President and CEO | Chrysalix Venture Capital
Wal van Lierop is an energy technology veteran with unique industry insight gained through deep operational experience as a venture capitalist, corporate executive, top international consultant and university professor. Since co-founding Chrysalix in 2001, Wal has sourced, invested in and advised numerous start-ups building innovative solutions for the new world economy – often while working hand-in-hand with large multinational companies on their innovation strategies. Wal is a specialist in maximizing returns from bringing innovative solutions to large industries that are in transition.
Prior to founding Chrysalix, Wal spent six years as the Vice President of Strategic Planning at Westcoast Energy (at the time, one of the largest Canadian energy companies) with a strong focus on innovation and venturing. He also advised energy, chemicals and financial services blue chip companies on innovation and change management while working for more than seven years with McKinsey & Company.
With a long-standing passion for industrial innovation and sustainability, Wal has founded or co-founded several new ventures and clean energy organizations, including New Ventures BC and SET Ventures in the Netherlands, as part of the Chrysalix Global Network, which he assisted GRC from China in joining as well. Wal holds a PhD in Economics from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and has completed executive training in Change Management from MIT.