About Our People
Scott Tudman, CEO and Co-founder
Scott graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a Bachelor of Science in Physics, before going on to receive a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Clarkson University. An engineer and scientist by training, Scott's career has included work in cold fusion research, air emissions impact evaluations, air pollution control device design, as well as bio-digester design, and has been in the environmental consulting field for over a decade. He also remains active the development of greenhouse gas reduction projects throughout North America.
Bridget Nelson, Carbon Manager
Bridget graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Environmental Science. She is the Director of Account Management for a top ranked voluntary carbon offset project developer in the US, where she manages the verification and registration of the carbon project portfolio. She also provides consulting on GHG programs and project-specific methodologies and how they relate to current and future compliance scenarios. Previously, Bridget worked as a project assistant on a multi-institution assessment of how welfare reform policy influenced the day-to-day lives of low income minority families. In addition to her work in greenhouse gas reduction project development, she is a volunteer HIV test counselor in her community, where she provides risk reduction counseling.
Eric Kissel, Microfinance Partnerships Manager
Eric earned a Master of Arts in International Development and Environmental Analysis from Monash University in Melbourne. While researching his thesis on best practices for expanding solar home systems to the rural poor, Eric was able to travel to Bangladesh and learn about the relationship between access to credit and energy needs through Grameen Bank, a pioneer in the microfinance industry. During this time he worked with a carbon-offset retailer as a Partnership Manager and later helped develop the climate change policy and strategy for a leading international development consulting company. After returning to San Francisco he served as the Managing Director of Live Climate, a non-profit that addresses the twin challenges of climate change and poverty by providing an opportunity for individuals to support community-based renewable and energy-efficiency projects in developing countries.
Kedar Deshpande, Carbon Manager
Kedar works as an independent consultant focused on climate change, green innovations for businesses, and global markets for carbon offsets and renewable energy. He has worked for a leading North American offset developer, Environmental Credit Corp, and later managed an international carbon offset portfolio at Cargill Environmental Finance. Kedar graduated from Dartmouth College in 2004 and subsequently lived and worked in India for a year as a United States Fulbright Scholar.
Lennon Rubin, Website Developer
Lennon Rubin received a Bachelor of Arts from CUNY Hunter College in New York City. He is the co-founder and Vice President of Eschaton Systems, a web development company specializing in scalable, dynamic data driven websites and applications. Lennon and his team have spent the last five years designing and constructing a wide range of community based websites for clientele from all over the world.
Hugh Whalan, Co-Founder and Adviser
Hugh is the CEO of Impact Energies, a social enterprise which is developing innovative ways to finance and distribute life changing products to the poor in Africa and Asia. Hugh has been recognized as one of the top 30 entrepreneurs in Australia under 30, is a core member of the Finance and Investment Working Group for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. In a previous life, Hugh worked as a management consultant in Australia, and in the carbon markets in the US.
As the Senior Vice President of Investments at Chrysalix, the world's most active cleantech venture capital firm, Brian invests in technologies that drive the new energy economy, and provides hands-on assistance and strategic connections to innovative companies confronting the world's most important energy and environmental issues. He's sourced and closed such exciting investments as Brammo Motorsports, manufacturer of North America's first street-legal, mass-market, zero-emission electric motorcycles, and Agilyx, the first company in the world to convert difficult-to-recycle waste plastic into synthetic crude oil.
Prior to Chrysalix, Brian spent 20 years in the energy industry working in both M&A and private client consulting. As Managing Director of Greystone North Management Consultants, he provided strategic, business planning, and M&A advice to North American companies. At Duke Energy, he led their Canadian M&A team following the acquisition of Vancouver-based Westcoast Energy, where he was previously a senior member of the M&A Group managing and participating in several dozen energy-related transactions worth approximately $10 billion in market capitalization. Prior to Westcoast, he provided strategic and corporate finance advice to the senior management team of Canadian energy transportation leader, Enbridge, and participated in international consulting assignments in Turkey and Malaysia.
Brian holds a degree in Computer Science and an MBA. He's an active adventurer having spent far too much time in tents while on mountaineering and whitewater kayaking expeditions in North and South America. As a result of his international travels, Brian has seen first-hand the impact of energy poverty and believes very strongly that the nascent technologies he invests in today will play a dramatic role in improving people's lives tomorrow.
Lawrence Agbemabiese, PhD
Dr. Agbemabiese holds a graduate degree in development studies from the University of Science and Technology, Ghana, and a Ph.D. from the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, at the University of Delaware, USA.
He is currently responsible for the day-to-day management of Technology Needs Assessment and Sustainable Energy Advisory Facility initiatives at the Energy Branch of UNEP. He also monitors and provides advice on UNEP's clean energy access efforts in Africa, with a focus on scaling up and replicating the most promising service delivery models, end-user financing and policy instruments.
For his doctoral thesis, Dr Agbemabiese he coordinated technical and economic evaluations of photovoltaic (PV) systems installed on residential, commercial and state buildings in several cities within and outside the United States. He graduated upon successful completion of an award-winning doctoral dissertation on the relationships between energy regime transformations and paradigm shifts in a developing country context.
Stewart has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Mathematics and a Masters in Electrical Engineering. He is a co-founder, with Harry Andrews, of the green energy firm Barefoot Power and is the regional manager for Asia. He has a background in civil and electrical engineering and has worked as a renewable energy specialist consultant for over 8 years. Stewart spent 3 years designing and constructing micro-hydro power stations in Nepal and has worked extensively in Papua New Guinea and Fiji.
Barefoot Power is a first mover in the Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) energy markets and is focused on innovative financial solutions to solve market-linkage gaps in BOP markets, having shipped its first solar desk lamps in 2006. Stewart and the Barefoot Power team have raised over $4 million in equity since 2005 and published 5 peer-reviewed articles about LED lighting and village electrification in the past 10 years.. He has also forged partnerships with some of the largest players in the microfinance space such as ACCION and Oikocredit.
Annie is the Managing Director of 89o East. 89o East is a boutique communications agency who develop strategies and find solutions for complex communication issues. Annie has worked in senior management and communications roles at the highest level for the Australian Federal Government, the Private and Non Profit sector. From 2007 - 2009 Annie was a Senior Adviser to the Australian Prime Minster - the Hon Kevin Rudd. In 2010 as the Campaign Director, Annie led Australia's largest privately funded public awareness campaign - GenerationOne - a movement to end Indigenous disadvantage in Australia. Annie holds a BA in Communications from the University of Canberra.
Deborah Streeter, PhD
Dr. Streeter earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin Madison. She is the Bruce F. Failing, Sr. Professor of Personal Enterprise and Small Business Management at Cornell University where she has been on the faculty since 1986. Entrepreneurship and small business management are the focus of Dr. Streeter's teaching, research, and outreach activities. She also created Cornell's eClips, the world's largest collection of digital video clips on entrepreneurship, business and leadership, now used in thousands of universities and dozens of countries. She is a member of Cornell's university-wide program in entrepreneurship, the Entrepreneurship@Cornell program.
In 2008, Professor Streeter reached a commercialization agreement with Cornell University and co-founded Prendismo, a private company focused on knowledge management using rich media. She has also been an early stage investor in several successful startups, including web based university knowledge management firm BlackBoard and renewable energy innovator Ecovation.
Scott Subler, PhD
Dr. Subler received his PhD in Agricultural Ecology from Penn State in 1993. He was a faculty member at Ohio State University as a Research Scientist in the School of Natural Resources where he directed research on carbon and nutrient dynamics in agricultural and waste management systems. Dr. Subler currently serves on the Board of the Directors of the US Composting Council and Chairs the Carbon Offsets Committee for the Chicago Climate Exchange.
Dr. Subler is currently CEO of one of the most active credit project development firms in North America, which he co-founded in 2004. During Dr. Subler's time at the firm, he has presided over nearly $15 million in equity investments. Scott has participated in the development of several widely-used domestic offset methodologies and the development and monetization of scores of carbon offset projects in the US and elsewhere. He is a recognized voluntary carbon market expert and frequently provides expert briefings to Congress.