Dr. Leonard is the President and CEO of Global Environment Fund (GEF), one of the most experienced and most successful private equity firms dedicated exclusively to investments in the energy and environment sectors. Founded in 1990, GEF currently has approximately $1 billion in aggregate capital under management.
Dr. Leonard is on the Board of Directors of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (“EMPEA”), and is a former co-chairman of the Advisory Board of the Clean Tech Network.
Dr. Leonard is on the Board of Reva Electric Car Company (Bangalore, India) and several other GEF portfolio companies. He previously served as a founder and member of the Board of Global Forest Products, Ltd, (Africa) and as chairman of the Board of International Pepsi-Cola Bottler Investments.
Dr. Leonard is a member of the Advisory Board of the US-Brazil Biofuels Partnership. In 2006-07, he served as co-chairman of the energy transition team of Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. From 1992 through 1998, Dr. Leonard was a member of the Hydrogen Technical Advisory Panel to the U.S. Secretary of Energy. He is a Board member of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE).
Dr. Leonard is a graduate of Princeton (Ph.D.), London School of Economics (MS. Econ) and Harvard College (BA, magna cum laude). He is the author of five books and numerous technical articles relating to global environmental issues, international trade, energy production and technology development.