Ion Yadigaroglu is Managing Principal at Capricorn Investment Group, an investment firm founded to demonstrate that it is possible to invest profitably while driving sustainable positive change. Capricorn manages $4 billion in assets today for Jeff Skoll, the Skoll Foundation and others who strive for extraordinary investment results by leveraging market forces to accelerate large scale impact. Previously, Mr. Yadigaroglu executed a range of acquisitions and investments as a Director of Business Development at Koch Industries, the largest private company in the world by revenues. Mr. Yadigaroglu serves on several boards of directors including those of TrueCar, Agrica, SunPreme, Automatiks, Targeted Growth, Identified and Falcon Waterfree. Mr. Yadigaroglu holds a Masters in Physics from Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich in Switzerland, and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Stanford University.
Dipender Saluja is Managing Director at Capricorn Investment Group, an investment firm founded to demonstrate that it is possible to invest profitably while driving sustainable positive change. Capricorn manages about $5 billion in assets for Jeff Skoll, the Skoll Foundation, and others who strive for extraordinary investment results by leveraging market forces to accelerate large scale impact. Capricorn’s past and current investments include Tesla, QuantumScape, Planet Labs, Innovium, SpaceX, Twitter, PagaTech, and Heartflow. Prior to Capricorn, Dipender was Chief of Staff at Cadence, a global market leader in electronic design, where he built and managed businesses that worked closely with electronics companies around the world. Prior to that he was at Data General (EMC), Honeywell, ROLM (IBM), and the GF Energy Research Center. He is an electrical engineer by training, and attended UND, Univ of Minnesota and Stanford. Dipender serves on the boards of AST, Automatiks, Calstart, Embrace, Encell, GotIt!, Innovium, Liquidity Nano, Navitas Semi, QuantumScape, RayVio, Sense and Sunpreme, and on the investment committee of PRIME.
Mr. Chang is a Partner and Managing Director and serves on the Investment Committee at Capricorn Investment Group. Mr. Chang oversees Capricorn’s multi-asset class portfolio of investments in Asia and emerging markets as well as Capricorn’s global venture portfolio. Mr. Chang joined Capricorn Investment Group in 2003. Prior to Capricorn, Mr. Chang was at DFJ New England, an early-stage venture capital firm. Previous to that, Mr. Chang was at Montgomery Securities advising technology companies on corporate finance. Mr. Chang received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S.E. from Duke University, graduating cum laude with a triple major in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Art History. Mr. Chang is a CFA charterholder and is fluent in Chinese. Mr. Chang serves on the boards of Sunpreme, Suminter India Organics, Agrica and ReProduct. Other investments include Sagent Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:SGNT) and Mendel Biotechnology. In addition, Mr. Chang also serves on the investment advisory committees of a number of investment funds.
Mr. Chen is a general partner of Tsing Capital, a venture capital fund manager with China Environment Fund I, II and III under management. Since its inception in 2001, Tsing Capital has fully dedicated to cleantech investments in China, having its founder, Mr. Don Ye, recently named one of the “40 Most Powerful Chinese” by BusinessWeek.
Mr. Chen is also serving as member of board of directors of Nobao Renewable Energy Group, Beijing Sound-Puhua Technology, Zhuhai Biofan Environmental Technology and SureAuto Corporation. Prior to Tsing Capital, Mr. Chen was at Bocom Group, responsible for venture investment and M&A activities. Previous to that, he was at WI Harper Group in San Francisco with responsibilities in venture capital investment and portfolio management. Mr. Chen’s professional experiences also include working for GE in China and DuPont in the U.S. and Hong Kong with responsibilities in business development for China regions. Mr. Chen received his Bachelor’s degree in engineering from Tsinghua University and completed post-graduate program of International Trade and Finance in the School of Economics and Management of Tsinghua University.
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