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Mary Jane "MJ" Oliveri

MJ Oliveri with Bienvenue, who created the African outfit she is wearing
MJ worked for the Sonoma County Water Agency and the City of Santa Rosa for a combined total of over 20 years as a civil engineer in the water and wastewater fields. Since 2010, she has been working with Wycliffe Associates as a Community Development Specialist in Congo-Brazzaville. Deforestation in Congo is a growing problem. MJ is seeking ways to curtail this process by bringing in the knowledge of biochar and its possibilities of creating sustainable businesses.

Christoph Pollatos

President/CEO of BioChar Central, an Atlanta, GA-based company which transforms biological waste streams into useful, profitable organic fertilizer and water purification products. We have developed a proprietary low cost, highly mobile & clean-burning pyrolysis technology which helps sustainably convert wood and agricultural wastes into powerful soil enhancers, and water filtration media.

Michael Sheehan

It took a planet full of people working together to create the current climate, it will take the direct action of a planet full of people to move our civilization onto a path of sustainability. I'm excited by the prospect of providing one of the tools for that change.

Debbie Hanmer, Ph.D.

Debbie Hanmer, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. At the university she is Coordinator of UNCP’s new Sustainable Agriculture track in its Environmental Science Degree program.  She is also a mentor for undergraduate research by students in the Biology Department.

Scott Forsythe

Scott Forsythe is studying Environmental Management at the University of Kiel in Germany. He is currently working on a master's thesis concerning low-technology production and use of biochar on humid, tropical soils. A native of Florida, he has associated for the last 10 years with an agroforestry farm in southeastern Guatemala that has recently expanded into cacao production.

Rivka Fidel

Rivka Fidel is a graduate student in Soil Science at Iowa State University. She received a BS in Environmental Science from Union College in 2010. Her primary research interests are in interested in soil carbon sequestration, agro-ecosystems, bio-geochemistry, black carbon, and sustainable agriculture.

Greg Thiele

Greg Thiele is the general manager for Micromeritics Analytical Services. Micromeritics specializes in physical characterization products and services. Part of this physical characterization includes measuring gas adsorption isotherms and adsorption capacities, which is what the company was founded on back in 1962. Micromeritics has a rich history in the carbon industry using N2, CO2, and other gases to characterize all sorts of carbons and other adsorbent materials.

Jake Mackenzie

At 72 years of age, Mackenzie is now a grizzled veteran of Sonoma County and Northern Californian environmental politics. In the fourth year of his 4th term on the Rohnert Park City Council, Mackenzie hopes to continue his obsession with attending and moderating meetings, chairing committees and serving on boards of directors. To date he has chaired LGC, SCAPOSD Advisory Committee, SCTA/RCPA, WAC and the EQ Policy Committee for LCC and continues to chair RRWA, NCIRWMP & GA Public Policy committee. He is a member of MTC and SMART. He attends some of these meetings on his bicycle as long as they are in Rohnert Park or Santa Rosa.

Mr. Huiqiang Cheng

Mr. Cheng is a division director of Department of Resource Conservation and Environmental Protection of National Development and Reform Commission. He is mainly in charge of comprehensively managing agricultural crops and forestry residues, as well as relevant policy making. He graduated from Henan University, majored in national economy.

Mr. Shaohua Li

Mr. Li is a deputy division chief of Department of Science and Education of Ministry of Agriculture. He is mainly in charge of rural energy. He graduated from Beijing Agricultural University, majored in agriculture and agricultural economics and management.

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