Dr Philip Lewis

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).

Rosemary Steen

Rosemary Steen

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.

Maria Hernandez

Maria Hernandez

Smart Utilities Lead, UKI, Cisco Systems (UK)

Having been with Cisco since 2000, Maria is the UK&I lead for Smart Utilities. In this capacity, Maria is responsible for ensuring Cisco brings to the UK utilities market the business and social benefits that technologies such as the Internet of Things, cloud, mobility can offer and is also responsible for branding Cisco as a thought leader in this space. Previously, Maria has been focused on cross-vertical IoT initiatives and in particular Smart cities, enabling organisations to become digital with the use of technology. A key aspect of her role was the development of the ecosystem and partner landscape necessary to make IoT happen. In this capacity Maria was part of the winning team on the 10m£ IoT Smart City UK-wide demonstrator competition run by Innovate UK and won by a consortium led by Manchester with their CityVerve project. Before turning her focus to the use of ICT within Enterprise and Public Sector organisations, Maria held various positions as Finance Manager within the technology sector in Spain and in UK. Maria holds an MBA as well as an Accountancy and Economics Degree.
Stephen Wheeler

Stephen Wheeler

Managing Director, SSE Ireland

Stephen Wheeler is Managing Director of Ireland’s second-largest energy utility SSE Ireland, part of the FTSE-listed SSE plc. Stephen has responsibility for overall strategy, commercial performance and business development for SSE’s business in Ireland. Prior to this, Stephen was Managing Director of SSE’s retail brand SSE Airtricity and previously General Manager for Ireland of SSE Renewables with responsibility for SSE’s development and construction activities. Stephen came to SSE with significant international experience after working with ABB and Siemens, specialising in the development and construction of thermal power generation projects. A graduate of electrical engineering from University College Dublin with an MBA from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Stephen is a past Chairman of the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA).
Ian Thom

Ian Thom

CEO, Viridian Group

Ian was appointed Group Chief Executive in February 2011 having joined Viridian in September 2001 as Company Secretary and General Counsel. Ian was appointed to the Viridian Executive Committee in 2003 and he has had executive responsibility for Power NI and PPB since 2007. Prior to joining the Group, he served as the European Legal Director of OSI International Foods. Ian holds a degree of Master of Arts (Law) from the University of Cambridge and is a member of the Northern Ireland Bar.
Garrett Blaney

Garrett Blaney

Commissioner for Energy Regulation

Garrett Blaney has been a member of the Commission since February 2010, and Chairperson since February 2014. Garrett’ s lead responsibilities relate to electricity networks (interconnection, wind connections), wholesale (SEM/I-SEM), generation (conventional, renewable, licensing), security of supply and internal operations. He also leads international relations. Prior to this Garrett had over 20 years of experience working in the energy industry. He was previously Strategic Development Director for Viridian Power and Energy and Commercial Director for Huntstown Power, Ireland’ s first independent power producer
Andy Kelly

Andy Kelly

Principle Consultant, Poyry (UK)

Andy Kelly is Principal Consultant of Pöyry Management Consulting with over 10 years commercial experience in wholesale and renewable electricity markets. Andy has extensive experience of the development of policy with regards emerging market design, and of leading strategic and commercial activities in electricity markets for renewable generation. He advises on price, policy and regulatory risk in Europe’ s conventional and renewable electricity markets, and is author of Pöyry’ s ILEX Energy report, “The Value of Renewable Obligation Supported Electricity in the UK”.
Jonathan Sandham

Jonathan Sandham

Smart Networks Manager, ESB Networks

Jonathan is the head of Smart Networks within ESB Networks. He is responsible for the Smart roadmap and long term strategic vision towards smart and innovative solutions for ESB Networks and its stakeholders. To support this role Jonathan engages in comprehensive R&D program interacting with Academia, Not For Profits, SME’ s and the Tech sector though mechanisms such as Horizon 2020 and private funding. Previous to his current role, Jonathan worked in the areas of software, telecommunications, security, aerospace and defence. Jonathan has accreditations and publications in the field of ICT, Telecommunications and Cyber Security specifically for utilities.
Dr Fiona Williams

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.

Kim McClenaghan

Kim McClenaghan

Director, PWC

Kim is the Energy and Utilities lead within the Consulting division of PricewaterhouseCoopers Ireland. He is a Chartered Engineer with over 15 years consulting experience involving large scale technology and business transformation projects in the sector. He has extensive utilities experience in the Irish market and has worked across the retail and wholesale value chain in both the power and gas industries. Kim also leads the local PwC climate team.
Owen Wilson

Owen Wilson

CEO, Electricity Association of Ireland

Owen Wilson is Chief Executive of the Electricity Association of Ireland, the representative body for the industry on the island, having previously had over 32 years industry experience working with ESB in a number of management roles. Dr. Wilson was also chair (2008-14) of the Environment and Sustainable Development Policy Committee of Eurelectric, the European electricity industry association, and a member of its executive committee. He has worked closely with a range of stakeholders on key national and EU energy, climate and environmental policy issues.
Dr Fergal McNamara

Dr Fergal McNamara

Manager of Distribution, EURELECTRIC (Brussels)

Before joining EURELECTRIC as Manager of Distribution, Dr. Fergal McNamara, FIEI, was the Senior Energy Advisor for the Irish Government and prior to that Head of Capacity Market Design at the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change. He was formerly Group Regulation Manager at ESB, the Secretary General of the Electricity Association of Ireland and Irish plenipotentiary to the Board of EURELECTRIC. Dr. McNamara has worked in the design and regulation of electric power markets for more than 25 years throughout Europe, the U.S. and Canada.
Alec Almond

Alec Almond

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.