ACEF Advisory Group

The ACEF Advisory Group provides strategic guidance in the design of the Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) to help ensure that the content of the forum is innovative, relevant to today's issues, and creates value for all participants and stakeholders. The Advisory Group comprises individuals with broad range of roles in energy development in the public and private sectors across Asia and globally.

Athena Ronquillo Ballesteros

Climate Finance Director, Asia at Growald Family Fund
Athena leads the development and implementation of the Asia Climate Finance strategy. Prior to joining the fund, Athena was Director of World Resource Institute’s Sustainable Finance program for 8 years.
Athena has many years of leadership and management experience in environment, development and natural resource governance in developing countries with a particular focus on climate change, clean energy and sustainable finance. She worked actively on climate policy, sustainable finance and clean energy in China, India, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan. She is a long-time policy advisor to the Philippine government’s official climate change negotiating team at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). She has published widely on the issue of climate change, climate finance, clean energy, governance and human rights.
Athena also holds strategic and leadership positions and serves on the board of several non-profit organizations such as the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, International Rivers and, Greenpeace International. She holds post-graduate degrees in Development Planning from the University of the Philippines, in Development Management from the Asian Institute of Management, and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Journalism from the University of the Philippines.
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: GM, P&L operations, marketing & sales, hyper-growth strategy & go-to-market acceleration, agile & open innovation, VC/PE business/technology due diligence, investment & M&A, RD&D, engineering & construction. Investor and proven start-up/early stage executive with numerous assignments (CEO, CMO, CTO, CSO) in ventures across: energy, clean-tech, IoT/big data, cyber security, smart cities, smart grid, telecom, nanotechnology, customer solutions, transactive energy, etc. Founder, President & CEO of Decision Point Global, organization investing in and executing on big ideas through disruptive technologies and businesses. Advisor to Asia Development Bank, United Nations, Ocean Exchange, and CLT Joules. Co-authored over 30 papers, 5 books and 6 international reports (IEA, G20 Summit, World Economic Forum). Member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society, IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee, and IEEE Artificial Intelligence Committee.
Danny Kennedy

Managing Director of the 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. This includes overseeing the of $25m for very early stage companies driving innovation and building equity in the California economy. Additionally, CalCEF runs a network of incubators and accelerators globally called New Energy Nexus. Kennedy is also the President of CalCharge, a public-private partnership with DoE National Labs and universities in California, unions and companies, working to advance energy storage. Kennedy co-founded Sungevity in 2007, the company that created remote solar design, and Powerhouse, a smart energy incubator and accelerator. He was the first backer of Mosaic in 2011, the $2B solar loan provider, and remains on the Board of Powerhive, a solar mini-utility in Kenya and Sunergise, a solar-as- a-service business out of Fiji and the EnergyLabAustralia. He is also a Director of the organizations VoteSolar and Power for All. Kennedy authored the book Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy – and Our Planet – from Dirty Energy in 2012. Prior to being an entrepreneur, he worked at Greenpeace and other NGOs on climate and energy issues for 20+ years.
Dipal Chandra Barua

Co-founder of the Grameen Bank, Founding Managing Director of the Grameen Shakti, Founder and Chairman of the Bright Green Energy Foundation, President of the South Asian Network for Clean Energy (StANCE).
In 1983, Dipal Chandra, together with Muhammad Yunus, founded the microfinance institution Grameen Bank and remained its Deputy Managing Director until December 2009. This institution lends micro credits to poor people in Bangladesh without the requirement of classical securities. For its success in fighting poverty, it received the Nobel Peace Prize 2006. He is also Founding Managing Director of Grameen Shakti, which supports the diffusion of Solar engineering and the use of other renewable energy sources in villages of Bangladesh. In 1996, he introduced an innovative instalment based financial model which reduces the upfront cost of Solar Home System (SHS) to consumers’ monthly kerosene cost. By following the path now Bangladesh has already installed over 4 million SHS in the rural areas of Bangladesh. For its engagement in environment protection, it has been honoured with the Right Livelihood Award. Mr. Barua also founded the Bright Green Energy Foundation, which he manages at present. For his innovation and engagement in the field of renewable energies he received the first Zayed Future Energy Prize in 2009. In August 2015 he was elected as the president of South Asian Network for Clean Energy (StANCE) which is a regional network of clean energy associations to recommend policy coordination, facilitate knowledge sharing, promotes access to finance and pursues shared action aimed at an accelerated and rapid transition to clean energy in South Asia.
Edwin T.F Khew

Chairman, Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore
He is also a former Nominated Member of Parliment (NMP) and currently the Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS), the President of The Institution of Engineeers, Singapore (IES), a Council Member of the Singapore Business Federation (SBF), and Chairman of the Singapore Standards Council. Mr Khew is also a member of the Asian Development Banks's (ADB) E4ALL Partnership Steering Committee and Chairman of its Enterprise Development Working Group.
Heng Liu

Chief Technical Advisor, UNIDO/PTC/ENE, and Vice President, Professor at Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute
Experienced Chief Technical Advisor with a demonstrated history of working in United Nations Industrial Development Organization. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Climate Change, Sustainable Development, Hydrology, Environmental Engineering, and Sustainability. Strong community and social services professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused in Water Resources Engineering from Hohai University, China, and Master of Hydrological Engineering in UNESCO-IHE, the Netherlands.
Hongpeng Liu

Director, Energy Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
Mr. Hongpeng Liu, Director, a.i., Energy Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
He is currently leading the energy team in ESCAP to promote regional energy cooperation with focus on implementation of energy initiatives to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and energy connectivity for regional economic cooperation and integration. His work ranges from conducting policy studies, organizing intergovernmental meetings & policy dialogues and providing advisor services to facilitating regional cooperation on sustainable energy development in Asia and the Pacific.
Mr Liu has over 30 years’ experience in the area of sustainable energy. Prior to joining the United Nations, he served as government officials in charge of new and renewable energy, environment industry at different Ministries and Commissions of the central government of China.
Kapila Perera

Vice Chancellor, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Kapila Perera is the Vice Chancellor, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Kapila joined the staff in 1995 as a professor and also served as a Lieutenant Commander of the regular force of the Sri Lanka Navy prior to joining the Department. He obtained a Masters Degree from University of California Davis in 1989 in Mechanical Engineering, followed by Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 1993 from the same University. Prof. Perera's research interests include Turbulent Heat Transfer and Combustion Modeling, Energy Sources, Renewable Energy Technologies and Co-generation.
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. As Chief Economist, Mr. Varro leads the Economics and Investment Office (EIO), a newly created group within the IEA that aims to offer sound and consistent energy economics and methodological support for the Agency's work. EIO also provides strategic support for the Executive Director's agenda.
Rachel Kyte

CEO and UN Secretary General’s Special Representative Sustainable Energy for All Initiative
A leading advocate for sustainable development, Ms. Kyte is focused on affordable, reliable and sustainable energy as the key to combating both poverty and climate change. Ms. Kyte drives SE4All’s work to mobilize action towards its 2030 goals of ensuring universal access to modern energy services; doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. As Special Representative for the Secretary General she is the point person in the UN for action towards the recently agreed global goal on sustainable energy.
Ms Kyte served until December 2015 as World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, leading the Bank Group’s efforts to campaign for an ambitious agreement at the 21st Convention of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP 21). She was previously World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development and was the International Finance Corporation Vice President for Business Advisory Services.
Recipient of numerous award for women’s leadership, climate action and sustainable development, she is a Professor of practice in sustainable development at Tuft’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She holds a master’s degree in international relations from Fletcher, and a bachelor’s degree in history and politics from the University of London.
Reihana Mohideen

Senior Research Fellow & Executive Committee member, Melbourne Energy Institute, School of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Melbourne, Australia
Dr Reihana Mohideen is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering undertaking research on socio-technical modelling and the low-carbon energy transition in developing countries. Her research analyses advanced technology trends in the low-carbon energy transition taking place in developing countries with specific applications to South Asia, as well as the opportunities to simultaneously leapfrog technology and social equity gaps. The breakthrough socio-technical modelling research that she is developing includes assessment of DER and microgrids to meet rural electrification needs in villages and in small towns with weak grid connections, incorporating advanced technology transfer and know-how into low-income communities to foster local economic development while also integrating measurable social inclusion criteria. These models are verified through test cases in the field, monitored over a multi-year period.
Zhengrong Shi

Founder of Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd.
As leading scientist, Dr. Shi is the inventor of 23 patents in photovoltaic technologies, and has published and/or presented more than 90 articles and papers in PV-related scientific magazines and at conferences. With a career spanning more than close to three decades as a solar scientist and entrepreneur he had been Deputy Research Director at Pacific Solar Pty., and a Senior Research Scientist and the leader of the Thin Film Solar Cells Research Group in the Centre of Excellence for Photovoltaic Engineering at the University of New South Wales in Australia.
Dr. Shi received the Murphy & Spitz Global Leader Award 2011 at the World Economic Forum for Suntech’s exemplary environmental and sustainability standards. In 2009, he was on Business Week’s “China’s Most Powerful People’ list. In 2007, Dr. Shi was named “50 people who could save the planet” by the Guardian, and was named by TIME as a Hero of the Environment, an annual list that celebrates the most innovative and influential protectors of the planet. In 2006, he was awarded the “Annual Economic Figure” by CCTV. In 2007, he was honored as the “Green Figure of the Year” by CCTV.