Chief Sales, Service Strategy and Sustainability Officer
Jeff recently joined Banyan Water as the CSO (Chief Sales, Service, Strategy and Sustainability Officer). Banyan Water is a private equity-backed firm transforming the water management landscape. Banyan is building an enterprise water management platform—addressing water scarcity and infrastructure damage—for private customers at the end points of the water grid. Banyan is accelerating its go-to-market efforts by aggregating an existing pipeline of acquisition targets, predominantly technology-enabled water service businesses. Prior to this role, Jeff was the Chief Sustainability Officer and ecomagination Leader for GE Power & Water. Jeff has spent the last 30 years working to help solve the world’s energy and water crises’ and create a more sustainable future. Through his extensive background in addressing water challenges, he helps global customers build and execute thoughtful plans to reduce consumption, upcycle low quality water sources, aggressively improve overall water stewardship and re-think waste streams as valuable assets. Jeff is a salesman, marketer, strategic planner, technologist, thought leader & entrepreneur with a passion for proving that “Green is Green” – that doing what’s right for the environment is also economically smart.
Chief Executive Officer
Tom Szaky, 29, is the Founder and CEO of TerraCycle, Inc, one of the world’s foremost leaders in eco-capitalism, recycling and upcycling. In 2006, Inc. Magazine named TerraCycle, “The Coolest Little Start-Up in America”! That same year Tom was named the “#1 CEO in America Under 30”. Tom is the author of “Revolution in a Bottle” (Penguin, 2009) and has been featured on Oprah, Good Morning America, the Today how and many more. Today TerraCycle runs free recycling fundraisers in 15 countries on 5 continents and has collected and repurposed over 2 billion pieces of waste.
W. Brian Arthur
Santa Fe Institute
W. Brian Arthur has been described by Fortune Magazine as “one of the country’s leading economic thinkers.” He is External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute and Visiting Researcher at PARC. He is best known for his “theory of increasing returns” which explains how high-tech markets work. He is also a pioneer of the science of complexity. His book The Nature of Technology is “a powerful theory of how innovation really works.” He has been Morrison Professor of Economics at Stanford and holds the Schumpeter Prize in Economics, and the Lagrange Prize in Complexity Science.
Douglas A. Comstock
Director of the Innovative Partnerships Office
Douglas A. Comstock is the Director of the Innovative Partnerships Office (IPO) in the Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT). In this role, Comstock is responsible for NASA’s technology transfer program, creating partnerships to commercialize NASA technology that will create jobs, increase U.S. economic competitiveness, and save and improve lives every day. A key element is managing NASA’s intellectual property process and licensing NASA technology for commercial application. He leads partnership activities for the Office of the Chief Technologist seeking technology development partnerships with other Government agencies, commercial industry and international partners. Comstock also leads efforts in innovation, exploring new innovation methods and conducting pilot projects to nurture and accelerate innovation inside and outside of NASA. He seeks to energize new and emerging commercial space industries through partnerships, modeled after the way that NASA’s predecessor – the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) – sparked the growth and success of the early aviation industry. Comstock previously served as the NASA comptroller, responsible for the preparation, tracking, presentation and defense of NASA’s budget to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Congress. As the founding director of NASA’s Strategic Investments Division, he was responsible for integrating NASA’s strategic planning and program analysis supporting budget decisions into a single organization. Under his leadership, NASA was the first agency to achieve ‘green’ status for Budget and Performance Integration as part of the President’s Management Agenda, resulting in NASA’s first honorable mention for the President’s Quality Award. Before coming to NASA, Comstock spent four years as a program examiner in OMB, with responsibility for NASA’s human space flight activities, biological and physical research and personnel. Prior to his government service, he was Director of Engineering with the Futron Corporation, a Bethesda, Md.-based technology consulting firm, and began his career with General Dynamics Space Systems Division, conducting preliminary design and systems analysis for numerous aerospace systems, from strategic defense to advanced space transportation. Comstock has undergraduate degrees from the University of Washington in mechanical engineering and architecture. He did his graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received masters degrees in aeronautics and astronautics, and technology and policy. He resides in Ashburn, Va. and is married to the former Susan Louk. They have two children
Corporate Vice President
Sierra Nevada Corporation
Mr. Sirangelo leads Sierra Nevada Space Systems, a producer of satellites, space transportation vehicles, propulsion systems and space subsystems. He also is the Chairman of SNC Space Systems Board. Sierra Nevada has been involved during its 20+ years of combined activity in over 400 space missions and has produced over 4,000 systems, subsystems and components for a wide variety of earth orbit and planetary missions. SNC is also the owner and prime developer of the Dream Chaser, an orbital vehicle transportation system currently being funded in partnership with NASA as a replacement vehicle for the Space Shuttle. Mr. Sirangelo was formerly the Chairman & CEO of SpaceDev, Inc., prior to its merging with SNC and has all of his career leading aeronautics, space and technology companies. Mr. Sirangelo’s industry board memberships include being the Chairman Emeritus of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and the founding and current Chairman of eSpace, The Center for Space Entrepreneurship. His charity boards include being a board member and trustee of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and a founder, Vice Chairman and Treasurer of the International Centre for Children. Corporate and personal awards include NASA/Space Foundation’s Technology Hall of Fame, the Defense Industry’s Fast Track 50, Deloitte’s Fast Track 500, being a finalist in Ernst &Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year and on Inc. Magazine’s top 200 companies. Mr. Sirangelo holds Doctorate, MBA and Bachelor of Science degrees, has been scientifically published, has served as an officer in the US Military and is a licensed pilot.
Clayton Mowry has worked for over 18 years in the commercial launch and satellite sectors serving in government, as the leader of an industry trade association and as an executive for the world’s leading launch services company. Mr. Mowry joined Washington, D.C.-based Arianespace, Inc. as its President and Chairman in 2001. As the head of the Arianespace’s U.S. subsidiary, he is responsible for managing the company’s sales, marketing, strategy, government relations and corporate communications activities. Before joining Arianespace, Mr. Mowry served for six years as executive director at the Satellite Industry Association (SIA), a non-profit alliance of U.S. satellite operators, manufacturers and ground equipment suppliers. Prior to his role at SIA, he worked as a satellite/launch industry analyst and senior international trade specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Clayton Mowry received a Master of Business of Administration (MBA) from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in politics and government from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. In addition to his work at Arianespace, Mr. Mowry currently serves on the board of directors and as chairman of the Society of Satellite Professionals International. He also serves on the board of directors of the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and on the advisory board of the Space Generation Advisory Council based in Vienna, Austria. In 2010 Mr. Mowry received the AAS Industrial Leadership Award and was named as an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In 2008 he was inducted as a corresponding member in the International Academy of Astronautics.
Space Generation Advisory Council in Support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications
Ms. Cornell is Executive Director of the Space Generation Advisory Council in Support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications (SGAC). SGAC is a non-governmental organization of 4,000 members in 90 countries representing advanced students and young space professionals (18-35 year olds) to the United Nations, space agencies, industry and academia. Previously, Cornell worked in international management consulting, first with Accenture, based in San Francisco, and then with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, D.C. Cornell earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in science, technology, and society, with a focus in management science and engineering, from Stanford University.
Burt and Deedee McMurtry Professor of Engineering
Dr. M. Elisabeth Paté-Cornell was born in Dakar, Senegal. Her academic degrees are in mathematics and physics (BS, Marseilles, France, 1968), applied mathematics and computer science (MS and Engineer Degree, Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, France, 1970; 1971), operations research (MS, Stanford, 1972), and engineering-economic systems (Stanford, PhD, 1978). She was an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at MIT (1978 to 1981). In 1981, she joined the Stanford Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, where she became Professor (1991), then Chair (1997). In 1999, she was named the Burt and Deedee McMurtry Professor in the Stanford School of Engineering. She oversaw from 1999, the merger of two Stanford departments to form a new department of Management Science and Engineering, which she chaired from January 2000 to June 2011. She is a Senior Fellow (by courtesy) of the Stanford Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Dr. Paté-Cornell was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1995, to its Council (2001-2007), and to the French Académie des Technologies (2003). She was a member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (2001-2004; 2006-2008). Her current memberships include the Boards of Trustees of the Aerospace Corp. (2004-), of InQtel (2006-) and of Draper Corporation (2009-). She is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Naval Postgraduate School, which she chaired from 2004 to 2006. Dr. Paté-Cornell is a world leader in engineering risk analysis and management and more generally, the use of Bayesian probability to process incomplete information. Her research and that of her Engineering Risk Research Group at Stanford have focused on the inclusion of technical and management factors in probabilistic risk analysis models with applications to the NASA shuttle tiles, offshore oil platforms and medical systems. Since 2001, she has combined risk analysis and game analysis to assess intelligence information and risks of terrorist attacks. Dr. Paté-Cornell is past president (1995)/fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis, and fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science. She has been a consultant to many industrial firms and government organizations. She has authored or co-authored more than a hundred papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. She has received several best-paper awards from professional organizations and peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Paté-Cornell has been a US citizen since 1986. She and the late Dr. C. Allin Cornell have two children, Phillip (1981), and Ariane (1984).
Managing Director, Investment Banking, Head of Corporate Finance and Project Finance
Mr. Larroque has 30 years of investment and strategy advisory experience in the international mining, refineries/petrochemicals and natural resources industries, in particular for private equity and joint venture investments and for debt raising for emerging markets projects. Throughout his carreer he has advised several African, Middle Eastern and Latin American countries on the privatization of large mining and natural resources companies and on the design and implementation of promotion policies for natural resources foreign direct investments.
Since June 2007, Mr. Larroque has been associated with Jadwa Investment, a Saudi, Riyadh based, investment bank, first as Senior Advisor and subsequently as Managing Director, Investment Banking – Head of Corporate Finance and Project Finance. In that respect, he has directed teams which advised on several domestic Saudi M&A and financing transactions. In
particular, he advised on, and structured, the purchase by Jadwa and a group of private Saudi investors of the 30% stake which ExxonMobil held in a Saudi Aramco base oils refinery. He currently serves on the joint Aramco-Jadwa Technical and Financial Steering Committees directing and controlling the US$2 billion expansion of that refinery.
Previous positions include Managing Director in Corporate Finance, in charge of SBC Warburg’s worldwide mining and refinery / petrochemicals project finance advisory activities; Managing Director at UBS Asset Management, Head of a private equity fund to invest in natural resources projects and companies around the world; Senior investment officer in the IFC (World Bank Group), responsible for natural resources equity and debt financings in Brazil.
Mr. Larroque has an MBA from Stanford University and an Engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris. He has served on the Boards of several private and public natural resources companies.
Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Ben-Horin created TechSoup Global (as “CompuMentor”) in 1987 by tapping volunteer resources on the WELL, one of the first online communities. Over the past two decades, he guided the TechSoup Global evolution from a small, local nonprofit to a globally respected entity with 196 employees and a budget of US$27 million. TechSoup Global now provides technology information to individuals and organizations in more than 190 countries, has provided consulting services in more than 50 countries and, through its global network of capacity-building NGOs, manages product donations to more than 80,000 organizations in 36 countries.
In his book Blessed Unrest, Paul Hawken writes that the “…hybridization of business, philanthropy technology and nonprofit activity is exemplified in the work of Daniel Ben-Horin…”
Currently, as Co-CEO, Ben-Horin focuses on creating new opportunities for corporate, foundation, and nonprofit partners around the globe to optimize their social benefit impact by utilizing TechSoup Global’s channel, resources, and relationships. He speaks and writes frequently on issues related to the underserved’s access to technology.
In April 2009, Ben-Horin received the 2009 “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (NTEN). Presenting the award, Vince Stehle, Program Officer for the Nonprofit Sector at the Surdna Foundation, said, “[This award is] given each year to a person who has pushed the nptech community forward. This push might be in the form of innovation, or thought leadership. In the case of Daniel Ben-Horin, the 2009 recipient and co-CEO of TechSoup Global, it’s both. Everyone who works in our field owes him a debt of gratitude for revolutionizing how we get and share software and information.”
In July of 2009, Ashoka named Ben-Horin as one of its Senior Fellows. He also serves on the board of the Nonprofit Finance Fund. On four occasions, he has been named by the Nonprofit Times to its annual list of the 50 most influential leaders in the U.S. nonprofit sector.