Dr. Paul Alivisatos Director, Berkeley Lab  Dr. Paul Alivisatos is Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and is the University of California (UC) Berkeley’s Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. He also directs the Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute (ENSI), and holds professorships in the University of California Berkeley’s departments of materials science and chemistry. In addition, he is a founder of two prominent nanotechnology companies, Nanosys and Quantum Dot Corp, now a part of Life Tech.  Groundbreaking contributions to the fundamental physical chemistry of nanocrystals are the hallmarks of Dr. Alivisatos’s distinguished career. His research breakthroughs include the synthesis of size- and shape-controlled nanoscrystals, and forefront studies of nanocrystal properties, including optical, electrical, structural and thermodynamic. In his research, he has demonstrated key applications of nanocrystals in biological imaging and renewable energy. He played a critical role in the establishment of the Molecular Foundry, a U.S. Department of Energy’s Nanoscale Science Research Center; and was the facility’s founding director. He is the founding editor of Nano Letters, a leading scientific publication in nanoscience.  As director of Berkeley Lab, Alivisatos supports the incredible range of research and technology development being pursued at Berkeley Lab in the interest of society.  To lay the groundwork for large-scale accomplishment in the future, he has set forth four strategic scientific initiatives for the lab to pursue: Energy Innovation, a multidisciplinary approach for science and technology solutions that could move humanity toward net zero impact in the global carbon cycle; a multidisciplinary approach to understanding and using microbial life for clean energy, environment, and health; an early-stage proposal to upgrade the Advanced Light Source to the diffraction limit, achieving 100 times more brightness than the current photon imaging machine is capable of; and, harnessing the computing and data revolution to greatly advance scientific discovery. Alivisatos has also proactively invigorated Berkeley Lab’s safety culture, elevated the Lab’s community outreach and operational efficiency efforts, and is currently working to build a more diverse and inclusive community within the lab.  Dr. Alivisatos has been recognized for his accomplishments with awards such as the Wolf Prize in Chemistry, the Linus Pauling Medal, the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, the Eni Italgas Prize for Energy and Environment, the Rank Prize for Optoelectronics, the Wilson Prize, the Coblentz Award for Advances in Molecular Spectroscopy, the American Chemical Society Award for Colloid and Surface Science, the Von Hippel Award of the Materials Research Society, and most recently, the 2014 ACS Materials Chemistry Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Dr. Alivisatos received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 1981 from the University of Chicago and Ph.D. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1986. He began his career with UC Berkeley in 1988 and with Berkeley Lab in 1991.

Dr. Paul Alivisatos
Director, Berkeley Lab

Dr. Paul Alivisatos is Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and is the University of California (UC) Berkeley’s Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. He also directs the Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute (ENSI), and holds professorships in the University of California Berkeley’s departments of materials science and chemistry. In addition... 

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      Dr. Said Al-Hallaj Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO, AllCell  Said Al-Hallaj is the CEO and co-founder of All Cell Technologies LLC, and a Visiting Research Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Dr. Al-Hallaj earned his B.Sc and M.Sc in Chemical Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) and a Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Said co-authored a book entitled “Hybrid Hydrogen Systems” and has published over forty peer reviewed journal papers. He is also the co-inventor of eight issued patents and numerous pending patent applications in the areas of renewable energy, energy storage and conversion, and water desalination.  Dr. Al-Hallaj is a successful serial entrepreneur in the competitive energy storage industry.  In 2001 he co-founded AllCell Technologies, LLC, a spin-off from IIT and the first tenant in the IIT Tech Park. AllCell manufactures premium Li-ion batteries for renewable energy, transportation and autonomous vehicle applications. AllCell customers include several Fortune 500 companies and its batteries are sold to customers in over 15 countries worldwide. Said recently founded NETenergy, a UIC technology transfer company, to commercialize a UIC technology on thermal storage using phase change composites for cooling and heating applications. NETenergy won the top prize at the 2015 Clean Energy Challenge and 2nd place at the University of Chicago’s New Venture Challenge, which is considered one of the top business plan competitions nationwide.

Dr. Said Al-Hallaj
Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO, AllCell

Said Al-Hallaj is the CEO and co-founder of All Cell Technologies LLC, and a Visiting Research Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Dr. Al-Hallaj earned his B.Sc and M.Sc in Chemical Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) and a Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Said co-authored a book entitled “Hybrid Hydrogen Systems” and...

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      Timothy Burroughs Chief Resilience Officer, City of Berkeley, CA  Timothy Burroughs is an assistant to the city manager and is the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Berkeley, California. He manages Berkeley’s climate action programs and leads the city’s efforts to advance readiness for natural disasters and the impacts of climate change.  Prior to his appointment as CRO, Timothy led development and managed implementation of Berkeley’s ambitious Climate Action Plan. Berkeley’s efforts to achieve deep reductions in global warming emissions and to increase community readiness for the impacts of climate change have garnered national recognition for their high level of innovation and sustained community engagement.  Burroughs has more than 10 years of experience working to improve urban sustainability.  He came to the city of Berkeley from ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability. ICLEI is an international membership association of city and county governments working to find local solutions to global warming. There he managed the organization’s California-based efforts to provide policy and technical assistance to municipalities.  He has a master's degree in international environmental policy from American University in Washington, D.C. Timothy also served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia, West Africa. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife and two children.

Timothy Burroughs
Chief Resilience Officer, City of Berkeley

Timothy Burroughs is an assistant to the city manager and is the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Berkeley, California. He manages Berkeley’s climate action programs and leads the city’s efforts to advance readiness for natural disasters and the impacts of climate change.  Prior to his appointment as CRO, Timothy led development and managed implementation of Berkeley's ambitious Climate Action Plan...

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      Sachu Constantine Director of Policy, Center for Sustainable Energy  Sachu Constantine is the Director of Policy for the Center for Sustainable Energy.  He has nearly 20 years’ experience managing and implementing complex clean energy projects and programs, including strategic planning and policy analysis. At the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), he oversees all areas of policy including government and regulatory affairs, legislative analysis, strategic planning and program support and analysis, as well as providing guidance to senior management and the board of directors on local, state and regional policy developments.  Constantine joined CSE from solar manufacturer SunPower Corporation, where he managed strategic partnerships and public policy. Previously, he spent three years with the California Public Utilities Commission as the lead analyst for the California Solar Initiative as well as other distributed generation issues.  Constantine graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and holds a master of public policy degree from University of California, Berkeley.

Sachu Constantine
Director of Policy, Center for Sustainable Energy

Sachu Constantine is the Director of Policy for the Center for Sustainable Energy.  He has nearly 20 years’ experience managing and implementing complex clean energy projects and programs, including strategic planning and policy analysis. At the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), he oversees all areas of policy including government and regulatory affairs, legislative analysis...

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      Dr. George Crabtree Director, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR)  George Crabtree is Director, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), Senior Scientist and Distinguished Fellow in the Materials Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory, and Distinguished Professor of Physics, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering at University of Illinois at Chicago. He has won numerous awards for his research, including the Kammerlingh Onnes Prize for his work on the physics of vortices in high temperature superconductors.  This prestigious prize is awarded once every three years; Dr. Crabtree is its second recipient.  He has won the University of Chicago Award for Distinguished Performance at Argonne twice, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Award for Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Solid State Physics four times, a notable accomplishment.  He has an R&D 100 Award for his pioneering development of Magnetic Flux Imaging Systems.  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a charter member of ISI’s Highly Cited Researchers in Physics, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. George Crabtree
Director, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research

George Crabtree is Director, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), Senior Scientist and Distinguished Fellow in the Materials Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory, and Distinguished Professor of Physics, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering at University of Illinois at Chicago. He has won numerous awards for his research, including the Kammerlingh Onnes Prize...

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      Hany Eitouni Chief Technology Officer, Seeo Inc.  Dr. Hany Eitouni co-founded Seeo, Inc. in 2007 and has been its Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Advanced Engineering since September 3, 2015. Dr. Eitouni has also served as Director of Materials Development and Vice President of Advanced Materials at Seeo, Inc.  Dr. Eitouni has more than 15 years of experience with polymer materials, with specialized expertise in ionic transport through polymers and was on the team that developed the Berkeley Lab solid polymer electrolyte technology currently in commercialization by Seeo.  Dr. Eitouni has successfully led the effort to design, synthesize, and optimize Seeo’s proprietary polymer electrolytes.  He also leads R&D of new cell technologies.  Dr. Eitouni’s work has been recognized through numerous awards including the prestigious TR35 award from MIT’s Technology Review, given to top young innovators who exemplify the spirit of innovation in the fields of medicine, computing, communication, energy and nanotechnology.  He received a PhD from University of California, Berkeley and a BS from University of Texas, Austin, both in chemical engineering.

Dr. Hany Eitouni
Chief Technology Officer, Seeo Inc.

Dr. Hany Eitouni co-founded Seeo, Inc. in 2007 and has been its Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Advanced Engineering since September 3, 2015. Dr. Eitouni has also served as Director of Materials Development and Vice President of Advanced Materials at Seeo, Inc.  r. Eitouni has more than 15 years of experience with polymer materials, with specialized expertise in ionic transport through polymers and was on the team...

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      Kevin Fok Senior Project Manager, LG  Kevin Fok, Senior Project Manager, leads the LG Chem project management and execution in North America for electric grid energy storage ranging from residential systems up through large, utility-scale systems.  He is responsible for end-to-end project management, which includes onsite project execution, installation, commissioning, field deployment, and ongoing deployment support.  He was integral in the founding efforts to develop and grow the energy storage business at LG Chem and led sales and business development efforts in the US in both securing and managing several projects with major utility customers, including a large 8 MW/32 MWh turnkey project, a residential energy storage project, and other projects that will be announced in the future.  He has over 19 years of sales, business development, marketing, engineering, and project management experience in renewable and alternative energy, including lithium-ion batteries, solar photovoltaics (PV), nickel-metal hydride batteries, fuel cells, and hydrogen storage.   His customers have included the military, state governments, systems integrators, and utilities.  Mr. Fok has presented at numerous conferences, moderated and served on several conference panels, and organized trade show exhibits.  Mr. Fok has authored and co-authored numerous publications, including a magazine feature cover story.  He has been acknowledged and cited in several technical publications and textbooks.  Mr. Fok is a co-inventor of 13 U.S. patents.  He has Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Master of Business Administration degrees, both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Kevin Fok
Senior Project Manager, LG

Kevin Fok, Senior Project Manager, leads the LG Chem project management and execution in North America for electric grid energy storage ranging from residential systems up through large, utility-scale systems.  He is responsible for end-to-end project management, which includes onsite project execution, installation, commissioning, field deployment, and ongoing deployment support.  He was integral in the founding efforts...

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      Ilan Gur Director, Cyclotron Road  Ilan Gur is the Director of Cyclotron Road, a new innovation platform for breakthrough energy technologies at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Cyclotron Road recruits the world’s top technology innovators, lets them leverage capital and cutting edge equipment, and surrounds them with an unparalleled network of experts, commercial partners, and financiers. The goal: support critical technology development while identifying the most suitable business models, partners, and financing mechanisms for long-term impact.  Prior to founding Cyclotron Road, Ilan completed an appointment as Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), where he funded and managed a ~$50 million portfolio of advanced R&D projects in the areas of energy storage, solar energy, and advanced materials. He also served as cofounder and senior advisor of ARPA-E's Technology-to-Market program, aimed at maximizing the commercial and societal impact of the agency's breakthrough R&D portfolio. Prior to ARPA-E, Ilan launched two venture-backed clean energy startups based on advanced materials and novel manufacturing approaches. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Ilan Gur
Director, Cyclotron Road

Ilan Gur is the Director of Cyclotron Road, a new innovation platform for breakthrough energy technologies at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Cyclotron Road recruits the world’s top technology innovators, lets them leverage capital and cutting edge equipment, and surrounds them with an unparalleled network of experts, commercial partners, and financiers. The goal: support critical technology development while identifying the most suitable business models...

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      Uwe Higgen Head of BMW Group Technology Office USA  Effective September 1, 2014 Uwe Higgen was appointed Head of the BMW Group Technology Office USA. In this position, he is responsible for accelerating the delivery of automotive innovation to customers through the evaluation, development and design of new technologies.  Higgen oversees a team of highly talented engineers specializing in Connected Car, Electromobility, Powertrain, Autonomous Driving and User Experience/Interface Design. His Silicon Valley-based team produces work that enables BMW to be the future, see the future and reimagine the future of world-class automotive engineering for individual mobility. The BMW Group Technology Office USA focuses on human-machine interfaces, mechatronics, infotainment, telematics and creating new portals and opportunities for business communication.  Prior to his arrival in the U.S., Higgen served as the Head of BMW Group AppCenter in Munich. In this role, he was responsible for delivering the integration of information and entertainment smartphone applications into the vehicle. Higgen began his career at BMW Group in 2001. He holds a masters degree in Computer Science from The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. 

Uwe Higgen
Head of BMW Group Technology Office USA

Effective September 1, 2014 Uwe Higgen was appointed Head of the BMW Group Technology Office USA. In this position, he is responsible for accelerating the delivery of automotive innovation to customers through the evaluation, development and design of new technologies.  Higgen oversees a team of highly talented engineers specializing in Connected Car, Electromobility, Powertrain...

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      David Hochschild Commissioner, California Energy Commission  David Hochschild was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in February 2013. He fills the environmental position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members by law are required to have professional training in specific areas - engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law.  Commissioner Hochschild’s career has spanned public service, environmental advocacy and the private sector. He first got involved in the solar energy field in 2001 in San Francisco as a Special Assistant to Mayor Willie Brown where he launched a citywide $100 million initiative to put solar panels on public buildings. He went on to co-found the Vote Solar Initiative, a 60,000-member advocacy organization promoting solar policies at the local, state and federal level. He served as executive director of a national consortium of leading solar manufacturers and worked for five years at Solaria, a solar company in Silicon Valley. In 2007-2008, he served as a commissioner at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.  For his work to advance clean energy, Commissioner Hochschild was awarded the Sierra Club’s Trailblazer Award, the American Lung Association’s Clean Air Hero Award and the Department of Energy’s Million Solar Roof True Champion Award. Commissioner Hochschild holds a B.A. degree from Swarthmore College and a Masters of Public Policy degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs.

David Hochschild
Commissioner, California Energy Commission

David Hochschild was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in February 2013. He fills the environmental position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members by law are required to have professional training in specific areas - engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law.  Commissioner Hochschild’s career has spanned public service, environmental advocacy and the private sector...

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      Mateo Jaramillo Director of Powertrain Business Development Tesla Motors  As Director of Powertrain Business Development at Tesla Motors, Mateo Jaramillo leads the efforts to commercialize and deploy the company’s all electric powertrain products for applications outside of Tesla’s vehicles, as well as for external applications that support Tesla EVs. These products include Tesla’s industry leading battery systems, electric motors, power electronics modules, and charging systems. Mateo’s responsibilities include being commercial lead on development and production contracts with Daimler and Toyota, and worldwide site acquisition for supercharging, an effort he started. In addition, Mateo incubated the stationary storage project at Tesla and is responsible for its sales and product direction.  Prior to Tesla, Mateo was Chief Operating Officer and part of the founding team at Gaia Power Technologies, an early distributed energy storage firm. Mateo began his career in the software industry as a product manager with Predictive Networks, an interactive TV software provider. He has an AB in Economics from Harvard and a Masters in Theology from Yale.

Mateo Jaramillo
Director  of Powertrain Business Development, Tesla Motors

As Director of Powertrain Business Development at Tesla Motors, Mateo Jaramillo leads the efforts to commercialize and deploy the company’s all electric powertrain products for applications outside of Tesla’s vehicles, as well as for external applications that support Tesla EVs. These products include Tesla’s industry leading battery systems, electric motors, power electronics modules, and charging systems...

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      Haresh Kamath Program Manager for Energy Storage Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)  Haresh Kamath serves as Program Manager for Energy Storage at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), where Mr. Kamath manages the Institute's research into the development, assessment, and application of energy storage technologies for grid storage applications. Mr. Kamath is also a Strategic Program Manager in EPRI's Technology Innovation Program, where he manages programs investigating advanced materials technologies for power delivery applications, and advanced energy storage technologies.  Mr. Kamath joined EPRI PEAC in 2002 as a Project Engineer in energy storage and distributed generation. His responsibilities grew to include management of the energy technologies group, encompassing EPRI Solutions efforts in energy storage, distributed generation, energy efficiency, and electric transportation. Mr. Kamath worked at Lockheed Martin Space Systems as a Product Engineer and was responsible for spacecraft batteries. He also served as an Applications Engineering and Business Development Manager at a startup energy storage company. Mr. Kamath serves as a Director of Versa Power Systems, Inc. and Electricity Storage Association. He was an author for the DOE-EPRI Handbook of Energy Storage. Mr. Kamath has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University.

Haresh Kamath
Program Manager for Energy Storage, EPRI

Haresh Kamath serves as Program Manager for Energy Storage at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), where Mr. Kamath manages the Institute's research into the development, assessment, and application of energy storage technologies for grid storage applications. Mr. Kamath is also a Strategic Program Manager in EPRI's Technology Innovation Program, where he manages programs investigating advanced materials technologies for power delivery applications, and advanced energy storage technologies...

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      Danny Kennedy Managing Director, CalCEF and President, CalCharge  Danny Kennedy is Managing Director of the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF), an influential pioneer in clean energy investment, and President of CalCharge, a public-private consortium designed to drive breakthroughs in energy storage technology.  Prior to CalCEF, Danny worked as a cofounder of Sungevity, Inc., the largest privately held solar company in the US that he moved to California to start in 2007. Sungevity, which he still advises, has grown to employ more than 1,000 people and serve tens of thousands of happy customers in four countries.  Kennedy is an internationally recognized opinion leader on climate and energy issues. He is the author of Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy - and the Planet - From Dirty Energy (2012), a book that has been described as the clean energy manifesto for the next greatest generation. PBS awarded him the “Innovator of the Year” for moving the planet forward in 2011; in 2013 Rolling Stone described him and Sungevity CEO Andrew Birch as “solar mavericks.”  Danny also co-founded SfunCube, the only incubator and accelerator solely focused on supporting solar entrepreneurs to succeed. Additionally, Danny serves on the board of VoteSolar, ecoAmerica, The Solar Foundation, in Washington DC, and several solar start-ups including Powerhive, a solar utility in Kenya, and Sunergise, a Fijian company taking solar as a service across the South Pacific.  In 2010, Danny spearheaded Sungevity’s “Solar on the White House” campaign that resulted in a decision by the Obama administration to place solar panels on the First Family residence. The Administration honored this commitment in 2013.

Danny Kennedy
Managing Director, CalCEF and President, CalCharge

Danny Kennedy is Managing Director of the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF), an influential pioneer in clean energy investment, and President of CalCharge, a public-private consortium designed to drive breakthroughs in energy storage technology.  Prior to CalCEF, Danny worked as a cofounder of Sungevity, Inc., the largest privately held solar company in the US that he moved to California to start in 2007.  Sungevity, which he still advises, has grown to employ more than 1,000 people...

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      Ted Ko Director of Policy, Stem  Ted Ko is the Director of Policy for Stem, working towards building thriving markets for distributed energy storage nationwide. Prior to Stem, Ted was co-founder and Associate Executive Director of the Clean Coalition, where he wrote or influenced dozens of bills and regulatory decisions across a range of distributed energy resources topics.  Ted received his BS and MS in computer science from MIT and an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School.

Ted Ko
Director of Policy, Stem

Ted Ko is the Director of Policy for Stem, working towards building thriving markets for distributed energy storage nationwide. Prior to Stem, Ted was co-founder and Associate Executive Director of the Clean Coalition, where he wrote or influenced dozens of bills and regulatory decisions across a range of distributed energy resources topics...

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      Janice Lin Founder and Managing Partner, Strategen Consulting LLC, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA), Board of Directors and Chair of the Executive Committee, Global Energy Storage Alliance (GESA)  Janice Lin brings more than two decades of experience in clean energy strategy, market development, and corporate strategy to Strategen. During this time she has advised a diverse range of clients including renewable energy equipment manufacturers and service providers, large corporations diversifying into clean energy, and real estate developers building sustainable communities.  In 2014 Janice co-founded the Global Energy Storage Alliance (GESA), an international non-profit organization, and currently serves on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the Executive Committee. Prior to that Janice co-founded the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA) in 2009, and currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) and the Energy Storage Committee of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. Janice is also a Member of the Advisory Council of the German American Chamber of Commerce, the UCSD Strategic Energy Initiatives Advisory Council, and Chair of the annual Energy Storage North America (ESNA) conference.  Prior to founding Strategen in 2005, Janice held several senior management positions with PowerLight Corporation (now SunPower Corporation), including Vice President of Product Strategy and Vice President of Business Development. During her tenure at PowerLight, Janice led initiatives in product and new market strategies, business development, regulatory affairs, strategic partnerships, investor relations, and customer finance.  Janice holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a BS from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences. She is the winner of ESA's 2013 Phil Symons Energy Storage Award, and NAATBATT’s 2014 Market Development Award.   

Janice Lin
Co-Founder and Executive Director of the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA)

Janice Lin is Founder and Managing Partner of Strategen Consulting LLC, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA), and sits on the Board of Directors and is Chair of the Executive Committee for the Global Energy Storage Alliance (GESA).  Janice Lin brings more than two decades of experience in clean energy strategy, market development, and corporate strategy to Strategen...

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      Roger Lin Director of Marketing, NEC Energy Solutions  Roger Lin is Director of Marketing at NEC Energy Solutions, formerly a part of A123 Systems, where he leads all product management and marketing activities.  With over nine years of experience in energy storage technologies and applications, he has held a variety of roles and was responsible for several successful product development efforts including the company’s first hybrid electric vehicle battery, as well as its first lithium ion cell.   Prior to his role at NEC, he has held roles in venture capital, business development, and research and development. Roger received his Master of Engineering degree in Materials Science from MIT, his Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering from Rutgers University, and is an inventor on nine United States patents.

Roger Lin
Director of Marketing, NEC Energy Solutions

Roger Lin is Director of Marketing at NEC Energy Solutions, formerly a part of A123 Systems, where he leads all product management and marketing activities.  With over nine years of experience in energy storage technologies and applications, he has held a variety of roles and was responsible for several successful product development efforts including the company’s first hybrid electric vehicle battery, as well as its first lithium ion cell...

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      Dr. Cheryl Martin Founder, Harwich Partners, Former Acting Director, ARPA-E  Dr. Cheryl Martin recently launched the consulting firm, Harwich Partners, to work with public and private sector entities to identify critical business, technology, finance, regulatory and policy drivers that would accelerate adoption of new technologies into key markets.   She is a non-resident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University.  Prior to this Dr. Martin served as the Acting Director of the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E).  In addition, she was the Deputy Director for Commercialization at the agency where she developed ARPA-E’s Technology-to-Market program, which helps breakthrough energy technologies succeed in the marketplace.  Previously Dr. Martin was an Executive in Residence with the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers.  Dr. Martin also spent 20 years with Rohm and Haas Company in a variety of roles from technology to business and, where, most recently she had been the General Manager for the Paint and Coatings Materials business in Europe, Middle East and Africa.  Dr. Martin earned a B.A. in chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross and went on to earn a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is active in the American Chemical Society (ACS) and serves on the Board of Directors for Philabundance, the greater Philadelphia region’s largest hunger relief organization.

Dr. Cheryl Martin
Founder, Harwich Partners, Former Acting Director, ARPA-E

Dr. Cheryl Martin recently launched the consulting firm, Harwich Partners, to work with public and private sector entities to identify critical business, technology, finance, regulatory and policy drivers that would accelerate adoption of new technologies into key markets.   She is a non-resident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University.  Prior to this Dr. Martin served as the Acting Director of the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E)...

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      Samir Mayekar Co-Founder and CEO, Sinode Systems  Samir Mayekar is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of SiNode Systems, a venture-backed company developing advanced materials for the lithium-ion battery industry.  He most recently worked with the business development team at Boeing Defense Systems in Arlington, Virginia and as an investment banker at Credit Suisse in Chicago.  He previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government's development finance institution. At OPIC, Samir helped coordinate agency efforts in advancing priorities of the Obama administration, such as providing over $1 billion in financing for energy projects in emerging markets. He joined OPIC after serving as the National Security Director of the Presidential Personnel Office at the White House, where he oversaw all presidential appointments at the Pentagon, State Department, Department of Homeland Security, and Central Intelligence Agency.  Prior to his time at the White House, Samir served as a Budget Manager for Obama for America, where he managed over $800 million for the campaign’s Chief Financial Officer.  He previously served as a management consultant in Chicago with Marakon Associates focusing on clients in the industrials sector.  Samir holds a B.A. from Northwestern University (summa cum laude) and an M.B.A. with distinction from the Kellogg School of Management, where he was a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow.  He is a guest lecturer on energy and entrepreneurship at Northwestern University

Samir Mayekar
Co-Founder and CEO, Sinode Systems

Samir Mayekar is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of SiNode Systems, a venture-backed company developing advanced materials for the lithium-ion battery industry.  He most recently worked with the business development team at Boeing Defense Systems in Arlington, Virginia and as an investment banker at Credit Suisse in Chicago...

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      Dr. Venkat Srinivasan Staff Scientist, Berkeley Lab and Deputy Director, JCESR  Venkat Srinivasan is a Staff Scientist in the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He also serves as the Deputy Director of the Energy Storage Hub, titled Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR).  Dr. Srinivasan's research interest is in developing the next-generation batteries for use in vehicle and grid applications. At present, he has projects focused on studying the degradation and performance limitations in advanced lithium-ion cathode and anode materials and on developing high power, low-cost flow batteries for use in stationary energy-storage applications.  Dr. Srinivasan received his bachelors in Electrochemical Engineering from the Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI) in Karaikudi, India, in 1995 and his PhD from the University of South Carolina in Chemical Engineering in 2000. His thesis topic included various aspects in electrochemical capacitors and the nickel hydroxide electrode. He then worked as a research associate at the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State University for 18 months where he was involved with projects in lead-acid, alkaline, Ni-MH, and Li-ion batteries. Subsequently he moved to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/University of California at Berkeley as a postdoc working on modeling iron phosphate-based Li-ion cells. Dr. Srinivasan joined scientific staff at Lawrence Berkeley in 2003.

Dr. Venkat Srinivasan
Staff Scientist, Berkeley Lab and Deputy Director, JCESR

Venkat Srinivasan is a Staff Scientist in the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He also serves as the Deputy Director of the Energy Storage Hub, titled Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR).  Dr. Srinivasan's research interest is in developing the next-generation batteries for use in vehicle and grid applications...

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 Eileen Tutt Executive Director, California Electric Transportation Coalition 
 Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the California Electric Transportation Coalition 2010, Eileen Tutt worked in California State government for over 15 years. Eileen served as Deputy Secretary for the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA). Prior to her time at Cal/EPA, Eileen worked for the California Air Resources Board, an agency within Cal/EPA. In her ten years at the Air Resources Board, Eileen helped develop regulations and programs that have placed the State of California at the forefront of environmental protection.  Eileen has a long history of working collaboratively with the Governor’s Office, members and staff of the Legislature, representatives from various state agencies and members of the business and environmental community to find solutions to tough policy challenges.  Eileen is known for her dedication and passion.  A long-time supporter of electric transportation, Eileen has logged over 250,000 all electric miles. Active in civic duties Eileen serves as a trustee for the Climate Action Reserve, on the External Advisory Committee for the Sustainable Transportation Center at UC Davis, and as a Board member for the Yolo County SPCA. Eileen is married with two children and received her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a minor in Statistics.

Eileen Tutt
Executive Director, California Electric Transportation Coalition

Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the California Electric Transportation Coalition 2010, Eileen Tutt worked in California State government for over 15 years. Eileen served as Deputy Secretary for the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA). Prior to her time at Cal/EPA, Eileen worked for the California Air Resources Board, an agency within Cal/EPA....

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