ACEF 2019 Steering Committee

The steering committee is dedicated to taking care of all preparation, organization, and operation of the entire forum from start to finish. The team coordinates the development of the thematic track sessions, deep dive workshops, plenary sessions, networking events, and arranges all logistics to make sure all ACEF attendees have a smooth, enjoyable, and exciting experience during the whole week. The details of the steering committee for ACEF 2019 are mentioned below.

David Elzinga

Co-Chair
Asia Clean Energy Forum 2019

David engages across a range of energy system technologies to support ADB’s investments in the energy sector. Previously at the UN Economic Commission for Europe, David’s focus was on the role of gas and electricity in sustainable energy systems. At the International Energy Agency (IEA), David was the lead author for Energy Technology Perspectives publication. He also led the IEA’s work on electricity system technologies, such as smart grids.

Over the course of his career, David has worked in the energy and climate fields for over 20 years, with focus areas of technology, policy, and analysis in both private and public sectors. In these roles he developed markets, deployed renewable and energy efficiency technology and has advised various governments at the local and national levels on energy policy. Speaking at numerous events globally, he carries the message of appropriate technology use and deployment.

Peter du Pont, Ph.D.

Co-Chair
ADB Consultant

Peter du Pont is based in Bangkok and has more than 30 years’ experience developing sustainable energy and climate programs in the U.S. and Asia. He has carried out assignments related to the design, implementation, and evaluation of clean energy policy and plans, energy finance, and climate change programs. He has worked in a variety of roles consulting and managing for non-profit and private consultancies and development agencies, with a focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy, finance and market incentives, and climate change. He has a masters degree in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Delaware.

Jason Bogovich

ACEF Agenda Coordinator
ADB Consultant

Jason Bogovich has over 15 years of experience in the energy, housing, and economic development fields with extensive knowledge of policy and programmatic deliveries of U.S. based local, state, regional, national programs and now international programs. Jason also has experience in managing and developing large scale events, creating high level partnerships, analyzing U.S Government and international programs and initiatives, managing grants, and utilizing his private and public sector experience to help develop and manage program activities in the United States and in Asia. He currently resides in the Philippines and is a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy and the Asian Development Bank. Before getting involved with his consulting work, Jason had the opportunity to serve at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and at the White House.

Michelle Lyn Visaya

Forum Secretariat
ADB Consultant

Michelle has over 10 years of events management experience and handles a wide range of events from social to corporate events. Previously, Michelle handled ADB official events from pre-event, onsite, and post-event support to ADB host organizers, including those attended by high-level participants and ADB Management.

Over the years, she coordinated with various business units and external suppliers on administrative and logistical arrangements of ADB official events at ADB headquarters. She also contributes to the continuous enhancement of the online registration, facility booking systems, and other similar programs. With her various experience in events management, she would like to continue in making all events sustainable.

Kavita Kaur

Communications Lead

Ms. Kaur has over 20 years of experience in development communication and knowledge management that help catalyze broad impact through strategic messaging and effective partnerships. She has worked at the intersection of narrative and numbers throughout her career in organizations including Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Accenture and Nexant. Prior to joining Asia Clean Energy Partners, she led the communications and outreach efforts at the PACE-D TA Program, a six year US-India bilateral clean energy initiative in India. Kavita is based in New Delhi, India.

Patcharin Erng Boobpha

Communications and Marketing Assistant

Erng has been supporting coordination, communications, and marketing activities for ACEF since 2017. Her major activities include designing, managing, and updating the ACEF website; managing and developing content for ACEF’s social media platforms; supporting in development of outreach materials; reporting on the event, and assisting the Agenda Coordinator in the recruitment of speakers for the thematic tracks and knowledge networking sessions. Erng has a Bachelor's degree in English and Communications, Ubon Ratchathani University. She is also a YSEALI alumnus (University of Nebraska at Omaha).

Yun Ji Suh

Technical Resource Person, ADB

Yun Ji is a Young Professional of the Energy Sector Group of ADB. She worked in Central and West Asia Department contributed to Afghanistan solar power projects and regional TA for floating solar technology. Prior to joining ADB she was an Intern Analyst at the International Energy Agency and started her career as a project developer at the Samsung C&T Corporation where she developed and operated utility-scale solar power projects. She completed her Master’s degree in Development Policy from KDI School of Public Policy and Management. She also completed her Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Yonsei University.

Ranishka Wimalasena

Asian Development Bank

Ranishka is based in Sri Lanka Resident Mission and possesses energy sector project implementation experience in South Asia. He has over 15 years of professional experience mainly in the energy sector in policy formulation, promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Prior to joining ADB, he had mainly worked with the private sector. He holds a Masters degree in Energy Planning and Policy from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia; and Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka