The BRC Team

Hervé Touati

Hervé Touati

Managing Director – Boulder, CO

Hervé Touati is Managing Director at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). He focuses his work on disruptive business models and technologies in the electricity sector and mechanisms to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy by large corporations, such as the Business Renewables Center (BRC) and the Sunshine for Mines initiatives. Hervé is also Chairman of Black Bear Energy (BBE), a for-profit spin-off of RMI acting as an owner’s representative for Real Estate Investment Trusts in distributed energy. Outside RMI, he is an advisor to Greentech Capital Advisors and cleantech startups in Europe and North America.

Hervé held several senior positions at E.ON, Germany’s leading utility. He was global MD of the solar and biomass businesses at E.ON Climate & Renewables. He founded and was the first CEO of E.ON Connecting Energies, E.ON’s distributed energy business. E.ON received the prize of “Best European Greentech Company” in 2013 for his work. Earlier, Hervé served as a leading expert for the energy sector with McKinsey & Co.

Hervé received a M.S. in Mathematics from Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley. In his early engineering career, he authored more than 20 technical papers, was recipient of one IEEE Best Paper Award and one US patent.


Lily Donge

Principal – Washington, D.C.

Lily Donge came from Ernst & Young having led their cleantech knowledge management. She has 20 years experience in sustainability, cleantech, and finance. She previously worked at Calvert Investments, where she led the firm’s energy, cleantech, and climate change due diligence. She created and managed sustainable investment processes for the Sustainability Index, Global Alternative Energy Fund, the Global Water Fund, and the first fund strategy on green bonds. Lily has been called on several times as an independent expert to review sustainability practices of companies. She has collaborated on dozens of stakeholder reviews and independent panels on corporate disclosure including sustainability disclosure guidelines for utilities. She serves on the Board of Alliance for Green Heat and Roberts Environmental Center. Prior to joining Calvert in 2001, she worked in the Institutions and Governance Program at the World Resources Institute and in investment services at Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette.

Lily has a global background, being originally from Vietnam, having grown up in the Philippines, and holding French citizenship. She has an MBA from the Yale School of Management and an MA in International Development Economics from Yale University and a BA in Economics and International Relations from Claremont McKenna College.

Ian Kelly

Ian Kelly

Manager – Boulder, CO

Ian joined the BRC team in fall 2014 and focuses much of his time on the development of the BRC’s products. He is currently leading the task force on risk allocation, which will result in the delivery of a primer on the topic at the May 2016 conference, and an analysis of the fair value of new wind or solar plants across the U.S. He previously managed the creation of the BRC Marketplace and authored the BRC’s Deal Structure Primer, Economic Analysis Primer, and Deal Process Guide.

Ian joined RMI after completing a masters degree in Energy & Environment at Duke University. Among his activities there, he conducted an analysis of the feasibility and environmental impacts of incorporating renewable energy, energy storage, and energy efficiency into a proposed islanded microgrid to power an artisanal diamond mine in Sierra Leone and was part of a multidisciplinary faculty and student research team working to develop an energy disaggregation system.

In his first career, Ian practiced corporate law in Chicago, where he represented clients in the energy utility, energy management/controls, information technology, consumer products, and private equity industries in a variety of domestic and cross-border transactions.


Stephen Abbott

Manager – Boulder, CO

Stephen currently manages the BRC Marketplace platform and the BRC’s online presence. During his three years on the team, Stephen has led various initiatives for the BRC and drafted several of the BRC’s core offerings such as the Internal Support Guide, the Deal Dream Team Guide, and several of the BRC case studies. Prior to joining the BRC, Stephen’s work at RMI focused on helping large universities source renewable energy.

Stephen became interested in offsite renewables while a graduate student at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he focused his attention on renewable energy and sustainability. To pursue this interest, Stephen spent his summer internship working in the wind development group at Apex Clean Energy in Charlottesville, VA.

Prior to attending graduate school, Stephen spent four years at an economic consulting firm, where he conducted research, performed econometric analysis, and used statistical programming languages to understand the financial impacts of corporate actions. Stephen has a BA in Economics and Computer Science from Williams College, MA.


Kevin Haley

Marketing Manager – Boulder, CO

Kevin Haley is a Program Marketing Manager at the Rocky Mountain Institute, where he leads marketing and communications for the Business Renewables Center. Kevin comes to the BRC with over five years of communications and marketing experience, most of which focused on the renewable energy industry covering a range of technologies like wind and solar, as well as in-depth work on cross-cutting issues including clean energy finance and policy issues.

Prior to BRC, Kevin was the director of communications at the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) in Washington, D.C. He also previously worked as a communications consultant to the American Wind Energy Association, the Sierra Club, The Energy Foundation and as the content strategy lead to the EnergyFactCheck campaign.

Kevin graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and a minor in German. In 2010, he completed an internship in the U.S. House of Representatives. Kevin is an avid skier, golfer and runner in his spare time and enjoys regular travel to visit friends and family in Chicago and Boston.


Ali Rotatori

Associate – Washington, D.C.

Ali is an Associate within RMI’s Business Renewables Center (BRC), which she joined in October of 2016. Prior to joining RMI, Ali worked for SunEdison’s Commercial and Industrial practice for two years, focusing on solar projects in New England. Through working on both the Project Finance and Project Development teams she gained experience in everything from land acquisition, town permitting, and the utility interconnection process to structuring and building financial models to value projects and portfolios. Her passion for addressing climate change through disrupting the current carbon emitting status-quo stemmed from her education at Middlebury College, where she earned her BA in Environmental Science and Economics in 2014.


Pamela Day

Program Coordinator – Boulder, CO

Pamela Day is the Program Coordinator for the Business Renewables Center (BRC) working to ensure all membership is expertly managed and executed per each client’s expectations. In addition, Pamela plans the conferences and boot-camps as well as attends and administers them for the BRC team. She serves as the “face” of the BRC at these important events.

Pamela joined BRC in January 2017 after working for a small software firm in Boulder. Previously, she worked for Constellation Energy in Baltimore for two years. Pamela’s experience includes extensive office management and C-Level executive support for both large and small corporations.

In addition, Pamela pursued a Broadway singing career with performances around the country including Saturday Night Live and the Boston Red Sox. She continues to perform locally in shows and cabaret. Pamela earned a Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.


Roberto Zanchi

Sr. Associate – Washington, D.C.

Roberto works on RMI’s Business Renewables Center (BRC) team where he focuses on supporting product development and growing the BRC’s membership.

Prior to joining RMI, Roberto worked at nonprofit CDP in Berlin and London, and helped to launch RE100, a global platform to make influential companies commit to 100% renewable electricity. Roberto ran the RE100 Technical Advisory Group and organized events to educate companies to international renewable energy procurement options.

Between 2005 and 2012, Roberto studied and worked in India, where he focused on bringing social enterprises and other market-based solutions to social development issues to scale. His work there included writing business plans for microfinance institutions, and market research for impact investors on new business models for drinking water supply.

Roberto holds an MSc in Energy Policy from Imperial College London, as well as an MSc in Economics and Management and a BSc in Economics and Management from Bocconi University. He is fluent in Italian, and can converse in German, Hindi, and Modern Greek.


Rachit Kansal

Associate – New York, NY

Rachit is an Associate in RMI’s Business Renewables Center (BRC). He joined the organization in March 2017.

Rachit is coming fresh off a Master’s in Renewable Energy in Europe, where he completed a double-degree program that fused comprehensive technical knowledge with basic entrepreneurial know-how. Among the many projects he worked on, Rachit explored the feasibility to replace all of Ireland’s natural gas with waste-based biomethane, he looked at environmentally-friendly and economically favorable pathways for the Democratic Republic of Congo and proposed new energy efficiency performance indicators for supermarkets.

Rachit loves working across disciplines to bring new & exciting ideas and people to the table. He is all about impact and is excited to be in an organization with that very same mantra. In his spare time, you will find Rachit expounding his unsolicited views on blogs, learning new cooking recipes and roaming around New York with a camera in his hand