Speakers

Welcoming Address

Anthony Monaco, President, Tufts University

 

 

Keynotes

Mohamed T. El-Ashry, Senior Fellow, United Nations Foundation and Former CEO and Chairman, Global Environment Facility

Kevin Book, Managing Director, Clear View Partners LLC

Barbara Kates-Garnick, Undersecretary for Energy, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Panel 1: Meeting Growing Energy Demand in Developing Countries: Challenges and Opportunities

Joseph C. Brandt, President and Chief Executive Officer, ContourGlobal

Dai Jones, President and General Manager, Tullow Oil Ghana

Greg Saunders, Senior Director, International Affairs, BP

H.E. Elin Suleymanov, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United States

William Moomaw, Professor of International Environmental Policy, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Director, the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (Moderator)

Panel 2: The End of “Easy” Fossil Fuels: Projections, Need and Innovation

Emanuele Calviello, President & CEO,  Eni USA Gas Marketing LLC, Eni Trading & Shipping Inc.

Bob MacKnight, Director, PFC Energy

Brooks Yeager, Executive Director for Policy, Clean Air – Cool Planet

Wendi Weber, Vice President Commercial Development Lummus Technology, CB & I

Bruce Everett, Adjunct Associate Professor, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Moderator)

Panel 3: Clean Nuclear: Responsible Management for a Carbon-Constrained Future

Frank Ackerman, Director of Climate Economics Group, Stockholm Environment Institute

Ellen C. Ginsberg, Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Nuclear Energy Institute

Julian Kelly, Chief Technology Officer, Thor Energy and Senior Project Manager, World Nuclear Association

Nick Liparulo, Senior Vice President, Nuclear Services, Westinghouse Electric Company

Robert Hannemann, Director, Tufts Gordon Institute (Moderator)

Panel 4: 21st Century Energy on a 19th Century Grid: Making Intermittent Energy Work

Richard Baxter, President, Mustang Prairie, LLC

Michael Brower, Chief Technical Officer, AWS Truepower

Letha Tawney, Senior Associate, World Resources Institute

Bill White, Senior Adviser, Americans for a Clean Energy Grid

Matt Panzer, Assistant Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Tufts University (Moderator)

Panel 5: Renewable Energy Growth in a Post-Stimulus World: Boom or Bust?

Bram Claeys, Renewable Energy Policy Director, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Raimund Grube, President & COO, Element Power

John B. Howe, Director of Public Affairs, FloDesign Wind Turbine Corporation

Daniel Hullah, Partner, RockPort Capital

Philipp Uhlmann, Adjunct Assistant Professor of International Business, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Moderator)

Panel 6: Bridging the Gap: Towards a Nexus Approach to Water and Energy

Nicholas Cizek, ARPA-E Fellow

Charlie Heaps, Senior Scientist, Center Director, Stockholm Environment Institute

Allan R. Hoffman, Senior Analyst, U.S. Department of Energy

Shafiqul Islam, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Bernard M. Gordon Senior Faculty Fellow in Engineering, Tufts University

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Welcoming Address

Anthony Monaco, President, Tufts University

Anthony P. “Tony” Monaco, MD, PhD, is the President of Tufts University. Monaco was formerly a Professor of Human Genetics and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning & Resources) at the University of Oxford. He was also the Head of the Neurodevelopmental and Neurological Disorders Group at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics.

Monaco grew up in Wilmington, Delaware. He earned an undergraduate degree as an independent concentrator in neuroscience and behavior at Princeton University in 1981 and played goalie on their men’s water polo team.

Monaco earned his PhD in Neurobiology from Harvard University in 1987 and his MD in 1988 from Harvard Medical School. His doctoral research led to his landmark discovery of the gene responsible for X-linked Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy. His fascination with genetics took him to the U.K., then the hub of this burgeoning field. He worked on the human genome project at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer Research UK) in London and in the human genetics laboratory at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, Oxford.

As a distinguished neuroscientist, Monaco identified the first gene specifically involved in human speech and language. Nobel Prize winning biologist Paul Nurse states, “Tony Monaco was among the first to recognize the importance of what was still an emerging research frontier, human genetics, and its vast potential to address problems such as cancer and autism.”

 

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Keynotes

 

Mohamed T. El-Ashry, Senior Fellow with the United Nations Foundation

Dr. El-Ashry is Senior Fellow with the UN Foundation.  He has served as CEO and Chairman of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which he helped to establish, from 1994 to 2003.  He has also served as Chief Environmental Adviser to the President and Director of  the Environment  Department  at  the World Bank, as Senior Vice President of the World Resources Institute (WRI), and as Director of Environmental Quality at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).

Dr. El-Ashry received his B.S. Degree with honors in 1959 from the University of Cairo and M.S. (1963) and Ph.D. (1966) degrees in Geology from the University of Illinois.  He is the editor and co-author of four books and has published or presented more than 200 papers.

Dr. El-Ashry is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He is a member of the Third World and African Academies of Sciences and is listed in American Men and Women of Science and Men of Achievement.  He has received a number of national and international honors and awards including the University of Illinois Alumni Achievement Award, Champions of the Earth and the Haub Prize for International Environmental Diplomacy.  He serves on the Boards of a number of not-for-profit organizations including the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Resources for the Future.  He is also Chairman of Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21).

 

Kevin Book, Managing Director, ClearView Energy Partners LLC

Kevin Book is Managing Director at ClearView Energy Partners LLC. His research and analyses tackle the controversial, inscrutable and hard-to-quantify questions at the core of U.S. and international energy policy trends.

Mr. Book appears frequently within financial and industry media and has delivered testimony before House and Senate committees on several occasions. He also actively participates in policy forums convened by academia, think tanks and industry groups, including recent contributions to the National Petroleum Council study regarding prudent development of North American oil and gas resources and the Brookings Institution task force concerning liquefied natural gas exports.

Mr. Book worked previously as Senior Vice President of Energy Policy, Oil and Alternative Energy Research at a national investment bank. He holds a MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a BA in economics from Tufts University.

 

Barbara Kates-Garnick, Massachusetts Undersecretary for Energy, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Energy Undersecretary Dr. Barbara Kates-Garnick’s experience has spanned public and private arenas in the energy, regulatory and public policy sectors.

Dr. Kates-Garnick was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick after serving several years as an independent consultant in academia and private business. Most recently, she advised the Polytechnic Institute of New York University on issues related to urban systems, clean technology, energy policy and entrepreneurship. At New York University, she created a successful proposal for the $1.5 million New York City Accelerator for Clean and Renewable Energy, a showcase for clean energy technology. She has also served as a consultant to Con Edison, and on a team revising New York City’s sustainability plan, known as PlaNYC.

Her previous energy positions with the Commonwealth include serving as a former Department of Public Utilities (DPU) commissioner and member of the Energy Facilities Siting Board, and as a DPU director responsible for developing Massachusetts’ first natural gas deregulation policy. She is also a former assistant secretary in the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs, where she managed various aspects and budgets of the Public Utilities Division and the Department of Energy Resources – both of which now falls under EEA and will be part of her portfolio of energy agencies and programs.

Dr. Kates-Garnick’s private sector achievements include serving as an officer at KeySpan where, as corporate affairs vice president, she developed energy policy strategy and directed the governmental communications and community relations teams. She also founded the New England office of New Energy Ventures, a successful electric supplier that now operates
nationally as Constellation NewEnergy.

Dr. Kates-Garnick earned her PhD at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and an undergraduate degree in political science at Bryn Mawr College.

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Panel 1

Meeting Growing Energy Demand in Developing Countries: Challenges and Opportunities


Joseph C. Brandt, President and Chief Executive Officer, CountourGlobal

Mr. Brandt is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of ContourGlobal, an emerging market
focused electric power development and operating company that has grown in six years into a $1 billion
revenue company located in 14 countries. The ContourGlobal Solutions division develops and operates
innovative, combined heat and power with carbon capture facilities for multinational clients requiring
highly dependable, highly efficient energy, produced in a sustainable way.

Before founding ContourGlobal in 2005, Mr. Brandt served as Executive Vice President and Chief
Operating Officer for The AES Corporation. Mr. Brandt earned a law degree from Georgetown
University, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts degree from
George Mason University. He was a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley and was
a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Helsinki, Finland, in 1986-87. In addition to English, he speaks
Russian, French and Finnish.

Dai Jones, President and General Manager, Tullow Ghana

Dai Jones is President and General Manager of Tullow Ghana, currently responsible for the successful delivery of Ghana’s first commercial oil production from the offshore Jubilee field. Prior to his current position, he spent 34 years with Amoco and then BP. His early experience was in Exploration and Operations with Amoco where he was Planning Manager Worldwide Exploration and Production, Houston; Manager of Geoscience and Technology, Worldwide; Exploration Director, North Sea and Country President for BP’s operations in North Africa and Director Safety and Operations.

Following his duties in the British Army Mr Jones received two degrees in Geology – a BSc. (Honours) from University of London (Kings College) and an MSc in Petroleum Geology from the University of London (Imperial College). He holds an Occupational Safety and Health Diploma from NEBOSH and is a member of Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.


H.E. Elin Suleymanov, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United States

Since October 2011, Mr. Elin Suleymanov has been Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to the United States of America. Prior to that, Mr. Suleymanov had been the nation’s first Consul General to Los Angeles and the Western States leading the team, which established Azerbaijani diplomatic presence on the West Coast. Earlier, he served as Senior Counselor at the Foreign Relations Department, Office of the President in Baku, Azerbaijan and as Press Officer of the Azerbaijani Embassy in Washington, DC. Mr. Suleymanov’s experience before joining diplomatic service includes working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Azerbaijan, as well as with the Open Media Research Institute in Prague, Czech Republic, and Glaverbel Czech, a leading manufacturing company in East-Central Europe.

A graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Mr. Suleymanov also holds graduate degrees from the Political Geography department of the Moscow State University, Russia, and from the University of Toledo, Ohio.

 


Greg Saunders, Senior Director, International Affairs, BP

Greg Saunders is the Senior Director, International Affairs, responsible for US political and government relations in support of BP’sglobal portfolio of commercial operations. He joined BP’s Washington office in 2004.

Greg was previously posted to BP’s corporate headquarters in London and in Algeria. Resident in Algiers, he served as the Director for Communications and External Affairs and was responsible for corporate responsibility, reputation/branding and relationship management programs for BP’s extensive oil and gas operations in Algeria as well as its entry strategy in Libya.

Prior to joining BP, Mr. Saunders was the Director for Policy at the Corporate Council on Africa. He culminated a career with the US government, serving in various posts in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

Mr. Saunders graduated from West Point in 1976 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering. He has an MBA from George Washington University and an M.A. in International Relations from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is also a graduate of the French Ecole de Guerre in Paris.

He speaks French and Portuguese.

 

William Moomaw, Professor of International Environmental Policy, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Director, Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (Moderator)

William Moomaw is Professor of International Environmental Policy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where he is the founding director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, the Tufts Climate Initiative and co-founder of the Global Development and Environment Institute. He works to translate science and technology into policy terms using interdisciplinary tools. His major publications are on climate change, energy policy, nitrogen pollution, forestry financing and management and on theoretical topics such as the Environmental Kuznets Curve. He was a coordinating lead author of the 2001 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chapter on greenhouse gas emissions reduction. He was a lead author of three other IPCC reports (1995, 2005 and 2007).  He holds a BA from Williams and a PhD from MIT.

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Panel 2

The End of “Easy” Fossil Fuels: Projections, Need and Innovation

 

Emanuele Calviello, President & CEO,  Eni USA Gas Marketing LLC, Eni Trading & Shipping Inc.

Emanuele Calviello graduated in mechanical engineering in 1994 from Politecnico di Milano and continued his studies with an MBA from SDA Bocconi/MIP Politecnico di Milano.

He worked in Denmark and in the UK in the period 1994-1996 as development engineer.

He joined the Eni group in 1996, working on natural gas and LNG business development project in Europe and Africa.

In 2006 he was Operational and Commercial manager of LNG Shipping, with responsibilities on the LNG fleet owned by Eni.

From 2008 to 2010 he was Business Manager of eniuk in London, with responsibilities on gas trading activities in north-western Europe.

Since 2010 he has been President & CEO of Eni Trading & Shipping Inc. and Eni USA Gas Marketing LLC, two trading companies based in Houston, USA, responsible for the trading and marketing activities of crude oil, refined products and natural gas in USA and in the Americas region.

 


Bob MacKnight, Director, PFC Energy

Bob MacKnight is a Director in PFC Energy’s Upstream Group who has been with the firm since 2006. His expertise lies in modeling future oil and gas supply from both unconventional and conventional reservoirs, exploration risk assessments, and project economic analysis. Over the last four years, Bob has been active in advising the energy industry on the impact of unconventional (shale gas and tight oil) resource development in North America and the potential business opportunities therein. He is currently focused on evaluating the oil and gas production potential in frontier basins globally (Arctic, East Africa, etc.). Prior to joining PFC Energy, Bob worked as a Geologist on ExxonMobil’s Chad Development Team. He has also worked with the U.S. Department of Energy and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to develop exploration methodologies for geothermal energy. Bob holds a BS and an MS in Earth Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

 

Brooks B. Yeager, Executive Director for Policy, Clean Air – Cool Planet

Brooks Yeager is Executive Vice President for Policy of Clean Air – Cool Planet. He has extensive experience in both national andinternational environmental policy making.  He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Development at the State Department from 1999 to 2000, leading the negotiation of two major international treaties.  He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs at the Department of the Interior.

Mr. Yeager has a long involvement with issues in the U.S. Arctic, and is a frequent visitor to the region.  He participated in the initial development of the Arctic Council, and led a number of administration initiatives in Alaska, including efforts to conserve the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and to develop an environmentally sound oil and gas leasing program in the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska (NPR-A).  Mr. Yeager has a twenty year history of leadership in the U.S. and international environmental community, as the Vice President for the Global Threats Program at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-US), and earlier, as Vice President for Governmental Affairs at the National Audubon Society, and Washington Representative for the Sierra Club. Mr. Yeager received his BA from Stanford University.

 

Wendi Weber, Vice President Commercial Development Lummus Technology, CB & I

Wendi Weber is Vice President, Commercial Development, Lummus Technology. She is responsible for Lummus Technology strategic planning and commercial development. Wendi was named to this position in May 2009 when she joined CB&I. Wendi has several years of general management experience in the refining, specialty, and petrochemical industries. She has worked at BASF Catalyst and Rhodia Inc. in global business and manufacturing management roles. She holds a BS in aerospace engineering from California Polytechnic State University, California, a MA and PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, and an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

Bruce Everett, Adjunct Associate Professor, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Moderator)

Bruce Everett has over three decades of experience in the energy business as a government official, oil industry executive, teacher and commentator on energy policy. During the oil crises of 1973-74, Mr. Everett joined the fledgling Federal Energy Administration in Washington in the Office of International Affairs and continued with the Department of Energy when it was formed in 1977. Anxious to see the world outside the Beltway, Mr. Everett joined ExxonMobil Corporation in 1980, traveled the world and worked across the spectrum of the energy industry, including oil, coal, natural gas, electricity.

Mr. Everett currently teaches oil market economics as Adjunct Professor of International Business at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and Adjunct Associate Professor of International Business at the Fletcher School. Mr. Everett graduated from Princeton University in 1969 and earned a PhD in International Relations from The Fletcher School at Tufts University in 1980.

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Panel 3

Clean Nuclear: Responsible Management for a Carbon-Constrained Future


Frank Ackerman, Director of Climate Economics Group, Stockholm Environment Institute

Dr. Frank Ackerman, the director of the Climate Economics Group at the Stockholm Environment Institute-US Center, is an economist specializing in climate change. A prominent critic of conventional economic approaches to climate policy and of abuses of cost-benefit analysis, he has written extensively for academic and popular publications, and he has directed studies for clients ranging from Greenpeace, NRDC, World Wildlife Fund, and Friends of the Earth, to the United Nations, the European Parliament, and U.S. federal and state agencies.

Ackerman’s most recent book, Can We Afford the Future? Economics for a Warming World (Zed Books, 2009), reframes the economics of climate change in terms of insuring the planet against worst-case scenarios, addressing the needs of future generations, and accepting the challenge of global equity raised by the climate crisis. His other books include Priceless: On Knowing the Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing (The New Press, 2004, with
Lisa Heinzerling), and The Flawed Foundations of General Equilibrium: Critical Essays on Economic Theory (Routledge, 2004, with Alejandro Nadal).

Ackerman is a founder and steering committee member of Economics for Equity and Environment, a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform, and a senior research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute of Tufts University, where he worked until 2007. He earned his Ph.D. in economics at Harvard University and has taught economics at Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts.

 

Ellen C. Ginsberg, Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Nuclear Energy Institute

Ellen C. Ginsberg is Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Nuclear Energy Institute.  Ms. Ginsberg supervises NEI’s Legal Division which is responsible for representing the commercial nuclear energy industry on legal and generic regulatory matters before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and other federal agencies.  Ms. Ginsberg is responsible for litigation on matters before U.S. Courts of Appeals in which NEI is a party or amicus curiae.  She frequently handles legislative projects.  Ms. Ginsberg represents NEI on all corporate and employment matters.  Ms. Ginsberg previously served as NEI’s Deputy General Counsel.

Prior to joining NEI, Ms. Ginsberg practiced with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Swidler & Berlin.  While there, she was heavily involved in litigation of prudence matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and advised nuclear utilities to reduce the risk of prudence disallowances.

From 1984-1986, Ms. Ginsberg served as a law clerk to the NRC Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel.  In that position, Ms. Ginsberg had substantial responsibility for evaluating pleadings and testimony submitted in licensing proceedings and for generating initial drafts of decisions issued by Licensing Boards.

Ms. Ginsberg is a 1980 magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University, and was awarded a BA with special honors in history and classics.  Ms. Ginsberg received her JD from American University.  She successfully completed the Reactor Technology Program for Utility Executives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ms. Ginsberg is a member of the New York State and District of Columbia bars as well as the American Bar Association and Federal Bar Association.  In 2005, Ms. Ginsberg was asked to serve as Vice Chair of the Energy Bar Association’s Nuclear Committee.  In 1991-1992, Ms. Ginsberg served as Chairman of the Younger Lawyers Division of the Federal Bar Association.

Ms. Ginsberg currently serves as a Trustee of The Field School.

 

Julian Kelly, CTO of Thor Energy, Senior Project Manager at the World Nuclear Association

Dr. Kelly is a Materials Scientist by training. He has worked in the Australian mining industry and served for seven years as a scientific analyst/advisor in the Australian Government in the areas of nuclear proliferation intelligence, safeguards implementation and nuclear energy technologies.  He was posted to the Australian Embassy in Vienna as Nuclear Counsellor covering the technical programs of the IAEA.  For the last four years Dr Kelly has worked for a Norwegian renewable energy & advanced materials group “Scatec” where he has been instrumental in designing & planning a test irradiation for a thorium-plutonium ‘MOX’ fuel that can be commercialized for LWRs.  More recently he has also been working at the World Nuclear Association covering nuclear fuel technology developments and their impact on the nuclear generating industry.

 

Nick Liparulo, Senior Vice President, Nuclear Services, Westinghouse Electric Company

As senior vice president of Westinghouse Nuclear Services, Nick Liparulo leads a global organization of nearly 4,500 employees at 35 locations (including sites in the United States, Europe and Asia) who work to strengthen nuclear plant operation, safety and competitiveness through world-class, innovative engineering, site field services and maintenance, component installation, and decommissioning/dismantling services.

Mr. Liparulo joined Westinghouse as an engineer in 1972, and advanced through positions of increasing responsibility within the company’s Nuclear Services and Nuclear Fuel businesses. In 1999 he was appointed vice president of Fuel Engineering; in 2001 he was named vice president, U.S./Asia Fuel; and in 2008 he was appointed senior vice president of Nuclear Services.

Over the course of his Westinghouse career, Mr. Liparulo has managed diverse worldwide activities, including component design, safety analysis, the Westinghouse Owners Group, risk assessment, quality assurance, site modifications and maintenance, I&C design and delivery, fuel design and manufacturing,  and licensing. He has served as the chairman of the Westinghouse Safety Review Committee and managed U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), EPRI, and Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) interfaces for Westinghouse.

Mr. Liparulo has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He has authored approximately 30 external publications and has three patent disclosures. He is a registered Professional Chemical Engineer, has served on the board of Columbia College (South Carolina), is on the board of directors of the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and serves on the visitor’s board at the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Robert Hannemann, Director, Tufts Gordon Institute (Moderator)

Dr. Hannemann joined Tufts in 2007 as Director of the Tufts Gordon Institute for Engineering and Entrepreneurial Leadership with a secondary appointment in the ME department. Prior to Tufts Dr. Hannemann was a researcher, manager, and entrepreneur in the computer and telecommunications industries with such companies as Digital Equipment Corporation, Corning, Inc. and Laserton.

Dr. Hannemann’s current technical research is focused on meso- and microscale cooling devices for high performance electronic devices using both single-phase and two-phase liquids. Dr. Hannemann is also actively researching energy-efficient data center cooling technologies.

At the Gordon Institute, Dr. Hannemann is researching and implementing new approaches in fostering engineering leadership and entrepreneurship in conjunction with s graduate and undergraduate programs. Dr. Hannemann graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1970, earned his MS from New York University in 1972 and his ScD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975.

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Panel 4

21st Century Energy on a 19th Century Grid: Making Intermittent Energy Work

 

Richard Baxter, President, Mustang Prairie, LLC

Richard Baxter is widely known expert on energy storage. He was previously the Director of Product Strategy for Premium Power Corporation, an energy storage technology manufacturer. Prior to this, Richard was a Principal at Charles River Associates, a global management strategy firm. He has also worked as both an investment banker and equity analyst at Ardour Capital, a boutique Cleantech investment bank, and at Standard & Poor’s DRI, a global economic consulting firm. He has also served as the Director of Member Affairs for the Energy Storage Council.
Richard is the author of “Energy Storage: A Nontechnical Guide” and holds a B.S. in Materials Engineering from Virginia Tech and a M.S. in Energy Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. He also is a Lecturer at Boston University’s Executive Leadership Center—Leading Clean Energy Ventures on Energy Storage.


Michael Brower, Chief Technical Officer, AWS True Power

Michael Brower has been involved in the renewable energy field for nearly 20 years. Early in his career he conducted research and analysis on energy and environmental issues for the Union of Concerned Scientists and as a private consultant. He was the lead author of the groundbreaking study, Powering the Midwest, which helped jumpstart wind development in the upper Midwest in the early 1990s, and wrote Cool Energy: Renewable Solutions to Environmental Problems (MIT Press, 1992) and The Consumer’s Guide to Environmental Problems (Three Rivers Press, 1999). In his roles as Principal of TrueWind Solutions and, later, Vice President and Director of Meteorology and Modeling Services for AWS Truewind, Michael led the development of the MesoMap® and SiteWind® mapping and micrositing systems and the eWind® forecasting system, wrote AWS Truewind’s Manual of Procedures for resource and energy assessment, and personally led assessments of over 5000 MW of renewable energy projects. As CTO of AWS Truepower, Michael leads product development and helps ensure quality and standards across the company.

Letha Tawney, Senior Associate, World Resources Institute

Letha Tawney is a Senior Associate in the World Resources Institute’s Climate and Energy Program. Ms. Tawney leads the Two Degrees of Innovation platform, which focuses on the need to build a robust, dynamic innovation system for clean energy where great ideas can rapidly emerge and spread globally. This includes ensuring energy systems and infrastructure, such as the grid, are adapting to low-carbon technologies and enabling innovation.

Prior to joining WRI, Ms. Tawney worked on bioenergy with the UN Foundation’s International Bioenergy Initiative. She followed the international climate negotiations closely, working with delegations to ensure sustainable biomass issues were addressed in concert with energy security, food security and poverty alleviation. Ms. Tawney holds a Master’s of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor’s in Business from George Fox University.

Bill White, Senior Advisor, Americans for a Clean Energy Grid

Bill White has more than 20 years of experience working with businesses, nonprofits, and government on clean energy and energy efficiency. Mr. White is Senior Vice President at David Gardiner & Associates and principal spokesman for Americans for a Clean Energy Grid, an initiative of the Energy Future Coalition which he also developed. He previously managed EPA’s Energy Star program in New England, where he established successful energy efficiency partnerships with businesses, utilities, municipal governments, and colleges and universities. As Senior Advisor to EPA Administrator Carol Browner, Mr. White represented the agency in the White House climate change policy process and in international negotiations with the G-8, China, and Mexico. He is a founding board member and current advisory board member of the Conversation Strategy Fund, which received a 2012 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

 

 

Matt Panzer, Assistant Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Tufts University (Moderator)

Matt Panzer is an Assistant Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering and principal investigator of the Green Energy and Nanostructured Electronics Laboratory at Tufts University. His research focuses on the development and engineering of thin film optoelectronic devices for energy applications, including organic and metal oxide-based photovoltaics, ionogel supercapacitors, and chemically-tunable light-emitting devices. Prof. Panzer obtained a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the faculty at Tufts, he worked for two years as a postdoctoral research associate in the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT.

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Panel 5

Renewable Energy Growth in a Post-Stimulus World: Boom or Bust?

 

Bram Claeys, Renewable Energy Policy Director, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Bram Claeys joined the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources in the summer of 2011, as Renewable Energy Policy Director. He is responsible for developing and analyzing opportunities for new and better renewable and alternative energy policies at the Massachusetts state level, and is a member of the management team coordinating the state’s Clean Energy Results Program.

Bram Claeys has 12 years of experience in energy and climate policy, working in Belgium, European Union institutionsand the UN climate negotiations. As a policy advisor to the energy minister in Belgium, he developed innovative policies to support renewable energy and increase the energy efficiency of industrial manufacturing.He also served on the coordinating committee for the Belgian EU presidency, and the 2010 meeting of the EU-US Energy Council.

Prior to that, he servedfor several years as one of the leading NGO authorities pushing for ambitious climate and energy policies. As an environmental consultant at SGS he analyzed industrial scale investments and the international climate mechanisms.

Bram Claeys holds a masters degree in Chemistry from the University of Ghent as well as degrees in Development Cooperation from the University of Ghent and Environmental Science & Technology from the University of Brussels.

 

Raimund Grube, President & COO, Element Power

Raimund Grube is a founding member of Element Power. Raimund was formerly a Managing Director of  PPM Energy / Iberdrola Renewables where he was responsible for all the US Mid-Continent and West renewable energy business development activities. Prior to joining PPM Energy, Raimund worked at Enron as a financial analyst for international pipeline and gas-fired projects and later as a developer for gas-fired power projects in the US. He has a total of 12 years of experience in the energy industry ranging from financial analysis to M&A, development and origination for thermal and renewable energy projects. Raimund holds a degree in Asian Studies and Economics from Colgate University and an MA in Finance and Natural Resource Management from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.

 


John B. Howe, Director of Public Affairs, FloDesign Wind Turbine Corporation

John B. Howe serves as Director of Public Affairs at FloDesign Wind Turbine Corp., where he leads state and federal government relations activities and works with stakeholder groups concerned with the environmental impacts of wind energy development.  Prior to joining FloDesign in September 2010, John’s career has spanned several cleantech energy sectors.  He led public policy advocacy efforts for Verenium (a cellulosic biofuels developer), American Superconductor (a grid technology developer) and J. Makowski Associates (a major regional IPP developer in the US Northeast).  From 1995-97, as Chairman of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, he spearheaded regulatory efforts to restructure that state’s retail electric services industry.  John has held leadership roles in several energy-related trade associations.  He earned his B.A., magna cum laude, in political science at Amherst College in 1978, and a MALD from Tufts University’s Fletcher School, with a focus in energy and resource economics, in 1984.

 

Daniel Hullah, Partner, RockPort Capital

Daniel was educated in the UK where he received a BA and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Oxford. He came to the United States in 1999 as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Chicago. Following his stint in Chicago, he branched out into a career in management consulting at ZS Associates – a firm that focuses exclusively on sales and marketing. Daniel moved to Boston in 2001 to start a new ZS office, and went on to pursue an MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. Shortly after returning to the States from INSEAD, Daniel joined RockPort in Boston. Since then he has been an active member of the screening and diligence team and has worked on multiple transactions in several key clean tech sectors, most notably solar energy and green buildings. He has represented RockPort on investor panels at conferences throughout the country.

Philipp Uhlmann, Adjunct Assistant Professor of International Business, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Phil Uhlmann is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of International Business at the Fletcher School. He teaches Large Investments and International Project Finance during the fall term and Foundations in Financial Accounting and Corporate Finance during the summer school session.  Mr. Uhlmann is also very active with Fletcher’s Tavitian Scholarship program which provides extraordinary educational opportunities to Armenian students.  He can also be found at Bentley University where he teaches a variety of Finance classes at both the undergrad and grad level.

Prior to undertaking doctoral studies at Fletcher in September 1998, Mr. Uhlmann had a long career in commercial and investment banking at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (“CIBC”), primarily in Vancouver and Toronto. He started working for CIBC immediately after the completion of high school. During a career that spanned more than 25 years, Mr. Uhlmann worked in positions of increasing responsibility including two appointments as a corporate lending relationship officer – including Main Branch, Vancouver. He also worked as a special loans risk manager and in various Head Office risk management capacities.

His last job at CIBC, from January 1992 to August 1998, was as a member of the bank’s senior management team. As Vice-President – Banks, Countries and Foreign Governments, he was responsible for the day to day administration/ decision making of two credit risk portfolios – bank credits to international banks dealing with every entity of CIBC and country limits to 108 countries. In addition to presenting all large bank and country limit credits to the bank’s senior Credit Committee, Mr. Uhlmann was responsible for the annual Board of Directors presentations pertaining to bank and country limits. He was also a member of the bank’s country rating Committee and has extensive domestic and international crisis management experience. At various points, Mr. Uhlmann was granted educational leaves of absence from CIBC.

Mr. Uhlmann completed his PhD. at the Fletcher School, Tufts University in 2002. His doctoral dissertation is entitled, “See How They Run – Linkages between National Elections and the Behavior of International Banking Flows in Developing Countries” He completed his Comprehensive Examinations in Global Financial Services, International Business Relations and Law and Development in February 2000. Mr. Uhlmann also holds a Master of Social Science degree in International Relations from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Rotman School, University of Toronto. His Bachelor of Commerce in Finance, an honors program, was completed at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

 

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Panel 6

Bridging the Gap: Towards a Nexus Approach to Water and Energy

 

Nicholas Cizek, ARPA-E Fellow

Nick Cizek is an ARPA-E fellow currently focusing on two primary projects. Working at the energy-water nexus, Cizek is investigating potential technologies to make freshwater production more energy efficient and energy production more water efficient. He is also investigating the potential design, applications, target metrics, and impact of novel heat storage systems.

Prior to joining ARPA-E he completed a Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Stanford University, where he worked in Professor Mark Kasevich’s atom interferometry precision sensing group. He researched energy transfer in lithium Bose-Einstein condensates, dilute clouds of ultracold atoms, with a focus on boosting the resolution of sensors like atom-based gyroscopes, accelerometers, magnetometers, and gravitational sensors.

Cizek is a Hertz Foundation Fellow and received a JP and DanyeleGarnier Fellowship from the Stanford Graduate School of Business Summer Institute for Entrepreneurship.

He has worked as an optical engineer at two startups, in telecommunications and data storage. Two of his microelectromechanical system designs are patented.

Cizek earned a B.A. in Physics, summa cum laude, from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he spent three years researching and completing an honors thesis in Professor Carl Wieman’s (Nobel laureate, 2001) atomic physics group.

 

Charlie Heaps, Senior Scientist, Center Director, Stockholm Environment Institute

Charlie is the Director of SEI’s U.S. Center and a senior scientist in SEI’s Climate and Energy Program. Charlie is the developer of LEAP: the Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning System developed at SEI, a leading energy and environmental planning tool used in hundreds of organizations and dozens of countries worldwide. For the last 15 years, Charlie has worked around the world conducting workshops, undertaking energy studies and providing training and assistance to users of LEAP. Charlie is also the manager of COMMEND, a five year initiative to foster a web-based community among developing country energy planners. In addition to developing LEAP, Charlie has developed a range of other software tools and web sites for energy and environmental planning including GreenTrips (a web based tool for households to plan their transport emissions), and IDENTIFY (a spreadsheet-based tool for industrial climate mitigation project planning developed for UNIDO). Charlie has also been a major contributor to the development of other SEI software tools including WEAP and PoleStar. Charlie received a Ph.D. from the Centre for Environmental Technology, Imperial College, London in 1990.

 

Allan R. Hoffman, Senior Analyst, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Allan R. Hoffman is a Senior Analyst in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  He has done pioneering work on water-energy issues. Previously, Dr. Hoffman served as Assistant Director for Industrial Programs at the Mellon Institute’s Energy Productivity Center as well as a Consultant and Senior Analyst in the Office of Technology Assessment at the U.S. Congress.  He also served as Executive Director of the Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council as well as Associate and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Utility Technologies at the DOE. Dr. Hoffman also served as U.S. Representative to and Vice Chairman of the International Energy Agency’s Working Party on Renewable Energy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from Cornell University and a PhD in physics from Brown University.

 

Shafiqul Islam, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Bernard M. Gordon Senior Faculty Fellow in Engineering, Tufts University

Shafiqul Islam is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the first Bernard M. Gordon Senior Faculty Fellow in Engineering at Tufts University. He also holds a joint appointment as Professor of Water Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts. Professor Islam’s teaching and research interests are to understand characterize, measure, and model water issues ranging from climate to cholera to water diplomacy with a focus on scale issues and remote sensing. Dr. Islam maintains an active national and international consulting and training practice including: flood forecasting in India; national water planning in Bangladesh; water policy planning for ExxonMobil; and advising South Asian Consortium of Interdisciplinary Water initiatives. He acted as consultant to the World Bank, United States Geological Survey, Proctor and Gamble, and several other governmental and non-governmental organizations. He has published more than 100 refereed journal and other publications. He holds a ScD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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