Edward Sappin currently serves as the CEO of Sappin Global Strategies (SGS) and CFO of Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW). Ed is a community and business leader who has built innovative companies and worked for multiple private equity funds and Fortune 50 corporations. He has played a key role in over 60 investments, projects, and other deals in the US, Asia, and global markets.
Committed to meet a global need for a cleaner source for methanol, Northwest Innovation Works is constructing gas-to-methanol facilities in Washington and Oregon. Once produced at these facilities using low carbon ultra low emissions technology, methanol will be used as a feedstock for additional manufacturing.
Ed Sappin is also the founder of Sappin Global Strategies, a firm based in New York City which provides strategy and investment for emerging innovators. With a focus on clean energy, technology, and health care, SGS builds companies that can scale to global markets. Under Ed’s direction, SGS continues to provide tangible value for its partners.
Ed specializes in the following:
- Finance: Financial Engineering, Capital Formation, Private Equity, Mergers and Acquisitions
- Business Development: Growth Hacking, Strategic Planning, Strategic Partnerships, New Market Development, Government Relations
- Global Strategy: US, China and Asia Pacific, Experience in EMEA and Latin America
Prior to founding SGS, Edward Sappin worked as Director of Project Development for BP Solar. He led and contributed to teams in the US and Asia Pacific to originate and/or develop over $2 billion in power projects, including more than 100 MW of operating solar projects such as the Long Island Solar Farm, Moree Solar Farm, and Mithapur Solar. Prior to BP, Ed was based in China. While in China, Ed ran the investment team and originated private equity investments for middle market private equity fund New Asia Partners. Before this he worked in Intel’s emerging markets group.
Earlier in Ed’s career, he worked for JP Morgan, Credit Agricole and several boutique finance firms in New York and London, focusing on venture capital and growth capital investments, mergers and acquisitions and private placements.
As a student, Ed received a Master of Arts from the Johns Hopkins University – Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). While a student at SAIS, Ed was recognized as a Boren and Bradley Fellow. He also attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School. While attending Penn, Ed’s academic efforts were again acknowledged as he was a Franklin, Wharton and Fine Scholar.
Ed is a passionate volunteer and seeks to contribute to his community. He is involved with the Aspen Institute, where he is a member of the Society of Fellows Vanguard Chapter. He is also affiliated with the Rubin Museum as a member of their Visionary Circle.
Ed enjoys photography, reading, and writing. He is a frequent contributor to various media outlets, including the Washington Post, Wired, Roll Call, and CNBC. Over the years, Ed has lived in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Leuven, Belgium, London, Shanghai, and New York.