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Keynote Speakers

Opening Plenary—Juan Enriquez

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Juan Enriquez—scholar, businessman, and best-selling author—is the world's preeminent authority on the economic and political impacts of the life sciences. As the founding director of Harvard Business School's Life Science Project, and founder, chairman, and CEO of Biotechonomy, a life sciences research and investment firm, Enriquez has an extensive background in the economic, social, and political forces that effect change in today's world.

Enriquez is the author of several global bestsellers, including As the Future Catches You: How Genomics & Other Forces are Changing Your Life, Work, Health & Wealth, and The Untied States of America: Polarization, Fracturing, and Our Future, which explores why some countries are successful, while others disappear. In addition, Enriquez was part of the 2004 world discovery voyage, led by Craig Venter, who sequenced the human genome. The multi-stage sailing voyage sampled microbial genomes throughout the world's oceans and led to the discovery of thousands of new forms of life.

Closing Plenary—Kevin Hydes

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With more than three decades of experience in the building services industry, Kevin Hydes is a leader in the field of sustainable design. Committed to improving building performance through green engineering and innovative design, he currently serves as Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council and sits on the board of the Canadian Green Building Council. He is also President and CEO of Keen Engineering.

As an industry leader, Hydes distinguishes the importance of having buildings work with the environment. This idea led to the development of Keengreen, an environmental design division within Keen, created to find innovative ways to design environmentally sensitive buildings.

Hydes has been on several advisory committees including the City of Seattle Sustainable Regain Initiative, the U.S. Federal Department of Architectural Energy Conservation & Environmental Initiative, and he also served as a Juror at the 1996 and 1998 Architecture + Energy Design Awards in Portland.

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