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Miguel Moreira da Silva (Portugal, 1983) is a senior engineer and professor in energy systems. He holds a Doctor degree in Sustainable Energy Systems from the MIT Portugal program at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto (FEUP) and is a chartered Electrical and Computer Engineer (FEUP). In 2013, Moreira da Silva was selected one of the 100 "Future Energy Leaders", by the World Energy Council, and in 2019 has joined the Global Panel of the MIT Technology Review.Moreira da Silva has been working in the energy industry for nearly 15 years, close to board of directors and government officials, and covering all the value chain. For seven years he performed engineering and management roles at REN, where he led the power and gas data and analytics, electricity asset management, and R&D departments. Previously he served as Deputy to the Minister for Environment, at the Government of Portugal, holding the cabinet's responsibility for drafting and negotiating national policies for sustainable development, energy decarbonization and water sector regulation. Moreira da Silva has also worked in energy technology corporations, namely Itron and Iskraemeco. He is now director for strategic planning and people analytics at the retail subsidiary of Sonae group, and is still member of the jury of REN Scientific Award.Besides the business experience, for five years Moreira da Silva lectured Power Systems Engineering, at IST - University of Lisbon. He has also been collaborating with INESC-TEC in advance analytics training for energy industry professionals. Within the scope of his research activity, Moreira da Silva has published and presented several works in the fields of energy planning, asset management, energy storage, electric mobility and smart grids.