Mr. Bill Watts

Mr. Bill Watts

is the Technology Manager and a Director and Board member of The Sahara Forest Project. Mr. Watts studied zoology at Oxford and Stirling Universities before joining Max Fordham llp in 1980 to be a Consulting building services engineer. Mr. Watts has spent over 30 years designing the environmental services installations in buildings and introducing innovative sustainable ways of making buildings comfortable.

Mr. Michael Pawlyn

Mr. Michael Pawlyn

is the Design Manager and a Director and Board member of The Sahara Forest Project. He jointly initiated the project and assembled the team which became formalized as The Sahara Forest Project. He established the architecture firm Exploration in 2007 to focus on biomimicry and, prior to this, was part of the core team of architects at Grimshaw that designed the Eden Project.

Mr. Frederic Hauge

is President of the Bellona Foundation, an environmental organization with a strong tradition for identifying innovative solutions to environmental problems. Mr. Hauge is vice chairman of the European Commission’s Technology Platform on Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants (ZEP) and Board Member of the EU Biofuels Platform. Hauge also serves in the advisory group to the EU Energy Commissioner for establishing a roadmap on how to decarbonize Europe towards 2050. Mr. Hauge has won numerous awards for his work, and Time Magazine has named him a “Hero of the Environment”.

Mr. Pål Dale

 

is co-founder and Managing Director of Voxtra, a Norwegian impact investment fund manager that invests in agricultural value chains in East Africa. Previously, he worked for five years as a management consultant in The Boston Consulting Group. He is also trained as an officer in the Norwegian Army, and has served in the NATO operation in Bosnia & Herzegovina. He holds an MSc in Economics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He speaks Norwegian, English and Russian.

Mr. Kjetil Stake

is the Vice President of The Sahara Forest Project and holds an MA in Economics from College of Europe and BA in International Economics from The American University of Paris. Mr. Stake has experience in business development and start-ups. He previously served as Managing Director for The Brussels Office, advising a large number of companies on energy and environmental affairs. Fields of competence include European affairs, business policies and regulation and he is an experienced international speaker on Energy and Environment affairs.