Jan van Dokkum is an Operating Partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) in Menlo Park, California, with the specific task of guiding KPCB’s green technology ventures toward commercialization.
Earlier in his career, van Dokkum served as president of UTC Power, a division of United Technologies, Inc., where he was instrumental in advancing UTC Power’s on-site power generation product and service offerings. These included stationary fuel cells, renewable power solutions, and combined cooling, heating, and power applications for commercial building markets. He led the effort to commercialize many new energy solutions. He also focused the company’s fuel cell activities toward transportation, working closely with leading automotive manufacturers in transitioning their cars and transit buses toward short- and long-range electrification.
Before joining UTC Power, van Dokkum was with Siemens for 17 years. For the last six of those years, he served as president and chief executive officer of Siemens Power Transmission & Distribution, Inc. During that time, he augmented the company’s traditional power equipment, such as switching equipment, power breakers, transformers, and regulators, with intelligent systems and controls. His vision included creating a smart electrical power delivery system to provide greater reliability and functionality.
For many years, van Dokkum served on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee, and he contributed to the Department of Energy’s Grid 2030 National Vision for Electricity’s Second 100 Years. He co-chaired the Energy Efficiency in Buildings project for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. In 1978, van Dokkum immigrated to the United States from the Netherlands. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in electrical engineering.