Board of Directors
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.