Get to know our team:

Nathaniel Jackson

CEO

Since November 2017, Nathaniel has been CEO of TrueAlgae. He is an experienced executive who spent over twenty years at the Inter-American Development Bank, one of the world’s last remaining AAA-rated banks. He was Chief of Staff for Private Sector Operations that averaged over $3 billion of investment approvals annually. He also co-headed “Opportunities for the Majority” $100 million fund, which targeted Base of the Pyramid clients. He is a founding partner of NExT Impact Ventures, an impact fund that made an initial investment in TrueAlgae.

Yong Woo Park

Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Park is the genius behind TrueAlgae’s highly efficient Vertical Photo Bio-Reactor (V-PBR). He pioneered the dual use of our algae metabolite rich bio-fertilizer for agriculture and the algae biomass for nutraceuticals, chicken/animal/fish feed, and plant-based proteins, resulting in a zero-waste application. Prior to his role as CTO of TrueAlgae, he was the co-founder of Algae4F in Korea and the Chairman of Korea EMB Technology, which manufactured nano bubble and hydroxyl radical generation systems. Previous to those positions, he was President of Miren Bioenergy, a manufacturer of biomass anaerobic digestion systems.

Taka Kamezawa

Chief Relationship Officer

Taka joined TrueAlgae as CRO in January 2020, with prior experience as a senior advisor. He has exceptional global connections with experiences of advising, managing, and investing in startups and growth stage companies from AgTech to FinTech companies. He is an accomplished global executive and a CFA charter holder with over 25 years of investment and project experiences at several multilateral development banks including Asian Development Bank, International Finance Corporation, Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Bank. He has worked on private investments in over 50 countries when he worked for these development banks. Taka became a partner of NExT Impact Ventures to support promising startups.

Angela Tsetsis

Chief Commercial Officer

After serving in an advisory capacity with TrueAlgae, Angela officially joined theTrueAlgae team in March of 2020. With 30+ years of management experience, and over 20 years in commercializing high value products from algae, Angela brings expertise in biotechnology, sales and marketing. Angela is a former Martek Biosciences senior executive where she managed their Commercial team resulting in over $400 million in annual sales. Martek, arguably the most successful algae company to date, was acquired by DSM for over $1 billion. In addition to her experience at Martek, Angela has worked with several start-up companies using various microbial technologies for health and wellness of people and planet.

Maria Paula Oliveira

Head of Business Development, Latin America

Maria Paula joined TrueAlgae in 2018 as a Project Manager, supporting regulatory, marketing and sales in the US. In 2020 she returned to her native Brazil to become our Head of Latin American Operations. In this role she researches and identifies new business opportunities and develops and manages relationships in the region. Before joining TrueAlgae, she worked for the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) where she served as a Project Assistant. Maria Paula holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies – Johns Hopkins in Washington DC. A native Brazilian, Maria Paula is fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish and French.

Zach Pogue

Head of Research & Innovation

Zach is a self-ascribed social entrepreneur with extensive high-tech entrepreneurial experience, especially in startups and growth stage ventures. He is also an accomplished technical director with over 15 years of technology and innovation management at leading research institutions and labs, including Stanford and Duke University. There he assisted research grant development and lead technical operations for DARPA, NIH, NASA, US State Department, and various digital humanities awards. In his role, he leads advanced R&D efforts by forming strategic partnerships to enhance commercialization capabilities and to service new markets. He will also lead efforts to attain various federal and other targeted research/innovation grant opportunities. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Biology from Stanford University.

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