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

Prof Snaith is a co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Oxford PV. He is also the Binks Professor of Renewable Energy in the Physics Department of the University of Oxford.

Prof Snaith’s research focuses on developing and understanding new materials and device concepts for photovoltaic solar energy conversion. His election as a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) credits his work on the use of perovskites in efficient solar cells, which has started a new field of research gaining both academic and industrial following.

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. His research on high-efficiency metal halide perovskite photovoltaics the following year was recognised as one of the top breakthroughs of 2013 by the journal Science.

In 2013, Henry was named one of “Nature’s 10” people who mattered, in recognition of his work on next-generation solar power technology. In 2017, he was named a Clarivate Citation Laureate, and in 2018 he received the UK Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists in physical sciences. Most recently, Henry won the 2020 Becquerel Prize and the 2022 Rank Prize for Optoelectronics for his ground-breaking work on perovskite solar cells.

Chris Case
Dr Chris Case
Chief Technology Officer

Dr Chris Case

Chris is responsible for maximising the commercial value of Oxford PV’s technology.

Chris’ experience spans markets across the world including the US, and he has helped companies large and small to manage their IP portfolios, broaden their scope of influence, and build successful and profitable businesses. His previous positions have included 10 years as Chief Technology and Scientific Officer with BOC, part of Linde, where he oversaw the global technology strategy and R&D for the €8 billion business.

Chris actively contributes to advancing the solar industry. He serves as a Board Member of the European Solar Manufacturing Council and a Steering Committee member of the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP-PV). Since 2021 he has been the President of the International Thin-Film Solar Industry Association (PVthin). He also advises the SuperSolar Hub of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (ESPRC). He is extensively published in international press and scientific publications, and is a regular speaker and lecturer on integrated circuits and photovoltaics.

With his background as an educator, Chris is also passionate about promoting the role of STEM and enabling younger generations in building a sustainable future.

Chris 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 MSc 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

Prof Snaith is a co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Oxford PV. He is also the Binks Professor of Renewable Energy in the Physics Department of the University of Oxford.

Prof Snaith’s research focuses on developing and understanding new materials and device concepts for photovoltaic solar energy conversion. His election as a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) credits his work on the use of perovskites in efficient solar cells, which has started a new field of research gaining both academic and industrial following.

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. His research on high-efficiency metal halide perovskite photovoltaics the following year was recognised as one of the top breakthroughs of 2013 by the journal Science.

In 2013, Henry was named one of “Nature’s 10” people who mattered, in recognition of his work on next-generation solar power technology. In 2017, he was named a Clarivate Citation Laureate, and in 2018 he received the UK Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists in physical sciences. Most recently, Henry won the 2020 Becquerel Prize and the 2022 Rank Prize for Optoelectronics for his ground-breaking work on perovskite solar cells.

Dr Chris Case

Chris is responsible for maximising the commercial value of Oxford PV’s technology.

Chris’ experience spans markets across the world including the US, and he has helped companies large and small to manage their IP portfolios, broaden their scope of influence, and build successful and profitable businesses. His previous positions have included 10 years as Chief Technology and Scientific Officer with BOC, part of Linde, where he oversaw the global technology strategy and R&D for the €8 billion business.

Chris actively contributes to advancing the solar industry. He serves as a Board Member of the European Solar Manufacturing Council and a Steering Committee member of the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP-PV). Since 2021 he has been the President of the International Thin-Film Solar Industry Association (PVthin). He also advises the SuperSolar Hub of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (ESPRC). He is extensively published in international press and scientific publications, and is a regular speaker and lecturer on integrated circuits and photovoltaics.

With his background as an educator, Chris is also passionate about promoting the role of STEM and enabling younger generations in building a sustainable future.

Chris 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 MSc 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 FRS
Prof Henry Snaith FRS
Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer

Prof Henry Snaith FRS

Prof Snaith is a co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Oxford PV. He is also the Binks Professor of Renewable Energy in the Physics Department of the University of Oxford.

Prof Snaith’s research focuses on developing and understanding new materials and device concepts for photovoltaic solar energy conversion. His election as a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) credits his work on the use of perovskites in efficient solar cells, which has started a new field of research gaining both academic and industrial following.

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. His research on high-efficiency metal halide perovskite photovoltaics the following year was recognised as one of the top breakthroughs of 2013 by the journal Science.

In 2013, Henry was named one of “Nature’s 10” people who mattered, in recognition of his work on next-generation solar power technology. In 2017, he was named a Clarivate Citation Laureate, and in 2018 he received the UK Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists in physical sciences. Most recently, Henry won the 2020 Becquerel Prize and the 2022 Rank Prize for Optoelectronics for his ground-breaking work on perovskite solar cells.

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 FRS

Prof Snaith is a co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Oxford PV. He is also the Binks Professor of Renewable Energy in the Physics Department of the University of Oxford.

Prof Snaith’s research focuses on developing and understanding new materials and device concepts for photovoltaic solar energy conversion. His election as a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) credits his work on the use of perovskites in efficient solar cells, which has started a new field of research gaining both academic and industrial following.

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. His research on high-efficiency metal halide perovskite photovoltaics the following year was recognised as one of the top breakthroughs of 2013 by the journal Science.

In 2013, Henry was named one of “Nature’s 10” people who mattered, in recognition of his work on next-generation solar power technology. In 2017, he was named a Clarivate Citation Laureate, and in 2018 he received the UK Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists in physical sciences. Most recently, Henry won the 2020 Becquerel Prize and the 2022 Rank Prize for Optoelectronics for his ground-breaking work on perovskite solar cells.

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

As CEO of Meyer Burger Technology AG, Gunter Erfurt is managing one of the leading global technology providers in the solar industry and its transformation from an equipment supplier to a manufacturer of high-efficient solar cells and modules. Gunter has been working in the PV industry for many years and, as a PhD in physics, dedicated his work life to bring solar in the position to be the number one energy source worldwide.

Gunter contributed to a number of technical papers and held several managing functions as well. Since 2020, he is CEO and member of the Executive Board at Meyer Burger Technology Ltd. Gunter has been with the company already since 2015, first as Managing Director and Member of the Board at Meyer Burger (Germany) AG, from 2017 as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and member of the Executive Board of the Company, later as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). In the solar cell and module business, Gunter gained experience in his time as Managing Director of the R&D branch of Solarworld AG.

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

As CEO of Meyer Burger Technology AG, Gunter Erfurt is managing one of the leading global technology providers in the solar industry and its transformation from an equipment supplier to a manufacturer of high-efficient solar cells and modules. Gunter has been working in the PV industry for many years and, as a PhD in physics, dedicated his work life to bring solar in the position to be the number one energy source worldwide.

Gunter contributed to a number of technical papers and held several managing functions as well. Since 2020, he is CEO and member of the Executive Board at Meyer Burger Technology Ltd. Gunter has been with the company already since 2015, first as Managing Director and Member of the Board at Meyer Burger (Germany) AG, from 2017 as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and member of the Executive Board of the Company, later as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). In the solar cell and module business, Gunter gained experience in his time as Managing Director of the R&D branch of Solarworld AG.