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.
Saurabh Patel brings a complex understanding of private finance and strong analytical skills to the EcoKraft team - he contributes in the areas of: market research, risk management, credit score development, financial regulatory compliance, and leads the team in creating and maintaining the financial plan.
Saurabh founded his own accountancy firm in India at 21, which he ran successfully. Later, he analyzed company financial information from around the world for Bureau van Dijk. He is also enrolled as a CFA Level 2 candidate after passing CFA Level 1 in December 2016.
Saurabh holds a BA in Commerce from SPB Eng. Med. Comm. College - Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Bachelor in Law and Legislation (LLB) from V T Choksi Law College - Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, and is pursuing a MSc in Finance from Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.
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.
Rob Hardison has 15 years of experience leading projects that address the technical, environmental, market, and policy aspects of climate change and alternative energy in the US and the developing world. He has an extensive background in renewable energy feasibility assessments, designing small-scale renewable energy business models, and assessing the economic and policy environments that govern financial flows to renewable energy projects in the developing world. For the past 5 years, he has worked in Indonesia to build pathways between financial organizations and facility owners toward the implementation of palm waste-to-energy projects, and to improve the financial viability of remotely located solar energy projects.
Rob holds a BS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and MBA (Concentration in Finance) and MPA (Concentration in Environmental Policy) from the University of Washington.