White House Clean Energy Panelist Howard Berke

Howard Berke, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, Konarka

Howard Berke is currently executive chairman and co-founder of Konarka Technologies, an innovator in development and commercialization of Power Plastic®, a material that converts light to energy. As well, Mr. Berke is a Senior Advisor to Good Energies, a global leading private investment firm in solar photovoltaic companies and wind developers. Good Energies contributes as a strategic investor to the ongoing energy transition process through its long-term investments and its support of development initiatives in the field of clean energy technologies. Good Energies is a member of COFRA Holding AG, Zug/Switzerland and is represented through offices in London, New York, Toronto, Washington DC and the Zug website.

Mr. Berke has nearly 30 years of hands-on management experience launching, building and leading both public and private technology companies. This includes over 20 years of general management with full P&L responsibility for eight start-up companies and ten years of business development and marketing focusing on emerging technologies.

He has founded or co-founded 13 start-up companies and has initiated and completed numerous corporate acquisitions, mergers and R&D joint ventures in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He advises start-up companies and entrepreneurs in a wide range of fields including medical devices, biotech informatics, software, networking, telecom and energy technology.

In addition to serving as delegate to the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers, he is a Director of SEIA, formerly was a Board Director for ACORE, has helped to found and organize the New England Clean Energy Council and has guest lectured on entrepreneurship at Yale, Harvard, MIT and elsewhere throughout the world.

Berke received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Yale University. His academic training includes finance, accounting, operations research, corporate law, architecture and physics.


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