Kristen Panerali joined the World Economic Forum as Head of Electricity Industry in April 2016. She focuses on enabling public and private sector activity to identify the most effective policies, actions and cooperation to accelerate the energy transition. She has 20 years of experience in the government and energy-related private sector. Prior to joining the Forum, she worked in electricity sector strategy, acquisitions, project development and financing with the AES Corporation, AES Solar and SunEdison. In the early part of her career, Kristen worked at the White House during in various political roles at the National Economic Council and Office of Management and Budget. She has an MBA from IESE Business School in Spain.