Ernst Theodor Sack
Ernst is a Partner of Deep Green Data Ventures and its affiliate Blue Bear and helps manage the firm’s investment activities. Ernst has participated on the Boards of Directors of over a dozen conventional and renewable energy companies, and is currently an observer or director on the boards of Blue Bear portfolio companies Shoreline, Mission Secure, Omnidian, and Element Analytics.
Before Blue Bear, Ernst spent nine years at Riverstone, the world’s leading energy specialist private equity firm with $34 billion in assets under management and over 120 investments. He is also a Venture Partner at Cimbria Capital, a private equity and growth capital firm focused on the water and agriculture industries. Since 2012 Ernst has been an active independent investor in technology-enabled businesses disrupting traditional industries. Previously, he worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions team at Citigroup covering the oil and gas, renewable energy, and transportation sectors.
Ernst graduated with honors from Georgetown University with a degree in Science, Technology & International Affairs. He received his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and London Business School through a joint degree program.
Tim is a Partner of Deep Green Data Ventures and its affiliate Blue Bear and oversees the operational performance of portfolio companies. An engineer by training, since 1998 Tim has served in various leadership and operational roles at NASA including as Flight Engineer and Commander of the International Space Station. Tim has been responsible for numerous technology development, deployment, and operations programs including for Space Shuttle launch operations, Space Station hardware and communications systems, and spacewalk interface verification and testing.
Prior to NASA, Tim served in the US Army for 25 years as an Army aviator. He deployed to Operations Desert Shield and Storm and then commanded an AH-64 Attack Helicopter Company. Following studies at Georgia Tech and completing the US Navy Test Pilot School, Tim served as the Developmental Test Director for the Army’s Comanche Program until his assignment to NASA.
Tim is a former director for InfuSystem, Inc. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, United States Military Academy; Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; Master of Strategic Studies, US Army War College; and Masters of Business Administration from Columbia Business School and London Business School.
Robert MacInnis, Ph.D.
Rob is a Partner and Chief Technology Officer of Deep Green Data Ventures and its affiliate Blue Bear, overseeing elements of due diligence and portfolio company management, with a particular focus on software development and commercialization. As Founder and CEO of AetherStore and AetherWorks since 2010, Rob has led the design and build-out of multiple software solutions. He holds several patents in the sector, and his present research activity spans fields from drones and augmented-reality through to ‘fog computing’ and IoT.
In tandem with ventures in location-based advertising and online gaming software, Rob completed his post-graduate research at the University of St Andrews and was awarded his Ph.D. in 2010 for a thesis entitled “A Scalable Architecture for the Demand-driven Deployment of Location-neutral Software Services”.
Rob received a B.Sc. Honours (First Class) in Computer Science from the University of St Andrews in 2005. He serves as a member and treasurer of the board of trustees of the University of St Andrews American Foundation.
Carolin Funk, PH.D.
Carolin is a Venture Partner engaged in Blue Bear deal flow, diligence, and investing activities with a particular focus on blockchain, AI, and IoT solutions in the renewable energy and mobility sectors. Carolin has spent her career supporting renewable energy technology programs across government agencies, large corporations, and early-stage ventures.
Prior to joining Blue Bear, Carolin served as COO of FreeWire Technologies, a mobile energy storage business based in the Bay Area. At FreeWire Carolin led product development, helped scale the team from 11 to 30 people, and supported a Series A fundraise bringing BP Ventures, Stanley Black & Decker, and Blue Bear Capital into the company. Before FreeWire, Carolin spent four years as Manager and then Director of Venture Technology at Siemens in Berkeley, helping screen and develop startups for partnership with Siemens business units. Carolin's focus areas at Siemens included smart grid, autonomous machines, big data, and AI. Carolin began here career in Germany, serving as a Research Associate at the Technical University of Berlin and Project Manager and Project Director at the Germany Energy Agency.
Carolin holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the Technical University of Berlin.
Lord Browne of Madingley
Lord Browne joined British Petroleum (BP) in 1966 and became a member of the Board of Directors in 1991. He was appointed Group Chief Executive in 1995 and held that position until May 2007.
He is Chairman of Huawei Technologies (UK) Ltd and Chairman of L1 Energy (UK) LLP. He was a Partner of Riverstone Holdings LLC from 2007 - 2015 and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Apax Partners LLC from 2006 - 2007. He was a non-executive director of Goldman Sachs from 1999 - 2007, a non-executive director of Intel Corporation from 1997 - 2006, a Trustee of The British Museum from 1995 - 2005, a member of the Supervisory Board of DaimlerChrysler AG from 1998 - 2001 and a non-executive director of SmithKline Beecham from 1996 - 1999.
He is a Fellow and former President of the Royal Academy of Engineering (2006 -2011), a Fellow of the Royal Society and a foreign member of the US Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was appointed a Trustee of the Tate Gallery in 2007 and Chairman of the Trustees in 2009. He was appointed Chairman of the Board of the Donmar Theatre in 2015. He was the UK Government’s Lead Non-Executive Board member from June 2010 - January 2015. He is Chairman of the Trustees of the Queen Elizabeth II Prize for Engineering, Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the Blavatnik School Government at Oxford University and a member of a variety of other trusts and boards. He chaired the Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance (the Browne Review, 2010).
He was voted Most Admired CEO by Management Today from 1999 - 2002. He was knighted in 1998 and made a life peer in 2001.
Lord Browne’s memoir, Beyond Business, was published in 2010. He is also the author of Seven Elements that Changed the World (2013); Glass Closet (2014) and Connect - How Companies Succeed by Engaging Radically with Society (2015). Lord John Browne holds degrees from Cambridge and Stanford Universities.
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