Dr Watson is the Chief Executive of the European Solar Industry Association SolarPower Europe, a role he has held since 2014. SolarPower Europe represents the European upstream and downstream companies, as well as the national solar associations.
Prior to taking the helm at SolarPower Europe, Dr Watson worked for 7 years with Weber Shandwick, where he held the position of Director of Public Affairs. Before coming to Brussels, Dr Watson worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat on a European Commission project on trade and sustainable development based in Ethiopia for 2 years.
In his 18 years of professional experience Dr Watson has also worked as a lecturer in Environmental Law in the University of Manchester and a Deputy Head of Policy for the London Borough of Greenwich.
He holds a Ph.D in International Trade and Environmental Law, an LL.M in Environmental Law and a degree in Law and Politics. He has published books and articles on the issues of trade, environment and development.
On the agenda
Anna Colucci, DG Energy, European Commission
Merce Griera, Policy Officer, DG Connect, European Commission
Jesse Scott, Analyst, International Energy Agency
James Watson, CEO, SolarPower Europe
Frauke Thies, Executive Director, SEDC
Erwin Smole, CSO & Co-Founder, Grid Singularity
Introduced and moderated by Roberto Zangrandi Secretary-General, EDSO, and Laurent Schmitt, Secretary-General, ENTSO-E