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    ECO16 London Speakers

     

    Ecosummit accelerates smart green startups, investors and corporates in Europe. Our 4th Ecosummit in London takes place on 11 October 2016 at CodeNode. Please contact us if you’re interested in pitching or sponsoring. Scroll down to learn more about our speaker lineup. Click “expand” to read the speaker profile, click “collapse” to close it. Past Ecosummit speakers: ECO16 Amsterdam, ECO16 Berlin, ECO15 London, ECO15 Berlin, ECO14 London, ECO14 Berlin, ECO13 London, ECO13 Berlin, ECO12 Düsseldorf, ECO12 Berlin and ECO11 Berlin.

     

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    • Ben Goldsmith (Investor)
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    • CEO
    • Menhaden Capital
    • http://www.menhaden.com
    • Ben Goldsmith is Founder and CEO of Menhaden Capital Plc, an investment trust listed on the main London Stock Exchange and focused on green industries, including renewable energy. Previously, Ben founded WHEB Asset Management, one of Europe’s leading sustainability themed investment management firms. Ben is on the Board of the Goldsmith family investment group, and chairs the Goldsmith family’s philanthropic foundation. Ben chairs the UK Conservative Environment Network, and is a Trustee of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation – one of Europe’s largest philanthropic foundations, focused on children and the environment.
    • Dr. Inken Braunschmidt (Corporate)
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    • Chief Innovation Officer
    • RWE
    • http://www.rwe.com
    • Inken Braunschmidt is the Chief Innovation Officer of RWE and is heading the RWE Innovation Hub, the platform and team to develop RWE’s innovative business models of the future. The focus is on pioneering lighthouse projects in areas in which we are striving to go to market faster. We leverage successful methods and principles for innovation, establishing cross-business partnerships and an external innovation network to accelerate change. As our customers’ needs and demands shift, we all have the opportunity to transform our company and shape the energy sector for future generations.
    • Robert Linck (Corporate VC)
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    • CFO
    • Shell Technology Ventures
    • http://www.shell.com/techventures
    • Robert has worked with young and old technology companies for close to 20 years: in his current role as CFO of Shell Technology Ventures, while working in the Corporate M&A department of both Philips Electronics and Royal Dutch Shell, as CFO of mobile internet startup Atobe Mobile Solutions (WAPMagic), as partner in a M&A and restructuring boutique, as Co-Founder of game developer Lunagames, on company boards like ProwebCE and Yourenergy, and as consultant at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). He holds a Master degree in business economics from the Erasmus of University and an Executive Master in Finance and Control from the Free University of Amsterdam.
    • Leonie Baneke (Corporate VC)
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    • Manager Corporate Venturing
    • Eneco Innovation & Ventures
    • http://www.eneco.com/about-us/innovation/
    • Leonie Baneke is Manager Corporate Venturing at Eneco Innovation & Ventures. This team of around 50 FTE is responsible for the development and growth of Eneco’s (a leading Dutch utility) innovative business models and services, both internal and external. Leonie is responsible for identifying, structuring and managing investments in innovative companies, whereby the starting principle is to structure meaningful partnerships and commercial deals in parallel with such investments. Main focus is on domains such as smart homes, smart buildings, solar & storage, mobility, smart outdoor and smart grid & flexibility. Before joining Eneco, Leonie worked in mergers & acquisitions, advising companies and investors in a variety of sectors on acquisitions, divestments, financial restructuring and strategic topics.
    • Dr. Matthias Dill (Corporate VC)
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    • CEO
    • Statkraft Ventures
    • http://www.statkraftventures.com
    • Matthias Dill is the 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.
    • 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.
    • Wendy Devolder (Service Provider)
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    • CEO
    • Skills Matter
    • http://skillsmatter.com
    • Wendy Devolder launched Skills Matter a little over a decade ago with a mission to inspire innovation in software engineering. Now organising more than 1000 expert-led talks, conferences, training events, workshops and hackathons every year, Skills Matter has grown from humble roots to become Europe’s largest community of software engineers regularly coming together to learn and share skills. Wendy is a strong advocate for the important role community plays in expanding opportunities for businesses and individuals alike. For more than a decade Wendy has dreamt of opening a venue large enough to accommodate her ever-growing membership base. With the recent opening of CodeNode – UK’s largest venue dedicated to technology events – that dream is now reality. CodeNode plays host to hundreds of technologists in any given evening and is instrumental in encouraging cross-pollination of ideas within the tech industry.
    • Neil Foster (Service Provider)
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    • Partner
    • Baker Botts
    • http://www.bakerbotts.com
    • Neil Foster’s practice covers mergers & acquisitions, venture capital & private equity and corporate finance. In the cleantech and renewables sector, Neil has done corporate finance deals in electric motors (EVO Electric), electric cars (Tesla), recycling (2K Manufacturing), batteries (Oxis Energy), wind (Baryonyx) and solar (The Solar Cloth Company and G24 Innovations). Neil is experienced in complex cross-border transactions. This work is balanced between in-bound deals for large international corporates and deals for UK companies, where IP and/or technology are the key assets. Neil is a regular speaker at venture capital, technology, media, biotechnology and corporate finance events. He was a mentor to CEOs of emerging companies at the European Venture Academies in Copenhagen and London, concentrating on fund raising strategies and techniques. Neil is on the Advisory Committee for Global Corporate Venturing (GCV) magazine (2011 to date) and was a judge for GCV’s Annual Awards in 2011 and 2012. He was also the first lawyer internationally to be invited to join the Faculty for the Global Corporate Venturing Academy. Neil has been ranked as a Leading Individual by Chambers for Corporate/M&A every year since 2010.
    • Alisa Murphy (Service Provider)
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    • CEO
    • Life Size Media
    • http://www.lifesizemedia.com
    • Alisa is the Founder and CEO of Life Size Media, one of the only communications agencies in Europe that chooses to work exclusively in cleantech. Over the last five years, Alisa and her team have delivered award-winning campaigns for some of the leading individuals, businesses, products and services in the sustainability sector. As a full service agency, Life Size Media’s work spans public relations, brand, design, marketing, digital and film. Alisa was previously the CEO of B9 Coal, a clean energy project development company that she developed into a key player in the CCS industry while leading an extensive public relations campaign to promote awareness of the technology and the key issues around de-carbonizing the power sector. She was also the Co-Founder of Life Slice Films, an independent film company producing documentary films to raise awareness of key social issues.
    • 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 and impact conference for startups, investors and corporates in Berlin, Amsterdam and London. 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 early and late stage startups during their entire lifecycle 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 11 smart green innovation conferences in Berlin (7), London (3) and Düsseldorf (1). He advises smart green startups, investors and corporates on open innovation, strategy, co-investing and marketing. 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.
    • Christoph Ostermann (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Sonnen
    • https://www.sonnenbatterie.de/en/
    • Christoph Ostermann is Co-Founder and CEO of Sonnen GmbH, 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.
    • Knut Hechtfischer (Startup)
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    • Co-Founder
    • Ubitricity
    • http://www.ubitricity.com/en
    • Knut Hechtfischer is Co-Founder of ubitricity. 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.
    • Christopher Kimmett (Startup)
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    • Commercial Director
    • Open Energi
    • http://www.openenergi.com
    • Open Energi works with large energy users across the UK to manage their demand and help balance the National Grid. Chris Kimmett is Open Energi’s Commercial Manager, responsible for their relationship with National Grid and business cases and contracts for each of their large energy users. Prior to Open Energi he worked for management consultancy Accenture designing and implementing software solutions to help clients measure, manage and report on Carbon, Water, Waste and Health & Safety. He holds a degree in Industrial Economics from Nottingham University.
    • Dr. George Hanna (Startup)
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    • Co-CEO
    • Qinous
    • http://www.qinous.com/en/home/
    • George is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Qinous. Qinous develops and manufactures standardized, plug & play energy storage solutions for island grids and grid connected applications in the commercial, industrial, and public sector. The Qinous solution enables, for example, significant diesel fuel reduction and cost savings on island grids that are currently only operated by diesel generators by perfectly integrating wind and solar energy into these grids. The standardized approach and its simple-to-install-and-use overall design and system control ease the installation and operation of this otherwise complex technology, reduces the overall costs of storage systems, and, thus, helps to facilitate the dissemination of stationary storage systems worldwide. Previously, George has worked at Bosch Solar Energy and Q-Cells in different management positions in sales and business development. His PhD is in Electrical Engineering which has followed his Physics diploma.
    • Kai Klapdor (Startup)
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    • CFO
    • ENIT Systems
    • http://www.enit-systems.com
    • Kai Klapdor is Co-Founder and CFO of ENIT Systems. ENIT is the pioneer of state-of-the-art IT for energy systems in industrial plants. After five years of development at the Fraunhofer ISE, the spin-off introduced the ENIT Agent, a pulse meter for industrial plants. This device visualizes energy data on every level of a plant in the highest resolution. Apart from leveraging cost savings potentials, customers gain a new understanding of their processes, increase their security level and learn about predictive maintenance potentials. In the three years leading up to ENITs foundation, Kai has been working in Consulting at the energy law firm Becker Büttner Held (BBH). For BBH’s clients, Kai held the position of a Project leader, guiding grid operators and industrial parks through several challenges of the Energiewende. Prior to BBH, Kai worked for E.ON Hanse and Fraunhofer ISE. Here he conducted research on power-to-gas based hydrogen production and its cost reduction potentials. In 2014 Kai joined ENIT and his former colleagues. At ENIT, Kai’s focus as CFO lies on Finance, HR and Business Development. Kai holds a degree in Industrial Engineering and Economics from the Hamburg University of Technology, the University of Paderborn and the KTH Stockholm.
    • Markku Makkonen (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Fourdeg
    • http://www.fourdeg.com
    • Markku is Co-Founder and CEO of the Finnish startup Fourdeg. Fourdeg is a smart heating company – winner of Arctic15 pitching competition. Fourdeg makes indoor temperature more accurate and comfortable and at the same time reduces the need of heating energy by 10-30%. The load balancing features reduce the peak loads of a district heating network. Technically Fourdeg is an IoT and big data cloud software company. Previous to Fourdeg Markku had an epic 20-year career with consumer business and telecom networks business. After graduating from University of Oulu, Finland, Markku’s career started with analog IC design. The long stint with telecoms started in the early 1990s with transmission products. Then after some years of R&D Markku started to manage programs which climaxed in managing the system programs for global success of Nokia GSM base stations. Markku lead Nokia 2G/3G mobile transmission business for five years 2000-2004 and continued to run global business development programs for mobile data solutions. Final phase with Nokia was the fashion and lifestyle making Nokia consumer business development programs with entertainment products until 2012. Markku has done business in all continents excluding the Antarktis. Markku’s comfort zone is to create business from ideas with lead customers and collaborators. And then deliver the promise. Now the passion and mission is to create a sizeable cleantech business.
    • James Johnston (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Open Utility
    • http://www.openutility.com
    • James first registered the Open Utility company one night in 2013, after realising that he wanted to play a role in shaping a decentralised and resilient energy industry. Two years later, James is the most commonly seen face of Open Utility, speaking at events and conferences across Europe. While in the office, James splits his time between fundraising, business strategy and developing the long-term vision of the company. James continues to challenge the status quo. For him, Open Utility demonstrates that we can think differently with energy. The company is delivering step-by-step innovation that will help transform the whole energy sector.
    • Dr. Carlos Ludlow-Palafox (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Enval
    • http://www.enval.com
    • Carlos graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City and came to the UK to do his PhD at the University of Cambridge. He specialised in microwave induced pyrolysis and how it could be used to recycle complex waste streams. After his PhD, he continued to develop the process, obtaining a patent for the recycling of laminated packaging before founding Enval in 2006.
    • Mack Murray (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Adgero
    • http://adgero.eu
    • Mack Murray is the CEO of Adgero. The French startup has developed the world’s first Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) for road freight vehicles. Their unique hybrid system is designed to reduce fuel consumption and associated emissions by up to 25 per cent. Mack has a Master’s in Education from Louis Pasteur University. He has taught at the University of Strasbourg and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) and founded the corporate training firm, Skills Inc. Through contact with the engineers at automotive and software firms among Skills Inc’s clients, Mack observed that no satisfactory hybrid electric systems existed for heavy-duty vehicles. Working with a team of software and embedded systems engineers to address this issue, he founded Adgero SAS in 2015 to bring the resulting ultracapacitor KERS solutions to the world market.
    • Sergey Ogorodnov (Startup)
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    • CFO
    • Voltaware
    • http://www.voltaware.com
    • Sergey Ogorodnov is Co-Founder and CFO of Voltaware and responsible for business development. Sergey has 20+ years working experience with focus on telecoms and was CEO of the largest provider of fibre optics and mobile connectivity solutions to major Russian operators, but has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. His hobbies include tennis, running, and chess.


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