Priyanka Bakaya currently serves as a Technology-to-Market Advisor at the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). For the past two decades, she has worked as a climate tech founder and entrepreneur, in finance and venture capital, and has also served as an instructor for MIT Entrepreneurship Bootcamps.
Bakaya previously worked at Venture Capital firms Accel Partners and Globespan Capital, after starting her career in energy and technology investing on Wall Street. She launched startup PK Clean out of MIT, and as CEO led fundraising efforts and led the company through commercialization and licensing of its technology. She previously served as Chairman for the American Chemistry Council’s Advanced Recycling Alliance for Plastics, and as an ongoing instructor coaching entrepreneurs on the topics of entrepreneurship and sustainability through MIT’s Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamps.
Bakaya is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a Lightspeed Venture Fellow and a Laureate for the Cartier Women’s Global Initiative. She has been named to the Fortune 40 under 40 Ones to Watch List, Conscious Company’s Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs, and Forbes 30 under 30 List in Energy.
She is a graduate of MIT Sloan and Stanford University with Honors and has completed Executive Education at Harvard's Kennedy School and Princeton's Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.