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 EUR 450 million.

Since 2010, Diego has been CEO of InnoEnergy.

Diego, as a serial entrepreneur, has created 7 companies in his lifetime.

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

Bart de Beer, born in 1970, 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 €130 million 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 and in his free time he is an enthusiastic squash player.

Arne Lorenz, Operations Manager EU Business Unit
Arne Lorenz, Operations Manager EU Business Unit

With his intimate knowledge of InnoEnergy operations, network, and culture, Arne is one of the driving forces behind InnoEnergy’s ambition to establish the company as a reliable, added value, unbiased tool for the successful implementation of the European Commission’s Energy Union strategy.

Before taking up this strategic assignment, Arne held the position of Chief Operations Officer at InnoEnergy from 2011 until 2015. He played a structural role in managing the company’s growth from its early start-up days to today’s mature organisation managing a 300m€ annual industrial plan.

Arne started his professional career as project manager at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), then moving into the team which prepared the successful bid of InnoEnergy and assisting the interim-CEO before finally taking up the role of COO.

Arne holds a degree in public administration from Konstanz University, complemented by various trainings at ESADE Business School and the Open University. During his studies he spent time in Estonia, Taiwan and Tajikistan as well as the German Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation.

With an appetite for venturing out of the comfort zone, his motto is that “what is not delivered does not exist”.

In his leisure time, Arne enjoys travelling to any country that requires a visa to enter.

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.

Torsten Fransson, Education Director
Torsten Fransson, Education Director

Torsten H. Fransson graduated from the University of Lund, Sweden, and with a PhD from Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne, Switzerland.

Prof. Fransson has fulfilled several educational, research and society roles and acted as member of board to a number of high level educational institutes across Europe.  Since 1991 he has been the Chair of the Heat and Power Technology Division of KTH University, one of Europe’s top technical universities. He also headed the KTH Energy Centre between 2000 and 2004 and the KTH School of Energy and Environmental Technology from 2005 to 2008.

Prof. Fransson was elected for a number of consecutive terms to the Board of Directors of the International Gas Turbine Institute, Atlanta, USA. He has been a member of the “Council for Industrial Cooperation” of the Swedish Emergency Agency Management and was Vice Chair of the Fluid Machinery section of the Swedish Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Swiss Chapter of Sigma Xi, amongst others, and International Program Director for several ASME conferences. Prof. Fransson received the French “National Order of Merit” in 2002, the “ASME Dedicated Service Award” in 2003. He has been Visiting Professor at Duke University and Florida State University.

Prof. Fransson’s research interests span over aerodynamics in turbo machines, gasification and combustion and modern pedagogical interactive models for global energy learning.  He has published more than 200 scientific papers together with various co-researchers. He has participated in several EU-sponsored research projects over the years, and has prepared, started and installed several Master´s programmes in energy education in Europe, and is a regular member in international Scientific Societies/conferences.

Prof. Fransson has been the Education Director of InnoEnergy since 2010.

Klaas Schuring, CEO of  InnoEnergy Benelux
Klaas Schuring, CEO of InnoEnergy Benelux

Klaas started his career as technical officer at the Dutch Royal Air force before joining the Dutch airplane builder Fokker as manager in the civil aircraft maintenance department. In 1995 his career took on a new phase in the renewable energy sector when he became director of operations for two wind turbine manufacturers in succession.

He has managed manufacturing, installation and service of wind turbines all over the globe and his technical expertise came to bear in managing the design division of a Dutch direct-drive manufacturer. After this he became R&D vice president for the rotor blades division of the Asian wind turbine manufacturer, Suzlon. His career in the wind energy industry culminated in designing and implementing a knowledge transfer organisation to facilitate the translation of European designs to Asian mass production.

In October 2011, Klaas became CEO of the Benelux office of InnoEnergy, which is responsible for the European developments in energy-efficient buildings and cities.

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. As the objective of the Cluster was to foster innovation through identification and funding of innovative R&D projects, Richard had the opportunity to get to know the actors within the French innovation ecosystem very well. The Cluster gathers 232 members, including SMEs, industries, research laboratories, universities and end-users, and financed 105 projects, which represented EUR 229 million of R&D.

Previously, Richard was Director of a training centre for industrial risks, and spent several years at the Port of Marseille Authority, working first as Head of Information Technology Strategy Unit and later as Head of International Cooperation and European Affairs Department.

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.

 Jakub Miler, CEO of InnoEnergy Poland Plus
Jakub Miler, CEO of InnoEnergy Poland Plus

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 Poland Plus.

Kenneth Johansson, CEO of InnoEnergy Sweden
Kenneth Johansson, CEO of InnoEnergy Sweden

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.