Inventiv Capital Management is a boutique New York City-based investment company focused on investments that promote the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Paulus Ingram is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Inventiv Capital Management and is responsible for overall firm strategy and performance. Mr. Ingram chairs the firm’s Management and Investment Committees. Mr. Ingram has held multiple leadership and investment roles at $450 billion AUM Dutch pension asset manager APG Asset Management in both Amsterdam and New York, including global Head of Hedge Fund Investments, Senior Portfolio Manager of the Opportunity Fund, Sustainability and Governance Specialist and active participant in the firm’s private market investment committee (infrastructure, private equity, hedge funds, natural resources) investing approximately $20 billion per year. Paulus has over twenty years of investment and asset management experience focused on alternative investments beginning at DE Shaw & Company in New York in the mid-nineties. Paulus serves as a Strategic Advisor to Capricorn Investment Group, the impact focused family office of Jeff Skoll and the Skoll Foundation. He is a Fellow in the British-American Project, a transatlantic leadership fellowship. He has a Masters’ in International Finance with honors from the University of Amsterdam, a Master of Laws from Vrije University & University of Amsterdam, attended Oxford University’s Said School of Business Private Equity Programm, and holds a BA from Amherst College. Paulus also has the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation, holds the CFA Society of the UK Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and a Certificate in Real Estate Development from the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Laura Brightsen is COO of marketing and execution and part of the Management Committee of Inventiv Capital Management.
Ms. Brightsen’s private equity expertise spans disciplines of strategy, capital raising, marketing, corporate development, reputational research, portfolio growth management, and direct and fund investing. Previous to joining Inventiv Capital, Ms. Brightsen was the head of marketing for Apax Partners and American Securities in New York. Ms. Brightsen also ran a boutique consulting firm specializing in strategy and marketing for the venture capital and private equity industry and served as Managing Director of Golden Seeds, a venture capital fund investing in early stage companies founded or run by women. In her early career, she spent over 12 years in various strategic, corporate development, acquisition, marketing and operational roles at public companies, including MCI, ADP and Winstar Communications.
Laura Brightsen served as a Delegate for the US State Department’s Global Entrepreneurship Program, a mentor at the World Bank’s XL Africa program, and as a director of several venture backed companies. She is a currently a director of venture backed board governance software firm, Board Book It. She is also the Co-Chair of the NYC Private Directors Association, a national trade association that fosters leadership and governance practices at private companies.
· Masters of Finance from John Hopkins University
· Said Business School at the University of Oxford Private Equity Program
· James Madison University in Marketing and Economics BA
Gabriel Salas leads Inventiv’s infrastructure investment program. His team scouts, selects and executes investments in the infrastructure space, focusing on niche areas that have yet to receive the full attention of the capital market – from brownfield-based solar projects, to mid-size vintage wind farms for repowering. The team has a focus on clean energy infrastructure. Gabriel has 20 years of experience in the energy and infrastructure industries, both as an investor and as a corporate officer. He has completed diligence, invested in, and sold solar, wind and hydroelectric projects and development companies in Emerging Markets and Southern Europe. Prior to joining Inventiv, Gabriel was the head of JP Morgan LatAm’s utilities equity research team; led the development and financing teams at HydroChile, a medium-sized hydroelectric developer owned by Eton Park for whom he raised over $120mm in structured finance debt and $100mm in equity; and built and ran the Emerging Markets and Japan team at Ecofin, a London-based specialized energy infrastructure investment manager in London. Gabriel holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering at Universidad Catolica in Santiago and has been a CFA Charter holder since 2005.
Dina Messing is CFO of Inventiv Capital Management with responsibility for day-to-day accounting and oversight of the back office.
Ms. Messing is a CPA with 19 years of experience in the alternative asset management industry. Prior to joining Inventiv Capital, Ms. Messing was Deputy CFO at New Holland Capital, a fund of funds manager based in New York. There she was responsible for oversight of the back office, due diligence on the underlying funds’ administrators, and handling of all technical accounting matters. Prior to that, she was an audit senior manager in Ernst & Young’s asset management division where she oversaw the audits of various hedge funds and private equity funds. Prior to Ernst & Young, Ms. Messing worked at a boutique accounting firm where she provided outsourced accounting services to clients.
· Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting from Siena College
· Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of New York
· Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Mr. Kats supports Inventiv’s infrastructure investment strategies alongside Michael D. Ware. In the past, Mr. Kats has served as Managing Director for Good Energies, one of the leading global Clean Energy investment companies. Earlier, Mr. Kats served for five years as the Director of Financing for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the US Department of Energy. Mr. Kats was one of the co-founders of the American Council on Renewable Energy. He is the author of Greening Our Built World, and Chairs the congressionally mandated Advisory Board guiding the greening of 430,000 federal buildings. Mr. Kats was the first recipient of the US Green Building Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and served on a National Academy of Sciences Committee on national competitiveness. Mr. Kats holds a BA from University of North Carolina, an MBA from Stanford University, an MPA from Princeton University, and is a Certified Energy Manager.
Michael D. Ware supports Inventiv’s project and developer scouting effort by bringing along an extensive network of industry contacts and knowledge and is well regarded as one of the original clean energy investors. Mr. Ware co-founded Advance Capital Markets, Inc. a private investment firm with a long and successful track record in the energy and power industries. Mr. Ware served as an advisor and Managing Director of Good Energies (GEI), as Managing Director of Advance Capital Markets, and co-chaired the Finance Committee of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) from 2002-2017. Mr. Ware was part of the team that founded ACORE. He is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University where he teaches courses on energy and clean technology. Mr. Ware served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1968 -1973. He holds a BA from the University of Detroit and an MA from Ohio State University, where he was a fellow at the Mershon Center for National Security Studies.
Michael Rauch heads Inventiv’s due diligence, market intelligence, and project review efforts. Over the past decade, Michael has developed solar and wind projects for developers throughout the US. Throughout his career, he has negotiated utility and corporate PPAs for large wind projects in the MidWest, as well as virtual off-take contracts for smaller solar projects in the NorthEast, helped finance projects of different technologies and geographies, reviewed and performed due diligence on acquisition targets, and participated in greenfield developments from start to finish. He has worked for Apex Clean Energy, one of America’s preeminent wind developers; BQ Energy, a brownfield solar developer with a 15-year track record; and he has consulted for Community Choice Aggregation (CCAs) outfits and municipalities. Michael earned a Masters of Public Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and a BS from the School of Natural Resources at the University of Vermont.
Heather Langsner is a Senior Analyst at Inventiv Capital Management, working on the firm’s infrastructure and clean energy investments.
Ms. Langsner was Portfolio Strategist at Inflection Point Capital Management and Director of Research at Innovest Strategic Value Advisors. She has served as renewable energy consultant to corporate and government clients in the US and Middle East and as Technical Consultant on World Bank Private Development Private Sector Environmental Projects.
· Masters in Environmental Science (Industrial Engineering) from Columbia University
· BA from Johns Hopkins University in Environmental Science.
CAPITAL FORMATION AND SPECIAL PROJECTS
Mr. Zaman is an Associate at Inventiv Capital Management, based in London, where he focuses on Middle East and European business development. Mr. Zaman previously worked at Motorola Solutions in Dubai focused on projects based in Saudi Arabia. Previously, Mr. Zaman worked at Credit Agricole CIB with the Islamic Finance team.
· Masters in International Business from Hult International Business School
· BBA in Finance and Accounting
N*GEN is Inventiv’s growth equity and venture capital manager with 20 years of expertise in sustainability investing.
Pond Technologies, Inc. is Inventiv’s technology partner developing a portfolio of emissions-capture-to-value infrastructure assets.
Business development for asset managers and investors in the alternative asset management industry. Cross River has a broad base of sophisticated clients including hedge fund and private equity managers, family office and endowment investment advisors, and pension funds. (http://crossriveradvisors.com
Ariane Mahler is a Managing Director at Inventiv Capital working on Inventiv’s liquid strategies.
Ms. Mahler was Lead Portfolio Manager at La Française Zéro Carbone and launched the Global Equities fund. She was also co-portfolio Manager for La Française Leader Emergents. Her experience includes Portfolio Management at Tradewinds, Nuveen, Credit Suisse Asset Management and Oppenheimer Capital as well as Senior Research Analyst at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and investment banking at Bear Stearns and SG Warburg/Mercury.
· M.S. in Finance from the London School of Economics (where she studied capital market theory with Mervyn King)
· B.A. in Economics from ESSEC (Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales) in Paris
Mr. Wilder is CEO of Cross River Group which participates in activities that are complimentary to those of Inventiv, including working with real asset project developers. Andrew has over 20 years of experience in the alternative asset management industry, where he held various leadership roles in building and managing businesses. Mr. Wilder was CFO, COO and co-founder of North Sound Capital, a $3 billion peak AUM long/short equity hedge fund, and more recently was CFO and co-founder of Western Uranium and Vanadium Corporation, a publicly traded US-based uranium and vanadium mining company, where he remains a director. Mr. Wilder co-founded Columbus Avenue Consulting, an independent fund administration business with 90 clients and $7 billion AUA when it was sold in 2012. Earlier in his career, Mr. Wilder was the Head of Operations for C. Blair Asset Management, a $500 million long/short equity hedge fund based in Greenwich, CT. Mr. Wilder began his career as Manager in Audit for Deloitte & Touche. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Western Uranium Corporation.
-Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Toronto
-Chartered Accountant (Canada) designation
University of Western Ontario BA
George Sorenson has over 20 years of experience originating, structuring, negotiating and executing direct equity investments in electric, gas, water, and telecommunications utilities globally. He was Founder and Chair of the Investment Committee of FE Clean Energy, investing over $320 million in renewable energy projects. Mr. Sorenson started his career at Drexel Burnham Lambert and was in charge of its high yield structuring and placement in Asia. He also worked at Bear Stearns before starting FondElec Group, a company focused on the purchase of utility assets around the world. Mr. Sorenson has a Bachelors in Finance from the University of Utah, and a Masters from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in Glendale, Arizona.
Mr. Young is a Partner at Arabesque Asset Management Ltd. Prior to joining Arabesque in 2017, Mr. Young was Chief Executive Officer at Eclat Impact in 2016 and Chief Executive Officer and a Partner at Mariner Investment group from 2000-2015. He joined Mariner directly from Goldman Sachs, where he retired as a Partner, after a 20-year career in Fixed Income in New York, Tokyo, and London. He serves as Board Chair of GWAVE, a wave based renewable energy company. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Buckingham Browne & Nichols, a coeducational day school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Social Finance, Inc., a Boston-based nonprofit organisation dedicated to mobilising investment capital to drive social change.
Barney Walker has 21 years of investment industry marketing experience. Mr. Walker is Director of Institutional Investments at Strategic Global Advisors, responsible for developing and managing new partnerships in the Northeastern U.S., as well as internationally. Prior to joining Strategic Global Advisors, Mr. Walker was a Partner at Aligned Asset Managers, LLC where they provided growth equity capital and distribution expertise to their member firms, including building out the real estate fund management business at the Townsend Group. Previously, Mr. Walker was a Senior Vice President at Artio Global Investors, LLC (f/k/a Julius Baer Investment Management, LLC) where he shared leadership for new business and client service from 2002-2012. Mr. Walker started his career at Ark Asset Management, Inc. where he worked from 1996-2002 holding various institutional new business/client service roles after spending two years as a junior member of the portfolio team. He earned a B.S. from Boston College.