Laetitia Ouillet

Director Strategic Area Energy

‘Research and development of new technology are vital to the energy transition, as is helping policymakers and businesses make the right choices. The challenge lies in bringing both worlds together.’

Research profile

Laetitia Ouillet is the Director of the Strategic Area Energy at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). In this role, she is committed to promoting programs, forming consortiums with external parties, supporting the strategic area energy lobby,  connecting researchers (in campus at TU/e and also with other research institutes) shaping the acquisition of new research assignments. This includes a focus on expanding funding from tertiary sources and Dutch government and European investment programs (such as Horizon 2020).

She is also Chairman of the NERA working group, an alliance between key Dutch knowledge institutes active in energy: TU/e, University of Twente, Delft University of Technology, Utrecht University, University of Groningen, FOM, ECN and TNO. Furthermore, Laetitia is director of an alliance between the universities of Utrecht (UU), Eindhoven (TU/e) and the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU), collaborating in the areas of porous materials, energy, vitality & sport, regenerative medicine and imaging.

Academic background

Laetitia Ouillet studied Economics and Applied Economics at the Université Paris Dauphine (France) and gained her postgraduate degree in Strategic Business Analysis and her Master’s in European Environmental Regulation from Lancaster University (UK). She also followed a post-academic specialization in Dutch and European Competition Law at the Grotius Academy.

Ouillet has a solid track record in the energy market. She was director of corporate strategy at energy company Eneco from 2013-2016 heading a team of three corporate strategy consultants and four fundamentals analysts and designing Eneco’s renewed strategy, launched mid 2015. She is also co-founder of SQ Consult (2009), an international network of experts in energy transition, sustainability and climate policy. Previously, she also held a number of different jobs at Nuon for seven years, including Manager Strategy and Business Planning within the Marketing and Sales department and Manager Regulatory and Governmental Affairs within the Merger and Acquisition team.

Jan Pellis

Jan Pellis is innovation theme manager ‘Flexibility and future market facilitation’ at grid operator Stedin. He is committed to starting innovation projects to develop the role of Stedin in the energy transition. This covers enabling and connecting new and existing parties in the energy market to test solutions for the energy system of the future. He also contributes to different nation wide working groups to understand and shape the energy transition. Recent projects Pellis is involved are: ‘the Layered Energy System’, ‘An assessment framework for the application of flexibility in the Dutch power system’, ‘The future of the energy-intensive industries in the Netherlands’ and ‘Stedin Flex acceleration program’.

Pellis studied Electrical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology. After his graduation in 1997 he started his career in the energy sector at high voltage cable manufacturer NKF (nowadays Prysmian). From 2002 he has been working at Stedin in different expert and management functions. Pellis has built up broad experience in energy transition modelling, strategy development, innovation and asset management of gas and electricity networks.

Contribution Thor Smart Grids symposium

The energy system landscape is changing rapidly. Driven by climate goals, growing public involvement with the energy system and technology evolution we see numerous developments taking place in the production, distribution and use of energy. We call this energy transition. But what’s new? Has there not always been a transition in our energy system in the past 200 years? Different perspectives from historical to regulatory give a clear view on the characteristics of the current energy transition.

Wil Scholten

 Since 2011 Wil Scholten is employed by Netbeheer Nederland, the association of the Dutch grid operators electricity and gas (DSOs as well as TSOs). Netbeheer Nederland performs the dialogue with governmental bodies regarding the transition towards a reliable, cost effective, accessible for everyone, sustainable energy system. Netbeheer Nederland facilitates functioning of the market and manages the physical infrastructure. The Dutch energy grid operators invest around 2 billion euros each year.

Wil is an experienced Program Manager with track records in various business areas such as Energy, Banking and Insurance, Coatings and Chemicals. His  activities are in the area of the transition to a sustainable energy systeem, particularly in the fields of:

  • Electric Mobility
  • Sustainability in the built environment
  • Saving energy consumption

In the transition to a sustainable energy systeem smart grids may play an important role. Due to increasing use of solar panels, heat pumps, wind turbines and electric vehicles the grid requirements will change accordingly and smart grids may be used to be able to fulfil the new requirements. This provides opportunities for the use of e.g. (automated) timeshift of power consumption, demand-response and storage in solving congestion management issues in distribution grids and/or balancing issues in transmission grids.

Wil Scholten graduated Electrical Engineering in 1986 and Business Administration in 1990, both at  Universiteit Twente. Before his employment at Netbeheer Nederland he was employed by Atos Consulting, Akzo Nobel, KEMA (currently DNV GL) and Hollandse Signaalapparaten (currently Thales).

Yohanes A. Hugo

 Yohanes A. Hugo is membrane electrode assembly scientist at Elestor BV and Ph.D. student at the Membrane Materials and Processes group of the TU/e. Yohanes comes from Indonesia. Immediately after his Bachelor degree, he went to Europe for his Master degree. He joined the Erasmus Mundus programme called Environomical Pathways for Sustainable Energy Systems (SELECT) and got an InnoEnergy Scholarship to fully fund his study. He has been awarded the degree of Master of Science of both Eindhoven University of Technology and Aalto University (FInland). From this Master program, he got a solid background in sustainability, renewable energy sources and energy transition strategy. Thanks to his study, he found the importance of electricity storage and later joined a start-up company in electricity storage, Elestor B.V., in early 2015.
His work – Ph.D. research focuses on investigating the transport phenomena in proton exchange membranes for hydrogen-bromine flow batteries, the preparation of membrane electrode assemblies and their subsequent application for mass production of cost-effective flow battery systems for large scale electricity storage. His Ph.D. project is under the supervision of prof.dr.ir. Kitty Nijmeijer. The battery technology is based on the hydrogen-bromine couple, which has the advantage of abundant availability of active materials, high power densities and high scalability. Yohanes combines his PhD with his activities at Elestor BV, a company focusing on the large-scale application of hydrogen-bromine flow batteries.

Remco de Boer

Ir. Remco de Boer is a researcher, publicist and interviewer on the subject of energy transition. Since 2016 he has reported on energy transition for the newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad, BNR News radio and for the news service Energeia. Mr. De Boer is also a columnist for Delft Integraal the scientific magazine of TU Delft. His latest book, ‘Tussen hoogmoed en hysterie’ [Between arrogance and hysteria] is a reconstruction of the fight against shale gas extraction in the Netherlands. Remco de Boer has a progressive yet realistic view on the energy transition.


René Kamphuis

René Kamphuis finished has been involved from 2000 onwards in smart grids and smart energy systems at ECN (Energy research Centre of the Netherlands) and from 2011 TNO. He was involved in the development, implementation and field-testing of software agent based strategies for coordination of demand and supply in energy grids (e.g. PowerMatcher) in numerous national and international projects. Since 1-1-2012 onwards he is a part-time professor in `Smart operation of electricity grids through ICT’ in the Electrical Energy Systems group of the Electrical Engineering faculty.


Han Slootweg

Prof. J. G. (Han) Slootweg received the M.Sc. degree in Electrical Power Engineering in 1998 (cum laude) and the Ph.D. degree in 2003, both from Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. He also received the M.Sc. degree in Business Administration. He is currently Director of Asset Management at Enexis B.V., ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, one of the largest Distribution Network Operators of the Netherlands. Han also holds a professorship in Smart Grids at the Electrical Energy Systems group at the Eindhoven University of Technology. His mission is to contribute to the transition towards a more sustainable energy system. His main research interest tis he rol of energy distribution grids in the energy system of the future. Han has (co-)authored more than 150 papers, covering a broad range of aspects of the electricity and energy supply. In 2007, he won the Hidde Nijland award for ‘significant contributions to research in power engineering in the Netherlands’ and in 2013 the Dutch Power Award for ‘significant contributions to the Dutch energy sector and connecting its members’. Han is married, has three daughters and a son and lives in Zwolle.