Chris is a co-founder and is currently acting CEO of Odyssey Sensors. He has been an advisor, operator and investor in agricultural and environmental companies throughout his career. He has extensive experience in the venture capital space with a focus on impact investment at LGT Impact Ventures and at Ecobrands Capital Partners. Chris also co-founded the Oxford University Seed Fund, an Africa-based farming business (Viridesco), and was a director of Belu Water Limited. Prior to Oxford, Chris studied at Pomona College, where he received his BA. He is a trustee of the Belu Foundation and the SEM Charitable Trust.
Stephen, the inventor of the salinity sensor, is a systems engineer and avid entrepreneur. A 2010 Truman scholar and a 2011 Fitzgerald scholar, Stephen studied engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy and geography and the environment at the University of Oxford. He has been recognized for his various inventions, including the IEEE President’s Change the World Competition and the Harvard Anwarul Quadir Competition for his sustainable arsenic filtration system for drinking water in Bangladesh. Recently, he was the youngest participant to speak at the 2013 TEDxOxbridge event.
Michael has a background in environmental engineering and policy and worked on green civil engineering projects for Sherwood Design Engineering. There he worked on green civil engineering design on projects around the world, from national parks to eco-resorts to cities. He has also co-founded non-profit focused on the developing world (Sherwood Institute). Michael was a Skoll Scholar at the Said Business School and received his dual Bachelors from Duke University.
Steve Smith is Odyssey Sensors’ lead engineer. Steve has served as Chief Technology Officer for Sensor Industries and Vice President Hardware Engineering for Xirrus, Inc. His responsibilities at Odyssey Sensors include design of system architecture, development of all hardware and systems integrations from development through production. Steve leads Odyssey Sensors’ technical development initiatives and oversees the company’s software development activities. He received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University and is a veteran of the tech startup scene.
Holden has eight years of engineering and project management experience in bringing concepts to market, having designed, manufactured, and delivered hand-held unmanned air vehicles to all four military branches with AeroVironment. Transitioning to cleantech, he designed electric vehicle charges for the Nissan Leaf, and started a networking group for entrepreneurs in Los Angeles. After working in the startup environment for a few years, Holden broadened his skillset with an MBA focused in early stage ventures.
Jonathan Crouch is a venture partner with Deep Science Ventures in London where he brings the top scientific innovators (from London, Cambridge and Oxford universities, and elsewhere) together with industry experts and investors to discover opportunities and build the next generation of high growth science based ventures from scratch. Previously, Jonathan was founder and director of Agrinovis, a consultancy focused on building agribusiness solutions to drive international agricultural development. Jonathan’s background is immersed in cutting-edge bioscience research and entrepreneurship best practices that focus international investment on value chains that enhance rural livelihoods in low-income countries. Jonathan holds a BS in agricultural botany from the University of Reading, an MBA from London Business School, and a PhD in biotechnology & plant breeding from the University of East Anglia.
Matthew Scott is team leader at the Bank of England’s Environmental Risks, Prudential Regulation Authority responsible for climate change adaptation reporting. Previously, Matthew was a fellow at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Oxford and a co-founder of Emerge Venture Lab, a social impact accelerator. He completed his undergraduate degree in physics at Manchester and earned an MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Wayne H. Turner has more than 20 years experience leading start-ups, going concerns, and turn-arounds. His career has spanned a wide range of educational, environmental, and social endeavors in the United States and internationally, notably East Africa. In the early part of his career, Wayne built and led a public shellfish restoration and aquaculture project in New England. Later, Wayne served in a number of leadership capacities at Teton Science Schools in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and most recently as executive director of the Ashokan Center in New York.