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).
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.
Heather Fischer is in charge of product marketing, and market research. She collaborates with the team to ensure product-market fit. She has 10 years of experience as an analyst and writer, including 5 years with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C., where she synthesized technical information to make it understandable for policymakers, managed cases on market-based electric energy rates compliance, and followed trends in energy generation and transmission (e.g. renewable energy, and smart grid). Recognizing that climate change has a disproportionate effect on women in the developing world, Heather is particularly interested in gender issues within climate finance.
Heather holds an MPA in Environmental Policy and Policy Analysis from Indiana University - Bloomington, and a BA in Environmental Science from Alma College.
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.