Speakers

  • Markus Bachmeier
    Markus Bachmeier Head of Hydrogen Solutions, Linde Hydrogen FuelTech
    Markus Bachmeier

    Markus Bachmeier works in Linde’s Engineering division and is the Head of Hydrogen Solutions.
    Following military service in the Alpine and Airborne Divisions, Mr. Bachmeier worked at the Boston Consulting Group in Dusseldorf and Munich as a Consultant and Project Manager, working with clients in the automotive, industrial goods, and durable consumer goods industries. Mr. Bachmeier also worked in sales, marketing, and after sales at BMW AG in Munich, Germany, and Birmingham, UK. Since 2008, he has been employed by Linde AG and is responsible for Hydrogen Solutions.

    Mr. Bachmeier received a diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Technical University Munich, Germany, and an MBA degree from INSEAD in France.

  • Anders Berger
    Anders Berger Director of Public Affairs, Volvo Group
    Anders Berger

    Dr. Anders Berger, Director Public Affairs, is a transport solution specialist at the Volvo Group headquarter focusing transport effectiveness concepts and total customer solutions related to the environmental and efficiency challenges of the road transport system. He contributes extensively in setting the national and international research agendas and roadmaps. With a coordinating role across the Volvo Group truck and bus brands, he extensively engages in the public discourse in the areas of transport efficiency, e-mobility, automation and connectivity. Anders holds a Ph.D from Chalmers University of Technology.

  • Paddy Padmanathan
    Paddy Padmanathan CEO, ACWA Power
    Paddy Padmanathan

    Paddy Padmanathan, a Civil Engineering graduate of the University of Manchester with over 40 years of experience, has served ACWA Power from 2005 as this Saudi Arabian company focused on reliably delivering electricity and desalinated water at the lowest possible cost, grew from a start-up, to now operating in 13 countries with a portfolio of assets of an investment value in excess of USD 50 billion that can generate 34+ GW of power and produce 5.9 million m3 /day of desalinated water delivered on a bulk basis to credit worthy off-takers on long term contracts.

    With considerable experience in developing infrastructure in two dozen countries, Paddy Padmanathan is implementing a strategy of not seeking to market price the generated electricity or produced potable water but to focus on minimizing cost and recovering a reasonable risk reflective return, which has consolidated ACWA Power’s reputation for driving down the cost of renewable energy and desalinated water and setting ever lower tariff bench marks.

    Utilizing the long term investor mind-set of the company, Paddy Padmanathan has shaped the ACWA Power’s business model to not only drive the acceleration of the decarbonisation of the power and desal water sectors but also to promoting localisation of technology and industrialisation of the emerging economies in which it invests on the back of implementing such investments and in developing local communities within which the facilities are located.

    In addition to his leadership role at ACWA Power, Mr. Padmanathan serves on the Board of Directors of several power and water service providing companies including Desolenator BV, a start-up that is developing solutions to address the potable water supply challenge to serve the 800+ million people who currently lack access to potable water and X-Links Ltd, another start-up working on establishing the feasibility of a 4000+ Km under sea direct power cable between Morocco and United Kingdom to supply renewable energy at cost competitive tariff.

  • Wolfgang Falter
    Wolfgang Falter Global Chemical Lead, Deloitte Consulting
    Wolfgang Falter

    Wolfgang specializes on Sustainable Solutions for companies, investors and Governments. He helps to manage risks, capture opportunities, transform operations and drive growth in a low carbon, sustainable economy. After serving as an application technology manager for the beverage industry at Henkel, Wolfgang spent more than 15 years with Roland Berger, where he was an equity partner and leader of the global chemicals and oil practice. He created this practice and successfully developed it internationally, not only in Western Europe, but also in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Before joining Deloitte, Wolfgang was leading the Oil, Gas & Chemicals practice in EMEA at AlixPartners as a Managing Director for more than 9 years. At Deloitte Wolfgang is heading the global Chemicals as well as Oil, Gas and Chemicals activities in Central Europe and Sustainable Solutions activities of Deloitte in Germany.

    Wolfgang studied chemistry in Germany (RWTH, Aachen) and the US (University of Kansas, Lawrence) and business administration in France (INSEAD, Fontainebleau) and the US (Harvard Business School, Cambridge). He teaches twice a year at INSEAD and is an author of various publications and a regular guest speaker of conferences and conventions.
     

  • Stefan-Jörg Göbel
    Stefan-Jörg Göbel Senior Vice President, Statkraft
    Stefan-Jörg Göbel

    Stefan Göbel is heading STATKRAFT’S activities in continental Europe to become a leading renewable developer by 2025.  

    Between 2008 and 2018 he led STATKRAFT’s Trading & Origination activities outside the Nordics and built up its German market access and PPA business to market leadership.

    Until November 2001 he worked for ENRON in Frankfurt and London.

    Stefan loves competitive markets, classical theatre and time off.

  • Tom Edwards
    Tom Edwards Senior Modeller, Cornwall Insight
    Tom Edwards

    Tom is a senior modeller at Cornwall Insight with an interest in wholesale electricity market design, balancing services and network optimisation. Tom has helped deliver the Cornwall  Insight Ireland, GB and EU power market and capacity models, as well as business models for energy storage and renewables generators.

    Tom has been involved in industry change projects since 2012, including the Electricity Balancing Significant Code Review, Project TERRE, Network Access & Forwards Looking Charges Review and the Balancing Services Use of System Charge Task Force. Tom has been an elected member of the BSC panel since 2016.

    You can follow Tom on Twitter @NotionalGrid

  • David Trevithick
    David Trevithick Principal Analyst, Delta-EE
    David Trevithick

    David is a digital energy customer expert with both energy retailer and research consultancy experience. At Delta-EE he manages the Energy Insights + service, which helps its clients navigate this complex and dynamic area to become more customer-centric. He is focused on helping energy businesses identify how customer understanding and data can drive positive change and value. David is a specialist in consumer insight and data, and its application to business intelligence, proposition development, customer experience and marketing strategy. He draws from experience in multiple sectors, including five years at Centrica as a consumer insight lead, adding significant value to customer and business alike.

  • Rowan Hooper
    Rowan Hooper Managing Editor, News Scientist
    Rowan Hooper

    Rowan Hooper is a writer and senior editor at New Scientist magazine, and the host of the New Scientist Weekly podcast. He has a PhD in evolutionary biology and worked as a biologist in Japan for six years, before joining the Japan Times newspaper in Tokyo, and later taking up a fellowship at Trinity College Dublin. He has published two books in Japanese, and his work has appeared in The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Wired, and The Washington Post. He lives in London with his partner and two daughters. His popular science books include Superhuman (2018) and How to Spend a Trillion Dollars (2021).

  • Auke Ijspeert
    Auke Ijspeert Professor, EPFL
    Auke Ijspeert

    Auke Ijspeert is a professor at EPFL since 2002, and head of the Biorobotics Laboratory. He has a BSc/Msc in physics from EPFL (1995), a PhD in artificial intelligence from the University of Edinburgh (1999). His research interests are at the intersection between robotics, computational neuroscience, nonlinear dynamical systems and applied machine learning. He is interested in using numerical simulations and robots to gain a better understanding of animal locomotion, and in using inspiration from biology to design novel types of robots and controllers. He is also investigating how to assist persons with limited mobility using exoskeletons and assistive furniture.

  • Carlo Pinciroli
    Carlo Pinciroli Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Carlo Pinciroli

    Carlo Pinciroli is an assistant professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he leads NEST Lab. His research interests include multi-robot systems, swarm intelligence, and software engineering. Dr.

    Pinciroli published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and 2 book chapters, and edited 1 book. He is associate editor for the Swarm Intelligence journal and for the IROS and ICRA robotics conferences.

    Dr. Pinciroli was the recipient of several awards for research and teaching, including WPI’s Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education (2020) and an Amazon Research Award (2019).

  • Bertrand Piccard
    Bertrand Piccard Initiator and Chairman, Solar Impulse
    Bertrand Piccard

    One of the first to envision ecology through the lens of profitability, Bertrand Piccard is considered an influential voice on progress and sustainability. He actively speaks out against the absurdity of the outdated and polluting devices and systems our society is still using and promotes a qualitative growth that benefits both the environment and the economy. After his round-the-world solar flight, he is now selecting, through the Solar Impulse Foundation, 1000 efficient solutions that can protect the environment in a profitable way, to inspire more ambitious climate policies.

  • Levi Tillemann
    Levi Tillemann Lead, World Economic Forum
    Levi Tillemann

    Dr. Levi Tillemann has more than a decade of experience in automotive innovation and policy. He currently leads the World Economic Forum’s Circular Car Initiative and is a globally recognized expert on automobility.Previously Tillemann was a partner at the consulting group Valence Strategic where he was responsible for vehicle electrification, autonomous vehicles, and micromobility. He was also CEO of IRIS Engines, Inc. and holds numerous patents for the IRIS Engine design. Tillemann served in the Obama administration as an advisor to the Department of Energy and he publishes extensively on innovation and clean mobility. He is the author of The Great Race: The Global Quest for the Car of the Future (Simon and Schuster 2015), was a fellow at the Washington DC-based think tank New America. Dr. Tillemann writes for publications including WIRED and The New Yorker, and is also a regular guest on National Public Radio.Tillemann holds a BA from Yale, a PhD from Johns Hopkins, and speaks Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese.

  • Julia  Ling
    Julia Ling CTO, Citrine Informatics
    Julia Ling

    Dr. Julia Ling is the Chief Technology Officer at Citrine Informatics.  She received her Bachelors in Physics from Princeton University and her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.  She was a Harry S. Truman Fellow at Sandia National Labs, where her research focused on applying machine learning to turbulence modeling.  In her current role as CTO at Citrine, she leads the Engineering, Data Science, Data Engineering, and Security teams, and helps define Citrine’s technology strategy for transforming the chemicals and materials industries through data-driven innovation.

  • Michael  Liebreich
    Michael Liebreich Chairman & 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. 

  • Jacob Duer
    Jacob Duer President & CEO, Alliance to End Plastic Waste
    Jacob Duer

    Jacob Duer is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, a global non-profit organisation that brings together industry, government, civil society, development agencies and investors to help end plastic waste in the environment. The Alliance has nearly 50 member companies and supporters across the world’s leading organisations in the plastic value chain.

    Jacob leads the strategic visioning and direction of the Alliance that targets to invest $1.5 billion over five years to develop, accelerate and scale technologies and solutions focussing on integrated waste management systems, engaging communities and catalysing capital towards a circular economy.

    Jacob has more than 20 years of experience with the United Nations, focusing on chemicals and waste management, environment and sustainable development. Currently based in Singapore, he has lived and worked with the United Nations in Austria, Senegal, Kenya and Switzerland.

  • James Mawson
    James Mawson CEO, Mawsonia
    James Mawson

    James was editor of Private Equity News, part of Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal in London, for nearly four years until May, 2010 when he launched Global Corporate Venturing as an independent title from his own publishing company. This was followed by the launch of the second publication, Global University Venturing, in January 2012 to help students and faculty and academia more broadly launch or develop their entrepreneurial businesses and work with external peers. The company, Mawsonia’s, third title, Global Government Venturing, was launched in May 2014, and rebranded to Global Impact Venturing in February 2019.

  • Uwe Kruger
    Uwe Kruger Senior Managing Director, Temasek International
    Uwe Kruger

    Mr. Uwe Krueger joined Temasek in January 2018 and is currently Head, Industrials, Business Services, Energy & Resources and Joint Head, EMEA.  

    Mr. Krueger was most recently the CEO of WS Atkins plc.  Prior to Atkins, Mr. Krueger was the President of Cleantech Switzerland. He was also an Operations Director and Senior Adviser with TPG Capital based in London and San Francisco. Before TPG Capital, Mr. Krueger was the CEO of OC Oerlikon Management AG and had assumed multiple roles with Hochtief AG, among them CEO Central/Eastern Europe (Warsaw, Moscow) and Chairman Turner International (Dallas/US). He started his career as a Project Manager with A.T. Kearney.

    Mr. Krueger serves on the Boards of Aggreko plc and Gategroup Holding AG.

    Mr. Krueger holds a Doctorate of Physics from University of Frankfurt and was conferred a Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He also holds an Honorary Professorship of Physics at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt. He received the European Chief Executive Officer of the Year Award in 2016.

  • Luda Kopeikina
    Luda Kopeikina Investment Director, DSM Venturing
    Luda Kopeikina

    Luda Kopeikina is Investment Director at DSM Venturing, a global corporate venture arm of DSM, a multi-billion-dollar material-science company, headquartered in Netherlands. She leads investments in solar and additive manufacturing markets. She currently represents DSM on nine boards. Luda is an entrepreneur who started three successful companies. Before starting her own companies, Luda was a CEO of a public company, Celerity Solutions Inc, which she turned around and grew six fold in two years; and VP of General Electric where, among other roles, she restructured business processes to deliver multi-million dollar bottom line impact. Luda is an author of a popular book The Right Decision Every Time: How to Reach Clarity on Tough Decisions, published by Prentice Hall. Luda holds a Master's Degree from MIT's Sloan School of Management as a Sloan Fellow and a Master's Degree in Computer Science from St. Petersburg University, Russia, where she also completed a Ph.D. thesis in Computer Science.