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18 September 2024
One Birdcage Walk, Birdcage Walk, London, UK

Delivering the energy transition: pace over perfection - Speakers

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Speakers

Confirmed speakers. Further speakers to be announced.

Keynote speaker: Lord Deben

Rain Newton-Smith

Confederation of British Industry (CBI) / Chief Executive

Rain Newton-Smith

Confederation of British Industry (CBI) / Chief Executive

Rain Newton-Smith is the CBI’s Chief Executive. Before taking up the role, she was Managing Director, Strategy and Policy, Sustainability and ESG at Barclays.

From August 2014 until March 2023, Rain was Chief Economist at the CBI where she led its economic policy, analysis and survey teams and the CBI’s work with HM Treasury. She also led the international team, focused on global business leadership around the B7 and B20, and championed the CBI’s work to support the transition to a low carbon, sustainable economy. Rain was instrumental in shaping the CBI’s work to help business navigate through the Covid pandemic.

Prior to joining the economics team at the CBI, Rain was Head of Emerging Markets at Oxford Economics, where she was the lead expert on China.

Rain’s earlier career included nine years at the Bank of England, where her responsibilities included preparing global forecasts for the Monetary Policy Committee. During her time at the Bank, Rain was seconded to the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC.

Rain holds an MSc in Economics from LSE and studied Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University, and is now a Policy Fellow with the Department of Economics at the University. In 2012, Rain was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. 

Emma Pinchbeck

Energy UK / Chief Executive

Emma Pinchbeck

Energy UK / Chief Executive

Emma Pinchbeck is the Chief Executive of Energy UK, a position that she has held since July 2020. She is an expert in whole-economy decarbonisation and the energy transition. She also holds several board advisory positions. Emma has two children and shares childcare with her husband. She is passionate about efforts to improve diversity in the energy industry.

From 2016-2020, she served as Deputy CEO of the trade body Renewable UK, in which role she also sat on the Board of Scottish Renewables. Prior to this, Emma was Head of Climate Change at WWFU-K. She has an MA from the University of Oxford.

Giles Wilkes

Flint Global / Specialist Partner

Giles Wilkes

Flint Global / Specialist Partner

Giles provides advice on UK political and policy matters related to industrial strategy, competition and regulatory concerns.

In the two and a half years before joining Flint, Giles was a Special Adviser to Prime Minister Theresa May covering industrial strategy, consumer and competition policy, energy and transport and general economic issues. He had played a similar role as Special Adviser to Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills for four years in the coalition government. In between these posts he spent two years writing editorial and the Lex column for the Financial Times, covering politics, economics and business policy.

Before moving into policy roles, Giles spent ten years in a variety of roles at IG Group, the spreadbetting and financial derivatives specialist and completed Masters courses in Economic History and Business Administration.

Rebecca Sedler

Interconnectors, National Grid Ventures / Managing Director

Rebecca Sedler

Interconnectors, National Grid Ventures / Managing Director

Rebecca is passionate about people, decarbonisation, energy and infrastructure.

Rebecca started her energy journey at E.ON working in energy trading, portfolio strategy and subsequently in international roles on strategic business transformation projects.

Joining EDF in 2011, she went on to lead the B2B business, delivering notable growth in emerging market areas, such renewable PPAs and in 2020, stepping up as UK Director of Policy and Strategy, representing Retail, Nuclear and Renewables.

In 2022, Rebecca joined the NGV Interconnectors business as Commercial, Customer and Regulation Director, responsible for strategy, policy, regulation and commercial optimisation of the interconnectors. In 2023, Rebecca became Managing Director of the end-to-end interconnectors business.

Rebecca sits on the UK ESO Markets Council, is a Fellow of the Energy Institute and a Founder of the Women’s Utility Network (WUN), which has over 4400 members. Having three young children, she spends her free time cooking, travelling and endlessly tidying up toys.

Leen Dickx

NERA / Director

Leen Dickx

NERA / Director

Leen Dickx specializes in the economics of utility markets and regulation, advising clients in energy, transport, and telecommunications sectors across Europe. Her works spans regulatory, advisory, and competition policy, as well as arbitration and litigation, due diligence, and valuation.

Most of her work focuses on supporting regulated utilities and infrastructure companies during price control reviews, especially in the areas of regulatory design, cost assessment and benchmarking, valuation and willingness-to-pay studies, incentive design, and regulatory finance issues. She also advises investors on regulatory due diligence assignments in the energy, water, and transport sectors across a wide variety of geographies, including the UK, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, and France.

Her work also involves economic assessment of issues arising in the context of international arbitrations and commercial disputes in the energy sector, including matters before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and private enforcement procedures before the administrative courts in Italy and the UK.

Prior to joining NERA, Ms. Dickx worked at Eni in Rome and carried out research at the Centre for Research on Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy (IEFE) of Bocconi University. Ms. Dickx holds a double degree MSc in economics and social sciences from Bocconi University and MGIMO University and a BSc in business administration and management from Bocconi University.

Rachel Fletcher

Octopus Energy / Director for Regulation and Economics

Rachel Fletcher

Octopus Energy / Director for Regulation and Economics

Rachel joined Octopus Energy in 2021, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge following more than two decades of experience in energy regulation.

Rachel’s remit is to create the regulations and markets needed to achieve net zero quickly and affordably. Day-to-day, she works closely with regulators, industry bodies and policy makers to shape the energy system of the future. Rachel also works hand-in-hand with consumer bodies to ensure all customers are well served and benefit from the transition to net zero.

Before joining Octopus, Rachel served as the Chief Executive of Ofwat, the UK’s water regulator, and as a Senior Partner and Board member of Ofgem, the UK energy regulator. Her work focused on making essential services sustainable, high quality and affordable. Rachel started her career in utilities as a consultant where she worked on a number of international energy industry privatisation and restructuring projects. Rachel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Sussex, as well as a Masters in Economic and Politics from the University of Cambridge.

Gavin Knott

Ofgem / Chief Economic Advisor

Gavin Knott

Ofgem / Chief Economic Advisor

Gavin Knott is the Chief Economic Adviser at Ofgem, and works on both price control regulation and on using economic analysis to understand how the competitive energy markets act in the consumer interest. Gavin has over 15 years experience working in competition and regulation across the UK’s infrastructure sectors, working as a regulator and in the private sector. Gavin also has a PhD in real option theory.

David Joffe

Royal Academy of Engineering / Project Director, Delivery of Rapid Electricity System Decarbonisation

Inge Hansen

SSE / Director of Group & Markets Regulation

Mallika Ishwaran

Shell International / Chief Economist

Mallika Ishwaran

Shell International / Chief Economist

Mallika is Shell’s Chief Economist. She advises on economic, energy and climate policies to shape Shell’s long-term scenarios. She leads strategic engagements on energy transitions with national and city governments across the world, notably a multi-year collaboration with the Chinese government. Mallika also helps shape Shell’s policy and advocacy on the energy transition to support the company’s decarbonisation strategy. She sits on a range of external advisory boards.

Before joining Shell, she was Deputy Director at the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, responsible for evidence and analysis across the environment, food and green economy portfolio. She has held senior positions in the UK government, including at the Cabinet Office as Head of Policy Analysis for the 2009 G20 London Summit. Before that, Mallika worked in senior economics and policy roles in the USA.

Mallika holds PhD and MS degrees in Economics from Carnegie Mellon University, USA, and a BA from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, India.

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