Venture Partner

Issam Dairanieh, PhD

Issam’s three decades of experience bring a unique blend of technical knowledge and business expertise to Piva Capital. Issam concurrently serves as an operating partner for a private equity firm, advising on sustainability-focused investments.

Issam has a strong track record of creating financial and strategic value via technology investment, development, and deployment. Issam’s unique perspective and experience were gained from an early career in academia conducting fundamental research, working for BP Chemicals on applied chemicals and polymers research (product development, application development, technical service and project management), and working for BP Corporate investing in renewable and conventional energy emerging technologies.

Prior to that, Issam served as a Chief Executive Officer of CO2 Sciences, a global organization focused on carbon reduction. Issam spent 18 years at BP, holding multiple positions in the chemicals and energy divisions, ultimately leading the BP corporate venture capital team and managing over $250m in related assets.

As a venture partner at Piva Capital, Issam offers guidance on a wide range of investment strategies, from deal origination (sourcing, assessment) to execution (structuring, negotiation and closing), and portfolio management. His major areas of expertise include Wasteto Value as well as the Circular Economy. Issam is passionate about mentoring and creating lasting impact. Issam is married, has three kids and loves to travel. He co-founded two non-profit organizations focused on educating and empowering women.

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