THE FOUNDING TEAM

Our team is composed  of  seasoned  executives and serial entrepreneurs that  bring  decades  of  start-up + Fortune  100  management, technology  development,  sustainability,  media/film, regulatory, and  emerging  growth  investment  expertise.   

Each of us have direct firsthand experiences in our domains of focus, which fuel our passion for elevating humanity and using technology to creating exponential impact.

 

Ratan Agarwal

Ratan Agarwal

Govi Rao

Govi Rao

Shayne Veramallay

Shayne Veramallay

Kweku Mandela

Kweku Mandela

Jake Chagoury

Jake Chagoury

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Fortune 100 Executive Mgmt. + Start-up Operations + Impact & Technology + Venture Capital + Media + Government + Regulatory

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Ratan Agarwal

Managing Partner, New York

"My life started from very humble beginnings in India where I spent my youth in a simple 2-room house with no electricity, water lines, gas lines, or motorized transport.  I figured out my path from school to my professional life with virtually no guidance or resources.  I attended the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology with a Master of Technology and Structural Engineering and ultimately received my M.B.A. from Wharton.  I cut my teeth in the working world at A.T. Kearney as a Management Consultant where I focused on M&A due diligence, valuation, and advisory.  The majority of my career (20+ years) was spent at Cisco Systems where I was responsible for incubation to $170m scale a portfolio new IoT solutions across six different verticals (healthcare, education, energy, transportation, safety & security and financial services), integration and commercialization of our first managed SaaS / Cloud global offering in the market, and operational transformation of a $3B+ global services business. I decided to turn my drive for innovation and start-ups towards improving innovation ecosystem and growth in NY metro  through my active work with local incubators and accelerators (TechLaunch NJ, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator) and as an angel investor advising, consulting, and investing through Keiretsu Forum, Mid-Atlantic Bio Angels, and WAAN.  My passion has always been helping others and I now see a huge opportunity in leveraging the combined power of transformative technologies (such as IoT, cloud, mobility, social media, shared economy, renewable energy, and market places) to change the inflection point in our battle for a truly sustainable world in our lifetime.  I believe that our replication engine and marketplace will be critical strategic cogs in enabling communities around the world to not only leverage the work we are doing at CAЯBON but also be a driving force of 1000's of solutions as the network effect takes hold from the shared economy."


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Govi Rao

Managing Partner, New York

"Virtually my entire career spanning 30+ years has been spent as a passionate global champion of sustainability across several industries including specialty chemicals, coatings, building materials, lighting, energy, and IoT.  I've spent my life managing Fortune 500 businesses and creating my own endeavors from inception, and yet I'm dissatisfied with the impact my life has made on humanity despite my achievements. Even though I was the CEO of Noveda, the Chairman and CEO of Lighting Science Group Corporation, a Partner in Pegasus Sustainable Century Merchant Bank, Vice President and General Manager of the Philips Solid State Lighting NA, and spent over a decade with specialty chemicals leader Rohm and Haas in various leadership roles, it's simply not enough for me to leave my mark on this planet.  I am driven by the betterment of humanity and putting an end to oppressed communities that lack the fundamental building blocks of education, keep women in the shadows, and misuse materials and resources...that is why CAЯBON will be my best and brightest work of my life."


Shayne Veramallay

Managing Partner, New York

"I spend a lot of time questioning why things are the way they are and what "systems" are at work behind the scenes that create the world we live in - the amount of waste, unnecessary abundance, self-serving mindsets, abuse of nature/environment, and inequalities amongst us.  Along those thoughts, I wonder what the underserved populations could achieve if they had the right tools, resources, instruction manuals, and support network to solve the problems in their societies, but at the same time, be shown a path to economic enrichment that harnesses the power of “self” coupled with a sense of oneness with their community. Having come from immigrant parents from Guyana, South America, who started in the U.S. with no more than $25 and a suitcase in 1967, I was taught the value of a dollar, but more importantly, the value of an education.  It was engrained from a very young age that education is the key to life and that you can have anything once you attain it.  I began my career in finance on Wall Street doing Private Placements at Salomon Smith Barney after attending the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.  From there, I moved into venture capital and invested a top performing $100M fund across a broad spectrum of technologies, with a specific focus on advanced materials and Cleantech.  I even managed several startups after this and then turned to innovations in Fintech as part of The Blackstone Group and JPMorgan. Recently, I was Head of an Emerging Growth Advisory Group at DLA Piper focused on alternative fundraising and formed a large network of institutional and corporate investors.  But somehow, I was empty…I was a bit sickened by the billions of dollars invested in all the “innovation” that is starting to erode our capabilities to use our hands and minds in our everyday lives. After working with Kweku on forming REPRESENT, I saw the opportunity to create a team to develop solutions to REAL problems at a rapid pace. This is all that will truly matter in my life - and hence, a new element was born to educate, empower, and engage all life on earth, called CAЯBON."


Kweku Mandela

Partner, Johannesburg

"My Grandfather did not want his legacy to be represented by an airport, a school, or a simple physical manifestation. Instead, he wanted his actions to be a model for the next generation to use as a means to make humanity more just and equitable for all.  He believed that all it takes is one generation - one generation to end poverty, one generation to end discrimination, and one generation to push the spirit of mankind. As I work with CAЯBON, the REPRESENT Foundation, Global Citizen, The United Nations, Africa Rising Foundation, and GenEndIt, my purpose is to make sure this is that one generation.  My career has been spent in film as part of Out of Africa Entertainment, Romulus Entertainment, and Dang Entertainment - I believe in the power of media to inspire, educate, and activate us all to achieve our true potential. By focusing on youth and being a catalyst for their ideation, we can make tremendous strides in helping commercialize solutions for ALL to share and empower individuals in their communities to become the future leaders of the world."   


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Jake Chagoury

Partner & General Counsel, London

"As I think about my life and the legacy I want to leave behind, I struggle with the inequities that exist throughout the world when it comes to rudimentary education and the skills needed to earn a decent living where one can have dignity and hold their head high as they walk down the street.  My career stems from my love for the law and the ability to influence and create international regulations that allow for greater economic prosperity for those in developing countries, like my home in Nigeria.  I spend time with my family business as well to craft free zone legislation.  I reside in London as much of my schooling was done here and my ability to navigate the global realm is well suited from this domicile.  My dream is to offer the world the gift of knowledge through free education zones which we are looking to develop through CAЯBON as we use technology to disseminate information to the masses and replicate solutions that can provide trade, knowledge, and living wages to all as part of innovation centers to grow local economies around the globe."