Lina Constantinovici, MBA is a Founding Partner in BVC Fund - a early-stage impact investment fund, Founder of the Risk and Value Creation Institute – a think and do tank focused on aligning economic activity with our planetary systems, and StartupNectar - an incubator focused on commercializing biomimetic water, energy, and materials science technologies. StartupNectar was selected as a finalist in the NASA/SSV Showcase of Solutions for Planetary Sustainability in 2013. With over 20 years cross-sector experience focused on building an economy that creates conditions conducive to life, Lina has been a pioneer and thought leader in biomimetic innovation and commercialization, sustainability strategy advising for global brands like W Hotels and Walmart, sustainability standards design for the EPA, strategic foresight advising, and legislation towards the city’s zero waste goals at the municipal level through San Francisco Department of Environment. Over the past decade, Lina has worked with early-stage cleanthech ventures as a startup advisor, a mentor and judge for the Cleantech Open, and Advisory Board member for SXSW Eco’s Startup Central. Lina is a frequent speaker and university lecturer, and has developed curricula for macro-economic sustainability, systems thinking, entrepreneurship, biomimetic innovation, and impact investing.
Scientific and Innovation Advisor
Ioana Cozmuta, Ph. D is the Industry Innovation and Microgravity Lead at STC, Space Portal, NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. Through her skill set she provides independent, fair broker validation (due diligence) of a wide portfolio of technologies, primarily space related. She informs, connects and advocates in support of the commercial success of space technologies to help build a robust economy in Earth’s orbits and create meaningful partnerships for success of NASA missions. Ioana is one of the most knowledgeable experts on microgravity research and applications in the world today. Dr. Cozmuta developed the innovative concept of “Verticals of Microgravity” to translate and infuse microgravity driven discoveries in various verticals of the private sector and introduced the measure of “Economic Readiness Level” as a selection criteria for maturing technologies based on their understanding of their economic potential. Ioana earned a PhD in Physics at Groningen University, the Netherlands and studied Computational Chemistry at California Institute of Technology. Through her work at Stanford Genome Technology Center she joined NASA Ames Research Center for Nanotechnology. She was the first to bring computational chemistry methods in the field of Reentry Systems (first chair of the prestigious Gordon Research Conferences on Atmospheric Reentry Physics), developed and implemented fundamental models for gas-surface interactions and material response providing technical leadership to missions such as Stardust and Mars Science Laboratory. Ioana is a featured TedEx "Future Spoiler” speaker (Our Kind Future Through the Eyes of Space), has over 70 publications and numerous talks in the US and abroad.
Author of "The Nature of Value", advisor to hedgefunds, MIT Media Lab Fellow
over 20 years of experience in financial services specializing in quantitative portfolio management, Blockchain, trading technology and innovation.
created SolarCoin, a global solar energy incentive program using blockchain technology. The Solarcoin program is the largest community based energy incentive program at $4 billion deployed in 19 countries..
Steve Hipskind, PhD
former Head of Earth Sciences at NASA Ames. Dr. Steve Hipskind is an expert on climate change and the effects of global warming with over 20 years of experience in atmospheric research. He formerly headed up NASA’s Earth Science Division where he spent the last 27 years of his career.
sustainability advisor and technology expert
Formerly a Vice President at The Boston Consulting Group, Director at Arthur D. Little, and a founding executive at Sprint International and with Wiltel, Kleeman has been involved with numerous technology companies in North America as advisor and executive.
honored as the 2015 UN Social Finance Innovator of the Year and serves on the boards of nearly a dozen impact-driven companies across the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. Kavita has more than a decade of impact investment and fixed income product innovation experience at McKinsey, The World Bank, HSBC, and IFC. She has been an integral part of the first green bond, carbon swap and social-impact bond teams at the World Bank and IFC.