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Team

We are an experienced team of technologists and business professionals with many decades of finance and energy experience.

Meet the Founders

Phillip Bruner

Phillip Bruner

Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer

Phillip’s 10-year career working to solve the energy trilemma has taken him from Seattle to Edinburgh, Dehradun to Abu Dhabi in search of solutions that scale. He co-founded his first start-up in 2009 called SCENE - a social enterprise that accelerates renewable energy and ICT access for communities worldwide. Then in 2012 he was recruited by a commercial law firm to develop and execute >100 MWp of C&I solar PV, wind and small-hydro across the UK and India. At the same time he founded and led the Green Investment Forum, a private dinner club of c-level professionals overseeing a combined >$20bn in green assets.

In 2015 as a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh, Phillip collaborated with the UK Green Investment Bank and University of Petroleum & Energy Studies to create REIA - an open source Web app that enables responsible investors to visualize the net impact of a renewable energy portfolio. In 2016, Phillip was invited to join the Open Data Institute accelerator in London where he built and led a team of data scientists and engineers to create the world’s largest database of renewable energy assets.

Phillip is now jointly leading the effort at ENIAN to harness big data and machine learning to achieve the audacious goal of making renewable energy investable in 3 clicks. When he’s not executing ENIAN’s vision or playing chess, he enjoys time exploring the North Cascades, Scottish Highlands and Himalayan valleys.

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Varun Sharma

Varun Sharma

Co-founder & Chief Operations Officer

Varun has been dedicated to delivering sustainable energy for all throughout the majority of his 8-year career in energy finance and tech. Having experienced the painful inefficiencies of data validation and modelling as a natural resources analyst at a major international investment bank, Varun grew passionate about working towards solutions that empower knowledge workers using automation. At ENIAN he leads the effort to build out the technology stack, including devops, recruitment and fundraising strategy.

Prior to joining ENIAN in early 2018, Varun achieved success in two previous startup companies. He was the second employee at BBOXX, an off-grid solar utility provider, where helped grow the business from a startup to >500 employees across 7 countries with revenue increase of 15x in 4 years. Since it’s early days in 2010 as an Imperial College London spin-out, BBOXX has gone on to expand to over 10 countries and raise over $100m in equity and debt.

Varun also served as a product manager and strategic adviser in 2017-18 for Pathfinder Commerce a marketing automation company which went on to successfully raise a Seed Investment round from a top tier London VC. Varun holds a Master’s degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Imperial College London. When he’s not executing ENIAN’s vision, he is active in both the Linux and OpenStack community forums and meetups.

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Meet the Team

Guy Turner

Guy Turner

Non-executive Director

Guy has over 25 years’ experience investing in sustainable businesses. In 2006 he joined New Energy Finance where he helped build the business through to the sale to Bloomberg in 2009, and continued as Head of Commodities and Chief Economist. Guy is currently Manager of Strategy & Analysis at EDF as well as Non-executive Director for Rezatec. He is a visiting Research Associate at the Smith school of Business and Environment at Oxford University.

Dr. Neil Williams

Dr. Neil Williams

Head of Tech

Dr Neil Williams has over 30 years’ experience as an IT architect and digital consultant for the energy, finance and public sectors. He brings a wealth of expertise in technical direction throughout the energy value chain and specialises in driving product improvement and commercial growth for startups and corporates. He has served in an executive capacity in senior IT management positions in a variety of highly successful commercial organizations and provided high-level operational support for clients such as Capgemini, the National Grid, Ofgem, RBS, Ovo Energy, Good Energy, Dell and the BBC.

Christian Spies

Christian Spies

Head of Project Finance

Christian has over a decade of experience in strategy, finance and operations for RE. He lead engineering and project management for Juwi Renewable Energy and was Head of Procurement at Lightsource. As Senior Manager for Conenergy he developed and lead multiple business units to profitable results in global markets. His track record includes closing >100MWp across 16 ground mounted PV projects in the UK, India, South Africa and Europe.

Dr. Daniel Friedrich

Dr. Daniel Friedrich

Industrial Mathematics Lead

Daniel is a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Edinburgh School of Engineering. He is an applied mathematician specialising in using and developing advanced mathematical and computational methods for the analysis, optimisation and design of energy systems.

Advisory Board

Samantha Barber

Samantha Barber

Advisory Board Member

Samantha Barber is Non-executive Director and Chair of the CR Committee at Spanish public multinational electric utility company Iberdrola SA and Non-executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee at Scottish Water.

Hurbinder Mudan

Hurbinder Mudan

Advisory Board Member

Hurbinder is Managing Director at Macquarie Capital. Previously he spent over 5 years at Merrill Lynch and prior to that 8 years at RBS. His 25 year career in banking has spanned the energy and Infrastructure sector, leading teams to provide equity and debt advisory, corporate coverage and debt arranging.

Hiren Singharay

Hiren Singharay

Advisory Board Member

Hiren has over 35 years of banking experience in corporate banking including relationship management, trade finance and syndications across Europe, Africa and South Asia. Prior to joining GFCL, he served as Managing Director, Head of Syndications - Europe & Africa at Standard Chartered Bank where he was responsible for originating and directing origination structuring, execution and distribution for the Bank's loan syndications business in Europe & Africa.

Kelly Dallas

Kelly Dallas

Advisory Board Member

Kelly has over 20 years experience in power generation in various senior positions including roles for Energia Renewables, Bord Gais Energy, Blackrock and Platina Partners LLP. He is currently Head of Asset Management at Wind Energy Holding Co. He has both negotiated and managed investments into wind and solar projects across North America and Europe in excess of 1.5GW.