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International Collaboration Tops Agenda

The GridWise Alliance, in partnership with the United States Department of Energy, are hosting business and government leaders from 19 countries at the inaugural GridWise Global Forum, September 21-23 in Washington, DC. Energy leaders from Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, England, France, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Sierra Leone, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, South Africa, South Korea, and the United States will participate in the Forum.

These thought leaders will take part in discussions about the global significance of accelerated smart grid deployments. On the opening day they will be joined by Samuel J. Palmisano, Chairman and CEO, IBM. On subsequent days, discussions will feature Dr. Steven Chu, U.S. Energy Secretary; Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization and Chairman of the UN Energy and Climate Change Advisory Group; and, Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO, General Electric.

Featured international thought leaders confirmed to speak at the Forum include:

Josias Matos de Araujo, Electric Energy Secretary of Brazil, Ministry of Mines and Energy
Shane Breheny, CEO of CitiPower & Powercor, Chairman of Energy Networks Association of Australia (ENA) Paul Budde, Executive Director Smart Grid Australia, CEO of BuddeComm
Ann Cavoukian, Privacy Minister for the Province of Ontario, Canada
Daniel Dobbeni, CEO of Elia System Operator
Anders Eldrup, CEO of DONG Energy
Livio Gallo, CEO of Enel Distribuzione, Chairman of EDSO for Smart Grids Association
Mike Griffin, CEO of the Australian Power Institute
Mr. Ja-Kyun Koo, Chair, Korea Smart Grid Association, Vice Chairman & CEO of LS Industrial Systems
Amos Lasker, CEO of Israel Energy Corporation
Geoff Lillis, Executive General Manager of Energy Australia
Pier Nabuurs, CEO of KEMA
Mongezi Ntsokolo, Managing Director Transmission Division for Eskom
Eamon Ryan, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources for Ireland
Hon. Michael Scott, Minister of Energy, Telecommunications and E-Commerce, Ministry of Energy, Telecommunications and E-Commerce for the Government of Bermuda
John Shine, Deputy CEO, Electricity Supply Board of Ireland
João Torres, CEO of EDP Distribution
Professor Wu Jiandong, Director of the Smart Energy Research Team for China Center for International Economic Exchange (CCIEE)


More information about the GridWise Global Forum and to register for the event