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Adzmel Adznan

Piva Capital

Adzmel co-founded Piva with Ricardo Angel, to invest in visionary entrepreneurs re-shaping the future of industry and energy.

Prior to this, Adzmel spent 12 years at PETRONAS, one of Global Fortune 500 energy firms, honing his technical and commercial knowledge across the entire energy value chain. At the early stage of his career, Adzmel was responsible for managing, planning and execution of major capital oil & gas projects in Malaysia, followed by a short stint as a reservoir engineer where he was responsible for the development and optimization of an oil field offshore of Peninsular Malaysia. After successfully completing the development of the project, Adzmel spent time in strategic planning and commercial roles within PETRONAS, where he served as development and subsurface specialist to develop strategies for Malaysia's upstream petroleum sector, including local industry development, strategic partnership arrangements and new fiscal model for petroleum contracts to prolong the economic lifecycle of oil & gas assets in Malaysia.

Most recently, he was instrumental in developing PETRONAS Corporate Venture Capital unit, a new approach by PETRONAS to augment its ongoing efforts in future-proofing itself by investing in cutting-edge technology across the new energy value chain.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Adzmel earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School in 2017 and a Master of Engineering (MEng) in Mechanical Engineering from University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

Adzmel is from Malaysia and currently resides in San Francisco.

As a member of Class 25, Adzmel is serving his fellowship at PIVA under the mentorship of Robert Siegel, who is a General Partner at XSeed Capital, a Lecturer in Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business as well as a Venture Partner at Piva.