Laura Nereng, Program Manager, Customer Inspired Innovation – Clean Tech
Laura Nereng leads a Clean Tech Growth Initiative at 3M. The Clean Tech Department is an R&D group in 3M’s Industrial Business Group and focuses on non-incremental growth opportunities which have the potential to provide high impact for society and provide high growth for 3M. Duties are to scout, qualify, facilitate, and execute R&D programs and investments that will position 3M to participate in Clean Tech. Clean Tech scope includes Energy (opportunities which address Energy Generation, Storage, or Efficiency), Water (Desalination or Treatment/Purification), Air Purification, and Renewable Materials.
Laura holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University. Her 24 years of experience at 3M include assignments in engineering, product development, manufacturing, marketing, sales, strategic planning and business development.
Grant Allen, Senior Vice President
ABB TECHNOLOGY VENTURES
Grant Allen is Senior Vice President of ABB Technology Ventures (ATV), the venture capital arm of ABB. Headquartered in Zurich, with offices in Silicon Valley and Washington, DC, ATV invests in high potential power, automation and green technology companies that can benefit from ABB’s engineering resources and broad global access. Grant has led investments in Validus DC Systems (datacenter power systems; acquired 19 months after investment), Scotrenewables (tidal turbines), TaKaDu (water utility SaaS analytics) and Industrial Defender (SCADA/ICS cybersecurity).
Prior to ATV, Grant spent almost four years with Core Capital Partners, a $350 million venture fund, where his investments included Infinite Power Solutions (thin-film batteries), Univa (distributed resource management for big data/big compute) and OLO (mobile payments). Earlier in his career, he worked at Microsoft in their Mobile & Embedded Devices division; Jingle Networks (backed by First Round Capital, Goldman Sachs; sold for $63 million); and several start-ups, including a web services firm he co-founded as an undergraduate. He is an active angel investor, a founding member of NextGen Angels and an advisor to Uppidy, Aquicore and Melon (acquired by WegoWise). He is also Chairman of the Ocular Melanoma Foundation, for which he received the EnVest Foundation’s ‘40 Under 40’ award. Grant holds degrees from Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering and The Wharton School.
Rhea Hamilton, Executive Director
Ms. Hamilton is presently an Executive Director at aeris CAPITAL, heading direct investments in renewable energy and clean technology. Prior to joining aeris, Ms. Hamilton was an Investment Director at RobecoSAM Private Equity, formerly part of the greater Rabobank Group. In this position, she built and managed a portfolio of cleantech related direct investments across diverse geographies. She served as a Board member/ observer for six portfolio companies, was on the Advisory Board of several funds, and acted as an advisor for the European Sustainable Energy Technology fund. Ms. Hamilton came from Royal Dutch Shell, where she held various positions including acting CFO of Shell Hydrogen, and head of Investor Relations for Shell’s global Exploration and Production business.
Ms. Hamilton began her career with Shell Canada Ltd., where she worked in Exploration and Production oriented deal teams. She holds a Geological Engineering degree with a specialisation in Geophysics, from the University of British Columbia, Canada, an international MBA from IESE in Barcelona, Spain, and a diploma from the Institute of Directors (IoD) in the UK. She has published several articles in scientific journals as part of her scientific work in Antarctica.
Greg Fleming, Investment Director
ALIAD (Air Liquide)
Greg Fleming is an Investment Director within the Air Liquide corporate venture capital team of ALIAD (Air Liquide Investissements d’Avenir et de Démonstration). Director of Innovation and Academic Partnerships within the Corporate Research Group of Air Liquide. In this role, he has launched both internal and external innovation programs to detect, develop and deploy new technologies for gases and related services.
Prior to this assignment, he was Director of Innovation and Academic Partnerships within the Corporate Research Group of Air Liquide. He also served as Associate Director at the Air Liquide research center in Delaware where he was responsible for building and managing a number of technology teams including separations, combustion and hydrogen technologies.
Greg started his career at DuPont where he helped develop the MEDAL gas separation membrane technology. He later moved to Air Liquide and served in a number of roles in development of the MEDAL technology, including the role of Director of Research.
Greg serves on the Board of two companies within the ALIAD portfolio.
Jean-Pascal Tranie, President
ALOE PRIVATE EQUITY
Jean-Pascal Tranié is an experienced Venture Capitalist who has held senior executive positions in Veolia Energy during the early 90’s (including CEO of the German division).
He then managed Vivendi’s Media and Multimedia divisions, and became CEO of the venture capital branch Viventures Partners.
In 2003, Jean-Pascal co-founded Aloe Private Equity, a EU based private equity group focused on environment and renewable energy investments, with an emphasis on Greater China and India. He sits on the board of Longmen (coalbed methane in China), ATG (clean energy and waste water treatment), Alphapet (PET bottle recycling in India), Vertaris (high end paper from 100% recycled sources).
Aloe Private Equity manages € 175 million dedicated to clean energy, waste recycling and eco-processes companies which enable future generations to meet their economic, environmental and social needs.
Paul Gagliardo, Manager of Innovation Development
Paul Gagliardo is the manager of Innovation Development for American Water, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. In this role, Mr. Gagliardo is responsible for identifying new technologies that can be incorporated into American Water’s various business enterprises. He leads the company’s Innovation Development Process, which tests and develops new technologies and processes for use in the company and the water industry.
He came to American Water in 2009 from Natawa Corporation, a start-up company focused on utilities and technology within a public-private partnership framework, where he served as vice president. Prior to this position, he was the senior program director for Earth Tech Inc., leading a team of engineers, construction managers and technicians in the winning and execution of water and wastewater- related projects.
Mr. Gagliardo also spent twenty plus years at the city of San Diego, where he created and managed the Aqua2000 Research Center, a program focused on the testing of new technologies for use in the water and wastewater business.
Mr. Gagliardo is a registered engineer in that state of California and holds a master’s degree in public health from San Diego State University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Union College.
Cedric Latessa, Investment Manager
Prior to joining Aster Capital in 2010, Cédric has been active in Venture Capital for the past 10 years. He first held long term internships in early stage VC funds like Mangrove (Luxembourg), Mileno Capital (Spain) and FCJE (France). He also worked for a year at the EIF, Europe’s leading fund of funds.
Cédric started his career at BIP (Luxembourg) where he was responsible for investing in early and later stage technology funds and made 8 co-investments with them as well as 2 direct investments. He subsequently joined DFJ Esprit (UK) as an Investment Manager where he led the fundraising efforts and deal flow sourcing activities in Cleantech and tech related companies in Europe. He also co-founded or has been closely involved with three Cleantech companies.
Cédric has 3 master degrees including 2 from Sciences Po Paris in Finance and European politics and is fluent in Spanish and English.
Cédric is responsible for managing the investment in OST.
Rob Day, Partner
BLACK ROCK CORAL
Rob Day is a Partner with Black Coral Capital, based in Boston. He has been a cleantech private equity investor since 2004, and acts or has served as a Director, Observer and advisory board member to multiple companies in the energy tech and related sectors, currently including Noesis (www.noesis.com), Digital Lumens (www.digitallumens.com), Next Step Living (www.nextsteplivinginc.com), Powerit Solutions (www.poweritsolutions.com), and Zeta Communities (www.zetacommunities.com).
Rob is the Chair of the upcoming conference “NextWave Greentech Investing”, by Greentech Media. He serves as the Co-Chairman of the Cleantech Open – Northeast Region (www.ice-cleantechopen.com), and was previously a co-founder of the Renewable Energy Business Network, a non-profit organization which was acquired in 2009 by the Clean Economy Network (now part of the Advanced Energy Economy www.aee.net). Since 2005 he has also authored the website Cleantech Investing (www.cleantechvc.com), which currently appears on GreentechMedia.com.
Formerly a consultant with Bain & Company, Rob has worked with companies and evaluated private equity transactions in the energy/ utilities, telecom, IT, medical/pharmaceutical, and retail industries.
Earlier in his career, Rob was a member of the World Resources Institute’s Sustainable Enterprise Program, where he co-authored the report The Next Bottom Line: Making Sustainable Development Tangible.
Rob received his MBA at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Northwestern University), and his BA at Swarthmore College.
Ulrich Quay, Managing Director
Ulrich has been working for the BMW Group for more than 13 years. He has been Managing Director of BMW i Ventures since July 2011. Ulrich is on the board of Chargepoint and MyCityWay. Before heading the Venture Group of BMW, Ulrich was a department manager in the legal department of BMW, both in Germany and England. He holds a phD in International Private Law.
Meghan Sharp, Venture Principal US
Ms. Sharp is a member of BP’s corporate venture team. Investments span the BP Group, focused on emerging, strategic technologies in five areas: bioenergy and biomaterials; energy efficiency and storage; carbon management; renewable power; and oil and gas. Ms. Sharp focuses on bio-based investments for the team and serves on the board of Chromatin Inc., Biosynthetic Technologies, Verdezyne, and Taxon Biosciences. Ms. Sharp received her Ph.D. in microbial genetics from the University of California, San Francisco, performed post-doctoral work in plant genetics at the University of Chicago and the Carnegie Institution of Washington at Stanford University, and received her MBA from Columbia University.
James Russell, Director
BRAEMAR ENERGY VENTURES
James Russell has more than 10 years experience in private equity focused on energy and environmental businesses. Prior to joining Braemar, Mr. Russell helped form Tamar Energy, a UK company building anaerobic digestion plants. Prior to Tamar Energy, Mr. Russell worked for Jacob Rothschild’s Family Office in London on direct opportunities in the energy and environmental sector. Prior to that, Mr. Russell was a Senior Director of The Clinton Climate Initiative (“CCI”) where he focused on transactions in energy efficiency in commercial real estate, waste management and forestry. Before joining CCI, Mr. Russell was one of the early employees at Climate Change Capital (“CCC”), the first boutique investment bank focused on the European commercial opportunities around Climate Change. At CCC, Mr. Russell worked on several funds including the first Venture Capital Trust to invest in renewable energy projects in the UK and the first private equity funds raised to invest in carbon credits and their underlying projects. Mr. Russell’s activities were focused on land fill gas and HFC-23 destruction projects in China. Mr. Russell began his career at McKinsey & Co., working in London, New York and Palo Alto.
Mr. Russell serves on the advisory board of Berkeley Energy and 3Degrees. He currently serves on the boards of Tamar Energy, 5th Tier Technologies and The Bedford Estate. Mr. Russell has a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Sulkhan Davitadze, Senior Investment Director
Having almost 20-years of successful track record in research and development, project management, strategic planning and business development, venture capital and investment management, paralleled with scientific background, Sulkhan possesses unique knowledge and deep expertise in the fields of: renewable energy, energy storage, renewable fuels and green chemistry, advanced materials and technologies (energy-efficient, semiconductor, nanotechnology).
From 2010 as Investment director at BRIGHT CAPITAL Sulkhan is responsible for analysis of the perspective investment sectors, deal pipeline generation, assessment of technologies and projects, organization and support of the investment process. Sulkhan also provides general assistance in business development and R&D projects organization in the CIS and participates in the Boards of Directors of portfolio companies, as well as in the work of the Investment Committee of the Fund.
Ian Cooke, Head of New Ventures, Innovation
Ian is a Director at the Carbon Trust with responsibility for the portfolio of Carbon Trust Group technology development and deployment activities. This includes both managing an investment portfolio and leading the commercial development of the Carbon Trust Innovation activities. Operating at the interface of investors and corporates; governments and public sector bodies; and technology and business innovators, Carbon Trust Innovations seeks to continue to design and deliver technologies, products and services to enable a sustainable low carbon economy. The Carbon Trust has offices in London and Beijing and representatives in South Africa and Mexico.
His prior career was working in international business development in the engineering and environmental sectors. This covered a variety of emerging markets in Asia, Africa and Europe. Ian has founded and invested in a number of successful new ventures in the engineering and technology fields. Ian qualified as an Engineer in Cape Town, South Africa and was awarded an MBA from Cranfield School of Management.
Mark Blackwell, Investment Advisor, Environmental Opportunity Fund
Mark joined Cenovus Energy (TSE:CVE) as an Investment Advisor within the company’s corporate venture fund in early 2012. Within his role at Cenovus, Mark works closely in scouting new investment opportunities in addition to working with existing portfolio companies and internal operations on assisting with technology transfer. Mark currently sits as a Board Observer for HiFi Engineering and Skyonic Corporation as is the acting Chair of the Corporate Venturing Committee through the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association. Most recently, Mark worked in the Clean Technology and Utilities Investment Banking Division at CIBC World Markets, where he evaluated merger and acquisition candidates, and assisted in a series of private placements in the advanced biofuels sector. Mark began his career at Enbridge Inc., where he worked with the Power Generation Business Development team. While at Enbridge, Mark participated in over $1.1 B in acquisitions-most notably the $420 MM acquisition of the 80 MW Sarnia Solar Facility from First Solar. Mark is a graduate of Energy Management from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary (UofC) and was inducted into the Order of the UofC, which recognizes outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and commitment to the Calgary community. Mark is also a Director on the UofC Alumni Association Board of Directors, Director on the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy Students Association, Director with the Alberta Clean Technology Industry Alliance and past Chair of the World Petroleum Council Youth Committee.
Saul Reichman, Executive Vice President
THE CHALLENGE FUND
Dr. Saul Reichman is Executive Vice President at The Challenge Fund and a member of the fund’s investment committee. Challenge is an Israeli-based venture capital firm, specializing in all stages of development that is in existence during the last 15 years. In addition to Challenge’s investments, Challenge is engaged in assisting multinational corporations in accessing innovation in Israel and beyond. During the past three years at Challenge, Saul provides strategic consulting, screening and scouting services to The Coca Cola Company with respect to their external technology acquisition efforts in Israel and in Central-Eastern Europe.
Prior to assuming his role at Challenge, Saul was Scientist-in-Residence at Precede Technologies, an early-stage Cleantech oriented venture arm of Pitango VC and Evergreen Venture Partners. His investment interests included energy storage, biofuels, water, green chemistry and sustainable agriculture.
In addition Saul has successfully licensed technologies from the Israeli academia: A.I.T. – a small wind turbine start-up (CEO & Founder, Technion) and Lunaros – an online liquid monitoring start-up (Co-founder, Weizmann Institute of Science).
Saul’s holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Tel-Aviv University with emphasis in Applied Electrochemistry, an MBA specializing in strategy & entrepreneurship, a BSc in Chemistry (graduated magna cum laude), and a BA in French Culture studies (graduated summa cum laude).
Saul is a frequent and engaging speaker and writer regarding Israel’s Cleantech ecosystem and environmental entrepreneurship. He is a mentor at Tel-Aviv University’s International MBA program and Tel-Aviv Yaffo Academic College, partnering with students on Hi-tech related internships.
Dr. Wal van Lierop, President & CEO
CHRYSALIX ENERGY VENTURE CAPITAL
Dr. Wal van Lierop is Co-Founder, President & CEO of Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital. He is responsible for fund raising and strategic partnerships with leading financial and industrial companies all over the world, oversees the overall strategy and operations of the Chrysalix EVC funds and actively supports a number of portfolio companies. Wal initiated the Chrysalix Global Network, is co-founder of Chrysalix SET in Europe and he is actively leading the expansion of Chrysalix into Asia. He has a significant track record as a VC and has had hands-on involvement in dozens of innovative companies. Between Chrysalix EVC and its portfolio companies Wal has been directly responsible for raising more than $1 Billion for early stage technology ventures.
Stefan Brand, Senior Manager New Business Development
Stefan Brand is Senior Manager in the New Business Development department of Clariant. He has 16 years of experience in the specialty chemical industry and started his career at Clariant in 1997. During the first years, he developed synthesis procedures for agrochemical and pharmaceutical intermediates. Afterwards, he was Head of Application Technology of an internal start-up of Clariant which developed and commercialized multifunctional coatings. In 2007, he received the Clariant Innovation Award in Bronze. Since 2011, his focus is on scouting and planning of new business opportunities.
Stefan studied chemistry and, as a minor subject, astronomy and holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Heidelberg, Germany
Sheeraz Haji, CEO
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.
Michele Parad, Analyst
Michele is the lead analyst of the Global Cleantech 100, managing the discovery of the most promising new cleantech companies. Based in London, Michele conducts bespoke research in resource innovation for European clients.
Prior to the Cleantech Group, Michele worked within the Private Equity & Sustainability practice at Egon Zehnder International. Michele holds a BA in Public Policy with honors from the University of Chicago, and an MSc from the London School of Economics.
Greg Neichin, Vice President, Research & Advisory
Greg leads Cleantech Group’s Research & Advisory business where he assists global enterprises, investors, and public institutions in evaluating cleantech companies and assessing the development of cleantech markets. Greg is responsible for Cleantech Group’s full suite of market intelligence products and oversees an experienced team of Analysts covering a range of cleantech sectors. In addition, he leads the firm’s Advisory activities, where he regularly provides guidance to some of the world’s largest energy companies, technology and services vendors, and government agencies. Greg has personally authored a variety of publications including the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2010 Smart Grid Vendor Ecosystem Review.
Greg 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.
Richard Youngman, Managing Director, Europe & Asia
Richard Youngman is responsible for driving the growth of the Cleantech Group’s activities outside North America, especially in Europe and Israel, and Asia. He is based in Cleantech Group’s London office.
Richard has more than five 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.
Peter Kennedy, Managing Director
CLSA Capital Partners
Peter Kennedy joined CLSA from Fulcrum Fund, a venture fund focusing on sustainable resources and companies looking to effect improvements in healthcare services for under-served populations, based in San Francisco. Prior to Fulcrum, Mr. Kennedy was a highly ranked senior research analyst at Morgan Stanley for eight years in New York and London, most recently as Executive Director and head of the telecom and media research team where he led 11 IPOs. Mr. Kennedy has significant private market transaction experience, closing over 10 early stage investments at Fulcrum and several later stage telecom infrastructure transactions throughout Asia and Europe while at NYNEX. Mr. Kennedy holds and MBA and BA from the Hagan School of Business, Iona College.
Alex Betts, Partner
CLIMATE CHANGE CAPITAL
Formerly Head of Corporate Venture Capital at Royal Dutch Shell and a Partner of Montagu Private Equity. Alex graduated in Classics from Oxford University and has 22 years experience in private equity and 10 years in cleantech. He has invested in a range of industries, geographies and stages. Board member with Climate Energy and Orège.
Olivier Dupont, Chairman of the Board
Olivier Dupont has twenty-five years of senior management experience in Private Equity. Since 2005, he is the Founder and Chairman of the Management Board of Demeter Partners.
Demeter Partners, an AMF-accredited independent asset management company, manages funds investing capital in SMEs in the eco-industries sector (water, waste, polluted sites) and the eco-energies sector (renewable energies, energy efficiency, eco-buildings). The first FCPR Demeter fund manages assets of €105 million invested entirely in 22 companies. The FCPR Demeter 2 fund is managing € 203 million. The latest FCPR Demeter 3 Seed Fund manages €43 million. Demeter Partners has offices in Paris, Madrid and Berlin.
Prior to DEMETER Partners, Mr Dupont was Managing Director of Fonds de Promotion pour le Capital-Risque (CDC Entreprises) from 2001 to 2005, Head of Private Equity at Société Générale from 1997 to 2000, Director of Financial Engineering and Investment at Crédit du Nord from 1995 to 1997, CEO of BTP Capital, a Fund dedicated to the environment from 1991 to 1995, and CEO of SNVB Participations (Groupe CIC) (1987-1990). Olivier Dupont‘s industry experience includes being an Export manager at SOFRETU and SCHNEIDER Group (1974-1987). He is an Ingénieur civil des Ponts et Chaussées (Paris 1973), and holds a DES Sciences Economiques (Paris I Sorbonne 1974). Former Chairman of the AFIC Compliance Committee and the AFIC training committee, and former member of the EVCA‘s Investor Relation Committee, as well as Foreign Trade Advisor, Olivier Dupont is the author of «Les PME et le marché de l‘environnement» (“SME’s and Environmental Market” (1995) and «Ajustement de prix et capital investissement» (“Price adjustment and private equity”)(2002). In 2011, Olivier Dupont was made Knight of the French Legion of Honour.
Rodrigo P. Navarro, New Business Creation Manager
Rodrigo is responsible for scouting, assessing, prioritizing and driving the execution of selected business opportunities that are of high strategic interest for DSM yet in general new to the company. Positioned within the entrepreneurial DSM Innovation Center Incubator group, he acts as an advisor, shaper and champion of initiatives (mainly by means of Venture investments, partnerships, Business Development and R&D) which are related to emerging fields of Renewable Energy (including Solar, Energy Storage,..) and Electronics new materials. Rodrigo serves as a cross functional pin within DSM, connecting New Markets and Technologies to related internal R&D technology groups, Emerging and Running Business units, Corporate Strategy and Venturing teams.
Before joining DSM, Rodrigo has also worked in other Top Dutch Innovation centers of Excellence: Philips and NXP Semiconductors. In both companies he was exposed to and has worked with a broad variety of high-tech and emerging areas (including NFC – Near Field Communication) in the fields of Consumer Electronics and Computer Systems that nicely complement his current Material Science focus.
Rodrigo has an Electrical Engineering 5-year degree from State University of Campinas (Brazil), a Masters in Electronics Engineering from Politecnico di Torino (Italy), a Masters in Embedded Systems Design (Lugano Switzerland) and recently completed the post-graduate Diploma in Financial Strategy at Saïd Business School – Oxford University (UK). He is Brazilian, has lived in Italy, Switzerland, Austria and has been in the Netherlands for the past seven years. He is fluent in Portuguese, English and Italian.
Konrad Augustin, Principal, Strategic Co-Investment Group
Konrad Augustin is Principal at the Strategic Co-Investment (SCI) Group of E.ON SE, one of the largest utility companies in Europe. SCI as corporate venturing unit is searching for and investing in innovative start-up companies to create value by deploying their technologies and services across the E.ON group globally. In doing so SCI is focusing on the sectors distributed energy generation and storage, customer engagement, smart grids and renewable energy. Before joining E.ON Konrad was member of the BASF Venture Capital team. In his years of VC experience he conducted various transactions and was active in a number of boards. Before this he was working in strategic marketing and corporate audit of BASF Group. Konrad studied Business Administration in Regensburg and Connecticut, USA, and holds an MBA.
Srini Somayajula, Director, Technology Alliances
Srini has been with Ecolab since 2000, starting his career in the New Business Development arm of Research & Development, working on water filtration technologies and reactive polymers for sequestering VoC’s from air streams. In 2006, Srini joined Ecolab’s Technology Lookout function and currently serves as a Director. He is responsible for identifying growth platforms for Ecolab businesses. His expertise in negotiating and structuring technology based partnerships with start ups, entrepreneurs’ and Global Fortune 500 companies, has resulted in a variety of global partnerships that drive innovation.
Srini is active in the Licensing Executive Society and was the Chair of its Minnesota Chapter from 2008-2009. A Chemical Engineer by educational training, he holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota.
Antoine Aslanides, Innovation Director
Antoine Aslanides is responsible for European Fundings for the EDF Group. He’s been previously the Innovation Director for EDF in the US. He initiated and managed many transfers of innovations from start-up companies to EDF Business Units worldwide. EDF Group is one of the largest global power utility, 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’s been successful in managing a fast growing period, having tripled the activity portfolio and staff in less than four 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’s living in Brussels with his wife and their three children.
Luis Manuel, Executive Director
Executive Director of EDP Inovação since 2008, directly responsible for the Venture Capital fund of EDP Group (EDP Ventures). Board member of EDP Inovação, EDP Ventures, EDP Mop, Sgorme, Arquiled, EIDT, Feedzai, Windplus and Principle Power. Previously he worked two years at Explorer Investments (Portuguese private equity fund manager) and six years at Galp Energia working in Strategy and Business Portfolio department. He also worked previously in Espírito Santo Investment in the Project Finance and Corporate Finance Advisory divisions in Portugal and Brazil. Member of the Cabinet of the Ministry of Economy during the XVI Portuguese Constitutional Government, where he assisted the Undersecretary for Economic Development. Luís has a degree in Economics from Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
Gina Domanig, Managing Partner
Emerald Technology Ventures
Gina Domanig is the Managing Partner of Emerald Technology Ventures, a globally recognized investor in the areas of energy, water and materials, having invested in fifty companies to date. In 2000 she founded Emerald as the first independent cleantech venture capital firm in Europe. Gina currently serves on the boards of Pelamis, SDC Materials, Synapsense and TaKaDu. Previously, she also represented Emerald as a director at Agraquest (acquired by Bayer CropScience in 2012) and inge watertechnologies (acquired by BASF in 2011).
Gina has over 25 years of international business experience including banking, M&A, strategic development, and venture capital. Prior to starting Emerald, she was senior vice president at Sulzer, a Swiss multinational, responsible for strategic planning and M&A. During her ten year tenure, she built up a team which completed 45 transactions including acquisitions, divestitures, IPOs and JVs in industrial technology sectors. Gina holds MBA degrees from Thunderbird in Arizona and ESADE in Barcelona and is fluent in English, German and Spanish.
Carlo Papa, Chief Innovation Officer
ENEL GREEN POWER
Born in Palermo in 1971, holds an MSc in Economics and the TRIUM MBA jointly issued by NYU Stern, London School of Economics and HEC. Started his professional career in IBM Ireland and UK. Hired by Enel Distribuzione in 1997, the year after joined the Corporate Strategic Planning Dpt. Founded and comanaged the company Corporate Venture Fund, led the business development practice in Russia and Ukraine, coordinated the Planning, Organization & Development HR Team in the Market Division, and more recently the Chairman Office. He is actively involved in research projects at IESE Business School, University of Rome Tor Vergata and in think-tank activities with the Aspen Institute and the German Marshall Fund of United States. From December 2011 he has been appointed as Chief Innovation Officer of Enel Green Power.
Sumit Sarkar, Director, Venture Investments
Energy Technology Ventures
Sumit is a member of the NRG Ventures Investments team, part of the Energy Technology Ventures JV between NRG Energy, ConocoPhillips and GE Capital. Energy Technology Ventures invests in the following sectors:
- Clean energy or “green” technology including renewable power & fuels, carbon sequestration and management, waste processing and management, waste to energy technology and water infrastructure technology
- Energy efficiency technologies including smart grid, energy storage, lighting, waste heat, transport, distributed generation, advanced materials, and other commercial and industrial energy efficiency applications
- Enhanced traditional technology in sub-sectors such as oil & gas, coal and nuclear energy
Prior to this role, Sumit spent three years engaged in new nuclear development, as part of NRG Energy’s nuclear joint venture with Toshiba Corporation (Nuclear Innovation North America LLC). Additionally, Sumit’s past experience includes three years of Investment Banking at Citi Global Markets, where he worked on multiple mergers & acquisitions, capital markets debt and equity offerings and corporate advisory assignments in the power & utility, oil & gas, financial institutions, media & communications as well as broader industrial sectors, covering early stage ventures to established public /private companies. Early on in his career, Sumit spent six years working as a mechanical engineer for Schlumberger Oilfield Services, serving the upstream oil & gas exploration and production service sector.
Sumit graduated from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (India) with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from PennState University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Wally Hunter, Managing Director
Wally has been investing in energy and clean energy companies and projects for 11 years. Wally runs EnerTech’s Canadian operations from Toronto. His specific areas of interest and responsibility include opportunities in alternative fuels and storage, power quality and conversion, power electronics, advanced materials, motor controls, automation and sensors.
Prior to EnerTech, Wally was with Royal Bank of Canada (“RBC”), where he was a Managing Director of the bank’s private equity fund and responsible for the Energy Technology and Advanced Technology Fund. Prior to that he was in RBC’s investment banking division.
In addition, Wally produced and hosted the weekly financial television show “Money Week” which featured over 200 guest interviews from Canadian and U.S. money managers over a 14 year period.
Wally currently sits on the boards of Filterboxx and Enbala Power Networks and managed our investment in Catch the Wind. He is currently the Energy Technology Chair for the Banff Venture Forum.
Sylvia Chan, Managing Partner
Dr Sylvia Chan is Managing Director and co-founder of Entropy Ventures which has a specialist US$75m private equity fund focused solely on Asian clean energy. Prior to co-founding Entropy Ventures, Sylvia had been following clean energy for 5 years, having also spent 10 years in the energy infrastructure area, 8 in strategy consulting at McKinsey & Co and KPMG as well as her own firm and 2 in investment banking as Head of Utilities at Macquarie.
At Macquarie, Sylvia advised US, European and Asian funds managers on how to invest in the renewable energy sector, assessed business plans in the space, and also provided input into the setting up ofMacquarie’s carbon ventures.
Sylvia’s experience also leverages on her 8 years of consulting, during which she helped companies in various stages of their corporate development: advising on acquisitions, assisting CEOs and Boards with their business plans, and helping re-construct strategies and organisations to enhance or improve profitability. Through her client work, Sylvia has long-standing relationships with many players in the energy and renewable energy space. She speaks widely on trends in the energy sector including renewable energy.
Sylvia has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and two books to her credit.
Henrik Olsen, Managing Partner
Environmental Technologies Fund
Prior to founding Environmental Technologies Fund, Henrik spent 13 years at GE. Most recently he was a Managing Director of GE Equity, General Electric’s private equity business, where he successfully invested in high growth businesses across Europe since 1996. Previously, he worked for a number of different industrial businesses within GE, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions as well as post-merger integration and operational management.
Henrik is a Swedish national and has an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics, which included a scholarship exchange with the New York University Stern School of business. He is Chairman of the European Advisory Board of the Cleantech Venture Group.
Dr. Bernhard Mohr, Managing Director, Corporate Venturing
Evonik Industries AG
Bernhard is heading Evonik’s Corporate Venturing activities that have been started in January 2012. Prior to joining Evonik, Bernhard was a member of the BASF Venture Capital team. He has held senior positions in the BASF Group since 1996 and has an international expertise in marketing, finance, corporate development and research and development.
Evonik, the creative industrial group from Germany, is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals and Evonik Corporate Venturing plans to invest up to €100m in Europe, the US and Asia over the medium term in highly promising start-ups and leading specialist venture capital funds.
Nick Cizek, Sustainability Platform Program Manager
Nick identifies companies and organizations that can use the >1-billion-person Facebook platform to solve sustainability problems, then helps them increase their impact. He was a founding Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). His primary focus was making natural gas passenger vehicles as cheap and convenient as gasoline vehicles, including helping create ARPA-E’s $30M Methane Opportunities for Vehicular Energy (MOVE) technology development program. His other focus was the energy-water-food nexus, where he investigated potential technologies to make energy production more water efficient, freshwater production more energy efficient, and food production more water and energy efficient.
Nick completed a Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Stanford University and a B.A. in Physics, summa cum laude, from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He was an optical engineer at two startups, in telecommunications and data storage.
Ignacio Martinez, Partner
Ignacio Martinez joined Flagship Ventures in 2013 and focuses on sustainability And life sciences investments with a special interest in the agricultural sector. Ignacio holds a BS in Economics and Business Administration from Deusto University in Spain, and an International MBA from Instituto de Empresa in Spain and WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany.
Prior to joining Flagship, Ignacio was the Managing Director of Syngenta Ventures, where he was directly involved in investments in the agribusiness, biotechnology and cleantech industries in Europe, North America and Latin America. Syngenta Ventures is the venture capital arm of Syngenta International AG, the world’s largest agrochemical business with more than $13 billion in revenue. Ignacio has international board experience having served as Director in companies from seven different countries. He was also involved in corporate venture capital activities managing the relationship as limited partner with Life Science Partners BioVentures, a $100 million Agribusiness fund and the Gilde European Food and Agribusiness, a €90 million fund.
Prior to Syngenta, Ignacio was the Chief Financial Officer of Progenika Group, where he was responsible for financial systems controls, transactions and processes (GAAP/IFRS) reporting to the investors. He also oversaw spinoffs and M&A activity, participated in raising more than $50 million in funding and actively participated in the expansion of the company to the US and Latin American markets. Before Progenika, Ignacio spent several years working for Najeti Ventures Fund investing in IT and biotech companies in Europe.
Chris Thomas, Managing Director
Chris is a Founder and Managing Director of Fontinalis, where he is responsible for a wide range of critical processes ranging from deal sourcing and execution to corporate operations and business strategy. Chris also acts as a business development executive on behalf of Fontinalis’ portfolio companies.
Prior to Fontinalis, Chris worked at Ford Motor Company in Sustainable Business Development and Treasury, where he conducted financial and strategic analysis. Previously, Chris served in the U.S. Army as a Communications Officer in Iraq where he was responsible for data communication systems and organizational change management. Before joining the military, Chris worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at UBS in San Francisco and New York within its Technology and Energy groups. He was responsible for due diligence, financial analysis and execution on a broad range of transactions.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of one of Fontinalis’ portfolio companies, QuickPay, and is the Vice Chairman of Read to a Child, a national children’s literacy and mentoring nonprofit that inspires adults to read aloud to children regularly, increasing their chances to lead healthy, productive lives. Additionally, he serves as a Board Observer of five of Fontinalis’ portfolio companies: Life360, Masabi, ParkMe, SQLstream, and Zagster.
Chris earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Yale School of Management with a concentration in strategy. While at Yale, he served on the Honor Committee and graduated with distinction in former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s seminar on Faith and Globalization. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Economics and International Relations from Michigan State University. Chris is a staunch advocate of urban redevelopment and the revitalization of the City of Detroit.
Iyad Omari, Partner
Iyad Omari began his career in product marketing at Advanced Micro Devices before moving into equity research at Quartz Capital Partners. In 1999, he joined Kennet Venture Partners investing in growing technology businesses before moving into venture development for two semiconductor start-ups. Iyad joined Frog Capital in 2006 to focus on the cleantech sector, and has a particular interest in advanced industrial processes, materials recovery and recycling, water and waste water treatment, energy efficiency and next-generation energy transmission/distribution. Iyad is involved with SiC Processing AG, agri.capital GmbH, Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Inc, Solar Century Ltd and Oxsensis Ltd. He holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the London Business School.
Raoul Arvengas, Head of Corporate Venturing
With a financial background he has been active for several years in GDF SUEZ M&A developments.
His international background is focused on Germany and the United States.
He joined the R&D an Innovation Division of Gaz de France, first within the Technology Transfer Unit of the Group. After the merger between Gaz de France and Suez, he took charge of the Corporate Venturing activity and developed a portfolio of Cleantech venture funds.
Through this portfolio of funds, GDF SUEZ aims at detecting innovative high tech start ups and develop technical, commercial or equity-based partnerships.
Andrew Lackner, Vice President
GE Venture Capital
Andrew Lackner is a member of the venture capital group at GE Energy Financial Services, investing in emerging energy and water-related technology companies. With over $19 billion in assets, GE Energy Financial Services invests more than $5 billion annually in two of the world’s most capital-intensive industries, energy and water. As a member of the venture capital team, Mr. Lackner evaluates prospective equity investments in companies developing game-changing technologies and services throughout the energy and water value chain, from natural resources to clean technology. The venture capital team is one of the most active investors in the energy technology markets, with presence in San Francisco, Munich, Boston and Stamford, CT.
Prior to joining GE Energy Financial Services, Mr. Lackner was an associate at Columbia Capital, a venture capital firm in Washington, DC, specializing in the communications, media, and information technology industries. He also served as an associate consultant at Fletcher Spaght, a strategy consulting and venture capital firm in Boston, a product manager for MicroStrategy, a business intelligence software company in Washington, DC, and as a process engineer for MacLean-Fogg.
Mr. Lackner received an A.B. in Engineering Sciences in 1997, a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering in 1998, and an M.E.M. in 1999 from Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.
Colin Le Duc, Partner
Generation Investment Management LLP
Colin works on Generation’s Climate Solutions Fund. Prior to co-founding Generation in 2004, Colin was a Director at sustainable Asset Management (“SAM”) where he worked on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes and SAM’s sustainable investment funds. He has also worked for Arthur D. Little as an energy consultant, and Total as a natural gas analyst. Colin holds a BSc in International Management and Modern Languages from University of Bath, UK and has completed the Corporate Finance Programme at London Business School.
Colin is on the Boards of GreenBytes, TerraLUX, RecycleBank, Infinite Power Solutions, Business for Social Responsibility and Forest Trends. He is also a Board Observer at Nest. He speaks fluent French and lives in London with his young family.
Nicholas Atkins, Partner
Nicholas Atkins has over 20 years of corporate finance and private equity experience. He has advised on a range of M&A and corporate finance transactions across various industry groups, including the technology sector, and now heads up Georgieff Capital’s clean technology advisory practice. He has also successfully led a number of private equity transactions both as an advisor and principal. Mr. Atkins has an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He has dual British and US citizenship.
Mr. Atkins is External Partner of Intelligent Venture Capital, Board Observer at Tiger Optics LLC and a member of the European Advisory Board of the Cleantech Group LLC.
Jon Lauckner, CTO, VP of Global Research & Development, and President of GM Ventures
Jon Lauckner was named GM Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), effective April 1, 2012. In addition to his role as CTO, Jon remains President, GM Ventures and also responsible for leading GM’s Global Research and Development organization.
Prior to becoming CTO, Lauckner was responsible for forming General Motors Ventures, LLC, a separate subsidiary started July 1, 2010. As president, Jon leads a team that makes equity investments in startup companies that are developing next-generation automotive technology.
Lauckner has also previously held the positions of Vice President of General Motors Global Product Planning and Vice President of Global Program Management.
Jon joined General Motors in 1979 and held a number of positions in product engineering, powertrain engineering and product development, including international assignments in South America and Europe from 1992-2005.
Lauckner received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1979. He earned a Master of Science degree in management from Stanford Business School in 1990 through the Sloan Fellowship program and attended the GM-Harvard Senior Executive Program in 2001.
Eric Wang, Partner
An experienced fund manager in China, Taiwan and Silicon Valley with strong track record and over 16 years of experience in private equity and venture investment, investment banking, equity research and technology marketing
- Partner, Grand River Capital, a Greater China based PE and VC fund (2009 – present)
- Managing Director, WK Technology Fund, one of the largest Taiwanese PE and VC funds with US$500mn under management; during his 7 year tenure (2002 – 2009), he led his team making investments in the high-tech sectors in Silicon Valley in the U.S., Taiwan and China; and in particular, while based in Silicon Valley (2004 – 2008), he was responsible for WK Technology Fund’s U.S. operations and had successfully cultivated start-up companies from early stage and brought them to IPO or acquisition by public companies including Aruba Networks (ARUN) and Brion Technologies (now ASML)
- Prior to joining WK in 2002, Dr. Wang was the Global Head of Semiconductor Research at ABN AMRO Bank; and during that time, he and his team were highly ranked by institutional investor surveys including Reuters, Institutional Investors, Asia Money and Asset
- Earlier in 1994-1997, while a Ph.D. student at Stanford University, he worked as a yield management engineer for KLA-Tencor (KLAC) and was responsible for providing services to semiconductor giants such as Intel, TI, Samsung and TSMC
- Ph.D. and M.S. in Engineering-Economic Systems and Operations from Stanford University, M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Hawaii at Manoa, and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan
Thorbjorn Machholm, Business Development Director
Grundfos New Business
Thorbjørn Machholm works with new business creation, corporate venture activity, investments, company start up and strategy work in the Grundfos group. He is business manager on new business initiatives and serves at internal and external boards of directors. He also works with political lobbyism in the EU system. Thorbjorn has an extensive international experience with cross-functional/ cross-cultural management, sales development, strategic planning and business controlling responsibilities. He is a Stanford Graduate School of Business alumni, holds a M.Sc. (DEA) in Management of Technology and Innovation from Dauphine Université Paris, and a M.Sc. in Business Administration and Strategy (1992) from CBS.
Todd Jaquez-Fissori, Senior Managing Director & Group Head, CleanTech
Hercules Technology Growth Capital
Todd Jaquez-Fissori joined the company in November 2009 and currently is a Senior Managing Director and Group Head of our CleanTech group. He is responsible for the firm’s cleantech investment strategy, including the sectors as well as the stages we invest in. Before joining Hercules in 2009, he served as a director at TriplePoint Capital and was the general partner in charge of cleantech investing at Siemens Venture Capital. He was formerly a principal at Boulder Ventures and an analyst at Mayfield. In the last 15 years he has worked with a broad range of cleantech companies as an investor and board member. He received a B.A. from Penn State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. Jaquez-Fissori is the founder of NextGen Partners of Silicon Valley, an organization of 850 venture capitalists in the major venture markets dedicated to the growth and development of the industry’s pre-partner level venture capitalists. He is also a member of the TiE Cleantech Association and is on the advisory board of the Cleantech Group (http://www.cleantech.com). In November, 2012, he was honored as a Power Player in the Greentech list, honoring the champions of entrepreneurship who are helping the Global Silicon Valley dominate today’s green technology marketplace by AlwaysOn (http://www.aonetwork.com/AOStory/Announcing-2012-Power-Players-Greentech).
Magnus Goodlad, Partner
Magnus is responsible for all relationships with managers specialising in environmental innovation and for coordinating the analysis, due diligence and monitoring of all funds and co-investments in this sector. He previously worked at Top Technology Ventures/IP Group, latterly as Chief Operating Officer, specialising in early stage UK technology venture capital and intellectual property commercialisation. Magnus commenced his career with Slaughter and May as a solicitor focused on corporate finance law. He holds a BA in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford.
Diego Diaz, Head of New Ventures
Diego is responsible for the management of Iberdrola´s venture capital program – PERSEO -, aimed at investing in clean energy start-ups. He joined Iberdrola in 2008 and since then he has contributed to the launch and management of the company´s venture program, engaging its activity with the corporate innovation strategy. Leading a team of investment professionals, he is responsible for the management of the program and the full life cycle of the investments.
After graduating, he developed his career in several roles related to engineering, technology development, innovation and entrepreneurship both in the Telco (Telefonica R&D and Eircom) and Energy sectors.
He holds an M.Sc in Engineering from the Polytechnical University of Madrid and an executive degree in Venture Capital from the Walter A. Haas School of Business in the University of California at Berkeley.
Peter Williams, CTO, Big Green Innovations
Dr Peter Williams is the Chief Technology Officer, Big Green Innovations, at IBM. His focus areas are resilience to natural disasters and chronic stresses; and water management, covering entire water resources (for example entire rivers or aquifers), utility infrastructures, and enterprise water management; and Smarter Cities. He has had a major role in developing the intellectual foundation for IBM’s “Smarter Planet” and “Smarter Cities” initiatives, and in identifying and integrating their technological components – both IBM-originated and from outside the company.
Dr Williams holds the title of IBM Distinguished Engineer, and is also a visiting lecturer on Smarter Cities and Communities at Stanford University. By background, he is a strategy and change consultant with well over 20 years’ experience of bringing technology and business issues together to develop novel solutions and business models. He holds or co-holds, or has pending, 9 US patents. A native of the UK, he has lived in California since 1999, and is married with three children. His PhD was awarded by the School of Management at the University of Bath, England, in 1986.
Nicolas Chaudron, Partner
Nicolas Chaudron joined Idinvest Partners, formerly AGF Private Equity and an affiliate of Allianz, in 2001. Since 2006 he has been focusing on the cleantech sector and he led Idinvest Partners’ investments in several companies including Nenuphar (vertical axis wind turbine manufacturer; France), Prudent Energy (redox flow batteries; China), or Seatower (gravity-based foundations for offshore wind; Norway). He is a member of the European Advisory Board of the Cleantech Group and a founder of the Club Cleantech AFIC (French Private Equity Association), a platform to foster the entire cleantech ecosystem in France. Prior to that, Nicolas Chaudron worked mainly in the sectors of information technology and semiconductors, and he led Idinvest Partners’ investments in Soamai (sold to ASG), Alchimer, Median Technologies (IPO), and Telemarket (sold to Système U). Between 2001 and 2005, he was also a board member of several start-ups, including Siriatech and Vizelia, two start-ups pioneering cleantech in France.
Before joining Idinvest Partners, Nicolas Chaudron started his career in venture capital at Europatweb, the Internet investment company founded by Bernard Arnault. In addition to his involvement in the operational launch of Europatweb, he participated in various investments and led the one in Webhelp (LBO exit in 2007).
Nicolas Chaudron is an alumnus of the Ecole normale supérieure (Paris, France) and of the Peking University (Beijing, China). He holds an MSc in mathematics from the University of Paris IV, an MBA from the Collège des Ingénieurs, and an MBA from the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania), where he was a Palmer Scholar.
Kelsey Lynn, Director, Technology Ventures
Kelsey B. Lynn is Director, Technology Ventures, at Imperial Innovations, a £230m venture business focused on technology commercialization and venture financing for startups associated with the top UK research universities. Kelsey’s particular focus is on materials and scientific breakthroughs, and she currently sits on the boards of AQDOT Ltd and Econic Technologies. She shares ideas on innovation and other random insights via Twitter at @kelsey_innovate
Previously, Kelsey was a partner at Firelake Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm in Palo Alto, CA, where she led Firelake’s investment efforts in energy storage, transportation, biofuels and carbon mitigation. Kelsey has worked in the materials and energy sector since 2003, including roles at the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) at Stanford University, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and with Google’s green energy strategy group. Kelsey graduated Phi Beta Kappa in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, where she played fullback for the national champion women’s rugby team. She returned to Stanford for graduate work in thermodynamics and also for an MBA at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Originally from Colorado, she loves cycling, rugby, pick-up basketball and funny costume parties.
Nikunj Jinsi, Global Head Clean Technology Investments
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Nikunj Jinsi joined IFC in 2003 and heads IFC’s clean technology investment team globally, as part of its Climate Business Group. He combines over 20 years of experience in various industry sectors, having worked and lived in Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and the US. Nikunj blends operational, entrepreneurial, investment banking and over 17 years of emerging market private equity experiences with unique global perspective on several industries. At IFC, Nikunj has led over 25 growth equity investments, several of which have had successful exits, for which IFC acted as a (co-)lead, involving other leading private equity and strategic players, and has taken on board positions on several of IFC’s portfolio companies. Nikunj is also involved with IFC’s LP investment program for venture funds in Asia, Brazil and Russia. He sits on the Advisory Board of a leading (US$500mm) China venture fund.
Prior to joining IFC in Washington DC, Nikunj spent nine years living and working in Asia. He was the Managing Director and Head of the Singapore office for one of Asia’s leading venture funds where he managed the team making investments in South East Asia and India and was also responsible for managing several Asian LP relations. Earlier Nikunj spent 4 years in the Asian investment banking industry providing M&A and corporate finance services to clients throughout the region. In addition, he was the co-owner of South East Asia’s largest independent marketing communications agency, with offices in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, which was successfully sold to Omnicom (NYSE:OMC). Nikunj started his career working for KPN Telecom in The Netherlands.
Nikunj obtained an MBA degree from Stanford University (USA), attended as a Fulbright Scholar and an M Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering, from Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.
Glen Schwaber, Partner
Israel Cleantech Ventures
Glen Schwaber is a founding partner of Israel Cleantech Ventures (ICV), the premier venture capital fund dedicated to investing in Israel’s emerging clean technology companies. Glen is a veteran venture capitalist, bringing with him 17 years experience in Israeli technology finance. His investment interests are focused on power electronics, lighting, energy storage, solar and industrial efficiency.
Prior to joining ICV, Glen was a partner at Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP), one of Israel’s largest and most successful venture capital funds. He also helped establish JVP Studio, a seed stage incubator investment vehicle, which is today home to exceptional seed stage companies focusing on software and media.
Glen holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a B.A. from Harvard College.
Joe McGee, Executive Vice President, Strategic Planning and Development
Joseph A. McGee was named Executive Vice President, Strategic Planning & Development in January 2010 reporting to the CEO. Prior to this role, Joe was Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning & Development from Jun 2008 and Senior Vice President, Global Business Units from September 2004.
Joe joined Jabil in 1993 as a Business Unit Manager in Scotland and has held several positions, including Director of Business Development, Malaysia, General Manager, California, and Vice President Global Business Units.
Prior to joining Jabil, Joe held positions with Sun Microsystems, Philips, University of
Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde.
Joe earned a Ph.D. in Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, and hold an MBA from the University of Glasgow.
Joe is married with three kids, one daughter (20) and two boys (19 & 16), and his interests include golf, flying, diving and mountain biking.
Kevin Self, Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development
Kevin Self is Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development at Johnson Controls’ $15B Building Efficiency (BE) business. As a member of the senior leadership team, his responsibilities include: Leading global strategy development and the resulting action plan to drive greater growth and continued margin expansion; driving collaboration across BE to assure business portfolio and technology developments align with strategy; developing a portfolio approach to manage BE’s global businesses; leading external/competitive analysis; managing the investment portfolio, including investments in cleantech venture capital firms & individual companies; leading BE’s inorganic growth processes, including acquisitions, integrations and divestitures. Prior to joining Johnson Controls, Kevin led the integration of MillerCoors (the US entity created by SABMiller and Molson Coors) from 2008 to 2010 and from 2007 to 2008 he led corporate strategy for Miller Brewing Company. Kevin was Director of Business Development from 2001to 2007 at GE Healthcare, leading various acquisitions, divestitures and strategy development. He also worked at McKinsey & Co. from 1993 to 1997 and was a
Senior Design Engineer at Baxter Healthcare Corporation from 1987 to 1992. Kevin holds an M.B.A. from Northwestern University, a Masters Degree in Bioengineering from The University of Michigan and a Bachelors degree in Engineering Science from The University of Michigan.
Eric Tao, Partner
Dr. Eric Tao is a partner and founding member of Keytone ventures, a leading venture capital firm in China focused in technology investment. His brings over 5 years of startup
operations experience and over 8 years of investment experience to the fund. Dr. Tao’s investment areas include consumer services, advanced manufacturing and clean
technologies. He has been actively involved in a number of companies including Tenfen Tech, LP Amina, Borqs, Lattice Power, China Eastern Clean Energy, Zhongte Logistics. Past investments he has been involved include Greatwall Software, AMEC, TechFaith (NASDAQ:CNTF), InvenSense (NASDAQ: INVN).
Prior to Keytone, Dr. Tao worked as a founding member of KPCB China team since 2007, covering mostly technology and clean tech investments. Prior to KPCB, Dr. Tao was an investment manager at Qualcomm Ventures, covering strategic venture investments globally, including applications/software/content, handset & wireless supply chain, infrastructure and enabling technologies. Dr. Tao was significantly involved in two start-ups before starting his venture capitalist career. He was a co-founder of an e-commerce comparison shopping portal, responsible for fundraising and operations; he also founded a clean energy start-up in the U.S. where he was responsible for fundraising and business development in China.
Dr. Tao holds a BS from Tsinghua University, an MS and a PhD from Stanford University, all in engineering. Dr. Tao holds three international patents and two U.S. patents. Eric is a Kauffman Fellow in class 16.
John Denniston, Partner
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
John Denniston is a Partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. At KPCB, John has worked with a wide variety of portfolio companies, with a primary emphasis on the Greentech industry. John was a member of the KPCB Partner team that many years ago conceptualized and launched KPCB’s Greentech investment initiative. Since then, KPCB has been an active investor in the Greentech field, having invested in start-up and growth companies across a wide variety of sectors.
He is actively involved in Greentech public policy issues, having testified before several Congressional committees. John serves on the Board of Advisors of the National Renewable Energy Labs. He is a frequent speaker at Greentech industry conferences.
Prior to joining KPCB, John was a Managing Director and Head of Technology Investment Banking, Western U.S. at Salomon Smith Barney. He also served on the Investment Committees for both Salomon’s venture capital direct investment fund and CitiGroup’s venture capital fund-of-funds. Before that, he was a Partner at the law firm Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, where he was the Head of the firm’s Venture Capital Practice Group, co-head of its Information Technology Practice Group, and served on the Investment Committee for its venture capital fund.
Guido Ketteler, Innovation & Technology Manager
Guido joined Lanxess’ corporate venturing activities right from the start in January 2012. He is a chemist and has pursued an academic career with research positions in Berlin, Berkeley, and Gothenborg before joining Lanxess in 2007 as the head of a research laboratory in one of Lanxess’ business units.
LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company that achieved sales of EUR 9.1 billion in 2012. The company’s core business comprises the development, manufacture and sale of plastics, rubber, specialty chemicals and intermediates. The corporate venturing unit invests globally in highly promising cleantech start-ups.
Kurt Faulhaber, Senior Vice President
Macquarie Funds Group
Kurt Faulhaber has spent the last 15 years focused on the clean tech sector. He currently manages a platform of global clean tech private equity and venture capital funds at Macquarie, investing throughout the value chain in a number of clean tech and environmental markets. Previously, Kurt was at the Clean Energy Incubator, the first of its kind in the world, initiated by the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. At the Incubator, Kurt focused on identifying viable clean tech ventures and technologies,
and working with start-ups with their launch and growth in the industry. In addition, Kurt has had numerous consulting engagements with clean tech start-ups and DOE Labs, as well as operational experience in the energy efficiency sector.
Kai Engelhardt, Head of Corporate Venture Capital
Kai Engelhardt is Head of MAHLE Corporate Venture Capital since 2012. MAHLE’s CVC investment activities focus on companies offering technologies that reinforce and strengthen the core business as well as open up opportunities within the cleantech sector.
Prior to beginning his career with MAHLE, Kai worked for premium OEMs such as BMW and Daimler and is well connected in the automotive industry. In 2008 Kai joined MAHLE as Strategic Analyst for the Corporate Planning Department. During this time he established a worldwide competitor network and developed and
implemented several business strategy supporting tools, which still serve as input for the corporate strategy meeting. As Business Development Manager from 2010 to 2012 Kai actively contributed to the strategy of the non-automotive sector of MAHLE and was involved in many M&A projects.
Kai studied Mechanical Engineering in Constance and Auckland and earned a Master’s Degree in Engineering. He also holds an MBA in 2008 and is fluent in German and English.
Yossi Yaacoby, Director of WaTech Division
Yossi has 14 years’ experience in the water industry and in executing water supply projects of large magnitude in Israel and overseas. He joined Mekorot in 2010 as Director of its WaTech® Division. WaTech® – the Entrepreneurship & Partnership Center for Water Technologies. He is in charge of the applied research in the company, which includes activities with the academia and research institutes in Israel and abroad. Furthermore, he is responsible for promoting the field of intellectual property.
Mitch Denny, Director, Strategic Business Development
Momentive Performance Materials
Mitchell Denny leads the business development team for the Silicones and Quartz Division at Momentive and is personally responsible for the investigation and development of opportunities in the Cleantech space.
The strategic business development team is also part of the Transformational Growth group at Momentive which is responsible for the identification, development and incubation of new platform technologies for the company.
Mitchell has been with Momentive for 3 years and holds a BE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. In addition he has completed post-graduate professional studies in Australia and New Zealand in the fields of Value Management, Partnering, Strategic Asset Management, Facilitation,
Conflict Resolution and Mediation.
Mitchell is a globally experienced business professional with a focus and passion for the following areas; leadership, business development, strategy and mergers & acquisitions. During his 25 year career Mitchell has worked in a wide variety positions within technology and specialty materials-based organizations
throughout the world and has lived in the USA, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and New Zealand.
Rolf Nagel, Partner
Munich Venture Partners
Rolf Nagel was Partner and Investment Manager at Star Ventures, a leading international Venture Capital firm, for more than ten years. In this position, he was instrumental in numerous success stories, such as Capstone Microturbines, Ciena, Floware (now Alvarion), Medigene, RF Micro Devices and Sequenom.
Prior to Star Ventures, Mr. Nagel was Investment Manager at the Deutsche Bank
investment arm DBG.
Prior to Deutsche Bank Group, he served as the CEO of Vialog Visual Inspection
Systems, Hanover, Germany. After repositioning it successfully, Vialog was acquired by Walter AG, Tübingen, a leading German engineering firm.
Mr. Nagel holds an MBA from WHU Koblenz and a Ph.D. in Business Economics from the University of Cologne, Germany, and he completed a scholarship at the MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, USA.
Ravi Viswanathan, Partner
New Enterprise Associates
Ravi joined NEA in 2004 and co-heads the firm’s Technology Venture Growth Equity effort and Energy Technology investment practice. Present board memberships include Boulder Wind Power, Braintree, Deeya Energy, Desire2Learn, Goji, Soraa, Stitcher, and Suniva. He also led or co-led NEA’s investments in Availink, BloomReach, Boku, GlobalLogic, ISGN Technologies, MuleSoft and ViXS. Prior investments include Tele Atlas (Euronext: TA, acquired by TomTom), Arcot (acquired by CA), Sanera (acquired by McData) and IM Logic (acquired by Symantec). Prior to NEA, Ravi worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. as co-head of the technology practice in their private equity group. Ravi has also worked for McKinsey & Company and Raychem Corporation focusing on R&D in various materials systems. Ravi received an MBA from Wharton and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from UCSB where he focused his research on materials science applications. Ravi also earned a BS in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves on the Wharton Entrepreneurship Advisory Board.
Keith Gillard, General Partner
Mr. Gillard is General Partner at Pangaea Ventures Ltd., an industry leader in early stage advanced materials investment. He joined Pangaea in 2010. Mr. Gillard has over twenty years’ experience as an investor and entrepreneur, with the past twelve years focused on cleantech and advanced materials.
From 2006-2010, Mr. Gillard served as President of BASF Venture Capital
America. He was responsible for the establishment of the Silicon Valley office and expansion of the team. Mr. Gillard led investments into SDCmaterials Inc., Luca Technologies LLC, Ultracell Corporation, Arcadia Biosciences, Inc., Sciona, Inc., and ARCH Ventures VII, among others.
From 2001-2006, Mr. Gillard was with Mitsubishi Corporation and responsible for venture investment and business development activities in Canada, with a specific focus on cleantech. He was instrumental in establishing Japanese markets and partners for several Canadian and American cleantech companies, with a special focus on fuel cells, solar and smart grid applications.
Prior to joining Mitsubishi, Mr. Gillard began his career in investment banking, structuring mergers and acquisitions as well as manufacturing technology joint ventures into China. In the late ’90′s, he spent five years as an full-time entrepreneur, establishing three IT companies in succession.
Mr. Gillard sits on the board of directors of Vestaron Corporation, NewLeaf Symbiotics Inc., and Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre. He is also the co-author of “Inside the Minds: Energy Venture Capital Best Practices”, published in 2008 by Aspatore Books. Outside of work, he is a highenergy father of two, an avid cyclist and a Canadian Independent Music Award winner.
Chivas Lam, Venture Partner
Qiming Venture Partners
Chivas has been a Venture Partner with Qiming Ventures since 2009 focusing in investing in early stage, high potential, high growth technology companies in Cleantech and Industrial sectors.Chivas specializes in cross border investments bringing innovative technology companies into China for commercialization and growth. He founded the China operation for LanzaTech and currently serves as board observer for PowerGenix.Prior to joining Qiming, Chivas had over 25 years of senior executive experiences with Morgan Crucible, GEC Alstom and Hong Kong Electric. While he was the President Asia Pacific for Morgan Carbon, Chivas successfully reengineered multiple business units with integration, spin offs, management buy outs and transferred group technologies into the region.Chivas holds a first class honor Electrical Engineering Bachelor degree from the University of Hong Kong and a Master Engineering degree from the Sydney University.
Inigo Palacio, Director
Repsol Energy Ventures
Iñigo is Deputy Director of Repsol New Energy Ventures, Repsol’s corporate venture capital aimed at investing in early-stage, high-potential, high risk, growth startup companies in high technology industries, such as biotechnology, renewable energies, power storage and electric mobility. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of various international companies active in the fields of biotechnology (NEOL Biosolutions, AlgaEnergy), floating offshore wind platforms (Principle Power, WindPlus), tidal energy (Tocardo), charging infrastructures for electric vehicle (IBIL), and e-car sharing (IBILEK), as well as in two NEOTEC Funds. Iñigo has more than 17 years at Repsol occupying different managing positions mainly in the LPG Division where he was Chairman of the World LPGas Association, WLPGA (2009-2010.) During the last three years, Iñigo has leaded the launch and management of Repsol´s venture program, engaging its activity with the corporate innovation strategy. Iñigo holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering from the Oviedo University, a PDD from IESE Business School and a PIM from Austral University. His fields of experience mainly concern project management, business development and deal closing.
Keimpe Keuning, Investment Director
RobecoSAM Private Equity
Mr. Keuning is a Investment Director with Robeco SAM Clean Tech Private Equity and is based in Zurich. He is the primary contact person for a number of clean tech fund investments and sits on the board of a number of clean tech co-investments.Prior to this, he joined Robeco in 2006 as Manager Corporate Development responsible for strategy and acquisitions, where he played an essential role in the realization of three joint ventures and two acquisitions, including SAM. Previously, he worked at Fortis Bank as Associate Director where he advised a broad range of clients on numerous M&A and ECM transactions. These included the listing of Tele Atlas on Euronext Amsterdam and the sale of the Dutch state publisher, Sdu, to ABN AMRO Capital and Allianz Capital Partners. He began his working career at Ernst & Young as a tax advisor.Mr. Keuning received his law degree in corporate tax law from the University of Leiden. He also studied U.S and International tax law at the University of Florida, and participated in executive education at the Amsterdam Institute of Finance and INSEAD.
Dhiraj Malkani, Partner
Rockport Capital Partners
Dhiraj began his career at Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies as a Senior Product Engineer developing next-Generation optical components for Telecommunications. He received several U.S. patents for his inventions in MEMS technology before transitioning from pure engineering to evaluating early-stage photonics and life-science companies for Boston University’s Photonics Center business incubator program. Prior to joining RockPort he was a summer associate in Deutsche Bank’s Technology Investment Banking division. At Rockport, Dhiraj is an active member of the screening and diligence teams and has worked on multiple transactions in solar energy, transportation, advanced materials, energy storage, smart grid, water and wind technologies. Dhiraj is a graduate of the University of Mumbai with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He earned an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Fabien Mondini, Investment Manager
Fabien Mondini is Investment Manager and one of the original team members of SABIC Ventures. SABIC Ventures was set up in October 2011 as the global corporate venture capital arm of SABIC, based in the Netherlands. Its primary goal is to seek out innovative technologies and businesses consistent with the company’s global strategy. Its investment focus includes functional materials, alternative feed stocks for chemicals and materials and alternative energy technologies.
Fabien has extensive international business experience with cross-functional/cross-cultural management within large multinational corporations. Prior to joining GE Plastics in 2006, acquired by SABIC in 2007, he worked for DuPont de Nemours in Paris and Arkema in Philadelphia. He held a number of various business development, marketing, sales and business management roles.
Fabien is an alumni of Babson Executive Education. He holds a Material Engineering degree from INSA Lyon and a MBA from EM school of management in Lyon.
Chris Brown, Principal
SAIL CAPITAL PARTNERS
Chris is a scientist and entrepreneur with diverse business and technical backgrounds. His past experiences have spanned multiple verticals, including electronics, textiles, and telecommunications. His background and experience position him at the crossroads of business and technology. He holds a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a Ph.D. in Physics from North Carolina State University.
Chris’ technical background includes a pioneering accomplishment in the field of MEMS cryotribology, the study of surface friction on the micro and nano length scales at cryogenic temperatures. He has worked with colleagues from UC Irvine, UC San Diego, Sandia National Laboratory, Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), and Irvine based start-up wiSpry on DARPA and Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) funded MEMS initiatives. Chris’ results are part of a larger body of work recognized in 2010 by the National Science Foundation’s American Competitiveness and Innovation (ACI) Fellow Award. Results achieved in this work will lead to effective methods for controlling friction and associated energy losses equivalent to 1-2% of annual GDP for US industries.
In addition, Chris was a project engineer with Corning in the world’s largest volume fiber optic production facility. He also co-founded a textile dye company based on technology developed jointly with Procter and Gamble, Leeds University, and North Carolina State University. Earlier in his career, Chris worked as an intern with venture-backed solar panel manufacturer Stion, where he was part of the team that
initiated a joint venture with Taiwan Semiconductor.
Delphine Geny-Stephann, Director of NOVA External Venturing
Delphine Gény-Stephann is Director in charge of Mergers & Acquisitions for the Saint-Gobain Innovative Materials Sector (Flat Glass, Ceramics, Plastics, Abrasives), circa 10 B€ sales, and Director of External Venturing for all of Saint-Gobain since January 2013. She joined Saint-Gobain in 2005 and has held various positions in business development and finance.
Before joining Saint-Gobain, Delphine graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and Collège des Ingénieurs in Paris, and started her career at the French Finance ministry.
Christina Karapataki, Venture Principal, Early Stage Investments
Christina Karapataki is a Venture Principal in the Early Stage Technology Investments group at Schlumberger Technology Corporation. She specializes in early stage investments in energy, advanced materials and sustainability technologies. Prior to her current role, Christina worked for ExxonMobil Gas & Power Marketing in both the European and North America offices, and gained venture experience evaluating oil and gas technology investments with Venrock Management LLC in 2011. Christina’s background is in Chemical Engineering with B.A. and M.Eng. degrees from the University of Cambridge. She is a recent graduate from MIT, with an S.M. degree in Energy Technology and Policy, where her research at the MIT Energy Initiative focused on evaluating water management technologies for shale gas production operations.
Gerd Goette, Investment Partner
Siemens Venture Capital
Gerd is a Partner, based in Silicon Valley, CA. He specializes in investments in energy and cleantech.
He manages SVC’s investments in BPL Global, BuildingIQ, ChargePoint, QBotix, Tendril and Wirescan AS. Earlier investments include Broadlight (acquired by Broadcom), Dune Networks (acquired by Broadcom), G2 Microsystems (acquired by Broadcom), IP-Unity Glenayre, ISE Limited (TSX:ISE), Kagoor Networks (acquired by Juniper Networks), Myrio (acquired by Siemens), Prenova (acquired by Ecova), Reactive NanoTechnologies (acquired by Indium), SmartSynch (acquired by Itron) and Verimatrix.
Gerd serves on the VC advisory board of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and is a Charter Member of the Asia America MultiTechnology Association (AAMA).
With over 25 years of worldwide industry experience, he combines a strong technical background with wide-ranging operational skills. Prior to joining Siemens Venture Capital in September 2000, Gerd held the position of Vice President and Head of CableTV Solutions in Siemens Information and Communication Networks.
Additionally, Gerd’s managerial and operating expertise stems from earlier focus on R&D, system integration, product line management, technical sales support, project management and general management in the fields of telecommunication equipment and solutions.
Gerd received a master’s degree in electrical engineering (Dipl. Ing.) from Technical University Darmstadt, Germany.
Joshua Raffaelli, Partner
Silver Lake Kraftwerk
Josh Raffaelli joined Silver Lake in 2011 and is a Managing Director at Silver Lake Kraftwerk. Previously, he was a Principal at Draper Fisher Jurvetson where he assisted in the founding and growth of the fund’s energy investment practice.
Prior to DFJ, Mr. Raffaelli was an Analyst at Och-Ziff Capital Management in London where he focused on merger arbitrage and emerging market investments in the logistics and oil and gas markets. Mr. Raffaelli was an Analyst at JPMorgan’s Technology Investment Banking group in San Francisco.
Mr. Raffaelli is a Cum Laude graduate of Harvard University with a B.A. in Government, and has an MBA from Stanford Business School. Mr. Raffaelli is also a Kauffman Fellow.
Thierry Piret, Head of Solvay Venturing
Thierry Piret is Head of Solvay Ventures, the corporate venturing arm of the Solvay group based in Brussels, Belgium. With a team of 6 professionals, Solvay Venturesmanages a portfolio of fund and direct investments in the chemicals / advanced materials space. Thierry worked for Solvay for 30 years within research, innovation and new
Mark Bonnar, Investment Director
Southern Cross Venture Partners
Mark leads the cleantech practice at Southern Cross as part of pan-Pacific partnership with Softbank China Venture Capital. Together Southern Cross and Softbank have offices in Palo Alto, Sydney, Shanghai, Beijing and across mainland China with combined funds under management approaching US$2billion.
Before entering cleantech VC in 2008, Mark’s earlier career in industrial research included the development of advanced materials for improved thermodynamic performance in utility power generation. From there he joined Applied Materials Inc in silicon valley (NASDAQ: AMAT) and worked with the World’s largest semiconductor device manufacturers of the time including Intel, Motorola, NEC & Fujitsu. Subsequently Mark held roles in several private equity backed ventures in the UK and as Chief Executive of Applied Thermal Control Ltd he led the company though a challenging turn-around and into a period of sustained growth and profitability.
Mark holds a BSc in applied physics and a PhD in materials science from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Mark was a previous recipient of the CSIRO Medal for business excellence. He currently serves on the advisory board for the Centre for Energy Technologies at the University of Adelaide and was recently part of the selection panel for GE’s first ANZ Ecomagination challenge.
Dr. Vicky Sharpe, President and CEO
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, Dr. Sharpe has increased the funding pool from $100M to over $1B and mobilized private sector capital resulting in more than $3.6B of investments for projects and commercialization activities. With over 25 years of experience in the energy industry, Dr. Sharpe has successfully integrated sustainable development into business practices.As part of her leadership in building a cleantech infrastructure, Dr. Sharpe is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Alberta Enterprise Corporation and the Steering Committee of the UNEP SEF Alliance. Dr. Sharpe is helping to shape the Canadian cleantech landscape through the provision of strategic advice including her role on the Ontario Premier’s Climate Change Advisory Panel. She is also a Director for the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Carbon Management Canada Inc. (CMC), and the Biowaste to Energy for Canada integrated initiative Corp. (BECii).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.For her work in advancing sustainability and clean capitalism, Dr. Sharpe was recognised as one of the Clean 16, a top spot on Canada’s 2012 Clean 50 (www.clean50.ca).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.
Peleg Chevion, Head of Crop Enhancement and Water Solutions
Syngenta Venture Capital
Mr. Chevion is leading the global Crop Enhancement business of Syngenta which delivers products and solutions that help agricultural producers mitigate environmental (abiotic) stresses such as droughts, floods, frosts etc. Previously, Mr. Chevion was built and led the corporate strategy and business development of Syngenta in the water space.
Prior to Syngenta, Mr. Chevion led commercial transactions and business development activities in pharma/biotech with Crucell Holland NV (Acquired by J&J) and as an attorney with one of the leading Israeli high-tech/VC related legal firms. Prior to that he led R&D and commercial endeavours in the telecom and internet industries in Israel. Mr. Chevion started his career with 7 years as an officer in the Israeli Air Force, leading R&D aerospace projects.
Mr. Chevion graduated from the IDF Computer academy with a diploma in software
engineering, he holds an LL.B from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from INSEAD
(France/Singapore). He is a corporate/licensing attorney and admitted to the bar in Israel.
Astorre Modena, Partner
Terra Venture Partners
Astorre Modena is the Founder and General Partner of Terra Venture Partners, leading early-stage Cleantech VC in Israel. Before founding Terra, Astorre was a Principal at Israel Seed Partners, a leading seed-stage venture capital in Israel with more than $260 million under management. Until recently, Astorre was an active key investor in the establishment of Cellint, a new cellular startup that is growing rapidly. Prior to Israel Seed, Astorre was with McKinsey & Co., based in Paris, where he consulted to leading Italian, French and Israeli manufacturing and financial corporations.Astorre holds a B.Sc. in Physics and Outstanding Students Program (“Amirim”) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics from Imperial College in London.
Antoine Verny, Investment Manager
Total Energy Ventures
Antoine Verny joined Total in 2005, as a senior lawyer in the mergers, acquisitions and finance department, working on complex oil & gas transactions (M&A, project financing, restructurings). He also advised on the creation of the corporate venturing activity of Total, initiated in 2008, before joining the initiative in 2009 as investment manager. Antoine notably leads the team’s efforts on industrial energy efficiency and sustainable mobility space. He sits on the Board of EnerVault, an innovative US energy storage company, and on the investment committee of EcoMobilité Ventures, a French investment partnership among large industrial corporations, active in the sustainable mobility space. Before working for Total, Antoine had developed 9 years of experience as a commercial banker and business lawyer, specializing on cross-border transactions, first in a commercial bank (Credit Lyonnais Americas), then with international law firms (Cleary Gottlieb, Sullivan & Cromwell), working in New York and Paris. Antoine holds an MBA from ESSEC business school, a Master and a Post Graduate degree in business law and tax from Paris II Assas University of Law, and an LL.M. degree from Columbia Law School ; he is a former member of the Paris Bar and a current member of New York Bar ; he still teaches mergers & acquisitions at the Paris II Assas University of Law.
Steve Kloos, Partner
True North Venture Partners
Steven Kloos is a Partner with True North Venture Partners, focusing on identifying early stage investment opportunities, identifying key technology trends and innovation, identifying early stage investment opportunities, and assisting portfolio companies post investment.
Prior to joining True North in November, 2011, Steve held various R&D roles within GE Water, including Advanced Technologies Leader and Membrane Technology Leader. Steve also lived and worked on assignment in China from 2005-2009, establishing GE Water’s R&D team in Shanghai, founding and starting the GE Singapore Water Technology Center, and leading GE Water’s In-China-for-China program. Steve began his career in 1994 working for Osmonics, starting as a Chemist designing membranes and later became responsible for membrane technology.
He is a native of Minnesota and received a BS in chemistry from University of
Wisconsin at River Falls in 1989 and a Ph.D. in chemistry from North Dakota
State University in 1994. Steve is based in Chicago.
Ian Lane, Principal
Ian is a Principal at Unilever Ventures, Unilever’s private equity and venture capital arm. As a Principal, Ian focuses on portfolio management, sitting on the Board of Voltea Ltd and new Technology/Sustainable Business investment opportunities. Previously at LEK Consulting in London/Melbourne, he worked for amongst other clients, the Carbon Trust. Ian has a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Cambridge.
Stephan Dolezalek, Managing Director and Group Leader, CleanTech
VantagePoint Capital Partners
Mr. Dolezalek has spent over 25 years in Silicon Valley working exclusively with technology-driven companies. He joined VantagePoint in 1999 where he served as head or co-head of the Firm’s Software and Life Sciences Groups. Mr. Dolezalek crafted VantagePoint’s CleanTech platform in 2002, and has actively headed the CleanTech Group since its inception, guiding it to become one of the preeminent practices in the world. He has been instrumental in building the Firm’s Corporate Strategic Partner program and has served on the boards of numerous portfolio companies. Mr. Dolezalek has extensive experience in helping start-up companies through scale-up and project-deployment phases. Prior to joining VantagePoint, he 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. He has acted as co-chairman of the CleanTech Venture Network’s Advisory Board, is a member of the NVCA CleanTech Advisory Council and an active member of the American Council on Renewable Energy. Mr. Dolezalek is a frequent speaker on the topic of our new-energy economy and has shared his insights at dozens of events, most recently the ARPA-E Innovation Summit, the CleanTech Forum and the Renewable Energy Technology Conference and Exhibition. He is a graduate of the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia (BCP) and the University of Virginia School of Law (JD).
Matthew Nordan, Vice President
Matthew joined Venrock in 2009 and focuses on energy, environmental and materials technologies. He is a board observer at OnChip Power and Boston-Power, and has been closely involved with portfolio companies Phononic Devices and Nest Labs. Prior to Venrock, Matthew was President of Lux Research, an advisory services firm for science-driven innovation that he co-founded in 2004. Under Matthew’s leadership, Lux Research became a widely recognized authority on energy and materials innovation, counseling corporations, investors and governments. Earlier, Matthew served in a variety of management roles with technology advisor Forrester Research in the United States and Europe.
Matthew holds a B.A. in Psychology from Yale University, where he conducted cognitive neuroscience research on the neural pathways mediating emotion and memory.
Mia Javier, Vice President of Innovation, Americas
Mia Javier is in charge of Veolia Environnemen’s open innovation program in North America, the Veolia Innovation Accelerator (VIA). She is responsible for supporting Veolia’s water, waste and energy division in identifying, validating and bringing new external innovation solutions to market. Previously, Mia was an Analyst at the Cleantech Group. Mia has a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.
Joseph Vaillancourt, Vice President, Corporate Venturing
Joe currently serves as Vice President, Corporate Venturing at Waste Management, Inc. He was one of the founding members of the group responsible for developing new and innovative growth platforms in the environmental, sustainability, solid waste, recycling, energy and cleantech sectors. Prior to this role, Joe spent 7 years as a Director in the company’s waste to energy division responsible for finance, asset optimization and strategic development. Prior to joining Waste Management, Joe spent 10 years in entrepreneurial endeavors as part of various founding groups of start up and early stage companies in the high tech, entertainment and financial and business advisory services sectors. Throughout these engagements, he has led $1 bil of debt and equity financings and an additional $600 mil of M&A activities. Joe has participated in both financial and operational management in these endeavors.
Joe holds a BS in accounting and finance as well as an MBA from the University of Massachusetts. Joe serves as a Director of APT Water, Drivegreen, Microgreen Polymers. He also serves as a Board Observer of Recyclebank, Renmatix, InEnTec and Fulcrum Bioenergy. In addition, Joe is an external Advisory Board member of The University of Massachusetts Lowell College of Management and the ERB Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan. Joe is a charter member of ICEX Corporate Venturing and a member of the Strategic Venture Association.
Bart Markus, General Partner
Apart from being a veteran VC, Bart is a seasoned and passionate entrepreneur and is renowned for his relentless drive (and lack of patience therein) to internationalise companies and helping them to become successful beyond Europe by conquering the US or Asia. A Dutch native, he has been a General Partner at Wellington since 2000.
He primarily focuses on process technologies, in particular in the Electronics and Cleantech areas. Bart manages an impressive collection of companies located in Europe and the US. Many have already made the successful leap to the US or are successfully opening up new foreign markets. Past investments include Navteq (NASDAQ: NVT; sold to Nokia in 2007), Meiosys (sold to IBM in 2005), Nawotec (sold to Carl Zeiss in 2005) and Q-Layer (sold to Sun Microsystems in 2009).
Prior to the past ten years which he spent as an investor in Tech companies, Bart has co-founded three companies including the MRI Centre, now a highly successful chain of private medical diagnostic clinics. He also set up and acted as CEO for ePearle, a pan-European B2B eCommerce start-up. Before Wellington, Bart was an investment professional at HAL Investments and an Associate at McKinsey working in Holland and South Africa. He started his career as a process control system and project engineer with Shell in Norway.
Bart holds an MSc in Applied Physics from Twente University of Technology in The Netherlands and an MBA from INSEAD in France.
Mike Dorsey, Managing Partner
The Westly Group
Prior to joining The Westly Group, Mr. Dorsey co-headed the Bay Area Equity Fund, a $75 million double-bottom line venture capital fund that achieved top quartile returns based mostly on cleantech investments. In this capacity he raised and managed the fund, serving on the investment committee from the fund’s inception. The fund had successful investments in Tesla Motors (NASDAQ), PowerLight (acquired by SunPower), Pandora Media (NASDAQ), BrightSource (S-1 filed), and SolarCity.
Before the Bay Area Equity Fund, Mr. Dorsey worked as an investment banker, primarily to technology companies, for 20 years. He served as Head of Technology Investment Banking of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Cowen & Co. In this capacity he worked with most leading venture capital firms as an agent and made venture capital investments as a principal.
Mr. Dorsey holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Yale School of Management. He serves on the Board of Directors of United Way of the Bay Area and advisory boards of Stanford University.
Mark Preston, Partner
Mark has been evaluating, making and managing private equity investments in the cleantech sector for five years. As a Principal in the WHEB Partners team his role covers deal sourcing, due diligence, deal execution and ongoing strategic work with portfolio companies. He has overall responsibility for the deal evaluation team at WHEB.
Mark is a director of Green Energy Group and Petainer and is an observer on the boards of EVAP and Watson Brown.
Prior to joining WHEB, Mark spent four years with Ernst & Young in their London Office, starting out in their Investment Management Audit practice, and latterly in the Transaction Advisory group. Mark is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has a degree in Geographical Sciences from Bristol University. He joined WHEB in January 2007and is a fluent Dutch speaker.
Khalil Maalouf, Managing Director
Mr. Maalouf started his career in venture capital with Working Ventures Canadian Fund, at the time Canada’s largest venture capital firm. He moved quickly up the ranks, participating in over twenty transactions across diverse industries and stages. He specialized in semiconductor and middleware software companies, and led five investments in that area. Subsequently, he joined VenGrowth Capital Partners, where he led seven investments in the communications industry.
Many of the companies in Khalil’s portfolio have been successfully exited through initial public offerings (IPOs) or acquisitions. Examples include: Genesis Microchip Inc. (NASDAQ:GNSS – subsequently acquired by STMicroelectronics NYSE:STM), Cognicase Inc. (TMX:COG – subsequently acquired by CGI Inc. TMX:CGI), and Simba Technologies, acquired by Pivotal Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:PVTL – subsequently acquired by Broadcom Corporation NASDAQ: BRCM).
Mr. Maalouf currently serves as Director of BCR Environmental Corporation, and is a member of the Water Environment Federation and American Water Works Association.
Mr. Maalouf holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and a B. Comm in Finance and Accounting from Concordia University.
Samer Salty, Managing Partner
Samer Salty is the Founder and CEO of Zouk Capital. He has 27 years’ experience in private equity, investment banking and technology. Samer oversees both the strategic direction of the firm and the investment process. Zouk’s distinctive dual track strategy, consisting of Cleantech growth capital and renewable energy infrastructure, was designed and implemented by Samer. His vision for sustainability started with his investment in The Carbon Neutral Company in 2000 and his philosophy is to make investments that both create economic value and build on sustainable principals.
Prior to Zouk, Samer was at JP Morgan where he led many private equity and advisory transactions in the technology and telecom sector. Samer began his career designing and managing the development of air traffic control computer and telecom systems for a number of Fortune 500 clients and government aviation authorities in the US.
Samer holds a B.S. in Electronic Engineering from California Polytechnic and a M.S. in Management and Finance from MIT.
Samer sits on the boards of Zouk’s portfolio companies, Anesco and Lighting Science Group. He also sits on the International Council of the Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Centre and Advisory Board at MIT Sloan School of Management.