The jury includes proven experts and thought leaders representing corporations, investors and the world of academia
Dr. Andreas Breuer, Head of New Technologies, RWE Deutschland AG
Since September 2009, Dr. Andreas Breuer has been managing New Technologies/Projects and is officer with statutory authority at RWE Rheinland Westfalen Netz AG in Essen, Germany, a company which changed its name to RWE Deutschland AG as of 01.01.2011.
He is responsible for both technical grid research and development activities (e.g. future energy grids, supraconducting cables FTTx, broadband cabling) as well as meter services (e.g. smart meter, smart building), application technologies (micro CHP, virtual power plant), grid models and grid services.
Previously, he was Managing Director of Süwag Erneuerbare Energien GmbH and Head of Concession Contract Management at Süwag Energie AG, a regional company of the RWE Group in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. Before joining the RWE Group in 2003, Dr. Breuer was product manager specialising in maintenance strategies of the consulting department at ABB AG.
Dr. Alois Flatz, Partner, Zouk Capital LLP
Alois Flatz joined Zouk in 2006 and is a Partner. With 18 years’ experience in private equity, investment management and sustainability, Alois brings significant cleantech experience and global networks to Zouk. Alois sits on the boards of portfolio companies SiC Processing, Triton Water and FFK.
Before joining Zouk, Alois was a Partner and Head of Research at Sustainable Asset Management in Zurich, where he co-founded the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Alois was also Managing Partner of BTS Investment Advisors, a private equity advisor in India with over $3 billion AUM, and an advisor to the Austrian Ministry of the Environment.
A published author on sustainable investment, Alois has a PhD in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen, an MBA from Vienna University of Economics and studied International Management at HEC Paris.
Gabriele Riedmann de Trinidad, SVP Strategic Area Energy, Deutsche Telekom
Gabriele Riedmann de Trinidad heads Deutsche Telekom's Strategic Area Energy. Prior to joining Deutsche Telekom as SVP in August 2010, she headed the Advanced Metering Service unit of Landis + Gyr, a leading metering company, in Switzerland. Before Landis+Gyr, she spent 16 years with Siemens and Nokia Siemens Networks in various countries – including Germany, Mexico and Indonesia. She held a number of management positions focused on launching and heading international projects in the area of telecommunications networks. She holds a master's degree in Electrical Engineering.
Prof. Eicke Weber, Head of Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems
Professor Eicke R. Weber is Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and Professor for Physics / Solar Energy at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics and at the Faculty of Engineering at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Germany. The ISE institute is one of the world-leading research institutes in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency. The focus of Prof. Weber’s research is the analysis of lattice defects in Si and compound semiconductors. Recently he studied specifically how good solar cells can be produced out of upgraded metallurgical (“dirty”) silicon with high metal content.
Prof. Weber studied Physics at the University of Cologne, Germany where he made his doctorate in 1976 and his habilitation in 1983. From 1983-2006 he lectured at the faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of the University of California, Berkeley - since 1991 as Professor of Materials Science. In 1990 he was appointed visiting professor at the Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan and in 2000 at the Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan.
In 1994 he received an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award. From 2004-2006 he served as the chair of the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Graduate Group in Berkeley. He was president of the Alexander von Humboldt Association of America (AvHAA) from 2001-2003 and in 2003 he was elected founding president of the German Scholars Organization (GSO). In 2006 he received the Award of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande) of the German President.
He is fellow of the American Physical Society.
In July 2008 Prof. Weber was appointed Director to the SEMI International Board of Directors. He received the Electronics and Photonics Division Award of the Electrochemical Society ECS in June 2009. In October 2009 he was elected Honorary Member of the Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg. Since 2010 Prof. Weber is Member of acatech - the German Academy of Science and Engineering, Berlin.