Climate goals and a growing environmental consciousness make innovation more important than ever before in driving the energy transformation towards a connected and sustainable world. In our first Energy Talk we will uncover the meaning of innovation in the energy sector and discuss its relevance in the context of energy transition, political environment and corporate responsibility. Agenda: 10.00 Panel Discussion “Energy Innovation: A buzzword or a real thing?” 10.45 Q&As via Sli.do About the speakers: Thomas Birr, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer at E.ON With over 30 years of experience in the energy sector, Thomas Birr is a dedicated strategist and innovator. His career is like the man himself: energetic, unwavering and enterprising. With a background spanning a wide range of responsibilities, he has forged strategic leadership skills underpinned by key expertise: in-depth knowledge of energy and innovation and a global vision of challenges ahead. Andreas Kuhlmann, CEO at German Energy Agency (dena) Andreas Kuhlmann has been the CEO of dena since July 2015. In this role, he increased dena's profile as a driver and pioneer of energy transition and climate protection. Andreas Kuhlmann sees the energy transition as one of the most fascinating change processes of the present day, which, in addition to challenges, above all also brings with it opportunities. With this in mind, he brings his knowledge of diverse national and international projects acquired at the interface between business and politics into the energy and climate policy debate. And he campaigns for more courage and determination in designing the framework conditions that are necessary for the success of the energy transition. Ana Trbovich, COO at Grid Singularity Dr. Ana Trbovich is co-founder and COO of Grid Singularity, a green energy blockchain venture named 2018 World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer. She serves as a Governing Board Member of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT), and the Energy Web Foundation, which strives to unleash blockchain's potential to accelerate the transition to a decentralised, democratised, decarbonised, and resilient energy system. In prior roles, she consulted on public administration reform and competitiveness policy and led economic development projects for international organisations such as the EU, USAID, and the World Bank.