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2015 MIT Energy Conference

Save the Date! February 27-28, 2015

Panelists and Speakers

Alicia Barton

CEO and Executive Director, MassCEC

As CEO, Alicia Barton oversees the many renewable energy and efficiency projects run by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Alicia joined the MassCEC in August 2012 after serving as Deputy Commissioner for policy and planning at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. At MassDEP, Alicia oversaw policy and regulatory matters for the agency, including clean air and water, climate change, wetlands and coastal issues and all aspects of environmental permitting. Alicia was the primary author of the MassDEP's Action Plan for Regulatory Reform and she developed and launched the MassDEP Clean Energy Results Program, which leverages the agency's technical and regulatory expertise to facilitate the siting and construction of clean energy projects in the Commonwealth. From 2007 to 2011, Alicia held various other positions at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs including Assistant Secretary for Environmental Review, Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Director and Deputy General Counsel. After graduating from The Ohio State University with a degree in environmental science, Alicia earned a juris doctor from Boston College Law School. Alicia was an attorney in private practice prior to joining the Patrick Administration in 2007.

Eric Bielke

Director, GE Ventures

Eric Bielke is a Director at GE Ventures. He focuses on investments in enterprise software and technology-enabled services primarily in the energy sector. Before joining GE, Eric worked with Siemens Venture Capital and was the co-founder and VP of Project Finance for SoCore Energy, a venture-backed commercial-rooftop photovoltaic developer, acquired by Edison International. He also spent time as a consultant with McKinsey & Co where he advised the leadership teams of Fortune 500 companies in the infrastructure, high-tech, and energy industries on issues of technology, cost-control, and supply chain. He has an MBA from the Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA from Dartmouth College.

Ben Bixby (tentative)

Director of Energy Products, Nest Labs

Ben Bixby is the general manager of energy services at Nest Labs, where he steers Nest's new product and global business development with its energy partners. Ben came to Nest in early 2013 when Nest acquired MyEnergy, the venture-backed energy data technology company he founded in 2007 and led as its CEO --- and which now powers a number of Nest's energy data capabilities.

Ben earned his BS from Georgetown University. Together with his wife, he resides in Boston and Palo Alto --- fiercely supporting the Red Sox from both coasts.

William M. Colton

Vice President of Corporate Strategic Planning, Exxon Mobil Corporation

Mr. William (Bill) M. Colton is Vice President, Corporate Strategic Planning for Exxon Mobil Corporation as of February 1, 2009. In this role, he oversees all of the corporation’s strategic planning activities and the development of its Energy Outlook, ExxonMobil’s assessment of global energy trends. Mr. Colton received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1975. He joined Exxon Corporation in 1975 and his career has been spent in both upstream and downstream businesses throughout ExxonMobil, including project development, refining, lubes, synthetic fuels and natural gas marketing. Mr. Colton also worked in finance and planning positions, including ExxonMobil corporate headquarters and eight years overseas in Tokyo and Bangkok. Mr. Colton's previous assignment was as the Corporation's Assistant Treasurer.

Steve Connors

Director, AGS Energy Flagship Program and Director, Analysis Group for Regional Energy Alternative

Stephen Connors directs the Analysis Group for Regional Energy Alternatives (AGREA) at the MIT Energy Initiative. Since 1987, AGREA has conducted research on cost-effective and environmentally-responsible local and regional energy solutions. Projects in the USA, Europe, Mexico, China and elsewhere have focused on the cost and emissions benefits of transformative energy portfolios including high penetration renewable energy, smart grids including energy storage, smart demands, and sustainable mobility. In addition to his work at MIT, Steve also assists many local organizations creating the clean energy economy, such as the New England Clean Energy Council and AltWheels. Steve holds two degrees from UMass-Amherst (Mechanical Engineering and Applied Anthropology), as well as a Masters from MIT in Technology and Policy. Between his two degrees from UMass, Stephen was a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin, West Africa designing and testing of wood conserving cookstoves.

David Danielson

Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Founder and first President of the MIT Energy Club, Dr. David Danielson leads the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). As Assistant Secretary, he oversees a broad energy portfolio that is intended to hasten the transition to a clean energy economy.

He oversees six major technology and strategic areas, including Energy Efficiency, Renewable Power, Sustainable Transportation, Strategic Programs, Financial Management, and Business Operations offices. He represents EERE before national, state, and local audiences to reinforce EERE'€™s mission and to leverage partnerships to transform the nationâ€'s economic engine to one powered by clean energy.

Previously, he was the first Program Director hired by DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). At ARPA-E, he developed and led R&D programs with a budget of more than $100 million that focused on high-risk, high-reward, disruptive clean energy technologies.

Prior to joining ARPA-E, he was a clean energy venture capitalist at General Catalyst Partners, a Boston-based venture capital fund. He co-founded the firm's clean energy investment practice and helped build and grow startups in various clean energy technology areas including solar power, wind power, advanced biofuels, bio-gas, carbon capture and storage, and advanced lighting.

He was a co-founder of the New England Clean Energy Council. He has authored more than 20 scientific articles in the field of advanced materials. While at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he was the founder and President of the MIT Energy Club and a founding Director of the MIT Energy Conference. For his work in building a strong multidisciplinary energy community at MIT, he was awarded the Karl Taylor Compton Prize, MIT's highest student award.

He holds a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Tom Franklin

Director of TCS'€™s Upstream Center of Excellence

Tom Franklin serves as Director of TCS'€™s Upstream Center of Excellence. He comes to TCS with over 40 years experience in the Oil & Gas Industry. Prior to joining TCS Tom worked as a partner for Ernst & Young and the Concours Group working with Oil and Gas Majors like BP, BG Group, Shell, Marathon, W&T Offshore, Murphy Oil, Reliance, Chevron-Texaco, Conoco-Phillips, EnCana USA and several other exploration & production companies. He was a contributor to Cambridge Energy Research Associates landmark study of the impact of information technology on the petroleum industry, 'The Quiet Revolution'. In serving his clients he has delivered engagements covering business & IT strategy, system selection, business process design and system implementation. He has worked with business processes such as prospect evaluation, production field operations, drilling, petroleum & reserves accounting and energy trading & risk management.

Captain James Goudreau

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy

Captain Goudreau is a native of Wilbraham, Massachusetts. He was commissioned as an Ensign in the Supply Corps through the Reserve Officers Training Corps at Norwich University in 1990, and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. He received a Master'€™s degree in Management from Troy University in 1995, and has completed the Tuck Executive Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Captain Goudreau is currently assigned as the Director of Policy and Partnerships in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy. He is responsible for crafting policy and developing strategic partnerships with government, industry and academia in support of the Department of the Navy’s energy programs building capability. Those initiatives include operational and shore energy technology development, resiliency, energy efficiency, energy acquisition reform, training, education and culture change.

Captain Goudreau most recently served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy. Captain Goudreau has been awarded the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and various campaign and unit awards. He is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps (formerly the Acquisition Professional Community) and is qualified as a Naval Aviation Supply Officer and as a Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer.

Erik Haaland

Leader Non-Technical Risk Management - Statoil ASA

Erik Haaland is based in Oslo, Norway and is head of Non-Technical Risk Management in Statoil’s Arctic Unit, covering stakeholder engagement, policy, communication and issue management across Statoil’s Arctic portfolio. His background includes extensive experience from the oil and gas industry having worked globally with projects including new access, exploration and development. He also spent three years in Canada working on issue management in the Alberta oil sands. Haaland represents Statoil in the IOGP Arctic Committee and other industry bodies. He has a BA Journalism degree from Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland and has studied comparative politics at the University of Bergen, Norway.

Alan Hanson

Executive Director, International Nuclear Leadership Education Program, MIT

Dr. Alan Hanson is the Executive Director of the International Nuclear Leadership Education Program (INLEP), a position he assumed in January 2012 at MIT. INLEP is an intensive executive education course designed for nuclear leaders coming from countries new to nuclear power. During 2011, Dr. Hanson completed a year-long assignment as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University on loan from AREVA. At CISAC he conducted research on the worldwide nuclear supply chain and international fuel assurance mechanisms.Dr. Hanson began his career in 1975 with the Nuclear Services Division of Yankee Atomic Electric Company. In 1979, he joined the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria. At the IAEA, he served first as Coordinator of the International Spent Fuel Management Program and later as Policy Analyst with responsibilities in the areas of safeguards and non-proliferation policies. Upon returning to the U.S., Dr. Hanson served as President and CEO of Transnuclear, Inc. which he joined in 1985. Transnuclear, now an AREVA company, designs, licenses and supplies dry storage and transport casks. In 2005 he was appointed as Executive Vice President, Technologies and Used Fuel Management of AREVA NC Inc. In this position he was responsible for all of AREVA’s activities in the backend of the nuclear fuel cycle in the U.S.

Curt L. Hébert, Jr.

EVP, Entergy Corporation

Throughout Hebert’s career, he had worked on gas pipeline projects, gas storage projects, electric transmission and generation and finally was spending much of his time on nuclear efforts with Entergy. His diverse range of talents, education and application of fundamentals in the energy space gave rise to his founding of Lexicon Strategy Group. Hebert joined Entergy Corporation as Executive Vice President, External Affairs in 2001 after a lengthy career as a government energy regulator at both the federal and state levels and left in 2010. He supervised the company’s system regulatory efforts and strategies, system and federal government relations, environmental policy, external and internal communications, and corporate contribution functions. A member of the Office of Chief Executive reporting to Entergy’s Chair and CEO. Hébert served four years in Washington as a presidential appointee to the FERC. He was nominated to a Republican seat on FERC by President Clinton in 1997 and named chair by President Bush in January, 2001. At 38 years of age became the youngest chairman in FERC's history.During Hébert’s tenure at FERC he led efforts to restructure the electric utility and natural gas pipeline industries to promote competition. He stepped down from the commission on August 31, 2001 to accept his position with Entergy. Hébert was also chairman of the Mississippi Public Service Commission and a leader of the Mississippi Legislature. His public service began with his 1987 election to the House of Representatives, where he served until 1992. During that time he chaired both the House Oil and Gas Committee and the House Ways and Means Severance Subcommittee.In 1992 Hébert was appointed by Governor Fordice to the Mississippi Public Service Commission. At age 29 he was the youngest public service commissioner in the nation and the youngest in Mississippi’s history. He was elected to a second term on the commission in 1995 and served as the commission’s chairman

Specialties:Energy law, nuclear, transmission, distribution, natural gas pipes, hydro power licensing, issue mitigation and management

Helge Hove Haldorsen

General Director Statoil Mexico in Mexico City

Helge Hove Haldorsen currently serves as General Director Statoil Mexico in Mexico City after servingas Vice President Strategy & Portfolio Statoil North America in Houston, Texas. Prior to his tenure at Statoil, Haldorsen worked for Norsk Hydro in various roles including Chief Reservoir Engineer, Vice President Technology and Competence, Vice President Exploration and Research, Senior Vice President International Exploration and Production, and President Hydro Gulf of Mexico. He has also held various engineering positions at British Petroleum, Standard Oil of Ohio (Sohio), and ExxonMobil. He was a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Norwegian Navy and Professor of Industrial Mathematics at the University of Oslo as well as a Lecturer at Stanford University in California.

He has served on the Society of Petroleum Engineer's Board of Directors for three years. He also has been an SPE Distinguished Lecturer and Distinguished Author in JPT. He has authored numerous technical papers and articles. Haldorsen earned an MS in Petroleum Engineering from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim and a PhD in Reservoir Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He served on the Offshore Technology Conference Board of Directors for 5 years and currently serves on the €˜OTC d5: The Next Big Thing €™ event Board of Directors and on the External Advisory Board for the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Haldorsen is the 2015 President of The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) with 124,000 members in 135 countries and he writes his Presidential Columns each month in the Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT)

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Jud Jacobs

Senior Director, Oil & Gas Technology, IHS

Judson Jacobs is a Senior Director with IHS Energy’s Upstream practice. In this role he studies the strategic implications and tactical applications of oilfield and digital technologies across the oil & gas value chain. Recent research includes the Globalization of Innovation, the changing dynamics of upstream technology development, and the growing role of digital technology in field development and asset operations. Prior to joining IHS, Mr. Jacobs worked as a management consultant with the Mitchell Madison Group and held senior engineering positions with Schlumberger and Anadarko Petroleum Corporation.

Mr. Jacobs holds a BSE from Princeton University and an MS in Geology from Stanford University.

Tom Jensen

Executive VP and Head of Corporate Development at Joule Unlimited

Mr. Jensen provides leadership in the areas of investment, business development, strategy, communication and commercialization. He has an 18-year track record of success in corporate and business development across multiple sectors, including oil exploration and production (E&P), upstream bauxite, alumina, aluminum and energy development and production, as well as biological high performing agricultural solutions. Prior to Joule, Mr. Jensen served as the CEO of Agrinos, a biological crop input provider based on microbial products and fermentation for improving the productivity and sustainability of modern agriculture. He has previously held senior management positions in finance, strategy and business development at Norsk Hydro, today one of the world’s largest aluminum companies. Mr. Jensen holds a MSc degree in Finance and Macroeconomics from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration.

Jan Erik Johansson

Principal Consultant TCS

Mr. Johansson has 35 years of Oil & Gas Upstream experience encompassing field operations, operations management withregional responsibility, software development, startup-operations, marketing and consulting. Mr. Johansson has extensive experience in the areas of wireline operations, seismic processing and interpretation operations and software development, information management, IT operations and marketing. Mr. Johansson has performed assignments for national oil companies, major oil companies, and regional oil companies throughout the world and include Asia (China, Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore, Philippines, Taiwan and Malaysia), Europe and CIS (Norway, Russia, Germany and UK), USA, Canada and Latin America (Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia Brazil and Peru).

Shayle Kann

SVP of Research, Greentech Media

Shayle Kann directs GTM Research, the market analysis, advisory and consulting division of Greentech Media. GTM Research analyzes and forecasts the dynamics impacting the future of electricity with emphasis on solar power, grid modernization, and utility business evolution. Shayle manages the full research program and analyst team with responsibility for strategy, business development, and product development. An expert on solar markets, 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, and spoken at Harvard, Yale, MIT and Columbia. Prior to joining GTM, Shayle was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Australia, studying the impacts of the global financial crisis on wind project finance.

David Kathan

Senior Economist, FERC

Dr. Kathan is an expert on retail and wholesale electric regulation and policy, with a particular focus on demand response. He has been the lead analyst and team leader on FERC's annual demand response and advanced metering reports, and is currently leading FERC's National Action Plan on Demand Response.

At FERC, Dr. Kathan works on market design issues, including demand response, scarcity pricing, and resource adequacy. Prior to joining FERC, Dr. Kathan consulted on economic, environmental and quantitative issues related to the electric power industry, with a focus on demand side issues and electric system modeling.

Specialties:Regulatory economics, cost-effectiveness, economic analysis, electric system modeling, wholesale market design, retail access, demand response, renewable energy, advanced meter infrastructure, smart grid

Christopher Knittel

William Barton Rogers Professor of Energy Economics in the Sloan School of Management and the Director of the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research

Christopher Knittel joined the faculty at MIT in 2011, having taught previously at UC Davis and Boston University. He received his B.A. in economics and political science from the California State University, Stanislaus in 1994 (summa cum laude), an M.A. in economics from UC Davis in 1996, and a Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley in 1999. His research focuses on environmental economics, industrial organization, and applied econometrics. 

Marc Laitin

VP of Product Management, Opower

Former teacher turned techie, Marc Laitin is the Vice President of Product Management at Opower in Arlington, VA, responsible for all International product development. Previously he held the position of Senior Director of Consumer Marketing where he led aggressive market tests to enhance the effectiveness of Opower programs. Prior to joining Opower, Marc worked for the AFL-CIO running their online mobilization campaigns. In 2005, Marc co-founded Wired for Change, a political technology and consulting firm which served more than 85 clients, including the Center for American Progress, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Economic Policy Institute, the Democracy Alliance, MoveOn.org, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. From 1997-2004, Marc was a teacher and covered everything from mathematics to history to politics. Marc currently lives in Washington D.C. with his wife Lauren, and their two daughters, Ida and Louise.

Richard Lester

Head of Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering Department at MIT

Richard Lester is Japan Steel Industry Professor and Head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT, where he is also the faculty chair and founding director of the Industrial Performance Center. His research focuses on local, national, and international systems of innovation, with an emphasis on the energy and manufacturing sectors. He is also active in research and teaching on nuclear technology management, innovation, and control. Professor Lester obtained his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Imperial College (London) and a doctorate in nuclear engineering from MIT. He has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1979. He serves as an advisor to corporations, governments, foundations and non-profit groups, and speaks frequently to academic, business and general audiences throughout the world.

Greg Lindsay

Moderator, journalist, urbanist, occasional futurist, and speaker

Greg Lindsay is a journalist, urbanist, occasional futurist, and speaker. He is a contributing writer for Fast Company, author of the forthcoming book Engineering Serendipity, and co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We'€™ll Live Next. He is also a senior fellow of the World Policy Institute where he is director of the Emergent Cities Project, a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, and a research affiliate of the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI).

His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, The Financial Times, McKinsey Quarterly, Inc., The Atlantic, Quartz, The Economist Group, and The World Economic Forum. He was previously a contributing writer for Fortune and an editor-at-large for Advertising Age. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Young Leader of the World Cities Summit. His work with Studio Gang Architects on the future of suburbia was displayed at MoMA in 2012. He has advised Intel, Audi, Ericsson, Samsung, Cisco, André Balazs Properties, and Chrysler. Greg is a two-time Jeopardy! champion (and the only human to go undefeated against IBM'€™s Watson).

Dhiraj Malkani

Partner, Rockport Capital

Dhiraj is a Partner at RockPort Capital. Trained as a mechanical engineer, Dhiraj Malkani has always been drawn to the importance of things—the real, the physical. But after interacting with tangibles for seven years in product development, the realm of the digital beckoned. He got the startup bug and joined Boston University’s Photonics Incubator, where he helped faculty members build startups. But he still felt the pull of things—call it gravity. At Rockport Capital, Dhiraj has found the perfect balance, helping companies bring the physical into the digital domain. Six years ago, Dhiraj pioneered a thesis predicting that the low cost of mobile technology and hardware would soon bring physical assets into the digital world and launched an investment focus around companies transforming transportation, energy, sustainability and natural resources using digital tools, data analytics, IOT, mobile platforms and the cloud. Dhiraj is also very interested in Education and technologies that help bridge the learning gap. Dhiraj’s investment and board experience spans early, mid and late stage portfolio companies. He has been an early business partner to and worked shoulder to shoulder with the founders of: Accend, Enovix, FirstFuel, Gazelle, Gridco and Honest Buildings, and serves on their boards. Dhiraj is a tinkerer, dreamer, avid technology adopter, entrepreneurship evangelist, geek at heart. He wakes up each day excited to locate and nurture companies that will solve some of the most crucial problems facing the world.

Harvey Michaels

Faculty, MIT Sloan School of Management

Harvey Michaels teaches energy efficiency with focus on strategy innovation, and directs the MIT Energy Efficiency Strategy Project, which conducts business/policy studies of utility, community, and smart grid-enabled efficiency deployment models. He a Lecturer in the MIT Sloan School of Management, and is affiliated with the Center for Collective Intelligence, the Sloan Sustainability Initiative, MIT Energy Initiative, and the Campus Energy Task Force. Harvey also serves as an advisor to Massachusetts utilities on community energy programs, and has advisory roles in Boston and Cambridge efficiency programs, and is a Board member of Conservation Services Group. From 1997 to 2007, Harvey led Nexus Energy Software (now Aclara Software) which builds utility efficiency and customer service Web sites, as well as Meter Data Management systems. Before founding Nexus, Harvey was president of XENERGY (now part of DNV/KEMA Consulting and Con Edison Solutions), which specialized in efficiency resource studies and analysis systems. Harvey was a founding member of the New England Clean Energy Council, Northeast Energy Efficiency Council (former Vice President), and Association of Energy Services Professionals.  

Govind Mohan

Minister (Economic) at the Indian Embassy in DC

Govind Mohan is a member of India's higher Executive Service, namely, the Indian Administrative Service, with more than 24 years of experience at the middle and senior levels of policy making in State Governments and Union Government of India. He has worked in the Ministry of Finance on issues like India's infrastructure development, Public Private Partnerships and Foreign Direct Investment and relationship with Multilateral Banks like Asian Development Bank and World Bank. Currently, he is Minister (Economic) at the Embassy of India, Washington DC. Govind Mohan holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi, and a diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.

Francisco Monaldi

Francisco J. Monaldi, is Visiting Professor of Energy Policy and Roy Family Senior Research Fellow of the Environment and Natural Resources Program and the Geopolitics of Energy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He is also Non-Resident Fellow at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston; Research and Faculty Associate at the School of Government at the Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico; and Full Professor (on leave) at the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administracion (IESA) in Caracas, Venezuela, where he is the Founder and Director of IESA's Center on Energy and the Environment.

Tom Moroney

VP for Deepwater from Shell

Dan Murphy

Senior Energy Specialist, World Bank

Danny Roderick

President and Chief Executive Officer, Westinghouse

Danny Roderick joined Westinghouse Electric Company as president and chief executive officer on Sept. 26, 2012. He joined Westinghouse with more than 30 years of proven performance within the nuclear industry. Before his Westinghouse appointment, Mr. Roderick was senior vice president, Nuclear Plant Projects, with GE-Hitachi (GEH) Nuclear Energy, where he managed all facets of new and existing nuclear plant projects. Prior to that, Mr. Roderick held progressively responsible leadership positions at GEH within engineering and project management, outage and work controls, and operations. Mr. Roderick also was site operations director and plant general manager at Progress Energy’s Crystal River Nuclear Plant. As the company’s vice president of Nuclear Projects and Construction, he also managed a multibillion-dollar new-nuclear expansion program. Before joining Progress Energy, Mr. Roderick spent 13 years with Entergy’s Nuclear Division working in plant operations and engineering. Also, he spent three years as a startup and field engineer with Johnson Controls and Howard S. Wright Contractors at the Perry Nuclear and Columbia Generating Stations. Mr. Roderick has a bachelor’s degree from Lake Erie College and a master’s degree in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas.

Donald Sadoway

John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry, MIT

Donald R. Sadoway is the John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He obtained the B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science, the M.A.Sc. in Chemical Metallurgy, and the Ph.D. in Chemical Metallurgy, all from the University of Toronto. The author of over 150 scientific papers and holder of 19 U.S. patents, his research is directed towards the development of rechargeable batteries for grid-level storage and environmentally sound technologies for the extraction of metals. He is the founder of two companies, Ambri and Boston Electrometallurgical. Viewed over 1,500,000 times, his TED talk from February 29, 2012 is a narrative about inventing inventors as much as it about inventing technology. In 2012 he was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Christian Schattenmann

COO/CFO, Bamboo Finance

Christian manages the Bamboo Energy Fund – Solar for All. Christian started working with Bamboo Finance in 2007 as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer heading the administrative, financial and operational management of the company. Prior to joining Bamboo Finance, Christian was Investment Associate at the Venture Capital Group Pari Capital and then Finance Director at PACT, a Germany/US based Semiconductor Company and one of Pari’s portfolio companies. Previously Christian has also worked for an international law firm with assignments in Munich, London and Buenos Aires and worked for a non-profit organization in Panama.

Christian holds an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid, a Master of International Law degree from Université Panthéon-Assas in Paris and is a fully qualified lawyer in Germany.

Paul Sheng

Paul is a director in McKinsey’s Hong Kong office and leads our Oil & Gas Practice globally and the Asian Energy and Materials Practice. His client work spans corporate governance, growth strategy, capital productivity, operations and supply chain, business-unit strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and functional excellence.In his 15 years with McKinsey, Paul’s clients have included a major oil company, regional oil companies in Latin America, the Middle East, China, and Africa, regional exploration and production independents, private-equity firms, and oilfield services providers. Examples of Paul’s client projects include the restructuring of exploration and production for a major oil company, the development of a planning and performance-management system for an independent oil company, and the building of merger and acquisition and post-merger capabilities at a Middle Eastern energy company. He has also supported an African national oil company through a long-term transformation and advised on the diagnostics and design of a capital management system for a Chinese national oil company. Paul has also led our work on commercial due diligence, market assessment, and post-acquisition improvement for several private-equity acquisitions in oilfield services. Within McKinsey, Paul has led knowledge-development initiatives on managing mature assets, the workforce of the future, the oilfield services sector, and strategic benchmarking. Before joining McKinsey, Paul was a professor at the University of California at Berkeley.

Thomas M. Siebel

Chairman and CEO, C3 Energy

As the founder, chairman, and CEO of Siebel Systems€ — one of the world'€™s fastest-growing software companies — Mr. Siebel built the foundation of the CRM market. Founded in 1993, Siebel Systems rapidly became a leader in application software with more than 8,000 employees in 32 countries, over 4,500 corporate customers, and annual revenue in excess of $2 billion before it merged with Oracle Corporation in January 2006. Now as chairman and CEO of C3 Energy, Siebel leads an accomplished team of machine learning, computer science, power system, and engineering experts to tackle one of the toughest technology challenges €”to apply the sciences of big data and machine learning to today's energy industry to unlock significant value across the power grid.

Mr. Siebel serves on the board of advisors for the Stanford University College of Engineering, the University of Illinois College of Engineering, and the University of California at Berkeley College of Engineering. He is a director of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and is the chairman of the board of the American Agora Foundation. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Science in 2013. Mr. Siebel is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received a B.A. in history, an M.B.A., and an M.S. in computer science.

Dirk Smit

Vice President of Exploration Technology R&D, and Shell Chief Scientist for Geophysics

Dirk graduated from Utrecht University in 1989 with a PhD in Mathematical Physics, String Theory. He went on to complete an academic post-doctorate at Berkeley and was awarded a post-doctorate at Harvard University. He joined Shell’s Geophysics R&D department in the Netherlands in 1992. Since then he has held numerous positions, including Chief Geophysicist for Shell UK and Technology Manager for Hydrocarbon Exploration. Dirk holds several positions outside Shell: a visiting faculty position at the Earth Science departmet at MIT in Cambridge, as well as a visiting professorship in Geoscience at the Chinese University of Petroleum in Beijing. He serves on numerous university advisory boards in The Netherlands, China and US. Dirk served as a member of the National Research Council on Solid Earth Observations in the US and is currently a member of the National Dutch Science Board for Basic Science Research in the Netherlands. In his spare time, Dirk is an amateur astronomer and, together with his son, enjoys searching the deep skies through an 11 inch SCT (telescope) during long, Dutch, winter nights.

Graham Smith

VP of Business Development, Off-Grid Electric

Graham Smith is part of the executive team at Off Grid Electric. His work focuses on financing, partnerships, government relations, and developing new markets. Graham previously held positions in consulting and finance, working across the private, public and social sectors. Additionally he spent several years with the Clinton Foundation, strengthening healthcare systems and developing financing approaches to increase access to medicines for over 70 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Graham studied at Stanford University, Oxford University and Queen_s University (Canada). Hwas a Skoll Fellow at Oxford and was named an Ideas Scholar by Atlantic Magazine and the Aspen Institute.

Rich Sorkin

Emerging Technology Companies

Rich Sorkin is a Silicon Valley based serial entrepreneur and executive, with several exits over $300M and a track record of scaling revenue from $0-20M and $100-$800M. For over 20 years, he has led breakthrough companies commercializing transformative technologies, most recently in Big Data predictive analytics with a focus on energy, politics and financial services. He currently advises the campaign for President and several startups. Previously, as President of Kaggle, he ran all business functions, with a focus on Oil & Gas E&P. As CEO, he led Zip2, an Internet 1.0 company, to a $307 million acquisition after only three years. He ran the Sound Blaster business at Creative Labs growing businesses he led from under $100M to close to $1 billion in revenues, also in 3 years. BA Yale, MBA Stanford.

Sharon Squassoni

Director and Senior Fellow, Proliferation Prevention Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Sharon Squassoni has directed the Proliferation Prevention Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) since 2010. She joined the Center from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she was a senior associate in the Nuclear Nonproliferation Program. From 2002 to 2007, Ms. Squassoni advised Congress as a senior specialist in weapons of mass destruction at the Congressional Research Service (CRS), Library of Congress. Before joining CRS, she worked briefly as a reporter in the Washington bureau of Newsweek magazine. Ms. Squassoni also served in the executive branch of government from 1992 to 2001, including in the Nonproliferation Bureau and the Political-Military Bureau at the Department of State and in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. She is the recipient of various service awards, has published widely, and is a frequent commentator for U.S. and international media outlets. Ms. Squassoni received her B.A. in political science from the State University of New York at Albany, a master’s in public management from the University of Maryland, and a master’s in national security strategy from the National War College.

Rob Stoner

Co-Director, MIT Tata Center for Technology & Design

Robert J. Stoner is an inventor and technology entrepreneur who has worked extensively in academia and industry throughout his career, having built and managed successful technology firms in the semiconductor, IT and optics industries. From 2007 through 2009 he lived and worked in Africa and India while serving in a variety of senior roles within the Clinton Foundation. Stoner also serves as co-Director of the Tata Center for Technology and Design at MIT, and is a member of the Science and Technology Committee of the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, which manages the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. His current research relates to energy technology and policy for developing countries. He earned his Bachelor_s degree in engineering physics from Queen_s University, and his Ph.D. from Brown University in condensed matter physics.

Anish Thakkar (tentative)

CEP, Greenlight Planet

Robert Thomas

Chief of Energy and Environment/Deputy Energy Coordinator for the City of Newark, NJ

Robert Thomas is the Chief of Energy and Environment, Deputy Energy Coordinator and Energy Emergency Assurance Coordinator for the City of Newark. In these roles, Robert is primarily focused on the development and implementation of the City'€™s energy program that seeks to save tax payer dollars through increased energy efficiency and conservation, improved resiliency of energy infrastructure systems within the City's control and strengthening the relationship between public and private stakeholders on matters of energy security and energy reliability. As the City's Energy Emergency Assurance Coordinator, Robert serves as a point of contact for the U.S. Department of Energy and industry to assist in leading a coordinated regional response effort when faced with energy emergencies or natural disaster situations.

In collaboration with the Department of Engineering, Robert is currently managing a project, utilizing the Energy Savings Performance Contracting model, to develop and implement a comprehensive Energy Savings Plan for 17 of Newark’s most energy intensive municipal buildings. The goal of this undertaking is to come up with cost effective and creative solutions to reduce Newark’s municipal energy consumption by 20 percent over the next five years and create energy efficiency and retrofit job opportunities for residents. Prior to joining the Economic and Housing Development Department and the Department of Administration, Robert was a student at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

He holds a Bachelor'€™s Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

William A. Von Hoene, Jr.

Chief Strategy Officer, Exelon Corp

William A. Von Hoene, Jr., 60, oversees corporate development, corporate strategy, legal, regulatory, government affairs, investments and communications for Exelon, the nation’s number one competitive energy provider.  He previously served as executive vice president, Finance and Legal, of Exelon. Von Hoene joined Exelon in February, 2002 and has held numerous positions before assuming his current responsibilities in February 2012.  He serves on Exelon’s Executive Committee and is a member of the Boards of Directors of Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited, the Alliance to Save Energy, and the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.  He also serves on the Board of Advisors of Flying Food Group and is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, a joint venture between Exelon and EDF which owns five nuclear units.

Ed Wolbert

President of Transco Products Inc

Ed Wolbert is the president of Transco Products Inc., a leading U.S. medium-sized manufacturer and contractor dedicated to nuclear power. Mr. Wolbert has been in the nuclear power industry for over 30 years, has been with Transco for the last 29 years. Mr. Wolbert oversees the daily strategic direction and tactical operations of the company, including direct guidance of its foreign activities. Mr. Wolbert serves on the governing board of the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center, the Illinois affiliate of the Department of Commerce NIST/MEP Program, and also serves on the NIST/MEP National Board of Advisors. Mr. Wolbert continues to serve on the Department of Commerce’s Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee (CINTAC), after previously been both the committee’s vice-chairman and chairman, and has been a vocal advocate and champion for small/ medium size enterprises in the nuclear power market.

Johanna Wolfson

TechBridge Program Manager Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE)

Dr. Johanna Wolfson leads the TechBridge program at the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems in Boston, working with early-stage energy startups to bring technologies toward industry adoption. The TechBridge program de-risks startups' technologies for potential investors and strategic partners by providing prototyping, demonstration, and third-party validation services from Fraunhofer’s world-renowned applied R&D labs. Johanna sets strategic direction for the program, heads its business development efforts, oversees execution of technical projects, and advises broadly on commercialization models for early-stage technologies.

Prior to joining Fraunhofer, Johanna obtained her PhD from MIT in Physical Chemistry, conducting research on photo-induced material dynamics far from equilibrium. Also while at MIT, she turned the MIT Science Policy Initiative into an Institute-wide force for engaging scientists and engineers in policy and strategic innovation. Johanna’s wide-ranging experience interfacing with the energy, innovation, and policy communities includes participating in the U.S. delegation to UNESCO, advocating for innovation policies on Capitol Hill, and creating MIT’s Science & Technology Certificate program for PhD scientists and engineers.

Ray Wood

Managing Director, BAML

22 years in investment banking, 20 dedicated to the power sector. I have advised clients on a range of mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, leveraged finance and equity/equity-linked offerings as well as project finance, privatizations and structured products (commodities, tax and derivatives). The industry group has particular expertise in utilities, independent power and alternative energy including wind, solar, bio-fuels, hydro, geothermal, smart grid, transportation and energy storage. Our client base includes utilities, independent power companies, private equity and hedge funds as well as a range of corporations/partnerships from pre-IPO growth to large cap multinationals.

William Zarakas

Principal, Brattle Group

Mr. Zarakas is an economist and an expert in economic, financial, strategic, and regulatory analyses as applied to the utility, telecommunications, and media industries. Mr. Zarakas has extensive experience in analyzing the economics and regulation of utility infrastructure and the evolving factors that are affecting utility business models, including the impacts of fuel switching and distributed generation resources. He has worked on a wide range of projects concerning cost-benefit analyses relating to utility investments in distribution systems, including investments in smart grid, asset hardening, and enhancements to system resiliency. Mr. Zarakas also works on matters pertaining to the valuations of utility assets and businesses and the comparative analyses of utility operational and financial performances. He has examined the impacts of investment levels, operational performance, operating cost levels, and rates on utility equity prices and on customer satisfaction.

Mr. Zarakas has worked extensively on issues pertaining to telecommunications infrastructure and costs. He has led and directed projects involving spectrum valuation, investment feasibility, demand and market forecasting, and regulation of incumbents, among other areas, in the U.S., Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

Mr. Zarakas has provided testimony and expert reports used in courts of law, arbitration panels, and in regulatory proceedings, and has led special investigations on behalf of corporate boards of directors and audits of management practices and operational and financial performance on behalf of regulatory commissions.

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