Temple Fennell has more than 20 years of experience as an investor and operating executive deploying capital of private investors and family offices in direct investments. Temple founded and operated three companies that were funded by private investors, family offices, and institutional investors (New Enterprise Associates, Oak Investment Partners, Pearson Education and others). Temple most recently served as a full-time strategic advisor for Flagship Ventures, a technology firm that develops technology companies to solve global problems and transform large markets in the energy, water, food and human health sectors. Temple is on the board of the single family office, Keller Enterprises, and active in the family’s deal origination and due diligence processes. Keller Enterprises is an active investor in late-stage venture and project finance deals in the renewable energy, sustainable food/agriculture, and waste-to-value sectors.
Temple is the co-founder and co-director of the World Economic Forum/Harvard education program “Impact Investing for the Next Generation” at the Kennedy’s Center for Public Leaderships training Next Gen family office members how to consider impact investments as part of their direct investment strategy. He helps lead the MIT “Visionary Investing” workshops that are conducted in China, England and the U.S. and is a member of MIT’s Sustainable Finance Group. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of Direct Investment Strategies at conferences including the World Economic Forum, CFA Institute, China Merchants Bank, Campden Wealth Conferences, Family Office Association and others. Temple began his career as a Management Consultant at KMPG in New York and as an analyst for leveraged buy-out firm, Clinton Capital Corporation. Mr. Fennell holds a B.S. in Systems Engineering, University of Virginia, and a MBA as a MIT Sloan Fellow at the MIT Sloan School of Management.