He advises and consults with a broad range of companies including Confluent Energy, Flambeau River Biofuels, and Chevron Technology Ventures. He is an expert consultant for the Departments of Energy and Agriculture, the European Commission’s Energy Directorate, and the National Engineering & Science Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, and served on the advisory board of NSERC’s Innovative Green Wood Fibre Products Network. Recently, he founded the Consortium of Advanced BioEnergy Solutions (CAWES), a broad-based collaboration with the USDA Forest Service and the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities, to find alternative uses for low-cost woody biomass and promote forest health. Prior to this, he held senior management positions at International Paper and Albany International, and was President and CEO of the Herty Advanced Materials Center.
Dr. Koukoulas received his B.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in chemistry from McGill University, and holds executive certificates from the MIT Sloan School of Business. He has published extensively and is a holder of 14 U.S. patents. Dr. Koukoulas is a member of the American Chemical Association, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the MIT Enterprise Forum, the Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada (PAPTAC) and Sigma Xi. He is a long-time member of TAPPI and is former Chairman of its International Research Management Committee. He has taught at McGill University and is an adjunct professor at North Carolina State University.
Dr. Koukoulas and his wife, Lynn, reside in Savannah, GA. They have been married for 29 years and have two children. They are avid outdoorsmen and enjoy hiking, skiing and savoring full-bodied cabs.