Our Distinguished Guests
Dan Dobbs is Vice President, Distributed Energy for Anbaric. Mr. Dobbs started his energy sector career at SunEdison, where he progressed through finance, marketing, and product management roles. He left to co-found Solar Grid Storage, where he served as CFO and developed the finance and operations models that created the first 3rd-party financed storage-as-a-service business. In 2015, Mr. Dobbs returned to SunEdison following its acquisition of Solar Grid Storage. Prior to joining Anbaric, Mr. Dobbs was responsible for Product Management at Greensmith, a battery storage software company that is now part of Wärtsilä’s Energy Solutions business. Mr. Dobbs has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Technology & Policy and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.
Vice President, Distributed Energy
David Andrade is the Manager of Competitive Intelligence for Chevron Corporation. In his current role, David is responsible for developing insights on the evolving competitive landscape to help shape corporate strategy. His ten-year Chevron career has also included finance positions in Downstream & Chemicals, Treasury, Comptrollers, and Upstream. Most recently, he was the Finance Manager for the Wheatstone LNG Project based in Perth, Australia. Prior to joining Chevron, Dave spent 13 years at The Brattle Group consulting to electric power and natural gas companies. His consulting practice focused asset valuation, price forecasting, capital budgeting, and risk management. He has taught numerous seminars on these topics to clients worldwide. David holds an MBA from INSEAD and a BA in Economics from Brandeis University.
Competitive Intelligence Manager
John Tourtelotte is the founder of Rivermoor Energy. John leads the company's renewable energy, energy storage, microgrid and advanced energy solutions development and investment initiatives. John's experience includes successfully developing the first portfolio of utility-scale and large commercial solar assets in Massachusetts and New England. Earlier in his career, John held general management, marketing and sales management positions in the technology industry with Siebel Systems (acquired by Oracle Corp.), i2 Technologies (supply chain enterprise software), and MCI Communications. John is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (M.B.A.) and Georgetown University (B.A.).
Founder, Managing Director
After graduating from Vanderbilt University with a BA in Anthropology and Art History, Michelle launched an impressive and diverse career of building both start-up businesses and launching new entrepreneurial ventures and projects for larger corporations, both on the B2B and B2C sides. She successfully managed marketing, product design and data management for several start-up ecommerce businesses including eToys, the leading e-commerce site for toys at the time, and large financial corporations, like Union Bank and The Capital Group, where she managed teams responsible for redesigning websites used by tens of millions of customers. In 2008, after graduating from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University where she graduated with an MBA in General Management, Sustainability in Business and Corporate Social Responsibility (while serving as Director of Community Service and managing the Habitat for Humanity project for the MBA Program), Michelle broadened her career in the travel industry, where she developed business models, implemented marketing initiatives and innovated product developments to increase sales in the B2C luxury hotel sector. Finally In 2012, Michelle found the renewable energy industry when she became the Director of Marketing for CODA Energy, a small company focused on selling energy storage systems to businesses in the California area. From there, Michelle joined sonnen in 2016 as the Director of Marketing, where she built the US marketing & PR strategy and implemented marketing tactics, partnering with the sales and training teams to increase customer and partner education, drive leads and revenues, and increase sonnen’s brand recognition outside of Germany. Two promotions later, as Senior Director of Sales & Marketing, Michelle manages both the sales and marketing teams, stabilizing and increasing sales revenues, directing PR strategy, and successfully launching new sales channels and channel market development programs.
Senior Director of Marketing
Achalesh is Technology Director for Artificial Intelligence organization in GE Global Research Center and overseeing AI research labs in United States, India and Israel. Mission of his organization is to develop technologies in the areas of Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Knowledge Representation and Human Computer Interaction and integrate those in GE products and services to increase customer revenue, reduce cost and improve experience. Achalesh is passionate about combining physics knowledge with Artificial Intelligence to create continuous learning Intelligent Machines & Systems. Achalesh has been working in GE since last 14 + years in various leadership and technologist roles in Global Research Center and GE Power organization. He has extensive research and development experience in Machine Learning, Prognostics Health Management (PHM), Condition based maintenance (CBM), Monitoring & Diagnostics, data mining, advanced sensing, and controls area. Before joining GE, Achalesh worked for 8 years in energy industry with various multinational utilities all across the globe. Achalesh holds M.S. degree in Engineering from Purdue University, PG Diploma in Power Plant Engineering from National Power Training Institute in India and B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has filed 40+ patents including 25+ granted patents.
Technology Director of Artificial Intelligence
GE, Global Research Center
Alan Westenskow is the Director of Business Development for Proterra where he identifies and develops financing options and procurement solutions for Proterra electric buses. Prior to Proterra, Alan spent 16 years as a public finance municipal advisor providing financing solutions to local governments for energy, transportation and other public infrastructure projects. Alan received the 2017 Finance for Resilience award at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Global Summit for developing Proterra’s battery lease model. Alan attended Brigham Young University and received his MBA from Wharton in 2005.
Director of Business Development
Chad joined Uber as an early member of Uber team in New York City. He had the privilege of being a part of Uber's exceptional growth in the ridesharing business. He helped grow and lead Uber’s operations team, starting with New York City, later launching in New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York State. Chad currently manages Uber’s markets across the Northeast US and his team is focused on how to make Uber work best in each of the unique markets served.
Region Manager – Northeast U.S.
Stephanie is the Head of Marketing and Origination for BP’s Global Oil Americas Integrated Supply & Trading (IST) Division. She leads a multinational team accountable for the growth of the global oil trading business in the Americas, including development of new regional and cross-commodity business opportunities and managing relationships with strategic partners. After spending 4 years at a consulting firm, Stephanie joined BP, where she has spent more than 15 years in varied roles across the Lubricants and IST businesses. Much of her BP career has been spent in the Origination space. Prior to her current role, Stephanie most recently started up then led the environmental credits trading desk in Chicago. In that role, she helped establish and grow IST’s presence in the environmental credits markets and improve BP’s ability to optimize its own requirements. Stephanie also managed the relationship between IST and BP Downstream, identifying and driving improved BP results through collaboration across the businesses. Stephanie received her B.S. in Finance and Multinational Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.
Head of Marketing and Origination
Global Oil Americas Integrated Supply & Trading (IST) Division BP
A native Albertan, Liam assumed his position with the Government of Alberta’s Washington Office in April 2013. Prior to joining the Washington Office, Liam held various positions within four Alberta ministries including Executive Advisor to the Deputy Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations, Senior Policy Manager for energy and environment in Executive Council, and Director of Federalism and Constitutional Affairs. Liam also served as Senior Policy Advisor to a federal minister in the Environment and Intergovernmental Affairs portfolios.
Executive Director, Policy
Alberta Washington Office
Mr. Hart, President and CEO of Sierra Energy, has over 25 years experience leading industrial companies with a proven record of success. He is a passionate environmentalist who has been named an “Environmental Hero” by the US EPA and a “Champion of Change” by the Obama administration. Mr. Hart actively works with public agencies, local and regional governments, academia, and private industry on regulatory and environmental issues ranging from waste processing and disposal to renewable energy production. Mr. Hart has presented at the White House and the Pentagon, and regularly speaks at waste, clean technology, and business and entrepreneurial conferences around the globe. Prior to acquiring Sierra Railroad and forming Sierra Energy, Mr. Hart acted as a management consultant with clients such as FMC, NASA (Mars Mission), TRW, Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, GM, and worked with Steve Jobs on a DOD project at NeXT. Mr. Hart has also created a variety of software tools for the predictive analysis of future weapon systems for the Department of Defense. Mr. Hart is a graduate of U.C. Davis, where he frequently lectures.
President and CEO
John "Jay" Surina, chief financial officer, leads all aspects of NuScale Power's finance function, including financial strategy, accounting, forecasting, corporate finance, corporate services and information technology. Prior to joining NuScale, Surina was vice president, financial planning and analysis at Boart Longyear. He was instrumental in the initial public offering of Boart Longyear shares on the Australian exchange in 2007. In that role he co-managed the mining services company’s global finance function and led strategic planning and mergers and acquisition work within the finance function. Surina previously held executive positions in energy industry finance, as well as mergers and acquisitions, with Texas Genco, Centrica North America (Direct Energy) and Sithe Energies, including large equity and debt financing capital raising, both at the corporate and project levels. He was co-founder and managing partner of Cornerstone Energy Advisors, an advisory firm focused on the sale and financing of electric generating stations. Surina is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and earned a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. A former nuclear trained submarine officer, Surina is a retired Captain in the Naval Reserve Intelligence Program.
Steve Viscelli is an economic and political sociologist who studies inequality, organizations, work and labor markets. His primary research focuses on how state policy and informal labor market institutions shape the behavior of workers and firms. Steve's last project, which examined the effects of deregulation on class relations and the labor process in the trucking industry, culminated in a recently released book, The Big Rig: Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream (2016, University of California Press). His current research is on the “gig economy,” specifically the ride-sharing businesses of Uber and Lyft. In addition to his academic research, Steve is involved in policy-relevant research in the areas of employment relations and energy efficiency.
Kleinman Center for Energy Policy
Prof. MacDuffie’s research examines the diffusion of lean or flexible production as an alternative to mass production; the impact of human resource systems and work organization on economic performance; collaborative problem-solving within and across firms; the impact of distance on managing human and social capital; the relationship between product and organizational architecture; and how the interaction of strategic choices with industry structure affects competitive dynamics and industry evolution. Prof. MacDuffie’s global research on the determinants of high-performance manufacturing is featured centrally in the books The Machine That Changed the World and After Lean Production: Evolving Employment Practices in the World Auto Industry. His publications can be found in top academic journals across a wide range of domains, including Global Strategy Journal, Human Relations, Industrial and Corporate Change, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Operations Management, Management Science, Organization Studies, Production and Operations Management, and Strategic Management Journal, and also in practitioner-oriented journals such as California Management Review and Harvard Business Review. Prof. MacDuffie’s commentaries on the global automotive industry and trends in employment systems are featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Bloomberg Business Week, Fortune, and on National Public Radio and Knowledge@Wharton. He is a founding board member of the Industry Studies Association and a member of the Automotive Experts Group at the Federal Reserve Bank.
John Paul MacDuffie
Professor of Management
The Wharton School
David advises large energy and utilities clients on the implementation and strategy of data management and analytics solutions which includes leveraging Big Data tools. David is currently focused on applying big data solutions to enhance energy trading intelligence across the trading and risk management verticals. Prior to his independent consulting work, David led global data analytics consulting engagements with a wide range of client that included Shell, Chevron, Major Hedge funds and Utilities on behalf of a leading energy trading data management and analytics software vendor.
Principal Consultant in Energy Data & Analytics
Ravi is the Director of Energy Storage at GTM Research, where he focuses on global energy storage markets and value chain analysis. As an industry expert, Ravi has been quoted in various publications including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, Bloomberg, Christian Science Monitor, Wired and Verge. Ravi has over 8 years of experience in energy storage as a consultant, analyst, and engineer. Ravi holds a Master of International Business degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering degree from University of Washington, Seattle, and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India.
Director, Energy Storage
Dr. Katrina Kelly-Pitou holds dual roles at the University of Pittsburgh as a Research Associate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, as well as acting as Manager of Strategy and Business Development for the Center for Energy and Energy GRID Institute. Katrina is an Affiliate Scholar of the University of Nottingham’s Interdisciplinary Centre, and the University of Pittsburgh's Cyber Law, Policy, and Security Institute. In addition to her current postdoctoral research in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Katrina holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham in Energy Development Studies, a Masters in International Relations from Hult International Business School, and a BA/BSc from Duquesne University. Building off of her previous leadership at the World Energy Council where she acted as the head of “Resilience Energy Infrastructure” in London, UK, Katrina joins the University in leading in the development of reliable, efficient, and environmentally friendly energy solutions. Her work focuses on building stronger physical, institutional, and financial interconnections between energy infrastructure and emerging risks like climate change and cyber; as such, her work focuses heavily on the intersection of information systems and risk mitigation in urban environments. Katrina is passionate about sustainable development and better STEM engagement for women and girls.
Research Associate, Manager of Strategy and Business Development
University of Pittsburgh, Center for Energy and Energy GRID Institute.
Jonathan Gross helps lead supply chain and procurement for Tesla’s Energy Storage and Solar business. His team helped execute the South Australia, KIUC Hawaii, and SCE Mira Loma battery storage projects, totaling over 120 megawatts of battery storage capacity. In addition, he manages supplier partnerships to install hundreds of megawatts of solar power for residential and commercial projects, and develops new suppliers and material sources for Tesla’s groundbreaking Solar Roof program. Prior to joining Tesla, Jonathan was a consultant at Accenture where he worked with energy clients on supply chain and commodity strategies, operating models, and M&A integration. Before that he held supply chain positions at Flowserve Corp. and GE Oil & Gas. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Studies from Lafayette College. In his free time, he enjoys skiing in Tahoe and golfing in San Francisco. He does not currently own a Tesla, but he is on the waiting list for a Tesla Semi.
Supply Chain Leader
Tesla Energy Storage
William (Will) Brilliant is a Partner of Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), a global infrastructure investor with approximately $40 billion in assets under management. Mr. Brilliant is a leader of GIP’s North American energy equity investment business and is a member of GIP’s Investment and Operating Committees. Mr. Brilliant is responsible for the origination, execution, management and realization of investments. He is currently a member of the Boards of Directors of Hess Midstream Partners (NYSE: HESM) and Hess Infrastructure Partners and is a former member of the Boards of Access Midstream Partners (NYSE: ACMP) and Access Midstream Ventures. Prior to joining GIP in 2007, Mr. Brilliant was an investment banker at Lehman Brothers. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York. Mr. Brilliant holds a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP)
Josh Cornfeld is a Vice President responsible for executing M&A and private placement engagements in the renewable energy and power sectors, conducting due diligence and supporting Marathon Capital's relationship management responsibilities. Josh has advised on numerous high-profile solar transactions including the sale of sPower, the largest independent solar developer, owner and operator in the U.S., to the AES Corporation and AIMCo, the sale of Heelstone Energy’s 194 MW operating solar portfolio to Sammons Renewable Energy and a 100 MW project equity capital raise for Soltage. Josh is also the lead author of several Marathon Capital White Papers, including The Future of the YieldCo and The Solar Securitization Opportunity. Prior to joining Marathon, Josh worked as a Summer Associate at GTM Research, the leading provider of market intelligence for the solar industry, where he analyzed the impact of proposed state-level solar policies on industry competitiveness. Josh was also awarded a Dow Sustainability Fellowship, for which he conducted a project on valuing solar energy in Michigan for the Michigan Public Service Commission. Prior to business school, Mr. Cornfeld was a Hamilton Fellow at the U.S. Treasury Department. Mr. Cornfeld graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Economics and a concurrent Master of Environmental Studies. Mr. Cornfeld also completed his MBA at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business where he graduated with High Distinction. Mr. Cornfeld holds his Series 79 license.
Marc Rowland is the Founder & Senior Managing Director of IOG Capital, LP and is CEO of IOG Resources, LLC. Mr. Rowland leads the companies' investment team through his 40+ years of experience in the oil & gas upstream and midstream industry. Mr. Rowland is a seasoned oil and gas corporate executive, director, and investment manager with over 40 years of experience in all aspects of upstream and midstream business segments. Mr. Rowland is considered a leading industry expert in energy mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, public securities transactions, and derivatives facilities. He has won numerous awards for transactions, and has received recognition by Institutional Investor as Energy CFO of the Year. Mr. Rowland is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Chesapeake Energy Corporation, where he led the Company from its IPO in 1993 to a $40+ billion market cap oil and gas producer for 18 years. Notable financial achievements included numerous billions of volumetric production payments, internationally financed shale joint ventures, all varieties of securities issuances including the first Euro denominated bond financing for a US only oil and gas company, and the successful IPO of Chesapeake Midstream Partners, LP in August of 2010. Mr. Rowland served as the Chief Executive Officer at FTS International, Inc. (formerly Frac Tech International, LLC) from May 2011- November 2012, and as the President and Chief Financial Officer of Frac Tech Services, LLC and Frac Tech International, LLC from November 2010 to May 2011. Mr. Rowland served as the Chief Financial Officer or equivalent positions of Chesapeake Energy Corporation from 1993, when the company became publicly traded, until October 2010. Mr. Rowland served as Chief Operating Officer of Anglo-Suisse, LP from 1990 to 1992 where he was assigned to the White Nights Russian Enterprise, a joint venture of Anglo-Suisse, LP and Phibro Energy Corporation, a major foreign operation which was granted the right to engage in oil and gas operations in Russia. Mr. Rowland serves on a number of private and public boards, including as Chairman of the Board for SilverBow Resources (NYSE: SBOW). He is a 1975 alumnus of Wichita State University where he currently serves as a member of the Investment Committee.
Founder, Senior Managing Director
Garret Holt is an Executive Director in JP Morgan’s Technical Transaction Team. Since joining JP Morgan in 2015, he has actively participated in over $5 billion of successful asset and corporate advisory transactions for clients including Freeport McMoran, Anadarko, Noble Energy and PennEnergy. Previously, he served Chief Operating Officer of Wapiti Energy, LLC, responsible for all engineering, geological, and operational matters at the company. Prior to joining Wapiti, he served as a Sr. Vice President of Exploration and Development with Fairways E&P, LLC, where he started as Engineering Manager in 2000. Before his time served at Fairways, Garret worked at Greenhill Petroleum and Shell Oil Company. Mr. Holt graduated from the University of Tulsa, Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer.
Callum is the CEO of EdgeMarc, a Pennsylvania-based oil and gas company with 50,000+ gross acres leased and a local and experienced team with a cumulative record of developing 400+ shale wells. He is responsible for business related activities and corporate strategy. Callum attended the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand where he obtained a Bachelor of Civil Engineering with First Class Honors and also holds a Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of New South Wales, and has undertaken executive education at the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. Callum has worked in the Appalachian Basin for 13 years, predominantly in operations in the Marcellus and Utica Shale, but also has onshore experience in Texas and New Zealand. Callum serves as President and Chairman of the Board for the Appalachian Chapter of the American Association of Drilling Engineers, has served on various international committees for the Society of Petroleum Engineers and is a member of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Trust. Before working in the energy industry, Callum served as a Commissioned Officer in the New Zealand Army as part of the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment.
Dan De Boer leads VivoPower’s Investments team, responsible for all acquisitions, financings, and the quantitative analysis and development of the Company’s portfolio. Before VivoPower, Dan was Senior Vice President of Blackstone’s renewable investment platform, Onyx Renewable Partners. Focusing on strategic acquisitions and capital raising, Dan structured an ~$300mm blind-pool tax equity structure with Credit Suisse that formed the basis of Onyx’s Commercial & Industrial solar strategy. Prior to his role at Onyx, Dan was an Associate on D. E. Shaw & Co.’s North American Buyout team. During his tenure at the D. E. Shaw group, Dan helped launch the team’s renewable energy infrastructure fund, D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, (DESRI), and executed that fund’s initial investments. Prior to this, he worked as an investment banker at Deutsche Bank. Dan graduated with honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a Masters in Business Administration with a dual focus in Finance and Accounting. Dan completed his undergraduate degree at Yale University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
Daniel De Boer
Matt is the Chief Investment Officer for CleanCapital. His responsibilities include the structuring and execution of capital markets transactions and managing the Company’s relationships with capital providers. He has more than twenty years’ experience across several areas of the fixed income and equity markets, including the past eight years focusing exclusively on renewable energy transactions. He brings an innovative approach to securing the optimal structures and investors for CleanCapital’s various and growing capital needs. Prior to CleanCapital, Matt was a Managing Director at Global Environment Fund and earlier in his career, he held various leadership positions at Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, and Merrill Lynch & Co.
Chief Investment Officer
Tim is a Director on the Clean Energy Infrastructure team. He has over 10 years of energy-related experience. Prior to joining us, Tim held positions at UBS Investment Bank within the global power and utilities team and at Greentech Capital Advisors as an investment banking associate. He has also worked as a climate change advisor to the former Australian Federal Minister for the Environment. His involvement with clean energy began as a junior process engineer at BP Solar (Australia) and CSG Solar (Australia). Tim holds Bachelor's degrees in Commerce (Finance) and Engineering (Photovoltaics and Solar Energy), from the University of New South Wales and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Director, Clean Energy Infrastructure
Kevin George Miller is Director of Public Policy for ChargePoint, the world's leading network of electric vehicle charging stations. Kevin works throughout the Northeast and Midwest to overcome legislative and regulatory barriers to transportation electrification. Before coming to ChargePoint, he served as Chief Financial Officer for the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs in Massachusetts, where he led fiscal policy and strategy for six state agencies. He has also served in a variety of roles in state agencies, legislatures, and campaigns. Kevin has a BA in Political Science and Drama from Tufts University and a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Director of Public Policy
John Moura is the Director of Reliability Assessment for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), where he joined in 2008. John leads the electric reliability organization’s efforts to independently assess and report on the overall reliability, adequacy, and associated risks of the interconnected North American bulk power system. John leads the development of NERC’s annual long-term and seasonal reliability assessments, as well as NERC’s efforts in evaluating reliability impacts of potential environmental regulations, high-levels of variable generation, and an increasing dependence on natural gas. He is the co-author of numerous NERC special reports and several technical publications. John coordinates the efforts of NERC’s Planning Committee and several other stakeholder groups, which brings together the power industry’s leading experts on resource and transmission planning. In addition, John is actively engaged in multiple groups and committees across North America focused on the power system risk and vulnerability analyses, loss of load studies, probabilistic resource adequacy modeling, and interconnection-wide power system modeling. In his capacity as a subject-matter expert on BPS reliability, John provides testimony in numerous state and federal hearings across the country. John is a graduate from Rutgers University.
Director of Reliability Assessment
North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)
Mr. Fierstein is a Principal on the Infrastructure team having joined the Firm in 2016, where he focuses on global infrastructure investment opportunities across the capital structure. Prior to that time, Mr. Fierstein spent 5 years with GE Energy Financial Services, where he held principal investing roles in power, renewables, and oil & gas. Prior to GE, Mr. Fierstein spent 3 years in engineering and business development at an energy technology developer. Mr. Fierstein graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with an A.B. in Engineering Sciences (honors), a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering, and a Master of Engineering Management degree.
Apollo Global Management, LLC
Mads Almassalkhi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Vermont and co-founder of startup Packetized Energy. His expertise lies at the intersection of power systems, optimization, and real-time control systems and focus on developing scalable technologies that improve responsiveness and resilience of power systems. He was awarded the Outstanding Junior Faculty award by his college in 2016. Prior to joining the University of Vermont, he was lead systems engineer at another energy startup company Root3 Technologies. Before that, he received his PhD from the University of Michigan in Electrical Engineering (EE): Systems in 2013 and a dual major in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio in 2008. When he is not working on energy problems, he is spending his time with his amazing wife and their three small kids.
Lauren Laustsen is Director of Solutions Strategy with Simple Energy, a technology company based in Boulder, Colorado. Simple Energy provides software and services that enable utilities to get their customers to take action. Simple Energy pioneered the utility-branded Marketplace and is growing its transactional platform to provide more solutions to utility customers in the channels where they prefer to shop. Lauren works closely with Simple Energy’s client base including investor-owned, municipal, and coop utilities to ensure that the company is meeting the needs of its utility partners now and in the future. Lauren joined Simple Energy from The Boston Consulting Group where she was a Project Leader in the Energy Practice working with utilities across North America on technology and strategy topics. Lauren holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rice University and an MBA and MS in Environment & Resources from Stanford University.
Director of Solutions Strategy
Arthur van Benthem is an Assistant Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at Wharton. His research specializes in environmental and energy economics. His recent work studies the unintended consequences of environmental legislation and the economic efficiency of energy policies. His current research focuses on markets for transportation, renewable energy, and oil & gas. He also writes for general audiences about economics, energy and the environment. His columns have appeared in the Boston Globe, the Economist, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Wall Street Journal, among others. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University in 2012, a masters degree in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Amsterdam. Before pursuing his doctoral studies at Stanford, he worked in various roles at Royal Dutch Shell, most recently in corporate strategy as an energy economist in the Long-Term Energy Scenarios Team. During his undergraduate studies, Arthur enjoyed working as an evening stock trader at IMC Trading in Amsterdam.
Arthur van Benthem, PhD
Assistant Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Rahul Mangharam is the CEO of Flexergy.AI and is focused on AI for Smart Buildings. He was awarded the 2016 DoE CLEANTECH Prize (Regional) for data-driven control technology and formed an NSF SBIR-I funded small business, Flexergy with his doctoral students to commercialize it. He received the 2016 US Presidential Early Career Award and 2014 IEEE Benjamin Franklin Key Award for innovations in life-critical systems. Rahul has a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon and is a University of Pennsylvania professor. Contact: email@example.com
CEO, Professor of Engineering
Flexergy, University of Pennsylvania
Kush Patel is a Principal in the Private Equity group. Since joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Patel has focused on investments in the power generation and transmission sector and has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investments in Fisterra, Global Offshore Wind, Lightstone, Lonestar, Sithe and Transmission Developers, Inc. Mr. Patel serves as a Director of Fisterra, Lightstone, and Lonestar. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Patel served as a Senior Analyst at Kingsland Capital Management. Prior to that, he worked as an Analyst at Piper Jaffray Companies and as a Transactional Services Associate at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Patel received a BS in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Accounting from Boston University, where he graduated summa cum laude and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated a Palmer Scholar.
The Blackstone Group
One of the early solar pioneers, Tom Leyden began his solar career in 1980 and over the years has held a number of executive management positions. He was VP of Sales and Marketing at EPV, a thin-film PV manufacturer, and at WorldWater, a remote-power and solar-water pumping company that installed solar projects in Africa and Asia. He served as VP of East Coast Operations for PowerLight, the commercial PV pioneer bought by SunPower, where he became SunPower’s East Coast Managing Director, and later was VP of Commercial Development at SolarCity. In 2012 he became CEO of the energy storage start-up Solar Grid Storage that was acquired by Sunedison and then served as Sunedison's VP of Energy Storage Deployment. He joined EDF in 2016 to help develop and deliver innovative solar and storage business models. Tom has served the industry in various other roles, including founding President of MDV-SEIA and MSEIA, board member of national SEIA and PV Now, and advisor to the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. He holds a BA from Princeton University.
EDF Renewables Distributed Solutions
Dr. R. Dean Foreman is Chief Economist at the American Petroleum Institute (API), the national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry. He is an insightful global business and energy economist with a passion for applying data and advanced forecasting & market analytics to strategic business issues – and communicating the implications to broad audiences. With a Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of Florida, he has more than 20 years of industry experience in corporate strategic planning, forecasting, finance / risk management and regulatory policy. Before joining API, Dean served as the lead economist in ExxonMobil Corporate Planning (2002-2008) and subsequently was part of the executive team at Canadian exploration & production company Talisman Energy (2009-2013). He directed risk management for Sasol North America (2013-2015) and its $11 billion ethane cracker and derivatives complex under construction in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Most recently, he was with Saudi Aramco Strategy & Market Analysis in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and managed short-term market monitoring and the long-term demand oil demand outlook.
American Petroleum Institute
Juan Muldoon focuses on sourcing, evaluating, valuing, executing and managing the Fund’s portfolio. He is also the main interface between the Fund and partners in administration, audit and finance. Furthermore, Muldoon helped develop and manages the Fund’s budget and economic model. Prior to joining Invenergy, Muldoon worked at JPMorgan Chase, developing expertise in business analysis, multi-asset class trading, investments strategy, and portfolio management. Muldoon has also worked in venture capital, leading diligence and investments for early-stage companies in technology, financial services, consumer products, and enterprise services. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA, magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame.
Alfred Y. Harper is the Upstream Treasurer in Exxon Mobil Corporation. Al joined the company in June 1990. After various finance-related assignments in Dallas, Houston, Singapore and Coral Gables, he was named Assistant Treasurer of the ExxonMobil Chemical Company in 2000. In 2001, Al became the Business Services Manager and Controller of ExxonMobil de Venezuela in Caracas, and in 2005, he was named Business Services Manager and Treasurer of ExxonMobil Qatar in Doha. In July 2008, Al joined the ExxonMobil Development Company, where he held the titles of Controller and then Treasurer. His teams supported the development and financing of ExxonMobil’s major upstream projects around the world. In January 2013, Al was named to his current position as Upstream Treasurer in Exxon Mobil Corporation where he manages a team that is responsible for delivering corporate finance support to ExxonMobil’s worldwide upstream business. Al holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Alfred Y. Harper
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Paul Goydan joined the Houston office of The Boston Consulting Group in 2005 and is currently regional practice area leader for the North American energy practice. With his clients, he focuses on operations and strategy for oil and gas companies. He is also the Unconventional Oil & Gas Topic Leader. He received his MBA with high-distinction from the University of Michigan and his undergraduate degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Paul has over 15 years of consulting experience primarily in the energy sector working on strategy, operations and organization.
Partner & Managing Director, Regional Practice Area Leader
Boston Consulting Group
Vaibhav is a Partner in PwC’s Technology Consulting organization, focused on IoT, Cloud, and Software Defined Networks. He has 20 years of experience in sales, business development and client service delivery of technology advisory, consulting, systems integration and managed services projects globally. His specialties include technology infrastructure (telecom / networks, cloud, data centers, service management), emerging technologies (automation, analytics, mobility, Internet of Things), and cybersecurity. Vaibhav has worked with clients in the telecom, mobile, cable, high tech, energy, utilities, mining, hospitality, retail and transportation industries. His experiences include strategy development, assessments, technology infrastructure design and implementation, business case development, mobility enablement and applications, technology and product development, and systems operations and management. Vaibhav has spoken at industry conferences such as DistribuTECH, UTC Telecom, CTIA Wireless, WiMAX Forum, and TeleManagement Forum, and has participated in industry organizations such as FCC, IEEE, Utilities Telecom Council and WiMAX Forum. Vaibhav holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta USA.
Vaibhav J. Parmar
Laurie Mazer is the Vice President of Development for Lightsource BP. Laurie is an experienced renewable energy leader with 14 plus years of hands-on wind and solar energy development experience. She most recently lead the east coast development team for SunEdison and before that was a developer for Gamesa. She has strong understanding of current energy markets and has developed projects in all regions of the US, including Federal lands projects. With development experienced gleaned from working on over 1 gigawatt of solar and wind projects she understands all aspects of successful energy project development including real estate, interconnection, feasibility analysis, environmental and permitting issues, contract negotiation and construction management.
Vice President of Development
Adam Agalloco is the Energy Manager for the City of Philadelphia. In his role, he manages a team responsible for tracking City government energy use, developing and implementing energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for facilities, and providing strategic procurement of City government’s energy supply. The City, through Greenworks, A Vision for a Sustainable Philadelphia, has a broad range of initiatives focused on reducing the City’s environmental impact, costs and greenhouse gases. In addition to his role at the City, Adam is a board member of the Philadelphia Energy Authority. Prior to joining the City of Philadelphia, Adam worked for a large wind energy company and a design engineering firm. Adam has a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Sustainable Design from Philadelphia University. He is a LEED Accredited Professional for Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C) and a Certified Energy Manager (CEM).
City of Philadelphia
Prior to joining the Kleinman Center, Christina served as the Director of the PennFuture Energy Center for Enterprise and the Environment, where she focused on energy and climate issues that impact Pennsylvania. Additionally, Christina has experience in private environmental consulting, in the financial management sector, with the PA Department of Environmental Protection, and with the Alliance for Climate Protection, where she served as the Policy Director. She holds a Master of Environmental Studies degree from Penn, a B.A. in Economics from the University of Miami, and B.S. in Music from Drexel University.
Director of Policy, External Affairs
Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.
Andrew Levitt is Senior Business Solution Architect at PJM Interconnection where he leads PJM efforts to integrate distributed energy resources into markets and operations. Previously, he directed the vehicle-to-grid program at NRG Energy in collaboration with University of Delaware. He started in the power industry as Project Manager for coal plant upgrades at the Public Service Company of New Mexico. Mr. Levitt is a member of the Smart Grid and Demand Response Advisory Council of SEPA. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree from The University of Delaware, where he performed research with the Center for Carbon-free Power Integration. He has co-authored articles in Energy Policy and Science, among others.
Senior Business Solutions Architect
Josh Cohen is the Director of Communications and Outreach and Maryland State Director for the Business Network for Offshore Wind. Josh also hosts and produces Offshore Wind Insider, the Network’s new podcast featuring interviews with industry leaders, profiles of Network members and timely analysis of policy and market developments. Josh is the founder and principal of Polity Partners, a clean energy consulting firm that provides policy outreach, communications and organizational leadership to his clients. Josh also hosts the independent podcast More Power To You about the policy and politics shaping our clean energy economy. Prior to his consulting career, Josh served for 15 years in leadership positions at the federal, state and local levels of government. This included a four-year term as Mayor of Annapolis, Maryland in which he was widely credited with averting municipal bankruptcy during the Recession of 2009. More recently he served in the Obama Administration as Deputy Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service (RUS).
Director of Communications and Outreach, Business Network
Wade is a Principal in the Houston office. He is a core member of BCG's Energy, Commodity Trading and Risk Management, and PIPE practices. He joined BCG as a Consultant in August 2014. Prior to joining the firm, Wade was one of the initial employees at Apex Clean Energy, a power plant development startup. Wade holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy, an MPA with a focus on Energy Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Principal, Recruiting Director
Boston Consulting Group
Travis Nichols, Partner, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.