Company - Team


  • Norman Villarina

    Managing Partner

    • Co-Founder, Industry Ventures, LLC
    • Portfolio Manager, Eos Partners, L.P.
    • VP, Wells Fargo Bank
    • Associate, Lehman Brothers
    • Education: BA, University of California, Berkeley
      MBA, Columbia University
  • Doug Wertheimer


    • Co-Founder, Size Technologies, acquired by First Data Corporation in 2006
    • Partner, Mark Burnett Productions, creators and producers of the original reality TV franchises "Survivor" and "Eco-Challenge"
    • Education: AB, Princeton University JD, UCLA School of Law
  • Souheil Abboud

    Principal - V-Fuels

    • Managing Director, VFuels, LLC
    • Middle East Regional Director, EcoSecurities plc
    • Managing Director, Thai Biogas Energy Company Limited
    • Business Development Manager, Al Tayyar Energy
    • Education: BS Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University
      MBA, Athabasca University
  • Tom Guidish

    Operating Partner - Energy International

    • Strong operations background
    • Former COO at Wild Hog Exploration, VP of Operations at Rift Energy and President of Global Oil and Gas Resources, Inc.
    • Former CMO of Ingrain, Inc., and COO of Geodata Consulting from 2002-2007
    • Published over 30 technical papers on seismic and reservoir description and have a US Patent on estimating porosity from seismic.
    • Education: BS West Virginia University and University of Pittsburgh
      MBA from University of St. Thomas
  • Chase Robertson

    Principal - Energy

    • Senior Managing Director, Robertson Global Credit
    • Senior Commercial Banking Officer, Iberia Bank
    • Trading and portfolio management positions Next Financial and Robertson Wealth Management
    • Education: BBA, Texas Tech University
  • Mark Tippett

    Principal - Northstar

    • Founder/President, North Star Development
    • Director of Sales: Verizon, Sprint, Hughes Network Systems, Telia International
    • Commissioned Officer, USAF
    • Education: BS, George Mason University
      MS Engineering, University of Maryland
  • Kingston Wu

    Principal - Maritime

    • Manager, The Siegfried Group
    • Principal Consultant, Oracle
    • Manager, KPMG
    • Education: BA & MBA, University of California, Berkeley
      Certified Public Accountant
  • Fred Zaziski

    Operating Partner - Energy International

    • Managing Director/President/CEO of several energy focused companies since 2000, including Wild Hog Exploration, Rift Energy Corp and Epsilon Energy.
    • Senior positions in Saudi-based Nimir Petroleum and Bahrain-based Halliburton Energy Services Co.
    • Education: BS, Pennsylvania State University
      MBA from Cairo University
  • Joel Abrams

    Principal, MD - Nigeria Solar Capital Partners

    • Director, Ibex Capital
    • Portfolio Analyst, Western Asset Management
    • Fixed Income Analyst, Bloomberg
    • Education: BA, University College London
  • Bolutife Odusanya

    Director - Energy

    • Analyst, Syndicated and Leveraged Finance, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
    • Summer Analyst, Technology, Media and Telecoms Group, Credit Suisse Group
    • Education: BBA, Finance, Howard University
  • Shuling Yao

    Vice President

    • Associate, Industry Capital
    • Summer Analyst, CSIP, a JV between CITIC Securities International and Evercore Partners
    • Education: BS, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
      MS, Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University
  • Taweh Beysolow II

    Director - Digital Assets

    • Co-founder, Riverblock, Inc.
    • Machine Learning Engineer, TrillAI
    • Senior Consultant (Data Scientist), Booz Allen Hamilton
    • Published author of multiple texts on how to apply AI to different use cases
    • Education: BS, St.John’s University, MS, Fordham University
  • Robert Masiello

    Director - Digital Assets

    • Co-founder, Riverblock, Inc.
    • Senior Consultant, Ernst & Young
    • Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
    • Education: BS, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Pradeep Pursnani


    • Deputy Director, Shell Foundation
    • Corporate Strategy & Portfolio, Shell
    • Various Roles in Corporate Strategy, M&A and New Market Development, BP
    • Education: BS, European Business School