Dr. Gavin WoodCo-Founder
Ethcore & Grid Singularity
Before founding Ethcore and co-founding Grid Singularity, Dr. Gavin Wood was the Chief Technology Officer and cofounder of the Ethereum Project. During his time with the project, he co-designed, formalised and implemented the Ethereum Protocol, created the Whisper protocol and devised the DEVp2p network protocol, the Solidity programming language and Mix IDE. Prior to Ethereum, he pushed the state-ofthe-art in video synthesis tools, audio analysis software and programming paradigms, and co-founded several technology startups. Dr. Wood has given seminars and presented to numerous audiences around the world from keynotes at regional technology conferences to musings about the future of legal systems. He coined the terms ‘web three’ and ‘allegality’.
Dr. Hervé TouatiManaging Director
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)
Dr. Hervé Touati is Managing Director at Rocky Mountain Institute, where he focuses on disruptive business models and technologies in the electricity sector, and mechanisms to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy by large corporations, such as the Business Renewables Center (BRC) and the Sunshine for Mines initiatives. He is also Chairman of Black Bear Energy (BBE), a for-profit spin-off of RMI acting as an owner’s representative for Real Estate Investment Trusts in distributed energy. Outside RMI, he is an advisor to Greentech Capital Advisors and cleantech startups in Europe and North America. Hervé held several senior positions at E.ON, Germany’s leading utility. He was global MD of the solar and biomass businesses at E.ON Climate & Renewables. He founded and was the first CEO of E.ON Connecting Energies, E.ON’s distributed energy business. E.ON received the prize of “Best European Greentech Company” in 2013 for his work. Earlier, Hervé served as a leading expert for the energy sector with McKinsey & Co.
Vitalik ButerinInventor & Co-Founder
As co-creator and inventor of the blockchain-based Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin is one of the few global experts for the revolutionary technology. The 22-years-old Russian born and Ethereum co-founder, Gavin Wood are the utmost experts provide first-hand answers to all aspects on Blockchain. In 2014, Vitalik won the World Technology Award. He has the ability to add three digit numbers in his head at twice the speed of his peers!
Dr. Christoph FreiSecretary General & CEO
World Energy Council (WEC)
Dr. Christoph Frei has served as World Energy Council (WEC) Secretary General since April 2009, leading the development of this world-renowned London-based organisation through a number of initiatives, including the Global Energy Scenarios and Energy & Climate Policy Assessment flagship projects and the high-level World Energy Leaders’ Summits. He is also an Adjunct Professor at EPFL (since 2006) and a member of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Energy Security (since 2009). Prior to joining WEC, Dr. Frei was a member of the Executive Council of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and its Senior Director in charge of Energy (2001-2009). He received his PhD from EPFL (1997-2000). He holds a diploma in Electrical Engineering (ETHZ, 1989-1995) and Masters in Energy economics & management (EPFL, 1995-1997), econometrics (University of Geneva, 1997-2000), and applied ethics (Ethics Centre, University of Zurich, 2001-2002).
City of Vienna
Ulrike Huemer has worked for the City of Vienna since 2003, first in the Department of Finance Administration, and since 2014 as the Chief Innovation Officer, focusing on digitalization and innovation. She has launched two initiatives www.digitalcity.wien and www.digitalagenda.wien. Blockchain is one the core digitalcity.wien topics for 2017 as an extremely exciting new technology and probably the biggest innovation since the invention of the Internet. As such, it is both important to the business sector in Vienna and there may also be interesting use-cases for a modern city administration.
René SavelsbergManaging Director & CEO
SET Ventures is a venture capital fund focussed on accelerating the energy transition by investing in fast growing Europe-based technology companies that impact the energy sector. Energy blockchain is a potential contributor to the disruption of the current energy ecosystem as energy production decentralises and an increasing number of end users own valuable energy assets, whereby the exchange (trading) of this value becomes crucial.
Martin GrafMember of the Board
As one of the largest service providers in Austria, Energie Steiermark focuses on energy efficiency and innovative services in the fields of electricity, natural gas, heat and mobility. Martin Graf has been a Member of the Board of the Styrian energy company since 2016. Before that he held the position of Executive Director at Energie-Control Austria for five years. Energie Steiermark has evolved from a classic energy supplier to a modern energy service provider. A total of 1700 employees dedicate their experience and expertise to a fair partnership with approximately 600,000 customers in Austria and abroad. In 2016, Energie Steiermark launched its own Open Innovation Lab named Next-Incubator, aiming to develop innovative ideas and products for the digital business in partnership with future-oriented visionaries.
Claus WattendrupManaging Director
Vattenfall Europe Innovation GmbH
Dr. Amory B. LovinsCo-Founder, Chief Scientist & Chairman Emeritus
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)
Physicist Amory Lovins is Co-founder and Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute, energy advisor to major firms and governments in 65+ countries for 40+ years, author of 31 books and 600 papers and an integrative designer of superefficient buildings, factories, and vehicles. Lovins has received the Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, the MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, the Happold, Benjamin Franklin, and Spencer Hutchens Medals, 12 honorary doctorates, and the Heinz, Lindbergh, Right Livelihood (“alternative Nobel”), National Design, and World Technology Awards. In 2016, the President of Germany awarded him the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse). A Harvard and Oxford dropout, former Oxford don, honorary US architect, and Swedish engineering academician, he has taught at ten universities, most recently Stanford’s Engineering School and the Naval Postgraduate School (but only on topics he’s never studied, so as to retain beginner’s mind). He is a member of the U.S. National Petroleum Council and an advisor to the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations. Time has named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people, and Foreign Policy, one of the 100 top global thinkers.
Catarina NauclérR&D Manager Sweden
Catarina Nauclér works on Fortum’s research and innovation, leading the company’s initiatives in blockchain area. Fortum is a clean energy company, which provides its customers with electricity, heating and cooling as well as smart solutions to improve resource efficiency. It employs some 8,000 professionals in the Nordic and the Baltic countries, Russia, Poland and India, and already 64% of Fortum’s electricity generation is CO2 free. In 2015, sales were EUR 3.5 billion.
Eva KailiMember of the
Ms. Eva Kaili is a Member of the European Parliament, elected in 2014. In her capacity as the Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment body (STOA) she has, been working intensely on promoting innovation as a driving force for the European Digital Single Market establishment. She has been particularly active in the fields of m/eHealth, big data and cybersecurity. She has also served the Rapporteur to the Parliament’s Economic committee annual tax report. As a member of the Economics committee she has focused on EU’s financial integration and the management of the financial crisis in the Eurozone. Prior to her participation in the European Parliament, she was twice elected as a member of the Greek Parliament (2007-2012), with the PanHellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK). She holds a Bachelor degree in Architecture and Civil Engineering, and a Postgraduate degree in European Politics. Currently, she is conducting PhD studies in International Political Economy.
Dr. Manuel Sánchez JimenézTeam Leader for Smart Grids
Dr Sánchez joined the European Commission in 2006 as a Project Officer for Renewable Energies, where he created the new focus area “Smart Energy Networks” and launched the European Technology Platform “Smart Grids”. In 2007 he set up the sector for “Information and Communication Technology’s solutions for Energy Efficiency”. Since April 2009, he is the Team Leader for Smart Grids, launching the European Task Force for Smart Grids in November 2009 to advise the Commission on key policy and regulatory issues for digitalization of the energy sector, such as standards, data protection, cybersecurity, market design and regulation. He is providing substantial contribution to the legislation under the Market Design Initiative. He holds a Bachelor degree in Engineering (University of Seville, Spain) and a doctorate in engineering. (University Kassel, Germany). Prior to working at the European Commission, he was the Director of the Plataforma Solar de Almería of the Spanish Ministry of Industry and Energy, the largest solar test centre in Europe.
Mervyn G. MaistryManaging Partner, Digital Strategy & Digital Transformation
Ernst & Young
Mervyn is an MD with an MBA in corporate finance and a postgraduate degree in Health Economics. He was Portfolio manager at Nedcor Investment Bank, Global COO of Deutsche Bank Information Services and a Global Managing Partner of the Digital Strategy Practice at Accenture. He joined EY in 2010 and is Managing Partner in GSA for the Digital Strategy, Innovation and Transformation practice. He has been involved in start-ups since 1999 and was a co-founder of Kalahari.net and BuySAonline in Cape Town. He has been involved in the blockchain community since 2013 and was an early investor in Ethereum. He is currently involved in blockchain concepts & PoCs at ZF, RWE, Bayer & Novartis and is a strategic adviser to start-ups in the decentralized technology space: slock.it, the IOTA foundation, Align, Pillar and tractionB2B.
Ewald HesseCEO & Co-Founder
Ewald Hesse leads the Grid Singularity venture, rooted in the founder’s extensive experience in the energy sector and acute interest in distributed business models. Mr. Hesse has served as regional director for business development and strategy in Southeast Europe at Andritz Hydro. Earlier in his career, he explored technology transfer and joint ventures in China and European automobile sector at Metzler and ABB. Grid Singularity plays the pivotal role in the development of blockchain-based technology in the energy sector.
Jean-Pierre GouxDeputy CEO
Jean-Pierre Goux is Deputy CEO of Powernext in charge of Strategy and Business development for developing gas exchange services in Europe and advanced services for the electricity sector, in particular the certification of green electricity and capacity markets registry. He is particularly interested in how new technologies, including blockchain, are revolutionizing the energy and exchange industry. He holds MSc in Engineering (ENSTA, 1996) and Applied Mathematics in Economics (Sorbonne, 1996). He was a researcher in Mathematics at Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory (US Department of Energy) until 2000. In 2000, he was the first employee of Artelys, startup specializing in economic modeling and optimization solutions. Since 2004 he has been working for Powernext where he occupied numerous positions around power spot, power futures, carbon and gas markets, as well services in energy.
Christoph’s background is in Theoretical Physics and developing optimized software solutions for high performance computing on specialized hardware. Christoph has been part of the Ethereum project since 2014 as Lead Tester, securing and shaping the core protocol while working on the backend of the C++ client. At the end of 2015, he co-founded Slock.it, working on the decentralized sharing economy through the connection of Blockchain and IoT. On of the projects, Share&Charge was recently granted the German mobility award.
Michael HuebnerVice Chair International Smart Grids Action Network (ISGAN)
Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology
Michael Hübner is educated in the field of communication engineering. In his Studies of Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Vienna he additionally engaged with the topics sustainable development, environmental and societal aspects of technology, appropriate technology, ecodesign as well as renewable energy. Since 1998 he works for the department of Energy and Environmental Technology of the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit), in the field of strategy development, program management and international cooperation with focus on “Energy systems of tomorrow“. He is responsible for the topic management „Smart Grids- Intelligent Energy Systems and Networks“ at bmvit. Since 2014 he coordinates the European joint programming network „ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus“, with 21 partner countries. Since 2015 he is Co-Chair of the „International Smart Grids Action Networks (ISGAN)“ of the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Thomas WeisshauptDirector Markets Smart Energy and IOT
Karin WidegrenSenior Adviser
Swedish Energy Agency and the Swedish Energy Markets Inspectorate
During 2010 – 2016, Karin Widegren held several positions at the Swedish Energy Markets Inspectorate, the Swedish energy regulator, including as Director of International Affairs. From 2017, she serves as an independent consultant and senior adviser to both the Swedish Energy Agency and the regulator, with expertise in electricity market design and implementation of new technology, focusing on smart grid and demand side flexibility. Since Spring 2015 Karin Widegren is also Vice Chair of ISGAN (International Smart Grid Action Network) an IEA Technology Collaboration Program. She was priorly appointed as the Director of the Swedish Coordination Council for Smart Grids for the period 2012 – 2014, and she is one of 18 members of the Forum for Swedish Smart Grids.
Her career includes a position as Science and Technology Attaché at the Swedish Office of Science and Technology in the USA and as Deputy Director for Energy Market Policies at the Swedish Ministry of Ministry of Industry, Employment and Communications. As a former Research Project Manager within Vattenfall, she also gained a broad experience in corporate energy research.
Erwin SmoleCSO & Co-Founder Grid Singularity
Erwin Smole is the Grid Singularity co-founder responsible for sales. Boasting over two decades of experience in the energy sector, Smole held senior management positions in utilities, regulatory authority E-Control, and PwC. He has further been engaged in strategic business advisory for government and international organizations (UNDP, EU), as well as a range of energy market entrepreneurs. Smole is a recognized expert in development of new business cases in the both regulated and non-regulated energy market segments. He holds a MSc in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Graz and an MBA from the California Lutheran University, USA. He is Associate Professor at the University of Applied Science in Carinthia, Austria.
Dr. Konstantin StaschusManager
Konstantin Staschus received a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Virginia Tech, USA. After 9 years at Pacific Gas and Electric, USA, he held management positions in German utility associations, including 6 years as Managing Director of VDN, the association of over 400 German electricity transmission and distribution system operators. In 2009 he began his mandate as founding Secretary-General of ENTSO-E, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity in Brussels. ENTSO-E is mandated by the European Internal Energy Market legislation to design 10-year pan-European network development plans, system adequacy forecasts, enhance operational coordination, R&D planning, and structure network codes on connection conditions, market and operational rules. These codes become European binding regulations and complete the Europe-wide electricity market with necessary detailed cross-border rules. Since 2014, Konstantin is also Chair of Cigré’s Study Committee C1 on System Development and Economics, and since 2016, Chair of the European Technology & Innovation Platform “Smart Networks for Energy Transition”. His interest in blockchain relates to ENTSO-E’s role in defining and facilitating electricity wholesale markets, which implies a need to keep up with all technological developments which affect the functioning of electricity retail markets and how they are anchored to fluctuating wholesale prices.
Alois M. FlatzSenior Advisor
Generation Investment Management LLP
Alois is a Senior Advisor to Generation Investment Management, a leading sustainability investment boutique with offices in London, New York and San Francisco. Generation’s Growth Equity Fund invests globally in growth companies with a positive impact on the environment. Over the last 20 years, Alois has focused exclusively on the interface of investing and sustainable development. With extensive investment and management experience, he is the co-founder and partner of several private equity and boutique financial advisory businesses. He is a seasoned company builder, a serial business angel investor in numerous high-tech impact startups, and member of multiple management and non-operative boards.
Jan-Peter KleinhansIoT-Security Project Leader
Stiftung Neue Verantwortung
Jan-Peter is leading the IoT-Security Project at Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, an independent, charitable think tank in Berlin. The project analyzes the market failure regarding IoT security with a focus on consumer IoT devices and looks for incentives for IoT manufacturers to implement Security-by-Design mechanism from the start. Before joining SNV he was an intern at Netzpolitik.org. He is a Transatlantic Digital Debates (TDD) Fellow, holds a master’s degree in communication theory from Uppsala University and a bachelor’s degree in information systems from Darmstadt University of Technology.
Netanel is a senior vulnerability researcher with several significant findings under his belt. Starting his security career at the age of 16, Netanel performed security assessments for many international companies and organizations, including banks and government offices. Following military service in the Israel Defence Forces elite intelligence unit 8200, he became a full-time vulnerability researcher in the private sector. Later on, he co-founded Vaultra, a cyber security start-up revolutionizing the smart energy industry, and presently acts as its CEO. In the past few years, he presented at several international conferences such as DEF CON, CCC and Black Hat.
Shell Technology Ventures
Bennett Cohen is an investor with Shell Technology Ventures, where he supports companies with an ambition to transform energy and transportation markets, and cross-pollinates ideas and opportunities between Silicon Valley and Royal Dutch Shell. Since 2012, Bennett has served as Chairperson of Empower Generation, an Asia-based solar power distribution network led by women-entrepreneurs. In 2015, Bennett became a Kauffman Fellow.
Dr. Jens StruekerSüwag Foundation Professor of Energy Management
Dr. Jens Strüker holds the Süwag endowed chair for energy management, teaching Energy Management and serving as director of the Institute of Energy Economics (INEWI) at Fresenius University of Applied Sciences in Frankfurt (Germany). In the framework of the demonstration project SINTEG – a Showcase on INTelligent EnerGy, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, he analyzes electricity market reforms in the US and Europe. Jens researches data-driven business models and real-time energy economics.
Magnus HaglindHead of Commodities
Magnus Haglind is Head of Nasdaq Commodities responsible for Nasdaq’s business operation, products, and services to the commodities industry. Nasdaq provides trading and clearing of derivatives in a wide array of commodities including crude oil, refined products, European power, US power, European natural gas, US natural gas, freight, ferrous, and seafood. Magnus has held various roles combining business management, technology, and operations, and he has extensive experience derived from many markets and regulatory regimes around the world. He holds a Ph.D. in Power Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
Mark KenberChief Executive & Managing Director
Mongoose Energy Ltd.
Mark recently became Chief Executive of Mongoose Energy Supply and a Managing Director of Mongoose Energy Ltd, after twelve years at international NGO, The Climate Group. With a background in development and environmental economics, Mark has worked across various areas of environmental and climate policy, with a particular focus on the use of economic instruments in the pursuit of sustainable development. His career to date has included spells with Fundacion Natura in Quito, as climate change advisor to the Ecuadorian government, at WWF International’s climate change programme and as lecturer at both the Catholic University in Quito and the Institute of Development Studies in the UK. Highlights of his career including: founding the CDM Gold Standard and Verified Carbon Standard; overseeing the establishment of the RE100 and EP100 platforms; being a co-founder of the We Mean Business Coalition; creating the Ecuadorian National Climate Change Office; and designing Ecuador’s first economic instruments for industrial pollution control.
Anahita joined Aster in early 2016. She is passionate about emerging technologies, including IoT, AR-VR, AI and Blockchain. Prior to joining Aster, Anahita gained experience in VC at Idinvest Partners, where she worked on several investment opportunities within the IoT / Cybersecurity fields. Previously, she worked at Total New Energies, assessing the profitability of new solar plant projects. Anahita holds an MSc in Management from HEC Paris, MA in Public Policy with a specialization in Energy and Environment from the Free University of Berlin, and Advanced Master in Energy Management Systems from Mines ParisTech and Tsinghua University Beijing.
Founded in 2002, the mission of Cleantech Group (CTG) is to accelerate sustainable innovation. Its subscriptions, events and programs are designed to help corporates, investors, and all players in the innovation ecosystem discover and connect with the key companies, trends, and people in the market. The coverage is global, spans the entire clean technology theme and is relevant to the future of all industries. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, with a growing international presence in London. As a director at Cleantech Group, Jules helps corporates and investors find top innovators worldwide. In the past few years, he has led scouting efforts for some of the largest utilities and industrials across Europe and the U.S., and opened new coverage areas for the Group, such as Blockchain, AI and Augmented Reality. Jules also heads product development for i3, Cleantech Group’s online platform. Before CTG, Jules was an entrepreneur in the fashion space in Paris, and interned in Mergers & Acquisitions at HSBC. Jules graduated summa cum laude from Sciences Po Paris.
Maureen Le BaudInvestment Director
Maureen joined Demeter Partners as an Investment Director dedicated to seed investments in 2016. In early 2013, Maureen was an Associate at Idinvest partners in the “Energies and Cities” practice. In 2014, she spent a year at Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital as an associate in Vancouver, Canada. Maureen started her career with 4 years at EDF in the Optimization and Trading entity (DOAAT) as a risk management engineer where she developed deep knowledge of the electric utility sector from generation to consumption and the energy markets where supply and demand meet. She graduated from the ESCP-Europe business school with a major in finance and holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Paris-Dauphine University.
Dr. Ana S. TrbovichCo-Founder & BizDev
Dr. Ana S. Trbovich is Grid Singularity co-founder in charge of strategy and business development. She teaches Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management at FEFA, a leading business school in Belgrade, Serbia, and consults on competitiveness and innovation policy for international organisations, including the EU and the World Bank. She has been actively engaged in Serbia’s economic reforms and the EU accession process both as a high government official and senior advisor. She holds a PhD and MALD from the Fletcher School, and MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Trbovich serves on the board of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT), several business and civil society organisations, and the Belgrade Philharmonic.
Christoph BurgerSenior Lecturer & Senior Associate Dean of Executive Education
Christoph Burger is Senior Lecturer and Senior Associate Dean of Executive Education at the ESMT Berlin. Before joining ESMT, he worked at Otto Versand and as vice president at the Bertelsmann Buch AG, and prior to that as a consultant at Arthur D. Little, and independently, focusing on SME private equity financing. His research interests lie in long-term energy industry development, specifically relating to innovation and decision making/negotiations process. He is the author of the “ESMT Innovation Index – Electricity Supply Industry” and the book “The Decentralized Energy Revolution – Business Strategies for a New Paradigm”. Burger directs and teaches in open enrolment programs, customized programs in the energy, banking and aviation industry as well as programs for international senior executives such as the CKGSB CEO program or the supervisory board program for Deutsche Telekom. He also lectures for institutions such as Duke CE, ESCP or HEC and is a speaker in conferences of Wade, Cornwall Energy, Oxford Energy, Pennwell or Platts. He is a member of the jury of the GreenTech awards, a mentor of the Startup Bootcamp and MBA projects on new energy solutions. He studied Business Administration at the University of Saarbrücken (Germany), the Hochschule St. Gallen (Switzerland), and Economics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA).
Emily RochonGlobal Energy Strategist
Emily Rochon is a lawyer working to enable a 100% renewable energy future. For over a decade, she has worked for NGOs and the solar industry, advocating for policies and programs that support renewable energy deployment. Before joining Greenpeace, Emily served as the Director of Energy and Environmental Policy at Boston Community Capital (BCC) in the United States. At BCC, Emily’s focus was to promote policies that ensure all communities have access to and can benefit from solar. She also helped to develop solar projects that lowered and stabilized energy costs for affordable housing developments and their residents. Emily received her Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law. She holds a Master’s of Science in Environmental Toxicology from Cornell University as well as Bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Studies and Biology from Providence College and Rhode Island College, respectively.
Heiko HeesFounder & CEO
brainbot technologies AG