Jerome Ringo is the founder and chairman of Zoetic Energy, a leading edge renewable energy developer. Zoetic is the culmination of Mr. Ringo’s life’s long work to promote sustainable development through the use of clean technology solution. He is an internationally recognized thought leader on global environmental issues and has led two of the largest environmental organizations in the world, the 6 million member National Wildlife Federation and the Apollo Alliance, which was a 19 million member organization during his tenure.
After years of advocacy work, Mr. Ringo saw the stark need for direct involvement. The needs in the developing world were so pressing, that he formed Zoetic to directly tackle issues such as energy security. Today, Mr. Ringo draws on an international network to bring best-in-class technology solutions to leaders in the developing world. He has formed a diverse team with broad experience in renewable energy solutions as well as development work in Africa, India, Asia and Latin America.
Under his leadership, Zoetic has secured a 100 MW Power Purchase Agreement with the Electricity Company of Ghana in January of 2016. In addition, he has met with leaders and ministers throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America to promote Zoetic’s unique hydrokinetic technology.
As climate change has moved to the forefront in development discussions after COP 21, Mr. Ringo offers a unique perspective based on his years in the oil and gas industry, environmental advocacy and now renewable energy development.
In addition, Mr. Ringo was featured in Vice President Al Gore’s Academy Award-winning Documentary, An Inconvenient Truth and has co-authored two books: Diversity and the Future of the U.S. Environmental Movement (published 2007) and The Green Festival Reader (published 2008).
As co-founder of Zoetic Energy, Avery Hong is the driving force in the company’s product development, strategic planning and operations, and spearheads Zoetic’s African power initiatives with a strong vision and a deep knowledge of international project development and Power Purchase Agreements. Hong’s experience in project finance and technology development in biofuels, waste-to-energy and hydro power keeps Zoetic’s renewable energy focus on a clear path to sustainable development. He has led and consulted for energy and life science companies in Asia, Latin America, and Africa and previously worked for Morgan Stanley and consulted for Camryn Innovation. Accordingly, he is leading Zoetic’s expansion into new markets in Europe, South East Asia and Latin America to provide lasting improvement in these countries and to create value for Zoetic, it’s partners and stakeholders.
Charlene Gruhn serves as the chief product officer for Zoetic. She brings more than 20 years experience in international business operations and leading large teams delivering solutions for Fortune 500 clients including Google, Citibank, and General Motors. International client-focused technology solutions are a trademark of her career making her the ideal candidate to lead Zoetic’s operational delivery of clean technology solutions around the globe.
Gruhn is an inspiring leader and consummate team player with a track record of fueling the growth of international businesses. As managing partner and executive vice president of global delivery operations for avVenta Worldwide, she grew a small digital business team of two to 600 employees and $38 million in annual revenue in just seven years, ultimately leading the company to be acquired by Accenture in 2011.
Ms. Gruhn’s experience, skill set and personal qualities are apparent at Zoetic, enabling the company to do work that makes a difference in the world and to partners and stakeholders alike.
Chun Pong Ng is the brilliant mind behind Zoetic’s engineering strength, responsible for designing product and project implementations for our power initiatives around the world. Chun’s deep experience in engineering, construction, and implementation of green technology for commercial applications enables Zoetic to continually challenge the impossible to provide practical energy solutions. He is a creative thinker and has worked on clean and renewable energy, water reclamation and waste to energy projects since 1979. He has been the Program Manager for an award winning energy-improvement project that achieved over 50% annual energy savings and a 3-year payback. A sought-after architect and designer, his custom-designed homes have fetched up to $100 million setting records in markets.
LT. General Russel L. Honoré, US Army (Ret), brings world class leadership, a deep knowledge of global affairs, logistics and enterprise risk management to Zoetic’s operations. General Honoré has been widely hailed by the media as the “Category 5 General” who led Task Force Katrina in the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes that struck the Gulf Coast in the summer of 2005. General Honoré also has a degree in Agriculture and is currently a Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization where he is working on developing questions to determine levels of preparedness, and a CNN Preparedness Contributor. After more than 37 years of in the U.S. Army, where he commanded the First Army and oversaw as many as 72,000, the General has dedicated himself to a new mission in creating a “Culture of Preparedness’’ in America and focusing on global issues of water and food security.
Togbe Afede XIV is Director of Zoetic’s energy operations in Ghana. He plays dual roles of a traditional ruler as Paramount Chief of the Asogli State in the Volta Region and president of the Volta Region House of Chiefs, and that of a successful entrepreneur and investment banker. In addition, he currently sits on the Board of Directors for the World Trade Center Association, comprised of 322 members and 89 countries, as the Executive Chairman of World Trade Center, Accra. A visionary and skilled statesman, he is ranked among the 100 most influential people in the country and plays an influential role in Zoetic’s mission to bring electricity to Ghana.
Afede is a self-made success. Early in his schooling, he was accepted to the prestigious Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has since earned his MBA in 1989 after receiving a fellowship from the Yale School of Management. Since then, he has co-founded or created several companies, including Databank Financial Services Ltd.; Strategic African Securities Ltd., a stock brokerage firm; Strategic Initiatives Ltd., a private equity and portfolio investment firm; Sunon Asogli Power Ltd; and Africa World Airlines Ltd.
David West joined Zoetic as an ambassador and brand developer for strategic outreach and brand development. West shares the vision of Zoetic by recognizing the immediate need for clean energy, and is dedicated to promoting clean technology solutions, particularly for the developing areas of the world. Under the Obama Administration, West was appointed as an Ambassador for the Minorities in Energy Initiative, a group of senior-level leaders committed to lending their voice to the mission of Minorities in Energy through outreach and strategic planning.
West, a two time NBA All Star with a career spanning 13 years is currently a member of the Golden State Warriors. His time as a professional athlete has enabled him to be a leader on issues such as youth development and sustainable resource development. West is the principal and head of the West Group, an organization that facilitates the development of youth in sports and individually tailored mentorship. Under the direction of the West Group, David operates a nationally recognized basketball development program for youth that carries the mantra “No Books, No Ball.” Through David’s philanthropic service in the greater Raleigh/Durham North Carolina area, over 7,000 individuals have been serviced with more than 400 youth receiving collegiate scholarships.
A former basketball great at Xavier University, West was a 2002-03 Associated Press, United States Basketball Writers Association and Basketball Times National Player of the Year.
Bracken Hendricks is the President & CEO of Urban Ingenuity, and program administrator for Washington DC’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program, where he oversees a $250M bonding authority for the only dedicated clean energy financing program in the nation’s capital. Urban Ingenuity works nationally to provide debt financing and solar tax-equity solutions to affordable housing project developers and non-profit organizations, completing the first ever HUD approved PACE financing for federally subsidized affordable housing, and the first tax-exempt financing of a PACE project. In addition, Urban Ingenuity works with local governments and real estate developers to design and implement cost effective district-energy micro-grids, serving diverse clients including the New York City Office of Recovery and Resilience, the District of Columbia Office of Energy and Environment, Gallaudet University, Enterprise Community Partners, and the master developers of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, among others.
Hendricks is widely published on economic development, energy efficiency, and climate and energy policy, including authoring two books. With Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, he co-wrote “Apollo’s Fire: Igniting America’s Clean Energy Economy” (Island Press, 2008). In addition, he co-authored a book-length macro-economic analysis of the economic impacts of the transition to a clean energy economy, titled “Green Growth: A US Program for Controlling Climate Change and Expanding Job Opportunities” with Professors Robert Pollin, Heidi Garrett-Peltier, and James Heintz (University of Massachusetts, PERI, 2014).
Prior to founding Urban Ingenuity, Hendricks served as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, and advisor to President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative on issues of job creation, energy innovation, and resilient cities. He helped establish the US Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge, portions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act resulting in over $90 billion in clean energy investment, the Green Jobs Act, and other federal state and local energy policies. He was founding Executive Director of the labor and environmental coalition the Apollo Alliance (now the Blue Green Alliance). Hendricks has served as advisor to the Electric Policy Research Institute (EPRI) advisory committee, the campaign and transition of President Barack Obama, the AFL-CIO, and as Special Assistant to the Office of Vice President Al Gore and the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, supporting the President’s Council on Sustainable Development and Interagency Climate Change Working Group. He holds Masters degrees in urban planning and public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School.
Duni Hebron is a distinguished corporate executive and business owner, with extensive executive leadership experience within the services, human resources, marketing, business development and management, strategic planning and real estate industries.
Ms. Hebron currently serves as a partner and co-founder of Strategic Turn Around Team (STAT), a turnaround healthcare company, which manages health facilities in the areas of finance and administration, marketing, business development, compliance regulation and governmental relations. In addition, she is the founder, president and CEO of The Emerald Group, Inc., a management consulting and business development firm, and co-owner and president of The Bolagé Group, LLC., a marketing and public relations firm. In 2013, Hebron partnered to form Al Hadir, LLC, an international firm that works with foreign countries on securing U.S. funding for various in-country projects. The company has worked on developing major agricultural projects in the Republic of Nigeria.
Ms. Hebron is also very involved in the local Houston community, serving on numerous boards, including: Unity Church of Christianity, UNICEF, The Ensemble Theater, The Julia C. Hester House, Sisters of Sierra Leone and Saving Lives Through Alternate Options.
Ms. Hebron has received several awards for her achievements and community involvement, including “Business Woman of the Year” award from the Houston League of Business and Professional Women.
Lina Constantinovici is a founding partner of BVC Partners, Founder of StartupNectar, and Founder of the Risk and Value Creation Institute. With over 20 years cross-sector experience, Lina has been a pioneer in biomimetic innovation, with a focus on investing in and commercializing biomimetic technologies, and finance innovation. Lina founded StartupNectar, a biomimetic technology incubator focused on commercializing solutions based on nature’s strategies. StartupNectar was selected as a finalist in the NASA/SSV Showcase of Solutions for Planetary Sustainability in 2013. As a sustainability strategist, Lina has worked with Walmart, W Hotels, the EPA, the San Francisco Department of Environment on defining CSR strategic goals and on sustainability standards design.
Over the past eight years, Lina has worked with early-stage ventures as a startup advisor, a mentor for the Hub Ventures Accelerator and Cleantech Open, and Advisory Board member for SXSW Eco’s Startup Central. As Head of U.S. Operations, Lina contributed to building GrowVC: the first online, global marketplace for entrepreneurs. Lina also co-founded Nature’s Algorithm focused on advancing the application of biomimetic innovation in corporate R&D and innovation processes. Lina is a frequent speaker and university lecturer, and has developed curricula for macro-economic sustainability, systems thinking, entrepreneurship, and impact investing.
Lina earned an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco.
U.S.-based Zoetic Global deploys innovative clean technologies that address the most serious challenges facing people and the planet. Our focus is on implementing new hydrokinetic energy solutions across the developing world. We target existing hydro dams to leverage existing infrastructure to accelerate and increase energy generation.
Our multinational leadership team has experience in several fields, including clean technology, project finance, manufacturing, workforce development, logistics and environmental sustainability. This enables us to work seamlessly with technology companies, scientists, researchers, government leaders and corporations throughout the world.