Rt. Hon Gregory Barker MP
Minister of State for Energy & Climate Change
Gregory Barker is a Minister of State at the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) and the Conservative MP for Bexhill and Battle.Gregory was elected Conservative MP in Sussex in June 2001 and served on the House of Commons Environmental Audit select committee between 2001 and 2005. He was appointed to the opposition front bench as a Conservative Whip in 2003. Gregory served as Shadow Minister for the Environment from 2005 to 2008, where he led the led the passage of the Climate Change Bill for the Opposition through the House of Commons, and as Shadow Minister for Climate Change between 2008 and 2010. He was appointed Minister of State for DECC in May 2010.
In the first of three careers, Jeremy worked as a geologist with the oil industry, among other things researching oil source rocks funded by BP and Shell. Increasingly worried by global warming, he left to become an environmental campaigner with Greenpeace International (1989-1996). Coming to the view that successful green businesses were badly needed in the global fight to cut greenhouse-gas emissions, he set up Solarcentury, currently the UK's largest solar solutions company (1997-present). Solarcentury has won multiple awards for innovation and sustainability. It is the only renewable energy company in the Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For list (2007). Jeremy Leggett has written several books including 'Half Gone (2006)' and 'The Solar Century (2009)'
More informatrion: Jeremy Legett at Enovakonferansen (VIDEO)
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CEO, Jigar Shah Consulting
Jigar is CEO of Jigar Shah Consulting and a Carbon War Room board member. In 2003, he founded SunEdison, the largest solar services company, and from 2009 to March 2012 he was CEO of the Carbon War Room. Jigar Shah is an entrepreneur and visionary committed to leveraging the next economy by solving the challenging issues of our time. Shah has recognized this as “The Impact Economy.” He works closely with some of the world’s leading influencers and guides policy makers around the globe on key issues to implement solutions for global warming and sustainability that will unlock that next trillion dollar impact economy.
Danny Kennedy is a passionate activist, successful cleantech entrepreneur and recognized opinion leader on global environmental issues. Kennedy’s accomplishments in the cleantech sector have earned him numerous awards. The process, which Kennedy refers to as “Sunshine online,” harnesses the power of the Internet by using satellite images and aerial photography to assess rooftops remotely and deliver an online solar quote (or iQuote) within 24 hours. Kennedy founded the leading residential solar power company, Sungevity, Inc. in 2007, as an integral part of his life’s mission to promote the use of clean energy and eliminate the world’s dependence on fossil fuel. He is president of the company, serves on its board of directors and oversees government relations and community engagement programs. Kennedy recently published his vision on solar energy in his book 'The Rooftop Revolution'.
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.
Managing Director, ib Vogt
Anton Milner is a native Englishman, nowadays better characterised as cosmopolitan. He is especially known for his career as co-founder and long-time CEO at the biggest European solar cell manufacturer Q-Cells. In the PV world he is highly acknowledged as a strong strategist and cool calculator. Now he is enthusiastic to be a first mover in the solar market of his home country. Vogt solar specialises in the development and realisation of photovoltaic (PV) power plants of every size: from site selection, to plant construction, and ongoing operational and maintenance support. The holding company vogt group is a pioneer of the established German photovoltaic (PV) industry with over 13 years experience in solar business.
Senior Director & Principal Analyst, iSuppli
A well-respected technology expert and business leader, Henning Wicht has performed numerous syndicated and custom research assignments in microelectronics and photovoltaics. He was the founder and president of WTC - Wicht Technologie Consulting, acquired by iSuppli in April 2008. At iSuppli, Henning is responsible for directing the photovoltaics (PV) service. Henning has been involved in the marketing of microsystem technology and electronics since 1993 when he joined CEA-LETI. In 1996, he was tasked with establishing CEA Germany.
CEO, Sustainable Strategies
Ruggero Schleicher-Tappeser is working as freelance consultant for renewable energies and sustainable strategies in Berlin since 2008. For fifteen years he was founder and director of the EURES Institute for Regional Studies in Europe in Freiburg/Germany. More recently he served as Acting Secretary General of the Alpine Convention, an international treaty for the sustainable development of the Alpine area, with offices in Innsbruck, Bolzano and Chambéry. Back as consultant in the energy debate, today he mainly focuses on renewable energies and photovoltaics: foundation process of IRENA, European Alliance for 100% Renewable Energy, foundations, industry, associations.
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.
Chairman, British Photovoltaic Association
Reza Shaybani is the Chairman of British Photovoltaic Association. Reza has been managing private and public technology focused companies in the optical disc manufacturing equipment and semiconductor industries for the past 20 years. For the past 7 years Reza has been involved in the solar PV industry as founder and investor in a number of leading companies including, Scheuten Solar, Solar Technology Centre, Solarjobs.com, System Photonics, The Electric Roof Company and OTB Energy. In 2010, Reza and a group of companies with interest in the UK solar PV market formed the British Photovoltaic Association. The association has grown to over 750 full members and over 3000 installer members since formation. As the voice of the industry, the BPVA is working to make solar PV a mainstream and significant energy source. Reza has recently founded the National Energy Card, the first energy loyalty reward programme in the world.
CEO, Lightsource Renewable Energy Ltd.
A dynamic leader and entrepreneur, Nick Boyle is founder and CEO of Lightsource Renewable Energy Limited, the UK’s largest developer, owner and operator of utility scale solar PV assets. Nick has extensive experience in the financial services industry, built up over a career spanning more than 20 years during which he has held a number of senior director roles. A former director of Zurich, the financial services firm, Nick co-founded the Thinc Group where, as Managing Director, he coordinated the sale of the business to AXA in 2006 in a deal worth in excess of £100m. Nick is also non-executive director of Environmental Energy Investments Limited (En-vest), a company that specialises in creating high yielding income based investments through the development of renewable energy systems.
Chief Adviser, Renewable Energy and Climate Change, NFU
As a senior adviser with the National Farmers' Union of England and Wales (NFU) since 2007, Jonathan Scurlock leads a small team on this topical subject area. Dr Scurlock has 25 years’ experience from the university and government research sectors, including energy and climate change policy, plant physiology, biomass energy, solar and other renewables. He worked previously on renewable energy with regional and local government in North East England, as well as the US Department of Energy in Tennessee. Educated at Oxford and London Universities, he is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Open University.