FRIENDS OF THE EARTH
Craig Bennett has been the CEO of Friends of the Earth since 2015. Previously, as Director of Policy and Campaigns, Craig was the organisation’s lead campaigner and policy strategist. He is also a member of the Board of Friends of the Earth Europe, Chair of the Environment and Climate Change customer challenge panel for Anglian Water, and a member of the Net Positive Board Advisory Panel for Kingfisher plc. From 2007 to 2010, Craig was Deputy Director at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and Director of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (CLG). He maintains his links with the University of Cambridge, as a CSaP Policy Fellow, a Senior Associate at CISL, and an occasional contributor on Judge Business School Executive Education programmes. He regularly appears in the broadcast media, and has had many articles printed in national newspapers.
WILLEM VAN HASSELT
SOLAR IMPULSE FOUNDATION
Willem manages the Investor Relations at Solar Impulse Foundation, which is currently looking for 1,000 efficient solutions that are clean and profitable, protecting the environment while sustaining economic growth. In this capacity, he is recruiting investor members into their ecosystem, setting up collaborations to fast track the investment in and implementation of these impact innovations.He has a Research Master’s degree in Chinese Studies, and a professional background in financial communication, having worked as a pan-European PR consultant representing some of the largest players in the field of real estate investment and asset management. Inspired by the rising interest in impact investment, he is committed to encourage investors to adopt strategies that sustain the growth of efficient solutions that protect the environment.
IMPAX ASSET MANAGEMENT
Ian Simm is the Founder and Chief Executive of Impax Asset Management Group plc, an investment manager focused on the opportunities and risks arising from the transition to a sustainable global economy. Today, Impax manages or advises on approximately £11.2 billion in listed and private equity strategies, primarily for institutional asset owners. Prior to Impax, Ian was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company advising clients on resource efficiency issues. In 2013 he was appointed by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as a member of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the UK’s leading funding agency for environmental science. He has a first class degree in physics from Cambridge University and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.
GLOBAL BUSINESS INROADS
Leena has over two decades of experience in the field of International Business, Technology and Project Management in the Climate Change Mitigation, Energy, Environment, Transport, Biotech and ICT sectors working with numerous leading US, European and Indian organizations. Leena established Global Business Inroads (GBI) in September 2009 to assist and serve Governments, NGOs, Financial Institutions, and Private Sector organizations with their technology, sustainable energy, environmental project development, market access and international business needs. GBI works with 50+ technology clusters (cleantech, biotech, ICT) globally for tech access and deployment into and out of India. GBI provides tech transfer and commercialization (market research to deployment), program management/ ecosystem development and project management consulting services to international and domestic clients from the public and private sector. GBI developed and launched an online portal for technology collaboration – www.globaltechinterface.com – to create an online repository of technologies and opportunities making it easier and cost effective for tech to access markets.
CLEANTECH CAPITAL ADVISORS
Ben Lynch is the Founder and Managing Partner of Cleantech Capital Advisors Limited (CCA), a firm he established in 2012. CCA is a sector-focused boutique corporate finance advisory firm, providing financial and strategic advisory services for investors and companies in the cleantech & resource efficiency sector. Ben has 25 years of experience in technology-oriented industries globally and has worked in the financial services sector since 1997. During his time at Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank Ben was responsible for the firm’s Cleantech Practices, completing numerous landmark transactions. He gained a First from Trinity College Dublin in Electronic Engineering (1988, thesis on photovoltaics) and an MBA (1995, with Distinction) from INSEAD.
John is an experienced founder, manager and investor, and has taken companies to both IPO and trade sale. He has considerable international experience, including over 20 year in Russia. His industry experience is primarily energy, environment and technology. He is a former strategy consultant and has worked in PE/VC for the past 15 years. John is currently a partner at First Imagine! Ventures, an early-stage VC investor in European technology companies focusing on applications in energy and industrial manufacturing. He is on the board of Voltaware, a smart energy monitor company, and the advisory board of Moixa, the UK’s leading smart battery company. John previously led the strategy consulting practice of Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in Russia. John has a scientific background and enjoys working on the big problems that deep science-based technologies aim to solve.
SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY INVESTORS LTD
Jim joined Sustainable Technology Investors Ltd (STIL) in 2011 after previously working in private equity and energy roles at Citi, PricewaterhouseCoopers and earlier in academia. He invests in sustainable businesses in technology, services and manufacturing, renewable energy, energy efficiency and water. STIL manages family office capital, institutional funds, and high net-worth investments through private equity funds. STIL focuses on growth capital and venture capital investments, and on asset development of sustainable infrastructure. Jim is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds an MA in Physics from the University of Cambridge, and an MSc and PhD in Physics from Imperial College, London.
Andreas is the owner of Aigys AG Switzerland (Renewable Energy), head of Sales and Operations in ads-tec Energy GmbH Germany (Energy Storage Solutions), CEO of Futuricum AG Switzerland (electric utility vehicles), Advisory Board Member of CAT Growth AG Switzerland, and a member of the Administrative Council at Definition12 Switzerland, ABH-tec AG Switzerland and Swisscolab. He is an expert on energy markets and technologies, automation and IT, and business development of new markets.
Andreas holds a MSc in Electronics of University of Applied Science in Hannover and an MBA by Siemens High Potential Program Munich in Lisbon.
TOTAL ENERGY VENTURES
Cindi is a venture capital partner at Total Energy Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Total SA ($127B). She is focused on finding, funding and fostering high-potential start-ups globally in renewable energy, mobility, smart-grid, battery storage, energy data intelligence, energy efficiency, software analytics, and enabling technologies. Cindi is also passionate about delivering access to clean energy and water in emerging markets (Africa, Asia, Latin America) and about delivering positive social and economic impact that is sustainable and global.
Previously, she was head of corporate development at SunPower; co-founder/CEO of an electric vehicle battery start-up, and worked as an investment banker in traditional oil & gas energy.
David is a Partner in the London Corporate & Commercial team. Specialising in company and commercial work, David advises on mergers and acquisitions, disposals, management buyouts (MBO) and management buy-ins (MBIs), joint ventures, shareholder agreements and business start-ups. He has substantial experience advising management teams in relation to private equity transactions, corporate finance, banking, distribution agreements and non-contentious insolvency work.
Some of David’s notable transactions include advising Fevertree Limited on its £48 million capital replacement programme and a £100 million transaction backed by private equity house Sovereign Capital, creating the largest UK accountancy business servicing the contractor and SME markets. David has also recently acted for the management team of Dale Power Solutions on the secondary buyout by NVM Private Equity from Lloyds Development Capital (LDC), under which NVM acquired a majority stake for £9 million.
Henry is a ‘rising star’ in the world of intellectual property rights for clean technologies, and has a listing in the Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) IP Stars Handbook to confirm this. He specialises in advising SMEs on how to obtain legal protection for their technology. This includes drafting patent applications and advising on all forms of Intellectual Property (IP) protection, such as design rights, copyright and trademarks, as well as developing IP strategies tailormade for businesses.
Henry has worked with several Scandinavian companies specialising in green technology. His portfolio includes companies that are developing carbon capture and storage technologies such as Equinor (formerly Statoil), the carbon capture technology of Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and companies that are developing new hydrogen production technologies.
Henry is based in J.A. Kemp’s London office. He joined the firm in 2017 after working in private practice since 2007.
Rene Savelsberg is the co-founder, CEO and Managing Director of SET Ventures. He is responsible for the strategy and overall operations of the SET Funds. He serves on the Board of MicroShade and Elmodis and is observer on the Board of sonnen and General Fusion. He also served on the Board of Epyon which was acquired by ABB in June 2011 and AlertMe which was acquired by British Gas in 2015.Between 1997 and 2004 Rene led the Philips Corporate Venturing activities, initially in Silicon Valley and later expanding into Europe and Israel, managing investments in over 40 companies. Rene’s knowledge from these investments was focused on the digital transition of industries.
Holly Stockbridge is the UK&I Innovation Manager for global Energy brand ENGIE. Holly is on a mission to link the best UK start-ups and SMEs with senior decision makers at ENGIE UK&I. She has helped many organisations find their way through the organisation which has led to pilots and full scale roll out of innovations. She has been called the ENGIE match maker – making sure companies get to the right person first time.
Holly also launches regular call for projects, helping ENGIE UK&I colleagues find the solutions to their specific problems through innovative start-ups and SMEs. She is hoping to get more UK companies to enter these challenges where they can benefit from support by ENGIE Mentors and the prospect of developing a pilot with the project team.
Daniel is the Technology Practice Manager for Chubb in the UK and Ireland, meaning that all the different types of insurance purchased by technology companies are his responsibility. He specialises in Professional Indemnity, Cyber, Directors’ & Officers’, Public and Employers’ liability insurances and has insured global Technology companies for over ten years. He is the Chairman of the Developing Technology Monitoring Group at the International Underwriting Association. Daniel has previously founded several technology companies, has a degree in Internet Engineering and very much enjoys keeping up to date with all things tech!
Kevin joined Turquoise in 2008. He is responsible for coordinating activities relating to the Low Carbon Innovation Fund, in addition to being one of its investment managers and board representatives for portfolio companies including TeraView and Syrinix. Prior to joining Turquoise, he was a director at CiFG and Investec Bank. Kevin is a qualified Chartered Accountant and graduate of Edinburgh University. He also studied Business at Griffith University, Australia on a Rotary Foundation Scholarship
Tom has over ten years’ experience in entrepreneurship and finance. Previously, he was an investment manager at EcoMachines Ventures (an early stage hardware fund), was co-founder and CFO a biotech manufacturing startup Puridify (sold to GE Healthcare) and worked in investment banking at Deutsche Bank. He holds an MSc in Biodiversity Conservation from Oxford University, an MBA from London Business School and is a CFA Charterholder.
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. Manager GEIF (Business angels network) 2001-9, won mandates to manage £40m co-investment funds; since 2007 he has been mentor/NED for numerous companies especially in cleantech sector, working with public policy programme (Scale-Up, Growth Accelerator, Exdra/EIP), with Universities and with individual clients to advise on growth and access to finance.