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    ECO15 Berlin Speakers


    Ecosummit Berlin 2015 takes place on 19-20 May 2015 at the Radialsystem. As of today, we confirmed 20 speakers including 10 early and late stage startups. Scroll down to learn more about our speaker lineup. Click “expand” to read the speaker profile, click “collapse” to close it. Past Ecosummit speakers: ECO14 London, ECO14 Berlin, ECO13 London, ECO13 Berlin, ECO12 Düsseldorf, ECO12 Berlin and ECO11 Berlin.

    • Prof. Dr. Lars Samuelson (Research)
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    • Director
    • Nanometer Structure Consortium Lund University
    • http://www.nano.lth.se
    • Lars Samuelson obtained his PhD in Solid State Physics at Lund University in 1977 followed by a Post-doc at IBM Research Laboratories in San José, CA. In 1986 he became Professor in Göteborg and returned in 1988 to a Professorship in Lund. He is since its start in 1988 director of the Nanometer Structure Consortium at Lund University (nmC@LU – www.nano.lu.se), today the primary interdisciplinary center for Nanoscience in Sweden, engaging about 250 scientists and PhD-students. He is recognized for his research on low-dimensional structures and the physics and applications thus made possible. In recent years his research focuses on the formation of one-dimensional nanowires, studies of their physical properties, as well as applications of semiconductor nanowires. He has published about 600 papers in refereed journals and given about 250 invited/plenary talks at international conferences (h-index≈73).
      In 2004 he became a Fellow of the Inst. of Physics in the UK, and in 2009 Fellow of the American Physical Society (Materials Physics). He is since 2006 a Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, KVA (Physics) and since 2007 of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA. In 2008 he was awarded as Einstein Professor by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in 2011 the Ideon Prize for Innovation, and in 2013 the IUVSTA Prize for Science of the Triennium 2010 – 2013, and in 2014 he was awarded the Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience. Beside his role as academic researcher and teacher, he has engaged himself in creation of spin-out companies and is the primary founder and Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of the companies QuNano AB, GLO AB and Sol Voltaics AB.
    • Prof. Dr. Eicke Weber (Research)
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    • Director
    • Fraunhofer ISE
    • http://www.ise.fraunhofer.de
    • Professor Eicke Weber is Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and Professor for Physics/Solar Energy at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics and at the Faculty of Engineering at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Germany. The ISE institute is one of the world-leading research institutes in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency. The focus of Prof. Weber’s research is the analysis of lattice defects in Si and compound semiconductors. Recently he studied specifically how good solar cells can be produced out of upgraded metallurgical (“dirty”) silicon with high metal content. Prof. Weber studied Physics at the University of Cologne, Germany where he made his doctorate in 1976 and his habilitation in 1983. From 1983-2006 he lectured at the faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of the University of California, Berkeley – since 1991 as Professor of Materials Science. In 1990 he was appointed visiting professor at the Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, and in 2000 at the Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan.
    • Uli Huener (Corporate)
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    • Head of Innovation Management
    • EnBW
    • http://www.enbw.com
    • Uli Huener previously served as the CEO of Yello Strom GmbH from September 2009 on and from March 2012 also as Managing Director of EnBW Vertriebs GmbH. Uli Huener studied mathematics and business administration at the Universities of Bielefeld and Hamburg and obtained a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology. Prior to getting into the Energy Business Uli has held various senior management positions with companies in the IT and telecommunications sector in Germany as well as in the US, overall holding over 25 years of international experience – from startups to large corporations.
    • 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 Schlaepfer (VC)
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    • Partner
    • Aster Capital
    • http://aster.com/
    • Alexander joined Paris-based venture capital firm Aster Capital in 2009 and is leading investments in the areas of energy conversion and storage. Prior to Aster, he headed Global Strategy & Business Development for Alstom’s €5 billion Thermal Services business. Earlier, Alexander was Managing Director at ABB in Egypt, responsible for a business unit active in EPC contracting and services for utility and industrial power plants. In 15 years at Alstom and ABB, Alexander closed over 20 M&A deals and created several joint ventures and new businesses. He holds a BA from the University of Applied Sciences in St. Gallen and a Masters in Finance (MSc) from London Business School. Alexander is a Director at Aster’s portfolio company IOXUS (Oneonta/NY, USA), Etogas (Stuttgart/DE) and Atlantium (Bet Shemesh/Israel). He is also a member of the advisory board to French early stage venture fund EMERTEC IV and to the Competence Center Environment and Sustainability (CCES) at ETH Zürich. On a private basis, he is active as angel investor in Switzerland.
    • Dr. Franka Birke (Accelerator)
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    • Entrepreneurship Lead
    • Climate-KIC Germany
    • http://www.climate-kic.org
    • Franka Birke is Climate-KIC Entrepreneurship Lead Germany. Climate-KIC is one of the three Knowledge and Innovation Communities designated in 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) with the mission to lead the world toward low-carbon prosperity. It supports early stage startups in the fields of energy efficiency, sustainability and emobility. Franka Birke has 9 years of experience in supporting startups. Before Climate-KIC she did her PhD at the Chair for Innovation and Technology Management at TU Berlin, where she also worked as a lecturer for entrepreneurship topics. She also worked at the Gründungsservice, the incubator at TU Berlin, where she was responsible for the successful TU Berlin proposal for the government programme EXIST Gründerhochschule.
    • Yme Bosma (Accelerator)
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    • Program Director
    • Rockstart
    • http://www.rockstart.com/accelerator
    • Yme Bosma is the Program Director of the Rockstart Smart Energy Accelerator. The international program helps participating startups bring their product faster to market and supports their fundraising. After 15 years of working for online companies such as Lost Boys, Media Republic and Hyves, Yme decided to take a sabbatical and went for a long sailing trip with his family. The fast growing social network Hyves was founded in 2004 and sold in 2010 to the Telegraaf Media Groep. After the sailing trip he decided to invest and participate in initiatives focusing on internet, energy and sustainability. His first project was building a boat that runs on solar energy, followed by the Smart Energy Accelerator.
    • 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.
    • Florian Lennert (Business Location)
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    • Director Intelligent City
    • InnoZ and LSE
    • http://www.intelligent-city.net
    • Florian Lennert is Director of the Intelligent City Forum. Intelligent City is a joint venture of the Innovation Centre for Mobility and Societal Change (InnoZ) in Berlin and LSE Enterprise, the venture and innovation division of the London School of Economics (LSE). Intelligent City focuses on sustainable urban innovation and pursues research and development in smart mobility, urban renewable energy systems, intelligent infrastructure and future city design. Intelligent City also coordinates an innovation campus in Berlin which provides a living lab for the future city and the hub for a global network of leading applied research and innovation institution such as InnoZ, LSE, MIT Media Lab, the German Social Science Centre (WZB) and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR). InnoZ is a leading German innovation platform, jointly established by Deutsche Bahn, WZB, DLR, Siemens and T-Systems in Berlin, Germany focused on developing future applications and solutions integrating sustainable energy, urban infrastructure and mobility systems. From 1999-2007 Florian was Director of Corporate Relations at LSE and responsible for strategic research development, global university-business collaboration, corporate partnerships and international knowledge transfer. He is currently advising the government of Berlin on the strategic legacy development of Berlin Tegel Airport as the Berlin TXL Urban Tech Republic, as a large-scale smart city district and sustainable urban innovation hub. He holds a BSc Economics and an MPA from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
    • 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-environment-resources.html
    • 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).
    • Christoph Ostermann (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Sonnenbatterie
    • http://market.ecosummit.net/c/Sonnenbatterie
    • Christoph Ostermann is Co-Founder of the Prosol Invest Group, being with its Solar Battery product range one of the pioneers in the residential battery storage market. Solar Battery is a highly innovative, intelligent battery system offering much more than just an energy storage solution. The system comprises several added value features such as smart home, smart meter, PV-monitoring and UPS. Since its market launch in early 2011 several hundreds of Solar Batteries have been sold only in Germany. Christoph began his career with KMC Management Consultants, a leading management consulting firm focused on sales and marketing expertise, where he was Managing Partner and Co-Founder of a branch office. Since 2005 he is in the renewable energy business, where he has been involved in several companies as CEO, entrepreneur and/or consultant. Christoph graduated in 1997 with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Bayreuth.
    • Nils Aldag (Startup)
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    • CFO
    • Sunfire
    • http://www.sunfire.de
    • Nils Aldag is a Co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Sunfire – a developer of next generation fuel cells and electrolysers based on high temperature technology. At Sunfire he successfully acquired equity investments from Bilfinger Venture Capital, Electranova Capital, KfW Bankengruppe and Total Energy Ventures. He is also a Co-founder of the Desertec Foundation. Nils graduated in 2009 with a degree in Business Administration from the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel.
    • Dr. Felix Grolman (Startup)
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    • Co-CEO
    • Grundgrün
    • http://www.grundgruen.de
    • Dr. Felix Grolman provides his long-term experience in the financial and structuring world to Grundgrün Energie. After degrees both in law and economics he worked in Sales & Trading at Morgan Stanley and then with Boston Consulting Group where he advised energy utilities and trading groups. Subsequently he has founded multiple companies in the realm of renewable energies. The growing importance of energy and power generation turned him into an active supporter of the renewable concept years ago. Having worked in the UK, Spain, Switzerland and China he thoroughly believes in the competitive edge of Germany in the energy sector and is excited to grow Grundgrün in his home market and beyond. His objective is to make renewable energy economically independent and profitable – a goal he wants to reach with Grundgrün as an integrated renewable energy utility.
    • Knut Hechtfischer (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Ubitricity
    • http://www.ubitricity.com
    • Knut Hechtfischer is one of ubitricity’s founders and managing directors. Knut completed a bank traineeship and holds university degrees in both law and business administration (MBA equivalent). He then joined leading international law firms in London, Frankfurt and Berlin, advising national and international clients in Regulatory, Acquisition Finance and Renewable Energy related projects. Working as an attorney during the day, Knut’s fascination with the potential of the renewable energy sector soon had him reading up on generation and storage opportunities by night. He envisaged ubitricity’s idea as well as the technical and commercial concepts in 2007 and founded the company with his friend and colleague Frank Pawlitschek in 2008. At ubitricity, Knut directs and instructs the implementation of the ubitricity concept and develops future co-operations and market models connected to his company’s concept. Knut also has a strong technical background and envisioned important parts of ubitricity’s mobile metering system.
    • Dr. Thomas Goette (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • GreenPocket
    • http://www.greenpocket.de/en/
    • Dr. Thomas Goette is CEO of GreenPocket, one of the leading specialists for smart metering and smart home software. As an expert for the energy and internet business, he regularly appears in the trade press and is invited as a speaker to national and international events. In 2012, the economy magazine Wirtschaftswoche and Daimler nominated him as one of the top 100 online trendsetters in Germany. Prior to joining GreenPocket he founded and built up a social media startup. Before that he worked as a partner at the consulting firms Oliver Wyman (2006-2007), Diamond Cluster (2001-2006) and Roland Berger Strategy (1993-2000). He holds a degree in business administration from the University of Göttingen and a PhD in the area of Marketing and Finance.
    • Christopher Schläffer (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Yetu
    • http://www.yetu.com
    • Christopher Schlaeffer, yetu’s CEO and Founder, is a European high-tech industry protagonist and former Chief Product & Innovation Officer, Corporate Development Officer and Chief Strategy Officer of Deutsche Telekom. Christopher started his business career with Accenture, the international consulting, technology and outsourcing company. In 1998 he joined Deutsche Telekom, Europe’s largest telecoms operator. In 2000 the board under CEO Ron Sommer promoted him to Senior Vice President Group Strategy. During the following decade Christopher played a key role in Deutsche Telekom’s transformation. In 2002 he became Corporate Development Officer (CDO) giving him additional group-wide responsibilities for Innovation, Technology and IT as well as Deutsche Telekom’s regional offices across Europe and Asia. In 2006 Christopher Schlaeffer became Deutsche Telekom’s Chief Product & Innovation Officer and thus in charge of the group’s product portfolio and bringing key innovations like IPTV, the mobile internet or new services around Connected Life & Work to market. In this role he became member of the group’s Executive Operating Board and chairman of Deutsche Telekom’s Marketing Leadership Team. Christopher also managed Deutsche Telekom’s Research & Development, the group’s digital businesses in online content, eCommerce, advertising, payment and social networking as well as the company’s strategic partnerships, for example with Apple for the iPhone or Google to launch the world’s first mobile telephone based on the Android operating system. In 2010 Christopher founded yetu to create an open standard platform for Smart Homes. Christopher is recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.
    • Dr. Jan Marckhoff (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • BEN Energy
    • http://www.ben-energy.com
    • Jan is co-founder and CEO of BEN Energy. He has a background in finance having studied in Germany, India and the US and having gained over five years of work experience in the banking industry. Jan first came into contact with the energy market during his PhD where he did research on risk management in electricity markets in Europe. Afterwards, he worked in risk management and strategy consulting for the financial and energy industry before joining the ETH Zurich team and founding BEN at the beginning of 2011.
    • Ramin Mokhtari (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • ICE Gateway
    • http://www.ice-gateway.com
    • Ramin L. Mokhtari is the CEO of ICE Gateway which produces gateways for lighting as a service to provide an economical solution for smart cities. He has over 25 years of professional experience within large multinational telecommunication and energy corporations and also in multiple startup companies in US and Europe. His responsibilities covered CEO positions in solar and LED manufacturing sectors and also corporate venture capital in IT, telecommunication and energy sectors with multiple large IPOs. He studied at RWTH, university of Aachen in Germany, and received a Master of Science in Engineering.
    • Romain Lacombe (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Plume Labs
    • http://www.plumelabs.com
    • Romain Lacombe is a Transparency Engineer who’s trying to change the world, one kilobyte of data at a time. A former public servant, Silicon Valley entrepreneur, World Bank consultant, MIT environmental economics researcher, Fulbright scholar and science student, he has spent the past four years building Open Data policies to make governments more accountable, in France and around the world. He was until recently the co-founder and head of innovation of Etalab (data.gouv.fr), the French Prime Minister’s task force for access to information which he helped create in 2011 after authoring the first report on Open Data’s potential for France. At task force Etalab, Romain focused on policy delivery, startups outreach and international relations, representing his country in the G8 Open Data Charter negotiations and coordinating France’s recent adhesion to the Open Government Partnership. Romain is a fierce advocate of the power of open. With his latest project, he aims at making our cities breathable again — together!
    • 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, VCs 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 8 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 Berlin Eicke Weber Fraunhofer


    ECO13 Berlin Alexander Schlaepfer Aster Capital


    ECO14 Berlin Bigge Lidgren Swedish Energy Agency


    ECO13 Berlin Christopher Schlaeffer Yetu


    ECO14 London Christoph Ostermann Sonnenbatterie