Antoine Aslanides is the Innovation Director for EDF Inc. He has been initiating and managing several transfers of innovations from start-up companies to the EDF Group. EDF Group is one of the largest power utility worldwide, serving more than 35 million customers worldwide. Antoine’s fields of experience mainly concern clean energy technologies and smart grids. Antoine joined EDF in 1999 beginning his career in France, occupying different managing positions at the R&D Division. He launched several European projects on Cleantech for the energy sector. He then moved to Germany, acting as Deputy Director of the European Institute for Energy Research, which is promoting public-private partnerships to develop sustainable approaches towards energy. He has been successful in managing a fast growing period, having tripled the activity portfolio and staff in less than 4 years.
Antoine earned a Master Degree of Science and a PhD in Solid State Physics from Paris University, as well as an Engineering Degree in Mechanics. He is living in San Francisco with his wife and their 3 children.
Johnson Controls, Inc
Andrew DeGuire is the Vice President of Strategy & Acquisitions, Building Efficiency, a US$13 billion division of Johnson Controls Inc. Andrew joined the company as the Director of Pricing Strategy in January 2002 and assumed his current responsibilities in October 2005.
Andrew and his team are responsible for leading the creation of the strategic plan for the Building Efficiency business and the resulting action plan. Andrew also manages the acquisition, integration and divestment process, as well as the internal consulting team. Andrew and his team have executed over $4 billion in transactions in sectors ranging from equipment to software to services to distribution. Andrew co-leads all technology partnership efforts for the Building Efficiency unit.
Prior to Johnson Controls Inc., Andrew was a strategy consultant for Monitor Company based in Boston, MA. He has also held a number of leadership positions at the Beloit Corporation as well as a start-up technology consulting firm.
Andrew holds a B.A. in Economics from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI and a M.A. in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He has also studied at the London School of Economics and Copenhagen Business School.
VantagePoint Venture Partners
Stephan has spent more than 25 years in Silicon Valley working exclusively with technology-driven companies. He joined VantagePoint in 1999. He is an active participant in many CleanTech advisory groups, including the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) Leadership Council, the Center for American Progress (CAP) Clean Tech Council and the University of Texas Energy Management and Innovation Center Advisory Board. Prior to joining the Firm, Stephan was a senior partner with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison acting as Managing Partner of that Firm’s Palo Alto Office, Head of the Business and Technology Group and Chairman of the Life Sciences Group. A graduate of the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia (BCP) and the University of Virginia School of Law (JD), he serves on the board of the UVA’s School of Architecture Foundation.
Nancy Floyd is Founder and Managing Director of Nth Power, the pioneering energy venture capital firm. Founded in 1993, Nth Power has $420M under management and has invested in 58 companies, some of the market leaders in renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, clean transportation, energy efficiency and green buildings.
Ms. Floyd has led Nth Power’s investments in Silicon Energy (NASDAQ: ITRI), Evergreen Solar (NASDAQ: ESLR), Smartsynch, BPL Global, SpectraSensors, Propel and Thetus. In addition to these Boards, Ms. Floyd sits on the board of ACORE (American Council on Renewable Energy) and the New Leaders Council. Prior to founding Nth Power, Ms. Floyd built, managed and negotiated the sale of two high-growth energy and telecommunications companies.
Ms. Floyd holds a masters degree in political science from Rutgers University (1977), where she was an Eagleton Fellow. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Franklin and Marshall College (1976).
Hercules Technology Growth Capital
Todd Jaquez-Fissori joined the company in 2009 as a Managing Director focusing on Cleantech deals at both the early and expansion stages. Mr. Jaquez-Fissori previously served as a Director at TriplePoint Capital and was a Managing Director at Siemens Venture Capital where he ran the Cleantech Practice investing in and sitting on the boards of 12 companies. Prior to working at Siemens, he was a venture capitalist at Boulder Ventures and at Mayfield. His cleantech portfolio includes: Prenova (energy efficiency), Serveron (smart grid monitoring) Zolo Technologies (coal-fired emission controls), BPL Global (Demand Response), SmartSync (smart grid), Tjet (OLED equipment), Simbol Mining (resource recovery), Undisclosed Solar (thin film solar), Calera (carbon capture), Propel Fuels (fuel distribution), Trilliant (smart grid), and GreatPoint Energy among others. Technology Portfolio includes: Aster Data (sold), Splunk, Richrelevance, and others. Todd has invested over $250MM in equity and debt capital in the last ten years. Mr. Jaquez-Fissori received a B.A. from Penn State University and an M.B.A. from the University of PA-Wharton School of Business. He is also founder of NextGen Partners of Silicon Valley, an organization of over 850 venture capitalists in the major venture markets dedicated to the growth and development of the industry’s pre-partner level associates. Todd regularly speaks on cleantech topics at various conferences and is actively looking for new and exciting cleantech opportunities for Hercules.
Kash is Director and Global Head of Energy and Sustainability Business Solutions at HP where he leads all functions of the business including M&A, alliances, sales, business development, product management, marketing and engineering. Previously, he was Global Head of Strategic Business Development for Enterprise New Business Incubation and joined HP as a member of the Strategy and Corporate Development team where he developed HP’s Cleantech strategy.
Before HP, Kash was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company in New York where he led client engagement teams and advised Fortune 25 high tech companies on Go-To-Market and sales channel strategies as well as Wall Street financial institutions on the strategic use of business technology. Previously, Kash was a consultant with Booz & Company in New York and a Principal/Staff Engineer at Sun Microsystems in Menlo Park where he led Solaris software development teams in the U.S., U.K., and China. Kash holds an MBA in Finance and Strategic Management from Columbia Business School and a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of New Hampshire. He was born and raised in Bombay, India and is fluent in three languages.
Silicon Valley Bank
Matt Maloney is Head of Silicon Valley Bank’s national Cleantech Practice. The practice extends to SVB’s national presence with hundreds of clients across the spectrum of Cleantech investment, most of which are venture-backed.
Maloney has over 20 years of experience investing in and lending to the technology industry. Prior to joining Silicon Valley Bank in 2002, Maloney co-founded Enflexion Capital, a specialty debt provider for alternative communications companies. From 1989 to 2000, Maloney held several business development and senior management positions in GATX Capital’s Technology Services group that grew from zero to more than $500 million during his tenure. Among other roles, he developed, structured and managed numerous technology investment joint ventures, spearheaded strategic acquisitions and founded the company’s Telecom Investments group. Prior work experience includes investment banking and money center commercial banking.
Maloney earned a bachelor’s degree from Guilford College and a master’s of business administration from Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Robert O’Connor is the managing partner of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s Salt Lake City office. Bob’s practice focuses on helping technology and growth companies form, organize, and capitalize businesses; raise capital through private and public debt and equity financings; and buy and sell companies and technologies. He is a frequent speaker on topics relating to securities laws and corporate governance. Prior to rejoining Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati to open its Salt Lake City office, Bob served a brief stint as general counsel for Provo-based InsurQuote Systems.
Robert is the co-author of “The Initial Public Offering: A Guidebook for Executives and Boards of Directors”. He has a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles and earned his J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.
Walter L. Schindler
Walter Schindler is Managing Partner of SAIL Venture Partners, LLC, one of the pioneers and leaders of cleantech investing. The firm has offices in California, New York, and Washington DC, and was recently nominated as Private Equity Manager of the Year by Foundation & Endowment Money Management. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Xtreme Power Solutions and FlexEnergy. Prior to SAIL, Mr. Schindler was the Managing Partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Orange County, California office, one of the largest in its worldwide network. He was the lead strategic advisor in over 60 mergers, acquisitions, LBO’s and IPO’s. Mr. Schindler earned his B.A, M.A and Ph.D. from Yale University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Italy.
Dr. Vicky J. Sharpe
Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)
Vicky Sharpe is President and CEO of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), a Government of Canada initiative whose mission is to help develop and commercialize clean technologies that will strengthen economic and environmental performance in Canada.
As founding CEO, Vicky has increased the investment pool from $100M to over $1B and mobilized private sector capital resulting in $1.5B of cleantech projects currently under SDTC management. With over 25 years of experience in the energy industry, Dr. Sharpe has successfully integrated sustainable development into business practices.
Dr. Sharpe has served on numerous committees, in particular as an international advisor on sustainability issues; has represented the Canadian energy sector at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Forum; and has chaired both the National Advisory Board on Energy, Science and Technology, and the Board of Directors of Clean Air Canada Inc.
Dr. Sharpe holds a B.Sc. Honours in Applied Biology from Bath University, UK, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Chemistry, as applied to water pollution control, from Trent University, UK
Dr. Wal van Lierop
Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital
Wal is Co-Founder, President & CEO of Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital, the world’s most active cleantech venture capital firm in 2010. Prior to the last ten years he’s spent with Chrysalix, he headed new energy technology investments for Westcoast Energy and was an international management consultant to energy-related blue-chip companies with McKinsey & Company. Wal also has an extensive teaching background both in Europe and North America teaching venture capital and entrepreneurial finance at some of the top universities. He is the founder of several new-venture and cleantech organizations, was an original Advisory Board member for the Cleantech Group, has written and edited several books and scientific articles, and travels the globe speaking at industry conferences. Wal holds a PhD in Economics from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.