Rinaldo Brutoco

Founder, Chairman and CEO

President and CEO of World Business Academy; co-founder of JUST Capital; start-up and turn around specialist, including public and private companies from zero to over $3.5 billion.

Dawa Tarchin Phillips

Vice-Chairman and President

Founder and CEO of Empowerment Holdings; President, International Mindfulness Teachers Association; Co-founder and former Education Director of UCSB’s Center for Mindfulness and Human Potential.

Matt Knapp

Consulting Aeronautical Engineer

Former chief engineer and co-founder Zunum Aero hybrid electric aircraft company; formerly lead designer of ATV Javelin light jet and chief aerodynamicist for TLG Aerospace.

Robert Shelton

Senior Vice President, Administration

President, ShangriLa Group; former founder and CEO, Private Access; formerly president or senior operating executive of technology and real estate development companies.

Erika Kelleher

Head of Talent Acquisition

25+ years experience recruiting in the aviation and aerospace industries, and helping to build world class implementation teams. Owned a boutique recruiting firm for 20 years and is currently Head of Talent Acquisition for Boom Supersonic.

Michael Schley

Corporate Counsel

A partner at the Schley Look & Guthrie law firm, with almost four decades of experience in financial regulation and corporate business law, including corporate governance, securities and M&A.

Other Directors and Advisory Board Members

Marie Case

Office of the Chairman

Founder of Case Leadership; 30+ years working with senior leaders, including as a Senior Partner of Praemia Group and Vice President at CSC’s Management Transformation Practice.

John Hofmeister

Advisory Board Member

Former President of Shell Oil Company; Founder and CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy; Member U.S. DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee.

Mitch Ewan

Advisory Board Member

Hydrogen Systems Program Manager at Hawaii Natural Energy Institute; former Co-Chairman of National Hydrogen Association; former submarine commanding officer.

Bob Colucci

Board of Directors

Retired Navy Captain and current Chief Executive Officer of PuRxCell Regenerative Medicine company; former President of H2 Clipper.

Phil Wisecup

Board of Directors

Retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral; Former Commander, USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group; Former President of U.S. Naval War College; and Former Naval Inspector General. Former Director of the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group.

Janice Lin

Advisory Board Member

Founder and CEO of the Green Hydrogen Coalition and professional services firm Strategen, co-founder of the California Energy Storage Alliance and Global Energy Storage Alliance.

Dr. Abas Goodarzi

Advisory Board Member

President and CEO of US Hybrid; a 30-year veteran of the electric and fuel cell industries, including as Technical Director of GM’s EV1 program and Senior Scientist at Hughes Aircraft.

Peter Georgescu

Advisory Board Member

Author, brand management specialist, former CEO and Chairman Emeritus of Young & Rubicam, one of the world’s most iconic marketing communication companies.

Stephen S. Tuttle

Board of Directors

President and CEO of JOT Enterprises; Board of Advisors for AFO Research; 30+ years’ experience in the aviation and aerospace industries building world class implementation teams, including both early stage and hyper-growth entities.

Jerry B. Brown, Ph.D.

Advisory Board Member

Founding Professor, Florida International University; coauthor, Freedom from Mid-East Oil; 40 years’ experience in renewable energy including advisory services to emerging enterprises; represents H2 Clipper in the Iberian Peninsula.


The World Business Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focusing on the role and responsibility of business in relation to solving critical environmental, energy security and social challenges. Formed in 1986, the Academy has a 30-year track record of leadership as a think tank and action incubator. The Academy’s direct focus on climate change, energy security and its advocacy for green hydrogen as the only planetary-wide clean energy source that could replace fossil fuels began with its seminal analysis of the most important threats to human survival and global renewable energy systems, culminating in its 2007 publication of Freedom from Mideast Oil. For more information about the Academy, see its website at

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