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Jack Azagury leads Accenture’' Smart Grid business globally and is a member of Accenture's Utilities Leadership team.
Prior to his current role, Jack held a number of leadership positions at Accenture including being responsible for the North American Management Consulting organization for the Resources industries (utilities, energy, chemicals and natural resources). In addition, Jack was responsible for Accenture's utilities clients in the Eastern United States. Prior to this, Jack led Accenture's strategy and business transformation practice for utilities.
His focus and expertise is helping clients with growth strategies and business transformations programs. Jack has worked with US and European utilities on large scale business transformation, smart grid strategies, merger integration projects, corporate and business unit strategies across all areas of the utilities value chain. Jack has published a number of articles on the future of the utilities industry and on the key attributes of a High Performing "Utility of the Future".
Located in New York City, New York, Jack holds a MEng from Imperial College London and a MBA from INSEAD. Prior to joining Accenture in 1996, Jack worked on strategy and business development in the software industry.
Elisabeth Brinton is a trusted senior executive, thought leader and entrepreneur with a track record of successful innovation, execution, value creation and disruption across multiple industries, including Energy, Water, Food, Agriculture, and High Tech.
Most recently, Elisabeth was the Corporate Strategy Officer for PG&E Corporation, a F200 Energy Holding Company that has been a global utility pioneer in renewables, customer solar, T&D, and energy efficiency. She launched PG&E’s groundbreaking IOT “Grid of Things” business strategy, ran M&A and strategic investments, and led California’s exploration of new utility business models. Earlier, Elisabeth was the Chief Customer Officer of SMUD, running the $2 Billion Retail P&L for that vertically integrated utility, including complex 24x7, high-stakes operations and a team of 1,000 employees.
An entrepreneur at heart, Elisabeth has been in the C-Suite as an executive officer, CEO or Founder of four successful Silicon Valley start-up companies with technologies and products that were pioneering and disruptive for their time. Ventures include, Loudcloud that pioneered the ASP business model and the now ubiquitous Cloud, where Elisabeth was on the founding leadership team and ran global marketing, helping the company scale and go public in record time for a US company. Earlier, Elisabeth was the founder and CEO of her own technical product development and marketing agency where she created a business delivering over $100 million in value, serving both major consumer brands like Pepsico and Nike, and innovative start-ups delivering deep, pioneering work in food, agriculture and high tech, including the development of several patents and commercializing new category creating products like branded, value-added produce and early organic and specialty products from ice cream to natural sodas.
Elisabeth is a chemist and passionate creative, blending scientific/technical expertise with customer centric market innovation, business strategy and policy leadership. She is a top honors graduate of Principia College with a triple major across scientific and humanities disciplines and both a Harry S. Truman and Lincoln Academy Scholar. Out of College, Elisabeth worked for the US House of Representatives as a legislative assistant for a member of Congress and the House Judiciary Committee.
Currently, Elisabeth is a voluntary faculty Co-Chair for Singularity University’s Global Energy & Climate track (2013 Executive Program Alum) and serves on the Advisory Boards of Smart Wires, Rancho Purisima Farms, and the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center.
Franco Castaldini is an experienced marketing, sales and product management executive who has led go-to-market strategies for innovative startups to large global companies.
Prior to this role, he led Product Marketing for GE’s Energy Management software solutions within the company’s Software Center of Excellence. In this position, Franco was responsible for creating and leading the Energy Management marketing strategy for its software solutions. Prior to joining GE, Franco was President of Leva Energy, a company he cofounded which developed a novel distributed generation system for industrial and commercial companies. As President, Franco’s core responsibilities were leading the company’s product, marketing, sales, and fundraising strategies. Prior to Leva Energy, Franco held senior level positions in marketing, business development and sales at enterprise software and hardware companies, including Software AG, Seagate and Commerce One.
Franco holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Journalism from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, and an MBA from Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
In his role as VP of Marketing for Bit Stew Systems, Franco leads the company’s global go-to-market strategy for Bit Stew’s growth in the IIoT including marketing communications, product marketing, partner marketing, and inside sales.
Kevin Dasso is Senior Director of Technology and Information Strategy at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Kevin has 30 years of experience in the gas and electric utility business including engineering, operations, construction and asset management. Kevin is currently responsible for developing and implementing strategy and policies for the utility related to the Smart Grid and transmission and distribution technology integration. He leads the company’s Smart Grid team involving the Electric Operations, Customer Care, Energy Procurement and Information Technology departments. Kevin is a member of the Board of the Gridwise Alliance and on the Advisory Board for the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research program. He is a former member of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council’s Reliability Policy Issues Committee, and is former chair of the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) Planning Committee Reliability Assessment Subcommittee. Kevin received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Iowa State University and a M.S. in Electric Engineering at Santa Clara University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in California and is a member of the IEEE Power Engineering Society.
Ed Davalos is the Lead of Product Management for Utility / Smart Grid solutions for AT&T Business Solutions. His organization is responsible for the development and implementation of industry solutions which focus on levering AT&T's assets and offering portfolio for the Utility vertical markets. His current work involves ensuring the delivery of solutions that meet the industry's expanded needs for next general of Smart Grid solutions including, manages services, secure critical communication, workforce transformation and wireless and cloud applications.
Ed brings more than 25 years of experience in the utility, education, healthcare and federal, state and local market segments. He has held a variety of leadership positions in sales, marketing, product management and operations with Schlumberger, Motorola, Nextel and Sprint before AT&T Mobility.
He currently is a member of Technology Association of Georgia and previously served as co-chair of the Homeland Security Working Group at the Georgia Electronic Commerce Associations.
Ed holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Maryville College along with graduate work from East Tennessee State University. He also enjoys running marathons.
Paul Dick joined Tendril in 2015 as the Vice President of Utility Solutions and Strategy. In this role, he helps utility executives find new opportunities to manage and grow the business in the areas of energy efficiency, customer engagement, regulatory change, and grid innovation. Paul brings 29 years of experience working for utility and telecommunications companies in a variety of leadership, business and technology positions. Prior to joining Tendril, Paul held the position of Executive Advisor and Principal Consultant for the SAS Institute, Energy Business Unit. In this role, Paul helped utilities find strategic and operational value in data and analytics across the business using connected technologies like smart grid and the Internet of Things. Paul gained much of his industry experience at OGE Energy Corp., where he helped bring solutions to the business communities that solved problems around asset management, reliability, and energy management. He also created opportunities to leverage the power of customer experience in a connected grid world. He co-architected and designed an award-winning program called Information Factory that created solutions from new data sources of the smart grid including strategic and operational capabilities. Paul has provided leadership on multiple industry councils over the years including the inaugural Utility Analytics Institute Executive board. Paul has also presented at a wide range of events, panels, authored whitepapers, media articles, and executed workshops on many industry topics including demand response, geospatial asset analytics, dynamic customer intelligence, utility economic impacts through analytics, utility business transformation, and enterprise information architecture. Paul earned a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University.
Dr. Deepak Divan is President and CTO of Varentec, a company funded by green-tech venture capital firm Khosla Ventures, that is providing innovative solutions to achieve a smart and dynamically controllable grid. He has over 35 years of experience in industry and academia in the areas of power electronics applied to utility and industrial systems with Varentec being his third entrepreneurial venture. Deepak is a Fellow of the IEEE, recipient of the 2006 IEEE Newell Award, and is past President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society. He has been invited to speak at various of conferences and symposiums, including the 2012 ARPA-E Summit, on topics related to next generation power electronics and emerging solutions for dynamic grid control. From 2004-2011, he served as Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Founding Director of the Intelligent Power Infrastructure Consortium at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Prior to that, Dr. Divan led Soft Switching Technologies as Founder & CEO. He has also been a professor in Electric Engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has over 250 papers and 50 issued and pending patents. Dr. Divan combines unique perspectives on the changing landscape on the Transmission & Distribution grid, and the need for a transition to dynamic grid control, including advanced power electronics solutions. His research interests are in dynamic grid control, sustainable energy and advanced power electronics.
Steve Ehrlich is Space-Time Insight's Senior Vice President of Marketing. With over 25 years of software industry experience and a passion for technology and all aspects of the marketing domain, Steve brings a wealth of product, marketing and executive management experience to the Space-Time Insight team. He previously co-founded and led marketing and product strategy for BUZ Interactive and played similar roles at Apptera, a voice solutions provider. Prior to that, as Vice President of Marketing, Steve led speech recognition vendor, Nuance, from startup to market leadership and a successful initial public offering. Steve started his career at Oracle Corporation where he held a range of technical and product marketing management roles. Steve holds Bachelors and Honors degrees in Commerce from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.
David Elve is the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for PayGo. His background includes numerous executive roles in the energy industry spanning almost 20 years. Mr. Elve has worked with numerous utilities on their Smart Grid programs and he is a frequent speaker in the industry. He holds a B.S. in Business, a MBA in Finance and is a graduate of the Georgia Tech Management Institute’s Executive Program.
Mr. Elve has been an active investor and advisor to several energy industry ventures including Enspiria Solutions, Verdeeco, Preparis and PayGo. He is a founder and Past President of the Smart Meter Manufacturers’ Association of America (SMMAA). In 2011, he was named to the Fierce Grid 15 Most Influential people in Energy.
Tim Fairchild is the Director of the SAS Global Energy Practice. In this role he leads a team responsible for developing global product strategy and defining and delivering market-driven offerings for the Energy industry. His team works closely with global customers, business partners, and SAS Research & Development to ensure that SAS solutions meet the needs of the market. Tim represents SAS on the Board of Directors of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster which works to expand the Research Triangle region's potential in smart grid, advanced transportation, water technologies, renewable energy and energy efficiency by bringing together the collective power of industry, government and academia.
Seth co-founded EnergyHub in 2007 and continues to serve as its President. Under his leadership, EnergyHub has become a leading provider of both utility-installed and Bring Your Own Thermostat® demand response services. EnergyHub offers utilities end-to-end demand response program management, including program design, installation, marketing, and customer support services, as well as EnergyHub's Mercury software platform for device control, with the goal of enabling both utilities and consumers to benefit from participation in DR programs. Seth is a frequent speaker on demand response and connected home issues and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Smart Electric Power Alliance.
Josh Gerber is Manager of Smart Grid at San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), a Sempra Energy utility. In his role leading enterprise-wide smart grid strategy, policy, and project alignment, Josh manages the development and implementation of SDG&E's Smart Grid Deployment Plan. Prior to joining Sempra, Josh was a Systems Engineer at Inflow, Inc., now part of SunGard Availability Services. In his 10+ years with the Sempra utilities, Josh has held multiple senior positions involving the planning, architecture, and implementation of smart grid, advanced metering, and other technology infrastructure.
SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more than 840,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties.
Erich W. Gunther is the Chairman, Chief Technology Officer, and co-founder of EnerNex® Corporation in Knoxville, Tennessee where he helps EnerNex clients define their strategic direction in basic R&D, technology, and product development. Mr. Gunther has more than 30 years of experience in design and development of innovative solutions to a wide array of power system problems, most notably in ways to take advantage of communications networks and technology to improve the efficiency, operating practices, and security of the electric power system. Erich is a sought after speaker for his ability to explain complex concepts associated with energy systems to a wide variety of audiences in a simple, but technically correct fashion that leads to the understanding and collaboration necessary to solve real world problems.
In 2011 Erich was recognized for his career long work in the field of electric power quality by being named an IEEE Fellow - the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement. In 2014, Erich was appointed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) a “Disaster Resilience Fellow” – a program to bring in industry subject matter experts to provide review and input to their Disaster Resilience Framework.
Erich was recognized by Greentech Media in their Networked Grid 100: The Movers and Shakers of the Smart Grid in 2012. Erich is a licensed private helicopter and instrument rated fixed wing airplane pilot and aircraft owner (N1334X), and an amateur radio operator (WG3Q).
Krishan Gupta is a Big Data and Analytics expert at eMeter, a Siemens Business. As Director of Product Management, his team manages eMeter’s EnergyIP Platform and Analytics Applications, which have become leading solutions in Smart Grid and Utility Analytics. Krishan brings more than 10 years of Big Data experience to the team in industries ranging from Social Media to Data Center Automation. Prior to eMeter, Krishan held Product Management roles at Cisco and Symantec, and was an early team member at Dipity, a data-management company for media companies.
Dave Hamilton is the Director for Clean Energy of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign. Mr. Hamilton has been an analyst and advocate on energy and environmental issues for the past 25 years. Most recently he lead the Club's successful effort to gain an extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind and other renewable energy sources through 2013.
Before shifting duties to focus on exclusively clean energy in 2012, Dave led the Sierra Club's federal efforts on global warming and energy including the energy bills of 2005 and 2007, as well as the drive for legislation on global warming in 2009-10. Prior to joining the Sierra Club in 2004, he was with the consulting firm of Bob Lawrence and Associates. From 1994 to 2003 he served as policy director for the non-profit Alliance to Save Energy, focused on energy efficiency policy at the state and federal levels. Dave began his tenure in Washington, DC in 1987, joining the U.S. Public Interest Research Group as their first national field director on the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, then shifting over to lobbyist on energy efficiency and renewable energy during the original push to create the PTC in the Energy Policy Act of 1992.
His several consulting stints have included clients such as Booz-Allen-Hamilton, the National Religious Partnership for the Environment, and the Department of Energy.
Linda Jackman is Group Vice President of Industry Strategy for Oracle Utilities. Linda studied Accounting and Information Systems in Perth, Australia, and is undertaking her Master of Business Administration at the University of Queensland. She has more than 20 years experience in information systems, specializing in capital intensive industries such as mining and utilities. After a number of years working in Australia and Europe Linda moved to North America to lead the implementations for several major utilities. In 2005 she joined SPL WorldGroup as Vice President of Product Management for Customer Care and Billing. SPL was acquired by Oracle in 2007, where she is the now the Global VP Utilities Industry Strategy.
Roy comes to EcoFactor after four years as CEO at Calisolar, Inc., a vertically integrated manufacturer of solar silicon, wafers and high-performance cells. Prior to his time at Calisolar, Johnson was CEO of Redline Networks, where he guided the team to an industry leadership position in the Application Front End market, from pre-revenue to a successful acquisition by Juniper Networks for $132 million in May 2005. Previously Johnson also held the post of vice president of marketing and business development at 2Wire and spent 13 years at 3Com Corporation. He holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and an AB in Economics from Dartmouth College.
Greg Jones is the Chief Technology Officer at MachineShop ([url=http://www.machineshop.io]http://www.machineshop.io[/url]) leading the company's technology strategy and engineering teams. Prior to co-founding MachineShop, in 2007 he joined SensorLogic as VP of Operations to help define their company transformation and launch as an industry leader in developing an Application Enablement Platform for the M2M (Machine-to-Machine) marketplace. During 2001-2007, Greg was the GM of DSL Products for Texas Instruments leading their growth to market leadership in the DSL Broadband chipsets for terminals and central office deployments where he managed a group of almost 700 employees worldwide. Greg has held various other positions throughout his 30 year career in the telecommunications industry including: pioneering early cellular radio technologies, networked commercial radio, consumer products, broadband gateways, and led multiple product launches from both a technology and marketing perspective. A veteran startup entrepreneur, Greg holds a Bachelors of Science in Information and Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is involved with various social causes in the Greater Dallas area and serves on various boards and committees of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.
David Kaplan is CEO and founder of 1Energy Systems, a Seattle-based clean technology company providing software for grid-connected energy storage systems (ESS) and other electric energy assets.
In 2006, David founded V2Green to deliver the first technology platform connecting electric vehicles with the power grid. V2Green achieved national recognition as a leading clean tech company and was acquired by Gridpoint in 2008. Subsequently, David served as Grid Technologist for Snohomish County PUD, advising the General Manager and staff on new technology initiatives.
David has over 30 years of technology experience in fields such as database management, web services, and radio-frequency identification (RFID). At Microsoft, he helped to create SQL Server, Access, and the company's internet services platform.
Ogi Kavazovic is responsible for the go-to-market strategy for Opower's three solution lines. He works closely with our sales and product teams to help guide the company's product strategy and competitive positioning and promotes Opower and its solutions at industry events and conferences. Prior to joining Opower, Ogi was a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners, where he advised Fortune 500 clients on corporate strategy development, with particular focus on the utility sector and Smart Grid industry. Ogi began his career as a software engineer, developing risk and asset management systems for major financial institutions, such as Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan. Ogi was also one of the lead architects of a "smart field" data management platform for Schlumberger Information Systems. Ogi received his BA and MS degrees in Computer Science from Harvard.
Dr. Soorya Kuloor has over 20 years of experience in design and development power system simulation, analytics, analysis and optimization solutions with principal focus on planning and operations applications for distribution network reliability, power quality, distributed energy resources (DER) integration and asset management. He also has extensive experience with development of real-time distributed mission critical systems, from enterprise systems to real-time system data integration and real-time databases. Dr. Kuloor has authored several publications and reports on topics in the areas of power flow, power system simulation, substation switching, and optimization of DER planning, integration, and dispatch. Dr. Kuloor has extensive experience in planning and delivering analysis and optimization projects with regulatory entities, market operators, and distribution/transmission utilities focused on DER siting, sizing, typing, and dispatch, and network reliability optimization.
Prior to Landis+Gyr, as Dr. Kuloor was President and CTO of GRIDiant Corporation where and Optimal Technologies where Dr. Kuloor led development efforts for GRIDiant’s analytics and optimization software. GRIDiant was acquired by Landis+Gyr in 2014. Prior to GRIDiant Dr. Kuloor was CTO for Optimal Technologies and also held senior technical positions at Hewlett-Packard/Agilent Technologies. Dr. Kuloor has Ph.D. in Power System Optimization for the University of Calgary in Canada.
David is one of the world’s leading UX designers. As a partner and head of Greenstart’s design studio, David co-creates the scope for every design partnership with a portfolio company. David spent five years as Executive Creative Director at frog design’s San Francisco headquarters, leading a team of more than 100 designers, engineers, strategists and program managers to bring innovative products and services to market. His work building frog’s energy practice and leading the firm’s biggest accounts in all categories of advanced consumer experience – smart phones, digital retail, next gen automotive and the social web – gives him unique insights into the challenges of digital cleantech products and services. He is a sought after speaker at conferences such as SXSW, ARPA-E and PSFK. David holds a BA from NYU and a master’s from NYU’s ITP program at Tisch School for the Arts.
Paul Moon is the Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy at SK Telecom Americas (SKTA) and the Head of GridMaven. He is a founding member of GridMaven and has led SKTA's entry into the utility industry. Paul has over 15 years of leadership, business development and management experience in the communications industry. He has been focused on bringing new technologies and innovation in his role as head of business development at Helio and director of carrier relations for SK Telecom in the US. Paul drove much of the activities that resulted in many “first of its kind” services in the US communications industry. Prior to SK Telecom, Paul was a senior investment banker at Piper Jaffray leading the wireless communications investment banking practice.
Richard Mora is President and CEO of Landis+Gyr Americas where he leads a team of more than 2,000 employees that deliver smart grid and smart metering solutions to utilities across North and South America. Mr. Mora serves as Executive Vice President of Landis+Gyr Holdings, where he develops and executes corporate strategy in conjunction with worldwide company leadership. A Six Sigma Black Belt, Mr. Mora is an expert in process and productivity improvements. He is well versed in new business consolidations and start-ups, risk management, team building and international operations. Mr. Mora holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
Amit is the founder and CEO of AutoGrid. Prior to founding AutoGrid, he was the Director of Smart Grid Research in Modeling & Simulation at Stanford University. Amit also served as Vice President of Products at Magma Design Automation and as founding CEO of Berkeley Design Automation, a venture-backed company in semiconductor design software. Amit has a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley and a B Tech. in EE from IIT Kanpur.
Jeff Nichols is the Director of Information Security and Information Management for the Sempra Energy utilities. The utilities serve the energy needs of over 20 million customers in a 24,000 square mile southern California service area. Mr. Nichols’ organization provides the complete range of info security, cybersecurity, data access, analytics & data management services for the utilities’ 12,000 employees. His organization also leads numerous strategic planning, Smart Grid and “big data” initiatives.
Mr. Nichols was previously the Director of IT Infrastructure for the Sempra utilities. Before coming to Sempra, he was Executive Director of IT Infrastructure at Kaiser Permanente; a divisional VP and CTO at Science Applications International Corporation; and VP/General Manager at a private software development firm.
Mr. Nichols serves on multiple Boards, including 211 San Diego, a nonprofit community service organization; the Utility Analytics Institute; CES21 (California Energy Systems for the 21st Century); and the Utilities Telecom Council (UTC). He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in business administration from Kent State University.
Will Odell is the Smart Grid Program Manager for Snohomish County PUD. As the smart grid team leader he is responsible for research, evaluation and selection of the new technologies and protocols the system will be integrating such as grid automation, telecommunications, AMI, distributed generation, energy storage, and cyber security. Will is also responsible for developing the business cases that support the PUD’s entire Smart Grid Roadmap.
Will is currently managing the PUD’s $32M, DOE directed ARRA Smart Grid Investment Grant. This three year joint funded program focuses on upgrading the PUD’s electrical distribution system and supports projects such as Substation Automation, Distribution Automation, Fiber Optic Communications, Smart Grid Test Lab and a Distribution Management System.
Will has more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry working in both public and investor owned organizations. Will holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and an Executive MBA from the University of Washington.
Anton Prenneis is Technical Evangelist and CTO of EMC’s OEM business unit. Anton is passionate about finding ways to bring to market industry vertical solutions that are beneficial to both the bottom line and society. Of these, Smart Grid inspires him the most. While it can be challenging at times to make the business case for Smart Grid, the social case is crystal clear – society must find smarter and cleaner ways to generate, distribute and consume electricity, particularly as more and more people around the globe come “on-grid”. And of the many facets to this challenge, the ability to analyze and act on the massive volumes of data being generated by sensors and devices offers the biggest near-term opportunity to dramatically improve the efficiency of the distribution grid, and eventually enable the transformation of electricity distribution into a smart system capable of supporting electric vehicles, alternative energy sources, two-way electricity flow, and dynamic pricing models. In his role, Anton works across EMC’s federated business model that spans storage infrastructure, virtualization, Big Data, and security. On the Big Data side, Anton works with Pivotal, an EMC company that is bringing to market real-time analytics technologies and a platform-as-a-service upon which developers can write next-generation analytics applications. Anton also works with RSA, EMC’s security division, which has built encryption, authentication, and adaptive security technologies into major AMI deployments. Feel free to introduce yourself to Anton in person and to connect online on LinkedIn [url=http://www.linkedin.com/in/prenneis]http://www.linkedin.com/in/prenneis[/url], or Twitter [url=https://twitter.com/antonprenneis]https://twitter.com/antonprenneis[/url].
Dan Ripchensky is Director of Sales at Ericsson, responsible for the US utility business. For over 20 years, Dan has worked with global utilities including international assignments with Siemens in Austria/Germany and Hydro Quebec’s M3i Systems in Montreal. He thrives on applying Ericsson expertise to assist energy clients in areas such as communications for Smart Grid, large scale system integration, operational software solutions, and managed and other professional services. Ericsson is in a unique position to help utilities with over 130 years of communications experience and leading edge development. Dan works in the Washington DC area supporting utilities and government agencies locally and across the US.
Bruce Rogers is Director of the Technology Innovation organization at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). He is responsible for managing TVA’s strategic research and development activities that enhance the agency’s competitiveness and promote national leadership in key technological areas. Mr. Rogers has over 34 years experience at TVA in a number of operational areas performing and managing activities that improve the generation, delivery, marketing, and use of energy products to wholesale and retail energy markets. He is a recognized industry leader in the areas of: energy efficiency, load management, and modernization of the electric grid. Mr. Rogers currently leads a team of engineers and scientists that advance understanding and application of innovations in science and technology to help TVA meet future challenges. The primary focus of the research team is advancements in small modular reactor technologies, power delivery technologies, consumer energy efficiency, and electric transportation. Mr. Rogers has authored or co-authored numerous technical papers and articles within his area. He has also served as chairman or committee member in several ASME, IEEE, and EPRI users/working groups. He currently serves in leadership positions at the University of Tennessee (UTK) CURENT Center, the Power Systems Engineering Research Center, the National Electric Energy Testing Research and Applications Center, and is a member of the UTK College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Industrial Advisory Board. Mr. Rogers received the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree with honor from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Ms. Sully brings over 25 years of engineering and business experience in Telecommunications and Energy sectors to her role as Chair of UTCC. She has led UTCC in reshaping its strategic direction. In 2013, she received the UTC Chairman’s Award. Ms. Sully is an active advocate in Information and Communications Technology, working to ensure that Regulators and Industry recognize the need for utilities’ critical infrastructure. She represents the Canadian Utilities as Vice-President of Radio Advisory Board of Canada (RABC). She is also a member of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance Public Safety Advisory Board. Presently, she works as a Senior Technical Specialist at Hydro One Telecom. In 2010, she received Hydro One President’s Award for her leadership role in Distributed Generation Connections. Before joining Hydro One, she worked in the Telecommunications Industry at Signatec Inc., Videotron Telecom and DTI Telecom.
Ms. Sully holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management and a Bachelor Degree in Engineering Physics. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario, a Fellow of Engineers Canada (FEC) and an honorary member of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) where she served as President and Chair in 2011-2012.
As Founder and President of Geli Ryan Wartena brings over 10 years of experience in computational and battery R&D and 10 years experience in energy storage business and control platform technologies. Since 2010, Ryan has served as CEO, Chief Strategy Officer, Director of Product, and President of Geli, a San Francisco & Melbourne based energy software and business solutions company. Ryan directs Geli’s collection of software products to create the Geli Internet of Energy platform to support all ecosystem partners to provide energy services from networked assets.
Prior experience includes computational software development, UL/ETL storage product validation, organizing battery pack manufacturing in US and Japan, developing solid-state Li‐ion microbatteries, and integrating energy storage systems into grid networks. He is the author of patents in energy storage and energy computing technologies. Ryan holds degrees in Chemical Engineering from UC San Diego, Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Post Doc research at Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC and MIT. Ryan loves long-lived energy networks and his goal in life is to see the world operate on a renewably energized Internet of Energy.
Scott Young is the Senior Director of Software Platforms for Silver Spring Networks. In a career spanning 22 years with some of Silicon Valley’s most innovative start-ups, Scott is a software platform pioneer with extensive experience developing and bringing to market software solutions for Fortune 500 companies and large enterprises. He has also led several venture-backed, enterprise software businesses through start-up, emerging growth, IPO and acquisition.
Before joining Silver Spring in January 2013, Scott was the Vice President of Marketing and Product Management for Enism which delivered advanced software for the world's largest telecommunications providers. Prior to that, Scott was the Vice President of Marketing for PostPath (now CISCO), delivering the industry's first natively compatible alternative to Microsoft Exchange. He has also held executive-level operations, marketing, and technology roles with UserLand, Corporate Smarts, Inc., and the Vicinity Corporation (now Microsoft).
Scott holds a J.D. and a B.A. from the University of Kansas.
Ben is the Director of Grid Research for Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (Formerly GTM Research), specializing in Distribution Automation, Network Management and Renewables Integration markets. He previously worked as a research analyst for Knwldg Houston, formerly a green energy and healthcare consulting firm, where his research focused on AMI deployment and smart grid regulatory policy. Prior to Knwldg Houston, Ben was a policy intern with Wexler and Walker Public Policy Associates where he performed research for energy, transportation, and defense clients.
He has authored multiple studies on the smart grid market, concentrating on policy evolution, technology innovation, the market's competitive landscape and project economics. Ben has delivered keynote presentations for multiple industry conferences, moderated and participated in panels covering a variety of topics, and regularly hosts industry webinars with GTM Research / Greentech Media. Ben has been a smart grid contributor on CNN Money, NPR, and the Texas Tribune. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science.
Zach currently serves as an analyst on the Smart Grid team at GTM Research. Prior to GTM, Zach worked at Bloomberg, where he spent part of his tenure at New Energy Finance, contributing to the research and insight stream on the energy smart technologies team as well as consulting on a project for a leading global investment bank. Prior to Bloomberg, he served as a consultant at HydroEnviromental solutions, an environmental consulting and engineering firm. Zach graduated Cum Laude from Cornell University with a BS in Natural Resources and a minor in Nutritional Science. At Cornell, his undergraduate research focused on the policy issues surrounding the development and commercialization of alternative fuel vehicles in the United States. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science at Columbia University with a concentration on energy and sustainability.
Rick Thompson co-founded Greentech Media in 2007, leading the company from unknown upstart to the authoritative information services provider covering the transformation of the global electricity system.
Prior to GTM, Thompson spent 15 years at leading technology startups, incumbent networking and telecommunications companies, and technology media and market research firms. Rick was senior telecom analyst at Light Reading/Heavy Reading, the dominant online media & research firm in the telecommunications market, acquired by CMP Media in 2005. Mr. Thompson previously served as the vice president of marketing at PanGo Networks, a wireless software startup, and as director of product management and marketing at Sycamore Networks Inc., where he defined the product strategy and launch of the industry’s first intelligent optical switching platform through their IPO in 1999. Under his leadership, Sycamore deployed several of the world’s largest intelligent optical network infrastructures. Prior to joining Sycamore, Rick held product management positions with Packet Engines, a pioneer of Gigabit Ethernet switching that was later acquired by Alcatel; and FORE Systems, a leader in ATM networking that was later acquired by Marconi and, subsequently, Ericsson. Mr. Thompson earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.