Meet our team
Founder and Managing Director – Gaëtan Masson
Engineer from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium in Political Sciences and Environmental Management and Business Administration from Solvay Brussels School. Passionate about PV and renewables, globe trotter and father of three wonderful girls, Gaëtan Electromechanical Masson is the Director and co-founder of the Becquerel Institute. After over 10 years in the financial and IT sectors, he moved to the PV industry and developed the Business Intelligence section of EPIA, the European PV Industry Association (now SolarPower Europe). Since 2013, he is acting as Operating Agent (chairman in IEA language) of the Task 1 of the PV Program of the International Energy Agency (IEA PVPS). He is Vice-Chairman of the European PV technology Platform and participates to the Scientific Committee of EU-PVSEC and Intersolar Europe Conferences. Since 2016, he manages the strategy and content of SolarUNITED, the global PV Industry Technology Association.
Managing Director – Bryan D. Ekus
Accomplished, goal oriented professional with 20+ year experience in business development and strategy. Bryan has a broad grasp of public policy and the international political environment. He’s a seasoned professional who has worked with global PV decision makers as well as business and national leaders. He effectively speaks on behalf of trade and industry via mass and social media. Bryan also serves on the board of directors of large and international corporations while maintaining an active working position with SOLARUNITED, the Global Solar Council, the Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association, the Solar GCC Alliance, and the MEDIA–TECH Association.
Chief Operating Officer – Gregory Neubourg
With a master’s in geography from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Gregory is in the renewable energy sector since 2007. Before joining the Becquerel Institute, he worked as a solar energy analyst for the Association for the Promotion of Renewable Energies (APERe 2007-2018) and was the Belgian representative for the PV program of the International Energy Agency (IEA PVPS) analyzing PV market and policies. He’s now COO at the Becquerel Institute focusing on internal organization but also managing the different H2020 European projects where Becquerel is active.
Senior Analyst – Philippe Macé
Holder of a BSc and a MSc in Business Engineering from the Solvay Brussels School EM (Belgium), Philippe followed a semester at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore (MBA Program) as an exchange student in 2015. Following his semester abroad, he travelled across Asia for three months before coming back to Brussels, his hometown to start his internship at the Becquerel Institute and complete his master’s final thesis, which focused on the barriers to the adoption of residential PV systems in Western Europe.
Today, his work mainly focuses on strategic consulting to actors of the industry, assessing techno-economic problematics such as (BI)PV cost, competitiveness, technical innovations and their systemic impact, methodologies to estimate theoretical market potential, and new business models. As one of the BIPV specialist in the team, he is a participating expert to the Task 15 of IEA PVPS. He is interested in new technologies, geopolitics, experiencing new cultures, and is passionate about energy and electricity markets, especially the sector of renewables.
Project Manager – Giulia Serra
Graduate in Economics and Management in 2015, followed by a master’s in International Management from the Luiss Guido Carli Business School (Italy) in 2017. Giulia did an internship at the ENEA Liaison Office in Brussels, which focused on new technologies, energies and sustainable economic development. She then completed her master’s final thesis on how Intellectual Property Right strategies impact the Green Technologies development focusing on the Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) sector.
Giulia is yoga addicted, passionate about IPRs and fascinated by renewable energies.
Business Analyst – Alice Detollenaere
Soon after her graduation in bioengineering, it was clear for Alice that she wanted to contribute actively to a more sustainable society. She worked for five years as a policy adviser in Flanders in the wind energy sector. Her favorite topics were network integration, flexibility, adequacy, future proof market frameworks for renewable technologies but she also dived into more technical matters such as European network codes and aeronautical constraints. As for now at the Becquerel Institute, she will focus on PV market trends and relevant policies for PV development. Alice loves to explore and discuss new ideas, she enjoys in-dept conversations about life and society with a pinch of humor and relativization.
Communications Officer – Aurélie Vo Thi
Aurélie graduated with a master’s in communication and advertising from the IHECS school of communication followed by a Master in European studies from the Institute for European Studies from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She started with an internship at the European Parliament and a child-rights organization in London before joining a media and communication training company in Brussels for a couple of years. She is now Communication Officer for the Becquerel Institute where she will sharpen her knowledge of renewables and explore the potential of PV.
Senior Expert – Yannis Vasilopoulos
Yannis has been a high-performing executive manager for more than 12 years and 8 years within the solar energy sector. Holder of a master’s degree in industrial engineering and management from a reknown US Institute, his strongest expertise is in solar thanks to years of project management, technical advisory and consulting roles all over the globe. He has acquired valuable experience doing business successfully in different geographies, including emerging markets, with multicultural teams under as team member or leader. He’s not only an expert in Engineering and Management, he has a strong understanding of the commercial, financing and legal aspects of projects.
Senior Expert – José Luis Aguirre
José Luis holds a Master degree in Electrical Engineering from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) as well as a Master in Business Administration from the Chamber of Commerce of Madrid. For more than 10 years, he has been involved in the solar and wind energy markets. Recently, José Luis has led the project development team in SunEdison over the last 6 years and successfully developed more than 700MW in Latin America, Europe and MENA. Before that, he was international BD Manager in Abengoa Solar PV.
Senior Expert – Silvia Puddu
With over 14 years of experience in the management of sustainable energy projects. Silvia has specialized in the area of renewable energy and sustainable energy access in developing countries with sound experience as Project Manager, knowledge management expert, high level event organizer, technical study tour organizer and coordinator of technical publications. Her work covered sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Eastern Asia and Latin America. During her career she has gathered experience of working with international donors such as: EU, AFD, GIZ, IRENA, AfDB and the World Bank. She also worked with several ministries of energy, regulatory authorities, rural electrification agencies in developing countries particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. Graduate in Political Science with a specialization in International Relations in 2001 from the University of Florence, Silvia has a master’s in Energy and environmental economics and politics, from the INSTN/CEA-IFP Paris in 2010.