2015 Shanghai Summit Speakers
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.
Director of Energy Finance Studies, Australiasia
Institute of Energy Economics & Financial Analysis (Sydney)
Tim has 25 years financial markets experience, mainly in Australia, but also with time covering global and Asian equity markets. Tim provides financial analysis in the seaborne coal and electricity sectors for IEEFA, studying renewable energy, energy efficiency across Australia, China and India, and the resulting risk of stranded fossil fuel assets in Australia.
Tim has published numerous financial papers, including “Remote Prospects: A Financial Analysis of Adani’s coal gamble in Australia’s Galilee Basin” in November 2013, “Peak Thermal Coal Demand by 2016” in conjunction with Carbon Tracker Initiative in September 2014, “Energy Markets in Transition” in January 2015 and “Indian Electricity Sector Transformation” in August 2015.
Tim is a member of the Australasian Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) and serves on the IGCC’s low carbon finance committee.
Tim was co-founder of Arkx Investment Management, an investor in global listed clean energy companies (2009-2013) that invested in the opportunities of energy market transitions. Westpac Banking Group was a cornerstone investor and client.
From 1998 to 2007 he held the position of Managing Director at Citigroup, and was Head of Australasian Equity Research from 2001. Tim was Head of Research for Deutsche Bank based in Singapore for 1996-1998. Tim was a highly rated conglomerates equity analyst for a decade prior to Singapore, culminating in being rated Australia’s top Industrial Analyst.
Dale Caldwell is a partner in the firm’s Project Finance and Development Group. Mr. Caldwell’s practice focuses primarily on representing project sponsors, contractors and lenders in project finance and development transactions, and representing lenders and borrowers in LBO, MBO other sophisticated financing
transactions. He works in many different sectors, including energy (with a focus in recent years on solar and other renewables), transportation, oil & gas, mining, telecom and technology. Mr. Caldwell previously served as the co-chair of the firm’s Global Finance Department.
Mr. Caldwell was named a Leading Lawyer in Project Finance and in Banking by IFLR1000, 2015 Edition, and was also named a Leading Lawyer by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2015 Edition in the area of Projects & Energy, with a recommendation in Banking & Finance. Further, the 2015 editions of Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific rank him a Leading Lawyer in Banking & Finance (Band 1) as well as in Projects & Energy. Since 2009, he has been recognized by Best Lawyers in Japan in the areas of Project Finance and in Banking and Finance.
Mr. Caldwell joined Morrison & Foerster after graduating law school and has worked in the firm’s Tokyo office since 1996.
Dr. Xavier Chen
Dr. Xavier Chen is the President of Statoil China since 1st May 2014.
He is also the President of Beijing Energy Club since its foundation in 2008.
Before joining Statoil, he worked ten and half years for BP with last position as Vice President of BP China for Policy and Business Integration.
Before joining BP in 2003, Dr. Chen worked for 8 years at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris.
Between October 2000 and July 2003, he was the IEA’s China Program Director.
Between September 1997 and October 2000, he was the Chief of Staff to the head of IEA.
Dr. Chen joined the IEA in February 1996 as Senior Economist at the Division of Asia-Pacific and Latin America.
From 1993 to 1996, Dr. Chen worked for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand.
From 1988 to 1993, Dr. Chen worked as researcher at the Institute of Energy Economics and Policy in Grenoble, France.
Dr. Chen obtained his Ph.D. in applied economics from the University of Grenoble in France. He is also of two books: “Change Our Future by Changing Energy – China’s route to tackle the challenges” (Xinhua Press, 2008, Chinese) and “Developing China’s Gas Market – the energy policy challenges” (IEA/OECD, 2002).
Head of Renewable Energy, Project & Export Finance
Mark Clover is Head of Renewable Energy within ANZ’s Project & Export Finance team based in Melbourne. Mark has worked in the Power & Utilities (including Renewables) team since rejoining ANZ in October 2007. Mark is focused on leading ANZ’s non-recourse lending to Renewable projects with the main focus on large scale wind and solar across ANZ’s super regional footprint. In addition Mark has been actively involved in the financing of mainstream power assets in Australia.
Mark has been a lead project financier to the Renewable sector since late 2002. At this time he was based in London where in total he spent 14 years, both at ANZ and Standard Chartered Bank, with the later 6 years working solely in the Renewable Energy sector, including financial structuring, arranging and advisory roles. During his time in London Mark was involved in financing ‘000s of wind turbines across Europe, Asia and USA and was also involved in (at the time) one of the world’s largest photovoltaic power projects, in South Korea. Other banking roles in London, and prior to that initially in Melbourne included; Project finance power; agency; portfolio management; asset management; corporate relationship lending and; initially branch banking.
Selected deal experience includes:
– Sole arranger and lender in the 19.8MW Coonooer Wind Farm deal. April 2015.
– Co-ordinating Arranger & Mandated Lead Arranger for the 150MW Burgos Wind Farm in the Philippines. October 2014
– Mandated Lead Arranger for the refinancing (also did the original financing) of the 206MW Collgar Wind Farm in WA. November 2013.
– Mandated Lead Arranger for the 20MW Royalla Solar Farm in the ACT. August 2013.
– Mandated Lead Arranger for the 106.8MW Taralga Wind Farm in NSW. August 2013.
– Mandated Lead Arranger for the 113.2MW Boco Rock Wind farm in NSW. June 2013.
International Finance Corporation
Mr. Cross is the Deputy Treasurer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group based in Singapore.
Most recently, Mr. Cross was the Head of the Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Caribbean teams responsible for the delivery of local currency products within IFC treasury.
The product line includes local currency loans funded thru bonds or swaps, partial and/or full credit guarantees. In addition, the team provides credit enhancement thru structured products, risk sharing facilities and customized derivative based hedging solutions.
Prior to this role, Mr. Cross was a Principal Financial Officer and a member of the funding team within Treasury. He was involved in the Corporation’s market borrowing operations, raising US$10 billion annually. In addition, Andrew was involved in the IFC program of emerging market local currency issuance. He joined the IFC Treasury in January 2006.
Prior to joining the IFC Treasury, Mr. Cross was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch International from 1993 onwards initially based in London. He worked as a Director in Debt Capital Markets with responsibilities spanning Sovereign, Corporate and Financial Institution Clients in the Europe, Middle East and African regions. From 2000 to 2002, Mr Cross was based in Johannesburg at Merrill Lynch International with responsibilities for Southern Africa Debt Capital markets.
Andrew has an undergraduate degree from the University of Waikato, New Zealand and an MBA from the University of Cranfield, United Kingdom.
Mr. Dai Yande
Deputy Director, Energy Research Institute
National Development & Reform Commission
Mr. Dai Yande is the deputy Director of the Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission, P.R. China. Mr. Dai also serves as the Council member of the Experts Consulting Committee for National Strategic Emerging Industry Development, Council member of the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs, Member of Beijing Association for Science and Technology, China Energy Research Society executive council member. He is also a guest professor of the Dalian University of Technology, Beijing Institute of Technology, China University of Mining & Technology, and the doctoral tutor of the University of International Business and Economics.
Professor Dai is one of the few leading experts in China in the field of energy economy, energy environment, energy strategy and energy efficiency planning and research. Mr. Dai has won many Technical Progress Prizes of National Ministry and Commission.
Chief Investment Officer
Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Mr. Dow has over 25 years of experience in treasury, finance and banking. A mezzanine and high yield debt specialist, during the course of his career Mr Dow has completed over 60 transactions globally, with an aggregate enterprise value of approximately $30 billion.
Mr Dow has previously held positions with AMP Private Capital, Babcock & Brown and Westpac, and was most recently managing director of DIF Capital Partners, where he held line responsibility for managing approximately $600 million in investments in private debt, hybrid capital, equity-linked bonds and private equity.
In addition to serving on the board of DIF, Mr Dow has held a number of board and advisory board positions, including the PaperlinX SPS Trust, Strategic Capital Equities, Sports Tips Pty Ltd and the NSW Government Energy GAP Taskforce.
Mr Dow holds an Advanced MBA from the University of Queensland, a Masters in Financial Management from Manchester Business School (UK), a postgraduate degree in Japanese from Kansai Gai Dai University (Japan) and a Magna Cum Laude Honors BA Degree in Economics from Boston University.
GM - Global Gas & LNG Market Development
Jefferson Edwards is General Manager, Global Gas and LNG Market Development for Royal Dutch Shell, based in Singapore. Mr. Edwards is responsible for Shell’s global advocacy efforts related to natural gas policy development and regulatory affairs. Prior to his current role, he has held various commercial and strategy roles within Shell’s Exploration & Production and Integrated Gas businesses, based in London, the Hague and Singapore. Mr. Edwards was the Commercial Manager responsible for Shell’s bid in the Myanmar Offshore Bid Round in 2013. Prior to joining Shell, Mr. Edwards was Director of Asian Energy Research for Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA), a strategic consulting firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He holds a MS in International Business Diplomacy from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Vandana Gombar tracks renewable energy policies at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. She has a special interest in developments in emerging markets in Europe and Asia. After a stint in London, she moved to India in 2014 to keep tabs on a market which aims to be as large as China’s with its 175GW renewables target. In her previous avatar, she worked as a journalist with business newspapers, news agencies, a magazine and a business news TV channel.
China Minsheng New Energy Co Ltd
Han Qinghao, Master of Industrial Engineering, President of China Minsheng New Energy Co,.Ltd, comprehensively responsible for managing clean energy area of CMI. Han has nearly 30-year experience in new energy industry (especially solar energy), obtaining outstanding achievements in new energy project management.
Minister for the Environment
Commonwealth of Australia
Greg was born in Frankston in 1965 and grew up on the Mornington Peninsula. In 1990, Greg graduated from Melbourne University with First Class Honours in Law. He subsequently won a Fulbright Scholarship to complete a Masters in International Relations at Yale University in the United States.
While at university, Greg worked casually as a steelworker, fruit picker, waiter and storeman and packer. After university and a year spent as an articled clerk with Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Greg became Associate to the Chief Justice of the Federal Court.
Between 1994 and 1998, Greg worked as a senior adviser to the then Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer. Greg then spent almost three years with McKinsey and Co.
Greg was elected as the Federal Member for Flinders in 2001. In 2004 he became Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment and Heritage and in January 2007 was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Following the November 2007 Federal election, Greg was appointed Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Urban Water, a role that brought together the great interests of his time in parliament. After the 2013 Federal election Greg became Minister for the Environment, with responsibility for climate, environment, heritage and water.
Head of Japan
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Ali oversees an analyst team focused on research and analysis of Japan’s energy sector covering topics such as impact of nuclear restarts on LNG demand, new energy retail strategies as a result of energy market reform, and the future of electrified transport. His prior experience includes working at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and the fuel cell manufacturer, Ballard Power Systems. Ali has an undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and a Doctorate in Materials Science from Meijo University.
Chief Research Officer
Noah Holdings Ltd
– PhD of Economics, MBA, and BS of Physics.
– Chief Research Official, NOAH Holdings Ltd.(NYSE CODE: NOAH)
– Member of New-Supply-Side Economics 50 forum
– Member of the Green Finance Committee (GFC) of China Society of Finance and Banking
– Supervisor professor of Business School, RenMin University of China
Before NOAH, Dr. JIN worked for Dagong Credit Rating Ltd., CITIC Group, Ninetowns Group, Sapiens N.V., Bureau of Statistics, and Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Dr. JIN has near 20 years experiences on Institutional Economics, Finance, Capital Market and Macro Economics.
Book: Institutional Dividend: The Decisive Impacts on the Economic Growth by Institutions. Economic Press China, 2014.
Head of Private Equity Business
Greentech Capital Advisors
Olav Junttila is the head of GCA’s private equity business, based in San Francisco. He has 15 years of experience advising and investing in companies in the power and energy sectors globally. Olav holds an MBA from MIT Sloan and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Tromsø, Norway.
China - Power & Gas
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Nannan Kou covers China’s power and gas market by conducting research of the market dynamics, and forecasting medium to long term market development in terms of the balance between supply and demand, pricing trend and policy environment. His recent research project includes China market outlook, China’s gas power market, and the ongoing power market reform. He is also the main contributor to the widely welcomed BNEF’s social media account (WeChat: BloombergNEF) in China.
Before joining BNEF, he served as the analyst in Guodian Corporation’s energy research institute, which is the internal consulting arm under one of the big five Independent Power Producers. He has attended several of Guodian Corporation’s long-term strategy developments, as well as some specific project economical evaluations.
He received his Ph.D from the department of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. He graduated from Tsinghua University as Bachelor.
Managing Partner and Co-Founder
Chivas Lam is the Managing Partner and cofounder of MNL Partners which develops energy and environmental projects between large Chinese enterprises and western technology innovators. Chivas has 30 years’ operational experience in building and re-engineering companies and executing investments in Asia Pacific region.
Prior to MNL, Chivas was a venture partner at Qiming Ventures, a leading Chinese venture capital firm with $2 billion under management. At Qiming, Chivas led the investment in the waste-to-fuel company LanzaTech, where he joined the company as its China COO, formed its WFOE, created two joint ventures with Baosteel and Capital Steel. Chivas also drove Qiming’s investments in U.S. battery company Powergenix and Chinese advanced materials company Beiterui.
Before Qiming, Chivas was President Asia Pacific of carbon business of Morgan Advanced Materials. Chivas carried P&L responsibility for eleven legal entities across the region including two joint ventures in China.
Prior to Morgan Crucible, Chivas was General Manager for South China at GEC Alstom and Project Lead Engineer at Hong Kong Electric Power. Chivas holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from Sydney University and a BS in Engineering with first honors from the University of Hong Kong. He is based in Shanghai and has lived and worked in China for 20 years.
Director General / President
National Centre for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation / Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association
Mr. Li Junfeng is currently serving as the director general of China’s National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation and the president of Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association. Meanwhile, He is a member of China’s National Energy Advisory Council, the Expert-Committee of National High-tech Program, and Academy Committee of China’s Environmental Protection Ministry. He is also service as a member of Beijing, Shanghai and Shanxi Government Low Carbon Development Committee.
Mr. Li has dedicated his 30-year career life to energy economy and energy environment studies. He was in charge of the structure and drafting of China’s Renewable Energy Law and China’s Medium and Long-Term Development Plan for Renewable Energy Development. He also participated in the research and drafting of China’s Medium and Long-Term Science-Technology Development Program Outline, the Draft of China’s Energy Law, China’s National Climate Change Program, etc.
From 1999 to 2011, Mr. Li used to serve as the Deputy Director General of Energy Research Institute (ERI), National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Chair of the Academic Committee of ERI for more than 10 years.
Mr. Li Junfeng’s main publications are Issues and Options of Green-House 3 Gas Emission and Control in China, Assessment of Renewable Energy Technologies in China, Wind-Power 12 in China, Review of Chinese Renewable Energy Law, and National Strategy of Renewable Energy Development in China.
Director Engineer, Dept of Power Grid Comprehensive Research
State Grid Energy Research Institute
Dr. Li Lili has joined SGERI since Sept. 2009 as a researcher, and he is mainly engaged in strategic studies and planning of electric vehicles and charging service network, smart grid, etc. He has participated in or directed a number of important research tasks sponsored by National Energy Administration, State Grid Corporation of China, China Southern Power Grid and other government and agencies, and In addition, he has drafted multiple articles related to the decision-making process. Dr. Li is also the major author of the “The guidance to speed up the construction of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles” issued by the State Council, and “The guidelines for the development of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (2015-2020)” issued by the NDRC, NEA, MIIT and MOHURD. He graduated from the department of Electric Engineering, Tsinghua University, receiving his bachelor and Ph.D. degree in 2004 and 2009 respectively.
Executive Director of Modern Media Group
Publisher of Bloomberg Businessweek / China
As an experienced media worker, Patrick used to be the publisher of Psychologies Magazine/China, and 25ans Magazine/China.
In earlier years, Patrick worked in Accenture Canada.
Editor-at-Large of Bloomberg Businessweek
Ms. Charlotte is Editor-at-Large of Bloomberg Businessweek overseeing the Chinese language editions. Charlotte was previously leading the Chinese language team of Bloomberg News before taking on her current role in 2011. Having been with Businessweek since 2007, she was previously with Dow Jones Newswires for over eight years where she served as News Editor responsible for setting up and managing the Dow Jones Chinese Language Service. Prior to joining Dow Jones, Charlotte worked at the Chinese Television Network for six years as New York and Washington Correspondent covering Wall Street, Capitol Hill and the White House. She had also worked for two radio stations in New York as news anchor and DJ before the TV stint.
Gavin Xingang Liu
Westinghouse Electric (Asia) S.A. (Beijing Office)
Gavin Liu is appointed as Asia Region President, Westinghouse on March 31, 2014. He is responsible for developing and executing business strategy, delivering customer projects and interfacing with customers, partners, suppliers and principal shareholder to enable timely, local decision making on matters strategic to the Asian market.
Mr. Liu rejoined Westinghouse after working for three years with ABB as senior vice president, China and North Asia Region.
Prior to joining ABB in 2011, Mr. Liu worked for Westinghouse for 10 years, where he most recently helped to build relationships with customers in China to secure the contracts for the first four AP1000™ nuclear power plant units as vice president and managing director of the Asia Region’s China sub-region.
Mr. Liu began his career in the China Ministry of Electric Power in 1991 and in 1992 moved to various sales and business development roles with ABB. He joined Westinghouse as part of the ABB CE acquisition in 2000.
Mr. Liu graduated from Tsinghua University with a degree in Thermal Engineering and received his MBA from Peking University
Vice General Manager
China Securities Index Co Ltd
Mr. Liu has been served as vice general manager of CSI since 2006 and a director of the company since 2008. He is mainly responsible for the management and development of the company’s research and technology. Previously, Mr. Liu worked at the Shanghai Stock Exchange since 1998 as a manager and assistant director of the Shanghai Stock Exchange Information Center, in charge of indices and statistical operations.
Mr. Liu has long been engaged in the R&D and operational management of securities indices. He led the development of the SSE Index family and CSI Index family which currently consist of over 2500 indices, including the famous SSE 180 Index, SSE 50 Index and CSI 300 Index. Those indices underlie more than 400 index funds and 3 index futures in Chinese mainland and overseas markets. Mr. Liu also led the development of the CSI’s bond valuations which provide daily valuations of 10,000+ bonds in the mainland market.
Mr. Liu received a Ph.D. in Probability and Mathematical Statistics from East China Normal University in 1998. In 2004, Mr. Liu was awarded the Mansion House Scholarship of the City of London. In 2005, he was a visiting scholar in Oxford University and received training at the London Stock Exchange. Mr. Liu has published more than 10 papers and 2 books.
Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited
Mr. Eric Luo is the Chief Executive Officer of Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited and is nominated for Asian CEO of the Year 2014 in recognition of his leadership transforming SFCE into a leading clean energy solution provider and his contribution to the growth and evolution of the power, energy, and utilities sector in Asia Pacific. Before he was appointed to the current post, Eric served a number of senior positions within Shunfeng Group, including the Executive Director of the Company, the Senior Vice President and the CEO of Wuxi Suntech Power Co., Ltd. Eric has over 20 years of management experience and prior to that, Eric served as the General Manager of Thomson Consumer Electronics Inc., the Global Head of Strategic Sourcing and General Manager of Nortek Inc. (a company listed on NASDAQ). Eric obtained an MBA degree from Michigan State University in 2000, and speak fluent English and Mandarin Chinese.
(Prof.) Xiaojun Ma
Professor / Senior Research Fellow, Director of Asia-Pacific Program and Director of Energy & Environment Program
Institutue for International Strategic Studies, Party School of the Central Committee of C.P.C / Tsinghua University
Director General - New Energy Technology
Shintaro Matsumoto is Director General of New Energy Technology Department at NEDO, Japan’s largest public research and development management organization.
He began his career in 1996 in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and has served in several positions, including Deputy Director for Chemical Management Policy Division, and Deputy Director for Trade Control Policy Division.
His prior experience also includes working at the Support Team for Residents Affected by Nuclear Incidents, Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters, Cabinet Office, and Reconstruction Agency.
Head of Advanced Transport
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Colin McKerracher manages the Advanced Transport coverage at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the clean energy and carbon markets division of Bloomberg LP. Colin’s team covers the technology, policy and economic factors influencing the evolution of the transport sector. This includes electrification of transport, biofuels, fuel cell vehicles, connected cars and other new vehicle technologies.
Colin previously managed BNEF’s coverage of the global smart grid industry. He 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 energy consumption has been published in the Journal of Energy Efficiency.
Colin’s past roles include Director of Sales and Marketing for Neurio, 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. He is based in London, UK.
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.
Deputy General Manager, R&D Center
Goldwind International Holdings Ltd.
Mr. Weiping Pan is responsible for Product Planning and Management as well as Certification work of R & D Center of Goldwind. The main scope of work includes developing product portfolio plan and development strategy based on market needs and company’s resources in short and medium terms, steering product development work of key turbine models to meet market needs by working closely with R & D’s design and engineering teams. In addition, Mr. Pan is also responsible to provide tech-nical support to Goldwind’s strategic marketing and client engagement activities at both domestic and international markets.
During 2006 to 2012, Mr. Weiping Pan was responsible for management and development of GL Gar-rad Hassan’s business in China, expanding the company’s activities on behalf of both Chinese clients and those international organizations keen to participate in the rapidly growing market for wind energy in China. Mr. Pan has been responsible for the business development of wind turbine and control sys-tem design services; wind farm SCADA, GH Bladed and WF software and wind farm engineering ser-vices. Mr. Pan has led a number of technical due diligence and advisory jobs for GH’s clients since 2007 and has been a key member of the Independent Engineering Group of GL Garrad Hassan. Mr. Pan also supervises GL Garrad Hassan’s measurement and inspection business in the country.
Weiping Pan is an engineering graduate of Tsinghua University in Beijing and has been involved in wind energy projects since 1997. In addition to his work in China, Weiping spent five years in Canada between 2000 and 2004, during which time he gained an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Pan has worked as a wind energy consultant in both Canada and China, providing advice to gov-ernment agencies, wind turbine manufacturers, energy companies and banks.
Mr. Pan has in-depth knowledge of China wind energy industry and key stakeholders and is familiar to major turbine technologies and supply chains.
National model worker, environmental protection expert, highly qualified specialist and recipient of the special allowance given by the State Council, leader and innovator in the international new energy field, chairman of the board of SPI Solarbao
President, Sales Division
Graduated from ADP London Business School, Mr. Renz has over 30 years working experience in the auto industry. He joined Audi AG in 1994 and held the positions as Head of Marketing and Sales Division at Audi AG, Head of Brand Development, and held the responsibility of export and European market. He became the President of FAW-VW Audi Sales Division from the year of 2015.
Director, Infrastructure Coverage
Standard Chartered Bank
Sujay Shah is a finance professional with over 10 years banking and advisory experience across Asia and North America.
Sujay is currently a Director in the Infrastructure Coverage team at Standard Chartered and focuses on. Standard Chartered is full service bank which arranges and provides capital to CleanTech and Technology companies through the growth cycle. In his current role, Sujay has he has been instrumental in providing strategic advice and raising capital for a number of Renewable Energy and Technology companies.
Marquee transactions include:
– Financial Advisor to Sembcorp Utilities acquisition of majority stake in renewable energy company Green Infra for USD 170mn
– Financial Advisor to SunEdison’s acquisition of China based wind energy company Honiton Energy for USD 175mn
– USD550mn bond issuance for renewable IPP Greenko Plc
– CNH560mn bond issuance for China Singyes Solar
– USD45 mn project financing for Sunedison’s Malaysian solar assets
– USD20mn project financing for Green Infra’s Indian solar assets
Prior to this role, Sujay has worked in Lehman Brothers / Barclays Capital in New York and at Morgan Stanley in Singapore.
Sujay is a Chartered Accountant, a MBA from Indian Institute of Management, India and holds a Masters in Commerce Degree from Mumbai University.
Chairman & CEO
Sumant Sinha is the Founder CEO of ReNew Power, one of India’s largest clean energy companies. In 2012, the company received the largest equity funding in India’s clean energy space from Goldman Sachs. Under his leadership, ReNew Power has raised over a billion dollars through debt and equity financing, with 1300 MW of operational and under-construction clean energy assets across the country.
Prior to ReNew Power, Sumant held top management positions at some of India’s largest conglomerates. He was the CFO at the Aditya Birla Group and the Founder CEO of Aditya Birla Retail and more recently the Chief Operating Officer of Suzlon Energy Ltd., world’s fifth largest renewable energy company. Prior to this, he was an international investment banker, having worked in NY and London and raised funds for both Governments and large companies.
Sumant serves as the founder Chairman of the Indian Wind Energy Alliance and Co-Chair, National Renewable Energy Committee of the Confederation of Indian Industry and is on the SIPA Advisory Board at Columbia University.
He holds a B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, an MBA from IIM Calcutta and a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where he was the Dean’s fellow.
Former Chair of Department of Atomic Energy India
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.
Director, Power Utilities & Renewables
HSBC Co Ltd
Robert has worked in corporate and investment banking for over 17 years and joined HSBC Hong Kong in November 2006. Robert is a founding member of the Resources and Energy Group in Asia and responsible for coverage across Power, Utilities and Renewables plus Cleantech Equipment. Hence, provides strategic advice and capital raising solutions for clients across the entire value chain in areas including wind, solar, hydro, energy efficiency/storage and environmental services (water and waste).
Robert was previously with Barclays Capital in London for 9 years where he worked on advisory and structured debt arranging assignments within the energy, utilities and infrastructure sectors with an emphasis on supporting industry and financial sponsor bids to acquire assets. Robert has a Combined Honours Sciences Degree from Aston University plus an Associateship from the Chartered Institute of Bankers.
(Prof.) Yao Wang
Director of Climate and Energy Finance Research Center
Central University of Finance and Economics
Professor Yao Wang is the Director of the Research Center for Climate and Energy Finance (RCCEF),Central University of Finance and Economics（CUFE）, the Deputy Secretary General of China’s Green Finance Committee, China Finance Society. She is also the Adjunct Professor of University of Southern Queensland, Australia, and University of Victoria, Australia. She was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University. Professor Wang is interested in Low-carbon Economy, Climate Finance and Green Finance. She is the author of Carbon Finance: Global Vision and Distribution in China (China Economic Publishing House, 2010), and Climate Finance (China Economic Publishing House, 2013), and several other publications and working papers on climate finance and green finance. She has also been undertaken more than 20 related projects as the leader. She had been working as a senior manager in Securities Companies (investment bank) for about 7 years, and have considerable underwriting experiences.
Chief Economist & Vice President
Eirik Wærness, Chief Economist and Vice President in Statoil, has a broad experience from government, academics and private sector companies, as advisor and in different leadership positions. In the period 2010-2013 he served as member of the Executive Board of the Central Bank of Norway. From 2014 he is a member of World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Oil & Gas, and also serves as a Chief Expert Adviser for WEF’s work with the Energy Architecture Performance Index. His experience includes different positions in the Norwegian Ministry of Finance, Total E&P Norway, Pöyry Management Consulting/Econ Centre for Economic Analysis, in addition to Statoil. In Statoil, he has been leader of Corporate Strategy, Corporate Planning and Analysis, Economic Analysis in Upstream Norway, Energy Market Analysis, and Mid- and Downstream Strategy in addition to his current role. He has also served as member of two public commissions/expert groups on tax reforms.
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.
School of Economics, Fudan University
Department Director Business Development & Public Relations
State Power Investment International Minerals & Investment Co
Dr. Jia YU, director of the Dept. of Business Development & Public Relations of State Power Investment Corp. International Minerals & Investment Co., Ltd., is responsible for overseas investment in power, renewable energy and mining fields at corporate level; and global resources market research, China’s outward FDI policy and empirical studies at a macro level. Before joining State Power Investment Corp., Dr. YU worked as a consultant for the utility industry with Accenture. Her clients include SGCC (State Grid Company of China), China Power International and Hongkong Towngas.
Dr. YU graduated from Beijing University with a double major in French and Economics and then received a scholarship from the French government to continue her studies in France. Dr. YU has obtained two Masters’ degrees, in Development Economics and Project Management, at CERDI-CNRS in France, where she also received her PhD in Development Economics. Her research fields focus on Foreign Direct Investment, Chinese “Go Global” empirical studies, China’s outward FDI in the energy and natural resources fields in Africa and their global impacts.
With rich experiences in China’s overseas investments, Dr. YU has been invited to attend many international conferences as keynote speaker or panellist. She is also the only representative of the People’s Republic of China nominated for the “Future Energy Leader (FEL)” from the World Energy Council. She is the FEL board member and the key member of the development committee.
Dato Roslina Zainal
Vice President (Regulatory Economics & Planning Division)
Tenaga Nasional Berhad
Dato’ Roslina Zainal, has served TNB for 30 years, beginning as an electrical engineer in Johor Bahru when she joined Lembaga Letrik Negara (as TNB was known then) on 1 July 1985. She has worked in various divisions in TNB such as Distribution, Planning, Business Strategy, Regulations, Transmission and Corporate Planning. She was also seconded to the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Office to advise on energy matters. She assumed her current position of Vice President, Regulatory Economics & Planning Division in 2009. As the VP, her responsibilities include System Planning, Energy Procurement, Regulation and Stakeholder Management. Roslina spearheads the development of the Incentive Based Regulation (IBR) regulation in TNB and leads negotiations with the Government.
Roslina sits on various Government committees such as the National Energy Planning Committee, National Nuclear Development Programme and Oversight Panel for the Single Buyer and System Operator. She is a member of the Board of Engineers Malaysia and sits on the boards of TNB Fuel Services Sdn. Bhd., TNB University UNITEN and TNB Janamanjung, the biggest coal facility in Malaysia.
She obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Lakehead, Canada and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of New England, Australia.
Director of Overseas Investment
Power Construction Corp
Shanghai Electric Research Institute
Executive President and Executive Director
GCL Poly Energy Holdings Limited
– Executive Director of GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited
– Executive President of GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited (solar)
– MBA of China Europe International Business School
– Guest Speaker of 2015 SNEC PV EXPO and 2015 PV Taiwan
Senior Research Associate
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Hugh Bromley is a Senior Research Associate with Bloomberg New Energy Finance where he leads the firms’ analysis of distributed energy technologies, business models and financing vehicles. Hugh joined Bloomberg in New York in 2011, where he focused on US tax-equity financing models for small-scale PV. He later led Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s carbon and conventional power analysis in Sydney and has previously worked as an energy consultant specialising in smart-grid and distributed technology integration. Hugh holds a BE (Hons) in photovoltaic and solar energy engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia.
Global Head of Executive Insights
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Nathaniel Bullard is Global Head of Executive Insights at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. He is responsible for executive-level engagements across sectors and geographies. His previous specialties include solar energy and new financial mechanisms for distributed energy deployment.
He is based in Hong Kong, after working for BNEF in San Francisco and beginning with what was then New Energy Finance in Washington, DC. Nathaniel has been cited in The Economist, The New York Times, Technology Review, and Scientific American. He is a frequent contributor to Bloomberg Television custom programming on energy and technology.
Tien Hsiang Chau
GCL Yield Holding Company Limited
Tien Chau is the CEO of GCL Yield Holding Company Limited. Prior to his current role, Mr. Chau was GCL Poly and GCL New Energy’s CFO. Before GCL, Mr. Chau also served as the CFO of a Tokyo Stock Exchange mainboard listed company, Philips’ Asia Pacific Treasury Director, IBM’s China Treasurer & Country Credit Manager, Merrill Lynch’s Investment Banking Analyst and Booz.Allen & Hamilton Senior Consultant. Tien has a MBA in Financial Engineering from MIT and served on the track steering committee.
DEAN COOPER (MSc App Finance, 1st honours BMS) is a clean energy professional with 16 years in sustainable Infrastructure and cleantech as an operator and financier.
Dean is founding Managing Partner at Quintal Partners – a Hong Kong based advisory and corporate finance firm specialising in corporate finance and corporate development for Clean Energy infrastructure and technology Companies.
Dean was previously the Head of Cleantech at Ambrian Partners – a London based natural resources investment bank. Dean was responsible for building the Cleantech, Infrastructure, Renewable Energy franchise in public equity and private equity.
At executive level Dean has built, run and managed two successful renewable energy businesses (Energy Storage, Smart Metering) with successful trade sale exits.
The early part of Dean’s career was in the forest products industry which included a 3 year McKinsey-led strategic consulting assignment.
Dean has a Masters of Finance degree from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, and a 1st class honours degree in finance and international business from the University of Waikato in New Zealand.
Advisory Council Member
Greentech Capital Advisors
Edward Cunningham is the Director of the Harvard Kennedy School Asia Energy and Sustainability Initiative and Assistant Professor at Boston University’s Department of Earth and Environment. He focuses his work on energy markets, policy, and technology. He is also an affiliate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) Industrial Performance Center and serves as a consultant to private and publicly listed companies, with a particular focus on the energy and financial sectors.
Professor Cunningham served as the program officer of the China Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School, which has trained over 1,000 senior government officials in China since 1999. He has worked in Beijing, studied at Peking University and Tsinghua University, and speaks regularly at industry and academic conferences on issues relating to energy investment, industrial policy, competitiveness, and governance. His work has appeared in major media such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, Bloomberg, and The Economist.
Edward received a B.S. from Georgetown University, an A.M. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. from M.I.T. He was also selected as a Fulbright Fellow to China. He is fluent in Mandarin and Italian.
Managing Director, Investment Banking
Vikas Dawra is Managing Director- Investment Banking at YES BANK with 17 years of experience across a range of industries and geographies.
At YES BANK, Vikas has led cross-border M&A, PE placements and ECM mandates. Besides India, he has led successful transactions in US, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Additionally Vikas leads the Sustainable Investment Banking (SIB) division of YES BANK which focuses on providing Investment Banking & advisory services (M&A, JVs, Private Equity, Capital Market) to businesses operating in the area of renewable energy, environmental services and social & financial inclusion.
At SIB, Vikas has led over 25 transactions in the sustainability space, cumulating to a total transaction value of over USD 6 bn.
Prior to joining YES BANK, he was Associate Director, M&A at Rabo India Finance, Mumbai. Vikas also spent 5 years with Arthur Andersen both in Delhi and Mumbai.
Vikas holds a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from PEC, Chandigarh and an MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi.
Chinese Solar Analyst
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Nick Duan joined the Beijing office of Bloomberg New Energy Finance in 2014 and covers the downstream solar market in China. Before that, he researched offshore wind with the Carbon Trust and electric vehicles with General Electric, as well as interning on car fleet efficiency with the Rocky Mountain Institute. He passed all three levels of the CFA exams. He has a BEng from Wuhan University and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University.
Head of Research, Nuclear
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Chris is the Head of Research, Nuclear at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, directing 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, Chris has over 25 years of experience working with regional and multinational firms and global institutions on energy and environment projects. Past clients include the United Nations Development Program, World Bank, U.S. DOE, and UNDP/Global Environment Facility. Chris has worked on energy project development in the Middle East and in California, and was invited as an “energy leader” to explore energy and technology transfer business opportunities in Israel in 2009.
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, and is a frequent invited speaker at industry conferences.
Following the March 11, 2011 magnitude 9.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami in Japan, Chris discussed the implications of the Fukushima nuclear event as a guest on Bloomberg TV, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and ABC and CBS affiliates. He continues to be routinely quoted in Bloomberg News and in the Financial Times.
Chris joined the faculty of New York University’s Center for Global Affairs in September 2005 where he teaches graduate courses on policy, the economics and finance of energy, and nuclear energy. He has been a guest lecturer at NYU’s Stern School of Business and at MIT’s Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering through the International Nuclear Leadership Education Program.
Chris earned a BA at the College of the Holy Cross, an MS at the Polytechnic Institute of New York, and an MBA at Baruch College, City University of New York.
Michael C. Graffagna
Michael Graffagna, partner and head of Morrison & Foerster’s Project Finance and Development Group
Michael Graffagna is a partner and head of the firm’s Project Finance and Development Group, resident in the Tokyo office. Mr. Graffagna’s practice focuses on representing developers/sponsors in the development, acquisition and financing of infrastructure projects financed on a limited recourse basis and contractors in the construction of infrastructure projects.
Mr. Graffagna’s work runs the gamut of project types, including solar, geothermal, hydro-electric, gas-fired, nuclear and coal-fired power plants, mining projects, LNG regasification terminals and liquefaction facilities, high speed and light rail, gas and oil pipelines, oil fields, petrochemical facilities, water-related infrastructure, fiber optic undersea cable projects and cellular networks. He has worked on projects around the globe, including China, India, Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Kazakhstan, the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Venezuela.
He is ranked as a Leading Lawyer in Japan in Projects and Energy by the 2015 editions of Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, IFLR1000 and Best Lawyers in Japan. In the Legal 500 US 2015, he is also recommended for his work in Project Finance.
Chief Strategy Officer & Head of Emerging Markets
Jinko Solar Co
Arturo Herrero joined Jinko Solar as Chief Strategy Officer in March 2010 to help Jinko to be successfully listed in New York Stock Exchange.
As Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Emerging Markets at Jinko Solar, he is in charge of designing and implementing the international strategy of the Company, and the responsible for the revenues, profits and cash of Emerging Markets: Africa, Middle East and Latin America.
Experienced in the design, definition and implementation of Strategy for Sales & Marketing, including leading BD, Technical Service and Back Office Operations, to reach on a quarterly bases very aggressive targets of revenues, profits and cash, for the different regions of responsibility. He participates actively with the Chairman, CEO and CFO, in road shows in front of investors and analysts around the globe, for raising capital.
Previously, from 2002 to July 2006, Mr. Herrero held several positions with BP Solar, most recently as Global Procurement Manager. After that he worked since 2006 as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Trina Solar Limited, helping also the company to be listed in the NYSE. He served Trina Solar until February 2010.
He has a Master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Pompeu Fabra, in Barcelona, Spain, as well as his degree in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnics University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain. He holds a Master’s degree in Marketing from Institute Superior de Marketing in Barcelona, Spain.
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
Bangladesh Infrastructure Finance Fund Ltd.
Mr. S. M. Formanul Islam is the Executive Director and CEO of Bangladesh Infrastructure Finance Fund Limited (BIFFL), a non-banking financial institution owned by the Government of Bangladesh. BIFFL has the mandate to finance infrastructure projects. Its current portfolio includes Power Generation, Elevated Expressways, Economic Zones, Energy Efficient Projects and Connectivity. Mr. Islam started his career at Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL), another state owned organization, in 2001, being seconded by the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Securities LLC, U.S.A. The latter had been providing resident investment advisory services to IDCOL until April 2002. Before being appointed as the Deputy CEO in August 2012, Mr. Islam served at IDCOL in different positions. He has undertaken several trainings home and abroad on Public-Private Partnership, project finance, micro-finance and legal documentation. He is a highly skilled legal counsel and financial advisor in the field of infrastructure investments, especially, in IPPs, Telecom, ICT, Ports and Renewable Energy projects.
A Lee Kuan Yew fellow, Mr. Islam completed his Master of Public Management (MPM) program from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore offered in collaboration with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He had also obtained Master of Laws degree from the Bond University, Australia and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Calcutta, India.
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Santosh Janakiram is a partner in and co-head of the firm’s Infrastructure and Project Finance Group. Mr. Janakiram has rich experience in banking, projects, project financing, structured financing, acquisition financing and private equity and represents developers, sponsors, lenders and contractors in infrastructure and project finance transactions. Mr. Janakiram is involved in various infrastructure sectors, including energy, transportation and mining. He has led the firm’s development of the Renewable Energy practice in the last few years, whereby the firm has emerged as the pre-eminent firm in the sector in India.
Chambers and Partners have since 2009 considered Mr. Janakiram a Leading Lawyer in India in the Projects, Infrastructure & Energy sector and stated that he is considered by his peers to have a “detailed knowledge” of his practice area, and being “enthusiastic, fantastic and extremely bright with the ability to handle large transactions”. Mr. Janakiram has been named a Leading Lawyer in Banking, Energy and Infrastructure, Project Development and Project Finance by IFLR1000 and Who’s Who Legal Project Finance.
Mr. Janakiram joined Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co. (AMSS) after graduating from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and has worked in AMSS/CAM’s Mumbai office since 2001.
Head of Corporate Development and M&A, Asia-Pacific
Casper joined SunEdison in early 2015 to head efforts in Project Finance, Structured Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate Development and M&A in Asia-Pacific.
Prior to working at SunEdison, Casper spent 10 years at Goldman Sachs in London, Hong Kong, Beijing and Singapore. Over his career, Casper has advised leading European and Asia-Pacific energy companies on corporate finance, M&A, strategy, private equity investments and capital markets.
Casper attended the Royal Danish Air Force Officers Academy and subsequently served as an officer in the Royal Danish Air Force.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Master’s degree in Law from Aarhus Universitet.
Rocky Mountain Institute & Carbon War Room
Jules Kortenhorst is the chief executive officer of Rocky Mountain Institute and Carbon War Room. He is a recognized leader on global energy issues and climate change. His background spans business, government, entrepreneurial, and nonprofit leadership.
Kortenhorst was previously the CEO of Topell Energy BV, a company that developed a cutting-edge process for solid biofuel production. He also served as the founding CEO of the European Climate Foundation (ECF), the largest philanthropic organization dedicated to climate change policy development and advocacy in Europe.
Before launching ECF, Kortenhorst served as a member of the Dutch Parliament, where he focused among other subjects on innovation. Earlier, he was the CEO of international operations for ClientLogic Corporation, a global leader in outsourced customer relationship management (CRM) solutions. At the start of his career, Kortenhorst was an analyst at McKinsey & Company and then worked for ten years at Royal Dutch Shell where, among other roles, he served as managing director of Shell Bulgaria.
– Masters of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, Baker Scholar
– Masters in Economics, Erasmus University, The Netherlands
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Maggie Kuang is a clean energy analyst with Bloomberg New Energy Finance and has been with the organization since 2006. She is currently based in Singapore and covers the Southeast Asian energy market with a focus on renewable energy and LNG. Bloomberg New Energy Finance provides analysis covering the transformation of the global energy sector focusing primarily on developments that are changing the status quo including renewable energy, shale gas, smart grids, and environmental markets.
Richard Lancaster is the Chief Executive Officer of CLP Holdings, the parent company of the CLP Group (formerly China Light & Power Company, Limited), a position he assumed in September 2013. Since joining CLP in 1992 Mr. Lancaster has held a variety of managerial positions in the Company. His experience covers project management, power plant operations, commercial, finance, legal and corporate functions.
In 2010 Mr. Lancaster was appointed Managing Director of CLP Power, responsible for CLP’s electricity generation, transmission and distribution business and service to its 2.3 million customers in Hong Kong.
Born in Sydney, Australia, Mr. Lancaster holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of NSW in Australia. He spent his early career as a professional engineer in the electricity supply industry in Australia and later with an international brewing company in the UK. September
Section Leader - Solar/Fuelcell Technology
Mr. Shaobo LI is a Section Manager of Solar and Fuel Cell department in TUV Rheinland Greater China, who is in charge of PV business in North China, including PV system, PV electrical, PV modules and PV components. He is a well-known expert in quality control on the whole life cycle to a PV power plant and has 8 years of experience in certification industry.
Mr. Shaobo LI joined TUV Rheinland since 2009, which is an internationally renowned independent third-party testing, inspection and certification organization, this company possesses over 140 years of experience, has 500 service locations in 65 countries on 5 continents, employs over 18,000 people worldwide, and provides professional service support to clients around the world. TÜV Rheinland has long been synonymous with rigorous high-quality testing and certification services and for providing a variety of professional assessments from an impartial and independent perspective. We provide local companies with quality services and solutions that comply with safety, quality, and environmental-friendly requirements.
Chairman & CEO
China Merchants New Energy Group Limited
Mr. Alan Li, CEO of China Merchants New Energy Group Limited (“CMNE”) is responsible for the Group’s business strategies, mergers and acquisitions, capital market development and daily business operation.
Mr. Alan Li also serves as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of United Photovoltaics Group Limited, a subsidiary of CMNE, listed in the mainboard of Hong Kong Stock Exchange. At the same time, Mr. Li is also the Executive Director and CEO of New Energy Exchange Limited (formerly known as “Renewable Energy Trade Board Corporation”), another subsidiary of CMNE.
Mr. Alan Li has rich and extensive experiences in internet technologies, investment and enterprise management:
In 2013, Mr. Li collaborated with state-owned enterprises, such as GD Solar Co., Ltd. and State Grid Corporation of China, and established Photovoltaic Green Ecosystem Organization (“PGO”), the first eco-system that integrates the entire value chain of the photovoltaic industry in China, which has significantly driven forward the development of photovoltaics industry in China.
Prior to joining CMNE, Mr. Li served as an executive director of Linchest Technology Ltd. and Shun Tai Investment Limited, mainly in charge of business investment, mergers and acquisitions in China.
Mr. Li recieved an MBA degree from Murdoch University of Australia.
Dr. Ning Li
Distinguished Profession, Dean of College of Energy
Dr. Ning Li is a Distinguished Professor and the Dean of College of Energy, Xiamen University, China. He is a member of the Expert Committee for the State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (now a part of the State Power Investment Group), and an independent Director for Fujian Energy Ltd, China. From 2007 to 2008, he was the deputy coordinator of the US-China civilian nuclear energy cooperation for DOE’s GNEP program. Dr. Li has extensive R&D experiences in broad areas of nuclear energy technologies and fuel cycles, and was a planner, leader and participant in a number of US civilian nuclear energy programs, including Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems, Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative and Accelerator-driven Waste Transmutation. His research interests extend to ultra safe nuclear fuels, small modular reactors, long-life core reactors, and power generation technologies and systems in general.
Dr. Li maintains strong academic and international collaborations, publishes widely and has leadership roles in technical and professional organizations. Dr. Li is a co-founder and the President of the New Energy Industry Alliance since 2013, with nearly 200 member organizations ranging from national to regional energy group companies, equipment manufacturers, technology developers and service providers, and banks and investment funds. Amongst a number of honors and awards, Dr. Li is a recipient of the 2006 Asian American Engineer of the Year Award and a 2010 Scientific Chinese Person of the Year Award.
Chairman of the Advisory Board
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.
Executive Director & Vice President
Kong Sun Holdings
Dr. Dylen Liu, graduated from Chinese Academy of Sciences with a Doctor’s degree in Microelectronics. On March 21, 2014, he joined the Kongsun Holdings Limited as Executive Director and Vice President. Dr. Liu has almost eight years of experience in finance and solar industry, and is skilled in the solar industry research, investment analysis, capital operation, and other field. Dr. Liu was former Analyst of Semiconductor Equipment & Materials International (SEMI), former Senior Analyst of Pacific Epoch, and the Founder & CEO of Sapphire Capital.
China Carbon & Power Markets Analyst
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Sophie Lu is the China Carbon and Power Markets Analyst with BNEF, based in Beijing. She tracks developments in China’s carbon trading markets and long term power market modelling. Previously she worked in cleantech venture capital in China, and unconventional oil and gas risk analysis in Washington DC. She also conducted a Fulbright Fellowship researching marine environmental governance and resource security in China. Sophie holds a BA in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins University, and a MA in Energy and International Finance from Johns Hopkins SAIS.
Dr. Ma Jun
People's Bank of China Research Bureau
Dr. MA Jun is Chief Economist at the People’s Bank of China (PBC)’s Research Bureau, and Chairman of Green Finance Committee under China Society of Finance and Banking. Before joining the PBC in early 2014, he worked for 13 years at Deutsche Bank, where he was Managing Director, Chief Economist for Greater China, and Head of China and Hong Kong Strategy. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank in 2000, he worked as public policy specialist, economist and senior economist at the International Monetary Fund and World Bank from 1992-2000. From 1988-1990, he was a research fellow at the Development Research Center of China’s State Council.
Dr. Ma has published eleven books and several hundred articles. His main research interests include macroeconomic forecasting and policies, structural reforms, as well as environmental economics. His most recent book is on Economics of Tackling Air Pollution in China. Since mid 2015, he has led the PBOC working group on green finance policy, which proposed 14 policy measures for establishing a “green finance system” in China.
Dr. Ma has been frequently rated at the top in his fields by various investor polls. His accolades include the No.1 Asia economist and the No.1 China analyst in Institutional Investor’s survey for four years in a row (2009-2012), as well as many No. 1 rankings in China economics and China strategy research by Asiamoney, Thomson Reuters, and Sohu Finance.
Dr. Ma received his Ph.D. in Economics from Georgetown University in 1994, and his master’s degree in Management Science from Fudan University in 1988. He is a member of China Finance-40 Forum, Deputy Head of Green Finance study group of China Council of International Co-operation of Environment and Development, a Director of Eco-Finance Research Center at People’s University, Co-Chair of Green Finance Dialogue Forum at China Finance and Economics University, member of the academic committee of International Finance Forum, member of World Economic Forum’s Agenda Council on International Monetary System, and Adjunct Professor at Fudan University.
New Development Bank (BRICS Bank)
Mr. Leslie Maasdorp is Vice President of the New Development Bank, headquartered in Shanghai. Over the past 25 years he has occupied senior leadership roles in both private and public sectors. Most recently he served as a managing director and President of Bank of America Merrill Lynch for Southern Africa for a period of four years. Prior to that he served in a dual role as Vice Chairman of Barclays Capital and Absa Capital. In 2002 he was the first African to be appointed as international adviser to Goldman Sachs International. Before his 13 years as a global investment banker, he served in several senior leadership roles in the Government of South Africa. In 1994 after the transition to democracy, he was appointed as Special Adviser to the Minister of Labour and in 1999, in his role as Deputy Director General of the Department of Public Enterprises, he lead the restructuring and privatization of state owned enterprises for the South African Government. He is a former Chairman and CEO of Advtech, a leading provider of private education in South Africa. Leslie is a young global leader of the World Economic Forum. He holds a BA degree in Economics and Psychology from the University of the Western Cape and a Master of Science degree in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, at the University of London
Greentech Capital Advisors
Jeff McDermott is the Managing Partner of Greentech Capital Advisors and has over 30 years of transaction experience working on mergers and acquisitions and financings. He has strong relationships with large global companies and extensive transaction valuation, negotiation, and structuring experience. Jeff believes that properly structured investments, partnerships, and acquisitions can create win-win outcomes for leading Sustainable Infrastructure companies as well as the large resources, industrial, services and energy companies seeking to create enduring shareholder value.
Prior to founding GCA, Jeff was the Joint Global Head of Investment Banking at UBS. He has covered large industrial and resources companies for almost 20 years, and ran the Global Industrial Groups at both UBS and Citigroup. His investment banking career began in 1984 at Drexel Burnham Lambert’s Beverly Hills office.
Head of Corporate Strategy
Meralco Electric Company
Head of Climate Change & Energy
Director of International Government Affairs
The Dow Chemical Company
At this role, Peng supports the top company executives to manage international government relationship and global policy advocacy by coordinating and working with Dow’s worldwide government affairs and business team.
Before this role, Peng was Vice President of Government Affairs & Public Policy of Dow in Greater China (and Director in Asia Pacific) where he had accountabilities of managing the company’s engagement with external stakeholders – government, SOEs, NGOs; leading policy advocacy and regulatory development and issues management; supporting business development, R&D and promotion of sustainability so he also served as a member of the Steering Committee for mega project development in Greater China.
Outside Dow, Peng served the Board of Governors of American Chamber of Commerce in China from 2010 through to 2014 and was Vice Chairman in 2013.
Peng served as Co-Chair of China–US Energy Co-operation Program (ECP) at its Management Board Executive Committee from 2011 through to 2014.
Peng still serves the Council member of China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation (CPCIF).
Before Dow Chemical, Peng served BP for nearly 14 years where he had taken various roles in technical, commercial, general management, and government & public affairs in Beijing, Shenzhen, London and Houston. He was closely involved or as core member in several big deals of the company including Shanghai ethylene cracker project (with Sinopec), strategic investment in PetroChina IPO, Guangdong Dapeng LNG Project (with CNOOC).
Before BP, Ningke served China National Offshore Oil Company for 3 years in geophysical analysis and external communication.
Ningke has a BSc degree of Geophysics from Peking University, China. He also has a post-graduate certificate of management from the Western Management Institute of Beijing / Staffordshire University (UK).
Market Development Director for Middle East, Asia and Australia
M.Rajagopalan (Raj) graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Madras in 1980. He has been with Wartsila since 1998, involved in the conceptualization and development of several captive and group captive projects, as well as IPPs in India.
Since 2013, Raj has been the Market Development Director, Middle East, Asia and Australia and is engaged in different electricity markets, promoting flexible generation solutions.
He has visited China several times to present the concept of “smart power generation” (SPG) near load centres, to provide efficient power and heat solutions and to balance the variability of wind energy and to avoid its curtailment
APAC Lead – Power & Gas
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Ashish Sethia manages Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s efforts in the region with a focus on helping his clients optimise financial returns and minimise risks. His team tracks demand-supply fundamentals, asset valuations, investment trends, policy developments and other on the ground issues in renewable energy, natural gas/LNG, thermal power generation and distribution, energy efficiency and carbon markets.
Prior to joining Bloomberg New Energy Finance, he managed the emissions management solution of business consulting and technology major Logica and was part of their global expert group on smart grids. He was one of the youngest Full Lifecycle Business Leader at Satyam Computers and helped the company expand its energy & utilities business globally. Ashish also headed up the commercial operations of one of India’s largest power distribution companies delivering revenues of over $40m every year.
Over the years he has moderated sessions and spoken on the energy sector at forums such as the Clean Energy Ministerial and the World Energy Leader’s Summit and given inputs to the works of the World Economic Forum and the World Energy Council. Ashish is extensively quoted by media oraganisations like Bloomberg TV, The Guardian, Sky News, Economic Times and Mint.
An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, he has a first class degree in Electronics & Communications Engineering and a MBA in Finance & Infrastructure Management.
President and CEO
Mr. Dennis She is President and Chief Executive Officer of ET Solar. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of ET Solar Group since March 2010. Between 2006 and 2010, Mr. She was a Vice President and Chief Sales Officer of ET Solar. Prior to joining us, Mr. She served as the Marketing and Brand Manager of China Sunergy Co., Ltd., (a China-based solar power company listed on the Nasdaq Global Market) from 2004 to 2006. Mr. She served as the Assistant to General Manager at Shangmao Investment Group in 2004. Mr. She received his bachelor’s degree at Chinese literature and his executive MBA degree at Nanjing University in 2003 and 2011, respectively.
Dr. Alan Song
SB China Capital
Dr. Song has rich experiences in both investment and entrepreneurship. He has in-depth knowledge in a broad range of technologies, and his main investment interests are early middle stage high-tech companies. He joined SBCVC in January 2000. His key role has been deal sourcing, execution, and portfolio management. He serves on the board of directors for many high-tech companies.
Before SBCVC, he was a member of UTStarcom’s founding team, worked as the Director of Information Technology. In addition, he was the CTO of MDC Telecom, and also a founder and director of GDS. Prior to that, he was an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut, where he conducted research in the field of computer networks and information systems.
Dr. Song holds B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University, and Ph.D. from School of Economics & Management, Tsinghua University. He serves as the special advisor for China Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, and other key positions in many trade associations.
General Manager, Strategy and Business Development
Envision Energy Limited
Mr. Sun is General Manager of Strategy and Business Development department at Envision Energy. He is responsible for the company’s strategic planning, marketing & branding, new business incubation and mergers & acquisitions. Before joining the Envision, Mr. Sun had served as the Senior Manager in McKinsey, and he was the core member of McKinsey Greater China’s conventional and renewable energy consulting team. During his stay at McKinsey, Mr. Sun participated in dozens of management consulting projects for many local governments, domestic and foreign enterprises. He has extensive experience in Strategic Planning, Business Process Reengineering, Performance Management and Organizational Structure Designing. Mr. Sun also worked as an Investment Director of a US-based private equity firm, and he carried out the due diligence for lots of investment and acquisitions projects and led the post-merger management for a portfolio company in renewable energy area.
Mr. Sun got his MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in United States. He is also holding a Master Degree in Computer Science & Technology of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Mr. Sun used to work and study in many other countries including the United States, UK, China, Brazil, etc.
Mr. Sun Jie is the honorary advisor of Youth Business China and the honorary lecturer of the Career Development Association of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is also the founder of CareerFrog, the well-known career coaching organization in China.
Deputy Vice President
Asia Pacific Energy Research Center (APERC)
Cecilia Tam joined the Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC) as Deputy Vice President in March 2015 and is responsible for managing the research programme at APERC. She is currently leading the development of the 6th edition of the APEC Energy Demand and Supply Outlook. Prior to joining APERC, Cecilia was Head of the Energy Demand Technology Unit at the International Energy Agency (IEA), where she was also responsible for the IEA’s Energy Technology Roadmaps Programme. Having joined the IEA in 2006 her work has covered technology roadmaps, finance, deployment and innovation, industry and energy efficiency. She has authored numerous IEA publications including Energy Technology Perspectives, Energy Technology Transitions for Industry, Transition to Sustainable Buildings, and a number of Technology Roadmaps. Cecilia was also a Senior Equity Research Analyst with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson where she covered Latin American electricity companies, working on various privatisations and equity offerings.
The Sasawaka Peace Foundation
Nobuo Tanaka is President of The Sasakawa Peace Foundation as of April 1st, 2015. As Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) from 2007 to 2011, he oversaw a seminal period in the Agency’s work and direction. Under his leadership, the IEA 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 IEA non-Member energy players, including China, India, Russia and South Africa.
He began his career in 1973 in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in Tokyo, and has served in a number of high-ranking positions in METI, including Director-General of the Multilateral Trade System Department and Director for International Nuclear Energy Policy of the Natural Resources and Energy Agency. He was deeply engaged in a range of trade and economic issues with the US as Minister for Industry, Trade and Energy at the Embassy of Japan, Washington DC from 1998 to 2000. He has also served as Director for Science, Technology and Industry (DSTI) of the Paris-based international organization, OECD before the appointment to the IEA.
Senior Business Developer
Spanish national. Alvaro earned a Master in International Trade at ESIC Business School, a Master in Strategic Human Resources Management at Universidad de Salamanca, a Tourism Management associate degree at IE University and a Bachelor of Business Administration at Universidad de Salamanca. He completed several seminars and courses in Spain, US and Canada.
Previously, he served as Latin American Business Development and Public Relations Manager at Invest in Latam out of its Panama office; International Business Developer at Ade Internacional Excal (international promotion agency of the Spanish region Castilla y Leon based out of its Miami and Sao Paulo offices).
He has worked and traveled extensively in Latin America, North America and Europe. Alvaro has a broad business network in Latin America, in both public and private sectors.
Alvaro is fluent in English and Spanish with working knowledge of Portuguese. He has lived in Spain, Canada, United States, Brazil and Panama.
Senior Research Associate
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Xiaoting Wang has been conducting research on Photovoltaic industry in Bloomberg New Energy Finance since 2012 and published more than 100 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.
Wong Kim Yin
Mr Wong Kim Yin is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Power Ltd (SP), since January 2012. As the Group CEO of SP, he is concurrently the Chairman of SP PowerAssets Ltd and PowerGas Ltd, and a Director of SP Services Ltd. He has been a Non Executive Director of HKSE-listed CITIC Resources Holdings Ltd since April 1, 2008. H is also a member of the Board of Directors of Seatown Pte Ltd, & the Board of Governors of Singapore Polytechnic.
Prior to 2012, he was Senior Managing Director of Investment at Temasek International (Pte) Ltd, where he had been responsible for investments in the energy, transportation and industrial sectors. Representing Temasek & SP, he has led engagements with a number of China State-Owned Enterprises, including the divestment of Tuas Power to Huaneng Group (2008) and the strategic partnership with State Grid Corporation of China in Australia (2013).
From 1995 to 2002, he worked for The AES Corporation, a power company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and was responsible for merger and acquisition and project development across Asia Pacific.
Mr. Wong holds an Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Head of Greater China
The Climate Group
Changhua Wu is the Greater China Director of The Climate Group. A China specialist for more than 20 years and an environment and development policy analyst, she leads the organization’s strategic development in the region and manages its Greater China operations from Beijing and Hong Kong.
A member of the Executive Management Team of The Climate Group, Changhua heads the organization’s China Redesign, a catalyzing leadership program to shift China’s energy and resource consumption toward low emissions while accelerating green growth. The program focuses on working with solution providers, policy makers, city managers, end users and investors under a holistic framework to decarbonize urban and industrial development, and advocates the development and advancement of an economic system that is in balance with the planet’s limits.
Changhua leads the thought-leadership work that is designed to contribute to national, local and sector-level transformation in China. In the last eight years, her work has covered China’s clean revolution; market transformation that focuses on such critical technologies as LED street lighting, EV, CCS and green building; corporate carbon strategy; financing China’s low carbon growth; shaping China’s climate finance policy; consensus and cooperation – China and global sustainable development, to name a few.
Mr. Cao Yin is the Principle Analyst of Cinda Security Co., Ltd. Before Cinda, Mr. Cao worked as consulting director and consulting manager of Energy & Power Industry in two world famous industry research firms.
Mr. Cao also performs as strategic advisor for several famous energy companies. Mr. Cao is the report expert of Xiangshan Conference, core members of working group of Plan “Internet+ Smart Energy”, expert member of China Energy Internet League, executive director of the first energy internet incubator in China. Mr. Cao has written a book
Energy & Utilities Solution Executive, Greater China Group
Henry leads IBM’s industry solutions team for Energy and Utilities in the Greater China Group. He works with IBM’s business and technical leadership to develop strategies for business opportunities, business models and develop industry solutions to address E&U industry and enterprise transformation and drive E&U business growth. Over the course of his 30-year career, he has dedicated himself to improving the modern power and energy management systems in China. Today he is a recognized thought leader, giving frequent talks on transformation in the electricity and energy industries.
Prior to joining IBM in 2008, Yu held a number of positions in the energy and utilities sector in China, including Vice President of Sales at AREVA T&D China, and Vice President-Nuclear Business, Global Power Sales, at ALSTOM China Ltd. He also served as the New Projects Manager at Waste Management NZ Ltd (WAM), the ALSTOM Regional Director in South China, and the Project Manager of Three Gorges Hydro Project.
Throughout the course of his career, Yu has participated in multiple professional trainings in different countries, including Japan, France, UK, New Zealand and USA as a visiting scholar or managing personal. Some of these trainings include the “International Conference/Seminar on Nuclear Engineering”, the “International Methane Mitigation Conference and Workshop” and the “International MSW Management and Technology. Yu is also a member of IBM’s Industry Academy.
Dr. Yongping Zhai
Technical Advisor, Energy Sector Group
Asian Development Bank
Dr. Yongping Zhai has been working on energy development in Asia and Africa for about 25 years. He is currently Technical Advisor, Energy Sector Group, Asian Development Bank (ADB), in charge of overall energy policy coordination and technical support to ADB Energy Divisions of East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Central and West Asia including the Pacific Region.
Previously, he was the Director of South Asia Energy Division (2010-2015), ADB, covering energy sector operations in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. He led ADB’s support to renewable energy, energy efficiency and power trade in South Asia. He served as ADB’s Lead Energy Specialist (2008-2010), in charge of energy sector in Southeast Asia. He was instrumental in leading ADB’s support to the power sector’s successful restructuring process in the Philippines. Moreover, he has played a key role in promoting power trade and cooperation in GMS.
From 1993 to 2000, he was a Principal Program Coordinator/Public Utilities Economist at the African Development Bank (AfDB) in charge of energy projects in Southern African Development Community (SADC). Between 1990 and 1993, he served as an Assistant Professor at the Energy Technology Division (Energy Policy and Planning), Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok, Thailand.
He graduated from the Thermal Energy Engineering Department, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (1983) and received a Ph.D in Energy Economics from Institute of Energy Economics and Policy, affiliated with the University of Pierre-Mendès France in Grenoble, France (1989).
Dr. James Zhang
GRC Sinogreen Fund
Dr. James Zhang is a Venture Partner of the GRC Fund. He is also Chief Strategy Officer of Centrillion Biosciences, a GRC Fund II portfolio company. Dr. Zhang was a founding partner at Formation 8, a Silicon Valley based venture capital firm with over $1B under management. Before co-founding Formation 8, James was a Managing Director of Australian Government’s Renewable Energy Venture Capital (REVC) Fund, a $200 million fund dedicated to renewable energy. He was also Venture Partner at Softbank China Venture Capital and EIR at Khosla Ventures, where he led Khosla Ventures’ China practice. James was a biotechnologist before becoming a VC. He was a founding member of Mendel Biotechnology and led its business development. Mendel pioneered functional genomics for agriculture and raised over $100M from strategic partners and investors. As a China native, James attended the University of Science and Technology of China. He has a PhD in Genetics from the University of California Davis and has completed his post-doctoral and business training at Stanford University and Stanford Graduate School of Business respectively.
Assistant Director & Associate Research Fellow
Energy Research Institute of National Development & Reform Commission, China National Renewable Energy Centre
Zhao Yongqiang got Master degree of public management from TsingHua University in 2004 and Bachelor degree of thermal energy and power engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 2001. Zhao Yongqiang joined in Energy Research Institute (ERI) of National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) since 2004. He worked at Korean Energy Economics Institute for half year in 2010, and participated in U.S. International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) in 2015
Mr. Zhao basically focuses on the research of renewable energy strategy and policy, covering solar, wind and biomass energy etc. Mr. Zhao had got involved in the research work of national medium- and long term planning, guidance catalogue, economic incentive policies, industrial development of renewable energy in China. Mr. Zhao provided consultancy to the Energy Bureau of NDRC, Office of the National Energy Leadership Team, National Energy Administration and the China Academy of Engineering. Mr. Zhao is in charge of International and Regional Cooperation Department of CNREC, and serves as the coordinator of working groups of US-China Renewable Energy Partnership and Cross-Strait Renewable Energy Industry Cooperation, and director of secretariat of China’s Variable Integration Group(CVIG).
China Policy Analyst