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Providing global leadership at an industrial scale to produce the world’s cleanest methanol in order to make everyday materials a part of the global climate solution.


"In Kalama Washington we are investing over 2 billion in an innovative clean technology that will both create family wage jobs and reduce global greenhouse gasses. Climate change is real; while no single enterprise can solve every aspect, we are determined to do our part."

- Simon Zhang, CEO


SIMON ZHANG - CEO, NW Innovation Works, LLC
Simon Zhang has over 20 years’ experience successfully managing complex energy and industrial projects and has managed NWIW’s operations for the last four years. Before joining the NWIW development team, Mr. Zhang held a number of leadership roles at BP including Solar Global Vice President, Strategic Alliances, Chief of Staff of BP Global Chemicals, and Deputy Chief Financial Officer of BP-Sinopec Retail JV in Zhejiang, China. Mr. Zhang received degrees in chemical engineering from Tsinghua University (BS), Purdue University (MS), the University of Wisconsin (PhD), an MBA from the University of Chicago, and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.
YANNING LUO – Vice President of Technology & Engineering, NW Innovation Works, LLC
Ms. Yanning Luo has more than 30 years of experience in petrochemical industry and R&D with extensive knowledge covering technology, engineering, project management, EPC, plant construction and operation. Prior to joining NWIW, Yanning held various critical roles as engineering manager, project manager in China Hualu Engineering Company, Project /Engineering Team Leader and engineering director in both BP PTA plant and BP joint venture in China. Yanning received Chemical Engineering degrees from Tianjing University (BS) in China, she holds a senior process engineer certificate and level 3 Certificate of NEBOSH UK.
MURRAY V. (VEE) GODLEY - Chief Development Officer, NW Innovation Works LLC
Vee Godley is NWIW’s Northwest-based executive. He has more than 30 years of project development and project management experience. Most recently, Mr. Godley served as Senior Site Manager for Industrial Piping, Inc. He previously held leadership positions at Sanders Bros, Inc., a capital construction company serving industry from southern Virginia to Mississippi. He studied electrical engineering at Beaufort County Community College and physics at North Carolina State University.
CLAY RIDING - Vice President of Energy Resources, NW Innovation Works, LLC
Mr. Riding has 34 years of experience in the energy industry covering a broad range of areas including resource acquisition, risk management, utility operations management, trading, and business development and marketing, primarily in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining NWIW, he held various roles in resource acquisition and management, trading, marketing and business development, and finance for Puget Sound Energy, The Energy Authority and The Williams Companies.
MITCH SILVER – Senior Vice President, Logistics, NW Innovation Works, LLC
Mitch Silver has over 40 years of experience in the maritime transportation and terminal storage field. Providing logistics support to numerous LNG, LPG, and Ammonia gas projects. In addition to petrochemical, oil, refined products, and methanol projects around the world. Mitch started his career with Celanese Chemical company holding various engineering and supervisory positions including manager of major project transportation before leaving Celanese to become a founding partner of Distribution Consulting Services, Inc (DCS) along with Clarksons, which was established in 1852 and is the world’s largest publicly traded international marine consultancy and ship brokerage firm. Mitch served on Clarksons International Advisory Board and eventually became CEO of DCS. Mitch has been involved in the design, supervision, and construction of numerous terminals and vessels including ammonia terminals and vessels. Mitch is a Licensed Professional Engineer Texas Board of Professional Engineers (#75305) with an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, from City College New York (CCNY).
HSIEN XIONG WONG – Director, Strategic Projects, NW Innovation Works, LLC
Mr. Hsien Xiong Wong has over 10 years of experience across fund management and investments, corporate and project finance. Prior to NWIW, Hsien Xiong worked with the investment office which manages the university endowment fund of the National University of Singapore (NUS) with over US$5 billion AUM for, where he held responsibility for its natural resources asset class investing in oil & gas, clean energy among others, and subsequently worked with an affiliate of ACME Solar India on financing of its solar PV farm projects in India. Hsien Xiong received degrees from NUS - B.Eng (Mechanical Engineering) as its top graduate and valedictorian, and MSc. (Real Estate) as its top graduate. He has also completed all three Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) examinations.

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