Nicola Armacost
Managing Director and Founder
Arc Finance Ltd.

Ms. Nicola Armacost

Managing Director and Founder, Arc Finance, Ltd.

Nicola Armacost is the Managing Director of Arc Finance; formed in the spring of 2008 to link the fields of finance, energy, water and sanitation. Niki brings over 20 years experience in microfinance; from 1993 to 2008, she worked at Women’s World Banking, a global microfinance network where she was part of the Senior Management Team. Niki is an advisor to a number of organizations including Distributed Capital (financial services, USA), Frontier Markets (distribution systems, India), SIMPA Networks (payment systems, USA/India), Stima Systems (micro-leasing, USA/Kenya), Angaza Design (solar pay-as-you-go system, USA and Tanzania), Lumeter Networks (pre-paid metered off-grid electricity), USA, India and Peru), Azuri Technologies (solar pay-as-you-go system, UK and Uganda), EcoZoom (clean cookstoves, USA) and Grameen Greenway (clean cookstoves, India). Niki is the Co-Chair of the Investment and Finance Working Group, of the UN Foundation’s Sustainable Energy for All Practitioner Network. She also serves on the Board of MISFA (the donor consortium for microfinance in Afghanistan), the Buksh Foundation (MFI, Lahore, Pakistan) and is a Trustee of the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson in New York, USA. Niki has a Bachelor’s degree in international relations (University of Toronto, Canada), an LLB (Queen's University, Canada) and an LLM (Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada).

David Berliner

David Berliner focuses on making green investing simple as cofounder and CEO at CoPower. CoPower’s online platform helps you invest in clean energy infrastructure projects to earn solid returns while having meaningful environmental impacts.

Previously, David was an Associate at Inerjys, a clean energy fund. David also consulted for the New York City Mayor’s Office on renewable energy, worked at University of Toronto as a Sustainability Coordinator and the Carbon Disclosure Project.

David has been named “Emerging Solar Leader’ by the Canadian Solar industries Association and “Top 30 Under 30” by Corporate Knights.

David holds a MPA from Columbia University and a B.Sc from the University of Toronto

Eron Bloomgarden
Encourage Capital

Eron Bloomgarden is a Partner with Encourage Capital. Eron leads the green infrastructure and carbon teams at Encourage and is the Portfolio Manager of EKO’s Green Carbon Fund. He also serves on the Investment Committee of the fund. Eron is an expert in environmental finance, green infrastructure and impact investing. Eron is a frequent speaker and a published author who has advised governments and corporations on many aspects of environmental finance. He is also an adjunct professor at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Prior to Encourage, Eron was President of Environmental Markets at Equator LLC, and previously U.S. Country Director for EcoSecurities, the world’s largest carbon credit company. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s GAC on Biodiversity and Natural Capital and served on the Board of the Environmental Markets Association. Eron earned an M.P.A. from Columbia University and completed the PLD at Harvard Business School.

Philippe Bouchard
Vice President, Business Development
Eos Energy Storage

Philippe joins Eos with 8 years of in-depth experience leading emerging technology and regulatory initiatives within the utility energy industry. While working previously within Southern California Edison’s Advanced Technology Organization, Philippe co-authored SCE’s Smart Grid Deployment Plan and managed a $3 million portfolio of diversified R&D and technology evaluation projects. Philippe has helped to propose and implement customer demand response programs leveraging newly implemented smart metering and home area network technology platforms. Philippe previously worked as a research analyst for E Source—an energy research and consulting firm– where he specialized in demand-side management programs, smart grid technologies, and corporate greenhouse gas consulting. Philippe brings an interdisciplinary background in chemistry and environmental sciences and graduated with a B.A. from Pomona College.

Margot Brandenburg
Founder & CEO

Margot Brandenburg is founder and CEO of MyStrongHome, a new benefit corporation that uses insurance-based financing to promote climate resilience. In her spare time, she also advises foundations and other organizations on their impact investing and mission-driven business strategies. She served as Senior Program Officer at the Rockefeller Foundation until May 2013, where she led its impact investing work. She is co-author of the book The Power of Impact Investing: Putting Markets to Work for Profit and Global Good, is Adjunct Faculty at the Stern School of Business at NYU and serves as Board Chair of Brooklyn Cooperative Community Development Credit Union. Margot received her Masters in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, and her BA in International Relations from Stanford University.

Benjamin Cohen
T-REX Group

Founded T-REX in 2012 with the mission to create the financial infrastructure of the renewable energy asset class, providing clients with transparency and efficiency in performing risk analysis on renewable energy portfolios when buying, selling, and for financial portfolio management.

Benjamin oversees all business strategy and management, including sales, product development, operations, and engineering (located in Tel Aviv). He also manages and drives partnerships, relations with industry groups, and makes public speaking appearances for T-REX.

Prior to founding T-REX, Benji was a Director in the Energy Markets Division at Macquarie Bank, where he led an international team in developing and implementing a new financial market for asphalt derivatives, providing previously unattainable financial stability to the infrastructure sector. He also has extensive experience with debt and derivatives structuring and trading for energy producers, airlines, and the midstream sector.


Bachelor’s degree from Yale University.

Andy Darrell
Chief of Strategy, Global Energy and Finance

Andy Darrell wears two hats at EDF:  he is Chief of Strategy, Global Energy and Finance and New York Regional Director.  Andy develops solutions that combine policy change and private investment, with a particular passion for ways to deliver clean energy and less pollution in large cities.  He is developing strategy for EDF’s efforts to remove policy and finance barriers to clean energy in the US, Europe and internationally.

With his team at EDF and many partners, his work has led to tangible results including:

·       world-leading plans for climate mitigation and healthy air initiatives, including through New York City’s ground-breaking PlaNYC 2030 and OneCity sustainability plans;

·       upgrading over 5000 large New York City buildings to cleaner heating fuel and efficiency, resulting in a 69% citywide drop in sulfur dioxide pollution and the cleanest air in 50 years;

·       the Investor Confidence Project, which is mobilizing private capital to invest in energy efficiency upgrades on a portfolio scale in the United States and Europe; and

·       creation of Hudson River Park, a five-mile waterfront park that is the largest open space initiative in Manhattan since Central Park;

He serves as member of New York City’s Sustainability Advisory Board, beginning with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and continuing in that role with Mayor Bill de Blasio.   Before joining EDF, he was an associate at Davis Polk and Wardwell and founding executive director of two organizations mobilizing political and financial support for waterfront redevelopment for public space.  In 2010, he was recognized as by Environmental Advocates of New York as advocate of the year.

He is a trustee of several philanthropic organizations, including International House (Chair, programs committee and member, audit committee); the Van Alen Institute (Vice-Chair, executive committee); and the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund.  He chairs the board and is President of the Stiftung ProEvolution, based in Switzerland, which expands access to clean energy in developing countries and helps innovative projects in climate and education scale up through networks and marketing.

He is available as a speaker on the role of private capital to solve climate and on the ways that policy can motivate people and businesses to take practical action on climate change.


  • J.D. (Law Review) from the University of Virginia
  • Masters, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
  • B.S. (magna cum laude), Georgetown University
Nick Davis
2011 to Present: Managing Director - Agrion Americas 

2008 - 2011: Principal & Founder, Selestos Group 
2009: Consultant for Pacific Gas & Electric Company 

Duke University, Master's in Resource Economics & Policy, Business & Environment
Northwestern University, Bachelor's in History, Business, and Science in Human Culture 

Michael Ferguson
Associate Director Utilities & Infrastructure
Standard and Poors Ratings

Michael Ferguson is an Associate Director in the Utilities & Infrastructure group at Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services in New York City. He works on the merchant power and midstream energy team, covering a portfolio of project financed power plants and pipelines.

Michael previously covered regulated utilities. Much of his research revolves around Environmental Protection Agency Regulation.

Michael joined Standard & Poor’s in December 2011. Previously, he worked as a forensic accounting consultant with FTI Consulting in Washington, DC. He worked on a wide array of cases, ranging from stock option backdating and revenue recognition to embezzlement and ponzi schemes.

Upon finishing his undergraduate education, Michael worked in the Financial Services Assurance practice at Ernst & Young LLP for two years, rising to the rank of audit senior; he audited hedge funds, insurers, and banks, as well as government agencies.

Michael is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Certified Financial Analyst Institute, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He has contributed several articles on indicators of fraud to the Journal of Accountancy and Fraud Magazine.

       Michael graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2005 with a bachelor of business administration degree in Finance and a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science. He also received an International Business     Certificate. He received a master of science degree in Accountancy from the University of Virginia in 2006 and a master of business administration degree from Duke University in 2011. Michael is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a Certified Public Accountant (DC and VA), a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, and a Certified Fraud Examiner.


Peter C. Fusaro
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.

Ian Gardner
Chief Investment Officer
California Global innovation Exchange (CAGIX)

Ian brings a unique set of skills to LACI with entrepreneurial, management consulting, project development and investment banking experience.

As an investment banker with Oracle Capital, LLC, Ian specialized in financing solutions for cleantech companies (seed/early stage, development, growth, RTO, M&A, tech transfer to China/ India/ Africa). Client sectors included: solar (panel/ services/ development), small wind, energy storage, residential/commercial/municipal clean technology financing products, electric vehicle, battery management systems, EV charging networks, water treatment, LED, shale gas, smart grid, smart building, biomass, waste to energy, small hydro, and biofuels.

As a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group he focused on the energy and utilities sectors worldwide including engagements for Steag Energy Services, GmbH and Pacific Gas & Electric. Mr. Gardner’s project development experience at Duke Energy includes independent private power (IPP) deals internationally in Asia, Latin America, Australia and Northern Europe.

As an entrepreneur he successfully took two cleantech companies from inception to financial exit, including public company experience as CEO. Two years of business planning and development work with The Esalen Institute in Big Sur complement his strong business background with broad exposure to the human development sector.

Bahar Gidwani
Founder & CEO

Bahar Gidwani has built and run large technology-based businesses for man years. Bahar holds a CFA, worked on Wall Street with Kidder, Peabody, and with McKinsey & Co. Bahar has consulted to a number of major companies and

currently serves on the board of several software and Web companies. He hasan MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree in physicsand astronomy. Bahar plays bridge, races sailboats, and is based in New York


Colin Harris
Senior Associates, Operations & Finance Team
New York Green Bank

Mr. Harris supports the full range of day-to-day operational activities across the organization including financial planning and analysis, budgeting, reporting, strategy development and implementation, as well as risk and compliance.

Mr. Harris has been a consultant to various litigants concerning fraud, operational risk and due diligence practices in the hedge fund industry. He has also served as Vice President of Business Development for the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). Previously, Mr. Harris worked in Environmental Markets with J.P. Morgan’s Global Commodities team executing sales and marketing strategies in carbon and REC markets within North America. He also consulted with the Oliver Wyman Group in their corporate and institutional banking practice specializing in hedge fund litigation and advisory, energy risk and operational risk management projects.

Mr. Harris graduated from Cornell University with a MBA in Capital Markets and Asset Management and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics and Management.

Evan Harvey
Director of Corporate Responsibility

EVAN HARVEY is the Director of Corporate Responsibility for Nasdaq. He manages all corporate sustainability (environmental, social, and governance strategy), philanthropic, and volunteering efforts. This includes internal management of systems and disclosures as well as external engagement with public companies, institutional investors, advocacy groups, and other stock exchanges. He currently sits on the U.S. Network Board of the United Nations Global Compact, and previously served as the first chairman of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) Sustainability Working Group and an Advisory Board Member for the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). His work has been published in Forbes and the Sustainable Accounting Review, and he is a regular contributor to Capital Finance International.  Evan has worked at Nasdaq since 2004, holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Texas, and lives outside Washington DC.

Scott Hill
Clean Energy Advisors LLC

Scott Hill has over twenty years of entrepreneurial experience including a significant perspective on business start-ups and building successful small businesses. He has either founded, purchased, sold, or acted as an intermediary in over 12 business ventures. In 1998, he received Venture Capital for a .com start-up that was later sold to a large investment group. His experience in a variety of industries and business disciplines provides a balanced view of how business works. Prior to joining CEA, Scott worked in the consulting industry successfully assisting high level executives with career transition.

His duties at CEA include overseeing the firms family office, endowment, foundation, and UHNW client strategies. Since 2014, he has served as a panelist at US based family office conferences and enjoys speaking on impact investing, renewable energy opportunities, and the future of Solar PV worldwide.

Scott is a 1991 graduate of Columbia University and four year member of the football program. He lives near Nashville, TN with his wife and children. He’s actively involved in his community and church. He’s coached over 40 youth sports teams, served on two soccer club boards, led his church’s Room-In-The-Inn program, and participates in CLC, a Christian leadership group for men.

Tim Hoffman
Managing Director
Watts Capital

Tim Hoffman is an experienced investment banking and consulting professional. For over 20 years he 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.

Tim is currently a Managing Director with Watts Capital, LLC, a FINRA and SIPC member broker-dealer based in New York City. Tim’s affiliation with Watts Capital enables him to raise capital for and provide M&A advisory services to renewable energy and cleantech companies and projects.

Tim is also a Managing Director at Green Owl Advisers, which provides financial and strategic consulting services to renewable energy and cleantech companies. He is currently the NYC Metro Director for and National Board Member of the Cleantech Open, which has recognized Tim with the following awards: National Mentor of the Year 2012, Northeast Volunteer of the Year 2013, and National Volunteer of the Year 2013. He also serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence for NYSERDA and as an expert in PowerBridgeNY.

Prior to joining Watts Capital, Tim was a Managing Director and a member of the Alternative Energy and Cleantech team at Scott-Macon, Ltd. Previously, Tim was a Senior VP with Natixis Bleichroeder, Inc., where he advised on a significant number of cross-border transactions involving European companies.

Tim is a graduate of Indiana University, where he earned two B.A. degrees and spent one year studying at Universität Hamburg. Tim later earned an M.A.E. with a concentration in Finance from the University of Michigan. He is fluent in German and proficient in Japanese and holds Series 7, 79 and 63 securities licenses.

Erika Karp
Founder & CEO
Cornerstone Capital Group

Erika Karp, Founder and CEO, Cornerstone Capital Group

Erika Karp is the Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Inc.  The mission of her firm is to apply the principles of sustainable finance to facilitate the flow of capital around the world.  In offering investment banking, investment management, research and strategic consulting services, Cornerstone works with corporations, financial institutions, and individuals promoting new research in the field of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) analysis, and facilitating capital introductions for companies around the world engaged in sustainable business practices.    

Prior to launching Cornerstone, Erika was Managing Director and Head of Global Sector Research at UBS Investment Bank where she Chaired the UBS Global Investment Review Committee and managed a global team of analysts and strategists.  Erika served on the UBS Securities Research Executive Committee and the Environmental and Human Rights Committee of the UBS Group Executive Board.

Erika is a founding Board member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), and is a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Financing and Capital. She is the advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Market Based Approaches program, and sits on the Program Design Advisory Council for Harvard Business School's Executive Education Program. Her work has been featured by Bloomberg Businessweek, Euromoney, the Financial Times, Investor Relations Magazine, and Forbes. For driving collaboration across the capital markets, she has been named among the nation's "Top 50 Women in Wealth" by AdvisorOne; and in 2014 she was named among the “GOOD 100” and one of the “Purpose Economy 100.” 

Charlotte Kim
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Charlotte Kim is a partner in the New York office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR). Her practice focuses on global corporate finance with particular expertise in the energy, healthcare, life sciences and technology sectors. Charlotte has structured, negotiated, and closed more than 140 transactions with a total value exceeding $20 billion.
Charlotte has extensive experience advising public and private companies, private equity funds, venture capital funds, financial institutions, institutional investors, developers and multilateral agencies on capital structures and financing needs throughout the life cycle of an enterprise or project, from start-up and construction through development, operations, acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings and investments.
Charlotte's transactional experience includes energy efficiency finance; renewable/clean energy development and financing; energy savings agreements (ESAs); PACE financing; project finance; securitizations; buyout and acquisition finance; private placements and debt securities offerings; lease financings; related derivative transactions; joint ventures and other equity investments; and restructuring transactions, both in and out of bankruptcy. In addition, she has completed numerous cross-border transactions and investments involving the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Charlotte's long-standing interest in clean energy began during her tenure as a Fulbright Scholar at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, Belgium in 1991. She was a consultant to the UN Climate Change Secretariat during the Kyoto Protocol negotiations and several other UN Climate Change Convention negotiations. Charlotte co-authored with Professor Abram Chayes an article on China's role in these negotiations, "China and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change," Energizing China, distributed by Harvard University Press. In May 2012, Charlotte co-authored and was the main architect of a WSGR white paper, "Innovations and Opportunities in Energy Efficiency Finance".

J.D., Harvard Law School, 1995
A.B., Social Studies, Harvard University, 1991 Magna Cum Laude; Recipient, Harvard Scholarship for Academic Achievement; Senior Staff Writer, Harvard International Review; Recipient of a Thomas T. Hoopes Prize, given for outstanding theses

Chairperson and Board Director, Asia-America Chamber of Commerce
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Founding Director, New England Women in Energy & the Environment, 2009-2012
President, Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts (2008-2010)
Member, International Law Committee (2000-2003) and Council on International Affairs (2004-2007), New York City Bar Association
Co-chair, National Committee on Sustainability and Climate Change, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)

Recognized in the 2008, 2009, and 2010 editions of Chambers USA: American's Leading Lawyers for Business in the Banking and Finance category
Named a "Best Lawyer under 40" by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association in 2009

Co-author, "Innovations and Opportunities in Energy Efficiency Finance", Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati white paper, May 2012
Co-author, "The Changing Landscape for Credit Rating Agencies," Law360, February 3, 2010
Co-author with A. Chayes, "China and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change," Energizing China, Harvard University Press, 1998

"Scaling Up and Crossing the Second Valley of Death as Your Company Commercializes," MIT Clean Energy Prize/WSGR Energy and Clean Tech Entrepreneurs Bootcamp, Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 2012
Program Chair and Moderator, "Sustainability, Scalability, Profitability: Primer on Renewable Energy Transactions," National NAPABA Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2011
"Legal Issues in Biotech," presentation to Chinese American Biomedical Association, Boston, Massachusetts, June 2010
Moderator, "A Conversation with General Counsels - Best Practices on How to Attract and Retain Diverse Legal Talent," National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Convention, Boston, Massachusetts, November 2009
Panelist, "Financing Energy and Brownfield Projects," New England Women in Energy and the Environment, Cambridge, Massachusetts, January 2009

State Bar of Massachusetts
State Bar of New York

Chris Ladd
Investment Director/CFO0
Closed Loop Fund

Chris leads investment due diligence as well as administrative, financial, and risk management. Prior to joining the Closed Loop Fund, he led a Strategy and Finance team dedicated to providing support to Walmart Sustainability. While at Walmart, Chris worked on Waste, Transportation, and Energy projects, including several that focused on increasing Walmart’s recycling rate and closing commodity loops. Before Walmart, Chris worked in TPG Capital’s Ops group, where he provided post-acquisition execution and support and KSL Capital on the buy-side. Chris received his MBA from University of Texas At Austin and his undergraduate in Economics from Cornell University.

Brian Kaminer
Invest With Values

Brian Kaminer is the founder of Talgra and creator of Invest With Values.  Talgra consults with people and organizations looking to align their money and values through sustainable, community and impact investments.  Invest With Values is an educational website for people learning to create positive change with their money and investments.

Brian is on the board of Slow Money NYC, a chapter of the national non-profit that focuses on catalyzing funding to local, sustainable food business.  He co-founded Foodshed Investor NY, the first investor network solely focused on sustainable food. 

Brian’s background includes 17 years in the brokerage business. As a principal of a boutique brokerage firm his roles included Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Technology Officer.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Vermont.

Brian lives in Westchester County, NY, with his wife and three sons.  He believes that sustainability is an evolving process that requires global thinking and personal engagement

David Manning
Director, Stakeholder and Community Relations Office
Brookhaven National Laboratory

David Manning

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.

Bruno Mejean
Managing Partner and Founder
BJM International

Bruno Mejean is Managing Partner and Founder of BJM International, advising on Project Finance transactions primarily in the Renewable Energy Sector in Emerging Markets.  Until recently, Bruno Mejean was Executive Vice President – Corporate Development at Renewable Energy Trust Capital where he was responsible for international project acquisitions.  Previously, he was Managing Director for International Project Finance and Business Development at SunEdison.  He was responsible for raising debt and equity for SunEdison projects outside North America.  Before that, Mr. Mejean was Managing Director and Deputy General Manager at Nord/LB NY Branch, heading the Corporate, Project, Export and Trade Finance Origination activities in the Americas.  Nord/LB specialized in the financing of environmental and renewable projects having supported over 5000MW of renewable power projects since 2000 in North America alone.  Nord/LB ranked among the top 5 project finance lenders to the sector in the Americas in recent years.  Prior to 1999, Mr. Mejean was Director – Project Finance & Development at Raytheon Engineers & Constructors, responsible for arranging debt and equity financings for Hydrocarbon, Power, and Infrastructure projects.  Before joining Raytheon, Mr. Mejean spent 20 years with various financial institutions, specializing in international finance.  At SG, he was First VP and Manager of the US Export Finance Group.  At Chase where he spent 10 years, Mr. Mejean was responsible for project financing in emerging markets with the support of US Eximbank and OPIC. Earlier in his career, Mr. Mejean was based in Tunis, responsible for Chase’s Trade finance activities in North Africa.

Mr. Mejean received his MBA in finance from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University’s School of Business Administration.

Les Neumann
Managing Director

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.

Daniel Spitzer
Hodgson Russ LLP

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.

Chris Varrone
Riverview Consulting

Mr. Chris Varrone is a Cambridge-trained economist and former McKinsey consultant who specializes in technology commercialization, with a special emphasis on renewable energy, including wind, solar, energy storage, waste to energy and water. He founded Riverview Consulting in 2010 to advise companies and (potential) investors on a variety of topics including strategic planning, customer requirements, product/market strategy, cost-of-energy modeling, and financing.

Prior to founding Riverview, Chris was Chief Strategist, Technology R&D at Vestas Wind Systems, the largest manufacturer of wind turbines in the world. He was responsible for product/market strategy and served as Vestas' representative in the 2050 Roadmap project, whose report was submitted to the European Commission in April 2010.

Previously, he was head of Value Engineering at SAP Nordics, and has 20 years' experience working with many of the world’s premier companies such as GE, SAP, Blue Cross, AT&T, and Unilever. His broad international experience includes work in United States, Scandinavia, UK, France, Eastern Europe, India and the Philippines.

Chris is a frequent contributor to the international dialogue on renewable energy and a speaker at major events (e.g., UN/Nexus Global Summit, 2014 and 2015). He serves on the Board of Directors at UGE International (UG.V on the TSX), afirm that specializes in providing full service renewable energy solutions to businesses.

A Fulbright Scholar in Norway in 1985-86, he received a B.A. from Williams College, where he graduated summa cum laude, and an M.A. in Economics from Cambridge University, where he won the Gladstone Prize (best dissertation) in 1988. He lives with his wife and three children in Philadelphia, PA. Chris is fluent in Norwegian and Danish.



Barry Worthington
Executive Director

Barry K. Worthington serves as the Executive Director of the United States Energy Association (USEA)
where he directs the Association's domestic and international activities. He has served in this capacity
since September 1988. Previously, he served as a Vice President of the Thomas Alva Edison Foundation
and prior to that served in several capacities with Houston Lighting & Power Company, now known as
Center Point.

Worthington has also written extensively on energy and environmental matters, and addresses many
conferences on national and international energy issues.