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Ryan L. ChurchillRyan L. Churchill

Ryan L. Churchill is currently President & Chief Operating Officer of Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc. (MLP), located in Kahului, Maui, where he is responsible for its day-to-day operations and its operating divisions of Kapalua Land Company, Ltd., Community Development and Asset Management.  Prior to his appointment to his current position, Mr. Churchill served in various positions within MLP’s resort and land development operations.  Before he joined MLP, Mr. Churchill worked with KPMG, LLP in its real estate consulting group in Honolulu and with Fieldstone Communities, a Southern California homebuilder.

He serves on various community organizations’ boards including the Maui Economic Development Board, Inc. and the Hawaii Nature Center, and is a member of the Hawaii Chapters of the Urban Land Institute and the Building Industry Association of America.  Mr. Churchill has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Irvine.


Kyle Datta

Kyle Datta is the founding partner of Ulupono Initiative, which was formed in 2009 to invest in three key areas to make Hawai`i more sustainable: more locally produced food, renewable energy and waste reduction. Previously, Mr. Datta served as the CEO of U.S. Biodiesel Group, a national biodiesel firm funded by private equity. Mr. Datta was formerly a vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton and served as managing partner of the firm’s energy practice in Singapore, and as leader of the U.S. Utility practice. During his twelve years at Booz Allen Hamilton, Mr. Datta worked with Fortune 100 energy companies on strategy, operations, and environmental sustainability in the U.S., Europe, Japan, Asia and Latin America.

Mr. Datta received a master’s degree in public and private management from the Yale School of Organization and Management and a master’s degree in environmental science in resource economics from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is co-author of the Rocky Mountain Institute books "Winning the Oil End Game" and "Small is Profitable." Mr. Datta also serves on the board of directors for Blue Planet Foundation and Parker Ranch.


Neil J. Hannahs

Neil J. Hannahs directs the Land Assets Division of Kamehameha Schools which is responsible for a portfolio of 358,000 acres of agriculture and conservation lands in Hawai`i.  These lands are managed to promote a thriving land for a vibrant people by implementing asset management strategies that: optimize care and use of natural, cultural and water resources; create sustainable systems to produce food, renewable energy and timber resources; support sustainable, community-based economic development; and foster social enterprise development to engage Hawaiian stakeholders in opportunities to execute and benefit from these strategies.

Mr. Hannahs is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and received his BA and MA degrees from Stanford University.  He is active in community affairs, serving on the governance boards of Queen’s Health System, Queen’s Medical Center, Moloka`i General Hospital, Bishop Museum, Polynesian Voyaging Society, Wai`anae Community Re-Development Corporation, Hawaiʻi BioEnergy and Hawaiian Islands Land Trust.  He is also founder and co-director of the First Nations Futures Program, and serves on a number of educational and cultural advisory boards.


Warren HarukiWarren H. Haruki

Warren H. Haruki is currently President & Chief Executive Officer of Grove Farm Company, Inc., a privately held company located in Lihu'e, Kaua'i, a position he has held since February 2005. Mr. Haruki also is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer for Maui Land & Pineapple.  He concluded a 26-year career with GTE Hawaiian Tel -- Verizon Hawai'i , serving as its President & Chief Executive Officer from 1991 until his retirement in October 2003.

He serves on the Boards of Pacific Guardian Life Insurance Company, First Hawaiian Bank and Hawaiian Telcom. Mr. Haruki is also a trustee of the Blood Bank of Hawai'i  and is the a past chair of both the University of Hawaii Foundation and The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. Mr. Haruki has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Purdue University, a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Hawai'i, and is a Certified Public Accountant.


Arama Kukutai

Arama Kukutai is a Managing Director at San Diego-based Finistere Ventures focusing on Food, Energy & Sustainable Agriculture investments.  Mr. Kukutai has had a successful career in sectors spanning agribusiness operations, corporate banking and international trade. At Finistere, he has focused on investments in agricultural technology and renewable energy portfolio investments where Finistere has been a pioneering venture fund in the Agriculture sector, with successful exits such as Athenix, Inc.  Prior to joining Finistere, Mr. Kukutai has had a successful career in focused on operations management and investment, both in commercial banking at Westpac Banking Corporation, and as a Director of PKW Incorporation, a $300M agribusiness and diversified investment entity involved in agriculture, aquaculture and property development with activities in New Zealand, Asia and Australia. He also served as Founder and Chairman of PKW Farms, a large pastoral Dairy agribusiness in New Zealand which is acknowledged as a world-class dairy operation.  Mr. Kukutai currently serves on the boards of Hawai`i BioEnergy LLC, and Somark Innovations, Inc., which are Finistere portfolio companies, and is a Board Observer with SG Biofuels, Inc., a leading provider of seed technology for Jatropha, a non-food biofuel crop. He has been actively involved in developing early stage technology networks for Agricultural technology through work the USDA Commercialization program for SBIR grantee companies and as an initiator of the annual Ag Innovation Showcase in partnership with the LARTA Insitute and the Donald Danforth Plant Sciences Center in St Louis, Missouri.  Mr. Kukutai is also active in advising on new Agricultural technology innovation in Australia and his native New Zealand.  He was also privileged to represent the New Zealand government for a four year term as Regional Director of the New Zealand’s Trade Development & Investment agency in North America establishing multiple pathways for businesses to access markets in the Americas.  Mr. Kukutai is based in San Diego, California.

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