Emerging Markets Online is a market research and consulting firm specializing in bio-based commercialization initiatives, advanced biofuels, algae, sustainable feedstocks, and low-carbon energy initiatives world-wide.

Since 1997, Emerging Markets Online has consulted dozens of energy, biotech, agtech, cleantech, and Fortune 500 companies. William Thurmond, the founder and CEO of Emerging Markets Online, is a consultant, author, columnist and is frequently a speaker and plenary session moderator at industry conferences. Mr. Thurmond is the author of Drop-in Fuels 2020, Algae 2020, and Biodiesel 2020 studies, he contributes original articles, data, and interviews to Biofuels Digest, Renewable Energy World, and Biofuels International; is a regular contributor to Terratech Radio and Biochannel TV; his work has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Forbes, The Houston Chronicle, and The Futurist magazine, and he has been interviewed in TV and radio programs on Reuters, Fox News radio’s “Energy Week”, NPR’s Market Place, VentureCapital TV, CNN, and BBC News.  

Mr. Thurmond formerly served as Co-Chair of the Greater Houston Partnership’s Biofuels Task Force, as an energy adviser to start-up incubator Houston Technology Center, and as Chairman of R&D at the American Biofuels Council. Mr. Thurmond studied as a PhD Candidate, Alternative Futures, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, received his M.S., Strategic Foresight in Science, Technology and Public Policy from The University of Houston at Clear Lake, and earned a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL.  Since 1990, Mr. Thurmond has started three strategic planning and consulting firms as an entrepreneur and technology commercialization specialist for start-ups, private enterprises, and public-private economic development initiatives. Mr. Thurmond resides in Houston, TX where he works with associates and clients in alternative energy, biotech, sustainable agriculture, and low-carbon fuels.


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