Philip Father

Philip is the CEO and founder of Scepter, Inc., an atmospheric intelligence company focused on providing real-time global air pollution monitoring and value added services. He has a successful track record as both senior executive and entrepreneur with leadership and engineering expertise in high-tech, satellite services, renewable energy and complex infrastructure development. As an entrepreneur, Philip founded a satellite communications company, ProtoStar Ltd., to provide DTH bandwidth to small-dish television operators across Asia.

As CEO he led financing and raised over $500 million in debt and equity; closed anchor customers in India, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines; led debt refinancing in 2009; and sold the satellites to Intelsat and SES. He also founded and serves on the board of two renewable energy companies, Trio Renewable Gas and Bluefield Renewable Energy, which specialize in the deployment of mass market, modular thermo-chemical conversion equipment across the Americas and Asia.

Earlier in his career at GM Hughes, Philip helped develop several domestic and international satellite ventures including DirecTV, Galaxy Latin America, Asia Pacific Mobile Telephone, and Spaceway. Philip earned his MBA from Stanford University and his BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic University.

Finance Development

Sophie Grinevald

Sophie is a finance and business executive with over 15 years of experience in project finance and international business development for infrastructure financing. Most recently, Sophie was Senior Vice President of finance of Infrastructure Energy, a developer of complex power grid modernization projects for public and investor-owned energy utilities in North America. In this capacity, Sophie was responsible for the formation of a $250M project financing platform between an independent private equity investment firm and Infrastructure Energy.

Sophie was also Senior Vice President of Finance of Pod Generating Group, a developer of renewable energy infrastructure, which completed development of a C$300M 60MW solar photovoltaic project in Ontario, Canada in 2013. From 2001 to 2009, Sophie was co-founder and Vice President of Business Development of ProtoStar Limited, a venture-backed satellite operator focused on direct-to-home satellite television services in Asia, where she played a key role in raising over $140 million of equity and $350 million of debt. Prior to joining ProtoStar, Sophie worked for the Fremont Group; a San Francisco based private investment and financial management company, advising the Bechtel Company and family. In this capacity, she was responsible for analyzing various technology and real estate investment opportunities

Sophie earned her BS and MS degrees in Finance from the University of La Sorbonne, Paris and her MBA from San Francisco State University.


Kathleen Nielsen

Kathleen is a senior governance, risk, compliance (GRC) and human resources (HR) professional with over 20 years of leadership experience in multi-national corporations, for purpose companies and not-for-profit organizations. She has worked at all stages of the organizational life cycle including start up, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, and equity and debt financings. Kathleen develops and implements infrastructure, organizational structure and compliance programs for shareholder relations and reporting, corporate governance, tax compliance, HR Development and regulatory requirements.

Having worked as a Chief Compliance Officer in such multi-national corporations as Genstar and ProtoStar, Kathleen has extensive experience with the FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) and the ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) as well as experience in jurisdictions across Europe and Asia. She is also a trained mediator and facilitator enabling her to effectively lead across cultures, organizational levels and functions in the most complex environments.

Kathleen earned her MPA. from the University of San Francisco and a BA in legal studies from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a senior professional of HR certified by both the Society for Human Resource Management and the HRCI.

Senior Adviser

Mark Hill

Government Affairs

Jon D. Jacobs

Jon spent nearly 27 years in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance and the Office of Administrative Law Judges. As regulatory expert and EPA litigator, Jon earned an international reputation specializing in pesticides, toxic substances, air, and emergency planning issues. His knowledge of the U.S. EPA, DOJ, and other federal and state agencies provides Scepter with in depth understanding and insights into U.S. regulatory planning and federal government operations. In addition, Jon’s well-established relationships with many key players working in pollution prevention and climate change both within government and non-governmental organizations make him uniquely qualified to facilitate the development of innovative strategies, options, and solutions.

Jon earned his JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, a Masters in Taxation from George Washington University’s National Law Center and a BS from Trinity College. Prior to starting his career in government service, Jon’s private practice experience included specializing in international taxation at the former Coopers and Lybrand accounting firm (now known as PwC) and BNA, Inc. (now known as Bloomberg BNA).

Business Development

Dan W. Smith

Danial Smith supports Business Development for Scepter. He brings to Scepter over 25 years of management experience in addition to over 20 years of engineering experience. In his role with Scepter, he supports both commercial and government opportunities. Dan is new to the team however he brings a legacy of working with the Company while at MDA Information Systems.

Prior to joining the Scepter team, Dan spent over 4 years with MDA Information Systems and over 17 years with DigitalGlobe. Starting out in the Geospatial Operations division as an analyst and subsequently creating the Geospatial Operations Engineering team, spending 10 plus years as the Senior Manager of the organization supporting day-to-day operational and system needs. Dan concluded his career with DigitalGlobe as a Principal Engineer focused on Ground Systems.

Prior to leaving DigitalGlobe Dan lead the ground system integration team for the DigitalGlobe acquisition of its largest competitor, GeoEYE. With an expected target of $30 million in synergies, he led the team to the completion of the integration ahead of schedule and exceeded the expected synergy target by almost $5 million dollars.

Danial holds a bachelor’s of science degree from Colorado State University with a minor in Geospatial Information Systems.


Peter Rosti

Peter is a software engineer, software architect and scientific data engineer with extensive experience in software architecture and integration for scientific data collection and “big data” networks. His skills span software systems design and architecture to hands-on programming, especially web-related front-end programming and mobile applications. Peter’s domain knowledge includes scientific processes and data systems, especially earth-observing, environmental, atmospheric, and ocean-related domains.

He has extensive experience in software systems architecture design, especially in the context of ultra-large and complex systems involving multiple parties and contributing entities. He has architected software for Raytheon, Cal Tech and Vertum Partners. Because of his detailed domain knowledge, Peter is also well versed regarding the Paris Climate Agreement and international developments data sets and standards regarding air pollution and climate change. He is currently exploring blockchain systems for storage of global-scale environmental data.

Peter earned his Masters in Ocean Engineering from the University of Hawaii and his BS in Marine Biology from the University of California, San Diego.


Gary Start

Gary is an engineering leader with 33 years of experience in satellite systems technology from study, proposal, design, development, integration and test, through to launch, in-orbit test and operations. He has held key managerial and technical positions with satellite operations companies including British Aerospace, Loral, MDA SSL and ProtoStar.

Gary’s responsibilities have spanned satellite design & procurement; satellite & payload operations; and engineering of satellite & payload operations centers and earth stations. He has also designed and implemented ground turn-key systems and spacecraft TT&C RF and data handling subsystem design, procurement, implementation, testing and operations in collaboration with major vendors and partners across North America, Europe and Japan.

Gary earned his Masters in Engineering Physics from the Stephens Institute of Technology, graduate diplomas in digital switching and computer architectures from the Open University and a BS in electrical and electronic engineering from the Hatfield Polytechnic.

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