Seasoned, data-driven and proven executive in the field of technology and venture capital investing that consistently delivers business results - often under very challenging and unpredictable environment of start-up firms. Proven record of: (I) identifying innovative & disruptive technologies at early stage, that have the potential to potential to transform, expand and lead global industries; (II) technology development and commercialization and (III) cost reduction methods through identifying risks via techno-economics, robust engineering and operational & engineering optimizations.
Balanced strategic and tactical mindset providing versatile and situational leadership; driven by data including thorough understanding of techno-economics of businesses
Successful at leading teams across various fields
Innovative leader providing vision, strategy and tactical direction to complex organizations in both stable and turn-around environments.
Technology & Product Development Expertise
Leading product development from concept to production by judiciously tailoring 'Phase Gate' and Agile product development processes for both increasing throughput and quality
Transforming existing processes with innovative lean and robust product development methodologies (Robust Engineering Principles, Lean Product Development) and advanced program management techniques (probabilistic risk management, probabilistic critical path management)
Program and Product Execution
Innovate system solutions to optimize for market demands of high quality (performance and reliability), low cost and speed to market
Expert at operational optimization (Lean Operations, Cost Reduction, Fast Product Cadence)
Strategy, Phase-marketing and Business Ramp-ups
Disruptive Technology Identification & Assessment
Deal Sourcing and Opportunity identification
Technology Commercialization and Phase-wise Product Launch
Operations, Management, Investments - Start ups
Product Development and Product line expansion
Partner03/2014 to CurrentTrue North Venture PartnersChicago, IL
True North Venture Partners (TNVP) is a $625MM Chicago and Phoenix-based venture capital firm investing in early stage companies focused on disruptive innovations that can reshape socially important industries. The firm's current areas of focus are Agriculture, Energy, Waste and Water, and any of the intersections that may exist among those sectors.
Leading techno-economic modeling efforts at TNVP in the field of advanced technologies in the concerning sectors, thereby connecting technological innovations with market opportunities
Development of investment themes, investment decision-making, and due diligence through technology & intellectual property assessments and market segmentation (including identifying entry markets)
Working with TNVP companies to guide technology development, development of multi-generation product plans, and patent strategy
Identifying early-stage investment opportunities, deal sourcing and advising portfolio companies by providing operationally and technical oversight to realize entitlement potential.
Developing resource networks; providing insight on new investment opportunities and developing proprietary relationships.
Serving on the Board of TNVP portfolio companies.
Senior Process Engineer08/2012 to 03/2014Fuel Tech, Inc.Warrenville, IL
Process Engineer - R&D06/2011 to 08/2012Elevance Renewable SciencesWoodridge, IL
Senior R&D Engineer04/2006 to 06/2011Gas Technology InstituteDes Plaines, IL
Ph.D.: Chemical Engineering2006Illinois Institute of TechnologyChicago, IL, USA
Bachelor of Engineering: Chemical Engineering2000Mumbai UniversityMumbai, India
Publications and Patents
Dry Regenerable Metal Oxide Sorbents for SO2 Removal from Flue Gases. 1. Development and Evaluation of Copper Oxide Sorbents, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2006
Dry Regenerable Metal Oxide Sorbents for SO2 Removal from Flue Gases 2. Modeling of the Sulfation Reaction Involving Copper Oxide Sorbents, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2007
Dry Regenerable Metal Oxide Sorbents for SO2 Removal from Flue Gases. 3. Long Term Durability, Ind. Eng. Chem Res. 2008
Dry Regenerable CuO/γ-Al2O3 Catalyst for Simultaneous Removal of SOx and NOx from Flue gas, Applied Catalysis B, 2006
"Methods of Refining Natural Oils and Methods of Producing Fuel Compositions", United States 9,175,231, Issued November 3, 2015
"Methods for Suppressing Isomerization of Olefin Metathesis Products", United States US9139493, Issued September 22, 2015
"Process and Apparatus for Improving the Operation of Wet Scrubbers", United States 9,289,721, Issued March 22, 2016
"Ash Compositions Recovered from Coal Combustion Gases having Reduced Emissions of HCI and/or Mercury", United States 9,399,597, Issued July 26, 2016
"Processes, apparatus, compositions and systems for reducing emissions of HCI and/or sulfur oxides", United States 9,393,518, Issued July 19, 2016
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Companies Worked For:
True North Venture Partners
Fuel Tech, Inc.
Elevance Renewable Sciences
Gas Technology Institute
Illinois Institute of Technology
Job Titles Held:
Senior Process Engineer
Process Engineer - R&D
Senior R&D Engineer
Ph.D. : Chemical Engineering 2006 Bachelor of Engineering : Chemical Engineering 2000
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