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.