Ammar supports the soft cost team and manages the SunShot Prize: Race to 7-Day Solar, Catalyst Energy Prize, Orange Button Data, SUNRISE, and projects with NREL and LBNL. Prior to joining SunShot, he worked as an investment officer for a boutique $100 million venture capital investment firm and served on a number of boards for startups. Ammar co-established the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC focused on information and security, growing the staff from three people to 15, later serving as a board member between 2004 and 2009. Throughout his career, Ammar has been recognized for his work and dedication, including the EERE’s Energy Rock Star in 2015 for his work on the Catalyst Energy Prize. Ammar holds a Ph.D. from University of Paris I, an M.S. from the University of Oxford, and an MBA from Georgetown University.