ISLAMIC DEVELOPMENT BANK
Hayat Sindi (IDB, Member of Scientific Advisory Board at the UN, Founder and President of the i2 Institute, and Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO) is a leading biotechnologist and a champion of science and technology in the Middle East. At a young age Hayat convinced her family to allow her to travel alone to England to pursue her higher education, a rare permission for a young Saudi woman. She went on to earn a degree in pharmacology with honors from King’s College London in 1995 and five years later became the first woman from the Gulf to obtain a PhD in biotechnology from Cambridge.
Sindi is a co-founder of Diagnostics For All which creates innovative, inexpensive, point-of-care diagnostic devices for people in impoverished regions and a founder of i2, the Institute for imagination and Ingenuity, to encourage innovation among young people.
Along with her scientific activities in 2013 Sindi was one of the first 30 women to be appointed to the Saudi Arabia’s highest consultative body, the Shura Council, and is one of 25 global experts selected by United Nations to be a member of the UN Scientific Advisory Board which will provide advice to the UN’s leadership on science, technology and innovation for sustainable development. Sindi is also a Goodwill Ambassador for Sciences at UNESCO and was named by Forbes the second most powerful Arab women in kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Early last year 2016 she was appointed by the UN secretary in the Ten Members group to support the technological facilitation mechanism (TFM) for Sustainable Development Goals.
ID SOLAR POWER
Bernie Bulkin is a leading voice on energy and environmental issues, in business, non-profits, and Government. He is Executive Chairman of IDSolar Power (UK and Saudi Arabia), Executive Chairman of K3 Energy and K3Solar Ltd (Nigeria), an independent director of ATN International (NASDAQ ATNI) and is a Vice President of the Energy Institute. He is Emeritus Professorial Fellow of Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, and was awarded an OBE in the 2017 New Year Honours.
COMMITTEE ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Adrian joined the secretariat of the Committee on Climate Change as Chief Economist in May 2009, where he has been responsible for analytical work looking at UK greenhouse gas emission reduction potential and costs. He was appointed Acting Chief Executive in July 2017. Adrian is a long-standing member of the Government Economic Service (GES). Prior to joining the CCC secretariat, he has substantial experience of energy and environmental issues – as an economist in Department for Transport, the Energy Group at DTI (now part of BEIS) and in the Treasury tax team.
Richard McMahon is a Professor at the University of Warwick, where his research interests are focused on power electronics, especially using wide band-gap devices, and their application in the automotive, static energy storage and power distribution sectors. He also works in renewable generation applications. Most projects are in collaboration with industrial partners and SMEs, and he received a UK Energy Innovation Award in 2015 for Best University Technology (with HTIP Ltd). He has published over 240 papers and is named as an inventor on 19 patents. Professor McMahon, a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the IET, was previously at Cambridge University, and is a Life Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
Since autumn 2016 Ines has headed the Strategic Co-Investments Essen office as Investment Director, steering the broader strategic investment roadmap of the team. Her particular investment focus is on residential energy products and consumer facing solutions. Ines started her E.ON career in 2008 by joining E.ON Inhouse Consulting. She studied at the University of Passau and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Robert has worked in technology venture for over 9 years, focusing on cleantech and materials opportunities. He has experience both as an investor, as a manager of start-ups and as a strategy consultant. Prior to joining IP Group in 2011, he was Head of Research and Development at the Carbon Trust, where he set up their “Research Challenge” technology venturing initiative, which created and capitalised innovative companies in advanced photovoltaics, second-generation biofuels and fuel cells.
Bala Nagarajan is an Investment Director at Statoil Energy Ventures (SEV), a USD 200MM corporate venture capital fund set up in 2016 to identify and invest in clean energy startups. Bala has led SEV’s investments in distributed generation and energy storage. He joined Statoil’s business development team in 2012 and has executed transactions across the globe. Previously he was an investment manager for a family office fund investing in clean energy and technology start-ups, and has also worked with Arthur Andersen, Citigroup and Lehman Brothers.
BLUE BEAR CAPITAL
Ernst is a Partner at Blue Bear Capital, a venture and early growth equity fund focused on digital technologies for the energy industry. Ernst has been on the board of over ten energy companies and spent nine years at Riverstone, the world’s leading energy specialist private equity firm. He is a Venture Partner at Cimbria Capital, and since 2012 has been an active independent investor in disruptive, technology-enabled businesses. Previously, he worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions team at Citigroup covering the oil and gas, renewable energy, and transportation sectors.
Robert is Managing Partner at Greenbackers Investment Capital, a CleanTech growth funder. He has spent the last 10 years of a 25-year career in technology development, commercialisation and finance focussed solely on the sector. Previously, Robert was Chief Executive at ecoConnect, a UK-wide CleanTech business network and founded the CleanTech-Innovate Showcase. He has held senior management positions at ABB, Worldcom, GEC-Marconi and McAfee, is a member of the UK Business Angels Association and the Environmental Industries Commission.
Matthieu is a materials expert in the R&D department of LafargeHolcim, and an external researcher in Construction Engineering at the University of Burgos. He sits on the scientific committee of the Physics, Engineering and Materials Research Centre of the University of Grenoble-Alpes. Passionate about technology and science, he promotes partnerships between start-ups and advanced materials laboratories in order to create fruitful collaborations and facilitate sustainable innovations. His main topics of interest are de-pollution, urban well-being, and renewable energy.
Hugh Parnell is closely involved with the early-stage, funding and business development arena around Cambridge and the east of England, particularly in the energy and environmental technology sectors. He is Chairman of Cambridge Cleantech/Envirotech Ltd (formerly Envirolink UK), co-founder of the Cambridge Energy Forum and of the Cleantech Special Interest Group at Cambridge Network.
NORDIC INNOVATION ACCELERATOR
Nina is the Chief Marketing Officer of Finnish technology company Visedo. Through her former career in the Finnish Cleantech Cluster, leading the Cleantech Venture Day -event and as a co-founder of the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA), she is one of the pioneers and thought leaders in the cleantech business development in Finland. She is also the Executive Chairman and developer Nordic Innovation Accelerator and a member of the Cleantech Advisory Board of Business Finland.
KEYSTONE COMPACT GROUP
Dr. Peter Adriaens (PhD, PE, BCEEM) is the Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy in the Ross School of Business. Dr. Adriaens is CEO of Equarius Risk Analytics LLC. He is also the co-founder and CEO of the KeyStone Compact Group Ltd. He is also the Director and Head Judge of the Global CleanTech Cluster Association (GCCA).