Our team consists of professionals with diverse backgrounds in business, engineering, software, chemical, and environmental fields. We are a team of entrepreneurs, technologists, operators and financiers.
Vishal Shah is a leading expert in the field of Clean energy and has over 20 years of experience working with companies in the Global Clean Energy sectors as an investor and operator.
Prior to founding Avina Clean Hydrogen, Vishal was a partner at a leading clean energy private equity firm, where he oversaw investments and the build-out of renewable development platforms. Earlier in his career, Vishal held several leadership roles as Managing Director and Head of Global Clean tech coverage at firms such as Deutsche Bank and Barclays Capital.
Vishal has received several nationally recognized awards for excellence in the solar and clean energy sector. He has worked closely with global and state governments in advising Clean Energy policies, particularly in markets such as China, India, Japan, and the U.S. He was a top-ranked Clean tech equity analyst by Institutional Investor from 2009 to 2017.
Vishal has a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and an MBA from INSEAD, France.
Steven Berkenfeld is a seasoned industry veteran within both the clean energy and finance industries, spending more than 30 years at Lehman Brothers/Barclays Capital. Most recently, he served as a managing director in investment banking for Barclays Capital for 11 years. In this role, he was a senior sponsor of its Social Impact Banking Initiative and co-headed the firm’s Cleantech Initiative. He also led the banking effort for emerging industrial technology companies. Previously, he was a managing director at Lehman Brothers where he spent 22 years in various senior roles including chief investment officer of the private equity division, chairman of the Transaction Approval Committee, and head of the Legal, Compliance and Audit departments. From 2012-2018, Berkenfeld also was a board member and chair of the Sierra Club Foundation, a non-profit entity whose mission is to promote efforts to educate and empower people to protect and improve the natural and human environment.
Bob Oesterreich is the Vice President of Global Hydrogen Sales for Chart Industries. Bob is responsible for executing Chart’s global hydrogen equipment sales strategy in the hydrogen energy markets. His responsibilities include identifying new markets for growth, developing key partnerships, identifying strategic investments, and creating new product offerings along the hydrogen energy value chain. Bob has over 25 years of experience in industrial gas applications, and business development across a variety of industries, including hydrogen energy, steelmaking, aluminum and photovoltaics. Prior to joining Chart, Bob spent 20 years developing the US hydrogen energy business for Air Liquide. This included developing new hydrogen supply chains, building and operating hydrogen hubs and vehicle fueling stations. Bob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering.
Vivek Sharma is the former CEO of InStride, a public benefit company that works with major employers to provide their workforce with higher-education opportunities — including degree and certificate programs at global universities — which enhance careers and help create a more diverse and inclusive workplace.
Prior to co-founding InStride in 2019, Sharma worked for 6 years at The Walt Disney Company, where he was the senior vice president of Digital Guest Experience and eCommerce, with accountabilities across theme parks, resorts, cruises, guided travel adventures, restaurants, and retail businesses globally. Prior to joining Disney, he spent 4 years with Yahoo as general manager for Yahoo Mail and Messenger, and vice president of Yahoo Search products. Earlier in his career, Sharma served as an associate partner with the technology practice of McKinsey & Company in its Chicago and Singapore offices.
Sharma received his bachelor’s degree in technology from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, in New Delhi, and holds a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD in France.
Sharma serves on the board of JetBlue Airways, including as chair of the Technology Committee. Sharma also has served as an adjunct professor of data science at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business since 2016. He is the author of 2 books: “C-SPARK: CEO-led Workforce Education for the AGE of AND” and “WIREFRAMED: Simplifying Digital Innovation for Business Leaders.”
Thomas Feiler is a seasoned professional with an impressive 25-year background in the electric power industry. He has held senior positions within Independent Power Production companies and has garnered extensive experience advising executives in both regulated and deregulated power markets across the United States, Europe, and Asia. With a remarkable portfolio of over 8,000 MW of new wind, solar, and battery storage projects in the US, Thomas has played a pivotal role in spearheading development and origination activities. His expertise extends beyond project management, as he is nationally recognized as an authority on energy policy. As a frequent speaker and author, Thomas has contributed significantly to publications addressing various aspects of electric power, natural gas, and regulated industries. Furthermore, Thomas's valuable insights have been sought after in legal settings, where he has provided expert testimony and litigation support to numerous state and federal government agencies, including the United States Senate and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. His extensive knowledge and expertise make him a trusted resource in navigating the complexities of the energy sector. Thomas holds an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and dual B.A. degrees in Political Science and Philosophy, summa cum laude, from the University of Denver.
Prasad Devineni is a highly accomplished professional with a Ph.D. in Chemical and Fuels Engineering and over 35 years of experience in the chemical industry. His expertise lies in global manufacturing/operations, marketing and sales for chemicals, particularly in the areas of methanol, syngas, and chemicals/catalysts. Prasad has successfully managed and executed large-scale chemical plant planning, construction, operation, project financing, global marketing, sales and logistics, procurement, and commercial contracts throughout his career. His role as Chief Projects Officer at US Methanol and Managing Director at New Heaven Chemicals are testament to his skills in executing and operating chemical plants.
A Professional with 27 years demonstrated history of successful working across energy fields of fossil fuel-based power generation, renewables and hydrogen energy. Held leadership positions in Strategy & Implementation, Projects Management, Design and Engineering, Business Development and Head of Strategic Business Unit (SBU) functions in large diversified organization.
Joined AVINA Clean Hydrogen in May 2023 and is leading the electrolyser technology and manufacturing initiatives, project development, basic engineering, FEED and detailed engineering, contracts and execution for green hydrogen and green ammonia projects. Also assisting AVINA in building and recruiting for the new India office.
Michael Ginsberg is an accomplished professional with over 15 years of experience in developing utility-scale solar + storage and DC-coupled microgrid projects worldwide. He holds a Doctor of Engineering Science from Columbia University where he specialized in the techno-economics and scalability of polymer electrolyte membrane electrolyzer systems. He has a novel patent pending for a carbon capture green hydrogen system, is a LEED AP O+M, CEM, NABCEP PV Installation Professional, and holds a MS in Sustainability Management from Columbia University. He is the author of two books on renewable energy, Harness It: Renewable Energy Technologies and Project Development Models Transforming the Grid and Solar Photovoltaic Power Optimization.
Karen White is a distinguished New York-barred attorney with over 15 years of professional experience and expertise in energy regulation and law. With a background in business development, Karen excels in managing diverse resources, restructuring operations, and executing complex projects to facilitate corporate objectives. Her comprehensive skill set spans a wide range of energy-related domains, including wholesale and retail electric and gas operations, ISO services, public policy creation, renewable energy, hydrogen project development, and corporate contracts. Her keen eye for continual resource development and drive for success make her a trusted advisor in the energy sector, enabling organizations to navigate and thrive amidst the complexities of the evolving energy landscape. She holds a juris doctorate and a master's degree in energy regulation and law from Vermont Law School, as well as a bachelor's degree in arts from Vanderbilt University.
Venkat Pattabathula is an accomplished Process Engineer with over 40 years of experience in the nitrogen manufacturing industry. His expertise spans various areas, including ammonia, urea, hydrogen, gas processing, and energy transitions. Venkat's leadership skills and technical acumen have enabled him to successfully lead projects of different scales, implement cost-saving measures, and drive value engineering. His professional affiliations, such as Engineers Australia and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, demonstrate his commitment to continuous learning and industry involvement. Venkat is a chartered professional engineer (CPE) of Engineers Australia and a registered professional engineer of Queensland (RPEQ), and a life member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Venkat was elected to the AIChE Ammonia Safety Committee in 2005 and has been on the committee since then. He is also on AIChE's Editorial Advisory Board of Chemical Engineering Progress (CEP) magazine. He holds a post-graduate degree (M.Tech) in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and a certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Advisor, Former Chief Strategy Officer Linde; Praxair
Advisor, Former Chief Strategy Officer Linde; Praxair
Ram Ramprasad brings extensive market knowledge and key relationships to the table, leveraging his more than 25 years of experience in business development, customer relationships, and operational leadership in the industrial gas industry. Previously holding roles such as Senior Vice President, Capex & Strategy at Linde Plc and Global Head of Business Development for the on-site business, Ram has been instrumental in driving investments and sales growth. Currently, serves as the Chief Commercial Officer at Twelve and an Operating Partner with ARA Partners, de-carbonization focused firms. His academic achievements include Master's and Doctorate degrees in chemical engineering from MIT.
Sujith is an accomplished electrical engineer with three decades of experience in the EPC industry conducting design engineering for major international refinery, petrochemical and oil and gas projects. Throughout his career he has taken on projects of increasing complexity, most recently spending twenty years working as a Lead Engineer in a diverse set of projects ranging from hydrogen and traditional power production to LNG projects.
He is a critical resource in large, complex EPC projects. He leverages his experience and engineering skills to improve the execution results and financial outcomes of the projects he leads. He firmly believes that transitioning away from fossil fuels to renewables is the key to a brighter and sustainable future.
Sujith joined the India office in early September and will invest his time in Avina’s strategic growth in engineering excellence.
Krishna Pal Verma is a dynamic Chemical Engineer with 12+ years of experience in Hydrogen and Ammonia Process Engineering. Currently, he serves as a key member of Avina Clean Hydrogen India Pvt. Ltd., specializing in process optimization and technical services. With a strong background in designing and engineering efficient systems, Krishna Pal Verma contributes to the successful execution of green hydrogen projects. His expertise in process technology and commitment to safety and quality make him a valuable asset in driving innovation and excellence in process engineering at Avina Clean Hydrogen India Pvt. Ltd
Former Chairman and CEO of Cummins, Chair of Hydrogen Council
Former Chairman and CEO of Cummins, Chair of Hydrogen Council
Tom Linebarger is Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Cummins, a global technology leader in engines, filtration and power generation products, and was the CEO for more than 10 years until he stepped down in August of 2022. As CEO, Tom refocused the company, positioning it to be a leader in zero and low-carbon solutions. Under Tom’s leadership, Cummins developed Destination Zero, the company’s strategy to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. To achieve this goal, Cummins is offering customers a range of solutions required for the energy transition including advanced diesel, natural gas and fuel agnostic engine platforms. Cummins recently announced a hydrogen internal combustion technology that includes a 15L hydrogen engine, which will go into full production in 2027. The company has also announced several fuel cell partnerships with Daimler Truck North America, Komatsu and Scania as well as converting Air Products’ 2,000-truck delivery fleet to fuel cell electric vehicles. In addition, Cummins is manufacturing a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain for use in North America and continues to build a leading presence in the electrolyzer business.
In addition to his work at Cummins, Tom is actively involved with several global and local organizations. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Harley Davidson. In 2021, Tom was appointed Chair of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) and Co-Chair of the Global Hydrogen Council, a global CEO-led coalition working to accelerate the energy transition through hydrogen. The Hydrogen Council includes CEOs from over 300 companies in sectors including automotive, gas, utility and technology companies. Tom previously served as Chair of the U.S.-China Business Council from 2020 to 2022.
Susan Dio is a proven executive with 25+ years’ experience in international refining, petrochemicals, and oil and gas. Prior to her retirement in 2020, Susan was Chairman and President of BP America where she had responsibility for all BP businesses in the U.S. In addition, she worked with policymakers, partnerships and trade associations on trade, and energy policy, as well as navigating the energy transition toward a low-carbon future. As Chairman of the BP America Board, she focused on setting strategic direction and oversight of material risk across the 350 US subsidiaries. Between 2015 and 2018, Susan was CEO of BP Shipping, which managed the fleet of BP-operated and chartered vessels that moved over 200 million tons of products around the globe each year. As CEO, she reset the organization’s strategy and operations and modernized the company’s fleet, delivering 26 new, highly efficient tankers. Other roles Susan held at BP include Head of Audit for refining and marketing and Managing Director of a refinery in Australia. She holds a degree in chemical engineering.
Warren East retired as the CEO of Rolls-Royce in December 2022. Warren initially joined the company as a board member in 2014 after retiring as the CEO of semiconductor company ARM and later, stepped into the CEO role in 2015. Rolls-Royce manufactures aircraft engines as well as engines for boats, trains, large land vehicles and nuclear submarine reactors. As CEO, Warren pushed to modernize the company and to embrace sustainability. He committed to becoming a net-zero carbon company by 2050, and with the future of the business in mind, invested money in R&D around new aero engine design and in nuclear power, and established a sustainable solutions business in the Power Systems division, to develop micro grid solutions including hydrogen electrolyzers and fuel cells. The company created a new business to focus on electrical aviation and broke the world record for the fastest electric flight. Recently Rolls-Royce demonstrated a gas turbine aero engine running on 100% hydrogen and in the meantime, is also enabling all its aero engines to run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) as well as working across the industry to establish the SAF ecosystem.
Mario Longhi is a highly accomplished executive with extensive experience in the steel, industrial, mining, automotive, transportation, aerospace, and energy markets. Most notably, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of US Steel Corporation, where he played a pivotal role in the company's success. Throughout his tenure at United States Steel Corporation, Mr. Longhi held various senior positions, including President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to his time at US Steel Corporation, he was the CEO at Gerdau Ameristeel Corporation and as Vice President and Group President, Global Extrusions at Alcoa, where he served in increasingly responsible roles over a 20 year period. Mr. Longhi accumulated extensive experience and expertise in strategic planning, business development, and operations management further highlighting his ability to provide valuable insights and guidance in diverse industries.
Mr. Longhi holds both undergraduate and master's degrees in metallurgical engineering from Instituto Mauá de Tecnologia.
Mr. Longhi's exceptional qualifications, including his senior management expertise, strategic acumen, and deep industry knowledge, make him a valuable asset. His remarkable journey and contributions to the corporate world stand as a testament to his exceptional leadership and business acumen.