Management & Board of Directors

Management Team

Nimesh PatelCEO & Director  

 

  • Nimesh is a Managing Director, Co-head of Investments and a member of the Investment Committee for AMCI Group
  • Since Nimesh joined the Investment Committee at AMCI, AMCI has invested $1.4 billion of its capital and approximately $0.5 billion of co-investor capital across the global industrial, transportation and natural resources sectors
  • Nimesh was an officer of AMCI Acquisition Corp., a SPAC that successfully completed a business combination with Advent Technologies, Inc. in February 2021
  • Nimesh has served on the Boards of Directors or represented AMCI’s equity interests in 8 companies during his time at AMCI, and has served on the Board of Directors for Conuma Resources Ltd since April 2017
  • Prior to joining AMCI, Nimesh was with Great Hill Partners where he focused on private equity investments in technology-enabled services companies
  • Previously Nimesh was with ChrysCapital, where he focused on private equity investments in the technology-enabled services, business process outsourcing and renewable energy sectors
  • Nimesh graduated cum laude from Princeton University with an A.B. in Economics and with an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

 

Brian Beem – President & Director

 

  • Brian is a Managing Director, Co-head of Investments and a member of the Investment Committee for AMCI Group
  • Since Brian joined the Investment Committee at AMCI, AMCI has invested $1.6 billion of its capital and approximately $0.7 billion of co-investor capital across the global industrial, transportation and natural resources sectors
  • Brian was an officer of AMCI Acquisition Corp., a SPAC that successfully completed a business combination with Advent Technologies, Inc. in February 2021
  • Brian has served on the Boards of Directors of 14 companies during his time at AMCI, and has served on the Board of Jupiter Mines Ltd (ASX: JMS) since October 2019
  • Prior to joining AMCI, Brian worked at First Reserve Corporation, a leading private equity firm specializing in the energy industry. While at First Reserve, Brian worked on several co-investments with AMCI, including the formation of AMCI Capital L.P.
  • Brian started his career at Merrill Lynch in New York, where he worked in the financial sponsors and energy & power groups in the investment banking division
  • Brian graduated cum laude from Princeton University with an A.B. (Bachelor of Arts) in Politics

 

Patrick Murphy – CFO

 

  • Patrick is a Managing Director for AMCI Group
  • Patrick leads AMCI’s iron ore business and its joint venture business relationships with the global industrial groups China BaoWu Steel and POSCO
  • Patrick represents AMCI’s interests and serves on the Boards of Directors of a number of companies including Australian Premium Iron Pty Ltd, Juno Minerals Limited (ASX:JNO) and Minero Las Cenizas
  • Patrick joined AMCI in 2018 after spending the previous 11 years in the global investment group at Macquarie as a Managing Director in Mining Finance, Commodities & Global Markets division
  • Patrick specialized in deploying Macquarie’s balance sheet across the capital spectrum inclusive of passive and active equity investments, structured debt, greenfield project finance, structured derivative lending and commodity hedging
  • Patrick holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Western Australia

 

 

Non-Executive Directors

Hans Mende – Non-Executive Director

  • Hans co-founded AMCI in 1986, with nominal capital, growing the company into a multi-billion dollar global enterprise with activities in commodity investing, operations and trading
  • During his career, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of numerous public and private natural resources companies, including Whitehaven (ASX:WHC), Felix Resources Limited (FLX:AX), Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE:ANR), Foundation Coal Holdings, Inc. and NewWorld Resources PLC (WSE:NWR)
  • Hans was the Executive Chairman of AMCI Acquisition Corp., a SPAC that successfully completed a business combination with Advent Technologies, Inc. in February 2021
  • Hans currently serves as director of Jupiter Mines Ltd (ASX: JMS) and Ridley Terminals Inc, amongst others
  • Prior to founding AMCI Group in 1986, Hans served at Thyssen Group in various senior executive positions including President of Thyssen Carbometal Inc.

Dr. Adrian (Adi) Paterson – Independent Director

  • Adi Paterson is the Principal and Founder of Siyeva Consulting
  • Prior to founding Siyeva in 2021, Adi worked as the CEO for Australia’s Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO), one of Australia’s largest public research organizations and recognized as an international player in nuclear science and technology
  • During his time at ANSTO, Adi had strategic oversight and responsibility for ANSTO’s multi-facetted portfolio of activities, including securing funding and operating the Australian Synchrotron, a major research facility serving as an innovation hub in southeast Melbourne
  • Adi ensured integrated operations the for Open Pool Australian Light-Water (OPAL) Reactor at ANSTO – which provides isotopes for medical diagnosis and treatment, access to neutrons for science and irradiation services for Australian and overseas users – ultimately becoming one of the most productive reactors in its class globally
  • In addition to his time at ANSTO, Adi has experience in key policy areas as a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), Engineers Australia (EA) and the Royal Society of New South Wales
  • Adi holds a BSc in Chemistry and a PhD in Engineering, both from the University of Cape Town and an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Wollongong

Jill Watz – Independent Director

  • Jill is Managing Director of Ascian Technology Advisors, offering advisory services on business strategy, technology development, operational management and financing for early and growth-stage companies in the energy technology and natural resource sectors providing services to family offices, private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds, foundations and start-up companies
  • She is a Senior Advisor to AltaRock Energy, a Khosla Ventures backed geothermal technology development company based in Seattle, WA and focused on bringing the next generation of advanced geothermal resources to scale
  • From 2008-2014, Jill served as a Venture Partner for Vulcan Capital, a Seattle based private wealth management group with over $10 billion of assets under management, where she was responsible for investment strategy, due diligence and portfolio management in the clean technology sector
  • From 2006-2010, Jill served as a Climate Change Director for Vulcan, Inc., Paul G. Allen’s family office where she was responsible for integration of climate programs across the Vulcan portfolio including: Vulcan Real Estate, Paul G Allen Family Foundation and all related corporate affiliates
  • Jill served on the staff of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 1994-2005 in a variety of research and management roles for science and technology development in national security, intelligence, energy and climate
  • Jill has a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from University of California and S.M. degrees in both Civil and Environmental Engineering and Technology and Policy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Kate Burson – Independent Director

  • Kate is the Principal and Founder of KCB Advisers where she works with seed to growth stage clean technology companies (energy, mobility, and natural resource management) on growth, market development, market entry and business development strategies
  • Previously, Kate worked at Tesla where she was among the first commercial hires for its energy business. She led market entry, policy, and business development for energy storage across the east coast
  • Prior to joining Tesla, Kate co-led energy policy for New York state.  Kate developed and deployed a new strategy for a distributed, networked electric grid – powered by clean energy. Her initiative grew into the State’s Reforming the Energy Vision, REV, which Kate co-developed and managed
  • Kate graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in History and earned a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis

Mark Pinho – Independent Director

  • Mark is the Managing Partner at St. Victor Group (SVG) and a Co-Founder/Partner at 4×4 Capital
  • Mark leads SVG in its focus on making longer duration, structured corporate investments in partnership with management and family owners
  • Mark also currently serves as a Partner for 4×4 Capital, an operationally focused investment and management platform focused on building-long term value for middle market companies
  • Prior to SVG and 4×4 Capital, Mark was a managing director for 12 years in the private equity group of Soros Fund Management, a $20bn private investment management firm serving as the principal investment advisor to funds associated with the Soros family and related charitable foundations
  • Mark spent four years in middle market growth equity and buyout with BCI partners and LiveWire Capital prior to his time at Soros
  • Mark graduated the University of Virginia with a B.S. from the McIntire School and earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania

 

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