Simon Meijer

CEO & Founder

Simon founded COOLBACK Company and has been active in Solar since 2011. Initially working in Low Concentration PV, Simon later shifted towards Thermal Management and Module technology. Following a study in Aeronautical Engineering and Business Administration, a career in Investment Banking and Boardroom Consultancy led to his major thrill: Business Development. Using creativity and perseverance in the establishment of new business, Simon has started and scaled several businesses as entrepreneur. Languages: Dutch, English, German
John van Laarhoven

Solar Expert

Joining COOLBACK Company in 2013, John contributes 40 years of expertise in PV technology. A Physics Engineer, John draws from production and installation experience for such companies as Holec, Shell Solar, Econergy & CentroSolar/Ubbink. He is an advisor to both public (TKI) and private solar pioneering projects and has an extensive network and knowledge of technologies, certification and production in Solar. Languages: Dutch, English, German
Luigi Marras


Luigi is an expert in innovative materials and technologies, including plastics, surfaces, coating and printing. Having earned a master’s degree in Materials Engineering, a PhD in Materials Science and an Executive MBA focused on Innovation and Technology, Luigi has worked internationally in several industries: from biomedical and plastic films, to flexible electronics and renewable energy. Since 2011, Luigi has focused on innovations in plastic film converting for high-end industries, such as renewable energy (photovoltaic). Author of 20+ publications and the principal inventor of 12 international patents. Languages: Italian, English
Kostas Sinapis


Kostas is a solar energy expert with over 10 years of experience in various segments of the solar industry. He completed his electrical engineering studies in Greece and proceeded to earn his master and PhD in solar energy technologies in Germany and The Netherlands. Kostas has worked for major industrial players in the solar industry, such as Conergy and Solland Solar, and he was involved in R&D of systems and applications at major Dutch research institutes, including ECN and TNO. His field of expertise focuses on innovations of BIPV, Floating PV and power electronics for solar modules and systems. Languages: English, Greek

Supervisory Board

Henk Hutting

Boardmember (2011-2021)

Background in Physics on the topic of Heat transfer. CEO and co-founder of Curacao-based NuCapital, Inc. specialized in the development, financing and commissioning of renewable energy projects in the Caribbean and Central/ South America. Over 34 years of experience in the development and investment in wind energy worldwide. Previously the MD of Smart Tower, a joint venture of KEMA and Volker Stevin, specializing in support structures for offshore wind turbines.
Laurens Knegt


Economist with a career at Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Netherlands, with special interest on the liberalization of the energy market. Partner at Boer & Croon consulting, Board member at Maastricht University, Dutch representative at Aruba, Managing director at Eneco, Netbeheer Nederland, COGEN, advisor at TNO Caribbean, and supervisory board member at Maastricht health campus, ROC Albeda College Rotterdam.
Martin van Pernis


Electronics engineer with a career at Siemens Nederland NV, with the position of CEO there for 14 years. Board member to a large number of (listed) companies and institutions such as VNO-NCW, Feyenoord Rotterdam Football Club, Airbus Defense and Space, KIVI, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, G4S, Batenburg Techniek, ASM, Aalberts Industries.
Alex Oostvogel


Economics and Accounting background. Employment in Retail and with a long career at Shell before entering CFO position at Endemol. Transitioning to wind energy at Emergya in 2007 -2011. Advisor and Board Member at several companies and institutions, including investment boards.


Emilia Langtry

Marketing Communications Manager

Languages: English, Dutch
Alex Masolin

R&D Application Specialist

Languages: Italian, English, Dutch
Kyriakos Vattis

R&D PV Engineer

Languages: Greek, English, Dutch
Rien Wessels

Product Engineer

Languages: Dutch, English, German