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Russ Conser, President at Regenov8 Advisors

  • Russ was born in Omaha in 1961, and graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from Iowa State University in 1983.  He spent his early years as a Petroleum Engineer in Shell’s operating businesses and research labs where he helped find, develop and produce oil and gas from around the world. He later became coordinator of Shell’s corporate business planning team, which included annual budgeting, scenarios, strategy and specialty finance consulting. In 1998, Russ helped found Shell Technology Ventures (STV) where he was the leader of all deal origination and business development for subsurface oil and gas technologies. He later moved into Shell’s well-known “GameChanger” innovation program, which he led for 7 years. “GameChanger” remains an angel stage investor in revolutionary energy technology ideas both from in and outside Shell.

    After 30 years, Russ recently retired from Shell to step into the bigger and booming external world of innovation and entrepreneurship with a special focus on helping to build a more robust ecosystem for entrepreneurship in Texas. Russ is a member of the Board of Directors for StarRotor Corporation, a Mentor at the Surge Accelerator, the Board of Advisors to the newly formed AccelerateH2O water technology accelerator and a number of Houston area startups.  Russ is presently President at Regenov8 Advisors where he focuses on helping organizations big and small develop and implement strategies for regenerative innovation.