BIOGRAPHIES OF SESSION SPEAKERS AND CHAIRS

ARRANGED BY ALPHABETICAL ORDER OF LAST NAME

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Jan Alders
Project Director
Philips Consumer Lifestyle

Jan Alders is the Project Director at the “Advanced Technology” department of Philips Consumer Lifestyle in Drachten, The Netherlands. This pre-development center works for Consumer Lifestyle – world wide - focusing on new innovations within the area of Domestic Appliances and Personal Care. Since 2006, he has been part of the “New-Business - Sustainability” Management Team in Philips Consumer Lifestyle, responsible for the development and industrialization of a new category biomass cook stoves and play an active role in the development of new marketing strategies and sustainable business plans. These new fan-based biomass stoves are ideally suited for developing countries where they contribute to a significant reduction in hazardous emissions and fuel consumption.

 

Issam Abousleiman
head of banking products, banking and debt management department
world bank

Issam Abousleiman is Head of Banking Products for the Banking and Debt Management Department of the World Bank Treasury.  Before joining Treasury, Issam worked in several areas including financial management, private sector development, business process reengineering and, system development. In his present capacity, Issam manages the agenda of financial solutions for Middle Income Country clients which includes financial product development, outreach and training and, project and country coordination. Issam joined the Bank in 1989 as an Analyst for the Loan Department. He holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Investments from the George Washington University, and a Master of Business Administration in Management from the American University of Beirut.  He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.
 

Amarquaye Armar
Program Manager
Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP)

Amarquaye “Kwei” Armar is the World Bank’s Program Manager for ESMAP – a global knowledge and technical assistance partnership administered by the World Bank and co-sponsored by thirteen official bilateral donors. Prior to his appointment as Program Manager, he was Lead Energy Specialist in the World Bank’s Energy Anchor. In that capacity, he was extensively engaged in power market reform operations in Romania and Bosnia & Herzegovina under the Economic Community of South-Eastern Europe Project. He was also the World Bank Team Leader for regional power pool development projects in support of the Economic Community of West African States and the Eastern Africa Community. Between 1996 and 2000, he took a leave of absence from the World Bank to serve as Energy Policy Advisor at the Ghana Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning. Mr. Armar holds a Masters Degree from the MIT Technology and Policy Program, and a Bachelor’s Degree with First Class Honors in Chemical Engineering and Fuel Technology from the University of Sheffield, UK.

 

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Douglas F. Barnes
Senior Energy Consultant
The World Bank 

Douglas Barnes had worked at the World Bank during the last 20 years, and presently is a senior energy consultant in ESMAP program within the Energy and Water Department of the World Bank in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the Bank, he had worked at the Center for Energy Policy Research at Resources for the Future in Washington, DC. He led the efforts to develop the first strategy for rural energy for the World Bank Group, which was published as Rural Energy and Development: Improving Energy Supplies for Two Billion People. Recently, he published a book on urban household energy entitled The Urban Energy Transition: Energy, Poverty and the Environment in the Developing World and was a coauthor on a book on Environmental Health and Traditional Fuel Use in Developing Countries. He also is a leading expert on the socioeconomic impact of rural electrification, having published in 1988 the book Electric Power for Rural Growth: How Electricity Affects Rural Life in Developing Countries. Douglas Barnes is a sociologist with an AB from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, an MA from St. John’s University, New York City, and a Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

 

Francisco Barnes de Castro
Commissioner, Comisión Reguladora de Energía

Government of Mexico

Mr. Barnés completed his Bachelor’s in chemical engineering in the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and obtained his master’s degree and his doctorate in chemical engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1968 he began his academic activities at UNAM, where he was Dean of the School of Chemistry, Secretary General and President. He has held the positions of Technical Secretary of the Mexican Petrochemical Commission, President of the Mexican Petroleum Institute, Under Secretary for Energy Policies and Technological Development and Under Secretary for Hydrocarbons. He has been awarded several academic and professional awards: Science and Technology Award, granted by Banco Nacional de Mexico; Technical Chemistry Award granted by Celanese; National Chemistry Award granted by the Mexican Chemical Society; Professional Excellence Award granted by the Mexican Federation of Chemistry Professionals; Doctor Honoris Causa granted by the National Institute Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics; and, Victor Marquez Dominguez Award granted by the Mexican Institute of Chemical Engineers. He is vice chair of the Mexican Association of Energy Economics and vice chair for North America in the World Energy Council. Currently he serves as Commissioner in the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission.

 

Dipal Chandra Barua
Founding Managing Director
Grameen Shakti  

Dipal Barua has over 30 years experience in micro-credit and over 13 years experience in developing successful renewable energy solutions for rural people. Under his leadership, Grameen Shakti has become one of the largest and fastest growing rural renewable energy companies in the world benefiting over 2 million rural people in Bangladesh. He has successfully innovated financial packages, developed local capacity and linked RET with income generation and women-friendly job creation. He has a Master Degree in Economics with Honours from Chittagong University. He is one of the core builders of Grameen Bank and key architect of many related socio-development projects in Bangladesh and elsewhere. He has received many prestigious awards including Right Livelihood Award 2007 and Ashden Outstanding Achievement Award 2008. He is the author of the book on Grameen Bank titled “The Poor Always Pay Back”.

 

Rachid Bencherif
SENIOR POLICY ANALYST
OPEC FUND FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Mr. Rachid Bencherif is the Senior Planning Analyst at the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) since 2004. Before joining OFID he worked for 6 years at the OPEC Secretariat as a senior energy model analyst where he developed short-term oil demand models, implemented a global refining model and a climate change assessment model. Prior to joining OPEC, he worked for 15 years at Sonatrach, the national oil and gas company in Algeria, where he was Corporate Director dealing with project planning and financing, as well as energy and economic studies. Mr Bencherif was also a part-time lecturer at the University of Algiers where he directed many engineers’ thesis. Mr. Bencherif holds two Master’s Degrees from Stanford University, one in Operations Research from the School of Engineering, and one in Statistics from the School of Humanities and Science.
 

Philippe Benoit
Sector manager, Latin America and Caribbean Region Sustainable Development
The World Bank

Philippe Benoit was appointed Sector Manager for Energy in the Sustainable Development Department of the Latin America and the Caribbean Region since November 2007.

Philippe Benoit has been working in the energy sector for twenty years, including in the private sector and at the World Bank.  He has worked extensively in the power sector and in oil and gas.  His worldwide experience includes IPPs in North America, energy security issues in Latin America, regional pipelines in Europe and Central Asia, access and utility reform issues in Africa and LNG development in the Middle East.   Prior to joining the LCR region, Philippe worked in various other departments within the World Bank, including in the energy group in the Africa Region, in the Private Sector Department (specializing in PPPs), and in the Legal Department.Mr. Benoit's work outside the Bank has included as Director, Oil and Gas for SG Investment Bank.  Mr. Benoit's publications include "Project Finance at the World Bank:  An Overview of Policies and Instruments".  He holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from Yale University, a JD from Harvard Law School and a DESS in Law from the University of Paris, Pantheon-Sorbonne.

 

Stephane Bertrand
Executive Director
World Energy Congress

Since November 2007, Stéphane Bertrand has held the position of Executive Director of the World Energy Congress – Montréal 2010. Prior to that, between 2003 and 2007, he was Principal Private Secretary to the Premier of Québec. As part of his duties he contributed directly to formulating government policy and establishing the provincial budget. Stéphane Bertrand worked at Gaz Métropolitain for a number of years, holding the positions of Manager, and then Vice President, Communications, Public and Government Affairs. Prior to that, he was a consultant with a communication consulting firm in Montréal where he was in charge of two major gas pipeline projects, and also served as Vice President, Planning and Development at Société financière des Caisses populaires Desjardins. He was also Principal Private Secretary and Economist, Responsible for Press Relations in the Office of the Deputy Minister for Finance and Privatization and in the Office of the Minister of Cultural Affairs for Québec. The holder of a Master's Degree in Economics from Université de Montréal, Stéphane Bertrand is a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Relations Chair at UQAM and the Foundation of Stars. He also sat on the board of directors of Carbone 14, was Chairman of the Fondation des Jeux du Québec, the Public Affairs Committee of the Canadian Gas Association, and sat on the Board of Directors of Info-Excavation and the Pipeline Association.

 

Ron Bills
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
Envirofit International 

Ron Bills, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Envirofit International, is a successful entrepreneur, engineer as well as a global leader in the field of technology development and social enterprise. Bills has extensive domestic and international business and P&L experience across private, public, and start-up business environments. His reputation is built around moving world-changing, industry-defining innovations from the drawing board to the forefront of the global marketplace. In 2005, Bills joined Envirofit International as Chairman of the Board; a year later he became Chief Executive Officer. Enthusiastic about meshing his business acumen from the consumer durables industry with innovative thinking about the power of social enterprise, Bills guided Envirofit International to create products unlike any others sold to customers in the developing world. Thanks to Bills’ expertise in market analysis, intellectual property, product development, manufacturing, distribution channel development and global supply chain management, Envirofit has developed a self-sustaining, fully enterprise-based business model that allows for scalability and expansion into new markets. Through strict business principles, Bills is positioning Envirofit International as a dominant global brand with industry leading quality and distribution, giving the organization the potential to make a significant impact on the world’s deadliest health problems.

 

Abeeku Brew-Hammond
Associate Professor, College of Engineering
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana 

Professor Brew-Hammond joined KNUST as an Assistant Lecturer in 1980 and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 1998. From 2002 – 2004, he served as Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. During this period he played an anchor role in the development of an aerospace engineering programme at KNUST. Prof. Brew-Hammond has undertaken many energy and environment projects sponsored by international organisations like the EUEI’s Partnership Dialogue Facility, DFID, the International Development Research Centre of Canada, the United States Department of Energy, the United Nations University, UNEP, UNIDO, UNDP and the World Bank. He has a DPhil in Science and Technology Policy Studies from Sussex University as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering from McGill University and KNUST, respectively. His publications cover a wide spectrum, from a textbook on Engineering Thermodynamics to a book on Energy as a Tool for Sustainable Development for African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

 

H.E. Albert Butare, R.E.
Minister of State for Infrastructure
Government of Rwanda 

H.E. Dr. Albert Butare R.E., is a minister of State of Infrastructure in charge of Energy and Water and Sanitation. Before taking up this post, Dr.  Butare was the Academic Vice-Rector of the Kigali Institute of Science Technology and Management (KIST), an Institute he has participated in building from scratch to the bustling college that is highly competed for by students in Rwanda. Minister Butare was a consultant for the World Bank on rural based energies before he was appointed to take part in the planning of KIST. He graduated from the University of Dar, Tanzania in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in (Industrial) Engineering and in 1996, completed a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering specializing in Appropriate Technologies and extension skills from the University of Flensburg in Germany with a focus on renewable energies and waste management, before being qualified to obtain in 2008 a PhD degree from Glasgow Caledonian University. His immediate task is to get Rwanda out of the energy crisis the country is going through and to ensure Water and Sanitation management do really demonstrate their leading role of enhancing the country’s socio-economic development.

 

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R. Anil Cabraal
Lead Energy Specialist, Energy anchor
The World Bank

Dr. Anil Cabraal is a Lead Energy Specialist in the Energy, Transport and Water Department at the World Bank and a manager of Lighting Africa Program.  He has designed and implemented rural and renewable energy projects in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, China, Philippines, Tanzania, Zambia, among others.  He is a member of the Advisory Board of PV Global Approval Program, and the Supervisory Board of the Triodos Renewable Energy for Development Fund.  At the 20th European Photovoltaic Conference in 2005, he received the Prof. Robert Hill Award for the Promotion of Photovoltaics for Development.

 

Marialis Çelo
Managing Director and Head of Project Implementation Unit
Albania Power Corporation
 

Marialis Çelo is graduated in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University Tirana, Albania on 1990. She joint Albanian Power Corporation  as a Project Engineer for Power Systems in 1991 and she had been engaged in the study, design, installation, maintenance, rehabilitation and supervision of hydropower plants, including system analysis, project appraisals, feasibility studies. She holds a PhD and a MSc in Power System Reliability Analysis.  She is a lecturer at the Polytechnic University of Tirana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Power System Department in two disciplines respectively Network & Power Systems and Energetic Economy. She is currently working as Director for studies and projects on the hydrogenation at Albania Power Corporation.

 

Csaba Csere
Former Editor-in-Chief
Car and Driver Magazine

Csaba Csere has spent almost his en-tire professional career working in the car industry. After graduating from MIT with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1978, Csere joined Ford in its Advanced Engine Engineering Office. After deter-mining that he was not cut out to labor for a big company, he joined Car and Driver magazine as its Technical Editor in 1980. The magazine had much greater appreciation for Csere’s intense passion for cars, as well as his enthusiasm for speed, which had lead him to achieve an expert motorcycle road racing license. In addition to inflicting his engineering prose on Car and Driver readers, Csere specialized in stories about technical issues and first-person experiences in various competition machines ranging from NASCAR stockers to Formula 1 cars. In the process, he has managed to snag rides in professional rallies, off-road races, and countless road races—including seventeen 24-hour events. He has driven over 200 mph on several occasions, once performing an automotive backflip at 215 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats, and achieving 253 mph in the 1000-hp Bugatti Veyron. Csere became Editor-in-Chief in 1993 and directed his energy toward strengthening Car and Driver’s position as the world’s largest circulation and foremost automotive magazine, while integrating Car and Driver’s TV, Internet, and radio extensions. Outside of Car and Driver, Csere has appeared as an authority on automotive issues ranging from product design to safety to energy policy in venues from the United States Senate to virtually every national television and radio news program. In 1998, Newsweek magazine dubbed him the "Car King" in the American media. After being Car and Driver’s editorial leader for a longer period than anyone else in the magazine’s 50-plus year history, Csere retired at the end of 2008.

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Mansoor Dailami
Manager, International Finance, Development PROSPECTS GROUP
The World Bank
 

Mr. Dailami is Manager of International Finance in the World Bank’s Development Economics Vice Presidency. He is responsible for the monitoring and analysis of whole spectrum of private and official flows to developing countries, and the preparation of the Global Development Finance report, the Bank’s flagship publication on development finance. He is a well known expert on infrastructure finance, macroeconomic policy, energy, and emerging corporate finance on which he has advised governments and published extensively. Since joining the Bank in 1986, Mr. Dailami has been involved in major lending operations, policy dialogue with clients, advisory services, and technical assistance for capacity building and policy reform in many Bank client countries.  Prior to joining the Bank, he worked at the United Nations Secretariat in New York, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University. He holds a PhD. in Economics from Harvard University, as well as B.Sc. and M.Sc. from London School of Economics. Mr. Dailami has been quoted in and interviewed by major international press and media, including Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist, the Observer, Globe and Mail, Economic Times of India, China Finance, Bloomberg, BBC, CNBC, NPR, CBC, and Xinhua.

 

Ged Davis
Co-President, Global Energy Assessment|
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
 

Ged Davis is currently advisor to a number of international institutions, and has wide experience of global business, energy and environment matters. He was Managing Director of the World Economic Forum, responsible for global research, scenario projects, and the design of the annual Forum meeting at Davos, Switzerland, which brings together 2,400 corporate, government, and nonprofit leaders to shape the global agenda. Before joining the Forum, Ged spent 30 years with Royal Dutch Shell, which he joined in 1972. He was the Vice President of Global Business Environment for Shell International in London, and head of Shell’s scenario planning team. Ged is a director of Low Carbon Accelerator Limited and a governor of the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa. Ged has led a large number of scenario projects during his career, including the multiyear, multi-stakeholder scenarios on the future of sustainability for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and was facilitator of the last Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change emissions scenarios. Ged holds a degree in Mining Engineering from Imperial College, London, and postgraduate degrees in Economics and Engineering from the London School of Economics and Stanford University.

 

Clever Ubiratan Teixeira de Almeida
President

Urban Research and Planning Institute of Curitiba (IPPUC)

Clever Ubiratan Teixeira de Almeida graduated in Civil Engineering in 1988 and specialized in Project Management in 2003. A civil servant for 21 years, Almeida has worked at IPPUC for 19 years. He has coordinated the horizontal and vertical signaling division from the Public Works Secretariat of Curitiba (1988/1989); coordinated the Street Network division in IPPUC (1992/1994) and the elaboration of road network projects from Curitiba’s Urban Transit Program I (1994/1996). Almeida also coordinated the strategic projects BR-Cidade (1997/2000) and the elaboration of projects for the components for Curitiba’s Urban Transit Program II (2001/2003). In 2003/2004 he was ahead of the operational coordination from the Technical Administrative Unit for Management from the Program mentioned above. He was the advisor for the presidency of IPPUC from 2005-2008, in the coordination of Special Projects, where he was ahead of the project for the Blue Line of Curitiba’s underground transport system. In January 2009, he was appointed president of IPPUC.

 

Yvo de Boer
Executive Secretary
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
 

Yvo de Boer has been the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) since 2006. Before joining the UNFCCC, Mr. de Boer was Director for International Affairs of the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment of the Netherlands, responsible for international policy, both in the context of the European Union, as well as broader international cooperation. He also served as Deputy Director-General for Environmental Protection in the same Ministry, as Head of the Climate Change Department and worked in the fields of housing and public information. Earlier in his career, Mr. de Boer worked for the United Nations Centre for

Human Settlements (UN-HABITAT).Mr. de Boer has been involved in climate change policies since 1994. He helped to prepare the position of the European Union in the lead-up to the negotiations on the Kyoto Protocol, assisted in the design of the internal burden sharing of the European Union and led delegations to the UNFCCC negotiations.

 

Russell J. de Lucia
President
S3IDF
 

Russell J. deLucia is the principal co-founder and president of S3IDF in the U.S. and chairman of its affiliate in India under the same name. Both are  non-profit organizations that facilitate small-scale infrastructure and related investments needed for poverty alleviation and overall economic advancement in the developing world. Over the past thirty years, Dr. deLucia has developed an approach to small-scale infrastructure investments that takes technical, financial and business organizational innovations common in large infrastructure investments, and applies them to small-scale explicitly pro-poor investments. S3IDF focuses on increasing the participation of local private-sector players in all aspects of these investments – planning, implementation, ownership and operations – as well as developing local sources of financing. Dr. deLucia’s work, in addition to focusing on the viability of small-scale investments, addresses capacity building of investment sponsors/owners and local financial institutions.

 

Robert Dixon
Leader, Climate Change and Chemicals Team
Global Environment Facility
 

Dr. Robert K. Dixon is currently Leader of the Climate Change and Chemicals Team, the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Dr. Dixon was responsible for the Major Economies Climate Change Negotiation Process and contributor to the 2007 Energy Security Act. He was Head, Energy Technology Policy Division, International Energy Agency, Paris, France, in 2005-2007. In 2007, Dr. Dixon and other members of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Dixon has been a member of the U.S. negotiating team for the U.N. FCCC since 1990-2008.  He has also served in a variety of senior U.S. diplomatic assignments, lived in seven countries during his career, and developed foreign language capabilities. Dr. Dixon earned his B.S, M.S. (1979) and Ph.D. (1982) degrees from the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri. He was a tenured faculty member at the University of Minnesota and Auburn University from 1982 to 1989.  Dixon is the author or co-author of over a dozen books and over 150 scholarly journal articles on energy and environment science and policy topics.

 

Lu Dongyan
DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL, ON-LENDING DEPARTMENT
CHINA EXIM BANK
 

Ms. Lu Dongyan graduated from Xinjiang Agricultural University with Bachelor’s Degree in Economic Administration. She also studied in the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences with major in finance. She has engaged in lending business for decades by working for the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and the Export and Import Bank of China respectively. She is experienced in banking sector and currently serves as Deputy General Manager of the on-lending department of the Export and Import Bank of China.
 

Thomas K. Dreessen
Chairman and CEO
EPS Capital Corp.
 

Mr. Dreessen is a global expert in developing and financing energy efficiency projects on a “paid-from-savings” basis for end-use industrial process and large commercial/institutional facility owners. Over the last 30 years, Mr. Dreessen has developed energy efficiency projects in over 24 countries and formed/owned energy services companies (ESCOs) in 10 different countries. Since selling his last ESCO in 2004, Mr. Dreessen has been creating new market-based structures and mechanisms that fill financing and technical gaps for ESCOs in China and Mexico. Unfortunately, local ESCOs in these countries are unable to meet this demand because of their inability to obtain viable project financing coupled with their limited technical and commercial deal-making experience. Mr. Dreessen’s company is serving as a project financing intermediary for ESCOs to aggregate equity and debt financing needed for their energy efficiency projects in these markets. He is also raising a $100 million China energy efficiency investment fund that will invest in paid-from-savings energy efficiency projects throughout China.

 

Laurent Dubus
Engineer, Research & Development Department
Électricité de France
 

Laurent Dubus is a French engineer in marine environment and holds a PhD in Physical Oceanography from the University of Brest (1999, France). After 2 years of postdoctoral research in physical oceanography, he joined EDF R&D in 2001 as a research engineer in the Applied Meteorology and Atmospheric Environment Group. Till then, he developed his skills and experience in climate system modelling, weather and climate forecasts and electrical systems management. His activities particularly concern the improvement of the way in which weather and climate data and forecasts can be used in the electricity sector to better manage electrical systems on all time scales from a few days to several years. Mr. Dubus is a member of the core team of the WMO forum “Social and Economic Applications and Benefits of Weather, Climate, and Water Services”. He is also a member of the Superior Council of Meteorology of France, of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) and of the French Meteorological Society. He wrote several peer reviewed papers and gave many talks in international conferences and workshops.

 

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Michael T. Eckhart
President
American Council on Renewable Energy
 

Michael T. Eckhart is founding President of the American Council On Renewable Energy, a Washington DC-based nonprofit organization with over 600 organizational members covering wind, solar, hydro, ocean, geothermal, biomass, and biofuels sources of energy. He is on the governing bureau of REN 21, co-head of the North American Secretariat of REEEP, and U.S. chair of the World Council for Renewable Energy. He instigated and managed the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference in 2008. He was an official U.S. Observer at the founding of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). He is a 2008 recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, a 2006 recipient of RSF’s Good Deal for All Award, and a four-time participant in the Clinton Global Initiative. He serves on the Advisory Committee to Prince Charles’ Rainforest Project.  Prior to ACORE, he developed financing for solar energy under the SolarBank initiative in which he trained 1,000 bankers on solar PV, and for which he was named Renewable Energy Man of the Year of India in 1998. He also worked extensively in South Africa. He was an executive with United Power Systems, Inc., Areté Ventures, Inc., General Electric Company, and Booz, Allen & Hamilton. He served in the US Navy Submarine Service, and received a degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 

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Marianne Fay
Lead Economist, Development Economics Group
The World Bank 

Marianne Fay is the co-director of the World Development Report 2010 on climate change. She has held positions in different regions of the World Bank (Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa) working on infrastructure, urbanization,  and more recently, adaptation to climate change. Her research has mostly focused on the role of infrastructure and urbanization in development, with a particular interest in issues related to urban poverty. She is the author of a number of articles and books on these topics. Ms Fay has recently been appointed as the new Chief Economist for the Sustainable Development Network of the World Bank - a position she will take after finishing the World Development Report, in the summer of 2009. Marianne Fay holds a PhD in Economics from Columbia University.

 

Daryl Fields
Senior Water Resources Specialist, Water Anchor
The World Bank
 

Daryl Fields is a Senior Water Resources Specialist in the Energy, Transport and Water Department of the Sustainable Development Vice-Presidency. Daryl leads the Bank-wide hydropower and multi-purpose water infrastructure functions, including development of strategic plans and monitoring of lending. Her project and analytical work focuses on sustainability issues. Current analytical work includes rehabilitation of hydropower facilities, benefit-sharing from large water infrastructure and cumulative impacts of cascade plants on water resources. Ms. Fields represents the World Bank on the multi-stakeholder Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Forum and coordinates knowledge sharing and learning for hydropower and water infrastructure. Before joining the World Bank in 2004, Daryl was Manager of Operations Planning at BC Hydro, Canada. Over the 12 years at BC Hydro she also held management positions in Sustainability, Aboriginal Affairs, Strategic Planning, Environment and the Office of the President. Daryl holds a M.Sc. (Economics) from the London School of Economics and, before joining BC Hydro, consulted to public, private and international clients in the field of environmental economics and policy.

 

H.E. Irene Freudenschuss-Reichl
Director-General for Development Cooperation
Ministry for European and International Affairs, Austria 

Irene Freudenschuss-Reichl has been a member of the Austrian Diplomatic Service since 1982. Over the last several years, she has mainly worked in the area of economic and social development, environment, energy, and development cooperation. From 1995 to 1998 she was the director of the international department of the Austrian Ministry for the Environment. From 1998 to 2001 she was Austria’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Vienna. From 2001 to 2004 she headed the UNIDO Office in New York in the rank of an Assistant Director General. Since January 2005, she has been in charge of Austria’s development cooperation as Director General in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Irene Freudenschuss-Reichl founded the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE) in 1999 and acted as Convenor for the GFSE’s five global meetings. She has published various articles on global issues in Austrian and international scholarly and mainstream publications as well as a book (“zukunftsfähig leben – Spiritualität und Praxis der Nachhaltigkeit”).

 

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Erich Otto Gomm
Programme Coordinator, Bangladesh
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)
 

Mr. Erich Otto Gomm has been Program Coordinator in Bangladesh since 2004 on behalf of GTZ for the German-Bangladeshi technical cooperation project “Sustainable Energy for Development”. His energy sector experience includes long-term assignments as energy advisor in Zimbabwe, Malaysia, China and Thailand.

 

Robert Gramlich
Policy Director
American Wind Energy Association 

Rob Gramlich is Policy Director of the American Wind Energy Association, the national trade association of over 1700 entities involved in all aspects of wind energy production. Rob leads the association's strategic initiatives related to transmission infrastructure, electric grid operations, regulatory policy, and policy analysis. He has published articles on wind integration, carbon taxes, market power regulation, and electricity capacity markets. He has testified before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on generation interconnection policy. He currently serves on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee. Rob served as Economic Advisor to FERC Chairman Pat Wood III from 2001 until early 2005 with responsibility for policy development on market power, renewable energy grid interconnection, Regional Transmission Organizations, market design, transmission rates and incentives, transmission planning, and involving states in transmission policies through Regional State Committees. Rob was previously in the Commission’s Office of Economic Policy from 1995 through 1999 where he developed policies and drafted orders on transmission policy and market power. He was also Senior Economist in the PJM Market Monitoring Unit and Senior Associate with PG&E National Energy Group’s Market and Quantitative Analysis group.

 

Gloria Grandolini
Director, Banking and Debt Management Department, Treasury
The World Bank 

Gloria Grandolini is Director of the Banking and Debt Management department of the World Bank Treasury. Before joining the Treasury, Gloria served as Advisor to the Executive Director representing Italy on the Board of the World Bank Group (2001-2003). Her former appointments at the bank have also included Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (1999-2000), Senior Portfolio Manager with the World Bank Treasury (1998-1999), Senior Financial Economist for the Latin America and the Caribbean Region (1994-1998) and Country Economist for El Salvador (1991-1994). Gloria joined the bank in 1990 as a Young Professional. She holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Ph.D in International Economics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

 

Peter Greenwood
Group Executive Director - Strategy
China Light and Power (CLP) Holdings

Mr. Greenwood is the Group Executive Director – Strategy at CLP Holdings responsible for supporting the CEO on matters relating to the overall strategy and direction of the CLP Group’s activities.  Based in Hong Kong, CLP is one of the largest investor-owned electricity companies in Asia with operations in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, Taiwan, India, Australia and Thailand.  CLP is also the largest external investor in renewable energy projects in the Mainland and India, in addition to its nuclear, gas and coal-fired generating portfolio.  Before joining CLP in 1995, Mr. Greenwood was a solicitor with leading corporate law firms in London, Hamburg, Hong Kong and Paris.  In 2006, he completed full-time study for an MA degree in War Studies (with distinction) from King’s College, London University.

 

Arnulf Grübler
Senior Research Scholar, Transitions to New Technologies Program
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis 

Arnulf Grübler first joined IIASA in 1976 to work with the Energy Systems Program; between 1979 and 1984 he was affiliated with the Resources and Environment Area. He returned to the Institute in 1986, currently working as a senior research scholar in the Transitions to New Technologies Program on a part-time basis. He also holds a part-time appointment as Professor in the Field of Energy and Technology at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University, New Haven, USA, teaching there every fall semester. His teaching and research focuses on the long-term history and future of technology and the environment with emphasis on energy, transport, and communication systems. Prof. Grübler received his master's degree in engineering from the Technical University of Vienna, where he was also awarded his Ph.D. He completed his Habilitation at the Mining University Leoben, Austria. Since 2002 he has been Professor in the Field of Energy and Technology at Yale University, USA and has also been appointed Guest Professor at the Technical University Graz, Austria. He is also foreign member elect of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.

 

Luis Guasch
Senior Regional Advisor, Latin America and Caribbean Region
The World Bank 

Dr. Guasch holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University, California, USA and Industrial Engineering Degree from the Polytechnic University of Barcelona, Spain.  He is currently Senior Regional Advisor in the Latin America and Caribbean Region in The World Bank in Washington, DC, and manages the World Bank  PPP Global Expert Team. Responsible for regulation, competitiveness, infrastructure finance, PPP,  innovation and technology issues and investment climate for the LAC Region.  He is also a Professor of Economics at the University of California, San Diego, since 1980.  He has written extensively in leading economic and finance journals, and has written several books.  His most recent books are:  (i) Managing the Regulatory Process:  Design, Concepts, Issues and the Latin America and Caribbean Story; (ii) The Challenge of Designing and Implementing Effective Regulation: A Normative Approach and an Empirical Evaluation; (iii) Labor Markets: The Unfinished Reform in Latin America and Caribbean.

 

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Ned Hall
President
AES North America 

Ned Hall is President of AES North America and Executive Vice President of The AES Corporation.  Ned joined AES in 1988 as a Project Manager and has held a variety of development and operating roles for AES, including assignments in the USA, Europe, Asia and Latin America.  In 1993, he moved to Hong Kong where he served as the EVP for the AES China Generating Company.  He moved back to the States in 1997 and was responsible for business development in North America.  From 2000 to 2003, he was Group Manager responsible for operations and business development in the South Eastern US, the Bahamas and Central America, and transitioned to the mid-Atlantic, Puerto Rico and Mexico. In 2003 he relocated to Arlington to focus on Global Business Development where he led the company’s wind efforts as President of AES Wind Generation. In June 2008, he became President of North America. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Massachusetts.  Ned holds a BSME degree from Tufts University and an MBA in Finance/ Operations Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

 

Sugiharto Harsoprayitno
Director of Geothermal Enterprises Supervision and Groundwater Management, Ministry of Energy and Mining Resources
Government of Indonesia 

Mr. Sugiharto Harsoprayitno is the Director of Geothermal Enterprises Supervision and Groundwater Management at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry of the Government of Indonesia. He holds post-graduate degrees on Mining and Mining Geostatics from Leeds university.

 

Gajanana Hegde
Program Officer, Methodologies
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat

Gajanana Hegde has been with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat almost since the date the first CDM project got registered. As a program officer with the CDM methodologies unit for over three years, he has extensively contributed to the development of methodologies particularly for small scale renewable energy generation and energy efficiency activities. He has also contributed to the development of methodologies, modalities and procedures of programmatic CDM.  With a background in engineering, Dr.Hegde has spent over 15 years involved in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in South Asia, South East Asia and Australia prior to the work at the UNFCCC secretariat. He holds a Master degree in Renewable energy from Oldenburg University in Germany and his doctoral thesis at Curtin University of Technology, Australia was in the area of methane avoidance and energy generation from solid waste.

 

Tissa M. Herath
Additional Secretary, Ministry of Power and Energy
Government of Sri Lanka 

Mr. Herath joined the Ministry of Power and Energy of Sri Lanka in the capacity of Additional Secretary (Technical) in March 2006. Prior to joining the ministry, Mr. Herath was the Additional General Manager of Projects & Centralized Services of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB). He joined the CEYLON ELECTRICITY BOARD (CEB) in 1974 as an Electrical Engineer and  since then served in various divisions of the CEB. At present, Mr. Herath also holds the position of Chairman / MD, Lanka Coal Company (Pvt) Limited, in addition to the duties in the Ministry. The Lanka Coal Company (Pvt) Limited is a Government owned company established for the procurement of coal and Operation and Maintenance of Coal Power Plants in Sri Lanka.

 

Jordy Hernán Herrera Flores
Undersecretary of Energy Planning and Technological Development
Government of Mexico

Mr. Herrera is the Undersecretary of Energy Planning and Technological Development of the Government of Mexico. Prior to his appointment in December 2006, Mr. Herrera was the Director General for the Investment Promotion Unit of the Ministry of Energy from 2004 to 2005. He has also been involved in the Federal Government's Legislature Branch in the capacity of Director for Press and Public Relations for the PAN Parliamentary Group at the Federal Congress. Mr. Herrera has post-graduate degrees in Economics, Political Studies and Political Marketing from Mexico as well as other international academic institutions.

 

Richard H. Hosier
Senior Environmental Specialist, Global Environmental Coordination Unit
The World Bank 

Dr. Richard Hosier is Senior Environmental Specialist on Climate Change in the Global Environmental Coordination Unit of the World Bank. From 2004-2008, he served as the Team Leader for Climate and Chemicals at the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Secretariat. Prior to joining the GEF Secretariat in 2004, he spent over ten years the Principal Technical Adviser on Climate Change for the United Nations Development Program’s GEF Unit, based in New York.  During that time, he supervised the development and implementation of a global portfolio of climate change mitigation and adaptation projects valued at more than $500 million. He actively participated in every major meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change from 1994 until 2008. From 1985 until 1993, he served as an Assistant Professor of Energy Management and Policy and International Development and Appropriate Technology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. From 1980 until 1985, he worked for the Beijer Institute of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on research and planning projects focusing on energy for development in Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

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