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Sandeep Nijhawan

Co-Founder and CEO, Electra

Sandeep Nijhawan is co-founder and CEO at Electra, whose mission is to decarbonize iron and steelmaking through an electrochemical, renewable-energy-powered process. Nijhawan has been at the center of deep-technology and venture investments for over 20 years, leading international companies to garage-based start-ups and transforming nascent ideas into global enterprises. Prior to starting Electra in 2020, he was an operating partner of True North Venture Partners and president of two electrochemistry-focused cleantech startups: AquaHydrex, which developed an electrolyzer for the hydrogen economy, and Staq Energy, which developed distributed energy storage solutions. Earlier in his career, Nijhawan was a senior vice president at Intermolecular, specializing in accelerating R&D of innovative materials for electronics; founded and was CEO of LED start-up Siorah Incorporated; and incubated Applied Materials’s LED business from concept to commercialization.

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