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    ECO14 Berlin Speakers


    Our 7th conference Ecosummit Berlin 2014 happens on 3-4 June 2014 at the Radialsystem. Please contact us if you are interested in pitching, sponsoring or partnering. 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. Here you can find the ECO13 London Speakers, ECO13 Berlin Speakers, ECO12 Düsseldorf Speakers, ECO12 Berlin Speakers and ECO11 Berlin Speakers.

    • Gina Domanig (VC)
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    • Managing Partner
    • Emerald Technology Ventures
    • http://www.emerald-ventures.com
    • Based in our Zurich office, Gina Domanig is the Managing Partner of Emerald Technology Ventures. In 2000 she founded Emerald as the first independent cleantech venture capital fund in Europe. Gina currently serves on the boards of Pelamis, SDC Materials, Synapsense and TaKaDu. Previously, she also represented Emerald as a director at Agraquest (acquired by Bayer in 2012) and Inge Watertechnologies (acquired by BASF in 2011). Gina has over 25 years of international business experience including banking, M&A, strategic development and venture capital. Prior to starting Emerald, she was senior vice president at Sulzer, a Swiss multinational, responsible for strategic planning and M&A. Gina holds MBA degrees from Thunderbird in Arizona and ESADE in Barcelona and is fluent in English, German and Spanish.
    • 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 and holds a Master degree from Harvard Business School. After graduation, she joins Bain and Co. in the 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. In 2001, she joins Pechiney as Head of Corporate Strategy and following Alcan takeover, co-leads the integration between Alcan and Pechiney. In 2005, she joins ArcelorMittal, Flat Carbon Steel division, in charge of business development and partnerships. 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. In November 2011, Fabienne Herlaut leaves SNCF to create Eclaircile Gestion, in charge of managing Ecomobilité Ventures, the newly created €25M multi corporate (SNCF, Orange, Total) venture fund, dedicated to sustainable mobility.
    • Rene Savelsberg (VC)
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    • CEO
    • Chrysalix SET
    • http://www.chrysalixset.com
    • Rene Savelsberg is co-founder, CEO and Managing Director of Chrysalix SET since 2007. He is responsible for the strategy and overall operations of the SET Funds. His focus is on companies in the areas of smart grid, energy efficiency, transportation and infrastructure. He serves on the Board of Sefaira and is observer on the Boards of Alertme.com, General Fusion and MicroShade. He also served on the Board of Epyon which was acquired by ABB in June 2011. Between 1997 and 2004 Rene led the Philips Corporate Venturing activities, initially in Silicon Valley and later expanding into Europe and Israel, managing investments in over 40 companies. After Philips decided to depart from its corporate VC involvement Rene successfully divested the portfolio by the end of 2004. In the meantime, he joined Philips’ Corporate M&A department where he was also responsible for semiconductor-related transactions and was instrumental in the €6.4 billion divestment of the Philips Semiconductor Division, now called NXP. Prior to (re)joining Philips Rene worked during 5 years for the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency, the economic development agency of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. Rene Savelsberg holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering & Management from the Technical University Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
    • Dr. Peter van Gelderen (VC)
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    • Partner
    • Icos Capital
    • http://www.icoscapital.com
    • Peter van Gelderen is one of the founding Managing Partners at Icos Capital, a leading European cleantech investor with offices in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Munich. He is responsible for the overall investment strategy of Icos Capital and a board member in five Icos portfolio companies. Icos Capital developed a unique collaborative corporate venturing model with cornerstone investors that are actively involved in energy, water and bio-based chemicals markets. Before co-founding Icos Capital, Peter worked as a strategy consultant at Deloitte, focusing on energy, recycling, water and technology markets. He advised globally active corporations on expansion strategy, mergers and acquisitions and joint-venture deals. In this capacity, he contributed substantially to the revision of the business strategy of several of these companies in response to new market developments such as technology innovation and renewable energy. He also advised the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs on innovation policy. Peter started his career in the Philips Research Laboratories, where he was involved in nanotechnology and new materials research and development. He received a PhD in theoretical physics from Nijmegen University and is a frequent speaker on cleantech investing, innovative technology developments and sustainability.
    • Ines Bergmann (Corporate VC)
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    • Principal Innovation Scouting & Co-Investments
    • E.ON
    • http://www.eon.com
    • Ines has joined the Strategic Co-Investment team in spring 2013. Her investment focus is on residential energy products and consumer facing solutions. Furthermore, her responsibilities include identifying and analyzing social and economic trends which could shake the energy sector long-term. Ines has started her E.ON career in 2008 by joining E.ON Inhouse Consulting. She has studied at the University of Passau and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She holds a diploma degree in cultural studies and business administration as well as a bachelor degree in economic science. When not at work Ines enjoys spending time with her family and friends and totally relaxes when doing hot yoga.
    • Dr. Ingo Potthof (VC)
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    • Managing Partner
    • UnternehmerTUM Fund
    • http://www.unternehmertum.de/vc/
    • Ingo Potthof is Managing Partner of UnternehmerTUM Fund Management, a German early stage venture capital fund in the fields of ICT, Medical Engineering and Cleantech. Ingo Potthof has more than 10 years of experience in venture capital in Europe, Israel, the USA and Asia. For five years, he worked as Partner at the venture capital firm smac partners. 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 he also worked as management and IT consultant.
    • Philipp Schröder (Corporate)
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    • Country Manager Germany & Austria
    • Tesla Motors
    • http://www.teslamotors.com
    • Philipp Schröder joined Tesla as Country Manager Germany & Austria in February 2014. From October 2012 until January 2014, he was Director Sales and Business Development at Sonnenbatterie, the smart PV storage startup from Wildpoldsried. Before that, Philipp served as Head of Sales at Juwi Holding and co-founded the energy efficiency startup Nycon Energy. He holds an Executive Diploma in Renewable Energy Management from the University of St. Gallen and studied at University of Hamburg.
    • Rolf Adam (Corporate)
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    • Director Industry Sales EMEAR, Energy, Manufacturing & Transport
    • 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.
    • Karsten Hojberg (Corporate)
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    • Cleantech Business Development Manager
    • Autodesk
    • http://www.autodesk.co.uk/cleantech
    • Karsten Hojberg is the European Cleantech Manufacturing Business Development Manager for Autodesk. The Autodesk Cleantech Partner Program supports the efforts, innovations, and environmental advancements of clean technology pioneers by providing world-class software to design, visualize, and simulate ground-breaking ideas. In his role, Karsten provides access to this leading edge design and simulation software to cleantech startups and entrepreneurs so that they can innovate and get their products to market faster. Karsten previously headed up the Cleantech Partner programs in both Japan and Australia/New Zealand. Karsten joined Autodesk in 2008 as the Manufacturing Industry Manager primarily responsible for driving sales in the Australia/New Zealand region of the Autodesk Manufacturing products. Prior to Autodesk, Karsten has had management positions within Oracle and SSA global, driving ERP sales into manufacturing organizations around Australia and New Zealand. Karsten holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Sydney.
    • Dr. Malte Schneider (Accelerator)
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    • Director
    • Climate-KIC Germany
    • http://www.climate-kic.org
    • Malte Schneider is the Director of Climate-KIC Germany. Climate-KIC is one of the three Knowledge and Innovation Communities designated in 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). With offices in 10 European countries Climate-KIC supports early stage startups, educates future innovators, and invests in innovation projects. More than 215 partners from business, science, public sector and civil society work within Climate-KIC to develop innovations to address the challenges of climate change. Climate-KIC’s ultimate goal is to turn climate ideas into marketable products and services. Before joining Climate-KIC in 2010 Malte completed his engineering studies in sustainable energy systems at ETH Zurich and during his PhD and PostDoc built up a research group analyzing the effects of climate and energy policy instruments on corporate innovation strategies. At the same time he consulted international organizations such as the UNFCCC and companies on the future of carbon markets and technology transfer.
    • Dr. Franka Birke (Accelerator)
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    • Entrepreneurship Lead
    • Climate-KIC Germany
    • http://www.climate-kic.org
    • Franka Birke is Climate-KIC Entrepreneurship Lead Germany. Climate-KIC is one of the three Knowledge and Innovation Communities designated in 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) with the mission to lead the world toward low-carbon prosperity. It supports early stage startups in the fields of energy efficiency, sustainability and emobility. Franka Birke has 9 years of experience in supporting startups. Before Climate-KIC she did her PhD at the Chair for Innovation and Technology Management at TU Berlin, where she also worked as a lecturer for entrepreneurship topics. She also worked at the Gründungsservice, the incubator at TU Berlin, where she was responsible for the successful TU Berlin proposal for the government programme EXIST Gründerhochschule.
    • Alexander Bigge Lidgren (Accelerator)
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    • Portfolio Manager
    • Swedish Energy Agency
    • http://www.energimyndigheten.se/en/
    • Bigge evaluates incoming funding cases within renewable energy and energy efficiency. The Swedish Energy Agency evaluates around 120 projects every year, funding approximately ten to fifteen of them. He also manages the portfolio of 50 high growth companies that have received financing from the Swedish Energy Agency. Bigge is a serial entrepreneur with experience from raising VC money, growing companies and successful exits. He previously founded and was Managing Director of Cleantech Scandinavia, which was and continues to be the leading provider of cleantech dealflow in the Nordics. He also founded and managed Nordic Cleantech Open, the Scandinavian startup competition that each year selects the 25 most promising cleantech growth cases.
    • Prof. Dr. Volker Quaschning (University)
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    • Professor for Renewable Energy Systems
    • HTW Berlin
    • http://www.volker-quaschning.de
    • From 1988 until 1993, Volker studied Electrical Engineering at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Then he did his PhD at Berlin University of Technology (TU Berlin) on Shading Analysis of Photovoltaic Systems which he was awarded in 1996. From 1996 until 2000, Volker worked on his Habilitation at TU Berlin on System Technology of a Climate Compatible Electricity Supply for Germany. Between 1999 and 2004, Volker worked as Project Manager for Solar System Analysis at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) at the Plataforma Solar de Almería, Spain. Since 2004, Volker is Professor for Renewable Energy Systems at the Berlin University of Applied Sciences (HTW Berlin). His output consists of more than 100 journal and conference publications, much more than 100 lectures and multiple interviews and discussions on radio and TV. Moreover, Volker wrote 5 books: Renewable Energy and Climate Protection, Understanding Renewable Energy Systems, Mülltrenner, Müsliesser und Klimaschützer, Erneuerbare Energien und Klimaschutz and Regenerative Energiesysteme.
    • Dr. Torsten Henzelmann (Service Provider)
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    • Partner
    • Roland Berger
    • http://www.rolandberger.com
    • Dr. Torsten Henzelmann studied industrial engineering at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern. After graduating, he worked for two energy supply companies in the areas of energy management and consulting. At this time he completed his dissertation on change processes in energy supply companies. He joined Roland Berger in 1998 and is Partner and Head of the Civil Economics, Energy & Infrastructure Competence Center at the Munich office. His projects include all corporate management issues for leading international industrial and service providers, plus environmental technology firms and public institutions. He has worked on both strategic and operational topics for numerous projects. The breadth of his experience encompasses strategic realignment of companies to handling transactions to post-merger integrations. He always participates in the implementation of concepts and solutions. He has authored numerous publications on environmental technology and the real estate market. He focuses primarily on corporate real estate management, facility management, and environmental technologies.
    • Dr. Joerg Fabri (Service Provider)
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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
    • Chris Raczkowski (Service Provider)
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    • CEO
    • Azure International
    • http://www.azure-international.com
    • Chris Raczkowski is the CEO and one of the founding partners of Azure International. He has over twenty years of professional experience within both large multinational corporations and startup companies in the US, China, Southeast Asia and Europe. Responsibilities have included R&D at Southern California Edison, manufacturing process engineering, quality & reliability assurance, operations management and transnational project management in the US, Europe and Asia for PerkinElmer. He has planned, managed and completed the transfer of various manufacturing operations into China, Singapore and Indonesia while working with PerkinElmer. Also, he has led activities for investment, deployment and commercialization of multiple clean energy technologies in China and Southeast Asia for companies such as Synthesis Energy Systems, Rhodia and Ecofys. Mr. Raczkowski holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in materials and mechanical engineering from Harvey Mudd College in the United States, and an MBA from TiasNIMBAS Business School in the Netherlands.
    • Dr. Christian Reisinger (Service Provider)
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    • Consultant
    • ClimatePartner
    • http://www.climatepartner.com
    • Christian Reisinger is working as project leader and consultant at ClimatePartner, a leading international business solutions provider for corporate climate protection. Christian is responsible for various industries, including imaging technologies, events, movies and tourism. Christian has studied Economics and International Relations in St. Gallen (Switzerland), Maastricht, Berlin and Washington D.C. Christian holds a PhD (Dr. rer. pol.) in International Relations.
    • Dr. Steven Fawkes (Service Provider)
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    • Energy Efficiency Advisor
    • Only Eleven Percent
    • http://www.onlyelevenpercent.com
    • Steve Fawkes is an internationally recognised expert on energy efficiency with over 30 years experience including implementing energy management programmes for corporates, local and national governments and co-founding two energy service companies, one in Romania and one in the UK that implemented innovative energy services contracts with Diageo and Sainsburys. From 2007 to 2012 he was a Partner at Matrix where he led the Extel number 1 rated research team and advised clean tech companies on fund raising and M&A. He has been an Adviser to the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change and in 2012 was awarded the Energy Institute’s Individual Achievement Award. He has published extensively on energy efficiency including two books. He is currently a non-executive director of Bglobal, an adviser to several clean tech companies and funds, and implementing efficiency finance programmes in Europe and North America.
    • Jay Marathe (Service Provider)
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    • Partner
    • Cartagena Capital
    • http://www.cartagena-capital.com
    • Jay is an experienced venture capital investor and industry executive, with several million invested across twenty transactions achieving an ROI of 5x and IRR of 53% in deals led. He has expertise in the telecom, software, digital media and cleantech sectors in both the USA and Europe. As an investor, Jay has worked across the investment lifecycle, originating opportunities, negotiating term sheets, making investments and working closely with management to grow, scale and successfully exit businesses. He has worked at or advised venture capital firms including Durlacher, Aloe Private Equity and Atlas Venture. As Head of Smart Energy at BT, Jay project-managed an intelligent energy management system across 6.000 offices, exchanges and datacentres. In addition, he was involved in BT’s bid as communication provider for the national smart meter network, and generation of renewable energy from BT land. Jay has an MBA from INSEAD, France, an MSc in Electrical Engineering from Stanford, USA and a BA Electrical & Information Science from Cambridge University, UK. In addition to English, he speaks conversational Hindi, Marathi and French.
    • Sven-Roger von Schilling (Service Provider)
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    • Managing Partner
    • svs Capital Partners
    • http://www.svs-capitalpartners.com
    • Sven-Roger von Schilling is the founder and Managing Partner of svs Capital Partners, a boutique strategy and corporate finance advisor focusing exclusively on ambitious cleantech and IT companies. svs advises entrepreneurs on mission critical topics related to strategy and finance, such as capital raisings, identification of strategic partners etc. In 2010, svs Capital Partners founded, IPOed and managed European CleanTech I, the second SPAC listed at Deutsche Boerse. ECT I was deSPACed in 2012, when it acquired Electrawinds, a Belgian IPP. Before founding svs Capital Partners, Sven held CFO positions at listed cleantech and IT companies for more than 10 years. He was responsible for two successful IPOs, capital increases and debt refinancings, the execution of international expansion strategies and restructurings as well as the management of various M&A projects, both on the buy- and on the sell-side. His cleantech experience and expertise covers renewable energy, biofuels, recycling as well as equipment manufacturers for these sectors. Sven started his career as a management consultant at McKinsey and CSC Index, where he advised globally active corporations in the automotive, chemicals and financial services industry on strategy and change management projects. He holds a B.A. degree in business and finance from DHBW Mannheim in Germany and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management in the United States.
    • Knut Hechtfischer (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Ubitricity
    • http://www.ubitricity.com
    • Knut Hechtfischer is one of ubitricity’s founders and managing directors. 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.
    • Christoph Ostermann (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Sonnenbatterie
    • http://www.sonnenbatterie.de
    • Christoph Ostermann is Co-Founder of the Prosol Invest Group, being with its Solar Battery product range one of the pioneers in the residential battery storage market. Solar Battery is a highly innovative, intelligent battery system offering much more than just an energy storage solution. The system comprises several added value features such as smart home, smart meter, PV-monitoring and UPS. Since its market launch in early 2011 several hundreds of Solar Batteries have been sold only in Germany. Christoph began his career with KMC Management Consultants, a leading management consulting firm focused on sales and marketing expertise, where he was Managing Partner and Co-Founder of a branch office. Since 2005 he is in the renewable energy business, where he has been involved in several companies as CEO, entrepreneur and/or consultant. Christoph graduated in 1997 with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Bayreuth.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Dr. Thomas Goette (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • GreenPocket
    • http://www.greenpocket.de/en/
    • Dr. Thomas Goette is CEO of GreenPocket, one of the leading specialists for smart metering and smart home software. As an expert for the energy and internet business, he regularly appears in the trade press and is invited as a speaker to national and international events. In 2012, the economy magazine Wirtschaftswoche and Daimler nominated him as one of the top 100 online trendsetters in Germany. Prior to joining GreenPocket he founded and built up a social media startup. Before that he worked as a partner at the consulting firms Oliver Wyman (2006-2007), Diamond Cluster (2001-2006) and Roland Berger Strategy (1993-2000). He holds a degree in business administration from the University of Göttingen and a PhD in the area of Marketing and Finance.
    • 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.
    • Dr. Lars Behrend (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Siqens
    • http://www.siqens.de
    • Lars Behrend studied biology in Hamburg and received his diploma in environmental biology. After his PhD thesis in 2001 he worked several years as project manager at the University of Ulm. In 2005 Lars founded the biotech company Sirion Biotech in Munich, were he was managing director until 2010. During his time at Sirion he was successful in financing the company with venture capital and establishing Sirion as supplier for the pharma industry. After leaving Sirion Lars founded his own consulting firm. There he supported several startup companies in the biotech and cleantech field in strategic aspects, in fundraising and in business development. Starting as CEO in September 2012, Lars is currently responsible for business development, marketing and finance at Siqens. Mid 2013 Siqens was successful in closing a Series A financing round together with VNT management.
    • Erkko Fontell (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Convion
    • http://www.convion.fi
    • Erkko Fontell is co-founder of Convion – a leading fuel cell system integrator committed to commercialize highly efficient fuel cell products for distributed power generation applications. Erkko holds MCs degree in engineering and energy science. He has 20 years of experience in product development and business administration in the energy field. Since 2000, Erkko has been leading fuel cell development activities first in Wärtsilä and now as CEO and entrepreneur in Convion. Erkko has extensive experience covering fuel cell technologies, markets and European development networks. Convion is located in Finland and it became operational in January 2013 after a successful spin-out of fuel cell development activities from Wärtsilä to Convion, which is also financed by VNT management.
    • Ramin Mokhtari (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • ICE Gateway
    • http://www.ice-gateway.com
    • Ramin L. Mokhtari is the CEO of ICE Gateway which produces gateways for lighting as a service to provide an economical solution for smart cities. He has over 25 years of professional experience within large multinational telecommunication and energy corporations and also in multiple startup companies in US and Europe. His responsibilities covered CEO positions in solar and LED manufacturing sectors and also corporate venture capital in IT, telecommunication and energy sectors with multiple large IPOs. He studied at RWTH, university of Aachen in Germany, and received a Master of Science in Engineering.
    • Dr. Jan Marckhoff (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • BEN Energy
    • http://www.ben-energy.com
    • Jan is co-founder and CEO of BEN Energy. He has a background in finance having studied in Germany, India and the US and having gained over five years of work experience in the banking industry. Jan first came into contact with the energy market during his PhD where he did research on risk management in electricity markets in Europe. Afterwards, he worked in risk management and strategy consulting for the financial and energy industry before joining the ETH Zurich team and founding BEN at the beginning of 2011.
    • Dirk Uhlemann (Startup)
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    • COO
    • Ecofective
    • http://www.ecofective.com
    • Ecofective delivers a proven and robust energy efficiency management system for existing buildings, named EE2. By applying thermodynamic algorithms, EE2 leads to annual energy savings of 13-25% without any change to the existing central heating system. Born in Sweden in 1962, Dirk studied Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications in Stockholm, followed by a professional career as an executive manager with a focus on international business development and technology introduction within the telecommunications industry and IT. Before joining the Ecofective founder team in 2009, he spent more than six years as a consultant and interim manager building up cleantech companies with main business fields such as energy efficiency, energy storage, renewable energy conversion and e-mobility. Dirk is the company’s COO since 2009 and Managing Director of Ecofective Germany since 2012 when the Munich office was opened.
    • Nils Aldag (Startup)
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    • CFO
    • Sunfire
    • http://www.sunfire.de
    • Nils Aldag is a Co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Sunfire – a developer of next generation fuel cells and electrolysers based on high temperature technology. At Sunfire he successfully acquired equity investments from Bilfinger Venture Capital, Electranova Capital, KfW Bankengruppe and Total Energy Ventures. He is also a Co-founder of the Desertec Foundation. Nils graduated in 2009 with a degree in Business Administration from the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel.
    • Fred Sundström (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Recondoil
    • http://www.recondoil.com
    • Fred is the founder and CEO of Recondoil. Recondoil is a Swedish cleantech company that specialises in developing technologies for the sustainable use of oil. Using our technology, lube oil can, in principle, be used forever. We now have process solutions for industrial lube oils and are continuously working on extending the technology into new areas and niches. As a serial entrepreneur, Fred has more than 20 years of experience in startups with a focus on green technologies. Starting with carbohydrate-based (whey) green chemicals for energy efficiency 20 years ago to closing the loop for our worst and best raw material oil right now – always with sustainable thinking as focus and lead star.
    • Jan Michael Hess (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Ecosummit
    • http://market.ecosummit.net/c/Ecosummit
    • 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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