Diego Pavía graduated as an electrical engineer, specialising in electronics and automation from the Polytechnical University of Madrid. His first professional experience, in 1988, was as co-founder and CEO of a start-up called Knowledge Engineering. This company dealt with industrial controls systems using artificial intelligence and neural networks. Three years later he joined Sema Group, and started a long career with private companies.
With the Sema Group, Diego headed multicultural working groups all over the world in the field of energy, with revenues of 650M$. Between 2002 and 2010, Diego was the CEO of Atos Origin, a leading international IT service provider, where he was responsible for the Spainish and South American branches, which totalled about 9.000 employees, and had an annual turnover of 450M€. Since 2010, Diego has been the CEO of InnoEnergy. During his lifetime, Diego, as a serial entrepreneur, has created 7 companies.
EU Business Unit Manager, InnoEnergy
Guillaume Gillet is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Grenoble, and has a Master Degree in Political Sciences. He started his career at the French Ministry for Research (1996-1997), then went to Brussels, working at the European Parliament for a consulting company (1997-2000). He was recruited by the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA) in 2000, where he was in charge of European affairs, both at the Division for Strategy and Benchmarking and the Division of International Relations. At the CEA he was covered European affairs and the whole range of activities carried out by the company.
Guillaume was also a Counsellor for Energy-Nuclear Affairs at the French Permanent Representation to the European Union between 2006 and 2009. He chaired the Atomic Questions Group and co-chaired the Research Group during the French Presidency of the EU, in 2008. Before coming back to the French Permanent Representation in 2012, he spent more than two years at the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) in Paris, as a Director for International Affairs. After that he was appointed the EU Business Unit Manager at InnoEnergy in September 2016.
CommUnity Officer, InnoEnergy
Claudio's vision is to improve environmental & social justice for a sustainable world and achieving sustainable energy through the use of solar energy, batteries, smart systems and EVs. Claudio is both German and Italian with a French education and he has studied in 6 different universities, making him a polyglot- meaning he can speak 8 languages fluently. Claudio graduated from the InnoEnergy Master's programme in renewable energies. He also has experience in solar companies across the value chain.
Claudio believes in the power of connecting people, entrepreneurship and innovation. Currently he is responsible for the world's most impactful sustainable energy community (the InnoEnergy CommUnity) which aims to accelerate the energy transition at InnoEnergy.
Contract Manager and Policy Officer, InnoEnergy
Louise Coffineau joined InnoEnergy in June 2015 as EU Contract Manager for the EU Business Unit. She is currently managing the efficient implementation of the H2020 REEEM and SPRINT projects.
Prior to this, she worked at the General Secretariat of the European Parliament, in the co-legislation department, mainly on energy and environmental issues. She also gained experience at the Permanent Representation of France to the EU, working for the Legal Advisor, and in an energy SME specialized in wind farms and PV panels in France.
Louise Coffineau holds a MA in European Studies from Sciences Politiques Lille and a MA in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges.
Dr Philippe Tulkens
Deputy Head of Unit, G1, DG RTD, European Commission
Dr Philippe Tulkens is currently deputy head of the energy strategy Unit in the Research and Innovation Directorate General of the European Commission. He coordinates the preparation of the Energy Union Research, Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy. Prior to this activity he was policy assistant to a Deputy Directorate General of DG Research and Innovation.
He holds a PhD in climate physics and has worked throughout his career at the interface between climate science and policies in academic institutions, and since 2006, he has worked for the European Commission.
Adrian Joyce is Secretary General of the European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EuroACE), a Brussels-based trade association which initiated the Renovate Europe Campaign. He is a professionally qualified architect who has spent seventeen years in private practice (working in the UK, France, Belgium and Ireland), before getting involved in architectural policy. Adrian was Practice Director of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, before moving to Brussels to join the Architects’ Council of Europe, where he became Director. He also holds a part-time teaching post at the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve, and is currently serving as the Chairman of the Coalition for Energy Savings.
End-User Architect, InnoEnergy
Pierre Serkine joined InnoEnergy in 2014 as an energy technology analyst on electricity storage technologies (cost breakdown analysis, techno-economic comparison of technologies, battery modelling in household context for peak shaving purpose). Since July 2015, he has worked on the development and implementation of the InnoEnergy’s strategy of Societal appropriation of energy, to accelerate the shift toward a consumer-centric European energy system, dealing with consumer empowerment (behavioural change, prosumers, active consumers), digitalisation of energy, and business modelling matters. Externally, his role is also to contribute to the European positioning of InnoEnergy as a key actor on the innovation scene.
Manager Benelux CommUnity, InnoEnergy
My purpose in life is to be the connector between different actors of society in order to contribute to the creation of a sustainable, equal and peaceful society. I hold a master in building engineering and architecture, and a Professional Doctorate in Engineering in Smart Energy Buildings and Cities. The latter sponsored by InnoEnergy. Entrepreneurial minded I have worked in the family business, in a building integrated photovoltaic startup and social housing sector. Currently working as Project Manager and bridging R&D and Business Development within the department of Smart Energy and Built Environment of VITO, the leading independent European applied research center located in Belgium.
As proud co-founder of the CommUnity, strive to empower the representative teams, support the members and bring more value to the world's ongoing most impactful sustainable energy community.
Manager Market & Customers Unit, EURELECTRIC
Marion Labatut has 9 years’ experience in electricity markets economics and regulation. She leads the Markets and Customers team at EURELECTRIC, managing the representation of the European electricity industry in the field of wholesale markets, retail markets and customer issues.
Before joining the Brussels-based trade association in early 2014, she was an electricity markets analyst at EDF in Paris, focusing on long term European trends and delivering investment projects’ valuation. Through this she gained in depth understanding of electricity markets fundamentals and evolution. Earlier on, Marion also had the opportunity to manage a cooperation project regarding Vietnamese energy policies at the French agency ADETEF in Hanoi.
Marion graduated from Sciences Po Paris in economics and international business in 2006, she also holds an executive master in energy systems optimization from École des Mines de Paris.
Policy Analyst, SolarPower Europe
As Policy Analyst on Technology and Market Trends Thomas Döring is responsible for SolarPower Europe's market intelligence & research, global market outlook for solar power and task force on solar & storage. Prior to joining SolarPower Europe, Thomas gained experience in leading organisations such as Innogy and GIZ. Thomas holds a Master’s degree in Energy Science from the University of Utrecht, in the Netherlands.