An award-winning entrepreneur, Simon has been obsessed with commercializing hydrogen fuel since he built his first hydrogen electrolyser at age 9. He then founded Youth Hydrogen, a project based on hydrogen policy development and independent design of hydrogen vehicle networks which led to the founding of Hydra Energy. He was named a “Top 20 Under 20 Canadian' by Youth in Motion, a member of 'Generation Next' by Vancouver Magazine, and an 'Emerging Innovator' by Ashoka and American Express.
Badr, the Co-founder of Hydra is an executive of the Abduljawad Group, a multinational conglomerate based in Saudi Arabia, with interests in financial services, manufacturing, construction and automobiles. Badr is also a Co-founder and key investor in three other startups: Servall Biometrics, GridGear Solutions and Turrath.
Jo leads all technical operations at Hydra Energy and brings 30+ years of experience in hydrogen systems engineering. In the past, Jo co-founded General Hydrogen, where he worked on developing hydrogen fuel cell technology for industrial forklifts. Jo pioneered the deployment of the world’s first fuel cell bus over the course of his 20 year career. In partnership with Dr. Cliff Ricketts at Middle Tennessee State University, he once modified a Toyota Tercel to drive 500 miles across Tennessee, using only sun and water-derived hydrogen for fuel.
Jean-Louis leads the development for our hydrogen product; committed to simple, creative solutions that blend engineering principles with bold design aesthetics. Prior to Hydra, Jean-Louis served as VP of Engineering at Angstrom (later acquired by BIC) where he led the development for over 50 patents related to hydrogen fuel cells. Before that, he was a former researcher and design engineer at Ballard Power Systems. Jean-Louis holds a BS/MS Applied Science from the University of British Columbia.
Jessica leads the non-technical operations at Hydra Energy, including raising capital, acquiring hydrogen rights and securing hydrogen demand. She previously was the VP of Business Development for Ecosphere+, the sales and marketing arm for Mirova Natural Capital in London. She supported the close of Series B and go to market strategy for cleantech company, Axine Water. She was part of the founding team of Evok Innovations, a fund that raised $100 million from oil and gas companies to invest in early stage cleantech. She started her career in government where she led efforts to price carbon and foster the green economy in British Columbia.
Antoine is responsible for Hydra’s financial strategy. He has 14+ years of experience as a finance professional, having secured over $150M+ in financing for renewable energy projects as Director of Finance at Elemental Energy Inc. Prior he was in Corporate Finance at Univar and a Senior Treasury Analyst at CHC Helicopter. Antoine holds a Bachelor of Commerce, and is a CPA, CFA, and CA.
Laura has established a 20 year track record in the environmental and technology space. Passionate and skilled in developing collaborative relationships, she has opened up key opportunities for Hydra to advance new partnerships with government and industry. Laura has served as a Business Development and Climate Policy Specialist at the B.C Ministry of Environment, Climate Action Secretariat in Victoria and as Director of Business Development at Unisys.
Advisor + Board Member
Advisor and Board Member
Mr Jones is Founder/CEO of Nucleus Advisors, a New Jersey-based Global Enterprise Advisory Group. Over a 35-year career he has advised companies and investors across a spectrum of markets such as IT, Communications and Healthcare. He has worked for market leaders including GE, Motorola, and the Global Rothschild Family Office and has held roles as a Venture Capitalist, Board Member, and Advisor. Mr Jones received a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from U. of Chicago.
Frank H Vial
Frank H Vial is an advisor to Hydra as a creative strategist with over 18 years of experience working with many of the world’s strongest brands. Based in San Francisco, he works with ambitious startups to shape and scale essential ideas with a positive impact. From wearables, clean energy, mobility, analytics, to social impact, and robotics, he is interested in realizing the potential of better futures.