Mark McGranaghan, Vice President, Integrated Grid Sector, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

Mark McGranaghan is Vice President of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He leads the teams responsible for EPRI’s research involving technologies, systems, and practices for the power distribution system and customer systems, as well as the related information, communication and cyber security infrastructure and systems. Mark has been with EPRI since 2003 and has had a strong influence on EPRI’s research in the areas of power quality, advanced distribution systems, and the smart grid. He has worked closely with government and industry research organizations, both in the United States and around the world. Prior to joining EPRI, Mark was with Electrotek Concepts (1998-2003) and McGraw-Edison/Cooper Power. Mark has BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Toledo and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught seminars and workshops around the world and is very active in standards development and industry activities. He is an IEEE Fellow.

Dara Lynott, CEng, PE, FIEI, CEO, Electricity Association of Ireland.

Dara Lynott was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Electricity Association of Ireland at the end of 2017. Prior to that he was a Director of the Environmental Protection Agency from 2004 and in that period had responsibility for EPA licensing, Greenhouse Gas and Waste Inventories, Carbon Emission Trading, Circular Economy and the Office of Environmental Enforcement. Prior to joining the EPA, he worked in the private sector for eight years as an environmental consultant in Boston, USA. He holds a BE from NUIG and a MSc from Northeastern University, Boston.

John MacNamara, Head of Commercial and Regulatory Affairs, Bordna Mona

Within his current role, John MacNamara works with BordnaMóna I-SEM Steering Group.  John previously headed up the organisation’s Commercial & Regulatory Affairs division which oversees BnM-PowerGen’s regulatory compliance as well as being responsible for identifying and implementing commercial pathways and strategies to maximise revenues from PowerGen’s current and future asset base in the wholesale electricity market. John has previously worked with the EPA as a senior scientist as well as in the private environmental sector, he holds a PhD in Combustion Chemistry and an LLB in Irish Law. John is vice-chair of IBEC’s Energy Providers Group (EPC), Chair of the Electricity Association of Ireland (EAI) Markets’ Committee and also sits on Eurelectric’s Working Group for Wholesale Market Design.

Rosemary Steen, Director of External Affairs, EirGrid Group

Rosemary oversees connections and charging, external communications, customer relations and regulatory affairs. Steen also leads EirGrid Group’s Public Engagement Strategy which includes working with developers, the business community and other stakeholders to build support for grid development projects.With extensive corporate affairs, government relations and corporate social responsibility experience from the telecommunications, utilities and business industry body sectors, Rosemary 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. Rosemary also serves on the board of the AsIAm charity organisation and is a council member for the Dublin Chamber.

Professor Tony Day, Executive Director, International Research Centre

Tony is the Executive Directive of the International Energy Research Centre (IERC), based at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland. The €20M funded IERC is a partnership between government and industry to undertake innovative research in integrated energy solutions, focussing on demand side issues and energy efficiency. Prior to this he was Energy Services Director at TEAM (EAA Ltd), having worked for 20 years at London South Bank University (LSBU) in teaching and research. At LSBU he set up the £3M Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB), a research, demonstration and teaching facility for low carbon building energy systems. He has conducted research and published widely in the areas of building energy analysis and the application of low and zero carbon technologies in the urban environment. Tony is a Fellow of both CIBSE and the Energy Institute.

Laura Brien, Director, Energy Markets, Commission for Regulation of Utilities

Laura Brien was appointed Director of Energy Markets in 2014. Laura has over 20 years’ experience in the energy sector, having advised on energy policy at both national and international level.  She previously held economic consulting roles across both public and private utility companies, providing advice to government departments, regulators and private equity firms relating to the deregulation and privatization of electricity industry in several US states, Mexico, Ireland, Spain, Brazil, Thailand and Canada.She acted as a senior economic advisor to ComReg until she joined the CRU in 2014 to take up her current role, which is responsible for overseeing all aspects of competition and consumer protection in the energy retail markets in Ireland and the wholesale all-island electricity market (SEM) in cooperation with the Utility Regulator in Belfast.She holds a Commerce degree from University College Dublin and an M.Phil in Economics from Oxford University.

John Mullins, Chief Executive Officer, Amarenco

John Mullins is Chief Executive Officer of Amarenco, a fast growing company which is focused on the development, financing and ownership of renewable assets in Europe. Previous to this role, John was Chief Executive of the BordGáisEireann. He has held senior management positions with ESB, ESB International, PricewaterhouseCoopers (UK) and NTR plc. He is Chairman of the Port of Cork Company. He is also Chairman of Heneghan PR and Sustainability Nation Ireland. He is a Director of Mainline Group and Wisetek. John is Chairman of several charities. John is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland and the Irish Academy of Engineering. He holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Engineering from UCC and an MBA from the Smurfit Business School in Dublin. John was Graduate of the Year in UCC in 1989. John was awarded the honour of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the French Government.

Frauke Thies, Executive Director, Smart Energy Demand Coalition SEDC

Since September 2015, Frauke is Executive Director of the Smart Energy Demand Coalition SEDC, the European business association for energy demand-side flexibility.
She has been actively involved in European Energy Policy since 2004, and held different positions at the German Energy Ministry, Greenpeace EU and the European Photovoltaic Industry Association SolarPower Europe. She also worked on secondments in Washington, D.C. and in New Delhi, India. Frauke holds a Master degree in Environmental Sciences from Lüneburg University, Germany, and an Executive MBA from Vlerick Business School, Belgium.

Dr Ger Devlin, Chief Executive, IrBEA

Dr Ger Devlin is the Chief Executive Officer with IrBEA, he holds a PhD in Biosystems Engineering from UCD and a PDip in Advanced Management Performance from UCD Michael Smurfit Business School. He has successfully co-ordinated and managed both publicly and privately funded research projects in the areas sustainable biomass supply chains, advanced biofuels and renewable technologies. He is also Ireland’s Team Leader for the IEA International Energy Agency’s Task 43 – Biomass Feedstocks for Energy Markets. Ger is looking forward to leading IrBEA and its members for a sustainable future in bioenergy and to strategically position bioenergy to play a key role in Ireland’s Sustainable BioEnergy Roadmap between now and 2035 and beyond.

Andy Kelly, Principal Consultant, Pöyry

Andy Kelly has more than 15 years’ commercial experience in wholesale power and commodity markets with a detailed knowledge of the electricity markets in Ireland and the UK, including the forthcoming I-SEM market and support schemes for renewable generators.
Andy is responsible for Pöyry’s commercial work in the Irish Electricity Market, where his clients include utilities, financial investors, developers and trade associations, with interests in conventional and renewable generation projects, as well as interconnector, storage and other related assets. Andy has a deep understanding of the commercial aspects of the electricity generation and trading markets, and extensive experience of leading strategic and commercial activities in the wholesale and renewable markets, involving a range of stakeholders.

Peter Kavanagh, Managing Director, Highfield Energy

Wind Energy Association (IWEA) and regularly contributes to policy and regulatory debates.  A recognised expert within the renewable energy industry in Ireland, Peter’s academic qualifications include a degree in electrical engineering (UCD) and postgraduate qualifications in construction law (TCD) and finance (ACCA).

Gerard Harnett, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Bord Gais Energy

Ger Harnett has over 24 years experience in the electricity and gas industry and has been, Regulatory Affairs Manager at Bord Gais Energy since 2009. He has dealt with the various aspects of the Smart Metering programme from the initial trials in 2009/10 to current developments. Ger joined Bord Gais Energy in 1999. During this period, he has managed several key areas including power procurement, electricity trading, pricing and has also worked in cogeneration plant design. Ger holds a degree in electrical engineering from Trinity College, Dublin along with higher diplomas in management and computer Science, also from Trinity College.

Denis O’Leary, Head of Smart Energy Technologies, ESB

Denis O Leary graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from UCC in 1980, and
joined the Electricity Supply Board (ESB). Denis was appointed Networks Operations
Manager for ESB in 1997 and as Head of Asset Management and Regulation in 2003. He
was appointed Head of Smart Energy Technologies in 2010 with specific responsibility for
ESB’s strategy on the electrification of Transport and Heat. Denis is also ESB’s
representative on the Eurelectric Smart Grids Committee, and is a member of EPRI’s
Research Advisory Committee.

Dr. David Connolly, Head of Policy, Irish Wind Energy Association

Dr. David Connolly is Head of Policy at the Irish Wind Energy Association since May 2017,
where he develops policies that promote wind energy in Ireland, engages with external
stakeholders, manage IWEA’s policy committees and represents the wind industry’s views at
events. His primary responsibilities relate to electricity markets, electricity networks, wind
farm planning, and strategic energy policy. Previously, David was an Associate Professor in
Energy Planning at Aalborg University in Copenhagen where his research focused on the
design and assessment of 100% renewable energy systems for electricity, heat, and
transport. He graduated as a Mechanical Engineer in 2007 and completed a PhD in energy
modelling in 2011, both at the University of Limerick. More information is available on his
website: www.dconnolly.net

Frank Conlon, Divisional Manager, IDA Ireland

Frank Conlon is Divisional Manager, IDA Ireland, with responsibility for Regional Business Development, Strategic Property Management, Corporate Governance & Legal Services. Frank is a member of IDA’s Executive Leadership Team. IDA Ireland is the Government agency responsible for attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Ireland and with developing the existing c.1,300 multinational companies already located here, employing c.199,877 people across the country. Aligned to the core objectives as set out in IDA’s strategy: Winning FDI 2015-2019, IDA aims to win 900 individual investments and create 80,000 new jobs across Ireland by working with companies operating in the Life Sciences, Med Tech, Engineering, Technology and Financial Services Sectors. As Divisional Manager, Frank holds responsibility for the delivery of the organisation’s regional and property strategies. His role also includes contributing to the delivery of IDA Ireland’s Regional Investment targets and delivering on the agency’s commitment to the DJEI Regional ‘Action Plan for Jobs’. Frank also oversees corporate governance within IDA. Prior to his appointment Frank held a number of senior posts within IDA Ireland, most recently as Manager of IDA’s Strategic Property Division. Frank holds an MBA in International Business from University College Dublin and joined IDA in the mid- 1980s. He has been a member of IDA’s senior management team since 2000.