Ory has deep entrepreneurial experience and a passion to protecting the environment. In 2010 he founded Energy Points Inc. focusing on using quantitative metrics for energy, water and climate. Energy Points created a universal metric for fossil fuel consumption, merging scientific rigor with geospatial data and behavior to optimize both simplicity and accuracy. Lux Research acquired the company in the beginning of 2015. In October 2016, Ory left Lux Research to develop Greenometry.
Prior to Energy Points Ory was the founding CEO of HelioFocus Inc. HelioFocus developed solar thermal solutions for conventional power plants. HelioFocus operated in both Israel and China and was one of the first to raise Chinese investment in an Israeli startup. Ory led the company as CEO from 2007 to 2010 and served on the board of directors until 2015.
Prior to HelioFocus, Ory was the founding CEO of QuantomiX Inc., which he led as CEO from 2000 to 2006. The company, based on his invention, developed a capsule that allows electron microscopes to image wet samples. QuantomiX was the first to visualize cells and tissues in their native/live state using an electron microscope. El-Mul Technologies acquired the company in 2006. The QuantomiX capsule is now used by researchers around the world.
Ory combines passion to environmental activism, science and entrepreneurship. He holds B.Sc. (cum laude) in Physics and Mathematics from Tel Aviv University; M.Sc. (cum laude) and Ph.D. in Physics from the Weizmann Institute of Science, where he received the National Amos De Shalit Physics prize. As a Ph.D. student he founded the Israeli branch of Greenpeace building a clean Mediterranean campaign. He holds worldwide patents and has extensive experience in founding startups based on academic research. He also serves on the advisory board of the Center of Health and Global Environment at The Harvard School of Public Health, as well as on the board and advisory boards of a number of cleantech startups.
Throughout his career, Ehud has built and managed R&D engineering groups of various sizes (up to 200), and in multiple cultures. He developed systems used by various verticals including military, telecom carriers, media companies and, most recently, mass market mobile marketing and retail.
In his role as VP Operations and Professional Service in Quattro Wireless Inc., Ehud contributed to the growth of the company mobile ad platform, leading to its acquisition by Apple Inc. in early 2010.
After leaving Apple, Ehud co-founded Mowingo Inc., a mobile customer engagement platform, which was used by, among other customers, McDonald’s in the US and other countries. He also co-founded and is serving as Senior VP Engineering in Beaconix Inc., an IoT platform company specializing in cloud connected sensors for retail and industrial uses.
Ehud holds a B.S. (cum laude) and M.S. (cum laude) in Engineering from Tel-Aviv University. He served as captain in the Israeli army.
Anna Shpigel, Esq. most recently served as the Special Assistant to the Regional Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) New England Region. She was appointed to this position by the White House in November of 2014. Previously, Ms. Shpigel, as General Counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources: (1) championed the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Production Standard legislation and implementing regulations; (2) developed the Massachusetts Clean Cities Incentive Program facilitating energy efficiency for participating communities; (3) advocated for greater diversity in economically stable energy supplies for consumers; (4) worked with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to promote public school renewable energy education programs; and (5) advocated on behalf of Massachusetts before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as part of the national expansion of wholesale energy market structures.
Ms. Shpigel was awarded a MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 2014 concentrating in energy economics, Climate Change Policy, and expansion of public-private partnerships facilitating renewable energy research, innovative technology, and energy efficiency programs. Ms. Shpigel also holds BA Magna Cum Laude from Brandeis University and JD from Suffolk University Law School.
Ms. Shpigel served as an instructor and mentor for public and private sector energy policy and legal professionals, and participates as an occasional instructor at Harvard University Law School’s Environmental Law and Policy Clinic.
Michael Devlin currently serves as a Director at Kendell & Associates, a family office that provides advisory services to several operating companies including several impact-focused companies.
Michael an investment professional with over twenty years of experience providing investment advice to family offices, institutions and individual investors. Prior to joining Kendell & Associates, Michael was a Director at Ceres Partners, a $500 million private equity fund that manages a portfolio of U.S. farmland properties. Michael was responsible for business development and managing the firm’s messaging program with existing and prospective investors.
Prior to Ceres, Michael was a Director at Spruce Private Investors, an outsourced Chief Investment Officer that managed $2 billion for a select group of high net worth investors and family offices. Michael managed relationships with several large clients and was instrumental in launching the firm’s first formal marketing program.
Prior to Spruce, Michael was a Director in the Commodities and Equity Derivatives division at BNP Paribas. The New York based division structured and traded plain vanilla and exotic derivatives for its client including asset managers, endowments, foundations and family offices. Michael advised clients on the use of bespoke derivative instruments to create tax-efficient hedging strategies and return-enhancing structures.
Michael earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Old Dominion University and an M.B.A. from The Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.
Gidon Eshel, an environmental geophysicist, is a Radcliffe Fellow in earth and planetary science at Harvard. He is best known for his work on quantifying geophysical consequences of food, agriculture and dietary choices. He is broadly considered an expert on (1) physics of climate and climate change; (2) development of algebraic tools for dual optimization of health and environmental outcomes; (3) measures of natural and anthropogenic ecosystem stability and resilience; and (4) the impact of agriculture on land–atmosphere interactions and exchanges of gases, energy, radiation, and momentum.
In addition, in collaboration with colleagues from the Chan School of Public Health at Harvard, Eshel is developing multi-objective metrics of consumer choices. The metrics combine disparate environmental impacts (e.g., greenhouse gas emissions or water and land use) with health outcomes (e.g., cardio- and cerebrovascular diseases or diabetes) in a manner most suitable for using in optimizations designed to improve public health while easing environmental burdens.
Eshel studied physics and earth sciences at the Technion and Haifa University, Israel, before getting an M.A., M.Phil, and a Ph.D. at Columbia University in mathematical geophysics. Eshel was then a recipient of the prestigious NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Harvard Center for Earth & Planetary Physics, a staff scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and faculty at the Dept. of Geophysics, the Univ. of Chicago.
A lifelong avid bicyclist, Eshel lives with his wife and two children in New York’s Hudson Valley, which he fondly describes as “the best place to bike 150 mile/week east of Yosemite”.
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