Faculty & Research
The School


The Oxford Energy Perspectives Conference 2018 (OEP 2018) brings together the energy leaders of today to inspire the business leaders of tomorrow. 

Keynote Speaker: Vivienne Cox

Dr. Vivienne Cox, MA (Oxon), MBA (INSEAD), CBE, Ph.D., served as the Chief Executive Officer of BP Alternative Energy Ltd. Dr. Cox served as an Executive Vice President of BP until 2009 and served as its Executive Vice President of Alternative Energy. She spent 28 years’ experience with the BP group and has wide experiences in business gained from the energy, natural resources and publishing sectors. She also has a deep understanding of regulatory and government relationships. Vivienne was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to the UK Economy and Sustainability. She is one of the most high-profile females in industry and one of Britain's most powerful businesswomen.

Hugo Batten

Hugo is a Senior Project Leader in Aurora’s consulting team. Aurora Energy Research provides data and analytics on UK, European, and global energy markets.  Hugo advises clients on all aspects of the UK power market – regulation, strategy, financing, and operational optimisation. He also specialises in global gas markets. Recently Hugo has led a review of the development of ancillary services markets for a major UK infrastructure investor, driven a major due diligence on a ~£10b energy commodity infrastructure asset, authored Aurora Energy's report on the impact of Brexit on the UK energy industry and led the expansion of LNG modelling capabilities at the consultancy. Prior to Aurora, Hugo spent 6 years at McKinsey & Co where he worked as a Project Leader in energy and resources and spent time in the Sydney and New York offices. Hugo undertook his undergraduate studies at the University of Melbourne in Law, and completed an MBA and MPA at the University of Oxford.

Guillame De Forton

Guillaume was born in France and studied in London and Brussels where he gained a MA in International Business at the ICHEC Management School. This was followed by two year long internships with CECTEK in Taiwan and SINBON Electronics in Shanghai, China. He then became Area Sales Manager for Alphamin SA in Belgium before moving to XNC Energy where he was Sales Director. Guillaume joined OXIS Energy in January 2015 where his extensive experience in international sales helps him manage customer accounts and business development.

Yoav Gross

Yoav achieved his Masters at Oxford in Environmental Change and Management, in 2017 as a Frost and Rivka scholar. He has gone on to establish and co-found several organisations, including OXIS and EcoSync. OXIS creates joint-ventures between local stakeholders and Israeli and European businesses in order to respond to complex environmental problems using innovative technological solutions and the vast networks and expertise of Oxford postgraduates. EcoSync is an Oxford based start-up company which is developing an innovative energy optimisation system for buildings. Their process uses Machine Learning and AI techniques to build a novel adaptive heating, cooling and lights systems synchronized with scheduling inputs.

Kathryn Janda

Kathryn Janda is an interdisciplinary, problem-based energy demand scholar. She has studied innovations at the interface of people, energy, and buildings since 1990. Her work explores the role of building professionals in driving 'middle-out' change; implications of ownership in the commercial real estate industry (including green leasing); and energy management practices in universities, offices, stores, churches, theatres, and small businesses.

Martin Kaasgaard

Martin is a Saïd Business School alum and VP at Vestas Wind Systems. Vestas is the energy industry’s global partner on sustainable energy solutions. Vestas designs, manufactures, installs, and services wind turbines across the globe, and with 90 GW of wind turbines in 77 countries. Through industry-leading smart data capabilities and unparalleled 76 GW of wind turbines under service, Vestas uses data to interpret, forecast, and exploit wind resources and deliver best-in-class wind power solutions. Alongside their customers, Vestas’ more than 23,300 employees are bringing the world sustainable energy solutions to power a bright future. 

Edward Keelan

Edward works within the Intermediate Capital team. His role is to originate (specifically in the South), negotiate and transact deals and represent Octopus as a non-executive director on a number of portfolio companies. The Octopus Group has over £7bn under management encompassing renewable energy infrastructure, healthcare real estate, commercial and residential real estate debt, venture, and growth capital. Octopus is continually looking for new opportunities across the capital structure either in equity or debt. These can range from early stage ventures opportunities through to mid-sized infrastructure deals.

Mike Mason

Mike is currently director of Healix holdings and chairman of Tropical Power, a renewable energy company operating in Africa. He started his career as a mining engineer before founding a variety of businesses including Climate Care, one of the world’s first carbon-trading companies, which he sold to JP Morgan in 2008. In 2010, Mike became Energy Advisor to the President of the Maldives, where his task was to steer the country to a zero-carbon future by 2020. The total estimated cost of the programme was of the order of $3Bn, of which the first $300M was secured from international sources and due for approval the day that the President was overthrown in a coup. Mike currently leads a research programme at Oxford University developing new AD technology, energy crops for semi-arid regions, and AD/Solar PV hybrid technology.

Zsuzsa Mayer

Zsuzsa is a chartered engineer and chartered scientist with a very strong academic and industrial background and multiple project management, laboratory management and line-management experience. She is also an analytical chemist and dedicated biofuel researcher with  sound experience on a very large number of laboratory instruments.  Zsuzsa leads and conducts innovative, independent and thorough scientific research, designs and performs experiments, analyses data and troubleshoots. Zsuzsa love to tackle R+D and QC challenges while teaching and training professionals in both academic and industrial environments. EcoSync is an Oxford based start-up company which is developing an innovative energy optimisation system for buildings. Their process uses Machine Learning and AI techniques to build a novel adaptive heating, cooling and lights systems synchronized with scheduling inputs.

Guy Spaull

Mr. Guy Spaull is Managing Director at Energy Corporate Finance Limited, an advisory firm focusing on the development of projects in the oil, gas and power sectors. He has experience leading the relationship management, corporate finance activity and project finance requirements with Power and Energy clients in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Jose Maria Valenzuela

Jose Maria Valenzuela currently works at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. Jose does research in International Relations, Science, Technology and Environmental Politics and Political Economy. Their current project is 'Power System Transformation.' He is motivated by the possibilities of creative public policy, nurtured through international collaboration between state and non-state agents. This includes work on the challenges of energy systems transformation in response to social and environmental concerns, in particular climate change. In 2013 he was selected as a Future Energy Leader (FEL) by the London based World Energy Council and has remained part of the FEL Program throughout the years.