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Tue Johannessen

Head of Maritime Application & Viability, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping

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Tue Johannessen Dr. Johannessen is Head of Maritime Application and Viability at Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping with a priority on establishing techno-economic overview of pathways to decarbonization of shipping. Prior to this, he held the R&D-lead at A.P. Moller-Maersk in the team establishing center. He was originally associate professor in chemical engineering at TU of Denmark. In 2005 he co-founded and served as CTO in a CleanTech company industrializing an ammonia-based emissions control solution for diesel engines combining on-line emissions monitoring. His present role brings together a solid technology overview, entrepreneurial mindset and helping bring new technologies to the market. He is recipient of the EPO European Inventor Award for SMEs.

John Lochner

Vice President, Innovation, NYSERDA

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John Lochner John Lochner joined NYSERDA as Vice President, Innovation in 2019. Mr. Lochner founded Headland Advisors, which advises on and structures investments in sustainability-focused opportunities. As an investor in and advisor to businesses in water, energy, and sustainable resource management, he formerly served in leadership and advisory positions at Natural Resources Defense Council and Locus Energy. His experience in renewable energy includes work as a consultant to the Department of Energy, as a Board member, Treasurer, and Member of the Executive Committee of the Solar Energy Finance Association (SEFA), and as an investment banker in the Global Energy Group at Credit Suisse, where Mr. Lochner executed transactions across the traditional and renewable power sectors. Mr. Lochner is a graduate of Duke University and received an MA from Harvard University and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Eric Miller

Senior Advisor, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

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Eric Miller Dr. Eric L. Miller serves as Senior Advisor at the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. He earned undergraduate degrees from Cornell in Engineering Physics and Computer Science; and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Electrical Engineering. His professional career in alternative energy research has spanned more than 30 years, centering on solar energy and hydrogen technologies; and he is globally recognized for his pioneering research in solar photoelectrochemical hydrogen production. At DOE, Dr. Miller has played an instrumental role in the launch and management of Department’s H2@Scale Initiative, and he coordinates several other high-impact collaborative initiatives accelerating the development of next-generation integrated energy systems for a clean energy future. In global collaborations, he’s enjoyed long-running associations with the International Energy Agency’s technology collaboration programs in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, and with the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy.

Dave Edwards

Director and Advocate for Hydrogen Energy, Air Liquide

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Joseph Stekli

Program Manager, LCRI, EPRI

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Joseph Stekli

Joseph (Joe) Stekli is a Program Manager for LCRI at EPRI

with responsibilities for managing the technical work

portfolio under the initiative. Prior to LCRI, Joe had

responsibilities for technical and economic R&D across

EPRI’s renewable technology portfolio. Joe joined EPRI in

July of 2017.

Prior to joining EPRI, Joe spent one year at DARPA as the

second hire into DARPA’s newly formed Commercial

Strategy Team within the DARPA Director’s Office. There

he helped develop strategies and processes to more

efficiently transfer DARPA-developed technology to the

commercial sector.

Prior to DARPA, Joe spent seven years with the U.S.

Department of Energy and six years in semiconductor

manufacturing. Most recently at DOE, he was the Program

Manager for both the Concentrating Solar Power and

Technology-to-Market (T2M) team within the SunShot

Initiative. Joe’s prior roles at DOE included being a T2M

advisor in ARPA-E. Additionally, in his time at DOE Joe was

selected to be a member of the President’s Management

Council for which he served a six-month detail in the White

House Office of Management and Budget.

Joe holds a BS in chemical engineering with a minor in

business and a MBA, both from Ohio State University.

Chris Schroeder

Vice President, Strategic Solutions, SEPA

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Sandra Safro

Practice Group Coordinator | Oil, Gas & Resources, K&L Gates

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Nick Irvin

Director of Research and Development; Strategy, Advanced Nuclear, and Crosscutting Technology, Southern Company

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Katherine Ayers

Vice President, Research and Development, Nel Hydrogen US

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Katherine Ayers Kathy Ayers is Vice President of R&D for Nel Hydrogen US, focused on onsite hydrogen generation via water electrolysis. Dr. Ayers manages a broad portfolio of internally and externally funded research projects, across a range of collaborators in academia, industry, and National Labs. She has also served in multiple advisory capacities to DOE, including agency level technical advisory committees and scientific advisory boards for Energy Frontier Research Centers. Dr. Ayers received her Ph.D. in chemistry at Caltech and spent 10 years in the battery industry before joining Nel in 2007. She received an R&D Award at the 2012 DOE Merit Review from the HFTO Production Team, and an American Chemical Society Women Chemists Committee 2014 Rising Stars Award. She became a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society in 2020.

Xiaoting Wang

Specialist, BloombergNEF

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Xiaoting Wang Dr. Xiaoting Wang has been conducting research on Photovoltaic industry in BloombergNEF since 2012 and published more than 200 insight notes. Her routine research scope covers shifts in crystalline silicon module technology, perovskites, innovation in project design, construction, and maintenance. Since 2019, Xiaoting’s research topics have included technologies and economics of making hydrogen from renewables. Before joining BloombergNEF, Xiaoting worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Center of Energy and Environmental Policy in University of Delaware, following a five-year Ph.D program at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in University of Delaware. During her academic research period, Xiaoting published 19 articles on international journals and books, with the topics spanning a range of photovoltaic module research and development, performance measurement and modeling, and assessment of the value of high efficiency modules.

Nancy Sutley

Senior Assistant General Manager of External & Regulatory Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer, LADWP

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Jigar Shah

Director, DOE Loan Programs Office

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Daryl Wilson

CEO, Hydrogen Council

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Sydnie Lieb

Energy & Environmental Policy Manager, Xcel Energy

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Sydnie Lieb Sydnie Lieb is an Energy and Environmental Policy Manager at Xcel Energy. In her role at Xcel Energy Sydnie supports federal and state policy, develops internal strategy, and represents the company in key stakeholder groups. Her work covers a broad range of environmental policy matters including carbon accounting, development of clean technology, and climate policy across Xcel Energy’s gas and electric companies. Prior to joining Xcel Energy in 2019, Sydnie worked at the U.S. EPA where she led the verification of emissions data in the federal Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. Sydnie holds a doctorate and master’s in mechanical engineering with a focus in combustion physics from University of Southern California as well as a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. Her doctoral work explored particulate formation in gaseous fuel combustion. In her spare time, she enjoys running or cross-country skiing on the Minneapolis Chain of lakes with her husband and her indefatigable German Shepherd.

Rolf Nordstrom

President and CEO, Great Plains Institute

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Rolf Nordstrom Rolf Nordstrom is president and CEO of the Great Plains Institute, a nonpartisan nonprofit working across the US to transform the energy system to benefit the economy and environment. A nationally-recognized leader, Rolf has more than 30 years of experience in energy and sustainable development policy as well as practice in both governmental and nonprofit settings. He has unique strengths in brokering agreement among disparate interests on difficult public policy issues. In 2016, US Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz appointed Rolf to the department’s Electricity Advisory Committee. He has written or helped craft new laws on high-performance buildings, hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, resource-efficient land use, and sustainable development. He was a contributing author to the third National Climate Assessment, a comprehensive report required by Congress on climate change impacts in the US. Rolf has a BA in English literature from Carleton College and a master’s degree in international environmental policy from Tufts University.

Lola Infante

Senior Advisor, External Relations and Strategic Initiatives, EPRI

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Lola Infante Dr. Lola Infante is Sr. Advisor, External Relations and Strategic Initiatives at the Electric Power research Institute (EPRI) where she leads stakeholder engagement for strategic areas such as EPRI’s Low Carbon Resource Initiative (LCRI). Previously, Infante was Sr. Director, Clean Energy Technology and Policy at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), where she focused on market and policy developments in clean and alternative energy resources as well as other critical fuels for power generation. Among other things, she launched and managed EEI’s energy storage practice and led many initiatives on renewables and distributed energy resources. Before joining EEI, Infante worked at the Center for the Advancement of Energy Markets, a Washington DC think tank, and at GAB-Robins in Paris, France, where she worked in marketing and corporate finance. Infante is a frequent speaker on these issues at many technical and policy groups, has authored several articles and papers on energy related topics, and participates in several industry committees. Dr. Infante holds a PhD with Distinction in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University, an MA in Energy, Environment, Science and Technology from the School of Advanced International Studies division of Johns Hopkins University, an MA in International Economics and Finance, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from Sciences Po Paris, France.

Neha Rustagi

Systems Analysis Lead, DOE

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Neha Rustagi Neha Rustagi is a Technology Manager leading the Systems Analysis, and Hydrogen Infrastructure portfolios within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Her key activities include management of analyses to inform Office priorities in support of the H2@Scale initiative and energy storage, the HyBlend initiative to enable hydrogen blending in natural gas pipelines, and the H-Mat consortium on hydrogen materials compatibility R&D. Previously, she has held positions in oil and gas market analysis, and engineering and environmental compliance at power generators. She received her B.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park and her M.S. from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She completed her M.S. thesis research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the area of materials compatibility with hydrogen.

Kimberly Denbow

Managing Director Security and Operation, American Gas Association

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Kimberly Denbow Kimberly Denbow is the Managing Director of Security & Operations at the American Gas Association (AGA) and has been with AGA for over 23 years. Ms. Denbow has served as staff executive for multiple AGA Operations Section technical committees, including the AGA Natural Gas Security Committee and the AGA Board-appointed Cybersecurity Strategy Task Force. Ms. Denbow developed the AGA security program and helped stand up the Downstream Natural Gas Information Sharing & Analysis Center. She supports AGA’s resilience and reliability initiatives and AGA’s all-hazards emergency preparedness activities. As the industry liaison to numerous U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Department of Energy-sponsored programs targeting natural gas utility physical and cybersecurity operations, she helps lead efforts that drive the coordination of multiple Federal government security initiatives – all designed to benefit the oil and natural gas sector. More recently, Ms. Denbow has accepted appointments to the Transportation Security Administration Surface Transportation Security Advisory Committee and Department of Energy Electricity Advisory Committee. Ms. Denbow is an active member of the Oil & Natural Gas Sector Coordinating Council (ONG SCC) and has served as the chair of the ONG SCC Intelligence Sharing Task Group (to improve information sharing between the asset-owners and the government intelligence community), ONG SCC Cybersecurity Working Group, and the ONG SCC Metrics Working Group. She presently co-chairs the ONG SCC Cross-sector Working Group. Ms. Denbow is also an active member of the Pipeline Sector Coordinating Council and chairs the Pipeline Cybersecurity Working Group. Ms. Denbow has a Bachelor of Science in marine biology from the University of Florida and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Vinayaka Nakul Prasad

Manager Corporate Strategy - Global Hydrogen Lead, Siemens Energy

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Yuri Freedman

Senior Director of Business Development, Southern California Gas Company

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Daniel Brooks

Vice President, Integrated Grid and Energy Systems, EPRI

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Fahd Hashiesh

Group VP - Global Hydrogen and Power Quality Segment Leader, Hitachi ABB Power Grids

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Fahd Hashiesh Dr Fahd Hashiesh is a senior thought leader with more than 25 years of experience covering the full value chain from concept to realization. He has a passion for renewable energy and sustainability and takes a lot of steps to pave the way to achieve carbon-neutral targets. He led different products development programs and has influenced the implementation of new technologies that support the energy transition and the decarbonization agenda for different sectors. Currently, he is a Group Vice President and global Hydrogen and Power quality leader, married, three daughters and enjoys running, travelling and fishing.

Paul Browning

President and CEO, Mitsubishi Power

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Paul Browning Paul F. Browning was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Power Americas, Inc. on April 1, 2016 and was appointed Chief Regional Officer of the Americas, and Chief Regional Officer of Europe, Africa and Middle East on April 1, 2020. As CEO of the Americas, he leads two global businesses that are headquartered in the United States, and three regional businesses in North and South America. As Chief Regional Officer, he works with Chief Executives and their management teams to coordinate strategic planning, brand management and other long-term planning in the region and globally. Mitsubishi Power Americas is headquartered in Lake Mary, FL. With over 2,200 employees, the company mission is to provide power generation and energy storage solutions to their customers, enabling them to combat climate change and advance human prosperity. Mitsubishi Power Americas operates four manufacturing and repair centers and provides a wide variety of products and services for the electric power generation industry including natural gas, steam, and geothermal turbines, air quality control systems, solar power, energy storage and artificial intelligence products and services to serve customers throughout the Americas. Mr. Browning has led the company’s expansion into Central and South America, positioning Mitsubishi Power Americas as a top competitor in the Latin American energy market. He has also expanded the business into renewable power project development, energy storage and artificial intelligence products and services. Mr. Browning has extensive global leadership experience in distributed and centralized power generation, as well as in North American midstream and downstream oil and gas operations. He has worked in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Germany and has commercial experience around the world. He has also served on the Board of Directors of eSolar and Fuel Cell Energy. Prior to joining Mitsubishi Power Americas, Mr. Browning was President and Chief Executive Officer of Irving Oil Company Limited. Irving Oil owns and operates Canada’s largest oil refinery and crude oil import terminal, and is a joint venture partner in Canada’s only LNG import terminal. The company markets its products in eastern Canada and the northeastern United States. Before joining Irving Oil, Mr. Browning was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Thermal Products Division of GE Power & Water in Schenectady, New York. At General Electric, he and his team developed new products for the power generation industry and sold and executed utility scale power generation projects throughout the world. Earlier in his career, Mr. Browning worked for Caterpillar Corporation in a variety of leadership positions, including Managing Director of Caterpillar Motoren in Kiel, Germany, Vice President of Turbomachinery Products for Solar Turbines in San Diego, CA and General Manager of a manufacturing facility in Tijuana, Mexico. He began his career at GE Corporate Research and Development in Niskayuna, New York. Mr. Browning holds a B.S. degree in Metallurgical Engineering & Materials Science from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as an M.S. degree in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Joe Hoagland

VP, Innovation & Research, TVA

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Joe Hoagland Dr. Joe Hoagland is vice president of Innovation and Research for the Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporate agency of the United States government and the largest public power provider in the country. With 30 years of experience shaping the direction of the power sector, Dr. Hoagland is an industry thought leader with extensive experience in strategy, research and development, implementation and the evolving energy marketplace. He currently leads and guides a team of technology professionals who conduct transformational research and manage innovation projects for TVA’s Power System of the Future – an effort that helps diverse power systems to meet shifting consumer and business power demands without compromising reliability, resiliency or customer experience. At the same time, Dr. Hoagland and his team are exploring cost-effective carbon reductions with new forms of generation and the electrification of the broader economy that includes advances in electric transportation, solar power/battery storage and advanced nuclear generation technologies. Dr. Hoagland has extensive experience with strategic utility planning and stakeholder engagement, leading from inception to publication TVA’s three recent Integrated Resources Plans – a comprehensive study that provides direction on how TVA can best meet future electricity demand over the next 20 years. Previous leadership roles includes development of environmental policies, research and development strategies, retail regulation and utility policies, directing energy efficiency and demand repsponse programs and building effective stakeholder and customer relations. Dr. Hoagland is a Fellow for Energy Policy at the University of Tennessee’s Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy; Chair for the state of Tennessee’s Energy Policy Council; and a member of the board of directors of the Smart Electric Power Association. He recently was Chair of the Electric Power Research Institute‘s Executive Resource Advisory Committee. Dr. Hoagland also has served on boards and committees for various industry and related organizations that include the Edison Electric Institute, Electricity Storage Association and the Department of Energy.

Julia Hamm

President and CEO, SEPA

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Julia Hamm Julia has served as SEPA’s President & CEO since 2004, providing leadership and strategic direction for the organization. She is responsible for guiding and overseeing all of SEPA’s research, education, and collaboration activities for its 1,100 member companies and the broader energy industry. Julia is a visionary non-profit leader at the center of the transformation underway in the electric power sector to a clean and modern energy future. For the past 20 years she has been advising and collaborating with utilities, solution providers and government agencies on business models, grid modernization, and clean energy policies, strategies and programs. She has led SEPA through significant expansion in recent years, including rebranding from the Solar Electric Power Association to the Smart Electric Power Alliance, and merging with both the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid (ADS) and Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP). Prior to joining SEPA, Julia worked for ICF International where she supported EPA’s implementation of the ENERGY STAR program. Julia – a graduate of Cornell University – walks the talk, driving an EV and living in a PV-powered home in Northern Virginia with her husband, two children, and dog.

Neva Espinoza

VP, Energy Supply and Low-Carbon Resources, EPRI

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Neva Espinoza Neva Espinoza is the Vice President of Energy Supply and Low-Carbon Resources at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). In this role she is responsible for the R&D team which is focused on research, development, and the application of technologies for both existing and future generating assets and large-scale renewable generation assets, including wind, solar and hydropower. She is also leading EPRI’s Low-Carbon Resources Initiative to accelerate the development and deployment of low-carbon technologies. Espinoza previously served as the Director of R&D for EPRI’s Generation Sector. She joined EPRI in January 2012 with more than 10 years of operational and engineering experience in the power industry. Prior to EPRI, Espinoza was the operations manager at NRG’s Arthur Kill Power Station, where she was responsible for establishing and managing the safe and reliable operation of the plant. Previously, she worked at Exelon as a systems engineer, a member of the Engineering Response Team, and an operations supervisor. She was the lead test and system engineer of the first hollow fiber filtration system commissioned in the United States. Espinoza began her career at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL), where she ensured safe operation of naval nuclear propulsion plants, trained staff operators and students to support fleet manning, and coordinated maintenance and testing of plant systems. Espinoza received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Rutgers University and master of business administration degree from Wake Forest University. She is a graduate of the U.S. Navy’s Officer Nuclear Power Program and held a senior reactor operators license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.