home tickets
 

    ECO17 Berlin Speakers

     

    Ecosummit accelerates smart green startups, investors and corporates in Europe. Our flagship event Ecosummit Berlin 2017 takes place on 9-10 May 2017 at the Radialsystem. As of today, 72 speakers including 42 startups are confirmed. Please contact us if you’re interested in pitching or sponsoring. Get your ECO17 Berlin tickets now and join us. We look forward to hosting you at Ecosummit Berlin. Past Ecosummit speakers: ECO16 London, ECO16 Amsterdam, ECO16 Berlin, ECO15 London, ECO15 Berlin, ECO14 London, ECO14 Berlin, ECO13 London, ECO13 Berlin, ECO12 Düsseldorf, ECO12 Berlin and ECO11 Berlin.

     


     

    • Thorsten Herdan
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/thorstenherdan.jpg
    • Director General – Energy
    • Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
    • http://www.bmwi.de/Navigation/EN/Home/home.html
    • Thorsten Herdan (Dipl. Ing.) was born on 10 July 1966. He was appointed Director-General for energy policy – heating and efficiency – in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy as of June 2014. He previously held the positions of managing director of the professional association for producers of power systems and the professional association for producers of engines and systems (both members of the German Engineering Federation) (VDMA), of managing director of the Research Association for Combustion Engines (FVV), and of managing director of the German Engineering Federations’ Energy Forum, which is in charge of developing the Federation’s energy policy. Moreover, Mr Herdan served on the Board of the European Association of Internal Combustion Engine Manufacturers (EUROMOT), on the Board and the Supervisory Board of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), and as Vice-President of the Offshore Wind Energy Foundation (Stiftung Offshore-Windenergie).
    • Susana Quintana-Plaza (Corporate VC)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/susanaquintanplaza.jpg
    • Partner
    • Next47
    • https://www.next47.com
    • Susana Quintana Plaza has recently joined Siemens’ next47 as Partner, coming from the E.ON Group where she was Senior Vice President of Technology and Innovation. In a previous role, as Vice President of Innovation Scouting & Co-investments, she was responsible for creating and operating the Corporate Venture Capital activities for E.ON. She has nearly 20 years of work experience in the aerospace and energy industries with Boeing, Booz & Co, GE and E.ON. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and Bachelor and a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Washington. Susana lives in Cologne. In her free time she loves to spend time with her husband and two children and travel the world.
    • Nicholas Parker (Sustainability Investor)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/nicholasparker.jpg
    • Managing Partner
    • Global Acceleration Partners
    • http://www.gap-inc.net
    • For over three decades, Nicholas Parker has pioneered sustainable venturing ideas and initiatives around the world. He is currently Founding Managing Partner of Global Acceleration Partners Inc. (GAP), a financial enterprise established in 2013 to address global megatrends shaping basic needs for clean energy, food, water and smart infrastructure by accelerating cross-border deployment of technologies and business models into emerging economies, particularly China. GAP seeks both superior value creation and positive impact at scale. Privately, Nicholas is also an angel investor in solar fintech companies such as Mosaic and M-Kopa. Nicholas introduced the “cleantech” concept to the finance and business community in 2002 while launching Cleantech Group (CTG), a market-leading research and advisory company that he chaired until the end of 2013. Under his leadership, CTG helped mobilize over $6B in private equity, convened 10,000+ decision-makers around the world, and analysed 16,000+ cleantech innovators while serving major enterprises, public agencies and financial institutions in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America, while creating a global ecosystem. Previously, Nicholas was Chair of Corporate Knights (CK), the media and financial research company for clean capitalism, best known for the Global 100 rankings launched annually at the World Economic Forum in Davos. During his tenure, from 2011 to 2013, CK raised venture capital, won the National Magazine Award and launched CK Capital. During 2011-12, he was also founding Chair of WaterTAP, a state corporation established to promote water technology, finance and policy innovation. Prior to starting CTG, Nicholas accumulated over 15 years’ experience forming and investing funds worldwide through limited partnerships, family offices, corporate funds and endowments. During this time, he initiated the first trans-Atlantic “sustainability” private equity fund, the first pan-Asian fund, the first cross-border India fund and participated in the second ever solar IPO on NASDAQ. In the 1990s, he built and sold one of the first environmental finance firms, including advising the EU, UN and WBCSD on capital markets and technology. Nicholas earned a BA Tech, Hons. (Carleton University, Ottawa), an MBA in International Business (City University, London), and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). He has lived and worked in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America while currently residing in Toronto.
    • Michael Wilshire (Service Provider)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/michaelwilshire.jpg
    • Director of Analysis
    • Bloomberg New Energy Finance
    • http://www.bnef.com/
    • Michael is Director of Analysis at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, leading the teams that produce research on clean energy including Bioenergy, Wind, Solar, Energy Smart Technologies, Carbon Capture & Storage and geothermal. Before joining Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Michael was a partner at McKinsey, where he consulted across a range of industries including energy, technology and telecoms. He worked with equipment providers and operators across Europe as well as in Asia and the US. Previously, Michael worked in the UK Department of Energy in the 1980s across a variety of energy policy areas, including one of the very earliest privatisations (Amersham International), as well as deregulation of the gas industry, renewable energy, nuclear policy and the financing and privatisation of the electricity industry. During that period he was also private secretary to both the Minister of State for Energy and the Permanent Secretary.
    • Adam Kostyál (Corporate)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/adamkostyal.jpg
    • SVP Global Listing Services EMEA
    • Nasdaq
    • http://www.nasdaqomxnordic.com
    • Adam Kostyál is the Senior Vice President of the Global Listing Services and head of European Listings for Nasdaq. Besides the Nordic Exchanges, Nasdaq has more than 140 companies that are either primarily listed or dual listed on Nasdaq in USA. In addition Nasdaq has recently launched the Nasdaq Private Market which will be an offering for private issuers world-wide. Adam has been with Nasdaq for the past 12 years. He started his career at OMX as a Sales Director, and then became Head of the Strategic Initiative Groups in 2006. Most recently, Adam was VP of Market Technology Sales responsible for sales, account management, and business development for the European, Central and Eastern European regions. Prior to Nasdaq, Adam held various positions with Enron, Cell Network and Bloomberg. He holds a BSc in Economics and Marketing from Vrije Universiteit de Bruxelles and speaks four languages including English, Swedish, Italian and French.
    • Nicolas Chaudron (VC)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/nicolaschaudron.jpg
    • Partner
    • Idinvest Partners
    • http://www.idinvest.com/en
    • Nicolas Chaudron is a Partner in the Venture Capital team, where he leads Idinvest’s investments in cleantech. In 2011, he launched Electranova Capital, a cleantech venture capital fund sponsored by EDF. Nicolas led Idinvest Partners’ investments in several companies including Nenuphar (vertical axis offshore wind turbines), Seatower (foundations for offshore wind turbines), Forsee Power Solutions (energy storage), Sunfire (high temperature fuel cells and electrolyzers), Leosphere (instruments for wind measurement and aerosol characterization) and Techniwood (which makes Panobloc, an innovative building material). Nicolas is a member of the strategy committee of the Cleantech Group and a founder of the Club Cleantech AFIC (French Private Equity Association), a platform designed to promote the cleantech ecosystem in France. Prior to that, Nicolas focused mainly on the IT and electronics sectors and led Idinvest Partners’ investments in Soamai (sold to ASG), Alchimer, Median Technologies (IPO), Alchimedics (sold to Sinomed) and Telemarket (sold to Système U). Between 2001 and 2005, Nicolas was also on the board of several innovative companies, including two of France’s cleantech pioneers: Siriatech and Vizelia. Before joining Idinvest Partners in 2001, Nicolas started his career in private equity at Europatweb, the internet investment company founded by Bernard Arnault. In addition to his involvement in the operational launch of Europatweb, he participated in various investments and led the one in Webhelp (LBO exit in 2007). Nicolas is an alumnus of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (France) and of Peking University (China). He holds a postgraduate degree in mathematics from Paris VI University, an MBA from the Collège des Ingénieurs, and an MBA from the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania), where he was a Palmer Scholar.
    • Petr Mikovec (Corporate VC)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/petrmikovec.jpg
    • Managing Director
    • Inven Capital
    • http://www.invencapital.cz/en/home.html
    • Petr Míkovec is the Managing Director of INVEN CAPITAL, a new venture capital fund established by the major European utility CEZ. INVEN CAPITAL and Petr’s motto is: You innovate, we invest, together we grow. Petr was at the very beginning of the fund existence in 2013/14 and built the investment vehicle from the position of CEZ Corporate Development Director. Overall Petr gained over 10 years experience in energy industry in the area of investment opportunities evaluation (EUR 100+ mil transaction volume) and utitlity strategy formulation. Before that, Petr was working for Patria Finance, Czech Republic´s leading investment house. Petr holds an MA in Finance from the Economic University of Prague and a diploma in Business Administration from UC Berkeley XT including International Internship Program as equity fundamental analyst at Technovision Management (hedge fund based in Los Altos, Silicon Valley) and an executive leadership diploma from the University of Pittsburgh´s Joseph M Katz Graduate School of Business.
    • Thomas Birr (Corporate)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/thomasbirr.jpg
    • SVP Innovation & Business Transformation
    • innogy
    • https://innovationhub.innogy.com
    • Thomas Birr is chief futurist and strategist at innogy, a company whose founding mission is to create a future beyond the traditional energy business. Thomas leads innogy’s Innovation Hub, which is now building and co-creating new digital and platform-powered business models in partnership with the world’s most promising startups. He is a particular advocate and enthusiast for “Machine Economy” and “Disruptive Digital”.
      Thomas has been RWE’s global strategist for the last 6 years and has wide experience of key account management, sales and marketing as CEO of one of its largest energy retail subsidiaries. Holding a degree in mechanical engineering, his experiences in the international oil and gas engineering business showed him that technical expertise and successful commercialisation go hand in hand. As innogy’s Head of Innovation and Business Transformation, he is focused on how technology and strategy can be leveraged to grow innogy’s future business exponentially. Thomas shares the view that if we as the energy industry are not disrupting our own industry, someone else certainly will do.
    • Matthias Engel (Corporate VC)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/matthiasengel.jpg
    • Managing Director
    • innogy Corporate Ventures
    • https://innovationhub.innogy.com
    • Prior to being appointed Managing Director of innogy Corporate Ventures Matthias was a Senior Manager of innogy’s (formerly RWE) M&A team. As such he was in charge of numerous national and international M&A transactions across RWE’s value chain. One of his largest transactions included the sale of RWE’s gas transit pipelines in the Czech Republic to a consortium of Infrastructure Funds for a consideration of EUR 1.6B. His most recent transaction included the acquisition of Belectric GmbH, a global player in the solar PV market. Before joining RWE in 2006, Matthias was an investment banker in Corporate Finance and M&A at family owned private bank Bankhaus Metzler where he gained thorough experience in executing M&A transactions for numerous clients across multiple industries. Straight after finishing University, Matthias joined fintech start-up E-LOAN Europe as assistant to the CFO. Matthias holds a Diploma in Business (MBA equivalent) from Leipzig Graduate School of Management and was a visiting student at the Business School of the University of Sydney.
    • Sebastian Fittko (Corporate)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/sebastianfittko.jpg
    • innogy Innovation Hub Berlin Outpost Lead
    • innogy
    • https://innovationhub.innogy.com
    • Sebastian Fittko has more than 15 years of internet and digital industry experience in various roles and positions at startups and corporate companies. He has co-founded several corporate innovation and startup programs like Deutsche Telekom’s hub:raum incubator, Axel Springer Mediahouse and since 2015 innogy’s Innovation Hub in Berlin. For more than 10 years he is a passionate advocate and driver of corporate-startup-innovation to unleash the power of startups as a key factor for successful transformation of corporate and SME to master the challenges of change. In 2016 he co-founded katapult:NOW, a network of 15 top notch digital entrepreneurs empowering old industry for transformation in action. Sebastian also shares his knowledge and experience on several startup and entrepreneurship topics as lecturer at Zeppelin University and as a mentor at Founder Institute Berlin, Axel Springer Plug and Play, Flying Elephant of WestTech Ventures and Katapult Impact Accelerator in Oslo.
    • Christopher Waldén (Accelerator)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/christopherwalden.jpg
    • Senior Advisor
    • Swedish Energy Agency
    • http://www.energimyndigheten.se/en/
    • Christopher is a Senior Advisor at the Business Development Department within the Swedish Energy Agency with a degree in International Media and Communications. He is responsible for the promotion of Swedish energy technology and cleantech solutions at the Swedish Energy Agency. Christopher has successfully managed a portfolio of over 70 companies with market introduction programs towards Germany, UK and the USA and has a background from various international marketing positions.
    • Michael Ding (Corporate)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/michaelding.jpg
    • Executive Director
    • Envision Energy
    • http://www.envision-energy.com/our-vision/
    • Michael Ding is Envision’s Executive Director. In this role, he is responsible for leading corporate strategy, developing the ecosystem of the energy internet as well as managing key account and government relationships. Prior to his current role, Michael was Accenture’s Senior Managing Director and Vice Chairman for Greater China. During this period, he was responsible for development and operation of Resource Industries in Greater China. He also lead Accenture’s strategic cooperation with local government, alliance partners, and state-owned, privately owned and multinational enterprise clients. He has also driven the business ecosystem building in Greater China and accompanied Chinese utility and energy companies through their transformation journey. Before joining Accenture, Michael worked for a large-scale electric company and accumulated abundant experience in actual operation and management of power generation, power consumption and electricity markets. Michael’s research focuses on energy transformation, future energy system, smart grid and energy consumer insights. Michael holds a BS degree in electrical engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University and an MBA degree from the School of Management of Shanghai Jiaotong University. He has also studied senior management at Harvard Business School.
    • Dr. Philipp Bouteiller (Service Provider)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/philippbouteiller.jpg
    • CEO
    • Berlin TXL
    • http://www.berlintxl.de/en.html
    • 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.
    • Dr. Philipp Ulbrich (Corporate VC)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/philippulbrich.jpg
    • VP Innovation Scouting and Co-Investments
    • EON
    • http://www.eon.com/en/about-us/innovation/strategic-co-investments.html
    • As Vice President Philipp leads Innovation Scouting and Co-Investments within the Innovation area of E.ON. This covers the two teams in Essen and in San Francisco, which he joined in June 2016. Before Philipp was responsible for the group-wide project Working Capital Excellence through which two and a half years more than EUR 1.5 billion of liquidity could be released. Previously he was active in France as Head of Finance for E.ON. Philipp Ulbrich started his career in Subsidiary Controlling at E.ON, where he accompanied trade and distribution units. He holds also a doctorate from his time as an assistant teacher at the Economics Faculty of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. In his spare time, Philipp Ulbrich likes going into the mountains, either on hiking boots, crampons, or ski. He also enjoys running, swimming and motorcycling.
    • Claus Wattendrup (Corporate)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/clauswattendrup.jpg
    • Managing Director
    • Vattenfall Europe Innovation
    • http://corporate.vattenfall.com/
    • Claus Wattendrup is heading the European-wide Business Development activities of Vattenfall for Renewable Energy and is Managing Director of Vattenfall Europe Innovation GmbH. After studying Energy and Process Engineering Claus has founded two companies and worked as a Management and M&A Consultant.
    • Leonie Baneke (Corporate VC)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/leoniebaneke.jpg
    • 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.
    • Inga Müller (Corporate VC)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/ingamueller.jpg
    • Investment Manager
    • EnBW New Ventures
    • https://www.enbw.com/company/the-group/innovation/index_en.html
    • In 2016 Inga joined EnBW New Ventures, the corporate venture capital unit of EnBW, which invests in startups that will shape the energy world of the future. As a financially oriented investor EnBW New Ventures offers its founders professional venture structures combined with access to EnBW business units and customers. As an energy finance specialist Inga made her way from financing conventional energy assets, via handling finances in a solar technology startup to now finding and working with energy startups. At Societé Generale she financed the Nordstream pipeline from Russia to Germany working with Gazprom, E.ON and BASF. During her time at Novatec Solar she set up the controlling and reporting function and collaborated closely with the company’s international investors. At EnBW New Ventures she looks for companies in the areas of smart cities, connected home, virtual power plants and future mobility. Inga holds a MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and is an avid student of the human condition.
    • Michael Bez (Corporate)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/michaelbez.jpg
    • Head of Virtual Powerplants
    • EnBW Innovations
    • http://www.enbw.com/innovations/
    • Michael Bez serves as Head of Virtual Powerplants (VPP) at EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG. In this position he is responsible for the strategy, setup and management of new business models in the virtual powerplant sector. Michael also manages inorganic growth as well as the connection of startups to the VPP portfolio. Before joining EnBW in the innovation management department Michael worked together with the group expert for energy economics and policy in the energy policy and sustainability department of EnBW. Prior, he was a consultant for energy affairs at the federal parliament of Baden-Württemberg. During a stay abroad in Istanbul Michael joined +SmartE, a startup dealing with Smart Home applications and developing soft- and hardware, as a business development manager. Michael holds a diploma in engineering and studied at the University of Stuttgart and at the Technical University in Istanbul.
    • Boris Lesjean (Corporate)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/borislesjean.jpg
    • Innovation Director
    • Veolia Germany
    • http://veolia.de/u-start
    • Boris Lesjean is Innovation Director of Veolia Germany, in charge of the incubator program U-START for preseed startups. He graduated in 1997 as process engineer in France, and has since been working in Research and Innovation within the Veolia group, the world leader for environmental services.
    • Sandra Trittin (Corporate)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/sandratrittin.jpg
    • Head of Business Development and Marketing
    • tiko Swisscom Energy Solutions
    • https://tiko.ch
    • Sandra began her career at a management consultancy working in the areas of process optimiziation/restructuring and supply chain management for different companies in the automotive, food processing and telecommunications industry. She joined Swisscom in 2002 reorganizing process and organizational structures to increase process efficiency for the service delivery and network construction. Afterwards she was leading teams in software design/development for the construction of IP based communication services. She joined the strategy team of Swisscom and is now Co-Founder and Head of Business Development & Marketing of Swisscom Energy Solutions. Sandra has studied Business Administration and holds an MBA from the Business Schools of Mannheim, Copenhagen and Warwick.
    • Dr. Dirk Bessau (VC & Accelerator)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/dirkbessau.jpg
    • Director Berlin Office
    • InnoEnergy
    • http://www.innoenergy.com
    • Dirk Bessau is the manager of the 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.
    • Fabio Lancellotti (VC)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/fabiolancelotti.jpg
    • Partner
    • Aster Capital
    • http://aster.com
    • Fabio joined Aster in 2010 after starting his venture capital experience at EarlyBird in Munich, where he worked in an assignment during his business school period. Prior to that he has developed experience in the private equity practice at Bain and Company in Milan, where he focused on energy and telecom sectors during multinational assignments. Fabio holds a degree in Engineering from Politecnico of Milan and an MBA from IESE Business School with an exchange period at London Business School. He is responsible for managing our investments in Teem Photonics, Atlantium, Customer Matrix and Iceotope.
    • Ben Murphy (VC)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/benmurphy.jpg
    • Cleantech Business Builder
    • IP Group
    • http://www.ipgroupplc.com
    • Ben has spent the last eight years commercialising innovative clean technologies. He represents IP Group on the board of various cleantech portfolio companies, whilst also seeking new high-growth investment opportunities. Previously, Ben has held roles in research institutes, government departments, NGOs and major corporates. Ben’s last role was in the Carbon Trust, working primarily with corporates and governments to analyse, plan and build multimillion pound low carbon innovation programmes. Ben led international expansion programmes for the Carbon Trust and represented the organisation on the steering committee of the UK’s leading energy system model, ESME. Prior to that Ben held roles in the primary research arm of the European Commission (the Joint Research Centre – specifically in the Climate Change team), in renewable energy consulting and in Google’s cleantech investment division. Ben holds a first class degree from Durham in Physics and Mathematics and an MSc in Environmental Technologies from Imperial College London.
    • Alexander van der Have (Impact VC)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/alexandervanderhave.jpg
    • Investment Manager
    • DOEN Foundation
    • http://www.doen.nl/how-we-do-it/equity.htm
    • As Investment Manager of DOEN Ventures (DOEN Participaties BV), Alexander has profound insight in the world of impact investing. His background is in private equity investments. Alex’s career started in the legal sector, when working in the M&A department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Later he moved to financial sector early 2010 where he worked on sustainable investment strategies in Robeco’s Responsible Private Equity support team. Since 2011 Alexander is responsible for part of DOEN’s equity investments. As such, he combines experience from both his background at corporate settings and more impact driven environments. He therefore understands the multiple angles, opportunities and challenges of sustainability as a business driver. Alexander holds a Master of Business Administration from the IE Business School in Madrid, a Master in Corporate & Commercial Law from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and is a fully qualified lawyer in the Netherlands.
    • Stephan Schulze (VC)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/stephanschulze.jpg
    • 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.
    • Konstantin Hanssen (Corporate)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/konstantinhanssen.jpg
    • 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.
    • David Wortmann (Service Provider)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/davidwortmann.jpg
    • Managing Director
    • DWR eco
    • http://www.dwr-eco.com/en/
    • David Wortmann is the owner and Managing Director of the consulting agency DWR eco GmbH that he and Doreen Rietentiet founded in 2012. He has extensive expertise in fields of business development, public affairs, public relations and strategic consulting in environmental technologies, renewable energy and sustainable development. Wortmann started working in the field of cleantech and renewable energies back in 2000 and is well connected across various sectors of the industry worldwide. In politics, he worked as a research assistant in the German Bundestag for major protagonists of the energy transition such as Hermann Scheer. He supported the creation of the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) in the role as Director of International Policy Affairs. In the consulting company he worked on the government side for the Industrial Investment Council as Head of Asia based in Tokyo and later for the Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI) as Head of the Energy and Environmental Technology Department. In industry, he worked for First Solar as director of strategic planning and most recently as vice president of public affairs for the EU. Thereby he accompanied the expansion of the production facility in Germany, as well as important pieces of energy legislation. David Wortmann is a frequent speaker on conferences and acted, among other things, as a visiting lecturer at the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University in the United States. He has published numerous technical papers in the fields of sustainable development and energy and is the Managing Director of the Berlin-Brandenburg Energy Network.
    • Alisa Murphy (Service Provider)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/alisamurphy.jpg
    • 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)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/janmichaelhess.jpg
    • 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, Stockholm and London. We accelerate startups, foster co-investing and enable open innovation and corporate venturing. We focus on sustainable innovation and resource efficiency in energy, mobility, buildings, cities, materials and food, powered by IoT, AI, robotics and blockchain. Since 2010, Jan organised 13 conferences in Berlin (7), London (4), Amsterdam (1) and Düsseldorf (1). He advises startups on fundraising and 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 Yoga, Japan and Jazz.
    • Christoph Ostermann (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/christophostermann.jpg
    • CEO
    • Sonnen
    • https://www.sonnenbatterie.de
    • 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.
    • Nils Aldag (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/nilsaldag.jpg
    • Chief Commercial Officer
    • Sunfire
    • http://www.sunfire.de/en/
    • Nils Aldag is a Co-founder and Chief Commercial 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, Total Energy Ventures and Inven Capital. 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.
    • Dr. Jan-Willem Rombouts (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/janwillemrombouts.jpg
    • Co-CEO
    • REstore
    • http://www.restore.eu
    • Jan-Willem Rombouts co-founded REstore and serves as its Co-CEO after a career at Goldman Sachs where he last served as Executive Director of Credit Trading Strategy. He brings expertise in quantitative modeling and software development. At REstore Jan-Willem leads the product innovation, technology development and trading activities. He holds a PhD in Physics from NYU and a graduate certificate in Data Mining and Applications from Stanford University.
    • Dr. Thomas Goette (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/thomasgoette.jpg
    • 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.
    • Yüksel Sirmasac (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/yuekselsirmasac.jpg
    • 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. Peter Bance (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/peterbance.jpg
    • CEO
    • Origami Energy
    • http://www.origamienergy.com
    • With a background in physical sciences and a passion for business, Peter has spent his career focused on building high growth ventures and technology commercialisation, primarily in the cleantech sector. He was CEO of a combined heat and power business that he took public on the London Stock Exchange (AIM) and then became Entrepreneur in Residence at Octopus Investments working with their venture capital team and renewable energy business. He then founded Origami Energy as CEO, with the vision of creating the real-time marketplace for the distributed energy world. Over the years, Peter has also been non-executive director of a number of innovative energy technology businesses and has also sat on public-private organisations including the Energy Research Partnership, the Energy Technologies Institute and the Energy Systems Catapult.
    • Holger Weiss (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/holgerweiss.jpg
    • CEO
    • German Autolabs
    • http://www.germanautolabs.com
    • Holger G. Weiss is Co-Founder and CEO of German Autolabs. He has over 15 years of experience managing and building technology-driven companies with innovative business models in the Future Mobility sector. He has extensive experience and expertise in the field of connected mobility. He played a vital role in the navigation software startup gate5 in Berlin, from its genesis up to its acquisition by Nokia in 2006. Gate5 was the forerunner for HERE – a map and content provider recently bought by three German car makers at a price of close to three billion Euros. Before founding German Autolabs, Holger G. Weiss was Managing Director and CEO of Aupeo. Under his leadership, this music streaming startup developed into one of the leading providers of internet-based audio content for the Automotive Industry. In 2013 Aupeo was acquired by Panasonic Automotive Systems of North America. Holger G. Weiss is a board member for various technology companies and also Venture Partner at Target Partners – one of the leading VC companies in Europe. Besides his business activities he is also an enthusiastic mentor and business angel for young aspiring founders. He consults medium-sized companies as well as tech and industry related associations.
    • Marcel Smit (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/marcelsmit.jpg
    • CEO
    • Energyworx
    • http://www.energyworx.com
    • Marcel’s playground for the past 25 years has been the global enterprise software market. Early in his career he cut his chops at Oracle and MicroStrategy. As a hands-on CEO for the past 15+ years, he’s worked with a number of young and fast growing companies in Europe and the U.S. Marcel enjoys “dress down” day, but more often than not you can find him in one of his unique suits, each of which has a specific theme. “Energy” is his favorite (well before he joined Energyworx!), as he is a strong believer in walking the extra mile. Another favorite suit is “Focus”, as life is too short to waste on things that don’t matter – and being focused means getting things done. The meaning of the “FIFO” suit is something that is best discussed over a glass or two of wine. Marcel gets his energy from a broad range of music, working out and travel. Since he’s based both in San Francisco and The Netherlands, plenty of travel is guaranteed. Marcel is passionate about building great teams, designing the company strategy and executing the company’s go-to-market plans.
    • Florian Meyer-Delpho (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/florianmeyerdelpho.jpg
    • CEO
    • Greenergetic
    • http://www.greenergetic.de
    • Florian Meyer-Delpho is CEO and Co-Founder of Greenergetic. Greenergetic has developed a revolutionary online sales and service portal for small Photovoltaic systems on rooftops. Greenergetic provides the first comprehensive solution for PV installations for end customers including DIY information, engineering and project planning, purchasing, installation and financing. Greenergetic aims to provide millions of households nationwide with clean and affordable energy. Prior to Greenergetic, Florian co-founded pvXchange, the world’s largest B2B trading platform for PV. He lead the international business development and sales department until 2011. Florian received a BA with honours in European Business Administration from Cologne Business School and the University of Hertfordshire (UK) and an MBA in Sustainability Management from Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Moreover, he is an accredited expert in alternative energies and has excellent connections into the German utility industry.
    • Dr. Christian Chudoba (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/christianchudoba.jpg
    • CEO
    • Lumenaza
    • http://www.lumenaza.de
    • Christian Chudoba is Co-Founder and CEO of Lumenaza. He has held leading roles in business management, strategy, business development and marketing for 15 years. For a corporate company he developed a new business concept for mobile applications and led the implementation from a small internal startup to a sizable new business area. Christian holds a PhD in Physics and worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) prior to moving to the software business.
    • Philipp Pausder (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/philipppausder.jpg
    • 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.
    • Dr. Jan Marckhoff (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/janmarckhoff.jpg
    • CEO
    • BEN Energy
    • https://www.ben-energy.com/?lang=en
    • 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.
    • Dr. Mich Hein (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/michhein.jpg
    • CEO
    • Electrochaea
    • http://www.electrochaea.com
    • Mich Hein is the managing director of Electrochaea GmbH in Munich, Germany. He is also a founding member and managing partner of Focus First, a founding investor of Electrochaea and five other Companies in the energy, agriculture and water sectors. Mich brings more than 30 years of executive management experience in the biotechnology and life science arena. As an inventor, entrepreneur and executive, Mich brings broad experience to the partnership in technology development, financing and market alignment. Mich founded two companies, Epicyte Pharmaceutical (La Jolla, 1996-2002) and Heliose (Chicago 2007-2008), and served as CEO of Chromatin, Inc (Chicago 2002-2005) and Chief of staff of the Illinois Medical District (2008-2009) before founding Focus First with Vicki Gonzalez and Ted Briscoe in 2010. After starting his professional career as a research chemist with Monsanto and then PPG Industries in the early 80’s, he accepted an academic faculty appointment at The Scripps Research Institute (1989-1996). Mich’s academic research, funded by industry, NIH and DARPA, focused on mucosal immunology and plant based proteins for immune protection. At Scripps, Mich sponsored the first field trial of transgenic alfalfa in the US, and with 17 patents and 25 publications under his belt, he made the leap from academia to entrepreneur as the founder of Epicyte Pharmaceutical, Inc. He has raised more than $40 million in seed and venture funding, $20M in nondilutive grant support and $10M in sponsored R&D for his companies. Mich’s business development experience includes negotiated partnerships and licensing agreements with channel to market partners in the pharmaceutical, animal health, energy and agriculture markets, as well as numerous academic institutions and the NIH. Mich has assisted entrepreneurs in intellectual property development, regulatory strategy, business development and fund raising at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Technology Incubator, where he managed the incubator and the Chicago Technology Park, and as Executive in Residence at the University of Chicago’s Office of Technology and Intellectual Property. Mich currently serves on the Board and as an advisor of several early stage biotechnology companies in the Focus First Portfolio and is a member of the Executive Advisory Board for the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University. Mich Hein holds a BS degree from the Honors Tutorial College of Ohio University, and both MS and PhD degrees in Plant Physiology from the University of Minnesota.
    • Charlotta Holmquist (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/charlottaholmquist.jpg
    • CFO
    • Manetos Labs
    • https://www.manetos.com/en/manetos-labs/
    • Charlotta Holmquist is a serial entrepreneur and has been in the ICT industry for over 15 years. During her five startups, which she managed as CEO/COO and Co-founder, she has been responsible for raising over 10 million Euros, managing company exits and creating strategic partnerships with global companies. She is hands-on in operations, engaged in tech and customer development and a key player in the board and legal. She holds an MBA and has previously been Chief Analyst at Salomon Smith Barney in Chile.
    • Björn Jernström (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/bjornjernstrom.jpg
    • 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.
    • Sam Manaberi (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/sammanaberi.jpg
    • CEO
    • Trine
    • http://www.jointrine.com
    • Sam Manaberi is the Founder and CEO of TRINE, an energy fin-tech startup incubated at Chalmers Innovation in Sweden. The crowdinvesting platform connects western capital with solar energy projects in emerging nations. Sam was previously Director at Bosch Solar Energy North America that launched a $100 million solar financing program. Sam holds double degrees in Engineering and Business and speaks 4 languages fluently. He has spent his professional life in leadership roles in Sweden, Germany, France and USA.
    • Niclas Davidsson (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/niclasdavidsson.jpg
    • CEO
    • Meva Energy
    • http://www.mevaenergy.com
    • Niclas Davidsson is CEO of Meva Energy. Niclas is a business developer and manager who most recently has been Sales Director at Meva Energy. Before that he worked as VP Business Development, responsible for the CHP segment at Cleanergy, another R&D focused venture company within the renewable energy industry. Niclas has also had a long career within consultancy, working as sales manager at the IP law firm Awapatent and as management consultant at Accenture. Niclas holds a MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management from Chalmers.
    • Dr. Simon Bransfield-Garth (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/simonbransfieldgarth.jpg
    • CEO
    • Azuri
    • http://www.azuri-technologies.com
    • Simon has 30 years global experience building rapid growth, technology-based businesses in sectors including Semiconductor, Automotive and Mobile Phones. He currently sits on the Governing Council of the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), and his career includes 7 years at Symbian, the phone OS maker, where he was a member of the Leadership Team and VP Global Marketing. Named a “Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum in 2012, Simon is also founder of Myriad Solutions Ltd, and was previously a Fellow at Cambridge University. He holds a BA and PhD in Engineering from St John’s College, Cambridge UK.
    • Michael De Vivo (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/michaeldevivo.jpg
    • CEO
    • DEPsys
    • http://www.depsys.ch
    • Michael De Vivo received his Master of Science degree in Engineering in the field of Power systems at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO) in 2011. He specializes in electrical grids, namely in monitoring and control systems for low-voltage networks. From 2009 to 2012, he worked at the IESE Institute (Institute of Energy and Electrical System) where he shared his time between project management and teaching spots. He was led to simulate, design, develop, implement and control power electronics systems. He was responsible of the power electronic laboratory and electromechanical systems laboratory for Bachelor and Master courses. After winning the HEIG-VD startup 2012 contest, he co-founded the company DEPsys. As CEO and member of the board of directors, Michael coordinates all the company’s activities. He is at the heart of the business strategy, business development, communication and fundraising. Since its creation, DEPsys has been rewarded at the national and European level, especially with the Electrosuisse Innovation Award 2013, the selection of the 50 most promising Swiss startups in which to invest (2014 and 2016) and the selection of the 100 most innovative startups in Europe in the field of cleantech.
    • Wouter Robers (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/wouterrobers.jpg
    • President of Opportunities
    • Peeeks
    • http://www.peeekspower.com
    • Wouter Robers co-founded several companies including Epyon, which built fast-charging stations for electric vehicles. Epyon was acquired by ABB in 2011 after which he worked at ABB for a couple of years. Then he started, and killed, a company in 3D printing. A year ago he started Peeeks with two other experienced entrepreneurs. Peeeks has a platform that helps companies to make money by shifting their electricity use. Peeeks has several customers and a cooperation with TBI-Croon to do this for pumping stations and an investment from Eneco.
    • Kai Daniels (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/kaidaniels.jpg
    • Co-CEO
    • Milk the Sun
    • https://www.milkthesun.com/en
    • Kai is co-MD at Milk the Sun, a worldwide leading online platform for selling and buying photovoltaic systems. Having joined the founding team in 2016, Kai supports the development and growth of new business to establish Milk the Sun as the forefront digital solution for owners and operators of photovoltaic systems. Kai has a passion for building new digital businesses, solving real-life problems through combining smart product solutions with efficient processes. Prior to working for Milk the Sun, Kai co-founded mobilejobs.com, a mobile-first recruiting solution in Berlin, and supported Westwing Home & Living in its international expansion. He began his career as a strategy consultant, moving on to become project leader with Stern Stewart & Co. Holding a degree in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim and the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Kai thrives on building new experiences, which can range from Leadership Programs at Harvard Business School, to getting involved in mentoring programs to support promising startups.
    • Matti Malkamäki (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/mattimalkamaki.jpg
    • CEO
    • Aurelia Turbines
    • https://aureliaturbines.com
    • Matti is a career energy expert. With degree in Industrial Economics and Business, Matti spent 6 years at Fortum subsidiaries in the UK and Europe before moving early 2000 into the biogas and distributed energy business as founder and CEO of Greenvironment. Matti has extensive knowledge of microturbines and small-scale power plants both from a business and technical perspective. Matti is fluent in English, Finnish and speaks also German.
    • Jan-Philipp Mai (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/janphilippmai.jpg
    • CEO
    • JPM Silicon
    • http://www.jpmsilicon.com
    • Jan-Philipp is Founder and CEO of JPM Silicon, a high-tech startup providing equipment and services to the global silicon and solar silicon industry. With its cost breaking process for producing solar silicon, JPM Silicon promotes the expansion of solar energy around the globe. Jan-Philipp stared working in the field of silicon production back in 2001. He founded JPM Silicon in 2011 during his studies at the University of Braunschweig. He gained his diploma with honors in mechanical engineering in 2011. Currently he is a doctoral candidate as well with a focus on thermodynamics in silicon production. To his engineering skills he added multiple courses in economics and is going to receive his MBA in Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management from the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences this year. He is also Founder and CEO of the JPM Investment Group with a focus on high-tech startups and technologies in the metals and mining sector.
    • Christian Rood (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/christianrood.jpg
    • CEO
    • LeydenJar Technologies
    • http://www.leyden-jar.com
    • Christian Rood (MBA) is Co-Founder and CEO at LeydenJar Technologies. Christian is a Dutch entrepreneur and sweat investor in a number of technology ventures; advisor roles in venture funding, spin off, and license deals. Industry expertise in cleantech and healthcare. Background as investment manager, investment banker and strategy consultant. Started venture development boutique Road to Value in 2009. Clients include entrepreneurs, investors, technology institutes, and large corporates.
    • Gary Lewis (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/garylewis.jpg
    • CEO
    • Pendula
    • http://www.pendula.de
    • Gary Lewis is Co-Founder and CEO of Pendula Resource Management. Pendula digitalizes the B2B waste industry and changes the game of recycling. Our total online waste management platform promotes recycling, up-cycling and re-use of industrial waste. Waste producers and recyclers use our one-stop-shop solution to manage multiple recycling contracts, actively trade resources, automatically organize the most efficient pick-up routes and review live sustainability metrics. As a Climate-KIC supported startup we move fast: in only eight months, we have developed our smart waste management system. With it our pilot customer, active in the warehouse logistics sector, has dramatically reduced operating costs and improved sustainability. Our aim is to continue to reduce the impact of waste on our health and on our environment by promoting a circular economy.
    • Arik Meyer (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/arikmeyer.jpg
    • CEO
    • SwitchUp
    • https://www.switchup.de
    • Arik is the CEO and Founder of SwitchUp, a service that continuously optimises the subscriptions of its users. SwitchUp currently does so for electricity and gas and plans to extend its offering to DSL and mobile phone contracts in the near future. A simple question is SwitchUp’s guiding principle: How would a business have to operate if it treated its customers like a friend and not as a transaction? Prior to SwitchUp, Arik founded Audible.de and headed the company for 6 years. Audible.de was acquired by Amazon in 2009.
    • Friedrich Rojahn (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/friedrichrojahn.jpg
    • CEO
    • Solandeo
    • http://www.solandeo.com
    • Friedrich is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Solandeo. Solandeo solves the two main challenges of smart meter roll-outs: minimising the operational cost of digital metering; and making smart metering attractive to customers, with tailored digital services for key market segments. At Solandeo, Friedrich mainly looks after money: raising it (investor relations), managing it (finance), growing it (sales) and spending it again (purchasing). Under the shower and during late-night grocery shopping, Friedrich sorts out strategy and product development. Friedrich’s background is as a serial entrepreneur focussing on the digisation of the energy industry. Considering that Friedrich never studied Engineering, he has spent a surprising amount of time on new technologies, including smart metering, virtual power plants, demand response and other fun concepts such as emobility and hydrogen electrolysis. Having mistimed his first three energy startups, Friedrich is thoroughly pleased that the fourth venture is growing strongly, a somewhat novel and delightful experience. Previously, Friedrich worked as a management consultant and led the Strategy function of E.ON’s UK market unit, a FTSE-100 equivalent with 16.000 employees and €11B turnover at the time. He holds an INSEAD MBA (’04J) and a BA in Politics from the University of Durham.
    • Zhengliang Wu (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/zhengliangwu.jpg
    • Chief Information Officer
    • Green City Solutions
    • http://greencitysolutions.de/english/
    • Zhengliang Wu is Co-Founder and Chief Information Officer of Green City Solutions, a company which provides clean and cool air in a profitable way and aims to develop a climate infrastructure for cities. Green City Solutions connects ecology with economy and has developed the CityTree to bring clean air and a new way of information representation into cities. This approach improves the climatic conditions in cities and can be used for the implementation of mobile commerce. Zhengliang has gathered the necessary expertise for this approach studying Business Administration and Informatics in Germany and with his work experience in China. He was able to gain elemental insights working for the Shanghai Centre for Scientific and Technological Exchange with foreign Countries and in the digital content department of the Shanghai Media Group. During his stay in China he recognized the need for improving the air quality in hotspot areas and thus co-founded Green City Solutions. The other Co-Founders are Dénes Honus, Victor Splittgerber and Peter Sänger which add up to a unique combination of expertise from architecture, engineering, horticulture and informatics. At the Climate-KIC Venture Competition Europe 2014, Green City Solutions was voted one of the four best cleantech startups in Europe.
    • Christian Shuster (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/christianshuster.jpg
    • CEO
    • ucair
    • http://ucair.de
    • Christian Shuster is Co-Founder and CEO of ucair GmbH, which envisions a world where not a single sun ray is wasted because of unmaintained solar cells. ucair utilizes the most recent developments in drones and sensors to make the inspection of photovoltaic plants easier, faster and more transparent for owners and operators. Being a platform and owning no drones, ucair uses a steadily growing drone pilot network of more than 40 pilots to match customers with inspection needs to a drone pilot nearby. The ucair service goes beyond mere matching, though, as it post-processes and analyzes the data gathered by the pilots together with a network of seasoned PV experts to deliver a high-quality and standardized report for the customer. Before co-founding ucair, Christian was part of a small team which designed and developed the innogy Innovation Hub, which aims to develop new business models for the utility sector. Prior to that, he worked in the strategy consulting area (Bain & Company and KPMG) and co-founded a social business creating hundreds of jobs for South African female hand-crafters. Christian holds a Master’s degree in Banking & Finance from the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland and was a visiting student in Johannesburg, South Africa and Trento, Italy.
    • Moritz Meenen (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/moritzmeenen.jpg
    • CEO
    • ElectricFeel
    • http://www.electricfeel.com
    • Moritz Meenen is Co-founder & CEO of ElectricFeel. The company provides the world’s first white-label operating system for electric shared mobility that today powers thousands of vehicles in bike sharing and e-scooter sharing across Europe. Our intelligent platform connects vehicles, end-user apps and has a smart operating layer that increases fleet usage and ROI through real-time demand prediction and automation. In bike sharing, we have set the benchmark with upwards of 68% greater efficiency in rebalancing operations, increasing thousands of users’ satisfaction, trips and revenue. Our impact on free floating electric scooter sharing is similarly profound. We anticipate playing a key role in the booming shared electric mobility revolution. Moritz holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and studied at UPV in Bilbao and MIT Sloan School of Management. He is member of the Global Shapers of the World Economic Forum.
    • Nikolaus Starzacher (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/nikolausstarzacher.jpg
    • CEO
    • Discovergy
    • http://discovergy.com
    • Nikolaus Starzacher co-founded Discovergy together with Ralf Esser in 2009, believing that Discovergy will make an important contribution towards the smarter use of energy. Previously, Nikolaus founded just digits, providing a range of innovative telecommunication solutions (Sparruf, Funruf and Phonecaster) by turning arbitrage opportunities into customer benefits. In 1998, Nikolaus founded Verivox, Germany’s largest independent consumer portal for energy and telecommunications. He began his career with Mitchell Madison Group, a leading management consulting firm, working for some of the leading financial and retail institutions across Europe and Australia. Nikolaus graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics & Philosophy from Oxford University in 1996.
    • Sara Bell (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/sarabell.jpg
    • CEO
    • Tempus Energy
    • http://www.tempusenergy.com
    • Sara Bell is the CEO of Tempus Energy, an electricity supplier and technology company. Tempus Energy launched a new electricity supply business to demonstrate how to reduce customer’s energy bills by moving their flexible electricity consumption to lower price periods using proprietary technology. Sara previously ran the UK Demand Response Association – an industry lobby group focused on ensuring development of appropriate policy frameworks for the UK to benefit from cost savings from increased demand flexibility. Sara is a member of the Strategic Advisory Council for Energy for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), sits on the advisory board of the Association of Decentralised Energy (ADE). She is a Trustee of Sustainability First, a member of multiple Ofgem working groups, sits on the National Physical Laboratory Centre for Carbon Measurement Advisory Board, and is a former member of the Singapore Government Climate Change Committee R&D work group. Sara holds a Masters in Environmental Management and is a regular speaker at conferences and industry events.
    • Markus Schwaninger (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/markusschwaninger.jpg
    • CFO
    • ecoligo
    • http://www.ecoligo.com
    • Markus Schwaninger is Co-founder and CFO at ecoligo, a solar utility that provides low-cost solar energy to businesses in Africa. By financing the solar systems through its crowdinvesting platform, the company closes the finance gap that prevents these projects from being realised. Prior to ecoligo, Markus worked as Project Manager for the German development organisation (GIZ) and was responsible for advising solar companies entering the markets in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Myanmar. His role included consulting on business model development, regulation and financing options. He is a certified expert in renewable energy finance. Markus was actively involved when the renewable energy market development in Kenya kicked-off when he lived in the country in 2010 and 2011 and worked on carbon credit and renewable energy projects.
    • Felix Wiegand (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/felixwiegand.jpg
    • CEO
    • Pamyra
    • https://www.pamyra.de
    • Felix Wiegand is CEO and Co-Founder of Pamyra. He studied computer science and brings experience and expertise in e-commerce projects. He is an educated project manager and software developer. After a long career in 2 e-commerce agencies, he managed and developed many projects in various industries. With Pamyra he started in 2015 his own business. The target of Pamyra is transparency in the logistics industry. As a sender of goods and parcels you may compare the prices, services and quality of all relevant transport companies within seconds. Felix’s skillset includes project planning, project coordination, lean management, scrum, sales, online marketing, conception of creative solutions as well as development and implementation of software solutions.
    • Gerhard Weiß (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/gerhardweiss.jpg
    • CEO
    • Betterspace
    • http://www.betterspace.de
    • Gerhard Weiss is one of the first-minute founders of Betterspace GmbH together with Dr. Siwanand Misara and Benjamin Köhler. Gerhard gathered valuable experiences in the development and coordination of national and international energy management projects in non-residential buildings at Fraunhofer IWES. This was eventually the trigger for the idea to develop the energy management solutions for hotel industries where there is a clear conflict of interest between the hotel and its guests. Meanwhile, Betterspace offers diverse digital applications throughout the hotel industry with the aims of decreasing energy and operating costs, increasing revenue of hoteliers and comfort of hotel guest, and providing added value for society as a whole.
    • Christoph Berger (Startup)
    • http://ecosummit.net/uploads/christophberger.jpg
    • CEO
    • Vilisto
    • http://www.vilisto.de
    • Christoph Berger is the founder and CEO of the Hamburg-based startup vilisto. Based on his scientific research at Hamburg University of Technology and UC Berkeley, he and his team developed a self-learning radiator thermostat with integrated presence detection for the office segment. With the thermostats, named ovis, vilisto solves the classical user-investor dilemma in office spaces where employees use the energy but do not pay for it and are thus not sensitive to the cost. The company though has great intentions to reduce the heating bill and thus needs an automated heating control. With the integrated presence detection the thermostat learns the habits of the users and heats the individual rooms accordingly saving up to a third on the heating bill. Acquired partners and customers are the Eisenbahnbauverein Harburg e.G. and RheinEnergie AG in Cologne.




    ECO16 Berlin Leonie Baneke Eneco