Keynote speakers

The two day conference will consist of approximately 20 parallel sessions and 6 plenary keynotes, three on the opening session on 10 September and three in the closing session on the afternoon of 11 September. The full conference programme will be available soon. Below you can read more about the keynote speakers.

Keynote speakers

Kristian Ruby, Secretary General of the Union of the Electricity Industry – Eurelectric, is a widely recognised expert with a strong communication profile and extensive experience in political affairs. He joined Eurelectric from Wind Europe, where he served as Chief Policy Officer and was in charge of development and implementation of the political strategy.
Prior to this, Ruby worked as a journalist and served seven years as a public servant in the Danish Ministries of Environment, and Climate and Energy and in the European Commission in the cabinet of the former Climate Action chief, Connie Hedegaard. Kristian Ruby holds a master degree in history and international development.

Søren Hermansen is the CEO and Founder of the Samsø Energy Academy, a NGO working with the consequences of climate changes, mostly focusing on green energy transition and community involvement. He has more than 20 years experience with working with community change and sustainability development. He was the initiator and leader of the green transition of his island, Samsø, which became carbon and energy positive in seven years, between 1997 and 2005. The Energy Academy and Søren Hermansen are working towards making Samsø fossil free and circular by 2030.
Hermansen is Adjunct Professor at Aalborg University, an Honorary Doctor at the University of  TU Delft, and furthermore he was given the Göteborg Award (the ‘Green Nobel Prize’) and Danish Svend Auken award.

Jean-Michel Glachant is the Director of the Florence School of Regulation and the Holder of the Loyola de Palacio Chair. Glachant took his PhD in economics at La Sorbonne in France. He worked in the industry and private sector before becoming professor at La Sorbonne.
He has been advisor of DG TREN, DG COMP and DG RESEARCH at the European Commission and of the French Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE). He has been coordinator and scientific advisor of several European research projects. Jean-Michel Glachant has been editor-in-chief of EEEP: Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy (an IAEE journal) and he is a current member of the Council of the International Association for Energy Economics. His research includes: European energy policy (security of supply, renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy technology policy, and climate change policy), European energy internal market (design, regulation and competition policy), and Industrial organisation and market strategy of energy companies.

David Connolly is Chairperson of the Irish District Energy Association (IrDEA), one of Ireland’s newest energy associations, and CEO of the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA), which is Ireland’s largest renewable energy association. IrDEA and IWEA work with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders to build understanding and awareness of the benefits of district energy, wind power, and the transition to a low-carbon energy system in Ireland. Previously, David served as Head of Policy in IWEA from May 2017 to March 2018, where he developed policies related to Ireland’s electricity market, the electricity grid, wind farm planning, and strategic energy policy. Before that, 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.

Poul Skjaerbaek is the Chief Innovation Officer & Senior Principal Expert in Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, the world’s largest offshore wind power manufacturer. Poul Skjaerbaek has more than 20 years of experience in the offshore wind industry, enabling early pioneering projects such as Middelgrunden, one of Denmark’s first offshore wind farms, in 2000. Today, Poul heads the Offshore Innovation team in Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, who tests Jacket foundations, Cable-in-Pipe and several other innovations at the site of Nissum Bredning. In addition to testing new technologies, the Offshore Innovation team also investigate commercial innovation such as offshore wind power combined with Power-to-X solutions.

Prof. Jianjun Xia is currently Associate Professor and Deputy Director at the Building Energy Research Center, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University. Prof. Jianjun Xia’s areas of expertise include high performance HVAC equipment development, energy planning, utilization of industry waste heat for heating, and building energy systems. He is the member of the Executive Committee (ExCo) and representative for China of IEA District Heating and Cooling TCP (IEA-DHC). He is also the member of Scientific Committee of China District Heating Association. He serves as associate editor for international journal “Building Simulation”. He is author or co-author of five books and more than 100 scientific papers. He is currently principle (co-) investigator for several 13th and 12th five-year national science and technology supporting projects, which involving key researches of improving energy efficiency for district heating system in Northern China, industrial surplus heat application, and high performance HVAC equipment.