Building on last year’s success, Greentech Media’s Grid Edge World Forum 2017 returns as the only conference and exhibition focused exclusively on tomorrow’s distributed energy system. We’ll discuss and debate the latest issues and opportunities impacting tomorrow’s distributed energy system, and examine the trends and innovation happening at the grid edge.



Join us for 3 days of high-quality content, unparalleled business networking opportunities and dedicated exhibition time to experience the latest innovations at the grid edge. Hear from the industry experts shaping the next generation electricity system with exclusive keynotes, fireside chats and deep-dive knowledge sessions. Compare different perspectives from utilities and regulators from around the globe in dedicated regional spotlights.


Andrew Bennett
Senior Vice President, IoT Evangelist, North America Operations, Schneider Electric

A large portion of Mr. Bennett’s professional experience has been shaped by leading teams that are focused on the integration of software and hardware, often described as IT/OT convergence.  From a grid perspective, a great deal of that time has been spent on large-scale Smart Grid projects.  Essentially, connecting field devices with SCADA and DMS software.  More recently, much of his time has been devoted to driving growth through the combination of Process Automation and Electrification for customers in multiple energy-intensive segments.

Today, Mr. Bennett’s primary focus is on broadening the foundation of Schneider Electric’s, EcoStruxure platform. EcoStruxure is an IoT-enabled open and interoperable system architecture designed to deliver enhanced value around safety, reliability, efficiency, sustainability and connectivity for customers.

In Andy’s previous role of SVP of Strategic Accounts and Solutions, he had responsibility for driving growth in focused accounts for Schneider Electric’s major segments including O&G, Utilities, Data Centers, Health Care, WWW, Food & Beverage, Automotive, as well as North American Microgrid activity.  Those accounts represent approximately 1.5Billion in annual turnover.  Additionally, Andy held the responsibility for the North American Solution and Execution Centers where Schneider Electric’s complex engineering is executed. 

Prior to that role, Andy had responsibility for the US Energy Business that was focused on medium voltage offers.  Before taking on these roles for Schneider Electric, Andy oversaw the management of Telvent Miner & Miner, as well as the Telvent Electric Utility Group, which includes the SCADA, RTU, and Smart Grid initiatives.  In 2011, Telvent was acquired by Schneider Electric.

Andy holds a BS in Hydrogeology from Lehigh University as well as a MS in Chemistry from Stonybrook.

Boris von Bormann
Boris von Bormann
CEO, Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, LLC
J. Andrew (Drew) Murphy
Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Edison International

Drew Murphy is senior vice president of strategic planning for Edison International. He is responsible for strategic planning for Edison International and its subsidiaries, advancing strategic initiatives that are key to achieving business growth and long-term shareholder value for the company. He also oversees the analysis of emerging trends in the industry, including distributed renewable generation, commercial and industrial energy services, and competitive transmission. Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest utilities, and Edison Energy Group, a subsidiary composed of variety of non-regulated businesses in the energy sector.

Prior to joining Edison International, Murphy was senior managing director of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, where he headed the utilities, energy and power team. His team was responsible for identifying new investment opportunities and the management of existing investments in regulated utility, power generation and midstream energy industries.

Previously, Murphy served in a number of senior executive positions at NRG Energy, Inc., including executive vice president, Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions, executive vice president and president, Northeast Region, and executive vice president and general counsel.

Murphy has also served as a partner at the law firm of Hunton & Williams LLP, where he worked in the New York, London and Washington, D.C offices leading the global energy, infrastructure and project finance practice.

Murphy earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College in 1983 and a juris doctorate degree from George Washington University in 1987, where he was a member of the George Washington Law Review.

Sonja Glavaski
Program Director, ARPA-E, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Sonja Glavaski currently serves as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). Her focus at ARPA-E includes data analytics, and distributed control and optimization in complex, cyber-physical, and networked systems with applications to control, monitoring, and security of energy systems.

During her 20-plus-year career, Glavaski has contributed significantly to technical advancements in numerous product areas, including propulsion systems, hybrid vehicles, energy efficient building HVAC/R systems, and aircraft systems. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Glavaski served as Control Systems Group Leader at United Technologies Research Center, where she made significant technical contributions to UTC’s world-class product portfolio, advancing new knowledge and technology in the area of control & intelligent systems. Glavaski has spearheaded the introduction and maturation of systematic and rigorous processes, as well as algorithms that maintain optimal performance at the system level while adapting to system and environment changes. She has also led the development and implementation of advanced diagnostics and control methodology and tools that are setting new standards across UTC and being adopted on multiple high-visibility programs. Her group specialized in advanced control & optimization; physics based & data driven modeling and diagnostics; and distributed system design.

Prior to being at UTRC, Glavaski led key programs at Eaton Innovation Center and Honeywell Labs. She received the Honeywell Aerospace Technical Achievement Award.

Glavaski has leveraged her research expertise to provide significant leadership in professional societies. A Senior Member of IEEE, she served as the IEEE Control Systems Society Women in Control Chair. Her research findings have appeared in more than 35 publications. Glavaski received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology.

David Mount
Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

David Mount joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2008 and is a partner in KPCB’s Green Growth Fund (GGF), which supports young companies leading new markets in sustainable ways. David is focused on software and services investments applicable to the energy and industrials markets. He is on the boards of UpWind Solutions and Choose Energy, a board observer at OSIsoft, and led the firm’s investment in ServiceMax. He has also worked closely with the teams at Silver Spring Networks (SSNI), Opower (OPWR), and Hara (acquired by Verisae).

For over a decade, David has been investing in billion dollar technology and energy portfolios that span the petrochemical, oil and gas and consumer sectors. Before joining KPCB, David developed his principal investing expertise at Sankaty Advisors, a $20B structured finance unit of Bain Capital. There David helped manage Sankaty’s petro-focused portfolio, which included exploration, production, refining, field services and specialty chemicals. He also evaluated opportunities in renewable energy and alternative fuels and chemicals, predating the first wave of investing in these technologies. David’s involvement in the firm’s consumer portfolio included investments in multinationals within the food, health and sustainable business sectors.

David holds a B.A. degree from Yale University and an M.S. degree in environment and resources from Stanford University. He completed his M.B.A. at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He remains involved in course development at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and School of Earth Sciences.

David Almeida
Manager, Electric Vehicle & Electrification Group, PG&E

David Almeida is a Manager at Pacific Gas & Electric Company in their Electric Vehicle and Electrification Group. In this role, David is leading the launch of PG&E’s EV Charge Network which will install up to 7,500 EV charging stations across Northern and Central California. Prior to this role, David focused on customer engagement strategies and vehicle grid integration. Before joining PG&E, David worked at the Center for Sustainable Energy managing the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project as well as leading the organization's role in clean transportation policy. David has a bachelor’s degree in political science and biochemistry from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s in Public Policy from UC-San Diego. Prior to graduate school, David worked in international development in Southeast Asia.

Iain Campbell
Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute

Iain Campbell is a Managing Director at RMI, where he leads the Institute’s Buildings practice. He is a global executive with over 30 years of experience in the building systems and services industry. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, as well as leading and growing businesses of diverse scale and maturity.

Prior to joining RMI, Iain held various positions with Johnson Controls; most notably he was responsible for the Global Energy Solutions and the Global Workplace Solutions businesses within the Building Efficiency division. These businesses generated revenues in excess of $5.5 billion and were amongst the fastest growing businesses within the Building Efficiency division over this time period. In addition to the organic growth achieved, Iain led acquisitions in the areas of building services, lighting, demand response, energy management, and carbon reporting.

Previously Iain served as the President of York International, Americas where he was responsible for the commercial and industrial HVAC and refrigeration businesses covering product development, engineering, manufacturing, sales, and service within the Americas region. This business generated revenues in excess of $1.8 billion.

Iain commenced his career in 1983 with York International in the U.K.; Johnson Controls acquired York International in 2005. Iain retired from Johnson Controls in 2014 to pursue his dream to qualify and compete at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii and continue his passion for energy and the environment at RMI.

Evan Pittman
Director, Strategy, Comverge

Evan Pittman applies his industry expertise to guide corporate strategy, support Comverge’s sales efforts, and drive favorable regulatory outcomes at the state and federal levels and in ISO stakeholder proceedings. His areas of focus include ISO market rules, cost effectiveness tests, and the role of demand management across utility business models and regulatory structures. Before joining Comverge, Evan worked in The Brattle Group’s energy consulting practice where he advised utilities, independent system operators, and other electricity market clients on a broad range of issues, including auction design and administration, market structure, and retail pricing.

Evan holds an MBA with High Honors from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, where he concentrated in Finance and Economics, and a BA with Highest Honors in Economics & Mathematics from Emory University.

2016 Highlighted Speakers

Catherine J.K. Sandoval
Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)

Catherine J.K. Sandoval was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in January 2011 to serve as a Commissioner at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Her appointment and confirmation to that post made her the first Latino to serve as a CPUC Commissioner in the agency's 100-year history. She serves as the Co-Vice-Chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Telecommunications Committee, on the NARUC Federalism and Telecommunications Committee, and on the NARUC Utility Market Access Committee. She is the Policy Chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Telecommunications Services. She has served since 2007 on the California Emerging Technology Fund Board of Expert Advisors. She is a tenured professor at Santa Clara University School of Law where she joined the faculty in 2004 and taught Telecommunications, Broadcast, and Internet Law, Antitrust Law, and Contracts. As an Adjunct Professor at U.C. Berkeley School of Law she taught Communications and Internet Law. She served as Undersecretary and Staff Director of the State of California's Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency, which oversaw 47,000 employees, and worked on California’s energy crisis, restructuring, and development of demand response programs from 2001-2004. She directed the FCC’s Office of Communications Business Opportunities and was a senior manager at the FCC from 1994-1999.

She clerked for Judge Dorothy W. Nelson on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after earning her J.D. from Stanford Law School. She earned a Masters of Letters in Politics from Oxford University in England where she was the first Latina to win a Rhodes Scholarship. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Yale University. She hails from East Los Angeles and Montebello, California, and lives with her husband in California's Silicon Valley.

Lee Mazzocchi
Senior Vice President of Grid Solutions, Duke Energy

Lee Mazzocchi is senior vice president of grid solutions for Duke Energy, where he leads the company's focus on grid investment, innovation and standardization. His responsibilities include grid strategy and implementation, distribution standards and governance, and various support functions to regional field operations. He is also responsible for emerging technologies, fleet services and enterprise asset management system support.

Previously, Mazzocchi served as Duke Energy’s senior vice president and chief integration and innovation officer. In that role, he led the company’s merger integration efforts, following the merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy. In addition, he was responsible for emerging technology, enterprise asset management, performance improvement and sustainability.

Mazzocchi has more than 25 years of experience in the electric utility industry, serving in the areas of transmission, distribution, customer service and supply chain. Prior to the Duke Energy/Progress Energy merger in 2012, he served as vice president of supply chain and chief procurement officer for Progress Energy, where he was responsible for the company’s acquisition of products and services, totaling approximately $3 billion per year. Before taking responsibility for the company's supply chain organization in 2009, he served as Progress Energy's vice president of distribution, where he was responsible for the Progress Energy Carolinas distribution system serving 1.4 million customers. He also served as executive sponsor for Progress Energy's initial investments in the smart grid initiative to save energy, strengthen system reliability and improve customer service through the use of advanced technology.

Shay Bahramirad, Ph.D.
Director of Smart Grid & Technology, ComEd

Dr. Shay Bahramirad, IEEE Senior Member, the Director of Distribution System Planning and Smart Grid & Technology, serves as a strategic business leader in Commonwealth Edison, the electric Utility in Illinois, working on the transformation to the 21st century power grid and the new energy economy. Her major responsibilities include leading Smart Grid organization across ComEd to develop the vision, business models, and investment strategy of the grid of the future initiatives such as merging technologies, microgrids and smart city deployments as well as leading the design and architecture of distribution system planning and DER interconnection. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, teaching Microgrids, Elements of Sustainable Energy, and Smart Grid.

Dr. Bahramirad holds multiple advanced degrees, including a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is the Chair of the board of IEEE PES Women in Power, Editorial Board Member of Electricity Journal, Editor in Chief of P1854 Smart Distribution Application Guide.

Mallik Angalakudati
Vice President of Corporate Strategy, PG&E

Mallik Angalakudati serves as Vice President, Corporate Strategy at PG&E Corporation. Prior to this role, he oversaw investment planning, resource management, strategy, process and quality excellence and contract management functions as Vice President, Gas Business Performance Management.

Mallik came to PG&E with more than 15 years’ experience in the energy industry. Prior to joining PG&E, Mallik worked at National Grid in both operational as well as process leadership positions. His experience also includes management consulting and energy pricing and risk management.

He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan, an MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of North Carolina, and a BS in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. Mallik also earned an executive education certificate in Leading Change and Organizational Renewal from the Harvard Business School and a Master Blackbelt certification from the Villanova University. Mallik serves on the Operating Committee of MIT's Leaders for Global Operations program, Utility Analytics Institute Advisory Board and the Advisory Board of the School of Economics and Business Administration at St. Mary's College.

Patty Durand
Executive Director, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC)

Patty Durand joined the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) in January 2011 as its first Executive Director. In this role, she is responsible for advancing a consumer-friendly, consumer-safe smart grid through research and education. Under her leadership SGCC has grown 85 percent in five years to over 120 members and produced many pieces of foundational consumer focused research. Before joining SGCC, Durand worked for the Georgia Institute of Technology where she assisted in smart grid research projects. While there she helped to submit $10 million in three grant proposals to the Department of Energy and ARPA-E. Prior to her time at Georgia Tech, Durand served as the Executive Director for the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club where she focused on energy policy and climate change programs as well as citizen advocacy. Durand also served on the Board of the Smart Grid Society for the Technology Association of Georgia for two years. In 2013, Durand was named as one of Smart Grid Today’s “Smart Grid Pioneers” of today, an honor given upon experts, thought leaders and risk-takers for newsworthy moves, insights and advances in the industry. Additionally, Durand was named as one of 2012’s “Fierce 15” Women in Energy by FierceEnergy for her dedication to driving consumer awareness and understanding of the smart grid.

Dr. Jan van der Lee
Director, EDF Innovation Lab

Jan van der Lee is Director of EDF Innovation Lab in the USA, which belongs to EDF R&D. Prior to his current position, Jan van der Lee was Director of the Materials Ageing Institute (MAI), an EDF-owned international organization of scientific collaboration among the world’s largest nuclear utilities and related industries from France, USA, UK, Russia, China and Japan. Among others, he created the MAI Scientific Network, gathering experts in materials degradation science from about 20 universities worldwide. Janvan der Lee furthermore collaborated in several international initiatives which focus on safe long-term operation of nuclear power plants and was member of several scientific committees and societies.
Before joining EDF in 2009, he was researcher and professor at Mines-ParisTech for 20 years. He received his M.S. degree in hydrodynamics from the Amsterdam Free University in 1989 and a Ph.D. from Mines-ParisTech. Jan is married, has three sons and is fluent in English, French, German and Dutch.

Jeroen Scheer
Chief Technology Officer, Alliander

Drs Jeroen (J.P.) Scheer MScM is CTO at Alliander, the Dutch leading energy company, and is part of the Management Team of Alliander IT. His day to day responsibilities include the direction and leadership of all energy transition related digital innovations, solutions and investments within Alliander. Jeroen Scheer is worldwide recognized as one of the core leaders and architects managing the transition of the energy sector and the grid in a transition that brings one of a very complex ecosystem from a rather mechanical entity to the age of digital. Previously, Mr. Scheer initiated and led the Alliander domain Energy Transition & New Energy Business Models. Mr. Scheer has been active in the energy sector for more than sixteen years, in several roles and within several energy companies in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Poland and Sweden. He also presides several worldwide standardization bodies regarding the energy transition and its digital solutions.

Lisa Cagnolatti
Vice President, Business Customer Division, Southern California Edison

Lisa Cagnolatti is vice president of the Business Customer Division of Southern California Edison’s (SCE’s) Customer Service Operating Unit. She oversees the company’s relationships with its major industrial, commercial, and government customers as well as SCE’s efforts to stimulate business development in the 15 counties the company serves. Cagnolatti joined SCE in 1996 and has held a variety of duties with the company in a broad range of management positions.  She previously was the director of the company’s call center operations, which handles more than 13 million calls a year.  In addition, Cagnolatti was the director of SCE’s billing, payment, and credit activities; a region manager in SCE power delivery and construction organization; and the manager of SCE’s rural district organization, which encompasses approximately 39,000 miles and serves 150,000 customers, some of whom also get water and gas from SCE. Before joining SCE, Cagnolatti worked 11 years with Southern California Gas Company in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility including sales management, marketing, environmental policy, and regulatory affairs.  Cagnolatti worked two years for Procter & Gamble as a paper manufacturing team manager before joining the Gas Company. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Cagnolatti serves in a leadership capacity for numerous community organizations focused on improving educational opportunities for under-served youth and enhancing the lives of women and girls around the world. She is Board Chairwoman for the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles, and a Board Member of the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute, The American Association of Blacks in Energy, and the National College Resources Foundation. Cagnolatti earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.

agenda 2017 Conference Themes
  • Innovation in Grid Infrastructure
  • The Evolving Role of the Electric Utility
  • A Customer-Driven Grid
  • Buildings as Energy Assets
  • New Market Development & Global Trends
  • Financing Grid Edge Deployments
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highlights from last year

  • Over 30% Utility attendance
  • Over 1,000 Attendees
  • 96% Of Attendees would recommend Grid Edge World Forum


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