Paul S. Zorner
President and Chief Executive Officer
Paul S. Zorner, Ph.D., joined Hawai‘i BioEnergy in 2008 as its President and Chief Executive Officer.
Paul most recently was the Chief Scientific Officer and Executive Director of Principle Energy Limited, a venture oriented to establish sugarcane conversion to ethanol and power in Mozambique. Prior to joining PEL, Paul held scientific development, operations and senior administrative positions with both start-up and Fortune 500 companies that include BASF, The Dow Chemical Company, Mycogen Corporation, Diversa Corporation, CellFor, and Telanetix.
Paul also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Kuehnle AgroSystems, a Hawaiian company specializing in the research and development of algae as a source of renewable fuels; on the Board of Principle Energy Limited (Mozambique); on the Board of Godavari Sugar Company (India), and on the Board of Directors for The KISS Institute for Practical Robotics, which aims to attract students to science through robotics. Paul also is involved with working groups of Environmental Entrepreneurs and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Paul is an Adjunct Professor of Horticulture and a member of the graduate faculty at North Carolina State University.
Paul received his undergraduate degree from Lewis and Clark College in Ecology and Secondary Education and his Ph.D. in Botany and Plant Pathology from Colorado State University, where he worked on the development of cropping systems for dry-land agriculture.
He is an inventor with over 30 issued US patents. He has been presented with several awards that include: 2006 Queensland Champion for service to the State of Queensland Australia (the first American citizen to be so honored), the 2001 San Diego Science Alliance Partner of the Year, and as a Fellow of the Weed Science Society of America.
Paul and his wife, Nancy, live in Honolulu and have four grown children.