Strategic Advisory Board
The Braemar Energy Ventures Strategic Advisory Board is comprised of individuals with a distinguished history in various facets of the energy and technology industries, and have worked previously in diverse capacities with the principals. In addition to providing ongoing counsel about emerging economic issues, technologies and markets, the board takes an active role in developing new investment opportunities and maximizing the return on the company's current holdings.
Paul G. Afonso
Paul Afonso is the former General Counsel and Chairman of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. He served as a member of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners and as President of the New England Conference of Public Utility Commissioners. Paul served as Chairman of the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy (DTE) from 2003 to 2005, and remained on the DTE board as a commissioner until joining Brown Rudnick in June 2006. Currently, Mr. Afonso is a Partner at Brown Rudnick where he is the Practice Leader of the firm’s Boston Government Law and Strategies Group. He is a graduate of Boston College and the Georgetown University Law Center.
John V. Anderson
John V. Anderson is the former head of the Energy Practice at Rocky Mountain Institute. Prior to that, he spent 20 years at the National Energy Renewable Laboratory, where he directed research and development activities in solar energy, geothermal energy and advanced material processes. In addition, he served as a program manager for several Department of Energy programs. Mr. Anderson holds bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin.
General Wesley K. Clark
General Clark serves as Chairman and CEO of Wesley K. Clark & Associates, a strategic consulting firm. He retired as a four star general after 38 years in the United States Army. He graduated first in his class at West Point and completed degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University (B.A. and M.A.) as a Rhodes Scholar. In his last assignment as Supreme Allied Commander Europe he led NATO forces to victory in Operation Allied Force, saving 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing. General Clark is Co-Chairman of Growth Energy; senior fellow at UCLA's Burkle Center for International Relations; Chairman of Clean Terra, Inc.; Director of International Crisis Group; Chairman of City Year Little Rock; as well as numerous corporate boards. General Clark has authored three books and serves as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative's Energy & Climate Change Advisory Board, and ACORE's Advisory Board. His awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Defense Distinguished Service Medal (five awards), Silver star, bronze star, purple heart, honorary knighthoods from the British and Dutch governments, and numerous other awards from other governments, including award of Commander of the Legion of Honor (France).
Tim Clissold was born in England but has lived and worked in China for the past twenty five years. After graduating in Physics and Theoretical Physics from Cambridge University, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant before moving to Hong Kong where he developed a fascination with China. He spent two years learning Mandarin Chinese in Beijing before co-founding a private equity firm that invested more than four hundred million dollars in China during the very early stage of China's economic reforms. Since then he has spent time at Goldman Sachs recovering distressed assets and more recently founded a business that develops greenhouse gas emission reduction projects and energy efficiency projects in China. His first book, Mr. China, was translated into 15 languages and was named as one of the Economist Magazine Books of the Year.
The Rt. Honorable Tim Eggar
Tim Eggar was a UK government minister under Prime Ministers Thatcher and Major with responsibility for a number of departments, including serving as energy minister from 1992–1996. Mr. Eggar had a distinguished parliamentary career from 1979 to 1997. He has extensive international experience including Chief Executive of Monument Oil and Gas, Chairman of AGIP UK, Chairman of Harrison Lovegrove and Chairman of Indago Petroleum. Tim is currently Chairman 3 Legs Resources plc, the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce, MyCelx Technologies Corporation. Mr. Eggar is a graduate of Magdalene College, Cambridge and the College of Law.
David Fitzsimmons is an experienced energy executive with an extensive career in senior management at BP. Mr. Fitzsimmons was CEO of BP's international oil trading business, president of BP Asia and commercial director responsible for BP's gas, power and renewable business. David is currently a director of Integro Earth Fuels Inc. and serves on the advisory Board of Nur Energie Ltd. He also is an adviser to Surface Power and Force 3 Energy. Mr. Fitzsimmons is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Stanford Business School.
Robert Gillham is the retired managing director and head of the Global Power and Environmental Group at Chase Securities. He is widely regarded as a leading banker to the utility industries and has also been a spokesman for the banking industry, testifying before various state and federal regulatory bodies and Congressional committees. Prior to Chase, he was a founder of Chemical Bank's Utility Group, having joined the bank in 1966. Mr. Gillham has a B.A. from Harvard University.
Eugene R. McGrath
Eugene R. McGrath retired as chairman and CEO of Con Edison in 2006. He served as CEO of Con Ed from 1990 to 2005. Mr. McGrath joined Con Edison in 1963, following his graduation from Manhattan College where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering. He has an M.B.A. from Iona College and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. Mr. McGrath remains a director of Con Edison and is on several other corporate and non-profit boards including Schering-Plough, Barnard College, and the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Robert P. Powers
Robert P. Powers is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of American Electric Power (AEP). He is responsible for AEP Utilities, Commercial Operations, Customer Services, Marketing & Distribution Services, Generation, Nuclear Generation, Planning & Budgeting, and Regulatory Services. Previously, he was President of AEP Utilities, responsible for AEP´s electric utility operations that serve more than 5 million customers in 11 states. He also oversaw regulatory and policy matters relating to utility operations. In addition, Mr. Powers was responsible for AEP’s Environmental and Safety organizations.
Carlos Riva currently serves as Chief Executive of Poseidon Water, a developer of new water supply projects. Poseidon is constructing the largest ocean water desalination plant in the Americas and developing a portfolio of similar projects in the US. Mr. Riva has spent over 25 years in infrastructure project development and finance. He has extensive experience in growing young companies and leading technologically sophisticated businesses in the fields of renewable energy, electric power generation, biotechnology, engineering, and water. Prior to joining Poseidon, Mr. Riva was the Chief Executive of Verenium Corporation, an industrial biotechnology company dedicated to commercializing next generation biofuels and specialty enzymes. Previously, he was Chief Executive of Amec Group, Ltd. a major British engineering and construction firm. Mr. Riva has also had extensive experience in the electric power industry, having served as the founding Chief Executive of InterGen, a global developer of greenfield power generators, and as President of J. Makowski Company, developer of the first independent power project in the United States. Mr. Riva holds degrees in Civil Engineering from MIT and Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard.
Dr. Mohammad A. Zaidi
Mohammad Zaidi is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Alcoa. As a member of Alcoa’s Executive Council he led developments and growth in the core primary aluminum production as well as in Alcoa’s end markets such as Aerospace, Automotive, Packaging, Buildings, Energy, Consumer Electronics and Defense. He was also responsible for market strategy and corporate quality functions. Overall, two-thirds of Dr. Zaidi’s career has focused on technology management and the other third on manufacturing and business management on a global scale. As a council member on The World Business Council for Sustainable Development, he co-chaired WBCSD’s ‘Vision 2050’ project in collaboration with 29 leading companies, worldwide. A native of India, Dr. Zaidi graduated with a metallurgical engineering degree from IIT, in Kanpur, India. He obtained a master’s degree in materials technology and a Ph.D. in mechanical metallurgy from Imperial College in London.