Working at Siemens Grid Software Ben Gemsjaeger is driving new ideas and innovations to foster the decarbonization and digitalization of energy systems. In his role as Director Business Development EU NextGen Grid Management Systems at Siemens Smart Infrastructure he is looking for people and companies to pioneer software solutions that optimize grid operation and planning, and accelerate the efficient and reliable integration of renewables, storage, EVs, heat pumps, etc. Doing so, he is heavily involved in co-innovation, cross-company collaboration, business model development and innovation, and technical-economical analyses of energy systems. Prior to his current position he worked as a Senior Power System Consultant leading the transmission system planning department and co-leading the distribution system planning department. He is a member of the Technical Committee, German committee and session 6 rapporteur of CIRED, as well as several VDE ETG task forces, and chair of the T&D Europe working group on Investments.