To ring in the new year, Clean Energy Ventures is excited to announce two strategic hires on our investment team. Join us in welcoming investors Micha Ben-Naim and Wynston Reed, who will provide portfolio company sourcing, due diligence and post-investment support to take world-changing, gigaton-saving, technology innovations from lab to commercial scale.
With years of experience applying fundamental materials science and chemical engineering to clean energy technologies, Micha has worked with technologies spanning green hydrogen production, photovoltaics, batteries, fuel cells, and carbon conversion. Prior to joining CEV, Micha worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a postdoctoral researcher in the Materials Science Division, specializing in electrochemistry and x-ray spectroscopy applied to projects in corrosion, electrochemical CO2 conversion, and water electrolysis. During his graduate work at Stanford University, Micha researched solar-driven electrochemical hydrogen production technologies.
Micha holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Micha is an author of numerous publications in scientific journals.
Wynston began his career as a management consultant at Grant Thornton, where he supported multinational energy companies and led federal credit program accounts. As a consultant, Wynston led research efforts for engagements on behalf of the Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office. Before joining CEV, Wynston was a Summer Associate Investor at Energy Impact Partners and worked across their Elevate Future and Flagship funds. Along with supporting sourcing and due diligence efforts, Wynston developed a database that tracks climate tech startups with diverse founders. As a graduate student at MIT, Wynston was the Business Strategy Lead at Arkea Bio, where he led product financialization and grant funding efforts.
Wynston graduated with a Master’s of Finance from the MIT Sloan School of Management as an awarded Dean’s Fellow. As an undergraduate, Wynston graduated with dual degrees in Finance and International Business from the University of Maryland. During his academic career, Wynston founded the Collegiate Financial Management Association, a student-run organization that educates university and high school students on financial literacy and the basics of investing.
“On behalf of the entire Clean Energy Ventures team, we’d like to extend a warm welcome to Micha and Wynston. We’re incredibly fortunate to have two talented individuals joining our team at such a critical time,” said Daniel Goldman, Co-founder and Managing Partner at Clean Energy Ventures. “Micha’s technical expertise and Wynston’s energy sector background are true assets to the team. We’re looking forward to shared successes with both Micah and Wynston this year and many beyond.”