Francois Sonnet – Bio – Based in Andorra, Solar Consultant, Co-founder Global SolarChange UG & Co-founder ElectriCChain
François graduated with a Masters in Finance (hons) from ICHEC Brussels Management School and is an expert in Renewable Energy Business Development, having co-founded Belgium’s N°1 award-winning solar installer SunSwitch SA in 2007 at a time of little focus for Renewables, and building it to +90 employees and +20MEur Turnover in under 30months. François made his first steps at Euronext NV, Lloyds International Banking Group and the Audit Firm PwC in Luxemburg. Having well travelled 5 continents, François currently works as solar consultant on projects in Eastern Europe and the MENA, counseling on several solar fields. Connect with Francois here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/francois-sonnet-6ab6651?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile
Luke P. Johnson – Bio – Based in Tokyo, Co-founder and CEO of Sunpulse K.K. and SolcryptoJV & Co-founder ElectriCChain
Luke is a Solar Engineer with over 16 years’ experience in the Solar Industry and in 6 different countries. He has lived and worked in the Japanese Solar industry continuously since 2008. Luke holds a Masters of Philosophy in Engineering, Solar Cell Research, from the ANU and a Bachelor of Engineering in Photovoltaics & Solar Energy (hons) from the University of New South Wales.
Luke is currently the co-founder and CEO of Sunpulse K.K. and SolcryptoJV in Tokyo and has completed well over 4,500 MWp of design and technical due-diligence on solar photovoltaic plants in Japan. He has published 11 research publications on solar irradiance datasets, solar module reliability and design, outdoor and accelerated testing and snow and yield calculation methodologies for Japan. His current research preoccupations include long-term outdoor exposure of solar modules and solar module degradation, solar project yield estimation and global solar and financial market interaction and integration. Luke has been involved in Blockchain tech since late 2013 with Sunpulse and Solcrypto. Luke wrote the white paper that inspired the ElectriCChain back in 2015 with guidance from the SolarCoin Foundation. SolcryptoJV is a joint venture between Chain-of-Things and Solcrypto based out of Hong Kong and Tokyo, with a team of specialists working on commercialization of solar blockchain-enabled Dataloggers. Connect with Luke here: https://about.me/johnsonluke
Christopher Altman – Bio – Based in San Francisco, CA, Co-founder ElectriCChain and Chief Scientist with the SolarCoin Foundation and the ElectriCChain
Scientist, diplomat, NASA-trained commercial astronaut Christopher Altman has pioneered next-generation science and technology initiatives at world-leading research institutes and centers including multidisciplinary, “Deep Future” research institute Starlab featured in a Discovery Channel Special and in the Guinness Book of World Records, at NASA Ames Research Center and Kavli Institute of Nanoscience ; as Chairman for the UNISCA First Committee on Disarmament and International Security (selected as annual recipient of the RSA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Government Policy) ; and as part of the US Government’s fast-track QUIST program in the global race to harness the revolutionary promise and potentials of quantum technology. As flight member and NASA-trained commercial astronaut, then as Director of the Board and Chief Science Officer for the world’s first commercial astronaut corps, Chris helped develop and expand its astronaut training program, strategic direction and global outreach while working as a tireless advocate to enable widespread access to space and to inspire the next generation. You can learn more about Christopher on the following Social Media channels here: LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and on Chris’ research weblog.
Stéphanie M.X. Verbeke – Bio – Based in Andorra, Marketing Specialist & Co-founder ElectriCChain
Stéphanie holds a Master in Translation from the ISTI Language School in Brussels and a Master in Economics from the ICHEC Brussels Management School. Stéphanie has started with Law firm Bird&Bird and moved to Project Management roles within Online Marketing companies based out of Barcelona, Spain. Stéphanie has travelled the world over and brings to the ElectriCChain an open mind and lots of energy, with a special twist for Organic Foodstuffs.
Nick Gogerty – Bio – Based in Greenwich, CT, Co-founder SolarCoin Foundation
Senior Business Analyst Bridgewater Capital for the world’s largest hedge fund ($150Billion), Renewable Energy Analyst for a NYC hedge fund, Guest lecturer at Columbia MBA Program for Innovation and Macro-Economics, Chief Analyst at Starlab, a deep-future multi-disciplinary Science and Research institute, Nick is the founder of Thoughtful Capital Group, a value research and portfolio allocation consultancy firm based in Greenwich, CT. His past work and research includes:
- Quantitative Forex Analyst for >$2 trillion balance sheet bank
- Founding software start-ups and strategic risk firms
- Research & portfolio management for small value-focused hedge fund
- Building risk models for global banks
- Running T-bond option/futures pits on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade
As a software entrepreneur, Nick was featured in the documentary Venture Town USA where his firm tied for 2nd place in the Southern California Venture Capital Association competition. He delivered risk research to the US Senate on the World’s largest technology problem in 1999. His applied investing research work beat the S&P 500 by over 90% during the Global Financial Crisis 2007-09, outperforming 99% of all hedge and mutual funds. Nick’s lifelong interests have been in studying large interesting problems and sustainable economic development for poverty reduction.
Born and raised in the US, Nick has lived and worked in 6 countries, studied cultural and economic anthropology and art history at the University of Iowa and received an MBA from the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, France. Nick holds the CAIA Chartered Alternative Investment Association designation. He has held series 3, 7, 63 and UK FSA registrations.
Johann Tanzer – Bio – Based in Vienna, IOTA/Tangle Blockchain Specialist
Johann is a talented PHP scripter and developer based out of Vienna, Austria. Johann is currently studying security and programming at the University of Vienna and has worked on the IOTA explorers and developed on Blockchain technology. Johann is currently helping on development works to integrate the Tangle to the Solcrypto Sundance Datalogger with cooperation from the ChainofThings team in HongKong, and integrating to the front-end website that communicates solar energy values to the ElectriCChain. Johann is also working on Ethereum dev and SolarCoin Blockchain initiatives.
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