MICHAEL LIEBREICH /// CHAIRMAN ADVISORY BOARD - BNEF
Michael Liebreich is Founder and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the world’s leading provider of research on clean energy, energy technology and advanced transportation. Michael founded New Energy Finance in 2004 and acted as Chairman and Chief Executive before selling it to Bloomberg LP in 2009. Bloomberg New Energy Finance is headquartered in London and now has over 200 staff in 13 offices around the world. Since August 2012 Michael has served as a Board Member of Transport for London. He is a member of the high-level Advisory Group for the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative and is Founder and Chairman of Finance for Resilience (FiRe), EcoVillages and the Liebreich Foundation. He is a Visiting Professor at the Imperial College Energy Futures Lab. Michael is Chairman of technology startup Pearlshare and of St. Mark’s Hospital Foundation, a charity supporting research in colorectal medicine. He is a three-time finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, and in 2015 was presented with the Renewable Energy Association's Judges Award for lifetime achievement. Michael is a member of the Advisory Council of Business for Britain.
Prior to founding New Energy Finance, Michael acted as Deputy Managing Director of Associated Press Television and Founding Director of Sports News Television, then as UK Managing Director of Groupe Arnault’s technology investment. He spent five years in the London office of McKinsey & Co. Michael graduated in Engineering from University of Cambridge with 1st class honours, winning the Ricardo Prize for Thermodynamics and Christ’s College Wyatt Prize. He has an MBA from Harvard, where he was a Harkness Fellow and Baker Scholar. He was a member of the British Olympic Ski Team in 1992.
MICHAEL LIEBREICH
CHAIRMAN ADVISORY BOARD /// BNEF
TOBIAS BITTKAU /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - BAYWA RE
By working 10 years in various functions in the automotive and renewable energy sector, Tobias Bittkau gained extensive business experience on a global level, with a strong focus on Europe as well as North and South America.
Since 2011, Tobias Bittkau is active in the field of Renewable Energies. Initially he joined BayWa r.e. for several strategic projects. In 2013 he became head of the technical operations management, since 2015 he is responsible for the complete Business Unit Services, operating 2.3GW of wind and PV assets in all major European markets. In addition to technical and commercial operations management, on-site maintenance and 24/7 monitoring, BayWa r.e. also offers Rotor Blade Services as well as a broad range of technical consulting services. Other areas of activity of BayWa r.e. are the development and construction of wind farms, PV plants and biogas plants as well as the trade of energy and solar systems.
Tobias Bittkau studied Physics at the universities of Munich (Germany), Cuernavaca (Mexico) and Toronto (Canada). In 2013/2014, he received his diploma in Renewable Energy Management at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
TOBIAS BITTKAU
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// BAYWA RE
INGMAR WILHELM /// CEO - RTR ENERGY
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INGMAR WILHELM
CEO /// RTR ENERGY
FEDERICO GIANNANDREA /// PARTNER & HEAD - FORESIGHT GROUP ITALY
Federico joined Foresight in 2010 and currently heads the Italian Office where he leads the Solar and energy efficiency investments in Southern Europe. He was previously a Vice President within Deutsche Bank’s Renewable Energy team where he was focussed on developing Solar and Wind portfolios across Europe. Federico qualified as an M&A lawyer at Allen & Overy and was admitted to the Italian Bar in 2003. He holds a BA cum laude in Law from The University of Rome.
FEDERICO GIANNANDREA
PARTNER & HEAD /// FORESIGHT GROUP ITALY
GIANLUCA BOCCANERA /// MANAGING DIRECTOR ITALY - NEXTENERGY CAPITAL
Gianluca has over 9 years of experience in the renewable energy sector, spread across different areas, from the development to the financing, construction and then technical, administrative, financial, accounting and fiscal management of energy production assets and their respective investment vehicles setup in different countries. Since joining NextEnergy Capital, Gianluca has contributed to the setup and growth of the business and the corporate structure, gaining progressively external exposure and internal responsibilities. Gianluca has also been involved in the provision of asset management services to both lenders and sponsors and actively participated to lobbying activities carried-out by key Italian sector associations such as Assilea. Previously, Gianluca worked in the investment banking industry for 6 years, across different financial institutions (Calyon, Mediobanca, Dresdner Kleinwort and lastly Morgan Stanley) and countries (Italy and UK), gaining an extensive experience in the energy and infrastructure sector, having worked on several landmark M&A and capital market transactions closed both in Italy and abroad. Gianluca is graduated cum laude in Business Administration with a major in Corporate Finance at the Bocconi University (Italy).
GIANLUCA BOCCANERA
MANAGING DIRECTOR ITALY /// NEXTENERGY CAPITAL
ALEXANDER RIETZ /// PORTFOLIO MANAGER - KGAL
Alexander joined KGAL in 2013 and is a portfolio manager of a European photovoltaic fund as well as the latest KGAL ESPF 4 renewables fund, which achieved its first closing end of June 2017 with EUR 255mn in commitments.
Prior to KGAL Alexander worked for Siemens in energy technology strategy, as business manager in an international renewable energy joint venture and spend six years on venture and growth capital financings in the industrial and energy sectors. Before Siemens Alexander worked in South Africa in power sector consultancy as well as South African startup financing.
Alexander received his master of business administration from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.
ALEXANDER RIETZ
PORTFOLIO MANAGER /// KGAL
BAS VAN KESTEREN /// LEAD O&M & ASSET MANAGEMENT - VATTENFALL
Bas has a broad background in renewable asset management. He joined Vattenfall Wind in 2013 as asset manager for a portfolio of onshore and offshore windfarms across north-west Europe. In 2017 he has taken on the responsibility to set up the asset management and O&M function for the growing European Solar & Battery portfolio of Vattenfall.
In earlier positions Bas was asset manager for a portfolio of gas and coal fired power plants and project developer for onshore wind and biomass co-firing projects in the Netherlands.
Bas holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering & Management Science from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.
BAS VAN KESTEREN
LEAD O&M & ASSET MANAGEMENT /// VATTENFALL
JORDI LOPEZ FRANCESCH /// DIRECTOR OF ASSET MANAGEMENT / CRO - GLENNMONT PARTNERS
Jordi joined Glennmont in 2011 bringing to the team over 13 years of international Financial and business experience in Energy sector and specifically in renewable energy development, operation, maintenance, due diligence, advisory and asset management experience to the company. Jordi leads the Commercial and Operational management of Glennmont portfolio (WInd, Solar, Biomass, Hydro) across EU-28.
The portfolio comprises of over 850 MW operational and in construction Renewable energy assets across Italy, France, Ireland, Portugal and the United Kingdom. The enterprise value of companies under management is currently over € 2 billion.
Prior to joining the company, he worked at Royal Dutch Shell Plc in the Downstream, Upstream and Clean energy businesses.
Jordi has developed monitoring tools to measure both technical and financial performance versus budgets ensuring that Glennmont Partners are always fully informed about asset performance.
Jordi holds BS of both Economics and Business Administration from University Pompeu Fabra in Spain. In 2014 he completed an MSc in Applied Environmental Economics at the University of London.
JORDI LOPEZ FRANCESCH
DIRECTOR OF ASSET MANAGEMENT / CRO /// GLENNMONT PARTNERS
CHUCK SMITH /// EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, SMA O&M SALES AND SOLUTIONS
Chuck Smith is the executive vice president of Global Operations and Maintenance Sales and Solutions for SMA Solar Technology AG, headquartered in Germany. In this role, he is responsible for establishing SMA as the solar industry’s leading O&M service provider across all commercial and utility PV product and market segments. Smith’s duties include global O&M business strategy development and leadership, sales, solution and process innovation, and talent acquisition. He also drives customer loyalty and seamlessly aligns SMA O&M Sales and Solutions with all other company business functions (strategy, technology, operations, finance, legal and human resources) and business units (commercial, utility and off-grid/hybrid).
Smith joined SMA in 2010 as the senior manager of SMA’s North American service operations and quickly moved up the ranks to his current position. Before that, he spent 25 years with Hewlett-Packard in Roseville, California, where he held numerous senior management positions leading various global service and research and development teams.
Smith received a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering technology from the DeVry Institute of Technology in Columbus, Ohio. He then went on to earn master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University in Columbia, Maryland, and the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA program, a joint venture of Columbia University in New York and the University of California, Berkeley.

About SMA
SMA Solar Technology AG is global PV leader. SMA is a power conversion, energy management and service solution provider for residential through utility-scale photovoltaic systems. SMA’s leading range of solar inverters and related technologies spans all power classes and is compatible with all module types, resulting in the largest solutions portfolio in the industry.
CHUCK SMITH
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, SERVICE /// SMA
MARIA SABELLA /// GENERAL MANAGER - WISE ENERGY ITALIA
Maria Sabella has over 12 years of experience in general management, financial advisory and investment management, of which 7 years in the renewable energy sector. Across her career, she managed transactions (sell-side advisory, fund raising, project development and investment management) for over 400 MW of renewable energy and cogeneration plants across Italy and in the UK. She is very passionate about new technologies and operational excellence and, since joining WiseEnergy, she actively contributed to apply a “total quality” and a “lean” approach to processes and tools used in PV asset management. She has been part of the WiseEnergy Group since 2010. Previously, she worked as a Senior Associate in the Macquarie Group in London and was responsible for structuring and coordinating the various phases of fund raising on cross-border real estate funds. She successfully managed fund raising processes resulting in over €650m of committed capital. Prior to her experience in the Macquarie Group, Maria worked as an Analyst at Mediobanca in Milan (corporate banking) where she was involved in financial advisory for landmark construction projects, public offerings for real estate companies and securitizations. Maria holds an Executive MBA from SDA Bocconi, a master degree (cum laude) in Renewable Energy at Politecnico di Milano and a degree in Economics (cum laude) at Bocconi University. Italian native speaker and fluent in English; she also speaks French.
MARIA SABELLA
GENERAL MANAGER /// WISE ENERGY ITALIA
TOMÁS GARCÍA /// HEAD BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EMEA - CANADIAN SOLAR
Tomás García is Head of Business Development EMEA, Energy Group at Canadian Solar since April 2017. In this function, he leads and coordinates all business development activities along the solar PV value chain in EMEA countries: origination, acquisition of projects/portfolios or greenfield development, deal structuring, PPA negotiations, power market integration, etc. Prior to this role, he served at SunEdison as General Manager, Rural Electrification EMEA (2014-2015) and as Head of Strategy & Market Development EMEA & LATAM (2011-2014). Before that Tomás was Market Strategy Manager at First Solar (2008-2011) and a Strategy Consultant at the Monitor Group (2004-2008). Additionally, he has also worked as a Venture Capitalist, Research Scientist (doing science on solar PV materials), University Teacher and FX Trader. Tomás was a PhD student at Florida International University, earned his MSci at King´s College London and his Master degree in Physics at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
TOMÁS GARCÍA
HEAD BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EMEA /// CANADIAN SOLAR
FRANCESCO GIRARDI /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - BLUEFIELD SERVICES
Francesco Girardi is Senior Director of Engineering and Project Operations for Bluefield Partners LLP and Managing Director of Bluefield Services Ltd. He and his teams are based in London and Bristol. Francesco leads specialist solar PV engineering and asset management teams whose current responsibilities range from EPC and O&M contract negotiation to asset management including overseeing contractors during all stages of construction, commissioning, testing acceptance and operation of the solar PV assets owned by Bluefield funds which account for 400+MWp to date across 74 plants.
Prior to joining Bluefield, Francesco has worked in REC Group as Country Manager for the solar photovoltaic construction business, REC Systems Italy, where he was responsible for contracting and constructing over 70 MWp installed capacity comprising 26 ground and roof top sites and 24 plants in operation and maintenance. Francesco has also been a former Babcock & Brown Program Manager managing a pipeline of 170 MWp projects developed in Greece and 300+ MWp in Italy.
Francesco has served as Managing Director of REC Systems Italy and of a number of Italy based solar energy asset companies. He also served as Board Director for one Greek based solar energy assets holding company.
Francesco holds a MEng in Electronics Engineering from Polytechnic University of Bari.
FRANCESCO GIRARDI
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// BLUEFIELD SERVICES
CEDRIC BREHAUT /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - SOLICHAMBA
Cedric Brehaut is an expert in the monitoring and operations & maintenance of PV systems with extensive experience in the solar industry and over thirteen years in Silicon Valley. After seven years spent developing, managing and marketing security software products, Cedric joined the solar industry in 2007 as a director of product management for SunEdison and was a key contributor to the development and growth of the company’s services business unit. During Cedric’s tenure, SunEdison created and launched a new suite of turnkey services for PV plants, including managed monitoring, operations & maintenance, billing, and asset management services. Cedric also acted as the business development leader for these products. In 2011, he established SoliChamba Consulting and began offering consulting services to various firms in the solar industry. Cedric authors the solar industry's most comprehensive reports on PV monitoring and operations & maintenance (O&M) markets, published by GTM Research: 'Global PV Monitoring: Technologies, Markets and Leading Players’, 'Megawatt-Scale PV O&M and Asset Management: Services, Markets and Competitors’, and ‘U.S. Distributed PV O&M and Asset Management'. Cedric also speaks at conferences and events around the globe, from Milan to San Francisco.
CEDRIC BREHAUT
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// SOLICHAMBA
EDWIN VAN ANDEL /// CEO - ZEROCOPTER
Edwin van Andel, better known as @Yafsec, was born on a late November day in the excellent wine year 1970 and immediately started pushing buttons from his crib. During his early years no device was safe for him, and his adolescence was described by his neighbors as a "very disastrous period", mainly because of his discovery of computers, modems and the hack-tic.
After working with different companies around the globe, he in 2003 started his own company called Yafsec, with the sole purpose of guiding companies and IT dealers through the dark woods of the ever evolving security forest. As of 2016 he joined Zerocopter, where he's mostly working on publicly expanding their continuous security platform.
Elected winner of the Lightning talks at BruCON 2013, and organizer of the alternative NCSC conference "because no hackers were invited" #ALT-S, he is now a renowned speaker that will introduce you -in a humorous way- to the dangers, virtues and current state of affairs in the security landscape.
From a hacker’s perspective, that is...…
EDWIN VAN ANDEL
CEO /// ZEROCOPTER
STEFAN TORRI /// CEO & CO-FOUNDER - STERN ENERGY
Stefan, holds a degree in Business Administration at the University of Parma and has been a lecturer in numerous courses in programming and energy management. He consolidated its training by working as a consultant for strategic planning and development of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency systems for Enia SpA (now Iren) where he held the position of Director of Enia Solaris administration, a group company created to the development of large photovoltaic power plants and is responsible for the rational use of energy under law 10/91 (Energy Manager). Since 2005 he has been consultant of several companies for the development of energy efficiency projects and managing all formalities for the emissions trading legislation. Stefan was Lampogas SpA board member and is currently in the Board of Directors of Polish Solar Ltd based in London. Stefan is also Member of the Commission for Internationalization of Assorinnovabili. Commissione per l’Internazionalizzazione di Assorinnovabili.
STEFAN TORRI
CEO & CO-FOUNDER /// STERN ENERGY
HUMBERTO ROCA /// CO-FOUNDER & COO - GREENPOWERMONITOR
Humberto Roca is Co-founder and Chief Operations Officer of GreenPowerMonitor which is part of DNV-GL group. With more than 10 years’ experience, Humberto Roca is an expert of market-leading integrated solutions for the management and maintenance of renewable energy installations and is also Country Manager UK where the company manages 2GW of its most of 15GW worldwide.
HUMBERTO ROCA
CO-FOUNDER & COO /// GREENPOWERMONITOR
ETIENNE LECOMPTE /// CEO - POWERHUB
Etienne Lecompte is a recognized leader and entrepreneur in renewable energy, software development, and regulatory compliance. After founding and building Local Content Assurance Bureau (LCAB) into one of the most respected renewable energy compliance consultancy firms in Ontario, Canada, he started PowerHub. PowerHub is redefining asset management for the renewable energy industry. His vision is that managing portfolios of assets should be easy. Etienne has worked on over 8 GW of wind and solar projects in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and is continuing to actively participate in the growth of the renewable energy sector.
ETIENNE LECOMPTE
CEO /// POWERHUB
ROBERT PFATISCHER /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - METEOCONTROL
Robert, holding a degree in electrical engineering, started his career in 1994 at IST Energietechnik, working as Project Engineer/Manager.
After co-founding meteocontrol 1998, he was starting as Department Manager, moving up to Director and eventually being appointed Managing Director of the company in 2010.
meteocontrol is the leading independent provider of monitoring solutions for commercial and utility PV systems. More than 43,000 solar systems with a total power of over 12 GWp are currently monitored.
As technical consultant and service provider, meteocontrol offers state of the art solutions and accompanies solar projects during the entire lifecycle of a project.
meteocontrol is a contact partner for developers, EPCs, investors, banks, insurance companies, utilities, trade and industry.
ROBERT PFATISCHER
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// METEOCONTROL
MIKKEL KRING /// HEAD INTERNATIONAL ORIGINATION - DANSKE COMMODITIES
Mikkel Kring is the Director of International Origination at Danske Commodities since August 2017. In this function, he leads and coordinates all Origination efforts across Europe, including the four key markets for Danske Commodities; Denmark, Germany, Italy and UK. Mikkelhas particularly deep knowledge and experience from the UK energy market, having structured both long (15Y) and short term PPAs for onshore, PV and off-shore assets. Finally, Mikkel is a keen believer of strategic partnerships, and is impassioned about the journey towards grid parity.
MIKKEL KRING
HEAD INTERNATIONAL ORIGINATION /// DANSKE COMMODITIES
WEERO KOSTER /// PARTNER - BAKER & MCKENZIE
Weero Koster is a partner in the Corporate practice group and has practised law for over 25 years. He focuses on projects, contracts, business combinations and M&A transactions. Acknowledged as one of the leading energy lawyers in the Netherlands by both Chambers Global and the Legal 500 EMEA, Weero's practice includes advising domestic and international energy companies on projects, privatisations, mergers, acquisitions, divestment and alliances. He heads the EMEA Energy Mining and Infrastructure Group.
WEERO KOSTER
PARTNER /// BAKER & MCKENZIE
PIETRO RADOIA /// SR ANALYST, SOLAR INSIGHT - BNEF
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PIETRO RADOIA
SR. ANALYST, SOLAR INSIGHT /// BNEF
JOOP MES /// HEAD OF THE R&D DEPARTMENT - KIPP & ZONEN
Joop Mes is head of the R&D department at Kipp & Zonen. He attained his PhD in laser physics and has over 20 years of experience in optics and spectroscopy. Since 2007 he has worked in the field of solar radiometry, being responsible for instrument development and radiometric calibrations.
JOOP MES
HEAD OF THE R&D DEPARTMENT /// KIPP & ZONEN
HARIRAM SUBRAMANIAN /// CTO - HUAWEI FUSION SOLAR SMART PV SOLUTION
Hariram Subramanian is CTO of the Huawei Fusion Solar Smart PV Solution - Europe. He received his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Germany in 2005, and MBA degree in International business and strategy from Germany and UK in 2012. Before being named to his current role at Huawei, he has held R&D, Product Management and senior solution sales position at PV inverter manufacturing companies.
He has worked extensively in the technology field as senior R&D engineer, especially in the field of control technology for power electronics and Grid management using Inverters, before moving into techno-commercial and product management role in the solar inverter industry. Before working in the business of PV inverters, Subramanian worked in the UPS and power supply industry and has in total 12 years of experience in energy conversion business.
HARIRAM SUBRAMANIAN
CTO /// HUAWEI FUSION SOLAR SMART PV SOLUTION
GERHARD MÜTTER /// TECHNICAL DIRECTOR - ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOLUTIONS
Gerhard Mütter is Technical Director of Alternative Energy Solutions GmbH, where he leads in function of ORA (Owner Representative Advisory) supervision of O&M for PV-Parks. With his team he developed PEAK, the AES Performance Efficiency Acceleration Key technology, a leading-edge data analysis service using special algorithms including machine learning for exploring big data. This software toolset allows to control multi-MW PV-parks based on perceptions of deep analysis of large datasets taken from monitoring systems. Gerhard worked in Renewable Energies for Product Management, Product Development and PV for Austrians largest solar-companies since more than 10 years. Since 2011 he is technical head of large PV parks. He has analysed with his team more than 2 GW of large PV plants all over Europe and India, is Technical Director of Rising Alternative Energy Pvt Ltd, New Delhi, India, member of the Scientific Committee of EU-PVSEC and lector for Photovoltaics at Technical University Vienna.
Relevant Education: Automotive Engineer, Technical Mathematics and Informatics at University Linz, Austria, MSc for Renewable Energies at Technical University Vienna.
GERHARD MÜTTER
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR /// ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOLUTIONS
LAURENS DE VRIES /// ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR - DELFT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Laurens de Vries is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management of Delft University of Technology. Laurens studied Mechanical Engineering in Delft, specializing in environmental and energy technology and obtained a second Master’s Degree, in Environmental Studies, from The Evergreen State College (Olympia, Washington State, USA) in 1996, focusing on environmental economics. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in June, 2004 from Delft University of Technology, this time at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management. He researches and teaches in the field of electricity market design and regulation in the context of the transformation towards a low-carbon energy system. His main focus is on how various policy instruments affect the long-term development of European electricity markets through their impact on investment in generation and transmission.
LAURENS DE VRIES
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR /// DELFT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
LIOR HANDELSMAN /// VP MARKETING AND PRODUCT STRATEGY, FOUNDER - SOLAREDGE
Mr. Lior Handelsman founded SolarEdge in 2006 and currently serves as our Vice President, Marketing and Product Strategy where he is responsible for SolarEdge’s marketing activities, product management and business development.
Prior to co-founding SolarEdge, Mr. Handelsman spent 11 years at the Electronics Research Department (‘‘ERD’’), one of Israel’s national labs, which is tasked with developing innovative and complex systems. At the ERD he held several positions including research and development power electronics engineer, head of the ERD’s power electronics group and manager of several large-scale development projects and he was a branch head in his last position at the ERD.
Mr. Handelsman holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (cum laude) and an MBA from the Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology in Haifa.
LIOR HANDELSMAN
VP MARKETING AND PRODUCT STRATEGY, FOUNDER /// SOLAREDGE
GUILLAUME SAUPIN /// DATA SCIENTIS - QOS ENERGY
Guillaume Saupin has 10 years working experience in R&D as a Data Scientist, with dedicated Software Engineering experience. Gillaume has a PhD in Computer Science & Applied Mathematics.
GUILLAUME SAUPIN
DATA SCIENTIST /// QOS ENERGY
MATTEO RICCIERI /// COO - RTR ENERGY
Matteo was appointed COO in 2016. He joined RTR since the start of its activities in 2011 as Asset Manager. Prior to joining, he was Head of Project Development in BpSolar, a branch of Bp plc, where he authorized and built several utility-scale PV projects backed by international investors. Matteo’s previous role was Business Development Manager for wind and hydro energy in Bp.
MATTEO RICCIERI
COO /// RTR ENERGY
JONAS CORNÉ /// FOUNDER & CEO - GREENBYTE
Jonas Corné is a pioneer in the evolving field of wind and solar power data performance analytics. As founder and CEO of Greenbyte - Jonas has been part of building state of the art analytic capabilities in the Breeze and Bright, wind and solar PV management platform in close collaboration with industry leaders.
JONAS CORNÉ
FOUNDER & CEO /// GREENBYTE
FRANCISCO GARCIA /// BUSINESS DEVELOPER IBERICA AREA - GILDEMEISTER
Francisco is the Head of Business Development for the Iberica area at GILDEMEISTER energy solutions. As one of the most experienced companies in the renewable energies industry with more than 8,000 installations worldwide and 500 MW under O&M in Europe, GILDEMEISTER is your partner for development, planning, turn-key construction and operation & maintenance of solar systems.
Francisco has 11 years of experience in the Solar Industry in Spain, France and the UK. Previously, he has worked as an O&M Business Development Manager for Lightsource, adding 150 MW third party O&M business to their Portfolio in the UK. He has served within the solar industry in a number of different roles, ranging from solar development and EPC services to O&M service for more than 300 MW of Ground and Rooftop Solar Systems in Europe. In addition to this, he has provided a substantial consultancy management for a number of Companies such as IBC Solar, Green Power Partners and the business turnaround specialist David Rubin & Partners.
Francisco has a degree in Physics by the University of Granada, Master in Renewable Energy and the Energy Market by the EOI in Madrid and EMBA by the IESE Business School in Barcelona.
FRANCISCO GARCIA
BUSINESS DEVELOPER IBERICA AREA /// GILDEMEISTER
GERALD WOTRUBA /// SENIOR CONSULTANT - ADLER SOLAR
Gerald Wotruba is currently Senior Consultant at ADLER Solar Services GmbH. During the last three years, he was responsible for establishing the JV company ADLER Solar Works Co. Ltd. as Representative Director in Japan. Before this, Gerald was Managing Director of BEC Engineering GmbH, which offered a range of over 50 innovative services related to the industry of renewable energies. Overall, Gerald has managed many international projects - including in Spain, Japan and Italy - and been involved in several scientific publications. Gerald holds a diploma in Electrical Engineering since 2004.
GERALD WOTRUBA
SENIOR CONSULTANT /// ADLER SOLAR
CARLOS REY /// SR. PORTFOLIO MANAGER - FORESIGHT GROUP
Carlos joined Foresight in December 2011. Prior to that, he covered several roles as renewables energy source 'RES' project developer and technical consultant in the international Renewable Energy sector with particular focus on the Spanish and Italian markets. Based in Foresight's UK HQ office, Carlos is responsible for the management and operations of Foresight's Spanish and Italian solar portfolio of circa 100 MW.
Graduated in Industrial Engineering and Industrial Management Engineering by UPC Barcelona, Carlos is fluent in Spanish, Catalan, Italian and English.
CARLOS REY
SR. PORTFOLIO MANAGER /// FORESIGHT GROUP
FRANCESC FILIBERTO /// CO-FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER - SICONIA
Francesc Filiberto is the co-founder and Managing Partner at Siconia, a Barcelona based engineering consultancy created in 2015. Prior to that, he worked for SMA in different roles such as Head Service Sales Europe and Director of Service Operations Iberica. Francesc's experience in the solar industry starts in 2006 when he founded a project management company. Previously, he held senior management positions at Underwriters Laboratories and Nokia. Francesc holds an MBA from IE Business School, an MSc in Physics, and a BSc in Electronic Engineering.
FRANCESC FILIBERTO
CO-FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER /// SICONIA
IOANISS GRAMMATIKAKIS /// SR. PRODUCT MANAGER - INACCESS
Ioannis Grammatikakis is an experienced product manager with strong engineering and business background. He is one of the founding members of inAccess, where now holds the position of senior product manager and UK country manager.
Focusing on the solar plant management solution, he is responsible for managing the entire product life cycle from strategic planning to tactical activities. He has played a significant role for driving the product from its birth to a multimillion business with presence in Europe, Asia and America.
Ioannis holds a diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the NTUA and an MSc on “Communications and Signal Processing” from Imperial College London. He has also attended the Executive MBA of the AUEB.
IOANNIS GRAMMATIKAKIS
SR. PRODUCT MANAGER /// INACCESS
JAVIER PEREZ /// O&M BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - SOLARIG
Javier Pérez is the Global O&M Business Development Manager at Solarig Global Services Group and responsible for Solarig's exponential growth in Europe, LATAM and ASEAN countries. Javier has over 7 years experience in energy efficiency and power converters in the industrial and energy generation sector.
JAVIER PEREZ
O&M BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT /// SOLARIG
MARCEL SURI /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - SOLARGIS
Marcel Suri is an expert in solar energy assessment and forecasting. He has received PhD in geography. He is managing director of Solargis Company, which provides solar and meteorological data and photovoltaic simulation software for planning, monitoring and forecasting of solar power. Marcel Suri consults developers, owners, and PV plant operators in the use of solar data for optimum asset management.
MARCEL SURI
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// SOLARGIS
MICHAEL GOLDSTEIN /// FOUNDER - RAYCATCH
Michael Goldstein is Founder of Raycatch Ltd. A software company focusing on bringing AI and automation to control rooms. Before that he founded several high tech companies: DMATEK – Electronic Tagging for home arrest (was listed on LSE) and acquired by 3M, AVT – AI based inspection systems for printing (Listed on DAX) acquired by Danaher. VisionSense Inc – 3D medical endoscopy.
Michael holds a BSc in Physics, MSc in Engineering both from Tel-Aviv University and holds patents in the fields pf signal and image process.
MICHAEL GOLDSTEIN
FOUNDER /// RAYCATCH
ISMAËL BEN AL-LAL /// PROJECT MANAGER - ILUMEN
Ismaël Ben-Al-Lal, Project Manager and co-founder of iLumen, holds a master degree as Industrial Engineer (Leuven University), he was member of the Belgian Solar Team at World Solar Challenge 2007 and European Champion as member of Formula Zero Team 2008. Ismaël holds several other positions, he is Project Manager and co-founder of Futech (since 2007) and member of the Board of Directors of Ridley since 2015.
Together with co-founder Pieter Vangeel he is author of several patents: 2012 – PIDbox: The PIDbox is a device that increases the yield of PV modules and extends their lifetime. The device is unique in the sense that it works independently of the inverter and therefore never harms inverter warranty. 2014 – PIDcoating: With the addition of PIDcoating, PV module regeneration is accelerated in combination with the PIDbox.
ISMAËL BEN AL-LAL
PROJECT MANAGER /// ILUMEN
THÉO BARALLON /// ASSOCIATE - FINERGREEN
Théo joined Finergreen back in early 2015, two years after the creation of the company. Finergreen is a financial advisory boutique specialized in the renewable energies, with offices in Paris, Abidjan and Rome.
While the office in Paris is addressing a mature market with activities such as M&A, project finance and strategic advisory, the Italian office is for now focused on the M&A practice given the characteristics of the market.
As an associate, Théo has been working on every types of services offered to our clients. From 2017, Théo has also been involved in the Italian development, conducting solar transactions with the help of the local Managing Partner.
Théo holds an engineering degree as well as a MSc in Entrepreneurship. He worked before Finergreen for companies such as Airbus and CA-CIB.
THÉO BARALLON
ASSOCIATE /// FINERGREEN
ROBIN HIRSCHL /// CO-FOUNDER & CEO - ENCOME
Dr. Robin Hirschl studied physics in Vienna, Austria, and Lyon, France, and holds a PhD in Computational Materials Science from Vienna University. He started his career at Booz Allen Hamilton (today Strategy&), joining the European Utilities Team, where he lead energy projects throughout Europe as Senior Project Manager. Since 2007 he has held management positions at Kioto Photovoltaics and KPV Solar, before co-founding ENcome Energy Performance, offering professional technical services to PV power plants across Europe. He acts as CEO since June 2012. As of 2014 he is also member of the Supervisory Board of Kioto Clear Energy AG.
ROBIN HIRSCHL
CO-FOUNDER & CEO /// ENCOME
GERT-JAN BROUWER /// DIRECTOR - PWC
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GERT-JAN BROUWER
DIRECTOR /// PWC
ARTURO SFERRUZZA /// PARTNER - NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT
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ARTURO SFERRUZZA
PARTNER /// NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT
LEVENT GUN /// CEO - AMPT
Mr. Levent Gun has over 25 years of technology experience having worked in technical and senior executive-level positions while establishing a track record of successful leadership at both start-ups and mature companies. Levent joined Ampt as its first CEO shortly after its Series A funding and lead all aspects of Ampt’s product and go to market strategies as well as built the team and Ampt’s customer driven culture. Under Levent’s leadership Ampt has created a new category of optimizers for the utility segment of the Solar PV market and became the #1 optimizer company worldwide for this largest segment.
Prior to joining Ampt as CEO, Levent was president and CEO of Kleer, a wireless audio semiconductor company that was acquired by SMSC. Prior to Kleer, Levent was president and CEO of Iospan Wireless, a pioneer in MIMO technology, which was acquired by Intel Corporation. Previously, Levent co-founded and led US Robotics’ Cable Data Business and transformed this fledgling start-up into a $100 million business after 3COM’s acquisition of US Robotics. Earlier in his career, Levent held various engineering management and leadership positions at Motorola and IBM, as well as research positions at several universities and labs.
Levent holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland and undergraduate degrees in engineering and mathematics from Bogazici University in Turkey. He has published extensively in technical journals and holds 14 patents and numerous awards for his pioneering work in high speed data communications and broadband access. An accomplished speaker, Levent is often invited to speak at industry events as well as present papers.
LEVENT GUN
CEO /// AMPT
VITOR RODRIGUES /// REGIONAL MANAGER SOUTH AMERICA - TÜV RHEINLAND
Vitor Rodrigues is Regional Manager for TÜV Rheinland's solar energy activities, in the South American region. He is a qualified factory and field inspector with over 10 years experience in the PV sector. Vitor has inspected factories in China, Europe and South Africa and PV plants worldwide. Besides this, he is teacher for a post graduate course on Renewable Energies. Vitor started his carreer at TÜV in 2006 in Portugal, starting as Junior Project Manager, eventually in the role of Business product manager Product certification. He holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the University Of Aveiro, in Portugal.
VITOR RODRIGUES
REGIONAL MANAGER SOUTH AMERICA /// TÜV RHEINLAND
EZIO SALVO /// CEO - ESAPRO
Ezio Salvo has been recently appointed CEO of ESAPRO. He brings more than 16 years of business experience in different roles at multinational corporations and his expertise spans multinational operations’, concessions management, M&A across industries including energy, engineering and construction, power generation.
Prior to his current role in ESAPRO Mr. Salvo has served for almost nine years the Swiss power production and distribution utility BKW developing and managing the Wind and PV business in Italy, Germany, France and Norway.
Previously, Mr. Salvo was Head of the Tender Department of the Business Area Concessions and Project Finance of the Italian engineering & construction company IMPREGILO and Business Developer of the US Independent Power Producer MIRANT CO.
Mr. Salvo received a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering cum laude from University of Palermo and a Master in Engineering & Contracting from MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business.
EZIO SALVO
CEO /// ESAPRO
MARCO CORTESE /// BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - SECURITY TRUST
Marco has solid academic expertise and practical experience in in the field of Management & Security for renewable assets, coming from more than 10 years in the major manufacturers and service company in renewable energy.
Covering Europe, Today he’s Sales Responsible and Business Development Manager of the Renewable Division of Security Trust.
He has an Academic Degree in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering.
MARCO CORTESE
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER /// SECURITY TRUST
STIJN STEVENS /// CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER - SKYTRON ENERGY
Dr. ir. Stijn Stevens worked for 7 years for SMA solar technology AG as the business unit system architect for industrial scale battery and hybrid energy solution systems. He joined skytron energy GmbH as Chief Technology Officer in 2017. Stijn holds a master degree of science and technology in mechanical engineering, specialisation aerospace, and a PhD in electrical engineering.
STIJN STEVENS
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER /// SKYTRON ENERGY
GLENN PLANCKE /// INNOVATION DEVELOPER - ENECO SOLAR
Glenn joined Eneco Solar in the beginning of 2017. In his job at Eneco Solar, he develops large scale stationary battery storage projects.
Glenn graduated in 2012 from KU Leuven with a Master degree in applied economic sciences: Business engineering.
GLENN PLANCKE
INNOVATION DEVELOPER /// ENECO SOLAR
MARCO D'ORIO /// CTO - WISEENERGY
Marco D'Orio has joined WiseEnergy since 2016 as CTO. Prior to being appointed to his current role, he has been Legal Representative and Technical Director of 9REN ESPANA for over 6 years where he has managed the construction and maintenance of over 170 MW photovoltaic systems. He has worked extensively in the field of renewable energies where he has spent the last 15 years of his professional activity occupying positions of increasing responsibility. Prior to working in the photovoltaic industry, Marco worked in the wind sector for several leading companies such as GAMESA, AXPO and VERONAGEST where he has handled installations of about 500MW of cumulated power.
MARCO D'ORIO
CTO /// WISEENERGY
HUGO SCHOOT /// BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER / PROJECT DIRECTOR - DSM ADVANCED SOLAR
Hugo Schoot is Business Development Manager / Project Director within DSM Advanced Solar, part of the DSM Innovation Center. He has 30 years business-to-business experience in the materials and life science industries. He has been working in the solar industry for 8 years, focusing on innovations which enhance module performance and lower the LCOE of PV. He is currently leading several multidisciplinary project teams which are developing, scaling up and commercializing new materials and technologies for the PV industry. One of these technologies that will be presented during the conference is an innovative anti-reflective coating that can be applied on PV modules in the field, thus significantly boosting the output of existing PV parks.
HUGO SCHOOT
BUSINESS DEV. MANAGER / PROJECT DIRECTOR /// DSM ADVANCED SOLAR
EDWIN KOOT /// CEO - SOLARPLAZA
Edwin founded SolarPlaza company in 2004. He is a senior PV expert and started in the photovoltaic solar energy business in 1994. He has experience as a solar energy consultant and project developer in more than 200 PV projects. Edwin holds a Master’s degree in Chemical engineering and previously worked in the Chemical industry before starting his first consultancy company in PV in 1994.
EDWIN KOOT
CEO /// SOLARPLAZA
ANDREA BANDINI /// HEAD OF O&M SERVICES - STERN ENERGY
Andrea, after a brief experience in a design studio as a freelancer, began to work on the MV electrical distribution network development at Enia SpA (now AEM Torino Distribuzione SpA - Iren Group), paying particular attention to special projects and connections of large photovoltaic plants. Since 2011 he began his cooperation with Stern Energy SpA working on the development of new photovoltaic plants and then appointed to plants’ technical management. Currently he holds the position of responsible for all the technical management of the entire plant portfolio. Andrea coordinates a team of 14 people who preside over the monitoring activities, Emergency Services, O&M and unscheduled services, as well as all sub-suppliers.
ANDREA BANDINI
HEAD OF O&M SERVICES /// STERN ENERGY
ERIK RUTKENS /// CEO - ITsec SECURITY SERVICES
Erik Rutkens is founder and CEO of Insite Security. Insite Security aims to deliver the best possible security service, by bringing together people, organisations and technologies. Erik is in charge of Strategy & Innovation and was involved in launching Zerocopter in which Insite Security has a majority interest. Erik is also CEO of ITsec, the brand of Insite Security for all technical services such as penetration tests and security assessments.
Erik is known for his no nonsense attitude and his positive approach. As a security expert, he knows how to distinguish incidental and fundamental matters.
Insite Security is known for is security research in the energy sector. An examples is the security of smart meters and - thermotats. Recently ITsec mapped the effect on the European power grid of a distributed attack on the solar power converters. ITsec has a leading role in certification based on standaards for all things connected to networks including secure.
ERIK RUTKENS
CEO /// ITsec SECURITY SERVICES
VALERIO SENATORE /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - VOLTALIA
Valerio Senatore, Managing Director of Voltalia Italia, was born in 1973 and he graduated in Business & Economics at the University of Salerno in 1996; he also got a Master in Management at the OU Business School (UK) in 2007.
He has an educational background in Business & Administration and General Management and a wide working experience of all aspects of accounting, cost controlling, management control, project management, auditing, financial managing and human resources.
Before joining the Company, Valerio Senatore had already 13 years of professional and managerial experience, primarily in international contexts, working with multinational companies such as Saipem (ENI Group) and Litwin in countries like Malaysia, France, USA, Portugal and Italy. These experiences gave him the capability to understand different cultures and traditions and the possibility to adapt immediately to new situations.
Mr. Senatore joined the Company in 2011 as CFO & HR Director; in 2012 he has been also appointed General Manager of the Italian Subsidiary and now he is also the Managing Director of Voltalia Italia.
He is responsible of Voltalia Italia at 360.
Mr. Senatore is also responsible of Voltalia UK as Country & General Manager.
Valerio Senatore is fluent in four languages, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, which is of primary importance for a multinational company operating in a global sector as the PV sector is.
VALERIO SENATORE
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// VOLTALIA
EELCO HOOGDUIN /// PROJECT MANAGER SOLAR ASSET MANAGEMENT - SOLARPLAZA
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EELCO HOOGDUIN
PROJECT MANAGER SOLAR ASSET MANAGEMENT /// SOLARPLAZA
MARCEL LANGONE /// PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
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MARCEL LANGONE
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
MARK TURNER /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - LIGHTSOURCE
Mark Turner is the Managing Director for Lightsource Services, Europe’s largest solar operator. Since the beginning of 2013, Mark has been building the Operations and Maintenance Team which currently consists of 125 staff delivering services to 1.85GW of solar PV, and acting as custodian for over 9,250 acres of the UK countryside. Previously Mark has served as Strategy Director for AXA in the UK; as a Change Management Consultant in diverse environments such as submarine overhaul, banking, distribution, pharmaceuticals and as an Operations & General Manager for semiconductor manufacturers such as Plessey, GEC and Mitel.
MARK TURNER
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// LIGHTSOURCE
YANN BONGIOVANNI /// CO-FOUNDER & CTO - EKOGRID
Yann is Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of ekogrid, a product company that develops an IoT end-to-end solution stack for the remote integration of decentralized assets, currently specializing in the operations and maintenance (O&M) of solar and other renewable energy plants, combined heating and power systems, environmental comfort systems, and refrigeration technology systems. ekogrid can be extended and fully customized with user-definable add-on modules, allowing customers to easily adapt the solution to their business processes.
With over thirty years in the IT sector, Yann has gathered extensive experience as a management consultant, entrepreneur, cybersecurity advisor and software developer in German-speaking countries and Italy.
YANN BONGIOVANNI
CO-FOUNDER & CTO /// EKOGRID
FRANCOIS SAUGUES /// BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PV - STAÜBLI
Has almost 30 years of experience in energy grids, including more than 10 years at Emerson Process Management in natural gas regulation and metering for distribution and transmission grids, involved in sales and custom product developments. Joined Stäubli Electrical Connectors 9 years ago, responsible for the French PV market / Business developer Photovoltaics, and now focusing on prescription activities, new products development, and merging PV markets (Europe, Africa) initial support.
FRANCOIS SAUGUES
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PV /// STAÜBLI
JONATHAN VAUSORT /// HEAD OF ORIGINATION WITHIN ENERGY TRANSITION SERVICES DEPARTMENT - ENGIE
Jonathan Vausort is Business Developer within the Global Energy Management business units of ENGIE group that he joined in 2004. Jonathan has over 13 years of experience in energy sector. During this lap of time, he hold different positions to increase his knowledge on energy trading and energy management. His main focus through his current role is to optimize the expertise acquired during those years in order to propose innovative solutions which will help financing of renewable projects and also maximization of the market revenues for those installations through Utility PPAs or corporate PPAs. Jonathan holds a Master in Economics at Université d’Auvergne in France and a bachelor in Marketing. French native speaker and fluent in English and Dutch.
JONATHAN VAUSORT
HEAD OF ORIGINATION WITHIN ENERGY TRANSITION SERVICES DEPARTMENT - ENGIE
JAMES PAGONIS /// DIRECTOR - POWERHUB
A recognized leader and experience solar energy expert, James has worked on hundreds of renewable energy projects across the globe. After being instrumental in developing, constructing and operating some of the first solar projects in Ontario, James is now actively engaged in simplifying asset management for the industry. James is one of the early drivers behind the development and launch of PowerHub: a simple, cloud-based Asset Management solution designed to help renewable energy asset owners manage their projects. He continues to be responsible for product development at PowerHub.
James holds a B.Sc. from Royal Roads University.
JAMES PAGONIS
DIRECTOR /// POWERHUB
KONSTANTINOS TZANAKAKIS /// PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
Konstantinos works as a project manager Solar Asset Management in Solarplaza, focusing on the European and the US markets. He is a sustainable energy professional with experience in evaluation of energy systems, business plan development and stakeholder engagement.
Graduate of the Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands having acquired a PDEng in Smart Energy Buildings & Cities and a MSc in Sustainable Energy Technology and also holds a Diploma of Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece.
KONSTANTINOS TZANAKAKIS
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
LEENDERT FLORUSSE /// CEO - ROOFTOP ENERGY
Dr. ir. Leendert Florusse is co-founder and CEO of Rooftop Energy. Leendert has over 20 years of experience in the European and North American energy markets (natural gas, power, renewables). Rooftop energy is one of the leading C&I solar developers in The Netherlands offering fully financed rooftop PV solutions with a current pipeline of 100MWp.
LEENDERT FLORUSSE
CEO /// ROOFTOP ENERGY
PAOLO ROCCO VISCONTINI /// CEO - ENERPOINT
Electric Engineer, active in the PV industry since 1997.
After an experience at Eurosolare (pv module manufacturer, ENI group) and at DEA (pv distributor and system integrator), in 2001 he founded Enerpoint that in a few years became one of the leading European distributor and EPC, with more than 800 MWp of components and pv systems sold and installed. Always active in the solar association activities, in 2015 he founded ITALIA SOLARE, that is now, with its 400 members, the only Italian association only focused on PV.
He’s now active in the solar assets management, as CEO and technical consultant in SPVs for a total of about 50 MWp. He’s also developing pv modules and systems analysis, in cooperation with DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions and Envision Energy.
Through Enerpoint Smart Solutions he’s active in the new pv market, developing new business models according to the present and the expected new energy rules.
PAOLO ROCCO VISCONTINI
CEO /// ENERPOINT