The People behind Energyra

The Energyra initiative started in 2013 by a group of independent solar experts, industrial entrepreneurs and corporate managers. The management of the company is formed
(in alphabetical order) by;


Bert Schouws (Director, Member of the Board, CFO)

Trained as a certified auditor (13 years at EY), followed by 20 years of international corporate management in the financial industry (Fortis Investments; ABN Amro, Achmea, Rabobank). Associated with Boer & Croon Executive Interim Management since 2008. Experienced corporate leader and change manager. Latest: CFRO at ASR Bank and CFO a.i. at Nederlandse Spoorwegen.

Bert joined Energyra in 2015.

Daniël Kuijk (Co-founder, Managing Director, Chief Solar Enthusiasm)

Trained in IT and Communication, started his career at VNU, followed by 10 years of (international) corporate management and 15 years of entrepreneurship. Former Hoechst AG and AGFA Bayer product line- and marketing manager. Founder and managing director of two agencies, latest as General Manager of Xicero, servicing leading international (technology) companies such as TataSteel, Yamaha Europe, SAB, Ravo-Fayat, Greif and JTB Japan.

Daniël was at the base of Energyra at the very start in 2013 as founder, taking care of marketing and business development and guiding the client contacts. 

Erik Eikelboom (COO)

MSc in physics, many years of PV experience in various fields from fundamental research at ECN, R&D at Ubbink Solar and Centrosolar to hands on experience in trade, planning and installation of pv systems as a small business owner.

Erik joined Energyra from its official start in April 2018.

John van Laarhoven (CTO)

Educated as (solid state) physics Master of Science (Ir.), specialty PV solar cells. 36 years of (international) technical and business management in the Solar PV Industry. Former Holecsol, Royal Dutch Shell Group (Solar) and Centrosolar group in various roles in the PV business, amongst which Operation Management, Business Development in Development countries (Rural Electrification), Vice President Quality of the Centrosolar Group. (Co) founder and Managing Director of Ubbink Solar Modules BV and Solar Modules Nederland BV.

John entered Energyra in 2015 as CTO and is since 2016 member of the strategic advisory board of the “TKI Urban Energy”.