Keynotes and Remarks

  • Michael Liebreich
    Michael Liebreich Chairman and CEO, Liebreich Associates
    Michael Liebreich

    Michael Liebreich is Chairman and CEO of Liebreich Associates, but he is perhaps best known as Founder and Senior Contributor to Bloomberg New Energy Finance – the world’s leading provider of information and research on clean energy and transport. He is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College, and a member of the UK Department for International Trade’s Capital Investment Advisory Board. 

    Until recently he was a long-standing board member of Transport for London and a member of the high-level group for the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative. 

    Michael serves on too many advisory boards to name, he is a prolific speaker and writer, and is known to make the occasional angel investment and finally, he also skied for Great Britain at the 1992 Albertville Olympics. 

  • Damien Sauer
    Damien Sauer Head of EMEA, Nomura Greentech
    Damien Sauer

    Damien Sauer, based in Zürich, heads the Europeanoperations of Nomura Greentech, advising leading IOCs, Utilities, Industrial Groupsand Disruptive Companies on M&A and capital raising assignments.He brings to our clients over 20years of transaction experience driven by value creation.In the last few years, Mr. Sauer has completed more than 25deals in renewable and energy efficiency sectors.Drawing upon his true understanding of corporate internal dynamics, he focuses on anticipating his clients’ needs.

    Mr. Sauer joined Greentech Capital Advisors from AREVA, where he was Head of M&A.He was instrumental in expanding AREVA’s product portfolio and geographical footprint by executing acquisitions and joint ventures with European, US, Asian, and South Americanpartners.

    Before being promoted to Head of M&A, Mr. Sauer was Senior M&A Manager at AREVA’s Transmission and Distribution division, in charge of implementing top management’s external growth program and divesting non core activities.He also supported business units in the preparation of integration and carve-out plans.

    Prior to AREVA, Mr. Sauer co-founded the M&A department of MGT, a French leading boutique advisory firm focused on high growth companies, where he sourced and executed a variety of strategic M&A transactions for private equity firms.

    Mr. Sauer began his career at Deloitte & Touche, where he carried out financial audit assignments for large French corporations.He then joined the business valuation practice within the Corporate Finance Division.

    Mr. Sauer holds an MBA from the London Business School and a Master’s Degree in Finance and Accounting as well as a Bachelor in Mathematics from the University of Paris Dauphine.

  • Susan Kish
    Susan Kish Conference Moderator and Executive Committee Member, Energy Venture Forum
    Susan Kish

    At the forefront of the global climate change movement, Susan is a catalyst for change and creating a positive environmental impact. Susan is a seasoned business executive, entrepreneur, director and marketer, working at the intersection of sustainability, disruptive technologies and the evolving energy system. A facilitator, moderator and public speaker, Susan connects people and innovative ideas with a focus on driving change at industries in transition.

    As the VP Strategic Marketing / Chief Marketing Officer at the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), Susan worked to accelerate collective impact around the climate crisis. Through her work at IHS Markit, she launched the Innovation Agora @ CERAWeek, bringing together innovative technologies and the challenges of the energy transition. Susan drove new products, services and thought leadership at New Energy Finance (NEF), later purchased by Bloomberg. At NEF, she launched the Bloomberg Future of Energy Summit which are today a series of 6 summits held across the year and around the globe.

  • Carsten Bartholl
    Carsten Bartholl Partner, Energy & Infrastructure, Taylor Wessing
    Carsten Bartholl

    Carsten heads up the Energy Industry Group of Taylor Wessing in Germany. Based on his experience from over 100 national and international M&A transactions, Carsten is one of the leading experts in this area, particularly, for projects in the area of renewable energies and for investments in technologies to avoid and reduce CO2 emissions.

  • Markus Böhme
    Markus Böhme Salary Partner, Taylor Wessing
    Markus Böhme

    Markus is a sought-after legal expert in the national and international energy industry. Clients value his advice on regulatory issues in the light of the liberalised energy market.

    Markus advises on M&A transactions and on the entire field of energy supply (gas, electricity, local and district heating as well as renewable energies).

  • Alex Joss
    Alex Joss Technology & Innovation Lead, COP26
    Alex Joss

    Alex Joss is the Lead for Technology and Innovation with the UNFCCC Climate Champions team for COP26. His role sees him leading on venture investing, commodity and carbon markets, cryptocurrencies, and novel carbon removal solutions.

    Previously, he spent five years at McKinsey & Company, before joining a rapidly growing AI business as Chief of Staff, helping close their $70m series D.

Roundtable - Partnering with Startups

  • Ivan Ostojic
    Ivan Ostojic Partner, McKinsey
    Ivan Ostojic

    Ivan is a Partner with McKinsey and Company with passion and leadership roles in technology and innovation-led growth. Ivan is an action officer for McKinsey’s Global Technology Council, leader of McKinsey's EMEA Innovation practice and leader in McKinsey's new business building practice (Leap).

    Ivan advises clients across a variety of industry sectors, with specific focus on tech-driven industries such as Pharmaceutical, biotech, life sciences, healthcare, high tech, chemical, energy, advanced industries.

    Ivan areas of expertise include business model and technology-driven innovation (e.g. analytics, digital solutions, new technologies) throughout the value chain from research to early commercialization.

    Ivan holds a Ph.D. in Lifescience and a Master in Management, Technology & Economics from ETH.

  • Thierry Duvanel
    Thierry Duvanel Director of Collaborative Innovation, Bühler Group
    Thierry Duvanel

    Thierry is Director of Collaborative Innovation for the Buhler Group, managing the front-end innovation activities and overseeing the scouting and engagement with startups for the group. Before joining Buhler Thierry led MassChallenge Switzerland, the European branch of the leading global startup accelerator. The program runs today with over 1’500 yearly applications from startups from all around the world and provides support to 100 each year. Prior to MassChallenge, Thierry co-founded two companies active in software development and medical devices respectively, which brought him to work and live in the US, UK and South Korea. 

    Thierry holds a MS and BS on electrical engineering from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. 

  • Jeff Way
    Jeff Way Practice Partner for Supply Chain Innovation, Pilot44
    Jeff Way

    Jeff leads the Supply Chain Innovation Practice at Pilot44, partnering with corporates & global startup ecosystems to identify, curate, and pilot emerging technology solutions to deliver innovative supply chain capabilities with a focus on technology scalability, industrialization, and commercialization outcomes. Investing in innovation is now table stakes for companies to ensure long term success, particularly when innovation is driven in parallel to Digital Transformation strategies - a topic currently at top of mind for corporate leaders across industries & functions. 

  • Louise Muhdi
    Louise Muhdi Professor of Innovation and Strategy, IMD
    Louise Muhdi

    Dr. Muhdi is passionate about innovation management, entrepreneurship, strategy, business transformation, organizational culture, sustainability and leadership. 

    Thanks to her extensive research, teaching and experience as an executive working across a number of sectors, she has a truly holistic understanding of business ecosystems, dynamics, drivers and challenges as well as customer, partner and stakeholder requirements and needs. 

    Her unique career path has spanned the fields of research (life sciences and management), management, consulting, and leadership roles with extensive experience in fragrances and flavor manufacturing, family office advisory, and the pharmaceutical industry. She has led global cross-functional leadership teams and has worked with and advised influential thought leaders as well as members of corporate executive committees and boards of directors.  

    Prior to joining IMD, Dr. Muhdi was the Head of Innovation Strategy and Portfolio - Global Science and Technology (GST) at Givaudan International SA in Switzerland, where she led the development of the global innovation strategy and leading strategic initiatives across the organization.  

    An influential figure on the Swiss startup scene, she is an active member of the VentureKick jury where she contributes to selecting and supporting Swiss science-based technology startups. 

    Dr. Muhdi is the Director of the IMD BOOSTR Program, contributes to IMD offerings and works extensively on a number of custom programs with leading organizations from across the globe. Additionally, she is an active, engaging and thought provoking public speaker, author and consultant. 

Electric Vehicles - When and where to change

  • Rami Syväri
    Rami Syväri Head of Mobility, Energie360
    Rami Syväri

    Driven by his ambition to advance sustainability as one of his main values, Rami Syväri combines extensive experience in corporate venture building as well as business internationalization. He strives to live a modern leadership approach and cultivates progressive organizational structures.

    Rami grew up in Finland and Germany and is a father of two boys. Succeeding his studies in foreign trade and marketing he joined Mäkitorppa, the leading Finnish mobile phone retail chain where he participated in its expansion to Germany heading sales. Subsequently to an internal change, he participated at the successful turnaround of the telecom network provider. After his return to Finland he joined E.ON Finland as Sales Manager heading the B2B sales of the electricity division. Following the acquisition by Fortum, Rami has been working with new business and was Head of International Sales & Business Development at Fortum Charge & Drive, the leading charging operator in the Nordics.  As Vice President, he has been responsible for the company’s e-mobility business and its international expansion, initiating market activities in India among others.

    Rami then moved to Switzerland and joined Alpiq, where he has been responsible for the swiss e-mobility operations before assuming his current position as Head of Mobility at Energie 360° in 2019. The Energie 360° mobility group provides a unique offering on the market for the creation and implementation of innovative solutions across the whole e-mobility charging solutions value chain. Since 2015, Rami has been a member of several boards in the E-mobility industry, currently as chairman of the board at swisscharge.ch, GOFAST and Protoscar.

  • Florian Nägele
    Florian Nägele Partner, McKinsey & Company
    Florian Nägele

    Florian Nägele is a Partner in McKinsey’s Zurich Office. Since joining the firm in 2010, he has been serving clients in the automotive, industrial and high tech sector. Florian founded and leads McKinsey’s EV Charging Infrastructure group and is a core member of the Advanced Industries and Product Development practices.

    He works intensively with OEMs, suppliers and technology ventures. Besides his industry focus, he has experience in strategy, operations, technology development and large scale performance transformations.

  • Joseph Gottlieb
    Joseph Gottlieb CTO & Founder, Rhombus Energy Solutions
    Joseph Gottlieb

    Joseph Gottlieb is the Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Rhombus Energy Solutions. Prior to Rhombus, Joseph held executive and senior engineering and technology positions at Rockwell, Flux Power, Raytheon, Fairchild, Conexant, and Cymer.

    He has 28 years of embedded and control system product development experience, and is an expert in battery and battery management system technologies. Joseph holds a BSEE and an MSEE from Northern Illinois University, and has five patents to his name

Practical steps towards a Circular Economy

  • Tara Hemmer
    Tara Hemmer Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, WM
    Tara Hemmer

    As the Chief Sustainability Officer for Waste Management, Tara Hemmer is responsible for growing sustainable service offerings, including recycling, renewable energy and organics. In addition, she oversees all environmental, social impact and governance initiatives.

    She was previously Senior Vice President, Field Operations for the southern part of North America, including oversight of collection, disposal, recycling and landfills. Tara graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

  • Shruti George
    Shruti George Senior Director, Strategic Innovation Platforms at Avery Dennison
    Shruti George

    Following nearly a decade-long international career with McKinsey, Shruti joined Avery Dennison in 2017 where she has worked in different strategic and business roles already.  

    She currently works at the intersection of innovation and sustainability in material science and digital solutions, driving long term disruption to achieve a net zero value chain in labels and packaging 

  • Jing Li
    Jing Li Global Digital Product Manager, Tetrapak
    Jing Li

    Jing Li is the global digital product manager at Tetra Pak, based in Sweden. Together with the team, he contributed extensively to building up Tetra Pak's connected package and other digital solutions. He also worked on Tetra Pak's 2030 strategy with a focus on digitalized supply chain, rapid innovation and eco-system.  

    Prior to Tetra Pak, Jing obtained broad experience within strategy, digitalization, M&A, product development and project management from the automotive industry (SAAB Automobile|NEVS) and digital tech industry (Ericsson, SONY Mobile, Alcatel-Lucent|Nokia). He is passionate about innovation, digitalization and sustainability.  

    Jing Li also has startup experience, both as co-founder at a smart wearable startup as well as an advisory board member for Swedish electrical vehicle and mobility startups. He also serves as a strategic advisor for SCCC (Malmö) - Swedish Chinese Chamber of Commerce.  

    Jing Li holds a double Master's Degree both in Business and Digital Technology from Lund University Business School and Chalmer University of Technology in Sweden. 

  • Sophie Rouzeau
    Sophie Rouzeau Global Head of Plastic Circularity, Givaudan
    Sophie Rouzeau

    With a PhD in polymer recycling and biomaterials (Univ. Lyon 2004), Sophie has focused her entire professional career on the circularization of plastics & polymers. She managed the recycling and sustainability of technical textiles at Serge Ferrari and was then Head of Recycling, Biomaterials & Eco-circular Sourcing at Danone for more than a decade when she moved earlier this year to Givaudan's sustainability leadership team as Global Head of Plastic Circularity. 

Digitals Role in Decarbonization

  • Carmen Sprus
    Carmen Sprus Client Senior Associate, EYCarbon & Smart Cities
    Carmen Sprus

    Carmen is an experienced senior associate within the Swiss EYCarbon team and PhD candidate at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) with prior project work in the public sector (Swiss National Bank, Swiss Economic Institute) and sustainability transformation consulting cumulating 6 years of professional work experience in Switzerland, Germany and China.

    As an engaged project manager at Ernst & Young (EY) and HSG Carmen combines  academia and business practice on the intersection of green hydrogen, sustainable / circular business models and smart cities. 

    Carmen studied Economics at the University of Zurich (UZH) and Fudan University in Shanghai, and graduated magna cum laude.

  • Claire Curry
    Claire Curry Head of Technology & Innovation, BloombergNEF
    Claire Curry

    Claire leads the technology & innovation research at BloombergNEF, a strategic research group specializing in covering markets and technologies driving the transition to a low-carbon economy. In this role, Claire oversees BNEF’s coverage of industrial digitalization, and the development of early-stage climate-technology. The work covers the application of technology to the energy and commodity sectors, the capital flow that enables them, and the company innovation strategies emerging around them. Claire’s team manages the BNEF Pioneers program, an annual climate-tech innovation competition.

    Claire has held previous roles at BNEF as the head of Digital Industry, the battery and fuel cell analyst for the Advanced Transport team and the next-generation biofuels and chems analyst within the Bioenergy team. Claire was also head of the Applied Research work at BNEF. She regularly presents at conferences, publishes research notes and helps clients navigate the world of start-ups, strategy and technology platforms. Claire holds an MSc from Imperial College’s Sustainable Energy Engineering and a Chemistry BSc from Durham University.