Dr. Céline Agnès Mahieux is a strategic leader in the field of Power Generation and Innovation management with 20 years of experience in Technology Management. She dedicates her life to the development of cleaner energy accessible to all.
She is the author of 1 book, over 30 papers, 10 patents and invention disclosures and served in various organization boards.
Céline Mahieux studied in France Mechanical Engineering and obtained her Masters and Ph.D. in Mechanics and Materials at Virginia Tech. She was first active as a scientist in the materials field specialized in composites and materials degradation. She joined ABB Coroporate Research in Switzerland then the Hydro business in Alstom Power were she applied her materials knowledge to the energy market.
She then trained as a 6-sigma Black Belt and became active as a Master Black belt first for the Hydro business then in the Alstom Power System Division (20’000 employees – now GE). As Alstom was almost bankrupt, she became change management director, entrusted to conduct projects identified as key in the turn-around of the company.
Dr. Céline Mahieux then took over the role of Carbon Capture and Storage Program Director for the plant business. This assignment resulted in the sale and implementation of the first Carbon Capture Ready power plant for an 800MW coal Power Plant. She then became global integration Programs Director, in charge of the technical development of strategic integrated concepts for machines, retrofits, new build (next generation) applied to Coal, Gas, Combined-Cycle, Thermal Solar, Geothermal and Biomass Power Plants.
She then joined ABB and served as Global Head of Renewable Technology in the business unit Power Generation, in charge of the development of renewable (Solar Photovoltaic, Concentrated Solar Power, Wind, Hydro and Microgrid) technologies, with teams in Australia, India Italy and Switzerland. She led the set-up of key technology partnerships such as ABB’s participation in Vestas wind for prosperity or ABB-Samsung SDI cooperation for battery-based Microgrids. She was active in all areas at the forefront of the energy technology such as Virtual Power Plants and Data Analytics (Big Data).
Dr. Mahieux has, in addition, been entrusted from December 2013 until June 2015 with the lead of the Microgrid business globally on behalf of the Product Group Manager, with three main locations: Australia (the Global Center of Competence and South East Asia Regional Execution Center), Spain (the European and African Regional Execution Center) and the US (the Americas Regional Execution Center). During this period, the team booked and realized the first order for complex high-duty cycle isolated grid stabilization application.
Dr. Mahieux joined Hitachi Zosen Inova mid 2015, a leading company delivering turnkey waste-to-energy and renewable gas plants where she held the position of Vice President Technology and Digitalization. She led the development of solutions aiming at the Decarbonization of incineration plants as well as novel renewable gas technologies such as Hydrogen and Methanation and created the first Digitalization Function focused on the creation of Advanced Software Products and Solutions.
Since January 2022, Dr. Mahieux is Vice President Power Technology at Shell, leading worldwide activities in the field of Renewable Power Generation, Electric Mobility, Energy Storage and Integration and Decarbonization of Industrial Assets through Electrification.
During her career, she served in the board of several organizations:
- Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) Industrial Advisory Board (2021-today)
- European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) – Member of the board (2011- 2013)
- Member of the Novatec Solar’s Technical Shareholder Committee (2011-2012)
- Association Française des Professionels de la Géothermie – Member of the board (2010)
- Low Carbon Earth Summit – Member of the advisory committee (2010)
She is also the recipient of several national and international awards.
- 2008 Virginia Tech Outstanding Alumna for the college of engineering.
- Nominated for French Engineer of the Year 2005 (category industry).
- Winner of the JEC 2004 international innovation award (category industry) for solution developed for Hydrogenerator Thrust Bearings, Paris.
- Winner of the Torgersen research award for best master thesis, USA, 1997.