Keynotes Speakers and Thought Leaders 2018

Ashok Bhargava

Chair, Energy Sector Committee Director, Energy Division Central and West Asia Department, Asian Development Bank

As Director of the Energy Division in the Central and West Asia Department (CWRD) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Bambang Susantono

Vice-President (Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development), ADB

Dr. Bambang Susantono is the Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Danny Kennedy

Managing Director, California Clean Energy Fund and Cofounder of Sungevity and Powerhouse

Danny Kennedy leads the California Clean Energy Fund, connecting entrepreneurs everywhere to capital to build an abundant clean energy economy that benefits all.

David Elzinga

Senior Energy Specialist, Asian Development Bank

David engages across a range of energy system technologies to support ADB’s investments in the energy sector.

Dipal Chandra Barua

Founder and Chairman, Bright Green Energy Foundation

In 1983, Dipal Chandra, together with Muhammad Yunus, founded the microfinance institution Grameen Bank and remained its Deputy Managing Director until December 2009.

Laszlo Varro

Chief Economist, International Energy Agency (IEA)

Laszlo Varro, who has worked at the IEA since 2011, became the Agency's Chief Economist at the start of 2016, succeeding Fatih Birol, who took over as IEA Executive Director on 1 September 2015.

Nam-Hoon Kang

President, Korea Energy Agency

From Oct. 2016 - President & CEO of Korea Energy Agency (KEA)

Naoyuki Yoshino

Dean, ADBI

Naoyuki Yoshino is Dean of the Asian Development Bank Institute; Professor Emeritus of Keio University, in Tokyo, Japan

Takehiko Nakao

President and Chairperson, Board of Directors, Asian Development Bank

Takehiko Nakao is the President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Chairperson of ADB’s Board of Directors.

Wencai Zhang

Vice President (Operations 1), Asian Development Bank

Mr. Wencai Zhang is the Vice-President (Operations 1) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He joined ADB in December 2013.

Yongping Zhai

Chief of Energy Sector Group, ADB

Dr. Yongping Zhai has been working on energy development in Asia and Africa for more than 25 years.