General Fusion’s science team includes PhD scientists from leading fusion research institutions including L’École Polytechnique in France, the Culham Centre for Fusion Technology in the UK, the Joint Institute for High Temperatures at the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Kyushu University in Japan.
Additionally, General Fusion has supplemented its research group with experts in regulatory affairs, project management, government relations, intellectual property, finance, and strategic business development.
General Fusion is supported by a global syndicate of leading energy venture capital funds, industry leaders, and technology pioneers, including:
General Fusion collaborates with leading research institutions around the world, drawing on decades of scientific investigation to accelerate development of its magnetized target fusion system. These partnerships pair General Fusion’s in-house expertise with deep specialist knowledge across plasma physics, shockwave physics, pulsed power engineering and materials technology, reducing technical risk and fast-tracking our approach to fusion energy.
Christofer Mowry joined General Fusion as its Chief Executive Officer in 2017, bringing global energy industry leadership to the company during the important transition from lab-scale research to the pilot plant demonstration of its technology. With more than 30 years of experience in the global energy and infrastructure sectors, Chris has led an exceptional portfolio of businesses, including those in the power, oil and gas, energy management, automation and process industries.
Prior to joining General Fusion, Chris was the founder and CEO of the industry leading small modular reactor company Generation mPower, following roles as Chief Business Development Officer and division President of B&W Nuclear Energy for The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W). Before joining B&W, he was the President and Chief Operating Officer of WSI and spent 10 years with GE Energy in various management roles across their portfolio of international businesses. He also spent time with Exelon in power plant construction, engineering and operations.
Chris’s career focus has remained on the commercialization of innovative clean-energy technologies. He earned a BS in Engineering and a BA in Astronomy from Swarthmore College, and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University. He holds numerous patents in advanced control systems for various energy technologies.
Dr. Michel Laberge is a physicist with widespread practical experience in plasma physics and modern plasma diagnostic techniques. He has extensive knowledge of the latest technologies related to electronics, computers, materials, lithography, optics and fabrication, and is experienced at designing and constructing test apparatuses to evaluate technical concepts.
Prior to establishing General Fusion, Michel spent nine years at Creo Products in Vancouver as a senior physicist and principal engineer. His roles included inventor, designer, and scientific project leader on projects that resulted in more than $1 billion worth of product sales.
Michel holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in physics from Laval University. In 1990, he earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of British Columbia, and in 1991 completed a post doc at L’ecole Polytechnique in Paris. In 1992, he completed another post doc at the National Research Council in Ottawa. He has published numerous scientific papers.
Greg Twinney brings more than 20 years of global experience in financing growth and success in the technology sector. His financial leadership has successfully realized strong stakeholder value creation from companies rapidly scaling up during commercialization, including management of IPOs, mergers, and acquisitions.
Greg most recently served as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and SVP Global Sales and Customer Success at Hootsuite, the most widely used social media management platform in the world. Previously, he served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of several world-leading technology companies including Kobo, Real Matters, Opalis, and Cyberplex.
Greg is a Chartered Public Accountant and holds a Business Administration Diploma from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology and a Bachelor of Accounting Science Degree from the University of Calgary.
Jay Brister has more than 40 years of experience in the global energy industry and power markets. He is a leading expert in business and market development, along with project execution and corporate acquisitions.
He most recently led business development for AECOM’s Power division out of London, U.K. Previously, he served as the CBDO for Babcock & Wilcox Company’s mPower Small Modular Reactor venture, as well as in leadership roles with the engineering company CH2M Hill (now Jacobs).
Throughout his career, he held various management roles with utilities in the United States and consulting roles in the U.K., Poland, U.A.E., Canada, Singapore and South Korea. He has also conducted power plant feasibility studies, financing support, risk analyses, vendor negotiations, and cost analysis of a wide range of energy and environmental technologies, and has successfully concluded $25 billion (USD) in energy focused transactions.
Jay holds a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering Technology from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey.
Ryan Guerrero has 25 years of experience in technology and innovation, including taking complex, large-scale aerospace and naval products from concept to market. His leadership expertise spans product design, integration, testing and commercializing cutting-edge propulsion and power generation technologies for application on nuclear submarines.
Ryan was a Senior Director at Northrop Grumman for nearly two decades, leading the strategic development and production of next-generation nuclear-powered submarine capabilities. At Northrop Grumman, Ryan held critical roles managing programs across a broad and diverse portfolio of businesses. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Ryan spent five years at Boeing on aircraft and space propulsion programs, including NASA’s Space Shuttle Program, as a Materials and Process Engineer.
Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University, California.
Michael Cappello has more than 35 years of global experience in the energy and power sectors, primarily in the fusion energy, industrial robotics, and nuclear power industries. His leadership experience spans construction of advanced fusion facilities, operation of commercial nuclear power plants, management of large U.S. Department of Energy facility projects, and growth of new industrial technology ventures.
Michael was most recently Senior Vice President and Chief Engineer of TAE Technologies (formerly Tri Alpha Energy), a U.S.-based fusion energy company. Prior to TAE, Michael was Chief Executive Officer of SA Robotics (then SA Technology) where he led a new technology incubator, delivering hundreds of new remote handling and robotic systems for the nuclear and power industries worldwide. Previously, Michael was Senior Vice President of Informatics Corp., an engineering and project management company.
Michael has earned multiple INC 500 performance awards for driving business and profit growth and the 2008 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for technology. His new technology delivery strategy is highlighted by New York Times best-selling author Jim Champy in his book “Outsmart! How to Do What Your Competitors Can’t.”
Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with Minors in Mathematics and Physics from Regis College.
Matt Miles has more than 25 years experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors, including oil & gas, process, and power industries. He was most recently the Senior Director for Strategic Growth at Babcock & Wilcox Company (BWC) where he and his team developed the company strategy to capture new market opportunities, and set strategy to drive the business in growth markets to achieve financial goals.
Beginning in 2012, Matt was Director of International Business Development for Generation mPower, a company formed in 2011 to design, license, and deliver an SMR, the next generation of nuclear energy technology. Matt was instrumental in creating global market awareness for SMRs, resulting in the creation of various international government programs to support the commercialization of the technology.
From 2002-2012 Matt worked with the Edgen Murray Corporation, a leading global supplier of specialized products for worldwide energy and infrastructure markets, co-founding a nuclear supply division serving global markets. He began his career working in the Gulf of Mexico operating oil & gas platforms, and also spent collectively 11 years in the US Army National Guard and the US Coast Guard.
Matt holds a Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University in International Trade and Finance.
Mike Donaldson is a systems engineer with 18 years of experience in the development of novel and disruptive technologies. He has broad experience in product development, production engineering and engineering management. He has led multidisciplinary teams in high risk and complicated technical projects with a focus on risk reduction through rapid prototyping and physical testing.
Prior to joining General Fusion in 2009, Mr. Donaldson had been with Kodak (Creo) since 1999 contributing in production engineering and product development roles.
Mike has a B.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University and a M.Sc. in Engineering Physics from the University of British Columbia.
Brian Berzin has a diverse background in technology, entrepreneurship, finance, and venture capital and leads strategic initiatives, including engagement with capital markets and business partnerships, for General Fusion.
Brian was most recently with Houlihan Lokey, where he was part of the Private Growth Equity Capital and Corporate Finance groups, helping to grow venture-stage technology companies. Prior to Houlihan Lokey and his time in growth equity and investment banking, he founded two businesses focusing on LED lighting technology.
Brian is a graduate of Lehigh University with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Finance. As part of the Martindale Center for the Study of Private Enterprise, he also published research on the European sovereign debt crisis.
David Plant is a solutions-focused engineer with more than 20 years of experience in the technology innovation sector. David, one of the company’s first employees, began his career with General Fusion as a systems engineer in 2010. Moving into roles of increasing technical responsibility, he most recently served as Director of Program Management.
Prior to joining General Fusion, David worked for Eastman Kodak Company for 12 years in a variety of roles, including manufacturing engineering, electrical engineering, and reliability engineering. David holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Victoria and Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Mohan Natarajan has 25 years of global business development experience in key markets such as Latin America, the Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia-Pacific. Mohan brings vast experience in building strategic partnerships, with a record of more than $1 billion in energy-focussed transactions.
Most recently, Mohan was the Managing Director of International Market Development for Bloom Energy, where he developed and implemented a global commercial strategy and negotiated high-level strategic partnership agreements. He also served as Senior Vice President, Global Strategy and Business Development for SheerWind and Managing Director for LN Holdings.
Mohan holds degrees in Finance, Mathematics, Physics, and International Economics from the University of Maryland.
Klaas has over 20 years of venture capital experience spanning Europe, North America and the Middle East. He is currently Managing Partner of Entrepreneurs Fund, which he joined in 2006. At Entrepreneurs Fund, Klaas’ responsibilities included inge GmbH (sold to BASF), Technolas Perfect Vision (sold to Bausch & Lomb), Prosonix Ltd (sold to Circassia), Lifeline Scientific Inc (sold to Genext), New Motion (sold to Shell) and Optinose (Nasdaq listing). In addition to General Fusion, he currently chairs AIM-listed Xeros Technology Group and serves on the Boards of SmartKem and vasopharm.
Klaas started his career with McKinsey & Company in Amsterdam. From there, he joined Vanenburg Group where he established and managed a corporate venturing team that led investments in Europe, Israel and the US, which included WebEx. Klaas has an MSc in Applied Physics from Delft University of Technology, and an MBA from Insead.
Fred Buckman is a senior executive with experience in electric and gas utility operation and management, engineering and construction management, project development and nuclear plant design, operation, safety assessment and operation. He has served as the Chief Executive and Chief Nuclear Officer of Consumers Power, Chief Executive at PacifiCorp, President of the Power Group for Engineering and Construction leader Shaw Group, Managing Partner, Utilities, for Brookfield Asset Management, and is currently Chairman and CEO of Powerlink Transmission Company.
Fred has a PhD in Nuclear Engineering from MIT and serves as an Adjunct Professor with the University of Michigan Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Science Department. He participates from time to time in design reviews, lectures on industry topics and provides guidance regarding the nuclear and utility industries.
Wal van Lierop is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital, and an industrial technology veteran with unique industry insight gained through deep operational experience as a venture capitalist, corporate executive, top international consultant and a university professor.
Prior to founding Chrysalix EVC, Wal spent six years as the Vice President of Strategic Planning at Westcoast Energy, and also advised energy, chemicals and financial services blue chip companies on innovation and change management while working for more than seven years with McKinsey & Company.
Before joining the corporate world, Wal worked for almost a decade as an Associate Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam doing research in economics, econometrics and the environment. He has founded or co-founded clean energy organizations including New Ventures BC and SET Ventures in Amsterdam, and is a long standing member of the Cleantech Group’s Advisory Board, leader of the BC Cleantech CEO Alliance, 2014 Canadian “Clean16” honoree, and frequent political advisor.
Wal holds a PhD in Economics from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and has completed executive training in Change Management from MIT.
Chip Hambro has extensive experience leading the R&D, Engineering, Manufacturing, Operational, and general business functions of technology companies (large multinational corporations as well as small firms), with particular emphasis on turn-arounds and start-ups.
Chip joined early stage start-up First Solar in 2001, and as General Manager, and later COO, led the turn-around, technology development, and scale up of the company that is now the largest photovoltaic solar manufacturer in the western hemisphere. He retired from day to day operations in 2009, but still chairs the technology committee of the Board of Directors.
Prior to joining First Solar, he held positions of Vice President of Engineering & Business Development for Goodrich Aerospace, Vice President of Operations at ITT Night Vision, and various technical management positions at Varian Associates.
Currently, Chip is an Operating Partner at True North Venture Partners, where he serves on the board of portfolio company Aquahydrex, and he recently retired from the board of View Inc, the world’s largest electrochromic glass window manufacturer.
Chip graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Science (Applied Physics).
Luke Han is a Director in the Enterprise Development Group at Temasek, covering investments in Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions, financing platforms, and clean energy sectors.
Luke joined Temasek in 2004. He is based in Singapore and has spent eight years covering natural resources, and four years prior on technology.
Luke holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management (Finance) from the Singapore Management University.
For the past 15 years, Zoltan Tompa has been working at the nexus of Cleantech innovation and investment. He is currently Director, Cleantech Practice at the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) where he is responsible for leading equity investments and growth financing transactions, as well as serving on the Board of several portfolio companies.
Zoltan joined BDC in 2016 to help lead the design and implementation of the Cleantech Practice and its $600 million growth capital platform that was purpose-built to help leading cleantech firms reach scale and profitability.
Prior to joining BDC, Zoltan spent over 10 years at Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), a $1 billion clean technology fund. As Director, Strategy and Market Alliances, he led SDTC’s regional offices, oversaw a suite of market acceleration programs that mobilized follow-on investments, established commercial partnerships, and facilitated market access for SDTC portfolio companies. Earlier as Director, Applications and Dealflow, he screened more than a thousand investment opportunities and was directly involved in over $350 million of investments.
Earlier in his career, he was the first non-founding employee at venture-backed software start-up Infotriever and product manager for a $2 billion small business credit portfolio at CIBC.
Catriona has more than 20 years of strategic finance and leadership experience. She is currently the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Aktana, a software and services company utilizing artificial intelligence to optimize sales and marketing.
Before Aktana, Catriona was the CFO for several technology companies, including Hitachi Vantara – an approximately $3.5 billion subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. She also worked with Silver Spring Networks, where she helped to execute the sale of the company to Itron; and Marin Software, a company providing online advertising technology.
Catriona is currently on the Board of Directors for Palomar Holdings, Inc. She has also served as a board member for Cray, Inc., the supercomputing company, which she helped sell to Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.
Catriona has held leadership positions across a variety of technology companies. She worked with Cognizant Technology Solutions and Hewlett-Packard. She was also an equity analyst with Citigroup and has held roles with Piper Jaffray, McKinsey & Co., and Oracle.
Catriona holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Christofer Mowry joined General Fusion as its Chief Executive Officer in 2017, bringing global energy industry leadership to the company during the important transition from lab-scale research to the pilot plant demonstration of its technology. With more than 30 years of experience in the global energy and infrastructure sectors, Mowry has led an exceptional portfolio of businesses, including those in the power, oil and gas, energy management, automation and process industries.
Prior to joining General Fusion, Mowry was the founder and CEO of the industry leading small modular reactor company Generation mPower, following roles as Chief Business Development Officer and division President of B&W Nuclear Energy for The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W). Before joining B&W, he was the President and Chief Operating Officer of WSI and spent 10 years with GE Energy in various management roles across their portfolio of international businesses. He also spent time with Exelon in power plant construction, engineering and operations.
Mowry’s career focus has remained on the commercialization of innovative clean-energy technologies. He earned a BS in Engineering and a BA in Astronomy from Swarthmore College, and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University. He holds numerous patents in advanced control systems for various energy technologies.