ACEF 2017 speakers represent a wide range of stakeholders and practitioners from the global clean energy arena.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Global Lead (Energy Economics, Markets & Institutions) and Practice Manager, Energy & Extractives,
She has also held the roles of Sector Manager and Practice Manager, Strategy & Operations for the Practice since 2012.
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.
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.