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Photograph by Aaron Richter for Bloomberg BusinessweekCarlos Riva joined Poseidon as chief executive officer and member of its board of directors in August 2011.
Riva has more than 25 years of experience in infrastructure project development and finance. He has extensive knowledge in expanding new companies and leading technologically sophisticated businesses in the fields of renewable energy, electric power generation, biotechnology, engineering, and construction.
Prior to joining Poseidon, Riva was president and CEO of Verenium, an industrial biotechnology company dedicated to commercializing next-generation biofuels and specialty enzymes. Previously, he was chief executive of Amec Group, a major British engineering and construction firm.
Riva has also had extensive experience in the electric power industry, having served as founding CEO of Intergen and as president of J. Makowski Co., developer of the first independent power project in the U.S. In these roles, he oversaw the development of over 17,000 megawatts of greenfield electric power generation projects worldwide.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master’s in civil engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.