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View from the Top: Lisa Davis: Economic Decarbonization – Breaking up Old Energy Chains by Creating an Integrated System

Lecture | September 28 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor


Lisa Davis, Member of the Managing Board, Siemens AG

College of Engineering, Society of Women Engineers student chapter


Never before have energy systems faced a greater transformation than today, and never before was energy – primarily electricity – so important. With a growing global population, rising economic output and, above all, ever more uses of electricity, the demand for electricity is expected to nearly double by mid-century. At the same time, the demand for greater system sustainability and affordable energy is for many countries also a prerequisite for security. The energy transitions taking place throughout the world show that many countries are seeking new solutions. And never before have there been so many possibilities. Technical possibilities that make the system more secure and sustainable as well as new business models for greater economic efficiency. Digitalization will further accelerate the merging of power generation, transmission, distribution and consumption and spawn changes extending far beyond the energy sector itself, increasing the importance of energy even more. In the end, electricity will become the global source of energy.


Lisa Davis is a Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG. Appointed to the Siemens board in August 2014, she is responsible for the company’s Oil & Gas, Power Generation and Power Services businesses as well as for the Region North America and South America. In addition, she has been named Chair and CEO of Siemens Corporation, USA in January 2017.

After graduating with a degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, she joined Exxon in 1986 and subsequently worked for Exxon Corporation before moving to Texaco from 1988 to 1998. That year, Davis joined Royal Dutch Shell in the USA, holding executive positions prior to transferring to Shell in the UK. Upon returning to the USA in 2008, she served as Vice President, Sales and Marketing Lubricants & Bulk Fuels Americas before being appointed Executive Vice President, Strategy, Portfolio & Alternative Energy at Royal Dutch Shell, UK, in 2012.


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