May 6, 2022
Nov 23, 2021
Direct Air Capture (DAC)
He works directly with clients, the Science team, and the leadership of Carbon Direct to solve major technical challenges around carbon management and CO2 removal.
Dr. Friedmann recently served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Fossil Energy at the Department of Energy where he was responsible for DOE’s R&D program in advanced fossil energy systems, carbon capture, and storage (CCS), CO2 utilization, and clean coal deployment. More recently, he was a Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia. He has held positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, including Chief Energy Technologist.
Dr. Friedmann is one of the most widely known and authoritative experts in the U.S. on carbon removal (CO2 drawdown from the air and oceans), CO2 conversion and use (carbon-to-value), hydrogen, industrial decarbonization, and carbon capture and sequestration.
Ph.D. in Geology
University of Southern California
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Greenman award (Lifetime achievement in CCS)
International Energy Agency: IEA
Sep 15, 2022
Julio Friedmann, PhD
Direct Air Capture (DAC)
Aug 2, 2022
Apr 5, 2022
Feb 22, 2022
Nov 11, 2021
Mar 7, 2021
Nov 18, 2020
Sep 8, 2020
Jon has over 15 years of experience in energy investing and project finance. Prior to launching Carbon Direct, he was the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of BBL Commodities, a commodity hedge fund. Jon started his career at J. Aron, the commodities division of Goldman Sachs where he managed a large proprietary trading book across global macro markets with an emphasis on commodities. Jon was then a partner at Glencore, managing the firm’s US derivative business prior to its IPO.
Jon's focus on climate change and negative emissions extends to his work at Columbia University where he sits on the board of the Center on Global Energy Policy. He has been a lecturer on energy issues at the university and helps steer the Carbon Dioxide Management program. He is also an advisor to Lawrence Livermore National Lab on negative emissions.
Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University
Aug 24, 2022
Specifically, Dr. Potts helps clients assess high quality carbon removal from managed landscapes and works to ensure climate actions are just and equitable. He also works closely with Carbon Direct’s technology team to integrate science, software and product.
Dr. Potts draws on his interdisciplinary background with formal training in mathematics, ecology, and economics to inform his work in nature and community based climate solutions.
Dr. Potts has over two decades of experience in resource management issues in low- and middle-income countries. Though currently on leave from UC Berkeley, this expertise supports his work as the S.J. Hall Professor in Forest Economics at the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management and as the Associate Director for Sustainable Development, Blum Center for Developing Economies, where he leads an interdisciplinary lab that focuses on the co-production by human and natural systems of ecosystem services and natural pathways for carbon sequestration.
Dr. Potts recently served as a coordinating lead author on the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment.
Ph.D. Applied Mathematics 2001
A.M. Applied Mathematics 1999
B.S. Mathematics 1996
University of Michigan
NRT-AI: Digital Transformation of Development (DToD), $3,000,000 (2021-2026)
US National Science Foundation
INCLUDES Alliance: Broadening Career Pathways in Food, Energy, and Water Systems with and within Native American Communities (Native FEWS Alliance), $7,071,915 (2021-2026)
Coordinating Lead Author, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment (2015-2018)
Aug 11, 2022
Matthew D. Potts, PhD
Jacob Bukoski, PhD
May 16, 2022
Dr. Bukoski's research broadly focuses on the conservation, management, and restoration of forests globally. Through his research, he has been fortunate enough to work in forests across the globe - including Thailand, Vietnam, Vanuatu, Brazil, California, and New England.
Dr. Bukoski completed his Ph.D. at the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.Sc. in Forest Science at Yale University’s School of Forestry. He also holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Bukoski is also currently an Associate Editor at the Journal of Sustainable Forestry.
PhD, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
University of California, Berkeley
MSc, Forest Science
Yale School of the Environment
BA, Environmental Studies
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
His main areas of expertise are in modeling greenhouse gas / carbon mitigation, ecosystem service trade-offs, biological carbon sequestration, global food systems modeling, and greenhouse gas removal technologies.
Dr. Smith is Professor of Soils & Global Change at the University of Aberdeen and Science Director of Scotland’s Centre of Expertise on Climate Change. After obtaining a PhD in 1991, Dr. Smith worked as a Higher- then Senior-Scientific Officer at the MAFF Central Science Laboratory until 1994. He then worked as a Band 6 and Band 5 Senior Research Scientist at Rothamsted Research before joining the University of Aberdeen as a Senior Lecturer in 2001.
Dr. Smith became a Reader in 2003, and Professor of Soils & Global Change in 2005. His main areas of expertise are in modeling greenhouse gas / carbon mitigation, bioenergy, biological carbon sequestration, global food systems modeling and greenhouse gas removal technologies.
Dr. Smith is co-leader with Prof Jo Smith of the Environmental Modelling Group (2 Academic staff, 2 Senior Research Fellows, 15 Post-docs, 12 PhDs). He is also Science Director of Scotland's Climate Change Centre of Expertise, and was Director of Food Systems of the Scottish Food Security Alliance-Crops, and Theme Leader of the University-wide theme, Environment and Food Security, until 2015. He is editor for Global Change Biology and Global Change Biology Bioenergy.
The Royal Society of Biology
Wolfson Research Merit Award
The Royal Society
Institute of Soil Scientists
Royal Society of Edinburgh
Jul 11, 2022
Pete Smith, PhD
Elisse works in partnership with the Science and Product teams to build the Carbon Direct brand, develop research and content publications, and grow customer pipelines for the Carbon Direct Platform. Elisse also manages the PR function at Carbon Direct.
Elisse brings 10+ years of experience in marketing and communications. As a once-upon-a-time English major, Elisse firmly believes in the power of a good story to change minds, perceptions, and even behaviors. Her personal mission is to build a better, more equal, and more sustainable future for all -- a future in which both people and planet thrive, together.
Prior to working at Carbon Direct, Elisse was a Marketing Manager at Google on their Brand, YouTube Social Media, and Google Cloud teams. It was in the latter position that she founded their inaugural Data for Good program to enable nonprofits and social entrepreneurs to apply big data solutions to real-world challenges. During that time, Elisse recognized the importance of driving clarity in the climate sector in order to drive action -- and so decided to pursue additional graduate study to develop her knowledge of environmental science as well as core management skills.
At the Yale School of Management and Yale School of the Environment, Elisse is a joint-degree MBA/ MEM candidate specializing in Climate Justice and Carbon Management. Her research is focused on indigenous carbon management and nature-based carbon sequestration.
Elisse is a passionate DEI advocate and is dedicated to advancing the representation of diverse perspectives. She is a Consortium Fellow, Forté Fellow, and member of Carbon Direct's Climate Justice Committee.
BA, English Literature & Hispanic Studies
Yale School of Management
Consortium for Graduate Study in Management
Jun 16, 2022
May 25, 2022
Specifically, Micah helps clients engage in the carbon market to secure, grow and integrate the highest quality carbon management solutions into their climate plans and businesses.
Over the course of his career, Micah has structured and negotiated >$2B in deals for supply creation and built supply deals and rollouts in over 90 countries. Prior to joining Carbon Direct, Micah worked as Vice President in Energy Private Equity with the SUN Group leading renewables, EV and alternative fuel investments.
Before that, Micah spent a decade developing Advance Market Commitments, public/private partnerships, and investment structures for vaccines and other medical products – leading programs with the Gates Foundation Strategic Investment Fund, the Asian Development Bank, and the Clinton Health Access Initiative.
Harvard Business School
Horace W. Goldsmith Fellow
John H. McArthur Fellow
Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS)
Environmental Science & Policy
Biomass Carbon Removal and Storage (BiCRS)
Dr. Wilfried Maas leads Carbon Direct's engagements with the EU Carbon Dioxide Removal initiatives and certifications. He also leads the workgroup on carbon markets.
Dr. Maas brings expertise to inform investment decisions and provide strategic advisory services to clients. He brings experience from his 32-year energy career at Shell and from his Joint Industry Collaborations on CCS and Climate (IEAGHG, OGCI, ZEP, IOGP, TCM). He has developed decarbonization pathways for “Net Zero Carbon” production and products for different industrial supply chains based on CCS, electrification, and (blue or green) hydrogen and biomass.
Prior to that, Dr. Maas coordinated the technical development of the global portfolio of commercial scale CCS demonstration projects and the organizational CCS capability. He also contributed to external collaborations for the new business development of CCS as one of the decarbonization solutions for a climate-constrained future. In other roles, he led consultancy teams that developed corporate-wide GHG and energy management governance at capital projects; and he was a front-end development manager for CCS projects.
Dr. Maas is the Director of the CCS Knowledge Centre. He holds a PhD in Physical Organic Chemistry from the University of Amsterdam. He is a Chartered Project Professional (ChPP), a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and an IChemE Fellow (FIChemE).
PhD, Physical Organic Chemistry
University of Amsterdam
MSc, Public Administration (Environment)
Apr 1, 2022
Wilfried Maas, PhD
Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS)
He also leads multiple internal efforts focused on principles and guidance to push the market towards high-quality carbon projects.
Dr. Cabiyo uses interdisciplinary approaches to investigate nature-based solutions to climate change. He has recently completed his PhD in the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley, where he studied how policy and innovative technology can enable carbon-beneficial forest management. This work bridges industrial ecology, forest economics, and forest ecology.
Dr. Cabiyo's modeling work has focused on the role of innovative wood use in reducing carbon emissions, both in California and East Africa. His applied policy work focuses on improving forest carbon offset protocols. The intent of this work is to promote the more credible translation of carbon dioxide removals to a market context.
PhD, Energy and Resources Group
MS, Energy and Resources Group
Western Washington University
Secretary of Energy
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Huxley School of the Environment
Feb 28, 2022
Bodie Cabiyo, PhD
Environmental Science & Policy
Alex is an environmental professional with a background in climate change, land use, environmental markets, and modeling. His experience spans science-based research, project management, and strategy.
Prior to joining Carbon Direct, Alex ran his own independent consulting group, Dolginow Consulting, where he advised clients on environmental issues. His projects have included helping to create a greenhouse gas emissions model and advising on philanthropic grantmaking to slow deforestation.
Environmental Science & Policy
Tim’s background and expertise is in climate science and policy. His professional experience spans over 10 years in research and analysis roles where he acquired extensive knowledge of the full spectrum of the research process.
Tim has spent the last seven years working in the climate and energy space. Most recently he worked as a Senior Analyst at the Energy Futures Initiative where he conducted research on large-scale carbon management and mitigation strategies for the difficult-to-abate sectors, including carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere and oceans.
Tim is committed to applying his passion, knowledge, and skills toward the advancement of innovative climate and clean energy solutions.
MA, Climate Science and Policy
MS, Clinical Exercise Physiology
University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Mar 2, 2021
Colin McCormick, PhD
He also supports Carbon Direct’s work in remote sensing, life-cycle analysis, and carbon removal policy analysis.
Dr. Colin McCormick previously served as the Senior Advisor for R&D at the US Department of Energy where he helped oversee the full applied energy research portfolio, and as a Professional Staff Member for the House Science & Technology Committee. Prior to this he conducted research in applied quantum optics and atomic physics at UC Berkeley and NIST. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Science, Technology and International Affairs program, Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
BA, English and Physics
Secretary of Energy Achievement Award
Getting to Neutral report (2021)