Bennett brings over 15 years of experience at the intersection of sustainability and industrial innovation spanning venture capital, startups, large corporations and consulting. Before joining Piva Capital as a Partner in 2019, 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 in Amsterdam developing the strategy that underpins the Shell'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 worked with clients across the automotive and energy sectors, and as a Director of Business Development at CPower, a demand response startup that was acquired by Constellation in 2010. Bennett's investment portfolio includes Ample, Aurora, Menlo Micro, Urbint and Sense Photonics.
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 Shell Ventures under the mentorship of VP Innovation Chris Laurens.