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Digital Roundtable

On May 24 Energinet and ENTSO-E hosted a Digital Roundtable. The aim was to foster the partnerships needed for the energy of the future. Find photos, videos and information on the agenda from the event here.

  • Agenda
    Presenter/Keynote  Content
    10:00 Coffee and registration

    Thomas Egebo,
    CEO - Energinet            

    Welcome. Green ambitions and digital promises
    Lei Zhang,
    CEO – Envision
    Powering the future – falling costs of renewables and digital trends

    Taavi Veskimägi,
    CEO - Elering           

    Estonia – born digital. Perspectives from a frontrunner in digitalisation in the public and energy arena

    Kristian Ruby,
    Secretary General - Eurelectric
    Can utilities cope with the next step in the green transition
    Mark van Stiphout,
    Deputy Head of Unit - DG Energy
    EU Clean Energy package and role of digitalisation
    First panel debate: Energy system transformation: challenges and opportunities for the traditional energy sector
    Panelists: Lei Zhang, Mark van Stiphout, Kristian Ruby, Taavi Veskimägi, Thomas Egebo           
    Jean-Philippe Hermine,
    VP Strategic Environmental Planning - Renault
    Electrification of transport – perspectives from the car industry
    12:30 Lunch
    Steven Martin,
    CVP Chief Digital Officer – GE Power
    Digitalisation of machines and energy infrastructure – perspectives from an industrial and digital supplier to the energy sector
    Rob Bernard,
    Chief Environmental Strategist – Microsoft
    How digitalisation will shape energy markets and data platforms of the future – to decarbonise the economy
    Laurent Schmitt,
    Secretary General – ENTSO-E  

    Strong digital grids – a key enabler for renewables and creating synergy across sectors

    Second panel debate: Digitalisation, machines and minds for the next step in the green transition. Perspectives from the digital players.
    Panelists: Steven Martin, Rob Bernard, Jean-Philippe Hermine, Laurent Schmitt 

    Laurent Schmitt,
    Secretary General – ENTSO-E  

    Thomas Egebo,
    CEO – Energinet

    Summary and rounding off the roundtable
    15:30 End of the roundtable
Read more about our presenters
  • Jean-Philippe Hermine – VP, Renault

    Jean-Philippe Hermine

    Born in 1964, Jean-Philippe Hermine has graduated as Geologist Engineer from the Nancy School of Geology. He joined Renault in 1996 and led the environmental audits during the corporate restructuring and acquisitions of the Group (RVI, Volvo, Dacia, Samsung Motors).
    In 2000, he was appointed head of the environmental network managing issues such as soil contamination, atmospheric emissions or waste performances in manufacturing plants.
    In 2009, he was appointed Head of the Energy & Hygiene Safety Environment Department, in charge of Renault sites worldwide.
    Since July 2011, Jean-Philippe Hermine is Vice President in charge of Strategic Environmental Planning for the Renault Group and CEO of Renault Environment.
    Director of the Plan and strategy for the Environment for the Renault group since 1st July2011, Jean-Philippe Hermine works to elaborate and apply a coherent environmental policy for the Group, its products and their production, including all brands and activities.
    He is also Managing Director of Renault Environment, a Holding which manages Renault’s participation in 3 subsidiaries in the recycling area, specializing in the end-of-life of products and the valorization of metallic waste.

  • Kristian Ruby – Secretary General, Eurelectric

    Kristian Ruby

    Kristian Ruby is a widely recognised expert with a strong communication profile and 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, Ruby worked as a journalist and served seven years as a public servant in the Danish Ministries of Environment, and Climate and Energy and in the European Commission in the cabinet of the former Climate Action chief, Connie Hedegaard.
    Kristian holds a master degree in history and international development.

  • Laurent Schmitt – Secretary General, ENTSO-E

    Laurent Schmitt

    Laurent Schmitt is ENTSO-E’s Secretary General since January 2017. Before joining ENTSO-E, he was Global Smart Grid Strategy Leader at General Electric Grid Solutions.

    Laurent worked in Europe, the United States and Asia, first on power generation then on transmission and distribution specialising in smart grids solutions. In 2015, he was named one of the most 40 influential people in the European Smart Grid by the Metering & Smart Energy International Magazine.

  • Lei Zhang – CEO, Envision

    Zhang Lei

    Lei founded Envision in 2007. Over the past ten years, he has led Envision to its current position as the world’s leading smart energy company, largest Energy IoT platform and world leading smart wind turbine manufacturer.

    To integrate and synergize the fragmented and distributed energy system, Lei considers a digital foundation as the key to accelerate the energy transition. He led the company to create EnOS™, the first-of-its-kind and the largest Energy IoT platform in the world, which now helps manage over 100GW renewable assets globally. 

    Lei was named as one of the "Top 10 Sino-U.S. Innovators of the Year" by Forbes and was reported as Cover Figure by Fortune magazine, and was selected as a model entrepreneur embodying the "Chinese Dream" by the central government of China. He is also elected as the commissioner of world leading organization Energy Transition Commission (ETC) as the only Chinese energy entrepreneur. 

  • Mark van Stiphout, Deputy Head of Unit- DG Energy

    Information not available 

  • Rob Bernard – Chief Enviromental Strategist, Microsoft

    Rob Bernard

    Rob Bernard is Microsoft’s chief environmental strategist.

    As part of the company’s corporate, external and legal affairs group, Rob is responsible for defining and implementing the global strategy for Microsoft’s environmental efforts. His work includes working across the company to maintain carbon neutrality, advance our investments in renewable energy, improve energy efficiency in operations, and work with customers and partners to help empower them to better leverage IT to drive a more sustainable planet.

    Rob joined Microsoft in 1997, and has held leadership roles ranging from marketing to business development and partnerships and technical management. He has served on a number of industry and non-profit boards and has spoken worldwide on the opportunities for IT to transform the way society uses resources. Rob earned his MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He is a regular contributor to the Microsoft Green Blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft-green/

  • Steven Martin, Chief Digital Officer - GE Power

    Steven Martin

    Steven Martin joined GE in October, 2016, as Vice President and Chief Digital Officer for GE’s Energy Connections business. With the goal of developing end-to-end software and cloud solutions to support Energy Connections customers’ digitization efforts, Steven is responsible for leading and advancing the business’s transversal digital industrial strategy. This includes the activation of product, service and solution roadmaps, and designing new customer experiences and business models. Prior to joining GE, Steven spent fourteen years at Microsoft and was most recently the general manager and chief data scientist for Azure.

  • Taavi Veskimägi – CEO, Elering

    Taavi Veskimägi

    Taavi Veskimägi has been the Chairman of the Board of the Estonian electricity and gas transmission system operator Elering AS since the company’s set-up as an independent TSO in 2009.
    Taavi is the founder and the Chairman of the Board of the Estonian Defence Industry Association and the member of the board of the Estonian Employers’ Confederation. He has been a member of the Estonian parliament for two consecutive terms. From 2003-2005 he was the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Estonia.
    In 2017 Taavi was elected to the ENTSO-E’s Board, where he also worked in 2011-2013.
    In 2017 Taavi was bestowed with the Estonian state decoration the Order of the White Star as a developer of the energy sector.

  • Thomas Egebo – CEO, Energinet

    Thomas Egebo

    As from 24 April 2018 Thomas Egebo is the President and CEO of Energinet.

    Thomas Egebo holds a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Copenhagen. He was born in 1962 and speaks Danish, French and English.

    Before Thomas Egebo started at Energinet, he was the Permanent Secretary of State at the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate. A position he held in different Ministries since 2001. Also he has worked at the Danish Ministry of Finance, most recently as Deputy Permanent Secretary.

    In the period from 1988-1993, and also from 1995-1996 Thomas Egebo worked for OECD, where held different positions.

Digitalisation in Energinet

Digitalisation is one of 4 strategic objectives in Energinet’s strategy “Energy across borders”.


In 2020, we have promoted innovation in the energy sector through working together on experiments for smart energy solutions in the green transition.