John-Bernard “JB” Duler co-founded EFN with Thomas Jensen in 2003. He has a 30 year background in business creation and management including founding Esurance the leading personal auto insurance business. Currently, he is the co-founder and CEO of Visada, a mobile venture in the beauty industry. Prior to this position, he founded Duler and Co. which was acquired by Arthur J. Gallagher (NYSE: AJG) in 2012. Before that John-Bernard was a founder and was the CEO of Formatics Technologies, a software company formed to offer products to accelerate sustainable manufacturing in the chemical and food processing industries.
In 1998, John-Bernard founded and served as CEO of Esurance, which was recently acquired by Allstate (NYSE: ALL) for $1 billion. Before Esurance, he gained worldwide experience having held senior management posts with global financial services companies such as AXA and CIGNA, and engineering and consulting experience throughout the world in the food, oil, and mining industries with FM International.
John-Bernard has lectured on finance and entrepreneurship at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and San Francisco State University and has served as a mentor and judge for venture competitions at Stanford University, UC Berkeley and for the Global Social Venture Competition. John-Bernard holds a BS in mathematics, a MS in engineering from Ecole des Mines in France, and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Thomas Jensen founded EFN in 2003 when he was inspired by a mentor-based venture design class at UC Berkeley which he lectured and mentored for. He is EFN’s Executive Director.
Over his 30 year career, Tom also founded public-private partnerships, start-ups and consulting practices that use technology to address important problems in energy, environment, and manufacturing and supply chain. Tom served as a consulting director at SAIC, a $11 Billion Fortune 500 company that is an international leader in technology innovation, development and applications. Over 20 years at SAIC, he held positions as the Global Practice Director for Sustainable Solutions and as a director in the company’s utility practice.
Tom founded two software ventures to advance clean manufacturing and consulted for several other new enterprises including manufacturing and supply chain companies, online supply chain and environmental commerce marketplaces, personal computer manufacturers, green packaging manufacturers, water filtration companies, and utility energy efficiency services. Tom served as principal founder and vice president at Formatics Technologies, a software company spun off from SAIC that was formed to offer products to accelerate sustainable manufacturing in the chemical and food processing industries.
He has also co-founded nationally and internationally recognized clean manufacturing and energy public-private partnerships. For example, the Border Waste Wise Partnership was recognized by Former US President Clinton as a leading sustainability partnership between the U.S and Mexico. Tom has assisted more than 50 large companies in the U.S. and abroad develop business plans, marketing alliances, or to apply innovative strategies and technologies.
Tom has taught venture design at the University of California at Berkeley, lectured to Columbia and UC Berkeley’s Business Schools, and lectured in engineering and environmental management at Stanford University. He has served as a judge and mentor in business plan competitions at Duke University, NYU, Stanford University UC Berkeley and other institutions. In 2014, Tom had the pleasure to mentor Sampurnearth the winner of the Global Social Venture Competition out of more than 700 teams. He has published books and articles on law, technology, sustainability and business for Springer Press, Red Herring and others.
Tom has presented at international conferences convened by the White House, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the U.S. EPA and other organizations. He served as an advisor to the U.S Senate Appropriations Committee on environmental issues.
He earned a BA in economics from University of California at Los Angeles and an MA from the Claremont Colleges.
Dr. Po Chi Wu is an Adjunct Professor in both the School of Business and Management and the School of Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, where he has initiated programs in innovation and entrepreneurship at all levels: undergraduate, MSc, MBA, and professional training for corporate executives. His 30 years of experience as a highly successful international venture capitalist and entrepreneur provides a unique perspective and a rich context for everything he does.
He is currently a Vice-Chairman of Invotech, a new non-profit organization in Hong Kong. He is driving an initiative, “Smart Conversations, Smart Citizens”, which aims to inspire and motivate entrepreneurs, especially young people, to focus their energies on creating practical solutions that will make Hong Kong a better, “smarter” city.
He is also a Partner and co-founder of FutureLab Consulting, LLC, which offers a comprehensive approach that combines meaningful strategic modelling, effective consulting, world-class training and software. FutureLab’s tools and guidance enable a deep and pervasive transformative experience for a 21st century, real-time, agile organization.
Before coming to Hong Kong, he was a Visiting Professor and co-founding Executive Director of the Global Innovation Research Center, Peking University and an Adjunct Faculty at the University of San Francisco.
Earlier, Dr. Wu was a co-founder and Managing Director of DragonBridge Capital, an investment advisory firm that focused on early-stage, technology-focused companies in China; a co-founder and President of Allegro Capital, a successful venture capital firm in Silicon Valley; and a partner at Advent International Corporation, now one of the world’s largest private equity firms, where he opened and headed the California office to manage investments in Asia and in the US. His career began in late 1985, when he was invited to establish a venture capital subsidiary of what is now China Development Industrial Bank in Taiwan.
Dr. Wu has given keynote speeches at major international conferences in Asia, Europe and the US, as well as lectures at leading universities in the US and China. He has also been an advisor to several non-profit organizations, including the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and UC Berkeley.
Academic Background: Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University (1972) and BA degrees in Mathematics and Music from the University of California at Berkeley (1966). Po Chi Wu’s family includes several generations of illustrious scholars. His great grand-father was a Hanlin Scholar in the Ching Dynasty. Dr. Wu’s father, Professor Wu, Ta-You, retired from the Presidency of the Academia Sinica in Taiwan at the age of 88. Professor Wu’s epitaph was: “The Father of Modern Physics in China”.