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Developing and integrating offshore wind​ - Panel Discussion

Offshore wind is a key pillar in the European strategy to fulfill the targets set for decarbonization of the energy sector. Now, more than ever, with the COVID-19 pandemic still raging around the globe, the announced European Recovery Plan and the Green Deal are essential mechanisms to drive the development of offshore wind and its integration in the European power system.

Join us in this virtual panel discussion to hear from and discuss with the industry leaders and experts what are the key aspects we need to consider when developing the offshore wind and associated grid infrastructure that will deliver on the European ambitions. The acceleration of the offshore wind development – using the existing offshore interconnectors, and through the realization of the offshore grids – considering both regulatory and technical aspects like interoperability between HVDC solutions and the barriers to realizing a meshed and mixed HVAC and HVDC grid takes the center stage in the discussions. The aspects of timing and alignment of developments across Europe will also be addressed


Christopher Smith

Senior Engineering Manager HVDC Converter stations, Nationall Grid


A professional engineer with more than 20 years’ experience of capital projects and innovative technology development in the Transmission, Energy (Traditional & renewable), and FMCG industries. Previously worked on a portfolio of projects including NEMO, IFA2, NSL and Viking link. At present senior engineer looking at future Multi-purpose Interconnector projects.

Iván Pineda

Director of Public Affairs, WindEurope

Iván Pineda is the Director of Public Affairs for Windeurope, the European trade association representing wind energy based in Brussels, Belgium. He has worked there for 9 years, holding positions of Head of Policy Analysis and policy officer on wind power integration into electricity grids and markets.

Before joining WindEurope he worked for 6 years as a technical project manager on large-scale mechanical and electrical installations across Europe for Procter & Gamble.

His professional experience includes working as freelance management consultant and as finance manager at French retailer Carrefour. He studied in Mexico and Canada where graduated as BSc. in Industrial Engineering, and in the UK where he obtained his MSc. in Sustainable Energy Technology at Imperial College London as a Chevening Scholar.

Ulrik Stridbaek

VP, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Ørsted


Ulrik Stridbaek, Vice President at Ørsted, is the Head of Regulatory Affairs. He is responsible for managing Ørsted’s stakeholder engagement on regulatory and policy issues. He has worked at Ørsted for 12 years.

Before joining Ørsted he was a senior policy advisor at the International Energy Agency, where he was responsible for electricity sector analysis, giving policy advice to member governments. He worked at the IEA for 4 years.

Ulrik Stridbaek has worked in the energy sector on energy sector analysis, regulation and policy for more than 20 years. Power market design, transmission regulation, energy economics and green transition has been the focus areas. He holds a Masters degree in Economics.

Alfredo Parres

INL Renewables

Alfredo Parres is Senior Vice President, Industry Network Leader Renewables at Hitachi Energy. As a renewable sector thought leader for almost two decades, Alfredo drives Hitachi Energy strategy in this sector and leads the business units in this segment.

In addition, Alfredo is member of the WindEurope Board and Chair of its System Integration Working Group and its Grid Codes Task Force. He also spent 5 years in China where he acquired a deep understanding of the Chinese Wind Industry and was Chair of the Renewable Energy Working Group at the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China.

André Burdet joined Hitachi Energy in 2017 as head of product management and marketing for its Grid Integration business line. André manages the strategy and business development of the business line portfolio.

Prior to this, André held engineering, business development, marketing and product management executive positions in technology start-ups, Alstom and General Electric. He has almost 20 years of experience in the power industry, giving business meaning to market dynamics, transforming business models and driving global teams to deliver on innovation and growth.

André holds an MSc from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, a PhD from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and an MBA from Warwick Business School, UK

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