13 - 14 April 2021 | VIRTUAL

João Cunha

Chief Operating Officer & Deputy CEO
Smartenergy
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João Cunha is responsible for managing the global operations of the company, ranging from development, construction supervision and asset management, as well as for supporting strategic planning and investments (M&A).

Prior to joining Smartenergy in January 2018, João worked in the M&A team of Lightsource BP where he was responsible for the acquisition in the secondary market of solar projects in the UK under a partnership with Blackrock and also for leading the entry in the Dutch and Italian markets, realizing overall around 250 MWp. Prior to that, he drove Martifer Solar UK, a subsidiary of Martifer Solar group (Top European EPC), from its set up to being one of the 5 main solar players in the UK with > 200 MWp implemented from licensing/development, EPC and O&M.

In 2009, João created a start-up delivering building energy certificates and energy efficient solutions, such as solar PV and heating. Previously, João held several financial and management positions in companies in the oil & gas sector and started his career as a trader in financial markets with focus on FX, Futures and CFDs, in European and US markets.

João holds a degree in Economics from Portuguese Catholic University and an MBA from Georgetown University.

13 Apr 2021
09:00
 - 09:45 CET
PANEL DISCUSSION

This session will pick up on the ambition across Europe for the solar industry. We will assess the contribution of the industry to jobs and skills-development as well as aligned industries such as energy storage, wind, green hydrogen and electric vehicles.

  • How much solar do we need to electrify the energy system in Europe and how can we scale the industry up to meet that demand?
  • New money coming into the sector from public and private finance – what to expect?
  • Solar as an engine for jobs-creation – but how to increase diversity at the same time?
  • New solar markets in Europe