The SES 2019 Committee is an interdisciplinary pan-European coalition of students from 22 different nationalities. It was with the acknowledgement of our diverse cultural background that the leitmotif #BreakingBarriers originated.
The Committee is spread across different universities in England, Ireland, Scotland and France. This provides us with advantages - for instance our presence in different universities allows us to reach more students - and drawbacks - we are constantly Skyping, but that’s all right, we love Skype. A majority of the Committee either studies at Imperial College of London, Durham University or National University of Ireland Galway, usually meeting face to face quarterly in London.
We privilege open-mindedness, communication and teamwork. Single members of the team contribute and propose ideas that will be discussed and agreed upon as a collective. It is through open communication, constant investigation, recruitment and discussion that allows us to work in an integrative and dynamic environment for the success of SES 2019.
Geraldine is one of the two Co Chairs of SES 2019, and a PhD student working on International Climate Policy at Imperial College London. With a Master in Sustainable Development from Paris Dauphine University and the Technical University in Berlin, Geraldine believes that both technical and social changes are required to achieve a sustainable and equitable future for all, and energy is at the heart of this transition. She is excited to be leading a team of dedicated and inspiring students from all horizons to deliver what she hopes to be the most ambitious, inclusive, and fun SES to date.
When not SESing or PhDing, Geraldine can be seen on various stages, pub cellars and karaoke booths singing and dancing every musical theatre piece she can get her hands on.
Jochen is Co Chair of SES 2019 and is currently pursuing a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering at Imperial College London. He believes that the rate of change towards sustainable energy is too slow - tomorrow could be too late! - and that this has to do with existing barriers in the energy world. This belief is the driver for his passion, which include enabling youth to make a fast and significant impact in the transition towards sustainable energy.
Apart from his role at SES 2019, he currently works on a technical challenge of power system operation. His research vision is to use Machine Learning (and Artificial Intelligence) to increase reliability and efficiency of the power system. Before joining Imperial College, he studied process systems engineering and electrical engineering at RWTH Aachen in Germany with research stays both at MIT and CMU in the USA and BASF in China.
Luciana is in the second year of her PhD in Chemical Engineering at Imperial College. She has a BSc in environmental science and and MSc in renewable energy engineering from the University of Edinburgh.
After attending SES 2017 in Mexico, she roped in her friends and colleagues into submitting a bid to host the 2019 Summit in London. Now that it’s actually happening, she is a bit confused, but is happily doing her job as Vice Chair Sponsorship to raise funds for the Summit and keep the event affordable and accessible. Luciana is also Departmental PhD representative for her department, sits on the board of the Network for Early-Career Sustainable Scientists and Engineers, and is a STEM Ambassador and academic mentor for the Refugee Support Network. In her spare time she travels to speak at conferences and occasionally sleeps.
Michael is the Finance Vice Chair for SES 2019. He’s currently pursuing a PhD in Chemical Engineering at Imperial College, after completing an MSc in the same subject at ETH Zürich.
Beyond numbers and code, he is active in engaging his peers at both his Department and Institute, and in his personal life, organising various events and activities. In whatever time is left, he enjoys a good round (or three) of Ultimate Frisbee.
Hannah is the Vice Chair Programme for SES 2019. She is a third year MChem student and Co-President of the Durham Student Energy Chapter.
With interests ranging from markets and energy materials to sustainable development, she is passionate about driving change towards a sustainable and equitable energy future. She was inspired by the optimism and ambition of delegates at SES 2017 and believes that youth engagement is vital in tackling the critical energy challenges the world faces. She is very excited to be running a diverse, engaging and dynamic programme for SES 2019 and working with the Committee to deliver the Summit.
Vice-Chair Event Management
Sohail is currently pursuing a PhD in Control and Power electronics at Imperial College London, with a vision of developing efficient method of integrating the much needed energy storage to the grid. Sohail holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Brunel University London, MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College London and an MRes in Future Power Networks from Strathclyde University Glasgow.
Being part of SES 2019 presented a once in a lifetime opportunity not to be missed. This unique event provides an extraordinary platform for the younger generation to make an informed decision around their careers and also an ideal opportunity for their voices to be heard amongst the industry leaders and academia. Sohail strongly believes that empowering the youth is key to future success within the energy sector. The great ideas are there, all we need is guidance and support to unlock the potential and polish the young talent to become the future energy leaders. Being Vice Chair Event Management, Sohail’s role is to ensure that all the delegates, speakers and industry partners receive the best possible experience throughout the event. He is excited to be part of a team of skilful young individuals and is determined to deliver an exceptional and unrivalled event at this level.
Pietro is currently working as an Analyst at the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative, in the Strategy and Policy team. He holds a MSc in Climate Change, Management and Finance from Imperial College Business School and previously worked as a project engineer in a utility company in Italy: that’s where he realised that sustainability and power generation can go hand in hand. He loves marketing. He loves good marketing. The one that raises awareness, the one that challenges the status quo, the one that inspires people to act for a fairer, more sustainable world.
Kitty is currently studying Engineering at Durham University, specialising in New and Renewable Energy. She also co-runs the Durham Student Energy Chapter and attended SES 2017 in Mexico.
Inspired by the enthusiasm and drive of the Student Energy delegates, she is very excited to be part of the SES 2019 Committee. Alongside her team, she is excited to design a dynamic and interactive programme that allows the delegates to spark conversation and curiosity about the critical energy challenges of our time.
Nicholas read General Engineering at Durham University and is now studying towards an ACA. Nicholas started the Durham Student Energy Chapter in 2015 and was a delegate at both the 2015 and 2017 International Student Energy Summits. He is a believer that the summit provides an incredible opportunity for students around the world to engage more deeply with global energy-related challenges and learn, develop their understanding and build a network to face these challenges head-on.
He is immensely excited to deliver a thought-provoking, insightful and engaging programme for SES 2019. He is passionate about the energy industry, youth empowerment, and global development.
Vice-Chair Impact & Legacy
Shane has always been interested in energy, engineering, policy, and advocacy. He believes that a truly sustainable future cannot be achieved without public buy-in and so became involved in many scientific communication and outreach projects in University College Cork, Ireland where he doing his PhD in Energy Engineering. He promotes sustainability and informed discussion on the energy transition to anyone who will listen!
Inspired from his experience at SES 2017, getting involved in SES 2019 was an easy choice for him. He believes policy has been slow to react and that we as students, global citizens, and voters have the power to change that. He is delighted to be given the opportunity to “be part of a movement”.
Cécile holds a MSc in Globalisation and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. She is currently involved in different projects focusing on sustainability. You can then imagine why she is the sustainability director for the event! She is thrilled to help make SES 2019 environmentally more sustainable.
She truly believes students have the power to change the World and is therefore excited to create a space for them to learn, confront and discuss. She finds the pressing topic of Energy both challenging and exciting and wish to see more events like SES 2019 in the near future, to go forward and get rid of the status quo.
Logistics Manager & Hospitality Director
Komal is in her 3rd year at Imperial College London studying Chemical Engineering. She is super excited to be part of the SES 2019 team and is enthusiastic about the world of Energy and making an impact.
Currently holding the Hospitality Director position, her role is to coordinate with the rest of the Event Management team to organise details including catering and accommodation. She loves meeting new people and working with a driven, passionate Committee to deliver an amazing Summit.
Community Impact Director
Miguel is a 3rd year Chemical Engineering student at Imperial College London. He believes in the vision of inspiring students with new technologies to tackle one of the most pressing issues of our century. With the challenges being faced by the energy industry it is important to keep the discussion going to move to more sustainable and renewable alternatives.
As the Community Impact Director for SES 2019, he will work to bring the Summit’s vision to other schools through competitions and mentorship programs. He has always been interested in the energy sector and is excited to be part of such an amazing community.
Muhammad is a 3rd year Chemical Engineering student who is fascinated by the constantly evolving energy industry. He believes that the energy industry is facing a plethora of challenges as it drives towards a more environmentally friendly direction and thrives to inspire the upcoming generation of engineers to be up for the challenge. He particularly enjoys the scale and impact he can deliver being part of the SES 2019 Committee.
As the Event Producer, he is responsible for sorting the venue location, liaising with the caterers and the logistics team to ensure that all events run smoothly and on time.
Social Media Manager
Fernanda is a student at the American University of Paris completing a Bachelor in Communications and Journalism. She’s the Social Media Director for SES 2019. She is a skilled Instagrammer with a passion for social media, PR and journalism. She’s also a people’s person and loves working with them. She is excited to work with the Marketing team to reach as many stakeholders as possible and looks forwards to getting everyone excited about the conference in London.
She loves SES 2019 because of the positive impact it will have on future generations. She also loves London’s beautiful architecture and the city’s multiculturalism.
Sponsorship Documentation Director
Caoimhe is a final year Mechanical Engineering undergraduate at the National University of Ireland Galway. She is also Auditor for the NUIG Energy Society. Having heard about fellow students experiences at SES 2017 in Mexico, she jumped at the chance to become involved with SES 2019.
Programme Lead - Panels
Fran is the Programme Lead on Panels for SES 2019. Currently in her third year of BSc Geosciences at Durham University, she manages the Student Energy’s Chapter at her University. Earth Sciences have given her a strong knowledge of the Earth’s Resources and how these can be used as energy sources. Whilst attending the Programme, she developed a strong passion for sustainability.
This will be her second Student Energy Summit, following SES 2017 in Merida and aims to make next year’s Summit even more ground-breaking! With internships with BP and British Gas under her belt, she is most enthusiastic about how young people can get more involved in the energy industry and make their mark!
Logistics Manager & Hospitality Director
Kelvin is pursuing his second year in Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College. He came across the SES 2019 Committee whilst in his first month at University, and was right from the beginning excited to be part of the journey.
As Hospitality Director, he strives to scrupulously organise the smallest bits and pieces of SES 2019, ensuring a seamless and pleasant experience to all. He is very much looking forward to making the conference happen, together with the SES2019 team.
Branding & Marketing Director
Sara is an MSc student in Climate Change, Management and Finance at Imperial College London. After having completed her undergraduate studies in economics and international relations at McGill University in Montreal, where she braved the cold for almost 10 years, she set her sights on amazing, rainy London to pursue her master’s degree. She is passionate about the environment and about finding cross sectoral solutions to the climate challenge, which is what she is working on at the moment within the environmental sustainability team at Capgemini.
As branding and marketing director for SES 2019 she believes she has the secret ingredient that will bring together bright minds with a passion for energy who will, by combining their talent and creativity, break barriers.
Programme Lead - Workshops
Shaun is the Programme Lead for Workshops at SES 2019. He is passionate about providing opportunities for delegates to participate in the Summit alongside the plethora of fascinating panels and talks. Shaun is in his second year at Durham University studying BA Geography and is also President of Student Energy at Durham. In this role, he encourages student engagement and understanding of the energy industry; with the aim of facilitating students transition from academia to the energy sector. He is excited to channel his passion for increasing youth engagement in the energy industry into the workshops, enabling fantastic experiences for the delegates at SES 2019!
Shaun finds the global energy transition very interesting, particularly geo-politics involved, and has developed a fascination with the relationship between development and energy. This will be his first International Student Energy Summit and he is thrilled to be involved.
Branding and Marketing Director
Tarek recently graduated with an MSc in Climate Change, Management and Finance from ICL, having previously studied Civil Engineering at UCL. He started his career designing low carbon buildings and sustainability city masterplan in London, slowly making his way into renewable energy and today, impact investing. In 2014, his passion for sustainable development won him top 25 under 25 Leader in the World of Sustainable Business. His work in the field continues to define his personal mission to help support decarbonise the world economy, while ensuring energy for all.
He hopes to pass through the same level of passion through SES 2019’s branding and marketing efforts that will target thousands of aspiring young professionals and future leaders.
Sponsorship Research Director
Shil is a Chemical Engineering PhD student working on renewable energy storage technologies at Imperial College. As part of SES19, he is responsible for identifying the most suitable businesses and organisations for partnering with the Summit to the benefit of all parties involved. Having spent years being involved with motivated students tackling global challenges at Model UN conferences on many continents as well as several editions of the London Climate Forum, he couldn’t resist the chance to contribute to the Summit when it arrived at his doorstep! As a foreign student, he is excited in particular to be helping to facilitate the participation of students from around the world in what is sure to be an unforgettable and enriching experience in London.
Sustainability and Impact Manager
Lukas is a third year PhD student in the Department of Materials at Imperial College working on solar driven hydrogen production. As the Sustainability and Impact Manager of SES19, he is on the one hand working to deliver the summit in the most sustainable manner and on the other designing an outreach programme that aims to inspire greater youth participation and engagement in the energy sector. Lukas believes that collaboration across both disciplines and cultures is essential in order to facilitate the transition to a more sustainable energy infrastructure and so getting involved with SES19 was a no brainer.
Delegate Relations Director
Paula is currently finishing an MSc in Climate Change, Management & Finance student at Imperial College Business School. After studying International Business in Vienna, New York City and Vancouver, Paula started working for Tesla. She is passionate about sustainable technology solutions disrupting the energy sector. She therefore wants to further pursue her career scaling and promoting innovative initiatives to bring about transformative change towards a zero-carbon economy.
At SES2019 she is excited about catalyzing collaborative action with like-minded students from around the globe.
As an energy analyst and journalist, Estefania interviews the key decision-makers that are shaping Mexico’s energy transition. Prior to this, she studied a Bachelor of Engineering in Renewable Energy, where she realized that technology & innovation play a significant role in our path towards a low carbon energy system, but so does regulation, policy-making and global cooperation. This is why she joined Student Energy and has participated both as a delegate and part of the organizing committee in previous editions of the summit.
She is very excited to travel to London, but mostly to meet all the motivated young people that will take part of SES 2019!
Delegate Relations Director
Rob is currently studying towards the MSc in Environmental Technology at Imperial College London (Business and Environment option). Prior to this, he worked as a project manager for a leading Canadian cleantech start-up, with a focus on energy efficiency technologies for large buildings. This experience sparked an abiding interest in the energy sector and convinced him of the necessity of leveraging public-private cooperation to advance the necessary decarbonization of the global energy system.
A self-confessed “master of none” and former Arts and Science student, Rob is an ardent believer in the power of interdisciplinary learning and communication. Moreover, as a Global Sustainability Fellow, he has experienced first-hand the value of international collaboration in addressing global challenges. As Delegate Relations Manager, Rob looks forward to welcoming a diverse group of attendees and ensuring each of them feels valued and prepared to contribute at SES 2019.
When not informing his UK friends of which celebrities are actually Canadian, Rob can be found exploring London by bike, enjoying stand-up comedy, watching rugby, or playing ultimate frisbee.
Logistics Manager/ Hospitality Director
Farin is a Civil Engineer from Vancouver BC. After working as a hydropower plant designer for two years, she decided to lead her career towards sustainability and energy efficiency by enrolling in the Environmental Technology: Energy Policy at Imperial College.
Farin’s passion for low carbon energy pathways combined with her experience in project coordination motivated her to to take part in SES2019, which is a one in a lifetime opportunity.
With her team spirit and social commitment, Farin is excited to help the logistics team create a memorable experience for all the attendees.
Delegate Relations Director
Valerie is a MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance student at Imperial College Business School. She is passionate about how the private sector is changing to meet ESG goals and how the energy industry is evolving in the face of the energy transition.
As Director of Delegates Relationships, she has the chance to be in touch with Delegates, answering their questions and ensuring their experience at SES2019 will be unforgettable. She is looking forward to getting to know all of them, learning their story and discussing where they see the future going.
When not studying or working on SES2019, Valerie can be caught rowing on the Thames or exploring London.