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Management Team

Mr. Haris Basit, CEO

Mr. Haris Basit, CEO

On July 10, 2015, Mr. Basit was appointed CEO of the Company and a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Basit co-founded Almaden Energy Group (AEG), LLC which partners with VIASPACE to grow Giant King Grass in the USA for animal feed. Since 2012, Mr. Basit has been providing Corporate Strategy Consulting to senior executives of publicly traded companies to help identify new growth opportunities and partnerships. Mr. Basit currently serves on a technical advisory committee to UNOS, a private, non-profit organization that manages the nation's organ transplant system. He was a consultant to Liebman and Associates, the premier clean energy lobbying firm in Washington, DC. He has provided entrepreneurship mentoring for University of California Berkeley MBA students. He started his career as a Staff Engineer at IBM moving on to became a Manager at Rockwell International, a Manager at Bell Labs, Vice President of Business Development for OEA International and then Founder/CEO of both Multigig, Inc. and Mobius Power, LLC. Mr. Basit received his MSEE from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1986. He also earned a BSEE from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1984.

Dr. Carl Kukkonen: CEO, Co-Founder

Dr. Carl Kukkonen: CTO, Co-Founder

Dr. Carl Kukkonen is Founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Dr. Kukkonen is responsible for the technology of Giant King Grass agriculture, and utilization including direct combustion power plants, anaerobic digestion facilities to produce biogas and animal feed. Dr. Kukkonen leads the technical aspects of business development including feasibility studies, business plans and financial models for customers.

Prior to founding VIASPACE Dr. Kukkonen was a Caltech employee, serving as Director of the Center for Space Microelectronics Technology (CSMT) and Manager of Supercomputing at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. At JPL from 1984 to 1998 he also managed the SBIR program together with his other duties. Dr. Kukkonen established and grew the CSMT into a 250-person operation with a $70M annual budget.

From 1977 to 1984 Dr. Kukkonen worked for the Ford Motor Company as Ford's leading expert on hydrogen as an alternative automotive fuel. As a Principal Research Engineer, he also led a team that developed Ford's first turbocharged intercooled direct injection diesel engine. Dr. Kukkonen received a BS in physics from the University of California at Davis. He earned a MS and Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University and was a post-doctoral fellow at Purdue. In 1992 Dr. Kukkonen was awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal.

Stephen J. Muzi: CFO and Treasurer

Stephen J. Muzi: CFO and Treasurer

Mr. Stephen J. Muzi oversees the accounting, financial planning and analysis, treasury, investor relations, internal audit and income tax functions at VIASPACE. Mr. Muzi joined VIASPACE in 2000.

Prior to joining VIASPACE, Mr. Muzi was Corporate Controller of Southwest Water Company, a NASDAQ company. In this position, he was responsible for SEC reporting, treasury, risk management program, internal audit and income tax requirements. Mr. Muzi was with Southwest Water Company from 1988 to 2000.

From 1985 to 1987, Mr. Muzi was a senior auditor with BDO Seidman, a national CPA firm. Mr. Muzi received his bachelor's degree in accounting from Rochester Institute of Technology and a master's degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.