BladeRunner is led by a mission-driven team which is committed to reducing the world’s dependence on fossil fuels. Access to clean, affordable electricity is critical for all people which is what drives the team.
Paul Vosbeek, Co-founder and CEO
Paul is a cleantech entrepreneur and investor and is the original founder of BladeRunner and has a track record of successfully building companies from start-up to growth. Paul has a strong strategic intuition and at the same time, has the ability to take the venture from a high-level strategic vision down to a pragmatic and successful implementation journey. Paul has a knack for connecting with the right people at the right time which contributes greatly to moving the company forward.
Paul holds a Bachelor degree in International Business obtained in 1992 at the Higher School of Economics in Groningen, the Netherlands and the Ryerson University of Toronto, Canada.
Moriel Arango, Co-Founder and CTO
Moriel is a mechanical engineer focusing on processes and technology for renewable energy generation. Moriel brings experience in resource and technology assessment for hydrokinetic deployments, industrial installations, system controls, and data acquisition. Additionally, Moriel’s native bilingual (Spanish-English) skills are an asset for reaching emerging markets in the Americas.
Moriel received his Masters of Science degree from the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Washington, where he participated in the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) under the direct supervision of the then co-director of NNMREC, Dr. Philip Malte.
Matt Ross, Co-Founder and COO
Matt has a strong background in energy, technology and how the two combine for new business opportunities. His roles have spanned sales, project management and technical consulting which has provided a window into typical company challenges. Matt uses these experiences to drive growth by anticipating bottlenecks and developing internal processes to maximize scalability while balancing available resources. Most importantly, Matt has an immense passion for sustainability and has dedicated his life to speeding up the energy transition with affordable clean energy solutions.
Matt graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Environmental Science and minor in Physics.
Erick Petersen, Advisory Board Member
Erick is a successful entrepreneur and renewable energy executive, active angel investor in the CleanTech sector and non-profit board member. With more than a decade of experience in the solar and energy storage industries, and two successful ventures, Erick has demonstrated a remarkable ability to integrate strategy, sales, marketing and business development expertise into dynamic go-to-market strategies and high performance teams that generate dramatic market traction and customer/partner experience. Erick’s most recent role was as Vice President of Business Development and Head of Strategic Partnering at Enel X, a global business leading the transformation of the energy sector as part of the Enel Group.
Ana M Bravo, Entrepreneur and Advisory Team Member
Experienced in growing and developing projects committed to the cross-pollination of indigenous cultures. Co-founder of Pachamama Conservation Non profit Organization, which empower indigenous people from Chile to preserve their lands, culture, education and inspire them to bring forth a thriving for a sustainable world. Assistant of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, representing a global Alliance of prayer education and healing for Mother Earth, all her inhabitants, all the children, and for the seven generations to come.
Mario Bravo, Entrepreneur and Advisory Team Member
Photographer and Co-founder of Pachamama Conservation Non profit Organization, committed to empower indigenous people from Chile to preserve their lands, culture, education and inspire them to bring forth a thriving for a sustainable world.
Nathalie Udo, Sustainability and Strategy Consultant, Advisory Team Member
Nathalie is a senior consultant and executive coach with more than 20 years of experience in leadership positions focusing on translating business strategy into execution, designing & implementing process improvements, and program management. She is a seasoned professional with extensive international experience and uses her infectious enthusiasm to inspire people to achieve things previously thought impossible. Her client list includes international companies like Royal Dutch Airlines, Boeing, Alcatel-Lucent, Autodesk, AT&T, and Fireman’s Fund.
She is the co-author of Organizational Survival: Profitable Strategies for a Sustainable Future (@2013 McGraw-Hill), which provides a compelling case for organizations to integrate sustainability into their core business strategy positively impacting society and their bottom-line. Nathalie is also the co-author of Scrappy Women in Business: Living Proof that Bending the Rules Isn’t Breaking the Law (©2010 Happy About), a collection of true stories about women who overcame obstacles in both their professional and personal lives to become extraordinary business leaders.
Nathalie has a Master’s Degree in Economics and Business Administration from University of Maastricht, Netherlands. She is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC®), a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®), and a Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM). When she is not traveling the world, Nathalie lives in San Francisco and is an active scuba diver, motorcyclist, and skier.
James Otting, Electrical and Software Architect Engineer, Technical Team
James is a multi-disciplinary techsmith, whose skillset covers a broad range of technological disciplines, from software architecture and large scale network administration, to embedded systems design and utility scale energy conservation. His recent work has been focused in the utility sector, where he has headed multiple hardware and system architecture teams working to speed solar and other greentech adoption, as well as increase safety in the traditional energy fields. His cross-domain knowledge helps recognize design issues others may overlook and leads to more rapid development of finished, integrated systems.
James has spent over 20 years working in tech at all scales, from independent consulting and work at start-ups to heading skunk-works programs for billion-dollar giants, and he holds a patent on scalable hardware cryptography systems for use in large IoT platforms.
Richard Roth, Mechanical Engineer, Technical Team
Richard is an engineering student in the Energy Systems Engineering program at Oregon State University’s Cascades campus. He is Alaskan Native (Tsimshian) with a passion for sustainable and clean energy. Richard spent 14 years working on Jet Engines while enlisted in the United States Air Force in many different countries. He received an Associates of Science from Central Oregon Community College and has completed a year-long internship with Blade Runner Energy with free time devoted to hiking, bowling and cooking.
Kara Alexander, Business Development
With her strong background in technology, business and marketing, Kara has a unique ability to help people realize the full potential of technology. Kara has a proven track record of fueling business success by driving innovation, accelerating growth, advancing market share and developing partnerships. Her passion for the consumer drives her focused vision and strategic implementation of marketing and business strategies.
Kara has Bachelor degrees in Business Economics and Global Studies with a minor in Mandarin from University of California, Santa Barbara. When she isn’t exploring new places around the world, Kara lives in Oregon and is a hiking and kayaking enthusiast.
Wietske van Erp Taalman Kip, Business Operations
Wietske provides a unique combination of energy and sustainability background with business and financial operations expertise. Wietske holds the LEED AP Neighborhood Development credential from the United States Green Building Council, has been the Program Manager of the public-private partnership and non-profit OrangeGoesGreen and has supported many companies in setting up and managing a smooth back office operation.
Wietske holds a MA in Urban & Spatial Planning from the University of Amsterdam where she graduated in 2001.
Jayden Harman, Founder PAX Scientific, Biomimicry Advisor
Jay is a serial entrepreneur and inventor who has taken a hands-on approach to his lifelong fascination with natural fluid systems. In the process, he has grown successful companies that design innovative products, ranging from prize-winning watercraft, to a non-invasive technology for measuring blood glucose, to his most recent companies, PAX Scientific and its subsidiaries.