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Sunne Wright McPeak

Sunne Wright McPeak is the President and CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF), a statewide non-profit organization whose mission is to close the Digital Divide by accelerating the deployment and adoption of broadband. She assumed the position as the CETF first chief executive in December 2006 after serving for three years as Secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Richard Heinberg

Richard Heinberg is the author of ten books including The End of Growth: Adapting to our New Economic Reality, Blackout: Coal, Climate, and the Last Energy Crisis, and Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World. He is Senior Fellow-in-Residence of the Post Carbon Institute and is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost Peak Oil educators. Heinberg has authored scores of essays and articles that have appeared in such journals as Nature, The Ecologist, The American Prospect, Public Policy Research, Quarterly Review, The Futurist, European Business Review, Earth Island Journal, Yes!, and Pacific Ecologist. He has appeared in many film and television documentaries, including Leonardo DiCaprio’s 11th Hour, and is a recipient of the M. King Hubbert Award for Excellence in Energy Education.

Dan McKenzie, PhD

I retired after 30 years as an environmental research scientist. I have a "hobby" business creating metal landscape and garden art. I've been working to create a small scale backyard BioChar pyrolysis unit capable of producing sufficient volume for a large garden area or several neighborhood gardens.
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Fungai Mukome, Ph.D

Dr. Fungai Mukome obtained his PhD in Environmental Sciences and Resources from Portland State University in 2009 and is currently a postdoctoral scholar at University of California, Davis. His research interests are in soil environmental chemistry and include investigating the effect of biochar soil amendments on carbon and nitrogen biogeochemistry; characterization of biochars from different feedstock and produced under varied pyrolysis conditions; and understanding the processes and interactions responsible for biochar stabilization in soil.

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.

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