Charles Lesser is an energy corporate financier, focused on Apricum’s transaction advisory mandates. He helps companies navigate the energy transition across energy storage, e-mobility, digital energy and merchant risk.
Charles has over 20 years’ experience in energy investment banking. With an outstanding record of achievement, he has advised public and private companies from start-up to FTSE100 on capital raising, M&A, A&D and strategic transactions, and has been recognized with numerous industry awards.
Before joining Apricum, Charles was the managing director and head of natural resources at Panmure Gordon, a British investment bank. He spent seven years at Macquarie Group first as managing director, European midcap equities, and then as head of European energy banking. Prior to that he held the role of board director and European managing director at Tristone Capital, an international energy boutique acquired by Macquarie. He spent the first 9 years of his career in energy at UBS’ investment bank.
Charles holds a master’s degree in social and political sciences from the University of Cambridge.
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Nikolai Dobrott has profound technology and market knowledge in the solar, wind, water and integrated renewable energy industries, combined with deep functional expertise in strategy development, strategic business plan execution and corporate finance. He speaks at major cleantech and renewable energy conferences worldwide every year.
Florian Haacke has been a partner since 2008 and is the head of the materials & technology practice group comprising upstream solar, energy storage, green hydrogen, CC(U)S and all the chemicals, materials, components, processes and technologies which enable higher efficiencies and competitiveness in Cleantech.
Charles Lesser is a senior corporate financier in the international energy industry. He has over 20 years experience leading a wealth of successful transactions in public and private capital markets, and asset and corporate M&A. His award-winning career includes leading the energy investment banking practices for a number of internationally renowned city firms. He is based in London.
Florian Mayr brings a wealth of management consultant experience to Apricum, combining an enviable knowledge of both the conventional energy and renewable energy sectors. Prior to Apricum, he spent eight years in senior positions at McKinsey & Company and RWE.
Dr. Amer Alswaha
Former head of IPP program, Saudi Electricity Company; senior vice president, Saudi Electricity Company
Former director and VP of energy and chemicals, Arthur D. Little; founder, Arwas & Associates
Former director BD origination, technical director, First Solar; director project enabling, Desertec Industrial Initiative
Senior Advisor and Country Representative USA
Former president Cratus Energy, board member, Alion Energy
Hamid Can Baş
Master’s degree in environmental management; former summer associate, Renew Power; quantitative analyst, ACWA Power
Former head of project finance and advisory at First Abu Dhabi Bank; former senior advisor to McKinsey & Company; held several senior positions in project and asset finance at Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt and Dubai.
Dr. Raed Bkayrat
Former VP business development, First Solar; head of technology commercialization and industry collaboration, KAUST; director of system engineering and power electronics, DDS
Chairman, Solar Energy UK; COO, Solivus; MD, Innovo Group; former investment director, Armstrong Capital Management Limited; senior investment director, Foresight Group
Former commercial and contracts engineer / IWPP senior engineer, EWEC, ADWEC, ADWEA
Master's in international trade, finance and development; former intern, KfW DEG
Former vice president, business development – renewable energy, ORIX; investment banking associate, Evercore; senior associate, valuations advisory, PwC
Master's in economic research; former consultant, London Economics; former analyst, Ernst & Young
Master's in materials chemistry; former industrial consultant, CNH Industrial, COO Gaia Membranes
Bachelor's degree, King's College, London; senior advisor, Green Future investments; co-founder, Obair partners; board advisor Comparis.ch
Corentin de Ricaud
Master's in finance and strategy; former investment officer, European Investment Bank; financial advisor, ENGIE; analyst, BNP Paribas
Dr. Horst Dietz
Member of the supervisory board, ABB AG, Solon SE, Bilfinger Berger; former CEO, ABB AG
Dr. Garry Felgate
Former partner, Orion Innovations; chief executive and executive board member, Energy Retail Association; managing director, AEA Technology Group; director, The Carbon Trust; director, KPMG
Dr. Jamie Frew
PhD industrial chemistry and catalysis; CEO and founder of 12 To Zero Technology; former business development manager at Air Liquide; former senior technical professional, Haliburton
Former member of EMEA senior leadership team, Novell; CIO, Rütgers/ Evonik; management consultant, Arthur D. Little
Master's in management; former strategic management assistant, CNH Industrial; intern, Grant Thornton AG
Master’s in business innovation; former consulting associate, Charles River Associates; former consultant innogy
Director, Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory Co; former EU renewable energy manager, EU-China energy & environment programme; technical director, GTZ, China
M.Sc in energy systems, B.Sc in physics; internships at Oxford Net-Zero, TopCap Holding, Generali Versicherung
Dr. Detlev Hoge
PhD in physical chemistry. Former manager P&L, R&D, IT at Volkswagen, manager VARTA Batterie AG
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Former marketing and communications manager, Apricum; communications strategist, Ikon Communications, strategic planner, MEC
Former senior manager, Strategy& / PwC; senior manager, Santander; engagement manager, McKinsey & Company; associate, Goldman Sachs; analyst, Merrill Lynch
Master's in business administration; bachelor's in engineering; former senior consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton
Master's in Business Administration; founder and managing partner of VUCANION; former consultant, Accenture
Dr. Hendrik Kienert
PhD in climate physics; former senior consultant, Bain & Company
Master’s in renewable energy engineering and management; former consultant, innogy Consulting
MBA, master in energy science, B.Sc in chemistry; former manager, E.ON Inhouse Consulting; consultant, Ecofys
Former Director Sales Asia, Photovoltaics, Schott Solar; Director Marketing & Sales South East Asia, Angewandte Solar Energie (ASE) GmbH
Master’s in management and mechanical engineering; former simulation engineer, QuEST Global
Founder and director, SolarNowa; former investment manager and business development manager, Saxovent
Dr. Oliver Langenfeld
PhD in mining engineering; professor for underground mining methods and machinery at Clausthal University of Technology
Master’s degree in management and international finance; former commercial investment banking analyst Credit Suisse
Master’s in management and engineering of environment and energy; B.Sc. in chemical engineering; former commercial planning specialist and energy trader, AES
Dr. Richard Mazuski
PhD in physical chemistry; former associate, McKinsey & Co.
Master's in sustainable energy futures, Imperial College London; former associate director, Guidehouse
Marketing & Communications Manager
Master's in comparative studies for social sciences; former media relations and campaign manager for Alstom
Dr. Beatrice Möller
Senior legal counsel specialized in corporate, banking and energy law; former M&A lawyer, Linklaters; banking lawyer, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; legal advisor; MVV Energie
Founding partner, Deutsche Ventures; former COO, Younicos; senior vice president, T-Systems; partner, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants
Dr. Elena Nikonova
PhD in applied mathematics, former chief strategy officer, Eleport; former director of global partnerships, ENGIE; former director of global partnerships, Shell Recharge
Owner and CEO, TOMM+C; head of business development, EEW Energy from Waste GmbH; former CEO, Schwarze Pumpe GmbH
M.Sc in energy systems, B.Sc in earth science; former Fulbrighter, City of Palo Alto Utilities intern, and Michigan Sustainability Cases writer
Per Hornung Pedersen
Member of management board, Suzlon Energy; former CFO, NEG Micon/Vestas; CEO, Suzlon Energy; CEO, Repower; CEO, Pelamis Wave Power
Master's in finance; former intern Banca Sella CIB; former intern, Apricum
M.Sc in energy systems; former project manager, McKinsey & Co.
Master's in mechanical engineering, master's in energy economics and policy; former principal, Element Energy.
Master's degree in English & American studies; former online trainer, Berlitz; lecturer All Saint's College, Kerala
CEO, Detra Solar; former managing director, Viessmann PV + E-Systems; senior manager, Samsung; marketing manager, Hitachi
Senior Industry Specialist
M.Eng. in renewable energy systems; B.Sc. in energy and process technology, B.Sc. in physics; former student researcher, PVcomB at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin
Prof. Dr. Dirk Uwe Sauer
Professor for electrochemical energy conversion and storage systems, RWTH Aachen University, Germany; Project leader, division for electrical energy systems, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Freiburg
Co-founder and CEO, Wayu Limited; former co-founder and chairman Yellow Door Energy; co-founder and CEO Adenium Energy Capital
Former management consultant, McKinsey & Company
Former Team Assistant, August Storck KG; Office Manager, Technical University Berlin
Founder and CEO of DZ4; former VP asset finance and leasing and renewables / structured products, Deutsche Bank
Dr. Benjamin Silcox
Ph.D. in chemical engineering; former analyst Goldman Sachs & Co.
Director, Trinergy M&A Advisory; Director, Translink Corporate Finance; former senior consultant for PR firms; former consulting director for McGraw Hill’s AviationWeek / MRO Exhibition in Beijing
Master's in industrial engineering and management from the Technical University of Berlin. Working student at Enertrag and Enervis energy advisors
Cofounder and managing director, GA Power Group; former managing director, Quast Nahrath Group; cofounder and managing director Credence Power Group; business development manager Europe, SolarPark Korea
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M.Sc. in corporate finance and banking; B.Sc. in banking and finance; former credit analyst intern, Factorit, Italy
Chairman, FICCI solar energy task force & SEMI PV advisory panel; fellow, IETE; former CEO, Tata BP Solar
Dr. Yoshihisa Tawada
Former chairman, Kaneka SolarTec Corporation; chairman, Japan Solar Energy Society; director, PV Power Generation Technology Research Association
CEO, Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance; manager, renewable energy and BESS products, Vattenfall; analyst, Nuon; consultant, Energie Makelaar
Prof. Dr. Eicke Weber
VP, ISES; former CEO, Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore (BEARS); director, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE; professor of physics and applied sciences, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg