Laurent Schmitt is ENTSO-E’s Secretary General since January
- Before joining ENTSO-E, Laurent was Global Smart Grid Strategy Leader at General Electric Grid Solutions, a General Electric / Alstom joint venture.
Laurent started his career in power generation for Alstom in North America before moving to the transmission and distribution division specialising in strategy, innovation and smart grids solutions. Apart from the United States, Laurent also worked in Asia and Europe.
Laurent describes himself as a smart grid ‘’evangelist’. He is the author of several scientific papers on smart grids, smart cities and the integration of distributed energy sources. He is a member of several strategic industry committees on smart grids in CIGRE, IEC, EPRI and the European Smart Cities Platform. He took part in several expert tasks forces of the European Commission and the International Energy Agency.
In 2015, Laurent was named one of the most 40 influential people in the European Smart Grid by the Metering & Smart Energy International Magazine. Laurent is also one of the largest e-vehicles drivers in France.
Laurent is a French national, born in 1972 and graduated in Power System Engineering at Supélec, Paris, France and holds an Executive MBA from INSEAD.
On the agenda
Kamila Kloc, Deputy Head of Cabinet, Digital Single Market & Digital Economy and Society, European Commission
João Torres, President, EDSO; CEO, EDP Distribuição, Portugal
Laurent Schmitt, Secretary-General, ENTSO-E
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