The 2015 Summit will see more than 100 industry, finance and policy thought-leaders debate the future energy system.
Miguel Angel Alonso Rubio
Acciona Energia Mexico
Miguel Angel Alonso Rubio is the Director General of Acciona Energia Mexico, the company that developed and built 65% of installed capacity in Mexico in terms of wind power generation.
Mr. Alonso started his professional career at Azkoyen as an Industrial Research and Development Engineer. In 1990, he founded an engineering company focused on projects for large industrial developments.
In 2000, Mr. Alonso became a Project Manager on the Construction Acciona team, where he was focused on expanding the company’s work in the renewable energy sector.
In 2005, Mr. Alonso shifted to Project Manager of Acciona Energy International, where he focused on the development of renewable energy in countries including Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico and Spain.
In 2007, Mr. Alonso returned to Mexico as Technical Director of Acciona and led the construction of the largest wind farm in Latin America, in alliance with Cemex, under a scheme of self-sufficiency. This plant has a capacity of 250MW and has been in operation since 2009.
Deputy Secretary for Planning and Energy Transition
Secretariat of Energy Mexico
Leonardo Beltran was appointed Deputy Secretary for Planning and Energy Transition on December 10, 2012, by the president of Mexico.
Deputy Secretary Beltran holds a Masters in Public Administration in International Development from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Bachelor’s of Science in economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). He studied law at the Faculty of Law of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).
In 2010, Deputy Secretary Beltran was appointed Director-General for Information and Energy Studies at the Secretaría de Energía de México (SENER), where he participated in the National System of Science and Technology and collaborated in the information system of technology and scientific research of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), as well as in the development of the Special Program of Science and Technology. He also coordinated the intersectorial working group on Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) and a working group for the development of a Sustainable Buildings Mexican Standard. He was responsible for the organization of the Energy Efficiency and Access Forum held in Mexico City in September 2010.
Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operating Officer
Chris has an abiding passion for technology, operational improvement and building smart, highly productive teams within a fun and collaborative culture. For the last 20 years, he has applied this passion to creating and growing numerous early- to mid-stage software companies. With a goal of leveraging his expertise to help solve some of the world’s key challenges, he joined Tendril in 2011.
At Tendril, Chris wears both the COO and CTO hats and as such, is responsible for the Product, Engineering, Network Operations, Technical Support, and Customer Success teams. He applies his expertise and passion to create a motivated team of employees who are working together to change the way the world thinks about and consumes energy.
Prior to joining Tendril, Chris was the senior vice president of technology for Local Matters, a Denver-based company that provides Internet, voice and mobile technology solutions that empower local media publishers to maximize their success in the local search market.
During his career, Chris has also led technology and operations groups in B2B, B2C and B2B2C segments for companies such as EffectiveUI, Requisite Technology, StorageTek, Paradigm Exchange, Sabre Decision Technologies and Cybertek. He has a B.S. in computer science from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Direct Energy Services
As President of Direct Energy Services, Scott Boose has full accountability for all aspects of the company’s North American Services business, which employs nearly 4,000 people and serves close to 2 million customers per year.
Previously, Scott was President of the Clockwork Home Services business (a Direct Energy company) which operates its franchise network in 48 states and has company-owned operations in 11 states and two Canadian provinces. Scott joined Direct Energy in 2004 through the acquisition of the Residential Services Group, at which he held several senior positions over a 10-year period.
From 2007-2010, Scott served as the Managing Director of the Heating Services business for British Gas, an operating unit of Centrica, where he oversaw a team of 11,000 employees, including 8,000 frontline engineers and installers. Scott served on the board of British Gas Insurance during his time in the United Kingdom.
Scott has a Bachelor of Science in Business, Accounting and Finance from Wright State University, from which he graduated with honors. He is married and resides in Sarasota, FL, with his wife and two children.
Chief Financial Officer
Brad Buss is SolarCity’s chief financial officer and oversees SolarCity’s global finance, accounting, structured finance and investor relations organizations. Brad has an extensive background in finance and operations, including experience in mergers and acquisitions, project finance and capital market transactions for both public and private companies.
Prior to joining SolarCity, Brad served as the CFO of Cypress Semiconductor from August 2005 to June 2014, where he oversaw a range of significant achievements, including the IPO of the company’s SunPower subsidiary. Prior to joining Cypress, Brad served as vice president of finance at Altera Corp. and as CFO of Wyle Electronics’ Atlas Services Division. He also served as a member of Cisco Systems’ worldwide sales finance team, and as chief financial officer at Zaffire, Inc. Brad is currently a member of the board of directors of Tesla Motors and Cafepress.
A native of Canada, Brad began his finance career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen in Toronto and Los Angeles. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from McMaster University and an honors business administration degree in finance and accounting from the University of Windsor.
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Tim Cesarek joined Enerkem’s management team as Senior Vice President, Business Development, in March 2012. He has more than 25 years of experience in business development, private equity and corporate venture capital.
Mr. Cesarek was most recently Managing Director of the Organic Growth Group at Waste Management, where he was responsible for finding synergistic growth opportunities in optimizing value from waste material, particularly through its conversion into biofuels, renewable chemicals, and energy. Prior to joining Waste Management, Mr. Cesarek was president of the corporate venture group of Koch Industries, one of the largest private companies in North America with businesses across chemicals, fuels, polymers, wood resin products and consumer products. Mr. Cesarek has also served on a number of boards of directors. He has directly invested in and managed more than $750 million in private debt and equity investments across various industries.
Mr. Cesarek obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and a master’s degree in business from Pepperdine University.
Manager, Solar Insight Service
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Jenny Chase is the manager of Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s global Solar Insight Service. She joined BNEF in mid-2005 and launched the Solar Insight Service in early 2006, and now runs the team from Bloomberg’s Zurich office.
Jenny has conducted or overseen all the research of the Solar Insight Service during its five-year lifespan. This included a groundbreaking PV experience curve analysis, which enabled the team to make a definite prediction of an upcoming sudden 35-40% fall in crystalline silicon module prices a year before it happened and while most analysts were expecting slow 5-10% per year price slides. The timing of the price decline in early 2009 was predicted by BNEF’s solar team with some accuracy in 2007, based on global supply and demand analysis.
The team, comprising eight analysts on three continents with backup from BNEF’s international resources, conducts regular and rigorous price surveys across the PV value chain, the industry’s only Silicon and Wafer Forward Price Index; detailed and timely analysis of policy and its implications for the solar sector; and extensive technology and economic analysis of PV and solar thermal electricity generation. Jenny is the author of BNEF’s quarterly PV Market Outlook, which draws together updates and output of proprietary models to give a detailed account of demand, supply, price, margins and investment activity in the PV industry.
The team also conducts continuous ad-hoc research and data provision on the hot questions of the day for many of the leading financial institutions, utilities, developers and manufacturers. Jenny has been cited in The Economist, The New York Times, the Financial Times and Nature on various topics pertaining to solar, and has been interviewed on Bloomberg TV and BBC radio. She is a regular speaker at European and international solar conferences.
Jenny has also worked on consulting projects regarding the cost targets for CPV, strategies for module sales in the Italian market, and cost projections for solar thermal electricity generation as well as cross-sector clean energy projects.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Sciences and an MSci in Physics from the University of Cambridge, England.
Asia Business Council
Mark L. Clifford is the Hong Kong-based executive director of the Asia Business Council and author of The Greening of Asia: The Business Case for Solving Asia’s Environmental Emergency (Columbia University Press). Previously, he was editor-in-chief of the South China Morning Post, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Standard and the Asia regional editor for Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
Mark moved to Asia in 1987 as the Seoul, Korea, correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review, and later served as the magazine’s business editor in Hong Kong. In addition to the Asia Business Council’s books on young Asians (Through the Eyes of Tiger Cubs: Views of Asia’s Next Generation) and on green buildings (Building Energy Efficiency: Why Green Buildings Are Key to Asia’s Future), Mark is co-author, with former WTO Director-General Supachai Panitchpakdi, of China and the WTO: Changing China, Changing World Trade; the co-author of Meltdown: Asia’s Boom, Bust and Beyond; and the author of Troubled Tiger: Businessmen, Bureaucrats and Generals in South Korea.
Mark graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and was a Walter Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University. He has lived in Hong Kong since 1992.
Lead Solar Analyst, Americas
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Nicholas Culver is Lead Solar Analyst, Americas, at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, where he primarily covers the downstream United States PV market. Previously, he published price forecasts, market analyses and commentary for clients of the US REC Market service.
His prior experience includes solar PV asset management for Distributed Sun and regulatory analysis for the New York Power Authority. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Government from Connecticut College and a master’s degree in Energy Policy and Finance from Columbia University.
Emerald Technology Ventures
Gina Domanig is the Managing Partner of Emerald Technology Ventures, based in the company’s Zurich office. In 2000, she founded Emerald as the first independent cleantech venture capital fund in Europe. Gina currently serves on the boards of SDC Materials, TaKaDu and GeoDigital. Previously, she also represented Emerald as a director at Agraquest (acquired by Bayer in 2012) and inge watertechnologies (acquired by BASF in 2011).
Gina has more than 25 years of international business experience including banking, M&A, strategic development and venture capital. Prior to starting Emerald, she was senior vice president at Sulzer, a Swiss multinational, responsible for strategic planning and M&A. Gina holds MBA degrees from the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University and ESADE in Barcelona and is fluent in English, German and Spanish.
President and CEO
Amy Ericson is President and CEO of Alstom, Inc. and head of Alstom’s United States businesses. Alstom is a global leader in electric power and rail transportation technology. In the US, Amy oversees Alstom’s engagement with industry and government while directly supporting existing businesses and their pursuit of new business opportunities in the areas of thermal and renewable power generation, rail transit and electricity transmission and distribution.
While at Alstom, Amy led the development of key products in Alstom’s sustainable technology portfolio including advanced gas turbine applications, clean coal technology and renewables. She is a proponent of competitiveness and productivity both for Alstom and the nation. Internally, she oversees the development and implementation of common core systems across all Alstom businesses in the US. Externally, Amy serves as the liaison to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its national laboratories and bridges B2B technology partnerships that are critical to Alstom’s growth.
Passionate about the importance of STEM education (Science, technology, Engineering, Math) and skills development, Amy speaks regularly to men and women on the need for companies to educate youth on the opportunities for applying STEM to ensure a better world.
Amy has more than 20 years of experience in the international energy industry, having held a variety of positions with DuPont, Exxon-Mobil, ABB and Alstom in the areas of product and business development, energy trading, production network optimization, long range planning, industrial mergers and acquisitions, and marketing and communications. She is actively involved in a number of industry groups including The National Coal Council, The Council on Competiveness (CoC) and DOE’s Accelerate Energy Productivity 2030 initiative as well as the American Energy and Manufacturing Competiveness partnership, Institute for Electric Innovation (IEI) partner roundtable and serves as an ambassador for Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (CEEE).
Amy holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Harvard University, where she served as the President of the Corporate Leadership and Ethics Forum.
Founder of Renewables 100 Policy Institute and Member of the California Board of Governors
Angelina Galiteva was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown and subsequently approved by the State Senate to the five-member California Independent System Operator Corporation Board of Governors. The Independent System Operator is responsible for the reliable operation of the electrical grid in the state of California and for the efficient integration of the 33% Renewable Portfolio Standard mandate.
Ms. Galiteva is also a Principal at NEOptions, Inc., a renewable energy and new technology product design and project development firm. Her industry experience includes serving as Executive Director of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and head of its Green LA, Environmental Affairs and New Product Development Organization. While at the municipal utility, she was responsible for strategic positioning and the environmental compliance departments. Her career also includes posts with the New York Power Authority and the California ISO and Power Exchange Trusts on their initial launches.
Ms. Galiteva works to advance the use of renewable energy and distributed energy technologies worldwide. In the NGO arena, she is the founder of the Renewables 100 Policy Institute and also serves as the Chairperson for the World Council for Renewable Energy. Both organizations are dedicated to the successful deployment of renewable energy technologies and the policies that support them on a global scale.
Director, Sales and Field Operations
Jeff Gates is Director of Sales & Field Operations for Alevo Energy, a battery technology manufacturer and energy service provider. He is responsible for global sales of energy storage services and systems, project development, and execution of a large pipeline of current projects. Following completion of the initial projects, he will continue overseeing ongoing commercial operations.
Prior to joining ALevo, Jeff was managing director for Duke Energy Commercial Transmission, which develops, owns, and operates electric transmission facilities throughout North America. In this role, he is responsible for successful execution of transmission project development, from project structuring and regulatory approval through construction, primarily in the western United States. In addition, Jeff had primary project development responsibility for the Notrees Battery Storage Project, a 36-megawatt storage system being installed adjacent to one of Duke Energy’s wind farms in west Texas.
In addition to his responsibilities at Alevo, Jeff Gates is vice chair and chairman designate of the Energy Storage Association.
Associate, Energy Smart Technologies
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Logan is an Associate at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, on the Energy Smart Technologies team. He is responsible for global analysis on the energy storage market.
He advises utilities, technology companies, investors and policymakers across these fields. He has authored numerous research papers and speaks at international conferences and on Bloomberg TV. He has also been involved in a number of cross sector consultancy assignments and was Project Manager of the Zayed Future Energy Prize from 2011 to 2013. He was previously Lead Analyst for the Middle East and Africa team, focused on the solar and wind sectors, having joined the company in 2009.
Prior to joining the company, he has previously worked at the Next Century Foundation which is a nonprofit political think tank where he was the senior editor for the MENA region. He holds an MA (Hons) from Edinburgh University in Arabic.
Co-Founder and Chairman
Generation Investment Management
Former Vice President Al Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and a member of Apple, Inc.’s board of directors. Gore spends the majority of his time as chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit organization he founded that is focused on solutions for the global climate crisis.
Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980 and 1982 and to the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the 45th Vice President of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years.
He is the author of the bestsellers Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, and most recently, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. He is the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary and was selected as the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change.”
Former Vice President Gore was born on March 31, 1948, and resides in Nashville, Tennessee.
Senator Judd Gregg
Judd Gregg served as a United States Senator from 1993 to 2011 and was Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee. Prior to his tenure in the Senate, Gregg served as Governor of New Hampshire from 1989 to 1993 and as U.S. Representative from 1981 to 1989.
Senator Gregg was a chief negotiator of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. He was the lead sponsor of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 and, along with the late Senator Ted Kennedy, co-authored the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Senator Gregg, with Senator Alan Simpson, Erskine Bowles and Governor Ed Rendell, is co-chairing an initiative known as “Fix the Debt” which is an effort to develop a comprehensive deficit reduction agreement along the lines of the Simpson-Bowles Commission on which Senator Gregg served.
In New Hampshire, Senator Gregg is known for his commitment to protecting the environment. His efforts have helped preserve more than 337,000 acres of sensitive land. As the former Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, he has also been a major force for promoting excellence in higher education in New Hampshire especially at the University of New Hampshire and Dartmouth College, where Senator Gregg was appointed as its first Distinguished Fellow and where he lectures on national governance and history issues.
Senator Gregg received his A.B. from Columbia University in 1969, his J.D. from Boston University Law School in 1972 and his L.L.M. in tax law in 1975.
President and CEO
Solar Electric Power Association
Julia Hamm has 15 years experience advising and collaborating with utilities, manufacturers and government agencies on renewable energy and energy efficiency strategies and programs. The knowledge and experience she has gained as the President and CEO of SEPA since 2004 makes her one of the world’s foremost experts on the nexus between utilities and solar energy. Julia guides and oversees all of SEPA’s research, education, and collaboration activities for its 900+ member companies. She has expertise on the business models and solar programs of utilities throughout the U.S., as well as utilities in Europe and Asia. Prior to joining SEPA, Julia worked for ICF International where she supported EPA’s implementation of the ENERGY STAR program. Julia – a graduate of Cornell University – walks the talk, living in a PV powered energy efficient home in Northern Virginia.
Former Commisioner for Climate Action
Connie Hedagaard has a Master of Arts, History and Literature from the University of Copenhagen.
In 1984-1990 Connie was a member of the Danish Parliament for the Conservative People’s Party. Connie decided to leave politics and become a journalist, firstly as Head of National Radio News, DR at Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende and then as Anchor on the late night news TV programme, Deadline.
From 2004, Connie was Danish Minister of Environment and later Minister of Energy and Climate up to COP 15 in Copenhagen. Connie held the position of EU Commissioner for Climate Action from 2010-2014.
Since 2015 Connie has been the Chair of the newly established KR Foundation and various other Danish and international boards as e.g. OECD’s Round Table for Sustainability.
Connie is married with two sons and lives in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Professor Andrew Hoffman
Director of the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise
University of Michigan
Andrew J. Hoffman is Director of the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan. He holds the Holcim (US) Professorship in Sustainable Enterprise with joint appointments at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources & Environment.
Professor Hoffman’s research focuses on the processes by which environmental issues emerge and evolve as social, political and managerial issues. He has published more than 100 articles and book chapters and twelve books, which have been translated into five languages. His most recent book, How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate (2015, Stanford University Press), synthesizes the social science of why people accept or reject climate change.
Among Professor Hoffman’s list of honors are the Maggie Award, JMI Breaking the Frame Award, Connecticut Book Award, the Aldo Leopold Fellowship, the Aspen Environmental Fellowship, the Manos Page Prize, the Aspen Institute Faculty Pioneer Award, the Rachel Carson Book Prize and the Klegerman Award. He has served on research committees for the National Academies of Science, the Johnson Foundation, the Climate Group, the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development and the Environmental Defense Fund. Professor Hoffman serves on advisory boards for ecoAmerica, Next Era Renewable Energy Trust, SustainAbility, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, the Center for Environmental Innovation and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. He earned a joint Ph.D. in Management and Civil & Environmental Engineering from MIT.
President and CEO
Walter Isaacson is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine.
Isaacson’s latest book, The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, is a biographical tale of the people who invented the computer, Internet and the other great innovations of our time and is considered a must read for people from Wall Street to Silicon Valley to Main Street.
He is the author of Steve Jobs (2011), Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007), Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003), and Kissinger: A Biography (1992), and coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986).
Isaacson was born in New Orleans. He is a graduate of Harvard College and of Pembroke College of Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He began his career at The Sunday Times of London and the New Orleans Times-Picayune/States-Item. He joined Time in 1978 and served as a political correspondent, national editor and editor of new media before becoming the magazine’s 14th editor in 1996. He became chairman and CEO of CNN in 2001, and then president and CEO of the Aspen Institute in 2003.
Isaacson is chair emeritus of Teach for America, which recruits recent college graduates to teach in underserved communities. He was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other international broadcasts of the United States, a position he held until 2012. He is vice-chair of Partners for a New Beginning, a public-private group tasked with forging ties between the United States and the Muslim world. He is on the board of United Airlines, Tulane University and the Overseers of Harvard University. From 2005-2007, after Hurricane Katrina, he was the vice-chair of the Louisiana Recovery Authority.
Chairman and CEO
Public Service Enterprise Group
Ralph Izzo was elected chairman and chief executive officer of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) in April 2007. He was named as the company’s president and chief operating officer and a member of the board of directors of PSEG in October 2006. Previously, Mr. Izzo was president and chief operating officer of Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G).
Since joining PSE&G in 1992, Mr. Izzo has been elected to several executive positions within PSEG’s family of companies, including PSE&G senior vice president–utility operations, PSE&G vice president–appliance service, PSEG vice president–corporate planning and PSE&G vice president–electric ventures. In these capacities he broadened his experience in the areas of general management, strategic planning and finance.
Mr. Izzo is a well-known leader within the utility industry, as well as the public policy arena. He is frequently asked to testify before Congress and speak to organizations on matters pertaining to national energy policy.
Mr. Izzo’s career began as a research scientist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, performing numerical simulations of fusion energy experiments. He has published or presented more than 35 papers on magnetohydrodynamic modeling. Mr. Izzo received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in mechanical engineering and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in applied physics from Columbia University. He also received a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in finance from the Rutgers Graduate School of Management. He is listed in numerous editions of Who’s Who and has been the recipient of national fellowships and awards. Mr. Izzo has received Honorary Degrees from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (Doctor of Science), Thomas A. Edison State College (Doctor of Humane Letters), Bloomfield College (Doctor of Humane Letters), Rutgers University (Doctor of Humane Letters) and Raritan Valley Community College (Associate of Science).
Mr. Izzo serves as chair of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, and on the board of directors for The Williams Companies, the New Jersey Utilities Association, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), and The Center for Energy Workforce Development. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Peddie School, Columbia University School of Engineering Board of Visitors and the Princeton University Adlinger Center for Energy and the Environment Advisory Council, as well as a member of the Visiting Committee for the Department of Nuclear Engineering at MIT. Mr. Izzo is a former Chair of the Rutgers University Board of Governors.
Senior Vice President of Gas Construction and Operations
Marie Jordan is the Senior Vice President of Gas Construction and Operations for National Grid. Marie has responsibility for the safe maintenance and field operations for the gas network serving more than 4 million customers in the United States. The capital portfolio for her organization is $1.2 billion focused on reinforcement, reliability improvement, new connections and asset replacement. This strategy is managed with an eye to environmental stewardship, both employee & public safety, and innovation. Marie also serves as on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Gas Association, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, and the American Gas Association.
Prior to her current role, Marie was SVP of Network Strategy, responsible for the asset strategy, engineering and portfolio management. Marie has been part of the National Grid Leadership team since 2010 and began her career at Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
Marie is a board member of the Red Cross and has been a member of the Red Cross Tiffany Circle since 2013. Her educational background is both in Electrical Engineering and Business Accounting.
President and CEO
Badar Khan is the President and CEO of Direct Energy, the North American affiliate of Centrica plc, with overall responsibility for the company’s operations across residential and business energy supply, home services, midstream, and power generation in North America.
Prior to his appointment as CEO in April 2013, Badar was the President, Upstream and Trading of Direct
Energy. From 2007 to 2009, Badar worked in London for Direct Energy’s parent company, Centrica, as
the Managing Director of British Gas Business. Badar joined Direct Energy in 2003 as a Vice President,
and was subsequently named Senior Vice President, responsible for the US North. Prior to joining
Direct Energy and Centrica, Badar was a senior officer of a private retail energy company in the United States. He also worked as a management consultant with Deloitte Consulting in Boston and KPMG London.
Badar currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Partnership, the University of
Houston Energy Advisory Board, and on the Houston Advisory Council for the Tahirih Justice Center.
Badar holds an engineering undergraduate degree from Brunel University in London, and an MBA from
the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Badar and his wife, Masu, live in Houston with
their two daughters.
Private Sector Development Advisor
Julia Kraetke is a Private Sector Development Adviser in the Climate and Environment Department (CED) of the UK Government Department for International Development (DFID) based in London. Her role is to look at ways in which CED can structure, design and advise on interventions that leverage additional private finance and to identify which programmes can be more efficiently delivered by private sector actors. She is DFID’s lead adviser on Climatescope, a global index aimed at helping private sector developers and governments decide where to invest in renewable energy, and the Mercer study, which applies climate change scenarios and risk factors to asset allocation at the portfolio level, among other responsibilities.
Prior to joining DFID, Julia worked with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) on local economic development initiatives in Namibia and spent several years in marketing at Oxford Analytica, a global analysis and advisory firm.
Founder and Advisory Board Chairman
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Michael Liebreich is the Founder and Chairman of the Advisory Board, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the leading provider of research for decision-makers in the clean energy, water, carbon and power markets. Bloomberg New Energy Finance has close to 200 staff working out of 11 offices around the world. Michael founded the company in 2004 and acted as Chairman and Chief Executive until its acquisition by Bloomberg in 2009.
Michael is a board member for the UN Secretary General’s High Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Energy for All, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the New Energy Architecture and Founding Chairman for Finance for Resilience (FiRe). He is a former member of the advisory board of the Clinton Global Initiative’s Energy, Accenture’s Global Energy Board and Climate Change working group, and of the selection panel for the Zayed Future Energy Prize. Michael is a member of the selection panel for the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers and chairman of the selection committee for the Bloomberg New Energy Pioneers. He is on the advisory panel for the INSEAD Energy Club and acts as visiting professor at London’s Imperial College Energy Futures Lab.
Prior to founding New Energy Finance, Michael was an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and media executive. In the 1990s he acted as Deputy Managing Director of Associated Press Television and Founding Director of Sports News Television, and then as UK Managing Director of Groupe Arnault’s technology investment activities. He also spent five years in the London office of McKinsey & Company. Michael is a three-time finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.
Michael graduated in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, winning the Riccardo Prize for Thermodynamics. He earned his MBA from Harvard, where he was a Harkness Fellow and Baker Scholar. Michael was a member of the British Ski Team at the 1992 Albertville Olympic Games. He is also Chairman of St. Mark’s Hospital Foundation, a medical charity.
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Angus McCrone is chief editor of Bloomberg New Energy Finance. He has overall editing responsibility for BNEF’s rich selection of newsletters and analysis on international clean energy developments.
Angus works closely with BNEF’s 120-strong team of analysts and researchers covering sectors such as wind, solar, biofuels, carbon and energy-smart technologies. He also writes and presents on a wide range of topics including overall clean energy investment, project finance, public markets and policy-making.
Before joining New Energy Finance at the start of 2007, Angus was a financial journalist for UK national newspapers for 18 years, covering many business sectors but particularly economics, the financial markets and derivatives. He also worked part-time for many years as a senior economist for Centre for Economics and Business Research, a leading London based think tank, and as director of a start-up FSA authorised financial services firm.
Angus holds an MSc in economic history from the London School of Economics, an MA in modern history and economics from the University of St Andrews, and a Certificate of Investment Management from the Securities Institute, UK.
CohnReznick Capital Markets Securities
Conor focuses on structuring and negotiating tax equity investments, M&A asset sales and raising, as well as establishing CRCMS’ West Coast practice. He has been involved in numerous utility-scale solar, wind and biomass transactions to date. Conor has experience with all major tax equity structures, highlighted by structuring 33.9MW of California assets under a Lease Pass-through structure and 84MW of California assets under a first of its kind yield based partnership flip with a traditional wind investor making its first foray into the solar ITC market. Conor has also led several deals in the solar distributed generation space aggregating to over 250 MW of assets, including the successful sale of 38MW of projects in California, the financing of a 26.6MW portfolio in the northeast US and a 32.5MW portfolio in North Carolina. Since joining in 2011, Conor has participated in the structuring and placement of tax equity for over 350MW of solar projects and 375MW of wind projects totaling over $3 billion.
Conor also leads buy side and sell side advisory for the corporate acquisitions. He was responsible for the buy side advisory acquisition of Silverado Power and sPower by Fir Tree Partners to develop a scalable renewable energy platform with over 400MW of assets in the pipeline. He also led the buy side advisory for 63MW of operating assets and the sell side advisory for 95MW of assets under development.
Prior to CRCMS, Conor was a member of the Renewable Energy Structured Finance Group at Evolution Markets, focusing primarily on Renewable Energy Credits and Bundled PPA’s in the Northeast and Midwest compliance markets. His work included conducting the first long-term solar renewable energy credit deal in the Massachusetts market and research coverage for the NEPOOL, PJM, and MISO Regional Compliance Markets. Prior to joining Evolution Markets, Conor worked in the Investment Team at EcoSecurities in New York, helping to manage one of the world’s largest carbon project portfolios.
Conor received his MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and his CFA charter in 2009. He received a BA from Providence College.
Managing Director and Head of North American Power & Utilities
Mr. Mir is a Managing Director of Lazard, and is Head of the firm’s North American Power & Utilities Group; in addition he serves as a member of the Firm’s Fairness Committee. Prior to joining Lazard in 2003, Mr. Mir was a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group of Merrill Lynch.
Most recently, Mr. Mir has advised on the following matters (client in parentheses): proposed sale of Integrys to Wisconsin Energy (Integrys), sale of Ameren Energy Resources to Dynegy (Dynegy), strategic advisory in respect of First Solar (First Solar), strategic advisory in respect of the Long Island electric T&D system (New York State), sale of CH Energy Group to Fortis (CH Energy), Special Committee of the Board of Directors of SunPower (Independent Directors), restructuring of A123 Systems (A123), restructuring of LSP Batesville (LSP Batesville), sale of Central Vermont Public Service to Gaz Métro (Central Vermont Public Service), Dynegy’s restructuring process and strategic advisory (Dynegy), sale of Landys+Gyr to Toshiba (Landys+Gyr), merger of Progress Energy and Duke Energy (Progress Energy), Solyndra restructuring (U.S. Department of Energy), potential privatization or municipalization of the Long Island electric T&D system (LIPA), Duke Energy’s spin-off of Spectra Energy (Duke Energy), Verenium’s joint venture with BP (Verenium), PlaNYC (City of New York), National Grid’s acquisition of KeySpan (KeySpan), sale of Boston Generating to K Road Power (Boston Generating), restructuring of International Power’s U.S. subsidiary, American National Power (International Power) and various alternative energy financings.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Mir advised on the following matters: FPL’s merger with Entergy (terminated) (FPL), CP&L’s acquisition of Florida Progress Corporation (CP&L), sale of New England Electric System (“NEES”) to National Grid (NEES), NEES’ acquisition of Eastern Utilities (NEES).
Mr. Mir has also previously worked on a variety of transactions in areas such as Media & Entertainment and Healthcare, including: spin-off of Hughes Electronics from General Motors and associated investment in Hughes by News Corp. (General Motors), sale of Hughes Electronics by General Motors to EchoStar Communications (terminated) (General Motors), sale of Alza to Johnson & Johnson (Alza), sale of cable systems in Ohio and Massachusetts by Cablevision Systems Corporation (Cablevision Systems Corporation), purchase of MediaOne Group by AT&T (AT&T), purchase of TCA Cable TV by Cox Communications (Cox Communications), and the purchase of Nielsen Media Research by VNU (VNU).
Associate, Advanced Transportation
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Salim Morsy is an advanced transportation analyst for Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) based in New York City covering biofuels and electric vehicles. He was previously based in São Paulo for two years with BNEF.
Salim has a BA from Bard College, an MSc from the London School of Economics and is currently completing his MBA at New York University. He was also a Fulbright Scholar in Colombia.
Dr. Eddie O’Connor
Founder and Chief Executive
Mainstream Renewable Power
Dr. Eddie O’Connor was named world energy policy leader by Scientific American magazine and was recently cited as one of the top five most influential figures in US clean energy by Oil.com.
He was the Founder and Chief Executive of Airtricity from 1997 until January 2008, when the company was sold to E.ON and Scottish & Southern Energy for €1.8 billion. Investors experienced a share price growth of 54% compound over the entire period.
In February 2008, Eddie founded Mainstream Renewable Power. Today it is developing, building and operating about 19,000 megawatts of wind and solar farms across four continents. The company employs over 140 highly experienced staff and has offices in Berlin, Beijing, Cape Town, Chicago, Dublin, London and Santiago.
Eddie is acknowledged as the driving force behind the European Offshore Supergrid. This vision and activity will, when built, guarantee European energy self-sufficiency as well as producing carbon free electricity.
From 1987 to 1996 Eddie was Chief Executive of Bord na Mona, the Irish Peat Board, where he was responsible for the successful turnaround of the company. Eddie took the company from loss to profit making and it was here that he began to develop his vision for wind power. He built Ireland’s first commercial wind farm at Bellacorick, Co. Mayo with an installed capacity of 6.45 MW twenty-one years ago and it is still producing electricity today.
In 1970 he began working with the Electricity Supply Board, where he held several managerial positions, until he left in 1987 when he was Manager of Fuel Purchasing.
Eddie holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (1970) and a Master’s in Industrial Engineering (1976) both from University College Dublin and has a doctorate in Business Administration from the International Management Centres, Europe. He has received honorary doctorates from University College Dublin, the National University of Ireland and most recently, the University of Hull.
President and CEO
Mr. Padmanathan, a professional Civil Engineer with over 30 years of experience has served ACWA Power from 2005 as the company grew from a startup to where it is today; a leading private developer, owner and operator of power generation and desalinated water production plants headquartered in Saudi Arabia with a paid up capital of US$ 1.5 Billion now operating in 14 countries with a portfolio of plants worth US$ 27.5 Billion with a capacity to deliver 18,000 MW of electricity and 2.45Mm³/day of desalinated water.
While ACWA Power is focused on reliably delivering electricity and desalinated water at the lowest possible cost and is thus technology neutral and fuel agnostic, and thus owns and operates some of the largest gas fired (4000MW single plant as an example) and oil fired power plant and is now developing coal fired power plants, the company is also very active in the area renewable energy. The latest noteworthy efforts being the 100MW Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant at South Africa with 12 hours of storage where the company delivered an ultra-competitive first year tariff of 12.4 US Cents/kWh; and the 200MW PV plant in Dubai, UAE at a tariff of 5.845 US Cents/kWh recognized as the lowest unsubsidized levelized tariff seen in the world to date.
A graduate of University of Manchester, UK, Mr. Padmanathan started his career as a consulting engineer delivering infrastructure projects financed by the national treasuries and multilateral financial agencies and moved on to develop privately financed power, water and wastewater projects in over a dozen countries. A substantial period of his career before ACWA Power was with Black & Veatch, a US headquartered multinational engineer & constructor where he served as a Vice President and Corporate officer.
Mr Padmanathan also serves on the board of directors of several companies all operating in the water and power sectors.
California Public Utilities Commission
Michael Picker was named President of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on December 23, 2014, by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., who first appointed President Picker as a Commissioner on January 29, 2014. Prior to his appointment, President Picker was Senior Advisor for Renewable Energy in the Office of the Governor from 2009 to 2014. He was a principal at Lincoln Crow Strategic Communications from 2000 to 2009, Deputy Treasurer in the Office of the California State Treasurer from 1998 to 1999, Chief of Staff to Sacramento Mayor Joe Serna Jr. from 1992 to 1999, and Deputy Assistant for toxic substance control in the Office of the Governor from 1981 to 1982. He was a member of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District Board of Directors from 2012-2014. President Picker is a former lecturer at UCLA’s Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and instructor at Occidental College’s Urban and Environmental Policies Institute. He holds an MBA from UC Davis, specializing in marketing, social marketing, and nonprofit management.
Global Head of Sustainable Business and Finance
As Global Head of Sustainable Business & Finance, Curtis Ravenel leads Bloomberg’s sustainability initiatives – a Chairman’s Office effort and the result of his 2006 Bloomberg Global Leadership Forum proposal. The program aggressively integrates sustainability considerations into all firm operations and leverages the Bloomberg Professional Service to evaluate sustainability-related investment risks and opportunities for its 315,000 customers.
Curtis has worked for Bloomberg in multiple roles. He was the Financial Controller for Asia managing accounting, tax, treasury and audit services for 23 legal entities with combined annual revenues exceeding $1 billion USD. This was preceded by various roles in the Capital Planning and Financial Analysis Groups.
Prior to his work with Bloomberg, L.P., Curtis co-managed a small real estate development group, founded a micro-brewery and worked with the Recycling Advisory Council in Washington, DC conducting Full Cost Accounting and Life Cycle Analysis work.
He currently serves as a board member at US SIF, The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, and at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). He serves as an advisor to the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR) and the USA Advisory Board to the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce. Curtis was awarded a David Rockefeller Fellowship with the Partnership for New York City in 2011. He earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in History from Davidson College.
Lead Analyst, North America Carbon
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Colleen Regan is a North American Carbon Analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. She is responsible for forecasting carbon prices in regional cap-and-trade schemes, based on supply-demand fundamentals, policy developments, and market dynamics. Colleen also focuses on Environmental Protection Agency regulations and their impact on carbon emissions and electricity markets.
Prior to joining BNEF, Colleen researched climate-related finance for developing countries at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. She also worked at Credit Suisse AG, where she assisted hedge fund clients with capital raising.
Colleen has a BSc in International Political Economy from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and an MA in International Economics and Energy Policy from Johns Hopkins University.
Former Chairman of the Board
Jim Rogers is the former chairman of the board for Duke Energy. Prior to being elected chairman in January 2007, he also served as Duke Energy’s president and CEO from April 2006 until his retirement on July 1, 2013.
Rogers served as a CEO in the utility industry for 25 years. Over that period, he delivered an average total shareholder return of more than 12 percent per year by focusing on sustainable growth and executing a series of well-timed mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. In 2013, Rogers was awarded the Edison Electric Institute’s Distinguished Leadership Award by his industry peers in recognition of his 25 years of service and exemplary contributions to the electric utility industry. In addition, the Alliance to Save Energy honored Rogers with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
Chelsea Sexton is a veteran in electric transportation; her work on General Motors’ EV1 program was featured in the Sony Pictures Classics film, Who Killed the Electric Car?, and she was a Consulting Producer on the follow-up, Revenge of the Electric Car.
Chelsea served as Director of the Automotive X PRIZE, Senior Advisor to VantagePoint Capital Partners’ Cleantech practice, and co-founder of Plug In America, an electric drive advocacy group. She currently works as an industry advisor and consultant, and has written for multiple outlets including Wired and Popular Science.
Head of Industry Verticals
Joshua L. Steiner is the Head of Bloomberg L.P.’s Industry Verticals Group which includes, Bloomberg Government (BGOV), Bloomberg BNA (BBNA), and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). Mr. Steiner joined the company in January 2013 and is responsible for the strategy and operations of these subscription web-based services that provide legal, energy and government information to corporations, governments and NGOs around the world.
Before joining Bloomberg, Steiner most recently served as a Senior Advisor to NBCUniversal based in Mumbai, India. Prior to this role, he was co-founder, Co-President and a Managing Principal at the private equity and asset management firm, Quadrangle Group LLC, where he focused on the firm’s media and communications private equity business. He shared oversight of Quadrangle’s public equity, distressed debt and asset management businesses. Before forming the Quadrangle Group in March 2000, Steiner was a Managing Director at Lazard Frères & Co. LLC.
From 1993-1995, Steiner was the Chief of Staff for the United States Department of the Treasury. In this position, he managed the Secretary of Treasury’s staff and served as his adviser on domestic and international policy, communications and operations.
Steiner is on the Board of Trustees of the New York Public Library and Phillips Academy (Andover). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He received a M.St. in Modern History from Oxford University and a B.A. in History from Yale University.
Climate Strategy & Partners
Peter Sweatman is the Chief Executive of Climate Strategy & Partners (www.climatestrategy.com), a strategic consultant in Clean Energy, Clean Technology, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Strategies. For 5 years directly prior to this Peter was Managing Director responsible for Iberia and Latin America for Climate Change Capital, one of the world’s leading specialist fund manager and advisors in the low carbon economy. Peter holds a Masters degree in Engineering and Management Studies from Cambridge University. In 1991, he joined JPMorgan in Corporate Finance where he spent 9 years responsible for client business mainly in debt capital markets for Iberia and Latin America from London and then New York. In 2000, Peter became a social entrepreneur joining with other ex-bankers to found and run three NGOs : Charity Technology Trust (www.ctt.org), New Philanthropy Capital and Catalyst Climate Change Trust.
Chief Financial Officer
Ms Tan serves as CFO of Trina Solar globally.
Prior to joining Trina Solar, she led the Financial Services team at Parker Hannifin Corporation in the Asia Pacific region, a global manufacturer of control systems. Previously, she worked in the aluminium industry as Corporate Vice President of Tax for Aleris International where she led global tax planning and compliance. She began her career at Ernst & Young in tax and business planning for public and privately held companies in the United States.
Ms Tan holds a B.S. in Management and Industrial Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University and an M.A. in Economics, and Masters in Accountancy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in the United States. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the United States.
She speaks English and Mandarin Chinese.
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Nico Tyabji is an associate at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, where he coordinates research on Africa for the Global Climatescope project. He has a Masters in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where he concentrated in energy and climate change policy.
Before joining BNEF in 2011, he led research on mitigation strategies at the Global Network for Climate Solutions based at Columbia’s Earth Institute, and has previously worked for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development in Geneva.
Chief Executive Officer and General Manager
Enel Green Power
Born in New York (USA) in 1968, Mr. Venturini graduated cum laude in Economics from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1992 and was licenced as a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to joining Enel, he served as Financial Controller for Elsag Bailey Process Automation, a Finmeccanica group company, taking part in its listing on the NYSE. He later became Chief Financial Officer for several companies of the Elsag Bailey Process Automation and Hartmann & Braun groups in both the United States and Brazil. He joined the Enel Group in 1997 as Head of Administration and Management Control at Enel S.p.A., contributing to the company going public on the New York and Milan Stock Exchanges.
Mr. Venturini went on to become Head of Internal Audit within Enel’s Distribution and Market Division, and subsequently, the Head of Sales Administration within the same division. In 2009, he was appointed Head of Finance for Enel Green Power. Afterwards, he worked at Enel Green Power North America, first taking on the role of Head of Business Development and later, in 2011, as Head of North American Area. In May 2014, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Enel Green Power.
Analyst, Energy Smart Technologies
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Brian leads the North American coverage for the Energy Smart Technologies (EST) practice at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). Brian’s research focuses on digital energy, including smart grids, microgrids, grid reliability and demand response, as well as energy storage in North America. Prior to BNEF Brian worked as an energy storage analyst at Lux Research. Since 2011 he has performed in depth market research, policy analysis, and technology evaluation of energy storage and fuel cell projects around the globe. Brian has represented BNEF at thought leadership events led by the US Department of Energy, at New York City Climate Week and as a guest author in Foreign Affairs magazine.
Brian received his master’s degree in Engineering Systems and Management at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Brian’s thesis was a lifecycle assessment of a biofuel production system designed for the Middle East. Prior to Masdar Brian worked for three and a half years as an environmental consultant focusing on solid waste and recycling programmes, municipal procurement, strategic planning, landfill gas-to-energy and waste-to-energy projects.
Brian completed a B.S. in Natural Resources and a B.S. in Environmental Engineering Technology at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
Analyst, US Power and Environmental Commodities
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Madeline Yozwiak is a US Power and Environmental Commodities Analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. She covers US REC and SREC markets, focusing on supply-demand fundamentals, price forecasts, and policy developments. Prior to joining BNEF, Madeline completed research in photovoltaics and worked as a market analyst at Hudson Clean Energy Partners. Madeline holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Yale University.
Chair Audrey Zibelman
New York State Public Service Commission
Audrey Zibelman was confirmed as a Commissioner of the New York State Public Service
Commission on June 19, 2013, and was named Chair on September 3, 2013. Her term turns
through February 1, 2018.
Ms. Zibelman has extensive experience in the public, private and not-for-profit energy and
electricity sectors. She is a recognized national and international expert in energy policy, markets
and Smart Grid innovation.
As PSC Chair, she sits on the State Energy Planning Board. She is also Chair of the New York
State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment. She sits on the board of the New
York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the board of the
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Inc. (RGGI), the New York State Disaster Preparedness
Commission, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Task Force. Ms. Zibelman was
appointed to the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Board of
Directors, and is a member of NARUC Committee on Electricity She is also a member of the
U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee.
Ms. Zibelman is a Founder and past President and Chief Executive Officer of Viridity Energy,
Inc., which she formed after more than 25 years of electric utility industry leadership experience
in both the public and private sectors. She has participated as both counsel and expert witness in
numerous electric utility proceedings before state and federal regulatory and legislative bodies on
topics such as the benefits of power markets and Smart Grids to consumers. Ms. Zibelman also
has served on the boards of organizations responsible for assuring the security and reliability of
the nation’s power system, including Reliability First, the GridWise Alliance, and the Midwest
Previously, Ms. Zibelman was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of PJM,
a Regional Transmission Organization that operates the world’s largest wholesale power market
and serves 14 states throughout the eastern United States. Ms. Zibelman also held executive
positions at Xcel Energy, served as General Counsel to the New Hampshire Public Utilities
Commission, and as Special Assistant Attorney General in the Minnesota Attorney General’s
Ms. Zibelman received her B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and her J.D. from Hamline
University School of Law.
Ms. Zibelman, who resides in Albany, and her husband, Phillip Harris, are the proud parents of
Associate, Latin America
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Lilian Alves is an Associate at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, leading the coverage for the Latin American region. Based in São Paulo, she oversees analysis on market trends, policy, power and renewable energy, focusing on Brazil, Chile and Central America. Lilian also coordinates research for Latin America and the Caribbean for the Global Climatescope project. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College.
Head of Australia
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Kobad Bhavnagri is the Head of Australia for Bloomberg New Energy Finance, where he leads a team of analysts specialising in the transformation of the Australian energy sector. He has authored more than 90 publications since joining BNEF in 2010 and has worked in the energy and finance industries since 2003 as an engineer, management consultant and analyst.
Kobad has an academic background in engineering and environmental studies and specialises in energy economics, markets and policy.
Head of Quantitative Gas and NGL Markets
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Charlie Blanchard oversees quantitative research into gas and NGL markets at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. He has developed models to predict drilling activity and rig movements, coal plant retirements, and the energy intensity of several heavy industrial processes.
Prior to Bloomberg, Charlie covered Russian equities at Troika Dialog (now a Sberbank subsidiary) in Moscow. He holds a master’s in economics from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College.
Trained as a chemist, Rebecca Boudreaux, Ph.D., is an entrepreneurial technology executive with a unique blend of technical skills and business development expertise. She has served on the management team or Board of Directors of various startup companies in the clean tech, life sciences, high tech, and non-profit sectors. Presently, she is the President and a Board Member of Oberon Fuels, a San Diego-based company making DME (dimethyl ether) as a cleaner alternative to diesel. In her role at Oberon, Dr. Boudreaux leads the customer development and strategic partnering efforts with OEMs, feedstock suppliers, and trucking companies. Additionally, she oversees the regulatory processes for the use of DME as a fuel, including EPA Renewable Fuel Standard compliance and ASTM specification development. In 2004, she co-founded Intezyne Technologies, which developed polymer-based drug delivery systems to make existing cancer drugs works better. She served as CFO of the company for four years and served as a member of the company’s Board of Directors.
Dr. Boudreaux has a broad range of academic and industrial experience, having conducted research at MIT, Princeton University, University of Southern Mississippi, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and National Starch and Chemical. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Polymer Science (magna cum laude) from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Because of her work at the interface of technology and business, Dr. Boudreaux has given numerous invited lectures, including at Apple Inc.’s MacWorld Conference, University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts, University of California-Santa Barbara, and ACORE. She presently serves as a Board Member of UrbanPromise International, an organization working in Malawi, Honduras, Canada, and the United States to develop emerging leaders who will break the poverty cycle for children in under-resourced, urban communities. She is also a Board Member of the Startup Leadership Program, a non-profit, international organization focused on developing the next-generation of startup CEOs. Dr. Boudreaux has co-authored six peer-reviewed publications and is a co-inventor on 12 patents and applications.
CEO and Director
John Carrington, CEO and Director of Stem, has a distinguished track record of more than 25 years of proven leadership in technology, energy and industrial companies. John comes to Stem from thin film solar company MiaSole, the largest CIGS-based solar company globally with more than $550 million of investment. John served as MiaSole’s Chief Executive Officer. John executed on the sale of Miasole to Hanergy in December 2012. Prior to MiaSole, John was Executive Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at First Solar, where he grew the company revenue from $400 million to $2 billion, opening markets in the United States, Asia and Europe.
John also spent over 16 years at General Electric, most recently as General Manager and Chief Marketing Officer of the $7 billion GE Plastics global organization, where he led global innovation, new technology efforts and product strategy for more than 30,000 customers. John was part of a small executive team that executed on the $12 billion sale of GE Plastics to SABIC in 2007. While at GE, John led innovation efforts in the healthcare, electronics, business equipment, transportation and aviation, solar, wind, defense, telecommunications, security and media sectors. He is an alumnus of the University of Colorado.
Dorothy Chan joined the MTR Corporation in 2014 and is responsible for championing corporate repositioning and cultural shift initiatives to support the delivery of the Corporation’s strategy.
Dorothy previously worked at CLP Holdings, she was responsible for executive communications, strategic advocacy, corporate citizenship, and thought leadership programs. Prior to CLP, Dorothy was Director of Commitments at The Clinton Global Initiative Asia. She launched The Economist Intelligence Unit’s custom research practice in Asia and produced a number of benchmarking, market sizing and investment-location assessment studies. During her tenure at the Asia Business Council, she briefed c-level executives on issues affecting Asia’s competitiveness.
Dorothy is an Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow. She holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she was a Carl J. Gilbert Scholar. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University.
Head of Product Management
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Albert leads product management and marketing at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, with overall responsibility for product strategy and development. Albert previously founded and led the Energy Smart Technologies analyst team at BNEF, advising clients on smart grid, energy storage, demand-side management and electric transport developments globally. Albert holds a BA and MEng in Electrical & Information Engineering from Cambridge University.
Vice President, Natural Gas Marketing
Enbridge Energy Partners
Janet Coy is Vice President, Natural Gas Marketing for Enbridge Energy Partners in Houston.
In her role, Janet is responsible for all natural gas marketing activities downstream of the partnership’s gathering and processing assets, including the acquisition and management of transportation and storage assets, monetizing extrinsic G&P asset value, and identifying, reporting and managing financial risk
Janet has spent 30 years in the oil and gas industry, starting with Occidental Petroleum’s internal audit group in 1985. After moving from Occidental to Midcon Gas Services, Inc. and then to Coast Energy Group, Janet joined Torch Energy Group in 1997 as their VP of Natural Gas Marketing. She joined Midcoast Marketing in April 2000, which was subsequently acquired by Enbridge in May of 2001.
Janet went to the University of Nebraska where she obtained a B.S.B.A. with an emphasis in accounting.
She is a trustee for the Houston Ballet and serves on their investment committee and she is also on the board of directors for the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce and a member of the National Energy Services Association and the American institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Janet resides in Houston with her daughter and their two dogs.
Associate, Advanced Transport
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Claire Curry is an Associate at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. She is on the Advanced Transport team and focuses on technologies including the next-generation biofuels; lithium-ion batteries; fuel cell electric vehicles and biochemicals. She has been at BNEF for three and a half years, previously completing a master’s degree in sustainable energy futures at Imperial College London.
Claire holds a BSc in chemistry from Durham University.
President, CEO and Chairman of the Board
Jeffrey Eckel is President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Hannon Armstrong (NYSE:HASI). Structured as a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), Hannon Armstrong makes debt and equity investments in sustainable infrastructure projects. Mr. Eckel has led Hannon Armstrong in the role of President and CEO since 2000, and was with the firm from 1985 to 1989. He has also held senior executive positions as Chief Executive Officer of EnergyWorks, LLC and Wärtsilä Power Development.
Mr. Eckel serves on a variety on industry-related boards, including the Alliance to Save Energy and the Maryland Clean Energy Center and serves as a member of the Johns Hopkins Environmental, Energy, Sustainability and Health Institute’s advisory council.
Mr. Eckel has more than 30 years of experience in structuring, executing and operating energy and infrastructure investments. Mr. Eckel received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in 1980 and a Master of Public Affairs degree from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in 1981.
Lead Analyst, Nuclear
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Chris is the Lead Analyst of Nuclear at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Chris directs the firm’s nuclear energy research team in developing a robust methodology for forecasting global nuclear investment in new build, innovative technologies, O&M, fuel cycle and decommissioning.
As a business development and corporate communications consultant with SMIdirect, Chris has more than 25 years experience working with regional and multinational firms and global institutions on energy and environmental projects. Past clients include the United Nations Development Program, the World Bank, the U.S. Department of Energy, and UNDP/Global Environment Facility. Chris has worked on solar project development in the Middle East and in California, and was invited as an “energy leader” to explore renewable energy and technology transfer business opportunities in Israel in 2009.
Chris joined the faculty of New York University’s Center for Global Affairs in September 2005 where he teaches graduate courses on Energy Policy; the Economics and Finance of Energy; and Nuclear Energy, the Environment and Proliferation. Current research interests include the social, technical, economic, environmental and political challenges to nuclear and renewable energy development.
Chris has published extensively on energy and power generation topics in: Modern Power Systems, EuroMoney/Institutional Investor’s Project Finance Magazine, Nuclear Engineering International, The China Business Review and Independent Energy Magazine.
A member of the United States Energy Association and the American Nuclear Society, Chris discussed the implications of the Fukushima nuclear event following the March 2011 earthquake and ensuing tsunami as a guest on Bloomberg TV, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and ABC and CBS affiliates. Chris lives in Borrego Springs, CA, in a home powered by 2.8 kW of Sharp polycrystalline pv modules which were installed by Borrego Solar in 2005.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Pattern Energy Group
Michael (Mike) Garland is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pattern Energy Group Inc. (PEG Inc.) and the Chief Executive Officer of Pattern Energy Group LP (PEG LP).
Mr. Garland served as the founder and CEO of PEG LP from June 2009 until the formation of PEG Inc. in October 2013, and currently plays a dual role at the helm of both entities. Previously, Mr. Garland was a partner of Babcock & Brown (B&B) from 1986 to 2009, where he led the firm’s North American Infrastructure Group and initiated and managed project finance activities, energy development and energy investment, which grew to over $12 billion of assets in less than five years under his leadership. Earlier in his career, from 1975 to 1986, Mr. Garland worked for the State of California as Chief of Energy Assessments.
For more than 25 years, Mr. Garland has developed, constructed, managed and invested in energy and infrastructure projects in the United States and globally. Since the closing of his first wind project financing in 1989, he has managed the successful development and investment of nearly 4,000 MW of wind projects worldwide, as well as many transmission, renewable and conventional fueled power projects.
Today, Mr. Garland oversees all aspects of PEG Inc. and PEG LP, paying particular attention to efficient operations, raising and structuring capital, project selection, strategic planning, and corporate performance and values.
Mr. Garland has been recognized for his many contributions to financial structuring, technology development, environmental protection and education. Serving as a Trustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation, he and his wife Virginia (Gigi) Coe are active supporters of the University of California at Berkeley’s Physics Department and the University of Washington Medical School and have founded The Bay School of San Francisco. Mr. Garland has also written several books and articles on energy and finance and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley. He and Gigi have a son and a daughter.
Senior Vice President and Program Director for Microgrids
Maxine Ghavi is Group Senior Vice President and Program Director for Microgrids at ABB in Switzerland. She has more than 25 years of experience in business development, product marketing, product management, marketing and sales across multiple industries including solar and semiconductor capital equipment. Key positions held previously include Head of Solar Industry Initiative at ABB, Head of Business Management at Oerlikon Solar, VP Sales at Voyan Technology and Sr. Product Manager at KLA-Tencor.
Maxine received her bachelor’s degree in Physics from San Jose State University in California.
Director of Investments and Operations
Mr Gonzalez is Development Director of Renewable Projects and Asset Management for CEMEX Energia. He received his BSc degree in Computer Science at the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and holds a MBA from University of Dallas. Mr Gonzalez has been part of CEMEX for the last 18 years holding positions in IT, Finance and Head of operations in Ireland as CEO of Readymix plc. He has lead the financial integration of acquisitions in Egypt, US, and Europe.
Since 2013 Mr. Gonzalez has been part of the energy team in CEMEX; during this time he has lead he equity financing of one of the largest wind farms in Mexico and negotiated the necessary PPAs ; the creation of CEMEX Energia business unit, including the set up of the largest private energy dispatch and asset management unit in Mexico. More recently Mr. Gonzalez led the creation of a JV partnership with Pattern Development with the aim to develop renewable projects in Mexico, and keep an active participation in the process of the energy reforms in Mexico.
Mr. Gonzalez has been Member of the Board of the European Readymixed Concrete Organization and Member of the Council of the Building Materials Federation in Ireland.
Mr. Gonzalez had several publications on Treasury Operations, and as a life member of the American Philatelic Society is a keen stamp collector; since 2012 is a full member of the Society of Technical Analysts in the UK.
Head of Wind
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Amy Grace is head of wind analysis, leading a global team responsible for producing and communicating analysis on the economics, policy, and strategic dynamics of the wind industry. She is also a specialist in North and South American energy policy and economics, and U.S.-China wind energy trade issues. Amy has spoken at numerous international conferences and been quoted extensively in the media.
Amy holds an Master of Arts from Columbia University’s School of international Affairs, with a dual concentration in Energy Management & Policy and International Finance & Policy.
VP Strategic Sales and Operations
Steve possesses 15 years of experience delivering services and solutions to the utilities industry. He is passionate about deploying innovative technology to deliver energy more efficiently and reliably. In that spirit, Steve will drive strategic sales of Comverge’s demand response, energy efficiency and customer engagement solutions, and will also lead Sales Operations.
Prior to Comverge, Steve worked at Opower where he designed and sold behavioral energy efficiency and customer engagement programs to North American and European utilities. At Sapient, Steve was a leader in the energy and utilities practice, developing innovative business strategies and operational plans for the industry. Prior to Sapient, Steve worked at McKinsey & Company, providing strategic consulting services for fortune 500 energy companies.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Management and Information Systems, both from the University of Virginia. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
CEO and Chairman
Arno Harris is CEO of Recurrent Energy, one of North America’s leading solar project development companies with 4.3 GW of solar projects in development and more than 1.5 GW contracted with utilities. Arno is a passionate advocate for solutions to climate change through the intersection of business and public policy.
Arno has spent more than a decade working in the solar industry to help solar make the transition to mainstream energy markets. For his entrepreneurial success and contribution to the solar industry, Arno was presented with an Environmental Leadership Award by the California League of Conservation Voters in 2014 and was named 2013 Most Admired CEO by the San Francisco Business Times. In 2011, Arno was recognized with the Rising Star Award at the Platts Global Energy Awards.
Arno came to solar from high tech, where he held founder and leadership roles for startups RedEnvelope, Wine.com, and Novo Media Group. His early experience combines marketing, business development, and consulting such clients as Berlex, Toyota Motor Sales USA, GlaxoWellcome, MCI, Apple Computer, Hewlett-Packard, Nikon Precision, IKEA International and NBC Digital Publishing.
Arno serves on the board of Advanced Energy Economy and as an advisory committee member of the Division on Earth & Life Studies at the National Academies. From 2012 to 2014, Arno was Board Chair of the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), the leading US trade association with over 1000 members that acts as the voice of the solar industry. He regularly speaks at top-tier energy events, including the Clean Energy Summit hosted by Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), The Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics, Milken Institute Global Conference, CERAWeek, Fortune Brainstorm Green, Solar Power International, and Intersolar.
He is a member of the Leadership Council of Tipping Point, a grant-making organization dedicated to making poverty preventable. He is a frequent speaker and commentator on renewable energy topics and publishes his views via his blog Clean Energy Future. Arno holds a BA from UC Berkeley.
Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Director, Energy, Technology and International
UK Department for Transport
Michael Hurwitz is Director, Energy, Technology & International at the UK Department for Transport, responsible for putting the nation’s transport energy onto a sustainable footing, and promoting the associated economic opportunities for the UK.
His teams direct and deliver UK-wide policies and programmes worth around £1bn on low and ultra-low emission vehicles, low carbon fuels, air quality, promoting innovative new technology on the roads, overseeing related Government R&D expenditure and international negotiation of regulations on vehicle safety and emissions. Michael has a particular current focus on promoting the opportunities of ‘connected’ and ‘automated’ vehicle technology in the UK, establishing new R&D funds and creating an attractive regulatory environment for real-world testing. He also oversees development of the DfT’s international relations.
Previous roles include having founded and led the cross-Government Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to establish the UK as a prime global location for development, manufacture and adoption of ultra-low emission vehicles; time as the UK Department for Transport’s Strategy Director; and from 2011 to 2014 he was Policy Fellow at the Energy Futures Lab, Imperial College London. Prior to joining the civil service he worked on organanisational transformation programmes for Arthur Andersen and Deloitte.
Head of Japan
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Ali Izadi-Najafabadi oversees an analyst team focused on research and analysis of Japan’s energy sector. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Ali co-founded an engineering consulting firm specializing in materials science for clean energy applications. His prior experience also includes working at the Nanotube Research Center of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan, and the fuel cell manufacturer, Ballard Power Systems in Canada.
Ali holds a doctorate in materials engineering from Meijo University and a masters in electrical engineering from University of British Columbia.
Director, IntelligentHome New Verticals
Time Warner Cable
Joe develops new businesses for Time Warner Cable’s IntelligentHome platform, specifically in energy management, retail electricity and solar. Prior to Time Warner, he managed Southern California Edison’s strategic alliances with residential energy management service providers, as well as negotiated energy contracts and PPAs. Joe has also held leadership positions in the private equity, HVAC manufacturing and management consulting industries. He holds BA, MBA and MPA degrees from Stanford, USC and Harvard, respectively.
Chairman of Energy and Finance
Office of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Richard Kauffman joined the administration of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as New York State’s first “energy czar” in February of 2013. In this capacity, Mr. Kauffman is responsible for developing and advancing the Governor’s ambitious plan to create a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system.
Mr. Kauffman oversees and manages New York State’s entire energy portfolio, including the New York State Department of Public Service, the New York Power Authority, the Long Island Power Authority, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). He was appointed chair of NYSERDA’s board in June 2013.
Mr. Kauffman leads New York State’s comprehensive Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative. REV includes groundbreaking regulatory reform to fundamentally restructure the energy and utility industry, an unprecedented ten-year commitment to support local renewable energy and efficiency markets through the creation of the Clean Energy Fund, and other bold initiatives such as NY Green Bank and the pioneering $1 billion NY-Sun solar program.
Prior to joining the administration, Mr. Kauffman worked in energy and finance at some of the nation’s highest levels, most recently serving as Senior Advisor to Secretary Steven Chu at the U.S. Department of Energy. In his private sector career, he was Chief Executive Officer of Good Energies, Inc., a leading investor in clean energy technologies, a partner of Goldman Sachs where he chaired the Global Financing Group, and vice chairman of Morgan Stanley’s Institutional Securities Business and co-head of its Banking Department.
Mr. Kauffman has served as Chairman of the Board of Levi Strauss & Co., as well as on the boards of several organizations, including the Brookings Institution and the Wildlife Conservation Society. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mr. Kauffman earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a master’s degree in international relations from Yale University, and a master’s in public and private management from the Yale School of Management.
UK Green Investment Bank
Shaun Kingsbury is the CEO of the UK Green Investment Bank. Prior to joining GIB, Shaun was responsible for European activities at Hudson Clean Energy Partners, a leading US clean energy private equity firm.
A long-time renewable energy investor and advisor, Shaun was a founding partner of Pulsar Energy Capital. He also advised 3i on a number of European renewable energy transactions including its €170 million acquisition of GES, where he was a Non Executive Director. Shaun previously worked at Shell in Europe, the US and Asia and for Centrica’s retail power business in the US. He also founded and chaired the Low Carbon Finance Group, a group of the leading investors in the clean energy space.
Director and Senior Fellow
CSIS Energy and National Security Program
Sarah Ladislaw is director and senior fellow in the CSIS Energy and National Security Program, where she concentrates on a variety of energy related issues including energy market trends, geopolitics, energy security, various energy policy issues, and climate change. She led CSIS’s work on the geopolitical impacts of unconventional oil and gas development and the nexus between energy and climate change policies in various parts of the world and participated in CSIS work on realizing U.S. shale gas resource potential, the geopolitics portion of the 2007 National Petroleum Council study and the CSIS Smart Power Commission. She has published papers on U.S. energy policy, global and regional climate policy, clean energy technology, as well as European and Chinese energy issues. Ladislaw teaches a graduate level course on energy security at the George Washington University.
Ladislaw joined the Department of Energy (DOE) in 2003 as a presidential management fellow, and from 2003 to 2006 worked in the Office of the Americas in DOE’s Office of Policy and International Affairs, where she covered a range of economic, political, and energy issues in North America, the Andean region, and Brazil. While at the department, she also worked on comparative investment frameworks and trade issues, as well as biofuels development and use both in the Western Hemisphere and around the world. Ladislaw also spent a short period of time working Statoil as their Senior Director for International Affairs in the Washington office. Ladislaw received her bachelor’s degree in international affairs/East Asian studies and Japanese from the George Washington University in 2001 and her master’s degree in international affairs/international security from the George Washington University in 2003 as part of the Presidential Administrative Fellows Program. She is a frequent commenter on energy related issues in major media outlets, delivers presentations and speeches for various corporate and education groups, testifies before congress, and serves on several academic advisory boards.
Vice President of Government Relations, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Eric McCarthy is the Vice President of Government Relations, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Proterra Inc, the United States’ leading provider of battery all-electric transit buses. Eric is committed to improving public transportation offerings and, to this end, has served on the Greenville (SC) County Roads Advisory Commission and is a member of the Upstate Transit Coalition. Eric brings nearly twenty years of executive leadership experience to Proterra.
Before joining Proterra, Eric served as General Counsel of both private and public companies, including Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc., a Honeywell subsidiary. Prior to joining Honeywell, hewas an antitrust trial litigator, and was a partner in the Antitrust & Competition practice groups of Latham & Watkins LLP and Howrey in Washington, DC. He attended Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Greentech Capital Advisors
Jeff McDermott is the Founder and Managing Partner of Greentech Capital Advisors, a global specialist firm which executes mergers and acquisitions, raises capital through private placements, and provides general advisory services for Sustainable Infrastructure companies and projects. Jeff has 30 years of extensive transaction valuation, negotiation, and structuring experience and strong relationships with large global companies and private equity investors. Prior to founding GCA, Jeff was the Joint Global Head of Investment Banking at UBS.
Associate, Energy Smart Technologies
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Colin McKerracher leads the global smart grid coverage at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the clean energy and carbon markets division of Bloomberg LP.
Colin writes extensively on the topics of home energy management, smart metering, demand response and the ways in which data is transforming utility operations. Colin presents regularly at industry events and his work has been featured on Bloomberg TV, in The Economist and in other media sources. His academic work on residential energy consumption has been published the Journal of Energy Efficiency.
Colin’s past roles include Director of Sales and Marketing for Energy Aware Technology, a smart grid technology company, and business development manager for a Canadian biofuel company. Colin holds degrees from the London School of Economics and the Sauder School of Business at UBC. Colin is based in London.
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Jon Moore is CEO of Bloomberg New Energy Finance after leading the firm’s operations for six years. He has 20 years’ experience of building professional service firms in the financial services industry, advising clients across the US, Europe and Asia. Prior to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Jon spent a decade at J P Morgan, supporting their Commodities business and Accenture within their Financial Services practice, including two years helping build the Asian Financial Services practice.
Jon was co-founder and CEO of a business consulting firm, m.a.partners, where he spent a decade providing services to the global capital markets community.
Jon has a B Eng (Hons) in Electronic Engineering from Nottingham University and has attended professional development classes at Harvard and NYU.
Team Lead, US Power and Environmental Commodities
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
William leads analysis of US energy and environmental commodities, including power, renewable energy credits (RECs) and carbon allowances.
His previous experience includes strategy consulting at the Earth Institute and software design at Electronic Arts. He holds a Bachelors in Physics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Masters in Energy Policy and Finance from Columbia University.
Minister Maximo Pacheco
Minister of Energy
Máximo Pacheco is the Minister of Energy of Chile. Under his leadership, Chile’s Energy Agenda was developed as a roadmap with concrete measures to advance towards the development of an energy sector that is reliable, sustainable, inclusive and with reasonable prices. The Energy Agenda was elaborated through an extensive public participation process and has been well received by a wide range of stakeholders.
Previously, Minister Pacheco was senior vice president of International Paper from 2004 to 2013 where he also served as their regional president in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Russia. He led International Paper’s operations in Brazil from 2004 until 2009. Before joining International Paper, he was executive vice president for Chile and Latin America at Carter Holt Harvey. Minister Pacheco was appointed executive vice president of operations at la Corporación del Cobre de Chile (Codelco) in 1990. He was the general manager of Leasing Andino from 1983 to 1990. Minister Pacheco earned his degree in Commercial Engineering and Economics from the Universidad de Chile.
Managing Director, Head of Environmental Markets
Kyung-Ah is a managing director and the head of Environmental Markets at Goldman Sachs. In that capacity, she oversees and supports the global environmental initiatives of Goldman Sachs including environmental risk management and works closely with the businesses on environmental market opportunities. She also heads the Center for Environmental Markets, which partners with corporates, nongovernmental organizations, and academic institutions to facilitate research and develop pilot projects that inform public policy and further market-based solutions to environmental issues. Kyung-Ah serves on the Firmwide Physical Commodity Review Committee. Previously, she was a vice president in the Industrials Group in the Investment Banking Division and an executive director of Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC. Kyung-Ah joined Goldman Sachs in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department in New York.
Prior to joining the firm, Kyung-Ah worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in Seoul, Korea, and Johannesburg, South Africa. Kyung-Ah earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. Kyung-Ah serves on the Board of Directors of Girls Inc. of NYC.
President and Chief Executive Officer
New York Power Authority
Gil C. Quiniones is the president and chief executive officer of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the nation’s largest state electric utility. He was elected by the NYPA Board of Trustees in November of 2011 after Governor Andrew M. Cuomo nominated him to the position the previous month. The New York State Senate approved his appointment in January 2012.
Working within an energy industry in the midst of an historic shift, driven by new digital tools and technologies, he has taken a leadership role in pursuing Gov. Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision and Build Smart NY, rethinking how best to invest in the State’s generation and transmission assets, better utilizing distributed power and creating a more sustainable New York.
As part of these efforts, he oversees the implementation of NYPA’s Strategic Vision 2014 -2019, and leads the development of innovative programs, such as Five Cities Energy Plans, K-Solar, New York Energy Manager and Advanced Grid Innovation Lab for Energy. These initiatives are designed to enhance energy efficiency, reduce costs and spur additional micro-grid innovation.
Quiniones served as co-chairman of the New York Energy Highway Task Force, charged with helping to carry out the Governor’s vision for rejuvenating New York State’s energy system through partnerships between the public and private sectors. He is also a primary advisor in New York State’s ongoing response to severe weather episodes that have included Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.
In July 2014, Quiniones was appointed to the board of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, which works to advance innovative energy solutions in ways that improve New York’s economy and environment.
Earlier in 2014, he was named vice chairman of the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute, the electric power industry’s international research and development organization. He also serves as a chair of the board’s Committee on Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage and Smart Grid.
Quiniones is active in the affairs of two national public power organizations, serving on the Steering Committee of the Board of the Large Public Power Council (LPPC), as co-chair of the LPPC’s Government Relations Task Force and as the Power Authority’s principal representative to the American Public Power Association. He previously was a member of then-Lt. Gov. David A. Paterson’s Renewable Energy Task Force and chair of the group’s Subcommittee on Distributed Generation.
Before joining NYPA in October 2007 as executive vice president of Energy Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Quiniones served for more than four years as senior vice president of Energy and Telecommunications for the New York City Economic Development Corporation. In that capacity, he was the city’s chief consultant on energy policy issues and established and led Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s Energy Policy Task Force, a public-private group that developed a comprehensive strategy for meeting New York City’s future energy needs. He also led the development of the energy chapter of PlaNYC 2030, the city’s long-term sustainability plan. In addition, he served as co-chair of the New York City Telecommunications Task Force and of the city’s Telecommunications Policy Advisory Group.
Previous to his positions in New York City government, Quiniones worked for Con Edison for 16 years and was one of four co-founders of Con Edison Solutions, the utility’s unregulated energy services company.
Quiniones received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from De La Salle University in Manila and has completed graduate courses in engineering management and technology management at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. He has also participated in executive education programs at the Columbia University Business School.
Co-Founder and Chair
James Redford writes, produces and directs for film and television. His latest directorial project, Toxic Hot Seat, is an HBO documentary film that examines the possible health dangers of chemical flame-retardants used in upholstered furniture. Other HBO documentary films include The Big Picture, a film that looks at the challenges – and gifts – of Dyslexia, Mann V. Ford about the poisoning of a Native American community, and the kindness of Strangers, which highlights and celebrates the miracle of organ donation. Currently, James just completed the film Paper Tigers, a documentary about troubled teens, the dark legacy of childhood trauma and one small community’s mission to heal their own.
James is the co-founder and chair of the Redford Center, a non-profit organization committed to transforming environmental and social challenges into stories that inspire action and change. Recent projects include the Raise the River PSA campaign, the film Watershed, and the short documentary Fighting Goliath. James’ Redford Center film in production is called “Happening”, which takes a look at the grassroots emergence of America’s Clean energy sector.
James plays guitar for Olive and the Dirty Martinis, a popular Marin County rock and roll cover band. A two-time liver transplant survivor, James is an avid surfer, yoga enthusiast and skier. James currently lives in Marin County, California.
Professor Lucius Riccio Ph.D. P.E.
Lecturer in Discipline
Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs
Lucius Riccio is a Lecturer in Discipline at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs where he teaches business analytics, optimization and simulation and operations management. He also teaches in the School of Engineering, the Business School and in the Sustainability Management program in the Earth Institute. He has been on the faculty of Columbia University since 1995. He also is Executive Vice President and partner of Gedeon GRC Consulting, a full service engineering consulting firm.
Prior to joining the faculty at Columbia University, Mr. Riccio served in a variety of government, not-for-profit, and private sector positions. Most notably, he was the Commissioner of NYC’s Department of Transportation and served on the Board of Directors of NY’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Prior to those positions he was the Assistant Commissioner of NYC’s Department of Sanitation, Deputy Commissioner for Highways (NYC), Assistant Director for Research at the Police Foundation (Washington D.C.), served on the staff of the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement Productivity, was a consultant to the Federal Judicial Center of the Supreme Court of the US, and the US Department of Justice, and was Senior Vice President and partner at Urbitran Associates and managing director for special projects at Douglas Elliman Real Estate (NYC).
He has published extensively, served on the editorial board of the Operations Research Journal, received the ORSA (now INFORMS) President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement, won the inaugural PGA Tour’s Intelligence Prize for the best paper using their ShotLink data, awarded the 2006 Teacher of the Year at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, received the Ike Grainger award from the United States Golf Association for 25 years of service, the March of Dimes Service to Humanity Award, and the City (NYC) Club’s Earthling Award for contributions to the environment. He has served on the board of directors of the Metropolitan Golf Association, MetroCommute Inc., Community Medical Transportation Inc., a NASDAQ listed company, and others. He is a member of the New York Academy of Science and has been a Trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission.
Senior Analyst, Energy Smart Technologies
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Tom is a Senior Analyst in the Energy Smart Technologies (EST) practice at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The EST team, consisting of analysts and researchers around the globe, produces in-depth research and analysis on emerging technologies such as the smart grid, energy storage, green buildings, energy efficiency, advanced vehicles and fuel cells.
Tom is responsible for the EST team’s analysis of energy efficiency. His work at Bloomberg New Energy Finance has included in-depth research on LED lighting, heat pumps, superconductors, electrochromic windows as well as analysis of the business models, financing structures and policies driving the deployment of those technologies.
Prior to joining Bloomberg New Energy Finance Tom was completing his PhD in Physics at Oxford University. His research focussed on the development of novel particle-acceleration technologies based on high-power laser-plasma interactions. He collaborated extensively with research groups based at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the United States and the Max Planck Institute in Germany. The key findings of his thesis are published in Physical Review Letters and are widely cited.
Vice President, Energy Market Operations and Resource Planning
Khalil Shalabi Joined Austin Energy in December of 2013 as Vice President of Energy Market Operations and Resource Planning and Interim CIO. Over the past year Khalil worked with myriad stakeholders to develop the Update to the Austin Energy Resource Plan which was approved by Austin City Council in December 2014. This far reaching plan provides for 950 MWs of solar energy, 1,400 MWs of wind, 1200 MWs of Energy Efficiency programs tied together with an upgrade to the local gas fleet with a new efficient combined cycle plant and the retirement of legacy gas generation.
Prior to Austin Energy Khalil was the Chief Technology Officer at the New York Power Authority where he worked from 2006 until 2013. He has also had assignments at Consolidated Edison and Entergy Nuclear in operations, maintenance, engineering, finance, risk management and business consulting in all aspects of the electric utility industry including distribution, transmission and generation.
Shalabi has a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Notre Dame, a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University and an MBA in Finance and Management from the Stern School of Business at NYU. He has received a certificate for a Legal Essentials Course for Utility Executives from Vermont Law School.
Khalil lives in Austin with his wife Kristy and three children.
Head of Sustainable Finance Product Strategy
Lenora Suki, CFA, CAIA, LEED AP, is Senior Product Strategist in Bloomberg’s Sustainability Group. Lenora’s focus is on strategy for sustainable finance products, with an emphasis on Bloomberg’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) product and other sustainable finance initiatives to enable investors across asset classes to comprehensively understand investment risks and opportunities.
Before Bloomberg, Lenora founded Smart Cities Advisors, an affordable housing and urban regeneration advisory firm for emerging markets. In 2002, she joined the Earth Institute at Columbia University as an Associate Director advising on sustainable development.
Prior to Columbia, Lenora was regional fixed income strategist at Santander Investment and emerging markets analyst at OFFITBANK, now Wells Fargo. Lenora also worked at the World Bank in the Treasury, Europe and Central Asia and in private sector development.
Lenora earned an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, a BA in Government from Pomona College and a BA in economics from the University of Houston. She serves on the board of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation. She also holds the CFA, CAIA and LEED AP designations.
Managing Director; Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development
Ms. Tabernacki, with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) since 1995, is the Managing Director of OPIC’s Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development Programs. Ms. Tabernacki has led OPIC’s Renewable Energy program from 2007, growing its annual commitments from less than $30 million initially to over $1 billion in each of the last four years. Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency projects represent approximately 1/3 of OPIC’s annual commitments. She leads OPIC’s efforts in new product development for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects to support investment in utility scale projects, micro-grids, distributed generation and demand-side retrofits.
Global Associate for Energy Security and Sustainability
Institute of Energy Economics, Japan
Nobuo Tanaka is currently Global Associate for Energy Security and Sustainability at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ) and also Professor, GraSPP, the University of Tokyo. As Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) from 2007 to 2011, he initiated a collective release of oil stocks in June 2011. He also played a crucial and personal role in the strengthening of ties with major non-Member energy players, including China and India.
He began his career in 1973 in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and has served in a number of high-ranking positions, including Director-General of the Multilateral Trade System Department. He was deeply engaged in bilateral trade issues with the US as Minister for Industry, Trade and Energy at the Embassy of Japan, Washington DC. He has also served twice as Director for Science, Technology and Industry (DSTI) of the Paris-based international organization, OECD.
Frans van den Heuvel
Frans van den Heuvel is CEO at Solarcentury (UK) since May 2012. Solarcentury develops, contracts and structures finance solar power generators on land and C&I roofs. Solarcentury was established in 1998 and has offices in the UK, Benelux, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Chile, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana.
He has been working in various executive and non-executive roles in the semiconductor, automotive and meanwhile 2 decades in the energy industry. In 1995 he established his own company producing high efficient radiant heating systems and later Scheuten Glasgroep joined as a minority shareholder. In 1999 he founded with this partner the JV Scheuten Solar and was CEO until 2010. Scheuten Solar was one of the pioneers in the solar industry as a cell/module manufacturer and EPC with factories and offices in Europe, USA, ME and Asia.
Dr. Xiaotang Wang
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Xiaoting Wang has been conducting research on Photovoltaic industry in Bloomberg New Energy Finance since 2012 and published 96 insight notes. Her research scope covers global supply chain, including supply-demand relationship, cost and price variation, technology progress and the impacts of international trade disputes. Before joining Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Xiaoting worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Center of Energy and Environmental Policy in University of Delaware, following a five-year Ph.D program at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in University of Delaware.
During her academic research period, Xiaoting published 19 articles on international journals and books, with the topics spanning a range of photovoltaic module research and development, performance measurement and modeling, and assessment of the value of high efficiency modules.
Head of APAC
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Justin Wu is Head of APAC and formerly head of Asia and wind analysis, leading a global team responsible for producing and communicating analysis on the economics, policy, and strategic dynamics of the APAC region. He is a also specialist in Chinese energy policy and US-China clean energy trade issues. Justin has been quoted extensively in international media and has testified before the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on competitiveness and collaboration between the US and China on clean energy.
Justin holds a MS in Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and a BS in International Politics and Economics from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.
Head of Advance Transport
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Head of Americas
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Ethan is Head of Policy Analysis at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) with responsibility for managing and expanding coverage of key policy developments globally impacting renewables, biofuels, and energy efficiency. He is also specifically tasked with managing the company’s research efforts in the Americas.
From 2006 to May 2010, Zindler served as BNEF’s Head of North American Research. In that role, he set the firm’s research agenda for the US, Canada, and Mexico while overseeing a regional team of analysts, researchers, and news writers.
Based in Washington, Ethan’s particular area of expertise is US clean energy policy and he has written extensively on the Obama administration’s moves on key regulations as well as about legislation before Congress. Ethan serves as New Energy Finance’s main spokesperson in North America and has been quoted extensively in the media, including in the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, Fortune, and elsewhere. He has spoken at numerous conferences including those organized by the United Nations, National Governors Association, Platts, and others. He has testified on clean energy issues before the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee as well as the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.
Ethan previously served in the Clinton White House. He also spent two years as a reporter covering the controversy surrounding the proposed Cape Wind offshore wind farm.