ACEF 2018 speakers represent a wide range of stakeholders and practitioners from the global clean energy arena.
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).
Associate Director for Energy & Sustainability, Ayala Property Management Corporation
Aldrin Calderon received his Ph.D. in Energy Engineering from University of the Philippines.
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.
Director, Energy Division, Southeast Asia Regional Department, ADB
Mr. Jeffries is the Director of the Southeast Asia Energy Division at the Asian Development Bank.
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.
Founder & CEO, Smart Joules Pvt. Ltd.
Arjun P. Gupta is on a mission to eliminate India’s need for fossil fuels.
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.
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)
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Global Vice President, JinkoSolar
Dany Qian is a Global Vice President of JinkoSolar, the world’s largest solar panel manufacturer.
Senior Energy Specialist, Asian Development Bank
David engages across a range of energy system technologies to support ADB’s investments in the energy sector.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
AIck Jin, Ph.D/CFA/CIPM - Director of Economic Analysis Coordination Division of NABO (National Assembly Budget Office).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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).
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
Muhammad Hasif Hasan is a Research Analyst under the Special Projects, specifically pursuing clean technology applications and deployment.
Naoyuki Yoshino is Dean of the Asian Development Bank Institute; Professor Emeritus of Keio University, in Tokyo, Japan
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chairman, Clean Vehicle Solutions (Asia) Limited
Robin Hughes, a UK Citizen, is an economics graduate and the founder of Clean Vehicle Solutions (Asia) Ltd.
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.
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).
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Senior Lecturer, University of Moratuwa
Dr. Thusitha Sugathapala is a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering of the University of Moratuwa; and a Chartered Engineer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Technical Director, Danish Energy Efficiency Partners
Yogaanandh Tanggaraju is the Technical Director/Chief Technical Officerof Danish Energy Efficiency Partners Sdn Bhd.
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.
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.
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.