Helena Gerard (1984) received her M.Sc degree in Commercial Engineering, specialization finance, from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 2007. At the same university she received an advanced master in Financial Economics in 2008. From 2008 till 2014, she worked for the energy company GDF Suez (ENGIE). She occupied several positions in the field of sustainable energy and portfolio management. In 2014, she joined EnergyVille as senior researcher. She is responsible for the development of the EnergyVille roadmap on energy market design. She is involved in both (inter)national research projects as well as commercial contract research in the field of market design and system operation. She participated amongst others in the European projects EvolvDSO (FP7) and Smartnet (H2020). She currently leads the work on market design in the European projects EU-Sysflex (H2020) and OneNet (2020) and is also co-chairing the BRIDGE working group on Regulation.