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FT Energy Transition Strategies

Rethinking Energy in a Time of Disruption

London |
Speakers include:
Dr Johannes  Teyssen

Dr Johannes Teyssen


Spencer Dale

Spencer Dale

BP plc

Ed  Fenster

Ed Fenster



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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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. 

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.

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.

Mohamed  Al Hammadi

Mohamed Al Hammadi

Chief Executive Officer
Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation

Mohamed Al Hammadi is the Chief Executive Officer of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC). Mr Al Hammadi’s management responsibilities include leading the organisation towards the safe and efficient deployment of nuclear energy plants in the UAE as well as ensuring compliance with the commitments of the UAE Roadmap to Nuclear Energy regulatory compliance with the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation.

Mr Al Hammadi is a Member of the Governing Board of World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) – Atlanta Office. He is also a Member of the American Nuclear Society, the Project Management Institute (USA), and is a Certified Project Management Professional. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (USA), the International Council on Large Electric Systems, the Engineers Association of the United Arab Emirates, and the Emirates Project Management Association.

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.

Adair  Turner

Adair Turner

Energy Transitions Committee

Lord Turner is Chairman of the Institute for New Economic Thinking. He is also Chair of the Energy Transitions Commission. He is Senior Fellow at the Centre for Financial Studies (Frankfurt), and a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and at Cass Business School. More recently he has been appointed Visiting Fellow at the People’s Bank of China School of Finance, Tsinghua University (Beijing) and Visiting Professor  at the International Center for Islamic Finance (INCEIF) in Kuala Lumpu. Prior to joining the Institute for New Economic Think in 2013, Lord Turner chaired the UK Financial Services Authority (2008-2013) and played a leading role in the redesign of the global banking and shadow banking regulation as Chairman of the International Financial Stability Board’s major policy committee. Lord Turner has combined a business career with public policy and academia.  As a cross-bench member of the House of Lords since 2005, he served as the first Chairman of the Climate Change Committee (2008-2012); and Chaired the Pensions Commission (2003-2006) and the Low Pay Commission (2002-2006). In 2015, he joined the Board of UK start-up bank OakNorth, and was appointed non-Executive Director at Prudential, and is a Trustee of the British Museum. He was a Non-Executive Director of a number of companies, including Standard Chartered plc (2006-2008). He was Vice-Chairman of Merrill Lynch Europe (2000-2006), and  was Director General of the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) 1995-2000. He was at McKinsey from 1982-1995, building their practice in East Europe and Russia in the early 1990s.  Lord Turner’s latest book Between Debt and the Devil, was published by Princeton in 2015 and has been translated into Chinese.  

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.

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.

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.

Chris  Goodall

Chris Goodall

Writer on Energy and the Environment
Author of The Switch

Chris Goodall writes on energy and sustainability. His latest book, The Switch, is about the inevitable global transition to inexpensive solar power and cheap storage. He is also a consultant to energy companies and an occasional investor in promising start-ups. He is a frequent speaker to business and academic audiences. In a previous career, he was a partner at Enders Analysis, the UK’s leading media consultancy and a member of the Competition Commission, now part of the Competition and Markets Authority. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School.

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.

Bruce Huber

Bruce Huber

Founder and Managing Director
Alexa Capital

Bruce Huber is Founder and Managing Director of Alexa Capital. He has a depth of transaction experience ranging from IPOs, follow-on’s, convertible & high yield issues, M&A, leveraged recapitalisations, private placements and project finance. He founded Alexa Capital to deliver corporate advisory, financing and asset management solutions across the energy, energy infrastructure and energy technology sectors. Previously he was Global Head of Cleantech Investment Banking for Jefferies & Co. where he led the industry group operating from offices in Frankfurt, London, New York and San Francisco, with support from Mumbai and Shanghai. While at Jefferies he built the leading global industry and investor platform in the new energy sector. He was on the Board of Jefferies International and Chairman of European Technology Investment Banking and a member of various global risk management committees. 

David  Ainsworth

David Ainsworth

Interim CEO/Business Development Director
Kite Power Systems

David Ainsworth is Interim CEO at Kite Power Systems (KPS). Glasgow based KPS recently received significant equity from Shell, EON and Schlumberger to fund the development of a 500KW kite demonstration system in South West Scotland. KPS are developing a portfolio of projects for commercial exploitation from 2020 onwards. Mr Ainsworth has a broad range of experience in the development of novel technologies, project development, legislation, funding and project management. He joined KPS in 2014 after 11 years working for a tidal technology developer. KPS offered Mr Ainswoth the unique opportunity to combine his aerospace and renewable technology experience. Mr Ainsworth is a Chartered Engineer with a degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Southampton.

Trevor Sikorski

Trevor Sikorski

Head of Natural Gas, Coal and Carbon Research
Energy Aspects

Trevor Sikorski is the Head of Natural Gas and Carbon Research at Energy Aspects. Mr Sikorski has been analysing European energy and environmental markets for more than 15 years, having held senior analytical research roles with Barclays Capital, Point Carbon, Global Insight and PwC. He has an in depth understanding of the global markets for generation fuels and carbon, including their fundamentals, trading behaviours, and complex interactions. In 2010, he was named the top carbon market analyst by Environmental Finance magazine and was in Commodity Magazine’s commodities research team of the year in 2011. Mr Sikorski is frequently featured in leading media outlets, including the Financial Times, BBC News, Reuters, Bloomberg, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, and Sky News.

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

Kingsmill  Bond

Kingsmill Bond

Energy Strategist
Carbon Tracker

Kingsmill Bond, CFA is the Energy Strategist for Carbon Tracker. He believes that the energy transition is the most important driver of financial markets and geopolitics in the modern era. Kingsmill has worked as a sell-side City equity analyst and strategist for 25 years, including for Deutsche Bank, Sberbank and Citibank in London, Hong Kong and Moscow. He has written research on emerging market and global themes, including the wider significance of the shale revolution and the impact of US energy independence. 

At Carbon Tracker he has written about the impact of the energy transition on financial markets, domestic politics and geopolitics, and authored a series of reports on the myths of the energy transition, looking at the many arguments made by incumbents to deny the reality of change.

He has an MA in history from Cambridge University, qualified as an accountant (CIMA), and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification.

Zhao  Changwen

Zhao Changwen

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

Changwen Zhao is a senior theory and policy researcher in China. His interest lies in state-owned companies, industrial economy, technology finance, cooperation finance and developmental economics. He currently serves as Director General Industrial Economy at the Development Research Center, State Council China. He also serves as Director General at the Enterprises Research Institute in China, as well as Vice President and Professor at Sichuan University Business School. He currently receives a special allowance of the State Council China and serves as a Visiting Professor of Peking University, Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University and Northwest University. Dr Zhao received his PhD in Economics from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China in 1995.

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.

Wilfrid  Petrie

Wilfrid Petrie

ENGIE UK & Ireland

Wilfrid Petrie is CEO of ENGIE in the UK and Ireland, a leading global energy and services group employing 20,000 people in the UK across three main activities: services, energy solutions and energy infrastructure. In 2016, ENGIE, then known as GDF SUEZ, merged its legacy energy and services businesses, and in April 2017 ENGIE acquired Keepmoat's Regeneration business. In 2013 and 2014, Mr Petrie led the acquisition and integration of Balfour Beatty Workplace and Lend Lease FM respectively. Mr Petrie has over 25 years of senior level experience in the energy and services industry including management of district energy and service businesses in the United States, South East Asia and across Europe prior to his current role. Mr Petrie joined the ENGIE Group in 1999, following ten years at Air Liquide. He is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris.

Ernesto  Ciorra

Ernesto Ciorra

Head of Innovation and Sustainability

Ernesto Ciorra is Head of Innovation and Sustainability for Enel Group, a position he has held since 2014. Prior to this, Mr Ciorra founded and led the consulting firm Ars et Inventio, where he supported the planning of the Chief Innovation Officer Function at leading firms around the world, coming up with innovative ideas that have since become popular worldwide. In his past career, Mr Ciorra taught Innovation Management at a number of Italian and Spanish universities and was the Scientific Coordinator of the Masters in Innovation Management ran by Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore's Business School. He was also a member of the advisory board of the Master in Innovation Strategy at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy, and the Director of the Advanced Innovation Management Programme at the IE Business School in Madrid. Mr Ciorra began his career as a partner at consulting firm Busacca & Associati, helping telecommunications businesses in a number of innovative projects.

Francisco Carranza

Francisco Carranza

Managing Director
Nissan Energy Services

Francisco Carranza currently leads Nissan Energy Services business, a new structure within Nissan commercialising stationary energy storage solutions and energy services based on the vehicle-to-grid functionality of Nissan electric vehicles. He has been working in the automotive industry for 15 years, and for Nissan since 2008, with responsibility in various roles for innovation, R&D, business development and corporate strategy. Mr Carranza has an Industrial Engineering degree from Sevilla Engineering School, an MSc in Automotive Technology from the French Institute of Petroleum and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and EM Lyon.

Alexander  Voigt

Alexander Voigt

Founder and Chief Executive, Lumenion,

Alexander Voigt is the Co-Founder and CEO of Lumenion and GRIPS. He is also one of Germany’s top green serial entrepreneurs, having co-founded industry pioneers Solon, Q-Cells and Younicos. During his Physics studies, Mr Voigt was exposed to the first climate models awaking a life-long passion for renewables and inspiring him to start selling photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal systems directly to consumers in 1986. Mr Voigt’s two latest ventures address two critical market segments in the global transition to a clean energy economy: Lumenion’s combined heat and power storage technology effectively bridges two main energy sectors by converting (renewable) generation spikes into either heat for industrial processes or dispatchable power and district heating (or cooling). GRIPS (Global Renewable Independent Power Supplier) provides competitive clean power in areas with weak or no grids. GRIPS develops, finances and operates projects and then aggregates them into an investable portfolio.

Tom Mundy

Tom Mundy

Chief Commercial Officer and Managing Director (UK & Europe)
NuScale Power

Tom Mundy is Chief Commercial Officer and Managing Director (UK & Europe) at NuScale Power, LLC, a leading small modular reactor technology development company. In this role, he leads in establishing the company’s business presence in these markets .Mr Mundy has 35 years’ experience in the power generation industry, having joined NuScale in 2012 from Exelon where he was responsible for Exelon Generation’s new nuclear development initiatives. 

Tom Burke

Tom Burke

Chairman and Co-Founder

Tom Burke is the Chairman of E3G, Third Generation Environmentalism, and a Visiting Professor at both Imperial and University Colleges, London. He is a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. He is Chairman of the China Dialogue Trust and a Trustee of the Black-E Community Arts Project, Liverpool. He was Environmental Policy Advisor to Rio Tinto plc (part time) 1996 -2016 and served as Senior Advisor to the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative on Climate Change from 2006-12. He was appointed by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to Chair an Independent Review of Environmental Governance in Northern Ireland from 2006-7. He was a member of the Council of English Nature, the statutory advisor to the British Government on biodiversity from 1999-2005. During 2002 he served as an advisor to the Central Policy Group in the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office. He was Special Adviser to three Secretaries of State for the Environment from 1991-97 after serving as Director of the Green Alliance from 1982-1991.He was an environmental advisor (part time) to BP plc from 1999-2001. He was a Trustee of the Green Alliance from 1979 – 1991 and 1997 – 2016. He was a member of the OECD's High Level Panel on the Environment 1996-98 He has also served as a Visiting Fellow at the Cranfield Institute of Management and a Senior Visiting Fellow at Manchester Business School. He was formerly Executive Director of Friends of the Earth and a member of the Executive Committee of the European Environmental Bureau 1988-91. In 1997, he was appointed CBE for services to the environment.

James Dean

James Dean

Founder and Managing Director

James Dean is the Founder and CEO of Circuitree, a pioneering SME developing low-cost energy storage solutions. Having held senior roles in a number of successful start-ups, Mr Dean founded Circuitree with the mission of bringing ‘renewable power day and night’ to homes and businesses in the UK and beyond. Circuitree develops smart, web enabled control systems and combines these with cutting edge batteries to allow solar or wind generation to be stored and dispatched on demand. Less than two years old, Circuitree has brought several new products to market and has completed projects in the UK, Spain and Sub Saharan Africa. Circuitree specialises in patented saltwater battery chemistries that use abundant, environmentally benign materials in their composition. The combination of smart electronics and environmentally friendly storage allows Circuitree to offer greater product functionality, lifespan and capacity at lower cost than its competitors. Currently focused on the UK residential sector, the company is also developing microgrid solutions that deliver stable, clean and cost effective power in developing regions globally. The company recently crowdfunded their seed round reaching 150% of their target in just four days. 

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.

Ingmar  Wilhelm

Ingmar Wilhelm

Operating Partner
Terra Firma

Ingmar Wilhelm advises Terra Firma on energy and infrastructure-related investments. He is Chairman of RTR, the solar PV platform in Italy, and serves on the board of Everpower, the wind developer and operator in the US. He joined Terra Firma in 2014 as Managing Director to focus on the firm’s investments in renewable energy. From 2008 to 2013, Mr Wilhelm worked with Enel Green Power as Executive Vice President and in charge of global business development with a project pipeline of around 30 GW fuelling a capex plan of ca. €6bn . From 2006 to 2008, he managed Enel’s commercial growth strategy and the downstream position on the free market for power and gas supply in Italy, with revenues of over €10bn. He joined Enel in 2003, with responsibility for origination and trading of power in Europe. Prior to his time at Enel, Mr Wilhelm worked with E.ON and Électricité de France. He has also served on the boards of directors of several international ventures, in particular at EEX, the European Energy Exchange, at Powernext, the French Power Exchange, and at EPIA, the European Photovoltaic Industry Association. Mr Wilhelm holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Aachen, Germany.

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.

Jonathan  Cobb

Jonathan Cobb

Senior Communication Manager
World Nuclear Association

Dr Jonathan Cobb is Senior Communication Manager, World Nuclear Association. In this position, he responds to press enquires and participates in media interviews on television, radio and online. He focuses on climate change, representing the nuclear industry at many of the UNFCCC COP conferences.  He also oversees the association’s public information website and social media activities, and manages the preparation of the association’s World Nuclear Performance Report. He joined World Nuclear Association in 2005. Prior to this, Dr Cobb worked at the head office of British Nuclear Fuels Ltd (BNFL), in the corporate strategy department, focusing on energy policy, climate change and sustainable development. He began his career in the nuclear industry in 1994 at BNFL’s Sellafield site, working on waste treatment and advanced reprocessing R&D. 

Sam Kimmins

Sam Kimmins

Head of RE100
The Climate Group

Sam Kimmins is Head of the RE100, a  corporate campaign that brings together the world's most influential companies committed to 100% renewable power. He has 20 years’ experience leading sustainability projects in the shipping, aviation, food, construction and NGO sectors. Prior to joining RE100 this year, Mr Kimmins spearheaded Forum for the Future’s Sustainable Shipping Initiative, which recently won the Guardian Sustainable Business Award for innovative consultancy. While in an earlier position at Fit for the Future (FFtF), he spent two years as an advisor for Air New Zealand, steering the development of a pioneering sustainability strategy that won them recognition as Eco-Airline of the Year in 2015. He is currently Non-Executive Director of the Ethical Consumer Research Association, and holds an MSc in Pollution and Environmental Control from the University of Manchester, UK.

James  Basden

James Basden

Partner and Global Head of Utilities
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.

Phumzile Tshelane

Phumzile Tshelane

Chief Executive Officer
The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA)

Phumzile Tshelane is the Group Chief Executive Officer for Necsa, the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation. The Neasa Group of companies include the NTP Group of companies (NTP Radioisotopes, AEC Amersham, NTP Logistics, NTP Radioisotopes Europe, Gamwave Gauteng and Gammatec NDT Supplies) and Pelchem SoC Ltd. Mr Tshelane was appointed as the Chief Executive officer of Necsa with effect from September 2012. Prior to joining Necsa, Mr Tshelane has held a number of key positions in other entities including as Vice-President of the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) where he also served as an Eskom representative. While on the NIASA board he also served in the finance committee. Other positions have included Independent Non-Executive Director at Necsa; Steering Committee Chairperson of the South African Nuclear Human Asset and Research Programme (SANHARP); and Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the RGM School of Excellence. Mr Tshelane holds a Bachelor’s of Science (BSc Hons) degree in Nuclear Physics and completed an Executive Development Programme (EDP) at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS), South Africa.

Duncan Hawthorne

Duncan Hawthorne

Chief Executive Officer
Horizon Nuclear Power

Duncan Hawthorne was appointed CEO of Horizon in May 2016 having been a Non-Executive Director of the company since 2013 and CEO of Bruce Power, one of the world’s largest nuclear power plants since it was formed in 2001. He is the Former Chairman of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO). Mr Hawthorne brings a wealth of industry experience, having worked in the power generation business for 30 years, holding senior positions in power companies in the UK, US and Canada. Originally from Scotland, Mr Hawthorne joined British Energy as an apprentice and progressed through all the engineering positions to become Director and then board member of British Energy. Mr Hawthorne attended Strathclyde University in Scotland on a scholarship. He is a Fellow of both the Institution of Electrical Engineers and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Keric Morris

Keric Morris

Oliver Wyman

Keric Morris is a London-based partner in the Energy practice of Oliver Wyman. Mr Morris focuses on low carbon/renewables, operational strategy and data analytics/digital. He has more than 20 years of corporate and consulting experience and particular industry expertise in Utilities and Oil & Gas. Mr Morris has worked in renewables for over a decade, developing pragmatic approaches to delivering energy transition for a number of large corporates. The focus of that work has been aligning company core competencies to realisable strategies that look at a stage development of a low/no carbon approach – both in regulated and deregulated markets.


Chair (3)

Pilita Clark

Pilita Clark

Associate Editor and Business Columnist
Financial Times

Pilita Clark is an Associate Editor and Business Columnist at the Financial Times. She writes a weekly column on modern corporate life, as well as features and other articles. Pilita has worked for the FT since 2003, covering aviation and the environment. She was the FT's Environment Correspondent from 2011 to 2017. Pilita was previously a Washington correspondent for Australian newspapers and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

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

    Andrew Ward, Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Keynote Address

    Wilfrid Petrie, CEO, Engie UK & Ireland

  • 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 clean energy’, 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: James Basden, Partner and Global Head of Utilities, Oliver Wyman

    Professor Jason Bordoff, Founding Director, Center on Global Energy Policy, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

    Lord Adair Turner, Chairman, Institute for New Economic Thinking; Chair, Energy Transitions Commission

    Spencer Dale, Group Chief Economist, BP

    Juliet Davenport  , Founder and CEO, Good Energy

    Moderator: Andrew Ward, Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:25am
    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  economic systems be sustained with 100% renewables? Can this 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 this 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, Executive Chairman, Sunrun

    Kingsmill Bond, New Energy Strategist, TS Lombard

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

    Keric Morris, Partner , Oliver Wyman

    Richard SmithHead of Network CapabilityNational Grid

    Moderator: Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:25am
    Keynote Interview

    Johannes Teyssen,  Chief Executive Officer, E.ON  in conversation with Andrew Ward, Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:45am
    Networking Coffee Break


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

    Accounting for 17% of C02 emission and some 55% 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?

    Francisco Carranza, Director, Energy Services, Nissan

    Erik Fairbairn CEO & Founder, POD Point

    Marco Gazzino ,Head of Partnerships and Innovation,  Enel

    James Leaton, Research Director, Carbon Tracker


    Moderator: Andrew Ward, Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 1:00pm
    Networking lunch
  • 2:10pm
    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?

    Session Keynote: Duncan Hawthorne, Chief Executive Officer, Horizon Nuclear Power

    Jonathan Cobb, Senior Communication Manager, World Nuclear Association 

    Tom Mundy, Chief Commercial Officer and Managing Director(UK and Europe), NuScale Power

    Tom Burke, Chairman and Co-Founder, E3G

    Phumzile Tshelane, Chief Executive Officer,  South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa)

    Moderator: Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:05pm
    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, Founder and Managing Partner, DBL Partners

    Ingmar Wilheim, Senior Adviser, Terra Firma

    James McGinnis, Chief Executive Officer, Mainstream Renewable Capital

    Bruce Huber, Founder and Managing Partner, Alexa Capital 

    Moderator: Pilita Clark, Environment Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 3:55pm
    Afternoon refreshments
  • 4:10pm
    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 4-5 minutes and then the audience votes on which technology they think could be winners.

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

    David Kingham, CEO, Tokamak Energy

    Thomas Duveau, Chief Strategy Officer, Mobisol

     Alexander Voigt, Founder and CEO, Lumenion Energy and GRIPS 

    Moderator: Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:00pm
    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:

    • Peak fossil fuel demand by 2030
    • Zero carbon 2050
    • Oil back to $100
    • Oil major bankruptcy
    • 1.5 degrees
    • Emerging markets  leapfrog to renewables

    Trevor Sikorski, Head of Natural Gasand Carbon Research, Energy Aspects

    Kingsmill Bond, New Energy Strategist, TS Lombard

    Alexander Voigt, Founder and CEO, Lumenion Energy and GRIPS 

    Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100, The Climate Group

    Moderator: Andrew Ward, Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:30pm
    Closing remarks and close of summit

Agenda - 14th Jun

  • 8:00am

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.

Below are our fees to attend one event, two events or all three events.







1 Day Ticket

£799 + VAT

£899 + VAT

2 Day Ticket

£1,299 + VAT

£1,399 + VAT

3 Day Ticket

£1,599 + VAT

£1,699 + VAT



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The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

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Oliver Wyman is a global leader in management consulting. With offices in 60 cities across 29 countries, Oliver Wyman combines deep industry knowledge with specialized expertise in strategy, operations, risk management, and organization transformation. The firm has more than 5,000 professionals around the world who work with clients to optimize their business, improve their operations and risk profile, and accelerate their organizational performance to seize the most attractive opportunities. Oliver Wyman is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies [NYSE: MMC].

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Carbon Tracker is an independent financial think tank that carries out in-depth analysis on the impact of the energy transition on capital markets and the potential investment in high-cost, carbon-intensive fossil fuels. Its team of financial market, energy and legal experts apply groundbreaking research using leading industry databases to map both risk and opportunity for investors on the path to a low-carbon future. It has cemented the terms “carbon bubble”, “unburnable carbon” and “stranded assets” into the financial and environmental lexicon.

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The Business Year (TBY) is a global media group specializing in economic news, research on national economies, and business intelligence across emerging markets. With operations in over 35 countries, we bring first-hand insights to investors, businesses, and governments worldwide.

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