Dr. David Deak is President of Marbex LLC, running a portfolio of projects at the interface between mining, energy, and technology – with a special focus on lithium and related battery materials. David has built his career advancing initiatives in lithium mining, renewable energy, energy storage, and electric vehicles. He was most recently the CTO and SVP of Lithium Americas Corp., where he spearheaded technical, project, and marketing developments of two major lithium assets, in Nevada and Argentina. Before Lithium Americas, David led special supply chain projects and battery engineering programs for Gigafactory 1 at Tesla Inc. Prior to working in the electric vehicles business, he managed product and process development programs for Ambri Inc., a Bill Gates-backed energy-storage start-up spun out of MIT. David has also consulted for multinational engineering conglomerates, start-ups, government entities and institutional investors, involving projects from technology scouting to materials supply chain analysis. His professional career started in the CTO’s office at Siemens Wind Power in Denmark, where he focused on supplier technology development and component warranty cases. David holds a D.Phil. in Materials Science from Oxford University and a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto.