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Raj Atluru has been investing in the energy and resource sectors for 19 years. Previously, Raj was a co-founder of Silver Lake Kraftwerk, a growth equity fund focused on late stage private companies across the energy and resource sectors. From 2000 until 2011, Raj lead the cleantech practice at the venture fund of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, one of the premier early stage venture funds in Silicon Valley. DFJ was an early investor in notable companies including Tesla Motors, Solar City, EnerNOC, Brightsource Energy and Sea Micro. From 1996 to 2000, Raj worked on energy and technology investing for TL Ventures. Raj has served on several private and public boards, and co-founded DFJ Element with David Lincoln in 2005 – at the time, the largest fund ever raised for the cleantech sector. Raj is also a founder of the Spotlight Foundation, focused on grants to educational entrepreneurs globally. He has keynoted numerous conferences dedicated to sustainability and innovation, and currently serves on the advisory board of the Cleantech Investors Forum, the premier conference in the sector. Raj has both a BS and MS in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University as well as an MBA also from Stanford. Raj is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Catto Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.