Executive Leadership & Management

Rinaldo Brutoco

FOUNDER, PRESIDENT & CEO

Co-Founder/Board, JUST Capital; Chair, Finance & Audit Committee; 15+ years – Renewable energy; 25+ years – Business growth specialist: 3.5+ Bn; Founder and CEO of World Business Academy.

Joe Massaquoi

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICIER

CFO, Boom Supersonic; CFO, Initium Aerospace (Boeing/Safran JV); Director, Corporate Development, Boeing; M&A, Credit Suisse & Deutsche Bank; 25+ years financing growth-stage, energy and aerospace companies.

Marie Case

CPO & EVP ADMIN​

Chair, World Business Academy, Founder, Case Leadership; 30+ years – Change initiatives, M&A leadership, FTSE & Fortune 100; SVP, CSC Index; Led integrations for multiple BP acquisitions.

Robert Shelton

VP, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

President, ShangriLa Group; Former CEO, Private Access, Inc.; Founding Director, VP Licensing, Allcare Health Mgt Systems; Named inventor, 14 issued patents.

Matt Knapp

CHIEF ENGINEER

Aeronautical engineer, Former Chief Engineer and Co-Founder, Zunum Aero hybrid electric aircraft company; Former Lead Designer of ATV Javelin light jet and chief aerodynamicist. MIT Engineering.

Mitch Ewan

SENIOR TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Hydrogen Systems Program Manager, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute; former Co-Chairman of National Hydrogen Association; former submarine commanding officer.

Jerry B. Brown, Ph.D.

MANAGING DIRECTOR SPAIN & PORTUGAL

Founding Professor, Florida International University; coauthor, Freedom from Mid-East Oil;   40 years’ experience in renewable energy including advisory services to emerging enterprises.

Dawa Tarchin Phillips

MANAGING DIRECTOR, GERMANY

Founder, Empowerment Holdings; Co-Founder, IMTA; Co-Founder of UCSB’s Center for Human Potential; 14+ years – Conscious capital entrepreneur.

Mike Pfau

CORPORATE COUNSEL

Founding partner, Reicker, Pfau, Pyle & McRoy law firm; outside general counsel for technology and manufacturing businesses, with extensive public and private offerings experience.

Board of Directors

Peter Georgescu

CHAIRMAN, BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Author, brand management specialist; Former CEO and Chairman Emeritus, Young & Rubicam, one of the world’s most effective marketing communications companies.

Bob Fornaro

DIRECTOR

Former CEO of Spirit Airlines; former Chairman & CEO of AirTran Airlines; prior executive roles at Southwest Airlines, Trans World Airlines, US Airways and Braniff.

Ángel Gurría

DIRECTOR, GLOBAL STRATEGIC ADVISOR

President, Paris Peace Forum;​ Secretary-General (2006-21) of the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); formerly Minister of Finance, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mexico.

John Lancastar

DIRECTOR

Managing Partner of Oyster Creek; former Partner at Riverstone Holdings. Boards of Oasis Petroleum & Crestwood Equity Partners, Dean’s Advisory Board McCombs School of Business at UT.

Martin Whittaker

DIRECTOR

Founding CEO of JUST Capital; Member of Forbes Finance Council; previous named to NACD Directorship 100; 25+ years’ at the intersection of global business, finance, philanthropy & ESG.

VADM Phil Wisecup (USN, Ret.)

DIRECTOR, DASSAULT LIASON

Retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral; past-President of U.S. Naval War College; former Naval Inspector General; and Director of the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group.

Rinaldo Brutoco

DIRECTOR, PRESIDENT & CEO

Co-Founder/Board, JUST Capital; Chair, Finance & Audit Committee; 15+ years – Renewable energy; 25+ years – Business growth specialist: 3.5+ Bn; Founder and CEO of World Business Academy.

Marie Case

VICE CHAIRMAN, CPO & EVP

Chair, World Business Academy, Founder, Case Leadership; 30+ years – Change initiatives, M&A leadership, FTSE & Fortune 100; SVP, CSC Index; Led integrations for multiple BP acquisitions.

Selected Senior Advisors

Dr. Abas Goodarzi

AVIATION & FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGY

President/CEO, US Hybrid; a 30-year veteran of the electric & fuel cell industries, including as Technical Director of GM’s EV1 program and Senior Scientist at Hughes Aircraft.

Janice Lin

ENERGY STORAGE

Founder and CEO of the Green Hydrogen Coalition and professional services firm Strategen, Co-Founder of the California Energy Storage Alliance and Global Energy Storage Alliance.

Massimo Masini

AEROSPACE

Vice President Operations and General Manager, TECT Aerospace; former General Manager of B/E Aerospace (now Collins Aerospace); Head of Global Manufacturing Operations, CTC Global Composite; and adjunct MBA professor at CSULB.

Thomas J. Neff

TALENT & EXECUTIVE SEARCH

Chairman of Spencer Stuart, one of the world’s leading global executive search and leadership consulting firms, where he focuses on CEO and board of director consulting and searches.

Satish Korde

GLOBAL ADVISOR

Founder and CEO at GTB marketing agency; former Global Client Director at WPP; Clients include Ford, Mazda, Barilla, Gillette, AT&T, United Airlines, Citibank and Colgate.

Tom Soto

STRATEGY

Long-time investor and pioneering voice in the impact and clean tech sectors, including having owned and managed four PE funds, founder of LA Clean Tech Incubator, and Managing Directory at TCW.

Jim Villanueva

SOCIAL IMPACT & INVESTMENTS

Managing Director, Global Partnerships Social Venture Fund; former Executive Director, Eleos Foundation Social Venture Fund; impact investor and entrepreneur in growth companies.

Joe Powell, Ph.D.

HYDROGEN RESEARCH

Former Chief Scientist for Shell Oil, who during his 36-year career led R&D programs; Chair of the U.S. Dept of Energy’s Hydrogen Technical Advisory Committee; former Director of American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Collaborators

Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE® Company, is a catalyst for human progress. It provides business and people with collaborative 3D virtual environments to imagine sustainable innovations. Through its world-leading solutions that transform the way products are designed, produced, and supported, and creating virtual twin experiences of the real world with its 3DEXPERIENCE platform and applications, its customers push the boundaries of innovation, learning and production. Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 290,000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 140 countries. For more information, visit its website at www.3ds.com. H2 Clipper is a participant in the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab accelerator program. For details, see Press Release.

XD Innovation (XDI) is a Dassault Systèmes Values Solution Partner that assists its customers to innovate more efficiently by supplying the best-in-class technologies powered by the Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE® PLATFORM. XDI provides software, contact engineering and consulting services to create product development technologies, equip 3D Design, engineering, 3D CAD, Modeling, Simulation, Data Management, Process Management, and Quality and Compliance. For more information about XDI, see its website at www.xdinnovation.com.

The World Business Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focusing on the role and responsibility of business in relation to solving critical environmental, energy security and social challenges. Formed in 1986, the Academy has a 30-year track record of leadership as a think tank and action incubator. The Academy’s direct focus on climate change, energy security and its advocacy for green hydrogen as the only planetary-wide clean energy source that could replace fossil fuels began with its seminal analysis of the most important threats to human survival and global renewable energy systems, culminating in its 2007 publication of Freedom from Mideast Oil. For more information about the Academy, see its website at www.worldbusiness.org.

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Management Team

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Rinaldo Brutoco

Director, President & CEO

Co-Founder/Board, JUST Capital; Chair, Finance & Audit Committee; 15+ years – Renewable energy; 25+ years – Business growth specialist: 3.5+ Bn; Founder and CEO of World Business Academy.

Joe Massaquoi

Chief Financial Officer

CFO, Boom Supersonic; CFO, Initium Aerospace (Boeing/Safran JV); Director, Corporate Development, Boeing; M&A, Credit Suisse & Deutsche Bank; 25+ years financing growth-stage, energy and aerospace companies.

Marie Case

Vice Chair & CPO/ EVP Admin​

Founder, Case Leadership; 30+ years – Change initiatives, M&A leadership, FTSE & Fortune 100; SVP, CSC Index; Led integrations for multiple BP acquisitions; Chair, World Business Academy.

Robert Shelton

Vice President, Intellectual Property & Partnerships​

President, ShangriLa Group; Former CEO, Private Access, Inc.; Founding Director, VP Licensing, Allcare Health Mgt Systems; Named inventor, 14 issued patents.

Matt Knapp

Chief Engineer

Aeronautical engineer, Former Chief Engineer and Co-Founder, Zunum Aero hybrid electric aircraft company; Former Lead Designer of ATV Javelin light jet and chief aerodynamicist.

Mitch Ewan

Director of Hydrogen Infrastructure Solutions

Hydrogen Systems Program Manager, Hawai’i Natural Energy Institute; former Co-Chairman of National Hydrogen Association; former submarine commanding officer.

Dawa Tarchin Phillips

Managing Director, Germany

Founder, Empowerment Holdings; Co-Founder, IMTA; Co-Founder of UCSB’s Center for Human Potential; 14+ years – Conscious capital entrepreneur.

Jerry B. Brown, Ph.D.

Managing Director, Spain & Portugal

Founding Professor, Florida International University; coauthor, Freedom from Mid-East Oil;   40 years’ experience in renewable energy including advisory services to emerging enterprises.

Erika Kelleher

Talent Acquisition

25+ years – Recruiting in the aviation and aerospace industries; 20+ years – Founder/Owner of boutique recruiting firm; former Head of Talent Acquisition, Boom Supersonic.

Mike Pfau

Chief Counsel

Managing Partner of Oyster Creek; former Partner at Riverstone Holdings. Investment banker; expert in the energy sector. Sits on the Board’s of Oasis Petroleum, Crestwood Equity Partners, & on the Dean’s Advisory Board McCombs School of Business at UT.

Board of Directors

Peter Georgescu

Chairman​

Author, brand management specialist; Former CEO and Chairman Emeritus, Young & Rubicam, one of the world’s most effective marketing communications companies.

Marie Case

Vice Chair & CPO/ EVP Admin​

Founder, Case Leadership; 30+ years – Change initiatives, M&A leadership, FTSE & Fortune 100; SVP, CSC Index; Led integrations for multiple BP acquisitions; Chair, World Business Academy.

Rinaldo Brutoco

Director, President & CEO

Co-Founder/Board, JUST Capital; Chair, Finance & Audit Committee; 15+ years – Renewable energy; 25+ years – Business growth specialist: 3.5+ Bn; Founder and CEO of World Business Academy.

Ángel Gurría

Director, Global Strategic Advisor

President, Paris Peace Forum;​ Secretary-General (2006-21) of the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); formerly served as Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mexico.

Bob Fornaro

Director

Former CEO of Spirit Airlines; former Chairman, President and CEO of AirTran Holdings and its subsidiary, AirTran Airlines; formerly held key strategic and/or operating positions at Trans World Airlines, US Airways and Braniff.

John Lancastar

Director​

Managing Partner of Oyster Creek; former Partner at Riverstone Holdings. Investment banker; expert in the energy sector. Sits on the Board’s of Oasis Petroleum, Crestwood Equity Partners, & on the Dean’s Advisory Board McCombs School of Business at UT.

Martin Whittaker

Director​

Founding CEO, JUST Capital; Sr. advisor to Edelman; A leader in corporate sustainability & ESG investing; 25+ years’ at the intersection of global business, finance, philanthropy & social/environmental impact; Sits on the G7 Impact Taskforce’s Working Group on Impact Transparency and Integrity.

VADM Phil Wisecup (USN, Ret.)

Director, Dassault Liason

Retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral; past-President, U.S. Naval War College; former Naval Inspector General; and Director of the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group.

Advisory Council

Thomas J. Neff

Advisory Board Member

Chairman of Spencer Stuart, one of the world’s leading global executive search and leadership consulting firms, where he focuses on CEO and board of director consulting and searches.

Bob Colucci

Advisory Board Member

Formerly President of H2 Clipper and Harte Hanks Logistics; formerly CEO of PuRxCell Regenerative Medicine Company and the Institute of Regenerative Medicine; retired US Navy Captain.

Diane Cirincione, Ph.D.

Advisory Board Member

Organizational Behaviorist, Clinical Psychologist, Private Entrepreneur, former management positions in aviation transportation, internationally recognized clinician, lecturer, and author who has worked in 61 countries over 40 years.

Bob Boyd

Advisory Board Member

Internationally recognized expert in hydrogen delivery systems, safety codes and standards; former Chairman of Hydrogen Industry Panel on Codes and CGA & NFPA-2 Hydrogen Technology Committees.

Dr. Abas Goodarzi

Advisory Board Member

President/CEO, US Hybrid; a 30-year veteran of the electric & fuel cell industries, including as Technical Director of GM’s EV1 program and Senior Scientist at Hughes Aircraft.

Michael Harmon

Advisory Board Member

President at Harbor Capital, LLC; Former CFO at Galey & Lord; Extensive financial & mgt experience with Burlington Industries, Galey & Lord, Pillowtex Corporation, and others.

Janice Lin

Advisory Board Member

Founder and CEO of the Green Hydrogen Coalition and professional services firm Strategen, Co-Founder of the California Energy Storage Alliance and Global Energy Storage Alliance.

Massimo Masini

Advisory Board Member

Vice President Operations and General Manager, TECT Aerospace; former General Manager of B/E Aerospace; Head of Global Manufacturing Operations, CTC Global Composite; and adjunct MBA professor at CSULB.

Joe Powell, Ph.D.

Advisory Board Member

Former Chief Scientist for Shell Oil, who during his 36-year career led R&D programs; Chair of the U.S. Dept of Energy’s Hydrogen Technical Advisory Committee; former Director of American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Tom Soto

Chief Strategist

Long-time investor and pioneering voice in the impact and clean tech sectors, including having owned and managed four PE funds, and as founder of LA Clean Tech incubator.

Stephen S. Tuttle

Advisory Board Member

President and CEO of JOT Enterprises; Board of Advisors for AFO Research; 30+ years’ experience in the aviation and aerospace industries building world class implementation teams, including both early stage and hyper-growth entities.

Jim Villanueva

Advisory Board Member

Managing Director, Global Partnerships Social Venture Fund; former Executive Director, Eleos Foundation Social Venture Fund; impact investor and entrepreneur in growth companies.

Collaborators

Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE® Company, is a catalyst for human progress. It provides business and people with collaborative 3D virtual environments to imagine sustainable innovations. Through its world-leading solutions that transform the way products are designed, produced, and supported, and creating virtual twin experiences of the real world with its 3DEXPERIENCE platform and applications, its customers push the boundaries of innovation, learning and production. Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 290,000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 140 countries. For more information, visit its website at www.3ds.com. H2 Clipper is a participant in the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab accelerator program. For details, see Press Release.

XD Innovation (XDI) is a Dassault Systèmes Values Solution Partner that assists its customers to innovate more efficiently by supplying the best-in-class technologies powered by the Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE® PLATFORM. XDI provides software, contact engineering and consulting services to create product development technologies, equip 3D Design, engineering, 3D CAD, Modeling, Simulation, Data Management, Process Management, and Quality and Compliance. For more information about XDI, see its website at www.xdinnovation.com.

The World Business Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focusing on the role and responsibility of business in relation to solving critical environmental, energy security and social challenges. Formed in 1986, the Academy has a 30-year track record of leadership as a think tank and action incubator. The Academy’s direct focus on climate change, energy security and its advocacy for green hydrogen as the only planetary-wide clean energy source that could replace fossil fuels began with its seminal analysis of the most important threats to human survival and global renewable energy systems, culminating in its 2007 publication of Freedom from Mideast Oil. For more information about the Academy, see its website at www.worldbusiness.org.