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    ECO12 Berlin Speakers

     

    Ecosummit Berlin 2012 took place on 22-23 March 2012 at the wonderful Radialsystem. We had 59 speakers including 31 startups presenting at ECO12 Berlin. Each talk was recorded by our Ecosummit TV team. Please scroll down to learn more about our speaker lineup. Click “expand” to read the speaker profile, click “collapse” to close it. Follow the company link to visit the external homepage. Past Ecosummit speakers: ECO15 Berlin, ECO14 London, ECO14 Berlin, ECO13 London, ECO13 Berlin, ECO12 Düsseldorf and ECO11 Berlin.

     

    • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Schmid (Research)
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    • Director
    • Fraunhofer IWES
    • http://www.iwes.fraunhofer.de/
    • Professor Schmid began his scientific career at the Nuclear Research Centre Karlsruhe and earned his PhD at the University of Karlsruhe before joining Dornier System Ltd., a company that manufactures air and spacecraft as well as related machinery, as a project manager. He returned to academia in 1981 to head the Department of System Engineering at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Freiburg. In 1992 he returned to the University of Karlsruhe as Professor for the Sustainable Production of Electrical Energy. Three years later Professor Schmid joined the Institute for Solar Energy Technology (ISET) in Kassel, which conducts applied research in the areas of renewable energies, efficient use of energy and energy systems technology. At ISET, Schmid was both Professor for efficient energy conversion at the University of Kassel, and a member of the executive board, later becoming the board’s chairman. In 2009, ISET merged with the Fraunhofer Center for Wind Energy and Maritime Engineering (CWMT) to form the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES). Professor Schmid became Director of Fraunhofer IWES in Kassel, a post he still holds today. Beyond his work at IWES, Professor Schmid is a member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU). He was the founding President of the European Acadamy for Wind Energy and has been the chairman of several renowned international conferences including the 2nd World Conference and Exhibition on Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conversion in Vienna and the European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition in Copenhagen.
    • Prof. Dr. Karl Leo (University)
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    • Professor
    • TU Dresden, Institute for Applied Photophysics
    • http://www.iapp.de/
    • Karl Leo obtained the Diplomphysiker degree from the University of Freiburg in 1985, working with Adolf Goetzberger at the Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme. In 1988, he obtained the PhD degree from the University of Stuttgart for a PhD thesis performed at the Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung in Stuttgart under supervision of Hans Queisser. From 1989 to 1991, he was postdoc at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, NJ, USA. From 1991 to 1993, he was with the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) in Aachen, Germany. Since 1993, he is full professor of optoelectronics at the Technische Universität Dresden. In parallel, he is director of the Fraunhofer-Institute for Photonic Microsystems, Dresden. His main interest are novel semiconductor systems like semiconducting organic thin films; with special emphasis to understand basic device principles and the optical response. His work was recognized by the following awards: Otto-Hahn-Medaille (1989), Bennigsen-Förder-Preis (1991), Leibniz-Award (2002), award of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy (2002), and Manfred-von-Ardenne-Preis (2006). He is co-founder of several companies, including Novaled AG and Heliatek GmbH.
    • Agnes von Matuschka (Climate-KIC)
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    • Director
    • Center for Entrepreneurship at TU Berlin
    • http://www.entrepreneurship.tu-berlin.de/
    • Agnes von Matuschka leads together with Prof. Jan Kratzer the Center for Entrepreneurship at TU Berlin, where she is responsible for the whole process of supporting scientists to become entrepreneurs. She initiated, developed and launched the TU Gründungsservice and the pre-seed incubator TU-Gründungswerkstatt. Since 2010, TU Berlin joined the Climate-KIC project of the European Commission where specific measures to foster green startups will be implemented starting from grants to working space in the green house and networking activities. Previously, Agnes worked at the European Commission in the industrial policy department and then at TU Berlin within the Technology Transfer Office. She holds a diploma in Biology and has been participating in the Helmholtz Management Academy. Moreover, she is a founder of two social businesses.
    • Dr. Urban Keussen (Utility)
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    • SVP, Technology & Innovation
    • E.ON
    • http://www.eon.com
    • Dr. Urban Keussen studied physics and gained his Diploma and PhD in Physics in 1993. After several roles within the E.On group he became Member of the Executive Board of E.ON Netz – the power transmission operator in 2003. New technologies and related innovations play an increasingly important role for strengthening the future competitive position of the E.ON group. Thus E.ON has set up the new Technology & Innovation function at group headquarter to lead and be responsible for all technology and innovation activities within the E.ON group. In 2010 Urban Keussen took over this responsibility as Senior Vice President Technology & Innovation.
    • Dr. Norbert Verweyen (Utility)
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    • Managing Director
    • RWE Effizienz
    • http://www.rwe-effizienz.com/
    • Dr. Norbert Verweyen is Managing Director of RWE Effizienz GmbH, which was founded in July 2009. The company’s head office is located in Dortmund, Germany. From 2000 to 2009, Dr. Norbert Verweyen worked for RWE Supply & Trading GmbH, formerly known as RWE Trading GmbH, in various managerial positions, the last of which was Head of Market Design. From 1998 he worked in Corporate Development at VEW AG in Dortmund, which merged in 2000 with RWE AG. Between 1990 and 1997 he was employed at VEBA AG in different positions in the Corporate Development and Economic Policy departments. After studying mechanical engineering at the renowned RWTH University in Aachen, Dr. Norbert Verweyen worked there from 1987 as a Senior Engineer in the Department of Heat Transfer and Air Conditioning. He also studied Business Administration at the Open University in Hagen.
    • Bernard Scherrer (Utility)
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    • Head of Open Innovation
    • EDF
    • http://www.edf.com/
    • Bernard has an engineering background. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. His career led him through civil work engineering, nuclear power plant operations, corporate strategy, and eventually to R&D and innovation. Bernard and his team are in charge of sourcing entrepreneurial innovation, both from outside and within EDF, and fostering its growth and integration within the company. His team’s goals also include promoting entrepreneurial culture and innovative methods within EDF R&D. Open Innovation team members are located in Paris, San Francisco and Beijing.
    • Matthias Grossmann (Corporate)
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    • Manager Market & Technology Research
    • centrotherm photovoltaics
    • http://www.centrotherm-pv.com/
    • Matthias Großmann is a Manager in the Market & Technology Research unit of centrotherm photovoltaics AG. Since joining centrotherm in September 2010 he has worked extensively on the group wide alignment and standardization efforts for consultancy projects and project evaluation kits. He has contributed to several feasibility studies. Prior to this Mr. Großmann worked for more than 5 years in the financial industry. As a financial analyst for an investment bank he conducted market and company research, company evaluations and also accompanied companies in capital market transactions. Matthias Großmann holds a Diploma in Business Administration and a BA in Economics from the Georg August University in Göttingen. Additionally, he has been a Chartered Financial Analyst since 2010 and holds the Financial Risk Manager designation for more than two years.
    • Hans Streng (Corporate)
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    • SVP, General Manager EV Charging Infrastructure
    • ABB
    • http://www.abb.com/
    • Hans started his professional career in Philips Research in 1985 before taking on general and development management positions. He established a leading broadband data communications company The Industree BV in 1998, which was acquired by BarcoNet NV in 2000. Hans became Vice President of Barconet NV (now part of Scientific Atlanta, Inc. / Cisco Inc.) before re-joining Philips in 2002 as CEO of the Digital Networks Division. Hans became Vice President and General Manager of the Emerging Businesses unit at NXP Semiconductors, from which he spun-out software-GPS company Geotate ltd which he lead as CEO until acquisition by U-blox AG. End 2009 he joined Epyon as CEO which he managed through a growth phase including two financing rounds until the acquisition of Epyon by Switzerland based ABB. Hans holds a number of non-executive director positions and advisory positions with startup companies and has degrees in both Automotive and Electrical Engineering (hon’s) as well as Business Administration (hon’s). Hans is married to his first-love-for-ever Wendy and has four bright kids.
    • Marie-Anne Brodschii (Corporate)
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    • VP Innovation
    • Veolia
    • http://www.veolia.com/
    • Marie-Anne Brodschii, as Vice President of Innovation at Veolia Environnement, initiated, designed and launched the Veolia Innovation Accelerator Program Her mission consists in structuring innovation processes for Veolia Environnement at a global level. Marie-Anne has been working in the environmental business for 15 years, leading international business development initiatives for Veolia Energy throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Marie-Anne started her career as Business Development Manager for North Africa and Middle East in the construction field, for Bouygues, a French construction company. She is fluent in French, English and Spanish and has worked in more than 30 countries across continents. She has a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris in 1992, a Master’s Degree in Management from HEC School of Management in 1994 and a Stanford Executive Program Certificate in 2007 from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
    • Rolf Adam (Corporate)
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    • Director Business Development Energy & Smart Grid EMEAR
    • Cisco
    • http://www.cisco.com/
    • Rolf Adam is a Director with Cisco. He is responsible for the EMEAR Business Development with the Energy industry comprising Oil & Gas and Utilities & Smart Grid. In addition to his responsibilities at Cisco, he is an industry advisor to WHEB Partners (Cleantech fund), sits on the Advisory Board of Entelios AG (Demand Response startup) and emobility2go (EV eCloud startup), and is an expert to the European Commission on Smart Grid. Prior to joining Cisco he was a Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton where he had built and managed the European Smart Grid Practice and an Associate at A.T. Kearney. He holds a Masters Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Eichstaett and a MBA from Webster University.
    • Erwin Burth (Corporate)
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    • Head of Cleantech Business Development EMEA
    • Autodesk
    • http://www.autodesk.co.uk/cleantech
    • Erwin Burth is an industry expert in the area of 2D/3D design and engineering solutions for the manufacturing, automotive and building industry and heading up Business Development for “Clean Tech” in EMEA at Autodesk. The main focus lies on supporting start-ups and established companies which are significantly contributing to a more efficient utilization of scarce resources like energy and raw material. Prior to joining Autodesk in 2005 Mr. Burth was Vice President at Mensch und Maschine Software SE, a leading European Vendor of Computer Aided Design / Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) with locations in Europe, USA and Japan. Mr. Burth is very experienced with start-up businesses, especially through his 3-year assignment as COO of a European eCommerce Application Service Provider for Business Process Automation. Mr. Burth is an engineer by education and he holds an MBA in international Marketing from the “Export Akademie Baden-Württemberg”.
    • Fabienne Herlaut (VC)
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    • Managing Partner
    • Ecomobilité Ventures
    • http://www.ecomobilite-ventures.com/
    • Fabienne Herlaut graduated from Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris (1980) and holds a Master degree from Harvard Business School (1984). After graduation, she joins Bain and Co, a leader in management consulting, in Boston and Paris offices. From 1990 until 2001, she joins Harwanne, a diversified holding company (mining, packaging, electronics), listed in Paris and Geneva, as General Manager. She is in charge of managing the portfolio of participations (M&A) and supervising the operational performance of Harwanne subsidiaries to drive them toward leadership positions. She made more than 50 acquisitions and divestments, including IPOs and significantly increased the market valuation of the company. In 2001, she joins Pechiney as Head of Corporate Strategy and following Alcan takeover, she co-leads the integration between Alcan and Pechiney. In 2005, she joins ArcelorMittal, Flat Carbon Steel division, in charge of business development and partnerships with Nippon Steel (Japan). In 2007, she joins SNCF as head of Corporate Strategy and Sustainable Development, member of the Executive Committee. In 2008, she launches Ecomobilité Partenaires, SNCF Corporate Venture fund dedicated to sustainable development with €15M equity and investments in six companies including Vulog (carsharing), Greencove (carpooling), Lumeneo (electric vehicle), Coruscant (renewable energy for parking), Phitech (guiding systems for blind people) and Urban Cab (urban logistics). In November 2011, Fabienne Herlaut leaves SNCF to create Eclaircile Gestion, in charge of managing Ecomobilité Ventures, the newly created €30M multi corporate (SNCF, PSA, Orange, Total) venture fund, dedicated to sustainable mobility. Ecomobilité Ventures invests in mobility startups in Europe, with tickets ranging from €1M to €4M. She continues to manage Ecomobilité Partenaires.
    • Michael Linse (VC)
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    • Partner
    • Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
    • http://www.kpcb.com
    • Michael Linse is a partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. He focuses on investments with the Green Growth Fund. Before joining KPCB in 2009, Michael managed the alternative energy investing team within the European Special Situations Group (ESSG) at Goldman Sachs in London. Michael was responsible for a number of ESSG investments, including the German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex. Michael joined Goldman Sachs in 1997 as an analyst in the Financial Institutions Group, working out of the company’s Frankfurt and Hong Kong offices. In 2002, he joined the Structured and Principal Finance Group in London, where he focused on distressed portfolio transactions. Michael joined ESSG in 2003, initially working on German restructuring situations, then beginning in 2005, on investments in the alternative energy space. He was named managing director in 2007. Michael earned a B.A. degree in economics from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
    • Bart Markus (VC)
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    • General Partner
    • Wellington Partners
    • http://www.wellington-partners.com
    • Apart from being a veteran VC, Bart is a seasoned and passionate entrepreneur and is renowned for his relentless drive (and lack of patience therein) to internationalise companies and helping them to become successful beyond Europe by conquering the US or Asia. A Dutch native, he has been a General Partner at Wellington since 2000. He primarily focuses on process technologies, in particular in the Electronics and Cleantech areas. Prior to the past ten years which he spent as an investor in Tech companies, Bart has co-founded three companies including the MRI Centre, now a highly successful chain of private medical diagnostic clinics. He also set up and acted as CEO for ePearle, a pan-European B2B eCommerce start-up. Before Wellington, Bart was an investment professional at HAL Investments and an Associate at McKinsey working in Holland and South Africa. He started his career as a process control system and project engineer with Shell in Norway. Bart holds an MSc in Applied Physics from Twente University of Technology in The Netherlands and an MBA from INSEAD in France.
    • Dr. Kurt Kaltenegger (VC)
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    • Group Vice President, CTO
    • ABB Technology Ventures
    • http://www.abb.com/ventures
    • ABB Technology Ventures is focused on investments in proximity to ABB’s business, mainly the Cleantech sector. Kurt received his PhD in Physics from Montanistic University Leoben Austria, was 4 years assistant professor at the University, joined ABB 20 years ago as R&D Manager for HV Technology, was Head of Power Lab at ABB Switzerland, Global Technology Manager for ABB MV Technology development and the global Head of 12 ABB MV Technology Centers, spent 3 years in China, Beijing as Head of the ABB Research Center and CTO ABB China, and joined 2 years ago ABB Technology Ventures. Kurt holds more than 30 patents, was awarded for different technical publications, was frequently invited speaker at different conferences worldwide, was regular member of CIGRE Study Committee for Distributed Generation, and Pehla executive member over 4 years and was appointed to the advisory board of Souzhou University. Kurt is Austrian, is married and has 3 children.
    • Dr. Hansjörg Sage (VC)
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    • Partner
    • Gimv
    • http://www.gimv.com
    • Before joining Gimv in 2008, Hansjörg was a Director in 3i’s global Venture Capital team, where he focused on hardware-related early- and late-stage investments in European technology startups, mainly in the electronics, semiconductor and cleantech sectors. He managed investments in u-blox and h t e. Before, Hansjörg worked on technology investments in Europe and Israel at Lehman Brothers. He started his career as a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in 1997. At Gimv, Hansjörg is a Partner at its pan-European Venture Capital team and is based in Munich. Currently, Hansjörg is a board member at PE International and Ubidyne. Hansjörg holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe and a PhD from the University of Strasbourg in control theory and robotics. He also obtained an MBA from Insead.
    • Dr. Alexander von Frankenberg (VC)
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    • Managing Director
    • High-Tech Gründerfonds
    • http://www.htgf.de/
    • Dr. Alex von Frankenberg is Managing Director of the High-Tech Gründerfonds. Before taking that position in October 2005 he was responsible for spin-offs as Venture Manager at the Siemens Technology Accelerator (STA). Before joining the STA in April 2002 Alex was head of sales and marketing of an IT start-up. Prior to that he headed the Innovation Practice at Siemens Management Consulting. He started his career designing and implementing large IT systems with Andersen Consulting. Alex holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin (1992) and a PhD from the University of Mannheim (1997).
    • Dr. Ingo Potthof (VC)
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    • Managing Partner
    • UnternehmerTUM Fund
    • http://www.unternehmertum.de/vc/
    • Ingo Potthof has more than 10 years leadership experience in venture capital in Europe, Israel, the USA and Asia. For five years, he worked as Partner at smac partners venture capital. Before this, he was as Investment Partner instrumental in establishing the global early-stage investment business for Siemens. Ingo Potthof has carried out successful investments in international technology companies with a number of trade sales and IPOs. His earlier positions include Telefónica O2, where he worked as Manager M&A and Strategy, and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants.
    • Dr. Steven Fawkes (Corporate Finance)
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    • Partner
    • Matrix
    • http://www.matrixgroup.co.uk/
    • Steven is a Partner at Matrix where he heads New Energy and Clean Technology, having previously led the Extel number 1 rated research team in the sector. Following a PhD concerned with the potential for energy efficiency in UK industry, Steven worked in energy efficiency for more than 20 years implementing large-scale energy management programmes. He also worked in Romania, on energy efficiency programmes funded by the EU, UNDP, USAID and World Bank. In 2000 he joined Enron and was part of the team that implemented innovative energy supply and energy efficiency contracts for Sainsburys and Diageo and in 2002 Steven led that team in their transition to RWE Solutions. Steven is active in UK energy efficiency policy development and has published over 100 articles and papers and a book on energy efficiency titled “Outsourcing of Energy Management”. He is an adviser to the new Energy Efficiency Deployment Office in DECC, a non-executive director of Day One Energy Solutions and an Adviser to the SUSI energy efficiency fund.
    • Gerd Leonhard (Futurist)
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    • CEO
    • The Futures Agency
    • http://www.thefuturesagency.com/
    • Gerd Leonhard is Futurist and Author of 5 books, Keynote Speaker, Thinktank Leader and Advisor, Founder of GreenFuturist.com. Visiting Professor at the Fundação Dom Cabral (São Paulo, Brazil). Co-author of the influential book The Future of Music, author of The End of Control, Music 2.0, Friction is Fiction, and The Future of Content (Kindle-only, 2011). His new book “From Ego to Eco” will be released in 2012. Gerd’s background is in music and the music business; in 1985 he won Berklee College’s Quincy Jones Award and subsequently spent 10 years working as a professional guitar player, composer and producer. He then caught the Internet bug and became a digital media entrepreneur, serving as CEO with several Internet startups, based in San Francisco, for 7 years. In 2002, Gerd returned to Europe and started his career as a Futurist, Keynote Speaker and Strategic Advisor. He now travels around the globe and speaks on the Future of Business, Sustainability, Environmental Policy and Climate Change, Media, Content and Entertainment, Technology, Marketing, Advertising and Branding, Telecommunications etc. Since late 2011, Gerd has been widening the scope of his work to include some of the most pressing green issues such as sustainability and sustainable capitalism, renewable energy, climate change and global warming. In 2006, The Wall Street Journal called Gerd one of the leading Media Futurists in the World. Gerd’s presentations are renowned for his hard-hitting and provocative yet inspiring, personal and intense motivational style. With over 1.300 engagements in 43 countries since 2003, Gerd has addressed over 200.000 executives and professionals.
    • Gorka Espiau (Startup)
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    • Head of International Programmes
    • Hiriko
    • http://www.hiriko.com
    • Gorka Espiau Idoiaga is the Head of International Programmes at DenokInn, the Basque Centre for Social Innovation and Innovalab. In this capacity, he is leading the international development of Hiriko, the first self folding electronic vehicle designed by the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the launching of the Social Innovation Park in the city of Bilbao. Espiau is a Senior Associate to the Centre for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University in New York and a member of the International Advisory Group of INCORE, a joint project of the United Nations University and the University of Ulster. Previously, Gorka Espiau served as Senior Adviser for Peace Building to the Executive Office of the Basque President and is also a former Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace. Gorka Espiau was the spokesperson for Elkarri, the Movement for Dialogue and Agreement in the Basque Country, where he served on the Executive Board from 1996 until 2005. Mr. Espiau is also a board member of “Social Innovation Exchange”, and a member of the “Transformative Leadership Council” and “Euclid, the European Network of Third Sector Leaders”.
    • Laurent Giai-Miniet (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • EnOcean
    • http://www.enocean.com
    • Laurent Giai-Miniet has been CEO of EnOcean since October 2011. Before joining EnOcean he spent 20 years with Texas Instruments (TI), where he held several management positions. Most recently he was General Manager for Low Power RF Products (LPRF), based in Oslo, Norway. He was responsible for the entire product line, defining the strategy, managing Engineering Marketing, Business Development and Support. The French national began his career with TI in 1991 as a Field Sales Engineer in France and has since then held various positions including Regional Sales Director for France and Middle East & Africa and later European Business Development Director for High-Volume Analog & Logic Products in Freising, Germany. Laurent holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Institut d’Administration des Entreprises IAE (Aix-en-Provence, France).
    • Thibaud Le Séguillon (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Heliatek
    • http://www.heliatek.com
    • Based in Dresden, Germany, Thibaud Le Séguillon is currently CEO of Heliatek GmbH, a high-technology start-up in the Organic Photovoltaic field. Mr. Le Séguillon was previously based in Shanghai, China, where he was the President of Parlex Corporation, a 1500-employee, $100MM worldwide leader in flexible interconnect that is part of the Johnson Electric Group. The company had engineering centers in the US and Europe, 2 manufacturing sites in the US, and a manufacturing site in China and in the UK. Previously, Mr. Le Séguillon was Vice President, Computer, Consumer, Communications, Automotive, Industrial and Appliance Business Units of Parlex. Prior to working in China, Mr. Le Séguillon worked in Boston, MA, for Parlex Corporation (NASDAQ: PRLX) as Vice President of the Multilayer and Cable Business. Earlier in his career, Thibaud advanced in product engineering, sales engineering, and product marketing management roles to the position of General Manager at Axon’ Cable Inc., a subsidiary of Axon’ Cable SA, based in Chicago, IL. Mr. Le Séguillon has a Master of Business Administration in International Business from RMS-Reims Management School and a Master of Science in Engineering from ESEO-Ecole Superieure d’Electronique de l’Ouest.
    • Stephan Rieke (Startup)
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    • CCO
    • SolarFuel
    • http://www.solar-fuel.net
    • Stephan Rieke is Chief Customer Officer of SolarFuel GmbH. SolarFuel is a startup located in Stuttgart, Germany. The SolarFuel power-to-gas method converts excess green electricity into CO2 neutral, renewable natural gas. A marketable and manageable energy source is created which is of standard quality and which can be fed directly into the natural gas grid. In this way the existing natural gas network becomes a cornerstone for the renewable energy system and provides the storage and transport capacities which are not available in the power grid. Partners of SolarFuel are the Research institutes ZSW and Fraunhofer IWES. Stephan Rieke was born in 1962 and received his diploma 1990 at the University of Stuttgart (Electrical engineering, power engineering, control engineering) and continued his studies 1992 at the TU Berlin (Energy and Environmental Management – Continuing Education). His professional development started at the ISET Kassel at 1991 (Project Engineer). In 1993 he became Project Engineer at the Ferngas Salzgitter GmbH, from 1996 to 2002 he worked as a manager at the EHG Hildesheim. 2000: Authorized Officer at the eon Avacon AG and 2007: Operation Manager at the Wüsthof Biogas GmbH. Since 2010 he is employed at SolarFuel.
    • Pascal Mauberger (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • McPhy Energy
    • http://www.mcphy.com
    • Pascal has gained over 25 years of experience in high-tech industries. From 1993 to 2001, he headed the reorganization of Air Liquide’s engineering division as its Operational Director. He then became Vice President of Vivendi Water Systems, a position he held between 2001 and 2003. Before joining McPhy, he was COO of Soitec (a leading Silicon-On-Insulator company) from 2003 until 2008. Under his management, the company successfully grew from €80M in revenue in March 2004 to €370M in March 2007. Pascal is a graduate from top-tier engineering schools École Polytechnique and ENSPM and holds a Young Manager Program degree from INSEAD business school.
    • Carl Berninghausen (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Sunfire
    • http://www.sunfire.de
    • Carl Berninghausen is one of the founders and the CEO of the sunfire GmbH, a leading developer of Power-to-Fuel and Power-to-Gas technology. He is a serial investor and founder in the wood and cleantech industry and has gained significant knowledge in the set up and funding of operational businesses. In 2007, Carl successfully sold his business in the wood industry and turned to the cleantech sector. Amongst others, Carl has acquired large industrial companies, such as the Robert Bosch GmbH, as co-investors for his companies. He obtained his degree in Business Administration at the European Business School and in Economics at the University of Frankfurt.
    • Eran Fine (Startup)
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    • Co-CEO
    • Oree
    • http://www.oree-inc.com
    • Eran is a serial entrepreneur with over 16 years experience leading startup companies. Prior to Oree, Eran co-founded and held the role of CEO of MobileSpear, a startup in the field of mobile operations, where he led the company to production and sales in Asia and Europe. Eran was also the founder and VP Business Development at On-Eden Ltd, a software company purchased by Crystal Ltd. (NASDAQ:CRTL). Eran is the author of 18 patents and the executive producer of 4 successful TV comedy shows.
    • Tom Schulz (Startup)
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    • COO
    • Entelios
    • http://www.entelios.com/
    • Tom Schulz is a serial entrepreneur and investor. His professional interests are focused on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Impact Investing in Cleantech, Internet and Software. Tom is co-founder and COO of Entelios, Germany’s first nationwide Demand Response Aggregator. Among Tom’s other current projects is BioCee, an industrial biotech startup out of the University of Minnesota. Tom is a co-founder of the San Francisco–based Cleantech Circle, a group of serial entrepreneurs and investors with a passion for Cleantech. Prior to becoming an investor, Tom already had over twenty years of technical and business experience. He worked on computer languages at Digital Equipment Corporation’s Western Research Lab in Palo Alto and artificial intelligence and multimedia projects at Apple Computer in Germany. Later, Tom was a strategic management consultant for The Boston Consulting Group at their Munich and San Francisco offices. In 1995, Tom co-founded the first publicly traded, nationwide Internet service provider in Germany, Cybernet AG, where he served on the executive management board. After going public with Cybernet, he went on to become an angel investor with the Munich Business Angel Network. Later he was a member of The Angels’ Forum, an investor group in Palo Alto that also manages the Halo Funds. Tom currently serves on the advisory board of Earlybird Venture Capital in Munich. Tom earned an MBA from Stanford University and studied Computer Science at the ETH Zurich and KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology).
    • Dr. Thomas Goette (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • GreenPocket
    • http://www.greenpocket.de/en/
    • GreenPocket is a software provider for the interpretation and visualization of smart metering energy consumption data. Our customers are utility companies of all sizes – from small and medium-sized public utilities to large utility groups. Dr. Thomas Goette is the Commercial Director (CEO) of GreenPocket. He spent more than 13 years as a Partner at Roland Berger, DiamondCluster and Oliver Wyman, advising clients from the telecommunications and Internet sector on strategic and technological issues. He subsequently established and built up a social media startup.
    • Terje Andersen (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Biowater Technology
    • http://www.biowatertechnology.com
    • Terje Andersen is co-founder and CEO of Biowater Technology AS. The company designs and engineers next generation technologies and solutions for the municipal and industrial biological wastewater treatment markets. During the years of 1999 through 2007, Mr Andersen was Managing Director of Kaldnes Miljoteknologi AS and later AnoxKaldnes AS with a leading role in the development and commercialization of the Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor (MBBR) technology, today’s global biological wastewater treatment standard. In 2007, after the sale of AnoxKaldnes AS to Veolia Environmental, Mr. Andersen and Mr. Thorbjorn Westrum, the founder of Kaldnes Miljoteknologi started Biowater Technology. Biowater’s next generation CFIC and HYVAB wastewater treatment technologies will surely revolutionize the wastewater treatment market. Terje has a Bachelor’s degree in business development and over 30 years experience in sales and marketing, thirteen of which the focus was on the international wastewater treatment sector. He also served on the boards of various international companies. Terje is an accomplished speed skater, his finest achievement was the award of the bronze medal from the 1980 Winter Olympics of Lake Placid. He is a past president of the Norwegian Skating Association.
    • Rolf Stein (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Advanced Plasma Power
    • http://www.advancedplasmapower.com
    • Rolf has worked in the plasma industry since 2006. Prior to his appointment as CEO of APP he was Chief Operating Officer for the Company. He joined APP as Commercial Director with a particular focus on securing and commercialising the Company’s intellectual property portfolio. Before working in this industry, Rolf had extensive international experience holding senior positions in large multi-national technology companies including Hewlett Packard and Apple. Rolf has a law degree from the University of Warwick and is qualified to practice law in both the UK and Germany.
    • Dr. Maximilian Horster (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Climate Neutral Investments (South Pole Carbon)
    • http://www.climateneutralinvestments.com
    • Maximilian Horster is the founder and CEO of Climate Neutral Investments, dedicated to develop climate action solutions for the financial industry. Climate Neutral Investments belongs to the leading international developer of emission reduction projects, South Pole Carbon Holding. Prior to starting Climate Neutral Investments, Maximilian worked in equity and fixed income research capacities as well as in business development with the investment management firm Capital Group Companies in Los Angeles, Toronto, Tokyo, Geneva and London. In his past, Maximilian was an academic researcher and worked with a Member of the European Parliament. He holds a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge (UK).
    • Dr. Manfred Heil (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Wesustain
    • http://www.wesustain.com/en/
    • Manfred held several executive roles in the high-tech industry including Senior Vice President of SAP, where he led the SRM business and the global partner management. Prior to SAP he founded Goodex, where he served as CEO. The company was acquired by Ariba in 2003. He has a strong background in sales, marketing, software development and IT strategy. He created and managed international business networks with focus on co-innovation and collaborative sales. Manfred received his PhD from the Technical University of Munich. He studied business administration at the University of Hannover.
    • Peter Krebs (Startup)
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    • CTO
    • Sefaira
    • http://www.sefaira.com
    • Peter is passionate about technology, green construction and startup enterprise. Having launched his first business (an Internet Service Provider) in 1993, he has since been a green engineer on prestigious building projects including The Solaire in New York City, America’s first LEED Gold certified apartment building. He also founded and was lead architect of two successful software businesses: Webfood and UGryd. Combining a decade of sustainable building and technology entrepreneurship, Peter brings a unique combination of software development and construction expertise to Sefaira. Peter holds a MEng and BSc in Civil Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from INSEAD.
    • Knut Hechtfischer (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Ubitricity
    • http://www.ubitricity.com
    • Knut Hechtfischer is one of ubitricity’s founders and managing directors. Born in 1971, Knut completed a bank traineeship and holds university degrees in both law and business administration (MBA equivalent). He then joined leading international law firms in London, Frankfurt and Berlin, advising national and international clients in Regulatory, Acquisition Finance and Renewable Energy related projects. Working as an attorney during the day, Knut’s fascination with the potential of the renewable energy sector soon had him reading up on generation and storage opportunities by night. He envisaged ubitricity’s idea as well as the technical and commercial concepts in 2007 and founded the company with his friend and colleague Frank Pawlitschek in 2008. At ubitricity, Knut directs and instructs the implementation of the ubitricity concept and develops future co-operations and market models connected to his company’s concept. Knut also has a strong technical background and envisioned important parts of ubitricity’s mobile metering system.
    • Yüksel Sirmasac (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Rockethome
    • http://www.rockethome.de
    • Yüksel Sirmasac holds a degree in business administration and is CEO and Founder of Rockethome. Early 2010, he founded the company together with investors from the cleantech scene. Before founding Rockethome, Yüksel Sirmasac worked several years in senior management positions at various well-known companies including media group RTL, Reed-Elsevier Germany (LexisNexis), Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt (Holtzbrinck). There, he successfully established numerous products in the market. In addition, he has already developed several technology companies to sustainably successful organizations. To pass on his knowledge to students he has taken a lectureship in the field of e-business and industrial computer science at the University of Applied Sciences in Bergisch Gladbach.
    • Michael Ritt (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • E-Volution
    • http://www.evolution-gmbh.com
    • Michael is the founder of the E-Volution GmbH and inventor of new types of electric vehicles. Before founding E-Volution in 2009, Michael was working 11 years at TCM International and has held various management positions within the Group in Germany, Luxemburg, Poland, Czechia, Brasil and China. His focus was the development of service projects for process and cost optimization in the manufacturing plants of his customers Volkswagen, General Motors, Ford and other companies. Most recently he was global managing director and CTO of the Group. He was responsible for 17 subsidiaries and 42 projects with a total of 600 employees worldwide and led the company to the world leader in the tool and process optimization. Michael is a graduate mechanical engineer at the Graz University of Applied Sciences.
    • Dr. Klaus Dibbern (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Flinc
    • http://www.flinc.org
    • Klaus is co-founder and CEO of flinc, the social mobility network which will revolutionize the way we think about ridesharing. Klaus met the original flinc team in 2009 at a founder/investor “speed dating” which he attended as member of the Business Angels Frankfurt. Prior to flinc, Klaus had co-founded DENC AG, a professional services firm for product life cycle management, which he led and grew as CEO from 1999-2005. He sold the company to PTC (global leader for product lifecycle management solutions) and oversaw the successful post-acquisition integration. Klaus had already been sales director at PTC before founding DENC – and he had come to PTC in 1995 through the company’s acquisition of Rasna, a silicon valley startup, for which he had built up the European sales and support organisation. Klaus earned an MBA from Stanford University and a PhD in mechanical engineering from Karlsruhe University.
    • Mar Alarcón (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Social Car
    • http://www.socialcar.com
    • Mar Alarcón is the Founder and CEO at Social Car and Co-Founder at Social Energy. Founded in 2011, Social Car is an Internet based P2P platform where car owners can safely rent their car to their neighbours, first player in Spain. Founded in 2005, Social Energy is an international renewable energy systems integrator for roof mounted systems and complete PV and Biomass power plants. Prior to that, Mar worked as an Associate Tax Advisor at Cuatrecasas Abogados and, later, discovered the Social Entrepreneurship during her internship at Grameen Bank with Professor Yunus in Bangladesh. She has an international education, from her Law Degree and LLM in Barcelona and London to her Business Programme China. She holds a PDD at IESE. Mother of two she rides her blue bike every day to Social Car headquarters to work with her fancy women team.
    • Dr. Teodosio del Caño (Startup)
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    • CTO
    • Onyx Solar
    • http://www.onyxsolar.com
    • Dr. Teodosio del Caño holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Valladolid, has been visiting scholar at the University of Windsor (Canada) and postdoctoral fellow at ASIC (Advanced Science and Innovation Centre) in Osaka. He has coordinated more than 10 regional, national and European R&D projects in materials science and application of semiconductors in optoelectronics. Nowadays, he is Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and partner in Onyx Solar, one of the companies of reference in Green Building Consultancy and Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV). He is in charge of different business units such as knowledge transfer, BIPV technical management, energy business model development, distributed energy sources and R&D strategy.
    • Holger Rupp (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Get Neutral
    • http://www.get-neutral.com
    • Holger Rupp is co-founder and CEO of Get Neutral, the world’s first online platform for climate neutral consumption. He started his career at software companies such as SAP AG and later Siebel Systems. Holger played a key role in enabling the success of several startups in the fields of software, digital media and manufacturing, acting as founder, investor or consultant. Prior to Get Neutral, he held positions in the supervisory board of legodo ag, as CEO of H3R, and as an executive advisor for various clients including Greencom Networks and DoubleTwist, a Silicon Valley Startup invested by Horizon, Index and Northzone Ventures. Holger studied International Management at ESB Business School in Reutlingen, Germany, and Reims Management School in France. He has worked in Germany, France, USA, China and Hong Kong.
    • Dr. Karl Kolmsee (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Smart Hydro Power
    • http://www.smart-hydro.de
    • Dr. Karl Kolmsee studied agriculture and philosophy at the universities of Hamburg and Goettingen, Germany. After his PhD in philosophy he has spent most of his professional career in the energy business – first as consultant at A.T. Kearney, later as manager at E.ON, Europe’s largest private utility, and member of the board at Schmack biogas, one of the pioneers of the biogas market in Europe. In 2009, Karl has been nominated professor for energy management at Applied University of Kufstein, Austria. His main areas of academic work are international energy markets, renewable energy and applied ethics. He is founder and managing director of Smart Utilities Solutions, an international engineering office for decentralized energy and water solutions. In 2010, he founded Smart Hydro Power to focus on design and commercialization of kinetic pico hydro power systems. Karl Kolmsee lives in Germany but works in Chile, Peru, Brazil and Southern Africa where Smart Hydro Power is running biogas and hydropower projects.
    • Dr. Holger Ulland (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • O-Flexx
    • http://www.o-flexx.com
    • Holger has gained more than 17 years of experience in various management positions in both big and small companies. He worked for Unilever and Coca-Cola in packaging related technical and business development in Germany. After heading the Design & Innovation department at a big packaging company, he entered the field of renewable energy in 2006, when he joined O-Flexx Technologies as one of the first employees. He worked as Business Development Director and is the CEO since October 2011. He obtained his degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Duisburg and holds also a degree in Economics from the University of Hagen. He holds a PhD from the University Duisburg-Essen in the field of thermoelectric systems.
    • Ralf Kraemer (Startup)
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    • COO
    • Watson Brown HSM
    • http://www.wb-hsm.com
    • Ralf Kraemer received his degree in Business and Engineering from the University of Applied Science FHTW Berlin. He has considerable experience in the semiconductor, chemical, electronic, plastics and machinery industry. He has held senior management positions at a number of private and public high-tech companies. He founded and was heading the India operation of KraussMaffei. Ralf Kraemer was speaker on several international conferences in India and South Africa. He is a member of VDI (Association of German Engineers) and SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers).
    • Mark Turrell (Startup)
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    • Executive Chairman
    • Airbase Systems
    • http://www.myairbase.com
    • It all started at the Ecosummit Lounge on 6 December 2011. AirBase had a short pitch at the lounge and Mark Turrell immediately knew that this is something he wants to be involved in. It has all the ingredients and the potential in turning to be a true game changer in the way humans conceptualize their environment. Low cost air pollution sensors connected to the Internet and to mobile apps. The Internet of things encounters for the first time the green of things. Mark got to know the company closely and jumped onboard as Executive Chairman in January 2012. In this role, Mark is leading the business building efforts and fundraising. Alongside to his involvement in Airbase, Mark is the Founder and CEO of Orcasci, a marketing and strategy agency, and was the Founder and CEO of Imaginatik (IPO on London Stock Exchange in December 2006). Mark is an Associate Professor for marketing, entrepreneurship and innovation at the Hult International Business School and he is known to be a Young Global Leader (2010) which is a part of the World Economic Forum.
    • Dr. Joachim Koch (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • MinCell
    • http://www.mincell.com
    • Dr. Joachim Koch is CEO of MinCell. After finishing university with a degree in business administration he wrote his PhD thesis about “Startups in Israel in the high-tech sector – from milk and honey to technology and money”. Therefore, he lived one year in Israel and touched the entrepreneurial spirit in that country. Back in Germany he worked amongst others for Rödl & Partner as a tax consultant, specialized in international taxation. On that job he managed the first round financing of glapor, a start up developing and producing foam glass products. In glapor GmbH he worked as the CFO – before founding MinCell GmbH together with Klaus Dvorak.
    • Christian Deilmann (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Tado
    • http://www.tado.com
    • Being a co-founder and CEO of tado, Christian strives to revolutionize the way people heat and cool their homes. He believes that heating and cooling buildings right is an extremely powerful approach towards sustainability in energy. Prior to tado, Christian worked with a leading early stage Venture Capital firm, co-founded and sold a mobile telecommunication company and worked with a top management consulting firm. Christian holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from MIT (Cambridge, MA) as well as a Diplom-Ingenieur (MSc equiv.) in Engineering & Management from Technische Universität München (Munich, Germany). His passion in academia, profession and leisure engagement is cutting edge energy technology and its application in successful products.
    • Dr. Jakob Assmann (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Polarstern
    • http://www.polarstern-energie.de
    • Jakob is co-founder and CEO of Polarstern, the most sustainable and modern utility company in Germany. Jakob strives to change the way you think about energy by turning energy into a lifestyle product. Together with his two partners he developed a unique green gas trading system that makes green gas extremely competitive and will revolutionize the gas market. Jakob earned a Diploma in Business Administration, a Master of Business Research and a PhD in Business Administration from LMU Munich (Germany) as well as an MBA from Colorado State University (USA). To clear his head he plays Rugby.
    • Felix Krause (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Milk the Sun
    • http://www.milkthesun.com
    • Felix is one of the founders and CEO of Milk the Sun, the first B2B portal in the field of photovoltaics (PV), for rooftop and greenfield owners, roof agents, project developers, installation companies, banks, insurers and investors alike. The portal brings all market participants together and integrates service providers in the area of solar energy. This allows transparent, international trading of project rights (primary market) and installed solar systems (secondary market) – without long broker chains – and the comparison of complementary service providers. Before Milk the Sun, together with his partner Dirk Petschick, Felix founded LuzSolar GmbH – a project developer and management company for PV installations in Germany and UK. He holds a MSc in International Business Studies from Maastricht University, NL, and has previously worked as Key Account Manager UK/NL for Philips and Product Manager DACH for Dyrup.
    • Robert Schwemmer (Startup)
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    • CTO
    • Naporo
    • http://www.naporo.com
    • 110% usage of Typha! That is one of the biggest targets of Robert Schwemmer, CTO and founder of the Austrian company Naporo. Robert is responsible for the divisions of Research & Development and Production & Logistics. He is a key inventor with long-standing experience in natural construction and building materials development. He began his research and development work on Typha all the way back in 2001. Since then he has achieved very important successes like the Dr. Housk -Price, the Edison Innovation Award, the JEC Award 2012 and several more. Beyond Robert acts as an editor at one of the world´s biggest architectural journals.
    • Taavi Madiberk (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Skeleton Technologies
    • http://www.skeletontech.com
    • Taavi Madiberk has prior experience in the locomotive industry, serving as the Member of the Supervisory Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee in Estonian Railways since 2010. Estonian Railways is the national railway operator with over €120M in annual revenue. He has also built the largest NGO in Estonia: Estonian Property Owners Union as the Secretary General. The NGO is an influential lobby group and amongst others, the current Estonian Minister of Interior and Members of Parliament sit on it´s board. Taavi studied law at the University of Tartu.
    • Rainer Hinrichs-Rahlwes (Association)
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    • Board Member, Europe & International
    • German Renewable Energy Federation
    • http://www.bee-ev.de/
    • Rainer Hinrichs-Rahlwes is the President of EREF, the European Renewable Energies Federation, the voice of independent producers of energy from renewable sources. He is representing EREF as a Board Member of EREC, the European Renewable Energy Council. He is a Board Member of the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE). He is the Chairman and Spokesperson of BEE’s working group on European and international policies. Representing both EREF and BEE, he has been actively involved in EU Policies, in particular in the process of shaping the Renewable Energies Directive, by keeping close contact with European and national parliamentarians, government representatives, industry associations in Brussels and EU-Member States, and with the European Commission. From November 1998 to December 2005, he was a Director General in the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), in charge of – among others – renewable energies and climate protection. He was one of the two chairmen of the International Steering Committee preparing the renewables2004-conference in Bonn. After the conference, he served as BMU’s representative and a co-chair and later a member of the Bureau of the Global Policy Network, now known as REN21.
    • Hanne May (Press)
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    • Editor-in-chief
    • neue energie & new energy
    • http://www.neueenergie.net/
    • Hanne May has a university degree (M.A.) in German literature, history of art and journalism and already looks back on 20 years of professional journalism. Since June 2003, Hanne is Editor-in-chief of “neue energie” and “new energy”. Prior to that, she was a trainee and editor for an architecture and building magazine (1992 – 1999) and writer and vice managing editor for a weekly financial magazine (2000 – 2003). Hanne May is co-author of the book “Grünes Geld” (green investments) (2003 and 2005) and well-known through her articles, lectures and moderations in various publications and (inter)national events. Moreover, Hanne is advisory committee and advisory board member in several entities and founding member and committee member of Women of Wind Energy Germany.
    • Sebastian Matthes (Press)
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    • Section Editor
    • WirtschaftsWoche
    • http://www.wiwo.de/
    • When Sebastian Matthes travels into the countryside, his mind often turns to work, at the very lastest at the sight of a wind turbine. For alongside the newest trends in technology, Green Technology remains a focus for the 6 members of the Science and Technology department at WirtschaftsWoche, which the political and economic scientist has been running since 2007. And whatever the latest Internet hype, be it in Bristol or Bangalore, he is sure to explain it to his readers on wiwo.de or via Twitter. The passionate violinst and cyclist completed 6 months of research in India during his studies and shortly thereafter enrolled in the Georg-von-Holtzbrinck School for Business Journalism. His training has included time spent at Handelsblatt and Spiegel as well as the Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung.
    • Pablo Ruediger de Erice (Law)
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    • Counsel
    • Taylor Wessing
    • http://www.taylorwessing.com/
    • Pablo joined Taylor Wessing in 2004 and is a member of the Corporate practice group in Berlin. He advises a broad range of domestic and international companies on various aspects of corporate law, including general corporate structuring and re-organisation, mergers and acquisitions as well as corporate governance. Pablo provides legal advice on complex and multi-jurisdictional M&A and Venture Capital transactions on a regular basis. His industry focus is on technology and new media companies. Furthermore, he is an expert in German corporate tax law. Pablo also has strong interest and expertise in all art-related legal matters. Among his clients are large international galleries as well as artists. Pablo studied in Berlin and Paris, holds a law degree with distinction and is a fully qualified lawyer at the German Bar. As part of his legal training, he worked with the World Bank Group in Washington D.C., the German Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York and the German Embassy in Paris. After completing his degree, he spent one year working as a business consultant for new media companies in Barcelona and Frankfurt. Pablo also holds an LL.M. from the University of the Western Cape in South Africa with a focus on international corporate and trade law. He wrote his LL.M. thesis on “The Societas Privata Europaea – A European Private Company in the Making”. Pablo is a member of the German Bar Association in Berlin.
    • Conrad Ess (Recruiting)
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    • Managing Director
    • Green Technology Staffing
    • http://greentechstaff.de
    • 7 years with Reutax AG, specialized recruiting, Co-founder, COO, CEO, Germany – USA – Switzerland
      1 year with Management Angels, Interim Management recruiting
      7 years with Ascena (Hays), specialized recruiting, Managing Director
      Education: MBA, University of Bradford (Nimbas) and Dipl. Ing. (FH) Electrical Engineering.
    • Dr. Joerg Fabri (Consulting)
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    • Managing Partner
    • allocate
    • http://www.allocate.de
    • 4 years Shell, Manager “Marketing Technology Department”
      5 years VEBA AG (E.ON AG), Head of “Corporate Strategy”
      5 years RWE AG, Head of “Strategic Planning” and Vice President “Multi Utility Operations”
      4 years Arthur D. Little, Partner
      6 years Droege & Comp., Managing Director
      Since 2011, allocate International, Managing Partner and London & Oxford Capital Markets since 6 years (in parallel)
      Education: PhD, RWTH Aachen, Germany, and Diploma in Chemistry, RWTH Aachen, Germany
    • Tristan Foerster (Consulting)
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    • Managing Director
    • ClimatePartner
    • http://www.climatepartner.com/
    • Tristan Foerster is Managing Director of ClimatePartner GmbH, one of the leading climate protection service providers in the world. Before joining ClimatePartner since the beginning of 2011, Tristan Foerster was business responsible for be2, an online matchmaking company, as Director International, where he successfully expanded the company into 37 international markets. His current responsibility for consulting at ClimatePartner stems from his six year experience at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, where he consulted the Financial Services Industry as project manager after having acted as Executive Assistant to Prof. Dr. Roland Berger for two years. Tristan Foerster studied economics and business in Freiburg (Germany) and Paris.
    • Jan Michael Hess (Host)
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    • CEO
    • Ecosummit
    • http://ecosummit.net
    • Jan is Founder and CEO of Ecosummit and the Berlin-based consulting firm Mobile Economy. Ecosummit is the smart green business network and conference connecting startups, investors and corporates to accelerate smart green innovation. Ecosummit’s goal is the global transformation to the smart green economy powered by 100% renewable energy and ubiquitous internet and cleantech. Ecosummit Market is an open online platform to support the marketing and business development of smart green startups. Since 2010, Jan produced 6 international cleantech conferences in Berlin, London and Düsseldorf. He advises startups on fundraising, strategy, marketing and sales. Moreover, Jan acts as Editor-in-chief of the Ecosummit Blog and Ecosummit TV. Prior to founding Mobile Economy in 2000, Jan worked for Pixelpark, Icon Medialab and Ciao as Strategic Planner, Project Manager and Head of Marketing and Sales. Jan holds a business degree from the University of Mannheim, lives in Berlin with his wife Simone and their son Mateo and is a big fan of Japan and Jazz.

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