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
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
JORDI LOPEZ FRANCESCH /// CHIEF RISK OFFICER - GLENNMONT PARTNERS
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JORDI LOPEZ FRANCESCH
CHIEF RISK OFFICER /// GLENNMONT PARTNERS
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
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
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
GIANLUCA BOCCANERA /// MANAGING DIRECTOR ITALY - NEXTENERGY CAPITAL
Gianluca has over 7 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 WiseEnergy, 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