NGP Energy Technology Partners benefits from an active Strategic Advisory Board of experienced energy executives and scientists with a strong interest in energy technology investing.David Albin
Senior Partner, Natural Gas Partners
David Albin co-founded NGP in 1988 and serves as Senior Partner of the NGP funds. He assists the firm with portfolio management and investment sourcing. Prior to co-founding NGP, David was a Partner in the Bass Investment Limited Partnership (“BILP”), an investment partnership formed by the Bass family of Fort Worth, Texas. BILP’s $600 million equity capitalization increased in value to over $1.4 billion from 1984 through 1988, with a return on capital in excess of 40%. Before joining BILP, David was a member of the Oil and Gas group in the Investment Banking division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. from 1981 until 1983, where he worked on financing and merger/divestiture transactions for numerous oil and gas companies.
Managing Director, Allen & Company
Shelby Bonnie serves as a Managing Director at Allen & Company. Shelby co-founded CNET Networks in 1993 and served as CEO until 2006. Shelby later cofounded Whiskey Media, an online media company. Prior to CNET, Shelby worked at Tiger Management and Morgan Stanley. Shelby is a trustee of the Environmental Defense Fund, a former board member of Warner Music Group and the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), and a former trustee of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
John Deutch is an Institute Professor at MIT and has served as Chairman of the Department of Chemistry, Dean of Science and Provost. John has served as Director of Central Intelligence, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Director of Energy Research and Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Technology. He is a former board member of Raytheon, Citigroup, Cummins and Schlumberger. John is a trustee of Resources for the Future, the Urban Institute and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Director, MIT Industrial Performance Center
Richard Lester is the founder and director of the MIT Industrial Performance Center and head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. He is the author of several books including Made in America: Regaining the Productive Edge. Richard serves as an advisor and consultant to corporations, governments, private foundations and non-profit groups, and lectures frequently to academic, business and general audiences throughout the world.
Venture Partner, Natural Gas Partners
Philip Smith is a Venture Partner with Natural Gas Partners. He previously co-founded and served as Chairman and CEO of Prize Energy Corp. Prior to Prize, Philip served as Chairman and CEO of Tide West Oil Company and President of Draco Petroleum. Philip is a board member of Eagle Rock Energy G&P LLC and several private companies, and a former board member of Mesa Inc., Pioneer Natural Resources Company and HS Resources.
CEO, Bravo Natural Resources
Charles Stephenson serves as CEO of Bravo Natural Resources, LLC. Prior to forming Bravo Natural Resources, LLC, Charles was and is CEO, President and Director of Angus Natural Resources, LLC. Prior to that, he held the position of CEO, President and Director of Bravo Natural Gas, LLC; CEO, President and Director of Bravo Natural Resources, LLC, I and II; and COO/Vice President – Operations of Spring Resources, Inc. Each of the previously-mentioned entities was formed with Natural Gas Partners. Charles also served as Operations Manager of Unit Petroleum Corporation, as Drilling Manager of Samson Resources and in drilling engineering and management in North America and internationally for Conoco. He began his career with Getty as a petroleum engineer. Charles holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Mississippi State University.
Principal, Lead Explorers Advisory
Greg White is a Principal with Lead Explorers Advisory, a consulting firm. He previously served as a President of iRobot Home Robots, which he joined in 2003 to help lead the company's commercial growth and develop further consumer applications. Under his leadership, the business reported $94M in revenues in 2005, a 100 percent increase since 2003. Before joining iRobot, Greg spent 10 years as a senior executive at The Holmes Group, a diversified consumer portable electric appliance company. During his tenure at The Holmes Group, the company experienced record growth as sales increased from $60M to over $650M. Greg is a board member of Shaser BioScience.
Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor, Harvard University
George Whitesides is the Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor at Harvard University. George has been awarded the National Medal of Science and the Kyoto Prize. He is a board member of Theravance, and a former board member of Rohm and Haas, Surface Logix, Predicant Biosciences, Hughes Research Laboratories and several other companies. He is a co-founder of GelTex Pharmaceuticals, Genzyme and Theravance.
Professor Emeritus, MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Gerald (Gerry) Wilson is a former head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and former dean of MIT’s School of Engineering. He also founded and served as the director of MIT’s Electric Power Systems Engineering Laboratory. Gerry is a former board member of Analogic Corporation, Aseco Corporation, Commonwealth Energy Systems, Evergreen Solar, NSTAR, Satcon Technology Corporation, and a former technical advisory board member of General Motors, Cummins Engine and United Technologies Corporation.