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New Ventures Manager, The Carbon TrustDavid Aitken is a New Ventures Manager at the Carbon Trust with a focus on incubating clean technology start-up ventures. David manages work on the Carbon Trust’s $5m incubation partnership with General Electric, which was launched earlier this year to find, assess and incubate clean technology start-up businesses across Europe. David also manages the Entrepreneurs Fast Track, which supports an existing portfolio of technology development grant projects in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Prior to joining the Carbon Trust, David worked at CarbonAided, a start-up venture established to develop carbon offset projects, and worked on a range of infrastructure projects in Asia Pacific as a lawyer for Beca Engineering. David holds an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University and a law degree from Canterbury University.
Investment Director, Imperial InnovationsRobert Bahns has over twenty years experience in industry and finance. Previously, he was a director in the technology investment team at Nomura International plc where he led investments in the semiconductor and wireless space. He is trained as an electronics engineer and worked in Japan for Pioneer Electronics, both in R&D and in the establishment of the company’s first UK manufacturing facility. Robert has worked for Innovations since 2005 and is a director of several portfolio companies including Plaxica, GKN-Evo E drive Systems and Oxford Biotran. He has an MBA from Insead and an Electrical Sciences degree from Cambridge University.
Relationship Director, BarclaysOliver Bailey is a Relationship Director in Barclays Technology, Media & Telecoms Team, heading Barclays’ specialist coverage of Cleantech clients. His portfolio includes publically and privately held firms, with clients active across the industry sub-sectors.
Oliver previously worked with the Infrastructure and Structured Project Finance Team, assisting with social infrastructure and renewable energy financings.
Oliver joined Barclays as a Graduate Trainee in 2005. He graduated with a BA (Hons) in Philosophy from the University of Bristol before completing an MSc in International Relations from the same school. He is currently completing his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Managing Director, CCC Private Equity
Alex Betts is one of the Managing Directors of CCC Private Equity (“CPE”), which manages a €200m fund focused on Growth Capital and Buyout opportunities in the areas of Resource and Energy Efficiency. He is currently a Board member with CPE’s portfolio companies, Climate Energy and Orège. Alex has worked in private equity since 1991 and has invested in a range of industries, geographies and stages. Prior to joining CPE in 2006 he was Head of Corporate Venture Capital at Royal Dutch Shell and a Partner of Montagu Private Equity. Alex graduated in Classics from Oxford University.
Principal, the Environmental Technologies FundFabrice Bienfait is a Principal at the Environmental Technologies Fund, focusing on new investments with a particular emphasis on French speaking Europe. Since joining the firm, Fabrice has worked on investments in Chemrec, Elstat, Enablon, Industrial Origami, Kebony, Metalysis and 4energy. Fabrice worked previously at Goldman Sachs' M&A advisory group as part of the Industrials and Natural Resources team. His work covered both public and private transactions, including the renewable energy and environmental services sectors. Fabrice also worked as a strategy consultant at Simat Helliesen & Eichner, focusing on the transportation and aerospace sectors across Europe and Asia. Fabrice is a French national and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MSc in Aerospace Engineering from l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure D'Ingénieurs Des Constructions Aéronautiques.
Richard Brass is a member of the management team of Berenberg’s UK private banking business, where he is responsible for family office and entrepreneur advisory services. He started his career in corporate finance having initially qualified as a chartered accountant at KPMG and went on to co-found the European office for an international corporate finance firm, Compass Advisers. He joined Berenberg from Schroders Private Banking.
Richard is a member of the Family Business Steering Committee for the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. He is featured on the Citywealth Private Bankers & Investment Managers Honours List in 2013 and is a winner of PAM's 40 under 40.
Richard works with a wide range of owners of UK social impact businesses, is the co-founder of Impact Ventures UK (a growth capital social impact fund) and sits on the Investors Panel for the Social Investment Business’s Investment Contract and Readiness Fund. He is a Director of the Montpelier Foundation, which supports charities and social enterprises primarily in Emerging Markets and sits on the Board and Advisory Council of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Dr. Anton Daubner
CEO, agri.capital Luxembourg S.à r.l.Anton Daubner is CEO of agri.capital Luxembourg S.à r.l., one of Europe’s leading companies in creation of biogas from renewable feedstock. agri.capital owns and operates nearly 100 sites in Germany, Italy and Austria with over 60 MW installed capacity. A refinancing of the company in April 2011 secured the equity to grow the business further. Anton joined agri.capital in November 2009.
Until 2009 Anton was member of the extended board of GEA Group AG, followed by 5 years of private investments in companies in Germany and the USA. He holds a PhD in Process Engineering from University in Bochum, Germany, and was trained in Business and Administration at Duke University, NC, USA.
Pierre Egot is a Principal at Gimv, focusing on new investments in the Sustainable Cities platform.
Before joining Gimv in 2010, Pierre Egot (1983) worked as an associate with BayTech Venture Capital (Munich). He was also deeply involved in the portfolio management of eight BayTech participations, in France, Germany, Switzerland, the UK and Israel.
Pierre acts as a board observer for McPhy and Private Outlet. He is/was also actively involved in the portfolio management of Movea, Easy Voyage, Inside Secure (INSD:EN Paris), Mentum (sold to Infovista), Ubidyne (sold to Kathrein) and TinubuSquare (sold to FSI).
Pierre holds a MSc in Engineering from the Paris École Polytechnique and a MPhil in Technology Policy from the University of Cambridge (Judge Business School), specialising in innovation theories and energy matters.
Smart Mobility General Manager at Castrol innoVentures
Angel Gambino is the Smart Mobility General Manager at Castrol innoVentures. Castrol innoVentures aims to develop material businesses beyond today's lubricants offer by a combination of Venture investment, partnerships and internal innovation. The group makes strategic investments in technology start-ups and also runs a broader program of open innovation and incubation. Smart Mobility invests and operates in the areas of vehicle telematics, vehicle on-board diagnostics, workshop and dealership systems, smartphone application development, mobility services, predictive analytics, urban mobility, infotainment content, gaming in and out of vehicle.
Within this area Angel leads a team focused on new ventures and opportunities across a number of areas considered critical to the evolution of consumer automotive, the future of transportation and digital car care. Angel, a native of The “Motor City” Detroit, is responsible for driving the vision of Castrol innoVentures in the Smart Mobility space including partnerships, venture investment and product development in key global markets.
As a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and expert in driving innovation, Angel has a track record of working with consumer-facing companies to create new and engaging experiences. Most recently, she held the role of Senior Vice President of Digital Innovation at Westfield Shopping towns where she was responsible for Westfield’s digital consumer engagement throughout the London 2012 Olympics.
Prior to this, Angel held a number of commercial leadership, strategy and digital roles for organisations such as the BBC, MTV and Bebo. Of note, her highlighted work includes developing and launching the BBC’s digital and on-demand channels, including iPlayer; overseeing MTV Network’s corporate strategy and commercial departments including business diversification into digital; and playing a critical role in developing business for Bebo, prior to its commercial acquisition. Angel has a strong background as a founder and co-founder for a variety of start-ups in the U.K., U.S., Latin America and Europe.
Of Counsel Lawyer, Morrison and Foerster
Matthew Harrison is Of Counsel in Morrison & Foerster's London office. He is a corporate/commercial generalist and a member of both the Mergers & Acquisitions and Technology Transactions Practice Groups.
His core practice is structuring and negotiating acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, licensing, outsourcing and related commercial transactions. He also advises on intellectual property, privacy and information law and has broad experience in private equity funds and secondaries, media, Internet, software and mobile business matters.
Matthew was previously mergers & acquisitions and technology transactions counsel at the London office of a U.S. law firm, in-house counsel at Accenture and a member of the intellectual property and technology group at an international law firm based in London.
Managing Director, Miles PartnershipIan Jenkins has extensive experience in executive and Board level search globally within the alternative energy and clean technology sector. This has involved working with early stage companies right through to large corporates transitioning to a lower carbon economy.
Before joining The Miles Partnership Ian was Managing Director of Ruston Wheb, Europe’s leading renewable and sustainability search firm. Previously Ian had over 18 years of Board experience, 13 years as a CEO for both private and publicly quoted companies. He has led on an IPO and 2 trade sales and lived and worked in North America, Europe and Asia.
Ian read Materials Science at Sussex University for both his B.Sc. and D.Phil.
Investment Manager, Aster CapitalPrior to joining Aster Capital in 2010, Cédric Latessa was active in Venture Capital for almost 10 years.
He first held long term internships in early stage VC funds like Mangrove (Luxembourg), Mileno Capital (Spain) and FCJE (France). He also worked for a year at the EIF, Europe’s leading fund of funds. Cédric started his career at BIP (Luxembourg) where he was responsible for investing in early and later stage technology funds and made 8 co-investments with them as well as 2 direct investments with several exits already. He subsequently joined DFJ Esprit (UK) as an Investment Manager where he led the fundraising efforts and deal flow sourcing activities in Cleantech and tech related companies in Europe. He also co-founded or has been closely involved with three Cleantech companies.
Cédric has 3 master degrees including 2 from Sciences Po Paris in Finance and European politics and is fluent in Spanish and English.
Recently, Cédric lead the investment for Aster in Avantium and was responsible for managing the exit of OST.
Partner, Wellington PartnersApart from being a veteran VC, Bart Markus is a seasoned and passionate entrepreneur and is renowned for his relentless drive (and lack of patience therein) to internationalise companies and help them become successful beyond Europe by conquering the US or Asia. A Dutch native, he has been a General Partner at Wellington since 2000. He primarily focuses on process technologies, in particular in the resource efficiency area.
Bart manages an impressive collection of 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. Past investments include Navteq (NASDAQ: NVT; sold to Nokia in 2007), Meiosys (sold to IBM in 2005), Nawotec (sold to Carl Zeiss in 2005) and Q-Layer (sold to Sun Microsystems in 2009).
Prior to the past twelve years which he has spent as an investor in 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.
Before Wellington, Bart was an investment professional at HAL Investments and an Associate at McKinsey, working in Holland and South Africa. He started his career as a process control system and project engineer with Shell in Norway. Bart holds an MSc in Applied Physics from Twente University of Technology in the Netherlands and an MBA (with distinction) from INSEAD in France.
Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Panik
Professor at University of Applied Science in Esslingen, Germany
26.7.1942 Born in Berlin
1961- 1967 Studying Electrical Engineering at the Technical University Berlin (TUB)
1967- 1972 Scientific Assistant at the Institute of Technical Mechanics of the TUB
1972 Engineering Doctorate TUB
1972 - 2002 Daimler- Benz
1972 - 1989 Daimler - Benz Research Group
1986 Appointed Director and Head of the Daimler - Benz Research Group
1989 - 1996 Mercedes- Benz do Brasil (MBBras)
Member of the Management Board of MBBras responsible for Truck and Bus Development.
1996 - 2002 Vice President of DaimlerChrysler (DC) and Head of the Group's strategic Fuel Cell Project
1997 President and CEO of the DC/Ford/Ballard Joint Venture Xcellsys and Member of the Boards of Ballard Power Systems in Vancouver and Ecostar in Detroit.
2003 - today University of Applied Science Head of the Institute of sustainable Energy and Mobility
Co-Founder and Partner of HyEnTec GmbH - Design and realization of projects focusing on innovative technology for production, transformation and storage of hydrogen. Member of the Technical Advisory Board of Michelin Challenge Bibendum . Member of the Advisory Board of the Venture Capital Company Conduit Venture in London. Contracted since 2002 by the Electric Power Research Institute in Californian for vari-ous projects on Alternative Vehicles. Consultant of the European Union's Research Programs. Business and Product Development Programs with various companies and groups (Mahle, ebmpabst, EuroEngineering, Powertech Labs in Canada, Ministerium of Transportation and Environment Baden- Württemberg)
1997 Hon. Professor of the University of Applied Science Esslingen
2001 Selected by Business Week as one of the 50 European Leaders at the "Forefront of Change".
2002 Honored by the British Industry with the "Grove Medal" for Leadership in advancing Fuel Cell Technology
2010 Honored by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) as SAE Fellow for "Exceptional Professional Distinction by reason of outstanding and extraordinary Qualification, Experience and sustained Accomplishment in the Field of Mobility Engineering".
Partner, Environmental Technologies FundPatrick Sheehan is a Partner and founder of ETF. He focuses on the growth and development of the investment portfolio and represents the firm on the Boards of Metalysis, Nujira, Industrial Origami, Novel Polymer Solutions and TAG Energy Solutions.
Patrick has worked in venture capital since 1985, when he joined 3i. He was instrumental in founding 3i's venture capital practice, and later became the founding Managing Director of its Silicon Valley operation. Before this, he was a research engineer for GEC and Marconi Space Systems.
Patrick chairs the European Venture Capital Association’s Environmental task force. He was also a member of the Executive Committee and Board of the EVCA from 2007 to 2010 during which time he also chaired the Venture Capital Committee.
Patrick has a Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering from UCL, London.
Partner, GP BullhoundAndre Shortell joined GP Bullhound as a Partner in 2010. Prior to joining, Andre was an independent adviser to companies and investment funds in the clean tech sector. Andre also spent 26 years in a number of senior roles in Citigroup including MNC Corporate Banking Head for CEEMEA, India Corporate Head, Global Autos Specialist and New Issues Head in London. He also ran Merchant Acquiring for Citibank and led the sale of that business in 2005. Andre brings to the team 10 years of involvement in renewable energy as well as experience in Corporate Finance, M&A and Emerging Markets. He also brings a broad international experience having spent much of his career in Europe and Asia as well as close personal ties to Brazil. Andre has a MA degree in International History from the London School of Economics.
European Sales, Tesla Motors
Managing Director Europe and Asia & VP, Global Research, Cleantech Group
Richard Youngman is responsible for driving the growth of the Cleantech Group’s activities outside North America, especially in Europe, Israel, and China. He is based in Cleantech Group’s office in London.
Richard has more than five years’ experience researching Cleantech innovation, venture capital markets, and start-ups across Europe and Globally. He is a regular keynote speaker at major Cleantech events and is the driving force behind the annual Global Cleantech 100, a list of the World’s most promising private Cleantech companies. He authors periodic reports, such as The Rise of the Corporation in Cleantech, A Barometer of the Changing Face of Global Cleantech Innovation, and The Global Cleantech Innovation Index.