Our Team

CORPORATE TEAM

Don Currie

CEO and Director

Mr. Donald Currie is the founding CEO of Hillcrest Energy Technologies. Wanting to create an organization that could leverage his 30+ years of energy experience and still benefit from entrepreneurial thinking, he took the reins of Hillcrest in February, 2010.

Don’s success combines his reputation as a trusted relationship and business builder with decades of North American equity markets exposure and the financing of public companies. He’s known for being a straight shooter who values, integrity and big picture thinking. True to form, Don has been leading the company’s successful transition into clean energy technologies by identifying early-stage prospects and converting these into a portfolio of business growth opportunities.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Currie held various senior level positions including Director, Officer and VP of Corporate Communications with Enhanced Oil Resources Inc., an oil and gas exploration and production company based out of Houston, Texas. Prior to this, Don worked in other private and public ventures spanning the  mining, gaming and technology sectors.

Jamie L. Hogue

Chief Operating Officer

Jamie L. Hogue brings more than two decades of progressive policy leadership, economic analysis and organizational development experience to Hillcrest. Throughout her career, she’s built diversified expertise in energy, water, natural resource and sustainability policy and practice, working with partners across Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Western Canada. Ms. Hogue holds extensive experience in building collaborative processes and solutions that drive organizations toward a more resilient future. Jamie previously served as the Director Operations for Arizona State University’s Ten Across initiative – a compelling observatory positioned on the front lines of economic, social and climate change and the associated implications and potential futures for the United States as a whole.

Jamie earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Arizona State University.

 

Ari Berger

Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Ari Berger is a distinguished expert in electric machine control technologies, system engineering and multidisciplinary product design. He brings over a decade of commercial experience with a track record of deploying new technologies and go-to-market strategies, specifically in the sector of electrification.

In 2015, Mr. Berger founded NIG Systems Ltd. In Israel, which specializes in custom high performance control systems design. Prior to this, he previously worked for Bental Industries, a leading motor manufacturer.

Mr. Berger holds a Master’s Degree (MSc) in System Control Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and is an expert in real-time embedded software development and dynamics. He has also published several academic papers and won several awards, including one from Intel for his innovative solutions for the wafer industry.

Raj Clair

Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Raj Clair is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) with over 11 years of experience in finance. Ms. Clair began her career at Deloitte and has since served in advanced finance and accounting roles in the energy and resources sector. A highly collaborative team leader and builder, Ms. Clair has been responsible for financial reporting, managing audits and internal controls and working with the operations and project teams on budgeting and forecasting. Ms. Clair has worked with various publicly listed companies, including SEC registrants and has both Canadian and US experience.

Ms. Clair qualified as a Chartered Professional Accountant in 2013 and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Simon Fraser University.

TECHNOLOGY TEAM

Ari Berger

Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Ari Berger is a distinguished expert in electric machine control technologies, system engineering and multidisciplinary product design. He brings over a decade of commercial experience with a track record of deploying new technologies and go-to-market strategies, specifically in the sector of electrification.

In 2015, Mr. Berger founded NIG Systems Ltd. In Israel, which specializes in custom high performance control systems design. Prior to this, he previously worked for Bental Industries, a leading motor manufacturer.

Mr. Berger holds a Master’s Degree (MSc) in System Control Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and is an expert in real-time embedded software development and dynamics. He has also published several academic papers and won several awards, including one from Intel for his innovative solutions for the wafer industry.

Harald Hengstenberger

Managing Director, Owner & Founder, Systematec GMBH

Mr. Harald Hengstenberger is the leader of Hillcrest’s technology development partner, Systematec GmbH which is a leading German power electronics engineering and electromechanical component design company servicing the automotive sector. Mr. Hengstenberger is an established electrical engineer with more than 25 years of experience designing, manufacturing, testing and validating hybrid and electric vehicle powertrains.

James Hamond

Hillcrest Senior Technical Consultant

Coming from a background in robotics, Mr. James Hamond has developed, patented, and commercialized intellectual property in areas such lighting, audio, ADCs, DACs and high frequency soft switching. Having worked in the consumer, industrial and defense sectors, Mr. Hamond is a jack-of-all-trades, spanning hardware, embedded software, control and adaptive algorithms, register-transfer level (RTL), thermal management and mechanical design. He has worked with soft switching systems for over 15 years, most recently as CTO and co-founder of Pre-Switch Inc.

Dr. Jalal Amini

Senior Power Electronics Engineer

Dr. Jalal Amini is a senior power electronics engineer, possessing extensive experience in power, analog, digital and embedded circuit design, schematics and PCB layout design. Dr. Amini also possess superior knowledge and experience in grid applications, power quality and renewable energies. During his career, he has designed and implemented a variety of power electronic devices including grid-connected devices such as a wind energy converter, active filters, fast chargers and energy storage systems, as well as, induction motor drives, and multilevel converters.