Founder, Prometheus Institue
Travis Bradford is the president and founder of the Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development, a nonprofit organization focused on harnessing the power of the business sector to develop cost-effective and sustainable solutions in technologies, including energy, water, food, and recycling. Through the Institute, he helped launch many organizations, including Greentech Media and the Carbon War Room. Travis is also currently the managing partner at Atlas Capital Investments, LP, a global hedge fund dedicated to investing in sustainable technology companies in energy, water, food, and materials. He consults with governments, NGOs, and corporations on strategy and execution.
Senior Director and Principal Analyst, iSuppli
A well-respected technology expert and business leader, Henning Wicht has performed numerous syndicated and custom research assignments in microelectronics and photovoltaics. He was the founder and president of WTC - Wicht Technologie Consulting, acquired by iSuppli in April 2008. At iSuppli, Henning is responsible for directing the photovoltaics (PV) service. Henning has been involved in the marketing of microsystem technology and electronics since 1993 when he joined CEA-LETI. In 1996, he was tasked with establishing CEA Germany.
Thierry Lepercq is the Chairman of Solairedirect. He is in charge of the solar power plant program and finance packages and contributes his expertise in the creation and development of technology sector businesses, financial engineering and partnership and merger negotiations. After a career in merchant banking specialising in the field of high-technology (Bankers Trust, Banque Arjil, Oddo), he founded NetsCapital, the first financial institution specialising in technology firms, in 1999. This was followed in 2003 by the creation of Novatio Partners, a specialist consultancy focusing on energy sector innovations. Most notably, he was responsible for coordinating the work of the Réseau Innovation Energie network which brought together top energy specialists and venture capitalists.
Managing Director, BSW Solar
Jörg Mayer, born in 1972, is a communications scientist. Since August 2007 he has been engaged on behalf of the nationwide active, semi-public Renewable Energies Agency, which is sponsored by the Federal Ministries of the Environment and of Agriculture, as well as by all of the associations and market-leading companies in the German branch. In April 2011 Mayer took on responsibility as managing director for technology, international affairs and specific campaigns and projects at the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar).
Chairman, British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA)
Reza Shaybani is the Chairman of British Photovoltaic Association. Reza has been managing private and public technology focused companies in the optical disc manufacturing equipment and semiconductor industries for the past 20 years. For the past 7 years Reza has been involved in the solar PV industry as founder and investor in a number of leading companies including, Scheuten Solar, Solar Technology Centre, Solarjobs.com, System Photonics, The Electric Roof Company and OTB Energy. In 2010, Reza and a group of companies with interest in the UK solar PV market formed the British Photovoltaic Association. The association has grown to over 750 full members and over 3000 installer members since formation. As the voice of the industry, the BPVA is working to make solar PV a mainstream and significant energy source. Reza has recently founded the National Energy Card, the first energy loyalty reward programme in the world.
Edwin Koot has been active in the Solar Energy business since 1994. Through his own companies Ekomation and Easysolar Edwin built up a lot of practical knowledge about the Dutch national situation and the international solar energy market. With the foundation of his company Solarplaza in 2004, Edwin started building a broad information platform focused on the international solar energy market and the expansion of his large network of contacts and relations. By organizing international conferences and trade missions to production facilities; publishing in-depth market reports and supporting businesses in finding valuable contacts, Solarplaza has positioned itself as an important player in the PV industry.
Managing Partner, iRES Enerji / Founder, SolarBaba
Ates Ugurel graduated from Istanbul Erkek Lisesi and Bosphorus University, with a Chemical and Environmental Engineering M.Sc degree. Ugurel has over 17 years hands-on experience in hundreds of local PV installations including reputable solar references such as Toyota, Tesco, Turkcell, Vodafone, Hyundai. He's recently founded iRES Energy, which is the exclusive partner of PhoenixSolar in Turkey and neighbouring countries. iRES aims to be active both in large size solar power plants and commercial rooftops.
Overseas Manager, RTS Corporation
RTS Corporation is a Japanese consulting firm specialized in photovoltaic (PV) power generation. Founded in 1983, RTS has nearly 30 years of history and experiences in research and data analysis on PV-related matters including government measures, technical development, industry status and trends of PV market both at home and abroad. Focusing on PV business consulting and information provision services, our business contributes to promoting the widespread implementation of PV energy in partnership with government agencies, PV cell/ module manufacturers, electric utilities, silicon manufacturers, system integrators, equipment manufacturers, housing companies and other PV-related businesses.
Co-Founder & Chairman, Solarpack
Solarpack is an international developer, builder and operator of utility-scale Solar PV plants founded in 2005. The company has developed and built a total of 75 MW and is present in Spain, France, USA, Chile, Peru and South Africa. José Galíndez was previously Managing Director of the Guascor Group in Vitoria, Spain, from 2002 to 2004, where he oversaw the development and construction of 400 MW of wind farms. He has worked with the Swiss Sulzer Group from 1986 to 2001 in Madrid, New York and Winterthur (Switzerland) where he became President of the Sulzer Chemtech Division and a member of the Executive Committee of the Sulzer Group. He was the founder of the Spanish Solar PV Association, he was the first President of the Spanish Wind Industry Association from 2002 to 2004.
Dr. Tobias Engelmeier
Managing Director, Bridge to India
Dr. Tobias Engelmeier founded BRIDGE TO INDIA in 2007, as a strategic environmental consulting company, based in New Delhi. Since then, his focus has been on developing strategic business models for international companies looking to enter the Indian solar market. Tobias has had a very strong affinity for India for a long time and feels that this is a very interesting time to be in this country, where enormous challenges meet with talent, technology and capital. He is deeply concerned about the resource use of this rapidly growing economy and believes in finding India-specific models to cope with this.
Managing Director, SunWiz
Warwick Johnston is the managing director of SunWiz, a specialist Australian solar consultancy providing market intelligence reports, bespoke consulting, and assistance on large scale solar projects. Warwick holds a masters degree in renewable energy and has been working in the solar industry for seven years, during which time he has received a fellowship, an Industry Contribution and Leadership Award, and many awards for best Australian PV system. Warwick contributes to local industry organisations including the Australian PV Association, Australian Solar Council, and is the chair of the PV Directorate of the Clean Energy Council, and member of its PV Leadership committee
Managing Director, Subsolar
Dick Berlijn is Subsolar's owner and managing director. Dick is a sales and business development professional with over 7 years experience in the B2B sector in the European and North African region. Subsolar has been active in the solar industry in South Africa since 2009 and has developed multiple PV plants. Dick has strong capacities in the field of business modeling, financial analysis, stakeholder management and project development. Dick has a Master in Science from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and an MBA from Warwick Business School in the UK.
Senior Solar Analyst, GTM Research
MJ Shiao is a Senior Analyst for GTM Research with a focus on PV inverters, electronics, thin flm PV and U.S. non-utility markets. MJ has experience ranging from fabrication of crystalline silicon solar cells to PV project development. Before joining GTM Research, MJ managed and designed over 5 MW of residential and commercial PV projects with Solar Design Associates. Prior to project management, MJ consulted with the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) on residential solar rebate programs and with the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on PV experience curves by technology.
Founder & Director, Solarzoom
Mr. Liu founded SOLARZOOM in 2006, and joined China Sunergy in January 2007 as Chief Representative of China Sunergy in Europe, where he remained until 2010. Between 2010 and August 2011, Mr. Liu responsible for Sunergy’s U.S. and China business operations. In addition to 8 years in the solar industry, Mr. Liu possesses over 10 years of management experience. Mr. Liu obtained his Masters in Maximilian University in Munich, Germany, and his Bachelor of Science in Henan Luoyang University.
Photovoltaic Expert and Manager, Apricum
Dr. Joachim Reiß joined Apricum in 2011 as an expert in photovoltaics, business development and corporate strategy. As former Vice President Market Development with marketing and sales responsibility for Asia, South-America, Australia and Africa and as Director Strategic Business Development with responsibility for M&A and thin-film portfolio companies at Q-Cells SE, he has gathered an extraordinary combination of broad business and market development experience. Furthermore, he has a deep technological understanding of photovoltaics from more than 15 years of scientific and industrial experience. Previous to his career at Q-Cells SE, Dr. Reiß was Senior Associate at McKinsey & Company. He holds a PhD in Physics, having worked on thin-film solar cells at the Hahn-Meitner-Institute, Berlin.
From 1996 to 2001 (February), when he founded Enerpoint, Paolo Viscontini worked for companies active in the photovoltaic business, first in the production of solar modules, then in the engineering and commercialization of photovoltaic systems. Currently Paolo M. Rocco Viscontini is President and CEO of Enerpoint SpA, a company leader in the photovoltaic market. Enerpoint is distributor of photovoltaic systems, EPC Contractor and organizes monthly training and updating courses to installers and professionals.
Policy Advisor, HELAPCO
Mr. Stelios Psomas is Policy Advisor of HELAPCO, the Hellenic Association of Photovoltaic Companies. HELAPCO is a non-profit organisation that was set up by representatives of Greek photovoltaic companies in 2002. Mr Psomas is a highly reputed expert in the Greek PV market and industry and one of the initiators and promoters of the feed-in tariff system, which is currently generating enormous interest in new PV applications and power plants in Greece. Mr Psomas is a former executive director of Greenpeace in Greece.
Mr. Constant has over fifteen years of experience working in the independent power industry. After working in HSBC, and Ernst & Young in Paris in the early 1990s, he moved into the power generation industry in Asia by joining Sithe Energies Inc. in Bangkok, later becoming Director for Business Development for Sithe in Korea and subsequently for Mirant Asia-Pacific in North East Asia. In these roles, he successfully structured, financed and managed over 500MW of greenfield projects and acquisitions for Sithe and Mirant. Mr. Constant left the power industry in 2002 and established Asia Energy Resources, subsequently acquired by AWR Lloyd, an energy advisory firm in 2006, becoming a partner in AWR Lloyd. In this capacity, he became familiar with the nascent utility-scale PV sector, and advised a major utility in its PV development strategy in Europe, resulting in the acquisition of over 100MW pipeline in France.