Chairman of the Board
Investment director, Sustainable Technologies Fund
Mr. Heinz has been active in the field of sustainable development since 1993, when he began working for William McDonough, the noted green architect and designer, on sustainable design issues and projects. At the same time, Mr. Heinz joined the board of the Vira I. Heinz Endowment, where he oversaw the creation of an environmental grantmaking program for both the Vira I. and Howard Heinz Endowments through a series of 14 topical environmental colloquia that convened leaders from around the world. He continues to serve on the newly merged Heinz Endowments board, and on the Investment Committee, which oversees the management of the combined US$1.5 billion endowment.
Mr. Heinz co-founded in 1995 the first U.S. office of The Natural Step: a Swedish-based non-profit organization specialized in education and consulting around sustainable development. In 1999, after taking a Masters in Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he specialized in Industrial Environmental Management and Industrial Ecology, Mr. Heinz accepted a job offer to run the international office of The Natural Step, out of Stockholm.
In 2004, Mr. Heinz left The Natural Step to focus on U.S. presidential politics as a surrogate spokesperson specialized in environmental policy and candidate platform issues. Since then, he has been focused on his work at Sustainable Technologies Fund.
Mr. Heinz also serves on the Board of Innotech Solar AS.
CEO, Member of the Board
Anders Carlius in one of the two co-founders of REAC Fuel AB. Born in 1972, he also founded and held the CEO position at the TerraNet group.
Dr John Steedman
Adviser to BP Ventures
John is a consultant in technology commercialisation covering corporate venturing, procurement, licensing, and other disciplines that bring a commercial reality to technology. John’s expertise was developed through a 30-year international career in BP in which he held key positions across the technology value chain from strategy development and R&D through to procurement, sales, marketing, and business management.
John’s most recent role was Director Venturing for BP Alternative Energy with responsibility for market scanning through to investment and Board level representation in disruptive early stage technology companies. Several of the ventures benefitted from his deep knowledge of the licensing business model and how to build sustainable IP advantage. He has managed a diverse range of change projects throughout his career including the turnaround of an underperforming business, and the rebranding and repositioning of a technology to promote market leadership.
John is respected as a clear communicator and for his professional, cross-functional approach. He holds a BSc in Environmental Chemistry, a PhD in Organic Chemistry, both from the University of Edinburgh, and an MBA from the Open University.
Has a worked 15 years in the Chemical Industry in Research, Production and Sales. He has worked as VP Sales and Marketing at Chematur (Chemical Engineering Co) He has 20 years experience in Packaging. The last 12 years as CEO of A&R Packaging Group AB (Åkerlund&Rausing, Turnover 470 MEUR, 2000 employees in 18 factories throughout Europe).