Master of Ceremonies
General Partner, Flagship Ventures
President & CEO, Oasys Water
Jim Matheson serves as a General Partner at Flagship Ventures, where he spearheads Flagship’s sustainability practice having helped build it into one of the leading firms in the sector. In this role, Jim has been involved in starting, financing and operating numerous new ventures and serves as a Director on Flagship portfolio company Boards including Mascoma, Midori, Novomer, Selventa and Ze-Gen.
Jim has been involved with Oasys since its inception, first as the Company’s lead VC investor and Chairman, and now as President & CEO. He brings over 25 years of operational and technology leadership experience across a variety of organizations and roles designing, engineering, deploying sophisticated technology platforms.
Jim formerly served as a Navy F-14 & FA-18 pilot including duties flying over 200 combat missions from an aircraft carrier, as a TOPGUN Instructor and leading the Navy’s Adversary Program. Jim earned an MBA from The Harvard Business School, a Bachelor of Science (with honors) from the United States Naval Academy and retired in 2008 as a Commander in the US Naval Reserves.
Jim spearheaded Flagship’s role as the Department of Energy’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and serves on the National Board of the Clean Tech Open, the New England Clean Energy Council, and is actively involved in numerous entrepreneurial and venture capital organizations including CLF (Conservation Law Foundation) Ventures, the MA Clean Energy Center, the MIT Enterprise Forum, the Deshpande Center, and The Service Academy Business Network.
Judges of The Competition
Earl is a Partner at Liberation Capital, a Private Equity fund that provides project finance for modular, repeatable and decentralized CleanTech infrastructure. Liberation Capital’s investment focus includes renewable energy, water, waste water, and resource recover through waste-to-value applications.
Prior to Liberation Capital, Earl was a Senior Executive at the General Electric Company and served in several company leadership roles. As part of GE Healthcare, Earl led the Global eHealth Solutions business for GE Healthcare IT, which focused on emerging software technologies for driving collaboration and interoperability across healthcare communities, and delivering Population Health Management and Optimization solutions. Earl was the Global Commercial Leader for GE Water & Process Technologies, focused on solving some of the world’s most pressing water challenges. As part of GE’s Corporate Initiatives Group, Earl was GE’s Lean Six Sigma Leader for supply-chain and manufacturing.
Prior to joining GE, Earl was a Partner and CFO of a Boston-based Strategy Consulting firm, a supply-chain leader at Dell Corporation, and served with distinction as an Officer in the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Force.
Earl holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the US Naval Academy, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a M.S. in Technology Management from the University of Maryland, and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Chris McIntire is President of Xylem’s Analytics value center, with headquarters in Massachusetts, whose market-leading brands–including YSI, WTW, SI Analytics, OI Analytical, Aanderaa Data Instruments, Global Water Instrumentation, ebro and ¬Bellingham & Stanley–deliver precise measurement for water and wastewater, environmental, medical, industrial, and food and beverage applications. He held the same position at ITT, which he joined in March 2010 with the acquisition of Nova Analytics.
Prior to joining ITT, McIntire held several leadership roles at Nova Analytics, including President and Chief Operating Officer of Nova and Chief Executive Officer of WTW, a Munich-based company in the Nova portfolio. He also spent 14 years with Thermo Fisher Scientific in various engineering and operational roles, including several in the Water and Environmental division.
McIntire is a graduate of Northeastern University where he earned an M.B.A. and has attended both Boston University and Northeastern Universities’ undergraduate engineering programs.
Carmichael Roberts is a General Partner at North Bridge Venture Partners, where he finances and builds companies that make new products using chemistry, materials science and/or materials engineering. He primarily focuses on very early stage ventures, including helping founders launch companies from initial formation. Carmichael led the North Bridge founding investment in 1366 technologies, Foro Energy and MC10. He also serves as the Lead Director in each of these companies.
Prior to joining North Bridge, Carmichael co-founded several companies including Arsenal Medical, 480 Biomedical, Surface Logix and Nano-Terra. He has served in an executive and/or Chairman capacity for each of his companies.
Before starting his career as an entrepreneur, Carmichael worked in business development at GelTex Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Genzyme). Prior to GelTex, Carmichael was responsible for new product and business development at Sentry Products, a life science venture wholly owned by Union Carbide Corporation (acquired by Dow Chemical).
Carmichael is also very dedicated to developing medical products for developing nations. Along with Harvard University, Carmichael co-founded Diagnostics For All, Inc., a non- profit organization that is developing a materials platform to make low cost diagnostics for poor and rural populations in developing nations. He currently serves as Chairman of this organization.
Carmichael serves on the advisory boards for MIT’s Deshpande Center for Innovation, Harvard’s Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center, Duke’s School of Biomedical Engineering and the New England Clean Energy Council. In 1999, he was named by MIT’s Technology Review as one of the world’s top 100 young entrepreneurs. Carmichael is also a trustee of the Berklee College of Music, an overseer for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Executive Committee for the Duke Alumni Association.
Carmichael received his B.S. and Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Duke University and was a national Science Foundation Fellow at Harvard University’s Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. He also earned his M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
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Henry J. Charrabé serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of RWL Water, LLC. He brings more than a decade of experience in developing water management and investment solutions to his role at the company. Mr. Charrabé has been instrumental to the growth of RWL Water Group, more than doubling its revenue in less than a year through strategic acquisitions and organic growth. He is also responsible for creating the integrated sales structure in North and South America, Australia and Europe, as well as the establishment of partnership agreements in other strategic territories and industries.
Prior to his leadership role at RWL Water Group, Mr. Charrabé was a senior executive at RSL Investments Corp. in the United States and Europe. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Charrabé served as Chief Operating Officer of W2W, an electrocoagulation wastewater technology company. Mr. Charrabé received a B.A. from the Freie Universität in Berlin and Tel Aviv University. He earned an M.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in International Economics and Finance, both from Brandeis University, as well as an M.A. in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Avner Adin is a Professor of Environmental Sciences at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and National University of Singapore, and graduated from Technion in Israel. Adin practices research and international consulting in water treatment and reuse technology, filtration and particle science through Adin Holdings Ltd. (www.adinholdings.com). He is founder of Israel Water Association, and serves as Chair of the Israel Water Standards Committee. He is a Member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Life Member of the AWWA. Adin is also President of Israel Cleantech 2013 (http://cleantech.mashovgroup.net).
Shimon Tal has over 35 years of experience in professional and executive duties in the water resources management, water supply and sanitation sector of Israel. He has extensive experience in national and international water issues and bilateral and multilateral water agreements.
Between 2000 and 2006 Shimon Tal served as the Water Commissioner of Israel, the senior ranking cabinet nominated official, responsible for the overall management (planning and regulation) of the National water sector and water resources. On his last duty he was the Co-Chairman of the Joint Israel-Jordan and Israeli-Palestinian Water Committees.
Today he is the founder and CEO of a private company “Tal Content – Consulting & Enterprise Ltd “. The company is involved in Water Sanitation and Energy and integrated climate change adaptation activities, promotion of water technologies, and the dissemination of sustainable approaches for water sector management.
In 2007 he was elected and nominated to be the President of the Israeli Water Association. Before that Simon Tal executed extensive activities in Mekorot, from professional and engineering field positions through managerial positions, including Vice President of Engineering and Member of the Executive Board.
Shimon Tal holds B.SC and M.Sc in Soil & Water Sciences from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
In addition to the judges above, the following people serve on the Competition application review committee:
- Alexandra Adler, Regional Director, Cleantech Open Northeast
- Alicia Barton McDevitt, CEO, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
- Erdin Beshimov, New Ventures Principal, Flagship Ventures
- Dan Goldman, Co-founder & Managing Partner, Clean Energy Venture Group
- Trey Kellett, VP, GE Financial Services
- David Miller, Executive Managing Director, Clean Energy Venture Group
- Jonathan Shapira, Founder, Boston Israel Cleantech Alliance
- Manny Singh, SVP Technology, Koch Membrane Systems
- Peter Tunnicliffe, SVP, CDM Smith
- Mitch Tyson, Chair, New England Clean Energy Council