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Benoit Charpentier

Senior VP Investments
Total Energy Ventures

Benoit Charpentier has been co-heading Total’s Corporate Venture activity since its inception in 2008. From 2005 to 2008, he was part of M&A Department within Total’s Finance Division, in charge of number of acquisitions by Total, in particular in E&P. His previous assignments during his 20+ years with Total were mostly in business development related activities. He is a graduate of ESSEC/Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et  Commerciales.



Daniel Ishag

Founder, Chairman
and CEO
Bluewater Bio

Daniel is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Bluewater Bio, a pioneering UK based, global water and wastewater treatment technology company. Daniel has successfully raised more than £27.5 million in private equity funding, approximately 20% of total venture capital investment in the water sector in 2011-2012. Daniel is also leading the global commercialisation strategy resulting in 5 major contract wins over the last 3 years, worth just under £20 million.  Prior to Bluewater Bio, Daniel founded Espotting which pioneered search marketing in Europe in 2000 and supplied pay-per-click ads to Yahoo!, Lycos, Alta Vista and Ask.   In February 2004 Espotting merged with NASDAQ FindWhat.com (NASDAQ: FWHT) and was valued at just under US$200m.



Ian Jenkins

Managing Director - Miles Partnership

Ian has extensive experience in executive and Board level search globally within the alternative energy and clean technology sector. This has involved working with early stage companies right through to large corporates transitioning to a lower carbon economy. Before joining The Miles Partnership Ian was Managing Director of Ruston Wheb, Europe’s leading renewable and sustainability search firm.  Previously Ian had over 18 years of Board experience, 13 years as a CEO for both private and publicly quoted companies.  He has led on an IPO and 2 trade sales and lived and worked in North America, Europe and Asia.

Ian read Materials Science at Sussex University for both his B.Sc. and D.Phil.



Alain Keppens

Head of Sustainable Cities


Alain Keppens started his career with Gimv  already in 1992.  He has been involved in many small and midmarket buy-out and development capital transactions in Belgium

Currently Alain is Head of Sustainable Cities, Gimv’s investment platform for investments in clean energy, utilities, infrastructure and logistics. The geographical focus areas of the Sustainable Cities platform are Benelux, France and Germany.

Alain Keppens holds a Master in Applied Economics (University of Antwerp) and followed the Advanced Management Program at Chicago Booth.



Cedric Latessa

Investment Manager
Aster Capital

Prior to joining Aster Capital in 2010, Cédric has been active in Venture Capital for the past 10 years. He first held long term internships in early stage VC funds like Mangrove (Luxembourg), Mileno Capital (Spain) and FCJE (France). He also worked for a year at the EIF, Europe’s leading fund of funds. Cédric started his career at BIP (Luxembourg) where he was responsible for investing in early and later stage technology funds and made 8 co-investments with them as well as 2 direct investments. He subsequently joined DFJ Esprit (UK) as an Investment Manager where he led the fundraising efforts and deal flow sourcing activities in Cleantech and tech related companies in Europe. He also co-founded or has been closely involved with three Cleantech companies. 



Bart Markus

Wellington Partners

Apart from being a veteran VC, Bart is a seasoned and passionate entrepreneur and is renowned for his relentless drive (and lack of patience therein) to internationalise companies and help them become successful beyond Europe by conquering the US or Asia. A Dutch native, he has been a General Partner at Wellington since 2000. He primarily focuses on process technologies, in particular in the resource efficiency area. Bart manages an impressive collection of companies located in Europe and the US. Many have already made the successful leap to the US or are successfully opening up new foreign markets. Past investments include Navteq (NASDAQ: NVT; sold to Nokia in 2007), Meiosys (sold to IBM in 2005), Nawotec (sold to Carl Zeiss in 2005) and Q-Layer (sold to Sun Microsystems in 2009).


Sophie Mcgrath

A GP Bullhound Cleantech Connect 2012 Judge

Of Counsel Lawyer Morrison Foerster

Sophie McGrath is Of Counsel in the London office of Morrison & Foerster and is a member of the Corporate Group. Ms. McGrath advises on a wide range of matters, including private and public financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, restructurings, and general corporate and governance issues. A strong focus of her practice is in the venture and growth capital sector, acting for companies seeking growth through financings involving combinations of both debt and equity. Ms. McGrath also acts in traditional exit scenarios for such companies, including trade sales and listings. Ms. McGrath’s practice covers a range of industries, although she has a particular expertise in the cleantech, technology and life sciences sectors.


Ferdinand Panik

Professor - University of Applied Science Esslingen, Germany

Formerly Vice- President of Daimler AG. During thirty years within this company Head of Corporate Research, Head of Commercial Vehicle Development Latin America, Head of Alternative Vehicles.

Actual Member of Michelin International Technical Advisory Committee, Board Member of Venture Capital Company  Conduit Venture Limited and Amminex A/S in Denmark. Forty years of experience in Automotive Industry and Business Development.


Patrick Sheehan

Partner - Environmental Technologies Fund

Patrick is a Partner and founder of ETF. He focuses on the growth and development of the investment portfolio and represents the firm on the Boards of Metalysis, Nujira, Industrial Origami, Novel Polymer Solutions and TAG Energy Solutions. Patrick has worked in venture capital since 1985, when he joined 3i. He was instrumental in founding 3i’s venture capital practice, and later became the founding Managing Director of its Silicon Valley operation. Before this, he was a research engineer for GEC and Marconi Space Systems. Patrick chairs the European Venture Capital Association’s Environmental task force. He was also a member of the Executive Committee and Board of the EVCA from 2007 to 2010 during which time he also chaired the Venture Capital Committee.


Mossadiq Umedaly

Executive Chairman, Enecsys

Mossadiq S. Umedaly has over 22 years of experience growing cleantech businesses. In April 2010, Umedaly became a Venture Partner with Wellington Partners, a pan-European venture capital firm. Prior to that, from 2007 to 2009, he was the chairman of BC Hydro, a $5 billion electric utility. From 1999 to 2008, as Chairman and CEO of power electronics company, Xantrex Technology Inc., he transformed the $10 million test and measurement Company into a world leader in renewable power markets, took it public and ultimately sold it in 2008 to strategic acquirers for $500 million. From 1990 to 1998, he drove the growth of fuel cell pioneer Ballard Power systems as VP and CFO; during his tenure, the company went public and increased its market capitalization from $10 million to $6 billion.


Richard Youngman

Managing Director Europe & Asia
the Cleantech Group

Richard Youngman is responsible for driving the growth of the Cleantech Group’s activities outside North America, especially in Europe and Israel, and China. He is based in Cleantech Group’s office in London. Richard has more than five years’ experience researching cleantech innovation, venture capital markets, and start-ups across Europe and Globally. He is a regular keynote speaker at major cleantech events and is the driving force behind the annual Global Cleantech 100, a list of the World’s most promising private cleantech companies. He authors periodic reports, such as The Rise of the Corporation in Cleantech, A Barometer of the Changing Face of Global Cleantech Innovation, and The Global Cleantech Innovation Index.


Marcus Ziegler


Executive Director - Innogy Venture Capital

 Mr. Ziegler brings more than a decade of experience in all aspects of venture capital, mergers and acquisitions and board directorships. He has also been a start-up company co-founder and investor himself. Prior to Innogy Venture Capital
Marcus Ziegler spent several years advising private equity funds and as a Partner at eCapital AG, Münster. Marcus was partner for SIEMENS Venture (smac GmbH) where he executed 10 venture capital investments and realised three trade sale exits. In parallel to his Siemens engagement, Marcus was a board member of several companies and was Managing Director of Jentro GmbH. Previously, he was head of M&A and Business Development for O2 Germany where he led several strategy and M&A transactions. 


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