IMA Chairman and Entrepreneur
Henk B. Rogers is a Dutch-born entrepreneur, and a clean energy and space exploration visionary who has dedicated the past decade of his career to the research, development, advocacy, and implementation of renewable energy sources in his adopted home of Hawaiʻi and beyond.
In 2007, Rogers founded the Blue Planet Foundation with its goal to end the world’s dependence on fossil fuels. Blue Planet’s efforts led to Hawaiʻi Governor David Ige signing a bill in 2015 that directed the state’s utilities to solely generate 100-percent of electricity sales from completely renewable sources by 2045. Hawaiʻi became the first state to enact legislation of this kind in the United States. Rogers went on to create Blue Planet Energy Systems and developed Blue Ion, an industry-leading battery technology with proprietary system architecture and energy management software.
Rogers is Chairman of the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES). He also owns HI-SEAS, a 1,200 square-foot Mars habitat where six crew members live in Mars-like conditions for up to 12 months to realistically simulate exploration of the Red Planet and help NASA and other space agencies learn from their experiences.