High Energy People: Solena Group Management and Advisory Team
The creation of any renewable energy facility is a combination of vision and science. Of financial expertise and hard-hatted construction muscle. Of sophisticated project management and marketing finesse. Of the pragmatic needs of industrial society and the ideals of enlightened environmentalism.
Solena's management team have more than 25 years experience in plasma heating systems, the political and social context for green energy, international marketing and finance, and the large-scale conversion of waste, biomass, and coal products into the one thing everybody wants more of: energy.
Dr. Robert T. Do., M.S., M.D.
President and CEO
Dr. Do founded Solena Group in 2001. In 1995, Dr. Do partnered with Dr. Salvador Camacho, the NASA plasma scientist and "father of the plasma technology", to found Global Plasma Systems for the commercialization of plasma processes. Dr. Do then put in place a well structured organization with a balanced team of technical experts and business development executives in conjunction with venture capital investment to create Solena Group. for the development of green BioEnergy Plants using SPGV plasma gasification technology in 2001. Dr. Do executed strategic partnerships with leading engineering and technology companies and has successfully raised over $30 million for the Company from both equity investors and advanced funds from project sponsors. Dr. Do, with graduate degrees in Physics and Medicine from Georgetown University, is the lead author and inventor of the current SPGV technology patent filed and issued worldwide under the Patent Cooperative Treaty (PCT). Dr. Do has extensive experience as an entrepreneur, environmental scientist and in executive management positions. Dr. Do is a member of the Leadership Council of American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the Project Finance & Development Committee for the Biomass Coordinating Council, The Algae Biomass Counsel, Who's Who of America's Professionals and Executives, the American Medical Association, and a member of the National Council of Science and Environment.
Hung Bui Quang, M.Eng, MBA
CFO & Director
Mr. Bui Quang joined Solena as a member of the Board of Directors in 2006. Mr. Bui-Quang has extensive experience in project development and project financing, corporate equity fund raising, and is advising Solena regarding its capital strategy for BioEnergy Plant funding. Mr. Bui-Quang has more than 30 years of experience in the energy sector with Hydro Quebec, Gaz Metro Limited Partnership and International Consulting Engineering firms. Mr. Bui Quang is the former Vice-President of International Business Development of Hydro-Quebec; a major integrated electric utility in Canada with an installed Capacity of 35,315 MW, and annual revenue of more than $11 billion. Mr. Bui-Quang currently serves as the Regional Vice-President of RSWI, an engineering consulting firm active in 43 countries and as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Vietnam-Canada Engineering Company (VCE) with its head office in Hanoi, Vietnam. Mr. Bui-Quang holds a Bachelor of Science and a M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique (University of Montreal, Canada) and an MBA from McGill University (Montreal, Canada). In 1992, Mr. Bui-Quang was awarded the prestigious title "Nouveau Performant 1992" (The New Management Elite 1992) by the Business Community of the Province of Quebec.
Rocio M. Velez, Esq
In-House Counsel & Vice President Latin America and Caribbean
Ms. Velez joined Solena in 2001 and is an attorney holding a Juris Doctor degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. Ms. Velez is as an active member of the Bar in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Ms. Velez's experience includes over fifteen years of sales, marketing, and administrative positions, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean. From 1993 to 1995, Ms Velez was a corporate sales executive at American Express, Inc, where she established individual and commercial accounts that represented over $3 million dollars in annual sales for the Company with multinational client corporations including, Playtex Corporation, Wendy's, Inc., and Keebler Company. From 1999 to 2001, Ms. Velez was the Associate Director at the Grants Division of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration in Washington D.C, where she provided extensive training in areas of procurement and federal compliance, grant writing and economic development and served as a lead legislative liaison to more than 58 municipalities in Puerto Rico and over 200 non-profit organizations and Hispanic-based community organizations in the northeastern region.
Adriana L. Branch
Director, Business Operations
Ms. Branch joined Solena in 2001 and is responsible for preparing financial statements, maintaining cash controls, managing the payroll and personnel administration, purchasing, maintaining accounts payable and managing office operations, and human resources. Ms. Branch also is responsible for assisting the VP of Finance in corporate finance and assisting the CEO in various activities. Ms. Branch has been instrumental in organizing and coordinating the company's administrative and financial matters in all of Solena's office as well as its representative offices worldwide. From 1998 to 2001, Ms. Branch acted in the same capacity for Global Plasma Systems. From 1996 to 1998, Ms. Branch acted as a supervisor at Georgetown University Medical Center and as business manager for a medical practice. Ms. Branch has a BS in Finance and an MS in Financial Management and Accounting from the University of Maryland.
Yves G. Bannel
Executive Vice President Europe
Mr. Bannel joined Solena in 2001 and has 30 years of experience in market strategy and project development throughout the world. This includes 10 years of senior management experience in the development, promotion and financing of turnkey projects in Europe, Africa, South America and the Middle East. From 1989 to 1994, Mr. Bannel was General Manager of Sateco, a French group dedicated to designing, manufacturing and selling high technology equipment for construction all over the world. During his tenure as General Manager, Sateco became a member of the top 50 companies in France in terms of sales growth, ROI and profitability allowing for the subsequent sale of the company. From 1975 and 1989 Mr. Bannel was successively the General Manager of C2EI, S&T and Gielmetti. Mr. Bannel holds a Masters Degree in Business and a Law Degree from Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) de Paris, and a diploma from Ecole Nationale de Aéronautique Civile (ENAC) de Paris. He has served three years as a Professor of Marketing at the Bordeaux School of Business and published three books on marketing industrial products. Mr. Bannel had been Regional President of the CNPF/French Association of Businessmen for five years.
Grischa KahlenVice President Business Development for Europe
Mr. Kahlen joined Solena in 2001 in the Prague office where he is responsible for the preparation of Solena projects in Central and Eastern Europe. Mr. Kahlen has 15 years experiences in energy cogeneration and renewable energy production from landfill gas. In the early nineties he founded the company PDI. PDI is in charge of using landfill gas from the two biggest landfills in Prague producing electricity and heat for the district and heating more than 5000 homes in the city of Prague. His company implemented similar projects not only in the Czech Republic, but also in neighboring countries. Before the fall of the socialist system in 1990 Mr. Kahlen wasn't allowed to study in the Country's University due to political reasons. In those years he worked as a freelance interpreter. In the time of the so called "velvet revolution" in 1989 he was in the team of Mr. Vaclav Havel, the first president of the free Czech Republic, Mr. Kahlen was responsible for establishing contacts with Germany and was accompanying Mr. Vaclav to German speaking countries, as his interpreter.