Speaker Bios

Grant Allen
Senior Vice President
ABB
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Grant Allen is Senior Vice President of ABB Technology Ventures (ATV), the venture capital arm of ABB. Headquartered in Zurich, with offices in Silicon Valley and Washington, DC, ATV invests in high potential power, automation and green technology companies that can benefit from ABB’s engineering resources and broad global access. Grant has led investments in Validus DC Systems (datacenter power systems; acquired 19 months after investment), Scotrenewables (tidal turbines), TaKaDu (water utility SaaS analytics) and Industrial Defender (SCADA/ICS cybersecurity). Prior to ATV, Grant spent almost four years with Core Capital Partners, a $350 million venture fund, where his investments included Infinite Power Solutions (thin-film batteries), Univa (distributed resource management for big data/big compute) and OLO (mobile payments). Earlier in his career, he worked at Microsoft in their Mobile & Embedded Devices division; Jingle Networks (backed by First Round Capital, Goldman Sachs; sold for $63 million); and several start-ups, including a web services firm he co-founded as an undergraduate. He is an active angel investor, a founding member of NextGen Angels and an advisor to Uppidy, Aquicore and Melon (acquired by WegoWise). He is also Chairman of the Ocular Melanoma Foundation, for which he received the EnVest Foundation’s ‘40 Under 40’ award. Grant holds degrees from Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering and The Wharton School.

Evan Burfield
Co-founder
1776
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Evan became an entrepreneur in 1996 when he founded netDecide, shortly after graduating from the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Before he turned 25, he built netDecide into the leading provider of enterprise wealth management solutions for top tier financial service firms such as Bank of America and Ernst & Young. In 2005, Evan graduated with a First Class degree in Joint Honors Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. While at Oxford, he won the Webb Medley prize for most outstanding thesis for his work on the effects of organizational incentives on knowledge sharing. In parallel to his studies at Oxford, Evan was also the Director of Strategy for Oakwood Global Finance, where he led the private equity firm’s analyses of new global markets and new business models in financial services. In 2006, Evan returned to Washington, D.C. to found Synteractive, a consulting firm that builds innovative social apps for startups, corporations, and government agencies.

George Coyle
Manager, Investments - Technology Ventures
ConocoPhillips Company


David Danielson
Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
U.S. Department of Energy
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David Danielson leads the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). As Assistant Secretary, he oversees a broad energy portfolio that is intended to hasten the transition to a clean energy economy. Previously, he was the first Program Director hired by DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). At ARPA-E, he developed and led R&D programs with a budget of more than $100 million that focused on high-risk, high-reward, disruptive clean energy technologies. Prior to joining ARPA-E, he was a clean energy venture capitalist at General Catalyst Partners, a Boston-based venture capital fund. He co-founded the firm's clean energy investment practice and helped build and grow startups in various clean energy technology areas including solar power, wind power, advanced biofuels, bio-gas, carbon capture and storage, and advanced lighting. He was a co-founder of the New England Clean Energy Council. He has authored more than 20 scientific articles in the field of advanced materials. While at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he was the founder and President of the MIT Energy Club and a founding Director of the MIT Energy Conference. For his work in building a strong multidisciplinary energy community at MIT, he was awarded the Karl Taylor Compton Prize, MIT's highest student award. He holds a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Rob Day
Partner
Black Coral Company
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Rob Day is a Partner with Black Coral Capital, based in Boston. He has been a cleantech private equity investor since 2004, and acts or has served as a Director, Observer and advisory board member to multiple companies in the energy tech and related sectors, currently including Noesis (www.noesis.com), Digital Lumens (www.digitallumens.com), Next Step Living (www.nextsteplivinginc.com), Powerit Solutions (www.poweritsolutions.com), and Zeta Communities (www.zetacommunities.com). Rob is the Chair of the upcoming conference "NextWave Greentech Investing", by Greentech Media. He serves as the Co-Chairman of the Cleantech Open – Northeast Region (www.ice-cleantechopen.com), and was previously a co-founder of the Renewable Energy Business Network, a non-profit organization which was acquired in 2009 by the Clean Economy Network (now part of the Advanced Energy Economy www.aee.net). Since 2005 he has also authored the website Cleantech Investing (www.cleantechvc.com), which currently appears on GreentechMedia.com. Formerly a consultant with Bain & Company, Rob has worked with companies and evaluated private equity transactions in the energy/ utilities, telecom, IT, medical/pharmaceutical, and retail industries. Earlier in his career, Rob was a member of the World Resources Institute's Sustainable Enterprise Program, where he co-authored the report The Next Bottom Line: Making Sustainable Development Tangible. Rob received his MBA at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Northwestern University), and his BA at Swarthmore College.

Stephan Dolezalek
Managing Director
VantagePoint Capital Partners
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Stephan has spent more than 25 years in Silicon Valley working exclusively with technology-driven companies. He joined VantagePoint in 1999. He is an active participant in many CleanTech advisory groups, including the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) Leadership Council, the Center for American Progress (CAP) Clean Tech Council and the University of Texas Energy Management and Innovation Center Advisory Board. Prior to joining the Firm, Stephan was a senior partner with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison acting as Managing Partner of that Firm’s Palo Alto Office, Head of the Business and Technology Group and Chairman of the Life Sciences Group. A graduate of the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia (BCP) and the University of Virginia School of Law (JD), he serves on the board of the UVA's School of Architecture Foundation.

Michael Ellis
Partner
Cleantech Group

Michael Ellis leads Cleantech Group/GreenOrder’s Advisory practice, bringing expertise in strategy, marketing, and change management. He leads the firm’s work with General Electric, where the firm has been the principal strategic advisor at the highest levels on the creation, implementation, and ongoing development of ecomagination since its inception in 2004. His other engagements have focused on the development and marketing of product portfolios and identification of new market opportunities. He has presented at numerous conferences on topics including green marketing and associated regulation, electric vehicles, supply chain sustainability, and developing company-wide sustainability and innovation strategies. Previously, while at the consulting firm Katzenbach Partners (now part of Booz & Company), Michael led client projects in change management, cost-cutting, and strategy development. He also founded and led the firm’s cleantech practice area. While at Harvard Business School, Michael consulted to solar and ethanol startups on matters including business model development and greenhouse gas management. Michael graduated from Yale College summa cum laude with a B.A. in Cognitive Science and from Harvard Business School with an MBA, where he was a Baker Scholar.

Vincent Gray
Mayor
Washington, DC
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Sheeraz Haji
CEO
Cleantech Group

As president of the Cleantech Group, Sheeraz Haji is one of the world’s most influential cleantech thought-leaders and trusted advisors to global companies and executives. Prior to joining the company, Sheeraz served for eight years as co-founder and CEO of GetActive, a venture-backed software-as-a-service, customer relationship management company. He led GetActive’s merger with Convio, then as Convio’s president built a company with 1,200 clients and 300 employees. Sheeraz has also worked as a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company; entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR) for El Dorado Ventures; operations executive for GMO, a global management investment firm; and product manager for Digital Impact (acquired by Acxiom). Sheeraz launched his career as an environmental engineer with Environ International. He has Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in environmental engineering from Brown University and Stanford University respectively. Sheeraz also holds dual U.S. and French citizenship.

Ted Howes
Executive Vice President, Advisory
Cleantech Group
7 Minutes in Cleantech: Series of Quick, Engaging Talks Given by Cleantech Stars

Ted Howes leads Cleantech Group/GreenOrder’s advisory efforts and provides a wealth of experience around innovation, strategy and sustainability. He’s a passionate advocate for using design and systems thinking to transform thorny challenges into opportunities and has a long career leading, designing, developing and implementing innovative initiatives. Prior to Cleantech Group, he co-led the sustainability and cleantech domains at the innovation and design consultancy IDEO. He’s worked throughout the energy ecosystem from cleantech start-ups to utilities to the Department of Energy, leading work ranging from making energy efficiency sexy to developing a culture of conservation to designing an in-home display to help residential users visualize, control and connect with their energy use. Ted also previously was Director of Consumer Products at BSR, leading the practice and engaging more than 80 members, ranging from apparel/footwear firms like Nike and Levis to large retailers like IKEA. Ted is a recognized expert in sustainability strategy and implementation. He led the development, global implementation and audit of the much lauded Starbucks sustainable green coffee sourcing program, C.A.F.E. Practices, helped develop metrics and indicators for a national sustainable agriculture initiative and managed the global sustainable cut flower certification program VeriFlora. Ted serves on the Net Impact Advisory Council, chairs The World Economic Forum’s agenda group on sustainable consumption and is on the advisory board of Sustainable Brands. Ted has a MBA from UC Davis in Environmental Management and Strategy and concurrently completed the Corporate Environmental Management program at UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. For his BA in Chinese History at UC Berkeley, Ted explored the development and use of gunpowder to compare technological innovation in China and the west.

Jean-Francois Huc
CEO
BioAmber
Keynotes

Jean-François (“JF”) HUC is the CEO of BioAmber (NYSE:BIOA), which he joined in 2006. He previously led start-ups in the fields of internet, transgenics, and natural health. JF was formerly the corporate VP of Strategic Alliances at Sanofi Pharma and was a partner with management consulting firm Arthur D. Little, where he led ADL’s French healthcare practice. JF has a biochemistry degree from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from York University.

Jeremy Hux
Managing Director, Head of Cleantech Technology
Credit Suisse
Insights from the Innovators


Nikunj Jinsi
Global Head, Clean Technology Investments
International Finance Corporation
Adoption and Growth of Cleantech in Emerging Markets

Nikunj joined IFC in 2003 and heads IFC’s clean technology investment efforts, as part of its Climate Change Business Group. He combines over 20 years of experience in various industry sectors, having worked and lived in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the US. Nikunj blends operational, entrepreneurial, investment banking and over 15 years of emerging market private equity experiences with unique global perspective on several industries. At IFC, Nikunj has led over 18 investments totaling more than US$200 million, for which IFC acted as a (co-)lead and involving other leading private equity and strategic players in Asia, and currently sits on the boards of six Asian companies. Nikunj also is involved with IFC's LP investment program for venture funds in Asia, having evaluated several fund investment opportunities in China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore and India, and sits on the Advisory Board of a leading (US$500mm) China venture fund, and has been responsible for several fund investments in India. Prior to joining IFC in Washington DC, Nikunj spent almost nine years living and working in Asia. Nikunj was the Managing Director and Head of the Singapore office for one of Asia's leading venture funds where he managed theteam making investments in South East Asia and India and was also responsible for managing several Asian LP relations. Prior to this, Nikunj spent 4 years in the Asian investment banking industry providing M&A and corporate finance services to clients throughout the region. In addition, Nikunj was the co-owner of South East Asia's largest independent marketing communications agency, with offices in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, which was successfully sold to Omnicom (NYSE:OMC), the largest media marketing group in the world, in 2002. Mr. Jinsi started his career working for KPN Telecom in the Netherlands, working as a Project Manager. Nikunj obtained an MBA degree from Stanford University (USA), attended as a Fulbright Scholar and an M Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering, from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.

Richard Kidd
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Energy & Sustainability)
U.S. Army

Mr. Richard Kidd became the DASA (E&S) on October 25, 2010. This is his third assignment as a Senior Executive within the Federal Government. In this position he is responsible for overall program direction, establishment of policies, development and refinement of strategies, and oversight for implementation of all programs and initiatives related to Energy Security and Sustainability within the Army. As the Army’s Senior Energy Executive, Mr. Kidd coordinates and integrates both installation (traditional as well as expeditionary) and operational energy programs and strategies. Mr. Kidd graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1986 and served as an Infantry Officer until 1991. After receiving a Masters Degree in Public and Private Management from Yale University, he joined the United Nations in 1993 and served in a variety of international assignments, principally in war affected regions of the world. He joined the Department of State’s Bureau of Political Military-Affairs in 2001 where he served as Special Assistant, Office Director and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary. In July of 2008 he joined the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy where he was responsible for leading the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). In this position he helped to craft Federal level energy policy and assisted all Federal agencies in meeting statutory energy and sustainability requirements in order to promote energy security and environmental stewardship.

Nat Kreamer
CEO
Clean Power Finance
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Nat is the President and CEO and member of the board of directors of Clean Power Finance. He is also the Vice Chairman of the board of directors of the Solar Energy Industries Association. Nat’s original idea to finance solar for consumers led him to co-found SunRun, which he led as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer. Nat was the President and member of the Board of Directors of Acro Energy Technologies, a residential and commercial solar integration company. He created the Chicago Climate Exchange market-making business for Pioneer Futures. Nat has also worked in power industry financial consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers. An officer in the US Navy (Reserves), Nat is an Afghanistan war veteran, where he served in the Special Forces and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. He has a BS from Northwestern University and an MBA from Rice University.

Matt Maloney
Head of Cleantech Practice
Silicon Valley Bank
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Chuck McDermott
General Partner
RockPort Capital Partners
Closing Keynotes

Chuck began his cleantech career over 20 years ago helping to launch in 1984 the nation’s first independent bulk electric power trading company, the predecessor to Citizens Power. In 1986, having directed the successful campaign of Congressman Joseph Kennedy II, Chuck served two terms as his Chief of Staff. He then joined Waste Management, the world’s largest environmental services company, as Vice President for Government Affairs. During his 12 years of senior level energy and environmental policy work in Washington, DC Chuck established strong administrative and strategic relationships that have put him at the forefront of cleantech policy deliberations today. He brought this public/private sector experience to RockPort when he joined in 1998. Chuck studied at Yale University before beginning a 14 year career in the music business as a songwriter, performer and recording artist.

Dr. Ernest Moniz
Secretary of Energy
U.S. Department of Energy

As United States Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz is tasked with implementing critical Department of Energy missions in support of President Obama’s goals of growing the economy, enhancing security and protecting the environment. This encompasses advancing the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, maintaining the nuclear deterrent and reducing the nuclear danger, promoting American leadership in science and clean energy technology innovation, cleaning up the legacy of the cold war, and strengthening management and performance. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Moniz was the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was a faculty member since 1973. At MIT, he headed the Department of Physics and the Bates Linear Accelerator Center. Most recently, Dr. Moniz served as the founding Director of the MIT Energy Initiative and of the MIT Laboratory for Energy and the Environment and was a leader of multidisciplinary technology and policy studies on the future of nuclear power, coal, nuclear fuel cycles, natural gas, and solar energy in a low-carbon world. From 1997 until January 2001, Dr. Moniz served as Under Secretary of the Department of Energy. He was responsible for overseeing the Department’s science and energy programs, leading a comprehensive review of nuclear weapons stockpile stewardship, and serving as the Secretary’s special negotiator for the disposition of Russian nuclear materials. From 1995 to 1997, he served as Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President. In addition to his work at MIT, the White House, and the Department of Energy, Dr. Moniz has served on a number of boards of directors and commissions involving science, energy and security. These include President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the Department of Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee, and the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Dr. Moniz is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Humboldt Foundation, and the American Physical Society. Dr. Moniz received a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude in Physics from Boston College, a Doctorate in Theoretical Physics from Stanford University, and honorary degrees from the University of Athens, the University of Erlangen-Nurenberg, and Michigan State University.

Roderick Morris
Senior Vice President of Marketing & Operations
Opower
7 Minutes in Cleantech: Series of Quick, Engaging Talks Given by Cleantech Stars

Roderick is Opower's chief marketing officer and global leader of the company's client operations P&L. His accountability spans all enterprise Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Marketing, Consumer Marketing on the Opower platform, Retail Operations, Analytics, Engagement Management, as well as Technology Services and SaaS Operations; he also runs Talent Acquisition company-wide. Previously, Roderick was VP, Marketing at Vovici, a leading SaaS provider of customer feedback solutions, where he led marketing, product management, and public and analyst relations. Prior to joining Vovici, Roderick was general manager for LexisNexis US Business Information Solutions, where he built high-growth businesses and consistently raised growth and renewal rates for the P&Ls he managed. He has also worked for Bain & Company, Microsoft, Simmons & Company, and the Corporate Executive Board. He holds an MBA from Stanford and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

John Morton
Chief of Staff
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
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Mark "Puck" Mykleby
Colonel, Senior Fellow, Smart Strategy Initiative
New America Foundation

Mark Mykleby was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps following his graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1987. He was designated a naval aviator in April 1990 and as a qualified F/A-18 pilot in December 1990. From January 1991 to May 2006, he served in five fleet fighter squadrons and performed numerous operational squadron billets to include Director of Safety and Standardization, Pilot Training Officer, Aircraft Maintenance Officer, Operations Officer, Executive Officer, and Commanding Officer. He is a graduate of Marine Weapons and Tactics Instructor School (WTI), the Navy Fighter Weapons School (Topgun), and the Allied Air Forces Central Europe’s Tactical Leadership Program (TLP). Mark’s operational experience includes numerous deployments (land based and ship borne) to the European, Pacific, and Southwest Asian theaters in support of Operations Provite Promise, Deny Flight, Southern Watch, and Iraqi Freedom. His staff experience includes serving as the George Washington Battle Group liaison officer to Joint Task Force-Southwest Asia (Eskan Village, Saudi Arabia) in 1997, serving as a Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Staff Training Program (MSTP) instructor from 1999-2001, and serving as the Harry S. Truman Battle Group liaison officer to the NATO Combined Air Operations Center Five (CAOC-5) headquarters (Poggio Renautico, Italy) in January 2003. In June 2007, Mark was assigned to the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) where he developed strategy for Special Operations Forces. From July 2009 until April 2011, he served as a special strategic assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In that capacity, he co-authored with Navy Captain Wayne Porter A National Strategic Narrative, a concept and vision for a 21st Century grand strategy for the nation. Mark retired from the Marine Corps in July 2011. Mark is now a senior fellow at the New America Foundation where he continues his work on grand strategy and sustainability.

Prabhakar Nair
VP Business Development
LanzaTech
Adoption and Growth of Cleantech in Emerging Markets

Prabhakar joins Lanzatech from UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, where he was most recently marketing director for its RenewableEnergy and Chemicals business unit. In that role, he was responsible for creating linkages and alliances with feedstock suppliers and end users of fuel technologies in the aviation and automotive sectors, tracking global biofuels legislation, and developing the business unit's strategic plan. From 1999-2005, Prabhakar served as General Manager of UOP's India operations. Prior to that he held a variety of Sales, Technical Service and Marketing positions in UOP's other Asian offices as well as at UOP's headquarters in the USA. He holds a BChE from City University of NY, a MChE from Illinois Institute of Technology, an MBA from Northwestern University and he is conversant in several Asian languages.

Greg Neichin
Executive Vice President
Cleantech Group

Greg leads the Cleantech Group’s Research & Advisory business where he assists global enterprises, investors, and public institutions in evaluating cleantech companies and assessing the development of cleantech markets. Greg is responsible for Cleantech Group’s full suite of market intelligence products and oversees an experienced team of Analysts covering a range of cleantech sectors. In addition, he leads the firm’s Advisory activities, where he regularly provides guidance to some of the world’s largest energy companies, technology and services vendors, and government agencies. Greg has personally authored a variety of publications including the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2010 Smart Grid Vendor Ecosystem Review. Greg has a range of expertise helping organizations successfully adapt to innovation and has worked in a variety of consulting, operating, and entrepreneurial roles. Greg began his professional career as a Consultant with Mercer Management Consulting and subsequently advised a global client base on technology trends and commercialization for SRI Consulting Business Intelligence. Greg spent four years on the management team of GetActive (merged with Convio), a developer of CRM software for advocacy and charitable organizations, where he led a variety of sales, marketing, and partnership efforts as Vice President, Business Development and worked in strategy and business development for Redback Networks – a leading telecommunications equipment vendor acquired by Ericsson. In addition, he co-founded PlaceVine, a leading web-based information service. Greg has a B.A. in Economics and Government from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he was a recipient of the Price Fellowship for studies in Entrepreneurial Management.

Billy Parish
Founder
Mosaic
7 Minutes in Cleantech: Series of Quick, Engaging Talks Given by Cleantech Stars

Billy co-founded and grew the Energy Action Coalition into the largest youth organization in the world focused on clean energy and climate solutions. Billy developed a proposal to create a Clean Energy Corps to produce 5 million green jobs, which shaped the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the largest green investment in U.S. history. He has been honored as a Rolling Stone magazine "Climate Hero," an Utne Reader "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" and was elected as a Fellow by Ashoka, the global association of the world's leading social entrepreneurs. Billy is co-author of Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money & Community in a Changing World (Rodale/Penguin 2012).

Nicholas Parker
Chairman
Cleantech Group
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Nicholas Parker co-founded the Cleantech Group, introducing the cleantech concept to the investment and business community in 2002. Previously Nicholas accumulated over 15 years experience starting and investing venture funds worldwide through limited partnerships, family offices, corporate funds and endowments. During this time, he pioneered the first “sustainability” driven private equity funds and participated in one of the first solar IPOs. In the 1990s, he also founded, built and sold an environmental finance firm. He has served as an advisor to multilateral agencies and major corporations. Nicholas earned a BA Hons. in Technology Studies (Carleton University, Ottawa) and an MBA (City University, London), and has authored or edited more than ten publications related to cleantech, finance and international business, starting with Investing in Emerging Economies in 1993. He served as Chairman of E+Co, a public purpose investment company for clean energy enterprises in developing countries, and is on several boards, including: Government of Singapore Cleantech Advisory Board, Canadian Centre of Excellence for Commercialization of Research and the X PRIZE Energy & Environment Council. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). Nicholas has lived and worked in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America and currently resides with his two children in Toronto.

Adrian Pike
CEO
Anesco
Seven Minutes in Cleantech


Anna Rath
CEO
NexSteppe
Adoption and Growth of Cleantech in Emerging Markets

Anna Rath is a pioneer in the development of the dedicated energy crop industry. She was formerly Vice President of Commercial Development for Ceres, where she built and managed all commercial functions including the launch of the world’s first dedicated energy crop brand (Blade®) in 2008. Prior to this, Rath was a consultant with McKinsey focused on corporate strategy, assessment of new business initiatives and business building in various technology sectors. She holds a JD from Yale Law School, an MS in Genetics from the University of Michigan and a BA in Biology from Macalester College.

Dorothy Robyn
Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service
U.S. General Services Administration
Impact of Government Programs on Cleantech Growth

Dorothy Robyn serves as the Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service (PBS) for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). As PBS Commissioner, Dr. Robyn leads one of the largest and most diversified public real estate organizations in the world. The Public Buildings Service is responsible for providing superior workplaces for federal customer agencies at good value for the American taxpayer. Dr. Robyn manages the nationwide asset management, design, construction, leasing, building management and disposal of approximately 375 million square feet of government-owned and leased space, accommodating over 1 million federal workers, and covering all 50 states, six U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. Additionally, Dr. Robyn oversees an annual budget of more than $9.4 billion and a workforce of almost 6,800. Immediately prior to joining GSA, Dr. Robyn served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment at the Department of Defense. At DoD, she was the senior real property officer and provided department-wide oversight of US military bases around the world. These assets are valued at $850 billion and include 29 million acres of land, 300,000 buildings, and 2.2 billion square feet of building space. Dr. Robyn led DoD’s facility energy initiative, which is designed to reduce the Department’s $4 billion-a-year facility energy bill and improve the energy security of military bases that are largely dependent on the commercial electric power grid. She also oversaw the final implementation of the 2005 round of base realignment and closure (BRAC), the largest BRAC round undertaken by DoD, and she led DoD’s effort to get additional BRAC rounds in 2013 and 2015. From 1993 to 2001, Dr. Robyn served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and a senior staff member of the White House National Economic Council. She was responsible for issues in transportation and infrastructure, aerospace and defense, science and technology, and competition policy. Before she joined the DoD in 2009, she was a principal with The Brattle Group, an economic consulting firm that specializes in competition and antitrust, energy and the environment. In the 1980s, Dr. Robyn was an assistant professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where she taught management and business-government policy. She is co-author (with William Baumol) of Toward an Evolutionary Regime for Spectrum Governance: Licensing or Unrestricted Entry? (Brookings Press, 2006) and author of Braking the Special Interests: Trucking Deregulation and the Politics of Policy Reform (University of Chicago Press, 1987). Dr. Robyn holds a B.A. from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. and M.P.P. in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a native of St. Louis, Missouri.

Louise Roenn
Director of Events
Cleantech Group
Global Cleantech 100 Gala

Louise leads Cleantech Group’s global events series, directing all aspects of the Cleantech Forums, Executive Summits, Micro-Events, and International Tours. She heads the team that formulates Cleantech Group's Events Vision and Strategy, Program Development, Positioning and Marketing of each event, and Event Execution. This includes managing relationships with event sponsors, partners, speakers, clients, attendees, VIPs, venues, and vendors. Prior to joining Cleantech Group, Louise founded and managed her own executive events company in Copenhagen and London and served as the Deputy Head of Events at the Grand Freemason Lodge. During the past 10 years, Louise has managed large event teams and provided special events and VIP services at more than 400 events in 26 countries on five continents. Her previous clients include The House of Lords, St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital at Kensington Palace, Royal Armories at Tower of London, The City of London Corporation at London Guildhall, The European Union Parliament at their headquarters in Brussels, The Grand Freemason Lodge in Copenhagen, The Danish Defense Ministry, The Danish Parliament, Heads of States, A-list celebrities, global corporations, and prestigious private foundations across the globe. As a journalist, Louise has authored more than 500 articles for papers and magazines, interviewing musicians, athletes, and celebrities, covering large concerts and sports events. In recent years, Louise has given talks at colleges, universities, on TV, and at other forums on the topic of Executive Event Management, Event Directing and Production, Sustainable Events, Public Relations, and VIP Services. In addition to Louise’s professional work, she has volunteered and traveled as a project manager and event organizer for humanitarian projects and organizations in Eastern Europe, West and South Africa, South Pacific, India and Nepal, Malaysia, Israel, and South America. Louise holds a First Masters Degree in Management and Communication from Roskilde University, Denmark.

Pat Romano
President and CEO
Chargepoint
7 Minutes in Cleantech: Series of Quick, Engaging Talks Given by Cleantech Stars

Pat was formerly the President and CEO of 2Wire which was acquired by Pace plc for $475M. Prior to co-founding 2Wire, Pat held several engineering and marketing positions at Polycom. In 1989, he co-founded Fluent, a digital video networking company, and served as chief architect until the company was sold to Novell in 1993. Pat earned his undergraduate degree in computer science from Harvard University, and received his master's degree from the MIT Media Laboratory. Pat is a hardcore triathlete who has competed in 4 Ironman races to date. When not on a bike, in the water, or pounding the pavement, Pat cruises from point A to B in his Fisker Karma.

Pedro Santos
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
OsComp
How are the World’s Largest Oil & Gas Companies Pursuing Innovation?

Pedro conceived and invented OsComp’s near-isothermal multiphase compression technology while finishing his graduate studies in 2009 and has pioneered the additional technological and engineering developments focused on reducing the cost of transporting gas including delivered CNG on trucks and ships. He is the primary inventor named on all 7 of OsComp’s patent applications. Pedro has been the recipient of numerous technical awards including the Goradia Innovation Prize in 2011, and was a winner in 8+ technical and business competitions. OsComp is a recipient of multiple grants from the National Science Foundation and the US DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), most recently awarded a contract from the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) which is managed by the US Department of Energy. He has been featured on Compressor Tech Magazine, Chemical Engineering Magazine, and received the Dominican Republic presidential award in 2012 recognizing the most accomplished professional in the country under 35 years of age. He was named by Forbes as one of its inaugural “30 under 30” award in the field of energy in December 2011. Prior to starting OsComp, Pedro had been an operations director with a Latin American affiliate of Ingersoll-Rand, one of the World’s largest compression technology and equipment companies, using his expertise to reduce the total operating costs of manufacturing operations throughout the Americas. He holds a certification as one of the youngest professionals to have attained the United States’ Department of Energy’s Airmaster+ certification in compressed air systems and has completed more than 80 industrial energy audits for compression systems. Pedro received Bachelor of Science degrees in engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra and the Rochester Institute of Technology, graduating from both with highest honors and an Master of Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management (MIT Sloan) in Cambridge, MA.

Matthew Scullin
CEO
Alphabet Energy
7 Minutes in Cleantech: Series of Quick, Engaging Talks Given by Cleantech Stars


Paul Straub
Partner
Claremont Creek Ventures
Insights from the Innovators


Paul D. Tonko
Congressman
U.S. House of Representatives
Global Cleantech 100 Gala

Congressman Paul Tonko is a third term member of the United States House of Representatives. He currently represents New York’s 20th Congressional District, including the cities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Springs and his hometown of Amsterdam. For the 113th Congress, Paul was named as a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, the oldest standing committee in the House. First created in December of 1795, the committee has jurisdiction over national energy policy, public and mental health policy and regulation of interstate and foreign commerce, giving it the broadest jurisdiction of any authorizing committee in the House. Prior to joining Congress, Paul was the President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Before that, he served in the New York State Assembly for 25 years, 15 of which he was the Chair of the Assembly Energy Committee. At the age of 26, Paul was the youngest person in the history of Montgomery County to be elected to the County’s Board of Supervisors, which he chaired until 1981. Paul graduated from Clarkson University with a degree in mechanical and industrial engineering. He is a lifelong resident of the city of Amsterdam, New York

Adrian Tuck
CEO
Tendril
7 Minutes in Cleantech: Series of Quick, Engaging Talks Given by Cleantech Stars

Adrian has more than 20 years of executive management and leadership experience in a variety of high-tech fields. As CEO, he is responsible for driving Tendril’s strategic direction and has built a solid customer base, a world-class internal team, and a strong set of partnerships and investors for Tendril. Prior to joining Tendril, Adrian served as both interim CEO and executive vice president of Ember Corporation, a leading semiconductor provider to the Smart Grid, where he guided the company’s market strategy through its critical early-growth stage. As an early pioneer of the Internet of Things market, Adrian was instrumental in the development of the ZigBee standard and served as the vice-chair of the ZigBee Alliance for a number of years. Recognizing the role that policy will play in shaping the Smart Grid and Home Energy Management sectors early on, Adrian has worked tirelessly to secure an active voice within policymaking at public utility commissions and on Capitol Hill. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee as well as the Federal Communications Commission on such topics as technology and the Internet, and energy and the environment. Adrian has received numerous industry accolades, including: the 2011 GridWeek Award for Outstanding Leadership in Advancing the Smart Grid; inclusion on The Networked Grid 100: Movers and Shakers of the Smart Grid; being named Entrepreneur of the Year, alongside Tendril co-founder and CIO Tim Enwall, at the ESPRIT Entrepreneur 2011 Awards; and receiving the 2011 Colorado Cleantech Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association. Adrian sits on the board of the GridWise Alliance, as well as the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder. Adrian received his education at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the British Army’s prestigious officer training academy.

Beth Viola
Senior Policy Advisor
Holland & Knight
Impact of Government Programs on Cleantech Growth

Beth A. Viola is senior policy advisor with Holland & Knight and co-chairs the firm's Energy & Clean Technology Team. Ms. Viola's practice areas include energy and environmental consulting, trade, appropriations and public relations. The primary focus of her practice is working with clean energy technology companies to create sound public policy drivers for their businesses. She works with business leaders and non-profits to advance effective climate change strategies that result in economic and environmental benefits. In addition she is the principal advisor for a number of corporations, communities, organizations and tribal clients providing messaging and crisis communications support. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Viola served as a senior advisor to the White House Council on Environmental Quality. In this capacity, she served as a senior member of a team responsible for advising the president and the vice president on environmental and energy issues. While in the White House, she concentrated on a number of policy issues including climate change, natural resources and smart growth. She served as the primary White House liaison on these issues to elected officials, industry, environmental, religious and labor leaders as well as the media. During the last year of her tenure, she was one of Vice President Gore's chief environmental advisors and served as a senior policy advisor to him during his presidential campaign. She also served as a senior advisor for energy and environmental policy with the John Kerry for President and the Kerry-Edwards campaigns. Ms. Viola is also a former congressional staff member for U.S. Representatives John Edward Porter of Illinois and Claudine Schneider of Rhode Island. Ms. Viola has served as a facilitator for climate change discussions at the Clinton Global Initiative from 2006-2008.

Richard Youngman
Managing Director Europe & Asia
Cleantech Group

Richard Youngman is responsible for driving the growth of the Cleantech Group’s activities outside North America, especially in Europe and Israel, and Asia. He is based in Cleantech Group’s office in London. Richard has more than five years experience researching cleantech innovation, venture capital markets, and start-ups across Europe and Globally. He is a regular keynote speaker at major cleantech events and is the driving force behind the annual Global Cleantech 100, a list of the World’s most promising private cleantech companies. He authors periodic reports, such as The Rise of the Corporation in Cleantech. Most recently, he was Vice President of Research & Operations at Library House, where he ran the Library House Research team, which discovered and collected the information about high-growth companies that underpinned that company’s data, analytical, and event services. Before Library House, Richard ran his own advisory firm conducting research and consulting on the measurement and evaluation of intangible assets and intellectual capital for organizations such as the European Commission.