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Cyril Yee

Senior Principal
  • Breakthrough Technologies

This is Cyril’s second stint with RMI, where he is a Senior Principal with RMI Ventures. RMI Ventures is a new initiative focused on unlocking energy innovation by channeling capital and coaching to early stage companies with transformative ideas, and scaling them rapidly together with our global network of collaborators.


Cyril has held a number of positions in the cleantech and investment industries. Most recently, he was the US Cleantech and Energy Lead at IP Group, Europe’s largest VC Fund with over $1.5B under management. IP Group funds and spins-out high-potential technologies from partner universities and national labs. He was previously a principal in RMI’s China electricity practice. He led business development and strategy at INEOS Bio, company with a gasification/fermentation technology that converts biomass to ethanol. With DOE and USDA support, INEOS Bio built one of the world’s first commercial-scale advanced biofuel plants. Prior to INEOS Bio, Cyril was a strategy consultant focused on private equity diligence, energy, and financial consulting.


Ph.D., Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

B.A., Chemistry, Swarthmore College


Boulder, CO

Authored Works

Why We Need Faster Climate Tech Innovation

RMI has argued for some time that the energy transition is possible today and requires no new technologies. In 2014, Reinventing Fire mapped a path to greater than 80 percent reductions in carbon emissions, at a cost $5 trillion cheaper than business as usual, while requiring “no new inventions.”…


Innovating to Solve Two Crises at Once

COVID-19 is a cataclysm of epic scale that has disrupted life as we know it globally. Early stage climate tech innovation is especially vulnerable to this disruption and, without swift, thoughtful action, we risk losing a decade of progress toward solutions that are critical for mitigating the most extreme effects…