2018 Speakers

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Anders Jacobson

President and Chief Strategy Officer

Anders Jacobson is President and Chief Strategy Officer of Bluewater, a global leader in water purification technology and solutions. He is also co-founder and CEO of Blue, a Stockholm-based investment company that both invests in and operates Nordic and international companies such as Bluewater that applyies human ingenuity to deliver solutions benefiting planetary and human health. A 32-year old former investment banker with a lifelong passion for sport, Anders is passionate about the environment and sustainability. With a strong investment and management background, Anders describes his top qualities as enthusiastic leadership and commitment and translating them into opportunities based on a clear-cut vision and agenda.

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Andreas Kuhlmann

Chief Executive Officer

Andreas Kuhlmann sees the energy transition as one of the most fascinating change processes of the present day, which, in addition to challenges, above all also brings with it opportunities.

Andreas Kuhlmann was appointed dena’s Chief Executive in July 2015. In this position he has increased dena’s profile as a driver and pioneer of the energy transition. Exemplary projects include the international innovation initiative “Start Up Energy Transition”, which now brings together around a thousand start-ups from all over the world, as well as the “Integrated Energy Transition” pilot study, whereby dena, together with more than 60 partners from business and science, is developing strategies for the future.

Andreas Kuhlmann sees the energy transition as one of the most fascinating change processes of the present day, which, in addition to challenges, above all also brings with it opportunities. In this sense, he injects his knowledge of the diverse national and international projects acquired at the interface of business and politics to the energy and climate policy debate. He also promotes more courage and determination in shaping the regulatory frameworks necessary for the success of the energy transition.

Andreas Kuhlmann (born in Recklinghausen in 1967, catholic, married, one daughter) majored in physics and minored in economics at the universities of Bonn, Heidelberg and Corvallis (USA). He started his career in 1995 at the Institute of Environmental Physics at Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg, where he primarily focused on the carbon cycle. This was followed by various political posts, including at the European Parliament, with the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), at the Bundestag, within the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and at the German Embassy in Stockholm.

In 2010, Andreas Kuhlmann joined the German Association of Energy and Water Industries(BDEW), where he managed the Politics and Economics departments as the Director of Strategy and Politics. In this position, he was responsible for the strategic and political development of the BDEW as well as its communications with politics, business and the public.

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Andy Eastlake

Chief Executive Officer

Andy Eastlake was appointed as the LowCVP’s Managing Director in April 2012, after serving both on the board and as chair of the Members Council for many years.

As MD Andy has been integrally involved in the design and implementation of the latest accreditation schemes for both buses and HGVs, supporting DfT and OLEV in stimulating the uptake of low carbon technologies. He has a strong background in vehicle engineering, specialising in powertrain developments, fuel economy and emissions. He was formerly Group Head of Commercial and Projects at Millbrook Proving Ground where he led the work on powertrain test and development programmes and alternative fuels for a variety of global OEM customers. As Head of Laboratories Andy was responsible for all technical aspects of the Millbrook business and for government and European legislative relations. He joined Millbrook after a year’s training with Vauxhall Motors by whom he was sponsored to study for a degree in mechanical engineering at Southampton University.

He is a Fellow of the Institution of the Mechanical Engineers and was formerly a Board member of CENEX the Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon & Fuel Cell Technologies

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Bob Wieckowski

California State Senator

California State Senator Bob Wieckowski chairs the Environmental Quality Committee and Budget Subcommittee 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation.  He was appointed by the Senate President Pro Tem to serve on the Energy and Environment Committee of the Council of State Governments West and in 2017 became the first Californian to chair the committee. He is a state leader in advocating for climate adaptation programs and has participated on many international, state and regional panels examining green infrastructure investments.His 10th Senate District includes several clean energy companies that are helping California improve both its economy and its environment.

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Connie Hedegaard

Chair of the Board

With two decades of experience in international and domestic executive policy making Connie Hedegaard is today assuming several key positions in support of a low-carbon and green economy. Ms. Hedegaard is the chair of the Board for the KR Foundation, a large Danish climate and sustainability foundation operating globally. She is also the current chair of OECD’s Round Table for Sustainable Development and chair of the Board for the green think tank, CONCITO. Ms. Hedegaard is furthermore chair of the Danish Government’s Committee on Public Service; chair of the Board of Aarhus University; member of the European Climate Foundation; member of the Nordex Supervisory Board; member of the Danfoss A/S Board; and member of the Sustainability Council of Volkswagen.

Ms. Hedegaard was the European Commissioner for Climate Action from 2010 to 2014, during which she led the negotiations towards the adoption of the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Framework. As EU Commissioner, she was also responsible for the 2050 Roadmap for moving to a low carbon economy and represented the EU
in the international climate negotiations.

Prior to the appointment as EU Commissioner, Ms. Hedegaard served as Minister for Climate and Energy in 2007-2009 and as Minister for Environment in 2004-2007. She was elected Member of the Danish Parliament from 1984 to 1990 and again in 2005-2009.

She is educated in literature and history and has a professional background as a journalist at the Danish National Broadcasting Corporation (DR) and at a number of Danish national newspapers. She has also authored and contributed to several publications and columns.

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Dr. Barbara Buchner

Director

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Dr. Nancy Vandycke

Economic Advisor of the Transport Global Practice

Dr. Nancy Vandycke is Economic Advisor of the Transport Global Practice in the World Bank.  She founded and currently heads “Sustainable Mobility for All”— a global platform that unites 53 transport organizations worldwide to change the future of mobility.  Dr. Vandycke also leads the strategic and global analytical portfolio of the Bank in transport, including climate action, impact evaluation and the global tracking framework.  She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Advanced Energy Technologies and, of the Multilateral Development Banks’ Group on sustainable transport. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from London School of Economics.

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Dr. Thomas Becker

Vice President Governmental Affairs

Since 2007 Thomas Becker holds the position Vice President Governmental Affairs at the BMW Group in Munich. In his position he supervises the worldwide representation of BMW Group’s political interests, oversees the company’s approach to integrate political topics into the product and business communication of the BMW Group, and steers the sustainability communication of the company.

Thomas Becker started his career as a Consultant in the department of environmental policy at the Association of the German Industry (BDI) in Berlin. He later held several leadership positions at the Association of the Automobile Industry (VDA) in Frankfurt. Before his current role at the BMW Group, he held the position of Deputy Managing Director of the VDA with responsibility for the co-management of the association. Thomas Becker also served as a reserve officer with the rank of Captain from 1988 until 2003 for the German military.

Thomas Becker received his PhD degree (Dr. rer. pol.) with Professor Dr. Ekkehard Kappler at the Reinhard-Mohn foundation chair for management, economics, and social evolution at the University of Witten / Herdecke with magna cum laude. Thomas Becker also holds a diploma in economics from the University of Cologne

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Gloria Zavatta

President and CEO

Gloria Zavatta, AMAT srl – Agency for Mobility, Environment, Energy and Urban Planning of the City of MilanPresident and CEO since may 2017 She was the Sustainability Manager within Expo 2015 SpA, the company in charge of organizing, running and dismantling the Universal Exposition, the so called Expo Milano 2015, since 2009. From 1995 to 2009 she worked for ERM Italy – Environmental Resource Management Group (a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, and social consulting services) developing consultancy experience in a wide range of projects for several Italian and international private and public organisations. She became ERM’s Associate Partner in 2003.From 1988 to 1994 she  worked for Lombardia Risorse S.p.A. (consultancy company owned by Regione Lombardia) in Milan carrying out territorial planning activities, environmental analysis of industrial plants, planning for differentiated waste collection and projects for the implementation of clean technologies.

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Harald Friedl

Chief Executive Officer

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Hon. George Heyman

Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

George Heyman was elected as the MLA for Vancouver-Fairview in 2013, and re-elected in 2017. He is the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

George was the executive director of Sierra Club BC, one of the province’s oldest environmental advocacy and education organizations. He also served three terms as president of the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU). In both organizations, George was a respected negotiator and a strong fiscal manager. Prior to these positions he lived in Terrace for many years, and worked throughout BC’s northwest and coastal communities.

George has been a faculty member of Simon Fraser University’s Dialogue and Negotiation program, teaching courses in multi- party negotiations and collaborative decision-making. He has guest lectured at a number of universities in B.C. and abroad, and served on advisory committees for post-graduate and undergraduate degree programs at three B.C. universities.

George is a passionate advocate for issues facing his constituents, including education, health care, the arts, child care, workers’ rights, transit, affordable housing, environmental responsibility and climate action. He also advocates for a more sustainable, modern and diverse economy.

George enjoys running, kayaking, live music and theatre.

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Jos Delbeke

Director-General

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Lin-Yi Tsai

Deputy Commissioner

Deputy Commissioner, Department of Environmental Protection, TaipeiCity Government(01/2014~Present)Deputy Director General, Department of Environmental Sanitation andToxic Substance, Environmental Protection Administration, ExecutiveYuan(2013~01/2014)Deputy Director General, Department of Planning, EnvironmentalProtection Administration, Executive Yuan (2010~2013)Senior Specialist, Department of Planning, Environmental ProtectionAdministration, Executive Yuan (2007~2010)Section Chief, Department of Planning, Environmental ProtectionAdministration, Executive Yuan (2002~2007)

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Marzia Zafar

Director of Innovation and Issues Monitor

Marzia Zafar is currently Director of Innovation and Issues Monitor for the World Energy Council.  Prior to joining the Council Marzia worked for over 20 years in the California energy sector, first, in the private sector with Sempra Energy and then was appointed by former California Governor Schwarzenegger as a chief energy policy advisor at the California Public Utilities Commission.  Some of her work in the energy space includes leading the regulatory reform efforts to create standards for smart grid technologies such as smart meters.  Most recently she co-chaired the California Customer Choice policy efforts before leaving for London to join the Council.  Marzia is also known in the transportation sector for creating the rules and regulations for Transportation Network Companies (e.g. Uber, Lyft, etc.).  Currently, she is leading the Council’s partnership with PwC to publish the Innovation Insights Brief on Blockchain – how and to what extend can blockchain optimize the existing electric grid and what are its realistic potential for transforming the grid in years to come.

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Michael Brown

Environmental Finance Manager

Mike Brown is the Environmental Finance Manager at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), a department of the City of San Francisco, where he has raised more than $5 billion for the City’s water, wastewater and power capital programs, including $1.4 billion in Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) certified green bonds. Mike represents the SFPUC on the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) Sustainability Committee and the CBI Water Criteria Industry Working Group. Mike has been with the SFPUC for 12 years and has a Master’s in International Development and Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Michał Kurtyka

Secretary of State

Graduated from the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and received a scholarship in quantum optics from the National Institute of Standards and Technologies in Washington (DC), where he worked under the lead of William D. Phillips, Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics. During his studies, he also specialised in economics, with particular emphasis on market organisation under the lead of Professor Jean Tirole, Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics in 2014. He also studied international economics at the University of Louvain La Neuve and was awarded a Master’s degree at the Warsaw School of Economics. He defended his PhD dissertation at the University of Warsaw. In the past, he worked as a professor, teaching change management, economics, market organisation and industrial strategy at the University of Warsaw, Collegium Civitas, Oxford Programme on Modern Poland. He co-authored the concept of effective change management in an enterprise, described in the book Zarządzanie zmianą. Od strategii do działania, he also wrote Od restrukturyzacji do modernizacji. Opóźniona transformacja polskiego sektora elektroenergetycznego w latach 1990-2009.

He began his professional career in the Office of the Committee of European Integration, in the team of Minister Jan Kułakowski, responsible for conducting accession negotiations with the European Union, where he led an analytical team and was directly responsible for the area of energy and transport. Later on, he carried out the modernisation processes in numerous Polish companies, where he supported adaptation to the challenges of the European and global market. He promoted European cooperation in the field of industrial changes and adaptation of European industry to the challenges of globalisation within the framework of the European University of Labour and the Dublin Foundation.

He created the governmental programme for the development of electro-mobility in Poland,

described for the first time as a concept in New Electricity and New Cars, a book written in

2013-2015, together with Prof. Leszek Jesień. He also serves as Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Electro-mobility Programme.

 

Since 1 January 2016, he has been working as the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Energy, where he has been directly responsible for technological development and innovation in the energy sector, implementation of climate and energy policy in the fuel and gas sector, international relations with countries and international organisations. His duties also included supervising the participation of the state in the largest Polish energy companies in the oil and gas sector, such as Orlen, Lotos and PGNiG. He was the initiator of the “Electro-mobility Development Plan” and then piloted the creation of a law on electro-mobility and alternative fuels, thanks to which these forms of transport will be able to develop dynamically.

On the 27th of April 2018, he was appointed as the Plenipotentiary for the Presidency of the COP 24 Summit.

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Ms. Lan Marie Nguyen Berg

Vice Mayor, Environment and Transport

Vice Mayor Berg is responsible for climate and environmental policy in Oslo, representing the Green Party in the coalition government currently in office for the City of Oslo. Her main priorities are achieving Oslo’s targets of reducing GHG emissions by 36 per cent by 2020 and transforming Oslo into a practically zero-emission city by 2030.  Vice Mayor Berg is committed to improve public transport and ensure better solutions for cyclists and pedestrians, making Oslo a people-friendly city. She has political responsibility for managing Oslo’s forests, parks and open spaces, water and sewerage, city waste management, energy recovery, the municipal road network and the city’s fire department. Prior to becoming a politician, Vice Mayor Berg worked at the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo (CICERO). She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Oslo. She grew up in one of Oslo’s suburbs and has lived in Tuvalu, Kenya, South Africa and Vietnam before returning to Oslo. Vice Mayor Berg has a strong international climate justice engagement and has followed UN climate negotiations closely.  Her international experience has strengthened her focus on thinking globally, acting locally.

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Nik Gowing

International Broadcaster, United Kingdom

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Patrick Child

Directorate-General for Research and Innovation

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Paul Massara

Chief Executive Officer

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Paulus Tjakrawan Taningdjaja

Commissioner

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Said Ibrahimi

Chief Executive Officer

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Simon Horner

Head of Policy, City of London; Coordinator

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Simon Zadek

Co-Chair

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Sir Philip Lowe

Executive Chair, World Energy Trilemma

Philip Lowe was born in Leeds in 1947. He read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at St John’s College, Oxford and has an M.Sc. from London Business School. Following a period in manufacturing industry, he joined the European Commission in 1973, and held a range of senior posts as Chef de Cabinet and Director in the fields of regional development, agriculture, transport and administration, before becoming Director-General of the Development DG in 1997. From September 2002 he was Director-General of the European Commission’ Competition DG until he became Director-General of the Energy DG in February 2010. He retired from the European Commission from 1st January 2014. From 2013 to 2016, he was a non-executive director of the UK Competition and Markets Authority and since 2016, Executive Chair of the World Energy Council’s Energy Trilemma Flagship Study Programme. From 2010, he has been Chair of the Florence University Institute Competition Law Workshop. Philip Lowe was knighted KCMG in 2014.

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Teresa Fogelberg

Deputy Chief Executive

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Toshinori Abe

Chairman & Representative Director

Sekisui House is a pioneer of industrialized housing in Japan and is the largest home builder in the country, having built over 2.4 million homes.

Mr. Abe has more than 40 years experience in the housing industry, and from an early stage has had a focus on finding ways to prevent global warming. In 2009, he initiated the “Green First” strategy to halve CO2 emissions from the company’s houses, based on the realization that housing related CO2 emissions had a significant impact on our ability to ensure a green Earth free of extreme weather events. In 2013, he led the introduction of zero energy houses, and Sekisui House has manufactured more zero energy houses than any company in the world.

Mr. Abe puts the environment at the core of his corporate strategy. The company is working to decarbonize all of its operations, and was the first in the Japanese construction industry to join the RE100 initiative. As chairman of the Japan Federation of Housing Organizations, he is also leading the entire industry in its carbon reduction activities, and has begun the challenge to bring the company’s environmental technologies to the rest of the world.

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Victor Cheng

Senior Vice President and General Manager, ICTBG

Victor An Cheng currently serves as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Information and Communications Technology BG (ICTBG) of Delta Electronics Inc., responsible for businesses encompassing Data Center, Telecom, Networking. Mr. Cheng acts same time as the Chairman of the Board of Delta Networks, Inc., a subsidiary company of Delta Electronics that focuses on the design and manufacture of Ethernet switches and wireless networking products. Mr. Cheng served as the General Manager of Power System BG of Delta Electronics from 2014 to 2017. Prior to that Mr. Cheng was the President of Delta Networks from 2002 to 2014 and led Video Display BU of Delta Electronics from 1999 to 2002. Mr. Cheng held various positions from International Sales Director to Assistant General Manager of Video Display BU of Delta from 1993 to 1999. Mr. Cheng holds a B.S. and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University in the state of California, USA.

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