Speaker

Jerry Whitfield, Ph.D.

Dr Jerry Whitfield is an Engineer with experience in Aerospace and Power Engineering. He is an entrepreneur and innovator in Biomass Energy. He invented the wood pellet stove in 1983 and built a successful company around this product. He is widely recognized as the pioneer of this industry. He is currently developing commercial pyrolysis reactors for combined heat and char.

Andrew Crane-Droesch

Graduate student at Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley. Research focuses on environment and sustainable development, with particular focus on biochar in Western Kenya.

Paul S. Anderson

Paul Anderson is known as "Dr TLUD" because of his leadership in Top-Lit UpDraft pyrolytic gasifier technology that makes biochar in sizes from small residential cookstoves up to 55-gallon barrels. See www.drtlud.com , especially the TChar documentation and his presentation on "Barrel-size Micro-gasification for Combined Heat and Biochar (CHAB) in “Mini” Industries" from the ETHOS 2012 Conference 14 days ago.

Ronal W. Larson

Dr. Larson is a founding board member of USBI and a member of the IBI Advisory Council. He is the present coordinator of the Yahoo list "Biochar-policy", and the first coordinator of several earlier Biochar lists (starting in 2006) and the "stoves" list (beginning in 1996). He is a Fellow and former chair of ASES (American Solar Energy Society).

Karl J Frogner, Ph.D.

PhD: University of Chicago; President & Project Development Head, UB International; Member, Advisory Committee, IBI

Kelpie Wilson

Kelpie Wilson is a writer and a mechanical engineer. She has worked for IBI on communications and project development since September 2008.

Alex Dolginow

Alex Dolginow is the Climate Protection Campaign's Implementation Manager for agriculture, forestry, open space and adaptation. Alex is a Harvard Fellow who recently graduated with a B.A. in neurobiology. Past experiences include teaching sustainable urban design to Chinese students, field coursework in urban engineering in Brazil, and helping fund and implement a clean water project in the Dominican Republic.

Kelby Fite, Ph.D.

Kelby holds a Ph.D. in Plant and Environmental Science from Clemson University, with a research focus on urban soil renovation and root biology. He also holds a Master of Plant Protection and Pest Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture, both from the University of Georgia.

Thayer Tomlinson

Thayer Tomlinson is the Communications Director for the International Biochar Initiative, managing the IBI website, newsletter, and sustainability guidelines as well as supporting biochar initiatives around the world. Ms. Tomlinson was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia (1998 - 2000) and has a Master's Degree from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

John Miedema

As the Director of Biomass Energy for Thompson Timber in Philomath Oregon, John has built and now operates an integrated pyrolysis and gasification facility on site at a log-chipping yard. John is also the founder of the Pacific Northwest Biochar Initiative and has been taking a leadership role in biochar advocacy and research since 2008.

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