Executive Team

 

CEO – Sheeraz Haji

As CEO of Cleantech Group, Sheeraz Haji is one of the world’s most influential cleantech thought-leaders and trusted advisors to global companies and executives. Prior to joining the company, Sheeraz served for eight years as co-founder and CEO of GetActive, a venture-backed software-as-a-service, customer relationship management company. He led GetActive’s merger with Convio, then as Convio’s president built a company with 1,200 clients and 300 employees.

Sheeraz has also worked as a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company; entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR) for El Dorado Ventures; operations executive for GMO, a global management investment firm; and product manager for Digital Impact (acquired by Acxiom). Sheeraz launched his career as an environmental engineer with Environ International. He has Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in environmental engineering from Brown University and Stanford University respectively. Sheeraz also holds dual U.S. and French citizenship.


Managing Director Europe & Asia – Richard Youngman

Richard Youngman is responsible for driving the growth of Cleantech Group’s activities outside North America, especially in Europe and Israel, and Asia. He is based in Cleantech Group’s office in London.

Richard has more than seven years experience researching cleantech innovation, venture capital markets, and start-ups across Europe and Globally. He is a regular keynote speaker at major cleantech events and is the driving force behind the annual Global Cleantech 100, a list of the World’s most promising private cleantech companies. He authors periodic reports, such as The Rise of the Corporation in Cleantech.

Most recently, he was Vice President of Research & Operations at Library House, where he ran the Library House Research team, which discovered and collected the information about high-growth companies that underpinned that company’s data, analytical, and event services. Before Library House, Richard ran his own advisory firm conducting research and consulting on the measurement and evaluation of intangible assets and intellectual capital for organizations such as the European Commission. This followed nine years building a broad-based finance and research background with leading financial institutions such as ABN AMRO, Barclays Capital and BZW in the City of London. His work was centered on the debt markets and revolved around financing M&A deals and advising clients on achieving alignment between their financial and strategic plans. Richard has an MA from Cambridge University, and an MBA from Theseus International Management Institute, Sophia Antipolis, France.


Partner – Michael Ellis

Michael Ellis leads Cleantech Group’s Advisory practice, bringing expertise in strategy, marketing, and change management.

He leads the firm’s work with General Electric, where the firm has been the principal strategic advisor at the highest levels on the creation, implementation, and ongoing development of ecomagination since its inception in 2004.  His other engagements have focused on the development and marketing of product portfolios and identification of new market opportunities.  He has presented at numerous conferences on topics including green marketing and associated regulation, electric vehicles, supply chain sustainability, and developing company-wide sustainability and innovation strategies.

Previously, while at the consulting firm Katzenbach Partners (now part of Booz & Company), Michael led client projects in change management, cost-cutting, and strategy development. He also founded and led the firm’s cleantech practice area.  While at Harvard Business School, Michael consulted to solar and ethanol startups on matters including business model development and greenhouse gas management.

Michael graduated from Yale College summa cum laude with a B.A. in Cognitive Science and from Harvard Business School with an MBA, where he was a Baker Scholar.


Vice President, Business Development – Catherine Jhung

Catherine is the VP of Business Development at Cleantech Group, where she focuses on building valuable relationships with and between the firm’s corporate, investor, government, non-profit and cleantech company clients. She is responsible for managing the company’s expansion strategy, and is called on by clients to drive internal and external deal making activities. One part of her role is leading the company’s global sales organization.

Catherine has led business development teams at a variety of startups in the research, software, and advertising industries, helping them develop their sales and go-to-market strategies. Previously, she was the Director of Sales at edo Interactive, a pioneering firm developing digital marketing technologies leveraging pre-existing global, point of sale payments infrastructures along with modern social networking communities. Prior to edo Interactive, Catherine spent over five years on the executive team at Equilar, the leading research firm for benchmarking executive and board compensation. There, she built and managed the business development and client services divisions from the ground up, growing the business to over 600 clients.

Catherine holds a B.S. in Managerial Economics and a minor in Computer Information Systems from UC Davis and a M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

 

Advisors

Senior Advisor – Fred Chang

Fred_ChangBased in Shanghai, China as the Cleantech Group’s China Senior Advisor, Fred assists Western and Chinese companies address China’s energy, environmental and sustainable resources challenges and opportunities.

With over 20 years of professional work experience as a management consultant, entrepreneur, and PE/VC investor in the United States and Greater China, Fred has uniquely integrated consulting, financial advisory and business execution services to help Western and Chinese companies excel in China to succeed globally.  Fred started his career in McKinsey & Company’s Greater China offices participating in China market entry studies, due diligence and strategy work for private equity firms, as well as a 30-year Energy and Environmental Policy for the Taiwan government.  Fred later worked at GE Equity in the US headquarters and Silicon Valley before returning to China to pursue entrepreneurship where he led two VC-backed companies.  Fred then returned to the investment side where he launched and led the China office of Intellectual Ventures, a US-based intellectual property investment fund, and global cleantech VC firm Chrysalix Clean Energy Capital China.

Fred attended Beijing University, the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and the Lauder Institute of International Affairs, where he holds a joint MBA/MA.


Senior Advisor – Greg Neichin

2013-Greg-117Greg has a range of expertise helping organizations successfully adapt to innovation and has worked in a variety of consulting, operating, and entrepreneurial roles.  Greg began his professional career as a Consultant with Mercer Management Consulting and subsequently advised a global client base on technology trends and commercialization for SRI Consulting Business Intelligence. Greg spent four years on the management team of GetActive (merged with Convio), a developer of CRM software for advocacy and charitable organizations, where he led a variety of sales, marketing, and partnership efforts as Vice President, Business Development and worked in strategy and business development for Redback Networks – a leading telecommunications equipment vendor acquired by Ericsson. In addition, he co-founded PlaceVine, a leading web-based information service.

Greg has a B.A. in Economics and Government from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he was a recipient of the Price Fellowship for studies in Entrepreneurial Management.


Senior Advisor – Truman Semans

Truman-SemansTruman has 20 years experience at the intersection of business, environment, and policy. He has worked with companies in industries including oil and gas, power, transportation, chemicals, manufacturing, IT, and financial services on corporate strategy for low carbon market opportunities, technology innovation, new business partnerships, and strategic policy engagement.

Prior to joining GreenOrder, Truman directed the Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC) at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, growing it into the largest U.S.-based business association focused on climate change solutions — 45 companies with combined revenue of $2.8 trillion and 4 million employees worldwide. While at Pew, Truman also was part of the founding team and Executive Committee of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP).

Before Pew, Truman served as Vice President of Ecos Technologies, a consultant with McKinsey & Co., the U.S. Treasury’s International Economist on energy and environment, and Program Manager at the International Institute for Energy Conservation. From 1995-1999, he was a member of the U.S. climate change negotiating team. He has published widely and been covered in the Financial Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, and Petroleum Economist.

Truman has a Masters in Economics and International Relations from Johns Hopkins SAIS and an MBA from Duke University. He serves on the boards of the National Wildlife Federation, Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, the American Farmland Trust, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.