Arya is Innovation Manager at Elia Group, which has subsidiaries in Belgium and Germany. As part of this role, he works on a wide range of innovation projects related to onshore and offshore development. For example, he is currently responsible for a project that is testing the use of artificial intelligence and autonomous drones in beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) mode in relation to onshore asset management; the project aims to enhance the security, safety, sustainability and efficiency of inspections by moving from conventional to digital power line inspections by 2023. Prior to his role at Elia Group, Arya worked as a consultant for the German Agency for International Cooperation and Development (an agency of the German Federal Government), advising the Chinese Government about energy and climate issues. Before this, he worked for the European Commission’s DG Energy (in the field of international relations) and at the ESADE Business School (in the field of energy markets). He holds a Master’s degree in Security Studies from the University of Barcelona and an MPA from the Hertie School in Berlin.