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Team

Earth Capital (EC) strongly believes in promoting diversity. We are an equal opportunities firm and our colleagues around the world are experts in their local markets. In addition EC has signed the UK Government’s Charter on Women in Finance. Visit the Diversity & Women in Finance page.

 
Earth Capital EU trades as SI Capital Private Equity S.A. S.G.E.I.C. SI Capital is registered in Spain with the Register of Venture Capital Organisation Management Companies section, no. 54.

Gordon Power

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Chief Investment Officer

Gordon is responsible for the investment activities of the firm. He is also a co-founder of Earth Capital Holdings with Stephen Lansdown, EC's holding company.

Gordon has over 30 years’ of private equity experience. He founded the private equity business ProVen Private Equity (now re-named Beringea) and led its buy-out from Guinness Mahon in 1997 acting as CEO and CIO until the firm’s sale in 2004. In 2003 ProVen had funds under management of $340m. Gordon’s investment track record extends to over 247 investments made over the last 34 years, generating an IRR of 28.4 per cent. During this time he has made several sustainable technology investments in areas such as forestry, plastic recycling and eco-friendly building materials and brand packaging. Gordon has generated an IRR of 45% from 30 sustainable private equity investments.

Edward Collins

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Chief Executive

At EC, Edward runs the business and is responsible for strategic direction; he is also a member of the investment committee. In addition Edward is the Group CEO.

Edward has over 16 years of investment management and CEO experience. Prior to joining in 2018 Edward was the CIO of Aldbourne Investment Management. Prior to this for five years he was the Managing Director of Hanson Asset Management, an investment management and advisory firm for UHNWIs and for 6 years the CIO of Hanson Family Holdings which coordinated the investment activities of the Hanson family. Edward started his career as a fund manager at New Star Asset Management in 2002 where until his departure in 2009 he ran a mixture of growth, hedge and special situation funds.

Edward studied Politics at Durham University.

Phil Culver Evans

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Chief Financial Officer

At EC, Phil is responsible for financial controls and reporting; he is also a member of the investment committee. In addition Phil is the Group CFO.

Phil has over 25 years’ experience of managing fast growing and changing businesses in both financial and operational senior management. For some years he has run his own consulting firm. Previously he was Finance Director of College Hill (now Instinctif) and then as a Consultant Director at Conduit PR and Tavistock Communications. Prior to this, Phil was the Finance Director of Huntsworth Group PLC. Previously he was a General Manager at the then largest worldwide PR and Marketing Services agency, Burson Marsteller. His corporate career started with the executive recruitment firm Robert Walters.

Before starting his business career, Phil was a soldier in the French army. He is also an FCCA

Neil Brown

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Chief Risk Officer

Neil was a founder of EC and is responsible for risk, compliance and operations. He is also a member of the investment committee.

Neil has over 35 years’ experience as a trader, broker, management consultant and asset management risk manager. He has previously worked at James Capel & Co, Hoare Govett, Lloyds Bank, HSBC and Credit Suisse. Prior to ECP Neil was Global Head of Risk Management for Credit Suisse Asset Management, which had assets under management of US$335 billion when he left. At CSAM he established their independent risk function, sat on the Credit Suisse Group Risk Committee and was a trustee director of the Credit Suisse UK pension schemes. Previously to Credit Suisse Neil was Global Head of Risk Management at HSBC Asset Management, where he established an independent risk function for that business.

Neil is a Chartered Fellow of the CISI. For the past fifteen years he has chaired the CISI diploma panel for the Financial Derivatives paper and chairs the CISI Bond Forum. He graduated from UCL with a degree in Economics.

Richard Burrett

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Chief Sustainability Officer

Richard is responsible for Sustainability and the Earth DividendTM. He is also a member of the investment committee.

Richard has spent over 30 years in international banking. In his 20 years with ABN AMRO he was Head of UK Structured Finance and Corporate Banking and sat on the UK Executive and Credit Committees. As Global Head of Project Finance he was responsible for ABN AMRO’s award winning business franchises in Europe, Asia, Australia, North America and Brasil. In this role he was also instrumental in the creation of the Equator Principles, a market recognised standard for managing environmental and social risk issues in project financing. Latterly, as Global Head of Sustainability, he chaired the group’s Sustainability Council and developed the bank’s strategy on climate change and the carbon markets. He is former Chair of the UNEP Finance Initiative, a former Steering Committee member of Renewable Energy Networks for the 21st Century and external board member of Forest Renewables (part of the Forestry Commission in Scotland).

Richard is currently a Fellow of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and holds a BA and MBA from Durham University. He is a Senior Adviser to the Earth Security Group and a Dutch Development Bank (FMO) nominated non-Exec Board Director of Union Bank of Nigeria.

Ty Pearson

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Chief Commercial Officer

Ty works with our portfolio companies' mentoring management and helps to establish and implement strategic direction.

Ty has over 22 years of corporate, commercial and financial experience, both domestically and internationally in public and private companies.

Prior to EC, Ty was a Commercial Strategy and Transformation Director at IPH-Brammer Group (rebranded Rubix), which was formed after the acquisitions and merger of Brammer plc and IPH group, by Advent International. He spent over 15 years with the group, where he held various senior commercial and financial roles - including Regional Commercial Director and Group Financial Controller. Previously, Ty worked for Burson Marsteller; Rabobank International and Robert Walters plc.

Ty Pearson is a Chartered Accountant (ACA) with The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Caroline Butler

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Investment Committee

At EC, Caroline is the Senior Independent member of the Investment Committee.

Caroline is a Director of Walcot Partners Ltd, an FCA authorised investment adviser to single family offices and university endowments. She was previously a Director and Head of Risk in a leading multi-family office.

During her 20 year career in banking based in London and New York, Caroline worked at N.M.Rothschild and Sons, S.G.Warburg & Co Ltd, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank. The first woman elected to the Board of S.G. Warburg, Caroline was later Head of UK Private Wealth Management at Deutsche Bank, London. Currently she is a member of the Investment Committee of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, an Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford and on their Investment and Finance Committee, a Trustee of the Art Fund and on their Finance and Investment Committee, a Trustee of The Pilgrim Trust and on their Investment Committee and an Advisory Board member of OMFIF (the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions’ Forum).

Caroline read History and Economics at Oxford

Elaine Dearson

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Office Manager

Elaine is the office manager.

Elaine started her career at Morgan Grenfell Asset Management in 1995 supporting the Head of the European Team. She subsequently worked at JO Hambro Investment Management and Deutsche Asset Management (previously Morgan Grenfell). Elaine joined ECP from Close Group where she ran the CEO and Finance Director’s office at Close Investments.

Gehane Tewfik

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Human Resources & Investment Administration

Gehane is responsible for Human Resources and assists the Investment team

Gehane has 30 years’ experience in investment and asset management, project management and financial services.

Kathryn Duffy

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Financial Controller

Kathryn is the Financial Controller and in addition works with a number of the investee companies.

Kathryn has 15 years’ finance experience in Private Equity, Venture Capital and Media. Previously to joining the group Kathryn was Financial Controller at Sports Revolution Ltd, Everywoman Ltd and Sales Activation Solutions.

Kathryn is an FCCA

Elise Hockley

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Investor Relations

Elise is responsible for investor relations and digital marketing.

Elise started her career as a theatrical agent at Burnett Granger and Jorg Betts. In 2012 she joined Edge Group and whilst there took on responsibility for Investor Relations. In 2013 she joined KKR and became the Office Operations Co-ordinator. In 2016, she relocated to India and worked for a number of NGOs at Parmarth Niketan where amongst other duties she handled relations between the projects and the donors. Elise joined ECP in 2018.

Elise studied Drama and Theatre at Middlesex University and has a Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management from the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment.

Sue Main

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Company Secretary

At EC Sue is the Company Secretary and helps coordinate fund raising.

Sue has worked in the financial sector for over 25 years. In 1994 she joined Gordon Power at ProVen Private Equity as Facilities Manager. She previously worked as the events co-ordinator for Palamon Capital Partners and Warburg Pincus International. More recently she has been a freelance consultant before returning to work for Earth Capital.

Tom Burke CBE

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Tom is a Founding Director of Third Generation Environmentalism and serves on the boards or advisory boards of a number of environmental and other organisations. He is Chairman of the Editorial Board of ENDS magazine. He was formerly an Environmental Policy Adviser to Rio Tinto plc and a Visiting Professor at Imperial and University Colleges, London. He has been a Senior Business Advisor to the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative on Climate Change.

Marga Hoek

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Marga is the CEO and founder of Business for Good. She is a prominent business leader and thought leader with profound knowledge, experience and vision on both sustainable business and capital. Over the last 20 years, Ms. Hoek has held multiple CEO and board positions for both mid-sized and large corporations. She founded and was the CEO of the Dutch Sustainable Business Association from 2010 to 2016 and holds several international Advisory and Supervisory Board positions in which she has impact on business, science and capital.

James Stacey

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James is currently a Partner at ERM, the world’s leading sustainability consultancy. During the period 2006–2015 James was Global Head of Sustainable Business at Standard Chartered Bank Plc and then a Partner at Earth Capital Partners. James previously led KPMG’s UK sustainability consulting and Global environment transaction services (M&A) practices. He began his career as an environmental engineer. James is a Fellow of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Anna Swaithes

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Anna is currently an independent sustainability adviser, an Associate of Earth Security Group and a Principal of Rogers MacJohn. Until November 2016 Anna was Director of Sustainable Development for SABMiller plc, leading SABMiller’s SABMiller’ Prosper strategy. She had previously led SABMiller’s sustainable agriculture strategy. Prior to joining SABMiller in 2012, Anna led the Cadbury Cocoa Partnership for Cadbury and then Kraft Foods. Her early career was in strategy consulting for corporate clients, with a particular focus on the food and beverage sector.

Robert Tacon

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Robert is Managing Director of Boundes Sustainability Limited. He was Chair of the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), on behalf of Standard Chartered Bank plc, where he worked previously for 27 years. Whilst with Standard Chartered, Robert most recently led their position on environmental risk management policies and processes, including the Bank’s adoption of the Equator Principles, in 2003. He represented the Bank on a range of UNEP FI working groups, including human rights, public disclosure and reporting.

Christof Walter

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Christof runs a consultancy specializing in sustainable agriculture and agri-investment. He mainly works with clients from the consumer goods, retail and banking industries. An agronomist by training Christof worked for Unilever for 12 years before setting up his consulting business. He is the vice-chair of the governing body for the CGIAR’s Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS)

William Knight

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Chairman, Earth Capital Asia

William’s career spans over 40 years involvement with financial development in emerging economies and financing major capital projects. He was initially at Lazard Brothers and then for 18 years in various senior positions within the Lloyds Bank Group based in Europe and in Asia including establishing the first merchant banking office outside London for Lloyds Bank International in Hong Kong.

Since 1991, he has held a wide range of Asia orientated non-executive positions. He is on the Boards of Guardian Ceylon Investment Trust Plc, Smith Tan Asia Phoenix Fund and, as co-founder of Emerisque Brands (East/West management buy-in company) for whom he chairs its 3 Chinese joint ventures and until January 2018 was Chairman of the JP Morgan Chinese Investment Trust PLC.

Dr Jin Guo

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Chief Executive, Earth Capital Asia

Jin has over 25 years of experience in China and Europe in the industrial and financial sectors. Before joining EC Jin split his time between the SDIC (State Development & Investment Corp) and CISM (China Institute of Strategy Study and Management). He was, until 2013, the General Manager at RWE AG in China, responsible for the group’s business activities particularly in project development, climate protection, carbon reduction and trading. Previously through his own consultancy he has established official links between international companies and Chinese central and provincial governments and developed business relationships within the energy and power sectors. Previously he lived and worked in London for over 10 years trading commodities and derivatives at F&G International.

Jin has a BSc in Mechanical and Automation Engineering from the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a MSc in Management Science from the University of Hill and a Phd in Transportation from the University of Westminster.

Nick Pople

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Chief Investment Officer, Earth Capital Asia

Nick has 25 year’s sustainable energy and technologies experience across private equity, corporate finance advisory and capital raising with an IRR of 36% from 23 sustainable PE investments since 1997. He co-founded Ludgate Investments in 2001 and helped establish Ludgate’s reputation as a leading European investor in resource efficiency, having raised and deployed over £75m in the space and launched the Ludgate Environmental Fund in 2007.

Prior to Ludgate, Nick spent 8 years working within the commercial and investment banking divisions of Barclays Capital (formerly BZW), including two years (1994/95) in Hong Kong focused on infrastructure project finance across Asia.

Nick graduated from the University of Durham with a degree in geography.

Zida Qi (Toni)

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Head of Operations, Earth Capital Asia (China)

Prior to joining Toni was a senior investment manager at Taikang Community (Beijing) Investment Co. Ltd (2013-2016) in their Healthcare team. His team were responsible for several projects totaling billions of RMB in health care, hospitals and real estate. In particular he led the establishment of 1bn RMB Healthy Industry Fund with the Vanke Group. Before Taikang, he acted as the project manager of Reignwood Group.

Toni graduated from Renmin University of China with a masters degree in Applied Economics & has a Bachelor of Science from Beijing Forestry University.

Wei He

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Chief Technology Officer, Earth Capital Asia

Wei joined from General Electric Beijing where he was a Business Development Manager in their oil, gas and power business for 4 years. Prior to this he was a senior project manager at RWE China in Beijing until 2014. Wei started his career as a project technology manager at Azure International.

Wei is a graduate of the Harbin Institute of Technology and holds a BSc in electronic engineering, of Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences where he gained an MSc in electronic engineering and of Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business where he was awarded an MBA in Finance.

Bryan Lemar

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Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Earth Capital Botswana.

Bryan has over 30 years experience in building businesses and sourcing new business opportunities in the Southern African region. Bryan was previously General Manager responsible for building and managing Owens Cornings’ first pipe manufacturing facility in Africa. He served on the Board of BEDIA (now Botswana Investment Trade Centre).

Bryan has a degree in Polymer Chemistry and Technology from the South Bank University London

Donald Maika

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Director of Investment Operations.

Donald’s main responsibilities include overall responsibility for managing the investments, development of business strategies and project development. He is responsible for Earth Capital Botswana’s largest investment, Noka Farm where he manages the project and drives the expansion strategy of the business. Previously he was a research analyst at both Ariya Capital and Samdef.

Donald studied Accounting at the Botswana Accountancy College.

Katrinah Mmusi

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Investor Relations

Katrinah is responsible for liaising with investors. She was previously a private client advisor at BDO Wealth and a research analyst at Alexander Forbes.

Katrinah has a BA in Accouting and Finance from the University of Derby

Thatayamodimo Garebamono

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Finance

Thatayamodimo is responsible for the group’s financial reporting, treasury, accounting and finance functions. She has a BA in Accounting from the University of Botswana.

Tlamelo Ogotseng

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Investment Executive

Tlamelo works on the investment team, particularly on waste management projects. He has a BA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Derby.

Lesole Maitshwarelo

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Investment Executive

Lesole works on the investment team, particularly on renewable energy projects. He was previously a risk and compliance officer at the Botswana Savings Bank.

Lesole has a BA in Financial Engineering.

Kemmonye Baitse

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Research Engineer

Kemmonye helps source and develop projects in the water sector in Sub Saharan Africa. He was previously as assistant engineer at T.H.P. Investments.

Kemmonye has a BEng in Mechanical Engineering.

Cornelia Selelo

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Administration Manager

Cornelia is responsible for all aspects of office administration and management, payroll functions, office travel, and liaison of support services to the office. Cornie previously worked for 16 years with Botswana Insurance Company (Pty) Ltd in Human Resources Department.

Cornie has a Diploma in Human Resources from Damelin School of Business and Management (Republic of South Africa).

Khumo Pitso

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Human Resources & Compliance

Khumo is responsible for planning and directing all aspects of the organizational human resources policies, objectives and initiatives as well as ensuring compliance with applicable regulation and labour laws.

Khumo has a Bcomm (Human Resources Management) from the University of Botswana.

Dr Marcelo de Andrade

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President, Earth Capital Brasil

Marcelo has world wide recognition as an expeditionary, businessman and environmentalist. During his expeditions, Marcelo discovered situations of extreme poverty and deforestation in regions of highest biological diversity. He therefore decided to help bridge the gap between economic development and social / environmental wellness, harnessing financial and corporate know-how to the task of creating sustainable solutions for development of human kind's life quality. As a result, in 1985, he founded a non-profit sustainable development agency named Pro Natura as a contribution to solving these problems attacking its direct cause: the world's outdated model of economic development. Marcelo has won numerous awards world wide for his efforts on Sustainability.

In his business life Marcelo co-founded Terra Capital in 1994, the first Venture Capital Fund dedicated to investing exclusively in private-sector biodiversity businesses. He has also been involved with Axial Bank, Eco Carbon, Ecoinvest and Social Capital Group.

Marcelo graduated from the Gama Filho University Medical School as a Doctor of Medicine and represented Brasil for Rowing in the Olympic Games.

Rodrigo Mortagua

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Director of Investments, Earth Capital Brasil

Rodrigo has over 17 years of professional experience in the Brasilian capital markets and private equity covering deal sourcing, structuring and fund management. From 2011 to 2016, Rodrigo was a managing partner of the Triscorp Ativos Florestais PE fund (BRL 200 million AUM) dedicated to greenfield projects focused on agribusiness, bioenergy generation and forestry (eucalyptus) in a total of 90,000 hectares of land bank in Brasil.

Previously Rodrigo was on the Board of Directors of Termobahia, Canto do Buriti Bioeletricidade and a member of various PE & VC investment committees at CSFB Brasil PE, GP Investments Brascan Energia, Pactual Internet and Fator Sinergia.

Rodrigo has a degree in Economics from the Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro.

Lina Lisbona

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Chief Operations Officer, Earth Capital Brasil

Lina has over 15 years experience of capital markets and sustainability. Before joining she consulted to a wide range of companies, developing investment memorandums, business plans, market analysis and due diligence. Lina started her career at the Institute for Sustainable Business Development identifying local projects, raising the funds and then implementing them.

In 2005 Lina moved to Merrill Lynch as a Senior Client Associate managing offshore clients including trading activities and back office. She then became an Associate Investment Advisor at GPS Wealth Management where she managed the relationship with key clients and developed investment solutions with the analytical team.

Sebastian Walburg

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Managing Partner

Sebastian has over 20 years experience of energy finance. He was previously a Director of Riva y Garcia Private Equity and prior to that worked in project finance & energy M&A at Schroders Investment Bank.

Sebastian has an MA in Social Anthropology from SOAS University of London and an MBA from IESE Business School, University of Navarra.

Eusebio Guell

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Managing Partner

Eusebio has over 20 years experience of Private Banking and Private Equity as well as expertise in energy efficiency. He was previously Director of Private Banking at Riva y Garcia and a Vice President at Degroof Petercam in Barcelona.

Eusebio studied at the Universidad Commercial de Deusto and has an MBA from the Barcelona Management School.

Lorena Masia

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Legal Counsel

Lorena joined SI Capital in 2010 and is a commercial lawyer working in venture and private equity. Previously she worked for 8 years at the legal firms Garrigues Andersen and Cuatrecasas Abogados before becoming an inhouse lawyer at DIR Fitness.

Lorena studied at the Abat Oliba CEU University and the London School of Economics.

Erik Jansen

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Partner & Executive Chairman

Erik has more than 20 years of successful technology investing experience, principally focused on private equity and debt. He Co-founded the venture capital arm of Pequot Capital, a multi-billion dollar U.S. registered investment adviser focused on public and private technology companies. Pequot grew to offer a diverse range of investment products tailored to the needs of domestic and offshore investors, with an institutional quality infrastructure and an extensive proprietary research platform.

Erik has a BBA in Business from Nyenrode University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University - Cox School of Business.

Dr Jeffrey Feldman

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Partner

Jeff has over 20 years as a technology start-up operator and equity investor. He has been involved in several sustainable energy projects since 2005 and was a key team player with Erik at Digital Media Capital and a member of the founding team at Pequot Venture Partners.

Jeff Nixon

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Partner

Jeff is an entrepreneur, attorney, and investment banker who has created, financed and built over 30 technology companies over the past 30 years in the Internet, Nanotechnology and Cleantech industries. Started in 1997, Interactive Capital Partners (ICP) has helped finance and build companies based on disruptive technologies and business models that make people's lives better in the Internet, Nanotechnology, Cyber Defense and Environmental Sustainability industries.

Jeff has a BA in English from Colgate University and studied Law at the Boston University School of Law

Jill Watz

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Partner

Jill has over 20 years of experience in energy and environmental technology, business and policy. She is a founder of Ascian Technology Advisors which advisies early and growth-stage companies in the energy technology and natural resource sector. Jill was a Venture Partner at Vulcan Capital from 2009-2014 (private group of Microsoft co-Founder Paul Allen, with over $10B AUM) - responsible for investment strategy, due diligence and portfolio management in the clean technology sector, with specific emphasis on solar, geothermal, nuclear, advanced materials, energy efficiency/smart grid technologies and emerging market distributed electricity generation.

Jill has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California – San Diego, an S.M. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Technology Policy, Environmental and Civil Engineering.

Dr Jim Totty CFA

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Managing Partner

Jim has 25 years’ experience in sustainable investment and technology, gained through 18 years in private equity, and earlier advisory and academic work.

He was previously at Citi Alternative Investments, and before moving into private equity he was a management consultant in the Energy and Utilities group at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Jim has invested in 31 sustainable private equity and infrastructure investments since 2002.

Jim has a PhD and an MSc in Physics from Imperial College London, holds an MA in Physics from the University of Cambridge, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Nick Curtis ACA

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Managing Partner

Nick has over 30 years’ experience in corporate finance, energy and sustainable technology investment. Nick has invested in 22 sustainable private equity investments, including AD, waste, recycling and biomass.

Prior to EC Nick was formerly with the Ludgate Environmental Fund where he was responsible for managing and sourcing investments in the resource efficiency and renewable energy market. Nick moved into private equity with GE Energy Financial Services in 2006, having previously worked for National Grid and Enron. His early career was in M&A with Kleinwort Benson.

Nick is a qualified Chartered accountant and has a BSc in Geography from the University of Bristol.

Richard Smith CEng MBA

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Managing Partner

In addition to his investment responsibilities Richard leads the cross-group technology transfer initiative. His diverse experience also includes strategy consulting and line roles in engineering and operations.

Richard joined the group from a captive financial advisory company within a large multi-sector private conglomerate following five years with strategic consultancy LEK Consulting. His early career encompassed engineering design, quality improvement, and production management at Visteon and Ford Motor Company.

Richard has an MA and MEng in Engineering from Cambridge University and holds an MBA with distinction from INSEAD. He is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Member of the CISI.

Irina Podmarkova

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Investment Manager

Irina has a venture capital background, focused on early stage Fintech investments. Before that she was an Associate at MSCI doing company and industry research. She has worked in Brussels, Madrid and London.

Irina has a BA in International Relations from the University of St. Petersburg, a MS in Finance and an MBA from the IE Business School in Madrid.