MICHAEL LIEBREICH /// CHAIRMAN ADVISORY BOARD - BNEF
Michael Liebreich is Founder and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the world’s leading provider of research on clean energy, energy technology and advanced transportation. Michael founded New Energy Finance in 2004 and acted as Chairman and Chief Executive before selling it to Bloomberg LP in 2009. Bloomberg New Energy Finance is headquartered in London and now has over 200 staff in 13 offices around the world. Since August 2012 Michael has served as a Board Member of Transport for London. He is a member of the high-level Advisory Group for the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative and is Founder and Chairman of Finance for Resilience (FiRe), EcoVillages and the Liebreich Foundation. He is a Visiting Professor at the Imperial College Energy Futures Lab. Michael is Chairman of technology startup Pearlshare and of St. Mark’s Hospital Foundation, a charity supporting research in colorectal medicine. He is a three-time finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, and in 2015 was presented with the Renewable Energy Association's Judges Award for lifetime achievement. Michael is a member of the Advisory Council of Business for Britain. Prior to founding New Energy Finance, Michael acted as Deputy Managing Director of Associated Press Television and Founding Director of Sports News Television, then as UK Managing Director of Groupe Arnault’s technology investment. He spent five years in the London office of McKinsey & Co. Michael graduated in Engineering from University of Cambridge with 1st class honours, winning the Ricardo Prize for Thermodynamics and Christ’s College Wyatt Prize. He has an MBA from Harvard, where he was a Harkness Fellow and Baker Scholar. He was a member of the British Olympic Ski Team in 1992.



Michael Liebreich, the closing keynote speaker at the conference, is Chairman of the Advisory Board and Founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance. He is well-known internationally as a speaker on RE trends and topics.
Michael states that "The time is coming when we have to leave behind mechanisms that simply support renewable energy. Wind and solar are now so cheap they are going to soak up all of the demand during sunny days or windy weather whatever we do. If we overbuild, we will just crash the price during those times to zero. What is needed now is mechanisms for clean energy to meet demand at the other times: the nights, and the days without wind, but they must be efficient. Capacity markets are a blunt instrument which will suppress innovation. What we need is markets which pay a premium for firm power, power you can rely on whatever the weather. Then it will be game on: every technology and player can compete to provide it, and we’ll get real price signals.” He also hopes that 2017 will be “the year the world gets serious about risks to its increasingly digital and connected infrastructure – whether those risks stem from malicious attacks, technical failures, unpredicted weather impacts or spikes in demand. “I hope I’m wrong, but worry that the world is about to get a very unpleasant wake-up call – if not this year, then some time soon."
MICHAEL LIEBREICH
CHAIRMAN ADVISORY BOARD /// BNEF
ANTON MILNER /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - IB VOGT
English-born Anton Milner is one of the pioneers in the solar industry. As one of the co-founders of the cell manufacturer Q CELLS SE, he helped the "Solarvalley Mitteldeutschland" industry cluster become the top German production location. He was a member of the board at Q CELLS until 2009. Since 2011, Anton Milner has been responsible for solar power plants at ib vogt GmbH and has successfully launched the company on the British solar energy market. He became Managing Director in 2012.
ANTON MILNER
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// IB VOGT
GERARD REID /// FOUNDER & PARTNER - ALEXA CAPITAL
Gerard Reid has over two decades’ experience in equity research and fund management in the energy area. He is also a leading energy expert and lecturer, author and monthly columnist for BIZZ energy today, the German energy industry publication. Prior to founding Alexa Capital, he was Managing Director and Head of European Cleantech Research at the US investment bank Jefferies & Co. Before joining Jefferies, Gerard managed a renewable energy fund. He has broad relationships across the institutional and private investor communities as well as amongst government policy makers, utilities and technology providers to the energy area. Gerard has been teaching in the university in Berlin for the last decade. Gerard holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree as well as a Higher Diploma in Education from Trinity College Dublin.
GERARD REID
FOUNDER & PARTNER /// ALEXA CAPITAL
BENEDIKT ORTMANN /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - BAYWA R.E.
Benedikt Ortmann PhD dedicated the last 12 years of his carreer to photovoltaic projects all over the world. Before joining the team at BayWa r.e. he built the international project business for SOLON SE, Berlin, from scratch and turned it into a successful and highly profitable business devision. His beginnings in the renewable business are back into 2003, when he became CFO at S.A.G. Solarstrom AG, Freiburg.
BENEDIKT ORTMANN
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// BAYWA R.E.
JOSEFIN BERG /// SENIOR ANALYST - IHS MARKIT
Josefin Berg is a senior analyst for the IHS solar research group, where she performs market analysis of trends and strategies in the downstream part of the PV market. Her focus areas include developer strategies, mergers and acquisitions, and the integration of PV in the power generation mix. She authors reports on PV markets and trends, and speaks regularly at industry events.
Prior to joining IHS, Josefin was an R&D strategy consultant in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energies.
She holds an MSc in Environmental Engineering from Uppsala University, Sweden. She speaks English, French, Spanish and Swedish and is based in Barcelona.
JOSEFIN BERG
SENIOR ANALYST /// IHS MARKIT
DUNCAN MOSER /// SUPPLY CHAIN & OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT - HEINEKEN
Duncan Moser (1972) has been with HEINEKEN for over 19 years, working in various Supply Chain Management roles around the world. He initiated the Total Productive Management program in the Asia-Pacific region, creating the foundation for ongoing operational improvements and cost reduction.
Duncan subsequently worked as Brewery Manager, leading the Supply Chain operation (procurement, production and distribution) in Suriname. After a role as Production Manager at Den Bosch Brewery he moved on to Procurement. As Program Manager Supplier Collaboration he leads a program designed to optimize the end-to-end Supply Chain, particularly in the areas of costs and sustainability.
Duncan holds a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Delft University of Technology and is currently pursuing an MBA at IE Business School in Madrid.
DUNCAN MOSER
SUPPLY CHAIN & OPERATIONS MANAGER /// HEINEKEN
ROBIN SCHIPPER /// VAKDESKUNDIGE DUURZAAMHEID - PRORAIL
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ROBIN SCHIPPER
VAKDESKUNDIGE DUURZAAMHEID /// PRORAIL
WILLEM ENKLAAR /// TEAM MANAGER ENERGY & CLIMATE - TRIODOS BANK
Willem Enklaar has been active in the energy sector since 2007 when he worked at Fortis as Account Manager for the Global Energy Group. In 2009 he joined Triodos as Investment Officer in the Emerging Markets department and as from 2012 he managed one of the emerging Market investment funds. In 2015 he joined the Team Energy & Climate at Triodos Investment Management as senior Relationship Manager, focusing on financing solar PV projects. In 2017 he became team manager of the same team.
WILLEM ENKLAAR
TEAM MANAGER ENERGY & CLIMATE /// TRIODOS BANK
ESTHER ZUMPOLLE /// ONTWIKKELAAR ZON - ENECO
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ESTHER ZUMPOLLE
ONTWIKKELAAR ZON /// ENECO
GUY SELLA /// CEO & CHAIRMAN, FOUNDER - SOLAREDGE
Mr. Guy Sella is a founder of SolarEdge and has served as Chairman of the board of directors and Chief Executive Officer since 2006.
Prior to founding SolarEdge, Mr. Sella was a partner at Star Ventures, a leading venture capital firm, where he led investments in several startups, including AeroScout, Inc. (acquired by Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.) and Vidyo, Inc. Previously, Mr. Sella acted as the director of technology for the Israeli National Security Council and as the secretary for the National Committee for Cyber Protection. Mr. Sella also served as the head of the Electronics Research Department (‘‘ERD’’), one of Israel’s national labs, which is tasked with developing innovative and complex systems.
Mr. Sella holds a B.S. in Engineering from the Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology in Haifa.
GUY SELLA
CEO & CHAIRMAN, FOUNDER /// SOLAREDGE
REMCO JONGSMA /// MANAGER - NATIONAAL DUURZAAMHEIDSPLAN
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REMCO JONGSMA
MANAGER /// NATIONAAL DUURZAAMHEIDSPLAN
PETER SEGAAR /// MARKET RESEARCH - POLDER PV
Peter Segaar - promoted biologist, tenant and owner of four solar panels since 2000 - has been administrating and updating the independent website Polder PV since 2004. This is were he publishes critical analyses, facts & figures and detailed graphs about the developments in the Dutch and foreign solar markets. In March 2012 Segaar published a fourth extensive market analysis on the Belgian solar market at Solarplaza.
PETER SEGAAR
MARKET RESEARCH /// POLDER PV
RIK JONKER /// ADVISEUR - RIJKSWATERSTAAT
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RIK JONKER
ADVISEUR /// RIJKSWATERSTAAT
HOTZE HOFSTRA /// GEBIEDSADVISEUR DUURZAME ENERGIE A.I. - PROVINCIE GRONINGEN
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HOTZE HOFSTRA
GEBIEDSADVISEUR DUURZAME ENERGIE A.I. /// PROVINCIE GRONINGEN
PETER DESMET /// FOUNDER & CEO - SOLARCLARITY
Drs. Peter J. Desmet was born in Leuven, Belgium in 1970. At a young age he moved to The Netherlands where he had most of his education. After graduation from the prestigious Dutch Nyenrode Business University in 1995, he pursued an international commercial career. Having worked in several sales and marketing positions, he became Commercial Director of Facom Tools Group and later The StanleyWorks. In 2007 Peter left this position to create his own enterprise: Solarclarity. What started out as a small distributor of PV products, is now an international leading PV distributor with the Benelux as its home market but rapidly expanding across Europe and the Caribbean. Solarclarity won several awards and nominations in recent years among which the prestigious ?Gazelle Award? of the Dutch ?Financieel Dagblad? (Financial Newspaper) for being the fastest growing company in the Northern part of the Netherlands. With the anti-dumping case against Chinese solar modules started also Peter?s lobbying career. As one of the international board members he contributed to the AFASE campaign against the anti-dumping duties on solar modules. He continues to be a member of SETI in which AFASE was merged after the active campaign ended in 2013. At present he chairs the newly formed Dutch Solar Entrepreneurs Association Z.O.N. to defend the Solar Industries interests in the Netherlands.
PETER DESMET
FOUNDER & CEO /// SOLARCLARITY
PETER COLPAERT /// SALES MANAGER - ENTEK
Peter founded Entek NV in 2012. After several years of experience in sales management he realised that there was a need for an independent Operational & Maintenance player in the Benelux market. As an O&M expert Peter has a good knowledge of what can go wrong in the design, building and exploitation of a large pv-installation. He is convinced that on almost every pv-installation there is room for improvements, thus higher ROI’s.
PETER COLPAERT
SALES MANAGER /// ENTEK
MICHEL CHATELIN /// PARTNER - EVERSHEDS SUTHERLAND
Michel (1965) started his career at Trenité Van Doorne, pursued it at Steins Bisschop Meijburg & Co. and started in 2002 at Eversheds. Michel is a partner of the Corporate Practice Group in the Amsterdam office and has a special focus on energy transition and innovation.
Michel has wide experience in advising both national and international clients on all aspects of competition, corporate and commercial and energy law. Michel acts regularly for municipalities and provinces, public and semi public sector companies such waste-disposal and energy companies, institutions and companies in the healthcare sector and housing corporations.
MICHEL CHATELIN
PARTNER /// EVERSHEDS SUTHERLAND
ROBBERT VAN BOXELAERE /// SUSTAINABILITY ENGINEER - WDP
Robbert Van Boxelaere is WDP’s sustainability engineer since 2014. He started at WDP as a project manager for commercial-scale rooftop and ground based utility-scale PV projects throughout Europe. Currently, Robbert is the technical asset manager for WDP’s 50 MWp solar portfolio and the program manager for WDP’s energy monitoring and management services. Other responsibilities include energy procurement, sustainable business strategy development, and corporate social responsibility reporting. WDP is a real estate investor listed on the EURONEXT stock exchange in Brussels and Amsterdam. The company owns 3.000.000 m² of warehouse space and is the market leader in the Benelux countries. Other countries of operation are France and Romania.
ROBBERT VAN BOXELAERE
SUSTAINABILITY ENGINEER /// WDP
KEES MIJDAM /// PROJECT MANAGER - AVRI
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KEES MIJDAM
PROJECT MANAGER /// AVRI
KOEN PANIS /// PARTNER - LOYENS & LOEFF
Koen is member of Loyens & Loeff’s Banking & Finance Practice Group and of the Projects Team in Belgium.
He specialises in project financing, development and management. He has developed a leading expertise in the renewable energy sector (onshore and offshore projects; wind and solar energy; biomass). He also specialises in secured financing (more especially in asset based finance and commodity financing) and in capital markets related matters.
He is recommended in his field of expertise by Legal 500 EMEA.
Koen has been a member of the Brussels Bar since 2006.
KOEN PANIS
PARTNER /// LOYENS & LOEFF
JASPER LEMMENS /// CONSULTANT - DNV GL
Jasper Lemmens started at DNV GL in 2010. He has master's degrees in Applied Physics and in Business Administration. Within DNV GL Jasper combines his technical and business capabilities in projects where DNV GL is consulted on the technical and commercial aspects of PV systems. As a solar expert Jasper supports customers through third party services such as owner’s engineering and independent engineering, market studies, due diligences, risk assessments, project financing, workshops and technical research in the role of technical specialist and project manager. He is the project leader of the Dutch National Action Plan Solar Power where barriers for the Dutch PV market are described and removed and he is the expert for the cost assessment of solar PV and solar heat as part of an advice on the subsidy base for the Dutch feed-in support scheme SDE+.
JASPER LEMMENS
CONSULTANT /// DNV GL
ROLAND DE VLAM /// CO-CHAIR ENERGY TEAM - LOYENS & LOEFF
Roland W. de Vlam (1971), attorney, co-chairs the Loyens & Loeff Energy Team. He advises energy companies and other market parties on regulatory aspects of transactions and represents his clients in court proceedings as well as in decision making processes by policy makers and regulators, such as the Dutch Consumer & Market Authority (ACM). The scope of his work extends across the entire energy chain: gas (E&P, storage, LNG, transport and supply), power (generation, transport and supply), renewables, heat and CO2. Roland is a member of the Dutch Energy Law Association and regularly publishes on Energy law related topics.
ROLAND DE VLAM
CO-CHAIR ENERGY TEAM /// LOYENS & LOEFF
GIDEON OVERWATER /// DIRECTOR - KIESZON
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GIDEON OVERWATER
DIRECTOR /// KIESZON
MANFRED HOCHLEITNER /// CFO - PHOENIX SOLAR AG
Manfred Hochleitner holds a Diploma in Mathematics from Passau University and started his career as a software developer and subsequently as Executive Staff to the Board at a publicly traded German electronics group. From 2006 until 2011, he was Head of Manufacturing and SCM, Financial Director and Managing Director with three medium-sized enterprises. At Phoenix Solar AG he served from 2012 as Director Finance and Administration before he became group CFO in 01/2015. Among other tasks, as Director Finance and Administration he was responsible for the Controlling, Treasury, Group Accounting and Tax functions. In addition, he played a significant role in securing the ongoing Group financing as well as in realigning the Group strategy.
MANFRED HOCHLEITNER
CFO /// PHOENIX SOLAR AG
JEROEN BULTERS /// JR. MANAGER CYBER RISK SERVICES - DELOITTE
Jeroen is a junior manager within the Cyber Privacy and Advisory team within Deloitte Cyber Risk Services. After completing his Bachelor degree in Computer Science (specializing in Information Retrieval) and a short excursion into commercial aviation as a pilot he gained experience as head of development for an international software consulting agency helping clients of various sizes to realize (software) solutions.
Within Deloitte, Jeroen specializes in Cyber Risk Quantification and cyber strategy. Special interests are (amongst others) Blockchain technology, cryptography and software engineering.
JEROEN BULTERS
JR. MANAGER CYBER RISK SERVICES /// DELOITTE
EDWIN KOOT /// CEO - SOLARPLAZA
Edwin founded SolarPlaza company in 2004. He is a senior PV expert and started in the photovoltaic solar energy business in 1994. He has experience as a solar energy consultant and project developer in more than 200 PV projects. Edwin holds a Master’s degree in Chemical engineering and previously worked in the Chemical industry before starting his first consultancy company in PV in 1994.
EDWIN KOOT
CEO /// SOLARPLAZA