Dr. Soni has over 30 years of global leadership experience as a senior executive, board member, investor and advisor. He has been involved in the Cleantech sector for 15 years and has been an investor, Board member, and Advisor to many young and established companies. He has a comprehensive technical and operations background in clean technology; polymers, chemicals, materials, R&D & manufacturing processes. He manages TiE Boston Angels, a respected Angel Group in the Boston area. Vivek is deeply engaged in clean energy and water technology companies and the entrepreneurial community in Boston. He is a Board member of the holding company for the A.T.E. Group in India and was helpful in the establishment of their Clean Energy and Water technology businesses and has been on the Boards of several A.T.E. Group companies.
Vivek was a Venture Adviser to Nomura International's New Energy and Clean Technology Fund, which was run from London and focused on expansion-stage venture capital deals for cleantech companies. Formerly he was the President of Corporate Technology Strategy & Services at the Aditya Birla Group, a major industrial group based in India. He held senior technology roles at Polaroid and started his career in R&D at Shell Development Company in Houston. He has been a judge for the Cleantech Open Northeast for many years and is a frequent speaker in the Boston area on early-stage investing and mentor to numerous cleantech companies through the VentureWell Aspire Cleantech national program.
He is well networked nationally and in the Boston area with the entrepreneurial and cleantech communities. He received his Ph.D. in Polymer Science & Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi. Vivek has a keen interest in digital photography.