Gerson Lehrman Group Clean Tech Summit

San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, November 19, 2008


November 19-20, 2008 | The Palace Hotel | San Francisco, CA


 

Confirmed Speakers
(in alphabetical order)

Downloadable presentations, where available, follow each speaker biography.

Marc Alt, President, Marc Alt + Partners

Menahem Anderman, President, Total Battery Consulting

Louis Bailoni, Vice President, Ricardo Strategic Consulting (RSC)

Thomas R. Baruch, Founder and Managing Director, CMEA Ventures

Amit Bhandari, CEO, BioUrja Trading, LLC and LogiBio, LLC

John Vanden Bosche, Principal Engineer, Chinook Wind Consulting

Richard Brown, Research Scientist, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Shirley Bridges, Former Senior Vice President and CIO, Delta Air Lines
Jason Burnett,
Former Associate Deputy Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Robert Byrne, President and Chief Executive Officer, Byrne Advisory Services

Andres Carvallo, Chief Information Officer, Austin Energy
Jimmy Chuang
, Director, Structured Finance Group, MMA Renewable Ventures

David Crane, Special Advisor to the Governor for Jobs and Economic Growth, Schwarzenegger Administration
Joshua Cunningham
, Program Manager, Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways Program, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis
Miguel J. Dabdoub, PhD, President, Biofuels Chamber of the São Paulo State Government
Dr. Satyendra Deb, Former Director, Center for Basic Sciences, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

K.G. Duleep, Managing Director, ICF International
Mark Egan, Partner, StrataFusion Group, Inc.

Gary Feather, Vice President, Consumer Systems & Technology, Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.

Dana Frix, Partner and Co-Chair/Communications, Media and Technology, Chadbourne & Parke
Joe Henri,
Director, Regulatory Affairs and New Markets, SunEdison LLC

Mark Herlach, Partner, Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan L.L.P.
J. Michael Horwitz,
Managing Director, Clean Technology Analyst, Stanford Group
 

Ali Ipakchi, Vice President, Smart Grid and Green Power, OATI

Hal LaFlash, Director, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Justin Label, Partner, BVP Menlo Park
Ariel Lechter
, President & CEO, Clean Water Technology, Inc.

Dick LeFave, Former Chief Information Officer, Sprint Nextel

Estelle Lloyd, Managing Director and Founder, Venture Business Research

K.C. Mares, President and Chief Energy Officer, MegaWatt Consulting
Jason Mark
, U.S. Transportation Program Director, Energy Foundation

Rob McAndrew, Senior Vice President of Business Development & Managing Director of U.S. Carbon Markets, Chicago Climate Exchange

Ben L. McMakin, Senior Director/Governmental Issues, Van Ness Feldman, PC

Walter S. McManus, Director, Automotive Analysis Division, University of Michigan

Glenn Mercer, Former Partner, Automotive Senior Practice Expert, McKinsey & Co.

Garland A. Middendorf, President and Chief Executive officer, Wolf Lake Terminals, Inc.

Ryan O’Connor, PhD, Managing Partner/CEO, O’Connor & Company
Kelly Ogilvie, President and Chief Executive Officer,
Blue Marble Energy

Bruce Pasternack
, Venture Partner, CMEA Ventures
Rituraj Pathak,
Director, Vitale Nandan Bio-Pharma Sciences Pvt. Ltd

Richard A. Penna
, Partner, Van Ness Feldman, PC

Carlos V. Pineda, Senior Development Officer, General Compression

Wes Raffel, General Partner, Advanced Technology Ventures

David RaneySenior Manager, Environmental and Energy Affairs, Honda North America, Inc. 

Peter Robertson, Partner, Crowell & Moring
Glenn R. Rink, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of AbTech Industries, Inc.
Brian Sheets, CEO, SKYRON Systems Inc.

Laura Shenkar, Principal, The Artemis Project
Dr. Fatemeh Shirazi,
Founder, President, and Chief Technology Officer, Microvi Biotech Inc.

Rahul Sood, Chief Technology, Voodoo Business Unit (VBU), Hewlett-Packard Company

Daniel Sperling, Member, California Air Resources Board, Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies, Professor of Transportation Engineering and Environmental Policy, University of California, Davis
Lawrence Sullivan. Chief Technology Officer, Kreido Biofuels Inc.

Robert Syputa, Partner, Maravedis Telecommunications Research

Steve Taber, CEO, Nordic Windpower
Jeffrey Turner
, Senior Partner, Patton Boggs L.L.P.

Adam Umanoff, Partner, Chadbourne & Parke L.L.P.
Stefan Unnasch,
General Partner, Life Cycle Associates
Ravi Vora, Chief Executive Officer, TransWind Energy
Brian Wynne, President, Electric Drive Transportation Association


Full Biographies


 

Marc Alt
President, Marc Alt + Partners

Marc Alt is president of Marc Alt + Partners, a design, research and brand strategy agency dedicated to sustainable innovation. Marc Alt + Partners provides consulting services, strategy and insight to clients from a diverse range of industry verticals including automotive, advertising, fashion, finance, venture/private equity, design and brand strategy, consumer electronics, luxury and travel. Recent engagements include BMW/MINI USA, Bloomberg LP, Ogilvy, Butler Shine (BSSP), Liz Claiborne, Lippincott, Consumer Electronics Association of America (CEA), The Green Electronics Council, Neenah Paper and others. Marc is active in initiatives that are helping design and product innovation teams share knowledge and accelerate understanding of sustainable design principles. Marc serves on the advisory board and is Vice President of the The Designers Accord and is founding co-chair of the AIGA Center for Sustainable Design. Marc previously served on the board of the NY Chapter of AIGA, The Professional Association for Design.

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Menahem Anderman

President, Total Battery Consulting
Menahem Anderman, PhD, is President and Founder of Total Battery Consulting. Dr. Anderman is responsible for conducting assessments of battery technologies and energy storage systems for advanced vehicles and related applications and has published several multi-cleint reports on the subject. He has experience in providing consultancy services in technology assessment and application development. Prior to becoming a consultant he held positions of technical director, director of business development and general manager in two battery companies. Dr. Anderman holds a BS in Chemistry from Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr Anderman is an invited speaker in public governments and business circles including the US Senate energy committee, CARB, and SAE, and chairs the annual International Advanced Automotive Battery Conference and pre-conference symposia.

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Louis Bailoni
Vice President, Ricardo Strategic Consulting (RSC)
Louis Bailoni is VP, Ricardo Strategic Consulting (RSC) where he has served since 2003.  RSC is the global management consulting subsidiary of Ricardo Group, a provider of technology, product innovation, engineering solutions and strategic consulting to the world's automotive, transport and energy industries. He provides product and technology strategy for vehicle OEMs and suppliers. Mr. Bailoni has performed due diligence assessments of Tier 1 and Tier 2 power train suppliers, market entry strategy for vehicle OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, and new product development and efficiency improvement programs. He has worked with the automotive industry on cost reduction programs and warranty program improvements.  He also has experience in new product and service strategy within the commercial vehicle market.  Mr. Bailoni has directed equity research, provided IPO assessments and due diligence for both suppliers and manufacturers.  He has developed sector research covering vehicle technologies, engineering design, build and power train and produced forecast reports on the global automotive industry.

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Thomas R. Baruch
Founder and Managing Director, CMEA Ventures
Tom Baruch founded CMEA Ventures in 1989 to pursue a lifelong passion for applying investment discipline and strategy to nurture investment success in the application of exponential new technologies, such as Moore's Law and genomics, to building breakthrough companies that will transform markets. Tom honed his early-stage investment skills beginning at the Battelle Development Corporation in the late 1960's and then at Exxon Corporation in the 1970's and early '80's. At Exxon, he managed investments and created several early-stage technology companies applying materials science and semiconductor-industry technologies such as Supertex (SUPX). Tom formed CMEA Ventures with New Enterprise Associates (NEA) in 1989 after previously having founded and served as CEO of Microwave Technology, Inc., a supplier of gallium arsenide integrated circuits and value-added sub-systems.

Mr. Baruch holds an engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Juris Doctor degree from Capital University. He is a registered patent attorney and is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Board of Trustees of the Berkeley Institute for Synthetic Biology (BISB) and the Board of Trustees of That Man May See Foundation.

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Amit Bhandari
CEO of BioUrja Trading, LLC and LogiBio, LLC
Amit Bhandari founded BioUrja Trading, LLC and LogiBio, LLC in Fall 2006. BioUrja Trading, LLC is an Ethanol supply and trading company with a focus on providing services to the demand side of the industry as a buying agent for end-users. These services include supply logistics optimization. LogiBio, LLC is separate holding company created to own and lease logistics and terminal distribution assets for Ethanol. Amit owns both companies and acts as lead trader for BioUrja Trading, LLC. Prior to that, he worked for ExxonMobil for over 13 years. His last position was as US Ethanol trader. In that capacity, he bought over 10% of the National volume of Ethanol and captured over $500 million in competitive advantage for ExxonMobil in 2006. Amit’s other key positions include Product trader for MTBE and Gasoline, where he brought in over $1 billion in revenue. He also traded Petroleum Coke for three years, generating $300 million in revenue and served as a relief trader for all other US domestic Product trading.

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John Vanden Bosche

Principal Engineer, Chinook Wind Consulting

John Vanden Bosche is a Principal Engineer at Chinook Wind Consulting, a firm providing energy consulting services. Mr. Vanden Bosche has more than 17 years of experience in the wind industry with involvement in a broad range of projects. He has worked on basic engineering research, wind turbine design and analysis, component manufacturing, structural and performance field testing, turbine verification, due diligence investigations, project planning and construction, commissioning testing, operations and maintenance, and design of retrofits. Mr. Vanden Bosche also has experience with procuring land leases, collecting and analyzing wind resource data, and calculating project performance projections. Past clients include turbine manufacturers, component vendors, project developers, electrical utilities, government laboratories, banks, and law firms. He is a registered U.S. Patent Agent with 15 years of experience in obtaining patent protection on inventions representing a variety of technologies. 

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Richard Brown
Research Scientist, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Richard Brown is a research scientist in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He holds an M.A. degree from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.S.E. in Engineering and Management Systems from Princeton University. His research analyzes energy use in buildings and industry, customer adoption of renewable energy systems, and the connection between energy and water use. His current research interests include technical support to the ENERGY STAR program, developing a home energy audit web site (the Home Energy Saver), developing solutions to address the growing energy use of electronics and miscellaneous equipment in buildings, and analyzing the energy use of drinking water and wastewater treatment systems. Previous projects have included residential supply curves of conserved energy, the use of geographical information systems for regionally-disaggregated energy analysis, analyzing electricity use in California, and developing the federal government's guidebook to purchasing green power for business and institutional customers. Before joining the LBNL staff, he spent four years in the Air Force analyzing the cost and performance of satellite systems.

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Shirley Bridges
Former Senior Vice President and CIO, Delta Air Lines
Shirley Bridges was the Senior Vice President and CIO at Delta Air Lines (April 08) and the CEO and President of Delta Technology, the wholly-owned IT subsidiary of Delta Air Lines which is based in Atlanta, Georgia. She has a yearly IT budget of roughly $425MM in 2007. She led some of the largest IT projects in Delta’s history—including a $180 million SAP project and the $120 million global deployment of Windows XP. She is very knowledgeable on virtualization and service oriented architecture (SOA). As CEO of Delta Technology, Ms. Bridges led an organization of 1,500 employees and contractors. She also oversaw two large outsourcing arrangements with IBM and Worldspan. She successfully led the organization through bankruptcy. Ms. Bridge's operating budget was $435 million and her capital budget was $140 million. In her role as CIO, Shirley oversaw a global operation across more than 500 locations. She managed two data centers, over 100,000 assets and a 24/7 high transaction environment. She served on CISCO advisory board. Vendor knowledge includes: HP (40,000 desktops WW), Microsoft, Adobe, Blackberry/RIMM (10,000 WW), AT&T, Global Crossing, Sun, IBM Mainframe, SAP, Hyperion, Teradata, EMC, Cisco, F5, Symantec and McAfee.

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Jason Burnett
Former Associate Deputy Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 
Jason Burnett was most recently the Associate Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where he coordinated energy and climate change policy across the EPA and led the development of greenhouse gases regulations. Previously Jason worked for a brokerage and consulting firm, Evolution Markets, where he assisted companies and governments with the carbon market. He has testified before and been interviewed by Senate and Congressional committees and continues to engage federal and state policy leaders on managing the regulation of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. Jason is a trustee of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Jason holds a Master of Arts in Earth Systems and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stanford University and lives in Carmel, CA with his wife, Melissa Burnett.

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Robert Byrne
President and Chief Executive Officer, Byrne Advisory Services
Robert Byrne is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Byrne Advisory Services, his technology consulting company. Previously, he was a former Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Anheuser-Busch, a Fortune 150 CPG company. Mr. Byrne led an IT organization of 1,300 with an IT budget of roughly $250MM a year. He has extensive experience in operations management, supply chain design and execution, procurement management, consulting, and IT. His previous positions include: Senior Director of Applications Development—Leveraging IT to drive innovation and earnings growth, and leading an effort to significantly improve project management practices; Director of Procurement and Business Services—Driving standardized procurement to reduce costs and improve service, while utilizing enterprise systems (including SAP) to streamline the purchasing process; Manager of Production—Directing production for a $500 million consumer products manufacturing facility; and Director of Operations Control—Managing product distribution and the redesign of the Anheuser-Busch supply chain. Mr. Byrne currently leads his own consulting practice. Vendor knowledge includes: HP desktops (20,000 WW), Microsoft, Symantec, Adobe, Blackberry/RIM (3,000 WW), AT&T, VMWare, IBM Mainframe, Oracle, Teradata, SAP, Siebel, StorageTek, Hitachi, Cisco, Infosys and Wipro.

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Andres Carvallo
Chief Information Officer, Austin Energy

Andres is currently the Chief Information Officer at Austin Energy, where he is responsible for the technology vision, planning, development and operations across the enterprise.  Since February of 2003, Andres has been driving a wireless and SOA transformation to deliver a fully-integrated and self-healing enterprise.  The current direction for the company is to deliver the first smart grid in the world by 2009.  In addition to his responsibilities as CIO, Andres is member of the 8 person executive team, and member of the Innovation and Opportunity Development executive board.

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*Please note that Andres Carvallo participated in a panel meeting with Ali Ipakchi.  Mr. Carvallo has requested we remove his presentation from the publicly offered materials.

Jimmy Chuang
Director, Structured Finance Group, MMA Renewable Ventures
Mr. Jimmy Chuang is a Director in the Structured Finance Group at MMA Renewable Ventures, where he is responsible for acquiring, developing, and investing various renewable energy projects as well as raising tax-advantaged equity capital and construction / permanent debt facilities. Mr. Chuang is also leading the company’s early stage venture capital initiative. Since joining MMA Renewable Ventures, Mr. Chuang has raised over $100 million of construction / permanent debt facility and funded approx. $200 million of solar projects. Prior to joining MMA Renewable Ventures, Mr. Chuang was a key member of the restructuring / leveraged finance group at Chanin Capital Partners, specializing in bankruptcies and distressed M&A. Previously, Mr. Chuang was an associate at Standard & Poor’s Corporate Finance and analyst at SoundView Technology Group (now UBS Capital Markets). In addition, he also co-founded and held a senior management position in a nanotechnology company, Nanosense Corporation, sponsored by University of California, Berkeley and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (“DARPA”). He began his career with Merrill Lynch Investment Banking Division.


Throughout his career, Mr. Chuang has executed various transactions for an aggregate value of $50.0 billion that included mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, recapitalizations, divestitures, private placements, public equity / debt offerings, and other financial advisory services. He has advised and worked with companies including AT&T Wireless, Calpine, Cypress, eBay, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle, Virgin America, Yahoo, and among others.


Mr. Chuang received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1999, he was named as Bill Gates Scholar/Fellow and University of California, Regents Scholar.

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David Crane
Special Advisor to the Governor for Jobs and Economic Growth, Schwarzenegger Administration

David Crane is Special Advisor to the Governor for Jobs and Economic Growth. Before joining the Schwarzenegger Administration, Crane was a partner for 25 years with Babcock & Brown, an investment/merchant bank that grew from one office with five employees when he joined in 1979 to a multi-national enterprise with hundreds of employees by the time he retired in 2003. Crane lives with his wife and two children in San Francisco.

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Joshua Cunningham
Program Manager, Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways Program, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis

Currently, Joshua Cunningham is working with UC Davis’s Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis) as a program manager of the Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways (STEPS) research program, under the leadership of Dr. Joan Ogden and Dr. Dan Sperling.  The program focuses on interdisciplinary analysis research comparing alternative fuel and vehicle pathways in the context of energy use, emissions, public policy, and private investment strategies.  In this role, Joshua helps to manage the relationships with the program sponsors (including automotive and energy partners, as well as public agency organizations) and assists in forming research collaborations and program structure.  Prior to working at ITS-Davis, Joshua was a systems engineer at UTCFuelCells working on transportation applications leading system development on several projects, including the current AC Transit fuel cell bus and the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle.

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Miguel J. Dabdoub , PhD
President, Biofuels Chamber of the São Paulo State Government
Professor Dr. Miguel J. Dabdoub obtained his PhD in Organic Chemistry in 1989. Dr. Dabdoub is the President of the Biofuels Chamber of the São Paulo State Government, and is currently oversees the “Biodiesel Brasil Project,” a partnership  between five universities in Brazil and 28 private companies focused on the growth of Brazil’s biodiesel market.  He is also an Associate Professor and the head of LADETEL - Laboratory for Clean Technologies Development at the University of São Paulo, Campus of Ribeirão Preto city, where he has devoted part of his research to the production and use of alternative fuels with emphasis in production of Biodiesel using methylic and ethylic approaches.


Dr. Dabdoub has published 44 scientific articles in International Journals and spent 3 years at the University of Michigan as Visiting Professor. Dr. Dabdoub is head of the Biodiesel Tests Program on Vehicles and Engines, coordinated by the Brazilian Federal Government with the participation of several companies such as Ford, Volkswagen, Fiat, Mercedes Benz, Peugeot, Citroen, Valmet (tractors), Cartepillar, Bosch, Siemens, Delphi, Cummins, MWM-International Engines, Parker Filters, Mahle, Mann, Fleetguard and others.


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Dr. S
atyendra Deb 
Former Director, Center for Basic Sciences, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Dr. Satyendra Deb was the former Director of the Center for Basic Sciences at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) until December 2007. He was responsible for the R&D management of a center comprising about 90 scientists engaged in basic and applied research in materials, chemicals, and biosciences. These disciplines underpin various renewable energy technologies, such as photovoltaics (PV), photoconversion, bioconversion, generation and storage of H2, superconductivity, and building technologies. Dr. Deb’s research experience covers a broad spectrum, which includes PV materials and devices, optoelectronics, solid-state devices, thin-film phenomena, electrophotography, and physics and chemistry of insulators, semiconductors, and superconductors. During his long and very productive career at NREL, he played a crucial role in developing NREL’s outstanding in-house research capabilities in several areas: PV materials and devices involving crystalline silicon, amorphous silicon, polycrystalline thin films (CIGS), and III-V semiconductors, which led to world-record efficiencies; electrochromic materials and device research, where his leadership is internationally recognized; and development of high-TC superconducting materials. Dr. Deb pioneered the development of liquid-crystal and electrochromic display technologies and discovered the electrochromic phenomenon in transition metal oxides and a number of technologically important materials and devices, including dye-sensitized TiO2. 

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K.G. Duleep
Managing Director, ICF International

K.G. Duleep serves as Managing Director, Transportation with Energy and Environmental Analysis, Inc., a division of ICF International.  Mr. Duleep is an internationally recognized expert on vehicular fuel economy and emissions issues. He has been involved with automotive technology, fuel economy, and emissions issues for over 20 years and has directed studies evaluating new technologies for vehicular engine and fuel combinations including methanol, natural gas, and other alternative fueled vehicles. He has been directly involved in EEA's development of advanced forecasting models, several of which are used by U.S. EPA and U.S. DOE to forecast national vehicle and transportation consumption trends. Mr. Duleep has completed projects for the U.S. and state government, Canada, Sweden, Australia, Taiwan and other countries where his technology evaluations and forecasts have been the basis for automotive regulation. He has testified on transportation technology issues for the U.S. Congress during debates on the Clean Air Act and CAFE (fuel economy) standards. Mr. Duleep also advises a number of auto manufacturers on fuel economy and emissions issues. Mr. Duleep received a MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a dual MS in Aerospace Engineering/Computer Information and Control Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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Mark Egan
Partner, StrataFusion Group, Inc.
Mark Egan is a partner of the StrataFusion Group, Inc., and has over 30 years of experience in information security and information technology. Prior to joining Strata Fusion, Mark was the CIO at Symantec Corportation (2006) for 6 years during the company’s rapid growth from a consumer software publisher with $600 million revenue to the market leader of security with $5 billion revenue. During his tenure with Symantec, he led the information technology integration through 28 acquisitions, including a $13 Billion acquisition of Veritas Software that formed the world’s 4th largest software company. Mark’s expertise includes information technology strategy, information security, and mergers & acquisitions. He held senior level positions with companies in variety of industries including Sun Microsystems, Price Waterhouse, Atlantic Richfield Corp., Martin Marietta Data Systems, Walden International Investment Group, and Wells Fargo Bank. Mr. Egan is also the author of the book "Executive Guide to Information Security" and a contributing author of the book "CIO Wisdom".

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Gary Feather
Vice President, Consumer Systems & Technology, Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
Gary Feather is the Vice President of Consumer Systems and Technology at Sharp Laboratories of America. Mr. Feather is experienced in managing US technology research, development and planning for future Sharp Audio/Video products. He is responsible for managing image coding and compression research, UI/application software development, hardware architectures, embedded software implementation, business planning and product design and production collaboration with Japan. Mr. Feather is also involved in the development efforts of LCD-TVs with embedded OS, IP based wireless networking, IP-STB for services and communications, display technologies, DLP, LCOS, plasma, mobile tablet, embedded US uni-directional digital cable, US DTV receiver, HDD DVR and video cameras. He is also involved in initiatives in personal healthcare solution for self monitoring and care.

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Dana Frix
Partner and Co-Chair/Communications, Media and Technology, Chadbourne & Parke
Dana Frix is Partner and Co-Chair of the Communications, Media and Technology Practice at Chadbourne & Parke in Washington, D.C. He focuses on corporate, regulatory and antitrust matters involving CMT companies. Mr. Frix also advises clients with regard to administrative and civil litigation matters arising from policies of the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice. His Representative clients include domestic and foreign telephone companies, private equity interests, cable companies, wireless operators, satellite providers, submarine and land-based fiber optic providers, content providers, marketing companies, and hardware and software companies. He has published books on telecommunication matters including "Federal Communications Commission Issues Notice of Inquiry Regarding Broadband over Power Line Systems," "Reconsideration on Customer Premises Equipment Rules for Multichannel Video Programming Distributors," "AT&T Seeks FCC Ruling Exempting IP Telephony from Access Charges," and "FCC Initiates Rulemaking on Copy Protection Schemes for Digital Television and Other Consumer Electronic Devices."

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Joe Henri
Director, Regulatory Affairs and New Markets, SunEdison LLC
Joe Henri joined SunEdison LLC in 2008 as Director, Regulatory Affairs and New Markets.  Prior to joining SunEdison, Joe worked for Pacific Gas & Electric in a variety of roles, including Director of Electric Supply where he managed qualifying facility contracts and conducted requests for offers (RFOs) for conventional generation.  He also served as Director of Regulatory Strategy and Analysis, working on California ISO market design and other California regulatory issues.  He was the project manager for PG&E’s implementation of the California Solar Initiative before leaving the company to devote his career to solar.  Joe has served on the board of directors for the East Bay Regional Parks foundation and the Berkeley Energy and Resources Council Alumni.  He received his BS in Earth Resources from Stanford University and his MBA from UC Berkeley.

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Mark Herlach
Partner, Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan L.L.P.
Mark Herlach is a partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan in Washington, DC, where he chairs the firm’s Nuclear Energy Practice and  devotes his time to representing corporations in a variety of energy and technology industries, international transactions, international trade, and dispute resolution. He advises clients on all aspects of international business, including the structuring of transactions, foreign investment, and international business practices. Mr. Herlach  acts for clients in mergers and acquisitions and represented British Nuclear Fuels in the sale of Westinghouse to Toshiba for $5.4 billion. Mr. Herlach has also played a key role in resolving many significant international disputes, including matters involving trade in automobiles, flat panel displays, semiconductors, steel, and uranium. He appears before the U.S. International Trade Commission and numerous other agencies of the U.S. Government and in federal courts throughout the United States. He has extensive experience in cases and transactions involving complex economic and international issues. Mr. Herlach has served as a Trinational Panelist under the North American Free Trade Agreement and is a member of the Advisory Board of the North American Free Trade & Investment Report. For a five-year term, he chaired the Annual Conference on International Trade sponsored by the Georgetown University Law Center, and he is a frequent speaker on international business, nuclear energy and trade.

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J. Michael Horwitz
Managing Director, Clean Technology Analyst, Stanford Group
J. Michael Horwitz joined the Stanford Group in April of 2008 to start the Clean Technology Research Group. Previously, Michael was cofounder and head of the Clean Technology Practice at Pacific Growth Equities since January of 2005. While at Pacific Growth he covered more than 20 companies across multiple sub sectors in the Clean Technology Sector including Solar, Waste to Energy, Energy Storage and Energy Efficiency. Over the last few years Michael has been frequently sited in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Business Week for his unique perspective regarding the Clean Technology Sector. Prior to moving to the sell-side Michael was co- founder and Portfolio Manager at North Point Partners, a long-short hedge fund in San Francisco. Michael was also a portfolio manager at Jackson Square Partners and Hilspen Capital Management, both San Francisco based hedge funds, where he focused on nergy and industrials since 1998. Michael received his Bachelor of Science in Financial Economics and Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

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Ali Ipakchi
Vice President, Smart Grid and Green Power, OATI

Dr. Ipakchi has over 30 years of experience in the application of information technology to power systems and electric utility operations.  As the VP of Smart Grid and Green Power at OATI, he is responsible for growth of the business in these emerging areas. Prior to OATI, he was Vice President of Integration Services at KEMA, assisting utility clients with roadmaps, specifications, and business and implementation strategies for automation and technology projects. Prior to KEMA, Dr. Ipakchi held senior management positions at major T&D vendors leading the development and delivery of system solutions for markets, market participants and operations. He has successfully built and managed new business units for emerging markets.  He has been an active leader in Smart Grid activities, and brings experience in T&D automation, power systems operations, enterprise IT systems, markets and merchant operations. He is co-holder of three US patents on power systems applications.

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Hal LaFlash
Director, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Hal LaFlash is the director of emerging clean technology policy in the energy procurement organization at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. His duties include assessing the state of technologies that will affect how PG&E fills its future resource needs, which includes understanding, evaluating, and supporting emerging renewable energy and other clean energy technologies. Hal has been at PG&E for more than 28 years where he has held various positions in energy efficiency, non-utility generation, gas transportation, resource planning, and renewable energy policy.  He also held positions at PG&E Corporation in corporate development and business planning. 

Hal was a member of the Solar Task Force of the Western Governors Association’s Clean and Diversified Energy Initiative; he co-authored “Hedging Carbon Risk: Protecting Customers and Shareholders from the Financial Risk Associated with Carbon Dioxide Emissions,” which was published by the Electricity Journal; and he is currently a co-chair of the Utility Committee of the American Council on Renewable Energy, a member of the Executive Board of the California Biomass Collaborative, and a judge and member of the Board of Advisors for the California Clean Tech Open business plan competition. Hal has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration.

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Justin Label
Partner, BVP Menlo Park
Justin Label is a Partner in BVP’s Menlo Park office, focusing on Cleantech investments. He has been with the firm since 2001. Justin initiated Bessemer's Cleantech practice in 2005. His Cleantech investments include CPower, Exclara, PowerGenix, and Silicon Valley Solar and he is also involved in Bessemer's other Cleantech portfolio companies such as Miasolé. Prior to developing Bessemer's Cleantech practice, Justin focused on Internet and software investing. He helped make the firm's investments in Postini (acquired by Google), Cyota (acquired by RSA), Netli (acquired by Akamai), Trigo (acquired by IBM), Delivery Agent, Flock, Nominum, and Tripwire. Prior to joining BVP, Justin worked worked on industrial, energy, and utility projects with The Boston Consulting Group.He holds a B.A. from Harvard University in Applied Mathematics.

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Ariel Lechter
President & CEO, Clean Water Technology, Inc.

Ariel Lechter is the President and CEO of Clean Water Technology, Inc. (“CWT”), which is a leading manufacturer of industrial wastewater equipment. Since Mr. Lechter joined the company in 2002, CWT has become a full treatment solutions company in the wastewater field with offices in the US, Mexico, South America and China. 

Prior to CWT, Mr. Lechter cofounded Mexicompras Holdings LLC from which he served as the CEO of an innovative company servicing the wire transfer industry.  Mr. Lechter started his career in Private Equity, where he held key positions in portfolio companies in the industries of transportation, fast food, packaging and finance.
 

Mr. Lechter has an MBA from the Presidential Key Executive Program of Pepperdine University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Dick LeFave
Former Chief Information Officer, Sprint Nextel

Dick LeFave was the Chief Information Officer for Sprint Nextel, a role he previously held with Nextel Communications, Inc. He was responsible for the strategic deployment of IT resources throughout Sprint Nextel. Mr. LeFave joined Nextel in February 1999 and has more than 29 years of experience in IT, including more than 20 years as CIO for The Boston Company, Thomas Cook Travel of American Express Company, Southern New England Telephone and Sprint. Mr. LeFave serves as the Chairman of the CIO Council for the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) for 2007 and is the Co-Chair for the Technology Council of the Billions Minds Foundation. He has recently started a consulting company known as D&L Partners, LLC which is focused on IT strategy and synergy attainment. He is actively involved with technology programs that support not for profit organizations as well as promoting new technologies at the university level.

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Estelle Lloyd
Managing Director and Founder, Venture Business Research
(Clean Tech Summit Advisory Committee member)
Estelle Lloyd is the founder and Managing Director of Venture Business Research, a leading global source of research and deal flow intelligence on venture capital and private equity funds and their investments, M&A and the public capital markets in the Clean Technologies and Renewable Energy sector. By focusing on fundraisings currently marketed, acquisition targets, M&A opportunities and upcoming IPOs VBR delivers actionable intelligence that provides insight into tomorrow's industry leading companies. In addition, Venture Business Research’s research platform offers the most accurate and comprehensive databases of deals and investors analyzed by private placements, buyouts, PIPEs, M&A and IPOs to facilitate corporate finance decision-making. Members of Venture Business Resarch’s research services range from governments and multinational companies to investment banks, venture capitalists, private equity funds, hedge funds and law firms in over 55 countries.

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K.C. Mares
President and Chief Energy Officer, MegaWatt Consulting
K.C. Mares is President and Chief Energy Officer at MegaWatt Consulting. Previously, he was the Director of Data Center Strategy at Yahoo!, in which he negotiated and managed all global data center providers as well as developed greenfield data centers for the company. KC has also led these responsibilities and data center operations as well as energy consulting for Google, BEA Systems, Equinix, Exodus, Sun Microsystems and other data center developers. Mr. Mares specializes in utility rate and capacity negotiations for corporate and collocation data centers, as well as energy efficiency and renewable energy investments. He is experienced in supply-side, demand-side, power-reliability and power quality solutions. He has developed co-generation strategies and systems for large technology centers including data centers. He is currently developing a large-scale wind farm and other renewable generation projects.

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Jason Mark
U.S. Transportation Program Director, Energy Foundation
Jason Mark is the U.S. Transportation Program Director at the Energy Foundation. From 1995 to 2006, Mr. Mark worked for the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), ultimately as the national Director of the Clean Vehicles Program and as the organization’s California Director. He was the lead author on many UCS reports in the transportation and energy field. Before joining UCS, Mr. Mark worked as an independent consultant on transportation policy analysis as well as at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies at Princeton University. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Princeton University and a master's in energy and resources from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Rob McAndrew
Senior Vice President of Business Development and Managing Director of U.S. Carbon Markets for the Chicago Climate Exchange
Rob McAndrew is Senior Vice President of Business Development and Managing Director of U.S. Carbon Markets for the Chicago Climate Exchange.  He is responsible for developing liquidity and increasing trading in CCX and Chicago Climate Futures Exchange (CCFE) Carbon Financial Instruments (CFIs) and CFI-based products through recruitment of financial sector participants.  Rob also manages U.S. investor relations for CCX's parent, Climate Exchange, plc (CLE.L).  Prior to joining CCX, Rob worked in the capital markets as an institutional equity sales trader for ten years.  He is also a licensed attorney and practiced law for three years as a litigation associate.  A Rhode Island native, Rob received both his Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Science degrees from Boston College.

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Ben L. McMakin
Senior Director/Governmental Issues, Van Ness Feldman, PC
Ben L. McMakin is Senior Director of Governmental Issues at Van Ness Feldman in Washington, DC, where he lobbies on an array of issues including appropriations, transportation, defense, international trade, technology, and homeland security. Previously, he served as the Legislative Director for Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the senior Senator from Washington and a member of the Senate Democratic leadership team. In this position, Mr. McMakin developed and implemented the legislative agenda, including all of her work at the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee where she serves as the ranking Democrat. Furthermore, he worked extensively with the staffs and members of the Defense, Energy and Water, Commerce, Interior, Agriculture, Labor HHS, and Education subcommittees to successfully fund projects and programs of importance to the Pacific Northwest and the country. Before that, Mr. McMakin served as Legislative Director for Representative Ron Wyden (D-OR), where he worked on the 1996 Telecommunications Act as it was considered by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He also served from 1991 to 1994 as Legislative Director for Representative Mike Kopetski (D-OR), where he managed the Representative’s work at the House Ways and Means Committee on such issues as international trade, tax, and health care.

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Walter S. McManus 
Director, Automotive Analysis Division, University of Michigan

Walter S. McManus is currently the Director of the Automotive Analysis Division of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), a position he has held since 2005. The Automotive Analysis Division describes and analyzes the automotive industry's current developments and future directions and provides research and analysis, information resources, and communication forums that meet the evolving needs of the international automotive and related industries. The Division develops, disseminates, and applies knowledge to improve industry practices and government policies in manufacturing, supply chain relationships, responsiveness to consumers, and environmental impacts. Previously, he has served as the Executive Director, Forecasting and Analytics at J.D. Power and Associates, a market research firm, from 1999-2005. At J.D. Power, he developed a variety of forecasting auto sales models in most markets worldwide. Prior to J.D. Power and Associates, he worked for General Motors in forecasting, marketing, and product development. He conducts research on new automotive technologies and their impact on society and the environment, the market potential of alternative vehicle propulsion systems including, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and diesel-powered vehicles, and government policy toward the industry.

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Glenn Mercer
Former Partner, Automotive Senior Practice Expert, McKinsey & Co.
(Clean Tech Summit Advisory Committee member)
Glenn Mercer was a Partner and Senior Practice Expert of the automotive practice at McKinsey & Company from 1985-2006. Mr. Mercer has over 20 years of experience in the automotive industry. He has worked in private equity for the last few years and was a Director of several automotive firms and the International Motor Vehicle Program at MIT, Wharton, and Tokyo. At McKinsey, Mr. Mercer worked with the management of many American, European, and Asian car makers, suppliers, and aftermarket firms on topics including distribution strategy, product development processes, technology introductions, dealership relations, supplier management, and purchasing strategy and tactics. He has also worked with dealerships, automotive insurers, used car specialists, truck firms, car rental companies, and automotive finance companies.

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Garland A. Middendorf
President and Chief Executive officer, Wolf Lake Terminals, Inc.

Garland Middendorf is president, CEO and a major shareholder of Wolf Lake Terminals, Inc., a bulk liquid storage, blending and processing Company with offices in the Chicago, Illinois area. In addition to Wolf Lake Terminals, Mr. Middendorf owns and operates other liquid storage terminals and industrial warehouse facilities in the Midwest.  Mr. Middendorf also was the developer and a shareholder of Evergreen Renewables, LLC a 30 million gallon/year bio-diesel plant at the Wolf Lake Terminals Hammond, Indiana location.  Among other investments Mr. Middendorf is a shareholder in Global Clean Energy Holdings a Jatropha plantation company in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.  Mr. Middendorf is the founder and major shareholder of Jatropha Corp S.A. which is developing Jatropha plantations in the Mexico states of Veracruz, Puebla, Oaxaca, and Tamaulipas. Mr. Middendorf has over 35 years experience in liquid and dry bulk logistics and has been in the biofuels and renewable energy field for 12 years. Other business activities include marketing fuel additives, sugarcane ethanol, and development of sweet sorghum for ethanol. Mr. Middendorf has a Bachelors of Science degree with a major in accounting from the University of Missouri.  He served 14 years as a board member and Chairman of the Independent Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA).  Mr. Middendorf has been an advisor and presented positions on biofuels and logistics to the National Biodiesel Board, Independent Lubricants Manufactures Association, the ILTA and APLA the Latin America Petrochemical Association.

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Ryan O’Connor, PhD
Managing Partner/CEO, O’Connor & Company
Ryan O’Connor, PhD, is the Managing Partner and CEO of O’Connor & Company. Dr. O’Connor is responsible for patent preparation and prosecution, as well as intellectual-property strategy consulting for chemicals, materials, energy, and biotechnology industries. Dr. O’Connor is concurrently serving as the Director of Intellectual Property for Range Fuels, a venture capital-funded cellulosic-ethanol company. Previously, he helped NatureWorks (Cargill) in inventing and commercializing new biorefining technologies to turn biomass into polylactide plastics, chemicals, and energy. Dr. O’Connor has more than a dozen years of R&D, IP, and business experience in the chemicals, energy, and biotechnology industries.

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Kelly Ogilvie
President and Chief Executive Officer, Blue Marble Energy
Kelly is a co-founder and President of Blue Marble Energy. Based in Seattle, Blue Marble Energy is an algae biomass to energy company that is pioneering algae applicationsor petroleum displacement and other renewable products.

Kelly has a strong political and business background, with a wide range of experience extending from working for the Mayor of Seattle Greg Nickels, former Washington State Governor Gary Locke, national and local campaigns, Paul Allen's Vulcan, and the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Kelly has a passion for alternative energy and clean technology which led him to pursue the development of BME's algae to energy technology and business model with James

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Bruce Pasternack
Venture Partner, CMEA Ventures
Bruce Pasternack is a Venture Partner at CMEA Ventures in San Francisco, specializing in cleantech energy investments.  He served as President and CEO of Special Olympics from 2005-2007.  In that capacity, he led the worldwide Headquarters function of over 200 people and worked collaboratively with over 200 accredited programs in over 165 Countries.  He was responsible for strategic leadership, HR, finance, communications, brand management, government relations, special events, fundraising, and board management for this global movement which provides year-round sports training and competition to over 2.5 million children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

From 1976-2005, Bruce was a Senior Vice President and Managing Partner in San Francisco for the global management consulting firm of Booz Allen Hamilton.  He was managing partner of the firm’s global Energy, Chemicals, and Pharmaceuticals Practice and was the founding partner of Booz Allen’s global Organization and Strategic Leadership Center, and led the firm’s business in Silicon Valley.  He served in many governance roles, including the firm’s Board of Directors, Chair of its Personnel and Nominating Committee, and a member of the Audit Committee.

Previously, he served as Associate Administrator for Policy and Program Management of the Federal Energy Administration (now Dept. of Energy), where he led the energy policy process in the Executive Branch and was principal staff to the President’s Energy Resources Council, a Cabinet group assembled to coordinate energy policy.  He participated in the Camp David Energy Summit and testified many times in Congress.  Prior to FEA, he was a senior staff member of the President’s Council on Environmental Quality.

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Rituraj Pathak
Director, Vitale Nandan Bio-Pharma Sciences Pvt. Ltd.

Holding Masters in Business Administration (MBA), specializing in Finance, from a leading Institute of Management. Currently holding Director’s position in Vitale Nandan Bio-Pharma Sciences Pvt. Ltd.

Mr.Pathak has vast experience of international trade and practices. His specialization prevails in various areas of business defining, business development, financial management and management application skills have provided excellent policies for cost reduction and management programs.

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Richard A. Penna
Partner, Van Ness Feldman, PC
Richard A. Penna is a partner at Van Ness Feldman in Washington, DC, where he specializes in federal environmental law and regulation, an area in which he has practiced in both the public and private sectors for nearly thirty years. During that time he has represented clients in the motor vehicle, chemical and transportation industries on matters involving motor vehicle emissions, fuel economy regulations, climate change, plant sitings and operations, hazardous waste control, Superfund proceedings, permitting and enforcement matters and the environmental consequences of the acquisition and sale of real property. Mr. Penna has been active in numerous rulemaking actions that have resulted from the enactment of that law and has represented clients in enforcement actions brought by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Mr. Penna served in the Office of Enforcement and General Counsel of the EPA. He was involved in the development and litigation of State Implementation Plans for ozone (smog) and carbon monoxide reduction. Mr. Penna served as Assistant Director of the National Commission on Air Quality, a Congressionally mandated commission that was responsible for recommending modifications to the Clean Air Act. Mr. Penna has served as Vice Chairman of the American Bar Association Air Quality Subcommittee and is a frequent speaker on Clean Air Act and fuel economy programs.

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Carlos V. Pineda
Senior Development Officer, General Compression
Carlos Pineda has dedicated ten years to developing and financing clean energy projects, and over sixteen years to working in international economic development. Mr. Pineda leads General Compression’s project development group, focused on creating the next generation of wind energy projects.  GC’s projects utilize its proprietary Dispatchable Wind Power System (DWPS™), which combines wind and compressed air energy storage to generate firm and baseload wind power. Carlos previously was partner at Biofuels Capital Partners LLC, a private equity fund focused on clean fuels and renewable power, and currently sits on the Advisory Board of BCP. As Director of Development for Orion Energy LLC (now BP Alternative Energy), Mr. Pineda managed 550 MW of wind energy projects in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest, including the permitting and development of Oregon's 450 MW Biglow Canyon Wind Farm, one of the country’s largest wind projects. Prior to that, he was Director at AES Corporation, where he led the development of a $650 million liquefied natural gas receiving terminal and a 580 MW combined cycle gas turbine plant, designed to introduce natural gas and supply clean power to all of Central America. Also at AES, Mr. Pineda conducted pro forma modeling on the $728 million project financing of a 454 MW clean coal project in Puerto Rico.  Mr. Pineda began his career in the Energy and Natural Resources Project Finance Group at BNP Paribas and as Associate in the Environment Department of the World Bank.  He also taught high school biology for two years with Teach For America, Inc.  Mr. Pineda received a Bachelor’s in Human Biology with Honors in Latin American Studies from Stanford University, a MBA from the Yale School of Management, and a Master’s in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

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Wes Raffel
General Partner, Advanced Technology Ventures
Wes joined ATV in 1999 and focuses on investments in cleantech and infrastructure.  His representative investments include Anagran, Apprion, CaliSolar, Omneon Video Networks, PacketDesign, Redline Networks (acquired by Juniper Networks NASDAQ: JNPR), and Sub-One Technology.

Prior to ATV, Wes served as vice president of sales and general manager at Informix Software where he was last responsible for the Company's Web and e-commerce business. He held positions as acting CEO and senior vice president of sales and marketing at AssureNet Pathways, which was acquired by Axent Technologies. He also was vice president of sales and marketing at Global Village Communications, where he grew revenue from zero to over $100 million in three years. Wes spent nearly 10 years of his career with 3Com in various sales and marketing roles, lastly driving the rapid growth of its non-European international business as the vice president of intercontinental operations.  He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.A., Cum Laude, from Harvard College.

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David Raney
Senior Manager, Environmental and Energy Affairs, Honda North America, Inc.

David Raney is Senior Manager, Environmental and Energy Affairs for Honda in the United States, overseeing compliance and environmental and energy policy for all of Honda’s passenger motor vehicles, small power products and engines, and motorcycle and off-highway recreational vehicles. He has been involved in safety, environmental and energy policy and regulatory affairs in the auto industry for the majority of his career.  David began his professional career with Deere & Company in 1980 and continued at Saab-Scania of America from 1983 to 1993.  He has been with American Honda Motor Company, Inc. since 1993.  David graduated from The University of Oklahoma with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1980 and completed the Executive MBA program at UCLA’s Anderson School of Business in 2006.  He is a government appointee to the Federal Clean Air Act Advisory Committee and that Committee’s Mobile Source Technical Review Subcommittee. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Elementary Institute of Science in San Diego, Santa Barbara Community Environmental Council, the Supporting Council of Resources for the Future, Advisory Council of Rand’s Pardee Graduate School, and is a guest lecturer on environmental management and policy at Johns Hopkins University and UC Santa Barbara. He resides in Los Angeles, and is based at Honda’s North American corporate headquarters in Torrance, California.

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Glenn R. Rink
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of AbTech Industries, Inc.

Entrepreneur, Glenn R. Rink, founder of AbTech Industries, Inc., engineered its innovative Smart Sponge® technology to provide clean water solutions to the many serious community and industrial water-pollution issues. Since the Company’s inception in June 1995, Mr. Rink has led AbTech Industries, Inc. through its transition from a start-up R&D venture to an operating environmental technology company with more than $20 million invested to date. AbTech’s cornerstone patented technology, the Smart Sponge®, is deployed in 36 states and 8 countries in the Commercial, Industrial, Municipal and Aviation sectors. Under Mr. Rink’s leadership, AbTech Industries, Inc. was selected by AlwaysOn as a GoingGreen Top 100 Company and the winner of their overall Water Technologies Water Management award. Mr. Rink recently appeared on Discovery Chanel’s Planet Green, Good Morning America and the Fox Business Report Network.  AbTech has been featured in numerous key water trade publications, the November 2008 issue of Inc. Magazine, and will be featured in an upcoming show on the Science Channel slated for Earth Day 2009.


From 1992 to 1995, Mr. Rink served as the President of HydroGrowth International, an agricultural products company that specializes in aqueous absorption polymer technology.  The advancement of this technology at HydroGrowth expanded into the development and application of polymer technologies to hydrocarbons and fostered the founding of AbTech.

Prior to founding HydroGrowth, Mr. Rink was involved in the restaurant industry where he participated in business acquisitions and expansions that resulted in the creation of a successful restaurant franchise business. 


Mr. Rink currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Waterkeepers Alliance, Inc., a non-profit organization known as the largest and fastest growing environmental group focused on Water.  He is a passionate advocate for the environment. 

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Peter Robertson

Partner, Crowell & Moring
Peter D. Robertson is a Partner at Crowell & Moring in Washington, DC, where he focuses in the area of public policy, especially environmental/energy law and policy. His work ranges from representing clients on energy and environmental policy matters to negotiating settlements of environmental enforcement cases to regulatory work in the energy and environmental arenas. Previously, he served as Acting Deputy Administrator and Chief of Staff of the US Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton Administration. He provided policy guidance to the Agency and served as a liaison between the Agency and all stakeholders, including business, state and local governments, NGOs and others. Prior to his service at EPA, Mr. Robertson was in the private practice of law. He also served for more than six years on Capitol Hill as a staff member to the Committee on the Budget of the U.S. House of Representatives and as Legislative Assistant.

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Brian Sheets
CEO, SKYRON Systems Inc.

Brian Sheets is CEO of SKYRON Systems Inc., an emerging firm in the field of onsite generation.  His career as an operations executive includes senior management assignments in LCD technology, embedded computers, telecom, medical devices, and semiconductors.  Prior executive assignments include: Sarif Inc., Radisys Corporation, Ralin Medical, Bipolar Integrated Technologies, and Lattice Semiconductor.  Mr. Sheets holds both Bachelor of Science and Masters Degree’s in Business Administration, is a Beta Gamma Sigma graduate, and served six years on the Industry Board of Advisors for the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Baylor University.  He also serves as the Oregon Wing Leader for Angel Flight West, a charitable aviation organization that provides free transportation to patients requiring long distance medical care.  Mr. Sheets is a Vietnam-era veteran, having served as a combat engineer while in the Army.

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Laura Shenkar
Principal, The Artemis Project
Laura Shenkar is a principal at The Artemis Project. Her consulting practice combines business development for pioneering water technology projects with projects that apply water conservation approaches to large corporations. Ms. Shenkar's clients include Wal-Mart and Bain and Company. Additionally, she supports innovative government policy initiatives that drive efficiency for water resources. Ms. Shenkar co-authored Environmental Entrepreneurs' Water Policy paper, which has informed recommendations for achieving the reduction of greenhouse gases in California's landmark AB32 legislation. She has served on the senior executive teams of three start ups through their establishment as market leaders. Ms. Shenkar holds a BA from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard University.

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Dr. Fatemeh Shirazi
Founder, President, and Chief Technology Officer, Microvi Biotech Inc.
Dr. Fatemeh Shirazi is the Founder and President of Microvi Biotech Inc., a leading clean water innovator formed in 2004. Prior to Microvi Biotech, Dr. Shirazi served for 10 years in research & development and management positions with A&E firms. She has over 16 years of experience as an environmental and chemical engineer and is an expert in biotechnology and clean water technologies. Dr. Shirazi’s research has led to a ground-breaking portfolio of intellectual property, including patents, materials, and process trade secrets. She has been the principal investigator of major research projects and has served multiple times as a technical committee reviewer at the National Institute of Health and Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Shirazi focuses on advanced biotechnologies and novel clean solutions for unmet needs in the water industry.

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Rahul Sood
Chief Technology, Voodoo Business Unit (VBU), Hewlett-Packard Company

Rahul Sood is the Chief Technology Officer of the Voodoo Business Unit (VBU) at Hewlett Packard. He is responsible for managing the technical strategy for consumer gaming and high performance devices. As a member of the Hewlett Packard research and development council he is also responsible for the development of the product vision and identifying relevant intellectual property within HP Labs and through other partners that can be commercialized via the gaming business. Previously, he was the Founder and President of VoodooPC, a manufacturer of high-end luxury and gaming computers. He was responsible for the development of innovative technologies such as fanless PC technology, liquid cooling and active liquid chilling and bringing them to market in the high-performance computing industry. HP acquired VoodooPC on September of 2006 and Voodoo became the third master brand of HP. He follows all major technology companies as he leads the architecture and product strategy for HP's high end devices.

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Daniel Sperling
Member, California Air Resources Board, Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies, Professor of Transportation Engineering and Environmental Policy, University of California, Davis
Daniel Sperling is Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy, founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies, and acting director of the Energy Efficiency Center at the University of California, Davis (ITS-Davis). In February 2007, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Dr. Sperling to the “automotive” seat on the California Air Resources Board. Dr. Sperling is recognized as a leading international expert on transportation technology assessment, energy and environmental aspects of transportation, and transportation policy. He is author or editor of 200 technical articles and 10 books – including the forthcoming Two Billion Cars (Oxford University Press, 2009) -- and has testified ten times to the US Congress and California Legislature on alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technology. He was “lead author” of the transportation chapter in the 2007 IPCC report, “Mitigation of Climate Change” and is a a recent member of eleven National Academies committees on transportation, energy, and climate topics,  He was appointed co-chair of the Davos World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Mobility in 2008 and selected a National Associate of the National Academies in 2004; He earned his Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley (with minors in Economics and Energy & Resources) and his B.S. in Environmental Engineering and Urban Planning from Cornell University. Professor Sperling worked two years as an environmental planner for the US Environmental Protection Agency and two years as an urban planner in the Peace Corps in Honduras.

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Lawrence Sullivan
Chief Technology Officer, Kreido Biofuels Inc.

Lawrence Sullivan is the Chief Technology Officer for Kreido Biofuels, Inc. Mr. Sullivan has experience in managing petroleum projects in Europe, US, and Middle East. Mr. Sullivan also has experience in providing engineering and management consultancy services for upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas projects, biodiesel projects, and renewable fuels and chemicals. His experience includes working with Dresser Europe, ICI, Conoco UK, Dupont, and other leading firms in energy, chemical, engineering, biofuels, and consulting industries. Mr. Sullivan was the Principal of Lawrence D. Sullivan and Company, where he was responsible for providing consultancy on energy, oil and gas, chemical, and petrochemical business development and investment strategies to capital investment and private equity firms. Before Kreido, Mr. Sullivan led biodiesel development at Delta-T Corporation.

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Robert Syputa
Partner, Maravedis Telecommunications Research
Robert Syputa is Senior Analyst and Partner of Maravedis Telecommunications Research, a consulting services provider to wireless IC, equipment, network service provider companies and the financial community. He is a co-author of Maravedis' latest report "WiMax, LTE NGMN World-wide Industry Report, 5th Edition". Robert has consulted in WiFi, WiMax, LTE, and 3G mobile broadband wireless technology and market developments for leading firms including Intel, Nokia, Motorola, Qualcomm, Alvarion, Navini (now part of Cisco). Mr. Syputa speaks yearly at over 8 international forums including IEC, WiMax World, Interop, IPR Forum, and Mobile WiMax Global Forum. He is a speaker on topics including: WiMax and LTE Business Developments, and and IPR Positions and Strategies.

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Steve Taber
CEO, Nordic Windpower
Mr Taber is co-founder & CEO of Nordic Windpower, manufacturer of an innovative and
highly competitive wind turbine generator. Under his leadership, Nordic has completed two
rounds of private equity funding, accomplished a major acquisition, recruited a world-class
management team, expanded its IP portfolio, organized a robust and stable international
supply chain, built a strong quality organization, achieved market traction, and delivered a
very substantial increase in shareholder value. Nordic will enter commercial production in
late 2008.

Mr Taber was co-founder, Chairman, & CEO of the Princeton Energy Group, a leading developer
of renewable energy projects in various sectors and in markets throughout the world. The
group has led the industry in numerous areas of innovation, particularly innovation in
business models and financing techniques. From 1994 through 2003, he managed the
group's highly successful retail-side energy efficiency development activities, with programs
in its home market in North America as well as in Asia and Latin America. Princeton's
programs significantly outperformed their financial projections and have won the appreciation
of customers and utilities alike. Under his leadership, the group has also developed several
wholesale-side renewable energy projects. Mr. Taber has personally arranged complex and
innovative financings for many of these developments.

As an architect, Mr. Taber has designed many highly influential buildings, gaining
international recognition for innovation in energy efficiency. Among his projects were multifamily
housing, facilities for the elderly, research laboratories, office buildings, wineries,
religious buildings, major military installations, and projects in the US National Parks. Mr.
Taber's work has won national design competitions and has served as demonstration projects
in energy-efficient design for the U.S. and state governments. Through publications,
professional education, and policy initiatives, Mr. Taber's work has influenced the work of
countless architects and builders.

Mr. Taber has been a leader in the development of public policy for energy use. As Chairman
of the Professional Advisory Group to the California Energy Commission, he won an industrywide
consensus in support of regulations for responsible energy use in buildings. As
Committee Chairman of the CC/AIA, Mr. Taber led an influential policy-making activity which
called for incentive-based utility programs and internalization of environmental costs,
principles which have since become central to national and state energy policy. Mr. Taber
was one of the founding principals of the Pacific Environment, a non-profit corporation which
has led the environmental community in habitat protection and sound ecosystem
management in the former Soviet Union and around the Pacific Rim. He served as Chairman
of the Technical Advisory Committee to the California Board for Energy Efficiency.
Mr. Taber studied at Princeton, received the Master of Architecture degree Phi Beta Kappa
from U.C. Berkeley, and received an English-Speaking Union Fellowship for study in Great
Britain.

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Jeffrey Turner
Senior Partner, Patton Boggs L.L.P.
Jeffrey Turner is a senior partner in Patton Boggs' Washington, D.C., office. His practice focuses on public policy issues, including energy policy, tax policy, telecommunications and copyright policy, sanctions policy, homeland security, and a host of other public policy issues. As a member of the firm’s Public Policy Department, he helps clients block harmful legislation and regulatory policies and to chart a course for enactment of favorable legislation and regulatory policies. Mr. Turner has represented the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power with respect to the enactment of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

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Adam Umanoff
Partner, Chadbourne & Parke L.L.P.
Adam Umanoff is a Partner in the Los Angeles, CA office of Chadbourne & Park LLP , where he concentrates his practice on the development, financing, operation, disposition and acquisition of energy projects, with an industry focus on the renewable energy sector. He represents project sponsors and developers, lenders, equity investors and other participants in the sector. Mr. Umanoff formerly served as General Counsel and President and Chief Executive Officer of Enron Wind Corp., at the time the world's third largest wind turbine manufacturer and wind project developer, with annual revenues of approximately $800 million. His experience with Enron Wind Corp.  involved North American and European acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, all aspects of project development, technology transactions and debt and equity financings.

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Stefan Unnasch
General Partner, Life Cycle Associates
Stefan Unnasch is a General Partner with Life Cycle Associates, a consulting firm specializing in the analysis of fuels and clean energy technologies.  Over the past 25 years he supported state, Federal, and international efforts to examine the greenhouse gas impacts of conventional and alternative fuels including California's Zero Emission vehicle program and Low Carbon Fuel Standard.  His current work includes assessments of the process integration, cost, and market potential of cellulose based ethanol production and life cycle assessments of petroleum and advanced biofuels.


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Ravi Vora
Chief Executive Officer, TransWind Energy
(Clean Tech Summit Advisory Committee)
Ravi Vora is the Chief Executive Officer of TransWind Energy, a consulting firm offering a range of strategic advisory, project development, project financing, and industry advisory services in the renewable energy sector. Prior to founding TransWind Energy in 2004, Mr. Vora served as the CEO of North America for Suzlon Wind Energy, where he introduced Suzlon's wind turbine in the US market which led Suzlon’s IPO with market valuation in excess of $3 billion. Between 1999-2001, Mr. Vora was the Managing Director and Board Member of Ahmedabad Electricity Company in India, an investor owned publicly traded electric utility company. In the late 1990s, Mr. Vora served as the Managing Director of Reliant Energy Corporation/ Houston Industries where he led Asia 's largest petcoke cogeneration project.  Prior to his position with Reliant Energy, Mr. Vora served as the Group International Manager at Pace Consultants. Earlier corporate experience was with Gulf Oil Trading / Gulf Oil Corporation as Vice President. In addition to a Masters in International Management from Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management, He holds a BS and an MS in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

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Brian Wynne
President, Electric Drive Transportation Association
Brian Wynne was appointed President of the Electric Drive Transportation Association in April 2004. He acts as chief staff executive of this member-based international organization, which promotes battery, hybrid, plug-in and fuel cell vehicles and infrastructure. Mr. Wynne brings in-depth experience in transportation and technology applications gained in leadership roles in trade associations and public-private partnerships. Mr. Wynne previously served as Senior Vice President for business and trade at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. Prior to that role, he led a global technology association as CEO of AIM International, Inc. Mr. Wynne started his career as a legislative assistant to US Senator Charles Percy and has served on several not-for-profit Boards. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton and a Masters degree from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. 

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Click to return to the top of the page.Ravi Vora is the Chief Executive Officer of TransWind Energy, a consulting firm offering a range of strategic advisory, project development, project financing, and industry advisory services in the renewable energy sector. Prior to founding TransWind Energy in 2004, Mr. Vora served as the CEO of North America for Suzlon Wind Energy, where he introduced Suzlon's wind turbine in the US market which led Suzlon’s IPO with market valuation in excess of $3 billion. Between 1999-2001, Mr. Vora was the Managing Director and Board Member of Ahmedabad Electricity Company in India, an investor owned publicly traded electric utility company. In the late 1990s, Mr. Vora served as the Managing Director of Reliant Energy Corporation/ Houston Industries where he led Asia 's largest petcoke cogeneration project.  Prior to his position with Reliant Energy, Mr. Vora served as the Group International Manager at Pace Consultants. Earlier corporate experience was with Gulf Oil Trading / Gulf Oil Corporation as Vice President. In addition to a Masters in International Management from Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management, He holds a BS and an MS in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Click to return to the top of the page.Brian Wynne was appointed President of the Electric Drive Transportation Association in April 2004. He acts as chief staff executive of this member-based international organization, which promotes battery, hybrid, plug-in and fuel cell vehicles and infrastructure. Mr. Wynne brings in-depth experience in transportation and technology applications gained in leadership roles in trade associations and public-private partnerships. Mr. Wynne previously served as Senior Vice President for business and trade at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. Prior to that role, he led a global technology association as CEO of AIM International, Inc. Mr. Wynne started his career as a legislative assistant to US Senator Charles Percy and has served on several not-for-profit Boards. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton and a Masters degree from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. 

 

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