General Manager, Germany

Based in Berlin, Susanne Nies is responsible for business development throughout Europe, with a strong focus on Germany.

She is a highly respected leader in the European energy industry, bringing with her a vast amount of experience in market strategy, regulatory and policy development and stakeholder engagement.

Prior to joining Smart Wires, Susanne worked at ENTSO-E (European Network of Transmission System Operators) where she led the Strategy, Research and Communication team. Her responsibilities included ensuring broad strategic alignment of European Transmission System Operators (TSOs), leading the regulatory benchmarking of TSOs, developing the TSO-DSO (Distribution System Operator) interaction strategy and managing stakeholder relationships.

Susanne has also worked for EURELECTRIC (European power sector association) where she headed the DSOs department, Energy Policy department and Power Generation department; for the French Think Tank IFRI, based in Paris; in French and German universities; and the German Heinrich Boell Foundation.

Susanne graduated from Bonn University in Germany, where she also received her Ph.D. She is a political scientist with additional degrees in economics, French and Russian. Susanne is widely published on energy matters, and in particular on electricity and gas. She is also an International Energy Agency (IEA) peer reviewer for its flagship World Energy Outlook publication.

Beyond her mother tongue German, Susanne speaks fluent English, French and Russian, and has a working knowledge of Polish and Latvian.  

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“Germany has somewhat invented the energy transition and looks now into updating the system further. I’m in my dream role – working with this region’s industry leaders to shape the future and support their journey to carbon neutrality.”