Cleantech Forum San Francisco 2017

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Jim Rogers

Former President & CEO, Duke Energy

Peter Bryant

Managing Partner, Clareo & Senior Fellow, Kellogg Innovation Network

Barbara Buchner

Executive Director, Climate Finance, Climate Policy Initiative

Felix Zhang

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Envision Energy

Dr. Jennifer Holmgren

CEO, LanzaTech

Kaynam Hedayat

VP, Product Management & Marketing, Digital Lumens

Chris Black

COO, Tendril


Who You'll Meet

This annual gathering of the global cleantech innovation community offers a comprehensive, three-day program along with exclusive opportunities to network, learn, and get deals done.

Entrepreneurs: The startups and innovators on the front lines of sustainable innovation.

Corporates: Representatives from today’s leading corporate open innovation and venturing programs – those funding, incubating and partnering with innovation for strategic as well as financial return.

Financial Investors: Representatives from leading financial firms – venture and growth capital firms, from Sand Hill Road to Zhongguancun, along with the angels and family offices looking to make a sustainable impact and financial return.

Innovation Leaders: The ecosystem is completed with the presence of public sector officials and programs specialized in helping cleantech and resource innovation, and by lawyers and bankers, thinkers and innovation visionaries.

Check out a sampling of who typically attends our Forumand why.

You can also check out our photos from the 2017 Forum here!

What You'll Experience

Now in its 15th year, Cleantech Forum San Francisco 2017 will once again be a true kick off for your year – mark your calendars for January 23-25, 2017!

Haven’t experienced a Cleantech Forum? Learn more about it here.

Since 2002, Cleantech Group has brought together clean technology’s most influential leaders – corporate executives, start-up and growth company CEO’s, investors, government agencies, and other players – from across all areas of resource innovation, from the major industrial verticals, and from across the globe.

The upcoming Forum will be our 15th annual showing of our flagship event, and Charting the Future, Connecting the Globe remains core to the value proposition of Cleantech Forums, and indeed all of CTG’s services.

Our 15th (Crystal) anniversary will follow this theme, helping you discover and connect with the emerging trends, leading innovation companies, and key players of sustainable innovation. We will once again host the official announcement of our 8th annual Global Cleantech 100 list and awards – our second year doing so at a Forum – as well as release our Global Cleantech 100 Report that highlights the mega-trends of the next 5-10 years.

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Speaker nominations are open to November 30: application is here



  • Chris Black, COO, Tendril

    Chris first rose to prominence by launching the world’s first social network dedicated to enthusiasts of root vegetables that look like famous people. delighted its loyal fanbase and skyrocketed to tens of users almost overnight. Reviews of the site were overwhelmingly positive, with CNET calling it “Weird,” and the Wall Street Journal saying “So this is a thing? People really do this?” After becoming fabulously wealthy due to an accidental acquisition by Google, Chris turned his sights towards philanthropy.

    Realizing that due to technology limitations, the vast majority of the world tragically has no access to images of cute cats in silly clothes, Chris launched – the world’s first mobile “Cats in Clothes (CiC)” social sharing site. “The social and societal benefits of receiving a CiC photo when you need it, where you need it, can’t be overstated – we’re changing the world here.” said Chris in an interview with Fast Company. In order to realize his goal of bringing cute cats in silly clothes to the world funded the development of a dedicated smartphone that optimizes the CiC experience. The phone has no function other than viewing and sending photos of cats in ridiculous outfits, so the experience is unparalleled. Over the past decade, over 7.5 million CiC phones were delivered to communities in developing countries around the world. Said one loyal user, “We would have preferred wells and clean drinking water.”

    Having solved the big data problem by efficiently storing and sharing dozens of personified potato videos on and putting a dent in the universe by addressing the world’s needs for connectedness and cuddly kitties, Chris joined Tendril in 2011 to apply these learnings to change the way the world understands and consumes energy. Said Black, “I’m excited to take what I know about cats and potatoes and apply it to energy. I mean how different can it be?”

    Tendril is changing the dialog around energy for Utilities and consumers and Chris couldn’t be happier participating in the conversation.

    Monday, January 235:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Peter Bryant, Managing Partner, Clareo & Senior Fellow, Kellogg Innovation Network

    Peter Bryant is a business strategist and leading authority on innovation with more than 30 years of experience working within and advising companies in the US, Asia Pacific and Europe, ranging from emerging businesses to global Fortune 500 companies. Leveraging his experience, he co-authored The Growth Champions–The Battle for Sustained Innovation Leadership, published in 2012. He is a frequent speaker around the world and has had many articles published on the topics of innovation and sustainability.

    In addition to his corporate experience, Peter is active in the start-up community. A serial entrepreneur, he was CEO/President of two emerging technology companies and co-founder of an enterprise software services company. He’s an active advisor and mentor to accelerators Clean Launch, Founders, Innovation Pavilions, and an angel investor in Clear Care. He sits on the Board of Advisors for the leading venture fund Chrysalix and the World Economic Forum’s Mining 2050 Initiative, in addition to being a Senior Fellow of the Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN) and a founding board member of the Colorado Innovation Network (COIN).

    Peter holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Chartered Accountant of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.

    Wednesday, January 258:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Dr. Barbara Buchner, Executive Director, Climate Finance, Climate Policy Initiative

    Dr. Barbara Buchner is Executive Director of the widely renowned Climate Finance program at Climate Policy Initiative and is based out of San Francisco. Named one of the 20 most influential women in climate change, Barbara advises leaders on climate, energy, and land use investments around the world.

    Barbara is the lead author on CPI’s Global Landscape of Climate Finance, which has set the benchmark for climate finance tracking, and Climate Finance in 2013-14 and the USD 100 billion goal – a joint report with the OECD that played a seminal role in the lead up to the Paris Agreement.

    She directs the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (the Lab). The Lab’s public-private approach solicits, shapes, and tests cutting edge climate finance instruments that resolve financing barriers hindering alternative energy, adaptation, and land use projects. The Lab has helped raise over 500 million USD for its initiatives, and it was endorsed by the G7 in its first year of operation. The success of the Lab has also helped to shape the new India Innovation Lab for Climate Finance. Barbara also leads CPI’s work as Secretariat of Finance for Resilience (FiRe), a sister initiative to The Lab that focuses on private sector approaches to scaling up investment in green growth. In addition, Barbara built and directed the San Giorgio Group, which brings together key financial institutions actively engaged in green, low-emissions finance in collaboration with the World Bank Group, CLP (China Light & Power), and the OECD.

    Barbara was promoted from Director to Senior Director in 2013 and Executive Director in 2016. Previously Barbara served as a Senior Energy and Environment Analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA) and as a Senior Researcher at the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) where she was involved in a number of activities related to FEEM’s Climate Change Policy and Modelling Unit in the field of environmental economics. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Graz and was a Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

    Wednesday, January 253:15 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Kaynam Hedayat, VP of Product Management and Marketing, Digital Lumens

    Mr. Kaynam Hedayat serves as Vice President of Marketing & Product Management of Digital Lumens, Inc., and served as its Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Mr. Hedayat joined Digital Lumens from wireless power leader WiTricity, where he served as the Vice President of Product Management and Marketing, responsible for defining and driving product strategy. Mr. Hedayat served as a Vice President of Product Management of Digital Lumens, Inc. since March 25, 2015. He served as the Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Product Management at EXFO Service Assurance Inc. He served as Senior Director of Product Management & Strategy. Mr. Hedayat was the Vice President of Engineering and Product Management at EXFO Service Assurance Inc. where he was responsible for various product management and product marketing initiatives, defining and driving the strategic technology direction of EXFO Service Assurance Inc., and representing Brix on relevant standards bodies. Previously, he served as EXFO Service Assurance Inc.’s Director of VoIP Technology. Mr. Hedayat joined Brix Networks in September 1999 from PictureTel Corporation where, as a consultant engineer, he led the development of various next-generation, IP-based products. Previously, he held engineering positions of increasing responsibility at Xerox Imaging Systems, Stonehand, Inc. and Digital Equipment Corporation. He served as Director of Oxford Ventures Inc. Mr. Hedayat is co-author of a new VoIP management protocol, RTP Control Protocol Extended Reports (RTCP XR), which defines a set of standard metrics for assessing VoIP call quality and diagnosing problems. RTCP XR has been published by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) as Request For Comments (RFC) 3611.

    He is also author of several standards in the area of computer networks and service assurance, and holds 9 patents. Additionally, he is co-author of the book, “Multimedia Systems, Standards, and Networks,“ and also has several patents pending. Mr. Hedayat earned a Master’s of Engineering degree from Cornell University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Northeastern University.

    Monday, January 235:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, LanzaTech

    Dr. Jennifer Holmgren is the Chief Executive Officer of LanzaTech. Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in the energy sector including a proven track record in the development and commercialization of fuels and chemicals technologies. Prior to joining LanzaTech, she was Vice President and General Manager of the Renewable Energy and Chemicals business unit at UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company. In that role, she led UOP’s renewable business from its inception through to the achievement of significant revenues from the commercialization of multiple novel biofuels technologies.

    Dr. Jennifer Holmgren holds a B.Sc. degree from Harvey Mudd College, a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago. She currently serves on multiple external advisory boards. She is the author or co-author of 50 US patents, 20 scientific publications and is the 2003 recipient of the Council for Chemical Research’s (CCR) Malcolm E. Pruitt Award.

    Monday, January 235:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Jim Rogers, Former President and CEO, Duke Energy; Co-Founder, Global BrightLight Foundation

    Jim Rogers was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and spent most of his childhood in Danville, Kentucky, in coal country. As a young man, he took a job as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader, and worked his way through the University of Kentucky, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, in 1970 and a Juris Doctor, in 1974. He then served as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of Kentucky.

    Jim began his career in energy as an Assistant Attorney General of Kentucky, working as a consumer advocate to challenge the rate increases of utility companies. Then, he moved to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, first as a Trial Attorney, and then Assistant to the Chief Trial Counsel. From there, he went as an associate to the Washington D.C. office of the Dallas-based law firm, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. After that, Jim returned to serve as Deputy General Counsel for Litigation and Enforcement at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. From there he rejoined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld as a partner.

    Subsequently, Jim served as Executive Vice President of Interstate Pipelines for the Enron Gas Pipeline Group. In 1988, he became President, Chairman and CEO of PSI Energy. He merged PSI with Cincinnati Gas and Electric to become Cinergy, where he served as President and CEO. In 2006, Jim oversaw the merger of Cinergy and Duke Energy, and became the combined company’s president and CEO. In 2012 he merged Duke Energy with Progress Energy to make the largest utility in the United States, and served as President, CEO, and Chairman. Jim retired in 2013.

    Jim also co-founded the Global BrightLight Foundation with Joe Hale, one of his associates from Duke Energy, with the hopes of helping people in rural, energy poor communities improve their lives. He currently serves on the Board of Directors.

    Tuesday, January 248:30 AM - 10:15 AM
  • Felix Zhang, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Envision Energy

    Felix runs the international businesses of Envision Group, having co-formed the company from an idea in London to a leader in the renewable energy and technology space. He’s lived, worked and is at home in North America, Europe and Asia. His experiences prior to forming Envision Group include operating experience, investment banking at Morgan Stanley, capital markets at CIBC and investing as a partner at a hedge fund. He is passionate about technology start-ups, having invested in over twenty as an angel investor. When not investing in and helping start-up companies, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. Felix has an undergraduate degree in applied mathematics and sciences from the University of Wisconsin, and a master’s degree from University of St. Thomas, and attended the AMP programs at Harvard Business School. (Felix and Lei are not related.)

    Tuesday, January 245:20 PM - 6:00 PM



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Agenda 2017

  • Charting the Future Towards 2032: Welcome to Our Crystal Anniversary

    • Our innovation ecosystem is in a very different place from 2, 7 and 15 years ago. We have a ratified global climate agreement, setting a different, go-forward operating context. New players and new powerful initiatives involving billions of dollars, like the Breakthrough Energy Coalition and Mission Innovation, are being set up and will impact the next wave of our innovation theme. We all wish to hear the latest.

      We now have industries and boardrooms not only thinking about the future, but actually experiencing the beginnings of some very big transitions. We are identifying and inviting speakers across all our main-stage plenary time to provide viewpoints on the future of some such industries.

      We have more technologies than ever before, set to accelerate change on an exponential level – some coming from the consumer world, but others from fintech, biotech and communications. All could play a role in disrupting the old industrial order in the next 15 years. Many will be covered or exemplified by companies in our Forum tracks (see below).

      Technology is but one enabler. Innovation in finance and business models is a critical piece of the jigsaw. Studies suggest that to achieve zero carbon by 2050, we have a significant “innovation deficit” across the whole spectrum. So-called asset-light, digital innovation will not get us there. New capital and new financial models to scale physical change throughout the industrial landscape are required. We will explore such topics in different sessions across these 3 days.

      No one at the first Cleantech Forum in 2002 would have imagined how the next 15 years would have panned out, and the road to 2032 will equally be full of surprise. But the reasons to be optimistic that seismic, sustainable changes can now be achieved are more realistic in 2017 than in 2002. We have a platform off which to build. Come celebrate with us this significant milestone together – 15 years of charting the future, connecting the globe.

  • MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2017

    • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM


      Cyril Magnin Foyer


    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM



      Market Street Room

      Entrepreneur Coaching

      Select entrepreneurs will have the chance to participate in a coaching session with a small group of subject matter experts from our network, representing different perspectives and experiences on a range of topics relevant to “the building of a company.” Invitation Only

      • Joey Marquart
        Senior Vice President, Edelman
      • Brad Punu
        Manager of Strategic Partnerships, Energy Excelerator
      • Seth Winterroth
        Partner, Eclipse Ventures
      • Steve Weiss
        Managing Director, Grey Heron
    • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

      LIMITED: by pre-invitation only 


      Mission Room

      Executive Summit: Next Generation Innovations for the Electricity Industry

      Channel your inner entrepreneur and come be a start-up for a day (well, an afternoon) and join a fun, interactive “Shark Tank” style session, exploring what the next generation of innovations in the utility sector might look like.

      New this year, we will be hosting an exclusive, limited-seats afternoon Executive Summit prior to the official start of the 15th Cleantech Forum San Francisco – in partnership with our parent company, Enovation Partners (EP).

      As the hors d’oeuvres for our limited seating Executive Summit – bringing together utility executives, investors, innovation companies, and other stakeholders in the power industry ecosystem – EP will provide some provocative ideas on the electricity industry’s future and scenarios of what different utility models might look like by 2032 (in deference to the Forum’s 15th (Crystal) anniversary).

      This will provide the context for the main dish of the afternoon, a team-based game to come up with “killer” start-up ideas for the power industry in the 2020s.

      See full agenda here

      Co-hosted by Nest Labs

      • Dan Gabaldon
        Founding Partner, Enovation Partners
      • Jim Rogers
        Former CEO, Duke Energy
      • Greg Gorski
        EVP Innovation & New Business, Engie
    • 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM



      Market Street Room

      Entrepreneur & Investor Speed Networking

      The Entrepreneur & Investor Speed Networking session will connect investors, corporates, and entrepreneurs via a facilitated “speed dating” format. Entrepreneurs will have the chance to meet to multiple investors throughout the session. Invitation Only

    • 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM


      Cyril Magnin Foyer

      Registration & Official Opening

    • 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM


      Cyril Magnin Ballroom

      Welcome to the 15th Annual Cleantech Forum San Francisco! Meet our First Hall of Fame Inductees & Announcement of the 2017 Global Cleantech 100

      Join us as we make the first inductions into the Global Cleantech 100 Hall of Fame – companies who have appeared on the GCT100 seven times. To retain broad support among the market players so consistently through the roller coaster last few years for sustainable innovation is an achievement worth calling out and celebrating.

      For our opening evening, we will celebrate three of the first companies being inducted into the Hall of Fame, and hear from the CEOs on their journey, how they imagine the next 15 years playing out in some of the industries they work with, and their top tips for the next wave of CEOs building companies to improve our future industrial world.

      In addition, ahead of the opening reception, we will also be releasing the very latest edition of the Global Cleantech 100.

      • Dr. Jennifer Holmgren
        CEO, LanzaTech
      • Kaynam Hedayat
        VP Product Management & Marketing, Digital Lumens
      • Chris Black
        COO, Tendril
    • 5:45 PM - 6:00 PM


      Cyril Magnin Ballroom

      Innovations in Future Finance: Welcome to California! 

      California, with the sixth largest economy in the world, is already pushing back against the anticipated policy shifts on climate change and clean energy signaled by President Donald J. Trump and his presumptive cabinet. At the convening of our 15th Cleantech Forum San Francisco, we are honored to hear from one of the Golden State’s champions in combating climate change and advancing a robust green economy.  For the last year, California State Treasurer John Chiang has crisscrossed the country, learning how to harness capital markets to curb global warming and build green infrastructure. He is committed to ensuring California stands as a bulwark against global-warming deniers. He will be unveiling a detailed report stemming from his “green bonds listening tour” at our opening reception.

      • John Chiang
        California State Treasurer
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


      Cyril Magnin Foyer

      Welcome Reception

  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2017

    • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM


      Cyril Magnin Foyer

      Registration & Continental Breakfast

      A welcome coffee and some breakfast will be served in the general networking area. Alternatively, you may choose to join the Energy Storage breakfast session, where breakfast will also be served.

    • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

      Interaction Track


      Mission Room

      Energy Storage: The Real Costs, the Real Value

      The team that led the Lazard LCOS 2.0 analysis will host this breakfast workshop, focused on trying to unpick two hard, but critical questions. What does storage really cost, and where are those costs heading “tomorrow?” How do you value an energy storage company?

      Lazard, well-known for its LCOE (Levelized Cost of Energy) analysis, has recently released the second edition of LCOS (Levelized Cost of Storage). The LCOS analysis, which is conducted with support from Enovation Partners, is an in-depth study of the major energy storage technologies in the context of their various uses, from large-scale, power grid-oriented applications to small-scale, residential applications. Its purpose is to compare the cost-effectiveness of each technology on an “apples to apples” basis within applications, and to compare each application to conventional alternatives.

      This breakfast session is your chance to hear from the authors and to have your questions answered.

      • Dan Gabaldon
        Founding Partner, Enovation Partners
      • Vic Shao
        Founder & CEO, Green Charge Networks
    • 8:30 AM - 10:15 AM


      Cyril Magnin Ballroom

      Charting the Future Towards 2032: Does Breakthrough Technology Trump All Before It in the 2020s?

      Our main-stage time on Tuesday morning will include the following.

      • CTG will provide a “lay of the land” of where we are, how far we have come since 2002, and our viewpoints on who and what to look-out for in the next 15 years.

      • In deference to the Forum’s Crystal Anniversary, we will kick-off our main-stage “Industry of the Future” mini-series by looking at the future of the electricity and power industry – via an on-stage interview with Jim Rogers, a 25-year utility CEO. This discussion will cover his viewpoints on technologies out-pacing policy, and the plethora of new models likely to emerge for a 2032 utility.

      • Now more than ever feels like the moment for “double-downers,” our name for groups across the world who are showing commitment to leading and accelerating innovation towards and through the transition to a very different industrial future. Such “double-downers” could be individuals, families, investors, corporations, cities, states or governments, and any collaborative initiatives between such. One such “double-downer” who will be represented in this session and at the Forum more generally is Mission Innovation, the 22-country collaboration to double their collective RD&D spend on energy to $30bn by 2021, which was launched simultaneously with the Breakthrough Energy Coalition in November 2015. They will update us on their plans and wish to engage with us all during the Forum, to build bridges with, and leverage the knowledge of, our innovation community.

      • In the spirit of the Connecting the Globe part of CTG’s mission, interspersed throughout our opening morning will be some mini-updates and introductions to “fresh faces” at the Forum.

      • Jim Rogers
        Former President & CEO, Duke Energy
      • Richard Youngman
        CEO, Cleantech Group
      • Frank des Rosiers
        Assistant Deputy Minister, Innovation and Energy Technology, Natural Resources Canada
      • Fresh Faces: Gareth Burns
        VP and Managing Director, Statoil Energy Ventures
    • 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM


      Cyril Magnin Foyer

      Networking Break

      Following the opening plenary session, representatives of three Europe-based corporations – Anglo American Platinum, Statoil, and Veolia  will be at the appropriately-marked roundtables near the stage, happy to meet up with anyone who wishes to catch them and learn more about their roles and interests.

      After first networking break, we will break into our two main tracks – Charting the Future: The Crystal Track and Connecting the Globe: The Innovation Track – running concurrently over the next 2 days.

      The Crystal Track will have us peering into our “crystal balls” during our Crystal anniversary, looking at the trends we should be paying attention to and what other ideas will play a part in the future. The Innovation Track will showcase leading innovation companies – ranging from the Global Cleantech 100 to other companies to watch.

      The two tracks will be complemented by an additional side-track – the Interaction Track. New this year, we are developing this track of tutorials, workshops, and roundtables for smaller groups (15-40 people) to dive into more specific or niche topics. This will allow our delegates to experience more interactive and discussion-based session time in a more intimate group setting.

      • Kevin Eggers
        Principal, Market Development, Anglo American
      • Johann Clere
        Open Innovation Director, Veolia
      • Ingunn Svegården
        Investment Director, Statoil Energy Ventures
      • Jill Tully
        Investment Manager, Statoil Energy Ventures
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

      Crystal Track


      Embarcadero Room

      Grid Energy Storage: From Megawatts to Gigawatts

      The grid energy storage market has grown from the tens of megawatts to the hundreds, but what will it take for it to cross the gigawatt threshold? In this session, we will hear from leading hardware manufacturers, regulators, utilities, and more as we explore the factors that will drive the growth and maturation of this market.

      Moderated by: Ken-Ichi Hino, Director, Cleantech Group


      • Craig Glazer
        VP - Federal Government Policy, PJM Interconnection
      • Arnon Blum
        CEO & Co-Founder, EnStorage
      • Karen Butterfield
        CCO, Stem
      • Kate McGinnis
        Western U.S. Market Director, AES Energy Storage
      • Moderator: Ken-Ichi Hino
        Director, Cleantech Group
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

      Innovation Track


      Market Street Room

      The Rising Stars

      Up to six CEOs from companies who have made the Global Cleantech 100 list for the first time will tell us about what they are doing and why their innovation matters – and what impact they will make on the 2020s.

      Moderated by: Gina Domanig, Managing Partner, Emerald Technology Ventures 

      Available Presentations:





      United Wind

      • Moderator: Gina Domanig
        Managing Partner, Emerald Technology Ventures
      • Marianne Germain
        CEO, EpiGaN
      • Ziv Lautman
        Co-Founder & CMO, BreezoMeter
      • Jeff More
        CEO, MineSense Technologies
      • Philipp Pausder
        CEO & Co-Founder, Thermondo
      • Guillaume de Souza
        Founder, Adionics
      • Russell Tencer
        CEO, United Wind
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

      Interaction Track


      Powell Room

      Sweden - Connecting to Europe's Unicorn Factory

      Beyond Silicon Valley, Stockholm produces the highest number of “unicorns” per capita of any other global city, leading to the Swedish capital to be appropriately dubbed Europe’s “unicorn factory.” And with a history of effectively tackling environmental issues complemented with the country’s tech prowess, it is no surprise that Sweden as a whole has an incredibly vibrant innovation ecosystem relevant to this Forum.

      This workshop will be run by Swedish Energy Agency, the key government agency that plays a proactive and supporting role in shaping the country’s energy ecosystem. It will give you a chance to have an interactive discussion with the leaders developing the Swedish cleantech ecosystem internationally, making it easy for you to find and connect with Sweden’s “best in class” companies, those here in the delegation at the Forum and the many back home.

      • Andreas Stubelius
        Portfolio Manager, Swedish Energy Agency
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

      Lunch Session


      Mission Room

      Expanding to Asia - Challenges and Opportunities

      This lunch session will provide some thoughts and case studies of different approaches non-Asian clean technology companies have taken to Asian expansion, and on the issues companies should think about in terms of defining which is the best approach for them.

      Welcome Remarks: Albert Wong, CEO, Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation 

      Moderated by: Nicholas Parker, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Global Acceleration Partners

      Co-hosted by: Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks

      • Moderator: Nicholas Parker
        Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Global Acceleration Partners
      • Martin Tsang
        CEO, EV Power
      • Qi Lu
        Director of Research, Tsing Capital
      • Anna Rath
        CEO, NexSteppe
      • Charles Ng
        Associate Director-General, Invest Hong Kong
      • Attila Bodnar
        EVP of Business Development & Co-Founder, Organica Water
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


      Cyril Magnin Ballroom

      General Networking Lunch & Open Roundtable Discussions

      Three roundtables in the general networking lunch area will be clearly marked and reserved so that you have the option to join one of three discussion topics:

      Building Innovation Ecosystems from the Top Down… and the Bottom Up!
      Creating a thriving innovation ecosystem is no small feat for any organization, corporation or government. How do you map the existing assets? How do you organize and optimize the ecosystem to nurture innovation? How do you structure interaction between corporates and start-ups to find real business value on both sides? Join Jessica Lin, Senior ORISE Fellow at the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis (EPSA), and Dawn Lippert, Co-Founder and Director of Energy Excelerator in Hawaii, will share data, results, and regrets about building ecosystems that capture innovation and value, along with a hands-on introduction to EPSA’s Ecosystem Discovery tool.

      Funding Early-Stage, Long Horizon Technologies: Any signs that this may improve in 2017+?
      No one at this Forum surely needs reminding of how limited institutional investment capital allocations have become in the last 5 years for earlier-stage, capital-intensive technology start-ups. Any signs that this can be shifted? Alex Rozenfeld, Founder of Climate Impact Capital, an early-stage venture firm arguing the case for increased financial institution investment in climate change technologies, will lead a discussion on long term investing and the lay of the land for early-stage ventures in resource and energy technology areas.

      Towards the Grid of the Future: The Power of PEER Pressure
      Following the success of the LEED system in certifying building performance, Green Business Certification Inc. has launched its PEER program for evaluation of power systems. As a consumer-centric, data-driven system, PEER enables power grids to differentiate their performance and measure the value produced. Through standardized metrics and measurement, PEER is accelerating the transformation of the way the power sector is regulated, designed, and operated. This roundtable, hosted by Jamie Statter (VP Strategic Accounts, US Green Building Council), will provide an overview of the certification system and how it brings together constituents across the supply chain to accelerate toward the grid of the future.

      • Jessica Lin
        Senior ORISE Fellow, Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis (EPSA)
      • Dawn Lippert
        Co-Founder and Director, Energy Excelerator, Hawaii
      • Alex Rozenfeld
        Founder, Climate Impact Capital
      • Jamie Statter
        VP Strategic Accounts, US Green Building Council
    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

      Crystal Track


      Embarcadero Room

      Impact Investing & Cleantech

      This session will seek to answer the question: how can “impact” be used to attract new types of investors to cleantech and clean energy infrastructure? We already see venture deal participation by impact-driven family offices, and new LP funds being started with impact mandates. Does the nature of the various flavors of impact investors also make them a good fit for early deployment capital and project finance? Are there specific terms that they request or require in connection with fund portfolio or project investments?

      Moderated by: Susan Mac Cormac, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP

      Co-hosted by: Morrison & Foerster LLP

      • Moderator: Susan Mac Cormac
        Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP
      • Rob Davenport
        Managing Partner, Brightpath Capital Partners
      • Raul Pomares
        Founder, Sonen Capital
      • Andrew Beebe
        Managing Director, Obvious Ventures
      • Nick Eisenberger
        Director, CREO Syndicate
      • Ira Ehrenpreis
        Managing Partner, DBL Investors
    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

      Innovation Track


      Market Street Room

      Ones to Watch

      The Ones to Watch session will feature companies from across the breadth of our sustainable resource themes, as well as companies selected from our sister list to the Global Cleantech 100 – the Global Cleantech Ones to Watch – which highlights companies who are rising up the GCT100’s rankings, and getting close to making the final 100 for the first time.

      Available Presentations:


      ViZn Energy



      Brenmiller Energy

      • Björn Jernström
        Founder, Ferroamp
      • Harrison Leaf
        CEO, SteamaCo
      • Ron Van Dell
        CEO, ViZn Energy Systems
      • Avi Brenmiller
        Founder & CEO, Brenmiller Energy
      • Yvonne van den Berg
        CCO & Co-Founder, Ingu Solutions
      • Matthew Stevenson
        Director, Corporate Development, Inventys
      • Moderator: Dr. Meghan Sharp
        Co-Head of Ventures and Chief Investment Officer, BP Ventures
    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

      Interaction Track


      Powell Room

      Carbon-based Products: An overlooked trillion dollar market opportunity?

      Let’s face facts: as impressive and interesting as some of the digital energy innovations are – the in-fashion investments of today with both financial and corporate investors – the reality remains that we don’t have a chance of meeting the Paris targets without carbon conversion and re-use becoming a serious investable proposition.

      Dr. Issam Dairanieh will lead an Interactions Track discussion session, based on the findings of CO2 Sciences’ Roadmap for the Global Implementation of Carbon Dioxide Utilization Technologies, recently released at COP22 in Morocco. The Roadmap argues that there are some technologies that are commercially-viable and investable today, while others that require further support. Products discussed include building materials, chemical intermediates, fuels and polymers, and these alone could scale into a carbon-based products industry that might represent a market size approaching $1 trillion by the 2030, and amount a utilization of more than 10% of carbon emissions globally.

      Want to learn more? Time to take a fresh look, time for some contrarian thinking? What was not possible 10 years ago may now be so. All are welcomed to come join this 45-minute discussion session. Attendance is especially recommended to representatives of carbon-emitting industrials and impact investors.

      In addition to Issam and the Roadmap, companies with carbon-based products will attend to add color from their own experiences.

      • Dr. Issam Dairanieh
        CEO, CO2 Sciences
      • Robert Niven
        CEO, CarbonCure Technologies
      • Dr. Lars-Erik Gärtner
        Innovation Technology Specialist, The Linde Group
    • 2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

      Transition Break

    • 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

      Crystal Track


      Embarcadero Room

      Closing the Loop on Food Waste

      Rising global population would require an ever increasing food supply. However, it is estimated that 30 to 40% of our current food supply is wasted. To solve such challenge, it will require a multi-stakeholder approach across the entire food supply chain. In this session, we will highlight the new technologies & business models to transform the problem of food waste over the next 15 years.

      Moderated by: Leo Zhang, Senior Analyst, Cleantech Group

      • Andrew Shakman
        CEO, LeanPath
      • Sarah Vared
        Director, ReFED
      • Komal Ahmad
        CEO, Copia
      • Dana Gunders
        Senior Scientist, Food & Agriculture Program, NRDC
      • Moderator: Leo Zhang
        Senior Analyst, Cleantech Group
    • 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

      Innovation Track


      Market Street Room

      Disruptive Materials: Enablers of New and Better Technologies

      Advanced materials may derive their “advanced” prefix from new manufacturing techniques, novel elemental combinations and inputs, biodegradability or recyclability, or enhanced material properties like thermal or electrical conductivity, tensile or shear strength, or hydrophobicity. Regardless of exactly how they earn the advanced title, any business developing such materials is likely to face unique challenges like disrupting entrenched commodity markets or erecting manufacturing processes never before seen. Disruptive materials are also the core enablers of so many other innovations relevant to the cleantech theme, from lightweighting vehicles for greater fuel efficiency, to enhanced device efficiency or battery cycle life. In this session, we will hear from companies innovating in disruptive materials on these unique challenges and opportunities, as well as some valuable insight from experts who are investing and working with materials innovators.

      Moderated by: Troy Ault, Director of Research, Cleantech Group

      • Expert Panelist: Chris Erickson
        General Partner, Pangaea Ventures
      • Ohad Bendror
        CEO, NanoSpun Technologies
      • Scott Nichol
        CEO, Polar Sapphire
      • Dr. Georgios Foufas
        Head of Business Development, EXEGER
      • Expet Panelist: Sven Harmsen, PhD
        Investment Director, Performance Materials, Merck Ventures
      • Moderator: Troy Ault
        Director of Research, Cleantech Group
    • 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

      Interaction Track


      Powell Room

      Israel – Connecting to the Start-up Nation

      Due to its combination of “Chutzpah” (fearlessness), “Takhles” (getting straight to the point), and its own energy & water scarcity challenges, Israel is a natural breeding ground for cleantech start-ups. Indeed, the country was ranked no.1 in the last edition of the Global Cleantech Innovation Index, produced by CTG & WWF in 2014. This workshop will provide you with insights into the Israeli cleantech ecosystem (the incubators, the programs, etc.) and give you a chance to meet the professionals who can help you find and connect with their delegation of companies here at the Forum, as well as the huge range of highly innovative companies on the ground in Israel.

      • Moran Buganim-Gold
        Director, Energy and Alternative Fuels Department, Israel Newtech
      • Tal Hadad
        Cleantech Sector Manager, Israel Export Institute
      • Gili Ovadia
        Head of Economic and Trade Mission to the West Coast, Israeli Ministry of Economy
    • 3:45 PM - 4:15 PM


      Cyril Magnin Foyer

      Networking Break

    • 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

      Crystal Track


      Embarcadero Room

      Next Generation Mobility: Splitting ACES

      The ACES acronym (Autonomous, Connected, Electrified, Shared) is at the forefront of mobility innovation today. In this session, we will look at the current state of innovation for each of the ACES components, with a particularly close look at vehicle autonomy, and then take a look forward at how and when each of the components will develop, how they will impact each other, and how they may collectively restructure transportation. Executives from leading mobility companies and investors will lead us on this ride into the future.

      Moderated by: Ken-Ichi Hino, Director, Cleantech Group

      • Ulrich Quay
        Managing Director, BMW i Ventures
      • Jay Giraud
        Entrepreneur in Residence, Yamaha Motors Venture & Labs
      • Sravan Puttagunta
        CEO, Civil Maps
      • Liselott Johansson
        CEO, Greater Than
      • Moderator: Ken-Ichi Hino
        Director, Cleantech Group
    • 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

      Innovation Track


      Market Street Room

      IoT Applications in Energy & Industrial Markets

      The Internet of Things (IoT) has transformed many traditional industries. For instance, in the consumer market, we have seen smart TVs, consumer wearables, and smart home security systems. IoT is also in the midst of transforming the energy and industrial markets. In this session, we will explore various IoT-enabled technologies and how they are transforming areas such as oil & gas, energy, and manufacturing.

      Moderated by: Leo Zhang, Senior Analyst, Cleantech Group

      • David Mount
        Partner, Green Growth Fund (GGF), Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
      • Babur Ozden
        CEO, Maana
      • Thierry Godart
        General Manager, Energy Solutions, Intel
      • Rob Schilling
        CEO, Space-Time Insight
      • Paul Fox
        Head of Technology Innovation, AGL New Energy
      • Moderator: Leo Zhang
        Senior Analyst, Cleantech Group
    • 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

      Interaction Track


      Powell Room

      2017+: are we on the verge of a break-out phase for next generation nuclear technology?

      If Trump is all about harnessing untapped potential, it is arguable that nothing has more untapped potential on multiple fronts than nuclear energy. So, it would be reasonable to assume that the Trump presidency will likely provide a further positive boost towards the renaissance of nuclear energy globally. Nuclear is an area of the energy mix that involves billions of dollars, is highly politicized, and not without controversy as to how clean and safe it is (or is not). As such, this is not a field that you would expect to find start-up companies. However, such a group of companies does exist and Veolia’s February 2016 acquisition of 2015 Global Cleantech 100 company, Kurion – and the excellent returns that brought its venture investors – is testament to nuclear’s likely ongoing recovery since the low of Fukushima.

      Are we on the verge of a break-out phase for next generation nuclear technology innovation companies? Come join this discussion session, to assess the “lay of the land” for 2017+ nuclear and the innovation companies seeking to make big impact.

      • Randall Vollberg
        CEO, Fusion One Corporation & Adjunct Fellow, American Security Project
      • Rachel Slaybaugh
        Assistant Professor, Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
      • Michael Delage
        CTO, General Fusion
      • Wendolyn Holland
        Director, Holland Consulting
      • Rachel Pritzker
        President and Founder, Pritzker Innovation Fund
      • Lenka Kollar
        Director, Business Strategy, NuScale Power
    • 5:15 PM - 5:20 PM

      Transition Break

    • 5:20 PM - 6:00 PM


      Cyril Magnin Ballroom

      The Digitalization of Energy and Industry: Towards the 2030s

      The day will end with a return to our 15th Forum’s “Crystal Ball,” with two speakers set to share from their different perspectives on how much further the digitalization of energy and industry has to go. One speaker will represent a company that has consistently and successfully re-invented itself through its 124-year history, and whose CEO is on record saying that it needs to become a “top 10 software company by 2020.” The other speaker did not even register his company until the 117th year of that history but is now an established player within energy’s fast-arriving connected future.

      Envisioning a Connected Energy Future
      Envision Energy did not even exist when we held our 5th annual Cleantech Forum in San Francisco. Today, it is a $5B company and global provider of smart energy technologies and services, including smart wind turbines and renewable energy management software. Conceived in London, headquartered in Shanghai and San Francisco, Envision Energy is illustrative of the wave of new and innovative companies transforming the industry. In looking to build out the future energy ecosystem, Envision has created an open digital platform to enable the Internet of Energy and the connection of all types of energy infrastructure, including renewable generation, batteries, EV charging, and smart appliances. Envision’s recent investments in ChargePoint, Autogrid Systems, and Sonnen (all Global Cleantech 100 companies) speak to its commitment to build an interconnected, renewable energy industry future. We will hear from Felix Zhang, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Envision Energy, on his transformative company.

      “It’s this or bust!”
      So Jeff Immelt is quoted in a New York Times article in August 2016, describing the imperative for GE to make the digital transformation of its vast industrial manufacturing business. In this talk, Jay Allardyce, COO of GE Digital: Power & Utilities – Software & Analytics, will update us on GE’s plans within the electricity value network, in which the business of electricity is no longer linear, but morphs into a network of machines, plants, consumers, traders, ISOs, utilities, commercial and industrial customers wherein electrons – and data about electrons – flow in all directions, between nodes in the network.

      • Felix Zhang
        Co-Founder & Executive Director, Envision Energy
      • Jay Allardyce
        COO, GE Digital: Power & Utilities - Software & Analytics
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


      Cyril Magnin Foyer

      Tuesday Night Reception


    • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM


      Cyril Magnin Foyer

      Registration & Continental Breakfast

      A welcome coffee and some breakfast will be served in the general networking area. Alternatively, you may choose to join the breakfast session on electrochromic technologies, where breakfast will also be served.

    • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

      Interaction Track


      Mission Room

      “Alexa, please dim the sun”: Windows are the next connected platform

      There’s an evolving nexus between two major innovation categories:  electrochromic 2.0 technologies and smart home controls. While still early in its life-cycle, the EC 2.0 innovation category could ultimately become as influential as solar PV. Given the square footage that windows represent, could they become the next platform? Some early editions of our Global Cleantech 100 included the odd EC1.0 company; successes for investors they were not, but pioneers for the category they surely were. But now, a few years on, we believe there is now a meaningful acceleration of innovation in this field again, which should make this area of critical interest to corporate investors, window and glass manufacturers, venture funds, smart home early adopters and AEC (architects, engineers, and contractors) professionals pioneering net zero energy commercial construction. Come learn more over today’s breakfast session.

      • Luke Pustejovsky
        CEO, WISP
      • Damon Hess
        VP of Sales, Ubiquitous Energy
      • Stephen Terry
        CFO, Azure International
      • Dan Slotcavage
        PhD Student, Stanford
      • Hunter McDaniel
        CEO, UbiQD
    • 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM


      Cyril Magnin Ballroom

      Morning Plenary

      Metals and Mining: changes are afoot

      It would be hard to think of a current or future global industry that does not have a dependency on the metals and minerals that the Mining industry makes available for use. This morning’s opening plenary will start to open our eyes to an important world when “charting the future” is part of your mandate, and one which has not been strongly represented in Cleantech Forum San Francisco’s first 14 years.

      Metals of the Future: Through the Looking Glass of the 2020’s

      Many of the key benefits we are after in our current and future products – cleaner, and more resource-efficient, for example– will be derived (or not) from the materials and metals we choose to use. This talk by Kevin Eggers of Anglo American Platinum will enlighten us as to some of the key underlying properties of the platinum group of metals (PGM’s), and why these are already, and can have more so in the future, significant impact on a wide-range of industrial applications – from automotive to energy storage, from data to electronics, water purification to renewables. Case studies of companies successfully leveraging the power of PGM’s will be used to illustrate the key point.

      The Mining Company of the Future: Through the Looking Glass of the 2020s

      We have seen Oil & Gas majors visibly active in the cleantech and sustainable innovation world for many years, but not so Mining, the other major extractive industry. All current and future industries ultimately have a dependency on Mining, from construction to EVs, from PV panels to battery storage. Like Oil & Gas, Mining is struggling with profitability and its competitive position in the world of tomorrow.

      Mining shares with Oil & Gas many similar needs and challenges, in terms of access to energy in remote sites, renewable energy, water and other license to operate issues – to name but a few. In addition, Mining’s end products look set to remain much more central to the global economy for longer than fossil fuels. There are no emerging substitutes for the likes of copper, steel, and lithium ion – that we know of!

      For this reason, we have chosen Mining as the second subject of our Forum’s “Industry of the Future” mini-series. Peter Bryant, in a fireside chat with Wal van Lierop, will provide us with his views on what a Mine of the Future and a Mining Company of the Future might look like, based on his industry-level work with he has led with the Kellogg Innovation Network and company-level work with Clareo. This includes what kind of innovation needs Mining companies have today and why, but even more so what they are interested in today, in terms of preparing for tomorrow (the 2020s and beyond).

      • Peter Bryant
        Managing Partner, Clareo and Senior Fellow, Kellogg Innovation Network
      • Wal van Lierop
        President & CEO, Chrysalix Venture Capital
      • Kevin Eggers
        Principal, Market Development, Anglo American
    • 9:15 AM - 9:30 AM


      Cyril Magnin Ballroom

      And Now For Something Completely Different: Arduino, The Building Block of Smart Things

      We all know the power and impact open source software has had, but what of open source hardware? Since its inception in the mid-2000s, Arduino, the open-source electronics platform, has been the brain of thousands of projects, from everyday objects to complex scientific instruments. With their simple, modular and affordable boards, and open-source software, it has built a worldwide community of makers and is enabling the fast-rise and low-cost prototyping of products in our fields of interest – agriculture, energy, water, etc. We should pay attention.

      Kathy Giori will tell us more about the Arduino movement, plans for the company’s future, and broader learnings for IoT and Connected Things. She will give a mini demo on-stage and then there will be an opportunity for some of you to spend some time with Kathy, and tinker with Arduino at the special work-stations in the general networking area.

      • Kathy Giori
        VP Operations, Arduino
    • 9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

      Transition Break

    • 9:45 AM - 2:45 PM



      Mission Room

      Water Executive Summit

      Water, as a precious and finite resource, is arguably a more intense problem than energy. And yet, despite evidence of much interest and activity around water innovation, investors await a clear, indisputable track record of successful returns, while the rest of us await a cohort of truly disruptive players and business models. As more than one corporation has put it to us, “where is the Airbnb of water?”

      New this year, we will be hosting an exclusive, limited-seats, five-hour Executive Summit during Cleantech Forum San Francisco. In this mini-summit, we will explore themes where water has intersect-points with other industries, resources, technologies, and customer pain-points. We believe these may be where the best opportunities exist for innovation to shine and have a big impact.

      You will find our preliminary Summit agenda and list of speakers here.  

      Co-hosted by: FATHOM & Veolia

    • 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

      Crystal Track


      Embarcadero Room

      At the Cutting Edge: The Next Disruptors of Sustainable Innovation

      In the past 5 years, cleantech has become a collection of intersections between energy, industrial technologies and enablers such as software, big data and internet of things. In this session – and with the help of some of the brightest minds in academia and business – we will present a few of what we believe are future enablers of cleantech, including artificial intelligence, blockchain, sensors of the future, and more.

      Moderated by: Jules Besnainou, Director of Product Development, Cleantech Group

      • Amir Husain
        CEO, SparkCognition
      • Joe Madden
        CEO, Xpansiv Data
      • Micah Winkelspecht
        CEO, Gem
      • Janos Veres
        Program Manager, PARC (a Xerox company)
      • Moderator: Jules Besnainou
        Director of Product Development, Cleantech Group
    • 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

      Innovation Track


      Market Street Room

      Innovation in Natural Gas: Transmission & Use

      Southern California Gas Company will lead a discussion with existing partners on new technologies in from the midstream and downstream/end-use markets, including distributed generation, gas transmission leak detection, power-to-gas storage, and more.

      Moderated by: Jeffrey Reed, Director of Business Strategy & Development, SoCalGas

      Co-hosted by: SoCalGas


      • Mich Hein
        CEO, Electrochaea
      • Daniel Betts
        CTO, Be PowerTech
      • Robert Bonelli
        President & CEO, ANGP
      • Joe Zuback
        Kore Infrastructure
      • Martha Symko-Davies
        Director of Partnerships: Energy Systems Integration, NREL
      • Moderator: Jeffrey Reed
        Director of Business Strategy & Development, SoCalGas
    • 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM


      Cyril Magnin Foyer

      Networking Break

    • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

      Crystal Track


      Embarcadero Room

      Cybersecurity: Opportunities & Obstacles

      The proliferation of both cloud-based services leveraging utility customer data, and internet-of-things connectivity for critical infrastructure hardware creates new risks of cyber attacks in previously analog industries. We’ll convene experts from industry and innovators offering application-specific solutions for a discussion of the risks and opportunities.

      Moderated by: Troy Ault, Director of Research, Cleantech Group 


      • Lara Pierpoint
        Senior Fundamental Program Strategy Manager, Exelon
      • Bill Diotte
        CEO, Mocana
      • Ami Dotan
        CEO, Karamba Security
      • Meir Ukeles
        Partner, ICV Chairman, Claroty
      • Moderator: Troy Ault
        Director of Research, Cleantech Group
    • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

      Innovation Track


      Market Street Room

      Feeding the World: FoodTech Innovations From Farm to City to Cloud

      With the expected population in 2050 now estimated at 9.7 billion, it is more crucial than ever for the agriculture & food industry to be resource-efficient and sustainable.Innovations in the sector have ranged from using data analytics to monitor irrigation in the fields to resource-efficient and minimal-waste urban farms. What technologies are optimizing resources in the fields and in our major cities? How has the incorporation of IoT, data analytics, and digitalization impacted the sector? Whereare these innovations intersecting with other sectors outside of the food & agriculture space? In the session, we will highlight a range of innovative companies in the agriculture & food sector, and ask our panelists of investors and start-ups to speak on the opportunities in the space, as well as highlight other opportunity sets they see as ones to pay attention to over the coming years.

      Moderated by Dave Donnan, Partner, Global, A. T. Kearney

      • Moderator: Dave Donnan
        Partner, Global, A. T. Kearney
      • David Rosenberg
        Co-Founder & CEO, AeroFarms
      • Jim Murphy
        CEO, Carbon Green LLC & Chairman, Mighty Vines
      • Mark Thomann
        Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Spiral Sun Ventures
      • Bruce Ringrose
        Head of Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations, Farmers Edge
    • 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM


      Cyril Magnin Ballroom

      Networking Lunch

      As an alternative to the lunch in the general networking area, you might wish to join the lunch session on emerging market energy and resource challenges, where lunch will also be served.

    • 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM

      Interaction Track


      Powell Room

      Solving Emerging Market Energy & Resource Challenges: India, Africa, and Beyond

      Since 2014, the energy access theme via off-grid solar in Africa has had, year on year, growing representation in our annual Global Cleantech 100. Investors are clearly bullish on the subject. Three years into this trend, this discussion will be centered on these key questions. What teething problems are being experienced and lessons being learned, be it with financing or on the ground operations? What opportunities are there beyond off-grid solar in Africa for investors interested in emerging markets? Energy access in other geographies (e.g. India) or maybe beyond energy, for example?

      Co-hosted by: US Aid

      • Justin Guay
        Program Officer, Packard Foundation
      • Nancy Pfund
        Founder & Managing Partner, DBL Partners
      • Mansoor Hamayun
        CEO, BBOXX
      • Bill Lenihan
        President & CFO, Off Grid Electric
      • Alycia Kellman
        Chief Counsel & Head of Debt Funds, SunFunder
    • 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

      Crystal Track


      Embarcadero Room

      Creating Smart(er) Cities: Data-Driven Innovations for Growing Urban Populations

      According to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, more than half the world’s population lives in cities, and it is projected that 6 out of 10 people will be urban dwellers by 2030. With the rise of urban development, cities are having to manage the resources and needs of growing populations within their pre-existing infrastructure. Challenges remain from energy management, congested commutes, and aging infrastructure to waste management and air quality. One model for making cities more resource-efficient has been to turn to data. With the aim to better understand our cities, continued innovations of IoT, sensors, advanced analytics, mobile devices and other technologies have made applications to the smart city more readily available. Cities have also made more of their data open to the public, allowing private companies to tackle problems traditionally left in the hands of the local government. We will explore how cities are becoming smarter via innovative uses of data, and how these models and technologies will influence the city of the future.

      • Michel Morvan
        CEO, The CosMo Company
      • Dr. Ralph Muehleiser
        Principal Building Scientist - Global Security Sciences, Argonne National Lab
      • Jamie Statter
        Vice President, Strategic Relationships, US Green Building Council
      • Laura Schewel
        Founder & CEO, Streetlight Data
      • Aram Shumavon
        CEO, Kevala Analytics
    • 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

      Innovation Track


      Market Street Room

      Industrial Drones

      2016 was a record investment year for drone start-ups. While the first financings we tracked in 2013-14 aimed at breaking into the precision agriculture market, start-ups are now targeting heavier industries such as energy and mining. This session will convene drone innovators, energy, mining and insurance executives to discuss the opportunities that drones bring to these new verticals.

      Moderated by: Jules Besnainou, Director of Product Development, Cleantech Group

      • George Mathew
        Chairman & CEO, Kespry
      • Rob Genieser
        Partner, ETF Partners
      • Praveen Gurukar
        PM, Corporate Actuarial and Analytics, CHUBB
      • Sam Scupham
        Associate Vice President, B&V Growth Accelerator
      • Moderator: Jules Besnainou
        Director of Product Development, Cleantech Group
    • 2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

      Networking Break

    • 3:15 PM -5:00 PM

      Policies and Politics, Probabilities and Possibilities: What issues should we pay attention to, what can we change?

      For our final plenary session, we are dividing it into two parts – one that gives voice to some internationally-minded perspectives on what the road ahead might look like, and a second part that provides more of a lay of the land on US policy. What are the knowns and unknowns, the possibles and the probables, a chance to ask the questions on your mind, and the opportunity to assess how we – individually and collectively – might be able to impact some outcomes.

      Will Trudeau Go where Trump says No?

      One thought that must have occurred to many leaders around the world is whether, in the race for the industries, jobs and the prosperity of the future, the US might be about to cede some ground and advantage to others. Our speaker, Tom Rand, will consider this question both as a general point of strategy, but also taking his home country, Canada, as a case study example. Can Canada open up a lead over the US? What is it doing in this regard? What else might we expect? How all-in will Canada really be, or will certain provinces act as a brake?

      Converting the Commitments of Paris into Investment Plans: How to Catalyze Public and Private Finance 

      The Paris Agreement has been ratified by 117 of the 194 countries, representing 80% of global carbon emissions. One key question around implementation – and the focus of this talk – concerns the availability of the right policies and financial vehicles to unlock the necessary capital flows. Different sources make different estimates on the total capital requirement to implement the targets of the Paris Agreement, but they typically range from $10-15 trillion over 20-30 years.

      Where are we on this journey to finance climate technologies’ scale-up? And how does it impact people at this Forum, the builders and enablers of the innovative companies of the future? Named one of the 20 most influential women in climate change, Dr. Barbara Buchner will share her perspectives from her public-private work to solicit, shape, and test cutting-edge climate finance instruments that resolve financing barriers hindering alternative energy, adaptation, and land use projects.

      Policy Makes Markets: Now More than Ever, Cleantech Must Lead

      Public policy can be a bridge for new technologies to gain a foothold and grow market share – or it can strangle innovation in favor of incumbent systems. Although legislation and regulation can be critical to the success of cleantech products and services, few companies take the time to advocate for their policy interests. This panel discussion will focus on the impacts and opportunities of climate and clean energy policies at the state, federal and international levels to create favorable market signals to cleantech investors, entrepreneurs and consumers alike. It will provide an update on US policy, both federal and state, based on the knowns (as of January 25), and it will consider which are the key policy vehicles in play right now where there are opportunities to leverage influence and impact outcomes. We will also focus onthe imperative for business and innovation leaders to engage in policy advocacy, and the best ways to have your voice heard in these politically charged times.

      We will end with a Closing Reception from 5:00pm -6:00pm. 

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