Judges and Mentors
Round 2 – Judges and Boot Camp Mentors
Liz Aab, a London Business School MBA 2012, has mentored, judged and co-chaired the CleanTech Challenge. She now works at Shell on commercializing GTL Fuel, a cleaner burning diesel, having worked in consulting in China and finance in New York before her MBA.
Dr Mark Barrett
Dr Mark Barrett (Systems) brought new systems modeling skills to UCL via a short-term Platform funded fellowship. He moved to a RCUK Academic Fellowship and is now a Senior Lecturer. As a consultant and academic, Mark has 30 years’ experience modelling and developing policies for energy demand and supply systems, working at international, national and regional levels in the UK, Europe and Asia for clients including Universities, the European Commission, UK Government departments, and the Japan Clean Air Programme.
Catriona has worked across the intersection of sustainable business, energy and environment for the last eight years. In her current role at Energy Unlocked she is responsible for delivery of projects and business development.
Prior to joining Energy Unlocked, Catriona worked at the sustainability futures non-profit Forum for the Future, where she worked with partners such as Innovate UK, Unilever and DFID in the UK and India leading on projects related to smart cities, decentralised energy and embedding sustainability in business. Catriona also worked for the Skype founder’s family foundation where she led a programme of work on green entrepreneurship and similar to her role now, she worked with digital and hardware companies in energy to scale their businesses. She has an MA Environment, Development and Policy from University of Sussex.
Dr Aiduan Borrion is a lecturer in sustainable infrastructure at UCL and co-director for the UCL Engineering Exchange. She specialises in developing quantitative sustainability methods and tools to support decision making in design and delivery of technology and infrastructure, including energy, water, food and waste services. She is the principle investigator for the UCL global food security challenge project entitled closing the waste-energy-food loop and a member of the EU Marie Curie IRSES consortium on environmental analysis and biomass valorisation. She is a member of the peer review panel for British Council Newton Fund and a peer reviewer for 12 international journals in the area of energy and sustainability. She holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering and Clean Energy Technology. Before joining UCL, she contributed her expertise to the £27m BBSRC Sustainable Bioenergy Centre at University of Bath. Alongside her research, she runs a regular short course on life cycle assessment (LCA) and circular economy, developed in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Molly has more than ten years experience in accelerating green innovation strategies and advocacy with the large corporates such as Google, Cisco and Johnson Controls as well as working with a number of global cities through Living Labs Global to accelerate the pace of take-up of social and environmental technologies to deliver sustainability outcomes. She developed a global green innovation strategy for Zennstrom Philanthropies to identify ways to scale nascent low carbon innovation. Molly has 5 years of experience in software in Japan and New York, developing websites with programmers that utilised the agile methodology. After moving to London for a masters degree in environmental policy at London School of Economics in 2003/4, she began working in climate change, innovation and science policy.
Molly founded Energy Unlocked in December 2015 to accelerate action on climate change by working with innovators who enable a sustainable transition, combining software tools with ‘offline’ methodologies for convening and aligning stakeholders across sectors. Energy Unlocked runs market acceleration processes such as innovation challenges and policy ‘hacks’.
James has over 6y director level experience across the Sustainable Ventures portfolio, he currently leads Sustainable Workspaces and advises the Mayor of London.
Dr Paul Dodds is a Senior Lecturer in Energy Systems at the UCL Energy Institute of University College London. He specialises in energy systems modelling and led the development of the UK TIMES energy systems model, which the Government used to inform their fifth carbon budget decision. Paul leads or contributes to research projects focusing on hydrogen, bioenergy, energy storage, CCS and land degradation. Prior to joining UCL, he worked in the nuclear power industry, for CSIRO in Australia, and for a small consultancy. He has a first degree in physics and a PhD in tropical agronomy and climate change.
Professor Darr’s group is one of the leading exponents of continuous hydrothermal (supercritical water) flow synthesis, CHFS, reactors for the production of nanoceramics and devices. The technology has been developed in numerous publications for high throughput synthesis to scale-up via a CHFS pilot plant process capable of >1kg per hour) Professor Darr has strong interactions with UK industry related to the discovery of new ceramic nanomaterials in energy (solid oxide fuel cells, Na and Li ion batteries, supercapacitors, transparent conducting oxides), materials discovery/catalysis (reduction of CO2, water splitting/oxidation catalysis) and healthcare applications (biomedical ceramics, adjuvants).
With more than ten years of experience ranging from strategy and start-ups to finance whilst working at Shell, Bouke Feenstra is now an Investment Associate at Shell Technology Ventures. He graduated from Maastricht University with a Master in International Business Studies and from the University of Amsterdam with an International Executive Master of Finance and Control. Shell Technology Ventures, or STV, is Shell’s corporate venturing team. Originally launched in 1997, the team invests and deploys new technologies across the energy sector.
Healthcare/tech/other sectors/financial services senior appointments headhunter since 2004. Previously 15 years as investment banker with life science industry background, 10 years in pharmaceuticals. Angel investor, chairman of consumer company, mentor.
Murat Basarir has been involved in a broad spectrum of cleantech projects, such as launching UK’s first wireless charged electric bus startup, part of developing UK’s driverless pod initiative and Portugal’s virtual power plant trial.
Prior to his role, he led a nationwide energy efficiency project that has been acknowledged by various media sources including the BBC and the Economist and has been shown as an exemplary low-carbon initiative by the UK government.
Murat holds a BSc and MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University, Canada and an MPhil in Engineering from Cambridge University, UK and has completed the Ignite programme at Stanford’s Graduate Business School.
Dr Denis Gross
Has a background in physics (Imperial College, London) and engineering science (DPhil, Oxford), having researched for his dissertation in plasma physics. Denis started his career in the global electronics industry, with a special focus on the worldwide semiconductor sector. He later moved into finance, spending 10 years in investment banking. Over the past eight years, he has consulted in technology including assignments for Prismark Partners LLC, New York. In the most recent six years his focus has switched to clean and renewable energy sectors, most recently at Equity Development and Cleantech Investor.
Former Analyst at BlackRock in London, Research Assistant at the Yale School of Medicine and Research Fellow at the Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
Roy is an entrepreneur with a solid engineering background. He was the founder of SunIsrael, one of Israel’s top photovoltaic integrators, and served as its COO. Roy also founded Lumos Global, a leading provider of “pay as you go” home solar systems in Nigeria, and helped design its product offering. Prior to this, Roy founded Greenlet, a provider of demand response systems for residential users and was a consultant with McKinsey & Co.
Roy holds an MBA from LBS and a BSc with distinction in Aerospace engineering from the Technion in Israel.
Janet is an experienced, inspirational business and leadership coach and mentor with over twenty years’ experience in the corporate world, as a successful entrepreneur, and in the personal development field.
Dr Mark Richards
Senior Teaching Fellow and Department Head of Outreach in the Department of Physics at Imperial College London. Previously worked in finance and as a Post Doctoral Researcher within the High Energy Physics Group at Imperial College. Mark co-founded Duvas Technologies – a company specialising in wireless air sensing networks for real-time pollution mapping.
Peter is an investor with > £1bn 3rd party equity deployed in over 100 successful global infra investments covering all sectors. He is currently leading the new investment activities for the £135m Environmental Capital Fund managed by Scottish Equity Partners which is focussed purely on investing into low-carbon infrastructure. Peter is a former co-founder and Director of EIDC which specialised in the development and investment into WtE and renewables projects. Prior to EIDC, Peter was a Director and head of team at Land Securities Trillium (“LST”) responsible for secondary and waste/WtE investments. Peter is also a former Partner of Secondary Market Infrastructure Fund (“SMIF”) which was exited to LST for £927m at a significant multiple and with a capital value of assets in excess of £5bn. Peter began his career at Challenger Financial Services Group where he was a founding member of its infrastructure and real asset business.
Lillian Shapiro is Student Business Advisor for UCL Advances, providing advice, guidance and encouragement to UCL students who are seeking to start their own businesses. Alongside this role Lillian continued to run her own business acceleration consultancy Amiba, which she co-founded in 2001, until 2015, and advised start-up businesses as a Prince’s Trust Business Mentor for 10 years.
Boot Camp Judges
Robert is Director of Technology Ventures at Touchstone Innovations where he focuses on investments in the hardware and materials sectors. He has over fifteen years’ experience in venture capital and prior to joining Innovations was a Director in the technology investment team at Nomura International plc, where he led investments in the communications and electronics sectors. He trained as an electronics engineer and worked in Japan for Pioneer Electronics Corporation, both in R&D and in establishing the company’s first UK manufacturing facility. He has an MBA from Insead and an Electrical Sciences degree from the University of Cambridge. Robert is on the board of CCS, Impression Technologies, Plaxica, Sub Salt Solutions, Oxford Biotrans, WaveOptics, Silicon Microgravity and SAM Labs.
Dr. Ilian Iliev is CEO of EcoMachines Ventures, a London-based pan-European VC fund focused on innovative hardware companies in the energy, resource efficiency and industrial high-tech sectors. He is a Board member of other companies in the robotics and resource efficiency space. Prior to setting up EcoMachines Ventures, he advised major global corporations and investment funds in the energy, water technology, industrial high-tech and transportation on IP strategy, technology licensing and growth strategy issues. Ilian holds a PhD from Cambridge University’s Judge Business School, focused on Venture Capital business models in emerging economies. He has published widely on issues in the energy and cleantech space, innovation finance and innovation policy.
Ben has spent the last nine years commercialising innovative clean technologies. He represents IP Group on the board of various cleantech portfolio companies, whilst also seeking new high growth investment opportunities. Ben’s last role was leading a team in the Carbon Trust, where he managed the UK Government’s prioritisation of low carbon technology innovation budgets, guiding multimillion pound funding programmes. Prior to that Ben held roles in the primary research arm of the European Commission, in renewable energy consulting and in Google’s cleantech investment division. Ben holds a first class degree from Durham in Physics and Mathematics and an MSc in Environmental Technologies from Imperial College London.
Yoav Zingher, CEO and Co-founder KiWi Energy
Yoav was a founding partner of 4RAE Renewable and Alternative Energy Investments, a private equity group with $200million under management, where he specialised in smart energy and project development of renewable energy including wind, solar and biomass power stations. Prior to this, Yoav was part of the private equity investment team that entered the ultra-deep-water oil-drilling sector, culminating in the construction of three drill ships with an aggregate value exceeding $1.5billion and an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange (Pacific Drilling). Yoav holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Software Engineering from the University of Birmingham and an MBA from the London Business School.
Ian Napier, CCO and Co-founder Switchee
Cofounder of Switchee, the first B2B smart thermostat designed for large landlords. Finance before Switchee, starting at Morgan Stanley before moving to a start up then sold to a small UK corporate finance firm. Corporate finance and capital markets with special expertise in strategic and funding advice for start ups and earlier stage ventures. MBA from INSEAD, History degree from Cambridge.
Carlos Ludlow-Palafox, CEO Enval
Carlos graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City and came to the UK to do his PhD at the University of Cambridge. He specialised in microwave induced pyrolysis and how it could be used to recycle complex waste streams. After his PhD, he continued to develop the process, obtaining a patent for the recycling of laminated packaging before founding Enval in 2006.
Jeff Skinner, Executive Director Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Jeff Skinner is Executive Director of the Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at LBS. He teaches on several entrepreneurship courses at the School and leads many of the co-curricular activities supported by the Institute, including all competitions, the London Entrepreneurship Review and the TELL Series. Jeff also co-founded the CleanTech Challenge. Prior to joining the School, Jeff was commercial director at University College London (UCL), where he built its Technology Transfer division – including the creation of two seed-funds and new units to stimulate consultancy, industry engagement and spin-out creation. Working alongside senior academics, he co-founded more than 30 technology-based spin outs that collectively raised more than £30 million in first round capital. He also introduced management education for engineers and created the first Research Masters Programmes at UCL.