The first keynote speakers have been unveiled for this year’s POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe.
Francesco Venturini, chief executive of Enel Green Power, and Kristian Ruby, secretary-general of Eurelectric, will set the scene at the conference, which this year marks its 25th anniversary and is being held in Cologne.
The two power experts will be addressing the core theme of this year’s show, which is ‘Making sense of power’ as Europe’s energy sector redesigns itself in the digital age.
Venturini worked his way up from head of administration and management control at Enel S.p.A to chief executive and general manager of Enel Green Power, overseeing a company that operates in 24 countries with a total installed renewable capacity of 36 GW.
He is also chairman of RES4MED, a non-profit association supporting the development of renewable energy and energy efficient solutions in the Mediterranean.
Ruby is a widely-recognised expert in sustainability and communication, with extensive experience in political affairs. He joined Eurelectric from Wind Europe, where he served as chief policy officer and was in charge of development and implementation of the political strategy. Prior to this, he worked as a journalist and served for seven years in the Danish Ministries of Environment, Climate and Energy, and also in the European Commission in the cabinet of the former Climate Action Chief, Connie Hedegaard.
Nigel Blackaby, POWER-GEN Europe Conference Director, said that “Venturini’s leadership in key energy companies, combined with Ruby’s experience in European politics, will provide a cutting-edge session on the industry’s most and debatable and timely topics”.
“With Europe’s rapidly evolving power sector and digitalisation at the heart of this energy transition, our topical content will cover both challenges and opportunities of the future. The keynote sessions will offer attendees an exclusive insight into the minds of two of the industry’s experts to gain an understanding of the forever evolving power sector.”