Joao Torres, EDP Distribuição (Portugal)
Title : New roles of DSOs
João Torres is the CEO of EDP Distribuição (EDPD), the Portuguese Distribution System Operator serving more than 6 million customers. After serving two consecutive terms as Chairman, he remains dedicated to the common interests of the sector at European level acting as Vice-Chairman of EDSO for Smart Grids, which is the association representing distribution system operators (DSOs) in Europe, aiming at bringing smart grids from vision to reality. João Torres joined EDP in 1982. Before becoming CEO in 2006, he held management and executive positions in energy generation and distribution, human resources, healthcare services and training, including the creation of the EDP’s shared services company. In 2012, he also became a Board Member of EDP International. Under his leadership, EDPD has been conducting several initiatives to deploying the innovative grids of the future, notably through its awarded InovGrid project and the InovCity of Évora, demonstrating the technological, societal and economical value of the smart grids implementation.