WEDNESDAY 9 MAY

Energy in Fast Forward

Al-Harannah 5,
Level 1

There has been a revolution in the cost of renewable energy. In country after country, wind and solar power are becoming the cheapest sources of electricity. Meanwhile the networks that deliver electricity are undergoing their own revolution as they become smart, dynamic grids. These developments are turning old assumptions about pricing, regulation and market structures on their heads while offering the promise of a reliable, affordable and decarbonised electricity sector.

This discussion will look at the prospects and limits for renewable energy, the future of networks and the new regulatory and contractual frameworks this new world will need. It will consider cost expectations, the potential for energy storage and other disruptive technologies and which role conventional generation will play in the future.

A distinguished panel of industry leaders, policy makers and academics will outline what is possible in this sector, what technological innovations we can expect or must prioritise, and how regulatory frameworks should adapt.

 


 

Moderator

Nandita Parshad

Managing Director, Energy & Natural Resources, EBRD

Speakers

Professor Nick Butler

Visiting Professor and Founding Chairman of the Policy Institute, Kings College London

Khaled Irani

Senior Advisor, Alcazar Energy

Dr. Andrea Lovato

Vice President Business Development, ACWA Power International

Katarina Mathernova

Deputy Director General of DG NEAR, European Commission, DG NEAR

Professor Nick Butler

Visiting Professor and Founding Chairman of the Policy Institute, Kings College London

Nick Butler is Visiting Professor and Founding Chairman of the Kings Policy Institute at Kings College London.  He was Group Vice President for Policy and Strategy at BP from 2002 to 2007 and subsequently senior Policy Adviser to Prime Minister Gordon Brown.  He writes a regular blog on Energy and Power for the Financial Times. 

Khaled Irani

Senior Advisor, Alcazar Energy

Dr. Andrea Lovato

Vice President Business Development, ACWA Power International

Dr. Lovato is a seasoned industry expert in the power utilty space with focus on Independent Power and Desalination Projects (IWPP), developed, financed constructed and operated through concession or utility outsourcing contract models.

Since 2009 Dr. Lovato has worked on the development of several IPP and IWPP projects in the region and internationally, with special focus in the recent years to renewables (CSP/PV/Wind). He has secured financial closing of various industry’s landmark projects, inlcuidng the NOORo projects in Morocco and the DEWA project in Dubai.

Dr. Lovato recevied a Ph.D. in Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen and has been based in the UAE since 2005.

 

Katarina Mathernova

Deputy Director General of DG NEAR, European Commission, DG NEAR

Katarína Mathernová has been Deputy Director General of DG NEAR, the Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations since 2015. She served as Deputy Director General in DG Regional Policy from 2007-10.
She has held senior management and advisory posts at the European Commission, the World Bank (2002-04 and 2010-14), and in the reform government in the Slovak Republic (1998-2002) where she was Chief Institutional and Policy Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs. Ms Mathernová holds a Juris Doctor degree from Comenius University in Bratislava, a Masters of Law degree from the University of Michigan, is a member of the New York Bar, and speaks six languages.
Her distinctions include Slovak Woman of the Year in 2000 and the Pro Bono Human Rights award in 1993 from the International Human Rights Law Group.

 

Nandita Parshad

Managing Director, Energy & Natural Resources, EBRD

Nandita Parshad is the Managing Director, Energy and Natural Resources at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) where she heads the energy and natural resources sectors in the Bank's countries of operation.
Nandita has 30 years' experience in financing and investing in the energy sector in diverse emerging economies such as India, Eastern Europe, former Soviet Union, Mongolia, Turkey, Middle East and North Africa. She has held various Supervisory Board and Board of Directors' memberships in investee companies; she also served on the International Board and as a Trustee of United World Colleges.
Nandita was born in Calcutta, India and holds both her undergraduate (A.B. 1986) and graduate degrees (MPA 1988) from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.