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Kumar Aiyer   CEO and Founder

Kumar is the founder and Managing Partner of Blue Flame Energy Finance LLC, a start-up company in Carlsbad, CA focused on the commercial and industrial energy sector. Since 2011 he has served as the Managing Partner of CleanFin LLC., a structured-finance advisory firm focused on the sustainability sector. Prior to his career in clean energy finance, he was a portfolio manager and strategist on Wall Street in the residential mortgage and asset backed securities industry. He was a senior portfolio manager at ZAIS Group, a structured credit asset management firm in Red Bank, NJ from 2006 to 2011, working on residential mortgage securities and whole loans. He has also served in senior research strategy roles at Banc of America Securities, Credit Suisse, and Paine Webber. 

PhD, Electrical Engineering from University of Rochester
MS, Renewable Energy Systems from Loughborough University
 

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Abinash Tiwari   CIO

Abinash has over 15 years of experience in energy finance, project development, origination and business development. He has developed 250+ MWs and invested $1+ bn in solar PV, storage and other DG projects for Constellation NewEnergy, subsidiary of Exelon Corporation – the largest utility holding company in the country. He has financed $200 MM of energy efficiency projects using securitization transactions. He has also led and advised on $2.5 Bn Energy M&A, project finance and capital raising transactions.
Before BlueFlame, he was director of renewable business development at Constellation and has also worked in investment banking, venture capital and consulting.

MBA, University of Maryland, College Park
B.Tech, Electrical Energy Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, India
 

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Sundeep Amrute   CTO and Founder

Sundeep brings deep experience in building technology platforms to BlueFlame. He has led development of tech solutions to help some of the largest financial institutions in the world, including investment banks, hedge funds, and mortgage companies. He is founder and managing member of Street Solutions Inc, a mortgage financial technology SaaS business. He has also worked at Credit Suisse and Nomura as VP.

BS, Electrical Engineering, Princeton University
 

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Chris Kelly   Founder and Board Member

Chris is an independent investor and hedge fund advisor with over 20 years of experience in capital raising and asset management. He has a consistent track record of high returns as a hedge fund manager. He’s invested in online lending platforms and advanced energy storage companies.
Before BlueFlame, he was MD in charge of Mortgage Business at Zais Group LLC, Co-Head Residential Mortgages, Head of CDO and Re-insurance, Lehman Brothers, VP Fixed Income Sales at Goldman Sachs.

BA, Yale University
 

Advisors

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Matt McGovern

Advisor - Origination Strategies

CEO at Cypress Creek Renewables

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Tom Smith

Advisor - Cogeneration Finance Strategies

CEO at Sterling Wilson Cogen

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Ben Durrant

Advisor - Corporate Strategies

Partner at Provenio Capital