Chief Executive Officer, Board Member
Eric Keller is Chief Executive Officer and a co-founder of Nano Terra, Inc. Prior to becoming CEO in 2012, Mr. Keller served as Chief Operating Officer of Nano Terra.
Mr. Keller was previously Senior Vice President of Business Affairs at America Online, Inc., which he joined in 1995. He became one of AOL's chief deal architects, successfully negotiating over $4 billion in advertising agreements, equity investments worth in excess of $30 billion, and numerous joint ventures, strategic alliances and acquisitions.
Mr. Keller began his career as a venture capital, securities and licensing attorney, representing both venture funds and venture-backed companies at Testa, Hurwitz and Thibeault and later at Piper & Marbury. Mr. Keller received an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Boston College.
Founder & Board Member
Ueli Morant is a sales and marketing executive with 30 years experience in global markets. Prior to co-founding Nano Terra, he was a Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Philips Consumer Electronics Company, where he was responsible for worldwide business development and alliance management. Prior to Philips, Mr. Morant was Vice President Corporate Marketing for the IBM Corporation in Europe under the leadership of Lou Gerstner. He was also a member of the Executive Committee.
Prior to IBM and Philips, Mr. Morant worked in New York as an Executive Vice President for BBDO Advertising and the Ted Bates Company, amongst others, where he held responsibilities for general management, international network development and account management for global companies such as Bayer, Dow Brands, American Cyanamid, Colgate Palmolive and M&M Mars Foods.
Born in Switzerland, Mr. Morant graduated from the Berne School of Economics in 1972 and was a Lieutenant in a Swiss Tank Corps. He became an American Citizen in 1983.
Chief Technology Officer
Shekar joined Nano Terra as its CTO to work with its team of scientists to help develop elegant solutions to address inevitable challenges facing society. He is working with the team on developing new products in nano & micro technology, materials, surface science and engineering.
Shekar has worked for over two decades addressing issues in process industries, water and waste, energy, healthcare and high-tech. Prior to joining Nano Terra, Shekar worked at Air Liquide, the world’s largest industrial and medical gases company. He was with Air Liquide for over seven years, most recently as Deputy VP of R&D based in Paris, France. Shekar also worked at Nalco Company, the world’s largest industrial water and waste treatment company based in Naperville, IL, for over 17 years. His last position at Nalco was VP R&D.
Shekar received a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Manipal Institute of Technology, India, an MS in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. He holds 14 US Patents
Chief Financial Officer
Peter Howe brings with him more than 20 years of investment banking and entrepreneurial experience. He began his career with Cowen and Company as a financial analyst, and then went to Chile to co-manage Deutsche Bank's office Chilean office, where he was lead equity research analyst covering the financial and energy industries.
After earning his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management Mr. Howe successfully took over leadership of TMR, Inc., and subsequently executed a successful Management Buy Out. He spent the next ten years securing and negotiating approximately $80 million in new contracts eventually completing the sale of TMR, Inc. to Integrated Marketing Technologies before joining the Nano Terra team.
Mr. Howe brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role as CFO. Mr. Howe is also responsible for developing the company's financial strategy and raising capital, as well as participating in overall strategic planning, including strategic development of the company's mature technologies, licensing, partnerships, and spin-offs.
Mr. Howe is a Massachusetts native. He holds an MBA in Economics and Finance from MIT's Sloan School of Management and a BS in Literature from Emory University.
Senior Vice President Products and Markets
Adam Wallen is a successful executive and entrepreneur with 20+ years experience generating value. Adam follows a rigorous process including the identification of a critical need, followed by solution driven product development. Solutions have been technology, product and service based, utilizing internal/outsourced R&D, M&A, strategic partnership, and licensing resulting in new products, divisions and corporate spinouts. Expert at identification of new uses for latent IP or mature technologies to solve problems such as automotive filter IP for orthopedic implants.
Adam has achieved repeated success by utilizing a process of milestone focused planning, disciplined execution and application of continual feedback, applied to general management and markets such as advanced materials, medical device, automotive, aerospace, defense, cleantech, chemical and metal processing and fire protection.
Adam’s work history includes the Carborumdum Company a division of British Petroleum, an electronic medical device company, GEO2 Technologies, an automotive clean technology venture, Bio2 Technologies that is pursuing next generation orthopedic implants.
Wallen holds an EMBA from the University at Buffalo and BS in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University.
Dr. Mitchell Zakin
Executive Vice President, Government Development and Innovation
Dr. Zakin is a chemist and innovator with 25 years of experience in R&D for defense and medical needs. He leads Nano Terra's Government operations, including the establishment and oversight of Nano Terra's interdisciplinary Innovation Network, and contributes to corporate product, vertical, and spin-off strategies. In addition, Dr. Zakin is a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Bioinspired Engineering, and a cofounder of Soft Robotics, Inc., which develops soft devices for surgical and healthcare applications.
Prior to joining Nano Terra, Dr. Zakin was a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). At DARPA, Dr. Zakin created and managed a $100M+ project portfolio of groundbreaking inventions, built on the core concept of InfoChemistry, the fusion of information technology and material science. Prior to DARPA, Dr. Zakin established the Life Sciences business area at Physical Sciences, Inc.
Dr. Zakin received a PhD and AM in Physical Chemistry from Harvard University, and a BS in Chemistry from the City College of New York. Dr. Zakin holds 4 U.S. patents, has authored 30 peer-reviewed articles, and is a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Physical Society.