In Florida, US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack headed the “Top 100 People in Bioenergy” as voted by the readers of Biofuels Digest and the Digest’s editors, just edging out POET CEO Jeff Broin and a trio of Brazilian bioenergy leaders at UNICA, Cosan and Petrobras.
In total, industry executives from a dozen countries made the list. Owing to a number of “paired votes” from Digest readers, some positions were jointly awarded to more than one executive or policymaker. Overall, the poll attracted more than 15,000 votes over the two-week voting period by Digest readers, and more than 400 individuals received votes, including more than 150 write in candidates.
Among association executives, the RFA’s Bob Dinneen, UNICA’s Marcos Jank and BIO’s Brent Erickson were the highest in the poll; among advanced bioenergy executives, Jonathan Wolfson and Harrison Dillon of Solazyme joined Codexis’ Alan Shaw, and Enerkem’s Vincent and Esteban Chornet in the top 10. Among researchers, Berkeley’s Jay Keasling and Chris Somerville, and Michigan State’s Bruce Dale, were the leaders. Joining Tom Vilsack at the top among policy leaders was US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. Amon notable non-US personalities, Petrobras’ Miguel Rossetto, Cosan’s Marcos Lutz, BP Biofuels’s Philip New, joined Novozymes’ Steen Riisgaard and Steen Skjold-Jørgensen and Danisco’s Tom Knutzen and Bjarme Andersen at the top of the poll.
This year’s top 20 are profiled in today’s Digest, and throughout the week the remaining 80 bioenergy leaders will be profiled in the publication.