Jeremy Paxman is an award-winning English journalist, author and television presenter. He has worked for the BBC since 1977 and is the presenter of Newsnight and University Challenge.
Since 1989 he has anchored BBC Newsnight, a nightly current affairs investigative programme and, as of 2008, Mr. Paxman presents highlights from the domestic edition of Newsnight on BBC America and BBC World
He has interviewed many prominent figures, such as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and has received several prestigious awards such as the "TV Journalism Presenter of the Year" awards in both 2002 and 2007.
Philip New, Chief Executive Officer, BP Biofuels
Philip New has led BP’s Biofuels business since its inception in 2006. BP is a leading player in the global biofuels market - undertaking biofuels blending, production, research and technology development – and aims to shape this emerging industry, by investing in capability and capacity growth, building strategic relationships and demonstrating leadership in sustainability. Since 2006, BP has announced investments of more than $1.5 billion in biofuels business operations and research efforts to develop the technologies, feedstocks and processes required to produce advanced biofuels. Recently BP became the first international energy company to invest in the Brazilian sugarcane ethanol market, through its joint venture Tropical Bioenergia. It is also developing advanced biofuels, including lignocellulosic ethanol made from non-food feedstocks, and biobutanol – an advanced fuel molecule.
Since joining BP from Oxford University in 1983, Philip has worked across BP in roles in Europe and Asia. He played a central role in the creation of BP’s lubricants business, including the acquisition of Burmah-Castrol in 2000 and the extraction of activities from Mobil in Europe, and went on to manage BP’s business-to-business sales and marketing operations in Europe and North America.
Before moving to head up BP’s Biofuels activities he led the team that laid down BP’s core fuels product strategy and which developed and launched BP’s highly successful premium fuel – BP Ultimate – in 15 countries around the world.
Thomas (Tom) W. Hicks, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy)
Tom Hicks was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy in March 2010. Mr. Hicks serves as the Secretariat focal point on all matters pertaining to the Department of Navy’s energy conservation, energy efficiency, energy sources, and green initiatives.
Mr. Hicks joined the Department of the Navy from the U.S. Green Building Council where he held several executive roles. As Vice President of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system, Mr. Hicks led the development and implementation of all LEED rating systems. During his tenure, he led the three-fold growth of LEED activity as well as the expansion of the LEED family of rating systems from four to ten unique rating systems. As Vice President for International Programs, Mr. Hicks led the development of USGBC’s international enterprise quadrupling global activity in LEED in two years. Most recently, he spearheaded a new strategic venture on behalf of USGBC – the Building Performance Initiative – to ensure that all green buildings meet or exceed their energy and environmental performance goals.
From 1996 to October 2004, Mr. Hicks was a Senior Program Manager at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency within the Energy Star for Buildings program. In this role, Mr. Hicks served as the principal architect of the Energy Star commercial building rating system, the nation’s largest and best-known energy efficiency initiative which has been utilized to assess the energy performance of over 70,000 buildings totaling over 10 billion square feet of floor space nationally.
From 1992 to February 1996, Mr. Hicks led the formation of the energy efficiency program for the U.S. Navy Public Works Center Washington. In this capacity, Mr. Hicks created and led the team which performed energy audits on over 15 million square feet of floor space and completed energy efficiency upgrades totaling more than $50 million in value at various U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps installations.
Mr. Hicks received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland.
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder,
Jonathan Wolfson is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Solazyme, a renewable oil and bioproducts production company where he oversees the management and strategic direction of the company. Prior to Solazyme, Mr. Wolfson held a variety of positions in finance, business and law.
Beyond his responsibilities for Solazyme, Mr. Wolfson is dedicated to enabling the adoption of a low carbon energy future. He sits on the board of the Clean Economy Network, a green business advocacy association. He provides additional insight as an advisory board member to the Next Generation Bio-Based Chemicals Summit, a cross-sector of oil and alternative fuel resources. In addition, Mr. Wolfson is a member of the board of directors of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and is on the governing board of BIO’s Industrial and Environmental Section. In September of 2009, Mr. Wolfson also accepted the “Green Leap” award from the Clinton Global Initiative for his commitment to commercializing Solazyme’s breakthrough technology for renewable oil production for fuel and for food.
Chad Holliday, Chairman, Bank of America, Former Chair & Chief Executive Officer, DuPont
Chairman of the Board, Bank of America Corporation. Former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of DuPont, 1998-2008. Under his direction, DuPont established its mission to achieve sustainable growth: increasing shareholder and societal value while decreasing the company’s environmental footprint. Member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Serves on the Board of Directors of Deere & Co, Royal Dutch Shell, CH2MHill, the Climate Works Foundation, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, and the National Geographic Education Foundation. Co-chair of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All. Past Chair of the Board of The Business Council, Catalyst, and the Council on Competitiveness.
Robert Zubrin, Author, Energy Victory
Dr. Robert Zubrin is President of Pioneer Astronautics, an aerospace R&D company. He is also the founder and President of the Mars Society, an international non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the exploration and settlement of Mars by both public and private means. Formerly a Staff Engineer at Lockheed Martin Astronautics in Denver, he holds a Masters degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Washington.
Dr. Zubrin is also the author of seven books, including Energy Victory: Winning the War on Terror by Breaking Free of Oil, published by Prometheus Books in November 2007, which outlines his view that if Congress passed a law requiring all new cars sold in the United States to be flexible fueled, OPEC's control on the entire world's transportation fuel supply would be vastly diminished.
Hailed by leading energy security expert Gal Luft as “a vitally important book about the most critical issue we face today”, Dr Zubrin now works closely with Open Fuels Standard Coalition, actively working for passage of H.R. 1687, the Open Fuel Standard Act of 2011.
Dr. Zubrin is known internationally as one of the most creative engineers working in the aerospace industry today, and he and his work on aerospace and energy have been subject of much favorable press coverage in The Economist, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the London Times, The Washington Post, Fortune Magazine, Newsweek, CNN, and many other publications.
Sander van Bennekom, Policy Advisor, Oxfam Novib
Sander van Bennekom is a political scientist by training and has been working for various non-governmental organizations in the past 20 years (IUCN-NL, Anped) on a variety of subjects. Especially in the field of international trade and investment.
Currently, Sander works as Policy Adviser for Oxfam Novib and bioenergy is one of his priority issues.
Member of the Cramer Committee that issued a report in 2007 called criteria for sustainable biomass production.
Head of the Dutch delegation to the ISO Technical Committee 248, Sustainability criteria for bioenergy. Within this process, Sander is task group leader in one of the Working groups.
Alternate member of the Dutch delegation to the CEN/TC 383 Sustainability Criteria for Biomass for Energy Purposes.
Sander follows the EU and Dutch contact groups of NGOs working on biofuels/agrofuels and have attended many workshops and meetings on the subject of sustainable biomass.
Oxfam has been following the issue of biofuels for a number of years and it plays a prominent part in their current ‘Grow’ campaign. 5 years ago, our concerns were mainly dealing with labour and food security on the plantations. In the Grow campaign, the main concern is that the amounts of arable land needed for biomass for energy will go at the expense of local (and global) food security.
Prime concern of Oxfam Is that the blending targets in the EU and other regions will undermine the commitment to sustainability. Oxfam Novib is more positive about local bio-energy projects in developing countries, especially in rural areas.
Dr. Damian Carrington,
Head of Environment,
Damian Carrington is the Head of Environment at the Guardian. He has been a journalist for 15 years and previously worked on staff at the Financial Times, New Scientist and BBC News Online. He has a PhD in geology from the University of Edinburgh, where he also did post-doctoral research, and a degree in Earth science from the University of Cambridge.
Tony Juniper, Sustainability Adviser & Environmentalist
Tony Juniper is a
campaigner, writer, sustainability adviser and a well-known British environmentalist. For more than 25 years he has worked for change toward a more sustainable society at local, national and international levels. From providing
conservation experiences for primary school children, to making the case for new recycling laws, to orchestrating international campaigns for action on
climate change, his work has sought change at many levels.
‘One of the top ten environmental figures of the last 30 years.’ The ENDS Report 2008.
Suzanne Hunt, Senior Advisor, Carbon War Room
Suzanne Hunt founded Hunt Green LLC in 2007, which provides investment and strategic advising for decision-makers in business, government and not-for-profit arenas on a range of renewable energy, sustainable mobility, agriculture, and green design challenges. She is a Senior Advisor to the Carbon War Room where she leads their work on aviation and renewable fuels and recently launched RenewableJetFuels.org. Suzanne also serves as an advisor to the X PRIZE Foundation, the Living City Block initiative, and the Latin American Council on Renewable Energy. She was a founding advisor to the annual Art Center Sustainable Mobility Summit, the Climate Lab, and the BioEnergy Wiki. In 2007 Science Magazine featured Suzanne as a “Pioneer.” The same year she drove in a biofuel road rally from Washington DC to Costa Rica and the following year she teamed up with racecar driver Leilani Munter in a zero emission road rally in Norway. In 2005 and 2006 Suzanne directed the Worldwatch Institute’s bioenergy program, where she orchestrated the landmark study, "Biofuels for Transportation: Global Potential and Implications for Energy and Agriculture.” Suzanne also helps with the ongoing implementation of sustainability practices at her family’s 7th generation farm and winery, Hunt Country Vineyards, in upstate New York. She holds a BS in Environmental Science from Penn State and a dual master’s degree in International Affairs and Natural Resource Management from American University and the UN’s University for Peace in Costa Rica. You can find her on Linked In and follow her on Twitter @HuntGreen.
Raffaello Garofalo, Secretary General, EBB – European Biodiesel Board
He was appointed Secretary General of the European Biodiesel Board (EBB) - i.e. the European federation of biodiesel producers - in May 2002.
Previously he worked for four years within FEDIOL, the European Federation of Vegetable Oils Producers, dealing among others, with non-food uses of vegetable oils, which include bio-lubricants, bio-solvents and of course, biodiesel.
In 1998 he worked temporarily in the European Commission (DG Agriculture) as well as within the Research Directorate of the European Parliament.
After graduating with distinction in Politics in the International Politics Department of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences-Po), in Paris, in 1997, he was admitted as a foreign student at the French Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA).
He obtained a Master’s Degree on European Administrative Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges in 1998.
Ewout Deurwaarder, Renewables & CCS Policy, DG Energy, European Commission
Ewout Deurwaarder is Policy Officer dealing with Biofuels in the Unit Renewables and CCS Policy in the Commission's Directorate-General for Energy. He holds a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from the Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands. He has worked for almost ten years in the field of bioenergy and biofuels, of which five years at the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands. In 2007 he joined the Directorate-General for Energy at the European Commission. Since then he has been involved in the EU's new Renewable Energy Directive and the EU sustainability criteria for biofuels.
David Berry, General Partner, Flagship Ventures
David Berry is a Partner at Flagship Ventures, where he focuses on investing in and founding early-stage life science and sustainability ventures. He is a founder of Flagship portfolio companies LS9, Joule Unlimited, Theracrine, Eleven Biotherapeutics, Essentient, among others. David currently serves as founding CEO at Essentient, and previously served as founding CEO of Joule and Theracrine. David received a PhD from MIT and an MD from Harvard.