Bennett brings 15 years of experience at the intersection of energy, mobility and innovation spanning venture capital, startups, large corporations and consulting. Most recently Bennett established the venture capital arm of Royal Dutch Shell in San Francisco, where he led $50 million of investments focused on the future of energy and mobility, served on the boards of portfolio companies, and chaired the global mobility investment committee. Before moving into venture capital, Bennett was based at Shell headquarters in Europe developing the strategy that underpins the company’s New Energies division, which develops business globally in renewable power and storage, smart grid, electric mobility, and energy access. Bennett has also worked as a consultant at Rocky Mountain Institute, where he reported directly to Amory Lovins, and as a Director of Business Development at CPower, a demand response startup that was acquired by Constellation in 2010.
Bennett’s professional passions are sustainability, entrepreneurship, teamwork and the challenges facing the global energy industry.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Bennett holds a BA in Economics (summa cum laude) from Columbia University and an MSc. in Industrial Ecology from TU Delft
As a member of Class 20, Bennett served his fellowship at Royal Dutch Shell under the mentorship of VP Innovation Chris Laurens.