Nancy E. Pfund is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners, a venture capital firm whose goal is to combine top-tier financial returns with meaningful social, environmental and economic returns in the regions and sectors in which it invests. Nancy is also the Founder of DBL Investors. As a leading player in the growing field of “impact investing”, DBLhas helped to reveal the power of venture capital to promote social change and environmental improvement, and Ms. Pfund writes and speaks frequently on this topic. Ms. Pfund currently sponsors or sits on the board of directors of several companies, including; SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY) on both the audit and compensation committees, and is chair of the corporate governance committee; Farmers Business Network, Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Off-Grid Electric, Primus Power, The Muse, and, prior to their public offerings, Tesla Motors and Pandora. Prior to founding DBL Investors, Ms. Pfund was a Managing Director in Venture Capital at JPMorgan, having started her investment career at Hambrecht & Quist in 1984. Previously, Ms. Pfund worked at Intel Corporation, the State of California, Stanford University and the Sierra Club. Ms. Pfund was recently featured in 2016 Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business list; featured #17 in the 2014 FORTUNE Inaugural World’s Top 25 Eco-Innovators; is Chair of the Advisory Council of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University; a member of the Advisory Board of: the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab); and the UC Davis Center for Energy Efficiency, and a Trustee of the National Geographic Society. She has been a Lecturer in Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Yale School of Management; and is a C3E Ambassador to the U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Program, led by the U.S. Department of Energy. She is also a founding officer and director of ABC2, a foundation aimed at accelerating a cure for brain cancer. Ms. Pfund is the author, along with Benjamin Healey of the widely cited report on the history of U.S. energy subsidies entitled, “What Would Jefferson Do? The Historical Role of Federal Subsidies in Shaping America’s Energy Future”, co-authored with Michael Lazar, “Red, White & Green: The True Colors of America’s Clean Tech Jobs”, co-authored with Noah Walker, “Ask Saint Onofrio: Finding What Has Been Lost in A Tale of Two Energy Sources”, co-authored with Anand Chhabra, “Renewables Are Driving Up Electricity Prices: Wait, What?”, and co-authored with Kristofer Holz, “The 2017 Inauguration: Empowering a Clean Energy Nation”. Ms. Pfund received her BA and MA in anthropology from Stanford University, and her MBAfrom the Yale School of Management
Ayaz ul Haque serves as Managing Director at Exalt Capital Partners. A boutique advisory and principal investment firm, Exalt Capital Partners is a subsidiary of Exalt Capital Management, a privately owned investment manager. Exalt Capital Management manages a series of hedge funds that employ fundamental analysis to make investments in the public markets primarily in the United States, and more recently, through Exalt Capital Partners, in the private equity markets. Exalt Capital Partners specializes in growth investments across the globe, with a particular emphasis on the emerging markets, in venture capital backed revenue-stage companies that have achieved market validation and are well-positioned to be leaders in their markets. On a highly selective basis, Exalt Capital Partners also looks at early-stage investment opportunities where we feel our strategic advisory angle can significantly enhance deal value. Our focus, in this context, is generally on deals that combine technology/innovation with various service sectors and on businesses that are looking to build the next global franchises. Ayaz specializes in investing in companies at various stages of development (early, expansion, growth, secondary market transactions as well as special situations/roll-ups ), particularly targeting investments in Internet and digital media, communications and wireless, enterprise IT, financial services, consumer/retail and education. Ayaz possesses broad investing, operating, and transaction experience in private and public companies. His current investments/board affiliations include: Acceptly, Assured Labor, buzzArab, CaliberVantage, Coho Solar, EdEqual, Envision Telecom Group, Hungrybuzz, inmobly, Ovagen, Secret Builders, Simularity, Teamly and Vufind. Previous investments/board affiliations include: Clickmarks, Cyanea, Ember, Friendi Mobile, HiSoft, IXI Mobile, Manthan Systems, Naseeb Networks, Pachube, Seventymm, Techpacific and Visto. Prior to joining Exalt Capital Partners, Ayaz was a Managing Director with ePlanet Ventures and a Director with Draper Fisher Jurvetson ePlanet Ventures focusing principally on expansion and later-stage investments in the United States, MENA as well as in India. Notable DFJ ePlanet investments include Baidu, Skype and Focus Media. Prior to joining DFJ ePlanet, Ayaz was the Director of Mergers & Acquisitions at Crosby Financial Holdings in London, where he managed the cross-border corporate finance advisory and investment initiatives of one of the leading Asia-focused specialist investment banks. While at Crosby, Ayaz focused on both mergers and acquisitions and private equity investments and worked in London, Bangkok, Singapore and Seoul covering various sectors including technology, media, telecom, financial services, transportation, aviation and manufacturing. Prior to his involvement with Crosby Financial Holdings, Ayaz served as an Associate Director of Corporate Finance at Peregrine Investments, a pan-Asian investment bank, where he was responsible for developing Peregrine's corporate finance and private equity businesses in the Middle East, and identifying and evaluating Middle East to Asia investment opportunities. Previously, Ayaz was an Associate in the Corporate Finance Group of Bear, Stearns & Co. in New York, where he was involved in the execution of North American and Asian transactions. Ayaz is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Middlebury College holding a B.A. in Economics.
CEO of environmentally-beneficial startups with a track record for building strong teams; rallying them around a shared mission; shaping positive company culture; shepherding products to market; achieving/maintaining dominant market share; establishing financial and operational rigor; reaching sustained profitability; and delivering great returns for investors, employees, communities and the planet. Over a three year period, led PV installation platform provider ZEP SOLAR through rapid growth (from 15 to 80 employees, from zero to $120MM in run-rate revenue), achieved US residential mounting system market leadership (~50% share in 2013), reached operating profitability, negotiated licensing deals for Zep technology with 16 of the global top 20 manufacturers of solar modules, struck distribution agreements with 4 of the top 5 US residential installation firms, and closed technical integration agreements with the top 2 global micro-inverter players. Negotiated/closed the landmark sale of the company for $160MM to SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY) in December 2013. Currently serving in an Entrepreneur-in-Residence role at Obvious Ventures, an early-stage fund backing renewable energy and other #worldpositive startups.
Author, Entrepreneur, Investor, Advisor. Sharing Economy focus. Feastly, Honest Buildings, Munchery, OpenROV, RelayRides, Solar Mosaic, Traity, Tripping, Yerdle
Based in San Francisco, CA, US. Invests in Clean Technology, Consumer Internet, Enterprise Software, Mobile, SaaS
Norwest Venture Partners
Dror brings to NVP more than 20 years of operational, technology and entrepreneurial experience, having worked extensively in both the U.S. and in Israel in various senior positions at leading global organizations. Dror most recently invested in and serves on the boards of Pontis, ScaleIO, Seculert, SolarEdge and SundaySky. Dror has served as a board member of Veraz Networks since 2004, and is a board observer for ConteXtream. Dror was a previous board participant for Unisfair (acquired by InterCall). At NVP, Dror focuses on investments in Israel. Dror has years of experience in business development and telecommunications technology leadership in both the U.S. and Israel. Prior to joining NVP, Dror served as executive vice president and Chief Strategy Officer of ECI, which he joined in 2004. In this role, he was responsible for ECI’s strategy, mergers and acquisitions, business development and strategic marketing. Before joining ECI, Dror was CEO of Axonlink, an optical components start-up company. Prior to Axonlink, he was President of I-Link, a US-based VoIP service provider which acquired MiBridge, the VoIP software company he founded. Dror was also a senior research engineer at AT&T Bell Labs where he developed voice and video compression technologies, including the speech coder that is now the standard for CDMA cellular in North America. Dror holds a BSc in electrical engineering from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa.
LBBW Venture Capital GmbH
Prior to LBBW, Andreas was the managing director for EcoMobility Ventures at Idinvest Partners for two years. The fund focused on investments within transportation sectors and was financed by SNCF, Total, Air Liquide, Michelin and Orange. During his tenure, Ouicar was sold to SNCF. Before that, Andreas founded and managed the European and Israeli venture capital operations for GE Capital from 2008 till 2014. His investments included Solarage (NASDAQ: SEDG) and EMEFCY (ASX:EMC). Previously he was part of the leadership team of GE’s European R&D Centre, focusing on governmental funding and jointly developing research projects with GE customers in the energy, healthcare and inspection sectors. Andreas started his career in 1999 at Airbus and switched in 2000 to OHB System AG, leading the development of instruments for manned and unmanned space missions for four years. Andreas holds a Masters Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Delft and a MBA from INSEAD. He is a native German speaker and is fluent in English, French and Dutch.