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Kunal Sethi

Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer

Member at Angel Capital Association, Westchester Angels, American Waterworks Association, Water Environment Federation, New York Bio and New York Academy of Sciences..

An Impact Investor in disruptive products and the founder of S CAP® NYC with nearly 15 years of financial experience focusing on Food, Life Science and Environmental Science, he believes in impact investing & partnering with entrepreneurs to be the social change.

This journey began with MetLife that led to managing investments at banks like ABN AMRO, RBS and ANZ for High Net worth Individuals & Institutions.

The transition to Social Entrepreneurship began with a couple of angel investments, he realized problems in the way we diagnose & treat diseases and identified the importance of healthy eating and drinking clean water. From thereon Impact Investing became his focal point of interest. By combining his banking experience with a life long passion for science, he chose to be the change by investing to start S CAP®. Originally from India, he moved to Singapore and finally to New York, to “ Make a Living, Not a Killing” in the Impact Investing world.

Today, he invests & partners with growth stage companies in Food, Life Science & Clean Tech using Impact Investing.

He also believes in creating sustainable jobs for Millenials as part of the solution. That’s why the S CAP® Millennial Program is important in Food, Life Science & Clean Tech.

Rick Lockett

General Partner and Chief Operating Officer

Rick has been involved in water treatment and water technology for 25 years, with experience in segments including drinking water, stormwater, waste and process water and swimming pool and spa treatment. Previously, Rick was President of Muntech Products, a consumer products company which grew revenue by over 3 times during his nearly two year tenure. Rick also led global sales and business development at the water technology start up HaloSource for nine years. As Senior Vice President- Global Water Business and then President, GM Americas, he led the growth stage of the business from $3 million in sales to a $16 million annual run rate upon his departure in 2012. Rick was an active participant on the Senior Leadership team of the company raising several rounds of venture funding, including participation in the three man roadshow team for a successful $85 million IPO on the AIM market in London in 2011 that was significantly oversubscribed. Mr. Lockett attended the University of Texas at Austin, studying business administration as a National Merit Scholar.

Kumar Palani

Kumar Palani

General Partner

Kumar has led in multiple verticals, including food & beverage, global supply chain, enterprise software, e-commerce and cloud technology over the last 23 years. As a Director, played a key role in SS&C Technologie’s growth from an IPO company to being acquired for nearly $1billion in 2005. During his 11 year tenure at SS&C, developed the distribution capabilities from the ground up and also oversaw sourcing, procurement and vendor alliances. Starting in 2006, founded an organic food & beverage company with a focus on sustainability, health and wellness. Built relationships in the industry from the farmer to retailers to promote ethical products both online and via retail stores. With knowledge of the whole business cycle from R&D to customer support, consulted for startups and mid-size companies to develop business plans, products and expand into new marketing channels. Mr Palani graduated from Rider University in New Jersey with an MBA focus in international business and economics and a BSBA in Accounting and Finance.

Casey Sabol

Casey Sabol

Advisory Partner

Casey Sabol is the Founder of LizzyJays Juice, a Cold Pressed Juice Company. She has 8 years experience in Food and Beverage, specific knowledge in co-pack manufacturing, supply chain management, operations and marketing in addition to 20 years in the Health and Fitness Industry. Casey has consulted for several companies in F&B and other industries on brand and packaging development, R&D, on-line marketing, production and logistics. She is passionate about helping other Entrepreneurs bring their ideas and products to market.

Kelly Sturek

Venture Associate

Kelly Sturek studied business at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where he exceled in entrepreneurial studies. He has worked for his parents' growing IT business in Las Vegas, as a business development intern at, Nebraska Center for Excellence in Electronics. Currently Kelly runs business development, sales, marketing, team leading and fundraising. Kelly’s focus in innovation takes him to many different fields of study whether it's technology or food science.

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Dorian Smith-Garcia

Marketing & Public Relations Advisor

Dorian heads S CAP®’s marketing development, which includes developing marketing & PR campaigns, overseeing industry & consumer outreach and key organization partnerships. Her responsibilities include driving awareness of S CAP® and our entrepreneurs by securing press coverage in trade publications and consumer focused outlets; coordinating event opportunities for speaking engagements and exhibitions, and establishing and maintaining partnerships within the impact community. Before joining S CAP®, Dorian launched a multi-faceted marketing consultancy that develops market entry strategies for Asian brands to launch in the U.S. by leveraging networks and relationships with Fortune 500 Firms like Microsoft, and Viacom as well as burgeoning influential networks. She holds extensive experience in marketing and public relations and specializes in influencer marketing to the millennial demographic.