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
SAM WILKINSON /// SR. RESEARCH MANAGER - IHS MARKIT
Sam Wilkinson is a Research Manager for the Solar and Energy Storage Research group at IHS Technology. During his time working within the group, Sam has been responsible for researching the PV inverter market and the PV module and poly-silicon supply chain working closely with leading global suppliers to develop detailed analysis on these markets. Sam has also been responsible for establishing primary research reports focusing on solar demand and policy, complementing IHS extensive research of the complete PV supply chain. Building on his experience in the solar research team, Sam established and now leads IHS Technology’s coverage of energy storage, covering a wide range of topics within this fast developing sector. Sam’s analysis and commentary is regularly published by leading PV and energy industry media and also the global press. He has also presented at many leading industry events and conferences. Before beginning his career at IHS, Sam worked as a Structural Engineer for one of Europe’s leading engineering firms. He graduated from The University of Nottingham with a degree in Engineering.
SAM WILKINSON
SR. RESEARCH MANAGER /// IHS MARKIT
ITSKE LULOF /// DIRECTOR ENERGY & CLIMATE - TRIODOS INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT
Entrepreneurial networker both within and outside Triodos Bank. 20 years of experience in sustainable banking and impact investing, with a passion for making renewable energy and energy efficiency bankable.

Itske previously worked as Investment Manager Nature and Environment and Microfinance with Stichting DOEN and as Business Development Manager and Country Director with a renewable energy development company in Central Europe. In the past 7 years she was Fund Manager of Triodos Groenfonds, investing in senior debt for projects in the Dutch renewable energy, organic agriculture and sustainable building sectors. TGF also invests up to 20% in renewable energy projects in emerging markets.

In her current position as Director Energy & Climate of Triodos Investment Management Itske manages the business line Energy & Climate, with 1 bln assets under management through Triodos Groenfonds, Triodos Renewables Europe Fund and Triodos Vastgoedfonds. She also acts as Chair of the Council for Green Funds of the Dutch Banking Association. In that role she is closely involved in the Dutch Energy Agreement.

Itske holds a master degree in East European Sciences (including Energy & Environment studies) from the University of Groningen.
ITSKE LULOF
DIRECTOR ENERGY & CLIMATE /// TRIODOS INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT
SIEBREN ZIJLSTRA /// CFO - GROENLEVEN
Siebren Zijlstra is CFO of GroenLeven. Before that Siebren assisted, as a Manager of the Business Development / M&A department of TenneT and owner of Sinne Wente, 10 years (2009-2018) in equity financing initiatives, M&A transactions and new business development / digitisation initiatives primarily with TenneT within the electricity and telecommunications sector.

Siebren presents regularly as keynote speaker on strategic developments in society from a technological and capital markets perspective.

The work at TenneT was preceded by setting up a Dutch office for Babcock & Brown, an Australian-based infrastructure investor. Siebren was Investment Director in Munich and Amsterdam originating and executing deals in North-West Europe (2006-2008). Prior to joining Babcock & Brown, Siebren worked within TenneT (2003-2005) in the areas finance, regulation, control, strategy and organisational development. Siebren started his professional career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, working for 5 years in the Corporate Finance division (1997-2002).

Siebren holds degrees from the University Groningen, CFA Institute and INSEAD and has done edX courses on Solar Energy and Next Generation Infrastructures I / II from TU Delft.
SIEBREN ZIJLSTRA
CFO /// GROENLEVEN
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
LARISSA GUNST /// METEOROLOGIST & BUSINESS ORIGINATOR - PRIOGEN
Larissa Gunst is a Business Originator and Meteorologist at Priogen, an energy trading & optimization company from Amsterdam. Larissa joined the team in 2016 as an Operational Meteorologist on the trading floor, providing European weather forecasts for trading decisions. In 2017 she combined her meteorological knowledge and experience from the trading floor with portfolio optimizing strategies at Priogen’s business development department. Here, Larissa set up the inhouse solar model and collaborates with a team of programmers and meteorologists to develop new services to de-risk renewable capacity owners. Currently she is responsible for (inter)national PPAs and weather forecasting services for wind and solar portfolios, and is project lead for PPAs in Italy.

Larissa holds a master’s degree in Meteorology and Hydrology from the Wageningen University. In her spare time, Larissa is an enthusiastic Zumba fitness instructor.
LARISSA GUNST
METEOROLOGIST & BUSINESS ORIGINATOR /// PRIOGEN
BERNARDO SILVESTRE /// HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EUROPE - CHINT SOLAR
12+ years experience in management functions in the areas of Business Development, Supply Chain and Operations management, Transport Logistics, Purchasing and Customer Service in complex high tech industries such as Semiconductor and Solar Energy. Strong team lead, organizational, communication and negotiation skills, used to work in multicultural environment, leading international teams and living/working abroad. Analytic mindset and enthusiastic personality with a goal-oriented work mode.
BERNARDO SILVESTRE
HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EUROPE /// CHINT SOLAR
STEFANO CRUCCU /// SENIOR MANAGER STRATEGIC PROJECTS - BAYWA R.E.
Stefano has 8 years of experience and a network in the Solar PV sector worldwide. He joined BayWa r.e. in 2017, where he is responsible for international, strategic projects within the Business Entity Services, which operates over 5 GW of PV and Wind assets across more than 10 countries. Among other topics, Stefano is involved in the company’s Digital Transformation efforts, as well as the growth of BayWa r.e.'s business in the Netherlands, with a pipeline of +1GW of PV projects. Before joining BayWa r.e., Stefano has been responsible for the set-up and successful growth of Solar Asset Management conferences in countries like Japan, Chile and the USA.

Stefano holds a Bachelor in Industrial Design Engineering and a Master in Strategic Product Design from the Technical University of Delft.
STEFANO CRUCCU
SENIOR MANAGER STRATEGIC PROJECTS /// BAYWA R.E.
HUIBERT BAUD /// MANAGER STRATEGY & INNOVATION - LIANDER
Huibert Baud (46) is manager Strategy and Innovation at the Dutch regional network operator Liander. Liander distributes electricity to 3.0 million customers and gas to 2.9 million customers in about one third of the Netherlands. Liander is responsible for the maintenance, expansion and innovation of its grids. Liander also allows its customers to purchase energy from their supplier of choice. Liander is part of Dutch network company Alliander. The Strategy and Innovation department assesses the impact of long term trends at the grids and the operation of Liander. Huibert Baud studied Engineering Physics at Delft University of Technology and worked at several departments at energy company Nuon and Dutch network company Alliander.
HUIBERT BAUD
MANAGER STRATEGY & INNOVATION /// LIANDER
MORITZ ROLF /// SALES DIRECTOR - SUNGROW EMEA
Moritz has been working in the solar industry since 2010. He completed his Master in Solar and Energy Efficiency at the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia) and subsequently worked for Schüco and SMA in the APAC market. After moving back to Germany, Moritz worked for Conergy and, by continuously following his passion for Solar, joined the Sungrow EMEA team in 2016.
MORITZ ROLF
SALES DIRECTOR /// SUNGROW EMEA
STEFAN FROBÖSE /// TECHNICAL DIRECTOR - SUNGROW EMEA
Stefan who holds a degree in Electrical Engineering has been with the company since 2016. Previously he was the Director Product Management at Conergy in Hamburg, responsible for technical supplier selection.
Stefan possesses more than 17 years of management experience in the semiconductor and solar industry which includes various positions in Sales and Product Management at e.g. Transwitch Inc., Solyndra Inc. and Monier.
From 2012-2015, he was a member of the Board of Directors at PV Cycle.
STEFAN FROBÖSE
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR /// SUNGROW EMEA
KRISTIAAN VERSTEEG /// PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
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KRISTIAAN VERSTEEG
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
MARCEL EIJGELAAR /// RESEARCHER POWER GRIDS - DNV GL
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MARCEL EIJGELAAR
RESEARCHER POWER GRIDS /// DNV GL
JOS SCHLANGEN /// RESEARCHER POWER GRIDS - DNV GL
Jos Schlangen is an international project developer and has been active in the solar market since 1987. In the past, he has worked for Shell Solar & Siemens. Currently, he is mainly active for TPSolar as a project developer in the Dutch market. TPSolar develops, builds and operates large scale solar parks in the Netherlands.
JOS SCHLANGEN
SOLAR PV CONSULTANT & PROJECT DEVELOPER /// TP SOLAR
ANDREA VIARO /// HEAD TECHNICAL SERVICE & PRODUCT MANAGEMENT - JINKO SOLAR
Andrea Viaro is responsible for the technical activities at JinkoSolar Europe since 2014, lately overseeing also product developments’ launch in the EU market. He has been working in the PV sector for the last nine years in similar roles at other tier-1 module manufacturer and technical consultancy global firm. His deep knowledge of PV technology and industry, in particular regarding PV modules features and quality, makes him a valued expert in this field.
ANDREA VIARO
HEAD TECHNICAL SERVICE & PRODUCT MANAGEMENT /// JINKO SOLAR
KYRIAKOS STRATAKOS /// TEAM LEAD SOLAR NATIONAL - BAYWA R.E.
Kyriakos is a PV expert and active in the solar energy business since 2008. After joining BayWa r.e. in 2015, he led the PV O&M team in Germany and assisted in the establishment of BayWa r.e. in the German O&M market. Since 2018 he is the Head of the BeNeLux PV O&M team. His focus at BayWa r.e. lies in strategic positioning, operational excellence, customer consulting and asset optimization. Furthermore he is an active member of the SolarPower Europe O&M Task Force. Before joining BayWa r.e. the graduated engineer with strong technical background worked as an EPC project manager and developer for PV plants.
KYRIAKOS STRATAKOS
TEAM LEAD SOLAR NATIONAL - BAYWA R.E.
PHILIPPE HOYLAERTS /// APPLICATION ENGINEER - SMA
Philippe Hoylaerts, Application Engineer bij SMA Benelux, werkte eerst een aantal jaren als consultant in de energiewereld. Zijn drang naar een meer technische kant van het verhaal en een grote interesse in hernieuwbare energie staken de kop op, waardoor hij op zoek ging naar een nieuwe uitdaging. Bij SMA vond hij de ideale match. Als Application Engineer praat hij met klanten over reële projecten in een technische context.
PHILIPPE HOYLAERTS
APPLICATION ENGINEER /// SMA
CHRISTIAN TAUBITZ /// SENIOR EXPERT TECHNICAL MARKETING - Q-CELLS
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CHRISTIAN TAUBITZ
SENIOR EXPERT TECHNICAL MARKETING /// Q-CELLS
BOUKE VAN DER WEERDT /// SOLUTIONS SALES MANAGER - HUAWEI
Bouke van der Weerdt is the Solutions Manager for Huawei’s Benelux Solar division, seated in the Amsterdam office. With over 14 years of experience in power conversion technology for both terrestrial and space applications, photovoltaic applications became the common thread in his professional career.

Huawei, in the industry mainly known for smartphones, enterprise IT and telecom products, is now also the #1 global supplier for string inverters with an installed portfolio exceeding 90GW in 2018. Huawei’s solar portfolio delivers complete inverter solutions from 2kW residential applications up to utility-scale solar farms as large as 1GW using exclusively string inverters.

In his current position as Solutions Manager, Bouke is responsible for the customer’s technical requests within the Benelux sales team. “My job is to help the customer find the best solution for his application, using Huawei’s extensive product portfolio. These solutions extend far beyond the classical PV module – inverter interface, into more data-driven approaches where digital communication becomes key to the long-term success of the installation.”
BOUKE VAN DER WEERDT
SOLUTIONS SALES MANAGER /// HUAWEI
WOUTER VERMEIDEN /// BUSINESS MANAGER - ZOWN
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WOUTER VERMEIDEN
BUSINESS MANAGER /// ZOWN
WIEP FOLKERTS /// PROGRAM MANAGER SOLAR ENERGY APPLICATIONS - TNO
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WIEP FOLKERTS
PROGRAM MANAGER SOLAR ENERGY APPLICATIONS /// TNO
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 (1965) startte zijn carrière in 1994 bij Trenité Van Doorne, vervolgde zijn carrière bij Steins Bisschop Meijburg & Co. en is sinds 2002 partner bij Eversheds in de Praktijkgroep Ondernemingsrecht in Amsterdam. Hij voert een brede mededingingsrechtelijke en ondernemingsrechtelijke praktijk in de private en publieke sector met een speciale focus op energietransitie en innovatie. Michel heeft ruime ervaring met het adviseren van nationale en internationale cliënten met betrekking tot alle aspecten van in mededingings- en aanbestedingsrecht, ondernemingsrecht, contractenrecht en energierecht. Hij staat regelmatig gemeentes en provincies bij alsmede afval-en energiebedrijven, instellingen in de gezondheidszorg en woningcorporaties.
MICHEL CHATELIN
PARTNER - EVERSHEDS SUTHERLAND