The Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization (NIREC) is pleased to announce that it has hired Nicola Kerslake as its new Vice President of Commercialization.
Kerslake has been involved with NIREC for several years in a variety of significant roles, and most recently was contracted as its Lead Entrepreneur-In-Residence. In that role, she was responsible for managing NIREC’s programs with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Clean Energy Alliance, among others. Kerslake has also been actively involved with management in developing NIREC’s next generation of leading-edge commercialization programs.
“NIREC is collectively focused on addressing three important challenges,” said Kerslake. “Helping to diversify Nevada’s economy, advancing clean energy innovation statewide and developing creative new approaches to commercialization are the opportunities to make a real difference that ultimately drove my decision to join the organization.”
Prior to working with NIREC, Kerslake spent more than 15 years working with global financial organizations located in Asia, Europe and North America. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). Kerslake is also a graduate with honors of Magdalen College, Oxford, where she studied politics, philosophy and economics.
“Nicola brings nearly 20 years of relevant global experience to Nevada and NIREC,” said Ian Rogoff, Chairman of NIREC’s Board of Trustees. “Her demonstrated expertise across the capital structure, from hedge funds to venture capital, along with a deep understanding of the challenges of being a successful entrepreneur, have made her a valuable asset to NIREC to date and will undoubtedly continue to serve her well going forward.”
Kerslake is also an enthusiastic devotee of leveraging social media to advance NIREC’s statewide agenda. As an avid blogger and a frequent tweeter, she is a passionate advocate of topics relating to real assets, including clean energy, agriculture, water and energy efficiencies.
“It is a pleasure to work with someone who thinks globally, but acts locally,” said Walt Borland, President and CEO of NIREC. “Nicola brings that rare combination of intellectual vigor, relevant global experience and an inventive problem-solving ability to NIREC—and we welcome her to the team.”
The Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization (NIREC) is a 501(c)3 independent nonprofit organization actively involved in igniting innovation, driving commercialization and fueling acceleration as a clean energy innovation intermediary in Nevada. Its activities are designed to help diversify the Silver State’s economy by working closely with its primary research institutions, DRI, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Nevada, Reno to transform clean energy ideas into sustainable enterprises.