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FT Energy Transition Strategies Summit 2018

Riding the Next Wave of Industry Transformation

London |
Speakers include:
Claudio  Descalzi

Claudio Descalzi


Iain Conn

Iain Conn


Brian Gilvary

Brian Gilvary



The FT Energy Transition Strategies Summit: Riding the Next Wave of Industry Transformation 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 world which is emerging.

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Full Overview

The global energy industry is facing disruption of unprecedented scope and scale.The cost of wind, solar and energy storage are plummeting. The electrification of transport is moving beyond passenger vehicles to trucks ships and planes where the real potential exists to make a meaningful impact on emissions and on future fossil fuel and power demand. At the same time, a vast array of new technologies-from AI to robots, drones IoT, blockchain and beyond are transforming the way we produce distribute and consume energy. The business models of traditional energy companies are set to be transformed in the process. Yet important questions remain.

  • What will be the role of fossil fuels in a decarbonising world?
  • What will be the social and environmental impacts of meeting the rising resource and material needs of demand for renewables and electric vehicles?
  • How will new carbon disclose requirement impact the business and strategy of energy companies?

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

The FT Energy Transition Strategies Summit: Riding the Next Wave of Industry 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 world which is emerging.


Speakers (38)

Claudio  Descalzi

Claudio Descalzi

Iain Conn

Iain Conn

Group Chief Executive

Iain was appointed Group Chief Executive of Centrica plc on 1 January 2015. He is Chairman of the Executive Committee and the Disclosure Committee.

Iain possesses a deep understanding of the energy sector built up over a lifetime in the industry, and has demonstrated strong commitment to customers, safety and technology.
Iain was previously BP's Chief Executive, Downstream - BP’s refining and marketing division - a position he held for seven years. Iain was a Board member of BP for 10 years from 2004 and had previously held a number of senior roles throughout BP including in trading, exploration and production, and the management of corporate functions such as safety, marketing, technology and human resources. He also served as a non-executive director and latterly senior independent director of Rolls-Royce Holdings plc from January 2005 until May 2014.

Iain is a non-executive director of BT Group plc, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Imperial College Business School, a member of the Council of Imperial College, a member of the advisory board of the Centre for European Reform, a member of the European Round Table of Industrialists and a member of the CBI’s President’s Committee. Iain is also a member of the BritishAmericanBusiness International Advisory Board, the EUCERS Advisory Board and a Trustee of Movement to Work.

Iain was born in Edinburgh and educated in Musselburgh, Scotland. He studied chemical engineering at the Imperial College London. Iain is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Institution of Chemicals Engineers, and the City and Guilds of London Institute.

Brian Gilvary

Brian Gilvary

Chief Financial Officer

Brian Gilvary joined the BP Board as Chief Financial Officer on 1 January 2012.

Prior to this, he held several senior financial and commercial roles within BP, including Deputy Chief Financial Officer, member of the Board of TNK-BP (a BP Joint venture), Chief Executive of integrated supply & trading (BP’s commodity trading arm) and Chief Financial Officer and Commercial Director of downstream. In addition to his current role as Chief Financial Officer, Dr Gilvary is responsible for commodity trading and shipping at BP. Dr Gilvary brings considerable sector experience to the role having spent time in the earlier part of his career in BP’s Upstream and Downstream divisions in the UK, USA and Europe. Dr Gilvary is also a non-executive director of Air Liquide S.A, the Royal Navy and the Francis Crick Institute; Chairman of the 100 Group of Finance Directors; a member of the Trilateral Commission, and the Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers; and was made a Freeman of the City of London in 2017. Dr Gilvary was also a member of the UK Treasury Financial  Management Review Board from 2014 to 2017 and served on HRH Prince of Wales’ Business in the Community Rural Action Leadership Team and the International Employee Engagement Campaign from 2007 to 2009. Dr Gilvary holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Manchester where he is an Honorary visiting Professor, and an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Sheffield. He is also a Fellow of the Energy Institute.

Vicki  Bakhshi

Vicki Bakhshi

BMO Global Asset Management (EMEA)

Vicki Bakhshi is a responsible investment specialist at BMO Global Asset Management, a $260 billion global investment firm. Part of a team of 15, her focus is on advising the firm on climate change and impact investing strategies. She also engages with investee companies in the utilities sector, encouraging best practice in sustainability and governance issues. Prior to working at BMO she spent five years in the UK government, including as Prime Minister Tony Blair’s policy adviser on climate change, and as a senior member of the team responsible for the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change. She spent three years at the Financial Times as a leader writer, and two years as an economist at the Bank of England.  Ms Bakhshi is on the Board of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change and chairs the UKSIF Policy Committee. Ms Bakhshi holds an MSc in Economics from Warwick University and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University.

Karl Bergman

Karl Bergman

Vice President R&D
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.

Nick Butler

Nick Butler

Author-FT blog on energy and power Visiting Professor
King’s College London

Nick Butler is Visiting Professor and Chair of the Kings Policy Institute at Kings College London. he was formerly Senior Policy  Adviser to the Prime Minister and group Vice President for Strategy and Policy development at BP. He writes the FT’s blog on energy and power.

George   Cheveley

George Cheveley

Portfolio Manager
Investec Asset Management

George Cheveley is a portfolio manager and metals and mining specialist in the Natural Resources team at Investec Asset Management having joined the firm in 2007.

Prior to this, he was a market analyst for three years at BHP Billiton, working in The Hague and Singapore. He was recruited to BHP Billiton in 2004 from CRU (Commodities Research Unit), an independent metals/chemicals related research company based in London. At CRU, he spent three years in the Carbon Steel team and five years as a Research Manager – Copper, providing in-depth research and forecasts to the industry, banks and hedge funds. Mr Cheveley began his career in 1990 in operations at British Steel Strip Products, working for three years in the Tinplate division.

Mr Cheveley graduated from the University of Oxford in 1989 with an honours degree in Classics and in 1995 was awarded an MBA from Warwick University.

John Constable

John Constable

Director of Policy and Research
Renewables Energy Foundation

John Constable was educated in the humanities, reading English at Magdalene College, Cambridge, subsequently taking his PhD there in 1993. He has since taught at both Kyoto University, Japan, and at Cambridge, where, until 2005, he was a Leverhulme Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow of Magdalene. Dr Constable has been working in energy policy since 2004, directing Renewable Energy Foundation, a UK charity publishing data and research on the energy sector. He now also writes regularly for the Global Warming Policy Forum, of which he is the Energy Editor.

Mark Dummett

Mark Dummett

Researcher, Business & Human Rights
Amnesty International

Mark Dummett is Business and Human Rights Researcher at Amnesty International, the Nobel Peace prize-winning human rights organisation. He has investigated human rights violations linked to business activities in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar and Bangladesh. In 2016 he exposed how cobalt mined by hand by children and adults in the DRC was entering the supply chains of many of the world’s largest tech and electric vehicle manufacturers. Before joining Amnesty, Mr Dummett worked as a correspondent for the BBC.

Sigurd Enge

Sigurd Enge

Manager, Shipping, Marine and Arctic Issues
Jeff Engler

Jeff Engler

Wright Electric
Tina Sejersgård Fanø

Tina Sejersgård Fanø

Executive Vice President, Agriculture & Bioenergy

Tina Sejersgård Fanø, born 1969, is responsible for application research, technical service, sales and marketing in the Agriculture & Bioenergy division.

Tina has been with Novozymes since she graduated as a chemical engineer from the Technical University of Denmark in 1993. She started as a trainee and worked her way up through the organization holding a number of positions in applied research, marketing and business development.

From 2013-2016 she was Vice President of Business Operations, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Tina has significant experience in developing and managing global partnerships and has been instrumental in negotiating several major business deals for Novozymes over the years.

She currently serves as member of the board of DLF Seeds & Science and PPS A/S.

Alice Garton

Alice Garton

Head of Climate

Alice Garton joined ClientEarth in April 2015 as the Company and Financial Project Leader. Prior to joining ClientEarth, she worked as a litigation lawyer at Olswang (in London) and Clayton Utz (in Australia), and as a company lawyer at Brookfield Multiplex, where she managed the complex Wembley Stadium dispute. In parallel to her litigation practice, Ms Garton developed corporate social responsibility programmes at Clayton Utz and Brookfield. At Brookfield she also advised the Board of Directors on the UK and EU climate change regulatory regimes, including identifying strategic business opportunities in the green economy. Ms Garton has researched and written about various issues in international environmental law through her work at Chatham House in 2006 and in her other roles. Ms Garton has two first class degrees: a double degree in Law and Politics, and a Masters of Environmental Law and Policy from University College London (UCL).

Xavier Girre

Xavier Girre

Group Senior Executive Vice President, Group Finance

Xavier Girre is Group Senior Executive Vice President, Group Finance EDF. He has 20 years’ experience in top management positions. Before joining EDF in 2015, Mr Girre was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of La Poste Group and CEO of the PE fund XAnge private equity from 2011 to 2015. From 1999 to 2011, Mr Girre was a senior manager within Veolia, where he successively held the role of Group Risk and Audit Director, then Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Veolia Transportation, then Veolia Environmental Services. Mr Girre began his career at the French National Audit. In addition to his role at EDF, Mr Girre is a Board Member and the Chairman of the Audit Committee of La Française des Jeux.  He is also a member of the MEDEF Ethics Committee. Mr Girre is a graduate from HEC and from IEP Paris, holds a Master’s degree in Business Law and is an ENA alumni.

 Moe Hajabed

Moe Hajabed

President, Commercial and Industrial
Jay Hambro

Jay Hambro

Chief Executive Officer-Energy & Mining

Jay Hambro joined SIMEC in January 2016 as a senior member of the management team and leads the GFG Alliance’s investment programme. Prior to his current position, Mr Hambro served as Executive Chairman of Hong Kong Listed IRC Ltd and as CEO of FTSE listed Aricom plc. This followed the position as Chief Investment Officer at as Petropavlovsk plc. Mr Hambro began his career in trading and resource finance, initially at NM Rothschild & Sons, before joining the investment bank of HSBC, where he provided M&A and ECM advice to multinational resources companies. Mr Hambro sits on a number of Boards outside the GFG Alliance and is a

Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.

Bryan Hansel

Bryan Hansel


Bryan Hansel is Chief Executive Office of Chanje. In this capacity, he is focused on elevating the Chanje suite of products and services to reshape last mile transportation. His vision however, goes beyond the products and includes developing an organisational culture that displays our ability as a connected society to elevate our responsibility to the planet without the need to sacrifice. Previously, Mr Hansel was Founder, CEO, and President of Smith Electric Vehicles where he developed and commercialised the largest fleet of medium-duty commercial electric vehicles in the US. Mr Hansel has spent his career bringing new technology to market as CEO of Evo Medical Solutions, a respiratory medical device manufacturer, and as Chairman and CEO for ReyHan PGF, a national graphics art pre-press manufacturer, which achieved Inc. Magazine’s list of 500 fastest growing private companies. Mr Hansel also founded Prototype Solutions Inc., which helped create the industry of rapid tooling and prototyping. Mr Hansel is a graduate of the MIT Birthing of Giants program for America’s best CEOs, and is a current member of MIT’s Gathering of Titans programme.

Tony  Hayward

Tony Hayward


Tony is Chairman of Glencore, a Managing Partner of St James’s Asset Management LLP, Chairman of Andes Holding and Chairman of Compact GtL. He was Group Chief Executive of BP from 2007 to 2010 having joined BP in 1982 as a rig geologist in the North Sea. Following a series of roles overseas he joined the Upstream Executive Committee in 1997. He became Group Treasurer in 2000, Chief Executive for BP’s upstream activities and member of the Main Board of BP in 2003.
In June 2011 Tony founded Vallares plc, a $2.2bn acquisition company listed on the London Stock Exchange. Following the merger of Vallares plc and Genel Energy International, the largest oil producer in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, he became Chief Executive of Genel Energy plc in November 2011. He was appointed Chairman of Genel Energy in August 2015 and retired from this position in June 2017.

Tony is a member of the British Museum’s Chairman’s Advisory Board, chairs Aston University Development Board and is Advisor to the European Institute of Bioenergy at Aston University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a visiting Professor in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh.
Tony studied geology at Aston University in Birmingham and completed a PhD at Edinburgh University. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, Aston University, the University of Birmingham and Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University.

Philippe Kavafyan

Philippe Kavafyan

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

Philippe Kavafyan is CEO of  MHI Vestas Offshore Wind. He started his career in 1990 with EDF International before joining General Electric in 1993 where he spent 15 years. In GE Medical Systems, he initially held positions as Manufacturing Leader and Technology Programme Manager before moving to sales in 1997 as Account Manager for Turbine Controls in the Oil & Gas business, based in Italy. He joined GE’s Energy Services headquarters in Atlanta (USA) in 2001, before moving to Germany in 2002 to lead the integration of the newly acquired wind business. He remained in GE Renewables as Commercial Director for Wind Services until 2008. Mr Kavafyan then joined AREVA to promote integrated offers in the nuclear business, before leading the Key Account Management programme in 2010. In 2011, he moved to AREVA Renewables, eventually becoming Director for Offshore Wind in 2015. Until the company’s sale to Gamesa in early 2017, he acted as Chairman of the Board of Adwen Offshore. Most recently, Mr Kavafyan was Director in the Power Division of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in France. Mr Kavafyan was first elected President of the Offshore Wind Committee of the French Renewable Association in 2013, then President of the Industrial Wind Committee in 2016. Mr Kavafyan is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines de Paris.

Philip Lambert

Philip Lambert

Chief Executive Officer
Lambert Energy Advisory

Philip Lambert is CEO of Lambert Energy Advisory Ltd (LEA), which is one of London’s leading M&A and Strategic Advisory firms, having been advisors on over $110 billion of Energy M&A transactions in the last few years. Milestone transactions, on which LEA has advised, include BASF/Wintershall’s merger with DEA in 2018, Total’s acquisition of Maersk Oil in 2017 and BP’s alliance with Rosneft in 2013.
Prior to 1999, Mr Lambert was head of Dresdner Kleinwort’s Global Energy Investment Banking team.

Richard Lancaster

Richard Lancaster

CLP Holdings
Alexander Landia

Alexander Landia

The Mobility House

Alexander Landia joined the Board of the Mobility House in 2011 as early investor. He has extensive senior management experience, leading and advising various organisations in energy and industrial sectors throughout his career. Dr Landia is Chairman of the Board of Directors of fertilizer producer EuroChem Group AG, higher-quality thermal coal producer SUEK, and heat and power generator SGK – each being a top-10 producer worldwide. He is shareholder and Director of Lambert Energy Advisory (UK), and Co-Founder of executive mentoring firm Bernotat & Cie (Germany). Earlier, he was Board Member at Barloworld (South Africa), Global Gas Lead Partner at Accenture and Head of Oil & Gas Debt at Dresdner Bank.

Felix Lerch

Felix Lerch

UK Chairman

Felix Lerch is the UK Chairman of Uniper, is a leading European energy company. Mr Lerch leads a team of a 1,000 energy professionals working across Uniper’s diverse generation fleet, gas storage facilities and international trading team. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, and previously held senior executive positions at E.ON, having developed his early career in Shell. Before he took up his current Chairmanship, Mr Lerch was Executive Vice-President of E.ON’s Exploration & Production business. At Shell he held positions in business planning, international business development and various technical roles. Mr Lerch holds an MBA from the London Business School, a PHD in Geosciences from the University of Mainz and an M.Sc. in Geological and Earth Sciences from the University of Arizona.

Joan MacNaughton

Joan MacNaughton

Chair of the Board
The Climate Group

Joan MacNaughton CB Hon FEI is Chair of The Climate Group and of the Advisory Board of the New Energy Coalition of Europe. She sits on the Strategic Advisory Board of Engie UK, and is a Non-Executive Director of the James Hutton Institute and of the Energy Savings Trust.

Ms MacNaughton also sits on a number of other advisory Board, She was for six years Executive Chair of the annual assessment of countries' energy policies for the World Energy Council, and is a former President of the Energy Institute, of which she is an Honorary Fellow. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Energy Economics of Japan and of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils.

As Director General of Energy, Ms MacNaughton played a key role in shaping UK energy policy, leading the work on the Clean Energy Action Plan agreed at the G8 Gleneagles Summit. She was Chair of the Governing Board of the International Energy Agency, leading a review of the IEA’s strategy and the emergency response to the supply disruption caused by Hurricane Katrina.

In a second career in business, Ms MacNaughon set up and then led Alstom’s department for clean power advocacy.

Carly Magee

Carly Magee

Foresight Group

Carly Magee is a Partner is Foresight’s Infrastructure team. She has 10 years of energy infrastructure experience and is responsible for raising and deploying capital in the renewable energy infrastructure sector. She has also led the establishment of Foresight’s Australian solar investment programme.   Ms Magee’s transaction experience at Foresight includes establishing a portfolio of 252MW Australian solar projects and leading on Foresight’s Australian solar development strategy which has successfully delivered the organisation’s largest solar project under management, and deployed funds into UK solar projects.  Over the past 18 months she has also been focused on Foresight’s Korean institutional investor mandates.

With a specialist focus on renewable energy infrastructure, Foresight has become the second largest manager of European solar assets and is one of the largest international investors in Australian solar.  It manages 85 solar PV projects worldwide with a generating capacity of over 1.2 GW and recently completed the acquisition of the first subsidy-free solar plants in Spain and Portugal, a milestone for the sector, involving corporate PPAs with industrial partners.  Foresight is actively involved in flexible generation (a key component of renewable infrastructure) and has acquired two utility scale battery storage facilities in the UK representing 45MW (or 23%) of the National Grid’s 200MW EFR tender process, as well as managing an additional 150MW of reserve peaking power facilities across the UK.   

Hamish McPherson

Hamish McPherson

Bioenergy Infrastructure Group (BIG)

Hamish McPherson is CEO of Bioenergy Infrastructure Group (BIG), a specialist investor in the biomass and waste to energy sector. He has.15 years’ experience in renewable energy investments and was previously President of a US waste to energy (EfW) developer. Prior to this, he was Head of US Structured Capital Markets at Barclays Capital, and earlier worked as a process engineer for ICI plc, focused on syngas production and purification.

Marie-Marguerite Ndjeka Opombo

Marie-Marguerite Ndjeka Opombo

Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo, United Kingdom
Christoph Ostermann

Christoph Ostermann

Co-Founder and CEO

Christoph Ostermann is Co-Founder and CEO of sonnen, a global market leader for residential energy storage systems. In 2008, when even in Germany the market for storage systems was still non-existent, he and his co-founder Torsten Stiefenhofer decided to join forces and to use their complementary skills to turn their vision into reality. Since the launch of the first prototype in 2010, Mr Ostermann is now on the mission to create a global one-stop shop for decentralized energy and to disrupt the energy market. Mr Ostermann is a serial entrepreneur and started his first venture at the age of 18. Before launching sonnen, he had already built and developed fourcompanies. In addition, Mr Ostermann spent five years in consulting, focussing on marketing and sales. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration.


Asif  Rafique

Asif Rafique

Managing Director, Energy Storage
SUSI Partners Sustainable Energy

Asif is a Managing Director at SUSI Partners, a Swiss based asset manager leading their Energy Storage Infrastructure team.  At SUSI, Asif is the portfolio manager for a dedicated energy storage fund responsible for creating and implementing its investment strategy, capital raising and asset management.  Asif built and leads a six-man team focused on the sector and is an active member of SUSI’s senior management team. Prior to SUSI, Asif worked for over 10 years at Ecofin in London, a leading investment manager in renewable energy and infrastructure. He was key to investing, managing and exiting a variety of transactions across renewable sectors, representing an aggregate value of over three billion Euros.  Prior to this, he worked in the energy and infrastructure sector at Deutsche Bank in London and Houston. His investment experience ranges from actively controlled majority investments to smaller scale passive positions (equity, mezzanine and debt).  Asif has been a member of a number of investee company Boards and investment committees and received a First Class Degree from the LSE in Accounting and Finance.

Rob  Saunders

Rob Saunders

Interim Challenge Director, Prospering from the Renewable Energy Revolution Programme, Industrial Strategy
Innovate UK

Rob Saunders is the Interim Challenge Director for the Prospering from the Energy Revolution programme in the Industrial Strategy at Innovate UK. Previously, he was the head of the energy programme at Innovate UK, having started his work there in the offshore renewables area. Prior to this he worked at Imperial College on UK Energy Research Centre projects, including leading the analysis of global biomass energy potential.  Mr Saunders read Engineering Tripos at Cambridge University, specialising in mechanical engineering design and materials.  From there he went into manufacturing process innovation in the food and packaging industries, where he held a number of innovation management roles. Mr Saunders retrained in energy, graduating from the Imperial College London MSc programme in Environmental Technology & Energy Policy in 2010.

Steven Specker

Steven Specker

TAE Technologies

Steven Specker became CEO of TriAlpha Energy (TAE Technologies) in October 2016. His business, energy industry and leadership experience spans more than 40 years. He has been involved with TAE Technologies for 15 years as an investor, consultant, and as a Director for the past six years. Earlier in his career, he spent 30 years at GE where his leadership roles included President-GE Nuclear and President-GE Digital Energy. After retiring from GE, Dr Specker served as CEO of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the premier global electric power industry research organisation. Dr Specker is on the board of Southern Company, a leading energy company primarily serving the Southeastern United States. He holds a B.S. in Engineering Science and an M.S. and PhD. in Nuclear Engineering from Iowa State University.

Benedikt  Sobotka

Benedikt Sobotka

Eurasian Resources Group (ERG)

Benedikt Sobotka is the CEO of Eurasian Resources Group (ERG), a leading producer of natural resources that employs 85,000 people on four continents. Mr Sobotka was born in Germany and has extensive experience in advisory/management roles in the mining and energy sectors. At BCG, he advised leading companies and held various management positions. Benedikt founded Minerals Values Service (MVS), among other high-tech startups, which was sold to Platts/Dow Jones in 2015. He holds a degree in management, studied in Europe, Russia and China and co-authored "China Champions", a Financial Times publication. He is particularly interested in international, CIS and East Asian geopolitical relations.

In 2017, ERG helped launch the Global Battery Alliance, a World Economic Forum initiative aimed at achieving a responsible battery supply chain. ERG is a founding member and partner of the Alliance while Benedikt is a co-chair. Aiming to ensure sustainable cobalt production and drive the Fourth Industrial Revolution, ERG initiated the Clean Cobalt programme. ERG’s Metalkol RTR project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is set to become one of the world’s leading cobalt producers and supply enough material to build over three million electric vehicles per year.

Nick Stansbury

Nick Stansbury

Head of Commodity Research
Legal & General Investment Management

Nick co-ordinates Legal & General Investment Management’s research into the investment implications of climate change and the energy transition. Alongside his research activities, he also manages a portfolio focused on the energy transition. Prior to joining LGIM, Nick worked for Standard Life Investments as an Investment Director in their Asia and Global Emerging Markets team.

Francesco  Venturini

Francesco Venturini

Enel X

Francesco Venturini was appointed CEO of Enel X in November 2017. Prior to this, he serves as Head of Global e-Solutions from May 2017, and as Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Enel Green Power from May 2014. This followed posts at Enel North America, initially as Head of Business Development and later, in 2011, as Head of the North America region. He has also served in a variety of financial functions at Enel, as Head of Finance in Enel Green Power from 2009, and earlier as Head of Internal Audit within Enel's Distribution and Market Division, and subsequently as Head of Sales Administration. His career at Enel began in 1977 as Head of Administration and Management Control at Enel S.p.A., in which capacity he contributed to the company listing on the New York and Milan Stock Exchanges. At the onset of his career Mr Venturini served as Chief Financial Officer for several companies of the Elsag Bailey Process Automation and Hartmann & Braun groups in both the United States and Brazil. This followed a role as Financial Controller for Elsag Bailey Process Automation, a Finmeccanica group company, where he took part in the company’s listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Mr Venturini is a London Business School alumnus and in 2015 he has been awarded an MBA at the MIT Sloan Business School. He also graduated cum laude in Economics from the University “La Sapienza” of Rome, Italy where he also served as Assistant Professor of Banking Strategies and Techniques during the academic year 1991-1992.

Roy Williamson

Roy Williamson

VP Mobility
John Zahurancik

John Zahurancik

Chief Operating Officer

John Zahurancik is Chief Operating Officer of Fluence. Working with progressive power system players, and he and his teams create business use cases for grid-scale storage, educate storage users in these benefits, manage the deployment of new storage systems and help manage these systems throughout their complete lifecycle. In 2007, John was a Co-Founder of industry pioneer AES Energy Storage and led AES' team in capturing nearly 500MW of utility-scale applications for battery-based energy storage projects in the US, Chile, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, the Philippines and the Dominican Republic.

Accomplishments include installing the world’s largest grid connected lithium ion battery (a few times), the first power purchase agreement for energy storage at the 100MW Alamitos Power Center, and the partnering with leading utilities around the world to introduce commercial ready energy storage systems. Mr Zahurancik is a regular power industry and innovation speaker, author, and media source. 

Prior to energy storage, Mr Zahurancik worked at AES in retail power and fibre telecommunications, and as a consultant for the telecommunications industry.  Mr Zahurancik holds a Master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor's in Economics and Social Science from Florida State University.

Jian Zhang

Jian Zhang

Founder CEO

Chairs and Moderators (3)

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.

Sylvia Pfeifer

Sylvia Pfeifer

Acting Industry Editor
Financial Times

Sylvia Pfeifer is the FT's Acting Industry Editor based in London. She was previously part of the FT's Energy team and Energy Editor from 2010 to 2012. She joined the paper in 2008 to cover the defence industry. She was Deputy Business Editor of the Sunday Telegraph prior to that and City Editor of The Business newspaper, previously Sunday Business, where she was part of the launch team in 1998 and covered the energy industry as well as industrials. She graduated from Oxford University. 

Alan Livsey

Alan Livsey

Lex Research Editor
Financial Times

Alan Livsey is the Financial Times Lex Research Editor. He joined the Lex column in 2014 after fifteen years in investment management. Based in London his specialities include energy, natural resources and telecoms as well as the emerging markets. In the past he worked in Hong Kong and later in Tokyo as a market strategist for Kleinwort Benson. Later he managed equity portfolios, for Deutsche Asset Management and others, travelling widely in the Americas and Europe. Mr Livsey is a graduate of both Oxford University and University of Maryland and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.  He is a member of the Board of CFA UK.  

Agenda - 14th Jun

  • 8:00am
  • 9:00am
    Opening Remarks from the FT Chair
  • 9:05am
    Keynote Interview

    Claudio Descalzi, Chief Executive Officer, ENI in conversation with Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times


  • 9:20am
    Energy Transition Reality Check: Where Do We Go From Here?

    The forces of decarbonisation, digitisation and decentralisation are already transforming energy markets. The cost of wind and solar and plummeting; EVs are making their way steadily into the passenger car markets; energy consumers are becoming producers, creating the beginnings of a dynamic two-way energy system; efficiency is improving and new technologies are making a difference.  Change is underway, but there are many challenges ahead. How are we fairing in the transition? Will we be able to tackle entrenched interests to ensure the necessary shift of investment at scale? How likely is it that the ambition of the Paris accord will be achieved? Are the achievements to date merely the low-hanging fruits of the transition? What are the next big trigger points? What is the role of policy for the next stage of the transformation, particularly when the ambition and actions of states and consumers appears to be moving beyond the ambition of government? Does a carbon price and CCS need to be of the solution? What about an equitable transition in the developing world - will developing countries leapfrog to clean energy? What are the implications for the transition for the economy, for current investment and jobs?

    Nick Butler, Visiting Professor and Founding Chair, Kings Policy Institute, Kings College London

    Tony Hayward, Chairman, Glencore

    Richard Lancaster, Chief Executive Officer, CLP Holdings

    Joan MacNaughton, Chair of the Board, The Climate Group

    Steve Specker, Chief Executive Office, TAE Technologies


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


  • 10:00am
    Keynote Interview

    Iain Conn, Group Chief Executive, Centrica in conversation with Sylvia Pfeifer, Energy Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:20am
    Networking Coffee Break
  • 10:35am
    Panel: Energy Storage: Bridging the Renewables Gap?

    Energy storage is slated to be the next big disruption to take the energy industry by storm. Increasing demand for consumers and for EVs has brought down the price of batteries to an all-time low. In the shorter term, storage may be confined to smoothing supply and demand discrepancies, but utility-scale storage is the ultimate prize, and large-scale deployment here could bridge the current gap between intermittent renewables and 24/7 reliability. The business models of industry players and the long-established economic structures of the power business could be transformed in the process. What are the prospects and challenges for utility-scale energy storage? How can policy limitations be addressed to accelerate market expansion? How is the smart grid developing to realise the full potential of energy storage? Longer term, will batteries knock fossil fuels of the grid? What are the implication for energy companies and the energy market?

    Moe Hajabed, President, Commercial and Industrial, NRStor

    Asif Rafique, Managing Director, Energy Storage, SUSI Partners Sustainable Energy

    John Zahurancik, Chief Operating Officer, Fluence

    Jay Hambro, Chairman and CEO, SIMEC

  • 11:15am
    Panel: Material Matters: Addressing Renewables’ Resource Risk

    Scant attention has been paid to date to the environmental and social impacts of meeting the rising demand for renewables and electric vehicles. More scrutiny, however, can be expected in future. A green energy future is material and energy intensive, using materials that cannot immediately be recycled, and if not properly managed, the impacts could counteract industry efforts to meet critical climate objectives. Additionally, given the concentration to key materials such as cobalt in small number of counties with high political risk and often questionable labour and human rights practices, the potential risks to supply and reputation are clear. Will minerals and rare earths supply be sufficient to meet projects needed? Will the supply chain be sufficiently robust? What could be the impact on prices-will we see price spikes and market volatility? How can environment and social impacts be constrained? How will investors view the risk? In the shift to renewable are simply replacing one non-renewable energy source (fossil fuels) with another (materials and minerals)?

    George Cheveley, Portfolio Manager, Investec Asset Management

    Mark DummettResearcher, Business & Human Rights, Amnesty International

    HE Marie-Marguerite Ndjeka Opombo, Ambassador, Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo, United Kingdom

    Benedikt Sobotka,  Chief Executive Office, Eurasian Resources Group (ERG)

    Moderator: Leslie Hook, Environment and Clean Energy Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 11:55am
    FT CEO Interview: The Dash for Gas - The Role of Fossil Fuels in a Decarbonising World

    As countries crack down on coal, oil and gas companies are betting on the prospect that cleaner natural gas will be the transition fuel of choice on the road to a greener economy. But some industry experts think that increasingly affordable renewables will make gas investments unprofitable. Are they right?

    Felix Lerch, UK Chairman, Uniper in conversation with Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:10pm
    FT Lex Debate : Investors in the fossil fuel sector. Are they doomed?: Yes or No?

    Over the last decade costs for alternative energy generation have fallen substantially, particularly for wind and solar.  Government subsidy for alternative energy suppliers has also fallen.  For all the discussion about the desire for sustainable energy, another question needs asking.  Are investors in fossil fuels doomed?  Renewable energy is no longer a niche market. To some it offers the fulsome promise of replacing all or at least part of our current energy industry. As such the industry could grow substantially over time. Globally, annual renewable energy investment rose to almost USD 265 billion last year — outpacing that in conventional sources of electricity according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. This debate asks questions not about the worthiness of green energy but whether it can deliver good investment returns, particularly if interest rates do rise significantly in the years ahead.

    Kingsmill Bond, New Energy Strategist, Carbon Tracker

    Carly Magee, Partner, Foresight Group

    Philip Lambert, CEO, Lambert Energy Advisory

    John Constable, Director of Policy & Research, Renewable Energy Foundation 

    Debate Convenor: Alan Livsey, Lex Writer, Financial Times

  • 12:50pm
    FT Keynote Interview

     Brian Gilvary, Group Chief Financial Officer, BP in conversation with Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 1:10pm


  • 2:10pm
    Panel: Capitalising on Emerging Opportunities: What are the Future Business Models?

    The industry’s transformation continues, and faced with a very different future and set of circumstances, fossil fuel companies and utilities are pursuing new business models to bridge current and prospective revenue gaps, better address changing customer needs and to build sustainable businesses for the future.  In doing so, old business boundaries are breaking down, convergence is happening across the industry value chain, and just as old business models and revenue streams are diminishing, a new generation of customer and data-savvy competitors are increasingly encroaching on the business. What is the potential and ROI in new energy services? Is it too soon to write off traditional energy companies? Will they be able to play to their strengths of experience, capital, and customer relationships and reinvent themselves for the new energy world? How are they recalibrating their strategies and portfolios for a low-carbon, digitalised and decentralised energy world?  How will oil and gas companies’ transformation journey be impacted by the new period of recovery?

    Francesco Venturini,  Chief Executive Office, Enel X

    Frank Niendorf , General Manager, Europe, Jinko Solar

    Felix Dembski,  Vice President, Strategy, sonnen

    Roy Williamson, VP Advanced Mobility, BP 

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

  • 2:50pm

    Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

  • 3:10pm
    Panel: Electrifying Transport: E-Trucking and the Next Wave

    Electric passenger cars have already caught the public imagination. With more affordable models now set to come into production, sales are widely expected to grow-with important implications for energy demand in future. Yet it is in the market for commercial vehicles-vans, trucks and buses, especially long-haul vehicles - and in the aviation and shipping markets that the real potential exists for alternative fuels to make a meaningful impact on emissions and future oil and power demand. Will electrification be an affordable solution for long-haul trucks? Will we see battery-powered commercial vehicles enter commercial use? Is the future all-electric? What role will other alternative fuels to include LPG, LNG/CNG and biofuels play? Will we see a full electric long-haul, zero-emission passenger airline enter commercial use - or will the future be a mix of hybrid electric and biofuel powered aircraft? What are the prospects for electrification of ships? What will be the impact on energy demand and markets?

    Bryan Hansel,  Chief Executive Office, Chanje

    Sigurd Enge, Manager, Shipping, Marine and Arctic Issues, Bellona

    Jeffrey Engler,  Chief Executive Office, Wright Electric

    Tina Sejersgård Fanø, Executive Vice President, Agriculture & Bioenergy, Novozymes 

    Moderator: Sylvia Pfeifer, Energy Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 3:50pm
    Networking Coffee Break
  • 4:05pm
    Panel: Green Finance: Risk and Opportunity

    Green finance is mowing from the margins to the mainstream of markets, bringing both opportunities and risks for the industry. Banks and financial institutions are offering an ever wider range of innovative instruments to include green bonds to aid their low-carbon transition. However emerging requirements for energy companies to disclose how climate risk might affect their business and strategy, and thus enable investors to price and allocate risk more effectively, raise important questions and challenges; How are investors adjusting their strategies for a 2 degrees world? Will disclosure requirements become mandatory? What are the intentional and potential unintended consequences? Will disclosure distort markets, given the long timeframe and uncertainties of climate risk? Will disclosure requirements become more onerous with institution investors requiring capital allocations to low-carbon objectives, for instance? Will we see a rise of litigation from shareholders from inadequate or misleading disclosure? What will be the impact on energy financing, on energy companies and on the energy transition?

    Xavier Girre, Group Senior Executive Vice President, Group Finance, Edf Group

    Alice Garton, Head of Climate, ClientEarth  

    Vicki Bakhshi, Director, Governance and Sustainable Investment Team, BMO Global Asset Management (EMEA)

    Moderator: Leslie Hook, Environment Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:35pm
    Panel: AI, Blockchain, Robotics, IoT and the Digital Transformation of Energy

    Digitisation is set to transform the energy industry to an unprecedented degree. A vast array of technologies from drones to robotics to wearable, sensors, data analytics, IoT, blockchain and beyond are already transforming the way we produce, distribute and consumer energy. For oil and gas companies, digitisation is improving productivity, enhancing safety and enabling new ways of working. For the power sector, digitisation enables utilities and grid operators to improve system reliability and to offer customer a broader range of services such as energy demand management and the connected home. But digitisation is also transforming the energy industry in more profound ways - for instance, enabling the emergence of P2P energy trading and ‘virtual power plants’, as well as the emergence of data-savvy new entrants into the business. Energy companies will need to adjust to the new data-driven reality if they are to stay in the game. What does the future hold?

    Karl Bergman,Vice President R&D, Vattenfall

    Jian Zhang,  Founder CEO, GridX

    Rob Saunders, Interim Challenge Director, Prospering from the Renewable Energy Revolution Programme, Industrial Strategy, Innovate UK

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

  • 5:05pm
    The Industry Plays Long and Short

    In this concluding session of the Summit, our audience will vote on the key trends and issues impacting the industry, casting their votes on topic to include, for instance:

    • Oil price $100 by 2020
    • Peak oil demand by 2040
    • Shift away from centralised generation of electricity by 2040
    • Electric Cars 55 per cent of sales by 2040
    • No more new coal plants by 2040

    Hamish McPherson, CEO, Bioenergy Infrastructure Group (BIG)

    Nick Stansbury, Fund Manager, Legal & GeneralInvestment Management

    Alexander Landia, Chairman, The Mobility House

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

  • 5:35pm
    Closing Remarks from the Chair

    Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times

Key Themes

The global energy industry is facing disruption of unprecedented scope and scale.

The cost of wind, solar and energy storage are plummeting. The electrification of transport is moving beyond passenger vehicles to trucks ships and planes where the real potential exists to make a meaningful impact on emissions and on future fossil fuel and power demand. At the same time, a vast array of new technologies-from AI to robots, drones IoT, blockchain and beyond are transforming the way we produce distribute and consume energy. The business models of traditional energy companies are set to be transformed in the process. Yet important questions remain.

·What will be the role of fossil fuels in a decarbonising world?

·What will be the social and environmental impacts of meeting the rising resource and material needs of demand for renewables and electric vehicles?

·How will new carbon disclose requirement impact the business and strategy of energy companies?

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


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, Virtual Power Plants) and Nuclear
  • Green Financiers and Investors
  • Corporates/Energy End Users
  • Electric Vehicles/Alternative Fuels and EV Infrastructure
  • Battery and Energy Storage Suppliers
  • Energy Consultants and Lawyers
  • Government, National, Local, Municipal and Community power
  • Metals, Materials and Rare Earth Mineral Suppliers


Ticket Type


Standard Summit Ticket

£995 +VAT

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


Why Attend?

·Discuss how the forces of decarbonisation, digitisation and decentralisation are transforming energy markets

·Explore the next trigger points of the industry’s transformation

·Discover on the implications of the energy transition for the economy, current investment and jobs  

·Debate whether energy storage will bridge the gap between intermittent renewables and 24/7 energy reliability  

·Hear the latest thinking on how energy companies can adjust to an increasingly data-driven energy future and the business models they are developing to stay in the game

·Play long and short with the FT on leading industry technologies and trends: emerging markets leapfrog, world’s last coal plant, prospects for a first oil company renewables mega deal.


Presented By (1)

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.

Lead Sponsor (1)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, headquartered in Tokyo, is one of the world’s leading industrial firms with over 83,000 group employees and annual consolidated revenue of around 38 billion U.S. dollars. For more than 130 years, the company has channeled big thinking into innovative and integrated solutions that move the world forward. MHI Group owns a unique business portfolio covering land, sea, sky and space.

MHI Group provides world-class technical solutions across the entire energy value chain that enable industry-leading production efficiency and significantly reduced environmental impact. MHI Group’s energy portfolio spans conventional and nuclear power, including GTCC (gas turbine combined-cycle) and IGCC (integrated coal gasification), renewable energy solutions such as offshore wind turbines, geothermal and organic rankine cycle power generation technology as well as turbomachinery. MHI Group is leading the change in the industrial and power generation sectors through its advanced technology, service and digital solutions.

For more information, please visit MHI’s website:

For the latest trends and innovations shaping industrial technology, visit MHI’s online media Spectra:

Associate Sponsors (3)

ACWA Power is a developer, investor and operator of a portfolio of power generation and desalinated water production plants currently with presence in 11 countries including in the Middle East and North Africa, Southern Africa and South East Asia regions. ACWA Power employs over 3,500 people with about 60% local employment. ACWA Power’s portfolio, with an investment value in excess of USD 45 billion, can generate 29+ GW of power and produce 4.8 million m3 /day of desalinated water to be mostly delivered on a bulk basis to state utilities and industrial majors on long term off-take contracts under Public-Private-Partnership, Concession and Utility Services Outsourcing models.

ACWA Power, registered and head-quartered in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is owned by eight Saudi conglomerates, Sanabil Direct Investment Company (owned by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia), the Saudi Public Pensions Agency and the International Finance Corporation (a member of the World Bank Group).

ACWA Power pursues a mission to reliably deliver electricity and desalinated water at a low cost, thereby contributing to the social and economic development of the communities and countries it invests in and serves.

ACWA Power strives to achieve success by adhering to the values of Safety, People and Performance in operating its business. For more info, please visit

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.

Uniper is an international energy company with around 12,000 employees. In the UK, it owns and operates a diverse portfolio of power and gas assets and its generation fleet makes a tangible contribution to Britain’s supply security. 

Through its trading activities, it makes its power production available to the market, and provides balancing services to the UK system operator. It buys and sells natural gas, brought to the UK via pipelines or LNG terminals. Uniper also has a stake in BBL, a 235km gas pipeline between Balgzand in the Netherlands and Bacton, and significant long-term regasification capacity at the Grain LNG terminal in Kent.

In addition, it owns and operate the gas storage facility at Holford in Cheshire and two high-pressure gas pipelines.

The Nottingham-based Uniper Engineering Academy offers purpose-built facilities delivering bespoke training programmes to match energy business needs anywhere in the world and is accredited as an approved provider under the Government’s apprenticeship levy programme.

Innovation Partner (1)

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, follow us on Twitter at @innovateuk or subscribe to our YouTube channel at


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