Robson Mello led the creation of IREO in 2008 to address our urgent need to transition from carbon based energy systems to clean and renewable energy technology that promoted sustainable human development.
Under his leadership, IREO has built alliances with leading organizations from all sectors and mobilized support for a broad range of programs that achieve this mission and support the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
Mr. Mello is a renowned visionary, entrepreneur, and advocate for emerging energy technologies and the economic development of disadvantaged communities worldwide. A Brazilian immigrant to the United States, he has achieved success as an entrepreneur in fashion, publishing, sports marketing, and construction. Prior to his work for IREO, Mr. Mello established the Brazilian Foundation of America (BFA), a nonprofit organization, in 1999, to assist Brazilian Americans and other immigrants living in the tri-state area. The BFA established language, legal, insurance and investment seminars that have touched thousands of lives.
In 2004, Mr. Mello was the founding president of BFA in Brazil, which operates with authorization from the Brazilian Ministry of Justice. Focused on underprivileged communities in northeast Brazil, the BFA has become widely recognized for its work with parents to keep children in school. As a result of his efforts, the BFA now holds consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Mr. Mello’s humanitarian work with the BFA has earned him recognition from Senator Hillary Clinton, Nassau county executive Thomas Suozzi, and from the Consulate General of Brazil in New York.
Mr. Gardner is a visionary business leader who brings to IREO a dedication to promoting sustainable development combined with over 40 years of diverse experience, including several decades as a senior executive at both public and private companies. His industry expertise is in renewable energy, telecommunications, finance, and education.
Most recently Mr. Gardner has served as independent associate at Viridian, the fastest growing third party provider of green electricity in the Northeast United States and a developer of sustainable projects around the globe. Prior to Viridian, Mr. Gardner helped lead BidGive International, Inc., a public company whose mission was to help non-profit organizations sustain revenues. Over his seven years at BidGive, he served as Director of Sales, Chief Operations Officer, and Chairman of the Board of Directors. He was instrumental in taking BidGive from a private company to a public company by purchasing an existing NASDAQ public shell and completing a reverse merger.
Following the deregulation of AT&T in the late 1960’s, Mr. Gardner was a major player in the revitalization of the United States telecommunications industry. He eventually became President of Comac, Inc., a telecommunications company that resold AT&T long distance services and was the first company offering MLCP (multi-location calling plan) in United States. He left Comac, Inc. in 1994 to become President of Logiphone, Inc, a telecommunications firm in the Netherlands, where he was involved in the company’s IPO. In two years he lead Logiphone from a small private company to a public company that built out its own network with switches in cities including Amsterdam and Rotterdam and became a stiff competitor to the country’s largest telecommunications provider, Koninklijke PTT Nederland.
In addition to working for many years in financial services, Mr. Gardner’s first passion was education as he began his professional career teaching biology at both the secondary and university levels, as well as serving in senior administrative positions. Mr. Gardner has a B.S. in Biology from West Virginia University and M.S. in Biochemistry and Physical Science from New Mexico Highlands University. He has also pursued PhD. studies at Duke University and Princeton University. He is the recipient of three National Science Foundation awards.
Jeffrey Lagomarsino brings a passion for interdisciplinary research and a project management track record that enable IREO to carry out its mandate on renewable energy and sustainable development.
From developing go-to-market strategies in clean technology to authoring academic publications and proprietary white papers on business, sustainability, human rights and international law to creating new methods for teaching sustainable development, Jeffrey is at the forefront of innovating the way we approach human and earth coevolution. Prior to joining IREO, Jeffrey was a director at Global Thermostat LLC, which has developed the leading technology for the direct capture of CO2 from the atmosphere. At Global Thermostat he led the company’s market research, developed strategic initiatives with industry leaders such as BASF and Corning, and served as a liaison to the United Nations. He also previously worked as a senior research officer at Columbia Business School’s Center on Japanese Economy and Business. Jeffrey holds an M.A. in Human Rights from Columbia University and a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University.
In addition to working closely with IREO Secretary-General Robson Mello on strategic initiatives, Jeffrey maintains a hands-on role with IREO’s Sustainable Development Commission and Education Commission on the development and implementation of their projects.
Nassib Abu Saad has fifteen years of experience in international business, with ten of those years having been dedicated to the energy sector.
During this time he has developed a strong belief in the need to invest in new sources of clean energy in order to ensure economic and environmental sustainability. He has become a leading advocate for the transition to renewable energy in the Middle East.
Nassib began his career at the Lebanon Central Bank as a business and communications advisor and later an economic analyst. In 2002 he moved to the Petroleum Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa (PetroSA) as a senior consultant for communications strategy where he was part of a team that was awarded for implementing greater environmental responsibility. In 2004 he joined Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) where he developed and implemented the "2020 Strategy" which is transitioning KOC to a new era of business. As part of this project he managed the implementation of a cutting edge knowledge management system to add value to KOC corporate identity and increase loyalty among employees.
In 2010 Mr. Saab founded Minds Marketing and Communications Company, which provides a wide range of businesses consulting services to industry leading companies across the Middle East. Major clients include subsidiaries of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation—the Petrochemical Industries Company, Kuwait Petroleum Company and the Kuwait Oil Company Ltd.—as well as VIVA Telecommunication and Murabahat Investment Company. Mr. Nassib holds an MBA from UCLA.
"I have learned that making a 'living' is not the same as making a 'life'." - Maya Angelou
Ms. Heidi Walters brings to IREO a wealth of experience liaising with heads of state, ambassadors, humanitarians, celebrities, and other notable figures, as well as deep knowledge of the United Nations system. As Chief Protocol Officer, Ms. Walters facilitates all IREO interactions at United Nations headquarters in New York, as well as with government offices worldwide.
Ms. Walters has over 10 years experience in developing and managing projects and programs in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. She has dedicated her efforts to uniting these worlds in the name of sustainable development, corporate social responsibility and effective project implementation. From 2004 - 2009 she was Director of United Nations Projects and Coordinator of the Aggregated Purchasing Program at BidGive International Inc., a publicly traded company. Since 2006 she has been a key figure in building and running the Montessori Model United Nations program, and since 2009 she has served as UN Representative for the International Association for Human Values and the Art of Living Foundation.
Tom has spent the past twenty-five years making a difference in business and communications strategy, marketing, learning, and entertainment, positively influencing the attitudes and behaviors of millions of people through multi-platform communications, meetings and events. He has written speeches and designed communications strategies for tier one executives at Fortune 100 companies in a broad variety of industries, including automotive, high technology, pharmaceuticals, retail, finance, entertainment and communications. He has created mechanisms for organizational change, employee commitment, motivation and productivity. He has designed and executed daring brand and product launches, including two entire automotive lines that today enjoy considerable success in the U.S. market. He has been a pioneer in digital, interactive, and internet communications. He has worked for the world’s most prestigious theme parks (seven years on staff at one of them), designing attractions and experiences that continue to entertain millions of people annually. He has won top international awards for film, video and training. But Tom’s career hasn’t been about awards. What it has been about is a continuous effort to make sure the audience gets the message…in ways that are relevant, meaningful, and measurable. Today, no message is more urgent than the need to transform the way we interact with each other and our environment.
Mr. Rurka is a noted humanitarian and ardent proponent of the sustainable management of wildlife and natural resources. He served as Chairman of the Safari Club International Foundation’s Humanitarian Services Committee for twelve years ending in 2010.
In this capacity he was involved in humanitarian relief efforts for indigenous people in remote areas of Africa, South America and Eastern Europe. He was at the forefront of advocating for the use of renewable energy for humanitarian efforts, including spearheading the construction of two solar medical clinics with integrated ultraviolet water purification systems, birthing facilities, laboratory and vaccination equipment in remote regions of Tanzania and in Kenya. Mr. Rurka’s leadership in providing needed protein to shelters and missions throughout North America and developing regions of the world has fed millions of people.
As an active conservationist and ecologist he works with conservation groups and governmental agencies throughout the world. His ongoing dialogue with national and international experts in numerous scientific fields provides him with insights and opportunities for his ongoing work in agronomy and livestock agriculture. He has worked with numerous fish, wildlife and natural resource agencies in the United States and internationally. Mr. Rurka has been an active participant in governmental affairs on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, advising many leaders in the House and Senate and having provided his expertise to Congress before the Sub-Committee on Fisheries, Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans.
Mr. Rurka has received numerous awards and recognitions for his years of humanitarian relief work, including the 2008 Millennium Development Award, which he accepted at the United Nations in New York City. He is often featured in prominent media outlets around the world, including The New York Times, The London Times, MSNBC, CNN, BBC, ABC, The Food Network, National Geographic, and The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS for his work in alternative and indigenous foods of the world.
Mr. Rurka maintains active membership in a number of organizations including the New Jersey Farm Bureau, New Jersey Partnership for Wildlife Development and The Explorers Club. He currently owns and operates a livestock farm in Somerset, New Jersey.
Dr. Louis Ventura is Director of the Institute of Sustainable Economy at Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa where he also teaches courses on sustainable systems, education, and entrepreneurship for community governance.
Dr. Ventura was elected a Fellow of the Brazilian Endowment for the Arts and currently serves as the Chief Economist of the Brazilian Endowment for the Arts in New York. With deep experience in economics and the administration of natural resources, his research focuses on sustainable resource management, particularly economic indicators and system processes. He received a PhD in Philosophy from Maharishi University of Management.
Dr. Neveloff is a seasoned Investment Banker and Attorney who has specialized in International projects, finance and consulting for past 25 years with a specialization in large scale developments and trade, particularly in the developing world.
He has expertise in dealing with Central Bank and trade development issues on a national government basis, from the capital requirements and facilities needed to fight inflation and currency fluctuations as well as tax and legal implications of domestic and foreign trade laws. Dr. Neveloff has represented over thirty nations for trade and business development, both for domestic and international markets.
Dr. Neveloff is presently the Co-Chairman and CEO of LINK GLOBAL GROUP. As Founder and Co-Chairman of LINK Global he is a majority equity owner of numerous subsidiary companies, particularly focusing in the developing world. LINK owns ferrous, non-ferrous and precious metals mines in Mexico (15-25% or total market of concessions) as well as Colombia, Guyana, Suriname, Ghana, Guinea and soon to be Tanzania; Timber deals in Fiji and Renewable Power plant developments in Brazil. LINK Global specializes in raising capital mostly in the US bond market by structuring deals that use the credit worthiness of the guaranteed off-take purchaser to ensure the bonds issued will be investment grade (S&P BBB- or higher). LINK acts as both financier as well as lead operator for most LINK projects.
Among his career highlights Dr. Neveloff has been a Senior Project Leader for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Eastern European Trade Transition Team, and the President of First Wall Street Capital. Dr. Neveloff also founded numerous ventures including NoLita Capital (VC fund), United Financial Services (the 10th largest Payroll and Benefits Company in U.S., sold to Ceridian in 1999), European Brewing Equipment Company (largest importer of brewing equipment in the U.S., sold to Miller Brewing in 1987), and Blackout! Records Group (record company and producer/distributor of skateboarding and surfing videos, sold to MCA records in 1993).
Dr. Neveloff is a graduate of Columbia University (MA, MBA, PhD), Fordham Law School (JD), UNIVERSITE DE PARIS, SORBONNE (MA), University of Massachusetts, Amherst (BA), University of Sussex and New York University.
Carl Williamson is a seasoned investment banker and Member of the Permanent Advisory Commission to the Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization (IREO). Carl, prides himself on his ability to work globally with governments, banks, and private parties seamlessly across a multitude of different cultures and traditions to create environmentally and economically sustainable solutions.
Richard Best’s belief in sustainable design, his conviction to proliferate renewable energy and sustainable design around the globe make him an ideal leader for IREO--SDC.
In June of 2009, IREO recognized Mr. Best as a champion of eco-friendly building design by awarding him with their IREO 2009 Best Practices Award for career-long commitment to sustainable design. IREO then asked Mr. Best to establish and Chair a new commission within IREO--a commission focusing on renewable energy implementation, specifically in the design/construction of building developments and cities. IREO--SDC was formed in 2010, and is quickly becoming a global resource, influencing and fostering energy efficiency, resource conservation and cultural diversity in building design and city planning around the world.
As President/Principal of Richard Best Architect, Inc., Mr. Best has shaped the landscape of California. He has provided clients with exceptionally designed, sustainable buildings since the late 1970’s, when he first designed an energy-conscious building. Mr. Best’s works have been published in numerous publications, such as Dream Homes Los Angeles, and he has appeared on television and radio. A member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED® Accredited Professional--Building Design and Construction, Mr. Best serves as a Green role model for young architects citywide.
Mr. Best's command of sustainable design/knowledge/strategies and architectural seasoning combine well to make him the Chairman of IREO--SD
David Rose has built and restructured mission driven projects, teams, and enterprises over a career that spans 22 years in real estate investments, organic local food economic development, environmental conservation, and sustainable community financial systems including new models for sustainable community partnership banking.
Mr. Rose also has 15 years experience teaching and providing full spectrum business development consulting to a variety of industries internationally, including city-scaled waste recovery systems, sustainable agriculture, and water purification technologies found in over 80 countries.
During this time Mr. Rose has created value for clients and through his own financial systems work in areas including strategic planning, team building, capitalization, marketing, and communications, with specialization in structuring sustainable economic systems and technologies. He began his research and development in sustainable banking in 2004 and founded the Unified Field Corporation in August 2008 to bring the Unified Field Bank™ model and systems for sustainable community partnership banking to the world.
Mr. Rose is the creator of The Alignment Process™, a powerful organizational development relationship-building tool. He has taught and consulted with dozens of companies in the practical applications of Alignment to a variety of business and humanitarian relationship building needs and is employing this process to build a strong team for the Unified Field Bank and the IREO-SDC.
Since 2002, Paulynn Cue has worked to advance and raise awareness for humanitarian sustainable development.
Across her many sustainably centered projects, Ms. Cue brings an acute level of strategic research and network integration, and design-thinking based planning to the SDC.
Ms. Cue has worked on projects in Sub-Saharan Africa including the NextAid children’s residential eco-village for AIDS orphans in South Africa. Ms. Cue is also Co-founder and Director of Strategic Alliances for the Coalition for a Sustainable Africa, a US based consortium of organizations doing grassroots sustainable development in two dozen countries across Africa.
Paulynn is Co-founder, CEG, CCO (Chief Creative) and CMO (Chief Media) of Unified Field Corporation and Founder and Executive Director of the Unified Field Media™ Project. UFC is building Unified Field Bank, a new sustainable community partnership bank entirely focused on building sustainability in local communities.
Also, since 2008, Paulynn is also founding member of 5D: The Future of Immersive Design Conference. She is the creator, curator and co-producer of “Design is Change,” an event series which brings together immersive media in entertainment, education, and advocates for sustainable and humanitarian development.
Andrew graduated from the University of Southern California ("USC") in 2009 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies, with a Business Concentration.
While attending USC, Andrew worked on projects that included calculating the carbon footprint of a commercial building as well as forming a sustainable energy plan for Catalina Island.
Additionally, he received his Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (“LEED®”) accreditation in December 2008 and his LEED® Building Design and Construction accreditation in November of 2009.
Andrew joined Richard Best Architect, Inc., in November of 2009 as their LEED® Specialist. During this time, he has worked on the certification process of two LEED® commercial buildings. Andrew is continuing his studies of Green building design by prepping for the LEED® Operations and Management Examination, which he plans to take later in 2010.
In IREO—SDC, Andrew is an Associate and, as such, developed a comprehensive sustainable reconstruction plan for Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He also assists in fundraising efforts, administrative tasks and research.
Mark Richard Dagel has for the past 25 years been a structured finance professional and a real estate construction and development expert, with an emphasis on how to finance difficult transactions.
His specialization is in large-scale project and infrastructure developments, particularly in the developing world. He brings to IREO a wealth of international private sector experience and a strong interest in waste to energy, wind, and other alternate power strategies.
He currently is the Co-Chairman and President of LINK Global Group, one of the fastest growing businesses in the UAE. With its enormous resources and professional set up it has been able to expand its interests in real estate, energy and commodities trading, power generation, construction and oil and gas. LINK is currently building power plants throughout Brazil. LINK also represents, as the investment bank, several pharmaceutical companies which it has firm committed capital to in excess of $100,000,000 USD. LINK acts as both financier as well as lead operator for most LINK projects by providing both the debt and equity to the transactions that it chooses to participate in.
Since 1996, he has been a Senior Managing Director at Capital Mortgage, Incorporated where he helped run a 37 year old asset based lending company located in Atlanta, Georgia, which closed in an average year in excess of $350,000,000 in commercial real estate first mortgages. From 2008-2012 he was Managing Director of Synergy Capital and Redevelopment Company, LLC, which was set up to act as the principal in adaptive reuse of older facilities throughout the USA. The company developed a turn-key concept that can take a distressed vacant building and turn it into performing assets. It has now merged its operations within the LINK Group of companies.
Since 2004, he has been Managing Director of Double D’s Trading Company, LLC, a company set up to provide equity and expertise within the real estate sector. Double D’s Trading Company has acted as a funding source to manufacture building materials in China (80 different lines of construction materials) as well as to provide development and financial expertise to the precious metals mining industry on over three dozen mining sites throughout North America.
His career highlights include being the principle in over one hundred real estate development and construction projects in which he has financed directly or indirectly in excess of $3 billion USD. In addition, he has donated tens of millions of dollars in products, services, expertise and capital to charity. In particular he played a major role in the construction of a 176 unit apartment complex in Canton Georgia that acts as the only battered women and children shelter of its kind. Other charitable activities include having designed and built a ranch for children of special needs; having donated tractor trailers full of books and computers to a local library system; having donated capital, food and trailers full of Christmas toys for impoverished children; and having built several churches.
John Hill’s career over the past twenty-five years enabled him to develop a unique background that includes: telecom, enterprise solutions, managed services (IT), project management, and business development.
The majority of his experience is centered around digital technologies in both commercial and end user applications. Starting early with Philips NV, his focus was on leading edge multimedia authoring systems. Later at USSB (which became DirecTV) as Marketing Director he helped develop the first national Direct To Home satellite market. In the year 2000, his responsibilities as Product Marketing Director for a national CLEC included the development of commercial broadband products and services.
In 2005, John entered the VAR realm as a Microsoft Partner, and then later as a Consultant to other national Microsoft Solutions Partners. Concentrating on providing Business Management (ERP) solutions for Process and Discrete manufacturers in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean.
Since that time he has worked with major health care systems, global mobility companies (VoLTE), and public safety equipment manufacturers and distributors.
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For Dana, the past 30 years have been an incredibly diverse set of experiences, from entertainment on the international stage, to intimate classroom educational programs that have created a deep understanding of how to reach millions… through one inspired song or one motivated student. From an award winning composing and performing career to creating children’s records and co-creating The Dream Project, a K-12 curriculum that’s changing how kids learn and how they live…from producing records with Johnny Cash, to introducing a group of middle-schoolers to Nobel Laureate Mohamed Yunus…from working with rocket scientists, military leaders, psychologists and internet strategists to develop personality tracking software, to helping the Dalai Lama pick out sheets at Bed Bath and Beyond…from honoring the struggling dreamer to comfortably sharing ideas with UN Ambassadors and international politicians. These are just a few of the highlights of Dana’s career, whose path has crossed many boundaries and changed many lives. The one constant on this journey is that he remains a leader to the bridge that connects the common and the extraordinary, helping to inspire people to have confidence in their dreams and their abilities to realize them…so that when his work is done and his aims fulfilled, the people whose lives he touched will be able to say, “We did it…ourselves.”
With this experience as a backdrop, Dana has assembled an IREO EC team to include a diverse group of individuals that collectively are united in their passion to actively help humankind improve their relationship with self, others and the Earth.
Over the last ten years Fawad has dedicated himself to studying about and working towards improving the world around him.
Proficient in four languages and having lived and worked in Latin America, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia with a host of organizations, ranging from locally based NGOs to the United Nations Development Program, he has developed a truly global perspective on development issues. Fawad’s primary interests lay at the intersection of poverty alleviation and sustainability.
Natasha Paracha is well known and respected in Pakistan and internationally for her commitment to economic development in Pakistan’s rural areas.
She is leveraging her development experience and reputation as a leader in women’s rights to expand IREO’s work to Pakistan through programs that promote the use of affordable and clean sources of renewable energy. As the founder of the non-profit Vision of Development Natasha has worked to raise awareness of the 51 million Pakistanis do not have access to medical care and to emphasize the role of women in sustainable economic development. Natasha graduated from the University of California Berkeley in 2005 with honors in Political Science and Business. In 2008, Natasha was crowned Miss Pakistan World.
The Mendes Brothers, Ramiro and João Mendes are artists, composers and humanitarians from Cape Verde Islands who have dedicated their entire career to innovating the music of Cape Verde and promoting unity and peace in Africa and the world.
As humanitarians, the Mendes Brothers have worked tirelessly for over twenty years in the most remote regions of Africa, including Angola, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde, promoting peace and reconciliation through their music. Through their work for IREO, the Menedez brothers are bringing together key governmental actors with local and international companies to develop sustainable projects and expand the use of renewable energy in Cape Verde.
1996 winners of the Boston Music Awards for Outstanding World Music Act, the Mendes Brothers are the pioneers of Cape Verde’s Bandera and Talaia Baxu music revolution. In 2006, the President and the Government of Cape Verde awarded the Mendes Brothers the country’s highest civilian medals, Order of Volcano and the Metal of Merits, respectively, for their invaluable contribution to the culture of Cape Verde. In 2010, the Mendes Brothers was awarded the Congressional Certificate of Recognition by the U.S. Congressman Howard L. Berman in recognition of their worldwide efforts in promotion of unity, peace and innovation in the music industry.
Mohamad Yasser Al‐Nehlawi is a former Member of the Syrian Parliament who brings to IREO extensive experience in the public sector and as a senior business leader, along with a deep commitment to bringing sustainable technologies to the Middle East.
He currently serves as a Member of the Commerce Chamber in Damascus County, President of Board at Nehlawi Group Limited Co. and President of Board at YABA Commercial Group Ltd. In addition, he works as an agent for various German, Italian and Turkish companies in the commercial and industrial sector and is a Member of Board in the Arabic Union for Real Estate Development. He earned his Literature Degree in Social and Philosophy Studies from Damascus University 1973 and has studied for 3 years at the Law School of Lebanese University. He is Fluent in Arabic, English and French and speaks basic German.
Dawoud Salman Al Amiri brings to IREO over 20 years experience in the petrochemicals industry and a passion for making Kuwait a regional leader in renewable energy and clean technologies.
Since 1990 he has worked in various departments of Kuwait’s Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC) including the Laboratory Section, the Training and Career Development Group, the General Services Group and, most recently, the Communications Team. Dawoud helped lead the effort to implement ISO Quality Standards at PIC and his work has been instrumental in the Kuwaiti Petrochemical Industries Company’s growth as a leader in the production of ammonia and nitrogen fertilizers. PIC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) and has recently partnered with The Dow Chemical Company to establish an $11 billion joint venture, K-Dow Petrochemicals (KDP).
In addition to his work at PIC, Dawoud is a Board Member of the Kuwait Public Relations Society and is heavily involved in the major initiatives of Kuwait. He was the supervisor for the University of Kuwait Theatre from1991-1995 and is a member of the Kuwaiti Theater where he previously served as Vice Chairman.
Thirupathi Kumar Khemka is is leading an ambitious effort to garner funding and facilitate private-public cooperation to implement renewable energy projects that meet the countries rapidly growing energy demands while reducing environmental impact.
He is an innovative professional industrialist with over two decades of corporate expertise in establishing and growing multi-million dollar businesses in diverse vertical industries such as renewable energy, textiles, FMCG, agro-produce, aviation, and e-learning. As Group Managing Director of NEPC India, he established NEPC Micon Limited in collaboration with the World Leader in wind energy, Micon of Denmark, and created a revolution in wind energy by installing over 500 MW generating capacity in India, with indigenous wind turbines manufactured in the country only by NEPC. NEPC was the No.1 Company in the world in 1996 and only company from India to pioneer the wind power generation. They own 40% market share in India.
He also created NEPC Airlines which subsequently took over Damania Airways and renamed it as SKYLINE NEPC LTD. NEPC Airlines and Skyline NEPC Ltd. covered 33 destinations in Indian Sky. He pioneered the concept of aircraft chartering apart from personal use in India. In 1996 he added NEPC COMMUNICATION, a Satellite Channel providing 24 hours continuous family entertaining and educative programs viewed all over India and 40 other countries. Thirupathai is the winner of numerous awards for his business leadership and philanthropy.
Josh Tickell is one of the nation’s leading experts in sustainable biofuels. Inspired by the oil-marred landscape of his native Louisiana and the sustainable biodiesel he first encountered while studying abroad in Germany, Tickell has written two best-selling books: From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank and Biodiesel America which jump-started the US biodiesel movement.
In 2003, Tickell began work on "FUEL", a documentary film which investigates the possible replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy. The film has won numerous accolades, including the Sundance Audience Award for Best Documentary.
Tickell also founded The Veggie Van Organization, which was selected by President Bill Clinton as an inaugural part of his Global Initiative on Climate Change. Among other projects, the organization mounted a biodiesel-powered relief effort to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina, delivering supplies and 20,000 meals to the hardest-hit areas of the disaster zone. Since his film release, Tickell is frequently interviewed by media outlets such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Today Show, CNN, The National Geographic Channel, The Discovery Channel, NPR, The Los Angeles Times and Smithsonian Magazine.
John Paul DeJoria's rags-to-riches biography exemplifies the American dream. He is a first-generation American turned entrepreneur, philanthropist, and public servant. DeJoria is the co-founder and CEO of John Paul Mitchell Systems, a top manufacturer of salon-only professional hair care products that has been serving the professional beauty industry for 25 years.
It began in 1979, when John Paul DeJoria and Paul Mitchell first decided to launch their professional hair care system around a revolutionary new styling method. By 1980, they had established a partnership that eventually became known as John Paul Mitchell Systems.
The company currently produces over 90 products and John Paul Mitchell Systems products are sold through 25 distributors within the United States to approximately 90,000 hair salons. Internationally, John Paul Mitchell Systems works with distributors in 65 countries that supply thousands of hair salons. From the very beginning, the company has been a leader in the trend to not test products on. John Paul DeJoria has struggled against the odds not only to achieve success, but to share this success with others. In accordance with John Paul DeJoria's motto, "Success unshared is failure," John Paul Mitchell Systems has a strong commitment to giving back, supporting a wide range of philanthropic causes both domestically and internationally. His passion for the environment and alleviating human suffering make him a valuable ambassador for IREO’s message and work.
Ana Paula Junqueira works to facilitate the interchange of ideas and activities that help holistically improve living conditions in disadvantaged communities.
Since 2005, Ana Paula has served as General Secretary of United Nations Association in Brazil – Anubra. Anubra promotes within Brazil the United Nations’ work for world peace, ecology, human rights, woman condition, education and child well-being, politics and religious tolerance, employment, technology and cultural diversity.
In addition, Junqueira is special advisor on Climate Change to the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA), president of Libra (League of Women Voters of Brazil), director of the Museum Brazilian Sculpture (MuBE) and director of the Brazilian Art Foundation in New York (USA).
Petra Nemcova is a Czech-born model, television host, author, and philanthropist. She has been a cover model for Sports Illustrated, Elle, Harper's Bazaar and other magazines, and has appeared in ads for Cartier and Victoria's Secret. She most recently featured as a contestant on season 12 of Dancing with the Stars.
Nemovca was seriously injured in the December 2004 tsunami which killed over 230,000 thousand people in the coastal regions of Asia and Africa. She had been vacationing in Phuket, Thailand with her boyfriend, photographer Simon Atlee, who tragically died in the disaster. Nemovca has since become a leader in international disaster relief efforts through the Happy Hearts Fund (HHF), which she founded in 2005 as a result of her dissatisfaction with the transparency and results of tsunami relief efforts in Asia. HHF focuses on aid for disaster-affected children and is structured so all administrative costs are underwritten, thereby ensuring that 100% of all donations received are directed to relief programming. In recent years HHF has assisted in relief and recovery efforts in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina and in Haiti and Peru following their devastating earthquakes.
Amy Sacco is a visionary restaurateur and nightclub owner known as the "Queen of New York Night Life." After spending several years working in management positions at some of top restaurants in Manhattan, New York, Amy brought to fruition her own vision, Lot 61, which burst onto the scene in February of 1998 and was an immediate success.
Lot 61 became the first New York restaurant with site-specific art, an innovative feature that also referenced the area’s thriving art gallery scene.
Bungalow 8 was her second collaboration in which she worked with renowned architect Rafael Viñoly and interior designer Diana Viñoly, art curator Yvonne Force-Villareal and executive chef Arlene Jacobs. The venture was an overnight sensation, becoming one of the most exclusive venues in Manhattan and raising the standard in Manhattan nightlife. In 2005, Amy’s third project was Bette Restaurant located in West Chelsea’s London Terrace Towers. The Amy Sacco empire continues to grow as she maintains her entrepreneurial spirit and spreads her visionary thinking to new cities and new industries. Amy’s passion for the health of the plant and the economic development of disadvantaged populations worldwide make her one of IREO strongest advocates.
Erik Wachtmeister founded aSmallWorld Ltd. in 2004 and serves as its Chairman. Mr. Wachtmeister previously served as CEO. aSmallWorld was born out of his recognition of the need for a private global online platform that allows people with common interests and circles of friends to interact with one another.
Unlike other social networks, aSmallWorld aggregates an existing community of people that are already highly connected. Relevance, trust and genuine relationships are the core values. The mission is to aggregate the world's most interesting people with the world's most interesting information. The website was dubbed "MySpace for millionaires" by the Wall Street Journal.
Mr. Wachtmeister has a deep background in international investment banking, having held senior corporate finance positions with Ladenburg, Thalmann (New York & Los Angeles), Rothschild (New York), and Lehman Brothers (London and New York). He first created his own business in 1993, doing private placements for public companies. In 2000, he started Viking Internet, an investment company that he later took public on the LSE. Mr. Wachtmeister earned a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1977 and a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD in 1983.
Dr. Arthur J. Nozik is a Senior Research Fellow at the U.S. DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Professor Adjoint in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
In 2009 Nozik was selected as Associate Director of a joint Los Alamos National Lab/NREL Energy Frontier Research Center for DOE. In 2007 he was appointed the Scientific Director of the new Center for Revolutionary Solar Photoconversion under the Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory. Nozik received his BChE from Cornell University in 1959 and his PhD in Physical Chemistry from Yale University in 1967. Before joining NREL in 1978, then known as the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI), he conducted research at the Materials Research Center of the Allied Chemical Corporation (now Honeywell, Inc). Dr. Nozik's research interests include size quantization effects in semiconductor quantum dots and quantum wells, including multiple exciton generation from a single photon; the applications of unique effects in nanostructures to advanced approaches for solar photon conversion; photogenerated carrier relaxation dynamics in various semiconductor structures; photoelectrochemistry of semiconductor-molecule interfaces; photoelectrochemical energy conversion; photocatalysis; optical, magnetic and electrical properties of solids; and Mössbauer spectroscopy.
He has published over 200 papers and book chapters in these fields, written or edited five books, holds 11 U.S. patents, and has delivered over 250 invited talks at universities, conferences, and symposia. He has served on numerous scientific review and advisory panels, chaired and organized many international and national conferences, workshops, and symposia, and received several awards in solar energy research, including the 2008 Eni Award from the President of Italy and the 2002 Research Award of the Electrochemical Society. Dr. Nozik has been a Senior Editor of The Journal of Physical Chemistry from 1993 to 2005. A Special Festschrift Issue of The Journal of Physical Chemistry honoring Dr. Nozik’s scientific career appeared in the December 21, 2006 issue. Dr. Nozik is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; he is also a member of the American Chemical Society, the Electrochemical Society, and the Materials Research Society.
Sophie Hofbauer MSc, a Canadian originally from Poland, graduated from Gdansk Polytechnic (Poland) as mechanical engineer and obtained her master degree in thermodynamics at the University of Stockholm, followed by electrical engineering degree from the University of Toronto.
She has many years of experience in design and international project management of large industrial projects in High Voltage power distribution and in electrical systems for petrochemical and manufacturing industries. In 80's she took advantage of booming real estate market in Ontario and became a land developer and a builder, constructing several commercial and residential projects. That provided funding for further education and projects.
Under the mentorship of mathematical genius, Dr Julio Valdes (National Research Council Canada), she migrated into mathematics and founded Hybrid Strategies Corporation in 1997 with the vision of creating an autonomous, (Hybrid Intelligent Systems) monitoring software for medical and industrial purposes. Hybrid was working on this project with NRC for seven years while located at the NRC Industrial Partnership Facility in Ottawa. Currently, elements of Monica are used by NRC and other research institutions, in aviation and in military applications. Monica is a complex self-learning program with contributions from many scientists.
She authored patents for electronic control systems for volatile aromatics in petrochemical industry, for hydrogen cartridge, and for remote destruction of dangerous substances using photons and magnetic field. Recently, she co-authored two patents (with Satish Chandra R. Hassan, and with mentorship of great physicists, Dr Herbert A. Leupold and Dr. Richard F. Post) in power generation based on magneto-electric laser structures. Sophie is also the founder and director of Agragami Inc., an international renewable energy company that will implement the proprietary technologies, and a trustee of Agragami VSM Institute of Aerospace Engineering & Technology in Bangalore.
Satish Chandra R. Hassan is a distinguished alumnus of Electrical Engineering from Malnad College of Engineering in Hassan, Karnataka, India, with Meritorious Master of Technology (Electrical) degree from Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore.
He started his career as Assistant Executive Engineer at the Orissa State Electricity Board and served there for a decade. At that time he began to recognize the environmental problems created by the current methods of energy generation. He also wanted to learn more in the field of Thermal Power Generation. This quest for knowledge motivated him to come to Canada and USA where he became the Senior Executive in Public Power International Inc., in Framington, Massachusetts. This experience made him one of the global thermal power specialists. His expertise is still in demand internationally whenever there is a difficult problem to solve.
After serving there for more than a decade, he returned to India. In 1999, together with like-minded personalities, he started J. C. Kala Educational and Cultural Trust, with an objective to impart general and professional education to all classes of people without seeking any donations from the public. Now, he is providing leadership and mentoring to managers, teachers and students in diversified educational directions within the Agragami Group of Educational Institutions, www.agragami.in where more than 2,800 students are excelling in learning. Agragami focuses on Aerospace Engineering and preparation of future Human Resources for the professions supporting Aerospace industry. The uniqueness of Agragami's teaching method is the complete immersion in the aerospace and supporting sciences, where, from the preschoolers to Bachelors of Technology in Aerospace Engineering, the future generations of aerospace achievers are exposed to, and are motivated by the marvels of Aeronautics and Space.
His interest in ancient Vedas led him to other engineers and scientists who influenced him to seek answers in Vedic sciences to his quest for better way to generate electricity. As a result, in 2007 he published an India patent on the concepts of magneto-electric generator which inspired Sophie Hofbauer to explore different magnetic structures and technologies. Together they have patented two devices with more to follow.
Daniel Nocera is the Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Director of the Solar Revolutions Project and Director of the Eni Solar Frontiers Center at MIT.
His group pioneered studies of the basic mechanisms of energy conversion in biology and chemistry. He has recently accomplished the solar fuels process of photosynthesis outside of the leaf-the splitting of water to hydrogen and oxygen using light from neutral water, at atmospheric pressure and room temperature. This discovery sets a course for the large scale deployment of solar energy by providing a mechanism for its storage as a fuel. He has been awarded the Eni-Italgas Prize (2005), IAPS Award (2006), Burghausen Prize (2007), Harrison Howe Award (2008) and ACS Inorganic Chemistry Award (2009) for his contributions to the development of renewable energy. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. He was named as one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Nocera is a frequent guest on TV (CNN, ABC Nightline, PBS, NOVA, CBS, CNBC, Discovery Channel, The Science Channel and Plum in the U.S. and Explora in Europe) and radio (NPR, Bloomberg News, CBS, BBC, All Things Considered, Here and Now, Climate Connections, Voice of America). His 2006 NOVA show was nominated for an Emmy Award. He worked with Robert Krulwich of ABC News to develop the pilot that was used to launch the PBS NOVA show, ScienceNow. He also worked with Mr. Krulwich and the web designer OddTodd to develop a five part series on The Lifestyle of Carbon, which was sponsored by the National Geographic. He opened the Mountain Film Festival 2007 in Telluride CO, the Aspen Forum in Aspen CO in 2008 and 2009, and the World Science Festival in NYC in 2008. He sits on several advisory boards and is currently working with several artists in the U.S. and abroad, actors and producers in Los Angeles and major business leaders in the U.S. to help them develop a position that contributes positively to the energy and sustainability challenge confronting this planet. In 2008, he founded Sun Catalytix, a company committed to bringing personalized energy to the non-legacy world.
Mr. Glen Cox, President, Omega Renewable Energy Consulting LLC, specializes in renewable energy consulting, integrated sustainability consulting, power consulting and energy consulting. Glen was registered in Canada as a professional engineer, in 2003.
He graduated from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. Glen also holds a National Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the Vaal University of Technology, South Africa and has completed courses in Business Management, Supervision, Dale Carnegie Effective Communications, Human Relations, Marketing, 6-Sigma, 5S, Kaizen, Lean Manufacturing, Project Management, Technical Writing, Power Measurement, Generator Systems and Communications Networking. Glen brings to Omega more than 23 years of power industry experience during which time he has provided services on over one hundred small, medium and large scale projects of greater than US$100 million in South Africa, Canada, USA and Chile in the areas of renewable energy consulting and design, energy management and accounting, electrical consulting and design, and much more.
For over 25 years of Ms. Gatewood’s professional career, she has excelled in business development, marketing and creative solutions for the real estate development, clean tech and renewable energy, convergence technology, and publishing industries, with a recent focus on resilient and sustainable initiatives.
For the past 7 years she has been Vice President of Business Development and Eco Marketing for a major sustainable real estate development project – Destiny, Florida - America’s First Eco Sustainable City – one of the largest ecological sustainable development projects in the world.
Under the guidance of Ms. Gatewood, the Destiny project was honored in 2009 by the Clinton Climate Initiative and the US Green Building Council as one of the 16 Global Climate Positive Developments. President Bill Clinton bestowed this prestigious honor at the C40 Mayor’s conference in Seoul, Korea.
Ms. Gatewood developed the Energy Independence Park at Destiny concept, a 1500 acre JV project focused on renewable energy and the co-location of synergistic companies that included waste to energy, gasification, torrefaction, solar, and other emerging clean technologies. One of the first projects was the implementation of the first sustainable energy farm in Florida, The Destiny Sustainable Energy Farm. Here began the testing of a myriad of biofuel feedstock – Sweet Sorghum, Jatropha, Camelina, Sunflower and Kenaf – to benchmark their viability both for climate and economic feasibility.
Ms. Gatewood formed Ecovation3 in 2008 to continue her work in sustainable development on business, project development, and fund raising; current projects include two AlgaAquaterran projects in the US. These two projects represent over $1.8 billion when completed. AlgaAquaterran is an intensive, bio safe, controlled fish and food production facility and algoil bio refinery. This recombinant approach to food and fuel production is fueled by waste to energy and a breakthrough West German algae technology. Ecovation3’s project funding portfolio exceeds $3 billion and includes gas power generation, waste to energy, solar, intensive food production and biofuel projects around the globe.