Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers

Terry Waugh (CEO Action Renewables)

Terry Waugh is the REDAWN project Lead and the Chief Executive Officer of Action Renewables, a not- for-profit enterprise and Northern Ireland’s leading authority on renewables.  Terry has worked for Action Renewables for 16 years and prior to that, Terry gained over 20 years' energy industry experience at Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE), where he acted as Customer Relations Manager for NIE’s Transmission and Distribution business.  Terry has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Finance, a Masters of Business Administration and an OU accreditation on Energy for a Sustainable Future.

Andrew Muir (Alliance Party MLA)

Andrew Muir is Alliance Party MLA for North Down and Party Spokesperson for Infrastructure and Finance serving on Assembly Public Accounts and Infrastructure Committees. Andrew has served as MLA since December 2019 replacing Dr Stephen Farry after his election as MP. Prior to joining the Northern Ireland Assembly Andrew served as Councillor since 2010, Mayor of North Down 2013/14 and Group Leader of Alliance Party Group on Ards and North Down Borough Council since foundation in 2014. Before becoming a MLA Andrew worked for Translink as a Project Manager overseeing £42million Future Ticketing System Project as a certified PRINCE 2 Practitioner. A keen runner, Andrew founded both Bangor and Crawfordsburn parkruns and has completed ten Marathons with a Personal Best of 3:07.

Armando Carravetta (University of Naples, Federico III)

Armando Carravetta is Full Professor in Hydraulics at the Department of Civil, Architecture and Environmental Engineering, University of Naples, Federico II, IT. He undertakes research in technical innovation for water systems, energy efficiency and resilience of pumping systems, energy recovery by PAT technology, and fluid dynamics of slurry flows. He represents the Italian Association of Pump Manufacturers in the Europump Lot 28 Working Group for the implementation of the European standards on Ecodesign. He is one of the partners in the ongoing EU Interreg project Reducing Energy Dependency in Atlantic Area Water Networks (REDAWN).

Ioannis Kougias (Scientific Research, EU Joint Research Centre)

Ioannis Kougias is a Programme Officer at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. As a research fellow he regularly provides insight in several European projects related to energy. His research interests extend to the fields of renewables, hydropower, water-energy nexus, access to energy in rural/remote/island areas and the sustainable electrification of the developing world. He regularly publishes in scientific periodicals and supports EU policy making.

Anthony Rinjonneau (Sud Ouest Canalisations)

Anthony Rinjonneau is Commercial Director, Hydroforce (Sud Ouest Canalisations).  He has an engineering background and 15 years of professional experience in the water industry sector.  He is currently in charge of the commercial and marketing development of the water and energy market within SOC, manufacturing and promoting the innovative patented use of turbines as pumps (PATs) for the recovery of lost energy in water networks.

Enrique Ruiz Hernández (Powerturbines S.L)

Enrique Ruiz is the main partner and founder of Powerturbines S.L., a Spanish company specialised in the use of PATs (pumps used as turbines) in water networks.  His work experience began in Hidraqua, a water utility company owned by Suez Environment, where he worked for 5 years as director of municipal projects and for 3 years as Operation Engineer controlling water leaks, efficiency of the water network, energy optimization, etc.

Recently, he has been working in different PAT projects, currently with Powerturbines and formerly with other companies he has co-founded, mainly in Spain and in other countries like France, Colombia and Mexico. His main clients are water utility companies that use small turbines to produce energy in remote areas without grid connection or to produce energy connected to the grid for selling or self-consumption.

Greco Moura, (HIGRA), Brazil

Aonghus McNabola (Trinity College Dublin TCD)

Professor Aonghus McNabola is a Professor in Energy and the Environment at the Dept of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin. His research interests lie in the field of Environmental Fluid Dynamics where he has applied this expertise in air pollution, energy efficiency and/or water services sectors. He has been active in this field of research for over 15 years. He teaches at postgraduate and undergraduate levels in the subject areas of hydraulics, air pollution and renewable energy.  Prof. McNabola currently leads a group of researchers and is involved, primarily as the lead partner and principal investigator, in a number of national and international collaborative projects, funded by Horizon 2020, INTERREG ERDF,SEAI and the EPA.

Pedro Amarel Jorge (APREN - Portuguese Association of Renewables)

Pedro Amaral Jorge is CEO of APREN and has also been a board member of the Portuguese Water Partnership since 2020. Previously, he worked at AfDB as private sector expert developing and financially structuring infrastructure, energy, water and sanitation projects, mainly in the Sub-Saharan Africa region.  Pedro has an extensive track record on EPC and Utility business development, financing, designing, building and management.  He also has 22 years’ experience in top management positions leading the development, execution, implementation and management of water and sanitation sustainable infrastructure. He has a postgrad as Green Energy Finance Specialist from RENAC, an Executive MBA in Finance and Operations from IESE/AESE as well as a MsC in Mechanical Engineering from IST - Instituto Superior Técnico.

Francisco Javier Ramírez García (Andalusian Energy Agency, Spain)

Francisco Javier Ramírez García is Managing Director of the Andalusian Energy Agency and has extensive experience in industrial design, automation, manufacturing processes and Quality Management Systems.

As Project Manager, he has collaborated with engineering and manufacturing companies, both national and international, in strategic sectors such as the generation and distribution of energy, automotive, shipbuilding or renewable energies. In addition, he has taught Product Training and Competitive Strategy courses at international level.

He has held positions as Director General of Industry, Energy and Mines of the then Ministry of Finance, Industry and Energy and Director General of Energy of the Ministry of Finance and European Finance.

Vincent Railliet (SMPGA)

Helena Ramos (Instituto Superior Technico, IST)