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Brad Punu

Strategic Partnerships

“Innovation is the willingness to take risk and do something different in order to solve a challenge and/or improve, whether it be incrementally or transformational, and understand that whether success or failure, the attempt always has merit.”
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Brad Punu is the Manager of Strategic Partnerships for Energy Excelerator and looks after many of the private money relationships for the organization relating to investments, including EEx Fund One LLC, and the corporate-focused Global Partnership Program. Brad joined the team in 2014 and has worked to grow Energy Excelerator’s portfolio of corporate sponsors; which now includes corporations, such as General Electric, and international partners, such as DENSO. Beyond Energy Excelerator, he is Vice Chair of the Hawaii Trust for Public Land Advisory Board and serves on the Foundation Board for a Honolulu-based charter school, SEEQS.

Prior to Energy Excelerator…

Raised in Hawaii, Brad spent over 15 years in investment banking, primarily with JP Morgan Chase, in Tokyo and Hong Kong as Managing Director. He returned to Hawaii in 2013 and most recently was a Principal at Urban Capital of America, providing growth capital to deserving enterprises that did not fit traditional financing models. Brad was also a registered securities dealer in Japan and Hong Kong and has held the designation of Certified International Wealth Manager.

As an engineer by trait…

Brad earned his MBA from Duke University and holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University.

In his spare time…

It’s all about family. There was a time when he was a traveling foodie, into wine and loved to golf but with the addition of his two sons, his priorities changed. Brad admits that he can’t wait for his sons to become 21-year old golfing adventurous eaters, but in the meantime, they can certainly still travel and fill their time with wonderful childhood memories.