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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 as well as supporting the organization's flagship accelerator program. 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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Nashelley Kaplan-Dailey, Director, Policy Program

Nashelley manages Imagine H2O’s Policy Program, an initiative that identifies and supports policies leading to the broader deployment of water innovation. Nashelley joined Imagine H2O from WaterNow Alliance, where she acted as Senior Project Manager working with government, NGO's, and the private sector to design and implement programs and policies supporting sustainable water management. Nashelley is a member of the California Bar and graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2013 where she focused on Environmental and Water Law. While attending USD, she worked for the San Diego Mayor’s Office under Jerry Sanders as an Environmental Policy Intern and was an active member of the Environmental Law Clinic. 



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.



Alex provides research, marketing and outreach support for Imagine H2O's accelerator as well as the organization's policy and global development initiatives. He is currently completing his final semester at UC Berkeley where he will graduate with a double-major in Economics and Computer Science. Alex volunteers with Rotary International and has served as a Research Assistant with Berkeley's Latin American Studies Department. 



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Tamin Pechet, Chairman

Tamin Pechet is Chairman of Imagine H2O.  He is also CEO of Upwell, the parent of Upwell Water Finance and Air Data Alliance.  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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Barry Neal

Barry Neal is the Executive Vice President leading Wells Fargo’s Environmental Finance activities, and managing a group whose primary focus is originating lending and investment opportunities in the renewable energy sector. Neal joined Wells Fargo in 2006, after spending more than 20 years in the energy and environmental sectors. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, he provided management consulting services to financial institutions and renewable energy development companies and served as a Managing Director of Energy Investors Funds Group, a leading private equity firm in the independent power sector. Neal earned a M.S. in Energy Management & Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley.

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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   |   Independent

Debra Coy   |   XPV Water Partners

Andy Wheeler   |   Google Ventures

Paul Gagliardo   |   Independent

Adam Tank   |   GE Water & Process Technologies

Nick Dyner   |   Heartland Technology Partners

Tao Bindslev   |   Rebel Impact Lab

Snehal Desai   |   Evoqua

Rob Leclerc   |   AgFunder

Mitchell Presser  |   Freshfields

Dirk Brusis  |   Skion

Mike Sesko  |   Independent

Sameer Mithal  |   Waterhealth International

Leslie Shoemaker   |   Tetra Tech

Peter Wiliams   |   IBM

Karen Golmer   |   MIT

Graeme Jarvis   |   Johnson Controls

Biju George   |   DC Water

Sead Bajrovic   |   Grundfos

Catherine Ricou   |   Suez

Helge Daebel   |   Emerald Technology Ventures

Danielle Keiser  |   Wincubator

Andy Wales  |   Global Innovation Fund

Reinhard Hübner  |   Skion

Henrik Laursen  |   AMI Global

Nicole Neeman Brady  |   Renewable Resources Group

Pierre Côté  |   COTE Membrane Separation


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

Rebeca Hwang   |   Rivet Ventures

Mike Reardon   |   Triwater Holdings

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

Dr. Kartik Chandran   |   Director, Biomolecular Environmental Sciences Program   |   Columbia University

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


Global Program Advisors


Nick Dyner   |   Moleaer

Kunal Shah  |  Anaergia

Sameer Mithal   |   WaterHealth International


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