Climate Tech Panel Discussion, HBS Alumni Angels
Join the HBS Alumni Angels on 11 October 2022 at Deloitte Ventures to uncover the opportunities and challenges posed by Climate Tech with a panel of entrepreneurs and investors.
The decarbonisation of the planet is set to be the next significant disruption of the 21st Century. Unlike other sectors, Climate Tech touches nearly every sector and industry – to a certain extent, everything can fall under “Climate Tech”, and it can be difficult to provide a strict and narrow definition of the sector. It is now clear that we must rethink all aspects of our life to reach the planet’s most pressing climate goals and limit global warming to 1.5 degrees, and the Tech community has taken notice. Climate Tech funding went from $1.1bn in 2017 to $11bn in 2021 in Europe alone and now represents an unprecedented opportunity for entrepreneurs and investors willing to back them, but the challenges remain significant.
Arne Morteani, Founding Partners of Kiko Ventures, Lara Naqushbandi, CEO of Energy Transition Fuels and Raphael Güller, Sweep‘s co-founder and Chief Design Officer, will discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by Climate Tech.
Founding Partner, Kiko Ventures
Arne is a Founding Partner at Kiko Ventures, a $450 million evergreen VC dedicated to climate tech investing. Kiko was set up recently by three climate tech veterans and uses an innovative structure to address some of the most challenging, but also most rewarding, opportunities in climate tech. Arne has been in climate tech for 20+ years, as an investor, a consultant, and a scientist. His current board roles at Kiko include Vytal Global, the world’s largest reuse system for food packaging.
Before Kiko, Arne was a General Partner at cleantech pioneer ETF Partners for 14 years, where he invested in over 50 transactions across all stages, sectors, and regions. Investments at ETF included sustainable leather firm E-leather, grid software developer Greenbird, and logistics platform Movinga. Prior to ETF, Arne was a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group in London. He originally started his career as a scientist, leading a research team at Cambridge University developing novel solar cells.
Arne holds a Diploma in physics with distinction from Munich University, a PhD in materials science from Cambridge where he was a Gates Scholar, and a Finance MBA from London Business School. He is a founder of the Cambridge Tech Ventures Conference and the European Venture Capital Network.
CEO of Energy Transition Fuels
Lara is the CEO of Energy Transition Fuels, an ambitious start-up aiming to disrupt current approaches to decarbonisation and become Europe’s largest and lowest cost producer of green fuels. Prior to her current position, she spent almost two decades financing and developing large infrastructure projects at Goldman Sachs, Climate Change Capital and Rio Tinto. More recently she was at Google, where her roles included being the UK CFO, running Google’s UK retail business and being the Google UK Executive lead for Sustainability. Outside of work, Lara spends most of her time crowd-controlling her 3 – often feral – children and cheering on her husband Abdul in his support of Liverpool FC. She has a BA and MBA from Harvard.
Sweep Cofounder and Chief Design Officer
Raphael is Sweep’s cofounder and Chief Design Officer, where he’s using his passion for business, psychology, and design to help large companies reduce carbon emissions – both in their business and across the value chain.
This event is organised by the Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of London and is open to everyone.