13 - 14 April 2021 | VIRTUAL

João Cunha

Chief Operating Officer & Deputy CEO

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
 - 09:45 CET

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