Daniela Busch

Work Experience: Student research assistant for Dr. Claudia Kammann, Dept. of Plant Ecology JLU Gießen, Germany and Scientific officer for Prof. Bruno Glaser, Institute of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences, Soil Biogeochemistry, MLU Halle, Germany. Publication: Busch D., Kammann* C. Grünhage L. and Müller C. (2011): Simple Biotoxicity Tests for Evaluation of Carbonaceous Soil Additives: Establishment and Reproducibility of Four Test Procedures. In: J. Environ. Qual. (40), S. 1–10.

Martin Olazar, Ph.D.

Martin Olazar graduated in 1978 and received his doctorate in 1985 from the University of the Basque Country (Spain). He became Professor of Chemical Engineering at this university in 1994. He is a member of the Spanish Biomass Platform and sits on his university’s Committee for Research Management. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers and supervisor 30 PhD theses.

David Sjoding

David Sjoding has 31 years of experience in the energy field, focusing on energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate change, energy policy, bioenergy, clean heat and power, district energy, farm energy and distributed generation. He is a Renewable Energy Specialist at the Washington State University Extension Energy Program; serves as Team Leader of the 6-state Pacific Region Bioenergy Partnership; and leads the 5-state U.S. Department of Energy Northwest Clean Energy Application Center

Anthony E. Cone

Westhoff, Cone & Holmstedt’s lead banker in the environmental financing sector, Mr. Cone has 37 years of experience structuring bond financings in California and in 32 additional states. Mr. Cone held similar positions with Bank of America, PaineWebber, Dean Witter and Bear Stearns before becoming a principal at Westhoff, Cone & Holmstedt. In addition to his solid waste and environmental expertise, he is experienced with a diverse range of credits and bond structures for infrastructure, housing, industrial development and assessment bonds.

D. Nathaniel Mulcahy

Ten years of stove design and production. Soil restoration and applications in 13 countries.

Catherine Brewer, Ph.D.

Catherine (Catie) Brewer completed her PhD in Chemical Engineering and Biorenewable Resources & Technology at Iowa State University under the supervision of Robert Brown and David Laird. Her dissertation topic was biochar characterization. Her interests include thermochemical processing of biomass, especially fast pyrolysis technologies, and engineering biochars for specific soil applications.

Kevin Schreiber

Kevin Schreiber is graduating this May with a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Last summer, Kevin worked as an assistant in the business development office of EcoTechnologies group, a leader in the nascent biochar industry. Currently Kevin is in Uganda visiting Eco-Fuel Africa and he will return with biomass and biochar samples with which he will be conducting research.

David Morell Ph.D

David is a former EPA and California regulatory agency official with over 40 years of experience in government, industry, consulting, and academia. He is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in permitting, compliance management, and environmental policy development. Dr. Morell is a lead ISO 14000 auditor and has helped implement compliance and management programs in a wide variety of industries. Dr. Morell has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Princeton; Stanford; the University of California, Berkeley, Davis, and Santa Cruz; and at Mae Fah Luang University in northern Thailand.

Raymond Baltar

Raymond is currently pursuing a second career in sustainability, with biochar as the focus. For his Capstone project in the Green MBA he was the lead writer for a proposed gasification facility in Sonoma County called Sonoma Green Energy. He recently completed an assignment as consultant and lead writer for a biochar/renewable energy business plan for an Eco Commercial Park in Moss Landing California.

Jenny Kassan

Jenny Kassan is an attorney at Katovich & Kassan Law Group, a law firm that serves social enterprise. Her legal practice areas include small business start-up and financing, securities regulation, nonprofit law, and cooperatives. Jenny is CEO of Cutting Edge Capital, a consulting firm that helps small businesses raise community capital and pioneers tools for a more inclusive and values-driven economy.


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