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This list showcases the top Columbia based CEO’ operating in the Renewable Energy space. If you think a CEO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected]
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as Crunchbase, SemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.
Founder & CEO of Arcadia
Kiran Bhatraju, is cofounder and CEO of Arcadia Power. Previously, Kiran was a founder of an energy efficiency technology company and worked as a policy aide on Capitol Hill. He is on the board of the Environmental Voter Project and is a published author.
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About Arcadia: Arcadia is a technology company empowering energy innovators (Arc) and consumers (Community Solar) to fight the climate crisis
CEO of General Fusion
Christofer M. Mowry has been Interim Chief Executive Officer and Interim President at General Synfuels International, Inc. since May 08, 2015. Mr. Mowry has 30 years of global experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors, including power, oil & gas, automation, and process industries. He served as the President of B&W Modular Nuclear Energy LLC (B&W Mne) at Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Energy Inc. since January 2012. He served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Generation mPower LLC from January 2012 to April 2014. He served as the President of Babcock & Wilcox Mpower, Inc. until April 13, 2014. He served as the President of Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Energy Inc. at The Babcock & Wilcox Company from June 2009 to January 2012. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of B&W Modular Nuclear Energy LLC at The Babcock & Wilcox Company. He served as the Chief Business Development Officer and Senior Vice President of Babcock & Wilcox company at McDermott International Inc. from August 2008 to June 2009. He served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Welding Services, Inc. (WSI) in Atlanta, Georgia from January 2005 to June 2008. He held several high-level management positions within GE Energy from June 1995 to January 2005 after spending 11 years with the utility PECO Energy. He joined the GE in 1995 as a Sales Executive in Stockholm, Sweden and subsequently as a Technical Services Program Manager for GE Nuclear Energy in San Jose, California. He served as the President of GE Reuter-Stokes in Cleveland, Ohio. He served as General Manager of GE Energy Management Systems in Atlanta, Georgia. He served as General Manager of GE Hydro Projects and Services in Oslo, Norway. He began his career with the Philadelphia Electric Company, holding positions of increasing responsibility in nuclear operations and engineering at the Limerick Generating Station. He serves as Chairman of the Board of SEV Group Limited since February 15, 2016. He serves as a Director of the Nuclear Energy Institute and Advanced Reactor Concepts, LLC. He served as a Director of Generation mPower LLC. Mr. Mowry holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Astronomy from Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
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About General Fusion: General Fusion develops utility-scale fusion power using magnetized target fusion.
CEO of Globeleq
Mr. Hanrahan has been the Chief Executive Officer of American Capital Energy & Infrastructure Management, LLC, an investment company formed to raise, invest and manage funds in the energy and infrastructure industries, since September 2012. Mr. Hanrahan served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of The AES Corporation, one of the world’s leading independent power producers, from June 2002 to September 2011. He was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The AES Corporation and President and Chief Executive Officer of AES China Generating Co., Ltd., a public company formerly listed on NASDAQ, from 1993 until June 2002. Mr. Hanrahan served as a director of The AES Corporation from June 2002 to September 2011. He also previously served on the boards of other major publicly listed utilities in Brazil, Chile and Venezuela. In 2009 Mr. Hanrahan was appointed by the White House to serve on the U.S.- India CEO forum. Mr. Hanrahan serves as a director of Arch Coal, Inc., a top five global coal producer and marketer; AquaVenture Holdings, LLC, a maker of water management systems; Azura Power Holdings Limited, an electric power generation company in Nigeria; and GreatPoint Energy, Inc., a producer of clean, low-cost natural gas from coal, petroleum coke and biomass. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.
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About American Capital Energy & Infrastructure, BMR Energy, Globeleq: Globeleq Generation Limited develops, builds, and operates renewable power projects in Africa and the Americas.
President, Founder, Director & CEO of Uranium Energy
Mr. Adnani is a founder of Uranium Energy Corp and has been the President, Chief Executive Officer, and a director of the Company since January 2005. He serves as a spokesman for the uranium industry before all international media, and is frequently invited to speak before major industry gatherings including the Milken Institute Global Conference and the World Nuclear Fuel Conference. He is recognized by Casey Research, a leading investment advisory publisher, as a top-ten leading mining industry entrepreneur and executive. Mr. Adnani is an entrepreneur with a background in business development and marketing. In 2004, he founded Blender Media Inc. where he served as the President and a director until 2006. Blender Media is a strategic communications firm for public companies, and in 2005, was named one of the fastest growing companies in Canada by Profit magazine. He is also a founder and the Chairman of Brazil Resources Inc., a gold exploration company listed on the TSX-Venture Exchange with projects in the gold districts of Brazil. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia, and serves on the university’s Alumni Advisory Board.
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About Goldmining Inc, Uranium Energy, Uranium Royalty: Uranium Energy specializes in acquiring exploration databases and leveraging those databases to generate acquisition.
Jimmy S. H. Lee
Founder, Chairman and CEO of Mercer International
Mr. Jimmy S. H. Lee is Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer of Mercer International Inc. Previously, during the period that MFC Bancorp Ltd. was our affiliate, he served as a director from 1986 and President from 1988 to December 1996 when it was spun out. Mr. Lee was also a director of Quinsam Capital Corp. from March 2004 to November 2007 and Fortress Paper Ltd. from August 2006 to April 2008. During Mr. Lee’s tenure with Mercer, we acquired the Rosenthal mill and converted it to the production of kraft pulp, constructed and commenced operations at the Stendal mill and acquired the Celgar mill. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada.
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About Mercer International: Mercer International operates as a pulp business and produces NBSK market pulp.
President & Chief Executive Officer of Pepco Holdings
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About Pepco Holdings: Largest energy delivery companies in the Mid-Atlantic region
CEO of Lightspark
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About Lightspark: Lightspark is software company that provides SaaS based engagement, e-commerce and rebate management tools to make energy efficiency easier.
CEO of Carbon Engineering
Steve Oldham serves as CE’s CEO. Steve brings more than 20 years of executive experience to CE’s team, stemming from previous roles in technology, robotics, and aerospace sectors. Steve served as Senior Vice President, Strategic Business Development for MDA, a leading Canadian technology firm. At MDA, Steve held a variety of senior executive positions across Canada and the US, covering General Management, Business Development, and Strategy. He has secured financing from Government and commercial sources for a variety of complex technologies, including several large satellite programs. Steve holds a bachelor of science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Birmingham in England.
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About Carbon Engineering, Maxar Technologies: Carbon Engineering is a clean energy company.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of WGL Holdings
Terry D. McCallister is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of WGL Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Washington Gas. He also serves as Chairman and CEO of Washington Gas, the natural gas utility serving over 1,000,000 customers in the Washington area and surrounding region.
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About WGL Holdings: WGL Holdings is a public utility company that provides clean, efficient, and diverse energy solutions.
President, Director & Chief Executive Officer of NexGen Energy
Curyer has over 20 years experience in the resources and corporate sector. Mr. Curyer is the founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of NexGen Energy Ltd. and was previously the Chief Financial Officer and head of corporate development of Southern Cross Resources (now Uranium One). In addition, for three years Mr. Curyer was Head of Corporate Development for Accord Nuclear Resource Management assessing uranium projects worldwide for First Reserve Corporation, a global energy — focused private equity and infrastructure investment firm. Mr. Curyer’s uranium project assessment experience has been focused on assets located in Canada, Australia, USA, Africa, Central Asia and Europe, incorporating operating mines, advanced development projects and exploration prospects. While Chief Financial Officer of Southern Cross Resources (now Uranium One), Mr. Curyer managed the exploration, permitting and feasibility study of the Honeymoon Uranium Project in South Australia, ensuring full compliance with NI43-101 reporting. Mr Curyer has raised over $500 million of equity in North America, US, Europe and Australia. Mr. Curyer is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia.
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About International Consolidated Uranium, IsoEnergy, NexGen Energy: NexGen Energy Ltd is a Canadian based uranium exploration and development company established by Tigers Realm Group.
Founder, CEO of Terramera
Founder & CEO of Terramera, Karn is an entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in leadership roles in government, project management, community and business development. Karn is responsible for the vision and strategic direction of Terramera, and raised over $30M to build, scale and execute on that plan. He is a frequent speaker on issues of sustainability, making clean food affordable, feeding the world and building innovative organizations, including at TEDx and Singularity University in Vancouver. Karn has lead several companies and has a diverse set of experiences including being elected the youngest Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) in the Province of British Columbia. He is a member of YPO, and in 2012 was named one of Business in Vancouver’s top Forty Under 40 businesspeople. Karn holds a Juris Doctor in Law from the University of British Columbia and a B.Sc. in Biology (Genetics) and Biotechnology from McGill University.
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About Terramera: Terramera provides intelligence developing safer, more effective plant-based replacements to synthetic chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
CEO of Awesense
Mischa’s product development and management experience in the embedded electronics, wireless, and software industries was honed at organizations such as ECO Fuel Systems, Newpoint Thermal and the Okanagan Research & Innovation Centre. Mischa is a frequent speaker and panelist at industry conferences, university programs and government events on the smart grid and the innovation potential of technology to transform business and society. He represented Awesense as a voting and participating member during the inception of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) led by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and an active volunteer at Science World to encourage school children to pursue careers in math, science, and engineering. Mischa holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Victoria and Wireless, Electronics, Engineering Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology after leaving a Ph.D path at Simon Fraser University in Mathematics.
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About Awesense: Awesense drives the decentralized and decarbonized future of energy with their Digital Energy Platform and Open Energy Data Model.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ionomr
Bill is Ionomr’s CEO, having joined to take Ionomr’s world-class technology into volume production, assist in customer base transition from successful evaluation to volume production, and raise financing to achieve company objectives. He processes a deep understanding of B2B global sales and organization, strategies to break into established supply chains with innovative new components, business to business contract negotiation, and experience with business culture in Asia, Europe and North America. His internal management expertise includes a proven ability to grow and maintain high-performance teams and dealing with the issues with scaling production to high volume while maintaining quality and minimizing cost. Previously, COO & VP of Sales at SiGe Semiconductor for over a decade, he was a key player in the growth of the company from a research spinout of Canada’s National Research Council to a successful growth company which exited for $280M just prior to IPO. Bill help lead investment activities at both SiGe and NGD to raise more than $140M USD with VC’s located in US, Canada, China, Korea, Japan and the UK. He has over 25 years of industry experience and has built a good appreciation for all aspects of corporate matters required at Ionomr with previous employment at NGD Systems, Phenix Consulting, SiGe Semiconductor, Zarlink and Plessey Semiconductor. He has lived and worked in globally during his career including 15 years in Asia and possess extensive experience working with OEM customers and manufacturing partners in Asia, North and Europe.
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About Ionomr: Ionomr makes Aemion™ & Pemion™, next-gen ion-exchange materials for breakthrough clean technology applications involving electrochemistry.
Gregory H. Kats
Founder & CEO of Smart Surfaces Coalition
Greg is an internationally recognized thought leader and innovator guiding the transition to a low carbon economy. Greg served as Managing Director at Good Energies, a multi-billion dollar global clean energy PE/VC fund where he led investments in smart grid, efficiency and green buildings. He served for 5 years as the Director of Financing for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the DOE. Greg serves on the Congressionally-established board guiding the greening of federal buildings, and is a member of a National Academy of Science board on US global competitiveness. He was the Founding Chairman of IPMVP, the international energy and water efficiency design standard and technical basis for > $50-bil building efficiency upgrades. Greg was a founder of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), and is a founder of the country’s first green bank, and in 2011, was the first recipient of the US Green Building Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He earned an MBA from Stanford University and, concurrently, an MPA from Princeton University and is a Certified Energy Manager.
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About Capital-E, Renewergy, Smart Surfaces Coalition: Smart Surfaces Coalition is a collection of 40 leading organizations implementing solutions to tackle climate change.
Chief Executive Officer of Groundswell
Michelle Moore is CEO of Groundswell, a nonprofit that builds community power to connect low and moderate income communities with clean energy through place-based programs in equitable community solar, affordable wind power, and energy efficiency. A social entrepreneur and former White House official with roots in rural Georgia, Moore is a relentless agent for change. Her accomplishments range from helping build the global green building movement to leading the sustainability team for the Obama Administration.
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About Groundswell: We focus on economic equity and the energy sector—operating clean energy and efficiency programs that educate, engage.
Co-Founder & CEO of Moment Energy
Edward Chiang is the Co-Founder & CEO at Moment Energy.
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About Moment Energy: Moment Energy is a start-up striving to provide greater access to renewable and reliable energy storage.
President & CEO of Cardero Resource
Henk has had a successful career in the mining business for over 25 years. Since 1999 Henk has been a Director of Cardero Resource Corp and was instrumental in establishing the Cardero Group of Companies. Henk holds senior management and director positions with several resource exploration and development companies. Henk has raised over $200 million for mining exploration and his leadership, knowledge and access to capital are an invaluable asset to the company. Since founding the Company in 1999, Henk has created significant value for shareholders, not least through acquisition of undervalued projects like Pampa de Pongo, which was acquired for less than $1 million six years before it was sold for $100 million. Henk will continue to focus on corporate strategic initiatives for Cardero.
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About Cardero Resource, Wealth Minerals: Cardero Resource is a resource company focused on building a base metals exploration and development company.