Future Energy Leaders at the World Energy Congress

Rotterdam | April 21-25, 2024

About The Future Energy Leaders

The Future Energy Leaders are hand-selected by the World Energy Council. They share a commitment to foster a just energy transition by seeking innovative solutions to solve the energy trilemma, engaging in both national and global activities and delivering innovative projects. PwC has a long-lasting commitment with the World Energy Council and the Future Energy Leaders.

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The Future Energy Leaders Challenge

As part of our platinum sponsorship PwC provided a forum for Future Energy Leaders to engage with the congress programme, speakers and broader executive community for their continued professional development. PwC also hosted a Future Energy Challenge with the competition finalists invited to the PwC booth to pitch their innovative ideas to our esteemed judging panel comprising today’s global energy leaders.

The Challenge themes

Understanding the changing geographical dynamics shaped by climate change, geopolitics, new and existing technology as well as local and global supply chains.

Identifying and reflecting on the role of technology in advancing the energy transition and hilghlighting the benefits and limitations of certain technologies

Ensuring that the energy transition is fair and inclusive. How do we manage the financial, political and social risks, while balancing aggressive decarbonisation targets?

Thinking of ways to foster private/private and public/private cooperation to bridge the financial, operational and regulatory gaps to accelerate the energy transition.

Thanks to our judging panel

Agnes Koops-Aukes
Chair, PwC Netherlands

Agnes Koops is CEO and Chair of the Board of Management of PwC Netherlands. PwC Netherlands has close to 6000 people operating from twelve offices and from three lines of service: Assurance, Tax & Legal and Advisory. They deliver sector-specific services and innovative solutions, not only for national and international companies but also for public sector and civil society organizations. Agnes joined PwC Netherlands in 1992, and became partner in 2007. Between 2018 and 2022 she was a member of the Board of Management, and chair of the Assurance practice. In addition to her position at PwC, she is currently a member of the Supervisory Board of the Groninger Museum.

Helena Lapeyra Lasa
Global Energy, Utilities and Resources Advisory Leader, Partner, PwC Spain

Helena joined PwC in 2006, where she has held multiple roles, linked to large transformation, capital projects and Infrastructure.  In 2009, she focused on the Energy and Power & Utilities industry, where she has developed knowledge and managed global clients. Helena Lapeyra Lasa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Sciences from the University of Deusto.

Edouard Sauvage
Executive Vice-President, Engie

Edouard Sauvage is the Executive Vice President, Special Advisor to the CEO at Engie. Edouard began his career within the French government, first in a regional role before joining the Prime Minister's Office as technical advisor in charge of cities, regional planning and local authorities. He joined EDF-GDF Services in 1997 and in 2002 he was appointed Head of Strategy and European Affairs at Gaz de France headquarters. In 2013 he earned the title of Chief Strategy Officer where he contributed to the Group's strategic shift toward renewables. Chief Executive Officer of GRDF since 2016, Edouard has led the successful deployment of smart meters and accelerated the number of methanation projects connected to the network, thus setting the company’s target of 100% renewable gas by 2050. In February 2021, he was appointed Executive Vice President, in charge of Networks activities (gas transport, distribution and storage and power transmission). Edouard Sauvage is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole Nationale des Ponts-et-chaussées and Collège des Ingénieurs.

Dr Michael Howard
Chair, World Energy Council

Dr. Michael Howard is Chair of the World Energy Council and he has over 40 years of results-driven, multi-faceted leadership experience in organizations. Most of his experience is in providing technical consulting services and products to both U.S. and international electric utility companies. Dr. Howard is CEO Emeritus at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), where he served as CEO and President from 2010-2020. Prior to his appointment, he served as Senior Vice President, Research and Development, and President and Chief Executive Officer of EPRI Solutions, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of EPRI. In 2019, he was elected by the United States Energy Association (USEA) as the 2019 U.S. Energy Award recipient. Howard holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee, a Master of Science in business and engineering management from the University of Pittsburgh, and a doctorate in engineering science from the University of Tennessee.

Xiaowei Liu
Director for Special Projects, Asia at the World Energy Council

Xiaowei is Director for Special Projects, Asia at the World Energy Council with responsibility for strengthening the Council's visibility and commercial opportunities across Asia. Prior to this, Xiaowei worked for Shell. In her 26 plus years with the energy company, she led external relations teams of various sizes at country, regional and global business level and held various elective roles across China, UK, The Netherlands and most recently Singapore as the Regional Vice President for External Relations, Asia Pacific. Xiaowei also serves as a board member of the Marketing Society Singapore, and the Advisory Board of GGEF, a social enterprise promoting sustainability. Xiaowei has a bachelor’s degree in art and social science from Beijing Foreign Studies University, China and a master’s degree in Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. She is fluent in Chinese and English.

Meet our Future Energy Leader

Maëlle Gomez
Sustainable Infrastructure & Energy Transition, Sr Manager, PwC France

Maëlle Gomez is a Future Energy Leader (FEL) and represented PwC at the 2024 World Energy Congress. Maelle joined PwC in January 2018, and is currently focusing on Sustainable Infrastructure & the Energy Transition for PwC France. In her capacity as a Future Energy Leader, Maëlle was the operational and content agenda lead at the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2024 and one of the lead contributors for the 2024 ‘Transforming Energy Demand’ research - produced in collaboration with PwC. Maëlle was also part of the project team for the World Energy Council study ‘Performing While Transforming’, with over 50 transmission companies and system operators.

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Senior manager, PwC France et Maghreb