Team

Thomas Bladier
Vice President R&D
Thomas Bladier
Vice President R&D

About

Thomas Bladier is EDF Inc. Vice President R&D, and leads EDF Innovation Lab, in Los Altos, California. Thomas joined EDF Group in 2013, as Smart Customer R&D Program Manager. He led a portfolio of innovation projects for EDF Commercial branch, in the BtoC market and in digital activities. Prior to that, Thomas was Director within Cap Gemini Consulting Energy team where he led transformation and strategy projects. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in 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.

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
Investment Director
Osama Idrees
Investment Director

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.

Quentin Morel
Smart Grid and Technology Program Manager
Julie Gaudin
Open Innovation Analyst
Joshua Slawski
Energy Data Analyst
Dr. Heidi von Korff
Principal Energy Analyst