Executive Team

Diego Pavía, Chief Executive Officer
Diego Pavía, Chief Executive Officer

Diego Pavía graduated as electrical engineer, specialising in electronics and automation from the Polytechnical University of Madrid. His first professional experience, in 1988, was as co-founder and CEO of a start-up, Knowledge Engineering, dealing with industrial controls systems using artificial intelligence and neural networks. Three years later he joined Sema Group, and started a long career with private companies.

In SchlumbergerSema, Diego headed multicultural working groups all over the world in the field of energy, with revenues of $650M. Between 2002 and 2010, Diego was the CEO of Atos Origin, a leading international IT service provider, where he was responsible for Spain and South America, about 9,000 employees, and an annual turnover of €450M.

Diego has been CEO of InnoEnergy, since 2010. As a serial entrepreneur, Diego has created seven companies in his lifetime.

Bart de Beer, Chief Financial Officer
Bart de Beer, Chief Financial Officer

Bart de Beer, is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of InnoEnergy.

Bart has an extensive experience in working with large multinationals, including Reed Elsevier and Cisco, where he held senior financial roles. Before joining InnoEnergy in February 2011, he worked as the CFO of an international printing company with 850 employees, and €130M revenue. The experience he has gathered in his previous roles gives him the broad scope that is essential in the challenging environment of the relatively young InnoEnergy.

Bart holds a degree in economics.

Elena Bou, Innovation Director
Elena Bou, Innovation Director

Elena Bou has developed her professional career in the field of management consulting in both private and public companies, in Spain and internationally, which gave her the opportunity to manage and develop a number of European multinational projects involving a high degree of complexity and stakeholders, and the creation of two spin-offs.

Elena has been a member of the faculty of ESADE Business School in the department of Operations and Innovation Management since 1998, and is the former Executive Director of the Master of Operations and Services. She is founder, former director and research head of GRACO Research Group at ESADE Business School.

Elena is also a researcher of knowledge and innovation management, and author of several professional and academic publications in the fields of knowledge management, collaborative innovation and entrepreneurship. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Management Learning, an international journal publishing original research and review articles on learning and knowing in management and organisations.

Since January 2011, she has been the Innovation Director of InnoEnergy.

Elena holds a PhD in Management Sciences from ESADE-URL (Doctor Europeus) and has a degree in Business Administration and Management and an MBA from ESADE Business School.

Prof.Dr.ir. Frank Gielen, Education Director
Prof.Dr.ir. Frank Gielen, Education Director

Prof.Dr.ir. Frank Gielen took over the position of Education Director in January 2017.

Prof.Dr.ir. Gielen has extensive experience with R&D in the telecommunication and software technology sector as well as in raising venture capital, university-industry collaborative research and spin-off creation.

Prof.Dr.ir. Gielen held a number of technical and management positions in the software industry. He started as a software architect with AT&T Bell Labs in the USA and was director of software technology at Alcatel.

In 1998 he joined Tellium, a US based start up company in optical network technology, as the VP of Software Engineering. Tellium had a successful IPO on NASDAQ in 2001. He returned to Europe in 2001 as the CEO for Tellium EMEA.

Since 2010 his was the Director of the Incubation & Entrepreneurship at iMinds, the leading digital incubator and business accelerator in Flanders. The iStart incubation program of iMinds was ranked number 4 in UBI’s global ranking of university accelerators in 2015 (UBI index).

Gielen was head of the EIT Digital Professional School with the ambition to lead the innovation of professional development and executive education for companies, organisations and individuals going through a digital transformation.

Today, he is a professor of software technology entrepreneurship at the University of Ghent.

Richard Biagioni, CEO of  InnoEnergy France
Richard Biagioni, CEO of InnoEnergy France

Richard has extensive experience in the field of innovative Research & Development as well as working in public-private partnerships.

Before joining InnoEnergy, Richard was the Managing Director of the National Competitiveness Cluster for Risk Management in Aix-en-Provence, France. The Cluster gathers 232 members, including SMEs, industries, research laboratories, universities and end-users, and financed 105 projects, which represented € 229M of R&D. As the objective of the Cluster was to foster innovation through identification and funding of innovative R&D projects, Richard gained specialist insights into the French innovation ecosystem.

Previously, Richard held a number of other posts, including Director of a training centre for industrial risks; Head of Information Technology Strategy Unit, followed by Head of the International Cooperation and European Affairs Department at the Port of Marseille Authority; and Lecturer, Researcher and Course Manager for the Journalism High School of Marseille. He is also a passionate entrepreneur, creating a .com start-up.

Richard holds a degree in Multimedia Design from the University of Provence, France.

Dr. Christian Müller, CEO of InnoEnergy Germany
Dr. Christian Müller, CEO of InnoEnergy Germany

Christian Müller studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Karlsruhe and at the University of California, Berkley, United States. In 1996, he received his PhD in technical thermodynamics.

Christian then started working as a project manager in the corporate technology units of the former Hoechst AG, which was subsequently acquired by Siemens AG, in 2000. In several management functions at Hoechst, and respectively at Siemens, he was involved in the commercialisation of technologies and services, as well as in the creation of new businesses.

From 2006 until 2009, Christian was responsible for the global business development of Siemens in the Food and Beverage industries. Other positions in Christian´s professional career included the management of the global Center of Excellence for Chemical industry at ABB, and the start-up of the business development department at Infraserv Höchst.

Since 2013, he has been managing InnoEnergy´s activities in Germany and holds the position of CEO, InnoEnergy Germany.

Mikel Lasa, CEO of InnoEnergy Iberia
Mikel Lasa, CEO of InnoEnergy Iberia

Mikel has an extensive experience in bridging research, business and education within the renewable energy sector.

Before joining InnoEnergy, Mikel was head of the wind turbine technology division of the Spanish engineering company Apia XXI, and head of analysis and design of wind turbines at the Spanish National Centre for Renewable Energy. Prior to that, he worked in Germany and France as research engineer at Robert Bosch and as quality engineer at Valeo.

Between 2007 and 2009, Mikel was also a part-time Associate Professor at Public University of Navarra´s Mechanical Engineering Department where he lectured on Wind Turbine Dynamics and Machine Elements and Vibrations. Mikel was also involved in different wind turbine technology innovations that led to the filing of six patents.

Since 2010, Mikel has been CEO of InnoEnergy Iberia and a member of the executive Board.

Mikel holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Navarra, Spain, a PhD from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of Otto-von-Guericke University in Germany and an MBA from University of Deusto.

Jacob Ruiter, CEO of InnoEnergy Benelux
Jacob Ruiter, CEO of InnoEnergy Benelux

Jacob has held various positions in a wide variety of companies all related to energy. He joined InnoEnergy on 2 October from his previous position of Director, Regional Manager Advisory of Benelux at DNV GL, where he was responsible for energy and renewables advisory activities in the Benelux, Africa and Middle East.

Previously, he worked for Dutch Utilities company, Essent, where he had a number of roles including Managing Director for metering data, Managing Director for local energy solutions and Managing Director for B2B.

Jacob began his career with oilfield service company, Schlumberger, as a wire-line field engineer. It was from there that he moved onto more commercial roles, starting with the position of Regional Manager Europe for drill pipe manufacturer Grant Prideco.

Jacob holds an M.Sc. in Mining Engineering from the Delft University of Technology and an MBA of the Rotterdam School of Management.

 Jakub Miler, CEO of InnoEnergy Central Europe
Jakub Miler, CEO of InnoEnergy Central Europe

Jakub Miler joined the InnoEnergy team in 2014 to manage the clean coal and alternative gas portfolio of investments. During this time, he oversaw the product development through to commercialisation of innovations in this field.

Prior to working at InnoEnergy, Jakub spent 10 years working for business in various international leadership positions in the engineering sector across the mining, construction, and energy industries as well as for the non-governmental sector, developing various regional and national programmes as an energy expert.

Jakub received an MBA from Georgia State University and Poznan University of Economics. He also holds a MA in Psychology from Adam Mickiewicz University.

Since January 2016, he has been the CEO of InnoEnergy Central Europe.

Kenneth Johansson, CEO of InnoEnergy Scandinavia
Kenneth Johansson, CEO of InnoEnergy Scandinavia

Kenneth Johansson holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden as well as a BSc in Economics and Business Administration from the Uppsala University in Sweden.

Kenneth has worked for over 20 years in high tech manufacturing industry areas such as telecommunication, power conversion and renewable energies, and he has gained an extensive experience  in complex technical systems, development and business operation in international markets.

He has held various executive management positions in listed SMEs as well as corporate organisations, focusing on operational efficiency, product and business development, strategy and people management.