Speakers
Amena Ali
Chief Revenue Officer, Whisker Labs

Amena Ali is chief revenue officer at Whisker Labs, a wholly owned subsidiary of Earth Networks, dedicated to bringing next generation home energy intelligence technologies to market.  In this role, Amena oversees business development, product offerings and implementation, go-to-market initiatives and strategic partnerships for the business.
Amena joined the company in 2011 and previously served as CMO.  Previously Amena was CMO at Arxan Technologies, and held senior executive level positions at Softek Storage Solutions, EMC Corporation, Legato Systems, OTG Software, and MCI.  Amena also spent several years with Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm.
She holds a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Yale.

Sharon Allan
Chief Innovation Officer, SEPA

Sharon Allan has over 30 years of experience and is an executive known for business transformation and growth.  She was President and CEO of SGIP which merged with SEPA. She is also on the Advisory Board of Enertech Capital.  Previously, she was Managing Director  of Accenture’s Smart Grid Practice. Other industry roles include President of Elster Integrated Solutions, Chief Knowledge Officer of Elster Electricity, as well as executive roles at ABB, and IBM.

Sharon has been recognized throughout the years as a Pioneer by Smart Grid Today, Mover and Shaker by GTM (Greentech Media),  Top 3 by Smart Grid News, Technology leader by NCCBI, Platts Energy, and a “Class of 2007 and Alumni” leader by World Generation.  Sharon is an honors graduate from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering and holds an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua Business School.

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.

Kristen Anand
Senior Sales & Applications Engineer, Younicos

Kristen Anand is a Senior Sales and Applications Engineer at Younicos, the pioneer and market leader in smart energy and grid solutions based on battery storage. In this role, Kristen designs energy storage systems from 250 kW to 100 MW and ensures the products align with customer needs. Kristen holds an Electrical Engineering degree from McGill University and a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Anne Arquit Niederberger, Ph.D
Vice President, Market Development, Enervee

Anne Arquit Niederberger is Vice President Market Development at Enervee, where she is responsible for thought leadership and collaboration with utilities, government agencies and retail market actors around the globe to drive innovation and expand markets for energy efficient consumer products. She began her career as a scientist, working with some of the leading figures in paleoclimatology and contributing to various Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessments. She subsequently transitioned to a decade of climate & clean energy policy, serving during the 1990s in senior positions with the Swiss Federal Office of Environment and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, where she led international climate and energy policy and established Swiss carbon markets. Prior to Enervee, Anne was Principal at Policy Solutions, where she advised public and private clients globally on climate & clean energy solutions and spearheaded diverse implementation partnerships, such as the Standards for Energy Efficiency of Electric Motor Systems harmonization effort, the $1.2 billion Swiss Climate Cent and the World Bank National Strategy Studies program to support national carbon market development. She graduated with High Honors from Dartmouth College, holds a Ph.D. in Oceanography, completed a post-doctoral fellowship with a focus on global change at the University of Bern (Switzerland), and served as Visiting Scholar at Columbia University. Anne and her husband now call beautiful Healdsburg CA home.

Michael A. Backstrom
Michael A. Backstrom
Managing Director, Energy & Environmental Policy, Southern California Edison
Rich Barone
Rich Barone
Manager, Demand Response, Hawaiian Electric Company
Ben Bartlett
Ben Bartlett
Berkeley City Council, District 3
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.

Dr. Phil Blythe
CEO & Founder, Greensync

Dr Phil Blythe (PhD) is a leading specialist in the management of distributed energy resources for global electricity markets. He is the Founder and Chief Executive of GreenSync, an award-winning Australian technology company that develops software products and services for managing microgrids, transmission and distribution networks, energy storage and large discretionary electrical loads. Phil draws on two decades of experience in commercialising new technology in Australia and the UK. He has held senior executive positions with technology and financial services startups in the energy, smart facilities, media and financial risk management industries. He is an active contributor to discussions about the future of global energy markets and particularly, the instrumental role of distributed resources and energy services at the grid’s edge in defining a new era in energy management. Phil is a member of Australia’s Energy Efficiency Council and as a former Research Advisor at Monash University’s Monash Sustainability Institute, maintains an ongoing interest in the Institute’s work. He has undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in engineering and completed his PhD at the University of Sydney. He has held academic posts at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin and also the University of Sydney.

Scott Bordenkircher
Scott Bordenkircher
Director, Technology Innovation & Integration, Arizona Public Service
Boris von Bormann
CEO, Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, LLC
Boris von Bormann is CEO of Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, responsible for the development and sale of energy storage systems for residential and utility applications, and other energy services to help facilitate the transition to e-mobility. Prior, he was CEO for the U.S. headquarters of Sonnen, a German-based manufacturer of energy storage solutions. Boris von Bormann has been in the international trade industry for over 18 years and in the solar industry for over 9 years.
Wendy Brummer
Program Manager, Expert, Demand Response, PG&E

Wendy Brummer is a DR practitioner at Pacific Gas and Electric Company in the heart of the innovation gulch of San Francisco. Since 2008, she has been managing PG&E's demand response AC cycling program, SmartAC. She also leads a team that manages technology and program design experiments with an eye towards potential application in the new paradigm of DR integration into the energy market. Recognizing the potential of smart technologies, she continues to keep a focus on the customer experience and assessing realistic adoption, applications and feasibility to implement. She has previously been a cafè owner, founder of an environmental non-profit and has managed efficiency programs as a third party.

Mark Caine
Special Assistant, Energy & Economy, African Union

Mark Caine serves as Special Assistant for Energy and Economy at the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Working with African Union and member-state leadership across Africa, he is developing and implementing strategies for accelerating the Africa's transition towards flexible, low-carbon energy systems and productive, inclusive economies.

Previously, Mark served as Policy Advisor for Energy and Environment at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Foreign Ministry of the United Kingdom. Based at the British Consulate General in San Francisco, he managed the UK government's energy and climate change engagements across the Western USA, focusing primarily on policy and regulation, technology and innovation, and market analysis.

Mark began his career as a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics, and subsequently held analytical, editorial, and policy roles at the UK's Royal Academy of Engineering and the Cleantech Group. He has lectured at venues including Stanford University, University College London, the London School of Economics, and the University of Brasilia, and his work has been cited in publications including The New York Times, Scientific American, ClimateWire, and Reuters.

He holds an AB (hons) from Brown University and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge.

Michael Carlson
President, Siemens Digital Grid US

Mike is a global management executive with more than 25 years of experience in finance, technology and operations management across industries. Currently, Mike is President of Siemens Digital Grid in the United States. Mike’s initial background started in finance and systems and he has dedicated his nearly 20 years in the utility industry to harnessing technology to achieve value through business transformation and grid modernization. As the former CIO of Xcel Energy, Mike was a key player in designing and implementing the utility’s business transformation and smart grid strategy. In his current role at Siemens, Mike is responsible for driving the business strategy and execution for the Digital Grid business and global software development.

Mike earned his B.S. in Accounting and Business Management from Union College and his M.B.A. in Finance and Operations from Pepperdine University.

Caroline Choi
Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison

Caroline Choi is the Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs for Southern California Edison (SCE). She is responsible for analysis of federal and state energy and environmental policies; analysis and development of a long-term environmental, energy and technology strategy for SCE; and directing case management for key regulatory filings. Prior to joining SCE in 2012, Choi was executive director of Environmental Services & Strategy at Progress Energy, where she was responsible for leading environmental permitting, compliance and policy. She served the company in various roles, including director, Energy Policy & Strategy, and manager, Federal Public Affairs. Choi has served on various non-profit boards and is a board member of the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, the National Forest Foundation and the California Advisory Board of The Trust for Public Lands. Choi has a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College.

Kate Chrisman
Manager, Corporate Renewable Procurement, Rocky Mountain Institute

Kate Chrisman is a Manager with Rocky Mountain Institute’s China practice, where she focuses on corporate renewable procurement in China. She was the editor for Reinventing Fire: China; A Roadmap for China’s Revolution in Energy Consumption and Production to 2050. Before joining RMI, Kate covered energy markets in China for one of the world’s largest energy pricing agencies. Her work ranged from initiating coverage on renewables to enhancing her client’s understanding of China’s market on oil, natural gas, and electricity. Kate conducted analysis on energy performance for commercial buildings in California, worked on climate change and environmental policy with socially responsible investors, and researched and edited a book on U.S.-China trade. Kate holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree from Colorado College.

Scott Clavenna
Co-Founder & CEO, Greentech Media

Scott Clavenna has been leading high-tech market research firms for over 15 years. In his capacity as a trusted analyst and consultant, Scott has helped dozens of companies enter and succeed in complex and intensely competitive markets worldwide. He also has authored more than 30 reports that helped define important emerging market segments in optical and broadband communications.

Prior to founding Greentech Media, Scott was chief analyst at Heavy Reading, the market research arm of Light Reading, the dominant online media company in the telecommunications market. CMP bought Light Reading in 2005. Before creating Heavy Reading, Scott founded PointEast Research, providing strategic consulting and market intelligence to a broad mix of startups, venture capitalists and major suppliers in the communications/IT industry, and worked as director of research for Light Reading. In 1997, Scott co-founded Pioneer Consulting, which quickly grew into the leading market research firm covering the optical and broadband communications industry.

Aaron Daly
Aaron Daly
Global Director, Energy Management, Whole Foods Market
Christopher Dann
Partner, PWC

Christopher Dann is a Partner with PWC Strategy & based in San Francisco. He has over 20 years experience in strategy and organizational transformation in energy and infrastructure in the US and globally. He is currently the leader of PWC's US Cleantech and Renewables Advisory business in the US.

Erin Decker
Senior Director of Strategic Renewables, Renewable Choice Energy

Erin Decker helps lead Renewable Choice’s Strategic Renewables team, where she supports organizations as they navigate long-term PPAs.  Erin has deep expertise in the corporate sustainability space, including negotiating internal execution processes for renewable energy transactions. Previously, Erin was a senior sustainability manager at Salesforce, where she oversaw the global sustainability team, helped set a 100% renewable energy commitment and strategy, and executed the company’s first long-term PPA. Erin is a frequent industry speaker on strategic renewable energy procurement and corporate sustainability and draws on past professional experience as a CPA in her work at Renewable Choice. She has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts in German from Indiana University, Bloomington, as well as an MBA in Sustainability from Presidio Graduate School.

Dr. Robert Denda
Head of Network Technology & Innovation, Enel

Dr. Robert Denda is Head of Network Technology and Innovation at the Global Infrastructure and Networks business line of the Enel group, responsible for technologies developed and applied at Enel's worldwide distribution grids, serving 65 million grid customers. Previously, from 2014 to 2015 he worked within this business line function as Head of Smart Metering Solutions. Previous responsibilities include the coordination of the smart metering roll-out project of 13 million meters at Endesa in Spain, R&D department director and innovation manager in the telecommunication sector, and Manager of technology services at Endesa Ingenieria. He is also an active participant at European and international associations related to the Energy sector. He holds a diploma degree in Computer Science and Business Administration and a PhD from the University of Mannheim, Germany

Erika Diamond
Vice President & General Manager of Energy Markets, EnergyHub

Erika has over 15 years of experience in product management, business development, and marketing for clean tech companies and investors. She manages EnergyHub's demand response aggregation business.

Before joining EnergyHub, she was the SVP of Corporate Development and Strategy at Recyclebank, where she developed corporate and industry partnerships and drove development and maintenance of Recyclebank's core products.  Previously, she was head of business development at ThinkEco, where she helped build utility, retail and corporate business while playing a key role in product development.

Erika is the Co-Founder of the Harvard Business School Green Business Alumni Association. She holds a BA in environmental studies from Vassar College, a MESc from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. She is also a member of the advisory council of the NYPrize.

Vince Digneo
Sustainability Strategist, Corporate Responsibility, Adobe Inc.

Vince Digneo joined Adobe in 2013 as the company's first Global Sustainability Strategist. In this role he designs and leads the company's overall sustainability, energy efficiency, and renewable energy initiatives. He was previously Global Environmental Sustainability Initiatives Manager at HP, where he lead sustainability efforts for the enterprise business, data center infrastructure and HP Labs. Prior to that, he worked at Stanford University as a Senior Director of Natural Sciences, specifically focused on inter-disciplinary Science and Environmental Initiatives. Digneo became a Sustainability expert, first as a PhD student at Stanford, and later as the lead of all analytic consumables at HP Labs and Agilent Technologies. He is proud to have his name alongside other Stanford and HP researchers on at least two patents. Digneo holds a bachelor of science degree in Chemistry from the University of New Mexico, masters of business administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and graduate work in Biophysics and Biochemistry from Stanford University. Adobe is changing the world through digital experiences. For more information, visit http://www.adobe.com

Michael Donnelly
Partner & Chief Risk Officer, Energy Impact Partners

Mr. Donnelly spent a 25-year career at General Electric focused on energy in various management functions, most recently acting as Head of Business Development for GE Energy-Industrial Solutions. Before that, he led the Energy Technology Group for GE Equity, where he focused on investments in power and energy technology companies in storage, distribution and energy management. Mr. Donnelly also served as a Risk Officer for the Equity Group where he ensured proper underwriting for a broad array of equity and debt investments. He also served as a Risk Officer at GE Global Sponsor Finance where he underwrote and managed a portfolio of over $1B. Mr. Donnelly holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy and an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia.

Michael Edmonds
President, U.S. Business, S&C Electric Company

Based at S&C Electric Company’s headquarters Chicago IL, Michael Edmonds is the President of the US Business. This consists of all aspects of the business including the new portfolio and strategy for the US to solve customer problems ranging from traditional switching & protection, power quality/energy storage, Microgrid, asset management, grid network control, software and the grid connectivity systems required to enable the grid.

S&C Layered IntelligenceTM solution set for the Smart Grid are developed from strategic solutions and augmented via alliances. These include the IntelliTeam Self healing grid solutions, grid efficiency, demand response, communication systems, IntelliRupter pulse closer, active dynamic protection, energy storage, renewable integration and operations. Combined these offer product and solutions for the challenges the electrical power grid such as Grid Reliability, Efficiency & Capacity.

Prior to joining the S&C Electric Company in 2010, his previous roles included VP & GM of Siemens Energy Automation and Power Technologies Inc. (PTI).

Mark Esguerra
Director of Integrated Grid Planning, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Mark Esguerra has been with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) over 18 years where he has held various leadership positions within the Company. This includes 13 years in PG&E’s Electric Transmission Planning Department where he was responsible for shaping the transmission planning and generation interconnection processes to support expansion and reinforcement of the transmission grid.  Mark was also the Manager of PG&E’s Generation Interconnection Department where he managed the distributed generation interconnection process, as well as led process improvements to streamline the interconnection of residential and commercial roof top solar, including behind-the-meter energy storage interconnections.  Currently, Mark is the Director in PG&E’s Integrated Grid Planning team in the Grid Integration and Innovation Organization where he leads the development and implementation of various DER integration activities, including the Distribution Resources Plan (DRP) and Integrated Distributed Energy Resources (IDER) proceedings.
Mark Esguerra earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from San Francisco State University.  He also obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Masagung School of Business at the University of San Francisco.  Esguerra is a registered professional Electrical Engineer for the State of California.

Jenna Famular
Community Affairs Coordinator, MCE Clean Energy

Jenna is MCE’s Community Affairs Coordinator, working to encourage community involvement through education programs and community events. She works to incorporate MCE’s values including workforce development and greenhouse gas emission reductions, by providing opportunities for the community to learn about MCE’s energy service options and energy efficiency programs. Jenna has worked and volunteered in several informal science education settings, from the San Francisco and Bronx Zoos, to the California Academy of Sciences. She received her MA from Columbia University in Climate and Society in 2015 and returned to the Bay Area, where she grew up, to pursue a career in sustainability.

Kim Fiske
Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development, 3Degrees

Kim oversees the 3Degrees strategic plan and identifies new opportunities for growth for the organization. Her 20 years of work in the energy industry – fifteen in renewables – span positions in the solar and wind business across functions such as: project acquisitions, strategic partnerships, development, financing and procurement. At Iberdrola Renewables, Kim managed and built the U.S. solar power business across all functions, closing the company’s first sale-leaseback financing structure for more than $100 million. As the director of wind asset management at PPM Energy, she developed and managed a team responsible for profit and loss of over 2,000 megawatts of wind assets.  Kim's passion for the environment led her to King’s College London in 2014 to pursue a third master’s degree in bioethics. It was there she fully recognized the complexity and intensity of the climate change issue — writing her dissertation on the moral imperative for humanity to act on climate change.

Patrick Flynn
Senior Director of Sustainability, Salesforce

Patrick Flynn is the Senior Director of Sustainability for Salesforce, the world’s leading CRM provider and the fastest growing top 10 software company in the world. Prior to Salesforce, Patrick worked for IO, a leading global colocation data center provider, where he led sustainability strategy and also built and led a San Francisco-based R&D team. He has experience working as a building engineer (he has a P.E. in HVAC) and as an investor in a cleantech venture capital firm, where he focused on green building technologies and software-driven energy efficiency. Patrick holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management as well as a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. He received the Thomas R. Peterson Achievement Award and two Peer Recognition Awards for his contributions to the MIT Sloan community.

Seth Frader-Thompson
Co-Founder & President, EnergyHub

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.

Sean Gallagher
Vice President of State Affairs, SEIA

Sean Gallagher is Vice President of State Affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) where he oversees SEIA’s legislative, regulatory, and policy development work in states nationwide, including efforts to drive new markets for solar power through implementation of the US EPA’s Clean Power Plan.  Before joining SEIA late in 2014, he served as an executive for firms developing utility scale solar power projects, including the first utility scale solar plant developed on an Indian reservation in the U.S. 

Sean was the director of the California Public Utilities Commission’s Energy Division for nearly four years, where he led the Commission’s work establishing the California Solar Initiative (CSI), implementing California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, planning transmission for renewables, and managing interactions with the California ISO.  Previously he was an attorney for the CPUC and in private practice in San Francisco.

He has a wide range of expertise in the solar industry and government sector, having worked with legislatures and agencies in California, Nevada, and Arizona, as well as with the Congress and federal agencies including the Departments of Energy, Interior, and FERC. In those roles he has supported utility-scale solar project development and worked on development and implementation of the Section 1603 Treasury Grant Program, the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program, state RPSs, state tax incentive and rebate programs in California and Nevada, energy storage policy and rate design.

Dr. Shuli Goodman
Executive Director, OpenGrid.Solutions

Dr. Shuli Goodman has more than 25 years experience in systems integration and bringing software to market. Her clients have included multi-national companies, utilities, and government departments where she has lead high-visibility, mission critical, multi-stakeholder initiatives. A former founder and leader of the enterprise information management practice at Deloitte Consulting, Shuli turned her sights to her passions. She completed a PhD. in organizational systems with a concentration in stakeholder engagement, innovation, and the diffusion of renewable energies. Her vision is to support the transition to a non-fossil fuel future through the Internet of Energy. Dr Goodman's sensitivity to and appreciation for cultural and personal differences has been critical to her success leading major initiatives in the U.S. and abroad.

Todd Glass
Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Todd Glass is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he leads a market-leading energy development and finance practice focused on the representation of energy companies, project developers, and investment banks in the energy sector in North America, Asia, and Europe.

Todd has extensive experience with the development, purchase, and sale of renewable and thermal generation projects; structuring, negotiation, and implementation of energy transactions and financings; and state and federal regulation of the energy industry. He served various enterprises as lead project counsel in the commercialization, project development, regulatory approvals, and financing of alternative energy projects and technologies, including solar, wind, fuel cells/energy storage, biomass, hydroelectric, natural gas, and clean coal. Notably, he has led some of the most significant energy deals in North America, including landmark projects, such as the 14.2 MW Nellis AFB Solar Project (the first utility scale solar PV project in the US), BrightSource Energy's power purchase agreements (totaling 900 MW) for its Ivanpah project (the world's largest solar thermal power plant), and Stem's 85MW energy-storage enabled distributed demand response agreement in Southern California (a first-of-a-kind utility scale energy storage transaction). 

In addition, Todd represents utility-scale solar and other renewable energy clients in their power sales and renewable energy credit (REC) transactions, and advises energy technology companies on a variety of commercial matters, national and international joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and venture and other equity and debt financings. He can be reached at tglass@wsgr.com.

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

Dr. Sonja Glavaski is a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) overseeing  portfolio of projects developing innovative and disruptive technologies that would facilitate cost-effective building energy audits, more efficient renewable energy generation, and enable electricity grid to be more responsive and resilient. Her technical focus area is data analytics, and distributed control  of complex, cyber-physical systems with emphasis on operations and security of energy systems.  Dr. Sonja Glavaski spearheaded development and is currently helming ARPA-E Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems (NODES) Program that aims to develop transformational grid management and control methods to create a virtual energy storage system based on use of flexible loads and distributed energy resources (DERs).

Prior to joining ARPA-E, Dr. Glavaski served as Control Systems Group Leader at United Technologies Research Center advancing knowledge and technology in the area of control & intelligent systems. Before being at UTRC, Dr. Glavaski led key programs at Eaton Innovation Center and Honeywell Labs. During her 20-plus-year career, Dr. Glavaski has contributed significantly to technical advancements in numerous product areas, including energy systems, hybrid vehicles, energy efficient building HVAC/R systems, and aircraft systems. Dr. Glavaski received Ph.D. and MS in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology, and Dipl. Ing and MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Belgrade.

Terry Grant
Managing Director, Marathon Capital

Terry Grant is Managing Director and head of the solar market practice for Marathon Capital. He is based in San Francisco and focuses on the power, alternative energy and energy technology sectors. Prior to joining Marathon Capital, Mr. Grant was a Managing Director with FBR Capital Markets focused on alternative energy and power portfolio restructurings in the Energy Group. Mr. Grant originally joined FBR in 1997 and founded the equity research practice in energy, covering the IPP and non-utility generation sub-sectors. From 2000-2005, Mr. Grant was involved in energy technology investment ventures both investing, and offering financial advisory services for energy technology and power asset companies. He founded and served as Portfolio Manager in a hedge fund focused on the energy sector. Prior to FBR, Mr. Grant held a variety of positions at US Generating Company – a PG&E and Bechtel partnership in the energy sector. He was involved in project financings totaling over $2 billion, corporate M&A work, and was responsible for project development for the South Western Region of the United States. Mr. Grant received his BA from Wake Forest University and his MBA from the Babcock Graduate School of Business at Wake Forest University. Mr. Grant holds Series 7, 24, 63 and 79 licenses.

Will Greene
Product Manager, Energy Services, Nest Labs

Will is a product manager at Nest Labs, architect of the thoughtful home. In this role, Will oversees the ongoing strategy and development of Rush Hour Rewards and Time of Savings, energy services that Nest offers energy providers to help manage load and save customers money when energy is expensive.

Prior to Nest, Will worked at Greenstart, a design consultancy and venture capital firm. He also served as the CEO of Xite Solar, a company he co-founded using technology developed at UC Berkeley to enable production of high-efficiency, low-cost photovoltaics from a variety of earth-abundant materials. Earlier in his career, Will spent several years at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he worked as a commercialization advisor for advanced cooling technologies in the newly formed Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E).

Will holds a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, and a MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

David Groarke
Managing Director, Indigo Advisory Group

David Groarke is an experienced utility technology and strategy consultant. He has worked with power companies globally to define new growth opportunities, business model evolutions and strategic technology deployments. In this capacity, David has designed large capital technology and modernization programs ($1B+), led cleantech research teams and provided subject matter expertise for a range of utilities in the areas of technology strategy, strategic planning, innovation management, business model evolution, customer engagement, utility automation, distributed energy resource management and data analytics. He has published several industry leading smart grid research reports and grid modernization insight pieces. Prior to Indigo, David held executive positions at Accenture and PA Consulting Group and led innovative research at Greentech Media Research. David holds an Honors Degree in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and has studied European programs at Roskilde University in Denmark and Lund University in Sweden.

Adam Gromis
Public Policy Manager, Sustainability & Environmental Impact, Uber
Adam is Uber's global lead on sustainability and environmental impact within the Policy & Communications team, based out of San Francisco. Sustainability and cross-disciplinary engagement are running themes throughout his work experience in the nonprofit, government, and for-profit sectors. Prior to joining Uber, he worked for five years helping investors build impact investing portfolios with positions at Goldman Sachs Wealth Management, Imprint Capital (a boutique investment advisory firm acquired by Goldman), and the Global Impact Investing Network (a research and advocacy nonprofit). Before impact investing, he spent seven years engaged in efforts to commercialize zero emission vehicle technologies with positions at the California Fuel Cell Partnership (a public-private partnership), the California Air Resources Board, and UTC Fuel Cells (a United Technologies Company). He holds an MBA from NYU Stern, an MPA from NYU Wagner, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and materials science from UC Davis.
Eduardo Guerra
Program Manager, ConEdison

Eduardo is the operations manager of the Targeted Demand Management program at Consolidated Edison Company of New York.   He oversees the design, evaluation and execution of Non Wire Alternatives (NWAs) solutions and also manages the implementation of the Brooklyn Queens Demand Management program, customer sided solutions, to reduce peak load by 41 MW by 2018.
Prior to joining Con Edison in 2014, Mr. Guerra worked as a Senior Energy Engineer at Siemens.  He developed Energy Performance Contracts in all vertical markets, focused on cogeneration systems and renewable energy systems.  Eduardo holds a M.S. in Energy Management with a specialization in environmental science from NYIT and a B.S./M.S. in Biochemical Engineering from the Catholic University of Valparaiso.

Jon Guerster
CEO, Groom Energy Solutions

As CEO of Groom Energy Solutions, Jon is responsible for strategy and overall operations. Prior to co-founding Groom Energy, Jon was a general partner at Charles River Ventures (CRV), a leading venture capital firm with $2 billion under management. At CRV, Jon was an active lead investor, board member or advisor for high profile software and service companies such as BeFree (acquired by ValueClick), eDocs (acquired by Siebel Systems), Vignette (VIGN), Virtusa (VRTU) and Xign Corporation (acquired by JP Morgan Chase).

Before CRV, Jon held senior management positions at Open Market, a start-up ecommerce software company that went public in 1996. Prior to joining the early Open Market team, Jon served in a variety of senior product marketing and sales management roles with both Hewlett Packard and J.P. Morgan.

Jon earned his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Duke University, where he graduated with distinction. He is a co-founder and Board Member of Digital Lumens, an LED lighting company he co-founded in 2007. Jon is also a past member and committee chair of Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering Board of Visitors as well as the Board of Visitors at The Museum of Sciences Boston.

Katherine Hamilton
Partner & Co-Founder, 38 North Solutions

Katherine is a Partner and Co-Founder at 38 North Solutions, a boutique consulting firm that provides a suite of business strategy, public policy and communications services to innovative businesses and organizations. Katherine is currently President of GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic and Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum‘s Future of Energy Global Future Council. Katherine served as President of the GridWise Alliance, advocating for nearly $5 billion in funding for smart grid projects in the Recovery Act. Prior to that role, Katherine was a policy advisor for Good Energies, Inc., a private investment company with a portfolio in clean energy technologies of nearly $6 billion. She co-directed the American Bioenergy Association, working with the states of Maryland and New Jersey to develop renewable portfolio standards. At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Katherine led buildings research and then managed government relations in Washington, DC. Katherine spent a decade at Virginia Power, designing overhead and underground electrical systems for commercial and residential developments. Katherine studied electrical engineering at Northern Virginia Community College and holds degrees from Cornell University and the Sorbonne. Katherine is part of The Energy Gang podcast through Greentech Media.

Jason Handley
Director of Smart Grid Technology & Operations, Duke Energy

Jason Handley, P.E. is Director of Smart Grid Technology and Operations in the Emerging Technology Office at Duke Energy. Jason has over 18 years of electric utility experience specializing in the smart grid, distribution automation, and operations management. This role allows Jason to follow and define new technologies that may be impacting the electrical grid and oversee all of the ongoing operational aspects on new technology pilot projects in the Emerging Technology Office. Jason manages a group that develops, installs, tests, and evaluates new technologies for Duke’s electrical grid. He and his team are responsible for developing and updating the strategic roadmap for power grid devices at Duke Energy. Jason received his electrical engineering degree from Auburn University and is currently pursuing his MBA at Wake Forest University. He is a registered professional engineer and received his electrical contractors unlimited license in 2009.

Mike Hopkins
CEO, Ice Energy

Prior to joining the company in 2009, Mike practiced law for 18 years as a partner with Bennett Jones LLP, a pre-eminent Canadian law firm and global leader in energy and climate change. He specialized in the development and financing of power projects around the world, served on the firm’s Executive Committee and led its Utilities, International, and Independent Power Groups.

He left Bennett Jones in 2003 to lead the workout of a private data center developer that resulted in its successful sale. Next, Mike co-founded a geospatial information services company and assisted several other startups, including Ice Energy. During his career working with startups, Mike has raised over $100 million in equity funding.

Mike is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and the American Bar Association.

He has presented at meetings of the Energy Storage Association, the Peak Load Management Alliance, the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid, New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium, the Smart Electric Power Alliance, the Energy Bar Association, Law Seminars International, the World Energy Engineering Congress, the Canadian Energy Law Foundation, the Canadian Bar Association, the Independent Power Producers’ Society of Alberta and the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association.

Mike is a member of the Board of Directors of Pivot Learning Partners, Board of Chancellors of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International; a member of the Board of Chancellors and Past Chairman of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada; a Trustee Emeritus and Past Chairman of William Sansum Diabetes Center); a member of the Board of Directors of Vedavoo; and a member of the Board of Directors of Orthoshop Geomatics, Ltd., a spin-off of the geospatial information services company he co-founded.

He earned BA and law degrees from the University of Ottawa, an M.A. (Law and Economics) from the University of Miami, and an MBA from the University of Alberta.

Dr. Marissa Hummon
Head of Demand Management Solutions & Senior Energy Scientist, Tendril

Marissa Hummon leads demand management solutions and is a senior energy scientist at Tendril, a provider of customer-facing software to the energy industry, based in Boulder, Colorado. In her current role, Marissa leads the market analysis and technology architecture for Tendril’s connected home demand management solutions, Orchestrated Energy, at Tendril. Previously, she led demand response and distributed energy grid modeling at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the Energy Analysis group. Marissa started her career in grid integration of renewables by looking at some of the core problems with modeling the intermittency and variability of renewable technologies. Before joining Tendril, she worked on quantifying the value of demand response and storage technologies in wholesale electricity markets. She earned her BA in Physics from Colorado College and her PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard University.

Asim Hussain
Vice President, Marketing & Customer Experience, Bloom Energy

Asim has worked extensively in the areas of market and business development, marketing, sales enablement, and product management in early stage, high growth clean technology companies. He is the Vice President of Marketing and Customer Experience at Bloom Energy, a provider of breakthrough solid oxide fuel cell technology that generates clean, reliable, and highly-efficient power onsite. Asim's responsibilities at Bloom Energy include new market development, sales enablement, customer engagement and experience, and corporate and product marketing.

Prior to Bloom Energy, Asim worked for CURRENT Group, a Smart Grid solutions provider, as the Chief of Staff for the CEO focused on building the executive team and strategic planning as well as marketing and business development activities. At CURRENT Group, Asim developed an industry leading value model to quantify the monetary benefits of various Smart Grid applications. He previously also advised electric utility and telecommunication clients on strategy and systems integration initiatives while working for Deloitte Consulting.

Asim earned a BS in Commerce with Distinction from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

Mira Inbar
Strategy Director, NRG Energy, Inc.

Mira is Strategy Director at NRG Energy. She leads a team that develops customer insight intelligence & identifies new market opportunities for NRG’s C&I business. Before joining NRG, she managed her own consulting practice, was a manager at Dow Chemical in both the U.S. and abroad and led conservation projects for a nonprofit in Africa.  Mira holds a BA in Biology from Oberlin College and an MBA from the University of California, Berkley – Walter A. Haas School of Business. She is an advisor to Social Investment Management Advisors, a financier for energy access in Africa, and Capital Nature, an Israeli investment firm. Mira is passionate about supporting women in energy, loves elephants, and speaks four languages.

Val R. Jensen
Senior Vice President, Customer Operations, ComEd

Val R. Jensen serves as senior vice president of Customer Operations at Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), the electric utility in Illinois. In his role, Jensen is responsible for overseeing all customer services, including Customer Financial Operations, Customer Care Center, Customer Field Operations, Energy Efficiency and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI).

Jensen joined ComEd in 2008 and previously served as vice president of Marketing and Environmental Programs. Jensen has also held positions at ICF Consulting, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Illinois Department of Energy. In total, he has more than 20 years of experience with utility resources planning, energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.

Jensen was a founding board member of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and sits on the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and the Energy Foundry.

Jensen holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Hamline University and a master's degree in public policy from the University of Minnesota. He was the recipient of the Chairman’s Award from the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance in 2004.

Nick Josefowitz
Board Member, BART

Elected to the BART Board in 2014, Director Josefowitz represents District 8, which includes portions of San Francisco. Nicholas also serves on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, appointed by Mayor Ed Lee in January 2017. Nicholas launched RenGen Energy, a company that developed and built renewable energy power plants. Nicholas quickly grew the business, building over $100m of solar power plants and providing thousands of homes and businesses clean electricity. A lifelong Democrat, Nicholas has been fighting for a just and sustainable future ever since he first knocked on doors for John Kerry’s presidential campaign in college. He was appointed by Mayor Ed Lee to the San Francisco’s Environment Commission, and helped bring low-cost loans to San Franciscans looking to upgrade their homes to make them more comfortable and energy efficient. He volunteers with numerous non profit and community groups -- serving on the board of the Jewish Community Relations Council, the California League of Conservation Voters and as the founder of Leadership For a Clean Economy. Nicholas graduated from Harvard. He lives in Pacific Heights with his wife Tali, whom he met in college.

Shayle Kann
Head of GTM Research & Senior Vice President, Greentech Media

Shayle Kann leads GTM Research, the market analysis, advisory and consulting division of Greentech Media. GTM Research analyzes and forecasts the dynamics impacting the transformation of the global electricity sector. An expert on next-generation energy, he has presented at conferences around the world, been featured in publications such as The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, Bloomberg, Reuters, and Financial Times, spoken at Harvard, Yale, MIT and Columbia, and testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Ben Kellison
Director, Grid Research, GTM Research

Ben is the Director of Grid Research for 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.

Peter Knazko
Segment Manager, Smart Grid & Metrology, Renesas Electronics

Peter has been involved in the semiconductor industry for 20 years in roles in sales and market development at STMicroelectronics and Mitsubishi Semiconductor, and as a design engineer early in his career in Canada’s telecommunication and energy management sectors. Most recently, Peter was based in Europe as solution sales leader for GE Energy’s smart grid business, developing the Central and East Europe smart metering and utility-focused industrial networking markets. At Renesas, Peter works to expand the possibilities of embedded computing and IoT connectivity for smart energy applications. Peter has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto and a second degree in Communication from McMaster University.

Elta Kolo, Ph.D
Analyst, Grid Edge, GTM Research

Elta is a Grid Edge Analyst at GTM Research working on demand-side management in U.S. electricity markets. Prior to joining GTM, Elta pursued a joint PhD funded by the European Commission on Sustainable Energy Technologies and Strategies at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. During her PhD she researched demand response policies for the implementation of smart grids, and has presented her work at both U.S. and European conferences in addition to publishing in international scholarly journals. Elta holds an MSc in Economics and Management of Network Industries from Spain and France and a BA in Economics from Union College (NY).

Lee Krevat
Director of New Ventures, Sempra Renewables

Lee Krevat is director of new ventures for Sempra Renewables, a leading developer of clean energy solutions in markets throughout the U.S. The company jointly owns and operates nearly 2,400 megawatts of wind and solar generating capacity, including two of the largest photovoltaic solar plants in the U.S., and an innovative battery storage facility that improves the reliability of energy delivery to Maui’s power grid. In Krevat’s current role, he is responsible for leading the development of distributed energy solutions including solar, energy storage, load optimization, bio-methane, electric vehicle charging, energy Blockchain, and microgrids.

Krevat has over three decades of experience in the energy and technology industries, and was most recently director – client technology solutions & optimization at San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E), a subsidiary of Sempra Energy. Prior to this, he served as director of smart grid, leading SDG&E’s smart grid and electric vehicle initiatives. While working for the utility, Krevat was twice named one of the top 100 movers and shakers influencing the smart grid market by GreenTech Media and twice recognized as a Top 12 “Mover and Shaker” in the utility industry by Intelligent Utility Magazine. He has also been recognized as a Privacy Ambassador by The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. Krevat has been a champion for sustainability on a national level.

During 2013, while serving on the Board of Directors of the GridWise Alliance, he led the development of the GridWise Alliance Grid Modernization Index (GMI). The GMI is used to evaluate the status of electric grid modernization in the United States, to identify and promote best practices, and to provide insights to state policy makers, regulators, and other stakeholders regarding the progress of their grid modernization.

Krevat currently serves on the Board of GridX, a startup that has developed the industry’s first revenue grade, utility scale, cloud-based billing engine, and as a business advisor to PI Energy, a startup commercializing nano-photonic materials. Prior to joining the Sempra Energy family of companies, Krevat led several software development teams at Tandem Computers, and was a partner at TransPac Software, a startup in Silicon Valley. He received a bachelor’s degree with university honors in applied mathematics/computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.

Andrew Krulewitz
Director, Marketing & Strategy, Geli

Andrew Krulewitz leads marketing and corporate strategy at Geli, a provider of end-to-end design and automation software solutions for the energy storage industry. Prior to his time at Geli, Andrew worked as a consultant with Ford's electric vehicle division and as a market research analyst at GTM Research, a subsidiary of Greentech Media. He earned is BA from Colgate University and MBA from the University of Michigan.

Stephen Lacey
Editor-in-Chief, Greentech Media

Stephen Lacey is Editor-in-Chief of Greentech Media. He manages a team of writers focused on solar, storage, efficiency, mobility, and grid modernization. He’s also host of the Energy Gang podcast, a weekly roundtable on the latest energy and environmental news.

Adam Langton
Energy Services Manager, BMW

Adam Langton is the Energy Services Manager for BMW of North America, LLC. In this role, Adam leads the development of energy service products related to BMW’s electric vehicle program. Prior to joining BMW, Adam worked at the California Public Utilities Commission, supporting the state’s development of electric vehicle programs and developing the state’s carbon cap-and-trade program. Adam graduated from UC-Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, where his studies focused on energy and environmental policy issues.

Audrey Lee
Audrey Lee
Vice President, Grid Services, Sunrun
Bonnie Lind
Vice President, Business Development, Apparent

Bonnie Lind is currently the Vice President of Business Development for Apparent. She leads Apparent’s participation in the new CAISO DERP, signing the first Distributed Energy Resource Provider Agreement with CAISO. Prior to Apparent, she was the Energy/Sustainability specialist for Berkshire Bridge Capital raising capital and developing partnerships for innovative, early stage companies. Previously Ms. Lind was the Renewable Energy Industry Specialist with the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). While at GOED she was the Industry lead on the successful Tesla Gigafactory bid and the lead on the SolarCity corporate expansion into Las Vegas. Before joining GOED, she was Director of Asset Management for First Wind, a utility scale wind power business with projects spanning from Maui to Maine. The projects included the first utility scale battery with wind, the first wind farms in New England and some of the first wind farms to participate in the ancillary services market. Ms. Lind began her career working in the Global Power group at Lehman Brothers in Europe. After earning her MBA, Ms. Lind joined Southern California Edison’s Energy Planning group and then served as the company’s Manager of Community Involvement. Ms. Lind holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science in Earth Systems from Stanford University.

Jordan Little
Lead Applications Engineer, SimpliPhi Power

Jordan Little is SimpliPhi Power’s lead Applications Engineer, in which she provides technical support for SimpliPhi’s customers with all of their sizing, design or installation needs. Prior to SimpliPhi, Jordan led the commercial division for Hawaii's number one EPC, helped facilitate an energy storage startup acquisition, and oversaw all projects under Georgia Power’s Rooftop Solar program. Jordan graduated in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University and is a NABCEP Certified Installer and Certified Energy Manager.

Jamie Mandel
Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute

Prior to joining RMI, James worked at McKinsey and Company in Philadelphia. James served Fortune 500 companies in energy, chemicals, manufacturing, and high tech sectors on operational and strategic issues. He was also a fellow in the Sustainability and Resource Productivity practice focused on efficient manufacturing in process-based industries, as well as developing new sustainability business lines.  In addition to working with companies, James also served city, state, and federal agencies on large-scale strategy and operations initiatives.  James earned a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University, focusing on animal movement patterns in response to changes in weather. Concurrently, James served as an associate with Advanced Conservation Strategies, a non-profit devoted to developing market-based solutions to conservation challenges.

Mark S. Martinez
Senior Program Manager, Southern California Edison

Mark is a senior program manager for Southern California Edison, with over 25 years’ experience in the design and management of electric demand side management programs. He currently is in the policy and guidance lead for SCE’s demand response (DR) Emerging Markets and Technology suite of pilots and programs that include load management, storage, water-energy nexus (WEN) and integrated distributed energy resources (IDER). Previously, Mark was the senior policy advisor for the Strategy and Compliance group as the statewide lead for the Integrated Demand Side Management (IDSM) task force and the lead compliance manager for the current DR, WEN, and IDER proceedings.

Thomas McAndrew
Founding Partner, Managing Director, Enchanted Rock, Ltd.

Thomas McAndrew started Enchanted Rock in 2006. Mr. McAndrew brings over 28 years of experience in energy asset management ranging from large, complex nuclear plants to small distributed generation. Mr. McAndrew’s introduction to energy was in engineering and operations on two US Navy nuclear power surface ships, the USS Eisenhower and USS South Carolina.  He spent six years operating and maintaining​​ nuclear propulsion plants and qualified as a Naval Nuclear Chief Engineer for the Nimitz Class aircraft carrier.  After his time in the US Navy, McAndrew worked as a maintenance support engineer for the Southern Company at their Plant Farley nuclear power station. His grounding in reliability systems came from this time in the nuclear business, where the cost of loss of electricity to critical loads is extremely high. He then shifted to the financial side of energy, helping several energy merchants build highly profitable trade floors.  At his last merchant energy company, Calpine, Mr. McAndrew also supervised the commercial startup of many new natural gas combined cycle power plants. He founded Progressive Power Solutions, a firm focused on developing onsite electrical generation to serve critical loads. Mr. McAndrew received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M, Masters Equivalent in Nuclear Power Operations from the US Navy and Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Gavin McCormick
Executive Director, WattTime.org

Gavin McCormick is Executive Director at WattTime.org. While a PhD student at UC Berkeley, Gavin discovered a means to combine recent breakthroughs in three traditionally unrelated fields—energy econometrics, behavioral economics, and control theory—to make it possible to reduce emissions at near-zero cost. Today Gavin helps IoT companies leverage this "Automated Emissions Reduction" technology as a product differentiator. His prior work with the US Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Lab and NERA Economic Consulting included advising large corporate and government clients on energy costs and emissions strategy. He is a graduate of Williams College.

Steve McKenery
Vice President, Storage Solutions, 8minutenergy

Steve has more than 30 years of power generation and transmission experience managing the development, sales, design and construction of more than 3,000 MW of energy projects across the globe.

Steve led GE’s storage integration sales effort for utilities and IPP’s across the western US. His previous roles include leading early PV pioneer Power Light’s expansion into Southern California and Arizona, driving SPG Solar’s development into a regional PV EPC champion, and Global Sales VP for semiconductor giant TSMC, building a sales channel to deploy an advanced thin-film PV module across Europe and Africa. Early in his career, Steve was the project manager for Southern California Edison’s 200 MW pumped-storage hydroelectric project.

James McPhail
CEO, Zen Ecosystems

James is a strategic and visionary Executive and Sales Leader with significant experience in strategy and management within the energy industry. James is focused on building the business and channel relationships with utility providers, reseller and technology partners.

Prior to Zen, James was EVP Sales at REGEN/Encycle for over four years, building sales from the ground floor, which now boasts a customer base of some of the largest National retailers.

Before joining REGEN, James led Western US Sales at EnerNOC, a recognized leader in Demand Response, with a focus on bringing commercial and industrial customers together with utility-funded DR programs and data-driven energy management solutions.

In addition to managing EnerNOC’s Western US team, James personally brought over 250 megawatts of DR into programs across the US. Prior to EnerNOC, James served as Distribution Sales Manager at EnergyLogic, a leader in alternative fuel fired furnaces and boilers where he was responsible for building the US and International Sales distribution network and ultimately tripling the company’s annual sales in just under 4 years.

He is also the Chairman of the Board at Enersponse and sits on the Board of Huevos Wax.

Detlef Meijer
General Manager, Alliander - Zown

Detlef Meijer has extensive experience in the energy and utilities sector. He combines his knowledge of (renewable) energy, microgrids, city heating, strategy development, asset management, financial business cases and M&A with a pragmatic and structured delivery-focused approach.

Detlef’s clients and employers include all the major Dutch energy companies, Elia Belgium, Scottish Water, Kenya Electricity Generation Company, SIG Geneva and others. Currently Detlef is the General Manager of Zown, a corporate venture of the largest Dutch distribution grid operator Alliander. Zown helps its customers to design, realise and control microgrids.

Detlef is also an active member of the Energy & Sustainability Committee of the Dutch Liberal Party.

Martin Milani
Martin Milani
Chief Technology Officer, Sunverge
Nicola Peill-Moelter, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Environmental Sustainability, Akamai

As senior director of environmental sustainability, Nicola leads Akamai’s global sustainability program, creating the vision, setting strategy, and overseeing execution. She’s excited by the possibilities enabled by rapid innovations in energy, transportation and IoT. Her responsibilities span the gamut of energy and greenhouse gas management and reporting; renewable energy and energy efficiency; electronic-waste management; and employee and stakeholder engagement. A core tenant of her strategy is uncovering the business drivers for sustainability. Nicola’s favorite activity is collaborating with engineers innovating around the energy efficiency, productivity and reducing carbon emissions of Akamai’s global Intelligent Cloud Platform, which represents 90 percent of Akamai’s environmental impact. Along with her expertise in corporate sustainability and Internet technologies, Nicola has a B.E. in chemical engineering from Manhattan College, a Ph.D. in environmental engineering science from Caltech, an executive certificate in sustainable management from the Presidio Graduate School, holds a U.S. Patent. She’s a member of Businesses for Social Responsibility; the Future of Internet Power; the Green Grid; and the International Society of Sustainability Professionals.

Dave Pine
District 1 Supervisor, San Mateo County

Dave Pine was first elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in a special election in May 2011, and served as Board President in 2014.  He represents District 1 which includes Burlingame, Hillsborough, Millbrae, and portions of San Bruno and South San Francisco; the unincorporated communities of San Mateo Highlands, Baywood Park and Burlingame Hills; and the San Francisco Airport.

As chair of the SF Bay Restoration Authority, a member of the SF Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and chair of the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority, Pine works extensively on the intersecting issues of flood control, sea level rise and tidal land restoration. He also serves as the chair of the Peninsula Clean Energy Authority which provides San Mateo County residents and business with cleaner energy at competitive rates. In addition, Pine serves on the governing boards of numerous other county and regional organizations including: the Caltrain Joint Powers Board, the San Mateo County Transit District, and the Bay Area Regional Collaborative.

Supervisor Pine previously was a school board member for the Burlingame School District from 2003 to 2007 and the San Mateo Union High School District from 2007 to 2011. He is also a past president of the San Mateo County School Boards Association.

Before focusing his career on public service, Pine worked as an attorney representing start-up and high-growth technology companies. After working in private practice with Fenwick & West, he served as Vice President and General Counsel for Radius, Excite@Home, and Handspring.    
                                                                                              
Originally from New Hampshire, Pine is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where he was awarded a Harry S. Truman scholarship, and the University of Michigan Law School.

Sharelynn Moore
Vice President, Corporate Marketing & Public Affairs, Itron

Sharelynn Moore has more than 17 years of experience in the energy and technology sectors. In 2013, she was named vice president of Corporate Marketing and Public Affairs. In this role, Moore is responsible for all global marketing and public affairs activities for Itron, including development of strategic marketing objectives, oversight of internal and external communications and management of external affairs including community investment and government relations. Previously, Moore served as vice president of Corporate Communications after holding a variety of product- and marketing-related roles during her more than 12 years at Itron. In previous assignments, Moore focused on the strategy, management and marketing of Itron's Automated Meter Reading (AMR) solutions, network technologies, and enterprise meter data management software. Prior to joining Itron, Moore held marketing and product management roles at Avista Corporation and Micron. She holds a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Idaho and an MBA with an emphasis in IT from Gonzaga University.

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.

Andrew Mulherkar
Senior Analyst, Grid Edge, GTM Research

Andrew is a senior grid analyst at GTM Research, where he has authored research on venture investment, grid modernization, demand-side management and unregulated utility service offerings. His coverage spans across a variety of technologies and services that enable end users to manage energy consumption and costs, with a particular focus on the non-residential market. Prior to joining the analyst team, Andrew worked on digital marketing for Greentech Media's online team. Andrew formerly worked for Climate Corps, a corporate energy efficiency program within the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Green Project at NDN, a think tank and advocacy organization. He graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University with a B.A. in International Relations.

Daniel Munoz-Alvarez
Analyst, Grid Edge, GTM Research

Daniel is a Grid Edge Analyst at GTM Research. He focuses on distribution automation, utility network operations, grid edge network analytics and utilities’ non-wires alternative projects. Prior to GTM, Daniel pursued a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a minor in Applied Economics at Cornell University. Throughout his doctoral studies, he examined the restructuring of electricity markets for the integration of renewable energy, energy storage, and distributed energy resources. He graduated magna cum laude from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia with master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering.

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.

Dean Musser
President & CEO, Tangent Energy

Dean Musser is an energy industry entrepreneur, business strategist and commercial and industrial energy expert with three decades of experience in delivering rapid returns on investment.  A strong leader and communicator, he consistently establishes a vision and immediately executes a plan to meet the established objectives.

Prior to starting Tangent, Dean was COO of Comverge C&I Group, a demand response, advanced metering and grid management solutions company.  He was also Founder, President and CEO of Enerwise Global Technologies, where he transformed the company into the largest demand response provider in PJM.  Comverge then bought Enerwise to establish one of the country’s largest demand response companies.

Dean also previously served as Vice President of Operations & Engineering for Conectiv Solutions, where he led the spin out of Conectiv to create Enerwise.  He started his 30 year relationship with C&I energy customers at Multi-Test Maintenance, a premier engineering service company in the Mid-Atlantic, which he bought and then sold to Delmarva Power to create the foundation for Conectiv Solutions.

He received a BS in Electrical Power Engineering from Drexel University, and an AS in Electrical Engineering Technology from Pennsylvania State University.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer in several states.

Bala Nagarajan
Investment Director, Statoil Energy Ventures

Bala Nagarajan is an Investment Director at Statoil Energy Ventures, Statoil's clean energy focussed corporate venture capital fund. He joined Statoil’s business development team in 2012 and has originated and executed transactions across the globe. Prior to joining Statoil he was an investment manager for a family office fund investing in clean energy and technology start-ups following on from experiences with Arthur Andersen, Citigroup and Lehman Brothers. Bala is a Chartered Accountant from India and MBA graduate from IESE Business School, Spain.

Nick Nigro
Founder, Atlas Public Policy

Nick Nigro is the founder of Atlas Public Policy. Prior to creating Atlas, Nick was the Senior Manager of Transportation Initiatives at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, where he developed C2ES’s strategy to save oil and reduce greenhouse gases from the transportation sector.

He led two multi-year initiatives focused on innovative business models and state policy frameworks to accelerate the deployment low-carbon vehicles. While at C2ES, Nick wrote 14 reports on private finance, electric vehicles, lifecycle emissions from vehicle and fuels, federal transportation legislation, ridesharing, and related topics. He also managed a comprehensive report on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. transportation.

In a prior life, Nick spent six years as an engineer and manager in the high-tech industry at Oasis Semiconductor in Waltham, Massachusetts. He was a strategic part of Oasis, helping it grow from 15 to almost 100 employees in under four years, and led projects with the largest impact on company revenue. While at Oasis, Nick developed a reputation for successful and timely client delivery.

Nick holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of California Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Deb Noller
CEO, Switch Automation

Deb Noller is a disruptive innovator and sustainability leader in smart building technology. As the CEO of Switch Automation, she created a scalable enterprise SaaS solution for building owners and operators that leverages IoT to analyze, automate and control real estate assets in real-time.

Under Noller’s leadership, Switch has amassed more than 10 years of system integration experience with building automation and sub-metering systems. She grew the company from its Sydney roots into a global organization with a large North America presence. Currently 8,000 buildings are increasing their ROI through energy efficiency, fault detection and diagnostics on the Switch Platform.

With more than 20 years of experience in technology, computer science, business, efficiency and sustainability, Noller passionately employs her expertise to help large portfolio managers use technology to execute smarter business operations. By shifting the question from "How much did we spend" to "How much did we save?" Noller is fundamentally changing the way facilities professionals solve ROI problems.

After founding 5 successful companies, Noller was named a Top 50 Female Entrepreneur in Australia by Rare Birds; is an advisor to Realcomm to push the smart building industry forward; and speaks at some of the most innovative events and conferences around the world, such as Green Cities, Microsoft Ignite, and Google Fireside Chats.

Carlos Nouel
Vice President, New Energy Solutions, National Grid

Carlos Nouel is the Vice President of National Grid’s New Energy Solutions (NES) team. NES is an agile team focused on developing and launching innovative solutions and technologies that unlock value for National Grid’s customers and communities and accelerate progress towards a sustainable future.

Before becoming its leader, Carlos was the Director of Partnerships for the NES team. In that role, he was responsible for identifying customer’s energy needs and determining the most comprehensive, cost effective and sustainable strategies to fulfill those needs through the creation of innovative partnerships and alliances with key industry players. In addition, he also leads the development and execution of strategies and tactics for our smart grid programs. Before coming to New Energy Solutions, Carlos developed sourcing strategies to support all the requirements for National Grid’s energy efficiency portfolio valued at $400m per year.

Prior to joining National Grid, Carlos worked for companies such as Pfizer, British American Tobacco, IBM and AES in the supply chain area. Carlos holds an M.B.A. from Hult International Business School, and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Andres Bello Catholic University in Venezuela. He is also a Certified Energy Manager.

Evan Pittman
Manager, Business Strategy, Itron

Evan Pittman guides sales and product strategy for Itron’s Distributed Energy Management business (formerly Comverge), where he applies his expertise on the benefits of demand response and distributed resource management for utilities and their customers across diverse 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 from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, where he concentrated in Finance and Economics, and a BA in Economics & Mathematics from Emory University.

Bo Poats
Solutions Director, Utilities, Pace Global, A Siemens Business

Bo Poats is Solutions Director, Utilities at Pace Global, A Siemens Business, where he has served in a number of leadership positions over the past 20 years including market assessment, financial valuation and risk management practice areas. Mr. Poats is responsible for structuring and managing select utility and IPP services, including utility scale gird-based transformation and distributed energy integration strategy, contract origination, commodity and enterprise risk management. Mr. Poats has advised on over 300 projects in his tenure at Pace Global, including renewable energy, and emerging grid technologies. He has supported project commercial structuring and valuation across in the electric and oil and gas sectors, including rate and market structures spanning a variety of regulatory regimes, domestic and international jurisdictions and market environments. Bo holds a Series 3 CTA certification, and has served as an expert witness in numerous legal and regulatory venues.

Roy Pratt
Chief Architect, BRIDGE Energy Group

Roy Pratt is an enterprise architect & technology strategist at BRIDGE Energy Group with extensive background in the manufacturing, industrial, and energy sectors.  He is an Electrical Engineer with advanced experience implementing and integrating IT technology & processes throughout the enterprise and across the project lifecycle.  He performs business/technology assessments for evaluation of in-flight projects, proposed initiatives, and merger & acquisition analysis. As an Enterprise Architect & Technology Strategist Roy develops enterprise technology policy and strategy; then guides the organization through the transformation necessary to weave it into the cultural fabric of the organization.  He champions technology and innovation initiatives, drives portfolio alignment to industry trends and drivers, and oversees adherence to industry quality metrics. Development and evaluation of technology & strategy roadmaps for energy industry clients is Roy’s forte.  He has developed or evaluated technology architectures supporting projects or proposals for dozens of energy industry clients including: Avista, CenterPoint, BC Hydro, First Energy, Valero, AES, Baker Hughes, etc.

Steve Propper
Director, Consulting & Content Strategy, GTM Research

Steve is the Director of Consulting & Content Strategy. He previously led GTM Research's Grid Edge program, which includes chairing the annual Grid Edge Live conference, overseeing the Grid Edge Executive Council and developing research related to the changing regulatory and business models associated with the energy system of the future. Before GTM, Steve was a Manager at Ernst & Young counseling power and utility companies on business planning, program development and operational improvement initiatives. Prior to that, Steve spent multiple years at PG&E in a variety of customer engagement and program management roles ranging from the Smart Grid deployment to energy efficiency and demand side management initiatives. Steve holds an MBA from INSEAD and a B.A. in Economics from The George Washington University.

Julia Pyper
Senior Editor, Greentech Media

Julia Pyper is a Senior Editor at Greentech Media covering utilities, grid issues, electric vehicles, the solar industry and energy storage. Find her on Twitter @JMPyper.

Gil C. Quiniones
President & CEO, New York Power Authority (NYPA)

Mr. Quiniones was Co-Chairman of the New York Energy Highway Task Force, which helped carry out Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's vision for reimagining New York State's energy system through partnerships between the public and private sectors. Under his leadership, NYPA is currently playing a key role in the Governor's Reforming the Energy Vision initiative to use market forces and new technology to empower customers and encourage the growth of clean renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Before joining NYPA in 2007 as Executive Vice President of Energy Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Mr. Quiniones served in several positions in the administration of New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, including more than four years as Senior Vice President of Energy and Telecommunications. He previously worked for Con Edison for 16 years and was one of four co-founders of Con Edison Solutions, the utility's unregulated energy services company.

Mr. Quiniones is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute, the electric power industry's international research and development organization. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, serves on the boards of the Large Public Power Council and the Alliance to Save Energy and is NYPA's principal representative to the American Public Power Association.

Christine Riker
Senior Project Manager, Energy Solutions

Christine Riker is a Senior Project Manager at Energy Solutions with over a decade of experience in the energy industry. Her breadth of knowledge spans utility program design, development, marketing and implementation for energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy, energy storage and zero net energy programs. She manages the Energy Solutions team that is implementing PG&E’s Automated Demand Response (ADR) technology incentive program.  In addition to ADR, she has worked on a variety of energy efficiency programs including rebates for new construction, retrofit, and emerging technologies. Ms. Riker graduated from Albion College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Physics, and received her Master’s Degree in Engineering from Stanford University.

Jan-Willem Rombouts
Co-Founder, REstore

Jan-Willem Rombouts co-founded REstore and serves as its co-CEO after a career at Goldman Sachs where he last served as Executive Director of Credit Trading Strategy. He brings expertise in quantitative modeling and software development. At REstore Jan-Willem leads the product innovation, technology development and trading activities. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from NYU and a graduate certificate in Data Mining and Applications from Stanford University.

Katherine Ryzhaya
Chief Commercial Officer, Lightsource Renewable Energy

Katherine served as Co-Founder and CCO of Advanced Microgrid Solutions (“AMS”), a leader in distributed energy storage for utilities and large C&I customers. During her tenure, AMS secured 120MW in utility contracts and enterprise-level agreements with Walmart, California State University and Shell Energy North America. Her previous positions, during which she originated and executed >$2B in power transactions, included VP and Director of Evolution Market’s western power desk, Principal of Energy Procurement at Pacific Gas and Electric and finance roles with RBC Capital Markets and UBS. Katherine holds MBA from Duke University.

Joseph Scalise
Partner, Bain & Company

Joseph Scalise is a partner in the San Francisco office of Bain & Company. He is the leader of the firm's Utilities & Renewables and Industrial Goods & Services practices in the Americas. Joseph joined the firm in 1997 and has worked across Bain’s North America offices in Boston, New York and Dallas as well as internationally in Bain’s Johannesburg office and with teams in Europe and Asia.

Joseph has a diverse set of experience covering all aspects of the mid- and downstream power and gas sectors. He has extensive experience driving results across a wide range of strategy, operations and organizational issues. His recent work includes both core utility and investment strategy support in light of the accelerating uncertainty in energy markets, technology advances and policy. Joseph has also recently collaborated with utility leadership teams to structurally reduce O&M costs and drive significant increases in capital productivity. He also leads Bain’s Utility practice support of our Private Equity and M&A groups.

In addition to his direct client engagements, Joseph has also brought his expertise to clients and the public sector through speaking engagements that highlight the issues facing utility companies, such as those in California.

Prior to joining Bain, Joseph worked at the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C. While there, he co-authored several papers for publication in The Journal of Financial Economics, The Brookings Papers on Economic Activity and The Journal of Money, Credit and Banking.

Joseph earned an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated summa cum laude from Lehigh University with a BA in economics.

Jonathan Schrag
Deputy Administrator for Policy & Regulation, Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers

Jonathan Schrag is the Deputy Administrator of the Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers with three broad areas of responsibility: development of regulatory policy for electricity, water, and gas; oversight of filings to the Public Utility Commission on behalf of ratepayers; and leadership of the state’s Power Sector Transformation initiative which seeks to align the utility’s business model with the long-term interests of Rhode Island ratepayers.
Prior to coming to Rhode Island, Jonathan held a number of leadership positions in energy policy. In 2015 and 2016 Jonathan was Senior Director of Environmental Defense Fund’s Clean Energy Idea Bank, a strategy and analytic think tank set up to achieve market-based environmental policies. From 2013 to 2015 he was a Senior Fellow in Energy at the Guarini Center on Environmental and Land Use Law at New York University School of Law.  In 2011 and 2012 Jonathan served as Deputy Commissioner for Energy at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. From 2008 to 2011, Jonathan was the first Executive Director of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a 10 state cap-and-trade program to reduce GHG emissions from the electric power sector.
Jonathan is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow of Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy. He has served as a member of the U.S. Commodities and Futures Trading Commission Advisory Panel on Energy and Environmental Markets, an Advisor to the Western Governors’ Association Zero-Emission Energy Task Force, and a Vice President of the New York Association for Energy Economics. In 1994 he served as a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) in East Austin, Texas.
Jonathan received his undergraduate degree with honors from Harvard University and studied the business history of electrical companies in Latin America as a PhD candidate in the Department of History. He received a Fulbright Scholarship to Mexico in 1999.

Jigar Shah
President & Co-Founder, Generate Capital

Jigar Shah is the President and Co-Founder of Generate Capital. Jigar was the founder and CEO of SunEdison (NASDAQ: SUNE, TERP), where he pioneered “no money down solar” and unlocked a multi-billion-dollar solar market, creating the largest solar services company worldwide. He is the author of Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy. After SunEdison, Jigar served as the founding CEO of the Carbon War Room, a global non-profit founded by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Unite to help entrepreneurs address climate change. Generate Capital, the Carbon War Room and SunEdison all follow from Jigar’s vision that business model innovation will unlock the largest wealth creation opportunity – resource efficiency. Jigar is committed to helping entrepreneurs and large companies alike implement resource efficiency solutions using “pay as you save” project finance models. Jigar holds an MBA from The University of Maryland and BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He sits on the boards of sPower and the Rocky Mountain Institute.  Jigar lives in New York City and is trying to find the perfect cocktail.

Nathan Shannon
Deputy Director, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative

Nathan Shannon is the Deputy Director of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, In this role, he is responsible for advancing a consumer-friendly, consumer-safe smart grid through research and education. SGCC has grown to over 125 members and produced many pieces of foundational consumer focused research. Nathan is also responsible for member recruitment and engagement as well as presenting SGCC research at conferences and providing thought-leadership on smart grid enabled technologies and programs. In his previous role as Director of Operations and Major Gifts Officer at Athens Land Trust he had a focus on policy and sustainability through his work with land conservation and carbon credits.  He also gained extensive knowledge in the realm of non-profit development and capacity building. Nathan has a Bachelors in Economics from the University of Georgia and a background in financial management.

Polly Shaw
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs & Communications, Stem

As VP of Regulatory Affairs and Communications, Polly is responsible for expanding and leading Stem’s regulatory affairs and communications efforts. She has 24 years of clean, efficient energy policy experience in the U.S. and China. Formerly VP of External Affairs at SunEdison, she managed a team that helped win a range of supportive policies, including long-term extensions of the federal Investment Tax Credit, two 50% renewable portfolio standards, favorable net metering rules, and other policies.  Previously, she was Senior Director of External Relations at Suntech America, and earlier Senior Regulatory Analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission where she managed the $2.2 billion California Solar Incentive program. Polly earlier served as a Program Officer at the Energy Foundation, and provided consulting support for EPA greenhouse gas programs while at ICF. She is on the board of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council and California Energy Storage Alliance, and has served on the board of the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Large-scale Solar Association. Polly holds a BA from Tufts University, a Certificate in Chinese Law from the University of London, and speaks English, French, Chinese and basic Spanish.

MJ Shiao
Head of Americas Research, GTM Research

MJ Shiao is the Head of Americas Research for GTM Research and is a leading expert on PV inverters, electronics, and balance of system components. A 9-year veteran of the solar industry, MJ has experience ranging from fabrication of crystalline silicon solar cells to PV project development. Before joining GTM Research, MJ managed and designed several MWs of residential and commercial PV projects with Solar Design Associates. Prior to project management, MJ worked at the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). MJ holds a bachelor's in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware, where he was named a National Truman Scholar. A believer in the social benefits of solar power, MJ has researched, installed and tested rural off-grid PV in India and Thailand and formerly served on the Steering Committee of SustainUS, a non-profit engaging U.S. youth in sustainable development advocacy.

Mei Shibata
CEO, Essense Partners

Mei is CEO of Essense Partners, a strategic marketing firm focused exclusively on the evolving energy sector, which works with leading utilities, tech companies and government agencies to change customer perceptions/relationships with energy and energy technologies. Having worked in management roles at Fortune 500 companies, as well as served as strategy consultant, marketer and technology entrepreneur over a 20+ year career, Mei brings a wide range of experience to Essense Partners.

An cleantech entrepreneur at heart, in 2008 Mei co-founded ThinkEco, which combined consumer product development with cloud-based energy efficiency and demand response. Her leadership role at ThinkEco turned the ThinkEco modlet® into a very consumer friendly product, and it led to the creation and success of the CoolNYC residential demand response program, which Mei successfully led with strategic partner Consolidated Edison of New York. For her work at ThinkEco, Mei was recognized as one of New York’s Top 10 Energy Entrepreneurs, and was also selected as an NYC Venture Fellow by the New York Economic Development Corporation.

Prior to ThinkEco, Mei was Managing Director of Strategy and North American Executive Committee Member at advertising and communications agency Havas Life and Senior Director of Strategy with Interbrand, a premier brand consulting firm.  She also served as Engagement Manager at Boston-based consultancy Vertex Partners and Senior Consultant with Oliver-Wyman & Company, where she worked with multiple Fortune 500 clients on strategy consulting and market research engagements over a 5-year period. Lastly, Mei honed her financial analysis skills as Equity Analyst with Smith Barney Citigroup, where she initiated research coverage of a new technology sector.

Mei holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard, a master’s degree in medical engineering from the joint Harvard/MIT HST program, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Brett Simon
Brett Simon
Analyst, Energy Storage, GTM Research
Matthew Smith
Senior Director, Grid Management, Silver Spring Networks

Matthew has over 25 years of entrepreneurial experience in the energy, home computer, and consumer electronics industries, At Silver Spring Networks Matthew sets the global business and product strategy for the grid management line-of- business. This involves managing company initiatives to provide networking solutions that enable utility use cases such as FLISR, CVR/IVVC, demand response, distributed energy resource (DER) management, & outage management. Prior to Silver Spring Networks Matthew worked at Greenbox Technology, an early leader in customer-facing smart grid applications, where he was head of Marketing and Sales. Matthew earned his MBA from the Presidio School of Management and his B.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Julian Spector
Staff Writer, Greentech Media

Julian is a staff writer at Greentech Media, where he reports on energy storage and other clean energy sectors. He also has experience covering clean transportation, state and federal energy policy, and climate adaptation. Previously, Julian reported for CityLab at The Atlantic and conducted grant-funded climate change reporting in Bangladesh. He graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in political science.

Ryan Spies
Manager of Sustainability & Energy, Saint-Gobain

Ryan currently serves as the Manager of Sustainability and Energy for Saint-Gobain in North America. Saint-Gobain, a 352 year old French company, is the largest supplier of building products in the world. As part of his role, Ryan is responsible for developing strategy and programs to manage energy, water, waste and CO2 reductions at over 115 manufacturing facilities in North America. Ryan has an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and a Mechanical Engineering degree from Lehigh University.

William R. Sproull
Vice President, Business Development & Sales, ESS

Mr. Sproull is responsible for business development, sales and go-to-market strategies for ESS. Having held executive roles and founded startups in both high tech and emerging clean energy spaces for the last 20 years, Bill’s passion centers on bringing new technologies to markets where gaps exist.

Prior to joining ESS, he was Managing Director for Strategic Energy Advisors, a project development firm focused on solar, storage and energy efficient lighting for commercial facilities. Mr. Sproull was a founder and business development executive at ClearEdge Power, building it to become a leader in the stationary fuel cell space. Prior to entering the clean energy industry in 2003, Mr. Sproull was an executive at Planar Systems, Inc., in charge of the $65M Industrial Business Unit for custom display solutions, and started his career at Honeywell Inc., serving various
roles in sales, marketing, finance and business unit management in its Aerospace Group.

Mr. Sproull is a graduate from the University of Colorado, with a BS degree in Finance.

Doug Staker
Vice President Global Market & Business Development, Demand Energy Networks, Inc.

Doug Staker is an energy professional that has worked globally for 27 years. He has been a pioneer in the world of smart grid technologies with a focus on smart metering and intelligent energy storage.  He is currently Vice President of Global Sales at Demand Energy Networks Inc., a distributed energy management and storage company and is a subsidiary of Enel Green Power. Prior to joining Demand Energy, Doug was a Vice President at Itron (a global leader in smart meter technology) where he held various executive positions and helped Itron in becoming a world leader in smart grid systems.  Doug’s past experience in developing emerging energy technology solutions has helped Utilities world-wide enhance their business systems and operational efficiency.  For the past eight years, Doug has worked extensively on how energy storage can help with the expansion of renewable energy systems and develop power grids of the future. Demand Energy is a thought leader in the development of both delivery and supply rate structures that align the goals of utility load management with commercial power and energy savings. Demand Energy has led the growth of Behind-The-Meter energy storage in New York City and has been collaborative with the local approval agencies in developing the permitting process for in building installations. Enel Green Power (EGP) is the renewable energy division of Enel Group dedicated to the development and operation of renewables across the world, with a presence in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa. EGP is a global leader in the green energy sector with an installed capacity of 36 GW across a generation mix that includes wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydropower, and is at the forefront of integrating innovative technologies like storage systems into renewables power plants. EGP operates in North America through EGPNA, a leading owner and operator of renewables facilities with projects operating and under development in 23 US states and two Canadian provinces. EGPNA operates over 100 plants with a managed capacity exceeding 2.8 GW, powered by renewable hydropower, wind, geothermal, and solar energy. For more information, http://www.enelgreenpower.com

Jeff St. John
Senior Editor, Greentech Media

Jeff St. John comes to Greentech Media from The Fresno Bee, where he covered solar-power, biofuel and biomass developments in California's Central Valley, and the Tri-City Herald in Kennewick, Wash., where his beat included nuclear power and nuclear-waste remediation, as well as the research and development of biofuels, fuel cells, energy-management systems and other energy technologies. He also has written for the Anchorage Daily News, UpsideToday.com, the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and he won a National Headliner Award in 2005. Jeff has a master's degree from the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and believes green technology will save the planet.

Jessica Strömbäck
Chairman & Senior Vice President, Europe, Joule Assets

Jessica Stromback leads the Joule business development operations in Europe. Currently she is Technical Manager for the Advanced, an FP7 project involving ERDF, Enel, Iberdrola, and RWE.

She is also is the Executive Director and founder of the Smart Energy Demand Coalition (SEDC). The SEDC is a Brussels based not-for-profit industry group, which represents the requirements for demand side programs in Europe, this includes programs such as Demand Response, energy usage feedback and information, smart home, in-home and in-building automation, electric vehicle charging management, and other programs. The SEDC vision is to promote the active participation of flexible demand side resources in European electricity markets – to ensure consumer benefits, increase security of supply and reduce carbon emissions. The 47 SEDC Members include aggregators, electricity retailers, DSOs, TSOs and technology providers, representing over 150 million European consumers.

From 2006-2013 Jessica Stromback acted as Chairman of VaasaETT ltd. She has acted as project manager for such projects as ‘SG4-GHG’ an FP 7 project modeling the potential of the Smart Grid to lower green house gas emissions around Europe, ‘Empower Demand’ comparing 100 residential pilot projects according to 23 variables involving over 450,000 households and ‘Respond 2010’ an 18 month multi-client study reviewing the development of residential Smart Metering and Demand Response in 23 national markets. She has also participated in or led consultancy and research projects for: ADEME, Schneider Electric, Microsoft, Nuon, EDF, Capgemini, RWE, Landis & Gyr, Panasonic, CREIPI of Japan, British Gas, Bord Gais, Union Fenosa, BC Hydro, TietoEnator, E-control, Israeli Electric and Onzo, among others.

Jon Thompson
Smart Cities & Utility Enterprise Architect, Avista

Jon Thompson joined the Avista team in 2011.  After serving multiple technology roles at the company, including network engineer, he is now the acting Smart Cities and Utility Enterprise Architect for Avista Corp., primarily focused on business, technology, resources, and digital transformation strategies for next generation utilities.  Jon is directly involved in Avista’s research and innovation projects and commitments towards the future, including Spokane’s Smart City initiative, Urbanova (http://urbanova.org), advanced metering infrastructure, network communications, cyber security, mobility, and clean energy projects (e.g., micro-transactive grid, smart building controls, energy efficiency, energy storage, DER integration-valuation-optimization, shared energy economy, transactive energy).   Jon and his team are responsible for developing and updating Avista’s Cloud, Network Communications, Data and Analytics, Cyber-physical Security, Enterprise Mobility and IoT strategies.


Prior to Avista, Jon worked for the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Seismic Research Laboratory where he developed hardware and software for high-precision ground motion recording, time synchronization, data telemetry and analytics for mine safety research.  Jon has over 18-years in a number of high-tech industries, including the semiconductor manufacturing industry, where Jon worked as a final test technician for copper wafer plating and etching technologies at Semitool (now Applied Materials).  Jon received his electrical engineering degree from Eastern Washington University and is currently pursuing a dual degree in Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA).


Jon leads a number of open source initiatives that are geared towards responsible use of technology, information, and resources to address global issues and enhance overall quality of life.  Jon is the Founder of CODE – Connected Open Digital Ecosystems TM and the Internet of Things Architecture Council TM.  CODE is an open source project that aims to connect classrooms, science, and the Internet of Things globally.  The official kickoff day for CODE is 07/07/2017.

Adam Todorski
Senior Director, Product Technology, AutoGrid Systems

Adam Todorski has founded several technology startups, led technology teams in business software and scientific computing, and designed hardware control and communication systems for industrial automation.  He started his career designing controls for distributed power generation and automated demand response, including starting an ISO New England IBCS provider in 2006, PowerComm LLC.  More recently Adam was the CTO of Demansys Energy where he ran the real time desk. He and his team developed and ran a grid scale energy storage plant in PJM and put large industrial customers into ancillary services markets, including the largest aggregate of loads to participate in any of the northeastern ancillary services markets. Adam is currently serving as the Senior Director of Product Technology at AutoGrid, where he manages R&D for AutoGrid’s DERMS, VPP, and energy storage solutions.

Hervé Touati
Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute

Hervé Touati is Managing Director at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI).  He leads RMI electricity practice initiatives in disruptive distributed energy solutions and mechanisms to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy by large corporations, such as the Business Renewables Center (BRC) and the Sunshine for Mines initiatives. Hervé is also Chairman of Black Bear Energy (BBE), a for-profit spin-off of RMI acting as an owner's representative for Real Estate Investment Trusts in distributed energy.  Prior to RMI Hervé held several senior positions at E.ON, Germany's leading utility. He was global MD of the solar and biomass businesses at E.ON Climate & Renewables. He also founded and was the first CEO of E.ON Connecting Energies, E.ON's distributed energy business.  Earlier, Hervé served as a leading expert for the energy sector with McKinsey & Co.

Sandra Trittin
Sandra Trittin
Co-Founder & Head of Business Development & Marketing, Swisscom Energy Solutions AG
Katherine Tweed
Senior Editor, GTM Creative Strategies

Katherine Tweed writes on smart grid, demand response, energy efficiency and home networking for Greentech Media. Her freelance work has appeared in a range of media outlets, from Scientific American and FoxNews to Audubon Magazine and Men’s Health. She has a master’s degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting from New York University. Katherine never leaves her electronics in stand-by mode.

Francesco Venturini
Head of E-Solutions, Enel S.p.A.

Born in New York (USA) in 1968, Mr. Venturini graduated cum laude in Economics from the University "La Sapienza" of Rome Italy where he also served as assistant professor of Banking Strategies and Techniques during the academic year 1991-1992. Mr. Venturini is a London Business School alumnus and he has been awarded an MBA at the MIT Sloan Business School. At the onset of his career Mr. Venturini served as Financial Controller for Elsag Bailey Process Automation, a Finmeccanica group company, taking part in its listing on the NYSE. He later became Chief Financial Officer for several companies of the Elsag Bailey Process Automation and Hartmann & Braun groups in both the United States and Brazil. He joined the Enel Group in 1997 as Head of Administration and Management Control at Enel S.p.A., contributing to the company listing on the New York and Milan Stock Exchanges. Mr. Venturini later became Head of Internal Audit within Enel’s Distribution and Market Division, and subsequently, Head of Sales Administration within the same division. In 2009, he was appointed Head of Finance in Enel Green Power. Afterwards, he worked at Enel Green Power North America, first taking on the role of Head of Business Development and later, in 2011, as Head of the North America Area. In May 2014, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Enel Green Power, position that he held for 3 years making the company one of the best-positioned and more successful operator in the renewable energy sector at the worldwide level. In April 2016 Mr. Venturini has also been elected Wind Europe's new Chairman. In May 2017, Mr. Venturini has been appointed Head of E-Solutions, a new global division within the Enel group which has been created to provide new digitalized products and value added services such as energy efficiency, demand response, electric mobility, IoT and optical fiber at both residential and C&I level.

Barry Vesser
Deputy Director, Center for Climate Protection

Barry Vesser, Deputy Director of the Center for Climate Protection, has been with the organization since 2005, where he manages the organization’s finances, assists with strategic planning and program development, and heads the Business for Clean Energy program. In 2014 and 2016 he organized statewide symposia on Community Choice Energy, with another on May 5, 2017, in Long Beach. He has a Masters Degree in International Public Administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a BA in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia.

Arthur (Bud) Vos
President & CEO, Enbala Power Networks

With over 15 years of energy industry experience, Bud Vos has in-depth knowledge of and experience with providing high-value software solutions to utilities. As president and CEO of Enbala, Bud is leading the company through the next phase of its business as it continues to expand its energy balancing platform capabilities and applications for the utility market. Previously, Bud worked as the COO of Simple Energy and was also senior vice president of utility sales and the chief technology officer at Comverge, where he oversaw the company’s technology architecture while working with the utility client base to identify and deliver high value projects using smart grid technology.

Paul Wattles
Senior Analyst, Market Design & Development, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)

Paul Wattles is Senior Analyst, Market Design and Development, at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the Independent System Operator for 90% of Texas electric load.  The Market Design team leads initiatives to enhance the long-term efficiency of ERCOT’s markets.  Among the group's current initiatives are scoping development of real-time co-optimization of the energy and Ancillary Services markets, and developing a framework for wholesale market participation by Distributed Energy Resources.  Paul has been with ERCOT since May 2004 and has over 16 years of electric industry experience with an emphasis on market design, advanced metering, demand response, and governmental affairs.  He is a graduate of the University of Arizona in Tucson with a degree in journalism.

Tom Willie
CEO, Blue Pillar

Tom Willie, CEO of Blue Pillar, brings over 15 years of visionary leadership, entrepreneurial success, and product innovation to Blue Pillar and is an avid evangelist and active change agent for the transformation of the global energy ecosystem from the utility down to the consumer.  As CEO of Blue Pillar, he is leading the company’s efforts to bring disruptive change by using energy network of things solutions to make the world’s facilities and critical infrastructure more energy efficient, resilient, and self-sufficient.

Joshua Wong
President & CEO, Opus One Solutions

Joshua is the President and CEO of Opus One Solutions. Prior to Opus One, Joshua was the Director of Engineering at eCAMION Inc., a leading grid-scale energy storage provider. Moreover, Joshua was head of smart grid at Toronto Hydro Electric System Limited, where he led the policy, strategy, regulatory, business, and engineering development of Toronto’s smart grid infrastructure, including Toronto’s 25-year smart grid roadmap.

Joshua is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto, Masters of Electric Power Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and completed executive programs from MIT Sloan, IMD Business School and Harvard Business School.