Core Team

C-Ventures help commercialize innovative ideas. We specialize in the emerging low carbon sector with a preference for new technologies across major applications in energy, transportation, materials and scarce resources. For assignments, projects and investments, ad hoc project teams are assembled under the leadership of members of our core-team below.

C-Ventures is an activity of Hapuna BV, which has its statutory seat in the Netherlands. It is registered with the Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands under number 53158431.

Virginia Corless
Dr Virginia CorlessAmerican. Dr. Virginia Corless received her B.Sc. in Physics from MIT and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Cambridge, and was a Marshall Scholar and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.  She transitioned to the energy sector while a AAAS fellow at the US Senate Committee for Energy and Natural Resources, where she worked on international clean energy deployment, development, and domestic industrial efficiency issues.  Upon leaving the Senate to return to Europe, she was instrumental in developing the Bellona Foundation’s roadmaps for the deployment of CO2 Capture and Storage technologies, and became the Science & Development Manager for The Sahara Forest Project A/S, a start-up developing technologies to sustainably generate food, freshwater, and energy in desert environments.  There she manages the research program at the company’s pilot facility in Qatar and develops scientific and commercial networks necessary for growth.  She has worked in the US, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, and has won awards for her work in theater and writing.  She has served on technology policy committees and is the author of multiple articles in scientific journals and professional publications.   Virginia specializes in working at the boundary of scientific research, technology development, and public policy in the clean energy sector.

Gabriel de Scheemaker
2014nov9-gs-photoDutch. 21 years with Royal Dutch Shell. Finance, commercial, operational and global business leadership roles in Netherlands, Japan, UK, USA and Canada. CEO of Cellana (an algae-to-fuel Shell joint venture), Chairman and CEO of HERA (a Canadian metal-hydride hydrogen storage company), CFO and general manager Asia-Pacific of Shell Hydrogen, VP of Shell Capital, non-executive board member of Icelandic New Energy, and commissaris of (a chemicals procurement portal). In 2001 he led Shell’s participation in the shaping of two new VC management firms (Chrysalix and Conduit), becoming Shell’s LP-representative for ten years. He has (co-)authored publications on innovation, algae commercialization and hydrogen deployment. Director of C-Ventures and coordinator of the activities of C-associates. MSc electrical engineering (Delft University), MBA international finance (New York University), Fellow of the Institute of Directors, UK.

Hans Willemsen
Ir Hans WillemsenDutch. 23 years with Royal Dutch Shell. Technical, commercial, operational and global business leadership roles in Netherlands, UK and Singapore. CEO of Shell Solar. 5 years with entrepreneurial family business Scheuten, CEO of Scheuten Solar and CEO of Scheuten Glass. Increasingly involved in governance of companies and institutions. Chairman of board of Dutch School of Singapore, and of BGT Bischoff Glastechnik AG. Currently involved in advisory and interim management roles. Driven and down to earth, fast and thorough analysis and execution of resulting actions, customer and bottom line focus, leader. MSc chemical engineering (RU Groningen), MBM (TU Eindhoven), supervisory board program (Nyenrode BU)

Lynn Mytelka
lynn-picCanadian. Professor Lynn Krieger Mytelka is the former Director of UNU-INTECH (July 2000 to December 2004) and currently a Professorial Fellow at its successor institute UNU-MERIT where she heads the Hydrogen fuel cell program. Over the past four years, Lynn also served on the Executive Committee of the Global Energy Assessment, working on the innovation chapter and responsible for the chapter on Capacities and Capacity Development for Energy Transitions. Between 1996 and 1999, she worked with UNCTAD, Geneva, as Director of the Division on Investment, Technology and Enterprise Development (DITE). Prior to this she taught at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, where she was Professor, Faculty of Management and Public Policy from 1982 and subsequently a Distinguished Research Professor. Professor Mytelka’s research and publications cover a broad range of issues in development, science and technology, including innovation systems, clustering, technological upgrading in traditional industries, North-South co-operation, biotechnology, strategic partnerships, multinational corporations and competitiveness. She has undertaken numerous research and capacity building projects and consultancies for various governments, Canada, France, South Africa, and international agencies, including the EU, OECD, UNDP, UNCTAD, UNIDO, IDRC and the World Bank. She serves on a number of Advisory and editorial Boards.

Ian Archibald
Screen Shot 2013-04-30 at 1.23.58 AMScot. Ian has had a long career as an innovator in corporate environments working to identify new opportunities and to ensure that value is created through effective implementation. A founder member of Shell’s Gamechanger organization, Ian has developed and fostered new technologies in many areas including: applications of Artificial Intelligence to Product Design; the first successful application of Genetic Algorithms to Financial Derivatives Trading; a new method of detecting hydrocarbon microseepage; novel methods to capture CO2 directly from the atmosphere. Ian was responsible for introducing algal biofuel technology to the oil industry. In addition to being an active innovator Ian has a worked to develop the processes of innovation more generally, particularly making effective links to corporate strategy. Ian has worked in the IT sector, commodity trading, environmental affairs, corporate strategy, oil marketing, exploration geophysics, R&D management and biofuels development. His final job within Shell was as Technology Manager for Cellana Algae biofuels. Ian has degrees in Mathematics, Physics and Biochemistry.

Duncan Macleod
Duncan_MacleodBritish. As President & CEO of Iogen Energy in Canada since July 2010, Duncan led the development program to advance commercialization of Iogen Energy’s cellulosic ethanol technology, which is now to be built and integrated with a major sugar-mill in Sao Paolo state, in partnership with Brazils biggest sugar/ethanol producer Raizen. He was previously Vice President of Shell’s Hydrogen business, developing hydrogen as a future fuel for mobility and power. Duncan has a Shell career spanning three decades working in Venezuela, the Caribbean, Nigeria, Japan and the Netherlands and has held key positions in Supply/trading, M&A, Upstream, Strategy, Government Relations and Alternative Energy. Duncan was also instrumental in setting-up Shell’s biofuels technology ventures, including Iogen in Canada, from 2001 onwards. Mr. Macleod has been a member of the California Hydrogen Highway Network Advisory Panel and The California Fuel Cell Partnership Steering Team, the Boards of Icelandic New Energy and Cellana BV, and currently sits on the Boards of Conduit Ventures and the Canadian Renewables Fuels Association. He studied Economics & Geography at Birmingham University.