Building the next generation distributed solar ecosystem
Deep has a decade-long experience leading strategy and operations, spanning global leadership roles in US and Europe. Prior to Centrosolar, Deep led Project Management for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants at their headquarters in Munich, Germany, focusing on growth strategy, due diligence and financial re-structuring for large automotive clients. Deep’s team supported the turn-around strategies for one of the largest global automotive OEMs, as well as the re-organization of a top French global automotive supplier. Deep led the firm’s strategy on powertrain electrification where he engaged with German OEMs and utilities on electric vehicle deployment.
Deep started his career in the automotive industry at DaimlerChrysler, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in Product Engineering, Program Management and Product Strategy for the Chrysler Group headquarters in Michigan. Deep won the prestigious Lynn Tilly Award for Corporate Quality in 2005, and his earlier work on design for high-volume manufacturing of engines was awarded ‘Technology of the Year’ by Industry Week in 2001.
Deep has a Mechanical Engineering degree from IIT Kharagpur, India, Master’s degree in Engineering from Penn State University, and an MBA in Strategy and Finance from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Manasij Kar founded Enact to make sales processes leading to Clean Tech product sales both efficient and intelligent. He leads the technology and delivery activities of Enact. Prior to Enact, Manasij was the Director Sales at Q-Cells in India and also a Solution Architect at i2 Technologies. Manasij holds a B.S. from IIT Kharagpur, India, and also holds an MBA from the University of Cambridge, UK. Besides technology, Manasij is passionate about food and travel!
Before Solar Capital connections Bob ran 212 Solar a residential and commercial developer of projects. In 2010 Bob was in the role of Project Originator for CleanPath Ventures. Responsible for originating, vetting and managing clients prior to financing. Overall responsible for over 103MW’s of projects being financed from 2010-2015. Prior to this, Bob managed multiple sales teams for the largest Independent yellow page company in the US. Responsible for managing sales with a primary focus on B2B premise, telephone sales, inclusive of SEO, SEM, and Reputation Management. Developed new sales teams, markets, and strategies to ensure the companies goals of double digit growth were met..
Bob received a B.S. in Marketing from Saint Joseph’s University, and was a nationally ranked Div I Tennis Player for them.
Rick has a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Technology from Arizona State University and studied for his Masters’ degree in Environmental Science focusing on Energy and Water Management at Oklahoma State University.
Previous to that she held prominent product and technical positions at Siemens, Cisco Systems and various other startups including Airespace that was acquired by Cisco Systems. She started her career as a software engineer. She has a bachelor’s degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and an MBA from the Wharton Business School.”
Drew joined Enact in December 2014. Born in Washington D.C. and raised in Maryland, Drew began working in clean energy shortly after relocating to Southern California in 2007. He has successfully worked to grow State and Federally sponsored energy programs as well as companies in real estate development and finance. Drew is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Economics where he also lettered in Football.
Graduate of the University of North Carolina- Charlotte with a B.A in Communications- Public Relations. Since graduating has spent the last 8 years as a communications specialist with emphasis on office management. Born in Pennsylvania but relocated to the Carolinas where she still resides.
Matt Cheney is the founder and CEO of CleanPath Ventures LLC, a global independent clean power producer and development/finance platform. Prior to CleanPath, Mr. Cheney was the founder and CEO of Fotowatio Renewable Ventures LLC, the United States-based subsidiary of Fotowatio S.A., a Spanish based global solar power developer.
In 2004, Mr. Cheney founded and managed MMA Renewable Ventures, the first and largest solar IPP and tax equity syndicator in the U.S. MMA Renewable Ventures focused on the development, ownership and operation of a multi-million dollar portfolio of large and distributed scale solar, wind, biomass and energy efficiency project investments, and was the first independent syndicator of Solar Tax Equity funds in the US. MMA RV syndicated 5five separate funds totaling over $1 BN in investment capital by 2009, all during Mr. Cheney’s tenure. MMA Renewable Ventures was merged with Fotowatio S.A. in 2010, and then merged with SunEdison in 2011.
Prior to MMA RV, Mr. Cheney was the CEO of NUON Renewable Ventures USA, LLC, while he served as Director of North American Business Development for NUON NV, a Dutch multi-utility based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In that role, he developed and implemented NUON’s North American renewable energy investment strategy while managing U.S. mergers and acquisition strategies as a member of NUON’s global M&A team. Mr. Cheney himself took NUON Renewable Ventures private in 2004 under the name of Renewable Ventures LLC.
Mr. Cheney has more than twenty-five years in the fields of civil engineering, energy, and environment, including experience with the U.S. Agency for International Development in South America, the National Rural electric Co-op Association’s International programs, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Utility PhotoVoltaic Group, now the Solar Electric Power Association. He holds a Master Degree from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and a BS Degree from the American University, both in Washington D.C.
Mihir is the CEO of BlueFin Technologies, Inc., a global technology company. Before joining BlueFin, Mihir was a member of the executive leadership team at Brocade, where he was the Managing Director and VP of Corporate Development & Strategy. Prior to Brocade, Mihir held senior level roles in Corporate Development, Finance, and Sales at IBM. Prior to IBM, Mihir spent the early part of his career in investment banking and private equity. Mihir has a Bachelor’s in Science from University of Southern California and an executive MBA from the University of California, Irvine, and has completed a postgraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Amit has an M.S. in Computer Science from Ohio State University and an MBA from New York University, Stern School of Business. He also holds Bachelor degrees in Electronics and Communications from Birla Institute of Technology, India. In addition to his educational background, Amit is also a Certified Scrum Master, Project Management Professional Certified and a six sigma black belt holder.
He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MSOE in Milwaukee, and a MBA from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, with a concentration in Strategy and Leadership.
In his career before Forgeahead, Ashish was a manager with pcOrder.com where he led an initiative to improve processes for data collection and quality for the internet startup. During his four years with Trilogy Software, Ashish worked in several roles in consulting and product development organizations where he invented a rules-based engine and registered two patents.
He assists startups on their long term architecture planning and service delivery, and also serves as an Advisory Board Member at Wizbots.
Ashish has an MS in computer science from the University of Houston and an undergraduate degree in computer engineering from University of Pune, India.