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    ECO14 London Speakers


    Ecosummit London 2014 happens on 7-8 October 2014 at the Crystal. As of today, 23 speakers including 10 startups are confirmed for ECO14 London. Startups featured during our Ecosummit Startup Showcase are early stage and have raised less than €1M venture capital. Scroll down to learn more about our speaker lineup. Click “expand” to read the speaker profile, click “collapse” to close it. Here you can find the ECO14 Berlin Speakers, ECO13 London Speakers, ECO13 Berlin Speakers, ECO12 Düsseldorf Speakers, ECO12 Berlin Speakers and ECO11 Berlin Speakers.

    • Susana Quintana-Plaza (Corporate VC)
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    • VP Innovation Scouting & Co-Investments
    • E.ON
    • http://www.eon.com/en/about-us/innovation/strategic-co-investments.html
    • Susana joined E.ON in 2009 in its Climate & Renewables division. Since, 2011 she has taken over the role of Vice President of Innovation Scouting & Co-investments for the E.ON Group where she leads the team in search of new trends and innovations that will impact the energy world. She has over ten years of work experience in aerospace and energy industries with Boeing, Booz & Co and GE. 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.
    • Alexander Schlaepfer (VC)
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    • Partner
    • Aster Capital
    • http://www.aster.com/
    • Alexander joined Paris-based venture capital firm Aster Capital in 2009 and is leading investments in the areas of energy conversion and storage. Prior to Aster, he headed Global Strategy & Business Development for Alstom’s €5 billion Thermal Services business. Earlier, Alexander was Managing Director at ABB in Egypt, responsible for a business unit active in EPC contracting and services for utility and industrial power plants. In 15 years at Alstom and ABB, Alexander closed over 20 M&A deals and created several joint ventures and new businesses. He holds a BA from the University of Applied Sciences in St. Gallen and a Masters in Finance (MSc) from London Business School. Alexander is a Director at Aster’s portfolio company IOXUS (Oneonta/NY, USA), Etogas (Stuttgart/DE) and Atlantium (Bet Shemesh/Israel). He is also a member of the advisory board to French early stage venture fund EMERTEC IV and to the Competence Center Environment and Sustainability (CCES) at ETH Zürich. On a private basis, he is active as angel investor in Switzerland.
    • Dr. Tarja Teppo (VC)
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    • Partner
    • Cleantech Invest
    • http://www.cleantechinvest.com
    • Tarja (MSc in Engineering, PhD in Tech) is the co-founder of Cleantech Invest that has provided Cleantech investment advisory for large institutional clients in the Nordic area since 2005. Cleantech Invest (CTI) has been mandated as the cleantech accelerator by the government of Finland. CTI manages Clean Future Fund I (CFF I) that has made nine investments into early stage cleantech ventures. Tarja has also been involved in organizing the Nordic cleantech venture day since its inception seven years ago. She has been following the development of the cleantech investment market since its early stages, through her research at the Helsinki University of Technology, starting in 2002. She defended her thesis on “Venture Capital Investment in Sustainable Energy Technologies” in 2006. Prior to 2002, she worked for Nokia Ventures Organization in the United States and headed R&D groups at Nokia Corporation.
    • Pascale Chopin (VC)
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    • Investment Manager
    • Ecomobilité Ventures
    • http://www.ecomobilite-ventures.com
    • Pascale joined Ecomobilité Ventures as Investment Manager in January 2014. Ecomobilité Ventures is the multi-corporate venture fund (SNCF, Orange, Total), dedicated to sustainable mobility. Pascale first worked at Hewlett-Packard for 7 years, as R&D engineer and project manager. She then worked at Total for 12 years, managing teams in sales and operations. Total recently detached Pascale to the Ecomobilité Ventures management team to bring a customer- and business-focused insight on startups. Pascale is dedicated to building links between the startups of the Ecomobilité Ventures portfolio and the corporate LPs. She holds an Engineering master degree in Electronics from the Grenoble Institute of Technology in France.
    • Henrik Olsén (VC)
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    • Managing Partner
    • Environmental Technologies Fund
    • http://www.etf.eu.com
    • Henrik is the Managing Partner at ETF. In addition to managing the firm day-to-day, he focuses on new investments and represents ETF on the Boards of Chemrec, Kebony, Perpetuum and Elstat. Prior to founding ETF, Henrik spent 13 years at GE. Most recently he was a Managing Director of GE Equity, General Electric’s private equity business, where he successfully invested in high growth businesses across Europe since 1996. Previously, he worked for a number of different industrial businesses within GE, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions as well as post-merger integration and operational management. Henrik is a Swedish national and has an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics, which included a scholarship exchange with the New York University Stern School of business. He is the chairman of the European Advisory Board of the Cleantech Group.
    • Rolf Adam (Corporate)
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    • Director Industry Sales EMEAR, Energy, Manufacturing & Transport
    • Cisco
    • http://www.cisco.com
    • Rolf Adam is a Director with Cisco. He is responsible for the EMEAR Business Development with the Energy industry comprising Oil & Gas and Utilities & Smart Grid. In addition to his responsibilities at Cisco, he is an industry advisor to WHEB Partners (Cleantech fund), sits on the Advisory Board of Entelios AG (Demand Response startup) and emobility2go (EV eCloud startup), and is an expert to the European Commission on Smart Grid. Prior to joining Cisco he was a Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton where he had built and managed the European Smart Grid Practice and an Associate at A.T. Kearney. He holds a Masters Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Eichstaett and a MBA from Webster University.
    • Karsten Hojberg (Corporate)
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    • Cleantech Business Development Manager
    • Autodesk
    • http://www.autodesk.co.uk/cleantech
    • Karsten Hojberg is the European Cleantech Manufacturing Business Development Manager for Autodesk. The Autodesk Cleantech Partner Program supports the efforts, innovations, and environmental advancements of clean technology pioneers by providing world-class software to design, visualize, and simulate ground-breaking ideas. In his role, Karsten provides access to this leading edge design and simulation software to cleantech startups and entrepreneurs so that they can innovate and get their products to market faster. Karsten previously headed up the Cleantech Partner programs in both Japan and Australia/New Zealand. Karsten joined Autodesk in 2008 as the Manufacturing Industry Manager primarily responsible for driving sales in the Australia/New Zealand region of the Autodesk Manufacturing products. Prior to Autodesk, Karsten has had management positions within Oracle and SSA global, driving ERP sales into manufacturing organizations around Australia and New Zealand. Karsten holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Sydney.
    • Alexander Bigge Lidgren (Accelerator)
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    • Portfolio Manager
    • Swedish Energy Agency
    • http://www.energimyndigheten.se/en/
    • Bigge evaluates incoming funding cases within renewable energy and energy efficiency. The Swedish Energy Agency evaluates around 120 projects every year, funding approximately ten to fifteen of them. He also manages the portfolio of 50 high growth companies that have received financing from the Swedish Energy Agency. Bigge is a serial entrepreneur with experience from raising VC money, growing companies and successful exits. He previously founded and was Managing Director of Cleantech Scandinavia, which was and continues to be the leading provider of cleantech dealflow in the Nordics. He also founded and managed Nordic Cleantech Open, the Scandinavian startup competition that each year selects the 25 most promising cleantech growth cases.
    • Yme Bosma (Accelerator)
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    • Program Director
    • Rockstart
    • http://www.rockstart.com/accelerator
    • Yme Bosma is the Program Director of the Rockstart Smart Energy Accelerator. The international program helps participating startups to bring their product or service faster to market and 7 out of 10 also pitch at Ecosummit. After 15 years of working for online companies such as Lost Boys, Media Republic and Hyves, Yme decided to take a sabbatical and went for a long sailing trip with his family. The fast growing social network Hyves was founded in 2004 and sold in 2010 to the Telegraaf Media Groep. After the sailing trip he decided to invest and participate in initiatives focusing on internet, energy and sustainability. His first project was building a boat that runs on solar energy, followed by the Smart Energy Accelerator.
    • Michael Wilshire (Market Intelligence)
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    • 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.
    • Thomas Grigoleit (Service Provider)
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    • Director Renewable Energies & Resources
    • Germany Trade & Invest
    • http://www.gtai.de/GTAI/Navigation/EN/Invest/Industries/energy-environmental-technologies.html?mc=link.ecosummit-net.speakers.content.rer
    • Thomas Grigoleit is Director of Renewable Energies & Resources at Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI), the foreign trade and inward investment agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. In this capacity, Berlin-based Grigoleit advises and assists companies seeking to enter the German market and to realize investment projects in Germany. Prior to GTAI, Grigoleit was Business Development Manager at the PV system integrator Suntechnics (part of the Conergy group), with a special focus on the Asia-Pacific region. Thomas Grigoleit has also worked on various projects with the European Chamber of Commerce Taipei in Taiwan and with several consulting companies in Canada and China. Before he began his professional career, Grigoleit studied East Asian Economics, Chinese and International Marketing in Bonn and Bochum (Germany) as well as Chengdu (China).
    • Dr. Steven Fawkes (Service Provider)
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    • Energy Efficiency Advisor
    • Only Eleven Percent
    • http://www.onlyelevenpercent.com
    • Steve Fawkes is an internationally recognised expert on energy efficiency with over 30 years experience including implementing energy management programmes for corporates, local and national governments and co-founding two energy service companies, one in Romania and one in the UK that implemented innovative energy services contracts with Diageo and Sainsburys. From 2007 to 2012 he was a Partner at Matrix where he led the Extel number 1 rated research team and advised clean tech companies on fund raising and M&A. He has been an Adviser to the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change and in 2012 was awarded the Energy Institute’s Individual Achievement Award. He has published extensively on energy efficiency including two books. He is currently a non-executive director of Bglobal, an adviser to several clean tech companies and funds, and implementing efficiency finance programmes in Europe and North America.
    • Gaia Arzilli (Service Provider)
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    • Campaign Manager
    • Life Size Media
    • http://www.life-size-media.com
    • Gaia works as a Campaign Manager at Life Size Media, a specialist consultancy using intelligent and effective communication to help build a better future. There she spends most of her time hunting out technologies and innovations at the forefront of sustainability and searching new trends that will impact the low carbon economy. Gaia has several years experience bringing together key players across the cleantech and sustainability sectors, working with innovators to find new solutions to complex problems. With a degree in International Politics, a Masters in International Energy and Climate Policy and three languages, Gaia has worked in Europe, South America and China in both public and private sector organisations.
    • Frédéric Mazzella (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • BlablaCar
    • http://www.blablacar.com
    • Frédéric Mazzella is the Founder and CEO of BlaBlaCar, the leading European ridesharing community that connects drivers with empty seats and people traveling the same way, so they can share their cost. Frédéric originally imagined a new transport network, built on people, when he could not get home one Christmas, several years ago. He had no car. The trains were full. The roads, too, were full of people driving alone in their car. It occurred to him that he should try to find a driver going his way and offer to share fuel costs… BlaBlaCar was born. Today, with 9 million members across Europe and 1 million people transported per month, BlaBlaCar is making road travel social, money-saving and more sustainable. Frédéric holds an MBA from INSEAD, a Masters of Science in Computer Science from Stanford and a Masters of Physics from ENS Ulm (Normale Sup). Prior to founding BlaBlaCar he worked for 3 years as a scientific researcher, at NASA (USA), and NTT (Japan). Frédéric is a regular speaker in international conferences and medias (CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC….) on the theme of sustainable development, entrepreneurship, global marketplaces and building trust in online communities. Frédéric is also an accomplished classical pianist and tweets @mazaic.
    • Christoph Ostermann (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Sonnenbatterie
    • http://www.sonnenbatterie.de
    • Christoph Ostermann is Co-Founder of the Prosol Invest Group, being with its Solar Battery product range one of the pioneers in the residential battery storage market. Solar Battery is a highly innovative, intelligent battery system offering much more than just an energy storage solution. The system comprises several added value features such as smart home, smart meter, PV-monitoring and UPS. Since its market launch in early 2011 several hundreds of Solar Batteries have been sold only in Germany. Christoph began his career with KMC Management Consultants, a leading management consulting firm focused on sales and marketing expertise, where he was Managing Partner and Co-Founder of a branch office. Since 2005 he is in the renewable energy business, where he has been involved in several companies as CEO, entrepreneur and/or consultant. Christoph graduated in 1997 with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Bayreuth.
    • Jari Varjotie (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Savosolar
    • http://www.savosolar.fi
    • Jari Varjotie, MSc (Technology), is the CEO of Savosolar from Finland. He has strong industrial background from over 25 years in healthcare, telecommunication, machinery building and renewable energy industries. Major accomplishments on wide range of tasks in Finland-based companies working globally, the last being managing director of the Finnish megawatt class wind turbine manufacturer Winwind.
    • Guido Groet (Startup)
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    • CFO
    • Luxexcel
    • http://www.luxexcel.com
    • Guido Groet is CFO and Strategy officer at Luxexcel. He is a technology industry veteran with extensive experience in semiconductors, high-tech equipment and internet technology. He has held a number of senior positions at technology giant ASML, including VP finance for the USA operations, VP Strategy development USA and director of the strategic partnership with optics leader Carl Zeiss in Germany. He has recently been CFO of technology startup Replisaurus with operations in Sweden and France where he build a solid financial organization. He was instrumental in building the company and led fund raising worth €50M from venture capital, private equity, lenders and governments. Guido has also been CEO of a company developing, manufacturing and selling precision equipment used in MEMS and LED applications and has been financial controller and business manager in the automotive industry at Citroën. Guido has lived and worked across the globe and speaks 5 languages.
    • Matti Malkamäki (Startup Showcase)
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    • CEO
    • Aurelia Turbines
    • http://market.ecosummit.net/c/Aureliaturbines
    • 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.
    • Timo Jaakkola (Startup Showcase)
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    • CEO
    • Oceanvolt
    • http://market.ecosummit.net/c/Oceanvolt
    • Timo joined Oceanvolt in 2013. Oceanvolt is the leading provider of electronic sail drives and energy management systems for sailboats. Timo started his career at Finnish Defence Forces Research centre in 1996. Later he worked for 6 years as Product Development Manager at Environics, Finland where he developed a mobile handheld gas analyzer and managed the company´s international sales for 2 years. In between, Timo worked at composite industry as Development Manager with Fibrocom. Timo moved to the United States in 2008 as CTO/CEO of Environics USA, where he worked for 5 years with the responsibility to manage North and South American Sales and Technical operations. Timo is an enthuastic sailor and extremely interested in providing clean energy alternatives to sailboats. He holds a MSc (Eng) degree from the Technical University of Tampere.
    • Adam Woolway (Startup Showcase)
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    • CEO
    • PlugSurfing
    • http://market.ecosummit.net/c/PlugSurfing
    • Adam Woolway is CEO and Co-Founder of PlugSurfing, an app and web-based startup out of Berlin to help drivers of electric vehicles find charging points and pay for their charging time through an integrated payment solution – all with one app. Adam has seen and obsessed over enough modern cities to spot the integral problems of modern living such as pollution, congestion and noise, but has also thrived on the creative and innovative problem solving that the startup world allows. This path, along with former employment in a large UK energy company, has led to Adam co-founding PlugSurfing in July 2012, steering the company through two investment rounds and now earning first revenue by supplying services to major car manufacturers and energy providers – truly a disruptive David among industry’s Goliaths.
    • Erik Andersson (Startup Showcase)
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    • CEO
    • Efficax Energy
    • http://market.ecosummit.net/c/Efficax+Energy
    • Erik is the CEO and a major shareholder of EfficaxEnergy since mid-2012. Main responsibilities, apart from the daily operations of the company, are financing, market strategy and sales. Before his appointment as CEO, Erik was assigned with a consultant assignment at Efficax. As an independent consultant he has previously worked in numerous start-ups and new innovation settings, primarily with business development in early stage technology projects. Prior to this he was CEO of startup Tenroc Technologies in the construction industry and project manager of Pylos Nutraceuticals in the food supplement industry. He has also worked as a business developer in the Silicon Valley-based incubator/accelerator BootstrapLabs. Erik holds a MSc in Innovation & Entrepreneurship from the highly regarded Chalmers University-tied incubator Encubator and an MBA in finance.
    • Hidde-Jan Lemstra (Startup Showcase)
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    • CEO
    • Reduse
    • http://market.ecosummit.net/c/Reduse
    • Hidde-Jan is co-founder and CEO of Reduse – home of the Unprinter. We remove print from paper using laser. Printed paper in; plain paper out. An average office employee uses 10.000 sheets of paper every year, most of which are discarded within just a few days. Imagine the kind of impact this will have. Unprinting is disruptive but fits brilliantly into your office. It requires little or no change in how you work, is easy to implement, and delivers stunning cost savings and CO2 reductions. Hidde-Jan (or HJ if you want) spent the last decade or so working for two very large multinationals, in strategic finance and organisational development roles, before he started, ran and closed a boutique consulting firm. He now spends all his time working on the Unprinter, in between the occasional advice to the many other cool startups that are coming out of Cambridge (the real Cambridge that is!). Originally from the Netherlands, HJ followed his then-girlfriend (now wife) Nancy to the UK in 2008, when she started her PhD. She finished a long time ago, but they never left. Hidde-Jan says he’s got the best job in the world.
    • Jan Michael Hess (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Ecosummit
    • http://market.ecosummit.net/c/Ecosummit
    • Jan is Founder and CEO of Ecosummit and the Berlin-based consulting firm Mobile Economy. Ecosummit is the smart green business network and conference connecting startups, investors and corporates to accelerate smart green innovation. Ecosummit’s goal is the global transformation to the smart green economy powered by 100% renewable energy and ubiquitous internet and cleantech. Ecosummit Market is an open online platform to support the marketing and business development of smart green startups. Since 2010, Jan produced 7 international cleantech conferences in Berlin, London and Düsseldorf. He advises startups on fundraising, strategy, marketing and sales. Moreover, Jan acts as Editor-in-chief of the Ecosummit Blog and Ecosummit TV. Prior to founding Mobile Economy in 2000, Jan worked for Pixelpark, Icon Medialab and Ciao as Strategic Planner, Project Manager and Head of Marketing and Sales. Jan holds a business degree from the University of Mannheim, lives in Berlin with his wife Simone and their son Mateo and is a big fan of Japan and Jazz.


    ECO13 London Susana Quintana-Plaza Eon


    ECO13 Berlin Alexander Schlaepfer Aster Capital


    ECO13 Berlin Tarja Teppo Cleantech Invest


    ECO13 London Henrik Olsen Environmental Technologies Fund


    ECO14 Berlin Bigge Lidgren Swedish Energy Agency


    ECO14 Berlin Yme Bosma Rockstart


    ECO13 Berlin Steven Fawkes Day One


    ECO13 London Christoph Ostermann Sonnenbatterie


    ECO14 Berlin Adam Woolway Plugsurfing