Ascent Hydrogen Fund brings together senior executives from some of the world’s largest energy and investment companies
Mark has an MBA (honors) from the University of Chicago with concentrations in Analytic Finance and Economics. Mark has an MA from Stanford University and a BA from Brown University (honors). Mark is a CFA charter holder.
Mark was awarded a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and he completed the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.
Between 2010 and 2017, David led the sale of two energy companies as Head of Capital Markets; Hong Kong listed Greenheart Group (acquired by New World Group in 2014) and NYSE listed InterOil Corp (acquired by ExxonMobil for c.US$3bn) in 2017.David started his career with Rothschilds in the IPO/ECM team in London, Moscow and Singapore and held senior positions with Brunswick Group in Beijing and Edelman in Hong Kong advising some of Asia’s largest listed companies, including Sinopec, Baidu, Trina Solar and Yingli Solar.
Born in China, David grew up in London and studied Economics and Management at Trinity Hall College, Cambridge University. He was also a Du Cane piano scholar at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Mr. Vogelstein is also the Chairman of New Providence Asset Management, LLC and Senior Advisor to Warburg Pincus, LLC. Born in 1934, he attended The Taft School and Harvard College. Mr. Vogelstein began his career at Lazard Freres & Co., where he became a partner in 1964. He joined E. M. Warburg & Co., Inc. (later Warburg Pincus, LLC) in 1967. Over the course of the next forty years, he and Lionel Pincus built the firm to be one of the largest and most successful full line private equity firms in the world.
Currently, Mr. Vogelstein is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Prep for Prep; Vice Chairman of the Board of Overseers of The Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University; Trustee of New York University; Chairman of Third Way; Chairman of Christie’s Advisory Board; Trustee of Temple Emanu-El; Trustee of The Jewish Museum, and Director of Flamel Technologies.
Dr. Hession began his career with BP specializing in managing major development projects. From 1998 to 2013 he worked with Woodside Energy managing major LNG projects and developing new businesses. Dr. Hession was educated in the United Kingdom, France and the United States and has a doctorate in climate science from the University College Wales. He also has a MBA from the London School of Economics, Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Paris, and New York University in the US.
Prior to founding Horizon, George Gu was leading Eastman Chemical Company’s venture capital activity in mainland China. He participated in over 20 venture investments made by Eastman Ventures, with a focus on Asia-Pacific. His roles included VP Business Development for Asia Biznet, and interim CEO for Jinqiao eCommerce. George also led Eastman’s Asian Business Development team in developing advanced material opportunities, with a specific focus on clean energy. George also has experience in marketing, channel development and business planning with Canon Inc and Eastman Kodak. George holds an MBA from University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and a B.S. in Finance from Fudan University.
He was the founder of Serica Energy plc and has been involved with the successful start up and financing of a further six companies (Mitra Energy, Malaysia now Jadestone Energy, Canada; MPX Limited, UK now Zennor Petroleum, UK; ZinMac - now Strategic Oil and Gas, Canada; Greenfields Petroleum, USA; CaribX Limited, UK and Helium Resources Ltd, UK).
Chris brings a wealth of exploration and successful small company business experience. PhD., BSc. SID