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Will Thurmond is the founder and CEO of Emerging Markets Online, a strategy consulting and market research firm focused on advanced biofuels and alternative fuels markets, feedstocks, projects and technologies.

In 1997, Will Thurmond founded Emerging Markets Online. Since 1990, Mr. Thurmond has started three strategic planning and consulting firms as an entrepreneur and R&D techno-economic development specialist for start-ups, private business development and public economic development initiatives.

Will Thurmond regularly contributes to key bioenergy events and conferences as a keynote speaker, session moderator, and workshop leader.

Currently, Mr. Thurmond's firm Emerging Markets Online provides start-up ventures, investors, governments, petrochems, and EPCs with results-driven consulting services and feasibility studies on emerging opportunities in economic development and business commercialization; and has consulted dozens of Fortune 500 and emerging tech companies including winners of US, Canadian, Latin American, African and Asian public-private sector (PPP) algae, advanced bioenergy, cleantech, and renewable energy contracts.

As a leader in public service, Mr. Thurmond previously served as Co-Chair of the Greater Houston Partnership's Biofuels Task Force from 2010-2012; from 2008-2010 he served on the advisory board of start-up incubator Houston Technology Center's energy advisors; from 2008-2009 he served as Chairman of R&D for the National Algae Association; from 2007-2008 he served as Chairman of R&D at the American Biofuels Council. 

Mr. Thurmond studied as a PhD Candidate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa from 2006-2007; received his M.S., Strategic Foresight in Science, Technology and Public Policy from The University of Houston (NASA Campus) in 2004; earned a B.A, International Relations and Economics from Rollins College

Mr. Thurmond is the author of Algae 2020 Vol 2: Biofuels, Drop-In Fuels and Market Forecasts and Biodiesel 2020: A Global Market Survey, 2nd edition ; he contributes original articles, data, and interviews to Renewable Energy World, Biofuels Digest, and Biofuels International;  his work has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Forbes, BusinessWeek;  he is a regular contributor to Fox News Radio's "Energy Week", and has been featured in TV and radio with Reuters, Fox, CNN, BBC, and NPR.

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