Our People

Management Team

  • John Belizaire Chief Executive Officer

    John is a serial entrepreneur who successfully founded, scaled, and sold multiple technology companies, including FirstBest, an insurance software company acquired by Guidewire, and The Theory Center, a software company acquired by BEA Systems. Before becoming an entrepreneur, John was the lead architect for Intel’s Digital Enterprise Group. He has a BS and MS in Computer Science from Cornell University.

  • Dipul Patel Chief Technology Officer

    Dip is a technologist, engineer, and entrepreneur. He’s the founder of Ecovent, a smart home technology company sold to ConnectM in 2016. Before Ecovent, Dip led the design, development, and production of complex radar hardware systems at Lockheed Martin. Dip has a BSEE from Drexel University, an MSEE from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

  • Phillip Ng Vice President, Corporate Development

    Phillip is an Associate at Brookstone Partners and manages business development opportunities related to Blockchain at Soluna. Before joining Brookstone, Phillip worked as a Senior Consultant at Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory group as well as in the Financial Advisory Group of Deloitte Chile. He holds a BBA in Economics and Finance from the University of Georgia. He holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

  • Larbi Loudiyi Managing Director, A.M Wind

    Larbi co-founded, managed and successfully grew A.M Wind SARL, an energy development company based in Morocco and acquired by Soluna in June 2018. Before A.M Wind, Larbi founded renewable energy consulting firm Cbiom whose customers comprised of leading French energy companies. Larbi is an engineer with a decade of experience in renewable energy and energy efficiency. He holds a Master of Science in engineering from the Polytechnic National Institute of Lorraine, France.

Advisory Board

  • Dwight L. Bush Former US Ambassador to Morocco

    Ambassador​ ​(Ret)​ ​Bush ​served as the U.S. Ambassador to Morocco from 2014 to 2017. He​ ​is​ ​currently​ ​President ​​of​ ​DL Bush & ​Associates, ​a strategic advisory firm based in Washington DC. Prior to that, he held positions at Chase, Sallie Mae, Stuart Mill Capital, and was CEO of Urban Trust Bank.

  • Ari Juels Co-Director of the Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Contracts

    Ari is a Computer Science faculty member at Cornell Tech. He was previously Chief Scientist at RSA. Ari’s interests span a broad range of topics in computer security, Blockchains, cryptocurrency, smart contracts, cryptography, and privacy.

  • Murat Akdeniz Founder Mirian Blockchain for Social Finance

    Murat is the Founder and the CEO of Mirian, a social finance company offering a suite of smart contract and decentralized financial products. Prior to founding Mirian, Murat was part of the engineering and data science teams at JP Morgan Chase's Intelligent Solutions division.

  • Timo Hanke Former CTO, Cointerra

    Timo is the head of engineering at DFINITY, a Blockchain startup that is building a decentralized computing cloud. Timo is a cryptocurrency, crypto-mining, ASIC, and Blockchain expert. He is also CTO of Mavvilab and former CTO of Cointerra.

  • Sanjeev Kumar Former CFO Enphase Energy

    Sanjeev has over 20 years of experience in global energy markets, including alternative energy. As CFO he has done two recent successful IPOs for Enphase Energy and Terraform Power.  Previously he spent 10 years at Occidental Petroleum in increasing responsible positions.

  • Bill Phelan Successful Private Equity Investor

    As a General Partner in a private equity firm, Bill led investments in industries that were positively transformed by the emergence of the Internet generating 35% IRRs over 10-year time horizons. As a technologist, Bill founded and sold a technology company to America Online and continues to develop a number of high growth companies in the digital media and Blockchain space.

Board of Directors

  • John Belizaire Chief Executive Officer

    John is a serial entrepreneur who successfully founded, scaled, and sold multiple technology companies, including FirstBest, an insurance software company acquired by Guidewire, and The Theory Center, a software company acquired by BEA Systems. Before becoming an entrepreneur, John was the lead architect for Intel’s Digital Enterprise Group. He has a BS and MS in Computer Science from Cornell University.

  • Michael Toporek Chairman

    Michael is the founder Brookstone Partners and currently serves on the board of directors of Instone and Mechanical Technology. He helps Brookstone portfolio companies like Soluna expand into new markets, strengthen operations, and implement financial discipline. Michael holds a BA and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

  • Matthew Lipman Private Equity

    Matthew joined Brookstone in 2004 and actively works with portfolio companies on organizational transformation and managing capital structures. He currently serves on the board of directors of Denison, Instone, and Mechanical Technology. Matthew received his BS from Babson College in Business Administration.

  • Chuck Dana Global Executive

    Chuck is an operating partner at Brookstone Partners. Before Brookstone, he held executive positions at GE Locomotives Indonesia and Owens Corning. Chuck received a BA from Dartmouth College in Economics.