Board of Directors
Dr. Robert Graham, Chairman Dr. Robert Graham, Chairman Dr. Robert Graham, Chairman and CEO of Ensyn Corporation, is Ensyn’s founder and has led Ensyn’s commercial and technical development since the first Ensyn company was established in 1984.Read More
Dr. Robert Graham, ChairmanDr. Robert Graham, Chairman of Ensyn Corporation, is Ensyn’s founder and has led Ensyn’s commercial and technical development since the first Ensyn company was established in 1984. Bob is Canada’s pre-eminent authority in his field of applied engineering, the production of value-added products via fast thermal conversion of carbon-based feedstocks. Bob’s early work from first principles led to development of Ensyn’s core RTP™ conversion technology and early commercial applications for the production of specialty chemicals and heating fuels from wood residues. In the late 1990’s Bob guided the development of the heavy oil upgrading application of the RTP technology and the subsequent sale of RTP petroleum rights in 2005. Since 2005 Bob has led Ensyn’s refocused effort to become a global leader in the production of cellulosic liquid fuels. To help achieve this goal, Bob established a key strategic alliance UOP, and he sits on the Management Committee of Envergent Technologies Inc., the Ensyn/UOP joint venture.Dr. Graham has published over 60 works in technical and trade journals, and has been granted more than 30 patents relating to the conversion of wood and other biomass to chemicals and fuels as well as the upgrading of petroleum. He obtained a B.Sc. from Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario and an M. Eng and Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario, London.
Jeffrey M. Jacobs Director Mr. Jacobs was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Ensyn Corporation in 2015 and subsequently was elected to its Board of Directors. Jacobs was also appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of Envergent Technologies LLC, Ensyn’s joint venture with Honeywell UOP.Read More
Jeffrey Jacobs Director
Jacobs was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Ensyn Corporation in 2015 and subsequently was elected to its Board of Directors. Jacobs was also appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of Envergent Technologies LLC, Ensyn’s joint venture with Honeywell UOP.
Previously, Jacobs was Vice President of Chevron Technology Ventures. In this capacity he identified, sponsored and demonstrated emerging technologies and championed their integration into Chevron. Jacobs led strategic collaborations for developing advanced biofuels and acquiring primary carbon emission offset credits that enabled the enterprise to economically meet its compliance obligations. In this capacity Jacobs led the formation of Catchlight Energy LLC, Chevron’s joint venture with Weyerhaeuser launched in 2008 to develop advanced biofuels from forest-based biomass. Jacobs served as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Jacobs was previously responsible for the leading Chevron’s activities in distributed hydrogen production, evaluating technologies and business models to enable its use as a transportation fuel. Earlier, he led a team responsible for the design, sale and delivery of integrated power systems throughout the United States.
Jacobs experience in the unregulated energy industry has also included management and executive roles within Pennzoil and PG&E. In these positions he led teams in all aspects of the energy value chain, analyzed and developed new markets and business models while directing energy and commercial operations. Jacobs began his professional career as a geologist with Texaco, working in the Gulf of Mexico and later on Alaska’s North Slope.
Jacobs is currently Chairman of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s BioEnergy Technical Review Panel. In addition, he serves as the Chairman of the Commercial Advisory Board for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership centered at Arizona State University. Until his recent retirement from Chevron, Jacobs was a member of the Executive Steering Group for the Department of Energy’s U.S. Drive Initiative. Jacobs was previously a member of the Board of Directors of the National Hydrogen Association and Fuel Cells Canada.
Jacobs holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in biology/geology from Amherst College, a Master of Science from the College of Marine Studies at the University of Delaware, and an MBA in finance and economics from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.
Ian Barnett Mr. Barnett has been on the Board of Ensyn Corporation since 1996 and has been actively involved with Ensyn over this period in a range of activities including strategic planning, finance and business development. Read More
Alan Freudenstein Mr. Freudenstein is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse Securities, based in New York. He leads the Bank’s Principal Investment Group and sits on the Board of Ensyn, BATS, US Health Group, Actiance and TradingScreen.Read More
Alan FreudensteinMr. Freudenstein is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse Securities, based in New York. He leads the Bank’s Principal Investment Group and sits on the Board of Ensyn, BATS, US Health Group, Actiance and TradingScreen.
Mr. Freudenstein joined Credit Suisse in 2000 from Bankers Trust Company, where he was a Managing Director responsible for incubation and venture investments within the new world ventures group. He was previously a management consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton and an equity research analyst at Salomon Brothers.
Mr. Freudenstein received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University in Economics and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Bruce Jamerson Bruce Jamerson is President of Conifer Investments, LLC, a strategic advisory firm. He has experience in energy, agriculture and finance.Read More
Bruce Jamerson is President of Conifer Investments, LLC, a strategic advisory firm. He has experience in energy, agriculture and finance. Mr. Jamerson is a Board member of Benson Hill Biosystems, an agricultural biotech company and Novita LLC, an animal protein nutrition company. Mr. Jamerson served as Chairman and CEO of Mascoma Corporation, a producer of industrial yeasts and microorganisms for renewable fuels and chemicals. He was President and Board member of ethanol producer VeraSun Energy Corporation. Mr. Jamerson founded Conifer Investments, previously a boutique investment banking firm. He served as Vice President of U.S. Natural Resources, Inc., an affiliate of Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Company. He was a banker in New York with The First Boston Corporation (now Credit Suisse) and Citibank. Mr. Jamerson earned a M.S. degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a B.G.S degree from the University of Michigan.
Vinicius Nonino Mr. Nonino is head of Strategy and Mergers and Acquisitions at Fibria Celulose S.A. Over the past 20 years, Vinicius has occupied a number of senior positions in chemical, management consulting and forestry businesses.Read More
Robert Pirraglia Mr. Pirraglia has worked with Ensyn over the last 18 years, serving in various senior management roles and serving as a member of the Board of Directors.Read More
Dr. Stuart Smith Dr Smith has been a Board Member of various Ensyn companies since 1990. Stuart has occupied a number of senior positions in the fields of medicine, politics, science policy…Read More
Bill Weld Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, a Principal at ML Strategies, provides clients with advice and counsel related to domestic and international government strategies, international business transactions, cross-border investments, and international capital flows.Read More
Bill Weld Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, a Principal at ML Strategies, provides clients with advice and counsel related to domestic and international government strategies, international business transactions, cross-border investments, and international capital flows.
Before joining ML Strategies, Bill practiced law in the New York and Washington, DC offices of a large international law firm, where he established an extensive international consulting business in mining, energy, and technology.
Bill was elected Governor of Massachusetts in 1990 and re-elected in 1994 with 71% of the vote. During his terms, he succeeded in reducing taxes and unemployment. His pro-business policies are widely considered to have made a positive impact on the state.
As Governor, Bill led sixteen official trade missions to Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. He also served as national co-chair of the Privatization Council, which pioneered public-private partnerships, particularly in the area of infrastructure.
Bill has substantial experience in the energy and mining industries, particularly with respect to exploration and production in emerging markets. As Governor, he deregulated the electric industry, setting a model for other US states to introduce competition and market mechanisms. He mandated the use of natural gas as fuel for government bus fleets, and was an early proponent of the development of hybrid and electric vehicles.
Bill served as Assistant US Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division of the Justice Department in Washington, and as a US Attorney for Massachusetts, earning national recognition for his work fighting public corruption and white-collar crime. He also spent a dozen years practicing as a securities and anti-trust litigator. Earlier, Bill served as a staff member in both the US House of Representatives, where he participated in the Watergate impeachment inquiry, and the US Senate.
Bill is an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and Washington, DC, and served by appointment of the President of the US Holocaust Memorial Council.
Bill also serves as an associated member of the InterAction Council, a working society of former heads of state which convenes annually to consider and report on issues of global concern such as water, food, energy, religious sectarianism, and nuclear non-proliferation. The Council met most recently in Bahrain in May, 2013.