Our people

Founder & Managing Partner

Bonnie Datta

Passionate about emerging clean technologies and intelligent infrastructure, Bonnie is an international market strategist who brings to bear a combined policy and business background to positively impact decarbonization pathways, with deep expertise in electric and connected transportation.

Armed with a multi-disciplinary, cross-industry skillset, Bonnie is a policy expert with advocacy depth engaging policymakers and industry stakeholders globally. Prior to founding Plug to Grid Strategies, she played a leadership role in the establishment of smart energy and transport electrification frameworks in multiple US states and select Southeast Asian markets.

With career pivots from disrupting telecom to advanced energy to clean transport via a stint in government, Bonnie leads with a philosophy of continuous learning and knowledge agility. She holds Bachelor of Science (Honors) and Master of Arts degrees.

Bonnie serves on the Board of Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

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Panel of Experts

Plug to Grid Strategies is honored to be guided by the following climate-tech industry stalwarts
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Chris King, JD

A cleantech industry thought-leader, Chris enjoys innovating in the smart energy space, with a number of successful Silicon Valley start-ups behind him. Chris developed  “Metering as a Service” for advanced energy metering and invented Peak Time Rebates, which were key to the rollout of smart meters in California.

With deep knowledge of the electricity business, Chris enjoys creating products and services in software and hardware related to the full range of DERs and electrified  transportation, and currently leads the eMobility partnerships portfolio at the European conglomerate that purchased the start-up that he had co-founded.

A flag-flying alumnus of Stanford University and its business school, Chris has been invited to testify (twice) before the U.S. Congress on clean technology and is licensed to practice law in California.

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Carolin Funk, PhD

With a career supporting renewable energy programs in government agencies, multi-nationals, and early-stage ventures, Carolin is a multi-faceted professional who thrives at solving technology challenges with a focus on software and AI.

She has been actively involved in the start-up space in Silicon Valley, first in a corporate-backed incubator and then, successfully scaling two storage-based start-ups in EV infrastructure and telecom.

Carolin seamlessly traverses, the European and US venture financing worlds with an eye on spotting the next interesting “thing” in clean technology, putting to use her German engineering and business school credentials.

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Suzanne Bertin

With extensive knowledge of the Government machinery in the great state of Texas, Suzanne proactively leads the advancement of clean technologies in her role as the Managing Director of a broad industry alliance.

With experience across the electricity grid spectrum and DERs, Suzanne has held key positions advocating for a wide range of wholesale and retail legislative and regulatory issues including experience in the workings of ERCOT since the inception of competitive retail market in the state.

A lifelong Texan and a proud alumna of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, Suzanne puts to creative use her rare combination of engineering and public affairs degrees.

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Neil Lessem, PhD

Specialising in environmental, behavioural and regulatory economics, Neil is an energy economics expert with an international track record working with utilities, policymakers and clean technology providers on complex topics such as innovative electricity rate design, experimental pilots and policy impact metrics.

His tenure with the Brattle Group saw him involved on innovative projects across four continents, giving him a deep appreciation of the degree to which alternative regulatory and market regimes can drive outcomes.

Now based in Australia, Neil is a director at Econalytics, where he continues to apply intellectual rigour and a consumer-focused lens to cleantech decision-making for clients across Oceania, Asia and North America.

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