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  Expert Advisors

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Jason Harlan - Chief Executive Officer

Jason Harlan has over twenty years experience in the energy and infrastructure sector as a senior executive, investment banker and attorney. Harlan was responsible for Southern Company's (Mirant) 1.7 Billion dollar investment in the Berlin utility Bewag (1996-2002). As architect of the investment and Chief Executive Officer -Germany, Harlan helped achieve the retooling of the previously state owned company, which became the most profitable utility in Germany by 2001. The strong year on year performance allowed for a successful sale in the troubled industry context of 2002, resulting in an IRR of over 30% for the investment. Following the sale and Mirant's exit from the European market, Harlan joined the energy and infrastructure investment bank, Fieldstone in 2002. Harlan led the management buy out of Fieldstone from the South African Insurer Gensec in 2003. At Fieldstone, Harlan focused on new energy sectors such as wind, carbon abatement, bio-generation and energy technology. He was asked by CIR, a company with whom he had fashioned a partnership at Southern, to join the board of a carbon credit initiative. This activity led to his foundation of the forerunner of Resource Energy in 2006.

Harlan began his career as a project finance attorney with Katten Muchin and Zavis in Chicago. He was recruited by Troutman Sanders in Atlanta in 1993, where he served exclusively as a project attorney for Southern's international developments in South America, Asia and Europe. Harlan was recruited by Southern (SEI) in 1995 to act as Project Director. During his time in Berlin , Harlan was also charged as Chief Development Officer -Europe with all of Soutnern's (Mirant) development activities on the continent. As a developer, Harlan has experience in structuring transactions in over two dozen countries in Africa, Asia, South America, the Caribbean and Europe.

Harlan holds a law degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, a Master's in Classical Philosophy from St. John's College in Annapolis and a Bachelors degree from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C. He is registered with the CFA in London and is a member of the state bar of Illinois and Georgia.

Bruno Bueno - Investment Director

Responsible for all business aspects in Latin America and project logistics and co-ordination worldwide

Bruno Bueno has advised troubled companies in his capacity as a Project Manager with Roland Berger where he gained experience in conceiving and implementing cost reduction strategies. Bruno’s operations expertise comes from having managed restructuring and cost reduction projects in South America and Europe. He was also responsible for the implementation and direction of management plans and held operational responsibility in early stage start-up companies in the UK.

Bruno holds a Degree in Business from Universidad de San Andres in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Marcus Quierin - Commercial Director

Responsible for strategic commercial planning and financing.

Prior to Resource Energy Marcus worked at (UK), the world's largest internet grocery retailer with sales of $2bn in 2006. There he was most recently responsible for strategic planning and investment appraisals to enable profitable growth at over 30% p.a. in a fast-changing environment. Other responsibilities have included setting up a new operation under a novel business model, forecasting evolution of the sector, as well as optimising the economics of home delivery logistics.

Before that, he worked at Bain & Company (Boston) and Roland Berger (London, Frankfurt) advising corporations and private equity funds on investments, growth strategy and operations in a variety of sectors. Marcus holds an MBA from INSEAD as well as a PhD from Cambridge University and a MA from Oxford University, both in physics.

Gustavo Herrero - Controller

Responsible for Controlling and Acquisition Accounting

Gustavo was International Financial Controller for Assurant (provider of specialized insurance products worldwide with over $20 billion in assets) and was responsible for establishing the international control network for the group and selecting and mentoring local financial officers. For newly opened offices Gustavo was instrumental in establishing accounting processes and policies. In addition he was responsible for financial planning, controlling and budgeting for the international subsidiaries.

Gustavo also worked for Mapfre – Compañía de Seguros in Miami, Florida and as a Controller for the Perez Companc Group in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Paul Hamilton - Technical Director

Mr. Hamilton has over 20 years experience in operating and building sugar mills and ethanol facilities.

Most recently, Hamilton was General Manager in charge of industrial operations for Royal Swazi Sugar Corporationís sugar mill and ethanol facilities. Seconded from Booker-Tate, he was in charge of operations of the sugar mills, refinery and ethanol distillery as well as ethanol marketing division. Prior to RSSC, Hamilton was General Manager of Komati Sugar Mill (South Africa), which he had been involved with from its inception and construction.

Prior to Hamiltonís work at Tsb/Booker-Tate he held several senior management and engineering positions in the sugar industry.

Hamilton is a Registered Certificated Engineer and holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Natal Technikon (South Africa) as well as an MBA from Henley Management College (UK).