26 January 2017
Executive Board Committee Members
The Executive Board has established an Executive Board Committee which by delegation of the Executive Board has general decision making powers.
Executive Board Committee Members
Ian Short was appointed Interim CEO in January 2016 and tasked with implementing Climate-KIC’s new structures, strategies and teams to enable the organisation to achieve its potential.
Ian was previously Chief Executive of the Institute for Sustainability – an independent charity established to pilot and trial systemic solutions for sustainable cities and communities – and a partner of Climate-KIC. In this capacity, Ian was a Governing Board Member of Climate-KIC for nearly five years, a member of the Supervisory Board since its inception and co-chaired Climate-KIC’s cities theme.
Previously, Ian was Deputy Chief Executive at the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (LTGDC), a public/private regeneration agency in east London, which he helped establish in 2005. While in this role, Ian led development of the Institute for Sustainability from original concept through to fully operational charitable organisation in just over two years.
Before joining the LTGDC, Ian worked at Lehman Brothers for ten years where he held a number of senior roles based in London and New York. When he left he was a senior vice president and Co-Chief Administrative Officer of the Operations division which included running the global project management team. Originally from New Zealand, Ian started his career as an accountant and worked for the Treasury implementing health sector reforms.
Marc was previously CFO and Managing Director of Veolia, Deutschland, where he was co-responsible for the overall management of 120 companies with 3 business lines (energy, water, recycling) serving 100 communities and 130,000 industrial customers. Veolia Deutschland set up a new Accelerator Programme (“U Start”) with KIC InnoEnergy and developed a partnership contract with EIT Raw Materials. Before joining Veolia, Marc held several national and international finance leadership positions at E.ON, one of the world’s largest energy utility providers. He started his career in a banking dealing with international M&A and structured finance. Marc has great experience working in complex finance organisations and brings in-depth knowledge of working in both public and private organizations. Marc has also strong political interests and is a Founding Member of the Advisory Group on Energy and Climate (Wirtshaftsforum der SPD). He acts as an advisor and coach to social business start-ups. Marc holds an MBA (finance) from the University of Cambridge.
Naren Bhojaram is our Chief Operating Officer. He has considerable management experience ranging from that of Divisional Director of technical teams to Regional Manager to Director of Operations and to CEO of one of the largest consulting engineering companies in South Africa, a position he held for 6 years. His most recent position up to end of 2015 was that of Director of one of Royal Haskoning DHV’s eight business lines. Rivers, Deltas & Coasts focusing on Water Edge Development and Land Reclamation, Flood Risk Management, Water Security and, Hydropower and Dams, based in the Netherlands.
He has a special affinity to business process improvement, meeting stakeholder expectations and uplifting disadvantaged communities during project execution.
Susanne Pedersen has recently joined Climate-KIC’s executive team as Director of Climate-KIC Nordic. Before joining Climate-KIC, Susanne has been responsible for projects financed by international organisations. In the last 10 years, she has held the position of Director at the engineering, design and consultancy company Ramboll where she has been responsible for energy and environment projects financed by international institutions, including the European Union. Furthermore, she has been advisor to different companies in relation to project investments in Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia.
Following his PhD, Thanh-Tâm Lê has been a Lecturer in Mathematics at SUPAERO, where he was also the Dean of Studies from 2002-2005, directing the “Ingénieur” programme. He then returned to his alma mater, Ecole Polytechnique, as the Dean of Graduate Studies – Master’s Programs, and became in 2010 the first Director of the EP Graduate School, merging the Doctoral and Master’s Directorates with the Careers, Internships & Academic counselling division. He was also been involved for eight years in the IDEA League, a network of leading European universities of technology and science, as the ParisTech member of its Operational Board. A classical concert violinist, Laureate of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation 1988, later trained as a mathematician and engineer, Thanh-Tâm is a Chief Engineer at the French DGA, seconded in 2013 into Climate-KIC as its Director for France and, since 2016, for the Mediterranean.