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.
Jessica effectively represents her clients in all aspects of business disputes, with a particular focus on intellectual property (IP) and environmental litigation. Jessica also provides counsel to her clients on avoiding litigation by resolving business disputes before they rise to the level of arbitration or litigation. Particular to her IP litigation experience, Jessica’s practice includes protecting patents and trademarks in federal and appellate courts and before the International Trade Commission for clients in industries such as medical and mechanical devices, computer software and hardware, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, and e-commerce technologies. Jessica’s experience in appellate work includes argument before the Federal Circuit. Additionally, Jessica advises clients on data privacy and cybersecurity matters.
Jessica has experience handling the transactional aspects of intellectual property, including drafting and negotiating licenses, preparing and prosecuting trademark applications, preparing opinions, and conducting due diligence investigations.
Prior to joining Hodgson Russ, Jessica practiced in the New York City office of a prominent intellectual property law firm, Morgan & Finnegan, LLP, Locke Lord, and she was a judicial intern for Judge Leonard D. Wexler in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
● Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2013-2015
● Former president, St. John's University School of Law Intellectual Property Law Society
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.
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.
Christopher Fry is the Manager of Renewable Energy & Capacity at the New York Power Authority. The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is currently evaluating proposals for up to 1 TWh of renewable energy projects to support the achievement of New York’s 50% by 2030 renewable energy goal. In addition to overseeing the Green Power program, Chris manages NYPA’s ZEC compliance, RGGI allowance acquisition, and capacity trading. Chris is further actively involved in the development of NYPA strategy and New York State renewable energy policy.
Chris received his MBA from the Zicklin School of Business at CUNY Baruch and his BA in Quantitative Economics and International Relations from Tufts University. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Beta Kappa, and the New York Association for Energy Economists
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.
Tim is currently Assistant Director, NYS Cleantech Exchange at Columbia Technology Ventures, where he is designing and implementing a program to match business talent with cleantech startups 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. Most recently Tim has served as Managing Director with Watts Capital, LLC (now Karbone, Inc.), a FINRA and SIPC member broker-dealer. He also performs services as an Entrepreneur in Residence for NYSERDA and serves as NYC Metro Director of the Cleantech Open Northeast, Board member of the NECECi and Advisory Board Chairman for the Global Sourcing Council.
Previously, Tim served as Co-Chairman of the Cleantech Open Board 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.
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
ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
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
SELECT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
"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
Dr. Ludvigsen is a senior director experienced in complex environmental decision support and environmental finance. Early in his career, he served as a principal environmental engineer at ERM, Inc. overseeing projects to automate human health risk and site assessment at Superfund sites. While at ERM, he leveraged his doctoral research to build environmental expert system (artificially intelligent) programs to address site assessment tasks including the diagnosis of leaking underground storage tanks (USTs) and application of environmental fate and transport models. After receiving his MBA in Finance, Dr. Ludvigsen developed a track record of directing environmental and financial aspects of multi-million dollar projects. Notably, Dr. Ludvigsen helped manage a $25 million strategic investment fund for American Reinsurance (now part of Munich Reinsurance America) focused on environmental loss prevention and cost control. While at American Re, he also served as senior technical advisor on establishing over $1 billion in Environmental Impairment Liabilities (EIL) risk reserves. In the area of environmental finance, Dr. Ludvigsen has co-developed frameworks for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) due diligence work stream for some of the largest pension funds in North America. He was the first person in North America to be certified as Responsible Investment Professional.
Dr. Ludvigsen was also a co-author to the Climate Bonds Standard and sits on the Climate Bonds Initiative assurance committee. In addition, he serves as the U.S. representative for the ISO 14030 International Green Bonds Expert Working Group. Dr. Ludvigsen has authored several thought leadership articles on advanced topics in green bonds including de-risking green bond deals, and has served as the lead verifier for pre- and post-issuance verifications of several green municipal bonds, including for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Bay Area Rapid Transit, and the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority.
With nearly 20 years of talent acquisition experience William Liuzza has a track record as one of the most successful and effective recruiters in the renewable energy sector. William began his recruiting career in 1994 while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, and later joined J. Patrick & Associates in New York as a Managing Partner. For over a decade, he led J. Patrick & Associates’ domestic and international business within the information security and wireless business units through business development, account management, and executive recruitment.
William founded EnergeiaWorks in 2010 to meet the growing demand for highly-specialized experts in the fast growing clean tech and renewable energy markets. William built EnergeiaWorks from its conception into a profitable, brand-recognized company with multiple triple-digit growth years and over 100 industry-leading customers. As CEO, William is responsible for global business development, account management, and marketing for EnergeiaWorks. He manages and mentors a team of researchers and recruiters focused on job placement in clean technology. He is recognized as an industry expert on hiring trends within clean energy and an accomplished author and public speaker on the topic.
Through EnergeiaWorks, William also manages "Renewables UnWind" - a North American networking association for the renewable energy industry. These monthly events have hosted thousands of professionals in New York City, as well in Toronto, Las Vegas, Calgary, and San Francisco. William holds a Bachelor of Science degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College, City University of New York.
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.
Bill is a Portfolio Manager on the Essex Global Environmental Opportunities Strategy (GEOS). Bill directs environmental investment policy and research for Essex, and is on the Investment and Proxy Voting Committees. Prior to joining Essex in 2009, he spent eleven years at State Street Global Advisors (SSgA), most recently as Lead Portfolio Manager for GEOS and Head of the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investment team. Bill developed GEOS over a four year period at SSgA, and was a member of the Global Fundamental Strategies group. Prior to SSgA, Bill worked in product management for Wellington Management Company, LLC. Before Wellington, he worked for Fidelity Investments in asset allocation. Bill has lectured extensively on environmental investing at global investment conferences and academic institutions. During business school, Bill worked on socially responsible investment research at KLD Research & Analytics. Bill is on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Environmental Investment, a peer-reviewed, open-access journal that publishes original research at the intersection of the environment and investing. He earned a Bachelors degree in Economics from Boston University and an MBA from the F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College.
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.
Julie Shafer is Head of Strategic Philanthropy and Purpose Investing for Family Wealth Advisors, the ultra high net worth division of Bank of the West Wealth Management. She helps personalize giving strategies for families and individuals through the exploration of giving goals and motivations and creates customized strategies that are effective and measurable to allow not-for-profits to quickly develop a model of sustainability and impact.
Ms. Shafer has more than 20 years of experience working with philanthropists, foundations, not-for-profits and corporations both nationally and globally. Prior to joining Bank of the West, she led a highly successful Strategic Philanthropy Consulting firm which specialized in efficient, thoughtful and effective strategic planning for donors and grantees. She previously served in several senior not-for-profit executive positions including Director of Development at the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases UCSF and as Executive Director of the Silver Giving Foundation.
She holds a B.A. from the University of California and a MFCC from University of San Francisco
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.