BENEDIKT ORTMANN /// HEAD OF BUSINESS AND MANAGING DIRECTOR - BAYWA R.E.
Since 2003, Benedikt Ortmann, PhD, dedicates his career to photovoltaic projects all over the world. Before joining the team at BayWa r.e. in 2011, he built the international project business for SOLON SE, Berlin, from scratch and turned it into a successful and highly profitable business division. His career in the renewable energy business started at S.A.G. Solarstrom AG, Freiburg, where he was CFO from 2003 until 2006.

BayWa r.e. Solar Projects GmbH is one of the TOP 10 solar development companies worldwide, providing greenfield development, turnkey construction, O&M, financing and sales of photovoltaic power plants. The company has installed a solar capacity of more than 1 GW and is a subsidiary of BayWa r.e., a part of the BayWa AG.

Expertise in the renewable energy business
  • Project management
  • Financial engineering
  • Project acquisition and sales
BENEDIKT ORTMANN
HEAD OF BUSINESS AND MANAGING DIRECTOR /// BAYWA R.E.
MICHELE APPENDINO /// CHAIRMAN & CEO - SOLAR VENTURES
Graduated from Polytechnic of Turin in Italy with an Electronics Engineering degree; MBA from INSEAD business school (Fontainebleau, France). Worked with Andersen Consulting in Spain and with FMC in California (US). Michele was then a Senior Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company, in the Milan office (92-96). During this period he was part of the media, retail and fashion practice. In 1997 Michele co-founded Net Partners Ventures, the first venture capital company in Europe focusing exclusively on internet companies, 215 million raised, 30 investments, highest IRR in Europe in the sector, 5 invested companies floated (e.g. Mutui Online and Yoox in Italy). In 2005, Michele founded A.M.E. Ventures, an investment holding focused on early stage companies, which counts several investments at day. AME Ventures has controlling stake in Solar Ventures, which represents Michele's main activity, where he is directly involved as Chairman and CEO. Solar Ventures is an IPP and developer focused on developing, building , financing and managing utility scale PV plants globally, with a strong expertise in Italy, Europe and Emerging Markets, where it has been active since 2007. To date it has developed globally 500 MWp of solar power plants, with more than 280 MWp of plants in Europe. The company stands today as one of the few integrated solar platforms operating in southern Europe.
MICHELE APPENDINO
CHAIRMAN & CEO /// SOLAR VENTURES
LORENZO PAROLA /// PARTNER - PAUL HASTINGS
Lorenzo Parola is a Partner and Chair of the EU Energy Practice of Paul Hastings. Mr Parola is both admitted to the Italian Supreme Court and as a Solicitor of England and Wales. He is one of the leading energy and energy technology lawyers in Italy. Mr Parola advises infrastructure funds, utilities and oil majors in domestic and cross-border M&A transactions in the oil & gas, power, renewables, energy efficiency and energy technology sectors. He has a substantial track-record on permitting, contractual and regulatory issues related to the development of power projects and gas infrastructures, including CCGT and renewables plants, LNG regasification terminals, gas storages, pipelines and merchant lines. He is recognized an unparalleled expertise in industry specialty contacts such as tolling arrangements, power purchase agreements, take-or-pay gas sales agreements, pipeline transportation agreements, EPC contracts, energy efficiency contracts, physical and financial energy trading, including CO2 and green certificates trading. He is regularly instructed, either as counsel or arbitrator, in the context of national and international arbitrations pertaining to gas sales agreements and in the construction sector. He is a Visiting Professor at various masters and advanced university courses (Master Course in Energy and Finance and Master in Energy Management – Corso di Alta Formazione in Energia e Finanza and Master Energy Management of MIP – Business School Polytechnic of Milan; II Level Master in Energy Efficiency and Industrial Sustainability – Master di II livello in Efficienza Energetica e Sostenibilità nell’Industria of Turin Polytechnic; Master in Energy Resources Managament – Master in Gestione delle Risorse Energetiche of SAFE).
LORENZO PAROLA
PARTNER /// PAUL HASTINGS
PIETRO RADOIA /// SR ANALYST SOLAR INSIGHT - BNEF
Pietro Radoia is a senior solar analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. He joined BNEF's solar team in early 2011, and covers European PV markets, secondary PV market activity, and PV Levelized Cost of Electricity analysis. Before joining Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Pietro completed an MSc in Environmental Technology at Imperial College, where he specialised in Environmental Economics & Policy. Prior to his postgraduate studies he worked for the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) in Brussels for two years.
PIETRO RADOIA
SR ANALYST SOLAR INSIGHT /// BNEF
EMILIANO BELLINI/// EDITOR - PV MAGAZINE
Emiliano joined pv magazine in March 2017. He has been reporting on solar and renewable energy since 2009. Emiliano is responsible for the daily news coverage on pv-magazine.com with a particular focus on European market. Emiliano also covers new technology, R&D, installations and company financial reporting. In its previous experience as a journalist, Emiliano has written about EdTech and new language technologies.
EMILIANO BELLINI
EDITOR/// PV MAGAZINE
ALBERTO CUTER/// GENERAL MANAGER LATAM & ITALY - JINKO SOLAR
Alberto Cuter has been involved in renewable energy since 2008. He served as Sales Director in Phoenix Solar and Heliosphera and joined Jinko Solar in 2010. He opened the Italian branch and developed the Italian market positioning Jinko as leader modules supplier in 2011 and 2012. In 2013 he was appointed as Sales Director of Emerging Markets (LATAM and MEA). He developed and positioned Jinko as market leader in the most important market such as South Africa and Chile with more than 30% of market share, making Jinko the leader modules supplier in the region.
As per new strategy of Jinko management, in July 2015 he was appointed as a General Manager Latam and Italy to lead a team of high professional managers in 7 countries across the region. Actually Jinko has been recognized as market leader in Chile, Brazil and Central America, with more than 5 GW sold in the region.
Prior to stepping into solar PV industry, Alberto Cuter has worked in the telecommunication Industry as Sales Director in companies as Telecom Italia, Wind and Deloitte Consulting.
Alberto has an Electronic Engineering degree from Politecnico di Milano (Italy), a Master in Telecommunications at SSGRR (Italy) and a specialization Strategy and digital marketing at MIP – Politecnico di MIlano.
ALBERTO CUTER
GENERAL MANAGER LATAM & ITALY/// JINKO SOLAR