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About our founder

Caroline Abramo

Founder & Chief Investment Officer

Caroline founded Pana LCE in 2019 to meet the demand for sustainable climate investments that offer competitive returns. Her work in commodities and infrastructure investing spans 27 years at several premier institutions including Lazard Asset Management, Enron, Carlyle Group, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Kimura Capital, and Pana Advisory. She has significant Private Equity growth experience through arranged financing and IPO’s for the earliest “green companies”. Caroline has also advised on and taken GP ownership stakes in several green companies and platforms through Pana Advisory. Caroline was most recently Co PM for the Lazard Real Assets Fund (BBG ticker RALIX) and made growth investments into Infrastructure, Real Estate, and Commodity companies. Caroline was also co PM of the Lazard Commodity fund (BBG ticker COMDO) with Pana LCE team member Eduardo Gonzalez. Caroline holds a Bachelor of Science and Arts in Management from Bucknell University.

About Our Team

We’ve built a team at Pana LCE on shared values, built over our many collaborations over our 30+ year careers. The foundation of trust and integrity we have built as fiduciaries throughout our careers is essential to our Pana LCE vision. As important is that we’ve built a team of commodity experts with proven success in growth equity investments in the key climate sectors of agriculture, energy, and industrials. The relationships we’ve built over our careers form the backbone of Pana LCE’s proprietary network, ensuring early access to the best opportunities for investors. Our proven success through profitable exits and our ability to value companies for a “green premium” establish us leaders in the ESG/climate space.

  • Portfolio Management
    & Research
  • Senior Advisors
  • Business Operations

Mario De La Ossa

Private Growth Equity- Energy

Mario specializes in geospatial analytics, energy market and supply chain analytics, supply/trading/refining optimization, and conventional and biofuels feedstocks optimization. He has significant growth equity experience in addition to prior work in commodity derivatives trading, modeling, risk management expertise and predictive analytics systems. He previously held roles at Enron, Koch Industries, Tesoro, Chevron, Silverpeak Private Equity, Bloomberg and Descartes Labs. Mario managed several growth equity investments within the energy refining space while at Silverpeak. Prior to entering the energy industry, Mario served as a U.S. Naval Officer. Mario holds a BS degree from the US Naval Academy and an MA from Norwich University.

Mary Ellen Hennessy Jones

Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Hennessy-Jones most recently was President and a co-founder of Solera Capital, a New York-based, women-owned private equity firm that makes majority investments in emerging growth companies across a number of consumer sectors, including natural/organic food (Annie’s). Ms. Hennessy-Jones was a member of Solera’s Investment Committee, served as the firm’s Chief Compliance Officer, and served on the board of certain portfolio companies. She was involved in all aspects of the investment process, which included an IPO exit. As leading brands in their sectors, the portfolio companies partnered with major global CPG companies in executing on their business plans. Prior to joining Solera, Mary Ellen had a 20-year career in private finance, investment banking and corporate finance, at firms including J.P. Morgan, Salomon Smith Barney, NationsBank, Allied Capital Corporation and Exxon Corporation. Her experience at J.P.Morgan included as head of the Basic Industries Group in M+A/Advisory, where she focused in particular on paper/packaging/forest products companies. Her work included advising companies on business strategy, financing, acquisitions and divestitures (domestic and international). Ms. Hennessy-Jones graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Durant Scholar from Wellesley College with a B.A in Mathematics and Economics. She also holds an MBA, with a concentration in Finance, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where she was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma.

Margaret Ekblom

Marketing & Branding Associate

Margaret Ekblom is an Associate focusing on marketing and branding for the firm. Margaret has five years of experience on corporate sustainability teams, most recently running a sales analytics team at Rothy’s. She also was a Senior Franchise Account Manager at Yelp Inc, where she sold Yelp advertising. She is a graduate of Bucknell University with a degree in Sustainable Management.