The 2015 Summit will see more than 100 industry, finance and policy thought-leaders debate the future energy system.
Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany
Director of Sustainability
In her role as the Director of Sustainability at Masdar, Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany leads a team responsible
for developing Masdar Corporate and Masdar City’s sustainability standards and policies. She is also
mandated to oversee the processes of sustainability auditing, monitoring and reporting.
In 2011, Dr. Al-Hosany also assumed the post of Director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize. As
director, she oversees the strategic global direction of an annual US $4 million award, mandated by
the UAE government to reward outstanding achievements in the fields of renewable energy and
Dr. Al-Hosany is a board member of Masdar Investment LLC and of the Emirates Authority for
Standardization and Meteorology. She is also an Adjunct Professor and member of the External
Advisory Board at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.
In her commitment to remain at the forefront of the social science and sustainable development
landscape, she has participated in numerous continuing professional development courses and
continually seeks opportunities to stay updated on latest project management methods, as well as
leadership, planning and decision-support mechanisms.
Dr. Al-Hosany has been published globally in international journals and newspapers, including the
International Journal of Management of Environmental Quality, Renewable and Sustainable Energy
Reviews, Renewable Energy, and International Journal of Renewable Energy Engineering.
Throughout her career, Dr. Al-Hosany has been an active member of various boards in the UAE and
around the world including the Advisory Panel for the Momentum for Change initiative of the
UNFCCC, the Troika Plus of Women Leaders on Gender and Climate Change, and the Energy
Efficiency Global Forum.
Dr. Al-Hosany has also served as Sherpa to the UN Secretary General High Level Group for ‘The
Sustainable Energy For all’ initiative for its Principle, HE Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Chief Executive
Officer of Masdar.
In 2011, Abu Dhabi Magazine cited Dr. Al-Hosany as one of the 40 most influential Emiratis who
have helped shape the emirate. She has also received several medals and accolades for her
professional achievements, including a Chevening Fellowship from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Emirates Business Women Award in the Professional and Career Achievements category.
Prior to assuming her current roles, Dr. Al-Hosany held senior leadership positions with the General Headquarters of the Abu Dhabi Police, including Head of Design and Studies in the Engineering Department. In 2007, she became the first-ever female Deputy Director in the Abu Dhabi Police.
Dr. Al-Hosany graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at the UAE University and obtained her PhD from Newcastle University in the UK. She is also credited as one of the first two Emirati women to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 meters above sea level.
Minister Pierre Arcand
Minister of Energy and Natural Resources
Pierre Arcand began his career in the 1970s. He worked primarily in radio as a journalist, news director, vice-president, general manager and co-owner of the station. In the early 2000s, he was appointed president of Corus-Québec, which then owned 14 radio stations throughout Québec. He also served on the boards of directors of Tel-Aide and the Fondation pour enfants diabétiques.
He was elected MNA for Mont-Royal riding in 2007. During his political career, he has served, for example, as Minister of International Relations, Minister responsible for La Francophonie, and Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and Parks. He previously served as parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade and the Minister of Tourism, and to the Minister of Finance and the Chair of the Conseil du trésor. He was also vice-president of the Committee on Education and a member of the Comité ministériel de la prospérité économique et du développement durable.
Mr. Arcand was re-elected MNA for Mont-Royal riding for the fourth consecutive time on April 7, 2014. He is now the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, the Minister responsible for the Northern Plan and the Minister responsible for the Lanaudière region and the Laurentides region.
Director, Market Development - Americas
Mikael has two decades of experience from the energy industry, specializing in the field of power generation and electricity market development. Mikael has been involved in the development, design, delivery and sale of power generation assets throughout the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East.
Currently, Mikael is Director of Market Development for Wärtsilä’s Power Plants division and is responsible for power market analysis and development, strategic positioning and government and industry relations. Mikael holds a B.Sc. (Eng.) degree in Energy Technology and an MBA in finance.
Dr. Ahmad Belhoul
Dr. Ahmad Belhoul, CEO of Masdar, is spearheading the company’s development and strategic direction as it plays a prominent role in the renewable energy and clean technology sector.
Prior to joining Masdar, Dr. Belhoul was the CEO of strategy and tourism sector development at Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). During his tenure at DTCM, he played a leading role in developing Dubai’s Tourism 2020 strategy – an integrated effort to increase visitor numbers to 20 million annually and triple the tourism sector’s contribution to the local economy.
Dr. Belhoul was formerly the vice president, Industry Unit of Mubadala Development Company, where he led teams responsible for increasing foreign direct investment in the UAE, and investment feasibility studies within the UAE’s metals and mining industry.
Dr. Belhoul’s business development and corporate strategy experience dates back to his work with the management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, where he advised the Middle East’s largest telecommunications and high-tech companies.
Since 2013, Dr. Belhoul has served on the board of Emirates Development Bank, a financial institution setup by the UAE government to promote economic growth in the country through the provision of funding to small and medium-sized companies, industries of strategic importance and key housing developments.
Dr. Belhoul has a Ph.D. from Sir John Monash University in Australia, a MSc from the University of Melbourne and a BSc in Telecommunications Engineering from Khalifa University.
Co-Founder, Vice President of Products and Strategic Initiatives
Raghu has more than 20 years of experience in the clean energy and high technology industries. Prior to Enphase, he developed high-speed optical communication technology for Cerent, which was later acquired by Cisco Systems for $7 billion. Before Cerent, Raghu was an engineer at the Indian Institute of Science, where he played a key role in the development of an alternative energy gasification system. He co-founded Enphase Energy with Martin Fornage in 2006. Raghu has a MSEE from Texas A&M University and an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
Director of Sales Development, Speciality Vehicles and Alternative Fuels
Frank A. Bio is Volvo Truck’s director of sales development –specialty vehicles and alternative fuels. Frank focuses on opportunities and needs in the vocational and alternate fuels markets, coordinating efforts both internally and with dealers and customers. Frank has over 40 years of truck industry experience, where he has built many lasting relationships with customers, dealers and salespeople. He has the ability to explain complicated topics in practical terms and is known to provide inspiring, easy to understand presentations, on complex subjects such as aerodynamics, safety and alternative fuels. He has been on leading alternative fuel conference agendas and is a strong proponent of natural gas and DME.
After graduating from Penn State University, Frank began his trucking career in the Engineering department of Mack Trucks in 1972 and held various positions in engineering, marketing and sales. In his 20 plus years at Volvo Trucks, he has share his experience and knowledge in the Service, Sales and the Marketing departments as director of vocational trucks, director of Volvo engines and others. He also maintains a current commercial driver’s license (CDL) and is a Volvo Certified Driver Trainer.
He and his wife Susan reside in Greensboro, North Carolina, home to Volvo Trucks’ headquarters, in close proximity to their three children and two grandchildren. Frank enjoys family, trucks, bicycling and golf.
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.
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.
Michael R. Bloomberg
Founder of Bloomberg L.P. and three-term Mayor of New York City
Michael R. Bloomberg is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who served three terms as mayor of New York City, from 2002 through 2013. He began his career in 1966 with an entry-level job at Salomon Brothers, an investment firm. In 1981, he launched a technology startup to provide real-time data and analysis to the financial services industry. Bloomberg LP has since grown into a global company that has offices in 73 countries on six continents, employing 16,000 people and serving 320,000 subscribers. In 2014, after spending twelve years at New York’s City Hall, Bloomberg returned to the company he founded and resumed leading it on January 1, 2015.
The spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship that led Bloomberg to found the company has led the company to expand in new directions. In 1990, to better meet the needs of clients, Mike Bloomberg launched a news division to compete with the international wire services. Over the years, Bloomberg News expanded into television and radio, as well as print and internet publications. Today, Bloomberg covers the world with more than 2,400 reporters and editors who produce more than 5,000 daily stories. Bloomberg has also brought its business model to new fields, creating Bloomberg Law, Bloomberg Government, and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Each provides data, news, and analytics to decision-makers and those who seek to influence them.
As a philanthropist, Mike Bloomberg has given away more than $3.3 billion. His foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, is active in more than 90 countries and employs a unique data-driven approach to its five main focus areas: public health, education, the environment, the arts, and government innovation. Bloomberg also leads a number of bi-partisan coalitions that are taking action on urgent national issues, including illegal guns, immigration reform, infrastructure investment, and climate change. He serves as board president of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a network of the world’s megacities working together to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. In 2014, Bloomberg was appointed to be a U.N. Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, where he is focusing on helping cities and the private sector set and achieve more ambitious goals for mitigating and adapting to climate change.
Bloomberg was elected mayor of New York City less than two months after the attacks of September 11, 2001. Under his leadership, the city rebounded faster and stronger than expected, and his administration cut crime by 32 percent, to an all-time low, and raised high school graduation rates by 40 percent, after two decades with no progress. His environmental agenda reduced the city’s carbon footprint by 19 percent and his health policies, many of which have been emulated around the world, increased life expectancy by three years. He expanded support for arts and culture, introduced innovative new anti-poverty programs, and attracted record numbers of tourists. His economic policies, which supported entrepreneurs, small businesses, and emerging industries such as tech and bioscience, helped New York City create a record number of jobs, most of them outside of Manhattan, and weather the Great Recession far better than the country as a whole.
Bloomberg graduated from The Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Business School.
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.
Ted Brandt is co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Marathon Capital, a Chicago-based investment banking boutique focused on the global Energy and Infrastructure markets. The firm provides financial advice in the areas of M&A, structuring and capital raising of debt, equity, project financing and tax equity, and restructuring/recapitalization, bankruptcy and workout situations. Marathon Capital is a two-time recipient of the “Best Renewable Asset M&A Advisor” award in Power Finance & Risk’s Annual Power Finance Deals and Firms Awards (2013 & 2014).
Mr. Brandt spends the majority of his time working with his colleagues at Marathon Capital to deliver the Firm’s M&A, structuring and capital raising services to clients and their Boards. The firm’s recent noteworthy engagements include Advisor to the Board of Managers on the sale of First Wind Holdings to SunEdison and TerraForm, Advisor to Suzlon on the sale of the 240 MW Big Sky Wind Project to Everpower, Advisor to American Wind Capital on the sale of the company and portfolio to Hannon Armstrong, Advisor to Rockland Capital on the Tax Equity Financing of the Lakeswind Wind Project, and Advisor to Santander on the Tax Equity financing of the El Centro Solar Project.
Prior to Marathon Capital, Mr. Brandt held various senior management positions within large non-bank finance and leasing companies including: GE Capital, Dana Commercial Credit, and Transamerica. During this 15-year period Mr. Brandt had start-up responsibility for leasing units, hands-on turnaround assignments, and opportunities to create and execute a variety of manufacturer vendor programs. Mr. Brandt also actively worked on the buying and selling of specialty commercial finance units during this time.
Mr. Brandt received a BA in Economics from Oberlin College, an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and holds his Series 7, 24, 63, 79 and 99 securities licenses.
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.
Vice President, Global Strategy and Solutions for Energy and Utilities industry
Stephen J. Callahan is Vice President of Global Strategy and Solutions for the Energy & Utilities industry within IBM. Over his 30 plus year career in industry and consulting he has led the development and implementation of a wide range of business and technical systems including utility operational, financial, network, RTO, AMI and Smart Grid systems.
Mr. Callahan held various management positions over a span of fifteen years at Pacific Gas and Electric Company in San Francisco in the areas of commercial and industrial energy management, telecommunications network planning, and financial systems. He held positions of Director of IT Strategy and Budget, Director of Network Planning and was the project manager for PG&E’s implementation of SAP.
For the past seventeen years Mr. Callahan has been a utility strategy Partner for IBM (via the PwC acquisition) focused on electric utility restructuring and utility industry business and technology strategy. He has led numerous large complex systems implementations. Steve was the lead partner for the implementation of the California ISO and the lead US partner for the IMO in the Provence of Ontario, Canada. He led the creation of the Utility procurement consortium Pantellos. He has led several large systems integration projects for clients in the domains of real time T&D, financial and customer systems.
Mr. Callahan holds degrees in both Applied Physics and Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta Georgia. He is a registered Professional Engineer and Certified Energy Auditor. He resides in San Francisco, California.
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.
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.
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
François Delattre was appointed Ambassador, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations on September 2, 2014, after serving as Ambassador of France to the United States in Washington DC (2011-2014), Ambassador of France to Canada in Ottawa (2008-2011), Consul General in New York (2004-2008), Press and Communications Director at the French Embassy in Washington, DC (1998-2002).
Francois Delattre is a strong advocate of economic diplomacy, which he experienced in each of his diplomatic postings, starting with Bonn at the French Embassy in Germany (1989-1991), where he was in charge of assessing the economic impact of Germany’s re-unification and the environment.
In France, Francois Delattre was responsible for European and trans-Atlantic defense and security matters and managing the Bosnian crisis as a member of President Jacques Chirac’s foreign policy team (1995-1998) after serving in the same capacity in the cabinet of Foreign Minister Alain Juppé (1993-1995). He also worked with the Strategic, Security and Disarmement Department of the French Foreign Ministry (1991-1993) and served as Deputy Director of French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin’s Office (2002-2004)
Chief Investment Officer
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Mr. Dow is currently the Chief Investment Officer of The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (the CEFC), a statutory corporation with a $10 billion government mandate to invest in renewable energy, energy efficiency and lower emissions projects. The CEFC invests across the capital structure in equity, subordinated debt and senior loans through its direct investment team as well as indirectly through third party fund managers.
Mr Dow has over 25 years of experience in funds management, banking and corporate treasury. A mezzanine and high yield debt specialist, he was most recently Managing Director of DIF Capital Partners, a boutique funds management operation which managed approximately $580 million in institutional commitments for investment in private capital and mezzanine debt. Over the course of his career, Mr Dow has also held positions with Babcock & Brown, Westpac Institutional Bank, AMP Henderson Asset Management and Shell Corporation.
He holds an Advanced MBA from the University of Queensland, a Masters in Financial Management from Manchester Business School (UK), a Postgraduate Degree from Kansai Gai Dai University (Japan) and a Magna Cum Laude Honors BA Degree in Economics from Boston University. Mr Dow holds several directorships in financial services companies and also sits on the advisory board of the NSW Government GAP Taskforce on Energy Security.
Climate Investment Funds
Mafalda Duarte is Head of the $8.1 billion Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the largest operational public climate fund globally, with about 35% asset allocation to the private sector, with extensive presence in emerging markets including 63 countries.
Mafalda has over 15 years of work experience and in-depth knowledge in development and climate change issues. She has been responsible for the design and implementation of several innovative funding mechanisms, including major financing facilities under the Clean Technology Fund; for leading investment operations and technical assistance ; and advising on a range of economic policy issues related to the energy sector and climate resilience. She has previously worked at the African Development Bank’s Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Change and at the East Asia and Pacific regions of the World Bank Group as a public sector economist and climate change specialist. She holds degrees in international relations, economic policy management and climate change.
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.
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 and Managing Partner
Jay Faison is the Founder and Managing Partner of the ClearPath, a newly formed foundation whose mission is to share ideas, information and resources that inspire and enable groups to have world changing, measurable act. Jay is also the Founder and Chairman of SnapAV, a high growth company that designs and distributes more than 1,500 audio-‐video related products to technology integrators worldwide. SnapAV has been named to the prestigious INC 500/5000 List, which ranks the fastest growing privately held companies in the US, for four rs running. SnapAV was acquired by General Atlantic, a leading growth equity firm, in 2013. A serial trepreneur, Jay has started, managed and sold two businesses prior to SnapAV. In 2013 Jay won the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Southeast region. Jay has served on numerous non-‐profit boards and is active in his community.
Jay graduated with a degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1990 and received his MBA from University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business in 1995. Jay resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife and three children.
Business Development Manager, Power Management Solutions Group
Since 2009, Brad Fiebig has served as a Business Development Manager for Lockheed Martin’s Power Management Solutions Group. In addition to supporting product management, Mr. Fiebig also leads the sales and marketing activities for Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Energy Storage subsidiary.
He has extensive professional experience in product development, product management, project management, systems integration, and testing of a broad range of energy solutions. Prior to his current role, Mr. Fiebig was the Certified Principal Engineer on the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle program responsible for the spacecraft’s solar array system development.
Previous to his work at Lockheed Martin, Mr. Fiebig served as Chief Technology Officer of HyEnergy Systems, a venture capital funded fuel cell company, where he was responsible for all aspects of design and production. Mr. Fiebig also led electrochemical energy conversion and storage systems development for government customers including DOD, DOE, NIH and NASA.
Mr. Fiebig holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston, and holds a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering and MBA from the Texas A&M University System. He has 4 US patents issued.
Member, Chair, Energy and Natural Resources Department
Steptoe and Johnson
Sharon Flanery concentrates her practice in the areas of energy and natural resources law and Chairs the firm’s Energy & Natural Resources Department. As a petroleum engineer with both an operating and a legal background in the industry, she brings real-world experience to her practice. This experience includes acquisitions and divestitures, mineral leases, joint ventures, contract mining agreements, joint operating agreements, and sales and marketing agreements, as well as gathering, transportation, and processing agreements. In addition, she has substantial experience in land and legal due diligence associated with mineral transactions, as well as in the legislative and regulatory arenas. Her general property background includes leases, rights of way, deeds, land use, and damage issues. Flanery is also a member of the advisory board of the WVU College of Law Center for Energy and Sustainable Development.
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.
Group SVP, Program Director, 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.
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.
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.
Senior Vice President, Public Policy
Arizona Public Service Company
Jeff Guldner is senior vice president, public policy, for Arizona Public Service Company (APS). Based in Phoenix, APS is Arizona’s largest electric company and serves nearly 1.2 million customers across the state.
Guldner is responsible for leading the company’s regulatory and government affairs activities at the local, state and federal levels. He also is the chief compliance officer for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission matters.
Prior to joining APS in 2004, Guldner was a partner in the Phoenix office of Snell & Wilmer LLP where he practiced public utility, telecommunications and energy law. His practice focused primarily on utility rate and regulatory matters, including rate cases, power plant and transmission line siting, complex energy project finance and utility mergers.
Before practicing law, Guldner served in the United States Navy, and was an assistant professor of naval history at the University of Washington.
Guldner actively serves on community boards including the Herberger Theatre, Arizona Project ChalleNGe and the East Valley Partnership.
Guldner earned a juris doctor degree, magna cum laude, from the Arizona State University College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa.
38 North Solutions
Katherine Hamilton is a principal at 38 North Solutions, a public policy firm focused on clean energy and innovation. She served as President of the GridWise Alliance, advocating for nearly $5 billion in funding for smart grid projects in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Prior to that role, Hamilton was a policy advisor for Good Energies, Inc., a private investment company with a portfolio in clean energy technologies of nearly $6 billion. She co-directed the American Bioenergy Association, working with the states of Maryland and New Jersey to develop renewable portfolio standards.
At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Hamilton led buildings research and then managed government relations in Washington, DC. She spent a decade at Virginia Power, designing overhead and underground electrical systems for commercial and residential developments. Hamilton studied electrical engineering at Northern Virginia Community College and holds degrees from Cornell University and the Sorbonne. She is also part of The Energy Gang podcast through Greentech Media. Katherine was named an Ambassador to the Secretary of Energy’s Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) under the Clean Energy Ministerial and is assigned to a two year term at the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Electricity.
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.
VP, Smart Grid Strategy
Scott Henneberry has 30+ years in the Electrical Industry. During the first 20 years of his career he worked for Siemens, in both Raleigh, NC and Orlando, FL. This encompassed various Marketing and Operational Mgmt positions in the Switchgear and Power Quality fields including Marketing Director for the Substation Automation and Protective Relaying Division. The next five years were spent as an executive officer of Power Measurement, Inc., a small high-tech company in the electrical industry bringing turnkey hardware and software solutions to Utility and Industrial customers in the Power Monitoring field where he was responsible for all aspects of Marketing, Business Development, Strategy and M&A. Since acquisition of PMI by Schneider Electric in 2005 Mr. Henneberry has focused on the strategic aspects of the Power Monitoring & Control business for Schneider, and most recently has been assigned to the global Corporate Strategy Dept of Schneider Electric responsible for defining and coordinating the implementation the Schneider Electric Smart Grid Strategy, and represents Schneider as a Board Member of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster.
Chief Executive Officer
James A. Hughes joined First Solar in March 2012 as Chief Commercial Officer and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in May 2012. Prior to joining First Solar, Mr. Hughes served, from October 2007 until April 2011, as Chief Executive Officer and Director of AEI Services LLC, which owned and operated power distribution, power generation (both thermal and renewable), natural gas transportation and services, and natural gas distribution businesses in emerging markets worldwide. From 2004 to 2007, he engaged in principal investing with a privately held company based in Houston, Texas that focused on micro-cap investments in North American distressed manufacturing assets. Previously, he served, from 2002 until March 2004, as President and Chief Operating Officer of Prisma Energy International, which was formed out of former Enron interests in international electric and natural gas utilities. Prior to that role, Mr. Hughes spent almost a decade with Enron Corporation in positions that included President and Chief Operating Officer of Enron Global Assets, President and Chief Operating Officer of Enron Asia, Pacific Africa and China and as Assistant General Counsel of Enron International.
Mr. Hughes is a Non-Executive Director of APR Energy plc, a London Stock Exchange-listed energy company participating in the global market for gas and diesel fired temporary power plants. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the 2014 Advisory Committee representing environment for Export-Import Bank of the United States.
Mr. Hughes holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, a Certificate of Completion in international business law from Queen Mary’s College, University of London, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University.
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.
Dr. Thomas Jarvi
Lockheed Martin Advanced Energy Storage
Tom Jarvi is presently the General Manager, Lockheed Martin Advanced Energy Storage, LLC (LM-AES). Tom was appointed to his present role following the founding of LM-AES which followed Lockheed Martin’s acquisition of the assets of Sun Catalytix Corporation in August, 2014. From 2010 until accepting his current role, Tom served as Chief Technology Officer of Sun Catalytix Corporation. Tom was instrumental in developing the partnership strategy at Sun Catalytix that ultimately led to Lockheed’s acquisition of its assets. During his tenure at Sun Catalytix, the technology currently under development at LM-AES was invented. Tom led the team through a comprehensive market-focused, cost-driven evaluation process to identify its most promising technology direction. Prior to joining Sun Catalytix, Tom was the Director of Cell Stack Engineering and Technology Development at UTC Power Corporation, at the time a world leader in fuel cell technology and deployment. During his time at UTC Power, Tom was intimately involved in resolving durability problems, and developing and commercializing transportation and stationary fuel cells with record-setting levels of endurance. Before his time at UTC Power, Tom led significant programs at the United Technologies Research Center where his efforts focused most notably on fundamental degradation mechanisms of fuel cells.
Tom received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington and his B.S. from the University of Illinois, both in Chemical Engineering.
Kyle Jones Baker
Greentech Capital Advisors
Kyle Jones Baker is a Partner at Greentech Capital Advisors (“GCA”), 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. Kyle is based in San Francisco and leads GCA’s coverage in energy efficiency, the internet of things and smart grid. She has a track record of working with both large diversified companies as well as specialized companies to achieve their strategic objectives in these areas. Prior to joining GCA, Kyle was a founding member of Morgan Stanley’s Cleantech Investment Banking team in London. She has 10 years of transaction experience.
Kyle holds a Master of Business Administration from the Yale School of Management and a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, as well as undergraduate degrees in Biology and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Michigan.
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.
Partner, Renewable Energy Industry Practice Co-National Director
Tim Kemper, CPA, is a partner in CohnReznick and serves as the firm’s Co-National Director of the Renewable Energy Industry Practice. His clients include major publicly-held Fortune 500 companies, private equity funds and renewable energy-related entities such as investors, entrepreneurs, developers, manufacturers and installers, and independent power producers utilizing such technologies as wind, solar, geothermal and biomass. Tim provides his prestigious clientele with financial counseling for complex transactions, including tax credits, financial structuring and modeling, underwriting, valuation, capital infusion, due diligence and grant advisory services.
Tim is also responsible for compliance with partnership tax allocation requirements, examination and analysis of financial forecasts, due diligence, and tax planning and tax compliance reviews for partnerships and corporations. He is experienced in the areas of public and private syndication, work-out situations and passive activity rules.
Tim remains proactively involved in key associations and regulatory bodies that influence renewable energy policy, and is frequently invited to speak at numerous national and regional conferences hosted by such organizations as Bloomberg, SEIA, and AWEA.
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.
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.
Steve LeVine is Washington Correspondent for Quartz, the mobile-first startup launched in 2012 by Atlantic Media. He writes about the geopolitics of energy and technology. Steve is also a Future Tense Fellow at the New America Foundation and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches energy security in the graduate-level Security Studies Program.
Previously, Steve was a foreign correspondent for eighteen years in the former Soviet Union, Pakistan and the Philippines, running a bureau for The Wall Street Journal, and before that writing for The New York Times, the Financial Times and Newsweek.
The Powerhouse is Steve’s third book. In 2007, Random House published The Oil and the Glory, which chronicled the struggle for fortune and power on the Caspian Sea. BusinessWeek magazine selected it as a Top 10 book for the year. In 2008, Random House published Putin’s Labyrinth, a profile of Russia through the life and death of a half-dozen Russians. Both books are on numerous university reading lists.
Autonomous Driving & Advanced Driver Assistance Systems expert
Annie Lien is an Autonomous Driving & Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) expert leader with diverse background in business strategy & development, program & product management, product marketing, strategic PR/communications, customer focus, user experience/human factors, government-‐related affairs. Lien has worked at Robert Bosch’s Silicon Valley Research Center, during which time Lien also served on a part-‐time, voluntary basis as Team Leader of Team AnnieWay—a DARPA Urban Challenge team that was founded independently by German robotics research professionals and graduate students and was one of eleven finalist teams chosen for the DARPA final race on November 3, 2007. Lien also worked at VW Group’s Electronics Research Laboratory, a shared facility between Audi, VW and other VW Group brands, where she led the companywide coordination and initiatives on North American Product, PR, legal and government activities for Autonomous Driving. After VW Group, Lien worked for a computer vision startup and is currently an independent consultant in the fields of Autonomous Driving and ADAS.
NEC Energy Solutions
Roger Lin is currently Director of Marketing at NEC Energy Solutions, formerly a part of A123 Systems, where he leads all product management and marketing activities. With over nine years of experience in energy storage technologies and applications, he has held a variety of roles and was responsible for several successful product development efforts including the company’s first hybrid electric vehicle battery, as well as its first lithium ion cell. Prior to that, he has held roles in venture capital, business development, and research and development. Roger received his Master of Engineering degree in Materials Science from MIT, his Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering from Rutgers University, and is an inventor on nine United States patents.
Chair, World Energy Trilemma
World Energy Council
Joan MacNaughton is an influential figure in the energy and climate policy debate, having been Director General of Energy in the UK, overseeing the energy agenda during the UK Presidency of the EU and leading work on the energy proposals agreed at the G8 Gleneagles Summit.
She chairs the World Energy Trilemma for the World Energy Council, an annual assessment of 129 countries’ energy policies. From 2004 to 2006, MacNaughton chaired the International Energy Agency. Between 2007 and 2012, she led Alstom’s policy department, and acted as Global Adviser on Sustainable Policies. In 2012 she was Vice Chair of the UN High Level Panel on the Clean Development Mechanism. MacNaughton is Honorary Fellow and Past President of the Energy Institute, Chair of the Energy Academy Europe International Advisory Board, an IETA Fellow and former member of the IETA Board, Trustee of the Climate Group, Director of the James Hutton Institute, and a member of the Council of Warwick University. She has served on numerous other academic, public and private sector boards, and lectured extensively on energy and climate policy. She is an experienced moderator of high level discussions, for example the CEO Ministerial roundtables at the Clean Energy Ministerial.
Director, Environmental Sustainability and External Engagements
Maribeth Malloy is Director for Environmental Sustainability and External Engagements for Lockheed Martin Corporation. She is responsible for development of the corporate strategy for energy and environmental sustainability, driving business opportunities leveraging Lockheed Martin technology to solve these sustainability matters, data integrity for the energy/environmental portfolio, and external communications regarding the company’s positions relative to these issues.
Ms. Malloy serves on the Board of NC State’s Sustainability Initiative as well as the International Aerospace Environmental Group (IAEG). Ms. Malloy began her working career with IBM responsible for the chemical management program and Environmental Impact Assessments at a major semi-conductor facility. Through the business transitions of the 1990s the IBM business was sold to Lockheed Martin where she progressed with responsibility for the corporate ESH Audit program and corporate Governance. After leading the ESH and Medical functions in the Aeronautics line of business, Ms. Malloy returned to a corporate position with the focus on sustainability.
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.
Founder and Managing Partner
Cycle Capital Management
Andrée-Lise, founder of Cycle Capital Management, boasts almost 20 years of experience in corporate financing, management and engineering. She has set up an investment platform specialized in cleantechs totaling more than 230 millions dollars and which brings together industrial, institutional and strategic investors. Through her carreer, she developed a network of top-notch partnerships, from businesses, political affiliations and environmental backgrounds.
In addition to serving on portfolio companies’ boards of directors, she is Ecotech Québec’s co-founder and Chairwoman, sits on SWITCH, the Alliance for a Green Economy in Québec, Société québécoise des infrastructures, Fonds Capital Culture Québec and Natural Gas Technologies Centre (NGTC)’s Boards’ of Directors. She is also a member of the External Advisory Committee to the Vice-Principal Research and International Relations (VPRIR) at McGill University. She co-chaired a Task Force under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC). She has chaired and has been a member of many panels of judges, in particular the Grand Prix du génie-conseil québécois, the Canadian Consulting Engineers Awards (ACEC) and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2011, Andrée-Lise was recognized as one of Canada’s Clean16 and was named La Presse/Radio-Canada Personality of the week, while in 2013 Andrée-Lise was named one of the Top 20 cleantech investors by CleanTechnica and amongst the most influential women in sustainable development and in the cleantech industry by Corporate Knight.
Prior to founding Cycle Capital Management, Ms. Méthot created the first Quebec-based venture capital fund specializing in the Cleantech sector, namely the Fonds d’investissement en développement durable (FIDD) which gave birth to Cycle Capital. She also launched a fund specializing in sustainable development, the “Fonds d’action québécois pour le développement durable (FAQDD)”. Among others, she previously worked at Groupe Axor, CINBIOSE, and at the Commission de la Santé et de la Sécurité du Travail (CSST), Québec’s Workplace Health and Safety Board.
She has a Master’s degree in Science from the Université de Montréal and a Bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering from Université Laval. She also studied atmospheric physics at the Université du Québec à Montréal.
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.
President and CEO
Kenneth Munson is president and co–founder of Sunverge Energy, a leader in the emerging “edge of the grid” energy services market focused on smart grid optimization and virtual power plant services delivered via a cutting-edge SaaS computing platform. Kenneth leads the company’s operations and is responsible for the company’s strategic development including new business initiatives, corporate financing, and mergers and acquisitions activity.
Prior to founding Sunverge, Kenneth was vice president of business development and marketing for Kinetek, Inc., a subsidiary of Jordan Industries, where he drove expansion of Kinetek’s motion control technologies group throughout the U.S., Asia and Europe as well as oversaw global brand management strategy.
Kenneth also serves as Adjunct Lecturer at St. Mary’s College of California Graduate School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA), instructing in Entrepreneurial Finance and Managing Innovation, and he serves on the Board of Directors for Safety Center, Inc., a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization focused on safety education and training on drug and alcohol abuse, workplace safety, defensive driving for teens and seniors, and children’s life saving safety skills.
Kenneth holds an MBA from St. Mary’s College of California School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA) and a Bachelors Degree in Marketing Communications from California State University, Sacramento.
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.
Dr. Yoshimi Okada
Principal Researcher (Engineering)
Dr. Yoshimi Okada is a principal researcher of Chiyoda Corporation. He received bachelor’s degree of chemical engineering in 1984, and master’s degree of energy and material course in Yokohama National University. He entered to Chiyoda Corporation and belonged to R&D Center. He was engaged in the development of catalyst and process. He started to develop the novel catalyst for dehydrogenation reaction in the Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) in 2002 and received Doctor of Engineering degree from Yokohama National University in 2005. He had achieved success of a novel catalyst development which has under nano-sized platinum cluster on alumina carrier which is only one catalyst for the dehydrogenation in the LOHC method. Chiyoda Corp. had invested to demonstration pilot plant design and construction. The demonstration operation has been completed in 2014 successfully. LOHC system which is for the massive hydrogen energy storage and transportation, has been established technically. Chiyoda Corporation named the system “SPERA H2” system and Awarded from International Association of Hydrogen Energy (IAHE) as Jules Verne Award 2014 and from The Japan Institute of Energy award 2014. He served on the director of the Catalyst Society of Japan (2008-2009). Now, he is a director of Hydrogen Energy System Society of Japan (HESS) and evaluation committee member for the National fundamental research project on hydrogen carrier system etc.
Senior Director, Utility Solutions
Packard co-founded ClipperCreek Inc., a provider of EV infrastructure and served as the company’s president. Packard joined the EV market in the early 1990s as VP of Sales at EPTI, an Atlanta start-up, rapid battery charging company. In 1998 Packard joined EVI an electric vehicle infrastructure company that helped develop the modern standards which are in place today.
Packard began his career in engineering with Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in Sunnyvale, CA. Packard holds a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering and a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Robie Samanta Roy
Vice President, Technology and Innovation
Robie I. Samanta Roy is Vice President, Technology and Innovation. Robie’s responsibilities include leading the Corporation’s enterprise-level technology innovation strategy to ensure the Corporation’s continuing ability to develop and leverage new technologies to help solve customers’ most challenging problems. In this role, he works with the Engineering & Technology Council and Enterprise Operations leaders to develop and actively manage an enterprise technology roadmap aligned with business area needs, focusing on innovation. He also works with Lockheed Martin’s university program with the goal of fostering and transitioning research from leading U.S. research universities, as well as liaison with U.S. government organizations critical to the formation of technical policy and the execution of research.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Robie was a Professional Staff Member with the Senate Armed Services Committee with the portfolio of the Department of Defense’s wide spectrum of science and technology-related activities. He came to that position from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he was the Assistant Director for Space and Aeronautics from 2005 to 2009 and was responsible for space and aeronautics activities ranging from human space flight to the Next Generation Air Transportation System. Before that, he was a Strategic Analyst at the Congressional Budget Office where he was responsible for studies on military and civil space, missile defense, international relations, and other strategic forces issues. Robie started his career as a Research Staff Member in the Systems Evaluation Division of the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, VA from 1995 to 2003 where he conducted studies related to Command, Control, Communications and Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance systems. He holds a S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT, as well as a Master’s degree in Space Policy from the George Washington University and diplomas from the International Space University and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. Robie continues to serve in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
Vice President, Smart Grid Solutions
Laurent Schmitt joined the Alstom Grid sector in June 2010 as Vice President for Smart Grid Solutions, in charge of developing Alstom’s offer on the Smart Grid segment, following the integration of Areva T&D’s activities within Alstom in June 2010.
He started his career in the field of Power Generation with Alstom Hydro and Thermal Plant Controls in North America. In 2007, he became Director for Strategy at the AREVA T&D Automation Business Unit. In 2008, he was appointed Vice President for Strategy & Innovation for the Energy Management Business of Alstom Power.
Laurent graduated from Supelec, Paris in France with a degree in Power System Engineering. He is a member of several strategic industry committees working on Smart Grids such as CIGRE, IEC, EPRI, ENTSOe and the European Smart Cities Platform, and contributes to a number of expert advisory taskforces to the European Commission on the topics of Generation, Grid and Storage applications.
Manager, Technology Innovation Program
Electric Power Research Institute
Ron Schoff is the senior program manager of EPRI’s Technology Innovation program. He is focused on thought leadership and manages a strategic research portfolio that will help shape the future of the electricity industry with an increasing emphasis on disruptive technologies. Prior to joining the Technology Innovation program, Schoff conducted advanced coal plant and CO2 capture research in EPRI’s Fossil Fleet for Tomorrow program. Before joining EPRI in 2006, he worked as an engineer at Parsons Corporation supporting DOE and EPRI research in advanced coal. He received a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.S. degree in chemical engineering from Villanova University.
Black and Veatch
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.
North America Wind Analyst and Policy Specialist
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Dan Shurey leads research and analysis of wind energy in the North America region.
Based in New York, Dan specializes in wind energy performance and economics, covering topics including policy, demand, asset valuation, and O&M strategy. Dan previously led Bloomberg’s analysis of European wind energy and policy from London.
Prior to joining Bloomberg, Dan worked on the Global Redesign Initiative of the World Economic Forum and holds a BSc in Environmental Geoscience with Italian from the University of Bristol.
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.
Head of Sustainable Finance Product Strategy
Lenora Suki, CFA, CAIA, LEED AP, is the Head of Sustainable Finance Product Strategy in Bloomberg’s Sustainable Business and Finance Group. Lenora’s focus is on strategy for sustainable finance products, with an emphasis on extending Bloomberg’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) product and other sustainable finance efforts across asset classes to comprehensively understand investment risks and opportunities. She is currently working on projects in fixed income, real estate, and private equity, as well as initiatives at the intersection of philanthropy and product strategy, such as green and social bonds, impact investment and data science applications.
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.
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.
Shikun & Binui Renewable Energy - Shikun & Binui Group
Mr. Yaron Szilas has been working with Shikun & Binui since 2011 and was appointed the Shikun&Binui Renewable Energy (SBRE) CEO in 2013. Under Mr. Szilas’ leadership, the company has demonstrated continuous growth with outstanding achievements in large scale projects, complying with leading eco standards.
Between 2011 and 2013, Mr. Szilas was VP Business Development of SBRE. SBRE is a Renewable Energy Development Company wholly owned by Shikun & Binui Group, one of Israel’s leading companies. Shikun&Binui is a public traded company controlled by Arison Investments.
Mr. Szilas holds more than 15 years of experience in general management, business development and legal practice in various companies in the renewable energy and infrastructure fields.
Among his other previous positions, Mrs. Szilas also served as Deputy Project Director Commercial at Israel Metro Builders (the EPC of the Tel Aviv Red Line LRT); Member of the Supervisory Board of Derech Eretz JV18 & CJV (first PPP Project in Israel); Business Development Manager at Danya Cebus Ltd. and Attorney at law at Yehuda Raveh & Co. – Law Offices.
Mr. Szilas is a graduate of the Tel Aviv Collage of Management, and holds LL.B. in Law and B.A. in Business Administration.
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.
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.
Shahar Waiser is a serial entrepreneur who founded and built companies in US and Internationally.
In early 2000 Shahar served as CEO of publicly traded Comverse [NASDAQ:CMVT] – a market leader in Internet / Mobile Telecom products and billing for mobile operators. Shahar founded Russian entity of Comverse and served as its first CEO with a $300M record in total sales.
In 2005 moved to San Francisco; founded and successfully sold Loyalize, a social engagement & loyalty start-up based in San Francisco (acquired by Viggle [VGGL]).
Lately he founded GetTaxi (operating in New York, London, Moscow, St. Petersburg and all over Israel). GetTaxi is expected to hit $500M in Revenues by Dec’15 and keep growing by 400% per annum. In 2013 GetTaxi was selected by FORBES as one of the fastest growing companies in the world.
Being passionate about computer programming since his childhood, he obtained a BSc. degree in
Computer Science in Tel Aviv and moved to Silicon Valley.
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.
Vice President, Product Management
1 Energy Systems
Rogers Weed is Vice President of Product Management for 1Energy Systems. He has more than 15 years of experience in product management and business roles across four of the six major business units at Microsoft – he was a Corporate Vice President and part of the Marketing Leadership Team at the company. In 2009, Rogers was appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire to direct Washington State’s Department of Commerce where he provided leadership on economic development issues including the state’s energy policy. Rogers began his career as a Consultant with Bain & Company. He has a BS in Computer Science from Duke University and a Masters in Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
President, Business Units
Howard Wenger serves as SunPower president, business units, with global responsibility for the company’s residential, commercial and utility power plant business. He is currently focused on leading the company’s evolution to become a customer-centric energy company, combining distributed generation and energy services. Wenger also serves as president of SunPower Corporation, Systems, the company’s turn-key power systems group. Previously, he was executive vice president and a member of the board of PowerLight Corporation, which was acquired by SunPower, and he held management positions at PG&E, AstroPower and Pacific Energy Group, a company he co-founded. Wenger is passionate about making the sun the leading source of energy globally. He has worked for more than 30 years in the solar and utility power field, authored dozens of papers and public policies to mainstream solar, and developed software programs and tools that are still used today to design and engineer solar power systems. Wenger holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.S. in Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and currently serves as a board member of Advanced Energy Economy.
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.
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.
Head of Advanced Transport
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
As the Head of Advanced Transport Analysis at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Alejandro conducts research relating to transport markets globally. His and the team’s focus is on advanced fuels — biofuels, natural gas and hydrogen; refuelling infrastructure deployment; and new vehicle technologies. Alejandro previously tracked and examined various bioenergy technologies, in both the commercial and private sectors, examining feedstock, conversion and capital costs and revenues from final product distribution. He also measures production and distribution margins as well as investment trends in each bioenergy pathway.
Previously Alejandro worked as a corporate banker in Cali and Bogota, Colombia, where he played an active role in the consolidation of the bioenergy sector. He also worked to assemble a Latin American team for Carbon Credit Capital’s biomass power team in the Andean region.
Alejandro holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Purdue University, a Graduate Diploma in Capital Markets from Universidad Externado of Colombia and a Master of International Energy Management and Policy from Columbia University.
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.
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.
Direct Energy Residential
Manu Asthana became President of Direct Energy Residential effective November 1, 2013. Formerly, Manu was Head of Direct Energy Upstream & Trading and prior to this he was the Senior Vice President responsible for the continued formation and growth of the Direct Energy Midstream and Trading line of business.
As President of Direct Energy Residential, Manu is responsible for leading Direct Energy’s residential retail energy activities throughout North America. Formerly, Manu was Head of Direct Energy Upstream & Trading and had responsibility for operations at Direct Energy’s power generation units, procurement of energy, capacity and ancillary services for Direct Energy’s retail businesses and continued growth of Direct Energy’s Midstream & Trading line of business. Manu is a member of the Direct Energy Management Team, the Centrica Group Financial Risk Management Committee and the Centrica Senior Leadership Team.
Before joining Direct Energy, Manu was responsible for trading, retail portfolio management for TXU Energy and generation asset management for Luminant Energy’s 14,000 MW fleet of generation assets in Texas. Prior to this, he served in several leadership capacities for the TXU group of companies, including as Chief Risk Officer for TXU Corporation. Manu is a graduate of the Leadership Dallas program, class of 2003 and previously served on the associate board of the Cox MBA program at Southern Methodist University.
Manu holds a bachelor’s degree in economics with concentrations in finance and entrepreneurial management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was designated both a Joseph Wharton Scholar and a Benjamin Franklin Scholar. Manu and his wife, Aparna, have two children and live in Houston.
A High-energy executive and seasoned entrepreneur who thrives in fast moving, complex environments while successfully delivering targets across industries, disciplines, and geographies. Mr. Barel a proven track record in business development, negotiations, marketing, and operations in dynamic international organisations.
Founded and led successful startup companies across the globe.
Prior to his current position as CEO at SoftWheel Ltd. an Israeli Startup that literally reinvents the wheel Mr. Barel founded WOOOF, an dog-centric mobile app startup currently active in several countries worldwide. Prior to that, Mr. Barel served as CEO at Elsight Group Ltd. In 2007 Mr. Barel founded CAUTES, a boutique business consulting firm in Hong Kong and headed the business development & strategy activities. Mr. Barel has extensive economic background serving as IPO & M&A Analyst at one of the Big-Four as well as managing multi million dollar budget for a cellular currier.
Mr. Barel serves as Director on the Board of several startup companies and accelerators.
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.
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.
General Manager, Energy Products
Ben Bixby is the general manager of energy products at Nest Labs, where he steers Nest’s new product and global business development with its energy partners. Ben came to Nest in early 2013 when Nest acquired MyEnergy, the venture-backed energy data technology company he founded in 2007 and led as its CEO — and which now powers a number of Nest’s energy data capabilities. Ben earned his BS from Georgetown University. Together with his wife, he resides in Boston and Palo Alto — fiercely supporting the Red Sox from both coasts.
Chief Technology and Industrial Officer
Pierre joined the Company in 2000. He is Chief Technology & Industrial Officer of Leclanché.
Before becoming CTIO, Pierre held several positions including the position of Development Manager of primary cells and Head of the R&D department at Leclanché (2004-2006). From 2000 to 2004, Pierre was Chemical Engineer at Leclanché where he was responsible for the development and manufacturing of battery cells for major brands such as Varta, Energizer, Panasonic and Enersys. He holds a B.A. Moderatorship Chemistry from Trinity College Dublin.
Prescription for the Planet
Tom Blees is the author of Prescription for the Planet – The Painless Remedy for Our Energy & Environmental Crises. He is the president of the Science Council for Global Initiatives (SCGI), an international NGO consisting primarily of scientists and engineers involved in cutting-edge energy systems. He is a member of the selection committee for the Global Energy Prize, considered Russia’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize for energy research. He has acted as a consultant and energy systems advisor to private industry and government from the local to the international level. Blees is actively involved in encouraging and coordinating top-level international cooperation on nuclear fast-neutron reactor and fuel cycle projects with the USA, Russia, South Korea, Japan, China, the United Kingdom, and other countries. Besides his work on systems related to the nuclear power industry, he works with individuals and companies involved in the design and deployment of revolutionary energy technologies that can provide a comprehensive solution to global energy and environmental challenges. These include electrically-powered heavy trucking using lithium-iron (LiFe) battery technology, as well as plasma converter systems for complete recycling of all waste products without the need to rely on sorting waste streams.
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.
Director of Business and Channel Development
Kris Bowring was named director of business and channel development, smart home business unit in 2013.
Bowring leads the smart home business unit business and channel development, bringing together a unique set of partnerships across multiple industry ecosystems, such as, the insurance industry, utility industry, service providers, senior care and other relevant partnerships.
Prior to Lowe’s, Bowring was vice president of Navitas Partners a strategic consulting firm specializing in energy and the retailing experience working closely with both big box retailing and federal government agencies. Bowring also was platform lead and general manager of the Home and Energy Management connected home platform at Best Buy.
Bowring is a nationally recognized thought leader on consumer acceptance and market evolution of connected home technologies and services. Bowring has led significant primary research studies on customer attitudes and adoption of the Connected Home and has also initiated and led research forums with major technology manufacturers, utility companies and service providers. Bowring also received the Chairman’s innovation award for his innovation acceleration work in retail. Bowring was also a founding member of the EPA’s Retail Action Council.
Bowring brings over 18 years leadership experience in telecommunications, home appliances, consumer electronics products and retail marketing. Bowring has a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Cardinal Stritch University. Bowring also served on the boards of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, the Continental Automated Builders Association, and was an industry advisor to the Pecan Street Project smart grid initiative.
Managing Director and Head of Green Bonds Americas
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Suzanne Buchta is managing director and head of Green Bonds Americas. She has been active in
advising issuers and consulting investors on Green Bonds since 2010, when the market was in its
infancy. Her team arranged the first retail Green Bond in 2011 and has since worked across globally
across Investment Grade, High Yield and Municipal Capital Markets teams and regions to establish
Bank of America Merrill Lynch as a leader in this rapidly growing market.
In September 2013, Buchta co‐authored a white paper on the framework for green bonds which
formed the basis for the “Green Bond Principles,” a globally recognized market disclosure standard for
Green bonds. She was recently named a 2014 Bloomberg New Energy Finance FiRe Finalist for her
work on “Catapulting Green Bonds from a Niche to Mainstream Market,” spoke on green bonds at the
United Nation’s Abu Dhabi Ascent, and was an active member of Bank of America’s working group for
the Sustainable Energy for All Finance Committee, led by Chad Holliday, Chairman of the Board.
A 15‐year veteran at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Buchta holds a masters degree in Mathematics
from UNC Chapel Hill, a Fulbright Fellowship from Melbourne University and a BA from College of the
Vice President and General Manager
Direct Energy Services
Cory Byzewski currently leads the Home Warranty and Solar organizations within Direct Energy Services (DES), the home services division of Direct Energy. In this role, Cory oversees two of the fastest growing parts of Direct Energy. While he has been in DES, he has also overseen its protection plan business, leasing business, U.S. water heater rental business, company-owned field operations and its Marketing function.
Cory has been with Direct Energy for more than nine years. Prior to working in DES, he led Direct Energy’s residential energy division in the northern United States. Under Cory’s leadership, the business tripled its customers and vastly improved profitability, customer satisfaction and employee engagement.
Cory has more than two decades of energy industry experience including roles with The New Power Company, The Columbia Energy Group, Montana-Dakota Utilities Company and the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor. Through these opportunities, Cory was in the fortunate position to gain experience in virtually every area in the industry.
Cory has also held a leadership role with a startup company outside of the energy business. He was one of three officers in charge of starting up, funding and operating a multimillion dollar business for three years prior to coming to Direct Energy.
Cory has been active in community, educational and youth initiatives. He actively supports childhood education through the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County and was a member of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission while he lived in Pittsburgh. He also supported middle school education as a mentor with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program, and higher education in working with the Pittsburgh Promise.
Cory has a Juris Doctor from Capital University, a Master’s in Management from the University of Mary, and a Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of North Dakota. Born in North Dakota, Cory now resides in Florida with his wife and two daughters.
Director, National Policy and Partnership
Richard W. Caperton is the Director of National Policy and Partnerships at Opower. Caperton leads the company’s engagement with all branches of the federal government, including Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Prior to joining Opower, Caperton was the Managing Director for Energy at the Center for American Progress, where he worked on energy tax and finance and electric utility issues. He has also worked in government relations at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and served as a policy fellow at the Alliance for Climate Protection.
Caperton has testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives and is regularly quoted in the press on these issues.
Caperton is a native of rural America, growing up in Virginia and Missouri. He received his M.B.A. from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and a B.A. in politics from Pomona College.
Director, Corporate Venturing and Biofuels
Ignaas has set-up and leads the corporate venturing activities within KLM. In 2009 he created the Mainport Innovation Fund. The investment focus areas include Sustainable Aviation, Smart Mobility & Connectivity, Security, Big Data and Robotics. The second fund is currently in preparation.
Ignaas is also responsible for KLM’s biofuel strategy, which is executed in close cooperation with SkyNRG, a new venture focused on the development of a sustainable biojet fuel market.
He is highly engaged in the Sustainable Bio Award winning ‘Bioport Holland’ initiative and the KLM Corporate Biofuel Program. Currently he works on the set-up of the Global Feedstock Technology Fund with Emerald Technology Ventures.
Previously Ignaas held several positions in Sales, ICT, Marketing and Corporate Strategy. He worked at Citigroup and Kardex before joining KLM.
Ignaas holds a Master degree in Economics and an MBA from Vlerick Business School.
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.
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.
EVP, Global Development & Marketing
Silver Spring Networks
Eric is one of Silver Spring Networks’ co-founders, and has more than 15 years of experience in developing critical infrastructure networks to address utilities and cities most pressing challenges. Eric has been instrumental to the growth of the company and currently leads the company’s global development, where he meets with heads of government and energy industry the world over on the development of all types of critical infrastructure applications.
Eric has held various leadership roles in customer development, new product development and product introductions. He has served on the board of directors of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC), Demand Response and Smart Grid (DRSG) Coalition and the Automatic Meter Reading Association’s (AMRA) Marketing and Development Committee. He was also the founding member of OpenAMI. Eric previously spent 9 years at Procter & Gamble in various sales and marketing roles. He holds a B.S. in economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Director, Public Policy
Evan Dube is Director, Public Policy for Sunrun. He focuses on federal and eastern state regulatory and legislative matters. Evan previously served as Assistant Commissioner to the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, and as Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust Fund. He also served in the Massachusetts legislature as General Counsel to the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, and the House Committee on Ways and Means. Evan holds a B.A. from Boston University and a J.D. from The Villanova University School of Law.
José Manuel Entrecanales Domecq
Chairman of ACCIONA since 2004. Mr Entrecanales began his professional career at Merrill Lynch in London and New York. In 1991 he joined ACCIONA, where he was Corporate Development Director, Finance Director and a Member of the Board before being named Chairman in 2004.
Between 1994 and 2000 he was also a Board Director of Vodafone Spain, and between 2000 and 2007 he was Chairman of Vodafone Spain and of the Vodafone Foundation in Spain.
Mr Entrecanales was Executive Chairman of Endesa between 2007 and 2009, when ACCIONA sold its stake in the Spanish utility to Enel of Italy.
Among his many institutional activities in Spain, Mr Entrecanales has held the Presidency of the Instituto de la Empresa Familiar, Spain’s leading organisation for family-owned businesses until 2014. In addition, Mr. Entrecanales is Vice Chairman and Founder of the Pro-Cnic Foundation, the main public-private initiative for cardiovascular research in Spain, led by Dr Valentín Fuster. He is also a patron of the Fundación Princesa de Asturias, the Fundación Princesa de Girona, and the Prado Museum.
Abroad, Mr Entrecanales is an active participant in some of the leading public- private initiatives supporting sustainable development and the fight against climate change.
In 2013, Mr. Entrecanales joined the Advisory Board of the “Sustainable Energy for All” initiative led by the United Nations and the World Bank. He is a member of the executive committee of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) since 2009, and also belongs to the UN Global Compact, The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) and the newly created CEO Climate Leadership Group of the WEF
Mr Entrecanales is Chairman of the José Manuel Entrecanales Foundation for Innovation and Sustainability (www.fjme.org).
Group Executive Vice President, Chief Generation and Strategy Officer
Cris Eugster leads the Generation and Strategy Group for CPS Energy, one of the nation’s largest municipally-owned utilities with over 730,000 electric customers and 325,000 gas customers. CPS Energy is vertically integrated and includes generation, transmission and distribution, and retail services with annual revenues of over $2 billion and total assets of over $10 billion.
Cris is responsible for the overall operations, dispatch, and evolution of CPS Energy’s generation capabilities that include approximately 6,500 MW of traditional power plants (natural gas, nuclear, and coal) and 1,100 MW of renewables (wind, solar, and landfill gas). The Generation and Strategy Group includes energy supply and market operations to serve retail load and to support ERCOT wholesale transactions.
Cris also leads overall corporate strategy, integrated resource planning, new products and services, research & development, and environmental oversight, driving the transformation of CPS Energy into a strong, innovative 21st century power provider. The strategy has led to significant investments in low carbon capabilities such as combined cycle natural gas, wind, and solar, in addition to large scale demand response programs and innovative smart grid solutions. CPS Energy is nationally recognized for its efforts in the New Energy Economy and has won numerous awards.
Cris sits on a number of Boards including the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and Mission Verde Alliance. Past Boards have included Build SA Green, Solar San Antonio, Texas Renewable Energy Industry Association (TREIA), DOE State Energy Advisory Board, and the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Prior to coming to San Antonio, Cris was the first Chief Officer for Sustainable Growth for the City of Houston as part of Mayor Bill White’s team. Cris was also a Partner with McKinsey & Company, an international management consulting firm. He received his PhD and MS in Electrical Engineering from MIT focused on quantum transport research in nanostructures. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University with Magna Cum Laude honors.
Energy Extractives Global Practice Director
Charles Feinstein is presently Director of the World Bank’s Energy and Extractives Global Practice. In this role he is responsible for the operations and day to day management of the combined energy, mining and oil and gas investment, analytical and advisory portfolio. Before taking up this post in July of this year, he led the East Asia and the Pacific Region energy and water sectors, focusing on sector strategy development, innovation, quality assurance, and knowledge management. From 2008-12, he was Sustainable Development Leader for Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands based in Sydney, Australia, responsible for a diverse portfolio of Sustainable Development activities in 12 client countries.
Prior to assuming his position in Sydney, “Chas” was Sector Manager for Energy operations in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Region. Mr. Feinstein’s work builds on his earlier service as a recognized energy specialist, and his role as co-author of the World Bank’s pioneering Environmental Strategy for the Energy Sector strategy paper (“Fuel for Thought”). Through the 1990’s, Mr. Feinstein was Team Leader for Climate Change in the World Bank’s Environment Department.
Prior to his World Bank employment, Chas served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer and Peace Corps Associate Country Director in the Pacific Islands. An alumnus of the East-West Center in Honolulu and the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), Mr. Feinstein is trained in electrical engineering and resource economics.
Manager, Connected eMobility
BMW North America
Cliff Fietzek, Manger of connected e-mobility is responsible for all development related topics on BMW’s electric cars within BMW of North America.
In his role he is responsible for BMW’s test and validation of PHEV’s, BMW’s Fast charging Projects in the US and research projects for controlled charging and Battery storage.
Prior to this assignment, he was responsible for the electric / electronic integration of the hybrid power train into the BMW X6 Active Hybrid. The hybrid components were jointly developed at the Hybrid Development Center in Troy, MI, in a cooperation between General Motors, Chrysler, Daimler and BMW.
Cliff Fietzek has been with BMW since 2003 and holds a Master of Engineering.
Inspired by the mainstream boom of hybrid cars and a shared passion for consumer electronic products, Seth and his co-founders set out to create a technology solution for reducing home energy consumption. The tools they developed empower consumers and utilities to understand and control how energy is being used, and identify opportunities for savings.
As President of EnergyHub, he oversees the overall direction and operation of the company. He devotes extra focus to creating an exceptional user experience for EnergyHub customers.
Prior to founding EnergyHub, Seth served in several managerial and technical roles at Honeybee Robotics. During his tenure at Honeybee Robotics, he worked on the Mars Science Laboratory mission, the Lunar Precursor and Robotic Program, and payloads and tools for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) robots. He was the principal investigator for a DARPA research effort to build a miniature laser vision system for search and rescue robots.
Seth has an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, where his research focused on Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) for Ultracold Atom Optics.
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.
David L. Giordano, Managing Director, is a member of the Infrastructure Investment Group-Renewable Power, within BlackRock Alternatives (BAI). As head of the North American Investment team, he is responsible for originating investment opportunities, establishing industry partnerships, and leading transactions associated with securing equity investments.
BlackRock is the largest investment manager in the world, with $4.65 trillion of AUM, and sits at the intersection of global capital and infrastructure investment opportunities. BlackRock provides investors with infrastructure equity and debt investments via Funds, Co-Investments, Managed Accounts, and Multi Manager Strategies and currently has $6 billion in invested and committed assets. Our team of 50 professionals is based in New York, London, Dublin, Paris, and Zurich.
Mr. Giordano earned a BA degree in Economics and Policy Management Studies from Dickinson College in 1991, and an MPA degree from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School in 1996. Mr. Giordano is a member of ACORE’s Executive Committee.
Vice President of Sustainability
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Manuel Gomez, Vice President of Sustainability, leads Walmart’s global sustainability efforts across more than 11,000 retail units under 69 banners in 26 countries. Responsible for Walmart’s commitments to 100% renewable energy, zero waste and products that sustain people and the planet, Manuel also oversees communications and partnerships that accelerate Walmart’s ability to help people Save Money and Live Better.
Prior to assuming this role, Manuel served as Director of Sustainability and Energy for Walmart Mexico and Central America, an operation with more than 2,300 stores. In this capacity, he was responsible for driving sustainability initiatives across the business and supply chain, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, waste management, water stewardship and products/packaging optimization.
Before joining Walmart, Manuel worked in Mexico’s Ministry of Agriculture as Advisor for the Undersecretary of Planning where he focused on issues such as NAFTA, land-tenure and private investment promotion.
Manuel is on the Board of Directors of CESPEDES, Instituto Global para la Sostenibilidad and the Mexican Initiative for Renewable Energy. He was recently elected to the Climate Change Council, as one of three private sector representatives.
Manuel studied Economics at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and has a Master’s in Public and Private Management from Yale University.
Former Vice President of the United States and Chair, The Climate Reality Project
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.
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.
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.
Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Seb is Head of Europe, Middle East & Africa for Bloomberg New Energy Finance in London, overseeing the firm’s European power and carbon market analysis and the development of its European business. From 2008 to 2012 Seb was Head of Research and Manager of BNEF in Australia, establishing the firm’s Sydney offices. Seb writes extensively on clean energy and carbon market economics, and presents regularly at energy industry conferences and events. He is quoted widely in print media, and has appeared as an expert commentator on ABC TV, Sky News, ABC Radio, and Bloomberg TV. In 2012 he gave evidence before the House of Representatives Economics Committee on the pricing dynamics of linking Australia’s Carbon Price Mechanism with the EU ETS. Before joining New Energy Finance, Seb worked with research consultancy FreshMinds, activist investment firm Hanover Investors Management and taught maths and atmospheric science at Monash University. Seb is a physicist by training with degrees from Adelaide University and Monash, but has also spent time at Cambridge University where he read International Relations, specialising in emissions trading and environmental markets.
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.
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.
Senior Reporter, Geopolitics of Energy
Foreign Policy Magazine
Keith Johnson began writing for The Wall Street Journal in 1998, while based in Spain. He covered Spanish politics, Islamist and Basque terrorism, energy, airlines and tourism, with the odd foray into bullfighting, the Olympics, and post-war Iraq. From 2008 to early 2010, he created and ran the WSJ blog “Environmental Capital,” which offered daily analysis of energy and environmental issues. From 2010 to 2012 he covered Homeland Security, counter-terrorism, and foreign affairs while based in Washington. Finally, he covered energy and the environment, including domestic energy policies and environmental regulations.
In late 2013, Johnson began covering the geopolitics of energy for Foreign Policy magazine, focusing on the tectonic shift in energy production and consumption and how that affects international relations. Over the past fifteen years, he has reported from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
Born in Atlanta, Mr. Johnson received a double B.A. in History and Spanish and an M.A. in Spanish Literature from the University of Georgia. He currently resides near Washington, D.C. with his wife and sons.
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.
Ms. Kelly is an internationally-recognized energy industry veteran and former Commissioner with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She represents a variety of clients in the electric and natural gas industries on business, regulatory, litigation, enforcement and policy matters such as electricity and gas markets, renewable energy, electricity transmission, natural gas and oil infrastructure, LNG, electricity reliability standards, hydro licensing, carbon emissions, smart grid, energy efficiency and distributed generation. Ms. Kelly’s knowledge of the national electricity and natural gas industries includes significant experience in infrastructure development and operation, market structures and financial products, emerging technologies, federal and state laws and regulations, impending policy changes and domestic/international market interrelations. She is an experienced litigator on energy and environmental matters in federal and state courts.
Nominated by Presidents Bush and Obama to three terms as FERC Commissioner, Ms. Kelly resolved 7,000 disputes with published Commission decisions and personally authored 100 separate statements during her tenure. She is credited with spearheading change in numerous regulatory policies, including transmission interconnection and planning reform, integration of renewables into the grid, deployment of smart grid technology to the transmission grid, the inclusion of smart grid demonstration grants in the stimulus effort, and natural gas quality standards. Ms. Kelly created a smart grid collaborative effort between FERC and the association of state regulators to promote technology deployment and helped to grow membership to 30 states. She also pioneered internal strategic planning efforts to enable market reforms to adapt to new Congressional proposals regarding carbon emissions; demand response and efficiency; smart grid and hydrokinetic resources; offshore turbine and photovoltaic technologies.
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.
Susan Kish is a senior executive with extensive experience building businesses in financial services, renewable energy, and media.
She is a founding director of the Energy Venture Forum, which established and produces the European Energy Venture Fair in Zurich. She is an independent Director and Advisor on several boards, including The Foundation Center, Finance for Resilience (FiRE), InsideClimate News, the SwissNex Science Consulate and OneMonth, an online education platform.
Most recently, Susan established the Cross Platform Initiatives team at Bloomberg LP. She was responsible for a portfolio of mandates to innovate, coordinate, and integrate across the media, data and analytical platforms and publications of Bloomberg worldwide. Susan also served as Director of Knowledge Services at New Energy Finance, where she initiated the BNEF Future of Energy Summit in 2008.
Prior to BNEF, Susan founded First Tuesday Zurich in 1999. The think tank supported the development of thought leader networks and innovative knowledge sharing in areas such as sustainable energy, emerging technologies, and financial services. After First Tuesday Zurich was acquired in 2006 by the professional online network XING, she became XING’s Head of Network and Community Practice. Susan started her career as a banker at UBS and Chase.
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.
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.
Solar and Clean Energy Analyst
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Jacqueline Lilinshtein is a Solar and Clean Energy Economics Analyst for Bloomberg New Energy Finance. In her current capacity she focusses her research on the solar industry in the Americas and clean energy equities, economics and financing. This includes in-depth reports on the performance of clean energy indices and funds, tax equity, financing innovations and distributed solar. Jacqueline’s undergraduate degree is in International Economics from the George Washington University and a Masters in International Affairs with a concentration in Energy Management from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
Head of EMEA Power, Utilities and Renewables
Bank of Americal Merrill Lynch
John Lynch is a Managing Director in Bank of America Merrill Lynch. As a senior member of the Global Energy and Power team, he is responsible for the Power, Utilities, and Renewables effort for EMEA. He began his Energy and Power career at JPMorgan in the 1998 in NY. He joined BofAML in NY in 2000 and has spent the last eight years with BofAML in London.
He has advised on transactions in a host of sub-segments including nuclear power, transmission and distribution of gas and power, IPPs, vertically integrated utilities, renewables, retail businesses and commodity trading.
His banking experience covers a broad range of strategic advisory work in mergers, JVs and acquisitions. His financing experience covers the full array of investment grade bonds and loans, leverage finance bonds and loans, convertibles, IPOs, secondary and private equity. He is also specialised in areas of commodity linked and structured finance.
Director, Utility of the Future Team
Sergej Mahnovski is Director of the Utility of the Future team at Con Edison. He formerly served as Director of the Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability for NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, where he managed citywide energy and sustainability policy. Sergej has served as Chairman of the New York City Energy Policy Task Force, Chairman of the New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation, and board member of the New York State Smart Grid Consortium. He is currently an Assistant Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Previously, Sergej was Director in the Global Power Group at IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates, a Doctoral Fellow at RAND Corporation, and Engineer at Exponent. Sergej is a graduate of Stanford University, with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and B.A. in History. He received his M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School.
Westinghouse Electric Company
Mark Marano brings more than 25 years of nuclear industry experience to his position as president, Americas.
Prior to his arrival at Westinghouse, Mr. Marano was the senior vice president of Business Development for Areva NP in Charlotte, North Carolina (USA). Prior to this position, he was senior vice president, New Plants. Before his positions at Areva, Mr. Marano held executive leadership roles at Burns and Roe Enterprises Inc. and GE Hitachi. Most notably he was the senior vice president of commercial, marketing and business development for GE Hitachi in Wilmington, North Carolina.
From 2005 through 2006 Mr. Marano was vice president of financial planning for American Electric Power (AEP), and from 2001 to 2005, Mr. Marano served as president and chief executive officer of Numanco LLC, an American Electric Power subsidiary. Concurrently, he served as vice president of Generation Business Services, where he was responsible for management and oversight of all business services in support of AEP’s generation fleet of 82 plants in 11 states, inclusive of nuclear, coal, gas, and hydro.
Prior to his roles at AEP, Marano spent ten years in successive levels of senior management positions at nuclear plant sites in several utilities where he played a key role in nuclear plant turnaround in the 1980’s and 1990’s. This included Florida Power and Light, Carolina Power and Light, Public Services Electric and Gas, and Florida Power Corporation.
Prior to his commercial nuclear experience, Mr. Marano worked for Grumman Aerospace and the defense industry from 1984-1989.
Mr. Marano graduated from Oswego State University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
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.
Dr Christopher McLachlan
Head of RWE Retail Strategy
Christopher joined RWE’s Dutch subsidiary Essent in 2010 as manager of the Marketing Development team. There, he lead the work on pricing strategy, brand portfolio strategy, and further aspects of the marketing transformation. In 2013 he started-up the PMO that shaped and drove Essent’s comprehensive commercial transformation program together with the leadership team. Since 2014 Christopher is heading RWE’s European Retail Strategy as well as the Retail Strategy team of Essent.
Before joining Essent he worked ten years as consultant (McKinsey; Simon, Kucher & Partners) focusing on marketing, pricing, and commercial performance management – serving clients in the telecom, insurance, high-tech and basic material industry. He is member of the advisory board of Security Matters, a security software start-up located in Eindhoven.
Christopher McLachlan studied Business Administration in Trier (Germany) and Stirling (Scotland) and holds a PhD degree in marketing economics. He lives in the Netherlands – s’Hertogenbosch.
President and CEO
Gary Mignogna was appointed the President and Chief Executive Officer of AREVA Inc. on June 1, 2014.
Mignogna joined AREVA in 1981, after starting his career at Babcock & Wilcox in 1977, where he performed hydraulic and structural engineering analyses for new nuclear plant designs and modifications to existing plants.
With AREVA, Mignogna has built a body of experience in engineering design and analyses, project engineering, product management, field services, services tooling and equipment design, component and welding engineering, business development, and product line management. Mignogna has consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to Operational Excellence through a number of initiatives launched under his leadership. He started AREVA’s Engineering qualification program – modeled after INPO’s program – and is the founding sponsor of the Voyager rotational program for up-and-coming leaders in engineering. In addition, the U.S. region was the first to implement a new global project management certification program to further drive a shared culture of safe, quality, on-time project delivery and performance for AREVA’s customers.
He was appointed Vice President of Component Replacement & Repair in 2000, Vice President of Engineering for Operating Plants in 2006, Vice President of the Operating Plants business units in 2008, Vice President and U.S. Regional Deputy for Engineering in 2010, and was named Senior Vice President of the Engineering & Projects U.S. business group in 2012. Additionally, Mignogna is on the Boards of AREVA Inc., AREVA Federal Services, Canberra Inc., SGT West JV (an AREVA and AECOM company), and ADZ JV (an AREVA and Day & Zimmermann company).
Mignogna has been a member of the Nuclear Strategic Issues Advisory Committee since 2007, a member of Nuclear Energy Institute’s Materials Executive Oversight Group from 2003 to 2009, and on the Industrial Advisory Board of Old Dominion University’s Applied Research Center for Lasers and Plasmas for Advanced Manufacturing (in conjunction with the National Science Foundation) from 2002 to 2005. He is currently a member of the Nuclear Energy Institute Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Nominating Committee.
He has also held numerous positions on church and school non-profit boards, and is currently on the University of North Carolina Charlotte’s Lee College of Engineering Leadership Academy Advisory Board and the Board of Trustees of the Academy of Fine Arts in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Mignogna earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University, and holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Lynchburg College.
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.
Corporate Vice President, General Manager, Solar Products
Jim Mullin is corporate vice president and general manager of Solar Products for the Energy and Environmental Solutions business unit at Applied Materials, Inc. Mr. Mullin is responsible for optimizing the company’s investment in the solar segment and building competitive advantage for delivering technology to produce new, high-efficiency solar cells.
Prior to Applied’s acquisition of Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates in November 2011, Mr. Mullin served in a number of senior technical management and customer-facing positions of increasing responsibility at Varian for 17 years, including vice president of the Varian Solar Business Unit, vice president of Global Manufacturing and vice president and general manager of Implant Product Business Units. Under his leadership, these groups delivered three-times their market share and revenue, 30 percent lower manufacturing costs and cycle time, and earned the industry’s prestigious VLSI five-star rating for Customer Satisfaction.
Mr. Mullin began his career in the United States Navy earning promotions through the officer ranks and achieving certification as a Naval Nuclear Engineer. He holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Boston University.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Efficient Energy Systems
Wahid Nawabi is senior vice president and general manager of Efficient Energy Systems (EES) at AeroVironment. With 20 years’ experience in advanced technology in diverse industries such as fuel cells, clean tech, industrial manufacturing, and energy management, Wahid is responsible for architecting the roadmap of AeroVironment’s Electric Vehicle “ecosystem” solutions offering. As a former segment manager at American Power Conversion (a division of Schneider Electric), Wahid played a key role in revenue growth of $50 million to more than $2.4 billion, helping to establish the company as a world leader in power protection. Wahid sees similar potential in the electric vehicle industry and is committed to enabling the mass adoption of EVs and the advancement of the clean transportation movement.
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.
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.
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.
Director of Smart Innovation
As Director of Smart Innovation, Neil is accountable for the development and implementation of market leading products and propositions covering customer engagement, insight, big data, smart grid and the connected world of the Internet of Things in the home. He was responsible for the first deal with nest in Europe as the energy channel partner for the UK. He is also a Board Director of Smart Energy GB and is a frequent speaker at Industry events on Smart and Innovation in the energy market. Neil has an extensive background in consulting, change programmes and business development spanning 24 years in the Energy and Utility Sector, 16 of which have been in senior leadership roles.
Managing Director Global Commodities North America
As Managing Director of E.ON Global Commodities North America, Ben Pratt is overseeing the build out of E.ON’s North American power and gas trading platform. Prior to joining E.ON Mr Pratt was Head of European power and gas trading for Castleton Commodities (CCI)in Geneva. Previous to CCI, he served as Sr Managing Director in charge of Energy trading at Stark Investments, a global multi strategy hedge fund.
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.
Honorable Greg Rickford
Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario
One of eight children, Greg Rickford comes from a family whose values are founded on hard work and public service. Greg and his wife Janet have two daughters, Abigail Mae and Poppy Kate. Greg’s diverse professional background led him to Kenora, where he and his family call home.
Greg has worked as a nurse and lawyer in remote First Nations communities of northern Ontario. He holds degrees in common and civil law from McGill University and pursued additional legal studies at the University of Arizona on an international exchange scholarship. He also received an MBA from Université Laval, a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Victoria and a Diploma in nursing from Mohawk College. He has focused his professional careers on working with First Nations communities.
Greg was elected to represent the Ontario riding of Kenora in the 2008 federal election and re-elected in the 2011 election. Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Greg Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages on August 30, 2010. On January 30, 2011, Greg was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. On July 15, 2013, he was appointed Minister of State (Science and Technology) and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario. On March 19, 2014, Greg was appointed Minister of Natural Resources.
Greg is a diehard Leafs fan who also loves college football and professional baseball. An avid sport shooter, fisherman and yoga enthusiast, Greg’s favourite place in the world is his home on Lake of the Woods.
Chairman and Director of Administration
The Fuel Choices Initiative
Eyal is the Chairman of Israel’s National Program for the Development of Substitutes for Oil in Transportation (“The Alternative Fuels Initiative”).
The Program serves as a catalyst for reduction of global dependency on crude oil by establishing Israel as a center of knowledge and industrial best practices in the field of fuel alternatives. Eyal chairs the government’s inter-departmental steering committee that determines the Program’s goals.
Reporting to the Prime Minister’s Office, Eyal is head of the Program’s administration, where he is responsible for developing and executing the Program’s strategy while coordinating nine government departments participating in the Program.
Eyal brings to the Program twenty years of experience in different facets of the investment and business world.
Previously Eyal was the CEO of the Borovitz Mozes Group (BMG), a $3 billion privately held company controlling El Al – Israel Air Line, Sonol gas stations, Tambour paints, GES environmental solutions and other companies.
Eyal’s 7-year tenure at BMG includes the acquisitions of EL AL, Israel’s largest paint company Tambour, and energy holding company Granite. Eyal served as a board member and consultant to most of the Group’s companies.
Prior to BMG, Eyal was a Vice President at Bankers Trust for five years, where he was responsible for the trading and sales in Israel.
Eyal was also an advisor to the Government of Israel and the Israeli Space Agency (2010), and has been serving on the board of the Israeli chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) from 2007 to 2012.
Eyal served as captain in the Israeli Navy after graduating with highest honors at the Naval Academy. He earned a BSc degree in Computer Science and Economics from Tel Aviv University. He is a passionate cyclist and has done the Tour de France (2006).
Senior Manager, Resource Integration and Regional Operations Engineering
Kris is Senior Manager of Resource Integration and Regional Operations Engineering at MISO. He is responsible for development of processes to transition new resources from the Generation Interconnection Process into Operations across the entire MISO footprint. In addition, he supervises the Operations Engineers in MISO’s North region, which contains roughly 90% of the installed wind capacity in the MISO Balancing Area.
Kris has worked at MISO since 2001 and in that time has worked in the Network Modeling and EMS Engineering groups at MISO, and has represented MISO at various NERC Working Groups and Standard Drafting Teams. He holds a Bachelor of Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy
David Sandalow is the Inaugural Fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy.
Prior to joining Columbia, Mr. Sandalow served in senior positions at the U.S. Department of Energy, including acting Under Secretary of Energy and Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs. Prior to serving at DOE, Mr. Sandalow was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, as well as Energy & Climate Change Working Group Chair at the Clinton Global Initiative. He has served as Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment & Science and a Senior Director on the National Security Council staff.
Mr. Sandalow is lead author of Meeting China’s Shale Gas Goals (CGEP Working Paper September 2014), editor of Plug-In Electric Vehicles: What Role for Washington? (Brookings Press 2009) and co-author of U.S.-China Cooperation on Climate Change (Brookings 2009, with Ken Lieberthal). He is the author of Freedom from Oil (McGraw-Hill 2008) and dozens of articles and op-eds. He speaks widely on energy and climate policy and has served as a moderator at many conferences including the Clinton Global Initiative, World Future Energy Summit and Clean Energy Ministerial.
Mr. Sandalow is a Senior Advisor to Highview Power Storage and Director of ReNew Power, Fermata and NextEnergy. He serves as Honorary Chair of the Energy Storage Association’s 2015 Annual Conference and holds an appointment as a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Strategy and Policy at Tsinghua University. Mr. Sandalow is a member of the Zayed Future Energy Prize Selection Committee, the University of Michigan Energy Institute’s Advisory Board, the Electric Drive Transport Association’s “Hall of Fame” and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and Yale College.
Raphael Schoentgen is, since April 2014, a member GDF SUEZ Executive Committee and the Group’s Director for Research and Technologies (CTO). He was previously from 2008 to 2014 President of GDF SUEZ Group in China.
Between 2004 and 2007, R. Schoentgen was diplomatic advisor to the French Minister in charge of Energy, Telecommunications and Industry. Previously, he also worked in the public sector as detached national expert to the European Commission’s Competition General Directorate and as Head of the State Economic Development Department of France’s Northern Region.
In the private sector, Mr Schoentgen held jobs in the textile sector and water sector in France, in telecommunications in China, in the power sector in the United States and Thailand, and in the gas sector in Mexico.
Raphael holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (member of the “French Corps des Mines”) and a Civil Engineering Degree of the Paris National Mining University (“Ecole Nationale des Mines de Paris”).
Raphael has been nominated in 2011 amongst the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum, in 2012 amongst the Young Leaders of the France China Foundation, and in 2014 amongst the Young Leaders of the World Cities Summit. He was until early 2014 a Member of the Advisory Board of the European Trade Chamber in China and President of its Energy Working Group.
Boris Schubert joined ET Solar Energy Corp. in 2014 as Group VP of Project Development, overseeing all development, partnering and project finance activities outside of China. This includes the role as CEO of ET Capital Solar Partners, Inc. Boris is a senior executive with more than 15 years of experience in cleantech, electric utilities, technology and consulting. Before joining ET Capital, Boris was CEO of Saferay, Inc., where he was responsible for project development in North America, and CEO of Q.CELLS North America (now Hanwha Q CELLS USA). Boris founded and led Q.CELLS’ systems business in North America, including project development and project financing, EPC and O&M. Prior to joining Q.CELLS, he worked as a management consultant for Accenture, where he served European clients within the utilities operating group. His projects included market entry strategies for Distributed Energy Resource players, B2B CRM process optimization, and data warehousing, analytics and reporting for utilities. Boris received his MBA from the University of Augsburg, Germany, and has a graduate degree in Industrial Engineering.
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.
Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall
Deputy Secretary of Energy
US Department of Energy
Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall was nominated by President Obama to be Deputy Secretary of Energy on July 8, 2014; was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 18, 2014; and was sworn into office on October 10, 2014. Working with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, she is responsible for management of the Department and execution of the Administration’s highest priority energy initiatives.
Most recently, Dr. Sherwood-Randall served as Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for Defense Policy, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Arms Control, a position to which she was appointed in April 2013. During her tenure, she was the senior White House official responsible for U.S. defense policy and budget planning, oversaw the successful effort to remove all declared chemical weapons from Syria, and guided interagency implementation of the President’s new nuclear employment guidance. She also directed landmark efforts to combat sexual assault in the military.
From 2009 to 2013, Dr. Sherwood-Randall served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council. She was instrumental in revitalizing America’s unique network of alliance relationships and strengthening cooperation with Europe to advance the President’s global agenda.
From 2000 to 2008, prior to joining the Obama Administration, Dr. Sherwood-Randall was a Stanford University Senior Research Scholar. From 2004 to 2008 she was also the Adjunct Senior Fellow for Alliance Relations at the Council on Foreign Relations. Additionally, she was a Founding Principal in the Harvard-Stanford Preventive Defense Project from 1997-2008.
From 1994 to 1996, Dr. Sherwood-Randall served in the Pentagon as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. Secretary of Defense William J. Perry awarded her the Medal for Distinguished Public Service by for her service at the Department of Defense.
From 1989 to 1993, Dr. Sherwood-Randall was co-Founder and Associate Director of the Harvard Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. At the outset of her career, she served as Chief Foreign Affairs and Defense Policy Adviser to then-Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
Dr. Sherwood-Randall received a B.A. from Harvard University and a doctorate from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College. She is married to Dr. Jeffrey B. Randall, and they have two sons.
Anil Srivastava was appointed CEO of Leclanché on 1st of June 2014.
Previously Mr. Srivastava has been the CEO at Areva Renewables and a member of the Executive Committee of Areva SA. Anil held key board positons in many leading companies, including Alcatel Shanghai Bell, China; ADAGE (an Areva and Duke Energy JV), USA; OakRidge Energy Technologies Inc, USA; Agua Via Ltd, UK.
He holds a master degree from the National Institute of Technology in India and a MBA from the Wharton School of Business in the USA.
Director of Fundamental Analysis
Matthew Suhr joined Calpine in 2009 as the Director of Fundamental Analysis where his responsibilities include leading the development of the company’s power, natural gas, and emissions supply and demand fundamentals. Prior to joining Calpine in 2009, Mr. Suhr worked in various quantitative and market analysis roles at the trading divisions of Louis Dreyfus-Highbridge, Citadel Investment Group, Dominion Resources and Williams. Mr. Suhr received a BBA from the University of Wisconsin and an MS in Statistics from Purdue University.
Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
In July 2014, Nancy Sutley was named Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) where she oversees energy efficiency, water conservation, economic development, and electrification of the transportation network. Prior to LADWP, Nancy Sutley served as Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality from January 2009 to February 2014. Under Sutley, the Council on Environmental Quality played a central role in shepherding the Obama Administration’s signature environmental accomplishments. Sutley was one of the chief architects of President Obama’s June 2013 Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare the U.S for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to address climate change.
Prior to her appointment as Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality, Sutley was the Deputy Mayor for Energy and Environment for the City of Los Angeles, California under Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. She represented Los Angeles on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. She served on the California State Water Resources Control Board from 2003- 2005. Sutley also was Energy Advisor for California Governor Gray Davis, and Deputy Secretary for policy and intergovernmental relations at the California EPA from 1999-2003. During the administration of President Clinton, Sutley worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Regional Administrator in San Francisco and Special Assistant to the Administrator in Washington, D.C.
Sutley received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and her Master in Public Policy from Harvard University. Sutley resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Josh Switkes is CEO of Peloton Technology Inc., dedicated to assisting commercial drivers and fleets to be the safest and most efficient on the road. He has been working on systems to make driving safer and more efficient for the last 13 years. After his work at Stanford University on vehicle dynamics and control, Josh developed production control systems for Volkswagen, Audi, and Tula Technology. He has brought together a world class team of engineers, investors and advisors to bring groundbreaking safety and efficiency to trucking through the application of modern sensing, control and communications. By augmenting the abilities of human drivers, Peloton is bringing these advanced solutions to today’s trucking operations.
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.
Dekel Tzidon is Chief Technology Officer of Phinergy, a leader in the field of metal-air batteries (aluminum-air and zinc-air) for stationary and transportation applications. Dekel leads Phinergy’s R&D activity and oversees the company’s growing patents portfolio.
Dekel has accumulated a very broad experience with management of R&D teams in cutting-edge software and hardware companies. Prior to Phinergy, Dekel has served as CTO and VP R&D of BVR Systems, a world leader in training and simulation technologies for defense and civilian markets. He is a reputed IP expert and has helped number of high-tech companies in the design and implementation of their IP strategies.
Dekel holds over twenty patents (granted and pending) and graduated as a Computer Engineer from the Technion (Haifa, Israel).
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.
Senior Vice President, Energy Procurement
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Fong Wan is Senior Vice President, Energy Procurement, for Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and is responsible for gas and electric supply planning and policies, wholesale market design, quantitative analysis, power plant development, commodity procurement and settlements.
Wan joined Pacific Gas and Electric Company in 1988 as a financial analyst and spent six years in the Financial Planning and Analysis organization. He served as director in the Gas Supply and Electric Transmission business units before moving in 1997 to PG&E Energy Trading, an unregulated subsidiary of PG&E Corporation, where he served as Vice President, Structured Transactions.
In 2000, Wan moved to PG&E Corporation and served for four years as Vice President, Risk Initiatives. He was named Vice President, Power Contracts and Electric Resource Development at Pacific Gas and Electric Company in 2004 and Vice President Energy Procurement in January 2006. He was promoted to his current position in 2008.
Wan has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Columbia University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.
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.
Partner and Co-Chair
Jon Wellinghoff is a partner in the law firm of Stoel Rives and is co-chair of the Stoel Rives energy team. Immediate past Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Jon is an internationally recognized energy law attorney, who focuses his practice on clean energy technology and energy policy.
He consults internationally to energy policy leaders in the U.S., China, Australia, and Europe, and has clients with interests worldwide. Domestically he is participating in the New York REV process initiated to reform the electric utility distribution model. Jon recently co-authored with one of his clients an article published in the Public Utilities Fortnightly describing a new structure for operating an electric distribution utility incorporating an independent system operator to better allow for the deployment of distributed energy resources like solar PV, energy efficiency and demand response to end use consumers. This market based model is patterned after the independent system operators or “ISO’s” created by FERC in wholesale electric markets.
Jon represents clients in an array of emerging energy technology fields including energy storage, demand response, big energy data analytics, distributed solar PV, advanced transmission control technology, and waste heat recovery systems.
Jon has written and lectured extensively on numerous subjects related to energy policy and practice, including renewable project development and renewable portfolio standards; business, market, and rate structures for distribution utilities including the issues of net metering and the effects of solar PV deployment in utility distribution systems; smart grid development and integration of electric vehicles and consumer appliances into the grid; demand response, energy efficiency, and distributed generation; physical and cyber security of the grid; waste heat recovery systems; and development of licensing and hydrokinetic systems. He has given lectures at MIT, Stanford, University of California Berkeley, Harvard, and Princeton and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications and energy trade journals.
Director, Energy & Environmental Research Group
Toyota Motor North America
Mr. Wimmer directs Toyota Motor North America’s (TMA) Energy and Environmental Research Group. He has been with Toyota since 2003 and currently leads a team of research engineers assessing how changes in energy and environmental technology, policy and regulation will affect the automotive industry. Research areas include petroleum and alternative fuels, advanced vehicle technologies and power generation.
Mr. Wimmer is also responsible for TMA’s hybrid, plug-in electric and fuel cell vehicle external affairs and technical activities. He coordinates these with other Toyota divisions in the US and abroad. Additionally, he manages TMA’s energy collaborations with other corporations, the company’s interaction with the US Department of Energy and a portion of TMA’s university research activities.
Prior to joining Toyota, Mr. Wimmer was Technical Director of Fuel Cell Bus Programs at Georgetown University for twelve years. He provided technical and program management oversight during the design, fabrication and testing of five fuel cell / battery hybrid transit buses.
Mr. Wimmer has been an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers since 1984. He chaired their Government and Industry Conference in Washington, DC and is the Chief Design Judge of the Formula Hybrid SAE intercollegiate competition. He is also on the Board of the Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Association, H2USA, Bio-based Industry Center, NextSteps project at UC Davis and the Fuels Institute.
A native of California, Mr. Wimmer has an MS degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and a Mechanical Engineering degree from California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, CA.
General Manager, Smart Grid Solutions
Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions
Since 2009, Mr. Wyman has led Lockheed Martin’s Smart Grid Solutions Line of Business. Under his
leadership he has brought to market Lockheed Martin’s Smart Energy Enterprise Suite (SEEsuite) Smart
Grid Command & Control products and services that provide an integration framework of smart grid
applications and integration services focused on the efficient and effective use of energy on the power
distribution network and customer side of the meter. These Smart Grid Command & Control
applications and integration services include Conservation Voltage Regulation, Demand Response/Load
Management and Enterprise Energy Management.
Before joining Lockheed Martin, Mr. Wyman served in a number of executive leadership roles with
various commercial start-up companies most notably as the Vice President Sales & Marketing for
Cayenta, Inc., where Mr. Wyman grew Cayenta’s revenues 30% each year for three consecutive years
prior to its sale to Harris Computer. Mr. Wyman was responsible for all Sales, Marketing and Product
Management for Cayenta’s software suite of products that consisted of enterprise billing and financial
software for the municipal and cooperative utilities sector.
Prior to Cayenta, Mr. Wyman joined Raytheon in 1987 as a Mechanical Design Engineer in Raytheon’s
Mechanical System Engineering Lab. During his 13 year career with Raytheon, Mr. Wyman held ever
increasing roles of responsibility including assignments Internationally as well as Corporate
Headquarters until rejoining the operating business as Director, Secure Identification Programs,
providing security documents to civil, government and international customers.
Mr. Wyman has more than 25 years of domestic and international experience in technology, software
and engineering. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester
Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts.
UNEP Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System
Simon Zadek is a co-Director of the UNEP Inquiry into Design Options for a Sustainable Financial System, a Visiting Scholar at Tsinghua School of Economics and Management, and Senior Fellow at the Global Green Growth Institute and the International Institute for Sustainable Development. He was founder and Chief Executive of AccountAbility, Development Director of the New Economics Foundation and founding Chair of the Ethical Trading Initiative. He has consulted widely for business, public-private partnerships, including AngloGold Ashanti, Nike, the Global Network Initiative and the Voluntary Principles for Security and Human Rights, and has spent much of his time in recent years working with the Chinese Government on sustainability aspects of economic policy. He publishes extensively, including the award-winning book, The Civil Corporation and the widely cited Harvard Business Review article, Paths to Corporate Responsibility. He has a doctorate in economics and political science that was published as The Economics of Utopia: the Democratization of Scarcity and lives in Amsterdam with his partner and daughter.
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