Our Story

In 2011, Thomas H. Stoner Jr., a seasoned energy entrepreneur, and Dr. David Schimel, a leading climate scientist, founded a research organization to advocate for the use of global capital markets as a critical solution to climate change. In undertaking the onerous task of writing a book that reflected on his years of experience as an international renewable energy entrepreneur and environmental advocate, Tom Stoner sought an in-depth analysis of global energy consumption. To aid in his analysis of the world’s energy use and its impacts on the environment, he engaged a group that was building upon the work of Donella Meadows and the Club of Rome to construct a robust climate science model that would help him tie the climate system to economic and financial systems.

Tom Stoner published his research and analysis in his book, Small Change, Big Gains: Reflections of an Energy Entrepreneur. At the heart of Small Change, Big Gains is the discovery that: It is possible to stabilize rising global temperatures and remain under global temperature targets set by the international community if capital is deployed to limit large scale systemic risk typically associated with climate changeWith the scientific data confirming their assumptions the next step was clear.

Tom Stoner and Dr. David Schimel convened a group of leading climate experts and financial professionals to launch Entelligent®. Its mission: To align capital markets with the needs of the 21st century and in particular, the systemic risks of climate change. 

Entelligent hired a sophisticated team of data scientists to develop, test and validate the Smart Climate® methodology. Using big data, artificial intelligence and systems dynamics modeling, the team created a technology that allows investors to account for systemic macro-risks, like climate change, in order to improve risk-adjusted returns.

Entelligent continues to meet this objective by partnering with the likes of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF) to generate a custom data stream to assist in security selection using a suite of E-Score® products. Also, Entelligent’s data partnership with a globally recognized financial information provider and the roll out of a portfolio analyzer will allow wealth managers and family offices to measure the financial and environmental performance of public funds. Entelligent continues to grow and work with a dedicated team of experts and in collaboration with commercialization partners to validate and expand the Smart Climate methodology and suite of products.

The Entelligent  Team

Justin Klug

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Klug is an accomplished business leader with extensive experience in and deep understanding of capital markets and the financial services industry.

He was previously President of Capitolis, a financial technology company that enables financial institutions to reduce risk and unlock capital efficiencies, where he helped lead the company through multiple phases of business creation, launch, and scaling. Prior to his time at Capitolis, Mr. Klug held leadership roles at Credit Suisse, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank.

Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin; Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Dr. Mark Labovitz

Director, Computation And Technology Strategies

Dr. Mark Labovitz is an expert in quantitative methods as applied to business problems.

Dr. Labovitz has more than 45 years of experience performing data analysis including as a physical scientist researching various earth science processes and a lead analyst and researcher for Thomson Reuters and wealth management firms.

He has published over 35 articles covering science, engineering, statistics and business and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Regis University, University of Colorado Denver, and University of California, Berkeley

Education: Ph.D. in geomathematics emphasizing spatially based analyses. Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics with an emphasis on statistics and optimization. M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, emphasis on strategic planning.

Dr. Ao (Morgan) Teng

Senior Data Scientist

Dr. Ao Teng is a Senior Data Scientist. He is passionate about clean energy, data science, investment.

Morgan brings a wealth of experience in the energy commodity and futures markets -- including half a decade developing quant-based trading strategies. Morgan has a PhD in physics from the University of Tennessee, a bachelor’s degree in applied physics from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

He is currently a CFA Level II Candidate and a member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society.

Jace Grissom

Data Engineer

Jace Grissom is a versatile data engineer with a diverse background in education, community organizing, and software engineering.

Throughout their career, Jace has demonstrated a strong commitment to community-focused projects and educational initiatives. They apply this multidisciplinary experience in their current role, where they collaborate with a team of data scientists to support the development of innovative technologies.

Education: B.A. in Peace & Global Studies and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies from Earlham College. Graduate of LaunchCode LC101 Bootcamp

Col. Barry
Baer

CFO

Col. Barry Baer is a seasoned executive and CPA with over 50 years of operational, managerial, and financial experience in the public and private sector.

Col. (retired) Baer’s US Army service includes commanding combat troops in Vietnam, an airborne finance brigade in the First Gulf War, a finance and accounting battalion in Germany and service as the Director of Army Accounting Systems. As a civilian, Baer has extensive experience as a fractional Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, and Treasurer of public, private, and not-for-profit entities.

Education and Military awards: B.S.in Business and M.B.A. from the University of Colorado Boulder. Graduate of the Army Command & General Staff College and the Army War College.

Military awards: Bronze Star (with V device), Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Army Parachute Badge.

Jake Hawkesworth

Vice President, Technology

Jake Hawkesworth is an experienced leader in data-driven analysis and a strong a background in data engineering, entrepreneurship, and Information Technology strategy.

Mr. Hawkesworth leads the technical team, using major data science tools and scalable computing techniques to develop the Smart Climate® data platform. His career includes project management for a number of entrepreneurship education organizations.

Education: M.A. of Public Policy with a focus in Quantitative Research Methods from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. B.A. Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies from Hampshire College. Data Science Immersive (DSI) Fellowship program at Galvanize.

Hadrien Moulinier

Chief Revenue Officer

Hadrien joined Entelligent from B of A Merrill Lynch, where he led a multibillion-dollar U.S. equity-derivatives sales and marketing effort to life insurance companies, across marketing, structuring, trading and risk. His banking career also includes strategic roles within the cross-asset derivatives teams of SocGen and UBS Global Asset Management. He has an MBA from Willamette University.

Laurie Greenwood

EVP of Administration

Laurie Greenwood is an accomplished business operations and administration professional specializing in operations, resource management, communications, and project management.

Ms. Greenwood is responsible for coordinating internal and external resources for the execution of Entelligent’s business strategies. She has worked in the sustainability and technology fields in operational and leadership roles for both private and public companies.

Education: B.S. in Business Management from University of Illinois at Chicago.

Nathan
James

Data Engineer

Nathan James is a skilled data engineer with design, engineering and project management background.

Mr. James supports the development of technology from research to application. He has experience in both the tech and renewable industry working for Tesla as a residential solar power designer. He also helped design the customer-focused delivery program enabling Tesla to scale to a mass-market, factory-to-consumer car manufacturer.

Education: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Colorado Denver (minored in Computer Science). Data Science Immersive at Galvanize (Denver).

Maximilian Nelte

Vice President of Structuring Solutions and Sales

Maximilian Nelte is a senior structurer with 20+ years of industry experience leading global Quantitative Investment Strategies and Equity Structuring teams at major investment banks across three continents.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Nelte has structured financial products and executed transactions with retail as well as institutional clients, with correspondingly meaningful annual revenues. He has designed new financial products, set-up new product lines, as well as built entirely new business lines from scratch for his former employers.

Education: MSc in Financial Mathematics from Bayes Business School. BSc in Mathematics with Economics from the University College London. LLB Law from Nottingham Trent University.

Dr. Pooja Khosla

Chief Innovation Officer

Dr. Pooja Khosla is an econometrician and data scientist with extensive experience in data analysis, predictive modeling, econometrics, statistics, microfinance, and mutual fund analysis.

Dr. Khosla is one of the inventors of the patented Smart Climate® technology. She brings her international background in finance, academia, predictive modeling, and statistical software platforms to the company, leading product and client development. She has published articles and papers in trade journals including Pensions & Investments, CFA NYC, and Morning Consult.

Education: B.S. in Economics and Mathematics and M.S. in Econometrics and Quantitative Economics from the University of Rajasthan. M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Lorenzo Bassetti

Financial Engineer

With over 15 years' cummulative experience in financial software development, quantitative development, equity and multi-asset trading, Lorenzo brings a tremendous wealth of expertise to the Entelligent team.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration and Finance from the Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca.

Gilbert Adjei

Data Engineering Consultant

Gilbert brings rich experience from data products built in the fintech, telecommunications, agric, and solar sectors.
It is his vision to play key role in the use of Artificial Intelligence to solve socio-economic challenges in the world at large.
At Entelligent, He collaborates with Financial Engineers and Data Scientists to build new climate risk measures and maintains the database and addresses any outages promptly.
He also works with customers and the R&D team to ensure data accessibility.

He has a background in mathematics and computer science from the University of Ghana. He also graduated from the Maxim Nyansa IT Solutions Data Science Bootcamp

Dr. Elliot Cohen

Vice President, Research and Development

Dr. Elliot Cohen is an experienced data scientist specializing in machine learning, statistical modeling, data analytics, and experimental design.

Dr. Cohen brings 12 years of experience in energy modeling and 6 years as a practicing data scientist at tech startups that have gone on to successful exits. He is also a former Fulbright Scholar and Fellow of the National Science Foundation.

Education: Ph.D. (Environmental Engineering), University of Colorado Denver. Two-years of postdoctoral experience at the Earth Institute of Columbia University. B.S. (Mechanical Engineering), University of Maryland College Park. M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Colorado at Denver.

Filippo Radice Fossati

Data Scientist

Mr. Filippo Radice Fossati is an experienced environmental professional turned Data Scientist. He is passionate about leveraging the power of data and predictive modeling to develop financial climate change solutions. His professional experience includes project management, relationship building and research in Energy, Sustainability and Climate Change

Education: M.A.S. in Climate Science and Policy from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California, San Diego. M.S. in Environmental Economics and Policy from Universita degli Studi Di Torino. B.S. in Environmental Science from Universita’ Degli Studi di Genova.

Wendy Bagger

Administrative Assistant

Wendy brings 18 years of administrative skill and 12 years of coaching expertise in the financial sector.

She provides administrative support to our office personnel and works closely with our leadership team handling clerical duties, coordinating calendars, and organizing meetings and company files.

Wendy has a Master of Fine Arts from the Ohio State University, Bachelor of Arts from University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Board of Directors

David Schimel

Dr. David Schimel

Board Chairman; Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

Dr. Schimel is a Senior Research Scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He has spent the last 30+ years working in top research positions and leadership roles with extensive experience in carbon cycle, climate interactions and global climate modeling. Dr. Schimel received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his work as the IPCC Convening Lead Author.

Dr. Schimel is a graduate of Hampshire College (B.A.) and Colorado State University (PhD).
• Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

Thomas H. Stoner, Jr

Co-Founder and Lead Director

Mr. Stoner is the Co-Founder of Entelligent and served as the company's Chief Executive Officer until October 2023. He is an executive leader and serial entrepreneur with a deep understanding of energy, sustainability, capital markets and global economics. He co-founded 3 companies and served as Chief Executive Officer of two public companies. His leadership experience includes financing and building renewable energy projects worldwide and leading the London AIM IPO of Econergy International Corporation, the first 100% exclusively renewable energy company and the largest owner of carbon credits. Mr. Stoner is also a published author contributing to publications including Barron’s and CNBC, and has been an invited speaker at the National Academy of Science, USAID, and the University of Colorado Boulder. Mr. Stoner holds degrees from Hampshire College (B.A.), the London School of Economics (Master of Finance and Accounting) and Colorado State University (PhD).
• Finance Committee

Robert Barnett

Director; Finance Committee

Mr. Barnett is a Co-Founding Partner at Wexford Capital Partners, LLC. He has spent the last 30+ years working in corporate finance, investment banking and private equity, with extensive valuation and transaction structure experience. Mr. Barnett is a graduate ofthe University of Michigan (B.S. and M.B.A.).
• Chairman of the Finance Committee

Chester (Chet) Winter

Director Emeritus; Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

Mr. Winter is a General Partner of New West Capital Partners. He has 45+ years of working in numerous private and public enterprises of various sizes and phases in the venture capital and private equity financial services space. Mr. Winter has received numerous awards and recognitions for his public service. Mr. Winter is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder (B.S. and M.S.)
• Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

Peter Backlund

Director; Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

Mr. Backlund is Associate Director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability of Colorado State University. Mr. Backlund has 25+ years of working in leadership positions within multiple large science focused research institutions with a particular focus oninterdisciplinary Earth system science. Mr. Backlund is a graduate of the University of New Mexico (B.A.) and George Washington University (M.S.).
• Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

Dr. James White

Director; Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

Dr. White is the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has spent the last 30+ years working in academia as a lead administrator and professor. Dr. White is a graduate of Florida State University (B.S.) and Columbia University (M.S., MPhil, and PhD).
• Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Karim Shariff

Karim Shariff

Director

Mr. Shariff is the founder and managing partner of Majlis Investment Management, a Gulf-based principal investment firm, whose partners include ultra-high-net-worth families. The firm invests in innovative, disruptive and strategic opportunities within global markets. From 2012 to 2021, he was a senior advisor to Teneo, a global CEO advisory firm that integrates the disciplines of communications, strategy, talent development and intelligence, offering independent counsel to significant institutional clients. He was formerly a senior partner within the principal investment division at SHUAA Capital, the UAE’s leading financial services firm that is now part of the Abu Dhabi Financial Group.
Antoine Connault

Antoine Connault

Director

Antoine Connault heads Societe Generale’s Global Markets Incubator, a program designed to advise and support startups operating in the capital markets, enterprise tech and climate tech across the globe.

Antoine began his career in 2007 at Deloitte and joined SG in 2009 as a financial analyst for SG’s corporate M&A operations. In 2014, he joined SG Corporate and Investment Banking’s Strategy and Development where he ran projects across the CIB division ranging from M&A to business development, strategic investment. He then moved to Societe Generale’s Global Markets unit in 2018 to launch and run the Global Markets Incubator.

Antoine graduated from Paris Dauphine University in 2007 and holds a Certification from the AMF (Autorite des Marches Financiers – Authority regulating the French financial markets place, its participants and the investment products).