Helena Gerard (1984) received her masters degree in Commercial Engineering, specialization finance, from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 2007. At the same university she received an advanced master in Financial Economics in 2008. From 2008 till 2014, she worked for the energy company GDF Suez. She occupied several positions in the field of sustainable energy, price product design and portfolio and risk management. In 2014, she joined the E-market group within the Energy Technology Unit of VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Research) as senior researcher. Her main activities include project management, advanced business case calculations and feasibility studies for innovative energy technologies in a smart grid context. She is involved in both (inter)national research projects as well as commercial contract research, focusing on market design and TSO-DSO cooperation. She participated amongst others in several European projects such as EvolvDSO (FP7), Smartnet (H2020) and EU-Sysflex (H2020). She is currently leading the activity on electricity market design within EnergyVille.
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