Manuel Piñuela

Chief Business Officer

Manuel was born in Mexico City, Mexico, in 1983. He received his BSc degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 2007, where he received the Gabino Barreda Medal, awarded to the highest GPA of his class (summa cum laude). From 2006 to 2008 he joined Actif Power, a start-up technology company in Mexico City, where he designed patented switched mode power supplies and solar lighting systems. During his work at Actif Power he supervised manufacturing and developed client relationships in Mexico.

From 2008 to 2009 Manuel worked for Thermon Manufacturing Company and Washington Division of URS in Houston, USA where he held electronic design and project engineer roles for the oil and gas industry in the US and Latin America. He was also involved in social projects with Engineers without Borders and the Mexican Government to provide solar lighting and potable water systems to poor rural communities in Mexico.

In 2009 he started his PhD in Electrical Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London developing systems for inductive power transfer and ambient RF energy harvesting. Both technologies have won awards in international conferences and are published in IEEE journals. He was awarded a Design London Fellowship by the Tanaka Business School and the Royal College of Art to turn his research into a successful spinout.

In 2011 Manuel was a finalist at the Imperial College Business Plan Competition and was selected from 250 ventures for a pre-development plan at the RCA’s Business Incubator.

After more than five years of developing new technologies, Manuel believes that technologies such as wireless power transfer will simplify our lives and completely modify the way we interact with the systems that surround us. Manuel lives with his wife Holda in London, UK.