Michael Ellis leads Cleantech Group 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.
Bob Finzi joined Sprout as a General Partner in May 1991 when Sprout assumed management of two public venture capital funds originated by Merrill Lynch and became Co-Managing Partner in November 2003. Bob joined Merrill Lynch Venture Capital, Inc. in 1984 and became a Partner in 1985. Previously, he was an Associate with Menlo Ventures and served as a consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). Bob attended Harvard Business School (MBA, Baker Scholar, Loeb Rhoades Fellow) and Lehigh University (BS, with Highest Honors; MS, Byllesby Fellow).
Other Investments: Aspen Education Group (CRC Health Corp.), Concur Technologies (CNQR), CommVault (CVLT), Edison Schools, Inference, Intercept, Inc., Left Hand Networks, Inc., Network Equipment Technology, Photon Dynamics, Platinum Software (Epicor), Pyxis, Risk Data (HNC Software), Silicon Design Labs (Mentor Graphics), Teachscape Inc., U.S. Paging (Skytel), Watchfire (IBM)
David Greenberg, Executive Vice President
David Greenberg works at the C-Suite and board level on governance, culture and leadership as well as on issues and strategy on ethics and compliance, corporate social responsibility and public affairs. He also writes and speaks on behalf of LRN on how our philosophy and solutions can help companies and organizations achieve their purpose through values-based self-governance.
Greenberg joined LRN from Altria Group, Inc., where his tenure of more than two decades culminated in the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, heading Altria’s enterprise-wide efforts on compliance and integrity as one of only five senior vice presidents of the parent corporation. Prior to this, he held numerous senior positions at Altria, and its operating unit Philip Morris International, in the United States, Europe and globally, including responsibility for environment, social responsibility, government affairs and communications.
Greenberg also was a partner with the law firm of Arnold & Porter; served as Legislative Director and General Counsel for the Consumer Federation of America; and was a legislative representative, organizer and writer for Ralph Nader. Greenberg has testified before the U.S. Congress, the European Union, the Israeli Knesset and other governmental bodies over two dozen times and has appeared on ABC Nightline, the CBS Morning News, BBC Morning, and the PBS News Hour, and has spoken at leading events for CEOs and boards.
Greenberg received a J.D./M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Law School/Graduate School of Business. He also attended Williams College and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Hank Habicht possesses an extensive environmental and energy background in both the public and private sectors. He currently serves as Managing Partner of SAIL Venture Partners, a leading venture capital fund investing in leading-edge clean energy, water and related technologies. Prior to his SAIL affiliation, Mr. Habicht served as CEO of the Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF), where he now serves as Vice Chairman. He is a founding Principal of Capital E, LLC, a firm that promotes investment in new energy technology and also serves as Commissioner on the National Commission on Energy Policy. Previously, Mr. Habicht was Senior Vice President of Safety-Kleen Corporation, a provider of industrial and recycling services to 400,000 customers with sales of over $1 billion. Prior to his position with Safety-Kleen, Mr. Habicht was Chief Operating Officer of U.S. EPA under Administrator William K. Reilly.
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.
Wayne Keast is the Managing Partner of the Evolution One Fund and an executive director of Inspired Evolution Investment Managers (the Manager). He is also the Chief Executive of Consensus Environment, the $500m New Energy and Environmental infrastructure private equity investment arm of the London based Consensus Business Group. Wayne is also a founding Partner & Investment Director of the $250m Abu Dhabi Masdar Cleantech Fund.
Wayne is a Non-Executive Director of several Cleantech investee companies. Current and past NED positions including, Econergy International plc (a listed Americas based clean energy developer, carbon broker & consultancy), Renewable Energy Holdings plc (a listed European clean energy developer), Duratherm Inc (a Texas based hydrocarbon recycling and metal recovery business), HaloSource, Inc (a Seattle based water purification business), Dynamotive Energy Systems Inc (a listed Canadian / US bio oil & biomass), Bowman Power (UK based turbo electric technology) and Green Gas Int’l (Global Coal mine methane & Landfill Gas developer).
Wayne led an investment team that has invested and committed more than $700m into Cleantech and Environmental infrastructure investments around the world. He is on the strategic committee and advisory board for Aloe Environment Fund II (the €100m European, India & China focused technology and infrastructure fund) and the advisory board of Chrysalix Energy II LP (the $70m early stage North American Cleantech fund). Past advisory board positions include, Expansion Capital Cleantech Fund II (the $100m US based expansion stage fund) and Environmental Technology Fund (UK based £100m Cleantech fund).
Prior to joining Consensus in 2005, Wayne spent several years in corporate finance, strategy consulting, venture capital and private equity positions. He was VP Corporate Finance at Edengene Finance from 2003-2005 and Chief Financial Officer at ePartners, eVentures and Softbank UK Ventures (the $1.2 billion global private equity and business incubation group) from 2000 – 2003. From 1994-1999 Wayne was Group Financial Director & Head of Corporate Development for a large South African conglomerate of 22 diverse operating and investment companies (including retail, manufacture, construction, trade finance) Wayne holds a Bachelor’s and Honour’s degree in Accounting Science, Commerce & Finance [BCompt (Hons) CTA] from the University of South Africa and is a qualified Chartered Accountant [CA (SA)].
Nicholas Parker co-founded the Cleantech Group, introducing the cleantech concept to the investment and business community in 2002. Previously Nicholas accumulated over 15 years experience starting and investing venture funds worldwide through limited partnerships, family offices, corporate funds and endowments. During this time, he pioneered the first “sustainability” driven private equity funds and participated in one of the first solar IPOs. In the 1990s, he also founded, built and sold an environmental finance firm. He has served as an advisor to multilateral agencies and major corporations. Nicholas earned a BA Hons. in Technology Studies (Carleton University, Ottawa) and an MBA (City University, London), and has authored or edited more than ten publications related to cleantech, finance and international business, starting with Investing in Emerging Economies in 1993. He served as Chairman of E+Co, a public purpose investment company for clean energy enterprises in developing countries, and is on several boards, including: Government of Singapore Cleantech Advisory Board, Canadian Centre of Excellence for Commercialization of Research and the X PRIZE Energy & Environment Council. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). Nicholas has lived and worked in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America and currently resides with his two children in Toronto.