Ram Akella

Managing Director & Board Member

Ram joined Centrosolar in 2011. Prior to joining Centrosolar, he served as Chairman and CEO of Oriundus Asset Management Co., a renewable energy private equity fund and Managing Partner of Phoenix Capital Partners, an investment banking boutique for companies in the entertainment, media and communications, healthcare and IT industries, which he founded in 1998. Prior thereto, Ram was Managing Director of Dover Finance Group, Ltd., a corporate finance boutique specializing in structured finance for media, entertainment and communications companies. He is an advisor to Cornell University’s BR Ventures and a member of New York Weill Cornell Council that serves as an important link between Weill Cornell Medical College and the Weill Cornell campus of New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Ram is also a member of Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management’s Advisory Council. Ram holds an M.B.A. with Distinction from Cornell University.

Bob Waddell

P.Eng., General Manager

Bob joined Centrosolar Canada in December 2010, having worked in the solar thermal business as a Director of Engineering for the previous two years. Prior to that, Bob spent 20 years in the automotive industry, starting and managing two businesses – one of which developed Canada’s first natural gas-fuelled Supercar and other alternative fuelled systems.

Bob has also worked in various management positions in the HVAC consulting business and in automotive consulting. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Queen’s University, Kingston, ON.

Dr. Axel Müller-Groeling

Executive Board Member, CENTROSOLAR Group AG

Axel Müller-Groeling, PhD in Physics, is responsible for strategy and operative management of all divisions for CENTROSOLAR Group AG, including Centrosolar America, Inc. He has been a member of the management board since 2005. Dr. Müller-Groeling has more than seven years of experience in the energy and financial services industries. He is a former McKinsey Associate Principal with focus on strategy, risk management and M&A.

Dr. Thomas Kneip

Vice President, Finance and Strategy, CENTROSOLAR Group AG

Dr. Thomas Kneip joined CENTROSOLAR Group AG in 2007. His responsibilities include investor relations, controlling, budgeting and reporting, as well as strategic projects. Dr. Kneip brings more than a decade of experience in strategy, business development and finance. Before joining Centrosolar, he worked at Siemens VDO, a multi-billion automotive electronics supplier, as head of Corporate Strategy. Prior to that, he rose up the ranks at McKinsey & Co., managing and consulting top clients on growth and strategy. Dr. Kneip holds a PhD in Business Administration and an MBA from Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management.