Gwenaëlle Avice-Huet

Schneider Electric

Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer and Member of the Schneider Electric Executive Committee

Gwenaelle Avie-Huet, earning educational background on science from the Ecole Normale Supérieure and in engineering from the Corps des Ponts et Chaussées, has started her career in the scientific research area at the French National Research Institute and the French Atomic Energy Commission on nuclear energy, before joining the World Bank in Washington D.C. as a consultant. She also worked for the Service of the Prime Minister in France within the General Secretary for European affairs with responsibility for energy and competitiveness matters, and as the advisor for various ministers (European Affairs State Secretary, M. Jean-Pierre Jouyet; State Minister responsible for Energy and sustainable development, M. Jean-Louis Borloo). In the course of 2010, she joined GDF SUEZ (now ENGIE) as Senior Vice-President for European and Regulatory Affairs. On January 1st, 2016, she became Chief Executive Officer of ENGIE France Renewable Energy (2,200 people working on hydro, on-shore wind, solar, biomethane and offshore wind, 6 000 MW installed achieving 900 M€ of revenues in 2018). From May 2019 until March 2021, she was a member of the Executive Committee of ENGIE Group responsible for the Renewables Global Business Line and Chief Executive Officer of ENGIE North America (6,500 employees working in the U.S. and in Canada, achieving $5.0 billion of revenues in 2019), based in Houston. In March 2021, she has been appointed to lead Corporate Strategy for Schneider Electric, based in Boston. Effective April 1, 2022, Gwenaelle is taking a new position as Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer and member of the Schneider Electric Executive Committee. She will preside over developing and deploying strategic, sustainability and quality & customer satisfaction initiatives, while steering all mergers, acquisitions and divestment activities globally. She also serves on the Board of Air France - KLM since May 2021.

Sessions With Gwenaëlle Avice-Huet

Wednesday, 9 March

  • 12:30pm - 01:10pm (CST) / 09/mar/2022 06:30 pm - 09/mar/2022 07:10 pm

    Decarbonization Challenges & Technology Pathways

    Panel Carbon Management/Decarbonization

    Decarbonizing the energy matrix and other high-carbon footprint industries is the critical path to minimizing global emissions and achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. However, reaching net-zero emission will demand a herculean effort, given the technology challenges and the scale of investment demanded. What complementary technologies offer the potential to achieve the scale and economic competitiveness required to make decarbonization a reality at a reasonable cost for society? What are the roles of energy companies, technology firms, infrastructure developers, and governments in this process? What policies are needed to spur investments and accelerate technology development?

Thursday, 10 March

  • 02:20pm - 03:00pm (CST) / 10/mar/2022 08:20 pm - 10/mar/2022 09:00 pm

    Technologies for Zero Carbon

    Panel Hydrogen/Clean Tech & Power

    “Do we have the technologies to get to net-zero?” This has been the topic of debate recently. Some have claimed that as much as half of the future emission reductions will come from technologies that have not yet been invented. Innovation is a continuous process and new emission reduction technologies are continuously being developed, tested, and deployed. While emissions have gone down in the power sector in the EU and the US, emissions from transportation and industrial sectors continue to increase. In this conversation, the panel will discuss technological pathways to get to net zero in the next 30+ years. Do we have the technologies to get to net zero and is it primarily about deployment at scale or do we also need new inventions? What will come after solar PV and wind as the next game changing technologies? Why is the enthusiasm for hydrogen justified? Which digital technologies have the biggest potential to contribute to meeting sustainability and net-zero goals? How can the oil & gas industry become the leader in emission reductions? Does the world need to move from molecules to electrons for everything—heat, light and mobility? How is data and data analytics being used to improve efficiency and reduce emissions? Is it possible to accelerate the speed of energy innovation?