Meet the Bright Minds Judging Panels

Bright Minds Judges - Top 10 to Top 3

Meet the Judges who'll be deciding who goes through to the Top 3 in April. Each are experts in their own field and represent Challenge partners and others.

Roebyem Anders

Roebyem Anders

VP Global Brand, Sungevity

Roebyem Anders is Vice President Global Brand at Sungevity International and has been involved with sustainability before the term was invented. She worked on clean energy at the VI/Institute for Environmental Science in the Netherlands, the World Bank Environment Department, the International Energy Agency Renewable Energy Unit and at BP Alternative Energy.  Roebyem promotes a 'Rooftop Revolution': solar panels on all roofs, providing households with clean energy.

Dr Dan Davies

Dr Dan Davies

Director of Hybrid Power Systems, Solarcentury

Solar engineer and expert Dan is Director of Hybrid Power Systems at Solarcentury. His knowledge of solar technology is second to none, with 20 years of international experience in solar products, system design and installation. Recently Dan established the Solarcentury East Africa team, and led the design and implementation of Kenya’s two largest solar power systems, including at Williamson’s Tea farm. He is a co-founder of Solarcentury and is currently focussed on the deployment of hybrid power systems across Africa and Latin America.

Daniel Hullah

Daniel Hullah

Managing Director at GE Ventures

Daniel has experience in energy a wide variety of emerging energy technologies. Before his position at GE Ventures, he was the director of ventures for National Grid. He has also served as the VP of marketing and strategy/ Interim CFO of REPOWER by SOlar universe and a partner at RockPort Capital partners.

He holds a BA and PHD in Chemistry from Oxford University and an MBA from INSEAD school of business.

Madelon Janssen

Madelon Janssen

Research, Technology & Development Director, DSM Advanced Surfaces

Madelon Janssen has been working at DSM since 1999 in multiple positions in R&D and technology. In recent years she has been responsible for RT&D in DSM’s Advanced Surfaces business, aiming to grow a successful portfolio of material solutions for the solar PV market. She loves combining the development of new products, deepening her understanding in a very interesting and great technology field like solar energy with the challenge of growing global Research and Development facilities with a global team of experts. Madelon has a background in chemical engineering and chemistry.

Melissa Stark

Melissa Stark

Managing Director Energy Industry Group, Accenture

Melissa Stark is a Managing Director in Accenture’s Energy industry group. She focuses on natural gas and LNG, the sustainable development of unconventional energy resources and the development of alternative energy sources. She has over 22 years of experience working across all sectors of the energy industry and focuses on R&D/technology, investment and decision support and supply chain, having worked on projects in U.S, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Melissa led the development of Accenture’s New Energy, Unconventionals and now LNG practices.

Melissa has a MBA with Distinction (Honours) in Transportation Management from Northwestern University where was the recipient of Transportation Management Top Student Award.  She also has a BSc (Honours) in Finance from the Haas School at the University of California at Berkeley where was the recipient of the Finance Award.  Melissa has served as Assistant Chair of Technology for a US National Petroleum Council study.  She is currently working on the E&P Committee of the International Gas Union’s Triennial Work Programme.  She is also on the World Petroleum Council UK National Committee and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Pieter Wolters

Pieter Wolters

Managing Director, DSM Venturing | Vice President, DSM Innovation Center

Pieter joined DSM in 2012 as Managing Director DSM Venturing  and VP at the DSM Innovation Center.  Before DSM he gained fifteen years of “startup through commercialization” experience as CEO at OrthAlign, Inc., Aliso Viejo, CA, a pioneer in orthopedic surgical navigation and at IsoTis, Inc., Irvine, CA, a leading regenerative medicine company. Pieter worked the first ten years of his career in international M&A and investment management and holds a law degree from Leiden University, NL. He works and lives in (greater) Boston, MA, USA.

Bright Minds Judges - 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place

Meet the Judges who'll be deciding who's first, second and third. Each are experts in their own field and represent a broad spectrum of the Challenge's partners.

Rachael Bartels

Rachael Bartels

Managing Director Chemicals and Natural Resources Practice, Accenture

Rachael is the Managing Director of Accenture’s Chemicals and Natural Resources Practice, with specific responsibility for the mining portfolio. In addition, she leads Accenture’s Asset and Operations business. She is also the executive sponsor of the Internet of Things CoE (Singapore), our digital turnaround/contractor management platform as well as the digital worker innovation center (Dublin). She is leading our digital transformation work at the WEF. She continues to have client account responsibility for a chemical and a mining client.

She spends most of her time working with senior executives on transformational and disruptive change and has nearly 30 years of experience in consulting - working primarily in mining, chemicals and energy. Her focus has been on making clients’ global operating models work effectively and efficiently to deliver better business results, covering both front and back office. She is one of Accenture’s futurists and believes firmly that clients need to be thinking outside the box to improve performance inside the box.

Danny Kennedy

DANNY KENNEDY

California Clean Energy Fund

Danny Kennedy is a clean-technology entrepreneur an environmental activist, and the author of the book Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy - and Our Planet - from Dirty Energy (2012). Kennedy serves as managing director of the California Clean Energy Fund, an non-profit dedicated to optimising the clean energy transition. He co-founded Sungevity, a rapidly growing residential solar power company, and Powerhouse, the primer solar incubator in Oakland. While at Sungevity, Kennedy won a Planet Forward Innovator of the Year award from the PBS program Planet Forward.

Rob van Leen

Rob van Leen

Chief Innovation Officer, DSM | Member of the Executive Committee, DSM

Rob van Leen is Chief Innovation Officer and Member of the Executive Committee at Royal DSM. He leads the DSM Innovation Center, a unit that serves to accelerate and support innovation throughout DSM and to create new businesses outside the DSM’s current business scope.

Rob has been with DSM since 1987. Previous positions included Business Group Director of DSM Food Specialties, Business Unit Director of DSM Dairy Ingredients and Technology Director of R&D at DSM Food Specialties. He has a PhD in Mathematics and Physics from Nijmegen University and an MSc in Biologics from Utrecht University. Rob also holds an MBA degree from Nyenrode University.

Dr Jeremy Leggett

Dr Jeremy Leggett

Founding Director, Solarcentury | Founding Chairman, SolarAid

Social entrepreneur Jeremy is the founder of Solarcentury, an international solar company, and founder and chairman of SolarAid, an African solar lighting charity set up with Solarcentury profits. He is non-executive Chairman of the Carbon Tracker Initiative, a financial-sector think-tank warning of carbon-fuel asset-stranding risk to the capital markets. As a former geologist, whose early research on shale was funded by both BP and Shell, he has authored several books on fossil-fuel dependency, including The Energy of Nations, and most recently The Winning of the Carbon War which documents the political battles being fought on the front lines of climate and clean energy policy. His numerous awards include a Gothenburg Prize and he was the first Hillary Laureate for international leadership in climate change. He has been described by the Observer as “Britain’s most respected green energy boss” and writes and blogs for the Guardian, the Financial Times, and Sublime Magazine.

Emily Reichert

Emily L. Reichert

Chief Executive Officer, Greentown Labs

As its first employee, Dr. Emily Reichert, transformed Greentown Labs from a band of entrepreneurs sharing prototyping space into the United States' largest cleantech incubator. She sets Greentown Labs’ strategic direction, focusing on increasing the organization’s impact on clean and energy efficient technology commercialization through entrepreneurship. She also directs Greentown’s efforts to engage new partners, to expand educational programs for clean technology entrepreneurs, and to leverage the community of investors, universities, government agencies and NGOs striving to build our clean energy future. Emily strives to maintain the competitive edge the Greater Boston area holds in the clean technology sector, both nationally and internationally, as she leads the largest cleantech startup incubator in the United States. Because of her leadership and advocacy of the entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem across clean technology sectors, the United States Secretary of Commerce appointed Emily to the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in September 2016.

Prior to Greentown Labs, Emily was the Director of Business Operations at the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, where she helped grow the angel-funded start-up into a sustainable contract R&D business with a mission to minimize environmental impact of chemical products. She has more than fifteen years of experience serving in R&D, business development and operations leadership roles. Emily holds a PhD in physical chemistry and earned her MBA from MIT.

Crafting your entry

Everything you need to know to create a written entry and video that will inspire and persuade these Judges.

Promoting your solution

Get tips to help you get noticed and connect with supporters during Bright Minds campaigning and voting.