We are a collaborative team of scientists, analysts and managers driven to discover and develop technology solutions capable of disrupting multi billion dollar markets.

A multi-disciplined, global team

Our team includes highly qualified and experienced individuals in science and technology, the law, banking, venture capital, communications and marketing. We are spread globally and can therefore rapidly assess and respond to new opportunities coming from the peer-to-peer recommendations within our scientific community.

Executive Team

Justin Hall-Tipping


Justin is a seasoned ventured capitalist and entrepreneur. Before setting up nH2, he was Managing Director and Partner of SG Capital Partners in New York, where he was responsible for all venture investments. Justin received his B.Sc., with honours, in International Finance from City University, London, and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Dr Bhabendra Pradhan


Dr Pradhan is an experienced nanotechnology scientist. Prior to joining nH2, he was the Director of the Novel Carbon and Fuel Cell Business for Columbian Chemicals Company. He was also Senior Research Associate in the Energy Institute and Department of Physics at Penn State University, a Lecturer at the Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials at Tohoku University, Japan, and Research Fellow at the Institute of Technology in Delhi. Dr Pradhan received his PhD in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India.

Tareque Pirzada


Tareque has over twenty years of successful strategic business planning. Before joining nH2, he was President of International Business for Akida Holdings, where he successfully commercialized NASA air-purification technology and took the company from the verge of bankruptcy to profits exceeding US $20 Million in less than three years. Tareque received his B.Sc with cum Laude honours in Computer Science from University of Central Florida.

Non-Executive & Advisory Teams

Bruce Barnet

Board of Directors - Chairman

Bruce Barnet is the Chairman of Club Holdings LLC, which owns and manages The Quintess Collection, a luxury destination club, The PGA Academies, The PGA TOUR CLUB and PGA Experiences. Previously, Bruce was President of Time Inc - Asia, and was also CEO of the large special interest publisher Cowles Magazines, and CEO of Cahners Business Information, the largest publisher of business magazines in the USA.

Prof Arthur Carty

Scientific Advisor

Professor Carty is the Executive Director of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Waterloo, Canada; Special Advisor to the President on international science and technology collaboration; and Research Professor in the Department of Chemistry. From 2004 - 2008 he served as Canada's first National Science Advisor to the Prime Minister and to the Government of Canada. He obtained a PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of Nottingham and spent 27 years at the University of Waterloo, with positions that included Dean of Research and Chair of the Department of Chemistry. A former President of the Canadian Society for Chemistry, he has 318 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 9025 citations to his work, has five patents to his credit, 14 honorary degrees and 3 honorary professorships from universities around the world.

Hemang Shah

Board of Directors

Joined family firm in 1998 after completing MBA from Clark University, USA. Was instrumental in taking over the loss making consumer electronics/durables business of Daewoo Electronics and led its turnaround. Responsible for sale of Anchor Electricals to Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd (MEI) in 2007.

Rear Admiral Jay M Cohen (ret.)

Board of Directors

Admiral Cohen was the 20th Chief of Naval Research, commanding the Office of Naval Research (ONR) where he directed the science and technology programmes of the Navy and Marine Corps from basic research through to manufacturing technologies, managing a $3 billion annual budget. After his retirement Admiral Cohen served as Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Science and Technology (2006-2008).

Management Team

Jeff Qin

Chief Investment Officer

Jeff was previously a Senior Analyst with West Face Capital, and is a former Vice President at Morgan Stanley Principal Strategies, handling $6 billion under management. Jeff has a BSc/MSc Honors in Electrical Engineering and Economics from Caltech, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

Titus Weinheimer

General Counsel

Titus is responsible for Nanoholdings’ legal affairs including deal structuring, negotiation and the execution of its global investment activities. Previously he was a partner of Strasburger & Price in New York. He received a law degree from the University of Munich (Germany) and a LLM from Northwestern University and is licensed to practice law in Germany and New York.

Dr John Rodgers


John has a Ph.D. in crystallography from the University of London and previously worked at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and at Imperial College, London and then at Cambridge University, England, focused on crystallographic structure database dissemination systems and methodologies, crystallographic computing and structural crystallography. Dr Rodgers joined the NRC in 1981 as a Senior Research Officer where he conducted research in intermetallic materials design. He has published and presented widely on scientific information technologies, structural and theoretical crystallography, materials selection methodologies, combinatorial materials science and alloy design.

Deepak Saluja

Head Asia

Deepak has 20 years experience in senior Investment, Corporate and Private Banking leadership positions with Standard Chartered Bank, CitiGroup, JP Morgan and Credit Suisse. BCOM, Mumbai University; MBA with Distinction, SIBM-India and OPM - Harvard Business School.

Dr Hiran Vedam

MD Asia

Before joining Nanoholdings, Hiran was Senior Manager, Industry Liaison at the National University of Singapore (NUS) where she was involved in spinning-off companies, licensing technologies to commercial companies and in business development activities to promote collaboration between NUS and industry. Hiran has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, an MBA from INSEAD and a B.Tech from IIT Madras.

Dalli Simmons


Dalli is the founder of DLN Innovation and also developed a strategic communications platform used by Fortune 100 companies. Dalli holds a BS Honors in pyschology from Rutgers University and an MA in Educational Pyschology, from Montclair University.

Mark Edwards

Director Communications - IR

Previous partner of 26 years with Buchanan, part of WPP Group PLC with extensive experience in financial communications and capital markets advisory.

Krish Chakrabarti

Head of Risk

Former SVP Head of Global Equities and Strategic Risk at Jefferies; B.Sc Physics University of Calcutta, India MBA Finance Simon school of Business, University of Rochester, NY.