Programme

6 March - Afternoon

12:30-13:00

Registration and Welcome Coffee

13:00-15:00

Session #1 | Opening Session

Opening session with presentation of the Eurelectric-EY joint study on e-mobility.

We are excited to present our joint flagship report with EY and give you a comprehensive look into what shapes the debate for the future of electromobility. Discover the latest trends in EV uptake across the EU and gather all the critical insights for the digitalisation and data interoperability progressions in electrified transport.

Introduction

Kristian Ruby

Secretary General, Eurelectric

Kristian Ruby

Kristian Ruby took over as Secretary General of Eurelectric, effective 1 January 2017. Prior to his appointment, he worked at WindEurope as part of the Executive Management team where, in his capacity as Chief Policy Officer, he was in charge of developing and implementing the political strategy of the association. Mr Ruby previously also held positions as assistant to the former European Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard and served, for a number of years, as a public servant in the Danish Ministries of Climate and Energy as well as Environment.

Presentation of EY/Eurelectric Study

Serge Colle

Global Energy & Resources Leader

Serge Colle

As the EY Global Energy & Resources Leader, Serge supports clients as they manage challenges related to the energy transition.

Throughout his career, he has worked extensively in all parts of the value chain and with clients in diverse geographies.

Drawing on close to 30 years of experience, Serge provides guidance on strategies and business models and helps clients build the capabilities required for the new energy world.

He earned a master’s degree in Applied Economics from Ghent University, an ABMP degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and an MBA in General Management from Vlerick Business School.

How Serge is building a better working world

Serge helps clients take advantage of low-carbon renewable energy sources and emerging technologies. His work directly contributes to greener operations, a better and more efficient customer experience and increased green capital investment potential.

Opening

Georges Gilkinet

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for mobility, Belgium

Georges Gilkinet

As Deputy Prime Minister and Green Minister, Georges Gilkinet is committed to mobility that unites all Belgians through the travel and encounters that enable us to exist, evolve and prosper as a country. Its battle horses include the development of the train as the backbone of mobility, the recognition of the bicycle as a genuine means of transport and the strengthening of road safety measures. It is also fighting for a policy of social justice.

Fireside Chat

Luca De Meo

Luca De Meo

President, ACEA & CEO of Renault

Luca De Meo

Born Milan, Italy, in 1967, Luca de Meo graduated from the Luigi Bocconi Commercial University with a degree in business administration.
Luca de Meo has 30 years of experience in the automotive sector. He began his career at Renault before joining Toyota Europe, then the Fiat Group where he managed the Lancia, Fiat, Abarth and Alfa Romeo brands.
In 2009, Luca de Meo joined the Volkswagen Group as Marketing Director, both for Volkswagen brand passenger cars and Volkswagen Group. He then held the position of member of the Board of Directors in charge of Sales and Marketing at AUDI AG in 2012.
From November 2015 until January 2020, Luca de Meo was Chairman of the Executive Committee of SEAT S.A., member of the Supervisory Boards of Ducati and Lamborghini and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Volkswagen Group in Spain.
Since July 2020, Luca de Meo is Chief Executive Officer of Renault S.A. and Chairman of Renault s.a.s., and from January 2021 he is also a member of the Renault Group’s Board of Management.
Since January 2023, Luca de Meo is also the President of the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA).
From January 2021 until February 2023, Luca de Meo has been CEO, Renault Brand.
From April 2021 to October 2022, Luca de Meo has been member of the Board of Directors of TIM (Telecom Italia).
From February 2023, he becomes a member of the Leadership Team, which replaces the Board of Management (BOM) and the Corporate Management Committee (CMC). This new single management body’s mission will be to ensure the strategic and operational management of Renault Group activities.
As of November 1, 2023, he becomes CEO Ampere.

Leonhard Birnbaum

President, Eurelectric & CEO of E.On

Leonhard Birnbaum

Leonhard Birnbaum was born in Ludwigshafen, Germany, on February 19, 1967. He studied chemical engineering in Karlsruhe. After a subsequent period of academic work at the Karlsruhe Research Centre, he obtained a doctorate from the University of Cottbus.

Leonhard Birnbaum began his professional career as a management consultant at McKinsey in Düsseldorf. After holding various positions – including at McKinsey’s off ice in Houston, USA – he was Senior Partner for the energy and industrial sector. In 2008, he joined RWE AG and was appointed to the Board of Management the same year. He served as Chief Strategy Officer and as RWE Group’s Chief Commercial Officer until 2013.

In 2013, Leonhard Birnbaum was appointed as member of the Board of Management of E.ON SE and took on a variety of responsibilities within the Board. From 2018 until 2021 he was responsible for the innogy integration project. From 2019 to 2020, he was also Chairman of the Board of Management of innogy SE.

 

In 2021, Leonhard Birnbaum was appointed to his current role as CEO of E.ON SE. In this position, he is responsible for E.ON Group’s Communications & Political Affairs, Corporate Audit, Culture & Performance, Group and Executive HR, HSE & Sustainability, Legal, Compliance & Security, Strategy & Innovation and Nuclear Coordination.

Leonhard Birnbaum is President of Eurelectric, the European Electricity Association, Vice-President of the Executive Committee of BDEW, the German Association of Energy and Water Industries, a member of the Executive Committee of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and, and Vice Chair of the World Energy Council.

Leonhard Birnbaum is married and has two daughters.

CEO Panel

Moderator

Roger Atkins

Founder, Electric Vehicles Outlook Ltd

Roger Atkins

From electric guitars to electric cars Roger has been on a colourful journey! After a couple of decades singing the praises of combustion engines he changed his tune a decade ago to become an EV advocate. Musician turned business consultant, his 'Electric Vehicles Outlook' consultancy has been busy with automotive, finance, mining, and energy clients, as well as publicly sharing an EV narrative on the LinkedIn platform where he now has in excess of 200,000 followers. A trio of start-ups behind him:- online car retailing at Virgin cars: amphibious vehicles with Gibbs: and electric trucks at Modec, he now acts as Brand Ambassador for SAIC Europe, and Rimac Automobili, as well as helping French start-up Paris Electric and Gao Feng Advisory in China.

Panel

Serge Colle

Global Energy & Resources Industry Market leader, EY

Serge Colle

As the EY Global Energy & Resources Leader, Serge supports clients as they manage challenges related to the energy transition.

Throughout his career, he has worked extensively in all parts of the value chain and with clients in diverse geographies.

Drawing on close to 30 years of experience, Serge provides guidance on strategies and business models and helps clients build the capabilities required for the new energy world.

He earned a master’s degree in Applied Economics from Ghent University, an ABMP degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and an MBA in General Management from Vlerick Business School.

How Serge is building a better working world

Serge helps clients take advantage of low-carbon renewable energy sources and emerging technologies. His work directly contributes to greener operations, a better and more efficient customer experience and increased green capital investment potential.

Asa Petterson

Asa Pettersson

CEO, Swedenergy

Åsa Pettersson

Åsa Pettersson is the CEO of Swedenergy since April 2021. Swedenergy is a non-profit industry and special interest organisation for companies that supply, distribute, sell, and store energy. Mainly electricity, heating, and cooling. Swedenergy monitors and promotes the interests of its members and the Swedish energy sector in general. The organisation has a total of 400 members, which includes state-owned, municipal, and private companies as well as associations within the energy sector.

Åsa comes from a position as head of Public Affairs & Sustainability at Scania, a global manufacturer of trucks and buses, which she held between 2014- 2021. As such, she was responsible finding way to drive the shift to a sustainable transport system in dialogue with society and working in partnerships. She has more than to 20 years of experience of working with sustainability and public affairs in the transport and energy sector in Stockholm and Brussels.

Before joining Scania, she worked with sustainability and public affairs at the Swedish energy company Vattenfall AB at which she occupied various leading positions, including Head of Group Public Affairs and, Head of Group Sustainability.
She has a Master of Arts focused in Political Science & French from Lund University and completing studies in Climate Change and & Environmental protection from Stockholm University.

Michael Cole

CEO for Europe, Hyundai

Michael Cole

Michael Cole was born in Doncaster, England, in November 1963.

He holds a degree in Accounting from Oxford Brookes University and is professionally qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA).

For 37 years, Michael has worked in almost every field within the automotive industry, from dealer to multi-national level; from accounting to sales, from fleet and aftersales to marketing; to COO and President. This has given him a strong grounding and extensive knowledge about various perspectives of internal processes of OEMs, as well as valuable insights about the wider industry.

Michael started his career working in the Ford UK dealer network in 1985, progressing to the position of Financial Director of a large dealer, retailing 2,000 units per annum. After nine years, he joined Toyota GB in 1994. There, he held a number of field and headquarter roles in network development, retail & fleet sales, financial services, marketing and after sales, up to the role of Operations Director from 2005.

After 15 years working for Toyota, Michael joined Hyundai Motor Group as Managing Director for Kia UK in 2009. Across 11 years, he served the automaker in a series of senior positions, culminating in his elevation to President of Kia America. This followed on from his previous role as Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors Europe and, prior to that, Managing Director of Kia UK. Throughout his time with the Kia brand, he has helped to drive forward all areas of strategy and operations – from sales, marketing and product to customer service and retail.

On 1 July 2020, Michael became the first European President and CEO of Hyundai Motor Europe, taking responsibility for Hyundai’s European commercial and manufacturing operations.

Mark van Stiphout

Deputy Head of Unit, DG ENER, European Commission

Marc Van Stiphout

Mark van Stiphout is currently Deputy Head of Unit in DG Energy in the unit that is responsible for Research, Innovation, Competitiveness and Digitalisation. His responsibilities include the Digitalisation of Energy Action Plan and the Net Zero Industry Act, and he is also involved in the EU’s energy research and innovation agenda and the the Energy Union Competitiveness Progress Report.

Until the 1st of November 2014 he was a member of the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Energy, Günther H. Oettinger, who he advised on nuclear energy and energy research, as well as smart grids, retail markets and the relations with Russia. This included for example the Commission's work on nuclear safety and the trilateral negotiations with Russia and Ukraine on gas supply.

Before that he was assistant to the Director-General for Energy, and from 2006 to 2010 he was responsible for the liberalisation of the internal market for natural gas as Policy Officer in DG Energy in the Electricity and Gas Unit.

Previous roles include consultancy on renewable energy projects at Ecofys and market analyst at Cogas Energie.

Remco Samuels

CEO of EvBox & President of ChargeUp Europe

Remco Samuels

Remco Samuels is the President of ChargeUp Europe and the CEO of EVBox, a Dutch manufacturer of EV chargers. In 2014 Remco moved from the Netherlands to Brussels, and later to Paris, to lead diverse finance, strategy, business development and later operations teams within the Engie group. As a part of EVBox’s management board and the current president of EV association ChargeUp Europe, Remco is helping to further shape the company’s path to sustainable growth and to achieve its mission: to empower businesses towards a sustainable future by providing intelligent EV charging solutions.

Until the 1st of November 2014 he was a member of the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Energy, Günther H. Oettinger, who he advised on nuclear energy and energy research, as well as smart grids, retail markets and the relations with Russia. This included for example the Commission's work on nuclear safety and the trilateral negotiations with Russia and Ukraine on gas supply.

Before that he was assistant to the Director-General for Energy, and from 2006 to 2010 he was responsible for the liberalisation of the internal market for natural gas as Policy Officer in DG Energy in the Electricity and Gas Unit.

Previous roles include consultancy on renewable energy projects at Ecofys and market analyst at Cogas Energie.

15:00-15:30

Battery Recharge & Networking Coffee

15:30-16:30

Session #2 | Unlocking the Power of EV Data Interoperability

Data interoperability is a linchpin for accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles. This session will investigate the fundamental significance of data sharing and compatibility within the EV ecosystem. We will explore how data interoperability can streamline operations, improve user experiences, and enable new services and technologies. Join us for a comprehensive examination of the potential unlocked when data flows seamlessly across the EV industry.

Olivier Dubois

Keynote

Olivier Dubois

Director of Electric Mobility Division, EDF

Olivier Dubois

Previous career: Electronics engineer in 1989 (ENSERG, Grenoble).

10 years in the microelectronics sector in technical and sales positions (7 years in the semiconductor division of Texas Instruments and 3 years at Cadence Design Systems).

In 2000, I joined EDF Group in the Department of Key Accounts (start of energy markets deregulation) where I stayed during 6 years before moving to Brussels for 3 years as Sales Director of EDF Belgium. I returned in France end of 2009 in the East Region as Regional Director for 4 years.

From 2013 to 2015, I was Director of sales for EDF Continental Europe, then from 2015 to 2018, Director of Synergies in the Corporate Customer & Services division.

From 2019 to 2020, I was Director of Strategic Partnerships & Development at Electric Mobility Division of EDF Group.

Last February 2021, I was appointed as Director of E-Mobility for the EDF Group.

Moderator

Dave Keating

Journalist and Moderator

Dave Keating

Dave Keating is an American-European journalist in Brussels who moderates live events. He is the Brussels Correspondent for France 24 and a Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council. He also writes for the New StatesmanEnergy MonitorIP QuarterlyEuractiv, Forbes and World Politics Review. Previously he was the editor of EuropeanVoice.com, a side publication of The Economist. He is ranked as the number one EU social media influencer for 2023, coming in second in 2022 and third in 2021 and 2020. Before arriving in Brussels in 2010, Dave covered the boardrooms of London, the halls of the US Congress in Washington, the cafes of Paris, the politics of Prague, the courtrooms of Chicago and the streets of New York City. He has also covered climate policy in Berlin.

Panel

Axel Volkery

Deputy Head of Unit Sustainable and Intelligent Transport, DG MOVE, European Commission

Axel Volkery

A German national, Axel holds a PhD in Political Sciences from the Free University Berlin, Germany.

He joined the European Commission in 2013. In 2021, he was appointed the Deputy Head of Unit for Sustainable & Intelligent Transport at DG MOVE. The Unit is responsible for policies on sustainable and smart mobility, including the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive, Clean Vehicles Directive, Intelligent Transport Systems Directive and related delegated acts as well as promotional policy initiatives in the field of renewable and low-carbon fuels and connected and automated mobility.

Prior to joining the Commission, Axel has held different positions in the public and private sector in Belgium, Denmark and Germany.

Joao Marinho

João Tato Marinho

Associate Director for Digital & Green Transformation Policy, DIGITALEUROPE

João Tato Marinho

João joined DIGITALEUROPE in April 2022 as Associate Director for Digital & Green Transformation Policy, continuing the association’s work on the twin transition and promoting digital as a necessity for significant climate action.

Before joining DIGITALEUROPE, João was Head of Environment & Sustainability and Senior EU Affairs Manager at Hitachi Europe GmbH. Between 2012 and 2021, he worked on EU Environmental policy in the field of Chemicals, Circular Economy, Climate and the European Green Deal. As part of his mission, he contributed to promoting and implementing decarbonisation/greenhouse gases emissions reduction policies and actions across Hitachi Group in Europe. During the same period, he also worked in the field of EU health policy.

Prior to joining Hitachi, João worked for a Medical Devices/Cosmetics regulatory consultancy and completed several internship experiences in the public and private sectors, including at the European Commission, the Embassy of Portugal in Tokyo, a law firm, and a trade association.

João holds a degree in Law from Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal) and a LLM in EU Law from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain). In 2021, he completed a business sustainability management course at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (UK).

Eric Plaquet

Eric Plaquet

President and CEO, Gireve

Eric Plaquet

Eric Plaquet spent most of his career developing high value-added services for companies all around the world, notably in the automotive and EV industries. He is the President and CEO of Gireve, the leading EV roaming platform at the center of the e-mobility industry across the world.

Pierre-Olivier Milette

Chief Technology Officer, ACEA

Pierre-Olivier Milette

Pierre Millette is Chief Technology Officer at ACEA, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association, where he oversees the Technical Affairs team and helps plan long-term technological policy for motor vehicle manufacturers. Trained in mechanical engineering and in business administration, he has gained two decades of experience in the automotive industry working in North America, in Asia, and in Europe. His areas of responsibility include safety, emissions, digital policy, alternative powertrains, environmental matters, and vehicle homologation.

16:30-17:30

Session #3 | Data-Driven Grid Modernisation for Electric Mobility

Step into the future of electric mobility in this dynamic session. We will unravel the electrifying synergy between data exchange and grid modernisation as we explore the world of electric vehicles. Discover how data-driven insights are revolutionising the grid to accommodate the surge in EVs. We will journey through the realms of smart charging, real-time data analytics, and grid management innovations, painting a vivid picture of how grid modernisation and data exchange are reshaping the way we power our electric future. Join us to unlock the electrifying potential of a grid primed for the era of electric mobility.

Anders Berger

Keynote

Dr. Anders Berger

Director Group Public Affairs, Volvo Group

Dr. Anders Berger

Dr. Anders Berger, Director Group Public Affairs, is a transport system specialist at Volvo Group with a particular focus on policy for enabling market conditions to speed up the transformation to a sustainable transport system. He engages extensively in the public discourse on transport efficiency, e-mobility, automation and digitalization.

Mèlis Iskli

Moderator

Mélis Isikli

Advisor - Distribution & Market Facilitation - Grid Integration Lead

Louise Rullaud

Mélis ISIKLI serves as the Lead for Grid Integration at Eurelectric. In her role as a policy advisor, she takes charge of overseeing policy matters concerning distribution networks. Her focus extends to critical topics including grid capacity, planning, investment, and the integration of distributed energy resources. She has recently led initiatives addressing the scarcity of grid capacity, recommendations for Solar Connection, and anticipatory investments. Prior to her current position, she worked at an independent power producer, managing the legal aspects of renewable projects, along with associated financing and asset risks. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and Law.

Rutger Plantenga

Panel

Rutger Plantenga

Chief Product Officer, Greenflux

Rutger Plantenga

With more than a decade of experience in bringing innovative e-mobility solutions to the market, Rutger focuses on maximizing customer value as well as defining and managing a clear product strategy and roadmap. Before joining GreenFlux, Rutger worked for fast-growing mobility services companies, such as TomTom and NewMotion, where he was responsible for the e-mobility service provider (EMSP) business, both B2C as well as white label B2B.

G O'Shea

Gráinne O'Shea

Networks Business Strategy Manager, ESB Networks & Member of the ESB board as a Worker Director

Suthalan Gnanes

Gráinne joined ESB as a graduate engineer in 1989. She holds primary and master’s degrees in engineering from Trinity College Dublin and DCU respectively and a diploma in Asset Management from the Institute of Asset Management. A Chartered Engineer (Engineers Ireland), Gráinne has worked in ESB Networks, Power Generation and Supply and is  currently Business Strategy Manager for ESB Networks. She is also vice-chair of the Eurelectric WG Regulation and Business Customers.

Anders Berger

Dr. Anders Berger

Director Group Public Affairs, Volvo Group

Dr. Anders Berger

Dr. Anders Berger, Director Group Public Affairs, is a transport system specialist at Volvo Group with a particular focus on policy for enabling market conditions to speed up the transformation to a sustainable transport system. He engages extensively in the public discourse on transport efficiency, e-mobility, automation and digitalization.

Jacques Warichet

Power System Transformation Analyst, IEA

Jacques Warichet

Dr. Jacques Warichet is working in the Renewable Integration and Secure Electricity Unit at the IEA as a Power System Transformation analyst. His focus areas are power markets, power system security, flexibility and stability, and the grid integration of renewables and new electricity end-uses.

Before joining the IEA, he has spent 15 years in electricity transmission, as a planning and operation specialist, contributing to the development of grid codes, advanced monitoring systems and operational agreements in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Jacques Warichet holds a Master in Electromechanical Engineering and a PhD in Power Engineering from the University of Brussels, Belgium.

Ricardo Renedo-Williams

Policy Officer, DG ENER, European Commission

Ricardo Renedo-Williams

Ricardo Renedo Williams is a Policy Officer in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy, at the Unit for Infrastructure and Regional Cooperation, since March 2021. Ricardo is an expert on electricity grids, responsible for distribution grids and the TEN-E Smart Electricity Grid thematic area. He also works on offshore renewables and grids. Previously, Ricardo worked at the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) as an electricity market specialist. Ricardo is an energy engineer with two master’s degrees.

17:30-19:30

Networking Cocktail

7 March - Morning

9:30-10:30

Welcome & Session #4 | Enhancing the EV User Experience through Better Data Management

For EV owners, a seamless experience is crucial. This session will spotlight the tangible impact of data interoperability on the overall user journey. We will discuss how interoperable data can simplify charging, provide real-time insights, and enhance convenience for EV users. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of how interoperable data can transform the daily lives of electric vehicle owners.

Kim Marren Erkut

Keynote

Kim Maren Ekrutt

Head of Innovation & Sustainability IBU Energy & Utilities, SAP

Kim Maren Ekrutt

Kim is the Head of Innovation & Sustainability IBU Energy & Utilities and in this role she leads the team which is responsible for infusion of innovations to SAP solutions and the sustainability portfolio as well as customer experience. With more than 15 years of SAP experience in various roles Kim is dedicated to customers success. As Utilities and Energy industry are in the center of the energy transition and the route for any other industries sustainability goals, it is her interest to enable SAP customers to fulfil their sustainability goals and support them in their process transition.

Moderator

Roger Atkins

Founder, Electric Vehicles Outlook Ltd

Roger Atkins

From electric guitars to electric cars Roger has been on a colourful journey! After a couple of decades singing the praises of combustion engines he changed his tune a decade ago to become an EV advocate. Musician turned business consultant, his 'Electric Vehicles Outlook' consultancy has been busy with automotive, finance, mining, and energy clients, as well as publicly sharing an EV narrative on the LinkedIn platform where he now has in excess of 200,000 followers. A trio of start-ups behind him:- online car retailing at Virgin cars: amphibious vehicles with Gibbs: and electric trucks at Modec, he now acts as Brand Ambassador for SAIC Europe, and Rimac Automobili, as well as helping French start-up Paris Electric and Gao Feng Advisory in China.

Panel

Marcia Poletti

Head of European System Change, Octopus Energy

Marcia Poletti

Marcia Poletti is currently Head of European System Change at Octopus Energy, and a Non-Executive Director at Eelpower, a UK grid-scale storage company. In both these roles she is focused on driving change to deliver the energy transition as quickly and cheaply as possible. Marcia has deep government and strategy experience, with a career spanning energy consulting at McKinsey to energy transition policy for the UK Government. She joined Octopus Energy in 2022 from OFGEM, UK’s Energy Regulator, where she was Strategy Deputy Director. She has a B.E EngSci (Hons) and an MBA from INSEAD.

Robin Loos

Robin Loos

Senior Sustainable Transport Officer, the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC)

Robin Loos

Robin Loos is the Senior Sustainable Transport Officer at BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation. He’s leading BEUC’s work on topics such as emissions from cars, charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, access to in-vehicle data and multimodality. His work mainly focuses on making the transition convenient and financially interesting to consumers.

Robin has a background in Political Science at the Université de Louvain and in European Politics at the College of Europe. He previously worked as Mobility adviser in the Belgian Federal Parliament and as a consultant in EU Affairs.

Yasmine Assef

Senior Principal, Future Cities and Mobility, AFRY

Yasmine Assef

Dr Yasmine Assef is Senior Principal at AFRY Management Consulting, in charge of e-mobility practice based in Paris office. Yasmine has more than 25-years’ experience in energy management, smart grids and electric mobility. She started her carrier in the Digital Grid Industry. Before joining AFRY, she was in charge of Energy Services program in a large French automotive group.

Yasmine has a Master and PhD degree in Electrical Engineering.

Kim Marren Erkut

Kim Maren Ekrutt

Head of Innovation & Sustainability IBU Energy & Utilities, SAP

Kim Maren Ekrutt

Kim is the Head of Innovation & Sustainability IBU Energy & Utilities and in this role she leads the team which is responsible for infusion of innovations to SAP solutions and the sustainability portfolio as well as customer experience. With more than 15 years of SAP experience in various roles Kim is dedicated to customers success. As Utilities and Energy industry are in the center of the energy transition and the route for any other industries sustainability goals, it is her interest to enable SAP customers to fulfil their sustainability goals and support them in their process transition.

10:30-11:00

Battery Recharge & Networking Coffee

11.00-12.00

Session #5 | Cleantech Clash: Global Struggles in Electric Vehicle Primacy

In the heart of the global cleantech arena, tensions are simmering between the European Union, the United States, and China over the race for dominance in electric vehicle (EV) production. Join us in this riveting session as we dissect the geopolitical and economic dimensions of this high-stakes contest. We’ll explore the intricacies of trade disputes, supply chain vulnerabilities, and the battle for technological supremacy in the EV industry. Prepare for passionate debates, expert insights, and a deep dive into the policies, strategies, and international implications of this ongoing cleantech clash. Discover how this power struggle is shaping the future of EVs, and what it means for the world’s transition to sustainable transportation.

Anna Gumbau

Moderator

Anna Gumbau Martínez

Energy and Climate Journalist

Anna Gumbau Martínez

Anna Gumbau is a freelance energy and climate journalist based in Brussels. She covers European energy, climate change and circular economy policies for outlets including Energy Monitor, Euractiv, FORESIGHT Climate & Energy Deutsche Welle, and has published opinion pieces for media including El Pais and Agenda Pública. She is also an experienced event moderator at the Moderating EU collective, and has been a mentor for journalists at the Earth Journalism Network Prior to going freelance, she was Carbon Pulse's Brussels correspondent, and an energy reporter with Interfax Global Energy Services in London.

Panel

Mark Nicklas

Head of Unit, DG GROW, European Commission

Mark Nicklas

Mark Nicklas is the Head of Unit Mobility in the Commission’s DG Industry, Single Market, Entrepeneurship & SMEs (DG GROW) since February 2022, responsible for the industrial policy for the European mobility ecosystem and the single market for motor vehicles. He has been a Head of Unit in DG GROW since 2016, with previous responsibilities for innovation, industrial strategy and most recently international value chains. Before joining DG GROW in 2011, Mark was working for several years on international aviation policy in the European Commission’s DG Mobility & Transport. From 1999 to 2002, he had various functions in the Deutsche Telekom group. Mark holds a Ph.D. in economics.

Céline Domecq

Director of Public Affairs, Head of Volvo Cars EU Office, Volvo Car Corporation

Céline Domecq

Céline joined Volvo Cars as Public Affairs Director and Head of the EU office in October 2016. Previously she has worked for the European Automobile Manufacturers Association – ACEA – as Public Affairs Director and in the European Parliament, as Parliamentary Assistant. She has a Master degree in European Studies from ZEI in Bonn, Germany and a degree in Political Science from Leicester University in the UK. Céline is the chairwoman of the Brussels-based Platform for Electromobility for 2024.

Marc Coltelli

Americas eMobility Energy Leader, EY Global

Marc Coltelli

Marc is a forward-thinking leader who is passionate about building a more connected and sustainable world. In his role, Marc leads the development and go-to-market strategy for eMobility services in the Americas, focused on collaboration across the ecosystem and helping clients embrace electric vehicle adoption.

With over 25 years’ experience across the energy and utilities sector, Marc has led multiple large-scale business transformations. This includes heading up the UK’s largest electricity distribution network operations center and overseeing 7.8 million connected customers. Most recently, Marc served as the EY Global Energy Strategy and Operations leader where he advised clients to solve complex industry issues, operate more efficiently and capitalize on growth opportunities that a shift towards sustainability can unlock.

In 2009, Marc received an Executive MBA qualification from ESCP Europe Business School.

How is Marc building a better working world?

Marc has been focused on helping organizations change and adapt to a new digitized world, where technology can play an important role in making organizations more efficient, accessible and profitable.

Julia Poliscanova

Senior Director for Electric Vehicles & Batteries, Transport & Environment

Julia Poliscanova

Julia joined T&E in June 2015 and now leads the organisation's vehicles, electrification and supply chains work across Europe. This includes policies regulating vehicle emissions, such as the EU car CO2 standards, sustainable batteries and critical raw materials. Julia also represents T&E on the board of the Global Battery Alliance, and is an unpaid advisor to the board of Vulcan Energy Resources.

Julia previously worked as senior EU environment expert for the Mayor of London and, as an advisor to an MEP, followed legislation on renewables, energy efficiency and sustainable transport. Hailing from Latvia, Julia studied European politics and French at Goldsmiths, University of London, and holds an MSc in energy from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, specialising in batteries and fuel cells. She speaks English, French, Latvian and Russian, and loves swimming, reading and travelling in her spare time – as well as good red wine (with emphasis on oenology, not drinking, of course).

Sarah Walker

Sarah Walker

E-Mobility Expert

Sarah Walker

Sarah Walker has worked on E-Mobility for many years in the EU policy field and is co-Chair of the Platform for Electromobility’s WG on EU Industrial Strategy. Currently, Sarah is a Transport Programme Manager at the European Climate Foundation (ECF). In this role, Sarah has supported more than 60 organisations across Europe to work towards the provision of an accessible, affordable zero emission transport network.

Based in Brussels, Belgium for the last ten years, Sarah has spent this time working closely with and for the European Union (EU) institutions. From 2016 to 2019, she was a Senior Advisor to the UK Representation to the EU on transport, environmental and climate policy. Before this, she worked for a Member of the European Parliament, focusing on corporate social responsibility and human rights.

12:00– 13:00

Session #6 | EV Adoption Outlook and Charging Deployment in Europe

In this session, we will delve into the current and projected state of electric vehicle (EV) adoption across Europe. We will explore the latest trends, government initiatives, and market dynamics influencing the growth of EVs. Additionally, we will examine the status of charging infrastructure deployment, both present and future plans. Expect insights into charging station networks, locations, and their role in shaping the EV landscape across the continent.

Keynote

Soetkin Jehaes

Advisor to the Flemish Minister of mobility, Belgium

Soetkin Jehaes

Soetkin Jehaes is an advisor of the Flemish minister of mobility Lydia Peeters.
She advises the minister on European and international policy, clean power for transport and climate. Due to this position she is responsible for supporting the minister in the rollout of charging infrastructure and the greening of mobility, such as the recently introduced bonus for electric cars in Flanders.

Mrs. Jehaes also is the first successor for the Flemish parliament for the Flemish liberal party. She is a mandatary in the special committee for social services in her hometown Alken.
Over the last 12 years she has been active in many boards of directors concerning education, climate, politics, human rights, history preservation, and much more. She also is or has been president and vice-president of numerous of these organisations.
Mrs. Jehaes holds a Master's degree in Art History (KU Leuven) and an Advanced Master's degree in European and International Law (VUB).
Her years of social engagement and her experience in the fields of politics, leadership, education, mobility, climate, etc. in combination with her background in law and history, make her well equipped to deal with many topics.

Moderator

Roger Atkins

Founder, Electric Vehicles Outlook Ltd

Roger Atkins

From electric guitars to electric cars Roger has been on a colourful journey! After a couple of decades singing the praises of combustion engines he changed his tune a decade ago to become an EV advocate. Musician turned business consultant, his 'Electric Vehicles Outlook' consultancy has been busy with automotive, finance, mining, and energy clients, as well as publicly sharing an EV narrative on the LinkedIn platform where he now has in excess of 200,000 followers. A trio of start-ups behind him:- online car retailing at Virgin cars: amphibious vehicles with Gibbs: and electric trucks at Modec, he now acts as Brand Ambassador for SAIC Europe, and Rimac Automobili, as well as helping French start-up Paris Electric and Gao Feng Advisory in China.

Karen Vancluysen

Panel

Karen Vancluysen

Secretary General, Polis Network

Karen Vancluysen

Karen Vancluysen was appointed as Secretary General of POLIS in September 2014, after having been the network's Research Director for 10 years. Prior to that, she worked as network manager at ACCESS-Eurocities and as project manager at Langzaam Verkeer, a Belgian centre for mobility management. Since 1998, Karen has been involved in European urban transport networking and policy activities, and EU research and innovation projects covering a wide range of urban mobility topics. She has been a speaker and moderator at many high-level events in Europe and beyond, on a wide range of urban mobility themes approached from the perspective of cities and the governance of innovation. POLIS is the leading European network of cities and regions on urban transport innovation. For over 30 years already, members have been working together to develop and deploy sustainable and innovative urban mobility solutions for the city of today and tomorrow.

Kyriakos Kofinas

Kyriakos Kofinas

Chief E–Mobility Officer, Public Power Corporation (PPC S.A.)

Kyriakos Kofinas

Mr Kyriakos Kofinas has 30 years of Executive Career in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. Held positions as Regional CEO, Business Director, Principal and as Head Coach in FMCG, Medical, Retail, Luxury, Executive Search, and in e-Mobility.

He holds a BA in Economics from University of Athens, an MBA from the Manchester Business School and an MSc in E-Commerce from the Athens University of Economics and Business. He is also a certified Executive & Business Coach.

Soetkin Jehaes

Advisor to the Flemish Minister of mobility

Soetkin Jehaes

Soetkin Jehaes is an advisor of the Flemish minister of mobility Lydia Peeters.
She advises the minister on European and international policy, clean power for transport and climate. Due to this position she is responsible for supporting the minister in the rollout of charging infrastructure and the greening of mobility, such as the recently introduced bonus for electric cars in Flanders.

Mrs. Jehaes also is the first successor for the Flemish parliament for the Flemish liberal party. She is a mandatary in the special committee for social services in her hometown Alken.
Over the last 12 years she has been active in many boards of directors concerning education, climate, politics, human rights, history preservation, and much more. She also is or has been president and vice-president of numerous of these organisations.
Mrs. Jehaes holds a Master's degree in Art History (KU Leuven) and an Advanced Master's degree in European and International Law (VUB).
Her years of social engagement and her experience in the fields of politics, leadership, education, mobility, climate, etc. in combination with her background in law and history, make her well equipped to deal with many topics.

Fridolf Eskilsson

Fridolf Eskilsson

CEO, Jönköping Energi and Chairman, Swedenergy

Fridolf Eskilsson

Fridolf Eskilsson is the CEO of Jönköping Energi since 2013, and chairman of the board of Swedenergy since 2020. Jönköping Energi is a multiutility company with distribution and production of electricity and DHC as main business. As CEO, Fridolf Eskilsson has put contribution to net zero transmission and innovation on the company’s agenda. Together with various industry partners, Jönköping Energi has ventured into start up initiatives in areas such as smart charging and heavy-duty vehicles. Climate efforts in the transport sector is a crucial part of Jönköping Energi’s sustainability strategy.

Miriam Gonzalo Macias

Miriam Gozalo Macías

EU Electrification Lead | Global Fleet and Products, Amazon

Miriam Gozalo Macías

Miriam is one of the pioneers of the sustainable transportation transition. She has more than 15- year experience within the tech and energy industries, with the last 6 years focused on the energy transition within transportation. At Amazon, she leads the EU Electrification team that supports the Climate Pledge Commitments to reach net zero by 2040. Miriam holds a M.Sc. Telecommunications Engineering and an MBA from the IE business school. Prior to Amazon, Miriam worked in the foundations of bp's Energy transition, where she led the WW Electrification strategy and Products team. Miriam is a worldwide recognized electrification expert both thanks to her background and demonstrated deliverables in the industry, and was named 2023 EV women of the year award. Miriam is a passionate trailblazer of the only possible future, a sustainable one.

13:00-13:15

Concluding Remarks

Ivan-Asen Ivanov

Energy & Climate Policy Officer, Eurelectric

Ivan-Asen Ivanov

Ivan-Asen Ivanov is an Energy & Climate Policy Officer at Eurelectric. Working as the advisor for all policy matters related to two high-level working groups within the association – WG E-mobility and WG Electrification & Energy Efficiency – he is representing the interests of Eurelectric’s vast body of members active in power generation, distribution, and supply across 30 European countries.

Prior to joining Eurelectric, Ivan-Asen was part of the ENVI Committee team at the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament. Furthermore, he has worked extensively on various EU public affairs topics in Brussels, covering roles from energy consulting to NGO advocacy. A Bulgarian native, Ivan-Asen has studied Political Science with a focus on European affairs and environmental policy, in Sofia University and Sciences Po Paris.

13:15-15:15

Networking Lunch