Mr. Phil Layton, Chairman
Mr. Layton has over 18 years in technical development management and research. As a research physicist his expertise includes nanotechnology, radiation effects on semiconductors and satellite systems, solar energy using nontraditional and traditional methods, plasma physics. His technical work includes nanotechnology; modeling, testing and analysis for radiation effects on integrated circuits, systems and materials in space environments; semiconductor device physics, radiation sensors, DC and pulsed power plasmas, Naval engineering systems. Because of his dual physics and law degree he has worked with start-up companies in both a technical and a legal/business capacity. He was a cofounder and CEO of Clear Technologies, a company that developed intellectual Property (IP) and a working prototype machine vision based virtual keyboard. He was Corporate Attorney, contracts manager, and radiation effects physicist at Space Electronics, now Maxwell technologies. As an intellectual property attorney, his experience also includes developing, implementing and negotiating national and international Intellectual property strategies, protection and joint development agreements. He has been a key player in marketing and developing the commercialization strategy for both space and commercial products. He has also served nine years as a US Navy reserve engineering duty officer with experience managing US Navy projects.
Mr. David Andresen
Based in San Diego, California. With over 17 years’ experience in corporate finance, David has worked on private investments in public equity (publicly traded companies) and private company transactions, in hedge funds (Summit Global & YAGI) and investment banks (Oracle Capital & Xnergy), with a particular focus in innovative and clean technologies (renewable energy, energy efficiency, environmental remediation and energy storage). He has negotiated and structured dozens of transactions for hedge funds and investment banks, domestically and in cross-border financings (China, Europe and Latin America), many in the area of clean technology. From 2008 to 2012, David lead a cleantech banking practice in Southern California, and since 2012 has served as a commercialization advisor in emerging markets. Formerly, David worked in astrophysics (elemental composition of quasar absorbers) and materials science (superconductor precursor alloys) funded by NASA and US DOE.
Mr. Mark Juergensen
Mr. Juergensen has over 20 years of experience in developing, building and managing power generation projects based upon renewable and traditional technologies. His specialties include: power generation, asset management, project finance, venture capital, start-ups, technology commercialization, product development, mergers and acquisitions, cleantech, sustainability, and renewable energy. He directly supported renewable development and/or finance of 710 MW solar PV and CSP projects in the western US resulting in 522 MW of the projects in construction or operations. He is a clean tech and energy advisor to the National Science Foundation and DOE through LARTA. He founded CleanTech Energy and co-founded Trans Capital Holdings. He previously co-founded PredictPower which was divested in 2006. He is a retired senior naval officer and holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Mr. David Saltman
Mr. Saltman is Chairman and CEO of Malama Composites. Saltman has been an advocate of environmental innovation and a pioneer in sustainable business development for two decades. He was a founder of Flexform Technologies, the first natural fiber composites company in North America. These materials enabled Ford, GM, Chrysler and Saturn to produce automotive interiors that were stronger, lighter and safer than glass reinforced plastics. He was CEO of Open Energy Corporation, manufacturers of photovoltaic roofing tiles and solar glass products. He served on President Clinton’s task force that developed green procurement guidelines for the federal government. He has presented at numerous cleantech conferences, and received awards from the American Marketing Association and the National Recycling Coalition. He is a former executive director of Surfrider Foundation, and former board member of California League of Conservation Voters.
Mr. Rodrigo Marquez Pacanins
Rodrigo has 20 years of experience working in the energy industry. Initially he worked in the energy practice of a law firm in Venezuela advising various clients in major oil and gas and infrastructure projects in Venezuela, including ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips and Statoil. In 2001 he moved to work for Perenco in Paris, first as Group Deputy General Counsel and eventually moved to London in 2006 to become Latin American Regional Manager. Perenco is the largest European privately owned energy company. In his senior management role with Perenco, Rodrigo was responsible for negotiations with governments, commercial partners and contractors as well as company representative in several JVs and other projects in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. Previously as Group Deputy General Counsel Rodrigo handled legal work pertaining to all the operating subsidiaries of the Perenco group. In 2011, he founded MQZ Renewables Ltd. to develop wind and solar power projects. MQZ also provides advisory services for energy companies. Rodrigo studied law in Caracas and obtained a master in management in 1994 from CERAM, a leading French Business School. In 2013, Rodrigo completed an MBA program focused on energy matters at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo and IFP Energies Nouvelles in Paris. He is based in London and is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Mr. Diego Mejía Castro
Based in Cali, Colombia. Since 1991, Diego led the international expansion MAC, which is now a leading provider of automotive batteries in Latin America. He initial served as mechanic’s assistant in the battery plant and worked his way to Commercial VP. Diego’s strong management emphasis on efficiency and environmental values was instrumental MAC recent award, where from the 50 Johnson Controls affiliated battery factories across the world, MAC ranked at the top in recycling and materials utilization. Thanks to his leadership, MAC has won numerous quality local and international awards. He negotiated the technology license from Johnson Controls, and led in the transformation from the original manual labor battery assembly to the current highly automated and robotics of the modern MAC factory, with over ten-fold increases in manufacturing output. Diego is a veteran of personnel management and manufacturing equipment, as well as industrial projects and commercial relations. Diego earned an MBA, with specialization in Senior Management and International Business, from Icesi; and Mechanical Engineering from Universidad Autónoma de Occidente. Currently, Diego serves as Commercial Vice President, MAC-Johnson Controls Colombia, S.A.S.