Keynote Sessions

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CEPSI 2018 Keynote sessions promises to bring on stage the best brains of the energy and electricity supply industry to present and share insights into what’s moving and shaking in the industry. Featuring 15 high-profile speakers and covering key topics like global trends and shifts, future utility, sustainability, innovation, digitalization and many more, these are certainly sessions that you will not want to miss!

18th September 2018, 10:45am - 12.15pm

Theme: Global Trends and Big Shift in Electricity & Energy

Synopsis: The electric supply industry has now had its head pulled out of the sand, to face the winds of disruption brought about by the conflux of trends and shifts happening globally. This session discusses the myriad trends and mega-shifts taking place in the industry and the world.


Dr. Jonathan Woetzel
Dr. Jonathan Woetzel Senior Partner
McKinsey & Company
Title: Global Disruption and its Impact on the Electricity and Energy Sector
Indranil Lahiri
Indranil Lahiri
President & CEO
Siemens Malaysia
Lara Olsen
Lara Olsen Head of Business Development & Growth,
Tesla Energy
Title: Opportunities for Energy Storage


Lara Olsen
Kobad Bhavnagri Head of Australia and Head of APAC Economics and Policy, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)

19th September 2018, 9:00am - 10:15am

Theme: Future Utility and Sustainable Development

Synopsis: This session provides an insight into how a future utility would look like, having to address the various emerging issues brought about by economic, regulatory and technological changes, while ensuring sustainable development remains a priority.


Brad Gammons
Brad Gammons Global Managing Director, IBM Energy, Environment & Utility Industry

Sharbini Suhaili
Sharbini Suhaili Group Chief Executive Officer
Sarawak Energy
Title: Digitalising Our Business: A Sustainable Energy Future for Sarawak & Beyond
Dr. Alexander Kotouc
Dr. Alexander Kotouc Head of Product Management BMW i
BMW Group

Dr. Ken Koyama
Dr. Ken Koyama Chief Economist & Managing Director,
Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ)
Title: Future Challenges for Global Power Market and Industry


Lara Olsen
Eoin Daly Senior Partner of McKinsey & Company, Malaysia

19th September 2018, 10:30am - 11:45am

Theme: ESI Digitalisation and Industrial Revolution (IR) 4.0

Synopsis: From blockchains to Internet-of-Things (IoT) and analytics, the electricity supply industry (ESI) is becoming increasingly reliant on digital technologies to revolutionise, transform and improve the way it is operated, managed and optimized. This session thus seeks to shed some light on the various digital initiatives currently taking place in the ESI.


Venu Nuguri
Venu Nuguri Senior Group Vice President
ABB Group’s Power Grids Division,
South Asia, Middle East and Africa
Title: Big Shift in Power Systems - Grid Edge Technologies
Paul Scanlan
Paul Scanlan Chief Technology Officer
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
Title: Opportunities for Power companies as Telecom Operators Digitally Transform
Dr. Hiroshi Okamoto
Dr. Hiroshi Okamoto Executive Vice President
TEPCO Power Grid Inc.
Title: Utility 3.0: Digital Utility Shaping a Future Cyber-Physical Society


Paul Micallef
Paul Micallef Global Smart Metering / Grid Leader, EY

20th September 2018, 9:00am - 10:15am

Theme: ESI Innovation & Smart Solutions

Synopsis: Continuing on from keynote session no. 3, this session explores how the ESI is increasingly looking at innovation from both within and outside to shape, transform and progress. Along with the advent of smart solutions and services, ESI is now entering new territories and breaking new boundaries. Do join this eye-opening session to know more!


Jean-Pierre Faure
Jean-Pierre Faure
China, East Asia Pacific Region Leader,
Grid Solutions (GE Power)
Title: Renewables revolution via HVDC & Digital
James Chong
James Chong Managing Director
Accenture Digital (ASEAN)
Title: Digital - Powering Innovation in Next Generation Utilities to achieve Value and Growth
Kamal Ballout
Kamal Ballout Global Vice President of Energy Segment (Nokia)
Title: Enabling New Buiness Models in Utility Industry with communications


Lara Olsen
Azam Mohammed Partner of McKinsey & Company

20th September 2018, 10:30am - 11:45am

Theme: Green Development & Transformation in ESI

Synopsis: This session investigates how the ESI is managing the energy trilemma by ensuring environmental sustainability, while preserving energy security and safeguarding energy equity, through embracing green development and transformation.


Gavin Barfield
Gavin Barfield Chief Technology Advisor, MERALCO
Title: The New Digital Disruptors: Enabling a Sustainable Energy Future
D. John Yesuraj
D. John Yesuraj General Manager (Research & Development),
CG Power & Industrial Solutions Ltd. India
Title: Sustainable Transformations: The Lessons from the past
Datuk Ahmad Fauzi Hasan


Eric Jost
Eric Jost ASEAN Power & Utilities Advisory Leader, EY