Mr. Karsner is the Founder and Chairman of Manifest Energy. Mr. Karsner was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the United States Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy during a period of unprecedented growth in clean energy technologies, investments and policy formulations. In this role, Mr. Karsner managed the nation’s $1.72 billion applied science and research development portfolio for clean energy technology. Mr. Karsner is a recipient of the President’s Award from the U.S. Green Building Council and has received honors from the U.S. Energy Association and the Alliance to Save Energy. H.M. King Carl Gustav of Sweden knighted Mr. Karsner as Royal Commander of the Polar Star for his role in advancing U.S.-European technology collaboration. Mr. Karsner appears frequently on television and cable and in print media providing commentary on energy policy. Mr. Karsner received an MA from Hong Kong University and spent twelve years abroad, based in Hong Kong and London, with business responsibilities that spanned Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Karsner is multilingual and was a Rotary International Fellow.