Global Energy Day at IESE Barcelona

From waste to energy, from fossil fuel to renewables, the event covers all types of energy

With speakers from the best energy companies on March, 27th 2020

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2020/03/27 08:30:00

Innovative and disruptive technologies: enabling the energy production and consumption transformation

Over the past decade, the world has seen a drastic change in the way we are producing and consuming energy. Renewables have been cheaper than ever, competing directly with fossil fuels. Industrialised countries such as Germany decided to phase out from nuclear, leading to an increase in gas and coal production. At the same time, digitalisation is playing a key component in the industry through the rise of smart grid and green electricity companies. Emobility is also imposing itself as the new actor, having a direct impact on how energy is consumed. Acknowledging all the changes that are currently happening, experts need to come together to an understanding of the best approach. To be successful, there should be an international conscientious as any country now has an impact on its neighbours and beyond.

With all these changes, the Global Energy Day is going to debate the most pressing challenges and key ideas will rise from these discussions on March, 27th 2020. With the mix of speakers and participants, there should be enough radical and contradictory opinions to generate what might be the solutions for our future.

Organised by the IESE Energy Club, the Global Energy Day is open to any energy-aficionados.

When ?

March, 27th 2020


Innovative finance for energy

Innovative finance for energy

Innovative finance: Green Climate Fund

Storage technology

Storage technology

Disruptive tech: Storage

Transformation journey

Transformation journey

Fireside chat: Supply side transformation journey

Country energy strategies

Country energy strategies

Panel 1: Country Strategies for a successful energy transition

Industry perception

Industry perception

Panel 2: Current scenario - Industry points of view

Disruptive technologies

Disruptive technologies

Panel 3: How are new technologies changing the customer's life?


Jaume Armengou

Secretary General, IESE

Jaume Armengou is a member of IESE’s Executive Committee of IESE as Secretary General from September 2018, and is part of the Faculty in the Managerial Decision Sciences department.

He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (1991). He did a PDG in IESE in 2005.

In 1995, he founded a start-up offering consulting for civil engineering projects. He sold it in 2003 to Prefabricaciones y Contratas, S.A.U. (PRECON, Ciments Molins group), becoming technical director and joining its steering committee. He is a founding member of Ciments Molins R+D+I committee.

In 2007 he joined the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya as Vice Chancellor for Academic Planning and Faculty and as a professor at the School of Architecture. In 2016 he became Vice Chancellor for Academic Planning and International Relations.

He was Visiting Scholar for a year (2012-2013) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, participating in the research project “Singapore-Berkeley Building Efficiency and Sustainability in the Tropics”.

He has taught and collaborated in research projects mainly at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya; the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya; the University of Navarra; the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Piura. He is a member of the Royal European Academy of Doctors and Chairman of its Technological Sciences Section.

He has invented, patented and registered several models for utility, patents and computer programs, all of them licensed and with hundreds of applications.

His research focuses on project management (decision making, sustainability, labor risks, ethics) and structural design in civil engineering.

Francesco Venturini

CEO, Enel X

Carol Daunert

Board member, Associació 50a50

Jordi Garcia

VP of Power Products and Digital Energy, Schneider Electric
Jordi's Bio

Jordi Garcia has 22 years of experience at Schneider Electric, where he started as Product Manager in the Industry division. During all these years he has held different positions both nationally and internationally. After 5 years working globally from Paris, Jordi returned to Schneider Electric Spain in 2018, when he assumed part of his current position leading the Power Products division, through which the company provides energy engineering equipment and solutions to large engineering companies, specialists and installers. Recently, Jordi has also assumed the leadership of the Digital Energy division, which provides energy efficiency solutions to buildings ensuring maximum comfort for its occupants as well as greater safety and sustainability.

Industrial Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Jordi Garcia entered Schneider Electric in 2000 as Product Manager in the Industry division. Since then he has held various positions within the organization: Sales Director of the Northwest Region, Director of Systems Integrators and, more recently, Commercial Vice President of EMEA, the last position he held before becoming the Vicepresident of Power Products Spain.

Tom Greatrex


Bruno Esgalhado

Partner, McKinsey & Co

Marta Margarit

General Secretary, Sedigas

Laureano Alvarez

Partner, Monitor Deloitte

Espen Mehlum

Head of Knowledge Management, WEF

Belen Linares

R&D and Innovation Director, Acciona

Emad Al Dughaither

MD, Saudi Petroleum Overseas Ltd

Mr. Emad M. Al-Dughaither is the Managing Director of Saudi Petroleum Overseas Ltd. (SPOL), an affiliate of Saudi Aramco, the national oil company of Saudi Arabia. SPOL provides its customers with marketing support services, in addition to market analysis and reporting.

Prior to this position, Emad held the role of Director, Office of the President and CEO of Saudi Aramco. This involved overseeing coordination of external parties’ engagements and interactions with the Office; liaising with internal and external parties on the Office’s communications and providing broad support for the Saudi Aramco President and CEO’s agenda.

Emad was a founding member of the Board of Directors of Johns Hopkins Saudi Aramco Healthcare (JHAH) in January 2014. JHAH is a joint venture between Johns Hopkins International and Saudi Aramco providing primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare services to about 360,000 patients. In addition to SPOL, Emad currently serves as Board Member of Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures, Europe, a corporate venturing subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, which invests globally in early-stage companies with technologies of strategic importance to Aramco.

Prior to his current role and since joining Saudi Aramco in 1993, Emad assumed increasing responsibilities in medical logistics and materials supply services until his assignment as Manager, Medical Support Services Department at the former Saudi Aramco Medical Services Organization (SAMSO). Emad also served as the Deputy Commander and led the establishment of a health emergencies Command and Control Center as part of Saudi Aramco’s support for the Ministry of Health in response to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome outbreak in Saudi Arabia, early 2014. The CCC was instrumental in eradicating the outbreak.

Other posts held at Saudi Aramco include Manager Public Relations Department, Director Traffic Safety Signature Program, Saudi Aramco Strategic Plan Coordinator, Kingdom Economic and Energy Analyst at Corporate Planning Department, and founding Managing Director of the Strategic Partnership Office in support of the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision.

Before joining Saudi Aramco, Emad worked 5 years for a Proctor and Gamble Joint Venture in Saudi Arabia, Modern Industries Company, initially as Manager of Purchasing, and then as Manager of Management Information Systems.

Emad holds an M.Sc. in Health Informatics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a B.Sc. in Industrial Management from the King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals; he concluded the Program for Executive Development, at the Institute of Management Development, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Emad is married to Maysoon A. Al-Dughaither, and they have two daughters, Tara and Raghad.

Marco Arcelli

Development Director, EPH

Rosa María Sanz García

COO EMEA Infrastructure, Naturgy

Massimo Maoret

Associate Professor, IESE

Massimo Maoret is an Associate Professor in the Strategic Management Department at IESE Business School, and a European Commission Marie Curie Fellow. He received a Ph.D. in Management from Boston College in 2013; he is an active member of the Academy of Management and was also part of the Economic Sociology Work Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management between 2010 and 2013.

Massimo’s research focuses on how social networks Impact performance, innovation, organizational socialization and the social creation of culture. His work has appeared in multiple academic outlets, including Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Management Studies, Academy of Management Discoveries, Advances in Strategic Management and Research in the Sociology of Organizations. He currently serves in the Editorial Review Board of Organization Science, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies and Organization Studies.

At IESE, Massimo teaches Strategy Execution, Organizational Theory and Organizational Change, and Competitive Strategy (with a focus on the energy sector). He also teaches modules on Managing your Network and Getting Things Done at the Executive level, where he has offered customized modules for the Adecco Group, Boehringer Ingelheim, DOW Chemical, DSM, ERSTE, Faurecia, HARMAN, Henkel, Shiseido, UNICEF, UPS, WebSummit and XING.

Peter Wells

Onshore wind EMEA Director, GE

Peter Wells is a Senior Executive and General Manager of the Europe (and Sub Saharan Africa) Region in Onshore Wind, for GE Renewable Energy.

Peter joined the Onshore Wind team from Vestas, where he was the Senior Vice President and COO for Services and Projects, for Vestas Americas. In this role, he was responsible for all Projects & Services operations in the US and Canada, and led the integration of UpWind Solutions into the broader service organization, improving top line growth and margins, establishing the Vestas repowering model for the US market, and introducing new operating models with digital tools. Peter spent five years with UpWind, where he was CEO, growing the business 10X to create the leading Independent Service Provider in the US market, before successfully selling the business to Vestas in 2015.

Prior to his move to UpWind, Peter spent ten years with GE in a variety of roles, including Six Sigma, Marketing, Parts GM, and VP New Plant Project Operations in various GE Energy business units. Peter, who is originally from the UK, previously spent time at a variety of European companies, mostly in the EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction) space as a Chartered Surveyor, dealing with the commercial management of large and complex infrastructure projects.

Peter is currently a board member of Wind Europe, and was previously a board member of the Wind Energy Foundation and AWEA in the United States.

David Skidmore

Former Low Carbon VP, BP

David Skidmore is recently retired from BP plc from the role of Vice President Lower Carbon Power.

Prior to this role, he was Vice President for Refining & Marketing for BP based in Moscow.

David began his career with Amoco in the USA as a production and drilling engineer working in the US Gulf Coast, Alaska, and in exploration and production Research and Development.

Also at Amoco he developed Amoco’s downstream entry into China and then moved to Poland to establish the retail business in central Europe.    He was responsible for Retail Asset Management for the East Coast USA at the time of the BP-Amoco deal.   He then moved to Germany as Retail Asset Manager for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.   After BP bought Veba Oel in Germany, he moved to London and worked in the M&A project managing the downstream part of the TNK-BP deal, and then into Group Strategic Planning at BP headquarters in London.

David holds a BS in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Oklahoma State University.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer.

In 2012, and until June 2013, he was the Chairman of the Board of TNK-BP Holding, the principle Russian holding company of BVI registered TNK-BP Limited.  He also served on other boards of subsidiary companies within TNK-BP.   In addition, he is a member of the Shareholders Committee of Ruhr Oel GmbH, a Germany-based 50/50 joint venture between BP Europe SE and Rosneft, the largest Russian oil company.

David lives in Barcelona with his wife Linda and enjoys travelling, skiing, rugby, motorcycle racing, and enjoying the odd bottle of good wine.

Juan Diego Diaz Vega

Onshore Marketing Director, Siemens Gamesa

Carlos Reyes

Principal, IFC

Leticia Pelizan

Research Director, Fuel Freedom Chair

Genevieve Thibault

CMO, Nexus Energia

Manuel Muñoz Laguna

Head of Public E-mobility Infrastructure, ENEL X

Carlota Pi

Cofounder & Executive President, Holaluz

Carlota has more than 15 years in the Energy field in Spain, US and Germany, both in generation and commercialization of electricity and gas. She was Professor of Efficiency and Renewable Energy at University of Barcelona.


-Executive MBA, IESE. Universidad de Navarra
-Business Management, New York University (NYU)
-Master in Mathematical Methods for Financial Markets, Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya (UPC)
-Industrial Engineering, Escola Técnica Superior d’Enginyeria Industrial de Barcelona (ETSEIB)

Awards and recognitions:

-Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award by FEDEPE (Federación Española de MujeresDirectivas, Ejecutivas, Profesionales y Empresarias).
-DonaTIC by Tertulia Digital and SmartCAT (Generalitat de Catalunya)
-Innovation Award by FIDEM (Fundación Internacional de la Mujer Emprendedora)
-Blackbox Connect Participant in 2017, scaling up program for female cofounders lead by Google.
-Considerada por Forbes como una las 100 personas más creativas en 2016.
-Top Executive of the Year 2018 by Asociación de Empresarios y Directivos (AED).
-Premio Rei Jaume I on Entrepreneurship 2019

Katrien Wijsman

Business Development manager, SVH Energy

Mike Rosenberg

Professor, IESE
Mike's Bio

Mike Rosenberg is an Associate Professor in the Strategic Management Department of IESE Business School. He began teaching part time in the MBA and Global Executive programs in 1999 and joined the faculty on a full time basis in 2003.

Professor Rosenberg lectures in IESE’s MBA and Executive Education programs, where he teaches strategy, geo-politics, and sustainability and publishes a weekly blog on these topics under the title Doing Business on the Earth.

His first book, titled Strategy and Sustainability (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), is an exploration of the link between business and the environment and looks at the issue more from the perspective of business executives rather than that of environmentalists. The second book is titled Strategy and Geopolitics(Emerald, 2017) and is written to encourage business leaders to pay more attention to what is happening around the planet. Both books offer his own frameworks for looking at these two issues.

From 2004-2009, Professor Rosenberg managed IESE’s International Executive Education Unit. He is currently the Academic Director for the Advanced Management Program in Media Entertainment and has co-edited Managing Media Businesses (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), which is based on the course. Rosenberg is also the Academic Director for a Short Focused Program called Leading in a Matrix Organization at IESE’s campus in New York City, as well as a for a number of Custom Programs for corporate clients of the school.

Prior to join IESE Business School, Rosenberg was the Automotive Practice Leader of Heidrick & Struggles and prior to  that he spent 15 years as a Management consultant in Europe, North America and Asia for A.T. Kearney and for Arthur D. Little, primarily in the automotive sector.

Professor Rosenberg received his PhD. from Cranfield University, an MBA from IESE Business School, and a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.


Starting timeEnding timeTopic
8:3009:00Breakfast and registration
9:0009:15IESE Secretary General opening
9:1509:45Opening Keynote
10:0010:45Panel 1: Country Strategies for a successful energy transition
10:4511:00Coffee Break
11:0011:30Fireside chat: Supply side transformation journey
11:4512:30Panel 2: Current scenario - Industry points of view
13:4514:15Consolidation in the wind industry and future challenges
14:1514:45Innovative finance: Green Climate Fund
14:4515:00Coffee Break
15:0015:45Panel 3: How are new technologies changing the customer's life?
15:4516:15Closing Keynote

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