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.
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.
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.
Chief Operating Officer – Gregory Neubourg
Gregory has a scientific background (Master in Geography at the Université Libre de Bruxelles) and is in the renewable energy sector since 2007. He worked previously at the Association for the Promotion of Renewable Energies (APERe 2007-2018), as solar energy analyst. He was for example the Belgian representative in PV programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA PVPS) analyzing PV market and policies. He joined the team of Becquerel Institute as COO focusing on internal organization but also managing the different H2020 European projects where Becquerel Institute is active.
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.
Business Analyst – Alice Detollenaere
After her graduation in bio-engineering it was clear for Alice she wanted to contribute actively to a more sustainable society. She worked for five years as a policy adviser for wind energy 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, her main focus will lie 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 some degree of humor and relativization.
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Alberto de la Torre López – Junior Business Analyst
Electromechanical Engineer specializing in energy from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium and the Polytechnic University of Madrid. Alberto is passionate about renewable energies, especially PV solar energy. His last year of studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles was completed with a project about the retrofit of ULB building D using BIPV technology. After that he became interested in this field and currently works at Becquerel Institute as an intern.In addition, Alberto is addicted to sports and especially to basketball, playing in a semi-professional team in Brussels. He is an ambitious person who struggles to achieve the objectives that he proposes.
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 – 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.