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Aurora combines in-depth UK, German and EU policy experience with knowledge of academic research in energy, the environment, and finance.

Our directors and advisors define the company’s research agenda, in consultation with clients, and their expertise shapes Aurora’s forecasting models, analyses, and reports.

Bright economists, engineers, and programmers from the world’s best universities make up Aurora’s team. We think through the economics, and follow the evolution of policy meticulously, undertaking modelling and research to make it easy for our clients to answer the questions that matter for their organisations.

John Feddersen

Dr John Feddersen

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
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John Feddersen

Dr John Feddersen

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

John Feddersen is Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Aurora Energy Research.

Prior to co-founding Aurora, John advised major government and private sector clients with the Boston Consulting Group throughout Australia and South-East Asia. Earlier, John began his business career with Deutsche Bank.

John is a Visiting Fellow of the University of Oxford. His commentary and analysis regularly appears in major international press and he has published in leading peer-reviewed academic journals. John holds a first class honors degree in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Melbourne, and MPhil and DPhil degrees in Economics, awarded with the George Webb Medley Prize, from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Dieter Helm

Prof Dieter Helm

Director

Dieter Helm serves on Aurora’s Board of Directors. With his energy expertise, acquired during decades advising at the highest levels of business and government, he defines and guides the company’s research and analysis.

Dieter has published widely on energy, infrastructure, and climate change. Dieter’s latest book Burn Out – The Endgame for Fossil Fuels was published in March 2017 and The Carbon Crunch – Revised & Updated, was published in 2015 by Yale University Press. He is Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Oxford and a Fellow in Economics at New College, Oxford.

Cameron Hepburn

Prof Cameron Hepburn

Director

Cameron Hepburn serves as Chair of Aurora’s Board of Directors.

He advises governments, corporations, and international institutions around the world (especially in the UK, EU, China and Australia) on energy, environment and climate policy.

His expertise helps shape the company’s environmental economics research. He has had an entrepreneurial career, co-founding successful businesses in economics and energy and investing in social enterprises.

Cameron is Professor of Environmental Economics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of New College, Oxford. He is also Professorial Research Fellow at London School of Economics’ Grantham Research Institute. Cameron has degrees in law and engineering, a doctorate in economics, and peer-reviewed publications in environmental economics, public policy, engineering, law, philosophy, and biology.

John-Paul Whyatt

John-Paul Whyatt

Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer
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John-Paul Whyatt

John-Paul Whyatt

Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer

John Paul Whyatt is the Chief Operating Officer of Aurora Energy Research.

After beginning his career as a consultant working primarily in Russia, John Paul spent 7 years in investment banking, initially covering Russian oil & gas majors at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and later joining Bear Stearns, where he became a Managing Director in telecoms and media. In 2005 he co-founded a Tanzanian agribusiness, originally conceived as a primary producer of biodiesel, which he and his partner grew in 10 years into the largest rice producer in East Africa.

John Paul has a BA in Philosophy and French from Oxford, and a MGA from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Thouron Scholar.

Colin Mayer

Prof Colin Mayer

Director

Colin Mayer is a Director of Aurora.

He is an expert on corporate finance, corporate governance and regulation, and has advised corporations, governments, and international agencies on these topics for nearly three decades. He is currently a member of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal and the UK Government Natural Capital Committee.

Colin is the Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies at the Saïd Business School, Oxford, a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Honorary Fellow of Oriel College and St Anne’s College, Oxford, and a Professorial Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford.

John Hood

Sir John Hood

Director

Sir John Hood advises Aurora on corporate governance and energy market dynamics.

He is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Robertson Foundation. He currently serves on the Boards of Blackstone and WPP, and as Chairman of Study Group Ltd and BMT Group. Since 2011, Sir John has served as Chair of the Rhodes Trustees and from 2004 until September 2009, he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford.

He was formerly Vice-Chancellor of the University of Auckland and has also been a director of a number of New Zealand-based companies, including the Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd and ASB Bank Limited, a subsidiary of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Previously Sir John served as Chairman of Tonkin & Taylor Ltd.

Rick van der Ploeg

Prof Rick van der Ploeg

Shareholder Advisor

Rick van der Ploeg works closely with Aurora’s team to model resource extraction and macroeconomic policy.

He is Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford and Research Director of the Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies. He is also Senior Research Fellow of New College, Oxford and Adjunct Professor at the VU University Amsterdam. Rick is a former financial spokesperson, Member of Parliament, and State Secretary of Education, Science and Culture in the Netherlands.

Rick is a macroeconomics and public finance scholar, but his current research interests are natural resources, energy and climate. He has advised the IMF, the World Bank, the OECD, the EU, and various national governments, and he is a board member of several profit and non-profit organisations.

Ben Irons

Dr Ben Irons

Shareholder Advisor
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Ben Irons

Dr Ben Irons

Shareholder Advisor

Dr Benjamin Irons is a leading expert on the GB power market. An investor and former Director of Aurora Energy Research, he led the GB Commissioned Projects team for 4 years, building a market-leading expert team who have acted as market advisers on numerous high-profile transactions on both buy and sell side, debt and equity.

Prior to joining Aurora, Ben spent 6 years at McKinsey and Company in London, consulting on energy and sustainability, followed by 3 years at Centrica Energy as Director of Strategy where he played an active part in investment planning and management of energy assets including thermal and renewable generation, oil, gas and LNG.

Ben earned a first class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering in New Zealand, followed by an MPhil and DPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford.

Manuel Koehler

Dr Manuel Koehler

Managing Director of Germany
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Manuel Koehler

Dr Manuel Koehler

Managing Director of Germany

Manuel leads Aurora’s German and Continental European activities and advises financial investors, utilities and policy makers on power and commodity markets.

While at Aurora, Manuel has:

  • Advised BEH on their 1.4 EUR billion acquisition of the market leading energy-from-waste company EEW in German
  • Advised on various multimillion EUR gas pipeline transactions in central Europe for Private equity investors and infrastructure funds
  • Quantified total system costs of coal-to-biomass conversions to support regulatory engagement for major power utility
  • Developed an investment strategy in decentral generation assets for infrastructure fund

Prior to joining Aurora, Manuel spent 5 years at McKinsey and Company in Berlin. Projects he led during his time at McKinsey include strategy development and valuation for a portfolio of lignite plants and mines in Eastern Germany, bidding strategies for wind offshore farms as well as a major research initiative on the impact of capacity mechanisms in the European power market.

Manuel studied Mathematics and Physics at the University of Gottingen, holds a PhD, magna cum laude, in Mathematics from the University of Gottingen and University of California, Berkeley where he studied as a Fulbright scholar.

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Richard Howard

Richard Howard

Head of Research

Richard is the Head of Research and is responsible for managing and developing Aurora’s suit of market intelligence services.

Before joining Aurora he was a Director and Head of Energy and Environment at Policy Exchange, where he authored a number of influential reports on energy and environmental policy and regulation. Prior to that he was the Chief Economist at The Crown Estate.

Richard has a first class degree in Economics and an MSc in Environmental Policy.

Jonathan Black

Dr Jonathan Black

Head of Modelling

As Head of Modelling, Jonathan leads the development of Aurora’s modelling capabilities.

While at Aurora, Jonathan has:

  • Advanced Aurora’s modelling for the cross-industry study on ‘The New Economics of Offshore Wind’
  • Been responsible for the modelling behind multiple Aurora forecasts and commissioned projects

Prior to joining Aurora Jonathan worked at The National Physical Laboratory in the Mathematics, Modelling and Simulation group where his main work involved developing optimisation algorithms for the placement of sensors in an electricity grid.

Jonathan holds a MSci in Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics from the University of Birmingham and a DPhil in Applied Mathematics from the University of Oxford.

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Hugo Batten

Hugo Batten

Head of GB Renewables
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Hugo Batten

Hugo Batten

Head of GB Renewables

Hugo is Head of GB Renewables. Hugo advises clients on all aspects of the UK power market – regulation, strategy, financing, and operational optimisation. He also has specialises in global gas markets.

While at Aurora, Hugo has:

  • Authored a major cross-industry study on ‘The New Economics of Offshore Wind’
  • Led a review of the development of ancillary services markets for a major UK infrastructure investor
  • Driven a major due diligence on a ~£10b energy commodity infrastructure asset
  • Authored Aurora’s report on the impact of Brexit on the UK energy industry
  • Led Aurora’s expansion of LNG modelling capabilities

Prior to Aurora, Hugo spent 6 years at McKinsey & Co where he worked as a Project Leader in energy and resources and spent time in the Sydney and New York offices.

Hugo undertook his undergraduate studies at the University of Melbourne in Law, and completed an MBA and MPA at the University of Oxford.

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Caroline Appleton Turner

Caroline Appleton Turner

Operations Manager

Caroline Appleton Turner is Operations Manager for Aurora Energy research, where she is responsible for the design, implementation and ongoing enhancement of the company’s operations, HR, IT, compliance systems and culture. Caroline is an experienced and dynamic business leader with a proven track record in delivering business procedures to enhance company performance and to achieve key financial and strategic goals. Her experience includes delivering major digital transformation projects for global clients: utility providers, oil and gas, CPG and pharmaceutical companies. Prior to joining Aurora, Caroline spent eight years developing and leading the global business processes and client operations department of a high-growth, international and award-winning SAP consultancy using cutting edge technologies.

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Mateusz Wronski

Mateusz Wronski

Head of Product Development
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Mateusz Wronski

Mateusz Wronski

Head of Product Development

Mateusz is the Head of Product Development at Aurora. He develops Aurora’s market intelligence services, including forecasts, strategic insight reports and Aurora’s data and analytics platform – EOS.

While at Aurora, Mateusz has:

  • Authored multiple market insight reports quoted in major media outlets, on topics spanning energy finance, decarbonisation of electricity, security of supply, gas and oil
  • Led Aurora’s influential research into critical policy issues including the Capacity Market design and interconnection support
  • Developed GB Power Market Forecast – Aurora’s flagship publication used by over 80% of GB electricity market participants
  • Led the design and development of EOS – Aurora’s data and analytics platform
  • Developed Aurora’s monthly research notes on electricity markets

Prior to joining Aurora Mateusz gained experience with UBS Investment Bank in London, where he was a member of the M&A Execution Team. Earlier, he began his career as a quantitative modeller for a London-based collateralised debt boutique.

Mateusz holds a BA degree in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford. Before Oxford he studied in Poland, where he was a Prime Minister scholar.

Sebastian Just

Dr Sebastian Just

Head of Commercial

Sebastian is Head of Commercial and is responsible for developing and marketing Aurora’s market intelligence services.

Prior to joining Aurora, Sebastian spent 5 years working for Gazprom in Berlin, where he was responsible for Strategic Business Development. Prior to that he was a project leader at BCG and advised European utilities on strategic, organisational and operational issues.

Sebastian holds a PhD in energy economics from University of Duisburg-Essen. His research on short-term flexibility markets for electricity in Germany was published in Energy Economics and Journal of Regulatory Economics. He studied business administration at Leipzig Graduate School of Management.

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Felix Chow-Kambitsch

Dr Felix Chow-Kambitsch

Head of Flexible Energy & Battery Storage
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Felix Chow-Kambitsch

Dr Felix Chow-Kambitsch

Head of Flexible Energy & Battery Storage

Felix is Head of Flexible Energy & Battery Storage and co-leads Aurora’s Commissioned Projects team. Felix advises utilities, investors and policy makers on UK energy markets.

While at Aurora, Felix has:

  • Advised on various multimillion pound transactions of power infrastructure
  • Led the development of Aurora’s GB Distributed and Flexible Energy Service that now has dozens of company subscribers
  • Advised a UK government department on the trade-offs between renewables and nuclear, helping shape long-term infrastructure policy
  • Developed a power market balancing services strategy for a major utility

Felix started his professional career as a researcher at the Bank of Canada. He was later a tutor in economics at St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford, where he taught for 3 years.

Felix holds MPhil and DPhil degrees in Economics from the University of Oxford. He also studied at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management from which he holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

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Stuart Tricklebank

Dr Stuart Tricklebank

Head of Software

Stuart started his career as a Software Developer and has gone on to build and lead a number of large software teams working on very complex and high transaction cloud services. This includes heading the development for a large and complex service which transformed exam paper marking and is widely used to support marking GCSEs, Baccalaureates and other high-stakes tests around the world.

Stuart has a first class degree in Computer Science (BSc) from Leeds University.

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