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    Our mission is maximising our impact until 2030, the global deadline for carbon neutrality. Ecosummit accelerates smart green startups in energy, mobility and cities to save our climate and planet. Ecosummit Berlin takes place on 6-7 May 2020 at Radialsystem, Holzmarktstr. 33, 10243 Berlin and brings together the leading startups, investors and corporates in Europe. 39 ECO20 Berlin speakers are confirmed and profiled below. Please contact us if you want to pitch your company or promote your portfolio as one of our sponsors. Get your tickets until 31 January 2020 to get a discount and join us. We look forward to hosting you at Ecosummit Berlin.

     

     

    • Andreas Stubelius (Accelerator)
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    • Senior Portfolio Manager
    • Swedish Energy Agency
    • http://www.energimyndigheten.se/en/
    • Andreas Stubelius is a Senior Portfolio Manager at the Swedish Energy Agency. He is responsible for developing the Agency’s portfolio companies. The portfolio consists of more than 60 cleantech companies and Andreas has been involved in starting 15 of them. He has a long experience in seed funding and has been working within the energy sector for more than 10 years. Andreas holds an engineering degree in power electronics and also one in corporate finance. He has worked in various positions the last years and the last one in managing a project for the Swedish Government.
    • Fabian Sacharowitz (VC)
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    • Business Creation Officer
    • InnoEnergy
    • https://www.innoenergy.com
    • InnoEnergy is the world’s largest early stage investor in the field of sustainable energy innovation with more than 200 investments across Europe. Fabian is responsible for InnoEnergy´s investments in startups and scaleups in the DACH region. Previously, Fabian worked for KPMG in energy-related fields and founded 3S Antriebe, the world’s only manufacturer of fully decentral operable electric actuators for buried valves in water, gas and district heating grids. Fabian is attorney at law and holds a Master degree in Physics.
    • Fabio Tentori (Corporate)
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    • CEO of Enel Innovation Hubs
    • Enel
    • https://www.enel.com
    • Since joining Enel in 2013, Fabio has gained relevant experience in the energy innovation domain, covering several roles in the development of the residential energy services business and then as Innovation Manager in Italy. In 2017 he moved to a global role as head of Startup Initiative & Business Incubator for Enel Group. Prior to Enel, Fabio worked for 6 years with McKinsey & Company, based in Milan and in London. He is also an occasional teacher at master courses on innovation and management. Fabio holds a MBA degree with honors achieved in 2010 at INSEAD.
    • Adam Kostyál (Corporate)
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    • 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.
    • Ines Bergmann-Nolting (Corporate VC)
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    • Head of Scouting & Co-Investments
    • EON
    • https://www.eon.com/en/new-energy/innovation/start-ups.html
    • Ines has joined the Strategic Co-Investment team in spring 2013. Her investment focus is on residential energy products and consumer facing solutions. Furthermore, her responsibilities include identifying and analyzing social and economic trends which could shake the energy sector long-term. Ines has started her EON career in 2008 by joining EON Inhouse Consulting. She has studied at the University of Passau and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She holds a diploma degree in cultural studies and business administration as well as a bachelor degree in economic science. When not at work Ines enjoys spending time with her family and friends and totally relaxes when doing hot yoga.
    • Matthias Engel (Corporate VC)
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    • Managing Partner
    • innogy Ventures
    • https://www.innogy.ventures
    • Prior to being appointed Managing Partner of innogy 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 startup 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.
    • Leonie Baneke (Corporate VC)
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    • Head of Venturing
    • Eneco Ventures
    • http://www.enecogroup.com/what-we-do/innovation/
    • Leonie Baneke is Head of Venturing at Eneco Smart Energy. 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.
    • Johann Boukhors (Corporate VC)
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    • Managing Director
    • Engie New Ventures
    • http://www.engieventures.com
    • Johann Boukhors is Managing Director of Engie New Ventures S.A.S., the Corporate Venture Capital fund of ENGIE. Johann has over 20 years of professional experience, all in the energy sector within what is now the ENGIE Group. He’s previously held a number of responsibilities such as Strategic Purchasing for Infrastructures, set-up of international Joint Ventures, European key Account Management, Sales Director and then Branch Director for energy sales in Belgium & Luxemburg, Director New Business Development, Supply, Marketing & Sales in Mexico, and Group Business Development Oversight. Johann is French, and graduated as an Engineer (Arts & Métiers ParisTech) and holds as well an Executive MBA (ESCP Europe).
    • Idan Mor (Corporate VC)
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    • Investment Director
    • Centrica Innovations
    • https://www.centrica.com/centrica-innovations
    • Idan Mor is an Investment Director at Centrica Innovations Ventures team with a mission to invest £100M in early stage energy companies. Areas of interest are: Distributed Energy & Power, Electric Vehicles, Connected Home, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, IOT, Big Data and Analytics. Current investments include: Driivz, GreenCom Networks, Idnegy and Echo-care. Idan has been actively engaged in the Israeli startup scene in the last 15 years, from SW engineering position in a startup (P-cube) that was later acquired by Cisco, to a principal investor in one of Israel’s largest VCs, Evergreen Ventures ($700M under management). Following that, Idan joined CloudBand, a startup team in Alcatel-Lucent that initiated a new telecom cloud business unit. Recently, he was the CEO of PeoplePost, a social travel Startup which provided a platform for travelers to share experiences, recommendations and make their hotel bookings. In his experience as a VC he led the investment process in early stage companies. Areas of interest included Semiconductors ( Siklu, OptimalPlus), Mobile ( Inneractive, acquired by Fyber) and cleantech (Pentalum and Acquarius). Idan holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA in Computer Science and Economics from Tel-Aviv Academic College.
    • Stefan Hülsen (Corporate VC)
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    • Senior Investment Manager
    • Statkraft Ventures
    • http://www.statkraftventures.com
    • Stefan is Senior Investment Manager at Statkraft Ventures GmbH. He likes to invest in non-obvious startups led by passionate founders. Stefan turned from a successful entrepreneur into a venture capitalist. He founded and grew GameCosmos as CEO and sold the company to Gamigo. He stayed with Gamigo helping to expand its business until its sale to Axel Springer. He later joined NRW.BANK’s venture capital fund and invested in technology companies.
    • Metin Zerman (Corporate VC)
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    • Investment Manager
    • Energie 360°
    • https://www.energie360.ch/de/energie-360/portrait/investitionen/smart-energy-investitionsfonds/
    • Metin Zerman is an Investment Manager at Energie 360° AG. He has more than 12 years of experience as an engineer within the automotive industry and innovation management across different industries. He started his career at ZF Friedrichshafen AG and was responsible for transmission control development for customers such as Iveco, Mercedes, Hyundai and VDL. As a consultant at the Technical University of Munich he was advising Medtech, Life Science and Cleantech spinoffs from inception to market entry, before joining Swisscom’s digital innovation department. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree and an MBA in General Management.
    • Nacho Gimenez (Corporate VC)
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    • Managing Director, Europe & Middle East
    • BP Ventures
    • https://www.bp.com/en/global/ventures.html
    • Nacho has extensive experience in BP’s integrated supply and trading arm, monetising new oil and refined oil product trading opportunities. More recently he has developed BP’s digital power strategy, with alternative energy. Nacho holds a MSc in Chemical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, an MBA from UNED in Madrid and has studied corporate finance at London Business School. Nacho focuses on the low carbon power sector and leads the Europe and Middle East team.
    • Dr. Matthias Dill (VC)
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    • Managing Partner, Europe
    • Energy Impact Partners
    • https://www.energyimpactpartners.com
    • Mr. Dill is an experienced venture capital investor and board member and has helped dozens of startups in energy and related sectors throughout his career. Prior to building EIP’s European presence, Mr. Dill was the founder and Managing Director of Statkraft Ventures, a €100M European venture capital fund focused on the energy sector. Here he designed and executed a strategy of financially driven investments combined with a deep collaborative model to realize synergies between startups and a large corporate player. Earlier in his career Mr. Dill was a Senior Investment Manager with High-Tech Gründerfonds, the largest European investor in early stage startups. Mr. Dill was trained at Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany and University of Rhode Island, RI, USA. He earned a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering and a PhD in Finance for his work on private equity financing of small and midsized companies. He lives in Cologne, Germany with his wife and two sons.
    • Dr. Robert Trezona (VC)
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    • Partner, Head of Cleantech
    • IP Group
    • http://www.ipgroupplc.com
    • Robert has been working in technology venture for over 9 years, focussing on cleantech and materials opportunities. He has experience both as an investor, as a manager of start-ups and as a strategy consultant. Prior to joining IP Group in 2011, he was Head of Research and Development at the Carbon Trust, where he set up their “Research Challenge” technology venturing initiative, which created and capitalised innovative companies in advanced photovoltaics, second-generation biofuels and fuel cells. He started his career in fuel cells working for Johnson Matthey and then as the leader of the materials and process development teams at Ceres Power, which listed on AIM in 2004. He has also worked as a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company, where he focussed on strategy and operations in the energy, technology and materials sectors. He has a triple First and a PhD from the University of Cambridge and won the 1996 Goldsmiths Prize as the top Cambridge graduate in Materials Science.
    • Rene Savelsberg (VC)
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    • CEO
    • SET Ventures
    • http://www.setventures.com
    • Rene Savelsberg is the Co-founder, CEO and Managing Director of SET Ventures since its creation in 2007. He is responsible for the strategy and overall operations of the SET Funds. He serves on the Board of MicroShade and Elmodis and is observer on the Board of General Fusion. He also served on the Boards of Sonnen (acquired by Shell in February 2019), Epyon (acquired by ABB in June 2011) and AlertMe (acquired by British Gas in 2015). Between 1997 and 2004 Rene led the Philips Corporate Venturing activities, initially in Silicon Valley and later expanding into Europe and Israel, managing investments in over 40 companies, including some highly successful investments; TiVo, Magic4 and Cambridge Silicon Radio. After Philips decided to depart from its corporate VC involvement Rene successfully divested the portfolio by the end of 2004. In the meantime, he joined Philips’ Corporate M&A department where he was also responsible for semiconductor-related transactions and was instrumental in the € 6.4 billion divestment of the Philips Semiconductor Division, now called NXP. Rene’s knowledge from these investments was focused on the digital transition of industries, specifically the digitisation of the media delivery industry and the digitisation of the lighting sector. In September 2006 Rene joined Philips Consumer Electronics in the capacity of Vice President, New Business Development, focusing on new value spaces for this division of Philips Electronics N.V. Starting from 1995, Rene was charged with establishing and expanding the Philips Multimedia Centre in California, with the focus on incubating new business initiatives from within Philips and cementing relationships between Philips Divisions and (emerging) technology leaders in Silicon Valley. This resulted in his leadership of Philips corporate venturing. Prior to (re)joining Philips Rene worked for 5 years for the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency, the economic development agency of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, out of their San Francisco office. Between 1985 and 1990 he was the Sales and Marketing Manager for New Interactive Optical Systems (Interactive LaserVision, CD-I, CD-ROM) at Philips Netherlands. Before joining Philips, for 3 years, Rene worked for INAD Computer Group, a small distributor of multi-user computer systems, as sales manager and support for the CEO. During his time at INAD the company grew from 4 employees to over 100 people. Rene Savelsberg holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering & Management from the Technical University Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
    • Cédric Mutz (VC)
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    • Investment Director
    • Emerald Technology Ventures
    • https://www.emerald-ventures.com
    • Cédric is an Investment Director at Emerald Technology Ventures and acts as Corporate Finance and M&A Specialist, focusing on the investment process from due diligence to valuation to transaction structuring to exit. Before joining Emerald, Cédric Mutz was Head of M&A at Omya, a leading global producer of industrial minerals based in Switzerland. Prior to Omya, Cédric was M&A project manager at BASF, the world’s largest chemicals company, where he led international M&A transactions for different business units such as agrochemicals and advanced polymers. Cédric also worked for the oil & gas producer Wintershall (BASF Group), where he was Head of Treasury at the Argentina subsidiary and Corporate Finance Manager at the headquarters in Germany. In his various roles, Cédric has gathered over 15 years of experience in investing, M&A and corporate finance. Cédric holds a bachelor’s degree in management from the London School of Economics and a Master’s degree in management from the London School of Economics and Duke University and is a CFA charterholder. Cédric is fluent in English, German, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
    • David Hunt (Service Provider)
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    • Managing Partner
    • Hyperion Executive Search
    • http://hyperionsearch.co.uk
    • David Hunt is Managing Partner of clean energy executive search specialists Hyperion Executive Search. He has been in the clean energy sector since 2007 and held posts on the Policy Board of the UK Renewable Energy Association (REA), Chaired the Pan-European Energy Storage Alliance and sits on the Low Carbon Economy Board for the Liverpool City LEP. He also spent 7 years as director of an award winning high growth, multi-technology renewable energy company, before setting up Hyperion in 2014.
    • Jan Michael Hess (Angel)
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    • CEO
    • Ecosummit
    • https://ecosummit.net
    • Jan is Founder and CEO of Ecosummit and active as angel investor. Our mission is maximising our impact until 2030, the global deadline for carbon neutrality. Ecosummit accelerates smart green startups in energy, mobility and cities to save our climate and planet. Our conferences are startup markets enabling business development, co-investing, open innovation, corporate venturing and M&A. Since 2010 we organised 20 events in 5 countries. Ecosummit TV on YouTube provides over 1.100 videos (540.000 views). Prior to founding Mobile Economy in 2000, Jan worked for Pixelpark, Icon Medialab and Ciao as Strategy Consultant, Senior Project Manager and Head of Marketing and Sales. Holding a business degree from the University of Mannheim, he lives in Berlin with his wife Simone and their son Mateo and is a big fan of Yoga, Japan and Jazz.
    • Dr. Christian Feißt (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • GreenCom Networks
    • http://www.greencom-networks.com
    • Christian was the Founder and Managing Director for Smart Grid at Cisco Systems. Before joining Cisco, Dr. Christian Feißt spent 10 years working in the utility industry for the management consultancies A.T. Kearney and Booz Allen Hamilton. He holds a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Hohenheim.
    • Marcel Smit (Startup)
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    • 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.
    • Szilard Toth (Startup)
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    • CTO
    • e.pilot
    • https://epilot.cloud/en/main_en/
    • Szilard Toth is the CTO of e·pilot, a revolutionary sales tool for energy providers founded in 2017. e·pilot simplifies launching highly complex energy products and services in a rapidly changing space with it’s easy-to-use and flexible SaaS platform. Szilard is responsible for the overall product direction, technology and engineering culture at e·pilot and boasts years of international experience at highly successful companies. Prior to e·pilot he was a product manger at the leading collaboration software provider Atlassian and lead products for millions of end users. Before that he was heading the product development team at Solactive AG and launched products that gathered more than 10 Billion $ in assets under management in the ETF space. Szilard hold’s a master’s degree in Business Administration from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
    • Dr. Sebastian Berning (Startup)
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    • Co-CEO
    • Instagrid
    • https://www.instagrid.co
    • Sebastian Berning is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of instagrid, which develops green mobile power solutions for professional needs. After finishing university education in physics and computer science in Germany and Switzerland, Sebastian eventually went on to pursue his PhD with later Nobel Laureate Stefan Hell in Göttingen, where he contributed a series of highly cited articles in the field of Neuroscience. Driven by the desire to also make cutting-edge technology commercially available, Sebastian joined Robert Bosch corporation in 2012, where he was quickly drawn to battery technology and resulting new business opportunities. Amongst other management positions, he was in charge of the software & controls team of Bosch’s newly founded stationary energy storage business in Europe and the USA. In 2015, Sebastian moved on to manage the electronics development for battery-powered tools of the world’s largest power tools company. Together with his long-time colleague and friend Andreas Sedlmayr he made a leap of faith in 2018 to found instagrid, convinced that there was a substantial unmet need for green energy solutions in mobile applications. At instagrid, Sebastian is driving the development of the company’s groundbreaking software-defined battery technology, working closely with early customers to displace combustion engines in many non-road applications.
    • Tobias Breyer (Startup)
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    • CMO
    • Swobbee
    • https://swobbee.de/?lang=en
    • After 15 years in the creative industry, Tobias Breyer moved to GreenPack as Marketing Manager in 2015. Together with Thomas Duscha he has taken over the operational management of the Berlin-based startup. Prior to his studies in design, Tobias took a trip into the field of electrical energy technology. Today he can combine his sense of communication with his passion for technical innovation. At GreenPack, Tobias and his team started successful pilot projects and collaborations. Currently they are working on expanding the concept to new locations with new partners. Privately, Tobias tinkers with his self-developed e-bike.
    • Dr. Susan Graham (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Dendra Systems
    • https://www.dendra.io
    • Dr Susan Graham is the CEO and co-founder of Dendra Systems (formerly BioCarbon Engineering), leading a team to tackle global scale deforestation by restoring natural ecosystems. Dendra uses drones to plant trees and monitor biodiversity, scaling up the planting rates and improving ecosystem management. Dr Graham graduated from the University of Oxford with a DPhil in Biomedical Engineering in 2015. Her work was spun out into OxSonics, a successfully funded drug delivery company based in Oxford. For her work across research, startups and inspiring young women in tech, Susan was named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for industry in Europe in 2017.
    • Duncan Grierson (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Clim8
    • https://clim8invest.com
    • Duncan Grierson is CEO and Founder of Clim8, the first fintech focused on sustainability investing. Duncan is a former EY Entrepreneur of The Year Cleantech award winner, he has built several businesses including a waste-to-biofuel technology backed by $75m from Goldman Sachs and Fidelity. He also helped build and finance Moixa Energy, the solar and EV battery management platform backed by Honda, Itochu and TEPCO. He is currently also director of Gresham House’s Renewable Energy Venture Capital Trust, listed on the London Stock Exchange. Earlier in his career he was a VC with TCVC in London, Paris and Silicon Valley, investing into software companies. He has a law degree from Cambridge University and an MBA from INSEAD, France.
    • Robert Schrimpff (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Solar for Schools
    • https://www.solarforschools.co.uk
    • Solar for Schools empowers the next generation to fight climate change. We already manage solar PV systems and deliver energy literacy to about 100 schools in the UK, Germany and India. Our goal: enable 2000 schools a week to go solar and teach millions of children how to fight climate change. Robert previously worked on investments in renewable energy companies for 8 years first at TVM Capital in Germany and then as a Partner at Greencoat Capital where he focused on solar. He co-founded Lumicity, a successful UK based renewable project developer sold to RWE and led the Investment in TenKsolar. Before that Robert set up a number of Internet businesses including hotels.com and netxtra.net, a leading UK based web development firm helping associations to go online and become more effective. Robert holds an MBA from INSEAD, where he co-founded the INSEAD Energy Network and an Aeronautical Engineering Masters from Imperial College in London.
    • Dr. Christian Chudoba (Startup)
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    • 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.
    • Dr. Simon Koopmann (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Envelio
    • https://envelio.de/en/
    • Dr. Simon Koopmann is co-founder and CEO of envelio. envelio is a spin-off from RWTH Aachen University and provides a smart grids software platform for grid operators based on innovative optimization and machine learning algorithms. With its solution, envelio supports the next phase of the energy transition by digitalizing processes with the latest research results. Simon previously received his diploma and PhD degree from RWTH Aachen, where he was also Head of the Distributed Energy Systems research group.
    • Kristofer Fichtner (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Ecoworks
    • https://www.ecoworks.tech
    • Kristofer is a serial entrepreneur and investor. After leaving his operational role (co-founder, CTO) in Thermondo in summer 2017, he privately invested into several startups and joined PropTech1 as Venture Partner and LP. In September 2018, he co-founded ecoworks, a hybrid company bringing together construction tech and decentral energy supply to enable carbon neutral living for inhabitants of multi-family houses.
    • Dr. Ernesto Garnier (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Einhundert Energie
    • https://einhundert-energie.de
    • Ernesto is the Founder and CEO of EINHUNDERT Energie GmbH in Cologne, Germany. Before EINHUNDERT, he spent 6+ years with the Boston Consulting Group, helping leading European utilities launch business models around smart meters and distributed energy technology. Ernesto also holds a PhD in energy economics from RWTH Aachen, having conducted research on virtual power plants and solar power market integration. His educational experience includes an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and a BSc in Business from the Rotterdam School of Management / University of Southern California. Other than cleantech, Ernesto is passionate about politics, Basketball and (Latin) music.
    • Robert Händel (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • OPES Solutions
    • http://www.opes-solutions.com
    • Robert Händel is a solar industry veteran with 20 years of experience in the photovoltaic industry throughout the value chain. He is the Founder & CEO of OPES Solutions, the leading supplier of solar modules for off-grid power supply. Previously, he held various positions as CCO Innotech Solar, Norway/China, President Solarworld Americas and Sales Director REC Solar Europe to name a few. Robert holds a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University Dalarna/Sweden and is Board member of Soleg AG, a solar system integrator in Germany.
    • Dr. Mich Hein (Startup)
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    • 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.
    • Thomas Koller (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Enersis
    • http://www.enersis.ch/?lang=en
    • Thomas Koller is CEO and founder of enersis suisse AG Switzerland. Before starting enersis as a consulting and software company for the energy sector in 2004 Thomas has had various consulting and sales positions both in startups and a Fortune 500 company. Thomas has been in IT and energy business more than 18 years in national and international environments, designing and selling complex and big IT solutions for Fortune 500 companies. Thomas´ passion is to find possibilities of applying technology to real world problems. His goal is to make a measurable contribution to the energy change.
    • Dr. Christian Bogatu (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Fresh Energy
    • https://www.getfresh.energy
    • Christian is a serial hardware entrepreneur. He is co-founder and CEO of Fresh Energy, generating unparalleled insights based on smart meter data. From 2011 until 2017 he was Co-founder and Managing Director of KIWI, building a city-scale handsfree access-as-a-service system. Prior to KIWI, he co-founded Kirsen Global Security in the Silicon Valley that became global leader in container security and exclusive provider for DB Schenker. Christian has more than 5 years of experience as Senior Consultant with McKinsey. In 2016, he was appointed as Board member of the innogy (former RWE) Digital Transformation Board. In 2009, he was appointed to the Advisory Board of the UC Berkeley BA International Diploma. Christian holds a PhD (Dr.-Ing.) in security technology and logistics and a Master (Diplom) in Energy Management and Chemical Engineering from the University of Technology in Berlin, Germany.
    • Dr. Alexander Bormann (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Enerkite
    • http://www.enerkite.de/en/
    • Alexander is Co-Founder and CEO of EnerKite, a Berlin-Brandenburg based startup which develops and markets an entirely novel technology and scalable products for abundant, secure and flexible green electricity generation. In his 20-year career he did his PhD at TU Berlin, freelanced for innovation and industry projects for Siemens and Festo and founded is first company aeroíx GmbH in 2009 – a company which manufactures the world’s lightest and flexible thermal insulation. He lives his full commitment and passion for renewable energy towards its unbeatable economy and efficiency. EnerKítes – so-called airborne wind energy converters (AWEC) – are fully-automated, ground-controlled, tethered kites. In comparison to wind turbines, they are harnessing steady winds in higher altitudes, doubling the energy yield at minimized use of material resources.
    • Andres Anijalg (Startup)
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    • Chief Business Development Officer
    • Roofit Solar
    • https://roofit.solar
    • Andres Anijalg is the co-founder and Chief Business Development Officer of Roofit Solar Energy. He has been active in the power industry since 2007 as the head of international development projects at the Estonian national energy company Enefit. Enefit is the biggest energy and renewable energy producer in Baltics. His key responsibility was the 570MW greenfield power plant development in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, where he acted as the Project Director and the CEO of the project company. The massive $2.1B project reached its Financial Close in 2017. Andres has been also working almost 10 years at Swedbank branch in Estonia. He holds his MBA degree from the University of Tartu and has been studying as an exchange student at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.
    • Ralf Gerbershagen (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Ice Gateway
    • https://www.ice-gateway.com
    • Ralf Gerbershagen joined ICE Gateway as Managing Director in October 2018. The development of innovative Broadband IoT and Smart City solutions is extremly exciting as the market is just about to start. Before Ralf joined ICE Gateway, he served as CEO Kodak Alaris/London – a global business, with 3000 employees and revenue of about $1.2B, covering a wide range of products. From digital scanners and intelligent state of the art software services that power some of the world’s largest companies to photographic paper production, printing kiosks and a suite of consumer apps that help people capture and connect with the emotional moments that define all our lives. Prior to this appointment he was VP & General Manager for Google`s Mobile Handset business in Europe Middle East & Africa and MD Motorola Germany GmbH. He held a number of international management roles including General Manager of the European Paging Subscriber Division (EMEA) and the Consumer Business Group (Software & Services, Accessories, E-commerce, Call Center).
    • Dr. Thomas Schlegl (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Eologix
    • https://www.eologix.com/en/
    • Since 2014, Thomas Schlegl is Co-Founder and CEO of Eologix Sensor Technology GmbH in Graz, Austria. Thomas holds a MSc in Telematics and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Graz University of Technology. In 2013, he spent 1 year as a researcher in the Computer Science department of Stanford University.
    • Christoph Berger (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Vilisto
    • http://www.vilisto.de
    • After his studies at Technical University Hamburg and UC Berkeley, Christoph Berger founded vilisto together with his two co-founders. Employees often use energy inefficiently as the cost is borne by the company creating a classic “free-rider problem”. This issue creates a huge potential for energy and cost savings as offices are being continuously heated even when they are not being used up to 80% of the time. Christoph tackles this problem with his company vilisto and offers an energy saving solution for radiator heated office buildings enabling savings of up to 40% off heating costs. The AI-based proprietary technology uses self-learning algorithms and integrated presence detection to turn off heating when users are not detected and reduces energy use by anticipating user behavior based on past room occupancy. vilisto additionally utilizes collected data to offer services providing added value for building management.