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China New Energy names Nicholas Brooks to board

China New EnergyChina New Energy, an investment holding company, announced that Nicholas Brooks has been appointed to the board as non-executive director.

Mr. Brooks has over 40 years of experience in the petroleum and bio-energy sectors and extensive experience creating and internationalising businesses in Asia, Middle East, Central Europe, Africa and the Americas.

Further he acts in an advisory capacity to a number of international biofuels/bioenergy businesses, and mentors young entrepreneurs.

Mr. Brooks was CEO of Future Blends Limited, a company focused on the development of carbon efficient technology solutions to convert residual and non-edible biomass into energy, liquid fuels and bio-chemicals.

In 2009, Mr. Brooks co-founded Mycologix, a second-generation biofuels technology company and prior to this, in 2007, was the CEO of Bioverda, where he led a multinational team located throughout Europe controlling company strategy and directing operations in two biodiesel businesses and a landfill gas power business.

Mr. Brooks also developed a pipeline of projects including crushing/esterification biodiesel projects and a number of bio-energy projects.

From 2006 to 2007 he served as CEO of Sun Biofuels Ltd, an African based company investing in energy crop plantations in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Mozambique.

From the mid-2000s, Mr. Brooks moved on to create and become CEO of early-stage agricultural, biofuel and bioenergy companies operating in Europe and Africa, and became Entrepreneur in Residence at Imperial Innovations covering clean technology.

Prior to 2006, Mr. Brooks was employed by Royal Dutch Shell for 28 years in a number of executive roles. His appointments included periods as Managing Director of Shell Polska and Commercial Business Development Manager of Shell European Oil Products.

He later led the business incubator at Shell Internet Services before becoming CEO of Shell India eServices. In 2003 he became the Europe, Middle East and Africa director of Pennzoil-Quaker State Integration before taking a role as Managing Director of Shell Car Care International in 2003.

Independent of this appointment, Mr. Brooks has been nominated as a non-executive director of Addax Bioenergy Sierra Leone Limited, a sugarcane bioethanol and renewable electricity operation in Makeni, Sierra Leone which is expected to be formalised in November 2016.


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