MICHELE APPENDINO /// CHAIRMAN & CEO - SOLAR VENTURES
Graduated from Polytechnic of Turin in Italy with an Electronics Engineering degree; MBA from INSEAD business school (Fontainebleau, France). Worked with Andersen Consulting in Spain and with FMC in California (US). Michele was then a Senior Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company, in the Milan office (92-96). During this period he was part of the media, retail and fashion practice. In 1997 Michele co-founded Net Partners Ventures, the first venture capital company in Europe focusing exclusively on internet companies, 215 million raised, 30 investments, highest IRR in Europe in the sector, 5 invested companies floated (e.g. Mutui Online and Yoox in Italy). In 2005, Michele founded A.M.E. Ventures, an investment holding focused on early stage companies, which counts several investments at day. AME Ventures has controlling stake in Solar Ventures, which represents Michele's main activity, where he is directly involved as Chairman and CEO. Solar Ventures is an IPP and developer focused on developing, building , financing and managing utility scale PV plants globally, with a strong expertise in Italy, Europe and Emerging Markets, where it has been active since 2007. To date it has developed globally 500 MWp of solar power plants, with more than 280 MWp of plants in Europe. The company stands today as one of the few integrated solar platforms operating in southern Europe.
MICHELE APPENDINO
CHAIRMAN & CEO /// SOLAR VENTURES
VISHAL SHAH /// FORMER MANAGING DIRECTOR - DEUTSCHE BANK
Vishal Shah is a Managing Partner at Veracious Capital, a sustainable and clean energy investment advisory firm. He is leading expert in the field of Clean energy and former Managing Director of Deutsche Bank. He has over 20 years of experience working with companies in the broader technology and Global Clean Energy sectors. Vishal has received several nationally recognized awards for excellence in the field of solar and clean energy sector. He has been quoted in numerous articles published by major media, including CNN, MSNBC, Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Vishal has worked closely with global and state governments in advising Clean Energy policies, particularly in markets such as China, India, Japan and the U.S. He was one of the working group leaders involved in the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Vision task force established in 2009 to put together a policy framework for solar energy development through 2030. He has also been a frequent visitor to DOE stakeholder's meetings to expand U.S-China and U.S-India efforts in the field of renewables and energy efficiency. Prior to founding Veracious Capital, Vishal was the Head of Global Clean tech and Sustainable Investing sector at Deutsche Bank. His coverage included large industrial, technology and resources companies for almost 20 years, and prior to Deutsche, he ran the Global Clean Energy Groups at both Barclays Capital and Lehman Brothers. His career on Wall Street began in 2002 at Morgan Stanley’s London office. Vishal has a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and an MBA from INSEAD, France. He has been a top ranked Clean tech equity analyst by Institutional Investor since 2009.
VISHAL SHAH
FORMER MANAGING DIRECTOR /// DEUTSCHE BANK
BENEDIKT ORTMANN /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - BAYWA R.E.
Benedikt Ortmann PhD dedicated the last 12 years of his carreer to photovoltaic projects all over the world. Before joining the team at BayWa r.e. he built the international project business for SOLON SE, Berlin, from scratch and turned it into a successful and highly profitable business devision. His beginnings in the renewable business are back into 2003, when he became CFO at S.A.G. Solarstrom AG, Freiburg.
BENEDIKT ORTMANN
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// BAYWA R.E.
TOMÁS GARCÍA /// DIRECTOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EMEA - CANADIAN SOLAR
Tomás García is Head of Business Development EMEA, Energy Group at Canadian Solar since April 2017. In this function, he leads and coordinates all business development activities along the solar PV value chain in EMEA countries: origination, acquisition of projects/portfolios or greenfield development, deal structuring, PPA negotiations, power market integration, etc. Prior to this role, he served at SunEdison as General Manager, Rural Electrification EMEA (2014-2015) and as Head of Strategy & Market Development EMEA & LATAM (2011-2014). Before that Tomás was Market Strategy Manager at First Solar (2008-2011) and a Strategy Consultant at the Monitor Group (2004-2008). Additionally, he has also worked as a Venture Capitalist, Research Scientist (doing science on solar PV materials), University Teacher and FX Trader. Tomás was a PhD student at Florida International University, earned his MSci at King´s College London and his Master degree in Physics at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
TOMÁS GARCÍA
DIRECTOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EMEA /// CANADIAN SOLAR
PIETRO RADOIA /// SR ANALYST SOLAR INSIGHT - BNEF
Pietro Radoia is a senior solar analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. He joined BNEF's solar team in early 2011, and covers European PV markets, secondary PV market activity, and PV Levelized Cost of Electricity analysis. Before joining Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Pietro completed an MSc in Environmental Technology at Imperial College, where he specialised in Environmental Economics & Policy. Prior to his postgraduate studies he worked for the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) in Brussels for two years.
PIETRO RADOIA
SR ANALYST SOLAR INSIGHT /// BNEF
LORENZO PAROLA /// PARTNER - PAUL HASTINGS
Lorenzo Parola is a Partner and Chair of the EU Energy Practice of Paul Hastings. Mr Parola is both admitted to the Italian Supreme Court and as a Solicitor of England and Wales. He is one of the leading energy and energy technology lawyers in Italy.
Mr Parola advises infrastructure funds, utilities and oil majors in domestic and cross-border M&A transactions in the oil & gas, power, renewables, energy efficiency and energy technology sectors. He has a substantial track-record on permitting, contractual and regulatory issues related to the development of power projects and gas infrastructures, including CCGT and renewables plants, LNG regasification terminals, gas storages, pipelines and merchant lines. He is recognized an unparalleled expertise in industry specialty contacts such as tolling arrangements, power purchase agreements, take-or-pay gas sales agreements, pipeline transportation agreements, EPC contracts, energy efficiency contracts, physical and financial energy trading, including CO2 and green certificates trading. He is regularly instructed, either as counsel or arbitrator, in the context of national and international arbitrations pertaining to gas sales agreements and in the construction sector.
He is a Visiting Professor at various masters and advanced university courses (Master Course in Energy and Finance and Master in Energy Management – Corso di Alta Formazione in Energia e Finanza and Master Energy Management of MIP – Business School Polytechnic of Milan; II Level Master in Energy Efficiency and Industrial Sustainability – Master di II livello in Efficienza Energetica e Sostenibilità nell’Industria of Turin Polytechnic; Master in Energy Resources Managament – Master in Gestione delle Risorse Energetiche of SAFE).
LORENZO PAROLA
PARTNER /// PAUL HASTINGS
STEFAN MÜLLER /// CO-FOUNDER - ENERPARC AG
Mr. Stefan Müller is the Co-founder, shareholder of Enerparc AG and since end of 2008 as a board member responsible for the international and operational business. After his diploma theses in 1992 in Solar Energy he gained international experiences in different roles for international companies in various countries and was based in India and Singapore. Enerparc is an international specialist in the whole value chain of large-scale photovoltaic power plants, has 150 experienced employees with offices in Germany, India, US and a number of registered partners (Ukraine, Jordan, Egypt, Belarus and others).
STEFAN MÜLLER
CO-FOUNDER /// ENERPARC AG
ANDREW HEDGES /// PARTNER - NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT
Andrew Hedges is a climate change and clean energy lawyer based in London. He works on a range of transactions driven by the ongoing transition to a low carbon economy. His expertise spans the development of renewable energy projects, energy efficiency, sustainable energy procurement (including long term corporate PPAs) and carbon finance. Andrew also provides regulatory advice impacting on the design of a range of energy transactions, ranging from subsidy regimes for renewable energy through to regulated asset models for interconnectors.

Andrew is ranked as a Band 1 individual by Chambers Global.
ANDREW HEDGES
PARTNER /// NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT
PAOLO ROCCO VISCONTINI /// PRESIDENT - ITALIA SOLARE
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PAOLO ROCCO VISCONTINI
PRESIDENT /// ITALIA SOLARE
ANGELIKA MÖBIUS /// SR. MANAGER STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS - FIRST SOLAR
Angelika Mobius studied at the university of Leipzig with M.A. Field of Study Amerikanistik/ Anglistik/ Betriebswirtschaftslehre. She has worked for First Solar since 2014. Before that she worked with Hanergy Holding Group contributing to the Development/ Implementation of Innovative Solar Sales Concept, Cooperation Agreements Global Retailers. At Q-Cells SE, she evaluated Commercial Viability of Photovoltaic System Related Business Models, Market Development Manager and Implementation Market Entry Strategies in New Solar Markets.
ANGELIKA MÖBIUS
SR. MANAGER STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS /// FIRST SOLAR
STEFANO CAVRIANI /// MANAGING PARTNER - EGO GROUP
Graduated from Polytechnic of Genova (Italy) in Mechanical Engineering – Energy. Strong expertise in energy sector with more than 20 years of working activity, at the beginning in Ansaldo Energia as CCGT Project Engineer (4 years) and then in EGL Italia - now Axpo Italia (3 years) as Energy Trading Manager. In 2005 he founded its own trading firm (Elettrogreen), which became in few years the Italian leading company in energy and green certificates off-taking from renewable power plants. Elettrogreen was acquired by Gaz de France (now Engie) in 2008 and the partnership lasted until 2010. In 2011 he founded and launched EGO Group (initially named Olimpia Group), active in energy trading (EGO Trade), energy efficiency services (EGO Power) and venture capital (EGO Venture). EGO revenues amount 600 Million Euro/year, with 3'000 MW dispatched (first and only player in Italy which signed PPA contracts with large subsidy-free PV plants), 15 TWh/year of GO traded, energy services supplied to large industrial customers and venture capital investment in artificial intelligence, e-mobility and IoT areas.
STEFANO CAVRIANI
MANAGING PARTNER /// EGO GROUP
DARIO GALLANTI /// ORIGINATION GENERAL MANAGER SOUTHERN EU - DANSKE COMMODITIES
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DARIO GALLANTI
ORIGINATION GENERAL MANAGER SOUTHERN EU /// DANSKE COMMODITIES
CARLOS REY /// DIRECTOR - FORESIGHT GROUP
Carlos joined Foresight in December 2011. Prior to that, he covered several roles as renewables energy source 'RES' project developer and technical consultant in the international Renewable Energy sector with particular focus on the Spanish and Italian markets. Based in Foresight's UK HQ office, Carlos is responsible for the management and operations of Foresight's Spanish and Italian solar portfolio of circa 100 MW.
Graduated in Industrial Engineering and Industrial Management Engineering by UPC Barcelona, Carlos is fluent in Spanish, Catalan, Italian and English.
CARLOS REY
DIRECTOR /// FORESIGHT GROUP
XAVIER DAVAL /// CHAIR OF THE FRENCH SOLAR COMMISSION - SER-SOLER
Xavier Daval is the Chair of the French solar commission SER-SOLER and Vice-President of the Renewable Energies industry association (Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables - SER). Daval seats at the board Directors of the Global Solar Council (GSC). Daval is an international solar expert and the CEO of kiloWattsol, France #1 Solar Technical Advisory which he founded in 2007. Daval is an Electronic engineer and former Director EMEA of a world leading manufacturer of tools for the electronics industry. Besides, Daval is associated teacher with Lyon-I University and ENTPE Engineering school and guest lecturer for Entrepreneurship at EM-Lyon, one of Europe’s top 10 business schools.
XAVIER DAVAL
CHAIR OF THE FRENCH SOLAR COMMISSION /// SER-SOLER
NIKOLAUS BROST /// PARTNER, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - OUR NEW ENERGY
Nikolaus Brost, holds a law degree and has significant experience in asset management, project development, financing and structuring and originating complex transactions in the energy sector. Working closely with leading players in the Danish and European energy sector for the past 8 years, for companies such as European Energy and Danske Commodities before joining Our New Energy as a partner in 2017.
NIKOLAUS BROST
PARTNER, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT /// OUR NEW ENERGY
ALESSANDRO COHEN /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - ARMON CAPITAL
Alessandro Cohen is the Founding Managing Partner of Armon Capital Advisory, a financial advisory and corporate finance boutique, with a specific focus in renewable energy, clean technology, project financing and real estate transactions.
Alessandro was previously director of the renewable energy division at Prothea, Head of the Institutional sales desk at Pioneer Investments and marketing analyst at Integrated Alternative Investments and at Lehman Brothers. Alessandro holds a first degree in Business & Administration and a second degree in International Finance.
ALESSANDRO COHEN
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// ARMON CAPITAL
RODOLFO BIGOLIN /// PARTNER - HORUS CAPITAL
Rodolfo is a Partner at Horus Capital, a private equity firm dedicated to develop build and operate renewable energy asset in Europe and North America. He is also the Director of Business Development at Armstrong Energy where he run the expansion of the Indian business, and brings with him a wealth of experience in the renewable energy sector: he began his career in the renewables field in 2008, developing and constructing PV projects across Italy, before going on to hold senior roles for both US and Chinese solar manufacturers. He subsequently joined Hideal Partners as Business Development Manager where he worked on several infrastructure M&A transactions across Europe. He then moved to NextEnegy Capital as Vice President where he lead the set-up of the private equity fund ‘NextPower II’ which raised €150 M. He started up and investment vehicle dedicated to invest into the Indian solar market which has been merged into Armstrong Energy Global activities.
RODOLFO BIGOLIN
PARTNER /// HORUS CAPITAL
FRANCESCO PEDE /// FOUNDER & CEO - PROXIMA
Francesco founds Proxima in July 2012, after a significant experience in the energy industry and in renewables in particular. He began his activity in the photovoltaic sector in 2008, working for the english fund RenGen as COO, managing the whole of contracting, project management and operations.

In a previous role in Pirelli Solar Utility he was responsible for EPC Contracting and Energy & Asset Management for all the plants in Italy. Francesco's career began at Snam Rete Gas, the major Italian gas transporter owned by Eni.

He was also in the founding team of Dynameeting, the first Italian company devoted to selling electricity directly to small and medium businesses post-liberation of the Italian electricity market. In Dynameeting Francesco headed the Trading Desk and was also responsible for Regulatory Affairs.
FRANCESCO PEDE
FOUNDER & CEO /// PROXIMA
LEONCIO MONTEMAYOR /// PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
Leoncio has been passionate about energy since his first encounter with it during a thermodynamics course while studying mechanical engineering. His graduation project involved the design of a solar stirling engine that would be used in marginalized communities in Mexico for electricity and heat provision. After graduation, he went on to work for General Electric as a performance engineer doing thermal tests on natural gas turbines. However, the long-term sustainability of the energy system prompted him to study a Master in Sustainable Energy Technology at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. His master thesis was about how key assumptions affect the social cost of carbon in mathematical climate policy models. Now, as a project manager at Solarplaza, Leoncio is interested in the innovations (blockchain, AI, etc) that will play a big role in the electrical grid of the future.
LEONCIO MONTEMAYOR
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA