24th Congress Day 4 Highlights

12.09.19 News ArticleGlobalEvents24th Congress

Day 4 - Innovation: The pathway to prosperity

The fourth and final day of the 24th World Energy Council in Abu Dhabi focuses on energy innovation and innovators.



Start-up Energy Transition: The Power of the Bold

What are the key characteristics, predictions, and insights of the world’s top energy start-ups and entrepreneurs? What are the new business models, technologies and solutions at the forefront of the energy transition? The winners of this years’ Start up Energy Transition Award from across the globe illustrate the power of the bold and demonstrate why innovation is key to a successful energy transition.
Gina Domanig moderator, Andreas Kuhlmann, Chief Executive of the German Energy Agency (DENA), Marwan Bin Haidar, Executive Vice President of Innovation & The Future at the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Divine Nabaweesi, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Divine Bamboo, Richard Romanowski, Executive director, Planet Ark Power, Jakob Hornbach, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder,  Bodawerk and Thomas Chrometzka, Chief Strategy Officer, Enapter.


Pitch perfect: Best of the Start-up Energy Transition

In cooperation with the German Energy Agency, dena, 80 best-of-the-best Start-up Energy Transition Awards finalists from across the world share their innovative solutions at one of the conference’s last plenary sessions. 
Jon Dee, Founder and Managing Director of the DoSomething Foundation, RE100, Charles Vaslet Partner at Emerald Technology Ventures, Christopher Smith, Managing Director at Energy Innovation Capital, Jose Medardo Cadena Mosquera, Director of Integration, Access and Energy Security at Organización Latinoamericana de Energía (OLADE), Julia Padberg, Investment Manager at SET Ventures, Michele Fiorentino, Chief Investment Officer at ADNOC, Dr. Mike Howard, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Electric Power Research Institute, Rob Genieser, Partner at Etf Partners, Rodney John Alla, Former Partner, 8 Rivers Capital, Rokas Peciulaiti, Managing Partner at Contrarian Ventures, Stephane Villecroze, Managing Partner at Demeter.


Be a CEO for the day: A live simulations

Participants had the chance to role play as CEOs of an energy company needing to improve their company’s financial performance. The simulation game helped players identify good investment opportunities as part of the decision making process.
Benoit Laclau, Partner, Global Energy Leader at EY moderated, Fay Shong, Oil and Gas Digital Strategy Leader, Americas at EY and Thierry Mortier Partner, Global P&U Innovation Leader at EY.


Gina Domanig

Gina Domanig

Managing Partner & Chief Executive Officer
Emerald Technology Ventures

Gina Domanig is the Managing Partner of Emerald Technology Ventures. In 2000 she founded the business as the first independent cleantech venture capital fund in Europe. Gina is also Co-Chair of the Innovation & Issues Monitor committee of the World Energy Council

Gina has over 25 years of international business experience including banking, M&A, strategic development, and venture capital. Prior to starting Emerald, she was senior vice president at Sulzer, a Swiss multinational, responsible for strategic planning and M&A. Gina holds a Bachelor Degree in Finance from Arizona State University as well as MBA degrees from Thunderbird in Arizona and ESADE in Barcelona. She is fluent in English, German and Spanish.

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Congress Ministerial reflections of the week: Energy for Prosperity

Closing Insights from the 24th World Energy Congress.
Dr. Christoph Frei, Secretary General & Chief Executive Officer of the World Energy Council discussed with H.E. Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Industry of the United Arab Emirates and H.E. Alexander Novak Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation.


Closing Plenaries

A moving plea for climate change action from the Council’s Future Energy Leaders. A heartfelt farewell to outgoing Council Chair, Younghoon David Kim, followed by an inaugural speech by incoming Chair, Jean-Marie Dauger. Closing remarks by Dhmitry Kozak, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation included an invitation to the next World Energy Congress, which will take place in St. Petersburg in 2022.
Dr. Christoph Frei, Secretary General & Chief Executive Officer of the World Energy Council, Angela Wilkinson, Senior Director, Scenarios and Business Insights of the World Energy Council, Dr. Mike Howard, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Gina Domanig
Managing Partner & Chief Executive Officer at Emerald Technology Ventures, Helima Croft, Managing Director and Global Head of Commodity Strategy, RBC Capital Markets, Younghoon David Kim
Chair of the World Energy Council, 
Jean-Marie Dauger, Co-Chair of the World Energy Council, Dhmitry Kozak, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, H.E. Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei
Minister of Energy and Industry, United Arab Emirates.


Closing thoughts

Innovation has taken center-stage during the Congress. While the energy transition is accelerating on many different fronts, regulatory framework and legislation is lagging behind innovation, discouraging investors. There is consensus that the future is decarbonised, but the road is fraught with uncertainty. Leaders must come together, take responsibility, and be dedicated to change.


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