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TEAM

 

Staff

 
 
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Scott Bryan, President

Scott manages Imagine H2O's operations and is responsible for building the organization's strategic partnerships. Prior to joining Imagine H2O, Scott developed sustainable and impact investment strategies for institutional and private clients at Royal Bank of Canada and Piper Jaffray. Scott initially joined Imagine H2O's volunteer team in 2008 through his involvement with the Full Circle Fund's Energy and Environment Circle. Scott also serves on the advisory board of Vida Verde Nature Education in Half Moon Bay. He has a BA in Economics from the Colorado College.

Twitter @ScottMBryan

 
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Tom Ferguson, Vice President of Programming

Tom acts as Vice President of Programming for Imagine H2O, running the Accelerator as well as building out our policy, global and leadership capabilities as we scale. Tom previously held strategy roles at Project Frog (a San Francisco componentized buildings company) and Tamar Energy (an AD network developer based in London). Prior to business school, he spent three and half years with ERM, the sustainability consultancy, where he was an engagement manager. Tom holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an MA in Politics from Edinburgh University.

 
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Nimesh Modak, Vice President of Strategy & Business Development

Nimesh directs Imagine H2O's global initiatives and partnership development, including Imagine H2O Asia. Nimesh most recently worked in strategy and operational roles with Danone’s Sustainable Development Team (New York) and for-profit social enterprise WaterHealth International (Accra). Prior to graduate school, Nimesh worked for five years with international development consulting firm, Nathan Associates Inc. (Singapore and Washington, DC). Nimesh holds a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

 
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Kelly Trott, SENIOR DIRECTOR

Kelly leads Imagine H2O's Central Valley programming as well as the organization's outreach to investors and strategic partners. Prior to joining IH2O, Kelly worked at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation where she focused on strategy and business development. Kelly began her career in investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch before moving to the American Museum of Natural History as the Assistant Director of Corporate Relations. Kelly graduated from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in 2017 and holds a BS from Vanderbilt University. While at Tuck, she interned with The Nature Conservancy and volunteered with NatureVest and Radicle Impact.

 
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KELVEN LAM, PROGRAM MANAGER, IMAGINE H2O ASIA

Kelven is based in Singapore to support the development of Imagine H2O Asia, the organization’s first hub outside the United States. As the program manager, Kelven leads in-country accelerator operations, investor and customer engagement and partnership development. Previously, Kelven co-founded an A*Star (Singapore-based research institute) clean-tech startup dealing with hazardous waste and metal recovery. He subsequently founded Linova Water, an industrial wastewater solutions consultancy for SMEs. Kelven holds a B.Eng in Environmental Engineering with first class honours from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.  

 
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Ellie Barker, Senior Associate

Ellie supports the operations of Imagine H2O’s annual Accelerator program, including startup outreach, communications and management of the organization’s global mentors network. Prior to joining Imagine H2O, Ellie was on the Impact Investing team at Cambridge Associates. She was primarily responsible for identifying and researching investment opportunities across asset classes, but also contributed to topical research across a range of impact sectors including water, education, and gender equity. Ellie holds a BA in Economics from Bucknell University.

 
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Crystal Wu, Summer Associate

Crystal provides design, marketing and operations support across Imagine H2O’s innovation programs. Prior to Imagine H2O, Crystal interned at Propel(X), a company connecting angel investors to deep technology startups. As a Business Operations Intern, Crystal managed the due diligence process for startups and led a redesign of the company’s startup engagement platform to enhance user experience. Crystal also interned recently with Bionic, an award-winning landscape architecture firm based in San Francisco, and is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley.


Board

 
 
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Tamin Pechet, Chairman

Tamin Pechet is Chairman of Imagine H2O.  He is also CEO of Upwell.  Tamin is the founder of Banyan Water, a leading software and analytics company that optimizes water systems nationally, and he serves on boards of four software and data businesses.  Previously, Tamin was a venture capitalist at Catamount Ventures and an investor at Goldman Sachs’ Special Situations Group, where he co-founded Goldman Sachs E&P Capital and helped launch Goldman’s Specialty Lending Group. 

He advises several of the world’s largest investment firms on water and energy, he is a frequent speaker on technology and natural resources, and he co-authored the book “Water Tech: A Guide to Investment, Innovation, and Business Opportunities in the Water Sector.” Tamin holds an AB with honors from Harvard University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was featured in two recent case studies.  

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Matt Evans, Co-Founder

Matt is Vice President at Pearson.  Prior to joining Pearson, he served as a Principal at Salmon River Capital, a NY growth equity firm. He also worked in Corporate and Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch in the firm's financial institutions group and subsequently in its corporate strategy group. He has also held various operating roles, including at General Mills in its marketing division, and at New Leaders for New Schools, leading its national expansion initiatives.  He received an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BA from Amherst College.

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Rebeca Hwang

Prior to co-founding Rivet Ventures, Rebeca Hwang co-founded YouNoodle, Cleantech Open, and Startup Nations Summit. Rebeca was educated at MIT and Stanford and has been recognized as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and as one of the top 35 under 35 Global Innovators by MIT Tech Review. Rebeca also serves on the Global Board of Kauffman's GEN and the WEF's Global Council on the Future of Migrations. She teaches Technology Entrepreneurship at Stanford University and is an inventor holding multiple patents. Rebeca has worked closely with several countries on their national startup programs, including Malaysia, South Korea, Spain, Iceland, Chile and Mexico, where she is a member of the Mexico-U.S. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council. Rebeca is a frequent speaker at global conferences on entrepreneurship and women leadership.

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Brian Matthay

Brian is Managing Director of Strategic Initiatives at Cypress Creek Renewables, a utility-scale solar project development company and long-term owner of solar projects. Prior to Cypress, Brian was a Senior Vice President in the Environmental Finance Group at Wells Fargo where he originated and structured solar tax equity investments for the bank’s own account from 2008 to 2014. Previously, as Project Director for the Global Environment Technology Foundation (GETF), he developed public-private water partnerships including a $20 million water partnership with Coca-Cola and USAID operating in 21 countries. Brian holds an AB with honors from Harvard and a MS in Resource Economics from the University of California Davis.

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Matt Servatius

Matt Servatius has been with Wells Fargo for over 15 years in various leadership roles across relationship management and risk in CleanTech, technology, general industries and real estate. In early 2015, Servatius began leading the CleanTech banking group nationally with offices in Palo Alto, San Francisco, Denver, and Houston.

Matt also sits on the Board of the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), is on the National Renewable Energy Labs Investor Advisory Board, and is a member of the Bay Area Council Water Committee. Servatius holds a Bachelors of Commerce in Finance, and a MBA from Santa Clara University. He lives in San Carlos with his family where he loves being a Dad and spending time outside.

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Peter Werner

Peter is a partner in Cooley's business department. He joined the Firm in 2001 and is resident in the San Francisco office. Peter's practice primarily focuses on the representation of emerging technology companies, venture capital firms, private equity firms and investment banks. Peter regularly assists clients with financings and mergers and acquisitions, in addition to entity formation, organization and governance matters, securities transactions, and SEC and stock exchange compliance and reporting. Peter received a J.D. in 2001 from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a John M. Olin Law and Economics Fellow. Peter received a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997.

 

Judging Team

 
 

Steve Kloos   |    True North Venture Partners

Chris Morrison   |  MorrisonWater

Debra Coy   |   XPV Water Partners

Andy Wheeler   |   Google Ventures

Paul Gagliardo   |   Independent

Adam Tank   |   Suez

Paolo Zacchi   |   Xylem

Nick Dyner   |   Moleaer

Tao Bindslev   |   Rebel Impact Lab

Snehal Desai   |   Evoqua

Rob Leclerc   |   AgFunder

Mitchell Presser  |   Freshfields

Dirk Brusis  |   Skion

Mike Sesko  |   Independent

Sameer Mithal  |   Waterhealth International

Jonathan Cato | Suez

Leslie Shoemaker   |   Tetra Tech

Peter Wiliams   |   Independent

Karen Golmer   |   MIT

Graeme Jarvis   |   Johnson Controls

Biju George   |   DC Water

Sead Bajrovic   |   Grundfos

Usha Rao-Monari | Blackstone

Catherine Ricou   |   Suez

Helge Daebel   |   Emerald Technology Ventures

Andy Wales  |   BT / Global Innovation Fund

Reinhard Hübner  |   Skion

Henrik Laursen  |   AMI Global

Nicole Neeman Brady  |   Renewable Resources Group

Pierre Côté  |   COTE Membrane Separation

Christoph Kullman | Xylem

 
 

Advisory Board

 
 

Rengarajan Ramesh   |   Wasserstein & Co

Steven Kloos   |   True North Venture Partners

David Henderson   |   XPV Capital

John Schroeder   |   Marmon Water, a Berkshire Hathaway Company

Mark Silverman   |   Catamount Ventures

Mike Reardon   |   Formerly USFilter, Culligan and Triwater

Tom Pokorsky   |   Aquarius Technologies Inc.

Fred Wang   |   Trinity Ventures

Andre Perold   |   High Vista Strategies

 

Scientific Advisory Council

 
 

Dr. Rengarajan Ramesh Council Chair   |   Managing Director   |   Wasserstein & Co

Dr. Johan Grön   |   Vice President, Head of Dewatering Business Line   |   Outotec

Dr. Slav Hermanowicz   |   Professor of Environmental Engineering   |   University of California at Berkeley and National High-End Foreign Expert of China   |   Tongji University, Shanghai

Dr. Peter Jaffe   |   Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering   |   Princeton University 

Dr. Perry McCarty   |   Silas H. Palmer Professor Emeritus Environmental Engineering and Science   |   Stanford University

Dr. Manian Ramesh  |   former Chief Technology Officer
Water & Energy Services, Nalco

  
Dr. Philip Rolchigo   |   Vice President of Technology
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Dr. Kartik Chandran   |   Director, Biomolecular Environmental Sciences Program   |   Columbia University

Dr. Thomas Stanley   |   Chief Technology Officer
GE Water and Process Technologies

 
 

Imagine H2O Asia Advisory Council

 
 

Steve Kloos (Partner, True North Venture Partners)

Rodney Chapin (CEO, Ardurra International)

Geoffrey Yeo (Director, Urban Solutions, Enterprise Singapore)

Nick Dyner (CEO, Moleaer)

Prashant Pundrik (Director, Athena Cleantech Pte. Ltd)

Ng Wun Jern (Professor, NTU)

Kunal Shah (Director, Asia-Pacific, Anaergia)

Michael Froud (Managing Director, Resonance Asset Management)

Vinod Ramachandran (Global Open Innovation Leader, Suez)

Irwan Dinata (Managing Director, Moya Holdings Asia Limited)

Cindy Ko (Venture Partner, Quona Capital)

Pang Chee Meng (Chief Engineering & Technology Officer, PUB)

 
 

Policy Advisory Council

 
 

Heather Cooley   |   Pacific Institute

Frank Loge   |   UC Davis

Peter Yolles   |   WaterSmart Software

Mary Ann Dickinson   |   Alliance for Water Efficiency

Kevin Klowden   |   Milken Institute

Caitrin Phillips Chappelle   |   PPIC

AG Kawamura   |   Solutions from the Land

Andrew Fahlund   |   Water Foundation

Jennifer Persike   |   ACWA

Martha Davis   |   Inland Empire Utilities Agency

Buzz Thompson   |   Stanford University

Ron Gastelum   |   Water Conservation Partners