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.

Anne Arquit Niederberger, PhD
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.

Rich Barone
Rich Barone
Manager, Demand Response, Hawaiian Electric Company
Andrew Bennett
Senior Vice President, IoT Evangelist, North America Operations, Schneider Electric

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

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

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

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

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

Boris von Bormann
Boris von Bormann
CEO, Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, LLC
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.

Iain Campbell
Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Erika Diamond
Manager, Demand Response Aggregation, 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.

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).

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.

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.

Amy Francetic
Senior Vice President, New Ventures & Corporate Affairs, Invenergy

With over 20 years of experience spanning startups, private equity, research and operations, Ms. Francetic oversees Invenergy’s sourcing and integration of technology innovation and strategic investments that leverage its operating portfolio. Prior to Invenergy, Francetic served as co-founder and CEO of technology accelerator Clean Energy Trust where she oversaw a portfolio of dozens of early-stage investments across cleantech, which have raised over $100 million in follow-on capital. She also held roles at private equity firm MVC Capital and Stanford Research Institute. Previously, she was co-founder and CEO of a tech company that she sold to Lego Systems.

Francetic serves on Advisory Boards for the WISER Institute at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Northwestern University and the Museum of Science and Industry. In 2014, she was awarded the Corporate Citizen of the Year Award from the Executives’ Club of Chicago, and Leading Woman in Technology from the Illinois Technology Association. She has a BA from Stanford University.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dr. Enes Hosgor
Founder & CEO, EEme

Dr. Enes Hosgor is the founding CEO of EEme, a building energy analytics spin-out from Carnegie Mellon University based in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Hosgor previously worked in the venture capital industry, specifically with Foundation Capital, a Silicon Valley VC firm, and New Venture Partners, the former venture arm of The Bell Labs. Prior to that he was an energy consultant with IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates in Houston, TX. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University where he also teaches new technology commercialization on a part-time basis. His doctoral dissertation was titled "Virtual Home Energy Auditing: A Statistical Investigation Using Publicly Available Data on Gainesville, FL, Building Stock". Some of his academic work can be found in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Energy and Buildings, Journal of Energy Conversion and Management, Journal of Energy Policy and Journal of Risk Research. He received a Master’s degree in Energy and Earth Resources from the University of Texas at Austin where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He completed his undergraduate studies in Geological Engineering and Geographic Information Systems at Middle East Technical University in Turkey.

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.

Valia Iliopoulou
Product Marketing Manager, Younicos

Valia Iliopoulou is Product Marketing Manager at Younicos, the pioneer and market leader in smart energy and grid solutions based on battery storage. In this role, she is responsible for providing insightful market analysis to help the company be more competitive; engage with customers to better understand their needs; and help develop market-leading energy storage products. Prior to this role, Valia was a Sales Engineer for energy storage systems, analyzing the feasibility of projects and working closely with Engineering to optimize proposed solutions and build insightful customer proposals. Before joining Younicos, Valia worked at Enerdata, a leading energy consultancy firm where she consulted the French Ministry of Energy and Environment on energy efficiency policies. Valia holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Patras in Greece and a Master of Science in Project Management for Environmental and Energy Engineering from École des Mines de Nantes in France. She speaks five languages. Valia has frequently spoken at the annual Energy Storage Europe conference in Duesseldorf. She has also presented at a Water Symposium at the Institute of Development Studies in UK.

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.

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
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.

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.

Audrey Lee
Vice President, Analytics & Design, Advanced Microgrid Solutions

Audrey leads design and engineering of AMS’s software platform which optimizes fleets of distributed energy resources as a grid resource. Before joining AMS, Audrey advised the President of the California Public Utilities Commission on smart grid, energy data, and demand response policy. Previous to that she worked at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy and the International Energy Agency in Paris. She holds a B.S. in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University.

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.

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.

Dr. Peter Muhoro
Chief Strategy Officer, Pedernales Electric Cooperative

Dr. Peter Muhoro is the Chief Strategy Officer at Pedernales Electric Cooperative, the largest electric distribution cooperative in the U.S. Peter brings technical knowledge and strategic planning expertise to the cooperative and is responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of the overall vision, mission, short and long term strategic initiatives for the cooperative, as directed by the Board of Directors. He evaluates and shapes the cooperative strategy with respect to advanced research, energy policy, business intelligence and technology. Prior to PEC, Peter served as an Advisor at the Cooperative Research Network, the technology research arm of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. He previously launched several small businesses focused on bottom of the pyramid issues and poverty reduction through electricity access. He is a sought after speaker both on the national and international arena. Peter holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of Michigan with a focus on energy.

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.

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.

Robert G. O’Connor
Partner, WSGR

Robert O'Connor is a corporate partner with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and primarily focuses on the representation of technology enterprises, with an emphasis on those in the energy, mobility, social media, consumer, and sustainability sectors, in raising capital through private and public debt and equity financings, including their initial public offerings.

Bob's practice also includes advising companies in connection with a broad range of mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions. In addition, he advises many leading venture capital and private equity firms in connection with their portfolio company investments and advises investment banks in connection with initial public offerings and other capital markets transactions.

Bob currently is a member of the firm's Policy Committee.

Evan Pittman
Director, Strategy, Comverge

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

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

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.

Katherine Ryzhaya
Katherine Ryzhaya
Chief Commercial Officer, Lightsource Renewable Energy
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.

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
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 and 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.

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 Stromback
Chair, Joule Assets Europe AB, Chair, Smart Energy Demand Coalition (SEDC)

As Chair of Joule Assets Europe, Stromback supports the creation of European investment portfolios for energy efficiency and demand side management projects.  In this capacity, she acts as project coordinator for the EU project SEAF (The Sustainable Energy Asset Framework) an IT Platform dedicated to facilitating investment in demand side projects for a range of players, including SMEs.

Stromback is also co-founder and Chair of the Smart Energy Demand Coalition (SEDC).  As Chair she works actively with European policy makers and industry representatives to enable demand side participation throughout European energy markets, through information, dynamic pricing, automation, and demand response.

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.

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.

Katherine Tweed
Senior Writer, Greentech Media

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.

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.

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