Sappin Global Strategies is a strategy and investment firm dedicated to the energy and innovation economies in the US and abroad. Within our energy practice we focus on renewable power, energy security and green business. Within our innovation practice, we focus on disruptive innovation, China and emerging markets.

Based in New York and led by CEO Ed Sappin, we deliver tangible value for our partners. We believe that energy and innovation are at the core of sustained economic and social growth and that any meaningful business or government achievements need to take into account the global picture.

Our team includes recognized thought leaders with high-level experience ranging from Fortune 50 and other major corporations to entrepreneurs, to government, multilaterals and financial firms. We have worked in most major and developing regions around the world and have been investors, advisors and businesspeople, enabling us to see multiple sides of each initiative on which we work.





Renewable Energy

Sappin Global Strategies provides deep expertise in the development, financing and operation of renewable power projects in established and emerging markets. We have worked on more than 500 megawatts of solar, wind, biomass and biogas projects, including operating projects in the US, India and Australia

Energy Security

We believe that energy is a critical component for national security and that energy issues do not have to be a zero sum game between countries and regions

Green Business

Green business is critical for the medium and long-term sustainable development of our planet. SGS focuses on working with scalable, innovative companies active in water, energy efficiency, smartgrid, cleanweb, and bioenergy





Disruptive Innovation

We live in an age of continual innovation. Areas as diverse as social media, healthcare, agriculture, and heavy industry are experiencing game changing advancements. Sappin Global Strategies selectively works with companies that are creating new and exciting businesses that can grow into global markets.


China’s power is growing. In matters economic, social, military. While some view this as a threat, China’s rapid expansion since the Mao era is laying the foundation for The Middle Kingdom to bring truly innovative concepts forward. These ideas are primarily in the domestic markets today, but will increasingly reach the global stage over the next decade.

Emerging Markets

Innovation in emerging markets is happening at a rapid pace. Whether because of resource constraints, lack of existing infrastructure or different approaches to problem solving, entrepreneurs and researchers in emerging and frontier markets are creating innovative products and business models that can leapfrog and exceed those in the industrialized world.



Sappin Global Strategies brings together a group of global leaders on each one of its initiatives. Drawing from a deep bench of experts in industry, finance, government, think tanks, academia, and non-profits, we create exceptional partnerships for exceptional companies.


IMG_9729-Edit SmallEdward J. Sappin

Chief Executive Officer

Edward J Sappin is the CEO of Sappin Global Strategies. Ed is a finance, strategy and business development leader with senior level experience across private equity and venture capital, banking, Fortune 50 corporations, and start-ups. He has had key roles in more than 50 investments, projects and transactions. Ed is a contributor to Wired’s Innovation Insights and has been featured in coverage by the Washington Post, CNBC, the LA Times, and Roll Call.

Previously, Ed was the CEO of The Willowbrook Company. Willowbrook invested in and developed renewable energy projects and green businesses, building a $600 million pipeline focused on strong financial returns and social impact. Ed was Director, Project Development for BP Solar before this, leading teams in the US and Asia on over $2 billion of power projects.

Prior to joining BP, Ed was based in China. He originated investments and ran the team for New Asia Partners, a middle market private equity group. Ed was previously a senior strategist at Intel. He was based in New York and London earlier in his career, working in banking and alternative investments.

Ed earned a Master of Arts from the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University, where he was a Boren and Bradley Fellow. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Franklin, Wharton and Fine Scholar.

Twitter: @esappin