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 bringing significant institutional asset management experience to Inventiv.
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.
· Masters’ in International Finance with honors from the University of Amsterdam
· Master of Laws from Vrije University & University of Amsterdam
· Oxford University’s Said School of Business Private Equity Program
· Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation
· CFA Society of the UK Investment Management Certificate (IMC)
· Certificate in Real Estate Development from the Urban Land Institute (ULI)
· Amherst College BA
Andrew Wilder is COO of business strategy and product development and part of the Management Committee of Inventiv Capital Management.
Mr. Wilder is also 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
· CFA designation
· University of Western Ontario BA
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 is Portfolio Manager and Co-CIO for infrastructure and clean energy investments and part of the Management Committee of Inventiv Capital Management.
Mr. Salas has 20 years of experience in the energy and infrastructure industries, both as an investor and as a corporate officer. In 2013, Gabriel founded Energia Cordillera, an investor-owned vehicle to develop over 20 hydro power projects in Chile, Turkey, China and Brazil, including 2 currently under construction. Between 2011 and 2013, Gabriel led the Latin American Utilities Equity Research team at JP Morgan in New York. Previously, he was the CDO at HydroChile in Santiago, Chile, where he managed a 15-strong engineering and design team that developed 2 hydroelectric plants with a combined 100MW of capacity, for which Gabriel also led the equity and debt funding efforts. Between 2005 and 2009, he was a portfolio manager at Ecofin, a London-based energy and infrastructure specialized investment manager, after spending 5 years as an equity research analyst at Bear, Stearns in New York. Before starting his career in New York, he was an operations engineer at Enersis’ hydroelectric generation subsidiary Pehuenche, where he also participated as a member of the board of operations at the Chilean interconnected grid’s central operator.
· CFA Charter holder since 2005
· BSc in Electrical Engineering at Universidad Catolica (Santiago)
Greg Kats is a Managing Director at Inventiv Capital Management, working on the firm’s infrastructure and clean energy investments.
From 2005-2010 Mr. Kats served as Managing Director for Good Energies (GEI), one of the leading global Clean Energy investment companies (Mr. Kats served as Advisor to GEI in 2004). Founded in 2002, by 2006 Good Energies was investing $350 million per year in clean energy firms and helped build some of the most advanced clean tech companies in the world. With former Good Energies partner (and Arena colleague) Michael Ware, Mr. Kats oversaw much of the company’s North American portfolio including investments in wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, and energy efficiency, reviewing over 500 proposals through the investment committee and directing investments into 36 portfolio 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. From 2010-15, Mr. Kats served as a Principal in Clean Feet, a $26 million project finance fund. 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.
· MBA from Stanford University
· MPA from Princeton University, and is a Certified Energy Manager
· BA from University of North Carolina
Michael Ware is a Managing Director at Inventiv Capital Management, working on the firm’s infrastructure and clean energy investments.
Michael D. Ware served as co-founder of Advance Capital Markets, Inc. a private investment firm with a long and successful track record in the energy and power industries. He has served as an advisor to private equity funds, international energy firms, independent power companies, electric utilities as well as a number of successful entrepreneurial enterprises. Mr. Ware served as an advisor to Good Energies (GEI) from 2003- 2005 and as a Managing Director from 2005-2010, and served as Managing Director of Advance Capital Markets (1996-2003 and 2010-2015) and co-chaired the Finance Committee at ACORE from 2002-2017. With former partner at Good Energies (and Arena colleague) Greg Kats, he managed many of GEI’s venture capital and project investments in North America. These transactions included solar PV, solar thermal, wind, green buildings, energy efficiency and renewable resource assessment technologies. Mr. Ware has arranged financings for wind, solar, hydro, biofuels, biomass and geothermal projects and has guided several companies from start-up, through venture financing, and later growth stages including the IPO process. Mr. Ware served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1968 -1973.
· One of the co-founders of the American Council on Renewable Energy.
· Adjunct professor at the George Washington University where he teaches courses on energy and clean technology. BA from the University of Detroit
· MA from Ohio State University, where he was a fellow at the Mershon Center for National Security Studies.
Mike Rauch is a Director at Inventiv Capital Management, working on the firm’s infrastructure and clean energy investments.
Mr. Rauch is a project management and business development professional with more than a decade of experience in renewable energy and public policy. His experience includes development of utility-scale wind energy projects for Apex Clean Energy, one of America’s preeminent wind developers, financing commercial solar energy projects, and developing community energy savings initiatives. He recently worked as a consultant in the energy sector with a focus on distributed generation, community choice aggregation (CCA), and municipal energy policy.
· Masters of Public Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University
· 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
Rishi Jain is a Director at Inventiv Capital Management working on special projects and capital formation.
Mr. Jain is also Managing Director of Cross River Group which participates in activities that are complimentary to those of Inventiv, including working with real asset project developers. Mr. Jain has spent nearly 13 years as a special situations and macro analyst both in the public and private financial markets with several hedge funds and private equity groups. His experiences include transactions in the energy, infrastructure, industrial, technology and natural resource sectors.
· B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
· CFA designation
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.
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
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.