Will Thurmond is the founder and CEO of Emerging Markets Online, a market research and consulting services firm serving the needs of clients in biofuels, oil, gas, government, R&D, and economic development initiatives. Emerging Markets provides start-up ventures, investors, governments, petrochems, and EPCs with results-driven consulting services on emerging opportunities in bioenergy and technology commercialization. Mr. Thurmond brings 20 years experience to this position, and has started three consulting firms as an entrepreneur and chief rainmaker. Mr. Thurmond has consulted dozens of Fortune 500 and emerging tech companies in global biofuels, oil, gas, electric power, telecom, international trade and cleantech commercialization. Mr. Thurmond is frequently a keynote speaker at industry conferences, and is the author of Algae 2020 Vol 2: Biofuels, Drop-In Fuels and Market Forecasts (385 pages, 2011) and Biodiesel 2020: A Global Market Survey, 2nd edition(685 pages, 2008). Mr. Thurmond formerly served as Chairman of Research and Development for the National Algae Association from 2008-2009, and currently serves on the advisory boards of the Greater Houston Partnership's Biofuels Task Force, start-up incubator Houston Technology Center's energy advisors, and the American Biofuels Council's Commercialization and Development advisory board. Mr. Thurmond is a member of The International Association for Energy Economics, the World Affairs Council, and the Association of Professional Futurists Under Mr. Thurmond’s direction, Emerging Markets Online has received Forbesmagazine's distinguished "Best of The Web" award 10 years in a row, alongside FinancialTimes.com and Standard & Poors, and has contributed original articles, data, interviews cited in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Forbes, BusinessWeek; was titled "Mr Biodiesel" in 2007 by Fox News Radio's "Energy Week"; and has been featured in TV interviews with Reuters, Fox, CNN, BBC, and NPR. Mr. Thurmond holds an M.S., Strategic Foresight and Studies of The Future from The University of Houston; and earned a B.A, International Relations and Economics from Rollins College.