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    2017 VIDEOS

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Keynote Speakers​


​Tony Seba
Mr. Seba is a world-renowned author, thought leader, educator, speaker and entrepreneur. He is the author of the #1 Amazon best-selling book “Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation - How Silicon Valley Will Make Oil, Nuclear, Natural Gas, Coal, Electric Utilities and Conventional Cars Obsolete by 2030", which has changed the global conversation about the future of energy, transportation and climate change.

Seba's work focuses on technology-based disruptions: the convergence of technologies, business model and product innovations that are disrupting the world's major industries including energy, transportation, infrastructure, real estate and finance. He has taught thousands of entrepreneurs and corporate leaders at Stanford University's Continuing Studies. Seba is also the cofounder of RethinkX, an independent think-tank that analyzes and forecasts the speed and scale of technology-driven disruption and its implications across society.

A serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur and angel investor, Seba was an early employee at disruptive Internet companies Cisco Systems and RSA Data Security.

Seba has been featured in leading global media, including Bloomberg, CNBC, ARD, and TVChosun. Seba has been a keynote speaker at hundreds of global events including Google, CLSA, J.P. Morgan, Nomura, Davos, COP21 World Climate Summit, Intersolar and Global Leaders Forum. His speaking engagements have included investors with more than $30 trillion in assets under management.

Seba has a Stanford MBA and a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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.

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.

​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.


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).