We are a team of passionate scientists, engineers and business leaders who all share a common commitment to finding real-world solutions to the challenges of our woRld. We share a vision of a cleaner, more secure, and wholly sustainable tomorrow.
LISA DYSON, CEO, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Lisa Dyson has a diverse background in management, business consulting, technology development and scientific research. As a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, Dr. Dyson worked with executives of multi-national corporations to develop high-impact strategies and execution plans to expand into new markets, facilitate post-merger integrations, define international governance models, and identify millions of dollars in operational cost inefficiencies. Dr. Dyson has experience in a number of industries, including transportation, travel, automotive, packaging, retail, telecommunications, and energy. In addition, Dr. Dyson enjoys building and leading entrepreneurial teams to develop new technologies. Previous startup experience includes developing a social networking platform that was used in a national election campaign and building a technology that received funding from Microsoft. Dr. Dyson has a strong technical background and has been awarded a number of honors in connection with her technical work. Dr. Dyson has conducted research in Bioengineering and Physics, including energy research, at Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley, Princeton University, the University of California, San Francisco, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories. Dr. Dyson has a PhD in Physics from MIT, where she conducted research in String Theory, was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of London, where she received an MS in Physics with an emphasis in Quantum Fields and Fundamental Forces, and has degrees in Mathematics and Physics from Brandeis University.
JOHN REED, CO-FOUNDER, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. John Reed is a co-founder of Kiverdi and the co-inventor of our core technology. Dr. Reed is an expert in chemical and biological energy storage and conversion technologies and has over 15 years of experience in the research and development of clean energy technologies. Dr. Reed has a strong multi-disciplinary background in a number of scientific disciplines including biology, physics, material science and applied mathematics. He has conducted research at leading institutions including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories. He has authored more than a dozen articles published in international peer-reviewed journals, has been an invited speaker at scientific conferences including APS and DARPA, and is an inventor on several patent applications, including patent applications on microbial carbon capture. Dr. Reed earned a PhD and an MS degree in Material Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as degrees in Biology and Material Science from UC Berkeley. He has developed a unique approach to carbon mitigation that is a hybrid chemical and microbial process for the capture and recycling of inorganic carbon into high energy density biofuel and chemicals using conventional bioreactors without reliance on food-based agriculture.
SHARAM SASSON, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mr. Sharam Sasson has a proven track record of investing in and leading organizations from inception through profitability. Mr. Sasson has 13 years of experience in investing in technology companies and has formally been with Primera Capital since 2008. Prior to Primera Capital Mr. Sasson led three exceptionally successful technology companies from their inception. His latest startup is Jitterbit, a cloud and on-premise application and data integration company. Mr. Sasson is the founder and currently the Chairman at Jitterbit. Mr. Sasson was the founding CEO and Chairman of Extensity, an enterprise software company, which Mr. Sasson guided from inception to record-breaking Initial Public Offering and final acquisition by GEAC in 2003. Mr. Sasson was also a co-founder of Scopus Technology, a premier provider of enterprise Customer Relationship Management systems. At Scopus, he served as a member of the executive management team, responsible for engineering, finance, and operations. During his tenure, the company achieved five consecutive years of profitable growth and successfully completed its Initial Public Offering. Scopus merged with Siebel Systems in 1998. Mr. Sasson possesses a solid engineering background from his early work as a research scientist at Lockheed Missile and Aerospace Corporation, and as a developer of structural modeling software at Bechtel Corporation. He holds a master's degree in engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S.C. from Queen Mary College, University of London.
ORI SASSON, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mr. Ori Sasson is the founding General Partner of Primera Capital and has one of the best investment records in the industry. Ori was previously a Partner of Apax Partners LLP and, also, currently serves as Chief Executive Officer at GlobeTouch, Inc. and Roamware, Inc. As a seasoned Executive and Entrepreneur, with more than two decades of experience and success, he continues to lead start-ups and established companies in all stages of business. Mr. Sasson has chaired and founded pioneering companies across multiple industries. For example, previously, he served as the CEO of Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc., where he expanded Genesys' global market research, recruited a top-notch international management team, and managed its acquisition by Paris-based Alcatel. Prior to joining Genesys Telecommunications, Ori had co-founded Scopus Technology and served as its Chairman of the Board, CEO, and President. Mr. Sasson has experienced tremendous success and has used his business savvy to advise many young companies. Currently, he holds the position of Director for the following companies: Fandango Media, LLC, GT Nexus, Inc., Omisgnal, Inc., Litescape Technologies, INc., Cramster, Inc., Utopy, Inc., Accretive Commerce, Inc., MobileAccess Networks, Inc., and Transera Communications, Inc. Mr. Ori Sasson earned a B.A. in Computer Science, a B.S. degree in Computer Science & Mathematics, and an M.S. in Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley.
JERRY JOHNSON, CFO
Mr. Jerry Johnson has advised a range of businesses as a consulting CFO for CFOs2GO. He leads the Cleantech and Construction practice areas with an expertise serving startups and small businesses, assisting with financial modeling and analysis, as well as financial systems and reporting. Jerry's background includes over 25 years of experience as a financial executive in the energy, technology, manufacturing, and service industries. Additionally, he has extensive experience in developing finance and accounting functions for start-ups and new business units in the private and public sectors. Mr. Johnson has, also, demonstrated expertise in financial analysis for a range of capital projects and the design and implementation of new accounting systems. Jerry serves as the CFO of Kiverdi and has completed closings in a variety of financing structures totaling over $750 million.
ERIC BRITTAIN, VP OF PROGRAM MANAGEMENT
Eric Brittain is a 6 Sigma trained, certified program management professional (PMP) with over 15 years of experience managing projects with budgets of up to $40M across multiple sectors. Eric has provided program management oversight for engineering, manufacturing, product development, cybersecurity, training and IT projects. Eric has extensive experience with international customers and contracts with specific emphasis on import/export trade compliance. Eric has most recently worked for Raytheon Company, a leading systems integrator government contractor, where his work included leading an IT department for an $11B contract to support the US Army; leading the design, development and deployment of cybersecurity protection products for several countries in the MENA region; and managing several engineering technical design projects for vehicle inspection systems. Eric has conducted research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), MIT Lincoln Laboratories, Georgia Tech, AT&T Laboratories and IBM. Eric received an MS degree from MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), and Business. He also received Computer Science and Mathematics degree from Clark Atlanta University.
GUY PENARD, SVP OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Mr. Penard is the SVP of Business Development at Kiverdi. Mr. Penard served as the President of Cognis Oleochemicals and VP of GM at Cabot Corporation. Mr. Penard has over 25 years of leadership experience, including roles at DSM and Mobil Petrochemicals. He is an experienced leader in both commodity and specialty businesses and has lived and worked around the world. During the last decade he has focused as an executive on sustainable processes and products in industrial bio-tech. He also is a senior partner and investor in VxO, BV, a company focusing on building supply chains from biomass to sustainable products. He is experienced in leading and growing global businesses both for start-ups and large corporations, creating customer and company value, implementing global joint ventures, developing business partnerships from the ground up including licensing if bio-technology. Mr. Penard has a BA in Chemical Engineering and a MBA from the University of Twente, The Netherlands.