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PROF MASSOUD AMIN

Keynote Speaker

Professor Amin holds the Honeywell/H.W. Sweatt Chair in Technology Leadership at the University of Minnesota, and is also the Director of the Technological Leadership Institute (TLI) at the University.

Professor Amin is an expert in smart grids, dynamical systems and controls, critical infrastructure security, pivotal technologies, global S&T development, IP valuation and strategy, and teaches a number of courses both at undergraduate and post graduate level. His research focuses on two areas: 1) Global transition dynamics to enhance resilience, security and efficiency of complex dynamic systems, including national critical infrastructure for interdependent energy, computer networks, communications, transportation and economic systems; 2) Technology scanning, mapping and valuation.

He pioneered research and development in smart grids, and since 2003 has given four briefings at the White House and nine Congressional briefings on smart grids.

Professor Amin has twice been given the Chauncey Award, which is EPRI’s highest honour.

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REJI KUMAR PILLAI

Plenary Speaker

Reji is the President of the India Smart Grid Forum and Chairman of the Global Smart Grid Federation. He is an internationally renowned expert with over three decades of experience in the electricity sector in diverse functions covering the entire value chain across continents. He is spearheading a mission to leverage technology to transform the electric grid in India and light every home at affordable cost through sustainable developmental models. Reji played a pivotal role in the formulation of the Smart Grid Vision & Roadmap for India and the launch of a National Smart Grid Mission by the the Government of India.

In November 2016 Reji was unanimously elected as Chairman of Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF), a global umbrella organization of smart grid associations from 16 countries and the European Union.

A recognized thought leader in smart grid technologies and concepts of smart cities, Reji is a popular key-note speaker at international symposiums and conferences on smart grids and smart cities. He has also contributed to several articles and books.

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VALERIE-ANNE LENCZNAR

Plenary Speaker

Valerie-Anne Lencznar is a communication (CELSA-Paris IV Sorbonne) and Executive MBA (HEC) graduate. She has worked and led as a Communication Director in various public structures. She joined the Energy sector 15 years ago as the Communications Director of a nuclear generation power plant, and she has worked on the expansion of the EDF Group in Poland and Hungary. Between 2009 and 2015 she was General Secretary of Inelfe, the Franco-Spanish joint venture dedicated to the construction of the underground electricity interconnection between Perpignan and Figueras, a world first, with a total budget of 700 million Euros. This project proceeds the setting up of smart grid transportation in Europe.