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Ranjeet Bhatia

SAFFRON HILL VENTURES

Ranjeet Bhatia

SAFFRON HILL VENTURES

About Ranjeet

Prior to co-founding Saffron Hill Ventures, Mr. Bhatia worked as Advisor to the Chairman of Loot Ltd. where he advised on e-commerce strategy and investment and in a venture capital capacity for Lord Rothschild, evaluating technology venture opportunities. While at Loot he worked closely with business partners and financiers to structure Loot's strategic and financial requirements in preparation for sale. Mr. Bhatia has had a long term interest in environmental technology and policy, and worked in the environment and energy consulting groups at Booz-Allen & Hamilton, and Dyncorp-Meridian, and as an intern in Vice President Al Gore's White House Office on Environmental Policy.

Mr. Bhatia earned an MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Business, an MA in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a BA in Environmental Science from Occidental College.

William K. Caesar

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, WCA WASTE CORPORATION

William K. Caesar

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, WCA WASTE CORPORATION

About William

Mr. Caesar is the Chief Executive Officer of WCA Waste Corporation, a vertically integrated, non-hazardous solid-waste services company based in Houston, Texas. Prior to this role, he held several positions with Waste Management (WM) Inc. He joined WM in 2010 as the Chief Strategy Officer and in 2012 became the President of WM Recycling and the WM Organic Growth Group, where he developed the industry-leading recyclable materials business for Waste Management and oversaw its portfolio of strategic technology and services investments.

​Prior to joining WM, Mr. Caesar was a principal in the Atlanta office of McKinsey & Company, a leading global consulting and advisory firm. During his 13-year tenure at McKinsey, Mr. Caesar advised clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including waste management, on corporate strategy, growth initiatives, performance improvement and sales strategies.

Mr. Caesar holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University, a Master’s degree from Georgetown University, and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, where he was awarded a Keller Scholar Fellowship and graduated as a Fuqua Scholar.

Paolo Cuniberti

FOUNDER AND CEO, HABACUS

Paolo Cuniberti

FOUNDER AND CEO, HABACUS

About Paolo

Mr. Cuniberti is the founder and CEO of Habacus, an innovative startup headquartered in Italy that facilitates student access to financial resources. Prior to Habacus, he dedicated 25 years to investment banking, working in senior leadership roles at world-renowned financial institutions. Mr. Cuniberti was both CEO and head of securities for Mediobanca, UK, as well as head of alternative fund coverage and head of equity capital market for J.P. Morgan in London, England.

Mr. Cuniberti also holds a board member position at Growth Street, an organization headquartered in London, that helps small and medium-sized businesses achieve its strategic goals by providing access to working capital.

Mr. Cuniberti is a graduate of Università Bocconi in Milan, Italy, the first Italian university to grant a degree in economics, where he focused on business, economics, and management.

Catherine C. Keenan

FOUNDER AND PRINCIPAL, CATHERINE C. KEENAN LLC – CONSULTING

Catherine C. Keenan

FOUNDER AND PRINCIPAL, CATHERINE C. KEENAN LLC – CONSULTING

About Catherine

An executive with 32 years of experience in the Chemical and Plastics industry, Catherine Keenan has deep experience in strategy development, government and public affairs, sustainability, crisis management, stakeholder engagement, branding and reputation management.

She served as Vice President, Public Affairs, Sustainability and Environment Health and Safety at Trinseo S.A., a global materials company from 2010 to 2020. She began her career at The Dow Chemical Company and held a series of leadership roles with responsibilities including Mergers and Acquisitions integration, industry affairs, public policy issues management, media relations and marketing communications.

She is founder of a consulting firm dedicated to serving organizations that are accelerating transformation, by building affordable, business-centric programs for sustainability and corporate responsibility that build value with customers, employees and stakeholders.

She is a graduate of Lehigh University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism/Science Writing and a minor in Chemistry.

Peter Norris (Chair)

VIRGIN GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED

Peter Norris (Chair)

VIRGIN GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED

About Peter

Mr. Norris is Chairman of Virgin Group Holdings Limited, a multinational venture capital firm with holdings in a wide range of industries. He has over 37 years of experience in investment banking and business management. Mr. Norris began his career at Barings in 1976. In 1984, he joined Goldman Sachs, before returning to Barings in 1987 to head the South East Asian advisory operations. Upon returning to London in 1994, he became CEO of Barings Investment Banking Group. Three months after his appointment, the notorious derivatives trading scandal in Singapore was revealed, which brought down the bank. In 1995, Mr. Norris established a corporate finance business, constructed around the needs of a client base of owner-entrepreneurs. In 2007, he merged this business with Quayle Munro Holdings Plc, an AIM listed company and became the CEO of the combined entity. He served in this capacity until the end of 2009, when he resigned his executive position to take the role of Chairman of the Virgin Group. He remains a senior adviser to Quayle Munro. Prior to becoming Chairman of Virgin, Mr. Norris acted as an adviser to the Group from 1996 and had chaired Virgin Active from 2002 to 2007. 

Mr. Norris graduated from Oxford University with a first class degree in Modern History and Modern Languages. 

Preben Rasch-Olsen

CARUCEL HOLDING

Preben Rasch-Olsen

CARUCEL HOLDING

About Preben

Mr. Rasch-Olsen currently holds the position as an Investment Director in a Norwegian family office. He is responsible for a long-only equity portfolio focusing primarily on listed companies but where a small portion can be invested in promising companies with potential to become publicly listed. Prior to this he worked as an equity analyst in Svenska Handelsbanken and Carnegie for combined 18 years covering companies within the renewable energy, retail and consumer goods sectors. Mr. Rasch-Olsen was top-ranked within his sectors for the past 7 years.

Mr. Rasch-Olsen is a graduate of the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration and received a Master’s degree in Finance from the BI Norwegian Business School.

Tim Stedman

AGILYX AS

Tim Stedman

AGILYX AS

About Tim

Mr. Stedman is the CEO of Agilyx Corporation. Mr. Stedman has nearly 30 years of experience in polymer and olefins production, global supply chains, operations, business leadership, strategic development and implementation.

Prior to joining Agilyx, Mr. Stedman was the Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development for Trinseo where he was responsible for leading Trinseo’s mergers and acquisition strategy development. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President for the Plastics and Feedstocks businesses and Global Supply Chain for Trinseo. In this role, he was responsible for business leadership for Performance Plastics, Polystyrene, and Styrene Monomer. He also served on the board of Americas Styrenics, a Joint Venture between Trinseo and CP Chem.

Before his time at Trinseo, Mr. Stedman spent over 20 years at ExxonMobil.  His last role was as the Business Director for ExxonMobil Chemical’s Basic Chemical business ($8B rev) and prior to that he was the Site manager for the Fife Ethylene Plant.    

Mr. Stedman holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering with French from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, U.K., and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Industries Chimiques, Nancy, France. He is also a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers (U.K.). Mr. Stedman previously served on the boards of Petrochemicals Europe and the European Petrochemical Association and was also a member of the Energy and Climate Change Leadership Group of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), Mr. Stedman represented Trinseo on the operating committee of the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council and is a vice president of the Steering Board of PlasticsEurope.

Joe Vaillancourt

CYCLYX INTERNATIONAL, LLC.

Joe Vaillancourt

CYCLYX INTERNATIONAL, LLC.

About Joe

Mr. Vaillancourt is the President of Cyclyx International. Mr. Vaillancourt brings more than 25 years of operational, financial, and strategic experience in industrial, environmental and energy innovation and infrastructure development. Throughout his career, Mr. Vaillancourt has led in excess of $2 bil of debt and equity financings as well as M&A activities and has helped commercialize 15 environmental technologies working closely with large strategic companies and private equity firms in the energy and industrial sectors.

Prior to Agilyx and Cyclyx, Mr. Vaillancourt spent 15 years at Waste Management where he was one of the founding members of the corporate venturing group responsible for developing new and innovative growth platforms in the environmental, sustainability, solid waste, recycling, energy and cleantech sectors.  Mr. Vaillancourt has also held various roles in founding more than 10 companies in a diverse set of industries.

Mr. Vaillancourt holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Mr. Vaillancourt is an external advisory board member of the Manning School of Business at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and has held Director positions in over 15 companies.