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

AVAESEN

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.

Frans Nauta

Founder ClimateLaunchpad

Bio

Frans Nauta is an entrepreneur, innovator, teacher and investor in clean tech startups. He is the founder of ClimateLaunchpad, the green business ideas competition. ClimateLaunchpad runs in 44 countries across the globe. Before that he set up the Climate-KIC Accelerator, the world's largest clean tech startup accelerator, in ten cities in the EU. Earlier Frans worked as the innovation secretary to the Dutch Prime Minister, founded a Think Tank on the knowledge economy (Knowledgeland), was a professor of innovation at HAN University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands and a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.

Paris Thomas

Co-founder Chrysalis LEAP

Bio

Paris is a passionate communicator and a serial entrepreneur. He holds a BA in Communication Science, and an MBA in Strategic Management. Paris is one of 30 globally certified trainers on Business Model Generation, and has facilitated strategic sessions in a variety of industries such as Pharmaceuticals, Financial, R&D, High-Tech, Government, and to a large degree Clean-tech Startups.

He has run both in-house workshops and prototyping sessions, as well as public masterclasses in the Middle East, Europe, and North America. Paris is a certified Business Model practitioner and specialises in innovating business ideas with a heavy focus on organisational culture and change; a necessary precursor to innovation. Paris is known for delivering results in a “sleeves rolled-up” approach.

Elena Messiou

Trainer ClimateLaunchpad

Bio

Elena is on a mission to get to know the world…literally! She’s lived in Europe, North-America and is now based in Hong Kong where she co-founded an import and distribution food business. She rocks all things related to sales, marketing and business development and gets her creative kicks from putting together Cyprus fusion recipes for Chinese Chefs! She has impressive cross-cultural communication skills and is passionate about learning new languages as a way to immerse herself in different cultures. Elena holds an MA in Public Policy and a double major BA in Economics and Communications.

Douglas Martin

Managing Director at MiAlgae

Bio

Founder and managing director of a biotechnology company called MiAlgae that aims to replace nutrients - usually obtained through the inclusion of fishmeal - in livestock feeds. The company incorporates circular economy into their production process in order to drastically reduce the production costs.

Joachim Blazer

Bio

Joachim Blazer is a longtime founder, investor and valuation expert. He is the author of The #1 Guide to Startup Valuation. Joachim holds a Master of Economics degree from Erasmus University Rotterdam. He loves startups.

Pratap Raju

Bio

Pratap has been involved in cleantech in India for over a decade, as one of the pioneers in the solar boom in India beginning in 2009. Having commissioned 84MW of renewable power plants in India, incubated several cleantech startups in the space, he has now founded the Climate Collective, a non-profit association of currently eighteen local climate and cleantech companies throughout South Asia working together to support local cleantech startups through acceleration support, fundraising, educational programs, etc. Running ClimateLaunchpad in India and Sri Lanka, the Collective is launching its accelerator, Climate Runway, in early 2019.

Prior to that, Pratap had started companies in film and advertising in Mumbai, after beginning his career on Wall Street in New York in 1995. He has degrees from Harvard (AB) and Oxford (MSc).

Dawn Lippert

CEO, Elemental Exelerator

Bio

Dawn Lippert is CEO of Elemental Excelerator (EEx) and Director of Innovation and Community at Emerson Collective. Each year, Elemental Excelerator finds 15-20 companies and funds each company up to $1 million to improve systems that impact people’s lives - energy, transportation, water, and agriculture - in Hawaii, Asia, and California. To date, EEx has awarded over $22 million to more than 60 companies.

EEx is funded by a coalition of utility/corporate partners, government (particularly the U.S. Navy), and philanthropic organizations.

Douglas Martin

Founder and Managing Director Mialgae

Bio

I am the founder and managing director of a biotechnology company called MiAlgae that aims to replace nutrients - usually obtained through the inclusion of fishmeal - in livestock feeds. We incorporate circular economy into our production process in order to drastically reduce the production costs.

We are in the process of applying for a SMART: Scotland grant and hope to prove the feasibility of this process over the next year.

Ed Craig

Deputy Director & Head of Enterprise and Innovation Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI)

Bio

Ed leads on ECCI's innovation and international activities. He supported the establishment of ECCI through the development and funding of the award-winning Low Carbon Innovation project (LINK). The initiative supported more than 1000 SMEs to accelerate low carbon products and services.

Ed oversees several flagships ECCI projects. These include Climate-KIC, Online S3 and the development of ECCI's bases and partnerships in Hong Kong and China.

Ed has more than 25 years' experience supporting the business creation process as an entrepreneur and business adviser. He has worked in America and the Czech republic as well as for Scottish Enterprise, Marks & Spencer and Napier University.

Ed holds qualifications in business and in human ecology from the University of Edinburgh.

Gareth Roberts

Business Development at Cambond Ltd

Bio

Gareth started with a PhD in Neuropathology and a teaching post in Imperial School of Medicine, London. He grew a successful research group and became an expert in the molecular mechanisms of neuropsychiatric diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia and epilepsy. He raised £million’s in research funding and published over 200 academic papers and 5 books. Gareth moved into the pharmaceutical industry as a research head for SmithKline Beecham and as a Group Director led its Alzheimer research programme.

His strategy project for his MBA became the business plan for a biotech start up in pharmacogenetics. Several other biotech start-ups followed and he has worked in the areas of informatics, medical devices and stem cells. One of the big lessons Gareth learned from this activity was the value of intellectual property for creating valuable assets within small companies. He has filed over 230 patents during his career.

Cambond Ltd is his latest adventure and a significant step into the unknown. Cleantech and manufacturing – two new disciplines have meant a very steep learning curve over the last 4 years. He is excited that the company is manufacturing products and enjoying (mostly!!) the challenge of bringing these to market.

Iain Gulland

Chief Executive Zero Waste Scotland

Isabelle Laurencin

Director, Plug and Play - Fair Fashion

Bio

Isabelle Laurencin is the Director of the Fashion for Good-Plug and Play accelerator Programme. Plug and Play is the largest global innovation platform and Silicon Valley’s most active VC. Isabelle Laurencin is a senior investment professional with over a decade experience in Private Equity and Venture Capital focusing on impact and circular economy.

Dr Michael Ellis

European Patent Attorney at Ellis IP Ltd

Bio

Michael Ellis is a Chartered and European patent attorney, providing integrated holistic Intellectual Property advice and service. Business focus on start-up and high growth businesses. Experience across a range of technical areas, but particularly in pharmaceuticals, formulations, new materials, medical devices, industrial biotechnology and renewable energy systems.

Dr Claudia M Duffy

European Patent Attorney and IP Consultant

Bio

A former Scientist turned Patent Attorney, Claudia has lived, worked and studied in three European countries. Starting with a BSc in Physics and Chemistry, Claudia went on to pursue graduate research in Physics through MSc and PhD degrees in Munich and Cambridge respectively. Her graduate degrees were based on industrial sponsorships – MSc sponsored by Siemens and Infineon Technologies in Munich and PhD sponsored by Hitachi in Cambridge – which enabled her to work at the forefront of innovation.

Claudia is a European Patent and Design Attorney and, since entering the patent profession in 2008, she held both private practice attorney roles (in London, Cambridge and Edinburgh) and in-house attorney roles (for two Cambridge-university spin-outs). Claudia is also acting a Patent Attorney Consultant for MBM Commercial and the IP Protection & Commercialisation Expert for Dunedin Solutions.

Whilst in Cambridge, Claudia has developed a strong interest in entrepreneurship and in 2015 she co-founded the Strategic IP Forum in collaboration with the Centre for Technology Management at the University of Cambridge. Since relocating to Edinburgh in 2016, Claudia has been the Scottish lead of CAMentrepreneurs, a global support network fostering and encouraging entrepreneurship in Scotland and aiming to create strong links between Scotland and the South-East of England. Claudia has also spent one year working in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh on increasing the industry engagement and commercialisation of university- generated IP from the Engineering Sciences.

Andy Harris

Partner, Head of IP and Commercial Contracts at MBM Commercial LLP

Bio

Andy has over twelve years experience of advising clients in a wide variety of different industries in relation to intellectual property, information technology and e-commerce matters. His work includes intellectual property strategy, protection and enforcement, software licence and development agreements and other IT related agreements, commercialisation and exploitation of IP assets, data protection and privacy advice and advising on website compliance matters and e-commerce issues.

He also assists clients with a variety of commercial agreements including distribution agreements, trading terms and conditions, sub-contracts and services agreements. He has clients in numerous and diverse industry areas including life sciences, education, manufcsoftware and music.

He has a Masters degree in IT and Telecommunications Law and is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Intellectual Property Law

Andrew McNeil

New Investments Manager at Eos Tech Investors

Bio

An entrepreneurial and driven business leader with a track record of delivering results in the start up, and private equity environment.

Working at the heart of start up companies has demanded immense flexibility, and consequently I have worked in all aspects of fast paced medical device and technology businesses.

I have a broad range of commercial, operational, sales & marketing and scientific experience and have direct experience of how investment capital into a company can build and benefit all aspects of a business, from proof of concept, through to infrastructure building and growth.

Emma Scarf

Ventures Analyst at Fashion for Good-Plug and Play

Monika Tomecka

CEO at uFraction8 Ltd

Bio

I am an entrepreneur scientist. In building my business I use scientific knowledge collected through my studies and the PhD research. At the moment I work with microfluidics at scale. Our company provides energy efficient technology for downstream processing for bioreactor content.

Previously I was focused on healing of human bones using zebrafish as a model organism. I worked on bone fractures, both in healthy individuals in as well as in those caring various genetic diseases. Goal of my work is to speed up clinical cases of bone healing and to establish zebrafish as a valued animal model for human bone fracture repair.
Up to date I have developed:
- zebrafish crush injury technique which accurately models human bone fracture and its repair stages
- in vivo model for Osteogenesis Imerfecta fracture healing
- bone healing related drug screening approach
- in vivo model for S.aureus bone fracture infection
All my research results are highly transnational, with intention of direct effect on patients in clinic.

Thank to my previous experience in business and marketing I am able to support the team in building relation with customers. I use my PR background to build company image and lead team members through auto-presentations.

As a very active person I keep track of innovations arising in several fields of my interest including synthetic biology, biotechnology and biomedical science. I often take part in seminars, talk, meetups and conferences as my personal goal is learn something new every day.

Prof. Martin Tangney

Founder and President at Celtic Renewables

Bio

Internationally recognised expert in microbial biofuel production, particularly biobutanol. Professor Tangney is Director of the Biofuel Research Centre at Edinburgh Napier University, which conducted the innovative research to develop the fermentation technology being commercialised by Celtic Renewables. Martin advises the Scottish Government on biofuels, and represents the government on its MOU with India on Renewable Energy. Martin is a prominent international speaker in the biofuel area and regularly features in the media, and his international profile, domain expertise and connections will be hugely beneficial to Celtic Renewables Ltd.

Artur Napiórkowski

Co-Founder and Director at Retromixer

Bio

Startup co-founder interested in innovation and renewables

MSc in renewable energy; BEng inengineering

3+ years of managerial experience

6 years of engineering experience

Multilingual,interdisciplinary background

Louise Wilson

Co-founder & Director at Abundance

Bio

Louise Wilson is a co-founder and joint MD of Abundance which provides debt capital to infrastructure projects for different stages of their development, and regular capital and income to investors.  With a strong focus on both the financial and societal contribution of the investments on its platform, Abundance lets individuals, both local and national, invest directly in specific projects of their choice from as little as £5. Abundance has launched fund-raisings for over 30 projects for a total of over £75m and was the first crowdfunding platform to offer both an ISA and a pension (SIPP) product.

Before Abundance, Louise was Head of Equity Capital Markets at UBS Investment Bank. Louise is on the Advisory Board of Imperial College’s Centre for Climate Finance & Investment.

Professor Peter Mathieson

Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh

Bianca Dragomir

AVAESEN

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.

Frans Nauta

Founder ClimateLaunchpad

Bio

Frans Nauta is an entrepreneur, innovator, teacher and investor in clean tech startups. He is the founder of ClimateLaunchpad, the green business ideas competition. ClimateLaunchpad runs in 44 countries across the globe. Before that he set up the Climate-KIC Accelerator, the world's largest clean tech startup accelerator, in ten cities in the EU. Earlier Frans worked as the innovation secretary to the Dutch Prime Minister, founded a Think Tank on the knowledge economy (Knowledgeland), was a professor of innovation at HAN University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands and a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.

Paris Thomas

Co-founder Chrysalis LEAP

Bio

Paris is a passionate communicator and a serial entrepreneur. He holds a BA in Communication Science, and an MBA in Strategic Management. Paris is one of 30 globally certified trainers on Business Model Generation, and has facilitated strategic sessions in a variety of industries such as Pharmaceuticals, Financial, R&D, High-Tech, Government, and to a large degree Clean-tech Startups.

He has run both in-house workshops and prototyping sessions, as well as public masterclasses in the Middle East, Europe, and North America. Paris is a certified Business Model practitioner and specialises in innovating business ideas with a heavy focus on organisational culture and change; a necessary precursor to innovation. Paris is known for delivering results in a “sleeves rolled-up” approach.

Elena Messiou

Trainer ClimateLaunchpad

Bio

Elena is on a mission to get to know the world…literally! She’s lived in Europe, North-America and is now based in Hong Kong where she co-founded an import and distribution food business. She rocks all things related to sales, marketing and business development and gets her creative kicks from putting together Cyprus fusion recipes for Chinese Chefs! She has impressive cross-cultural communication skills and is passionate about learning new languages as a way to immerse herself in different cultures. Elena holds an MA in Public Policy and a double major BA in Economics and Communications.

Douglas Martin

Managing Director at MiAlgae

Bio

Founder and managing director of a biotechnology company called MiAlgae that aims to replace nutrients - usually obtained through the inclusion of fishmeal - in livestock feeds. The company incorporates circular economy into their production process in order to drastically reduce the production costs.

Joachim Blazer

Bio

Joachim Blazer is a longtime founder, investor and valuation expert. He is the author of The #1 Guide to Startup Valuation. Joachim holds a Master of Economics degree from Erasmus University Rotterdam. He loves startups.

Pratap Raju

Bio

Pratap has been involved in cleantech in India for over a decade, as one of the pioneers in the solar boom in India beginning in 2009. Having commissioned 84MW of renewable power plants in India, incubated several cleantech startups in the space, he has now founded the Climate Collective, a non-profit association of currently eighteen local climate and cleantech companies throughout South Asia working together to support local cleantech startups through acceleration support, fundraising, educational programs, etc. Running ClimateLaunchpad in India and Sri Lanka, the Collective is launching its accelerator, Climate Runway, in early 2019.

Prior to that, Pratap had started companies in film and advertising in Mumbai, after beginning his career on Wall Street in New York in 1995. He has degrees from Harvard (AB) and Oxford (MSc).

Dawn Lippert

CEO, Elemental Exelerator

Bio

Dawn Lippert is CEO of Elemental Excelerator (EEx) and Director of Innovation and Community at Emerson Collective. Each year, Elemental Excelerator finds 15-20 companies and funds each company up to $1 million to improve systems that impact people’s lives - energy, transportation, water, and agriculture - in Hawaii, Asia, and California. To date, EEx has awarded over $22 million to more than 60 companies.

EEx is funded by a coalition of utility/corporate partners, government (particularly the U.S. Navy), and philanthropic organizations.

Douglas Martin

Founder and Managing Director Mialgae

Bio

I am the founder and managing director of a biotechnology company called MiAlgae that aims to replace nutrients - usually obtained through the inclusion of fishmeal - in livestock feeds. We incorporate circular economy into our production process in order to drastically reduce the production costs.

We are in the process of applying for a SMART: Scotland grant and hope to prove the feasibility of this process over the next year.

Ed Craig

Deputy Director & Head of Enterprise and Innovation Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI)

Bio

Ed leads on ECCI's innovation and international activities. He supported the establishment of ECCI through the development and funding of the award-winning Low Carbon Innovation project (LINK). The initiative supported more than 1000 SMEs to accelerate low carbon products and services.

Ed oversees several flagships ECCI projects. These include Climate-KIC, Online S3 and the development of ECCI's bases and partnerships in Hong Kong and China.

Ed has more than 25 years' experience supporting the business creation process as an entrepreneur and business adviser. He has worked in America and the Czech republic as well as for Scottish Enterprise, Marks & Spencer and Napier University.

Ed holds qualifications in business and in human ecology from the University of Edinburgh.

Gareth Roberts

Business Development at Cambond Ltd

Bio

Gareth started with a PhD in Neuropathology and a teaching post in Imperial School of Medicine, London. He grew a successful research group and became an expert in the molecular mechanisms of neuropsychiatric diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia and epilepsy. He raised £million’s in research funding and published over 200 academic papers and 5 books. Gareth moved into the pharmaceutical industry as a research head for SmithKline Beecham and as a Group Director led its Alzheimer research programme.

His strategy project for his MBA became the business plan for a biotech start up in pharmacogenetics. Several other biotech start-ups followed and he has worked in the areas of informatics, medical devices and stem cells. One of the big lessons Gareth learned from this activity was the value of intellectual property for creating valuable assets within small companies. He has filed over 230 patents during his career.

Cambond Ltd is his latest adventure and a significant step into the unknown. Cleantech and manufacturing – two new disciplines have meant a very steep learning curve over the last 4 years. He is excited that the company is manufacturing products and enjoying (mostly!!) the challenge of bringing these to market.

Iain Gulland

Chief Executive Zero Waste Scotland

Isabelle Laurencin

Director, Plug and Play - Fair Fashion

Bio

Isabelle Laurencin is the Director of the Fashion for Good-Plug and Play accelerator Programme. Plug and Play is the largest global innovation platform and Silicon Valley’s most active VC. Isabelle Laurencin is a senior investment professional with over a decade experience in Private Equity and Venture Capital focusing on impact and circular economy.

Dr Michael Ellis

European Patent Attorney at Ellis IP Ltd

Bio

Michael Ellis is a Chartered and European patent attorney, providing integrated holistic Intellectual Property advice and service. Business focus on start-up and high growth businesses. Experience across a range of technical areas, but particularly in pharmaceuticals, formulations, new materials, medical devices, industrial biotechnology and renewable energy systems.

Dr Claudia M Duffy

European Patent Attorney and IP Consultant

Bio

A former Scientist turned Patent Attorney, Claudia has lived, worked and studied in three European countries. Starting with a BSc in Physics and Chemistry, Claudia went on to pursue graduate research in Physics through MSc and PhD degrees in Munich and Cambridge respectively. Her graduate degrees were based on industrial sponsorships – MSc sponsored by Siemens and Infineon Technologies in Munich and PhD sponsored by Hitachi in Cambridge – which enabled her to work at the forefront of innovation.

Claudia is a European Patent and Design Attorney and, since entering the patent profession in 2008, she held both private practice attorney roles (in London, Cambridge and Edinburgh) and in-house attorney roles (for two Cambridge-university spin-outs). Claudia is also acting a Patent Attorney Consultant for MBM Commercial and the IP Protection & Commercialisation Expert for Dunedin Solutions.

Whilst in Cambridge, Claudia has developed a strong interest in entrepreneurship and in 2015 she co-founded the Strategic IP Forum in collaboration with the Centre for Technology Management at the University of Cambridge. Since relocating to Edinburgh in 2016, Claudia has been the Scottish lead of CAMentrepreneurs, a global support network fostering and encouraging entrepreneurship in Scotland and aiming to create strong links between Scotland and the South-East of England. Claudia has also spent one year working in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh on increasing the industry engagement and commercialisation of university- generated IP from the Engineering Sciences.

Andy Harris

Partner, Head of IP and Commercial Contracts at MBM Commercial LLP

Bio

Andy has over twelve years experience of advising clients in a wide variety of different industries in relation to intellectual property, information technology and e-commerce matters. His work includes intellectual property strategy, protection and enforcement, software licence and development agreements and other IT related agreements, commercialisation and exploitation of IP assets, data protection and privacy advice and advising on website compliance matters and e-commerce issues.

He also assists clients with a variety of commercial agreements including distribution agreements, trading terms and conditions, sub-contracts and services agreements. He has clients in numerous and diverse industry areas including life sciences, education, manufcsoftware and music.

He has a Masters degree in IT and Telecommunications Law and is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Intellectual Property Law

Andrew McNeil

New Investments Manager at Eos Tech Investors

Bio

An entrepreneurial and driven business leader with a track record of delivering results in the start up, and private equity environment.

Working at the heart of start up companies has demanded immense flexibility, and consequently I have worked in all aspects of fast paced medical device and technology businesses.

I have a broad range of commercial, operational, sales & marketing and scientific experience and have direct experience of how investment capital into a company can build and benefit all aspects of a business, from proof of concept, through to infrastructure building and growth.

Emma Scarf

Ventures Analyst at Fashion for Good-Plug and Play

Monika Tomecka

CEO at uFraction8 Ltd

Bio

I am an entrepreneur scientist. In building my business I use scientific knowledge collected through my studies and the PhD research. At the moment I work with microfluidics at scale. Our company provides energy efficient technology for downstream processing for bioreactor content.

Previously I was focused on healing of human bones using zebrafish as a model organism. I worked on bone fractures, both in healthy individuals in as well as in those caring various genetic diseases. Goal of my work is to speed up clinical cases of bone healing and to establish zebrafish as a valued animal model for human bone fracture repair.
Up to date I have developed:
- zebrafish crush injury technique which accurately models human bone fracture and its repair stages
- in vivo model for Osteogenesis Imerfecta fracture healing
- bone healing related drug screening approach
- in vivo model for S.aureus bone fracture infection
All my research results are highly transnational, with intention of direct effect on patients in clinic.

Thank to my previous experience in business and marketing I am able to support the team in building relation with customers. I use my PR background to build company image and lead team members through auto-presentations.

As a very active person I keep track of innovations arising in several fields of my interest including synthetic biology, biotechnology and biomedical science. I often take part in seminars, talk, meetups and conferences as my personal goal is learn something new every day.

Prof. Martin Tangney

Founder and President at Celtic Renewables

Bio

Internationally recognised expert in microbial biofuel production, particularly biobutanol. Professor Tangney is Director of the Biofuel Research Centre at Edinburgh Napier University, which conducted the innovative research to develop the fermentation technology being commercialised by Celtic Renewables. Martin advises the Scottish Government on biofuels, and represents the government on its MOU with India on Renewable Energy. Martin is a prominent international speaker in the biofuel area and regularly features in the media, and his international profile, domain expertise and connections will be hugely beneficial to Celtic Renewables Ltd.

Artur Napiórkowski

Co-Founder and Director at Retromixer

Bio

Startup co-founder interested in innovation and renewables

MSc in renewable energy; BEng inengineering

3+ years of managerial experience

6 years of engineering experience

Multilingual,interdisciplinary background

Louise Wilson

Co-founder & Director at Abundance

Bio

Louise Wilson is a co-founder and joint MD of Abundance which provides debt capital to infrastructure projects for different stages of their development, and regular capital and income to investors.  With a strong focus on both the financial and societal contribution of the investments on its platform, Abundance lets individuals, both local and national, invest directly in specific projects of their choice from as little as £5. Abundance has launched fund-raisings for over 30 projects for a total of over £75m and was the first crowdfunding platform to offer both an ISA and a pension (SIPP) product.

Before Abundance, Louise was Head of Equity Capital Markets at UBS Investment Bank. Louise is on the Advisory Board of Imperial College’s Centre for Climate Finance & Investment.

Professor Peter Mathieson

Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh

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