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    ECO15 Berlin Speakers


    Ecosummit Berlin 2015 takes place on 19-20 May 2015 at the Radialsystem. As of today, 56 speakers including 35 early and late stage startups are confirmed. Scroll down to learn more about our speaker lineup. Click “expand” to read the speaker profile, click “collapse” to close it. Past Ecosummit speakers: ECO14 London, ECO14 Berlin, ECO13 London, ECO13 Berlin, ECO12 Düsseldorf, ECO12 Berlin and ECO11 Berlin.

    • Prof. Dr. Lars Samuelson (Research)
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    • Director
    • Nanometer Structure Consortium Lund University
    • http://www.nano.lth.se
    • Lars Samuelson obtained his PhD in Solid State Physics at Lund University in 1977 followed by a Post-doc at IBM Research Laboratories in San José, CA. In 1986 he became Professor in Göteborg and returned in 1988 to a Professorship in Lund. He is since its start in 1988 director of the Nanometer Structure Consortium at Lund University (nmC@LU – www.nano.lu.se), today the primary interdisciplinary center for Nanoscience in Sweden, engaging about 250 scientists and PhD-students. He is recognized for his research on low-dimensional structures and the physics and applications thus made possible. In recent years his research focuses on the formation of one-dimensional nanowires, studies of their physical properties, as well as applications of semiconductor nanowires. He has published about 600 papers in refereed journals and given about 250 invited/plenary talks at international conferences (h-index≈73).
      In 2004 he became a Fellow of the Inst. of Physics in the UK, and in 2009 Fellow of the American Physical Society (Materials Physics). He is since 2006 a Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, KVA (Physics) and since 2007 of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA. In 2008 he was awarded as Einstein Professor by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in 2011 the Ideon Prize for Innovation, and in 2013 the IUVSTA Prize for Science of the Triennium 2010 – 2013, and in 2014 he was awarded the Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience. Beside his role as academic researcher and teacher, he has engaged himself in creation of spin-out companies and is the primary founder and Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of the companies QuNano AB, GLO AB and Sol Voltaics AB.
    • Prof. Dr. Eicke Weber (Research)
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    • Director
    • Fraunhofer ISE
    • http://www.ise.fraunhofer.de/en
    • Professor Eicke Weber is Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and Professor for Physics/Solar Energy at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics and at the Faculty of Engineering at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Germany. The ISE institute is one of the world-leading research institutes in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency. The focus of Prof. Weber’s research is the analysis of lattice defects in Si and compound semiconductors. Recently he studied specifically how good solar cells can be produced out of upgraded metallurgical (“dirty”) silicon with high metal content. Prof. Weber studied Physics at the University of Cologne, Germany where he made his doctorate in 1976 and his habilitation in 1983. From 1983-2006 he lectured at the faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of the University of California, Berkeley – since 1991 as Professor of Materials Science. In 1990 he was appointed visiting professor at the Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, and in 2000 at the Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan.
    • Thomas Buss (Corporate VC)
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    • VP Innovation Scouting & Co-Investments
    • E.ON
    • http://www.eon.com/en/about-us/innovation/strategic-co-investments.html
    • Thomas Buss is Vice President Innovation Scouting & Co-Investments at E.ON SE responsible for E.On’s corporate venture capital activities. He joined the Technology & Innovation team coming from E.ON UK where he had led the microgeneration business developing innovative project deployment and financing models for distributed energy assets (PV, Commercial Heat Pumps). He came to E.ON UK in 2010 from Royal Dutch Philips where he was Managing Director of Philip’s Home Energy Management Venture. Prior to Philips he was the team leader for Renewable Micro Generation Heating Systems at Ariston Thermo Group and has done many years of technology market research, analysis and consulting in the early years of his career at Forrester Research.
    • Philippe Ringenbach (Corporate VC)
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    • Venture Partner
    • Electranova Capital
    • http://www.electranovacapital.com/
    • Philippe is the General Manager of EDF’s Corporate Venture and Innovation Financing activity. He brings over twenty years of experience at EDF in Corporate Finance, Risk Management and Business Development in both B2B, and B2C segments, in France and internationally. Philippe was formerly the Head of Corporate Energy Market Risk Management at EDF. He led the deployment of EDF’s risk management policy globally and across the group’s main affiliates. Philippe is an alumnus of the engineering school Ecole Central de Lille and holds an MBA from HEC.
    • Uli Huener (Corporate VC)
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    • Head of Innovation Management
    • EnBW
    • http://www.enbw.com
    • Uli Huener previously served as the CEO of Yello Strom GmbH from September 2009 on and from March 2012 also as Managing Director of EnBW Vertriebs GmbH. Uli Huener studied mathematics and business administration at the Universities of Bielefeld and Hamburg and obtained a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology. Prior to getting into the Energy Business Uli has held various senior management positions with companies in the IT and telecommunications sector in Germany as well as in the US, overall holding over 25 years of international experience – from startups to large corporations.
    • Christian Arnold (Corporate VC)
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    • Managing Director enera
    • EWE
    • http://www.energie-vernetzen.de
    • Christian is Managing Director of enera, a multipartner cooperation focusing on the digital energy transformation which is initiated by EWE AG. He completed a construction traineeship and holds university degrees in both civil engineering and business administration. Christian has studied in Germany and the US and has gained over 10 years of work experience in the utility, telecom and venture capital industries. First, he came into contact with the energy market during his studies while researching on risk management in European electricity markets. Afterwards, he joined leading international multi-utility and venture capital companies in Germany and the USA. During this period, he was in charge for strategic projects in the field of Mergers & Acquisition and cleantech related projects. In 2013, Christian joined EWE AG for building up one of the largest Energiewende demonstrators in Europe which is named enera. Christian also has a strong entrepreneurial background which envisioned important parts of enera´s strategy.
    • Dr. Matthias Dill (Corporate VC)
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    • Managing Director
    • Statkraft Ventures
    • http://www.statkraft.com
    • Matthias Dill is the designated Managing Director of Statkraft’s new corporate venture capital fund. His mission is to support entrepreneurs in taking advantage of the energy sector’s massive change. Prior to building Statkraft’s venture capital fund he was a senior investment manager at High-Tech Gründerfonds, Europe’s largest and most active seed fund. He is trained as a Mechanical Engineer and in Business Administration at Technical University Braunschweig and University of Rhode Island.
    • Pascal Rioual (Corporate)
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    • Deputy Head Open Innovation
    • EDF
    • http://www.edf.com
    • Pascal Rioual obtained his PhD in Power Electronics in 1994, after graduating from the Ecole Normale Supérieur de Cachan. He joined EDF R&D In 1994 and worked in this division, on diverse functions, during 12 years. He joined the Insular Power Systems Division in 2007, in order to manage the electricity purchase and supply in non-interconnected systems. He was responsible for the project of installing a NaS battery storage system on the Reunion island. This installation was connected in December 2009. During the last years, Pascal focused on the integration of intermittent renewables and worked with regulators and investors in electricity generation to adapt the necessary contractual framework. He joined the innovation cluster CAPENERGIES, as acting director, in December 2010. He came back to the EDF Group to join the Open Innovation team in October 2013.
    • 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.
    • Konstantin Hanssen (Corporate)
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    • Key Account Manager Energy & Optics
    • Investitionsbank Berlin
    • http://www.ibb.de
    • Konstantin Hanssen studied Economics and Marketing at Technische Universität of Berlin. He entered the IBB in 1993 in the new department for economy support and worked in different sections of the IBB. Since 2010 he is Key Account Manager responsible for Berlin-based companies in the fields of energy technology and optics. In addition to consulting on the financial structures of R&D projects among public funding programs he checks the granting of loans at the own risk of the IBB. Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB) is the business development bank of Berlin. With a wide product spectrum it is active in the areas of business as well as housing and real estate promotion. IBB supports small and medium-sized enterprises in Berlin with subsidies, loan products and equity stakes developing targeted solutions for its clients. In doing so it works in close cooperation with all local commercial banks.
    • Dr. Alexander von Frankenberg (VC)
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    • Co-CEO
    • High-Tech Gründerfonds
    • http://high-tech-gruenderfonds.de
    • Alex von Frankenberg is Co-CEO 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 startup. 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).
    • Alexander Schlaepfer (VC)
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    • Partner
    • Aster Capital
    • http://aster.com/
    • Alexander joined Paris-based venture capital firm Aster Capital in 2009 and is leading investments in the areas of energy conversion and storage. Prior to Aster, he headed Global Strategy & Business Development for Alstom’s €5 billion Thermal Services business. Earlier, Alexander was Managing Director at ABB in Egypt, responsible for a business unit active in EPC contracting and services for utility and industrial power plants. In 15 years at Alstom and ABB, Alexander closed over 20 M&A deals and created several joint ventures and new businesses. He holds a BA from the University of Applied Sciences in St. Gallen and a Masters in Finance (MSc) from London Business School. Alexander is a Director at Aster’s portfolio company IOXUS (Oneonta/NY, USA), Etogas (Stuttgart/DE) and Atlantium (Bet Shemesh/Israel). He is also a member of the advisory board to French early stage venture fund EMERTEC IV and to the Competence Center Environment and Sustainability (CCES) at ETH Zürich. On a private basis, he is active as angel investor in Switzerland.
    • Dr. Christian Reitberger (VC & Angel)
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    • Partner
    • Wellington Partners
    • http://www.wellington-partners.com
    • Christian Reitberger is an active business angel, working regularly with the brains to ventures network, and since 2009 serves as a Partner with Wellington Partners, the pan European technology investment firm. Christian is a savvy technologist with a passion for transforming breakthrough innovations into real businesses that have the potential to improve the state of our world. He has led venture, growth and buyout investments in the Electronics, Resource Efficiency and Software area and has served on some 20+ boards including NXP Semiconductors, Q-Cells, Heliatek, Orcan Energy, Romo Wind, Effect Photonics and Electrochaea. Christian spent nine years with Apax Partners where he was a Partner in the Tech & Telecom team and five years with McKinsey where he worked with clients in the electronics, digital media, telecom and medtech industries. He earned a PhD in physics from the University of Vienna with sub auspiciis praesidentis distinction. He conducted research at CERN and had exposure to a number of corporate R&D labs. In his spare time he tries (in vain) to keep up to speed in cognitive robotics, quantum gravity and data science.
    • Stephan Schulze (VC)
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    • Senior Investment Manager
    • IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft
    • http://www.ibb-bet.de/
    • The IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft provides venture capital to innovative Berlin enterprises and has established itself as a market leader in the field of early stage financing in the location Berlin. Currently two of the funds managed by the IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft are in the investment phase, the VC Fonds Technologie Berlin with a fund size of € 52 million and the VC Fonds Kreativwirtschaft Berlin with a fund size of € 30 million. Stephan is Head of the Industrial Technologies Team and Prokurist of IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft. He joined the company in 1997. Stephan is responsible for identifying and especially implementing new investment opportunities in Berlin as well as developing portfolio companies and realising successful exits. Prior to joining IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft he was assistant of the general management of Arton Automobile, a supplier of electric powered vehicles, and developed with Herlitz Falkenhöh the Business Park Am Borsigturm. Stephan holds a degree of Mechanical Engineering and Management and is a graduate of Technical University Berlin.
    • Dr. Ingo Potthof (VC)
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    • Managing Partner
    • UnternehmerTUM Fund
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    • 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.
    • Dr. Dirk Bessau (VC & Accelerator)
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    • Director Berlin Office
    • KIC InnoEnergy
    • http://www.kic-innoenergy.com/
    • Dirk Bessau is the manager of the KIC InnoEnergy office in Berlin since July 2014 and Business Development Manager. He has a strong background and network in the German Energy industry. He started his carrier in the energy market in 2002 as an assistant to the CEO of a municipal utility, before he was member of the management board and head of the business development. Additionally, he was authorised officer of the corporate venture company. Afterwards he was managing director of one of the largest renewable energy associations in Europe and CEO to develop a new company for infrastructure services in the gas market – today, one of the largest European gas market areas. He is experienced in the transformation of the energy market, especially in energy production and renewables as well as in startup management and energy politics.
    • 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.
    • Yme Bosma (Accelerator)
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    • Program Director
    • Rockstart
    • http://www.rockstart.com/accelerator
    • Yme Bosma is the Program Director of the Rockstart Smart Energy Accelerator. The international program helps participating startups bring their product faster to market and supports their fundraising. After 15 years of working for online companies such as Lost Boys, Media Republic and Hyves, Yme decided to take a sabbatical and went for a long sailing trip with his family. The fast growing social network Hyves was founded in 2004 and sold in 2010 to the Telegraaf Media Groep. After the sailing trip he decided to invest and participate in initiatives focusing on internet, energy and sustainability. His first project was building a boat that runs on solar energy, followed by the Smart Energy Accelerator.
    • Andreas Stubelius (Accelerator)
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    • Portfolio Manager
    • Swedish Energy Agency
    • http://www.energimyndigheten.se/en/
    • Andreas Stubelius is a Portfolio Manager at the Swedish Energy Agency. He is responsible for developing the Agency’s portfolio companies. The portfolio consists of more than 60 cleantech companies and Andreas has been involved in starting 15 of them. He has a long experience in seed funding and has been working within the energy sector for more than 10 years. Andreas holds an engineering degree in power electronics and also one in corporate finance. He has worked in various positions the last years and the last one in managing a project for the Swedish Government.
    • Dr. Philipp Bouteiller (Berlin TXL)
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    • CEO
    • Tegel Projekt
    • http://www.berlintxl.de/
    • Philipp studied in Berlin and London where he received a PhD in International Management and Social Psychology from London School of Economics. He worked as a senior consultant for McKinsey & Company, then as an IT entrepreneur and independent strategy adviser. Since April 2012, Philipp is the CEO of Tegel Projekt and aims at creating the Urban Tech Republic Berlin TXL at the airport Tegel. His main competence areas are high tech and innovation management, infrastructures, mobility and renewable energy.
    • Tobias Rothacher (Service Provider)
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    • Senior Manager Renewable Energies & Resources
    • Germany Trade & Invest
    • http://www.gtai.de/GTAI/Navigation/EN/Invest/Industries/energy-environment-resources.html
    • Tobias Rothacher is Senior Manager for Renewable Energy & Resources at Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI) and has a special focus on Photovoltaics, Bioenergies, Home Energy Storage and Smart Home technologies. GTAI is a consultancy wholly owned by the German government and has supported the creation of the largest renewable energy production cluster in the world. Headquartered in Berlin, he and his colleagues advice all investors interested in the field of Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Environmental Technologies. Prior to his position at GTAI, Rothacher worked as a Business Development and Project Development Manager at the Conergy group in the Asia Pacific region. He has an academic background in Business Administration and Engineering and received his higher education in Germany and Canada.
    • Christoph Ostermann (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Sonnenbatterie
    • http://market.ecosummit.net/c/Sonnenbatterie
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Andreas Spiess (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Solarkiosk
    • http://solarkiosk.eu
    • Andreas Spiess works and lives as a lawyer and CEO of Solarkiosk AG in Berlin, Germany. The boutique law firm Spiess Schumacher Schmieg & Partner focuses on IP and Media Law, as well as venture capital and private equity transactions (M&A) in the field of renewable energy and developing markets. In 2008, Andreas Spiess and his Ethiopian partners established Solar23 dev plc in Addis Abeba, which is now one of the biggest solar system integrators in Ethiopia.
    • Dr. Felix Grolman (Startup)
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    • Co-CEO
    • Grundgrün
    • http://www.grundgruen.de
    • Dr. Felix Grolman provides his long-term experience in the financial and structuring world to Grundgrün Energie. After degrees both in law and economics he worked in Sales & Trading at Morgan Stanley and then with Boston Consulting Group where he advised energy utilities and trading groups. Subsequently he has founded multiple companies in the realm of renewable energies. The growing importance of energy and power generation turned him into an active supporter of the renewable concept years ago. Having worked in the UK, Spain, Switzerland and China he thoroughly believes in the competitive edge of Germany in the energy sector and is excited to grow Grundgrün in his home market and beyond. His objective is to make renewable energy economically independent and profitable – a goal he wants to reach with Grundgrün as an integrated renewable energy utility.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Christopher Schläffer (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Yetu
    • http://www.yetu.com
    • Christopher Schlaeffer, yetu’s CEO and Founder, is a European high-tech industry protagonist and former Chief Product & Innovation Officer, Corporate Development Officer and Chief Strategy Officer of Deutsche Telekom. Christopher started his business career with Accenture, the international consulting, technology and outsourcing company. In 1998 he joined Deutsche Telekom, Europe’s largest telecoms operator. In 2000 the board under CEO Ron Sommer promoted him to Senior Vice President Group Strategy. During the following decade Christopher played a key role in Deutsche Telekom’s transformation. In 2002 he became Corporate Development Officer (CDO) giving him additional group-wide responsibilities for Innovation, Technology and IT as well as Deutsche Telekom’s regional offices across Europe and Asia. In 2006 Christopher Schlaeffer became Deutsche Telekom’s Chief Product & Innovation Officer and thus in charge of the group’s product portfolio and bringing key innovations like IPTV, the mobile internet or new services around Connected Life & Work to market. In this role he became member of the group’s Executive Operating Board and chairman of Deutsche Telekom’s Marketing Leadership Team. Christopher also managed Deutsche Telekom’s Research & Development, the group’s digital businesses in online content, eCommerce, advertising, payment and social networking as well as the company’s strategic partnerships, for example with Apple for the iPhone or Google to launch the world’s first mobile telephone based on the Android operating system. In 2010 Christopher founded yetu to create an open standard platform for Smart Homes. Christopher is recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.
    • Yüksel Sirmasac (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Rockethome
    • http://rockethome.de/welcome/
    • 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. Carsten Bether (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Kiwigrid
    • http://www.kiwigrid.com/en/
    • Carsten Bether, CEO and Founder of Kiwigrid in Dresden, Germany is a smart grid expert with more than 15 years experience in the IT and energy sector. After studying Economics at the Technical University Dresden, he worked as software consultant, CTO and Founder of several companies within the IT industry. While working as Innovation Manager for T-Systems Multimedia Solutions, he obtained his PhD at the Universities of Berlin and Stanford. Since founding Kiwigrid in 2011, Carsten focuses his attention on software for energy management and value-added services in the rapidly changing energy industry.
    • Christian Voss (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Green Living
    • http://www.greenliving-shop.de
    • Christian founded Green Living in 2009. His vision is to unite unique design with eco- and health-friendliness for sustainable design interiors. His own experiences made his vision grow. Working as a carpenter and later in construction supply he suffered from allergies. This made him question used materials and seek alternatives. After completing his business management studies, he started with Green Living. Thanks to his expertise he knows exactly how to check the quality of furniture.
    • Kaj Rönnlund (Startup)
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    • Chairman of the Board
    • There Corporation
    • http://www.therecorporation.com
    • Kaj Rönnlund, is the Chairman of the Board and investor of There Corporation which is working with the energy companies in the Nordics revolutionizing the way energy is used and priced. The service is the first fully commercial market tracking demand response product offered to consumers in the world! The service consists of the There automation solution and a spot-price electricity contract. The first solution was launched by Fortum, the second largest Nordic utility, end 2012. In addition to these Kaj also invests in cleantech and technology startups and he is currently a board member of Fixura, 9Solutions and VNT Management. Other Board memberships are KGN Tool and Vaasan Vihannes. Kaj Rönnlund also is a member of the Board and heading the Investment Committee of the Endowment, Harry Schaumans Stiftelse in Vaasa, Finland. Kaj Rönnlund has a strong entrepreneurial background with over 20 years experience in Portfolio Management and Derivatives Trading with a deep understanding in risk management. He has global experience in the trading business in different European markets and in both US and Asia. Kaj has founded, built and exited multiple companies among others Estlander & Rönnlund, Comsel System and the Switch. Kaj gruduated from Hanken in 1987 with a Master of Science in Economics with International Marketing and Finance as Majors. Kaj Rönnlund has a Major reserve rank in the reserve of the Finnish Defense Force. He is also The Honorary Consul of Norway in Vassa, Finland.
    • Enn Ounpuu (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Elcogen
    • http://www.elcogen.com
    • Enn Õunpuu is Founder, Member of the Board and CEO of Elcogen. Enn Õunpuu has over two decades of experience starting up several companies in energy services and equipment, construction, real estate and banking industry. He served as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board in banking industry, non-executive director in construction tool rental company and CEO in HVAC and building control systems sales and service company. He currently holds a non-executive director position in several companies. He has experience of several successful mergers and trade sales of founded companies. Enn Õunpuu was one of the initiators for founding the Estonian Power and Heat Association, a NGO uniting most of Estonia’s power and heat companies. He served as the Head of the Revision Committee and was a Member of the Board for more than eight years. In 2001, Mr. Õunpuu founded AS Elcogen, a company developing solid oxide fuel cell tehnology. Enn Õunpuu holds a degree from the Tallinn University in the field of Physics and Technology.
    • Kimmo Rauma (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Visedo
    • http://www.visedo.com
    • Kimmo Rauma received his MSc and DSc degrees in Electrical Engineering in 2002 and 2006, respectively. Kimmo has worked with power electronics and product development in different companies over the last 14 years. Today, Kimmo Rauma is the CEO and Co-Founder of Visedo Oy in Finland. Visedo, founded in 2009, is a company designing and manufacturing inverters, DC/DC converters, motors, generators and energy storages for electric and hybrid electric mobile work machines, buses and marine vessels. Kimmo has been responsible for the technology, team building and running the company. Kimmo is a member of the Electric Vehicle Systems Program steering group of the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation. Kimmo holds several patents and patent applications for power electronic control principles and solutions.
    • Philipp Pausder (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Thermondo
    • http://www.thermondo.de
    • Philipp is the Co-Founder and CEO of Thermondo. Thermondo is a revolutionary technology-driven provider of heat solutions, algorithm-based customized quotes and nationwide delivery. The company brings heat solutions to residential customers faster, digital and at highest quality. Based on an online platform and an in-house developed IT infrastructure, customers can compare customized solution packages in a quick, easy and cost-effective way. As a result of this process and the advice provided by Thermondo sales consultants, homeowners choose and purchase the system that best fits their needs. Thermondo also installs the heating systems with in-house technicians in 10 metropolitan areas in Germany. Prior to Thermondo, Philipp founded Clean Venture, a boutique M&A advisory firm for distributed energy deals. Clean Venture advised on deals across 4 continents with a total value greater than $1 billion. Before starting his own firm, Philipp worked for Applied Value, a Stockholm-based strategy and investment firm. Philipp was recognized as Global Champion of Sustainable Innovation 2007 by Thunderbird University, USA for his development of business models for emerging markets. Philipp started his career as a global marketing manager at adidas AG launching innovation concepts to a global market place. He holds an MBA in Finance with highest distinction from IE Business School, Madrid and an MA in Business and Mass Communication from FU Berlin.
    • Artur Sychov (E.ON Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Easycharge.me
    • http://easycharge.me
    • Artur Sychov is CEO of Easycharge.me – a startup accelerated by E.ON. Artur presented the idea of a ceiling charging station to the E.ON management a year ago and got a green light to build his vision into a real product. The goal of Easycharge.me is to provide fast and affordable charging solutions for private EV owners and companies. With Easycharge.me signature products, companies will be able to set up charging points for EVs quickly without the need of significant investments into infrastructure modifications. Artur holds a degree in Investment Banking and an MBA in Financial Management from City University of Seattle. He worked more than 7 years as an energy trader. Artur is married and a proud father. He loves to write electronic music, play tennis and poker.
    • Hugues de Bantel (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • The CoSMo Company
    • http://www.thecosmocompany.com/
    • Hugues de Bantel is Co-Founder and CEO of The CoSMo Company. Previously, Hugues was the CEO and a Director of Edaptechnomed, a Nasdaq listed medtech company with headquarters in Lyon, France. After 2 years managing Alticare, a boutique consulting firm accompanying startups, he joined Eric Boix and Michel Morvan to create The CoSMo Company. He brings his experience in managing technology companies in Asia, Europe and the US. Hugues holds an MBA from IMD Lausanne, and a Master in Business Management from Rouen School of Management.
    • Romain Lacombe (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Plume Labs
    • http://www.plumelabs.com
    • Romain Lacombe is a Transparency Engineer who’s trying to change the world, one kilobyte of data at a time. A former public servant, Silicon Valley entrepreneur, World Bank consultant, MIT environmental economics researcher, Fulbright scholar and science student, he has spent the past four years building Open Data policies to make governments more accountable, in France and around the world. He was until recently the co-founder and head of innovation of Etalab (data.gouv.fr), the French Prime Minister’s task force for access to information which he helped create in 2011 after authoring the first report on Open Data’s potential for France. At task force Etalab, Romain focused on policy delivery, startups outreach and international relations, representing his country in the G8 Open Data Charter negotiations and coordinating France’s recent adhesion to the Open Government Partnership. Romain is a fierce advocate of the power of open. With his latest project, he aims at making our cities breathable again — together!
    • Taavi Madiberk (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Skeleton Technologies
    • http://market.ecosummit.net/c/Skeleton
    • Taavi Madiberk is Co-Founder and CEO at Skeleton Technologies. His business development, sales and marketing and company management skills have been instrumental in setting up and driving growth. He has been the driving force for excellent customer traction, (the company counts as customers European Space Agency and several Tier 1 automotives), business strategy (leveraging the advantage in materials technology to energy storage cells and modules), product development and fundraising from venture capital, private equity and public sources in German, Estonian and EU level. Taavi brings knowledge from the IT, locomotive and NGO sectors from his prior experience to Skeleton Technologies. Among other Board positions he served as the youngest ever Chairman of the Supervisory Board in Estonian Railways (AS Eesti Raudtee), the national railway, from 2012-2014. He currently also serves as a Member of the Supervisory Board of RKAS, an Estonian state-owned real estate company with over €400M of assets. Taavi studied law at the University of Tartu.
    • Trued Holmquist (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Scypho
    • http://www.scypho.com
    • CEO Trued Holmquist previously developed the leading electronic BankID service in Sweden, which simplified the everyday lives of millions of people. He brought this experience to Scypho to improve the everyday life of current homeowners whilst building a platform for future homes, and again make a revolutionary impact on a business category.
    • Finn Christensen (Startup)
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    • CCO
    • Wattguard
    • http://wattguard.org
    • Finn Christensen is Co-Founder of Wattguard. As Executive Vice President he is responsible for the international expansion of Wattguard and also assumes the responsibility as CEO of Wattguard in Denmark. Finn obtained his MBA at Copenhagen Business School. He has more than 30 years of commercial experience and has taken up several senior positions with multinational companies like Shell (15 years), Maersk (3 years) and most recently IBM (6 years), responsible for both Marketing, Sales and Product and Service Development. During the past 15 years he has also been representing a number of companies as a Member of Board and Chairman. Together with a group of Swedish entrepreneurs he started Wattguard in 2010 to commercialize an invention which can make great savings on electricity for lighting.
    • Patrik Möller (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • CorPower Ocean
    • http://market.ecosummit.net/c/CorPower+Ocean
    • Patrik is the CEO of CorPower Ocean, a Swedish ocean energy startup bringing a fivefold improvement in wave power efficiency, currently in pilot with Iberdrola Engineering. He is a passionate entrepreneur with experience of building VC-funded technology startups from first idea to more than 80 people with multinational operations. Patrik has successfully led international product development teams to deliver complex machinery outperforming prior state-of-the-art solutions, and to get them piloted by major customers. Prior to CorPower he co-founded Replisaurus Technologies, developing tools and processes for printing patterned metal layers used in semiconductor manufacturing. Patrik has a MSc in chemical engineering from Lund Institute of Technology, with scholarship studies at UC Berkeley. He is author or co-author of over 10 technical papers and inventor on over 20 patents.
    • Björn Jernström (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Ferroamp
    • http://www.ferroamp.com
    • Björn Jernström is CEO of Ferroamp. A company he founded in 2010 based on the now patented ACE technology that enables savings on grid fees and faster EV charging. The novel 4-quadrant inverter developed for this application now also supports solar cells and energy storage. Today Ferroamp sells PV inverters that bring benefits even without PV panels. Björn is the inventor behind four different patents related to the technology. Prior to starting Ferroamp he has worked as project manager for a thin film CIGS manufacturing plant, R&D manager for optical media replication equipment and also within different companies related to electric measurement technology. Björn has an MSc in Electrical Engineering from KTH in Stockholm. He has previously founded two successful startups in the electric power industry, both were acquired by industrial buyers.
    • Joakim Nydren (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Foreseeti
    • http://www.foreseeti.com
    • Joakim is CEO and co-founder of Foreseeti, a startup company within proactive cyber security management. Global cost of cybercrime is now in line with cost of drug trafficking and rapidly increasing. The energy sector is seeing a specifically rapid increase of advanced threats. With the development of smart grids, and increasingly complex and interconnected systems of systems, it is ever more important to manage security from a holistic perspective. Foreseeti has a CAD tool for Cyber Security Management, helping companies proactively manage cyber security from a holistic perspective, based on security research and expertise combined with sophisticated network analysis. Prior to Foreseeti, Joakim worked as a strategy consultant within Accenture for almost 10 years focusing on market and growth strategy. In addition to Joakim the startup team consists of cyber security experts, professors at KTH Royal Institute of Technology and skilled developers.
    • Pierre Coulombeau (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • EnerBee
    • http://www.enerbee.fr
    • CEO and Co-Founder of EnerBee, Pierre brinsg his entrepreneurial background and experience in developing and industrialising innovative technologies into world-class products. Currently board member of several startups, Pierre was Co-Founder and executive manager of several innovative startups: Co-Founder, COO and now board member of IDEOL, developing floating foundations for the offshore wind industry; Co-Founder and CEO of TRANGO, leader in mobile virtualization acquired by VMware (NYSE: VMW) in 2008.
    • André Gennesseaux (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Energiestro
    • http://www.energiestro.net
    • André is CEO, Chief Technical Officer and Founder of Energiestro, where he filed 6 patents on flywheel energy storage. Before, he was leading the research of PAULSTRA, in the TOTAL Energy Group, were he filed 20 patents that are currently used by the automotive industry. He received engineering degrees from Arts et Métiers in Bordeaux and Polytechnique in Paris.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Chintan Shah (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Tvilight
    • http://www.tvilight.com
    • Chintan Shah is CEO and Founder of the startup Tvilight. Tvilight offers an intelligent street lighting solution that adjusts the light intensity of street lights based on presence detection. The patented solution saves up to 80% in energy costs and reduces the operational costs by up to 50%. Chintan has over 10 years of work experience at various energy and high-tech companies around the world. In the past, he worked at Suzuki, Shell and Bluewater. He is currently an advisor to the EU Commission wherein he helps evaluating the technical and financial feasibility of new energy related projects with an investment range of €2–10 million. Chintan is a Mechanical engineer by background and holds a Master’s degree in Management of Technology from TU Delft (the Netherlands).
    • Rok Loncaric (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Cooling Inno
    • http://coolinginno.com
    • Rok Loncaric, Founder and CEO of Cooling Inno, is a former lawyer with a bar exam that turned to cleantech after his 10 years of legal practice in real estate business. He saw great potential in phase change materials (PCM) and their big storage capacity and, therefore, started building products that could lower the cooling costs around the world. He believes that people are spending too much money on electricity because of their comfort. The lack of knowledge and smart solutions in cooling are the fields he wants to tackle with. He worked at the biggest Slovenian bank NLB and in the biggest Slovenian retail chain TUS as a legal adviser and, as a result, has gained valuable business experience. Rok likes to innovate products, business models and user experience.
    • Francois-Xavier Cordier (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Leko Homes
    • http://www.lekohomes.com
    • Francois is Co-Founder and CEO of the French startup Leko Homes. The goal of Leko is to bring smart green homes to the mass market by making them affordable. Leko works in partnership with some of the best architects in the world to design fantastic healthy, ultra-efficient and conscious homes. In 2008, Francois abandoned business school studies in order to learn all about wooden houses. He began a European road trip which made him travel from Slovenia to UK through Austria to discover the most innovative and exiting solutions. In 2010, thanks to Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs he left for Germany to find out more about passive houses. A year later he worked in Belgium with a builder to industrialise and standardize advanced component buildings to save cost and time on site. This standardisation process led to Luxembourg on a development program focusing on super efficient homes. Then he went to Paris as partner of one of the pioneer architecture offices in low energy houses. He came back from all these different experiences with one conclusion: it was time for a radical change. Time for a vertical integration like in the automotive industry where designers, architects and technicians work together to take the building sector into the smart green future. Leko was born. Francois graduated with two degrees, one in engineering sciences and another one in timber construction.
    • Hendrik Klosterkemper (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • ENIT Systems
    • http://www.enit-systems.com/de/
    • Hendrik Klosterkemper is Co-Founder and CEO of ENIT Systems, one of the pioneers of state-of-the-art IT for energy systems in industrial plants. After five years of development at the Fraunhofer ISE, the spin-off just introduced ENIT Agent, a pulse meter for industrial plants, that visualizes all energy consumption data for each machine and meter. Besides leveraging cost saving potentials, customers gain a new understanding for the processes and their interdependencies. Hendrik has been working for The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) since 2011, where he was a member of the Industrial Goods and Energy Practice group. For BCG clients, Hendrik took the role of an IT project leader and developed strategies in the field of heavy manufacturing, IT and Energy. He also conducted M&A divestitures and consulted energy providers and grid operators. Prior to BCG, Hendrik worked for the Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg as a scientific associate. Here he was already fascinated by the development of OpenMUC, the software framework that is now the enabling technology of the ENIT Agent. Already in 2010 Hendrik contributed to the development of optimization algorithms for controlling combined heat and power plants. In 2014 Hendrik founded ENIT Systems with his former colleagues Simon Fey and Pascal Benoit. At ENIT Systems, Hendrik’s focus as CEO lies on the strategy and business development. Hendrik holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the Technical University Dresden and the London School of Economics.
    • 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 Europe’s leading smart green innovation conference for startups, VCs and corporates. We focus on smart green energy, mobility and buildings – the 3 pillars of the Energiewende. We love smart, green and lean startups that make and sell intelligent and resource efficient products in a capital efficient way. We promote the best startups from seed investment until exit. Ecosummit Market is the open platform for smart green startups to support fundraising, recruiting and business development. Since 2010, Jan organised 8 international conferences in Berlin (5), London (2) and Düsseldorf (1). 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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