Nicholas Parker coined the term “cleantech” as he was co-founding Cleantech Group in 2002. He has been the Chairman of this organization up till the beginning of 2014. Prior to his involvement with Cleantech Group, Parker participated in the second ever solar IPO on NASDAQ. In the 1990s, he founded, built and sold a leading transatlantic environmental finance strategy firm. Parker has also served as an advisor to multilateral agencies such as the World Business Council on Sustainability and the International Finance Corporation. He has contributed to numerous publications related to technology, finance and international business. In his current business, Global Acceleration Partners, Nicholas focus on taking cleantech companies to emerging economies. GAP seeks to achieve both superior value creation and impact at scale.
Headed up his team, Mr Yao mainly focus on investments in early-growth stage tech deals around the world and on cross border tech related transactions. The aim is to help with commercialization and business expansion in the Chinese market. Shanghai Electric is one of the largest equipment manufacturing conglomerates in China. Shanghai Electric VC invests in the areas of renewable energy, environment protection and other cleantech related fields, smart grid, automation & smart factory, oil & gas equipment and medical devices. Shanghai Electric VC has a variety of resources to help start-ups expand their business in the Chinese market. Before joining Shanghai Electric VC, Mr. Yao has served as an investor in both leading US VC firms and domestic ones.
Heribert Uhl, Senior Investment Director, Robert Bosch Venture Capital
Heribert Uhl is Senior Investment Director at RBVC. He is responsible for investments in the areas of energy & environment. Heribert has been with the Bosch group since 1999 and has a profound system understanding of the automotive industry. His previous role at Bosch he was responsible for vehicle management and safety systems. Prior to joining Bosch, he spent four years projecting and developing automotive interior panels at the Dräxlmeier Group. Heribert holds a Diploma degree in Mechatronics from the University of Applied Science in Esslingen, Germany.
Kai has worked for premium OEMs such as BMW and Daimler and is well connected in the automotive industry. In 2008 Kai joined MAHLE as Strategic Analyst for the Corporate Planning Department. During this time he established a worldwide competitor network and developed and implemented several business strategy supporting tools, which still serve as input for the corporate strategy meeting. As Business Development Manager from 2010 to 2012 Kai actively contributed to the strategy of the non-automotive sector of MAHLE and was involved in many M&A projects. Since 2012 he is head of Corporate Venture Capital at MAHLE. MAHLE’s CVC investment activities focus on companies offering technologies that reinforce and strengthen the core business as well as open up opportunities within the cleantech sector.
Paul joined Capricorn Venture Partners in 2006 after having supported the fundraising of Capricorn Cleantech Fund. He is an expert in venture/expansion capital and project infrastructure equity for the sustainable technologies industry. Paul is one of the few European cleantech fund managers who went with its first fund Sustainable Energy Ventures through a full fund cycle from fundraising from limited partners, acquisition search, investment in portfolio companies, investee growth strategy implementation, divestment to the dispersal of funds back to the limited partners. Paul holds a Master’s degree in Bioscience Engineering (University of Ghent) and a post-graduate degree in Financial Management (Vlerick Business School). Paul is Member of the Strategic Advisory Council to the Dean of Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at the University of Ghent.
Jarmo Saaranen has been Partner at VNT Management since 2003. VNT was one of the first VCs in Europe active in the cleantech sector and focus in particular on renewables, electrical systems and energy savings. Previous to his engagement in VNT Jarmo has held a number of different management positions at ABB during the period 1984 to 2003. Jarmo is on the board and serves as chairman of a number of cleantech companies; Mervento, eGen, Cavitar, Cajo Technologies and VEO.
Raoul Arvengas, Corporate Venturing Investment Director, GDF Suez
Raoul has been active for several years in GDF SUEZ M&A developments. He worked originally with the R&D and Innovation Divisions Technology Transfer Unit of Gaz de France. After the merge between Gaz de France and Suez, he took charge of the corporate venturing activities and has developed a portfolio of cleantech venture funds. Through this portfolio of funds, GDF SUEZ aims at detecting innovative high tech start ups and develop technical, commercial or equity-based partnerships. Recently Raoul joined the newly created Innovation Marketing and New Business Division of GDF SUEZ, which focuses on direct investment in innovative start ups, in synergy with the fund portfolio and the Group’s Business Units.
Giovanni developed a technical background through M. Eng. at Politecnico di Torino, followed by a Master in Business at ESCP Europe. He has acquired experience in the Automotive, Venture Capital, Management Consultancy and Real Estate industries before joining the Corporate Venture Capital of GDF SUEZ, where he is in charge of Scouting activities.
Jochen is the chief investment officer of Wermuth Asset Management. The firms Green Gateway Fund invest in energy and resource efficiency companies, mainly in Western Europe. As an active investor, the Fund helps portfolio companies to access the Eastern European market via the “gateway” of Kazan, the most investor-friendly region of Russia. Jochen is an advisory council member of the Liberal Mission of Russia. He was a founding management committee member of Deutsche Bank Russia and the EU and World Bank-financed Head of the Economic Expert Group under the Russian Ministry of Finance. Educated at Brown and Oxford Universities he speaks German, English, Russian and French.
Casper Heijsteeghas been active in private equity/venture capital and corporate finance for 17 years. He joined WAM and the Green Gateway Fund team in October 2012 as Senior Fund Partner. His task is to find, evaluate and monitor resource efficient growth companies, most of them in Western Europe. He is one of the founders of, and the investors in, e2 Cleantech1. He has full-cycle private equity experience from deal sourcing, due diligence, deal structuring, building and monitoring - to exiting of investees. He led more than 30 investment and exit transactions. Mr Heijsteeg is hands-on involved in key managerial issues of investees, including strategic, financial and organisational subjects. He is member of the supervisory boards of Tocardo and Femtogrid, two portfolio companies of e2 Cleantech1. Further, Casper Heijsteeg was a managing director and a member of the board of Eagle Capital Partners, a subsidiary of Gimv, founded in 2008; the company’s focus was on investments in Russian growth stage companies. He has a degree in business administration from the University of Amsterdam.
David Sonnek joined SEB Venture Capital in 2000, focusing on technology ventures. He holds a research position as adjunct professor in venture capital at the Royal Institute of Technology’s School of Industrial Economics and Management. David was previously the VP of strategy and business planning at Ericsson Telecom and has also held a number of executive positions in R&D, marketing and strategic planning at Ericsson. Before joining Ericsson, he built a successful consultancy in data communication and real-time programming. David has a research background in experimental atomic physics.
Mari Pantsar-Kallio, Director, Resource-wise and carbon-neutral society, SITRA
Mari Pantsar-Kallio heads SITRAS activities to help Finland develop into an ecologically sustainable, competitive society. Previously Mari have been the Strategic Director of the Finnish government’s Cleantech Strategy Programme (within TEKES) and in 2007–2011 she was Programme Director of Finland’s Cleantech Cluster. In addition, she has served on the boards of several cleantech companies. Mari has a PhD and holds the status of docent at Lappeenranta University of Technology and the University of Helsinki.
Michael Nettersheim joined BASF Venture Capital in August 2011. In his previous position he was a member of the invest management at High-Tech Gruenderfonds in Bonn. Prior to this he was responsible for corporate finance and investor relations at a publicly listed biotech company in Munich. Michael studied Chemistry at the University of Bonn and was awarded a doctorate in the field of Biochemistry. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program. He is also a Certified Biotech Analyst for the German Association of Financial Analysis and Asset Management (DVFA).
Prior to joining Evonik, Jakob was a Partner of WEITNAUER, a law firm focused on M&A and venture capital transactions. From 2001 he worked as Legal Counsel and Investment Manager at the management company of MVV Energie’s corporate venture capital fund, previously having been part of the team that structured and established the fund. He studied law at the Universities of Heidelberg, Germany and Vienna, Austria. Jakob was admitted to the Heidelberg bar in 2005. Since 2011 Jakob is a member of the supervisory board of Sempact, a start-up company specialized in energy efficiency
Viktor Meng, Director, Bscope
Viktor manages the long term strategic direct investment activities within the Piëch-Nordhoff family office. In this capacity he identifies and executes private equity investments and other initiatives which are financially, socially, and ecologically sustainable. He has been working for the family office and gaining venture investment experience for 12+ years, including 9 years of surveying and testing the investment landscape in China. Viktor’s previous experience was in management consulting in New York, London, and Shanghai after obtaining a Masters degree in Management from the London School of Economics.
The one tough decision Vitaly never looks back on was moving from his solid finance career (he is ex PwC and The Carlyle Group) to start a business of investing in innovations taking a personal risk to fail and loose it all. The lessons learned: resilience, discipline and optimism. The results earned over 10 years: raised and structured US$55 million seed and early stage investments; an international project portfolio spanning biotech, consumer internet and waste treatment. Beyond equity investment, Future Matters Venture Capital is taking an active approach focusing on entrepreneurs and projects that have a greater potential to take their ideas into real and meaningful businesses in the areas of life that matter most to people. Because future matters.
The Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program supports the efforts, innovations, and environmental advancements of clean technology pioneers by providing world-class software to design, visualize, and simulate ground-breaking ideas. In his role, Karsten provides access to this leading edge design and simulation software to CleanTech Start-ups and entrepreneurs so that they can innovate and get their products to market faster. Karsten previously headed up the CleanTech Partner programs in both Japan and Australia/New Zealand. Karsten joined Autodesk in 2008 as the Manufacturing industry manager primarily responsible for driving sales in the Australia/New Zealand region of the Autodesk Manufacturing products. Karsten holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Sydney.
Therese Lindsley is Head of Business development at Invest in Skåne AB in Malmö, southern Sweden. Heading up a team of four she is responsible for attracting foreign direct investment within the Cleantech and Services Industry sectors to Southern Sweden. Therese commercial background includes positions as Business controller at Sony Mobile finance department in Lund and Business Analysis at Invest in Sweden Agency´s former office in London. Therese has lived and worked in the United Kingdom for 6 years and holds a BSc(Hons) from University College London (UCL).
Peter Cook is a Senior Investment Officer in the IFC Venture Capital team and has been based in Beijing since 2010. Peter has experience in power project finance, carbon market transaction and venture capital primarily in China, but also in other emerging markets. Peter joined IFC in 1998 with previous experience at PwC in New York. He has a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale University and MBA from New York University.
Julien Mialaret is an Investment Manager at Idinvest Partners. He is a member of the cleantech team which manages Electranova Capital, a dedicated cleantech fund, supported by the global utility Electricité de France (EDF), Allianz and Bpifrance -the French sovereign fund. Julien conducts investments in both early and growth stage companies in Europe, the United States and China. He is an investor in Enlighted (US) and Actility (Fr). Prior to joining Idinvest Partners, Julien worked in the Chinese market developing and acquiring large thermal and renewable power projects for EDF China. Julien holds a Masters in Management from ESCP Europe School of Management and a B.A in Chinese Studies from the French School of Oriental Studies. He is a fluent Mandarin speaker.
Hans Enocson has been President & CEO of GE for the Nordic and Baltic Region (Estonia and Latvia) since 2007. He is primarily responsible for GEs overall growth in the region and acts as the key interface to GE for governmental and corporate relations. He is based in Stockholm, Sweden. Hans has more than 30 years of industrial experience and have served internationally in global responsibilities, working abroad in France and many years in the US. He served 10 years with LKB / Pharmacia today an important part of GE Healthcare LifeScience in Uppsala. Previously he was partner and CEO of leading Swedish management consultancy and responsible for GE Information Services in the Nordic Region. He serves on many Nordic GE boards, AmCham Sweden, SAAC NY, Uppsala Innovation Center and served as honorary chairman of the Foreign Investment Council in Latvia (FICIL). From academic perspective he holds various advisory roles to the University of Uppsala and Stockholm Resilience Center . He is a frequent speaker on topics such as Sustainability, Corporate Governance and Innovation. Hans holds a BA from the University of Stockholm and Program for Executive Development (PED) from IMD Lausanne, Switzerland.
Co-founder in 2010 and Managing Partner of early-stage tech investor Imprimatur Capital Fund Management operating in the Baltic/Nordic region. Invested in more than 25 tech startups. Board seats with several. Previously Investment Director from 2006 with London-based early-stage tech investor Imprimatur Capital and responsible for operations in the Baltic Sea region (Baltics/Nordics/St Petersburg), including building the research institution partner network, deal flow, investments and board positions. Before that with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for 12 years, investing in venture capital funds in Russia and the Baltic region. BSc in life science from Adelaide University (Australia) and an MBA from Durham University (UK).
Nicolas Maréchal-Abram is Project Manager in Innovation Management Department, Veolia Environnement Research and Innovation since 2011. Prior to this position, he worked in several japanese companies and joined Veolia Water Japan group in 2007 as R&D manager. He did cleantech watch in Japan for Veolia Environnement until 2011. Arrived in Japan in 2000 as student, he got a PhD. in Environmental Science from Shizuoka University in 2004. He worked on bioindicators of Environment quality studying heavy metal partition coefficient between calcitic organismes and seawater.
Linda Zheng is the General Manager of Conduit Ventures in China. Main responsibilities include investment transaction, portfolio management and tech transfer projects cross borders. Conduit Ventures China has been successful in providing one stop services for western technology companies setting up operations in China. Conduit clean energy innovation centers in Shanghai, Nanjing and Chongqing was set up under her leadership with funding supports from UNEP/ADB. Linda has oversight for the administrative and operational aspects of the UK and China activities. Her background includes experience of China, Brazil, South Africa, the Middle East and Turkey having worked with PWC, Barclays plc and Aviva with P&L responsibility on various venture projects. B.Sc. Bristol University, UK; MBA London Business School.
Joost is member of the Scouting & Exploration Network in Dows Ventures and Business Development group. In this role, Joost is leading the European scouting efforts involving the researching and evaluation of technologies and opportunities that complement Dow’s robust Research & Development pipeline and contribute to the Companys long-term success. His career with Dow started in 1998. He has been active in R&D, technical service, sales and commercial functions in the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific regions. He joined V&BD in 2006 with a primary focus on exploration project analysis and technology scouting. Since 2009 he is leading the corporate technology scouting activities in Europe. He earned two engineering master degrees and a Ph.D. in Applied Science from the University of Leuven. He has published over 50 journal and conference papers and authored a book chapter.
Andrus Viirg is the Director of Enterprise Estonia, Silicon Valley – a representative office of a state foundation for business support and development. Previously Andrus has also served as the Director of Estonian Investment Agency and has been member of the Steering Committee of WAIPA (World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies). During the 1990s Andrus Viirg followed an international career heading the World Bank Group Office in Tallinn and with the International Monetary Fund in Washington. Andrus has also worked for the Bank of Estonia on relations with international financial institutions. As the Director of Enterprise Estonia, Silicon Valley, Andrus Viirg is responsible for building up the network of contacts enabling Estonian tech companies to access the US market as well as promoting Estonia for foreign direct investment.
Mikko Huumo works for Corporate R&D function and his responsibilities cover, among others, managing Fortum’s investments in Cleantech funds. Mr. Huumo has background in management consulting, especially in the area of renewables and smart energy technologies.
Mikael is responsible for technology and investments in the biorefinery area within Stora Enso. The Biorefinery team exploits opportunities in new non-food based biomaterials and chemicals. With a long experience in a variety of biomass conversions and bioenergy as well as sales and purchasing of products and inputs to the forest products sector Mikael is eager to analyze and learn and support the business development of new cleantech cases.
Per has been a Venture Partner at ETF since inception. Based in Stockholm, he sources new investments in the Nordic region as well as helping our existing portfolio companies grow. Before ETF, Per ran GEs business across the Nordic region and the Baltic States. Per has also worked at Motorola Semiconductor Europe, where he held various senior positions in Sweden, UK, Germany, and Switzerland.
Aslak joined Agder Energi Venture the Corporate Venturing arm of Agder Energi, in 2010. He is currently member of the board at five of Agder Energi Ventures portfolio companies. Prior to joining Agder Energi Venture
he worked for UBS Investment Bank and Norne Securities. Aslak has a Master’s degree in Finance from Norwegian School of Economics.
Indrek has been with SmartCap since the launch of Estonian Development Fund. For someone who has a diploma from Tallin Technical University in IT Indrek is surprisingly skeptical about most IT startups. Unsurprisingly then he is in charge of most SmartCap’s non-ICT investments.
Juha Lehtola is Investment Director at Finnish Industry Investments direct VC investments team. He has been active in the Finnish and Nordic venture capital industry since 2003, completing various early and growth stage investments in different technology sectors, including cleantech. Prior to joining FII in 2009, he held similar positions at Nordic Venture Partners and Aura Capital. Juha received a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Helsinki University of Technology.
Mr Bojö is Senior Investment Manager at the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation, NEFCO, an international financial institution created by the five Nordic countries. His responsibilities cover cleantech, energy efficiency and renewable energy deal sourcing, execution and portfolio management. NEFCO offers co-financing of investments mainly in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus providing a positive environmental impact relevant to the Nordic countries. Mr Bojö has previously worked as Swedens Representative in EBRDs Supervisory Board for the venture capital fund Norum, Programme Manager for Swedens cooperation with the World Bank and Russia within district heating and Consul at Swedens Consulate General in Saint Petersburg.
Jaan Heinsoo is a Foreign Direct Investment Manager in the investment promotion team of Enterprise Estonia, a state foundation for business support and development. He is responsible for promoting foreign direct investments in the cleantech and energy sectors. Jaan develops business relationships and manages FDI projects for international companies aiming to expand their operations, building up an international network of contacts with a cleantech focus. He has previously worked as a legal advisor for KPMG Baltics and as a member of the board in an Estonian renewable energy company producing bioenergy products from Baltic raw materials. Jaan has a law degree from Concordia International University Estonia and an MBA from Aalto University.
Nils Lehmann is a manager in the Carbon Trusts innovation team. He works with companies ranging from start-ups to multi-nationals to commercialise low carbon technologies. Nils previously worked as a senior consultant at McKinsey & Company specialising in low carbon innovation strategies across industries. He holds an MSc in Mathematics from McGill University and at ETH Zurich worked closely with the finance industry to research investor assessments of corporate sustainability performance.
Tarja (MSc. In Engineering, PhD in Tech) is Partner, co-founder and member of the Board at Cleantech Invest (www.cleantechinvest.com), investment and development firm founded in 2005. Cleantech Invest (CTI) currently has 13 firms in its investment portfolio. CTI invests in early-stage cleantech ventures in the Nordic area, with investment focus being smart energy and clean environment. Since 2014 CTI shares are traded at Nasdaq OMX First North Helsinki.
Peteris joined BaltCap team in 2010. His professional career started in 1997 when he worked as Production Manager for Stora Enso. From 2004 to 2007 Peteris worked for venture capital fund Eko Investors. He is a member of supervisory board of portfolio companies SIA Primekss, SIA EUROLCDS and SIA EKJU and board member in SIA BaltCap Management Latvia.
Binella Vannesjö is a Business Developer at the Swedish Energy Agency which means being project leader for financing start-up clean-tech companies. Binella is also responsible for evaluating incoming projects working as gate-keeper at the Swedish Energy Agency. Binella has a long experience of environmental issues as project leader for energy efficiency projects at the Swedish Energy Agency, as environmental coordinator at a multi-national company including environmental and quality audits, environmental coordinator at the Swedish Marine Forces and also as environmental officer in local communities. Binella has a Master of Science from Gothenburg University and studies at the University in Sarajevo.
Andreas Stubelius is a business developer at the Swedish Energy Agency. He is currently responsible for a governmental project with the mission to increase private finance in Swedish Cleantech. Andreas has experience from startups and has served in several boards. Before he joined the business development team at the agency ha has worked as sales manager and business controller.
At Marble Invest Andre’s main responsibilities are to research targeted technologies and markets, research and evaluate promising new investment opportunities and support the management of portfolio companies. Before joining Marble Invest, Andre held positions at Nelja Energia AS and Eesti Energia AS where he developed several pioneer wind farms in Estonia.
Johan Gerklev has been the environment director of Skanska Sweden since 1998. Previously he has served as environment director at Skanska Sothwest during the period 1995-1997 and as a researcher at the TEM foundation, Lund University. Johan have served in the boards of the Swedish Environmental Management Council, Swedish Association of Environmental Managers and O2 El.
Thorbjørn works with new business creation, business development, company start-up and strategy work in the Grundfos group. He leads new business initiatives and serves at internal and external boards of directors. Thorbjorn has an extensive international experience with regional management covering cross-functional/cross-cultural responsibilities and management, business development, strategic planning, as well as operations and finance. He has worked internationally 25 years, has lived as an expatriate in Paris, France and in Singapore, Asia-Pacific, and he has managed teams in the USA. In addition, he has government and political EU lobbying experience. Thorbjorn is a Stanford Graduate School of Business alumni, holds a M.Sc. (DEA) in Management of Technology and Innovation from Dauphine Université Paris, and a M.Sc. in Business Administration and Strategy from Copenhagen Business School. He serves as a Jury in national and international start-up competitions, Start-Up Chile, and he is a Global Cleantech 100 panelist.
Fredrik is a partner at Deloitte Sweden, based in Gothenburg, and is the leader of the Energy & Resources industry group and the Cleantech practice for Deloitte Sweden. He has +13 years of experience providing auditing and consulting services to energy, technology, automotive and manufacturing companies in Asia, Europe and the U.S. Fredrik has significant experience and knowledge of the changing energy marketplace with a focus on renewable energy, cleantech and sustainability. Fredrik holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) and a Master of Science in Business Administration from Lund University, Sweden. He has a strong international and cross-cultural platform from working in the U.S., Scandinavia, and Europe, from serving multinational companies, as well as from his university studies in South Korea, Germany and France.
Magnus Agerström is Managing Director of Cleantech Scandinavia, which he co-founded in 2007. With more than 70 investors and industry companies from around the world in a membership network, Cleantech Scandinavia has become one of the most influential actors in the Nordic cleantech space. Before he co-founded Cleantech Scandinavia he co-founded sustainability consultant/software company, Natlikan Sustainability AB, where he was Managing Director for many years and from which he made a successful exit in 2011. Magnus holds a bachelor of Business Administration and has a passion for Environmental Economics. He is convinced that the way we use our economic system will have to be reformed in order for us to solve the big sustainability challenges ahead.
Olof has been working with Cleantech Scandinavia, the leading Nordic cleantech investor network, since 2010 and been involved in organizing all previous rounds of the Nordic Cleantech Open as well as the present one. He holds bachelor exams in Economics and Statistics as well as a Masters exam in Sustainability and Environmental sciences from the University of Lund.