Matthew Harwood

OGCI Climate Investments

Vice President, Business Strategy

As Vice President of Business Strategy for OGCI Climate Investments, Matthew Harwood is responsible for developing the strategy of OGCI and measuring progress toward our vision of GHG reduction. Matthew’s career in Energy and Climate has spanned 30 years working in Strategy, Sustainability and Operational roles across the value chain. Before joining OGCI CI, Matthew led the development of the Energy Transition strategy at McDermott and delivered the divestment of Lummus Technology as part of the company’s restructuring. At Johnson Matthey, Matthew led the development of the Hydrogen and Battery strategy and at Petrofac was responsible launching businesses in Offshore Wind and Carbon Capture. Matthew also spent time in strategy and M&A roles in Iberdrola with a strong focus on renewables and the energy supply business. Trained as a Reservoir Engineer at Shell, Matthew also spent time as a management consultant at Booz Allen, working on strategy projects across the energy value chain. In addition to his role in OGCI Climate Investments, Matthew serves as a Non-Exec director on the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council board and on the board of Econic – a company dedicated to the utilization of CO2 in the Chemical Sector. Matthew has a PhD and Post Doc in Atmospheric Science and is a Chartered Engineer.

Sessions With Matthew Harwood

Monday, 7 March

  • 01:00pm - 01:30pm (CST) / 07/mar/2022 07:00 pm - 07/mar/2022 07:30 pm

    Driving Low-carbon Innovation: Criteria for investing in early-stage companies

    Finance & Investment/Trading & Risk Management/ESG Carbon Management/Decarbonization

    Diverse types of innovations and technologies are required to tackle the Climate Change crisis. This is prime time for startups with smart, low-carbon ideas to access seed funding and venture capital. How is this time different to the “cleantech” investment boom in the early 2000s? How are early-stage investors prioritizing the types of companies and technologies to back? And in what space? What criteria are they using to those companies that can make the biggest impact to lower carbon?