Founder & MANAGING PARTNER
Sarah Driansky is an energy and infrastructure expert with nearly two decades of experience in mechanical engineering, project management, operations, business intelligence, finance, business development and origination.
Ms. Driansky started her career as a Mechanical Engineer for DMJM Harris (AECOM) where she focused on energy, power and infrastructure development. She wrote feasibility studies, designed masterplans, and completed mechanical engineering designs for renewable and traditional power plants, waste water plants, marine transfer stations, parks and airports before becoming a Project Engineer and Project Manager.
After a sprint in energy investment banking at Credit Suisse, Ms. Driansky joined Hess Corporation where she held leadership roles in oil supply, global business intelligence, electric and DSR business development and natural gas origination. With Centrica’s acquisition of the Energy Marketing Division of Hess, Sarah led North American Business Development for their fast-fill compressed natural gas business. While in that role, she expanded it to include deal origination for generation developers in assets such as fuel cells, anaerobic digestion, biogas and other large consumers and producers of natural gas, electric, RECs, and RINs.
Sarah identified the need for Lido Energy Partners after many late-night strategy sessions with former colleagues who were running sales and marketing organizations and were seeking guidance on how to build their businesses. In 2017, Lido Energy Partners was formalized.
Ms. Driansky holds an MBA in Finance from New York University where she earned a fellowship from the Hess Foundation, secured a national grant for the University to expand water bottle refill stations throughout the campus, was a Teaching Assistant and competed in and won financial turn-around competitions. She has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester, where she was a Rush Rhees scholar and Teaching Assistant. She is an active mentor for the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, working with six to eight students annually.
Sarah is based in New York City.
Board of Directors
Ms. Weisskopf is a Principal at Ember Infrastructure. She was most recently a Vice President with Global Infrastructure Partners as a member of the investment team. Prior to GIP, she was with Credit Suisse in their power, utilities, and renewables group in the investment banking division where she was involved in a number of mergers & acquisitions, corporate and project financings, and advisory to corporate and private equity clients. She started her career with Charles River Associates providing economic consulting services in the Energy and Environment Practice.
Ms. Weisskopf holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a B.S. in Commerce and major in Economics from the University of Virginia.
Mathew Sachs, VP, Distributed Energy Development National Grid: Mathew is driven by the opportunity to play a small part in the big changes undergoing how we use, produce and store energy. He is responsible for developing and evaluating opportunities to further the deployment of distributed energy in the US.
Before joining NGrid, Mathew led originations for KRoad DG, a PE platform focused on distributed generation. He was also a founding member of Yingli Green Energy’s American subsidiary, which grew to the world’s largest solar panel manufacturer during his tenure. Mathew also led teams within Price Waterhouse Cooper’s Transaction Services Strategy Group and worked at Honeywell (NYSE:HON), Praxair (NYSE:PX), and semiconductor equipment manufacturer Heller Industries, focusing on business development and product design.
He holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from SUNY Buffalo. Mathew lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters, who consistently remind him that anything is possible.
Mr. Elefant is the CEO of PBC USA Investments, the global real estate investment arm of Israel based, Property & Building Corp (͞PBC͟). PBC is one of Israel’s largest diversified real estate companies with a wide range of assets in primary global markets. The company is an active acquirer of long term commercial real estate assets and is led by Mr. Elefant who offices in the company’s asset in NYC. Mr. Elefant is a seasoned real estate executive who has historically focused on entrepreneurial, corporate and asset based investment opportunities. Prior to joining PBC USA as its CEO, he led a dynamic deal team for a private equity firm focused on opportunistic, distressed and special situation real estate investments. Mr. Elefant was born and raised in Israel. He holds a BA from The Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management in Chicago. He formerly served as a Captain in the Israeli Defense Forces and is an active board member on several non profit organizations.