Peter Boelsterli, Principal, X6. Office for Architectural Design and Engineering
Peter Boelsterli was born in 1961 in Winterthur, Switzerland. He studied architecture at ETH Zurich and founded his own practice in 1993; today the company is called X6, located in Beijing, China. He started applied research on sustainability in architecture in a time when most people weren’t familiar with this term. X6. He has created projects from single buildings to urban planning.
Since 2008, Peter Boelsterli has been the appointed China Delegate of the Swiss Rector’s Conference of Universities of Applied Sciences & Art, and supports the Development of Sino-Swiss Science and Technology Cooperation.
Today he combines higher education activities with teaching, research and development cooperation. In addition he continues to develop his practice as an architect in themes such as trans-cultural design strategies, future buildings and convenience urbanism, etc. via different networks of collaboration and partners. Peter Boelsterli was dean of the faculty of architecture at Bern University of Applied Science & Art. With his wide field of activities he is one of the key persons of the Sino-Swiss Higher Education, Architecture and Urban Planning Landscape.
Dr. Peter Graham, Executive Director, Global Buildings Performance Network
Dr. Peter Graham has been the Technical Advisor and past Coordinator of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative where he has developed and managed many of UNEP’s key projects and publications in the building sector. He comes to the GBPN from a position as Head of Discipline for Architecture & Design at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. In these roles Peter worked closely with the public, civil, and private sectors to assist the global transition to a sustainable building and construction industry.
Martin Hiller, DG, REEEP
Martin Hiller has been Director General of REEEP since December 2011. He has more than 20 years of experience in specialised policy communications and clean energy campaigns. He brings in-depth knowledge of climate change and energy issues to the job. Under his leadership, REEEP has sharpened its focus as a catalyst for up-scaling clean energy business models.
Prior to joining REEEP, Martin had a distinguished career with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) where for 8 years he led campaigns and communications in the global climate and energy programme. Prior to that, he established the first EU-specific communications operation for any environmental NGO in Brussels, developed WWF’s European communications operations, and created the first EU-specific policy campaigns. Martin Hiller is also founding President of the Board of the Gold Standard Foundation, the world’s prime quality carbon offset provider.
Gregory J. Leng, Director, RETScreen International, CanmetENERGY, Natural Resources Canada
Gregory J. Leng is the creator and Director of the RETScreen Clean Energy Project Analysis Software. He specialises in the clean energy market, technology and finance interface and has been working in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields for the past 27 years. Prior to joining NRCan, Greg was based in Hyderabad, India as the India Country Manager for the International Fund for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.
With more than 370,000 users in every country and territory of the world, and available in 36 languages covering 2/3 the earth’s population, RETScreen has a significant and growing influence on clean energy markets globally. The software has been directly responsible for over $8 billion in user savings to-date.
Greg obtained a Master of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in Energy Engineering (Solar Energy Engineering) and a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Marketing and International Business) from McGill University.
Paul Savage, CEO Nextek Power Systems, Inc.
A graduate of Haverford College (BA Philosophy, 1983), Paul has a background is in the field of finance having worked with The First Boston Corporation, Cantor Fitzgerald Corporation, and Lehman Brothers. He also served as the director of marketing and customer finance for V-TRAC Infrastructure Development Company as one of the founding senior managers for the Caterpillar dealership in Hanoi, Vietnam. At Caterpillar, Paul helped grow this start-up to 87 employees, five offices, and $22 million in sales in two years. Paul is a founding governing member of the EMerge Alliance; a member of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) convened by NIST; and a member of the board of directors at Winrock International.
Anthony Watanabe, Ph.D., President & CEO, Innovolve Group
As an entrepreneur, advisor, and investor, Dr. Watanabe works with businesses, governments and NGOs to help them drive innovation through sustainability. Since 2009, Anthony has been part of a global team travelling the world enabling the market transformation to low carbon housing. This initiative has taken him to Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico and all over the US.
Under Innovolve, Anthony created the successful Canadian Water Summit which gathers hundreds of participants annually to collaborate on water innovation. This effort, combined with Anthony’s passion for blue prosperity, catapulted him into a water thought leader. He speaks and writes regularly about water and has made several media appearances talking about water innovation. In September 2012, in recognition of his water leadership, Anthony was appointed to Canada’s Clean50 as part of an elite group of leaders who are driving clean capitalism.
In the fall of 2013, Anthony is embarking on a REgeneration Tour [www.the-regeneration.com] during which he will document cases where business practices are bringing back biodiversity. His guiding question: “What is the business case for regenerative design?”