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Dr. Gerard P. Pereira, President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Pereira was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He was graduated from Columbia University in New York City with a B.S. degree in biology and has a Master of Science and a Ph.D. degree in anatomical sciences and cell biology from McGill University in Montreal. As a graduate student he was a Banting Research Fellow (1963-66) and the first lecturer in histology at the new Faculty of Medicine of the University of Sherbrooke in Sherbrooke, Canada (1966-68). He has had more than 25 years of experience in administration and basic science teaching and research in medical schools, including the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University where he also served on the Faculty Council (1972-76) and the Executive Committee (1973-75) as an elected member as well as on the Committee on Permanent Equipment, the Committee on Interdisciplinary Professional Appointments and the Committee on Dissemination of

Information as co-Chairman. His career focus areas include: Immunology, Experimental Diabetes, Bone Disorders, Movement of Particles using light, transmission and scanning electron microscopy coupled with computer-assisted X-ray microanalysis, Biocombustible Production from Waste, and Deep Ocean Water Utilization. He was a visiting professor at Georgetown University in Georgetown (Washington, D.C.), the University of Alberta in Edmonton (Canada) and the University of Lagos in Lagos (Nigeria). He has recently been elected as a member of the Board of Directors of The International Pacific Congress (PACON) on Marine Science and Technology, or PACON International, Inc., for a 4-year term from 2010 to 2014.

Dr. Pereira has always been impressed by the life of
Jacques-Arsène d’Arsonval, a famous French scientist noted for his numerous contributions to basic medical sciences and for first suggesting in 1881 harnessing the temperature difference in the tropical seas for the generation of electricity, thereby bridging the gap between the science of thermodynamics and that of oceanography. As a basic medical scientist like d’Arsonval, Dr. Pereira decided in 1995 to follow in his footsteps and cross the bridge which he built on paper and which leads to the science of oceanography.

Consequently, for many years thereafter, Dr. Pereira worked closely with the old guard of Common Heritage Corporation (CHC), in particular Dr. John P. Craven and Dr. Jack R. Davidson, to study the new deep ocean water (DOW) technologies which were developed and tested by the CHC scientists and others at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) on the Kona coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, technologies which can be readily transferred to the coastal regions of tropical island nations like Haiti that have access to deep ocean water. In 1996 he founded Energinat.

Here are some papers and presentations of Dr. Pereira on the subject:

         Deep Ocean Water Utilization and Carbon Trading: An Approach to Helping Haiti, invited paper presented at the Twenty-First PACON 2008 International Conference on Energy and Climate Change, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, June 1-5, 2008.

         Haiti Waiting for its Deep Ocean Water Systems or "Fountains of Paradise", invited paper presented at the Tenth PACON 2002 International Congress on marine science and technology, Chiba, Japan, July 21-26, 2002. Published in Recent Advances in Marine Science and Technology, 2002. Japan : PACON International, 523-533.

         Haiti's Tropical Coastal Deserts as Candidate Sites for the Production of the Very Best Wine Grapes. July 2001.

         Haiti 's Medicinal Plants as Candidate Crops for Commercial Deep Ocean Water Agriculture. June 2000.

         A Complete System for the Revitalization of Haiti, invited paper presented at the Blue-Green Renaissance Seminars organized by the Common Heritage Corporation at the Marine Science Center of the University of Hawaii-Manoa Campus in Honolulu and at NELHA on the Big Island of Hawaii on January 28th and 29th, 1999, respectively.

         Deep Ocean Water Systems for Haiti, invited paper presented at the Blue-Green Renaissance Seminar organized by the Common Heritage Corporation at the Marine Science Center of the University of Hawaii-Manoa Campus in Honolulu on January 31st, 1998.


Dr. Jack R. Davidson, Vice President


Dr. Davidson, Emeritus, University of Hawaii has been involved in ocean research and development since 1970. His career focus areas include: Natural Resources Economics, Agricultural Economics, Water Economics, Ocean Resources Development and Economics, and Outdoor Recreation Economics. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wyoming, a Master of Science degree from Montana State University and a Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley. One of his strengths is his experience and insight into “art of economic evaluation and innovation” based on thirty-six years of experience in marine innovation and an additional 10 years of directing economic studies on a wide range of Natural Resources Economics issues both domestic and international. International economic study sites included Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, South Korea and Micronesia.

In his role as Sea Grant Director of the University of Hawaii (1970-95), he brought in over $50 million dollars in grant monies and initiated and managed over 300 marine research projects. Early deep ocean water research and technology development was a subset of these. He was instrumental in the development of, providing funding for, and providing general oversight to two decade-long programs to serve the needs of the American Flag and U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands, the Pacific Aquaculture Program and the Pacific Island Network (1988-1998). He is currently employed by the University of Hawaii on a part-time basis as Executive Program Manager of the Sea Grant College Program (2000 to present). He is presently on leave from this assignment to do voluntary missionary work in South Africa.

As Sea Grant Director he employed his skill and understanding in the support of research and "seed projects" which generated many of the major ocean technological advances in Hawaii and the Pacific over three decades. With retirement in 1995 he focused his professional attention on development and expanding the uses of deep ocean water technologies, together with John P. Craven, founder of the Common Heritage Corporation (CHC). Dr. Davidson served as Vice President and CEO, Member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Board of CHC during the period 1995-2002.

He has served on a number of ocean related national and international boards almost always in a leadership capacity. These include: The International Board of Directors of the Pacific Congress of Ocean Science and Technology (PACON) from 1984 to 2004. The Board of Governors of the Coastal Resources Research and Development Institute (1984-1996) with successive appointments by three Hawaii Governors. The National Council of Sea Grant Directors (1979-1995), Council Executive Committee (1992-93), Council Chair (1991-92).

As a member of the California Sea Grant Coordinating Council (CSGCC) 1995-2000 he reviewed all research and education projects submitted to the University of California Sea Grant Program. As a member of the University of Delaware Sea Grant Program, External Science Review Committee (1998-2002), he reviewed research proposals submitted to the University of Delaware Sea Grant College Program over a six-year period.

Dr. Davidson is one of the ‘well informed’ persons in the world on Cold Deep Ocean Water Technologies and has become a prolific writer and advisor on the subject. He has developed and presented four recent papers at international conferences: Sustainable Coastal Development and Deep Ocean Water, Pacific Congress on Ocean Science and Technology, (PACON 97), Hong Kong; Deep Ocean Water A Common Heritage?, International OTEC/DOWA Conference (OIA) Imari, Japan 1999; Waiting for the Blue Green Revolution, (PACON 98), South Korea; California Energy Future and DOW, (PACON 2001), San Francisco.

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