RICHARD VAN HOOIJDONK /// TRENDWATCHER, FUTURIST & INTERNATIONAL TOPSPEAKER
Trendwatcher, futurist and international keynote speaker Richard van Hooijdonk takes you to an inspiring future that will dramatically change the way we live, work and do business.

His inspiration sessions have been attended by over 420,000 people. Richard is a regular guest at radio and television programs. With his international research team, he investigates tech trends like robotics, drone technology, autonomous transport systems, Internet of Things, virtual reality, biotech, nanotech, neurotech, blockchain, 3D and 4D printing and of course augmented and virtual reality and their impact on various industries. Findings are published weekly in the form of compelling articles, e-books and white papers.
RICHARD VAN HOOIJDONK
TRENDWATCHER, FUTURIST & INTERNATIONAL TOPSPEAKER
SVEN GOETHALS /// SALES MANAGER - BAYWA R.E.
Sven Goethals is a Belgian native who grew up and studied in France, where he graduated in International Business Administration. Sven started in the PV industry in 2010. As a sales director at Ikaros Solar, he built the organization which lead to market leadership in the Benelux with more than 150 MW of installed power and many projects for prestigious companies such as Brussels Airport, Philips, Colruyt, Carrefour, Thyssen Krupp and the IKEA group, with whom he negotiated a European Frame Agreement. He joined BayWa r.e. in 2016. He is as a sales manager responsible for Commercial & Industrial Corporates and coordinates the international Key Accounts to which BayWa r.e offers solutions such as on- and off-site Power Purchase Agreements and EPC offers.
SVEN GOETHALS
SALES MANAGER /// BAYWA R.E.
WIM SINKE /// PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST SOLAR ENERGY - ECN PART OF TNO
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WIM SINKE
PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST SOLAR ENERGY /// ECN PART OF TNO
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
FLEUR GREETHAM /// SR PRINCIPAL - PÖYRY MANAGEMENT CONSULTING
Fleur joined Pöyry in 2001 and has over fifteen years of experience in the energy sector. She leads Pöyry's commercial work in the Dutch electricity market involving asset due diligences, PPAs and market analysis and specialises in advising on price, policy and regulatory risk in conventional and renewable North West European electricity markets.

She has overall responsibility for the production of the market-leading Pöyry Independent Market Reports for the Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium and Switzerland.

Fleur has a MSc in Environmental Impact Assessment from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK and a dual honours degree in Mathematics and Geography, Keele University, UK.
FLEUR GREETHAM
SR PRINCIPAL /// PÖYRY MANAGEMENT CONSULTING
JAAP BAARSMA /// CHAIRMAN - HOLLAND SOLAR
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JAAP BAARSMA
CHAIRMAN /// HOLLAND SOLAR
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
KOEN PANIS /// PARTNER BANKING & FINANCE - 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 BANKING & FINANCE /// LOYENS & LOEFF
LIESBETH VAN TONGEREN /// TWEEDE KAMERLID - GROENLINKS
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LIESBETH VAN TONGEREN
TWEEDE KAMERLID /// GROENLINKS
JON FEENSTRA /// CONSULTANT - DNV GL
Jon Feenstra is a solar consultant in the energy advisory group of DNV GL The Netherlands since August 2016. He is experienced in the field of sustainable/renewable energy with focus on photovoltaics and electrical systems while maintaining a broad and extensive knowledge of (applied) physics, (applied) chemistry, (chemical/electrical/mechanical) engineering, the energy sector and the societal relevance of energy.
Jon obtained his PhD in physics in 2016 from Radboud University working on thin-film PV technologies. He PhD thesis is titled: “Transferred thin-film PV applications”. He obtained his master in chemical engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology and his bachelor in chemistry from HAN University.
In DNV, GL Jon operates as a solar PV expert and he is involved in the execution of engineering projects. Jon contributes as a technical specialist in due diligence projects, market studies, risk assessments, workshops and technical research.
JON FEENSTRA
CONSULTANT /// DNV GL
HAN SLOOTWEG /// DIRECTOR ASSET MANAGEMENT - ENEXIS
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HAN SLOOTWEG
DIRECTOR ASSET MANAGEMENT /// ENEXIS
WERNER COPPYE /// CO-FOUNDER & CTO - 3E
Werner Coppye is a co-founder and the Chief Technological Officer of 3E, responsible for the definition and the implementation of the technology roadmap of the company’s business units. Since 1999, Werner has been actively involved in the company’s business development in energy systems for the built environment, solar and wind energy technical advisory work and product development of the SynaptiQ software platform for renewable energy asset management. Before creating 3E as an IMEC spin-off in 1999, Werner was the R&D manager at Philips Hearing Implants, responsible for the development of the terminal equipment for the fitting of cochlear implants. He previously was a project manager at IMEC in Leuven, first active in the optimisation of high yield crystalline silicon solar cells and later in the study of photovoltaic solar energy systems. Werner is co-author of several publications in international publications and is also regularly invited as guest lecturer on sustainable energy concepts. He graduated as an electro-technical engineer in micro-electronics from the “KU Leuven” (Catholic University of Leuven Belgium) in 1992.
WERNER COPPYE
CO-FOUNDER & CTO /// 3E
ROLAND DE VLAM /// COUNSEL ENERGY TEAM - LOYENS & LOEFF
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ROLAND DE VLAM
COUNSEL ENERGY TEAM /// LOYENS & LOEFF
HAROLD HOFENK /// RELATIEMANAGER ENERGY & CLIMATE - TRIODOS BANK
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HAROLD HOFENK
RELATIEMANAGER ENERGY & CLIMATE /// TRIODOS BANK
MIRIAM VAN EE /// PARTNER - EVERSHEDS SUTHERLAND
Miriam van Ee started her career with NautaDutilh in May 1998 and joined Eversheds Sutherland in 2008 as a partner in the corporate and M&A practice with a focus on the energy sector.
Miriam is specialised in M&A, financing, restructuring, securities, corporate, contract and energy law. She has broad experience and in depth knowledge of domestic and cross border mergers & acquisitions, de-mergers, joint ventures, shareholders agreements, insolvencies, (acquisition) structuring, restructuring, commercial (energy) agreements and (project/acquisition) financing.
In addition to the aforementioned transaction expertise, Miriam is specialised in the structuring of energy projects through the planning and construction phase, commissioning, operation and maintenance with respect to a variety of technologies such as wind, solar, biomass and heat projects. She has also in depth experience in local energy production and integration of energy solution in buildings.
Miriam is admitted to practice law in the Netherlands. She holds degrees from Utrecht University in notarial law and civil law (cum laude) and spent two years (2002 and 2003) working in the Corporate and Finance practice in London.
MIRIAM VAN EE
PARTNER /// EVERSHEDS SUTHERLAND
GERBEN SMIT /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - SOLARFIELDS
Gerben is the Managing Director of Solarfields and has been working in the renewable energy industry for almost 15 years. He has held a number of senior management positions in the industry. Gerben is one of the founders of Solarfields, a leading developer based in the Netherlands. Currently Solarfields is working, with a team of 20 people, on a portfolio of more than 1.500 MWp of large scale solar projects in the Netherlands.
GERBEN SMIT
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// SOLARFIELDS
NICKY LARSEN /// SR BUSINESS DEVELOPER - OBTON A/S
Nicky Larsen is a Senior Business Developer for Obton A/S. He is responsible for the group's business development activities - both in terms of market expansion and value chain expansion.
Nicky Larsen has more than eight years of experience within the enery sector covering a wide area of various disciplines.
NICKY LARSEN
SR BUSINESS DEVELOPER /// OBTON A/S
HARRY WOLKENFELT /// CEO - SOLARIF
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HARRY WOLKENFELT
CEO /// SOLARIF
PETER COLPAERT /// CO-FOUNDER - 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
CO-FOUNDER /// ENTEK
MORITZ ROLF /// MANAGER GLOBAL ACCOUNTS & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - 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
MANAGER GLOBAL ACCOUNTS & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT /// SUNGROW EMEA
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
ANDREA VIARO /// HEAD TECHNICAL SERVICE & PROJECT MANAGEMENT - JINKOSOLAR EU
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 & PROJECT MANAGEMENT /// JINKOSOLAR EU
ALISON FINCH /// CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER - HUAWEI SOLAR EUROPE
Alison Finch studied Chemistry at Reading University, before beginning her corporate career as a graduate trainee for Mars, the privately-owned American Corporation. Over the next decade, her roles there varied from Production Manager, in the largest canning factory in Europe, to Sales, Marketing and Logistics. In 2000, Alison relocated to Melbourne, Australia, as Head of Integration for a large Dairy Co-operative and furthered her expertise in Human Resources & Value Chain Management. In 2010, Alison set up her own Solar Installation business in Cardiff, UK and, as such, gained first-hand experience of the solar industry, before joining Huawei in March 2014 to establish Huawei Solar in the UK. Two years on, Huawei succeeded in grabbing the largest share of UK ground-mount solar inverter market. Alison has now taken on the challenging role of Chief Marketing Officer, Huawei Solar Europe, as well as being a Board Director at Solar Power Europe.
ALISON FINCH ///
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER /// HUAWEI SOLAR EUROPE
SVEN PLUUT /// CO-FOUNDER - ZONNEPANELENDELEN
Sven Pluut is co-founder of ZonnepanelenDelen, the leading Solar crowdfundingplatform in the Netherlands and has been recognized internationally with a United Nations Momentum for Climate Change award. Sven is responsible for business development and manages the platforms strategic finance partnerships.
With Zonnepanelendelen, Sven and his team are accelerating the digitization of the solar financing process. Making it faster, and easier for project owners to obtain funds, while giving capital providers acces to the commercial scale solar asset class.
Sven has over 10 years of experience within the renewable energy sector. Having worked, amongst others, for the Clinton Climate Initiative and the Triodos bank.
SVEN PLUUT ///
CO-FOUNDER /// ZONNEPANELENDELEN
JAN VAN LAETHEM /// REGIONAL MANAGER WESTERN EUROPE - SMA
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JAN VAN LAETHEM ///
REGIONAL MANAGER WESTERN EUROPE /// SMA
WIDO VAN HEEMSTRA /// SENIOR ADVISOR - RVO
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WIDO VAN HEEMSTRA ///
SENIOR ADVISOR /// RVO
TOM VAN DORP /// MANAGER BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & SALES - SOLARPLAZA
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TOM VAN DORP ///
MANAGER BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & SALES /// SOLARPLAZA
DENNIS GIESELAAR /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - 4BLUE B.V.
Dennis Gieselaar (1974) works for Pallieter RENEFF, a Dutch family owned private equity firm investing in companies in the field of solar-pv and LED technology. On behalf of Pallieter Mr Gieselaar is the delegated Managing Director of 4BLUE, one of Holland’s fastest growing solar distributors.
Mr Dennis Gieselaar has over 25 years of experience within the photovoltaic industry. After graduating in Environmental Science and Total Quality Management in 1997 he joined Ekomation Solar Energy Consultancy, the predecessor of Solarplaza. As a consultant he worked closely together with Mr Edwin Koot, the founder and owner of Solarplaza, on supporting utilities, governments and various industries on solar photovoltaics. In 2001 Mr Gieselaar founded Oskomera Solar Power Solutions (OSPS). At OSPS he was involved in the realization of almost 0,3 GW of solar power across Europe. In 2015 Mr Gieselaar joined Pallieter RENEFF where he currently manages subsidiary companies 4BLUE B.V. and LUMINAID B.V. (manufacturing of linear LED lighting applications).
DENNIS GIESELAAR ///
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// 4BLUE B.V.