Speakers 2017

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

Abrar Ahmad

Program Management Specialist, USAID Pakistan

Abrar Ahmad is currently working as Program Management Specialist, Energy, with USAID/Pakistan. He possesses 25 years diversified experience in the industry, education, government and development sectors.

Adriana Karpinska

Renewable Energy Fellow, Pact Myanmar

After living off the grid in New Zealand, Adriana studied MSc programme 'Renewable Energy & Environmental Modelling' in Scotland, which she complemented by a placement at the Sino-Danish Renewable Energy Centre (CNREC) in Beijing.

Afnan Hannan

Co-Founder/Engineer, Okra Solar

Afnan has an academic background in Renewable Energy Engineering and Economics from the Australian National University. Afnan’s mission is to empower the under privileged by enabling access to energy and access to technology.

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.

Akanksha Chaurey

CEO, ITP India

Dr. Akanksha Chaurey is an expert on renewable energy technologies and markets and has led several projects dealing with technology assessment, market analysis, development of business models, capacity building, etc.

Akansha Singh

Entrepreneur, Swayambhu Innovative Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

Akansha set up a for profit organization that aims to generate bio-energy by linking a community to a Community Biogas Plant (CBP), which would use domestic/kitchen, livestock and farm waste on a mass scale to produce biogas, thereby generating electricity and other by-products like organic manure and bio-pesticides.

Alan Kneisz

Director - Business Development, Hydrogenics Corp.

Alan Kneisz is from Canada but has worked and lived in Asia for over 20 years initially in Telecoms and IT and over the last 9 years he has been working extensively in Renewable Energy.

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.

Andrew Jeffries

Director Energy Division, Southeast Asia Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Mr. Jeffries is the Director of the Southeast Asia Energy Division at the Asian Development Bank. The Division’s operations include investments in energy infrastructure, policy and sector reform assistance, and promoting regional energy cooperation in the Southeast Asia region.

Anjal Niraula

General Manager, Power

Anjal is the General Manager of Gham Power and an off grid solar expert leading a team of 30 highly talented individuals in developing and deploying solar PV based projects.

Anthony Jude

Former Director of Energy Division of South Asia Regional Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Anthony J. Jude worked with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for over 24 years on development work with the ADB in various senior positions, including Chair, Energy Committee, Senior Advisor concurrently Practice Leader (Energy).

Apsara Katugaha

Engineer, Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority

Ms. Apsara Katugaha is an Engineer from Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority. She has been involved in renewable energy and energy efficiency related activities since 2014.

Apurva Chaturvedi

Senior Clean Energy Specialist, USAID India

Apurva Chaturvedi is currently working as Senior Clean Energy Specialist in USAID/India. She has over 12 years of experience in clean energy and climate change sector.

Ashok Bhargava

Chair, Energy Sector Committee Director, Energy Division East Asia Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

As Director of the Energy Division in the East Asia Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Ashok Bhargava oversees energy sector operations in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Mongolia.

Asna Towfiq

Bangladesh Market Manager, The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Asna Towfiq has over 7 years of experience in market development for different sectors including renewable energy, agriculture, and tourism, with a focus on beneficiaries at the bottom of the pyramid.

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.

Ayu Abdullah

Regional Director for Southeast Asia, Energy Action Partners

Ayu Abdullah is Regional Director for Southeast Asia at the international nonprofit organization, Energy Action Partners.

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.

Bansari Saha

Senior Economist, ICF

Dr. Bansari Saha is a senior economist at ICF supporting public and private sector clients understand the economic effects of public policy decision-making.

Bartosz Wojszczyk

President and CEO, Decision Point Global

Accomplished executive, visionary and innovation spokesperson with over 23 years of international experience with Fortune 100 companies, utilities, academia and consulting with annual sales up to $2B.

Bénigne du Parc

Country Coordinator - Philippines, Entrepreneurs Dumonde

Bénigne du Parc is working for 18 years in the areas of ethic finance, microfinance and NGOs, with experience in Africa, Asia and Europe. He is a social business specialist, aiming at using entrepreneurial tools and mindset to strengthen and sustain social oriented projects.

Bernie Jones

Project Leader, Smart Villages Initiative

Dr. Jones is a UK-based project director and consultant working on a number of initiatives in the science-policy-development-communications nexus, especially in the fields of energy, biotechnology, science education and the societal impact of IT.

Beth Adler

Senior Investment Officer, USAID Development Credit Authority

Beth Adler is a Senior Investment Officer in the Asia and Middle East Team at USAID's Development Credit Authority (DCA) and has been with USAID for five years.

Bharath Jairaj

Senior Associate, World Resources Institute

Bharath Jairaj is a Senior Associate at WRI and works with the Energy Program and the Governance Centre.

Bill Meade

Deputy Chief of Party, USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development Project

Bill Meade is currently a Director with Tetra Tech (USA) and based in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Boonrod Yaowapruek

Investment Mobilization Lead, USAID Clean Power Asia

Mr. Boonrod Yaowapruek currently serves as an investment mobilization lead at USAID Clean Power Asia program, a multi-million dollar effort over five years to increase the supply of grid-connected renewable energy on the lower Mekong countries.

Bui Duy Thanh

Senior Energy Economist, Southeast Asia Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Mr. Bui has been working in ADB since 2005. He is responsible for developing and implementing programs to support energy sector development in ADB member countries in Southeast Asia.

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.

Caroline Lee

Energy Policy Analyst, International Energy Agency

Caroline Lee is Energy Policy Analyst in the Environment and Climate Change Unit of the International Energy Agency where she leads the work stream on energy sector climate resilience and analyses climate change policy for the energy sector for countries.

Charu Chadha

Member, GSMA's Mobile Development Utilities Programme

Charu Chadha is a member of GSMA’s Mobile for Development Utilities Programme. She leads the Innovation Fund in Asia, and manages fund grantees as well as engagement with the ecosystem (including telecom operators, donors and start-ups).

Chih-Ting Lo

Principal, EELO Solutions

Chih-Ting is a 14-year veteran in optimizing energy resources, implementing innovative energy technologies, and minimizing environmental footprint for large industrial sectors.

Christian Gertig

Principal Engineer - Solar, OST Energy

Christian Gertig is a principal engineer and advisor with over 12 years of international experience in solar power generation. His expertise lies in all technologies of solar energy conversion, PV, CPV and CSP.

Christopher La Fargue

Climate Change Team Leader, USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia

Chris La Fargue with USAID's Regional Development Mission for Asia in Bangkok (RDMA). He has more than seventeen years of international development experience across several sectors including food security, disaster assistance, governance and conservation.

Cindy Tiangco

Senior Energy Specialist , ADB

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

Cody Friesen

Founder and CEO, Zero Mass Water

Cody Friesen is Founder and CEO of Zero Mass, where he leads their mission to provide a reliable, renewable, and personal source of delicious, high-quality drinking water for everyone, everywhere.

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.

Dann Diez

Executive Director, Sustainable Energy and Enterprise Development for Communities

Dann Diez is a climate justice activist, his passion for people and planet brought him to help and mobilize eco-actions in the island communities.

David Elzinga

Senior Energy Specialist, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

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

Dedy Haning

Project Coordinator, Sumba Iconic Island, Hivos Southeast Asia

Dedy Haning is a Project Coordinator in Green Energy Division of Hivos Southeast Asia in Jakarta Indonesia. He currently managing the largest part of Sumba Iconic Island project in Sumba Island.

Dharshana Muthumuni

Managing Director, Manitoba Hydro HVDC Research Center

Dharshana Muthumuni, Ph.D., P.Eng., is the Managing Director of the Manitoba HVDC Research Centre, a division of Manitoba Hydro International. He has over 20 years of experience in engineering studies using a variety of simulation products, including PSCAD™ and PSS/E.

Dinesh Selvamurthy

Director, Reneon Technologies

Dinesh is the Founder of Reneon Technologies; an electrical engineering company specializing in cloud-based energy management solutions to empower commercial & residential clients alike towards reducing their energy consumption.

Dipal Barua

Founder and Chairman, Bright Green Energy Foundation

Dipal Chandra Barua, Founder & Chairman, Bright Green Energy Foundation (BGEF) is a bright innovator, passionate and a proactive entrepreneur. Mr. Barua is the pioneer of Solar Energy in Bangladesh.

Divyam Nagpal

Associate Programme Officer - Policy, International Renewable Energy Agency

Divyam Nagpal is an Associate Programme Officer in IRENA’s Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre. Within the Policy Unit, he works on a broad range of projects, including renewable energy policy assessment, off-grid renewables for energy access, the water, energy and food nexus, and the South-East Asia regional market analysis.

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.

Felix William B. Fuentebella

Undersecretary, Department of Energy Philippines

Felix William Fuentebella, also known as “Wimpy”, is the Undersecretary for Power and Spokesperson of the Philippine Department of Energy. Before taking the position in the Energy Sector under President Duterte’s Administration, he was a former representative of the 4th District of Camarines Sur Province.

Frederic Asseline

Principal Climate Change Specialist (Climate Finance) Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Frederic is a Principal Climate Change Specialist (Climate Finance) in the Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management Division, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC) of ADB.

Ganyfer M Dorado

Operations Manager, Alterna Verde Corporation

Engr. Ganyfer Dorado is a registered Electrical Engineer and studied at the University of thePhilippines where she published an undergraduate thesis titled “Electrical Design of a Wind PowerPlant for Additional Power Generation in Marinduque.

Gil-Hong Kim

Senior Director concurrently Chief Sector Officer, Sector Advisory Service Cluster, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Mr. Gil-Hong Kim is a Senior Director concurrently Chief Sector Officer for Sector Advisory Service Cluster of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Gokul Pandian

Head – Energy Efficiency, ICF Consulting India Pvt Ltd

R P Gokul has 13 years of work experience and currently, he is leading the energy efficiency and climate change team in ICF, New Delhi. Gokul has involved in energy efficiency analysis, demand side management, policy advocacy, cost optimization and MRV framework development using Internet of Things.

Gregory Long

Director, Fluidic Energy

Mr. Gregory Long is the director of PT Fluidic Indonesia, the Indonesian manufacturing subsidiary of Fluidic Energy, USA.

Gyanendra Raj Sharma

Livelihood Expert, Centre for Rural Technology, Nepal

Gyanendra is a Business Development Specialist with 25 years of national and international work experiences in the Renewable Energy Sector.

Hans Friederich

Director-General, INBAR

Dr Friederich is a Dutch National with more than 30 years working experience in Africa, Asia and Europe as natural resources manager; He has worked for local and national government, managed projects and programmes in an international organization, and had national, regional and global briefs.

Harsha Wickramasinghe

Head of Energy Department, Factor

Harsha Wickramasinghe is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from University of Moratuwa and a Chartered Engineer. Serving in an engineering enterprise, he served many industries focusing on operational efficiency.

Hemant Nandanpawar

Senior Director – Advisory Services (IDP Practice), Ernst & Young LLP, Manila, Philippines

Hemant is Energy, Climate Change and Sustainability expert, working as Senior Director – Advisory Services of Ernst & Young LLP, Manila, Philippines.

Dr. Hiroshi Komiyama

Chairman of Platinum Society Network, Chairman of Mitsubishi Research Institute, Former President of University of Tokyo, Platinum Society Network

Dr. Hiroshi Komiyama obtained a PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Tokyo in 1972. He was University of California (Davis) Post · Doctral · Fellow in 1973-1974.

Hongpeng Liu

Mr. Hongpeng Liu, Director, a.i., Energy Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

Hugo Lucas Porta

Head of Energy Department, Factor

He has 18 years of experience in the private sector, government and multilateral institutions, working in the design and implementation of support mechanism for the promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

Hwang Hyeong Jun

Yulchon LLC

Partner
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)

Iban Vendrell

Program Leader Renewables, Asia Pacific, Mott MacDonald

A chartered energy engineer with over 10 years of experience in most of renewable energy technologies. Leading wind power geothermal power business In Asia. Held business development roles for Mott MacDonald’s Asian business for solar and wind power sectors for Asia.

Igor Skryabin

Business Development Manager, Australian National University

"Dr Skryabin's career has spanned both industry and academia. His 30+ years experience includes commercialization of PV, energy for defence and security, renewable energy market development mechanisms, and commercialization of intellectual property

Ilya Chernyakhovskiy

Energy Analyst, Strategic Energy Analysis Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Ilya Chernyakhovskiy is an Energy Analyst in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Imran Ahmed

Program Management Specialist (Energy), USAID

With Bachelor's degree in Electronic Engineering and Master's degree in Business Administration, Imran has around 27 years’ experience of working in power sector of Pakistan, mostly in power distribution planning.

Ingo Puhl

Director for Strategy, Co-Founder and Member, The South Pole Group

Ingo began his career in clean energy as a consultant to the World Bank in 1995 and became a pioneer in the emerging international carbon market.

Ishtiaq Chisti

Chief Consultant, Ishtiaq Chisti Consultants

Ishtiaq Chisti is a results-focused International Energy Consultant with proven experience in managing people and processes to provide project management leadership in the areas of sustainable growth, renewable power generation, energy efficiency, demand response, distributed energy resources, and efficient water use and conservation.

Jaquelin Cochran

Senior Energy Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Jaquelin Cochran is a Senior Energy Analyst with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

James Hazelton

Program Manager, IT Power (Australia)

James Hazelton is a Renewable Energy Engineer and Consultant at IT Power Australia. He has over 8 years’ experience in clean energy access, rural electrification and large scale renewable energy projects.

James Wilde

Director, Policy and Innovation, Carbon Trust

James Wilde leads the Carbon Trust’s global policy and innovation work, supporting governments, development banks and international organisations with technical expertise and programme management skills in order to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy.

Jason Bogovich

Private Consultant, U.S. Department of Energy

Mr. Bogovich has over 13 years of experience in the energy, housing and economic development fields with extensive knowledge of policy and programmatic deliveries of local, state, regional and national programs.

Jeffrey Humber

Senior Energy Advisor, USAID Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs (OAPA)

Jeffrey Humber has more than 25 years of experience in international project finance and project development, attracting private investment to emerging market countries.

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).

John Bruce Well

John Bruce Wells has more than 25 years of experience in designing and managing programs for the public and private sectors that advance clean energy and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; help energy companies apply social responsibility approaches at the business unit level;

Kalpana Rai

Improved Cookstoves Woman Entrepreneur, Kalpana Kitchen Wares and General Store

A community health worker, Kalpana Rai understands the importance of improved cookstoves (ICS) and is emerging as a last mile supplier of ICS in rural Nepal. Where ICS is not considered as something to be commercially marketed, she has dared to invest on ICS.

Kamala Dhakal

President, Aastha Engineering Solution Pvt. Ltd.

In 2009, Kamala Dhakal established Aastha Engineering Solution Pvt. Ltd to place RE technologies within the broader framework of climate change mitigation and adaptation options in Nepal.

Kamani Jayasekera

Deputy General Manager (Electrical), Ceylon Electricity Board, Sri Lanka

Kamani Jayasekera serves as the Deputy General Manager (Electrical) Engineering Advisory Services of the Ceylon Electricity Board, Sri Lanka.

Katarina Hasbani

Board Member, Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)

Katarina has 15 years of professional experience in energy sector. Katarina conducted research and market intelligence work, she developed country level policies and regulations, directed outreach to stakeholders and acted as a project manager, all in clean energy space. In the public sector, she worked for Dubai Government and the European Commission.

K.J.C. Vinod Kumar

Manager, Advisory Services, Ernst and Young LLP

K.J.C. Vinod Kumar is a clean energy professional with over 9 years of experience across functions such as Operation, Business Strategy formulation, Management consulting and Project management.

Koen Peters

Executive Director, Global Off-Grid Lighting Association

Mr Koen Peters became Executive Director of GOGLA (Global Off-Grid Lighting Association) in August 2014, after two decades of international roles in both public and private sector.

Lachana Shresthacharya

Biomass Energy Expert, Center for Rural Technology

Ms Lachana Shresthacharya, a motivated and result-oriented professional with learning attitude, currently working as Biomass Energy Expert in Women's Economic Empowerment-Nepal (WEE Nepal) Project implemented by Centre for Rural Technology, Nepal.

Laure Vinçotte

Managing Director, Corporate Impact Investment Fund dedicated to energy access for poor populations, ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies

Laure Vinçotte is currently Managing Director of the corporate impact investment fund ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies. This fund has been set up by ENGIE Group in 2011 in order to support entrepreneurs promoting energy access for excluded people in emerging and developed countries.

Li Jingming

Director, Division of Renewable Energy, Rural Energy and Environment Agency (REEA), Ministry of Agriculture (MOA)

After graduation from Tsinghua University in 1984, Mr. Li Jingming worked in Chinese Academy of Agricultural Engineering Research and Planning (CAAERP), Department of Environmental Protection and Energy (DEPE), Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), and Center for Science and Technology Development, MOA respectively.

Lin Lu

Energy Specialist Energy Division East Asia Regional Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Ms. Lin Lu is a national of the People’s Republic of China. She obtained her Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University, USA (2007); Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University, USA (2003)

M K Balaji

Chief of Party, PFAN Asia

M.K. Balaji form Deloitte Consulting is the Chief of Party of USAID-PFAN Asia program, .The program helps clean energy project developers to get funding for their projects through mentoring and technical assistance.

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 Christian P. Marollano

Senior Science Research Specialist, Department of Energy Philippines

Mark Christian Marollano is a Senior Science Research Specialist from the Philippine Department of Energy under Power Bureau where majority of his task is related to generation sector monitoring and Capacity expansion planning.

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.

Matthew S. Mendis

Senior Vice President, Government Services, Nexant Inc.

Mr. Mendis is Senior Vice President for Nexant Government Services based in Washington, D.C., where he leads Nexant’s government consulting business practice. Mr. Mendis is an internationally recognized clean energy, environment and finance expert with more than 35 years of experience having worked in over 45 developing countries around the world. Initially, Mr.

Matthias Gelber

Matthias Gelber was voted Greenest Person on the Planet in 2008 and he received the Green Icon of the year award in 2016 by the Asia CSR council.

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 Oke

Executive Director, Michael Adedotun Oke Foundation

Michael Adedotun Oke has an expertise in Farm Management and extension. A Graduate of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, with Post Graduate Diploma in Farm Management and Extension.

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.

Mike Crosetti

Director, Castlerock Consulting

Mike is a director of Castlerock Consulting and has been based in Jakarta Indonesia for the past 22 years. In recent years he has led least-cost electrification planning training and studies in Cambodia, Indonesia, PNG and Fiji.

Molly Hurley-Depret

Storyteller and Policy Manager, Smart Villages Initiative

Molly Hurley-Dépret is the Storyteller and Policy Manager for the Smart Villages Initiative. She has been of part of the Smart Villages Initiative since its inception and has over a decade of experience in communication and policy focusing on development and science & innovation.

Muditha Karunathilake

Engineer, Sri Lanka Energy Managers Association

Muditha is an electrical engineer with 2 years of experience in the electricity industry and has engaged in various projects in the areas of energy efficiency improvement, renewable energy development, electricity tariff assessment and transmission and distribution loss assessment.

Naly Yang

Director, Naly Agriculture Pty Ltd

For over a decade, Naly Yang has been providing alternative innovations and solutions to replace unsustainable conventional cooking fuel with the use of alternative raw materials (such as paddy husks) that are more efficient and environmentally friendly.

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.

Narayankumar Sreekumar

Fellow, Electricity & Fuels Division, The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI)

Mr Kumar is an electrical engineer by profession with Masters in Energy Engineering from Anna University. He has more than five years of experience in the power sector working with various stakeholders such as generation and distribution companies.

Nicholas Wagner

Associate Programme Officer, Renewable Energy Roadmaps, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Nicholas Wagner is an Associate Programme Officer at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). He is located at IRENA’s Innovation and Technology Centre in Bonn, Germany.

Niels Ehlers

50Hertz Transmission

Dr. Niels Ehlers is heading the Concepts and System Strategy department at 50Hertz Transmission GmbH, one of four transmission system operators in Germany.

Nikhil Desai

Mr. Desai is an energy and environmental economist with 35 years of experience in analytical studies and investment projects in the developing as well as OECD countries.

Nilmini Silva-Send

Assitant Director/Adjunct Professor, Energy Policy Initiatives Center, University of San Diego

Dr. Silva-Send is Assistant Director/Adjunct Professor at the Energy Policy Initiatives Center, University of San Diego, California.

Nimashi Fernando

Executive, Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority

Ms. Nimashi Fernando is an Executive at the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority and a Senior Executive at the Presidential Taskforce on Energy Demand Side Management.

Nitin Bhatt

Manager PR & Regional Manager UJALA, Energy Efficiency Services Limited, A PSU under Ministry of Power, Govt. of India

Mr. Nitin Bhatt is the over all In-charge for BD, Approval, Promotion and implementation of UJALA and PAVAN Project in the State of Haryana, Punjab and U.T of Chandigarh, India.

Nitin Zamre

Managing Director, ICF

Nitin Zamre has more than 25 years of advising public and private sector clients in energy issues worldwide. He is working as the Managing Director of ICF-India. His key areas of expertise are energy markets and climate changes issues.

Oliver Knight

Senior Energy Specialist, The World Bank

Oliver Knight is a Senior Energy Specialist at ESMAP, the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program in the World Bank. Established in 1983, ESMAP is a global, multi-donor technical assistance trust fund that seeks to increase energy sector know-how and institutional capacity in developing countries.

Olly Norojono

Director, Transport, Energy and Natural Resources Division, Pacific Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Mr. Olly Norojono joined the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in 2002. He has more than 30 years of professional experience. During his work with ADB, he prepared and managed projects in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan.

Park Kyung Soon

Deputy Director, Global Project Division, Korea Energy Agency (KEA)

Kyung-soon, Park is Deputy Director of Global Project Division at the KEA, effective, January 2017. In this position, He is responsible for managing KEA’s collaboration with the ADB (Asian Development Bank), KEA’s collaboration and communication with Indonesia and Cambodia, and overseeing the co-hosting for the ACEF with ADB and USAID.

Pats Tsang

Director, Eco Battery Technology Ltd

Pats Tsang is from Hong Kong and is currently the Director of Eco Battery Technology Ltd He has over 25 years of experience in Electronic components business.

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.

Piyush Mathur

Chief Executive Officer,
Simpa Networks

Mr. Piyush Mathur is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Simpa Networks, an award-winning energy access company, using innovative packaged finance models to make energy accessible and affordable for the energy-poor households in rural India.

Pradeep Prerera

Principal Energy Specialist, Energy Division, South Asia Regional Department , Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Dr. Pradeep Perera has graduated with Degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and PhD degree from Imperial College in Power System Economics. Prior to joining he has worked in the World Bank Group.

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 Gupta

Managing Director-Business Development, GE Global Growth Organization, ASEAN

Rahul leads business development & growth for GE’s industrial businesses for ASEAN. He is responsible for strategy, marketing, investment capital, growth initiatives and originating & executing on JV’s & partnerships.

Ralph Becker

CEO, Urban Greens

With more than 10 year in corporate business development and product design at Sony Electronics, Ralph Becker turned hydroponic enthusiast with a BIG vision to disrupt the Philippine food scene.

Ram Prasad Dhital

Executive Director, Alternative Energy Promotions Center (AEPC)

Mr. Ram Prasad Dhital is the Executive Director at Alternative Energy Promotion Centre under Ministry of Population and Environment in Nepal.

Ranishka Wimalasena

Senior Project Officer (Energy), Asian Development Bank, Sri Lanka Resident Mission

Ranishka Wimalasena is the senior project officer (Energy) in ADB Sri Lanka Resident Mission. He has 13 years of professional experience in Energy, Project Management and Industrial Engineering.

Ravikumar Kandasamy

Deputy Director, Rural Energy and Infrastructure, Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Rural Industrialization (MGIRI)

Mr. Ravikumar deals with development of RE based decentralized Energy Efficient systems for MSME Sectors, Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship development since 2009.

Ravini Karunarathne

Engineer, Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority

Ms. Ravini Karunarathne is an Engineer from the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority and a Project Assistant for the GEF/UNDP/FAO funded projects on ‘Sustainable Biomass Energy’ and ‘Energy NAMA’.

Rehana Riyawala

Vice President, SEWA

Ms Rehana Riyawala is Vice President of SEWA since January, 2015. She has been the Secretary of SEWA from January 2012 – December 2014.

Richard Taylor

Chief Executive, International Hydropower Association

Richard M Taylor, a fellow of the Energy Institute (UK), has been involved in the hydropower sector since 1985. He became a founding board member of IHA in 1995, and has served as the association’s executive director since 2001.

Ronnie Khanna

Deputy Chief of Party - Renewable Energy, USAID PACE-D TA Program, Nexant INc.

Ronnie is currently the Deputy Chief of Party - Renewable Energy at the USAID PACE-D Technical Assistance Program. In the past, he has been part of Deloitte India‘s GUIDe practice focusing on renewables segment.

Russell deLucia

Principal Founder & Innovation Director, S3IDF

Dr. deLucia is Principle Founder and Innovative Director of Small Scale Infrastructure Development Fund (S3IDF). Prior to the founding of S3IDF, Russell had 30 plus years of experience in the areas of development finance, infrastructure development, and natural resource allocation.

Ryan Hogarth

Climate Change Consultant / Dr., Oxford Policy Management

"Dr. Ryan Hogarth works for Oxford Policy Management where he policy support on issues related to climate and development. Currently, Ryan helps to manage the DFID funded Applied Research Programme on Energy and Economic Growth.

Samuel Tumiwa

Principal Energy Specialist, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Samuel is Principal Energy Specialist for Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central Asia and the Caucasus, leading policy dialogue with government, and overseeing design and implementation of loans and technical assistance projects.

Sarah Alexander

Advisor, SELCO Foundation

Sarah Alexander is an advisor to SELCO Foundation where she brings ten years of experience in providing management and program support to its energy access ecosystem building work.

Scott Countryman

Managing Director, The Coral Triangle Conservancy, Inc.

Scott Countryman is the Founder and Executive Director of the Coral Triangle Conservancy and is responsible for running all aspects of the philanthropic venture.

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.

Somesh Kumar

Partner & Leader – Power and Utilities, Ernst & Young, India.

Somesh has been involved in managing large-scale power and utilities transformation programs for over 20+ years.

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.

Stella Liu

Fulbright Scholar, IBM / UC Irvine

Stella Liu is a visiting Fulbright Research Fellow based at the Center for Non-traditional Security Studies in the S.

Stephane Tromilin

Energy projects regional manager, Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

After having obtained a mechanical engineering degree from ICAM and a master of science in sustainable development at HEC, Stéphane joined in 2008 the headquarters of the French Development Agency.

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.

Subarna Kapali

Managing Director, Ajummery Bikas Foundation

Subarna Kapali, an economist, has 25 years of experience working in renewable energy sector. He has been involved in a number of socio-economic studies and design and implementation of projects/programmes relating to access to energy, productive use of energy and women's economic empowerment.

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.

Toby Sirseth

Inventor & Technical Director, Ocean Rocker

Inventor Toby Sirseth has for the last ten years been representing the Norwegian research Foundation Renewable in Bergen.

Todd Sorenson

Acting Mission Director, USAID/RDMA

Mr. Todd Sorenson serves as the Acting Mission Director for the Regional Development Mission for Asia based in Bangkok, Thailand.

Thomas Chrometzka

Director Renewable Energy, GIZ Thailand

Thomas Chrometzka is a renewable energy enthusiast currently the Director Renewable Energy with GIZ Thailand. Thomas joined GIZ to support creating markets for renewable energy in Southeast Asia.

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.

Ubesiri Narayana Sanjaya

Electrical Engineer (Transmission Planning), Ceylon Electricity Board

"Sanjaya Ubesiri is a Chartered Electrical Engineer in profession and he has almost eight years’ of experience in Distribution and Transmission planning in Ceylon Electricity Board in Sri Lanka.

Umesh Bhutoria

CEO, E-Cube Energy

10+ years of Exp in Energy markets, Lead E-Cube Energy serving clients like The World Bank, Stockholm International Water Institute, NALCO, Hindalco, IFC, Hindalco, RSWM Limited, Arvind Ltd, Welspun India.

Vaidotas Kirsys

Environmental Advisor, Swimsol GmbH

Vaidotas (Vaidas) Kirsys is an environmentalist and a communicator. After graduating in BSc Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology (England), he dedicated himself to bridging the communication gap between the academics and the public.

Vikram Mulye

DGM Sales & Business Development, Siemens Gamesa

An Engineer with a commercial bent of mind, Vikram has been a part of the Renewable Energy industry for more than a decade in Wind, Biomass and Solar through marquee organizations such as Vestas, AREVA and now Siemens Gamesa.

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).

Won Jung Yoon

Officer for Global Cooperation, Korea District Heating Corporation.

Benjamin Yoon is Principal Officer for Global Cooperation at Korea District Heating Corporation.

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.

Yuvaraj Dinesh Babu Nithyanandam

Chief of Party, Nexant

Mr. Nithyanandam Yuvaraj (Dinesh) Babu is working with Nexant, serving as its Chief of Party for the USAID-funded, 6-year, $22 million Partnership to Advance Clean Energy – Deployment project in India.

Zeng Ming

Professor and Director, Research Center of Energy Internet and Research Center of Energy and Electricity Economics, North China Electric Power University

Zeng Ming is the director for Research Center of Energy Net and Research & Consulting Center of Energy and Electricity Economics, NCEPU.