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Xiao Yunhan, Ph.D.

Professor Xiao is the Deputy Director-General at Bureau of High-Tech R&D of Chinese Academe of Sciences (CAS). He joined in CAS since 1996. Prior to joining in the bureau of High-Tech R&D, he worked as the deputy director at Institute of Engineering Thermophysics (IET) of CAS from 2001 to 2006, visited National Institute for Resources and Environment in Japan as the visiting scholar from 1999 to 2000. His research interests include Energy and Technology Policy, IGCC and Co-production for Coal and/or Biomass, Distributed Energy Systems and Renewable Energy, Hydrogen Production and Conversion, Alternative Fuels for Automobile, and Thermal Treatment and Utilization of Wastes. Professor studied in Tsinghua University from 1981 to 1993 and received Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. degree.

Jun Meng, Ph.D.

Professor Jun Meng is the Deputy Director of Liaoning Biochar Engineering & Technology Research Center. In 2006, he visited Unitec in New Zealand. During 2008–2010, he went to NERCITA (National Engineering Research Center for Information Technology in Agriculture, China) for cooperative research. Currently, he is engaged in biochar research, aimed at investigating the role of biochar in soil–plant–air continuum system, study field include pyrolysis technique and equipment, physical and chemical properties of biochar, comprehensive effects of biochar on soil and crop growth. In aspect of achievement transformation, he has hosted or co-hosted a series of extension projects, including Agricultural Technology Extension Project “Demonstration and Extension of Agro–forestry Residue Resource Utilization Technique” fund by Central Finance, Agricultural Comprehensive Exploitation Project “Agro–forestry Biochar Based Fertilizer and Integrated Technology”, and Achievement Transformation Project “Biochar Fertilizers and Soil Amendments Trial Demonstration” which was fund by Science and Technology Ministry of China. Pro. Meng graduated from Shenyang Agricultural University, and got his Ph.D. in agronomy in 2005.

Zheke Zhong, Ph.D.

Professor Zhong is the Chief Engineer of China National Research Center of Bamboo since 2003. Prior to joining in the organization, professor Zhong was a post doctor from in Technical University of Dresden in Germany 1999 to 2003, worked as an associate professor in Zhejiang Forestry Academy from 1992 to 1994, and as a researched assistant in Zhejiang Forestry Academy from 1984 to 1989. Professor Zhong is now mainly focusing on the following research topics: soil environmental restoration, bamboo forest ecology and application and production of biochar and in charge of research projects financed by China Natural Research Fund, National science and technology support plan etc. Professor Zhong received his doctor degree majored in Soil and Geological Science from Zhejiang University in 1999.

Drew Zwart

Drew Zwart is a member of the scientific staff at the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories, and is currently a PhD candidate in plant physiology at the University of Washington, Center for Urban Horticulture. Drew received his B.S. in Agronomy from Cornell University and an M.S. in plant pathology and physiology from Clemson University. His dissertation work at the University of Washington involves physiological studies on the potential use of biochar as a soil amendment in disease management of urban plants.

Jack Lance

Jack Lance, an entrepreneur and marketing executive, is an angel investor. He has been a member of the Keiretsu Forum since its launch in 2000. Jack is an actively involved investor and advisor to several early stage companies. He served as a board member of Sonoma Mountain Business Cluster/North Bay iHUB from its inception to 2011; he remains active in this group as a member of its Advisory and Mentoring Committees. Jack is a co-founder of FinancialSoft (www.electronicFinancialOfficer.com), a company dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and investors understand financial statements and improve profitability. His passion for helping entrepreneurs and his depth of personal experience, contacts and resources are key assets for its clients. Jack is a Weiss-Caldwell fellow and Entrepreneur in Residence with the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University. He also co- teaches a Venture Creation Class at SSU.

Dan Smith

Dan Smith is an M.S. student at the University of Idaho, College of Natural Resources and Department of Forest, Fire and Range Sciences.  Under the direction of Dr. Mark Coleman, his thesis explores the effects of biochar on soil enzymatic and microbial activity in a temperate coniferous forest.

Lisa Tamayo-Kennedy

Lisa Tamayo-Kennedy is an entrepreneur and investor working with clean tech startup ventures. Her consulting firm, investorMetrix, focuses on researching, reporting and training about sustainability as it relates to profit and value in companies. She is a founder of Green Building Studio, acquired by Autodesk in 2008 and holds an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise.

Bert Bennett, Ph.D.

Dr. Bert Bennett is a Principal Scientist and Senior Engineer at ICM, Inc., a renewable energy company established in 1995 and headquartered in Colwich, Kansas. He is responsible for leading ICM’s research and development efforts in industrial-scale gasification and biochar production systems. ICM is active in promoting biochar research efforts and has supplied over 300 tons of biochar to research institutions located throughout the Midwest, Canada and Mexico.

Johannes Schneeberger

I have played with wood fire from early on, when I learned the trade of stove fitter in Austria. I also studied mechanical engineering with focus on combustion technologies. After two start-ups in Austria I came to the USA and continued as industrial product design and development consultant and also as patent engineer. I took the bar exam and served as a US Patent Agent a variety of clients including IBM Almaden Research Center and Stanford University. With my current company IDEPA Inc. I provide integrated services for product development strategy, design, engineering and intellectual property to small companies and start-ups.

Ryan Hottle

Ryan Hottle is a PhD student at Ohio State University researching the impacts of biochar application on soil ecosystems and fast action strategies to mitigate anthropogenic climate change.

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