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Dennis van Alphen, Senior Investment Manager, PGGM
Dennis has been active in the financial sector for nearly 2 decades. He started his career in export finance before switching over to project finance and M&A advisory with NIBC Bank. From 2007 – 2010 he was Head of Renewable Energy for NIBC Bank in London and established the project finance Energy franchise in the UK and continental Europe, with a particular focus on (offshore) wind. Since 2011, he moved over to the principal side by joining the Infrastructure team of Dutch pension fund PGGM. As Senior Investment Manager, he is mainly responsible for direct equity investments in energy related infrastructure transactions and has been extensively involved in the refinancing of the Walney offshore wind project. Dennis holds a MA Economics from the University of Amsterdam.
Steve Beel, Associate Director- Offshore Transmission, Ofgem
Steve Beel is Associate Director, Offshore Transmission at Ofgem, the UK energy regulator. His primary responsibilities are the design and delivery of the competitive tendering processes that have so far delivered £250m of new investment into UK offshore transmission networks. Steve also works in a number of other regulatory areas including in relation to wholesale and generation markets.
Prior to joining Ofgem in 2009, Steve worked across multiple infrastructure sectors in different capacities. Most recently he was at Hutchison Port Holdings, one of the worlds leading container port investors, where he undertook a range of commercial and strategic roles in Hong Kong, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to that he worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he worked in an advisory capacity on major infrastructure developments, including in the PFI/PPP space and for the London Olympics. Steve has a Masters in Engineering from Bristol University and an MBA from Oxford.
Jonathan Cole, Managing Director, Iberdrola
Jonathan Cole, Managing Director for Iberdrola’s Offshore Wind Business, leads the development, supply chain, construction, operation and maintenance of Iberdrola’s world-wide offshore portfolio from its global headquarters in Glasgow.
With a pipeline of over 10,000MW, Jonathan is currently responsible for projects including: West of Duddon Sands, a 389MW project off the coast of Barrow-in-Furness (in joint venture with DONG Energy); Argyll Array located off the isle of Tiree (1,800MW); the East Anglia Zone, up to 7,200 MW of projects off the East Anglian coast (in joint venture with Vattenfall); and Wikinger, a 400MW project in the Baltic sea.
Jonathan is a qualified solicitor and joined ScottishPower after several years as part of a large energy practice advising major energy companies. Within ScottishPower Renewables Jonathan has held the positions of Legal Director and Commercial Director before becoming the Managing Director for Iberdrola’s Offshore Wind Business in July 2011.
Jonathan also participates at board level in various offshore wind industry bodies. In 2012, Jonathan was appointed to the Offshore Wind Programme Board by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, in order to assist in driving the UK offshore wind industry forward.
Laurence Fumagalli, Partner, Greencoat Capital
Laurence Fumagalli has six years' investment management experience plus ten years project finance experience in the European power sector, with a focus on UK wind. At Greencoat Capital, Laurence is responsible for managing Greencoat UK Wind PLC, a sector-focussed infrastructure fund, invested in UK wind generation assets and listed on the LSE Main Market.
Prior to joining Greencoat Capital, Laurence held a number of senior roles within Climate Change Capital (“CCC”) from 2006 to 2011, including Managing Director, Carbon Finance, responsible for origination and execution for all regions outside of China for CCC's €750 million carbon funds. From 2003 to 2006, Laurence headed the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi's London-based renewables team. Prior to the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Laurence worked in the power project finance team at Greenwich NatWest (formally NatWest Markets).
Laurence has financed and invested in over 1GW of installed UK wind capacity.
Laurence holds an MA in Mathematics and Philosophy from University College, Oxford and a MSc in Economics and Political Science from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
John Kjorstad, Editor, Infrastructure Journal
John Kjorstad was named editor of Infrastructure Journal in February 2011. He joined the UK-based publication in 2006 as the renewable energy reporter and has written extensively about global developments in energy and infrastructure. He works closely with IJ’s whole editorial team to produce breaking news, special projects – like the Infrastructure100 and Emerging Partnerships publications – and insightful analysis from IJ’s research and data team. John grew up in North Dakota in the United States and has been a journalist and writer since 1997.
David Blunt, UK Managing Director, Gamesa
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Tim Lord, Head of Renewables Industry & Investment, DECC
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Mortimer Menzel, Partner, Augusta & co
Mortimer Menzel has eight years of expertise in placing equity finance in renewable energy deals (both for project and corporate finance) and over 20 years of banking, and legal experience. Prior to co-founding Augusta in 2002, Mortimer was in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs. Before that Mortimer was a solicitor with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Frankfurt, specializing in cross-border asset and structured finance transactions. He trained with Linklaters in London.
Mortimer is a frequent speaker on the financing of renewable energy at various conferences including the European Wind Energy Association, the World Future Energy Summit and Euromoney, Infrastructure Journal and InfraNews conferences. Mortimer is bi-lingual English and German and has intermediate French and Spanish.
Henrik Nøhr Poulsen, Head of Equities, Industriens Pension
Henrik Nøhr Poulsen, Head of Equities and Alternatives at Industriens Pension, has been leading the build out of Industriens external investments for more than a decade. This has included private equity funds from early on, and Infrastructure funds has been part of the investment strategy since 2006. In the later years co-investments and select direct investments has been added to the Danish pension fund’s investments. Most recently has Henrik been overseeing the team at Industriens that invested in the 288 MW Butendiek Offshore Wind Park in Germany.
Henrik has been investing institutional capital for nearly two decades. Prior to joining Industriens Pension 11 years ago, Henrik worked as an equity Portfolio Manager at Danske Capital and at FSP Pension. Henrik holds a M.Sc. in Economics and Business Administration from The Århus School of Business.
Keiji Okagaki has an in-depth knowledge and experience in the power sector through various types of involvements for more than 20 years. He has worked on many deals of renewable energy projects in north America, Japan and Europe. He played a key role in Marubeni’s acquisition of a 49.9% interest from DONG Energy in Gunfleet Sands offshore wind farm in UK in November 2011. He is currently, leading Marubeni’s plan to expand its renewable energy platform in Europe with a special focus on offshore wind.
Peter Sehestedt, Danish Energy Agency
Experienced in managing the massive Danish built-up of offshore wind power towards 2020 (1,5 GW). This includes developing new tendering procedures that ensure low risk projects, efficient regulation and new forms of market dialogue before awarding the projects. Peter is also experienced in developing large scale technology programs and private-public partnerships from working with the largest Danish aid programme in the energy sector, the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme (EUDP)
Dr. Stefanie Pfahl,Unit for Wind Energy & Hydro Power, Federal German government
Dr. Pfahl is working for the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety since 2005. She worked on trade and environment, environmental product policy, resource efficiency and international environmental policy issues. In 2010 she became the personal secretary of the current state secretary of the environment ministry. In March 2013 she took over as leader of the unit “wind energy and hydro power” in the Federal Environment Ministry.
Akira Ishikawa, Chief Representative in London, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
JBIC is a policy based bank wholly owned by the Japanese government. Akira ISHIKAWA began his career at JBIC in 1991. His main areas of coverage during his career have been in project/corporate finance to various sectors such as utilities, infrastructure and manufacturing. He has also been in charge of the operation of the greenhouse gas reduction fund to develop CDM projects and to purchase CER credits. Akira holds a MA in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick
Markus Wandt,Head of Mergers & Acquisition, RWE Innogy
"Markus Wandt is the Head of Mergers & Acquisition of RWE Innogy. RWE Innogy is the renewables division of RWE AG, one of the largest European utilities. Since its inception in February 2008, RWE Innogy has invested in excess of EUR 6bn in the growth of its renewable energy generation portfolio and completed well over 40 M&A transactions, including several joint ventures such as for the 576MW offshore wind project Gwynt-y-Mor and the recent sale of a minority stake in the 90MW operational offshore wind farm Rhyl Flats in the UK to the Green Investment Bank and Greencoat. Markus has over 18 years of experience in corporate finance and M&A. Prior to joining RWE Innogy, Markus worked for HSBC and Bank of America in London and Frankfurt."
Robert Helms, Head of Partner Relations, Dong Energy Wind Power AS
After 11 years of working in private equity and venture capital in Germany and Denmark, Robert joined DONG Energy in 2009 as Head of Project Development Continental Europe & New Markets. Since the beginning of 2012, Robert is heading the fundraising activities for co-investments in DONG Energy's offshore wind projects
Mark Giulianotti, Director, Green Investment Bank: CONFIRMED
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Sue Milton, Senior Director, Energy, Structured Finance, RBS: CONFIRMED
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Carlos Christian Sobotta, Division Head for Programme Offshore Wind, KfW: CONFIRMED
Carlos Christian Sobotta is working in the business area KfW Mittelstandsbank which promotes SMEs and investments of companies in renewable energies, energy efficiency and environmental protection. He is heading a division responsible for the extension of loans under the KfW programme offshore-wind-energy and for larger corporate loans for “green project”.
After concluding his studies of Business Administration at Cologne University Mr. Sobotta joined KfW in 1992. He worked on several positions in the business area export- and project finance and on a secondment to the German Ministry of Finance he was engaged in the granting of the official export credit cover. Before joining KfW Mittelstandsbank, Mr. Sobotta headed within KfW IPEX Bank a team engaged in structuring financings in the automotive and mechanical engineering industries.
Jacob Lyngsgaard Madsen, Investment Manager, PKA Alternative Investments: CONFIRMED
Jacob L Madsen is currently working as part of PKA AIPs direct investment team which focuses on direct investments into infrastructure assets He worked on the ompletion of the Butendiek offshore windfarm which was PKAs first project financing investment. His has previous experience from investment banking and management consulting.
Richard Slark, Director, Pöyry Management Consulting
Richard Slark is a Director of Pöyry Management Consulting with responsibility for the renewable energy practice, based in Oxford. Richard specialises in the commercial and strategic response to energy policy and in the design and implementation of renewable policy instruments. He advises on price, policy and regulatory risk in Europe’s conventional and renewable electricity markets. Richard currently divides his time between advising on the financing and valuation of specific renewable projects and on the broader strategic opportunities arising from the EU’s 20% renewable energy target for 2020. His clients include conventional and renewable power station developers, financiers and operators, government departments and regulators. Richard has over 15 years’ experience in energy markets. Prior to joining Pöyry, he worked as an economist for the UK electricity regulator. Richard has an honours degree in Economics and an MSc in Environmental Management.
Keita Ishimitsu,Senior Project Manager, Offshore Wind Turbine Development, Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe
Having 7 years work experience in wind engineering at Japanese and UK leading engineering consultancies, Keita Ishimitsu joined German wind turbine manufacturer in 2004 and started his career in wind energy sector. He joined Wind Turbine Business Division of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. in 2006 and since then he has been tackling the development of offshore wind turbine forcusing on reducing lifecycle Operations and Maintenance (O&M) cost of energy. Since 2011, he is working in Glasgow and responsible for O&M planning for the currently developed Mitsubishi's SeaAngel 7MW hydraulic drive offshore prototype wind turbine which will be firstly tested in Hunterston, Scotland
Gernot Blanke, CEO, wpd AG
Dr. Gernot Blanke was born in 1962 in the North West of Germany. He studied law at the Universities of Marburg, Munich and Göttingen. In 1989, he received the degree of doctor of law. Afterwards, Dr. Gernot Blanke worked as lawyer at Time Warner Inc., New York, and the law firm of Haight, Gardner, Poor & Havens until 1992. Together with Dr. Klaus Meier, he founded wpd in 1996. Since 2000, he is CEO of the wpd AG. Furthermore, Dr. Gernot Blanke is member of the board of the German Offshore Forum Windenergie (OFW).
Evan Stergoulis, Head of Energy, Watson Farley & Williams
Evan Stergoulis is Head of Energy at Watson Farley & Williams and is one of the UK’s leading energy lawyers. Evan has over 20 years experience in the energy sector and has advised on over 40 renewable energy projects including many of the award winning European offshore wind farms. Recent transactions include advising DONG Energy on the acquisition by Marubeni Corporation of a 49.9% stake in the Gunfleet Sands offshore wind farm, advising DONG/Siemens Project Ventures on the acquisition of a 50% stake in the 270 MW Lincs project and DONG on the sell down of a 24.8% stake in its Walney 367 MW project to PGGM/Ampere. Evan is currently advising a mezzanine lender to Cape Wind.
Henry Stewart, Partner, Projects, Commodities & Export Finance Group, UK Green Investment Bank
Henry Stewart is a partner in the Energy group in London. He focuses on transactions in the Energy & Infrastructure sector and his transactional experience includes project finance, acquisition finance and syndicated lending, joint venture work and private M&A. Recent experience in the offshore wind sector includes advising in relation to the Walney, London Array and Cape Wind projects.
Dr. Klaus Weber, Managing Director, Strabag Offshore Wind GmbH
Dr. Klaus Weber, Managing Director, STRABAG Offshore Wind GmbH Since 2001, Klaus is responsible for the development of the business area Offshore Wind within the STRABAG Group / Ed. Züblin AG. He is now the Managing Director of STRABAG Offshore Wind GmbH. With a degree in Civil Engineering and a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering, Klaus also gained over 15 years of practical experience as project manager and project director on numerous international large scale infrastructure and foundation projects.
Melchior Karigl, Finance Director, European Investment Bank
Melchior Karigl (born 1971) joined EIB in 2002 and has held positions inside and outside Europe. Since October 2012 he has been responsible for Structured Finance Transactions and Joint Initiatives in Central Europe. Prior to that he has been part of a new initiative by EIB to reinforce its activity in sectors of high policy priority for the EU – the New Products and Special Activities Initiative - and in which the EIB seeks to develop innovative approaches. In this capacity he has had a pan-European responsibility for structured lending transactions in the offshore wind sector. From 2002 to 2007 he worked on a number of EIB project finance transactions in various sectors in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific region. Prior to EIB he worked for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) based in Washington DC in the energy sector. He has degrees in Business Administration from the Wirtschaftsuniversitaet Wien and International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University.
Rob Hastings, Director of Energy & Infrastructure, Crown Estate
Rob Hastings is The Crown Estate’s Director of Energy & Infrastructure. His career started in the offshore oil and gas industry and then moved into developing and managing projects and businesses in the UK wind energy industry over the last ten years. Prior to his current position at The Crown Estate, Rob was a Director of Shell Wind Energy Ltd.
Alongside his executive roles, Rob has also been a Director of the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA), a member of the UK Government’s Renewable Advisory Board (RAB), the Scottish Government’s Forum for Renewable Energy Development in Scotland (FREDS) and more recently the UK Offshore Wind Developers Forum.
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