Laure Vernier

When joining Bloomberg New Energy Finance (now BloombergNEF) 8 years ago, the only thing I knew about clean energy was that it was expensive but had real potential to get cheaper very quickly and change the energy landscape we had known for decades.

I was very attracted to the idea of working with a group a people similarly minded as I was – our research could help the world transition to clean energy faster – I was sold.

Moving forward to today, organising major conferences for one of the top providers of insight, data and analysis on how the world can sustainably transition to a low carbon economy is more fulfilling than I ever imagined – and I did learn a few more things about clean energy and transport along the way!

After starting my career in marketing and almost 8 years in business development and account management, I decided to challenge myself by taking on a completely different role when coming back from a year of maternity leave (becoming a full time working mum didn’t seem like a challenge big enough!) I now co-lead 6 major summits for BloombergNEF world-wide involving hundreds of stakeholders internally and externally, and allowing thousands of leaders in the fields of energy, industry, transport, technology, finance and the public space to meet, exchange and formulate ideas and strategies to shape a cleaner more competitive future.

Part of my role is to put together the agenda and recruit speakers for each event and I have naturally become over the last 2 years our gender diversity lead. We set a 30% female speakers target that we have reached in London and New York for the last 2 years and for the first time in San Francisco this year.

Aside from my job, I am a dedicated mum to a 3 year-old boy and avid cook and baker. I worked as a freelance advisor for Thermomix while on maternity leave and co-created a baking club within our department 7 years ago. I am also a Reformer Pilates enthusiast, and part of a French parents group in South East London. Both the French language and culture have a prominent place in my life and I have been mentoring GCSE-level students in French through the Best of Bloomberg corporate volunteer program for the last 6 years. I love reading about child psychology and how to raise bilingual children.