Guest Speaker Biographies2019-05-27T15:33:21+00:00

[By alphabetical order of last name]

Denis Arguin

Denis Arguin is Vice-President, Project Development at Enerkem. He is responsible to bring Enerkem’s commercial opportunities across the globe to project execution readiness through collaboration with Enerkem’s business partners. Mr. Arguin brings over 30 years of experience in industrial process/product development, new technology commercialisation, engineering and operational management experience. He led over 20 plant start-ups across the globe in a wide range of industries from oil & gas refining, petrochemicals, biofuels, process minerals and metallurgy. Mr. Arguin held several management roles in Canada, USA and Europe.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering as well as an Executive MBA from Western University in London, Ontario.

Hans Auer

Hans Auer is an Associate Professor In Energy Economics at TU-Wien (Technische Universität Wien), Austria. He received a MSc in Electrical Engineering (1996), a PhD (2000) and Venia Docendi (2012) in Energy Economics from TU-Wien. Hans has joined Energy Economics Group (EEG) at the Institute of Energy Systems and Electrical Drives at TU-Wien in 1995. He has been on research leave several times, among others at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory / UC-Berkeley in 1998. Since the beginning of his academic career he has been focusing on various aspects of electricity market modelling and design, notably in the context of grid and market integration of renewable and storage technologies. In the last 20 years he has been coordinating a series of European research projects in this field and contributing to many others as a scientific partner. In addition, he has been coordinating many other international and national projects in the renewable technology and policy field for a variety of public and private clients and associations. Hans has comprehensive teaching, supervision and reviewing experience in academia, a significant amount of energy conference contributions worldwide and authored around 70 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book contributions.

Michael Binnion

Mr. Binnion is one of the founding shareholders of Questerre and has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Questerre Energy Corp., since November 2000. Mr. Binnion has been actively involved in the financing and executive management of numerous private and public companies over the last 16 years through his investment company, Rupert’s Crossing Inc. Mr. Binnion served as the President and a Director of Terrenex and its predecessor from October 1995 to April 2008. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Flowing Energy Corp., a junior exploration and production company, from June 1996 to December 2001 and served as Chairman of the Board from 2002 to 2004. He served as the President and Chief Financial Officer of CanArgo Energy Corporation, an independent exploration & production company from 1997 to 2000. From 1992 to 1997 he was Executive Director of Crossfield House Inc., a private merchant banking firm. From 1992 to 1998 he was a minority shareholder and manager of a private investment company that held interest in commercial real estate and golf courses. Prior thereto he was Manager in the High Tech group at Clarkson Gordon, a division of Ernst & Young, specializing in tax-assistant financings. Mr. Binnion served as Chairman of the Board of Sylogist Ltd. from March 2000 to February 2002. He has been Director of Sylogist Ltd. since March 1997. He served as a Director of Magnus Energy, Inc. from March 4, 2005 to November 2007. Mr. Binnion serves as an Independent Director of High Arctic Energy Services Trust. Mr. Binnion is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Alberta.

Jørgen Bjørndalen

As Principal Consultant in DNV GL Energy, Jørgen Bjorndalen’s mission is to help solving real and practical challenges by application of economic theory. His key area of expertise is electricity market design and regulation, and further development of the European electricity market – and in particular how market participants can adopt their strategies and operations to new trends and regulations.

Christophe Bonnery

Christophe Bonnery is President of the International Association for Energy Economics. He is Vice President, Economics & Prospective, ENEDIS, the French power distribution company. He is also President of the French Association for Energy Economics since 2009. He created in 2012 the French Circle of Energy Economists, to promote energy economics to energy policy makers. He created the Marcel Boiteux Award in 2011, which recognizes the best French book on energy economics every year. He is member of the French Association of Petroleum Technicians/ Economic Section and of French Gas Association. He was also member of the Executive Committee of the Center for Energy & Geopolitics Studies (Paris-Dauphine University). Mr. Bonnery received his M.Sc in General Engineering from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers, Paris, France, and MBA in Petroleum Economics and Management from the Center for Economics and Management, IFP School, Paris, France.

Jean-Denis Charlebois

Jean-Denis Charlebois joined the National Energy Board of Canada (NEB) in 2006 and has held positions of increasing responsibility including Director and his current position of Chief Economist.  He lead the analysis for a number of tolls and facilities hearings as well as public engagement initiatives.  As a Director, he lead various multidisciplinary teams focused on public hearings, tolls and tariff matters and regulatory policy.  Prior to joining the NEB, Jean-Denis worked at the Department of Finance in Ottawa and the Canadian International Development Agency. Jean-Denis holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce (finance) from HEC Montreal and a master’s in economics from the University of Ottawa.  He is also a CFA charter holder.

Jean Côté

Jean Côté is the Vice President of Environment, Health, Safety and Regulatory (EHS&R) at Suncor.  In this role he is responsible for EHS&R standards, processes, and tools at Suncor. Prior to this role, Jean was Vice President of the Montreal refinery from 2012 to 2018. Jean held various strategic positions for Petro-Canada in Ontario between 1998 and 2006 and then returned to Montreal as Manager, Maintenance and later Manager, Operations. Jean is the Secretariat and an active member of various Vice President Forums and Councils, for the Operations and Enterprise governance bodies at Suncor. He has been Honorary Chairman of the Chambre de commerce de l’Est de Montréal’s ESTim Gala. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Université Laval and a master’s degree from École Polytechnique, and is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.

Christian de Perthuis

Christian De Perthuis is Professor of Economics at Paris-Dauphine University and Head of the Climate Economics Chair. He started his career in the agricultural sector, went on to work in leading French research and forecasting institutes and headed the “Mission Climat” of Caisse des Dépôts between 2004 and 2008. He created the Climate Economics Chair of Paris Dauphine University in 2010. His research focuses on the economics of climate change and ecological transition. Author of several articles and books (including Economic Choices in a Warming World, Cambridge University Presse, 2009), he is co-author of Carbon Pricing (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Green Capital (Columbia University Press, 2015). He chaired the «Green Tax Commission », which helped the French Government to introduce a domestic carbon tax in 2014. He is also the author of a novel (Le complot climatique, L’Harmattan, 2015)

Marc-André Forget

Mr. Forget is an Electrical Engineer with a law degree and has more than 20 years of experience in strategy and business management in the energy industry. In 1994, he co-founded and served as CEO of Utilicase Inc., a company specialized in the energy sector. Among the  achievements was the development and commercialization of EPS-M, a comprehensive asset care management and planning software platform focused on enhanced management of critical energy assets. That technology led to significant partnership agreements with Hydro-Québec (IREQ) and BC Hydro, as well as Mr. Forget co-receiving the “Highly Commended Award” from the prestigious Institute of Engineering and Technology in London, England. Author of multiple patents and participant in many conferences and publications, M. Forget is a recognized authority in decentralized energy management. He has been an invited speaker at both the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E) in Brussels and the World Energy Council (WEC) in Istanbul for the 23rd World Energy Congress to discuss the future of utility prosumer engagement and investment planning in the era of distributed energy.

Johanne Gélinas

Johanne Gélinas is President and Chief Executive Officer of Transition énergétique Québec. She served for 10 years as Permanent Commissioner with the Bureau des audiences publiques sur l’environnement and as Canadian Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development with the Office of the Auditor General of Canada from 2000 to 2007. Over the past 15 years, she has worked in a consulting capacity as a partner at two major consulting firms, Deloitte and Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton. Ms. Gélinas chaired the committee of experts responsible for reviewing Canadian environmental assessment processes and procedures. She also led a think tank and public consultations in Québec on the issue of social acceptability. She is a certified corporate director (ASC), having completed the University Certification in Corporate Governance program of the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés at Université Laval, where she also taught corporate responsibility from 2011 to 2017. She has chaired the boards of directors of Éditions Protégez-Vous and RECYC-Québec and currently sits on the board of Théâtre Espace Libre.  She is a geographer by training, with a master’s degree in environmental sciences.

Hugues Girardin

Hugues Girardin is the Vice President, Development of Boralex. First with Cascades Energy and then with Boralex, Hugues Girardin has over 25 years experience in renewable energy. He has actively contributed to Boralex’s success over the years by leading major projects such as The Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Farms, which is currently of Canada’s largest wind power projects, and the Niagara Region Wind Farm, among many others. He has also work to built strong partnerships with several municipal districts.  More recently, Mr. Girardin has successfully led the completion of all of the economic interests of Invenergy Renewables LLC in 5 wind farms in Québec, totaling 201 MW of net installed capacity, for a total cash consideration of $215 million. Mr. Girardin has an extensive breadth of knowledge and experience in the North American wind industry and a passion for the environment and the role that renewable energy can play in supporting the sustainability of our planet for future generations.  Mr. Girardin’s creativity and dedication are complemented by his commitment to continued innovation.

Ben Haley

Ben Haley is Co-Founder of Evolved Energy Research, a consulting firm that focuses on the energy sector transformation needed to achieve deep levels of greenhouse gas emissions reductions. He has led a variety of analyses in the U.S. and globally that focus on concrete, implementable actions to develop energy futures consistent with a livable climate. His professional background is in electricity consulting and much of his work focuses on the critical role of electricity as the backbone of these future energy systems.  His education includes a masters in international environmental policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a bachelors degree in business administration from Bucknell University.

Peter Hartley

Peter Hartley is the George and Cynthia Mitchell Chair in Sustainable Development and Professor in the Department of Economics, and a Rice Scholar in Energy Studies in the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He also is a past President of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) and the US Association for Energy Economics (USAEE). From 1975-77, he worked for the Priorities Review Staff and the Economic Division of the Prime Minister’s Department in the Australian Government. He obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1980. From 1980 to 1986 he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Princeton University. He has been at Rice University since 1986. He has also worked for public policy think tanks including the Tasman Institute in Melbourne, where he served as Executive Director in 1996-97. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he helped advise the Victorian Opposition and later State Government on their acclaimed privatization and reform of the electricity supply industry in that state. He has worked on energy economics issues for almost 40 years.

Mark Jaccard

Mark Jaccard is a professor, since 1986, in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, interrupted in 1992-97 when he served as Chair of the BC Utilities Commission. His PhD in energy economics is from the University of Grenoble (Mendez-France). Internationally, Mark has served internationally on the IPCC, the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, and the Global Energy Assessment, and domestically on the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy and the BC Climate Action Team. He researches the design and application of energy-economy models for assessing climate policies. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the CD Howe Institute, and in 2009 was named BC Academic of the Year by the Confederation of University Faculty Associations. In 2006, his Sustainable Fossil Fuels won the Donner Prize for best policy book in Canada. Since 2013, he holds a distinguished chair as University Professor.

Bernie Jones

Based in Oxford, UK Dr Bernie Jones is CEO of Smart Villages Research Group. For more than 7 years, he and his colleagues have been looking at options and opportunities in off-grid rural energy access around the world, and more importantly, how that energy can best be harnessed innovatively to help achieve broad development goals and impacts. They now apply these experiences and models in advising on integrated rural development programmes, and implementing smart and resilience rural community technology solutions. Bernie also runs a number of other projects in the science-policy, development and outreach areas. He was formerly Media Programme Director of Biosciences for Farming in Africa (B4FA), and has extensive experience of working with international academies of science, as Head of International Policy at the Royal Society, Executive Director of EASAC, and interim Executive Director of the InterAcademy Panel and InterAcademy Medical Panel. Bernie also worked elsewhere in the non-profit sector, as International Director of Shaw Trust, and in the corporate sector in a variety of roles at British Airways. Bernie is a graduate of the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh, in Computer Science, Experimental Psychology, and Cognitive Science.

Sagar Kancharla

Sagar Kancharla is Economics Lead, Advisory Services, with WSP Canada, focused in evaluating opportunities, enabling strategic decisions and guiding successful executions for clients in the energy infrastructure sector. He is an accomplished leader in the pipelines, power and utilities sector with many years of experience in the private sector and the public administration. His broad expertise is built from the roles he held in strategy, corporate development, finance, regulatory, energy economics, enterprise risk and performance management in organizations that include Ontario Energy Board, Enbridge and GE. He is a civil engineering undergraduate and an MBA graduate from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India and McMaster University, Canada. He has attended the Harvard Business School’s High Potential Leadership Program. He is also a Chartered Director from The Directors College, Canada.


Robert L. Kleinberg

Robert L. Kleinberg is a senior research scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy of Columbia University and is a senior fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Boston University.  From 1980 to 2018 he was employed by Schlumberger, attaining the rank of Schlumberger Fellow, one of about a dozen who hold this rank in a workforce of 100,000.  Prior to joining Schlumberger, Dr. Kleinberg worked at the Exxon Corporate Research Laboratory in Linden, New Jersey.  Dr. Kleinberg’s work at Schlumberger focused on geophysical measurements and the characterization and delineation of unconventional fossil fuel resources, including shale gas and tight oil.  His current work centers on energy technology and economics, and on environmental issues connected with oil and gas development.  Dr. Kleinberg has authored more than 100 academic and professional papers, holds 39 U.S. patents, and is the inventor of several geophysical instruments that have been commercialized on a worldwide basis.  Dr. Kleinberg is the 2018-2019 American Physical Society Distinguished Lecturer on the Application of Physics, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Christopher Knittel

Christopher Knittel is the George P. Shultz Professor of Applied Economics in the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the Director of MIT’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research which has served as the hub for social science research on energy and the environmental since the late 1970s. Professor Knittel also co-directs of The E2e Project, a research initiative between MIT and UC Berkeley to undertake rigorous evaluation of energy efficiency investments. He joined the faculty at MIT in 2011, having taught previously at UC Davis and Boston University. Professor Knittel received his B.A. in economics and political science from the California State University, Stanislaus in 1994 (summa cum laude), an M.A. in economics from UC Davis in 1996, and a Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley in 1999. His research focuses on environmental economics, studying how firms and consumers respond to policies. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in the Productivity, Industrial Organization, and Energy and Environmental Economics groups. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Public Economics, and an associate editor of the Journal of Transportation Economics and Policy, and Journal of Energy Markets, having previously served as an associate editor of The American Economic Journal — Economic Policy and The Journal of Industrial Economics. His research has appeared in The American Economic Review, The American Economic Journal, The Review of Economics and Statistics, The Journal of Industrial Economics, The Energy Journal and other academic journals.

Martin Larocque

Martin Larocque’s desire to make a positive environmental and social impact and his results-focused drive make him a formidable leader in the clean energy transition. Identifying the potential of Sigma Energy Storage technology in its infancy, Martin signed on as CEO in 2013. His has since transformed Sigma from an idea into a company, leading the team to build a fully-functional system, raising over $8M in private and public funding, and developing a network of partners across Canada. He participated on the CEO panel, by invitation of the organizers, at Energy Storage Canada’s conference Energy Storage in Canada: Accelerating the Future. Martin also serves on the board of Energy Storage Canada and is the chair of Ecotech Québec’s International Trade Committee.


Amy Myers Jaffe

Amy Myers Jaffe is the David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and the environment and director of the program on Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations. A leading expert on global energy policy, geopolitical risk and energy and sustainability, Jaffe previously served as executive director for energy and sustainability at the University of California, Davis and senior advisor for energy and sustainability at Office of the Chief Investment Officer of the University of California, Regents. She was also formerly a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Prior to joining the University of California, Davis, Jaffe served as founding director of the Energy Forum at Rice University’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and its Wallace S. Wilson fellow for energy studies. She has taught energy policy, business, and sustainability courses at Rice University, University of California, Davis, and Yale University.

Maya Papineau

Maya Papineau has research interests at the nexus of energy economics, environmental economics, and applied econometrics. Her current and past research addresses several issues in this area, including the split-incentive barrier to energy conservation, the impact of visualizing heat loss on home energy consumption, the valuation of energy standards in commercial buildings, and the adoption trajectory of renewable technologies. She holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California Berkeley, an M.Sc. with distinction from University College London, and a B.A. in Economics from Carleton University (with Highest Honors).

Ian Parry

Ian Parry is the Principal Environmental Fiscal Policy Expert in the Fiscal Affairs Department of the IMF. Prior to joining the IMF in 2010, Parry held the Allen V. Kneese Chair in Environmental Economics at Resources for the Future where he worked for 15 years. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago. Parry’s research quantifies for different countries the economic impacts and efficient levels of a wide range of environmental, energy, and transportation policies. In recent work he has analyzed fiscal and other policy options for implementing countries’ climate strategies submitted for the Paris Agreement. His (co-authored or co-edited) books include Energy Tax and Regulatory Policy in Europe: Reform Priorities; Implementing a US Carbon Tax: Challenges and Debates; Getting Energy Prices Right: From Principle to Practice; Fiscal Policy to Mitigate Climate Change: A Guide for Policymakers; and Issues of the Day: 100 Commentaries on Environmental, Energy, Transportation, and Public Health Policy.


Pierre-Oliver Pineau

Pierre-Oliver Pineau is a professor at the Department of Decision Sciences of HEC Montréal and holds the Chair in Energy Sector Management since December 2013. He is an energy policy and management specialist, with a focus on electricity reforms. He has published many papers on the energy sector, most of them exploring the links between energy and some aspects of sustainable development. He participates regularly in the public debate on energy and has authored many reports for the government and other public organizations. He is a CIRANO Fellow, member of the CAEE, CIRODD and institute EDDEC. Before joining HEC Montreal, he was an associate professor at the School of Public Administration, University of Victoria (2001-2006).

André Plourde

André Plourde is Professor, Department of Economics and Dean, Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University. André has also held academic positions at the University of Toronto, the University of Ottawa, and the University of Alberta. In 1997-98, André was Director of Economic Studies and Policy Analysis with the federal Department of Finance. In 2003-04, he served as Associate Assistant Deputy Minister for the Energy sector at Natural Resources Canada. In 2007, he was appointed to Alberta’s Royalty Review Panel; he also served as President of the International Association for Energy Economics during that year. In 2010, he was a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s expert panel on the environmental and health impacts of Canada’s oil sands industry. His research interests have centered mainly on energy economics and on Canadian energy and environmental policy issues. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Economics from the University of New Brunswick, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of British Columbia.


Aaron Praktiknjo

Aaron Praktiknjo is assistant professor for Energy Resources and Innovation Economics at the E.ON Energy Research Center at RWTH Aachen University in Germany and independent consultant. He holds a PhD in energy system analysis from TU Berlin. His research group focuses on energy market design and security of energy supply. Aaron Praktiknjo is President of the German Association for Energy Sciences and Energy Policy (GEE), the German affiliate of the IAEE, and spokesperson of the Research Network Energy System Analysis of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Together with Peter Zweifel and Georg Erdmann, he co-authored the textbook ‘Energy Economics – Theory and Application’.


Ricardo Raineri Bernain

Ricardo Raineri Bernain is Past President of the International Association for Energy Economics. Former Chilean Energy Minister and Chairman of the Board of de Chilean State Oil Company (ENAP) and former Alternative Executive Director of the World Bank Group. Board Member Schwager Miming and Energy S.A. Professor of the Engineering School of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, he holds a Business Engineer and Master in Economics degrees from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and a Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Economics from the University of Minnesota. Member of the Editorial Board of the Energy Journal. The main areas of professional expertise are in the energy sector and institutional issues addressing subjects such as economics of regulation and antitrust policy, market structure, pricing, business strategy and competition, and corporate governance. Has published in a variety of academic and professional journals, and is advisor for the public sector and private companies.


Ronald Ripple

Dr. Ronald D. Ripple is the Mervin Bovaird Professor of Energy Business and Finance in the School of Energy Economics, Policy, and Commerce in the Collins College of Business at The University of Tulsa. Ron took up his current position lecturing in the TU Master of Energy Business Program in 2013 after spending over fourteen years in Australia, with another year in Hong Kong. Dr. Ripple has studied oil and natural gas markets since 1981, getting his start in the Office of the Governor of Alaska, followed by a stint of consulting with Economic Insight, Inc. and research at the East-West Center. He wrote his PhD dissertation on Alaska North Slope natural gas and authored a chapter on the Geopolitics of Australia Natural Gas Development for the joint Harvard-Rice Geopolitics of Natural Gas Study. Ron has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, trade press articles, and reports, typically focusing on oil and natural gas markets and the financial derivatives markets that support them. Ron was awarded the Mayo Research Excellence Award, from the Collins College of Business, 2015-2016. Ron is also the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) VP for Conferences.


Saide Sayah

Saide Sayah is a City Planner and the Program Manager of the Affordable Housing Branch, in Housing Services, in the City of Ottawa and has been working in the urban planning and affordable housing fields for more than 20 years. He is responsible for developing affordable housing programs for the City and has been involved in the development of numerous new affordable housing communities that serve modest income households, seniors, youth, and chronically homeless men and women. He also enjoys teaching Principles of Urban Planning in the Algonquin College Bachelor of Building Science Program on a part time basis.


Adam Sieminski

Adam Sieminski was appointed as the President of the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) in April 2018.  Before coming to Riyadh, he held the Schlesinger Chair for Energy & Geopolitics at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC in the United States. He served as the head of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) for almost five years (2012-2017) after a short assignment as Senior Director for Energy & Environment on the National Security Council staff at the White House. He was previously Deutsche Bank’s chief energy economist and an integrated oil company analyst.  He is a senior fellow and former president of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics. He holds the chartered financial analyst (CFA) designation and was President of the National Association of Petroleum Investment Analysts. Adam received both an undergraduate degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in public administration from Cornell University.

Ramteen Sioshansi

Ramteen Sioshansi is a professor in and associate department chair of the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering and an associate fellow in the Center for Automotive Research at The Ohio State University. Prior to joining OSU, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. His research focuses on the integration of advanced energy technologies, including renewables, energy storage, and electric transportation, into energy systems. He also works in energy policy and electricity market design, especially as they pertain to advanced energy technologies. He is currently serving a third two-year term on the Electricity Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of Energy and is chair of its Energy Storage Subcommittee.


John P. Weyant

John P. Weyant is Professor of Management Science and Engineering and Director of the Energy Modeling Forum (EMF) at Stanford University. He is also a Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy. For the past nine years, Weyant has also served (with Professor Karen A. Fisher-Vanden of Pennsylvania State University) as co-Lead PI and co-Director of the DOE Office of Science Integrated Assessment Research Programs sponsored Program on Integrated Assessment Model Development, Diagnostics and Inter-Model Comparisons (PIAMDDI) and Program on Coupled Human Earth Systems (PCHES). Prof. Weyant earned B.S./M.S. degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Astronautics, and M.S. degrees in Engineering Management and in Operations Research and Statistics all from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Ph.D. in Management Science with minors in Economics, Operations Research, and Organization Theory from University of California at Berkeley.  He also was also a National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. His current research focuses on integrated assessment modeling, analysis of global climate change policy options, energy efficiency analysis, energy technology assessment, and models for strategic planning. He currently serves on the American Statistical Association’s Advisory Board to the Energy Information Administration and the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee (BERAC) to the U.S. Department of Energy.


Jürgen Weiss

Dr. Jürgen Weiss is a Principal of The Brattle Group and spearheads the firm’s deep decarbonization and electrification initiatives. He advises utilities, governments and NGOs in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East on issues such as EV adoption, EV rate design, the interaction between electricity, gas and transportation, renewable energy economics and integration, energy efficiency, storage, carbon market design, and the impact these changes have on existing assets, market structures, and long-term planning. He is a frequent speaker on electrification issues and the lead author of Brattle’s recent electrification related reports. Jürgen has served on advisory councils as diverse as one for California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Task Force and the King Abdullah City of Atomic and Renewable Energy in Saudi Arabia. Jürgen holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University. He was born and grew up in Stuttgart, Germany and installed gasoline tanks in Mercedes cars on the assembly line as a high school student.


Augusta Wilson

Augusta Wilson is an attorney with the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund in New York City. Augusta previously held a Fellowship at NYU Law School’s Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law, where she researched and published on various topics in energy and environmental law. Prior to that she was an attorney with the Clean Air Council in Philadelphia, where she primarily focused on litigation involving pipelines carrying natural gas and fracking byproducts. Before moving into the environmental law field, Augusta was an Associate at White & Case, LLP in New York, working on pharmaceutical patent litigation. She also clerked for a U.S. District Court Judge in New Mexico. She received her J.D. from Cornell Law School and a B.A. in Biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University.


Karim Zaghib

Karim Zaghib is General Director of Hydro-Québec’s Center of Excellence in Transportation Electrification and Energy Storage, and one of the word’s most impactful scientists according to Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters’ Intellectual Property and Science Business division). Earlier in 2017, Karim Zaghib’s laboratory team created a first self-charging battery, a battery capable of absorbing and storing energy from light sources. This groundbreaking technology, should it come to life, will initially be used to power small portable devices like phones, but could potentially be used to power larger devices such as electric vehicles. If this battery becomes a tangible reality, it will be a world first.

ZhongXiang Zhang

ZhongXiang Zhang is the founding dean and distinguished university professor at Ma Yinchu School of Economics, Tianjin University and Director of China Academy of Energy, Environmental and Industrial Economics, China. He is co-editor of Environmental Economics and Policy Studies and International Journal of Public Policy; and is serving on the editorial boards of other ten international journals including Climate Policy; Energy Policy; Environmental Science and Policy; International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics; and International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics. He is a Fellow of the Asia and the Pacific Policy Society, Australia, and is on the Scientific Council of Paris-based IDDRI, Sciences Po. He authored and edited 21 books and special issues of international journals, authored over 200 publications in English, is among the top 20 authors from Chinese universities in all branches of social sciences based on the first-authored articles in SSCI/A&HCI over 1956-2008, and is among IDEAS/RePEc list of both the leading energy economists and the leading environmental economists in the world. He is consecutively ranked the 4th most cited scholar inside China in the field of economics and finance, and is awarded the First Price of the 15th Tianjin Outstanding Achievement Awards in Social Science. He served as an expert to many national and international organizations (including UNCTAD, UNEP, UNDP, European Commission, North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation, ADB, OECD, IEA, WB), delivered six keynotes at the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) conferences, and made the original contributions to a number of long-term goals and strategies that China is implementing, including the carbon intensity target for 2020, capping carbon emissions around 2030, and the establishment of the belt and road initiative. He began his career in National Development and Reform Commission in Beijing, and had over 20 years of working experience in Europe and the US. Most recently, he was a “Fudan Distinguished Professor” and chairman at School of Economics, Fudan University, China (2012-15); and a senior fellow at East-West Center, Honolulu (2001-12). He received Ph.D in economics from Wageningen University, The Netherlands.