Cheryl Martin

Cheryl Martin leads Harwich Partners, a consulting firm she founded to engage public and private sector entities on implementation of solutions for complex problems, especially those related to energy, sustainability, urban development and technology adoption. Until November 2018 she was a member of the Managing Board at the World Economic Forum where she was responsible for a range of business and innovation initiatives. Previously Dr. Martin served as the Acting Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E). In addition, she was the Deputy Director for Commercialization at the agency where she developed the Technology-to-Market program, which helps breakthrough energy technologies succeed in the marketplace. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Dr. Martin was an Executive in Residence with the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, and was the interim CEO of Renmatix, a start-up company focused on renewable materials. She also spent 20 years with Rohm and Haas Company in roles ranging from technology development to finance and business management and where, most recently, she had been the General Manager for the Paint and Coatings business in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Dr. Martin earned a B.A. in chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross, where she currently serves on the Board of Trustees, and went on to earn a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from MIT. Dr. Martin serves as the chair of the Board of Directors for Sound Agriculture, an early stage sustainable agriculture technology company, as well as on the Boards for the Clean Energy Trust and Elemental Excelerator.