Speakers 2018

ACEF 2018 speakers represent a wide range of stakeholders and practitioners from the global clean energy arena.

Aiming Zhou

Senior Energy Specialist in Energy Division of South Asia Regional Department (SAEN), Asian Development Bank

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).

Aldrin Calderon

Associate Director for Energy & Sustainability, Ayala Property Management Corporation

Aldrin Calderon received his Ph.D. in Energy Engineering from University of the Philippines.

Alexander Ablaza

President, Philippine Energy Efficiency Alliance (PE2)

Over half of Alex’ 34-year professional career has been dedicated to accelerating energy efficiency (EE) markets across developing Asia.

Andrew Jeffries

Director, Energy Division, Southeast Asia Regional Department, ADB

Mr. Jeffries is the Director of the Southeast Asia Energy Division at the Asian Development Bank.

Anjal Niraula

Managing Director, Gham Power

Anjal is an off grid solar expert at Gham Power, where he oversees company's R&D and product strategy - including business development, design and engineering.

Anthony M. Watanabe

Managing Director, Bangkok, Thailand, Asia Clean Innovation

Anthony has spent the past 15 years working at the forefront of sustainability. Adept at connecting dots and data to originate opportunities, he is an incorrigible glass half full eco-preneur.

Arjun Gupta

Founder & CEO, Smart Joules Pvt. Ltd.

Arjun P. Gupta is on a mission to eliminate India’s need for fossil fuels.

Ashma Vaidya

Consultant, Ajummery Bikash Foundation

Ashma is an independent consultant and an educator who specializes in renewable energy and natural resource management. She has over five years experience in renewable energy sector.

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).

Bartosz Wojszczyk

President and CEO, Decision Point Global

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

BenJeMar-Hope Flores

PhD Candidate/Power Systems Researcher, Power Systems Analysis and Control Laboratory - Seoul National University of Science and Technology

BenJeMar is a power systems researcher and has worked on projects involving multi-objective optimization, security-constrained economic dispatch, microgrids.

Bernie Jones

Director, Smart Villages Research Group

Oxford, UK Bernie Jones is Director of the Smart Villages Initiative, which has for more than 6 years been looking at options for off-grid rural energy access.

Carlo Figà Talamanca

CEO, Sustainable Green Fuel Enterprise (SGFE)

Carlo Figà Talamanca is the CEO and owner of Sustainable Green Fuel Enterprise (SGFE), which is an international award winning company producing eco-friendly charcoal briquettes.

Charles Navarro

Clean Energy Investment Specialist, Energy for All Initiative, Asian Development Bank

Coy is a shareholder in two electric vehicle companies in the Philippines, and an angel investor in a FinTech and online education startup.

Christian Liedtke

Chief Technical Advisor, GIZ

Mr. Christian Liedtke has 6 years of international experience in working as an advisor and programme manager in the energy access sector on topics covering clean cooking, mini-grids, policy, governance, access to finance and productive use of energy.

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.

Dany Qian

Global Vice President, JinkoSolar

Dany Qian is a Global Vice President of JinkoSolar, the world’s largest solar panel manufacturer.

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.

Debajit Palit

Associate Director & Senior Fellow, The Energy and Resources Institute, India

Mr Debajit Palit is Associate Director & Senior Fellow at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India and is responsible for the Rural Energy and Livelihood Division in TERI.

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.

Diwakar Gupta

Vice-President (Private Sector and Cofinancing Operations), Asian Development Bank

Diwakar Gupta is the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Vice-President for Private Sector and Cofinancing Operations. He assumed office in August 2015.

Fely Arriola

Access to Energy Specialist, ADB’s Energy for All Initiative

Ms. Fely Arriola works as an Access to Energy Specialist for ADB’s Energy for All Initiative and supports efforts to scale up energy access investments in ADB’s developing member countries.

Gokul Pandian

Head - Energy Efficiency and Climate Change, ICF consulting India Private Limited

Gokul is a leading energy efficiency and climate change specialist with over 13 years of experience in supporting clients ranging from multi-lateral banks, corporate establishments and government agencies in the areas of energy efficiency, climate change policy, sustainability, finance in the South Asia, South East Asia and Middle East.

Harish Anchan

Managing Director - Asia, Envirofit India

As Managing Director – Asia, Envirofit’s Harish Anchan has been instrumental in creating awareness and adoption of clean burning technology and improved biomass cookstoves in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

Hongpeng Liu

Director, Energy Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

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

Hugo Lucas Porta

Head of Energy Department, Factor

Head of the Energy Department at Factor. He has 19 years of experience in the private sector, the government and multilateral institutions

Ick Jin

Director, NABO

AIck Jin, Ph.D/CFA/CIPM - Director of Economic Analysis Coordination Division of NABO (National Assembly Budget Office).

Ishrat Shabnam

Country Manager, Practical Action Consulting

Ishrat Shabnam, a civil engineer by education, throughout a career span of over 12 years, has been working on energy projects focusing investment promotions, innovative technology for energy efficiency and waste to energy.


Nepal Market Manager, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Karuna Bajracharya is the Nepal Market Manager at the Global Alliance for Clean cookstoves.

Khristin Hunter

Country Coordinator, Philippines, Entrepreneurs du Monde

Khristin has more than 15 years of experience working for NGOs focusing on extreme poverty, both on the field level and as a program funder. She currently oversees Entrepreneurs du Monde’s programs in the Philippines.

Kishore Kumar

Sr. Associate, CLASP India Office

PVN Kishore Kumar joined CLASP’s India team as a Senior Associate in 2017. Kishore serve as a technical, and program resource for CLASP, India and providing day to day analytical support to Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), India under Standards & labelling (S&L) program.


Advisory Practice, International Consultant

Krishna Amancherla is an evangelist for emerging technologies that tackle climate change and reduce the carbon foot print in the infrastructure, energy and utility sector.

Krishna Nepal

General Manager, Salleri Chialsa Electricity Co. Ltd. (SCECO)

An Electrical Engineer, graduated (Bachelor and Master) from Tribhuvan University, Institute of Engineering (IOE) Nepal, having Nine years of experiences in engineering academics and operation and management of electricity utility and projects.

Kyle Datta

Partner, Ulupono Foundation

As general partner, Kyle is responsible for developing Ulupono Initiative’s partnerships with stakeholders, policy makers and community organizations. He also oversees the organization’s systems-thinking approach to strategy development and transformation.

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.

Leonardo Paoli

Analyst, International Energy Agency

Leonardo works in the Transport team of the Energy Technology Perspectives division at the International Energy Agency. Leonardo contributed to the Nordic Electric Vehicle Outlook and co-authored the latest Global Electric Vehicle Outlook

Litthanoulok Laspho

Chief of Energy Policy Division, Lao PDR Ministry of Energy and Mines – Department of Energy Policy and Planning

Mr. Litthanoulok Laspho leads the Energy Policy Division within the Department of Energy Policy and Planning at the Lao PDR Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM).

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.

Manuel Cocco

COO, Vireo

Manu is a senior climate policy expert with 15+ years of experience working on climate change & renewable energy policy development, including public climate finance and sustainable development advisor.

Menaka Rajaguru

Assistant Director/Ms., Department of External Resources

Being an Assistant Director of the Department of External Resources in Sri Lanka, my present assignments involve the primary policy economics to contribute towards policy formulation and implementation of development projects by utilizing Foreign Development Assistance (FDA).

Mini Govindan

Fellow, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

Mini GOVINDAN holds a PhD in Development Studies from Institute for Social
and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore. In the capacity of a ‘Fellow’ a middle-level position at The Energy and Resource Institute, she has been associated with ‘Social Transformation Division’.

Muhammad Hasif Hasan

Analyst, MIGHT

Muhammad Hasif Hasan is a Research Analyst under the Special Projects, specifically pursuing clean technology applications and deployment.

Naoyuki Yoshino

Dean, ADBI

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

Nathaniel Camat

Vice President, Pascal Resources Energy Inc.

Nathaniel Q. Camat is a Vice President for Corporate Strategy, Planning and Business Development of Pascal Resources Energy Inc.

Porferio R. Jabla, Jr.

Managing Director and Co-Founder, Yamog Renewable Energy Development Group, Inc.

Porferio R. Jabla, Jr. comes from Mindanao, the second largest island in the Philippines, where most people in rural areas are still living below the poverty line.

Dr. Pradeep Perera

Principal Energy Specialist, Asian Development Bank

Pradeep Perera ( Principal Energy Specialist South Asian Department) is responsible for coordinating ADB’s Energy sector lending operations in India.

Priyantha Wijayatunga

Director, Energy Division, South Asia Regional Department, 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.

Recca Liem

Principal, ENEA Consulting

Recca has more than 13 years of experience in the energy and infrastructure industries. He has been a strategic adviser and long-term partner for the public and private sectors.

Reman A. Chua

Vice President, First Gen Corporation

Mr. Reman Chua leads the business development projects for solar and wind, most notable of which is the 150 MW Burgos Wind Project in the Philippines.

Richard McIndoe

Executive Chairman, Edge Electrons

Richard is a recognised leader in the Asia-Pacific energy region, having been CEO of Energy Australia from 2006 to 2014.

Rishab Shrestha

Analyst, GTM Research

Rishab Shrestha is an Analyst for GTM Research primarily covering global downstream PV markets. Prior to joining GTM in 2018, he worked for MAKE Consulting researching on key global solar markets and solar supply chain.

Robin Hughes

Chairman, Clean Vehicle Solutions (Asia) Limited

Robin Hughes, a UK Citizen, is an economics graduate and the founder of Clean Vehicle Solutions (Asia) Ltd.

Ronald Sastrawan

Senior Risk Analyst, Munich Re

Ronald is part of Green Tech Solutions within the Munich Re Group insuring long-term risks for suppliers and project developers of green technologies.

Sanjay Dube

Vice President, South Asia, International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC)

Sanjay Dube is working as Vice President for the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC).

Sara Black

Photographer and Canon Ambassador

Sara Black was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. Upon finishing her Communication Arts degree at Ateneo de Manila University, she jumped into her first job working at a photography studio as an assistant.


Managing Director, SOLshare

Dr. Groh is a 2013 Stanford Ignite Fellow from Stanford Graduate School of Business (USA) and holds a PhD from Aalborg University (Denmark) and the Postgraduate School Microenergy Systems at the Technische Universität Berlin.

Shannon Cowlin

Energy Specialist

Shannon Cowlin is an Energy Specialist with ADB currently leading initiatives the Philippines, Viet Nam, and Indonesia on renewable energy, electric mobility, and carbon capture and storage.

Shah Haider

General Manager, Chittagong Rural Electric Cooperative 3

Shah Zulfiqar Haider is a Registered Professional Engineer (PEng) and Certified Energy Auditor from USA. He has 35 years of experience in Energy, Climate Change & Military Engineering Services.

Stephanie Hay

General Manager, Chittagong Rural Electric Cooperative 3

Stephanie Hay is a Principal Consultant and Networks & Innovation Team Lead for TNEI’s Scottish office in Glasgow.

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.

P. Tharindu De Silva

Design Engineer, Lanka Electricity Company Private Limited

Tharindu de Silva is working as a planning and development engineer at Lanka Electricity Company Private Limited.

Theresa Capellan

President, SunAsia Energy Philippines

Tetchi Capellan has over fifteen (15) years of management experience, serving as senior official in the Philippine Department of Agriculture as its youngest and first female Assistant Secretary from 1990 to 1992, and 1999; then as Undersecretary for the period covering 2002 to 2005.

Thomas K. Dreessen

Chairman, EPS Capital Corp

Mr. Dreessen is a globally-recognized energy efficiency finance and ESCO expert with over 35 years of experience in developing, financing and implementing savings-based energy efficiency projects at large industrial, commercial and institutional facilities.

Thusitha Sugathapala

Senior Lecturer, University of Moratuwa

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

Tim Watkins

Lead Application Engineer, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

Tim Watkins graduated with an MSA from Central Michigan in Leadership in 2010 and at the top of his class in a masters level Telecommunications and Systems Engineer Course from Fort Gordon in 2004.

Thomas Chrometzka

Director Renewable Energy, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Thomas Chrometzka strongly committed to contribute to transforming the energy sector globally. He currently works with the Thai Ministry of Energy and other governments in Southeast Asia. The goal is to enable a transition to a no/low carbon emission energy supply system.

Traver Kennedy

Chairman and CEO, Joi Scientific Operations Pte. Ltd.

Traver Kennedy is a technology and social entrepreneur widely recognized for his pioneering role in architecting what is now today’s pervasive cloud computing model.

Venu Nuguri

Senior Group Vice President, Power Grids Division, South Asia, Middle East and Africa, ABB

Venu Nuguri is the President of ABB’s Power Grids Division, responsible for South Asia, Middle East and Africa.

Walter Merida

Director, Clean Energy Research Centre, UBC

Walter works at the at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He is the director of the Clean Energy Research Centre, and the Associate Dean of Research and Industrial Partnerships for the Faculty of Applied Science.

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.

Yang Liu

Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore

Dr. Liu Yang is a Senior Research Fellow in Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore. His research interests include energy efficiency, smart energy systems and climate finance.

Yogaanandh Tanggaraju

Technical Director, Danish Energy Efficiency Partners

Yogaanandh Tanggaraju is the Technical Director/Chief Technical Officerof Danish Energy Efficiency Partners Sdn Bhd.

Yogendra Patwardhan

Vice President, Business Development - Emerging Technologies, ABB

Yogendra Patwardhan is currently Vice President at ABB India Ltd., responsible for Business Development of Emerging Technologies like Digital Substation, Mesh Communication, SmartCities and Cyber Security in India.

Yong Chen

Programme Officer – Sustainable Urban Energy, IRENA’s Innovation and Technology Center (IITC)

Mr. Chen is a Programme Officer at the International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) in Bonn, Germany.

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.

Yuvaraj Dinesh Babu

Team Leader - The World Bank Rooftop Solar TA Program, ERNST & YOUNG

Mr. Nithyanandam Yuvaraj DINESH Babu is working with Ernst&Young (EY), serving as its Team Leader for The World Bank funded, State Bank of India operated 5 year $12.93 million Grid Connected Solar Rooftop PV Technical Assistance Program for 14 States in India since August 2017.