Joel Stone | AIChE

Joel Stone

ConVergInce Advisers

Joel is the President of ConVergInce Advisers and serves as Executive Vice President Strategy for Lee Enterprises Consultants, the world’s premier bioeconomy consulting group. He has been a long-term visionary and respected leader in commercialization of industrial biotechnology. Joel is presently providing services for fermentation and downstream recovery to develop and commercialize the emerging synthetic biology products including commercialization assistance for advanced technology clients in renewable chemicals, biochemicals, biofuels, and agricultural and biobased ingredients for food, fragrance and consumer products. Joel is the former President of Green Biologics Inc. where he led the development of the commercial platform of the company in North America for renewable n-butanol and acetone for use in the renewable specialty and performance chemical markets. Previously he was responsible for leading several biofuel companies to commercial success where he has built and started up nearly a half billion gallons of biofuel capacity. He has provided executive leadership at companies including ASAlliances Biofuels, Osage BioEnergy, Abengoa, Balchem Corporation, Opta Food Ingredients, and Genencor (now Dupont Biosciences). He has provided oversight for complex technologies and chemical processes at both pilot and development scale, and commercial scale.  Joel holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic University; and an M.S. in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He previously served on the Board of Green Biologics, and presently serves on the Board of Fermentum, serves as a Board Advisor for the Biorenewable Deployment Consortium, and serves on the Advisory Board for Business Climate Leaders. Joel has twice been listed in Biofuels Digests top 100 in the bioeconomy. In 2019 he was selected as the inaugural “Champion for Industry” award from