ANNA CArolina Tortora

National Grid ESO - Head of Innovation Strategy



Ms Anna Carolina Tortora, an Italian/Colombian/Canadian MIT alumna with a background in Aerospace Engineering, currently heads the Department of Innovation Strategy for National Grid’s System Operator, for both Gas and Electricity. Her mission is to foster the modernisation of the UK system by leveraging new tools, grid technologies, and services to meet the NGSO’s ambitious 2025 zero-carbon objective. Prior, Carolina held a similar position in Rome at the Italian TSO, Terna Spa, where she successfully led the deployment of the largest high-voltage connected storage plants (batteries) in Europe, a project that earned Carolina and her company worldwide recognition. Riding on this success, Carolina has coined herself as a “battery-ninja” and is now one the most popular and quoted speakers on the subject of batteries and storage systems combined with renewables in Europe. Carolina is the recipient of numerous honours, including being a featured speaker for 2017 TEDxRome, and being elected as one of Italy’s Top 40 Under 40 Managers in 2016. Carolina splits her time between National Grid, and her husband Luca and their 20 month old son, Matteo.