Nicola Bettio, Head, KAUST Innovation Fund
Nicola manages the KAUST Innovation Fund, the venture fund supports the University’s pipeline startup projects and invests in international technology companies willing to establish operations in Saudi Arabia. For over a decade, Nicola co-led EonTech Ventures, an independent Luxembourg-based venture capital fund focused on early-stage technology. He has also spent a substantial portion of his career as a management consultant at Arthur D. Little. In 2011 he participated in the establishment of a venture capital fund in Russia as co-founder, and in 1999 he was Director of Worldwide Marketing Coordination at Technicolor (NYSE: TCH,formerly Thomson Multimedia). Nicola holds an MBA from INSEAD and a business Administration and economics degree from Universita’ L. Bocconi.
Anne Jalkala, Vice President, Fortum Startup and Fund Investments
Anne Jalkala is Vice President of Fortum startup and fund investments. Fortum aims to be the forerunner in clean energy and invests in startups that accelerate the renewable and digital transformation of the energy sector. In 2014-2016 Anne was dean of LUT School of Business and Management at Lappeenranta University of Technology. In 2013-2014 she worked as a visiting scholar at Stanford University and analyzed commercialization strategies of cleantech startups. Before that she worked as a professor of marketing, specializing in cleantech commercialization. In 2007, she worked as a visiting scholar at Universita’ L. Bocconi in Milan and analyzed trends in global project business. Anne holds a PhD in Industrial Management.
Kaija Valdmaa, Greentech Sector Manager, Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol
Kaija Valdmaa is a green technology sector and innovation system expert. She worked in the academia (Tallinn University of Technology) as a younger research fellow on topics related with greentech sector analysis and science, technology and innovation policy analysis around green and energy technologies, and executed local and EU business and science project in the same field. In 2014 she started to work for Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol and PAKRi Science and Industrial Park as Greentech Sector Manager with the main aim to draw together an export oriented sector/cluster, also raise funding for business development programmes, globally present and market the Estonian greentech community, collaborate with the public sector and universities to activate research commercialization and technology transfer, and mentor start-ups and growth companies on business development issues.
Heikki Sorasahi, Assisting specialist circular Economy, Sitra
Heikki Sorasahi (M. Sc, Tech.) works in a circular economy team at the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, where he has worked since 2013. Previously Sorasahi worked on Sitra’s project which supported the creation of the Finnish Network for Sustainable Mining. Before Sitra and after studying industrial engineering at the Lappeenranta University of Technology, Sorasahi gained experience on sustainability consulting in Finland and in Chile.
Niina Aagaard, Head of Investment Operations in North Europe, Finpro
Niina works with FDI operations in North Europe at Finpro, the trade and investment organization of Finland. She is also the Global Opportunity Leader at Finpro for the Cleantech industrial sector. It means finding and productifying business opportunities within Cleantech for both Finnish and international companies. The stakeholders within her wide network range from innovative startups to large and established corporations. Her special industrial field are energy related segments particularly within power electronics such as wind power or maritime and digitalization. She is especially fond of international entry strategies, regulatory issues and risk assessment.
Julia Parker, Investment advisor, Invest in Skåne
Julia is responsible for investment development at Invest in Skåne for the real estate and cleantech areas. Her main assignment is to support foreign investors in helping them to identify and find investment opportunities in southern Sweden. Julia holds a Master degree in International Environmental Science from the University of Lund as well as has completed Executive Program in Real Estate at Said Business School, Oxford University. Julia has been working with environmental strategy development at Alfa Laval, AB Gense and Canon Inc in Tokyo. She has a strong network with international investors worldwide. Invest in Skåne is the official regional promotion agency facilitating inward investment to Sweden’s southernmost region Skåne as well as promoting internationalisation of the regional industry.
Lauren Burrows is a Vice President of WindSail Capital Group, a leading provider of growth capital to companies advancing energy innovation and sustainability. Prior to joining WindSail, Lauren was a member of the Power & Renewables Equity Underwriting team at GE Energy Financial Services, General Electric’s energy principal investing business with $16B in assets. Prior to joining GE, Lauren was an associate in the Investments in Clean Technology division at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Prior to joining the Clean Energy Center, Lauren was an associate at Wind Point Partners, a $2.5 billion private equity investment firm based in Chicago focused on middle market leveraged buyouts. Previously, Lauren was an analyst in the Investment Banking Division of Lehman Brothers in New York. Lauren received an A.B. cum laude from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She currently lives in Somerville, MA.
Richard Riggs is a corporate VC at Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures, the corporate venturing subsidiary of Aramco, the Saudi Arabian national oil company. Previously Richard has been with BASF Venture Capital as an Investment Manager since 2012. When joining BASF in 2006 he was initially leading scientific projects in the areas of crop protection and performance chemicals. Prior to this he worked in the care chemicals division at Ciba Specialty Chemicals. Richards Doctorate degree in chemistry is from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
Laurence Duyck is currently in charge of the open innovation initiative by Veolia focused on startups, SMEs and entrepreneurs. She is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and managing the integration of external innovative solutions in close connection with Strategy, Marketing, Business development and Business unit teams. Veolia is a leading company delivering services in water, waste and energy fields.
Before joining the field of innovation, Laurence had 20 years of experience in environmental topics management through various positions in the industrial area (risk studies and management, due diligences, remediation). Laurence holds a Master 2 degree in chemistry, physics and business management from Pierre et Marie Curie University in Paris.
Alain joined Veolia in 2015 to create and market digital offers dedicated to smart cities, coming from Transdev where he created, developed and led the digital project called Urban Pulse, “smart app for smart cities”. Alain has more than 25 years of experience in Urban Mobility, Media, Telecom and Internet sectors. He has served as Managing Director, Marketing VP, Business Development VP and R&D manager in large corporations as well as start-up companies. He launched several innovative businesses for large corporations including OpenTV, TPS Interactive and contributed to other technological ventures for companies like Thales, France Telecom, and Sagem. He also created a start-up based on an innovative technology for real people to merge with virtual worlds. Alain is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique, received an engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale des Télécommunications, and holds a PhD in Signal Processing
Valery started his career at EDF, focusing mostly on R&D related to generation (nuclear and fossil) and distribution. As his interests evolved towards international collaboration and leverage, he became one of the founders of NUGENIA, an integrated framework for Nuclear R&D. Valery spent eight years working in the USA. Most recently he undertook the post of Innovation Director for North America serving the whole EDF Group. Valery is now back in Paris with the same position for Europe and the Middle East. Apart from many other assignments he also tried to move the lines by being active in politics, as mayor of a French village for six years. Valery is a graduate of ESPCI Paris cum laude.
Jussi Sainiemi is Investment Manager at Finnish Industry Investment’s direct VC investment team. He focuses on screening and preparing new investments as well as developing portfolio companies. Before joining FII in early 2012 Jussi worked several years in management consulting, latest as a Senior Consultant and team leader. He led and participated in engagements in the field of competitiveness, strategy and M&A advisory. Jussi earned his Master’s degree from Helsinki University of Technology and CEFA certificate from Helsinki Swedish School of Economics.
Per Anell is investment manager at the technology team of Industrifonden. He has almost 20 years of professional experience from senior positions in several high growth and startup companies including MYDATA, Proximion and Sectra Mamea. Prior to joining Industrifonden Per worked as an investment manager at Innovationsbron and later Almi Invest focusing mainly on seed investments in high tech startups. Per holds a MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Facultuy of Engineering, University of Lund.
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.
Mary McCarthy is an Investment Manager at SABIC Ventures, whose primary goal is to source innovative technologies and businesses consistent with SABIC’s global strategy, Mary focuses on sourcing and executing strategic investments in the Europe region. Prior to joining SABIC Ventures Mary has 15 years of experience in the chemical industry in R&D, talent acquisition and change management areas. Mary has a PhD in organometallic chemistry and catalysis from the University College Dublin, Ireland and has held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Max Planck Institute für Kohlenforschung, Germany.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Per Heander is investment manager at ALMI Invest in Lund, the leading investor of start-up companies in Sweden. Based in the ALMI Invest office in Lund he scouts for new investments in Skåne and Blekinge. Per is a member of Teknoseed II investment committee and have extensive experience from creation of start-up companies as board member. Prior to ALMI Invest Per worked at Innovationsbron and Teknoseed as investment manager. In the early 90’s Per held operating positions at the bank SEB, focusing on financing small to large corporates. Per holds a Bachelor in business administration from Lund University.
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.
Allan is the director of the emerging water technology department at Grundfos Holding where he works with business – and company development within new Grundfos business opportunities. Previously he has been the CEO of Infarm A/S, an i nnovative environmental technology company. Allan have held a variety of positions within business development and hands-on mechanical development/project management in Grundfos, Bang & Olufsen et al. He is a board member/chairman in a number of Danish and foreign companies. Allan has an Internationall business degree from Aarhus University as well as a mechanical engineering degree from DTU.
Stefan Henningsson, Senior Adviser Climate Innovation, WWF International Global Climate & Energy Initiative
Stefan Hemmingsson co-ordinates climate innovation work for WWF International as part of the Global Climate and Energy Initiative. This includes linking business models and policy changes needed for more climate innovation and to take more innovative cleantech companies out on the global market as fast as possible by supporting better frameworks that reduces barriers for their growth. Inspirational innovation cases that must grow for emissions to shrink and more people to gain clean energy access are currently selected as WWF Climate Solvers in China, India, South Africa and the Nordics. Stefan has produced the Global Cleantech Innovation Index together with partners twice, 2012 and 2014. WWF’s climate innovation work is communicated through the Climate Solver platform. Stefan also work for WWF Sweden as Climate Policy Expert and is on the Advisory Board for Sustainia 100. Stefan holds a MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management from the University of Linköping.
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.
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.
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.
Magnus Agerström is the chairman of Cleantech Scandinavia. 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.