Meet the Team
Founder, Inventor, CTO
Dr. Tony Iacovelli, M.D.
Tony has enjoyed a dual career both as an emergency room physician and 20 years in renewable energy research and development with the NextPower design as the latest in a line of profound innovations. He has invented and internationally patented a novel family of fuel cells that have 14 times the power density of the industry standard. Previously, he has developed a medical device that helps make surgery faster and safer as well as another device that can be used for the emergency treatment of children. He studied medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and biology at Syracuse University.
Michael Shore, MS, MCE, PE
Michael is a successfully exited entrepreneur with extensive C-suite experience. Over six years, he grew his solar company, FLS Energy, from scratch to $100 million in annual revenue, and has gone on to advise sustainable technology companies across the globe. He has invested in and been on the leadership teams of several other breakthrough sustainable companies. He holds degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from NC State and UNC respectively.
Christopher Devault, CFA, CAIA
Christopher has nearly 20 years of experience in senior corporate financial management and institutional investment management. Christopher’s industry expertise includes renewable energy, clean tech, private equity/venture capital and real estate. Christopher has 10+ years of experience in
renewable energy including utility scale solar and wind, having worked for two of the world’s largest renewable energy companies (EDF Renewables, NRG Renew). He also founded Alpha Vanguard which is both a consulting and investment management firm.
Board & Advisors
Technical Advisory Board
Dr. Madhav Manjrekar
Dr. Manjrekar works as an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte and serves as an Assistant Director of the Energy Production Infrastructure Center (EPIC), a research center founded by industry champions such as Duke Energy, EPRI, and Westinghouse at the university. Prior to joining academia in 2012, Dr. Manjrekar worked as the Vice President of Global Research and Innovation at Vestas (the wind turbine company), and previously held various leadership and management positions at Siemens, Eaton, and ABB. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Manjrekar holds 10 US and international patents, published over 100 journal and conference papers, and has received multiple IEEE prize paper awards.
Investor, Technical Advisory Board
Dr. Khalid Hamied
Dr. Hamied spent over 25 years working in Wireless and Mobile Communications, Machine Learning, and Statistical Analysis. He was the Head of R&D of the Plan, Build, and Optimize Product Development Unit at Ericsson, where he directed the development for planning and optimizing 4th generation wireless networks and Multi-Technology Self Organizing Networks. Before his role at Ericsson, he was the President and Chief Technology Officer of Optimi Corporation and one of its founders in 2003. Optimi, a leading supplier of advanced planning, optimization, and management solutions for GSM, UMTS, and LTE wireless networks, was acquired by Ericsson. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1994 from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Member, Board of Directors, Board of Advisors
As an advisor to NextPower360, Tom adds extensive experience helping early stage companies grow from startup to successful exit. As an early employee at a string of successful tech companies, Tom will help guide NextPower360 through early growth stages and set the foundation for future hypergrowth. Tom complements the founders with a wealth of experience in sales, marketing, partnerships, product management, and go-to-market strategy. Tom is a passionate believer in NextPower360's mission to commercialize innovative electric generators and motors that will significantly reduce green-house gas emissions. Tom also worked in the US Federal Government with extensive experience in government grants and grant applications.