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FT Energy Transition Strategies

Rethinking Energy in a Time of Disruption

London |
Speakers include:
Bruce Huber

Bruce Huber

Alexa Capital

Spencer Dale

Spencer Dale

BP plc

Dr Johannes  Teyssen

Dr Johannes Teyssen



The FT Energy Transition Strategies Summit: Rethinking Energy in a Time of Disruption will explore the latest trends and issues impacting the global energy industry. Our stellar line-up of speakers from across the energy spectrum -oil and gas, power and renewable energy as well as financiers and investors - will trace the contours of the energy transition, and share insights into its impact and likely future direction.

Join us at this timely and authoritative platform to discuss the major trends transforming the global energy industry and the leading-edge strategies to adapt, thrive and prosper in the brave new post COP world which is emerging.

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Speakers (29)

Bruce Huber

Bruce Huber

Founder and Managing Director
Alexa Capital

Bruce Huber has thirty years' experience in investment banking across Europe, North America and Asia working with companies and investors in the energy, energy infrastructure, technology and communications sectors. Prior to founding Alexa Capital, he was Global Head of Cleantech Investment Banking for Jefferies & Co. where he led the global industry group operating from offices in Frankfurt, London, New York, San Francisco, Mumbai and Shanghai. He was also on the Board of Directors of Jefferies International, Chairman of European Technology Investment Banking and a senior member of various global risk management committees, including the Equity Commitment Committee, the Fairness Opinion Committee and the M&A Review Committee. Mr Huber has provided investment banking services to sectors undergoing transformation and regulatory change, including energy and mobile telecoms deregulation in the 1980s, telecoms and technology in the 1990s and early 2000s and new energy over the past decade. He has advised companies and investors across energy infrastructure, IT, telecoms and wireless technology, semiconductors/electronics, renewable energy and sustainable technologies. Mr Huber joined Jefferies in 2003 through its acquisition of Broadview International, the global technology-specialist investment bank, where he was a General Partner and the Managing Partner/CEO of Europe. He joined Broadview in 1995 from Barclays Investment Banking Division, where he worked both in London and Frankfurt. From 1984 to 1990 he was with Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette Investment Banking in New York in project finance and subsequently in TMT and prior to that worked in the energy project finance team at Warburg Paribas Becker. Mr Huber graduated with a BSc Engineering from Princeton University.

Spencer Dale

Spencer Dale

Group Chief Economist
BP plc

Spencer Dale joined BP as group chief economist in October 2014.  Prior to that, he was executive director for financial stability at the Bank of England and a member of the Financial Policy Committee.  Between 2008 and 2014, Mr Dale was chief economist of the Bank of England and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee.  Mr Dale joined the Bank of England in 1989 and served in numerous roles, including private secretary to Mervyn King and head of Economic Forecasting.  Mr Dale served as a Senior Advisor at the US Federal Reserve Board of Governors between 2006 and 2008.

Dr Johannes  Teyssen

Dr Johannes Teyssen

Chairman of the Board of Management and Chief Executive Officer

Johannes Teyssen has served as Chief Executive Officer of E. ON SE, Düsseldorf, since 1 May 2010. From 2003 to 2008, he was a member of the Board of Management and Chief Operating Officer of E.ON.Dr Teyssen began his professional career in the energy sector in 1989 when he joined the Hanover-based PreussenElektra, the lead company of the former VEBA Group's energy division, as a lawyer. He there held various positions, including that of Chief Legal Counsel and Head of Key Account Power Sales. In 1998, he joined Hastra, an electricity and gas distributor and retailer in Northern Germany, as member of the Board of Management in charge of Human Resources. One year later, he was appointed CEO of Avacon, a network provider responsible for the regional grid and supply activities in Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. In 2001,Dr Teyssen was appointed CFO of E.ON Energie in Munich. As of 2003, he served as its CEO. During those years, E. ON Energie was the lead company of the newly established E.ON Group for all energy activities in Central and Eastern Europe. Dr Teyssen studied Economics and Law at the universities of Freiburg and Göttingen. Following a research fellowship in Boston, Massachusetts, he earned his doctorate in law from the University of Göttingen.Dr Teyssen is a member of the supervisory board of Deutsche Bank AG. 

John  Pettigrew

John Pettigrew

Chief Executive Officer
National Grid

John Pettigrew is Chief Executive of National Grid. Mr Pettigrew has been with National Grid for nearly 25 years and became Chief Executive in April 2016. During his time at the company he has held several senior management roles, joining the Board in 2014 as Executive Director UK responsible for the UK’s Electricity Transmission, Gas Transmission and Gas Distribution businesses. Mr Pettigrew joined National Grid in 1991 as a graduate and became Director of Engineering in 2003; Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President for the US Electricity Distribution & Generation business in 2007; Chief Operating Officer for UK Gas Distribution in 2010; and UK Chief Operating Officer from 2012 to 2014. Mr Pettigrew holds a BSC in Economics and an MSc in International Economics and Banking. He also completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School in 2010.

David  Ainsworth

David Ainsworth

Interim CEO/Business Development Director
Kite Power Systems
Jason Bordoff

Jason Bordoff

Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs Founding Director, Center on Global Energy Policy
Columbia University

Professor Jason Bordoff is a Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, and serves as founding Director of SIPA's Center on Global Energy Policy .Professor Bordoff joined the Columbia faculty after serving until January 2013 as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change on the Staff of the National Security Council, and, prior to that, holding senior policy positions on the White House's National Economic Council and Council on Environmental Quality. One of the world's top energy policy experts, he joined the Administration in April 2009. Prior to joining the White House, he was the Policy Director of the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Petroleum Council, a consultant to the National Intelligence Council, and serves on the boards of Winrock International, the New York Energy Forum and the Association of Marshall Scholars. Professor Bordoff graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, holds an MLitt degree from Oxford University where he studied as a Marshall Scholar, and a BA magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University

Molly Scott  Cato

Molly Scott Cato

Green MEP
for South West England and Gibraltar
Zhao  Changwen

Zhao Changwen

Director Genera, Research Department of Industrial Economy
Development Research Center, State Council of The People’s Republic of China
Juliet  Davenport

Juliet Davenport

Founder and CEO
Good Energy

Juliet Davenport is the Founder and CEO of Good Energy, one of the UK’s first 100% renewable electricity supply and generator companies. A true renewable industry entrepreneur, Ms Davenport built Good Energy from scratch, starting from small beginnings more than 15 years ago. Her mission then, as it is now, was to tackle climate change, help deliver energy security for the UK, and give consumers the opportunity to buy 100% renewable electricity. today, the company has more than 176,500 electricity, gas and Feed-in Tariff customers across the UK. Good Energy has a unique business model, using power purchase agreements to buy renewable electricity from an ever-growing network of small and medium sized independent generators spread across the UK. A founding member of the Social Stock Exchange, Good Energy has set the energy market standard for ethically and socially responsible companies, proving it’s entirely possible to do so while maintaining commercially sound and profitable business principles. In January 2013, Ms Davenport was awarded a Queen’s honour, Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to renewables.

James Dean

James Dean

Thomas  Duveau

Thomas Duveau

Head of Strategy

Thomas Duveau is Chief Strategy Office of Mobisol. He joined the company as Head of Business Development in June 2013. With his team, he is responsible for market entry strategies and strategic partnerships. Mr Duveau worked as an officer for renewable energies for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Germany from 2008 to 2013. Prior to that, he served as Vice President at Global Capital Finance (Investment with a focus on infrastructure and renewable energies) from 2005 to 2008. From 1997 to 2004 he worked in the Corporate Strategy Department of Reuters in Germany, UK and USA.

Mr Duveau is a graduate of Economics, Econometrics and Environmental Management.

Erik  Fairbairn

Erik Fairbairn

POD Point

Erik Fairbairn is a serial entrepreneur and engineer by training. Mr Fairbairn founded POD Point in 2009 in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. He saw the potential of electric vehicles as the next major mode of transportation and set himself the goal of wiring up the UK with chargepoints to facilitate the switch to EV from internal combustion engines. Under Mr Fairbairn’s stewardship POD Point has become one of Europe’s leading providers of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) with a range of intelligent charging points for use at home, in workplaces and at frequently visited destinations. So far the firm has shipped over 20,000 points and boasts a publicly accessible network of 1,500 charging bays. Mr Fairbairn is a member of the UK Automotive Council Technology Group and was voted one of London’s 1000 most influential people in 2014 by the Evening Standard.

Ed  Fenster

Ed Fenster

Chairman and Co-Founder

Edward Fenster co-founded Sunrun to make solar affordable for American families. He oversees capital raising and legislative and regulatory affairs. Under his leadership, Sunrun has enjoyed uninterrupted access to project finance throughout its history. Mr Fenster has worked to shape public and industry policy with the goal of building a sustainable solar industry. Before Sunrun, he served as Director of Corporate Development at Asurion Corporation. He also worked at The Blackstone Group, completing more than $10 billion in private equity and M&A transactions. Mr Fenster is a 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winner with Lynn Jurich, a member of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, and serves as an Advisory Partner to Millennium Technology Value Partners.

Chris  Goodall

Chris Goodall

Writer on Energy and the Environment
Author of The Switch
David  Kingham

David Kingham

Tokamak Energy

David Kingham is Chief Executive of Tokamak Energy Ltd, a privately funded company that aims to accelerate the development of fusion energy.  The company is developing compact, high magnetic field, tokamaks and is building on world leading expertise in the UK on fusion, spherical tokamaks and high field superconducting magnets.  Led by Dr Kingham, Tokamak Energy was recognised as a Technology Pioneer of the World Economic Forum in 2015.  Tokamak Energy scientists have published three of the “most read” papers in the Nuclear Fusion journal proving that compact tokamaks can produce fusion power efficiently.  The company recently announced a £10m investment from L&G Capital, David Harding and others. Dr Kingham founded Tokamak Energy with two pioneering fusion scientists, Dr Mikhail Gryaznevich and Alan Sykes in 2010.  Previously, Dr Kingham was Managing Director of Oxford Innovation Ltd.  He has a PhD in Physics from the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge.

James  McGinnis

James McGinnis

Chief Executive Officer
Mainstream Renewable Capital

James McGinnis has over 25 years’ investment banking and portfolio management experience in the energy sector globally and held ascending leadership positions at Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley for more than 15 years. Since 2005, Mr McGinn has held a number of senior positions in fund and portfolio management, focused on the energy and power sectors, with AIG, Harbinger Capital Partners and Halcyon Asset Management. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School and he was elected a member of the Board of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, which he served for nine years.

Kamel  Ben Naceur

Kamel Ben Naceur

Director, Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks
International Energy Agency (IEA)

Kamel Ben Naceur is the IEA Director for Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks, overseeing the Energy and Environment, Energy Technology Policy and Energy Supply and Demand Outlook Divisions. His Directorate oversees the production of the World Energy Outlook and the Energy Technology Perspectives, and energy/climate-related policies. Mr Ben-Naceur has more than 35 years of experience and knowledge in the energy and industry sectors around the world in both public and private service. After 34 years in the energy sector with Schlumberger, he became, in 2014, Tunisia’s Minister for Industry, Energy and Mines in a government tasked to lead the country’s first fully democratic elections and to restore the country’s economic fundamentals. He is a graduate from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris.

Nancy Pfund

Nancy Pfund

Founder and Managing Partner
DBL Partners

Nancy Pfund is founder and managing Partner of DBL Partners, a venture capital firm whose goal is to combine top-tier financial returns with meaningful social, economic and environmental returns in the regions and sectors in which it invests.

Ms Pfund currently sponsors or sits on the board of directors of several companies, including: SolarCity, Farmers Business Network, The Muse, Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Off-Grid Electric and Primus Power, and, prior to their public offerings, Tesla Motors and Pandora Media. Ms Pfund also sits on the Board of Trustees for National Geographic Society, is a member of the advisory council for The Bill Lane Center for the American West the US Impact Investing Alliance (formerly the National Advisory Board on Impact Investing) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  

Prior to founding DBL, Ms Pfund was a managing director in Venture Capital at JPMorgan, having started her investment career at Hambrecht & Quist in 1984. Ms Pfund’s earlier work included positions at Intel, the California Governor’s Office, Stanford University and the Sierra Club.

Ms Pfund received her Bachelors and Masters in anthropology from Stanford University, and her MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Adair  Turner

Adair Turner

Energy Transitions Committee
Ingmar  Wilhelm

Ingmar Wilhelm

Operating Partner
Terra Firma
James Leaton

James Leaton

Research Director
Carbon Tracker

James Leaton has been leading Carbon Tracker¹s Research since 2010. He has extensive sustainability strategy experience across responsible investment, energy policy and private sector consultancy. Mr Leaton is lead author of the Unburnable Carbon series of reports which introduced the concepts of carbon bubble, unburnable carbon and stranded assets. This has evolved in the carbon supply cost curve series analysing the future supply and demand of energy. This identifies high cost, high carbon expenditure to inform investor engagement and asset allocation. Mr Leaton leads our thinking around key trends in the energy sector, in order to challenge the assumptions of existing energy models. Mr Leaton works with the investment chain around the globe to share thinking and gather input on how to help the financial community deal with the energy transition. He brings experience of the financial sector and international development from his time as a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr Leaton was a Senior Policy Advisor at WWF-UK focusing on the oil and gas sector and related finance. He has spent time on the ground reviewing frontier oil and gas activities in Russia, Africa and the Canadian oil sands.

Mohamed  Al Hammadi

Mohamed Al Hammadi

Chief Executive Officer
Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation
John    Hopkins

John Hopkins

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
NuScale Power
Ernesto  Ciorra

Ernesto Ciorra

Head of Innovation
Jonathan  Cobb

Jonathan Cobb

Senior Communication Manager
World Nuclear Association
Francois  Austin

Francois Austin

Partner and Head of Energy
Oliver Wyman

Francois Austin is the leader of Oliver Wyman’s Energy practice. He has 20 years of consulting experience focused on translating business strategies and ideas into demonstrable results. Mr Austin specialises in business strategy, post-merger integration, performance improvement, risk management and leadership development and has led a number of change improvement programmes, working at board level within the oil and gas, utilities and financial services sectors. Mr Austin has lived in London, Paris, Rotterdam and the US, equipping him with a deep understanding of, and varied perspective on, the challenges that face the leadership teams of global organisations. He has contributed to various management books, including The Discipline of Market Leaders, Surfing on the Edge of Chaos and has co-authored Strategic Thinking in Tactical Times and How to Run a Bank. Prior to Oliver Wyman, Mr Austin was a Founding Director of Corven, a global management consulting and financial advisory firm with offices in the UK, North America and Asia. Mr Auston Francois holds a double honours degree in Economics and Economic history.

James  Basden

James Basden

Oliver Wyman

James Basden is a Partner and leads the global Utilities practice at Oliver Wyman During his 20-year career, he has focused on enabling senior management teams to establish the right corporate structures to drive increased value as a result of mergers and acquisitions, the need for improved financial and operational performance, and in response to regulatory change. Prior to joining Oliver Wyman, Mr Basden was a founder director of Corven, the management consulting and private equity group. He led the European consulting business and was responsible for managing major consulting relationships at board level within FTSE 100-size utility clients. He was also Chief Executive of Corven Ventures, which most notably led the acquisition, turnaround and sale of Caterham Cars in 2011. Prior to Corven, Mr Basden led the turnaround of Lotus Cars as interim CEO and worked in strategy consulting for CSC Index, Andersen Consulting, and Burson-Marsteller. He holds a BA Honours degree from Durham University and an MBA from London Business School. He is an associate member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments.

Kingsmill  Bond

Kingsmill Bond

New Energy Strategist
Trusted Sources
Matthew  Tipper

Matthew Tipper

Vice President, New Fuels
Shell New Energies

Chair (2)

Ed Crooks

Ed Crooks

US Industry and Energy Editor
Financial Times

Ed Crooks was appointed US industry and Energy Editor in August 2010. Prior to that, he was Energy editor at the FT, based in London. Mr Crooks joined the FT in 1999 as Economics Editor, and then went on to become UK News Editor. Previously, Mr Crooks was an Economics Correspondent for the BBC, reporting on both television and radio. He started at the BBC as a researcher and producer and worked across several news programmes. He has also been a reporter and Editor for the Investors Chronicle as well as an Economic Analyst for the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Mr Crooks graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He regularly appears on national and international TV and radio.

Andrew Ward

Andrew Ward

Energy Editor
Financial Times

Andrew Ward is the FT’s Energy Editor, leading global coverage of the oil and gas industry, power generation and related policy and geopolitical issues. Before taking up his current role in June 2016, Ward was Pharmaceuticals Correspondent, reporting on life sciences, medical technology and healthcare.

Prior to this, Ward was UK News Editor, leading the news desk responsible for the FT’s coverage of UK politics, policy and economics. Previously, Ward served the FT in a number of foreign reporting roles. He was the Nordic bureau chief responsible for coverage of eight countries – Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Denmark and the three Baltic states of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.

Ward has also been the White House correspondent, during which role he covered the George W. Bush administration and the 2008 presidential election campaign. Before moving to Washington, Ward covered business and politics in the US south-east as Atlanta Correspondent. Between 2001 and 2004, he served as Seoul Correspondent, reporting on North and South Korea.

Ward joined the FT in 1999 as a graduate trainee in London and was appointed Media Correspondent in 2000. Ward received his B.A. in Politics and Modern History from the University of Manchester, UK.

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Agenda - 24th May

  • 8:00am
    Registration and refreshments
  • 9:00am
    Opening remarks from the FT Chair
  • 9:05am
    Keynote Address

    Wilfrid Petrie, CEO, Engie UK

  • 9:25am
    Panel: The energy revolution: How far, how fast?

    It has become commonplace to refer to the world as being in an energy transition–an unstoppable and increasingly fast paced transition away from the incumbent fossil fuel ‘supersystem’, to a low, ultimately zero-carbon energy future. Costs of technology will continue to fall exponentially. Paris changes everything. The direction of change seems clear. But are we really in transition? And if so, what kind of transition will it be?

    • Is there a fundamental transition of the global energy system underway?
    • Will it be a slow, decade long transition given the long lasting nature of the incumbent system or a sudden, abrupt transition measureable in years rather than decades? What will be the tipping point?
    • What will be the role of fossil fuels in the transition?
    • Will it be orderly? Will we see a ‘controlled implosion of fossil fuels and explosive development of fossil fuels’, or will fossil fuels implode much faster than the necessary explosive transition to alternative solutions?
    • Who will be the winners and losers along the way?

    Session Keynote: Francois Austin, Partner and Global Head - Energy, Oliver Wyman

    Jason Bordoff, Professor and Director, Centre on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University

    Lord Adair Turner, Chair, Energy Transitions Commission

    Spencer Dale, Group Chief Economist, BP

    Juliet Davenport, CEO, Good Energy

  • 10:20am
    Panel: Is it possible to have an energy system based entirely on renewable sources?

    While renewables currently make up about one fifth of total final energy consumption, growing numbers of companies and governments-from small to medium sized enterprises to large multinationals, from small islands and village to large cities and entire countries are committing to 100% renewables objectives as a central part of their climate mitigation pathways. The variability and intermittency of renewables is often cited as a barrier to these objectives being achieved, yet we are already seeing isolated instances of renewables meeting all energy needs.

    • Can you sustain economic systems with 100% renewables? Can it be achieved without significant disruption to government budgets and business continuity?
    • Can renewables compete with baseload electricity from long-established fossil fuel sources?
    • What is the role of gas as both a support and as competitor for renewables?
    • What are the barriers to 100% renewables, and how can the objective be achieved?
    • What are the experiences and lessons from the pioneering companies and government which have embarked on the 100% renewable pathway? 
    • Will existing technologies get us there, or do we need a yet as undiscovered technology breakthrough to succeed?
    • Will private sector ambition on renewable energy influence national energy strategies?
    • What could it mean to have 600 cities committing to 100% renewables?

    Session keynote: Edward Fenster, Chairman and Co-Founder, Sunrun

    Kamel Ben Naceur, Director, Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks, International Energy Agency (IEA)

    Chris Goodall, Writer on Energy and the Environment, Author ‘The Switch’

    John Pettigrew, Chief Executive Officer, National Grid

    James Basden, Partner, Oliver Wyman

  • 11:15am
    Keynote Interview

    Dr Johannes Teyssen, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, E.ON

  • 11:35am
    Networking Coffee Break


  • 11:50am
    FT CEO Keynote Interview

    Mohammed Al Hammadi, Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation

  • 12:10pm
    Panel: Electric Dreams: Will electric cars ever dent the world's thirst for oil?

    Accounting for 17% of C02 emission and some 90% of oil demand, the electrification of the transportation sector will be a vital component in the world’s efforts to decarbonise the economy and reduce dependency on fossil fuels. Yet despite strong growth, electric vehicles (EVs) still only account for 0.1% of the world’s stock of passenger cars.

    • Can EVs ever be more than a niche product and gain mass market appeal? What is the likely timescale to reach the essential tipping point in EV uptake and penetration?
    • Will current barriers in terms of cost, range, refuelling infrastructure be successfully addressed?
    • What are the implications of EVs for fossil fuel and renewable demand? How much oil demand will they displace, and what would be the implications for price and for the oil industry? Can the solar EV become a commercial success?
    • Will China and India take up EVs at scale? Could a shortage of essential raw materials become a barrier to EV success?

    Erik Fairbairn CEO, POD Point

    Ernesto Ciorra, Head of Innovation, Enel

    James Leaton, Research Director, Carbon Tracker

  • 1:00pm
    Presentation: Brexit and The New US Political Reality: Energy in the age of international fragmentation
  • 1:20pm
    Networking lunch
  • 2:25pm
    What role will China play in the global energy markets?

    Zhao Changwen, Director General, Development Research Center, State Council of the People'a Republic of China

  • 2:45pm
    Panel: The future of nuclear power

    Is the future for nuclear bright? The industry is experiencing a stuttering renaissance around the world as countries consider their options for affordable low-carbon sources of energy to meet their Paris commitments and ensure economic stability. Yet the industry struggles with a legacy of high costs, delays, safety concerns and a new reality of abundant, lower-cost fossil fuels and increasingly affordable renewables. 

    • Is the nuclear renaissance primed for success?
    • Can we only combat climate change successfully if nuclear is part of the mx?
    • Has the precautionary principle gone too far in nuclear regulation?
    • How can the economics of nuclear be improved? How can nuclear’s potential and effectiveness be maximised?
    • Will small, modular reactors and other advanced technologies quantitatively change the game for nuclear?

    Jonathan Cobb, Senior Communication Manager, World Nuclear Association 

  • 3:25pm
    Investors panel: Can you make money in renewables?

    Worldwide, adoption of fossil fuel alternatives, even when competitive, is hindered by the large upfront investment required and high costs of financing. Yet the success of Paris is dependent on trillions of dollars of investment being shifted into renewable energy platform, EVs and clean energy systems. Our leading panel of investors and financiers will discuss some of the key issues of the day: what will it take to make renewables investable (why has investment prospects to date been so poor, how can the situation be improved), and what will it take for investors to divert capital from fossil fuels to clean energy.

    Session Keynote: Nancy Pfund, Managing Partner, DBL Partners

    Ingmar Willheim, Operating Partner, Terra Firma

    James McGinnis, Chief Executive Officer, Mainstream Renewable Capital

    Bruce Huber, Managing Partner, Alexa Capital 

  • 4:05pm
    Afternoon refreshments
  • 4:20pm
    Into the den: Technology and innovation showcase-your vote!

    Which emerging or breakthrough energy technologies will have the greatest success in achieving the objectives of cleaner, more affordable and accessible energy? In this session, speakers will each pitch their breakthrough technology for 5-10 minutes and then the audience votes on which technology they think could be winners.

    David Ainswoth, Interim CEO/Business Development Director, Kite Power Systems

    Dr David Kingham, CEO, Tokamak Energy

    Thomas Duveau, Chief Strategy Officer, Mobisol

    James Dean, Director, Circuitree 

  • 5:05pm
    The industry plays long and short

    In this concluding session of the conference, the audience will vote on the key trends impacting the industry, casting votes on topics to include, for instance:

    • CCS
    • 1.5 degrees
    • Fusion
    • Renewable supermajor
    • Zero Carbon 2050
  • 5:30pm
    Closing remarks and close of summit

Key Themes

There are profound changes underway in the global energy industry.

Cleaner, alternatives technologies to include solar are becoming comparable and in some cases cheaper than fossil fuels. The number of electric vehicles has topped 1m and is forecast by some to account for a quarter of the auto fleet by 2040. If China and India were to make large-scale commitments to electric vehicles, they would have a dramatic impact on the outlook for oil demand. The future looks increasingly based on renewables. Yet for industry players and for investors, uncertainty remains.

  • What shape will the transition take?
  • Will it be gradual, or will it be abrupt transition measured in years rather than decades, and who will be the winners along the way?

Responding to the transition in all its aspects is the next big strategic challenge for the industry.


Why Attend

  • Discuss the feasibility of baseload renewables and sustaining systems on 100% renewables
  • Discover the implications of electric vehicles for fossil fuels and renewables demand
  • Explore whether the nuclear renaissance is primed for success
  • Play long and short with the FT on leading industry technologies and trends: 1.5 degrees, zero carbon 2050, CCS and renewable supermajor
  • Hear the industry’s leading investors debate whether you make money in renewables
  • Have your vote on the FT showcase of next generation energy technologies-from fusion to batteries and beyond

Who Attends

FT Live has a reputation for delivering very senior board level audiences to attend a wide range of world class thought-leadership events across the globe for nearly 40 years.

The FT Energy Transition Strategies Summit will be attended by senior decision-makers from the following sectors:

  • Fossil Fuels (Oil & Gas, Coal)
  • Power/Utilities
  • Clean Energy (Renewables, Carbon Capture and Storage, Smart Grid, Energy Efficiency) and Nuclear
  • Financiers and Investors
  • Corporates/Energy End Users
  • Electric Vehicles/Alternative Fuels
  • Energy Consultants and Lawyers
  • Government, National, Local, Municipal and Community power
  • Academics


The FT Clean Energy Week consists of three separate events, FT Climate Finance Summit, FT Energy Transition Strategies and the FT Circular Economy Summit.

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