Speakers

 

Leading minds from across the world fly in to shape the conversation on fixing climate change. Be part of that conversation; join us for the Global Grand Final in Edinburgh, November 1-2.

Bianca Dragomir

Innovation Clusters and Cleantech Entrepreneurship Expert.

Bio

CEO at AVAESEN Cluster, one of Spain's leading clusters in clean technologies, since 2013, Bianca was recently awarded as 'European Cluster Manager of the Year' by the European Commission, being the first woman to win this prize.

Bianca launched the first cleantech start-up accelerator in Spain. She is founder of the Spanish Think Thank Smart Cities and National Lead of ClimateLaunchpad Spain, the world’s largest cleantech business idea competition.

As a member of the European High-Level Industrial Roundtable ‘Industry 2030’, she currently assists European Commission Vice-President Katainen in developing a smart, innovative and sustainable Industry 2030 strategy.

Bianca holds a Master in International Business and European Integration (University of Valencia, Spain) and a Master in Business Communication (National School of Political and Administrative Sciences, Bucarest. Romania).

DANE A. BOYSEN, PHD

CEO and Founder Modular Chemical, Inc.

Bio

Dr. Boysen is an entrepreneur, scientist, and thought leader in the area of energy technology. Boysen recently founded Modular Chemical Inc. to commercialize technology for treating sour gas from oil and gas operations. He also serves on the National Academies’ committee for “Developing a Research Agenda for Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration.” As the former Chief Technologist at Cyclotron Road—a lab-embedded mentorship program at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab—Boysen mentored hard-tech innovators through critical technology and commercialization challenges.

Boysen also served as the Executive Director for Research Operations at the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) where he led an initiative to develop small-scale, modular solutions for mitigating flared natural gas and as a Program Director at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) where he managed over $100 million spread 34 of the nation’s most cutting-edge energy technology R&D projects.

Before joining ARPA-E, Boysen led an $11 million R&D project to develop liquid metal batteries for grid-scale energy storage at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and co-founded the venture capital-backed company Superprotonic Inc. to commercialize his pioneering in work solid acid-based fuel cells. Boysen has a PhD in Materials Science from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), 7 U.S. patents, and over 30 peer-reviewed journal publications.

Hans Westerhof

Project Lead, ClimateLaunchpad

Bio

Hans joined ClimateLaunchpad in 2014 as Project Lead and Trainer. He is fond of working with startups and helping entrepreneurs get their business off the ground. He is also responsible for the EIT Climate-KIC accelerator program in the Benelux and is deeply involved with the startup teams as coach and mentor in all three stages of the program. He delivers training all across Europe for a variety of clients. He loves sharing his experience, success stories and disasters included.

Earlier he was political advisor to the alderman of housing & urban planning in Amsterdam, management consultant and diving instructor in Asia. In 2002 he started as CFO / COO of Knowledge Land, the leading Dutch think tank on boosting the knowledge economy. In 2006 he raised over € 150 million for a large scale digitisation and commercialisation program, an effort he led for the next 6 years.

Hans holds a MA in Political Sciences and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School after graduating from the General Management Program.

Dr. Kirsten Dunlop

Chief Executive Officer, EIT Climate-KIC

Bio

Kirsten radiates creative vitality, an energy drawn from a deep well of diverse experience and a passion for what she loves to do — inspire people to embrace a changing world, learn to learn, understand their past and shape their future. Her career spans academia, consulting, banking, insurance, strategy, design, innovation and leadership, across three continents.

Kirsten joined Climate-KIC in February 2017 from an Australian financial services conglomerate, Suncorp, a long-standing partner of Climate-KIC and a member of global climate risk information platform, OASIS.

She is committed to shaping and placing innovation to catalyse profound systemic change, and is honoured to work with Climate-KIC’s world-class network of partners to support climate innovation across Europe and beyond.

A specialist in experiential learning and a life-long exponent of cross-disciplinary thought and practice, Kirsten has a Ph.D. in cultural history on the marriage of rhetoric and architecture in the building of Italian medieval and Renaissance cities.

Her advisory roles to date have included the IBM European Insurance Advisory Council, Advisory Board of Credit Suisse Business School, Advisory Board of Schering Plough, the Scientific Committee of the University of Bicocca Learning Lab and non-Executive Director on the Board of Traity.com. Her publications include a case study in The Routledge Companion to Strategic Risk Management, Routledge 2016.

Pinar Guvenc

Co-founder and President, Sponge Inc.

Bio

Pinar Guvenc, is the Co-founder and President of Sponge Inc., a clean-tech business with a patent-pending novel carbon based material that repels water and absorbs any oil based contamination. Derived from sugar, the material is affordably scalable for water and air treatment/clean up. It's flexible form and diverse methods of application make Sponge the material to create multi-industry green impact. 2nd Place and Audience Favorite award winner of Climate Launchpad 2016, Sponge Inc. is part of Climate KIC Incubator in Utrecht, Netherlands and Plug & Play in Sunnyvale, California.

Pinar holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University and a MSc in Economics & Finance from Southern Illinois University. She has successfully helped launch two other firms: New York Functional Furniture ( an e-commerce site for functional furniture, acquired by Lazzoni US in 2015) and Eray/Carbajo (an international architecture and design studio, where she serves as the Managing Partner of the firm, to-date)

Puon Penn

Executive Vice President and Head of Technology, Capital Division

Bio

Puon Penn is executive vice president and head of Technology Division within Wells Fargo’s Strategic Capital Group. The group provides capital investments to help innovative companies focus on advancing new technologies and business models. Puon is a 20-year veteran of Wells Fargo having done stints in the International Group, Middle Market Banking, Principal Investing, and most recently, Corporate Banking’s Technology Media & Telecom Group, where he oversaw the bank’s Life Sciences, Southern California Technology Banking, Northern California Technology, and Global Cleantech practices.

Puon started Wells Fargo’s Global CleanTech Group in 2009 to provide expertise, financial services, and resources to help companies focused on decreasing the use of fossil fuels, fertilizers, industrial chemicals, and other activities that cause greenhouse gas emissions or other harmful environmental effects. Wells Fargo financed more than $70 billion for green business, renewable energy projects, green buildings, and clean energy customers from 2005 to 2016.

Bianca Dragomir

Innovation Clusters and Cleantech Entrepreneurship Expert.

Bio

CEO at AVAESEN Cluster, one of Spain's leading clusters in clean technologies, since 2013, Bianca was recently awarded as 'European Cluster Manager of the Year' by the European Commission, being the first woman to win this prize.

Bianca launched the first cleantech start-up accelerator in Spain. She is founder of the Spanish Think Thank Smart Cities and National Lead of ClimateLaunchpad Spain, the world’s largest cleantech business idea competition.

As a member of the European High-Level Industrial Roundtable ‘Industry 2030’, she currently assists European Commission Vice-President Katainen in developing a smart, innovative and sustainable Industry 2030 strategy.

Bianca holds a Master in International Business and European Integration (University of Valencia, Spain) and a Master in Business Communication (National School of Political and Administrative Sciences, Bucarest. Romania).

DANE A. BOYSEN, PHD

CEO and Founder Modular Chemical, Inc.

Bio

Dr. Boysen is an entrepreneur, scientist, and thought leader in the area of energy technology. Boysen recently founded Modular Chemical Inc. to commercialize technology for treating sour gas from oil and gas operations. He also serves on the National Academies’ committee for “Developing a Research Agenda for Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration.” As the former Chief Technologist at Cyclotron Road—a lab-embedded mentorship program at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab—Boysen mentored hard-tech innovators through critical technology and commercialization challenges.

Boysen also served as the Executive Director for Research Operations at the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) where he led an initiative to develop small-scale, modular solutions for mitigating flared natural gas and as a Program Director at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) where he managed over $100 million spread 34 of the nation’s most cutting-edge energy technology R&D projects.

Before joining ARPA-E, Boysen led an $11 million R&D project to develop liquid metal batteries for grid-scale energy storage at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and co-founded the venture capital-backed company Superprotonic Inc. to commercialize his pioneering in work solid acid-based fuel cells. Boysen has a PhD in Materials Science from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), 7 U.S. patents, and over 30 peer-reviewed journal publications.

Hans Westerhof

Project Lead, ClimateLaunchpad

Bio

Hans joined ClimateLaunchpad in 2014 as Project Lead and Trainer. He is fond of working with startups and helping entrepreneurs get their business off the ground. He is also responsible for the EIT Climate-KIC accelerator program in the Benelux and is deeply involved with the startup teams as coach and mentor in all three stages of the program. He delivers training all across Europe for a variety of clients. He loves sharing his experience, success stories and disasters included.

Earlier he was political advisor to the alderman of housing & urban planning in Amsterdam, management consultant and diving instructor in Asia. In 2002 he started as CFO / COO of Knowledge Land, the leading Dutch think tank on boosting the knowledge economy. In 2006 he raised over € 150 million for a large scale digitisation and commercialisation program, an effort he led for the next 6 years.

Hans holds a MA in Political Sciences and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School after graduating from the General Management Program.

Dr. Kirsten Dunlop

Chief Executive Officer, EIT Climate-KIC

Bio

Kirsten radiates creative vitality, an energy drawn from a deep well of diverse experience and a passion for what she loves to do — inspire people to embrace a changing world, learn to learn, understand their past and shape their future. Her career spans academia, consulting, banking, insurance, strategy, design, innovation and leadership, across three continents.

Kirsten joined Climate-KIC in February 2017 from an Australian financial services conglomerate, Suncorp, a long-standing partner of Climate-KIC and a member of global climate risk information platform, OASIS.

She is committed to shaping and placing innovation to catalyse profound systemic change, and is honoured to work with Climate-KIC’s world-class network of partners to support climate innovation across Europe and beyond.

A specialist in experiential learning and a life-long exponent of cross-disciplinary thought and practice, Kirsten has a Ph.D. in cultural history on the marriage of rhetoric and architecture in the building of Italian medieval and Renaissance cities.

Her advisory roles to date have included the IBM European Insurance Advisory Council, Advisory Board of Credit Suisse Business School, Advisory Board of Schering Plough, the Scientific Committee of the University of Bicocca Learning Lab and non-Executive Director on the Board of Traity.com. Her publications include a case study in The Routledge Companion to Strategic Risk Management, Routledge 2016.

Pinar Guvenc

Co-founder and President, Sponge Inc.

Bio

Pinar Guvenc, is the Co-founder and President of Sponge Inc., a clean-tech business with a patent-pending novel carbon based material that repels water and absorbs any oil based contamination. Derived from sugar, the material is affordably scalable for water and air treatment/clean up. It's flexible form and diverse methods of application make Sponge the material to create multi-industry green impact. 2nd Place and Audience Favorite award winner of Climate Launchpad 2016, Sponge Inc. is part of Climate KIC Incubator in Utrecht, Netherlands and Plug & Play in Sunnyvale, California.

Pinar holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University and a MSc in Economics & Finance from Southern Illinois University. She has successfully helped launch two other firms: New York Functional Furniture ( an e-commerce site for functional furniture, acquired by Lazzoni US in 2015) and Eray/Carbajo (an international architecture and design studio, where she serves as the Managing Partner of the firm, to-date)

Puon Penn

Executive Vice President and Head of Technology, Capital Division

Bio

Puon Penn is executive vice president and head of Technology Division within Wells Fargo’s Strategic Capital Group. The group provides capital investments to help innovative companies focus on advancing new technologies and business models. Puon is a 20-year veteran of Wells Fargo having done stints in the International Group, Middle Market Banking, Principal Investing, and most recently, Corporate Banking’s Technology Media & Telecom Group, where he oversaw the bank’s Life Sciences, Southern California Technology Banking, Northern California Technology, and Global Cleantech practices.

Puon started Wells Fargo’s Global CleanTech Group in 2009 to provide expertise, financial services, and resources to help companies focused on decreasing the use of fossil fuels, fertilizers, industrial chemicals, and other activities that cause greenhouse gas emissions or other harmful environmental effects. Wells Fargo financed more than $70 billion for green business, renewable energy projects, green buildings, and clean energy customers from 2005 to 2016.

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