Expert Office Hours

The goal of this program is to get people who want to work in climate in the same room with people who do – to share knowledge, to foster interpersonal connections, and to demystify the idea of working in climate and the people in it.

How does it work?

  • Find an expert you wish to chat to below, and use the sign-up link to pick a time when they are available.
  • Show up (you will receive reminder emails) and have a chat!
  • After you meet, share 1 thing you learned on #share-your-path or in the relevant channel.

For more info, see For community members.

  • To offer your time through this program (thank you!), contact @team-mentorship on the #community-meta channel on Slack.
  • On your side, the sign-up will take a few minutes; all the scheduling will be handled by the tool
  • All you have to do is show up and share your wisdom!

For more info, see For experts.

Please contact @team-mentorship on the #community-meta channel on Slack if:

  • You have trouble booking with somebody
  • You would like to be able to talk to an expert in a certain area that isn’t covered
  • You have any other feedback/concerns

Our Experts

Please note: several experts host group sessions due to high demand.

Olya Irzak

I’m the CEO of Frost Methane – a company mitigating methane emissions from the permafrost & coal mining.

I can be particularly useful for any domains I’ve worked on, high leverage computer science problems in climate change, and how to get started in the climate change field, but open to any climate topic – the weirder the better 🙂

Previously I worked on rural electrification in sub Saharan Africa with Zola Electric, early stage prototyping for climate projects at Google X (large scale batteries, residential heating, carbon markets), and on electric grid technologies at Google Energy.

I advise Strong Atomics – a nuclear fusion investment fund. I hold degrees in math and computer science and consider myself wind powered most weekends.

Patricia Silva

Focus in all things carbon removal – removal from the air to transport, use and sequestration, from nature-based to engineered solutions, from different standards to carbon markets.

  • Your startup
  • A specific area you want to address
  • Early stage investments
  • More!

MSc in Engineering | MBA in Energy & Cleantech | Co-founder of the Carbon Removal Centre | Investor | Mentor | NED | Adviser

Dave Fork

I’m a physicist, entrepreneur, home renovator, renewable energy technologist, bicycle mechanic and non-profit founder.

  • Your idea for solving climate change
  • Starting a clean tech company
  • How to lower your personal, transportation, or home carbon footprint
  • How to install electrical generation, charging, fuel-switching or albedo altering (e.g. white roof) infrastructure yourself and save money
  • How to get the equivalent of 920 mpg fuel economy by ditching your car and riding your bicycle
  • How to form a nonprofit and recruit volunteers to accomplish your mission

Olya Irzak

I’m the CEO of Frost Methane – a company mitigating methane emissions from the permafrost & coal mining.

I can be particularly useful for any domains I’ve worked on, high leverage computer science problems in climate change, and how to get started in the climate change field, but open to any climate topic – the weirder the better 🙂

Previously I worked on rural electrification in sub Saharan Africa with Zola Electric, early stage prototyping for climate projects at Google X (large scale batteries, residential heating, carbon markets), and on electric grid technologies at Google Energy.

I advise Strong Atomics – a nuclear fusion investment fund. I hold degrees in math and computer science and consider myself wind powered most weekends.

Patricia Silva

Focus in all things carbon removal – removal from the air to transport, use and sequestration, from nature-based to engineered solutions, from different standards to carbon markets.

  • Your startup
  • A specific area you want to address
  • Early stage investments
  • More!

MSc in Engineering | MBA in Energy & Cleantech | Co-founder of the Carbon Removal Centre | Investor | Mentor | NED | Adviser

Joe Rollin

I’m a Ph.D. biochemical engineer currently working in industrial biotech business development. 

Would be excited to discuss anything at the intersection of climate and biotech, and I can also offer advice for interacting with the US Department of Energy, where I formerly worked.

Denton Gentry

I’m a long time engineer in the Tech industry now working on climate solutions, most recently working on software models at Project Drawdown.

  • How to “break in” to applying SWE/DS to impactful problems
  • Starting and evaluating clean energy startups
  • Technical topics (optimization, devops, time series forecasting)
  • Domain topics (electricity rates/tariffs, energy forecasting and DER optimization)

Irina Fedorenko

I’m a serial green tech entrepreneur, based in Oxford, UK.

I manage the Caux Dialogue on Environment and Security, and has recently joined Vlinder – a fintech company allowing customers to offset their carbon footprint and enable them to invest in tree planting.

I co-founded BioCarbon Engineering, where I led a mangrove-planting project by drones, Kindness Collective (a social enterprise that helps women’s farming cooperatives in India), and Beta-Earth (which supports sustainable economic development in local communities).

Joe Rollin

I’m a Ph.D. biochemical engineer currently working in industrial biotech business development. 

Would be excited to discuss anything at the intersection of climate and biotech, and I can also offer advice for interacting with the US Department of Energy, where I formerly worked.

Dave Fork

I’m a physicist, entrepreneur, home renovator, renewable energy technologist, bicycle mechanic and non-profit founder.

  • Your idea for solving climate change
  • Starting a clean tech company
  • How to lower your personal, transportation, or home carbon footprint
  • How to install electrical generation, charging, fuel-switching or albedo altering (e.g. white roof) infrastructure yourself and save money
  • How to get the equivalent of 920 mpg fuel economy by ditching your car and riding your bicycle
  • How to form a nonprofit and recruit volunteers to accomplish your mission

Denton Gentry

I’m a long time engineer in the Tech industry now working on climate solutions, most recently working on software models at Project Drawdown.

  • How to “break in” to applying SWE/DS to impactful problems
  • Starting and evaluating clean energy startups
  • Technical topics (optimization, devops, time series forecasting)
  • Domain topics (electricity rates/tariffs, energy forecasting and DER optimization)

Irina Fedorenko

I’m a serial green tech entrepreneur, based in Oxford, UK.

I manage the Caux Dialogue on Environment and Security, and has recently joined Vlinder – a fintech company allowing customers to offset their carbon footprint and enable them to invest in tree planting.

I co-founded BioCarbon Engineering, where I led a mangrove-planting project by drones, Kindness Collective (a social enterprise that helps women’s farming cooperatives in India), and Beta-Earth (which supports sustainable economic development in local communities).

Troy Hodges

I’m a Data Scientist at grid analytics company Kevala. 

Happy to chat modeling of clean energy technologies, wholesale markets, energy regulation, state or federal energy policy, getting a data analyst/scientist role in clean energy, DEI in energy, among other things!

Patrick Sheehan

I’m a data scientist at myst.ai, working in software applied to clean energy problems since 2015. Full background here.

  • How to “break in” to applying SWE/DS to impactful problems
  • Starting and evaluating clean energy startups
  • Technical topics (optimization, devops, time series forecasting)
  • Domain topics (electricity rates/tariffs, energy forecasting and DER optimization)

Andrew Chang

I’m an engineer & entrepreneur with experience building complex hardware, software and services  with prior experience in climate & energy. 

  • Building product
  • Fundraising
  • IP strategy
  • Manufacturing
  • Everything it takes to bring a new product to market

Troy Hodges

I’m a Data Scientist at grid analytics company Kevala. 

Happy to chat modeling of clean energy technologies, wholesale markets, energy regulation, state or federal energy policy, getting a data analyst/scientist role in clean energy, DEI in energy, among other things!

Patrick Sheehan

I’m a data scientist at myst.ai, working in software applied to clean energy problems since 2015. Full background here.

  • How to “break in” to applying SWE/DS to impactful problems
  • Starting and evaluating clean energy startups
  • Technical topics (optimization, devops, time series forecasting)
  • Domain topics (electricity rates/tariffs, energy forecasting and DER optimization)

Luke Squire

I’m a product manager building software products to help speed the transition away from carbon emitting energy sources and towards a more equitable, green economy. 

  • Working in product management
  • Building products for clean tech

I have experience in political tech and formerly worked in campaigns and on Capitol Hill. I was an early employee at Arcadia, based in DC.

Luke Squire

I’m a product manager building software products to help speed the transition away from carbon emitting energy sources and towards a more equitable, green economy. 

  • Working in product management
  • Building products for clean tech

I have experience in political tech and formerly worked in campaigns and on Capitol Hill. I was an early employee at Arcadia, based in DC.

Andrew Chang

I’m an engineer & entrepreneur with experience building complex hardware, software and services  with prior experience in climate & energy. 

  • Building product
  • Fundraising
  • IP strategy
  • Manufacturing
  • Everything it takes to bring a new product to market