Keynote speakers

Andreas Kuhlmann

Andreas Kuhlmann
CEO, Deutsche Energie Agentur (dena)

Andreas Kuhlmann has been the CEO of dena since July 2015. In this role, he increased dena's profile as a driver and pioneer of energy transition and climate protection.

Exemplary projects for this include the international innovation initiative "Start Up Energy Transition", which now brings together around 1,500 start-ups from all over the world, as well as the "Integrated Energy Transition" pilot study, whereby dena, together with more than 60 partners from business and science, is developing strategies for the future and the achievements of the climate goals.

Andreas Kuhlmann sees the energy transition as one of the most fascinating change processes of the present day, which, in addition to challenges, above all also brings with it opportunities.

With this in mind, he brings his knowledge of diverse national and international projects acquired at the interface between business and politics into the energy and climate policy debate. And he campaigns for more courage and determination in designing the framework conditions that are necessary for the success of the energy transition.


Andreas Kuhlmann

Thomas Schäfer
CEO, Stromnetz Berlin

Thomas Schäfer is CEO of Stromnetz Berlin. He has extensive experience in the energy industry, especially regarding the operation of electricity grids.

He worked in the Vattenfall group and its predecessors in a variety of roles from 1991 to 2015.

Among other things, he was Head of the High Voltage department in Hamburg, from 2002 to 2007 he led "system management" at Vattenfall Europe Transmission GmbH and was then responsible for the Security of Supply department.



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Michael Weinhold
CTO, Siemens AG Smart Infrastructure

Michael Weinhold has held the position of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Siemens Smart Infrastructure since April 2019.

He heads the Technology and Innovation department and deals with leading-edge technologies in the fields of power grids, intelligent buildings and using digitalisation to interconnect them. His area of responsibility also includes data analysis and artificial intelligence, as well as power electronics and network security.

As CTO, he also used to be responsible for technology developments in the Energy Management Division, until 2014 in the Energy Sector and from 2004 to 2008 in Power Transmission and Distribution.

His long career at Siemens has also included roles as a system planning engineer and commissioning engineer for high-voltage systems, and winning the accolades of "Inventor of the Year" in 1997 and "Top Innovator" in 2008.


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Chris Peeters
CEO, Elia Group

Chris Peeters is CEO of Elia Group, active in electricity transmission. With subsidiaries in Belgium (Elia Transmission Belgium) and northeast Germany (50Hertz), the Group operate 18,990 km of high-voltage connections that supply power to 30 million end users. As such, our Group is one of Europe's top five transmission system operators.

Elia is also part of the Nemo Link joint venture that operates the first subsea electrical interconnector between Belgium and the United Kingdom. In addition to its activities as a transmission system operator in Belgium and Germany, Elia Group provides various consulting services to international customers through its subsidiary Elia Grid International (EGI).

Before joining Elia Group, Chris Peeters ran the Business Consulting activities of Schlumberger in Europe, Russia, Africa and the Middle East. Prior to that, he was 14 years with McKinsey & Company (of which seven years as Partner), specialising in the energy sector.

The first 10 years of his career, he created an engineering fi rm and subsequently started a manufacturer of building materials, before joining Hoogovens Aluminium as Sales and Technical Manager for part of Europe. Chris Peeters holds a Master's degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Leuven, Belgium.


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