Social entrepreneur Jeremy, author of The Carbon War and Half Gone, is founder and non-executive chairman of Solarcentury and founder and chairman of SolarAid, an African solar lighting charity set up with Solarcentury profits. Described by the Observer as "Britain’s most respected green energy boss," he writes and blogs for the Guardian, the Financial Times, and Sublime Magazine. He was the first Hillary Laureate for International Leadership on Climate Change, a CNN Principal Voice, and Entrepreneur of the Year at the New Energy Awards. He is on the associate faculties, lecturing in business and environment, at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and St Gallen.

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Thierry Lepercq is the Chairman of Solairedirect. He is in charge of the solar power plant program and finance packages and contributes his expertise in the creation and development of technology sector businesses, financial engineering and partnership and merger negotiations. After a career in merchant banking specialising in the field of high-technology (Bankers Trust, Banque Arjil, Oddo), he founded NetsCapital, the first financial institution specialising in technology firms, in 1999. This was followed in 2003 by the creation of Novatio Partners, a specialist consultancy focusing on energy sector innovations. Most notably, he was responsible for coordinating the work of the Réseau Innovation Energie network which brought together top energy specialists and venture capitalists.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Sterner works as professor for energy storage and renewable energy systems at the Technical University of Applied Sciences in Regensburg in Germany. He is teaching renewable energy, energy economics, solar energy, renewable energy integration and energy storage. Before he was head of energy systems and energy economy at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology, were he invented a new storage technology together with colleagues: Power-to-Gas. Meanwhile, various industry companies like E-ON and Audi have adopted the concept and built demo plants in MW scale. 
He works for the German Electrotechnical Society (VDE), is a co-autor for the Special Report on Renewable Energy (SRREN) in IPCC and consulting the German government on the “Energiewende” – the transformation of energy systems. He is as well in the scientific committee of the Eurosolar IRES (Int. Renewable Energy Storage Conference) and the Energy Storage Conference Düsseldorf. 

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Wim Sinke studied physics at the University of Utrecht and did PhD research at the FOM-Institute AMOLF in Amsterdam (PhD in 1985). After working at Hitachi in Japan as a postdoc and subsequently at AMOLF, Sinke moved to ECN in 1990, where he still works. Wim Sinke has quite a few current positions, all part-time: Manager Program Development at ECN Solar Energy, Director of the TKI Solar Energy (the national Dutch innovation partnership on PV), professor at the University of Amsterdam, researcher and advisor at AMOLF, and Chairman of the European Photovoltaic Technology Platform. Everything Wim Sinke did professionally since 1980 has been related to solar energy.

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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.

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Edwin Koot has been active in the Solar Energy business since 1994. Through his own companies Ekomation and Easysolar Edwin built up a lot of practical knowledge about the Dutch national situation and the international solar energy market.
With the foundation of his company Solarplaza in 2004, Edwin started building a broad information platform focused on the international solar energy market and the expansion of his large network of contacts and relations. By organizing international conferences and trade missions to production facilities; publishing in-depth market reports and supporting businesses in finding valuable contacts, Solarplaza has positioned itself as an important player in the PV industry.

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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.

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As a passionate ocean sailor Chris Goemans got to know the boundless and sometimes merciless energy of sun, wind and water like no other. Chris Goemans grew up in a genuine 'oil nest’, and after studying in Delft and being founder of several start-ups found himself in England as manager of a Swiss plastics factory. With the Swiss focus on sustainable production, and surrounded by a beautiful landscape with many wind turbines, his vision for sustainable energy with special focus on solar energy arose. Chris has a technical background and a strong commercial intuition; this means that he can bridge the gap between sustainable technologies and profitable solutions.


Paul is an experienced McKinsey-trained projectmanager, who, having regularly served clients in the energy market throughout his consulting career, has spent the last 4 years fully focused on the sustainable energy market in the Netherlands, Paul his experience includes de-central energy generation, energy saving and ICT applications in energy monitoring. He started his career with KPN, where he spent 6 years, in several functions from technical productmanager to project manager Mergers & Acquisitions ending a s General Manager Eurorings Germany, before spending 5 years at McKinsey & Company, working on strategy development, corporate finance, particularly in high-tech business-to-business context. Since 2009 Paul has been working as an independent consultant and in parallel, from 2011 to 2013, he set up and ran a leading consumer solar systems company. Within the de-central sustainable energy market, he has an active network of sustainable energy system producers and energy monitoring solutions, as well as marketing and sales organisations and E&G installers. Based on his working experience within the solar industry and the knowledge projects in making the existing housing & building environment energy neutral Paul has learned what measures work in practice and how large scale adaptation takes place and can be pushed successfully. 

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Ron Verschoor, one of the two executive directors and shareholder of Zonnegrond, progressed from sport (tennis player/coach) to respected entrepreneur. Ron Verschoor is the founder of De Hypotheekwinkel (mortgages), De Verzekeringswinkel (insurances) and Hal Makelaardij (real estate), later incorporated into the company "De Financiële Wereld”. The 10 offices of De Hypotheekwinkel (province Noord Holland), together with the three offices of Hal Makelaardij and De verzekeringswinkel have become a well-known financial specialist in the province of Noord Holland. He transferred the company to his co-owners in 2007. HollandsGrond (founded in 2010) ensures that consumers can buy valuable land and this property is leased back by the owners to a agriculturalist. A share of the harvest is donated to food banks. The link to Zonnegrond lies in the corresponding idea how an even higher return from land ownership can be realised for customers.

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Marc Londo is senior researcher and topic coordinator renewable energy within the unit Policy Studies at ECN. He led ECN's support and sanity check activities to the negotiation process for the Dutch national energy agreement, closed in September 2013. He is an experienced project coordinator and policy consultant, in energy policy and energy strategy. In 2009-2013, he served as a group manager within ECN Policy Studies. His original field of interest is renewable energy policy and strategy, bioenergy in particular, in which he led various EU and national projects. He holds a Ph D in biomass and land use issues and graduated in environmental chemistry.

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Since 2007 Henri Bontenbal has been dealing with energy and sustainability. After studying physics at Leiden University, he worked as a consultant at consultancy DWA for four years and was involved in policy for municipalities, provinces and housing associations. That's where he set his first steps in the world of solar energy, laws and regulations relating to decentralized renewable energy, subsidies and corporate social responsibility. 
In 2011 Bontenbal moved to the House of Parliament and went to work as a policy officer at the CDA. His portfolio consisted of the topics of energy, sustainability and the environment. As a policy officer he advised the MPs in the writing of insertions, visions and motions. 
In 2013 he decided to start his own consultancy: Buro Bontenbal. He aims to use his knowledge and experience in advising governments, businesses, housing associations and other organizations.

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The common thread in my process is the connection between two poles: I know the details and the technology and am able to translate this for a layman. I will protect the interests of investors and organizations and make it useful for installers and suppliers. I have a firm footing in this era and will steer developments for the future.

Anne Marieke Schwenke has been working as an energy researcher for over 20 years. Since 2012 she has been actively involved in rural development around local energy initiatives. Her report 'Energetic Bottom-up in the Low Countries' (2012) describes this emerging civil society movement. In 2013 she studied the significance of this for network operators for Netbeheer Netherlands. Between November 2013 and March 2014 she has been working on a study on the relationship between citizen initiatives and municipalities in cooperation with the PBL (Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving). 

Matthijs Hisschemöller has built up a broad experience in the field of (environmental) policy science. His main scientific interest is problem structure in different types of political processes and problem structuring through the articulation of (hidden) assumptions in policy argument. 
His current work focuses on interactive approaches to enhance policy learning through the articulation and evaluation of conflicting lines of argument. He has been involved in several participatory integrated assessments, such as Climate OptiOns for the Long term (COOL) and, more recently the H2 Dialogue, the recovery of the Eemsmond region in the Netherlands through biomass related industrial activities (Costa Due), 50% emission reductions for Amsterdam Parkstad (Ecostiler), the realization of a climate neutral office building for the municipality of Amsterdam (Diamond4Ever), opportunities for energy from biomass (Biomass Dialogue) and the development of an energy policy for the island Curacao.

Ronald Serné is an IT architect with broad experience in the implementation of applications, systems and networks in the public safety and security sector with extensive knowledge of security. Ronald can build bridges between the field and the IT departments. He has successfully implemented various operational applications at various police departments. Ronald can properly explain and defend the consequences of choices in package selection, architecture and implementation, both in the field as the management and the IT department. He has a helicopter view over the whole architecture and will take account of developments in politics and in the field. He can translate management goals into concrete ICT goals. 

In the built environment Ronald Serné can achieve a sustainable and energy-producing home. He can make connections between knowledge institutions and companies. 

Joost van de Loo specializes in creating enthusiasm for complex issues and complex industries. To achieve this, he uses techniques of journalism, design and advertising. Last year he developed the change program 'Smart Development Works' for SNV, a development organization active in 38 countries. In Belgium he designed the high-profile campaign 'Stimulating Scam-Free Energy' for energy utility Elegant. With his studio The Sustainable Sunshine Company Joost is working on experimental projects, such as the Sunshine Steak; a new way to prepare top quality steak with solar. Joost has studied in Delft and London, and worked alongside several advertising agencies for BBC Four and VPRO radio.

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Ilén Zazueta-Hall directs Software Product Management for Enphase Energy, leading the design and development of Enphase’s solar monitoring and energy management platform and related applications. Zazueta-Hall has over 15 years of experience designing digital products for consumers, small businesses and enterprises in a range of fields from e-commerce to online publishing. Her responsibilities have included new product development, overseeing product launch and developing business strategies.

Zazueta-Hall holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in humanities from New College of the University of South Florida. When she’s not in front of a computer, she can be found in front of a sewing machine, making costumes.

Anne Sypkens Smit is the Director a.i. of Energie-Nederland. He studied economics, regional science at the University of Groningen. After studying Anne today went to work at KEMA, now part of DNV GL. In 1989 he became the manager Marketing Group of VEEN (Association of Operators of Electricity Companies in the Netherlands). 
Since 1992 Sypkens Anne Smith works at Energie-Nederland, since 2014 as interim director.

Martijn Schoonewille, senior associate, is a lawyer within the Banking & Finance group of Loyens & Loeff. He is specialized in financial supervision legislation and securities laws. Martijn advises companies, financial institutions and investors on financial supervision and acts as Dutch counsel to these parties in a variety of public and private alternative financing structures.  
In 2008 Martijn was seconded to a Dutch merchant bank and from 2010 to 2012 he was based in Loyens & Loeff’s London office.
Martijn lectures frequently at Dutch universities on financial regulatory topics and is an editorial member of Rechtspraak Financieel Recht. 

SolarCare is a young company that wants to bridge a gap between the still often segregated worlds of renewable energy and those of telecommunications, Internet and new media.

Pierre Gerrissen, the founder of SolarCare, has many years of experience and an extensive relationship network in the telecommunications and Internet world. Attracted by the dynamism and expansion of the relatively young market for solar energy, he looked for opportunities to develop new online service concepts for players in this market.

Driven by the growing need for suppliers and owners for information about the performance of their solar PV systems, SolarCare has developed an unique online monitoring service called Solar Boulevard™.

Matthijs has an MSc in Experimental Physics from the University of Amsterdam and an MBA from INSEAD. He worked as a strategic consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton for six years and had previously established and run his own company (online consumer research and consultancy). Besides his work for commercial organizations, Matthijs Baan is involved with several social initiatives, such as the taskforce “Laten We Nederland Mooier Maken”. Furthermore he is consultant to new companies and two health foundations.

LTO Energy is actively involved in making the energy in the agricultural sector more sunstaiable. As a product manager, Johan Schuitemaker plays various roles within this process. As a buyer, consultant, specialist and representative of LTO members Johan Schuitemaker has the purpose of helping and supporting members in the area of (renewable) energy. Many farmers want to save energy and produce clean energy independently. LTO Energy advises and guides its members in achieving these objectives. As part of the LTO Members Benefit Organization, the required services and / or products are collectively purchased and adventageously presented to members. A striking example of this is the joint purchasing of solar panels. LTO has the largest collective of Netherlands with a rolled out volume of more than 10 MW.

Jan Willem has been active in the energy market since 2002. The first years mainly as an independent consultant and later as founder and director of Energy Tensor. Following the sale of its shares in 2010, Jan Willem founded Green Spread. Jan Willem has led various projects on an interim basis for different energy and waste companies. His expertise lies in the energy trading, risk management that goes with it and in complex financing issues. Amongst others, Jan Willem has done projects for Essent Trading for 2,5 years, has been trade manager at Delta and worked at Petroplus in Corporate Finance. Since the establishment of Green Spread, Jan Willem focuses on developing and profitably exploiting renewable energy projects. He does this as statutory director of DEVO in Veenendaal, DEVA in Nieuwkoop and ADEM in Houten.