Speakers 2017

ACEF 2017 speakers represent a wide range of stakeholders and practitioners from the global clean energy arena.

Aiming Zhou

Senior Energy Specialist in the Sector Service Advisory Division of Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB

Aiming Zhou is a Senior Energy Specialist in the Sector Service Advisory Division of Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department at Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Ajaita Shah

Founder and CEO, Frontier Markets

Ajaita is the Founder/CEO of Frontier Markets, a social business that has built access to over 200,000 clean energy solutions in rural India with a focus on market building, customer-centric design thinking, and building a network of 3000 farmer and 1000 rural women entrepreneurs.

Alexander Ablaza

Technical Advisor, ADB-OPPP/SERD Transaction Advisory Team, Melaka Road Lighting Project (TA-8240 - Regional: Supporting Regional Project Development for Association of Southeast Asian Nations Connectivity)

Over half of Alex’ 33-year professional career has been dedicated to growing EE and RE technology deployment in over 12 Asian markets through due diligence and financial close of over $3 billion in direct investments, and also through enabling policy and transaction support interventions.

Archana Walia

Director, India Programs, CLASP

Dr. Walia is a development professional with 23 years of experience on policy & program strategies in the field of energy and environment.

Bambang Susantono

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

Dr. Susantono is responsible for management of ADB’s Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, and Department of External Relations.

Ma. Carmela D. Locsin

Director General Sustainable Development & Climate Change Department,
Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Ms. Carmela D. Locsin is Director General at the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department.

Cindy Tiangco

Energy Specialist, Energy Division, Central and West Asia Department, ADB

Dr. Tiangco has over 20 years of energy sector experience focusing on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and climate change.

Dan Millison

Manager of Transcendergy, L.L.C.

Dan Millison is the Manager of Transcendergy L.L.C., a private consultancy established in 2008 to provide sustainable infrastructure solutions. He has more than 28 years professional experience with over 16 years of experience in clean energy development.

Edward Vine

Affiliate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Edward Vine is an Affiliate at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he has been involved in the evaluation of energy efficiency programs and policies for over 36 years.

Hwang Hyeong Jun

Yulchon LLC

Practice Areas: Environment & Energy, Administrative Disputes, Antitrust
Admitted: Korea Bar Association
Education: Harvard Law School LLM (2013), Judicial Research and Training Institute, the Supreme Court of Korea (2008), Seoul National University, M.A. (2004), Seoul National University, LL.B. (1999)

Jerry Bisson

Mission Director for Pakistan, United States Agency for International Development

For more than 30 years, Jerry Bisson has built and motivated teams dedicated to improving the lives of people in Afghanistan, Philippines, Indonesia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

Jiwan Acharya

Sector Advisory Service Division, Regional and Sustainable Development Department, ADB

Jiwan Acharya has been working in the Sector Advisory Service Division in the Regional and Sustainable Development Department of ADB since 1 October 2006 and currently holds the position of Senior Climate Change Specialist (Clean Energy).

Marian VanPelt

Vice President, ICF

Marian Van Pelt, a Vice President with ICF, supports a portfolio of activities designed to advance sustainability and low emission development. Working with USAID and others, she has developed numerous tools and protocols to calculate the impact of clean energy activities.

Mark Lister

Head of Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency

Mark Lister has diverse energy efficiency experience across business, government, NGOs and academia. He has held roles in government and the ESCO sector in Australia, grassroots project development in Africa, with the Asian Development Bank in Manila and is now based in Denmark, where he acts as head of the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency.

Melanie Slade

Senior Program Manager, Energy Efficiency in Emerging Economies, International Energy Agency

Melanie has spent more than twenty five years in energy efficiency policy development and implementation in many parts of the world. She started out working in the UK Government on industrial energy efficiency and has worked with many other governments to establish similar programmes, perhaps most notably, the Government of China in the 1990s.

Michael Reid

Managing Director, The Keyline Group

Michael Reid is a strategist leading initiatives at the intersection of government, community and business to resolve social and environmental issues through leadership, engagement, research and evaluation.

Namhoon Kang

President, CEO, Korea Energy Agency (KEA)

From Oct. 2016 President & CEO of Korea Energy Agency (KEA)
Sept. 2013 - Sept. 2016 President & CEO of Korea Industrial Complex Corporation (KICOX) May 2011 - Feb. 2013 Senior Presidential Secretary for Knowledge Economy (Industry, Trade and Energy), Presidential Office

Paul Simons

Deputy Executive Director, International Energy Agency, Paris

Paul Simons took up his duties as IEA Deputy Executive Director on 8 July 2015. He supports the Executive Director in providing leadership and strategic direction to the Agency, including advancing the global engagement strategy by strengthening co-operation with non-member countries and pursuing initiatives with key partner countries.

Peter du Pont

Senior Climate Change Advisor, USAID Asia

Peter du Pont in senior advisor to USAID for activities in energy and the environment in the Asia region, and is based at the USAID regional mission in Bangkok. He has more than 30 years’ experience developing sustainable energy and climate programs.

Priyantha Wijayatunga

Director South Asia Energy Division, ADB

Priyantha D C Wijayatunga holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka and a Doctorate in Power Economics from Imperial College London where he was a Beit Scientific Research Fellow.

Rahul Ravindranathan

Associate, ICF Consulting India Pvt Ltd

Rahul E Ravindranathan is an Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management professional with over 6 years of experience in the field.

Soma Dutta

Programme Coordinator, Women’s Economic Empowerment Programme, Energia

Soma Dutta has worked extensively on cross cutting issues of gender, poverty and development in the context of energy access, and has supported policy makers, practitioners, governments, NGOs and international organizations in project planning; socio-economic, institutional and policy analysis; and capacity building.

Steffen Scudlo

Project Manager, Siemens AG, EM DES PDE

Steffen graduated with a Diploma in Electrical Engineering at “Technical University Dresden, Germany” in 1996. He worked afterwards several years as sales manager for low-voltage switchboards in Germany and Singapore.

Stephen P. Groff

Vice-President (Operations 2), Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Stephen P. Groff is Vice-President (Operations 2) of the Asian Development Bank. He assumed office in October 2011. Mr. Groff is responsible for the full range of ADB's operations in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific.

Dr. Sun Xiansheng

Secretary General, IEF

Dr Sun was elected IEF Secretary General in August 2016. Prior to that he was President of China National Petroleum Corporation’s (CNPC) Economics and Technology Research Institute (ETRI), reporting to the Chinese leadership on energy policy decision making, Chinese gas pricing reforms, and international energy cooperation.

Takehiko Nakao

President and Chairperson, Board of Directors, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Takehiko Nakao is the President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Chairperson of ADB’s Board of Directors. He was elected President by ADB’s Board of Governors and assumed office in April 2013.

Dr. Thusitha Sugathapala

Secretary General, IEF

Dr. Thusitha Sugathapala is a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering of the University of Moratuwa; and a Chartered Engineer.

Vivien Foster

Global Lead (Energy Economics, Markets & Institutions) and Practice Manager, Energy & Extractives,
World Bank

She has also held the roles of Sector Manager and Practice Manager, Strategy & Operations for the Practice since 2012.

Wei-nee Chen

Chief Corporate Officer, Sustainable Energy Development Authority, Malaysia

Dr. Wei-nee Chen holds a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, a Master of Business Administration from Universiti Tun Abdul Razak, and a Doctor of Business Administration from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Mr. Wencai Zhang

Vice-President (Operations 1), Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Prior to joining ADB, Mr.Zhang was the Director General of the Department of External Economic Cooperation at the Ministry of Finance (MOF) pf the People's Republic of China (PRC).

Dr. Yeonji Kim

Director of the Citizen’s Energy Cooperation Division, Climate & Environment Headquarter, Seoul Metropolitan Government

Dr. Yeonji Kim is the Director of the Citizen’s Energy Cooperation Division under the Climate & Environment Headquarter in Seoul Metropolitan Government.

Yong Chen

Regional Program Officer (Asia and the Pacific), International Renewable Energy Association Agency (IRENA)

Speaking at Closing Plenary

Mr. Yong Chen joined IRENA in 2012 as a regional program officer for Asia and the Pacific, responsible for program coordination and implementation in the region.

Dr. Yongping Zhai

Technical Advisor (Energy),
Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Dr. Yongping Zhai has been working on energy development in Asia and Africa for about 25 years. He is currently Technical Advisor, Energy Sector Group, Asian Development Bank (ADB), in charge of overall energy policy coordination and technical support to ADB energy sector operations.