Meet the Team
Founder & Managing Director – Gaëtan Masson
Electromechanical Engineer from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, graduated in Business Administration from Solvay Brussels School (Belgium), graduated in Political Sciences and Environmental Management, passionate about PV and renewables, globe trotter and father of three wonderful girls, Gaëtan Masson is the Director and co-founder of the Becquerel Institute. After more than 10 years in the financial and IT sectors, he moved to the PV industry and developed the Business Intelligence of EPIA, the European PV Industry Association (now SolarPower Europe). Since 2013, he is the Operating Agent (chairman in IEA language) of the Task 1 of the PV programme 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.g.masson(at)becquerelinstitute.org
Managing Director – Bryan D. Ekus
Accomplished, goal oriented professional with 20+ years experience in business development and strategy.Broad grasp of public policy and the international political environment. Experienced working with global PV decision makers as well as business and national leaders. Effectively speaks on behalf of trade and industry via mass and social media. Serves on the board of directors of large, international corporations while maintaining an active working position with SOLARUNITED, Global Solar Council, Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association, Solar GCC Alliance, and the MEDIA–TECH Association.b.ekus(at)becquerelinstitute.org
Founder & Chairman, Strategy & Innovation Board – Adel El Gammal
Electromechanical Engineer from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, graduated in Business Administration from Solvay Brussels School (Belgium) and Insead (France), passionate about PV and renewables, Adel is a Co-Founder and Director of the Becquerel Institute. After holding executive international positions in the Management Consulting and IT services sectors, he was Secretary General of the EU PV Industry Association (EPIA) for several years where he conducted breakthrough studies on the future of PV and renewables in general. He was also co-founder Ecotemis an award winning architectural BIPV company. Focusing on PV and the transition to Low Carbon, Adel has led several advocacy campaigns in the context of EU 2020 and EU 2030 Climate and Energy packages, notably for the European Climate Foundation.a.elgammal(at)becquerelinstitute.org
Senior Analyst – Philippe Macé
Holder of a BSc and a MSc in Business Engineering from the Solvay Brussels School EM (Belgium), Philippe also followed a semester at Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore (MBA Program) as an exchange student in 2015. Following this, he travelled across Asia for three months before coming back to his hometown to start his internship at Becquerel Institute and complete his Master’s final thesis, which focused on the barriers to adoption of residential PV systems in Western Europe, back in 2016.
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
Graduated in Economics and Management in 2015, Giulia got a Master Degree in International Management at Luiss Guido Carli Business School (Italy) in 2017. After her internship at the ENEA Liaison Office in Brussels, which focused on new technologies, energies and sustainable economic development, she 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.
She is yoga addicted, passionate about IPRs and fascinated by renewable energies.
Junior Business Analyst – Carlotta Cambiè
Carlotta is a young Italian economist, graduated at the university from Pavia with Master degree in Economics, Finance and International Integration. She had also been involved in a double degree exchange program at the HEC – University of Liege where she obtained a Master’s degree in Economics,specialization in Economics and Society. During the past year she did an internship in GreenWatch S.A. (Wavre) where she performed a customer satisfaction analysis for the existing clients with commercial and industrial solar PV installations in order to understand the current and future needs of the customers and implementing new opportunities. At the end of the internship she completed her master’s degree with her final master thesis on “The attitude towards self-consumption of industrial photovoltaic energy producers in Wallonia and the characteristics of the market”.
Business Intelligence Intern – Ilkem Gurcan
Ilkem graduated with a Chemical Engineering degree from Bogazici University (Turkey). She completed her engineering internships in quality department in 2016. Currently, she is a master student in Management at Vrije University-Brussels. Meanwhile, she started her internship at Becquerel Institute due to her strong interest in PV industry. She is a classic music lover and an amateur pianist. She is enthusiastic learning about new technologies in renewable energy, specifically in photovoltaics.
Senior Expert – Yannis Vasilopoulos
Yannis has been a high-performing executive manager for more than 12 years, 8 of which in the solar energy sector. Holder of a Master degree in Industrial engineering and management from a known 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 the role of the team member or leader. He’s not only an expert in Engineering and Management fields of Solar Projects but also has a strong understanding of the Commercial, Financing and Legal aspects of projects.
Senior Expert – Jan Vandesande
Holder of a MSc in Microelectronics Engineering from the Ghent University – Faculty Industrial Sciences, HoGent (Belgium), complemented with Business Management education at the University of Louvain and the Louvain-Ghent Vlerick School of Management.
Jan Vandesande brings a 25+ year distinguished international career within the broader microelectronics and renewable energy industries, with demonstrated excellence in R&D, project and operational management, international business development, business and people management, and marketing and sales. He brings a proven track record of successful strategic and tactical leadership, including senior management positions at world’s renowned institutes and leading innovative companies in the USA and across Europe (Imec, Intel, Alcatel, Roth&Rau, Activ Solar). He designed and negotiated successfully a manifold of strategic multi-party partnerships between industry and R&D that resulted in tangible competitive advantages and commercial successes for those involved. In addition, he initiated and managed a number of M&A activities towards successful closure, including subsequent integration management. He is an active member of the European Technology and Innovation Platform for PV.
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 – Gregory Neubourg
Gregory is managing the prosumer area of work at APERe (the Association for the Promotion of Renewable Energies).
He is also the Belgian representative in Task 1 and Exco for the IEA PVPS, the TCP (technology collaboration platform) about PV from the International Energy Agency. For more than 10 years now, he has acquired a strong experience in photovoltaics ( technical and market analysis). Since last year, Gregory is also working as PV expert in the facilitator team for the Walloon region, helping companies and municipalities to install PV.
Interested in working for Becquerel Institute? Contact one of us and send your CV.