Tom Burton’s zeal for innovation and passion for energy and sustainability have shaped the clean energy industry. He created one of the nation’s first clean energy legal practices. Clients ranging from investors to entrepreneurs to Fortune 100 companies rely on him for creative and strategic legal solutions, and he has completed hundreds of venture capital and private equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, and IPOs. He guides the industry’s next generation of leaders through active involvement with start-up organizations and accelerators. The Northeast Clean Energy Council recognized his pioneering role in the Northeast with a Decade of Influence award in 2017.
Under Tom’s leadership, the Mintz Energy & Sustainability Practice has completed more than 500 transactions across energy sectors totaling over $8.5 billion since 2006. Serving more than 250 clients, spanning the ecosystem from emerging companies to large corporations, venture capital and private equity funds, investment banks, project developers, and family offices, the firm is recognized nationally as a leading law firm in the space.
“Mintz was one of the first law firms to develop a practice focused on energy and sustainability innovation, and we continue to help sustain the industry by promoting innovation, catalyzing finance, acquiring talent, and developing corporate partnerships. We have partnered with Horizon since its inception because we believe that connecting all sectors of the industry in this forum will drive business and boost the clean energy economy."
Nick is Braskem North America’s Vice President for Legal, External Affairs & Communications. Over the past eight years, he has helped lead Braskem’s growth strategy in the United States, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. Additionally, Nick serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of love.futbol—a non-profit dedicated to partnering with underserved communities throughout the world to plan, build and manage safe spaces for youth. There he has helped lead the organization’s growth strategy to 6 new countries on 5 different continents in partnership with Nike, ESPN, City Football Group, Coca-Cola and other leading brands in sports.
Dr. Kavita Ravi is the Senior Director of Utility and Technical Services at Blue Wave Solar, where she is responsible for interconnection and energy storage in Blue Wave’s solar plus storage projects. Previously, she led programs to demonstrate viable business models for energy storage at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). In 2016, she co-led the State of Charge report that explored the market opportunities and barriers for energy storage in Massachusetts. At MassCEC, she also established a program to support universities and companies leverage clean energy funding opportunities.
Prior to MassCEC, Kavita worked on microgrids and energy access issues with the U.S. Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories. From 2011 through 2013, she served as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy where she led market transforming programs to promote energy efficiency. Kavita has a Ph.D in Computer Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and worked for several years in the private sector commercializing the technology of her doctoral research.
Dr. Emily Reichert serves as Chief Executive Officer of Greentown Labs, the largest clean technology startup incubator in the United States. As the company’s first employee, Emily has spearheaded the rapid growth of Greentown Labs into a global center for clean technology innovation, attracting visitors and partners from around the world.
Emily started her career at Arthur D. Little as a Ph.D. scientist and progressed into R&D, business development and general management roles. Prior to Greentown Labs, she was the Director of Business Operations at the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry where she helped grow the angel-funded startup into a sustainable contract R&D business with a mission to minimize environmental impact of chemical products. Emily also served as a MIT Sloan Fellow in Innovation and Global Leadership as well as a Venture Labs Fellow at Flagship Ventures, a Boston-based Venture Capital firm.
Emily has served as a board member or as a key advisor for a number of innovation and entrepreneurship-focused organizations including the Northeast Clean Energy Council, Cleantech Open Northeast, Cyclotron Road, the Incubatenergy Network and the MIT Enterprise Forum. She has been appointed to leadership positions on innovation, economic development, entrepreneurship and clean technology commercialization at both the state and federal level including Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s Economic Development Planning Council and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Emily has earned international recognition for her leadership in cleantech innovation and has received invitations to speak at International Conferences such as Les Rencontres Economiques d’Aix-en-Provence, France, and the Fish Family Foundation’s Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative in Tokyo, Japan.
She holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned her MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.
Asim is the Vice President of Commercial Strategy and Customer Experience at Bloom
Energy, a provider of breakthrough solid oxide fuel cell technology that generates clean,
reliable, and highly-efficient power onsite. Asim's responsibilities at Bloom Energy
include new market development, commercial execution and strategy, market research
and analysis, customer engagement and experience, and corporate marketing.
Prior to Bloom Energy, Asim worked for CURRENT Group, a Smart Grid solutions
provider, as the Chief of Staff for the CEO focused on building the executive team and
strategic planning as well as marketing and business development activities. He
previously also advised electric utility and telecommunication clients on strategy and
systems integration initiatives while working for Deloitte Consulting.
Asim earned a BS in Commerce with Distinction from the McIntire School of Commerce
at the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard