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IBI Board and Advisory Committee

In June 2008, members of the IBI established roles for the organization--including staff and board duties. Our board currently has nine members. Please see below for more information.

IBI also has a dedicated Advisory Committee consisting of 28 members with 5 sub-committees that focus on Policy, Biochar Production/Technology/Classification, Utilization in Soils, Commercialization, and Socio-Economic Evaluation. The members collectively speak seventeen languages and hail from twelve different countries including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Kenya, Mongolia, Paraguay, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and the United States. They represent a wide range of institutions and organizations including the academia/research community, small businesses, large corporations, non-profit organizations, and on-the-ground practitioners/farmers.

Current IBI Board Members include those listed below (click on a name for more information). We thank our former board members for all their support and hard work.

Fabiana Abreu de Rezende, Fabiana has a Master’s degree from Federal University of Bahia, Brazil and a doctorate from Federal University of Lavras, Brazil which focused on composting agro-industrial residues in agriculture. She is currently a researcher at Embrapa Agrossilvopastoral (Embrapa: Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation) where her work is concentrated on biochar production and utilization in wood systems and organic fruit production. She is experienced in using biochar in substrate composition and using biochar as a soil conditioner. Fabiana is a member of the Brazilian Biochar Network and completed the International Biochar Training Course in Nanjing, China, in 2012. She organized the first and second Brazilian Biochar Training Course, which took place in Sinop, Brazil (2015) and in Lavras, Brazil (2016).

Suzanne Allaire brings more than 25 years of experience in research and product development in the fields of environmental protection and biomass management.  Her consulting company, GECA Environnement, actively collaborates with private industry and governments on residue management, soil, and water quality projects.  She focuses on improving the value of residues for sustainable development, mostly through pyrolysis/biochar projects.  Prior to leading GECA, Suzanne was a full professor at Laval University for 16 years.  Before working at Laval University, she worked in the US for several years including at the NCAR in Boulder, CO, and at the US Salinity Laboratory (USDA-ARS) in Riverside, CA.

Kathleen Draper is the US Director for the Ithaka Institute for Carbon Intelligence, a non-profit, open source organization focused on the use of biochar in climate farming, agroforestry as well as other industrial uses of biochar. She is one of the founders and editors of the Biochar Journal and frequently writes about a wide variety of biochar research topics. She has a Master’s degree in Managing for Sustainability. Prior to becoming involved with the biochar world, she worked for an international consulting firm working on various internal and external areas including project and knowledge management, human resources, and more.

Johannes Lehmann, professor of soil biogeochemistry and soil fertility management at Cornell University, received his graduate degrees in Soil Science at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. Prior to his appointment at Cornell, he coordinated a research project on nutrient and carbon management in the central Amazon where he started work on Terra Preta soils. During the past 10 years, he has focused on nano-scale investigations of soil organic matter, the biogeochemistry of black carbon and the development of biochar and bioenergy systems. Dr. Lehmann is co-founder of the International Biochar Initiative, and member of the editorial boards of Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems and Plant and Soil.

Tom Miles is interested in the thermal conversion of biomass for beneficial use. He has expertise in the transformation of ash in wood, straws, stalks, and manures. T. R. Miles, Technical Consultants, Inc., Portland, Oregon, sponsors and hosts internet discussions on biomass energy and biochar. He is on the board of the US Biochar Initiative and a coordinator of the Pacific Northwest Biochar Working Group. He designs systems for biomass processing and handling including densification, carbonization, gasification, power generation, and residue and nutrient management including biochar and composting.

Genxing Pan is a Science Leader in the study of agriculture and climate change at Nanjing Agricultural University, China. His primary specialty is applied biogeochemistry of carbon cycling and carbon sequestration and dynamics in agro-ecosystems focusing on rice paddies of China, of which the most recent focus includes long-term monitoring of soil organic matter accumulation in agro-ecosystems. He leads an interdisciplinary group working on greenhouse gases emissions from croplands and mitigation countermeasures as well as on mitigation of climate change impacts on agriculture. Additionally, his group leads the research and technology development for biochar and specific agricultural applications. 

Guy Reinaud has been President of Pro-Natura International since 1992 working in agricultural development and biochar. He graduated from Ecole Centrale of Paris and has been Managing Director of Centi Software from 1966 to 1973. He then joined ICI (Imperial Chemical Industries) and from 1973-83 he was President of ICI Sopra, from 83-84 President of ICI Belgium, from 84-86 President of ICI Francolor, from 86-92 International Business Board Member ICI Agricultural Products and was the Chemical Industry representative at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. He has been the lead promoter of Conservation Agriculture for many years and the founder of Eco-Carbone and Green Charcoal International. Mr. Reinaud is also on the Board of several Institutions like IUCN France and a member of the Scientific Council of ICROA – (International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance).

Bah F. M. Saho Until his appointment with ECREEE in 2010, Mr. Saho served as the Director of Energy in the Gambia from December 2000. He was responsible for the overall national energy policy planning, formulation and implementation of programmes and projects, including renewable energy and energy efficiency programmes. Some of Mr. Saho’s accomplishments include development of a National Energy Policy (NEP 2005) document, formulation and enactment of Electricity Act, drafting of petroleum legislation, establishment of a framework condition for funding for renewable energy legislation and elaboration of a Household Energy Strategy document. In ECREEE, Mr. Saho serves as a Program Officer for Renewable Energy and oversees the ECOWAS Bioenergy Program. This Program has seen improvements with the development of an ECOWAS Bioenergy Strategy to advance the uptake of sustainable Bioenergy technologies and services for improving energy access. In October 2015, the ECOWAS Region validated the Bioenergy Policy, which was adopted by the ECOWAS Ministers of Energy on the 8th December 2016 in Guinea Conakry. He is the Lead Investigator (or Coordinator) of the BiocharPlus Project at ECREEE, and at the forefront of the establishment of the Africa Biochar Partnership. He currently serves as the interim Coordinator of the Africa Biochar Partnership. e

David Wayne was born in the UK, obtained his school education and bachelor's degree (in chemistry) in Johannesburg, South Africa, continuing studies in Chemical Physics at Queen's University Ontario and Cambridge, England.  After short spells of postdoctoral research in Southampton, the Smithsonian Institution in Massachusetts and the Herzberg Institute in Ottawa, he joined Shell Research, working on various topics including flame radiation, transport properties in liquids, lubrication and finally, biochar.

Former IBI Board Members Include:

  • Ellen Baum
  • Robert Brown
  • Marta Camps
  • Thomas Harttung
  • Andreas Hornung
  • Stephen Joseph
  • John Lewis
  • Beata Madari
  • Warwick Manfrinato
  • Sununtar Setboonsarng
  • Yoshiyuki Shinogi
  • Saran Sohi