Executives & ManagementWorld Changing Cleantech Leadership
The Klean Industries executive management team comprises an experienced group of leaders who understand the complex supply chain challenges involved in developing and introducing innovative technologies into new and growing markets. Led by a team of experienced and highly praised executives, this team is ideally suited to manage the multi-faceted challenges of simultaneously discovering, developing, and deploying Klean's innovative technologies and solutions for the recovery of energy and resources from waste.
Klean's executive team provides a diverse set of skills necessary for effective control and governance in this emerging field. The team draws on its wide range of expertise in finance, development, operations, and regulatory affairs to provide Klean's management team with guidance during this period of exponential growth in a rapidly changing business environment.
Position: Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Mr. Jesse Klinkhamer is one of the original founders of Klean Industries and has over 25 years business development experience and over 15 years of experience in the energy industry and solid waste management sector. As a consultant and project advisor he has managed more than a thousand assignments worldwide on all aspects of solid waste management ranging from feasibility and financial assessment to bid evaluation and contract negotiation. Jesse is now a recognized authority on energy and environmental technologies, their applications and end products.
Prior to Klean Industries, Jesse was the founder of Solid State Investments, a private investment firm assisting junior resource mining and technology start-ups companies. Additionally he also provided sales and marketing services to resource companies involved in hydrocarbon refining in North America. Over a decade ago Jesse realized the potential of the low carbon economy and facilitated the change of SSI's focus to become a service provider for niche cleantech companies. After years of research and development Jesse sought out the best and most commercially proven technologies available in the market, which led to the creation of Klean Industries and the ownership of two world leading gasification and pyrolysis technologies. Jesse has extensive experience in the development of waste to energy and biomass to energy projects from the initial feasibility to commercial operation and ongoing project monitoring.
Jesse has a real depth of knowledge in the advanced thermal conversion technology space and has directed engineers' feasibility reports for a wide variety of energy related projects totaling more than $20 billion in project capital costs. He has interacted with bond rating agencies, financial advisors, insurance underwriters and investment bankers involved in these financings. His efforts have included the development of detailed spreadsheet rate models establishing the financial feasibility of each projects, long-term economic forecasts and projected rate impact upon project users and customers alike.
Jesse's expertise and knowledge within the industry has led to many awards and nominations, most notably being made Environmental Ambassador for the United Nations Environmental Programme. He is frequently requested to speak at clean technology and environmental conferences worldwide. Jesse is a long standing member of American Society of the International Association for Testing and Materials ("ASTM") and is an active voting member of the technical committees for setting the international standards for Carbon Black, Recycled Rubber and Tire Manufacturing. Jesse is a passionate environmentalist and outdoor enthusiast.
Position: Chief Business Development Officer
Mr. Chris Kalowes is the Chief Business Development Officer at Klean Industries. He is responsible for evaluating investment opportunities, client relations, development and implementation of project financing and leading all new commercial activities in the United States. Chris has over 15 years of cumulative experience in various aspects of business development, commercial banking, consulting, financial management, and has been involved in a full range of investment banking activities including various aspects of commercial and institutional lending.
Prior to joining Klean in 2016, Mr. Kalowes was a senior Business Development Officer in the Business Banking Group at Wells Fargo. While at WF, he was responsible for new business development among wholesale clients with a focus on strategic growth, capitalization, commercial lending, high-level contract negotiations, and managing client relationships of companies with in excess of $100,000,000 in annual sales. Prior to WF, Mr. Kalowes was a Relationship Manager II in J.P. Morgan's middle-market business banking division whereby he focused on C & I, commercial real estate purchase and refinances, business loans, and asset-based lending with companies with revenues between $5 million to $50 million. In 2008, he joined J.P. Morgan Chase as a Foreclosure Asset Manager tasked with executing a portfolio triage of reviewing transaction structures, developing investment strategies, and negotiating repayment of distressed properties. Before beginning his career in banking, he worked in the residential real estate and commercial lending industry possessing a number of significant achievements within commercial real estate, investment sales, retail properties, multi-family developments, and project financing.
Chris is tasked with driving new business growth, managing on-going project developments and securing capitalization for future ventures primarily in the US.
Position: Chief Operations Officer & Founder
Mr. Scott Carley is one of the founding members of Klean Industries Inc. Scott has over 25 years' of business experience and has a proven record in company development, sales, marketing, and distribution with full P&L responsibility as public corporate officer and as private company owner. Prior to joining the Klean team, Scott was President and Director of Check Marketing where he applied his vision and direction into the company, revamping their business model, providing fiscal decisions, implementing a new software platform which increased efficiencies.
Previous Check Marketing Scott was contracted by Cyop Systems, a software development company. During this time Scott developed on time and budget new software in which the company had completed a third party evaluation of its software valued over $200-million.
In early 2000, Scott became CFO of NextLevel, which was one of the fastest growing internet marketing providers for both advertisers and publishers. NextLevel's clients included Madonna, Kiss's Gene Simmons, and many other high profile companies. As CFO, Scott streamlined operations and identified new market opportunities while also establishing a new financial plan which brought fiscal responsibility to the company during his tenure.
Starting in 1996, Mr. Carley had been an executive of Starnet Systems International, a company that was processing more than $2-billion annually in Internet transactions by the year 2000. Starnet was the first Internet processing system to be certified by any Canadian chartered bank. Key to this success, Scott was responsible for creating a division that was extremely successful in the sales and licensing of this ground breaking software.
Position: Chief Logistics Officer
Mr. James Klinkhamer is a Director and is the Chief Logistics Officer in charge of sustainable logistics for Klean. Jim has over 40 years experience in the logistics industry. Jim manages logistics, customer quotations, contractual agreements from receipt of inquiry through to order acquisition until receipt of the customer's payment.
Prior to joining Klean, Jim was a senior executive at Westrim Express Lines an international transportation company which was bought out by Can Am in 2008. In this role, he was responsible for sales, company logistics, contractual agreements, and supply chain economics. Jim has handled a number of specialized shipments working directly with prime contractors from the oil fields to entertainment parks.
Jim understands that now more than ever it is important to focus on excellence in the management of the supply chain. Companies can make excellent products, they can run brilliant marketing campaigns, but the performance of the supply chain can make the difference between delighting and disappointing the customer. Companies all around the world are struggling with falling demand for their products, and tightening of the financial markets, so the pressure to cut costs is intense. In such an environment, the spotlight is firmly on supply chain professionals to deliver improved performance and, at the same time, do it more cost-effectively with a small environmental footprint and this is where Jim excels.
Jim entered the logistic industry in 1974 and has served several different operational roles. Jim graduated from Business Management Certificate Program. Jim is also the father of Jesse the company's CEO.
Position: President of Scandinavia Operations
Anders Bergman is an innovative and well versed professional with over 15 years of extensive experience in marketing, project and risk management, retail, marketing management and business development. His primary assignment at Klean Industries involves business development for the Nordic region in Europe and Cleantech solutions for the Aviation Industry. This along with being a natural driven entrepreneur with strong executional skills makes him a valuable asset to the Klean organization.
During his career, Bergman has worked for a number of leading agencies and with premium brands including VW, Audi and Volvo. He is a graduate of IHM Business School.
Position: Business Development & Sales Latin America
Mr. Pablo Orsolani has over 35 years of industrial experience in both the energy and manufacturing sectors with a specific focus on resource and supply chain management. His professional career has involved a number of industries such as oil (E&P in Colombia, Venezuela), chemicals (paints, industrial gases, oil refining), gold, nickel, aluminum and electric generating stations both in hydraulic and gas plant designs. He has filled several roles in upper level management and has taking on senior roles such as President, acting Board Member and has also undertaken investment banking roles in these industries to facilitate acquisitions and corporate growth.
His range of experiences are hands on and practical in nature, he has specific experience in assembling and running projects from their conception to full execution and operations. He has also undertaking consultations both public and private including feasibility studies, financing reports and all other aspects to deliver a long list of successful industrial projects in the international market place.
Mr. Orsolani is registered professional engineer with two master's degrees, one in Mechanical Engineering and one in Business Management from MIT and the Sloan School of Management is the business school of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Position: President of African Operations
Kingsley Kobayashi has over 30 years of experience in Africa and international market place. Nigerian born, living in Japan for over 20 years Kingsley specialises on connecting Africa with the world and bringing new, innovative business and technologies to the continent. He has extensive contacts, in-depth marketing knowledge and extremely strong work ethics, combined with proven management and project developmental skills.
Kingsley and Klean's CEO have a +20-year relationship and both share a great devotion for creating meaningful businesses that can positively impact people lives, for long term and in a sustainable way. Kingsley's goal is to effectively implement Klean's strategy in growing business opportunities for creating renewable energy, resource recovery and recycling projects to drive inclusive and green growth for Africa starting with the creation of projects that address waste to energy opportunities in Nigeria. By focusing sharply on areas of high-impact, building strategic partnerships and mobilizing resources to deliver impact at scale. His goal is to help build a new Africa with prosperous, sustainable and inclusive growth; one that is peaceful, secure and united, regionally integrated and globally competitive. A continent filled with hope, opportunities, liberties and freedom, with shared prosperity for all. An Africa that is open to the world, one that Africans are proud to call home.
Kinglsey has been doing multi channel trading actives throughout Africa for over 2 decades, creating hundreds of millions of dollars of trade between Asia, Europe and Africa working with various companies and international trade organizations. Kingsley plans to position Klean effectively to become a leading company in developing and building "Integrated Smart-Infrastructure" in Africa. Integrated Smart-Infrastructure is targeted and focused infrastructure that considers the entire development ecosystem in situating infrastructures to effectively deliver on operational effectiveness, scale which deliver long term sustainable economic impacts.
Kingsley maintains strong ties to Africa and strives to bring the best to it. He runs his own trading company with branches in Nigeria, Japan and Europe. Kinglsey speaks 6 languages fluently including English, Japanese, and three major African languages, Afroasiatic, Nilo-Saharan, and Niger--Congo. Kingsley is a proud husband and father, he also devotes a lot of his spare time to international charity organizations that have a focus on creative collaboration between Africa and Japan.
Position: President of Engineering, Procurement, Construction
Mr. Kiyofumi Oikawa has over 35 years international business experience with large engineering and construction companies working throughout South East Asia. With a BA in Mechanical Engineering and also fluent in English, Kiyofumi has held many senior executive positions and advisory roles and is well recognized for his achievements in engineering.
Most of Kiyofumi's career was spent at Tokyu Construction Company Co., Ltd one of Japan's largest multi-disciplinary engineering and construction firms based in Tokyo. He was involved in all areas of the business; technical design & development, energy infrastructure, energy efficiency, construction, business development and quality control. Domestically in Japan, Tokyu Construction acted as a business development arm for the Michimae projects and for over a decade Kiyofumi has worked with the Michimae technology platform, becoming a close personal friend and business associate to Mr. Michimae in the process. Prior to his recent retirement from Tokyu he was appointed as Head of R&D for both domestic and international projects.
Kiyofumi currently advises the Japan Carbon Technology Exchange a CDM government initiative and sits on the Advisory Board of Tokyo City University, where he still lectures part time on Mechanical, Electrical and Environmental Engineering. Having joined the team 2010, Kiyofumi's extensive knowledge and experience will prove invaluable in assisting the project development and also in the Michimae technology transfer.
Position: President of Technology Development
Mr. Kiyoharu Michimae is a renowned engineer, serial inventor and owner of one of Japan's foremost engineering companies involved in the thermal treatment of chemicals, minerals and waste. With over 50 years experience, having started his research in 1953, he is responsible for the first commercial pyrolysis and gasification processes in Japan, eventually designing and developing over fifty resource recovery facilities for the domestic market, the majority of which processed tire and plastic waste.
Having established his own engineering company in 1973, it was the development of the unique carbonisation technology that converts whole tires into a diesel grade fuel, which proved to be one of Kiyoharu's greatest commercialized inventions. In 1983 he was duly honoured for this technological breakthrough by receiving the Pollution Bureau Director Award from the Trade and Industry Ministry of Japan and several years later was awarded "Best Commercial Technology" by the Waste & Recycling Ministry. The technology has been widely adopted throughout Japan and the fuel product consumed across the industrial sector.
Kiyoharu never ceases to advance his lifetime's work, and has continually refined and updated his technologies. In 2010 Kiyoharu became Klean's Technology Development Director, where his vast experience will prove invaluable in the deployment of his gasification and carbonization technologies worldwide.
Position: VP of Process Development & Engineering
Mr. Yoshio Yamaki has over 30 years business experience having started within the financial services and banking industry in Japan. Initially working with the foreign and international exchange department of Risona Bank, Yoshio moved to Sumimoto Bank where he held an executive position in what was to become Japan's largest institutional bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc.
With an increasing interest in the waste management arena, Yoshio raised US$10M to partner with an industry professional and established the Houji Techno Co. in 1992. This was a design led, research and development company that focused on plastic to diesel advanced thermal conversion technologies. Four years development led to the commercialization of both a continuous type and batch type pyrolysis system that recovered high grade fuel oils from mixed plastic waste.
In 2005, Yoshio spun out these technologies into a new consulting business, Kankyo Technology Company and was engaged on the commissioning of seven plastic to diesel plants throughout Japan. In 2010 Yoshio became a valuable member of the Klean Team as Process Development and Engineering Director and will aid in the roll out of Klean's facilities.
Position: President of Klean Industries (Malaysia)
Louis Wong is a partner with Klean Industries (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. and President of the Malaysian office. He is a successful environmental consultant, who has supplied services that have delivered realizable value through transformation to a number of industrial companies. He has redesigned and reengineered several industrial systems which improved the operations significantly. He is also highly skilled at improving supply chain economics and optimization strategy developed for the Malaysia market place.
Before joining the Klean Team, Louis was the Managing Director of an environmental solutions company which specialized in processing scrap tires using a low-tech pyrolysis process. Louis was also the majority shareholder of this company for past 8 years. Louis is actively involved in various businesses and has developed a number of natural resource projects in the mining sector. He has owned and operated a significant specialized rock quarry and entered collaboration with a number of major industrials, such as Sime Darby and various government offices in charge of road building infrastructure. Louis has valuable experience in the construction sector within Malaysia and has secured contracts from the Malaysian Government which has led to the development and build out of over 6,000 homes throughout country.
Louis was also engaged as a maintenance contractor for a palm oil plantation mill owned by Sime Darby, one of the largest in country. He has successfully delivered various large scale projects in Malaysia and since 2006 he has exposed and dedicated himself to the clean technology industry.
Position: Vice President of Klean Industries (Malaysia)
Cody Wong Yee Hoo is a partner with Klean Industries (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and Vice President of the Malaysia office. Cody has significant experience in project planning, implementation and execution. He has a proven ability to deliver complex projects against KPI's in the Asian energy sector. Highly analytical with creative problem solving skills and a consistent track record of on-time and on-quality project delivery.
Cody is a Bachelor of Civil Engineering, with a degree from the University of Tasmania, Australia. He has been Project Engineer for Sapura Kencana Petroleum, one of the world's top five EPCIC oil & gas companies. Here he oversaw high-value projects across different geographies, such as the large scale Husky-Li Wan subsea manifold fabric ation, installed at a depth of 1,500m; a Cameron International Corporation project. Cody lead and coordinated a team with Cameroon engineers and sub-contractors to ensure smooth execution delivered on time to exact technical specification, underpinned by strict quality control. Assisted in achieving; FAT (Factory Acceptance Test), SIT (System Integration Test) and EFAT (Electronic Factory acceptance Test). Companies participating with Cameron included -- BHP Billiton Upper Pyreness Subsea Manifold, FMC -- Woodside Greater Western Flank Subsea Manifold, and GE -- Apache Julimar Subsea Manifold.
Cody was appointed to participate in a number of subsea projects to provide costing, planning and execution strategy. He was responsible for providing financial and technical updates to Senior Management. Cody is now focused on sustainable environmental solutions that prevent resource depletion and global warming.
Position: Corporate Secretary of Klean Industries (Malaysia)
Mrs. Sharon Chew is a Corporate Secretary of Klean Industries (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. Before she joined the Klean Team, she started her professional career in the finance and accounting industry. She previously worked for a New Zealand based company called Tourplan Inc., to develop a specialized finance model to aid the tour operators and travel wholesalers with integrated software solutions to improve efficiencies. She successfully designed tailor made packaged tours for the comprehensive sales and distribution of travel products. She also designed comprehensive supplier connectivity tools and interfaces which allowed technologies to h arness data through the internet. The designs greatly simplified financial transparency and accounting practices within the tour operations, better enabling the management of products and more accurate travel quotations, resulting improved profit margins and increased sales.
In 2008 Sharon joined Menanjung Sdn Bhd an environmental solutions company as Finance Director. Since then she has gained extensive experience and has overseen all aspects of the rubber recycling projects undertaken by Menanjung. Sharon has also been managing and building key relationships for the company, with special focus on developing trade relationships for finished products and for the domestic and international markets. She has also been actively involved in coordinating permits and grants with the Malaysian Government.
Sharon is multi lingual, has superb interpersonal skills and is able to interact with all levels of personnel including government officials, sales representatives, clients and equipment vendors. She is professional at managing multiple portfolios and has executed financial programs designed to increase operational efficiencies and productivity while evaluating industry trends and strategies to boost the company's performance and leveraging ability.
Position: Media Production Director
Craig Noble is an award-winning Vancouver-based Producer/Director. He has worked in Canada and abroad on numerous, documentary, corporate and promotional productions for his own production company Pixel One Productions and for international clients. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology at the University of Alberta in 2000 and his Master's Degree in Communications at Simon Fraser University in 2003.
Craig is principal of Pixel One Productions and has over 15 years of experience in media production and creation. He has worked in both the music and film industry in Canada and around the world. Craig has proven himself in music production, audio engineering, event production, visual projection creation, independent and big budget feature films, short and feature documentaries, corporate/ promotional videos, video editing and creative consultations. Craig has worked in both large and small production crew units in remote locations as, producer, director and media manager over seeing and executing numerous projects and productions.
At the helm of Pixel One Productions Craig has earned numerous awards and accolades including: Best Documentary for the New York Independent Film and Video Festival in 2004, for his documentary film City Space: Power Art and Public Space, and Best Feature for the documentary Tableland in the New York Food Film Festival 2007. His latest short documentary The Perfect Oyster, 2010, is currently on the festival circuit.
Craig has a passion for travel and has had the privilege to travel throughout Asia, Europe and North America for leisure and work. Some Highlights include, Hong Kong, Maldives and Southern Italy, widening his worldview and production experience. His travel also has had a profound effect on his awareness of environmental issues and ecological concerns. Craig is excited to be part of Klean Industries and looks forward to spear-heading its media production department. Craig is loves to cook, scuba dive and sail.
To view some of Craig's award winning films please see Pixel One Productions - YouTube Channel or visit Craig's website and purchase the films at Pixel One Productions. Watch the award winning film TABLELAND - A culinary expedition in sustainable food production.