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Bertrand is the initiator & visionary behind Solar Impulse, the very first airplane capable of flying perpetually without fuel. Taking turns at the controls with André Borschberg for the first flight around the world on solar power.
Key Note Maroš Šefčovič
Maroš Šefčovič is a Slovak diplomat and a Vice-President of the European Commission. In 2014, he was promoted to the Vice President of the Commission for the Energy Union, he was previously slated to become the Commissioner for Transport.
Constantijn is a Special Envoy for StartupDelta2020, an initiative to merge the Dutch startup ecosystem into one single hub. In January 2017 the Prince joined the Group of 15 Innovators that advises the EC on improving Europe’s performance in breakthrough, market-creating innovation.
Mohammed Anis, Infosys
Mohamed Anis has dedicated the last 20 years to bringing tech led innovation to some of the largest organizations across the globe. An ardent advocate of Machine Learning and A.I.
Elena Bou, InnoEnergy
Elena Bou is the Innovation Director and member of the executive board at InnoEnergy. In the opening session of The Business Booster 2016 she talked about collaboration to achieve a common goal. Watch her powerful presentation above.
Laurent Yana, Engie
Laurent Yana graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris. He has developed his career at EDF-GDF. From 2008, he served as VP Strategy at GDF SUEZ. Today he is the Director and Advisor of Global Bus, Strategy Division at ENGIE.
Meet our previous speakers
Business Developement Director, VEOLIA
Ronald Hopman (1959) studied chemistry (MSc) at the University of Utrecht. He started his career at KWR Water Cycle Research Institute, where he performed various functions in research, management and business development. Ronald initiated the business unit KWR Industries and Water, which focused on water challenges within the industry sector, through research programmes, platform groups and advisory projects.
In 2008 he joined the Veolia Group as Commercial Director and later as Managing Director of Veolia Water Netherlands, at that time partner in the only Public-Private Partnership in the Dutch water sector: Delfluent. In 2012 he made the move to Veolia Energy.
With the integration of Water, Energy and Waste activities and expertise within the One Veolia – Resourcing the World offer, Ronald has taken the role, since 2015, of Director of Business Development for Veolia Nederland.
Head of Energy Department, City of Vienna
Bernd Vogl, graduated from HTL (mechanical engineering) and from Vienna University for business economics.
From December 1992 till August 2011 Bernd Vogl was an energy expert in the Austrian Ministry of Environment with focus on green buildings and the development of passive houses and ecological building codes in Austria. From April 2006 till August 2011 he was co-leading the Department of Environmental Economics and Energy in the Ministry. He was involved in numerous national projects and programs dealing with energy efficient technologies and renewable energy sources. From 2004 till 2011 he was leading the Austrian climate protection initiative “klima:aktiv”.
Since September 2011 Bernd Vogl is leading the Municipal Department 20 – Energy Planning of the City of Vienna. The main task of the Department is the management and coordination of the Viennese energy programmes and strategic work with focus on decarbonisation of cities. In addition he has been working as a member of the supervisory board for the municipal energy supplier – one the largest energy companies in Austria – till 2016.
Chief Smart City Officer, City of Paris
After having been director of experimentation at Paris & Co, the Paris Innovation and Attractiveness Agency, she is Chief Smart City Officer at the General Secretariat of the City of Paris, the role of the smart city mission is to accompany the city’s management and elected representatives in the implementation of the strategic plan “Intelligent and Sustainable Paris”
Head of Planning at VCCP Madrid
Nuria is Head of Planning at VCCP Madrid and Chair of the Account Planning Association’s Board (APG) in Spanish. She has worked in the past for global agencies such as Publicis, JWT and BBDO. Her experience ranges across a wide span of brands and industries such as Suzuki, Liberty Insurance, Cadbury’s, Freixenet and Pfizer. She also worked for several years as a Hispanic Market planner in Los Angeles.
Nuria studied Psychology and has a PhD in Communications. She is currently involved in academic research in the field of Cognitive Neuroscience applied to advertising, being a regular lecturer at the University of Barcelona Blanquerna-Ramon Llull and University Pompeu Fabra, having presented her work at congresses like ESOMAR.
She has judged at the main creative and effectiveness awards in Spain (Premios a la Eficacia, Festival El Sol, Club de Creativos, IAB) and in the Euro Effies Awards in 2017.
Nuria will unveil insights from a major piece of research carried out by VCCP on behalf of InnoEnergy in three major European countries on how consumers interact with and consume energy. She will also participate in a panel discussions on “Putting the consumer at the centre”.
Prince Constantijn of The Netherlands
Special Envoy for Startup Delta2020
Constantijn Christof Frederik Aschwin, Prince of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg, was born in Utrecht on 11 October 1969. He is the third son of Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus. The Prince has two brothers: King Willem-Alexander (born in 1967) and Prince Friso (1968-2013).
The Prince received his primary education at the Nieuwe Baarnse School in Baarn and his secondary education at the Eerste Vrijzinnig Christelijk Lyceum in The Hague, where he gained his VWO (pre-university education) certificate in 1987. During the 1987/1988 academic year, Prince Constantijn attended language courses in France and Italy.
In 1995 he gained his master’s degree in law from Leiden University where he specialised in civil law. In 2000 he studied business economics at the European Institute of Business Administration in Fontainebleau (INSEAD).
On 1 July 2016 Prince Constantijn was appointed Special Envoy for StartupDelta2020. The Prince will be at the helm of the successor to StartupDelta – with which he was closely involved as an advisor – for the next 18 months. Prince Constantijn is an independent adviser on corporate innovation and jointly initiated Startup Fest Europe, a five-day festival of events throughout the Netherlands. He is also Director of Digital Technology and Macro Strategy at Macro Advisory Partners in London. In January 2017 the Prince joined the 15-strong High Level Group of Innovators that advises the European Commission on improving Europe’s performance in breakthrough, market-creating innovation.
The Prince began his working life in the cabinet of the European Commissioner, Hans van den Broek. He then studied business economics at the European Institute of Business Administration in Fontainebleau (INSEAD) and had a work placement at the International Finance Corporation in Washington DC. The Prince went on to work as a management consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton in London and as a policy researcher for RAND Europe in Leiden and Brussels, where he was subsequently appointed head of the Information Policy and Economics Team. In 2008 Prince Constantijn set up the Brussels office of RAND Corporation, which he headed until 2010.
The Prince worked as an adviser on EU communications at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2003 to 2008.
On 1 October 2015 Prince Constantijn was appointed temporary Edge Fellow at Deloitte’s Center for the Edge. In this position he advises on cooperation between the parties relevant to the innovation climate in the Netherlands and Europe.
Prof. Dr. Bertrand Piccard
Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation
Prof. Dr. Bertrand Piccard, Explorer, Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation
With his dual identity as a medical doctor and explorer, Bertrand Piccard has become an influential voice heard among the most distinguished institutions across the globe as a forward-thinking leader in progress and sustainability. He is independent, not affiliated to a particular party or lobbying group, and as such is a trusted adviser and influencer for the development of new societal solutions, and a very sought-after speaker for private and public audiences.
It is in Bertrand’s DNA to go beyond the obvious and achieve the impossible,as he did with his two round-the-world flights, recently in a solar-powered airplane, and before that non-stop in a balloon. The ocean depths and the stratosphere attracted his father and grandfather; the challenges of our time fascinate him. Rather than new territories, he wants to discover new ways of doing and thinking, in particular in the field of clean technologies for a better quality of life.
Bertrand is the initiator and visionary behind Solar Impulse, the very first airplane capable of flying perpetually without fuel. Taking turns at the controls with André Borschberg for the first flight around the world on solar power, his ambition is to leverage pioneering spirit for a useful contribution to the cause of renewable energies. This is why he spent the last 15 years bringing together the major partners providing technologies and funds for this adventure. Together with his wife Michèle, he conceived the Solar Impulse project as a now widely recognized platform to raise public awareness and encourage political actions in favour of clean technologies and energy efficiency, the next stage of which includes the establishment to this end of the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions under the aegis of the Solar Impulse Foundation
The inspiration he received from other explorers and pioneers during his childhood gave him the desire to inspire young generations in return.
Investment Director, E.ON SE
Since fall 2016 Ines heads as Investment Director the Strategic Co-Investments Essen office and steers the broader strategic investment roadmap of the team. She has joined the Strategic Co-Investment team in spring 2013. Her particular investment focus is on residential energy products and consumer facing solutions. Ines has started her E.ON career in 2008 by joining E.ON Inhouse Consulting. She has studied at the University of Passau and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She holds a diploma degree in cultural studies and business administration as well as a bachelor degree in economic science. When not at work Ines enjoys spending time with her family and friends and totally relaxes when doing hot yoga.
Tanmoy Bari Tanmoy is one of the co-founders of Swedish tech-startup Greenely and has been working as the CEO for 3+ years. Tanmoy was listed in Forbes 30 under 30 list 2016 and nominated for the Young Innovator Award during European Utility Week 2015. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering & M.Sc. Sustainable Urban Planning and Design at KTH, Sweden.
VP European Commission in charge of EU
Maroš Šefčovič is a Slovak diplomat and a Vice-President of the European Commission, in charge of Energy Union. He was European Commissioner for Interinstitutional Relations and Administration from 2010 to 2014. His area of responsibility includes the administration of the Commission, including management of some of the Commission’s Internal Services; in particular consolidation of administrative reform, personnel and administration, European Schools and security. In 2014, he was promoted to the Vice President of the Commission for the Energy Union, he was previously slated to become the Commissioner for Transport.
Serial Entrepreneur and Investor, President EBAN
Candace Johnson is a global infrastructure, network and innovation expert and entrepreneur. She is co-initiator of SES/ASTRA for which she was named an Officer of the Luxembourg Oak Leaf Crown and architect of SES Global, one of the world’s largest satellite systems for which she was named Commander of the Luxembourg Order of Merit. She is also founding President of Europe Online Investments S.A., the world’s first internet-based online service and satellite broadband network, and founder of Loral Cyberstar-Teleport Europe, Europe’s first independent private trans-border satellite communications network for which she was named an Officer of the German Federal Order of Merit. Ms. Johnson has recently co-founded Oceania Women’s Network Satellite (OWNSAT). OWNSAT has become a founding investor in the Kacific Satellite System based in Singapore, where Ms. Johnson is also a Member of the Board. Ms. Johnson is also founding President of the VATM, the Association of Private Telecom Operators in Germany and founding President of the Global Telecom Women’s Network (GTWN). She has continued to be a long-time Member of the Board of Directors of all of these companies and organizations at various times throughout the years.
Ms. Johnson is also President of Johnson Paradigm Ventures (JPV) which is a principal founding shareholder with AXA, Caisse des Depots, Bayerische Landesbank, and the SPEF of Sophia Euro Lab, Europe’s first trans-border early-stage investment company based in Sophia Antipolis. JPV is also a principal founding shareholder in London-based Ariadne Capital, “Architecting Europe.net”, one of the earliest supporters and promoters of Skype, the global VoIP phenomenon. Ms. Johnson has served as Founding Member of the Boards of both companies.
In her personal capacity, Ms. Johnson is a Member of the Supervisory Boards of Garage Canada, Iris Capital (Europe) and was a founding member of Inovent (Turkey). Ms. Johnson is founding Member and was President of the Board of the Sophia Business Angels in Sophia Antipolis, France from 2006 – 2008 as well as founding president of three multi-million Euro investment vehicles, Succès Europe, Croissance Europe and Innovation Europe, together with Meeschaert Gestion Prive. Ms. Johnson is also Founding Member of the Cologne Business Angels, Galata Business Angels and Advisory Board of the Luxembourg Business Angels Network. Ms. Johnson was a minority owner of FMN, a German telephone manufacturing company, and a member of their Supervisory Council from 1993 – 2008. She was also a minority owner of Alpha Com, a wireless data manufacturing company.
Through her global investing activity, Ms. Johnson has widened her scope of expertise to include CleanTech and MedTech and has been actively involved in financing such companies as Nheolis, a unique home-turbine energy concept company, and CertiNergy, France’s first B2B2C energy-credit trading company as well as Quotient Diagnostic and AboDiag, life-sciences technology and services companies. In 2006, she created the Festival of the Fourth Dimension, the world’s first festival of the Arts, Technology, and Sciences, which has since become a major French government global initiative for Industrial Innovation and Creativity (Pole ICI) of which she became the 1st Vice President.
Ms. Johnson is a Non –Executive Director of SES-ESL, a publicly quoted corporation on the French Stock Exchange. She has also recently been re-elected as President of EBAN, the European Business Angel and Early-Stage Investment Network for a two-year term until 2018. Ms. Johnson is also the Co-Founder of ABAN, African Business Angels Network and MBAN, MENA Business Angels Network as well as the Global Business Angels Network (GBAN).
Ms. Johnson is also a member of the Advisory Board of numerous European and US ventures as well as being a Member of the Board of Governors of EDHEC, France’s largest business school, Sabanci University in Istanbul Turkey, and the International Board of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University as well as being a Senior Enterprise Fellow for the University of Essex/LEEDS Program of the OECD. Recently, she has joined the International Innovation and Entrepreneurial Advisory Board of the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia (KACST). Ms. Johnson is a well-known speaker on innovation and entrepreneurship for such companies as Alcatel-Lucent, Qatar Telecom, IBM, Hewlett Packard, etc. and has been a featured speaker at the Cambridge University Center for Entrepreneurial Learning and the OECD International Entrepreneurship Forums in Shanghai, Riga, and Cape Town.
Ms. Johnson was also Vice President Worldwide of Iridium and brought it into the GSM MoU, the ITU and ETSI as well as obtaining its global frequencies and country codes. She was Director of Marketing for the German manufacturing company FuBa and globalized its manufacturing and commercial activities.
Ms. Johnson has been featured in articles in Time Magazine, the Financial Times, the Economist, Le Monde, WirtschaftsWoche, Manager Magazin, Les Echos, and the International Herald Tribune to name a few. She has been decorated as Commander of the Luxembourg Order of Merit and Officer of the Couronne de la Chene as well as Officer of the Bundesverdienst Kreuz 1. Klasse (FRG) for her work in de-regulation, innovation, privatization, and globalization and the specific projects named above. Further, Ms. Johnson is the second recipient ever of the UN-sponsored World Teleport Associations’ “Founders Award”. Ms. Johnson has also received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” along with Vinton Cerf and Tim Berners Lee from the World Communication Awards, the prestigious global telecoms organization in 2002. Ms. Johnson has also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from The International Alliance of Women in 2012 and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Women in Aerospace Europe in 2016. Ms. Johnson holds Masters Degrees with Honors from the Sorbonne and Stanford Universities, a Bachelors Degree from Vassar College and her high-school degree from Punahou, Honolulu, Hawaii. On November 12th 2016 she was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Director, DG Research and Innovation
Jean-David Malo studied in the Institut National Supérieur des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (Paris) and the University of California (Berkeley). He started his career as Head of internal control management in the Comité Professionnel de la Distribution de Carburants in France before joining ARMINES, a body managing contractual research and innovation for French engineering schools (Ecoles des MInes, Ecole Polytechnique, ENSTA, …), where he created, developed and managed the European Affairs Directorate. He joined the European Commission in January 2001. In the Directorate General for Research, he participated actively to a number of developments on the design of funding instruments, rules for participation, funding schemes, etc, both for FP6 and FP7. From 2003 to 2006, he was the assistant of Director Robert-Jan SMITS. After heading the unit in charge of the regional aspects of FP7, ie. the “Regions of Knowledge” and “Research Potential” programmes, from 2006 to 2010, he was managing from 2011 to 2013 a newly created unit in DG Research and Innovation, the main objective of which was to contribute to increase private finance and close market gaps in investing in research and innovation by expanding the scope and scale of existing EU innovative financial instruments (like the Risk-Sharing Finance Facility) and by developing new ones in the fields of debt (including guarantees) and equity financing, notably in the context of Horizon 2020 (“InnovFin”). The EU state aid framework, tax incentive schemes and philanthropic funding were also areas covered by the work of the unit. From 2014, this unit was also covering the SMEs dimension of Horizon 2020, including in particular EUROSTARS II and the design and coordination of the SME Instrument and the Fast Track to Innovation pilot. On February 2017 he has been appointed as Director of the Directorate in charge of “Open Innovation and Open Science”. The European Innovation Council, the Pan-European Venture Capital Fund(s)-of-Funds Programme, the RDI dimension under the European Fund for Strategic investments, the European Open Science Cloud, the long-term sustainable investments for Research Infrastructures, the monitoring of the ERA Roadmaps, etc… are among the various files he is in charge of or contributing to.
Editor-in-chief. Energy Post
Editor-in-chief. Energy Post
CEO - LECLANCHÉ
CEO – LECLANCHÉ
Energy and IT Innovator
Energy and IT Innovator
CEO, First Energy Finance
CEO, First Energy Finance
Innovation Director Europe and Middle East-EDF
From material scientist at the service of power generation (nuclear and fossil) and distribution, Valery evolved to international collaboration and leverage. He co-founded NUGENIA, an international collaborative initiative with over 110 members from 28 countries, and I2US, a corporate innovation to business acceleration vehicle founded with key Silicon Valley and European stakeholders and currently in a process of expansion.
Valery spent 2 years in Japan and 8 years in the States, working in the start-up American Superconductor and in Bicron, part of Saint-Gobain High Performance Materials. He spent time as EDF Open Innovation Director for North America based in San Francisco, and then in a similar role in Paris, covering Europe and the Middle East. There he serves the whole EDF Group, a world leader in low carbon energy that in its diverse geographies and business lines is dedicated to building mutually exclusive opportunities between EDF and start-ups.
Valery remains active in the energy sector, co-founding and managing two micro-hydro companies. He has also taken an active role in politics and has been mayor of a French village in Champagne for 6 years.
Chief Innovation Officer, Innogy SE
Chief Innovation Officer, innogy SE, innogy Innovation Hub
Co-author of Jugaad Innovation
Co-author of Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth
Angel investor, board member & advisor
Peter Carlsson joined Tesla Motors in 2011 as Vice President of supply chain with the mission of building a world class supply chain for electric vehicles. Starting from scratch, he has built up an organisation with complete end-to-end capabilities. The first phase of the assignment was to secure a successful industrialisation and launch of the Model S with Tesla’s 300+ suppliers in 18 months. Secondly, the team managed to turn a negative gross margin into a 28% surplus within the first year of production. As the company launched the Model X earlier this year, Peter decided to step out and do some other projects.
Before joining Tesla, Peter was the CPO (Chief Procurement Officer) for NXP (former Philips Semiconductors) responsible for purchasing and outsourcing. In this role, which was located in Singapore, Peter drove the project to take the organisation from a tactical decentralised structure to a strategic global commodity organisation. He was also country manager for Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines where NXP have more than 4000 people employed.
Previously, in 2005, Peter was CPO at Sony Ericsson. He had a total of 13 years experience from different roles with Ericsson and Sony Ericsson, mostly in Sweden but also in the US. He was also leading the team that built and implemented Ericsson’s framework for Supplier Quality Assurance.
Peter has a Master’s degree specialising in production and quality control, which he obtained fromLuleå Technical University in Sweden. He is also part of several advisory boards for global supply chain and procurement organisations.
Director, Advisor of Global Strategy Division ENGIE
Laurent Yana graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris. He went on to work in the IT Department at EDF-GDF, which was followed by his role of Head Pricing in the Marketing Division of Gaz de France. From 1994-2006 he held various positions in Gaz de France, including Head of Transit and Sales (Gas Purchase Division), Deputy Managing Director (Regional Gas and Power Distribution), Project Director M&A (International Division) and Head of Department (Strategy Division). From 2008, Laurent Yana was Vice President of Strategy at GDF SUEZ. Presently he is the Director and Advisor of Global Bus, Strategy Division at ENGIE.
Board member, VATTENFALL
Tomas Kåberger currently spends a quarter of his time in Japan as Executive Board Chairman of Renewable Energy Institute. Academically, he got an MSc in Engineering Physics, a PhD in Physical Resource Theory, and Docent in Environmental Science at Chalmers. He has been professor in International Sustainable Energy Systems at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, and he is currently Professor of Industrial Energy Policy at Chalmers University of Technology and serves as Distinguished Visiting Expert of bio-energy technology at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou.
Industrially, he has had leading roles in companies providing fuels and technology in the bio-energy industry, another company developing sustainable energy solutions for the automotive industry, and a company operating wind power plants. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Vattenfall, and the board of Industrifonden, an industrial investment foundation. Politically, he has served on board of Swedish and European Environmental Citizen’s organizations, several Swedish Government Commit tees developing energy and environmental legislation, and China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development as a member of a task force on Low-Carbon Industrialization Strategies. From 2008 until 2011 he was Director General of the National Swedish Energy Agency.
Head of Energy & Services Europe - Infosys
A devout tech evangelist, I have dedicated the last 20 years to bringing tech led innovation to some of the largest organizations across the globe. My commitment has been to helping companies “Renew” their world through digitization whilst creating “New” frontiers so they can be the first to disrupt their own industry.
An ardent advocate of Machine Learning and A.I, I have been spearheading the development of new platforms in the world of Energy and Services to leverage their data – the new oil of the 21st century. My passion to revolutionise these sectors through A.I. has lead me to the development of systems that are now crunching offshore oil rig data, which is foreseeing system failures in real time. And machine learning systems that have crunched 25 years of Tennis sensor data, giving us the power to showcase player’s technical and character trends, leading us to be able predicting outcomes.
Digitizing companies, I have worked on the automation of business processes for a Fortune 100 electric utility, cash management and payments hub for an investment bank and digitizing the world of sports to engage and add value to the fans whilst monetizing this engagement for the client. Disrupting industries, I am working on the application of Deep Reinforcement Learning through sensor data to create a real-time virtual tennis coach, an Uber like platform for real-time staffing and a social media sentiment platform for the oil and gas industry, providing a global and local insight into trends, news, opinion leaders and talking points to the leaders and policy makers in the industry.
CEO and co-founder of Lumenaza
Dr. Christian Chudoba is CEO and co-founder of Lumenaza. He graduated in Physics at the Humboldt University in Berlin and did research at the Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT). Coming back to Germany he worked intensively on highly scalable software for telecommunications and utilities at Siemens. There, he led the solution business for billing and customer care software. To actively promote the energy revolution, he founded the Lumenaza GmbH together with Dr. Bernhard Böhmer in 2013.
John has been a consultant to the industry for over 20 years and is the global head of Frost & Sullivan’s Energy & Environment business. Focused on visionary innovation and market transformation, John is a thought leader in the fields of Power Generation, Renewable Energy, Environment, Smart Grids and Buildings (including energy efficiency, energy management, smart buildings, lighting and facility management). John’s personal focus in the energy arena revolves particularly around the role of energy management, new business models, utility transformation and advanced technology in driving sustainability and business productivity.
Sylvain Paineau is with Schneider Electric since 2004 where he is in charge of managing innovation partnerships in Strategy & Technology corporate organisation (projects portfolio, incubator, start-up relationships and R&D partnerships. He is also coordinating strategic cooperation between Schneider Electric and a major European research centre. He held several innovation management positions in the industry during these last 25 years and managed several R&D European projects. He was in charge of MEMS lab in Thales (1997-2001) and more recently Marketing and Technical Director of PHS MEMS (2001-2004) a start-up in MEMS foundry business. Sylvain Paineau holds an optronic engineering degree from Paris XI University.
Open Innovation Programm Director VEOLIA
Laurence Duyck is currently in charge of the open innovation initiative by Veolia focused on startups, SMEs and entrepreneurs. She is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and managing the integration of external innovative solutions in close connection with Strategy, Marketing, Business development and Business unit teams. Veolia is a leading company delivering services in water, waste and energy fields.
Before joining the field of innovation, Laurence had 20 years of experience in environmental topics management through various positions in the industrial area (risk studies and management, due diligences, remediation).
Executive director of EDP ventures
Luis Manuel has held this position since January 2008 with responsibilities that include company management and defining EDP group innovation strategy.
He is a board member of EDP Ventures (since 2008), CEO (since 2009), Windplus (since 2009), Arquiled (since 2010), all in the scope of his job assignment with EDP Inovação S.A..
He worked for 2 years at Explorer Investments, the largest private equity firm in Portugal and for 6 years in the strategy and business portfolio department of the holding of the Galp Energia group (the largest Portuguese oil and gas group). Prior to that, he worked at Espírito Santo Investment, in the project finance advisory department in Lisbon, and in the corporate finance department in Portugal and Brazil.
As member of the Ministry of Economy during the XVI Portuguese Constitutional Government, he assisted the Undersecretary for Economic Development with oversight responsibility over several privatisation processes in the energy sector, as well as in the process of defining the three major laws regulating the Portuguese energy sector (“Leis de Base” of the oil, natural gas and electricity sectors).
Country Manager Spain for BlaBlaCar
Jaime Rodríguez de Santiago-Concha is Country Manager for Spain and Portugal at BlaBlaCar, the leading European ridesharing community that connects drivers with empty seats and people traveling the same way, so they can share their cost. Fascinated with technology since his childhood, Jaime has developed his career around it. He holds a Telecommunication Engineering degree from the Polytechnical Engineering University of Madrid and has been linked to the technological entrepreneurial field from the beginning of his career. Prior to joining BlaBlaCar on 2013 as Marketing Manager for the Spanish Market, he researched new ways of applying technology to education at the university, joined a high-tech startup working on big data for the telecommunications industry (Zhilabs) and founded his own user generated content based company (6cero). Jaime is a regular speaker in both national and international conferences, media and masters on the themes of Collaborative Economy, entrepreneurship and Online Marketing.
Gonzalo de Mendoza Asensi
Gonzalo de Mendoza Asensi is a member of the Cabinet of the Commission for Climate Action and Energy. He is responsible for Energy projects and interconnections, relations with the European Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. His area of competence within the Cabinet includes energy interconnections, shale gas, oil and coal research, science and innovation, nuclear energy and nuclear safeguards.
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Arol Energy offers turnkey solutions articulated around proprietary products and services related to the Biogas market.
AViSpectro works in the energy sector to offer specialised Raman spectrometers adapted for online usage in coal power plants, either for continuous or for batch ash analysis.
AgroNergy recycles dry agricultural by-products into agropellets in order to offer complete heating services to medium-size buildings, (such as social housing, schools,office blocks), and small industries. This innovative solution is both economical and ecological.
Ecovat has created an underground storage vessel with an integrated heat exchange system. This system is designed to be integrated in a hybrid smart microgridand consists of energy generation through cooled photovoltaics (PVT), storage (both heat and electric) and a smart steering system, enabling net balancing by taking off peaks in energy production and storing it (mainly as heat) for use at times of energy shortage.
CYSALYS designs green and smart power products and features aimed at mobile operators in emerging countries, in order to help them reduce their operational costs.CYSALYS also offers other services, such as onsite nstallation of their Hybrid Cubes, training for Cubes installation and maintenance, and audit of optimisation of telecom energy solutions.
Inspired by the pumping principles of the human heart, CorPower has created a compact, highefficiency Wave Energy Converter (WEC). Wave power plants with CorPower’s technology can generate 5 times as much energy per device tonne at less than athird of the cost of competing solutions. The company aims to establish the next generation of wave power solutions for utility-scale energy generation that can compete with conventional energy resources.