Speakers

Karl Andersen
Founder & Managing Director
AV Group Ltd.

Karl Andersen's is the Founder and CEO of AV Group Ltd. Mr. Andersen has been a financial industry entrepreneur since his starting as a trader for a Nordic Investment Bank during the early 2003. Mr. Andersen was a co-partner for a US based broker dealer, co-founded an insurance linked securities hedge fund and launched a Reinsurance company that helps solve public pension fund longevity issues. Mr. Andersen now serves on the Executive Board of the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce in New York City and works in conjunction with the Norwegian Government to strategically grow the ESG and Impact investment market.

Andrea Bonime-Blanc
CEO & Founder
GEC Risk Advisory

Dr. Bonime-Blanc is CEO and Founder of GEC Risk Advisory and a global governance, risk, ethics, cyber and crisis strategist, serving business, nonprofits, and government. She is a NACD Board Leadership Fellow and Governance faculty and holds the Carnegie Mellon CERT Certification in Cyber-Risk Oversight. She is a Governance Mentor at Plug & Play Tech Centre and, since 2017, she has served as the Independent Ethics Advisor to the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico. In 2019 she was appointed to serve on the International Advisory Boards of two global start-ups - Greenward Partners (a Spanish-based green energy firm) and Ethical Intelligence (a Scottish based AI ethics consultancy).

Dr. Bonime-Blanc spent two decades as a senior global corporate executive leading governance, legal, ethics, compliance, risk, crisis, environmental, health and safety, information security, internal audit, external affairs, and corporate responsibility functions, including at Bertelsmann, Verint, and PSEG. She began her career as an international corporate lawyer at Cleary Gottlieb and was born and raised in Europe. She is a global keynote speaker, faculty at NYU and an extensively published author of articles and books including The Reputation Risk HandbookEmerging Practices in Cyber-Risk Governance and The Artificial Intelligence Imperative. Her latest book, Gloom to Boom: How Leaders Transform Risk into Resilience and Value, debuts in October 2019.

 

Nick Blitterswyk
Founder & CEO
UGE

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.  

Arnaud Brohe
CEO
CO2logic
Arnaud Brohé, PhD, is CEO of CO2logic an international carbon management and offset firm. Brohé teaches carbon accounting at Imperial College London. His book Carbon Markets, published by Routledge in 2009, was the winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Award (2010). Brohé’s most recent book, a Handbook of Carbon Accounting, was released by Greenleaf Publishing (Taylor & Francis) in December 2016.
Kevin Brown
Senior Partner
Hobbs & Towne

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

direct: 484.831.9165 •mobile: 610.457.9949 • houston: 832.763.9527 • kbrown@hobbstowne.com

 

Mila Buckner
Hodgson Russ LLP

Mila regularly advises clients on issues involving environmental law, renewable energy, sustainable development, land use law, municipal law, and real estate development. Her experience includes drafting commercial agreements relating to the purchase and supply of power, electric interconnection, and other energy-related transactions. Mila works on all aspects of renewable development from project inception through successful litigation

Mila also helps clients in the Food and Beveridge industry navigate USDA and FTC compliance. 

Before joining Hodgson Russ, Mila practiced Energy Regulatory Law with a firm in San Francisco. While in California, she represented and advised clients on energy regulatory matters and proceedings before state and federal agencies, including the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. With a particular focus on public utility regulation, Mila advised utilities, lenders, and developers regarding the regulatory and environmental challenges associated with the development and acquisition of utility-scale renewable energy projects including electric vehicle infrastructure, energy storage and solar photovoltaic.

While in law school Mila worked as a judicial extern for Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye of the California Supreme Court

Honors

·  USF Law Review, Senior Editor

·  Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye, California Supreme Court, Judicial Extern

·  Publication: The Coastal Zone Management Act’s Capacity to Spearhead Climate Adaptation, West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law and Policy

Publications

FDA Issues Draft Guidance For Farmers And Food Processors Under The Food Safety Modernization Act 

Agriculture Alert, November 6, 2018

Professional Affiliations

Environmental Law-California Lawyers AssociationAreas of Practice

Environmental

Food & Beverage

Industry Groups

Renewable Energy

Education

B.A., magnum cum laude, University of Richmond in Virginia 
J.D., cum laude, University of San Francisco School of Law,

Kuni Chen
Investment Professional
Independent Consultant

Kuni is an investment professional with expertise in impact investing and ESG research/integration. He was most recently a deal lead at NatureVest, an impact investment group within The Nature Conservancy, where he focused on climate change and large land transactions. Kuni brings 15 years of Wall Street investment research experience with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, UBS and other leading investment banks. In the past year, Kuni was a panelist at Skytop Strategies Impact Investing, Financial Times – Investing for Good, PEI Responsible Investing Forum, and other conferences. He is a licensed General Securities Representative (FINRA Series 7, 16, 24, 63 & 87), a Chartered Financial Analyst, SASB FSA credential holder, and lives in New York City.

Julie Currid
COO and Co-Founder
Initiafy

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.

 

Background

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.

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Julie Davitz
Head of Impact Solutions for Wealth Management
Bank fo the West BNP Paribas

Julie Davitz serves as Head of Impact Solutions for Wealth Management. She is responsible for the specialized Impact Solutions offering, integrating client values and assets for more efficient and impactful philanthropic and financial outcomes. With customized strategies combined with an array of opportunities, Julie leverages the local service excellence of Bank of the West with global access of its parent company BNP Paribas.

Withover 20 years of experience in the impact sector, Julie Davitz is skilled at helping ultra-high-net-worth families, individuals, foundations, nonprofits and businesses mobilize their resources to realize the change they envision. 

Julie has worked with not-for-profit organizations, foundations, corporations, and philanthropists nationally and globally. She has served as Director of Development at  the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases UCSF, and Executive Director of the Silver Giving Foundation. She founded Julie Shafer Development & Philanthropy, specializing in thoughtful and effective strategic planning for donors, grantees and impact investors. 

Julie holds a BA from the University of California Davis and an MFCC from the University of San Francisco.

Matt de la Houssaye
Director NYC Office & Coalition for Resource Recovery
Global Green USA

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.

 
Bill Davis
Founder & Managing Director
Stance Capital

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.

Nick Davis
CEO
GridMarket
Nick is GridMarket’s CEO and architect of its strategic vision, spearheading all critical company initiatives and operations. Under Nick’s leadership, GridMarket has grown from a working group concept, to a proven project facilitation platform with successful distributed energy installations around the globe. Nick’s relentless dedication to combating climate change has resulted in a number of dynamic GridMarket resources that are poised to transform the traditional practices of the energy sector. His creative vision for accelerating timelines and reducing project soft costs was the driving force behind the creation of the GridMarket predictive analytics platform that has automated the creation of customized remote opportunity assessments and technology recommendations. In 2011, Nick was recruited to lead ARION Americas. As Managing Director, Nick let market needs and macro trends steer the organization in a high-impact direction – helping global governments, companies, and property portfolios optimize the available value of clean, distributed energy resources. GridMarket emerged from a public-private partnership between AGRION, Con Edison, New York City, and New York State, and rapidly evolved into a self-sustaining, dynamic digital platform, leveraging proprietary predictive analytics and a competitive marketplace to catalyze the spread of distributed, resilient power. In Spring 2015, Nick led GridMarket’s spin-out from AGRION as an employee owned-and-operated independent company. Nick frequently represents GridMarket in the market and is a sought-after speaker for industry events. He has been featured at a number of United Nations forums, including COP23, where he showcased GridMarket’s work in Palau and the scalable renewable energy deployment model being applied to other similar vulnerable island nations. As the public face of the organization, Nick’s expertise in distributed energy solutions is displayed via his many radio, print, and digital interviews. Prior to GridMarket and AGRION, Nick worked as a consultant with Pacific Gas & Electric, affording him critical experience working with a public utility that he would later apply to optimizing GridMarket’s utility-focused resources and initiatives. Nick received a Bachelor’s in Business from Northwestern University and a Master’s in Resource Economics Policy, Environmental Management from Duke University.
Stephen Donofrio
Principal & Founder
Greenpoint Innovations

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
Chairman
Global Change Associates Inc.

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
CEO
Integration Strategy

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.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/dianaglassman/

www.integrationstrategy.com

info@integrationstrategy.com

Timonthy Hoffman
Program Director
NYS Venture Exchange and Columbia Tech Ventures

Timothy L. Hoffman

Tim is currently Program Director, NYS Cleantech Venture Exchange (CVX) and NYSERDA EIR Program, at Columbia Technology Ventures. CVX is a program to match C-level business talent (CXOs) with cleantech startups in the State of New York. The NYSERDA’s EIR program is a paid mentoring program that provides coaching and advisory services to promising clean energy startup companies in the State of New York.

For over 20 years Tim has provided strategic and M&A advisory, capital raising, and financial modeling services for large corporations, family-run firms, renewable energy developers, middle market companies and early stage enterprises. Recently, Tim has served as Managing Director with Karbone Capital Markets (formerly Watts Capital, LLC), a FINRA and SIPC member broker-dealer. He also serves as NYC Metro Director of the Cleantech Open Northeast and Board member of the NECECi. 

Previously, Tim was an Entrepreneur in Residence for NYSERDA, served as Co-Chairman of the Cleantech Open Board, participated on the Advisory Board of the Global Sourcing Council, and was a Managing Director with Scott-Macon, Ltd. and Natixis Bleichroeder, Inc. Tim is a graduate of Indiana University, where he earned two B.A. degrees and spent one year studying at Universität Hamburg. He later earned an M.A.E. with a concentration in Finance from the University of Michigan. Tim is fluent in German and proficient in Japanese and holds Series 7, 79 and 63 securities licenses

Ted Janulis
Senior Advisor
Constellation Research & Technology

Theodore P. (Ted) Janulis currently serves as Senior Advisor to Constellation Research & Technology, a sustainable investing analytics and advisory firm. He is the founder and principal of Investable Oceans, whose mission is to direct capital to the most pressing needs of our oceans. Previously Ted spent 30 years in the financial services industry after receiving an AB from Harvard College and an MBA from Columbia Business School. 

 

Ted’s passion for the oceans dates to his earliest days. He has been scuba diving for 45 years, was the 1981 recipient of the Rolex/Our World Underwater Scholarship, and recently served for three years as President of The Explorers Club in New York, where he continues to serve on the Board. He also serves on the Board of Visitors of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.

Bob Kinscherf
Executive Director, National Accounts
Constellation

Bob Kinscherf is an energy industry veteran and trusted resource for the largest commercial businesses and brands in the United States. For the past 13 years, Bob has served as Vice President for Constellation’s National Accounts team helping the largest commercial/industrial energy users and leading global brands manage energy budgets/costs, implement energy risk management programs, create solutions for renewable energy and carbon reduction and develop innovative integrated energy plans.



Bob maintains an active leadership role within the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) planning for their National Key Accounts Workshop and is an accomplished public speaker and presenter on energy issues and customer energy management/managed cost strategies. He also is an advisor to several energy related content sites.

Steve Levine
Founder and CEO
Atmoa Air

Steve founded Clean Air Group in 2004 with a commitment to bring products and technologies to market that improve the quality of our environments. With over 30 years of executive experience, industry peers recognize Steve as a thoughtful, innovative leader. He represents the indoor air quality field as industry liaison and Board member of the National Green Energy Council, and contributes leadership expertise to the Central Station Alarm Association and the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association. In addition, Steve has spent the past 17 years serving as Chairman of the Pro Sports Challenge, a fundraising event that has raised over $1,000,000 for individuals with special needs at the Lower Fairfield Center of Norwalk, Conn.

 

Christian Lim
Co-Founder
Blue Oceans Partners

Christian is a freediver and co-founder of Blue Oceans Partners

Blue Oceans Partners is a finance platform with the mission to mobilize private capital to regenerate our ocean and accelerate our path to SDG14. The team has launched Ocean One, a late venture private equity fund investing in innovative companies that help solve the challenges of plastic pollution and overfishing. Ocean One is uncompromising on delivering both system-level impact and competitive market returns.

Prior to Blue Oceans Partners, Christian was Investment Director at AfricInvest, a leading Africa-focused PE firm with EUR 1.4bn under management, led private sector development strategies at the African Development Bank, was a senior executive at Veolia Water, and volunteered for the Red Cross in Indonesia in the aftermath of the 2004 Tsunami. He holds a MSc in Engineering from Mines ParisTech and an MBA from INSEAD. He lives in Paris and is an avid jazz pianist.

www.blueoceanspartners.com

Dane McSpedon
CEO
Hughes Energy

Dane is dual US/Irish national, and the Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Hughes Energy. McSpedon is first and foremost a builder of companies and a strategic sales professional. With over 25 years’ experience in international business, Dane started his career in Russia establishing and managing the local affiliates for IBM Inc, Honeywell Inc, and Kelly Services Inc. in the 90s/00s.

McSpedon managed 18 country affiliates and established sales distributors in over 65 countries while running Global Sales and Services at De La Rue, the UK banknote printer. McSpedon also established new operations in Central and South America for AVA, an international secure logistics company. McSpedon has been an advisor to Brendan Hughes and Hughes Energy since 2013, raised Series A financing and has attracted key members of the Hughes Management Team.

Njeri Mathu
Founder & CEO
AnaCheza
Njeri is the Founder of AnaCheza, an early-stage clean tech business manufacturing adaptable and aesthetically unique raw materials and products from waste paper & cardboard. She is passionate about transforming the perception, value and utility of waste materials, and integrating design thinking and creativity to transform complex challenges into innovative and sustainable solutions.
 
In addition, Njeri works as a Senior Brand & Business Strategist for early stage startups, leveraging her 10 years of experience delivering customer-focused brand strategies, award-winning marketing campaigns, across traditional, digital, and emerging media channels, and cost-effective business strategies that accelerate growth and revenue.
 
Njeri is a graduate of Duke University, with a B.A. in Public Policy, and earned an M.A. in Music Business from New York University.
 

 

Tinia Pina
Founder & CEO
Re-Nuble Inc.

Tinia Pina accepted her Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2006.  She began her career in sustainability as a former student at Columbia University's Earth Institute prior to becoming the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Re-Nuble, Inc., a waste-to-resource company headquartered in Brooklyn, New York. A strong advocate for sustainable waste management, regenerative agriculture, and urban resilience, she has been involved in management and business development roles within the sustainability industry for ten years. Her professional interests focus on using unique and distributed technologies to extract the optimal value from organic waste streams for upcycling into value-added products.

Matt Piotrowski
Senior Analyst
Climate Advisers

Matt Piotrowski 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.

 

Nicholas Querques
Program Manager, Technology to Market
NYSERDA

Nicholas Querques

Program Manager, Technology to Market

NYSERDA

 

Nicholas Querques is Program Manager for Technology to Market at NYSERDA, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. NYSERDA advances innovative energy solutions in ways that improve New York's economy and environment. Nick leads the Technology to Market team at NYSERDA where he is directly responsible for a $130 million portfolio of innovation, technology development, and investment initiatives targeted to entrepreneurs, innovators, and early-stage companies in the energy space. Nick’s team is driving New York’s efforts to develop and deploy world-class clean energy innovation assets throughout the state and accelerate the time to market for NYSERDA’s portfolio companies. Nick joined NYSERDA in 2014 as a Project Manager with the former Innovation Capacity and Business Development team.

 

Prior to NYSERDA, Nick was Assistant Vice President for Clean Energy Programs at SUNY Polytechnic Institute's Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. In 2010, he co-founded MICROrganic Technologies, a biotechnology startup that is commercializing microbial fuel cell technologies for wastewater treatment applications.

 

Nick holds a BS in finance and management magna cum laude and an MBA in information technology and nanotechnology from the University at Albany.

 

Sue Reid
Vice President, Climate & Energy
CERES

Sue is vice president of climate and energy at Ceres, overseeing the organization’s climate and energy team including electric power, transportation, oil and gas and insurance. She also coordinates across the organization to advance the Ceres Clean Trillioncampaign. The campaign promotes a clean energy investment target intended to avoid the worst effects of climate change, requiring more than $1 trillion additional investment in clean energy globally each year while ratcheting down investment in fossil fuels.  

In her role at Ceres, Sue led the development of groundbreaking analysis by Ceres, Bloomberg New Energy Finance and investor Ken Locklin — Mapping The Gap— illuminating the global renewable electric power investment and sources of capital needed through 2040 to limit temperature rise to no more than 2 degrees Celsius. Sue also has contributed columns to Forbes.com and has been featured in Bloomberg, BBC, CBS.com, NPR, and The Boston Globe, among other news outlets. She often is invited to speak at climate and energy conferences around the U.S. and globally. 

 

Sue has more than two decades of experience as an attorney and specialist in climate and energy policies, practices and investments. Prior to joining Ceres in 2014, she served as Vice President and Massachusetts Advocacy Center Director at the Conservation Law Foundation, where she successfully spearheaded efforts to secure some of the strongest climate and clean energy policies in the U.S. She also has served on several Boards of Directors and advisory boards, including the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act Implementation Advisory Committee, Toxics Action Center Advisory Board, Earth Island Institute Board of Directors, and Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey's Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Judicial Nominees.

She also previously worked as an intellectual property litigation attorney at law firms in Silicon Valley and Boston, where she represented a broad range of high tech clients.  She earned her law degree with honors from Boston University School of Law.

 

Tony Saxton
Co-Founder & CEO
Terra Sustainable Technologies
Mr. Saxton is a Founding Partner of Terra Group Holdings; 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; and the Co-Founder and CEO of Terra Global Solutions, www.terrags.com, a highly specialized design, development and integration firm that is dedicated to harnessing the latest technologies to create extraordinary expeditionary solutions for exploration, education, conservation and research where all projects are evaluated with an eye to the dissemination of knowledge that inspires the preservation of the natural world. 

  

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.

TONY SAXTON

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.

 

Barry Worthington
Executive Director
UNITED STATES ENERGY ASSOCIATION

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.

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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 Europes

    Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Production

  •  Member on UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy

  •  Former Member, Columbia University Global Roundtable on Climate

    Change

  •  Former Member, Sub-Sahara Africa Advisory Committee, US Export-

    Import Bank

  •  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.