Meet the Team
Positive Energy Core Team has the right mix of business, domain and deep tech experience to make this venture a global success. The Founding Members have lead global teams in their respective careers and have successfully built businesses in the Energy sector.
Co-Founder & CEO
Indian national and Singapore PR, Amit Sharma has over 18 years of experience in Market and Business Development leadership roles in the Mobile and ICT Industry. In the last 4 years his focus has been on Digital Transformation technologies such as Industrial IoT, Cloud, Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Blockchain in his global role with Tech Mahindra (a US$ 4.4 billion company with 117,600+ professionals across 90 countries, who are helping 840 global clients - including Fortune 500 companies - in transforming their business for a connected future).
Amit has been with Tech Mahindra since 2009 based out of Singapore and prior to that, he has held various leadership roles with technology companies such as Jamcracker, Subex and Bharti Telesoft in Software-as-a-Service, Telecom OSS/BSS, Revenue Assurance, Fraud Management, Mobile Payments/ Remittance and Value Added Services. Amit has been instrumental in setting up new businesses, joint ventures and opening new markets for the companies he has worked with. Amit is from the class of 1998 of the ICFAI Business School, New Delhi, India.
Co-Founder & CTO
French National, Dan Duong, is a rare breed of entrepreneur and technologist. Able to work just as effectively across Business & Technology, he is a thought leader in using emerging technologies to rapidly solve customers’ challenges & pain points in order to build great customer experiences.
For 14 years, he served as Software Director & Head of Engineering in two large, High-Tech European MNCs (Sagem and Ingenico), driving Innovative Digital Product Development. In the last 10 years, he has served as a Co-Founder, CTO and CEO & has launched successful Startups which have since been acquired. He has extensive experience with incubators, VCs (Venture Capital) and Public Sector innovation actors. He is a highly sought-after advisor to high potential Startups and Corporate Innovation Centers.
Dan holds an MSc in Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Lyon (France) and an MBA from INSEAD where is Entrepreneur-in-Residence.
Chief Financial Officer
American National and Singapore PR, Yue Wang is a former Global Markets Senior Director (SVP) at United Overseas Bank. She brings over 10 years cross-asset (equities, commodities, FX, rates, hybrids & index strategies) investment structuring experience from 4 top-tier global investment banks (including Morgan Stanley & Barclays in Singapore) and 1 Asian commercial bank.
Prior to her investment banking career, Yue spent 5 years working in Silicon Valley, where she held a few different roles as entrepreneur co-founder, project lead and Java software engineer for e-commerce start-ups.
Yue holds 2 BS degrees from the U.S. (Business Administration & Computer Science), an MBA from INSEAD, and a FinTech Future Commerce certificate from MIT.
Vice President - Business Development
Indian national, Gayrajan Kohli has 10 years of experience in the power & renewable space with a special focus on Energy Storage & Efficiency and Project Finance & Policy. At Positive Energy Community Gayrajan leads the Business Development efforts for the Asia Pacific region
Co-Founder and COO
French national, Nicolas Payen has 15 years of experience in both engineering and marketing/commercial leadership roles. His deep-tech journey started in 2008 as the co-founder of a start-up named Efficient Home looking after the emerging market of the Smart Homes / Smart Grid for Schneider-Electric. In 2012 he released the connected residential energy management system named WISER. This connected solution was then deployed in the largest French Smart Grid pilot.
In 2013, he moved to Hong-Kong to head the Smart Space Category for the Asia Pacific and to lead the deployment of a channel partner program for the building technology’s system integrators of Schneider Electric. In March 2016, he became the Global Head of Internet of Things for MANN+HUMMEL, where he lead an Innovation Lab and a Global Competency Centre on smart devices, digital services, big data, and AR/VR. In April 2017, Nicolas created the Future Economy Studio - a digital ventures building company in Singapore. Positive Energy.Community Venture was incubated at the same Studio in Singapore.
Co-Founder and CSO
French National, Pierre-jean Cherret, is VP Smart Energy in ITEMS International, France. He creates new business streams in partnership with start-ups, software companies, public agencies, corporate VCs to foster the energy transition among utilities and local authorities with state of art technologies and business models. He is an affiliate professor of innovation at ESCPE with the “Energy Management” Masters at the London Campus (both Executive and Full-time).
He began his career as Deputy VP of European Marketing Systems at Renault Group and since then acted as Program and Innovation Manager of complex systems in several high-tech industries (such as TOTAL, ENGIE, EDF and SAFRAN), with a specific focus on disrupting innovation. He holds an Executive Master in Energy Markets & Technologies from SUPELEC /CEGOS and an Engineering & Masters Degree in Computer Science from INSA TOULOUSE and ISAE-SUPAERO.
Chief Marketing Officer
French National, Sandra Hassler, is General Manager South East Asia at Zorba Group where she is also the Global Head & EVP of Zorba’s Life Sciences Vertical leading and managing teams involved in Content Creation with Strategy, Creative and Artistic direction, Production and Post-Production.
Prior to joining Zorba as Scientific Marcom Director (Life Sciences vertical) and relocating to Shanghai in 2013, Sandra spent 9 years working in France, where she held various roles in quality assurance/control, market surveillance and vigilance with large corporates such as Boston Scientific and Procter & Gamble.
Sandra did her Executive MBA in Strategic Marketing & Brand Management from Hult International Business School (Shanghai Campus 2014 - 2016) and Pharma D (Doctor of Pharmacy), Microbiology from the University of Paris from 1999 - 2004.