Since 1985, Giovanni De Santi has been employed at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, where he developed his professional expertise by managing projects and groups of experts in the fields of energy, transport, mechanical/nuclear engineering, environmental science, and management.
In 2007, he was nominated as Director of the Institute for Energy of the JRC based both in Petten (The Netherlands) and Ispra (Italy). The Institute represents the reference centre of the European Commission for research in the energy field. It provides technical and scientific support for the conception, development and monitoring of community policies related to the production, security, safety and sustainability of energy. In particular the Institute focuses on nuclear reactor safety, renewable (solar) energy, hydrogen and fuel cells, energy system modelling and energy security.
In January 2011, the Institute for Energy was transformed into the Institute for Energy and Transport and its portfolio consequently expanded to include sustainable transport. As Director of the Institute, Dr. De Santi is responsible for the coordination and management of key energy and transport activities within the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and in the frame of international co-operation between Europe and key stakeholders – both in the research and industrial sectors – from third countries. He is member of steering committees and governing boards of numerous European initiatives, such as the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan, the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Joint Technology Initiatives, European Technology Platforms (solar energy, biofuels, etc.), the U.S.- Europe Energy Council, as well as chairman of international Task Forces UNECE-TF for the standardisation of heavy duty transport emissions.
Giovanni De Santi is author of many peer reviewed publications in high level scientific journals and chairman of many international conferences.
Since 1st of July 2016, Giovanni De Santi became Director of the Direction I in charge of Competences and is based in Ispra.
Global strategic leader in the IoT smart energy domain
Elad Shaviv is the founder and CEO of NakiTech Ltd. Elad has wide experience as business executive in both large and small ICT companies. Elad is also the co-founder and CEO of the Israeli Smart Energy Association (ISEA), a national platform that brings together local and global Smart Energy players and stakeholders to share knowledge, drive initiatives, and build partnerships.
Before founding NakiTech, Elad held various business leadership roles at Cisco’s EMEA Headquarters for over 7 years, as the Head of Video Solutions Business for Europe, the Head of Cisco’s Security Business Practice for the European & Emerging Markets, and others.
Elad has over 20 years of executive experience in the IT, telecoms and communications industries and holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering and an MSc in Business Management.
Chairman of Israel Electric Corporation (IEC).
Served 32 years in the IDF, and retired as Commander of the Israeli Ground Forces. He also served as Chairman of the Israel Ports Company.
Ron-Tal holds an Executive MBA degree from Bar-Ilan University and a law degree (LLB) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
CEO Smart Energy Network
Ragnvald Naero is today CEO of Smart Energy Network. In addition he works as an individual business consultant and is Senior Account Director at Gambit Hill+Knowlton and associated partner at Thema Consulting Group. From 2010 till July 2016 Ragnvald Naero was Director Business Development of Statkraft. Before that he worked as Executive Vice President Communication and Corporate Responsibility in the same company for 9 years. Statkraft is the largest Generator of Renewable Energy in Europe.
Electricity Regulatory Authority
Director General & Founder, Green Energy Association of Israel (GEA-IL)
Former Secretary, Global Solar Council (GSC)
Eitan Parnass is the founder & Director General of the Green Energy Association of Israel (formerly REEEAI), the main Renewables & Energy Efficiency advocacy organization in Israel.
Parnass is also a public pro-sustainability activist involved in numerous initiatives to promote sustainable economy in Israel and worldwide, including the formation of the Global Solar Council, launched at Paris COP21, where he served as Board Member & Secretary (2015-2017). Parnass has also served as Board Member to various NGOs including the Israel Sustainable Energy Society (ISES), Vice President of GIREC (Israel-Germany Renewable Energy Committee), member to the National Green Growth Round Table and is a notable speaker at the academy, industry, local & international conferences and seminars.
Eitan Parnass was born in Jerusalem (1971), he holds Honours law degree from the University of Warwick UK and LL.m law degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Deputy Executive Director for Business Development & BIRD Energy, BIRD Foundation
Located in Israel, Ms. Nakar-Vincent is responsible for initiating business matchmaking activities between Israeli and American companies, and strategic growth initiatives as well as promoting and managing the BIRD Energy program.
Serving in key positions both in Israel and the United States, Ms. Nakar-Vincent has extensive experience in building strategic alliances between Israeli and American companies, with strong knowledge and experience in U.S.-Israel policy and business relations.
From 2003 till September 2010, Ms. Nakar-Vincent served as East Coast and Midwest Representative of the BIRD Foundation in United States.
From 1997 to 2002, Ms. Nakar-Vincent was the Economic Consul to the Southeastern and Midwestern United States. In this position, Ms. Nakar strived to promote trade, as well as economic, technological and investment cooperation between Israel and the United States.
Prior to her appointment in the United States, Ms. Nakar-Vincent was the Director of the North American Department at the Foreign Trade Administration at the Ministry of Industry and Trade in Jerusalem. During this period, Ms. Nakar –Vincent directed the activity of Israel’s trade representatives in the United States and Canada, and coordinated the negotiations between Israel and Canada that led to the signing of the Free Trade Agreement between Israel and Canada in July 1996.
From 1992 to 1994, Ms. Nakar-Vincent was a trader and an analyst in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.
Ms. Nakar-Vincent holds an MBA and a BA in Economics and Management, both from Tel Aviv University.
President of Mints Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions to Global Challenges and TA University Honorary Fellow.
Boris Mints holds a PhD in Engineering Sciences and a Reader in Advanced Mathematics. Since 2001, Mr. Mints has pursued various business projects. Boris Mints is a committed supporter of cultural and social projects, he is a founder of the Museum of Russian impressionism. Mr. Mints is Chairman of the Board of Patrons of the CER (the Conference of European Rabbis), Russian Jewish Congress Presiding Board Bureau Member, Member of the Executive Committee of the World Jewish Congress.
CEO, Capital Nature
Chairman, IATI Cleantech Committee
Avi is the CEO of Capital Nature, a green energy & smart transportation investment firm that is focused on technology oriented seed and early stage ventures. Capital nature has invested in more than 17 technologies since its inception, and Avi serves in the board of many of them.
Joining Capital Nature in 2012, Avi brought extensive experience managing and funding programs in the public sector, and vast experience in leadership of entrepreneurship and startup projects.
Previously, Avi was the Founder and Director of the Regional Development Center at the Ministry of Economy and delegate to the OECD LEED Executive Committee. Avi served as Legal Advisor to the Chief Scientist and director at the Governmental Start-Up Fund and the Israeli Industry Center for R&D.
Avi holds a LL.M. from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and EMPA from Syracuse University, NY.
Deputy CEO, SolarPower Europe
Coordinator, RE-Source Platform
Co-Chairman, Global Solar Council
Bruce Douglas has been working in renewable energy for 20 years. He is currently the Deputy CEO of SolarPower Europe, a member-led association based in Brussels representing over 200 organisations active along the whole solar value chain.
He is also the coordinator of the RE-Source Platform – the European alliance for corporate sourcing of renewable energy – and the Co-Chairman of the Global Solar Council (GSC), the representative body for the entire global solar PV sector at an international level, representing over 2000 solar companies around the world.
Previously he was Chief Operating Officer at WindEurope for 10 years, founding Secretary General of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and Managing Director of FLiDAR, an offshore wind company.
Special Envoy on Energy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel
Ron has served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1990. During his first period at the ministry he was personal assistance to the Director General and dealt mainly with the Oslo process and the economic peace with the Palestinians. In 1997 he started a long and interesting period of 15 years dealing with all aspect of the United Nations, as counselor for economic and social affairs at the Permanent Mission of Israel in New York, director of the UN Department at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, as Deputy Ambassador of Israel to the UN in Geneva and director of Specialized agencies at HQ. Later on he became the director for the OECD membership of Israel, Permanent Representative of Israel to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dahbi, and now as the Special Energy Envoy for the State of Israel in the MFA.