9:00 - 10:00 Registration
10:00 - 11:00 Inauguration Ceremony
  • Mr. Anand Kumar, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India
  • Mr. Prakash S Mhaske, Chairperson, Central Electricity Authority
  • Mr. Mritunjay Kumar Narayan, IAS, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Power, Government of India
  • Dr. Jörg Polster, Head of the Economics Department, German Embassy
  • Mr. Michael Satin, Director, Clean Energy and Environment Office, USAID
  • Mr. R.K. Chugh , President, IEEMA
  • Mr. Anil Saboo, ELECRAMA, Chairman
  • Mr. Vikram Gandotra , Chair, WUS 2020
  • Dr. Kannan Tinnium , Co-Chair, WUS 2020
  • Mr. Manjit Sethi, Convenor, WUS 2020
11:00 - 11:30 Tea/ Coffee Break
11:30 - 13:00 Plenary Session 1 - Market Enablers
Changing consumer demands and expectations, evolving business models and upcoming players are expected to transform the utilities entirely. This session discusses the changing canvas of the Utilities

Keynote Address- Mr. Allen Eisendrath, Director, Utilities Services, Corelli Systems and former Director of Global Climate Change, Energy & Infrastructure, USAID/Washington

Session Moderator- Mr. Vikas Gaba, Partner, KPMG India

  • Dr.Arbind Prasad, Chairman, Jharkhand Electricity Regulatory Commission, India
  • Mr.Ajwad Musthafa, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Government of Republic of Maldives
  • Ms.Wasantha Perera, Secretary, Ministry of Power & Energy, Government of Sri Lanka
  • Mr.Vibhu Kaushik, Director, Grid Technology & Modernization, Southern California Edison, USA
  • Dr.Arindam Maitra, Senior Technical Executive, Electric Power Research Institute, USA
  • Mr.Paul Nelsen, Vice President, Sales, Commercial and Customer Enablement APAC, ITRON, APAC Region
  • Q&A
13:00 – 14:00 Networking Lunch
14:00 – 14:15 Special Session on “Transforming Power Distribution Business through Employee Engagement- 5 S STORY” by Mr. Amal Sinha, CEO, BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd, India
14:15 – 14:30 Special Session on “Smart Grid Readiness- Self Assessment Tool for Utilities” by Mr. Atul Bali, Senior GM, National Smart Grid Mission, Ministry of Power, Govt of India
14:30 – 16:00 Plenary session 2 – Revenue Security
With availability of the multiple options for consumers to meet their demand and increase of prosumers, revenue of the Utilities is under threat. This session discusses the trends in revenues, future threats and mitigation strategies

Keynote Address- Mr. R Lakshmanan, IAS Executive Director, REC Ltd.

Moderator- Mr. Suman Ghorai, CRISIL

  • Mr. Bikash Dewan,  MD, Dhaka Power Distribution Company, Bangladesh
  • Mr. Sonam Tobjey,  CEO,  Bhutan Power Corporation Limited, Bhutan
  • Mr. Elad Shaviv, CEO, Israeli Smart Energy Association, Israel
  • Mr.  Gagan Bihari Swain, Head, Regulatory, Strategy & Govt Affairs, BSES Yamuna Power Ltd, India
  • Dr. Marcus Merkel, Merkel Consulting and Senior Advisor to the Board of Management EWE NETZ  GmbH, Germany
  • Q&A
16.00 – 16.30 Tea/ Coffee Break
16.30 – 18.00 Plenary session 3 – Grid Transformation - Renewables and Electric Vehicles
Increasing penetration of existing technologies like renewables and upcoming technologies like electric vehicles requires changing the way grids are being operated. This session discusses impact of these technologies on the grid and required changes in the operations.

Keynote Address- Mr. Robert Klaffus, CEO, Siemens Digital Grid, Germany

Moderator- :Prof. Martin Braun,   HOD, Fraunhofer IEE Kassel, Germany

  • Mr. K.V.S Baba, CMD,  Power Systems Operation Corporation Ltd, India
  • Mr. Ramji Bhandari, Director, Planning and Technical Service Department, Nepal Electricity Authority, Nepal
  • Mr. Siriwat Chedsi,  Assistant Director, Power Plant Engineering Division, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand
  • Mr. N. Venu, MD & CEO, ABB Power Products and Systems India Ltd, India
  • Ms. Prabhjot Kaur,  CEO, Centre for Battery Engineering and Electric Vehicle, IIT Madras, India
19:00 onwards Gala Dinner at Crowne Plaza, Greater Noida
19:00 to 19:10 Presentation by Platinum Sponsor – Mr. Robert Demann, Smart Infrastructure, Siemens Ltd India
19:10 to 20:00 CEO Round Table – Power Utility Leaders’ Dialogue
Moderator - Dr. Rahul Tongia , Fellow, Brookings India
  • Mr. Bhadresh B. Chauhan, MD, Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation Ltd, India
  • Mr. Ravinder Kumar Sharma, MD, Himachal Pradesh Power Transmission Corporation Ltd, India
  • Mr. Debashish Banerjee, MD, Distribution, CESC Ltd, India
  • Mr. R.C. Agarwala, MD, Noida Power Company Ltd, India
  • Mr. Prem R. Kumar, CEO , BSES Yamuna Power Ltd, India
9:00 - 9:30 Registration
9:30 – 11:00 Plenary session 4 – Enabling Technologies - Digitalization & Cyber security
Digitalization will generate substantial amount of data and connect all assets & operations allowing higher efficiency. While digitalizing the grids, cyber security need to be enhanced to reduce systemic risks. This session discusses trends in digitalization, threats from cyber-attacks and way forward.

Keynote Address-Mr. Praveer Sinha, CEO & Managing Director, Tata Power, India

Moderator- Mr. Ketan Shah, MD, Accenture, India

  • Mr. P.K. Agarwal, CIO, Power Systems Operation Corporation Ltd, India
  • Prof. Sebastian Lehnhoff, Full Professor, Energy Informatics, Carl-von-Ossietzky-University of Oldenburg, Germany
  • Mr. Ian Mcleod, Director, Smart Energy, Enzen, Australia
  • Mr. Rajesh Bansal, Head Network Operations, BSES Rajdhani Power Limited, India
  • Ms. Sanna Öörni, Co-creation Manager, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Q&A
11:00 - 11:30 Special Address
Mr. Mahendra Jain, IAS, Energy Department, Government of Karnataka*
11:30 - 12:00 Tea/ Coffee Break
12:00 – 13.30 Plenary Session 5 – Energy Transition Policy and Operational Standards
With rapidly changing landscape of the Utilities, new approach need to be taken by the policymakers. This session will discuss the view of policymakers on the evolving landscape, recent trends and key considerations for future policymaking.

Keynote Address- - Ms. Palka Sahni, IAS, Executive Director, Power Finance Corporation, India

Moderator- Mr. Somesh Kumar, Partner, Ernst & Young, India

  • Ms. Anjuli Chandra, Member, Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission, India
  • Mr. Arun Kumar Mishra, Director NPMU, National Smart Grid Mission, India
  • Dr. Bernhard Ernst, Group Manager Grid Planning and Operation, Fraunhofer IEE, Germany
  • Mr. Sam Sciacca, Senior Director, Technical Program Operations, IEEE Standards Association, USA
  • Mr. Vimal Mahendru, Member, IEC Standardization Management Board, India
  • Q&A
13:30 - 14:30 Networking Lunch
14:30 - 15:00 Special Session
15:00 - 16:30 Plenary Session 6 – Energy Storage
(Joint Session with eTechNxt)

Energy storage have versatile role in to play in operating grids and providing value to all the stakeholders. This include balancing demand and supply, regulating frequency, managing renewables and providing autonomy for consumers. Energy storage will also play a very important role in achieving full potential of new and upcoming technologies. This track will cover the latest developments in technologies, new business models, grid dynamics, learnings from pilot demonstrations and operational considerations associated with these technologies.
Keynote Address- Mr. Sanjay Banga, President T&D, Tata Power Mumbai, India

Moderator-Dr. Rahul Walawalkar, India Energy Storage Alliance


  • Mr. Chakphed Madtharad, Manager, Smart Grid Planning Division System Planning  Department, Provincial Electricity Authority, Thailand
  • Dr. Jochen Bard, Head of Energy Process Engineering, Fraunhofer IEE, Germany
  • Mr. Sharma Kolluri, IEEE Fellow, Manager, Transmission Planning, Entergy, USA
  • Mr. Manish Kumar Tiwari, General Manager, Smart Grid, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd, India
  • Mr. Rupam Raja,  Market Director, India & SE Asia, Fluence Energy, India
  • Q&A

16:30 - 17:00 Valedictory Session & Closing

*This is tentative agenda and subject to further changes.