Speakers & Moderator 2017
Robert Berendes Co-Owner and Partner at a-connectRobert Berendes
Mr. Berendes is a partner of a-connect, a global talent management firm. He also serves as a venture partner at Flagship Pioneering and is Chairman of the Board of Indigo Ag and CiBO Technologies. He is also an Operating Director at private equity firm Paine Schwartz Partners and serves on the Board of Directors of Verdesian Life Sciences and AgBiTech. Before his role at a-connect, Mr. Berendes worked with Syngenta from 2002-2014. From 2007 through 2014, Berendes was Syngenta’s head of business development, head of R&D ad interim and a member of the executive committee. Mr. Berendes joined Syngenta in 2002 from McKinsey & Company, where he was a partner.
Kai Engelhardt Head of Corporate Strategy, M&A & Venture Capital, MAHLEKai Engelhardt
Kai Engelhardt is Head of Corporate Strategy, M&A & Venture Capital at MAHLE Int. GmbH
In 2013, he established a new Corporate Venture Capital Unit within MAHLE. This CVC Investment Unit focuses on companies offering technologies which either reinforce and strengthen MAHLE's core business or enable new opportunities within the automotive sector but outside of current principal competencies.
Prior to joining MAHLE as a Strategic Analyst in the Corporate Planning Department in 2008, Kai worked for premium OEMs such as BMW and Daimler. During this time, he established a worldwide competitor network and developed several business strategy support tools. Thus, he is well connected within the automotive industry.
From 2010 to 2012 Kai became Business Development Manager at MAHLE. Herein, he actively contributed to the continuous strategic advancement of the sector "MAHLE Non-Automotive" and was additionally highly involved in various M&A projects.
Kai studied Mechanical Engineering in both Constance and Auckland. He holds a Master's Degree in Engineering as well as a Swiss MBA and is fluent in both German and English.
(Top 20 Global automotive supplier 77.000 employees, 12,3 bn € sales).
Christoph Frei Secretary General & CEO, World Energy CouncilChristoph Frei
Christoph Frei became WEC’s fifth CEO & Secretary General in April 2009. He has led the further development of the world-renowned London-based organisation by strengthening its policy and strategic insight processes, including WEC’s on-going World Energy Scenarios. Under Christoph’s leadership WEC has achieved that the WEC’s annual Trilemma report has become a reference for governments in many of WEC’s over 90 member countries, for the UN, the Clean Energy Ministerial and, in policy discussions with Multilateral Development Banks.
He is also a Professor at the Swiss Federal Technical Institute in Lausanne and a member of the board of the energy blockchain focused Energy Web Foundation. Prior to joining WEC, Christoph was a member of the Executive Council of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and its Senior Director in charge of Energy.
Karl Gray Global Head of Casualty, Motor & Personal Lines, Zurich InsuranceKarl Gray
Karl Gray was appointed Global Head of Casualty Lines for Zurich Insurance Company in 2014. The Casualty segment covers Motor, Personal Lines, Liability and A&H. He leads Zurich's Global Working Groups on Autonomous / Semi-Autonomous Driving and the Sharing Economy. He is a member of the World Economic Forum's 'Global Future Council on Mobility'.
Prior to his appointment, Mr Gray was the Chief Underwriting Officer for Zurich's Middle East and Africa region. Before that he held a number of leadership positions with AXA and RSA, with over a decade in emerging markets.
He started his professional career in the UK and has over 18 years experience of developing motor and personal lines businesses, leading both underwriting and non-underwriting functions.
Mr Gray graduated from the University of Sheffield (UK) with an MA in Political Economy and holds Diplomas in Management and Insurance. Mr Gray is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (UK).
Nina Harjula Chief Marketing Officer, VisedoNina Harjula
Nina Harjula is the Chief Marketing Officer of Finnish technology company Visedo. Visedo is the leading designer of fully electric and hybrid systems for marine vessels and commercial vehicles. Nina has a strong background in marketing communications, especially digital marketing strategies and concepts.
Through her former career in the Finnish Cleantech Cluster, leading the Cleantech Venture Day -event and as a co-founder of the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA), she is one of the pioneers and thought leaders in the cleantech business development in Finland. She is also the Executive Chairman and developer of a digital platform Nordic Innovation Accelerator and a member of the Cleantech Advisory Board of Business Finland.
Markus Hökfelt VP, Fortum Charge & DriveMarkus Hökfelt
I’m an “Intraprenuer” with passion for innovation and new businesses development. My career is within New Energy Services and business development for the past 10 years, e.g. launches of Smart Meters, visualization of energy, residential Solar PVs, and eMobility. I hold a M.Sc. & Engineering and Technology Management and started my work as a consultant at Accenture. Charge & Drive is Fortum’s market leading solution for charging of electric vehicles in Norway. Our white label C&D Cloud-service provides other Operators and Utilities to run our system as a service (SaaS) with all functionality needed for EV charging. We are growing rapidly and have entered several international markets with our C&D Cloud-service. Currently we operate 1.500 connected chargers in 11 countries whereof 500 rapid chargers. I live in Stockholm with my wife and two kids. On my free time I enjoy training and travel as a way to relax, be creative and reload my batteries.
Michael Liebreich Bloomberg New Energy FinanceMichael Liebreich
Michael Liebreich is the Founder and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the world’s leading provider of research for senior decision-makers in clean energy, carbon and power markets, advanced transportation, energy technology and natural gas. Since August 2012 Michael has also served as a Board Member of Transport for London, the capital’s transport authority.
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 working out of 13 offices around the world.
He serves on 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 chairs the selection committee for the Bloomberg New Energy Pioneers, which are announced each year at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit, and is a Visiting Professor at the Imperial College Energy Futures Lab.
Michael has in the past served on the advisory board of the Clinton Global Initiative‘s Energy and Climate Change working group and on the selection panels for the Zayed Future Energy Prize and the the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers. He was a long-time member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils for Sustainable Energy and the New Energy Architecture, among other things helping launch the initiative which led to the current WTO Environmental Goods Agreement negotiations. Michael was a founding Board Member of the Middle East Clean Energy Business Council, a member of the Accenture Energy Board and a member of the advisory panel for the INSEAD Energy Club.
Michael is a prolific technology angel investor, and acts as Chairman of technology startup Pearlshare. He is also Chairman of St. Mark’s Hospital Foundation, a charity supporting research and teaching in colorectal medicine at St Mark’s Hospital, part of London North West Healthcare NHS. He is a three-time finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, and in June 2015 was presented with the Renewable Energy Association’s Judges Award for his outstanding contribution to the development of renewable energy. Michael is also a member of the Advisory Council of Business for Britain.
Prior to founding New Energy Finance, Michael was an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and media executive. In the 1990s he 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 activities. He also spent five years in the London office of McKinsey & Company.
Michael graduated in Engineering from the University of Cambridge with first class honours, winning the Ricardo Prize for Thermodynamics and the Christ’s College Wyatt Prize. He earned his MBA from Harvard, where he was a Harkness Fellow and Baker Scholar. He was a member of the British Ski Team from 1986 to 1993, competing in two World Championships and the 1992 Albertville Olympic Games.
Michael is a frequent advisor, conference speaker and commentator on matters relating to energy, energy efficiency, clean transportation, finance and sustainable development. To enquire as to his availability, please contact email@example.com.
Andy Marchant Senior Product Marketing Manager, Europe, TomTomAndy Marchant
Andy Marchant is a Senior Product Marketing Manager for the TomTom Maps group. He represents TomTom's maps product portfolio across Europe. Marchant previously led the innovation of "Out of Car" Navigation and IoT for TomTom. He has been involved in mapping and navigation for the past 15 years, previously working for Ordnance Survey, Great Britain's national mapping agency.
Monique Morrow Global, Technology Futurist, ex CTO CiscoMonique Morrow
Monique is President and Co-Founder of the Humanized Internet, a non-profit organization focused on providing digital identity for those individuals most underserved, blockchain is certainly a potential mechanism for this billion people challenge, see: https: www.thehumanizedinternet.org. Monique is also a an Associated Researcher at Alexander Humboldt University Institute of Internet and Society, https://www.hiig.de/en/staff/monique-morrow/ Monique is currently co-chair of the IEEE Ethics in AI and Autonomous Systems Mixed Reality Committee in addition to being a member of its Executive Committee. Monique is also an Advisor to Rising Star Swiss Cybersecurity Accelerator. https://risingstaraccelerator.ch/
Simon Myers Director, Something More NearSimon Myers
Simon is one of the UK’s leading brand strategists and has worked both client and agency side. He is also an entrepreneur whose award winning brand agency was acquired in 2013 by a large US marketing consultancy. He has invested in several UK start ups including Yoti, Breezie and Snact.
Simon started work for the BBC World Service, then moved to Beijing to join the Swire Group and introduce Carlsberg to northern China in a sales and marketing role. His second posting in China was to Henan Province to reform sales and distribution in an underperforming Coca-Cola bottling plant.
Returning to Europe Simon spent 5 years at Interbrand in Amsterdam and London before co-founding Figtree, the brand agency that was bought by US based marketing consultancy Prophet. His own clients have included significant projects for Orange, HTC, Samsung, Stanhope, Arup Associates, Better Place, Netafim, Velocys and several NGO’s including Restless Development and SSAFA.
Simon speaks French and Mandarin, is a published author and a member of ClearlySo an angel investor fund focusing on environmental and social impact.
Will Rosenzweig Senior Advisor, Generation Investment ManagementWill Rosenzweig
William Rosenzweig is a 2010 recipient of the Oslo Business for Peace Award, an international honor recognizing his leadership in the realm of responsible business. Will is a serial entrepreneur, veteran educator and experienced venture investor. He currently serves as Senior Advisor to Generation Investment Management, a global investment management partnership chaired by Vice President Al Gore.
Most notable of his many entrepreneurial endeavors, Will was founding CEO of The Republic of Tea, the company that started a tea revolution (1992) and created the premium tea category in the United States.
Marcus Schögel University of St.GallenMarcus Schögel
Prof. Dr. Marcus Schögel is Executive Director of the Institute of Marketing at the University of St.Gallen (IfM-HSG). Among specialists, he is known as the expert from Berlin concerning Customer Centricity, Digital Marketing and the Development of successful Go-to-market Strategies.
He has completed several projects in cooperation with international partner companies such as BMW Group, Google, Bayer Crop Science, FRANKE, Procter&Gamble, Coop, Mobiliar, Swiss Life, Graubündner Kantonalbank, Deutsche Entwicklungsgesellschaft, McKinsey & Company, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young. In his projects he develops approaches for a sustainable implementation of innovative and customer-centric business strategies.
Mel Torrie CEO, Autonomous SolutionsMel Torrie
Mr. Torrie has a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Utah State University and is founder and CEO of Autonomous Solutions Inc. (ASI) in Logan, Utah. ASI develops and sells systems for driverless ground vehicle control in Mining, Military, Agriculture, Material Handling, Automotive Proving Grounds, Industrial Cleaning and Security. Prior to founding ASI 17 years ago, Mr. Torrie worked at Utah State University where he managed two NASA Space Shuttle payloads. Mel is a sought after speaker in the robotics community and has delivered addresses at conference events such as the Precision Farming Expo, RoboBusiness, The Canadian Institute of Mining, Optimizing Mining Operations, Robotics Alley, and Rise Hong Kong.
Arij van Berkel Ph.D. , Research Director, Lux Research B.V.Arij van Berkel
Arij van Berkel joined Lux in the Amsterdam office in 2015 and currently oversees the Energy and Water Intelligence practices. He and his team provide strategic insights in the rapidly changing landscape of energy supply to mobility, residences and industry. Prior to joining Lux Research, Arij worked for Shell and TNO, the public research and technology organization of The Netherlands. At Shell, he conducted research into process safety and combustion. At TNO he worked on a variety of topics including food preservation, emission reduction and biomass conversion. Just before joining Lux, Arij held the position of Director Chemical Industry at TNO, responsible for all projects and interactions with the Dutch and EU governments related to the chemical industry.
Arij obtained an MSc. degree in mechanical engineering from Twente University and a Ph.D. from Eindhoven University.
Marc van Gerwen Former Business Director, Dow Pharma & Food SolutionsMarc van Gerwen
Marc van Gerwen until recently was leading Dow’s worldwide pharma & food ingredients business out of its EMEA HQ near Zürich. In that role he has been driving innovation success for formulations in rapidly growing “free-from” food industry segments, especially gluten free and vegetarian meals. Prior to leading the pharma & food ingredients business, Marc headed up Dow’s worldwide microbial control business' commercial organisation, which focusses on avoiding fouling in energy, water and consumer products. Before joining Dow through the acquisition of Rohm and Haas, he worked in M&A and strategy, and in business roles in Chemtura (now Lanxess) and Akzo Nobel. Marc has a dual degree in Organic Chemistry and Public Relations from the University of Utrecht, and has completed the Private Equity programme of the Oxford Saïd School of Business.
Simon Wüthrich Senior Communications Manager, webrepublicSimon Wüthrich
As Webrepublic's head of Marcom Simon ensures that marketers and CEOs alike understand the value proposition the iab «Agency of the Year 2017» has on offer. To get his message out there he tries to find the right balance between solid strategic planning and execution as well as an agile approach that allows him to react quickly to the trends of the ever-changing field of digital marketing. Before joining Webrepublic, he worked with FREITAG in online communications and made sure that the company’s vision, mission, and products were adapted properly to the online world. During his studies, Simon worked as editor-in-chief of the blog startwerk.ch, covering the Swiss startup scene; he holds an MA in History and Philosophy of UZH and a CAS in Brand Leadership of HWZ. In his spare time, Simon likes to cycle (on-road and off), practice Karate, and learn Chinese.
Richard Youngman CEO, CTG (Cleantech Group)Richard Youngman
Since January 2016, Richard Youngman has been CEO of San-Francisco based Cleantech Group (CTG). This followed 7 years of driving the growth of CTG’s activities outside North America, especially in Europe and Israel, and Asia, based in CTG’s office in London.
Richard has more than eight years experience researching cleantech innovation, venture capital markets, and start-ups across Europe and globally. He is a regular keynote speaker at major cleantech events and is the driving force behind the annual Global Cleantech 100, a list of the world’s most promising private cleantech companies.
Richard has an MA from Cambridge University, and an MBA from Theseus International Management Institute, Sophia Antipolis, France.
Susan Kish Energy Venture ForumSusan Kish
Susan Kish is currently the Executive-in-Residence at Excel Venture Management in Boston. Most recently, Susan established the Cross Platform Initiatives team at Bloomberg LP. She was responsible for a portfolio of mandates to innovate and integrate across the media, data and analytical platforms. Projects included launching the first data-driven integrated media franchise, the Year Ahead, and incubating Bloomberg’s award-winning data visualization team.
Susan joined Bloomberg through their acquisition of New Energy Finance (BNEF), where she was Director of Knowledge Services, leading strategic marketing programs. She initiated the BNEF Future of Energy Summit in 2008, which she continues to moderate for Bloomberg.
Prior to Bloomberg and BNEF, Susan was an entrepreneur, founding First Tuesday Zurich in 1999. The business think tank connected start-ups and investors, convened and supported thought leader networks in sustainable energy, data security, emerging technologies, and private banking. After First Tuesday Zurich was acquired in 2006 by the professional online network XING, she established XING’s consulting and advisory business.
Susan started her career as a banker at UBS and Chase. At UBS, she built credit businesses in the commodity, brokerage and municipal finance sectors before moving from New York to Zurich as Global Functional Head of Structured Finance, and as a member of the Global Credit Risk Committee.
She is active as a board member and advisor, including to the Energy Venture Forum, the Foundation Center, InsideClimate News and SwissNex, the science innovative consulate programme. Susan graduated from Harvard with honours in History of Science, and lives with her family outside Boston, US.
Gina Domanig President of the European Venture Fair AssociationGina Domanig
Gina Domanig is the Managing Partner of Emerald Technology Ventures. In 2000 she founded the business as the first independent cleantech venture capital fund in Europe. Gina currently serves on the boards of Elcomax GmbH, Ushr Inc. (former GeoDigital International Inc.), MetGen Oy, Powerhouse Dynamics Inc., SDCmaterials Inc. and TaKaDu Inc. In additional to Emerald activities, Gina served on the board of DieMobiliar and u-blox AG.
Gina has over 25 years of international business experience including banking, M&A, strategic development and venture capital. Prior to starting Emerald, she was senior vice president at Sulzer, a Swiss multinational, responsible for strategic planning and M&A.