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

Sam Adams: Director, World Resources Institute
Executive Dialogue Session | 4D | The Age of Aging Infrastructure: Energy Efficiency the Cornerstone to Modernization? | Tuesday, May 9 | 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Sam is the former Mayor of Portland, Oregon. As director of WRI United States Adams leads WRI’s efforts to analyze and develop new policies, build political will and support coalitions that will encourage the U.S.’s transition to a strong, low-carbon economy. “Sam is a dynamic and savvy leader, who will invigorate U.S. climate activities at a critical time for the nation and planet,” said Dr. Andrew Steer, President & CEO, WRI. “As Mayor, a member of the city council, mayoral chief of staff and nonprofit leader, Sam played a central role in making Portland, Oregon one of the most livable and sustainable cities in the United States. We are excited to have his leadership to build support for national action that will address the climate challenge.” As mayor, Adams ensured that sustainability was integrated across all city-level decisions by combining the sustainability office and city planning agency. He also led a coalition of government, business and labor leaders, along with neighborhood and environmental advocates, to create Portland’s Climate Action Plan and “We Build Green Cities” job creation and economic development strategy. According to the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, the city’s emissions were cut by 11 percent between 1990 and 2013, alongside significant population and economic growth. Sam holds a B.A. in political science from University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.
Ammi Amarnath: Program Manager, Energy Efficiency & Demand Response Program, Electric Power Research Institute
Executive Dialogue Session | 3C | Making Inroads: Are Electrification and Automation the Future of Societal Energy Efficiency? | Tuesday, May 9 | 11:45 am - 1:00 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Ammi Amarnath is the Program Manager of the Energy Efficiency & Demand Response program area at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He leads a team of engineers and scientists with focus on the development, demonstration and deployment of smart and efficient end-use technologies while ensuring their interoperability with the electric grid. Some of the technologies demonstrated include: advanced space conditioning and lighting systems for residential and commercial buildings, next-generation heat pump water heaters, high performance/low energy buildings, advanced end-use smart and demand responsive technologies that integrate with the smart grid, industrial process efficiency improvements, and advances in motor and drive technologies. He also manages activities focused on the development of advanced analytical techniques, such as energy meter data disaggregation, energy efficiency potential studies, and the impact of energy efficiency on emissions, so as to make energy efficiency and demand response programs successful across the U.S. and around the world. Amarnath rejoined EPRI in 2007 as a team member of the Energy Efficiency Initiative. He previously ran a consulting firm providing technical and business consulting services to energy efficiency and clean tech companies. Before this, he was the Vice President of Business Development at Advanced Material Sciences, Inc., where he managed the development of a fuel cell business. In his prior tenure at EPRI, Amarnath was a Senior Project Manager within the Industrial and Distributed Generation programs. His activities included the demonstration of new industrial technologies, and development & deployment of fuel cell and other distributed generation technologies. Amarnath received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in chemical engineering from India and a Master of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston.
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.
Jeff Eckel: President & CEO, Hannon Armstrong
Executive Dialogue Session | 4C | Spanning Sectors: Expanding Energy Service Performance Contracts from Buildings Across the Economy? | Tuesday, May 9 | 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Mr. Eckel serves as president & chief executive officer, as chairman of the board of directors and as a member of the Investment Committee for Hannon Armstrong. He has led Hannon Armstrong in the role of president and CEO since 2000 and was also with the firm from 1985 to 1989. Previously, he held senior executive positions as Chief Executive Officer of EnergyWorks, LLC and Wärtsilä Power Development. He serves on a variety of industry-related boards including the Alliance to Save Energy and the Maryland Clean Energy Center and serves as a member of the Johns Hopkins Environmental, Energy, Sustainability and Health Institute’s advisory council. Mr. Eckel has over 30 years of experience in structuring, executing and operating energy and infrastructure investments. Mr. Eckel received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in 1980 and a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, in 1981.
Bruce Edelston: Vice President, Energy Policy, Southern Company Services
Executive Dialogue Session | 3C | Making Inroads: Are Electrification and Automation the Future of Societal Energy Efficiency? | Tuesday, May 9 | 11:45 am - 1:00 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Bruce Edelston was appointed vice president, energy policy with Atlanta-based energy provider Southern Company in March 2016. In this position he is responsible for helping the company develop and coordinate a response to policy issues across its various operating companies and subsidiaries and for supporting state and federal policy efforts. Prior to rejoining Southern Company, Edelston was president of the Energy Policy Group, a consulting firm he founded to provide technical and policy advice on current strategic issues to utilities, law firms, energy companies and government agencies. While at the Energy Policy Group, Edelston also served as executive director of the Coalition for Fair Transmission Policy and as president of the Electric Markets Research Foundation. Prior to founding the Energy Policy Group, Edelston held previous positions at Southern Company, with his last role being director of energy policy. At Southern Company and subsidiary Georgia Power, Edelston had responsibilities for developing corporate policy positions on industry structure and environmental issues and responding to federal and state legislative and regulatory initiatives. Before then, he held several positions at the Edison Electric Institute, where he was involved in legislative and regulatory initiatives involving transmission access, industry structure, markets and state regulatory policy. He also has prior experience with Charles River Associates (CRA) International and the Westinghouse Electric Corporation. He holds a B.S. degree in electric engineering/engineering and public policy and an M.S. degree in urban and public affairs, both from Carnegie Mellon University.
Timothy Farrell: Senior Advisor, Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency
Executive Dialogue Session | 1D | Closing the Gap: Energy Efficiency as a Tool to Mobilize Funds and Improve Access? | Monday, May 8 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Tim Farrell is a Senior Advisor at the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency, which also serves as the Energy Efficiency Hub for the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) initiative. Tim is contributing to the Sustainable Development Goal 7’s ambitious target of doubling energy efficiency improvement by 2030 by promoting best practices in energy efficiency, supporting the Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform, developing a knowledge platform and facilitating global collaborations. One of Tim’s activities over the past two years was his role as Chair of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency focusing on promoting energy efficiency in its 56 member States. Prior to joining Copenhagen Centre Tim had spent seven years developing energy efficiency policies and programs in Australia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Tim initiated the Pacific Appliance Labelling and Standards (PALS) Program that is delivering energy efficiency, energy security, financial savings and other multiple benefits to the Pacific Region. Tim has a PhD from The University of Queensland in Australia.
Michael Geissler: CEO, Berlin Energy Agency
Executive Dialogue Session | 2A | Voluntary Commitments: Are They Moving the Needle? | Monday, May 8 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Michael Geissler is CEO of the Berlin Energy Agency (BEA), a public-private partnership established by the State of Berlin. BEA develops and implements projects for the efficient generation and use of energy in public, commercial and residential buildings, focusing also on renewable energies. It is specialized in co- and trigeneration, solar plants (photovoltaic and solar thermal) and lighting technology. In Germany and abroad, BEA also offers project management and advice on the implementation of energy service models – e.g. Energy Performance Contracting in more than 1,400 public buildings in Berlin –, but also on capacity building and information campaigns. Equipped with degrees in Process and Environmental Engineering and in Industrial Engineering and Management, Michael worked first as a project manager at Bewag (today Vattenfall Europe) and as an independent consulting engineer, before joining BEA in 1994. In 1997, he was appointed sole Chief Executive Officer. Michael is, among other positions, honorary Secretary General of the European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and Environment (FEDARENE), Chairman of the German Federal Association of Energy and Climate Protection Agencies (eaD), member of the Board of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Berlin and member of the Advisory Council of the Development Bank of the State of Berlin (IBB).
Dan Hamza-Goodacre: Program Director, Energy Efficiency, ClimateWorks Foundation
Executive Dialogue Session | 3B | Cooling Off: How Can Energy Efficiency Help the Montreal Protocol Achieve Even Greater Success? | Tuesday, May 9 | 11:45 am - 1:00 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: Treasurer, ASHRAE
Executive Dialogue Session | 1A | The Plugload Potential: Are We Tapping the Potential of Miscellaneous Load Management? | Monday, May 8 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Sheila J. Hayter, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, is a group manager at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, Colo. As the Society’s treasurer, Hayter serves on the Board of Directors and ASHRAE’s Executive Committee, chairs the Finance Committee and is vice chair of Members Council, the President-Elect Advisory Committee and the Grassroots Government Advocacy Committee. She also is a Distinguished Lecturer. Through her work with NREL, Hayter leads a team of technical and policy experts who support federal, state, and local entities on energy efficiency and renewable energy topics with the goal to make significant reductions in non-renewable energy consumption through energy efficiency and increased use of renewable technologies and to address challenges to increase resiliency to climate change in the built environment. Since joining NREL in 1992, Hayter has been involved in the DOE’s SolarAmerica Cities technical assistance activities for Boston and New York City, with the goal to assist these municipalities incorporate strategies into policies, procedures, and specific projects that result in widespread application of solar technologies. Hayter was a core member of the Organizing Committee for the 2007, 2005 and 2002 DOE Solar Decathlon competitions and led the subjective judging component for these competitions. She has managed technical teams supporting U.S. federal agencies’ efforts to address energy efficiency and renewable energy objectives in addition to having managed sustainable buildings activities funded by the DOE Federal Energy Management Program. She also has managed the Photovoltaics (PV) for Buildings activities funded by the DOE Solar Program, evaluating building performance during the design and monitoring phases to support the DOE High Performance Buildings Program. Hayter previously served two terms on the Board as a vice president and one term as a director-at-large. She is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award and an ASHRAE Technology Award. She holds a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado (1997) and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University (1990).
Ben Hulac: Business and Finance Reporter, ClimateWire
Executive Dialogue Session | 2D | Green Bond Evaluation: Boosting Investor Confidence and Energy Efficiency Visibility? | Monday, May 8 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Ben is a business and finance reporter for ClimateWire. He writes about the intersection of money and climate change. Ben is chronicling how world governments and private-sector institutions are reacting, swiftly or sluggishly, to the economic ramifications of global warming. He graduated from Lehigh University in 2013 and Columbia Journalism School in 2014.
Kevin Kampschroer: Federal Director, Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, US General Services Administration
Executive Dialogue Session | 1A | The Plugload Potential: Are We Tapping the Potential of Miscellaneous Load Management? | Monday, May 8 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Kevin Kampschroer is the Federal Director, Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, in the US General Services Administration. He has created the framework for which GSA responds to the challenges of improving a diverse and aging portfolio of commercial buildings so that they can serve the mission needs of their occupants, support effective work, and deliver solid financial performance. He leads GSA's weather and climate-related risk management and greenhouse gas emissions reductions, concentrating on cost-effective energy and water efficiencies. His work on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act accomplished the mandate to move GSA’s Federal building inventory toward high-performance green buildings. He has devised a challenge for companies to dramatically improve the government’s ability to achieve deep retrofits through Energy Savings Performance contracts—which has doubled the amount of energy conservation from these contracts. His team manages the government’s implementation of a comprehensive improvement in the training and certification of facility managers and personnel across the entire Federal government (Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010). His most recent publication as a contributing author is the first medical study showing the link between building characteristics on office worker stress and heart function-which showed the beneficial results of good lighting, natural light and IEQ. His goal is to influence and accelerate industry capability and adoption of high-performance principles across all aspects of asset creation, operation, maintenance and disposal. He has worked on developing new energy conservation legislation, in expanding the scope of sustainable design and training, as well as the creation of rigorous environmental management systems. Mr. Kampschroer led the creation of real estate portfolio management. the establishment of performance measures linked to pay and budget. and was the project manager for the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Trade Center, then the second largest office building in the United States (344 M2), and has worked for GSA for more than 40 years. Mr. Kampschroer is a graduate of Yale University.
Tim Lacey: Global Business Director, Dow Building & Construction, The Dow Chemical Company
Tim Lacey is the Global Business Director of Dow Building & Construction (DB&C) for The Dow Chemical Company. In this role, Tim is responsible for defining DB&C strategic direction in all building & construction market segments and technology platforms around the globe. This includes strategic and growth initiatives, profit/loss management, capital, organic innovation and M&A activity Tim joined Dow in 1990 via its Commercial Development Program. He assumed roles within Sales and Purchasing before joining Dow’s then Building Materials Marketing team in 1996. He was promoted to various cross-regional strategic marketing and business development roles through 2005. In 2006, he became Dow Corporate Commercial Excellence Director, which included responsibility for Global Sales and Marketing recruitment, on-boarding, education and programs. In 2008, he was named Director for Dow Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions. During his tenure, Tim had instrumental roles in the creation of STYRONTM, the divestiture of Haltermann Products, the sale of UCC’s interest in Optimal and NUC, and the sale of Dow’s interest in the Total Raffinaderij refinery business, all of which were key steps in Dow’s strategic transformation. In September 2013, he was named Americas Business Director, Dow Building Solutions, and held that post until becoming Global Business Director, Dow Building Solutions in 2014. Tim has been active in Habitat for Humanity since shortly after joining Dow in 1990 and has helped expand Dow’s involvement in Habitat through contributions of funds, grants and product. Active in the Midland community and civic organizations serving on several executive boards and coaching youth sports has led to Tim affectionately being called the “Mayor of Midland” for his local involvement. Tim received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and attended executive leadership sessions at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Management.
Ken Locklin: Director, Impax Asset Management
Executive Dialogue Session | 2D | Green Bond Evaluation: Boosting Investor Confidence and Energy Efficiency Visibility? | Monday, May 8 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Mr. Locklin is a senior investment executive with 30 years of finance experience, and a 20 year commitment to clean energy enterprise investment, development, management, and finance. Mr. Locklin currently serves as a Director for Impax Asset Management. Impax manages ~$5 billion of public and private equity investments for major institutional clients around the world. With more than a decade and a half of experience, it is the global investment leader in the FTSE-tracked environmental sector, investing in clean energy, resource recovery/recycling, and water processing/distribution. Mr. Locklin also provides strategic consulting services to nationally known organizations seeking to expand their activities in climate solutions investment. Previously, Mr. Locklin was the Director of Finance and Investment with the Clean Energy Group (CEG), the private organization which supports and advises clean energy investment efforts worldwide. CEG also works with the NGO Ceres to advise the Investor Network on Climate Risk, which brings together leading pensions and institutional investors committed to pursuing low carbon investment. Mr. Locklin also acted as a founding member of the Massachusetts Green Energy Fund management team, the innovative clean energy venture capital investment vehicle launched in 2004. He also advised early stage clean energy technology companies on their development and planning. From 1997 to 2004, Mr. Locklin was a Partner with EIF Group, the oldest and largest power investment management firm in the U.S. Mr. Locklin worked with EIF’s Clean Energy investment interests across all its investment funds. Mr. Locklin is a founder of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the leading US renewable energy umbrella organization. He is also a founding Co-Chair of the Renewable Energy Finance Forum – Wall Street, the world’s largest renewable energy investment conference. He is a graduate of Yale University.
Tom Lowery: President, Building Control Systems, Legrand North America
Executive Dialogue Session | 1A | The Plugload Potential: Are We Tapping the Potential of Miscellaneous Load Management? | Monday, May 8 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
As Division President, Tom is currently responsible for leading Legrand North America’s Building Controls Systems division which includes WattStopper, Vantage Controls, and Qmotion. These businesses focus on energy efficiency and high performance buildings in commercial and residential markets. Prior to joining Legrand, Tom spent 10 years with Johnson Controls. During his tenure with the company, he served as Vice President and Managing Director for Europe and Africa for the Building Efficiency division, Vice President and General Manager for the Service and Energy Solutions businesses in Europe and Africa, as well as Vice President of Operations for the Service and Energy Solutions businesses in North America. During his tenure with JCI in Europe Tom served on the boards of AmCham Belgium and the Vlerick Business School International Advisory Board. He has spoken at numerous international energy efficiency forums. Prior to rejoining Johnson Controls, Tom was the Global Leader for Mettler-Toledo’s service business. Prior to Mettler-Toledo, Tom was President of King’s College in Charlotte, NC. Prior to King’s College, Tom was with Johnson Controls where he held positions in: performance contracting sales, branch marketing and sales management, area service management, and field service operations management. Tom earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Kevin Lucas: Director of Research, Alliance to Save Energy
Executive Dialogue Session | 3A | Valuing Demand-Side Flexibility: Why, Where and How? | Tuesday, May 9 | 11:45 am - 1:00 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
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.
Andrew McAllister: Commissioner, California Energy Commission
Executive Dialogue Session | 4B | Nudge or Automate: Should Policies Incent Behavior Change or Automation Through Technology? | Tuesday, May 9 | 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Andrew McAllister was appointed to the California Energy Commission by Gov. Edmund G. Brown in May 2012, and reappointed in January 2017. Commissioner McAllister has been working on clean energy deployment and policy for his entire 25-year career: beginning in the early 1990s in project engineering and development, evolving into program design and implementation, then moving into the policy arena. He has worked across the world to develop renewable energy generation, energy efficiency investments, and energy management systems, with counterparts ranging from tiny remote communities to the largest of utilities. He administered two of California’s signature renewable energy programs (California Solar Initiative, Self-Generation Incentive Program), developed and operated energy efficiency programs for utilities, and performed a broad range of policy-related research for California and the U.S. Federal government. He currently serves on the board of directors of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and the Alliance to Save Energy. Commissioner McAllister’s deep grounding in technology, policy and marketplace provide him with uncommon insight on the accelerating changes taking place in the electric power sector. Before joining the Energy Commission, Dr. McAllister was managing director at the California Center for Sustainable Energy, where he worked for six years. Previously, he worked with NRECA International, Ltd. in the electric sectors of countries in Central and South America, Southeast Asia and Africa on a variety of renewable generation, load management, utility planning and remote power projects. He was a project manager at an energy consulting firm and worked as an energy efficiency analyst at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Commissioner holds M.S. and PhD degrees from the Energy & Resources Group at UC Berkeley. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.
Dennis V. McGinn: Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Navy
Executive Dialogue Session | 1B | By Air, Land and Sea: How are the Armed Forces Advancing Energy Efficiency? | Monday, May 8 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Mr. Dennis McGinn was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations & Environment) on September 3, 2013. In this position, Mr. McGinn develops Department-wide policies, procedures, advocacy and strategic plans. He also oversees all Department of the Navy functions and programs related to installations, safety, energy, and environment. This includes effective management of Navy and Marine Corps real property, housing, and other facilities. natural and cultural resource protection, planning, and compliance. safety and occupational health for military and civilian personnel. and timely completion of closures and realignments of installations under base closure laws. Mr. McGinn is the former President of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), an organization dedicated to building a secure and prosperous America with clean, renewable energy. While at ACORE, he led efforts to communicate the significant economic, security and environmental benefits of renewable energy. Mr. McGinn is also a past co-chairman of the CNA Military Advisory Board and an international security senior fellow at the Rocky Mountain Institute. In 2002, after 35 years of service, Mr. McGinn retired from the Navy after achieving the rank of Vice Admiral. While in the Navy, he served as a naval aviator, test pilot, aircraft carrier commanding officer, and national security strategist. His capstone assignment was as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Requirements and Programs, where he oversaw the development of future Navy capabilities. In a previous operational leadership role, he commanded the U.S. Third Fleet. Mr. McGinn is a past member of the Steering Committee of the Energy Future Coalition, the United States Energy Security Council, and the Bipartisan Policy Center Energy Board. He earned a B.S. degree in Naval Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy. attended the national security program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and was a Chief of Naval Operations strategic studies fellow at the U.S. Naval War College.
Rob Murray-Leach: Head of Policy, Australian Energy Efficiency Council
Executive Dialogue Session | 2B | From Climate to Clean Energy Goals: Is Energy Efficiency Being Fully Utilized? | Monday, May 8 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Rob Murray-Leach is the Head of Policy at the Energy Efficiency Council, the Australian peak body for energy efficiency, demand-management and cogeneration. Rob is one of Australia’s foremost experts in energy efficiency and has considerable expertise in broader energy and climate change issues. Rob was the founding CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council from 2009 to 2015, growing the organisation to become a major force in Australia and placing energy efficiency at the heart of Australia’s energy debate. In 2015 he changed role to Head of Policy, in order to focus on policy and outside interests. Rob was formerly a member of the Australian Prime Minister’s Task Group on Energy Efficiency and Australia’s key review of climate change policy, the Garnaut Review. He has a background in behaviour and sustainability from the universities of Oxford and Adelaide, and has contributed to several award-winning books on these topics.
Clay Nesler : Vice President, Global Energy & Sustainability, Johnson Controls
Executive Dialogue Session | 2C | Smarter Cities: What Trends are Driving Urban Efficiency and Resilience? | Monday, May 8 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Clay Nesler is the Vice President, Global Energy and Sustainability for the Building Efficiency business of Johnson Controls. In this role, he is responsible for global energy and sustainability strategy, policy and innovation as well as the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency. He also serves on the company’s global environmental sustainability council. Since joining Johnson Controls in 1983, Clay has held a variety of senior leadership positions in research, product development, marketing and strategy in both the United States and Europe. He holds BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a co-inventor on ten patents.
Senator Rob Portman : (R-OH), U.S. Senate
Rob Portman is a United States Senator from the state of Ohio. He was elected in 2010, running a campaign that focused on common-sense conservative ideas to help create jobs and get the deficit under control. Rob won with a margin of 57 to 39 percent, winning 82 of Ohio's 88 counties. Rob was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he lives today with his wife Jane, and their three children, Jed, Will and Sally. He grew up in a small business family, where he learned early on the value of hard work, leadership, and fiscal responsibility. When Rob was young, his dad, Bill Portman, borrowed money to start Portman Equipment Company, where Rob and his brother and sister all worked while growing up. His father, and then his brother, built the family business from a small forklift truck dealership with five employees, with Rob's mom as the bookkeeper, to one that employed more than 300 people. Rob became a lawyer and developed his own private practice, representing Portman Equipment Company and other small businesses. In 1993, Rob was a partner in the Cincinnati law firm of Graydon, Head and Ritchey when he was elected to Congress, where he represented the diverse, seven county Second District in southern Ohio. He was proud to serve the Second District for twelve years, and in seven elections, he never received less than seventy percent of the vote. During his time representing the Second District, Rob earned a reputation as a serious leader who focused on results. Rob was actively involved in crafting and promoting the historic welfare reform efforts as a member of the committee that wrote the legislation, and he was a forceful advocate of the balanced budget that passed in 1997. Rob gained the respect of both Republican and Democratic colleagues through his successful, bipartisan legislative initiatives, including several measures he authored to increase retirement savings, reform the IRS and add over fifty new taxpayer rights, curb unfunded mandates, reduce taxes, and expand drug prevention and land conservation efforts. In 2005, Rob left Congress when he was asked to serve as the United States Trade Representative, the Cabinet-level official responsible for implementing and enforcing U.S. trade policy. In his one year in the job, Rob was successful in reducing barriers to U.S. exports and increasing enforcement of trade laws to help level the playing field for American farmers, workers and service providers. Under his leadership, American exports increased and the U.S. brought successful legal challenges against international trade law violations. Following his accomplishments as Trade Representative, Rob was asked to serve in another Cabinet post, this time as Director of the Office of Management and Budget. A deficit hawk, Rob made his mark by proposing a balanced budget, fighting irresponsible earmarks, and putting in place new transparency measures for all federal spending. Rob succeeded George Voinovich as Ohio's U.S. Senator on January 5, 2011 and immediately began fighting for pro-growth, pro-jobs policies to help get Ohio and our nation back on track.
Peter Sweatman: Chief Executive Officer, Climate Strategy & Partners
Executive Dialogue Session | 3D | Turning on the Spigot: Is Enough Energy Efficiency Funding Flowing Where It’s Needed? | Tuesday, May 9 | 11:45 am - 1:00 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Peter Sweatman is the Chief Executive of Climate Strategy & Partners (, 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 (, 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.
Samuel Thomas: Senior Energy Efficiency Analyst, International Energy Agency
Executive Dialogue Session | 2B | From Climate to Clean Energy Goals: Is Energy Efficiency Being Fully Utilized? | Monday, May 8 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Samuel Thomas is a senior energy efficiency analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA), an autonomous organisation of the OECD, which works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 29 member countries and beyond. He leads the programme of analytical work on energy efficiency, including the IEA’s annual Energy Efficiency Market Report and projects on policy implementation, most recently publishing on market-based instruments for efficiency. Before joining the IEA in 2014, Sam was Deputy Director for Climate Change Economics and Energy Efficiency Analysis at the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), where he led the analysis supporting the UK’s Climate Change Act, EU ETS implementation, the UK’s supplier obligations and strategies on energy efficiency, heat and fuel poverty.
Maria T. Vargas: Director and Senior Program Advisor, Better Buildings Challenge, U.S. Department of Energy
Executive Dialogue Session | 2A | Voluntary Commitments: Are They Moving the Needle? | Monday, May 8 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Maria Vargas is the Director of the Better Buildings Challenge at the Department of Energy. The goal of the Better Buildings Challenge is to make American buildings 20 percent more efficient in the next decade. Thru this leadership initiative, more than 300 chief executive officers, University presidents and state and local leaders have committed to upgrading buildings across their portfolio and are providing their energy savings data and innovative strategies as models for others to follow. Ms. Vargas also serves as a Senior Program Advisor in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy. Prior to her work at DOE, Ms. Vargas was the Brand Manager for the ENERGY STAR program for almost 20 years while at the US Environmental Protection Agency. Vargas also served as the Co-Director of the ENERGY STAR Buildings and Green Lights Partnership. She has been involved in policy work on the issues of ozone depletion, global climate change, and related environmental and energy issues since 1985. Ms. Vargas received a Bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA) in Political Science and Economics and a Master’s degree from the University of Oregon (Eugene, Oregon) in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning.
James Wilde: Director, Carbon Trust
Executive Dialogue Session | 3D | Turning on the Spigot: Is Enough Energy Efficiency Funding Flowing Where It’s Needed? | Tuesday, May 9 | 11:45 am - 1:00 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
James Wilde leads the Carbon Trust’s global policy and innovation work, supporting governments, development banks and international organisations with technical expertise and programme management skills in order to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy. With over a decade of experience in climate change issues, from renewable energy to energy efficiency, James has authored over 20 publications that have led to fundamental changes in the policy and market landscape. These publications have included a strategic review of the UK business sector’s energy efficiency and developing the first standard for measuring the carbon footprint of products. 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.
Tim Wolf: Director of Marketing, Smart Grid Solutions, Itron Inc.
Executive Dialogue Session | 1C | No More Status Quo: Are Technologies Disrupting Conventional Models? | Monday, May 8 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm : DOWNLOAD SESSION SUMMARY
Tim Wolf is the Director for Marketing for Smart Grid Solutions at Itron Inc. Mr. Wolf is responsible for developing strategy and overseeing Itron’s marketing communication programs for Itron’s global electricity and smart grid business line. Prior to “rejoining” Itron in 2010, Mr. Wolf spent nearly three years as a senior consultant at R.W. Beck and SAIC (now Leidos), focusing on Smart Grid consulting services for both investor-owned and municipal utilities in the U.S. Before that, he worked at Itron for 10 years, leading Itron’s corporate marketing communications team. He received his BA in journalism and political science from the University of Minnesota and spent five years as a newspaper reporter before transitioning to a career in marketing, PR and corporate communications. He is a frequent speaker and presenter at global energy and utility industry conferences, and writer in the industry trade press. He also serves on the DistribuTECH Conference Steering Committee, and is a member of the Boards of Directors for the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative and Cleantech San Diego.