Anastasia R. O'Rourke
Co-Founder, Big Room (www.bigroom.ca)
Anastasia R. O'Rourke completed her Ph.D. at Yale in 2009, with a research focus in the growth of cleantech in venture capital markets. Her research interests include cleantech entrepreneurship, the emergence of innovation systems, environmental finance and the growth of green markets.
In 2008 she co-founded the VC backed start up company Big Room Inc. which runs www.ecolabelling.org and is building a large database of certified green products.
Anastasia is an experienced consultant and researcher having worked in Sweden, France the U.S. and Australia, most recently authoring several pioneering reports on venture capital and cleantech. Prior to Yale she worked in France at INSEAD business school and in Australia at the Institute for Sustainable Futures and the EcoDesign Foundation.
She earned a M.Sc. (Industrial Environmental Economics) from Lund University in Sweden (2000) and a B.A. (Hons 1st Class and University Medal) from Sydney University, Australia (1997). She is an Australian citizen, is married to Adrian Horotan, and currently lives in North Branford CT.