Christian Kjaer is Chief Regulatory Affairs Officer at SuperNode Ltd in Dublin, Ireland. SuperNode Ltd. is a cutting-edge global technology development company that designs and delivers terrestrial and sub-sea superconductor-based technology for bulk power transmission.
Christian has been involved in renewable energy for more than 20 years. He was CEO of the European wind energy sector’s lobby group WindEurope in Brussels for seven years between 2006 and 2013 and the organisation’s policy director for four years prior to that. Christian has been Head of Unit in the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi, senior adviser at the Nordic Council of Ministers’ energy unit, Nordic Energy Research in Oslo and CEO of Danish wind energy association, WindDenmark.
Susanne Nies is General Manager of Germany at Smart Wires. Based in Berlin, she is responsible for business development throughout Europe, with a strong focus on Germany.
She is a highly respected leader in the European energy industry, bringing with her a vast amount of experience in market strategy, regulatory and policy development and stakeholder engagement.
Prior to joining Smart Wires, Susanne worked at ENTSO-E (European Network of Transmission System Operators) where she led the Strategy, Research and Communication team. Her responsibilities included ensuring broad strategic alignment of European Transmission System Operators (TSOs), leading the regulatory benchmarking of TSOs, developing the TSO-DSO (Distribution System Operator) interaction strategy and managing stakeholder relationships.
Susanne has also worked for EURELECTRIC (European power sector association) where she headed the DSOs department, Energy Policy department and Power Generation department; for the French Think Tank IFRI, based in Paris; in French and German universities; and the German Heinrich Boell Foundation.
Frederic Vassort is the CEO of Ampacimon, which he joined in 2013.
With over 25 years’ experience in general management of industrial, innovation-driven companies, he has been particularly active in the Power industry since the early days of his career, starting with Schlumberger (now Itron), and later Electrabel (Engie). He also spent eight years with industrial conglomerate Danaher, where he led several of Danaher’s sensors and controls businesses worldwide.
An electrical engineer by training, Frederic also earned an MBA at Insead in France and Singapore.
Frederic is a French national with a strong international background, including postings in Asia, Germany, the UK, and now Belgium which he has called home for the past 14 years.
Thomas Schwaiger has worked in several companies starting in Layout Design for Microchips at austriamicrosystems. Spending a few years in customer support for Garmin Austria, working as a Service account manager at SSI Schäfer PEEM in Graz, since 2010 at Mosdorfer GmbH in Weiz, Austria as Tender and Projectmanager for the Middle East and North American Projects, and finally internally moved to company GRIDPULSE d.o.o. (a daughter company of Mosdorfer GmbH) in 2020 as Sales Lead.”
Anders Skanlund has been in the power industry for more than 20 years. He holds an MSc in civil engineering from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim and an MBA from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. After his studies, he spend 10 years in various management positions in Norsk Hydro related to business development, strategy, trading, and portfolio management. He has worked 5 years as partner and strategy consultant with Thema Consulting Group, 9 years with Statnett as head of market design and as senior advisor in its European affairs department, and is now chief commercial officer for Heimdall Power. His work has focused on power markets, business development and strategy, and European and regional integration and cooperation.
Alex Houghtaling is the Vice President of Sales at LineVision. He has spent his career helping large commercial organizations and global utilities succeed with demand-side management programs, energy efficiency technology, next-generation energy procurement, and advanced overhead line monitoring. Solving each of those challenges has required the adoption of new technologies and new mindsets, "the twins of innovation," each of which will be a significant factor in currENT's ability to optimise and maximise the use of the existing electric grid.
Martin Andrae is a Senior Executive with broad international experience in power generation, renewables and plant engineering industry.
He has spent many years as CEO/President in Germany, China and Latin America and as CMO heading global sales and marketing activities.
He is a Director of the Board in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Skilled in management, integration of international teams, global strategic business development and restructuring of international subsidiaries.
Mike Ross is the Managing Director of Superconductor Power Products at AMSC. Mr. Ross has been with the AMSC team for twenty years. He joined AMSC as a Transmission and Distribution Planning Engineer, designing technical solutions and applications for utilities and industry utilizing AMSC Power Electronic and High Temperature Superconductor (HTS) products. Later, he became the Director of AMSC’s FACTS (Flexible AC Transmission Systems) Product Line and then the Managing Director of AMSC’s Distribution Power Products. Today he works with electric utilities to find optimized solutions utilizing AMSC’s Superconductor based solutions to ensure that the products are ideally designed for our customers.
Prior to joining AMSC, Mr. Ross worked in the transmission planning department for Xcel Energy (formally Northern States Power).
Mr. Ross received a BSEE degree from North Dakota State University in 2000 and has performed post graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mr. Ross is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Wisconsin and a member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers and CIGRE.
Max Luke is a Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs at VEIR, a Breakthrough Energy Ventures-funded company developing the next generation of long-distance cost-effective superconducting electric transmission lines. He oversees VEIR's strategic engagements with governments and regulatory bodies in the United States and globally. He leads advocacy for new policies and regulations, and changes to existing policies, that improve prospects for the rapid deployment of transmission capacity necessary for least-cost deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions; and he ensures that such policies and regulations are inclusive of innovative, advanced transmission technologies that greatly increase the transfer capacities of existing infrastructure corridors. He also directs the company’s policy and regulatory research and strategies to support VEIR’s commercial project pipeline.
In his consulting roles at NERA and Highland Energy Analytics, Max supported the design of transmission tariffs in the electric power and natural gas sectors and the design of retail rates associated with renewable and distributed energy technologies. He analyzed the impacts of such technologies on utility business models and regulatory strategies. He assessed the effects on regional economies of emerging energy industries such as offshore wind and electric vehicle charging. He considered regulatory remedies to deal with rising utility costs associated with catastrophic weather events. He supported the mergers of electricity companies and facilitated the entry of companies into retail electricity and natural gas markets. He was involved in numerous cases related to the bankruptcies of electricity, natural gas, and oil companies. He supported more than 40 clients in such capacities, in more than a dozen countries, frequently in the context of regulatory proceedings and litigated disputes. He published and delivered presentations frequently on these and other topics.
Max Luke was a principal researcher in the MIT Energy Initiative’s Utility of the Future study and a graduate of MIT, where he completed a Master of Science in Technology and Policy, specializing in economics, engineering, and regulation of electric power systems. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree at McGill University, majoring in Environmental Science (Honours) and minoring in Economics.
I am a professional analyst in European affairs with a Master‘s Degree in European politics, economics and law from the University of Malta. I have more than 2 years of work experience, including in my current occupation as a Policy and Communications Intern with currENT Europe.
Marcos Byrne is an Energy Market and Policy Analyst at SuperNode. Marcos comes from a background in developing renewable energy with Mainstream Renewable Power, where he gained experience in developing onshore wind, offshore wind, and solar projects. He was further involved in future market trends, researching the adoption of novel processes for wind farm construction and operation, and the development of future electricity scenarios for Europe. Marcos has a background in engineering with a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from University College Dublin. He has an interest in researching future trends in the energy industry along with pushing the transition towards clean energy and a sustainable future.
VP of European Business Development at Smart Wires Inc
VP of European Business Development at Smart Wires Inc
Mark Norton has worked in the international electrical utility industry for 31 years, 14 of those in management. During his career, he has worked in the evaluation, design and planned development of power networks in Ireland and throughout Europe. In his current role as Vice President of European Business Development with pioneering power technology firm Smart Wires, he is working with some of Europe’s largest utilities helping them solve their biggest business challenges.
Mark's previous roles and responsibilities have included chairing the steering group for the European ten-year network development plan, developing the Irish Grid Development Strategy, leading the development of a network code which is now European Regulation for new demand users, and making investment decisions for network development projects with a five-year capital budget of over 1 billion Euros.
Norbert Juschicz is the CEO and Co-Founder of Greenwood-Power. After studying at the university of applied sciences, he started to collect experience in the field of automatization, electronics and electrical engineering. After 8 years as product manager and developer at a big manufacturer for instrument transformers for medium and low voltage, he started the fast growing company GWP, together with Willibald Bacher CTO and Co-Founder.
GWP is focusing on a specific point of the Smart Grid, the very first part of a long chain of transducers and devices up to the digital data in the Cloud. This transformers has to be small, powerless, passive, multicompatible, robust and cheap. As the CEO of GWP, he is focusing on the customer needs and is in close contact to every partner/customer in the huge area of energy grids around the world.
John is the CEO of SuperNode a technology company developing superconductors for energy transfer. John has extensive experience of power systems and grid infrastructure. He was the Director of Grid Development & Interconnection with EirGrid, the Irish TSO, with responsibility for all onshore transmission and the development of interconnection. Prior to this, John was Project Director of the East West Interconnector, directly connecting the electricity markets of Ireland and Britain for the first time in 2012 with, what was then, the largest HVDC scheme of its kind in the World. John has been involved in the successful development of major energy infrastructure projects and corporate initiatives in the electricity and gas sectors across Ireland, the United Kingdom and Europe. A graduate of University College Dublin, he is a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering and holds an MBA from the UCD School of Business.
VP of International Regulatory Affairs at Heimdall Power
VP of International Regulatory Affairs at Heimdall Power
Twenty years of experience working with the development of wholesale energy markets, and a range of leadership positions among U.S. state consumer advocates and in state, regional, national utility law associations and now in Europe too. Robert Mork loves figuring out new things and thinking outside current models to develop new approaches which can work for everyone, including end-use customers that the utility industry is supposed to serve.
Grace McLoughlin works with Smart Wires as Manager Marketing & Communications. Based in Dublin, she works in the areas of business development, project execution, and regulation. She has a strong interest in energy policy and regulation, believing that it can become an enabler of the energy transition by supporting the use of flexible modular solutions. Grace holds a Bachelor of Commerce International from University College Dublin.
Jessica Harrison has spent most of her career tracking trends across the power sector and developing strategies to innovate. She has multi-disciplinary experience in public policy, economic analysis and engineering analysis.
Specialties: research, innovation, strategy, energy investment decision-making, standards development, regulation, policy, private sector, non-profit, Wholesale markets, partnerships, energy storage, distributed energy resources, demand response, electric vehicles, energy efficiency