Applied Environmental Research Foundation (AERF) (India) - Chair - Chamber 4 - Environmental
Jayant Sarnaik, based in Pune, Maharashtra, India is founder member and joint director of the Applied Environmental Research Foundation (AERF), a conservation NGO. He has been active in the field of sustainable biofuels since 1998. In the early phase of his involvement, he along with his colleagues successfully developed and piloted indigenous technology for complete treatment and recycling of wastewater from molasses-based ethanol distilleries. He holds the Indian patent for the same. About 10 years ago, he started looking at sustainable utilisation of native oilseed species for decentralised production of biofuels in the Western Ghats – a biodiversity hotspot. For his concept of mainstreaming biodiversity for sustainable biofuel production, he received the IUCN’s practitioner fellowship in conservation and sustainability. He is currently engaged in smallholder certification and industry uptake of the RSB standard in India.
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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