Team

Dr. Jan van der Lee
Vice President R&D
Dr. Jan van der Lee
Vice President R&D

About

Jan van der Lee is EDF Inc. Vice President R&D and leads EDF Innovation Lab . Prior to his current position, Jan created and headed the Materials Aging Institute (MAI), an international organization founded by EDF for scientific collaboration amongst nuclear utilities and related industries. Before joining EDF in 2009, he was associate professor at Mines-ParisTech. Jan received his M.S. degree in quantitative hydrodynamics from the Amsterdam Free University (Netherlands) and a Ph.D. from Mines-ParisTech (France).

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

About

Paul Breslow joined the EDF Innovation Lab in 2015 as an Innovation Director to support technology scouting for EDF business units, manage relationships with start-ups in North America, and to assist business units in accelerating new business development. Prior to EDF, Paul held key and leadership roles in 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 forecasting.

Arnaud Souillé
Smart Grid Program Manager
Arnaud Souillé
Smart Grid Program Manager

About

Arnaud Souille joined EDF Innovation Lab in 2016 as Smart Grid Program Manager, and he leads R&D projects and partnerships focused on Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), microgrids, storage and Smart Grid. In addition to his research activities, Arnaud Souille leads the efforts to develop synergies between EDF Group and US-based utilities, technology vendors, universities and research organizations. Arnaud started at EDF R&D in 2011 with a focus on advanced metering Infrastructure and smart home applications development.

Dr. Guillaume Darmet
Senior Energy Analyst
Dr. Guillaume Darmet
Senior Energy Analyst

About

Guillaume Darmet joined EDF Innovation Lab in 2018 as a Senior Energy Analyst, he also leads R&D projects and partnerships focused on Renewable Energy and Electric Mobility. Previously, Guillaume lead a project on modeling prices in wholesale electricity markets at EDF R&D and was involved in wind and solar power forecasting. He has a solid experience in both energy and risk management, holds an M.Sc. in Applied Physics from Ecole Centrale (Nantes, France), a Ph.D in Plasma Physics from Ecole Normale Supérieure (Lyon, France) and taught Mathematics at University La Sorbonne (Paris, France).

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.

Osama Idrees
Open Innovation Principal
Osama Idrees
Open Innovation Principal

About

Osama Idrees joined the EDF Innovation Lab in 2018 as a Principal on the Open Innovation team to support technology scouting for EDF business units, manage partnerships and to assist in accelerating new business development. For the last 5 years, Osama held innovation management roles at Chevron Technology Ventures as well as Siemens' global venture capital firm next47. Prior to that, Osama had close to 10 years of experience at Chevron working on renewable energy, smart grid and energy efficiency projects. Osama graduated from AIn shams University in Cairo, Egypt with B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and received Masters in Business Administration from University of California, Davis.

Magdalena Hyatt
Administrative Assistant
Magdalena Hyatt
Administrative Assistant

About

Magdalena Hyatt joined EDF Innovation Lab in October 2017. Along with being an Administrative Assistant to Jan van der Lee, her duties include organizing events, managing office expenses, maintaining schedules along with travel arrangements and itineraries. She is a logistics and organizational maven. Her goal is to anticipate the needs of her team before they do. Prior to joining at EDF, Magdalena worked as a receptionist for a Bay Area law firm and was an executive household manager in San Francisco. She is also a ABA certified Paralegal.

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.

Katie Lee
E-Mobility Analyst
Katie Lee
E-Mobility Analyst

About

Katie Lee joined EDF Innovation Lab in 2019 as an E-Mobility Analyst, leading EDF’s electric mobility projects with a focus on smart charging, micro-mobility, and autonomous vehicles. Previously, Katie worked in the energy industry for Southern California Edison, and consulted for East Bay Community Energy. She also led various smart charging control and optimal pricing projects at UC Berkeley. Katie graduated from Berkeley with a M.S. in energy engineering, and received a B.S. from USC in environmental science and business.

Juliette Chatel
Smart Grid Analyst
Juliette Chatel
Smart Grid Analyst

About

Juliette Chatel joined EDF Innovation Lab in 2018 as Smart Grid Analyst. She has spent the last few years working with the French Distribution System Operator, analyzing complex challenges related to smart grids. Prior to that, Juliette has worked in an innovation consulting firm helping energy and environment utilities to innovate and develop new products, services and business models. She is an Energy Engineer from the Ecole Centrale Paris and has a M.Sc. in Sustainable Energy from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

Baptiste Bel
Open Innovation Analyst
Baptiste Bel
Open Innovation Analyst

About

Baptiste Bel works at EDF since 2018 as an analyst for the Open Innovation Team in San Francisco Bay Area. His areas of focus are electricity utilities, Smart Grid, Blockchain, AI, Cybersecurity, (…). He is an Energy Engineer from Grenoble INP and previously worked for a Consulting Company as Business Engineer in charge of developing energy activities, mostly with EDF. He spent one year in the Philippines working for a NGO for electricity challenges in developing countries.