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