Peter Hirst

After retiring from a career in energy and natural resources, Peter founded New England Biochar with Bob Wells in 2009, and has been manufacturing, consulting, training and presenting on biochar use and production ever since.

Yanxue Han

Yanxue Han, from Beijing Forestry University, studied in USDA-ARS/ERRC as a joint phD student with A.A.Boateng, my major is sustainable bio-fuels and co-products, especially the utilization of bio-char including activated biocarbon production and soil amendment.

Richard J. Frankel, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard J. Frankel, is a professional environmental engineer with over 30 years of experience in industrial environmental management and pollution control systems (air, water, and wastes), Cleaner Production, environmental compliance auditing, environmental monitoring, and environmental & social impact assessment. He has planned and directed capacity building programs on “sustainable development” for government officials and staff in the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment and in the Ministry of Industry & Commerce in Lao PDR, and is currently assisting the Ministry of Environment in Cambodia in drafting a new EIA Law.

Jonah Levine

Jonah holds degrees in biology and engineering and has work with biochar at universities, non profit organisations and for profit companies. Currently Jonah is a partner with Biochar Solutions Inc. managing material and equipment production and logistics. In 2009 Jonah was the Chair of the NA Biochar Conference and since that time has played a supporting role for USBI.

David Laird, Ph.D.

David Laird is a professor in the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University. He is author and co-author of 79 refereed journal articles and 13 book chapters. His research interests include the impact of biochar on soil quality, the stability of biochar in soils, and the impact of biochar on greenhouse gas emissions.

Jason Aramburu

Jason Aramburu is the founder and CEO of re:char. He studied Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. He previously worked as a tropical ecologist in Panama through the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. He is an Echoing Green Fellow, a Pop!Tech Fellow and one of Business Week's Top 25 Social Entrepreneurs in America.

Gloria Flora

Gloria Flora is the Director of the U.S. Biochar Initiative and Executive Director of Sustainable Obtainable Solutions, an organization she founded 11 years ago. Last century, she was a leader in the U.S. Forest Service. Her expertise in sustainability, climate change, public lands and the human relationship with our landscapes has brought her national recognition and numerous awards, including having a rare species of toad named after her.

Lopa Brunjes

Lopa has been deeply steeped in the biochar industry for 5 years. She helped take Biochar Engineering from start-up to acquisition as EVP; served as the Carbon War Room's Biochar Operation Lead; has spoken at TEDxBerkeley on biochar; and is now co-founder of The Biochar Company, whose Soil Reef™ product was launched in select stores in Spring 2012.
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Craig Sams

In 1967 Craig Sams founded Whole Earth Foods, now one of Europe's leading organic brands. In 1991, in partnership with Josephine Fairley, founded Green & Black's Organic Chocolate, the first product to carry the Fairtrade Mark. He is President of Green & Black’s, acquired by Cadbury’s in 2005 and subsequently by Kraft in 2010. It is the world's leading organic chocolate brand. Author of:, The Little Food Book and The Story of Green & Black’s. Soil Association Treasurer from 1990-2001 and Chairman from 2001 to 2007. Founded Carbon Gold in 2008 to establish biochar as a means to restore degraded soils, enhance organic farming and sequester carbon dioxide to reverse climate change


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