2014 EDGE Forum: Cleantech in China: Energy, Environment, and Innovation
Co-Founder and Managing Director, The China Greentech Initiative
Elle Carberry is the co-founder and managing director of The China Greentech Initiative (CGTI). She brings two decades of experience in commercializing advanced technology products and services in Asia, China and the U.S., of which the last ten years have been in Beijing. Previously, she was the Vice President of Business Development, Asia Pacific for Red Hat, the leader in open source software. For Red Hat, she launched the Greater China business and established and led Asia-Pacific OEM sales from IBM, Intel and Lenovo. Her experience also includes founding and leading IBM China's outsourced services for China's Financial Services Sector. Prior to IBM, she founded and lead sales at Mainspring, a venture-backed eStrategy consulting and research firm that was listed on NASDAQ and later acquired by IBM in 2001. She also led business development for the Ziff-Davis Online Network and was a regional sales manager for IBM's Financial Services Sector in the U.S. Elle graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in economics and literature. She lives in Beijing with her husband and two children.
Anthony Atti, Ph.D
Co-Founder, President & CEO, Phononic
Anthony Atti is an experienced clean energy investor and entrepreneur whose expertise includes venture financing, business development, startup growth and operations, and negotiating joint venture relationships. He is currently co-founder, president, and CEO of Phononic, a growth stage consumer products company commercializing solid-state heat pumps and fully integrated systems that displace compressors for residential and commercial refrigeration, window mounted air conditioning and heating. The company was named an ARPA-E awardee in the inaugural class in 2009, and has recently been named a 2013 Global Cleantech 100 company. Phononic recently closed a $21 million Series C financing round led by Beijing-based Tsing Capital to expand its manufacturing and operations in Asia. Before Phononic, Anthony was a director at MHI Energy Partners, a seed and early stage energy private equity fund where he managed deal flow networks, conducted due diligence, structured venture financing transactions, and provided direct portfolio company leadership. Anthony earned his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute at the University of Southern California under the direction of Dr. G.K. Surya Prakash and Dr. George A. Olah; the former a world-renowned fluorine chemist and the latter a winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He also holds an MBA from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry from Ithaca College.
Founder & CEO, Cherokee Investment Partners
Tom Darden is the Chief Executive Officer of the Raleigh, NC-based investment firm Cherokee. For more than two decades, Cherokee’s executive team has produced strong financial returns while delivering positive environmental and social results, focusing on brownfield redevelopment and cleantech private equity investing. Its partnership McDonough Cherokee Advisors (MCA) provides high-level advisory services to Western enterprises interested in operating in China, with expertise in brownfield remediation, environmental technology, urban planning, strategic consulting, venture capital and private equity. MCA's mission is to create lasting ecological, social and environmental value while helping to address important environmental challenges facing both China and the world. Tom earned a JD from Yale Law School and an MRP in environmental planning and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar.
Shu Ching Quek
Founder & CEO, Novuswave, Inc.
Dr. Shu Ching Quek has been a technologist in the renewable energy and aerospace industry for 18 years. He is currently CEO/Founder of a clean energy systems venture, Novuswave, Inc. Previously, he was VP of Engineering for Ming Yang Wind Power Group (MYwind)-China and President of MYwind-USA. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, including 2 years of engineering experience in Singapore's National Lab. He also holds a PhD in micromechanics for textile composites in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan. Previously, he was Program Leader with GE's Global Research Center, where he received the "Rookie of the Year" award for Energy and Propulsion technologies along with seven other awards for his innovative contributions to solid oxide fuel cell and wind turbine rotor development projects. He holds 22 patents in the areas of wind turbine blade engineering, tower fabrication, inspection technologies, ceramic matric composites, and fuel cells.
Founder & CEO, Efficiency Exchange
Taryn Sullivan has spent her career working in international business, with a particular focus in sourcing/manufacturing and southeast Asia. She is the CEO of Efficiency Exchange (EEx), a fast-growing supply chain data analytics company whose tools create operational efficiency from the factory on up. Its first application, EEx Charge, is a cost management system that helps Chinese factories reduce energy costs by up to 25%. Taryn started the company in 2010 in direct response to years of working on global supply chain optimization on behalf of major brands like Target, Walmart, Kohl’s, and Pier 1. Hired to build and oversee a brand-new product development process at Improvements Catalog at just 23 years old, Taryn consistently saw the same problems affecting not only the factories she visited, but the billion-dollar companies they supplied: a host of wide-ranging mandates, poor communication and record keeping, razor-thin margins, and a massive disconnect between the demands of buyers and the operational realities of suppliers. Her work as a consultant and an entrepreneur has included working directly with factories across China, Vietnam, Brazil, and India. Taryn holds a BA in Chinese and Asian Studies from the George Washington University. She splits her time between EEx's Washington DC and Shanghai offices.
Professor of the Practice of Strategy, and Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Jon Fjeld has been teaching entrepreneurship and leading the entrepreneurship efforts at Fuqua since 2005. He has spent over 20 years in marketing, engineering and general management in start-ups and public companies, as well as seven years in academia. From December, 2000, until July, 2004, he served as vice president of engineering for Align Technology in Santa Clara, CA. Between 1995 and 2000, he served as CEO of two RTP venture-backed firms: Geomagic, a 3D software company and NetEdge Systems, a data networking equipment company. Prior to that, Jon spent 13 years at IBM, where he served in a number of management and executive positions within the networking and software business units. He began his professional career as an assistant professor in the philosophy department at Duke University. Jon holds a Ph.D. and MA in philosophy from the University of Toronto, an MBA from Duke University, an MS in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a BA in mathematics and philosophy from Bishop's University.
Professor of the Practice and Executive Director, EDGE, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Dan Vermeer is director of Duke's Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE). He teaches graduate classes at Duke's Fuqua School of Business and Nicholas School of the Environment, directs research projects, and consults with leading companies and organizations including Bank of America, ABB, GE, Wal-Mart, Dupont, The Nature Conservancy, UN Global Compact, Claremont Creek Ventures, and other private and public organizations. His areas of expertise include water management, sustainable agriculture, value chains, resource productivity, efficiency, product certification, and low-carbon development. Dan joined Duke from The Coca-Cola Company, where he led the Global Water Initiative, an industry-leading effort to protect the quality and availability of the company's primary ingredient. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Virginia and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.