David A. Doctor, President & CEO

ddDavid is an award-winning business builder and leader. He has co-founded or led more than a dozen start-up companies, most of them in the energy industry. David grew EnTrade Corporation, a natural gas marketing and trading company, to more than $1 billion in annual sales over eight years and Genscape, Inc, an energy information company, from R&D to cash-flow positive, international operation in 30 months. He raised more than $100 million in capital for companies he led, managed the subsequent sale of three companies and the bankruptcy of one. David was named an Inc. Magazine/Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winner for EnTrade Corporation and Genscape, Inc.

David has also managed and led large corporate organizations. He was CEO of Tenneco Energy Resources Corporation, a multi-billion dollar company with 20 percent German ownership and housed within a publicly-traded holding company. David set strategy for two Fortune 500 subsidiaries; at Tenneco Energy in the early 1990s when it was diversifying internationally and at Texas Gas Transmission Corporation as it progressed through industry deregulation. David has served on the boards of directors of six private corporations and one publicly traded subsidiary. The sales of companies under David’s leadership exceed $12 billion.

David is an award-winning academic innovator and organizer. While a fulltime CEO of early stage businesses, he served from 1997 through 2005 as the University of Louisville’s College of Business Bank One Entrepreneur in Residence. In 1998 he was named the College’s Graduate Educator of the Year for creating an innovative approach to teaching MBA students new venture finance. In 2012 David joined Duke University’s Energy Initiative where he effectively served as its chief operating officer through late 2014 while collaborating in building the Initiative.

Kelly Perkins, Program Director

3CKelly Perkins is a Program Director for E4Carolinas. Prior to employment with E4 Kelly worked in Management and Banking for 4 years. Kelly also has a certification in event/wedding planning. She attended and Graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a degree in Business Administration, with a focus on Marketing and Consumer Behavior.

Kelly has gained knowledge and experience quickly through planning the Annual E4Carolinas Emerging Leaders Program, Leadership Energy Carolinas Program and assisting with the Executive Leadership Program as well.  Each of these programs allow Energy Professionals to view and gain knowledge about parts of the industry they wouldn’t necessarily gain working in their current positions.

Kelly is also responsible for maintaining all Financial Accounts  and Marketing for E4Carolinas. This includes maintaining Membership Accounts, Collecting Dues for Programs and Memberships, General Book Keeping, Weekly News and Events Mailings, Task Force and Working Group Management, and other Misc tasks.

Akshay M. Adagale, Software Engineer

E4 Carolinas AkshayAkshay Adagale is an intern working as a Software Engineer for E4Carolinas. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Information Technology at UNC Charlotte. He is responsible for maintaining and upgrading the E4Carolinas website. He is also responsible to assess the web and user security requirements of E4 Carolinas’ website and propose to E4 Carolinas appropriate security solutions and implement those solutions upon E4 Carolinas’ authorization.

Alisha A. Gujarathi, Software Developer

E4 Carolinas AlishaAlisha Gujarathi is working as a Software Developer intern for E4Carolinas. Alisha is currently pursing Master’s in Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has been assigned the tasks of maintaining the database and updating the website. She is also  responsible for ensuring high-performance and availability of the E4Carolinas website.



Ade Akinde, Post-Doctoral Energy Environment Research Manager






Ramya Balakrishnan, Energy Research Associate

Ramya Balakrishnan is working as a data analyst intern in E4 Carolinas. She is currently pursuing her masters in Information Technology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is responsible for creation of a database and an interactive dashboard for the list of various energy companies in NC and SC state.