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Our 2019 speakers

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Marjan Minnesma

Director - Stichting Urgenda

Marjan was named most influential person working in the field of sustainability in the Netherlands for three years in a row. In 2015 she was declared a ‘leading global thinker’ by the American magazine Foreign Policy.

She is co-founder of Urgenda, the front-running organization that coordinated the first citizen’s collective solar-panel buying initiative and introduced the first electric car produced in series to the Netherlands in 2008. She rallied almost 900 citizens and took the government to court to demand more effective action against climate change, and won. Twice.

Marjan studied business administration, philosophy and international law. She has worked for the Dutch government, Greenpeace Netherlands, and at leading universities.

Constantijn van Oranje

Special Envoy TechLeap.NL

Constantijn van Oranje is Special Envoy for TechLeap.NL (formerly: StartupDelta). He is appointed by the Netherlands Government to make The Netherlands the European epicentre of innovation, with the best climate for entrepreneurs to start, build, grow and internationalize their businesses.

He also advises companies and the European Commission on their digital innovation strategies. He is a regular speaker at national and international tech conferences and holds a number of positions in both the public and private sector.

Constantijn is Director Digital Technology & Macro Strategy at Macro Advisory Partners in London and New York and Edge Fellow at Deloitte Centre for the Edge.

Beth Gardiner

Environmental journalist

Beth is an environmental journalist and the author of Choked: The Age of Air Pollution and the Fight for a Cleaner Future. Her writing regularly appears in publications such as the New York Times, the Guardian, National Geographic and the Washington Post. She has discussed her work on NPR, the BBC, MSNBC and Britain’s Sky News and LBC radio. She is a former long-time Associated Press reporter.

Paris Thomas

Co-founder Chrysalis Leap

Paris Thomas is a business model architect, strategy designer and communication specialist conducting training and consulting interventions that improve communication and entre- and intrapreneurial skills.

Paris is also co-founder and CEO at Chrysalis Leap, Cyprus’ first accelerator programme specialising in cleantech. It is a private initiative aimed at helping entrepreneurs tweak, pivot, pitch and grow their ideas into investment-ready business opportunities. As a lead trainer and member on the Board of Directors, some of his responsibilities include the delivery of training modules on the “Business Model Generation”, “Pitching to Investors”, and coaching the teams through their start-up journey to success.

As such Paris is also one of the ClimateLaunchpad Boot Camp trainers.

Elena Messiou

Lecturer Hospitality University The Hague

Elena is a multilingual start-up trainer, customer experience advisor and entrepreneur with work experience in Europe, Asia, Africa and the USA. My expertise and interests are in the areas of sustainability, innovation and cleantech: product positioning, promotion and sales & marketing for start-ups; quality management, system development and service delivery optimization for the hospitality and retail industry.

Elena is one of the ClimateLaunchpad Boot Camp trainers and Lecturer Hospitality at the University of The Hague.

Hans Westerhof

EIT Climate-KIC Entrepreneurship Lead Benelux

Hans is a start-up trainer, general manager, consultant and entrepreneur with a background in a broad range of industries and environments. His current focus is cleantech start-up acceleration through entrepreneurship education, coaching and financing. Experienced in directing large projects and programs (US 100 million +).

Hans is one of ClimateLaunchpad’s Boot Camp trainers.

Chretien Herben

Business Coach for Cleantech start- & scale-ups

Chretien has 10 years of experience as a business coach in the Life Sciences & Medtech and has mentored over a 100 companies through his LifeSciences@Work program. Next to that he is an experienced as business coach/trainer/mentor in the Climate-KIC Accelerator and ClimateLaunchpad.

Chretien has a background in Physics and Optoelectronics and started ThreeFive Photonics, a company designing and manufacturing complex optoelectronic chips for telecom applications, in 2001 from his PhD research at the TUDelft. He has experience in translating complex technologies into business, building high potential business based on breaktrough science, typically requiring venture capital.

Mike Goodfellow-Smith

Guest Lecturer University of Birmingham

As Director of QUEST for Future Solutions Mike has internationally recognized experience in regional energy, construction, environmental assets and infrastructure, transport, housing, planning, waste, resource efficiency and environmental business support. QUEST provides strategic direction for sustainable development; sustainable innovation; sustainable procurement; management, reporting and training programmes.

Mike holds a BA in Geography. An Msc. In Land Resource Management and is a PHD researcher on Sustainable Cities Value Capture modelling.

Frans Nauta

Founder ClimateLaunchpad

Frans founded ClimateLaunchpad in 2014 as a European competition with 11 participating countries. Amazing things happened and the programme is currently live in 53 countries across the globe.

All Frans’ work is always about innovation & entrepreneurship, with a focus on cleantech. He loves to teach, train and give lectures. He helps his clients to grow the innovation capability of their organization and develop innovation ecosystems.

Not only did he start ClimateLaunchpad, he also set up the Climate-KIC Start-up Accelerator program (around 1.000 startups enrolled and >600 M€ attracted in funding), the Innovation Platform chaired by the Dutch Prime Minister and Knowledgeland (a think tank on social innovation and knowledge economy).

Frans holds an MA in Political Sciences.

Kirsten Dunlop

CEO at EIT Climate-KIC

Kirsten Dunlop joined EIT Climate-KIC in January 2017, from Suncorp Australia, where she was Executive General Manager Strategic Innovation. At Suncorp Kirsten founded and led a bespoke division focused on managing and responding to strategic risk through innovation, transforming core business and industry models from within. Prior to roles in Second Road, KPMG and Suncorp, Kirsten worked in the UK and Italy for 15 years.

Some previous speakers

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Nicola Sturgeon

First Minister of Scotland

Dane Boysen

Entrepreneur, former ARPA-e and Cyclotron Road

Puon Penn

EVP/Head of Technology Capital Wells Fargo

Dawn Lippert

CEO Elemental Accelerator & Innovation

Peter Mathieson

Principal and Vice Chancellor University of Edinburgh

Eugene Kandel

CEO Start-Up Nation Central

Monika Tomecka

Founder & CEO UFraction8

Jan van der Tempel

Founder & CEO Ampelmann

Ed Craig

Deputy Director & Head of Innovation ECCI

Pratap Raju

Founder of Climate Studio

Pedro Pinto

CEO & Co-founder Fibersail

Gareth Roberts

CEO Cambond

Pinar Guvenc

Founder & CEO Sponge

Douglas Martin

CEO MiAlgae

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