Here and Now - time for the Switch

When it comes to the climate crisis, we know that time is not on our side and change needs to happen fast, not least within the energy sector. Meanwhile, geothermal has been growing exponentially. Right now, everything is in the industry’s favor to thrive and move from niche to mainstream. 
It’s clear there is no time like the present to give geothermal its rightful place in the energy mix. It’s time to make the switch!

Join us for our Virtual Seminar #6, where we dive into what we need to do “here and now” to ensure geothermal is a natural part of the renewable energy mix. It's time to make the switch! Our stellar lineup of speakers will inspire with their take on what it means to be a pioneer and leader in our industry, and how we can engage more people. We’ll hear from Ajit Menon of the world leading Baker Hughes, and Paul Thomsen from industry leader, Ormat. Plus, conversations why it’s essential to have platforms for conversation (like this one) about geothermal, changing digital landscape and how we can engage younger audiences using digital know-how.

16.00 CET (GMT +1), 10.00 EST (GMT -5), 07.00 PST (GMT -8)



Paul Thomsen

Vice President of Business Development, Ormat Technologies

Thomsen brings expertise in both the public and private energy sector, previously serving as Commissioner and Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, Director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy, and Director of Policy and Business Development for Ormat. He also worked for the law firm of Lionel Sawyer and Collins and United States Senators Harry Reid and Richard Bryan. He has advocated for meaningful energy policy as President of the Board of Directors of the Geothermal Energy Association and Chairman of the United States Clean Heat and Power Association.Thomsen earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Ajit Menon

Vice President, Geothermal, Baker Hughes

Ajit Menon is Vice President of Geothermal for Baker Hughes. He has over 25 years of experience in Baker Hughes in which he has held senior management positions in operational, sales, marketing, technical, and business management roles in multiple locations globally.In his current role, he leads the geothermal segment for Baker Hughes encompassing both sub surface and surface solutions.Ajit has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Bath, United Kingdom.

Gabriella Skog

Geoscientist, Baseload Capital

Gabriella is a geoscientist at Baseload Capital, focused on supporting the geothermal development at Baseload Power US. She conducts research, prospect mapping and evaluates new opportunities for the US market. She started working in the industry as a 20 year old, and has previous experience working as a geothermal advisor at Climeon and with Baseload’s operations in Iceland, Japan and Taiwan.

Magnus Brandberg

Chairman of the Board, Baseload Capital

Magnus Brandberg is a founding partner and investment professional at the family owned investment company Gullspång Invest. The company aims to accelerate paradigm shifts that transforms global systems to a more sustainable and resilient state by providing long-term, patient capital to purpose-driven entrepreneurs.Magnus Brandberg has a background in renewable energy and cleantech. As an investor, board member and project manager, Magnus has experience of all parts of the energy value chain. Magnus holds an MBA from INSEAD (11D) and a M.Sc in Energy Systems Engineering from University of Uppsala.


Kristina Hagström Ilievska

CMO, Baseload Capital

In addition to her marketing role at Baseload, Kristina is a specialist in sales and marketing integration, and a sought-after public speaker and coach.


It is time to make the Switch

#1 Here and NOW
Our first guest speaker is Paul Thomsen, Vice President of Business Development at Ormat, a geothermal industry leader with plants in Kenya, Guadalupe, Guatemala, Honduras and the United States. Paul will share his insights on why right now it is geothermal’s time to shine and how we can drive the industry forward. 

#2 How to get the board on board?
Kristina is joined by Baseload Capital’s Chairman of the Board, Magnus Brandberg in special Edition of Coffee with Baseload . They unpack why it’s essential to have platforms for conversation (like this one) about geothermal. And, how it’s vital to have the Board on board when investing time and money to engage our industry and the public.

#3 Here and THEN 
We are thrilled to interview Ajit Menon, Vice President of Geothermal at Baker Hughes, a world leading energy technology company with 40+ years of geothermal know-how. We get his take on geothermal’s role in the energy transition, the importance of collaboration and what Baker Hughes is focusing on right now. 

#4 How to get the others on board?
Tune in to another energetic episode of The Switch podcast, our platform for discussion, debate, questioning and advancing knowledge. This time we talk to Gabriella Skog, Baseload Capital’s in-house Geologist. But she is much more than that, she is also a social media guru, running an Instagram account that has greater numbers than all the geothermal accounts collected on Instagram as of today! We will talk about the changing digital landscape and how we can engage younger audiences using digital know-how.

#5 How to be a geothermal pioneer 
We round off this session with a lively panel discussion with all our guests to discuss what it takes to be a pioneer in our industry. 


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