Ditlev Engel

- We know that the costs of wind and solar have decreased dramatically over the last 10 year and will decrease further in the years to come. It’s now all about how to implement and combine these technologies in an increasingly complex power system. A 360 degree view is needed to ensure that this energy transition works from both a technical, economic and societal point of view, says Ditlev Engel.

He is highly knowledgeable about the global energy sector and has international management experience. Engel has been the driving force behind a number of global green investment initiatives, focusing on the transition to the energy systems of the future, including as Group President and CEO of Vestas. He has chaired Denmark’s green investment fund, participated in the World Economic Forum’s Energy Partner Network, chaired the working group on green growth at three consecutive G20 summits and been involved in the UN initiative Sustainable Energy for All.

Berit L. Henriksen

Put an international price on CO2 emissions. Let developers compete on price. Install interconnectors with other countries as soon as possible. Green electricity certificates have worked well for the authorities and consumers, but not for the companies that generate electricity, says Berit Henriksen.

As the head of a division with total exposure of around NOK 130 billion to the renewable energy, oil and gas and offshore supply industries, she is very familiar with the political and market-related challenges facing the sector. Henriksen has previously held various senior management positions at DNB, including head of International Corporates, manager of the bank’s New York office and head of Shipping. Berit L. Henriksen is a Canadian citizen of Norwegian heritage. She holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.

Terje Søviknes

Mr Terje Søviknes was mayor of Os municipality in Hordaland County from 1999 to 2016. He has been second vice chair of the Progressive Party, member of the Progress Party Programme Committee and first substitute Member of Parliament for Hordaland County. He is currently leader and board member of the Progress Party in Hordaland, and member of the Progress Party Steering Committee. Mr. Søviknes, born in 1969, is an aqua engineer of education. He has also studied economics at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).

Jan Peters

- Smart grids are a prerequisite to achieving the EU’s ambitious energy- and climate objectives– decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing energy efficiency and increasing the share of renewable energy connected to our networks, says Jan Peters.

Jan Peters
is chairman of the Technology Committee of EDSO for Smart Grids, the Association gathering 34 leading distribution system operator companies (DSO’s) from all over Europe. Peters will present different radical changes of the system because of the energy transition and the support of the EU for these changes. Peters followed a long career in the energy world and is currently the Vice President of Public Affairs at the Dutch grid operator Enexis


Larry Cochrane

- Progress in intelligent cloud technology has brought about a digital transformation of the energy sector and makes new business models possible, says Larry Cochrane.

Larry Cochrane is director for Industry Technology Strategy, Worldwide Power & Utilities at Microsoft and is responsible for services relating to energy systems globally. He has extensive experience from executive positions in the energy industry from companies such as AREVA and Alstom Esca. Cochrane will be looking at new digital solutions in the energy sector, as well as demonstrate the cooperation between Microsoft, Powel and Agder Energy, which is to make the power grid more efficient, more predictable and more flexible.

Dominik Bollier

- The energy system requires very comprehensive amendments, and that will cost. It is unlikely that the actors in the energy marked alone will can finance these changes. That is why we need to get investors who fit in a long-term, capital intensive and regulated industry such as the utility industry, says Dominik Bollier.

Dominik Bollier is head of Credit Suisse Infrastructure Investment Partners (CSEIP), which specialize in setting up and administering long-term investments in the European energy sector. Their main focus is grid, production, storage and efficiency improvement. In Norway, CSEIP is responsible for the comprehensive private investment in Fosen Vind, together with Statkraft and TrønderEnergi. Bollier is member of the Fosen Vind Board.

Jørgen Kildahl

- We cannot assess the European energy market’s development based on current technology.An IT revolution is taking place that will transform most aspects of the market, says Jørgen Kildahl.

Jørgen Kildahl has held key positions in the European electric power industry for almost 20 years, including as EVP at Statkraft from 2001 to 2010 and as a member of E.ON’s Management Board from 2010 to 2015. Through these positions he was involved in the liberalisation of the European electricity industry. Currently he is working on developing artificial intelligence in the energy sector as a board member and consultant for various companies.

His experience from all of these roles informs his assessment of the European energy market’s development, and Norway’s role in it.

Trude Sundset

- Without heavy investment in carbon capture, most researchers and experts consider that it will be impossible to stay below the 2-degree limit set by the Paris Agreement, says Trude Sundset.

Trude Sundset is the CEO of Gassnova. Sundset and Gassnova are working on the big and challenging task of helping to find solutions that will allow CO2 to be captured and stored. If successful, the results may play a vital role in the European energy race. Sundset has wide-ranging industrial experience and a long research career focusing on climate and environmental questions related to the oil and gas sector. Sundset’s previous roles include Director of Environment and Climate at StatoilHydro, and she also led Statoil ASA’s international work on environmental and climate issues.

Harald von Heyden

- Agder Energi’s acquisitions will enable us to enter the European markets for demand response, storage and distributed generation more quickly, says Harald von Heyden.

Harald von Heyden will play a key role in Agder Energi’s pursuit of its energy to Europe. He is CEO of Enfo AS, and co-CEO of Entelios AG and Nordgröön Energie, three companies in the Agder Energi Venture portfolio that are developing technology and business models for the Nordic and European energy markets. von Heyden has extensive experience from international energy trading and business development, having worked at companies like McKinsey, Statkraft and Vattenfall. He wants to share his thoughts about Agder Energi’s international ventures and its plans for the future.

Christian Skar

- A cost-effective decarbonisation of the European power sector requires the right combination of renewable energy production, energy storage, grid development and CCS.

Christian Skar is working on techno-economic modelling of low-emission scenarios for the European energy sector. He is one of the contributors to a new study looking at the decarbonisation of the European energy system, and the role of production technology in different countries in this process. Skar will present the findings – such as consequences for Norway in terms of interconnectors, import and export of electric energy and hydropower production profiles. Skar is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and affiliated with the FME (Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research) CenSES. He also has experience from the European technology platform Zero Emissions Platform (ZEP) and as senior analyst in Alevo Analytics.

Unni Farestveit

Unni Farestveit is particularly concerned about climate change, which is giving renewable hydroelectric power a value over and above its value to industry and consumers or to the economy. This extra value reflects renewable energy’s role in helping to prevent a climate catastrophe. Farestveit will also host the Conference.