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.
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
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
CARSTEN STEINHAUER /// PARTNER - MCDERMOTT WILL & EMERY
Carsten Steinhauer, LL.M. is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery and the head of its Italian energy practice. He is a transactional lawyer focusing his practice on the renewable energy sector, with a high specialisation on the solar industry.

Carsten assists a variety of domestic and international clients in the structuring and negotiating of the development, construction, operation, maintenance and financing of renewable energy production and transmission facilities. Clients groups include component manufacturers, project developers, property owners, EPC and O&M contractors, asset managers, insurance & reinsurance companies, corporate banks and leasing companies, private investors and investment funds.

According to Chambers Global Guide 2017 Carsten is recognised as a leading Corporate and commercial lawyer focusing his practice on the energy area. Carsten was recognised for its expertise in the renewable energy industry by the recent TopLegal Energy Surveys. “Carsten Steinhauer's international experience is a big draw for clients…he has a brilliant legal mind, is very reliable and works quickly" commented Chambers Global and Chambers Europe. Legal 500 EMEA had consistently described him as “technically brilliant” and having “superb business acumen”, the 2017 edition describes him as “outstanding” and ranks him for the fifth year in a row in the “elite leading lawyers” table for Energy in Italy.

Carsten was named “Best Energy Lawyer of the Year” in the Premio Internazionale Le Fonti 2012 awards and was nominated for Renewable Energy Lawyer of the Year by Legalcommunity between 2014 and 2017.

Carsten was admitted to the German Bar in 2000 and to the Italian Bar in 2001.
CARSTEN STEINHAUER
PARTNER /// MCDERMOTT WILL & EMERY