ISLAMIC DEVELOPMENT BANK
Dr. 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.
Fabrice is a Partner at ETF Partners investing in high growth technology companies across Europe. Fabrice has more than 10 years’ experience investing in tech, notably at the convergence of information technology and sustainable development. He worked previously at Goldman Sachs where his work covered 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.
MP FOR CAMBRIDGE
Daniel was first elected to Parliament as MP for Cambridge in May 2015. He served on the Opposition frontbench as Shadow Transport Minister from September 2015 – June 2017, and is now a member of the Transport Select Committee. Throughout his time in Parliament, he has been an executive member of Labour’s national environmental campaigning group, SERA. Daniel founded and chaired the All Party Parliamentary Group on Data Analytics, and is vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Groups for Life Sciences and for Medical Research amongst others. He is also a patron of the Westminster Higher Education Forum, which aims to raise the quality of debate on public policy. Daniel has a History degree from the University of Cambridge, and has worked in both the public and private sectors, giving him a wealth of experience.
COUNSELLOR, EMBASSY OF SWITZERLAND
Since July 2017 Alexander has headed the Economic, Finance, Science & Innovation Section at the Embassy of Switzerland in London, representing Swiss economic interests in the UK in the broadest sense. He also chairs the Association of Economic Representatives in London (AERL). Prior to that, he headed the Financial Affairs Section at the Swiss foreign ministry in Bern (2013-17) and was in charge of culture and public affairs at the Swiss Embassy in Tokyo (2009-13). Before starting his career as a diplomat more than 10 years ago, he worked for several years for a Swiss bank. Alexander has a degree from the University of Zurich in Japanese Studies and Finance.
Robert is a clean energy venture capitalist, focusing on “deep tech” companies based on novel science. In his current role at IP Group plc, he established its Cleantech investment division and grew it to become one of the most active backers of cleantech start-ups in the UK, with a current portfolio of 21 companies and £65 million invested to date. Prior to IP Group, he was Head of R&D at the Carbon Trust, where he led their Research Accelerator programme investing public funds for equity in startups developing novel technology of strategic value to the UK. He started his career as a fuel cell engineer, initially working on hydrogen PEM technology and then as the leader of the Ceres Power team that developed the world’s first steel fuel cell.
Jarmo Heinonen is the director of bioeconomy and cleantech at Tekes – The Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation. With 17 years of experience at Tekes, he has a strong background in innovation strategy and financing. Before his current position, Jarmo headed Tekes’ Shanghai office, and was a science and technology consul at the Finnish Consulate in Shanghai. Jarmo has been a director in the forest and chemical industries, as well as director of a process technology unit and a senior technology advisor. Before joining Tekes he worked at The Finnish Pulp and Paper Research Institute, and at the University of Toronto’s Pulp and Paper Centre. Mr. Heinonen graduated from Helsinki University of Technology (Aalto University) and obtained his M.Sc. degree in Department of Chemical Engineering.
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.
Henry is a patent attorney at J A Kemp. He specialises in advising SMEs on how to obtain protection for their IP as well as related business considerations. Henry offers expertise across a large number of technical fields, including electrical, electronic and electro-mechanical technologies as well as oil and gas technologies. In particular, Henry has specialist knowledge of mobile telecomms, semiconductor technologies, electrical circuits, optics, software and business methods. Henry has a significant presence in Norway where he has been assisting a large number of clients since 2012.
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.
Anne McIvor is the founder of Cleantech Investor Ltd, which provides business intelligence on the cleantech industry and manages an online investor platform to match cleantech companies with investors. She is also a founder of Crowd Tech Funders, which runs a crowd funding platform aimed at high net worth investors in the technology sector. Anne had a career over 16 years as an investment analyst at firms including ABN Amro. She has a BSc from Queens University Belfast and an MSc from the London School of Economics.
THE TECHNOLOGY PARTNERSHIP
Chris leads on the cleantech sector for TTP, a leading technology development company working in markets from life science instrumentation & medical device development to satellite communications & the industrial internet of things. TTP’s work in cleantech has included technology to cut methane leaks from the gas grid, data analytics applied to electric vehicle use, energy efficient power conversion, smart meters, biopolymers, new battery development and even technology for nuclear decommissioning. He was also closely involved with TTP’s (now closed) venture capital fund.
Howard is a partner in the Corporate department and specialises in advising on venture capital investments, for both companies and investors, acquisitions and disposals as well as IPOs. He primarily works with companies in the fintech, technology and cleantech sectors. Recent transactions include advising. Howard studied Law at the University of Warwick and Law at the Guildford College of Law. He is recognised by Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and PLC for his work on venture capital investment.
Andrew is a commercial lawyer who specialises in information technology, outsourcing, technology transfer and general commercial contracts. He has particular expertise in relation to large scale, high value IT and telecoms projects, both in the UK and internationally. He also advises on the protection and exploitation of intellectual property (mostly patents and trade marks), research and development contracts, and many other commercial arrangements.
Paul is a highly-experienced professional advisor & mentor and is passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation. He currently leads Allia Serious Impact, a multi-stream programme supporting impact entrepreneurs and ventures to start and grow businesses that make a positive impact on people, planet or place. Paul has worked with numerous ventures in Cleantech, IoT/Smart Cities, Health (incl.biosciences & pharmaceuticals), AgritTech and Tech for Good around the world. He sits on the Advisory Boards of AGRIinsight, Cambridge Bio-Augentation Systems, GeneAdviser, KisanHub & Repositive, and is a judge for the MassChallenge Accelerator.
CARINE VAN HOVE
FLANDERS CLEANTECH ASSOCIATION
Following a career at the Brussels Stock Exchange and British Petroleum, Carine became passionate about supporting sustainable tech SMEs, first through VITO (the Flemish Institute for Technological Research), and then through the FCA. The FCA gathers industry and stakeholders around clean technologies in Flanders in order to gain exposure to influential networks, new markets, potential investors, innovative technologies and best practices. Carine’s areas of focus include sustainable industry/chemistry, energy, materials and upcycling, sustainable landuse and preventive health issues related to environmental factors.
John O’Brien is the founder of Australian CleanTech and Sino CleanTech, research and advisory firms that assist companies, investors and governments to drive cleantech industry growth in Australia and across Asia. With engineering degrees from Oxford University and Trinity College, Dublin and an MBA from Adelaide University, John has specialised in building connections between people, technology, finance and government to drive economically and environmentally beneficial solutions. John is also an experience director having served on the boards of public, private and not-for-profit companies. He also a current member of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s (ARENA) Technical Advisory Panel.
Martin became Chief Executive of Cambridge Cleantech in 2011 and is responsible for the ambitious plans to further develop Cambridge as a leading cleantech centre in Europe. Martin supports Cambridge Cleantech members by encouraging supply chain opportunities for companies in the sector, enabling shared experience of innovative growth businesses and providing collective services such as access to finance, government regulatory updates and links to international partners. Martin was previously the Regional Environmental Manager for IBM in the greater South East, including Cambridge.
SUSTAINABLE NATION IRELAND
Aideen O’Hora is co-founder and Director of Sustainable Business & Innovation with Sustainable Nation Ireland. Prior to this Aideen was Executive Director of The Green Way – a clean technology cluster located in Dublin. Aideen was a Programme Manager with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and developed their Sustainable Communities & Cities Programme, including leading a 26-partner pan-European CONCERTO consortium drawing down €10.6M in European funding. Before joining SEAI, Aideen worked for Abbott Laboratories providing expert EHS services and support to 18 European facilities, located in 8 countries.
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).
Christian Haeuselmann is an innovation-driven Swiss economist and serial entrepreneur, with 25 years of experience in the Cleantech sector, both with start-ups and global organizations. He is the co-founder of the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA), driving collaboration among 53 Cleantech clusters, representing 10,000 companies. In 2016 he launched YODEL, the digital GCCA HUB in Switzerland, connecting large corporates and cities with technology needs to innovative SMEs and startups with sustainable solutions. In 1996 he won the Vigier young entrepreneur award for his first start-up company BKTech and the development and market introduction of the powerful FLYER electric bike, which defined a new vehicle category in Switzerland and Europe.