Top Biofuels Business People

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2010 Top Biofuels Business People


In October, Biofuels Digest released the results of their readers’ poll of the top 100 people in biofuels.  The people named were from business, education, government, and non-profits.  I am particularly interested in the work of the marvelous entrepreneurs, those whose efforts are rewarded by real contributions in a free economy.  They are the ones who take the risks which, when successful, create the wealth that pays the salaries for the government workers, and to a considerable extent, the salaries in academia as well.  They create the jobs every country needs.   So here is my list, culled from the Biofuels Digest list, of the top biofuels business people of the past year:

1. Jeff Broin, CEO, POET
2. Jonathan Wolfson, CEO, Solazyme / Harrison Dillon, PhD, CTO
3. Marcos Lutz, CEO, Cosan
4. Alan Shaw, PhD, CEO, Codexis
5. Vincent Chornet, CEO, Enerkem / Esteban Chornet, CTO
6. Steen Riisgaard, CEO / Steen Skjold-Jørgensen, VP for R&D Biofuels, Novozymes
7. Philip New, CEO, BP Biofuels / Sue Ellerbusch, President, BP Biofuels America
8. Jason Pyle, CEO, Sapphire Energy, Cynthia (C.J.) Warner, President
9. Vinod Khosla, Managing Partner, Khosla Ventures
10. Patricia Woertz, CEO, Archer Daniels Midland
11. John Melo, CEO, Amyris / CTO Neil Renninger
12. Paul Woods, CEO, Algenol Biofuels
13. Pat Gruber, PhD, CEO, Gevo / Jack Huttner, EVP Corporate Development and Public Affairs
14. Jim Sayre, Senior MD, Cargill Ventures / Ian Purtle, Director of Sustainable Energy
15. Rich LaDuca, Genecor / Bjarne Adamsen, Danisco
16. Joe Skurla, CEO, DuPont Danisco
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17. Lee Edwards, CEO, Virent / Randy Cortright, PhD, CTO, Virent Energy Systems
18. Bill Sims, CEO, Joule Unlimited
19. Bill Haywood, CEO, LS9
20. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, Lanzatech / Sean Simpson CTO, founder
21. Hugh Grant, CEO, Monsanto
22. Arnold Klann, CEO, Bluefire Ethanol
23. Riggs Eckelberry, CEO, OriginOil / Brian Goodall, PhD, CTO
24. Craig Venter, PhD, CEO, Synthetic Genomics / Emil Jacobs, VP R&D, ExxonMobil
25. Richard Hamilton, CEO, Ceres
26. Bill Roe, CEO, Coskata / Wes Bolsen, CMO Coskata
27. John McCarthy, CEO, Qteros / Kevin Gray, CTO
28. Javier Salgado, CEO, Abengoa Bioenergy
29. Fred Cannon, PhD, CEO, KiOR
30. Bill Glover, MD, Environmental Strategy Boeing
31. David Aldous, CEO, Range Fuels
32. Jim Imbler, CEO, ZeaChem
33. Bryan Willson, CTO Solix / Doug Henson CEO
34. Bill Brady, CEO, Mascoma
35. Rick Wilson, CEO, Cobalt Technologies
36. Matti Lievonen, CEO, Neste Oil
37. Pramod Chaudhari, Executive Chairman, Praj Industries
38. Jack Oswald, CEO, SynGest
39. Kirk Haney, CEO, SG Biofuels
40. John Scott, CEO, PetroAlgae
41. Tim Cesarak, MD, Organic Growth Group, Waste Management
42. Gary Luce, CEO, Terrabon
43. Hunt Ramsbottom, CEO, Rentech
44. Brian Foody, CEO, Iogen

And may 2011 be an even better year for each of you!