Former Under Secretary for International Trade and U.S. Ambassador to Singapore to help innovative cleantech companies in the region
SINGAPORE, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Asia Cleantech Capital, an investment firm that focuses on clean technology ("cleantech") startups, today announced that Franklin L. Lavin has joined the firm as Senior Advisor. Former Under Secretary for International Trade at the United States Department of Commerce and United States Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore, Lavin will promote energy and environmental issues and global relationships to help Asia Cleantech's growing portfolio of renewable energy and clean transportation companies in the region. Founded in 2006, Asia Cleantech is a pioneer in Asia's developing cleantech markets and is focused on rolling out proven technologies in the renewable energy (solar, wind, bioenergy, and small-hydro) and clean transportation (electric vehicles, sustainable biofuels) sectors.
Lavin currently serves as Chairman, Public Affairs, for Edelman Asia Pacific, the world's largest independent public relations firm. From 2005 until 2007, Lavin served as Under Secretary for International Trade at the Department of Commerce. In that capacity, Lavin served as lead trade negotiator for both mainland China and India and was the senior policy official in the Department responsible for commercial policy, export promotion, and trade negotiations across the globe. Lavin also served as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore from 2001 until 2005, where his duties included helping negotiate the landmark U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement.
In the private sector, Lavin served in senior finance and management positions in Hong Kong and Singapore with Cushman & Wakefield Investors Asia, Bank of America, and Citibank.
Earlier in his career, Lavin served in the George H.W. Bush and Reagan Administrations, working in the Department of Commerce, Department of State, National Security Council, and White House. Lavin served as Director of the Office of Political Affairs in the White House 1987-89.
"With the staggering growth in demand for energy and urgent environmental issues in the Asia Pacific, cleantech is one of the most critical areas of development in the region. I look forward to helping in furthering solutions with Asia Cleantech," said Lavin.
About Asia Cleantech Capital
Based in Singapore, Asia Cleantech Capital is an investment management firm formed in 2006 to focus on clean technology projects in the Asia Pacific region. Specifically, Asia Cleantech develops and participates in regional projects that will become industry leaders in the creation, management, and distribution of renewable energy and sustainable resource use. The principals of Asia Cleantech have overseen the investment of over US$8.0 billion in venture capital and private equity in special situations, corporate, technology, and property related transactions.
For more information, please visit: http://www.asiacleantech.com.