Sasha Braun - Founder

Sasha Braun is a committed and passionate entrepreneur dedicated to accelerating the world’s transition to more sustainable methods by accelerating the commercialization of high-impact early stage technologies. Sasha began his career providing evaluation, installation, and management of large-scale solar PV projects, primarily consulting to private clients with large commercial real estate portfolios. Concurrently to his consulting work, he founded Alumina Energy to secure the alumina packed bed energy storage technologies under development at CCNY for commercialization. Since it’s founding he has led the company through its most fragile stage, efficiently navigating the company’s formation process, retaining key advisors and employees, successfully negotiating licenses for technologies, and spearheading the marketing and fundraising efforts. Over his career he has managed commercialization for more than $20M in SBIR Phase I and Phase II grant funding from DOE, DOD, NIH, and NSF. He has also acted as an advisor to several start-ups and companies in the medical device, industrial accelerator, and additive manufacturing industries. His unique entrepreneurial expertise includes project management, business development, engineering, product development, intellectual property (IP) development and management, marketing, fundraising and commercialization. 

Richard Dash - Co-founder

Richard Dash has created unique and effective methods for building and sustaining organizations that work. Over his career, Richard has worked with several of the top 100 fortune 500 companies, these include GE, Intuit, Ceridian, Royal Bank of Canada among others. Richard has extensive business development experience with the middle east region, having previously lived in Israel for 18 years. During his 18-year period living in Israel, Richard was retained by the chairman of OZ building and Investment Ltd., a public company with a significant market share in commercial development industry in Israel. He was responsible for the research, negotiations and international joint ventures that led to numerous projects involving fast building systems.  He served as a project analyst and general business consultant for an investment company that had placed more than $60 million in diverse international projects. His responsibilities included international funding, legal and contract work, project creation, corporate analysis, and internal communications and negotiation with prospective clients. He returned to the United States, where he developed a consulting business. Richard brings  a unique background in diverse business enterprises, with broad organizational experience from start-ups to large international companies. He has developed a deep understanding of business culture and non-adversarial systems consistent with the company’s organizational development strategies. He has been guest lecturer at Cornell University Graduate School of Business, Regis University, Department of Internal Medicine of Cedar Sinai Hospital and The Anderson Institute in Virginia.

  • B.S. - 1969, Research Microbiology Kansas State University

Dr. Hitesh Bindra - Technology Inventor

  • Ph.D. - 2010, Nuclear Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

  • M.S. - 2007, Nuclear Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

  • B.E. -  2002, Chemical Engineering Panjab University  

Dr. Pablo Bueno - Technology Inventor

  • Ph.D. - 2006, Aerospace Engineering University of Texas at Austin

  • M.S. - 2002, Aerospace Engineering University of Texas at Austin

  • B.S. - 1998, Aeronautical Engineering with minor in Mathematics U.S Air Force Academy


Dr. Jacob Karni - Technology & Industry Expert

Professor at The Weizmann Institute of Science & Director of Centers For Energy Research

  • Ph.D. - 1985, Mechanical Engineering University of Minnesota

  • M.S. - 1982, Mechanical Engineering University of Minnesota

  • B.S. - 1979, Civil Engineering University of Minnesota

Dr. Jeffery Morris - Technology & Industry Expert

Professor and Acting Chair of Chemical Engineering Department at The City College of New York and Levich Institute

  • Ph.D. - 1996, Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

  • M.S. - 1991, Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

  • B.S. - 1989, Chemical Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Ryan Anderson - Technology Expert

Assistant Professor at University of Montana

  • Ph.D. - 2012, Chemical and Biological Engineering University of British Columbia

  • B.S. - 2007, Chemical Engineering and B.A. in History Bucknell University