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Speakers

  • Ajay Kochhar
    Ajay Kochhar
    President and CEO, Co-Founder, Li-Cycle

    Ajay Kochhar is the President and CEO, Co-Founder, and Executive Director of Li-Cycle.

    Responsible for strategic oversight of Li-Cycle’s various functional business units, which includes Commercial, Technical (Health, Safety, Environment and Quality/HSEQ, Operations, Commercialization, Research and Development) and Shared Services. Additionally, Ajay supports the development of international growth initiatives for the company in collaboration with Li-Cycle’s Corporate Development team.

    Before founding Li-Cycle, Ajay gained extensive technology and project development experience through progressive roles with Hatch’s industrial cleantech and advisory practices. While working in that space, he garnered in-depth engineering and project management experience through clean technology development in the lithium, cobalt, nickel, copper, gold, lead,
    zinc, molybdenum, and rare earth metals industries. His technical expertise spans the entire project lifecycle, from conceptual and pre-feasibility
    studies to construction and commissioning.

    Born and raised in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada, Ajay comes from entrepreneurial roots, having gained experience from a young age via a family business. An ardent music enthusiast, he is a classical guitarist who maintains the hobby even now for enjoyment.

    Ajay is a graduate of the University of Toronto and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Chemical Engineering.

  • Alexandra Russo
    Alexandra Russo
    Product Specialist Thematic Equity, Vice President, Allianz Global Investors

    Alexandra joined Allianz Global Investors in 2012 in marketing. She has held various roles in marketing, operations and investments. Alexandra is now a product specialist on the Thematic Equity team while also focusing part of her time on research related to sustainable themes relevant to the team’s SDG strategies. She has covered the Global Water fund for five years and has five years of sustainable investment experience.

    Alexandra has a B.A. in Economics from Rhodes College.

  • Aline Casagrande
    Aline Casagrande
    Packaging Sustainability Global Director - AB InBev
  • Allison Larr
    Allison Larr
    Vice President, Citi
  • Andreas Guth
    Andreas Guth
    Policy Director, Eurogas

    Andreas joined Eurogas in June 2019 as Policy Director, where he is responsible for the coordination and implementation of the association’s advocacy work. He brings over a decade of experience in EU affairs in Brussels, and has spent the past six years working for the biofuels industry. In this role he successfully defended the interests of the European ethanol industry on various high-profile cases, including on binding targets for biofuels in transport under the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive II.

    Andreas is fluent in English, German, French and Dutch. He holds an MA in political science from the University of Maastricht.

  • Andy Taylor
    Andy Taylor
    Commercial Director, Greentech Global

    Andy is an experienced corporate executive with over 25 years in senior finance roles (Balfour Beatty, GE Capital, Westfield Group, and KPMG). With qualifications as a chartered accountant, a law degree and an MBA, he mentors Greentech’s portfolio clients on market entry strategy, project delivery and business management. Andy also plays an active role in marketing our client innovations to our network of multi-national companies.

  • Bill Shevlin
    Bill Shevlin
    CEO and Founding Partner, Mavericks Renewable Energy
  • Breitner Marczewski
    Breitner Marczewski
    Senior Sustainability Engineer, General Motors
  • Bridget Croke
    Bridget Croke
    Managing Director, Closed Loop Partners

    Bridget Croke is a Managing Director and part of the founding team at Closed Loop Partners, an investment and innovation firm working to accelerate a more circular economy. Bridget serves as an advisor to the Ocean Plastic Leadership Network and sits on the Board of Directors for Algramo, a smart refillable packaging company out of Santiago, Chile. Bridget works with global brands and industry to drive investment in the circular economy and rebuild packaging supply chains to reduce waste and reliance on natural resources. Bridget has spent the last 20 years building movements to help drive a more sustainable economy – from the local food movement to the circular economy. This work has included a national campaign to improve quality of life with less consumption; building and executing campaign tools to move consumers to Buy Fresh, Buy Local; a startup turned growth company incentivizing consumers to recycle right and Purpose, a consultancy and incubator leveraging the tools of movement building to solve global challenges.

  • Cheryl Coleman
    Cheryl Coleman
    Vice President Sustainability, ISRI

    Coleman is an accomplished professional with decades of experience in materials and sustainability management. She comes to ISRI from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where she served as the Director of the Resource Conservation and Sustainability Division. While at EPA she led efforts to improve the U.S. recycling system, reduce food loss and waste, and beneficial use of industrial materials. Prior to her tenure at EPA, Cheryl was the Director for Compliance and Enforcement for materials and wastes at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

    Cheryl is a graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, VA. She did further graduate work at Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, and earned a Master’s degree in Biology from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.

  • Dan Feldman
    Dan Feldman
    Partner, Shearman & Stirling

    Dan Feldman is a partner at Shearman & Sterling, an international law firm. Dan is based in the Middle East and leads the firm’s global hydrogen industry team, comprising partners from Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas. Dan is currently advising NEOM on a joint venture with ACWA Power and Air Products to develop a $5 billion green hydrogen-based ammonia production facility in Saudi Arabia, the first green hydrogen megaproject in the world. This megaproject will establish the Middle East as a major exporter of renewable energy to the rest of the world. The team is also advising on the world’s largest blue hydrogen / ammonia megaproject as well as the largest green hydrogen projects in the USA.

  • Danielle Fugere
    Danielle Fugere
    President, As You Sow

    Danielle Fugere, President & Chief Counsel, leads As You Sow’s program teams in creating lasting social and environmental change through shareholder advocacy and legal initiatives. She brings an in-depth knowledge of clean energy, sustainability, and team building to her work. Danielle previously served as Executive Director of the Environmental Law Foundation, focusing on environmental health and water protection; as Western Regional Program Director for national nonprofit Friends of the Earth, she spearheaded innovative climate change strategies and directed campaigns to promote sustainable alternative energies and fuels.

    Through her work, Danielle has been instrumental in securing industry conversions to environmentally sound technologies and securing compliance with environmental laws. She holds a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and a B.A. in Political Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Dave Livingstone
    Dave Livingstone
    Managing Director, Citi

    Mr. Livingstone has spent the past 34 years at Citi assisting corporate clients access the US municipal market. He specializes in bringing non- and low investment grade credits to the market, either on a corporate-backed or project financing basis. Mr. Livingstone has extensive experience bringing first time credits to the municipal market, including for circular economy projects. Recent circular economy financings include CalPlant’s rice straw to MDF facility; AMG’s spent residual catalyst to vanadium and other products and Gevo’s dairy waste to RNG project. Mr. Livingstone graduated from Brown University with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and was a registered Professional Engineer.

  • David Biderman
    David Biderman
    Executive Director/CEO, Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)
  • Don Allan
    Don Allan
    President & CEO, Cielo Waste Solutions Corp.

    Don Allan has more than 30+ years of executive leadership experience, including experience in debt and equity capital markets, strategy and planning, risk management and investor relations. Mr. Allan has an extensive background in business development, engineering, marketing and project development.

  • Doug Johnson-Poensgen
    Doug Johnson-Poensgen
    CEO, Circulor
  • Douglas J. Arent
    Douglas J. Arent
    Executive Director, Strategic Public-Private Partnerships, NREL

    As executive director, Doug Arent focuses on strategic public and private partnerships with NREL to transform energy economies at speed and scale across the globe.

  • Dr. James Watson
    Dr. James Watson
    Secretary General, Eurogas

    Dr Watson is the Secretary General of Eurogas, a role he has held since January 2019. Eurogas is the association representing the European gas wholesale, retail and distribution sectors.

    Prior to taking the helm at Eurogas, Dr Watson was the Chief Executive Officer of SolarPower Europe, the European solar industry association. Before joining SolarPower Europe, Dr Watson worked as the Director of Public Affairs for Weber Shandwick, specialising in energy and trade policy. Before coming to Brussels, Dr Watson worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat on a European Commission project on trade and sustainable development based in Ethiopia. Earlier in his career James worked for various UK government bodies in London and worked as a lecturer in Environmental Law at the University of Manchester.

    He holds a Ph.D in International Trade and Environmental Law from the University of Leeds, and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

  • Dr. Sunita Satyapal
    Dr. Sunita Satyapal
    Director, DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office

    Sunita Satyapal is the Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). In this capacity, she is responsible for the overall strategy and execution of hydrogen and fuel cell activities, including oversight and coordination of about $150 million per year of research and development (R&D) programs, as well as staff.

    She has about two and a half decades of experience, including academia, industry and government. Prior positions within the office included Chief Engineer, Deputy Program Manager, and Hydrogen Storage Team Leader, and she has coordinated hydrogen and fuel cell activities across DOE, with other agencies, and with international stakeholders. These included 18 countries and the European Commission through the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy.

    Before joining DOE in 2003, she managed R&D, as well as business development at United Technologies Research Center and at UTC Fuel Cells in Connecticut. She also served as a visiting assistant professor at Vassar College, a visiting scientist at Columbia University and visiting student at Hokkaido University. In addition to hydrogen and fuel cell research, she has worked in the area of laser diagnostics in photodissociation, the combustion of chemical warfare agents, and various energy related technologies.

    Dr. Satyapal received her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Columbia University and did her postdoctoral work in Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University. She has numerous publications, including in Scientific American, has 10 patents issued, and a number of recognitions including a Presidential Rank Award.

  • Ellen Carey
    Ellen Carey
    Global Head of Sustainability, Circulor

    Ellen Carey Vukotich is the Global Head of Sustainability at Circulor, where she is engages with corporations and policymakers on the sustainability opportunities within complex industrial supply chains. Ellen has dedicated her career to advocating for clean technologies working with Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center, Audi of America, SAFE and the Electrification Coalition and the American Wind Energy Association. Ellen has a degree in public policy from Villanova University.

  • Frank Wouters
    Frank Wouters
    Senior Vice President, Reliance Industries Limited

    Frank Wouters has been leading renewable energy projects, transactions, and technology development for more than 30 years and played a lead role in the development of renewable energy projects valued at over $5 billion.
    He served as Deputy Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) from 2012 to 2014.
    Mr. Wouters has served on the board of energy companies in Europe, Asia, the US and Africa and currently serves as:
    • Senior Vice President Energy Transition at Reliance Industries,
    • Director of the EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network, a platform that fosters partnerships between Europe and the Gulf,
    • Fellow, Payne Institute, Colorado School of Mines,
    • Chairman of the MENA Hydrogen Alliance,
    • Chairman of the Dii Advisory Board,
    • Non-Executive Board Director of Gore Street Capital, London, and
    • Non-Executive Board Director of Vast Solar in Australia.
    Frank has authored several books on renewable energy and green hydrogen and lives in Abu Dhabi. He has a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Delft University.

  • Garry Cooper Jr.
    Garry Cooper Jr.
    Chief Executive Officer/Co-founder, Rheaply

    Dr. Garry Cooper is the Co-founder and CEO of Rheaply, a Chicago-based tech company that enables Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and universities to better visualize, quantify, and utilize their physical resources. He also serves on the boards of directors of P33 Chicago and 1871, the faculty of Northwestern University, and the investor team at LongJump Ventures, of which he is a founding partner. Previously, Dr. Cooper facilitated supply chain and performance improvement for enterprise businesses at Ernst & Young. As a result of his work, Dr. Cooper has received recognition on the Forbes Next 1000, Chicago magazine’s The New Power 30, and Crain’s 40 Under 40 lists, and as a Scholar at Google for Entrepreneurs. Dr. Cooper has published in high-impact, peer-reviewed international journals and holds a U.S. patent. He holds a PhD in neuroscience from Northwestern University, a certificate in management from the Kellogg School of Management, and a BS & BA in mathematics and chemistry from Indiana University.

  • George Sullivan
    George Sullivan
    Sr. Principal and CEO, Net Zero Analysis

    George Sullivan is the Sr. Principal and CEO of Net Zero Analysis & Design Corp, a Clean Technology design build consulting practice that specializes in building programming, development and construction. His project portfolio has covered land planning and use, commercial office, retail, educational, mixed use, low and mid rise development, and redevelopment of existing built infrastructure assets. Project targets are IECC 2015 and Energy Star™ Version 3, and Passive House Certification, reducing operating and construction costs while increasing occupant comfort and indoor air quality as well as reducing the environmental foot print of the project. In the current real estate market these projects are considered “high performance”, with substantially higher rates of pre-leasing along with longer term leases and higher presales than conventional projects.

    George has also published articles and has been extensively quoted in numerous publications: the Wall Street Journal, US Green Building Council’s newsletter Green Bytes, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Illinois Real Estate Review, Lerner Newspaper, The Chicago Reader and Rogers Park 2000. He has been selected by the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects to participate on the Review Board for the City of Chicago Building Department’s Green Building Code and Green Permit Process.

    Recent awards George has received: City of Chicago’s Department of Environment Award for Rooftop Gardening, United States Environmental Protection Agency and Chicago Wilderness’ Conservation and Native Landscaping award, and Rogers Park Community Council’s Spirit of Rogers Park Award for Environmentalism.

    Specialties: Clean Technology and High Performance Buildings and Systems

  • Jeanne-Mey Sun
    Jeanne-Mey Sun
    Vice President Sustainability, NRG Energy Inc.

    Jeanne-Mey Sun, Ph.D., has a diverse background that spans sustainability and the energy transition, corporate strategy, management consulting, and economic and policy research.

    Jeanne-Mey currently serves as Vice President, Sustainability, at NRG Energy, Inc., where she leads the company’s sustainability strategy. Key priorities include working to achieve NRG’s target of having a net-zero carbon footprint by 2050 and advancing sustainability solutions and standards for new and existing NRG customers.

    Prior to joining NRG, Jeanne-Mey was Executive, Energy Transition and Clean Energy Solutions at Baker Hughes Company, the global energy technology company. At Baker Hughes, she led the development and operationalization of the company’s energy transition strategy which included writing the company’s commitment to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, building a portfolio of low carbon solutions, and working with key customers on joint carbon footprint reduction efforts. Other leadership roles at Baker Hughes included leading strategic growth initiatives and corporate strategy.

    Prior to Baker Hughes, Jeanne-Mey was Vice President, Strategy at Sysco Corporation, the global foodservice marketer, distributor, and supply chain company, and Principal at global management consultancy A.T. Kearney, where she served clients in multiple industries including consumer products, retail, and automotive.

    Dr. Sun earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago, an M.A. in European Economic Studies from the College of Europe in Brugge, Belgium, and a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from the University of Toronto.

    Jeanne-Mey is active in the Houston community. She is a member of the Greater Houston Partnership and its Energy Advisory and Executive Women’s Partnership committees. She has consulted for the Center for Houston’s Future and is active in its low carbon energy initiatives. She serves on the Rice University Carbon Hub Advisory Panel, is a member of the Rice University Baker Institute working group on carbon capture and hydrogen in the Texas industrial sector, has served as an advisor on the Rice Alliance Energy Advisory Board, has mentored energy-focused start-ups at Rice’s OwlSpark start-up accelerator, and serves as a judge in the annual Rice Business Plan Competition. She also serves on the board of the Houston Hispanic Forum.

  • Jeffrey LeBlanc
    Jeffrey LeBlanc
    President, Denali Water Solutions

    Jeff joined Denali Water Solutions LLC, as its President, when it acquired the key assets of WeCare Organics, LLC in 2016. Jeff is responsible for overseeing all aspects of sales, marketing and business development, as well as environmental and regulatory compliance. Jeff has played a key role in Denali’s growth, as the industry leader in recycling of waste and residuals.

    Jeff is focused on Denali’s strategy as a full-service residual management company commissioned to bridge the gap between the farmer and the environmental community via the operations, management and distribution of residual based products, such as WeCare Compost®. In addition, Jeff has led the Company’s vision to be the “landfill-alternative” and has steered the Company’s advancement in managing source separated organics, such as green waste, food waste, food processing waste and biosolids.

  • Julie (Spike) Zaniewski
    Julie (Spike) Zaniewski
    Director of Sustainability, Dow

    Julie Zaniewski is currently the North America Sustainability Director for Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics (P&SP). In this role Julie is responsible for steering collaboration across the packaging industry to drive the circular economy of plastics and to improve waste management infrastructure systems in the region. Julie also works with key plastics trade associations to identify and monitor critical issues facing the industry and to ensure internal alignment to address those issues. Before joining Dow, Julie spent 16 years at Unilever steering packaging design, technology, and sustainability programs for their global and North America business units. Julie has served on various advisory boards in the sustainable packaging industry including Sustainable Packaging Coalition, Association of Plastics Recyclers and Closed Loop Fund. Julie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Packaging from Michigan State University.

  • Karl Rabago
    Karl Rabago
    CEO - Rábago Energy LLC

    Karl R. Rábago operates an energy consultancy as Rábago Energy LLC, based in Denver, Colorado, USA. Karl has more than 30 years of experience in energy and climate policy and markets and is recognized as an innovator in utility regulatory issues relating to clean and distributed energy services and technologies.

    Rábago is a frequent author on electricity industry issues and has provided testimony as an expert witness in more than 120 electric and gas utility regulatory proceedings.

    Karl serves as Chair of the Board of the Center for Resource Solutions, a San Francisco-based non-governmental organization that manages the Green-e Certification program for green power products, and on the Board of Solar United Neighbors.

    Rábago has been a Commissioner on the Texas Public Utility Commission; a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Energy; Vice President of Distributed Energy Services at Austin Energy; Director of Regulatory Affairs for the AES Corporation and AES Wind; and Managing Director & Principal of the Rocky Mountain Institute.

    While on active duty in the US Army, Karl served as an Armored Cavalry officer in the 2d Squadron, 9th Armored Cavalry, as a trial counsel and defense counsel with the 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized), and as an assistant professor of law at the US Military Academy at West Point, NY.

    Karl is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management and has a Juris Doctorate (Honors) from the University of Texas and Master of Laws degrees, in environmental and military law, from Pace Law School and the US Army Judge Advocate General’s School.

    Karl and his wife have been married for more than forty years, and have three grown children, and three amazing grandchildren.

  • Kelly Sarber
    Kelly Sarber
    CEO, Strategic Management Group
  • Kenneth Brown
    Kenneth Brown
    CEO, Safe Hydrogen
  • Kiran Jethwa
    Kiran Jethwa
    Managing Partner, Fumase

    Kiran Jethwa is the Managing Partner of Fumase LLC. & Fumase (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.

    Fumase is an Asset Management & Asset Development company based out of USA & Malaysia with a focus on Renewable Energy, Hydrogen, Water & Waste sectors; and geographic focus on Asia. Fumase is actively developing and financing projects in these sectors and regions. Fumase (Malaysia) has an operational 47MWp Solar project in Malaysia that was won in a competitive tender in 2017. Fumase is currently developing Green Hydrogen projects in Australia and SE Asia.

    Kiran Jethwa is a serial entrepreneur and a veteran marketing professional with over 12+ years of experience in the renewable energy sector & 20+ years of high-tech industry experience. Prior to clean technology, Kiran held various product marketing & management positions in the high-tech sector with Fortune 500 companies and start-ups alike, defining and delivering market driven products & turning around products & companies. Kiran Jethwa is a proponent of innovative business models that incorporate ESG Quadruple Bottom Line strategies. Kiran has contributed as the investor chair for California and a mentor in “Cleantech Open” – the largest clean technology competition in USA & globally. Kiran is a frequent speaker at clean technology and financial conferences internationally. Kiran has BSEE, MSCS and MBA degrees.

  • Leila Nattagh
    Leila Nattagh
    Founder, W2R Solutions

    Many businesses today are working to mitigate climate change with their innovation. However, many struggle to quantify the environmental impact of their innovation and communicate the benefits compared to the alternatives. Leila works with businesses which are environmentally focused to quantify and highlight their impact in terms of carbon footprint.

  • Margaret Mann
    Margaret Mann
    Group Manager Transportation Energy Storage and Infrastructure Analysis, NREL
  • Martin Wolf
    Martin Wolf
    Director, Sustainability and Authenticity - Seventh Generation

    Product sustainability, chemicals

  • Mathy Stanislaus
    Mathy Stanislaus
    Director, Public Policy and Engagement, Global Battery Alliance Secretariat
  • Matthew Keyser
    Matthew Keyser
    Group Manager III-Mechanical Engineering, NREL
  • Mike Graff
    Mike Graff
    Executive Vice President, Air Liquide Group

    Michael Graff joined Air Liquide in 2007. He is currently Executive Vice President, supervising the Americas and Asia Pacific hubs. He is also in charge of the Electronics business line.

    He is also Chairman of the Board of Airgas.

    He is a senior executive with over 30 years of experience in the energy, chemicals and polymers industries across the Americas, Asia and Europe. He began his career with Amoco and BP, plc and has then served as president or CEO of several global chemical and polymer businesses.

    Michael Graff’s educational background is in chemical engineering, business, and executive management.

    He has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2009.

  • Pete Pearson
    Pete Pearson
    Senior Director Food Waste
  • Prof. Veena Sahajwalla
    Prof. Veena Sahajwalla
    Founding Director, Centre for Sust. Materials Research & Technology at UNSW
  • Renat Heuberger
    Renat Heuberger
    CEO, SouthPole

    Renat is a pioneer and social entrepreneur in the field of sustainability, climate change and renewable energies, where he is engaged since 1999. As a founding partner and CEO of South Pole, he coordinated the set-up of the company’s global sustainability finance business. Before founding South Pole, Renat was co-founder and CEO of the myclimate foundation, one of the world’s first players on the voluntary carbon markets.

    Renat has been elected “Social Entrepreneur of Switzerland” by the World Economic Forum’s Schwab Foundation, and he serves as a member of the Expert Network of the WEF. He is a member of the Innovation Council of InnoSuisse, board member of Climate-KIC, Board member of M-Power, and member of the advisory board of Impact HUB Zurich.

    Renat holds a master degree in environmental sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and has completed executive education programs at INSEAD and the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).

  • Rosalinde van der Vlies
    Rosalinde van der Vlies
    Director of Clean Planet Directorate, European Commission

    Ms Rosalinde van der Vlies, is the Director of the Clean Planet Directorate in the European Commission’s, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. Before her appointment as Director, Ms van der Vlies was the Head of Coordination & Interinstitutional Relations Unit, and acting Head of Communication & Citizens Unit.

    Previously she held positions in Directorate-General Environment, Directorate-General Justice and Home Affairs, and in the private office of Janez Potočnik, the European Commissioner for the environment. Before joining the European Commission, she worked as a competition lawyer in an international law firm in Brussels and was a part-time teacher at the Catholic University in Brussels.

  • Ryan Smith
    Ryan Smith
    CEO & Founder, Recyclops

    Ryan Smith is the Founder and CEO of Recyclops. A Recycling company that has diverted over 8 Million pounds from landfills to date. He was also a Forbes 30 under 30 award recipient in 2020. Ryan is the father to two little girls who keep life exciting. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in business strategy in 2016. In his “free” time he likes to hike, rock climb, and backpack with his dad and brothers.

  • Sam Salustro
    Sam Salustro
    Director of Maryland Coalitions and Partnership, Business Network for Offshore Wind

    Sam Salustro is the Network’s director of Coalitions and Partnerships in Maryland. He joined the organization in 2020 and leads the Network’s operations in its founding state. He put his education and experience to work helping Maryland businesses grow in the offshore wind supply chain.

    Sam has spent more than a decade working as a political campaign operative within state governments. He started his career in Iowa as a campaign manager on a state legislative race and found a passion for politics. His career took him to Virginia, New Mexico, New Jersey and then Illinois for President Obama’s reelection campaign. In 2014, he joined Governor Martin O’Malley’s administration and his presidential campaign as research director. He worked as an expert in political research before transitioning into a statewide coalition and communications director role on a winning gubernatorial campaign in Illinois.

    Sam has an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago with concentrations in economics, finance, and strategic relations and earned an B.A. from Boston University, double majoring in History and International Relations.

    When not in the office, you can find Sam at Camden Yards or cheering on the Wilmington Blue Rocks. Sam works on his other passions during the baseball offseason – cooking and hiking.   

  • Shawn Kreloff
    Shawn Kreloff
    Founder & CEO - Bioenergy Devco
  • Surya Panditi
    Surya Panditi
    President and CEO - Enel X North America

    Surya Panditi is the Head of Enel X North America, managing the company’s business in the United States and Canada. In this role, Panditi oversees the smart energy revolution Enel X is leading through its integrated, sustainable energy solutions and electric vehicle charging technologies. He brings his 25 years of experience in the technology sector to Enel X, leveraging his expertise on digital transformation across industries.

    With a career path ranging from launching startups to leading a $4 billion dollar business unit, Panditi is never afraid to take risks and branch into unchartered territories. Prior to joining Enel X in July 2019, Panditi was General Manager at software development company, CA Technologies. His background includes executive level leadership roles at Cisco Systems, where he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the company’s Service Provider Networking Group, overseeing strategy, engineering, and marketing direction for service provider networking platforms. He has also served in executive and advisory roles for several start-up companies including CEO of Avici (which he took public via an IPO), AirGrub, Advisor to StageOne Ventures, Rockport Systems, Enkoo (acquired by SonicWall) and Rasa Networks (acquired by HPE).

  • Ty Rhoad
    Ty Rhoad
    Regional Director Americas, TOMRA Sorting Recycling
  • Yuri Freedman
    Yuri Freedman
    Sr. Director of Business Development, SoCalGas

    Yuri has broad experience in development and acquisitions of energy infrastructure assets. In his current role of Senior Director of Business Development, he manages the portfolio of growth initiatives and R&D activities of Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), the largest North American gas utility. Prior to his current role he held the position of Director of Commercial Development for Sempra LNG, and previously held the positions of Director of Infrastructure Investments and Director of Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions at Sempra Energy.

    Prior to joining Sempra Energy, Yuri held the positions of Managing Director at Fortress Investment Group and Vice President at GE Energy Financial Services. He began his career as a geologist working in Arctic regions of Western Siberia on the development and construction of natural gas pipelines.

    Yuri serves on the board of CALSTART. He holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a PhD in Environmental Science and Energy Research from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

Date

Nov 09 - 11 2021

Time

Day 1 ends at 4pm
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Zoom Join Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84252476369

Resiliency, Prosperity, Carbon Neutrality – the Circular Economy Solution

About this Event

Net Zero North America will be an opportunity to hear from fellow senior executives, industry experts and policymakers on the latest progress to achieve net zero across multiple industry sectors.

Here is the latest agenda that showcases some of the industry leading experts that we have presenting.

This is an exclusive, invite-only event for senior decision-makers who want to learn more about accelerating their company’s journey to net zero.

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Speakers

  • Ajay Kochhar
    Ajay Kochhar
    President and CEO, Co-Founder, Li-Cycle

    Ajay Kochhar is the President and CEO, Co-Founder, and Executive Director of Li-Cycle.

    Responsible for strategic oversight of Li-Cycle’s various functional business units, which includes Commercial, Technical (Health, Safety, Environment and Quality/HSEQ, Operations, Commercialization, Research and Development) and Shared Services. Additionally, Ajay supports the development of international growth initiatives for the company in collaboration with Li-Cycle’s Corporate Development team.

    Before founding Li-Cycle, Ajay gained extensive technology and project development experience through progressive roles with Hatch’s industrial cleantech and advisory practices. While working in that space, he garnered in-depth engineering and project management experience through clean technology development in the lithium, cobalt, nickel, copper, gold, lead,
    zinc, molybdenum, and rare earth metals industries. His technical expertise spans the entire project lifecycle, from conceptual and pre-feasibility
    studies to construction and commissioning.

    Born and raised in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada, Ajay comes from entrepreneurial roots, having gained experience from a young age via a family business. An ardent music enthusiast, he is a classical guitarist who maintains the hobby even now for enjoyment.

    Ajay is a graduate of the University of Toronto and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Chemical Engineering.

  • Alexandra Russo
    Alexandra Russo
    Product Specialist Thematic Equity, Vice President, Allianz Global Investors

    Alexandra joined Allianz Global Investors in 2012 in marketing. She has held various roles in marketing, operations and investments. Alexandra is now a product specialist on the Thematic Equity team while also focusing part of her time on research related to sustainable themes relevant to the team’s SDG strategies. She has covered the Global Water fund for five years and has five years of sustainable investment experience.

    Alexandra has a B.A. in Economics from Rhodes College.

  • Aline Casagrande
    Aline Casagrande
    Packaging Sustainability Global Director - AB InBev
  • Allison Larr
    Allison Larr
    Vice President, Citi
  • Andreas Guth
    Andreas Guth
    Policy Director, Eurogas

    Andreas joined Eurogas in June 2019 as Policy Director, where he is responsible for the coordination and implementation of the association’s advocacy work. He brings over a decade of experience in EU affairs in Brussels, and has spent the past six years working for the biofuels industry. In this role he successfully defended the interests of the European ethanol industry on various high-profile cases, including on binding targets for biofuels in transport under the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive II.

    Andreas is fluent in English, German, French and Dutch. He holds an MA in political science from the University of Maastricht.

  • Andy Taylor
    Andy Taylor
    Commercial Director, Greentech Global

    Andy is an experienced corporate executive with over 25 years in senior finance roles (Balfour Beatty, GE Capital, Westfield Group, and KPMG). With qualifications as a chartered accountant, a law degree and an MBA, he mentors Greentech’s portfolio clients on market entry strategy, project delivery and business management. Andy also plays an active role in marketing our client innovations to our network of multi-national companies.

  • Bill Shevlin
    Bill Shevlin
    CEO and Founding Partner, Mavericks Renewable Energy
  • Breitner Marczewski
    Breitner Marczewski
    Senior Sustainability Engineer, General Motors
  • Bridget Croke
    Bridget Croke
    Managing Director, Closed Loop Partners

    Bridget Croke is a Managing Director and part of the founding team at Closed Loop Partners, an investment and innovation firm working to accelerate a more circular economy. Bridget serves as an advisor to the Ocean Plastic Leadership Network and sits on the Board of Directors for Algramo, a smart refillable packaging company out of Santiago, Chile. Bridget works with global brands and industry to drive investment in the circular economy and rebuild packaging supply chains to reduce waste and reliance on natural resources. Bridget has spent the last 20 years building movements to help drive a more sustainable economy – from the local food movement to the circular economy. This work has included a national campaign to improve quality of life with less consumption; building and executing campaign tools to move consumers to Buy Fresh, Buy Local; a startup turned growth company incentivizing consumers to recycle right and Purpose, a consultancy and incubator leveraging the tools of movement building to solve global challenges.

  • Cheryl Coleman
    Cheryl Coleman
    Vice President Sustainability, ISRI

    Coleman is an accomplished professional with decades of experience in materials and sustainability management. She comes to ISRI from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where she served as the Director of the Resource Conservation and Sustainability Division. While at EPA she led efforts to improve the U.S. recycling system, reduce food loss and waste, and beneficial use of industrial materials. Prior to her tenure at EPA, Cheryl was the Director for Compliance and Enforcement for materials and wastes at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

    Cheryl is a graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, VA. She did further graduate work at Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, and earned a Master’s degree in Biology from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.

  • Dan Feldman
    Dan Feldman
    Partner, Shearman & Stirling

    Dan Feldman is a partner at Shearman & Sterling, an international law firm. Dan is based in the Middle East and leads the firm’s global hydrogen industry team, comprising partners from Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas. Dan is currently advising NEOM on a joint venture with ACWA Power and Air Products to develop a $5 billion green hydrogen-based ammonia production facility in Saudi Arabia, the first green hydrogen megaproject in the world. This megaproject will establish the Middle East as a major exporter of renewable energy to the rest of the world. The team is also advising on the world’s largest blue hydrogen / ammonia megaproject as well as the largest green hydrogen projects in the USA.

  • Danielle Fugere
    Danielle Fugere
    President, As You Sow

    Danielle Fugere, President & Chief Counsel, leads As You Sow’s program teams in creating lasting social and environmental change through shareholder advocacy and legal initiatives. She brings an in-depth knowledge of clean energy, sustainability, and team building to her work. Danielle previously served as Executive Director of the Environmental Law Foundation, focusing on environmental health and water protection; as Western Regional Program Director for national nonprofit Friends of the Earth, she spearheaded innovative climate change strategies and directed campaigns to promote sustainable alternative energies and fuels.

    Through her work, Danielle has been instrumental in securing industry conversions to environmentally sound technologies and securing compliance with environmental laws. She holds a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and a B.A. in Political Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Dave Livingstone
    Dave Livingstone
    Managing Director, Citi

    Mr. Livingstone has spent the past 34 years at Citi assisting corporate clients access the US municipal market. He specializes in bringing non- and low investment grade credits to the market, either on a corporate-backed or project financing basis. Mr. Livingstone has extensive experience bringing first time credits to the municipal market, including for circular economy projects. Recent circular economy financings include CalPlant’s rice straw to MDF facility; AMG’s spent residual catalyst to vanadium and other products and Gevo’s dairy waste to RNG project. Mr. Livingstone graduated from Brown University with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and was a registered Professional Engineer.

  • David Biderman
    David Biderman
    Executive Director/CEO, Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)
  • Don Allan
    Don Allan
    President & CEO, Cielo Waste Solutions Corp.

    Don Allan has more than 30+ years of executive leadership experience, including experience in debt and equity capital markets, strategy and planning, risk management and investor relations. Mr. Allan has an extensive background in business development, engineering, marketing and project development.

  • Doug Johnson-Poensgen
    Doug Johnson-Poensgen
    CEO, Circulor
  • Douglas J. Arent
    Douglas J. Arent
    Executive Director, Strategic Public-Private Partnerships, NREL

    As executive director, Doug Arent focuses on strategic public and private partnerships with NREL to transform energy economies at speed and scale across the globe.

  • Dr. James Watson
    Dr. James Watson
    Secretary General, Eurogas

    Dr Watson is the Secretary General of Eurogas, a role he has held since January 2019. Eurogas is the association representing the European gas wholesale, retail and distribution sectors.

    Prior to taking the helm at Eurogas, Dr Watson was the Chief Executive Officer of SolarPower Europe, the European solar industry association. Before joining SolarPower Europe, Dr Watson worked as the Director of Public Affairs for Weber Shandwick, specialising in energy and trade policy. Before coming to Brussels, Dr Watson worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat on a European Commission project on trade and sustainable development based in Ethiopia. Earlier in his career James worked for various UK government bodies in London and worked as a lecturer in Environmental Law at the University of Manchester.

    He holds a Ph.D in International Trade and Environmental Law from the University of Leeds, and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

  • Dr. Sunita Satyapal
    Dr. Sunita Satyapal
    Director, DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office

    Sunita Satyapal is the Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). In this capacity, she is responsible for the overall strategy and execution of hydrogen and fuel cell activities, including oversight and coordination of about $150 million per year of research and development (R&D) programs, as well as staff.

    She has about two and a half decades of experience, including academia, industry and government. Prior positions within the office included Chief Engineer, Deputy Program Manager, and Hydrogen Storage Team Leader, and she has coordinated hydrogen and fuel cell activities across DOE, with other agencies, and with international stakeholders. These included 18 countries and the European Commission through the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy.

    Before joining DOE in 2003, she managed R&D, as well as business development at United Technologies Research Center and at UTC Fuel Cells in Connecticut. She also served as a visiting assistant professor at Vassar College, a visiting scientist at Columbia University and visiting student at Hokkaido University. In addition to hydrogen and fuel cell research, she has worked in the area of laser diagnostics in photodissociation, the combustion of chemical warfare agents, and various energy related technologies.

    Dr. Satyapal received her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Columbia University and did her postdoctoral work in Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University. She has numerous publications, including in Scientific American, has 10 patents issued, and a number of recognitions including a Presidential Rank Award.

  • Ellen Carey
    Ellen Carey
    Global Head of Sustainability, Circulor

    Ellen Carey Vukotich is the Global Head of Sustainability at Circulor, where she is engages with corporations and policymakers on the sustainability opportunities within complex industrial supply chains. Ellen has dedicated her career to advocating for clean technologies working with Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center, Audi of America, SAFE and the Electrification Coalition and the American Wind Energy Association. Ellen has a degree in public policy from Villanova University.

  • Frank Wouters
    Frank Wouters
    Senior Vice President, Reliance Industries Limited

    Frank Wouters has been leading renewable energy projects, transactions, and technology development for more than 30 years and played a lead role in the development of renewable energy projects valued at over $5 billion.
    He served as Deputy Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) from 2012 to 2014.
    Mr. Wouters has served on the board of energy companies in Europe, Asia, the US and Africa and currently serves as:
    • Senior Vice President Energy Transition at Reliance Industries,
    • Director of the EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network, a platform that fosters partnerships between Europe and the Gulf,
    • Fellow, Payne Institute, Colorado School of Mines,
    • Chairman of the MENA Hydrogen Alliance,
    • Chairman of the Dii Advisory Board,
    • Non-Executive Board Director of Gore Street Capital, London, and
    • Non-Executive Board Director of Vast Solar in Australia.
    Frank has authored several books on renewable energy and green hydrogen and lives in Abu Dhabi. He has a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Delft University.

  • Garry Cooper Jr.
    Garry Cooper Jr.
    Chief Executive Officer/Co-founder, Rheaply

    Dr. Garry Cooper is the Co-founder and CEO of Rheaply, a Chicago-based tech company that enables Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and universities to better visualize, quantify, and utilize their physical resources. He also serves on the boards of directors of P33 Chicago and 1871, the faculty of Northwestern University, and the investor team at LongJump Ventures, of which he is a founding partner. Previously, Dr. Cooper facilitated supply chain and performance improvement for enterprise businesses at Ernst & Young. As a result of his work, Dr. Cooper has received recognition on the Forbes Next 1000, Chicago magazine’s The New Power 30, and Crain’s 40 Under 40 lists, and as a Scholar at Google for Entrepreneurs. Dr. Cooper has published in high-impact, peer-reviewed international journals and holds a U.S. patent. He holds a PhD in neuroscience from Northwestern University, a certificate in management from the Kellogg School of Management, and a BS & BA in mathematics and chemistry from Indiana University.

  • George Sullivan
    George Sullivan
    Sr. Principal and CEO, Net Zero Analysis

    George Sullivan is the Sr. Principal and CEO of Net Zero Analysis & Design Corp, a Clean Technology design build consulting practice that specializes in building programming, development and construction. His project portfolio has covered land planning and use, commercial office, retail, educational, mixed use, low and mid rise development, and redevelopment of existing built infrastructure assets. Project targets are IECC 2015 and Energy Star™ Version 3, and Passive House Certification, reducing operating and construction costs while increasing occupant comfort and indoor air quality as well as reducing the environmental foot print of the project. In the current real estate market these projects are considered “high performance”, with substantially higher rates of pre-leasing along with longer term leases and higher presales than conventional projects.

    George has also published articles and has been extensively quoted in numerous publications: the Wall Street Journal, US Green Building Council’s newsletter Green Bytes, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Illinois Real Estate Review, Lerner Newspaper, The Chicago Reader and Rogers Park 2000. He has been selected by the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects to participate on the Review Board for the City of Chicago Building Department’s Green Building Code and Green Permit Process.

    Recent awards George has received: City of Chicago’s Department of Environment Award for Rooftop Gardening, United States Environmental Protection Agency and Chicago Wilderness’ Conservation and Native Landscaping award, and Rogers Park Community Council’s Spirit of Rogers Park Award for Environmentalism.

    Specialties: Clean Technology and High Performance Buildings and Systems

  • Jeanne-Mey Sun
    Jeanne-Mey Sun
    Vice President Sustainability, NRG Energy Inc.

    Jeanne-Mey Sun, Ph.D., has a diverse background that spans sustainability and the energy transition, corporate strategy, management consulting, and economic and policy research.

    Jeanne-Mey currently serves as Vice President, Sustainability, at NRG Energy, Inc., where she leads the company’s sustainability strategy. Key priorities include working to achieve NRG’s target of having a net-zero carbon footprint by 2050 and advancing sustainability solutions and standards for new and existing NRG customers.

    Prior to joining NRG, Jeanne-Mey was Executive, Energy Transition and Clean Energy Solutions at Baker Hughes Company, the global energy technology company. At Baker Hughes, she led the development and operationalization of the company’s energy transition strategy which included writing the company’s commitment to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, building a portfolio of low carbon solutions, and working with key customers on joint carbon footprint reduction efforts. Other leadership roles at Baker Hughes included leading strategic growth initiatives and corporate strategy.

    Prior to Baker Hughes, Jeanne-Mey was Vice President, Strategy at Sysco Corporation, the global foodservice marketer, distributor, and supply chain company, and Principal at global management consultancy A.T. Kearney, where she served clients in multiple industries including consumer products, retail, and automotive.

    Dr. Sun earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago, an M.A. in European Economic Studies from the College of Europe in Brugge, Belgium, and a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from the University of Toronto.

    Jeanne-Mey is active in the Houston community. She is a member of the Greater Houston Partnership and its Energy Advisory and Executive Women’s Partnership committees. She has consulted for the Center for Houston’s Future and is active in its low carbon energy initiatives. She serves on the Rice University Carbon Hub Advisory Panel, is a member of the Rice University Baker Institute working group on carbon capture and hydrogen in the Texas industrial sector, has served as an advisor on the Rice Alliance Energy Advisory Board, has mentored energy-focused start-ups at Rice’s OwlSpark start-up accelerator, and serves as a judge in the annual Rice Business Plan Competition. She also serves on the board of the Houston Hispanic Forum.

  • Jeffrey LeBlanc
    Jeffrey LeBlanc
    President, Denali Water Solutions

    Jeff joined Denali Water Solutions LLC, as its President, when it acquired the key assets of WeCare Organics, LLC in 2016. Jeff is responsible for overseeing all aspects of sales, marketing and business development, as well as environmental and regulatory compliance. Jeff has played a key role in Denali’s growth, as the industry leader in recycling of waste and residuals.

    Jeff is focused on Denali’s strategy as a full-service residual management company commissioned to bridge the gap between the farmer and the environmental community via the operations, management and distribution of residual based products, such as WeCare Compost®. In addition, Jeff has led the Company’s vision to be the “landfill-alternative” and has steered the Company’s advancement in managing source separated organics, such as green waste, food waste, food processing waste and biosolids.

  • Julie (Spike) Zaniewski
    Julie (Spike) Zaniewski
    Director of Sustainability, Dow

    Julie Zaniewski is currently the North America Sustainability Director for Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics (P&SP). In this role Julie is responsible for steering collaboration across the packaging industry to drive the circular economy of plastics and to improve waste management infrastructure systems in the region. Julie also works with key plastics trade associations to identify and monitor critical issues facing the industry and to ensure internal alignment to address those issues. Before joining Dow, Julie spent 16 years at Unilever steering packaging design, technology, and sustainability programs for their global and North America business units. Julie has served on various advisory boards in the sustainable packaging industry including Sustainable Packaging Coalition, Association of Plastics Recyclers and Closed Loop Fund. Julie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Packaging from Michigan State University.

  • Karl Rabago
    Karl Rabago
    CEO - Rábago Energy LLC

    Karl R. Rábago operates an energy consultancy as Rábago Energy LLC, based in Denver, Colorado, USA. Karl has more than 30 years of experience in energy and climate policy and markets and is recognized as an innovator in utility regulatory issues relating to clean and distributed energy services and technologies.

    Rábago is a frequent author on electricity industry issues and has provided testimony as an expert witness in more than 120 electric and gas utility regulatory proceedings.

    Karl serves as Chair of the Board of the Center for Resource Solutions, a San Francisco-based non-governmental organization that manages the Green-e Certification program for green power products, and on the Board of Solar United Neighbors.

    Rábago has been a Commissioner on the Texas Public Utility Commission; a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Energy; Vice President of Distributed Energy Services at Austin Energy; Director of Regulatory Affairs for the AES Corporation and AES Wind; and Managing Director & Principal of the Rocky Mountain Institute.

    While on active duty in the US Army, Karl served as an Armored Cavalry officer in the 2d Squadron, 9th Armored Cavalry, as a trial counsel and defense counsel with the 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized), and as an assistant professor of law at the US Military Academy at West Point, NY.

    Karl is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management and has a Juris Doctorate (Honors) from the University of Texas and Master of Laws degrees, in environmental and military law, from Pace Law School and the US Army Judge Advocate General’s School.

    Karl and his wife have been married for more than forty years, and have three grown children, and three amazing grandchildren.

  • Kelly Sarber
    Kelly Sarber
    CEO, Strategic Management Group
  • Kenneth Brown
    Kenneth Brown
    CEO, Safe Hydrogen
  • Kiran Jethwa
    Kiran Jethwa
    Managing Partner, Fumase

    Kiran Jethwa is the Managing Partner of Fumase LLC. & Fumase (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.

    Fumase is an Asset Management & Asset Development company based out of USA & Malaysia with a focus on Renewable Energy, Hydrogen, Water & Waste sectors; and geographic focus on Asia. Fumase is actively developing and financing projects in these sectors and regions. Fumase (Malaysia) has an operational 47MWp Solar project in Malaysia that was won in a competitive tender in 2017. Fumase is currently developing Green Hydrogen projects in Australia and SE Asia.

    Kiran Jethwa is a serial entrepreneur and a veteran marketing professional with over 12+ years of experience in the renewable energy sector & 20+ years of high-tech industry experience. Prior to clean technology, Kiran held various product marketing & management positions in the high-tech sector with Fortune 500 companies and start-ups alike, defining and delivering market driven products & turning around products & companies. Kiran Jethwa is a proponent of innovative business models that incorporate ESG Quadruple Bottom Line strategies. Kiran has contributed as the investor chair for California and a mentor in “Cleantech Open” – the largest clean technology competition in USA & globally. Kiran is a frequent speaker at clean technology and financial conferences internationally. Kiran has BSEE, MSCS and MBA degrees.

  • Leila Nattagh
    Leila Nattagh
    Founder, W2R Solutions

    Many businesses today are working to mitigate climate change with their innovation. However, many struggle to quantify the environmental impact of their innovation and communicate the benefits compared to the alternatives. Leila works with businesses which are environmentally focused to quantify and highlight their impact in terms of carbon footprint.

  • Margaret Mann
    Margaret Mann
    Group Manager Transportation Energy Storage and Infrastructure Analysis, NREL
  • Martin Wolf
    Martin Wolf
    Director, Sustainability and Authenticity - Seventh Generation

    Product sustainability, chemicals

  • Mathy Stanislaus
    Mathy Stanislaus
    Director, Public Policy and Engagement, Global Battery Alliance Secretariat
  • Matthew Keyser
    Matthew Keyser
    Group Manager III-Mechanical Engineering, NREL
  • Mike Graff
    Mike Graff
    Executive Vice President, Air Liquide Group

    Michael Graff joined Air Liquide in 2007. He is currently Executive Vice President, supervising the Americas and Asia Pacific hubs. He is also in charge of the Electronics business line.

    He is also Chairman of the Board of Airgas.

    He is a senior executive with over 30 years of experience in the energy, chemicals and polymers industries across the Americas, Asia and Europe. He began his career with Amoco and BP, plc and has then served as president or CEO of several global chemical and polymer businesses.

    Michael Graff’s educational background is in chemical engineering, business, and executive management.

    He has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2009.

  • Pete Pearson
    Pete Pearson
    Senior Director Food Waste
  • Prof. Veena Sahajwalla
    Prof. Veena Sahajwalla
    Founding Director, Centre for Sust. Materials Research & Technology at UNSW
  • Renat Heuberger
    Renat Heuberger
    CEO, SouthPole

    Renat is a pioneer and social entrepreneur in the field of sustainability, climate change and renewable energies, where he is engaged since 1999. As a founding partner and CEO of South Pole, he coordinated the set-up of the company’s global sustainability finance business. Before founding South Pole, Renat was co-founder and CEO of the myclimate foundation, one of the world’s first players on the voluntary carbon markets.

    Renat has been elected “Social Entrepreneur of Switzerland” by the World Economic Forum’s Schwab Foundation, and he serves as a member of the Expert Network of the WEF. He is a member of the Innovation Council of InnoSuisse, board member of Climate-KIC, Board member of M-Power, and member of the advisory board of Impact HUB Zurich.

    Renat holds a master degree in environmental sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and has completed executive education programs at INSEAD and the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).

  • Rosalinde van der Vlies
    Rosalinde van der Vlies
    Director of Clean Planet Directorate, European Commission

    Ms Rosalinde van der Vlies, is the Director of the Clean Planet Directorate in the European Commission’s, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. Before her appointment as Director, Ms van der Vlies was the Head of Coordination & Interinstitutional Relations Unit, and acting Head of Communication & Citizens Unit.

    Previously she held positions in Directorate-General Environment, Directorate-General Justice and Home Affairs, and in the private office of Janez Potočnik, the European Commissioner for the environment. Before joining the European Commission, she worked as a competition lawyer in an international law firm in Brussels and was a part-time teacher at the Catholic University in Brussels.

  • Ryan Smith
    Ryan Smith
    CEO & Founder, Recyclops

    Ryan Smith is the Founder and CEO of Recyclops. A Recycling company that has diverted over 8 Million pounds from landfills to date. He was also a Forbes 30 under 30 award recipient in 2020. Ryan is the father to two little girls who keep life exciting. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in business strategy in 2016. In his “free” time he likes to hike, rock climb, and backpack with his dad and brothers.

  • Sam Salustro
    Sam Salustro
    Director of Maryland Coalitions and Partnership, Business Network for Offshore Wind

    Sam Salustro is the Network’s director of Coalitions and Partnerships in Maryland. He joined the organization in 2020 and leads the Network’s operations in its founding state. He put his education and experience to work helping Maryland businesses grow in the offshore wind supply chain.

    Sam has spent more than a decade working as a political campaign operative within state governments. He started his career in Iowa as a campaign manager on a state legislative race and found a passion for politics. His career took him to Virginia, New Mexico, New Jersey and then Illinois for President Obama’s reelection campaign. In 2014, he joined Governor Martin O’Malley’s administration and his presidential campaign as research director. He worked as an expert in political research before transitioning into a statewide coalition and communications director role on a winning gubernatorial campaign in Illinois.

    Sam has an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago with concentrations in economics, finance, and strategic relations and earned an B.A. from Boston University, double majoring in History and International Relations.

    When not in the office, you can find Sam at Camden Yards or cheering on the Wilmington Blue Rocks. Sam works on his other passions during the baseball offseason – cooking and hiking.   

  • Shawn Kreloff
    Shawn Kreloff
    Founder & CEO - Bioenergy Devco
  • Surya Panditi
    Surya Panditi
    President and CEO - Enel X North America

    Surya Panditi is the Head of Enel X North America, managing the company’s business in the United States and Canada. In this role, Panditi oversees the smart energy revolution Enel X is leading through its integrated, sustainable energy solutions and electric vehicle charging technologies. He brings his 25 years of experience in the technology sector to Enel X, leveraging his expertise on digital transformation across industries.

    With a career path ranging from launching startups to leading a $4 billion dollar business unit, Panditi is never afraid to take risks and branch into unchartered territories. Prior to joining Enel X in July 2019, Panditi was General Manager at software development company, CA Technologies. His background includes executive level leadership roles at Cisco Systems, where he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the company’s Service Provider Networking Group, overseeing strategy, engineering, and marketing direction for service provider networking platforms. He has also served in executive and advisory roles for several start-up companies including CEO of Avici (which he took public via an IPO), AirGrub, Advisor to StageOne Ventures, Rockport Systems, Enkoo (acquired by SonicWall) and Rasa Networks (acquired by HPE).

  • Ty Rhoad
    Ty Rhoad
    Regional Director Americas, TOMRA Sorting Recycling
  • Yuri Freedman
    Yuri Freedman
    Sr. Director of Business Development, SoCalGas

    Yuri has broad experience in development and acquisitions of energy infrastructure assets. In his current role of Senior Director of Business Development, he manages the portfolio of growth initiatives and R&D activities of Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), the largest North American gas utility. Prior to his current role he held the position of Director of Commercial Development for Sempra LNG, and previously held the positions of Director of Infrastructure Investments and Director of Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions at Sempra Energy.

    Prior to joining Sempra Energy, Yuri held the positions of Managing Director at Fortress Investment Group and Vice President at GE Energy Financial Services. He began his career as a geologist working in Arctic regions of Western Siberia on the development and construction of natural gas pipelines.

    Yuri serves on the board of CALSTART. He holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a PhD in Environmental Science and Energy Research from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

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