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Speakers: 6th Annual KPMG Global Power & Utilities Conference


List of event keynote, roundtable moderators and speakers for the KPMG's 6th Annual Global Power & Utilities Conference, held on 8 November, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium.



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Artur Runge-Metzger, Director ‘Climate Strategy, governance and emissions from non-trading sectors’, DG Climate Action of the European Commission Artur took up his current position on 1 January 2016. The current directorate covers international and EU climate strategy and economic assessment and evaluation, EU domestic legislative initiatives related to households, land transport, waste, agriculture and forestry, carbon capture, use and storage, financial instruments for EU innovation, monitoring, reporting, and verification.
Ulrich Homann, Partner Architect, C&E Engineering, Microsoft Ulrich Homann is a Partner-level architect in the Cloud and Enterprise business at Microsoft. As part of the senior engineering leadership team, Homann is responsible for enterprise scenarios and focus across the cloud and enterprise platform working on the most complex and challenging customer and partner opportunities driving structured growth for the $26 billion p.a. business. Previously Homann was the Chief Architect for Microsoft worldwide enterprise services.



Johan Van Bragt, Head of Business Development and Innovation Officer, Engie Benelux
Johan has held the role of Chief Business Development and Innovation Officer at Engie Benelux since January 2016 and has Masters of Law and Economics from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
Jonathan Brearley, Senior Partner, OFGEM Jonathan Brearley leads Ofgem’s important work regulating the monopoly energy networks. He has a wealth of energy sector experience, having led the Department of Energy and Climate’s electricity market reforms.
Julio Castro, EVP Regulation, Iberdrola Group Julio started his career at Red Eléctrica (Power System Operator) in 1991. In 1998 he joined Iberdrola as analyst in the Strategic Planning Area. In 2001 he was appointed Gas Logistics Director, responsible for maritime transportation and access to the grids (TPA, new regas terminals and pipelines like Medgaz). He also served as Vice President responsible for gas trading and shipping on a global basis within the company, gas business Chairman in the US and Canada, board member of Iberdrola Energy USA, Iberdrola Canada Energy Services, Enstor, Medgaz and Iberian Gas Hub, and Vice Chairman of the Spanish Gas Association (Sedigas). Currently he is Chief Regulatory Officer of Iberdrola Group.
Holger Goetze, CEO Chorus Clean Energy Holger Goetze is CEO of CHORUS Clean Energy. He graduated in business administration from Cooperative State University Stuttgart, Germany. He started his career holding various positions at a credit insurance company and a German subsidiary of an international Bank, before assuming responsibility for the real estate and large-scale plants business in North and West Germany at a leading German leasing company. Since 2012, Holger has been Managing Director of the CHORUS Group.
Gunnar Groebler, CEO Unit Renewables, Vattenfall GmbH Gunnar Groebler is CEO Unit Renewables of Vattenfall GmbH. He is a degreed engineer from RWTH Aachen University in Germany. Prior to stepping in to his key role as CEO of Vattenfall Renewables, Gunnar has held various corporate positions across the organization. After starting in Corporate Development of Vattenfall, he soon became head of Purchasing. Gunnar Groebler held various positions as head of business units, in Corporate Restructuring, Mergers & Acquisitions and Hydro Germany of Vattenfall. As vice president business unit Renewables he was responsible for the region Continental and UK. Prior to his current position he was senior vice president business area wind of Vattenfall GmbH.
Steven De Gruyter, Head of Power Generation, European Investment Bank Steven has been in his role with the European Investment Bank since March 2013. In 2004, he has achieved a Masters of Business Administration from INSEAD.
Shinichiro Kengaku, Managing Executive Officer, Tepco Managing Executive Officer Tokyo Electric Power Co Holdings Inc, PRESENT. Executive Officer Tokyo Electric Power Co Inc, 4/2013-4/2016. Group Manager Tokyo Electric Power Co Inc, 7/2005-4/2013. Management level positions with a 28 year career in Tokyo Electric Power Company Inc., distinguished by promotion to Managing Executive Officer for public relations & corporate communications, and overseas business, as well as to Chief of the New Growth Task Force. Since a tragic nuclear accident involving the company, he has been devoted to crisis management and is currently accountable for certain special projects regarding the reconstruction of Fukushima, as well as reputation risk management in external communications. He holds concurrent posts as an external board member of Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation, one of the largest wind & photovoltaic generation project developers and operators, as well as of SPARX Group Co., Ltd, an independent asset management company. He also has experience of working overseas.
Konrad Purchala, Director, Energy Market Development, PSE Operator Konrad is a Director for Energy Market Development of the Polish transmissions system operator. Previously he was PSE's Project Director and Advisor to the Board, and prior to joining PSE, Konrad was with Power System Consulting of Tractebel Engineering from the GdF-SUEZ group, where he was an expert in techno-economic studies, active in projects ranging from cross-border electricity markets, in support of generation investment decisions, to research on wind energy integration and business models related to distributed generation.
Paul Massara, CEO Northstar Solar Paul Massara is CEO of Northstar Solar Ltd and Member of the Committee on Fuel Poverty advising the Secretary of State for Energy on energy strategy. He holds a Master in Corporate Finance from the London Business School. Paul Massara co-founded Oxford House Research in 2010 that worked with the Oxford University`s Politics Department. In 2011, he joined RWE npower as CCO and held various positions on board level, as Country Chair for RWE in the UK to CEO of RWE npower and member of the Executive Committee of RWE AG.
David Mesonero, Corp. Devel. Managing Director, GamesaDavid Mesonero Molina, Corporate Development Managing Director, Gamesa Corporacion Tecnologica David is a Managing Director at Gamesa Venture Capital. He also serves as the Director of Business Development at Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica S.A. He served as a Director of SkyBuilt Power, Inc.David Mesonero is currently Corporate  Development Managing Director of Gamesa Corporacion Tecnologica and member of its Steering Committee since 2013. He has led the negotiations with Siemens WP to create a worldwide leader in the wind industry. Mr. Mesonero is also member of the Board of Directors of Gamesa India and Chairman of Gamesa Venture Capital. David also has served as member of the Board of Directors of Adwen, N2S, Worldwater & Solar Technology Inc., Skybuilt Power Inc. and 9REN (formerly Gamesa Solar). David holds a bachelor in Business Administration by ICADE and MBA from IESE.
Javier Uriarte Monereo, General Manager of Market Iberia, Endesa He began his professional career at SC Johnson’s Wax as an Assistant Product Manager and was later named Product Manager. Joined Tempo España as the Marketing Manager (1988- 1990). Subsequently he joined McKinsey & Company, where he rose to the position of Senior Engagement Manager, and from 1994 until joining the Endesa Group, he held the position of General Assistant Manager at Banesto. In addition, he taught Sales Management at the Instituto de Empresa from 1985 to 1990 and held the position of Director of the School of Marketing. Since 1998 he has served as the head of General Marketing Division.
Martin Neubert, SVP, Chief Strategy Officer, Dong Energy Martin is responsible for Strategy, Regulatory Affairs, Business Development as well as Market & Project Development. Martin joined DONG Energy in 2008 and previously held senior positions including Head of Group M&A at DONG Energy as well as Head of Partnerships and M&A in the Wind Power business unit where he has overseen 13 of DONG Energy’s offshore wind partnerships with institutional investors in the past 8 years, resulting in a total of more than EUR 5bn in recycled capital. Prior to joining DONG Energy, Martin worked in both private equity and consulting. Martin is a member of DONG Energy Wind Power’s Executive Committee.
Gordon Parsons, Division Director, Macquarie Gordon joined Macquarie in September 2007. He is responsible for MIRA’s global expansion into Energy fund offerings, as well as MIRA-managed investments inUK infrastructure assets, including NCP and Condor Ferries. Gordon is a qualified, prize-winning member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Shamus Rae, KPMG Lead UK, Cognitive Automation Shamus has over 23 years’ experience in Back Office transformation cross-industry and a broad in-field knowledge of undertaking Operational Strategy work for various global clients. In 1993 he disrupted the BPO industry by building the first multi-function, multi-client BPO business. With the emergence of advanced automation Shamus is now leading the Automation Proposition covering everything from advanced robotics all the way through to Cognitive Computing.
Divya Reddy, Director, Global ENR, Eurasia Group Divya focuses on global gas markets, North American energy policy, climate change and alternative energy, and metals and mining. In particular, Divya analyzes the impact of political and policy developments in various countries on commodities markets and investment environments. She also leads Eurasia Group's coverage of Australian politics, and follows US energy policy developments from Washington.

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