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Dr Paul Breeze

Dr Paul Breeze has specialized in the electricity sector for the past 30 years. He is contributing editor for the monthly international magazine for the power industry, Modern Power Systems and a regular contributor to Power Engineering International. As a freelance writer he has written for The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer, New Scientist and The Economist. He is the author of energy sector reports for FT Energy, Business Insights and Power Generation Research and is the author of Power Generation Technologies published by Elsevier.

Professor Merlin Stone

Merlin runs his own management consulting and research practice, as well as working with boutiques consultancies such as Customer Essential and The Customer Framework. He is author or co-author of hundreds of articles and thirty books and also on the editorial advisory boards of several academic journals. He has a first class honours degree and doctorate in economics from Sussex University, UK. In parallel to his business career, he has also pursued a full academic career, holding senior posts at various universities. He is now a visiting professor at De Montfort, Oxford Brookes, and Portsmouth Universities, and teaches economics and develops teaching material for the Open University.

Jane Fae

Jane is a writer and researcher in the areas of IT, Business, and the Law. Jane was until recently editor of the Journal of Database Marketing and has previously published works on the use of statistics in business and Marketing Resource Management. Recent research papers include publications on the misuse of security protocols by major corporations, and a re-evaluation of the Loyalty Ladder concept in marketing theory. She has also written extensively on the impact on business of technological and regulatory changes to the energy industry.

Dr Nicholas Newman

Nicholas is a well-established international energy journalist and broadcaster located in Oxford, England with a comprehensive contacts-book of leading energy industry professionals and academics to draw upon. He specialises in the following topics: oil and gas exploration and production together with power generation, including renewables and nuclear.

Much of his energy writing is concerned with trends in policies, risks, exploration and production technologies as well as trading in energy resources. This includes, for instance in the gas sector, all aspects of current market policy, political and technological trends and developments that may affect the exploration, production, processing, and trading in coal, oil, natural gas, shale gas, CSG and LNG.

In addition, he often has to examine and analyse shifts in the terms of trade between coal, gas and oil as they are affected by structural market changes or opportunities and policy developments. For instance, there is the move towards deeper waters for offshore oil and gas production, which is turning countries like Brazil and Angola into energy giants.

Peter Franklin

Peter Franklin has spent his whole career in energy and utilities markets spanning oil, gas, electricity and water. He was schooled in the disciplines of scenario planning and systems thinking during the 14 years he spent with Shell between the late 70s and the early 90s. Peter then went on to be a leading figure in energy market liberalization in the UK until the end of the 90s. Since 1999 Peter has been a consultant to the sector, both to the players within the industry and to those seeking to expand their footprint in the energy and utilities world. He is also a regular contributor to thought leadership in both the UK and European energy and utilities press.

Dr Mikhail Masokin

Dr Mikhail Masokin has worked within the Energy and Utilities sector for the past 12 years, maintaining a special interest in renewable energy, CHP and emissions trading. During that time, he has contributed to a variety of trade publications and general media including Utility Week, Petroleum Review, BBC World Service and FT.com. In addition to his work in the energy sector, over the years he has carried out extensive strategy consulting work across the industry spectrum in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Mikhail Masokin has a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is currently a senior consultant with London-based OC&C Strategy. 

Rupert Blackstone

Rupert Blackstone, Managing Director of Wattcraft, is a chartered engineer with over 17 years’ experience in renewable energy. Prior to setting up Wattcraft he worked for 10 years as a renewable energy specialist at Arup on a wide range of renewable energy and sustainability projects. Before Arup he worked as a mechanical engineer at Wessex Water on energy and sustainability projects as well as on water treatment and waste water treatment design.

Rupert has extensive experience in renewable energy feasibility assessment, design, analysis, project management and team management. Largely due to his experience being wide-ranging his strength is in understanding the connection between different systems and aspects of projects rather than viewing systems in isolation. He can also offer specialist analysis of particular systems. At a time when there are so many sustainable energy technology options, policy incentives and economic mechanisms he can offer good value by homing in on what is important for the client.

Rupert is Chair of the Energy Environment and Sustainability Group (EESG) Committee at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). EESG brings together engineers from a range of backgrounds, including energy, waste, transport and water, facilitating progress in integrated optimisation of sustainable engineering.