Global Green Carbon

Global Green Carbon Corporation

Chris Werner Chris Werner (USA) - CEO - President

Mr. Werner started his business career with First Wisconsin bank while attending Marquette University.  He spent his first four years after graduating from college working as an accountant.  Mr. Werner entered the financial services sector by becoming a stockbroker and after experiencing the securities markets combined his accounting and securities knowledge and became a Chief Financial Officer of a publicly listed company that was the fastest growing NASDAQ Company in 1991.  Mr. Werner became Senior Partner of Newport Capital Partners in 1993 where is specialized in arranging financing's for small growth companies.  In 1996 he co-founded Emerging Securities Group which continued to focus on financing start-up and early stage growth companies.  In 2003 Mr. Werner was appointed CEO of Ascendant Holdings Ltd, a Bermuda based holding company and assisted in structuring the initial public offering of two newly created subsidiaries.  In 2006 Mr. Werner founded River Hills Resource Corporation which is a privately held mineral exploration company.  In 2008 River Hills entered into a long-term financing and development agreement with a Chinese state owned company to develop copper projects held by River Hills in Ecuador.  Mr. Werner co-founded Global Green Carbon Corporation in 2009 after having pioneered a reforestation project in Ecuador to ensure the city of Quito’s water supply for future generations.

Kevin Whitlock (USA) - VP Global Forestry

Mr. Whitlock has a wide range of experience in forest management, agro-forestry, timber production, ecosystem services, environmental impact analysis, forest health, carbon and climate change, project design, implementation, and verification.  Mr. Whitlock is skilled in working cross-culturally with management teams to improve processes, identify cost and revenue optimization opportunities, and facilitate strategic direction. He has provided technical assistance to numerous USAID projects through out the world. Mr. Whitlock has also provided technical expertise for the United Nations Development Program, World Bank/Swedish International Development, The Nature Conservancy and the Northern Sierra Biomass Initiative. Mr. Whitlock holds a bachelors degree in forestry and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. He resides in Nevada City, CA.

Captain John Houfek (USA) - Global Security Advisor

Captain John Houfek, US Navy (Retired) graduated with the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1983 and initially served as a Naval Flight Officer and S-3A Mission Commander.  He was selected for Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training and was Class Leader for Class 179.  Captain Houfek served as a Platoon Commander, Operations Officer, Executive Officer, Task Unit Commander, two tours as Commanding Officer, Deputy Commander for a Theater Special Operations Command, Deputy and Chief of Staff (N3/N5) for the Naval Special Warfare Command, and served at the US Special Operations Command.  His final tour before transitioning to the private sector was as a Military Professor at the Naval War College.  During his military career he conducted operational deployments to the Pacific, Europe, Africa and Middle East, and served in multiple fleet and Joint assignments. Captain Houfek holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the U.S. Naval Academy and is a 2004 Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Naval War College with a Master's Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. 

Paula Kletzien (USA) - VP Communications

Ms. Kletzien comes to Global Green Carbon after a dozen years of providing communication services to local non-profits. As Communications Director for Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County, Inc. she assisted the organization in transforming the national approach to senior nutrition by establishing an in-house Fresh Produce Processing Center. This replicable business model improves the nutritional value of the meals while helping to control costs. For over a decade Ms. Kletzien served on the board of Maywood Environmental Park and edited the quarterly newsletter, EcoEdges, for which she received the President's Award. Ms. Kletzien has earned two WAPC's for excellence in video editing, and participated in a Marcom. She earned a degree in English and Communications from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Andres Donoso Andres Donoso (Ecuador) - Ecuador Representative & ACC President

Sr. Donoso-Calvo has nearly two decades of legal experience in corporate law, natural resource law and real estate and land rights litigation.  He is an expert on contracts, negotiations and international commercial arbitration. Sr. Donoso-Calvo holds a Doctor of Laws from Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, and was admitted to legal practice in Ecuador 1996. He is a member of the Pinchincha Bar Association and is a partner at Crespo Abogados.

Sonya Chemouni Bach (USA - Cameroon) - GGC Field Technician

Ms. Bach's background as a Program Officer for Malaria No More provides in-depth strategic, management, and administrative support to in-country programs. In addition, her experience as a research assistant with the National Center for Disaster Preparedness focused on primary data collection and data management. Prior to joining Global Green Carbon, Ms. Bach served as an intern at GBC Health (Global Business Coalition for Health) as a liaison between the public and private sector to combat global health challenges. She also interned at MADRE, International Women’s Rights NGO aiding as liaison between MADRE and their grassroots partners in LAC, Africa and the Middle East. Ms. Bach majored in Public Health, Biology and Human Rights at Barnard College, Columbia University. She holds dual citizenship in France and the USA.

Gerardo Flores Gerardo Flores (Honduras) - Honduras Contractor

Gerardo Flores has over a decade of experience in reforestation and forest management in Honduras. He has developed forestry projects using certification protocol under the Instituto Forestal Nacional Honduras (IFN). Sr. Flores has worked for the Bio-Consult/Nature Conservancy focusing on classification and forest surveys for the Honduran National Parks of La Muralla, Olancho, Merendo and Cortez. Prior to the Nature Conservancy Sr. Flores worked for the Honduran National Parks System.

Luis Aviles Luis Avilés (Nicaragua) – Nicaragua Administrator, GGC-N S.A.

Luis Avilés is a developmental specialist with a focus on eco-tourism and education.  He has worked for entities such as the Fundación Ometepe; Ometepe Biological Field Station; San Pedro de Lóvago, Chontales Tourism; and the Managua Governor’s Office Illiteracy Program.  Luis Avilés studied Sustainable Tourism at The National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN - Managua). Upon graduating, he has been committed to the development and conservation of natural reserves such as “Volcan Maderas” on Ometepe Island, one of the few places in Central America where cloud forests grow. Along with his work in conservation, Sr. Avilés has also been actively involved in the development of eco- and rural tourism in areas such as San Pedro de Lovago in an effort to bring economic stability and employment opportunities to the region.  Sr. Avilés is Nicaraguan and is fluent in Spanish, English and French.

Gema Sandoval (Nicaragua) - Accounts Specialist, GGC-N S.A.

Gema Sandoval is a Public Accountant with several years of experience in her field. She graduated at UCA (Universidad Centroamericana) in Managua, Nicaragua. In additon to her accounting career, Miss Sandoval enjoys working with many projects such as English Education to children at Saint Teresa's Academy in Managua. Currently, Miss Sandoval collaborates for GGC-N, S.A. processing the accounting transactions held in Nicaragua. Miss Sandoval is a native Nicaraguan and fluent in both English and Spanish.




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