National Renewable Energy Laboratory (USA) - Chamber 5 - UN, Governments and Research
Dr. Helena Li Chum is a Research Fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, one of ten in this group, reaching the highest scientific leadership of the only national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office. Trained in physical and industrial chemistry at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Dr. Chum has been at the the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), working in fields of biomass, bioenergy, biofuels, and sustainable development globally. She has developed and led groups of researchers in the development of technologies for the conversion of biomass and a variety of organic wastes into fuels, including hydrogen, chemicals, electricity, and high value materials. Her experience has been tapped by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences/Engineering jointly with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Engineering, by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to review Bioenergy status. Dr. Chum is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, and the International Academy of Wood Science. She is a U.S. representative in the International Energy Agency Bioenergy Task 38 on GHG emissions of biomass and bioenergy systems.
Kenya Forestry Research Institute - KEFRI (Kenya) - Chamber 5 - UN, Governments and Research
Meshack has been employed by KEFRI since 1990 and is now a Principal Research Officer charged with problem analysis, project development and management, science writing, formulation of policy briefs, information dissemination, monitoring and evaluation, training, partnerships and networking.
Centre for Empowerment and Development (Nepal) - Chamber 3 - Social
Laxman Neupane, is the Manager for the Centre for Empowerment and Development (CED) Nepal based in Bhaisepati, Lalitpur, Nepal. He joined CED Nepal in 2013 working for the Governance, Human Development and Sustainability Program, and promotes sustainable smallholder biofuels in Nepal.
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