editor with responsibility for the daily digital news feed. David has online, print, audio, and video experience. He has previously covered consumer news, local affairs, and national politics.
Editor-in-Chief, FORESIGHT Climate & Energy
Michaela spent 16 years at the European Commission in the departments of health and consumer (2004-2009) and energy (2009-2021) where she covered inter alia renewables energy infrastructure, renewables finance and energy efficiency in buildings at great technical level. She was intimately involved in the Clean Energy Package discussions, the EU Green Deal and the EU s recovery plan. She has broad experience in EU decision making also from a second EU institution, since, prior to the European Commission, she worked as parliamentary assistant to Claude Turmes, today Luxemburg’s Energy Minister.
Since March 2021, she works as a Senior Associate at Agora Energiewende in Brussels, a non-profit think tank which seeks to advance the goal of climate neutrality in Germany, Europe and the rest of the world with evidence-based and politically viable ideas. Michaela holds a Master in European Economics and a diploma in international business and cultural studies. She is a guest lecturer on the energy transition at TU Munich School of Governance. When she manages to get away from energy twitter, she enjoys stand-up comedy, running, time in the community garden and cheering for her two sons at football matches.
Senior Associate, Agora Energiewende
Dr Jan Rosenow is a Principal and Director of European Programmes at the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), a global team of highly-skilled energy experts. Jan has several board appointments including the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and the Coalition for Energy Savings. Jan also has a passion for energy research. He is an Honorary Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute. In recognition of his work within the field, Jan was named one of the world’s Top 25 energy influencers and has been appointed Special Advisor to the House of Commons as part of their inquiry into decarbonising heating. He is a regular commentator in the national and international media and has been an expert witness to the European Parliament and the House of Commons on many occasions.
Director of European Programmes, RAP
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.
CEO, SolarPower Europe
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.
CEO, Wind Europe