Initiate! Taskforce

These are the Initiate! Taskforce Members:

    Arzu Barske, Product Manager - Smart Digital Solutions, Engie (The Netherlands) 

Huseyin Demirhisar, Managing Partner, Angel Wings Ventures (The Netherlands)

With a career, spanning major corporate finance, venture capital, investment/ commercial banking and impact investing, Huseyin R. Demirhisar-43, has experienced deal-making from every seat at the table. His deal book includes more than US$18bln M&AD / structured finance deals and US$11bln capital market transactions. Huseyin was a key enabler for many early stage enterprises to be investor ready and raise capital from angel investors to more sophisticated institutional investors. His early career was with Royal Dutch Shell Group and ING Power and Utilities sector where he has led and coordinated teams on the execution side including origination, due diligence, valuation, structuring, negotiation and documentation of structured lending and M&A transactions. 

His strong belief in social impact transformed him to be an impact entrepreneur as the founder of Angel Wings Ventures.  Before Angel Wings, Huseyin was the Head of Investments at PYMWYMIC, social impact investment organization. Prior to that, he was CFO of Amsterdam Park Capital Partners, an Amsterdam-based family office, where he was responsible for all financial aspects of the venture capital businesses.  Huseyin holds an MSc in Banking and Finance from the University of Stirling, UK. He is also a CIMA-certified International Business Accountant. 

Jan-Peter Doomernik, Sr. Business Developer, Asset Management, Enexis (The Netherlands)

Jan-Peter Doomernik is Sr. Business Developer at Enexis (Dutch DSO). At the department of “ ASM-strategic transitions” his day to day focus is revealing future opportunities that are beneficiary for society and thus for Enexis . His role is in value chain development and technology exploration taking a helicopter view. Currently, he is leading a multidisciplinary team which is working on cross-overs between emerging energy (DSO Transition) and information technology (Digital DSO, Blockchain, AI). He is a strong believer in cocreation. 

JP is passionate about storytelling, value creation and demystifying complexity His background is in Engineering, Operations, IT(Product Owner), Database Marketing & Analytics.

Johannes Vollmer, Policy Manager, GEODE (Germany)

Kathleen Gaffney, Managing Director Energy, Navigant Research (United Kingdom)

Louise Preedy, Marketing Director, Omnetric GROUP (France)

Louise is VP of Marketing and Communications at OMNETRIC Group, a joint venture between Siemens and Accenture. The company is a systems integrator, delivering services and solutions to help their customers transition to a new energy economy. Lou has more than 20 years B2B marketing experience, particularly alliance marketing between companies such as Accenture, Microsoft and SAP. For the last five years she has been dedicated to the utilities sector. Today she is focused on working to position OMNETRIC Group through industry-relevant marketing and communications, including points of view and research. Recently she led the effort to write and publish a white paper on the impact of community energy as a disruptive trend in the global energy ecosystem: Power to the People

Marloes Wichink-Kruit, Human Capital Manager, InnoEnergy (The Netherlands)

Marloes Wichink Kruit is the Human Capital Manager of InnoEnergy. The challenge of InnoEnergy is big, but our goal is simple: to achieve a sustainable energy future for Europe. Innovation is the solution. New ideas, products and solutions that make a real difference, new businesses and new people to deliver them to market. At InnoEnergy we support and invest in innovation at every stage of the journey – from classroom to customers. With our network of partners we build connections across Europe, bringing together inventors and industry, entrepreneurs and markets, graduates and employers, researchers and businesses.

Marloes is managing the InnoEnergy Career Centre, which is part of the InnoEnergy’s Education system. The Game-changing Impact Challenges, which will be organized this year for the first time during the European Utility Week, has been initiated by the InnoEnergy Career Centre in collaboration with its partners GC Index and Initiate! InnoEnergy students and graduates are being taught how to create a game-changing impact in organizations. While working in teams they create new innovative ideas and solutions for real life business cases from the industry. 

InnoEnergy Career Centre is also offering education programmes to the energy industry. The goal is to enable all human capital in the energy industry to innovate. 

Michael Buijzen, Head of Smart Energy Solutions & E-Mobility, Adolf Präg GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)

Molly Webb, Founder, Energy Unlocked (United Kingdom)

Molly has over 10 years experience in market acceleration and advocacy for global innovation in technology, climate change, smart cities and energy in partnership with companies and cities (Google, Cisco, BT, Living Labs Global, Metropolis) at The Climate Group and UK think tank Demos. Molly was green innovation strategy advisor for Skype-founder’s Zennström Philanthropies. She is also a jury member for numerous cleanweb and clean technology awards. 

Molly founded Energy Unlocked in December 2015 to accelerate action on climate change by working with innovators who enable a sustainable energy transition.  

Rabia Ikram, Advisor, Eurelectric (Belgium)
Stanislas d'Herbemont, Project Manager, REScoop (Belgium)

Virginia Dignum, Associate Professor, TU Delft (The Netherlands)

Virginia Dignum is Associate Professor on Social Artificial Intelligence at the Faculty of Technology Policy and Management at TU Delft. She holds a PhD from the Utrecht University, in 2004. Prior to her PhD, she worked for more than 12 years in business consultancy and system development in the areas of expert systems and knowledge management. Her research focuses on value-sensitive design of intelligent systems and multi-agent organisations, in particular on the formalisation of ethical and normative behaviours and of social interactions. In 2006, she was awarded the prestigious Veni grant from NWO (Dutch Organization for Scientific Research) for her work on agent-based organizational frameworks. She has wide experience with obtaining research funding both at national as international level. She has given keynote speeches on her work at many leading conferences, is member of the reviewing boards for all major journals and conferences in AI and has chaired many international conferences and workshops. She has published several books and more than 180 peer-reviewed papers. She is Executive Director of the Delft Design for Values Institute, member of the Executive Committee of the IEEE Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous Systems and secretary of the International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multi-agent Systems (IFAAMAS).

Zheng Ma, Associate Professor - Project coordinator Asia Center for Energy Informatics, University of Southern Denmark (Denmark)

Zheng is associate professor of the Center for Energy Informatics (CFEI) for more than 4 years. Her research mainly focuses on the smart energy management and innovation, such as business model innovation, business ecosystem, and cross-national market analysis.  Prior to joining the CFEI, She worked as assistant professor at the Centre for Integrative Innovation Management. 

She has a multidisciplinary background of business (Nottingham University Business School), manufacturing (Nottingham University), and computer science (Harbin Institute of Technology).

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