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

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.

Bob Hanna, Chief Technical Advisor to the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Bob Hanna is currently Chief Technical Advisor to the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Ireland. In this role he represents Ireland in a number of international fora, including the E.U.’s Strategic Energy Technology Plan Steering Group. He was previously with Sustainable Energy Ireland, Head of Projects at the Institut fuer Solare Enegieversorgungstechnik, Germany, Commercial Manager with Premier Power in Northern Ireland and General Manager of Northern Ireland Electricity International. He has also held positions with the former National Board for Science and Technology and the Electricity Supply Board in Ireland, and Kennedy & Donkin Consulting Engineers in the U.K. Bob has a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Electrical Engineering and a Postgraduate Diploma in Fuel Technology & Power Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast, and an M.B.A. (with energy sector dissertation) from University College Dublin.
He is a Chartered Engineer Member of the Energy Institute and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland. He received “Consultant of the Year” awards in 1993 and 1995, and was Director of a team that received one O.B.E and three M.B.Es for services to the former Overseas Development Administration in the U.K.

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 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.

Dr Paul Troughton, Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs for EnerNOC, an Enel Group company

Dr Paul Troughton is Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs for EnerNOC, an Enel Group company, which is a leading provider of demand response solutions. He leads their Flexibility Policy Centre, focusing on programme design issues in new markets, as well as covering European policy issues and participating in smartEn.

Paul has worked in demand response for ten years, with direct experience of the markets in Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, and Ireland, and exposure to market design issues in other parts of Europe, Asia, and North America.

He has previously worked in clean technology investment, technology transfer, consumer electronics start-ups, and for the Electricity Corporation of New Zealand, where he was one of the first to get to grips with nodal pricing. He holds a PhD in statistical signal processing and an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, both from the University of Cambridge.

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

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.

Gaétan Houle, Principal Security Architect, SNC Lavalin, Canada

As part of his 30 years of experience in all aspects of security, Gaétan has held several senior positions in the Canadian Federal Government, including Chief Engineer Communications Security with the Department of National Defence, Director Corporate Security with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Consul at the Canadian Embassy in Peru, following the 1996-97 terrorist crisis
in Lima.

In the private sector, he has worked as Chief Security Officer for several multinational corporations such as Bombardier Aerospace, Airbus Group (Paris, France) and Bell Canada, where he personally wrote the security plan to protect the telecom infrastructure for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. In 2016, after having worked for four years as the National Cybersecurity Practice Leader for Ernst & Young Canada, Gaétan joined SNC Lavalin as the Principal Security Architect where he and his team help clients in the energy industry protect their critical infrastructure.

Gaétan has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada and an MBA from the Jones International University. He is a member of the Professional Engineers of

John O’Connor, General Manager, Tynagh Energy

John comes from the independent generator sector and is Chief Executive of Tynagh Energy, a 400 MW CCGT power plant based in Galway. Tynagh has a number of private investors led by GE and is project financed. He has led the company through construction, commercial operations, transition to the Single Electricity Market and refinancing.