VARUN SIVARAM /// CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER - RENEW POWER
Varun Sivaram is a physicist, bestselling author, and Chief Technology Officer at ReNew Power Ventures, a multibillion-dollar renewable energy firm that is India’s largest by installed capacity. He is also an adjunct senior research scholar at Columbia University, a board member for the Stanford University energy and environment institutes, and an editorial board member for the journal Global Transitions. Most recently, he was a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington D.C., where he directed the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change. He was also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.

He is the author of the bestselling book, "Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet" (MIT Press, 2018), which the FT called “the best available overview of where the solar industry finds itself today, and a road map for how it can reach a brighter future.” He is also the editor of the book, "Digital Decarbonization: Promoting Digital Innovations to Advance Clean Energy Systems" (CFR Press, 2018).

Dr. Sivaram’s work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Energy Policy, the Journal of Applied Physics, the Journal of Physical Chemistry, Nature, Nature Energy, Nature Climate Change, Joule, Scientific American, MIT Tech Review, and Issues in Science and Technology. Forbes Magazine called him one of the 30 under 30 in Law and Policy, Grist selected him as one of the top 50 leaders in sustainability, and PV Magazine named him the “Hamilton of the Solar Industry.”

Dr. Sivaram has previously served as senior energy advisor to the the mayor of Los Angeles and the governor of New York, and as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. A Rhodes and a Truman scholar, he holds a PhD in condensed matter physics from St. John’s College, Oxford University. He also holds degrees from Stanford University in engineering physics and international relations.
VARUN SIVARAM
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER /// RENEW POWER
WIM SINKE /// PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST SOLAR ENERGY - ECN PART OF TNO
Prof. dr. Wim C. Sinke (1955) is Principal Scientist Solar Energy bij ECN part of TNO. Hij is tevens bestuurslid van de TKI Urban Energy, de nationale publiek-private samenwerking voor energie-innovaties in de gebouwde omgeving, inclusief zonne-energie. Daarnaast is hij co-chairman van het European Technology & Innovation Platform Photovoltaics (ETIP PV), deeltijdhoogleraar Photovoltaic Energy Conversion aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam en als gastmedewerker verbonden aan onderzoekinstituut AMOLF.

Wim Sinke studeerde experimentele natuurkunde aan de Universiteit Utrecht en deed van 1981 tot 1985 promotieonderzoek op het gebied van zonnecellen bij het FOM-Instituut AMOLF in Amsterdam. Vervolgens werkte hij als postdoc bij het Hitachi Central Research Laboratory in Tokyo en enkele jaren als groepsleider bij AMOLF alvorens in 1990 bij ECN in dienst te treden om het onderzoeksprogramma op het gebied van fotovoltaïsche zonne-energie (PV, ofwel zonnestroom) op te zetten. Sinds 1 april 2018 hebben ECN en TNO hun krachten op energieonderzoekgebied gebundeld en “ECN part of TNO” gevormd.

Voor zijn onderzoek aan zonnecellen en zijn bijdragen aan ontwikkeling en toepassing van PV ontving hij 1992 de Jacob Kistemakerprijs van de Stichting FOM, in 1998 de NOZ-PV Prijs van Novem (nu RVO.nl), in 1999 de Koninklijke/Shell Prijs voor Duurzame Ontwikkeling en Energie en in 2011 de prestigieuze European Becquerel Prize. In 2015 werd hij voor zijn verdiensten op het gebied van zonne-energie benoemd tot Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw.
WIM SINKE
PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST SOLAR ENERGY /// ECN PART OF TNO
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