BENEDIKT ORTMANN /// HEAD OF BUSINESS AND MANAGING DIRECTOR - BAYWA R.E.
Since 2003, Benedikt Ortmann, PhD, dedicates his career to photovoltaic projects all over the world. Before joining the team at BayWa r.e. in 2011, he built the international project business for SOLON SE, Berlin, from scratch and turned it into a successful and highly profitable business division. His career in the renewable energy business started at S.A.G. Solarstrom AG, Freiburg, where he was CFO from 2003 until 2006.

BayWa r.e. Solar Projects GmbH is one of the TOP 10 solar development companies worldwide, providing greenfield development, turnkey construction, O&M, financing and sales of photovoltaic power plants. The company has installed a solar capacity of more than 1 GW and is a subsidiary of BayWa r.e., a part of the BayWa AG.

Expertise in the renewable energy business
  • Project management
  • Financial engineering
  • Project acquisition and sales
BENEDIKT ORTMANN
HEAD OF BUSINESS AND MANAGING DIRECTOR /// BAYWA R.E.
DAMIEN RICORDEAU /// FOUNDER & CEO - FINERGREEN
After graduating from Paris Dauphine University’s Master 225 in Corporate Finance and Financial Engineering, Damien Ricordeau started his career in 2008 in private equity by joining the Groupe Edmond de Rothschild where he was part of the investment team for several participations in fast-growing SMEs.

Building upon 5 years of buy-side experience, Damien decided in 2013 to turn towards green finance and founded Finergreen, a boutique advisory specialized in renewable energy.

After 3 years of fast growth on the French market, Damien took the company global, starting in Africa (2016) and shortly after in Asia (2017) and in the Middle East (2018). This strategy has enabled Finergreen to assert itself as a worldwide actor for renewable energy project finance.
DAMIEN RICORDEAU
FOUNDER & CEO /// FINERGREEN
SÉBASTIEN CLERC /// CEO - VOLTALIA
CEO of Voltalia since 2011, Sébastien Clerc has over 25 years’ experience in specialized in the infrastructure sector, and notably renewable energies, for over 25 years. Following 10 years in project financing at Crédit Lyonnais in Canada, then in New York, he returned to France in 1999 to join Ixis, then a subsidiary of Caisse des dépôts, where he created and developed three activities: project financing consulting, management of infrastructure investment funds, then project financing. Sébastien Clerc was president of Natixis Environnement & Infrastructures (formerly IXIS Environnement & Infrastructures) from 2000 to 2011. From September 2009 he also managed Natixis Alternative Assets before joining Voltalia as CEO. Since he took his position, Voltalia successfully completed its IPO on Euronext Paris (comp.B) and achieved an additional capital increase of 170 million euros in 2016. On that same year, the acquisition of Martifer Solar allowed Voltalia to accelerate its growth on the African continent.
Sébastien Clerc is a graduate of IEP Paris and the University of Paris X.
SÉBASTIEN CLERC
CEO /// VOLTALIA
ALEXANDRE SOROKO /// BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - UNIPER
Alexandre Soroko is in charge of developing business at Uniper France since 2015. As such, he is expanding the aggregation business in renewable energy (wind, solar, hydro) and the corporate PPA business through structuring deals for consumers as they transition to clean and sustainable energy. His ten-year experience in energy started at France's Commission for Regulation in Energy (CRE) where he worked on harmonizing European energy markets and developing the interconnections in gas between France and neighbouring countries. Then, as a financial analyst at Oddo Securities, he served as an adviser to investors in energy. In 2011 he became a Key Account Manager at Uniper and worked with various European industrial groups for their energy demand.
Mr Soroko has a PhD in Law and Finance from the universities of Paris Dauphine (France) and Frankfurt (Germany).
ALEXANDRE SOROKO
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER /// UNIPER
XAVIER DAVAL /// CEO & PRESIDENT - KILOWATTSOL
Xavier Daval is an international solar expert and CEO of kiloWattsol SAS, France #1 Solar Technical Advisory which he founded in 2007. Daval is an Electronic engineer and former Director EMEA of a NYSE-listed manufacturer of tools for the electronics industry.

Daval is Vice-President of Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables - SER (the French Renewable Energies industry association) and Chair of SER-SOLER its solar commission. Daval is also Director of the Global Solar Council (GSC).

Besides, Daval is an associated teacher with Lyon-I University and ENTPE Engineering school and a guest lecturer for Entrepreneurship at EM-Lyon, one of Europe’s top 10 business schools.
XAVIER DAVAL
CEO & PRESIDENT /// KILOWATTSOL
ANJALI SHANKER /// PRESIDENT - IED INVEST
An economist by training, Anjali Shanker first worked on the financial markets and spent extended periods in Asia, before taking over IED and later incorporating and developing the investment arm of the group, IED Invest in 2011, which focusses specifically on small scale renewable energy projects for sustainable rural development.

She has been involved and lead a number of rural electrification master plans, renewable energy feasibility studies, design of financial support instruments for donors. Her work now focuses particularly on the strategic development of the group, with an emphasis on excellence and a strong commitment to the sustainability of projects and local impacts. She leads the company’s project development and project financing activities: IED Invest is developer of renewable energy projects in Cambodia, the Cameroun, the Philippines and Central / West Africa, and currently owns and operates biomass units in Cambodia and is launching the construction of a mini hydro unit in the Cameroon.
ANJALI SHANKER
PRESIDENT /// IED INVEST
NICOLAS MAYAUD /// FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR - HELEXIA
An enthusiast in environmental and energy challenges, Nicolas Mayaud spent 12 years in the industry at BSN Glasspacket Saint GobainWeber. At the beginning of 2010, he founded Helexia with Benjamin Simonis, a business lawyer for seven years with CMS and an INSEAD graduate.

With the support of strong shareholding that has a long-term view, the company forged a name for itself and is already operating 130 photovoltaic power plants with a total power of 36 MWc and is enjoying fast development in France, Italy and Belgium.
NICOLAS MAYAUD
FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR /// HELEXIA
PHILIPPE GARREL /// DIRECTOR INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDS - ACOFI
Philippe has joined the group ACOFI in 2008. He is the Director of Infrastructure ENR business. He has a 20-year experience in energy. He started his career in 1996 as Project Manager at Schlumberger. At the group GDF-SUEZ in 1999, he was in in charge of developing the construction and operations of electric infrastructure projects in France, Poland, and Russia.
Philippe holds a degree in engineering from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers and a Master in banking and financial engineering.
PHILIPPE GARREL
DIRECTOR INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDS /// ACOFI
ANTOINE NOGIER /// PRESIDENT - SUN'R
Antoine Nogier is a 48-year-old engineer and economist (from ENSAE, one of the most prestigious ‘grandes écoles’ of engineering in France).

As a starter in the PV industry, he worked in some of the very first multilateral programs for energy access in developing countries. In 2000 he embraced entrepreneurship, became an advisor in sustainable development and energy transition strategy, and worked for France’s largest companies, such as Total, ENGIE, Air Liquide, and Veolia.

As a specialist in innovation and a man of action, he founded the Observatoire de l’Innovation dans l’Énergie in 2006, then the group Sun’R in 2007.

Resembling the personality of its founder, Sun’R is a atypical company. It is an independent power producer and a provider of innovative solutions in such spaces as agrivoltaics and smart grids. At its core, are mitigation strategies and solutions dealing with climate change.
ANTOINE NOGIER
PRESIDENT /// SUN'R
PIERRE ANTOINE MACHELON /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - EIFFEL INVESTMENT GROUP
Pierre-Antoine Machelon contributed to founding Eiffel Investment Group in 2009. As a Managing Director, he has developed the company's business in energy transition and earned serious recognition in the areas of analyzing and investing in a wide range of segments. Since 2015, the company has mostly invested in the private debt of businesses involved in energy transition. Since March 2017, Pierre Antoine has been managing the Eiffel Energy Transition Fund.
Prior to Eiffel, Pierre Antoine has held managerial roles at Louis Dreyfus Group between 2006 and 2008: Business Development Director at Louis Dreyfus Commodities, and M&A Director and Investors Relations at Neuf Cegetel. Pierre Antoine had previously been a financial analyst during more than twelve years, at BNP until 1995, then at Exane between 1995 and 2005.
Pierre Antoine is a graduate from the ESSEC Business School (1992) and a holder of a DEA in economy and international finance from Dauphine (1993).
PIERRE ANTOINE MACHELON
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// EIFFEL INVESTMENT GROUP
PASCAL PENICAUD /// CEO - TENERGIE
Pascal graduated from EM Lyon Business School with a Master Degree in Science of Management in 2008. He started his career at Enedis in Paris – formerly ERDF, the French DSO subsidiary of utility giant EDF.

At the time, Enedis’ activities were in direct path with the solar boom in France. Pascal decided to leave EDF and joined Tenergie in 2010, 2 years after the company had been created. First as Chief Financial Officer, he set-up M&A activities and grew Tenergie’s solar portfolio by purchasing operating PV plants on the secondary market, together with managing the financing of all investment activities. Partner of the company since 2011, Pascal became Chief Executive Officer in 2016. Together with Tenergie’s 60 staff members, Pascal’s strategic vision and daily commitment helped Tenergie becoming the 5th independent solar power producer on the French market.
PASCAL PENICAUD
CEO /// TENERGIE
STEFAN MÜLLER /// BOARD MEMBER & FOUNDER - ENERPARC
Mr. Stefan Müller is the co-founder, shareholder of Enerparc AG, and since end of 2008, a board member he was responsible for the international and operational business. Following his diploma thesis in 1992 in solar energy, he gained international experience in different roles and various countries. Enerparc is an international specialist in the whole value chain of large-scale photovoltaic power plants. The service ranges from the technical design (EPCm) to the turn-key delivery (EPC) and finally to the operation (O&M) of power plants. In the last years the Enerparc Group has seen an exponential growth.
STEFAN MÜLLER
BOARD MEMBER & FOUNDER /// ENERPARC
ALAIN DESVIGNE /// PRESIDENT - AMARENCO
• Founder and Group CEO of AMARENCO, a leading European Independent Solar Power Producer based in Ireland and Chairman of AMARENCO France
• Formerly CEO of SOLON France, Director (부장) of SAMSUNG Renewables in Korea and Sales Director of one of ENGIE water infrastructure owned company
• INSEAD MBA (2007 Graduation) and ENGEES Master’s degree in Water & Environmental Sciences (1998 graduation)
• President of the ONG “Heartfulness Institute” in France
ALAIN DESVIGNE
PRESIDENT /// AMARENCO
DANIEL BOUR /// PRESIDENT - ENERPLAN
Daniel Bour is the President of the solar industry association Enerplan since 2004. He is also the founder and president of the group Générale du Solaire, one of the leaders in the business of developing, engineering, building, financing, and managing solar PV plants in France.
During ten years until 2007, Daniel Bour was CEO of the group Générale de Santé, a leading conglomerate of private clinics and hospitals in France. He had joined the company in 1988.
In 2012, following the government's moratorium on subsidies for solar, M. Bour co-founded the think tank France Territoire Solaire. Today, he is the spokeperson of the Observatoire de l’Energie Solaire Photovoltaïque, which is a quarterly study published by France Territoire Solaire.
DANIEL BOUR
PRESIDENT /// ENERPLAN
ERIC MAGISTRELLO /// COUNTRY MANAGER FRANCE - SUNGROW
Eric Magistrello, a major in electrotechnical engineering, held an international position in the electrotechnical sector for more than 10 years, then joined the PV industry nearly 10 years ago. First building up and leading the sales activities of German SMA in France, he later set up French and Italian subsidiaries of SAMIL Power, followed by SolarEdge where he established the French subsidiary including being responsible for Southern Europe. Eric joined Sungrow France in 2018.
ERIC MAGISTRELLO
COUNTRY MANAGER FRANCE /// SUNGROW
STEPHANE TETOT /// DIRECTOR - BLACKROCK
M. Stephane Tetot is a Portfolio Manager with BlackRock's Global Renewable Power platform which currently manages close to $5bn across more than 150 wind and solar projects across 4 continents.
STEPHANE TETOT
DIRECTOR /// BLACKROCK
SUSANNE VON AICHBERGER /// SENIOR ANALYST, SOLAR SUPPLY CHAIN - IHS MARKIT
Susanne von Aichberger is a Senior Analyst for the Solar & Energy Storage research group, where she performs market analysis of trends and strategies in the downstream part of the PV market. Her focus areas include PV markets in Europe and in parts of the Asia Pacific region.
Prior to joining IHS Markit in 2014, Susanne was a PV market analyst with Solarbuzz, and has previously worked as technical editor for Photon International. She holds an Master Degree in Physics from Technical University Berlin.
SUSANNE VON AICHBERGER
SENIOR ANALYST, SOLAR SUPPLY CHAIN /// IHS MARKIT
EDOUARD ROBLOT /// HEAD OF C&I FRANCE - TOTAL SOLAR
Edouard Roblot leads the division DG France of Total Solar. Total Solar is a developer of solar projects, a fully owned subsidiary of the group Total, and a leader both on the national and the international solar markets. The DG France department develops solutions in self consumption for industrial and commercial clients in France. Edouard Roblot holds a diploma from the Ecole Polytechnique and from Sciences Po Paris.
EDOUARD ROBLOT
HEAD OF C&I FRANCE /// TOTAL SOLAR
AHMED-SAMI AIT HAGGA /// GENERAL MANAGER - HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES
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AHMED-SAMI AIT HAGGA
GENERAL MANAGER /// HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES
LOUIS CATALA /// MANAGER - FINERGREEN
Finergreen partners with project developers for solving financing issues and has realized transactions of more than 1 billion EUR in renewable energy. Louis Catala is a Manager in the Paris office which is responsible for Finergreen's mandates in French and European markets.
LOUIS CATALA
MANAGER /// FINERGREEN
ANDRÉ JOFFRE /// FOUNDER - TECSOL
Following studies in mechanical engineering at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts & Métiers, André Joffre became a high-profile supporter of the development of solar energy. He has held numerous roles in the industry over 38 years, among which:
  • Founder and former CEO of the technology company TECSOL SA.
  • President of DERBI, the competitiveness cluster in the Occitanie region.
  • Founder and former president of the solar industry organization ENERPLAN.
  • Founder and former president of the certification organization QUATIT’ENR
  • Vice-president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Perpignan and Pyrénées-Orientales.
  • President of the BANQUE POPULAIRE du SUD and the FEDERATION NATIONALE DES BANQUES POPULAIRES.
Tecsol is one of the first independant companies specializing in solar energy in France. Harnessing a team of 40 highly qualified experts and a nationwide presence, Tecsol delivers technical studies and project management services.
Mr Joffre is also a director at tecsol.fr, a top source for news and analyses in solar energy.
ANDRÉ JOFFRE
FOUNDER /// TECSOL
FLORIAN ORTEGA /// PARTNER - COLOMBUS CONSULTING
Florian Ortega is a partner at Colombus Consulting, in the branch Energy and Industry. Colombus Consulting, a leader in the transformation of complex organizations, advise decision makers as they navigate major changes, at organizational, regulatory, technological, and innovations levels.

Florian Ortega has more than ten years of experience in the energy sector, working in the areas of digitization of networks, integration of intermittent energy, design of both innovative offerings and new business models.
He leads the Energy College at Colombus Consulting, specializing in industry monitoring activities, forecasting studies, and training.
A certified engineer, he is also a professor at CentraleSupelec, teaching on 'The Transformation of businesses in the framework of the energy transition'.
FLORIAN ORTEGA
PARTNER /// COLOMBUS CONSULTING