Speakers

Lara Koole – Co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of Carbon Equity, the first fintech platform for alternative climate investing.

Macro-economist, financial advisor, corporate change maker, venture investor and (hopefully inspiring) mother gone entrepreneur! Working on doing my part in building a better, more sustainable and frankly also beautiful future. Passionate about technology, making capitalism work for everyone and saving the climate. Started my career as M&A and venture fundraising advisor at Deloitte Corporate Finance, thereafter started and co-ran the corporate venture capital group of Royal Philips, investing globally in digital health start-ups and healthcare focused VC funds.
Geert van den Wouw – Managing Director at Shell Ventures

Since 2012, Geert leads Shell Ventures, Shell’s Corporate Venture Capital organization. Geert sits on several boards, including the Supervisory Board of Airborne Oil & Gas. He also sits on the board of Nordsol, a leading bio-LNG (liquid natural gas) technology company, who can take carbon dioxide out of biogas to produce a negative CO2 bio-LNG transportation fuel. Before Shell Ventures, Geert has always worked at the interface between technology, engineering and commercial deal-making. In Shell, Geert held commercial positions in new business development and contracting & procurement. He started his career at Fluor Corporation, a global leader in engineering, procurement and construction, where Geert worked in the US, Middle East and the FSU as a process- and start-up engineer and as new business development manager. Geert is an accredited Champion Deal-Lead with Shell’s Commercial Academy and holds a Master’s degree in Molecular Sciences from the Wageningen University in the Netherlands.Stéphane Ouaki – Head of Department, European Innovation Council (EIC) European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA)

In his role, he ensures effective and efficient implementation of the EIC from the emergence of new technologies having the potential to generate game changing innovation up to the scaling up of deep-tech enterprises (mainly startups and SMEs). He also chairs the Investment Committee of the EIC Fund. Beyond the EIC, Stéphane oversees the implementation of the Research, Innovation and Digitisation Window under the InvestEU Programme. Previously, he was the head of unit for Financial Instruments in DG Research and Innovation at the European Commission. Before joining DG R&I, he was the head of unit for the Connecting Europe Facility and investment strategies in DG MOVE. Beforehand, he was Deputy Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Vladimír Špidla, responsible for employment, social affairs, and equal opportunities (2004-2010). Previously, he was part of the Commission’s team negotiating with the Czech Republic its terms of accession to the EU (2001-03), and then moved on to be part of the team coordinating the enlargement strategy (2003-04).Jacques Buith – Global Lead Partner United Nations and Senior Partner Sustainability and EU Green Deal advisory at Deloitte

Jacques Buith, born and raised in Leeuwarden, Fryslan. Jacques is a senior Partner at Deloitte with more then 30 years’ experience in advising Global clients. Currently he serves as the Global Lead Partner for the United Nations and the Managing Partner for Risk Advisory within Deloitte North and South Europe (NSE). He currently serves on the Executive of Deloitte North and South Europe (NSE) and the Executive of Deloitte Global Risk Advisory.

In his global roles, Jacques is a senior advisor on the strategy and execution of transformational client, and priority market plans for Deloitte Risk Advisory. More specifically he is focused on growing the Sustainability practice and serving both UN / international donor organizations and private sector clients on the topics of Purpose, Strategy, Impact Assessment and SDG activation.

With more than 30 years at Deloitte in Risk Management, Governance and Regulatory, he has a wide experience in advisory and assessment roles. During his distinguished career in professional services he advised multinational clients in Financial Services, Technology, Media, Telecom, Industrial Products and Services and Automotive. Next to that he was the Project Advisor to the World Economic Forum on their ‘Risk & Responsibility in a Hyper connected World’ initiative for several years between 2011 and 2015.

Jacques is very interested in supporting UCF students in their journey by bringing the Consultancy and private sector experience into the projects. “I am committed to bring my experience in serving global clients and more specifically ‘the UN world’ into the class room. Embedding the UN SDG’s into the strategy of many organisations both locally, nation wide and globally is my main motivational driver.Yuri Sebregts TitleExecutive Vice President Technology and Chief Technology Officer at Shell

Yuri Sebregts was appointed Executive Vice President Technology in March 2018. He leads a global Technology organisation, which combines technical, scientific and commercial expertise. These teams are based at Shell’s major technology centres in Amsterdam, Houston and Bangalore, and at smaller technical centres located close to Shell’s customers and partners.

Yuri is responsible for Shell’s technology strategy and new technology development, as well as external technology commercialisation activities. These range from research and development (R&D) programmes delivered in-house and through collaborations with external partners, to deployment of technologies across Shell’s operations, as well as catalyst manufacturing and sales, and technology licensing and technical services to third parties. Yuri also oversees the company’s digitalisation activities to apply proven and new digital technology solutions to Shell’s existing businesses and emerging new business models.

Previously Yuri was Executive Vice President Innovation and R&D since January 2015. He has held several technical and commercial positions including in Shell’s Chemicals, Lubricants and Refining businesses.

He completed his MSc in chemistry at Leiden University in the Netherlands and joined Shell as a technologist at the Shell Moerdijk Chemical plant in 1991.