December 2nd, 2010 Conference

Advisory Board

Will Coleman | Sanjay Wagle | Matthew Price

Will Coleman: Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures

Will Coleman brings a background in energy-related technology, development, and policy to the MDV team. He focuses on cleantech investments. In addition to investing, Will supports MDV portfolio companies.

Prior to MDV, Will worked in Washington, DC as an advisor to private equity and project finance clients focusing on the energy sector. Will also worked as the legislative director for the New Fuels Alliance (Formerly the Renewable Energy Action Project) where he built state and federal level coalitions to support renewable energy legislation. In 2004, Will was invited to sit on the California Energy Commission's Biofuels Working Groups to formulate strategies for reducing California's dependence on petroleum. Will has also worked for GE Wind in the commercial operations group, Xseed Capital, and on a variety of renewable energy projects in China, West Africa, and India.

Will is on the Venture Fund Advisory Board for the ASE, which operates the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and is on the advisory committee for the California Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, an $840m fund to stimulate deployment of low carbon transportation technologies. Will has also served on the advisory committee for the Western Governors' Association.

Will has an MBA and an MS in Energy & Resources from the University of California, Berkeley. While at Berkeley Will founded the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC) and the new Center for Energy & Environmental Innovation (CEEI). Will also earned an AB magna cum laude in Social Studies from Harvard University.


Sanjay Wagle: Renewable Energy Grants Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy

Sanjay brings six years of experience in private equity and project finance, with a focus on the clean technologies sector, including renewable energy, clean water, transportation and materials. Prior to the US Department of Energy, Sanjay worked for four years as Principal at VantagePoint. Prior to VantagePoint he served as a Principal and member of the founding team of Expansion Capital Partners, a venture capital firm focused on investing in clean technologies. Sanjay previously served as an Associate and Assistant to the Chairman of Blum Capital Partners, and as an Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation, a unit of the World Bank where he focused on leading and structuring project financing for private sector infrastructure projects in the power, transport and water sectors. Sanjay attended Harvard University (BA) and the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley (MBA).


Matthew Price: Senior Associate, Nth Power

Matt Price joined Nth Power in 2007 where his primary focus is on deal origination, due diligence, and deal structuring. Matt looks at a broad range of investment areas including materials and nanotechnology, fuel cells, batteries, biofuels, advanced lighting, and smart grid technologies. Mr. Price sits on the board of OptoElectronix and is an observer on the board of Propel Biofuels.

Prior to joining Nth Power, Matt was a materials engineer and business development manager for Franklin Fuel Cells. During this time Matt built and ran the company’s fuel cell testing capabilities and helped the company raise over $4.5 million in venture funding and government grants.

Matt received his MBA from the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, with a focus on energy markets. During his graduate studies Matt co-founded the Berkeley Energy Resource Collaborative (BERC) and consulted for several alternative energy companies. Matt also worked for Bloom Energy as a product manager while receiving his graduate degree. Matt received his BS in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University and earned an honors degree for his research on solid oxide fuel cells.

Founding Team

Bhavik Joshi | Deep Sahni | John Boyle | Ernesto Rodriguez


Bhavik Joshi: Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA'09

In the spring of 2007 Bhavik realized that the best way to understand the business viability of emerging clean technologies was to bring the policy makers, researchers and investors on a common platform. "If the traditional rivals could join forces, the fight against climate change would benefit from an unprecedented momentum. The best brains in the business and engineering at UC Berkeley and Stanford would want to work on developing and commercializing next generation clean technologies." With this goal in mind Bhavik spent time with the energy club leadership teams at Stanford University and UC Berkeley to create a new joint partnership, Berkeley-Stanford Clean Tech Conference Series . Presently, Bhavik works at Better Place, a venture backed company that aims to reduce global dependency on oil through the creation of a market-based transportation infrastructure that supports electric vehicles, providing consumers with a cleaner, sustainable, personal transportation alternative. is an avid mountain biker and landscape photographer with a passion for electric cars.


Deep Sahni: Co-Founder

In Spring of 2007, Deep Sahni working with Bhavik Joshi created a vision to build a series of conferences that would bring together key players from Industry, Policy and Academia to tackle issues of Carbon Emissions and Climate Change. Deep Sahni brings his panache for setting visions, roadmaps and building strategic alliances from his extensive 10+ years experience as a High Performance Coach in the fields Career and Leadership Development. He is the author of the upcoming book "7 ways to Unleash Your Human Capital". Deep Sahni also built critical strategic relationships with high visibility organizations in the Bay Area to increase awareness and exposure of the conference. These organizations include, but are not limited to: TIE, German American Business Association, French American Chamber of Commerce, BASES Stanford, and countless others.


John Boyle: Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA 2009

He has a Bachelors Degree in Economics with a Business Emphasis from UCLA ('91). While at UCLA, he ran the Campus Events Board and attended the Musician's Institute in Hollywood. After college, John built the music division of what was the largest student marketing company in the Western U.S, Student X Marketing.

John then went onto working for record labels, having spent time as an executive at Giant Records, Virgin Records, and Warner Bros. Records, John entered into the management world in 2000 having success right away with a triple platinum Alien Ant Farm album in 2001. After a two year stint as a senior manager at Sanctuary Artist Management (a publicly held British music company), John formed The BAM Group, making the commitment to focus on building a boutique management company for musicians, actors, models, artists and brands in general.

Ernesto Rodriguez: Berkeley MBA 2009

Ernesto got his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. He later pursued a one year Course in Oil Refining, Gas and Oil Marketing at Instituto Superior de la Energia (Madrid, Spain). After graduating from this program he joined Repsol YPF's propane business in Peru, where he worked for 4 years first as a Project Engineer and later as a Business Analyst. There he worked in project management and business development for the commercial and industrial markets. Last summer he interned at Better Place supporting the Marketing and Communications team. Ernesto is interested in Clean Technologies, particularly in utility-scale renewable generation and electric transportation.