Dr. Louis Albright
Controlled Environment Agriculture Expert
Dr. Louis Albright has had an extensive career in research and teaching related to optimized environmental control and energy management in agricultural buildings, with a focus for the past twenty-five years on commercial greenhouses and plant growth chambers. ¬†He is a professor emeritus in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University and is the current director of Cornell’s Controlled Environment Agriculture program. ¬†His work has produced more than two hundred papers and publications, two textbooks and three U.S. patents on computer algorithms for daily light integral control with optimizing the combination of photosynthetic light and carbon dioxide concentration for computerized greenhouse crop production. ¬†He has bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees from Cornell University and, before joining the Cornell faculty, was on the faculty of the University of California, Davis.
Caroline Angoorly is a senior energy and environmental industry executive with over 20 years of domestic and international experience in business-building, operations, project and asset management, investment, project finance and M&A.¬† Her expertise lies in the energy and environmental sectors, especially power markets and projects across generating technologies (including fossil and renewables) and clean tech, as well as environmental instruments, markets, regulation and policy.¬† Caroline leads GreenTao LLC, a specialized business growth, project development, financing and execution firm with a central focus on energy and environmental businesses and opportunities, including those utilizing advanced technologies.¬† She provides integrated business, operations, transaction and project advice, strategies and implementation to companies in the energy and resources sectors ‚Äď in particular power and fuels and including energy and environmental commodities.¬† Caroline‚Äôs previous appointments include Head of Environmental Markets ‚Äď North America for J.P. Morgan, SVP & Head of Development, Northeast and VP, Environmental & New Business at NRG Energy, VP & General Counsel at Enel North America, CFO of Line56Media, Director of Sorbent Technologies and a Partner in the Global Project Finance Group at Milbank, Tweed.¬† She started her career with Blake Dawson in Melbourne, Australia and holds geology, law and business degrees.
Operations Management/Sales & Marketing Advisor
Frank Franciosi is the Manager of the Nature‚Äôs GREEN-RELEAF TM - Novozymes North America, Inc. Composting Facility, current President of the US Composting Council, and a Board member of the North Carolina Composting Council.¬† Frank has spent the last 20 years working with residuals management and composting both in operations management as well as sales and marketing.¬† In 1993, he started North Carolina‚Äôs first source separated organics composting facility.¬†¬† As past principal of Akkadia Consulting, he provided professional consulting services on projects of animal waste management, biosolids management, coal ash residuals, composting of industrial residuals, product development and marketing.¬† During his career, Frank has facilitated the turnkey start-up of award winning composting facilities, taking them from concept to feasibility to operational,¬† overseeing permitting, equipment selection, hiring and training of personnel, as well as the development and execution of the product marketing plan.¬† Frank’s facilities received awards from the Carolina Recycling Association in 1995 and again in 2005.¬† In 2010 the Nature‚Äôs GREEN-RELEAF Composting Facility received the NC Soil and Water Conservation Society‚Äôs Conservation Business Award for their work on developing compost use specifications for erosion and sediment control.¬† Frank has a BS in Plant and Soil Sciences from West Virginia University.
Martin W. Hansen
Technical Process Advisor
Martin W. Hansen is currently a senior professional at Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S where he heads the effort to commercialize biomass combined heat and power opportunities for markets in Japan and Southeast Asia. Previously, he was VP Project Development at Solum A/S and President of Aikan North America, Inc.¬† Prior to Solum and Aikan, Martin was engaged in commercial business development in Southeast Asia, Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, Canada and the U.S. at various organizations including Bio-Feeders, TK Energi A/S, DONG Energy A/S, FORCE Technology and DK Teknik.
Martin has a strong technical background (M.Sc. Mechanical / Energy) and a commercial strategic degree Executive MBA.¬† Through his background and experience, he has gained broad industry insights, with a strong foothold in the energy sector ‚Äď renewables including biomass and biogas, oil and natural gas, as well as water and utilities and environmental services.
Martin has complemented his career activities and achievements by attending management and strategy courses at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
For more than 30 years, Flemming Viskum has been working with industrial production companies within the energy and heavy steel sectors. ¬†His primary achievements have been in production optimization and business turnaround. ¬†He has been responsible for large investment programs within biomass power plants, production facilities and production plants in the wood and steel industries.
Flemming¬īs career began in the heavy steel engineering/construction business, where he fulfilled various positions in the shipbuilding and the boiler industry, with a focus on reduction of lead time and cost.
In the past 10 years, he has shifted focus to the cleantech sector, with a particular focus on areas including biomass, wave and wind energy. ¬†As CEO of Solum Group he developed the business area of clean-tech solutions for the conversion of organic waste into energy and fertilizer, which included commercialization of the biogas and composting technology Aikan.
Alongside these duties, he has served on various boards of directors of industrial companies within the maritime industry (shipbuilding, offshore structures and windmill components)¬†and sustainable energy development.
Flemming is a naval architect and welding engineer, and has also completed international courses at Stanford University Graduate School of Business.