Dr Philip Lewis
Founder and CEO, Vaasaett (Finland)
A globally renowned expert in consumer issues in energy markets, Philip has analysed energy customer behaviour and supported the development of liberalised markets, offerings and new business models in more markets for longer than any other expert globally. This work has covered over 60 markets (40+ liberalised) spanning 20 years, for hundreds of organisations. A member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Electricity 2014-2016, Philip is also co-founder and board member of the Smart Energy Demand Coalition (SEDC). Named amongst the top 40 most influential people in Smart Grid 2014, and amongst the top 11 Global Smart Energy Elites in 2015 by Metering and Smart Energy 2015, Philip is also author of the world’ s leading resource on customer switching trends (World Energy Retail Market Rankings) and the source of Europe’s first official definition of switching.
Philip is former editorial board member of the European ‘ Energy Efficiency’ Journal and faculty member for the Diploma of Advanced Studies programme in Renewable Energy Management at the University of St Gallen Executive School, Switzerland. Philip has also been on various industry committees such the ‘ WWF (European Policy Office) and the Green Power Partnership Advisory Committee. Philip has also been head of marketing research and analysis for the UK based retailing subsidiary of Amoco (BP) and Seeboard (EDF) during the onset of competition in the British retail energy market. Philip holds a PhD in Marketing from the University of Edinburgh (specialising in customer psychology and behaviour issues).
Director, External Affairs, EirGrid
Rosemary Steen was appointed Director of External Affairs in July 2015 having previously held the position of Director of Public Affairs since joining EirGrid in 2014. Rosemary also serves on the board of the AsIAm charity organisation.
Rosemary has extensive Corporate Affairs, Government Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility experience from the Telecommunications, Utilities and Business Industry Body sectors. She has previously held senior positions in Vodafone, Shell and IBEC.
Rosemary has a BA in Economics and Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin, an MBS in Logistics and Manufacturing from University College Dublin and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies from Dublin Institute of Technology.
Smart Utilities Lead, UKI, Cisco Systems (UK)
Managing Director, SSE Ireland
CEO, Viridian Group
Commissioner for Energy Regulation
Principle Consultant, Poyry (UK)
Smart Networks Manager, ESB Networks
Dr Fiona Williams
Research Director, Ericsson (Germany)
Dr. Fiona Williams is a Research Director of Ericsson, based in Aachen, Germany, driving innovations in communications networks and services and their use in Smart Energy Grids. She initiates and leads large-scale collaborative programmes and projects in the national and European context and builds up research, innovation and IPR activities for Ericsson, bringing results through to business innovation in products and services and as spin-off companies, where appropriate. She is currently Project Manager of the FINESCE IP in the FI-PPP Programme of the European Commission. This project will field trial a range of concepts for communications in the Smart Energy sector in cross-border trials in Europe.
She holds board positions in industrial and academic organisations at international level.
She built up the research and innovation unit in Ericsson Eurolab, which has developed a wide range of successful product developments and set leading standards. She moved to Germany in 1991 from Ireland, where she was responsible for the start-up and operations of an Ericsson-Eircom joint venture advanced technology company. She studied for her B.Sc.(Hons.) and Ph.D. degrees at the National University of Ireland and as a visiting fellow at Imperial College, London.
CEO, Electricity Association of Ireland
Dr Fergal McNamara
Manager of Distribution, EURELECTRIC (Brussels)
Vice President, Global Technical Sales Support, Silver Spring Networks (USA)
Alec joined Silver Spring Networks in 2006 and brings 20 years of utility networking experience in critical roles such as project management, technical leadership, onsite support, and executive engagement. Alec now manages teams of sales engineers, independent technical deployment specialists and global market development personnel, tasked with establishing regulatory markets, partnerships and educating customers on the benefits of the Smart Grid, Smart Cities and Internet of Things networks. During his work at Silver Spring, he has been involved with Utility and City customers all over the world. Prior to Silver Spring, Alec worked in Senior Project and Customer Sevice Management roles at Enikia and Amperion. He holds a B.S. in Physics, Cum Laude from Ramapo College.