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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Laurence Carpanini

Laurence Carpanini leads the development of Smarter Energy Solutions for IBM across Europe. He has over 25 years’ experience in the sector, providing strategic leadership, subject matter expertise and an infectious enthusiasm for smarter energy solutions that drive industry transformation.

In this role Laurence acts as an ambassador for IBM across the utilities Industry, representing IBM's Smarter Energy propositions and points of view and providing a point of focus for all activities relating to the transformation of business operations and the development of future energy systems, in particular those solutions facilitating the implementation of EU directives and regulations.

In recent years Laurence has focused on smart metering and smart grid solutions, establishing IBM’s smarter energy practice as a leader in the UKI market. In this regard he engaged with Government and Regulatory Authorities in developing the Smart Metering and Smart Grid Market model in Great Britain; advised energy companies on development of their smart metering and smart grid programmes; and represents IBM on the board of various government and industry organisations, such as the E&U management group at TechUK and Smart Living Technical Group set up by Welsh Government.

Laurence speaks regularly at conferences; is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers; holds an MBA from Warwick Business School; and recently contributed as guest editor to the book “Smarter Energy: From Smart Metering to the Smart Grid” with Hongjian Sun, Nikos Hatziargyriou, H.Vincent Poor, Miguel Angel Sánchez Fornié (IET; for publication Q3 2016).