William S. Brennan Equity Portfolio Manager, Summit Global Management William S. Brennan is a Portfolio Manager and Principal with Summit, participating in the development and management of water equity strategies. Mr. Brennan was previously the Founding Partner of Brennan Investment Partners, which served as portfolio manager and sub-advisor to the Kinetics Water Infrastructure Fund (KWINX) since its inception in June 2007. Prior, he was Portfolio Manager of the Praetor Global Water Equities Fund in Luxemburg, and was also responsible for portfolio selection for the Claymore Global and Domestic Water UITs — the first retail water investment products launched in the U.S.
Mr. Brennan served as an advisor to Summit Global Management from the inception of its first water-specific investment vehicle in 1999 through 2005. He began his investment career with Pacific Growth Equities, where he ran the Environmental Services, Aviation Security, and Special Situation groups for six years. Mr. Brennan has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering/Biology from Lehigh University (distinguished Air Force ROTC), an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Colorado State University, and an MBA from Villanova University, where he has also been an adjunct professor in the graduate MBA program for the past 12 years. Back to Top
Kevin Brophy Managing Principal, Meidlinger Partners Kevin Brophy is a co-founder and Managing Principal of Meidlinger Partners, LLC. He has a wide range of experience in the water industry, ranging from utility operations and public utility rate design to mergers, acquisitions and strategic planning. Mr. Brophy manages investor relations, oversees the firm's daily operations, and manages financial planning for Portfolio Companies. Mr. Brophy also plays an integral role in negotiating and structuring investments and strategic planning for Portfolio Companies.
Prior to co-founding Meidlinger Partners, Mr. Brophy worked for nearly 14 years at Aqua America, Inc. (Aqua) (NYSE: WTR), one of the nation's largest publicly traded water utility companies serving approximately three million people in 13 states. At Aqua America, Mr. Brophy held roles in operations as well as several director positions (investor relations, corporate development). The latter half of Mr. Brophy's career with Aqua consisted of executive roles in mergers, acquisitions, business development, investor relations and strategic planning. He participated in various projects such as public utility rate case filings and follow-on equity offerings and occasionally managed aspects of Aqua's securities portfolio, including equities and derivatives.
Mr. Brophy has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Villanova University. He has also attended the Utility Rate School program of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, has completed the NCEE Mergers, Acquisitions and Business Valuation curriculum and finished the London Business School Private Equity Program. Mr. Brophy is a member of Investors' Circle, a leading network of private and institutional investors using private capital to promote the transition to a sustainable economy. Back to Top
John Coburn Managing Director, XPV Capital Prior to joining XPV in January 2006, Mr. Coburn was a private investor focused on the water industry. He was one of the earliest employees of ZENON Environmental, and as President and Chief Operating Officer, he helped grow the company from start up to over $146M in revenue with a market capitalization of $700M. Upon leaving ZENON in 2002, he was awarded the “Architect of ZENON Award” to recognize his efforts in building the company from start up to a world leader in water treatment. ZENON was subsequently acquired by GE in 2006. Mr. Coburn’s water expertise began during the first 10 years of his career with Environment Canada, where he held various technical and senior management roles. He published over 20 scientific research papers and journal articles related to water treatment and its impact on the environment. To honour his service and commitment to excellence during his tenure at Environment Canada, he was awarded the prestigious “Government of Canada Merit Award”.
John is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of evandtec, Inc. as well as a
Director of APTwater Inc and FilterBoxx Water and Environmental Corp. He is a
member of the Sustainable Development Technology Canada Investment Committee, a $1 billion program that finances and supports the development and demonstration of clean technologies. John is the Sector Practice Lead, Water and Waste Water, for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade’s (DFAIT) Cleantech Strategy, and is also a founding member of the National Angel Capital Organization.
Mr. Coburn holds a B.Sc. with Honours in Chemistry from the University of Waterloo
and a C. Dir. (Chartered Director) from the McMaster University DeGroote School of
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Disque Deane Co-Founder, Chief Investment Officer & Co-Portfolio Manager, Water Asset Management Mr. Deane has spent over 20 years in the water industry with a focus on water resource and infrastructure development and general water investing. Prior to co-founding Water Asset Management, he founded and held senior management positions as the President of Layne Water Development and Storage (JV with Layne Christensen Company LAYN:NASD) and as Senior Vice President of Vidler Water Company (subsidiary of PICO Holdings:PICO:NASD). Mr. Deane began his professional career with Lazard in Paris and London. Mr. Deane graduated from Duke University in 1982 with a BS in Political Science & Economics. Subsequently he received an MBA in Finance and Marketing from I.N.S.E.A.D. Back to Top
Matan Friedman Venture Associate, Israel Cleantech Ventures Matan is a Venture Associate at Israel Cleantech Ventures and his areas of interest include energy efficiency, resource recovery, and project development. Israel Cleantech Ventures (ICV) is the largest venture capital firm dedicated to providing value added growth capital to exceptional entrepreneurs building Israel's energy, water and environmental technology leaders. Before joining ICV, Matan spent three years as a cleantech investor with Bessemer Venture Partners. He was closely involved with the firm’s investments in energy management firm CPower (acquired by Constellation Energy), energy storage company Xtreme Power, and automotive company Pinnacle Engines. Prior to that Matan engaged in business development activities for Ze-Gen, an early stage waste-to-energy company in Boston. Previously, he was a business analyst with McKinsey and Co.’s Tel Aviv office, where he consulted on productivity improvement, business development, strategy and corporate finance.
Matan holds a B.Sc. in industrial engineering from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Back to Top
Sheeraz Haji CEO, Cleantech Group 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. Back to Top
Judson Hill Managing Director, NGP Global Adaptation Partners Mr. Hill joined NGP in 2010 and serves as a Managing Director of the NGP funds. He is an industry leader in the water and environmental services sector. He has over 30 years of experience in both water and environmental service company operations as well as over a decade of private equity experience in the water industry. He leads NGP's efforts in sourcing, execution and monitoring of opportunities in the water and environmental services sectors. Prior to joining NGP, Mr. Hill was a Managing Partner with Summit Global Management, Inc. where he was responsible for all private equity investments in the water sector. From 1999 to 2008, he served as a Managing Director of Aqua International Partners and then The Halifax Group, both affiliates of the Texas Pacific Group. Mr. Hill's early career was with Atlantic Richfield and Westinghouse Electric Corporation where he held operating and executive roles in the environmental and water sectors. Mr. Hill received a Bachelor of Science in Biology / Chemistry in 1977 from Edinboro State University and a Bachelor and Masters of Science in Environmental Engineering in 1979 from the University of Pittsburgh. He serves as a Trustee of the Water Keeper Alliance. Back to Top
Clay Landry Managing Director & Principal, West Water Research Mr. Landry has negotiated and advised on major water transactions throughout the United States. In 2007 he managed an auction of municipal effluent water rights which closed at $67 million in proceeds for a small city in Arizona. This deal was nominated as Water Deal of the Year by GWI. Under Landry's management, WestWater has advised on more than $600 million in water transactions. In addition, Landry works regularly with private equity and hedge funds in structuring deals and sourcing funds for water development and acquisition projects. Prior to founding WestWater Research, Landry was an associate at the Political Economy Research Center (PERC), a public policy research institute that specializes in market approaches to natural resource management. Back to Top
Evan Lovell Partner, Virgin Green Fund Evan Lovell is a founding Partner of Virgin Green Fund and a member of its Investment Committee. VGF is a San Francisco and London based private equity fund focused on growth capital investments in the renewable energy, resource efficiency and water sectors. Prior to VGF, Evan was an investment professional with TPG and a partner in TPG's Aqua Fund, which focused on growth capital investments in the water and renewable energy sectors.
Evan currently serves on the board of DuraTherm, Inc. a leader in waste treatment for the refinery and oil and gas industry, Seven Seas Water the largest providers of desalinated water in the Carribbean and Bahamas and Quench USA the largest independent Point-of-Use water cooler company in North America.
Prior to joining TPG, Evan was the Director of International Development for Culligan Water Technologies which was at the time a portfolio company of Apollo Management, L.P.
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Scott MacDonald Partner, Emerald Technology Ventures Based in Toronto, Scott MacDonald is a Partner with Emerald Technology Ventures and is focused on information technology investments within the clean technology sector. Currently Scott serves as the Chairman of SynapSense, a Director of Pure Technologies (TSXV:PUR) and Vaperma. He previously served as Chairman of RuggedCom (TSX:RCM) and was a Director of SoftSwitching Technologies and Solicore. Prior to joining Emerald, Scott held the position of Managing Director in the venture capital subsidiary of Ontario Power Generation. Scott has extensive experience in negotiating strategic joint ventures, fundraising and mergers and acquisitions. He is also a member of the International Committee of the Canadian Venture Capital Association. Back to Top
William Malarkey Managing Director, Boenning & Scattergood
Mr. Malarkey heads Boenning & Scattergood's investment banking activities in the rapidly expanding water and infrastructure sectors. With two decades of experience in international utilities and infrastructure markets, his experience in the areas of strategy development, mergers and acquisitions, and project finance has made him a valuable strategic advisor to the firm's privately held and publicly traded clients across various segments of the industry, including investor-owned water utilities, equipment and technology companies, water rights developers and water services providers.
Prior to joining Boenning & Scattergood, Mr. Malarkey headed business development efforts for an affiliate of Wexford Capital LLC in the water and environmental sector. He also served as vice president of business development at American Water, the largest investor-owned water utility in the U.S. that was previously owned by German based RWE. At American Water, he was responsible for all merger and acquisition activities and joint ventures, along with managing major client and partner relationships. Prior to that, he held senior merger and acquisitions, and corporate development roles with the German utility groups RWE and E.ON. He also has worked as a management consultant and attorney in the utilities and infrastructure sectors.
He earned his BS and JD degrees at Georgetown University, and holds an LL.M. degree from the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He holds the Series 7 and 63 licenses. Back to Top
Alex McIntosh Founder & CEO, Ecomundi Ventures
Alex is founding general partner of Ecomundi Ventures, an innovative impact investment fund focused on early stage water entrepreneurs and their transformative business models. Prior to Ecomundi Ventures, Alex was Director of Sustainability & Corporate Citizenship at Nestlé Waters North America, the $4B division of the world's largest consumer water company. At Nestlé Waters, Alex developed the vision and strategic plan, and provided hands-on leadership to build the corporation's first sustainability program from the ground up during a time of intense social scrutiny. He created a broad network of partnerships with corporate, policy, regulatory, and nonprofit water organizations to advance sustainability & innovation. Prior to Nestlé, Alex was Director of Philanthropy at The Nature Conservancy, where he helped raise a record $75MM in private capital for two of the largest watershed conservation projects in the organization's history. Alex developed the vision, strategic plan and provided leadership for the 9-person fundraising team that increased annual giving revenue 1,250% over four years and completed the most successful corporate conservation campaign in state history. He serves as a Judge or mentor for Cleantech Group's Global 100, Global Social Venture Competition, the Global Cleantech Cluster Association, and Net Impact. Alex earned his B.A. with academic honors at Duke University, and a master’s degree in environmental management from Yale University. Back to Top
Usha Rao-Monari Global Head, Water, Global Infrastructure and Natural Resources Department, International Finance Corporation Ms Rao-Monari joined the IFC through the Young Professionals Program in 1990, and has since gained substantial experience in the Infrastructure, Manufacturing and Petrochemicals sectors in several countries and regions of the world. In 1998, she assumed the position of Regional Manager for Manufacturing and Services for South Asia and Country Head for India, based in IFC's New Delhi regional office. Ms Rao-Monari assumed her current responsibility in 2001, when she returned to Washington DC.
Ms Rao-Monari holds an MBA from the Bajaj School of Management in Bombay, and a Masters in International Economics and Finance from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Prior to joining IFC, she was a Vice President at Prudential-Bache Capital Funding, working both in New York and London. Back to Top
Paul O'Callaghan Principal, O2 Environmental Paul has worked on the development and commercialisation of a range ofenvironmental technologies including nutrient recovery processes, ultraviolet disinfection, sludge destruction and energy efficient aeration technologies. Paul has carried out consultancy work for high profile clients such as Noram Engineering, Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies, Aquacritox, Metro Vancouver, Severn Trent Services and Environment Canada.
Paul holds a Masters Degree in Water Resource Management and has fourteen years experience in the environmental technology industry. Paul lectureson Sustainable Energy at the BC Institute of Technology. Vancouver, he has authored and presented numerous papers on emerging treatment technologies and is currently Chair of a British Columbia technical committee on wastewater treatment.
Paul is on the Expert Evaluation Panel for Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) and the BC Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund. Paul is author of 'Water Technology Markets – key opportunities and emerging trends' published by Global Water Intelligence. Back to Top
Tamin Pechet CEO, Banyan Water Tamin Pechet is CEO of Banyan Water. He is also Chairman of Imagine H2O (www.imagineh2o.org), a global organization spurring entrepreneurship in the water industry through innovation prizes and a water business incubator. Tamin also serves on the Board of Directors of Lux Research (www.luxresearchinc.com), a leading provider of research and analytics on water and other clean technology markets. He is a frequent speaker and on water business opportunities.
Previously, Tamin was a Principal and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Catamount Ventures (www.catamountventures.com), a $215 million venture capital firm, where he invested in and supported the growth of portfolio companies in water, energy, and the environment. Before joining Catamount, Tamin was a principal investor at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he co-founded and managed Goldman Sachs E&P Capital to invest in private energy companies, overseeing growth to over $200 million in capital invested. Tamin also served on the founding team of Goldman Sachs Specialty Lending Group, a $1 billion middle-market lending business. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Tamin held a business development position with Launch Media through its acquisition by Yahoo! Tamin holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB with honors from Harvard University. Back to Top
Walter Schindler Managing Partner, SAIL Ventures Walter and Managing Partner Hank Habicht are responsible for co-managing all aspects of SAIL's operations and investments. Walter focuses his energies on building powerful external networks with SAIL's global investors and advisors and providing strategic advice to the firm's portfolio companies on corporate finance, capital markets, and value realization strategies. He has deep experience in renewable energy after leading cutting-edge alternative energy and cogeneration projects at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher where he recognized early the valuation creation potential of cleantech investment opportunities. Widely recognized for his ability to work enthusiastically and build trust with successful entrepreneurs and management teams, he continuously looks for creative opportunities to put SAIL's global networks at the service of the firm's portfolio companies. Walter is a member of the Board of Directors of Xtreme Power and FlexEnergy and also a member of the North American Advisory Board of The Cleantech Group.
Prior to SAIL, Walter was the Managing Partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Orange County, CA office. His 20-year career at this leading international law firm included spearheading some of the firm's most successful IPO and M&A transactions, as well as acting as a strategic advisor to many of Southern California's leading corporations, including, Pacific Mutual Life Insurance, PIMCO, Ultrasystems, Inc. and SafeGuard Health Enterprises. In the early 80's he worked on the first IPO of an alternative energy company in the US and later worked on many of the firm's biomass-fired independent power projects. In addition to working with his Gibson Dunn partners around the country, Walter worked closely with the firm's European offices.
Walter has been a local board member of a number of important national and regional organizations, including US Bank, American Cancer Society, the Executive Leadership Council of the Chapman University School of Business and Economics, and the Southern California Entrepreneurship Academy. As a passionate writer and poet, he has published a book of original poetry and an interpretation of the life and poetry of John Milton. He is also a devotee of European culture and art, traveling to Europe often for business and pleasure. He holds a Bachelor and a Doctorate degree from Yale University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Italy. Back to Top
Seth Terry Co-Founder, Oberon FMR
Seth is a co-founder and VP of Operations at Oberon FMR, Inc., a Colorado-based biotech firm commercializing a novel microbial protein ingredient produced while simultaneously treating wastewater at food and beverage manufacturers. Seth is also the co-developer of the technology underlying Oberon's patented production process. Seth uses his experience in the operation and optimization of biological wastewater treatment processes to qualify opportunities with potential industrial partners, including brewers, wet corn millers, potato processors, and sugar refiners. Seth has worked on both water and wastewater projects as an engineering consultant, holds an undergraduate degree from Princeton University, a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering from CSM, and an MBA from Regis University. Back to Top
Peter Williams Chief Technology Officer, IBM "Big Green Innovations" Dr. Peter Williams is the CTO for IBM's Big Green Innovations incubator, whose role is to create environmentally focused businesses for IBM - he is responsible for assembling, maintaining and developing the portfolio of businesses included, and technologies used. Dr. Williams holds the title of IBM Distinguished Engineer. By background he is a management consultant with well over 20 years of experience bringing technology and business issues together to develop novel solutions and business models. A native of the UK, he has lived in the USA 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. Back to Top