Energy Productivity: Driving Stronger, More Resilient Economies
Tuesday, May 9 : 9:30 am - 11:30 am
This session will be focused on how public-private partnerships are advancing and improving energy productivity.
Kateri Callahan
President, Alliance to Save Energy
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.
Richard Kauffman
Chairman of Energy and Finance, State of New York
Richard Kauffman joined the administration of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as New York State’s first “energy czar” in February 2013. Mr. Kauffman oversees and manages New York State’s entire energy portfolio, including the New York State Department of Public Service, the New York Power Authority, the Long Island Power Authority, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). He was appointed chair of NYSERDA’s Board on June 19, 2013. Mr. Kauffman leads New York State’s comprehensive Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative. REV includes regulatory reform to restructure the energy and utility industry, a 10-year commitment to support local renewable energy and efficiency markets through the proposed creation of the Clean Energy Fund, and other initiatives such as NY Green Bank and the $1 billion NY-Sun solar programs. Prior to joining the administration, Mr. Kauffman worked in energy and finance at some of the nation’s highest levels, most recently serving as senior advisor to Secretary Steven Chu at the U.S. Department of Energy. In his private sector career, he was chief executive officer of Good Energies, Inc., a leading investor in clean energy technologies. a partner of Goldman Sachs where he chaired the Global Financing Group. and vice chairman of Morgan Stanley’s Institutional Securities Business and co-head of its Banking Department. Mr. Kauffman has served as chairman of the Board of Levi Strauss & Co., as well as on the boards of several organizations, including the Brookings Institution and the Wildlife Conservation Society. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2014, Mr. Kauffman was named by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s Top 25 Eco-Innovators. Mr. Kauffman earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a master’s degree in international relations from Yale University, and a master’s degree in public and private management from the Yale School of Management.
Steve Kukoda
Vice President, International Copper Association
Mr. Steve Kukoda joined the International Copper Association (ICA) in 2004 and is currently the organization’s Vice President/Executive Director. ICA is a not-for-profit 501 (c) 6 trade association that represents the world’s copper industry. In 2009 he was elected an ICA Officer and he was also named to the ICA Management Committee. He develops and maintains relationships with organizations external to the copper industry, including governments, intergovernmental organizations, the United Nations, foundations, and more. He is also responsible for increasing the association’s membership base, which currently represents 55-percent of world copper output, and to ensure ICA’s existing membership base and external partners continue to see value in the organization. In 2013 ICA joined like-minded organizations, including the United Nations Environment Program and the United Nations Development Program, to form United For Efficiency (U4E). This public-private partnership aligns with the UN’s Sustainable Energy For All (SE4ALL) initiative, and its goals are to reduce global electricity consumption by 10-percent and to reduce CO2 emissions equivalent to removing half of the world’s cars from the road. U4E is the official “Energy Efficiency Accelerator” for appliances under SE4ALL, and Steve represents ICA as co-lead for this initiative. In a career that goes back to 1987, Mr. Kukoda has held a number of positions for different industries in the fields of communications and public/investor relations. Most recently, he served as the Director of Communications and Investor Relations for Multiplex, Inc., a high-technology start-up focused of ten-gigabits-per-second fiber-optic systems. In 2001, Multiplex, Inc. raised in excess of $105 million in private funding, which was the largest round of funding for any organization, in any industry, in the New York Tri-State Area that year. Mr. Kukoda is based in ICA’s global headquarters in New York and lives in New Jersey.
Andreas Schierenbeck
Chairman of the Executive Board, thyssenkrupp Elevator AG
Born in 1966 in Hohen-Neuendorf near Berlin, studied electrical engineering at Dresden University of Technology. After completing his studies, Andreas Schierenbeck began his career in 1992 as a control center software developer, followed by positions in commissioning, as a project manager and in business development at Siemens AG in Vienna, Austria. In this role he spent two years in Colombia and Venezuela. On his return to the Austrian capital, he was tasked with restructuring a software company acquired by Siemens. Following the successful completion of this project, he performed further duties in control center technology. In 2005 he took up new challenges and joined the Building Technologies Division, initially as Senior Vice President for Fire Services. From 2006 to 2010 he served as CEO for the Building Automation business unit in Zug, Switzerland, and has been President and CEO of Building Technologies Americas at Siemens Corporation in the USA since 2010. Andreas Schierenbeck was appointed member and Vice Chairman of the Executive Board of thyssenkrupp Elevator AG on June 1, 2012. In January 2013, Andreas Schierenbeck was appointed Chairman of the Executive Board of thyssenkrupp Elevator AG.
Maryrose Sylvester
President & CEO, Current powered by GE
Maryrose Sylvester is President & CEO of Current—a first-of-its kind startup within the walls of GE that blends advanced energy technologies like LED and solar with networked sensors and software. Backed by GE’s industrial strength Predix platform, Current works with a broad ecosystem of development partners to make commercial buildings and industrial facilities more energy efficient & productive. Prior to her role at Current, Maryrose served as President & CEO of GE Lighting where she led more than 12,000 employees from one of GE’s most iconic businesses in an exciting global transformation as world markets shifted toward energy-efficient lighting solutions. Before joining Lighting, Sylvester was President & CEO of GE Intelligent Platforms—GE’s high-tech global provider of software, hardware, services and expertise in automation, operations management and embedded computing, serving the energy, water, oil and gas, manufacturing, government and telecommunications industries. Sylvester began her GE career in 1987 as an intern at GE Motors in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. She then joined GE Lighting in 1988 in the Sourcing operation. Along the way, she held positions of increasing responsibility, such as Director of Sourcing for GE Lighting Europe, based in Budapest, Hungary, and in 1997, as General Manager of Worldwide Sourcing for the business, based in Cleveland. Sylvester also served as General Manager for Global High Intensity Discharge (HID) before being named President & CEO of GE Lighting Systems in Hendersonville, North Carolina, in 2000. She was then named President of the former GE Quartz in 2002, followed by the CEO roles with GE Intelligent Platforms in 2006 and GE Lighting in 2011 respectively. Sylvester is a member of GE's Corporate Executive Council, GE’s Commercial Council and she was instrumental in helping to launch the GE Women’s Network. She is a former Chairwoman and current member of the Board of Governors & Executive Committee for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. She also serves on the Board for Harley-Davidson, the Alliance to Save Energy, and the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Sylvester holds a B.S. Degree in Procurement and Production Management from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from Cleveland State University, both in Ohio. Sylvester, her husband Mike, and their 3 daughters live in Newton, MA.