Li-Cycle’s Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), Kunal Phalpher, has been with the company since 2017. He initially joined the team as an advisor, was nominated as a member of the board, and then moved into the role of Chief Commercial Officer in 2018, a position he held until taking on his new title and revised responsibilities in November 2021. As CSO, Kunal leads the strategic planning and corporate development for the company, including potential mergers and international business acquisitions. From an operational standpoint, he ensures that Li-Cycle’s global expansion plans are optimized to support the company’s overall strategy and drive global business development opportunities with key customers. With nearly 15 years of experience, Kunal brings extensive international expertise in the lithium-ion battery and renewable energy sectors to his role. His wealth of knowledge has been a significant asset to both Li-Cycle’s business development and corporate strategies. Prior to joining Li-Cycle, Kunal worked for a residential solar company as the Director of Product Development and was the Director of Business Development for a lithium-ion battery manufacturer, both in Toronto, Canada. He brings broad, comprehensive international experience to his position, having spent several years working in Germany in cleantech. Born and raised in Toronto, Kunal is passionate about travel and outdoor activities. A University of Toronto graduate, he holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering and has a Master of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management.