FINANCIAL/PROCESS MANAGEMENT, GOVERNANCE:
Howard Burris has been in senior leadership positions in private equity and in US government agencies for more than 20 years. He was a Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Big Horn Energy Services LLC and the Leveraged Green Energy Fund LLC. He was also Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the US government's Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), managing an $11 billion portfolio of direct loans and insurance coverage in 500+ private investment projects in over 80 developing countries in Latin America, Middle East, Asia and Africa. In further government service, he was Director of the Defense Reconstruction Support Office at the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) advising on evolving project and program issues in the original $18.4 billion reconstruction program as well for the follow on budgets for the Multi National Security Transition Command -- Iraq. His last US government assignment was as senior adviser to the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR). Apart from three separate Senior Executive Service (SES) appointments, he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.
TRADING, POLICY, MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS:
John Palmisano has over 35 years of experience in the tradable environmental and energy asset markets. He pioneered the first emissions trading programs for the US Environmental Protection Agency in 1976; created the first emissions credit brokerage firm (AER*X) in the United States; developed environmental auditing programs and environmental management systems; set up emission brokerage and representative offices in Moscow, Kiev, Hong Kong, London and Washington; and created the first emissions trading business at Enron Corp. He has authored technical papers for the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), United Nations, World Bank, and the US Congress as well as the environmental agencies of Russia, Ukraine, and Canada. He established four NGO’s promoting emissions trading and sustainable development in Europe and North America. He has also advised law firms, oil/natural gas and power companies, green energy firms, green funds, and trade associations on environmental and energy trading.ciations on these matters.