Our team

Our expert teams in the UK and Germany are focused on the development and commercialisation of our perovskite-based photovoltaic technology.

Our leadership team
Frank P. Averdung
Frank P. Averdung
Chief Executive Officer

Frank P. Averdung

Frank P. Averdung joined Oxford PV as Chief Executive Officer in July 2015. He has over 30 years of experience in the Semiconductor industry in leading technology driven organisations, from small startups to large organisations with more than 1000 employees.

Prior to joining Oxford PV Frank was President and CEO of SUSS MicroTec AG, a German manufacturer of semiconductor equipment with up to 250 mio US$ of sales. Under his leadership the company became listed in the "TecDAX", the stock market index for the top 30 publicly traded technology companies in Germany.

Having an engineering background (holding the equivalent of a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University Aachen, Germany) Frank spent the first 10 years of his career with semiconductor device companies like Siemens, National Semiconductors and ITT Semiconductors. During this time he held several sales and marketing roles from Key Account Manager, Product Manager to Marketing Director.

In 1995 Frank moved to the equipment side of the semiconductor industry and General Manager at Applied Materials and Managing Director of Etec Systems Europe.

As CEO of the startup "NawoTec GmbH" he led the successful development and market introduction of semiconductor manufacturing equipment utilising a breakthrough proprietary technology. He sold the company to the German conglomerate Carl Zeiss AG where he became CEO of the enlarged Business Unit and later President and CEO of Carl Zeiss' US Operations based in Massachusetts.

Frank has a proven track record in enhancing companies' values equally by acquiring and divesting businesses and technologies.

Henry Snaith
Prof Henry Snaith
Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer

Prof Henry Snaith

In December 2010, Professor Henry Snaith co-founded Oxford Photovoltaics to commercialise the solar technology transferred from his laboratory at the University of Oxford.

Henry undertook his PhD in organic photovoltaics at the University of Cambridge. Following his PhD, he spent two years at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) as a post-doc, where his research focused on developing the technology behind and understanding of the operation of solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells.

In 2012, Henry was awarded the Paterson medal and prize by the Institute of Physics for his important contributions to the field of excitonic solar cells. The following year his discovery of high efficiency metal halide perovskite photovoltaics was recognised as one of the top breakthroughs of 2013 by Science.

In 2013, Nature named Henry for its list of ten people who mattered, in recognition of his work on next generation solar power technology and was one of the youngest ever elected Fellow of The Royal Society in 2015. In 2017, he was named a Clarivate Citation Laureate and in 2018 he received the UK Blavatnik Awards Laureate in physical sciences.  

In addition to his role as Chief Scientific Officer at Oxford PV today, Henry also leads the Photovoltaics and Optoelectronics Device Group at the University of Oxford.

Chris Case
Dr Chris Case
Chief Technology Officer

Dr Chris Case

Dr Chris Case joined Oxford PV in April 2014.

Chris brings a strong track record of senior technology management to the business. Since 2009, he has been running his own consultancy providing high level strategic technology commercialisation advice to global companies and small companies alike, including Voltaix Llc; recently acquired by Air Liquide, and Surrey NanoSystems.

Prior to this, he spent ten years with BOC Edwards and The BOC Group, latterly part of the Linde Group where he was Chief Technology/Scientific Officer, responsible for driving global technology strategy and R&D for the €8 billion business.

Chris has a strong scientific background in patents and IP management, and is passionate about realising their commercial value. His experience spans markets across the world including the US and he has worked for a number of companies – from large corporates to small start-ups - to help manage their IP portfolios, broaden their scope of influence and build successful and profitable businesses.

As well as being extensively published in international press and periodicals, Chris is also a regular speaker and lecturer on integrated circuits and photovoltaics, and chaired the interconnect team of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) for more than 10 years.

He began his career as Assistant Professor of Engineering at Brown University followed by 10 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories. He was a Fulbright-Hays scholar at the Université de Bordeaux, and holds a Sc.M in engineering and a PhD in materials science from Brown University.

Frank P. Averdung

Frank P. Averdung joined Oxford PV as Chief Executive Officer in July 2015. He has over 30 years of experience in the Semiconductor industry in leading technology driven organisations, from small startups to large organisations with more than 1000 employees.

Prior to joining Oxford PV Frank was President and CEO of SUSS MicroTec AG, a German manufacturer of semiconductor equipment with up to 250 mio US$ of sales. Under his leadership the company became listed in the "TecDAX", the stock market index for the top 30 publicly traded technology companies in Germany.

Having an engineering background (holding the equivalent of a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University Aachen, Germany) Frank spent the first 10 years of his career with semiconductor device companies like Siemens, National Semiconductors and ITT Semiconductors. During this time he held several sales and marketing roles from Key Account Manager, Product Manager to Marketing Director.

In 1995 Frank moved to the equipment side of the semiconductor industry and General Manager at Applied Materials and Managing Director of Etec Systems Europe.

As CEO of the startup "NawoTec GmbH" he led the successful development and market introduction of semiconductor manufacturing equipment utilising a breakthrough proprietary technology. He sold the company to the German conglomerate Carl Zeiss AG where he became CEO of the enlarged Business Unit and later President and CEO of Carl Zeiss' US Operations based in Massachusetts.

Frank has a proven track record in enhancing companies' values equally by acquiring and divesting businesses and technologies.

Prof Henry Snaith

In December 2010, Professor Henry Snaith co-founded Oxford Photovoltaics to commercialise the solar technology transferred from his laboratory at the University of Oxford.

Henry undertook his PhD in organic photovoltaics at the University of Cambridge. Following his PhD, he spent two years at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) as a post-doc, where his research focused on developing the technology behind and understanding of the operation of solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells.

In 2012, Henry was awarded the Paterson medal and prize by the Institute of Physics for his important contributions to the field of excitonic solar cells. The following year his discovery of high efficiency metal halide perovskite photovoltaics was recognised as one of the top breakthroughs of 2013 by Science.

In 2013, Nature named Henry for its list of ten people who mattered, in recognition of his work on next generation solar power technology and was one of the youngest ever elected Fellow of The Royal Society in 2015. In 2017, he was named a Clarivate Citation Laureate and in 2018 he received the UK Blavatnik Awards Laureate in physical sciences.  

In addition to his role as Chief Scientific Officer at Oxford PV today, Henry also leads the Photovoltaics and Optoelectronics Device Group at the University of Oxford.

Dr Chris Case

Dr Chris Case joined Oxford PV in April 2014.

Chris brings a strong track record of senior technology management to the business. Since 2009, he has been running his own consultancy providing high level strategic technology commercialisation advice to global companies and small companies alike, including Voltaix Llc; recently acquired by Air Liquide, and Surrey NanoSystems.

Prior to this, he spent ten years with BOC Edwards and The BOC Group, latterly part of the Linde Group where he was Chief Technology/Scientific Officer, responsible for driving global technology strategy and R&D for the €8 billion business.

Chris has a strong scientific background in patents and IP management, and is passionate about realising their commercial value. His experience spans markets across the world including the US and he has worked for a number of companies – from large corporates to small start-ups - to help manage their IP portfolios, broaden their scope of influence and build successful and profitable businesses.

As well as being extensively published in international press and periodicals, Chris is also a regular speaker and lecturer on integrated circuits and photovoltaics, and chaired the interconnect team of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) for more than 10 years.

He began his career as Assistant Professor of Engineering at Brown University followed by 10 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories. He was a Fulbright-Hays scholar at the Université de Bordeaux, and holds a Sc.M in engineering and a PhD in materials science from Brown University.

Alain Blosse
Dr Alain Blosse
VP Research & Development

Dr Alain Blosse

Dr Alain Blosse joined Oxford PV in March 2017 as Vice President of Research and Development.

Alain has over 30 years’ experience in the fields of semiconductor devices, process technology and advanced solar technologies.

Prior to joining Oxford PV, Alain was Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Scifiniti, where he developed low cost kerfless silicon wafers for the solar industry. Before that, Alain was the Senior Director of Engineering where he developed a low cost and highly efficient solar cell.

Alain has an established track record of transferring technology from Research & Development to high volume manufacturing, this has included; high density static RAM memories at Cypress semiconductor, NAND flash memories at Intel Corp and high efficiency solar cells at Calisolar. Alain led the Intel/Micron integration development team on deep submicron NAND flash gate technology and was the key technical leader at Clean Power Innovation Inc. for the development of an innovative silicon based anode for high performance lithium-ion battery.

Alain has an Engineering Degree in Electronic and Computer Sciences from a top institute in France and a PhD in Solid State Physics from Lille University in France. Additionally, Alain holds 26 U.S. patents related to solar, semiconductor processes, and non-volatile memory applications.

Jon Ekker
Jon Ekker
Chief Commercial Officer

Jon Ekker

Jon joined Oxford PV as Chief Commercial Officer in November 2019.

Jon has over 15 years' experience in international leadership roles within the energy sector. For the past 10 years, he worked at SMA Solar Technology AG where he held a number of commercial and strategic roles including Head of Corporate Development and Executive Vice President Global Service Operations, leading 500 employees across 20 countries.

Prior to this he spent five years at Siemens in executive service/sales and manufacturing roles. Jon holds an M.Sc. in Industrial Economics and Technology Management from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Frank Nowroth
Frank Nowroth
Chief Financial Officer

Frank Nowroth

Frank joined Oxford PV as Chief Financial Officer in January 2020, with over 30 years’ experience in international finance.

Prior to joining Oxford PV, Frank was a consultant providing finance and business advice to major companies in the renewable energy, manufacturing and airline sectors.

Frank held the position of Chief Financial Officer and member of the board of directors, at Swiss-based semiconductor company Nemerix SA. He was additionally Head of Finance for Ray Sono AG and spent several years as Interim Head of Controlling of the Division Service at SMA Solar Technologies AG.

He spent the first ten years of his career working for the Siemens Group, where he held several commercial and strategic roles, including Head of Business Administration for the Transport, Telecoms, and Utilities Business Division at Siemens Business Services GmbH.

 

Dr Alain Blosse

Dr Alain Blosse joined Oxford PV in March 2017 as Vice President of Research and Development.

Alain has over 30 years’ experience in the fields of semiconductor devices, process technology and advanced solar technologies.

Prior to joining Oxford PV, Alain was Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Scifiniti, where he developed low cost kerfless silicon wafers for the solar industry. Before that, Alain was the Senior Director of Engineering where he developed a low cost and highly efficient solar cell.

Alain has an established track record of transferring technology from Research & Development to high volume manufacturing, this has included; high density static RAM memories at Cypress semiconductor, NAND flash memories at Intel Corp and high efficiency solar cells at Calisolar. Alain led the Intel/Micron integration development team on deep submicron NAND flash gate technology and was the key technical leader at Clean Power Innovation Inc. for the development of an innovative silicon based anode for high performance lithium-ion battery.

Alain has an Engineering Degree in Electronic and Computer Sciences from a top institute in France and a PhD in Solid State Physics from Lille University in France. Additionally, Alain holds 26 U.S. patents related to solar, semiconductor processes, and non-volatile memory applications.

Jon Ekker

Jon joined Oxford PV as Chief Commercial Officer in November 2019.

Jon has over 15 years' experience in international leadership roles within the energy sector. For the past 10 years, he worked at SMA Solar Technology AG where he held a number of commercial and strategic roles including Head of Corporate Development and Executive Vice President Global Service Operations, leading 500 employees across 20 countries.

Prior to this he spent five years at Siemens in executive service/sales and manufacturing roles. Jon holds an M.Sc. in Industrial Economics and Technology Management from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Frank Nowroth

Frank joined Oxford PV as Chief Financial Officer in January 2020, with over 30 years’ experience in international finance.

Prior to joining Oxford PV, Frank was a consultant providing finance and business advice to major companies in the renewable energy, manufacturing and airline sectors.

Frank held the position of Chief Financial Officer and member of the board of directors, at Swiss-based semiconductor company Nemerix SA. He was additionally Head of Finance for Ray Sono AG and spent several years as Interim Head of Controlling of the Division Service at SMA Solar Technologies AG.

He spent the first ten years of his career working for the Siemens Group, where he held several commercial and strategic roles, including Head of Business Administration for the Transport, Telecoms, and Utilities Business Division at Siemens Business Services GmbH.

 

Our board
Christian Langen
Christian Langen
Chairperson

Christian Langen

Christian Langen was appointed Chairperson of the Board in October 2018. He first joined the Oxford PV board as a non-executive director and industry expert in July 2015.

Following his Master degree in International Management, Finance and Production Management from Otto Beisheim School of Management (WHU) in Germany, Christian founded and grew several businesses in Germany and Australia. He gained more than a decade of executive experience in the international Solar power industry. Among other roles, Christian led the largest business division of solar electronics company SMA Solar Technology AG. As Division CEO, he was responsible for a profitable business with more than $1 bn in annual revenue, generated by 2500 people in 20 countries. Christian also served several years on the board of the European solar industry association EPIA (now Solar Power Europe).

Today, Christian supports management teams of several innovative solar companies around the globe in defining and implementing their growth and internationalisation strategy.

Frank P. Averdung
Frank P. Averdung
Chief Executive Officer

Frank P. Averdung

Frank P. Averdung joined Oxford PV as Chief Executive Officer in July 2015. He has over 30 years of experience in the Semiconductor industry in leading technology driven organisations, from small startups to large organisations with more than 1000 employees.

Prior to joining Oxford PV Frank was President and CEO of SUSS MicroTec AG, a German manufacturer of semiconductor equipment with up to 250 mio US$ of sales. Under his leadership the company became listed in the "TecDAX", the stock market index for the top 30 publicly traded technology companies in Germany.

Having an engineering background (holding the equivalent of a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University Aachen, Germany) Frank spent the first 10 years of his career with semiconductor device companies like Siemens, National Semiconductors and ITT Semiconductors. During this time he held several sales and marketing roles from Key Account Manager, Product Manager to Marketing Director.

In 1995 Frank moved to the equipment side of the semiconductor industry and General Manager at Applied Materials and Managing Director of Etec Systems Europe.

As CEO of the startup "NawoTec GmbH" he led the successful development and market introduction of semiconductor manufacturing equipment utilising a breakthrough proprietary technology. He sold the company to the German conglomerate Carl Zeiss AG where he became CEO of the enlarged Business Unit and later President and CEO of Carl Zeiss' US Operations based in Massachusetts.

Frank has a proven track record in enhancing companies' values equally by acquiring and divesting businesses and technologies.

Prof Henry Snaith
Prof Henry Snaith
Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer

Prof Henry Snaith

In December 2010, Professor Henry Snaith co-founded Oxford Photovoltaics to commercialise the solar technology transferred from his laboratory at the University of Oxford.

Henry undertook his PhD in organic photovoltaics at the University of Cambridge. Following his PhD, he spent two years at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) as a post-doc, where his research focused on developing the technology behind and understanding of the operation of solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells.

In 2012, Henry was awarded the Paterson medal and prize by the Institute of Physics for his important contributions to the field of excitonic solar cells. The following year his discovery of high efficiency metal halide perovskite photovoltaics was recognised as one of the top breakthroughs of 2013 by Science.

In 2013, Nature named Henry for its list of ten people who mattered, in recognition of his work on next generation solar power technology and was one of the youngest ever elected Fellow of The Royal Society in 2015. In 2017, he was named a Clarivate Citation Laureate and in 2018 he received the UK Blavatnik Awards Laureate in physical sciences.  

In addition to his role as Chief Scientific Officer at Oxford PV today, Henry also leads the Photovoltaics and Optoelectronics Device Group at the University of Oxford.

Christian Langen

Christian Langen was appointed Chairperson of the Board in October 2018. He first joined the Oxford PV board as a non-executive director and industry expert in July 2015.

Following his Master degree in International Management, Finance and Production Management from Otto Beisheim School of Management (WHU) in Germany, Christian founded and grew several businesses in Germany and Australia. He gained more than a decade of executive experience in the international Solar power industry. Among other roles, Christian led the largest business division of solar electronics company SMA Solar Technology AG. As Division CEO, he was responsible for a profitable business with more than $1 bn in annual revenue, generated by 2500 people in 20 countries. Christian also served several years on the board of the European solar industry association EPIA (now Solar Power Europe).

Today, Christian supports management teams of several innovative solar companies around the globe in defining and implementing their growth and internationalisation strategy.

Frank P. Averdung

Frank P. Averdung joined Oxford PV as Chief Executive Officer in July 2015. He has over 30 years of experience in the Semiconductor industry in leading technology driven organisations, from small startups to large organisations with more than 1000 employees.

Prior to joining Oxford PV Frank was President and CEO of SUSS MicroTec AG, a German manufacturer of semiconductor equipment with up to 250 mio US$ of sales. Under his leadership the company became listed in the "TecDAX", the stock market index for the top 30 publicly traded technology companies in Germany.

Having an engineering background (holding the equivalent of a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University Aachen, Germany) Frank spent the first 10 years of his career with semiconductor device companies like Siemens, National Semiconductors and ITT Semiconductors. During this time he held several sales and marketing roles from Key Account Manager, Product Manager to Marketing Director.

In 1995 Frank moved to the equipment side of the semiconductor industry and General Manager at Applied Materials and Managing Director of Etec Systems Europe.

As CEO of the startup "NawoTec GmbH" he led the successful development and market introduction of semiconductor manufacturing equipment utilising a breakthrough proprietary technology. He sold the company to the German conglomerate Carl Zeiss AG where he became CEO of the enlarged Business Unit and later President and CEO of Carl Zeiss' US Operations based in Massachusetts.

Frank has a proven track record in enhancing companies' values equally by acquiring and divesting businesses and technologies.

Prof Henry Snaith

In December 2010, Professor Henry Snaith co-founded Oxford Photovoltaics to commercialise the solar technology transferred from his laboratory at the University of Oxford.

Henry undertook his PhD in organic photovoltaics at the University of Cambridge. Following his PhD, he spent two years at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) as a post-doc, where his research focused on developing the technology behind and understanding of the operation of solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells.

In 2012, Henry was awarded the Paterson medal and prize by the Institute of Physics for his important contributions to the field of excitonic solar cells. The following year his discovery of high efficiency metal halide perovskite photovoltaics was recognised as one of the top breakthroughs of 2013 by Science.

In 2013, Nature named Henry for its list of ten people who mattered, in recognition of his work on next generation solar power technology and was one of the youngest ever elected Fellow of The Royal Society in 2015. In 2017, he was named a Clarivate Citation Laureate and in 2018 he received the UK Blavatnik Awards Laureate in physical sciences.  

In addition to his role as Chief Scientific Officer at Oxford PV today, Henry also leads the Photovoltaics and Optoelectronics Device Group at the University of Oxford.

Dr Pierre J. Verlinden
Dr Pierre J. Verlinden
Non-executive Director

Dr Pierre J. Verlinden

Dr Pierre J. Verlinden is Managing Director of AMROCK, a PV technology consulting company, and visiting Professor at Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China. Pierre has been working in the field of photovoltaics for 40 years and has published over 200 technical papers and contributed to a number of books.  

From 2012 to 2018, Pierre served as Chief Scientist, Vice-President and Vice-Chair of the State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology at Trina Solar, China, one of the world’s largest PV manufacturers. Prior to this, he managed the R&D department and served as Chief Scientist in several PV companies in the USA and Australia, including SunPower, Origin Energy and Solar Systems.

Pierre is the recipient of the 2016 William Cherry Award, awarded by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), one of the world's highest distinctions in PV research. The award recognises his dedication over the past three decades at the forefront of PV technology and commercialisation, leading technology advances including the interdigitated back contact cell, silicon and multijunction III-V CPV cells, and his overall leadership of key R&D organisations. Pierre is also the recipient of the 2017 Chinese Government Friendship Award, the highest award given by China to foreigners.

Chen Shi Investor Director
Chen Shi
Investor Director

Chen Shi

Chen Shi has been the Strategic Business Director of Goldwind’s Strategy and Investment Management Department since 2015.  

Chen Shi has over ten years’ experience working for cleantech and energy businesses in China. He previously worked for LG Chemical; Hanergy, a Chinese thin-film PV manufacturer; and ENN, a Chinese gas and energy network service provider, in the roles of researcher, senior researcher and vice general manager of their strategy departments. He has a bachelor’s degree in materials science from the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a master’s degree in materials with business from Queen Mary University of London.

John Bromley
John Bromley
Investor Director

John Bromley

John Bromley is Head of Clean Energy and Investment Director at Legal & General Capital, where he leads strategy and direct investments in clean energy infrastructure and technology.

John’s role is to increase Legal & General’s presence in the UK clean energy sector, particularly seeking long-term partnerships with developers, operators and technology providers. John also works closely with Legal & General’s property and housing businesses, to identify and develop low carbon energy solutions and opportunities for climate committed cities.

John has 20 years’ experience, including key roles working in infrastructure and PPP/PFI investment, involving planning and procurement, structuring, project financing and delivery of £5-10bn of major projects in the water, wastewater, waste-to-energy, health, defence and clean energy sectors. Before joining Legal & General Capital in 2015, John managed an institutional equity fund and asset management team based in Europe with a portfolio of 15 utility-scale renewable energy assets (c.800MW), including onshore wind, offshore wind and solar.

John has been actively involved with Oxford PV and a Board Observer since 2016 when he led Legal & General’s initial investment.

Dr Pierre J. Verlinden

Dr Pierre J. Verlinden is Managing Director of AMROCK, a PV technology consulting company, and visiting Professor at Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China. Pierre has been working in the field of photovoltaics for 40 years and has published over 200 technical papers and contributed to a number of books.  

From 2012 to 2018, Pierre served as Chief Scientist, Vice-President and Vice-Chair of the State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology at Trina Solar, China, one of the world’s largest PV manufacturers. Prior to this, he managed the R&D department and served as Chief Scientist in several PV companies in the USA and Australia, including SunPower, Origin Energy and Solar Systems.

Pierre is the recipient of the 2016 William Cherry Award, awarded by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), one of the world's highest distinctions in PV research. The award recognises his dedication over the past three decades at the forefront of PV technology and commercialisation, leading technology advances including the interdigitated back contact cell, silicon and multijunction III-V CPV cells, and his overall leadership of key R&D organisations. Pierre is also the recipient of the 2017 Chinese Government Friendship Award, the highest award given by China to foreigners.

Chen Shi

Chen Shi has been the Strategic Business Director of Goldwind’s Strategy and Investment Management Department since 2015.  

Chen Shi has over ten years’ experience working for cleantech and energy businesses in China. He previously worked for LG Chemical; Hanergy, a Chinese thin-film PV manufacturer; and ENN, a Chinese gas and energy network service provider, in the roles of researcher, senior researcher and vice general manager of their strategy departments. He has a bachelor’s degree in materials science from the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a master’s degree in materials with business from Queen Mary University of London.

John Bromley

John Bromley is Head of Clean Energy and Investment Director at Legal & General Capital, where he leads strategy and direct investments in clean energy infrastructure and technology.

John’s role is to increase Legal & General’s presence in the UK clean energy sector, particularly seeking long-term partnerships with developers, operators and technology providers. John also works closely with Legal & General’s property and housing businesses, to identify and develop low carbon energy solutions and opportunities for climate committed cities.

John has 20 years’ experience, including key roles working in infrastructure and PPP/PFI investment, involving planning and procurement, structuring, project financing and delivery of £5-10bn of major projects in the water, wastewater, waste-to-energy, health, defence and clean energy sectors. Before joining Legal & General Capital in 2015, John managed an institutional equity fund and asset management team based in Europe with a portfolio of 15 utility-scale renewable energy assets (c.800MW), including onshore wind, offshore wind and solar.

John has been actively involved with Oxford PV and a Board Observer since 2016 when he led Legal & General’s initial investment.

Michael Penington
Dr Michael Penington
Investor Director

Dr Michael Penington

Michael Penington, BSc, DPhil, is a co-founder and partner at Longwall Ventures LLP. He has a DPhil in Mathematics from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He subsequently spent 16 years at Morgan Stanley as an investment banker, in the last few years advising private equity houses on leveraged buy-outs, IPOs and trade sales.

In 2001, he was asked to support the turnaround of a listed publishing company as Interim Finance Director. Michael subsequently invested in and worked on the turnaround of a small Australian public company in the security industry, eventually selling the business to a US buyer at a significant profit. He has also made a number of angel investments in early stage technology businesses in the UK.

Dr Penington predominantly focuses on security, media, and business software investments.

Dr Gunter Erfurt
Dr Gunter Erfurt
Investor Director

Dr Gunter Erfurt

Dr Gunter Erfurt is the CEO of Meyer Burger Technology AG (SIX Swiss Exchange MBTN), a leading technology company specializing in the manufacture of high-efficiency solar cells and modules and also supplies production equipment for the solar industry.

Gunter has led Meyer Burger as CEO since April 2020. Initially joining the company as Managing Director of Meyer Burger (Germany) AG in 2015, he went on to join the Executive Board of Meyer Burger Technology Ltd, successively assuming the positions of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Prior to Meyer Burger, Gunter held several positions within the SolarWorld group, including Managing Director for SolarWorld Innovations, Head of Planning and Investments (SolarWorld Industries America LLC) and Global Head of Planning and Investments (SolarWorld AG), he managed among others the factory settlement at Hilboro, USA.

After spending four years as a Research Associate at Saxon Academy of Sciences in Leipzig, Gunter started his career in the photovoltaics industry as Development Engineer and Laboratory Manager in 2003 at Deutsche Solar AG in Freiberg (Germany). After establishing and managing the material and module testing laboratory, Gunter took the position as Project Manager for planning and investments. Between 2005 and 2006, he was responsible for the plant construction for solar cell production in Freiberg. Gunter holds a Diplomas in Physics and Engineering Physics and PhD in Physics.

Dr Michael Penington

Michael Penington, BSc, DPhil, is a co-founder and partner at Longwall Ventures LLP. He has a DPhil in Mathematics from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He subsequently spent 16 years at Morgan Stanley as an investment banker, in the last few years advising private equity houses on leveraged buy-outs, IPOs and trade sales.

In 2001, he was asked to support the turnaround of a listed publishing company as Interim Finance Director. Michael subsequently invested in and worked on the turnaround of a small Australian public company in the security industry, eventually selling the business to a US buyer at a significant profit. He has also made a number of angel investments in early stage technology businesses in the UK.

Dr Penington predominantly focuses on security, media, and business software investments.

Dr Gunter Erfurt

Dr Gunter Erfurt is the CEO of Meyer Burger Technology AG (SIX Swiss Exchange MBTN), a leading technology company specializing in the manufacture of high-efficiency solar cells and modules and also supplies production equipment for the solar industry.

Gunter has led Meyer Burger as CEO since April 2020. Initially joining the company as Managing Director of Meyer Burger (Germany) AG in 2015, he went on to join the Executive Board of Meyer Burger Technology Ltd, successively assuming the positions of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Prior to Meyer Burger, Gunter held several positions within the SolarWorld group, including Managing Director for SolarWorld Innovations, Head of Planning and Investments (SolarWorld Industries America LLC) and Global Head of Planning and Investments (SolarWorld AG), he managed among others the factory settlement at Hilboro, USA.

After spending four years as a Research Associate at Saxon Academy of Sciences in Leipzig, Gunter started his career in the photovoltaics industry as Development Engineer and Laboratory Manager in 2003 at Deutsche Solar AG in Freiberg (Germany). After establishing and managing the material and module testing laboratory, Gunter took the position as Project Manager for planning and investments. Between 2005 and 2006, he was responsible for the plant construction for solar cell production in Freiberg. Gunter holds a Diplomas in Physics and Engineering Physics and PhD in Physics.