Building on a decade of accelerating global clean energy entrepreneurs, New Energy Nexus launches search for CEO’s successor

December 13, 2023

Oakland, USA, 13 December 2023 – New Energy Nexus’ Board of Directors today announced it has launched its global search for a successor to its outgoing CEO, Danny Kennedy, who will continue in his role into 2024 and support an orderly leadership transition. 

In 2015, Danny accepted the role of Managing Director of the California Clean Energy Fund, renamed New Energy Nexus in 2018 to align with his vision and, with the Board’s support, extend its mission around the world.

From a small team focused on supporting the success of clean energy entrepreneurs in California, New Energy Nexus, under Danny’s leadership, has grown to support more than 6000 entrepreneurs and over 1000 startups. The team has also raised more than US$100 million to deliver as grants, debt, and equity into these companies, which has driven billions of dollars of value creation, jobs and climate solutions globally. New Energy Nexus now has offices in 12 countries, with a team of more than 150.

“Danny Kennedy’s vision and passion to accelerate the drive and reach of global clean energy entrepreneurs has succeeded well beyond our expectations,” said Julie Blunden, Chair of the Board. “His leadership of our outstanding global team supporting clean energy entrepreneurs from the Philippines to Uganda and California to India has created lasting impact, incubating businesses and accelerating them to drive climate solutions around the world.”

“New Energy Nexus is ready for the next stage of growth and impact,” said Danny Kennedy, New Energy Nexus CEO. “I have been incredibly lucky to work with 150 amazing champions of climate solutions as their Chief Energy Officer across New Energy Nexus. My heroes are this team and the thousands of entrepreneurs we seek to support, who are driving deployment of  solar, wind and batteries and doing the hard work of electrifying everything.”

“Launching the Clean Fight in New York; partnering with Tsinghua University in China to start the Energy Internet Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center in Chengdu; building Third Derivative with RMI; hosting New Energy Nexus’ ReSpark Festivals in Indonesia; and launching our recent COP28 Accelerator and program in the UAE – all these milestones and more will be hard to beat in my professional career,” said Kennedy. “It is now time for a new leader to take the organization to the next level. I cannot wait to see what New Energy Nexus achieves next as I move into my next phase of leveraging innovation for climate solutions.”

“New Energy Nexus enables clean energy entrepreneurs and their technologies, solutions, and businesses to benefit the entire planet, with a focus on programs to attract underrepresented entrepreneurs,” said Blunden. “Replacing Danny Kennedy will be a challenge, and we will seek diverse candidates globally that have expertise aligned with our intersection of not-for-profit management and entrepreneurship.”

A Californian-born Australian, Kennedy has been working for climate and energy solutions since the 1980s. He served in senior roles at Greenpeace and other nonprofits before a successful career as a solar entrepreneur, helping to start several companies including Sungevity, Mosaic, Powerhouse, Sunergise, Powerhive and Solar Philippines.

About New Energy Nexus

New Energy Nexus (NEX) is a non-profit organization that strives towards a 100% clean energy economy for 100% of the population in the shortest time possible. To achieve this goal, NEX supports diverse entrepreneurs with the accelerators, funds, skills, and networks they need to thrive.

NEX started in California in 2004 and now operates programs in New York, China, India, Southeast Asia, East and West Africa and Australia. Since 2016, NEX has accelerated over 1000 startups, supported over 6000 entrepreneurs, and mobilized over US$1.5 billion in investment. Find out more:

Media contact:

Tristan Tremschnig, Communications Director, New Energy Nexus, (based in San Francisco)