The Cambridge University Energy Network

Senior Advisors


The Senior Advisors to CUEN assist the executive committee to develop objectives and general strategy. They also help to ensure effective planning and see that CUEN's resources are managed effectively.

Our advisors monitor CUEN's finances and help shape the content of The Cambridge Annual Energy Conference. They bring a breadth of skills and experience to CUEN, and provide a voice of wisdom for our society.


Prof. John Young

John Young is the Hopkinson and ICI Professor of Applied Thermodynamics and a Professorial Fellow of King's College. He read Engineering Science at Christ Church, Oxford, from 1966-69 and obtained his Ph.D from Birmingham University in 1973. In 1976 he joined the Cambridge University Engineering Department and worked at the Whittle Turbomachinery Laboratory in West Cambridge until 1999 when he moved to the Hopkinson Laboratory on the main site.

Dame Prof. Ann Dowling

Ann Dowling is Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director of the University Gas Turbine Partnership with Rolls-Royce, and Head of the Division in which research in energy and aeronautics is carried out in the University. She has held visiting posts at MIT (Jerome C Hunsaker Visiting Professor, 1999) and at Caltech (Moore Distinguished Scholar 2001). Ann Dowling works primarily in the fields of combustion, acoustics and vibration and her research is aimed, in particular, at low-emission combustion and quiet vehicles. She is the UK lead of the Silent Aircraft Initiative, a collaboration between researchers at Cambridge and MIT who have recently released the conceptual design of an ultra-low noise and fuel efficient aircraft, SAX40.

Ann Dowling is a Fellow of the Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering (Vice-President 1999-2002) and is a Foreign Associate Member of the French Academy of Sciences. She has served on a number industry and government advisory committees. She was appointed CBE for services to Mechanical Engineering in 2002, and DBE for services to Science in 2007.

Laura-Lucia Richter, Senior Advisor

    Laura is a third year PhD student at the Department of Economics and member of the Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG). Her research addresses technology diffusion of micro-generation technologies, smart grids and the economics of grid reliability. Before coming to Cambridge she completed her MSc in Economics at the University College London (UCL). Laura joined CUEN in 2012 and was CUEN President from January 2013 through September 2014.

Giulia Privitera, Senior Advisor

    Giulia is a post-doctoral researcher in the Engineering Department at Cambridge University. She holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the same University, a MSc in Condensed Matter Physics and a BSc in Physics from the University of Pisa, Italy. She is working in the Nanomaterials and Spectroscopy Group at the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics (CAPE), and her research is focused on the development of printable and flexible (opto)electronics based on nanomaterials, such as graphene and carbon nanotubes. Besides technical aspects, she is strongly interested in the environmental and social impact of renewable energies and in sustainable development. Giulia joined CUEN in 2011 and, after having covered different roles in the committee over the years, she now aims to inspire and advise the new members on CUEN vision and activities.