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Lux Executive Summit 2017 Speakers

Ihab Boulas

Co-Founder & CEO


Ihab Boulas is the Co-Founder and CEO of Unibiome, a Paris-based startup which develops a platform allowing for in situ microbiome engineering. Unibiome develops next generation probiotics that enhance the nutritional profile of food. Unibiome received multiple awards, including the Gold Medal from iGEM 2015, the Thought for Food Challenge 2016 (Finalist), the Kirchner Food Fellowship Award 2016, and the Genopole Young Biotech Award 2016 (International Potential Prize).


Ihab obtained his bachelor’s degree in biological and biomedical sciences and his master’s degree in interdisciplinary approaches to life sciences at the Université Paris Descartes. He has worked as a theoretical and experimental scientist at institutions including Harvard Medical School and the Curie Institute.

Fred van Beuningen


Clean Tech Delta

Fred van Beuningen is the Director at Clean Tech Delta, which collaborates with its partners; companies, universities and government to promote innovation in cleantech.


His industry experience ranges from oil, chemicals and industrial gas to packaging, logistics and shipping. Fred held numerous leadership roles within leading international industrial companies as well as an entrepreneur, including Akzo Nobel (Corporate Director, Sustainability and Innovation), Eitzen Group (Vice President EMEA), Ahlers Logistics (CEO), Linde Gas (Executive Board Member Hoek Loos BV), Smurfit Kappa (General Manager), and Shell (Trading and Marketing Management). He also serves as a board member at the Young President’s Organisation (YPO) Sustainability Network as well as at the Erasmus University Center of Future Energy, among others. He was appointed as a member of the strategy group working on the Roadmap Next Economy with TIR (consultancy firm of Jeremy Rifkin), and serves on the investment advisory council of the Green Gateway Fund and on the Dutch ministerial bio renewable and business platform. He is also a Managing Partner of the Chrysalix RoboValley Venture Capital fund, which focuses on building a global braintrust around emerging technologies including intelligent systems and AI.


Fred obtained his Msc in Business at Erasmus University in the Netherlands and followed the Advanced Management  Program at INSEAD in France.

Frederik Brantner



Frederik Brantner is the CEO of Magazino, which develops and builds perception-controlled mobile robots for intralogistics. Frederik has been an entrepreneur since the age of 16, when he started his first company. He started Magazino as a project at the end of 2011, then incorporated in 2014 to grow it to become the largest perception-driven robotics company in Europe.

Frederik holds a Master’s Degree in International Management/CEMS from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. He has broad international experience including Europe, the US, Ecuador, and South Africa. He was selected for "35 Innovators under 35" in 2016, a prestigious global recognition by MIT Technology Review.

Chris Case, Ph.D.

Chief Technology Officer

Oxford PV

Dr. Chris Case joined Oxford PV in April 2014. Chris brings a strong track record of senior technology management to the business. Since 2009, he has been running his own consultancy providing high level strategic technology commercialisation advice to global companies and small companies alike, including Voltaix Llc; recently acquired by Air Liquide, and Surrey NanoSystems.


Prior to this, he spent ten years with BOC Edwards and The BOC Group, latterly part of the Linde Group where he was Chief Technology/Scientific Officer, responsible for driving global technology strategy and R&D for the €8 billion business.


Chris has a strong scientific background in patents and IP management, and is passionate about realising their commercial value. His experience spans markets across the world including the US and he has worked for a number of companies – from large corporates to small start-ups - to help manage their IP portfolios, broaden their scope of influence and build successful and profitable businesses.


A well as being extensively published in international press and periodicals, Chris is also a regular speaker and lecturer on integrated circuits and photovoltaics, and chaired the interconnect team of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) for more than 10 years.


He began his career as Assistant Professor of Engineering at Brown University followed by 10 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories. He was a Fulbright-Hays scholar at the Université de Bordeaux, and holds a ScM in engineering and a PhD in materials science from Brown University.

Alexander Hill



Alex is the Co-Founder of Senseye, which develops software that automatically predicts the failure of machines, helping machinery owners to avoid unplanned downtime and save money. Having worked in industries as diverse as defense, energy and transportation, Alex’s background in Digital Systems Engineering and early work on one of the largest wireless sensor networks in the world has enabled him to bridge the gap between the real-world and the promises of the Internet of Things. 


Alex holds a BEng in Digital System Engineering from the University of Southampton.

Willem Kesteloo

Co-Founder and CFO/CTO


Willem is the Co-Founder and CTO/CFO of PHYSEE , which develops transparent double-paned windows (“PowerWindows") that convert light into electricity via GIGS solar cell strips placed in the window frame.


Sustainable energy has always been Willem's passion. Prior to PHYSEE, he led sustainable energy focused organizations as a student. He initially served as a Chairman of the Energy Club at the Delft Energy Initiative, where he led projects and events that aimed at promoting clean tech innovation and sustainable energy solutions. He then took the role of the European Regional Director at The Collegiate Energy Association, which helps connect student-led energy clubs or associations worldwide. He also worked as an intern at Lazard (investment bank) as well as Eneco (Dutch energy supplier specialising in tailor-made renewable supply solutions).


Willem obtained his Master’s degree in Applied Physics at the University of Delft. During his Master’s program, he completed two additional annotations in ‘Technology in Sustainable Development’ and ‘Entrepreneurship’. He also spent a year as a visiting scientist at the Kowalczykowski Lab at the University of California in Davis.

Dana Kralisch, Ph.D.

Chief Technology Officer

JeNaCell GmbH

Dana Kralisch is the Chief Technical Officer at JeNaCell GmbH in Germany and one of the two founders of this young biotech-company. She is a chemist with a focus on technical chemistry & process design. Together with Nadine Hessler, Dana developed the “Horizontal-Lift-Reactor”- (HoLiR) in 2006 – 2011 – a process for continuous biotechnological nanocellulose generation. This pioneering work was awarded the Scienve4Life Venture Cup and the Research Prize of the Thuringian Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. Today, JeNaCell produces innovative medical products based on HoLiR process innovation.


In parallel to her work at JeNaCell, Dana is a senior lecturer at the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. In 2015, she received a German Habilitation degree.

Christian Rood

Co-founder and CEO

LeydenJar Technologies BV

Christian Rood is a co-founder and CEO of LeydenJar Technologies BV, which is a spin out venture from energy research institute ECN in the Netherlands. LeydenJar develops a pure silicon anode technology that will boost the energy density of Li-ion battery cells up to 50%. Christian previously worked as an investment manager, investment banker and strategy consultant with industry expertise in clean tech and healthcare. He then started and invested in multiple startup companies, including a venture development boutique advisory service “Road to Value” in 2009, and advised entrepreneurs, investors, technology institutes and large corporations.


Christian obtained his Msc. In Business Administration at Erasmus University and also attended the Executive MBA program at IMD.

Gary Shapiro

President and CEO

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™

Gary Shapiro is President and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies, which owns and produces CES®  – The Global Stage for Innovation.


Shapiro directs a staff of more than 160 employees and thousands of industry volunteers, leading his organization’s promotion of innovation as a national policy to spur the economy, create jobs and cut the deficit. CTA advocates for a lower deficit, skilled immigration, free trade, and policies that support innovative new business models. CTA does not seek government funding for industry.


Shapiro has testified before Congress on technology and business issues more than 20 times and led the industry through its successful transition to HDTV. As chairman of the Home Recording Rights Coalition (HRRC), Shapiro led the manufacturers’ battle to preserve the legality of recording technology and consumer fair-use rights.


Shapiro authored CTA’s New York Times best-sellers, “Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses” (Harper Collins, 2013) and “The Comeback: How Innovation will Restore the American Dream” (Beaufort, 2011).

Shapiro sits on the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy, the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore Board of Directors, and the American Enterprise Institute Global Internet Strategy Advisory Board. He is also a member of the No Labels Executive Council. He has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a “mastermind” for his initiative in helping to create the Industry Cooperative for Ozone Layer Protection (ICOLP).


Prior to joining CTA in 1982, Shapiro was an associate at the law firm of Squire Sanders. He has also worked on Capitol Hill as an assistant to a member of Congress. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate with a double major in economics and psychology from Binghamton University.

Michael Sheehan

CEO and Co-founder

Milis Bio

Michael Sheehan is the CEO and Co-founder of Milis Bio, which is developing a platform with which it can create novel, entirely protein-composed flavouring additives for the food and beverage market. These ingredients will be 100% natural, low calorie, high potency compounds, without aftertaste. Michael found common ground between his passions for fitness and biotechnology when he suggested a protein-based sweetener to his biochemistry lecturer, Dr. Paul Young. This brief dialogue snowballed into Milis Bio and Michael now leads the company's strategy, product vision, operations and business development.


Michael obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience at University College Cork.

Jan Tamboer

Managing Director

Ad Terram

Jan Tamboer is the Managing Director and the Co-Founder at Ad Terram,  which develops organic seed coating products.

Jan has a wealth of experience in seed industry. After working as the Head of Laboratories at Royal Sluis, he co-founded Proteios and led the company’s growth for 17th years before selling the company. He then served as the CEO at Krishidhan Seeds Europe,  as well as a member of the Executive Board of Directors at Krishidhan Group of India. He started Ad Terram in 2014 and he now also serves as the Managing Director at TEAL Agro Technologies, a joint venture that develops seed treatment and coating machineries.

He obtained his Msc in Biochemistry at University of Amsterdam and his Msc in Biochemical Genetics at University of Tilburg. He also spent 2 years to research strategic purification of monoclonal antibodies with the University of Upsala in Sweden.

Vinay Venkatraman



Vinay Venkatraman is the Founder and CEO of Leapcraft (www.leapcraft.dk) - a digital transformation provider, blending design, data and science to create sophisticated data enabled products. Vinay works closely with companies & governments to create new offerings with a breed of new tools and methods based on big data analytics & internet of things (IoT), driven by rapid prototyping and a user centric approach to making technology usable. He has helped shape product strategy for companies like Nokia, Intel, Novo Nordisk, Maersk, Lufthansa Technik, Philips, and the City of Copenhagen. His passion lies in incubating new technology ideas, finding new models of sustainable socio-economic development using appropriate technologies.


As part of his academic interests Vinay has also co-founded CIID (Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design) and the Big Data Visualization Academy in collaboration with the Danish Design Center to create new skills and build awareness of how big data can be utilized with design thinking and innovation strategy.


Vinay routinely travels and lectures worldwide in platforms like TED on innovation and user-centered methods and design for digital technologies. In 2013, Vinay was the recipient of an award from the Danish Design Council and has served on numerous jury panels for design awards.

Zach Wolff

Co-Founder and CEO

Exigence Technologies

Zach Wolff is the co-founder and CEO of Exigence Technologies. Since co-founding the company, he has driven a successful growth strategy and technology commercialization plan. Zach leads Exigence’s strategic planning, financing, intellectual property management, talent recruiting, and partnership building innovation in the area of N-chloramine-based antimicrobial precursors, monomers and polymers for application in hard and soft surface coatings. Prior to starting Exigence Technologies, Zach was involved in complex composite hardware R&D as a Materials and Processes Engineer with The Boeing Company.


Zach obtained his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as his MBA from the University of Manitoba. He also won several entrepreneurship awards, including the TechFutures Award (Province of Manitoba), the Spin Master Innovation Fund Award (Futurepreneur Canada), he was a Top 40 finalist of Global Venture Labs Investment Competition (University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business) and also became both the Canadian National and Global Champion, Graduate Level, Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (Entrepreneur’s Organization).



Abhirabh Basu

Research Associate

Lux Research Inc.

Abhirabh Basu is a Research Associate based in Lux Research’s New York office. Abhirabh is part of the Water Intelligence team where he conducts research focused on water treatment technologies.


Prior to joining Lux Research, Abhirabh was a Policy Fellow at Green Building Worldwide, focusing on secondary research and writing on green building methodologies such as PassivHaus and Zero Net Energy Buildings. He was also part of the water treatment division at Gannon Dunkerely Co. & LTD. and the heat and mass transfer division at Engineers India Limited.


Abhirabh has assessed the life cycle of water treatment technologies focused on activated sludge, membrane bioreactors, slow rate infiltration and constructed wetlands. He has also researched efficient methods for groundwater recharge and aquifer restoration.


Abhirabh has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Panjab University in India and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering.

Arnold Bos 


Lux Research Inc.

Arnold Bos is a Consultant at Lux Research, where he leverages his experience in life sciences and his knowledge of emerging technologies to help clients make informed strategic decisions. At Lux Research, Arnold has contributed to various projects in both material and processing sciences, as well as bio-based chemicals and materials, food and nutrition, healthcare, energy markets, and advanced materials and electronics. Arnold’s work has supported Lux’s clients in projects ranging from innovation ideation, due diligences, market forecasts, technology landscape, and strategy roadmaps, and he has helped clients work towards major investments and product developments in several technology domains. Besides his work on client projects, Arnold has also represented Lux Research at key speaking engagements on topics such as alternative fuels, mobile health, and 3D bioprinting, and has been cited in several publications.


Prior to joining Lux Research, Arnold worked as a scientist for several years at both the Spanish and Dutch National Cancer Institutes investigating posttranscriptional gene regulation and epigenetics. Additionally, Arnold was a Product Specialist with Roche Diagnostics, advising clients on the use of applied science products. With a broad background in life sciences, physics, psychology, and automotive engineering, Arnold leverages his broad interests and education to advise Lux Research clients on a variety of topics.


Arnold graduated with honors from the University of Amsterdam with a M.S. and B.S. in Biomedical Sciences.

Mark Bünger

VP of Research

Lux Research Inc.

Mark Bünger joined Lux Research in 2005. As a VP of Research he focuses on strategic planning and advanced technologies in bio-, aero-, and energy domains. Over 20 years and across 40 countries, he has worked as a management consultant, technology analyst, and entrepreneur at Accenture, Forrester Research, and several startups. He has served as chairman of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, and guest lectures at the University of California Berkeley.


Mark studied business at Mälardalen Polytechnic (Sweden) and the University of Texas at Austin, and studied and worked in neurology and bioengineering labs at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). He is an avid linguist, athlete, and Maker

Alex Herceg, P.Eng.


Lux Research Inc.

Alex Herceg leads global Smart Cities research at Lux Research, as a member of the Digital team. He regularly analyzes technologies, strategies, and business models of emerging companies related to the intersection of digitization, energy, and connectivity in the built environment. In this role he advises Lux's large corporate clients on issues related to innovation, strategy, investments and partnerships, and product development. He regularly delivers keynote speeches at conferences and he has been quoted in Forbes, Eco-Business, Renewable Energy Focus, SonntagsZeitung, Fierce Cities, and many others.

Alex joined Lux Research after working as a green building consultant for Canada's leading sustainability consultancy MMM Group Ltd., based in Toronto. In this role, he advised real estate development clients on sustainability issues related to commercial and residential development projects. Prior to this, Alex spent time at MCW, where he held various positions in business development, engineering design, and energy services. Alex is a licensed Professional Engineer and LEED accredited professional for commercial building design and construction.

Michael Holman, Ph.D.

VP of Intelligence

Lux Research Inc.

Michael Holman is VP of Intelligence at Lux Research, helping to lead a research team that assists clients, primarily large global corporations, with identifying and capitalizing on new business opportunities in emerging technology areas by providing market and technology insight and analysis. He also runs Lux Research’s work on benchmarks and best practices in technology scouting and open innovation, and its research on corporate venture capital, advising clients on how they can better run and organize their innovation programs. He manages Lux’s Client Value organization, which helps clients make the best use of Lux’s research and facilitates analyst interactions.


Michael has also been deeply involved in public policy issues in emerging technologies. He has been a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group and the U.S. and EU Perspectives on the Future of Science and Technology program, and helped the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) run its Nanomanufacturing for Energy Efficiency Workshop and research roadmap. Michael is frequently quoted in the press, and has been cited in publications like The Economist, The Guardian, and Congressional Quarterly on the commercialization of emerging technologies.


Michael earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Columbia University, where he worked at Columbia’s Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center. He also holds a B.A. in Chemistry and Philosophy from Rice University.

Ross Kozarsky

Senior Analyst

Lux Research Inc.

Ross Kozarsky is a Senior Analyst who leads Lux Research’s Advanced Materials and Bio-based Materials and Chemicals teams. Ross’ primary responsibilities include providing strategic advice and on-going intelligence for emerging coating, composite, metal, and platform materials that serve as enabling technologies for new markets and applications in industries ranging from oil and gas to electronics. He has advised a wide array of entities from large multinational corporations to investment firms to government agencies on strategic innovation decisions in domains such as transportation lightweighting, energy security, and nanotechnology.


Beyond his research engagements, Ross has presented at conferences in Asia, Europe, and North America on topics ranging from carbon fiber composites to 3D printing.


Prior to joining Lux Research, Ross worked as a chemical engineer at the Silicon Valley solar startup Solexant, developing flexible thin film photovoltaic cells using printable nanomaterial technologies.


Ross holds a Master’s degree in Advanced Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge and a B.S.E in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University, with certificates in Materials Science and Finance. He has research experience on a wide range of topics including photovoltaic device fabrication and characterization, thin film deposition and processing, sol-gel nanomaterial synthesis, piezoelectric sensors, microfluidic devices, and the electrochemical detection of hydrogen. Ross’ ongoing education includes extension courses at University of California (Berkeley) in Financial Accounting and Princeton University alumni courses on healthcare reform and America’s post-recession economy.

Jonathan Melnick, Ph.D.

Senior Analyst

Lux Research Inc.

As a Senior Analyst at Lux Research, Jonathan leads the Wearable Electronics, Electronic User Interfaces, Sensors, and the Digital Health and Wellness Intelligence services, helping clients make informed decisions on a range of emerging technology areas such as displays, thin-film batteries, organic photovoltaics, functional inks and deposition methods. Prior to taking on this role, Jonathan also worked in Lux Research’s consulting practice on projects ranging from energy storage to materials for oil and gas.

Prior to joining Lux Research, Jonathan was a National Institute of Health (NIH) postdoctoral fellow at MIT where he studied chemical mechanisms of solar energy storage.

Jonathan holds a Ph.D. with distinction, M.Phil and M.A. in chemistry from Columbia University and a B.S. with honors in chemistry from Syracuse University. He has authored 17 peer-reviewed scientific articles on a wide range of technology areas including solar energy storage, mercury remediation and enzymatic mechanism determination.

Kevin See, Ph.D.

VP of Digital Products

Lux Research Inc.

In his role as VP, Digital Products, Kevin is responsible for the development and deployment of technologies to support research products within Lux, and for providing solutions externally to clients in the digital space. During his career at Lux, he has managed multiple teams in the energy space before launching research areas in robotics, sensors, and the Internet of Things, ultimately leading to managing a broader research program around Digital Transformation.

He and his teams develop digital tools to enhance Lux’s research processes and offerings, as well as provide strategic advice to a global client base regarding new business opportunities for emerging technologies and business models in the digital space. In addition, he has led and conducted studies around best practices in open innovation and technology scouting. He also has been cited frequently in the press, in publications including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and has been an invited speaker at conferences across the globe.

Prior to joining Lux Research, Kevin was a joint postdoctoral researcher at The Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and The University of California, Berkeley, where he worked on novel nanocomposite materials for thermoelectric conversion of waste heat into electricity.

Kevin obtained his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and has authored articles in leading journals on subjects including nanocomposites, organic electronics, sensors, and thermoelectrics. He also holds a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University.

Tugce Uslu

Research Associate

Lux Research Inc.

Tugce Uslu is a Research Associate on the Sustainable Building Materials team based in Amsterdam.

Prior to joining Lux Research, Tugce completed the Smart Energy Buildings and Cities Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) Program at Eindhoven University of Technology. During the last year of this program, she worked for a Dutch construction company developing a luminescent solar concentrator-based product for the built environment market. Tugce also worked for an architectural design firm in Turkey for three years.

Tugce has an M.Sc. in Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning (REAP) focusing on sustainable water, energy and material cycles in cities and a Bachelor degree in Architecture.

Arij van Berkel, Ph.D.

Research Director

Lux Research Inc.

Arij van Berkel joined Lux in the Amsterdam office in 2015 and currently oversees the Energy and Water Intelligence practices. He and his team provide strategic insights in the rapidly changing landscape of energy supply to mobility, residences and industry. Prior to joining Lux Research, Arij worked for Shell and TNO, the public research and technology organization of The Netherlands. At Shell, he conducted research into process safety and combustion. At TNO he worked on a variety of topics including food preservation, emission reduction and biomass conversion. Just before joining Lux, Arij held the position of Director Chemical Industry at TNO, responsible for all projects and interactions with the Dutch and EU governments related to the chemical industry.


Arij holds an MSc. degree in mechanical engineering from Twente University and a Ph.D. from Eindhoven University.



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