Jules Kortenhorst is the Chief Executive Officer of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), and is a recognized leader on global energy issues and climate change. His background spans corporate, government, entrepreneurial, and nonprofit leadership.
Prior to joining RMI in 2013, Jules was CEO of Topell Energy BV, a company that developed a cutting-edge process for the production of solid biofuel. Earlier, he served as the founding CEO of the European Climate Foundation (ECF), the largest philanthropic organization dedicated to policy development and advocacy on climate change in Europe. Jules led a major effort at ECF to develop the roadmap for decarbonized power generation.
Before launching ECF, Jules served as a member of the Dutch parliament, and was the CEO for International Operations of ClientLogic Corporation, a global leader in outsourced customer relationship management solutions. Earlier in his career, he worked for eight years for Royal Dutch Shell, including as managing director of Shell Bulgaria. He began his career as an analyst at McKinsey & Co. in Amsterdam.
Jules holds a master’s degree in monetary economics from Erasmus University in the Netherlands, and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School.
Ned Harvey is Managing Director for the Carbon War room Business unit of RMI. RMI is a non-profit based in Colorado with a 33-year legacy in working with industry, government and other market leaders to drive the efficient and restorative use of resources.
Ned's 8 year tenure at RMI and CWR leverages his twenty years of diverse business leadership experience. Prior to moving into the CWR unit, Ned led the execution of the institute’s alliance with the Carbon War Room. Prior positions at RMI include serving as the institute’s Chief Operating Officer, Program Director for the Solar Market Transformation Program and head of Development.
Prior to joining CWR and RMI, Ned founded and led several Renewable Energy Development companies and served as an executive for a global consultancy. In his early career, Ned spent eight years as an officer in the United States Navy, serving aboard nuclear submarines and in the Tomahawk cruise missile program office.
Ned has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at San Diego.
He currently serves on the boards for the Harvard Business School Club of Colorado and the Colorado Clean Tech Industry Association.
Mark Grundy joined the Carbon War Room in September 2012, bringing 15 years of communications and media expertise from both sides of the Atlantic. As Communications Officer at the EC’s European Environment Agency in the 2000s, Mark helped communicate to the public and European policy makers the environmental milestones achieved by the European Union, such as annual performance towards Kyoto, the Emissions Trading Scheme, and the 5-year, pan-European ‘State of the Environment’ report. In 2007, Mark moved to the U.S. to work for international public relations firm Edelman. Within Edelman’s New York Corporate Social Responsibility Practice, Mark provided counsel and led global and nation media campaigns on climate, carbon, and clean-tech for Fortune 500 firms, governments, IGOs and NGOs, including campaigns on UAE’s MASDAR, REDD+ and climate science findings.
Mark earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and MBA degrees in Manchester, UK.