Jeff Brown - “Financeable Business Models that Link Energy, Power, and Agriculture”

Jeff Brown is a Lecturer at Stanford Business School and Research Fellow at Stanford’s Steyer Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance.  His major research focus is on tradeoffs between intermittent and base-load low-carbon generators at high levels of low-carbon penetration.  Jeff is also a principal at the consulting firm B2E2, LLC. Past experiences include Summit Power Group, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and Goldman Sachs. Jeff has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Virginia Dale - “The Role of Landscape Design and Bioenergy"

Virginia Dale recently retired from a Corporate Fellow position at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Environmental Sciences Division. Virginia has authored 10 books and more than 250 published articles. She was a member of the international science community that contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Scientific Assessment that received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Virginia’s interests include sustainability and ecosystem management in the context of large disturbances and climate change. Virginia received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington.

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Noah Deich - “Developing a R&D Agenda for a New Carbon Economy”

Noah Deich is the Co-Founder and Executive Director at the Center for Carbon Removal, a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the development of carbon removal solutions. Noah worked in consulting and gained experience with environmental market and carbon offset modeling, financial valuation of renewable and fossil energy power plants, energy efficiency and demand response program design and implementation. Noah received his MBA from University of California, Berkeley.

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Jennifer Holmgren - “No Carbon Left Behind”

Jennifer Holmgren is the CEO of LanzaTech. Under Jennifer’s guidance, LanzaTech is developing a variety of platform chemicals and fuels from recycled carbon, including the world’s first alternative jet fuel derived from industrial waste gases. Previously, Jennifer was VP and General Manager of the Renewable Energy and Chemicals business unit at UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company. Jennifer holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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James Liao - “Re-design of Metabolic Infrastructure for Carbon Management”

James Liao serves as President of Academia Sinica, Taiwan’s preeminent academic institution.  His research has focused on metabolism, including its biochemistry, regulation and redesign. Currently, his projects include design and engineering biochemical pathways for CO2 fixation and production of fuels and chemicals.  Past experiences include academic roles at the University of California, Los Angeles and Texas A&M University and a research position at Eastman Kodak Company.  James received his Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison.  

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Steve Long – “Progress in Increasing Carbon Uptake into Managed Systems via Engineering of Photosynthesis”

Steve Long is the Ikenberry Chair of Crop Sciences and Plant Biology at the University of Illinois.  As Director of the multinational RIPE Project, he researches increased photosynthetic efficiency in crops for sustainable yield increases.  His mathematically guided engineering of photosynthesis led to a demonstrated on-farm 20% increase in crop productivity.  His team showed a single gene manipulation that increased in-field efficiency of crop water use by 25%.  He is Chief and Founding Editor of Global Change Biology.

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Katharine Mach - “Rightsizing and Unleashing Carbon Removal towards Ambitious Climate Goals”

Katharine Mach is a Senior Research Scientist at Stanford University and leads the Stanford Environment Assessment Facility. Her research focuses on integrative assessment of climate change risks and response options. Katherine co-directed Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability, which culminated in the Fifth Assessment Report and Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation. Katherine received her Ph.D. from Stanford University.

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A.-H. Alissa Park - “Towards Sustainable Energy and Materials: Integrated Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage”

A.-H. Alissa Park is the Lenfest Chair in Applied Climate Science of Earth and Environmental Engineering & Chemical Engineering at Columbia University and Director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy at the Earth Institute. Her research focuses on sustainable energy conversion pathways with emphasis on integrated carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS). Current research include fundamental studies of chemical and physical interactions of natural and engineered materials with CO2 at the nano scale.

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Daniel L. Sanchez. - “Near-Term Opportunities to Develop Carbon Dioxide Removal in the United States”

Daniel L. Sanchez is a AAAS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow serving in the Office of Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO). As an engineer and energy systems analyst, he studies the commercialization and deployment of energy technologies that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Daniel has held positions with the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), Green for All, and the California Public Utilities Commission. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley.

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As of 7/3/18.