Management

Sven J. Matten

President

Sven J. Matten

More than 15 years’ CEO and investment experience

  • MBA, German with permanent resident status in Canada
  • CEO and founder of VENTUSOLAR Inc. as well as President and co-founder of VENTUSOLAR Global Capital GmbH
  • More than 15 years of experience as manager of as well as in investments in the international entertainment industry as well as the renewable energy sector
  • More than 10 years university lecturer in marketing and media at Munich Business School
  • Senior management roles with MEP Canada GmbH as well as Paradigma Entertainment Munich, Germany and DuMatt Entertainment in Winnipeg, Canada

 

Hartmut Betke

CIO

Hartmut Betke

More than 15 years as an entrepreneur and investment experience

  • Degree in industrial engineering from TH Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe Technical University)
  • Managing Director and co-founder of Deutsche Cleantech GmbH (D.CT), extensive expertise in the fields of structuring, financing and transaction management in renewable technologies (wind and solar energy, hydropower, biomass and geothermal energy)
  • Director of the German Renewables Team at Augusta & Co., acquisition and management of Cleantech and Renewables transactions with a special focus on wind energy (onshore and offshore), solar energy, biomass and hydropower
  • In addition to the cleantech focus, Hartmut Betke also has restructuring experience that he previously had as a principal at the Frankfurter Beteiligungsholding (FBH). FBH was a Private Equity Investor with a focus on medium-sized industrial companies in special situations (including insolvency)
  • Hartmut Betke started his professional career at Deutsche Bank. There he worked in investment banking and most recently in private equity. He was involved in various large transactions, both for third parties and the bank itself

 

Olaf Bergner

CFO

Olaf Bergner

More than 20 years experience in the financial sector i.a. as CFO for stock notated Groups

  • Seven years as Commercial Manager and Representative of the Executive Board of SevenOne Club & Shop GmbH (ProSieben Sat.1 Media AG)
  • Co-Founder and more than two years Commercial Manager of CrossMarketing arvato services GmbH
  • CFO of ARBO Media AG listed in the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange with 34 companies in eight countries
  • Founder and more than six years Managing Partner in the position as CFO of BALLROOM International Group with 20 entities in five countries
  • Acts since 2015 as CFO for VENTUSOLAR

 

Dr. Lothar Kerschgens

CTO

Dr. Lothar Kerschgens

Over 25 years’ experience in international renewable energy engineering

  • Experienced engineer with a doctorate in Energy from Lyons, France (ECL Ecole Centrale de Lyon) as well as an engineering degree from Germany (TU Darmstadt)
  • More than 25 years experience in RE power plant development, construction, evaluation and calculation
  • Together with the KIG Engineering Company in Germany and Hechler Consultations Inc. in Quebec and Ontario specialized on projects in the biogas, solar and wind sectors
  • Acts since 2012 as VENTUSOLAR's CTO (co-founder and partner) with focus on due diligences of wind and PV power plants in Canada, USA and Europe

 

Prof. Dr. Laurenz Czempiel

CSO

Leading positions for various Private Banks for over 20 years

  • As member of the Management Board of Donner & Reuchel AG, he was responsible for the divisions Asset Management, Capital Markets and Institutional Clients.
  • Member of numerous investment committees
  • Management Board of the Handelsverein Bayerische Börse
  • Professor at the Munich Business School, lecturing Asset Management and Corporate Finance
  • Author / co-author of several books and articles regarding wealth management, capital markets and economics

 

Thomas Uhlmann

CMO VENTUSOLAR Global Capital GmbH and member of the board of VENTUSOLAR Luxemburg S.à r.l.

Thomas Uhlmann

More than 25 years of experience in working with international institutional investors

  • Diplom-Informatiker (univ.) at Technical University of Munich (TUM)
  • More than 25 years of experience in relationship management and acquisition of institutional investors in the area of tangible assets and liquid investments
  • Managing Director of State Street Global Advisors GmbH, Head of Institutional Sales Germany and Chief Representative of Allianz Global Investors GmbH, Member of the Board of IndexChange Investment AG
  • Managing Director of VENTUSOLAR Global Capital GmbH
  • Member of the board / managing director of VENTUSOLAR Luxemburg S.á.r.l.

 

Jan Kaulfuhs-Berger

Corporate Speaker / Head of Corporate Communications

Jan Kaulfuhs-Berger

Journalist and Spokesperson since more than 30 years

  • Engineer with a degree as "Dipl.-Ing. (FH)" and was educated both in Dresden (University of Applied Sciences) and Barcelona (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya)
  • Active since more than 30 years in the field of journalism (newspaper and magazines as well as in Corporate Communications)
  • More then twelve years in charge as spokesperson of the globally operating enterprise Jungheinrich, based in Hamburg. During that time he was responsible for the entire enterprise press work of the company with subsidiaries in more than 30 countries as well as certified dealer partners in more than 70 further countries worldwide

 

Miriam Gruss

Stakeholder Relations

Miriam Gruss

Over 20 years experience in politics on levels Secretary General, Spokesperson, Deputy Chair of the German political party FDP

  • Master in Politics, minor in constitutional law
  • Eight years member of the German Parliament, the German Bundestag
  • Experience as a financial and economic consultant
  • International experience as Vice Chair Woman of the German-Central American Parliamentary Group of the German Bundestag.
  • Active as a political advisor for different enterprises and Associations

 

Martin Pochtaruk

VP Business Development

Martin Pochtaruk

Leading positions for various renewable energy companies for over 25 years

  • Over twenty five years of experience managing businesses across Europe, South America, the US and Canada, in both private and public corporations
  • Prior to joining Heliene, Vice President of Business Development at Algoma Steel Inc.
  • Was also a part of Essar Steel Holdings Corporate Development group for numerous years before establishing Heliene in 2010
  • Proven track record of Business Development in Europe, Latin America and North America for a period of over 25 years
  • Awarded as one of the best 40 Entrepreneurs in Canada in 2012 by KPMG, TD Trust, Ivey School of Business and the Globe&Mai

 

Graham Findlay

Asset Management

Graham Findlay

Over 40 years in management positions primarily in the field of renewable energies with a focus on wind power

  • University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management, MBA Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Queen's University Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.), major in Civil Engineering
  • General Manager 3G Energy Corp.
  • Director Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative Inc., Ottawa, Canada
  • Vice President Vector Wind Energy Inc.
  • President Starwind10 Inc.

 

Nigel Etherington

Asset Management

Nigel Etherington

Over 15 years of renewable energy experience in Canada with a focus on solar

  • Queen's University, B.Sc. (Hons), engineering physics
  • University of London, M.Sc., Medical Physics & Electronics
  • Director & Co-Founder Isla Power Inc., Toronto, Canada
  • Principal & Founder Planet & Company Inc., Toronto, Canada
  • Board Member Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA)
  • Chief Technology Officer Potentia Solar Inc.
  • Managing Director Fidelity Investments, Fidelity Intermediary Services Company
    (Canadian subsidiary, 'asset manager’ of Fidelity Investments, a global asset manager entity with $2.5 trillion AuM)
  • Consultant McKinsey & Company

 

Antonio Antonopoulos

Asset Management, Monitoring

Antonio Antonopoulos

Over 15 years of renewable energy experience in Canada with a focus on solar

  • University of Kassel, M.Sc. Specialization for EUREC European Masters in Renewable Energy, hybrid systems with renewable energies
  • Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, M.Sc. EUREC European Masters in Renewable Energy
  • Unternehmensgründer Isla Power Inc., Toronto, Canada
  • Geschäftsführer REngenuity Inc., Toronto, Canada
  • CarbonFree Technology Inc., VP Technology, Toronto, Canada
  • ETA-Florence Renewable Energies, project engineer, Florence, Italy
  • University of Toronto, degree as Dipl.-Ing. of electrical engineering

 

Yosef Cohen

VP International Sales & Acquisitions

More than 15 years experience as sales and acquisition manager

  • Many years as Sales Manager for a major Israeli EPC in Israel, Inbar Solar Energy a subsidiary of F.K. Generators and Equipment Ltd,
  • Sales Manager Canada and Israel for the China based Solar Panel Manufacturer ET Solar Group, as well as with their EPC office in Germany ET Solutions AG,
  • Israel Sales Manager for German company Energiebau Solarsysteme GmbH
  • Canadian Region Sales Representative for the Canadian power conversion products manufacturer Analytic Systems, and an Electronics solutions Application Sales
  • Engineer for several technology groups and Hi-Tech companies

 

Richard Todd

VP Global Account Management

Richard Todd

More than 20 years experience in foreign direct investment

  • Extensive international experience as investment consultant in North America and Europe
  • 7 years as European investment representative for Province of Ontario, responsible for Renewable Energy with focus on wind, solar, hydro and biogas
  • Supporting and consulting of over 20 companies with investment activities in Ontario, Canada (e.g. institutional investors as well as suppliers within the Energy sector)
  • 11 years managing Scottish government’s investment promotion agency in Düsseldorf, focus on trade and investment in energy and renewables sector
  • MSc. in Local Economic Development, University of Glasgow & BSc. In International Business, Aston University, Birmingham
  • Dual national, British-German

 

 Management-Team-Presentation (PDF)

 

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