Ned is co-founder of Digital Gaia, a new venture which combines advances in digital technologies, cognitive science, and the power of tokenomics to inform impact investment in climate and environmental solutions. Ned oversees the business and commercial aspects of Digital Gaia and leads the development of decentralized financial (DeFi) solutions to mobilize $trillions in investment into entirely new financial asset classes valued in Natural Capital.
Ned is a passionate entrepreneur and executive with deep experience in leadership and innovation with over 25 years of experience in energy, climate, and traditional cleantech. In May 2021, Ned left a 13-year tenure as a Managing Director at RMI (formerly Rocky Mountain Institute), where he focused on deploying market-led solutions to global energy and climate challenges. In his final role at RMI – building on a decade of experience working in global industrial systems on energy and climate transitions – Ned founded the institute’s Climate Intelligence program in recognition of the critical need for advanced digital and computational solutions to inform humanity’s pursuit of solutions to the climate catastrophe. Prior to RMI, Ned held management and executive-level leadership positions in business and served 8-years in the US Navy Submarine force.
Ned received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at San Diego and MBA from Harvard Business School.