Executive Management Team and Board of Directors
Dr. Elena Shembel
Chief Executive Officer, President, Chairman of the Board and Co-founder
Dr. Shembel is Chief Executive Officer, President, Chairman of the Board and Co-founder of Enerize. Dr. Shembel brings over 30 years of R&D, production and management experience in the areas of electrochemical technology, particularly in lithium primary and secondary batteries, solar cells, supercapacitors, sensors, testing methods, new materials, nanotechnology, and fuel cells. Previously, Dr. Shembel was VP and director of R&D for Ener1, Inc., a public company in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida involved in development and production of lithium batteries, nanotechnologies and fuel cells. She built R&D department, worked with strategic partners and investors, and was part of the senior management team responsible for establishing Ener1’s production facilities in the U.S.
Before Ener1, Inc. Dr. Shembel was for 18 years the head of leading laboratories in Ukraine at the Ukrainian State Chemical Technology University, which developed and introduced lithium power sources into industrial production in Ukraine and Russia. In the Former Soviet Union, Dr. Shembel was the head of the Lithium Battery Program of the Ministry of Nuclear Energy. She was responsible for introduction of R&D results into battery production in manufacturing facilities throughout Russia and Ukraine.
Dr. Shembel was also the scientific and technical manager of a number of international projects in the area of alternative energy technologies, including the projects for the U.S. National Laboratories and the U.S. Department of Energy. She continues to lead the Laboratory of Chemical Power Sources at the Ukrainian State Chemical Technology University (UCTU), keeps the Professor position at the USCTU, and supports international contacts and contracts of USCTU with well-known international companies and universities. Dr. Shembel also supervises preparation of the Ph.D. theses of the USCTU postgraduate students in the area of electrochemical technology.
Dr. Shembel is internationally recognized for her achievements in R&D and production of energy storage devices from lithium batteries to solar cells and supercapacitors. Dr. Shembel has more than 300 scientific publications and presentations at international conferences, has more than 50 patents and patent applications in the US, Europe and Asia, and is co-author of several technical books. Dr. Shembel obtained her Ph.D. in electrochemical processes for systems with porous matrixes for space systems in 1974. In 1989 Dr. Shembel was awarded a D.Sc. degree (Doctor of Chemical Sciences) at the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Electrochemistry, Moscow for her work in processes and optimization of lithium chemical power sources.