Who Are We?
Dufresne (doo-frayn) is the company behind the research and production of the EV Charging Forum, EV Battery Forum, E-Bikes Forum and the Energy Storage Forum (grid storage only). All of them taking place annually in two regions: Asia and Europe. We specialise in market driven conferences and training courses focusing only on those topics so we would like to think we have more time to understand the issues inside out and come up with a programme that could better help you to solve your daily challenges. Our events take place in China, Australia, Japan and Europe. Over 200 speakers and 50 exhibitors were part of our programmes and a wide selection of those are buyers of the latest technologies.
Tech Soap Box (TM)
We at Dufresne have devised a unique presentation format called TECH SOAP BOX (TM). This format is designed to put the audience in charge and it has become one of our key Forum features. How does it work? The speakers will address the audience for only 10 minutes each by examining how their new technology is benefitting the community in terms of estimated economic gains and service reliability. Soon after the speeches have been completed the audience will then evaluate each speaker and the winner will benefit from an article on our blog as well as a full speaking slot at the next Forum. This format makes the presentation more dynamic and straight to the point, thus catching more attention from the audience.
BAP: Building The Action Plan (TM)
Most of our events also feature a new learning group format. At the end of the conference after all the power point presentations have been completed, we run a tailored discussion in parallel groups centred on active engagement with the use of boards. Each group discussion will then be followed by a step by step approach on how to implement solutions. In this way we tailor the discussion to the professionals in the room and we make sure we have covered also what was not presented by other speakers. If you are interested in leading one of the BAP groups please contact us.
Al Gore – The Inspiration
After listening to a speech of Mr Al Gore at Leaders in London and having met him in person, we were totally inspired by his genuine effort and call to action. Simply put after that day we couldn’t sit still, so we put our skills to good use. Yes we are a commercial organisation, we are not an NGO, still we would like to think that together with you, we could play a part in helping the industry to find viable technical and economic solutions via our conferences or community groups online. We often give out some of our presentations for free and we also feature some of the speakers speeches on video for free up on this website. Check our Video menu.
Why Dufresne as a name?
We often get asked this question. We admit the company name may not be the easiest to pronounce (doo-frayn), but there is a reason for choosing such name. Dufresne is the surname of the main character in the movie “The Shawashank Redemption” played by Tim Robbins. Andy Dufresne was imprisoned wrongly but this did not stop him for making the prison a better place. He inspired his inmates with his own values and free spirit. He championed hope and eventually this hope set him free. We would like to think that the world we are in right now will benefit from more hope. Hope in finding a solution to global warming and hope in creating a better world for our future generations. Red (on the left) to Andy Dufresne (on the right): “Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane” Andy Dufresne reply: “Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies”
THE DUFRESNE TEAM
Singapore – London – Barcelona
Dufresne has a core team of event managers, conference producers and researchers, bringing to the company a combined experience of over 25 years. We have a small office in London and in Barcelona whilst our main office is in sunny Singapore. We define conference value as such: practical information and networking exchange that will help the value chain and its community to create solutions. Our company mantra is: learn, community, network.
Davide Bonomi – Content Strategy Director I am one of the founders of Dufresne and together with our producers we structure the programme content and include the topics that you want to hear. I used to work for a few major conference companies (see my linkedin profile) and I am grateful for what I have learnt there. My focus now is to ensure that we continually innovate with new formats that will help you in networking or learning in a more dynamic way. For this reason we only research and produce EVs and Grid Storage topics so we can learn and grow together with you. “Conferences Davide has organized have been very stimulating and interactive. Speakers are well selected and the format is a bit different than many other events. Worth attending.” – Troy Hayes, General Manager, Exponent (China) “Davide invited me to the EV Battery Forum to hold a speech. I was really amazed of the quality of both, the congress and the exhibition. The quality of the speakers and attenders was also very high. Thank you Davide for the great organization. I’m looking forward to meet you in any other Dufresne Event! ” – Olmo Tomas Mezger, Director of Strategy and Development, The Green & Energy Consulting Group
Jasmine Chen – Business Relations Director
I approach my work as a series of projects. I have worked on hundreds of projects in art, design, architecture, events and now energy. Each project takes me through a creative and collaborative process that often extends the boundaries of knowledge, experience and capability. Today I am excited to be working in the midst of new developments in alternative energy. The energy project is a lifelong re/search for alternatives in the energy future. Together with the team, we hope to be the creative platform to facilitate sharing,learning,collaboration, engagement and exchange within the community.
Huma Farooqui – Business Relations Director
My role is to build and develop effective business solutions to enable clients to achieve their growth objectives. I have worked in the sales and marketing industry for more than ten years with a focus on strategic market research in the Energy sector. I know that there are thousands of companies developing new clean energy solutions within the Electrical Vehicle and Energy Storage value chain and I would be delighted to help you reach your goals. Please don’t hesitate to contact me for more information.
Gladys Landicho – Conference Producer
My family and friends call me Glad. I have spent three years of my career doing conferences. I have produced events for the government and engineering sector which gave me a useful perspective when dealing with policies on clean energy. I have a degree in Commerce, majoring in Business Administration, from the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, where I have graduated as an Executive Auditor and the Head Cheerleader of the Junior Chamber of Business Administrators organisation. From the archipelago of 7,017 islands, I enjoy travelling and not to mention, I am a born dancer.
Marina Bukvic – Operations Manager and Exhibitions Relations
I am pleased to be working in the field of electric cars. Nikola Tesla is someone I have always admired. One of the greatest minds of all times born on Serbian soil. By more than a few Tesla has been considered the father of physics, the man who invented the twentieth century and yes I have driven a Tesla. If you see me at one of our events you will notice that I will take care of all the logistics as well as our exhibitors. My experience ranges from organising luxury events in China to modelling.
Please contact us at one of these numbers or locations: Singapore: +65 6243 0050 (+8hrs GMT) London: +44 (0) 20 8133 2215 or +44 (0)20 8883 6386 or by filling in the form below (fields in bold are compulsory)