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Speakers and panelists​


​Jill Anderson
Jill Anderson is vice president of Customer Programs & Services at Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation's largest electric utilities. She is responsible for leading SCE's energy efficiency, demand response and clean self-generation program portfolios and customer strategy, marketing, e-commerce and strategic alliance functions.

Previously, Anderson was executive vice president and chief commercial officer at the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the country's largest state power organization. She was responsible for sales, marketing, new products and technology, and energy efficiency programs.  In this role, Anderson also oversaw the marketing of NYPA's generation assets, trading, fuel operations, hedging, business development for new transmission and generation activities.   Prior to this position at NYPA, she led energy policy, sustainability, corporate communications, regulatory affairs and government relations departments.

Anderson received a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from Boston University.

 Jackie Biskupski 
Jackie Biskupski became the Salt Lake City, UT, mayor in 2016, and has focused on local air quality issues, and the impact of climate change on urban areas. Under her leadership, Salt Lake City adopted a plan to get 100 percent of its power from clean resources by 2032, and to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2040.

As Co-Chair of Sierra Club's Mayors for 100% Clean Energy, and the US Conference of Mayors' Alliance for a Sustainable Future, Mayor Biskupski encouraged other mayors to adopt clean energy plans. The Mayor's top priorities also include economic development, homelessness, affordable housing, and creating an inclusive city.
She was previously a member of the Utah House of Representatives from 1998 to 2011, where she made history as the state's first openly gay elected official.

A Minnesota native, the Mayor earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Arizona State University. She came to Salt Lake City 26 years ago for a ski trip, fell in love with the outdoors and the people, and never left. She shares her life with her wife Betty Iverson and their two sons, Archie and Jack.

Yet-Ming Chiang
Yet-Ming Chiang is Kyocera Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where his work focuses on advanced materials and clean energy technologies. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the American Ceramic Society and the Materials Research Society. 

He has received The Economist's Innovation Award (Energy and the Environment category), the Electrochemical Society's Battery Division's Battery Technology Award, the Materials Research Society's Plenary Lecturership, R&D 100 and R&D100 Editor's Choice Awards. He has published about 250 scientific articles, one textbook, and holds about 80 issued U.S. patents.  In addition to his academic research, Chiang has co-founded several companies based on research from his MIT laboratory including the energy companies American Superconductor Corporation (1987), A123 Systems (2001), 24M Technologies (2010) and Form Energy (2017). 

Chiang serves on numerous government and private advisory committees and study panels.

John Danner
John Danner is a Wall Street Journal-bestselling author, popular keynote speaker, trusted advisor to executives worldwide, and faculty member at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and Princeton University. He is the co-author of Built for Growth: How Builder Personality Shapes Your Company, Your Team, and Your Ability to Win (Harvard Business Review Press lead title, 2017) – a WSJ and Amazon bestseller about the personality characteristics of highly successful entre/intrapreneurs. His prior book, The Other ‘F’ Word: How Smart Leaders, Teams, and Entrepreneurs Put Failure to Work (John Wiley & Sons lead title, 2015) has been featured in various media channels and industry events. He consults widely for senior executives in many organizational settings, and is a frequent speaker on innovation and leadership at conferences and seminars globally. 

Danner teaches courses on entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership and strategy at Berkeley and Princeton, in addition to numerous executive education programs around the world. For those of you are fans of TED, he’s also the guy who came up with the idea for TED U[niversity]; and has appeared on both TEDGlobal and TEDx stages.

He received his JD, MPH and MAEd degrees from UC Berkeley; and his BA from Harvard College.


Brian Davis
Brian is the Vice President Energy Solutions, part of Shell's New Energies business - which focuses on two main areas: new fuels for transport and building an integrated position in power markets.

Brian leads the team building customer facing businesses in power, including consumer retail energy and 'behind the meter' distributed energy solutions. The team also looks for commercial business models to provide power for the 1 to 2 billion people who don't have access to energy, or have unreliable access today.

Brian joined Shell Australia in 1988. During his career, Brian has held technical, operational, strategic and business leadership roles in Shell's downstream, trading and shipping businesses with exposure to most markets around the world. He most recently served as VP Group Strategy & Portfolio where he worked with Shell Executive Committee and Board on corporate strategy, including the shaping of New Energies, which he is now part of implementing.

Brian holds a Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney. He is married with twins and enjoys travel and golf.

​​Dr. Ron Dembo
Ron founded Zerofootprint, a revolutionary software company that uses technology to motivate and habituate social and behavioral change – for good. Prior to Zerofootprint, Ron founded Algorithmics, the world's largest enterprise risk software company – until it was sold to Fitch in 2005, then again to IBM in 2012. Algorithmics was recognized as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed companies while Ron was still at the helm. Before he was a lauded businessman and entrepreneur, Ron enjoyed a distinguished 10-year academic career at Yale University where he was a Professor of Operations Research and Computer Science. He sits on a number of boards, has authored three books, and written over 60 scientific papers.

In 2007, Ron was honored as a lifetime Fields Institute Fellow for his contribution to Canadian Mathematics in 2007.

​​Dede Hapner
Dede Hapner is a senior executive with broad and deep leadership experience in strategy, policy and regulatory relations.  Most recently, Dede was Vice President, FERC and ISO Relations with PG&E where she developed, coordinated and managed strategy, policy, compliance and cost recovery with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, CAISO and CA State Agencies.  Previously, she held several other officer roles at PG&E.  Before PG&E, Dede had various NGO leadership positions, and worked during Governor Brown's first two terms on hazardous materials and waste issues.  

Dede has an MBA from University of San Francisco and an MA and BA in American Politics from the University of Michigan.  She completed PhD coursework in American Politics/Voting Behavior.  Dede is currently Executive in Residence at the Ross School of Business and the ERB Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan.  She serves on other NGO Boards, including the Keystone Policy Center Board of Trustees and the KPC Energy Board.

Adam Langton
Adam Langton is the Connected eMobility  Energy Services Expert for BMW of North America, LLC, where he leads the development of digital products to support BMW's electric vehicles products. He leads BMW's efforts in exploring how electric vehicles can interact with the U.S. electricity grid to promote sustainability and grid efficiency. Adam heads a BMW team implementing a pilot project with over 300 BMW drivers in California to test advanced smart charging functionality using BMW's vehicle telematics system as the basis for communicating smart charging messages.

Prior to joining BMW, Adam worked at the California Public Utilities Commission, supporting the state's development of electric vehicle programs and developing the state's carbon cap-and-trade program. He graduated from UC-Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy, where his studies focused on energy and environmental policy issues. Adam is based at BMW's Mountain View Tech Office in Silicon Valley.


Heather O'Neill

Heather O'Neill is interim CEO of Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a national business organization using policy advocacy, analysis, and education to grow a prosperous economy that runs on secure, clean, affordable energy.

Heather brings multi-sector experience to AEE, having helped build organizations in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors throughout her career. Heather led the clean energy and environment portfolio at Robertson Foundation, a $1B family philanthropy. Previously, she was Director, Public Affairs, for Danco Laboratories LLC, a start-up women's health pharmaceutical company.

Heather has a BA in Government from Harvard College and a MPP from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

​​Phil Pettingill
Phil Pettingill currently serves as Director of Regional Integration at the California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO).  In his current role, he is coordinating the project to provide Reliability Coordinator services to the ISO balancing area and offer those services to other balancing authorities and transmission operators in the western United States. He also manages the integration of utilities seeking to join the ISO and serves as an external spokesperson to provide expertise between the ISO and policy makers.


He has served in various significant capacities at the ISO, representing the main grid operator for California before state regulatory agencies and working with a diverse set of policy makers to ensure regulatory and policy initiatives consider impacts on the electric system operated by ISO and the customers it serves. Phil joined the ISO in September 1997 after working at Pacific Gas and Electric for 15 years.


 ​Nancy Pfund
Nancy E. Pfund is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners, a venture capital firm whose goal is to combine top-tier financial returns with meaningful social, economic and environmental returns in the regions and sectors in which it invests.

She sponsors or sits on the board of directors of several companies, including; Farmer's Business Network, The Muse, Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Off-Grid Electric, Primus Power, and, prior to their public offerings, Tesla Motors and Pandora. She also served on the board of SolarCity from 2008 until its acquisition by Tesla in December 2016. Prior to founding DBL, Ms. Pfund was a Managing Director in Venture Capital at JPMorgan, having started her investment career at Hambrecht & Quist in 1984.


​Dan Richard
Dan Richard was appointed to the California High-Speed Rail Authority Board by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in August 2011.  He was subsequently elected Chairman of the Board by his colleagues in February 2012.

Richard has been a principal of Dan Richard Advisors since 2010. He was managing partner and co-founder of Heritage Oak Capital Partners, an infrastructure finance firm, from 2007 to 2009 and was senior vice president of public policy and governmental relations at Pacific Gas and Electric Company from 1997 to 2006.

Richard was an elected member of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) from 1992 to 2004, where he served twice as president of the Board. At BART, Richard led efforts to secure $4 billion in capital for system rehabilitation projects, the transit system's expansion to the San Francisco Airport, and seismic retrofit programs. 


​Mark Rothleder
Mark Rothleder is Vice President, Market Quality and Renewable Integration at the California Independent System Operator Corporation and is leading the ISO's renewable integration work.  Mr. Rothleder has held several critical positions at the ISO after joining the grid operator as one of its first employees in 1997.  He is now the longest serving ISO employee.  Before being named vice president, he was Executive Director of Market Analysis and Development.  His previous positions included Principal Market Developer and Director of Market Operations.


In spring 2009, Mr. Rothleder led a multifunctional team in designing and implementing market rules and software modifications related to the ISO's Market Redesign and Technology Upgrade (MRTU).  Since joining the ISO twenty-one years ago, Mark has worked extensively on implementing and integrating the approved market rules for California's competitive wholesale energy and reserves markets.

Mr. Rothleder is a registered Professional Electrical Engineer in the state of California and holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the California State University, Sacramento.  He has taken post-graduate coursework in Power System Engineering from Santa Clara University and earned an M.S. in Information Systems from the University of Phoenix.  Prior to joining the ISO, Mr. Rothleder worked for eight years in the electric transmission department of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, where his responsibilities included operations engineering, and transmission planning & sub-station design.

​Janea A. Scott
Janea A. Scott is one of five Commissioners on the California Energy Commission, the State's primary energy policy and planning agency. Ms. Scott was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in February 2013 and reappointed in January 2016 to serve as the Commission's public member. She is the lead Commissioner on transportation. Ms. Scott serves as the Chair of the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body and is on the public policy board of Veloz, a nonprofit founded by the public and private sector to advance the electric car movement. She is also a member of the California Fuel Cell Partnership and the U.S. Department of Energy's Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee.

Prior to joining the Energy Commission, Ms. Scott worked at the U.S. Department of the Interior in the Office of the Secretary as the Deputy Counselor for Renewable Energy and at Environmental Defense Fund as a senior attorney in the climate and air program. Ms. Scott earned her J.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder Law School and her M.S. and B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University.

​Philipp Skogstad
Philipp Skogstad is Chief Executive Officer & President Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America Inc. (MBRDNA). He was appointed CEO and President of Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America in November 2017. With 6 offices across the U.S., MBRDNA comprises all R&D activities for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in North America from technology research, powertrain engineering, software design to vehicle design to create the next generation of intelligent vehicles.

Prior to joining MBRDNA, Skogstad worked in various industries serving as the VP, Chief of Staff to SAP Chief Design Officer, Deputy Director of the Center for Design Research at Stanford University, and student in Hasso Plattner's first course at Stanford's

He holds a Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering with focus on Design Methodology and Innovation Management from Stanford University, as well as a MBA from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Yayoi Sekine

Yayoi Sekine leads the Americas coverage for Energy Storage practice at Bloomberg NEF based out of New York. Yayoi's research focuses on US energy storage markets, providing insight on technology, markets, policies and regulation, and the competitive landscape. She advises utilities, technology companies, investors and policymakers across these fields. She has authored numerous research papers and regularly speaks at international conferences and in the mainstream media. She was previously Research Analyst based in Sao Paulo having spent four years covering Latin American renewable energy market development through BNEF.

Her specialization includes expertise on energy storage, renewable energy projects and financing, knowledge of policy framework for project development in key markets in the US. Yayoi holds a BSc in Global Resource Systems from the University of British Columbia (Canada).




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