We are pleased to introduce you to the keynote speakers of SES2020: Mogens Lykketoft, former President of the UN General Assembly, Catharina Sikow, Acting Director in the EC Directorate General for Energy, Lauren Edelman, Energy Specialist at Facebook, and Michael Lundgaard Thomsen, Managing Director at Aalborg Portland.

While the detailed conference programme is still under elaboration, you can read more about the keynote speakers below.

Information on technical tours is available here.

Keynote speakers

Mogens Lykketoft was President of the United Nations General Assembly in 2015-2016, when the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement were adopted. Since then, he has devoted most of his time – during over 350 meetings in Denmark and abroad and in lots of articles and TV presentations – to inform about the Global Goals and agitate for the urgency of Climate Action. Lykketoft was born in 1946. He is an Economist from the University of Copenhagen. During 38 years, he was elected to the Parliament of Denmark and, over the years, he served as Minister for Taxation, Finance and Foreign Affairs; Leader of the Social Democratic Party and Speaker of Parliament.

Catharina Sikow-Magny joined the European Commission in 1997 and is currently the Acting Director responsible for Internal Energy Market and the Head of Unit in charge of retail markets, coal and oil in the Directorate General for Energy. Before that, she was the Head of Unit in charge of networks and regional initiatives. She has as well worked on international transport, trans-European network policy and financing, internalisation of external costs, and strategic policy research. Before joining the Commission, Catharina Sikow-Magny was a team leader and chief economist in the private sector in Finland. She has also worked for the United Nations Development Programme in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She holds a Master of Economics degree from the Aalto University, Finland.

Lauren Edelman is an Energy Specialist at Facebook. Lauren Edelman’s responsibilities include identifying and implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions for Facebook’s data centers. She has been a key contributor to Facebook’s innovation in the energy space. Lauren Edelman supports Facebook’s European data centre portfolio which includes facilities in Denmark, Sweden, and Ireland. In Odense, Denmark, she has led the implementation of the world’s first large-scale heat recovery project from a hyperscale data center. Lauren Edelman joined Facebook in 2016, after working in project finance at SunEdison, a large renewable energy developer. She holds a BSE in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Princeton University.