Inventiv Capital Management is a New York City-based investment company launched in 2017 and focused on sponsoring investment funds and direct investments that promote the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Mr. Ingram held multiple roles at $450 billion AUM Dutch pension asset manager APG Asset Management in the Netherlands and New York, including global Head of Hedge Fund Investments, Senior Portfolio Manager of the Opportunity Fund, and Sustainability and Governance Specialist. Paulus has over twenty years of investment and asset management experience focused on alternative investments beginning at DE Shaw & Company in New York. Mr. Ingram attended Amherst College and Oxford University’s Said School of Business Private Equity Program, holds a Masters’ in International Finance with honors from the University of Amsterdam and a Master of Laws from the Duisenberg Honors Program, a special joint program of the Vrije University and University of Amsterdam. Mr. Ingram holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation, the CFA Society of the UK Investment Management Certificate and has a Certificate in Real Estate Development from the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
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 Corporation, a publicly traded US-based uranium mining company. Mr. Wilder was founder and CEO of Cross River Group, a business development firm focused on private equity businesses and real asset project developers in the Natural Resource and Technology sectors. He co-founded Columbus Avenue Consulting, an independent fund administration business with 90 clients and $7 billion AUA which 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. Mr. Wilder holds the Chartered Accountant (Canada) designation and the CFA designation. He received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario.
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 lead 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. Gabriel holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering at Universidad Catolica in Santiago, and has been a CFA Charter holder since 2005.
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. 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.
Ariane Mahler was Lead Portfolio Manager at La Française Inflection Point for Zéro Carbone and Global Equity and Co-portfolio Manager for La Française Leader Emergents. Previous experience includes Portfolio Management at 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. She holds an M.S. in Finance from the London School of Economics where she studied capital market theory with Mervyn King and a B.A. in Economics from ESSEC (Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales).
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. She holds a Masters in Environmental Science (Industrial Engineering) from Columbia University and a BA from Johns Hopkins University in Environmental Science.
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. Mr. Jain holds a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and holds the CFA designation.
Mr. Zaman is Middle East business development a lead and relationship associate at Inventiv Capital. Mr. Zaman previously worked at Motorola Solutions in Dubai focused on projects based in Saudi Arabia. Mr. Zaman worked at Credit Agricole CIB with the Islamic Finance team. Mr. Zaman has a BBA in Finance and Accounting and a Masters in International Business from Hult International Business School.
FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION
Ms. Bochniak acted as Controller for FE Clean Energy from 2008 to 2016, where she was responsible for all accounting, audit, compliance, and reporting. She also served as Senior Tax Accountant at KPMG. Ms. Bochniak was Controller at Weston Capital Management, an alternative investment management firm offering customized hedge fund and hedge fund-of-funds products. Earlier in her career, she was a consultant to real estate investment manager Greenfield Partners, and a Senior Accountant at venture capital firm, Oak Investment Partners. She has a Masters degree in Taxation from the University of New Haven and a Bachelors degree in Accounting from the University of Rhode Island, College of Business Administration.
The background of Michael L. Hawkins spans over 30 years in the energy industry and includes executive level experience in the public utility, cogeneration, project development, asset management and oil & gas sectors. He was the owner and President of Millennium Energy with principal offices in Bakersfield, California for 20 years. Millennium owned and operated cogeneration plants and oilfields. They also partnered with several other energy related companies to own and operate power plants, including PacifiCorp, Bechtel, Constellation Energy, and Ahlstrom.
Prior to joining Inventiv 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 2003-2006 and as a Managing Director from 2007-2010. With former partner at Good Energies (and Inventiv Clean Energy SBIC Principal) 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. 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.
From 2006-2010 Mr. Kats served as Managing Director for Good Energies, one of the leading global Clean Energy investment companies. Founded in 2001, by 2007 Good Energies invested $400 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 Inventiv Clean Energy SBIC Principal) 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 over 35 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. Since 2010, Mr. Kats has served as a Principal in Clean Feet, a $26 million project finance fund. 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.
Rajan Gupta is a senior investment professional with a broad background in principal investing, investment banking and management consulting, including positions at GE Capital and Lehman Brothers. He has 10+ years of principal transaction experience across buy-out equity, growth equity, project finance and leveraged lending. His industry experience includes energy, renewables, technology, telecom, media, and general industrials. He also has extensive experience in underwriting, portfolio management and restructuring of investments in leveraged loans, leases, project debt, project equity, and tax equity.
Rowe Michels has more than twenty years of experience as Portfolio Manager, Analyst, and Director of Research including positions at Bear Stearns and Tradewinds. He has a focused expertise in water, natural resources and utilities, and was ranked #1 for Global Utilities stock picking in 2004 and 2006, and #3 in 2007 by the Wall Street Journal. He has eleven consecutive #1 rankings for Electric/Water Utilities Research by Institutional Investor. Mr. Michels has built and managed various research teams and processes with proven success and strong team cultures.
Prior to serving as a founding partner of Inventiv Clean Energy SBIC, Jennifer von Bismarck served as a founding partner of TowPath Partners where she led the Company’s efforts to develop investments in renewable energy and originate asset backed securities. She has helped value billions of dollars of assets, including over 5,000 MW of operating clean energy assets, and worked with rating agencies, government agencies and investors to create attractive debt and equity securities across a number of asset classes. Ms. von Bismarck has helped lead the company’s acquisition of $2 billion in financial assets, including a portfolio of commercial energy efficiency assets, and issuance of over $1 billion in debt and private placements. One such placement won the US Asset-Backed Securities Deal of the Year Award by the International Securitization Report. Prior to commencing her career in structured finance, Ms. von Bismarck founded a Washington, DC-based company which imported products from Asia and marketed and distributed them throughout the United States. Prior to launching her company, Ms. von Bismarck was based in Kirkland, Washington where she was the second team member hired to manage the personal net worth of Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates. Ms. von Bismarck holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College and an MBA from Cornell University.
Prior to serving as a founding partner of Inventiv Clean Energy SBIC, Ruff Fant served as a founder and Chairman of TowPath Partners and its predecessor companies. Collectively, the TowPath companies have acquired more than $2 billion in leveraged financial assets and issued over $1 billion dollars of debt and equity securities. A practicing attorney for more than thirty years, Mr. Fant has substantial experience in federal taxation, corporate transactions, corporate finance, governance, and organizational structure. He was a partner in the Washington office of Sidley & Austin from 1984 until 1995 and served on the firm’s Executive Committee from 1988 – 1995. From 1969 until 1984, Mr. Fant was an associate and then a partner in the DC law firm Cohen & Uretz. He served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, teaching an advanced course in corporate taxation and ethics in the Graduate Program from 1978-1996. Mr. Fant graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and received his undergraduate degree, with honors in English, from Vanderbilt University. Mr. Fant served on active duty as a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966 through 1969. Mr. Fant is a member of the state bar associations of the District of Columbia and State of Mississippi. Mr. Fant also serves as a member of the Management Committee of asset management firm Columbia Partners. He is a Trustee of Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board at Harvard Law School.
Over 20 years of planning, development and management of power plant and transmission development projects including for Utah Power & Light Company (PacifiCorp) developing, operating and maintaining the Chemistry program, the Hazardous and Solid Waste Program, as well as, assisting with the Air Quality permitting and waste management systems for the power plants.
Jason Segal is Co-Founder / Co-Managing Partner at Swift Current and Javelin Capital. He oversees all aspects of Javelin’s business with a focus on merchant banking activities. Jason also is a co-founder/Partner and acts as a Senior Advisor to Javelin’s sister company, Swift Current Energy, an integrated developer and financing company of large scale renewable energy assets in the US. He has represented asset managers, corporations, project developers, institutional investors and DFIs/governments on dozens of buy and sell-side investment banking transactions. Mr. Segal was a Managing Director at Citigroup, where he worked with a broad range of investors on financing, portfolio management, product strategy and business development. Previously, Mr. Segal managed the Portfolio and Electronic Trading businesses and oversaw several quantitative proprietary trading accounts as a member of the Management Committee for Nikko Citigroup’s Equities Division in Tokyo. Before joining Citigroup, he was a Vice President and Portfolio Manager for Goldman Sachs Asset Management in the firm’s Quantitative Equities team in New York.
Mr. Cox has an extensive background in managing projects in the energy, waste management, and real estate industries. Mr. Cox began his career with Enviroserve Associates and gained significant experience in permitting complex projects and assisting clients with developing and managing certain projects. Mr. Cox was a co-founder of a waste water technology company which today generates over $80 Million in annual revenue. Mr. Cox has negotiated and executed a bankable power purchase agreement, has worked with multiple large corporations and governments in developing energy resources for electrical power generation, has conducted numerous alternatives analysis and feasibility reports on behalf of clients in regards to energy resource development, has negotiated and managed key relationships with asset owners, government agencies, and key local strategic partners. Mr. Cox has also overseen the selection of certain equipment suppliers, feedstock suppliers, contractors, and other vendors critical in the development of a project.
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 was 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.
As senior manager on the intellectual capital team, Yasemin works on Omidyar Network’s strategy, research, impact, and learning agendas across regions and initiatives. Prior to joining Omidyar Network in 2015, Yasemin worked at J.P. Morgan in London for 11 years, most recently as executive director of J.P. Morgan’s Social Finance business. While with the firm, she built a market-leading research platform for impact investment, advised clients on funding vehicles for their social and environmental goals, covered the credit derivatives market through the financial crisis, and analyzed hedge fund performance. Yasemin earned a Master of Science with merit in financial mathematics from King’s College London and received a B.A. in mathematics and philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. She has also served on advisory boards for research and strategy with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, World Economic Forum, and the UK’s Department for International Development.
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.
Ms. Rose-Smith is an Investment Fellow at the University of California Office of the President. Ms. Rose-Smith was a senior writer with Institutional Investor Magazine based in New York with a deep network and understanding of institutional asset owners, sustainable investing, alternative investments, impact investing, politics and capital markets. She has focused on the carbon divestment movement, stranded infrastructure assets, resiliency, community investing and economic development. She also served as a consultant to the Robert F Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights on their Compass conference and education program.
Megan was Consultant to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and Vice President at Alinda Capital Partners LLC where she managed portfolio companies owned by two infrastructure private equity funds ($7 billion in aggregate), including overseeing greenfield assets through construction and into operation. Responsibilities included due diligence prior to acquisition, executing financings, implementing operational improvements, and monitoring and evaluation.