Thursday Plenary Session

Designing User-Centric Sustainable and Resilient Critical Infrastructures

Thursday, October 26, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Lawrence E. Jones
Senior Vice President, International Programs
Edison Electric Institute

Dr. Lawrence E. Jones is an award winning, thought leader and practitioner with over twenty-five years of experience in the energy industry.  He joined Edison Electric Institute (EEI) in September 2015 and is currently Senior Vice President, International Programs. Under his leadership, EEI’s International Programs membership has grown to more than 70 electric companies with operations in over 91 countries, providing electricity to more than 3 billion people. He has launched several new strategic initiatives including Annual Global Electricity Forum, Africa Utility Power Sector Exchange, Global Executive Leader Network, Thomas Edison Nikola Tesla Impactful Leadership (TENTIL) Dialogue, and the Thomas Edison International Utility Executive Fellowship Program. He founded and is host of Influential Minds – an EEI international conversation series with leading thinkers and practitioners from energy and adjacent industries, finance, governments, etc.   Prior to joining EEI, Dr. Jones held leadership roles at Alstom USA including North America Vice President for Utility Innovation and Infrastructure Resilience; and North America Vice President for Policy, Regulatory Affairs & Industry Relations. Before joining Alstom, he consulted with ABB (now Hitachi) in Sweden, and was a visiting scientist at Electricite de France in Clamart, France. 

He is a Member of Global Board of the World Resources Institute, and Member of the Advisory Board of Sentient Hubs. He is also Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Engineering at Monash Energy Institute, Monash University; a Senior Associate (non-Resident) with the Energy and Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; and Senior Fellow at Boston University Institute of Sustainable Energy. He has received several patents for systems that improve situational awareness in energy grid control centers. 

He received his MSc, Licentiate and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.  He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.