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Energy, Telecoms, Media and Technology

FT Digital Energy Summit

Tracking the Impact of Digital Technology in an Evolving Energy Market

London |
Speakers include:
Laszlo Varro

Laszlo Varro

International Energy Agency (IEA)

Adriana  Karaboutis

Adriana Karaboutis

National Grid

Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis

E.ON UK

Overview

Despite continued uncertainty for the future shape of energy, it is clear digital technology will be critical to success. As the contours of this new energy world slowly come into focus, companies are anxious for lessons from early digital pioneers on: digital transformation impact on workplace culture and workforce, implementing innovative technologies at scale, enhancing efficiency and productivity across value chains, and role of AI and obstacles to adoption.

The FT Digital Energy Summit 2018 will continue to bring together over 150 decision-makers (CEOs, CIOs, CDOs,CTOs) from the digital energy community, including market dominators, brand challengers, innovators and cross-industry thought leaders, to track the impact of digital technologies - as part of wider transformation strategy - on an evolving market.

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Testimonials

2017 Testimonials.

“The FT Digital summit was a fantastic event to discuss the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead of us.” Dr Frank Meyer, Senior Vice President B2C Solution Management and Innovation, E.ON

“The FT Digital Energy Summit provided an excellent opportunity to discuss with my energy sector colleagues how addressing the growing cyber threat will empower their digitalisation journey. Cyber security is the new risk frontier and I am confident we will meet that challenge together.” Leo Simonovich, Vice President, Global Cyber Strategy, Siemens

“The energy sector is being disrupted by digital technologies, and the FT Digital Energy Summit is the best place to get the latest insights from industry leaders. Thank you for an outstanding event!” Mike O’Hare, Senior Development Manager, National Grid Ventures

“A high quality peer group, variable team to engage with.” James Neophytou, Executive Partner, IBM

​“Succeeded in targeting and discussing many of the key issues to date. It also provided a great opportunity for interaction with digital leaders and experts across the industry” Åshild Hanne Larsen, CIO and Senior Vice President Corporate IT, Statoil​

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2017 Post event report

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Full Overview

In oil and gas, companies are relying on technology to help preserve cost savings and keep headcount down as the sector returns to growth after a long downturn. Among utilities, digital innovation is both a source of disruption and a potential path to survival for power companies navigating the rapidly changing electricity market. The rise of renewable power, battery storage and electric vehicles poses challenges and opportunities for utilities and oil and gas companies alike – with increasing overlap between the two sectors. Digital technology is at the heart of this revolution, from the roll-out of smart grids and meters to manage a more complex power market, to the opening of new online retail channels to consumers.

This upheaval is putting a premium on agility and the ability to drive rapid change in an industry often considered slow and conservative. Partnerships and greater collaboration are also needed to merge new and old capabilities. The contours of this new energy world are only slowly coming into focus, with companies anxious for lessons from the early digital pioneers. What is the impact of digital transformation on workplace culture and workforce requirements as companies integrate new skills and technology? How can innovative technologies be implemented at scale? How is technology being leveraged to enhance efficiency across value chains and workforces? Can digital tools keep headcount down while making existing employees more productive? How great is the role of artificial intelligence and what are the obstacles to its adoption?

The window of opportunity for players to secure a leading position in this new ecosystem is closing and decisions must be made rapidly. To compete, new digital-based business models and associated capabilities are becoming an essential part of overall corporate strategies.

The series is researched and designed specifically for UK and European oil, gas and electricity sector CIOs, CDOs, CTOs and Heads of Innovation or Strategy and their teams - to track the impact of digital innovation and disruption on infrastructure and architecture. The agenda will review the latest technological developments, benchmark against leading strategies, receive regulatory updates, discuss best practices, find solutions to key challenges and enable collaboration across the sector.

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Agenda - 18th Sep

  • 8:00am
    Registration and networking
  • 9:00am
    Chair's opening remarks

    Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Opening keynote: Scoping the future of the energy sector

    China is challenging the US as a hub for global technological innovation, particularly big data and renewable energy. Will China be the next Silicon Valley and what impact might this have?

    How will the future of cities impact the energy sector?

    ●  What is the underlying smart grid technology, what was the reason behind smart metering and who will lead on the data?

    ●  How will the evolution of transport impact energy markets?

    Where is the electric vehicles industry going? What is the best approach for developing smart charging services? What are the latest developments in batteries?

    ●  What is the role of digital technologies going forward? How can these be combined with renewables to help customers engage and make smarter decisions?

    Interviewee: Laszlo Varro, Chief Economist, International Energy Agency (IEA)

    Interviewed by: Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times 

  • 9:20am
    What will make AI transformative for many businesses over the next 10 years?

    John Moriarty, Professor of Mathematics, Queen Mary University of London and Strategic Lead for Energy, The Alan Turing Institute

  • 9:35am
    Live interview: Artificial intelligence applications across the energy sector

    Darryl Willis, Vice President - Oil, Gas and Energy Sector, Google Cloud

  • 9:50am
    Interactive delegate voting session: New operating models for the digital age

    Hosted by: Mark Lillie, Partner, Energy & Resources UK and EMEA Consulting Leader, Deloitte

  • 10:15am
    Executive level dialogue: Utilising digitalisation to support existing business models, enable new services and drive innovation and collaboration

    ● How can digitalisation support the transition to lower-carbon electricity?

    ● What are the most important steps for developing a new regulatory model?

    ● How can the industry collaborate to avoid extensive, complex and costly validation and certification processes which can hinder progress?

    ● What is the future of the workforce in energy?

    ● How are digital transformation models being prioritised across the business?

    ● Are energy companies more likely to invest in in-house R&D or make acquisitions?

    ● Is further industry consolidation likely and what impact might this have on digital transformation?

    ● How well is the energy industry adopting and approaching innovation? Are there opportunities being missed?

    ● How can we focus on ‘game changers’ rather than incremental improvements?

    Michael Lewis, CEO, E.ON UK

    Jonathan Kini, CEO - Retail, Drax

    Adriana Karaboutis, Group Chief Information and Digital Officer, National Grid PLC and Corporate Director, Perrigo plc and Advance Auto Parts

    Béatrice Bigois, Managing Director – Customers, EDF Energy

    Ian Meikle, Director - Clean for Clean Growth and Infrastructure, Innovate UK

    Moderated by: Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:00am
    Networking break
  • 11:30am
    Digital transformation spotlight interview: Cross-industry lessons learnt in media

    The media industry has been transformed by several phases of digitalisation. Digitalised access to content has disrupted traditional business models and continues to drive organisations to identify new methods of content delivery. The boundary between the media and technology industries has been blurred.

    There are key learnings and parallels on the opportunities, best practices and challenges for the energy industry including how to use technology as an enabler within a business context to deliver both value and revenue. This session will investigate the lessons learnt in becoming a truly digital and agile enterprise.

    Interviewee: Neil McIntosh, Managing Editor, BBC Online

  • 11:50am
    Keynote: Digitalisation and the energy transition

    Digitalisation both enables the energy transition, and is essential for survival in volatile energy markets. According to DNV GL’s latest Energy Transition Outlook, primary energy supply will peak in 2032. The main driver of this major watershed for energy consumption are efficiency gains growing at a faster rate than global GDP. These gains are linked to pervasive electrification, the explosive growth of renewables, and accelerating efficiencies in the energy value chain from source to end use – most of which are linked to digitalisation.

    The energy system is becoming more complex – on global and local levels, and with previously unrelated source like gas and renewables needing to work together – which increases the need for digital technologies to control and operate effectively.

    Increasing complexity, combined with the prospect of an energy market becoming relatively smaller in less than two decades from now, makes the quest for connected, intelligent, reliable and sustainable energy production and power systems so much more strategic and urgent. The keys to this quest are data quality and security, new digital technologies and learning algorithms, as well as trusted data sharing and management platforms – as several energy-industry use cases from DNV GL’s own open data management platform, Veracity, illustrate.

    Elisabeth Tørstad, CEO, DNV GL – Digital Solutions

  • 12:10pm
    Industry 4.0 - Scaling up machine learning to deliver data insights, energy optimisation and smart trading for I&C

    As energy markets evolve, AI and machine learning technologies are driving forces behind the fourth industrial revolution. Sophisticated cloud-based platforms deliver data insights, change the ways in which all energy market stakeholders operate and create new opportunities for a cleaner, more flexible and resilient grid.

    This session will explore how new data analysis based technologies are being used to automate decisions and develop smart grid energy optimisation solutions. It will also discuss the practical application of the ways machine learning can support smart trading, energy assets lifecycle optimisation, predictive maintenance, as well as battery and generation forecasting.

    Michael Phelan MBA, CEO and Co-founder, GridBeyond

  • 12:25pm
    Cross-sector digital dialogue: Ensuring data integrity and trust

    ● What is the journey of operational data from augmented intelligence to AI?

    ● How can the extraction of value and insight be optimised?

    ● How can change management and company-wide acceptance be ensured?

    ● As companies shift part of their decision-making to machines, how can the integrity of the results remain unbiased and the data be trusted?

    ● How can data privacy compliance be utilised as a competitive advantage by monetising data and building trust with the customer base?

    ● How can we continue to address cyber, data privacy and protection issues through collaboration and standardisation?

    Morag Watson, Vice President of Digital Innovation, BP

    Peter Jackson, Chief Data Officer, Southern Water

    Fabio Veronese, Head of Infrastructure and Networks Digital Hub, Enel

    Yves Le Stunff, E&P Digital Officer, Total

    Paul Bonner, Vice President – Consulting and Data Analytics, Honeywell Connected Plant

    Moderated by: Daniel Thomas, Executive News Editor, Financial Times

  • 1:10pm
    Lunch
  • 2:10pm
    Interactive round table sessions: How can technology be embedded within an existing business process to contribute to productivity, value and, or profit?

    These interactive round table sessions will partner a specific business process ie operations, customer service and experience, supply chain, procurement, health and safety, renewables and recruitment with a technology or combination or technologies ie robotics, machine learning, AI, blockchain, big data analytics, IoT, drones etc.

    1. How can data-centric methods coupled with mobile and wearable technology reduce capex expenditure?
    2. How can hydrogen increase the energy capacity of digital tools?
    3. How can digital technologies at scale, including blockchain, ease the development of the electricity market?
    4. How can energy automation technologies help to change the consumer relationship from transactional to relational and deliver value to both parties?
    5. How can scaling up blockchain-enabled “transactive grids” for sustainable energy solutions improve clean energy tracking accuracy?
    6. How can next-generation CRM systems enable radically lower cost to sell and serve and how do you make this a reality?
    7. How have digital platforms been used to learn how a customer interacts to improve customer service and drive new revenue streams?
    8. How has big data and machine learning been combined to drive higher operational excellence?
    9. How has artificial intelligence been harnessed to improve business performance?
    10. How has better data sharing via ecosystem technologies improved the customer service proposition?

    Facilitators:

    Alisa Choong, Executive Vice President – Technical & Competitive IT, Shell

    Pierre-Etienne Franc, Vice President - Hydrogen Initiative, Air Liquide

    Jonathan Tudor, Director of Technology and Innovation Strategy, Centrica

    Jane Lucy, CEO and Founder, The Labrador

    Paul Massara, Board Member, Electron

    Matthew Saunders, Director, Deloitte Digital

    Bob Flint, Technology Director, Digital Innovation Organisation (DIO), BP

    Lindsey Griffiths, Head of Technology Adoption and Deployment, Digital Innovation Organisation (DIO), BP

    Günther Puffer, Executive Director - Value Delivery and Technology, Origami Energy

  • 3:25pm
    360 degree panel discussion: Building digital capabilities across the organisation

    Digital transformation starts with leadership and people. This panel will explore the overlap and evolution of roles as digital transformation progresses; and how to break down the silos, engage stakeholders and drive collaboration.

    ● What is the difference between a Chief Digital Office, Chief Information Officer, Chief Customer Officer, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Technology Officer? How are they using this to their advantage?  Is there a risk that these roles could become siloed?

    ● How can knowing what stage of the digital maturity journey your organisation is at influence the type of digital leader that is required?

    ● Leading from the top: How can the mindset of the Executive team be inspired to galvanise the organisation as a whole?

    ● How do you bring about cultural change, integrate and drive adoption of new technology and ways of working and collaborating?

    ● The people focus: How can staff be engaged to relate to customers and become the building blocks for digital?

    ● How should digital talent be developed to enable a flexible and dynamic, high-performing team?

    ● Digital DNA: What is it, how do you change it, how do you measure it and how does it translate to organisational thinking?

    Åshild Hanne Larsen, CIO and Senior Vice President Corporate IT, Equinor

    Fernando Alonso de la Vega, Chief Digital and Information Officer, Repsol

    Rodrigo Becerra Mizuno, Corporate Director and Chief Information Officer, Pemex

    Duncan Barnes, Partner, Deloitte Digital

    Pam Conway, Brand and Digital Director, Drax Retail

    Moderated by: Daniel Thomas, Executive News Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:10pm
    Closing keynote: Emerging technology: Quantum computing and opportunities for the energy sector

    ● What is quantum computing and what can it do?

    ● What will be the challenges for scaling up quantum computers?

     ● What does it mean for supply and demand?

     ● How can potential use cases be identified and tested in order to capitalise on opportunities from performance developments?

    Madhav Thattai, Chief Operating Officer, Rigetti Computing

  • 4:30pm
    Chair's closing remarks and networking drinks

    Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times

Speakers (32)

Laszlo Varro

Laszlo Varro

Chief Economist
International Energy Agency (IEA)

Laszlo Varro is the Chief Economist of the International Energy Agency (IEA). He leads the Economics and Investment Office, which is responsible for providing energy economics insights for the policy and energy security analysis of the IEA. He oversees the comprehensive coverage of investment in the energy sector and he leads the Energy Business Council, the IEA’s main engagement platform with the private sector. Until 2016, Mr Varro held the position of Head of Gas, Coal and Power Markets at the IEA. Prior to this, he was the Director for Strategy Development at MOL Group, a publicly-quoted oil and gas independent. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Cambridge and Corvinus University of Budapest.

Adriana  Karaboutis

Adriana Karaboutis

Group Chief Information and Digital Officer
National Grid

Adriana Karaboutis is the Group Chief Information and Digital Officer at National Grid plc and Corporate Director at Perrigo plc and Advance Auto Parts. She is recognised for her success as an innovative technology executive and a business leader across a range of sectors that include industry giants, such as: National Grid, Biogen, Dell, Ford, and General Motors. She was appointed Group Chief Information and Digital Officer for National Grid in August 2017. As a member of the company’s Group Executive Committee, she is responsible for the development of an enterprise-wide digital strategy, delivery of information systems and services, digital security and risk, as well as overall security.
Previously, as Executive Vice President for Technology, Business Solutions, and Corporate Affairs at Biogen, Ms. Karaboutis had a broad set of responsibilities that includedinformation technology, digital health and data sciences, and corporate affairs. Prior to joining Biogen in 2014, Ms. Karaboutis was Vice President and Global Chief Information
Officer (CIO) of Dell, Inc. and previously spent more than 20 years at General Motors and Ford Motor Company in various international leadership positions including computer-integrated manufacturing, supply chain operations, and information technology.
Ms. Karaboutis is also currently on the board of directors of Perrigo Company plc, and Advance Auto Parts. Additionally, she has served as a board Member of Blue Cross Blue Shield of
Massachusetts; president of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT); a board member of the Manufacturing Executive Leadership; and on the Babson College advisory board for the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL).
Ms. Karaboutis received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Wayne State University in Detroit, and was a Merit Scholar. Additional education includes graduate courses at Wayne State and completing the accelerated Marketing Strategy Program at Fuqua School of Business (Duke University).

Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis

CEO
E.ON UK

Michael Lewis joined E.ON UK as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) after holding the role of CEO at E.ON Climate & Renewables. He has worked in the energy industry for 25 years.

Having joined PowerGen in 1993, Michael originally worked in technical and environmental roles, before moving into Corporate Strategy and Development. Following E.ON’s acquisition of PowerGen, he moved to E.ON’s headquarters in Düsseldorf as Vice-President of Corporate Strategy where he worked on E.ONs renewable energy strategy.

In 2007 he was appointed as Managing Director for Europe on the Board of E.ON Climate & Renewables, before becoming COO responsible for global wind power development, construction and operations.

Mr Lewis is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE).

Morag Watson

Morag Watson

Vice President of Digital Innovation
BP

Morag Watson is the Vice President of Digital Innovation at BP. In this role, Morag leads a team focused on identifying the application of emerging digital technology innovation to meet business requirements. She works closely with the BP business segments and functions to accelerate the efficient adoption of new technologies and deployment at scale. Her current position has evolved from the role of Chief Technology Officer and helps improve alignment and integration across BP. Morag’s expertise has been instrumental in the Technology Innovation system at BP from ideation to development, application and standardisation

Most recently, Morag Watson served as the Director of Global IT Operations and Infrastructure for the America’s region. She also held a senior business unit leadership role in BP's Alternative Energy business responsible for exploring and developing a new part of the renewable energy portfolio, focussing on low carbon power opportunities. Prior to this, Ms Watson was the CIO and Vice President of the Exploration and Production business of BP where her responsibilities included being accountable for all aspects of digital technology and infrastructure supporting the Upstream activities worldwide.

Over her 25-year tenure at BP, she has held other leadership positions including a wide range of roles in strategy, planning, and architecture in addition to the development of leading-edge technologies. Outside of the technical arena, she was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer and later Vice President, for the North America Commercial Fuels Marketing business. Ms Watson's diverse skills and experiences have taken her to roles based in many different countries, including the US and UK, as well as Venezuela and Colombia.

Her career has seen numerous accolades, including the BP Upstream Technical Achievement Award in 1999 and 2000, BP IT Helios Award in 2001, and the BP Performance Innovation Award in 2003. In addition, she was externally recognised by winning the Association for Women in Computing (AWC) award for Top Women in Technology.

She currently is BP’s Executive Sponsor for MIT, serves on the board of Intel Capital, Price Waterhouse Coopers Exchange and BPs Diversity & Inclusion Council. She is also the Executive Sponsor of BP Women International Americas Business Resource Group which is focussed on creating a greater pipeline of talent and opportunities for women in technical industries through the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programme.

Ms Watson holds an MSc in Management from Stanford University where she was sponsored by BP under the Sloan Program, a BSc in Mathematics and Computing from Aberdeen University and an LTCL from the Trinity College of Music in London.

Darryl Willis

Darryl Willis

Vice President Oil, Gas and Energy
Google Cloud

Darryl Willis is Vice President Oil, Gas and Energy at Google Cloud. In this role, he is responsible for driving Google Cloud’s business across the entire Energy sector. He is focussed on developing products and solutions, providing deep line of business expertise to the sales teams in their to go market efforts, and building trusted relationships with key leaders and companies across the Energy sector.

Mr Willis is an accomplished global senior executive with expertise leading businesses across the oil and gas industry. He has a proven track record of delivering growth and improving profitability for enterprises in the United States, Russia, Asia and Africa. He has earned the reputation as an inspiring leader who develops people, builds high-performing teams and gets business results.  

Prior to joining Google, Mr Willis was most recently President and Chief Executive Officer for BP Angola based in Luanda. He previously served as Senior Vice President and Deputy Head of Subsurface for BP.  During his 25-year career in oil and gas, his technical and global management experience includes subsurface, drilling, operations, commercial, strategy, safety, ethics and compliance, public affairs, crisis management and technology.

Mr Willis earned a Master of Science in Management from Stanford University with concentrations in Managing Global Businesses and Social Responsibility, a Master of Science in Geology and Geophysics from the University of New Orleans,  and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Literature from Northwestern State University. 

Elisabeth  Tørstad

Elisabeth Tørstad

CEO - Digital Solutions
DNV GL

Elisabeth Tørstad leads the newest of DNV GL’s business areas, Digital Solutions, which combines and co-ordinates the company’s work in the realm of digitalisation. DNV GL is a world-leading provider of digital solutions for managing risk and improving safety and asset performance for ships, pipelines, processing plants, offshore structures, electric grids, smart cities and more. Its open industry platform, Veracity, cyber security and software solutions support business-critical activities across many industries, including maritime, energy and healthcare. Digitalisation and the energy transition have been central themes in Ms Tørstad’s career as a leader. She has two decades in management positions at DNV GL, most recently as CEO in business area Oil and Gas. Prior to that role, she served as Chief Technology Officer, as well as Chief Operating Officer for Maritime and Oil and Gas the Americas and Sub-Saharan Africa division. Ms Tørstad joined DNV GL in 1995. She has a cross-disciplinary background and has held management positions with global responsibilities within the Maritime, Oil and Gas and Renewable Energy business areas. Her academic background includes a degree in Physics from the University of Oslo and a degree of Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Management. 

Fernando  Alonso de la Vega

Fernando Alonso de la Vega

Chief Digital and Information Officer
Repsol

Fernando Alonso de la Vega is Corporate Director of Digitalisation and Information Technologies with responsibility for Repsol Information Systems and Digitalisation worldwide. Prior to this, Mr Alonso was Global Solutions Director, in charge of corporate services in IT, Procurement, Asset Management and Security. He joined Repsol in 1994 as a project engineer for the refining business in which he spent 17 years in technical and management positions within the Engineering and Maintenance Area. After which he moved back to Madrid as an Innovation Director where he promoted some key transformation projects for Refining and Petrochemical businesses. Mr Alonso holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. 

Béatrice  Bigois

Béatrice Bigois

Managing Director, Customers
EDF Energy

Béatrice Bigois is Managing Director of Customers at EDF Energy, a position which she assumed in January 2014. This role oversees EDF Energy’s entire residential customer,
business customer and wholesale optimisation activities. For the past four years she has initiated and lead a large transformation programme of the business, enhancing its agility and
delivering innovation capabilities.
Ms Bigois joined the EDF Group in 1994 and has held various roles within Finance, Risk Management and Asset Optimisation at both EDF and EDF Energy. In 2006, she joined EDF
Trading and was responsible for setting up and running its Paris trading office. She was then appointed CFO and Executive Director of EDF Trading, London in October 2008.
She is currently a non‐executive Director of Edison Spa and a member of its Control and Risk Committee, and a non‐executive Director of Hime‐Groupe Saur and a member of its Audit Committee.
She graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (1992) and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (1994).

Rodrigo  Becerra Mizuno

Rodrigo Becerra Mizuno

Corporate Director and Chief Information Officer
Pemex

Rodrigo Becerra Mizuno is the leader of the largest digital and business transformation in Latin America. He leads over 3000 engineers, developers, and business decision makers developing, implementing, and executing a digital transformation strategy directly linked to the new business plan aiming to turn Pemex into a more profitable and competitive company. This highly visible initiative allowed him to be awarded with the 2018 HITEC 50 and to be recognised as one of the Top 100 CIO’s in Mexico by CIO Magazine for his outstanding performance in Pemex. He is responsible for the first edition of Pemex Drive Oil & Gas Technology Convention.

Mr Becerra Mizuno has held various senior leadership roles at Microsoft Corporation including Global Public Sector Manager, Managing Director Global Government Industry, and Public Sector Director Asia based out of Singapore. In 2001, he served as Advisor to the Minister of Finance of Mexico. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and International Relations from Boston University, USA and an MBA with a concentration in General Management and Strategy from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, UK.

 Peter  Jackson

Peter Jackson

Chief Data Officer
Southern Water

Peter Jackson is Chief Data Officer at Southern Water and is tasked with developing and delivering a data strategy for the organisation. Southern Water supplies 524 million litres of drinking water from 89 water treatment works along 13,793 kilometres of water mains to customers’ taps. It also treats and recycles 718 million litres of wastewater at 365 treatment works, after it is pumped through a network of 2,375 pumping stations and 39,600 kilometres of sewers each day.

Previously Mr Jackson was Head of Data at The Pensions Regulator (TPR), which regulates the pensions and automatic enrolment in the UK. Before joining TPR, he spent 17 years providing data strategy consultancy across the not for profit sector, financial services and FMCG, working with large multi-national organisations and blue chip brands. He is a specialist in Data Strategy, Data Technologies, Master Data Management Strategies, Data Governance Frameworks, GDPR and Data Science Strategies. Mr Jackson is the co-author of ‘The Chief Data Officer’s Playbook’ published by Facet November 2017.

Åshild  Hanne Larsen

Åshild Hanne Larsen

CIO and Senior Vice President Corporate IT
Equinor

Åshild Hanne Larsen is Equinor’s CIO and SVP of its Corporate IT function. Her current focus is on digital transformation and creating business value from IT – using IT as a key enabler in improving operational efficiency and transforming the oil and gas industry. Ms Larsen started her career with Statoil (now Equinor) in 1993 and has broad experience both from professional and executive roles primarily within HR and IT, including leadership of corporate projects and large-scale organisational change efforts. Prior to taking on the CIO role, she was the Vice President for People and Organisation in Statoil’s technology, projects and drilling business area. Ms Larsen holds a specialist MBA from Heriot Watt University in the UK, as well as an MA degree from Universität Bielefeld in Germany. She also serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees at the International School of Stavanger.

Jonathan Kini

Jonathan Kini

CEO - Retail
Drax

As CEO of Drax Retail, Jonathan Kini oversees business operations and champions Drax’s retail strategy across Haven Power and Opus Energy. He is responsible for pursuing increased business growth through small-to-medium enterprise (SME) sectors, and for sustaining and growing Drax Retail’s industrial and commercial (I&C) customer base. The retail strategic focus is a more customer-centric approach to energy sustainability, to inspire change in energy use and help customers to use less. Under Mr Kini’s leadership, both Haven Power and Opus Energy will have the unique ability to offer reliable, renewable energy generated using biomass technology. The long-term ambition is that 100% of Drax’s Retail customers are on 100% renewable.

Michael  Phelan MBA

Michael Phelan MBA

CEO and Co-founder
GridBeyond

Michael Phelan is the CEO and Co-founder of GridBeyond and has over 22 years management experience in sales, marketing and product development in electronic and software companies targeting the energy sector. Prior to creating GridBeyond, formerly Endeco Technologies, he held positions at Philips, Microsol, PCAS and Duolog in automation and electronics. He was responsible for developing European, Asian and American markets and OEMs such as Invensys, Mitsubishi, Toshiba, and Alstom. In addition, he has facilitated several successful exits. Mr Phelan is a graduate of University College Dublin where he obtained an MBA in Business Administration, Management and Operations.

Alisa  Choong

Alisa Choong

Executive Vice President – Technical & Competitive IT
Shell

Alisa Choong has been the Executive Vice President Technical and Competitive IT (TaCIT) since 2015. Joining Shell in 2007, Ms Choong's international career has spanned both downstream and upstream businesses. Most recently, as a member of Shell's IT leadership team, she was the Information Management and Technology General Manager for Integrated Gas and Joint Ventures. Ms Choong was also Shell Malaysia IT Country Manager since 2011. Prior to Shell, she held roles at KPMG, Bank of Australia, PwC, IBM and the CIO of global energy shipping of logistics corporation MISC Bhd, a public listed subsidiary of PETRONAS.

 Neil  McIntosh

Neil McIntosh

Managing Editor
BBC Online

Neil McIntosh is Managing Editor of BBC Online, the network of BBC digital websites and apps that includes BBC News, Sport, Weather, and BBC iPlayer. He is responsible for a range of services used by millions of people daily, from the BBC Homepage to the unit that manages the BBC’s biggest public votes and fundraisers. He has particular interest in the the strategic changes being caused by the explosion of social media, and the shifting expectations of young audiences.

A journalist by trade, he covered the dot.com boom (and bust) for the Guardian newspaper, before moving online to lead the title’s move into audio and video between 2004 and 2008. He later worked for The Wall Street Journal, heading its pan-European digital expansion between 2009 and 2013.

Mr McIntosh is a trustee of the Palace for Life Foundation, a charity devoted to using the power of sport to improve the lives of young South Londoners.

Madhav  Thattai

Madhav Thattai

Chief Operating Officer
Rigetti Computing

Madhav Thattai is the COO of Rigetti Computing, a full-stack quantum computing company based in Berkeley, California. Prior to joining Rigetti in 2015, Mr Thattai worked at Dell Computing for eight years in a variety of roles, most recently as Director of Product Operations. He holds a Master’s degree in management from Stanford University, a Master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India.

Ian  Meikle

Ian Meikle

Director of Clean Growth and Infrastructure
Innovate UK

Ian Meikle is Director of Clean Growth and Infrastructure at Innovate UK. This includes leading Innovate UK's energy, transport systems and future cities
programmes of work. He sits on the board of four Catapults; Energy Systems, Offshore Renewable Energy, Transport Systems and Future Cities. He has been at Innovate UK since 2009 – initially he ran the Low Impact Buildings programme and more recently he was Head of Agriculture and Food - this included setting up the four innovation centres funded by the AgriTech Industrial Strategy.

His working background includes a broad range of sectors; financial services, insurance, manufacturing, consultancy, third-sector, construction, IT and retail. Previous roles include: Principal Consultant at Inbuilt, Commercial Manager at Building Research Establishment (BRE), Operations Director at Freeform Arts Trust, and Vice President at Morgan Stanley.

Mr Meikle has an MSc in Renewable Energy and the Environment from the University of Reading, and his first degree was in the use of structured methods
to deliver effective IT systems.

Jane Lucy

Jane Lucy

Founder CEO
The Labrador

Founder and CEO Jane Lucy is an entrepreneur and activist, driven by empowering consumers and influencing disruptive sectoral shifts using pioneering technologies. Previously an experienced lawyer and campaigner, she co-created the first online collaborative communities – Landshare and Crowdfunder. Most recently, Ms Lucy worked alongside writer and broadcaster Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to take on supermarkets and change the eating habits of a nation with the hugely successful ‘Chicken Out’ and ‘Fish Fight’ campaigns. Before setting up The Labrador, she did online energy specific projects with British Gas and uSwitch.

Mark  Lillie

Mark Lillie

Partner, Energy & Resources UK & EMEA Consulting Leader
Deloitte

Mark Lillie leads Deloitte’s EMEA and UK Energy & Resources Consulting Practices. This client portfolio includes oil and gas, utilities, mining and shipping organisations. Mark leads the Deloitte Consulting relationship at Centrica, Thames Water, SSE, EON UK and Maersk.

Mr Lillie is on Deloitte’s Global Technology Leadership team, with responsibility for Technology Strategy, Eminence and The CIO Programme. He has responsibility for increasing Deloitte’s market impact and awareness with Technology Leaders at our clients. This includes strategic eminence activities such as Deloitte’s Annual Tech Trends Report and Deloitte’s Annual CIO Survey, as well as implementing CIO Transition Labs and our Next Gen CIO Programme across Deloitte.

Mr Lillie has spent his career working with the Boards, CIOs, CFOs and Business leaders on organisation redesign, business change, IT strategy and Transformation programmes including business strategy alignment, target operating model definition, cost reduction and IT-enabled business process transformation and alliances.

He has deep experience across the energy value chain including power generation, energy trading, risk management, commercial optimisation and retail operations.

Pierre-Etienne  Franc

Pierre-Etienne Franc

Vice President - Hydrogen Initiative
Air Liquide

Since June 2017, Pierre-Etienne Franc has been the Vice President, Air Liquide, Hydrogen Initiative, in charge of developing the full potential of H2 activities for the Group worldwide. He continues to supervise the Venture Capital arm (ALIAD). From 2010 to  2017, Mr Franc has supervised a portfolio of advanced businesses and technologies initiatives, in the fields of energy and environment, space, aeronautics, cryogenics and the venture capital arm for the group (created in 2013). This portfolio has been turned into a World Business Unit, called Advanced Business and Technologies WBU. It gathers 1500 people in several companies.

Mr Franc joined the Air Liquide Group in 1995 as a strategic analyst for the Group general management. Since then he has held the roles of Business Manager for energy markets, Vice-President Strategy of the Venture Services Division and Vice-President in charge of the Metals Market, CEO and Business Director of Air Liquide Large Industry operations in Benelux and Growth Programme Director of the corporate strategy plan “ALMA”.

Between 2011 and June 2016, he was Chairman of Hydrogen Europe and of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), the European Platform financing Hydrogen and Fuel Cell sector, with a budget of 1,4 BN€ within the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union. Mr Franc is a graduate from HEC Paris. He is author of two books (“Le Management du Client”, Eyrolles, 1994 ; “Hydrogen, the energy transition in the making”, Manifesto/Gallimard, 2015).

Pam Conway

Pam Conway

Brand and Digital Director
Drax Retail

Pam Conway is Brand and Digital Director for Drax Retail, responsible for the development and delivery of the Group Brand and Digital Customer Engagement strategy. She joined Drax in 2016 as the Marketing Director for Haven Power, where she re-focussed the business around a core belief in ‘A Better Use of Energy’, before moving to her existing role in 2017.

From her earliest days in marketing, Ms Conway has designed powerful digital strategies to transform customer experiences and businesses, from the creation of compelling content to the deployment of new marketing technologies, simplifying and accelerating routes to market. At Drax her remit is to grow and strengthen its digital capability, to unpick the complexity in the sector, and digitally transform the B2B customer experience.

Prior to Drax, she was at British Gas for five years, very quickly moving from Marketing to Commercial where she unlocked the potential of Smart Meters and energy efficiency, changing the way British Gas connected with its customers. Throughout her career innovation rooted in customer insight has been at the heart of Pam’s approach, helping businesses to be bolder and to create stronger relationships with customers built on trust.

Fabio  Veronese

Fabio Veronese

Head of Infrastructure and Networks Digital Hub
Enel

Fabio Veronese is Head of the ICT Infrastructure and Networks Solution Center at Enel. In his role, he oversees the global Information Technology (IT) development for Enel Infrastructure and Networks business line. He leads the Technology and Transformation Committee which is responsible for qualifying and leading the infrastructural transformation projects and for defining technologies, architectures and platforms supporting the digital transformation of Enel. He coordinates a team of more than 3,000 people between employees and contractors, supporting IT application development in 8 countries. He has 25 years of experience in IT, project management and business transformation and is passionate about technology.

Previous to his current position, Mr Veronese led the Infrastructure and Technological Services of the IT division of the Enel Group for three years. As Head of Infrastructure and Networks Solution Centre, he led the smart meter project implementation in Italy, and is currently leading the global unification program and the digitalisation programme for the applications of the Distribution Companies of the Enel Group. As Head of Infrastructure and Technological Services, he led the fastest and massive data migration to the cloud at corporate level, completing the restructuring in the way IT operations were managed in the Enel Group.

Mr Veronese holds a bachelor degree in electronic engineering from the University of Padova, Italy and a Master’s degree in Leadership Awareness at INSEAD business school.

Paul Bonner

Paul Bonner

Vice President – Consulting and Data Analytics
Honeywell Connected Plant

Paul Bonner is Vice President of Consulting and Analytics at Honeywell Connected Plant Division. Mr. Bonner has responsibility for the development of performance solutions utilising first principles, empirical and machine learning or analytics, and has over 34 years of petroleum and petrochemicals experience.Prior to this role within Honeywell, he worked for Conoco Ltd. in the United Kingdom then as Asia Pacific business leader for Aspen Technologies Inc. based in Singapore.He has a BS Honours Degree from the University of Salford, UK and is former Chairman of the American Fuels and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) process automation and decision support group.

Lindsey  Griffiths

Lindsey Griffiths

Head of Technology Adoption, Digital Innovation Organisation (DIO)
BP

Lindsey Griffiths is the Head of Technology Adoption in BP’s Digital Innovation Organisation (DIO). The DIO seeks to identify and develop innovative digital technology that may benefit BP or might one day pose a threat, and Ms Griffiths leads the efficient investment and trial of those new technologies, as well as driving value for BP through deployment at scale.

​In her fifteen years at BP, she has held a range of IT leadership positions, primarily in BP’s trading business. In large project and programme management roles, she implemented critical trading systems and infrastructure, from technical delivery through business change.

In other leadership roles she defined IT strategy and architectural vision and managed the IT portfolio for the trading business. She was also appointed Executive Assistant for the CIO, International Trading business. Ms Griffiths’ early career was a decade in Management Consultancy, at Accenture where she specialised in solutions for financial markets clients, including Investment Banks and Stock Exchanges across the world.

Paul  Massara

Paul Massara

Board Member
Electron

Paul Massara is on the Board of Electron, an energy blockchain company. He is also a member of the Committee on Fuel Poverty advising the Secretary of State for Energy on energy strategy.
Prior to this, he was CEO of Northstar Solar - a solar and battery business, CEO of RWE npower where he served on the Executive Committee of RWE AG as well as being the Country Chair for RWE in the UK responsible for all government and policy issues. As member of the RWE Retail Board, he was responsible for coordinating 23 million B2C customers and led the digitalisation of RWE in the UK and Europe.
Before joining RWE npower, he held a variety of positions with increasing responsibility with Centrica, Direct Energy North America, in Toronto. His tenure there culminated in his role as President of Canadian Operations and serving as a Member of the North American Board and the North America Executive Committee. His leadership enhanced the Company’s growth from $700,000MM to $2.7Bn, and from 600 to 3,000 employees. He was voted Top 40 Under 40 in Canada in 2004 and was Chair of the Toronto Board of Trade.

Yves Le Stunff

Yves Le Stunff

E&P Digital Officer
Total

Yves Le Stunff has been working for Total Exploration Production for more than 20 years. In September 2015 he was appointed Digital Officer and is in charge of developing Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for E&P activities. From 2012 to 2015 he was in charge of the Prospective and R&D Strategy for Total E&P. As a geoscientist he has held various positions both in operations and in research and development. He has been involved in exploration and field development activities in various countries including Argentina and Libya.

He is a graduate in Physics from the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris (France) and holds a PhD in Geophysics from the University of California at Berkeley (USA).

John  Moriarty

John Moriarty

Professor of Mathematics, Queen Mary University of London
Fellow, The Alan Turing Institute

John Moriarty is a Professor of Mathematics at Queen Mary University of London and Visiting Researcher at the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. He is also a Research Fellow of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. After taking a BA in Mathematical Sciences, MSc in Applied Statistics and DPhil in Probability at Oxford, he held positions at University College Cork in Ireland and the University of Manchester. While his current focus is on applications in energy, to date Mr Moriarty has published in probability theory, applied probability, statistics and mathematical biology. He is a co-founder of Future Decisions, a start-up using machine learning to improve air quality in buildings, and has worked with National Grid, IBM and Electricity North West on knowledge transfer projects. He has contributed several times to BBC television, radio and website.

Bob Flint

Bob Flint

Technology Director, Digital Innovation Organisation (DIO)
BP

Bob Flint works in BP’s Digital Innovation Organisation (DIO) which identifies new digital technology trends relevant to the business, advises the group on their likely impact, and runs projects to assess their potential. DIO also works closely with the business to deploy selected new technologies at scale. Mr Flint's focus currently includes mobile, IoT, wearables and track & trace technology. Before joining BP, he spent over 20 years working in a range of industries including defence, manufacturing and electronics. He has a Masters in Engineering from Cambridge University and an MBA from Imperial College London.

Günther  Puffer

Günther Puffer

Executive Director - Value Delivery and Technology
Origami Energy

Günther Puffer leads the Value Delivery and Technology team at Origami Energy. He is responsible for the Portfolio Management, building the commercial optimisation engine and implementing the big data analytics backbone embedded into Origami’s technology platform. With a background in Physics, he has mainly focused his career within the Energy Trading and Origination sector. Before joining the Executive team at Origami Energy, he spent 7 years in various Structuring and Valuation roles at RWE Supply and Trading and a further 7 years at the leading renewable energy company, Statkraft, heading up the UK Portfolio Management team with commercial oversight of one of the biggest renewable power portfolios in the UK.

Duncan  Barnes

Duncan Barnes

Partner
Deloitte Digital

Duncan Barnes is a Partner in Deloitte Digital, where he leads their work in the Energy and Resources sector, specialising in digital customer engagement. He also leads Deloitte’s Next-Generation Sales and Service consulting teams across industries, and brings 20 years’ experience of major customer-focused business and technology transformation programmes.  Mr Barnes' work focuses on designing and delivering better customer engagement strategies for his clients, helping them to achieve enhanced customer experiences, increased revenue and reduced cost-to-serve.

Jonathan Tudor

Jonathan Tudor

Director of Technology and Innovation Strategy
Centrica Innovations

Jonathan Tudor heads up strategy for Centrica Innovations, established in 2017 to invest in new technology and ideas that will transform the way we live, work and move.

Prior to joining, he served as the global managing director of BP Ventures. He has 20-years of experience in various technology based business development and investment roles. He was the ventures director at QinetiQ in the UK where he helped create and spin-out several high-tech companies in sensors, software, data analysis and materials. In his early career, he had also worked for the Carl Zeiss Group in Germany to help develop their drug screening business.

Matthew Saunders

Matthew Saunders

Director
Deloitte Digital

Matthew Saunders is a Director in Deloitte Digital with over 14 years consulting experience of delivering transformation programmes within customer facing operations. He focusses on the utility sector, having worked with leading power and water utilities to deliver a wide range of assignments which include customer and digital strategy definition, system implementation and business transformation.

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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.

Aliya  Ram

Aliya Ram

European Technology Correspondent
Financial Times

Aliya Ram has been the FT's European Technology Correspondent since September 2017. Prior to this she was a reporter at the Financial Times covering asset management with FTfm. Ms Ram has previously worked as a consumer industries reporter and on the UK news desk in London. She joined the FT in September 2014 after a brief stint at the British civil service.

Daniel Thomas

Daniel Thomas

Executive News Editor
Financial Times

Dan Thomas has been the Financial Times’ Executive News Editor since August 2018. Mr Thomas was previously the FT’s deputy companies editor and telecoms editor.

Prior to that, he worked as the FT’s property correspondent. He has also reported for FT Money and FT Weekend’s personal finance supplement. Prior to joining the FT in March 2007, he was an assistant editor for Property Week.

Mr Thomas holds a postgraduate degree in journalism from City University and a BA in English and Philosophy from Manchester University. He was named Business Journalist of the Year at the LSL Property Awards and awarded IBP News Reporter of the Year – both in 2010.

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Morag Watson

Morag Watson

Vice President of Digital Innovation
BP

Morag Watson is the Vice President of Digital Innovation at BP. In this role, Morag leads a team focused on identifying the application of emerging digital technology innovation to meet business requirements. She works closely with the BP business segments and functions to accelerate the efficient adoption of new technologies and deployment at scale. Her current position has evolved from the role of Chief Technology Officer and helps improve alignment and integration across BP. Morag’s expertise has been instrumental in the Technology Innovation system at BP from ideation to development, application and standardisation

Most recently, Morag Watson served as the Director of Global IT Operations and Infrastructure for the America’s region. She also held a senior business unit leadership role in BP's Alternative Energy business responsible for exploring and developing a new part of the renewable energy portfolio, focussing on low carbon power opportunities. Prior to this, Ms Watson was the CIO and Vice President of the Exploration and Production business of BP where her responsibilities included being accountable for all aspects of digital technology and infrastructure supporting the Upstream activities worldwide.

Over her 25-year tenure at BP, she has held other leadership positions including a wide range of roles in strategy, planning, and architecture in addition to the development of leading-edge technologies. Outside of the technical arena, she was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer and later Vice President, for the North America Commercial Fuels Marketing business. Ms Watson's diverse skills and experiences have taken her to roles based in many different countries, including the US and UK, as well as Venezuela and Colombia.

Her career has seen numerous accolades, including the BP Upstream Technical Achievement Award in 1999 and 2000, BP IT Helios Award in 2001, and the BP Performance Innovation Award in 2003. In addition, she was externally recognised by winning the Association for Women in Computing (AWC) award for Top Women in Technology.

She currently is BP’s Executive Sponsor for MIT, serves on the board of Intel Capital, Price Waterhouse Coopers Exchange and BPs Diversity & Inclusion Council. She is also the Executive Sponsor of BP Women International Americas Business Resource Group which is focussed on creating a greater pipeline of talent and opportunities for women in technical industries through the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programme.

Ms Watson holds an MSc in Management from Stanford University where she was sponsored by BP under the Sloan Program, a BSc in Mathematics and Computing from Aberdeen University and an LTCL from the Trinity College of Music in London.

Frédéric  Gimenez

Frédéric Gimenez

Group Chief Information Officer
Total

Frédéric Gimenez has been the Group Chief Information Officer of Total since March 2015. Prior to this he was appointed CIO of the newly created Refining and Chemicals division based in 2012, merging two IT organisations, based in France, Belgium and US where he dealt with the challenges of two different application and infrastructure solutions, associated to the convergence of business organisations and processes under strong costs pressure. Mr Gimenez joined the Total Downstream division in 1994 in IT application development and support, his subsequent roles included: IT Manager for Total UK Refining and Marketing, Head of Infrastructure and Operations Group for Refining and Marketing - managing the transformation towards an offshore outsourced service, Deputy CIO for the Refining and Marketing division. He also spent 10 years working on SAP and set up the first SAP Competence Centre for Downstream. He holds a Master Degree in Computer Science.

Alisa  Choong

Alisa Choong

Executive Vice President – Technical & Competitive IT
Shell

Alisa Choong has been the Executive Vice President Technical and Competitive IT (TaCIT) since 2015. Joining Shell in 2007, Ms Choong's international career has spanned both downstream and upstream businesses. Most recently, as a member of Shell's IT leadership team, she was the Information Management and Technology General Manager for Integrated Gas and Joint Ventures. Ms Choong was also Shell Malaysia IT Country Manager since 2011. Prior to Shell, she held roles at KPMG, Bank of Australia, PwC, IBM and the CIO of global energy shipping of logistics corporation MISC Bhd, a public listed subsidiary of PETRONAS.

 John  Hartley

John Hartley

Head of Propositions
Centrica

John Hartley is Head of Propositions for Centrica’s new Distributed Energy and Power (DE&P) business, established to help businesses and other large energy users to take control of their energy. A strategist by background, he joined Centrica in 2013 where he worked in the Power Business Development area. Mr Hartley then led the strategy team behind DE&P, into which Centrica plans to invest £700M as they pursue a new energy world of lower bills and lower carbon through the use of small scale generation, demand side response, energy efficiency and storage.
Mr Hartley studied Geography at the University of Cambridge, after which we worked at McKinsey & Co. where he focussed on energy strategy – a topic that has seen him work across Australia, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the US and Europe.

Jonathan Kini

Jonathan Kini

CEO - Retail
Drax

As CEO of Drax Retail, Jonathan Kini oversees business operations and champions Drax’s retail strategy across Haven Power and Opus Energy. He is responsible for pursuing increased business growth through small-to-medium enterprise (SME) sectors, and for sustaining and growing Drax Retail’s industrial and commercial (I&C) customer base. The retail strategic focus is a more customer-centric approach to energy sustainability, to inspire change in energy use and help customers to use less. Under Mr Kini’s leadership, both Haven Power and Opus Energy will have the unique ability to offer reliable, renewable energy generated using biomass technology. The long-term ambition is that 100% of Drax’s Retail customers are on 100% renewable.

Åshild  Hanne Larsen

Åshild Hanne Larsen

CIO and Senior Vice President Corporate IT
Equinor

Åshild Hanne Larsen is Equinor’s CIO and SVP of its Corporate IT function. Her current focus is on digital transformation and creating business value from IT – using IT as a key enabler in improving operational efficiency and transforming the oil and gas industry. Ms Larsen started her career with Statoil (now Equinor) in 1993 and has broad experience both from professional and executive roles primarily within HR and IT, including leadership of corporate projects and large-scale organisational change efforts. Prior to taking on the CIO role, she was the Vice President for People and Organisation in Statoil’s technology, projects and drilling business area. Ms Larsen holds a specialist MBA from Heriot Watt University in the UK, as well as an MA degree from Universität Bielefeld in Germany. She also serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees at the International School of Stavanger.

Mark  Lillie

Mark Lillie

Partner, Energy & Resources UK & EMEA Consulting Leader
Deloitte

Mark Lillie leads Deloitte’s EMEA and UK Energy & Resources Consulting Practices. This client portfolio includes oil and gas, utilities, mining and shipping organisations. Mark leads the Deloitte Consulting relationship at Centrica, Thames Water, SSE, EON UK and Maersk.

Mr Lillie is on Deloitte’s Global Technology Leadership team, with responsibility for Technology Strategy, Eminence and The CIO Programme. He has responsibility for increasing Deloitte’s market impact and awareness with Technology Leaders at our clients. This includes strategic eminence activities such as Deloitte’s Annual Tech Trends Report and Deloitte’s Annual CIO Survey, as well as implementing CIO Transition Labs and our Next Gen CIO Programme across Deloitte.

Mr Lillie has spent his career working with the Boards, CIOs, CFOs and Business leaders on organisation redesign, business change, IT strategy and Transformation programmes including business strategy alignment, target operating model definition, cost reduction and IT-enabled business process transformation and alliances.

He has deep experience across the energy value chain including power generation, energy trading, risk management, commercial optimisation and retail operations.

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Benefits of Attending

  • Hear how digital leaders and experts across the industry spectrum – oil, gas, power and clean energy, are enabling their strategies to benchmark your progress
  • Gain insights from over 30 thought leaders on what we can expect from the next phase of digital and technology disruption to prepare your organisation
  • Understand how to drive business value and monetise innovation in order to secure further investment
  • Network with over 150 C-level executives and department heads from energy operators, regulators, consultants, start-ups and technology providers to grow your position within the industry
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Be in Good Company

Companies joining us in 2018 include (in alphabetical order):

  • Accenture
  • Air Liquide
  • Arnlea Systems
  • Atkins
  • Baringa Partners
  • BBC Online
  • Bloomberg
  • BP
  • Castle Water
  • Centrica
  • DCC plc
  • Deloitte
  • Deutsche Bank AG London
  • DNV GL
  • DRAX
  • E.ON UK
  • EDF Energy
  • Electric Ireland
  • Electron
  • Embassy of Brazil in London
  • Enel
  • Engie
  • Equinor
  • Focus P R Ltd
  • Galp Energia
  • Gemserv Ltd
  • Global Smart Transformation Ltd
  • Google Cloud
  • Green Energy Options
  • GridBeyond
  • Hitachi Consulting
  • Honeywell
  • Hydro Energy AS
  • Innovate UK
  • KAPPA
  • Labrador Ltd
  • Linklaters LLP
  • Maana
  • Marks and Spencer plc
  • Marshall-marten ltd
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Montel
  • National Grid
  • NM Group
  • Oblath Advisory
  • Ofgem
  • Palantir Technologies
  • Pemex
  • Platina Energy Partners LLP
  • Power Assets Holdings Limited
  • Respol
  • Rigetti Computing
  • S&P Global Market Intelligence
  • Saudi Arabian Oil Company
  • Schlumberger
  • Sembcorp Utilities UK Limited
  • Shell
  • Shields Energy Services Limited
  • Spirit Energy
  • Tata Consultancy Services
  • Telegraph Media Group
  • Telenet
  • The Alan Turing Institute
  • The Labrador
  • The Oil & Gas Technology Centre
  • Trimble Inc
  • TUV SUD NEL
  • University of Southampton
  • Wellcome Trust
  • Wessex Water

and many more....

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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 Digital Energy Summit will be attended by CEOs, CIOs, CDOs, CISOs and Heads of IT and Technology from:

  • National and International Oil and Gas Companies
  • Oil and Gas Services and Suppliers
  • Power Companies/Utilities
  • Power Grid Operators/Transmission and Distribution
  • Power Equipment Manufacturers
  • Energy Services Companies 
  • Energy and Resources Fund Managers
  • Private Equity & Investment Banks
  • Energy Lawyers and Consultants
  • Big Data and Analytics Providers
  • Fixed and Mobile Operators
  • Web Service Providers
  • Data Security Firms
  • Water Companies
  • Renewable Energy Suppliers
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Fees

Ticket

Fees

Early Bird Ticket (ends 16 June)

£895

Standard Summit Ticket

£995

Discounts are available on group tickets. For more information, please click on the Register Now button.

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Venue

etc.venues St Paul's
200 Aldersgate
London EC1A 4HD

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3011 0830

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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. In 2016 the FT passed a significant milestone in its digital transformation as digital and services revenues overtook print revenues for the first time. The FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of more than 910,000 and makes 60% of revenues from its journalism.

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About Life Sciences and Health Care at Deloitte

Deloitte’s life sciences and health care (LSHC) industry group is composed of over 12,000 professionals in over 90 countries. These professionals understand the complexity of today’s life sciences and health care industry challenges, and provide clients with integrated, comprehensive services that meet their respective needs. In today’s environment, LSHC professionals from across the Deloitte network help companies to evolve in a changing marketplace, pursue new and innovative solutions, and sustain long-term profitability.

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DNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management company, and is the leading provider of classification, technical assurance and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas, and power industries.  Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, we enable organizations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business.

With an equal footing in the fossil and renewable worlds, understanding the energy transition is a critical exercise for ourselves and our customers. That is why DNV GL publishes its annual Energy Transition Outlook – a forecast of the world’s energy system to 2050.

Digitalization is a key focus both of our energy outlook, and for our wider engagement with our customers. In addition to offering extensive software, analytical and cyber security services, DNV GL also operates an open industry platform, Veracity, designed to help companies unlock, qualify, combine and prepare data for analytics and benchmarking.

With origins stretching back to 1864, DNV GL's reach today is global. Operating in more than 100 countries, our experts are dedicated to helping customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.

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GridBeyond harnesses innovation in energy technology to decarbonise, digitalise and decentralise the electricity system, with financial and sustainability benefits to businesses.

- GridBeyond’s technology balances supply and demand on the electricity grid, helping with the integration of intermittent renewable energy

- The award-winning platform, powered by AI and machine-learning technology, enables businesses to access the most rewarding demand side response services, as part of the world’s first hybrid battery and demand side network.

- Businesses gain access to unique analytics, benchmarking and reporting into energy activity and DSR participation via GridBeyond’s advanced client portal.

- GridBeyond simplifies the complex energy market by bringing together balancing services, capacity, smart tariffs, energy trading, peak avoidance, energy storage and energy optimisation into one unified platform.

- Technical and engineering led development combined with significant experience across all key industry sectors, and the energy market expertise, means GridBeyond take a holistic approach to all projects.

Connectivity lies at the core of the modern world. IoT is shaping every aspect of our daily lives, transforming simple digital transactions into complex digital-to-physical interfaces. Industry must adapt to and embrace what has become the fourth industrial revolution while keeping information safe from cyber-attacks. Honeywell Connected Plant solutions combine unmatched industrial expertise, software and digital technologies to make customers’ operations more productive, reliable, profitable and secure.

To thrive in today’s world companies must offer new customer experiences, advance efficiencies, launch new digital offerings and build innovation ecosystems, at Wood we do this every day.

Wood is a global leader in project delivery, engineering and technical services with 60,000 people working in more than 60 countries. We work with our customers to design, build, operate, and improve facilities in a diverse range of energy, process and industrial markets. We are future focused, developing pioneering technology and creating sustainable solutions to meet the needs of our customers. Supported by an established organisation of more than 160 years our talented people draw upon proven technical expertise and experience to continuously drive new technologies. Though strategic partnerships we successfully combine new engineering solutions with advanced market leading technologies such as cognitive computing, blockchain, mobile and analytics to unlock new value for our customers. To find out more visit us at woodplc.com

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Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency. Innovate UK works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy - delivering productivity, new jobs and exports. Our aim at Innovate UK is to keep the UK globally competitive in the race for future prosperity. For further information and to stay updated on our latest news visit www.gov.uk/innovateuk, follow us on Twitter at @innovateuk or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/InnovateUK.

Supporting Organisations (2)

CIONET is the leading community of CIOs and Digital Leaders IT executives worldwide, with more than 7.000 members in Europe and Latin America. CIONET is focused on IT, Innovation and Digital Transformation topics. The goal of CIONET is to build the most important business network of CIOs & IT Digital Leaders in an International context, through two different channels, online and offline, facing the challenge of “What’s next”.

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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