Core team

Dieter Waffel, Chairman

Dieter has been an expert in energy trading for over 25 years, as senior manager at Tennessee Valley Authority and E.ON, co-founder and former chairman of the EEX. He also held positions as Chairman of the Council of the EEX, Chairman of EPRI's national Power­coach User Group, member of the CBOT Electricity Futures Advisory Committee and Chairman of the energy trading steering committee for German VDEW.

Dirk Neupert, CEO

Dirk has a diverse 20 years of industrial and leadership experience and a sustained record of achievements in a range of strategic and operational roles for Swiss-Swedish ABB, followed by a successful MBO and subsequent IPO. His passion for entrepreneurship and openness for ideas brought forward by customers, partners and co-workers are a key factor for his success, both in industry and for the SMEs he founded and managed.

Christoph Harks, CFO

Christoph has lived out and fostered his entrepreneurial spirit, and has an unblemished track record in identifying or creating business opportunities. Having achieved two IPOs for com­panies he co-owned and prepared a third one, Christoph has proven his unique expertise at creating shareholder value.

Thorsten Zoerner, Blockchain

Thorsten is a visionary and pioneer of tomorrow's electricity markets and developer of the "energy blockchain". Besides working for Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Dassault Systems, Thorsten has always been interested in the power grid and power market and writes a blog (strom­hal­tig.de) on the topic. In a book published in 2014, he described a market design later adopted in the German legislative package on the “Electricity Market 2.0”.

Pep Torres, Marketing

Pep Torres is currently Creative Marketing Director at everis consulting in the UK, developing campaigns related to new technologies in the area of Blockchain, AI, Big Data, (robotics process automation (RPA) for the energy, banking and insurance sectors, among others. He is also Innovation Manager of Happy Punt, one of the largest manufacturers of clothing for the fast fashion sector in Spain. In 2009, he was nominated by TIME Magazine as one of the 50 best inventors in the world.

Bert Elsenmüller, Investments

Bert has a wide range of experience with investing in energy assets ranging from solar and wind power to waste-to-energy and biofuels. Bert also served as managing director for a large international project developer in the field of renewable energy. During his time with KPMG and as lecturer at Munich university, he also gained deep insights into technology start-ups.

Supporters and advisors

Dirk Heinze, Product Design and Service

Dirk is a serial entrepreneur with many years of diverse experience in the energy market. Currently, his company records and processes more than 17,000 commercial metering points with more than 5 terawatt hours of electricity and gas. Prior to that, he founded and later sold a software company developing trading systems for energy suppliers.

Frank Thale, Financial Advisor

Frank comes from an entrepreneurial family background and is holding active director posts in financial and energy companies. Having himself brokered numerous renewable energy deals, Frank also contributes his professional network of renewable energy investors. His family office runs a solar park and is one of the major investors in a biogas plant.

Christian Stockmann, Legal Affairs

Christian is a trained jurist and entrepreneur by dedication. In consulting and management assignments across a diverse range of industries and functions, his goal-oriented approach, legal expertise and outstanding communication skills brought about extraordinary success for established public companies as well as for SMEs and start-ups.

Thomas Hartkopf, Markets

As a former board member of EnBW, one of Germany’s leading utilities, international Business Area manager of the Swedish-Swiss ABB group, and retired professor for renewable energy at Darmstadt University, Thomas has seen and shaped the energy markets from many perspectives.

Binod Daga, IT and Asia-Pacific Region

As former Regional Business Manager for DSM, the global life sciences group and with more than fifteen years of experience in bioenergy and wastewater treatment, Binod combines the business development skills and market knowledge to make ENERGY one successful and great in the Asia-Pacific region. He also serves as Vice President of the Indian Biogas Association (IBA).