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Nancy Pfund

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 Haque

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.


Mike Miskovsky

Tiveni. Inc.

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.


Lisa Gansky

Author, Entrepreneur, Investor, Advisor. Sharing Economy focus. Feastly, Honest Buildings, Munchery, OpenROV, RelayRides, Solar Mosaic, Traity, Tripping, Yerdle


Colin Walsh

Wave Solar

Based in San Francisco, CA, US. Invests in Clean Technology, Consumer Internet, Enterprise Software, Mobile, SaaS


Dror Nahumi

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.


Andreas von Richter

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.



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