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
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.
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.
Rune holds an MSC in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in thermodynamics as well as a MBA from IAE in Aix-en-Provence. He has experience from several Norwegian manufacturing industrial companies and has also been a partner at Pareto Securities at the height of the financial crisis in 2008 – 2011 where he advised companies and owners during M&As, IPOs and other issues related to capital structure and strategy. He is currently heading the Industry, Transport and New Technology group at Enova SF. The group develops financial support schemes for industrial energy efficiency and deployment of new technology. The group manages a project portfolio of around 200 projects in which Enova has invested more than NOK 4 billion.
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.
Marit Sall is a Project Manager at the Estonian Development Fund, Startup Estonia team. She is responsible for developing the Estonian cleantech network and accelerating cleantech innovation in the startup ecosystem. Marit also coordinates a European climate innovation initiative, Climate-KIC in Estonia, and is a National Lead for Europe’s largest cleantech business idea competition, ClimateLaunchpad. Previously she has also worked for a business accelerator, Cleantech Open in Silicon Valley. Marit is a Baltic-American Freedom Foundation Alumni and holds a BSc in Environmental Technology and a MSc in Environmental Management.
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.
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.
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
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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.