Speaker Bios

Neil Auerbach
Founder, Managing Partner
Hudson Clean Energy Partners

Mr. Auerbach is founder and Managing Partner of Hudson. Formerly, Mr. Auerbach was a Partner at Goldman Sachs & Co., where he co-founded the U.S. alternative energy investment business within the Special Situations Group and led several of Goldman’s most successful investments in renewable energy. Mr. Auerbach founded and managed several other businesses at Goldman during his seven year tenure with the firm, supervising over 30 professionals in the U.S. and Europe, and presiding over a $3 Billion balance sheet. Mr. Auerbach worked in the firm’s Debt Capital Markets and Credit Derivatives units before joining the Special Situations Group in December 2003.

From 1997-1999, Mr. Auerbach was Managing Director and Head of Structured Capital Markets at Barclays Capital. Mr. Auerbach was at Morgan Stanley from 1995-1997 as Principal (Co-Head) of a joint venture between the firm’s Derivatives & Debt Capital Markets groups. Succeeding his tenure as tax attorney with McDermott, Will & Emery (1991-1992, Partner), Shearman & Sterling (1985-1991, Associate) and Cahill Gordon & Reindel (1984-1985, Associate), Mr. Auerbach served as Branch Chief, Assistant to the Associate Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service (1992-1994).

Mr. Auerbach has an LLM from New York University School of Law, a JD from Boston University School of Law, and a BS from the State University of New York at Albany.

Mr. Auerbach is a member of the Leadership Council, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), and serves on the Executive Committee of ACORE’s Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance. Mr. Auerbach is a member of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, Commissioner on the National Commission on Energy Policy, and serves on the Advisory Council of the Prince of Wales' Rainforest Project. Mr. Auerbach leads Hudson’s global efforts to engage with the political and business communities to develop policy frameworks that best facilitate the scale-up of clean energy.

Carter Bales
New World Capital Group (former Managing Partner, Emeritus)

Carter Bales is Chairman of NewWorld Capital Group and a Founding Partner of the Firm. Before co-founding NewWorld, he was Managing Partner Emeritus of The Wicks Group of Companies, a private equity firm focused on the information industries. He co-founded Wicks in 1989 and was a Managing Partner until assuming the Emeritus role in late 2006.

Mr. Bales was a Director of McKinsey & Company from 1978 to 1998, where he held senior leadership positions, including founding the Firm’s practices in environmental management, information, and state and local government. He left McKinsey in 1998 but continues as an Emeritus Director and Senior Advisor to the Firm.

Early in his career, Mr. Bales served as Assistant Budget Director for the City of New York where he led the development of New York’s air pollution, solid waste management, and water supply programs, and developed the City’s program budgeting system.

Mr. Bales has been active in environmental matters for more than 35 years. In recent years, he has focused on climate change and how greenhouse gas emissions can be abated in cost-effective ways. In 2007, he worked with McKinsey to produce the report entitled Reducing U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions: How Much at What Cost? In 2008 and 2009, he worked with Project Catalyst and other initiatives in framing the economics of carbon abatement strategies.

Mr. Bales is widely viewed as an expert in the environmental field and has published articles and is in demand as a speaker on the topic. His latest article Containing Climate Change (co-authored with Rick Duke) appeared in Foreign Affairs (September-October 2008). He also serves on the boards of a number of leading environmental organizations, including The Nature Conservancy, the Center for Market Innovation at NRDC, and the Clean Economy Network.

Carter Bales graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Economics and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He received a Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Skidmore College

Jim Balthazar
Nuventix, Inc.

Mr. Balthazar is President and CEO of Nuventix and is a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Balthazar has over 29 years of startup business and technical management experience. Prior to establishing Nuventix, Mr. Balthazar served as Vice President of Marketing with Active Power, Inc (ACPW), while it grew from 13 employees through to a successful IPO in 2001. Mr. Balthazar also served in a variety of Sales and Marketing positions over a 12 year period with Convex Computer Corporation (CNVX). He was Vice President of Marketing when Convex was acquired by Hewlett Packard in 1995. Mr. Balthazar began his career as an engineering manager with Structural Dynamics Research Corporation (SDRC). Mr. Balthazar holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from University of Maryland, and a Masters of Engineering from Cornell University.

Stéphane Barbier
Development Director

Since 2006, Mr BARBIER is Development Director of the Investment & Promotion Agency of Lyon and General Secretary of the World Trade Center Lyon, member of the World Trade Centers Association in NYC. He launched the “Boosting Talents” offer which aims at helping entrepreneurs start a tech venture in France, focusing on Life Sciences, Clean Technologies and Information Technology. From 2003 to 2006, Mr BARBIER managed the innovation team of the Lyon Chamber of Commerce. Prior to the Chamber, Mr BARBIER co-founded Partners Consulting in 1996. Partners Consulting specializes in consulting for leading worldwide companies seeking for new products development with world-class innovations. As CEO, he focused on strategic and business developments for the company and initiated joint-ventures in Europe and North-America. From 1995 to 1996, Mr BARBIER was Marketing Director for OTIO France, a French high-tech startup. He set promotional and marketing actions and launched several products on the market. Mr BARBIER holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Management from the University of Lyon.

Assaf Barnea
Kinrot Ventures

Mr. Assaf Barnea is the CEO of Kinrot Ventures. Previously, Mr. Barnea managed the Business Development activity at Mekorot, Israel’s national water company, where he oversaw the establishment of WaTech - the Entrepreneurship & Partnership Center for Water Technologies, a program which supports new innovative water technologies solutions that are relevant to Mekorot's daily operations. Prior to Mekorot, he served for four years as a Director of Business Development at Comverse Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMVT), a global telecom provider. Mr. Barnea is also a Founder and a BOD member of Cardiosense, a medical device start-up company. He is a certified lawyer, holds both law and business degrees from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzelia and a political science and psychology degree from Tel-Aviv University. In his previous career, Mr. Barnea played college basketball at Seton Hall University and professional basketball at Israel's top division and was a member of the Israeli national basketball team.

Frederic Benque
US Invest

Abhijit Bhattacharya
Mission Motors

Philip Brennan
Echogen Power Systems

Philip has 20 years of business development, marketing and sales management experience with Fortune 100 companies and entrepreneurial start-ups. He was the youngest recipient of Georgetown University's Graduate Fellowship for the Masters in Business Administration, entering the program at 22 years old. He has led and managed a variety of businesses, ranging from $220 million + to emerging start-ups. Over his career Phil has conceived, developed, and launched over 100 new products in the plastics, nutraceuticals, food and packaged goods industries, and has previously raised angel financing and prepared companies for the next stage of venture funding. He has held senior and executive management positions in operations, finance, manufacturing, sales and general management for companies Pfizer, Warner Lambert and Rubbermaid.

David Cheng
Senior Manager, Advisory
Cleantech Group

David Cole
Baker & McKenzie

David Cole is a member of the Firm's Corporate & Securities Practice. He co-heads the Firm's North America Cleantech Subgroup and serves as member of the Firm's North American Private Equity Subgroup. Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie, he served as in-house counsel for the National Hockey League's Buffalo Sabres and as an associate at a firm acting as outside counsel on NHL league matters. Mr. Cole helps private equity funds invest in, acquire and divest portfolio companies. He also represents borrowers and lenders in connection with senior credit facilities and mezzanine and other subordinate debt financing.

Practice Focus
Mr. Cole represents private and public companies in overseas and domestic business combination and corporate financial transactions, as well as raising capital through accessing US federal loan guarantees and other financial incentives. He has assisted companies in the acquisition and sale of businesses in the cleantech, renewable energy, information technology and motion picture industries. Additionally, Mr. Cole has closed private equity investments in natural resource extractors and ventured capital investments in the biotech industry.

Mr. Cole holds degrees from George Washington University (J.D. Trial Advocacy Honors) (1994) and the University of Rochester (B.A. cum laude) (1990)

Tim Cresswell*
VP Business
Ameresco Canada

Kevin Czinger*
CEO & President
CODA Automotive

Growing up with two older brothers who were local legends as street racers on the west side of Cleveland, Kevin developed a life-long love of automobiles at an early age. Working with his brothers in their backyard shop, he learned about autos from the ground up and dreamed about building cool cars.

Since then, Kevin has been a car mechanic, a Yalie (where he played football and earned a Law Degree), a teacher and an executive, but most of all he’s been a leader. With a balance of pragmatism and ingenuity in the face of adversity, he believes in building, coaching and motivating highly driven individuals to accomplish the unachievable.

With extensive operating experience in companies such as Goldman Sachs and Bertelsmann AG, and a track record of performance in start-up and emerging growth companies like Webvan Group and Global Signal, Kevin has proven that he’s got the knowledge base and tenacity to bring an all-electric car to market. His role at CODA Automotive as the President and CEO realizes his childhood dream and amalgamates his passions: cars, technology, global connectivity, learning and nature.

Rob Day
Black Coral Capital
Limited Partner Roundtable

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.

Rob was a co-founder of the Renewable Energy Business Network, a non-profit organization which was acquired in 2009 by the Clean Economy Network. Rob continues as a member of the Board of Directors of the Clean Economy Network Foundation. Since 2005 he has also authored the website Cleantech Investing, 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.

Jacques de Chilly
CEO / Executive Director
Aderly / OnlyLyon

Philip Deutch
Managing Partner
NGP Energy Technology Partners

Phil is one of the earliest private equity investors to focus on energy technology in the United States and since 1997 has led investments in energy companies in the areas of renewable energy, power quality/reliability, distributed generation, energy management and control, and power electronics. Phil is a member of the Boards of Directors of Satcon Technologies (NASDAQ: SATC); ISE Corp., TPI Composites, Inc. and American Wind Capital and is a former board member of Lehigh Technologies, Inc., Evergreen Solar (NASDAQ:ESLR), Beacon Power (NASDAQ: BCON), Renewable Energy Group and Northern Power Systems. Prior to founding NGP Energy Technology Partners, Phil was a Managing Director at Perseus, LLC where he led, or co-led, the firm's energy investing activities and was on the firm's Executive Committee. Phil holds a JD with distinction from Stanford Law School and a BA from Amherst College where he majored in Economics and was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Cisco DeVries
President, Renewable Funding LLC & Architect of the PACE program.

Cisco DeVries has worked at the cutting edge of energy, environment, politics and government for over 15 years.

As Chief of Staff to Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, he envisioned and led the initial development of the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. The PACE mechanism has received national and international attention, including being named one of the 20 “world-changing” ideas by Scientific American magazine.

DeVries is now President of Renewable Funding, which helps local and state governments around the country design, administer and finance similar PACE programs. As President he serves as a resource to governments and organizations working on PACE and other financing programs, including providing technical assistance for the U.S. Department of Energy. He has presented at over 100 conferences, trainings, and workshops – including those sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Pacific Gas & Electric, Sierra Club, ICLEI, and others.

Previously, while with the San Francisco firm Staton & Hughes, DeVries provided policy, media, and political guidance for a wide variety of clients from Members of Congress to Fortune 500 companies.

From 1996 to 1998, DeVries was an appointee in the administration of President Bill Clinton, serving as an aide to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and the U.S. Secretary of Energy.

DeVries holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and a Master’s degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Oakland, California with his wife and two sons. He also sits on the Board of the Oakland Museum of Children’s Art.

Brent Dewar
Senior Advisor, Green Order & Former Vice President, Global Chevrolet at General Motors

Brent Dewar joined GreenOrder after nearly three decades as a senior executive at General Motors, where he led brand management, marketing, and sales in a variety of roles for one of the most recognized brands in the world, Chevrolet. Dewar has catalyzed environmental innovation through groundbreaking marketing efforts related to biofuels, hydrogen, and vehicle electrification. His work at GreenOrder is a continuation of this journey -- helping global enterprises advance pragmatic solutions for a more sustainable future.

Prior to joining GreenOrder, Dewar was Vice President, Global Chevrolet. He was responsible for Chevrolet brand marketing and coordination across 130 markets. His passion for the environment and his digital communication expertise re-energized the global Chevrolet brand strategy and resonated with consumers. Dewar’s responsibilities included the launch of Chevrolet’s pioneering electric vehicle, the Chevrolet Volt with extended range.

Before moving back to the U.S. to lead Global Chevrolet, Dewar was Vice President, sales, marketing and aftersales, for GM Europe, where he created a “Green Team” to accelerate eco strategies within GM Europe. Dewar served as a member of the General Motors European Strategy Board and the Saab Automotive Board.

In 2005, Dewar was appointed GM North America (GMNA) Vice President of Marketing and Advertising, responsible for the marketing of GM’s corporate messages, as well as the advertising for its brands in the U.S. and global marketing coordination for the Chevrolet brand. Dewar was recognized by Ad Age as the Number 1 “Power Player” for marketing and media innovation.

Dewar's support for biofuels and alternative propulsion systems laid the foundation for memorable GM marketing campaigns such as “Live Green, Go Yellow” and "Gas Friendly to Gas Free." Dewar also worked on the Chevrolet Equinox “Project Driveway,” the largest automotive hydrogen fuel cell demonstration fleet with real-world consumers.

From April 2000 to March 2003, Dewar was General Manager for GM's Northeast Region, based in New York. Subsequently, he served for two years as General Manager of Chevrolet, launching a variety of new products, as well as one of the largest advertising campaigns in the division's history.

Dewar joined General Motors of Canada in 1978, serving for a decade in a variety of management positions in sales, service, strategic planning, marketing and finance. He came to the U.S. in 1987, joining Chevrolet as manager of strategic planning. He also held several field assignments with Chevrolet before being appointed Executive Director, sales, service and marketing for General Motors Mercosul Region responsible for Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay. Dewar led the Brazilian operations from 1994-2000, and the division in 1997 achieved record sales under his leadership.

A native of Vancouver, Canada, Dewar received his bachelor of commerce degree (BCOMM) in 1978 from the University of British Columbia, with a major in transportation. In 1986, Dewar received his master of business administration (MBA) degree from York University, Toronto. He lives and works in New York City.

William DiCroce
Chief Operating Officer
Veolia Energy NA

David Dolezal
Managing Director & Americas Co-head of Renewables and Cleantech

Michael Edmonds
Global Smart Grid Strategies Director
S&C Electric Company

As S&C’s Global Smart Grid Strategies Director, Mike Edmonds is responsible for the strategy and direction the company’s Smart Grid portfolio, as well as the execution of this strategy. Prior to joining S&C in April 2010 previous roles included Vice President & General Manager of Siemens USA Energy Automation group, where he was responsible for the real-time solutions business for energy management systems, market systems, substation automation, and protection control.

Previous roles included Vice President & General Manager for PTI, whose products and services serve 130 countries in system planning, including early adoption and endorsement of the common information model (CIM).

Edmonds’ experience includes 15 years with large control systems for offshore applications including electric ship, weapon systems, and electrical power system design and build for nuclear and conventional submarines and ships. These systems included deployment of highly automated electrical systems.

Nicholas Eisenberger
Senior Strategist

Shane Eten
Founder & CEO
Feed Resource Recovery

Kurt Faulhaber
Vice President
Macquarie Funds Management
Limited Partner Lunch

Kurt Faulhaber is a Vice President at Macquarie. Mr. Faulhaber has deep Clean Tech domain experience, and focuses on Macquarie Funds Management's Clean Tech investment activities in North America. Prior to joining Macquarie, Mr. Faulhaber was Associate Director at the Clean Energy Incubator, the first of its kind in the US, initiated in 2001 by the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. At the Incubator, Mr. Faulhaber focused on identifying viable Clean Tech ventures and technologies, assisting companies to receive venture capital and private equity funding, providing strategic advice and consultation, and supporting these companies in their launch and growth. In addition, Mr. Faulhaber has had numerous consulting engagements, including an appointment by the Los Alamos National Laboratory to perform financial valuations of Clean Technology equity deals. Mr. Faulhaber began his career in energy efficiency side of the semiconductor industry with Teradyne, Inc. where he led multi-million dollar product developments of Automatic Test Equipment. Mr. Faulhaber received his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Edward Fenster*
Chief Executive Officer
SunRun Inc.

Edward Fenster, Chief Executive Officer

Ed co-founded SunRun because he believes low-cost, renewable energy is the key to environmental preservation and international stability. At SunRun, Ed oversees finance, legal, and regulatory affairs, ensuring that thousands of homeowners can get solar energy for a low upfront cost. Since its founding in 2007, SunRun has grown to become the leading home solar financing company in the United States. Prior to starting SunRun, Ed was a founder of Transforma, CEO of Avestar-IP, and Director of Corporate Development at Asurion Corporation. With the Blackstone Group, Ed completed more than $10 billion in private equity and merger and acquisitions transactions. He is a member of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and also serves as an Advisory Partner to Millennium Technology Value Partners. Ed holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BA from The Johns Hopkins University. Ed and Lynn were also recently awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 award in Northern California.

T. Joseph, III Fisher
Contour Energy Systems

T. Joseph Fisher, III, joined Contour Energy Systems as CEO in February 2008. Prior to joining Contour, he had a successful career with over thirty years at Energizer Battery, where he had held numerous senior management positions including Vice President - Global Rechargeable Battery Business Unit, Vice President and General Manager - Energizer Power Systems, Vice President - Business Development, General Manager - Miniature Batteries, as well as holding several International Management assignments in Europe, Argentina and South Africa. He founded JCF International, LLC, in 2007, where he advised and consulted for several international Portable Power companies. Fisher received his B.S. in Industrial Management from the University of Cincinnati and also has an MBA from the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies, now a part of Marshall University.

Seth Frader-Thompson

Prior to founding EnergyHub, Seth Frader-Thompson served in several managerial and technical roles at Honeybee Robotics, a New York-based company that builds electromechanical systems for NASA’s Mars missions and the Department of Defense. During his tenure at Honeybee Robotics, he worked on the Mars Science Laboratory mission, the Lunar Precursor and Robotic Program, and payloads and tools for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) robots. Seth was also the principal investigator for a DARPA research effort to build a miniature laser vision system for search and rescue robots. He has an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, where his research focused on Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) for Ultracold Atom Optics.

David Freedman
Baker & McKenzie

David Freedman advises on securities and financial services law, public company M&A transactions and infrastructure projects, with a focus on cross-border operations involving France. He is the author of numerous articles for various publications — including Bloomberg Law Reports, Complinet, Mergers & Acquisitions Law Report and World Securities Law Report — on the modernization of the French financial and securities markets and the implementation of European Union securities and financial services legislation in France.

Practice Focus

Mr. Freedman has acted for American, European and Middle East companies and financial institutions on capital markets operations, financial services regulations, merger and acquisition transactions and employee equity plan offerings. He also has experience advising US and European issuers, private equity firms and hedge funds in connection with offerings, purchases and sales of securities and disclosure obligations under the EU Market Abuse, Prospectus, Takeover Bid and Transparency Directives.

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association - Section on Business Law & International Law •International Bar Association - Committee on Banking Law •Association of the Bar of the City of New York - European Affairs Committee Admission U.S. Supreme Court~United States (1990) Paris~France (1990) New York~United States (1987)


Columbia University (J.D.) (1985) Northwestern University (B.S. cum laude) (1981)

Gary Fromer

As chief executive officer of CPower, Gary is responsible for advancing the company's product portfolio and continuing to expand its presence into new and current markets, as well as running the day-to-day operations of the company. Gary joined CPower in 2007. Prior to joining CPower, Gary served as senior vice president of SAP Managed Services, where he oversaw SAP's Hosting, Application Management and CRM on-demand businesses in the Americas. Gary also held various other roles at SAP including: senior vice president, SMB and Hosting; chief strategy officer for SAP Markets, Inc.; and vice president, new business and partner solutions for SAP America, Inc. Prior to joining SAP in 1998, Gary worked at Unisys Corporation. Gary earned a BS in Economics (Finance) from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a BA in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, and a JD from Columbia University Law School.

Jeff Fulgham
Chief Sustainability Officer and Ecomagination Leader
GE Power & Water

Jeff Fulgham is Chief Marketing Officer of GE Water & Process Technologies. In this role, he is responsible for global strategic marketing initiatives on existing and emerging markets, and leads the business intelligence, regional segmentation, and commercial training functions for the business. Before assuming his current role in 2006, Jeff was the General Manager of Global Marketing.

A 28-year veteran in the water industry, Jeff began his career in 1981 in industrial water treatment chemical sales at Nalco. In 1989, he joined Betz Laboratories, Inc. as a field salesman in the Power Division and was promoted to Corporate Sales Manager for Power Generation in 1994. From 1998 to 2002, he held positions of increasing responsibility within the commercial and corporate sales organizations.

Jeff has been a key speaker at numerous industry events, including UN International Water Conference, Goldman Sachs Global Water Conference, US-India Business Council for Green India, NASA Environmental & Energy Conference, and Executive Energy Forum. Jeff was recognized as a member of the Marketing Dream Team by Event Marketer Magazine in 2007. In 2008, he was recognized with the Ex Award by Event Marketer Magazine for his leadership driving GE’s World Water Tour. He was also awarded multiple GE “Proof Not Promises” awards for delivering enhanced customer value.

Jeff holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Ohio State University. He resides in Doylestown, Pennsylvania with his family.

Mark Gaalswyk
Easy Energy Systems

Mark is the driving force behind EES. Mark is the founder and President of EAI, a company he successfully started and grew into a leader in the feed automation industry. EAI received the “Inc. 500” award as one of the 500 fastest growing companies in the nation and also received a U.S. State Legislators award for being a top “Small Business of the Year” in 1999. In 1998, Mark was named, “Technology Leader of the Year” in Minnesota. Several of Mark’s inventions have earned U.S. Agricultural Engineering Awards. Mark’s experience with the manufacture of automated feed systems and the relationships that he has established with the customers of EAI around the country will prove extremely valuable to EES. Mark also serves on the board of directors for the Western Region of the Mayo Clinic.

Kevin Genieser
Managing Director & Head of Clean Energy and Renewables
Morgan Stanley

Kevin Genieser is a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley and the head of the firm’s Clean Energy and Renewables effort. Kevin has worked on a range of financing and strategic advisory assignments in the domestic and international power sectors

Selected Clean Energy transactions include the IPO for A123, the IPO and follow-ons for EnerNOC, the IPO for Tesla, the private placements for Silver Spring Networks, Miasole and Suniva,, strategic sale of SunEdison, Xantrex and OptiSolar, the firm’s investment into BPLGlobal, Heliovolt and BrightSource, the follow-on offering for American Superconductor, the sale of PPM Energy/ScottishPower to Iberdrola and the PTC monetization of a wind portfolio for PPM Energy

Mr. Genieser received an A.B. degree from Harvard College and an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School

Michael Glenn
TALKINGplug / Zerofootprint Software

Michael has been a passionate user and developer of Internet applications for over 15 years. He holds a computer science degree from The University of Western Ontario and his career has spanned institutions in the areas of academia, private corporations, not-for profit organizations and start-ups. Michael co-founded the award winning web development firm Radiant Core Inc

Michael Goguen
Managing Partner
Sequoia Capital

Michael works with energy, internet and technology companies. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 1996, Michael spent 10 years in various engineering, research, and product management roles at DEC, SynOptics and Centillion, and was a director of Engineering at Bay Networks (NT). Michael was also a Technical Chairman of the ATM Forum. Michael has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Jeff Green
Founder & CEO

Mr. Green is an experienced early-stage, venture-backed technology entrepreneur. Previously, as a software entrepreneur, Mr. Green founded two software startups, Archive, Inc. (sold to Cyclone Commerce) and Stamps.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: "STMP"). In both companies, Mr. Green co-wrote the original business plan and played a key role in raising over $300 million in private equity, public and debt financing. At both companies, Mr. Green was responsible for directing the company’s strategy, business model and marketing operations, including product management. Prior to his career as an entrepreneur, Mr. Green garnered marketing and strategy experience at leading companies such as Mitchell Madison, Hewlett Packard and Ziff-Davis. Mr. Green holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from UCLA Anderson.

Courtney Gregoire
Director of the National Export Initiative, International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

Courtney Gregoire became the Director of the National Export Initiative (NEI) for the International Trade Administration at the United States Department of Commerce on April 26, 2010. As Director of the NEI, Courtney is responsible for leading the International Trade Administration’s implementation of President Obama’s goal to double U.S. exports in the next five years and support two million U.S. jobs here at home.

Courtney previously served as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Department of Commerce. Before joining the Obama administration, she served as Legislative Director and Chief Counsel for United States Senator Maria Cantwell. She previously worked as a policy assistant with the Domestic Policy Council in the Clinton White House. Courtney began her career at K&L Gates, an international law firm, counseling companies on legislative and regulatory matters.

Courtney graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Willamette University and received her law degree from Harvard Law School. Originally from Olympia, Washington, Courtney currently lives in Washington D.C. with her husband Scott Lindsay

John Griffith
Climax Global Energy

John Griffith joined Climax Global Energy in 2008 as Chief Executive Officer, having served on the Climax board of directors since 2006. Prior to taking on his current role, John was a Managing Director in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Merrill Lynch & Co. in New York. Over his 14-year career at Merrill Lynch, John specialized in transactions for regulated utilities, energy companies and technology companies. John received an M.B.A with honors from Columbia Business School and a B.A. in Economics from Davidson College. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Student-Partner Alliance.

Christopher Groobey
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Chris Groobey is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice is focused on project finance, corporate finance, and merger and acquisition transactions involving the energy and clean technology industries. He has particular expertise with respect to syndicated loan and debt capital markets transactions; the development, financing, sale, and acquisition of domestic and international energy projects; and arranging capital for new and established energy companies.

Chris's practice is focused on the financing of renewable energy and clean technology companies and their projects. He has extensive experience with all types of renewable energy technologies, including wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and biogas power generation, first- and next-generation biofuels, and new technologies such as fuel cells, wave power, clean water, and agricultural products. He has represented energy and clean technology companies, private equity funds, investment banks, commercial banks, and multilateral agencies in transactions throughout the United States, Latin America, and Asia.

Prior to joining the firm, Chris was a partner at Baker & McKenzie. Earlier in his career, he practiced at Chadbourne & Parke and Perkins Coie.

Hank Habicht
Managing Partner
Sail Venture Partners

Hank joined SAIL in January 2006 as a pioneering figure in the areas of environmental business and policy and a leading contributor to environmental innovation. He has been influential in spearheading many of SAIL's portfolio company investments. Hank and Managing Partner Walter Schindler are responsible for co-managing all aspects of SAIL’s operations and investments.

His career as a leading member of the environmental policy world has included leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Justice as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Environment and Natural Resources Division, and at the U.S. EPA as COO (Deputy Administrator). During his time with the EPA he oversaw the development of new air and water programs to prevent pollution, including the development of the Energy Star program and implementation of market based trading programs under the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments.

In business, Hank served as Senior VP in charge of acquisitions and other divisions of Safety-Kleen, a billion-dollar environmental service company. He has also held positions and started ventures in the for-profit environmental arena, including VP of William D. Ruckelshaus Associates, which co-managed the successful Environmental Venture Fund, one of the first successful green funds in the 1980s. As Co-Founder of Capital E, LLC, a strategic consultancy for emerging renewable energy products and technologies, he advised Fortune 100 and early stage ventures on sustainable growth strategies. He previously served as CEO and is now Vice Chairman of a prestigious non-for-profit corporation that fosters innovation in environmental management and promotes applications of clean technology in emerging markets, called Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF.)

Hank has held numerous Board seats over the years, currently he sits on the Boards of SAIL companies WaterHealth International, and Xtreme Power, and is a Co-Founder of the American Council of Renewable Energy. He is Commissioner of the National Commission on Energy Policy, has advised several Cabinet Secretaries. He is on the Advisory Board to the National Renewable Energy Lab and the Pacific Northwest National Lab. In 1991 the EPA awarded him with the esteemed Total Quality Leadership Award and in 2009 he received the national Richard Mellon Award for Environmental Stewardship. Hank holds a Bachelors degree with High Honors from Princeton University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.

Sheeraz Haji
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.

David Harris
Director of Business Development
Vecor Group

Ed Harwood
Founder & CEO

Ed Harwood, PhD, is founder and CEO of AeroFarms. Ed founded AeroFarms in 2004 as GreatVeggies® LLC based on his own design of an aeroponic growing system. Ed previously served as Associate Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension for Agriculture and CEO of Topline Waikato, Inc. Ed has twenty years experience in corporate product management in the dairy industry, several years in sales and service of weather graphics systems and a number of consulting projects involving food market channel mapping, chief engineer, and small business analysis.

Jacob Hawkinson
CloveHitch Partners

Walter Higgins
Retired Chairman and CEO

Walter M. Higgins III has been a director since 2008. Walter is a member of the Audit Committee and Governance Committee. He is also the retired Chairman, President, and CEO of Sierra Pacific Resources (now called NVEnergy), the electric and gas utility company for most of Nevada and the Lake Tahoe region of California; member of the board of AEGIS, a mutual insurance company, and the executive advisory board of Landis+GRY LLC; trustee of the Foundation of Saint Marys Hospital of Reno, NV, and Sierra Nevada College Foundation; director, South Jersey Energy Company; Executive Committee Member, South Jersey Energy Solutions, LLC; Marina Energy, LLC, South Jersey Energy Service Plus, LLC and South Jersey Resources Group, LLC.

Lori S. Hoberman
Chair - Emerging Companies / Venture Capital Practice
Chadbourne & Parke LLP

Lori S. Hoberman is the chair of the Emerging Companies / Venture Capital practice. Her practice emphasizes venture capital, private equity, and general corporate counseling for emerging as well as later stage and publicly traded companies. She focuses on a range of industries, including telecommunications, software, biotechnology and life sciences, real estate, consumer products, Internet search and advertising, gaming and other media.

Ms. Hoberman has significant experience in the structuring of, and tax planning for, domestic and offshore private equity funds.

John Hudson
Senior Manager

Florence Hudson
Energy & Environment Executive
IBM Corporate Strategy

Florence Hudson is the IBM Energy & Environment Executive in IBM Corporate Strategy, responsible for strategies and execution plans for “green” solutions to benefit clients in their goals to improve their impact on energy & the environment worldwide. Ms. Hudson has held a variety of leadership positions in IBM, including Vice President of Marketing & Strategy for IBM System z mainframes globally. She was also an executive-on-loan and IBM Vice President of Strategic Planning to the Society of Women Engineers, where she developed and executed new programs to inspire more girls and women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics worldwide. She is an active member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and served as the first Special Director of the SWE Board of Directors. She was honored with the 2008 Society of Women Engineers Upward Mobility Award for her exemplary business and technical leadership, and for serving as an outstanding mentor and role model for women worldwide. She is an active proponent for IBM’s Women in Technology Initiative, encouraging young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Christopher Irwin
Smart Grid Standards & Interoperability Coordinator
Department of Energy

Congressman Steve Israel
New York
United States Congress

Congressman Steve Israel represents New York's 2nd Congressional District, including the Long Island communities of Huntington, Babylon, Islip, Smithtown and Oyster Bay. He was first sworn into Congress in 2001.

Israel is a member of the House Appropriations Committee. He serves on the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds the Department of Energy and Army Corps of Engineers; the Financial Services Subcommittee; and the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds the U.S. State Department and all U.S. foreign policy activities.

Israel was appointed to the Select Intelligence Oversight Panel, which consists of only 13 Members who review budgets and programs by the US intelligence community. The panel was a key recommendation of the 9-11 Commission.

Israel previously served on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Financial Services Committee.

Scott Jacobs
Expert Associate Principal
McKinsey & Company

Scott Jacobs, an Associate Principal in McKinsey & Company’s San Francisco office, co-founded the Firm’s global CleanTech practice. Scott works with technology, energy, automotive, private equity and public sector clients across a wide range of functions relating to clean energy technology, including international market expansion,
M&A strategy, regulation strategy, manufacturing and operations, alliances, and investing. He has also led several research initiatives in CleanTech, including vehicle electrification, energy storage and disruptive materials innovations. His recent engagements include advising a sovereign wealth fund on cleantech investment strategies, helping a renewable energy company expand its global footprint, working with national government leaders on global, national and regional clean energy initiatives, and advising a major automotive OEM on its regulatory strategy. In
November 2008, he took a three-month leave of absence to serve on President Obama's
transition team, advising on clean energy and transportation policy.

David M Johnson
Achates Power

David Johnson was named President and CEO of Achates Power in August 2008. Achates Power is developing Fundamentally Better Engines™ to enable a sustainable future.

Prior to joining Achates Power, Johnson was Vice President of Product Operations for Military and Export markets at Navistar. He served as the Program Manager for the MaxxPro™ line of Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicles which were delivered in record time and record quantities for deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan to better protect our soldiers.

Prior to Navistar, Johnson worked for General Motors and Ford Motor Company. At GM he was Program Manager and Chief Engineer for multiple clean-diesel engine programs for Opel, Saab and Renault passenger vehicles. At Ford he led the development and launch of the SuperDuty line of full-size pickup trucks with an all new Power Stroke diesel engine.

Johnson earned an MBA and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.

K'Lynne Johnson
Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc.

K'Lynne has worked within the oil and petrochemicals industry over the past 19 years for Amoco, BP and Innovene. During this time she has worked in a variety of roles covering general business management, e-commerce, supply chain optimization, HR management, strategy development, leadership development and organizational design and effectiveness. Prior to her current role as CEO of Elevance, K'Lynne was the Senior Vice President of the Global Derivatives operating company within Innovene. K'Lynne's SVP role included P&L accountability for multiple global commodity and specialty chemicals businesses with revenues of $3 billion and 1100 employees across North America, Europe and Asia. The Global Derivatives business was one of three operating companies within Innovene, one of world's largest global petrochemical and refining companies with 2005 revenues of $26 billion and 8200 employees. K'Lynne's background includes a Masters degree in Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Management and a BS in organizational psychology.

Albin Jourda
Founder & CEO
French Cleantech

Albin founded French Cleantech in 2007 to promote innovative companies and facilitate connections between ideas and industry. Today, Albin works with public institutions, R&D centers, financial investors, energy companies to develop synergies and give life to cleantech innovations. With a passion for environment and a strong expertise in corporate finance (M&A and fund raising), Albin decided to bring its contribution by promoting innovations which reduce CO2 emissions and accelerate transition to sustainable development.

Before founding French Cleantech, Albin acquired more than 10 years of dedicated technology transactions experience. Albin was Managing Director at Gallium Moore providing corporate finance and business development services. Prior to Gallium Moore, he was Director at Canaccord Adams in Boston and San Francisco, where he led mergers and acquisitions transactions across a wide range of high tech segments ( IT, cleantech, biotech). He previously served as M&A analyst at Regent Associates focusing on IT, telecom, electronics and digital media industries.

Albin graduated form EM Lyon and holds a M.S in economics from the Lyon II University and Babson (Boston). Albin’s cleantech expertise with French Cleantech has been recognized through its active participation in Cleantech conventions, public institutions, embassies and industrials advisory. He is also writing articles for various publications on the cleantech industry.

Bruce Kahn
Director and Senior Investment Analyst
Deutsche Asset Management

Bruce Kahn, Director and Senior Investment Analyst at Deutsche Asset Management, advises portfolio managers and product developers on the thematic trends of climate change in both traditional and alternative investments. Mr. Kahn joined Deutsche Bank in 2008 with over 20 years of experience in environmental research and investments. He is a trustee of the Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation and holds a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Richard Kauffman
Chairman of the Board
Levi Strauss and Co. (former CEO, Good Energies & Board Observer, Coalition for Green Capital)

Richard is the current Chairman of the Board at Levi Strauss & Co. as well the COO of Cofra Holdings AG. Mr. Kauffman served as the Chief Executive Officer, President and Managing Director of Good Energies Inc. and Senior Executive of Debt and Equity Capital Markets of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. During his long career, Mr. Kauffman has had broad experience in capital markets and corporate finance. Before joining Goldman Sachs, he was vice chairman of Morgan Stanley’s Institutional Securities Business and co-head of its Banking Department.

Marc Khouzami
Assistant Vice President
Deutsche Asset Management

Marc Khouzami is an Assistant Vice President at Deutsche Asset Management ("DeAM") and part of the private equity investment team at DB Climate Change Advisors, based in New York, where he is responsible for sourcing, screening and executing investments in various clean technology and climate change sectors, including renewable and alternative energy, waste management, water management, energy efficiency, sustainable products, and sustainable agriculture. Mr. Khouzami has nearly a decade of experience in private equity, investment banking and corporate finance in various industries.

Prior to joining DeAM in 2009, Mr. Khouzami worked for two years at Sustainable Development Investments, a unit of Citi Alternative Investments where he acted as the lead associate on three investments: HydroPoint Data Systems, Inc., Enertech Environmental, Inc. and MBA Polymers, Inc. In additional to deal sourcing, screening and execution, Mr. Khouzami was also responsible for monitoring these portfolio companies post investment.

Mr. Khouzami holds a Master of Business Administration with honors from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and economics from Vanderbilt University.

Robert Kiss
Managing Director
J.P. Morgan Investment Management

Mr. Kiss is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager in the Private Equity Group of J.P. Morgan Asset Management. His responsibilities include evaluating and investing in venture capital, growth equity and leveraged buyouts through private equity partnerships and direct investments. Mr. Kiss serves on the advisory boards of numerous private equity and venture capital partnerships. J.P. Morgan’s Private Equity program is one of the largest programs in the industry with over $20 billion in private equity assets. The Group manages a majority of these assets within a fund of funds program on behalf of more than 100 leading global institutions. Additionally the group oversees private equity assets comprising over 280 partnerships, direct and secondary investments on behalf of several institutional investors.

Prior to joining J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Mr. Kiss worked at J.P. Morgan Capital Corporation where he was responsible for direct private equity investments. Prior to J.P. Morgan Capital, Mr. Kiss spent ten years in investment banking with J.P. Morgan where he advised clients on mergers and acquisitions, capital restructurings and initial public offerings in a variety of industries including the energy and power sectors. Prior to J.P. Morgan, Mr. Kiss was a drilling engineer, reservoir engineer and managing petroleum engineer for Exxon responsible for oil and gas development in the Gulf of Mexico. Mr. Kiss earned his undergraduate degree in engineering from Lehigh University. He is a CFA charterholder and is a member of the CFA Institute.

James Kohlhaas
VP, Energy Initiatives
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Jim Kohlhaas recently accepted the position of Vice President, Energy Initiatives with Corporate Engineering & Technology (CE&T) reporting to Dr. Ray Johnson. Jim is now responsible for developing the strategic direction for the CE&T Energy Campaign and will be working closely with business areas and Corporate Strategy and Business Development to leverage capabilities and grow the business in the expanding energy market.

Prior to this new position, Mr. Kohlhaas served as Vice President of Spatial Solutions, within the Information Systems & Global Services-INTEL business for the Lockheed Martin Corporation. He was charged with delivering spatial intelligence and information solutions to national, tactical, and civil communities.

Mr. Kohlhaas orchestrated Net-Centric strategies across LM’s programs and initiatives. As part of this role he was responsible for delivering prototypes, experiments and analysis that demonstrates the advantages of a net-centric approach. This content is displayed at Lockheed Martin’s Center for Innovation in Suffolk, VA. In its first year, over 15,000 visitors have been to the Center creating a key discriminator for LM.

Mr. Kohlhaas has been with Lockheed Martin for 20 years, mostly involving classified space and information systems within the intelligence community. He has served as Chief Engineer, Chief Architect, and Program Manager on those programs. Next, he started the Solutions Program to better focus company investments on understanding the applicability of commercial solutions to customer problems. The output of this effort was the Intelligent Information Factory, an architecture instance that has been tailored for key customers.

Graduating with a degree in Petroleum Engineering from Penn State University and completing the coursework towards a Masters in Engineering Science, Mr. Kohlhaas is a certified Program Manager, LM Fellow Emeritus and 2 time winner of the LM NOVA award. In addition, he servers on Penn State University’s College of IS&T advisory board.

Suresh Kumar
Assistant Commerce Secretary & Director General of the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service
United States Department of Commerce

Suresh Kumar was nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General for the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service at the U.S. Department of Commerce. As Assistant Secretary and Director General, Mr. Kumar leads the U.S & Foreign Commercial Service (USFCS). The extensive worldwide network of the USFCS extends to 109 offices across the U.S and 127 offices overseas in 77 countries. USFCS is the trade promotion arm of the US Government that supports and provides customized solutions to U.S. businesses so that they can compete and win in the global marketplace.

Prior to his joining the Obama administration, Suresh Kumar spent over thirty years as an international businessman, consultant, coach and professor of management educations. Mr. Kumar has led global businesses of major US corporations and been responsible for business units across all continents. Between 1999 and 2003 Mr. Kumar headed the Worldwide Consumer Pharmaceuticals business of Johnson & Johnson and served on the corporation’s Group Operating Committee. He is credited with turning around the Emerging Markets business, establishing collaborations, developing and commercializing innovation pipeline, and building stakeholder trust in the corporation’s diverse global businesses. Mr. Kumar previously led consumer healthcare, confectionery and grooming businesses of Warner Lambert/ Pfizer as Vice President, Consumer Products for Latin America and Asia. Mr. Kumar is former member of the board of the World Self-Medication Industry (WSMI) and has served on the global councils of the American Management Association (AMA), the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), and Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) and the Thunderbird School of Global Management. In 2004 Mr. Kumar was named Distinguished Executive-in-Residence by Thunderbird School of Global Management for his contributions to global trade.

Most recently Mr. Kumar was President & Managing Partner of KaiZen Innovation®, a Management Consulting firm he founded in 2004 to “improve lives and livelihoods”. The firm specializes in developing global commerce: establishing public-private collaborations that spur development, helping businesses extend their global footprint, and installing global marketing processes and programs. Mr. Kumar has served as a consultant to leading institutions and corporations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the African Development Bank and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Between 2006 and 2007 Mr. Kumar served as Special Advisor to the Clinton Foundation and worked with Governments in Sub Saharan Africa and corporate CEOs to establish collaborative business models and execute farmer and market friendly programs to promote food security and stimulate economic development in the region.

Mr. Kumar has published on global management and served as adjunct faculty member at the Schulich School of Business at Toronto’s York University, Bombay University, India and has been appointed Professor of International Business at Rutgers University EMBA program. Between 1970 and 1985 Mr. Kumar was news and sports anchor on national television in India. He has an Economics degree from Delhi University, an MBA from Bombay University, and is alum of the Thunderbird International Consortium Program.

Emily Bockian Landsburg
BlackGold Biofuels

An expert in market-driven implementation of environmentally sustainable technologies, Landsburg previously built southeastern Pennsylvania’s largest biodiesel distribution business. Here she assisted municipalities and utilities such as the City of Philadelphia and Exelon switch to biodiesel in a seamless and cost-effective manner. Previously, Landsburg successfully started and sold a business addressing sewage disposal in the marine industry. A nationally recognized leader, she serves as the Co-Chair of Water Environment Federation’s Biofuels Task Force, Chair of the National Biodiesel Board’s Sustainability Task Force, and was named one of Philadelphia’s Emerging 101 Connectors by Leadership Philadelphia. Landsburg graduated magna cum laude in applied math from Columbia University and is an Environmental Leadership Program Fellow

Jonathan Lauckner
General Motors Ventures, LLC

Dave Leonard*
President & CEO
Redwood Systems Inc

Dave founded Redwood Systems in 2008 with the driving belief that LED lighting presented entirely new opportunities to create smart and energy optimized commercial lighting and smart building solutions. Prior to forming Redwood, Dave was VP and GM of Cisco System’s Desktop Switching Business Unit (DSBU), Cisco’s largest and most profitable business unit with revenues reaching a $6B annual run rate for FY08. Along with LAN access, DSBU also provides switching solutions for Metro Ethernet, Industrial Ethernet, and Data Center Blade Servers. During his career at Cisco, Dave has held several executive management positions including: VP and GMP of the Wireless Networking Business Unit (WNBU) and VP of Engineering for WNBU

Dave arrived at Cisco by way of Cisco’s acquisition of Grand Junction Networks in 1995. At Grand Junction, Dave served as an engineering leader charged with developing Grand Junction’s first 100 mbs Ethernet switch. Prior to Grand Junction, Dave held leadership positions at Sun Microsystems, Amdahl Corporation, Cray Research and Hewlett-Packard.

In addition to his executive role at Redwood Systems, Dave also serves as the Executive Chairman of Agito Networks’ Board of Directors. Mr. Leonard earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado.

Scott Livingston
Livingston Securities

Scott Livingston, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Livingston Securities LLC.
Mr. Livingston has been working on emerging technologies at Wall Street firms for over 18 years and has specialized in nanotechnologies since 2002. Mr. Livingston has been called "sharp and highly connected" by the Forbes Wolfe Nanotechnology Report (July 1, 2005) and has been a keynote speaker on advanced technology investment trends at MIT, the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), the Nanobusiness Alliance, Brookhaven National Labs, Rice University Center for Nanotechnology, the Lawrence Berkeley Labs, Albany Nanotech, Hillary Clinton's Jobs for New York, the US Congress Nanotechnology Caucus and the US Congress High Tech Caucus, and at conferences on economic development and job creation through investment in advanced technologies in over a dozen states across America. In addition, Mr. Livingston is also the creator of the annual "Livingston Nanotechnology Conference," Wall Street's largest annual nanotechnology investor conference since 2005.

From 2005 to 2009 Mr. Livingston was a Managing Director at Axiom Capital Management, Inc, and head of the Livingston Group, a division within Axiom focused on nanotechnology. From 2000 to 2005 Mr. Livingston was a Director in the Private Investment Management Division at Lehman Brothers. While at Lehman in 2002, Mr. Livingston began his focus on nanotechnology and started to cover the field for institutional and individual investors. From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Livingston served as a Director in the Private Client Group at Cowen & Co (later renamed SG Cowen Securities), where he was a member of the Chairman's Club from 1998 to 2000 the firm's highest honor for private client management. While at Cowen, Mr. Livingston focused on emerging technology trends, including genomics, Y2K preparedness and defense technologies. From 1993 to 1996 Mr. Livingston was a Senior Vice President in the Private Client Group at Smith Barney Inc. Mr. Livingston was named a Senior Vice President in 1993, at the age of 24, one of the youngest appointees for the firm at that time. While at Smith Barney Mr. Livingston focused on emerging technology trends, including biotechnology, data networking and telecommunications services. From 1992 to 1993 Mr. Livingston was a Vice President at Shearson Lehman Hutton, Inc. Smith Barney Inc. acquired Shearson Lehman Hutton in March of 1993. From 1989 to 1992 Mr. Livingston was an investment representative with Citigroup Global Markets.

Mr. Livingston graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in International Economic Relations. Mr. Livingston is a Board Member of the Nanobusiness Alliance and a founding Board Member of the New York Nanobusiness Alliance. Mr. Livingston is also a founding member of the Water Innovations Alliance. Mr. Livingston sits on the Board of the Dolan DNA Learning Center of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the NanoEthics Group

Frank Magnotti
Founder of Comverge & President and CEO

Frank is CEO and responsible for the growth of Fluitec. He is an officer of the company and leads Fluitec's Executive Council. Frank also holds P&L responsibility and reports to our board. Previously, he was founder of Comverge (NASDAQ: COMV) and President of the company's Clean Energy Solutions Group. Frank Magnotti began his career with Bell Labs, the research and development arm of AT&T, holding research, program management, strategic planning and general management positions during his 14-year term, ultimately founding AT&T Bell Labs' Utility Solutions Division in 1991. In 1995, Frank Magnotti began his tenure as General Manager of Lucent Technology, Inc.'s (ALU) Utility development, project management and profit and loss. From there, Frank Magnotti joined Comverge as subsidiary of what is known today as Acorn Energy Group (ACFN). Today, Comverge is the leading full-service demand response firm, serving both the residential and commericial/industrial markets. Frank Magnotti has served as both Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Demand Response and Advanced Metering Coalition (DRAM) and holds two patents. He holds B.E. and M.E. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Cooper Union School of Engineering.

Dr. Arun Majumdar
Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), US Department of Energy

Arun Majumdar became the first Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), the country’s only agency devoted to transformational energy research and development, in October 2009.

Prior to joining ARPA-E, Majumdar was the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Environment at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. His highly distinguished research career includes the science and engineering of energy conversion, transport, and storage ranging from molecular and nanoscale level to large energy systems. In 2005, Majumdar was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering for this pioneering work.

At Berkeley Labs and UC Berkeley, Majumdar helped shape several strategic initiatives in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy storage. He also testified before Congress on how to reduce energy consumption in buildings. Majumdar has also served on the advisory committee of the National Science Foundation's engineering directorate, was a member of the advisory council to the materials sciences and engineering division of the Department of Energy’s Basic Energy Sciences, and was an advisor on nanotechnology to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Additionally, Majumdar has served as an advisor to startup companies and venture capital firms in the Silicon Valley.

He received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1985 and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989.

Aaron Mandell
Oasys Water

Aaron Mandell is Co-founder and Managing Partner of GreatPoint Ventures and President/CEO of Oasys Water. Mr. Mandell is also a co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of GreatPoint Energy (GPE); a leading technology-driven natural resources company producing clean natural gas from coal, pet coke, biomass and wastes. Mr. Mandell identified the original technology on which GPE was formed and assembled and managed engineering/R&D as the company’s Chief Technology Officer until July 2008. Mr. Mandell is also a founder of Coskata, a leader in next generation fuels, and a co-founder of Altarock, an enhanced geothermal power development company. Previously, Mr. Mandell co-founded and was CTO of Coatue where he was responsible for technology development of the company’s polymer memory chip (acquired by NYSE: AMD in 2004).

Mr. Mandell has a technical background in environmental engineering and conducted his graduate research on groundwater remediation and modeling under a joint fellowship at the University of Vermont and Tel-Aviv University in Israel. During his graduate years he was advised by two world renowned water scientists; Dr. George Pinder, widely regarded as the father of groundwater modeling and Dr. Gideon Dagan, recipient of the 1998 Stockholm Water Prize. Since his early undergraduate years, Mr. Mandell’s passion has always been in the science and engineering of the environment and in the interaction human beings develop with the planet and our natural resources. Mr. Mandell holds a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Vermont and has held visiting scientist appointments at MIT and Tel-Aviv University. Mr. Mandell is a member of the Board of Advisors of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Vermont.

Jean-Frédéric Martin

Jean-Frédéric began his career as a technological expert in the fields of microsystems &
renewable energy. He then moved on to spend 12 years in automotive quality management, and in sales support for electrotechnic products. I worked for companies in France, Germany, Italy and Eastern Europe.

In 2005 he initiated the project microgenerator (ie piezo energy harvesting device) with a prestigious engineering school Lab. From this date Arveni s.a.s. was incorporated, and received many awards, the last being "Best of Sensors" in June 2010 in Chicago. This year, Arveni was selected as the "unique" company to receive this prize in the "Technology" category.

Arveni owns 5 licences of patents, and JeI filed/co-filed 4 patents on piezoenergy harvesting, which makes Arveni the technical leader in high power energy harvesting. Arveni received a grant of 100,000 Euros before incorporation, and 280,000 Euros as a prize for innovation. In mid 2009 Arveni did their first round of capital raising with BA for 280,000 Euros. Arveni works for leading, global customers, and will need fund raising in Quarter 2 of 2011. Visit our website for more info: www.arveni.com

Robert H. McCooey, Jr.
Senior Vice President of New Listings and Capital Markets

Robert H. McCooey, Jr. is the Senior Vice President of New Listings and the Capital Markets Group.  In this role, Mr. McCooey manages NASDAQ’s new listings efforts domestically, in the Americas and throughout the Asia Pacific region. Additionally, Mr. McCooey leads the Capital Markets Group.  Formed in 2006, the Capital Markets Group is primarily responsible for venture capital, private equity, and investment banking outreach and works to further NASDAQ OMX’s mission to support their business goals and growth plans.  Mr. McCooey joined NASDAQ in December 2006. 

Mr. McCooey has a long and extensive background in the capital markets. Prior to joining The NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc., Mr. McCooey served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Griswold Company, an agency broker-dealer he founded in 1988 which delivered execution services to both prominent and developing buy-side institutions.  He also served on the New York Stock Exchange Board of Executives from 2003 – 2006 and was a New York Stock Exchange Floor Official for eight terms.  Mr. McCooey served on the NYSE’s Group Market Performance Committee and was chairman of the NYSE’s Technology and Planning Oversight Committee.  In addition, he served on the Board of the NYSE Foundation, which he joined in 2003; the board of the Securities Industry Automation Corporation (SIAC), the technology subsidiary of the New York Stock Exchange and the American Stock Exchange; and on the Committee for Review, part of NYSE Regulation.  He is a member of the National Organization of Investment Professionals (NOIP).

Mr. McCooey is a member of the Board or Directors of his alma mater, Iona Preparatory School in New Rochelle, NY, St. Vincent’s Hospital in Westchester, NY and Youth, I.N.C., the NYC-based charity focused on Improving Non-profits for Children. Mr. McCooey attended the College of Holy Cross.

Chuck McDermott
General Partner
Rockport Capital Partners

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.

Eugene McGrath
Former Chairman & CEO
Consolidated Edison

Eugene R. McGrath is the former Chairman of the Board of Consolidated Edison, Inc., a holding company whose largest subsidiary is Consolidated Edison Company of New York. Mr. McGrath joined Con Edison as an engineer following graduation from college in 1963. He held key executive positions in the utility’s major operating and customer service areas and managed fossil-fired and nuclear generating plants. He became Chairman in 1990 and served as Chief Executive Officer from 1990 through August 2005.
Mr. McGrath currently serves as a Director or Trustee of Con Edison, Associated Electric & Gas Services Limited, GAMCO Investors, Inc., Sensus (Bermuda 2) Ltd. and Sensus USA Inc. He served as a director of the Schering Plough Corporation from 2000 to 2009.
Mr. McGrath served on the board of directors of many organizations that advance economic development, human services, culture and education, including the Economic Club of New York, The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Committee for Economic Development, Edison Electric Institute, the Fresh Air Fund, Barnard College, Manhattan College, the Partnership for New York City, the American Museum of Natural History and the Wildlife Conservation Society. He served as Chairman of the Business Council of New York State, the Regional Plan Association, the Union Square Partnership, United Way of New York City and the Energy Association of New York State. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1991.

Bruce Moeller

Bruce Moeller began his career with GD Searle’s medical instrumentation group and has devoted years to ITT, Kurta Corp. Mutoh Industries, Bell & Howell Inc., Carlson Marketing, DriveCam Inc. and now leads AquaSpy Inc. as its’ CEO. The common thread in his career has been developing innovative businesses which help people lead a better life. Whether it be finding faster and better ways to predict medical problems or as in the case of DriveCam, to prevent the destructive driving patterns which maim and kill millions each year, to the now current endeavor with AquaSpy to sustain the precious life giving resource of water, the attraction is to work in businesses that make a large impact on human life.

With a high tech background in innovation, Moeller has successfully raised $ tens of millions of dollars for several entrepreneurial Companies resulting in some of the better known products and services which have created and expanded industries. Bruce is a two time author, frequent guest of Good Morning America, the Today show, CBS’ Early Morning, CNN, Fox and others for his passionate work with keeping people alive and healthy. A former Entrepreneur of the Year, Risk Innovator of the Year, Personal Responsibility award winner, and serial Entrepreneur, Moeller is married with 6 children and resides in Carmel Indiana now attacking the challenges of growing a newly formed business and educating the world on the severity of the worldwide water crisis looming and what we can do to mitigate that potential destruction.

Francis J. Murray Jr.
President and CEO
New York State Energy & Research Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Francis J. Murray, Jr. was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on January 26, 2009.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Murray served as Senior Advisor at the international environmental consulting firm Ecology and Environment, Inc., where he provided strategic policy and market development guidance on environmental and energy issues to a number of private sector and not-for-profit clients. Mr. Murray also represented the Pace Energy and Climate Center and the Natural Resources Defense Council in the New York Public Service Commission proceeding to establish an energy efficiency portfolio standard program.

From 1996 to 1997, Mr. Murray was policy advisor to the United States Secretary of Energy, assisting in the development of the Clinton Administration’s national energy policy.

Mr. Murray served from 1992 to 1994 as the New York State Commissioner of Energy and Chairman of the NYSERDA Board of Directors, then a statutory function of the State Energy Commissioner. At that time, he also served as Chairman of the State Energy Planning Board, a multi-agency statutory board charged with the responsibility of developing a comprehensive, integrated energy plan for the State that integrated State energy, environmental and economic development policies.

In 1985, Mr. Murray was appointed Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Energy and the Environment, a position he held until 1992. He served from 1983 to 1985 as Assistant Secretary for Energy and the Environment in the administration of New York State Governor Mario M. Cuomo. He represented New York in numerous national and regional energy and environmental activities, including the Coalition of Northeastern Governors, the National Governors’ Association, and the Council of Great Lakes Governors. Mr. Murray began his work on New York State energy issues as legislative counsel and then as an energy and environmental policy advisor to Governor Hugh Carey from 1977 to 1982. He began his career in public service as a legislative assistant to Congressman James V. Stanton (D-Ohio).

Mr. Murray received his Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service cum laude from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center

Ullas Naik
Managing Director
Globespan Capital Partners

Ullas has been a Managing Director with Globespan Capital Partners since the firm’s inception. He leads Globespan's Cleantech investment practice and also focuses on investments in Internet/Enterprise Infrastructure companies.

Ullas serves on the boards of CaliSolar, Certeon, Nantero, Optaros, Solar Power Partners and ZeaChem. He is an observer on the the boards of Copan Systems, Coskata and GlassHouse Technologies. Previously, he led Globespan's investments in Advent Solar (acquired by Applied Materials), BladeLogic (NASDAQ:BLOG), Millennial Net (acquired by Festo), Pirus Networks (acquired by Sun Microsystems) and Revivio (acquired by Symantec Corp).

Prior to Globespan, Ullas served as Managing Director of JAFCO Ventures. Before that, he served as a Senior Vice President in the Technology Research Group at First Albany, where he was named a "Wall Street All-Star" by Fortune Magazine and recognized by The Wall Street Journal as one of the top technology analysts in the country.

Ullas earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Bombay University in India and an MBA from Bentley College.

Greg Neichin
VP Advisory Services & Senior Smart Grid Analyst
Cleantech Group

Greg is a Managing Director of Cleantech Group’s Advisory Services where he assists global enterprises, investors, and public institutions in navigating and capitalizing on cleantech markets and solutions.

Greg has a range of expertise helping organizations successfully adapt to innovation and has worked in a variety of consulting, operating, and entrepreneurial roles. Previously, he co-founded PlaceVine, a leading web-based information service for the entertainment marketing industry. Prior to PlaceVine, 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. He has written and consulted on technology trends and commercialization for SRI Consulting Business Intelligence and worked in strategy and business development for Redback Networks. He began his professional career as a Consultant with Mercer Management Consulting.

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.

Clay Nesler
Vice President, Global Energy and Sustainability
Johnson Controls

In his role as vice president of Global Energy and Sustainability for Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler leads a worldwide team responsible for coordinating marketing, legislative affairs, resource management, product/service innovation and energy program management.

Clay's responsibilities also include leading a professional services organization that develops collaborative planning tools and provides consulting services to Johnson Controls customers and third-party clients on a global basis.

Since joining Johnson Controls in 1983, Clay has held a variety of leadership positions in technology, new product development and marketing in both the United States and Europe.

Nesler received his bachelor's of science and master's of science degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is listed as a co-inventor on 10 patents.

Terry Newendorp
Chairman & CEO

Terry Newendorp, Chairman and CEO of Taylor-DeJongh (TDJ), has over 35 years of experience in international capital investments, global financial structuring, project financing, and asset acquisitions and divestitures. He has negotiated and executed deals in over 75 countries in the energy and infrastructure sectors, with project value aggregating over US$100 billion. In addition to extensive experience structuring commercial bank loans globally, he has complete familiarity with government and multilateral financing institutions, including the export credit agencies of most of the developed world. He has extensive experience structuring transactions for capital markets and private placements of debt and equity. Mr. Newendorp has received numerous awards and recognitions for leadership in international finance. In the past 10 years, his firm has been awarded 13 “Deal of the Year” recognitions, and he was given the “25-Year All-Star Award” from Independent Energy for his achievement in independent power project finance. Mr. Newendorp is on the Board of Directors of Ze-Gen, a renewable energy company, and is a member of ACORE.

Mr. Newendorp recently signed the cooperation agreement between TDJ and Financière de Champlain (FDC), a Paris-based independent asset management company specializing in sustainable development and the first French asset management company to launch a fund specialized in environmental preservation. With this addition to the firm’s breadth of activities, Mr. Newendorp has become very involved in the renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental sectors globally.

Mr. Newendorp received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and his J.D. cum laude from The George Washington University School of Law.

Mark Norman
COO & President

Mark is our "car guy". From Vancouver to Chicago to London, Mark Norman is responsible for the worldwide operations of Zipcar. Mark joined Zipcar following its merger with Flexcar in the fall of 2007. He came to us with more than 20 years of executive experience in the automotive industry, including roles as CEO of Flexcar, and Chairman, President and CEO of DaimlerChrysler, Canada.

At Zipcar, Mark works with the executive leadership team to ensure optimal member experiences in every Zipcar market. His career has been defined by leveraging operational best practices to ensure customer satisfaction and revenue growth. While in the auto industry, he was responsible for teams numbering in the thousands and revenue in the tens of billions. Mark's ability to streamline complex operations with a focus on what matters most – members – helps Zipcar continue to expand its global operations with the same entrepreneurial and member-centric approach that has made us successful thus far.

Mark holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Rice University in Texas as well as a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Jasandra Nyker*
Vice President
PCG Asset Management - PCG Clean Energy and Technology Fund

Mark O'Hare*
Managing Director

Mark was one of the founders of Preqin in 2002, and is responsible for the company's strategic development, sales and marketing. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, and is also a point of contact for other companies and organisations wishing to form strategic partnerships with Preqin. Mark was previously a Manager with Boston Consulting Group, and founded Citywatch, the equity shareholdings information service that is now part of Thomson Reuters.

Andreas Opfermann
Head of Innovation
Linde AG

Dr. Andreas Opfermann was born in Germany in 1971. He studied Physics and Mathematics in Heidelberg and at the St. John’s College, Cambridge/UK, where he graduated with a MA degree and a Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics. During his education he received several academic awards (Fellowship of Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, Award of Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes for UK studies and Award of St. John’s College Cambridge, UK).

From 1999 until 2005 he worked first as a Consultant, later as a Project Manager and Associate Principal for McKinsey & Company in Stuttgart and Frankfurt.

In March 2005, Andreas joined The Linde Group as a Senior Project Manager within the Corporate Strategy Team in Wiesbaden, during which time also the acquisition and integration of BOC into The Linde Group took place.

Andreas Opfermann was appointed “Head of Innovation Management” in February 2008. In this position he is responsible for the development of new, innovative solutions that support and create a unique profile for the Linde Group. This includes the responsibility for the business segment of “Hydrogen Solutions” and various other emerging businesses.

Nicholas Parker
Executive Chairman
Cleantech Group

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.

Kevin Parker
Global Head
Deutsche Asset Management

Kevin Parker is a member of the Group Executive Committee of Deutsche Bank, as well as being Global Head of Deutsche Asset Management, which manages over €450 billion across a broad range of asset classes globally as of September 2009. He is based in New York.

He joined Deutsche Bank in June of 1997. Before taking up his current role at DeAM, he served as the Global Head of Institutional Equities from 2000 – 2004 and from 1997 – 2000 was responsible for building and developing Deutsche Bank’s Equity Derivatives, Prime Brokerage Services, Equity Trading and Equity Proprietary Trading Businesses. Prior to joining DB, he was a senior managing director at Morgan Stanley.

He identified climate change as a global investment mega-trend in 2005, oversaw the launch of the first US climate change mutual fund, and originated the idea of the real-time carbon counter. DeAM, is one of the world’s largest climate change investors.

Governor George E. Pataki
Former Governor of New York & Counsel
Chadbourne & Parke LLP

Governor Pataki’s practice focuses on energy, environmental and corporate matters. Prior to joining Chadbourne & Parke LLP, he served three terms as the 53rd governor of New York State, from 1995 through 2006. First elected in 1994, he won re-election in 1998 and 2002.
Governor Pataki brings to Chadbourne broad experience in law and public service. He was a partner in the New York law firm of Plunkett & Jaffe until 1987. He was elected mayor of Peekskill, New York in 1981, and served in the New York State Legislature as an assemblyman and then a senator from 1985 to 1994, before becoming governor.
During his tenure as New York’s chief executive, Governor Pataki advanced award-winning, cutting-edge policies in the renewable energy and environmental fields. His initiatives included the protection of over one million acres of open space, the adoption of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the implementation of the nation’s first green building tax credit, landmark brownfield legislation and programs to enhance the production and use of alternative energy like biodiesel, ethanol, fuel cells and clean coal.
In 2005, BusinessWeek named Governor Pataki one of the top 20 “Individuals who stand out for their efforts to cut gases that cause global warming” in the world. Also, in 2006, Vanity Fair called him a governor who “gets it” in its “Green Issue” for his efforts concerning the environment.

Kal Patel
President Asia, Enterprise EVP
Best Buy

As president of Best Buy’s business in Asia, Kal Patel leads the company’s current operations in China and Turkey. He nurtures and guides Best Buy’s branded stores in Shanghai, helps accelerate Five Star’s already impressive growth in China’s tier-two cities, and provides direction to the Best Buy’s fledgling operations in Turkey.

Before being named to his current position, Patel was executive vice president, emerging growth, leading the company’s efforts to initiate, incubate and implement global growth opportunities while increasing the enterprise’s capabilities for innovation. He also focused on building relationships with venture capitalists to enable Best Buy to learn from the experiences of others and quickly adapt best practices to advance the company’s business objectives.

Patel joined Best Buy in 2003 as vice president of strategy. In 2005 he was named executive vice president of strategy and international where he played a leading role in exploring and leading the development of growth opportunities in new markets outside North American, including the company’s retail presence in China. In these roles, Patel was also instrumental in helping Best Buy transform into a radically different retailer — one that continually innovates through the insights from employees closest to customers.

Prior to joining Best Buy, Patel was a Partner at Strategos, where he and his colleagues helped frame and implement major growth-driven transformation initiatives for clients across all industries. His clients included Aviva (formerly CGNU), Morgan Stanley, Roche Diagnostics, Whirlpool, Shell, Sonera and Analog Devices. Prior to joining Strategos, Patel worked for KPMG Consulting and Courtaulds PLC in the United Kingdom.

Patel holds a master’s degree in business administration from the London Business School. He also has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Leeds University in the United Kingdom.

Glen Pettibone
Founder & CEO
Automated Energy & Agriculture

Warner Philips
Lemnis Lighting

Warner Philips is the co-founder of Lemnis Lighting, a leading energy- and cost-efficient LED lighting company based in the Netherlands and San Francisco and with offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Johannesburg. With the Pharox line of the retrofit products Lemnis aims to offer zero compromise lighting solutions. Lemnis Lighting pioneered the Pharox LED light bulb as the first direct replacement for a 40-watt incandescent lamp in 2006, followed by 60-watt replacement in 2009. Lemnis has expanded its scope to include outdoor, greenhouse lighting and solar-powered LED lighting. In 2009, Lemnis Lighting received the Technology Pioneer award from the World Economic Forum and has worked in partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative, World Bank, and the Dutch National Postcard Lottery, the largest charitable funder in the Netherlands. Mr. Philips began his career at NeSBIC Groep, the independent VC subsidiary of Fortis Bank, and then led the strategic reorganization of Secon Group, a Netherlands-based apparel group in 2001, before co-founding Tendris in 2002. Tendris is the lead investor in Lemnis Lighting.
Mr. Philips is also Chairman of the board of Repay International, a carbon neutral credit card affinity program provider (repay-international.com, another Tendris venture) and serves on the Green Products Innovation Institute in San Francisco, promoting Cradle-to-Cradle™ as a standard for product design.

Tom Pincince
Digital Lumens

Tom Pincince, President and CEO, Digital Lumens
With a track record of entrepreneurial and corporate success, Tom is responsible for overall strategy and management of Digital Lumens. Prior to joining the company, Tom was President, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Brix Networks, a global provider of converged service assurance solutions that was acquired by EXFO to serve as the foundation for its service assurance market entry. Previously, Tom was the Founder of New Oak Communications, a pioneering leader in Virtual Private Network (VPN) switches, which was subsequently acquired by Bay Networks (now Nortel Networks) to create the Contivity Extranet Switch product family.
Before starting New Oak, Tom was an industry analyst, serving as Director of Forrester Research’s Network Strategy Service, where he focused on the commercial use of the Internet, and defined the market for corporate intranets and the possibilities of private data services over the public Internet. Earlier in his career, he held marketing and engineering positions of increasing responsibility at several Boston-area technology companies. Tom also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Boston Museum of Science. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Neural Science from Brown University, where he was also a founding board member of the Brown Entrepreneurship Program.

Seth Pinsky
New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)

Seth W. Pinsky was appointed President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in February 2008, seven months before the collapse of Lehman Brothers ushered in one of the most significant economic downturns in generations. Seth has worked to meet the challenge presented by the crisis by re-evaluating the agency’s strategy for expanding the City’s economy and redoubling existing efforts to position the City as the international center for innovation in the 21st century.

NYCEDC’s agenda includes an aggressive slate of programs aimed at diversifying the City’s economy, helping legacy industries transition to 21st Century business models, and expanding entrepreneurship to ensure that the City is well-represented in the fields of tomorrow. The more than 50 programs launched during Seth’s tenure focus on industries such as the arts, bioscience, fashion, finance, green services, manufacturing, media, and technology and include: incubator spaces providing hundreds of low-cost work stations and business development services to startup companies; an angel investment fund that is expected to increase seed capital for City-based startups by as much as 25%; and international competitions aimed at spurring innovative ideas through the creation of new business plans and smart-phone applications using long-neglected government data.

Beyond working to overhaul the City’s economy, Seth’s efforts have also included modernizing NYCEDC’s 63-million square-foot property management portfolio; overseeing $2.5 billion in capital investments ranging from basic infrastructure improvements to new parks and streetscapes across the City; and helping to negotiate and structure the City’s involvement in some of the most complex development projects in recent years, including the World Trade Center, Yankee Stadium, and Citifield. Under Seth, NYCEDC has further continued its efforts to implement several of the Administration’s most ambitious area-wide redevelopment projects, bringing new housing, infrastructure, and job opportunities to underserved neighborhoods throughout the Five Boroughs. Examples of these projects include: creation of the City’s first LEED-certified neighborhood in Willets Point, Queens; upgrades to the South Bronx Greenway to improve air quality and recreational opportunities in some of the City’s poorest neighborhoods; revitalization of the 27-acre amusement district and surrounding community in Coney Island, Brooklyn; and projects at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal and New York Container Terminal in Staten Island to help revive the City’s working waterfront. Additionally, under Seth’s leadership, the City became the first municipality in the nation to develop selection processes and make allocations for several federal stimulus programs designed to spur employment and encourage development during the recent downturn.

An attorney by training, prior to joining NYCEDC, Seth was an associate at the law firm of Cleary Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in the Real Estate practice and a financial analyst at the Mergers & Acquisitions boutique, James D. Wolfensohn Incorporated. Seth is a graduate of Columbia College, where he majored in Ancient History, and Harvard Law School.

Liz Porter
Director, Corporate Energy Initiatives
Lockheed Martin

LIZ PORTER is Director of Energy Initiatives for Lockheed Martin Corporate Engineering and Technology (CE&T). Ms. Porter assumed her current position on March 23, 2009. As Director of Energy Initiatives, Ms. Porter is responsible for all aspects of CE&T’s Energy and Climate Change Campaign.

Prior to serving as Director of Energy Initiatives, Ms. Porter lead the team that conceived of, developed and executed the first Corporate Engineering & Technology Innovate the Future contest. In this role, she worked with Corporate Vice Presidents and LM Fellows to evaluate and select three winning projects from the nearly 300 ideas submitted. Ms. Porter has demonstrated her technical leadership and program management expertise across several Business Areas where she has led engineering teams in performing on numerous systems integration and software development projects.

Beginning her professional career as an engineer in 1993 at General Electric Astro Space in East Windsor, NJ where she held assignments of increasing responsibility in a variety of electrical engineering and project management related areas, including, design and integration of solar arrays, electrical power subsystems, and subcontracts management for a variety of military and commercial satellite programs.

Ms. Porter received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University, Philadelphia, Pa., and an MBA from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Diana Propper de Callejon
General Partner
Expansion Capital Partners

Diana has more than twenty years of experience investing in and building sustainability focused businesses. Her work has spanned diverse sectors including energy, forestry water, agriculture and advanced materials.

Diana brings to Expansion Capital Partners her recognized Cleantech domain knowledge and her global network of entrepreneurs, investors and large corporations that are active in Clean Technology. Diana is involved in all aspect of Expansion Capital's investment activities and she serves as a Board member of CPower, SensorTran and Tiger Optics, and was formerly a Board member of Orion Energy, which she retired from in 2008 after the company went public in 2007.

Prior to Expansion Capital, Diana was a founder and Managing Director of EA Capital, a firm she co-ran for more than ten years. Diana worked with Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, and private equity firms to identify new business and investment opportunities related to resource efficiency and sustainability. Her financial advisory, fund formation, and consulting work included work across industries and clients included Texas Pacific Group, Bechtel, Duke Energy, Ted Turner, Stephan Schmidheiny, International Finance Corporation, National Renewable Energy Lab, and the MacArthur Foundation.

Diana has been a frequent conference speaker and has written on Cleantech and sustainability investment opportunities for such publications as Morgan Stanley's Investor Outlook, the Sustainable Business Investor, and the Lifestyles of Health & Sustainability Journal. She is also was an editor of the landmark report: 'Cleantech Venture Investing: Patterns & Performance', which evaluated more than 700 private equity investments and the financial returns in Clean Technology over the last fifteen years. Diana's speaking engagements have included the Milken Institute, Wall Street Green Trading Summit, the Family Office Forum, Cleantech Venture Network, and SRI in the Rockies. She has also been a speaker at the Philanthropy Workshop for the Hewlett and the Rockefeller Foundations, where she has presented a framework to philanthropists to combine investments with philanthropy to maximize impact.

Diana's work in mobilizing investment capital to solve environmental and social problems has its roots in her sustainable development work in the 1980s and early 1990s. Diana worked for six years in Africa and South America, including her work in Brazil with a trading company that extended loans to small businesses in the Amazon that harvested, processed and exported non-timber forest products such as fruits, nuts and essences. Customers included Ben & Jerry's, Body Shop and Knudsen's. The investments were designed to build a local economy in the Amazon that was not dependent on deforestation.

Diana is a Board Member of the Echoing Green, which provides fellowships to social entrepreneurs and is a founding Board member of Capital Institute, an new center of innovation focused on evolving the financial system to align it with the long term health of ecosystems and societies. Diana is a Founding Member of the Clean Economy Network, and an Advisory Board member for the New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Renewable Economy.

Diana has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Duke University. Diana speaks French and Spanish. She lives with her family in New York City.

Don Roberts
Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Renewable Energy & Clean Technology
CIBC World Markets, Inc.

Mr. Roberts is Vice Chairman & Managing Director with CIBC World Markets Inc. He is widely perceived as a thought leader in both the global bio-energy and forest products industries.

In 2009 Mr. Roberts stepped back from his regular duties in equity research to develop a business plan for CIBC regarding opportunities in the emerging field of Clean Technology and Renewable Energy.

Mr. Roberts has a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of British Columbia, a Master’s degree in Forestry Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and both an MBA and doctoral studies in International Finance and Economics from the University of Chicago. He is also a certified Board Director with the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Frederic Scheer*
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer
Cereplast, Inc.

Mr. Scheer became involved in the biodegradable plastics industry in 1994 through Montedison SpA, a large chemical conglomerate operating Novamont SpA, an Italian resin manufacturer and research company. Foreseeing that the demand for biodegradable products in North America would expand rapidly by the end of the decade, Scheer secured the exclusive distribution rights in North America for Mater-Bi™ resins. Soon thereafter, he began North American distribution of Mater-Bi, a 100% biodegradable resin patented and produced by Novamont.

Scheer created the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), and this non-profit organization has quickly become the largest biodegradable association in the world, with more than 40 members, including BASF, DuPont, GeorgiaPacific, NatureWorks, Dow and Eastman. Prior to his involvement in the biodegradable industry, Scheer was a merchant banker in Europe. He holds a Doctor of Laws from the University of Paris, a Masters Degree in Finance and a Masters Degree in Political Sciences from Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris, France. Scheer, a US citizen, is fluent in French, Spanish, Italian and English.

Christophe Schilling*
President. & Chief Sci. Officer

ogether with Dr. Bernhard Palsson, Dr. Schilling founded the company in 2000. Dr. Schilling has been instrumental in forming the integrated technologies that generate Genomatica’s ongoing value, and establishing the company’s vision to enable transformation of the chemical industry through sustainable biomanufacturing. As company president and CEO, Dr. Schilling led the company’s successful efforts to secure investments from some of the nation’s leading venture capital firms. To date the company has received over$35M in funding from groups including Alloy Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Mohr Davidow Ventures, and the Texas Pacific Group. Today, he leads a growing team of 50 dedicated researchers and other employees, bringing sustainable chemicals to the world.

Since inception Dr. Schilling has also secured commercial partnerships with global Fortune 1000 companies including Dow Chemical, Cargill, DSM and Unilever. Under his direction, Genomatica secured over $10 million in research and development funding through over 30 federal research awards from agencies including the Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and the National Science Foundation.

He has received a number of scientific and business awards including the 2003 top 100 young innovators award from MIT’s Technology Review magazine, and an R&D100 Award for SimPheny, the company’s software modeling technology. Most recently he was awarded the Distinguished Young Alumnus Award by Duke University’s Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering.

Dr. Schilling received his doctorate in bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego where he was a Powell Foundation and Whitaker Foundation Fellow. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Duke University where he was a Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Fellow.

Phil Schneider
Principal and Global Leader, Global Expansion Optimization Practice
Deloitte Consulting LLP

Phil Schneider, is a principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP, where he leads the Global Expansion Optimization and Location Strategy offering.

Phil has 23 years of consulting experience providing location strategy across industries and economic development strategy in the public sector. Phil has conducted over 250 market entry and location strategy engagements across the industry and functional spectrum including manufacturing, headquarters, distribution, shared service centers, call centers and R&D centers.

Phil has authored numerous studies, articles and speeches on site selection methodology, international location strategy and economic development and is a regular presenter at key foreign direct investment conferences and seminars.

Phil earned his bachelor's degree and master's degree in planning from the University of Wisconsin.

Chip Schroeder
Managing Director
Wave Equity Partners

Walter (Chip) Schroeder is an operating Managing Director of WAVE Equity Partners, a Boston-based Private Equity firm investing in the global Cleantech sector. In his operating role, he is Chief Financial Officer and co-founder of Green Conversion Systems, a developer of commercial-scale energy from waste (EfW) facilities. GCS is majority owned by WAVE Equity Partners

Chip has a 30-year background in energy project development and finance. He was an officer of MidCon Corp, a major energy and pipeline company based in Chicago, until it was acquired in 1986 by Occidental Petroleum. He then moved to Goldman Sachs & Co’s corporate finance unit until 1991, when he joined the AES Corporation, a leading global independent power developer. In 1996 Mr. Schroeder founded Proton Energy Systems, a hydrogen and fuel cell technology company, and led Proton to a successful public offering in 2000. Green Conversion Systems was founded in 2007 with initial funding from Morgan Stanley & Co. Chip holds both undergraduate and Masters’ degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Charles Schwenck
Co-Chair Energy & Natural Resources Practice
Charles Schwenck

Mr. Schwenck co-chairs Greenberg Traurig’s (“GT”) Energy
and Natural Resources Practice Group and is one of the leaders
of GT’s clean technologies practice. He has spent most of his
career representing developers, sponsors, entrepreneurs, investors,
financiers and other participants in the energy and cleantech
industries. He has been involved in matters relating to the generation
of electricity from wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and other
alternative (as well as conventional) sources; electricity storage and transmission;
ethanol, biodiesel, biogas and other alternative fuels; coal gasification and liquifaction;
carbon capture, sequestration and re-use; oil sands and shale recovery and
processing; water desalination; wastewater treatment; and advanced transportation
systems; among other clean technology matters.
Charlie has served as Division Counsel for Bechtel Group’s Power Division, General
Counsel at Fluor Corporation and General Counsel of a major developer of clean
energy products and projects and space and defense systems.

Salvatore Scuderi
Scuderi Group

Mr. Scuderi is responsible for the Scuderi Group’s overall operation and business strategy. He has more than 20 years experience in program management, financial forecasting/planning, M&A, contract negotiations and strategic planning, as well as engineering and manufacturing management. Prior to leading the Scuderi Group, Sal worked as a consultant for M&A, turnaround management, financial restructuring and business planning. He also worked closely with Carmelo Scuderi on the design of the Scuderi Engine.

Andrew Shapiro
Founder and President

Andrew founded GreenOrder in 2000 and has developed it into a pioneering firm, which Fortune in 2007 called "the go-to consulting company for green business." Since 2004, he has worked closely with General Electric's senior management on the creation and implementation of its award-winning, multi-billion dollar "ecomagination" initiative. Other GreenOrder clients have included Alcan, Allianz, BP, Citi, Coca-Cola, Duke University, DuPont, General Motors, JPMorgan Chase, Masco, Morgan Stanley, NBC Universal, Office Depot, Pfizer, Pitney Bowes, Polo Ralph Lauren, Silverstein Properties (WTC redevelopment), Starwood Capital, Tishman Speyer, Vornado Realty, Warner Bros. Studios, and Waste Management.

Andrew is also co-founder and chairman of GO Ventures, which creates and invests in cleantech and green businesses, including GreenYour.com, the web-based guide to green anything; Class Green Capital Partners, a real estate investment firm; and California Bioenergy, a renewable waste-to-energy company. He serves on the advisory boards of a number of companies, including LivingHomes, Meetup.com, and Serious Materials.

Eric Shishko
Senior Vice President, Global Insurance

Eric is responsible for building GreenRoad's global insurance and consumer businesses. He brings more than 25 years of experience in software, information management, automation systems, and manufacturing to the GreenRoad team. Prior to GreenRoad, Eric was executive vice president of worldwide business development and international sales for DriveCam, Inc. In this role he was responsible for business development and global strategy, including alliances, partnerships and acquisitions across distribution channels, technology and product and services delivery.

Before working at DriveCam, Eric was president and CEO of Newstar Solutions, where he led the acquisition, redirection and subsequent sale of the company. Prior to that he was president and COO of Maestro Commerce, where he led aggressive growth and sale of the company. He also held key financial roles at Bell & Howell Company and GTE Corporation. In addition, Eric has used his broad experience in strategy, business development, management, marketing and mergers and acquisitions to found and co-found five companies within the industry areas of software/internet services, professional services, consulting and real estate development.

Eric has a BS in Finance with high honors from the University of Florida and an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management

Ashmeet Sidana
General Partner
Foundation Capital

Ashmeet is a seasoned executive who comes to Foundation Capital with a combination of 15 years of experience in operating systems and enterprise software. His experience spans sales, marketing, product management, and engineering at start-up and large companies.

Most recently, he was at VMware (NYSE:VMW) where he was responsible for multiple products including Virtual SMP, P2V and their flagship product, ESX Server. At VMware, he helped grow ESX Server from early pilots to widespread worldwide deployment in mission critical systems by Fortune 500 companies. Prior to VMware, Ashmeet was CEO of Sidana Systems, a successful enterprise-software company that pioneered Docsan for publishing ultra-large (terabyte) documents. He bootstrapped Sidana Systems from inception through growth to its acquisition by Doclinx. Ashmeet began his professional career at Hewlett-Packard and later Silicon Graphics, holding various key technology roles.

Ashmeet currently serves on the board of Altor Networks, AzurePower, Freewheel, PanoLogic, Sanrad, Simply Hired, and Zetta.  In addition to an MBA from the Wharton School, Ashmeet received an MSCS from Stanford University and a BSCS from the University of Southern California.

Gordon Skene
Paradigm Environmental Technologies / Microsludge

Chris J Smith
General Manager, Utilities LOB and Smart Grid

Ryan Smith
Vice President, Customized Fund Investment Group
Credit Suisse

Ryan Smith is a Vice President of the Customized Fund Investment Group located in New York. Ryan joined Credit Suisse in 2001. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of RNT and as an Observer at Crystal IS, HelioVolt, SolarReserve and ZeroPoint Cleantech Inc. Ryan received a BA degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1998. Ryan volunteers and serves on the Credit Committee at the Lower East Side People's Federal Credit Union, a community development credit union in New York City, and is a member of the Advisory Board at Cristo Rey New York High School.

Gilbert Sperling
Senior Advisor for Policy and Programs, Office of Energy Efficiency
United States Department of Energy

Gil Sperling currently serves as Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to that, he served as the Program Manager for the Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program (OWIP) at DOE, with a budget in excess of $11.6 Billion. At DOE, Gil has been charged with transforming legacy programs into current, market responsive efforts that support large scale energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Through his national public outreach, Gil facilitates the grantees’ successful implementation of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act initiatives. Specifically, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has been tasked by President Obama to administer $16.8 Billion in funding including $5 Billion for Weatherization Programs, $3.1 B for State Energy Programs, and $3.2B for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Programs. Mr. Sperling served in private practice for more than twenty years before joining DOE, providing regulatory, corporate, and finance related services for companies developing power and related energy projects in the U.S. and overseas. While in private practice, he served for eighteen years as General Counsel to the Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition and as Senior Energy Policy Advisor for INFORM, Inc. In the mid 1980s, Gil served as Senior Counsel to the House Subcommittee on Energy Conservation and Power, chaired by Congressman Edward J. Markey, and to the Subcommittee on Transportation and Hazardous Materials, chaired by Congressman Tom Luken, both were Subcommittees of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Dan Steere

With more than 20 years of experience in mobile devices and services, Dan brings a blend of business strategy, marketing skill and technology acumen to GreenRoad. Prior to joining GreenRoad, Dan was vice president of sales and marketing for Matrix Semiconductor. At Matrix, Dan pioneered the introduction of groundbreaking technology for mobile electronics and content publishing.

In addition to driving marketing and sales growth, Dan served as Matrix's CFO from 1999 - 2004. After Matrix was acquired by SanDisk Corporation, Dan served as vice president of OTP and consumable memory at SanDisk and subsequently as entrepreneur in residence at Benchmark Capital.

Prior to Matrix, Dan was an early entrant into business-to-business Internet services as business unit manager at pcOrder.com. Earlier, Dan held a series of marketing positions at Intel focused on mobile computing and advanced consumer electronics. Dan began his career at Citibank.

Dan received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar, and an AB Computer Science from Harvard University.

David P. Steiner
Waste Management

David Steiner is chief executive officer for Waste Management. Prior to being elected CEO in March 2004, Steiner was Waste Management's chief financial officer. Steiner joined Waste Management in November 2000 as vice president and deputy general counsel and was appointed senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary in July 2001. In April 2003, he was elected CFO. He joined WM from Phelps Dunbar, a law firm in New Orleans, La. Prior to that, he was an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in San Jose, Calif.

James Stoppert
Rivertop Renewables

As CEO for Rivertop , Jim’s primary role is to build the company into a world-class organization while rapidly commercializing the company’s proprietary renewable chemical technology. Jim has more than 35 years of business experience in the chemicals industry.

For the past 12 years he has been one of the industry leaders in building bio-based businesses. Three of his businesses have won the coveted Presidential Green Chemistry Award. Prior to Rivertop Jim was CEO of Segetis, another innovative renewable chemical company. Jim also led the Industrial BioProducts Business Unit at Cargill that focused on renewable routes to chemicals and plastics. Two of the opportunities developed, Elevance and BiOH, are now standalone businesses.

In 1997, Jim became cofounder and CEO of Cargill Dow LLC, now known as NatureWorks. While there he led the commercialization of the world’s first performance plastic made entirely from annually renewable raw materials.

Jim spent much of his career at Dow Chemical where he managed several major Dow Plastics businesses. He also directed the evaluation and development of new business opportunities and managed major environmental issues for Dow’s Global Plastics business.

Marc Stuart
Private Equity Investor
Allotrope Ventures

Marc Stuart is a private equity investor in the carbon and clean energy space.  His firm, Allotrope Ventures, seeks out early stage opportunities in technology and execution platforms that are positioned to thrive in the transition to the low carbon economy.

Prior to Allotrope, Marc co-founded EcoSecurities in 1997 and departed in the spring of 2010, following transition to full integration as a subsidiary of JP Morgan.  With offices in 16 countries, EcoSecurities was a globally leading developer of greenhouse gas reduction projects and was publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange until it was purchased by JP Morgan in 2009. Marc was Director of New Business Development and also headed up the firms Government and Regulatory Affairs Group, providing the firms positions within the evolving policy and regulatory processes of the UN, EU, US and elsewhere.  He has more than 15 years experience of international business development experience in carbon markets and clean energy development across more than 30 countries.

He sat for three years on the Board of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and was the Chair of IETA’s Project Developers Working Group.  Outside the compliance carbon market, he is on the Board of the Voluntary Carbon Standard Association and co-chairs the VCS’s Forestry and Land-Use Projects working group.  He was one of the founders of the US based Coalition for Emission Reduction Projects (USCERP) and sits on the Advisory Boards of REEX Capital Asia (formerly the Singapore Renewable Energy Exchange) and Ecosystemmarketplace.com.  He is currently serving a two year term as one of two private sector observers to the World Bank’s $5B Clean Technology Fund.  In January of 2009, he was named one of 30 “Green Heroes” by CNBC European Business magazine.

He has written extensively on a variety of aspects around the emergent GHG emission regime and is a frequent speaker and interview subject on global emissions trading and project based emissions reductions.  He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, the London School of Economics and the Claremont Graduate University. 

Neil Suslak
Managing Partner
Braemar Energy Ventures

Neil S. Suslak has more than 20 years of experience in the venture capital and investment banking industries, largely in the energy space. Prior to co-founding Braemar, he worked at S.G. Warburg and Co. and Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS) in the corporate finance area and was in charge of the bank's equity capital markets business in North America. During his career, he completed numerous financing and advisory assignments for clients in the energy, communications and transportation sectors.

Mr. Suslak has an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.A. from The University of Rochester, where he was a member of the Varsity Lacrosse Team. He is a former secretary and member of the executive committee of the Alumni Board of the Rye Country Day School and a board member of the Henry Street Settlement in New York and chairman of the Steering Committee. He is also on the board of directors of the Venture Investors Association of New York (VIANY), the North American Advisory Board of The Cleantech Organization and is a member of the New York City Investment Fund Cleantech Sector, and the Venture Capital Advisory Panel for the Governor’s Task Force on Diversifying the N.Y. State Economy. Mr. Suslak is also on the boards of several Braemar portfolio companies including Enerkem, Inc., Fractal Systems Inc. and Afina Inc. and is an observer to the Board of Directors of Utility Associates, PowerGenix, and Powervation.

Penfield Tate III
Shareholder, Public Finance, Municipal and Environmental Law
Greenberg Traurig

Penfield Tate is a Shareholder with Greenberg Traurig and practices in public finance and municipal law. For the past 5 years, the last two as President, Pen has served on the Board of Denver Water, the City’s water utility.

Prior to this, he acted as bond counsel for the utility on financings. His experience includes representing public entities, lenders and underwriters in the financing of essential public improvements. Pen has served in both the Colorado Senate and House of Representatives, on the cabinet of former Governor Roy Romer, and for former Denver Mayor Federico Peña. Pen has experience working as bond, disclosure, trustee and underwriter’s counsel. Since 2004, he has served as bond counsel for financings throughout Colorado which aggregate to more than $1 billion, and as underwriter’s or disclosure counsel for financings throughout the U.S. which aggregate to more than $3.3 billion .

Adrian Tuck

Adrian has more than 20 years of executive management and leadership experience. As CEO, he focuses on expanding Tendril’s customer base through multiple sales and marketing channels, including alliances with leading companies. Adrian is also the vice-chair of the ZigBee Alliance, an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost-effective, low-power, wirelessly networked, monitoring and control products based on an open global standard. Prior to 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. He received his education at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the British Army’s prestigious officer training academy.

Marc van den Berg
Managing Director
VantagePoint Venture Partners

Marc joined VantagePoint in 2006 from Venrock Partners. He has more than 25 years of industrial experience serving in executive roles in both technical and business capacities at small private companies as well as large public enterprises. His 10 years of experience in semiconductor capital equipment and materials at ATMI, Inc., and Microbar, Inc. significantly benefits VantagePoint solar and lighting technology portfolio companies. Previously, he held technical and operations positions in the Environmental Capital Equipment business at Purus Inc. Earlier in his career, he spent a decade developing advanced lasers as platforms for a broad array of industry applications at XMR Inc. Marc is a graduate of Santa Clara University (BSEE).

Ed VanDyne
Founder & CEO
VanDyne SuperTurbo, Inc.

Rob Voncken
Chief Executive Officer

Rob Voncken is the CEO of BioMCN, a leading 2nd generation biofuel producer. Since the incorporation of the company 3½ years ago, Rob has led the company through an impressive growth and build process based on own proprietary know-how. With today’s production capability of 250 million liters per year, BioMCN is the world’s largest producer of 2nd generation bio-methanol.

Before joining BioMCN, Rob has held several positions within the Materials & Life Sciences company DSM, amongst others several marketing & sales positions incl. Marketing & Sales Director of the Melamine business; he was the General Manager of the DSM Flame Retardant business, Managing Director of the DSM Incubator, Divestment & Outsourcing Director and Vice President Strategy. He has extensive experience in doing business in the Far East incl. membership of the Supervisory Board of Nippon Dyneema Ltd (Osaka, Japan, 2006-2007). He is member of the Advisory Board of the Strategy Summit Industry 2010.

Rob has a MSc in Chemical Engineering from Eindhoven University (the Netherlands), followed by several leadership courses ao Marketing & Business Administration (Rotterdam School of Management, the Netherlands), Corporate Entrepreneurship Course (Babson-Wellesley, USA), Corporate Management Course and Executive Leadership Program (IMD-Lausanne, Switzerland).

Sharon Walck
Senior Vice-President, Corporate Sustainability
HSBC North America

Bill Watkins*

Appointed Chief Executive Officer of Bridgelux, Inc. in January 2010, Bill Watkins has more than 30 years of experience in the technology manufacturing industry. Before joining Bridgelux, Watkins served as chief executive officer of Seagate Technology, the world's leading disc drive and storage solutions company, from 2004 through January 2009. Prior to the CEO position, he was the company's president and chief operating officer, a position he held since 2000. During that time, he was responsible for the company's hard disc drive operations, including recording heads, media and other components, and related R&D and product-development organizations.

Watkins joined Seagate in 1996 as part of the company's merger with Conner Peripherals. In 1990, Watkins established the Conner Disk Division and managed its success through the merger with Seagate. Prior to joining Conner Peripherals, Watkins held executive positions with Domain Technology, where he managed the MINT (Magnetic Information Technology) disc media manufacturing process. Earlier in his career, he was three times part of the management team that took companies public.

Watkins, 57, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from the University of Texas. He currently serves on the board of directors of Maxim Integrated Products, Flextronics and Vertical Circuits Incorporated in addition to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In December, 2006 he was named Knight Commander "Dato" by the Governor of Penang, Malaysia and received Distinguished Friends of Singapore medal from S.R. Nathan, President of Singapore.

William Wescott
VP Innovation, Americas
Veolia Environnement

Bill is VP, Innovation, Americas for Veolia Environnement. Prior to assuming his role at Veolia, Bill was the Managing Director of Cleantech Group’s Advisory Services, which assist clients in public and private sectors accelerate their implementation of cleantech solutions.

Bill an internationally recognized sustainability expert, helping organizations assess and adopt technologies and practices to minimize their impact on the environment for over 20 years. He has extensive experience in climate change, environmental control technologies, information/communication technologies, new venture development, and organizational governance as well as in the energy, natural resources, chemical, electronics, and consumer products sectors. A lifelong intra- and entrepreneur, Bill has worked with clients to create new cleantech ventures and with investors to assess cleantech opportunities. He has served as an advisor to organizations including the Romanian, Italian, Mexican, Brazilian, and U.S. governments, UNIDO, the Sustainable Performance Group Investment Fund, PROPEL Board of Directors, The Conference Board, The Pew Center on Global Climate Change, The Institute of the Americas, and World Resources Institute. Bill was an environment, health and safety consulting director at Arthur D. Little, Inc. where he worked for 15 years with over 100 clients across all sectors on 5 continents in 4 languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian).

Bill has a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon and BSE in Chemical Engineering from Princeton.

Josh Wolfe
Lux Capital

Raymond Wood
Managing Director & Head of Global Alternative Energy Group
Credit Suisse

Raymond S. Wood is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse, Co-Head of U.S. Power and Renewables, Co-Head of the Global Alternative Energy Group and a Senior Banker in the Global Energy Group in the Investment Banking division, based in New York.

Over his twenty year career, Mr. Wood has assisted clients on several noteworthy strategic transactions and financings, a number of which have been awarded "Deal of the Year" honors. He has transaction expertise across the spectrum of mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, leveraged finance, structured finance, commodities and privatizations. Selected recent transactions include the following:

-Private Equity Raise for Invenergy Wind -Sale of Temasek’s 3 Singapore Generating Companies -Sale of Airtricity North America and Airtricity Holdings -Initial public offering of Iberdrola Renewables -Sale of ECP’s First Light -Sale of Mirant Asian Pacific Ltd. -Merger of US Power Gen & Boston Generating, LLC -Acquisition financing for Tenaska Power Fund's TPF Generation Holdings -Sale of Delta Power

Mr. Wood holds an M.B.A. from MIT Sloan School of Management, and a B.A., with honors, in Government and Asian Studies from Dartmouth College.

Richard Youngman
Managing Director Europe & VP, Global Research
Cleantech Group

Richard Youngman is based in Cleantech Group’s office in London and is responsible for the company’s global membership offering – its industry-leading data, research, and conferences – as well as driving the growth of the group's activities in Europe, India and the Middle East.

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. This followed nine years building a broad-based finance and research background with leading financial institutions such as ABN AMRO, Barclays Capital and BZW in the City of London. His work was centered on the debt markets and revolved around financing M&A deals and advising clients on achieving alignment between their financial and strategic plans.

Richard has an MA from Cambridge University, and an MBA from Theseus International Management Institute, Sophia Antipolis, France.

Christian Zabbal
Managing Director
Black Coral Capital

Christian Zabbal is the Managing Director of Black Coral Capital. Christian helped set up the fund in late 2008; prior to that, he was a partner at ghSmart, a management consulting firm specialized in talent assessment and development for the private equity industry. At ghSmart, Christian grew and managed several offices for the firm, including the California, Canadian practices.

The Team at Black Coral CapitalPrior to ghSmart, Christian was a junior partner at McKinsey & company, a management consulting firm. He was a leader in the media practice and worked in the New York, Amsterdam and Montreal office. Christian also published several thought-leadership articles on broadband deployment and the evolution of new media while at McKinsey, and occasionally still speaks at various events on these topics.

Christian started his career as a cancer researcher, developing new types of cancer therapy. He founded and then sold a small research company before doing an MBA and joining McKinsey & Company.

Frank Zammataro

Michael Zimmerman

Michael has spent the last 20 years working with high growth companies and the last 12 years as an executive, board member or investor in technology start ups. Prior to BuildingIQ, Michael was a General Partner at Technology Venture Partners, a leading Australian venture capital firm focused on cross-border opportunities, where he invested and worked with internet, software and mobile companies including ThreatMETRIX, Engana (sold to Finisar), MIG33, Viator, and Eurekster. Prior to TVP, he was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Altos Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, and a senior executive at iOwn Holdings, one of the leading internet mortgage and real estate companies (sold to Citigroup in 2001).

Previously, Michael worked with Bain & Company, Goldman Sachs and The Mentoring Partnership. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) from Amherst College and an MBA from Stanford Business School.

Matthew Zisk
Counsel, Intellectual Property and Technology
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Matthew B. Zisk is counsel in the Intellectual Property and Technology department in the New York office of Skadden, Arps. He is a transactional patent attorney repre-senting clients on a full range of intellectual property matters, with a focus on tech¬nology-intensive transactions. He has extensive experience in evaluating intellectual property assets, counseling, structuring, negotiating, and implementing acquisitions, licensing and collaboration agreements in the pharmaceutical, biotech, energy and chemical industries. His work includes global and domestic license agreements, co- development agreements, supply agreements, co-promotion/co-marketing agree¬ments, strategic alliance agreements and IP-intensive mergers and acquisitions.
Dr. Zisk also performs intellectual property diligence and evaluations of technologies in the renewable energy, pharmaceutical, biotech and related fields, including coal gasification, biofuels and other biomass conversion, thermal and photovoltaic solar systems, new building materials and next-generation fertilizers.
Dr. Zisk brings multiple perspectives to bear in representing his clients. He has worked both as outside counsel to small, medium and large companies and as senior in-house counsel at a Fortune 50 pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer products company. He is trained both as a lawyer and as a scientist and is conversant in both the legal and scientific aspects of his clients’ matters. In addition to his train¬ing as a chemist, Dr. Zisk has extensive experience working with computer software and instrumentation, beginning as one of the first LOGO programmers, and subse¬quently on FORTRAN IV, BASIC, FORTRAN 77, C, C++ and the MS Visual pro¬gramming languages. He has designed and implemented DAQ and control systems for chemical instrumentation, including for a nanosecond laser flash system and for electrochemical instrumentation, served as a departmental network manager, and has taught advanced instrumentation courses.
In addition to his transactional work, Dr. Zisk has significant experience in many other types of patent- and IP-related matters. These matters include investigating and rendering freedom-to-operate, validity and patentability opinions; litigating patent and trade secret matters in federal court in the United States and Canada and before the United States International Trade Commission; patent drafting; conduct¬ing prosecution and interference practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office; and counseling clients on patent and other IP strategic issues.

Danny Zouber
Managing Director
Piper Jaffray Private Capital

Danny’s day-to-day responsibilities include evaluating, implementing and monitoring VC, LBO and direct investments. Previously, Danny was a vice president at Piper Jaffray Ventures (now Sightline Partners) for five years where he focused on investing in the medical technology and healthcare services sectors. He served on the board of directors for several Piper Jaffray Ventures portfolio companies. Danny was also an associate on the Firm’s investment banking team and was a vice president at Deephaven Capital Management, a multi-strategy hedge fund. Danny is an advisory board member for Sightline Partners. Danny sits on the investment committees for the Talmud Torah of Minneapolis and the Jewish Family and Children’s Service.

He graduated with a BBA majoring in Finance, Investment and Banking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.