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    ECO17 London Speakers

     

    Ecosummit accelerates smart green startups, investors and corporates in energy, mobility and cities. Our conferences are physical marketplaces to enable co-investing, open innovation and corporate venturing. Leveraging our network and experience, we also advise selected startups on their Series A/B. Our 5th Ecosummit London takes place on 22 November 2017 at LSO St Luke’s, 161 Old Street, London EC1V 9NG, GB. As of today, 25 speakers are confirmed to go on stage and Ecosummit TV. Please contact us if you’re interested in pitching or sponsoring. Get your tickets until 31 October for £500 plus VAT and join us. We look forward to hosting you.

     

     

    Past Ecosummit speakers: ECO17 Stockholm, ECO17 Amsterdam, ECO17 Berlin, 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.

     

     

    • Susana Quintana-Plaza (Corporate VC)
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    • 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 London. In her free time she loves to spend time with her husband and two children and travel the world.
    • Jermaine Saaltink (Corporate VC)
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    • Senior Associate
    • Shell Technology Ventures
    • http://www.shell.com/techventures
    • Jermaine Saaltink is a Senior Associate at Shell Technology Ventures (STV). Shell Technology Ventures is Royal Dutch Shell’s corporate venture capital arm with a global investment scope and about 25 investment professionals in various locations. At STV, Jermaine is Amsterdam based and responsible for identifying, structuring and managing investments in various innovative energy companies. STV typically looks to invest in companies where it can bring more than just capital and work on success together through a wide range of partnering forms. Jermaine has been with Shell for almost 10 years having held various commercial finance positions in The Netherlands and abroad. He holds a Master degree in Finance, a Master degree in International Law and a Bachelor degree in International Relations.
    • Matthias Engel (Corporate VC)
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    • Managing Director
    • innogy 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.
    • Daan Wilms van Kersbergen (Corporate VC)
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    • Investment Manager Corporate Venturing
    • Eneco Smart Energy
    • http://www.enecogroup.com/what-we-do/innovation/
    • Daan is Investment Manager Corporate 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 internally through innovation and externally by (minority) investments in startups and scaleups. Daan 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 home, e-mobility, smart buildings, smart outdoor, solar & storage and smart grid & flexibility. Before joining Eneco, Daan was a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company and co-founded 2 startups (one in e-cigarettes and one in business education).
    • Dr. Sam Salisbury (Corporate VC)
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    • Director Labs
    • Centrica Innovations
    • https://www.centrica.com/innovation
    • Sam Salisbury is a Director of Centrica’s newly formed venture, Centrica Innovations, where he leads the Innovation Lab. Centrica Innovations is an important part of achieving the company’s vision of meeting the changing needs of customers in the 21st century. Over the next five years £100 million will be invested in startups, giving Centrica access to technology and entrepreneurial capability. The Labs will provide startups with business support and access to Centrica’s customers, people and networks to help them grow their businesses. It will also support a culture of innovation within Centrica by providing the Lab’s services to support in-house ventures. Prior to building Centrica Innovations, Sam led the Centrica backed Ignite fund, the UK’s first impact investment fund with a focus on energy. Over the past three years, Ignite has provided £10m of investment to 18 enterprises. It differentiates itself from other funders by providing access to and support from Centrica’s people and network in the energy industry. Before Ignite, Sam worked in corporate strategy at Centrica and as a management consultant. He graduated from the University of Oxford with a D.Phil in Engineering Science.
    • Diego Diaz Pilas (Corporate VC)
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    • Head of New Ventures & Technology Prospective Analysis
    • Iberdrola
    • https://www.iberdrola.es/home
    • Diego is responsible for the management of Iberdrola´s €70M corporate venture capital program – Iberdrola Ventures PERSEO, focused on investing in smart energy startups. He joined Iberdrola in 2008 and since then he has contributed to the launch and management of the company´s VC program, engaging its activity with the corporate innovation strategy. Since late 2016 Diego also leads the Technology Prospective Analysis unit in charge of assessing the potential of key technologies for the future of the energy sector. Prior to Iberdrola, he developed his career in several roles related to tech, innovation and entrepreneurship in the Telco & Energy sectors. He holds an MSc in Engineering from the Polytechnical University of Madrid and an executive degree in Venture Capital from the Walter A. Haas School of Business in the University of California at Berkeley.
    • Fabio Tentori (Corporate)
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    • Head of Startup Initiative & Business Incubator
    • 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.
    • John McKiernan (Corporate)
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    • Head of External Collaboration
    • ESB
    • https://www.esb.ie
    • John McKiernan is Head of External Collaboration at ESB. John is responsible for identifying new ways to collaborate with new partners to unlock new revenue streams. John’s key objective is early adoption of emerging technologies and innovative business models to gain first mover and sustainable competitive advantage. John was previously Partner at Greencoat Capital – the adviser to ESB’s €200M Cleantech Investment Fund. John is a power sector investment specialist with over 20 years of international development experience including 8 years in Tokyo. John is currently Chairman of the Sustainability Skillnet and member of Ibec’s Innovation, Science and Technology Policy Committee.
    • Nicolas Chaudron (VC)
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    • 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.
    • Gina Domanig (VC)
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    • Managing Partner
    • Emerald Technology Ventures
    • http://www.emerald-ventures.com
    • Gina Domanig is the Managing Partner of Emerald Technology Ventures. In 2000 she founded the business as the first independent cleantech venture capital fund in Europe. Gina currently serves on the boards of Elcomax GmbH, Ushr Inc. (former GeoDigital International Inc.), MetGen Oy, Powerhouse Dynamics Inc., SDCmaterials Inc. and TaKaDu Inc. In addition to Emerald activities, Gina serves on the board of Die Mobiliar and u-blox AG. Gina has over 25 years of international business experience including banking, M&A, strategic development and venture capital. Prior to starting Emerald, she was Senior Vice President at Sulzer, a Swiss multinational, responsible for strategic planning and M&A. Gina holds MBA degrees from Thunderbird in Arizona and ESADE in Barcelona and is fluent in English, German and Spanish.
    • Katya Akulinicheva (VC)
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    • Chief Investment Officer
    • Systemiq
    • https://www.systemiq.earth
    • Katya joined SYSTEMIQ in September 2016 to help build and run the investment side of SYSTEMIQ, as she is passionate about finding creative ways to mobilize private capital towards social and environmental issues and is keen to deploy her experience in finance towards this aim. Katya is currently acting as Chief Investment Officer, overseeing our emerging investment activities. Katya studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University and got her MBA from INSEAD. Prior to SYSTEMIQ, she spent 1 year at Dalberg Global Development Advisors working on impact investment/innovative finance, and at 3 years in Private Equity at the Russian Direct Investment Fund, a $10bn Sovereign Wealth Fund in Russia, originating and executing investments in agriculture, retail, e-commerce and financial services. She began her career in M&A, working at Lazard and Deutsche Bank in London in the Consumer & Retail sector. In her spare time, she likes to run (half-marathons, marathons, ultra-marathons) and travel. She is a volunteer for London+Acumen (impact investing network) and Techfugees (tech community response to the refugee crisis) and a mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation.
    • Andreas Stubelius (Accelerator)
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    • Portfolio Manager
    • Swedish Energy Agency
    • http://www.energimyndigheten.se/en/
    • Andreas Stubelius is a Portfolio Manager at the Swedish Energy Agency. He is responsible for developing the Agency’s portfolio companies. The portfolio consists of more than 60 cleantech companies and Andreas has been involved in starting 15 of them. He has a long experience in seed funding and has been working within the energy sector for more than 10 years. Andreas holds an engineering degree in power electronics and also one in corporate finance. He has worked in various positions the last years and the last one in managing a project for the Swedish Government.
    • Andrew Wordsworth (Accelerator)
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    • CEO
    • Sustainable Ventures
    • http://www.sustainableventures.co.uk
    • Andrew is Co-Founder and Chairman of E-Car Club which was recently sold to Europcar. E-Car is a competitively priced, wholly electric car club combining the increasingly established car club model with favourable trends in Electric Vehicle costs to deliver cost competitive, sustainable transport solutions to businesses and consumers. Andrew is also Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Sustainable Ventures Group, responsible for raising investment, developing partnerships and recruitment. Prior to launching the company, Andrew was Managing Director of Carbon Trust Enterprises limited (CTEL), where he conceived and led the execution of their innovative venture development business model. The CTEL team launched 10 low carbon ventures which secured over £200m of equity investment from blue chip investors (including HSBC EIF, Threadneedle Asset Management and Scottish & Southern) and the UK Government. With over 15 years’ experience in the energy and climate change sector – including roles within Esso, Bain & Co and ADL – Andrew is an experienced non-executive director having held fifteen private company board seats. Andrew holds a first-class MEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge, where he was awarded the University Fox Prize.
    • Neil Foster (Service Provider)
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    • Partner
    • Baker Botts
    • http://www.bakerbotts.com
    • Neil Foster’s practice covers mergers & acquisitions, venture capital & private equity and corporate finance. In the cleantech and renewables sector, Neil has done corporate finance deals in electric motors (EVO Electric), electric cars (Tesla), recycling (2K Manufacturing), batteries (Oxis Energy), wind (Baryonyx) and solar (The Solar Cloth Company and G24 Innovations). Neil is experienced in complex cross-border transactions. This work is balanced between in-bound deals for large international corporates and deals for UK companies, where IP and/or technology are the key assets. Neil is a regular speaker at venture capital, technology, media, biotechnology and corporate finance events. He was a mentor to CEOs of emerging companies at the European Venture Academies in Copenhagen and London, concentrating on fund raising strategies and techniques. Neil is on the Advisory Committee for Global Corporate Venturing (GCV) magazine (2011 to date) and was a judge for GCV’s Annual Awards in 2011 and 2012. He was also the first lawyer internationally to be invited to join the Faculty for the Global Corporate Venturing Academy. Neil has been ranked as a Leading Individual by Chambers for Corporate/M&A every year since 2010.
    • 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.
    • Gerard Reid (Service Provider)
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    • Founder
    • Alexa Capital
    • http://alexa-capital.com
    • Gerard Reid has over two decades’ experience in equity research and fund management. He is also a leading energy expert as well as lecturer, author and monthly columnist for Biz Energy Today, the German energy industry publication. Prior to founding Alexa Capital, he was Managing Director and Head of European Cleantech Research at Jefferies & Co. Before joining Jefferies Mr. Reid managed a renewable energy fund. Prior to this he was Head of Research at First Berlin where he expanded the equity research operation to cover 50 companies. Gerard Reid has broad relationships across the institutional and private investor communities as well as amongst government policy makers, utilities and technology providers to the energy area. He has developed a reputation as a leading global expert in renewable energy and the wider energy space through his work in the wind, solar, biofuels, natural gas, utility and European industrials sectors. Mr. Reid is an Adjunct Professor at Imperial College, London and lecturer at the University of Applied Science in Berlin, where he has been lecturing in international business for over a decade. Mr. Reid holds a Higher Diploma in Education and MA Business & Economics from Trinity College, Dublin.
    • Michael Wilshire (Service Provider)
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    • Head of Strategy
    • Bloomberg New Energy Finance
    • http://www.bnef.com
    • Michael is Head of Strategy 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.
    • Jules Besnainou (Service Provider)
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    • Director
    • Cleantech Group
    • https://www.cleantech.com
    • As a Director at Cleantech Group, Jules helps corporates and investors find top innovators worldwide. In the past few years, he has led scouting efforts for some of the largest utilities and industrials across Europe and the U.S., and opened new coverage areas for the Group, such as blockchain, AI and augmented reality. Jules also heads product development for i3, Cleantech Group’s online platform. Before CTG, Jules was an entrepreneur in Paris, and interned in Mergers & Acquisitions at HSBC. Jules graduated summa cum laude from SciencesPo Paris.
    • Alisa Murphy (Service Provider)
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    • CEO
    • Life Size Media
    • http://www.lifesizemedia.com
    • Alisa is the Founder and CEO of Life Size Media, one of the only communications agencies in Europe that chooses to work exclusively in cleantech. Over the last five years, Alisa and her team have delivered award-winning campaigns for some of the leading individuals, businesses, products and services in the sustainability sector. As a full service agency, Life Size Media’s work spans public relations, brand, design, marketing, digital and film. Alisa was previously the CEO of B9 Coal, a clean energy project development company that she developed into a key player in the CCS industry while leading an extensive public relations campaign to promote awareness of the technology and the key issues around de-carbonizing the power sector. She was also the Co-Founder of Life Slice Films, an independent film company producing documentary films to raise awareness of key social issues.
    • Jan Michael Hess (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Ecosummit
    • https://ecosummit.net
    • Jan is Founder and CEO of Ecosummit and the Berlin-based consulting firm Mobile Economy. Ecosummit accelerates smart green startups, investors and corporates in Berlin, Amsterdam, Stockholm, London and Paris. We promote startups, support co-investing and facilitate open innovation and corporate venturing. We focus on smart green cities, energy, mobility, buildings, IoT, AI, robotics and blockchain to foster the global energy transition and low-carbon economy. Since 2010, Jan organised 15 conferences in Berlin (8), London (4), Amsterdam (2) 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.
    • Fabienne Herlaut (Startup)
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    • Senior Advisor
    • Ecosummit
    • https://ecosummit.net
    • Fabienne is Senior Advisor at Ecosummit based im Paris. She is a smart green mobility expert and focuses on business development and startup fundraising advisory in France. Fabienne graduated from Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris and holds a Master degree from Harvard Business School. After graduation, she joins Bain and Co. in the Boston and Paris offices. From 1990 until 2001, she joins Harwanne, a diversified holding company (mining, packaging, electronics), listed in Paris and Geneva, as General Manager. She is in charge of managing the portfolio of participations (M&A) and supervising the operational performance of Harwanne subsidiaries to drive them toward leadership positions. In 2001, she joins Pechiney as Head of Corporate Strategy and following Alcan takeover, co-leads the integration between Alcan and Pechiney. In 2005, she joins ArcelorMittal, Flat Carbon Steel division, in charge of business development and partnerships. In 2007, she joins SNCF as head of Corporate Strategy and Sustainable Development, member of the Executive Committee. In 2008, she launches Ecomobilité Partenaires, SNCF Corporate Venture fund dedicated to sustainable development with €15M equity and investments in six companies. In November 2011, Fabienne Herlaut leaves SNCF to create Eclaircile Gestion, in charge of managing Ecomobilité Ventures, the newly created €25M multi corporate (SNCF, Orange, Total) venture fund, dedicated to sustainable mobility.
    • Knut Hechtfischer (Startup)
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    • Co-Founder
    • Ubitricity
    • http://www.ubitricity.com/en
    • Knut Hechtfischer is Co-Founder of ubitricity. Knut completed a bank traineeship and holds university degrees in both law and business administration (MBA equivalent). He then joined leading international law firms in London, Frankfurt and Berlin, advising national and international clients in Regulatory, Acquisition Finance and Renewable Energy related projects. Working as an attorney during the day, Knut’s fascination with the potential of the renewable energy sector soon had him reading up on generation and storage opportunities by night. He envisaged ubitricity’s idea as well as the technical and commercial concepts in 2007 and founded the company with his friend and colleague Frank Pawlitschek in 2008. At ubitricity, Knut directs and instructs the implementation of the ubitricity concept and develops future co-operations and market models connected to his company’s concept. Knut also has a strong technical background and envisioned important parts of ubitricity’s mobile metering system.
    • 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.
    • James Johnston (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Open Utility
    • http://www.openutility.com
    • James first registered the Open Utility company one night in 2013, after realising that he wanted to play a role in shaping a decentralised and resilient energy industry. Two years later, James is the most commonly seen face of Open Utility, speaking at events and conferences across Europe. While in the office, James splits his time between fundraising, business strategy and developing the long-term vision of the company. James continues to challenge the status quo. For him, Open Utility demonstrates that we can think differently with energy. The company is delivering step-by-step innovation that will help transform the whole energy sector.
    • Simon Daniel (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Moixa
    • http://www.moixa.com
    • Simon Daniel is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Moixa, holding a dozen US patents on advanced mobile and battery technology. He previously invented/licensed a folding keyboard – selling over 2m units, and launched the award winning USBCell battery category. Before that, he was a technology evangelist and senior manager at Accenture and holds an MA in Physics from Cambridge University.