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

Jill Anderson: Senior Vice President, Wholesale Commercial Operations, New York Power Authority
Executive Dialogue Session | 4C | Utility of the future: how are emerging technologies transforming the utility industry? | Thursday, May 12 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Jill Anderson is Senior Vice President Wholesale Commercial Operations. She is a member of the New York Power Authority's Executive Management Committee. Jill oversees all commercial market activities for NYPA’s 16 power plants, including the largest power plant in New York, the Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant. She is responsible for power generation trading, fuel purchasing and operations, hedging NYPA revenue and customer costs, and market participation in New York and adjacent states. She leads the development of new transmission and generation opportunities in the competitive market to increase NYPA’s assets and grow revenue. Prior to joining NYPA, Jill was the Project Office Manager for Hess Corporation, and also worked for Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Edison). At Con Edison, she held field operations and supervisory positions in electric, gas, and steam distribution. Jill’s work in international benchmarking for Con Edison helped to launch the company’s Smart Grid program. 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 Building Energy Exchange, a non-profit energy and lighting efficiency resource organization, and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), is an educational non-profit dedicated to advancing utility integration of solar, distributed energy resources, and related technologies. Jill also 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 Columbia University. 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 daughter Vivian.
Dan Bakal: Director, Electric Power Program , Ceres
Executive Dialogue Session | 1D | Institutional Investments: Do Gains in Energy Productivity and Sustainability Resonate with Big Investors? | Wednesday, May 11 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Dan Bakal joined Ceres in 2000, and has helped launch and advance two of the organization’s signature efforts, The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), which develops sustainability reporting guidelines and the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), whose members are addressing the risks and opportunities associated with climate change. Dan oversees Ceres’ electric power and coal research, shareholder engagement, and furthers the understanding of environmental risks, with a particular focus on climate risk. He works closely with Ceres coalition members, including environmental, investor, labor and public interest groups, to engage in dialogues with electric power companies, which often involve a comprehensive review of environmental policies, performance, and disclosure practices. In 2002, Dan developed and launched the Electric Power/Investor Dialogue, a working group of electric power companies, institutional investors, environmental NGOs, and analysts that focus on taking action on climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions from the electric power sector. In 2005, the group issued a report highlighting best practices by the industry and financial services sector in addressing climate change. Following this initiative, Dan organized two investor/analyst briefings in collaboration with Sanford C. Bernstein Research, a subsidiary of AllianceBernstein, to assess the financial impacts of climate change on the electric power sector. Since 2002, Dan has worked with PSEG, Inc. and the Natural Resources Defense Council to publish four editions of the report, Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Generators. The report compares the air pollutant emissions of power industry and provides analysis of issues and trends facing the sector. Dan holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Greg Bertelsen: Senior Director of Energy and Resources Policy, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
Executive Dialogue Session | 4A | Creating more, using less: how can we leverage continuous improvement and lean processes to double energy productivity in manufacturing? | Thursday, May 12 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Greg Bertelsen is the Senior Director of Energy and Resources Policy at the National Association of Manufacturers, the largest industrial trade organization in the United States, representing over 14,000 small, medium and large manufacturers in all 50 states. Greg advocates on behalf of manufacturers for a variety of energy and environmental issues, including Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, greenhouse gas issues, sustainability and energy efficiency policies. Greg has testified in front of the EPA on several occasions and on a variety of issues. Prior to working at the NAM, Greg worked as a policy expert at Siemens Corporation in their energy consulting division where he advised energy companies and large industrials on environmental and energy policy issues impacting their investments and operations. Greg received a B.A. in economics at Dickinson College and a J.D. at American University Washington College of Law.
Dr. Fatih Birol: Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Plenary Session | P2 | Doubling Energy Productivity Through Government Leadership | Thursday, May 12 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Fatih Birol took office as the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency on 1 September 2015. Dr. Birol joined the IEA in 1995, and his selection as the seventh Executive Director to lead the Paris-based Agency marked one of the rare occasions that the head of an international organisation has been selected from within its ranks. Prior to becoming Executive Director, he most recently held the positions of Chief Economist and Director of Global Energy Economics, with responsibilities that included directing the Agency’s flagship World Energy Outlook publication. He is also the founder and chair of the IEA Energy Business Council, which provides a forum to enhance co-operation among decision-makers in the highest levels of government and industry. Named by Forbes magazine among the most powerful people in terms of influence on the world’s energy scene, Dr. Birol is the Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s (Davos) Energy Advisory Board and has served as a member of the UN Secretary-General’s “High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All”. He is the recipient of numerous awards from government and industry for his contribution to energy and climate economics. In 2013, he received the Japanese Emperor’s Order of the Rising Sun, the country’s highest honour. He has also been decorated by the governments of Austria (Golden Honour Medal), France (Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques), Germany (Federal Cross of Merit), Iraq, Italy (Order of Merit of the Republic), the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden (Order of the Polar Star), Turkey, the United States and the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is a past winner of the International Association of Energy Economics’ award for outstanding contribution to the profession. Prior to joining the IEA in 1995, Dr. Birol served in the Secretariat of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna, an experience which gives him a unique perspective on the producer-consumer relationship. A Turkish citizen, Dr. Birol was born in Ankara in 1958. He earned a BSc degree in power engineering from the Technical University of Istanbul. He received his MSc and PhD in energy economics from the Technical University of Vienna. In 2013, Dr. Birol was awarded a Doctorate of Science honoris causa by Imperial College London. He was made an honorary life member of Galatasaray Football Club in 2013.
Kevin Bollom : Vice President, Building Services, Trane
Kevin Bollom is vice president of building services for Trane Commercial North America, a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand. Bollom brings significant depth and breadth of experience in understanding and delivering a high-quality customer service experience and energy efficiency in commercial buildings. His background includes leading building services offerings, product management, the customer care team, and building operations for Trane. He also heads teams driving technical and product support, providing a platform to advance the Trane brand as the market leader. Kevin joined Trane in 2002 as vice president of Supply Chain and Operations, taking on various supply chain roles before being named vice president of Engineering and Technology in 2010. In this global role, Kevin focused on product innovations and next-generation refrigerants for commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning solutions in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Kevin brings significant customer value experience, having led a team of more than 1,000 engineers to deliver customer value through lean operational excellence across global engineering and technology teams. Prior to joining Ingersoll Rand, Kevin worked for Medtronic, Kimberly Clark and Ernst & Young Management Consulting in various operations, productivity and planning roles. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.
Barry Bredenkamp: Senior Manager, Energy Efficiency & Corporate Communications, South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI)
Executive Dialogue Session | 3D | Big investments: what are the best financing mechanisms for helping small and medium enterprises value and drive energy efficiency? | Thursday, May 12 | 11:30 am - 12:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Barry is a Senior Manager at SANEDI responsible for the energy efficiency portfolio. He has worked in the distribution, customer service, marketing and Demand Side Management (DSM) areas of the national electricity utility in South Africa (Eskom) for a period of 27 years. While at Eskom he helped develop and implement the first Energy Efficiency Schools Programme which interested the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and led to the formation of a Special Purpose Vehicle - BONESA, implementing (Eskom and Global Environment Facility (GEF), through the IFC), Efficient Lighting Initiative (ELI) which set the scene for the current roll-out of efficient lighting in the country. Barry is acclaimed locally and internationally for contributions to the general market transformation to efficient lighting in South Africa and presents papers on energy efficiency at conferences. He currently represents South Africa on the Global Superior Energy Performance (GSEP) Work Group of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM). Barry represents South Africa in the International Energy Agency (IEA). Barry was President of the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (SESSA), the Southern African affiliate of the International Solar Energy Society, (ISES) and served on various committees of the Illumination Engineering Society of South Africa, (IESSA) and Technical Committees of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). He served on the NBI’s Steering Committee responsible for the national Energy Efficiency Accord, which was replaced by an Energy Efficiency Leadership Network where he serves on the oversight committee. Barry is regularly featured in print media, on television and radio. He was seconded from Eskom to establish and head the National Energy Efficiency Agency (NEEA), in South Africa in 2006. Barry has a leading role in the development of energy efficiency related tax incentives, together with the Department of Energy (DoE) and National Treasury. He continues to be recognised for his contributions to energy efficiency in South Africa.
Klaus Breil: Member of the Advisory Board, DENEFF
Executive Dialogue Session | 4A | Creating more, using less: how can we leverage continuous improvement and lean processes to double energy productivity in manufacturing? | Thursday, May 12 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Klaus Breil has been working in the banking and financial industry since 1969. He currently serves as a consultant to companies and industry associations, providing specialized analysis. He works in an advisory capacity for organizations like DENEFF where he is a member of the Advisory Board. Klaus Breil was previously a Member of German Parliament where he served as a Member of the Committee on Economics and Technology and as the Spokesman on Energy Policy and Basic Materials Policy for the FDP-Parliamentary Group. He continues to be active in local community policy and is a member of the County Assembly in his home region of Weilheim-Schongau, south of Munich/Germany. Before serving in Parliament, Klaus worked as a Portfolio Manager in the mutual fund industry, employed with one of the five largest German Mutual Fund Companies with responsibility for global equities funds of mgt. comp. He studied at Commercial Academy in Bielefeld/Northern Germany where he studied Business Administration and Economics.
Dan Bresette: Director, Government Relations, Alliance to Save Energy
Executive Dialogue Session | 3B | Subnational governments: How are they serving as living policy laboratories? | Thursday, May 12 | 11:30 am - 12:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Daniel Bresette is the Alliance’s Director of Government Relations. Before joining the Alliance in 2015, Daniel was the Maryland Energy Administration’s Senior Energy Policy Manager and oversaw a diverse portfolio of state energy efficiency financing initiatives. He has provided expert testimony on energy efficiency topics, presented at national conferences, and served on a range of national committees and work groups. Previously, he worked in the strategy practice at Booz Allen Hamilton. He began his career with U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords, I-Vt. Daniel attended Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in government and international relations. Later, he graduated from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business with a master’s degree in business administration.
Odon de Buen: Director General , Comisión Nacional para el Uso Eficiente de la Energía (CONUEE)
Executive Dialogue Session | 3B | Subnational governments: How are they serving as living policy laboratories? | Thursday, May 12 | 11:30 am - 12:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Plenary Session | P2 | Doubling Energy Productivity Through Government Leadership | Thursday, May 12 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Odón de Buen is currently the Director-General of the National Commission for Energy Efficiency (Conuee), which is a decentralized administrative organization of the Ministry of Energy, which aims at promoting energy efficiency and sustainable use of energy. Mr. de Buen has a bachelor´s degree in engineering from Mexico´s National University (UNAM) and Master of Science degree on Energy and Resources from the University of California at Berkeley. From 1995 to 2003, he was the Director-General of the National Commission for Energy Conservation of México (Conae) where he led the implementation of more than a dozen energy efficiency standards, programs for public buildings and Pemex, and led a number of international activities which positioned Conae as a point of reference on energy efficiency and renewable energy issues in Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. As part of his responsibilities at Conae, Mr. de Buen also began the promotion for the establishment of state energy agencies in México. Mr. de Buen has written a number of articles, reports and documents related to energy and environment policy issues in Mexico, and has collaborated with several organizations in several projects related to energy-efficiency issues, climate change mitigation and energy and environment related policies in Mexico and Latin America and the Caribbean. His work has included the collaboration with 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.
Stefan Buettner: Head of International Affairs & Strategy, Institute for Energy Efficiency in Production (EEP)
Executive Dialogue Session | 3D | Big investments: what are the best financing mechanisms for helping small and medium enterprises value and drive energy efficiency? | Thursday, May 12 | 11:30 am - 12:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Mr Stefan M. Buettner is Head of International Affairs and Strategy at the Institute for Energy Efficiency in Production (EEP, Stuttgart/Germany), for which 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 Barometer of the Industry’ and is member of the SE4All Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator. Mr Buettner co-led the secretariat of the German Federal Government’s Stakeholder Platform on Energy Efficiency until he was partially seconded as Senior Policy Advisor to IPEEC, the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (Paris/France), that has been tasked by the G20 summit in Brisbane/Australia late 2014 to coordinate the implementation of its Energy Efficiency Action Plan. At IPEEC, Mr Buettner had a focus on the G20, G7 and IPEEC activities related to Industry, Technologies, and Financial Flows for Energy Efficiency, where he was member of the Secretariat of the G20 Energy Efficiency Finance Task Group. Mr Buettner has further expertise in low carbon innovation, smart cities, islands and mobility, as well as in energy productivity strategies through his work as Associate of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI, Edinburgh/Scotland) and member of the Scottish Sustainable Energy for All Platform. Over the period of seven years, he worked as senior parliamentary advisor and office manager for various members of the Scottish Parliament, giving advice on energy efficiency, renewable energy, industry- and economic policy, as well as on skills and 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.
Kateri Callahan: President, Alliance to Save Energy
Plenary Session | P2 | Doubling Energy Productivity Through Government Leadership | Thursday, May 12 | 9:00 am - 11:00 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.
Francisco C. de la Chesnaye: Senior Project Manager, Global Climate Change Program, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Executive Dialogue Session | 4C | Utility of the future: how are emerging technologies transforming the utility industry? | Thursday, May 12 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Francisco C. de la Chesnaye is a Senior Project Manager in the Global Climate Change Program. His current research portfolio covers both domestic and international climate change issues. On domestic issues, his work focuses on modeling of the U.S. energy system, in particular the U.S. electric power sector, to evaluate the possible transformation of the system under alternative policies. On international issues, Mr. de la Chesnaye's work is focused on analyzing post-2012 global climate change policies. Prior to joining EPRI, Mr. de la Chesnaye was the Chief Climate Economist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He was responsible for developing and applying EPA's economic models for domestica nd international climate change policy analysis. He led EPA's efforts to produce the agency's first independent economic analysis of a climate policy, the McCain-Lieberman bill of 2007. Subsequent analyses were completed in 2008 on the Bingaman-Specter and Lieberman-Warner bills. Mr. de la Chesnaye was a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report and served as the U.S. government’s lead technical expert on long-term economic and emission scenarios. Mr. de la Chesnaye is co-editor of Human-Induced Climate Change: An Interdisciplinary Assessment published by Cambridge Univ. Press (2007). He is co-editor of “Multigas Mitigation and Climate Policy” an Energy Journal Special Issue (2006). Mr. de la Chesnaye is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Policy at the University of Maryland. He holds graduate degrees in Environmental Science from Johns Hopkins University and in Economics from American University, and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Norwich University, The Military College of Vermont.
John Christensen: Director, UNEP DTU Partnership
Plenary Session | P3 | EE Visionary Awards Luncheon: Awarding the most energy-efficient campuses | Wednesday, May 11 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Christensen, is a Danish national and has both his Masters and Ph.D. degrees from the Technical University of Copenhagen. John is an energy and climate specialist and first started work with UNEP in 1988 as programme officer in the Energy Unit in Nairobi. After going back to Denmark he was engaged in setting up a new UNEP Collaborating Centre on energy and climate issues which recently changed name to the UNEP DTU Partnership. He has been heading this Centre since 1990 and it currently has around 65 professional staff working with UNEP on analytical activities and project implementation in all areas of climate change.
Senator Chris Coons : (D-DE), U.S. Senate
Plenary Session | P1 | Electrifying the Economy: Driving Energy Productivity in the Digital Age | Wednesday, May 11 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
In his first year as a United States Senator, Chris Coons worked hard and has earned a reputation as a principled, pragmatic legislator eager to find bipartisan solutions to the issues confronting Delaware and the nation. He has emerged as a strong voice for job creation and the innovation economy, responsible deficit reduction, progressive social justice, and forward-looking foreign policy. Unwilling to be sidelined by partisan gridlock, Senator Coons has worked creatively to make a difference. Though legislation to support job creation continues to be obstructed in Congress, Senator Coons organized job fairs around the state to help Delawareans find work. Though funding for new police officers has been stalled by the economic downturn, Senator Coons founded the first-ever Senate Law Enforcement Caucus to help strengthen local, state, and federal public safety efforts. Though legislation in support of equality indifferent to sexual orientation or gender identity is moving slowly, Senator Coons recruited 12 of his colleagues for a stirring video that urged LGBT youth to remember ‘it gets better.’ Serving on the Foreign Relations, Judiciary, Energy & Natural Resources, and Budget committees, Senator Coons is uniquely positioned to nurture American innovation and make the United States more competitive in the global market. He is the only freshman to serve as a subcommittee chair, leading the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs and emerging as an important voice on the security challenges and economic opportunities offered by the continent. Committed to fulfilling the economic potential of American innovation, Senator Coons has introduced legislation and worked aggressively for a series of measures designed to help create jobs and grow our economy, including a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s patent system, new protections for American intellectual property, and critical investments in research and development. His first bill in the Senate, the Job Creation Through Innovation Act, would help revitalize domestic manufacturing and create conditions to help businesses grow and create middle-class jobs. Chris later teamed up with Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida to introduce the American Growth, Recovery, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Act, a bill containing an array of job-creating measures supported by both parties. Chris’ election to the Senate in 2010 capped a decade of successful service in New Castle County government. In four years as New Castle County Council President and six years as New Castle County Executive, Chris earned a reputation for delivering real results on behalf of Delawareans and protecting the county during the least stable national economic climate in decades. Chris balanced six budgets by eliminating wasteful spending and created jobs through innovative public/private partnerships. His Safe Streets partnership removed dangerous parole violators from our neighborhoods and cleaned up dozens of the worst county properties. He also preserved hundreds of acres of open space and fought for an independent ethics commission to make county government more transparent in its business dealings. Chris has devoted much of his free time to organizations such as the National Coalition for the Homeless and the education-oriented “I Have a Dream” Foundation. Prior to serving as County Executive, Chris worked as an attorney for Delaware-based W.L. Gore & Associates, one of the 200 largest privately held companies in the United States, where he helped the company expand and create hundreds of jobs. Chris is a graduate of Amherst College with a B.A. in Chemistry and Political Science, and earned his law degree from Yale Law School and a Master's in Ethics from Yale Divinity School. Chris also studied at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. A longtime New Castle County resident, Chris grew up in the Pike Creek and Hockessin areas and lives in Wilmington with his wife, Annie, and their three children, Michael, Jack, and Maggie.
Genevieve Cullen: President, Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA)
Executive Dialogue Session | 2C | Transforming transportation: how are we leveraging information and communications technologies to improve mobility and enhance efficiency? | Wednesday, May 11 | 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Genevieve Cullen is the President of EDTA, the cross-industry trade association promoting the electrification of transportation. Prior to becoming President, she served as EDTA’s Vice President and lead the organization’s policy and advocacy efforts. Genevieve has extensive public and private energy policy experience, including serving as energy counsel to two U.S. Senators and as a consultant to the Department of Energy. In her capacity as an advocate for private sector initiatives, Cullen promoted advanced technology solutions to diverse energy and environmental challenges. A graduate of Washington College of Law and Bucknell University, Genevieve is a member of the District of Columbia bar.
Cisco DeVries: Founder and CEO, Renew Financial
Executive Dialogue Session | 2D | Transitioning finance: What are the challenges of moving away from traditional grant based programs and upscaling alternative energy efficiency financing programs? | Wednesday, May 11 | 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Cisco DeVries is Founder and CEO of Renew Financial, the leading provider of the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) model of financing energy and water efficiency and renewable upgrades to homes and businesses. Invented by Mr. DeVries, PACE has been replicated around the country on both a state and federal level and is at the heart of a partnership with SolarCity targeted at small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). PACE is a central component of a major White House clean energy and energy efficiency initiative unveiled in August 2015, and it was also named one of the 20 “world-changing” ideas by Scientific American magazine. Another key financing project that Mr. DeVries has spearheaded at the helm of Renew Financial is the Warehouse for Energy Efficiency Loans (WHEEL), which opens the residential energy efficiency finance market to large institutional investors. Prior to founding Renew Financial, Mr. DeVries spent 15 years i n politics and policy. From 1996 to 1998, he served in the administration of President Bill Clinton as an aide to the U.S. Secretary of Energy and the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. He also served as Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Berkeley, California, where he envisioned and led the initial development of BerkeleyFIRST, the original model for PACE. Prior to that, while with the San Francisco political consulting firm Staton & Hughes, DeVries provided policy, media, and political guidance for a wide variety of clients including Members of Congress and Fortune 500 companies.
Ralph DiNola: CEO, New Buildings Institute
Executive Dialogue Session | 1A | Increasing EE through connected systems: how can communities take into account holistic system efficiency from day one? | Wednesday, May 11 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
New Buildings Institute CEO, Ralph DiNola, has dedicated his professional life to bringing green building innovation to scale. DiNola served as a technical advisor for the Living Building Challenge™ standard and has consulted on over 130 LEED® projects, including ten precedent-setting LEED Platinum certifications. As principal investigator of a landmark study of historic buildings, DiNola helped establish and validate the true value and benefits of building reuse, bridging the divide between sustainability and historic preservation. DiNola is a LEED Fellow, founding Board Chair of the International Living Future Institute, founder and former principal at Green Building Services, Inc.
Sandrine Dixson-Declève : Chief Partnership Officer, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All)
Executive Dialogue Session | 1B | Beyond COP21: What role will energy efficiency play in the post-COP era? | Wednesday, May 11 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Since April 2016, Sandrine Dixson-Declève has joined the new Executive Team of SE4All as Chief Partnership Officer. She is a distinguished faculty member of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership Executive Education Programmes and is recognised by GreenBiz as one of the 30 most influential women across the globe driving change in the low carbon economy and promoting green business. From 2009 to April 2016 Sandrine ran the EU Office of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), and The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (CLG). Due to her long standing work on dialogue and conflict resolution between policy makers and business leaders around climate change and progressive business action, Sandrine was appointed Executive Director of the Green Growth Platform in 2014. The initiative led with 16 EU Ministers brings together Ministers, MEP’s, business leaders, international organizations (OECD, IEA, World Bank, UNFCCC..) and European economists to find concrete mechanisms to enhance the development of a low carbon market, jobs, growth and competitiveness across Europe. Prior to 2009, Sandrine ran and worked for consulting and engineering companies in the area of energy and sustainable development and has been the personal advisor to several MEP’s, the European Commission, Governments in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, international organizations including OPEC, ADB, OECD, UNEP, USAID and business leaders of large international, European and African companies. Sandrine is a distinguished member of The Club of Rome and has been on a series of Boards including Vice Chair, European Biofuels Technology Platform. Board member, We Mean Business and on the Advisory Board of the Oil and Gas major Sasol from 2007-2010. Sandrine recently spoke on TEDx: The Sustainable Future series. She has published numerous articles, book chapters and given presentations on green growth and competitiveness, energy, climate change, transport, conventional and alternative fuel quality legislation as well as on trade & environment. Born in Brussels but having grown up in California, Sandrine studied international relations at the University of California, Davis and completed an Environmental Sciences Masters with Honours at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Thomas Dreessen: CEO, EPS Capital Corp.
Executive Dialogue Session | 1D | Institutional Investments: Do Gains in Energy Productivity and Sustainability Resonate with Big Investors? | Wednesday, May 11 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Mr. Dreessen has served as President or CEO of an ESCO since the virtual formation of the U.S. performance contracting industry in 1981. He was one of the principal individuals in 1984 to develop the use of "third-party" leases for financing energy performance contracts on an "off-balance sheet" basis in the U.S. Mr. Dreessen's extensive financing and performance contracting expertise enabled him to successfully negotiate some of the largest ESCO projects in the US. During his 25+ years in the ESCO industry, Mr. Dreessen has acquired a track record of structuring and financing large, comprehensive performance-based projects around the world. Mr. Dreessen has utilized his financing and performance contracting expertise to enable him to have successfully developed and financed the first performance-based projects in several emerging markets where he has developed projects, most notably an $11 million iron ore plant project in Russia, three (3) projects for $10 Million in the Czech Republic, and the first project in Slovakia. In the last few years, Mr. Dreessen has focused his efforts on developing financing procedures in the US and overseas for ESCO projects developed by others, and in the US and Canadian healthcare markets. As a result, he is in demand to provide structuring of energy efficiency deals, and to configure innovative financing techniques. Some of his project activities have included the Albany Medical Center, Albany NY, which won a Governor's Energy Award for the State of New York. Louisiana State University Gas Turbine Project. Master Energy Services Contract negotiated with the State of New York for many of its State-owned facilities utilizing DSM funding from the Niagara Mohawk utility. and a series of energy efficiency retrofit programs at the Boston Medical Center and BU Medical Campus there. Mr. Dreessen is a current Board Member and a previous President (1993 - 1994) of the National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO), the industry association of ESCOs in the United States, and currently serves as Chairman of NAESCO's International Affairs Committee. He is also a Board Member of the Alliance to Save Energy, and EVO (formerly the IPMVP) and is active in a number of other private and public sector associations. Mr. Dreessen is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.B.A. in Accounting and a M.B.A. degree from Lamar University.
Sarah Dunham: Director, Office of Atmospheric Programs, Environmental Protection Agency
Executive Dialogue Session | 2B | Beyond Clean Power Plan: how do you design a regulatory framework for utilities that drives energy efficiency and climate mitigation? | Wednesday, May 11 | 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Sarah Dunham is the Director of the Office of Atmospheric Programs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Her office works to address climate change, design and implement climate protection partnerships such as ENERGY STAR, protect the ozone layer, and improve regional air quality. Previously, Ms. Dunham served for six years as the Director of the Transportation and Climate Division, which is responsible for analyzing and supporting the development of policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, as well as managing the Agency’s grant and partnership programs that reduce emissions from the existing fleet of diesel engines. Prior to her experience in the U.S. EPA, Ms. Dunham worked for several years for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency designing market-based programs to reduce air and water pollution. Ms. Dunham received a Bachelor of Science in biology from Yale University and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University.
Katie Dykes: Chair, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Inc. (RGGI)
Executive Dialogue Session | 4D | Carbon scoring: How can capital markets be used as a substitute for a tax on carbon? | Thursday, May 12 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Katie Scharf Dykes is the Deputy Commissioner for Energy at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP). As Deputy Commissioner, Katie works with both halves of the agency’s Energy branch: the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) on the regulatory side, and the Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy on the energy strategy side. Katie provides leadership at a defining moment in the agency’s history as DEEP moves forward to achieve the goals of Connecticut’s energy agenda by bringing cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy to the state. Katie joined CT DEEP in March 2012, after serving as Deputy General Counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality. In that role she provided legal counsel on a variety of energy and environmental issues including climate change and sustainability. Prior to that, she served as Legal Advisor to the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Energy. At the Department of Energy, she worked on issues related to regulatory reform, electric power transmission, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. Katie holds a bachelor’s degree in history and environmental studies from Yale, a master’s degree in history, also from Yale, and she is a graduate of Yale Law School.
Jeff Eckel: President & CEO, Hannon Armstrong
Executive Dialogue Session | 4D | Carbon scoring: How can capital markets be used as a substitute for a tax on carbon? | Thursday, May 12 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 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.
Neal Elliott: Senior Director for Research, ACEEE
Executive Dialogue Session | 3C | Intelligent efficiency: how can systems-level integration and intelligence reduce building energy consumption and operating costs? | Thursday, May 12 | 11:30 am - 12:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Neal Elliott is the Senior Director of Research at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), coordinating ACEEE's overall research efforts. Elliott has been with ACEEE since 1993, and is an internationally recognized expert and author on energy efficiency programs and policies, industrial energy policy, combined heat and power, electric motors and a frequent speaker at domestic and international conferences. He is the recipient of the 2014 Industrial Energy Technology Conference Energy Award. Prior to joining ACEEE, Elliott was an adjunct associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University and Senior Engineering Project Manager at the N. C. Alternative Energy Corp. (now Advanced Energy). Elliott received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University, and was a Dean's Fellow and received a Ph.D. from Duke University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina and holds six patents. Elliott serves on the Boards of the Industrial Energy Technology Conference, Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition and Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance.
Roger Flanagan: Managing Director, Lockheed Martin Energy
Executive Dialogue Session | 4C | Utility of the future: how are emerging technologies transforming the utility industry? | Thursday, May 12 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Plenary Session | P1 | Electrifying the Economy: Driving Energy Productivity in the Digital Age | Wednesday, May 11 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Dr. Roger Flanagan serves as Director, Lockheed Martin (LM) Energy. He is responsible for business and operations of LM Energy Utility Solutions worldwide. LM Energy provides utilities with distributed energy resources including energy efficiency, load control, storage, renewables, and microgrids. LM Energy also provides utilities with operations technology including distribution automation, grid & customer analytics, engineering, information management, physical and cyber security. Dr. Flanagan has 30 years of professional experience in energy and national security with Lockheed Martin and the Tennessee Valley Authority. He has worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and is formerly the Director of the Remote Sensing Laboratory at Nellis and Andrews Air Force Bases. He has held senior technical and management positions in electric power generation and transmission and has managed technical operations support groups at Livermore, Los Alamos, and Sandia National Laboratories. Dr. Flanagan is a graduate of the University of Tennessee where he earned a Ph.D. in Engineering following earning a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Engineering from West Virginia University. He is the author of numerous publications on energy, materials and engineering science.
John Galyen: President, North America, Danfoss
Plenary Session | P2 | Doubling Energy Productivity Through Government Leadership | Thursday, May 12 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
John Galyen is President of Danfoss North America, the largest market for an international manufacturer of high-efficiency heating, air-conditioning, refrigeration, and motion systems. He has over 30 years of industry experience. Since joining Danfoss in 2001, John has held various management level positions prior to being named president in May 2011. Galyen is a commercially-focused, fiscally strong leader who is responsible for driving profitable growth across the companies segments in North America. John serves in leadership capacities of the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute, where he is a member of the Executive Committee & Board of Directors. He also holds a seat on the Board of Governors at the National Electrical Manufactures Association. John has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management from Northwood University. He has also completed a Strategic Leadership Programme at Ashridge Business School-Hertfordshire, UK. John resides in Baltimore, Maryland along with his wife Lynn.
Michael Geissler: CEO, Berlin Energy Agency
Executive Dialogue Session | 1B | Beyond COP21: What role will energy efficiency play in the post-COP era? | Wednesday, May 11 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Michael Geißler has been the sole managing director of the Berlin Energy Agency (BEA) since 1997. After his studies in Process- and Environmental Engineering, Mr. Geißler worked as a project manager for the former Bewag AG (now: Vattenfall Europe SE). Later on, he worked freelance as a consulting engineer. After a further degree in Industrial Economics, Mr. Geißler joined the Berlin Energy Agency as an associate director in 1994, building up the technology and project department. He is the honorary general secretary of FEDARENE, the European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and Environment. He is also a chairman of the Association of Energy Agencies in Germany (eaD eV), a member of the Berlin Climate Protection Council, a member of the advisory board of the Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB) and of the deliberative assembly of the Chamber of Commerce (IHK) in Berlin.
Rana Ghoneim: Industrial Development Officer, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Anirban Ghosh: Vice President, Group Sustainability, Mahindra
Executive Dialogue Session | 4B | Doubling energy productivity: how are private sector commitments and best practices advancing global energy productivity policies? | Thursday, May 12 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Mr. Anirban Ghosh has been working at Mahindra and Mahindra since 1999. He currently leads the Sustainability work in the Mahindra Group as Vice President - Sustainability. During his tenure with Mahindra he has been a part of the team that helped the tractor business become the largest tractor company in the world. His roles have included Sales, Marketing, Strategy and New Business Development. He has also been the President of Mahindra's tractor business in the United States of America. Mr. Ghosh has played a key role in the Group's expansion into the Agriculture business since 2010. He has led the implementation of National Award winning shared value projects like Watershed Development and given a strategic approach to the Group's social investments. The Strategy work done by Mr. Ghosh and his team led to a white paper on enabling the second green revolution in India. Prior to joining Mahindra Mr. Ghosh has worked in the Information Technology and Office Automation industries in Sales and Marketing roles. During his career Mr. Ghosh has served on the committees of a number of Industry Associations in India and in the USA including being a member of the Board of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, USA. He has also been guest or visiting faculty at a number of management institutes in India including the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and Indian Institute of Management, Indore. A gold medal winning engineer from Jadavpur University, Calcutta, Mr. Ghosh has pursued doctoral studies in Marketing Management at IIM Ahmedabad. He enjoys music, reading, travelling, driving and tennis.
Laurie Giammona: Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, PG&E Company
Plenary Session | P1 | Electrifying the Economy: Driving Energy Productivity in the Digital Age | Wednesday, May 11 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Laurie M. Giammona is Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). Giammona is responsible for leading contact centers, product development, sales and services, and meter-to-cash operations at PG&E. She focuses on developing and implementing customer-centric, enterprise-wide business strategies to create customer experiences that help define PG&E as a leading utility. She also leads extensive energy efficiency, solar and demand response portfolios. A native of the Bay Area, Giammona joined PG&E in 2012 as Vice President of Customer Service, where she implemented an extensive upgrade of the Contact Centers and led initiatives to improve customer satisfaction scores and enhance customer experience. She drove PG&E's local presence initiative, forming Division Leadership Teams throughout the service territory to better understand and address the local needs of customers. Under her leadership, the company's online and mobile platforms were enhanced to create greater options for customers to self-serve and select preferences for transactions with the company. Giammona previously served in the role of Regional Vice President of Customer Care at Comcast, where she led sales, service and customer experience serving 5 million households in California. Giammona also served as Area Vice President for Comcast where she was responsible for field services, engineering and construction, government relations and direct sales. Prior to the merger of Comcast and AT&T Broadband she served as Vice President of Customer Care, where she led Management Information Systems and Credit and Collections and led call center organizational design, development and effectiveness programs from the ground up after the company acquired TCI Cable. Giammona also held executive positions at United Airlines, leading teams in Customer Service, Business Operations, Airport Operations, Sales, and Training and Development. She currently serves as the vice-chair of the executive board for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Greater Bay Area.
Matt Golden: Project Lead, Investor Confidence Project , Environmental Defense Fund
Executive Dialogue Session | 2D | Transitioning finance: What are the challenges of moving away from traditional grant based programs and upscaling alternative energy efficiency financing programs? | Wednesday, May 11 | 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Matt Golden is both an entrepreneur and policy advocate, committed to bringing energy efficiency in the built environment to scale as a demand side resource. Matt’s work focuses on managing performance risk as it relates to energy finance in both energy efficiency and renewable and across all sectors. Matt combines frontline experience with both State and Federal policy and has dealt extensively with regulators and utility. Currently, Matt is Senior Energy Finance Consultant on the Investor Confidence Project, a project of the Environmental Defense Fund, working with a wide array of stakeholder to develop standard methodologies and protocols for energy efficiency project development and documentation, designed to reduce transaction costs associated with energy efficiency investment, and develop actuarial data to unlock capital markets. Matt is an authority on Energy Efficiency finance working to help match project development channels with a growing array of investment models, public programs, and capital sources necessary to get project built. Previously, Matt was founder of Recurve Inc (www.recurve.com), he helped create the leading developer of tablet based energy auditing software for the residential energy efficiency industry based on experience gained from conducting energy audits and retrofits on over 2,000 homes. Recurve was venture funded through investments from Rockport Venture Partners, Shasta Ventures, and the Lowes Companies and was acquired by Tendril Networks in 2012.
Judi Greenwald: Deputy Director for Climate, Environment, and Energy Efficiency, U.S. Department of Energy
Executive Dialogue Session | 2B | Beyond Clean Power Plan: how do you design a regulatory framework for utilities that drives energy efficiency and climate mitigation? | Wednesday, May 11 | 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Judi Greenwald is the Deputy Director for Climate, Environment, and Energy Efficiency in the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis. In this capacity, she oversees technical, economic and policy analysis related to climate mitigation and resilience, environmental protection, and energy efficiency. Ms. Greenwald has over 30 years of experience working on energy and environmental policy. Prior to joining EPSA, Ms. Greenwald worked for fifteen years at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change), most recently serving as the Vice President for Technology and Innovation. There she oversaw the analysis and promotion of technology, business, state, regional and federal innovation in the major sectors that contribute to climate change, including transportation, electric power, buildings, and industry. Ms. Greenwald co-convened the National Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative, was a member of the Advisory Council of the Electric Power Research Institute, and has served on several National Academy of Sciences panels studying vehicles and fuels. She also served on the Resource Panel for the northeast Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the California Market Advisory Committee, as a policy advisor to the Western Climate Initiative, and the Midwest Greenhouse Gas Accord Advisory Group. Prior to her work at the Pew Center, Ms. Greenwald served as a senior advisor on the White House Climate Change Task Force and as a member of the professional staff of the U.S. Congress Energy and Commerce Committee, where she worked on the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, the 1992 Energy Policy Act, and a number of other energy and environmental statutes. Earlier in her career, Ms. Greenwald worked as a Congressional Fellow with then-Senate Majority Leader Robert C. Byrd, an environmental scientist with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and an environmental engineer and policy analyst at the Environmental Protection Agency. Ms. Greenwald received a B.S in Engineering, cum laude, from Princeton University, and an M.A. in Science, Technology and Public Policy from George Washington University.
Pekka Hakkarainen: Vice President, Government and Industry Relations , Lutron Electronics
Executive Dialogue Session | 1C | Internet of things: how are advances in connectivity driving energy efficiency and enhancing the consumer experience? | Wednesday, May 11 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Dr. Pekka Hakkarainen is Vice President of Government and Industry Relations at Lutron Electronics. He has held several technical, market development and business development positions since joining Lutron in 1990. Pekka has been involved in NEMA activities since the mid-1990’s and he is the immediate past Chair of the Lighting Systems Division. Pekka currently chairs the High Performance Building Council as well as the Daylight Management Council. He has also served on the Board of the Global Lighting Association, and is the current Chair of the General Assembly of the Connected Lighting Alliance. Pekka is also a voting member of the ASHRAE 90.1 Committee, and a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. He has served on two committees for the National Research Council charged with evaluating public spending on solid state lighting. Pekka received a BA/MA degree in Mathematics from Cambridge University, England and a PhD in Plasma Physics from MIT. He holds seven U.S. patents.
Peter Halliday: Senior Vice President, Siemens Building Technology, and Head of Solutions & Services Portfolio Middle East/Africa/Asia-Pac, Siemens
Plenary Session | P3 | EE Visionary Awards Luncheon: Awarding the most energy-efficient campuses | Wednesday, May 11 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
In January 2016, Peter Halliday became Head of Building Performance & Sustainability (BPS) at the international headquarters in Zug, Switzerland home of the Siemens Building Technologies Division. He is in charge of BPS global business. BPS increases the competitiveness of customer business by delivering energy performance, operational efficiency and sustainability solutions for their buildings and infrastructures. Peter has been with Siemens for 25 years. Over the past years, he has worked in nearly all areas of the building technology field, including engineering, project management, sales, business development and senior management. He was head of Solutions and Service Portfolio for Asia, the Middle East, Australia and Africa regions as well as Head of the Building Technologies Division for ASEAN at Siemens Private Limited. He received his Certificate of Management at Deakin University, Australia.
Dan Hamza-Goodacre: Program Director, Energy Efficiency, ClimateWorks Foundation
Executive Dialogue Session | 4B | Doubling energy productivity: how are private sector commitments and best practices advancing global energy productivity policies? | Thursday, May 12 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Dan Hamza-Goodacre joined ClimateWorks Foundation in San Francisco, California in August, 2014. He is Program Director for Energy Efficiency and leads the organization’s international climate politics and policy work. Mr. Hamza-Goodacre joined ClimateWorks from Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), where he was most recently seconded as 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 joining PwC, Mr. Hamza-Goodacre, a national of Great Britain, held various positions with Defra (the UK Environment and Agriculture Ministry), including head of the Secretary of State’s office, lead policy official for the Government’s adaptation legislation (aka the Climate Change Act), co-founder and team leader of the UK Government’s Adapting to Climate Change Program, and climate change attaché with the UK Foreign Office. Before joining the UK Government Mr. Hamza-Goodacre lived and worked in the rainforests of Latin America for 3 years. Mr. Hamza-Goodacre has over 17 years of experience working in the public and private sectors in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia. He earned an MSc in International Development from Bristol University, where he also was a lecturer and researcher in global environmental politics. He is completing an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School.
Sheila Hayter: Officer, ASHRAE
Executive Dialogue Session | 2A | Buildings of the Future: How do we design and construct energy-efficient, resilient and climate adaptive buildings? | Wednesday, May 11 | 2:30 pm - 3:45 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. She will take office as ASHRAE treasurer for the 2016-17 Society year in June 2016. As the Society’s treasurer, Hayter will serve on the Board of Directors and ASHRAE’s Executive Committee, chair the Finance Committee and will service as 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). ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 55,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at
Bruce Hedman: Vice President, Institute for Industrial Productivity (IIP)
Executive Dialogue Session | 4A | Creating more, using less: how can we leverage continuous improvement and lean processes to double energy productivity in manufacturing? | Thursday, May 12 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Bruce A. Hedman has over 30 years of experience in industrial energy technology research, development and commercialization, and is a recognized authority on combined heat and power (CHP) and distributed generation technologies, markets and policies. Bruce comes to IIP from ICF International where he led ICF's consulting services practice in distributed generation and CHP. As a vice president at ICF, he provided guidance and support to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Combined Heat and Power Partnership and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Distributed Energy program. He also provided technology assessments, market evaluations, and strategic planning support to numerous private developers and equipment suppliers. He has worked on a number of projects in China, including assessments of waste heat to power systems in the cement industry and an analysis of the potential for CHP and other forms of distributed generation in select provinces. Before joining ICF, Bruce was a vice president at Onsite Energy, an independent energy services company that specializes in energy efficiency projects in the industrial sector and in distributed generation applications. Prior to Onsite, he was executive director of the Industrial Center, Inc., a natural gas industry membership organization that supported the commercial introduction of new technologies into the industrial market. Bruce started his career at the Gas Research Institute in Chicago, holding a variety of research management positions in industrial end-use and power generation. When he left GRI in 1994, he was group manager of industrial and power generation products. Bruce is a past chairman of the United States Combined Heat and Power Association, is an inductee in the American Gas Association's Industrial and Commercial Hall of Flame, and represented the United States on the Industrial Utilization Subcommittee of the International Gas Union from 1990 to 1996. Bruce has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Steven Heim: Managing Director and Director of ESG Research and Shareowner Engagement, Boston Common Asset Management, LLC
Executive Dialogue Session | 1D | Institutional Investments: Do Gains in Energy Productivity and Sustainability Resonate with Big Investors? | Wednesday, May 11 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Steven is primarily responsible for ESG research and shareholder engagement and has over 22 years of experience in the Sustainable and Responsible Investment field. In collaboration with Geeta Aiyer, he has contributed to the book The SRI Advantage: Why Socially Responsible Investing Has Outperformed Financially (New Society Publishers, 2002). Steven received two Bachelor of Science degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Steven was a licensed foster parent for eight years. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group for 15 years and serves on the advisory board for the Mercury Policy Project, a project of the Tides Foundation, and he serves on the Board of Directors of Cultural Survival. Steven served for three years as the Co-Chair of the Global Warming Working Group of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility. He was a founding member of the Steering Committees of US SIF's Sustainable Investment Research Analyst Network (SIRAN) and the Indigenous Peoples Working Group (IPWG) and is currently chair of the IPWG's advocacy subcommittee.
Kathleen Hogan : Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency , U.S. Department of Energy
Executive Dialogue Session | 1C | Internet of things: how are advances in connectivity driving energy efficiency and enhancing the consumer experience? | Wednesday, May 11 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Dr. Kathleen Hogan is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). In this capacity, she oversees a more than $600 million annual energy efficiency policy, program, and research portfolio, including advanced manufacturing, buildings, federal energy management, low income weatherization, and intergovernmental partnerships. As part of EERE's senior leadership, she helps to implement and achieve national energy efficiency goals, including those laid out in the President's Climate Action Plan. Before this position, she served for more than 10 years as the Division Director at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency responsible for the development and operation of EPA's clean energy programs focused on removing market barriers for energy efficiency and renewable energy. These programs included the ENERGY STAR® program, programs for combined heat and power and renewable energy, corporate leadership programs, and efforts focused on state clean energy policies. Under her management, ENERGY STAR grew to a national brand for energy efficiency across products, new homes, and buildings. She was also a key convener of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency and has served as a technical advisor on the boards of a number of national and regional energy efficiency organizations. Earlier in her EPA career, she developed and managed programs to address emissions of methane and the high global warming potential gases including programs with the natural gas, waste management, livestock, aluminum smelting, and electronics industries. She also worked to address methane emissions in the Russian natural gas system and was an expert contributor on these topics to assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. She has been recognized for her work with a Presidential Rank Award, induction into the Energy Efficiency Hall of Fame of the U.S. Energy Association, and for being a contributor to the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. She has a Ph.D. from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Bucknell University.
Colin Hughes: Director of National Policy & Project Evaluation, Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP)
Executive Dialogue Session | 2C | Transforming transportation: how are we leveraging information and communications technologies to improve mobility and enhance efficiency? | Wednesday, May 11 | 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Colin directs best practice research on national urban transport policies and works with field offices and national ministries to implement national policies that support sustainable transportation. Colin also directs the project monitoring and impact evaluation at ITDP and is a specialist in research and planning for non-motorized transport and bicycle share systems. Colin is also the team captain of ITDP’s Climate Ride team. Before joining ITDP full-time in 2011, Colin worked as consultant with the Global Environmental Facility and the Asian Development Bank, to develop improved greenhouse gas analysis methodologies and low-carbon transport projects. He also worked with ITDP’s Guangzhou office to plan bicycle networks and bike-sharing facilities there. Colin has also worked for Arup, Bay Area Rapid Transit, and the U.S. Department of State. Colin is originally from Plymouth, Wisconsin and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Masters of City Planning from the University of California – Berkeley. Before his work in the field of urban planning he lived and worked as a bicycle tour leader in over a dozen countries.
Rob Ivester: Deputy Director, Advanced Manufacturing Office, U.S. Department of Energy
Executive Dialogue Session | 3A | Examining the energy-water nexus: How can we scale up efforts to meet the critical need for energy and water efficiency in water infrastructure and end uses? | Thursday, May 12 | 11:30 am - 12:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Dr. Robert W. Ivester currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. AMO is focused on creating a fertile innovation environment for advanced manufacturing, enabling vigorous domestic development of new energy-efficient manufacturing processes and materials technologies to reduce the energy intensity and life-cycle energy consumption of manufactured products. Prior to this position, he served as the Executive Secretary to the Inter-agency working group on Advanced Manufacturing, which was formed in 2011 under the National Science and Technology Council's Committee on Technology in the Executive Office of the President, which produced the February 2012 report A National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing. His research interests include manufacturing process metrology, modeling, and optimization. He has performed research to quantify uncertainty associated with measurements and model-based predictions of manufacturing process behavior. In particular, he has performed extensive research on the measurement of temperature and strain during metal cutting. He has been an instructor for the Johns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals program for graduate-level studies in manufacturing engineering since 2001. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and received his Ph.D. and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Lisa Jacobson : President , Business Council for Sustainable Energy
Executive Dialogue Session | 1D | Institutional Investments: Do Gains in Energy Productivity and Sustainability Resonate with Big Investors? | Wednesday, May 11 | 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.
Mark Johnson: Director, Advanced Manufacturing Office, Department of Energy
Executive Dialogue Session | 3A | Examining the energy-water nexus: How can we scale up efforts to meet the critical need for energy and water efficiency in water infrastructure and end uses? | Thursday, May 12 | 11:30 am - 12:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Dr. Mark Johnson is Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), in DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Previously, Dr. Johnson was a Program Director in the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), where he started initiatives in energy storage and critical materials, as well as projects in small business, advanced semiconductors, novel wind architectures, superconductors, and electric machines. Prior to joining DOE, Dr. Johnson served as the director of the Industry and Innovation Programs for the Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center, a National Science Foundation Gen-III Engineering Research Center targeting the convergence of power electronics, energy storage, renewable resource integration, and information technology for electric power systems. At North Carolina State University, Dr. Johnson is an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering with research interests including crystal growth and device fabrication of compound semiconductor materials with electronic and photonic application. Dr. Johnson has a bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University, both in Materials Science and Engineering.
Jon Jutsen: Chairman, Australian Alliance to Save Energy
Executive Dialogue Session | 1B | Beyond COP21: What role will energy efficiency play in the post-COP era? | Wednesday, May 11 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Jon is a thought leader in energy and carbon management, based in Australia. He has provided advice to executive teams and governments in Australia, USA, UK and South East Asia, as well as communicating widely on these topics for 35 years. He has a great passion to simultaneously protect the environment and to improve the sustainability and competitiveness of business. 30 years ago Jon founded Energetics, Australia’s leading energy and climate change consultancy for business and government: www.energetics.com.au Jon is the Chairman of the Australian Alliance to Save Energy. The focus of the Alliance is to double Australia's energy productivity by 2030 (2xEP), taking its inspiration from Kateri and the US Alliance: www.a2se.org.au He is a chemical engineer with a Masters in Energy Technology. He was selected as one of the ‘100 Most Influential Engineers in Australia’ and is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Science and Engineering. He has been recognised through many awards including Engineer of the Year and Millenium Medal for his contributions to the field. Jon was named in the Crikey listing of the top 25 carbon cutters, and WME Leaders list for 'Energy and Carbon'. He is also a member of the Climate Change Council, advising the NSW government on energy/climate change issues.
Srinvias Katipamula: Staff Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Executive Dialogue Session | 3C | Intelligent efficiency: how can systems-level integration and intelligence reduce building energy consumption and operating costs? | Thursday, May 12 | 11:30 am - 12:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Srinivas Katipamula is a Staff Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). At PNNL, Dr. Katipamula leads a number of research projects in advanced controls, automated fault detection and diagnostics, building operations and building-grid integration. For over 25 years, Katipamula’s career has focused on improving the operating efficiency of commercial buildings. Prior to joining PNNL, he led the analytics group at the Enron Energy Services. Previously, he also worked at Energy Systems Laboratory, at Texas A&M University, where he developed a number of measurement and verification techniques to measure energy savings from retrofits. He has extensive technical experience in the evaluation of advanced design concepts for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, development of automated fault detection and diagnostic techniques, self-correcting controls, building and energy system simulations, and analysis and evaluation of new energy efficient technologies, development and use of analytical modeling techniques. A fellow of the American Society for Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Nationally, Katipamula held a number of positions, including serving as a member of California Technical Forum, ASHRAE Standards Committee, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology Institute, reviewing proposals for National Science Foundation and Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy and also served as an associate editor of the ASME Journal of Energy Resources Technology from 2006 to 2014.
Christopher Kelson : Global Product Manager, IoT & Connected Home, Whirlpool
Executive Dialogue Session | 1C | Internet of things: how are advances in connectivity driving energy efficiency and enhancing the consumer experience? | Wednesday, May 11 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Christopher Kelson is Global Product Manager, IoT & Connected Home, at Whirlpool Corporation. Christopher has a diverse 15 year background in industrial systems, technology, renewable energy, energy management, global program, project management, team leadership. Christopher is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a Masters in Business Administration from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Mark Kenber: CEO, The Climate Group
Executive Dialogue Session | 4B | Doubling energy productivity: how are private sector commitments and best practices advancing global energy productivity policies? | Thursday, May 12 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Plenary Session | P2 | Doubling Energy Productivity Through Government Leadership | Thursday, May 12 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Mark Kenber is an economist who has worked on climate change for nearly twenty years and is an expert on international climate policy. Before becoming CEO in 2011, Mark was The Climate Group’s Deputy CEO and Policy Director. In his role as Policy Director, Mark advised former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair in the joint policy initiative Breaking the Climate Deadlock (2007-2009), which produced a series of high-level reports outlining the economic and technological rationale for a global climate deal and its key components. He also co-founded the successful Verified Carbon Standard (formerly Voluntary Carbon Standard - VCS), now the most popular kite mark for the $400 million voluntary carbon market. Immediately prior to joining The Climate Group, Mark was Senior Policy Officer at WWF’s International Climate Change Programme, focusing on carbon market and finance issues. During this time he worked on the creation of the CDM Gold Standard, a tool for channelling carbon market investments into sustainable clean energy projects. He has also served as Director of Planning at Fundacion Natura, Ecuador’s largest environmental organization, and climate change advisor to the Ecuadorian government. Mark has taught at universities in both the UK and Ecuador and is a frequent speaker at public events. He has published widely on environmental policy and climate change and is a regular commentator in the press. He lives in Brighton and is married with one daughter.
Siegfried Knecht: Vice President, Head of CTO External Affairs Germany, Airbus
Drew Kodjak: Executive Director, International Council on Clean Transportation
Executive Dialogue Session | 2C | Transforming transportation: how are we leveraging information and communications technologies to improve mobility and enhance efficiency? | Wednesday, May 11 | 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Drew Kodjak is Executive Director of the International Council on Clean Transportation, a group of government environmental regulators and international experts from around the world who participate as individuals with a common purpose of improving the environmental performance and efficiency of vehicles and fuels. Prior to joining the ICCT in 2005, Mr. Kodjak served as Program Director for the DC-based National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP), a bipartisan 16-member Commission of energy experts that released a highly influential report, Ending the Energy Stalemate, in December 2004. Before the NCEP, Mr. Kodjak spent several years as an Attorney-Advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality in Ann Arbor, MI. During his tenure with the EPA, Mr. Kodjak was awarded the EPA Gold Metal for his work on the heavy-duty diesel rule. Mr. Kodjak is a member of Bar Associations in Minnesota, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
James Koehler: President, National Capital Area Chapter, U.S. Association for Energy Economics
Executive Dialogue Session | 4D | Carbon scoring: How can capital markets be used as a substitute for a tax on carbon? | Thursday, May 12 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
James Koehler is an energy finance, markets, and policy expert serving as Associate Director in Berkeley Research Group's international Energy and Natural Resources practice, based in Washington, D.C. He is a senior member of an expert team analyzing markets, financing, and risk for global energy projects and provides strategic, economic, and commercial advice to guide developers through an increasingly complex and competitive global energy marketplace - including new considerations surrounding the imperatives of climate change, environmental stewardship, and privatization. He has provided strategic advice and guidance to institutional investors involving issues across the energy value-chain, including utilities and power generation, cleantech integration, oil and gas production, LNG, transportation, biofuels, efficiency, and carbon regulation. Mr. Koehler also serves in multiple positions of energy-related leadership, including: • President of the US Association for Energy Economics – National Capital Area Chapter (USAEE-NCAC), where he leads a professional organization of 300 members and 13 Board members • Professor of Practice at Georgetown University, where he teaches a graduate-level course covering energy structure and markets to students in the School of Foreign Service and School of Business. • Non-Resident Fellow on Renewable Energy and Climate, US State Department, where he was selected for his expertise in renewable energy and energy efficiency to consult with private sector and government officials in Latin America, on behalf of the State Department. • Co-Chair, Energy Expert Group, Truman National Security Project, where he leads a group of 250 fellows developing policies and strategies at the intersection of energy, climate, and national security. Mr. Koehler has been featured in major media outlets and spoken at finance, trade, and university conferences in the United States and the UK. He began his career as a senior advisor in the United States Senate to Ken Salazar (D-CO) and served as a Teaching Assistant to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. He is a graduate of Boston College and Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. In his spare time, he is an avid fly-fisherman.
Thomas R. Kuhn: President, Edison Electric Institute (EEI)
Plenary Session | P1 | Electrifying the Economy: Driving Energy Productivity in the Digital Age | Wednesday, May 11 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Tom Kuhn is President of the Edison Electric Institute, the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. EEI’s members provide electricity for 220 million Americans, operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and directly employ more than 500,000 workers. In addition, EEI has 70 international electric companies as International Members, and 270 industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members. Mr. Kuhn joined the Institute in 1985 as executive vice president, was named chief operating officer in 1988, and elected president in 1990. Prior to joining EEI, Mr. Kuhn was president of the American Nuclear Energy Council, which subsequently merged with the Nuclear Energy Institute. The Council represented virtually all of the companies in the commercial nuclear power industry. He joined the Council in 1975 as vice president, government affairs, and became president in 1983. From 1972 to 1975, Mr. Kuhn headed the energy section of the investment banking firm, Alex Brown and Sons. Prior to that, from 1970 to 1972, he was White House Liaison Officer to the Secretary of the Navy. Mr. Kuhn received a BA in Economics in 1968 from Yale University, served as a Naval Officer following his graduation, and received an MBA in 1972 from George Washington University. He completed the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Senior Executive Program in 1989. Mr. Kuhn served on the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board and the Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the Boards of the Alliance to Save Energy, the United States Energy Association, the Electric Drive Transportation Association, and the American Council for Capital Formation. He is Chairman-Emeritus of the Committee of 100 of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Chairman-Emeritus of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and past-chairman of the Alliance to Save Energy, the ASAE/Key Industry Association Committee, and the Trade Association Liaison Council. Mr. Kuhn is Chairman-Emeritus of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as well as the National Capital Chapter. He currently serves on the Board of the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Kuhn served on the Board of the National Park Foundation. Mr. Kuhn was awarded the Bess Goodman Humanitarian Award in 2000. He served as 1992 and 1997 chairman of the Associations Division, United Way Campaign, and chairman of the 1996 through 1998 National Alliance to End Homelessness Awards dinners. Mr. Kuhn was chosen as Association Executive of the Year 2000 by Association TRENDS magazine. He was the recipient of The Energy Daily’s 2000 Public Policy Leadership Award. He received the Alliance to Save Energy’s 2004 Chairman’s Award. Mr. Kuhn also received the 2009 ASAE/Center for Association Leadership’s Key Award. He is the recipient of the Fund for American Studies (TFAS) 2014 Congressional Scholarship Award. In September 2015, Mr. Kuhn was honored as the 2015 Trade Association CEO of the Year. Presented by CEO Update, the award recognizes excellence in trade associations and professional societies.
Saurabh Kumar: Managing Director, EESL Limited
Executive Dialogue Session | 2D | Transitioning finance: What are the challenges of moving away from traditional grant based programs and upscaling alternative energy efficiency financing programs? | Wednesday, May 11 | 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Mr. Saurabh Kumar is an Indian Revenue Service officer of 1992 batch. He is an Electrical Engineer from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur and Masters in Public Policy from National Graduate Institute of Policy Studies, Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Saurabh Kumar has worked in various capacities in Income Tax Department, Ministry of Power, and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). He was Secretary, BEE during 2007-2010. He proceeded on a UN Deputation to Bangkok for the last 2 years and was handling environmental issues in Asia – Pacific region. Mr. Saurabh Kumar has been appointed as the Managing Director, Energy Efficiency Services Limited by the Ministry of Power and he took over as the Managing Director of EESL on 6th of May 2013.
Chuck Kutscher: Director, Buildings and Thermal Systems Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Executive Dialogue Session | 2A | Buildings of the Future: How do we design and construct energy-efficient, resilient and climate adaptive buildings? | Wednesday, May 11 | 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Dr. Charles (Chuck) Kutscher is Director of the Buildings and Thermal Systems Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. He has led research in solar heating and cooling, building energy efficiency, solar industrial process heat, geothermal power, and concentrating solar power. He is a Fellow of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and served as ASES Chair in 2000-2001. He was the Chair of two major conferences: the SOLAR 2006 national solar energy conference and the 2012 World Renewable Energy Forum. Dr. Kutscher is editor of the 200-page ASES report, Tackling Climate Change in the U.S., which details how energy efficiency and six renewable energy technologies can greatly reduce U.S carbon emissions by 2030. He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Colorado School of Mines. He has a B.S. in physics from the State University of New York at Albany, an M.S. in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois, and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Rachel Kyte: CEO, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All)
Plenary Session | P2 | Doubling Energy Productivity Through Government Leadership | Thursday, May 12 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Rachel Kyte is Chief Executive Officer of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All. A leading advocate for sustainable development, Ms. Kyte is focused on affordable, reliable and sustainable energy as the key to combating both poverty and climate change. Ms. Kyte drives SE4All’s work to mobilize action towards its 2030 goals of ensuring universal access to modern energy services. doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency. and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. As Special Representative for the Secretary General she is the point person in the UN for action towards the recently agreed global goal on sustainable energy. Ms Kyte served until December 2015 as World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, leading the Bank Group’s efforts to campaign for an ambitious agreement at the 21st Convention of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP 21). She was previously World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development and was the International Finance Corporation Vice President for Business Advisory Services. Recipient of numerous awards for women’s leadership, climate action and sustainable development, she is a Professor of practice in sustainable development at Tuft’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She holds a master’s degree in international relations from Fletcher, and a bachelor’s degree in history and politics from the University of London.
Jennifer Layke: Director, Building Efficiency Initiative, World Resources Institute
Executive Dialogue Session | 1B | Beyond COP21: What role will energy efficiency play in the post-COP era? | Wednesday, May 11 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Jennifer Layke is the Director of the Building Efficiency Initiative in the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Jennifer leads the Building Efficiency Initiative’s research and collaboration with WRI cities teams, policymakers and global buildings experts. From 2010-2014 Jennifer ran Johnson Controls’ Institute for Building Efficiency a global initiative to provide information and analyses on the technologies, policies, and practices to deliver high performance buildings. In addition, she supported strategic planning on corporate energy, sustainability and policy goals. Jennifer’s prior experience includes 12 years at the World Resources Institute where she was deputy director, Climate and Energy Program. She founded The Green Power Market Development Group which developed innovative energy procurement paths for corporate use of clean energy in the U.S. and Europe. Jennifer also managed corporate partnerships focused on strategies to reduce GHG emissions and was the lead for WRI’s participation in USCAP, a partnership between environmentalists and business providing consensus recommendations on carbon cap-and-trade policy approaches. Jennifer’s international experience includes consulting for the World Bank and the U.S. EPA on Montreal Protocol technology transfer. She has an A.B. in Asian Studies/Political Studies from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, and a M.S. and MBA from the University of Michigan. In 1990, she was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Foundation fellowship for a year of sociology research in Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan.
Mark MacCracken, P.E., Pte. LEED-Fellow: CEO, CALMAC Manufacturing Corporation
Executive Dialogue Session | 2A | Buildings of the Future: How do we design and construct energy-efficient, resilient and climate adaptive buildings? | Wednesday, May 11 | 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Mark M. MacCracken is the CEO of CALMAC Manufacturing Corporation, which is one of the largest manufacturers of Thermal Energy Storage equipment in the world, with over 4,000 installations in 37 countries. In his over 35 years with the firm, he has assisted in the design of hundreds of Ice Storage systems around the world. Some of the recent installations of in New York City are for The Durst Organization, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Tower and Rockefeller Center. He has his BS in Mechanical Engineering, has three U.S. Patents, is a Professional Engineer and a LEED-Fellow. He is, or recently has served as Chairman of the Board of USGBC, AEE’s Energy Engineer of the Year, Vice Chair of ASHRAE Standard 189.1, Board of Director of Urban Green and is a ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer.
Ken Locklin: Director, Impax Asset Management
Executive Dialogue Session | 4D | Carbon scoring: How can capital markets be used as a substitute for a tax on carbon? | Thursday, May 12 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 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
Executive Dialogue Session | 3C | Intelligent efficiency: how can systems-level integration and intelligence reduce building energy consumption and operating costs? | Thursday, May 12 | 11:30 am - 12:45 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.
Kevin Lucas: Director of Research, Alliance to Save Energy
Executive Dialogue Session | 2B | Beyond Clean Power Plan: how do you design a regulatory framework for utilities that drives energy efficiency and climate mitigation? | Wednesday, May 11 | 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Kevin Lucas is the Alliance’s Director of Research. In this role, he helps the Alliance conduct and organize analyses of energy efficiency policies, programs, and technologies that assist in the development of Alliance positions on federal and state legislative initiatives and rulemakings. Before joining the Alliance in January, 2016, Kevin was the Director of Policy, Planning, and Analysis at the Maryland Energy Administration. In this role, Kevin worked closely with utility, industry, and advocacy stakeholders and state agencies such as the Public Service Commission, Department of Environment, and Office of the Governor to help advance policy goals related to energy and the environment. He also worked with MEA’s Energy Program division to provide technical and analytical insight to assist the implementation of programs that support policies such as the Renewable Portfolio Standard and EmPOWER Maryland. Previously, Kevin worked for Accenture, a technology consulting firm, where he designed and implemented business process solutions for Fortune 500 clients. Kevin attended Princeton University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. More recently, Kevin attended the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he received a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship and sustainable enterprise.
Michael H. Mazor : Fellow & Dow Scientist for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, The Dow Chemical Company
Elizabeth McDonald: President, Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance
Executive Dialogue Session | 2A | Buildings of the Future: How do we design and construct energy-efficient, resilient and climate adaptive buildings? | Wednesday, May 11 | 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Elizabeth McDonald has experience as a senior executive, industry advocate, industry advisor and board member with over 25 years experience in government relations, advocacy, organizational management, and communications with an accomplished record of service as a diplomatic intermediary between industry and government. In August of 2012, she accepted the position of President and CEO of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA), the national voice of energy efficiency and conservation in Canada. Since that time she has worked with the Board of CEEA on a strategic review of CEEA, developing new communication tools and launching CEEA’s first annual survey of Canadians on energy efficiency and conservation. CEEA will also hold its first Thought Leaders Conference in April of 2013 in order to develop a “white paper” which will underpin the Association’s activities going forward. Previous to this she was President of Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) from May of 2007 to September 2011. CanSIA is the national trade association that represents the interests of all aspects of the solar industry in Canada. Elizabeth works closely with all levels of government including the federal government of Canada. In particular she has collaborated with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), who named her an Investment Canada Champion.
Mark Menzer: Director, Public Affairs, Danfoss
Executive Dialogue Session | 1A | Increasing EE through connected systems: how can communities take into account holistic system efficiency from day one? | Wednesday, May 11 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Mark Menzer is Director of Public Affairs for Danfoss, a manufacturer of high-efficiency components for air conditioning and refrigeration systems. Prior to this, Mark was Regional VP at Intertek laboratories and was 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. He has a degree in mechanical engineering from NYU and graduate studies at the University of Delaware. He is a member of ASHRAE and has served on the Management Committee of the International institute of Refrigeration.
Lars Bo Moller: Deputy Chief of Mission, Ambassador, Royal Danish Embassy
Plenary Session | P3 | EE Visionary Awards Luncheon: Awarding the most energy-efficient campuses | Wednesday, May 11 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Petra Mollet: Chief of Staff, American Public Transportation Association
Executive Dialogue Session | 2C | Transforming transportation: how are we leveraging information and communications technologies to improve mobility and enhance efficiency? | Wednesday, May 11 | 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Petra Mollet is chief of staff for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Her responsibilities include APTA's governance, strategic planning and annual business planning, as well as overseeing human resources. Before she joined APTA in February 2008, Mollet was director of corporate development in the corporate office at the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) based in Brussels, Belgium. She led UITP’s worldwide expansion and its external relations, as well as supporting the launch of UITP’s Sustainable Development Program in 2001. Mollet earlier was executive director of POLIS, an association of European local and regional transportation authorities. She began her professional career as a writer, researcher, and editorial assistant for the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA). She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and holds a master’s degree in natural resources from Virginia Tech.
Melanie Nakagawa: Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Transformation, Department of State
Executive Dialogue Session | 1B | Beyond COP21: What role will energy efficiency play in the post-COP era? | Wednesday, May 11 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Melanie Nakagawa serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Transformation in the Bureau of Energy Resources. Ms. Nakagawa is responsible for promoting the shift toward a low carbon economy as integral to economic development and addressing global energy and climate change challenges. By focusing on innovative financing approaches and the use of market forces to achieve greater efficiency and cleaner performance in energy systems, she guides the Bureau’s effort to engage in the critical intersection of energy with national security and foreign policy priorities. She directs the Bureau’s efforts to reform electricity and power systems and develop more efficient and reliable municipal, national, and regional electricity markets. She also leads the Department’s efforts to assist countries as they work toward implementing their energy commitments to address global climate change, focusing on sustainable energy policy, addressing institutional reforms, and supporting business opportunities as essential components to a global energy transition. To foster this transition, she will be advancing efforts to support countries’ energy goals to deploy lower carbon energy resources into key markets, expanding regional cooperation and interconnectivity, and through the United States’ participation in multilateral and international organizations and partnerships. From June 2013-December 2015, she served on Secretary Kerry’s Policy Planning Staff, focusing on climate change, energy, environment, and development issues. In this role she served as a strategic advisor to the Secretary, supporting his efforts to elevate climate change as a foreign policy priority. Previously, she served as the Senior Energy and Environment Counsel on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee for then-Chairman John F. Kerry. She developed policy recommendations, drafted legislation, and conducted oversight on energy security, climate change and environmental issues. Prior to her government service, she was an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council. She received her J.D. and M.A. in International Affairs from American University’s Washington College of Law and School of International Service, and A.B. from Brown University.
Clay Nesler : Vice President, Global Energy & Sustainability, Johnson Controls
Executive Dialogue Session | 3C | Intelligent efficiency: how can systems-level integration and intelligence reduce building energy consumption and operating costs? | Thursday, May 12 | 11:30 am - 12:45 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.
Senator Rob Portman : (R-OH), U.S. Senate
Plenary Session | P1 | Electrifying the Economy: Driving Energy Productivity in the Digital Age | Wednesday, May 11 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
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.
Catherine Potter: Director of Global Environmental Affairs, Johnson Controls
Executive Dialogue Session | 4B | Doubling energy productivity: how are private sector commitments and best practices advancing global energy productivity policies? | Thursday, May 12 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Catherine Potter is Director, Global Environmental Affairs at Johnson Controls, where she leads initiatives across the enterprise and with external stakeholders to continue to elevate the company’s leadership and results on environmental sustainability. Previously Catherine worked as a Director at PwC, where she led strategy consulting projects for a wide range of global corporate clients on sustainability, including helping companies identify product and service innovations that would help protect the environment and grow revenue. As an early employee of Opower, a leader in energy efficiency software as a service, Catherine worked with electric and gas utilities across the U.S. to drive energy efficiency through a platform of innovative tools designed to engage customers on saving energy. Catherine also previously worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company, leading quantitative and qualitative analysis for corporate strategy projects. She started her career in the public sector, first working for the U.S. Department of Transportation and then for U.S. Senator Durbin as his energy and environment adviser, where she worked on a range of policy issues, including nuclear waste, fuel efficiency for cars and trucks, and clean water. Catherine has an MBA from Stanford, where she was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and a BA from the University of Chicago, where she was Phi Beta Kappa and a Truman Scholar.
Dennis Quinn: COO & Co-founder, Joule Assets
Executive Dialogue Session | 3D | Big investments: what are the best financing mechanisms for helping small and medium enterprises value and drive energy efficiency? | Thursday, May 12 | 11:30 am - 12:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Mr. Quinn is an experienced executive with extensive service in both the regulated and non-regulated electric utility industry. He brings considerable experience in energy based project financing and investments. As co-founder and COO of Joule Assets, Mr. Quinn is responsible for establishment and operations of Joule’s ERA Fund, development of Joule’s contractor finance network and development of the Fund’s performance-based financing models. Previously, Mr. Quinn was a founding member and CEO of Celerity Energy LLC, one of the first demand response companies in the US in 2000 where he built a western US portfolio comprised of university, commercial and industrial clients. Mr. Quinn was instrumental in developing early rules of participation for DR in California. His vision to create a fully dispatchable portfolio of resources under a 25 MW long term contract led to one of the first successful third-party-owned non-spin reserve DG/DR resources in the US. Mr. Quinn successfully sold Celerity Energy in 2006 to Enernoc. Mr. Quinn’s experience and success with energy efficiency and conservation stretches back over 30 years. As Vice President of PacifiCorp Development Company, he led development efforts for over $300m in domestic and international operating power projects.
S. Raghupathy: Executive Director & Head, CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre
Executive Dialogue Session | 3A | Examining the energy-water nexus: How can we scale up efforts to meet the critical need for energy and water efficiency in water infrastructure and end uses? | Thursday, May 12 | 11:30 am - 12:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
S Raghupathy has been instrumental in conceptualizing and creating the CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre, the Centre of Excellence in Hyderabad. Under his dynamic leadership, the Green Business Centre has evolved as a leader in energy efficiency, green buildings and water management activities. He also played a key role in achieving the prestigious Platinum Rating for the CII Godrej GBC building. S Raghupathy has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Annamalai University and was awarded a gold medal for his excellent academic record. He started his career in 1982 in a chemical MNC before shifting to the field of energy efficiency. In 1992, he was named "National Expert on Energy Conservation" for the prestigious UNDP-Government of India Energy Audit project. Over a period of time, with over 500 industrial energy audits and 150 training programmes to his credit, he has developed a reputation for himself as an expert in energy management in industrial and building sector.
Sam Ricketts: Director – Washington DC , Office of Governor Jay Inslee
Executive Dialogue Session | 3B | Subnational governments: How are they serving as living policy laboratories? | Thursday, May 12 | 11:30 am - 12:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Sam Ricketts is the director of Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s Washington, DC Office, where he serves as the governor’s chief liaison with Congress, the federal government, and the National and Western Governors Associations. He assists and advises the governor and state agencies on federal policy as it affects the Evergreen State, and advocates for action on the governor’s federal policy priorities. Previously, from 2009 to 2012 Sam served as the executive director of the Congressional Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition (SEEC) – a caucus formed by then-Congressman Inslee and Congressman Steve Israel to promote clean energy and climate action. In 2011, during his time with SEEC, Sam was honored by the Alliance to Save Energy as an “unsung hero of energy efficiency.” Sam has worked on numerous campaigns and causes in the states of Washington and New York. He is a Seattle native, and holds bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Syracuse University.
Marshal Salant: Global Head of Alternative Energy Finance, Citigroup
Executive Dialogue Session | 2D | Transitioning finance: What are the challenges of moving away from traditional grant based programs and upscaling alternative energy efficiency financing programs? | Wednesday, May 11 | 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Marshal Salant is the Global Head of Citi’s Alternative Energy Finance (AEF) Group in the Capital Markets Origination Division. AEF focuses on providing full service financing solutions to Citi’s Alternative Energy clients for alternative energy projects and pools of projects. Solutions include Construction Financing, Project Debt Financing in the Bank and Bond Markets (144A and 4(2) Private Placements), Tax Equity, Leasing, Project Equity, Warehouse/Accumulation Facilities, ABS Securitizations, and YieldCos, as well as commodities, interest rate, and FX hedging. AEF also provides advisory services, and helps clients access various Loan Guarantee Programs and other forms of government support. AEF is active in Wind, Solar, and Geothermal Power projects, as well as Fuel Cells, Biomass, Synfuels, Waste-to-energy, and other new renewable energy technologies, and Energy Efficiency. Marshal joined Citi from Morgan Stanley, where he was a member of the Capital Markets Management Committee and Head of the Global Structured Products Group. Mr. Salant has broad experience as a financial engineer in Structured Finance and New Product Development of innovative and complex financial instruments. During his years at Morgan Stanley, Mr. Salant led the development of the Structured Notes business, the Collateralized Bond Obligations business, the Structured Credit business, the Structured Tax business, the Structured Insurance Products business and the FIG Client Solutions business. While at Morgan Stanley, Marshal had significant experience in Synfuel and Alternative Energy Tax Equity financings in the Wind, Solar, and Geothermal sectors. Mr. Salant oversaw the investment of more than $2 billion in Tax Equity and developed new financing structures, as agent and as principal, for numerous clients in the Alternative Energy industry. Mr. Salant is a Trustee of The Johns Hopkins University. He received his MBA, with Distinction, from The Harvard Business School and holds BA and BES Degrees, with Honors, in Mathematical Sciences, from The Johns Hopkins University.
Ashok Sarkar: Senior Energy Specialist & Task Team Lead – Energy Efficiency Projects (South Asia and Middle East regions) Energy & Extractives Global Practice, World Bank
Executive Dialogue Session | 3D | Big investments: what are the best financing mechanisms for helping small and medium enterprises value and drive energy efficiency? | Thursday, May 12 | 11:30 am - 12:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Dr. Ashok Sarkar is involved in strategic efforts for scaling up energy efficiency operations and finance in the World Bank’s Global Energy Practice, based in Washington DC. He has over 22 years of experience in over 35 countries in Asia and Pacific, Africa, Eastern Europe, and North and Latin America regions. He had established the Energy Efficiency Community of Practice of the World Bank and had led it for 7 years, until 2013. Before the World Bank, Ashok had worked in Asian Development Bank in Manila. US Agency for International Development, and in RMA, a US-based international energy consulting firm. Ashok is currently engaged in operations in India, Bangladesh, and Saudi Arabia. After his undergraduate engineering degree from the University of Delhi, he worked with BHEL-India, designing thermal power stations. He has a MS in Energy Planning and Policy from the Asian Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. He has published over 50 papers and delivered over 120 presentations. He has been a regular visiting faculty for 15 years at the annual sustainable energy summer program of the University of Oslo, Norway. Ashok had served as a member of UNFCCC’s CDM Methodologies Panel in 2005-2007. He is currently the chair of the UNEP’s U4E-enlighten International Experts Task Force of LED Lighting and Controls.
Reuben Sarkar: Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation, U.S Department of Energy
Executive Dialogue Session | 2C | Transforming transportation: how are we leveraging information and communications technologies to improve mobility and enhance efficiency? | Wednesday, May 11 | 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Reuben Sarkar is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation. He oversees EERE's Sustainable Transportation area, which includes the Vehicle, Fuel Cell, and Bioenergy Technologies offices. He oversees annual investment of more than $600 million with a focus to reduce our oil dependence, avoid pollution, and create jobs by designing and manufacturing petroleum alternatives and more energy efficient cars and trucks. Before joining EERE, he worked at Proterra Inc., a leading manufacturer of electric buses and fast charging stations. Most recently he was responsible for business development and strategy. During his time at Proterra, Reuben directed electric vehicle market analysis, competitive intelligence, product planning, technology road mapping, intellectual property management, utility rate and grid integration activities and other strategic initiatives. He also led engineering programs, including overseeing fuel cell bus demonstration programs and the development of Proterra's first generation all-electric bus. This was the first electric bus to pass the rigorous Federal bus testing requirements at Altoona, and is deployed in public transit service today in multiple cities. He also spearheaded the definition of Proterra's second generation electric bus platform. Previously, Reuben spent more than 10 years at General Motors where his most recent position was as lead design release engineer on the electric drive unit for the Chevy Volt. He was responsible for the engineering execution from paper concept into production intent builds. He started his career at GM as a fuels and lubricants expert and had held various roles in new transmission and hybrid system development and production launch programs. Reuben holds both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in chemical engineering, as well as an MBA with high distinction, all from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Dan Seligman : Senior Manager - Energy Efficiency , CERES
Ersilia Serafini : President, SummerHill Group
Executive Dialogue Session | 2A | Buildings of the Future: How do we design and construct energy-efficient, resilient and climate adaptive buildings? | Wednesday, May 11 | 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Since 2009, Ersilia has led Summerhill through a period of change and transformation into a leading energy efficiency and product stewardship company. She takes great pride in the integrity of Summerhill’s mission while maximizing business value for clients and partners. Ersilia deeply values each member of her staff and has made it a priority to maintain the cultural foundation of the business. She is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, acts as the Vice-Chair of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee to the Independent Electricity Systems Operator (IESO), is a member of the campaign cabinet for Environmental Defense’s Just Beautiful campaign, and volunteers her time with the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research Canada. In 2012, Ersilia received the Next Generation Award for Business Excellence from the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario.
Kenneth Shiver: Chief Economist, Director of Planning & Regulatory Support, Southern Company
Executive Dialogue Session | 4C | Utility of the future: how are emerging technologies transforming the utility industry? | Thursday, May 12 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Francis Slakey: Executive Director, Georgetown University Energy Prize
Executive Dialogue Session | 3B | Subnational governments: How are they serving as living policy laboratories? | Thursday, May 12 | 11:30 am - 12:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Francis Slakey is the Executive Director of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a Professor of Physics at Georgetown University, and author of the international best-selling adventure memoir “To The Last Breath”. Dr. Slakey received his PhD in Physics in 1992 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His technical publications on the topic of energy and light-scattering have received more than 500 citations. He has also written on energy policy for the popular press, including The New York Times, Washington Post, and Scientific American. He has served in advisory positions for a diverse set of organizations including the National Geographic, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Creative Coalition, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a MacArthur Scholar, and a Lemelson Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Slakey became the 28th American to summit Mt. Everest in an unguided environmental expedition that was the subject of the award-winning movie "Beyond the Summit". He is the first person in history to both summit the highest mountain on every continent and surf every ocean. In recognition of his adventures, as part of the 2002 Olympic Games, he carried the Olympic torch from the steps of the US Capitol.
Ken Smith: President and CEO, District Energy St. Paul
Executive Dialogue Session | 1A | Increasing EE through connected systems: how can communities take into account holistic system efficiency from day one? | Wednesday, May 11 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Kenneth W. Smith was named President and CEO of District Energy St. Paul in August 2010. He also serves as the president and CEO of affiliate Ever-Green Energy. Prior to joining District Energy in 2006, Ken worked for over 20 years consulting, designing, and implementing energy projects globally for a variety of industries. He is a regular contributor to conferences, studies, legislative initiatives and task forces and a frequent speaker nationally and internationally on energy trends, renewable energy, energy conservation and integrated energy systems. Ken serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the International District Energy Association. Ken has a M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from North Dakota State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in several states and a member of several professional organizations.
Dana Soukup: Vice-President, Enterprise, Siemens Building Technologies
Executive Dialogue Session | 1C | Internet of things: how are advances in connectivity driving energy efficiency and enhancing the consumer experience? | Wednesday, May 11 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Since joining Siemens in 1998, Dana has served in several sales and management positions including ESCO sales, ESCO General Management, Branch Management, Area Management and 4 years as Zone Manager where he was responsible for leading and managing the entire Mountain Pacific Zone business. In 2012 he became responsible for the BT Americas Solutions Business which primarily executes large new-construction projects in the areas of building automation, fire safety and security. Since 2014 Dana has led BT’s focus on Enterprise-level clients and has successfully built this business to provide innovative solutions that can be consistently executed across wide geographies. In this process, Dana has also led the development of new businesses for BT such as Data Centers, Oil & Gas and Federal amongst several others. He also manages our Building Performance & Sustainability business that provides solutions and services that help reduce energy, that produce energy through Distributed Energy Systems and that procures energy for a variety of clients in several different vertical markets.
Kelly Speakes-Backman: Senior Vice President of Policy & Research, Alliance to Save Energy
Plenary Session | P1 | Electrifying the Economy: Driving Energy Productivity in the Digital Age | Wednesday, May 11 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Kelly Speakes-Backman is Senior Vice President of Policy and Research at the Alliance to Save Energy. Previous to this position, she was an appointed Commissioner with the Maryland Public Service Commission, from 2011 to 2015. As an adjunct to the Commission, she also served as chair of the Board of Directors of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, as a co-vice chair of the NARUC Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment, as a co-chair to the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership’s EM&V Forum, and as a member of the EPRI Energy Efficiency & Grid Modernization Public Advisory Group. Kelly has spent more than 20 years working in energy and energy efficiency, sustainability, renewables, and environmental business strategies. Her direct technology experience includes power generation from solar, wind, biogas and biomass, distributed generation, natural gas, smart grid and fuel cells. She joined the public service sector in 2010 as the Clean Energy Director at the Maryland Energy Administration, where she led a team of policy experts and grant administrators to implement programs to meet the Administration’s goal of increasing Maryland’s renewable energy portfolio to 20 percent by 2022. Kelly has testified in Congressional Committees on energy issues, presented regularly at energy industry events and has authored several articles published in energy trade magazines. She also has served on several energy-related steering committees, including the GridWise Alliance (GWA) Grid Modernization Index (GMI) Steering Committee. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Boston University.
Joseph Stagner : Executive Director, Sustainability & Energy Management , Stanford University
Executive Dialogue Session | 3C | Intelligent efficiency: how can systems-level integration and intelligence reduce building energy consumption and operating costs? | Thursday, May 12 | 11:30 am - 12:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Plenary Session | P3 | EE Visionary Awards Luncheon: Awarding the most energy-efficient campuses | Wednesday, May 11 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Joseph Stagner is Executive Director of Sustainability & Energy Management at Stanford University, leading the university’s Office of Sustainability, Facilities Energy Management, Utilities, and Parking & Transportation departments. Prior to joining Stanford in 2007 Joe served on the senior facilities management team at UC Davis for fourteen years, following fifteen years in utility engineering and management with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Pacific Gas & Electric Company amongst others. Joe led development of the Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI) project which cut the university’s energy use in half and is expected to save the university several hundred million dollars over the next 30 years. SESI also provides an immediate 68% reduction in campus greenhouse gas emissions and a 15% reduction in potable water use. Joe holds patents for the district energy system performance optimization software developed for SESI and an in-situ groundwater pollution cleanup system he developed while at UC Davis.
Allen Stayman: Senior Professional Staff, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Executive Dialogue Session | 1C | Internet of things: how are advances in connectivity driving energy efficiency and enhancing the consumer experience? | Wednesday, May 11 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Allen Stayman first joined the staff of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in 1984 to handle several issues including energy conservation. Allen staffed Committee consideration of the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act of 1987 (NAECA), the first law to implement consensus appliance standards, and he worked on numerous efficiency provisions until leaving the Committee in 1993 for positions in the departments of the Interior, and State. Allen worked for the Alliance to Save Energy for two years before returning to the Energy Committee in 2003. He continues to staff matters related to efficiency for appliances, buildings and Federal energy management.
Tyler Suiters: Vice President, Communications, Consumer Technology Association
Plenary Session | P1 | Electrifying the Economy: Driving Energy Productivity in the Digital Age | Wednesday, May 11 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Tyler Suiters oversees the Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA) strategic communications efforts – including support for energy and environmental policy advocacy – and has a deep background in the sustainability sector. His team has supported CTA research on the increasing efficiency of in-home technologies, the energy and emissions savings under the Set-Top Box Voluntary Agreement, and the sustainability efforts of CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies – which is owned and produced by CTA. Tyler’s previous work as Vice President, International Affairs at Edelman Worldwide included providing sustainability program counsel to energy companies in the fossil fuels and renewables sectors – both exploration/production and generation – and environmental sector stakeholders including WWF. He also spent time living in the Persian Gulf, while implementing strategies for the United Arab Emirates’ Directorate of Energy and Climate Change. Prior to joining the Edelman team, Tyler covered international environmental and energy policy as Chief Correspondent for the national TV program energyNOW! on Bloomberg. In additional to extensive coverage on and around Capitol Hill, his assignments took him to such locales as China, Israel and Iceland, and included covering UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark. Cancun, Mexico. and Durban, South Africa.
Peter Sweatman: Chief Executive Officer, Climate Strategy & Partners
Executive Dialogue Session | 2D | Transitioning finance: What are the challenges of moving away from traditional grant based programs and upscaling alternative energy efficiency financing programs? | Wednesday, May 11 | 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Peter Sweatman is the Chief Executive of Climate Strategy & Partners (www.climatestrategy.com), a strategic consultant in Clean Energy, Clean Technology, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Strategies. For 5 years directly prior to this Peter was Managing Director responsible for Iberia and Latin America for Climate Change Capital, one of the world’s leading specialist fund manager and advisors in the low-carbon economy. Peter holds a Master's degree in Engineering and Management Studies from Cambridge University. In 1991, he joined JPMorgan in Corporate Finance where he spent 9 years responsible for client business mainly in debt capital markets for Iberia and Latin America from London and then New York. In the year 2000, Peter became a social entrepreneur joining with other ex-bankers to found and run three NGOs : Charity Technology Trust (www.ctt.org), New Philanthropy Capital and Catalyst Climate Change Trust. Peter is a visiting professor at IE University in Madrid, an active member of the Ashoka Support Network, a member of the JCI Institute for Energy Efficiency global Expert panel, lecturer at IIT-Comillas university and an advisor to the UK Trade & Industry in Spain. Peter regularly presents at public forum on the economics, markets and regulatory matters pertaining to climate change, clean energy and energy efficiency.
Dave Szczupak: EVP, Global Product Organization, Whirlpool Corporation
Plenary Session | P1 | Electrifying the Economy: Driving Energy Productivity in the Digital Age | Wednesday, May 11 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
David (Dave) T. Szczupak joined Whirlpool Corporation as executive vice president, Global Product Organization, in July 2008. He provides overall leadership for the company's product businesses and strategic sourcing. Prior to joining the company, Szczupak served as chief operating officer of Dura Automotive Systems in Rochester Hills, Michigan, a $2-billion international automotive supplier. While at Dura, he provided strategic direction for product development, purchasing, manufacturing and product quality. Before joining Dura in 2006, Dave worked for Jaguar and Ford Motor Company for over 25 years, where he held a variety of leadership roles. While at Ford, Szczupak led a series of organization and process transformation efforts to achieve exceptional levels of efficiency, quality and lean world-class competitiveness. Dave has maintained a focus on Energy and Sustainability throughout his career in both the Automotive and Consumer Products organizatoins. His passion for efficiency is visible throughout the Whirlpool global product portfolio, which continues to drive positive change within the global home appliance industry. Szczupak has a master's degree in automotive engineering from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom.
Rob Thornton: President & CEO, International District Energy Association
Executive Dialogue Session | 1A | Increasing EE through connected systems: how can communities take into account holistic system efficiency from day one? | Wednesday, May 11 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Rob Thornton is President and Chief Executive Officer of the International District Energy Association (IDEA), a 105-year old industry association founded in 1909 with headquarters outside Boston, MA. In this role since July 2000, Mr. Thornton represents the interests of nearly 2000 IDEA members from 26 countries, is publisher of District Energy magazine and organizes four global industry conferences annually. During 26 years in the district energy industry, Mr. Thornton has led the startup and growth of new downtown district energy systems in three different cities. He serves on the executive committee of the IEA District Energy Implementing Agreement, participates in the IEA CHP Collaborative and co-chairs the IEA International District Energy Climate Awards. IDEA actively supports the regional US DOE Technical Application Centers and the EPA CHP Partnership Program. In his role as advocate for the district energy industry, he has briefed the President of the United States and members of his Cabinet, members of Congress, senior leadership at the US DOE, EPA, Dept of Commerce as well as the German Bundestag, the Ministries of Energy & Environment in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and numerous state & local agencies and NGO’s. Mr. Thornton has been recognized as a CHP Champion Award by USCHPA and Norm Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award by IDEA. He is a graduate of Tufts University and resides in Hopkinton, MA with his family.
Congressman Paul Tonko: U.S. Representative (D-NY), U.S. House of Representatives
Executive Dialogue Session | 2B | Beyond Clean Power Plan: how do you design a regulatory framework for utilities that drives energy efficiency and climate mitigation? | Wednesday, May 11 | 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Congressman Paul Tonko represents New York’s 20th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, which includes the communities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Springs and Amsterdam. He is serving his fourth term, and serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee. He is also the Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy. As a Co-Chair of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), Paul works to advance policies that promote clean energy technology innovation, combat climate change, create green collar jobs, and protect our nation’s clean air, water and natural environment. Additionally, as a member of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, Paul serves on the Subcommittee on Research and Technology, which has jurisdiction over non-defense federal scientific research and development.
Dave Turk: Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Climate and Technology, U.S. Department of Energy
Executive Dialogue Session | 1B | Beyond COP21: What role will energy efficiency play in the post-COP era? | Wednesday, May 11 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Dave Turk is Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Climate and Technology at the U.S. Department of Energy. In this role, Mr. Turk helps to coordinate the Department's international climate change and clean energy efforts. He has previously served as Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State, where he focused on a range of bilateral and multilateral partnerships to combat climate change. Mr. Turk was also a former Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and the Senior Director for Congressional Affairs at the U.S. National Security Council. In addition, Mr. Turk formerly worked for Senator Kent Conrad, Senator Joe Biden, and Chairman Henry Waxman in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.
Marisa Uchin : Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs and Market Development, Opower
Executive Dialogue Session | 4C | Utility of the future: how are emerging technologies transforming the utility industry? | Thursday, May 12 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Marisa Uchin is Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs and Market Development for Opower where she is responsible for advancing markets for energy efficiency and demand response, and shaping regulatory and legislative policy that advances utility investment in technology innovation. Marisa joined Opower from Pacific Gas and Electric Company, where she held a variety of roles including Sr. Manager of Customer Energy Solutions and Manager of Federal Affairs where she covered a broad set of issues including climate change, natural gas distribution and transmission, energy efficiency, renewables, transportation electrification, and tax policy. Prior to joining the energy industry, Marisa held a variety of leadership and advisory roles in strategy, marketing and communications at companies including XM Satellite Radio, General Motors, and Fleishman Hillard. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
William Varley: President, New Jersey American Water, Senior Vice President, Northeast Division, American Water
Executive Dialogue Session | 3A | Examining the energy-water nexus: How can we scale up efforts to meet the critical need for energy and water efficiency in water infrastructure and end uses? | Thursday, May 12 | 11:30 am - 12:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
William Varley is president of New Jersey American Water. the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater to approximately 2.5 million people. In this role, Varley is responsible for all aspects of the business, including customer, regulatory and local government relationships, operational and financial results, and is the principal external contact for American Water in New Jersey. He also serves as the Senior Vice President of American Water’s Northeast Division, which includes the New York Subsidiary as well as New Jersey. Varley joined American Water in 2000, and most recently served as president of New York American Water, the largest investor-owned water utility in New York. Prior to joining American Water, Mr. Varley was the district manager for Layne Christensen Co., a large water supply contracting company, for 13 years. There he oversaw Layne’s Long Island well-drilling operations. He also worked for large consulting engineering firms Camp Dresser & McKee and Hazen & Sawyer as resident and design engineer for large wastewater treatment plant upgrades. Mr. Varley currently sits on the board of Choose New Jersey, the Board of Directors for Cooper’s Ferry Partnership in Camden, N.J., and is a member of the Steering Committee of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He is the past Chairman of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC). He has also made multiple technical presentations to industry organizations including the Long Island Water Conference, New York Section AWWA, New Jersey Section AWWA, Mid Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners (MACRUC), National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), the American Ground Water Trust and the Edwin C. Tifft Jr. Water Supply Symposium in New York. Varley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Harry Verhaar: Head of Global Public & Government Affairs, Philips Lighting
Executive Dialogue Session | 1C | Internet of things: how are advances in connectivity driving energy efficiency and enhancing the consumer experience? | Wednesday, May 11 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Harry has over 20 years of experience in the lighting industry, and is Head of Global Public and Government Affairs for Philips Lighting. He is responsible for the strategy, outreach and stakeholder management on energy and 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 networks, among which are The Climate Group, R20, and the World Green Building Council, and he is a member of the Advisory Boards of The Lisbon Council and the Global Cities Indicator Facility. He is a founding member of UNEP’s en.lighten program, 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.
Ron Voglewede: Senior Manager – Energy & Environmental Strategy, Whirlpool
Executive Dialogue Session | 3A | Examining the energy-water nexus: How can we scale up efforts to meet the critical need for energy and water efficiency in water infrastructure and end uses? | Thursday, May 12 | 11:30 am - 12:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Ron is currently a business leader, heading Whirlpool Corporation’s global sustainability team. Ron is responsible for developing the strategy and execution plans for sustainability within Whirlpool’s branded portfolio by increasing product performance while lowering our footprint, therefore, creating long term sustainable value. Additionally, he is creating new competencies and capabilities in life cycle thinking, assessments, and management in both our technical and marketing teams. With a focus on developing novel business models, products, and services to market, Ron is driving change to switch Whirlpool’s product and business sustainability approach from being reactive to proactive and creating positive impacts. In Ron’s 18+ year career, he has led teams in various aspects of global product management, advanced development, and product design. Ron began his career at Whirlpool as part of Whirlpool’s Technical Excellence Program. In addition to his work at Whirlpool, Ron proudly serves as a board member for the Alliance for Water Efficiency and as a member of the Industry Advisory Group for the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Notre Dame. Ron is a green belt in Operational Excellence (6 Sigma), Certified Innovation Mentor, and recognized inventor and innovator. He is the holder of 25 US patents and has more than 10 currently pending at the Patent Office. Ron Voglewede received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1996 and received a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1998.
Sheila Watson: Director of Environment, FIA Foundation
Molly Webb: Founder, Energy Unlocked
Executive Dialogue Session | 4B | Doubling energy productivity: how are private sector commitments and best practices advancing global energy productivity policies? | Thursday, May 12 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
10+ years market acceleration & advocacy for global innovation in tech, climate change, smart cities and energy, in partnership with companies and cities (Google, Cisco, BT, Living Labs Global, Metropolis) at The Climate Group and UK think tank Demos. Green innovation strategy advisor for Skype-founder’s Zennström Philanthropies. Jury member for numerous cleanweb and clean tech awards. 5+ years software and IT product development in New York, Tokyo and London. MSc in Environmental Policy at the London School of Economics.
Keith Welks: Deputy State Treasurer for Fiscal Operations, Senior Advisor for Policy, Pennsylvania Treasury Department
Executive Dialogue Session | 2D | Transitioning finance: What are the challenges of moving away from traditional grant based programs and upscaling alternative energy efficiency financing programs? | Wednesday, May 11 | 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Keith Welks is Deputy Pennsylvania Treasurer and Senior Advisor for Policy. In addition to overseeing the pre-payment auditing of more than 60 million Commonwealth disbursements annually, Mr. Welks is responsible for identifying investment opportunities for the Pennsylvania Treasury Department in a number of areas, including investments that involve clean, green and energy efficiency technologies. Mr. Welks helped to establish the Keystone HELP residential energy efficiency lending program and the Campus Energy Efficiency Fund.
James Wilde: Managing Director, Innovation & Policy and Markets, The Carbon Trust
Executive Dialogue Session | 3D | Big investments: what are the best financing mechanisms for helping small and medium enterprises value and drive energy efficiency? | Thursday, May 12 | 11:30 am - 12:45 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
James Wilde is Managing Director of Innovation & Policy and Markets at the Carbon Trust. James Carbon Trust's policy and markets work, informing government policy and thinking across the business and the investor community on transforming markets. James also leads our innovation business area, working with governments and corporations to commercialize new low carbon technologies. Prior to joining the Carbon Trust, James worked for management consultants McKinsey & Company. James has a PhD in Nanotechnology from the University of Cambridge and a first class degree in Materials Science from the University of Oxford. James has a PhD in Nanotechnology from the University of Cambridge and a first class degree in Materials Science from the University of Oxford.
Mark Wolfe: Executive Director, Energy Programs Consortium
Executive Dialogue Session | 1D | Institutional Investments: Do Gains in Energy Productivity and Sustainability Resonate with Big Investors? | Wednesday, May 11 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Mark Wolfe directs the activities of the Energy Programs Consortium (EPC), an energy policy research organization sponsored by the four national organizations representing state energy program and regulatory officials. As part of his responsibilities, he oversees the Warehouse for Energy Efficiency Loans (WHEEL), a national project to develop secondary market options for residential energy efficiency loan programs. He also serves as a senior editor for the State and Local Energy Report. Mark Wolfe also serves as the Executive Director of the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association (NEADA), representing the state directors of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). NEADA is the primary educational and policy organization representing state low-income energy directors. He has testified before Congress and is frequently cited in the national media on energy issues. Previous positions have included serving as a Senior Advisor to the US Treasury Department, Deputy Director for the Coalition of Northeastern Governors and Senior Analyst for the Congressional Research Service. Mark Wolfe has a M.S. degree in Public Policy from the State University of New York and a B.A. in Urban Studies from Antioch College. He also serves on US Department of Energy’s State Energy Efficiency Action Network and several boards including the National Home Performance Council and the National Low Income Energy Consortium.