Keynote address to be headlined by executive director of the International Energy Agency
Maria van der Hoeven has been confirmed as the first speaker for the highly anticipated keynote address at this year’s POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe conferences.
Ms van der Hoeven is widely respected for her leadership in the power sector. Since being appointed executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) in 2011, she has implemented a new Global Engagement Strategy to deepen institutional links with the major emerging energy players of the twenty-first century. Another focus of her work has been to provide both the advocacy and analytical foundation needed to expand modern energy services to the billions of people worldwide who currently lack them.
“This conference highlights the importance of sharing research, innovative ideas, and new product designs in order to integrate cleaner solutions with existing fuel resources,” says Ms van der Hoeven. Electricity’s rise to dominance is dramatically and permanently changing the power sector, she says, but “shifting towards electricity is not a free ride, and we must actively manage the growth of electrification if we are to meet our goals for an economic, secure and low-carbon future.
In addition to directing the IEA, Ms van der Hoeven serves on the Advisory Board to the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative. She also is involved with other major international energy institutions, contributing to the global energy dialogue at major events such as the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the WEF (World Economic Forum), the Clean Energy Ministerial, the EU and the G20, amongst other organisations.
Ms van der Hoeven is the first of many notable speakers to be announced for the conference. “We are thrilled that the IEA’s executive director has agreed to speak at POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe 2015,” says Nigel Blackaby, Director of Conferences, PennWell International UK. “Her previous governmental positions as Minister of Education, Culture, and Science and Minister of Economic Affairs, as well as her experience in leading economic policy at a regional, national, and global level, make her the ideal authority to address the conference on the energy transition that is currently changing Europe.”
With the opportunity to hear Ms van der Hoeven, along with other industry leaders to be announced, professionals will not want to miss this year’s event.
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