Björn D. Fischer (M.Sc. International Management & Sustainable Economics, BA Real Estate Asset Management) is a carbon markets pioneer and climate finance expert with over 25 years of experience in real estate & climate and sustainability finance. Since the early 2000’s, he has been active in climate finance and sustainability markets, having gained extensive experience across a variety of industry sectors, regulatory regimes, technologies, climate finance supporting mechanisms, private and public investment schemes from around the globe.
Bjoern is passionate about innovation and the role it can play to solve one of humankind's biggest challenges, the negative impacts of climate change on vulnerable populations. Holding the belief that change has to start from the bottom up, he is passionate about empowering entrepreneurs in the developing world to encourage innovation, the development of new markets, and improved livelihoods.
Björn received a BA Real Estate (Kaufmann der Grundstuecks- und Wohnungswirtschaft) Chamber of Commerce Cologne & GEHAG, Berlin/Aachen, Germany, Real Estate Management Boarding School, Ratingen, Germany in 1995 and graduated in 2003 as MSc in International Management from the International University of Maastricht (Sustainable Economics and International Finance).
Kai Buntrock, Associate Partner of EcoKraft, responsible for corporate and business development and financial solutions. Kai provides 16 years of experience as renewable and social enterprise executive, development banker and infrastructure investment professional. He has structured and financed more than 7,000 MW of renewable projects across four continents and five technologies.
From spring 2012 to summer 2016, Kai was CFO at SOWITEC Group, one of the largest family controlled renewable energy project developers with 250 people, teams on the ground in 12 frontier and emerging markets, more than 90 operative portfolio companies and an active project pipeline of some 16+ Giga Watt. He drove and managed the corporate & business development, accounting, corporate finance, corporate governance and risk management evolution, lead numerous sell side transactions across eight countries and headed the group’s project finance activities. Before that, Kai spent 10+ years as an Investment Professional in the European Utilities Sector and as a development banker.
Kai holds an MBA from Steinbeis University Berlin and has an academic background in accounting and management from Cardiff University
Stefan Hilbrich (B.A. Multimedia) is an experienced Multimedia Professional, with more than 18 years of experience in e-commerce system development, online marketing and business development, serving as developer, manager and CEO. He implemented successful IT-based strategies and concepts for over many different industries and sectors.
As Lead-Developer at OTTO, he was responsible for all technical implementations, optimizations and debugging. Later on, as Head of E-Commerce/Online-Marketing, Stefan managed different departments with a sale responsibility of 50 Mio. €+ inside the Fashion Branch. Recently, he served as CEO inside the Aftermarket-Branch, where he built up a new start-up enterprise.
Stefan holds an BA in Multimedia Arts from Middlesex University (London) in Partnership with SAE Institute. In 2008 his team won the German Award for the best Online-Shop of 2008 for hagebau.de.
Ansik Mahapatra, Financial Manager at EcoKraft brings in a complex understanding of financial modelling, engineering and software development. Ansik is very versatile and brings strong analytical skills to the team. He has developed applications such as the Black-Scholes Calculator to optimize portfolios, developed a pricing model for constant maturity swaps delta, created an algorithmic trading application to program time-series momentum trading and bet-against beta strategies and automated and modelled an investment strategy using Modern Portfolio Theory.
Ansik conducts market research and analysis to develop new and innovative tools, such as the country investment ranking and spearheaded the development of the platform’s click dummy, making use of his programming and coding skills. He is also very well connected to public and private networks in India, providing important market intelligence to enter the attractive Indian market.
Ansik graduated as M.Sc, Finance from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management (Germany) and as M.Tech, Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (India). He has also qualified FRM L1.
Peter Dauenhauer has a combined background in economics and sustainability of off-grid energy projects. His past work has included the design of off-grid projects in developing countries, management of the Malawi Renewable Energy Acceleration Programme (MREAP), sustainability evaluations and feasibility studies for energy access projects. These projects have been conducted in Malawi, Gambia, Kenya and ZambiaP. He has served as co-chair of the IEEE Power and Energy Society Working Group: Sustainable Energy Systems for Developing Communities (SESDC) since 2014 and leads the Energy Use Task Force. His research interests are in sustainability of all types of off-grid projects, business model design and implementation, energy consumption patterns for newly connected communities, and enabling effective policy for off-grid rural electrification. He actively volunteers with Kilowatts for Humanities (KWH) (business model design and research support) and with IEEE Smart Village (Malawi development Liaison).
Peter holds a BA Economics from University of Washington, MSc Economics from University of Amsterdam, and is currently completing his PhD at the University of Strathclyde in Energy for Development.