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, 1.30pm -3.00pm

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
Title: New Landscape of Energy Infrastructure - Striding Together with the Right Technology Partner
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, 8.45am – 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
Title: Two Sides of the Same Coin
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
Title: Visionary Mobility
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


Chow Sang Hoe
Chow Sang Hoe ASEAN Advisory, Managing Partner, EY

20th September 2018, 8.45am – 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!


Zubin Postwalla
Zubin Postwalla
Marketing Leader China, East Asia Pacific,
Grid Solutions, GE Power
Title: Innovations in the Grid Space to Boost Sustainability, Resilience and Distributed Generation
James Chong
Yang Kun Executive President
China Electricity Council
Title: The Practice and Responsibilities of China Power Industry under the Belt and Road Initiative
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 Business 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 D. Barfield Chief Technology Advisor, MERALCO
Title: The New Digital Disruptors: Enabling a Sustainable Energy Future
D. John Yesuraj
Saravanan Selvaraj Manager - Technology, Power Transformers,
CG Power & Industrial Solutions, Ltd.
Title: Sustainable Transformations: The Lessons from the past
Dato’ Abdul Razak bin Abdul Majid Chairman, Energy Council of Malaysia
Title: MESI transformation- evolution in a Revolution


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