Dr. Saad Dara

Grant Advisor - PH.D.

Saad Dara is CEO of Mangrove Water Technologies Ltd., a start-up company that spun out of the University of British Columbia in 2017. Saad holds a PhD (2020), MASc (2012) and BASc (2010) in Chemical and Biological Engineering from UBC and was recognized as a UBC Applied Science Rising Star in 2017.

Saad is an entrepreneur with a track record of taking research from the lab bench to a commercial scale and has raised $15M in grant and investor funding. He has led the technical and business development, fundraising, and strategy, while commercializing Mangrove’s technology with various large corporates. His areas of expertise are in fuel cells, redox flow batteries, lithium ion batteries, electrochemical water treatment, and upstream lithium production. In his personal time, Saad is an avid cricket player, enjoys cycling and spending time with his family.