Ben Lenail, MBA

Ben Lenail, MBA

Director of Business Development at Alta Devices

Ben Lenail is a founding officer of ALD Connect, a research consortium focused on the neuro-metabolic disease X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD).
Ben is currently Director of Business Development at Alta Devices, a solar energy company in Sunnyvale. He is also a member of HealthTech Capital, an investment group focused on healthcare IT.
Ben was previously a distinguished visiting scholar at Stanford University, and Senior Director of Corporate Development at Sun Microsystems. Ben has a Bachelor’s from Sciences Po (Paris, France) and an MBA from the University of Washington with a concentration in Finance and Operations Management.
Among his significant experience in the nonprofit world, Ben is currently on the Executive Committee of Silicon Valley Social Ventures (SV2). Ben served on the Board of the International School of the Peninsula for seven years.
In his free time, Ben enjoys spending time with his family and his beloved Golden Retriever Hazel, cycling, and walking.

Peter S. Fiske, PhD, MBA

Peter S. Fiske, PhD, MBA

CEO PAX Water Technologies (PAX)

Dr. Peter S. Fiske has been the chief executive officer of PAX Water Technologies (PAX) since November 2008. Prior to that he has served as the company’s chief technology officer in addition to his role as vice president for research and development for parent company, PAX Scientific. Under his leadership, PAX Scientific won a three-year $2 million advanced technology program award from the Department of Commerce to develop innovative high-efficiency mixing and water treatment technology using biomimicry.
Prior to joining PAX, Dr. Fiske was co-founder of RAPT Industries, a start-up based on technology from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where Fiske was a staff member for six years. Fiske was CEO of the company from May 2001 to April 2004.
In addition, Fiske is the author of 20 technical articles, most in international peer-reviewed journals, including Science. Dr. Fiske was a White House Fellow during the Clinton administration and served one year in the Pentagon as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Acquisition and Technology. He is a nationally recognized author and lecturer on the subject of leadership and career development for scientists and engineers and writes a regular column in the journal Nature.

Bill Shelander, MBA

Bill Shelander, MBA

Business Development expert for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Bill Shelander is the Business Development expert for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a position aimed at enhancing the entrepreneurial awareness within the Lab’s research community with an emphasis on helping to create start ups. He has over 20 years of experience managing nearly $180 million in venture funds and returned over $600 million. He has invested in and helped to start dozens of high technology companies. He has seen both investment failures and successes with a distinguished track record as an officer or director of companies acquired or listed on NASDAQ. He has a BS in Systems Engineering with a minor in physics, an MS in Chemical Engineering, and an MBA from Stanford.