Team

Julien Pestourie
Vice President R&D
Julien Pestourie
Vice President R&D

About

Julien Pestourie has been leading the EDF Innovation Lab since August 2021 and is Vice-President of EDF R&D. Prior to this role, Julien has held various positions at EDF since he joined in 2001, he was notably Director of the Smart Grid Department at EDF Lab in France (network development and advanced automation, quality of electricity supply and integration of new customer trends such as electric vehicles, advanced metering infrastructure, operational security, asset reliability and optimized maintenance, cybersecurity,...). He holds a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering, 2001, from the Ecole Centrale Marseille. He later completed HEC's School of Management Executive Program in 2013. He has published multiple articles related to energy and power systems and has taught more than 600 hours in top engineering schools in France.

Dr. Paul Breslow
Innovation Director
Dr. Paul Breslow
Innovation Director

About

Paul Breslow joined EDF Innovation Lab in 2015, and he leads US technology scouting for EDF business units, manages innovation ecosystem relationships, and assists business units in accelerating new business and product development. Prior to EDF, Paul held key and leadership roles in several clean technology start-ups and large international companies. Paul graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans with a BSE, MS, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering focused on clean energy technologies, AI, entrepreneurship, and electricity demand and generation forecasting.

Sonika Choudhary
Principal Energy Analyst
Sonika Choudhary
Principal Energy Analyst

About

Sonika Choudhary joined the EDF Innovation Lab in July 2018 as a Principal Energy Analyst. Her work centers around the technical, economic, market, and regulatory analysis of electrification and deep decarbonization technologies, with a focus on C&I customers and local energy systems. Prior to EDF, Sonika held various positions with California utilities including working with Grid Innovation and Energy Policy and Procurement divisions at PG&E and Resource Management division at the City of Palo Alto Utilities. Sonika holds B.S. in Electrical Engineering (Power) from IIT Delhi (India) and M.S. in Sustainable Energy Systems from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Dr. Heidi von Korff
Senior Energy Analyst
Dr. Heidi von Korff
Senior Energy Analyst

About

Dr. Heidi Von Korff joined the EDF Innovation Lab in 2019 working on future market design and currently working on building electrification/smart buildings, microgrids, blockchain & energy for EDF projects and investments. Prior to her current position, Heidi has worked for NRG Energy, Eneco & Stedin DSO, EPRI, and NREL. She has led studies on clean energy policies, distributed generation and their impact on the grid. She has been a LEED AP since 2005. She holds a M.Eng. in Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University, an Engineer Degree (Post-MS) in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering focused on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and distributed generation both from Stanford University.

Neha Nandakumar
Senior Energy Analyst
Neha Nandakumar
Senior Energy Analyst

About

Neha Nandakumar joined the EDF Innovation Lab in 2019 as a Senior Energy Analyst working on future market models and market design for EDF projects and investments. Prior to her current position, Neha has a few years of experience in the energy industry, having led technical analysis for various utilities’ integrated resource plans, portfolio analysis, and working in energy finance and investment strategy. She holds an M.S. in Technology and Policy from MIT, focused on power systems and optimization, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Roma Notani
Senior Energy Analyst
Roma Notani
Senior Energy Analyst

About

Roma Notani joined the EDF Innovation Lab in March 2021 as Senior Energy Market Analyst. She is working on the technical and regulatory assessment of future electricity market models and market designs. Before EDF, Roma was working with Consumers Energy Company, a utility based out of the state of Michigan, where she worked on the company's Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) process. She holds an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from BITS, Pilani (India).

Julie Gaudin
Open Innovation Analyst
Julie Gaudin
Open Innovation Analyst

About

Julie Gaudin joined the EDF Innovation Lab in 2020 as an open innovation analyst. She divides her time between working on investment opportunities in start- ups for the corporate venture capital fund of EDF, from the sourcing phase to the due diligence phase, and delivering strategic analysis of cleantech trends and technologies in the US market for EDF Business Units. Prior to her current position, Julie worked as a management consultant with a focus on Energy & Utilities projects. She managed call for proposals, prepared industrial reconversion masterplans, supported the operation of digital programs in liaison with industrial sites and delivered in depth strategic studies for energy players, utilities and venture funds. She holds a Master of Sciences in Management from ESSEC Business School, with a focus on strategy, corporate finance and energy.

Osama Idrees
Investment Director
Osama Idrees
Investment Director

About

Osama Idrees joined the EDF Innovation Lab in 2018, he leads EDF corporate venture capital activities in North America. He seeks to partner with and invest in VC funds and entrepreneurs addressing the net-zero carbon transition as well as expand and envision new EDF services for our customers. Prior to EDF, Osama held corporate innovation management roles at Chevron Technology ventures and Siemens next47. Osama graduated from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt with B.S.c. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from University of California, Davis.

Olivier Deneux
Energy Market Economist
Olivier Deneux
Energy Market Economist

About

Olivier joined the EDF Innovation Lab in March 2021, he brings his strong experience in economics and energy markets to help the team in developing its expertise on the electric system, deep carbonization technologies and new businesses. Prior to this role, Olivier has held various positions at EDF since he joined in 2010. He worked notably in the EDF Strategic Direction on long term challenges concerning the French electric system. Before joining the lab, he was Head of the Energy Market Analysis Team within the DOAAT, working closely with EDF Trading to hedge EDF assets in France and the Netherlands. He holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and graduated from the Ecole Centrale Paris.

Quentin Morel
Smart Grid and Technology Program Manager
Quentin Morel
Smart Grid and Technology Program Manager

About

Quentin Morel joined the EDF Innovation Lab in 2020 as head of the Smart Grid and Technology Program. His work focuses on the integration of renewable power plants into power grids and supporting EDF business units to accelerate the deployment of new products. Prior to this position, Quentin held various positions in France as a project manager and senior software engineer, particularly in the fields of smart grids, data & communication and renewable energy. He holds a Masters Degree in Energy and Technology Engineering from ECE Paris.

Joshua Slawski
Energy Data Analyst