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Cheryl Martin

Head of the Centre for Global Industries at the World Economic Forum


Dr. Cheryl Martin is Head of the Centre for Global Industries at the World Economic Forum. She joined the Forum in March 2016 from the consulting firm, Harwich Partners.  Dr. Martin launched Harwich Partners to work with public and private sector entities to identify critical business, technology, finance, regulatory and policy drivers that would accelerate adoption of new technologies into key markets.  Previously Dr. Martin served as the Acting Director of the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E).  In addition, she was the Deputy Director for Commercialization at the agency where she developed the Technology-to-Market (T2M) program, which helps breakthrough energy technologies succeed in the marketplace.

Prior to joining ARPA-E, Dr. Martin was an Executive in Residence with the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, and interim CEO of Renmatix, a start-up company focused on renewable materials.  She also spent 20 years with Rohm and Haas Company in roles ranging from technology to business and where, most recently, she had been the General Manager for the Paint and Coatings Materials business in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Dr. Martin earned a B.A. in chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross and went on to earn a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr Martin serves on the board of Enbala, an early stage company focused on making the electric grid more sustainable by harnessing the power of distributed energy.  In addition, she is active in the American Chemical Society (ACS) and serves on the Board of Directors for Philabundance, the greater Philadelphia region’s largest hunger relief organization.

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