Congress Programme

09 - 12 September 2019   |   ADNEC
Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of The United Arab Emirates
Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of The United Arab Emirates

The programme is subject to change. Please check back regularly for updates on sessions and the speakers.

Theme: Innovation: The pathway to prosperity
09:00 09:50

Keynote address

10:00 11:15

Opening plenary Start-up Energy Transition: The power of the bold


Bold entrepreneurs are tackling some of the world’s most pressing energy challenges. The winners of this years’ Start up Energy Transition Award illustrate the power of the bold and demonstrate a vision beyond conventions. What are the key characteristics, predictions, and insights of the world’s top energy start-ups and entrepreneurs? What are the new business models, technologies and visions at the forefront of the energy transition?


Gina Domanig

Managing Partner & Chief Executive Officer, Emerald Technology Ventures

Co-Chair, Innovation & Issues Monitor, World Energy Council


Andreas Kuhlmann

Chief Executive , German Energy Agency (DENA)

Charlotta Holmquist

Chief Finance Officer, Blixt

Divine Nabaweesi

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Divine Bamboo

Jacob Hornbach

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Bodawerk

Marwan Bin Haidar

Executive Vice President of Innovation & The Future, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)

Richard Romanowski

Executive director, Planet Ark Power

Thomas Chrometzka

Head of Strategy, Enapter

11:15 11:45


11:45 13:00

Parallel Sessions

3 Sessions

Agile giants: Scaling up the entrepreneurial approach

Innovation is not exclusive to start ups. What does it take to create a successful innovation culture within large and complex global organisations? What is the role of major players in transforming markets, production, supply, and regulation? Can you be too big to fail fast?


Jan Leitermann

Group CIO, OMV

Miguel  Gutierrez

Chairman, Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales (YPF)

Pavel Livinskiy

Chief Executive Officer & Director General , ROSSETI

Russell Stokes

President & Chief Executive Officer, GE Power

Serge Colle

Partner, Global Power and Utilities Advisory Leader, EY

Innovation in grids: Future-proofing the power network

What are the latest developments in grid management, deployment, distribution and security? How are markets and producers ensuring robust integration and meeting the changing demands of consumers, such as data access, sustainability, and reliability? What impacts have business models, AI and technological advances had on the future of our grids?


Carlo Crea

Head of Institutional Affairs, TERNA

Dr. Dirk Biermann

Managing Director , 50hertz Transmission Gmbh

Dr. Ken Budka

Senior Partner, Verticals , Bell Labs Consulting

Dr. Kenji Yamaji

Director-General, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth

Tobias Falke

Head of Business Development , Envelio

Dr. Kun Yang

Executive President, China Electricity Council

Rethinking innovation ecosystems beyond technology

Innovation comes in many forms: from policy and business models to financing and collaboration. What are the different drivers and catalysts that create the conditions for innovation in energy?


Dr. Atul Arya

Chief Energy Strategist, IHS Markit

Jesse Moore

Chief Executive Officer, M-Kopa Solar

Laurence Pikkety

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA))

Dr. Leila Benali

Chief Economist, Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP)

11:45 13:45

Sessions Interactive Sessions

2 Sessions

Pitch perfect: Best of the Start-up Energy Transition (SET)

Challenging the convential wisdom of energy systems with innovative solutions requires creativity, passion, and the skills to persuade potential investors of your vision. Bringing together SET finalists from the pitching stage in front of a jury and audience decide whether their idea is a global game-changer for the energy transition.


Jon Dee

Founder and Managing Director, DoSomething Foundation - RE100

Coordinator of RE100 Australia,

Faster, better, cheaper: Cross-sector collaboration for successful energy transitions (Facilitated Game)

What are the efficiencies and flexibilities that can be gained when the energy sector meets adjacent sectors? As we work toward affordable decarbonisation, this facilitated game will showcase the power of cross-sector collaboration


Angela Wilkinson

Senior Director, Scenarios and Business Insights, World Energy Council


Gina Domanig

Managing Partner & Chief Executive Officer, Emerald Technology Ventures

Co-Chair, Innovation & Issues Monitor, World Energy Council

Jeroen van Hoof 

Global Leader, Power & Utilities, PwC

Richard Poulden

Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, Wishbone Gold Plc

Dr. Norbert Schwieters

Global Energy Utilities and Resources leader, Pricewaterhousecoopers (PwC)

13:00 14:15

Lunch break

14:30 15:30

Closing plenary Reflections on the week: Energy for prosperity


H.E. Alexander Novak

Minister of Energy, Russian Federation

H.E. Suhail Mohamed al Mazrouei

Minister of Energy and Industry, United Arab Emirates

15:30 16:00

Congress closing ceremony

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