Industry thought leaders and innovators who spoke at PV Ops 2019
Utilities, Developers, Asset Owners and Managers:
Thomas Rosser Director of Asset ManagementView Bio
Tom is the Head of Solar Asset Management at Octopus Investments, a fund manager with over £2.5bn energy assets under management. He joined Octopus in March 2014 and has broad range of experience managing and optimising renewable assets. Prior to Octopus, Tom spent six years working in financial services specialising in investment management and private equity industries.
Lorena Ciciriello Head of Debt FinancingView Bio
Lorena has almost 20 years experience in financial services as a principal investor, asset manager and investment banker. Lorena joined NEC Group in 2018 as the Head of Debt Finance.
Between 2007 and 2015, she headed the renewable energy team at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporations where she positioned the bank as the global mandated leading arrangers of renewable energy. Her team originated and executed more than 40 transactions for a total asset value of US$13bn across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Prior to SMBC, Lorena was head of the project finance team at Veolia Water Italy for five years from 2001. She was in charge of the development and asset management of IPP projects in the water sector supporting the successful awarding of a number of water management concessions and project financed a total value of circa US$5bn.
She worked as senior economist for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva and the Argentine Embassy in Rome from 1995 to 1999. During this time she lectured microeconomics at Link University in Rome.
Lorena Ciciriello was born in Argentina and educated in Europe. She received a BA (Hons) in Finance from the Hertfordshire University and an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics Lorena is a Board Member of Next Energy Foundation and the founding trustee of the Skills for Life Trust.
Adele Ara Director of Asset ManagementView Bio
Adele joined Lightsource in summer 2014 as Director of Asset Management, with responsibility over the technical, commercial, regulatory and financial management a portfolio of over 800MW of solar PV plants. Prior to joining Lightsource, Adele was a Senior Manager at Platina Partner, a private equity fund specialised in renewable energy investments across Europe where she was responsible for the asset management of a portfolio of 540MW of wind and solar PV assets. At Platina, Adele was also an Investment Manager with responsibilities over the development and acquisition of solar PV projects in southern Europe. Prior to this role, Adele served as a corporate and investment bank analyst at Citi.
Adele holds an MSc in Economics for Arts, Culture and Communications Cum Laude from L. Bocconi University in Milan.
John O’Toole Technical DirectorView Bio
John O’Toole joined Hazel Capital in 2016 as Technical Director. He is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with over 15 years of energy industry experience. Prior roles include operations, management, and optimisation of energy generation assets including gas fired generation (large CCGT power stations), combined heat and power, district heating, wind and solar. At Hazel he is responsible for optimisation of existing solar and wind assets and technical development and optimisation of new energy storage opportunities.
Eric WeemaelsTechnical Acquisition ManagerView Bio
Eric Weemaels Joined Foresight Group in 2017 and currently works as Technical Acquisition Manager in the London office. He has over 10 years of experience in development, procurement, construction and commissioning of renewable energy generation including onshore wind, ground-mounted solar PV and large-scale battery storage. Eric is responsible to manage all technical aspects involved in the development or the acquisition of renewable energy generation projects in the UK or in Northern Europe.
Prior to joining Foresight Group, Eric worked with Lightsource Renewable Energy as the Head of Project Delivery in charge of the construction and grid connection of more than 200 large scale PV projects across the UK. This represents a total installed capacity of 1.2GWp which has been fully Ofgem accredited under the ROC or FiT Scheme.
Eric holds a Master Degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from Brussels university. Eric is fluent in French, Dutch, English and Swedish.
Marta Valien Portfolio ManagerView Bio
Marta Valien joined Foresight Group in 2018 and currently works as an asset manager responsible of the Iberian solar assets of the firm. With more than ten years of experience, prior to joining Foresight Marta worked at Lightsource and Vector Cuatro. In Lightsource she worked as a project manager where she focussed on the construction and connection of a total of 80MW of PV Solar assets in the UK. She worked as country manager at Vector Cuatro, focussing on the opening of a new subsidiary and integral management of a total of 140 MW solar asset located in different regions around the world. Marta has also experience as an external advisor for a renewable energy external consultancy.
Marta holds a degree grade in Chemistry from Complutense and has a master degree in Renewable Energy and electrical market master degree at EOI, Business School.
Jacqueline HuynhPortfolio ManagerView Bio
Allianz Global Investors
Jacqueline is a Portfolio Manager in the Infrastructure Equity group at Allianz Global Investors.
Allianz Global Investors is one of the world's largest asset manager with strong alternative investments’ platform and focus on the renewable energy industry. Within the Infrastructure Equity team, in addition to the management of operating assets in Europe, she focuses on the yield performance, including all related input factors, and will support the firm’s expansion into the American market.
She started working in the industry approximately ten years ago, first on the sell side, financing solar and wind projects in Europe for the Juwi group, then on the buy side for a joint-venture fund with Gothaer Insurance. Subsequently, she took on an asset management role at Encavis to run a portfolio of renewable assets accross Europe and supported the company in its fund raising.
Ulrika WisingHead of Solar and StorageView Bio
Ulrika is head of solar and battery storage at Macquarie Bank, where she is leading the Principal Finance’s initiative in behind the meter battery storage and solar PPA contracts. Ulrika is responsible for deal origination, creation, structuring, investment underwriting, execution and asset management
Prior to joining Macquarie, Ulrika was leading the department focused on energy efficiency across Europe for DNV GL, providing both government and industry with advisory services with regards to energy efficiency, energy cost reductions, renewable energy, new energy technologies and decarbonisation.
As an energy expert, she has been involved in different industrial client project, helping the clients reduce their carbon footprint, improve their energy efficiency, change their energy culture or develop strategic plans for the future.
Ulrika has a PhD in Chemical engineering specialized in Energy Efficiency in industry and a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering.
Armin Scherl Head of System EngineeringView Bio
Speaker bio coming soon.
Christian AhrensHead of SolarView Bio
Christian Ahrens is a Senior Asset Manager in the photovoltaic sector. His team continuously supervises the ongoing management of the projects. These include negotiating refinancing conditions and agreements, O & M contracts, managing and controlling technical and commercial operators, and maintaining close relationships with various stakeholders. Prior to joining the Aquila Group in 2014, Christian Ahrens was involved in project development at Skysolar Advisory and Ecolutions, Senior Manager at HSH Nordbank and Senior Consultant at PwC. Christian Ahrens has 13 years of experience in the infrastructure and renewable energy sectors and completed his studies in business administration at the Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität Münster. In addition, he acquired the qualifications CFA Charterholder and the LL.M. Mergers and acquisitions.
Abid KazimCEOView Bio
As CEO Abid oversees all WiseEnergy’s activities and drive implementation of its expansion into new markets and new services.
With over 30 years’ experience covering banking, strategy consulting and business operations across Europe, USA and Asia. Abid was a founding consultant with eBusiness Consulting at PriceWaterhouse and has led strategy exercises on the re-regulation of UK electricity markets (1998) and global strategy and delivery for a variety of companies. Abid has managed buy and sell side M&A in Europe, Asia and the USA.
Over the past 7 years, Abid has led the origination, structuring and/or delivery of 1,290MWp of solar projects.
Deep knowledge and experience of UK solar development and delivery. He developed the UK local government low carbon center of excellence.
Abid earned his MBA at the Manchester Business School (1993)
David DelaireManaging DirectorView Bio
David Delaire is Managing Director, at MPC Renewable Energies. He manages with a focus on supporting M&A activities and leading asset-related activities upon acquisition/financial close. Previously, he was Director of Asset Management at Natural Power, COO at Greensolver, CTO at Eolfi (a former Veolia company) and Operations Manager at General Electric. His track record includes the technical and commercial asset management of more than 450 MW of photovoltaic (PV) solar and 820 MW of onshore wind assets. He has developed and established asset management platforms, resulting in robust growth across various markets. He has also served as a Director or Managing Director for several renewable energy assets in various parts of the world, including Europe, the Caribbean and Asia.
Jordi FranceshChief Risk OfficerView Bio
Energy infrastructure management professional with strong leadership as well as analytical and quantitive skills. Experience in development of strategic direction and planning, portfolio execution, value focused management of programs, appraisal and reporting as well as governance, risk, and assurance, well experienced in working under uncertainty with complex and changing regulatory environment.
Head of asset management of three Clean energy private equity funds responsible for corporate management, technical leadership, financial management of funds and trading companies overseeing contractual obligations, negotiations, related assurance and value focused delivery of business plans.
He has implemented strong leadership capabilities establishing and managing a portfolio management team of 18 people with 6 different nationalities and localised teams for day to day technical and commercial operational tasks.
Overall, significant insight in management and project controls of large energy projects and in-depth, energy industry knowledge - gained at leading international companies in the last 17 years. Extensive international career across Europe, with global interactions and experience in the upstream, downstream, alternative energy and Corporate Centre.
Juan FernandezHead of AssetView Bio
Integration - Spain
Mr Fernandez is Head of Asset Management and Integration, Spain responsible for the operations of 214 MWp in the country as well as responsible for the definition and deployment of standardized AM processes across the organization. He holds a Ph. D, in Electrical Engineering by the University of California, San Diego and a Post-Doctoral Degree, Imperial College, London. Previously Mr. Fernandez held the position of Director of Asset Management EMEA at Sunedison from January 2013 through March 2017 where he was responsible for the management of over 500 MWp of assets across the region. A Certified Operational Excellence Green Belt, his experience in the PV sector spans over 16 years and covers a wide range of the sector value chain. Prior to Sunedison, Mr Fernandez was Technology Director, EMEA at BP Solar where he was responsible for PV cell and PV Module technology development as well as for new technology introduction into manufacturing following Six Sigma & Lean methodologies.
Pal StromSenior VP,View Bio
Head of O&M
Pål Strøm is currently a Senior Vice President at Scatec Solar, responsible for managing and optimizing operations & maintenance across a global portfolio of utility scale PV plants. Before joining Scatec Solar last year he was responsible for O&M and commercial operation of the renewable energy assets of Statkraft, the largest generator of renewable energy in Europe.
Francesco GirardiSenior DirectorView Bio
Bluefield Partners LLP
Extensive professional experience in multinational companies (Renewable Energy Sources) assuming increasing responsibilities roles. Proven experience and track record in start up activities of NewCos operating in renewables, mainly photovoltaic. Strong technical background combined with management skills acquired along the photovoltaic projects value chain from project development activities to assets sales through equity/debt financing, construction, commissioning, asset management and operation & maintenance of PV plants.
Joe MileticHead of Solar Asset ManagementView Bio
John Laing Capital Management
Joe Miletic joined John Laing Capital Management in December 2017 and is responsible for the operational performance of the JLEN solar portfolio. He previously worked for Armstrong Energy as Head of Engineering, managing performance and technical asset management of solar UK projects (200MWp) and involved in the operations of Indian assets (60MWp). He also worked for Sonnedix where he was responsible for technical reporting and performance analytics for an international portfolio of solar plants. Joe comes from a French energy and electrical engineering background (M.Eng ENSIP and MSc Mines Paristech).
James SibonyCEOView Bio
James has an extensive track record in the solar sector having been responsible for development, construction, financing and M&A on more than 1GW of projects globally. He has 25 years of experience in renewable energy and financial markets. James is a main Board Director of Australian solar developer ESCO Pacific. He is also a founding partner of Lennox Partners in London.
Simone MandicaSenior Technical ManagerView Bio
Simone is the Senior Technical Manager of Innova Capital, where he focuses on asset acquisition due diligence and asset operational yield optimisation. Together with his team, he manages all aspects of the operational performance of Innova Capital portfolio. Having previously worked at Renesola and Mott MacDonald, Simone has 10 years' experience in the PV industry.
Innova Capital is a growing private equity business whose core areas of operations are renewable energy, property development and planning services. Innova Capital operates a successful and growing PV asset management business and its main activities are: financial and commercial transaction support; advice on and raising debt finance; financial due diligence; financial management and financial modelling; technical due diligence, asset optimisation and management of O&M activities.
Antonio AlcaroUK Portfolio ManagerView Bio
More than 10 years on development, construction and maintenance of energy and infrastructure projects on international basis.
During my career, I have been responsible for the construction and asset management of complex project portfolios since their early stage up to the asset sale, structuring and managing the deal under technical project management aspects.
At the beginning of my career in Italy, on 2006, I had experience on residential and commercial scales, primarily on photovoltaic, but also solar thermal and wind.
From 2009 I am working as Technical Project Manager in Large PV plants, before in Italy and since 2013 in UK, with an extensive knowledge of renewables markets and a professional network spreading in all Europe
Currently I am working at Renesola UK in London as UK portfolio manager.
Marc HoltzHead of Technical Asset ManagementView Bio
Marc Holtz is RES France Head of Technical Asset Management at RES since 2015.
He joined RES as “operation and maintenance engineer”, and then developed the French team in charge of the plant optimization. He is today managing the French Asset Technical Management team, in charge of more than 600 MW of wind and solar assets in France. Marc has a master in industrial engineering with a strong specialization in maintenance management, and has previously worked at Ponticelli Frères where he was maintenance engineer.
Laurent SegalenManaging PartnerView Bio
Laurent Segalen is a franco-british financier with more than 20 years experience in managing and trading Environmental Assets, within large institutions like Nomura, Natixis and pwc, then as co-founder of Megawatt-X, now the world's largest platform to transact wind farms and solar parks. Since 2013, Megawatt-X has listed more than 135 projects (2/3 solar - 1/3 wind) for a total amount above 11GW.
Laurent is the co-creator of the Podcast - Redefining Energy:
Bart DujczynskiCIO ofView Bio
and Founder of
18+ years power investment experience. Currently Co-Founder Ver-Rev Fund a Special Situation Fund active in Onshore Wind/PV, Board Member Romo Wind (wind performance optimizer), Board Advisor Saule Technologies (perovskite PV cells via ink jet printing), Senior Affiliate FTI Consulting (in-house Clean Tech industry expert), Wind Farm SPV Board Member Stage Capital, Co-Founder of BBM Offshore Poland (Polish Offshore Wind transaction & development specialist) and Founder of Proventus Renewables Ltd targeting On/Off-shore and PV investment strategies with global investors.
- CFO at Polenergia SA (listed IPP), during time of restructuring, cost cutting, operation optimisations & strategic diversification incl. M&A, special situation debt/equity strategies most notably the sale of 50% of Polenergia’s 1.2GW projects to Equinor in April 2018;
- Investment Director at Kulczyk Investments;
- Distressed Debt at Oaktree Capital Management;
- Corporate Finance at Rothschild and PwC;
- MBA Chicago Booth Business School, ACA Chartered Accountant ICAEW, LLB King’s College London.
Martin ScharrerHead of LegalView Bio
Martin is the Head of Legal (Energy & Investments) at Encavis AG, with 1.9 GW installed capacity one of the leading independent power producers in Europe. Martin is responsible for the DueDiligence, negotiations of project contracts, PPA and Financing contracts for solar and wind projects across Europe. He has over 8 years of experience in the acquisition of utility scale solar and wind projects.
Before joining Encavis AG Martin worked as Head of Legal at CHORUS Clean Energy AG, which is now a subsidiary of Encavis AG. Martin holds a law degree from Germany and a Master of Law Degree in Energy and Environmental Law from Tulane University.
Guy AugerCEOView Bio
Guy is the CEO of Greensolver, an independent asset management company he founded back in 2008 when part of the Eolfi Group. He bought Greensolver with JOHES SA Company in 2013.
Prior to joining pioneering renewable energy firm Eolfi as Deputy General Manager in 2008, Guy held CFO and CEO roles at a number of international firms in Europe. Guy is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and graduated from McGill and Stanford (executive education).
Rodolfo BigolinManaging PartnerView Bio
Rodolfo is a Partner in Horus and the co-founder of the Suncore Energy development platform. He began his career in the renewables field in 2008, developing and constructing PV projects across Italy, before going on to hold senior roles for both US and Chinese solar manufacturers.
He subsequently joined Hideal Partners as Business Development Manager where he worked on several infrastructure M&A transactions across Europe. He then moved to NextEnegy Capital as Vice President where he lead the set-up of the private equity fund ‘NextPower II’ which raised €150 M.
He is also a Director at Armstrong Energy Global, an investment vehicle dedicated to investing in the Indian solar market.
Saul Lazzarini Technical Portfolio ManagerView Bio
Saul Lazzarini has relevant experience in Asset Management and O&M of photovoltaic power plants. He is Technical Portfolio Manager of Encavis AG, responsible for the Italian PV Portfolio of 150+ MWp. His work is centralized on optimizing plant production, analysing the performance of assets and improving the reporting processes. Saul holds a Masters in Environmental Engineering from the University of Pavia (Italy).
Marinus Boogert Co-FounderView Bio
Marinus is now the vice-president of the Board of Nordic Solar Energy. He co-founded this company in 2010 and has an in-depth knowledge of the solar industry.
He has been active in the solar industry since 1999. He started his international career with Shell Solar in the off-grid business as a sales manager. His client base were mainly companies in the Oil & Gas and Telecom.
Moving on to the on-grid business with utility company Nuon as a project manager. Returning to Shell Solar as global sales director for off-grid.
In 2006 he joined Scheuten Solar as a commercial director. Scheuten Solar was a manufacturer of high quality panels and BIPV-products.
After almost 10 years of working for international companies he decided to start his own adventure: Onestone Solar. With this company he started several initiatives in the solar industry:
Onestone Solar (trading), Eindelijk Zon (residential systems), Solesta (solar thermal) and Nordic Solar (investments).
Stefano Salerno Director of Asset ManagementView Bio
Held roles at a range of private equity and investment funds (solar, wind and more in general renewable). I had also covered EPC construction and O&M leadership roles in the solar sector industry.
Formerly the Head of Portfolio Management at NextEnergy Capital (NextEnergy Solar Fund), a London Stock Exchange listed fund, leading the set-up of the business unit totalling £480 million under management. Before NextEnergy Capital, I was the Senior Asset Manager at Low Carbon, a private equity fund, where i built, maintained and managed in excess of £200 million solar assets. I also worked as an Asset Manager for Novenergia II Sicar, a Portuguese investment fund, with more the £1 billion renewable assets under management and also held the position of Head of Operation & Maintenance at Belectric, one of the world’s largest construction and maintenance operator.
Ben Burgess Senior Asset ManagerView Bio
Joined Octopus Investments in July 2018 and is head of technical asset management for Octopus Investments Solor and wind portfolio, also managing technical due diligence to new Octopus Investment acquisitions. Previous to working at Octopus Investments Ben worked for Transmission Investments responsible for the asset management of their £1bn Offshore transmission (OFTO) portfolio. He has over 12 years experience of renewable and transmission asset management for utilities including Scottish and Southern Energy, Centrica and Scottish Power Renewables.
O&Ms, Industry Experts and Service Providers:
Jenny ChaseManager of Solar InsightView Bio
Jenny Chase has lead Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s global Solar Insight Service since it was founded in 2006, and has conducted or overseen its subscription research since then.
The team, with backup from Bloomberg's international resources, conducts regular and rigorous price surveys across the PV value chain, detailed and timely analysis of policy and its implications for the solar sector, and extensive technology and economic analysis of PV and solar thermal electricity generation. Jenny has been the lead author and editor on over 40 issues of BNEF’s quarterly PV Market Outlook, which draws together updates and output of proprietary models to give a detailed account of demand, supply, price, margins and investment activity in the PV industry.
She holds a BA in Physical Sciences and an MSci in Physics from the University of Cambridge, England.
Ragna Schmidt-HauptPartnerView Bio
Everoze Partners Ltd
Ragna is a partner of Everoze, a technical and commercial energy consultancy specialising in renewables, storage and aspects of wider energy flexibility. With ~15 years of experience Ragna has gained a strong background in finance and strategy consulting across renewables technologies, with an emphasis on Solar PV. She has worked across a wide range of international markets, including a significant stint based in Singapore, leading a team of technical and strategy consultants focused on mobilising investment in Asian markets. Ragna is based in Germany, strengthening the Everoze offering to the investment community across the European markets for renewables, energy storage and flexibility.
Edmee KelseyCEOView Bio
Edmée Kelsey is the founder and CEO of 3megawatt. She oversees the company’s business strategy and is responsible for the evolution of the BluePoint renewable asset management software platform. Bluepoint is currently used by asset owners and operators to manage over 22 GW of operational renewable energy assets worldwide.
Edmée began her career as a technology investment banker at JP Morgan. She gained start-up experience as the founder and CEO of a European telecom service company backed by venture capital from 3i. She got into the solar industry as CFO at Axiopower (now SunEdison), a US based utility-scale solar developer. As CFO of Main Street Power (now AES), a North American solar developer/operator, she closed project financing for over 100 of distributed solar PV projects and was responsible for the asset management of those solar assets.
She is fluent in English, French, German, Dutch, Italian and Spanish.
Carlos JavierView Bio
Sarasa MaestroTechnical Director
Carlos Javier has been focused the last 10 years designing, constructing and researching PV markets, on both the technical and financial side. He has over 12 years in Engineering, negotiation and strategic sales, with in excess of £550m in deals originated and/or delivered across Spain, United Kingdom and Italy on clean energy. Electrical and Mechanical Engineer, executive MBA and finishing PhD are the academic education. He has designed and built more than 500 MW in his professional life in ground mount.
Ioannis Grammatikakis Senior Product ManagerView Bio
Ioannis Grammatikakis is an experienced product manager with strong engineering and business background. He is self-motivated and results oriented with broad skills including product development, people and project management, account management and new business development. He is one of the founding members of inAccess, where now holds the position of senior product manager in the smart infrastructure solutions product line, that covers the company’s management solutions for the energy and telecom markets. Focusing on the solar plant management solution, he is responsible for managing the entire product life cycle from strategic planning to tactical activities. He has played a significant role for driving the product from its birth to a multimillion business with presence in Europe, Asia and US. During the past year he is spending half of his time in London, UK where he oversees the company operations in the country.
In the past, while at Inaccess, Ioannis has been involved with the design and implementation of voice transmission systems over broadband networks and he also has managed the corresponding team of the company. Before that, he worked as senior engineer in Ellemedia Technologies, where in collaboration with Lucent Technologies NL was involved in the design and implementation of wireless and high-speed wireline transmission systems. He has also participated in a number of R&D EU co-funded projects and has various publications.
Ioannis holds a diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the NTUA and he is a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece. After completion of his undergraduate studies he was accepted in the Imperial College and he was awarded the MSc on “Communications and Signal Processing” with distinction, having the highest academic performance in his class. He has also attended the Executive MBA of the AUEB, where he also had the highest academic performance in his class. Finally, Ioannis is a certified product manager by the AIPMM.
Benjamin Gevelhoff Managing DirectorView Bio
ENcome Engineering and ENcome Energy Performance Australia
Benjamin Gevelhoff is looking back on 10y PV experience and is currently the MD of ENcome Engineering GmbH in Gelsenkirchen/Germany as well as ENcome Energy Performance Pty Ltd in Brisbane/Australia. Ben has started his career in the IT industry as a professional buyer for notebooks which led to relocation to Taiwan for 3 years with assignments in quality assurance as well as executive search. Moving on to California, USA he worked at an EPCM Consultancy. After returning to Germany, Benjamin kept both his professional and private endeavours highly international while building the purchasing department of abakus solar AG with peak purchasing volume of 100 Million Euro per year. During this time, he developed in depth understanding of the supply chain for PV components and established lasting partnerships to major players in the industry. After the acquisition of abakus by ENcome, he became the MD of ENcome Engineering GmbH, soon thereafter relocating to Australia where he managed the successful market entry and establishment of ENcome Energy Performance Australia Pty Ltd.
Constantinos PeonidesSenior DirectorView Bio
Constantinos Peonides brings more than 15 years of professional experience in management including sales, marketing, business development, retail, operations, logistics and manufacturing to his role as Director of Alectris. His responsibilities include business development in emerging solar markets in India, Africa and Asia.
Prior to joining Alectris in 2014, Peonides served as the Business Development Manager of SMC Med Trustees (CY) Ltd. His business background includes roles as the Assistant National Sales Manager for KEO Ltd., a large producer and distributor of beer, wine and spirits in Cyprus, the National Sales Manager for Heineken International and General Manager for Medcon Quarries and Medcon Kythreotis Nemesis Asphalt, construction and development.
Peonides has honed business expertise throughout his career including Strategic Planning, Profit & Loss Management, Operations Management, Sales & Marketing, Customer Service, Forecasting, Team Development, Coaching/Mentoring and Negotiations. Peonides holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Nottingham UK and a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from the Cyprus International Institute of Management.
Valerio PelizziPV O&M and Asset ManagementView Bio
Valerio Pelizzi is an experienced professional working in the Solar industry for the last 10 years. Graduated in Electrical Engineering, his skillset spans across Business Development, Development, EPC, Asset Management and O&M, not only in the Solar PV industry but also on Solar Thermal, Biomass and Bioenergy. Currently is the Head of O&M in Bluefield Operations and member of the Alternative and Renewable Energy Committee within the Engineering Board in Rome.
Dr KT TanTechnical DirectorView Bio
Dr KT Tan is the Technical Director at Viridian Solar, a UK company based in Cambridge with their renowned innovative Clearline Fusion products. For over a decade, he has been devoting his professional life to developing products and technologies for the renewable sector. He started to work with solar thermal well before the PV became a mainstream renewable solution.
As a Chartered Engineer, he specialises in new solar technologies with a particular interest in roof-integrated systems, advanced PV cell technologies and innovative mounting solutions. He is also involved in the EPC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction) of large-scale commercial solar PV installations as the General Manager of Intrinsic Power.
He actively participates in the PV industry as the Chair of the MCS Solar PV Technical Working Group. He is also a member of the GEL/82 Standards Policy and Strategy Committee for PV Systems and the Industrial Advisory Panel of the Centre for Doctoral Training in New and Sustainable PV.
He is an experienced Technical Director with a demonstrated history of working in the renewables and environment industry. He has regularly been invited to speak at international conferences and events related to PV technologies.
Alexander EngelfriedCBDO and Co-FounderView Bio
Speaker bio coming soon.
Nicola WatersManaging DirectorView Bio
I am a recognised renewable energy industry leader. I sit on the ENA’s DER Forum and the Open Networks Project Advisory Board. I represent Distributed Generation at Ofgem/BEIS' Smart Systems Forum and Chair the Solar Trade Association’s Strategic Grid Group. I speak at numerous events covering grid and renewable asset management every year.
For the past 8 years I've held senior management roles in the energy sector, I have a good understanding of the industry and what it takes to succeed.
I currently run PSH Operations, a fast growing renewable O&M business. We work safely and efficiently to provide our customers with the best possible service, and try to have a good time whilst we do it.
Daryl Parker VP Sales and MarketingView Bio
Speaker bio coming soon.
Paolo TusaCommercial ManagerView Bio
Mr. Paolo Tusa is in charge of the go-to-market strategy and commercial relationships in Europe regarding DSM’s Advanced Solar Anti Reflective Coating for Aftermarket and Endurance Backsheets. He has over 13 years of working experience, with nine years in the solar business, having worked across the value chain. Specifically, he has developed solar parks, undertaken due diligence for project acquisitions, worked in sales of PV modules, and introduced new technologies such as solar cell optimizers and a new DC/AC converter concept. Paolo graduated in Mechanical Engineering, has a Master’s in photovoltaic technology, and also has an executive MBA. He is passionate about innovative, high-tech products and services.
Barry BennettHead of International O&MView Bio
Head of International Operations & Maintenance
Belectric Solar & Battery
08/2017 - 08/2018
Head of O&M
10/2014 - 07/2017
Lightsource Renewable Energy
Vishal PunamiyaCEOView Bio
Vishal Punamiya is CEO of Sitemark. He oversees the overall commercial and product strategy for Sitemark’s Aerial Data Platform. Sitemark enables enterprises to deploy drones and aerial data at scale while helping achieve their digital transformation strategy.
Within Solar the Sitemark platform is used today to monitor +1400 PV sites across +30 countries by asset owners, operators and EPCs during pre-construction, engineering and construction phase, COD, EPC-O&M handover, annual inspections, purchase or sale among other stages in the life of a PV asset.
Prior to Sitemark Vishal spent over 13 years as a corporate executive building and deploying innovative technology solutions for and within Fortune 100 companies such as Deutsche Post DHL, Panalpina among others. Previously he was CIO at Panalpina, a global Swiss logistics player with an annual revenue of Eur+8 bn.
Martin SchneiderManaging DirectorView Bio
Martin Schneider, managing director and co-founder of meteocontrol GmbH, manages one of the world's leading suppliers of independent monitoring systems for photovoltaic systems. Digitalization, Data Intelligence, but also IT Security and Gridcodes are of special importance for the energy industry. meteocontrol shows the way to the efficient digitalization of PV operation management.
Andrea ViaroHead of Technical ServicesView Bio
Andrea Viaro is responsible for the technical activities at JinkoSolar Europe since 2014, lately overseeing also product developments’ launch in the EU market. He has been working in the PV sector for the last nine years in similar roles at other tier-1 module manufacturer and technical consultancy global firm. His deep knowledge of PV technology and industry, in particular regarding PV modules features and quality, makes him a valued expert in this field.
Enrique Camacho Predictive Maintenance andView Bio
Life Extension Products Coordinator
Ingeteam Power Technology
Enrique has a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Castilla La Mancha. During his career he completed a Master in Business Administration (MBA) giving him more insight in the asset management combining technical, commercial and financial aspects. As Predictive Maintenance Business Unit Coordinator, Enrique Camacho is responsible for the performance analysis, condition monitoring and reliability analysis of on- and offshore wind assets. Enrique has more than 10 years of experience in the renewable energy business focusing his work on the development of services in asset monitoring, wind turbine inspections, operational data analysis and condition monitoring systems and also on the development of new products/services to extend the life of the renewable assets.
About our company:
As a leading O&M provider, Ingeteam Service is present across the globe. More than 1,500 employees travel all over the world, to cover the operation, maintenance and specialist service requirements of our customers' energy generation plants, in order to ensure maximum output efficiency and, in particular, to maintain optimal plant operating conditions, making it possible to maximise the plant lifespan. Our services range from preventive to corrective maintenance, as well as the supply of spares for all energy generation plants. Thanks to our extensive experience, Ingeteam Service has become a reputable leader, trusted by the key actors in the international energy sector.
Franck BernardSenior VP EnergyView Bio
Storage & VPP
Nippon Koei Technology
After a Master in Economics and a post Master (DEA) in Industrial Strategy, Franck became a strategy, management and business development professional with 20 years of experience with positions based in Europe, Asia and Middle East within the Energy area with a strong focus on disruptive technologies and emerging markets.
With a team management experience across energy commodity markets and clean energy investments, business development and operation (electricity, gas, carbon, clean energy, smart meters, VPP and battery energy storage systems), Franck worked for energy majors, utilities and trading firms (such as EDF & EDF Trading, Masdar, Mercuria Energy Trading, Gazprom Marketing & Trading and AES).
With a European background followed by an extensive exposure to emerging markets (China, CIS, Vietnam, India, Middle East, Thailand, Africa and South America), Franck is now Senior Vice-President Energy Storage and VPP for Nippon Koei. Based in Singapore but covering world wide markets with a focus on Europe, SEA and North America.
Nippon Koei (NK), listed company in Japan with a turnover of ¥115,000m in 2018 (equivalent of 1,000m USD) with more than 4,900 employees, had during the last 72 years provided engineering consulting and EPC services to major energy players in Japan and abroad. NK now supports energy transition and sustainable development worldwide via investment in projects focused on new business models such as energy storage, micro grids and VPP.
Lucie Garreau-IlesTechnical Manager EMEAView Bio
Lucie Garreau joined DuPont 18 years ago and has held various positions spanning technical service, R&D, production support and quality management for automotive and microelectronic applications. She began working in photovoltaics in 2009 and has been actively collecting and analyzing data on PV material degradation in the field, to help customers and partners make the right material choices that can help protect their assets, beyond the expected system lifetime.
Pritil Gunjan Senior AnalystView Bio
Pritil is a Senior Research Analyst at Navigant Research with 12 years’ experience of working in industry research programs for clients in Europe, US and the Far-east. She has delivered industry research and client specific deliverable in Power Generation - Centralized and Distributed, Transmission and Distribution and Renewable Energies. Her clients include large European/ global utilities, OEMs and IPPs. Her consulting assignments include designing global entry strategies, partner due diligence, long term strategy roadmaps, global trend analysis, benchmarking competition/ technologies, feasibility studies and value creation.
Marjan Valand DehnView Bio
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Michael Goldstein Chief Executive and FounderView Bio
Mike holds a B.Sc. in Physics, M.Sc. in Engineering, Advanced studies towards PhD in Mathematics-all from Tel Aviv University. Has founded Watts & More, a PV panel-level electronics company. He is as well the founder of DMATEK/Attenti Ltd. world leader in electronic tagging for human security and surveillance, which was traded on the LSE (DTK.I) and acquired by 3M. He is the founder of AVT- a leader in Print Inspection System acquired by Danaher. Mike holds 20 patents, mostly in the field of signal processing.
Roland Huempfner VP of Inverter Product Line andView Bio
Head of Energy Competence Center Europe
Roland Huempfner has been working in the field power electronics for power infrastructure since 1986. After the study of electrical engineering he joined a central research department at SIEMENS in Erlangen/Germany dealing with innovative power supplies in various industry applications such as uninterruptable power supplies (UPS), electrostatic precipitator, supplies for galvanization applications and PV inverters. From 1990 he focused on development for Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS) and had been responsible for R&D first within SIEMENS UPS and later for Chloride as Vice President R&D of power protection. During this time he collaborated with SIEMENS in the field of SINVERT PV inverters. In 2011 he joined Huawei Technologies in Germany/Nuremberg to establish the Huawei European Competence Center Energy responsible for technology development for high efficiency and high power density in the range solutions for energy focusing among others on PV inverter technology development.
Patrick Hinze Senior Project ManagerView Bio
Patrick Hinze is responsible for the development of financial services for new energy and emerging technologies for Munich Re. In his role as a senior project manager he links the market demand and new financing mechanisms in the renewable energy sector to insurance capacity and innovative risk transfer solutions. Previously he gathered experience in technical insurance functions as well as in the risk assessment and due diligence of energy infrastructure projects and investments.
Patrick is holding a diploma in Mechanical Engineering as well as an MBA in General Management. As a certified SCRUM Master he is experienced in agile project management methods and involved in co-creation and shared economy concepts.
Johannes Burgard CEO and FounderView Bio
5 years experience as an engineer and project manager, including CLAAS and Airbus. Graduate of RWTH Aachen with MBA at ESADE, Barcelona.
Tobias Bittkau Global Head of ServicesView Bio
By working 10 years in various functions in the automotive and renewable energy sector, Tobias Bittkau gained extensive business experience on a global level, with a strong focus on Europe as well as North and South America.
Since 2011, Tobias Bittkau is active in the field of Renewable Energies. Initially he joined BayWa r.e. for several strategic projects. In 2013 he became head of the technical operations management, since 2015 he is responsible for the complete Business Unit Services, operating more than 3GW of wind and PV assets in all major European markets. In addition to technical and commercial operations management, on-site maintenance and 24/7 monitoring, BayWa r.e. also offers Rotor Blade Services as well as a broad range of technical consulting services. Other areas of activity of BayWa r.e. are the development and construction of wind farms, PV plants and biogas plants as well as the trade of energy and solar systems.
Tobias Bittkau studied Physics at the universities of Munich (Germany), Cuernavaca (Mexico) and Toronto (Canada). In 2013/2014, he received his diploma in Renewable Energy Management at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Stefano Cruccu Senior Manager of Strategic ProjectsView Bio
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