Energy & Natural Resources

Next Meeting
Wednesday September 29, 2021 7:30am - 9:00am US/Central



Juliana Garaizar | Head of Houston Incubator |  VP of Innovation | Greentown Labs Houston | North America’s largest Climatetech incubator

A Kauffman Fellow and Board Member of the Angel Capital Association, Juliana is a Lead Investor of the Portfolia Rising America Fund, Consumer Fund, and Rising Tide Fund. She is the President of the Business Angel Minority Association and an Advisory Board Member of the Cougar Venture Fund and the Houston Diversity Fund. Juliana was the Director of the Texas Medical Center Venture Fund and the Managing Director of the Houston Angel Network

She was the Manager of the Sophia Business Angels network in the French Riviera and of Antipolis Innovation Campus, as well as Project Manager of several International Projects funded by the European Commission. Previously, Juliana worked for 5 years in Singapore: first as an International Trade Consultant for the Trade Commission of Spain in a broad range of industry sectors and then as a Project Manager for the Asia Technology Office of Citigroup, leading projects at the international level. Juliana obtained an MBA at the London Business School, specializing in Entrepreneurship.


Kay (Mann) McCall | Executive Director |

Renewable energy CEO and board member intrigued by change and undaunted by ambiguity. Energy transition bridge builder, energized by learning, creating, and problem-solving.

Most recently served as CEO in a private equity-backed wind energy company, but with big public company credentials. Currently leading the launch of the Renewable Energy Alliance - Houston, a non-profit group formed to connect, promote and grow the renewable energy industry in the Greater Houston area.


Nisha Desai | Founder & CEO | 

Entrepreneurial business executive with an extensive track record in sustainable energy and infrastructure ventures, including distributed generation, microgrids, solar power, energy storage, clean technology, and water. Currently leading a startup that is reinventing the business model for consumers to receive a lifetime of clean energy.

Provider of strategy consulting, business development, and project development services for clients in renewable energy and clean technology. Current areas of focus include solar resources, energy storage, distributed energy, and retail energy markets and services in the energy industry.

Ennuity Holdings is creating a brand new asset class that allows individuals to buy out their electricity bill, channel investment into clean energy infrastructure, and receive an in-kind benefit that beats other fixed-income investments.

Specialties: Distributed generation, solar power, energy storage, wind integration, coal gasification and clean coal, energy policy, carbon regulation, power markets, project development, finance, strategy, entrepreneurship


Alex Mitchell | SVP of Unlocking Innovation |  Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)

Alex Mitchell is the SVP of Unlocking Innovation at Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), where he oversees startup recruitment, incubation programs, and LACI's investments via its Impact Fund and Debt Fund.  Outside of LACI, he authors a weekly newsletter called Su$tainable Mobility on investing in sustainable mobility

Alex joined LACI from Groupe PSA  (now Stellantis) in Paris where he was VP of Corporate Strategy, co-leading the company’s acquisition of Opel from General Motors and leading the company's work on autonomous mobility. Previously he headed the automotive automotive industry vertical at the World Economic Forum, with a focus on autonomous mobility.  Alex has also served VP of retail sales at an LA-based EV startup Coda Automotive, and worked at Toyota Europe and McKinsey.

Alex is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA from the School of Arts and Sciences as Fellow of the Lauder Institute Global MBA program.  He holds a BA from Stanford University.  His rescue dog makes frequent guest appearances on his Zoom calls.


Bankole Oloruntoba | CEO | Nigeria Climate Innovation Center (NCIC)  

Bankole was nominated as the Honorary Consul to the Government of Finland to strengthen the cultural and business relationship between Nigeria and Finland.

Bankole is the Founder of the Network of Incubators and Innovators in Nigeria (NINe) and was the Founding Incubation Center Manager of Enspire Business Incubator, a technology-focused business incubation center under the Abuja Technology Village. He started, developed, and managed the Abuja Tech Ecosystem for 5years since inception in 2013 up until 2018 to create a structured community for innovation-driven entrepreneurs to get the much-needed support as required by startups and also serve as an example of how an ecosystem should be built including serving as a resource pool for the enspire Incubator and other accelerators. In 2018 he was appointed a Member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Technology and Creativity.

In the course of his, work Bankole is currently developing the ecosystem for the emerging Nigerian Green Economy. Managing stakeholders towards building a vibrant and viable green Economy fit for scale and FDI

He is a Co-Founder of Startup Arewa – A startup ecosystem development platform in the Northern Region of Nigeria where he grew up and a thought leader in the area of innovation-driven Startups and Entrepreneurship ecosystems in Nigeria/West Africa. He currently advises over a dozen hubs, innovation, and Startup related Convergences across Nigeria/West Africa. 
Some of Bankole’s international services include:

- Africa Netprenuer Prize Initiative – West Africa Advisor
- Africa Entrepreneurship Awards – Pan African Mentor
- ICT4SI (West Africa Network) – Founding Member
- Goodup (Formerly 1%Club) – Country Partner
- CrossWise Works – Country Partner
- Enviu – Country Partner
- Seedstars Worldwide – Nigerian Ambassador 2015 

Mark Hamzat O. Erogbogbo | Host | Master of Ceremonies | Organisor 

Chairman Energy & Natural Resources Special Interest Group | The FENG

Chairman Private Equity Special Interest Group | The FENG

Chairman Capital Markets Special Interest Group | The FENG

Advisory Board Member | American Association of Petroleum Geologists

Chairman | North American Explorationists | Houston Geological Society

Director | Society of Petroleum Geologists | Investments & Finance 

Advisory Board Member | 

Board Member | 

Managing Partner | 

Managing Partner |




The Energy and Natural Resources SIG covers both traditional oil and gas (E&P, R&M, Pipeline and Transportation) as well as Power (utilities, etc.)

The Energy and Natural Resources SIG covers both traditional oil and gas (E&P, R&M, Pipeline and Transportation) as well as Power (utilities, etc.)


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