2010 Speakers

  • 2010 Speakers from the Third Annual Berkeley Bioeconomy Conference

    Cynthia Bryant

    Cynthia Bryant is the Global Biomass Business Development Manager at Novozymes with responsibility for developing and managing the company’s global cellulosic ethanol business. She is focused on the identification and management of strategic relationships that enable Novozymes’ and their partners’ technology in order to establish the commercialization of the industry.

    Cynthia’s career has been primarily focused in the energy industry. Prior to joining Novozymes, Cynthia worked for Chevron Corporation holding several positions within their global marketing group. There she was responsible for managing several key initiatives for the company including work on the re-launch of the Texaco brand in the United States and the recovery efforts from Hurricane Katrina. In 2007, Cynthia transitioned from petroleum based energy sources to biological ones when she joined Novozymes as the Global Marketing Manager for starch based biofuels. In that role, she was responsible for developing and growing the company’s biofuel business worldwide.

    Cynthia has a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.

    Alejandro Caparrós

    Alejandro Caparrós has a PhD in Economics and LLM in Law (University Complutense, Madrid). He is Associate Research Professor at the Institute for Public Goods and Policies of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and lecturer at the University Carlos III in Madrid. He worked previously for the CNRS in France and visited the Universities of Berkeley, Paris-Est, Paris II, and Göttingen. He has published more than 25 articles in refereed journals and participated in a large number of national and European projects. His research is focused on the economics of environmental public goods, with a special attention to global public goods such as climate change or biodiversity. He has worked extensively on carbon sequestration by forests and on bioenergy.

    Joaquim J. M. Guilhoto

    Joaquim J. M. Guilhoto is Professor of Economics at the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil, and at the moment he is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT, and in the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, MIT. He was the Head of the Department of Economics at the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil, from 2005 to 2009. He holds a Ph.D. (1986) in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also associated with the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (REAL) at the University of Illinois. Previously he has held a position of Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, College of Agriculture, at the University of São Paulo (Brazil).

    For more than 20 years, Professor Guilhoto has been working as a researcher and professor, specializing in structural analysis of the national and regional economies. He also works with economic modeling for projecting future economic trends. Lately he has been focusing his research on questions related to energy, natural resources, and environmental economics. The main economic tools used refer to input-output models and applied general equilibrium models. He has more than 200 works published in his field of research, including books, papers, and book chapters. He has and also continues to work in projects linked with companies in the public and private sectors, as well as national and international organizations.

    Kathleen Halvorsen

    Dr. Halvorsen has a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, College of Forest Resources, and a B.S. from the University of California at Berkeley, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.  She is Professor of Natural Resource Policy in Michigan Technological University’s Environmental Policy Graduate Program and School of Forest Resources and Environmental Policy.  Her research focuses on the policy dimensions of US woody bioenergy development and is funded by the National Science Foundation, United States Department of Agriculture, and the Joint Fire Science Program.  She has published on woody bioenergy in Biomass and Bioenergy, Society and Natural Resources, Energy Policy, and Converge.  Her work includes lead editing a forthcoming special issue on the Social Dimensions of US Bioenergy Development in Biomass and Bioenergy and membership on the National Resource Council Committee on the Economic and Environmental Impacts of Increasing Biofuels Production.

    Steven Hamburg

    Steven Hamburg, Chief Scientist, is EDF’s public voice for its commitment to science-based advocacy and is responsible for the scientific integrity of EDF’s positions and programs.    Prior to coming to EDF he was on the faculty of Brown University where he founded and directed the Global Environment Program at the Watson Institute for International Studies as well as being involved in teaching environmental science and ecosystem ecology.  In addition to his administrative and teaching responsibilities, he headed a research group that focused on the effects of human disturbance on the biogeochemistry of the northern hardwood forests of Central New Hampshire.  He started his academic career at the University of Kansas where he served as both the Director of the Environmental Studies Program and as Environmental Ombudsman.

    Dr. Hamburg has published widely on a diversity of topics (e.g. C biogeochemistry, climate change impacts on forests, land-use history, Ca biogeochemistry) including in Nature and Science and has served as a lead author for the IPCC.  Dr. Hamburg was twice awarded an Environmental Merit award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for his climate change-related activities and spent a year at Harvard as a Bullard Fellow.  He served for several years as the Vice-chair of the International Long-term Ecological Research Network as well as on the boards of directors of several environmental organizations.  He holds degrees from Yale University, (Ph.D. and M.F.S.) and Vassar College (B.A.)

    Gal Hochman

    Gal Hochman, after receiving his Ph.D. in Economics at Columbia University in 2004, joined the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in a tenure-track position. Since then, he visited UC Berkeley and later became an assistant researcher at UC Berkeley, a position he currently holds. Gal has written papers on trade agreements and, in particular, on the negotiation process itself and how to enforce the agreement once it is reached; papers on corruption and trade, and how opening up to trade impacts the interactions between corruption and foreign direct investment; papers on energy and its interactions with trade, the environment, and agriculture; and papers on the regulation of biotechnology. He has attended and presented papers at numerous conferences, including the ASSA, the CEA, the Econometric Society, the ACS, and the EEA.

    Rupa Karmarkar-Deshmukh

    Rupa Karmarkar-Deshmukh is a research associate at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Research Economics at Rutgers University. Her research focuses on the economics of biofuels/renewable technologies, impact of environment policy on innovation, and sustainable development. She recently worked on a Gates Foundation grant to determine the size and direction of R&D investments by agribusinesses in emerging economies. She has graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Resource Economics.

    David Laborde

    Dr. David Laborde Debucquet joined IFPRI, Washington, D.C., in 2007. He is a Research Fellow and co-leader of the “Globalization and Markets” research project inside the Markets, Trade and Institutions division. His research interests include international trade, measurement and modeling of protectionism, multilateral and regional trade liberalization as well as environmental issues (climate changebiofuels). He has developed the MAcMapHS6 and the ADEPTA databases on tariffs as well as the TASTE software. He is a contributor of the GTAP database and a GTAP research fellow since 2005.  Beyond his work on datasets, he has developed several partial and general equilibrium models applied to trade policy and environmental issues, including the MIRAGE model and its extensions.  He has participated and organized training sessions for researchers and policymakers in several developing countries, with a special focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

    Prior to going to Washington, he was Economist at CEPII, Paris between 2003 and 2007 and lecturer at the University of Pau (France). He received his PhD from the University of Pau in 2008. He has also worked as consultant for the European Commission, the Economic Commission for West Africa, the World Bank, USAID, and other UN agencies.

    C.-Y. Cynthia Lin

    Cynthia Lin received her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard College in 2000 and her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 2006.  She is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department and the Environmental Science and Policy Department at the University of California at Davis.  Professor Lin is also the Fossil Fuels Tract Director of the Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways Program of the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies.  She is one of the seven economists selected to serve on the California State Controller’s Council of Economic Advisors. Professor Lin’s fields of interest are environmental and natural resource economics, energy economics, industrial organization, and applied microeconomics. Among her current areas of research are the petroleum industry, renewable energy, natural resources, environmental regulation, and air quality.

    John Miranowski

    John Miranowski is Professor of Economics at Iowa State. He earned his BS from ISU, and MA and PhD from Harvard in economics. He teaches and publishes on natural resource and environmental economics (including biofuel economics, policy, and rural development). He has also served as ERS division director, USDA, and received USDA Distinguished Service Award for Biofuel Program Development.

    Michael O’Hare

    Michael O’Hare directs Berkeley contract research for the California Air Resources Board supporting the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Trained as an architect and engineer at Harvard, he has had faculty appointments at Harvard and MIT and been engaged in energy policy research since the first energy crisis of the 70’s and while Director of Policy Analysis for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. His teaching and research involves environment and energy, arts and cultural policy, and public management.

    David Roland-Holst

    David Roland-Holst is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resources Economics and Director of the Center for Energy, Resources, and Economic Sustainability (CERES) at the University of California, Berkeley.  Dr. Roland-Holst is one of the world’s leading authorities on economic policy modeling.  He has extensive research experience in economics related to environment, development, agriculture, and international trade, authoring three books and over 80 articles in professional journals and books.  Professor Roland-Holst has served in several academic posts in Europe and the U.S. He also conducted research in over 30 countries, working with many public institutions including a variety of Federal and state agencies, the Asian Development Bank, Inter-American Development bank, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), World Bank, and several United Nations agencies, as well as governments in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the U.S. Professor Roland-Holst holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California.

    Rick Standiford

    Rick Standiford, Cooperative Extension Forest Management Specialist, has served as CE Specialist at UC Berkeley since 1980, working on bioeconomic modeling of forests and rangelands, silviculture of Mediterranean forests and woodlands, and conservation policy analysis. Has done extensive work on production values and economic viability of short rotation, intensively cultured plantations for fuelwood, cogeneration and other biomass products. He has served as past director of Berkeley’s Center for Forestry and Integrated Hardwood Range Management Program, as well as Associate Dean for Forestry for the College of Natural Resources and Associate Vice President of the UC’s systemwide Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He has a BS in forestry from NC State University, an MS in silviculture from UC Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in resource economics from UC Davis.

    Bill Stewart

    Bill Stewart is a Cooperative Extension Forestry Specialist based at UC Berkeley since 2007. He is the Director of the Center for Forestry and Co-Director for the Center for Fire Research and Outreach at UC Berkeley. Before returning to Berkeley, he spent a decade running the forestry research unit for the California Department of Forestry, another decade conducting forest and resource economics research in California, and a decade developing and managing forestry and renewable energy projects in India and Sri Lanka. His current areas of research and extension focus on improving the capacity of family forest owners to participate in the markets for environmental benefits related to forests and harvested products. He received his BS from Stanford University and his MS and PhD degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.

    Caroline Taylor

    Dr. Caroline Taylor is a bioenergy analyst at the Energy Biosciences Institute and an adjunct professor of Physics at Michigan Technological University. She holds Bachelors degrees in Classics and Chemistry from the University of California at Irvine, a Doctorate in Chemistry (chemical physics) from the University of Chicago, and was a post‐doctoral fellow at Cornell University. Before joining the EBI she was on the faculty of the College of Sciences and Arts at MTU. Ms. Taylor has also held visiting appointments at the Forschungszentrum Jülich’s von Neumann Institute (now the Jülich Supercomputing Center) and the James Franck Institute of the University of Chicago. Her research has focused on interfacial behavior in environmental and biological systems. In her role at the EBI she helps assess the viability of various emerging plant‐based solutions for addressing global energy needs. She is also currently serving as the lead for the Global Biorenewables Research Society’s  working group on bioenergy/biofuels scenarios.

    Govinda Timilsina

    Govinda Timilsina is a Senior Research Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank. He has more than 15 years experience across a broad range of energy and climate change economics at the international level and widely published in these fields. His key expertise includes policy modeling; climate change; and energy sector. Prior to joining the World Bank, he was a Senior Research Director at the Canadian Energy Research Institute, Calgary, Canada. Currently Govinda is working on economics of biofuels, low carbon economic growth, and clean energy technologies.

    Wallace E. Tyner

    Professor Tyner is with the Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University.  He received his B.S. degree in chemistry (1966) from Texas Christian University, and his M.A. (1972) and Ph.D. (1977) degrees in economics from the University of Maryland. Professor Tyner’s research interests are in the area of energy, agriculture, and natural resource policy analysis and structural and sectoral adjustment in developing economies.  He has over 100 publications in these areas including three books and 48 refereed papers and abstracts.  His past work in energy economics has encompassed oil, natural gas, coal, oil shale, biomass, ethanol from agricultural sources, and solar energy.  His current research focuses on renewable energy policy issues.  He teaches a graduate course in benefit-cost analysis, which incorporates risk into the economic and financial analysis of investment projects.

    Eugenio Ulian

    Eugenio Ulian is an Agronomist, with a MsC and a PhD in Plant Physiology from Texas A&M University. He is currently the Scientific Affairs Manager for Monsanto in Brazil, a position he occupied since 2006. Previously, he worked for 15 years in Sugarcane Breeding and Biotechnology, and was responsible for producing the first transgenic plants of this crop at the Copersucar Technology Center in Piracicaba in Brazil. As Biotechnology Manager, he was responsible for a research program that created strong ties with the Brazilian scientific community and had a strong presence in the development of the Brazilian Sugarcane Genome Program. He has a list of important publications in international scientific journals and is co-author on several patents of sugarcane varieties and genetic transformation methods.

    Justus Wesseler

    Justus Wesseler is an Associate Professor in Environmental and Natural Economics at Wageningen University, The Netherlands, in the field of agricultural, environmental and natural resource economics. He received his Ph.D. from Göttingen University in 1996. His current major field of research is the economics and policy of biotechnology. He is a member of the ICABR and co-editor of AgBioForum.

    Paul Willems

    As Technology Vice President for Energy Biosciences in BP, Dr. Paul Willems is responsible for integrating biotechnology into BP’s business activity. His duties include leading the development and execution of an integrated technology strategy which incorporates all of BP’s bio-related activity and which is fully integrated with BP’s company-wide business strategies. Dr. Willems is also the Associate Director for the Energy Biosciences Institute, a 10-year research collaboration between the University of California at Berkeley, the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and BP. In this capacity he is responsible for providing strategic input into the Institute’s overall mission and research programs and for integrating the research results and capabilities of the Institute into BP’s business activities.

    A chemical engineer, Dr. Willems has held a variety of technical, manufacturing, and commercial leadership roles throughout his 25-year career. He previously served as Business Technology Manager for BP’s global PTA (purified terephthalic acid, a polyester raw material) business, and as technology vice president for acetyls and aromatics. In this capacity, he guided the development of BP’s next generation PTA technology. Dr. Willems has deep experience in the development, scale up, and commercialization of manufacturing technologies for commodity chemicals and fuels. Dr. Willems earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ghent in Belgium in 1986.

    JunJie Wu

    JunJie Wu is the Emery N. Castle Professor of Resource and Rural Economics at Oregon State University. He is also a University Fellow of Resources for the Future. His research areas include optimal design of agri-environmental policy, interaction between agricultural production and water quality, land use change and its impacts on economic and environmental systems, and causes and evolution of spatial disparities in economic development.  He has served as an associate editor of American Journal of Agricultural Economics and a member of the editorial council for several journals, including Journal of Environmental Economics and Management and Land Economics.

    David Zilberman

    David Zilberman is a Professor and holds the Robinson Chair in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at U. C. Berkeley. David received his B. A. in Economics and Statistics at Tel Aviv University, Israel, and his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1979. David’s areas of expertise include agricultural and environmental policy; marketing, the economics of innovation, risk, water, pesticides, and biotechnology.  David is a Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA) and Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE).  He won the AAEA 2007 Quality of Communication Award and Outstanding Review of Agricultural Economics Article, the AAEA 2005 Publication of Enduring Quality Award, the 2002 Quality of Research Discovery Award, and the 2000 Cannes Water and the Economy Award. David has published over 180 refereed articles in journals ranging form Choices to Science, and edited 10 books.  He has served as a consultant to the World Bank, FAO, USDA, CGIAR, EPA, and CDFA. He served as Department Chair from 1994 to 1999, and was on the boards of the AAEA and C-FARE and on two