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ENA Open Networks project manager named a Global Future Energy Leader

03 April 2023


The World Energy Council has named ENA’s Helen Jarva as one of its global future energy leaders, reflecting her work as project manager on ENA’s flagship Open Networks programme.

Helen’s work on ENA’s Open Networks programme meant she helped to build one of the largest energy flexibility markets in Europe, coordinating the work of the UK’s energy network operators. 

Judges were impressed by her work to align analysis from over 200 experts and direct their efforts towards accelerating the UK’s progress towards Net Zero whilst making the transition more affordable to consumers. As an Estonian, working in London, who has previously lived and worked in Kenya, Helen credits her international outlook as a key tool for spotting ways the programme can innovate and build consensus. 

Helen responded to her appointment, saying: 

“I’m overjoyed at being chosen – this is my chance to apply my knowledge of energy systems, psychology, policy and economics, to help propel the World Energy Council forward. I’m excited to meet and work closely with like-minded young professionals, creating an invaluable international network.” 

Lawrence Slade, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association, said:  

“Helen is a rising star in our industry and no one can doubt her passion or ability. The World Energy Council is lucky to have someone who can so effectively bring people together and inspire them to contribute to major strategic innovations, just as she has been on ENA’s Open Networks programme.” 

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Notes to editor

Background information

  • Serving as the Council’s platform to support and promote the energy leaders of tomorrow, the FEL Programme is comprised of exceptional young professionals from across the globe united by their commitment to shaping the future of energy. 
  • Helen joined 50 new members of the Global Future Energy Leaders Programme  
  • Formed in 1923, The World Energy Council works towards solving the world’s most pressing challenges in energy and sustainability, and engaging in national, regional and global dialogues to fulfil their Humanising Energy vision. This year’s Future Energy Leaders were selected from nearly 200 applications from 60 different countries. 

About Energy Networks Association

Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the electricity wires, gas pipes and energy system in the UK and Ireland.

ENA helps its members meet the challenge of delivering electricity and gas to communities across the UK and Ireland safely, sustainably and reliably.

Its members include every major electricity and gas network operator in the UK and Ireland, independent operators, National Grid ESO which operates the electricity system in Great Britain and National Gas which operates the gas system in Great Britain. Its affiliate membership also includes companies with an interest in energy, including Heathrow Airport and Network Rail.

What are energy network operators?

Energy network operators manage and maintain the wires, pipes and other infrastructure which delivers electricity and gas to your home, business and community. They are private companies which are regulated by Ofgem and employ around 40,000 people in Great Britain.

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