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    Qualitative Economist, Founder & Managing Director Clark Strategic Partners

    Woodrow W. Clark MA3, PhD has been a long-time advocate for the environment and renewable energy. He is an internationally recognized author, lecturer, and advisor – specializing in renewable energy and sustainable communities. In December 2007, Dr. Clark was the co-recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize, along with his colleges of United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UNIPCC), for his work on the Second Report as the co-writer/editor for two chapters: Finance and Economics and Legal and Contracts.

    In 2004 Dr Clark founded Clark Strategic Partners (CSP) which is a consulting firm integrating political and economic expertise to guide, advice and implement public and private clients worldwide – specifically on sustainable development projects for communities. Dr. Clark is an advisor to foreign and local governments and educational facilities, major film studios, residential and commercial properties as well as shopping centers. The sustainable development programs include political-economic plans for energy independence and carbon neutral communities. Additionally, Dr. Clark is a frequent Keynote Speaker, Moderator and Panel Member at International and National Conferences, Professional Associations and Conventions.

    Prior to launching CSP, Dr. Clark was Senior Advisor on Renewable Energy, Emerging Technologies, and Finance to California Governor Gray Davis (2000-2003). He was a Visiting Professor of Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship at Aalborg University, Denmark in 1999-2000, where he had been a Fulbright Fellow in 1994. Dr. Clark was the Manager of Strategic Planning for Technology Transfer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (University of California and US Department of Energy) during the 1990s.

    In 1997 Dr. Clark was appointed the first Research Director for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), establishing the economic and technical basis for renewable energy technologies to be commercialized in developing nations. His report on the Transfer of Environmentally Sound Technologies from six developed to developing nations.

    Dr. Clark translates his passion and dedication to mitigating climate change through teaching and lecturing. He has taught classes on Sustainable Development and Entrepreneurship at many universities in the U.S. and around the world, such as: University of California, at Davis; Berkeley; Riverside; and Los Angeles, as well as Pepperdine University in California and internationally Poli-technical Torino, Italy and Aalborg University, Denmark.

    Dr. Clark serves and advises several boards and commissions. He currently serves on the Minetta Institute Research Board (San Jose, CA); the Board of the National Building Museum’s Green Building Committee (Washington, DC); an Advisor to the Foundation on Economic Trends, Global Sustainable Group (Washington, DC); the Board for the City of Santa Monica’s Solar Program; and the City of Beverly Hills Unified School District’s Citizen Bond Oversight Committee. Dr. Clark is a “Green Advisor” to the California Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and the Producers Guild of America (PGA). Recently Dr. Clark served as a Senior Fellow at the Milken Institute and as a Board Member on the Alumni Association at the University of California, Berkeley.

    Dr. Clark has also authored numerous books, publications and articles. His most recent book is “Sustainable Communities” (Springer Press, 2009). His other books include: “Qualitative Economics: Toward a Science of Economics” (Coxmoor Press, 2008) and “Agile Energy Systems: Global Lessons from the California Energy Crisis” (Elsevier Press, 2004). His next book is “Sustainable Communities Design Handbook” (Elsevier Press due July, 2010). He has over 70 peer reviewed journal articles and numerous mass media credits including articles, papers and over a dozen documentary video and film on topical social issues.

    Dr. Clark earned three different Masters’ degrees from three universities in Illinois and his Ph.D. at University of California, Berkeley. He lives with his wife and son in Beverly Hills, California.

    Partner, Duane Morris LLP

    Thomas M. Berliner focuses his practice on water, energy, environmental and governmental/municipal law and is chair of the Duane Morris Water Resources and Renewable Energy and Sustainability practice groups. Mr. Berliner's practice includes advising public entities and private clients on all aspects of water supply, hydropower, energy development, renewable and sustainable energy practices, natural resources and environmental compliance and litigation. He also advises municipalities, special districts, private individuals and companies on municipal affairs and government procurement. Mr. Berliner represents clients before local, state and federal agencies on administrative, regulatory and legislative matters.

    Prior to joining Duane Morris LLP in 1998, Mr. Berliner was the general counsel to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (PUC), where for nearly 20 years he advised the PUC and San Francisco's mayor and board of supervisors on matters pertaining to water and energy utilities and municipal affairs. He is a member of the Association of California Water Agencies, the Section of the Environment, Energy and Resources of the American Bar Association and The State Bar of California.

    Mr. Berliner is a 1978 graduate of the University of California Hastings College of the Law, where he was a founder of the Hastings International and Comparative Law Journal, and a graduate of the University of California at Davis.

    Director, Sustainable Business Innovation, Intel

    Carrie Freeman is the Director of Sustainable Business Innovation at Intel. She is responsible for developing policy and setting direction for corporate wide strategic sustainability efforts in reducing environmental footprint of products, operations and the supply chain. Carrie owns the strategic external alliances for Intel in the sustainability area and developing aligning internal sustainability policies. Previously, Carrie was the New Mexico environmental relations manager, and worked with state government agencies, non profit organizations and the community at large to drive environmental improvements within Intel and surrounding communities. Carrie has had numerous jobs at Intel New Mexico including: operations manager, technical program manager and industrial engineering manager. Carrie is recognized for her work on diversity, personal mastery, and career development efforts within the corporation. Carrie has worked for Intel for 12 years and holds an MBA in environmental policy and planning.

    Founding Partner, Virgin Green Fund Special Advisor, Jain Irrigation Group

    Anup Jacob is a founding Partner of Virgin Green Fund and a special advisor to the Jain Irrigation Group of companies. Anup has invested over $400 million in the renewable energy and resource efficiency sectors over the past 10 years. Prior to VGF, Anup was an investment professional with TPG and a partner in TPG’s Aqua Fund, which focused on growth capital investments in the water and renewable energy sectors. Prior to joining TPG, Anup worked in the Investment Banking and Merchant Banking divisions at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. He has served on several boards and chaired both audit and compensation committees at DLJ and TPG portfolio companies. Anup is involved in several children’s charities and environmental charities in India and is a National Judge for the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, the Financial Times/Just Means Social Innovations Awards and the MIT Clean Energy Prize. Anup is a graduate of the University of Chicago and resides in San Francisco.

    Head of Water Technology Center GRUNDFOS Pumps Corp, North American Region

    Henrik Skov Laursen is heading up the establishment of Grundfos' new Water Technology Center located in Fresno, CA. Grundfos Water Technology Center is for research, academic institutions and small start-up companies who seek a place to share and gather knowledge on water technology topics. The Grundfos Water Technology Center offers space, access to Grundfos research & technology resources and will be the catalyst in offering new sustainable business and product solutions within water technologies solving the worlds challenges regarding water scarcity.

    Executive Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer Veolia Water North America

    Mr. Pinero is an Executive Vice President and the Chief Sustainability Officer for Veolia Water North America, and leads Veolia Water's sustainability efforts in North America. He works to support programs at company operations as well as develop and implement sustainable programs and services for Veolia Water's clients.  In addition, Mr. Pinero interacts on the topic of sustainability, with various stakeholders, including NGOS, trade associations, the media, and investors.  The company's North American operations serve more than 14 million people in approximately 650 communities.  Prior to joining Veolia, he has served as a consultant, as well as in public sector at the state and Federal level, addressing sustainability issues; including serving as the White House Federal Environmental Executive where he focused on developing and implementing sustainability policy and practices within the Federal government.  Mr. Pinero has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the State University of New York, and a Master of Science degree in Geology from Texas A&M University.    

    CTO, Big Green Innovations, IBM

    Dr Peter Williams is the Chief Technology Officer for IBM's Big Green Innovations incubator, whose role is to create environmentally focused businesses for IBM - he is personally responsible for assembling, maintaining and developing the portfolio of businesses included.  His particular focus areas have been PV technologies; developing green house gas reduction solutions and services for all types of organization, both public and private; and, in greatest depth, water management solutions, covering entire water resources (for example entire rivers or aquifers), utility infrastructures responsible for water supply, water quality and waste water management, and enterprise water management.  
    Dr Williams holds the title of IBM Distinguished Engineer.  By background, he is a management consultant with well over 20 years experience of bringing technology and business issues together to develop novel solutions and business models.  A native of the UK, he has lived in California since 1999, and is married with three children.  His PhD was awarded by the School of Management at the University of Bath, England, in 1986.  


    Co-Founder & Managing Principal, Meidlinger Partners LLC

    Mr. Kevin Brophy is a co-founder and Managing Principal of Meidlinger Partners, LLC. He has a wide range of experience in the water industry, ranging from utility operations and public utility rate design to mergers, acquisitions and strategic planning. Mr. Brophy manages investor relations, oversees the firm's daily operations, and manages financial planning for Portfolio Companies. Mr. Brophy also plays an integral role in negotiating and structuring investments and strategic planning for Portfolio Companies

    Prior to co-founding Meidlinger Partners, Mr. Brophy worked for nearly 14 years at Aqua America, Inc. (Aqua) (NYSE: WTR), one of the nation's largest publicly traded water utility companies serving approximately three million people in 13 states. At Aqua America, Mr. Brophy held roles in operations as well as several director positions (investor relations, corporate development). The latter half of Mr. Brophy's career with Aqua consisted of executive roles in mergers, acquisitions, business development, investor relations and strategic planning.  He participated in various projects such as public utility rate case filings and follow-on equity offerings and occasionally managed aspects of Aqua's securities portfolio, including equities and derivatives

    From 2004 through 2007, Mr. Brophy held full responsibility for Aqua's 'growth through acquisition’ program throughout the State of Texas. Residing in Austin, Mr. Brophy directed the acquisition of five companies for Aqua Texas which significantly increased Aqua Texas’ customer base. In addition, he executed 12 water provision/wastewater deals for new, large ‘greenfield’ real estate development projects in Texas.

    Mr. Brophy has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Villanova University. He has also attended the Utility Rate School program of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, has completed the NCEE Mergers, Acquisitions and Business Valuation curriculum and finished the London Business School Private Equity Program. Mr. Brophy is a member of Investors' Circle, a leading network of private and institutional investors using private capital to promote the transition to a sustainable economy. Mr. Brophy is also on the Executive Committee of CCTC, a Philadelphia-based private non-profit agency dedicated to helping children and their families cope with the impact of behavioral health issues and traumatic events. 

    COO, Water Innovations Alliance

    Mr. Caprio is the COO of the Water Innovations Alliance HYPERLINK "http://www.waterinnovations.org" www.waterinnovations.org. Mr. Caprio is one of the foremost advocates for government funding of emerging technologies at both the State and Federal levels. Mr. Caprio has testified before the state legislatures of New York and Connecticut, and has participated in the NNI Workshop HYPERLINK "http://www.nano.gov/" http://www.nano.gov/. Mr. Caprio is the founder of the Water Innovations Alliance Conferences and has successfully produced 5 Water Innovations Alliance Conferences. Mr. Caprio is the Event Director of the 3rd Annual Water Innovations Alliance Conference, September 26-28, 2011 in Boston, MA. In addition, Mr. Caprio has appeared on numerous Connecticut TV and radio stations, including WICC 600AM, discussing the impact of Water and Nanotechnology.

    Mr. Caprio graduated from Villanova University in 1979 with a B.S in Accounting and completed a MBA from Northeastern in 1987. Mr. Caprio is a member of Villanova University’s Financial Club and serves as an active member of Villanova’s President Club. Mr. Caprio serves on the Board of Trustees for the Easton Community Center and the Easton Learning Foundation in Easton, CT. In the summer of 2008, Mr. Caprio was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Fabricators & Manufactures Association Communications, Inc. based in Rockford, IL.

    Faculty of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of California

    Dr. Yoram Cohen received his B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., in 1975 and 1977, respectively, both in Chemical Engineering, from the University of Toronto, and his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in 1981. He has been on the Faculty of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) since 1981. He is also an Affiliate Faculty at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and an Adjunct Professor at Ben-Gurion University. He was a Visiting Professor at the Technion (1987-1988), at Universitat Rovira i Virgili (1944) and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Victoria University (2006). He is a founder and Director of the Water Technology Research Center and the Center for Environmental Risk Reduction, and a member of the UCLA/National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEIN). Dr. Cohen is a UCLA Luskin Scholar and a recipient of the 2008 Ann C. Rosenfield Community Partnership Prize in recognition of his environmental research. He received the 2003 Lawrence K. Cecil award in Environmental Chemical Engineering from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the AIChE Separations Division Outstanding Paper Award (1997 and 2009), and was elected Fellow of the AIChE in 2009.

    In 2008 he received a County of Los Angeles Commendation (2008), a State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition, and a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition (US) for contributing to legislation to protect public health and dedicated service to the Los Angeles community. Dr. Cohen served as Chair of the AIChE Environmental Division (2002) and of the Separation Division (2008). He published over one hundred and seventy research papers and book chapters in water technology, separations processes, membrane technology, transport phenomena, polymer science, surface nano-structuring and environmental engineering. He is also the Editor of three environmental volumes. Dr. Cohen developed patented technologies in membrane synthesis, high recovery reverse osmosis desalination, membrane fouling monitoring, chemical sensors, surface nano-structuring with polymers, and developed models and software for environmental multimedia impact assessment. His present research focuses on distributed smart water systems, optimization and control of water treatment systems, membrane process monitoring, and environmental impact assessment regarding emerging contaminants. He has served on numerous Government Advisory Committees (including the USEPA Science Advisory Board and the NRC Board on Environmental studies and Toxicology). Dr. Cohen organized over thirty scientific conferences, including the 2008 International Congress on Membranes and membrane processes (ICOM), the 2009 and 2010 West Coast Water Technology Transfer workshops, and he was the Meeting Program Chair of the 2010 Annual AIChE Meeting. He is a member of a number of professional societies including the AWWA, AIChE, ACS, NAMS, and AMTA.

    Professor, Environ.Engineer. & Science (EES), Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for Environment Stanford University

    Craig Criddle is interested in the environmental engineering, science, and science literacy needed for clean water, clean energy, and healthy ecosystems. His research focus is environmental biotechnology.  He is best known for large interdisciplinary field projects, studies of microbial ecology in bioreactors, and work on microbial transformations of persistent contaminants. Some current projects include a field-scale evaluation of uranium remediation; DNA-monitoring of microbial community structure at full-scale biological wastewater treatment plants; development of membrane bioreactors for energy recovery and nutrient removal; and studies to elucidate the mechanisms and kinetics of microbial transformation of halogenated solvents. To promote science literacy, he worked with award-winning San Francisco cartoonist, Larry Gonick to write "The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry".  "Cartoons can give us an intuitive feeling for the why, and deeper understanding can grow from that intuition".

    Chief Financial Officer, Pure Sense

    Lance is a 20 year executive with a broad experience in technology, finance, and early stage companies. Lance is a true Central Valley native where he grew up working on his family’s farm growing grapes and tree fruit from Madera to Livingstone.

    Lance’s success has been achieved with several leading companies including MBIA where he consulted to over 100 cities throughout California and United Security Bank where he built and managed their corporate consulting practice. In addition, Lance founded or was involved in several early stage companies in varied industries including software and financial services.  Prior to joining PureSense he was Managing Partner of Valley Ventures Group, the Central Valley’s premier consulting, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity practice serving established and emerging companies.

    Lance is a graduate of California State University Fresno with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He resides in Fresno with his wife Amber and their two children, Mason and Chandler.

    CEO, ClimateMinder

    Bulut Ersavas is CEO of ClimateMinder, a Glendale, Calif., developer of an innovative new crop and irrigation monitoring and control solution, for open-field agriculture. This system collects and monitors field, environmental and crop conditions from sensors in the field. As a native of Istanbul, Turkey, Bulut brings unique specializations to ClimateMinder’s goals of helping growers from around the world increase crop yield and quality, while conserving up to 40% of water use.

    In 2007, Bulut founded Kodalfa, Inc., a technology startup that specializes in remote monitoring and control for wireless applications. Bulut and his team developed the infrastructure for Kodalfa's flagship product, a remote wireless monitoring and control application for environmental applications. Kodalfa was recognized as one of the seven most high impact entrepreneurial companies in Turkey by HYPERLINK "http://www.endeavor.org" Endeavor in 2008. In 2009, Kodalfa became a subsidiary of ClimateMinder, Inc., which Bulut founded in the US.

    Bulut’s experience includes spending four years as a software engineer at Kenet, Inc., a Massachusetts-based semiconductor company that develops analog mixed-signal products for consumer and communications applications. Bulut also worked as a project manager with Sun Microsystems, where, his work centered on identity management (IDM). Subsequently, he also spent two years as a CAD and systems engineer at IBM, where he developed web and database applications to help the IBM Lowell RF Design Center automate the design and process flow. Bulut earned a MS and BS in Electrical Engineering, in addition to a MBA.

    Managing Director, Wedbush Securities Inc.

    In the course of a professional career as a lawyer, investment banker, public company executive and board member, Michael George has developed the experience and skill to resolve difficult problems arising in the nexus among water, energy and finance. He manages Wedbush Securities’ integrated water industry practice involving water/wastewater infrastructure finance, water and energy conservation, environmental remediation, and related public and corporate enterprises dependent on the reliability, affordability and quality of water resources.

    Mr. George is an honors graduate of the University of Notre Dame (Phi Beta Kappa) and the Georgetown University Law Center (law journal editor). As a practicing lawyer, he has handled trial and appellate litigation as well as administrative proceedings before federal and state courts and regulatory agencies. He is admitted to practice in California, Minnesota and the District of Columbia.

    In 1978, he began an investment banking career, culminating in leadership of J.P.Morgan’s international water industry practice from a California base. In 1998, he was named CEO and a director of Western Water Company (NASDQ:WWTR). A year and a half into a restructuring, Mr. George was elected to the additional post of Chairman of the Board, and later de-leveraged its balance sheet and transitioned it to a closely-held company. At the helm of Western Water Company, Mr. George developed a variety of complex water supply projects serving the unique needs of agricultural, urban and environmental organizations. He also arranged some of the first willing buyer/willing seller water transfers accessing both public and private conveyance and storage facilities.

    Later, in his role as Executive Vice President for Corporate Development at American States Water Company (NYSE:AWR), Mr. George facilitated that company’s re-positioning and leadership succession process. In that role, he initiated significant reengineering, development and redeployment of the company’s water resource portfolio. As re-constituted, that portfolio consists of both adjudicated and non-adjudicated groundwater, licensed surface water diversion rights, project and wholesale contracts, as well as extensive storage and conveyance facilities and rights.

    During his career, Mr. George has served as a director or trustee for a public company, a closely-held company, a mutual water company, a trade association, an independent high school and a community foundation. He has been a guest lecturer on issues of regional governance, natural resource management and water policy at the University of California, San Diego, the University of Southern California, and the University of California at Berkeley.

    Professor of Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

    Slav Hermanowicz has been at the University of California at Berkeley since 1983 where he has conducted research and teaching in the area of environmental protection with special emphasis on physical sustainability, water and wastewater treatment, and water management. The focus of his research is on metrics of sustainability, integrated water management, water reuse, biological processes in water and wastewater, membrane bioreactors, and biostability of drinking water.

    At the same time, he consulted for public and private clients including utilities, venture capital, engineering companies, attorneys, governmental and supranational organizations in the US, EU and Asia.  His visiting appointments include Nishihara Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Hokkaido University, Japan, Gaspar de Portola Scholar at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain and Distinguished Visiting Professor in Universitat de Girona, Spain. Recently, he was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Sustainability at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna (Fall 2008-Spring 2009) and has been a Distinguished Guest Professor at BOKU in the following year.  He has been educated in his native Poland (M.Sc.) and at the University of Toronto (Ph.D.).

    Founder & CEO, Ecomundi Ventures

    With two decades of environmental sustainability, fundraising, and management leadership in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, Alex brings a catalytic but pragmatic perspective to today's most pressing environmental challenges.  His primary area of experience and focus is water.  Specific interest in tackling the toughest water challenges of the 21st century by creating innovative funds and partnerships to catalyze breakthrough clean technologies and business models.

    Alex specializes in: Water; Sustainability; Environmental strategy; Clean technology & investment; New business models & innovation Alex formed Ecomundi Ventures to accelerate our transition to a more sustainable society via two focus areas: Innovative funding models for clean technology particularly in the water sector, and development of a new sustainability framework.

    Prior to Ecomundi Ventures, Alex created and led sustainability and corporate citizenship programs at Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) through a time of intense environmental and social scrutiny.  Under his leadership, NWNA initiated cutting-edge footprint and value-chain analyses of its business, and developed unconventional collaborations with a wide spectrum of NGO and partner organizations to tackle complex social issues such as water sustainability & innovation, recycling, and climate change.   Prior to Nestlé, Alex helped lead two historic conservation efforts generating $75MM in private funding at a field office of The Nature Conservancy, co-developed an ecotourism model for an African nation, created a business plan for a US national park, and published a field guide to birds.  He was an early “green home design” pioneer, and now lives in San Francisco with his family.

    Alex earned his B.A. with academic honors at Duke University, and a master’s degree in environmental management from Yale University.  Alex is a frequent and engaging speaker on water, sustainability, clean technology, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and stakeholder engagement topics. 

    Water Quality Specialist, Sun-Maid Growers of California

    Retired 2009 as General Manager of the Selma-Kingsburg-Fowler County Sanitation District, treating wastewater from raisin processors, fruit packers, peach cannery, cheese manufacturer and other industrial dischargers

    California Grade V Wastewater Treatment Operator

    California Grade 4 Water Treatment Operator

    California Water Environment Association Certified Industrial Waste Treatment Plant Operator, Environmental Compliance Inspector and Laboratory Analyst

    College of the Sequoias Instructor 1987 to 1992 – Water Treatment Fundamentals

    Masters Degree in Public Administration 1985 California State University Fresno

    BS Degree Zoology – Certificate Environmental Studies 1975 California State University Long Beach

    Executive Director, Water Innovations Foundation

    Mark is a seasoned technology entrepreneur, executive, investor and visionary, currently focused on developing several early stage ventures in cleantech and health 2.0.
    Mark is the former managing director and co-founder of Bang Ventures, an investment firm focused on technology investments including Web 2.0, new energy innovations and medical devices. He recently launched You Be the VC, a groundbreaking entrepreneurial competition. He also co-founded New Europe Ventures, a Polish-based venture capital firm, as well as the Benet Group, Leonardo BioSystems, Lux Research and the NanoBusiness Alliance. He has served as a senior executive at NanoDynamics (and continues to advise the company), Opion, GolinHarris and NRW. In addition, he has consulted for companies ranging from NanoSys to Engelhard to Mastercard to Yahoo to eSpeed to Pixar to DaimlerChrysler.
    Mark is a member of the Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group to the President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST). He was recognized by Forbes as a "powerbroker" and has been featured in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News, ABC, BBC, N.Y. Times, Business Week, Fortune and the Wall Street Journal, among others. Mark also appears regularly as a Fox Business News and CNBC technology commentator and on occasion serves as a co-host of SquawkBox. He was also a featured columnist for the Boston Herald's Hub 2.0 column.
    Before entering the private sector, Mark was an appointee in the Clinton Administration developing policy, legal and communication strategy efforts on issues including Y2K preparedness, U.S. mortgage and banking systems, the online transformation and integration of HUD and FHA programs, digital divide efforts, biotech and organic food standards, and regional economic development programs. He is a graduate of the U. Denver College of Law (JD) and Boston U. (BFA, Painting). He is an avid supporter of the arts and also funds numerous animal charities, in particular pit bull rescue organizations and groups that combat breed specific legislation.

    CEO, Central Valley Business Incubator

    Mr. Nagamine has over 20 years of executive level management experience. He is a founder and major stockholder in Complete Access, LLC, a company focused on providing Fortune 500 companies technology driven customer acquisition and retention programs.

    Before founding Complete Access, he was responsible for driving sales for Sidewalk.com which generated $35 million in revenue within a year of its inception and was subsequently sold to Microsoft. As the head of sales for Entertainment Publications, Mr. Nagamine helped make the Entertainment® Book a household name and a leader in the local advertising market. Mr. Nagamine has extensive experience in senior-level sales, sales management, marketing and finance. He holds a degree in Business and Economics from St. Mary's College in Moraga, California.

    Director of Operations, Wawona Frozen Foods

    Mr. Narbaitz joined Wawona Frozen Foods in 2005 as Director of Operations and since then has been involved in multiple projects to increase water efficiency and reduce waste water generation. Wawona is a major supplier of fresh frozen fruit to the industrial, retail, food service and club segments of the food industry, shipping over 100 million pounds annually. Mr. Narbaitz is a graduate of California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance.

    Water Resources and Reuse Specialist

    Bahman Sheikh is a Water Resources and Reuse Specialist with over 25 years’ experience assisting public and private sector clients in the US and abroad with their water reuse research and development and project implementation. He is experienced in application of the scientific method, feasibility studies, master planning, site investigations, and policy analysis.

    Mr. Sheikh Provides consulting services to clients in California (e.g., City of San Jose, Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency, Marin Municipal Water District, San Diego County Water Authority, City of Los Angeles, City of Chula Vista, San Francisco Golf Club, Lake Merced Golf Club. Olympic Golf Club, and Pebble Beach Community Services District). He led a research project team, over a five-year period, investigating feasibility of raising filter loading rates at water reclamation filtration plants from the established 5 gpm/ft2 to higher rates in order to increase water reuse filter capacities in California. Mr. Sheikh completed water recycling project assignments in 21 countries outside the United States (e. g. Jordan, Peru, Kuwait, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Bonaire, Egypt, Korea, Bahrain, Mexico, Syria…) He published numerous papers and book chapters; presented at several professional conferences on a variety of water reuse and water conservation topics. Mr. Sheikh worked closely with clients to identify and define their needs and challenges and provide solutions-oriented action plans and cost-effective solutions. Bahman Sheikh received his PhD in Water Science and Engineering from the University of California, Davis in 1967, an MS in Irrigation Science, University of California, Davis, 1965 and a BSc in Agricultural Engineering, American University of Beirut, 1960

    Principal The Artemis Project

    Laura Shenkar, Founder and Principal of The Artemis Project, is one of the foremost global experts on corporate water strategy and the application of advanced water technologies in commercial and industrial markets.

    Ms. Shenkar works with leading global corporations – including Wal-Mart, IBM and Novozymes – on the development and execution of their water management strategies. She assists advanced water technology companies in bringing new innovations to market, such as on-site recycling, water capture systems, smart irrigation, advanced cooling towers and high-efficiency membranes.

    Ms. Shenkar advises the venture capital community on emerging investment opportunities and works with the leading country development organizations, including the Denmark Innovation Centre, the Israeli Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Australian Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Water Netherlands Partnership. She is actively involved with leading policy, advocacy and certification organizations, including the Alliance for Water Efficiency, the Water Reuse Association, the Water Environment Federation and the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF).

    Ms. Shenkar and organizes events such as the BlueTech Innovation Forum HYPERLINK "http://www.bluetechforum.com" www.bluetechforum.com, Going Green, and the Water Innovations Conference. She is a regular speaker at conferences and industry events, including WEFTEC, WATEC, Going Green and numerous symposiums held at prominent universities including the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of California at Berkeley and Ben Gurion University in Israel. Ms. Shenkar has authored several landmark reports and policy papers, including the E2 policy paper, “Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Through Improved Water Policy,” that has driven California state policy on energy and water conservation. Her research and opinions have also appeared in numerous publications, including Inc. Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor and Time Magazine.

    A graduate of Yale University, Ms. Shenkar holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. She has lived throughout the world and currently resides in San Francisco, California.

    Chairman of the Board & Chief Strategy Officer, HydroPoint

    Chris Spain is chairman and chief strategy officer of HydroPoint. Mr. Spain co-founded HydroPoint in 2002 with the vision of providing smart water management for sustained conservation and cost savings. Today HydroPoint is regarded as a proven leader in clean technology, with top-tier venture and strategic partnerships.

    Mr. Spain has over 20 years of experience successfully managing cutting-edge technology, media and information services companies. Previously, he headed Shaman Corporation, which he co-founded in 1996. Shaman Corporation provided mission-critical IT data services to such leading companies as Hambrecht & Quest, DLJ, Lockheed, Department of Education and Intuit. In early 2000, Mr. Spain successfully sold Shaman to Corporate Software and Technology, one of the country's largest corporate software resellers. Prior to Shaman Corporation, Mr. Spain was president of Accelerated Media, a broadcast and interactive media company that produced the Discovery Channel's science- and technology-based "Know Zone" program, for which Mr. Spain received an Emmy award. Accelerated Media created one of the first interactive TV/website systems, later adapted by the Discovery Channel for other programs. In addition, Mr. Spain led multimedia projects for NBC, Apple, Pacific Bell and Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope Studios, among other clients. Prior to Accelerated Media, Mr. Spain won numerous awards for direction and design as a Special Projects Producer for Chronicle Broadcasting in San Francisco. His work on live, national television shows blended complex technology integration with large-scale project coordination, honing an ability that serves him well at HydroPoint, where he leads the Company in delivering enterprise-wide water management solutions for a wide variety of industries.

    California State University, Fresno

    Dr. John D. Welty has been president of California State University, Fresno since July 29, 1991.  He is also a professor in the Kremen School of Education & Human Development.  Fresno State enrolls more than 21,000 students and offers 61 undergraduate degrees, 45 master degree programs, and two doctoral degrees.  The campus is located on 1,500 acres and academic programs are housed in eight colleges and schools.  Since 1991 the University has completed a major planning effort, expanded minority enrollment, created an Honors College, revised its general education requirements, added new academic programs and institutes, and constructed $404.3 million in facilities, including a new $102 million library. 

    During his tenure, the University has completed a major planning effort, expanded minority enrollment, created an Honors College, added new academic programs, institutes and facilities, introduced service learning into the curriculum and expanded community service opportunities for students, improved services for students, streamlined administrative processes, launched a major commitment to expand the use of information technology, established the Central California Futures Institute, entered the Western Athletic Conference, expanded intercollegiate Athletic opportunities and facilities for women, led the effort to build the Save Mart Center, and dramatically increased private fund raising and grant and contract funding.   The university has been actively involved in addressing issues in Central California and engaging itself with the entire region.

    Dr. Welty has served on both of the CSU System’s major strategic planning efforts.  He participated in the creation of the Voluntary System of Accountability which has been adopted by over 200 colleges and universities.  He is called upon frequently to discuss the role of engaged universities.   He has served on several advisory groups to the U.S. Departments of Education and Agriculture. He is past-chair of the Renaissance Group which is a national organization of over 30 Universities dedicated to improved teacher education programs.  He co-chaired the CSU’s effort to create CALState Teach, an innovative program designed for emergency credentialed teachers and chaired a CSU group on preparing educational leaders. He serves as Chair of the CSU Gender Equity Monitoring Committee and also serves on the executive board of the Central California Campus Compact. In addition, he has chaired three national conferences on substance abuse and prevention and chaired a CSU effort to review alcohol policies and programs. 

    Dr. Welty is a national leader in higher education.   He was elected to serve as WASC Commissioner in 2000 and served a three year term as the WASC Commission Chair.    He is past chair of the American Humanics, Inc. Board and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and WAC Board of Directors.  He served on the NCAA Board Executive Committee and the special NCAA Task Force on the Future of Intercollegiate Athletics.  Locally, Dr. Welty has been a leader in establishing the Fresno Business Council, the Central Valley Business Incubator, the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium, the Collaborative Regional Initiative, the Regional Jobs Initiative, the Kenneth L. Maddy Institute and several other partnerships. In 1999, Dr. Welty was presented the Chief Executive Leadership Award by the Council for Advancement and Support for Education and was recognized by the John Templeton Foundation for his leadership in Student Character Development in Schools and Colleges.  In 2001 he was recognized by the California State Student Association as President of the year. In 2003 he received the Fresno Business Council’s Excellence in Public Service Award.  In 2007 he received the Fresno Compact’s Harold H. Haak Award for Outstanding Business Partnership Educator of the Year.  In 2008 he was named a American Humanics 60th Anniversary Honoree and in 2009 he was named an ACPA Educational Leadership Foundation Diamond Honoree.  In 2010 he received the Sequoia Award from the Great Valley Center and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Western Illinois University.    He has also consulted with many institutions and served on the boards of several campus and community organizations.

    Previously, Dr. Welty served as President of Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) for seven years.  Prior to assuming the presidency of IUP, he served as Vice President for Student and University Affairs for four years.

    A native of Amboy, Illinois, Dr. Welty has served as an Admissions Counselor at Michigan State University, East Lansing, and as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Southwest State

    University in Marshall, Minnesota.  At the State University of New York, Albany, he was Director of Residences, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, and Assistant Professor of Counseling and Student Development.

    Dr. Welty received his bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Western Illinois University, Macomb in 1965; his master’s in College Student Personnel Services from Michigan State University in 1967; and his doctorate in Administration of Higher Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1974.

    Dr. Welty and his wife, Dr. Sharon Brown-Welty, have five children and three grandchildren.

    California League of Food Processors

    Mr. Yates joined CLFP in 1974 as Manager of Technical Affairs, and was elected Vice President in 1980, Senior Vice President in 1991, Secretary in 1995, and President and Chief Executive Officer in 2004. He graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science with emphasis on Environmental, Public, and Occupational Health.

    Mr. Yates has been responsible for activities involving energy resources, environmental, worker safety, research, and food regulatory issues. Over the years, Mr. Yates has held elected offices in several CLFP affiliated organizations such as The Cooperative For Environmental Improvement, Inc. and Santa Clara Food Processor Association.

    In advancing the interests of the industry over time, Mr. Yates has been appointed to numerous government agency and academic advisory committees at the national and state levels and has participated in a variety of industry groups, coalitions and organizations. In 1994 he served as the President of the Council of Food Processing Association Executives and was a registered lobbyist for many years.

    Mr. Yates was an honor graduate with accelerated promotion from the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy and is a decorated military veteran who served his country in combat operations in Vietnam.

    Executive Director, Water Resources & Policy Initiatives California State University

    Dr. David Zoldoske is the Director of the International Center for Water Technology (ICWT) and related water programs at California State University, Fresno. He also serves as the Executive Director for Water Resources and Policy Initiatives for the 23 campuses of the California State University system.

    The water programs cover four major areas:
    Economic Development
    Technology Transfer and Education
    Research and Testing
    Water Planning and Policy

    David is a past President of both the Irrigation Association, and the American Society of Agronomy (California Chapter). He has over 30 years experience in irrigation and water issues, and manages of staff of 20 researchers, technicians, and program managers.

    David has authored or co-authored over 100 articles on irrigation and water technology, and most recently completed a book titled “Golf Course Irrigation: Environmental Design and Management Practices.”

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