The following is a list of confirmed moderators and thought leaders for the Executive Dialogue and Plenary sessions.

Sam Adams: Director, World Resources Institute
Executive Dialogue Session | 4D | The Age of Aging Infrastructure: Energy Efficiency the Cornerstone to Modernization? | Tuesday, May 9 | 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Sam is the former Mayor of Portland, Oregon. As director of WRI United States Adams leads WRI’s efforts to analyze and develop new policies, build political will and support coalitions that will encourage the U.S.’s transition to a strong, low-carbon economy. “Sam is a dynamic and savvy leader, who will invigorate U.S. climate activities at a critical time for the nation and planet,” said Dr. Andrew Steer, President & CEO, WRI. “As Mayor, a member of the city council, mayoral chief of staff and nonprofit leader, Sam played a central role in making Portland, Oregon one of the most livable and sustainable cities in the United States. We are excited to have his leadership to build support for national action that will address the climate challenge.” As mayor, Adams ensured that sustainability was integrated across all city-level decisions by combining the sustainability office and city planning agency. He also led a coalition of government, business and labor leaders, along with neighborhood and environmental advocates, to create Portland’s Climate Action Plan and “We Build Green Cities” job creation and economic development strategy. According to the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, the city’s emissions were cut by 11 percent between 1990 and 2013, alongside significant population and economic growth. Sam holds a B.A. in political science from University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.
Ammi Amarnath: Senior Program Manager, Energy Efficiency & Demand Response Program, Electric Power Research Institute
Executive Dialogue Session | 3C | Making Inroads: Are Electrification and Automation the Future of Societal Energy Efficiency? | Tuesday, May 9 | 11:45 am - 1:00 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Ammi Amarnath is the Program Manager of the Energy Efficiency & Demand Response program area at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He leads a team of engineers and scientists with focus on the development, demonstration and deployment of smart and efficient end-use technologies while ensuring their interoperability with the electric grid. Some of the technologies demonstrated include: advanced space conditioning and lighting systems for residential and commercial buildings, next-generation heat pump water heaters, high performance/low energy buildings, advanced end-use smart and demand responsive technologies that integrate with the smart grid, industrial process efficiency improvements, and advances in motor and drive technologies. He also manages activities focused on the development of advanced analytical techniques, such as energy meter data disaggregation, energy efficiency potential studies, and the impact of energy efficiency on emissions, so as to make energy efficiency and demand response programs successful across the U.S. and around the world. Amarnath rejoined EPRI in 2007 as a team member of the Energy Efficiency Initiative. He previously ran a consulting firm providing technical and business consulting services to energy efficiency and clean tech companies. Before this, he was the Vice President of Business Development at Advanced Material Sciences, Inc., where he managed the development of a fuel cell business. In his prior tenure at EPRI, Amarnath was a Senior Project Manager within the Industrial and Distributed Generation programs. His activities included the demonstration of new industrial technologies, and development & deployment of fuel cell and other distributed generation technologies. Amarnath received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in chemical engineering from India and a Master of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston.
Jill Anderson: Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, New York Power Authority
Executive Dialogue Session | 2C | Smarter Cities: What Trends are Driving Urban Efficiency and Resilience? | Monday, May 8 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Jill Anderson is the Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at the New York Power Authority (NYPA), overseeing all wholesale and retail operations. Jill is responsible for over $2 billion in annual revenues from NYPA’s 16 power generation assets, supervising trading, fuel operations, hedging, and business development for new transmission and generation activities. She also oversees customer operations that include sales, marketing, new products and the implementation of over $200 million-a-year in energy efficiency and renewable energy project implementation. Previously for NYPA, Jill led energy policy, sustainability, corporate communications, and public and regulatory affairs. She joined NYPA in 2009, leading supply acquisition and renewable energy for NYPA, responsible for energy procurement including solar, wind, and biomass. Prior to joining NYPA, Jill was the Project Office Manager for Hess Corporation, leading projects in the areas of refining, offshore oil and gas production, corporate risk, electricity expense reduction, biofuel strategy, and greenhouse gas emissions reduction. Jill worked for Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Edison) prior to joining Hess. At Con Edison, she held positions of increasing responsibility in field operations and supervision in electric, gas, and steam transmission and distribution. Additionally, Jill has experience in power generation design and construction, working as a field engineer for Parsons Brinckerhoff in Boston, Massachusetts. Jill serves on the Board of Directors of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and also the Building Energy Exchange (BEEx), both educational non-profit entities focused on promoting clean and efficient energy. Jill serves on the Board of the New York State Women in Communications and Energy and formerly served as President. Jill received a Master of Business Administration from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University. She completed a certificate at Vermont Law School in Legal Essentials for Utility Executives and executive education programs at Harvard University and Columbia University. She holds certifications in engineering, project management, and process improvement. She was selected as New York City & State Rising Stars, “40 under 40 class of 2012” and one of the “2015 Women Worth Watching” by Diversity Journal. She lives in Bronxville, NY with her husband James and their daughters Vivian and Clara.
Thomas Ashley: Senior Director, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Greenlots
Executive Dialogue Session | 3C | Making Inroads: Are Electrification and Automation the Future of Societal Energy Efficiency? | Tuesday, May 9 | 11:45 am - 1:00 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Tom Ashley, Senior Director of Government Affairs & Public Policy at Greenlots, leads the company's regulatory and policy work and supports efforts to expand connectivity between electric vehicles and the grid. Tom is also working to grow EV equity through stakeholder partnerships, and exploring synergies in the fleet and car/ride sharing space. Tom has extensive experience in clean energy and transportation policy and planning. Prior to joining Greenlots, he served as the Director of Utility and Regulatory Affairs at PlugShare, where he focused on the policy frameworks necessary for vehicle-grid integration, and has consulted for the Electric Drive Transportation Association. He has also worked for numerous government bodies, including the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, the Office of Energy & Environmental Industries of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration, the Vermont Department of Public Service's Energy Efficiency Division, and the California Public Utilities Commission. Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts - Fine Arts from the University of Southern California and a Juris Doctor and Master of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School.
Ted Atwood: Chief of Sustainable Energy Office, City of Baltimore
Executive Dialogue Session | 2C | Smarter Cities: What Trends are Driving Urban Efficiency and Resilience? | Monday, May 8 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Mr. Atwood has over thirty years of international experience developing clean energy technology projects for both the government and private sector. He currently is head of the Office of Sustainable Energy, in the Department of Public Works. In this position, Mr. Atwood is a leader in forward-thinking energy strategies for commodity purchasing and energy efficiency. He is guiding the City’s energy generation portfolio from zero to more than 10 MW of solar and 2.6 MW of bio-gas fueled Combined Heat and Power by the end of this year. The Office is responsible for purchasing electricity, heating fuels, and transportation fuels for City buildings, vehicle and equipment. OSE also partners with non-profits to bring needed energy retrofits. In previous years, Mr. Atwood focused on projects utilizing clean technologies for energy applications in Italy, Denmark, China and Philippines. He consulted with Italy on biofuel technologies and on transforming municipal waste into transportation fuel. He also provided technical assistance to China concerning biomass stove and gasification technologies, and planning to restructure their fertilizer industry, moving from coal to natural gas. He later created a U.S. China Center for the promotion of Clean Energy and Biomass Technology in China. Mr. Atwood holds Masters Degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University.
Miranda Ballentine: Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Air Force
Executive Dialogue Session | 4C | Spanning Sectors: Can Energy Service Performance Contracts Expand Beyond Buildings? | Tuesday, May 9 | 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Miranda Ballentine has a track record of intra-preneurship in the corporate, non-profit, and government sectors, and across multiple fields, including energy, sustainability, construction and facilities, finance, and retail. She brings two decades’ experience leading high-performing, global and community-based teams, both vertically and in matrixed environments. She is known for her ability to balance analytics and intuition to solve complex problems. Most recently appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Installations, Environment, and Energy), a 4-star civilian equivalent position, Ms. Ballentine was an integral member of the Air Force’s top executive team, alongside the Secretary of the Air Force and the Air Force’s 4-star Generals. As a member of the c-suite of this $120 Billion organization, Ms. Ballentine was responsible for the oversight, formulation, and execution of plans, policies, programs, and budgets for: 170 Air Force installations. a $9 billion annual energy budget. a $4.5 billion annual construction budget. environmental conservation, restoration & compliance programs for nine million acres of land, 200 miles of coast line, 600,000 acres of forestland, and 270,000 acres of wetlands. safety & occupational health for 660,000 employees. and program execution by 50,000 engineers around the world. Under her leadership as the Air Force’s most senior energy official, the Air Force scaled energy resiliency and created a new Office of Energy Assurance, to make mission-assurance a central tenant of every energy project. She launched the Resilient Energy Demonstration Initiative (REDI), which developed and oversaw designs for smart, cyber-secure microgrids, including a “Future Forward Operating Base.” She provided war-fighting Commanders, for the first time, with visibility to strategic risk-to-mission from kinetic and cyber-attacks to the power grid, Air Force energy assets, and industrial control systems. She oversaw energy policies for the nation’s largest fleet of aircraft, facilitating efficiencies worth $1.2 Billion in savings. Ms. Ballentine garnered the trust and respect of top Air Force Generals and was awarded the Air Force’s top citation for civilian leadership. Prior to the Air Force, Ms. Ballentine served as the Director of Sustainability for Global Renewable Energy & Sustainable Facilities at Walmart Stores, Inc. In this role, she led a team of 60+ colleagues from fifteen countries to develop strategies toward Walmart’s goal to be supplied by 100% renewable energy. These programs identified over $1 billion in potential annual energy savings and 9 million metric ton of avoided GHG potential. Ms. Ballentine served as a relationship architect, successfully building dozens of NGO partnerships to minimize negative publicfacing campaigns and capitalize on NGOs expertise. Prior to the Air Force and Walmart, Ms. Ballentine was the Vice President of Investor Analysis and Chief Operating Officer at David Gardiner & Associates where she informed multi-million-dollar investment decisions by analyzing companies’ off-balance sheet risks and opportunities. She has provided climate change, environmental, and sustainability strategies to Fortune 500 corporations, institutional investors, socially responsible investors, and environmental groups. Ms. Ballentine is also a passionate and articulate public speaker, with experience across: media, conferences, motivational talks, and classrooms. Ms. Ballentine holds a Bachelors of Science in Neuro-Psychology from Colorado State University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, and a Masters of Business Administration from George Washington University, where she finished in the top 5% of her class. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Roger Ballentine, and her daughter and step-daughter.
Justine Leigh Bell: Director of Market Development, Climate Bonds Initiative
Executive Dialogue Session | 2D | Green Bond Evaluation: Does it Boost Investor Confidence and Energy Efficiency Visibility? | Monday, May 8 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Justine has spent much of her career helping business leaders and governments find solutions to the global challenges of climate change and sustainable development. She has provided advisory services for a number of global institutions and governments across Europe, Africa, India, Indonesia and Latin America. Her areas of focus includes sustainable development in emerging economies, climate change mitigation/adaptation strategies, climate finance, economic valuation and market based instruments for managing natural resource assets. She is currently the Director of Market Development at the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI), an investor focused not for profit working to mobilize debt capital markets for climate change solutions. Her primary focus is in the emerging markets where she works closely with both public and private sector actors in developing national policy guidelines and investment roadmaps that will enable access to green bond financing. Currently, she leads CBI’s efforts in the Latin America region where market development programs are underway in Brazil, Mexico, and Columbia. Previously, she was heading the development of the International Climate Bonds Standard Program, where she worked closely with industry leaders and global experts in establishing a screening tool for investors to easily prioritise climate and green bonds with confidence. Justine has an MSc. in Molecular Science from Yale University and an MSc. in Environmental Economics and Policy from Imperial College, London.
David Bend: Head of East Coast Energy Partnerships, Nest
Executive Dialogue Session | 4B | Nudge or Automate: Should Policies Incent Behavior Change or Automation Through Technology? | Tuesday, May 9 | 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Dave Bend leads Nest's work with energy partners in the Eastern United States, focusing on developing Energy Efficiency, Demand Response and Connected Home offerings. Prior to joining Nest, Dave worked in the utility industry for a number of years, including at Pacific Gas and Electric and Opower. Dave holds an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, a MS from Johns Hopkins University and a BA with Honors from Washington University in St. Louis.
Klaus Breil: Member of the Advisory Board, DENEFF
Executive Dialogue Session | 4D | The Age of Aging Infrastructure: Energy Efficiency the Cornerstone to Modernization? | Tuesday, May 9 | 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Born and raised in Northern Germany, Study at Commercial Academy in Bielefeld/Northern Germany (Bus-Adm.+Economics), Since 1969 employed in Banking/Financial business, 1977 – 2009 Portfolio Manager/Mutual Fund Industry, since 1984 employed with one of the five largest German Mutual Fund Companies, responsibility for global equities funds of mgt. comp., Title: Director / Senior Vice President, Also responsibility for research groups in Energy-, Basic Materials-, Aerospace/Defence-, Climate- Change-Segments and in Macro-Research for North America, Australasia, China, After invention of special law in Germany set up of first “New Power Mutual Investment Funds” in Continental Europe, Investment Volume more than 1 bln. € in listed equities, Numerous awards for portfolio performance, esp. by Standard & Poors. Sept. 2009 – Oct. 2013 Member of German Parliament – Member of one of government coalition – fractions – Freie Demokratische Partei / Liberal Party (FDP), Member of the Committee on Economics and Technology and Spokesman on Energy Policy and Basic Materials Policy for the FDP-Parliamentary Group, Member of Advisory Board to German Federal Network-Agency Since Oct. 2013 working as consultant to companies and industry associations, also providing specialized comp.- and sector analysis, div. Advisory-Functions (e. g. DENEFF, Energy Academy, etc.), Active in local community policy, Member of County Assembly in home region Weilheim-Schongau, south of Munich/Germany
Stefan M. Buettner: Senior Policy Advisor, International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation
Executive Dialogue Session | 4B | Nudge or Automate: Should Policies Incent Behavior Change or Automation Through Technology? | Tuesday, May 9 | 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Mr. Buettner has recently joined IPEEC, the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation that has been tasked by the G20 summit in Brisbane/Australia late 2014 to coordinate the implementation of its Energy Efficiency Action Plan. Mr. Buettner has a focus on the G20 and IPEEC activities related to Industry and Financial Flows for Energy Efficiency. Previously, Mr. Buettner was Head of International Affairs and Strategy at the Institute for Energy Efficiency in Production (Stuttgart/Germany). He is member of the Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group of EU Commission & UNEP FI. He also works on a global policy & industry benchmark, called ‘The Energy Efficiency Index of the Industry’. Mr. Buettner has expertise in low carbon innovation, smart cities, islands and mobility, an energy productivity strategy, as Associate of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) & Scottish Sustainable Energy for All Platform. Over the period of seven years, he worked as senior advisor and office manager for various members of the Scottish Parliament for energy efficiency, renewable energy, industry- and economic policy, infrastructure. He is member of the International Steering Committee of the Energy Efficiency Global Forum and was International Advisor and Co-Author of the US Energy Strategy “Energy 2030” notably in the areas “Systems Integration”, “Transport, Land Use & Accessibility” and “Residential & Commercial Buildings”. As an international low carbon expert, he is involved in many further international high-level initiatives, working groups and workshops. He studied International Economics in Tübingen/Germany and Boston/USA and held various positions optimizing processes and programmes in the academic environment
David B. Calabrese: Vice President, Government Affairs, Daikin U.S. Corporation
Executive Dialogue Session | 3B | Montreal Protocol: Does a Phase Down of HFCs Represent the Biggest Ever Energy Efficiency Opportunity? | Tuesday, May 9 | 11:45 am - 1:00 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
David B. Calabrese is the Vice President for Government Affairs with Daikin U.S. Corporation. Daikin U.S. Corporation (Daikin) is a subsidiary of Daikin Industries, Ltd., the world’s largest air conditioning equipment manufacturer. The Daikin Group in the United States also includes Daikin Applied (formerly Daikin-McQuay) and Goodman Manufacturing Company. In this role, Mr. Calabrese is responsible for the managing the organization’s government affairs activities in North America with regard to federal regulatory, legislative and state activity. Previously to his role at Daikin, Mr. Calabrese was the General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Public Policy for the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). AHRI is the trade association representing manufacturers of air conditioning, heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment. In this position, he directed the association’s legal, government relations, regulatory, research, and international affairs activities and public policy strategies on federal, state and international issues. Prior to AHRI Mr. Calabrese was the Vice President of Government Relations for the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) and was responsible for directing the association’s public policy strategies on federal, state and international issues. In this position, he was an advocate for the home appliance industry before state and federal regulatory and legislative bodies on energy efficiency, product safety, and general regulatory and legislative issues. Mr. Calabrese’s previous work experience includes ten years as a Director of Government Relations with the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) where he managed the association’s advocacy on international trade and technology issues. While at EIA, David served on four government advisory committees, focusing on international trade, foreign affairs and technology issues, at the Department of Commerce and the Department of State. David also worked as an attorney with the law firm Dewey Ballantine LLP practicing general corporate and international trade law in their Washington, D.C. office and representing trade association clients on Capitol Hill and with federal agencies. Mr. Calabrese earned his Law Degree from the George Washington University’s School of Law and his Master’s Degree in International Economics from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He is currently an adjunct professor at both schools teaching public speaking and international trade law. He is admitted to practice law in the state of New Jersey and the District of Columbia and before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Calabrese and his wife have two boys and reside in Falls Church, Virginia.
Colleen Calhoun: Director of Business Development & Partnerships, Current powered by GE
Executive Dialogue Session | 4B | Nudge or Automate: Should Policies Incent Behavior Change or Automation Through Technology? | Tuesday, May 9 | 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
In her roles as Director of Business Development & Partnerships for Current powered by GE, Colleen works closely with senior leadership to identify and expand business opportunities across the energy and LED sectors. Prior to this role, Colleen was Senior Executive Director of GE Ventures, where she led a team focused on investing in and scaling start-up energy businesses inside and outside of GE. She joined GE in 1994 and has held various roles in the company including the leader of Marketing & Strategy for GE’s Power & Water business and head of the Global Growth Markets platform for Energy Financial Services. Colleen earned her bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Michigan. She and her husband Robert live in Lexington, MA with their twin daughters.
Kateri Callahan: President, Alliance to Save Energy
Plenary Session | P2 | Energy Productivity: Driving Stronger, More Resilient Economies | Tuesday, May 9 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Kateri Callahan brings more than 25 years of experience in policy advocacy, fundraising, coalition building, and organizational management to her position as the president of the Alliance to Save Energy. The Alliance, a premier non-governmental organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., has worked for more than three decades to advance energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security. Serving as president of the Alliance since January 2004, Callahan leads a staff of 50 and oversees a budget of approximately $10 million annually. Under Callahan’s leadership, the Alliance conducts policy, communications, research, education, and market transformation initiatives in the U.S. and abroad. Callahan is a trusted source for credible information on energy efficiency and its role in addressing the environmental, economic and national security issues associated with the use of energy. Callahan is the principal spokesperson of the Alliance, appearing regularly before the Congress and the media, and addressing conferences and gatherings around the world and in 2013 and 2014 was recognized as a “Top Lobbyist” by The Hill in its annual rankings. Callahan was among the 23 inaugural inductees to the Energy Efficiency Hall of Fame established in 2009 by Johnson Controls Inc. and the United States Energy Association. She serves as a “C3E Ambassador”- a group of 20 distinguished senior professionals who share an interest in broadening the recruitment, retention, and advancement of highly qualified women in the field of clean energy. She also currently serves as a member of the Board of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and the Green Building Initiative, as well as on the Advisory Boards of Duke’s Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment (EDGE), and the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy.
Casey Dinges: Senior Managing Director, American Society of Civil Engineers
Executive Dialogue Session | 4D | The Age of Aging Infrastructure: Energy Efficiency the Cornerstone to Modernization? | Tuesday, May 9 | 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Casey Dinges serves as Senior Managing Director at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He oversees major components of the Society, including: Government Relations, Communications & Strategic Planning, Membership & Marketing, Professional & Educational Programs and Customer Service. Mr. Dinges provided executive level leadership during development of the high-profile 2017 Report Card for America's Infrastructure, as well as for the just released 3D IMAX film - Dream Big: Engineering Our World. Mr. Dinges has become a leading advocate for infrastructure investment, including appearances on CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, CNN, CNBC, C-SPAN, NPR, Bloomberg and the McLaughlin Group. Numerous programs under Mr. Dinges have earned awards and recognitions over his three decade career, including the American Society of Association Executives, the Construction Writers Association of America, and the American League of Lobbyists. Prior to joining ASCE in 1985, Mr. Dinges worked for the Environmental Fund, National Audubon Society and US Congressman Sidney R. Yates (D-IL) Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Casey earned a BA with Honors from Wesleyan University (Connecticut) in 1979.
Jeff Eckel: President & CEO, Hannon Armstrong
Executive Dialogue Session | 4C | Spanning Sectors: Can Energy Service Performance Contracts Expand Beyond Buildings? | Tuesday, May 9 | 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Mr. Eckel serves as president & chief executive officer, as chairman of the board of directors and as a member of the Investment Committee for Hannon Armstrong. He has led Hannon Armstrong in the role of president and CEO since 2000 and was also with the firm from 1985 to 1989. Previously, he held senior executive positions as Chief Executive Officer of EnergyWorks, LLC and Wärtsilä Power Development. He serves on a variety of 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 over 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 Administration degree from Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, in 1981.
Michael Eckhart: Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance, Corporate and Investment Banking Division, Citigroup
Executive Dialogue Session | 2D | Green Bond Evaluation: Does it Boost Investor Confidence and Energy Efficiency Visibility? | Monday, May 8 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Michael Eckhart is a Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance in the Corporate and Investment Banking Division of Citigroup in New York City. Previously, he was founding President of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), a Washington DC-based nonprofit organization, where he emerged as a national and global leader in the renewable energy field. Earlier, he developed financing for solar energy under the SolarBank Initiative in Europe, South Africa and India. was Chairman & CEO of United Power Systems, Inc.. Vice President of Areté Ventures, Inc.. a strategic planner of General Electric Company’s power systems sector. and a Principal with the energy practice of Booz, Allen & Hamilton. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including Renewable Energy Man of the Year of India in 1998, the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2008, the Good Deal for All Award in 2009, the ISES Hermann Scheer Global Leadership Award in 2013, and Biofuels Financier of the Year in 2014. He received a degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, and served in the US Navy Submarine Service.
Bruce Edelston: Vice President, Energy Policy, Southern Company Services
Executive Dialogue Session | 3C | Making Inroads: Are Electrification and Automation the Future of Societal Energy Efficiency? | Tuesday, May 9 | 11:45 am - 1:00 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Bruce Edelston was appointed vice president, energy policy with Atlanta-based energy provider Southern Company in March 2016. In this position he is responsible for helping the company develop and coordinate a response to policy issues across its various operating companies and subsidiaries and for supporting state and federal policy efforts. Prior to rejoining Southern Company, Edelston was president of the Energy Policy Group, a consulting firm he founded to provide technical and policy advice on current strategic issues to utilities, law firms, energy companies and government agencies. While at the Energy Policy Group, Edelston also served as executive director of the Coalition for Fair Transmission Policy and as president of the Electric Markets Research Foundation. Prior to founding the Energy Policy Group, Edelston held previous positions at Southern Company, with his last role being director of energy policy. At Southern Company and subsidiary Georgia Power, Edelston had responsibilities for developing corporate policy positions on industry structure and environmental issues and responding to federal and state legislative and regulatory initiatives. Before then, he held several positions at the Edison Electric Institute, where he was involved in legislative and regulatory initiatives involving transmission access, industry structure, markets and state regulatory policy. He also has prior experience with Charles River Associates (CRA) International and the Westinghouse Electric Corporation. He holds a B.S. degree in electric engineering/engineering and public policy and an M.S. degree in urban and public affairs, both from Carnegie Mellon University.
Christine Egan: Executive Director & CEO, CLASP
Executive Dialogue Session | 3B | Montreal Protocol: Does a Phase Down of HFCs Represent the Biggest Ever Energy Efficiency Opportunity? | Tuesday, May 9 | 11:45 am - 1:00 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Christine Egan is the Executive Director & CEO of CLASP, an organization dedicated to energy efficiency in our appliances both on- and off- the grid. Over 15+ years of leadership, Ms Egan has grown CLASP from a small program to a well-respected international non-profit organization with offices and teams around the world. Ms. Egan is an expert in consumer energy behavior and energy efficiency label design. She pairs extensive domestic and international technical experience with a strong knack for building strategic coalitions and high-performing teams. Under her guiding vision, CLASP has served at the epicenter of collaborative and ambitious efforts to mitigate climate change and the global movement for clean energy access. Ms. Egan has previously worked at the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and the Consortium for Energy Efficiency. She holds degrees from the University of Delaware and the George Washington University. Since 1999, CLASP has worked in over 50 economies. Under Ms. Egan’s leadership, by 2014, CLASP had assisted with the implementation of more than 24 new minimum energy performance standards, energy efficiency endorsement labels, and energy information labels that will save 237 terawatt hours of electricity and 140 megatonnes of CO2 (MtCO2) annually by 2030.
Timothy Farrell: Senior Advisor, Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency
Executive Dialogue Session | 1D | Closing the Gap: Energy Efficiency as a Tool to Mobilize Funds and Improve Access? | Monday, May 8 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Tim Farrell is a Senior Advisor at the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency, which also serves as the Energy Efficiency Hub for the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) initiative. Tim is contributing to the Sustainable Development Goal 7’s ambitious target of doubling energy efficiency improvement by 2030 by promoting best practices in energy efficiency, supporting the Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform, developing a knowledge platform and facilitating global collaborations. One of Tim’s activities over the past two years was his role as Chair of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency focusing on promoting energy efficiency in its 56 member States. Prior to joining Copenhagen Centre Tim had spent seven years developing energy efficiency policies and programs in Australia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Tim initiated the Pacific Appliance Labelling and Standards (PALS) Program that is delivering energy efficiency, energy security, financial savings and other multiple benefits to the Pacific Region. Tim has a PhD from The University of Queensland in Australia.
Patricia Fuller: Director General of the Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada
Executive Dialogue Session | 2B | From Climate to Clean Energy Goals: Is Energy Efficiency Being Fully Utilized? | Monday, May 8 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Patricia Fuller joined Natural Resources Canada in August of 2015 as Director General of the Office of Energy Efficiency. Prior to taking up this position, Patricia was the Ambassador of Canada to Chile. In previous international assignments, she has served as Ambassador of Canada to Uruguay, and in Canada’s embassies in Mexico and Guatemala. In Ottawa, Patricia has served in various positions at Global Affairs Canada. She was Director General of Planning and Reporting from 2010 to 2012, Chief Economist from 2007 to 2010 and Director of the Softwood Lumber Division from 2003 to 2004. From 2000 to 2003, she was seconded to the Privy Council Office where she worked on environmental policy in the secretariat for the Cabinet Committee on Economic and Regional Development Policy. Patricia holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics and Political Studies from Queen’s University, and a Master of Science with distinction from the London School of Economics. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she worked at the Bank of Canada. Patricia and her husband have two children, and she is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Michael Geissler: CEO, Berlin Energy Agency
Executive Dialogue Session | 2A | Voluntary Commitments: Are They Moving the Needle? | Monday, May 8 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Michael Geissler is CEO of the Berlin Energy Agency (BEA), a public-private partnership established by the State of Berlin. BEA develops and implements projects for the efficient generation and use of energy in public, commercial and residential buildings, focusing also on renewable energies. It is specialized in co- and trigeneration, solar plants (photovoltaic and solar thermal) and lighting technology. In Germany and abroad, BEA also offers project management and advice on the implementation of energy service models – e.g. Energy Performance Contracting in more than 1,400 public buildings in Berlin –, but also on capacity building and information campaigns. Equipped with degrees in Process and Environmental Engineering and in Industrial Engineering and Management, Michael worked first as a project manager at Bewag (today Vattenfall Europe) and as an independent consulting engineer, before joining BEA in 1994. In 1997, he was appointed sole Chief Executive Officer. Michael is, among other positions, honorary Secretary General of the European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and Environment (FEDARENE), Chairman of the German Federal Association of Energy and Climate Protection Agencies (eaD), member of the Board of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Berlin and member of the Advisory Council of the Development Bank of the State of Berlin (IBB).
Dan Hamza-Goodacre: Program Director, Energy Efficiency, ClimateWorks Foundation
Executive Dialogue Session | 3B | Montreal Protocol: Does a Phase Down of HFCs Represent the Biggest Ever Energy Efficiency Opportunity? | Tuesday, May 9 | 11:45 am - 1:00 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Dan Hamza-Goodacre directs the Buildings and Industry portfolios at ClimateWorks Foundation, and is Director of the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Fund. Dan has over 20 years of experience working on climate change and sustainable development in the public and private sectors. His work spans all major continents. Previously Dan worked for PwC, where he was the Deputy CEO of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), a global program funded by the UK and Dutch governments that helps developing countries respond to climate change. Before that, Dan held various posts at Defra, (the U.K. Environment and Agriculture Ministry), including: Head of the Secretary of State’s office. co-founder of the UK’s Adapting to Climate Change Program. Adaptation Policy Lead on the UK Climate Change Act and Sustainable Agriculture Advisor. Dan also worked for the UK Foreign Office as a Climate Attaché. He is a regular speaker and moderator at conferences and events and has written widely on climate and development. Dan has an MSc in International Development from Bristol University, where he also was a lecturer and researcher in global environmental politics. In his early career Dan lived and worked in the rainforests of Latin America. He volunteers regularly in schools in support of their ‘green’ teams.
Sheila Hayter: Treasurer, ASHRAE
Executive Dialogue Session | 1A | The Plugload Potential: Are We Tapping the Potential of Miscellaneous Load Management? | Monday, May 8 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Sheila J. Hayter, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, is a group manager at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, Colo. As the Society’s treasurer, Hayter serves on the Board of Directors and ASHRAE’s Executive Committee, chairs the Finance Committee and is vice chair of Members Council, the President-Elect Advisory Committee and the Grassroots Government Advocacy Committee. She also is a Distinguished Lecturer. Through her work with NREL, Hayter leads a team of technical and policy experts who support federal, state, and local entities on energy efficiency and renewable energy topics with the goal to make significant reductions in non-renewable energy consumption through energy efficiency and increased use of renewable technologies and to address challenges to increase resiliency to climate change in the built environment. Since joining NREL in 1992, Hayter has been involved in the DOE’s SolarAmerica Cities technical assistance activities for Boston and New York City, with the goal to assist these municipalities incorporate strategies into policies, procedures, and specific projects that result in widespread application of solar technologies. Hayter was a core member of the Organizing Committee for the 2007, 2005 and 2002 DOE Solar Decathlon competitions and led the subjective judging component for these competitions. She has managed technical teams supporting U.S. federal agencies’ efforts to address energy efficiency and renewable energy objectives in addition to having managed sustainable buildings activities funded by the DOE Federal Energy Management Program. She also has managed the Photovoltaics (PV) for Buildings activities funded by the DOE Solar Program, evaluating building performance during the design and monitoring phases to support the DOE High Performance Buildings Program. Hayter previously served two terms on the Board as a vice president and one term as a director-at-large. She is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award and an ASHRAE Technology Award. She holds a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado (1997) and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University (1990).
Ben Hulac: Business and Finance Reporter, ClimateWire, E&E News
Executive Dialogue Session | 2D | Green Bond Evaluation: Does it Boost Investor Confidence and Energy Efficiency Visibility? | Monday, May 8 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Ben is a business and finance reporter for ClimateWire. He writes about the intersection of money and climate change. Ben is chronicling how world governments and private-sector institutions are reacting, swiftly or sluggishly, to the economic ramifications of global warming. He graduated from Lehigh University in 2013 and Columbia Journalism School in 2014.
Roland Hwang: Director, Energy & Transportation Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
Executive Dialogue Session | 3C | Making Inroads: Are Electrification and Automation the Future of Societal Energy Efficiency? | Tuesday, May 9 | 11:45 am - 1:00 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Roland Hwang directs the Natural Resources Defense Council's Energy and Transportation Program and is based in their San Francisco, California office. Mr. Hwang joined NRDC in 2000 after working for seven years at the Union of Concerned Scientists where he directed their Transportation Program. Mr. Hwang is an expert on clean vehicle and fuels technologies and policies and is the author or contributing author of eleven NRDC reports analyzing clean energy technologies and policies. Mr. Hwang serves or has served on numerous advisory panels and committees, most recently for the California Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative, the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Fuel Economy, the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Barriers to Electric Vehicle Deployment and the U.S. EPA Mobile Source Technical Review Subcommittee. Mr. Hwang was also part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Mr. Hwang brings to NRDC experience in energy demand forecasting and air pollution regulation. Previously, he has worked for the United States Department of Energy at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB). At LBNL, he developed computer models to forecast energy demand in the U.S. residential and industrial sectors. At CARB, Mr. Hwang was involved in the permitting process for hazardous waste incinerators and developed procedures to assist air districts in evaluating toxic air emissions from landfills. Mr. Hwang received his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1986 and his Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering (specializing in Combustion Engineering) in 1988, both from the University of California at Davis. He also received a Masters in Public Policy in 1992 from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley.
Lisa Jacobson: President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy
Executive Dialogue Session | 1C | No More Status Quo: Are Technologies Disrupting Conventional Models? | Monday, May 8 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Lisa Jacobson serves as the President of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) and manages the day-to-day operations of the organization. Ms. Jacobson has advised states and federal policymakers on energy, tax, air quality and climate change issues. She is a member of the Department of Energy’s State Energy Efficiency steering committee. Ms. Jacobson has testified before Congress and has represented clean energy industries before the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Prior to her position with the BCSE, Ms. Jacobson was a legislative aide to the U.S. Congress. received a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. and a Bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Vermont.
Kevin Kampschroer: Federal Director, Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, US General Services Administration
Executive Dialogue Session | 1A | The Plugload Potential: Are We Tapping the Potential of Miscellaneous Load Management? | Monday, May 8 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Kevin Kampschroer is the Federal Director, Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, in the US General Services Administration. He has created the framework for which GSA responds to the challenges of improving a diverse and aging portfolio of commercial buildings so that they can serve the mission needs of their occupants, support effective work, and deliver solid financial performance. He leads GSA's weather and climate-related risk management and greenhouse gas emissions reductions, concentrating on cost-effective energy and water efficiencies. His work on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act accomplished the mandate to move GSA’s Federal building inventory toward high-performance green buildings. He has devised a challenge for companies to dramatically improve the government’s ability to achieve deep retrofits through Energy Savings Performance contracts—which has doubled the amount of energy conservation from these contracts. His team manages the government’s implementation of a comprehensive improvement in the training and certification of facility managers and personnel across the entire Federal government (Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010). His most recent publication as a contributing author is the first medical study showing the link between building characteristics on office worker stress and heart function-which showed the beneficial results of good lighting, natural light and IEQ. His goal is to influence and accelerate industry capability and adoption of high-performance principles across all aspects of asset creation, operation, maintenance and disposal. He has worked on developing new energy conservation legislation, in expanding the scope of sustainable design and training, as well as the creation of rigorous environmental management systems. Mr. Kampschroer led the creation of real estate portfolio management. the establishment of performance measures linked to pay and budget. and was the project manager for the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Trade Center, then the second largest office building in the United States (344 M2), and has worked for GSA for more than 40 years. Mr. Kampschroer is a graduate of Yale University.
Richard Kauffman: Chairman of Energy and Finance, State of New York
Plenary Session | P2 | Energy Productivity: Driving Stronger, More Resilient Economies | Tuesday, May 9 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Richard Kauffman joined the administration of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as New York State’s first “energy czar” in February 2013. 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 on June 19, 2013. Mr. Kauffman leads New York State’s comprehensive Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative. REV includes regulatory reform to restructure the energy and utility industry, a 10-year commitment to support local renewable energy and efficiency markets through the proposed creation of the Clean Energy Fund, and other initiatives such as NY Green Bank and the $1 billion NY-Sun solar programs. 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. In 2014, Mr. Kauffman was named by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s Top 25 Eco-Innovators. Mr. Kauffman earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a master’s degree in international relations from Yale University, and a master’s degree in public and private management from the Yale School of Management.
Timm Kehler: CEO, Zukunft ERDGAS
Executive Dialogue Session | 1C | No More Status Quo: Are Technologies Disrupting Conventional Models? | Monday, May 8 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Since 2013 Dr. Timm Kehler has been CEO of Zukunft ERDGAS, the advocacy founded by major German gas companies in order to further establish the usage of natural gas and renewable methane for heating, power production and as a vehicle fuel. The initiative focuses in particular on developing innovative and efficient solutions with natural gas, such as LNG as fuel, fuel cells and power-to-gas. Dr. Timm Kehler studied mechanical engineering from Technical University in Berlin. He worked for BMW Group in different managerial capacities in R&D, Strategy & Marketing for 12 tears in Munich - among them Vice President Marketing Pre-Development and Innovation, responsible for the marketing innovation think-tank, telematics and online services as well as the hydrogen vehicle initiative "BMW Clean Energy." In 2007 he was nominated "Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2009 he assumed the position of CEO of erdgas mobil, the leading German company to develop the market for natural gas vehicles and to expand and operate the German network of natural gas filling stations. Under his lead, erdgas mobil was merged with Zukunft ERDGAS in 2015. Timm Kehler lives in Berlin and is married with two kids. In his spare time he enjoys sailing.
Scott Kessler: Director of Business Development, LO3 Energy
Executive Dialogue Session | 3A | Valuing Demand-Side Flexibility: Why, Where and How? | Tuesday, May 9 | 11:45 am - 1:00 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Scott is currently the Director of Business Development for LO3 Energy in Brooklyn NY. He previously lived in San Francisco and worked for TRC Energy Services as a consultant, primarily focused on working with PG&E, SMUD, and other west coast utilities to implement energy efficiency programs, integrate renewables, and assess their impact across the grid. Prior to his time in the Bay Area, Scott spent time in NYC working at NYSERDA and Connecticut Light and Power. Throughout his nearly ten years of experience in the energy industry, Scott has combined an engineering background with experience in business and project management to achieve success and energy savings amidst difficult regulatory environments. He received his Bachelor's degree in physics from Middlebury College in Vermont, has a Master's in Engineering from the University of Maryland, and is proud to originally be from New Jersey.
Siegfried Knecht: Chairman of the Board of Directors, Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany - aireg
Executive Dialogue Session | 2A | Voluntary Commitments: Are They Moving the Needle? | Monday, May 8 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Siegfried Knecht (57), VP Head of External Affairs Germany in the Airbus Corporate Technical Office, has over 10 years of experience in the aerospace industry and close to 20 years of political lobbying expertise. After graduating from the Technical University Aachen with a diploma degree in Computer Science he began his career in 1987 at the Research Center Jülich where he was appointed Assistant Director in 1991. From 1994 to 1997 he was with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Bonn, finally as PA to the Parliamentary State Secretary. In 1998 Siegfried joined the German Association of Research-based Pharma-ceutical Companies as Head of its Berlin office and became Head of Inter-national and Regional Affairs in 2000. He stayed in this position until 2006 when he changed to EADS (today Airbus Group) as Senior Manager Political Affairs. In September 2013 he was appointed as VP Head of Political and External Affairs for Airbus (commercial airplanes) in Germany. He held responsibility for all political matters related to Germany with a particular focus on German and foreign government officials, parliamentarians, business associations and think tanks. In January 2016 Siegfried joined the Airbus Group Corporate Technical Office, with direct links to the COO and the Head of R&T Support, where he provides support and advice on German R&T funding and policy as well as on general political issues. In 2011 Siegfried accepted the honorary appointment as Chairman of the Board of aireg, the Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany.
Steve Kukoda: Vice President, International Copper Association
Plenary Session | P2 | Energy Productivity: Driving Stronger, More Resilient Economies | Tuesday, May 9 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Mr. Steve Kukoda joined the International Copper Association (ICA) in 2004 and is currently the organization’s Vice President/Executive Director. ICA is a not-for-profit 501 (c) 6 trade association that represents the world’s copper industry. In 2009 he was elected an ICA Officer and he was also named to the ICA Management Committee. He develops and maintains relationships with organizations external to the copper industry, including governments, intergovernmental organizations, the United Nations, foundations, and more. He is also responsible for increasing the association’s membership base, which currently represents 55-percent of world copper output, and to ensure ICA’s existing membership base and external partners continue to see value in the organization. In 2013 ICA joined like-minded organizations, including the United Nations Environment Program and the United Nations Development Program, to form United For Efficiency (U4E). This public-private partnership aligns with the UN’s Sustainable Energy For All (SE4ALL) initiative, and its goals are to reduce global electricity consumption by 10-percent and to reduce CO2 emissions equivalent to removing half of the world’s cars from the road. U4E is the official “Energy Efficiency Accelerator” for appliances under SE4ALL, and Steve represents ICA as co-lead for this initiative. In a career that goes back to 1987, Mr. Kukoda has held a number of positions for different industries in the fields of communications and public/investor relations. Most recently, he served as the Director of Communications and Investor Relations for Multiplex, Inc., a high-technology start-up focused of ten-gigabits-per-second fiber-optic systems. In 2001, Multiplex, Inc. raised in excess of $105 million in private funding, which was the largest round of funding for any organization, in any industry, in the New York Tri-State Area that year. Mr. Kukoda is based in ICA’s global headquarters in New York and lives in New Jersey.
Dr. Satish Kumar: Executive Chairman, Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy
Executive Dialogue Session | 4C | Spanning Sectors: Can Energy Service Performance Contracts Expand Beyond Buildings? | Tuesday, May 9 | 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Dr. Satish Kumar is the Executive Chair of the Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy and a Senior Advisor to US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Prior to this, he was the Vice President and Energy Efficiency Ambassador at Schneider Electric India Pvt. Ltd. where he held various leadership positions including being part of the India Management Council. He has a B. Arch from IIT Roorkee, a Ph.D. in Building Science from Carnegie Mellon University and was part of Schneider Electric’s Executive Leadership Program at University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. He serves as a senior energy efficiency advisor to Niti Aayog, Energy Efficiency Services Limited, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Bureau of Indian Standards, Department of Science and Technology etc. He chairs DST’s Initiative To Promote Habitat Energy Efficiency (I-PHEE) Evaluation Committee and enhancing the capacity of academic and R&D institutes in India. In his 25 years of professional career, he has co-founded and led India’s premier energy efficiency organisation, AEEE, led USAID-funded bilateral technical assistance programs on building energy efficiency, worked as a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, co-founded, led and served on the boards of many non-profit organizations (e.g. Efficiency Valuation Organization - IPMVP, Global Building Performance Network, and Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy) in the USA, Europe, and India. He received the LEED Fellow status from the USGBC in 2014 and was recognized as one of the Sustainability Trailblazers in 2013 by Parivartan Awards. He has given more than 250 keynote, TV appearances, conference presentations and guest lectures at leading architecture, engineering and business schools (e.g. Carnegie Mellon University, Technical University of Vienna, Oxford Brookes University, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, IIM Ahmedabad, Indian School of Business, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, CEPT University, IIIT Hyderabad). His professional credentials are available on his Linkedin page at: http://in.linkedin.com/in/satish1992 and he has a twitter handle of SatishEE.
Tim Lacey: Global Business Director, Dow Building & Construction, The Dow Chemical Company
Executive Dialogue Session | 4A | Building Labeling: Are Current Policies Driving Energy Efficiency Forward? | Tuesday, May 9 | 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Tim Lacey is the Global Business Director of Dow Building & Construction (DB&C) for The Dow Chemical Company. In this role, Tim is responsible for defining DB&C strategic direction in all building & construction market segments and technology platforms around the globe. This includes strategic and growth initiatives, profit/loss management, capital, organic innovation and M&A activity Tim joined Dow in 1990 via its Commercial Development Program. He assumed roles within Sales and Purchasing before joining Dow’s then Building Materials Marketing team in 1996. He was promoted to various cross-regional strategic marketing and business development roles through 2005. In 2006, he became Dow Corporate Commercial Excellence Director, which included responsibility for Global Sales and Marketing recruitment, on-boarding, education and programs. In 2008, he was named Director for Dow Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions. During his tenure, Tim had instrumental roles in the creation of STYRONTM, the divestiture of Haltermann Products, the sale of UCC’s interest in Optimal and NUC, and the sale of Dow’s interest in the Total Raffinaderij refinery business, all of which were key steps in Dow’s strategic transformation. In September 2013, he was named Americas Business Director, Dow Building Solutions, and held that post until becoming Global Business Director, Dow Building Solutions in 2014. Tim has been active in Habitat for Humanity since shortly after joining Dow in 1990 and has helped expand Dow’s involvement in Habitat through contributions of funds, grants and product. Active in the Midland community and civic organizations serving on several executive boards and coaching youth sports has led to Tim affectionately being called the “Mayor of Midland” for his local involvement. Tim received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and attended executive leadership sessions at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Management.
Benoit Lebot: Executive Director, International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation Secretariat
Executive Dialogue Session | 3D | Turning on the Spigot: Is Enough Energy Efficiency Funding Flowing Where It’s Needed | Tuesday, May 9 | 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
With over 20 years’ experience in energy efficiency, Benoit brings invaluable expertise to the IPEEC Secretariat. During his extensive career he has worked for the French National Energy and Environmental Agency (ADEME), the International Energy Agency (IEA), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Having joined IPEEC in March 2014, Benoit supports IPEEC member states in further elevating energy efficiency on the international policy agenda and assists them in the implementation of their work streams.
Ken Locklin: Director, Impax Asset Management
Executive Dialogue Session | 2D | Green Bond Evaluation: Does it Boost Investor Confidence and Energy Efficiency Visibility? | Monday, May 8 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Mr. Locklin is a senior investment executive with 30 years of finance experience, and a 20 year commitment to clean energy enterprise investment, development, management, and finance. Mr. Locklin currently serves as a Director for Impax Asset Management. Impax manages ~$5 billion of public and private equity investments for major institutional clients around the world. With more than a decade and a half of experience, it is the global investment leader in the FTSE-tracked environmental sector, investing in clean energy, resource recovery/recycling, and water processing/distribution. Mr. Locklin also provides strategic consulting services to nationally known organizations seeking to expand their activities in climate solutions investment. Previously, Mr. Locklin was the Director of Finance and Investment with the Clean Energy Group (CEG), the private organization which supports and advises clean energy investment efforts worldwide. CEG also works with the NGO Ceres to advise the Investor Network on Climate Risk, which brings together leading pensions and institutional investors committed to pursuing low carbon investment. Mr. Locklin also acted as a founding member of the Massachusetts Green Energy Fund management team, the innovative clean energy venture capital investment vehicle launched in 2004. He also advised early stage clean energy technology companies on their development and planning. From 1997 to 2004, Mr. Locklin was a Partner with EIF Group, the oldest and largest power investment management firm in the U.S. Mr. Locklin worked with EIF’s Clean Energy investment interests across all its investment funds. Mr. Locklin is a founder of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the leading US renewable energy umbrella organization. He is also a founding Co-Chair of the Renewable Energy Finance Forum – Wall Street, the world’s largest renewable energy investment conference. He is a graduate of Yale University.
Tom Lowery: President, Building Control Systems, Legrand North America
Executive Dialogue Session | 1A | The Plugload Potential: Are We Tapping the Potential of Miscellaneous Load Management? | Monday, May 8 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
As Division President, Tom is currently responsible for leading Legrand North America’s Building Controls Systems division which includes WattStopper, Vantage Controls, and Qmotion. These businesses focus on energy efficiency and high performance buildings in commercial and residential markets. Prior to joining Legrand, Tom spent 10 years with Johnson Controls. During his tenure with the company, he served as Vice President and Managing Director for Europe and Africa for the Building Efficiency division, Vice President and General Manager for the Service and Energy Solutions businesses in Europe and Africa, as well as Vice President of Operations for the Service and Energy Solutions businesses in North America. During his tenure with JCI in Europe Tom served on the boards of AmCham Belgium and the Vlerick Business School International Advisory Board. He has spoken at numerous international energy efficiency forums. Prior to rejoining Johnson Controls, Tom was the Global Leader for Mettler-Toledo’s service business. Prior to Mettler-Toledo, Tom was President of King’s College in Charlotte, NC. Prior to King’s College, Tom was with Johnson Controls where he held positions in: performance contracting sales, branch marketing and sales management, area service management, and field service operations management. Tom earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Odón de Buen, M.S.C. : Director General, National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy in Mexico
Executive Dialogue Session | 2B | From Climate to Clean Energy Goals: Is Energy Efficiency Being Fully Utilized? | Monday, May 8 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Since 2013, Odón de Buen is the Director-General of the National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy (Conuee) in Mexico, a decentralized administrative organization within the Ministry of Energy that promotes energy efficiency and sustainable use of energy in all sectors of Mexico´s economy. Mr. de Buen has a Bachelor´s Degree in Engineering from Mexico´s National University (UNAM) and a Master of Science Degree on Energy and Resources from the University of California at Berkeley. From 1982 to 1995 he collaborated with the Engineering Institute at Mexico´s National University (1981-1985), Mexico´s national power utility (1985-1988) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (1989-1995). From 1995 to 2003, he was the Director-General of the National Commission for Energy Conservation in México (Conae). From 2003 to 2012, he was a consultant in México and South and Central America for national and international organizations such as the Interamerican Development Bank, the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the International Copper Association, the United Nations Development Program and the International Energy Agency. He is a founding member of the National Association of Solar Energy in Mexico, the Mexican Coalition for Energy Efficiency in Buildings, and the Energy Transition Network. Also, he has been member Steering Committee of the CLASP, an international NGO with deep expertise in the deployment of energy efficiency standards and labeling, and is presently an elected member of the Council Board of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the world´s most relevant body on electrical and electronic standardization.
Chris Magalhaes: Assistant Director, Clean Energy Finance, Connecticut Green Bank
Executive Dialogue Session | 4D | The Age of Aging Infrastructure: Energy Efficiency the Cornerstone to Modernization? | Tuesday, May 9 | 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
As part of the structured/project finance team at the Connecticut Green Bank, Chris structures, underwrites, and places proprietary investments and third-party capital into clean energy projects and portfolios located within the state of Connecticut. The Connecticut Green Bank’s areas of investment and expertise include residential, commercial and industrial, state and municipal, and utility-scale clean energy projects. Prior to the Connecticut Green Bank, Chris graduated from the Yale School of Management with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies with a Master of Environmental Management (MEM) in 2014, where he pursued his passion for finance and energy at the Center for Business & the Environment at Yale (CBEY). As a 2013 Investment Banking Summer Associate in the Energy Coverage Group at J.P. Morgan, Chris worked on live M&A and debt/equity offerings across energy spectrum, and as a 2012 Summer Consultant with Hadapt, Inc., he developed innovative Go-To-Market strategies for a Big Data analytics start-up. Most recently, Chris was the head of financial modeling for RLR Consultants, LLC, a boutique Tax Equity advisory firm. Prior to Yale, Chris spent five years with S&P Capital IQ, a finance data & analytics software platform servicing financial institutions, investors, and advisors. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a bachelor’s degree in History from New York University.
Colonel Brian Magnuson: Director, Expeditionary Energy Office (E2O) , United States Marine Corps
Executive Dialogue Session | 1B | By Air, Land and Sea: How are the Armed Forces Advancing Energy Efficiency? | Monday, May 8 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Colonel Brian Magnuson has served in the Marine Corps since 1986. He is a KC-130 Weapons and Tactics Instructor Pilot who has operational experience in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, to include Afghanistan and Iraq. Col Magnuson commanded the Marine Corps Air Facility at Quantico and has completed staff tours at Headquarters Marine Corps and Marine Corps Forces Central Command (Forward). Col Magnuson currently serves as the Director of the Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Office, an organization focused on innovating energy solutions that enhance the combat effectiveness of Marines.
Andrew McAllister: Commissioner, California Energy Commission
Executive Dialogue Session | 4B | Nudge or Automate: Should Policies Incent Behavior Change or Automation Through Technology? | Tuesday, May 9 | 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Andrew McAllister was appointed to the California Energy Commission by Gov. Edmund G. Brown in May 2012, and reappointed in January 2017. Commissioner McAllister has been working on clean energy deployment and policy for his entire 25-year career: beginning in the early 1990s in project engineering and development, evolving into program design and implementation, then moving into the policy arena. He has worked across the world to develop renewable energy generation, energy efficiency investments, and energy management systems, with counterparts ranging from tiny remote communities to the largest of utilities. He administered two of California’s signature renewable energy programs (California Solar Initiative, Self-Generation Incentive Program), developed and operated energy efficiency programs for utilities, and performed a broad range of policy-related research for California and the U.S. Federal government. He currently serves on the board of directors of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and the Alliance to Save Energy. Commissioner McAllister’s deep grounding in technology, policy and marketplace provide him with uncommon insight on the accelerating changes taking place in the electric power sector. Before joining the Energy Commission, Dr. McAllister was managing director at the California Center for Sustainable Energy, where he worked for six years. Previously, he worked with NRECA International, Ltd. in the electric sectors of countries in Central and South America, Southeast Asia and Africa on a variety of renewable generation, load management, utility planning and remote power projects. He was a project manager at an energy consulting firm and worked as an energy efficiency analyst at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Commissioner holds M.S. and PhD degrees from the Energy & Resources Group at UC Berkeley. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.
Mark McDonough: Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, American Water
Executive Dialogue Session | 4C | Spanning Sectors: Can Energy Service Performance Contracts Expand Beyond Buildings? | Tuesday, May 9 | 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Mr. McDonough currently serves as the Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for American Water. He originally joined American Water’s Enterprises Group (AWEG) in June 2005, where he served primarily as lead counsel for the Military Services Group working on AWEG’s Utility Privatization program. Mr. McDonough has also worked extensively with AWEG’s Contract Service Group. In 2014, he was made Vice President and General Counsel of AWEG. As the industry leader in water and waste water utilities privatization, Mr. McDonough has represented AWEG in numerous contract negotiations with the Army, Air Force and Navy. He has also been deeply involved in policy issues impacting utilities privatization, concessions and O&M contracting. Prior to joining American Water, Mr. McDonough was in private practice in both New Jersey and Maine. Prior to graduating from law school, Mr. McDonough was employed as a Special Agent with the United States Government, serving in the Office of Inspector General and the United States Department of Energy, The National Passenger Railroad Corporation and the United States General Services Administration. He is admitted to practice law in Maine and New Jersey. He has practiced before the United States District Court for the District of Maine, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Mr. McDonough received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware in 1987, his Master of Science in Justice from the American University in 1990 and his Juris Doctor from George Mason University in 1996.
Dennis V. McGinn: Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Navy
Executive Dialogue Session | 1B | By Air, Land and Sea: How are the Armed Forces Advancing Energy Efficiency? | Monday, May 8 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Mr. Dennis McGinn was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations & Environment) on September 3, 2013. In this position, Mr. McGinn develops Department-wide policies, procedures, advocacy and strategic plans. He also oversees all Department of the Navy functions and programs related to installations, safety, energy, and environment. This includes effective management of Navy and Marine Corps real property, housing, and other facilities. natural and cultural resource protection, planning, and compliance. safety and occupational health for military and civilian personnel. and timely completion of closures and realignments of installations under base closure laws. Mr. McGinn is the former President of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), an organization dedicated to building a secure and prosperous America with clean, renewable energy. While at ACORE, he led efforts to communicate the significant economic, security and environmental benefits of renewable energy. Mr. McGinn is also a past co-chairman of the CNA Military Advisory Board and an international security senior fellow at the Rocky Mountain Institute. In 2002, after 35 years of service, Mr. McGinn retired from the Navy after achieving the rank of Vice Admiral. While in the Navy, he served as a naval aviator, test pilot, aircraft carrier commanding officer, and national security strategist. His capstone assignment was as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Requirements and Programs, where he oversaw the development of future Navy capabilities. In a previous operational leadership role, he commanded the U.S. Third Fleet. Mr. McGinn is a past member of the Steering Committee of the Energy Future Coalition, the United States Energy Security Council, and the Bipartisan Policy Center Energy Board. He earned a B.S. degree in Naval Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy. attended the national security program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and was a Chief of Naval Operations strategic studies fellow at the U.S. Naval War College.
Mark Menzer: Director of Public Affairs, Danfoss
Executive Dialogue Session | 4D | The Age of Aging Infrastructure: Energy Efficiency the Cornerstone to Modernization? | Tuesday, May 9 | 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Mark Menzer is Director of Public Affairs for Danfoss. Prior to Danfoss he Regional VP at third-party testing laboratories, Intertek. He was also Executive VP for the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute where he provided leadership for AHRI’s research, standards and product certification activities. Mark has worked extensively with HVACR manufacturers and utilities. His degree is in mechanical engineering from NYU and he did his graduate studies, also in mechanical engineering, at the University of Delaware. He is a member of ASHRAE and has serves on the Board of the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy
Said Mouline: CEO, Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency, AMEE
Executive Dialogue Session | 1D | Closing the Gap: Energy Efficiency as a Tool to Mobilize Funds and Improve Access? | Monday, May 8 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Executive Dialogue Session | 2B | From Climate to Clean Energy Goals: Is Energy Efficiency Being Fully Utilized? | Monday, May 8 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Born in 1963 in Rabat, Saïd Mouline is an engineer specialist in the energy and environmental questions. Graduate from the Institut National Polytechnique (Grenoble, France) and University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA), he is President of the Energy, Climate and Green Economy Commission at the General Confederation of the Moroccan Companies (CGEM) and President of the Moroccan Center for Clean Production. He was advisor to the President of OCP, the world leading phosphate company for a sustainable development policy. He has in the past worked within the Cabinet of the Minister of Energy and Mines and counseled various national and international organizations like the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental protection, BMCE Bank, WLPGA, World Bank, IFC, GTZ, KfW and UNDP. He is currently CEO of the Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency (AMEE) and Head of the Public Private Partnerships at COP 22 committee
Rob Murray-Leach: Head of Policy, Australian Energy Efficiency Council
Executive Dialogue Session | 2B | From Climate to Clean Energy Goals: Is Energy Efficiency Being Fully Utilized? | Monday, May 8 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Rob Murray-Leach is the Head of Policy at the Energy Efficiency Council, the Australian peak body for energy efficiency, demand-management and cogeneration. Rob is one of Australia’s foremost experts in energy efficiency and has considerable expertise in broader energy and climate change issues. Rob was the founding CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council from 2009 to 2015, growing the organisation to become a major force in Australia and placing energy efficiency at the heart of Australia’s energy debate. In 2015 he changed role to Head of Policy, in order to focus on policy and outside interests. Rob was formerly a member of the Australian Prime Minister’s Task Group on Energy Efficiency and Australia’s key review of climate change policy, the Garnaut Review. He has a background in behaviour and sustainability from the universities of Oxford and Adelaide, and has contributed to several award-winning books on these topics.
David Nemtzow: Building Technologies Office Director of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Executive Dialogue Session | 1A | The Plugload Potential: Are We Tapping the Potential of Miscellaneous Load Management? | Monday, May 8 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
David Nemtzow was named as the Building Technologies Office Director of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) after previously serving as the team's Senior Strategist. He brings to EERE more than three decades of experience in the industry, including running a large state government energy and water department, a prominent bi-partisan non-profit energy efficiency association, and an energy consulting practice. Before serving in his current role, he was Director-General (CEO) of the Department of Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability for New South Wales?Australia's most populous state?where he played a central role in the State's electricity, greenhouse, energy, and water strategies and policies. He also served as President of the Alliance to Save Energy, a Washington, D.C.-based association of industry, government, utility, consumer, and environmental executives that promotes invest­ment in energy efficiency. In addition, he has been a member of the executive committee of a distributed energy storage startup company, an independent energy consultant, and a senior congressional energy staff member. David has served on numerous governmental advisory committees and the boards of energy associations and organizations. He has published and speaks regularly in the field. He earned a master's degree from Harvard University in public policy and a bachelor's from Brown University in environmental policy.
Clay Nesler : Vice President, Global Energy & Sustainability, Johnson Controls
Executive Dialogue Session | 2C | Smarter Cities: What Trends are Driving Urban Efficiency and Resilience? | Monday, May 8 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Clay Nesler is the Vice President, Global Energy and Sustainability for the Building Efficiency business of Johnson Controls. In this role, he is responsible for global energy and sustainability strategy, policy and innovation as well as the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency. He also serves on the company’s global environmental sustainability council. Since joining Johnson Controls in 1983, Clay has held a variety of senior leadership positions in research, product development, marketing and strategy in both the United States and Europe. He holds BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a co-inventor on ten patents.
Rodolphe Nicolle: Executive Director, Buildings 2030
Executive Dialogue Session | 2A | Voluntary Commitments: Are They Moving the Needle? | Monday, May 8 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Rodolphe has spent his professional career in the industrial sector (Rhodia, Lyondell, Knauf Insulation). His experience has led him in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the United States to lead teams in charge of public affairs, sustainable development and transnational projects. He has recently developed campaigns dedicated to Energy Poverty and Energy Efficiency Coalition. Currently, Rodolphe serves as an Executive Director for Buildings 2030, a leadership initiative promoting high-performing non-residential buildings in Europe.Buildings 2030 vision is for all buildings in Europe to provide people with comfortable, healthy and productive spaces while minimizing their carbon footprint. The organization to mainstream demand for high performing buildings in Europe by seeking public and private sector commitments to invest in better indoor environments by 2030. Rodolphe is building an alliance of like-minded parties from the health, construction, building solution providers and corporate sectors to promote the holistic concept of high performing buildings.
Senator Rob Portman : (R-OH), U.S. Senate
Rob Portman is a United States Senator from the state of Ohio. He was elected in 2010, running a campaign that focused on common-sense conservative ideas to help create jobs and get the deficit under control. Rob won with a margin of 57 to 39 percent, winning 82 of Ohio's 88 counties. Rob was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he lives today with his wife Jane, and their three children, Jed, Will and Sally. He grew up in a small business family, where he learned early on the value of hard work, leadership, and fiscal responsibility. When Rob was young, his dad, Bill Portman, borrowed money to start Portman Equipment Company, where Rob and his brother and sister all worked while growing up. His father, and then his brother, built the family business from a small forklift truck dealership with five employees, with Rob's mom as the bookkeeper, to one that employed more than 300 people. Rob became a lawyer and developed his own private practice, representing Portman Equipment Company and other small businesses. In 1993, Rob was a partner in the Cincinnati law firm of Graydon, Head and Ritchey when he was elected to Congress, where he represented the diverse, seven county Second District in southern Ohio. He was proud to serve the Second District for twelve years, and in seven elections, he never received less than seventy percent of the vote. During his time representing the Second District, Rob earned a reputation as a serious leader who focused on results. Rob was actively involved in crafting and promoting the historic welfare reform efforts as a member of the committee that wrote the legislation, and he was a forceful advocate of the balanced budget that passed in 1997. Rob gained the respect of both Republican and Democratic colleagues through his successful, bipartisan legislative initiatives, including several measures he authored to increase retirement savings, reform the IRS and add over fifty new taxpayer rights, curb unfunded mandates, reduce taxes, and expand drug prevention and land conservation efforts. In 2005, Rob left Congress when he was asked to serve as the United States Trade Representative, the Cabinet-level official responsible for implementing and enforcing U.S. trade policy. In his one year in the job, Rob was successful in reducing barriers to U.S. exports and increasing enforcement of trade laws to help level the playing field for American farmers, workers and service providers. Under his leadership, American exports increased and the U.S. brought successful legal challenges against international trade law violations. Following his accomplishments as Trade Representative, Rob was asked to serve in another Cabinet post, this time as Director of the Office of Management and Budget. A deficit hawk, Rob made his mark by proposing a balanced budget, fighting irresponsible earmarks, and putting in place new transparency measures for all federal spending. Rob succeeded George Voinovich as Ohio's U.S. Senator on January 5, 2011 and immediately began fighting for pro-growth, pro-jobs policies to help get Ohio and our nation back on track.
Jim Rogers: CEO, Duke Energy
Plenary Session | P3 | Fireside Chat on Energy Efficiency in Rural Communities | Tuesday, May 9 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Jim Rogers, lawyer, CEO, and author. He was most recently CEO at Duke Energy and served as CEO for almost 25 years in the electric utility industry. Jim did a series of mergers and acquisitions culminating in the creation of Duke Energy, the largest electric utility in the US. He also owned and/or operated assets in 17 countries in Africa, South Asia, Europe, and Central and Latin America. Prior to being in the power sector, in the 1980’s he operated one of the largest gas pipeline companies in the U.S. He has served on the boards of eight Fortune 500 companies. He currently is a senior partner at Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners and is a visiting professor of the practice at Duke University. He also serves on the boards of Cigna, Center for Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, Invenergy, The Aspen Institute, Brookings Institution, The Nature Conservancy, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, among others. In 2015, he authored "Lighting The World: Transforming Our Energy Future by Bringing Electricity To Everyone" in which he advocates for bringing electricity to the 1.2 billion rural poor through off-grid primarily renewable solutions. He is a co-founder of the Global Brightlight Foundation, which delivers solar-powered lanterns capable of charging cell phones to rural communities around the world. He is co-teaching a groundbreaking graduate seminar entitled: Renewables and the World’s Poor at Duke University. In 2009, Newsweek named him one of “the 50 Most Powerful People in the World.”
Robert Sandoli: Director, International, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy
Executive Dialogue Session | 3D | Turning on the Spigot: Is Enough Energy Efficiency Funding Flowing Where It’s Needed | Tuesday, May 9 | 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Rob Sandoli is the Director for EERE's International portfolio. He leads a team focused on increasing the speed and scale of clean energy deployment through international collaboration with strategic partner countries. He manages EERE bilateral and multilateral partnerships and programs, develops new international collaborations, and coordinates international efforts with other federal agencies, international organizations, the private sector, and other stakeholders. Previously, he served as Senior Advisor to DOE's Under Secretary of Energy, where he provided analysis and advice on budget, management, and policy issues for DOE's $10 billion portfolio of applied energy research, development, and deployment programs (fossil, nuclear, renewable, efficiency, and electricity reliability), as well as environmental cleanup programs. As Deputy Special Advisor for Alternative Energy at the U.S. Department of State, he managed implementation of a multi-faceted biofuels agreement with Brazil and played an integral role in planning and managing the finance track for Washington International Renewable Energy Conference, which had more than 9,000 participants from 125 countries. His leadership was recognized with a State Department Superior Honor Award. He spent much of his career as a Program Examiner at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where he was honored 5 times with OMB Achievement awards for his part in the development of energy and climate change initiatives, as well as for program management and performance assessment initiatives. In 2004, he was seconded as a Professional Staff Member on the House Committee on Science (Energy Subcommittee) in the U.S. Congress. Prior to his government career, he was a project manager and environmental scientist at a major consulting firm. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology from Rutgers University, Master of Science in Microbiology from Cornell University, and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Maryland.
Ashok Sarkar: Senior Energy Specialist, Energy & Extractives Global Practice, World Bank
Executive Dialogue Session | 1D | Closing the Gap: Energy Efficiency as a Tool to Mobilize Funds and Improve Access? | Monday, May 8 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Ashok Sarkar has been managing energy efficiency analytical, advisory and financing operations in the World Bank’s Global Energy Practice, based in Washington DC, since 2006. He has 22 years of experience in over 30 countries developing sustainable energy and climate change mitigation solutions covering policies, implementation, financing and knowledge management. Ashok is currently involved in projects in Bangladesh, India, Poland, Indonesia, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. He had earlier worked in the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines. US Agency for International Development in India, and in RMA, a Madison, Wisconsin-based international clean energy consulting firm. A mechanical engineer by undergraduate training from the Delhi College of Engineering (India), Ashok started his early professional career in BHEL, India in mid-1980s, designing thermal power stations. He obtained a masters degree in Energy Planning and Policy from the Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand), and a Ph.D. from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Ashok had established the World Bank’s Energy Efficiency Community of Practice and had managed it for seven years. He had also served as a member of UNFCCC’s CDM Methodologies Panel in 2005-2007 and, more recently, he chaired UNEP’s U4E-enlighten International Experts Task Force on LED Lighting and Controls. He has published 50 papers and delivered 125+ presentations. Ashok has been a member of the International
Professor Alexander Sauer: Executive Director, Institute for Energy Efficiency in Production
Executive Dialogue Session | 3A | Valuing Demand-Side Flexibility: Why, Where and How? | Tuesday, May 9 | 11:45 am - 1:00 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Professor Alexander Sauer is the Executive Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency in Production (EEP) at the University of Stuttgart, as well as the Head of Efficiency Systems at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA since early 2015. Recently he was further promoted to Head of Division Resource-Efficient Manufacturing at Fraunhofer IPA. Professor Sauer studied Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration at the RWTH Aachen, where he also got his doctorate and led various national and international research and industrial projects. 2006-2010 he was member of the executive board of Hoerbinger Automotive Komfortsysteme GmbH international for operations of production sites in Germany, the US and Eastern Europe. Prior to his Professorship in Stuttgart, he was professor at HAW Munich, where he led the lab on applied manufacturing engineering. His research focus is on energy and resource efficiency in manufacturing. He is author of numerous publications and active in a number of initiatives and on jurys.
Andreas Schierenbeck: Chairman of the Executive Board, thyssenkrupp Elevator AG
Plenary Session | P2 | Energy Productivity: Driving Stronger, More Resilient Economies | Tuesday, May 9 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Born in 1966 in Hohen-Neuendorf near Berlin, studied electrical engineering at Dresden University of Technology. After completing his studies, Andreas Schierenbeck began his career in 1992 as a control center software developer, followed by positions in commissioning, as a project manager and in business development at Siemens AG in Vienna, Austria. In this role he spent two years in Colombia and Venezuela. On his return to the Austrian capital, he was tasked with restructuring a software company acquired by Siemens. Following the successful completion of this project, he performed further duties in control center technology. In 2005 he took up new challenges and joined the Building Technologies Division, initially as Senior Vice President for Fire Services. From 2006 to 2010 he served as CEO for the Building Automation business unit in Zug, Switzerland, and has been President and CEO of Building Technologies Americas at Siemens Corporation in the USA since 2010. Andreas Schierenbeck was appointed member and Vice Chairman of the Executive Board of thyssenkrupp Elevator AG on June 1, 2012. In January 2013, Andreas Schierenbeck was appointed Chairman of the Executive Board of thyssenkrupp Elevator AG.
Steven Schulz: Corporate Energy Manager, 3M
Executive Dialogue Session | 2A | Voluntary Commitments: Are They Moving the Needle? | Monday, May 8 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Steve is the Corporate Energy Manager at 3M and has the responsibility for managing 3M's global energy management program which includes improving the energy performance of more than two-hundred and fifty 3M locations around the world. His role includes strategic planning, development and implementation of programs and tools to achieve corporate goals, and oversight of corporate data tracking and measurement systems. Steve led the effort for 3M to become certified at the Enterprise level to the Management System for Energy ISO 50001 and has worked with numerous 3M locations globally that have achieved ISO 500001 and Superior Energy Performance certification. Steve coordinates 3M's participation in various voluntary programs such as the EPA ENERGY STAR? program which has awarded 3M the Sustained Excellence Award Energy Management for ten consecutive years and the U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings program. Steve is a Certified Energy Manager with the Association of Energy Engineers, a Certified Practitioner in Energy Management Systems – Industrial, and a Superior Energy Performance Verifier - Industrial. He was named a Champion of Energy Efficiency by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.
Henry Shilling: Senior Vice President, Moody’s Investors Service
Executive Dialogue Session | 2D | Green Bond Evaluation: Does it Boost Investor Confidence and Energy Efficiency Visibility? | Monday, May 8 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Henry oversees Moody’s Green Bonds Assessment initiative, which involved the launch and implementation in 2016 of a methodology for assessing green bonds world-wide. Henry conducts research on ESG topics generally and publishes periodic commentary on the green bonds market. He has also been engaged in coordinating Moody’s efforts focused on environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, their impact on credit ratings, related research, as well as outreach and product development. With Moody’s since 1992, Henry played a leading role during his tenure in the development of the Managed Investments Group. Henry is the author of The International Guide to Securities Market Indices which was published in 1996 by International Publishing Corp., Chicago, Illinois. He is a contributor to Money Market Funds in the EU and the US, published in 2014 by Oxford University Press. He earned a B.A. in economics from Lehman College, City University of New York in 1971.
Toh Eng Shyan: Director, Green Mark Department, Singapore Building and Construction Authority
Executive Dialogue Session | 4A | Building Labeling: Are Current Policies Driving Energy Efficiency Forward? | Tuesday, May 9 | 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Eng Shyan is one of BCA’s pioneer in BCA’s Green Mark team. As the Director with the Green Mark Department for Existing Buildings he and his team contributes significantly to develop BCA’s 3 Green Building Masterplans, and oversee the implementation of the various Green building policies and initiatives to green our existing buildings to meet Singapore’s long term targets and commitments on climate change. Eng Shyan’s passion and efforts were instrumental in the success of Singapore’s green building movement. He led a few ground breaking initiatives that put Singapore’s Green Mark scheme on the world map.Today, BCA Green Mark scheme has achieved international recognition as a robust and leading green building rating systems in the world, with strong focus on measurement and verification. He has been instrumental in working with the industry stakeholder in this area to establish the need for high accuracy permanent measurement and verification instrumentation. In 2012, BCA introduced the landmark legislation on the minimum standards on environmental sustainability for existing buildings. Singapore became one of the first in the world to mandate minimum environmental sustainability standards for existing buildings. This measure is built on the strong business case for high energy efficiency standards. It also incorporates a 3 yearly periodic energy audit to verify that the building’s cooling system continue to operate efficiently throughout their life cycle. Eng Shyan is a strong advocate in public-private partnership. He believes that it is crucial to work with industry stakeholders to upgrade the capability of our supply chain and develop market solutions in order to support Singapore’s green building movement over the long term. He works closely to develop the industry ecosystem to support the green building movement by collaborating with agencies and industry associations such as Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC).
Carolyn Snyder: Division Director, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Executive Dialogue Session | 2A | Voluntary Commitments: Are They Moving the Needle? | Monday, May 8 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Dr. Carolyn Snyder is currently the Director of U.S. EPA’s Climate Protection Partnerships Division. The Division uses the power of voluntary partnerships to remove market barriers for energy efficiency and renewable energy and to reduce the emissions of harmful air pollutants, resulting in both economic and environmental benefits to American families and businesses. The Division’s programs include the EPA’s flagship partnership program, ENERGY STAR, which offers energy efficiency solutions across the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. Other programs include the Green Power Partnership, the Combined Heat and Power Partnership, the Center for Corporate Climate Leadership, and the State and Local Climate and Energy program. Prior to her current position, Carolyn supported both public and private clients on strategic management and environmental projects at McKinsey & Company. Previously, she served as a White House Fellow in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget working on cross-agency policy and management initiatives for the OMB Director. Before OMB, Carolyn was the Director of the Division of Energy and Climate in the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, where she built and directed the new division and managed a wide range of energy efficiency, renewable energy, greenhouse gas emission reduction, low-income weatherization, and emergency planning programs. She also led the development of Delaware’s first climate impacts assessment and adaptation planning process. Prior to Delaware, Carolyn spent seven years working on climate science and energy policy at academic institutions around the world. Carolyn earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Amherst College, Masters Degrees in Environmental Change & Management from Oxford University and Quaternary Science from Cambridge University, and a Doctorate in Environment and Resources from Stanford University.
Dr. Andrew Steer: President & CEO, World Resources Institute
Plenary Session | P3 | Fireside Chat on Energy Efficiency in Rural Communities | Tuesday, May 9 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dr. Andrew Steer is the President and CEO of the World Resources Institute, a global research organization that works in more than 50 countries, with offices in the Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States. WRI’s more than 500 experts work with leaders to address six urgent global challenges at the intersection of economic development and the natural environment: food, forests, water, climate, energy and cities. Dr. Steer joined WRI from the World Bank, where he served as Special Envoy for Climate Change from 2010 - 2012. From 2007 to 2010, he served as Director General at the UK Department of International Development (DFID) in London. Dr. Steer is a Global Agenda Trustee for the World Economic Forum, and is a member of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the Energy Transitions Commission, the Champions 12.3 Coalition to reduce food loss and waste, the Sustainable Advisory Groups of both IKEA and the Bank of America, and he serves on the Executive Board of the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy For All Initiative. In earlier years, Andrew held several senior posts at the World Bank, including Director of the Environment Department. He also has directed World Bank operations in Vietnam and Indonesia and served as Chief of the Country Risk Division and Director and Chief Author of the 1992 World Development Report on Environment and Development. Andrew was educated at St Andrews University, Scotland, the University of Pennsylvania, and Cambridge University. He has a PhD in economics.
Russell Sturm: Head, Energy Access/ Advisory Services, International Finance Corporation
Executive Dialogue Session | 1D | Closing the Gap: Energy Efficiency as a Tool to Mobilize Funds and Improve Access? | Monday, May 8 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
An innovator in the field of sustainable energy market development for more than 25 years. Russell leads IFC’s energy access advisory business where he works with the private sector to mobilize commercial investment to expand energy access for the underserved. Russell’s focus on market transformation over his career has informed the model for IFC’s approach to accelerate uptake of climate-friendly technology and expand access to energy and water. As the creator of the World Bank Group’s Lighting Global program which has been the catalyst for the dynamic solar off-grid energy services market, and manager of IFC’s global portfolio of energy access programs, Russell’s work focuses on innovative business models which enable commercially sustainable private sector delivery of energy and water services. Previously, Russell led IFC’s climate change advisory business, leading development of IFC’s climate advisory strategy, and building a global portfolio of advisory products that support commercial private sector investment that builds climate resilience and that scale up adoption of low carbon technologies and practices. In addition to his work to scale up market development for climate friendly technologies, his innovative work with commercial banks was the foundation of IFC’s $1 billion sustainable energy finance business. Prior to joining IFC in 2000, Russell was President of the International Institute for Energy Conservation. Previously, as Vice-President of Energy Management Services, he developed distributed generation and energy efficiency projects throughout the United States. While completing his studies in energy and natural resource policy and finance at the University of North Carolina and Harvard University/Kennedy School of Government, Russell did econometric modeling at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and worked on the first energy performance contract (ESCO) agreements in the United States at the law firm of Lane and Edson, LLC.
Luis Suau: Technical Leader, Cisco Systems’ Industries Product Group
Executive Dialogue Session | 1C | No More Status Quo: Are Technologies Disrupting Conventional Models? | Monday, May 8 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Luis Suau is a Technical Leader in Cisco Systems’ Industries Product Group. In this role, he influences IOT (Internet of Things) based solutions for commercial building systems that leverage the intelligence and power of the Cisco network and partner endpoints. This disruptive approach to commercial building systems lowers the Total Cost of Ownership of building construction and operation, reduces energy consumption, and enables new occupant experiences that are easily integrated with IT applications and other building systems. The Cisco Digital Building Infrastructure accelerates the digital transformation of Commercial Buildings and can be treated as a 4th utility. Since 2008, Luis has been focused on IT Energy Management approaches for Corporate Sustainability including Cisco EnergyWise and working with partners to develop new applications with wired/powered network ports. He has contributed to Cisco's annual CSR report, Cisco’s Labs Energy Reduction initiatives, and Cisco's submissions to the Greenpeace Cool IT challenge. A 23-year veteran of Cisco, Luis began his career in IT in 1980 and holds a BBA degree in Management Information System (MIS) from Florida International University. In his personal time, Luis is a member of the Technical Advisory Board for DTV America Inc, is a Board Member at CyberSwitching (a manufacturer of Power Management Systems), and enjoys Automobiles and Scuba Diving. Luis resides in Davie, FL, a suburb of Ft. Lauderdale and home of the Miami Dolphins Training Camp.
Maryrose Sylvester: President & CEO, Current powered by GE
Plenary Session | P2 | Energy Productivity: Driving Stronger, More Resilient Economies | Tuesday, May 9 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Maryrose Sylvester is President & CEO of Current—a first-of-its kind startup within the walls of GE that blends advanced energy technologies like LED and solar with networked sensors and software. Backed by GE’s industrial strength Predix platform, Current works with a broad ecosystem of development partners to make commercial buildings and industrial facilities more energy efficient & productive. Prior to her role at Current, Maryrose served as President & CEO of GE Lighting where she led more than 12,000 employees from one of GE’s most iconic businesses in an exciting global transformation as world markets shifted toward energy-efficient lighting solutions. Before joining Lighting, Sylvester was President & CEO of GE Intelligent Platforms—GE’s high-tech global provider of software, hardware, services and expertise in automation, operations management and embedded computing, serving the energy, water, oil and gas, manufacturing, government and telecommunications industries. Sylvester began her GE career in 1987 as an intern at GE Motors in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. She then joined GE Lighting in 1988 in the Sourcing operation. Along the way, she held positions of increasing responsibility, such as Director of Sourcing for GE Lighting Europe, based in Budapest, Hungary, and in 1997, as General Manager of Worldwide Sourcing for the business, based in Cleveland. Sylvester also served as General Manager for Global High Intensity Discharge (HID) before being named President & CEO of GE Lighting Systems in Hendersonville, North Carolina, in 2000. She was then named President of the former GE Quartz in 2002, followed by the CEO roles with GE Intelligent Platforms in 2006 and GE Lighting in 2011 respectively. Sylvester is a member of GE's Corporate Executive Council, GE’s Commercial Council and she was instrumental in helping to launch the GE Women’s Network. She is a former Chairwoman and current member of the Board of Governors & Executive Committee for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. She also serves on the Board for Harley-Davidson, the Alliance to Save Energy, and the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Sylvester holds a B.S. Degree in Procurement and Production Management from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from Cleveland State University, both in Ohio. Sylvester, her husband Mike, and their 3 daughters live in Newton, MA.
David Szczupak: EVP of Global Product Organization, Whirlpool
Dave Szczupak joined Whirlpool Corporation in July of 2008 as executive vice president of the Global Product Organization (GPO). Under his leadership, the GPO organization has begun its next evolution with a bold vision, mission and strategy to deliver Product Leadership in every region and product category. This 5000 person organization drives consumer-focused innovation and quality and through the functions of global product design, development, innovation and strategic sourcing for Whirlpool across the globe. Dave joined Whirlpool after serving as chief operating officer of Dura Automotive Systems in Rochester Hills, Mich., a $2 billion, 15,000-employee international automotive supplier. There he provided strategic direction for product development, purchasing, manufacturing and quality. Before joining Dura in 2006, he worked for Ford Motor Company for 22 years in various leadership roles. As vice president, Powertrain Operations, Szczupak led a transformation of Ford’s automatic transmissions to world-class status. He also led a rationalization effort for Ford’s global engine and transmission lineups, providing governance for their architecture and technology. Later, as group vice president, Manufacturing, he spearheaded an initiative to improve quality, achieving a 22 percent improvement in overall quality metrics while driving lean world-class competitiveness. Szczupak also worked for Jaguar Cars for five years before it was acquired by Ford in 1990. Szczupak has a master’s degree in automotive engineering from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom.
Rick Tempchin: Executive Director, Retail Energy Services, Edison Electric Institute
Executive Dialogue Session | 3A | Valuing Demand-Side Flexibility: Why, Where and How? | Tuesday, May 9 | 11:45 am - 1:00 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Rick Tempchin is Executive Director, Retail Energy Services for the Edison Electric Institute. EEI represents the U.S. investor-owned electric industry, which provides safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable electricity for more than 200 million Americans. Tempchin directs the industry’s end-use customer and state regulatory activities, including: energy efficiency, demand response, distributed generation, customer services and marketing, consumer affairs, large commercial and industrial customer outreach, rate making and rate design, state regulatory advocacy, electric transportation, energy storage, building codes, appliance standards, smart grid, electrification and supplier diversity. Tempchin has written on electricity customer and state regulatory topics and has spoken extensively on these topics to a wide variety of audiences, including federal and state regulatory agencies. Prior to this, Tempchin served as EEI’s Director, Retail Distribution Policy, Director of Electric Transportation and Manager of Demand-Side Management. Before joining EEI, Tempchin served as a senior utility analyst for Synergic Resources Corp. and also as a research analyst at the U.S. Department of Energy. He has a B.S. in marketing from the University of Maryland and an MBA in energy management from the University of Denver. Tempchin is a founding board member of the Association of Energy Services Professionals, a board alternate of the Alliance to Save Energy, a board alternate for the Electric Drive Transportation Association as well as a member of the Executive Group of the Department of Energy’s State Energy Efficiency Action Network A native Washingtonian, Tempchin has three children and lives in the nation’s capital with his wife, Judy Licht, a writer and photographer.
Samuel Thomas: Senior Energy Efficiency Analyst, International Energy Agency
Executive Dialogue Session | 2B | From Climate to Clean Energy Goals: Is Energy Efficiency Being Fully Utilized? | Monday, May 8 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Samuel Thomas is a senior energy efficiency analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA), an autonomous organisation of the OECD, which works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 29 member countries and beyond. He leads the programme of analytical work on energy efficiency, including the IEA’s annual Energy Efficiency Market Report and projects on policy implementation, most recently publishing on market-based instruments for efficiency. Before joining the IEA in 2014, Sam was Deputy Director for Climate Change Economics and Energy Efficiency Analysis at the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), where he led the analysis supporting the UK’s Climate Change Act, EU ETS implementation, the UK’s supplier obligations and strategies on energy efficiency, heat and fuel poverty.
Griffin Thompson: Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary For Energy Transformation, Bureau of Energy Resources, U.S. Department of State
Executive Dialogue Session | 2C | Smarter Cities: What Trends are Driving Urban Efficiency and Resilience? | Monday, May 8 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Dr. Thompson is responsible for establishing and managing the strategic direction and programmatic implementation of the pillar’s mission in promoting U.S. foreign policy and national security goals through electricity system reforms, development of functioning power markets, and revised policy and regulatory frameworks necessary for investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Work of the Energy Transformation pillar is focused on national and regional electricity system reform and market development. Promotion of advanced energy technologies. Our mandate is driven by the multiple and complementary imperatives of economic growth, security and job creation as these converge with the technological and systems imperatives of revising the manner in which we generate and distribute energy services. Before joining the Bureau of Energy Resources, Dr. Thompson was Senior Climate Change Program Manager within the Department’s Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science, and Lead Negotiator for the U.S. Government on Technology at the UNFCCC. Previously Mr. Thompson has served as Director of the Office of Energy at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), President of the International Institute for Energy Conservation, and Senior Policy Analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Dr. Thompson is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University where he teaches courses on renewable energy and politics, and ethics and international development. Dr. Thompson has a B.A. in English from Gonzaga University. a Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from Georgetown University.
Maria T. Vargas: Director and Senior Program Advisor, Better Buildings Challenge, U.S. Department of Energy
Executive Dialogue Session | 2A | Voluntary Commitments: Are They Moving the Needle? | Monday, May 8 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Maria Vargas is the Director of the Better Buildings Challenge at the Department of Energy. The goal of the Better Buildings Challenge is to make American buildings 20 percent more efficient in the next decade. Thru this leadership initiative, more than 300 chief executive officers, University presidents and state and local leaders have committed to upgrading buildings across their portfolio and are providing their energy savings data and innovative strategies as models for others to follow. Ms. Vargas also serves as a Senior Program Advisor in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy. Prior to her work at DOE, Ms. Vargas was the Brand Manager for the ENERGY STAR program for almost 20 years while at the US Environmental Protection Agency. Vargas also served as the Co-Director of the ENERGY STAR Buildings and Green Lights Partnership. She has been involved in policy work on the issues of ozone depletion, global climate change, and related environmental and energy issues since 1985. Ms. Vargas received a Bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA) in Political Science and Economics and a Master’s degree from the University of Oregon (Eugene, Oregon) in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning.
Harry Verhaar: Head of Global Public & Government Affairs , Phillips Lighting
Executive Dialogue Session | 4B | Nudge or Automate: Should Policies Incent Behavior Change or Automation Through Technology? | Tuesday, May 9 | 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Harry Verhaar has over 20 years of experience in the lighting industry, and is Head of Global Public & Government Affairs for Philips Lighting. He is responsible for the strategy, outreach and stakeholder management on energy & climate change, resource efficiency and sustainable development, with a key focus on the role of the LED lighting revolution. He has since the end of 2003 been the architect of the lighting strategy on energy and climate change, which has resulted in a global momentum on phasing out of old lighting technologies. He is an active member of a number of partnership and stakeholder networks, among which The Climate Group. Regions20 and the World Green Building Council and is a member of the Advisory Boards of The Lisbon Council and the Global Cities Institute (and their World Council on City Data). He is responsible for Philips’ relationship management with the UN and the World Bank and is a founding member of UNEP’s en.lighten program and the SE4All’s Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform. He is chairman of the European Alliance to Save Energy and is president of the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association. Harry is a recipient of the 2011 UN Leader of Change Award, and has received the Carbon War Room’s Gigaton award on behalf of Philips at COP17 in Durban. In May 2015 he received the Energy Efficiency Visionary Award from the Alliance to Save Energy in Washington DC. He holds a MSc in Solid State Luminescence from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Clinton Vince: Chair of Energy sector, Dentons
Plenary Session | P3 | Fireside Chat on Energy Efficiency in Rural Communities | Tuesday, May 9 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Clint Vince is the chair of Dentons' Energy sector. Clint has directed the expansion of the US Energy team into a premier practice that includes professionals spanning the continent coast-to-coast, offering a full range of services to energy industry clients. He is widely recognized for his cutting-edge theories and solutions within the energy industry and has a top-tier litigation track record. Clint remains at the forefront of energy developments and continuously handles some of the highest profile cases in the industry. His experience involves major project development, legislative and regulatory advocacy on behalf of public and private clients, and litigation and appellate cases including US Supreme Court advocacy. Clint has argued before state appellate courts. the US District Courts for the District of Columbia, the Eastern District of New York and the Southern District of New York. the US Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, Tenth, Eleventh and District of Columbia Circuits. and the Supreme Court of the United States, in some instances multiple times. Clint is a past editor-in-chief of the Energy Law Journal and just completed a two-year term as co-chair of the prestigious Keystone Center, a policy think tank known for its work in the energy and environmental fields. Prior to joining Dentons, Clint was the managing partner of the Washington, DC, office of Sullivan and Worcester LLP, where he was also director of the firm’s Energy practice. He served for many years as co-chair of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand, where he was the founder and chair of the firm’s Energy and Environmental practice.
Tim Wolf: Director of Marketing, Smart Grid Solutions, Itron Inc.
Executive Dialogue Session | 1C | No More Status Quo: Are Technologies Disrupting Conventional Models? | Monday, May 8 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Tim Wolf is the Director for Marketing for Smart Grid Solutions at Itron Inc. Mr. Wolf is responsible for developing strategy and overseeing Itron’s marketing communication programs for Itron’s global electricity and smart grid business line. Prior to “rejoining” Itron in 2010, Mr. Wolf spent nearly three years as a senior consultant at R.W. Beck and SAIC (now Leidos), focusing on Smart Grid consulting services for both investor-owned and municipal utilities in the U.S. Before that, he worked at Itron for 10 years, leading Itron’s corporate marketing communications team. He received his BA in journalism and political science from the University of Minnesota and spent five years as a newspaper reporter before transitioning to a career in marketing, PR and corporate communications. He is a frequent speaker and presenter at global energy and utility industry conferences, and writer in the industry trade press. He also serves on the DistribuTECH Conference Steering Committee, and is a member of the Boards of Directors for the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative and Cleantech San Diego.
Franz Wuerfmannsdobler : Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE)
Executive Dialogue Session | 4C | Spanning Sectors: Can Energy Service Performance Contracts Expand Beyond Buildings? | Tuesday, May 9 | 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Franz Wuerfmannsdobler serves as the senior policy advisor for U.S. Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE) and joined the office in March 2011. His portfolio includes energy, science, technology, innovation and appropriations. Between 2007-2011, he served as a professional staff member on the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee as well as the Senior Energy Policy Advisor to Senator Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND). From 1998 to 2006, he was a legislative assistant for Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-WV) where he handled energy, environment, climate change, and natural resource issues. Franz has been engaged in important elements of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. His role included promoting reformed fuel economy, renewable fuels, energy efficiency, advanced clean coal, oil and gas production, and international clean energy deployment. Prior to his Senate tenure, he worked in the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. Franz has a MSc. in Environmental Management and Policy from Oxford University and a B.A. in cultural studies and history from the University of Denver.
Durwood Zaelke: Founder and President, Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development
Executive Dialogue Session | 3B | Montreal Protocol: Does a Phase Down of HFCs Represent the Biggest Ever Energy Efficiency Opportunity? | Tuesday, May 9 | 11:45 am - 1:00 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Durwood Zaelke is founder and President of the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development (IGSD) in Washington, DC and Geneva, where he focuses on fast-action mitigation strategies for protecting the climate, including strengthening the Montreal Protocol by phasing out production and consumption of HFCs with high global warming potential, as well as reducing air pollution and other short-live climate pollutants (black carbon, tropospheric ozone, and methane), which collectively can cut the rate of global warming in half and the rate of warming in the Arctic by two-thirds. IGSD’s fast-action mitigation program was first described in Mario Molina, Durwood Zaelke, Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Stephen O. Andersen, & Donald Kaniaru (2009) Reducing abrupt climate change risk using the Montreal Protocol and other regulatory actions to complement cuts in CO2 emissions, PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES (USA). Mr. Zaelke is also co-founder and co-Director of the Program on Governance for Sustainable Development at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California, Santa Barbara. He was co-founder and President of the Center for International Environmental Law in Washington, DC and Geneva (1989-2003). co-founder and board member (1989-2004) of the Foundation for International Environmental Law & Development in London (formerly CIEL-UK). founder and director (1990-2004) of the International & Comparative Environmental Law Program at the Washington College of Law, American University. founder and director (1988-89) of the International Program at Earth Justice (formerly the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund). director of the Alaska and DC office of the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund (1980-89). co-founder of the Policy, Legislation & Special Litigation Section, and founder of the Energy Conservation Section (disbanded by a subsequent administration), both in the Environmental Division of the Justice Department (1978-80). He also was a partner in Zelle, Hofmann, Voelbel & Mason, a national litigation firm (2003-2015), and Director of the Secretariat for the International Network for Environmental Compliance & Enforcement (2001-2015). Mr. Zaelke currently teaches Climate Justice at UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. He also has taught at Yale Law School, Duke Law School’s Brussel’s program, Johns Hopkins University, and American University’s Washington School of Law, including in their program in Paris and Geneva, which he co-founded. He is a graduate of Duke Law School (1972), where he was an Editor of the Duke Law Journal, and UCLA (1969), and member of the bar in California, Washington, DC, and Alaska. Mr. Zaelke received both an Ozone Protection Award and a Climate Protection Award in 2008 for his contribution to the successful effort to maximize the climate benefits of the Montreal Protocol. He is the author of the leading textbook on INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW & POLICY (Foundation Press 5th ed., 2015) (with Hunter & Salzman). He also is the author or editor of several other books and articles