Meet our team
Founder and Managing Director – Gaëtan Masson
Electromechanical Engineer from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium with a master Political Sciences, Environmental Management and Business Administration from Solvay Brussels School, 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 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 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.
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 programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA PVPS) analysing PV market and policies. He’s now COO at the Becquerel Institute focusing on internal organisation 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 Programme) as an exchange student in 2015. Following his semester abroad, he traveled 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 issues 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 specialists 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.
Business Analyst – Alice Detollenaere
Soon after her graduation in bio-engineering, 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 the wind energy sector in Flanders. 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-depth conversations about life and society with a pinch of humor and relativisation.
Senior Project Manager – July van Wetter
Bio-engineer with second master’s in Environmental Science and Management, July has the strong will to contribute to a better and sustainable society. After 18 years working in the pharmaceutical industry, where she held different positions in production, R&D and quality assurance, she re-oriented her career towards the environmental sector. Passionate about energy and renewables, she joined the Becquerel Institute as Senior Project Manager to dedicate her skills to PV and the leading role it has to play in the energy transition. Analytically oriented, she likes diving deep into the understanding of every subject she is engaged in.
Junior Analyst – Elina Bosch
Elina graduated with a master’s in Energy Engineering from the French Engineering School Mines de Douai following two years of preparatory classes. She followed a semester at the Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) as an Erasmus exchange student focusing on energy economics, sustainable development and renewable energies. After a previous internship in wind energy project development, she is now working at the Becquerel as a Research and Consulting Junior Analyst.
Office Manager – Deborah Parmentier
Holder of a master in Translation from I.S.T.I. (Brussels, Belgium) and in Human Resources from ICHEC (Brussels, Belgium), Deborah started her career in the pharmaceutical sector as a Congress Organiser. She then turned to the consultancy world, working for more than 10 years as an HR & Officer Manager in a risk management company. Climate-conscious, she decided to play a role in a company that is active in the energy transition. That is why she is now Office Manager at Becquerel Institute, taking care of all administrative and financial aspects of the company. She’s also leading the secretariat of ESMC.
Communication 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 organisation in London before joining a media and communication training company in Brussels for a couple of years. She is now Communication Officer at the Becquerel Institute where she will sharpen her knowledge of renewables and explore the potential of PV.
Senior expert – Bryan 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.
Senior expert – Adel El Gammal
Acting as Secretary General of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA), Adel brings more than 20 years experience in the industry where he held various international executive positions, combined with more than nine years in EU affairs, focusing mainly on the EU energy and climate issues. Adel El Gammal is a Belgian citizen and holds a Masters of Engineering (Ecole Polytechnique, Brussels) with specialisations in Business Administration (Solvay Business School, Brussels and Insead, Fontainebleau) and environment management.
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’s in Business Administration from the Chamber of Commerce of Madrid. For over 10 years, he has been involved in the solar and wind energy markets. Recently, José Luis has led the project development team at SunEdison over the last 6 years and successfully developed more than 700MW in Latin America, Europe and MENA. Before that, he was the 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 specialised 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 organiser 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 specialisation 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.