Plenary Speakers at the Conference

Giles Dickson is the Chief Executive Officer of WindEurope (formerly EWEA), a position he’s held since 2015. WindEurope is the voice of the European wind industry. It represents the whole value chain of onshore and offshore wind across Europe and has more than 400 members. It engages degreeGovernments and other stakeholders on policy and regulation. It organises industry exhibitions, conferences and workshops. And it coordinates publicly-funded R&D in wind. Dickson is also Chairman of the Advisory Council of ENTSO-E and a Visiting Professor at the Bucharest School of Economics. Prior to joining WindEurope he was a UK civil servant for 16 years then ran public affairs at Alstom.

Sören Sieberling is program manager of the AP-3 program at Ampyx Power. In that capacity he is heading the development, production and operation of the 150 kW airborne wind energy system that is currently in production at Ampyx Power. The program intends to develop a safe AWES while preparing the team for the development of a commercial AWES, learning about AWES operation and validating the AWES models. Sören graduated at Delft University of Technology in 2009 and has worked as algorithms engineer at Ampyx Power in the development of both the AP-1 and AP-2 systems. He shifted his focus to AWE testing and operation taking the position of flight operations manager as of 2013. He joined the AP-3 project management in 2016 to become program manager in 2019.

Doug McLeod is Technical Program Manager at Makani, working on Makani's offshore program and contributing to systems engineering and manufacturing. He joined the company in 2016, first working for Makani / X, later for Makani Technologies LLC. Prior to this, he was a Design Engineer responsible for Fluid Dynamics at HydroRun Technologies, the developer of the Freestream Glider, which is a new concept in renewable hydroelectricity production from the natural, unaltered flow of rivers. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering Thermofluids from the University of Bristish Columbia.

Cédric Philibert is a senior analyst in the Renewable Energy Division of the International Energy Agency (IEA). He leads the division’s policy analysis on technologies, and currently works on renewable energy for industries. He authored the IEA renewable energy Technology Roadmaps on Concentrated Solar Power (2010), Hydropower (2012), Wind (2013), Solar Thermal Electricity (2014) and Solar Photovoltaics (2014). Mr. Philibert also wrote the 2011 IEA report Solar Energy Perspectives. With a background in climate change, Mr. Philibert co-authored the IEA publications Beyond Kyoto (2002), and Act Locally Trade Globally (2005). A journalist by training, Mr. Philibert served as an advisor to the French Environment Minister from 1988-1990. In 1990 he published two books on climate change and on renewable energy. From 1992 to 1998 he served as advisor to the CEO of the French Agency for the Environment and Energy Efficiency, before joining UNEP in 1998. With qualifications in political sciences and economics, Mr. Philibert has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed and other journals.

Lorenzo Fagiano is associate professor of automation and control engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy. He completed his Ph.D. in Information and Systems Engineering in 2009 at the Politecnico di Torino. From 2010 to 2013 he held positions at Politecnico di Torino, UC Santa Barbara, and ETH Zurich. From 2013 to 2016 he was scientist and senior scientist at ABB Switzerland, Corporate Research. His research interests include constrained estimation and control, set membership methods, and applications to industrial, robotic and energy systems. He co-authored more than 100 papers published in international journals and conference proceedings. He is recipient of the 2019 European Control Award, of the Mission Innovation Champion Award 2019 for Italy, of two Marie Curie individual fellowships (2009 and 2012), of the 2011 IEEE Transactions on Systems Technology Outstanding Paper Award, and of the 2010 ENI award "Debut in Research" prize. He serves as associate editor of the IEEE Transactions of Control Systems Technology since 2015. He is co-founder of two start-up companies, in the fields of AWE and multicopter drones for civil applications.