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David Gilmour, vice president, business development, BP group technology

London, UK

David has a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from Oxford University and has responsibility for technology commercialization and venturing activities at BP, as well as strategy and planning activities for group technology.

Prior to joining group technology in October 2016, David held roles as CEO and COO of Air BP, BP’s aviation fuel supply business. He has also held a number of different roles as marketing and technology director, strategy director, performance unit leader and global sales director for Castrol Marine.

Meghan Sharp, managing director BP ventures – Americas

San Francisco, US

Meghan has a PhD in bacterial genetics, post-doctoral work in plant genetics and an MBA focused on venture. Meghan is responsible for the financial performance of the overall portfolio and she leads on bio-deals for the team.

Meghan sits on the boards of Chromatin Inc., Verdezyne, Biosynthetic Technologies, EOS Climate, Advanced BioCatalytics Corporation and Xact.

Akira Kirton, managing director BP ventures – EMEA

London, UK

Akira has a masters in chemical engineering and a bachelor of law with management and leads the EMEA team. His core sectors of focus are low carbon power, carbon management, and downstream aviation and petrochemicals.

Akira sits on the boards of Solidia Technologies, RocketRoute, Tricoya Technologies and OGCI Climate Investments. He also holds an observer position on the boards of Fulcrum BioEnergy and Skyonic.

Graham Howes, BP ventures principal

London, UK

Graham held a number of technology roles before joining BP in 2000. He focuses on advanced materials plus sensors for BP ventures and has a masters in energy engineering.

Graham sits on the boards of Heliex Power and Fotech and holds an observer position on the board of Modumetal.

Sandra Eager, BP ventures principal

London, UK

Sandra is from a technology background with more than 15 years working in solar, wind and water and covers the latter sector for the ventures team. She has a PhD in chemical engineering.

Sandra sits on the board of Saltworks Technologies and on the advisory board to INFUSE, Carbon Conscious, FCPF and PCF.

Martin Sellers, BP ventures associate

London, UK

Martin leads engagement with BP’s Downstream business and technology teams to analyze promising areas, drive value from portfolio investments and support deployment of these technologies into BP assets. Martin has more than 15 years’ experience in various technology and technology commercialization roles across BP, including Downstream and biofuels businesses.

Martin is a chartered chemical engineer and has a PhD in pharmaceutical production.

Luis Alcoser, BP ventures principal

Houston, US

Luis is the lead for Upstream venturing activities and has 18 years’ of E&P experience leading unconventional and deep water project developments around the world. Luis has a BS degree in natural gas engineering, an ME degree in petroleum engineering, an MBA and a master of finance degree.

Luis sits on the board of BiSN Holdings and holds an observer position on the boards of Xact and Silicon Microgravity.

David Hayes, BP ventures principal

San Francisco, US

David brings 15 years’ experience in financial accounting and reporting and seven years in venture capital investing. He is a Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (FCCA).

David holds a director seat in Mendel Biotechnology and an observer position on the boards of Synthetic Genomics and BrightSource.

Chad Bown, BP ventures investment manager

Houston, US

Chad brings financial leadership and commercial management experience alongside oil and gas operations and business development roles with a specific focus on Upstream. He holds a degree in finance as well as an MBA. Chad holds an observer position on the board of Advanced BioCatalytics Corporation.

David Clouse, BP ventures investment manager

Houston, US

David brings 15 years’ financial and commercial experience to the team, with a focus on alternative energy. He holds a BA in economics and a masters of entrepreneurship and economic development.

Shaun Healey, BP ventures associate

Houston, US

Shaun brings more than 16 years’ experience in technology development, management and commercialization. He holds a BS in biochemistry-molecular biology and an MBA focused on venture management.

Shaun holds an observer position on the board of Cool Planet Energy Systems.

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