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Core Staff

 
 
Eric Ingersoll

Managing Director​

Eric Ingersoll (Managing Director, LucidCatalyst (LC)) is a strategic advisor and entrepreneur with deep experience in the commercialization of new energy technologies. He has extensive project and policy experience in renewables, energy storage, oil & gas, and nuclear, with a special emphasis on advanced nuclear technologies. At LC, Eric works with clients to develop commercialization and market entry strategies for advanced energy technologies such as advanced nuclear power generation, carbon capture, and zero-carbon liquid fuels.

 

Eric has led the LC team in completing an array of projects related to regulatory, financing, and project delivery barriers in the nuclear sector for a variety of clients, including government agencies in the US and abroad. LC conducted a definitive cost study on advanced nuclear technology and maintains one of the industry's most comprehensive advanced nuclear cost models. Eric was on the study team for MIT's Study: The Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World, and a principal author of ETI’s Nuclear Cost Drivers Report. He leads multiple decarbonization modeling efforts, and advises governments and private sector on electricity and fuels applications of advanced nuclear and fusion energy systems.

 

Eric is also co-founder of the NGO Energy Options Network (EON): a group of technologists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and scientists providing rigorous thought leadership and hands on support to accelerate the commercialization and deployment of Real Climate Options most aren’t paying attention to. As most future energy system growth will likely take place in the developing world, EON focuses heavily on technologies practical for deployment there.

Before LucidCatalyst, Eric was an interim leader or paid strategic advisor to over 30 startups. He raised over $100 million of private equity for General Compression, of which he was a founder and the lead inventor of the technology. Because of his unique strategic vision, focus on addressing climate change, and experience developing and commercializing new technologies, Eric was a member of the renewable energy advisory group of the National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP), and was honored at the White House as a Champion of Change in Renewable Energy.

Listen to Eric talk about his work as one of the world’s leading climate change analysts and advisors on the Titans of Nuclear podcast, and what inspired him to work on climate change and clean energy.

Kirsty Gogan

Managing Director​

Kirsty Gogan is an internationally sought-after advisor to governments, industry, academic networks and non-profit organisations. Kirsty is regularly invited as an expert speaker on science communication, nuclear competitiveness and innovation to high profile events around the world. She has more than 15 years’ experience as a senior advisor to Government, including at 10 Downing St, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, and the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

 

Kirsty is also Co-Founder and Executive Director of Energy for Humanity (EFH), an NGO working to meet the goal of universal access to clean and cheap energy to meet the challenge of tackling climate change within urgent timescales; whilst enabling billions of people to achieve modern standards of living. EFH was shortlisted for the Business Green Leaders “Green NGO of the Year” Award in 2016.

Previously, Kirsty led the Government’s national public consultation into the UK’s Energy Policy Statements, evaluated the national response to the accident at Fukushima Dai-Chi, and revised the Civil Nuclear Emergency Planning and Response guidance. As Head of Communication for the Nuclear Industry Association, she established strong, long-standing relationships within the UK energy sector. In this role, Kirsty established an academic-led expert network and forged new relationships widely recognised as transformational for representation of nuclear in the UK, including the Low Carbon Alliance between the nuclear, carbon capture and renewables industries, representing more than 1,000 businesses.

Watch an inspiring video about Canada’s Clean Energy Opportunity, featuring Kirsty.

John Herter

Senior Consultant

John Herter has spent the past twelve years working for economic and corporate strategy consultancies as well as clean energy start-ups.  As a Senior Consultant at LucidCatalyst, John advises corporations and NGOs on energy storage policy and deployment and manages an array of projects related to regulatory, financing, and project delivery barriers in the nuclear sector.  John led the development of a report on advanced nuclear costs and has been involved in developing several capitalization strategies to take different types of nuclear technologies through to commercial demonstration. 

 

John’s professional experience spans advancing energy storage policy in California (promoting incentive programs and new market mechanisms to compensate energy storage for its value to the grid) and leading project development efforts for large-scale, first-of-a-kind energy projects. With 15 years of GIS experience, John has led detailed site selection analyses for solar and utility-scale energy storage projects and has created GIS-based decision support tools for the EPA’s Climate Change Division and other federal agencies.

Justin Aborn

Senior Consultant

Justin Aborn joined LucidCatalyst in 2020 as a Senior Consultant. Justin has performed wide-ranging technology work that spans circuit board design to data network architecture to energy machinery design to information system cybersecurity to public policy advocacy and analysis.

 

Justin has performed complex technical system analyses and led projects that shepherded new technologies from ambiguity to functioning fielded systems. In his energy-related work Justin built power plant simulations that integrated machine performance models, weather predictions, electricity price data, gas price data, and contractual dispatch commitments. The resulting simulations modeled the financial performance of proposed energy-storage-augmented power plants. Justin’s models were used to assess the concepts of operation related to making market and forecast driven 'store versus sell' energy dispatch decisions.

 

Justin was a technical subject matter expert and leader of public policy matters during formative years of today’s data communication infrastructure. He was long active in the standardization bodies that took up the telecommunication industry’s commercial collaboration on new technology adoption, while simultaneously attending to appropriate consideration of government regulatory frameworks and needs.

 

Justin earned a BA degree in Engineering from Dartmouth College, a BE degree in Electrical Engineering from Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering and completed the Greater Boston Executive Program (GBEP) at MIT's Sloan School of Management. Justin is an inventor on over eighteen granted patents in technologies that range from telecommunications systems to compressed air energy storage systems. Justin served as a U.S. State Department delegate to two international telecommunications forums and co-chaired the Federal Communications Commission's Network Reliability and Interoperability Council (NRIC) Broadband Focus Group. Justin was named a “Mass High Tech All-Star” by The Mass High Tech Journal.

Jane Pickering

Operations Director

Jane Pickering has spent the majority of her career creating innovative operational approaches for small but ambitious organizations that seek to challenge some of the world's greatest problems. Most recently she was COO for Inter Mediate, a charity focused on negotiation and mediation in international civil conflict, led by Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair’s former chief of staff and the chief British negotiator on Northern Ireland from 1997-2007. Prior to this role, Jane was COO at the human rights charity Reprieve where she worked for 8 years.

 

Jane’s specialties are a robust pursuit of operational efficiency and systems that prioritize enabling each team member to do their best and more. She has a range of experience in supporting organistional development, in particular overseeing the growth of the Reprieve staff team from 8 to 35 during her tenure.  She was also a non-executive member of the Ecological Building Society for 6 years, during which time its asset based grew from £60 million to £90 million. She has experience in all aspects of organizational operations and management, including strategy development and implementation, financial management and planning, and effective staff management and development.

Romana Vysatova

Consultant

Romana Vysatova provides business planning and operations support for LucidCatalyst in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Co-founder of Lucid Strategy, she helped develop product, market, marketing, organizational, and investment strategies and wrote dozens of business plans for companies and non-profits seeking growth and investment. She worked with the First National Bank of Chicago to help set up one of the first Venture Capital funds in China; with Drexel Burnham Lambert as a financial analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department in New York; and with the White House Domestic Policy Council and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington D.C. on rural economic development with a focus on supporting new business creation. Romana led a strategic planning and facilitation initiative to integrate and streamline the rural development and assistance programs of multiple Federal agencies. She also works with a variety of non-profits in the Boston area as a communications consultant and photographer. Romana received a Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and graduated from Harvard College.