Carbon and Energy Advisor
Mr. Carl Bozzuto has been a leader in the development and commercialization of energy and environmental technologies. He has held executive-level positions at global technology companies, including Vice President of Technology at ALSTOM Power and Vice President of Technology and Vice President of Process Technology at ABB Combustion Engineering. At ALSTOM Power, he has been associated with a wide variety of new process technologies including pressurized fluidized bed combustion systems, atmospheric fluidized bed combustion systems, flue gas desulfurization systems, NOx control and removal technologies, firing systems, coal gasification combined cycle systems, coal water mixtures, coal conversion technologies, solar thermal power generation, H2S removal systems, iron production systems, and paper mill recovery systems. In addition, he has been responsible for personnel training and organizational development, particularly in areas related to process technology and computer applications. He has been responsible for advising senior group management through the strategic planning process of future technological developments to assist in decisions regarding business directions. He has also been responsible for marketing and market planning and business development for utility steam generation systems and related products and the profit and loss of the Fluidized Bed System Business Unit. In his most recent position, he was responsible for the Boiler and Environmental Technology development for the Power Environment Sector. Mr. Bozzuto was editor-in-chief of the award winning new textbook entitled “Clean Combustion Technologies” published by Alstom in 2009. Mr. Bozzuto holds 16 patents.
Business and Finance Advisor
Mr. Claude Hutchison is an entrepreneur and strategic business advisor. He was the founder and CEO of Civic BanCorp and CivicBank of Commerce in Oakland, CA, President of Security National Bank, a principal of Smith & Crowley, Inc., consulting on merger and acquisition opportunities for California commercial banks and thrifts, and a Managing Director for Navigant Consulting, Inc., an international management consulting firm. Mr. Hutchison also previously served as the Director of the Office of Asset Enterprise Management (OAEM) at the Department of Veterans Affairs. OAEM is VA’s principal policy office and business advisor regarding the acquisition, management and disposal of all capital assets. Mr. Hutchison is a retired Navy Captain, and a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Business School. He is a past President of the Commonwealth Club of California, the California Alumni Association, the California Bankers Association and was a Regent of the University of California. He also served as a Director of Summit Medical Center, HEALS and QualMed Plans for Health, three Bay Area health services companies.
Christer Jansson, PhD
LBNL Partner, Scientific Advisor
Dr. Christer Jansson is a recognized leader in the biochemistry and metabolic engineering of microorganisms. Dr. Jansson holds the positions of Professor, Senior Staff Scientist and Deputy Program Lead in Bioenergy at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Prior to that he was Head of the Department of Plant Biology & Forest Genetics, The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden, where he held the Professor Chair in Molecular Cell Biology from 1999-2008. During 1994-1999, he was Professor in Biochemistry at the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, Stockholm University. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Lund University, Sweden, and completed his postdoctoral research at the Plant Research Laboratory, Michigan State University. Dr. Jansson’s research revolves around plant, algal, and cyanobacterial biochemistry and molecular biology. Specific areas of interest are photosynthesis, carbohydrate metabolism, metabolic engineering of plants and cyanobacteria for biofuels and carbon sequestration. He has published more than 100 papers in journals and books and supervised a large number of graduate students and postdocs. Dr. Jansson has served on several research panels and committees, including the Committee for Molecular Biology & Biochemistry at the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences (KVA), where he was a member between 1999 and 2005.
Business and Finance Advisor
John has been acting CFO for Kiverdi since June 2011 and brings over 26 years of financial and operational experience. His experience extends across numerous leadership positions in both large and emerging growth companies. John’s prior experience includes managing partner at the financial consulting firm TechCFO, providing strategic, financial and operating advice to emerging growth companies. Prior to that, John held leadership positions at several companies, including; Chief Operating and Financial Officer of Looksmart, a publicly traded online advertising company, Chief Financial Officer of Gap Inc. Direct, The Gap’s ecommerce division, and Chief Operating and Financial Officer of Business.com, an online business directory and advertising firm. John also held the Chief Financial Officer role at Peoplemover, where he and Ali first worked together, as well as a variety of financial roles at The Walt Disney Company and Citicorp Securities. He began his career in public accounting with Deloitte Haskins and Sells and holds a B.B.A. in accounting from the University of Notre Dame. John and his wife, Julie, live in the East Bay with their two children, Jimmy and Lauren, and their two dogs, Radar and Rocky.
Fuel and Biochemicals Advisor
Mr. Bryan Yeh was recruited from GE to Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to startup and lead their biofuel initiative. Bryan has responsibility for business development and technical leadership on key SAIC projects. Bryan served as Chief Scientist for SAIC’s Algae to JP-8 project with DARPA and is the program manager for numerous other projects with commercial clients. Bryan has over 25 years of experience managing profit and loss (P&L), business development, major capital projects, research and development and plant operations in the biofuel, nutraceutical, water treatment, oilseed and corn milling industries. Prior to joining SAIC, Bryan was an assistant Vice President at General Electric, President and CEO of Thermodyne Corporation, and held numerous senior level positions at Cargill. Bryan has a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from the University of Minnesota. He is also past-Chairperson for the Northern California-Nevada section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and is a Director of the Processing Division of the American Oil Chemists Society.