Advisors

David Wells
Advisor
David Wells joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2006 as a partner in the firm’s greentech practice. David builds relationships with scientists, entrepreneurs and technologists, creating knowledge maps and sourcing investment opportunities across the entire greentech landscape with a focus on disruptive order-of-magnitude and tipping-point innovations in the physical sciences. He has helped bring many ventures through the KPCB investment process, including due diligence, investment structuring, team building and goal setting for companies including Aquion Energy, FloDesign Wind Turbine, Modular Wind Energy, Primus Power, Siluria Technologies, Solidia Technologies and several ventures still in stealth stage. David’s background includes 10 years of technical experience in shipboard and marine engineering, and eight years building and selling a nationwide business in Japan. David helped create and build the KPCB Greentech Innovation Network, a group of business, academic, and policy leaders formed to identify and pursue critical greentech innovations. He serves on the Board of Advisors of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and on the Advisory Committee of the Energy Research, Development and Deployment Policy Project at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. David frequently speaks at academic and commercial greentech conferences about innovation and investing.
Dr. Johannes Lehmann
Advisor
Dr. Lehmann is Associate Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry and Soil Fertility Management at Cornell University. He received his graduate degrees in soil science at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. Prior to his appointment at Cornell, he coordinated a research project on nutrient and carbon management in the central Amazon where he started work on Terra Preta soils. During the past 10 years, he has focused on nano-scale investigations of soil organic matter, the biogeochemistry of black carbon and the development of biochar and bioenergy systems. Dr. Lehmann is co-founder and Chair of the Board of the International Biochar Initiative, and member of the editorial boards of Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems and Plant and Soil.
Paul Sellew
Advisor
Paul Sellew is CEO of Harvest Power Canada Ltd. and of Harvest Power, Inc. Paul has been a leader in the organics industry for more than 25 years. In 1982 he founded Earthgro, Inc., which grew to be the second largest producer of compost-based lawn and garden products in North America. Paul has also been a senior executive with Synagro, Inc., helping to build it into the leading organics residuals management business in the U.S. He has also founded and led International Process Systems, Inc. (composting technology provider), Allgro, Inc. (a bio-solids compost marketing firm), Environmental Credit Corp. (carbon credit creation and trading), and Backyard Farms (hydroponic greenhouse tomato producer). Paul graduated from the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Greg Miller
Advisor
Gregory Miller is currently advising Autodesk with its philanthropic programs. From 2006-09 Greg was Managing Director at Google.org & Google Foundation leading the investment, grants and legal teams addressing global economic development, global public health and climate change. He was one of the architects of Google.org’s Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal initiative begun in 2008. Prior to Google, Greg was a partner at Gunderson Dettmer advising technology start-ups and venture firms. He is a San Francisco-based active TEDster and angel investor, and tweets randomly at @gregorymiller.
Gianluca Signorelli
Advisor
Gianluca Signorelli is Vice President for Renewable Energy Finance at Rabobank, where he leads Rabobank, N.A.’s clean tech business in California. Previously, he was an economist at the United States Treasury Department developing U.S. economic policy for India, Southeast Asia, and Latin America including review of World Bank programs. He also advises clean tech start-ups in San Francisco. He studied economics and international development at Johns Hopkins University SAIS (MA) and public policy at Stanford University (BA).
Jeff Cole
Advisor
Jeff Cole is Blue Source’s Vice President of Portfolio Development, based in San Francisco. He is responsible for expanding Blue Source’s portfolio of carbon credits and project investments by sourcing and implementing new projects and identifying emerging market opportunities. In addition to carbon finance and policy, Jeff has broad experience delivering climate, energy and sustainability management solutions to leading corporations as a consultant with California Environmental Associates, Program Director of the Chemical Strategies Partnership, and co-founder of an energy and environmental performance management software provider. He previously worked as an investment banker with Goldman Sachs in New York and Hong Kong, and as a consultant to renewable energy marketers including PG&E Energy Services and Grameen Shakti. Jeff holds an MBA and MA in energy and resources from UC Berkeley, and a BA in Economics and Asian Studies from Dartmouth College.
Aimée Christensen
Advisor
Aimée Christensen is the founder and CEO of Christensen Global Strategies, advising clients seeking to address the global challenges of climate change, ecosystem degradation and resource scarcity, and their impacts on conflict and development. Her clients are wide-ranging, from governments, to nonprofits, to corporations, to investors, to emerging technology companies. They have included the Clinton Global Initiative, Duke Energy, the Elders, the Global Observatory, Ogilvy, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Swiss Re, the United Nations Development Program, the U.S. Department of Energy, Virgin Unite, and Wolfensohn + Co. She has advised them on corporate and philanthropic strategy, policy and legislative issues, specific transactions, and she has drafted congressional testimony and advised on green economic development programs.