Board of Directors
His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani has served as Special Advisor to the Emir since his appointment in April 2007, and was Prime Minister of Qatar from October 1996 to April 2007. His Highness has served as Chairman of the board of directors of Qatar Investment and Projects Development Holding Company, a Qatari investment group, since March 2011 and as Chairman of the board of directors of Specialized International Services (SIS) Qatar, a business investment company, since October 2011. His Highness graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
John Doerr has been Chairman at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a venture capital firm, since 1980. Mr. Doerr currently serves on the board of directors of Alphabet Inc., as well as on the boards of directors of several private companies. Previously, Mr. Doerr served on the board of directors of Amazon.com, Inc. Mr. Doerr holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degrees from Rice University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University.
Dr. Duyk is founder and Managing Partner of Circularis LP, a group focused on supporting technology enabled companies that advance the circular economy and promote sustainability as well as resource efficiency. Prior to Circularis Dr. Duyk was the Managing Director and Partner of TPG Alternative & Renewable Technologies/TPG Biotechnology from 2004 to 2017. Prior to TPG Dr. Duyk served on the Board of Directors and was President of Research and Development at Exelixis. Prior to Exelixis, he was one of the founding scientific staff at Millennium Pharmaceuticals and served as Vice President of Genomics. Prior to his tenure at Millennium, Dr. Duyk was an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School (HMS) in the Department of Genetics, and an Assistant Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). While at HMS, Dr. Duyk was a Co-Principal Investigator in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded Cooperative Human Linkage Center.
Dr. Duyk holds a PhD and MD from Case Western Reserve University. He completed his medical and fellowship training at the University of California, San Francisco. While at UCSF, Dr. Duyk was a fellow of the Lucille P. Markey Foundation and was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship from HHMI.
Dr. Duyk currently serves on the Board of Directors of Elevance Renewable Sciences, reGen Holdings and Inocucor Technologies. as well as on the non-profit Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees, where he Chairs the finance committee and is a member of the Executive committee, and The American Society of Human Genetics board of directors. Dr. Duyk is also a member of the Institute Board of Directors of the Moffitt Cancer Center where he chairs the Research and Development committee. Dr. Duyk serves as a member of Scientific Advisory Boards for Bayer CropSciences, HudsonAlpha, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (DOE).
Philip Eykerman joined DSM in 2011 as Executive Vice-President Corporate Strategy & Acquisitions. In this role, he is responsible for corporate and business group strategy development, planning, improvement programs, and all M&A activities for the Group. In 2015, he was also appointed as a member of the DSM Executive Committee and at present is also responsible for the DSM Food Specialties as well as DSM Hydrocolloids activities. Next to these roles within DSM, he is also a Supervisory Board member of Amyris, Supervisory Board member of ChemicaInvest (DSM/CVC JV) and Supervisory Board member of AnQore TopCo B.V. Before joining DSM, Philip Eykerman worked for 14 years at McKinsey & Company of which the last 9 years as a Partner and leader of McKinsey’s Chemicals Practice in the Benelux and France. Before that, he worked as a process/ project engineer for Fluor Daniel. He holds a master degree in Chemical Engineering from the KU Leuven (Belgium) and in Refinery Engineering from the Institut Francais du Pétrole (France).
Mr. Goppelsroeder has served as the President and CEO of DSM Nutritional Products Ltd. since 2013 and is a member of the DSM Executive Committee. Mr. Goppelsroeder has previously worked at Boston Consulting, Syngenta in its seed care business unit, and F. Hoffman-La Roche in its fine chemicals and vitamins division until the acquisition of such division by DSM in 2003. Mr. Goppelsroeder holds a degree in engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration degree from Insead, Fontainebleau.
Dr. Kung is a founding member of Vivo Capital, a healthcare/biotechnology growth and private equity investment management firm founded in 1996 in Palo Alto, California. Dr. Kung started his career in the biotechnology industry in 1979 when he joined Cetus Corporation. He later co-founded Cetus Immune Corporation in 1981, which was acquired by its parent company in 1983. In 1984 he co-founded Genelabs Technologies, Inc. where he served as Chairman and CEO until 1995. During his tenure in Genelabs, he brought the company public in 1991, and built it to a 175 employee international biotech company with operations in the United States, Belgium, Singapore, Switzerland and Taiwan. Dr. Kung holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in molecular biology and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Kung currently serves on the board of directors of a number of emerging healthcare and biotechnology companies.
John Melo has nearly three decades of combined experience as an entrepreneur and thought leader in the global fuels industry and technology innovation. As President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Melo has led Amyris through successful technology development, industrial start up, product development and commercialization and a series of funding rounds, including the initial public offering. Before joining Amyris in 2007, Mr. Melo served in various senior executive positions at BP Plc (formerly British Petroleum), one of the world’s largest energy firms, from 1997 to 2006, most recently as President of U.S. fuels operations where he successfully led a business transformation and significantly improved the financial performance. During his tenure at BP, Mr. Melo also served as Chief Information Officer of the refining and marketing segment; Senior Advisor for e-business strategy to Lord Browne, BP group chief executive; and Director of global brand development. In this last role, he helped develop the “Helios” re-branding effort. Before joining BP, Mr. Melo was with Ernst & Young. Mr. Melo currently serves on the board of directors of Renmatix Inc. and on the Bio Industrial and Environmental section governing board and also on the board of the California Life Sciences Association. He is a member of the Council for the Portuguese Diaspora, a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and he was formerly an appointed member to the U.S. section of the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum. When not working on the mission of making sustainable chemistry mainstream or championing the eradication of malaria, John enjoys skiing, reading and time with his family on the island of Pico in the Azores, his childhood home.
Mr. Mills has 40 years of experience in the fields of accounting, corporate finance, strategic planning, risk management, and mergers and acquisitions. He served as Chief Financial Officer of Amyris from May 2012 to December 2013. Prior to joining Amyris, Mr. Mills had a 33-year career at Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (“ADM”), one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers. At ADM, he held various senior executive roles, including Chief Financial Officer, Controller, and head of Global Strategic Planning. Since 2013, Mr. Mills has served as a consultant and advisor to clients in the private equity, agribusiness, and financial services fields. Mr. Mills currently serves on the boards of Black Hills Corporation (where he also serves as the chair of the audit committee), Farmers Edge, Inc., Illinois College (where he also serves as the chairman of the board), and First Illinois Corporation (along with its wholly-owned banking subsidiary, Hickory Point Bank & Trust). Mr. Mills holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Illinois College.
Ms. Piwnica is Director of NAXOS UK, a consulting firm advising private equity, since January 2008, and is a member of the Supervisory Board of Rothschild & Co one of the world's largest independent financial advisory groups. Previously, Ms. Piwnica served as a director, from 1996 to July 2006, and Vice-Chairman of Governmental Affairs, from 2000 to 2006, of Tate & Lyle Plc, a European food and agricultural ingredients company. She was a chairman of Amylum Group, a European food ingredient company and affiliate of Tate & Lyle Plc, from 1996 to 2000. From 1992 to 1996, Ms. Piwnica held general management positions and board memberships in various other European food companies, including Cacao Barry and Vital Sogéviandes. Ms. Piwnica was a member of the board of directors of Aviva plc, a British insurance company, from May 2003 to December 2011, a member of the Biotech Advisory Council of Monsanto from May 2006 to October 2009, a member of the board of directors of Dairy Crest from 2007 until 2010, a member of the board of directors of Toepfer Gmbh from 1996 until 2010 and a member of the board of directors of Louis Delhaize (retail, Belgium) from 2010 until 2013. In 2010, she was appointed as a member of the boards of Eutelsat (satellites, France) and Sanofi (pharmaceuticals, France). Ms. Piwnica holds a Law degree from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and a Master of Laws degree from New York University. She has also been a member of the bar association of the state of New York, USA since 1985.
Christophe Vuillez is a Senior Vice President, and the Head of Strategy, Development and Research of the Refining & Chemicals division of Total S.A., one of the world’s largest energy companies. Mr. Vuillez has piloted a number of M&A projects for the Refining & Chemicals division, and he is also a longstanding member of the supervisory committee for Total’s venture capital activities. Mr. Vuillez has nearly 30 years of international experience in the various stages of diverse technological, industrial and corporate development and strategy: from leading and managing applied R&D in the aerospace industry, managing the construction and operation of complex industrial facilities in the oil and gas industry, to holding different executive positions throughout the growth and development of a French telecom from being a startup through its becoming a major player in the industry. Mr. Vuillez holds an advanced degree in aerospace science and technologies from the Ecole Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace in Toulouse, France, which he obtained after graduating from the prestigious French Ecole Polytechnique.
R. Neil Williams served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Intuit Inc. from January 2008 to January 2018. In this position he was responsible for all financial aspects of Intuit, including corporate strategy and business development, investor relations, financial operations and real estate. Before joining Intuit, Mr. Williams was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Visa U.S.A., Inc. In that role, he led all financial functions for the company and its subsidiaries, including financial planning, business planning and financial monitoring. Williams concurrently served as Chief Financial Officer for Inovant LLC, Visa's global information technology organization, responsible for global transactions processing and technology development. His previous banking experience includes senior financial positions at commercial banks in the Southern and Midwest regions of the United States. Since March 2012, Mr. Williams has also served as a board member and chair of the audit committee of RingCentral, Inc. He joined the board and audit committee of Oportun, Inc. in November 2017. Williams, a certified public accountant, received his Bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Dr. Patrick Y. Yang is a biotech industry consultant. He has was Executive Vice President of Juno Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative cellular immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, from November 2017 to January 2019. From January 2010 to March 2013, he served as Head of Global Technical Operations for F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. where he was responsible for the company's pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturing operations, process development, quality, regulatory, supply management and distribution functions. Before joining Roche, he worked for Genentech, Merck & Co., General Electric and Life Systems, during which time he developed significant experience with pharmaceuticals and biotechnology manufacturing, engineering, technology, and supply chain management. Dr. Yang currently serves on the board of directors of Codexis, a public company that develops biocatalysts for the pharmaceutical and fine chemicals markets, since February 2014; and PharmaEssentia Corporation, a clinical-stage biotechnology company, since March 2014; and previously served on the board of TaiMed, Inc. in 2007-2009; Celladon Corporation in 2014-2015: both are clinical-stage biotechnology companies; and Andeavor (formerly Tesoro Corporation), a public independent petroleum refining and marketing company, from December 2010 to September 2018; Dr. Yang earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the National Chiaotung University in Taiwan, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a Ph.D. in engineering from the Ohio State University.