About our founder
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Caroline Abramo is Pana’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Abramo has been pioneering ESG metrics in the carbon transition for over 30 years. Her previous experience includes commodities and infrastructure investing, including private equity experience through arranging financing for the earliest “green companies”. Ms. Abramo has advised on and taken ownership stakes in several green companies and platforms through Pana Advisory which she launched in 2011. Her knowledge and understanding of energy, power and commodities markets was developed through extensive work with commercialization of cutting-edge commodity technologies and execution of large-scale projects with companies such as Dynegy, Calpine, Cheniere, and Chesapeake while at Credit Suisse and BNP Paribas. Ms. Abramo further developed her investing skills by arranging financing for Freepoint Commodities and Metallica Commodities at Pana Advisory through an exclusive engagement with Carlyle. Through Pana, Ms. Abramo is an equity owner in Kimura Capital, a private ESG trade finance platform since 2016 (on-going). Ms. Abramo was most recently a portfolio manager for Lazard Asset Management’s Real Asset fund (BBG ticker RALIX) which included 300+ public companies across the real estate, infrastructure, and commodities space. She was also co PM of the Lazard Commodity fund (BBG ticker COMDO). Through years of meetings with senior management teams, Ms. Abramo has cultivated unparalleled relationships with the leading companies in this space.
About Our Team
- Strategic Partners
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, among others, natural/organic food, Hispanic media, green building materials, women’s sports. 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 several portfolio companies. She was involved in all aspects of the investment process as well as administration of the firm.
Prior to joining Solera, Ms. Hennessy-Jones had a 20-year career in private finance, investment banking and corporate finance, at firms including J.P. Morgan, Salomon Smith Barney, Nations Bank, Allied Capital Corporation and Exxon Corporation. Her extensive career includes investment and analysis across numerous industries, with a strong ability to assess value and risk across many types of transactions. Ms. Hennessy-Jones’ 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/chemicals companies. She advised 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.
Head of Business Development
Lindsey Brannon is a mission-driven leader with over 14 years of developing, structuring, and financing traditional and next-gen infrastructure. At the beginning of her career, Lindsey spent nine years at J.P. Morgan working in Chicago and New York City. While at J.P. Morgan, Lindsey worked in Asset Management covering Fortune 500 executives and business owners, and six years in the Investment Bank’s Public Finance Group, where she financed over $6 billion in infrastructure, affordable housing, social, and sustainability projects. Post J.P. Morgan, Lindsey worked as the Head of Public Finance for a Series A FinTech startup called Neighborly, with Emerson Collective, FinTech Collective, and 8VC as lead investors. Lindsey pioneered constituent-first, technology, and sustainability financings including a Rockefeller Foundation-sponsored Environmental Impact Bond to address flooding for the City of Atlanta, GA. Lindsey has also successfully launched innovative companies, having co-founded a broadband infrastructure company called Lit Communities in 2019 and having been a part of the core management team at Sensei Ag, Larry Ellison of Oracle’s indoor agriculture startup venture. Lindsey graduated with a B.A. in Public Policy from The University of Chicago and lives in New York City.
Margaret Ekblom is an Associate focusing on marketing and business development for the firm. Margaret has five years of experience on corporate sustainability teams, most recently running a sales analytics team at Rothy’s Inc, a San Francisco sustainably made apparel brand. She also was a Senior Franchise Account Manager at Yelp Inc, where she sold and analyzed Yelp advertising. She is a graduate of Bucknell University with a degree in Sustainable Management. At Bucknell she was the President of Net Impact, the national sustainable networking club.
LNG Carbon Sequestration & Hydrogen
Colin Williams is an Advisor and Operating Partner for Pana LCE, and is currently spearheading Pana’s Hydrogen Investment Platform. He is currently Head of Strategy and Business Development for Gulf Coast Sequestration, the most advanced Gulf Coast-based carbon capture & sequestration (CCS) development project, with Phase 1 expected to sequester nearly 3 million tons per annum or 80 million tons in aggregate. In conjunction with that project he is working extensively with multi-national companies in the Ammonia/LNG/natural gas processing space to aid in their decarbonization efforts. He is also the Executive Chairman of GNL Talcahuano SpA, a LNG import development in Concepcion, Chile which is critical energy infrastructure in transitioning Chile from its heavy coal power dependency. Previously he held principal investing positions at organizations including the Blackstone Group, OSpraie Management and Indus Capital. He was a graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.
Jamie C. Beard, Esq.
Jamie serves as the Executive Director of the Geothermal Entrepreneurship Organization (GEO) at the University of Texas at Austin, an organization she founded in 2019. She also organizes and curates the PIVOT – From Hydrocarbons to Heat conference series, a gathering dedicated to engaging the oil and gas industry in challenges associated with exploring and drilling for geothermal energy. She also serves as Principal Investigator of ‘The Future of Geothermal in Texas,’ a multi-institution, cross-state study of the impact and implications of pivoting the Texas energy economy toward geothermal energy, and is founder/CEO of Project InnerSpace, a 501c3 dedicated to supporting oil and gas industry engagement in geothermal project development. An energy, regulatory and environmental attorney by training, Jamie is a passionate advocate for geothermal energy as the baseload capable clean energy of the future, and the missing link to solving both energy and climate. Jamie's work in geothermal has been featured by media outlets such as NPR, WSJ, CNBC, Vox and Rolling Stone. She delivered a TED talk on the subject of geothermal and the oil and gas industry in August, 2021. www.texasgeo.org
Mr. Martini is an expert in energy storage technologies and has 6 years of experience in business and development in the ultracapacitor field. He was the Project Manager of several government funded SBIRs for the DOE, DoD, and NASA managing over $10M. He has contributed to the accomplishment of six world records related to ultracapacitor technology, and was in charge of the commercialization of the first-of-its-kind high temperature ultracapacitor for oil, gas and geothermal applications. Mr. Martini was the point of contact for several companies in the aerospace and defense field for the integration of ultracapacitor systems in their applications and he served as Principal Investigator of the NASA SBIR program. He is the author of 14 patents related to energy storage technologies. Fabrizio has a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University.
Mr. Sokel is the Managing Director of Birchwood Advisors, a commodity centered platform focused on energy analysis, financial intermediation, and intellectual property.Prior to Birchwood, Mr. Sokel was employed by TOTAL Energies in Singapore, London, Geneva, and Houston. He also held senior positions at Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank. Mr. Sokel worked within HSBC Global Markets (United Kingdom) on secondment from TOTAL Trading & Shipping via their corporate alliance. His client interaction for this strategic initiative covered macro institutions and corporates. With experience in energy trade, origination, price management and renewable analysis, the future focus will be the verification of next generation technology with commercial traction and execution to match. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from The Binghamton University School of Management.
Advisor – Risk Management
Michele is currently a bord member for Sanford Bernstein, Ltd and the Texas Tech endowment. Michelle previously served as President of Americas at Man Group. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Michelle has run trading and hedging books for energy companies and large investment banks. She joined Man Group’s multi-manager business in 2006 to build its expertise in commodities and new alternatives including energy, environmental investing and real estate, ultimately taking over research, selection and oversight. She has extensive experience in fund of hedge fund portfolio construction, asset allocation and risk management. Michelle graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University.
Advisor – Agriculture & Biologicals
Sonia founded Chalsys in Sep 2004, following the sale of her first software venture to a private equity group. Since then, she has invested over $350M in a number of industries and acted as an operating executive over the last 8 years in indoor farming, as a result of having invested in a vertical farming venture in 2013.Sonia began her career in technology when, as Head of Innovations, she drew the first network diagram the Group CEO of a major UK media conglomerate had ever seen. She explained that ‘1’s and 0’s’ were going to change the media landscape (indeed, the world), and they did. Sonia then went on to build her first tech venture as CEO of eZokaGroup, a UK-based internet startup that was sold in 2002. Following eZoka, Sonia founded Chalsys. From Chalsys, Sonia became the Director of Localization and Global Content for Google, Inc.Most recently, Sonia was CEO of Sensei Ag, Larry Ellison (Chairman of Oracle, Corp) and Dr David Agus’ AgTech venture in indoor farming – building 4 farms across North America, ranging from low tech aquaponics and high dome poly, to high tech glasshouse. Prior to that, Sonia was CEO of Crop One Holdings, Inc., a vertical farming company that owns FreshBoxFarms in Millis, MA and a joint venture with Emirates Flight Catering in Dubai. This joint venture is building one of the world’s largest vertical farms with an anticipated output of three tons per day. Sonia was appointed one of the Global 100 Technology Pioneers at the World Economic Forum two years in a row. She earned her BA in Political Science from Stanford University and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School. She also holds Professional Chef and Pastry Qualifications from London and City College, has worked as a professional chef, and has completed certifications in Green Supply Chain Management and Zero Energy Architecture.
Advisor - Power Markets
As EVP and Chief Sustainability Officer, Chris is responsible for the overall leadership of California Resources Corporation’s ESG program in the oil, gas, and emerging carbon industry. Prior to his current role, Chris built and led Fortune 100 Exelon Corporation’s strategic planning, sustainability, and innovation programs in the electric and gas industry. As Head of Corporate Strategy and Chief Innovation Officer at Exelon, Gould built a consensus vision of the energy future and led several initiatives to build and operate Exelon’s R&D and emerging technology incubation programs. In his role as Chief Sustainability Officer, Gould led Exelon’s climate change strategy as well as its overall Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) program. Gould is the Co-founder of the Exelon Foundation’s Climate Change Investment Initiative (2c2i) which makes venture capital investments in early-stage energy, mobility, agriculture, and water startups to advance climate mitigation and resiliency in communities.