Issam brings a unique blend of deep technical knowledge coupled with commercial and business expertise. Over the past three decades, Issam delivered a strong record in creating financial and strategic values though technology investment, development and deployment. Issam’s balanced background was gained from academic teaching & fundamental research, applied chemicals and polymers research (product development, application development, technical service and project management) as well as investment in renewable and conventional energy emerging technologies.
Issam is passionate about developing others and creating a lasting impact. As a Venture Partner @ PIVA, Issam is excited about the opportunity to share his venture investment experience: from deal origination (sourcing, assessment), to execution (structuring, negotiation and closing) and portfolio management.
Issam concurrently serves as an operating partner for a private equity advising on sustainability-focused investments. Prior to that, Issam served as a Chief Executive Officer of CO2 Sciences, a global organization focused on carbon reduction. Issam spent 18 years at BP across multiples roles in the chemicals and energy divisions, culminating in leading the BP corporate venture capital team and managing over $250m in related assets.
Issam received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and obtained executive training at Imperial College, U California (Berkeley) and Harvard.