Domenico LaforgiaHead of Economic Development, Innovation, Education and Vocational Training Department of the Apulia Region
Prof. Laforgia is a Head of Department in the Apulian Region, and a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering (Machines, Energy Systems and Environment) at the University of Salento. Before beginning his university career he worked as a design engineer at Ferrari, in Maranello.
His research embraces two sectors, that of engines combustion and the one linked to energy issues.
Ms. Christine Lins was appointed as Executive Secretary of REN21, the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, in July 2011. She came to REN21 from the European Renewable Energy Council where she served as Secretary-General for 10 years. Previously, she worked in a regional energy agency in her home country, Austria. Ms. Lins holds more than 20 years of working experience in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Dr. Florence Rabier is an internationally recognised expert in Numerical Weather Prediction, whose leadership has greatly contributed to delivering major operational changes at both ECMWF and Météo-France. Dr Rabier has been the Director-General of ECMWF since January 2016, after two years leading the Centre’s Forecast Department. Her career so far has taken her back and forth between Météo-France and ECMWF.
Prior to joining WindEurope, Mr. Dickson was Vice President of Global Public Affairs at Alstom. He was also a civil servant in the UK Government for over 15 years. WindEurope is the voice of the European wind industry and represents the entire value chain of wind power: turbine manufacturers, component suppliers, power utilities, project developers, financial institutions and research institutes.
J. Charles Smith IEEE Fellow; Executive Director, Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG)
Mr. Smith is a member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society; a member of CIGRE, the International Council on Large Electric Systems; a member of the American Meteorological Society; a US representative to the IEA Wind Annex Task 25 on Design and Operation of Power Systems with Large Amounts of Wind Power,and a Fellow of the IEEE.
Vera SilvaProgram Director, Electricity Systems and Markets, EDF
Vera Silva is currently the Director of the research program on « Electricity systems and markets» at EDF R&D. She has 18 years of experience in the power systems industry and for the last 11 years she led several studies on the integration of renewables to the European system. She is a member of the advisory board of the IEA System integration of renewables unit. Before joining EDF she was a research assistant at the Imperial College London and a lecturer at the electrical engineering department of the Polytechnic instruct of Porto.
Vanessa FundelHead of Energy Applications, Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD)
Dr. Vanessa Fundel has been the head of energy applications at the German Weather Service (DWD) since September 2016 in order to strengthen the dialogue between DWD and users from the energy sector, including the respective political bodies. Vanessa is hence responsible for guiding DWD’s research activities towards meteorological products tailored to the users needs.
Qingchen ChaoDeputy Director-General and Professor of Beijing Climate Center
Dr. Qingchen Chao has been the Deputy Director-General of National Climate Center, China Meteorological Administration (CMA) since December 2011. Her responsibility covers climate change research and services, as well as international cooperation. Dr. Chao serves as the member of Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Steering Committees and has been involved in the work of the UNFCCC and IPCC for 14 years as one of the Chinese delegates.