On November 8, 2009, hundreds of Jewish leaders met in San Francisco for a conference featuring innovators from the energy industry, investment, sustainability, and policy.
They shared ideas and experiences to help advance the generational movement for clean and secure energy.
Yosef Israel Abramowitz serves as president of Global Sun Partners and the Arava Power Company. He currently lives on Kibbutz Ketura with his wife and five children.
Abramowitz is executive editor of Sh'ma. He blogs daily at Peoplehood.org and can be reached at Yosef@AravaPower.com.
Mr. Baruch founded CMEA Capital to pursue a lifelong fascination with how investment discipline and strategy can nurture investment success in the application of exponential new technologies, such as Moore's Law and genomics, to building breakthrough companies that will transform markets.
Mr. Baruch honed his early-stage investment skills beginning at the Battelle Development Corporation in the late 1960's and then at Exxon Corporation in the 1970's and early '80's. At Exxon, he managed investments and created several early-stage technology companies applying materials science and semiconductor-industry technologies such as Supertex (SUPX). Mr. Baruch formed CMEA Capital with New Enterprise Associates (NEA) in 1989 after previously having founded and served as CEO of Microwave Technology, Inc., a supplier of GaAs integrated circuits and value-added sub-systems.
Mr. Baruch was one of the original investors in Aclara Biosciences (which merged with Monogram Biosciences - NASDAQ: MRGM), Flextronics (FLEX), Netro (NTRO), Silicon Spice (acquired by BRCM), and Symyx Technologies (SMMX). He currently serves on the boards of Alien Technology, Entropic Communications, Foveon, NewPath Ventures, Raven Biosciences, RF Magic and Symwave.
Mr. Baruch currently heads up the firm's materials and alternative energy investments to include fuel cells, solar power generation and management, biofuels, and rechargeable batteries, among others. He continues to engage in his passion for early-stage investments by serving as Chairman of the Board of materials and energy companies including: Codexis, Inc., Intermolecular, Superprotonic and Wildcat Discovery Technologies. He currently also serves on the board of Solyndra.
Mr. Baruch holds an engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Juris Doctor degree from Capital University. He is a registered patent attorney and is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Board of Trustees of the Berkeley Institute for Synthetic Biology (BISB).
For 20 years, Joel Makower (www.makower.com) has been a well-respected voice on business, the environment, and the bottom line. He is executive editor of the acclaimed website GreenBiz.com and its sister sites, conferences, and research, all produced by Greener World Media, of which he is co-founder and chairman; he also serves as a senior strategies for GreenOrder, a sustainability management consultancy.
Makower is author of more than a dozen books; his newest, Strategies for the Green Economy, has just been published by McGraw-Hill. He also writes "Two Steps Forward" (www.readjoel.com), a popular blog on green business, clean technology, and green marketing. The Associated Press has called him "the guru of green business practices."
Ari Wallach has been working at the intersection of business, politics and communications for over 12 years. He is currently on leave from the consulting firm of studioBenZion (sBZ) and was formerly VP of Corporate Development at Seed Media Group, where he was responsible for strategic alliances and business development. He serves on the board of the American Jewish Committee's ACCESS program and has been a past participant of the Hillel Spitzer Forum, The Bronfman Reboot initiative and The Jewish Week's "The Conversation."
He was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ari's father, a Polish-born partisan with the Jewish underground in W.W. II, was hailed by Sen. Harry Reid as "a national treasure" upon his passing. He holds a B.A. from the University Of California, Berkeley.
Adam Werbach is widely known as one of the foremost experts in sustainability strategy. In 1996, at age 23, Werbach was elected the youngest-ever President of the Sierra Club, the oldest and largest environmental organization in the United States. Since then, Werbach has declared environmentalism dead, built and sold three companies, and merged with global ideas company Saatchi & Saatchi to create the world's largest sustainability agency. He is the author of the new book Strategy for Sustainability, published by Harvard Business Press.
As Global CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi S, Werbach guides sustainability work from China to South Africa to Brazil, advising companies with nearly $1 trillion in combined annual sales, including Procter & Gamble, General Mills, WellPoint, and Wal-Mart, where he engaged the company's 1.9 million associates in its sustainability effort. Twice elected to the International Board of Greenpeace, Werbach is a frequent commentator on sustainable business, appearing on networks including BBC, NPR, and CNN, and shows ranging from the "The O'Reilly Factor" to "Charlie Rose."