James started his career working for Pilkington Optronics based in North Wales were he undertook a number of roles in the production of electro-optical assemblies and products for the aerospace, defence and space sectors. After 10 years he moved to GEC Marconi which then became BAE Systems following the merger with British Aerospace and responsibilities included a number of business management, strategy and technology roles in the BAE Systems Avionics group. In 2004 he was appointed as managing director of the Advanced Technology Centres in the UK responsible for the development of new and innovative collaborative approaches to technology development and acquisition programmes as well as being responsible for the leadership of the BAE Systems corporate technology programme. James joined The University of Manchester as Business Director Graphene in 2014 were he is developing the industrial partnerships and collaborations to accelerate the commercialisation opportunities for graphene, building on the knowledge base of The University of Manchester.
Nathaniel Bullard is Global Head of Executive Insights at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. He is responsible for executive-level engagements across sectors and geographies. His previous specialties include solar energy and new financial mechanisms for distributed energy deployment.
Nat is based in Washington DC, returning to the US east coast after four years in Hong Kong and before that, San Francisco. He has been with BNEF for a decade, joining New Energy Finance since before its acquisition by Bloomberg in 2009. Nat has been cited in The Economist, The New York Times, Technology Review, and Scientific American. He is a frequent contributor to Bloomberg Television feature programming on energy and technology.
Terry Chuah is the Founder and CEO of TheCareerLifeCycle LLC. He is also Special Advisor to the CEO of Envision Energy and provides strategic support in the company’s focus on the Energy Internet.
Terry was previously Senior Client Partner with Korn Ferry in San Francisco. He brings 20 years of executive search experience at the most senior levels in North America, Australia, Asia and Europe, having previously worked at Heidrick & Struggles and, prior to that, Russell Reynolds Associates.
Terry has worked extensively in energy technology, hitech as well as in the industrial resources and manufacturing sectors. In addition to having handled a broad range of assignments for global corporate clients, Terry has deep experience working with early stage venture-backed and mid-sized private equity-backed companies. Previously, Terry founded and ran a successful boutique executive search firm in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to that, Terry spent 12 years at BHP Billiton, Australia's largest industrial resources company.
Terry combines his executive search and corporate management experience with talent assessment and leadership development. He graduated from the University of New South Wales in Australia with a Master and Bachelor of Commerce.
He has completed the ECI - External Coach Intensive - as part of the Coaching Certification Program at Columbia University. Terry is also certified in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Korn Ferry's viaEdge psychometric which assesses leadership potential as well as the Hogan Assessment.
Dr. Robert Emmerling is a leading expert in the assessment and development of competencies that are predictive of entrepreneurial and leadership effectiveness. Dr. Emmerling has led the design and implementation of a research-based assessment centre for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial teams applying to the KIC InnoEnergy Business Incubators throughout Europe.
He is a visiting professor in the Department of People Management and Organisation at ESADE – Business School (Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain) and conducts applied research within the Leadership Development Research Centre (GLEAD) also at ESADE. In addition to his academic responsibilities he is also a principal consultant at Competency International a research and HR consulting group dedicated to the application of scientifically validated techniques to the management of human capital.
Claude Fussler received the Cleantech Pioneer Award in 2006 for his work and experience in business processes for eco-efficiency and innovation. He is author of Driving Eco-Innovation: A Breakthrough Discipline for Innovation and Sustainability (Financial Times/Prentice Hall, 1997). He produced Walking the Talk:The Business Case for Sustainable Development (Berrett-Koehler, 2002), in which prominent business executives demonstrate the opportunities and responsibilities in globalization.
He studied chemical engineering at École supérieure de chimie physique électronique de Lyon (CPE Lyon), France where he founded the bi-annual Forum on Large-Volume CO2 chemical revalorization that gathers scientists, investors, entrepreneurs and policy makers concerned with innovative pathways to conserve CO2 in the economy.
He worked for The Dow Chemical Company for over 30 years on a number of international business assignments until 2001. He has contributed to numerous strategic dialogs between high-level stakeholders and corporations including Kimberley-Clark, Holcim, Alcatel-Lucent, British Telecom, the French Pharma producers and Eurometaux.
Claude Fussler was a member of the Board from the inception of the Management Board of the Holcim Foundation in 2003 until 2009, and a member of the Global Holcim Awards jury in 2006
Peter Hellich advises clients on all aspects of corporate law and specialises in national and cross-border M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions, including public takeovers. His main focus is on technology-driven industries, including the renewable energy and clean tech sector. He has broad experience in transaction management.
Peter studied law at the universities of Bonn, Munich and Regensburg, and wrote his doctoral thesis on European and German antitrust law. He was admitted to the bar in January 1997 and initially worked in the Düsseldorf office of Clifford Chance. He joined Taylor Wessing as a partner in 2002 and has headed the Corporate practice area from November 2007 until March 2013.
Peter is a member of the German-American Lawyers’ Association and an associate lecturer at the Institute of Civil Law, Commercial Law and Economic Law of the University of Cologne, where he lectures on corporate law, M&A, private equity and venture capital. Since 2006, Peter has been a special limited partner of SAM Private Equity Sustainability Fund II LP. He is author of numerous articles and co-author of the handbook "Mezzanine Finanzierungsinstrumente" published in April 2004 (1st edition) and in April 2007 (2nd edition) and co-author of the handbook “Private Equity” published by C.H. Beck Verlag in 2010.
Felicity leads on energy storage at Everoze, a fast-growing technical and commercial energy consultancy specialising in renewables and storage. Everoze’s storage team provides due diligence, feasibility and market entry support to the storage sector. Prior to joining Everoze, Felicity served as chair of the World Energy Council storage knowledge network. Felicity brings a global perspective, having lived and worked on energy strategy projects in the UK, Singapore, Norway and the Netherlands. She holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics from Oxford and MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College.
Casey Kuhlman is the cofounder and CEO of Eris Industries which is building a platform for smart contracts and legal applications of blockchain technology. Prior to cofounding Eris Industries, Casey was the head of legal information systems at the US Open Data Institute. A lawyer and international development practitioner for nearly a decade, Casey has worked extensively in the Horn of Africa, including cofounding the first law firm in Somaliland which he was the Managing Partner of for over four years. Casey has also been a New York Times bestselling author, an infantry officer in the Marines, and an avid participant in open source software development.
ADVISORY BOARD CHAIRMAN AND FOUNDER - BLOOMBERG NEW ENERGY FINANCE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
INDEPENDENT INVESTOR/BOARD MEMBER IN A PORTFOLIO OF HIGH TECH COMPANIES
Bart is a veteran VC but first and foremost a seasoned and passionate entrepreneur. He is renowned for his relentless drive to internationalize companies and help them become successful beyond Europe by conquering the US or Asia. A Dutch native, he has worked in many geographies including Norway, France, South Africa, the UK and Germany.
Currently Bart is an independent investor/board member in a portfolio of High Tech companies. He focuses on three sectors in particular; sustainable energy, semiconductors and deep IP software. Before that he has been a General Partner at Wellington from 2000 to 2015 and played a significant role in building Wellington from a €50M fund in 1999 to a well established player in the European VC market with some €800M of assets under management.
Over the past 2 decades, Bart has invested and been an active board member in an impressive collection of High Tech companies located in Europe and the US. Many have already made the successful leap to the US or are successfully opening up new foreign markets. Investments include Navteq (NASDAQ IPO in 2004: NVT; sold to Nokia in 2007), Meiosys (sold to IBM in 2005), Nawotec (sold to Carl Zeiss in 2005), Q-Layer (sold to Sun Microsystems in 2009), Elcomax, Cavendish Kinetics and GLO.
Prior to the past 18 years which he has spent as an investor and board member in High Tech companies, Bart co-founded three companies including the MRI Centre, now a highly successful chain of private medical diagnostic clinics. He also set up and acted as CEO for ePearle, a pan-European B2B eCommerce start-up.
Bart started his career as a process control system and project engineer with Shell in Norway and then worked at McKinsey, both in the Netherlands and South Africa.
Bart holds an MSc in Applied Physics from Twente University of Technology in the Netherlands and an MBA (with distinction) from INSEAD in France.
Massimo Muzzi is an experienced international business development manager, passionate by automation as an opportunity to make the world a better place.
A graduate from Politecnico di Milano and ENSTA ParisTech in electronics engineering, he has worked with industrial conglomerates in France, Holland, Russia and Switzerland.
Massimo joined ABB in 2008 in the Corporate Strategy team and continued his career in the Corporate Finance team where he contributed to the long list of ABB’s recent investments.
Since 2013 he is the Head of Business Development for the ABB Robotics business unit and has closed 2 acquisitions and several investments in robotics related ventures.
Since 2016 he is a Board Director of Cambridge Medical Robotics, an innovative UK startup aiming at democratising Minimal Access Surgery leveraging robotics technology.
He is also a graduate from the St. Gallen MBA where he has served as a Board Member of the Alumni organization for several years.
Anders Rebsdorf is the director of the Global Innovations Centre for Envision Energy, one of the biggest wind turbine manufacturers in China today.
Energy and in particular wind energy has always played a large part in Ander’s life. From when he as a young man built a 3 kW turbine on his parent’s farm through his active working life being employed by world leaders within the energy field such as Vestas, Gamesa, Dong Energy until today Envision Energy.
He graduated from Aalborg University with an MSc in Electrical Engineering and holds several patents for innovative solutions for the control and protection of wind turbines.
Jeannine Sargent is President of Innovation and New Ventures at Flex (NASDAQ: FLEX). Flex is a leading sketch-to-scale™ solutions company that designs and builds intelligent products for a connected world. With more than 200,000 professionals across 30 countries and a promise to help make the world Live Smarter™, the company provides innovative design, engineering, manufacturing, real-time supply chain insight and logistics services to companies of all sizes in various industries and end-markets.
In her current role, Ms. Sargent is responsible for worldwide innovation activities including innovation labs, global design & engineering, launching new product businesses, the Lab IX tech accelerator, and new venture investments for Flex. Ms. Sargent brings over 25 years of international P&L operating management, M&A and business strategy experience across several emerging technology industries including the Internet of Things, semiconductor, software, energy, and electronics design & manufacturing. She has successfully built and scaled venture-backed and public high-tech companies in growth markets and launched multiple disruptive hardware and software products during her career.
Peter Sigenstam is Vice President and Head of E.ON Innovation Centre Distribution with a global responsibility to drive the technology & business innovation of the E.ON Distribution business into the Smart New Energy world.
In earlier roles within E.ON he has been responsible for the E.ON’s Smart Grid strategy and its implementation through e.g. pilot projects and smart metering roll-outs. Additionally he has been responsible of E.ON’s Infrastructure Strategy covering both power and gas transmission and distribution as well as gas storage across all of E.ON’s market units and deliver recommendations for a continuous optimization of the portfolio.
Simon Waddington graduated from Brunel University in 1986 with a BSc. (Hons.) in Material Science and Polymer Chemistry.
He began his career as a chemist in the polyurethane coatings industry and then moved to Switzerland in 1989 to join Dow Europe (Polyurethanes) as a Technical Service and Development Engineer for flexible foams. This was followed by various technical roles within Dow for the CASE market before he transitioned to a commercial function responsible for the marketing of Dow`s polyurethane raw materials and systems for CASE application. He spent two years as Marketing Manager for the slabstock foam market before returning to the CASE market as a Business Development Manager.
In 2013 he joined Novomer Inc as the European Market Development Manager responsible for the introduction and sales growth of Novomer CO2-based polyols in Europe.
Felix Wortmann is assistant professor at the Institute of Technology Management, University of St. Gallen (HSG) and the scientific director of the Bosch Internet of Things Lab. His research interests include Internet of Things, Big Data and Behavioral Economics. Before that, he worked as an assistant to the executive board of SAP. Felix Wortmann received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Information Systems from the University of Muenster, Germany, and a PhD in Management from the University of St. Gallen.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER, ENERGY VENTURE FORUM
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.