Frei Christoph, Secretary General, World Energy Council (WEC), London

Born in Switzerland in 1969, Christoph Frei became WEC’s CEO & Secretary General in April 2009. Over the past three years he has lead the further development of the world-renowned London-based organisation by strengthening its policy and strategic insight work, including WEC’s on-going World Energy Scenarios, World Energy Issues Monitor and World Energy Trilemma flagship studies and, by enhancing the relevance and impact of the 90 years old organisation through the facilitation of high-level World Energy Leaders’ Summits. Christoph has achieved that the WEC’s annual Trilemma report has become a reference and discussion basis for governments in WEC member countries, for the UN in the context of its Sustainable Energy for All process, in discussions at COP and, in policy discussions with Multilateral Development Banks.

Prior to joining WEC, Christoph was a member of the Executive Council of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and its Senior Director in charge of Energy (2001-2009). He is also a titular Professor at EPFL (since 2006), a member of the International Peace Institute’s Task Force on Energy and Security (since 2013) and, a member of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Energy Security (since 2009). Previously he held various positions as Research Fellow and Lecturer at Swiss Federal Technical Institutes in Zurich (ETHZ), Lausanne (EPFL) and Würenlingen (PSI).

Christoph regularly speaks at international energy conferences and high-level meetings and stimulates board and strategy meetings of leading energy companies around the world. In 2012, Christoph was part of the high-level advisory group to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Sustainable Energy for all. He is also on advisory boards of BKW’s Innovation Group and of Siemens Stiftung and acts as advisor on energy issues to the President of EPFL.

Christoph received his PhD es sc. from EPFL (1997-2000). He holds a diploma in electrical engineering (ETHZ, 1989-1995) and masters in energy economics & management (EPFL, 1995-1997), econometrics (University of Geneva, 1997-2000), and applied ethics (Ethics Centre, University of Zurich, 2001-2002).

His publications cover fields including energy scenarios, national energy policies and global energy governance, energy & water nexus, and urban innovation. He has published articles in many WEF and WEC media, with co-authors including Pulitzer Prize winner Daniel Yergin. In 2004, Newsweek published his article entitled Bottomline Decisions, Concerns about reliable supply will always trump the call for cleaner energy. His PhD thesis was awarded with the ABB Energy Research Award 2001.

Over the past decade, Christoph has instigated projects including EPFL’s Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels, the South Africa based Energy Access Partnership, or the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative, which in 2008 lead Ethisphere to rank him among the 100 most influential people in business ethics (

Christoph’s mother tongue is (Swiss-) German, he speaks fluently French, English, some Italian and Spanish. He is married, father of three kids and when time permits plays the piano and enjoys ski-touring.

Brooks Preston, Partner, Virgin Green Fund Emerging Markets

Brooks is a Partner of the Virgin Green Fund Emerging Markets and a member of its Investment Committee. Brooks has been investing in renewable energy in emerging markets since 2005.

Prior to founding VGF EM, Brooks was the Principal at Wolfensohn & Company, an emerging market private equity firm led by former World Bank President James D. Wolfensohn where Brooks focused on low carbon energy investments in global emerging markets. From 2003 to 2008, Brooks had a number of senior management roles at BP plc in emerging markets, including head of global business development and M&A for BP Solar, and chief of staff to a Group Vice President running 10 large downstream oil businesses with $450 million in EBIT operating across 100 countries, most of them emerging markets.

Brooks was Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment and Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Forestry at USDA in the Clinton/ Gore Administration. He wrote 15 laws passed by the U.S. Senate as Professional Staff Member at the Senate Committee Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, where he covered forestry. Brooks also managed energy and environment issues for Senator Patrick Leahy. Brooks was the Founder of Clearwater Strategic Community Investing.

He has a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is married to Lila Preston and has 2 daughters.

Virgin Green Fund is a leading, independent mid-cap buy-out and growth private equity firm investing capital in the resource efficiency, consumer sustainability, and renewable energy sectors in North America, Europe and Emerging Markets.

We manage two investment funds. Virgin Green Fund I, L.P. is a growth equity fund established in 2007 targeting North American and Europe. VGF Emerging Markets Growth I, L.P. is a mid-cap buyout/growth fund targeting Central Eastern Europe, Turkey, Russia and other CIS countries that was established in 2012, and has announced the formation of the fund with more than $200 million in capital commitments. We deploy growth capital in established product, equipment, service and infrastructure companies with proven commercial success and strong underlying fundamentals operating in our core sectors and geographies.
Daniel Hough - Managing Partner , Gunn Agri Partners

Daniel prior to forming Gunn Agri was head of Macquarie Agricultural Funds Management in Europe. In this role he developed and marketed farmland strategies to institutional investors. Macquarie Agriculture had over $1bn of AUM and managed 3.6 million hectares across Australia and Brazil. Daniel has previously developed a sub-saharan African agriculture fund and grew up on cattle farm in NSW, Australia.

Gunn Agri Partners brings together the experience of Gunn Rural Management (GRM) co-founder Bill Gunn and the expertise of ex-Macquarie Agricultural Funds Management senior directors.

Gunn Agri will deliver farm management and agronomy services to institutional clients with a transparent and equitable fee structure. This focus on farm services will be supported by institutional quality corporate governance, structuring and reporting.
Gillian Harrison, CEO, Whitefox Technologies

Gillian is a qualified solicitor in England, with nearly 10 years’ experience at global law firm Clifford Chance in London and Sao Paulo, where she focused on corporate finance, infrastructure projects, and cross border mergers & acquisitions. She began serving Whitefox in 2003 as a member of the Management Advisory Council to the board of directors. As the company's ethanol-based technology entered commercialisation, Gillian took on new responsibilities as Legal Counsel and as Head of Central/South America Business Development, where she was instrumental in developing the commercialisation strategy for the ethanol production business in Brazil. In May 2009, Gillian was appointed CEO of the company and has steered the company through the recession, positioning the company to take advantage of renewed appetite for growth in the ethanol markets in North and South America.
James Samworht, Investment Director - Environmental Team, Foresight

James as an Investment Director in the Environmental team at Foresight, having joined the firm in 2009. He is responsible for investing in waste and renewables projects, including leading deals for Foresight’s Green Investment Bank fund. He previously spent 10 years at Corus in operations management and commercial roles. Prior to joining Foresight James gained investment experience within banking and private equity in the environmental, natural resources and industrial sectors at Deutsche Bank, Lyceum Capital Partners and Next Wave Ventures. James holds an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge and an MBA from London Business School.

Foresight is a leading, independent infrastructure and private equity investment manager owned by its partners, who together have combined investment experience of over 200 man years across a wide variety of sectors. Foresight's three investment teams operate on a collaborative basis with a pro-active and pragmatic investment style.

With current assets under management of over £800 million, raised from UK and international private and high net-worth individuals, family offices, pension funds and other institutional investors, Foresight strives to generate increasing dividends and capital appreciation for our investors over the long term.

Foresight's head office is in Sevenoaks, to the south of London. It has offices in San Francisco and Rome which are staffed by multinational, multilingual investment professionals, who are principally focused on investing in solar infrastructure but also related environmental sectors such as bio-mass to energy.

Dr. Vishwajeet Rana, Chairman, Greensea Capital

Dr. Rana is a Chairman at Greensea Capital. He is a seasoned investment banker with US$ 5-billion+ investment banking transactions experience. Dr. Rana has executed a number of complex cross-border equity/debt structured investments and financing transactions in the UK, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Hong Kong jurisdictions while working at HSBC New York office. He maintains extensive relations in today’s emerged and tomorrow’s emerging markets in Renewable energy, Education and Agriculture sectors. He started his Investment banking career with UBS Investment Bank in New York in Investment Portfolio Management. He enjoys playing Golf, Squash and mentoring ambitious minds in his free time.
Reza Shaybani - Chairman, British Photovoltaic Association

Reza Shaybani is the Chairman of British Photovoltaic Association and the Chair of UK Solar Finance and Bankability Strategy Group at DECC. 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 in the solar PV industry. In 2010, Reza and a group of companies with interest in the UK solar PV market formed the British Photovoltaic Association. Reza’s latest project is the launch of in Q4 -2013.

British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA) is the National trade association of the UK solar photovoltaic industry. The BPVA is a strong industry platform for the UK solar PV industry and has made a significant contribution to the growth of the solar sector since formation. We offer our members valuable support and benefits as well as engage in activities which enables our members to reach their targets. We are a fully independent not-for-profit organisation and the only trade association in the UK with 100% focus on solar PV.

Our mission is: "To ensure that solar photovoltaic energy is established as the leading renewable energy source in the UK". We promote solar PV at national and international levels and assist our members in their business development in the UK and abroad. As the trusted voice of the industry, the BPVA is working hard to make solar PV a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy.
Marc Bajer - Founder & Chairman
Marc has overall responsibility for the Hadrian's Wall Capital business and is a director of Hadrian's Wall Capital AG. He is on the Board of AIHCF1 and is also the chairman of the credit committee responsible for making investment recommendations to the Fund's Board.

Marc has had a long career in the finance industry in Chicago, New York and London. Before founding HWC, Marc was the CEO of Assured Guaranty UK Ltd where he was responsible for its international business. Prior to this he was CEO of Via Capital, a specialist advisory firm, Global Co-Head of Debt and Structured Capital Markets at Commerzbank Securities and Managing Director of Barclays Capital's Structured Capital Markets Division. From 1979 until 1997 Marc worked at Kidder Peabody, Morgan Stanley, and Bear Stearns in Chicago and New York.

Hadrian's Wall Capital is Investment Advisor to Aviva Investors Hadrian Capital Fund 1 ("AIHCF1" or the "Fund"). AIHCF1 is a Luxembourg SICAV-SIF and our partner, Aviva Investors, is the Fund Manager.
Theo Dickens - Managing Partner and co-founder, Prefequity LLP
Theo Dickens is Managing Partner and co-founder of Prefequity, a private-debt firm that makes growth capital investments in small and mid-sized companies in the UK.

From 1539 to 2005 Mr Dickens pursued a career in investment banking, during which he arranged and executed debt, equity and M&A transactions with private-equity firms and other corporate clients across Europe. Following four years with Morgan Grenfell and after completing an MBA, he joined Morgan Stanley in 1998 as an Associate. In 2000 he moved to Merrill Lynch as Vice President, being promoted to Director in 2003. From 2005 to 2008 Mr Dickens worked at NPIL, a mid-market private-equity firm focused on the UK and Europe, where he was a Principal and sat on the Investment Committee. In addition to being responsible for the origination of private-equity investments, Mr Dickens had oversight of debt financing for all portfolio companies.

Mr Dickens holds a BA in Classics from Merton College, Oxford; an MA in Economics & European Studies from SAIS Johns Hopkins; and an MBA with distinction from INSEAD.
Peter Head - Executive Chairman, CBE FREng FRSA
Peter is a civil and structural engineer who specialised in major bridges, advanced composite technology and now in sustainable development in cities and regions. He won the Award of Merit of IABSE and in 2009 the RAE Sir Frank Whittle medal.

He joined Arup in 2004 to lead their planning and integrated urbanism team.

In 2008 he was named by the Guardian Newspaper as one of 50 people that could ‘save the planet’.

He was cited by Time magazine in 2008 as one of 30 global eco-heroes.

In April 2011 he left Arup to set up The Ecological Sequestration Trust.

He serves on UNSDSN–supporting the development of the Post 2015 Development Goals.

The Ecological Sequestration Trust (TEST), a UK Charity, was formed in 2011 to demonstrate at city-region scale how to create a step change in improving energy, water, food security in the face of the combined challenges of changes of climate, demography and increasing resource-scarcity. A critical focus is creating tools for financial innovation and new governance structures.
Nick Dawber - Managing Director, ENERGOS Ltd.
With a background in Marine Engineering and the offshore gas sector, Nick entered the waste industry 1990 as Project Manager for one of the UK’s first landfill gas utilisation schemes. After developing a successful landfill gas JV in Ireland, Nick left Wimpey to join Combined Landfill Projects as Operations Director before moving to ENER-G group in 1998 as Managing Director of it’s landfill gas business, Natural Power. Having grown this business from 5MW to nearly 100MW in the UK, Spain and Poland, Nick took on the challenge of developing ENERGOS following its acquisition in June 2004. On the strength of its strong track record Energos has been awarded 2 major contracts In the last 12 months, valued at over £100m and is developing further opportunities from its strong pipeline.
David Petrie - Head of Corporate Finance, ICAEW
David is head of corporate finance at the ICAEW and is an experienced corporate financier. Formerly with PwC, he has advised on numerous transactions, with a total value in excess of £4bn – from small MBOs to large, complex outsourcing arrangements, both in the UK and internationally. Having begun his career in industry he remains actively involved with a number of small and medium-sized companies. The corporate finance faculty includes more than 6,000 members and more than 65 member organisations. Membership of the faculty is drawn from the major professional services groups, specialist advisory firms, companies, banks, private equity, venture capital, law firms, brokers and consultants. David also leads ICAEW’s contribution to policy development and the corporate finance faculty responds to consultations by regulators, international organisations, governments and professional bodies.
Dr. Edward Bace - CFA, CISI
Dr. Edward Bace is currently a business and education consultant in the area of equity, credit and risk. Prior to that, he spent over 20 years in valuation and credit analysis, with EBRD, Lehman Brothers, Standard & Poor’s, ifs and BPP. He headed up Lehman’s credit advisory function in EMEA, where he was involved with corporate credits, financial institutions, sovereigns and projects, in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Ed has a BA from Bucknell University, a PhD from University of Michigan, and an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business and member of PRMIA’s Ethics Committee.
Javier Huergo - Chief Investment Officer, FRV
With a degree in Business Administration granted by the Comillas Ponitificia University and a Senior Management program coursed in one of the most prestigious Business Schools in Europe (Instituto de Empresa ), Javier started his professional career in KPMG where he spent 6 years working in the Auditing and Transaction services departments in Madrid. In 2001 he left KPMG and joined Banco Español de Credito (Banesto), one of the major Spanish banks as Executive Director within the Capital markets division, heading the Infrastructure finance department. After 8 years in Banesto, he decided to leave the banking sector and moved to FRV to become Head of Business Development, responsible for the geographical expansion of FRV into new markets. After two years taking care of that role he was appointed as Chief Investment Officer. He is responsible of the fundraising activities within the FRV group including both debt and equity as well as the M&A business. He is also member of the FRV Executive Committee.

FRV's activities are focused on the development, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of solar plants included in a portfolio of projects that are both technologically and geographically diversified.

With current offices in Spain, Italy, Australia, Brazil, Uruguay Mexico, Dubai and South Africa, FRV has a global scope and worldwide focus.

FRV has fully developed more than 380 Mw and has participated in the development of over 2,750 Mw at different stages. The company currently manages, operates and maintains over 185 Mw with a highly experienced team of approximately 40 employees and counts with a wide development pipeline of over 750 Mw in different geographical areas. Additionally, FRV divested of over 205 Mw including its former US business unit.

Its global approach, long-term commitment, and use of efficient and diverse technologies make FRV a leader and a benchmark in the solar industry.
Andy Dewis - Sustainability Director, EMEA
Andy Dewis is currently responsible for Schneider Electric’s Sustainability Services Group operations in Europe, with primary responsibility to define strategies for growth across the region and drive value across the group and for customers.

He has over 10 years’ experience supporting organisations with their business and sustainability challenges.

Andy is passionate about sustainability, and his mission is to help customers grow sustainably. As well as founding and running a climate change and compliance consultancy, Andy has held a number of positions in the space including general management, sales, marketing, consulting, product development, and operational management.
Manus O’Donnell - Head of Corporate Finance, Mainstream Capital

Manus O’Donnell heads up the Mainstream Capital division and is also responsible for funding Mainstream’s renewable development pipeline Globally. He has been developing, structuring and executing Corporate and Project level funding transactions for renewable energy projects in different markets including Ireland, UK, Sweden, US, Offshore and China since 2002. Manus is currently a Steering Committee member of the Green IFSC and a member of the Offshore Wind Finance Group at the GIB (UK). Manus obtained a B.A. in Economics from Trinity College Dublin in 1997, a M.A. degree in Economics from University College Galway in 1998 and obtained a MBA from the Smurfit Business School, University College Dublin in 2002. Before joining Mainstream, Manus worked in the Corporate Finance team at Airtricity for 6 years and had previously worked in Investment and Corporate banking in London and Dublin.
John Rowland - Managing Partner, Whitelake
John has been investing in Private Equity for the last 8 years. Prior to founding White Lake, John was an Investment Manager at a large Family Office, whom he still advises. The Family Office invested over $500m in new Energy and Environmental Infrastructure private equity investments. John has spent several years working on Cleantech transactions for the $250m Abu Dhabi Masdar Cleantech Fund and Inspired Evolution Fund with Board responsibilities across the portfolio of investments. He currently advises a tech-transfer PE fund between South Korea and Israel. Prior to this John spent over 3 years managing high net worth equity portfolios for Custom House Capital where he also led research. John has also worked in industry as an engineer designing leading edge telecommunication systems. John has degrees in Electronic Engineering and Business, holds the CFA designation and is a qualified accountant.

Whitelake is a spin-out of a Family Office private equity investment team, expert on directs, funds and fund set-up in VC/Private Equity. We assist Family Offices/Corporates/Trustees/ Funds with their private investment needs(co-investments and funds) on a bespoke basis. We provide expert private equity buyside analysis, management and recommendations.
Peter Badik - Co-founder, Green Way
Peter co-founded GreenWay Operator in 2011, as a spin-off from MyEnergy, which is active in various clean technology and renewable energy projects in the Slovak and Czech Republic. GreenWay promotes the concet of electromobility operator providing complex services for the logistic comapnies. Peter is also the Director of the Slovak Electric Vehicle Association and initiator of the National strategy for electric mobility in Slovakia. Peter studied banking and finance on University of Economics Bratislava and started his career in the banking sector where he worked in risk management, asset and liability management and treasury. He managed the Central and Eastern Europe largest government bonds portfolio (over € 200 billion) at Erste Bank in Vienna. With the solar boom coming to the Czech and Slovak Republic he left the banking sector and became one of the first solar park developers in his country. He successfully managed the development, construction and sell of power plants in total enterprise value over € 35 mil.

GreenWay Operator a.s. (GreenWay - GW) launched commercial operations in 2013. GW offers electric vehicles (currently up to 3.5t vans) on a full service long-term leasing basis to high usage commercial customers that ideally operate regular, daily, mid-range delivery services. Ground breaking aspect of the GreenWay serviceis its positioning along with price. In contrast to contemporary products of the industry, GreenWay does not offer a niche product to a mass market, but rather a competitively priced product to a specialized market instead (i.e. light duty electric truck in complex electromobility service package to transportation companies). Cars have the battery swap capabilities allowing unprecedented utilization not disturbed by lengthy charging. Customer pays a monthly leasing fee that includes a fixed mileage per month month plus a small fee for extra kilometers. Next step will be introduction of the Service in Austria and other EU markets.
Jale Cairney - Business Development Director, ABS Group Renewable Energy
Jale Cairney joined ABS Group in July 2012 to lead the renewable energy business development in Europe. Prior to joining to ABS Group she worked in renewable energy and oil & gas industries over 10 years where she accumulated knowledge of capital project evaluation, project finance, risk management, project management, and quality management. She was in charge of project controls of the first two offshore wind farm project and various onshore wind farm projects in the UK and evaluated medium to large oil and gas capital projects in Europe, Africa and Central Asia for companies such as BP, Shell, DOW, ExxonMobil, Boralis. In her previous roles, she was also involved in offshore wind farm projects with work scope varying from risk management, technical due diligence, quality management, HSE consultancy, design verification to inspections. She has MBA, M.Sc. in Financial Management, MSc & BSc in Economics.

The Renewable Energy division of ABS Group Ltd is affiliated with ABSG Consulting Inc (ABS Consulting). ABS Consulting is a global engineering consulting company delivering leading independent safety, risk, integrity and performance management services that combines industry experts, risk modeling, practical engineering and technology-based solutions for over 30 years. ABS Consulting is headquartered in Houston, Texas and employ more than 2,700 employees in over 33 countries worldwide. ABS Consulting and ABS Group are wholly-owned subsidiary of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), founded in 1862. ABS Group have been providing technical consultancy services for the renewable energy projects with particular focus on offshore & onshore wind energy and solar PV energy projects. ABS Group is renowned for its technical risk management, asset integrity, safety engineering, design verification and maritime consultancy services.
Ghassan Badran - Business Development Director, Greensea Capital

Ghassan (Gus) Badran has 15 years experience in engineering and operations within the cleantech, sustainable and industrial sectors. His role at Greensea Capital is to maintain long term relations with investors and corporate clients. Gus holds a degree in Material Science and Engineering from Imperial College London and a Postgraduate diploma in Manufacturing: Management & Technology from Open University UK. Mr. Badran is the Chairman of the Innovation Technology Special Interest Group and Committee Member of the Private Equity Special Interest Group at CFA UK society. He enjoys sports and supporting charities, having previously mentored for "IntoUniversity" as well as doing a sponsored run on their behalf.
Mr.Iwan Walters - Partner, Eversheds

Since joining Eversheds, Iwan has been very active with the Clean Energy and Sustainability Group advising on biomass, solar, wind and tidal energy projects. Iwan has extensive experience advising uyers and sellers in relation to onshore wind farm projects in England, Wales and Scotland. Iwan has also advised clients in relation to many of the Round 2 and Round 3 offshore wind farm projects together with leading on our biomass and solar transactions.

Most recently, Iwan lead the Eversheds team that advised BNP Paribas on its acquisition and financing of the Sleaford biomass plant from ECO2.Iwan also advised Pennant Walters and InfraRed on their joint development of the Maesgwyn and Pant Y Wal on shore wind farms in South Wales.

Iwan's clients range from utilities, private equity and infrastructure funds to banks and developers. Iwan advises on all aspects of corporate law and has experience of handling both public and private mergers and acquisitions, including advising a number of major listed PLCs on a wide range of issues relevant to the UK Takeover Code and the Listing Rules of the UKLA. Iwan has acted for a large number of UK and foreign-owned business and has advised on a number of high-profile domestic and international transactions. Iwan spent two years working in Hong Kong and has recently been very active in the development of Eversheds' Eastern European practice.

Iwan is a regular speaker at conferences and is a member of the Renewable UK Cymru Strategy Group. Iwan worked in London and Hong Kong for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer before joining Eversheds in January 2007.

The Eversheds Clean Energy and Sustainability Legal Team advises globally across all renewable energy technologies including onshore and offshore wind, solar, biomass, hydro, wave and tidal and geothermal for all market participants including utilities, banks, equity investors and independent developers.

The team advises on the complete project lifecycle from consenting through to construction and equity and debt financing. Our clients range from utilities to infrastructure and private equity funds, banks, governments and independent developers.

The team is working significantly on FIT projects and in preparation for the Green Deal in the UK.

The team has a specialist debt capital markets team which is focussed on the clean energy sector.
Mike Turnbull - Head of EMEA Infrastructure Capital Markets

Mike Turnbull was appointed head of EMEA Infrastructure Capital Markets at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in July 2011, following the firm’s decision to structure a cross-platform business around the infrastructure asset class.

Prior to this, Mike had executed successful infrastructure deals for Solveig A/S, the owner of a share in the Gassled Norwegian gas pipeline network, and the purchase by WPD of the EoN Central Networks Assets form EoN.

Mike originally joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2006 as head of Corporate Debt Capital Markets (DCM). In this role he was responsible for all debt, risk management and structured financing business in EMEA, for corporate issuers. He was also responsible for the integration of DCM coverage with Investment Banking, and the development of a solution based cross-product financing dialogue with key European financing clients.

Prior to joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Mike worked at Morgan Stanley for 18 years, eventually running Corporate DCM and then Financial Institutions DCM.

During his career, Mike has provided financing and advisory work for a broad range of leading UK clients including the Bank of England, HMT, Shell, BAA, BT, Diageo, Pearson, BP, BG, Anglo-American, Vodafone, National Grid, Network Rail, TFL and Experian. He has also supported various high profile corporates across Europe, including most recently Roche, DT, Statoil, Vattenfall, Teliasonera and ENEL.

Michael Dunn - Director, Iona Capital

Michael is a Director at Iona Capital, a private equity company that manages retail and institutional funds targeting the energy from waste sector and specifically seeks to invest in anaerobic digestion projects that require external funding. Iona Capital has recently completed in excess of £20m investments including two Welsh AD facilities which are part of the e Welsh Governments flagship procurement program (Biogen Waen and Biogen Gwyriad).

Michael has held senior level positions with Shanks group, Veolia Group and Amey Group.

Michael currently holds a variety of sector related non-executive director roles including sitting on London Waste Ltd board and the Investment committee of LWRB.

Michael has a masters in finance degree from the London Business School and is a CMIWM.
Phil Case - Director, PwC’s Sustainability and Climate Change, UK

Phil is a Director of PwC’s Sustainability and Climate Change team in the UK, specialising in, and leading our sustainability work in, the private equity sector. Phil joined PwC in 2005, when he initiated the Financial Services sector team within the Sustainability & Climate Change practice, dealing exclusively with a wide variety of major clients in the banking, insurance and private equity sub-sectors. Phil has had extensive experience of working with private equity houses in conducting sustainability assessments of potential acquisitions, and in developing strategy, policy and procedures for implementing a sustainability programme. He has also worked with PE Houses to develop “tools” to facilitate policy implementation, and in designing and running training events for investment professionals.

Phil is currently a member of the BVCA’s Responsible Investment Advisory Board, and has co-written Guidelines for BVCA members on sustainability risk management, published in 2011.

Phil is Finance Monthly’s Global Sustainability Private Equity Advisor of the Year 2013 (M&A Awards).

PwC helps organisations and individuals create the value they're looking for. We're a network of firms in 158 countries with more than 180,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax and advisory services.
Timothy Cornelius – Chief Executive Officer, Atlantis Resources Corporation

Tim is credited with growing Atlantis Resources Corporation from start-up five years ago to one of the world’s leading marine power developers with a global project pipeline spanning Europe, Asia and Nth America.

His core skill lies in deal origination and he has considerable structuring experience in renewable power projects bringing together project financiers with owner operators and technology providers. He has a broad understanding of global power and commodities markets and has a unique ability to draw on experience gained in the field to apply to investment decisions requiring a high level of technical, financial and legal scrutiny.
Baba Abu - Head of Sustainable Business Advisory, RBS

Having established the function and developed it into a world-wide centre of expertise, Baba now focuses on his role as lead adviser to the division’s executives and its reputation risk committee. He helps to inform investment decisions by directing the due diligence of environmental, social and governance risks associated with clients operating in a range of industry sectors and across multiple jurisdictions.

Baba is a career banker with deep experience of structuring and arranging finance for companies in the global energy industry and for projects across the entire energy chain. The significant role that Baba played in the development of the Equator Principles – a framework for managing environmental and social risks in project financing – won him the Chairman’s Award for Leadership in Sustainable Project Finance at the FT Sustainable Banking Awards 2007.

Baba is a member of The Royal Institute of International Affairs. He holds a BSc in Economics from Cardiff University, an MBA from the Cass Business School, London and a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge.
Helen Dubery - Director, Global sales and development, Magpower Systems

Global Sales and development director at Magpower, Helen has been responsible for creating and implementing the strategic planning for the commercialisation of the MAFC technology. A graduate of Stirling University with a BA in Economics, she has had +20 years experience in building growth focused ventures from concept to success. Her global network is a great asset to MagPower for both the breadth and depth of the relationships and the doors that can be opened. Helen's key role builds on her international trade ties and she has been an integral contributor to their global JV and licensing initiatives. A specialist networker, Helen has worked extensively in the USA, most recently she was Head of Strategy for a luxury brand company with plans to spread their operations into EMEA, adopting best policy regimes and financial risk analysis.
Jonathan Maxwell - Founding Partner & CEO, SDCL

Jonathan is the CEO and Co-Founding Partner of Sustainable Development Capital LLP. He has completed over 45 investment vehicle transactions over the last 16 years involving investment in infrastructure, private equity, real estate and listed securities. During this time has worked on investments in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas.

At SDCL he has advised on the formation of a number of investment vehicles involving total capital raised of approximately US$600 million. He has also served as an advisor to governments, to the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative and is a director and trustee of the Institute for Sustainability in the UK.

Jonathan was previously Director of Business Development for HSBC’s real estate and infrastructure investment arm, where he managed a diverse range of successful investment transactions. Jonathan graduated with a degree in Modern History from Oxford University.
Richard Jordan - Senior Associate, K&L Gates

Richard Jordan is a senior associate in the firm’s London office. He is a corporate lawyer with experience in general company law, corporate finance, equity and debt capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, public company takeovers, joint ventures, and project finance. He has experience in a diverse range of businesses and sectors, with particular focus on renewable energy and cleantech.

K&L Gates LLP comprises more than 2,000 lawyers who practice in 48 fully integrated offices located on five continents: United States, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and South America and represents leading global corporations, growth and middle-market companies, capital markets participants and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations and individuals.
Rob van Basten Batenburg - Managing Director, Marwind Group

Rob van Basten Batenburg has more than 10 years of experience in renewable energy, and founded Marwind Group in 2007. His experience lies in areas of business development, facilitating investments and transactions, M&A, innovation, project development, and management consulting in the areas of strategy, operations and financial management. With an initial focus on offshore wind, the scope has broadened to onshore wind and PV projects, waste-to-energy, hydro, and CleanTech areas like wind and photo-voltaics.

Rob has a further background in IT/HighTech, and corporate venturing, a distinguised maritime career in the Dutch Navy, and a Sloan Fellowship from London Business School with a MSC in Business Administration and Management, and an MA in International Relations.

Marwind Group is active in financial intermediary services, management consulting and interim management in the renewable industry, with a focus on (offshore) wind and marine renewables, as well as PV, Waste to Energy, Hydro and CleanTech. Marwind has been proven foresightful in these sectors since 2002. With a sound understanding of the value chains, it has provided large industrial players with M&A and operations advice, received funding mandates for various technology areas, and has acted as a placement agent for investors. In addition, Marwind was at the basis of various new venture concepts. In addition, it has improved the business and operational efficiency of offshore wind-farm operators.