Nasir Khattak is an entrepreneur and environmental and energy policy professional with 25 years of sustainable energy sector experience in the international development and in the private sector. He co-founded Microtron as a technology development company in 2016, to commercialize a graphene based non-chemical battery technology. Nasir started and ran several businesses in the automotive and real estate sectors, however, his main professional career has been in developing and managing renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the developing world. Working with the Washington DC based Climate Institute where he serves on the Board now, he worked in over 20 countries, and also ran the Global Sustainable Energy Islands Initiative that led to a United Nations initiative with project portfolio of over $4 Billion. He has spoken at numerous conferences including the UN General Assembly to promote renewable energy in the developing world and actions to combat climate change. Nasir has a Master’s degree in Environmental and Energy Management from George Washington University, Washington DC, and a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor’s in Law & Political Science from Peshawar, Pakistan.
Joe O'Shea is an expert in intellectual property, licensing, international trade development, joint venture structuring, innovation management and related corporate entity structuring for intellectual property commercialization, technology acquisition due diligence, technology valuations, inter-company and external commercial transactions. Skills include strategy development, business modeling, preparation, negotiation and execution of complex technology asset transfer transactions shaped around prevailing business circumstances. These include agreements which in whole or in part include the development of intellectual property (both individually and jointly), technology mergers and acquisitions, trade offset agreements, and structured financing terms and other intellectual property licensing. Current emphasis is helping technology start-up companies manage, develop and execute agreements necessary to bring their intellectual property assets to their full commercialization potential and assist their private equity and venture capital sponsors in technology licensing or the eventual sale of the start-up to an interested corporate entity. Previously, Joe worked at GE for 34 years finishing his career there as the Chief Innovation Officer & Managing Director, Ventures for GE Licensing & Trading. Thereafter he helped Danaher acquire innovative technologies as Director, Corporate Development - Open Innovation. He holds an MBA from Pace University, Lubin School of Business and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University.
Carl Eckstein is a former venture capitalist, and served as a founder and Managing Director of NextGen Capital Fund I and NextGen II venture capital funds; participated in 22 investments, mergers and acquisitions, and replaced the CEOs of three struggling portfolio companies, steering them to successful exits. Initially for IBM and later as a Manager at Price Waterhouse, a principal with Arthur Young and through his own firm, Mr. Eckstein provided professional consulting and technology services to over 250 corporations, federal government and not-for-profit organizations. Among his technology accomplishments, Mr. Eckstein designed the first fully integrated ERP systems for manufacturing for AO Smith, the first Wiki for the Federal Communications Commission, and helped develop the first GIS system for transportation routing. He has lectured at several universities on the investment in early-stage companies. Mr. Eckstein holds a degree in Microbiology from Ohio State University.
Raffy Ekhsigian is a founding Associate of NextGen Capital, L.L.C., led the funds financial operations and actively engaged in investor relations, capital formation, and managing new business opportunities. In his career, Mr. Ekhsigian has served as senior management roles in hardware, software, and internet companies. In addition he currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of a private real estate development and investment firm (wholly owned subsidiary of multinational conglomerate), Mr Ekhsigian manages multiple subsidiaries and reports directly to the President and parent corporation. Mr Ekhsigian� s diverse experience and responsibilities encompass capitalization, asset management, business and corporate development, and capital transactions. He has closed over $500 million of transactions. Mr Ekhsigian earned an MBA from George Mason University, a BA in Economics from Whittier College, and is an honorary member of Omicron Delta Epsilon economics society.
Peter Boyd works on accelerating entrepreneurial opportunities to solve climate change. In 2014, he moved from launch director and COO of the Carbon War Room, to start The Time4Good Group; which has included advising The B Team on their ‘Net-Zero’ initiative, and advising several high-growth companies on strategy and marketing. In parallel, Peter is an Executive Fellow at Yale University’s Center for Business and the Environment.
Meg is currently aiding the Microtron Team as a Graduate Research Fellow. She will be graduating from Penn State University in 2017 with both a B.A. in International Politics and a Masters of International Affairs. She has spent two summers working for the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines. She speaks French, Arabic, and Portuguese.