Dr. Sumesh Arora
Sumesh Arora is Vice President of Innovate Mississippi (a non-profit organization with a mission to drive innovation and technology based economic development in Mississippi) and Director of Strategic Biomass Solutions (SBS) (a program of Innovate Mississippi that works nation-wide to help commercialize renewable energy technologies by connecting entrepreneurs, investors and economic developers.)
Sumesh has 22 years of experience as a project development engineer and a researcher in the private and public sectors. Sumesh has played a key role in attracting over $550 million in advanced biofuels projects to Mississippi and launched the "Renewable Energy Venture Startup" (REVSup) program in late 2010. REVSup workshops have been conducted in nine locations from coast-to-coast and graduated about 125 individuals. He was recognized as "Top 40 Under 40" by the Mississippi Business Journal in 2005 and currently represents Mississippi on the Governors' Biofuels Coalition through an appointment by former Governor Haley Barbour. He serves on the advisory boards of several energy related companies and investment entities and has over 50 professional presentations. Dr. Arora authored a book chapter on energy security and terrorism and is the co-inventor of a patented system to convert poultry litter into biogas.
Sumesh has a PhD in International Development from The University of Southern Mississippi and Masters and Bachelors in engineering from the University of Central Florida.