John Sedgwick, President, VDE Americas
John is a serial entrepreneur with over two decades of experience in the renewable energy industry. In 2013, John co-founded VDE Americas, a wholly-owned subsidiary of one of the largest technology organizations in Europe, with the goal of advancing the deployment of insurable and bankable clean energy projects. John serves as the president of VDE Americas, holds a seat on its board of directors, and leads the development of the company’s innovative and proprietary hail risk assessment and mitigation capabilities. More than a decade earlier, in late 2001, John co-founded Solaicx, a solar technology company that invented and commercialized a proprietary process for the continuous growth of high-quality silicon ingots. As the EVP of Solaicx, John secured technology patents; negotiated a long-term supply agreement with SunPower; and later played a key role in selling the company to SunEdison (formerly MEMC). John is an avid sailor, aviation enthusiast, and amateur astronomer who received a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from San Jose State University.