Throughout Electrify Europe, industry heavyweights, politicians, thought leaders and influencers will take part in a series of keynote sessions addressing various technologies and issues. Over the next few weeks we will be announcing our keynote lineups. In the meantime, please bookmark this page for the latest updates.

Chief Operating Officer

Hear the latest industry insights from Jo-Jo Hubbard at the Opening Keynote Session on Tuesday 19 June 2018.

Joanna Hubbard is the co-founder and COO of Electron, a London based energy tech firm, and a thought leader on the topic of digital transformation in the energy sector. She is a frequent key note speaker at energy and technology events, sits on advisory boards for several UK utilities on digital transformation and community trading models and writes for national newspapers on these topics.

Joanna started her energy career in the early days of the renewable build-out on the asset financing side, at merchant bank Augusta & Co. After this, she moved to international strategy consultancy firm McKinsey & Co, where she focused on digital transformation.

Her enthusiasm for blockchain technology in an energy context stems from its ability to explode the long entrenched, structural trade-offs made by global electricity markets. Blockchain technology enables the coordination of millions of assets and billions of transactive devices, without necessitating a vertically integrated monopoly utility, thus enabling competition and innovation right down the edge of the grid.

Chief Economist
International Energy Agency

See and hear Laszlo Varro's views on the industry at the Opening Keynote Session on Tuesday 19 June 2018.

Laszlo Varro is the Chief Economist of the International Energy Agency. He leads the Economics and Investment Office, which is responsible for providing energy economics insights for the policy and energy security analysis of the IEA.

He oversees the comprehensive coverage of investment in the energy sector and he leads the Energy Business Council, the IEA's main engagement platform with the private sector.

Until 2016 Laszlo held the position of Head of Gas, Coal and Power Markets at the IEA. Until 2011 Laszlo was the Director for Strategy Development at MOL Group, a publicly-quoted oil and gas independent. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Cambridge and Corvinus University of Budapest.

Chairman of the Board
Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG and Lausitz Energie Kraftwerke AG (LEAG)

See Dr. Helmar Rendez at the Closing Keynote Session – Industry Disruptors-Friend or Foe? on Thursday 21 June 2018.

Dr. Helmar Rendez is heading the Management Board of Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG and Lausitz Energie Kraftwerke AG (LEAG). He has been a member of the joint Management Board of Vattenfall Europe Mining AG and Vattenfall Europe Generation AG since 2015.

He has had various senior management positions in the energy industry including: Chairman of the Board of Stromnetz Berlin GmbH, Stromnetz Hamburg GmbH and Vattenfall Europe Netzservice GmbH as well as Head of Business Unit 'Distribution' of the Vattenfall Group (2007-2014), and Head of Corporate Development of VEAG Vereinigte Energie-werke AG (1998-2001). He began his career in 1988 for the Zentrum für Logistik und Unternehmensplanung GmbH after graduating with a degree in economics from the TU Berlin.