Initiate! Taskforce

The Initiate! Programme connects all levels of the smart energy community and encourages discussion, challenges ideas and helps the industry visualise what the future could look like!

In the complex environment in which the industry finds itself, the need for innovation and change is apparent and happening. By adopting new technologies, acquiring new talents or forming new partnerships, the industry can be empowered to create positive change. Initiating a community to help support and stimulate this change and drive the industry forward, is relevant, timely and smart! 

The support and inclusion of all players in the eco-system is very necessary. Initiate! is a platform for all players with the common goal of bringing about change to come together and thrive off each other’s ideas. It is a collaboration of all minds that see energy as the cornerstone of our existence. 

For this reason and for the very first time, Initiate! created the Initiate! Taskforce! in 2017

The Taskforce members are carefully selected and dedicated experts who are passionate about the industry and the Initiate! programme. A team that actively contributes to discussing new trends and ideas and who constantly deliver on “cool stuff” to enable and stimulate discussions during the Initiate! events.

The 2017 Taskforce meeting happened on the 16th of February, 2017, in Amsterdam, to help develop the Initiate! Programme by prioritising topics, nominating speakers and providing input on formats and networking opportunities that would be meaningful for everyone interested in the Programme. 

The Taskforce brainstormed on topics such as: 

  • Exponential technologies & Startups 
  • Digitalisation  - ICT / Data
  • Sustainable Societies 
  • Diversity
  • Design Thinking

And these were part of the inspiring ideas discussed during the meeting: 

In 2017, we developed the Initiate! Programme with the contribution of all members! 

Arzu Barské
Product Manager - Smart Digital Solutions
Catriona Power
Senior Manager Policy and Networks
Energy Unlocked
Craig Douglas
Investment Manager
SET Ventures

Daniel Lutz
Creative Strategist
Snowballs & Flywheels
Freerk Bisschop
Program Director Smart Energy
Huseyin Demirhisar
Managing Partner
Angel Wings Ventures
Jaap Gielink
Business Controller
Jan-Peter Doomernik
Senior Business Developer - Asset Management

Laetitia Ouillet
Director - Strategic Energy Area
TU Eindhoven

Louise Preedy
VP of Marketing and Communications
Omnetric GROUP

Koen Straver
Researcher Energy & Society

Matthijs van Leeuwen
Energy Lawyer
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
 Pavla Mandatova
Consultant Smart Energy Services
Pierre Cordelle
Aster Capital
Stanislas d'Herbemont
Project Manager
Stephen Marcus
Thomas de Bresser
Innovation Manager
innogy Innovation HUB

Zheng Ma
Associate Professor
Center for Energy Informatics (CFEI)
University of Southern Denmark

Click here to read more about the Initiate! Taskforce members 

Interested in joining? 
Drop us a line and we will get in touch!

Sietske Jacobs
Initiate! Project Manager

More about Initiate!