Mark Austin is a Venture Partner with Bright Capital, a global venture capital firm focused on investments in clean and alternative energy, advanced materials, resource and energy efficiency, distributed generation, energy storage, agtech, water and technology. He serves as a Director on the boards of several companies, including Agrivida, QM Power and Ener-G-Rotors. Previously, as Managing Director of Chandler Reed LLC, Mr. Austin served as a strategic growth advisor to CEOs of microcap, growth stage, new ventures and start-up technology-based companies, and was a consultant at UNDP’s Sustainable Energy & Environment Division (SEED) in the area of sustainable technologies globally. He is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with NYSERDA, has mentored entrepreneurs in US, South Africa and Senegal, and spoken at conferences from Beijing to Boston to Bilbao, from Manhattan to Montenegro, and from Kingston to Krasnoyarsk, on venture investing, energy, strategy and entrepreneurship. Mark has multiple patents issued internationally, has won international product design awards, and is a graduate of Williams College
Nick founded UGE with a focus on distributed renewables to address the world’s energy and environmental challenges, and has led the company for the ten years since its inception. Raised on a Canadian nature reserve, Nick is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries with previous experience at JPMorgan and AIG. Over the past decade his leadership has focused on a productive and enjoyable company culture, forging new paths for the company in solar and renewable energies, both in the US and abroad.
Kevin P. Brown, Senior Partner
An expert in executive search, Kevin has the unique perspective of having worked with some of the best-known companies in the world, including Pfizer, NRG, Johnson & Johnson, BP, FMC Corporation, DuPont, Verizon and Saudi Aramco while simultaneously working with very early stage disruptive technology startups. He has 25+ years of executive search experience in a variety of industries including Energy, Petrochemicals, Advanced Materials, Industrial Manufacturing, Food, Ag/Bio, Pharmaceuticals and Technology where he has worked on a variety of leadership searches with Fortune 100 and startup clients, as well as venture capital and private equity firms. Kevin splits his time between Hobbs & Towne’s Philadelphia headquarters and its Houston location, where he has been expanding the firm’s footprint.
Passionate about the industry, Kevin is Founder and Chairman of the Cleantech Alliance of the Mid-Atlantic (CAMA) and an Advisory Board Member Maryland Clean Energy Center. He has been an invited speaker at several events focused on getting more young women involved in engineering and scientific careers.
A product of Drexel University’s Mechanical Engineering program, Kevin is a competitive mountain biker and competed in the Leadville 100 MTB race in 2014 and 2015. A mediocre golfer, he is an avid motorcyclist and gadget geek who loves muscle cars. Kevin and his family love to travel and explore new destination
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Kuni is an investment professional with expertise in impact investing and ESG research/integration. He is a deal lead at NatureVest, an impact investment group within The Nature Conservancy, where he focuses on climate change and large land transactions. Kuni brings 15 years of Wall Street investment research experience as a Senior Equity Research Analyst with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, UBS and other leading investment banks. He is a licensed General Securities Representative (FINRA Series 7, 16, 24, 63 & 87), a Chartered Financial Analyst, and lives in New York City.
Julie Currid is COO and Co-founder of Initiafy, an online contractor management company based in Dublin, with operations in the UK, Ireland US and Canada.
Julie’s career has centred around marketing and strategy for over 13 years. She started in the safety software world in 2010 and has been exploring the needs of large corporations
ever since. She started Initiafy in 2012 with her business partner, Sean Fennell, and together they have fine-tuned a contractor management platform which now has over
300,000 users and hundreds of global customers, focusing mainly in heavy industry such as renewables, construction,mining and energy. Julie is a part of EY Entrepreneurial
Winning Women Class of 2018 and is a mentor at Women Mean Business, which highlights Irish and International businesswomen and female entrepreneurs. In 2016 Julie
won the ‘Women Mean Business’ award for Newcomer of the Year and in 2017 she won the runner-ups prize for the Best Young Entrepreneur in Ireland. With her various roles Julie
has worked internationally, mainly in UK and US, and is nowbased in Dublin, Ireland. Julie’s client base now includes many of the world’s largest renewables, construction,
mining, manufacturing and oil & gas companies, including RES, Vestas, Petro- Canada, ESB, Nordex, Gilbane etc.
Matt serves as Director of Global Green's NY Office and Coalition or Resource Recovery. Matt works to develop and implement waste diversion pilot programs with partner organizations. Prior to joining Global Green, Matt worked as a project developer and manager to implement recycling projects for industrial companies, and conducted New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) funded feasibility studies for biomass, composting, and solar technologies. He holds a Master of Science in Environmental Management and Policy from the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University, Sweden, and a dual BA in Economics and Environmental Studies from Emory University.
Mr. Davis founded Stance Capital to bring to marketi nvestment portfolios that mitigate material environmental, social, and governance risks and generate excess returns while at the same time allowing investors to align their portfolios with their belief systems.
Prior to forming Stance, Bill was co-founder and Managing Director of Empirical Asset Management, and Portfolio Manager on EAM Sustainable Equity, a strategy he launched in 2014. Prior to co-founding Empirical, he was the founder and CEO of Ze-gen, a venture and private equity backed renewable energy company focused on up-cycling certain waste materials into renewable syngas. Mr. Davis received a B.A. from Connecticut College, and his career in business has included serving as CEO or founder of numerous companies including: Database Marketing Corporation in 1986, Holland Mark in 1997, and Cambridge Brand Analytics in 2003. He serves on the Board of HoneyDrop Beverages, and Mafic, S.A.. He is a founding member of the President’s Council of Ceres and chairs the advisory board of Seven Hills Global Outreach. Mr. Davis has taught Environmental Entrepreneurship at Columbia University Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, and guest lectured at Harvard College, Harvard Business School, MIT, MIT/Sloan, and Boston University.
Stephen founded Greenpoint Innovations (GPI) in 2014 with nearly 15 years of experience working within the contexts of environmental, social and governance (ESG) sustainability. At GPI, he oversees the company’s management and leads its vision, partner development, and sourcing and implementation of projects. In addition, he is Senior Advisor to Forest Trends’ Supply Change Initiative, is an educator with Arizona State University, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, and ISOS Group, and is a member of various working groups and steering committees, including the UN Environment’s Finance Initiative. Previously, Stephen was Vice President of CDP North America (Carbon Disclosure Project) and Economist at the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX).
Greenpoint Innovations (GPI), based out of Brooklyn, NY, is a purpose-based company that leverages innovative technologies, the arts, and in-depth subject-matter expertise to contribute to a sustainable, resilient, and prosperous future. GPI offers SustainaDrone Solutions (SDS), an innovative suite of environmental sustainability-oriented drone-enhanced technologies and services. We utilize our fleet of mapping and free-fly drones for small or large-scale areas to provide accurate, fast and cost-efficient high-resolution aerial imagery that is used to generate 2D orthomosaic maps and 3D models, which complement existing maps and imagery produced via satellites, manned aircrafts and in-situ services. Additionally, we pair traditional photography and video production with SustainaDrone to produce rich media content for the purposes of helping our partners achieve a variety of goals including, project management support, raising funds, developing partnerships, increasing transparency, and highlighting leadership.
Peter C. Fusaro is Chairman of Global Change Associates in New York and is the best selling author of What Went Wrong at Enron. His three most recent books have been Cut Carbon, Grow Profits, Energy & Emissions: Collision or Convergence and Energy & Environmental Hedge Funds: The New Investment Paradigm. Peter is an energy industry thought leader noted for his keen insights in emerging energy and environmental financial markets. He has been on the forefront of energy and environmental change for over 30 years focusing on. oil, gas, power, coal, emissions, carbon trading and renewable energy markets. Peter is currently advising in the clean energy technology arena. Peter was recently selected for Who's Who in America. He coined the term "Green Trading" and holds the Wall Street Green Trading Summit with Reuters in New York each spring. He is also a well known expert on Asia Pacific energy and environmental markets. He co-founded the Energy Hedge Fund Center LLC (www.energyhedgefunds.com) in 2004 which he sold in 2011. Peter graduated with an MA in international relations from Tufts University and a BA from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Diana Glassman is an ESG (environmental social governance) financial materiality thought leader with particular expertise at the intersection of energy and environment. She recently assisted an upstream oil and gas PE (private equity) firm respond to institutional investor ESG due diligence questions, and facilitated its managing partners in developing their ESG Policy.
Diana has held senior roles in environmental investing (Credit Suisse) and corporate sustainability (TD Bank) and as a PE strategy consultant (PWC Transaction Services) and portfolio company operating executive. She has served on the boards or advisory boards of the Yale Climate and Energy Institute, the Canadian Shale Thought Leaders Forum, the World Policy Institute and PE portfolio companies.
Based on her experience, she wrote two “how to” guides for practitioners: The Missing Metrics That Matter to Investors: How Companies Can Develop ESG Financial Value Creation Metrics(Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance, Journal of Environmental Investing, 2017) and Environmental Employee Engagement Roadmap: How to Build a Streamlined Program that Quickly Delivers Business and Environmental Results. Policy papers include The Water-Energy Nexus: Adding Water to the Energy Agenda.
Diana speaks frequently on ESG financial materiality and metrics, including at the NACD(National Association of Corporate Directors). She has been cited by multiple publications such as FT (Financial Times) Agenda, including on governance developments in upstream oil and gas, energy and environment, employee engagement and privacy. Guest lectures include Yale, Columbia, NYU and UCSB. She earned her B.S. at Yale (Biology), MPA at Harvard Kennedy School (International Development) and MBA at Harvard Business School.
Director, Stakeholder and Community Relations Office
David Manning was named Director of Brookhaven National Laboratory's Stakeholder and Community Relations Office in January, 2015. Manning’s responsibilities include developing, implementing, and assessing strategic internal and external communications plans and programs to advance the scientific mission and priority programs and initiatives of the Lab; developing and implementing government and stakeholder relations programs to help increase support for the Lab's programs and priority projects; and overseeing science education and workforce development programs to fulfill the Lab's and U.S. Department of Energy's education and diversity goals.
Manning has worked in both government and the private sector, including serving as the Deputy Minister of Energy for Alberta, Canada, President of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers ( CAPP) and EVP, Corporate Affairs / Chief Environmental Officer for KeySpan/National Grid. Most recently, he served as the U.S. representative for the Premier of Alberta, deeply involved in energy issues.
Manning earned a B.A. and L.L.B. in law from the University of Alberta, and did post-graduate work in international law at the Australian National University.
Les is the Managing Director of iCANny, a not for profit New York State Certified Business Incubator and he also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of privately held iCAN-Global LLC, (International Cleantech Acceleration Network). Each entity specializes in the accelerated commercialization of innovative cleantech and energy technologies based in New York’s Hudson Valley. As a lifelong entrepreneur and innovator, Les is leading these initiatives which are altering the paradigm of traditional, geographically restricted incubation and acceleration.
iCAN-Global LLC is a socially networked organization that has a recruited a global cadre of experienced business executives, professionals, technologists and service providers in a variety of technical and business disciplines. Our mission is to facilitate the licensing of cleantech and energy innovations worldwide stimulating local investment, economic development and job creation.
Les is a co-founder of iCLEAN, a NYSERDA supported energy and cleantech incubation partnership between iCANny and the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering. His energy and cleantech incubator is also engaged with the formation of new cleantech incubators in Newburgh New York (as a component of a StartUpNY initiative with Mount Saint Mary College)incubator; the BioInc incubator in a collaborative partnership with New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York; and the clean energy center in Mount Vernon, New York.
A lifelong entrepreneur, Les has managed privately and publicly held companies, structured numerous financings, formed strategic partnerships and turnarounds. An experienced executive, Les serves on numerous Boards as well as an Advisor for academic institutions. Les is a sought after speaker for domestic and international conferences on emerging cleantech innovations, entrepreneurship and twenty first century incubation methodologies.
Stefan Pagacik’s career has spanned several industries and roles culminating as a serial entrepreneur focusing on impact and sustainability. Previously, he built two impact themed cloud and mobile platforms (8 of 9 LLC and my4) for retail and institutional investors interested in aligning their values and criteria with their portfolios. His prior entrepreneurial experience involved starting a marine science accelerator in SE MA (the Regional Technology Development Center of Cape Cod) that aligned with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and the Marine Biological Laboratory.
Transitioning from managing the investment committee of an angel fund (Bay Angels), he focused on building a model for a climate solution for the government of Chile that would reduce the country’s dependency on fossil fuels and expand business opportunities tying the northern and southern parts of the country. He also designed a social enterprise plan for the city of Detroit aligning entrepreneurs and city agencies to stimulate business opportunities for blighted areas of the city.
His technology background includes retail sales consulting for Apple in the Northeast and building a channel strategy for an emerging leading-edge motion graphics software company (The Company of Science and Art) that was later acquired by Adobe. He opened the Boston office of IT consulting firm Eclipse Information Systems that was later acquired by Century Services of Washington, D.C.
He is currently building AI4Impact, a financial technology company that uses artificial intelligence and simulation modeling to build next generation impact products for asset firms, pension funds, family offices and retail advisors.
Stefan has a B.A. in English from Harvard College and an MBA from Suffolk University.
is Senior Analyst at Climate Advisers, focusing on communication outreach with the financial sector, managing and editing the Chain Reaction Research newsletter, and providing analysis for investors to mitigate climate risks.
Before joining Climate Advisers, Matt worked as Senior Editor of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) news service, where he focused on oil and other financial markets, clean transportation, and state and federal energy policy. Before SAFE, Matt worked at Energy Intelligence, where he edited multiple publications and served as Washington bureau chief.
Matt’s experience includes extensive reporting, research, and analysis on international financial markets and domestic energy policy. His diverse background in energy, investor trading, and transportation has included projects focusing on reducing petroleum demand and increasing diversity in the transport sector for economic and environmental reasons.
Matt holds an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in History from Salisbury University.
Donna Sanders is a United States Marine Corps veteran who served as a Captain in the Financial Management & Nuclear Biological & Chemical Warfare specialties. She earned the National Defense Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, and Certificate of Commendation before separating the service. She is a previous Territory Manager with Johnson & Johnson and a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative with Pfizer. Donna has a passion for service. She co-founded an award-winning home for physically, emotionally, educationally, and sexually abused and neglected children. She is a certified Energy Auditor with the Association of Energy Engineers and a 2016 Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corp Fellow. She has worked on sustainability projects in China, Hong Kong, and the USA. Donna is an inductee in Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honor society for political science. In 2017, she earned an M.B.A. from three prestigious business schools including London, Hong Kong, and Columbia Business Schools.
Co-Founder & CEO
Terra Sustainable Technologies
Mr. Saxton is a Founding Partner of Terra Group Holdings; the Co-Founder and CEO of Terra Sustainable Technologies, and a Partner and Director of LSX Exchange, www.lsxexchange.com, a disruptive, next generation, digital currency based electronic trading exchange that encompasses cryptographically secure trading, settlement and ledger services.
Previously, Mr. Saxton was the Managing Partner of a private investment partnership, Terra Firma Capital Group, as well as the CEO of FTL Solar, a leading provider of solar integrated fabrics and structures.
Prior to that, Mr. Saxton served as a Portfolio Manager for a multi-strategy hedge fund, where he was responsible for research and investment allocation, including the identification, purchase, management and resale of real estate investment properties. He was also an Assistant Portfolio Manager with Birinyi Associates, Inc., www.birinyi.com, a money management and research firm based in Westport, CT where he played a key role in managing $1.4+ billion in assets using money flow and technical analysis as a lead investment indicator.
Mr. Saxton is an active member of the Explorers Club, www.explorers.org, an international, multidisciplinary, professional organizations dedicated to the advancement of field research and scientific exploration; a member of the National Arts Club, an organization founded in 1898 for the purpose of furthering art and artists in America by fostering educational programs; and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Berkshire School, www.berkshireschool.org, a private secondary school in Sheffield, Massachusetts. Mr. Saxton has spent a significant amount of time working internationally on a multitude of conservation and expeditionary related projects, and he is an avid outdoorsman with a passion for mountaineering, sailing, skiing and horseback riding.
Mr. Saxton holds an A.B. in International Relations and Spanish from Boston University.
Daniel A. Spitzer:
Mr. Spitzer concentrates his practice on a variety of issues involving environmental law, renewable energy, power generation, sustainable development, land use law, and municipal law. His practice involves numerous renewable energy projects, including representing municipalities, developers, land owners, and financing entities. His work, from project inception through successful litigation, includes some of the largest wind farms in the United States, and he has also worked on fossil fuel, landfill, gas-to-energy, biomass, and solar projects. He successfully represented a municipality in a case of first impression on a municipality's right to regulate power generating facilities based on greenhouse gas emissions. A primary part of Mr. Spitzer's work focuses on NEPA and SEQRA review and compliance with federal environmental statutes. His work includes environmental assessments for large-scale industrial, commercial, telecommunications and energy projects. He counsels agencies and private clients on compliance with historic preservation laws, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and other federal and state environmental statutes and regulations. Mr. Spitzer is a frequent speaker and author on renewable energy, land use and zoning, and municipal law. He drafted the inaugural chapters on Green Buildings and Sustainable Design, and on Municipal Annexation for the fourth edition of New York Zoning Law and Practice, published by West in 2009; authored "State Tax Laws Give Certainty," North American Windpower, May 2010, and "Examining NYPA's Project Rules," North American Windpower, June 2009; and co-authored "Debate Over Federal vs. State Regulation of Fracing Heats Up," The Pipeline, Fall 2013; and "A Guide to Regulating Big Box Stores, Franchise Architecture, and Formula Businesses," New York Zoning Law and Practice Report, 2007. He is listed in Buffalo Business First's Who's Who in Law (Energy) and 2012 and 2013 Upstate New York Super Lawyers. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from SUNY Buffalo Law School, where he served as editor-in chief of the Buffalo Law Review.
Barry K. Worthington is the executive director of the United States Energy Association (USEA), the U.S member of the World Energy Council, the energy body of the United Nations.
USEA also serves as a bipartisan advisory organization that represents 150 members across the U.S. energy sector from the largest Fortune 500 companies to small energy consulting firms.
In his role, Mr. Worthington represents the broad interests of the U.S. energy industry and meets with domestic and international energy leaders to advance information and unearth partnerships to develop energy infrastructure projects across the world.
USEA’s team of international energy specialists work with the U.S. federal government, energy companies and energy ministers to build out energy infrastructure in developing countries.
Mr. Worthington and his team have developed thousands of energy projects globally, from geothermal drilling operations in sub Saharan Africa to smart grid electricity projects in central Europe.
Mr. Worthington chairs the Clean Electricity Production working group within the UNECE Commission on Sustainable Energy. At a recent meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, he discussed how to advance carbon capture and sequestration demonstration plants as a means to help immediately reduce carbon emissions from power plants.
This fall, Worthington spoke to the International Oil Shale Symposium in Tallin, Estonia about the opportunities and challenges to oil shale drilling.
Mr. Worthington has served as executive director of USEA since September 1988. Before that, he was vice president of the Thomas Alva Edison Foundation; prior to that he served in several capacities with Houston Lighting & Power, now known as CenterPoint Energy.
Mr. Worthington holds a bachelor of science degree in man & environmental relations from the Pennsylvania State University and a master of science degree in studies of the future program from the University of Houston.
Mr. Worthington writes and speaks extensively on energy and environmental matters, and he sits on a number of energy boards including:
Chairman of the Board for the National Energy Foundation
Member of the Board of Directors for the Energy Law Foundation
C h a i r m a n o f the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s
Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Production
Member on UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy
Former Member, Columbia University Global Roundtable on Climate
Former Member, Sub-Sahara Africa Advisory Committee, US Export-
Former Member, Science and Technology Capability of the US Agency for
International Development (USAID) Study, National Research Council
Former Member, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrators
Technology & Policy Advisory Committee
The United States Energy Association (USEA) is the U.S. Member Committee of the World Energy Council (WEC). USEA is an association of public and private energy-related organizations, corporations and government agencies. USEA represents the broad interests of the U.S. energy sector by increasing the understanding of energy issues, both domestically and internationally.