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Jim Stavridis

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A Florida native, Jim Stavridis attended the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, and spent over thirty years in the Navy, rising to the rank of 4-star Admiral. Among his many commands were four years as the 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, where he oversaw operations in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, the Balkans, and piracy off the coast of Africa. He also commanded US Southern Command in Miami, charged with military operations through Latin America for nearly three years. He was the longest serving Combatant Commander in recent US history.

In the course of his career in the Navy, he served as senior military assistant to the Secretary of the Navy and the Secretary of Defense. He led the Navy’s premier operational think tank for innovation, Deep Blue, immediately after the 9/11 attacks. He won the Battenberg Cup for commanding the top ship in the Atlantic Fleet and the Navy League John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational leadership, along more than 50 US and international medals and decorations, including 28 from foreign nations. He also commanded a Destroyer Squadron and a Carrier Strike Group, both in combat.

He earned a PhD from The Fletcher School at Tufts, winning the Gullion prize as outstanding student in his class in 1983, as well as academic honors from the National and Naval War Colleges as a distinguished student. He speaks Spanish and French. Jim has published six books on leadership, Latin America, ship handling, and innovation, as well as over a hundred articles in leading journals. An active user of social networks, he has thousands of followers on Twitter and friends on Facebook.

His TED talk on 21st century security in 2012 has had over 700,000 views. He tweeted the end of combat operations in the Libyan NATO intervention. His memoir of the NATO years, “The Accidental Admiral,” was released in October 2014. Admiral Stavridis is also the Chair of the Board of the US Naval Institute, the professional association of the Nation’s sea services: Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine. Jim is the 12th Dean at The Fletcher School, a post he assumed in the summer of 2013. He is happily married to Laura, and they have two daughters – one working at Google and the other an Ensign in the US Navy.

Dr. Junyuan Gu

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Dr. Junyuan Gu is a respected and successful entrepreneur with deep economic knowledge and extensive management experience. Dr. Gu is currently focused on the investment and management of companies involved in environmental protection.

Dr. Gu has extensive experience working for the Chinese government. He has served as the Chief Engineer in the State Electricity Regulatory Commission and as the Deputy Director of the State Electric Power Production Safety Committee and the Deputy Supervisor of the National Emergency Response Group for Large Scale Power Grid Outages. During his tenure in the government, Dr. Gu helped shape the macroeconomic policies of China and formulated China’s energy development planning.

Dr. Gu has successfully founded four companies with far-reaching impact in the energy, environmental and real estate industries.  Most recently in 2013, Dr. Gu founded Beijing Woteer Water Technology Co., Ltd, which provides zero discharge water treatment solutions to industrial customers.  Woteer is one of the most promising enterprises engaged in water treatment solutions in China.

Dr. Gu has a bachelor of engineering degree from Taiyuan Industrial University, an MBA from Sino-European International Management Institute, and a Ph. D. in the Management Science from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Bill Wiberg

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Bill Wiberg is lead partner for investments in the cleantech sector for Advanced Technology Ventures (ATV). Bill joined ATV in 2003, bringing with him extensive operational and venture capital experience, including 19 years with Lucent Technologies. Bill was President of Lucent’s Cellular and PCS Wireless Networks division from 1997 to 2000, a $5 billion business in 2000. Additionally, Bill served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA). Subsequent to Lucent, Bill was a General Partner at Orange Ventures and a General Partner with Bowman Capital’s Private Equity Group. He is an active board member at Aquion, Coskata, Great Point Energy, Silicor, Solar Junction, and Rive Technology. Bill earned his BS from Cornell University, his MS from Stanford University, and his MBA from Columbia University.

Jim Matheson

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Jim Matheson is a highly respected clean technology visionary and leader who became the President and CEO of Oasys Water in 2013. Since then, Jim helped pave the way for Oasys’ global expansion and pioneering technology platform. Previously, as a General Partner at Flagship Pioneering, Jim spearheaded the venture capital firm’s sustainability practice. Before embarking on his second career in sustainable technology investing and entrepreneurship, Jim was a decorated Navy F-14 and FA-18 pilot and TOPGUN Instructor. Jim retired in 2008 as a Commander in the US Naval Reserves and earned his BS from the United States Naval Academy and his MBA from The Harvard Business School.

Ed Kania

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Ed Kania is Managing Partner and Chairman of Flagship Pioneering, the firm he co-founded in 2000. Ed has 29 years of direct investment experience covering over 100 companies. Prior to co-founding Flagship Pioneering, he spent 14 years as General Partner of OneLiberty Ventures and of its predecessor firm, Morgan, Holland Ventures. Additionally, he served as an Investment Officer at First Capital Corporation of Boston, as Research Associate at Harvard Business School, and as GeneralManager at J. Cunningham, Inc. He currently serves as Co-Chairman of Common Impact and a Director of MassBio. Ed earned his MBA from Harvard Business School, and BS from Dartmouth College.