Guest Speaker Biographies2019-03-21T12:11:49+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.

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.

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.

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.

Marianne Kah

Marianne Kah is an Adjunct Senior Research Scholar and Member of the Advisory Board at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy.  She is also an Independent Director of PGS.  She had been the Chief Economist of ConocoPhillips for 25 years where she was responsible for developing the company’s market outlooks for oil and natural gas, and was the company’s expert in scenario planning.  She also communicated her views to numerous external stakeholders, including Energy Ministers, legislators, think tanks and governments. Prior to ConocoPhillips, Ms. Kah was the Manager of Corporate Planning at Cabot Corporation in Boston and a Coordinator of Strategic Planning at Conoco in Houston.  In the early 1980s, she was a Senior Analyst in the Policy Development Group of the Synthetic Fuels Corporation in Washington, D.C.  Prior to that she was a Policy Analyst at the Energy and Minerals Division of the Government Accountability Office where she led various energy policy studies for the U.S. Senate Energy Committee and House Fossil and Synthetic Fuels Subcommittee. She is the President-elect of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics and has been awarded a Senior Fellow award by that organization.  She also chaired the American Petroleum Institute’s Committee on Economics and Statistics and is co-chairing the Energy Roundtable for the National Association for Business Economics. Ms. Kah has a B.S. from Cornell University and Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

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.

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).

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).

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.


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.