C3E Ambassadors

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  1. Martha Broad, MIT Energy Initiative

    Executive Director

    Ms. Martha Broad is the Executive Director of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), which addresses global energy challenges through member-sponsored research, education, and outreach programs. As part of the MITEI leadership team, she is helping to link science, innovation, and policy to transform the world’s energy systems.

    With more than 20 years of experience in organizational management in the energy and sustainability fields, Broad has worked extensively with business, government, and nonprofit stakeholders to forge successful public-private partnerships. She works closely with MIT member companies who together have pledged over $30 million annually for MIT research on a spectrum of topics, including energy storage, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies.

    Prior to MITEI, Broad was the Director of Knowledge Development at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the first state agency to focus primarily on clean energy economic development. During her nine-year tenure, she managed a number of award-winning programs related to green electricity, wind development, and the commercialization of clean energy technologies.

    Broad began her career as a Capitol Hill lobbyist for the Natural Resources Defense Council, earned an MBA from the Yale School of Management, and subsequently launched and managed two successful green companies: a unique for-profit green auto insurance agency owned by the Conservation Law Foundation, and the Rainforest Crunch (candy) Company, a Ben and Jerry’s spin-off that sourced sustainably harvested Amazon rainforest ingredients and donated profits to rainforest preservation.

  2. Marilyn Brown, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Professor, School of Public Policy


    Dr. Marilyn Brown is an endowed professor of energy policy in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), where she directs the Climate and Energy Policy Lab. She is a national leader in the analysis and interpretation of scenarios for a sustainable energy future.

    Before joining Georgia Tech in 2006, Brown managed the Efficiency, Renewables, and Electric Grid Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In 2010 she joined the board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation’s largest public power provider, following President Obama’s nomination. Brown has written four textbooks on climate and energy issues and has authored more than 250 publications. Among her honors and awards, she is a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, for contributing to the report on Mitigation of Climate Change. She currently serves on the National Academies Committee on Pathways to Urban Sustainability and on the U.S. Department of Energy Electricity Advisory Committee. She co-founded the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance.

    Brown earned a PhD in Geography from Ohio State University, an MRP in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts, and a BA in Political Science from Rutgers University.

  3. Kateri Callahan, Alliance to Save Energy


    Ms. Kateri Callahan brings three decades of experience in policy advocacy, fundraising, coalition building, and organizational management to her position as the president of the Alliance to Save Energy. The Alliance was established in 1977 as a premier, bipartisan non-government organization that works to advance energy efficiency for a healthier economy, cleaner environment, and greater energy security.

    Callahan was elected as president of the Alliance in January 2004, and she leads a staff of nearly 40 and oversees a budget of approximately $8 million annually. Under her leadership, the Alliance conducts policy, communications, research, education, and market transformation initiatives. Callahan is also a board or advisory member at a number of organizations, including the Institute for Electricity Innovation; Duke’s Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment; the Business Council for Sustainable Energy; and the University of California–Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy.

  4. Amy Chiang, Honeywell

    Vice President, Energy and the Environment, Global Government Relations

    Ms. Amy Chiang oversees energy and environment efforts for Honeywell’s Global Government Relations Team. She has held a range of public- and private-sector roles over the past two decades with a substantial focus on clean technologies and China.

    Chiang was appointed by President George W. Bush to the U.S. Department of Energy as the Director of International Affairs for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). She led energy efficiency and renewable energy international activities for EERE, facilitated development of global partnerships, and led public and private partnership outreach.

    Chiang was the Co-founder and Managing Partner of China Capital Ventures, LLC, an advisory firm focused on energy and infrastructure investments in China. Before that, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Congressman Sherwood Boehlert, Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Science.

    Chiang’s background includes working on Wall Street as a foreign exchange derivatives trader and as a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton. In addition, she led a water technology-focused transfer mission to China for the United Nations Development Programme. Chiang has also held several research positions focusing on biomedical and materials science engineering. She was selected as a key member of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s China Small and Medium Enterprises Financing and Cooperation Working Group and was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Nurturing the Early-Stage Investment Climate in China team.

    Chiang holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an International MBA with concentrations in Finance and International Relations from the University of Chicago.

  5. Karen Conover, DNV GL

    Vice President and Senior Technical Advisor

    Ms. Karen Conover is a Vice President and Senior Technical Advisor of DNV GL, a global risk management company with renewable energy advisory and certification offices in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. She founded and served as CEO of Global Energy Concepts, a leading consulting company that specialized in the analysis, design, evaluation, testing, and management of wind energy systems and projects, prior to its acquisition by DNV in 2008.

    Conover has been working in the wind industry for more than 25 years and has been a member of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) board of directors since 1997. She is a Past President of the AWEA board of directors, has served as Chair of WINDPOWER, and is the current Chair of the Membership and Awards Committees. In 2010, Conover was recognized as the Industry Woman of the Year by Women of Wind Energy, and in 2012 she received the Britt Theismann Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Wind Industry. She is also one of the inaugural ambassadors for the U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment program and on the board of Women of Wind Energy.

    Conover holds an MS in Energy Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona and a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Material Science from Duke University. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and two daughters.

  6. Karina Edmonds, California Institute of Technology

    Executive Director for Institute Corporate Relations

    Dr. Karina Edmonds is a nationally recognized expert in the field of innovation, technology transfer, and commercialization. She has over fifteen years of experience working with the private sector, universities, and national laboratories across the country in the innovation space. Edmonds currently serves as the Executive Director for Corporate Partnerships at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). As Executive Director, she is responsible for implementing and managing an integrated strategy that transcends the Office of the Vice Provost of Research and attendant research portfolio supporting Caltech’s long-range strategies and interests involving the private sector and major federal government funding agencies.

    In April 2010, Edmonds was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Energy as the first full-time Technology Transfer Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Energy. In that role, Edmonds was responsible for working with the Department’s national laboratories to accelerate the process of moving discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace. She has also held positions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and TRW, Inc. (now Northrop Grumman). Edmonds also co-authored two patent applications in the area of noise reduction for the automotive environment.

    Edmonds has been a long-standing advocate for the promotion of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers, especially for underrepresented students. She is a product of a STEM program herself, and continues to serve as a role model and mentor to students across the country. She has been invited to be the keynote speaker, panelist, and awardee at innovation and STEM events across the country and has received numerous recognitions and national awards. She has served as a member of the White House Speaker Bureau that promotes STEM careers to women and girls. Her advocacy for STEM extends several decades, including serving as a founding member and volunteer for Science is Fun Inc. (SIFI) while still an undergraduate at the University of Rhode Island. She currently serves on the boards of the URI Foundation, ConnectEd California, and the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at UCLA.

    She received a BS in mechanical engineering from URI, where she was inducted into its Engineering Hall of Fame in 2011 and was named a Distinguished Alumna in 2013. She holds a MS and PhD in aeronautics with a minor in material science from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

  7. Christine Eibs Singer, United Nations

    Senior Advisor, Sustainable Energy for All Initiative


    Ms. Christine Eibs Singer is a Senior Advisor to the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, focusing on the development of financing innovations to accelerate energy access.

    Singer is the Co-founder and former Chief Executive Officer of E+Co, a pioneer in the impact investment sector. She led E+Co’s growth from a start-up in 1994, enabling E+Co to empower more than 190 local, small, and growing enterprises that supply clean and affordable energy to 8 million people in developing countries. Singer spearheaded collaborations with multilateral organizations and negotiated alliances with major corporations, with the goal of creating a foundation for enterprises that increase clean energy access in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

    Singer was a member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All, integrating ground-level lessons into the energy access action agenda. She was also a founding member of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs. Singer is a frequent speaker on energy access, public-private partnerships, and financial innovation, with engagements including the Clinton Global Initiative, Skoll World Forum, World Future Energy Summit, and UN Sustainable Energy for All Forum. She is a member of the board of SELCO India, the board of the Dalberg Trust, and the Investment Committee of the Deutsche Bank Essential Capital Consortium. She also chaired the investment panel for the GSMA M4D Utilities programme. Singer is also an advisor to The Ground_Up Project and a Trustee of Park United Methodist Church.

    Singer spent 10 years at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, concentrating on the development of public-private partnerships. She is an honors graduate of Douglass College and the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University. In 2007 Singer received the Woman of Inspiration Award from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and in 2011 she was awarded the Keystone Leadership Award for the Environment. In 2011 she received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from New Jersey City University.

  8. Christine Ervin, Christine Ervin/Company


    Ms. Christine Ervin has led innovative collaborations to accelerate green markets for more than 25 years. As first President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC), she led its evolution from a start-up organization to a highly influential coalition of industry leaders transforming the way buildings are designed, built, and operated in the United States and abroad. Over Ervin’s tenure, the Council launched and cemented acclaim for the LEED standard and Greenbuild conference and expo. Ervin received USGBC’s leadership award in 2004 and 2014. As Assistant Secretary of Energy for President Clinton, she directed $1 billion in annual investments for clean technologies and oversaw dozens of programs comprising the President’s Climate Change Action Program. Initiatives ranged from partnerships to leverage private-sector investments and high performance buildings to streamlining appliance standards, the ENERGY STAR partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Million Solar Roofs. Previously, Ervin directed the Oregon Department of Energy and conducted research at the Conservation Foundation.

    Ervin serves on fiduciary and advisory boards for venture capital firms; start-up companies; national advocacy efforts; and environmental standards programs including the Green Electronics Council, which certifies green electronic products in 40 countries, and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, which develops corporate sustainability indicators relevant for investors.

  9. Amy Francetic, Clean Energy Trust

    Chief Executive Officer

    Ms. Amy Francetic is a high technology executive and entrepreneur with over 20 years of management experience spanning start-up companies, private equity, research, and Fortune 500 corporations. She currently serves as the CEO of Clean Energy Trust, a nonprofit organization in Chicago whose mission is to accelerate the development of clean energy technologies and businesses in the greater Midwest. She helped found Clean Energy Trust with Nicholas Pritzker and Michael Polsky. Prior to Clean Energy Trust, Francetic ran Invention Bridge, a company that commercialized Midwest-based research and development across a variety of sectors: cleantech, information technology, and biotech. Before that, Francetic worked as an investment professional for MVC Capital, a publicly traded private equity firm, in its Chicago office. At MVC she sourced, executed, and managed investments for the firm with a focus on the IT and cleantech sectors. She also commercialized research and development as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence for Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, California, and produced the prestigious DEMOmobile wireless product launch event for IDG Publishing with high-tech industry expert Chris Shipley.

    Francetic served on the board of directors of Glu Mobile, a wireless games publisher, whose founder she advised during fundraising. Earlier in her career, she was co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Zowie Intertainment, a high-tech toy company funded by Vulcan Ventures that spun out of Interval Research. She sold Zowie to Lego Systems, the Danish toymaker, in 2000. Zowie employed radio frequency sensing tags, a custom application-specific integrated circuit, and software to enable a natural interface for the PC for children. Francetic began her career producing software for Electronic Arts and Hasbro Interactive. Francetic was recognized as one of the “Top 100 Young Innovators in Technology” by MIT’s Technology Review in 1999 for her work in the fields of videogames and high-tech toys.

    She serves as an Emerging Leader for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and serves on the Advisory Board of the WISER Institute at the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Energy Advisory Board for the NUVenture course at Northwestern University, and the Advisory Board for the Museum of Science and Industry.  She also led the Energy and Environment transition committees for both Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Bruce Rauner. Francetic was recognized as a Woman to Watch by Crain’s in 2011 and was named Prominent Woman in Tech at the 2013 ITA CityLIGHTS awards. She also received a Chicago Magazine Green Award in 2013, and in 2014 she was honored as the Chicago Executives Club Corporate Citizen of the Year. Recently, she has also become a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneur.

    Francetic holds a BA in Psychology and Political Science from Stanford University.

  10. Lisa Frantzis, Advanced Energy Economy

    Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development

    Ms. Lisa Frantzis is a Senior Vice President for the Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a national association of business leaders who are making the global energy system more secure, clean, and affordable. At AEE, she leads the 21st Century Electricity System initiative, which convenes advanced energy executives, utility leaders, and other high-level stakeholders to accelerate the growth of advanced energy within the power sector and define the roadmap for the utility of the future. She also participates in key regulatory proceedings where AEE develops joint positions with its members, provides analysis for justification of these positions, and assists in implementation plans.

    Frantzis has served as Managing Director in the Energy Practice at Navigant since 2002, responsible for the renewable and distributed energy business. Prior to Navigant, she consulted at Arthur D. Little for 23 years in energy efficiency and clean energy. Over her 35 years of consulting experience, Frantzis has identified energy program options for international government agencies, determined renewable energy integration options for utility companies, developed business strategies for clean energy manufacturers, and conducted due diligence for financial firms considering clean energy investments.

    Frantzis is on the board of directors of the New England Clean Energy Council, which is a partner organization of AEE. She previously served on the board of directors of the Solar Electric Power Association, Solar Energy Business Association of New England, and the board of directors of the American Council on Renewable Energy for four years.

  11. Deb Frodl, General Electric

    Global Executive Director, Ecomagination

    Ms. Deb Frodl is Global Executive Director, ecomagination for GE. She leads GE’s business strategy and commitment to accelerate technology development that increases customer productivity and acts as a driver for cleaner energy solutions. Frodl is also the Global Executive Director of corporate marketing.

    A 25-year GE veteran, Frodl began her career with GE Capital Fleet Services and held various positions in marketing and services. In 1991, she joined GE Capital Public Finance in a sales role and then became the Vice President, National Sales Manager for the Municipal Market. In 1999, Frodl accepted the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of Public Finance. She increased her responsibilities by accepting the role of President and Chief Executive Officer for Dealer Financial Services. In 2004, Frodl was named the Chief Marketing Officer for Commercial Equipment Finance, where she led a global marketing team. She rejoined GE Capital Fleet Services in 2005 as Chief Commercial Officer. In 2010, Frodl was named the Chief Strategy Officer for GE Capital Fleet Services and Global Alternative Fuels Leader for GE. She was responsible for the commercial organization, including strategy, marketing, commercial excellence, telematics, and a team member of ecomagination.

    Frodl is the Executive Champion of the Minneapolis GE Women’s Network and a member of the Executive Steering Committee for GE Commercial Women. She is a board member of Electric Drive Transportation Association and Common Bond. In past years, Frodl served on the America Automotive Leasing Board. She was recognized as a Top 25 Industry Leader by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, Most Influential Women in Fleet Management by Automotive Fleet, and Sustainability All Star by Green Fleet. Frodl was also recognized by Connected World Magazine as a 2013 Top Women in M2M and by Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment as 2014 Woman of the Year.

  12. Bobi A. Garrett, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

    Deputy Laboratory Director for Strategic Programs and Partnerships

    Ms. Bobi Garrett has focused her career on advancing new technologies from concept to commercial application. In her current role as Deputy Laboratory Director, Strategic Programs and Partnerships at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, she serves as a member of the executive team that sets laboratory strategy, oversees mission execution and laboratory operations, and stewards core capabilities. Specific responsibilities include leading the functions that connect the laboratory to market impact, including partnering; technology transfer; and programs to catalyze the development of clean energy innovation ecosystems locally, nationally, and globally. Additionally, Garrett is responsible for strategic planning and program development, oversight of the laboratory’s energy analysis, and international programs as well as programs conducted for non-commercial organizations such as the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of State. She also oversees the laboratory’s public affairs and communications functions.

    Before joining NREL in 1998, Garrett held a variety of line management and program leadership positions at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, where she had the opportunity to lead research efforts in energy, environment, defense, and health care for both government and commercial customers. She also serves on the board of CO-LABS, the consortium of federally-funded research institutions in Colorado, and the Operational Technical Review Committee of Arizona Public Service.

    Garrett has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University and an MBA from the University of Washington.

  13. Dian M. Grueneich, Stanford University

    Senior Research Scholar, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and Shultz-Stephenson Energy Policy Task Force

    Ms. Dian Grueneich is a nationally and internationally recognized energy expert, with over 35 years’ experience. Her expertise covers energy efficiency, demand response, smart grid, renewable energy resources, transmission, and climate regulation.

    Grueneich served as a Commissioner on the California Public Utilities Commission from 2005 to 2010, developing the California Long-Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan and overseeing a 40% expansion of California’s energy efficiency funding, resulting in a three-year, $3.8 billion program, the largest efficiency program in the United States. She streamlined California’s transmission siting process and led the successful permitting of three major new transmission lines to carry renewable energy. Grueneich also initiated the California Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative, helped launch the Western Renewable Energy Zone Initiative, and served as the first Chair of the Western Governors’ Association’s Demand Side Management Committee for Western transmission planning. In May 2014 she began an appointment with Stanford University as a Senior Research Scholar with the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and the Shultz-Stephenson Energy Policy Task Force. Her current projects include research on the Next Level of Energy Efficiency and assisting in the development of Stanford’s Bits & Watts project.

    Grueneich’s professional recognitions include the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) 30th Anniversary Award for outstanding contribution in the field of energy efficiency, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Clean Energy Award, eeGlobal Forum’s first “Visionary Award” for energy leadership, and ACEEE’s National Champion of Energy Efficiency Award. She currently serves on the U.S. Department of Energy–U.S. Environmental Protection Agency State Energy Efficiency Action Plan Leadership Group, the Global Cool Cities Alliance, and advisory boards for the Cal Poly Institute for Advanced Technology & Public Policy and the Advanced Energy Economy. Grueneich also has served on the U.S. Department of Energy Electricity Advisory Committee. She is a graduate of Stanford University and holds a JD from Georgetown University.

  14. Katherine Hamilton, 38 North Solutions


    Ms. Katherine Hamilton is a principal at 38 North Solutions, a public policy firm focused on clean energy and innovation. She served as a federal and state policy advisor for a number of years for the Energy Storage Association, developing an expertise in that sector. She served as President of the GridWise Alliance, advocating for nearly $5 billion in funding for smart grid projects in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Prior to that role, Hamilton was a policy advisor for Good Energies, Inc., a private investment company with a portfolio in clean energy technologies of nearly $6 billion. She led the American Bioenergy Association, working with the states of Maryland and New Jersey to develop renewable portfolio standards.

    At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Hamilton led buildings research and then managed government relations in Washington, DC. She spent a decade at Virginia Power, designing overhead and underground electrical systems for commercial and residential developments. Hamilton studied electrical engineering at Northern Virginia Community College and holds degrees from Cornell University and the Sorbonne. She is also part of The Energy Gang podcast through Greentech Media, is assigned to the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Electricity, and is President of the Board of GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic.

  15. Colette Honorable, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

    Chairman, Arkansas Public Service Commission
    President, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

    After being appointed to the Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC) in October 2007 and designated its interim Chairman from January through August 2008, Ms. Colette D. Honorable was reappointed to a six-year term and designated Chairman of the Arkansas PSC in January 2011. She previously served as Executive Director of the Arkansas Workforce Investment Board. Honorable is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, and is a graduate of the University of Memphis. She obtained her JD from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.

    Before her appointments to the Arkansas PSC, Honorable served as Chief of Staff for Attorney General Mike Beebe. Her previous work experience includes serving as a staff attorney at the Center for Arkansas Legal Services, as a judicial law clerk at the Arkansas Court of Appeals, and as an assistant public defender. Honorable has practiced law for more than 18 years and is licensed to practice in the Arkansas state courts, in the U.S. District Courts of Arkansas, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She has also served as a special judge in Pulaski County Circuit Court and an adjunct instructor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.

    For the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), Honorable is President; serves on the Executive Committee; is Chairman of the board of directors; and is a member of the Committees on Gas, Consumer Affairs, and the Utility Market Access Subcommittee. She previously served as First Vice President, Second Vice President, and Treasurer. Honorable was the President of Mid-American Regulatory Commissioners during 2012 and 2013 and is a member of the Southeastern Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. She was appointed by the U.S. Department of Transportation to the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee and serves on NARUC’s Pipeline Safety Task Force. Honorable worked as national spokeswoman for the “Anybody Can Serve, So Let’s Conserve” energy efficiency and conservation campaign. She was appointed by the U.S. Department of Energy to serve on the National Petroleum Council. Honorable is also the Commission’s representative on the Entergy Regional State Committee and the Treasurer of the Organization of Midcontinent Independent System Operator States.

  16. Britt Ide, Ide Law and Strategy, PLLC



    Ms. Britt Ide is an interdisciplinary executive and board director chair with over 20 years as an engineering, business, and legal leader working with startups to Fortune 500 companies and their boards of directors. She is experienced with technology, regulated industries, energy, intellectual property, software, governance, social media, education, financing, and climate change.

    Ide is the outside Chair of the Board of Directors of PCS Edventures, a public company that sells experiential science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education tools in 13 countries. She is also the President of Ide Law & Strategy, PLLC, a firm that proactively resolves business disputes and consults on energy policy, strategy, and sustainability. Ide is on the Fulbright Roster of Specialists.

    Her nonprofit board service includes: Northwest Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors; Treasurer, Idaho Nonprofit Center; and the Responsible Business Initiative at Boise State University. She has worked on all sides of energy issues, including with associations (AGA, EPRI, and EEI), large industrial users (Boise Cascade), large commercial users (Albertsons), utilities (Idaho Power, LA Department of Water & Power, Pacificorp, and Columbia Gas), industry associations, and environmental non-government organizations.

    Ide holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering, an MS in Environmental Engineering and a JD and has outstanding strategic, communication, and consensus-building skills.

  17. Kristina Johnson, Enduring Hydro

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer


    Dr. Kristina Johnson served as undersecretary at the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., from May 2009 until October 2010. Prior to her appointment as undersecretary, Johnson was provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at the Johns Hopkins University (2007 to 2009), and dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University from 1999 until 2007. After a NATO post-doctoral fellowship at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, she joined the University of Colorado-Boulder’s faculty in 1985 as an assistant professor and was promoted to full professor in 1994. From 1994 to 1999, Johnson directed the National Science Foundation (NSF)/Engineering Research Center for Optoelectronics Computing Systems Center at the University of Colorado and Colorado State University.

    Johnson was named an NSF Presidential Young Investigator in 1985 and a Fulbright Faculty Scholar in 1991. Her other academic awards include the Dennis Gabor Prize for creativity and innovation in modern optics (1993) and the John Fritz Medal (2008), widely considered the highest award in the engineering profession. Johnson was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame in 2003, and she received the Society of Women Engineers Lifetime Achievement Award (2004), the ARCS Foundation Eagle Award for science and education (2009), the Woman of Vision Award for Leadership by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (2010), Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame (2014), and the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame (2015). Johnson has published 147 refereed papers and proceedings and holds 45 U.S. patents (118 U.S. and international patents), and has received honorary degrees from University of Alabama at Huntsville, Tufts University, and Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

    She was recognized for her work in technology transfer and entrepreneurship by the states of Colorado and North Carolina (1997, 2001), and she received the 2010 Milton Steward Award from the Small Business Technology Council. Johnson is a fellow of the Optical Society of America; International Electronics and Electrical Engineering; SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering (former board member); and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She also co-founded several companies, including ColorLink, Inc., which was sold to RealD, and is responsible for 3D effects in movies such as Avatar and Gravity. Johnson also serves on the board of directors of Boston Scientific Corporation, Rocky Mountain Institute, AES Corporation, and Cisco Systems.

    She received her BS (with distinction), MS, and PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

  18. Barbara Kates-Garnick, Tufts University

    Professor of Practice and Senior Research Fellow, Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, Fletcher School, Tufts University


    Dr. Kates-Garnick is a leader in the energy and environmental fields with expertise in strategic decision making, the cost/benefit of implementing regulatory mandates, and organizations’ responses to the challenge of change. Kates-Garnick’s most recent government position was as Undersecretary of Energy for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She currently teaches at The Fletcher School at Tufts as a Professor of Practice and serves as senior research fellow at the school’s Center for International Environment and Resource Policy.

    As Vice President of Corporate Affairs at KeySpan, Kates-Garnick directed government and media relations, crisis communications, and operations support in New England as well as corporate community outreach. As a path-breaker in the implementation of energy deregulation, she designed the strategy that led to the sale of the first deregulated electricity in the nation. Kates-Garnick has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Power Subcommittee and numerous state legislatures and regulatory bodies. As a public utility commissioner in Massachusetts, she facilitated the adoption of its early energy efficiency programs. In her consulting practice, Kates-Garnick has provided advice on a wide range of economic and regulatory issues faced by the energy, environmental, and telecommunications industries as they confront change and transformation.

    Kates-Garnick currently serves on the executive committee of the board of The Partnership, New England’s foremost organization promoting talent of executives of color and on the board of PowerOptions, one of New England’s premier energy aggregation groups. She has served on the Boston advisory board of the Posse Foundation and as an outside director of a privately held family real estate company. Kates-Garnick has a PhD in International Political Economy from The Fletcher School of Tufts University and an AB cum laude in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College. She was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, where her focus was on energy security.

  19. Melanie Kenderdine, US Department of Energy

    Director, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis


    Ms. Melanie Kenderdine joined the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as Director of the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis and Energy Counselor to the Secretary in May 2013.

    Prior to DOE, Kenderdine was the Executive Director and Associate Director of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI). During her six-year tenure, she managed a large staff, was a member of the research team for MIT’s Future of Natural Gas Study, was the rapporteur and editor for the MITEI Symposium Series, and helped to raise more than $500 million from industry and private donors for energy research and education.

    Kenderdine served as the Vice President of Washington Operations for the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) from 2001 to 2007. She was involved in major initiatives to increase domestic natural gas supply through research and development, enhanced energy efficiency through the use of full fuel cycle analysis, and advanced the security of critical energy infrastructures. From 1993 to 2001, Kenderdine served as a political appointee in President Bill Clinton’s administration,; she served in several key posts at DOE, including Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary, Director of the Office of Policy, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs. Prior to those roles, she was Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for New Mexico Congressman Bill Richardson, who later became U.S. Secretary of Energy.

    Kenderdine has served on a Council on Foreign Relations task force to develop a national energy strategy and on the Consumers Energy Council of America Working Group on Distributed Energy, has published articles in the World Energy Forum magazine, has co-authored a chapter in Energy Security in the 21st Century: A New Foreign Policy Strategy, and is a frequent lecturer on energy issues.

  20. Nancy Kete, Rockefeller Foundation

    Managing Director, Resilience

    Dr. Nancy Kete joined the Rockefeller Foundation in January 2012. As Managing Director, she leads the foundation’s global work on resilience, including developing strategies and practices for infusing resilience thinking throughout the foundation’s work.

    During her 25-year career in government, civil society, and the private sector, Kete has provided technical, institutional, and managerial leadership on a number of major environmental and societal challenges. She has been a diplomat, a climate change negotiator, a social entrepreneur, and a highly successful fundraiser.

    Before joining the Foundation, Kete spent 13 years at the World Resources Institute, first as Director of the Climate, Energy, and Pollution Program and then as founder and Director of EMBARQ, a distinguished program that catalyzed environmentally sustainable transport solutions to improve quality of life in cities in Mexico, Brazil, India, Turkey, and the Andean region. Kete also served on President Obama’s National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. In her role as Senior Advisor on Corporate Safety and Risk Management, she provided recommendations on unilateral steps the industry should take to improve safety above and beyond what the regulations would require.

    Earlier in her career, Kete worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she led the development of the acid rain control title of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, the first and as yet most successful application of market instruments for pollution control. She holds a PhD in Geography and Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s in Geography from Southern Illinois University.

  21. Constance Lau, Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc.

    President and Chief Executive Officer


    Ms. Constance H. Lau was named president and chief executive officer of Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) in May 2006. She also serves as chairman of Hawaiian Electric Company and chairman of American Savings Bank, HEI’s two principal operating subsidiaries. HEI is helping Hawaii achieve its new Renewable Portfolio Standard of 100% renewable energy by 2045.

    Born and raised in Honolulu, Lau joined the HEI companies in 1984, serving in many officer and director positions, including serving as an HEI director from 2006 and during 2001 to 2004. She is also a director and audit chair of Matson, Inc., the major shipping carrier to Hawaii and Alaska.

    Since 2012, Lau has chaired the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, which advises President Barack Obama through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on the security of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors and their information systems, including both the energy and financial services sectors. In energy, she was named 2011 Woman of the Year by the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment. Lau is a member of the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council and serves on the boards of the Electric Power Research Institute, the Edison Electric Institute, and the Associated Electrical & Gas Insurance Services. She previously served on the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Twelfth District Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council, and she was one of U.S. Banker’s 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking for 2004, 2005, and 2006, when she headed American Savings Bank. Lau also serves on the boards of the Hawaii Business Roundtable, the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Punahou School, and the Consuelo Foundation, which helps women, children, and families in Hawaii and the Philippines.

    Lau graduated from Yale College with a BS in Administrative Sciences. She earned a JD from the University of California Hastings College of the Law and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is married to Russell Lau, vice chairman of Finance Enterprises, Ltd., and has three children.

  22. Robert Marlay, US Department of Energy

    US Director, US-China Clean Energy Research Center


    Dr. Robert Marlay is a career member of the U.S. Government’s Senior Executive Service. At the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), he is currently Director, Office of International Science & Technology Collaboration, and represents the United States in a number of international fora in the fields of energy, science, and climate change.

    After graduating from Duke University, Marlay served on active duty as an officer in the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps, eventually commanding an expeditionary construction battalion and a regiment (Navy Seabees), and rose to the rank of Rear Admiral (O-8), a U.S. Senate confirmed position. He last served as Deputy Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (formerly Navy’s Bureau of Yards and Docks).

    Marlay holds a PhD in Nuclear Engineering and two master’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as a BS in Engineering from Duke University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the District of Columbia. Marlay is a recipient of DOE’s Meritorious Service (Silver) Medal; a Meritorious Rank Award for Senior Executives; and a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is married to Nancy Tate, a Stanford graduate, who has led the U.S. League of Women Voters since 2000.

  23. Rose McKinney-James, Energy Works

    Managing Principal, Energy Works
    President, McKinney-James & Associates

    Ms. Rose McKinney-James is an independent corporate director with a long history in public service, nonprofit volunteerism, and private-sector corporate social responsibility. She is considered a national expert in alternative/clean energy policy. McKinney-James is the Managing Principal of Energy Works LLC, President of McKinney-James & Associates, and serves as an independent corporate director on the board of directors for MGM Resorts International as a member of its Corporate Social Responsibility Committee. She is also the Chair of the Clean Energy Project and Nevada Partners. Other directorships include those for Toyota Financial Savings Bank, the Alliance to Save Energy, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, and American Association of Blacks in Energy.

    McKinney-James’ past roles include President of Brown & Partners; President/Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation of Solar Technology and Renewable Resources; Director of Mandalay Resort Group; Director for Employers Insurance Company of Nevada and Employer’s Holdings, Inc.; and Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee.

    McKinney-James has also served as Vice President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners; Commissioner with the Nevada Public Service Commission; Director of the Energy Foundation, Sierra Nevada College, and the Nature Conservancy; member of the advisory board at The International Institute of Modern Letters; member of the Advisory Council for Women of Diversity, the Nevada Public Education Foundation, and Kids to Kids Literacy; founding member of the board of directors of the New Ventures Capital Development Corporation; trustee for the Desert Research Institute Foundation; and first chair of the Nevada Renewable Energy and Conservation Task Force. She is currently an Ambassador for the U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) initiative designed to attract, retain, and advance the careers of women in the field. C3E is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    McKinney-James has also served as Chief of Staff and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs of the City of Las Vegas; project manager of the Nevada Economic Development Company; coordinator of the Small Business Revitalization Program; first Director of the Nevada Department of Business and Industry; member of the Obama-Biden Transition Team; and team lead for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. As a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Nevada in 1998, she became the first African-American to win a Nevada statewide primary election.

    McKinney-James received her JD from Antioch School of Law and holds a BA from Olivet College. She is a graduate of Leadership Las Vegas, and she was one of 25 Nevada Women to be included in the first volume of “The 25 Most Notable Women of Las Vegas.”

  24. Sydney McNiff-Johnson, Dentons

    Principal, Global Energy Practice

    Ms. Sydney McNiff Johnson is a principal in Dentons’ global energy practice, where she advises clients on domestic and international energy, environmental, and government solutions within the government relations and public affairs arenas. She is a skilled negotiator and facilitator with thought leaders and energy policy professionals on a global scale, and she advises clients on current energy policy issues and long-term business decisions.
    McNiff Johnson’s practice has a particular focus on energy, transport and infrastructure, government, nuclear, mining, and renewable energy issues.

    McNiff Johnson currently serves as a Co-Chair of the Renewable Energy in Latin America and the Caribbean conference, to be held in November 2014. She was appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee (CINTAC) in March 2013. CINTAC advises the Secretary of Commerce regarding the development and administration of programs to expand U.S. exports of civil nuclear goods and services in accordance with applicable U.S. regulations.

    Previously, McNiff Johnson was president of Lockhart Strategies International, LLC, working with emerging energy technologies and environmentally friendly products to gain market access and developing pilot programs and championing relationships for firms in the public and private sectors.

    McNiff Johnson sits on the Chairman’s Council for Conservation International (CI) and is a co-founder of CI’s Women’s Conservation Forum. She is an active member of the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council (NIC), which she helped co-found in 2002. The NIC meets monthly with all major nuclear energy utilities, manufacturers, and suppliers for discussion of regulatory, licensing, and supply chain issues. McNiff Johnson previously served for six years as a member of the board of directors of the Wild Salmon Center in Portland, Oregon, working with Russia, Japan, South Korea, Canada, and western U.S. states to preserve wild salmon populations.

  25. Ellen Morris, Embark Energy

    Founding Partner and President


    Dr. Ellen Morris teaches Energy and Enterprise Development at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is a Faculty Affiliate at the Center on Global Energy Policy. At Columbia, she served as a mentor in the 2012–2014 Women’s International Leadership Program and is the faculty advisor for the Women in Energy student group.

    In addition to her faculty appointment, Morris is the President and Founder of Sustainable Energy Solutions, an international consulting services company that promotes the increased use and deployment of clean energy technologies and services as a means to support economic development and reduce poverty in developing countries. She was also a founder of Embark Energy, a social enterprise that trains and mentors energy entrepreneurs, and Arc Finance, a non-profit that links microfinance and clean energy. Morris serves as an advisor and board member for social enterprises focused on clean energy, including Simpa Networks (India), Earth Spark International (Haiti), and Empowered by Light (Zambia), and she is the Energy Program Advisor for the Clinton Global Initiative.

    Morris started her career in clean energy working for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She also worked as a Science Advisor to the U.S. Congress and as an exploration geophysicist for Texaco. Morris holds a BS in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a doctoral degree in Marine Geophysics from the University of Rhode Island.

  26. Susan Petty, Altarock Energy, Inc.

    President and Chief Technology Officer

    Ms. Susan Petty is the Chief Technology Officer, President, and co-founder of AltaRock Energy, Inc. With more than 30 years of experience in the geothermal industry, her work has included all aspects of testing, evaluation, analysis, modeling, and optimization for geothermal wells, wellfields, and power plants. Petty has also negotiated geothermal lease agreements, power sales agreements, geothermal project financing agreements, and geothermal property sales and purchases, and she has completed policy studies for state and federal agencies. She has driven geothermal electrical generation projects in locations around the world, including California, Nevada, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Central America.

    In addition to her extensive experience in the private sector, Petty has worked with the U.S. Department of Energy in performing policy studies on the economic modeling of geothermal pricing and the impact of technology improvement on the cost of geothermal power. She has been instrumental in developing information, planning, and designing software for use in developing public policy in geothermal energy.

    Petty holds a BA from Princeton University in Geology and an MS in Groundwater Hydrology from the University of Hawaii

  27. Nancy Pfund, DBL Investors

    Founder and Managing Partner


    Ms. Nancy Pfund is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners, a venture capital firm located in San Francisco, whose goal is to combine top-tier financial returns with meaningful social, economic, and environmental returns in the regions and sectors in which it invests. Nancy is also the Founder of DBL Investors. As a leading player in the growing field of “impact investing,” DBL has helped to reveal the power of venture capital to promote social change and environmental improvement, and she writes and speaks frequently on this topic.

    Pfund currently sponsors or sits on the board of directors of several companies, including SolarCity, BrightSource Energy, Primus Power, Eco.logic Brands, Powergenix, Farmers Business Network, The Muse, and Off Grid Electric and, prior to their public offerings, Tesla Motors and Pandora Media. Prior to founding DBL Investors, she was a Managing Director in Venture Capital at JPMorgan, having started her investment career at Hambrecht & Quist in 1984. Previously, Pfund worked at Intel Corporation, the State of California, Stanford University, and the Sierra Club.

    Pfund was featured as #17 on Fortune’s World’s Top 25 Eco-Innovators. She is Chair of the Advisory Council of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University; a member of the advisory board of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; a member of the advisory board of the University of California–Davis Center for Energy Efficiency; a past Lecturer in Management at the Stanford University Graduate School business; a past Lecturer in the Practice of Management at the Yale School of Management; and is a founding officer and director of the nonprofit ABC2, a foundation aimed at accelerating a cure for brain cancer. In 1988, President Bush appointed Pfund as a charter member of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology. In 1999, she was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the Congressional Web-Based Education Commission.

    Pfund is a co-author of What Would Jefferson Do? The Historical Role of Federal Subsidies in Shaping America’s Energy Future; Red, White & Green: The True Colors of America’s Clean Tech Jobs; Ask Saint Onofrio: Finding What Has Been Lost in A Tale of Two Energy Sources, and Renewables Are Driving Up Electricity Prices: Wait, What?. She received her BA and MA in anthropology from Stanford University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

  28. Maxine Savitz, President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology


    Dr. Maxine Savitz’s areas of expertise include energy efficiency research and development (R&D) and products in the transportation, industry, and buildings sectors; aerospace technology; and integration of R&D between laboratories and business units.

    Savitz serves as Vice-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. She is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Conservation, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Savitz received the Outstanding Service Medal from DOE in 1981. Before her DOE service, she was program manager for Research Applied to National Needs at the National Science Foundation. Following her DOE service, Savitz served in executive positions in the private sector, including President of Lighting Research Institute, Assistant to the Vice President for Engineering at The Garrett Corporation, and General Manager of Allied Signal Ceramic Components. She retired from the position of General Manager for Technology Partnerships at Honeywell.

    Savitz served two terms (2006 through 2014) as Vice President of the National Academy of Engineering. She was elected a Fellow to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013. Savitz was appointed to the National Science Board in 1998 through 2004. She is a member of advisory bodies for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory. Savitz has been a member of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, the Laboratory Operations Board, and advisory committees at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She serves on the board of directors of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and the Institute for Industrial Productivity. Savitz has previously served on the board of directors of the Electric Power Research Institute, the Draper Laboratory, and the Energy Foundation. In 2013, she was awarded the C3E Lifetime Achievement award.

    Savitz received a BA in Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  29. Kim Saylors-Laster, Black Bear Energy, Inc.

    Executive Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer


    Ms. Kim Saylors-Laster is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Procurement Officer for Black Bear Energy, a renewable energy development company working with Rocky Mountain Institute and Carbon War Room to accelerate the adoption of clean energy by institutional property owners. Prior to joining Black Bear Energy, Saylors-Laster enjoyed more than 20 years of business and executive experience in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. During her accomplished corporate tenure with Wal-Mart, she held officer roles heading the company’s global compliance and energy organizations, as well as leadership roles in real estate development, construction, property disposition, and asset management. As the Vice President of Energy for Walmart, she directed the teams responsible for the procurement of natural gas and electricity for all Wal-Mart facilities in the United States and electricity for all Asda facilities in the UK, achieving millions of dollars in savings annually. To further the company’s strategic focus on leveraging expenses through sustainability, she helped develop the company’s U.S. renewable and clean energy procurement strategy and led the team responsible for implementation.

    In addition to her corporate experience, Saylor-Laster served on the Board of Directors for Texas Retail Energy, LLC (a U.S. subsidiary company of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.) from 2006 to 2015 and for Power-4-All, Ltd. (a UK subsidiary company of Asda Stores, Ltd.) from 2008 to 2015. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Solar Sister and Empower-A-Child, international non-profit organizations working to empower women and children in developing countries through entrepreneurship, education, and targeted development programs. She is a Licensed Attorney, a Board Certified Executive and Leadership Coach, and a Licensed Professional Counselor.

  30. Mary Anne Sullivan, Hogan Lovells US LLP

    Partner and Practice Area Leader in the Energy Regulatory Practice

    Ms. Mary Anne Sullivan is a partner for the energy regulatory practice at the law firm of Hogan Lovells US LLP. She has more than 25 years of experience as an energy lawyer. Sullivan has had direct involvement with virtually every segment of the energy industry and has represented clients on energy issues in administrative, regulatory, transactional, and litigation matters in both the private sector and the government. Her current practice primarily focuses on electricity regulatory matters and on transactional and regulatory matters involving climate change, nuclear and renewable energy, and advanced energy technologies. Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers has noted Sullivan’s “comprehensive understanding of the issues facing the energy industry.”

    Sullivan served as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) from 1998 to 2001 and Deputy General Counsel for environment and nuclear programs from 1994 to 1998. She provided advice and counsel on electricity restructuring, the California electricity crisis, oil and gas policy, environmental compliance, global climate change, clean coal programs, the Northeast heating oil shortage, radioactive waste disposal, nuclear safety regulation, and privatization of uranium enrichment activities. Sullivan oversaw the legal support for the opening of the world’s first deep geologic disposal facility for radioactive waste and negotiated the first agreements with electric utilities regarding voluntary reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.

    Sullivan was a member of Hogan & Hartson’s energy group from 1977 to 1993. She represented oil, gas, coal, and electricity interests before DOE, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Treasury, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in related litigation.

    Sullivan is a frequent public speaker and author of articles on a variety of energy and environmental law topics. She has testified before several congressional committees on various issues, has been a senior lecturer in law at Duke University Law School and a professorial lecturer in law at George Washington University Law School, and has served on the board of the Energy Bar Association.

  31. Dymphna Van Der Lans, Clinton Climate Initiative

    Chief Executive Offier

    Ms. Dymphna van der Lans serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Clinton Climate Initiative, where she oversees climate- and energy-related programs. Before joining the Foundation, she served as the senior director for public policy programs at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, where she was responsible for the strategic direction of the Energy & Society Program, Economic Policy Program, Immigration & Integration Program, and Urban and Regional Policy Program.

    Prior to the German Marshall Fund, van der Lans was the director of global renewables, infrastructure, and energy efficiency at a specialist investment banking firm in London. She worked for seven years at BP, where her last appointment was as BP Alternative Energy’s director of distributed energy markets.

    The U.S. Department of Energy selected van der Lans as one of the inaugural ambassadors of its Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) initiative. She is also a Professorial Lecturer at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University, where she teaches a course on energy transition, systems, innovation, and leadership.

    Van der Lans is a native Dutch speaker, speaks English and Chinese fluently, and speaks conversational French and German. She holds advanced degrees from both Leiden University and the University of Beijing. Van der Lans earned an MBA from Rice University and is also a graduate from Dialogos, Leadership for Collective Intelligence, and the Kellogg School of Management’s Sales and Marketing Leadership Program.

  32. Richenda Van Leeuwen, United Nations Foundation

    Executive Director, Energy and Climate, Energy Access Initiative

    Ms. Richenda Van Leeuwen is Executive Director, Energy and Climate, Energy Access Initiative, leading the United Nations (UN) Foundation’s work on energy access and its engagement with the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative. She founded and leads the Foundation’s Energy Access Practitioner Network, a rapidly growing global network of 2,000 private companies and public-sector organizations that launched in 2011 to catalyze market-led solutions for energy access in developing countries. Working closely with SE4All, the Network focuses on the contribution of clean microgrid and off-grid approaches to providing energy services for off-grid areas of the world, as well as developing the financing and policy solutions and partnerships needed to support sustainable growth in the sector.

    Before joining the UN Foundation in 2010, Van Leeuwen worked at Good Energies, a global renewable energy private equity firm, where she led commercial and emerging market renewable energy investments. She also served as a founding board member of the Good Energies Foundation, focusing on the application of renewable energy technologies for poverty alleviation in developing countries. From 2001 to 2005, Van Leeuwen served as the Executive Director of Trickle Up, an international nonprofit organization focusing on women’s micro-business development in developing countries.

    A sought-out global speaker on energy access, gender development, and poverty issues, Van Leeuwen has more than 20 years of executive management experience with the UN, private sector, and nonprofits around the world. Her career has spanned work on four continents, and topics such as renewable energy, investing in micro- and small- and medium-sized enterprise development in some of the most challenging parts of the world, post-conflict reconstruction, refugee and humanitarian relief issues, and economic empowerment for immigrant populations.

    Van Leeuwen is on the board of SELCO India and has previously served on boards of run-of-the-river hydropower and biogas companies in South Asia. She is an advisor to several companies and nonprofits focusing on delivering clean energy services in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Van Leeuwen gained both her bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Durham University in the United Kingdom.

  33. Carter Wall, Franklin Beach Energy

    Managing Director

    Ms. Carter Wall is the Managing Director of Franklin Beach Energy, which provides asset management services for owners of commercial solar and other distributed generation assets. Previously, she was the Director of the Performance Solar Division of Broadway Renewable Strategies, one of the largest solar developers in the Northeast. In 2008 Wall was appointed by the administration of Governor Deval Patrick to lead the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust (now MassCEC), the state’s clean energy agency. Prior to MassCEC, she was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of PowerOptions, Inc., supplying more than $100 million of gas and electricity contracts annually.

    During more than 20 years in the energy industry, Wall has led financial and program planning teams for a number of large-scale energy and infrastructure projects, including planning for Harvard University’s new campus and a multi-billion-dollar modernization of O’Hare Airport. She was an Associate in the Global Utilities Investment Banking division of Merrill Lynch and Assistant Director of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group.

    Wall serves on the boards of directors of New England Women in Energy and the Environment and The Future Face of American Energy, and she is also past Chairman of the Board of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and she lives in Leverett, Massachusetts.

  34. Alla Weinstein, Trident Winds LLC



    Ms. Alla Weinstein is the co-founder of Trident Winds LLC, a company dedicated to development of offshore wind projects in deep waters utilizing floating support structures. Prior to Trident Winds, she was a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer and President of Principle Power, Inc., a company that developed floating support structures technology for the offshore wind industry. Before co-founding Principle Power, she was the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of AquaEnergy Group, a company that successfully developed a wave energy conversion technology that was acquired by a TSXV-listed renewable energy company, where she was the General Manager and a Director. Weinstein brings more than 35 years of industry experience building global engineering projects for companies like Honeywell and Boeing.

    Weinstein is a frequent speaker in the United States and Europe on the development of renewable energy and has served as the first President of the European Ocean Energy Association.

    Weinstein holds a Bachelor’s of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA from Thunderbird, the Garvin School of International Management.

  35. Seth R. Weissman, SolarCity Corporation

    Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

    Mr. Seth Weissman is responsible for all aspects of SolarCity’s legal affairs, including transactional, governance, intellectual property, real estate, and employment matters. He brings 22 years of experience representing Silicon Valley companies of all sizes and types during their maturation.

    Before joining SolarCity, Weissman was Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Privacy officer at Coremetrics, the leading digital marketing company. Prior to Coremetrics, he was an attorney practicing in both the employment and corporate departments at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati (WSGR) in Palo Alto, California, the leading law firm representing technology companies at all stages of their growth and the investment banks and venture capital firms that finance them. Prior to WSGR, Weissman was an attorney with Stoneman, Chandler and Miller and Hutchins, Wheeler and Dittmar (acquired by Nixon Peabody), both in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Weissman earned his undergraduate degree in political science at Pennsylvania State University and earned his law degree, with honors, at Boston University School of Law.

  36. Maja Wessels, First Solar

    Executive Vice President, Global Public Affairs

    Ms. Maja Wessels joined First Solar in May 2008 as Vice President of Government Affairs for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region and was named Executive Vice President, Global Public Affairs in May 2009.

    Prior to First Solar, Wessels served four years as senior vice president, Government Affairs at Honeywell for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa and three years as President, United Technologies International Operations for Europe. She chaired the American Electronics Industry Association Europe from 2006 to 2007, and before that was president of the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union from 2003 to 2007. From 1997 to 2000 Wessels was employed by Daimler Chrysler as Vice President of Government Affairs in Europe.

    Wessels holds a BA from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in International Economics and European Studies from the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University.

  37. Joan Wills, Cummins, Inc.

    Chief Engineer and Program Leader

    Ms. Joan Wills has been working on reducing emissions and improving the fuel efficiency of diesel and natural gas engines for the past 16 years. She is currently Cummins’ Chief Engineer and Program Leader working to develop and implement Tier4 emission requirements on Cummins large diesel engines for locomotive, power generation, marine, mining, and oil and gas markets.

    Wills’ interest in clean energy and clean energy access really took root when she spent a year between her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering volunteering in Freetown, Sierra Leone, for a local rural development group. There she observed a very different way of life from her own. Access to clean energy was a key enabler to expanding life options beyond basic survival. When Wills returned to the United States, she combined this interest in clean energy with a passion for using math and science to understand and solve difficult problems. She attended Ohio State University and worked in the Center for Automotive Research, where she completed her thesis on gasoline engine controls.

    Wills joined Cummins after earning a MS in Electrical Engineering with a focus on system dynamics and controls. Early in her Cummins career, she developed advanced controls and diagnostics for engine and aftertreatment systems, including initial introduction of diesel aftertreatment technologies that enable lower engine-out emissions while optimizing fuel usage. Wills has 18 U.S. patents on diesel engine controls and diagnostics. She led Cummins’ Research and Technology Electronics function during a time when increasingly stringent emission regulations combined with new on-board diagnostics requirements expanded the need for sensing systems, signal processing, and multivariable controls to effectively optimize fuel usage while meeting emissions and diagnostic requirements. For the past three years, Wills has worked as Director of Technology Strategy, Planning, and Innovation. In this role, she works with Cummins technical leaders around the world to develop technology strategies ensuring that research plans and resources keep the company on the forefront of emission and efficiency technologies globally to meet current and future market needs.