Keynote Speakers


Keynote 1 – A Tale of Smart Cities: The Role of Electrical Energy and Electrification

Tuesday, 29 September

The energy industry in undergoing major transformations due to a number of drivers, including the push for decarbonization and the effects climate change are having on communities around the world. Electric utilities like Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), are developing significant innovations and making groundbreaking discoveries when it comes to energy technology and the smart city. These new and emerging technologies are being designed to address the realities of climate change, the increased frequency of cyber-security threats, and public health concerns regarding COVID-19.

In this keynote address, Dr. Shay Bahramirad, Vice President of Engineering and Smart Grid at ComEd, will provide the opportunity for conference attendees to learn more about beneficial electrification, the connected communities that are working toward achieving decarbonization, and the latest energy technologies that are making the smart city dream into a reality. This keynote speech provides unique insight into what utilities and stakeholders are doing to promote widespread decarbonization and smart city technology today.

Shay Bahramirad

Shay Bahramirad

VP ComEd

Short bio:
Dr. Shay Bahramirad is the Vice President of Engineering and Smart Grid at Commonwealth Edison. She holds executive responsibility for ComEd’s grid engineering, planning, and reliability functions, as well as developing the vision of grid of the future, emerging technology roadmaps, and investment strategies. Shay serves as a strategic business leader in ComEd, working on the 21st century power grid transformation and the new energy economy. She is Vice President of New Initiatives and Outreach at IEEE PE and an Editorial Board Member of Electricity Journal. Dr. Bahramirad is also an Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology and holds multiple advanced degrees, including a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Keynote 2 – Regulatory & Policies Impacting Smart Cities and Clean Energy

Wednesday, 30 September

GHG emissions have been historically peaking year on year despite the massive availability of highly competitive low carbon energy technologies. Beyond clean technologies, achieving climate neutrality requires a profound policy driven societal transformation that can only achieved by a holistic and multidisciplinary redefinition of our governance systems, social organization, lifestyles, values and behaviors. Cities have been at the forefront of the Clean Energy Transition and constitute a privileged living laboratory to experiment optimal transformational pathways to climate neutrality. The session will put in perspective the state of play and highlight the need for a systemic transformational approach to address the climate challenge ahead of us.

Adel El Gammal

Adel El Gammal

Secretary General of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA)

Short bio:
Adel El Gammal is the Secretary General of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA). EERA is the strategic pillar of the EU Strategic Energy Technology Plan and coordinates Research activities between 250 Research Organisations and Universities across 30 countries in Europe. Adel El Gammal is a recognized expert and a senior EU Affairs professional in the fields of low carbon technologies, energy transition, and climate change. Before joining EERA, Adel was active for the last 11 years in the EU climate energy debate, notably as Director of the Becquerel Institute, an advanced consultancy on the role of PV in the energy transition, Executive Director of LowCarbonFacts (an ECF funded programme) and Secretary General of the EU Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA, now SolarPower Europe). Before focusing his activities on renewable energy and the energy transition, Adel held various international executive positions in blue chip companies active in the field of IT and Management Consulting. Adel is civil engineer from Ecole Polytechnique of Brussels, holds degrees in Business Administration from Solvay Business School (Belgium) and Insead (France) and later specialized in Environment Management (IGEAT, Belgium).

Keynote 3 – Smart Mobility

Thursday, October 1

Comming soon!

João Barros

João Barros

CEO & Founder, Veniam, USA

João Barros is Founder and CEO of Veniam Inc. and Professor Catedrático (on leave) of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Porto, Portugal. He was Founding Director of Instituto de Telecomunicações in Porto, which grew from 8 to 100 researchers during his six-year tenure. Joao Barros was also a Fulbright scholar twice and has held visiting appointments at MIT, Stanford, Cornell and Carnegie Mellon. He regularly teaches at the Porto Business School and serves on the board of Streambolico, a WiFi multicast company he co-founded.

Dr. Barros has received several awards, including the 2010 IEEE ComSoc Young Researcher Award (EMEA), the 2011 IEEE ComSoC and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award, the 2012 BES National Innovation Award, the 2013 Building Global Innovators Grand Prize (ISCTE-IUL and MIT) and a best teaching award by the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and the Arts. His work has been featured on NPR, BBC, MIT Technology Review, TechCrunch, FastCompany, and The Atlantic, among several other relevant media outlets.

João is fluent in Portuguese, German, English, French and Spanish. He received his undergraduate education in ECE from the Universidade do Porto (UP), Portugal and Universitaet Karlsruhe, Germany, a performing arts degree in flute from the Music Conservatory of Porto, and the Ph.D. degree in EE and IT from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM), Germany.