Mariana Aguilar, Argentina
Business Developer, Intermepro S.A.
Mariana is a Future Energy Leader by the World Energy Council, Coordinator in the Argentinian Energy Leaders Community, and a member of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum for young leaders. She was selected to participate in the Forum's Annual Meeting 2017 in Davos, Switzerland, alongside 50 young leaders from around the world. She works as a teacher and researcher in the Universidad Nacional de Los Comechingones and as a consultant for a private company called Intermepro in the solar energy sector. Previously, she worked as Undersecretary of Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency in the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Production of the province of San Luis, and in the Development and Operation of the 3rd solar plant in Argentina. She also worked for a solar energy consultancy startup in Germany. With a full scholarship from the government, she specialized in Energy Technology Management in South Korea. Graduated with honors, she holds an Industrial Engineering degree from the National Technological University in Cordoba, Argentina.
Iqbal Akbar, Indonesia
Research assistant, Technische Universität Berlin
Iqbal Akbar is a professional in the energy industry with years of involvement in the major offshore oil and gas projects in Indonesia. He receives his Master Degree's in Engineering Physics from University Gent Belgium and now completing his MBA Degree in Energy Management at Technische Universität Berlin Germany. His passion and interests in for people empowerment in answering globalization challenges have led him to get involved in various activities, writings, and organizations such as Erasmus Mundus Association, Indonesia Subsea Professional Network, Indonesian Services Summit, TEDx TU Berlin, Paramadina Research and Community Service Day, etc. During his stay in Berlin, he serves the Chair of Innovation Economics as a student research assistant with the focus of innovation economics, management, and policy.
Rani Al Achkar, Lebanon
Director Engineering and Planning, Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC)
Rani holds an Electrical Engineering diploma from the Lebanese University- Faculty of Engineering. He has 10 years of experience in the field of electrical installations and 8 years in energy efficiency and renewable energies. Rani was responsible for the registration of the first Lebanese Clean Development Mechanism projects in Lebanon related to the national lamps replacement programme. He was involved in the installation of the first solar water heaters testing facility at the Industrial Research Institute. He was leading the implementation of the MED-DESIRE project financed by the European Neighborhood Partnership Instrument- Cross Border Cooperation initiative. He was coordinating the execution of the Beirut River Solar Snake 1 MW grid-connected solar farm and the 1 MW grid-connected solar farm in the Lebanon Oil Installations in Zahrani. Rani is currently responsible for the installation of 10 grid-connected solar plants in 10 public buildings. He is member of the inter-ministerial committee working on the negotiation of contracts related to the first 3 wind farms by the private sector and leading on a first bid for solar farms by the private sector in Lebanon.
Tonateni Amakutuwa, Namibia
Financial Analyst, Electricity Control Board
Mr. Amakutuwa has extensive experience of more than 12 years in the Finance sector, of which 9 of those years as a Financial Analyst in the Energy sector. A holder of a Bachelor of Accounting degree, and several courses on energy regulation, tariff setting and financial modeling.
Robert Brears, New Zealand
Robert is the author of Urban Water Security (Wiley), Blue and Green Cities (Palgrave Macmillan), and The Green Economy and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus (Palgrave Macmillan). He is editor of the Climate Resilient Societies book series with Palgrave Macmillan.
Dr. Padilla Luis Casado, Spain
New Ventures Director, REPSOL Technology & New Ventures Corporate Direction
Luis Casado holds a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering by the University Complutense in Madrid. He started his professional career at Repsol in 1996, working as a process engineer, in 1998 he joined the Refining Business Division, working in the area of Business Development (Technology and Projects department) where he developed his career in different positions, including the coordination of an ambitious program to reduce GHG emissions in the Business. In this period, he also collaborated with the School of Technology and Experimental Science at Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid. In 2012 he was appointed Environmental Footprint and Carbon Unit Director in Repsol Health Safety and Environment Division. Since then, he has been accountable for Technology Development and Innovation in the Refining Business, as well as Safety, Environment & Sustainability at Corporate level. In May 2017 he was appointed New Ventures Director. Current responsibilities include Repsol Corporate Venture Capital management (an 85 M€ fund to invest in start ups providing solutions to Repsol technological and business challenges in the period 2016-2020), as well as technology prospection and valorization activities connected to Repsol R&D activities. He has represented Repsol in different international forum and associations like the ERTC (European Refining Technology Forum), Fuels Europe (the European Refining Association) or IPIECA (the global Oil & Gas industry association for environmental and social issues).
Kieran Coleman, USA
CEO Project Lead & Senior Associate, RMI
Kieran is a Senior Associate at Rocky Mountain Institute, supporting its Electricity Practice and external clients on topics of distributed solar procurement, finance, business models and market development. In 2017, he also facilitated the initial development of a $40 million catalytic finance facility, working with concessional donors and the Indian government, to leverage $1 billion in private finance toward the goal of 40GW rooftop and off-grid solar by 2022. He currently serves as Project Lead to the RMI CEO.
Tim Costello, Australia
Process Industries and Drives Division, Simens AG
Timothy has over 10 years’ experience in the energy field, ranging from the install of remote off-grid solar installations, managing Australia’s central gas storage, onshore natural gas production, implementing innovative digital drilling solutions and more recently a digitalization focus for large electric motors and drives. He has a Bachelor of Mechatronic Engineering, a Master of Reservoir Engineering and is currently finishing an MBA in Energy Management and is both a chartered Mechanical and Reservoir Engineer.
Andrei Covatariu, Romania
Executive Assistant to CEO & Country Manager, Enel Romania
Andrei is the Executive Assistant to the CEO & Country Manager at Enel Romania and also the Digital Manager of the same company. He is a Senior Research Associate at Energy Policy Group, the Romanian-based think tank, and a Contributing Analyst at Wikistrat, the world’s first crowdsourced consultancy company. At Energy Policy Group, Andrei was involved in the SEERMap project - a project funded by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management of Austria (BMLFUW) and European Climate Foundation (ECF) - which focused on policy areas in the electricity sector of the West Balkan (long term energy development and decarbonisation path). Andrei has been selected, in 2017, to represent Romania in the FEL-100 community (most promising 100 young professionals in the energy sector), a programme designed and coordinated by World Energy Council Organization in London, where he is co-leading the Energy Access Task Force.
Christian Daube, Columbia
Consultant Acceleration & New Business Architectures, Corporación Ventures
After studying Business & IT in co-operation with the global IT enterprise Hewlett-Packard, he started working for HP in Germany as an Client Manager for IT Enterprise Services, getting to know the German mid-sized industry (mainly traditional manufacturers). Afterwards, he decided to travel around the world and collect valuable experiences consulting small companies and working in different countries of our world (South Africa, Philippines, now Colombia). In The Philippines, Christian supported building the only Solar-Offgrid company of the country which is very succesful nowadays, reaching out to thousands of people without electricity there. During that time, he stayed informed about the Solar-Offgrid / Minigrid industry in Africa and all over Asia as well. Now, in Colombia, he is part of a strong organization, consulting social businesses of all industries.
Bhaskar Deol, India
CEO, Mynergy Renewables
Bhaskar is founder of Mynergy, a company working to bring innovative, low cost financing to distributed clean energy projects in India. Prior to Mynergy, Bhaskar worked with leading environmental organization, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), on development of policies to accelerate adoption of clean energy in India. His background includes over 15 years experiece spread across semiconductor manufacturing, cleantech investment and renewable energy policy development. He holds bachelor and master of technology degrees in chemical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Madras and an MBA from INSEAD.
Carol Dick, Brazil
Business Developer, Vattenfall
Carol currently works with markets and energy trading at Vattenfall. Her previous experience includes the Deutsche Energie-Agentur/Start Up Energy Transition, and the banking and energy/waste sectors in Brazil, with focus on risk management, feasibility studies and investment decisions. She holds a Master in Finance and Business Economics and is working on her thesis for the MBA Energy Management at TU Berlin.
Laura Drexler, Germany
Startup program manager, Veolia Germany
Laura holds a German & French Master in Innovation Management and International Economic Relations from Freiburg & Straßbourg University. Before joining Veolia Germany as Program Manager for U-START, their new startup program for energy, waste and water startups, she worked at Intelleco, a Paris based consultancy for innovation management.
Rosa Monique Djangba, Ghana
Assistant Projects Officer, Kumasi Institute of Technology, Energy and Environment
Miss Rosa Monique Emefa Djangba is an Assistant projects officer as KITE and has a passion for renewable energy technologies with keen interest in Bio-energy. As an engineer with more than 3 years of experience, she’s worked for the Abeeku Brew-Hammond Energy Center in KNUST as a research assistant where she worked on Biodiesel production, at SNV as an intern, the Institute of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Solutions as a project manager and currently KITE as an assistant projects officers executing some projects in solar photovoltaic and waste management in Ghana. Miss Djangba is a regular contributor to the promotion of renewable energy in Ghana.
David Dornbusch, France
Working since 1994 in the energy, industry and innovation areas. Nuclear industry from 1994 to 2005 (company formerly known as Areva), designer of the Jules Horowitz reactor. Founder of Cleantuesday, international Cleantech network in 2008, more than 250 Cleantech events worlwide since then. CEO of France Cleantech strategic advisor for Cleantech startups, funds and Corporates since 2010.
Fernandez Ezequiel, Argentina
Research Director, Scotiabank
I am financial economist acting as Research Director for a Canadian investment bank. My job involves leading a group of analysts dedicated to make investment recommendations in the Latin-American energy infrastructure sector.
Dr. Gary Felgate, UK
Managing Director, Peng Ventures Ltd
Garry has 25 years energy experience. He ran the Energy Retail Association representing the big six energy companies in the UK. He has been chair of the smart metering programme in the UK and an advisor to the UK regulator on smart energy systems. He advises the UK government on Energy Innovation, investors in the UK and Germany and has supported Deutsche Telkom in their smart energy plans. He is a Fellow of the UK Energy Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Dominik Felske, Germany
Team Lead Commercial Analysis, E.ON Climate & Renewables
As Team Lead Commercial Analysis Europe at E.ON Climate & Renewables, Dominik Felske is currently working at the forefront of the energy transition by commercializing new and existing renewable energy projects across Europe. Before joining the renewable business in 2016, Dominik did his MBA at the European School of Management & Technology with a focus on innovation and sustainability in Berlin. Dominik builds on five years of work experience in the energy & public sector as management consultant at E.ON Inhouse Consulting focusing on business development and performance improvement, and as economist in the energy department at the German Cartel Office. Dominik holds a bachelor & master degree in Economics from University of Mannheim and Cologne.
Oliver Frank, Germany
Head of Division Renewable Energies and Mobility, German Energy Agency
Oliver Frank is Head of the Renewable Energy and Mobility Division at the German Energy Agency (dena) since March 2014. He is in charge of setting the division’s agenda and its role in driving the German energy transition process forward. In this context, he is responsible for national and international projects focusing mainly on policy and market development. Prior to his work at dena Mr. Frank worked in different positions for Solon Energy GmbH. Mr. Frank holds an engineering degree from the Technical University of Berlin and a Master degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin.
Dr. Thomas Fritz, Germany
Partner, Oliver Wyman
As a partner in Oliver Wyman’s Energy practice, Thomas has more than 10 years of experience in the energy industry. He holds a PhD degree in Strategic Management from the Jacobs University Bremen and a Diploma in Business Administration from Justus-Liebig-University. He goes beyond standard approaches and methods to deliver substantial impact and strategies that are always feasible to implement. Thomas' role focuses on developing and implementing new ideas that allow utilities to improve their financial and operational performance.
Luis Galvis, Colombia
Specialized professional, Energy and Mining Planning Unit of Colombia - UPME
Luis is a developer and strategist who builds tools to analyze energy consumption and recommend energy policy plans and strategies to achieve Colombian energy goal to satisfy the energy needs of the country, in a way that is reliable, accessible, affordable, and socially and environmentally acceptable. Using machine learning, data science and big data techniques, Luis has put a visionary approach to the energy analysis within UPME. He has also led design thinking workshops with energy stakeholders and interested parties to discuss, create and open up policies for the integration of smart grids in Colombia. With his work, Luis has achieved deep knowledge on several energy areas like technology and market trends, energy policy, consumer behavior, energy substitutes and innovation just to name a few.
Carlos Garcia, Colombia
Chief Demand Officer, UPME
Electrical engineer. Expertise in energy planning process, advisory for energy projects development and managing high level teams devoted to energy planning. Former General Manager in Transmilenio, Bogotá BRT system
Lois Gicheru, Kenya
Chief Executive Officer, Solafrique
Lois Gicheru is the Founder and CEO of Solafrique, a company committed to increasing access to electricity in Kenya. Solafrique provides energy consultancy services and develops solar micro grids for rural based commercial entities Kenya. Lois is a Future Energy Leader in the World Energy Council and is also the Deputy Secretary of the World Energy Council Kenya Member Committee. She was awarded the entrepreneur of the year award at the 2016 AEEP stakeholder’s forum for her community mini grid model and was also recognized as an upcoming energy leader during President Obama’s 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Finance and Accounting from Strathmore University and a Certificate in Supply Chain Sustainability from Rutgers University. Her passion is to provide sustainable energy solutions and related services for the off-grid and rural communities in Africa in a bid to attain and advance sustainable livelihoods.
Tobias Gierling, Germany
Senior Consultant, Combinado Consult
The past ten years of his professional life were focused on marketing and communications as well as public relations and public affairs. Between 2006 and 2011, he worked as a PR consultant researching, developing and implementing various PR strategies for national and international clients. At the department for economic development at the Argentinian Embassy from 2011 to 2016 he started analyzing trade and investment trends in a variety of sectors ranging from food and beverage to renewable energies, transport and infrastructure, recommending business development and promotional strategies. In 2017 he created his own consulting company: Combinado Consult. The combined experience of marketing, communication, trade and investment promotion in the private as well as the public sector – provides him with the unique ability to advise and assist companies as well as government authorities.
Adriana Guerenabarrena, Spain
Commercial Manager, Orsted
Adriana started her career in London as a regulation analyst for ScottishPower during the Competition and Markets Authority investigation of the energy market. She then transitioned to work as a commercial manager in offshore wind market development for Ørsted in Copenhagen. In her spare time, she writes a blog on environmental policy and action for the Huffington Post Spain.
Ahmed Hassan, Egypt
ROV Project Support Engineer, Sahara Petroleum Services-Offsfore Division (S.O.S.)
Ahmed graduated from Ain Shams University in 2011 with a B.Sc in mechatronics engineering. Currently, he is a project support engineer at Sapesco Offshore Services, leading and training a team of ROV Pilots(remote operated underwater vehicle) in carrying out maintenance and troubleshooting of electro-hydraulic subsea systems, tooling design and fabrication, project planning and technical support tasks. He is also one of the first 31 Energy professionals in the middle East to receive the Pan-Arab certification for energy professionals “Certified Energy Management Professional” (CEMP) by the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) in cooperation with League of Arab States.
Ana Hernandez, Uruguay
Planning Engineer & FEL100 Board Member, Ancap
Ana Hernandez has more than nine years of work experience in the oil industry. She serves as a planning engineer at the National Association of Fossil Fuels (ANCAP) in Uruguay. She is involved in the company’s production planning and scheduling as well as economic analysis and evaluation of oil purchases. She has participated in several studies such as: the gasoline usage for electrical generation, economic assessments for the acquisition of new operating units, development of new laboratory analysis. In conjunction with National Energy Authority, Ana took responsibility for drawing up Uruguay’s energy prospective forecasting up to 2030. Ana is member of FEL100 since 2013 and Board Member since 2015. Ana holds a degree in chemical engineering from Universidad de la República, Montevideo and is fully qualified as a quality management technician (UNIT-ISO 9000) by Instituto Uruguayo de Normas Técnicas, Montevideo, Uruguay.
Ulrike Hinz, Germany
Business Development Manager, tricity
Ulrike Hinz is a Business Delevopment Manager at ubitricity, a young and innovative company at the intersection of energy and electromobility at EUREF Campus Berlin. Next to ubitricity, she is co-founder and board member at GreenBuzz Berlin (a non-profit association promoting sustainability) as well as a board member at HEEN (the Hertie Energy and Environment Network). Ulrike acquired a B.A. and M.A. in International Business with focus on Strategic Management & Sustainability in Berlin, Melbourne and Prague. She is currently pursuing an MBA in Energy Management at TU Berlin and conducts her thesis on regional flexibility markets with 50Hertz in the course of the WindNODE project.
Andrei Ilas, Romania
Associate Professional, IRENA
I am an energy analyst with a background in business and political consulting, banking, finance and international public service. For more than four years, I was a consultant and banker for French companies investing or doing business with Romanian counterparts. Furthermore, I co-authored sevreal IRENA flagship publications on renewable energy costs and provided data, insights, and research to publications on battery storage, to IEA World Energy Outlook and REN 21 – Global Status of Renewables and various other IRENA publications. Lastly, I declined an offer to pursue an MBA at Georgetown University to enroll in the MPP program at Hertie School of Governance.
Julian Jacob, Germany
Program Associate Smart Energy, Rockstart
Julian joined the Climate KIC Master Label during his master studies in Industrial Engineering and Management at the TU Berlin focusing on innovation, entrepreneurship and climate change. After graduating he started working for the medium sized and international project management consultancy company Campana & Schott. Here he worked in different projects in the energy, pharmaceutical and aircraft sector in Germany. In summer 2017 he started at Rockstart as Program Associate for the Smart Energy Program. Together with Freerk Bisschop he develops and runs the Smart Energy Program to support startups to become scalable and investable.
Pirjo Jantunen, Finland
Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Helen Ltd.
Ms Pirjo Jantunen is a corporate social responsibility and environmental professional with ten years of work experience in the energy industry. She is currently working at Helen Ltd., Finnish energy utility, as a CSR manager. Her responsibilities include finding business advantage from corporate social responsibility and supporting corporate strategy development. Also, she is leading the World Energy Council's Future Energy Leaders Network.
Dr. Olaf Joeressen, Germany
Investment Manager, High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH
Olaf Joeressen received his PhD from RWTH Aachen for research on microelectronics in signal processing. After the University he worked for 15 years at Nokia and led the technical development of Bluetooth as well as other R&D initiatives in the area of mobile gaming and audio technologies. More recently he has led the European R&D branch of the worlds biggest beverage can maker and in the beginning of 2018 he joined the High-Tech Gründerfonds where he focuses on identifying, funding and nurturing technology startups based on his long term industry experience.
Dr. Christian Kaltenegger, Austria
Managing Partner, CP i-Invest GmbH
Christian is a founding partner of CP i-Invest, an independent advisory firm that runs a B2B platform for energy efficiency and provides tailor made financial and strategic advisory services for corporate clients, investors, sponsors and project developers with a focus on cleantech industries and renewable energy. Before, he was founding partner of a leading PE/VC fund in Austria. He started his career in banking. Christian holds a doctorate degree in economics and a MSc. degree from Vienna University of Technology.
Jochen Kleef, Hong Kong
Managing Partner, kleef&CO Hong Kong ltd. NL Deutschland
A leader with scientific education and a successful track record in team building, turnaround and growth management. To me, management is about coping with complexity. Leadership, by contrast, is about coping with change and inspiring people. After an apprenticeship in a hi-tech SME in Cologne and a University degree in Physics in Jena, I pursued an international career in project management and general business management. My locations included London, Frankfurt, Beijing and Hong Kong, where I was responsible for professional services business from 17 to over 4,000 national members of staff. With all these businesses and projects, I successfully executed the strategies I developed after initial reviews.
Shanna Knights, Canada
Directory Research, Ballard Power Systems, Inc.
Ms. Shanna Knights is Director of Research at Ballard Power Systems. Her fuel cell research areas since joining Ballard in 1995 include durability, reliability, performance, and operational behavior, and span several fuel cell applications, including bus, light duty automotive, materials handling, back-up power, stationary power generation and cogeneration. She is responsible for both internal research activities and significant collaboration with universities, research institutions and industry. She guides Canadian and international academic, government, and industrial fuel cell research through service on advisory boards and steering committees. Ms. Knights is a frequently invited keynote and plenary speaker at international conferences, is an author on numerous scientific journal publications and 3 book chapters, and she holds 13 patents, with several more pending.
Andrew Knueppel, USA
MBA Candidate Energy Management at Technische Universität Berlin
I am a mechanical/energy engineer from New York City, where I worked to design, finance, implement, and commission projects in Solar, Cogeneration, and HVAC in New Construction buildings.
Mariusz Krupa, Poland
Expert Project Manager, PSE Innowacje
Mariusz Krupa is a Secretary of the Polish Member Committee of the World Energy Council. He is an electricity industry expert with strong educational background. He graduated from the Silesian University of Technology with a master of science in power engineering. Mr Krupa also successfully completed the Executive MBA programme in cooperation with the London Business School, HEC School of Management Paris and Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration. From the beginning, his professional life has been closely connected with the electricity transmission sector. He currently works for PSE Innowacje which is a subsidiary of the Polish Transmission System Operator where he is responsible for implementing innovations into operation by pilot and commercial projects. Mr. Krupa has profound experience in project and programme management confirmed by the British Office of Government Commerce certificates – PRINCE2 and MSP as well as the knowledge management skills. His professional areas of interest are: electricity markets, balancing mechanism, ancillary services, smart grid and demand response.
Timo Lassak, Germany
Business Creation Officer, InnoEnergy
Timo is a start-up expert with a wide range of skills such as business development, finance or strategy. In addition, he realized his own ideas as a co-founder of two social businesses.
Marin Levesque, Germany
Barry MacColl, South Africa
Senior Regional Manager, Electric Power Research Institute
He has a B.Sc. in electronic engineering and an MBA. He worked for Eskom, the state power company in South Africa, for 26 years. His last position there was as General Manager of their Research, Testing and Development department managing over 400 people and R600 million Rand. He currently is the Senior Regional Manager for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) responsible for Africa, Middle East, South East Asia and Aus/NZ.
Maciej Majchrowicz, Poland
Business Development Manager, InnoEnergy
Currently Business Development Manager in a largest multi-corporate fund, network and investor organization in the European sustainable energy sector. Has a solid academic background in both technical and financial areas. Has directorial experience in energy trading, solar technologies and e-mobility solutions.
Dr. Maged Mahmoud, Egypt
Technical Director, Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)
Dr. Maged Mahmoud is the Technical Director of the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE). He has over twenty-three years of professional multidisciplinary technical expertise and during his tenure, 17 Arab countries and many international organizations acknowledged RCREEE as the regional hub to support the formulation of renewable energy strategies and introducing respective policies and implementation mechanisms focusing on public private partnerships and increased reliance on private sector. Dr. Mahmoud is an active member of the League of Arab States Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Committee, where he is continuously strengthening regional cooperation and is contributing to shaping concrete regional initiatives such as the “Arab Renewable Energy Framework”, the “Arab Renewable Energy Action Plans Initiative”, the “Guideline for Renewable Energy Integration with National Grids” and others. He is currently assisting several Arab countries to prepare and execute their national renewable energy action plans. Further, since 2013 he has been leading the regional “Private Investment Promotion Portfolio”, where several business models and instruments have been explored and introduced to support both utility scale developers as well as small and medium enterprises, and provides tools to assess the economic and social impacts out of the wider-deployment of the decentralized sustainable energy solutions. His inclusive market-based resilient development approach draws on his experiences in sustainable energy, private sector engagement, access to finance and investment, international cooperation and market research and analysis, while integrating crosscutting themes such as jobs and social welfare, climate change and sustainability into program design and implementation. Prior to joining RCREEE, Dr. Mahmoud served for about 15 years at the Egyptian New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA). Among his key achievements, he contributed significantly in setting the Egyptian renewable energy 2022 strategy targeting 20% renewables share, and in the design of the “best-fit” policies and measures for the strategy implementation including feed-in tariffs, competitive bids and net-metering. He deeply contributed to planning and contracting several hundreds of wind energy projects on the Red Sea coast amounting to more than 700 million USD. Further, he participated in developing the quality infrastructure for testing solar thermal and energy efficiency systems in Egypt. Dr. Mahmoud is a mechanical power engineer specializing in renewable energy. He is a national of Egypt, where he holds the “Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research Award for Development and Innovations in Renewable Energy” since 2001. He has managed and contributed to over 30 research projects and studies in the sustainable energy fields in collaboration with national and international organizations (WB, IRENA, ESCWA, UNDP, UNEP, etc.), spanning fundamental technology development, systems-level integration, local manufacturing, market assessments and policy issues. He is also a certified trainer and author/co-author of over 50 specialized publications and research articles. "
Dr. Christopher McLachlan, Germany
European Marketing Transformation, Innogy SE
Customer driven, hands-on product manager, full stack marketer and commercial strategist. Thrives in challenges along the whole commercial value management process — from value creation (R&D, proposition design, branding, packaging, loyalty) , via value delivery (advertising, promotion, service and channel management), to value capture (pricing, sales management). Proven track record of successfully launching new products and services in Europe and USA, building trusted client relationships, bridging gaps between departments and regional organisations, and acquiring and growing talents. Expert in proposition design, pricing, strategy development and commercial performance management. Passionate problem solver, value driven manager and multi-cultural/multi-lingual team player.
Robert McMonagle, Canada
Green Sector Advisor Economic Development, City of Toronto
Rob McMonagle has been in the environmental industries sector since 1979 when he founded one of Canada's first solar companies. Rob was the Executive Director of the Canadian Solar Industries Association from 2002-2006. In 2007 Rob was hired by the City of Toronto to develop the City’s Sustainable Energy Plan and was responsible for many of Toronto’s renewable energy initiatives such as the Toronto Solar Neighbourhoods Initiative and the Renewable Energy Bylaw. He is currently with the City's Economic Development office where he is the lead in developing the green economy.
Filipe Mota da Silva, Portugal
Head Business Development Energy and Resources, Tata Consultancy Services
Filipe works at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), TATA Group as Head business development and solutions for Energy and Resources. His work spans across: developing new digital services to major energy players, advising TCS Energy innovation ecosystem through Icon (TCS Start-up and Academia Ecosystem) and selling IT software solutions - from ERP systems to the use of internet of things and blockchain technology. Filipe has worked in China, USA and UK across diverse energy companies (Galp Energia, Shell and EDP) in m&a, consulting and business development roles and he is currently 2017 Financial Times Top50 Future Leader on Diversity & Inclusion and World Energy Council Future Energy Leaders Secretary.
Dr. Fernanda Lopes Motta, Canada
Research Scientist, CanmetENERGY in Devon
Multidisciplinary researcher with 10 years of experience, having conducted research on polymers synthesis addressed to oil sand tailings treatment and oil spill countermeasure, and fermentation processes for the industrial production of added-value bioproducts using agroindustrial residues as carbon sources.
Dr. Kai Morgenstern, Germany
Referent Gründung, RKW Kompetenzzentrum
After stuying Physics and a PhD in Climatology Dr. Morgenstern worked as an environmental consultant in the Mining Industry and as a research fellow developing concepts for energy efficient cities. He joined the RKW Kompetenzzentrum in 2012 and until 2014 served as a projekt director for the RKW Energy Efficiency Impulse. In the course oft he Project more than 8.000 small and medium enterprises were given information on their individual potentials for saving energy. Currently, Dr. Morgenstern is part of the Startups meet Mittelstand team that facilitates exchange of know-how and ideas between startups and established small and mediums enterprises.
Corina Murafa, Romania
Country Director, Ashoka Romania
Corina Murafa is Country Director of Ashoka Romania. Previously she was an energy policy advisor for OMV Petrom, the largest oil and gas company in South Eastern Europe, for the World Bank, the Prime Minister of Romania and for the Ministry of Energy. At Ashoka she works on social innovation for sustainability, including the energy sector. Her topics of expertise are energy poverty, European energy affairs, consumer rights in the energy sector and natural gas policy. She studied political science and economy at Bucharest University, New York University and Hertie School of Governance, Berlin.
Virgil Musatescu, Romania
Councilor, Romanian National Committee of World Energy Council
Virgil Musatescu is an energy engineer and economist with more than 45 years’ experience providing technical assistance to the energy sector of Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus in collaboration with USAID. He is highly experienced with design development and implementation of the USAID energy programs in Romania, including providing technical assistances for US-Romania energy bilateral programs. Through senior level appointments on behalf of the Government of Romania, Dr. Musatescu has been instrumental in the strategic planning and implementation of significant state reform of the energy sector. This has included legal and regulatory restructuring, privatization assistance, market rules establishment and implementation and drafting of public legislation. Dr. Musatescu has demonstrated experience with regional mechanisms and laws, including drafting the Energy Sector “Road Map” for Romania’s integration into the European Union and working with the entire Black Sea region. In addition, Dr. Musatescu has served in domestic and international treaty negotiation, as the head of the Romanian delegation in the Energy Charter Treaty negotiation process. Dr. Musatescu is recognized for his ability to manage numerous actors and participants within the public and private sectors and bringing them to consensus. As an independent energy consultant, Dr. Musatescu has conducted more than 30 energy audits and 10 prefeasibility or feasibility studies, providing strategic recommendations that have saved tens of millions of dollars for his clients. He has advised on the privatizations of energy sectors across the region and guided energy sector reform in Romania, Moldova, and Georgia. He holds two PhD’s: one in Economics and the second with Energy, and is fluent in Russian and English. Education: PhD Economics, Academy for Economic Sciences, Bucharest, Romania, 2002 PhD Energy, University “Politehnica” of Bucharest, Romania, 1983 MSc Energy, University “Politehnica” of Bucharest, Romania, 1968 Countries of Work Experience: Romania, Albania, Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Ukraine, Balkans as region.
Julian Nebel, Germany
Associated Partner, Görg Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten (Law Firm)
Julian's practice focuses on regulatory and public law, with a particular emphasis on energy law. He advises utilities, grid operators, financial institutions as well as financial investors as well as public authorities on all aspects of energy law, specializing in renewable energies and energy efficiency. Recently, Julian has been focusing on the legal framework for the implementation of the principle “Efficiency first” and the “Digitalisation of the Energiewende”. Julian has extensive experience in advising Ministries of the Federal Government and of the German States on the further development of the legal framework of the Energiewende (BMWi, BMUB and BMVI)
Kondjeni Ntinda, Namibia
Projects Officer, Namibia University of Science and Technology - Namibia Energy Institute
I am an Energy Economist with a Postgraduate Diploma in Energy Studies specializing in Energy Economics from the University of Dundee (UK). I have worked in the oil industry for 7 years starting off with Shell Namibia and am now heading the Centre for Oil and Gas at the Namibia Energy Institute which is part of the Namibia University of Science and Technology.
Abhinav Paul, India
MBA Candidate, TU Berlin EUREF campus
He graduated out in 2010. He had 6 years of experience working with Boilers, Turbines, Switchyard and commissioning. He is right know a student in TU Berlin EUREF campus studying Sustainable Mobility Management. He loves reading books and can think in multiple ways from sociology to psychology.
Alper Peker, Turkey
Energy Management (MBA) Candidate, Technische Universität Berlin
Has 20 years of total work experience, 15 years of which is in multi-national energy companies. Initiated and implemented several new business models in previous corporate roles. Wants to further develop himself to become a pioneer of innovation, an initiator of unique solutions, and a visionary thought-leader that helps shape the future of global energy.
Catriona Power, Canada
Head of Business Development, Energy Unlocked
Catriona has worked across the intersection of sustainable business, energy technology and innovation for the last eight years on projects in UK, Europe and India. In her current role at Energy Unlocked she is responsible for delivery of projects and business development. Prior to joining Energy Unlocked, Catriona worked at the sustainability group, Forum for the Future, where she led projects on smart cities, decentralised energy and embedding sustainability in business. She was Green Mentorship Award lead for Skype founder’s family foundation working with digital and hardware startups in energy to scale their businesses. She has a MA Environment, Development and Policy from University of Sussex and BSc International Development from University College Cork, Ireland.
Annkathrin Rabe, Germany
Market Analyst, innogy SE
Annkathrin Rabe is working for Commercial Development in the Renewables segment at innogy SE. As a Market Analyst she is responsible for assessing merchant and regulatory revenue streams for new investments world wide. Before she worked as a Management Consultant at Accenture's utilities practise. Other stints where at the World Economic Forum (WEF), the German Association of industries (BDI) and the Deutsche Telekom AG. She holds a Master of Public Policy from Hertie School of Governance as well as Bachelor in European Studies from Maastricht University.
Juuhi Rajput, India
Managing Director, Arrucus Media Private Limited
She has been working in the field of media for past 14 years in various capacities including researcher, journalist, anchor & entrepreneur and has been actively involved in the power sector for 11 years- producing and anchoring ‘Power News’ (A national television news program which discusses issues pertaining power sector, ground breaking innovative technologies and their usage, innovative & sustainable models, energy efficiency as well as renewable energy); conceptualizing and organizing various power sector related conferences and panel discussions with high profile national and international speakers. In the time span of 13 years, she has not only managed to create a space for herself in the power sector but also earned national and international recognition and secured leadership roles enabling her to make necessary and desired contribution to the energy sector and sustainability- selected as Future Energy Leader by World Energy Council (London) in 2013; elevated to the position of Member of FEL Board- World Energy Council in 2015; Co-opted as a Member- Panel for Smart Infrastructure, Bureau of Indian Standards (under the aegis of Min of Consumer Affairs, GoI) and appointed as a Governing Council Member of South Asia Forum for Energy Efficiency from 2013-2015. The winner of “Outstanding Contribution Award” conferred by UP committee of PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry, she has been invited to various national & international forums as a speaker and a guest faculty and has also co-authored a paper on 'Energy-Water-Food Nexus- Through the lens of Complexity Theory' selected for presentation in World Energy Congress 2016 held in Turkey.
Fabian Reetz, Germany
Project Leader, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung
Fabian Reetz is the project leader for “digital energy-transition” at the Berlin-based Think Tank Stiftung Neue Verantwortung. Within the project he addresses the question, how digital technologies can be utilized to facilitate a modern price building for electricity. In the last years he worked in diverse project concerning connected mobility and smart grids at the Innovation Centre for Mobility and societal Change-InnoZ. Besides that, he was one of the Co-Founders of the Berlin-based High Tech Accelerator AtomLeap, which helps innovative Startups to bring their ideas to market.
Manoel Rekinger, Belgium
Strategy Manager, Elia System Operator
Manoël Rekinger is Strategy Manager at Elia, the Belgian Transmission System Operator which he joined in November 2015. He is responsible of Elia’s activities related to the identification & interaction with new technology trends and business models. For Elia to stay in contact with cutting edge innovation, he is managing several initiatives to foster the development of startups involved in the energy sector. He had previously worked 4 years for Solar Power Europe, the European Photovoltaic Industry Association where he was in charge of the activities related to Solar Integration in power grids and markets. He studied electromechanical engineering applied to Solar power at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.
Andres Rodriguez, Ecuador
Group Financial Controller, Frontier Car Group
Andres is a Financial Controller based in Berlin, with more than 9 years of experience as a Finance and audit professional in the Energy Sector. He has been conducting Audits and supporting different kind of projects for the Oil & Gas Industry and Transmission System Operators. His experience includes projects in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Currently he is finalizing his Master studies in Energy Management at TU-Berlin.
Andreas Schröder, Germany
Senior Analyst, Uniper SE
As Senior Analyst at Uniper SE (E.ON), Andreas Schröder is currently working on natural gas markets. Andreas builds on a long-standing experience in energy economics with focus on quantitative market analysis. Before joining E.On in September 2015, he worked 2 ½ years at Vattenfall Energy Trading GmbH in Sweden and Germany dealing with carbon markets, renewable energies as well as natural gas. Andreas defended his PhD Thesis on fundamental modelling of power markets in 2013 as part of the Graduate Center of DIW Berlin in collaboration with TU Berlin, supervised by Prof. von Hirschhausen and Prof. Kemfert. He previously obtained a Masters’ degree in Economics from Vrije Univeristeit Amsterdam in 2008 where he wrote a Thesis on the EU Emission Trading System. During and after his studies he interned ½ a year with the European Commission (DG Energy & Transport) and 2 months with the German Foreign Office on international climate policy topics.
Pule Segale, South Africa
Site Manager, Mainstream Renewable Power
Pule Segale is a Civil Engineer with a strong focus in Renewable Energy and Sustainable development. In the last three years he has worked for two Global Renewable Energy companies and has successfully delivered two Wind Energy Projects in South Africa. His efforts are currently directed at the broader African energy market, where he supports and leads on Mainstream Renewable Power’s electrifying Africa platform. Pule is recognised as a future Energy Leader by the World Energy Council and is an alumni of the Brightest Young Minds organisation.
Ulrich Seitz, Germany
Venture Capital, BayWa r.e. renewable energy Gmbh
With over 10 years of experience in the startup ecosystem as venture capital manager, management consultant and entrepreneur, Ulrich Seitz is bringing a deep understanding of critical startup success factors to the jury of SET 2018.
Amit Shukla, India
Prospect MBA Energy Management, TU Berlin
Worked as a service speacialist in data automation sector with GE- ALSTOM. Have delivered many projects nationally & internationally (first weather sensors integration with NLDC, Bangladesh). Have a experience of testing & integration on various IEC protocols. Project Engineering, Execution and commissioning has been a part of my career.
Stefan Siegemund, Germany
Deputy Head of Division Renewable Energies and Mobility, German Energy Agency
Dr. Nuno Silva, Portugal
Technology and Innovation Director, EFACEC
Nuno Silva graduated from University of Porto in 2003 and finished his PhD in Electrical Engineering in the Control and Power Group, Imperial College London in 2009. He is currently the Technology and Innovation Director of the Efacec Group where designing the company's technological strategy and promoting synergies between 8 different business units and also with external stakeholders are among his duties. He manages several national and international multi-million euro innovation initiatives and R&D projects in several fields. Innovation management, Distributed Energy Resources, Smart Grids, Storage, Energy Systems economics, Asset management, electric mobility and Digitalization of Energy Systems are among his areas of activity. He is also the Director of the Technology School of the Efacec Academy, the corporate University of Efacec Group. He is a Senior Member of IEEE as well as the Power Engineering Society (PES) of IEEE and he has served at the Technical Committees of several international conferences. He now registers over 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He teaches at 2 different Universities (Engineering Faculty and Business School) and has been supervising several MSc and PhD thesis. He is a founding partner of an ICT start-up in Germany and a Mentor at several start-ups acceleration associations as well as the manager of a 20Meur venture capital on behalf of Efacec.
Victoria Smaniotto, Canada
VP Development and Partnerships, Canada Cleantech
Victoria graduated from HEC Montreal in International Business and Marketing with a specialization in Corporate Social Responsibility. After living in Paris, Hong Kong and Chile, Victoria moved to Montreal and has since held various positions in the cleantech sector. From 2012 to 2014, Victoria worked as a business development analyst and marketing coordinator at Carnot Refrigeration, a Quebec SME that develops HFC-free refrigeration systems. From 2014 to 2015 she worked as a Project manager at Ecotech Quebec, the Québec cleantech cluster; in 2016, she served as the Head of Secretariat of the International Cleantech Network. Today Victoria assumes the role of VP Development & Partnerships within the CanadaCleantech Alliance.
Robert Spanheimer, Germany
Head of Smart Grids & Smart Home Division, Bitkom e.V.
Robert Spanheimer is head of the smart grids & smart home division at the German digital Association Bitkom. He has more than 10 years of experience in energy politics as assistant to a member of parliament. He also worked for a project developer of renewable energy projects and has been founding member and CEO of a cooperative focusing on the distribution of renewable energy.
André Timm, Germany
Quality Conformance Manager, Airbus Operations GmbH
After finishing his Master in "Industrial Engineering" André began his professional career as a project manager in an industrial transport enterprise with the focus on development of digital innovation. However, cause of his interest in green startups and sustainable production systems, he is about changing his activity area to the organization of European innovation projects. Therefore, he has already gained international experience by suporting various volunteer programas like e.g. in South Africa and Perú. André wants to be a responsible and conscious character, who has the vision to protect together with other motivated people this wonderful planet.
Thomas Timmins, Canada
Chair Global Renewables Practice, Gowling WLG
Thomas J. Timmins is a partner at Gowling WLG. He is widely recognized as a leading advisor in renewable energy project development and finance and advises leading private and public sector energy system stakeholders around the world. He currently serves as Chair of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) and as head of Gowling WLG’s Global Renewable Energy Practice Group. He is a regular speaker and law school lecturer on energy and infrastructure and appears regularly in national and international news media.
Dr. Sufian Towfick, Yemen
Technical Advisor to the Minister, Ministry of Electricty and Energy
I am a professor of electrical power systems, I have been envolved in teaching, research and consulting in the field of electrical power systems engineering and Renwable energy for the past 35 years. I hold a BSc (H) Electrical Eng., MSc and PhD in electrical power system engineering all from UK universities.
Dr. Oliver von Quast, Germany
Managing Partner, Sarvovelo Capital GmbH
More than 18 years of experience in M&A and the management of complex international projects, gained in various management positions in the construction industry and utility branch. Since 2015 Managing Director and Founder of Sarvovelo Capital GmbH. He studied chemistry at the Technical University of Berlin and holds a PhD as engineer in materials sciences.
Vladimir Vorkachev, Russian Federation
Head of International Innovation Centre, PJSC Gazprom Neft
Vladimir is higly-motivated person, focused on emerging technolioiges and ther application. Nevertheless he have a vivid experience in IT and Oil&Gas which helps him to land all thouse innovations on business. While most of people are selecting between price, quality and functionality, Vladimir is pushing the limits to get most from this three directions.
Jason Vallis, Canada
Science & Technology Advisor, Government of Canada - Natural Resources Canada
Jason Vallis is a professional engineer working in the Office of Energy Research and Development as a technology advisor for federal renewable energy and smart grid funding programs. He specialized in sustainable energy engineering and policy while completing his Master's, co-authoring a report examining the use of electric vehicles as taxis - something that has become a reality in many jurisdictions. Jason started his career as an Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces where he learned first-hand the toll our energy system can have, ultimately motivating him to understand and seek out sustainable alternatives.
Richard E. Walsh, USA
Program Lead, Clean Energy Solutions
Rich leads business development activities at WGL Energy (NYSE: WGL) related to renewable energy. These responsibilities include acquisitions of assets, structuring and origination of renewable energy supply and new market analysis. To date, WGL Energy’s portfolio includes distributed generation projects in 23 states totaling close to 300 MW and over $700mm invested. WGL Energy clients are wide ranging including the likes of the Federal Government, top colleges and Universities, professional sports teams and the Fortune 500. Richard was recently honored as one of the 2017 ‘Forbes 30 Under 30’ in Energy, he was selected as one of the World Energy Council’s Global Future Energy Leaders 100 Programme, previously served on the board of Young Professionals in Energy NYC Chapter and is a member of the steering committee for the American Council on Renewable Energy’s Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance (ACORE PREF). Rich grew up in Alabama and stayed in the south for college. He graduated from Samford University, where he studied Finance and Spanish and was captain of the Men’s Tennis team. In his spare time, Rich enjoys playing tennis, golf, snow skiing and traveling. He currently resides in New York City with his wife.
Devon Wemyss, Switzerland
Research Associate, Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Devon Wemyss is an environmental scientist and engineer currently researching on energy entrepreneurship in our transitioning energy system. She has experience in start-up coaching, including teaching business plan writing skills and developing start-up training bootcamp programmes. However her focus lies specifically on trends arising from new business cases in the energy sector driven by market liberalization, new actor roles, digitization, decentralization and sustainability. Devon maintains a Swiss energy innovation database, compiling active start-ups in the Swiss energy scene, and keeps a keen eye on trends around Europe and internationally which may influence local markets.
Asekhame Yadua, Nigeria
Petroleum Reservoir Engineer, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)
Asekhame, currently working as a Petroleum Reservoir Engineer, has been directly contributing to global energy production for over five years. He received letters of commendation for outstanding performances, from NNPC's top management and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Section 116. He has been trained and certified by world-class institutions in petroleum engineering, sustainable mobility, climate change, natural resource governance, economics, and data analysis & visualization. Asekhame is an Expert Reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and an Ambassador Lecturer for SPE.