Wal is an energy technology veteran with unique industry insight gained through deep operational experience. Since co-founding Chrysalix EVC in 2001, Wal has sourced, invested in and advised numerous early-stage cleantech startups building innovative solutions for the new energy economy. This includes being directly responsible for helping to raise more than $1 billion for early stage technology ventures.
Prior to founding Chrysalix EVC, Wal spent several years as the Vice President of Strategic Planning at Westcoast Energy, which he helped sell to Duke Energy. He also advised energy, chemicals and financial services blue chip companies on innovation and change management while working as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company.
Before officially joining the corporate world, Wal worked for almost a decade as an Associate Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam doing research in economics and econometrics, and consulting with businesses, governments and major international institutions including the World Bank and European Union. He also has an extensive teaching background in venture capital and entrepreneurial finance both in North American and Europe.
With a long standing passion for clean energy innovation, Wal has founded several new ventures and clean energy organizations including New Ventures BC, he is a long standing member of the Cleantech Group’s Advisory Board, and has authored several books and scientific articles. Wal is an outspoken and passionate advocate for the cleantech industry and can regularly be seen contributing to articles in the international media as well as speaking at industry conferences around the world.
Wal holds a PhD in Economics from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.