Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors
Henk Rogers, Founder and Chairman
As Blue Planet Foundation's principal and visionary philanthropist, Henk Rogers is committed to the mission of stewarding the environment through developing non-carbon, clean energy sources. He is personally devoted to helping our planet reduce and eventually eliminate its dependence on fossil fuels. (Read more about Henk's story here.)
Mr. Rogers is also renowned as a global leader in the gaming industry. One of his software companies holds the exclusive intellectual property rights to Tetris, the world’s most popular video game (over 125 million units sold). Rogers revolutionized the industry when he brought the now legendary game to U.S. and world markets almost two decades ago.
In the 1980s, Rogers’ groundbreaking work in Japan’s then-fledgling computer game industry led to the development of Japan's first-ever Role Playing Game (RPG), Black Onyx (published by Bullet-Proof Software); he is known in Japan as “the father of RPG.” Henk’s reach has also greatly influenced the hand-held game systems market via his facilitation of one of the industry’s most fruitful partnerships, between Tetris and Nintendo’s Game Boy—more than 35 million units of the game have been sold through this marriage alone.
Raised in Holland until age 11, Rogers attended New York City's specialized school for mathematics, science and technology, Stuyvesant High School. He went on to study computer science at the University of Hawaii. He currently resides in Hawaii.
Darren Kimura, Vice President
Darren T. Kimura is a clean energy entrepreneur. Over his career he has been inventor on 14 clean energy technology patents. He has founded numerous clean energy companies including: Energy Industries, an international energy services company; Energy Laboratories, a clean technology incubator; Enerdigm Group, a clean energy technology and project investment firm, Sopogy, a solar technology company; and Keahole Solar Power, which generates two megawatts of solar energy on Hawai‘i Island and developed the 10 Megawatt Photovoltaic Kalaeloa Solar One and Two projects on O‘ahu. Kimura’s companies have supported 300 green-collar jobs and kept half a billion dollars in Hawai‘i through energy savings, while offsetting more than 2 million metric tons of CO2 emissions.
Dr. Virginia Hinshaw, Secretary
Dr. Hinshaw is Chancellor Emeritus and Professor of Tropical Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Pharmacology at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Prior to assuming her role as Chancellor of the University of Hawai‘i in 2007, Dr. Hinshaw served as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of the University of California at Davis and Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate School Dean at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. A noted microbiologist, Dr. Hinshaw’s work over the past 25 years has aided in the understanding of the influenza virus, including its hosts, transmission mechanisms and genetic changes, as well as new approaches to vaccines. She holds a B.A. in laboratory technology and master’s and doctoral degrees in microbiology from Auburn University.
Robert Lloyd, Treasurer
Bob Lloyd is Chairman of the V Foundation for Cancer Research, a non-profit dedicated to funding cutting edge cancer research. In his business career he served as the Chairman and CEO of Mindscape, a publicly traded software company until his retirement in 1997. Prior to this he was President, CEO, of Data East, Inc. a developer of entertainment software, and also held various senior management positions with several other companies.
Bob currently sits on the Boards of Blue Planet Software, Avatar Reality, and Blue Lava Technology. Mr. Lloyd holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University, and an MBA from Pepperdine University. After college, he played professional basketball with the New York Nets.
Governor George Ariyoshi
As a three-term governor of the State of Hawai‘i and a farsighted architect of Pacific-Asian affairs, Governor Ariyoshi set in motion a series of wide-ranging policies that became the hallmark of his administrative legacy. During his 13 years as Hawaii’s chief executive, he adopted responsible fiscal strategies, maintained progressive trade relations and steady tourism growth, optimized the development of ocean resources, and strengthened Hawaii’s presence in the Pacific. In addition to being the nation’s first Asian-American governor, he also served as Hawaii’s lieutenant governor, a territorial and state Senator, and a member of the territorial House, holding elected office from 1954 through 1986.
Dr. Peter E. Crouch
Dr. Peter E. Crouch has been Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa since 2006. In addition to its mission of providing an outstanding undergraduate program in engineering — something about which Crouch is passionate — the College's vision includes being recognized with the Pacific Rim for its unique and distinctive characteristics emanating from its roots in the Hawaiian and Pacific Island communities, its oceanic environment and its East-meets-West location. Dr. Crouch is also currently a member of: the Hawaii Science and Technology Council; the CAMS External Advisory Board, Idaho National Laboratory; and the K-12 Advisory Board for the American Society for Engineering Education Dean's Council.
Previously, Dr. Crouch's distinguished background as an administrator, educator and scholar includes serving as Vice Provost for Global Engagement at Arizona State University. He was also Dean of ASU's esteemed Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering for over a decade. Under his leadership, the school rose to be included among the country's top 50 engineering programs, as ranked by US News and World Report. Also during his tenure, graduate and undergraduate enrollment increased, 160 new faculty members were added, partnerships with top high tech companies were formed and over 20 research projects — accounting for almost $100 million in research expenditures — were funded. Prior to becoming Dean, Crouch was Chair of ASU's Electrical Engineering Department and taught for eight years in the mathematics and engineering departments.
Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, Dr. Crouch has authored two books and more than 100 archival, journal and refereed publications. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Sciences and an M.A. in Control Theory from Warwick University in England as well as a B.A. in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University.
With over 20 years of experience in real estate, Christine Camp has continued to be successful in earning recognition within the industry for her extensive knowledge and skilled insight of the unique Hawaiian real estate market. As Managing Director of Avalon Development Company, LLC, Ms. Camp provides detailed financial and market analysis to a wide range of investors involved in various real estate transactions and development scenarios. Avalon is involved in all lines of real estate including residential, retail, office, industrial as well as hotels and resorts. As a full service real estate company, Avalon offers three areas of real estate related services to its clients and partners: Brokerage, Market and Financial Consulting (inclusive of Land Development), and Existing Property Redevelopment or Conversions. Pacific Business News has consistently ranked Avalon in the top five real estate companies for handling the largest transactions in Hawaii for the last five years. Prior to launching Avalon, Ms. Camp was the Vice President of Development at A&B Properties, Inc. in charge of the company’s real estate development and investment acquisition activities. She was also the Senior Project Coordinator of Planning and Engineering at Castle & Cooke Properties, Inc. where she handled site acquisition and development of non-company owned properties, inclusive of the Waikele and Wailuna master planned communities. She is a Board Member of Central Pacific Bank.
Kyle Datta is a 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, Kyle was the CEO of U.S. Biodiesel Group, a national biodiesel firm funded by private equity; Managing Director of Research and Consulting at the Rocky Mountain Institute; and a vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton where he served as managing partner of the firm’s Asia energy practice and head of the U.S. utilities practice. Kyle 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 RMI books “Winning the Oil End Game” and “Small is Profitable.”
Bert A. Kobayashi is the founder of Kobayashi Group LLC, and is the Chairman of Kobayashi Development Group LLC. He holds a Hawaii Contractors License and has over 44 years of construction experience, including 37 years as a real estate developer.
Mr. Kobayashi devotes much of his time serving on the boards and committees of the following organizations: American Savings Bank (Board of Directors), Alexander C. Waterhouse Foundation (Director), Blue Planet Foundation (Board of Directors), After-School All-Stars Hawaii (Advisory Board), Hawaii Meth Project (Advisory Board), Kapiolani Health Foundation (campaign chair), Polynesian Voyaging Society World Voyage (Fundraising Committee).
He has previously served as a board member for Georgetown University (Board of Regents), University of Hawaii at Manoa (Board of Regents), University of Hawaii Foundation (Board of Trustees), Bishop Museum (Board of Directors), Ronald McDonald House (Board of Directors), Mid-Pacific Institute (Board of Trustees), and Kapiolani Health Foundation (Board of Trustees).
Among Mr. Kobayashi's honors are the 2004 Charles Reed Bishop Medal Award, the 2002 Business Leader of the Year, and the 1994 Georgetown University’s Patrick Healy Award. He was recently recognized by the State of Hawaii’s Senate and House of Representatives for his leadership and contributions to the people and State of Hawaii (2008). He and his wife Susan were also honored by the Historic Hawaii Foundation for their personal commitments to education, ohana, healthcare and culture to enhance the communities of Hawaii.
Ernest Nishizaki is executive vice president and chief operating officer of Kyo-ya Management Co., Ltd. which owns the Sheraton Waikiki, Royal Hawaiian, Sheraton Moana Surfrider, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, and Sheraton Maui hotels in Hawaii. After graduating from Leilelhua High School on Oahu, Ernest attended the University of Hawaii where he majored in Travel Industry Management. Upon graduation Ernest joined ITT Sheraton Corporation’s management trainee program and worked in various management positions at several properties here and on the mainland. Ernest became the first Hawaii-born general manager of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in 1993.
David Williams spent his entire 26 year working career with Whirlpool Corporation, a $20 billion global manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances. His career at Whirlpool spanned several functions ranging from engineering to Vice President of Sales and ultimately as Senior Vice President of Global Marketing. He was also Vice President of Marketing in both North America as well as Europe.
Since retiring at the end of 1998, he has spent his time assisting small to mid sized businesses as both a volunteer advisor as well as in some cases a member of the board of directors. David is also on the board of directors of the V Foundation for Cancer Research. He received both his BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois.