Speakers

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Mr. Robert Aiken

Vice President, Federal Affairs

Pinnacle West Capital Corporation

Robbie has been employed by Pinnacle West Capital Corporation since November 1986 as the head of the Washington, DC office.  In July of 1999, he was elected by the Board of Directors as Vice President, Federal Affairs.  Pinnacle West is the parent company to Arizona Public Service Company, Arizona’s largest electric utility.

 

Robbie serves as the chief lobbyist for the Company dealing extensively with Members of Congress, their staff and officials at various executive agencies including the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior and the White House.  Robbie is also the lead representative for Pinnacle West to the various Washington, DC based energy industry and business trade associations.

 

Prior to joining Pinnacle West, Robbie was appointed to various positions in the Reagan Administration from 1981 to 1986.  He served as the Principal Senate Liaison and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy, Manager of Legislative Affairs at the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of the Interior and as a Special Assistant in the Small Business Administration.  Before joining the Reagan Administration, Robbie was an account executive for the public relations firm, Deaver and Hannaford, and was a field and advance representative in Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidential campaign and worked at the 1981 Presidential Inaugural Committee.  Robbie began his Washington career in the office of Senator Paul Laxalt (R-NV) as a Congressional Intern in the summers of 1977 and 1978.  Robbie has volunteered as a senior lead advance representative for the White House and in several presidential campaigns for four decades. 

 

Robbie graduated with a BS in Journalism from the University of Florida in 1979, and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, Florida Blue Key Leadership Honorary, and Savant UF Service Honorary.

 
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The Honorable Bud Albright

President & CEO

U.S. Nuclear Industry Council

The Honorable Clarence "Bud" Albright is the current President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Nuclear Industry Council (USNIC). Albright is also the former Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy where he provided leadership for energy and environmental programs, including: energy research and development; demonstration and deployment; environmental cleanup; and legacy management and radioactive waste management. He was appointed by President Bush and was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Prior to joining the Department, Albright served as Staff Director for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. Additionally, he worked as the Deputy Associate Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice. He earned his juris doctorate from George Mason University.

 
Paddy Aling

Mr. Paddy Aling

Chief Financial Officer

Moltex Energy

Paddy Aling joined Moltex in February 2020, having spent the previous 18 months in Uganda in Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer roles across multiple companies on a consultancy basis. Prior to this, Paddy spent eight years at Deloitte in London, becoming a chartered accountant while in the audit practice and spending his last two years in Advisory Corporate Finance, where he worked extensively with the Moltex team. Paddy has a degree in Business Management and Spanish from the University of Manchester

 
Paul Amico

Mr. Paul Amico

Practice Leader for International Power + Industrial

Jensen Hughes

Chair, USNIC International & Finance Working Group  

Paul Amico is Vice President, International Power + Industrial Practice at Jensen Hughes.  He is a nuclear engineer with over 40 years of experience in domestic and international projects.  He has worked on various different reactor designs and reactor technologies in more than twenty countries.  He has frequently been brought in to support International Atomic Energy Agency projects and initiatives, has provided training in nuclear safety and risk management in multiple countries, and is active in the development of standards, guidance, and methods.

 
David Dal Bello

Mr. David Dal Bello
Managing Director
RBC Capital Markets

David Dal Bello is a Managing Director, Head of Canadian Power, Utilities and Infrastructure at RBC Capital Markets. David is responsible for many of RBC’s key relationships in the Canadian Power & Utility sector providing these clients with corporate finance, M&A, equity and debt financing advice. He also is responsible for coordinating RBC’s infrastructure relationships with the key Canadian pension and infrastructure funds.

David joined RBC in 1993 and has been involved in the power and utility sector since 1996 when he joined the Canadian Debt Capital Markets team. In 2002, David moved to the Corporate Finance group with RBC, focusing on developing senior relationships with the Canadian power & utility clients.

David is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario’s Business School holding an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (HBA) and also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

David is Chairman of the Havergal College Foundation Board of Trustees, a member of the Board of Governors for Havergal College and coordinates many of the fund raising efforts at RBC Capital Markets for The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).

 
Canon Bryan

Mr. Canon Bryan
Chief Financial Officer
Terrestrial Energy

Canon Bryan has held executive management positions and served as officer and director for private and public companies in Canada and the U.S. Mr. Bryan has considerable experience providing financial management services to clients in various industries. He has focused primarily on energy and natural resources industries.

Mr. Bryan was a co-founder of: NioCorp (NB: TSXV), a company developing the largest niobium deposit in North America; Uranium Energy Corp (UEC: NYSE) where he served as an officer until October 2007. UEC is a producer of ISR uranium in the U.S. Previously Mr. Bryan was senior financial analyst for Lasik Vision Corporation (LSK: CDNX), which was the world’s largest provider of laser refractive surgical services.

 
Jeffrey Chamberlin

Mr. Jeffrey Chamberlin

Associate Assistant Deputy Administrator

Office of Material Management and Minimization

National Nuclear Security Administration

Jeffrey Chamberlin is the Associate Assistant Deputy Administrator for the Office of Material Management and Minimization, where he leads NNSA programs to achieve permanent threat reduction by managing and minimizing the use of nuclear materials, including the conversion of research reactors to non-weapons-usable materials and the removal and disposition of excess weapons-usable nuclear materials from civilian facilities in the United States and around the world.

 

Mr. Chamberlin has over 17 years of federal service, including 13 years at NNSA in program management roles of increasing responsibility. Prior to joining NNSA in 2007, Mr. Chamberlin entered federal service as a Presidential Management Fellow, and served as the White House Office of Management and Budget’s Program Examiner for the U.S. Army’s $150 billion annual investment portfolio. Since joining NNSA, Mr. Chamberlin has led efforts to minimize weapons-usable nuclear materials in civilian applications as the Deputy Director of the Global Threat Reduction Initiative’s Office of European and African Threat Reduction; Director of the Office of Material Management and Minimization’s Office of Conversion; and as a Senior Advisor to the Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation and the Assistant Deputy Administrator for the Office of Material Management and Minimization. In addition, Mr. Chamberlin led efforts to arrest the declining state of NNSA infrastructure during his time as Director of the Office of Infrastructure and Operations’ Office of Innovative Solutions.

 
Caroline Cochran

Ms. Caroline Cochran
Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer
Oklo Inc.

Caroline Cochran cares deeply about the environment and health, which underlies her dedication to making advanced nuclear energy a reality. As the founder and COO of Oklo Inc., Caroline is working towards building a very small advanced reactor generator that can be waste-negative, carbon-negative, and replace the world's dirtiest and least reliable remote power sources. She has worked with energy technologies that span natural gas, oil, nuclear, and solar vehicles. Caroline has experience working for defense contractors and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and she was a program manager at the University of Oklahoma where she was established a technology business development program. She has been a founder for multiple organizations. She received her MS in Nuclear Engineering from MIT and a BA in Economics and BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.

 
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Mr. Chris Colbert

Chief Strategy Officer

NuScale Power

Chris Colbert is the chief strategy officer of NuScale Power, LLC, a position he has held since 2014. From 2011 to 2014 Colbert held the position of chief operating officer of NuScale Power, LLC.

Colbert joined NuScale from UniStar Nuclear Energy, LLC, where he was senior vice president for Projects and Services during 2007-2011. While at UniStar, Colbert was responsible for the deployment of the U.S. EPR at UniStar’s existing nuclear power plant sites and the provision of licensing and other project development services to other U.S. EPR projects.

Prior to joining UniStar, Colbert worked for a number of companies over nearly 15 years developing and financing over 6500 MW of fossil-fueled power projects.

Colbert began his career at GE Aircraft Engines as an engineer and later transferred to the General Electric Company Corporate Audit Staff.

A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a B.S. in electrical engineering and a minor in computer science, Colbert received an M.B.A. from the Walter A. Haas School of Business in Berkeley, CA. He is also a chartered financial analyst.

 
 
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The Honorable Paul M. Dabbar

Chairman & CEO

Bohr Quantum Technologies

Paul Dabbar is currently Chairman and CEO of Bohr Quantum Technologies, developing and deploying technologies for the emerging quantum internet.

Prior to that in 2017, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Mr. Dabbar to serve as the Department of Energy’s fourth Under Secretary for Science, where he served from 2017-2021. He managed several areas of the Department, as well as serving as the Department’s principal advisor on fundamental energy research, energy technologies, science, and commercialization of technologies. He managed over 60,000 people with a budget of $14.5BN p.a. at over 100 sites, including managing the majority of the U.S. National Lab Complex. The major offices he managed were the Office of Science, Environmental Management and the Office of the Chief Commercialization Officer.

Areas of research his offices managed included basic energy sciences, nuclear and high energy particle physics, advanced computing, fusion, and biological & environmental research. He also led the largest environmental remediation program in the U.S., addressing the operations of nuclear weapons and commercial power production, completing several multi-billion dollar construction projects, many ahead of schedule and under budget. He also led various new efforts to commercialize innovations arising from the Complex. He co-led several energy innovation efforts, including the Energy Storage Grand Challenge, as well as the passage and implementation of the National Quantum Initiative Act.

Mr. Dabbar was awarded in 2021 the Secretary of Energy’s senior DOE award, the James R. Schlesinger Medal, for leadership on developing energy technologies, discovery science, environmental management, and the National Quantum Initiative.

During his time in government service, Mr. Dabbar traveled to both the geographic North and South Poles. He traveled to the North Pole by submarine to conduct environmental research while in the Navy, and to the South Pole in support of high energy physics astronomy missions by the Department at South Pole Station.

Prior to confirmation as Under Secretary, Mr. Dabbar worked in operations, finance, and strategy roles in the energy sector. As a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan, leading various energy business areas, he has over $400 billion in investment experience across all energy sectors including solar, wind, geothermal, distributed-generation, utility, nuclear, LNG, pipeline, oil & gas, trading, and energy technologies. In addition, he had a senior leadership role for the company’s commodity trading business, including power, oil and gas.

Before joining J.P. Morgan, Mr. Dabbar served as a nuclear submarine officer in Mare Island, CA, and Pearl Harbor, HI. He also served on the Department of Energy Environmental Management Advisory Board. He has been a lecturer at the U.S. Naval Academy, and conducted research at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

Mr. Dabbar is an independent Director on the Board of Power & Digital Infrastructure Acquisition Corp., and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Dabbar received a B.S. degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, and a master’s degree from Columbia University. Mr. Dabbar and his wife, Andrea, are the parents of two children.

Ashley Finan

Dr. Ashley Finan

Director, National Reactor Innovation Center

Idaho National Laboratory

Ashley Finan is the director of the National Reactor Innovation Center and a division director at Idaho National Laboratory. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing initiatives to provide resources to reactor innovators to test, demonstrate, and conduct performance assessments to accelerate the deployment of advanced nuclear technology concepts. Dr. Finan most recently served as executive director for the Nuclear Innovation Alliance, where she was responsible for managing the organization’s strategy, operations, policy, and technical development, stakeholder outreach, and fundraising. She provided expert guidance to policymakers, academic teams, industry stakeholders, and NGOs. Dr. Finan also previously served as director of Nuclear Innovation at the Clean Air Task Force.

 

Dr. Finan earned her PhD in nuclear science and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her doctoral work focused on energy innovation investment and policy optimization, both in nuclear and renewable energy technologies. She has played a key role in studies of the use of advanced nuclear energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in several applications, including hydrogen production, coal-to-liquids processes, and oil production methods. She has also contributed to analyses of the technoeconomic potential of energy efficiency improvements in the residential and commercial sectors and several related topics. Dr. Finan also holds a BS in physics as well as a BS and an MS in nuclear science and engineering from MIT.

 
Will Fork

Mr. William Fork

Partner

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Will Fork represents electric utilities and companies on international energy transaction, export control, nuclear liability and domestic regulatory issues. Will assists clients regarding the regulation of international nuclear power plants, nuclear vendor procurement, and agreements for the construction, operation and fueling of nuclear power units. He has served as the General Counsel of a civil nuclear power program and attended the International School of Nuclear Law in Montpellier, France.

 
Adam Forni

Mr. Adam Forni

Program Manager, 24x7 Carbon Free Energy Technologies

Google

Adam Forni is Technical Program Manager in Google’s Energy Development team, focused on advancing new energy technologies to support Google’s 24/7 carbon-free energy goals. In this capacity he engages with technology providers, developers, investors, policymakers, and other stakeholders across the new energy space to identify and advance scalable solutions.

 
Valerie Gardner

Ms. Valerie Gardner

Managing Partner

Nucleation Capital 

Valerie Gardner is founder and managing partner of Nucleation Capital, an emerging venture fund investing in advanced nuclear and deep decarbonization technologies. Nucleation enables any accredited investor to subscribe to hold a diversified portfolio of private advanced nuclear ventures at an investment level that they can afford. Since 2002, Ms. Gardner has served as a principal of Tiemann Investment Advisors, a registered investment advisory firm that manages investment portfolios for individuals and families. In 2011, Ms. Gardner began research on an impact portfolio strategy for clients that sought to go beyond divesting of fossil fuels and proactively hold equity in low-carbon energy-producing companies. It turns out, this was hard to do. Ms. Gardner’s research into clean energy sources revealed that nuclear power produced 2/3rds of US clean energy. That was surprising news but further research suggested that future nuclear “industry” growth was going to come from the innovations being developed by a new crop of ventures reimagining nuclear energy. When she could find no existing funds that covered the advanced nuclear sector, she decided to launch Nucleation Capital. Previously, Ms. Gardner served as CFO and General Counsel of two high-tech companies, the latter of which was acquired by Microsoft. A life-long environmentalist, Ms. Gardner was appointed to serve as an environmental advisor to the City of Atherton, one of the highest per capita income small towns in the US. When a decade of educational programs about energy conservation resulted in big increased energy demand, she recognized that the only solution to the entire global climate crisis was delivery of abundant, reliable low-carbon energy directly through the grid. Ms. Gardner holds a an MBA from the Yale School of Management, a JD from Northeastern University School of Law and lives in Silicon Valley.

 
Stephen Greene

Mr. Stephen Greene

Consultant 

Nuclear Innovation Alliance

Stephen S. Greene is a consultant focused on the energy transition and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center. He is a former energy and finance executive with extensive experience in commercial and policy issues related to energy. Most recently, he served in senior finance roles, including as chief financial officer, for Centrus Energy, a public company engaged in the sale of nuclear fuel and the development of nuclear enrichment technology. He led strategy for Progress Energy, an investor-owned electric utility, and served as practice-area leader for the consultant Pace Global Energy focused on energy markets and risk management. He arranged project financing for PG&E National Energy Group (US Generating Company), a leading independent-power developer and energy trader, and developed the company’s power market outlook to support project development. Early in his career, he worked at the US Environmental Protection Agency on control of air pollution. He earned a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in physics from Princeton University.

 
 
Jeremy Harrell

Mr. Jeremy B. Harrell

Managing Director - Policy 

ClearPath

Jeremy is a Managing Director at ClearPath, where he leads public policy development and promotion efforts. He has nearly a decade of experience advising congressional leaders on energy, environmental, national security, tax, technology, and transportation policy.

 

Before joining ClearPath in April 2017, Jeremy was a Senior Policy Advisor to Sen. Dean Heller. In that role, he spearheaded the Nevada Republican’s efforts on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee; Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; and the Finance Committee’s energy subcommittee. He was also the Legislative Director for Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and a Legislative Assistant and Communications Assistant for Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio).

 

He earned his B.A. in Political Science and History from Miami University, and he is an M.B.A. Candidate from New York University Stern School of Business.

 
Michael Hewitt

RDML Michael Hewitt (Ret.)
Co-Founder & CEO
IP3

RDML Hewitt has a strong history of success in bringing together various elements of the U.S. government to collaborate on creating winning strategies and turning ideas into action.

RDML Hewitt retired from active duty on 1 January 2014, after 31 years of service in the U.S. Navy. A career naval aviator, RDML Hewitt distinguished himself across a diverse spectrum of defense-related competencies. He was not only an outstanding leader at the flag rank in naval aviation, he has had unqualified success in major acquisition programs, legislative affairs, joint warfare, and most notably as lead for Information Operations, Cyberspace Operations, Non-Kinetic and Net warfare for all of DoD. He is recognized as one of the department’s leading experts in strategy-to-task advancing asymmetric warfare, non-kinetic warfare, and sensitive collaboration within the Department of Defense, Interagency, and National Security Staff.

Upon his retirement from the military, RDML Hewitt founded HSH Analytics, a company dedicated to providing unmatched expertise in special access program operational employment, future war-fighting scenario development, and emerging technologies aligned to asymmetric warfare. HSH focuses on the nexus of intelligence and military operations across the DoD, intelligence community, and interagency process. In 2014, RDML Hewitt became the CEO for the Center for Social Computation (CSC). CSC provides computational integration and data distillation using open source analytics for both government and private sector clients. In addition, RDML Hewitt is an advisor for several corporate entities involved in cyber defense, countering weapons of mass destruction, commercial capabilities for USG requirements, and high tech firms supporting advanced warfare concepts.

Hon. Robert Hood

The Honorable Robert R. Hood

Vice President, Government Affairs

Hyundai Motor Company 

The Honorable Robert R. Hood is the Vice President for Government Affairs at the Hyundai Motor Company and head of their Washington, DC office. Hyundai Motor Company is a global company focused on the future of mobility.  

 

Prior to joining Hyundai, Rob served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for

Legislative Affairs at the Pentagon. In this role, he supported the Secretary of Defense and the Department's other senior leaders by promoting the policies, strategies, and budget of the Department of Defense (DOD) to the United States Congress.

 

Prior to being confirmed as an Assistant Secretary, Rob served as the Vice President for Government Affairs at CH2M HILL, a fortune 500 engineering company. Rob previously served in the White House as a Special Assistant to President George W. Bush in the Office of Legislative Affairs.

 

Before working on the White House staff, Rob served at the DOD as the

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs and

as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) for Budget and Appropriations Affairs. Prior to the Pentagon, Rob served as the Director of Congressional Affairs for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a semi-autonomous agency within the Department of Energy responsible for maintaining the nation's nuclear weapon stockpile and nonproliferation efforts.

 

Prior to joining the Bush Administration in 2001, Rob worked in a number of

different capacities on Capitol Hill. He began his congressional career with

Congressman Newt Gingrich as a campaign aid in 1992 and then coming to Washington, as his Senior Legislative Assistant. Following the 1994 election, Rob became an Assistant to the Speaker of the House of Representatives for Policy. In 1999, he joined the House Committee on Science as a Professional Staff Member, where he worked on a number of issues relating to energy and environmental policy. Finally, Rob served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor of Wisconsin, Tommy Thompson, in the State’s Washington, DC office.

 

Mr. Hood is from Marietta, Georgia, and a graduate of the University of West Georgia.

 
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Ms. Suzanne Jaworowski
Former Chair

International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation (IFNEC)

Suzanne Jaworowski served as Chairman of the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation (IFNEC) from 2019-2020, a 65 Country Government to Government organization dedicated to safety, security and the peaceful uses of civil nuclear power. In addition, Suzanne was Senior Advisor in the Office of Nuclear Energy (2017-2020) where she served as the political liaison between the Office of Nuclear Energy and the Secretary of Energy, as well as the White House. She provides political and strategic leadership to the office and manages outreach and educational efforts in the area of civil nuclear energy. 

Suzanne has also served as the U.S. representative and Vice Chairman for “C3E”, the Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial.
Prior to her role with the U.S. Department of Energy, Suzanne served as the Indiana State Campaign Director for the Trump-Pence campaign. Before running the Indiana Presidential campaign, she was the Communications and Government Affairs Director for Sunrise Coal, a division of Hallador Energy Company. In 2016, Suzanne ran for Indiana State Senate, and for nearly 15 years she ran a successful marketing and communications business with many energy industry, technology and economic development clients.

 
Sydney McNiff Johnson

Ms. Sydney McNiff Johnson 

President

Galena Strategies LLC

Sydney  McNiff  Johnson is an accomplished executive with extensive public sector and government experience.    She is a strategic thought leader at the national and international level in energy, climate and technological areas.

 

Johnson serves as the President of Galena Strategies LLC, an energy consultancy firm.  She also consults to Dentons US LLP, where she formerly served as  Principal, and helped grow the energy practice from 12 offices in 2 countries to over 125 offices in 80 countries, working with teams to assimilate top energy companies into one practice.

 

As a C-Suite executive, she led the negotiations with the Russian Federation to import fissile material from 10,000 decommissioned nuclear warheads into the United States for a  $2 billion revenue company listed on the NYSE.  In addition, she was responsible for all corporate communications and government relations,  including union negotiations and implementing operations at two of the largest Dept. of Energy complexes in the U.S.

 

Johnson was a co-founder of the U.S. Nuclear Transportation Council, now U.S. Nuclear Industry Council; the leading nuclear association for a continued strong U.S. nuclear fleet, development and deployment of Advanced  Reactors, new technologies and exportation of U.S. nuclear goods.  She serves on the Back-End Working Group of the USNIC as well as the Strategic Initiatives Taskforce. As the Vice-Chairman of the Department of Commerce’s Civil Nuclear Trade Commission (CINTAC), she participated on the U.S. Delegation in the 123 negotiations in Vietnam and China for U.S. nuclear export technology in 2014.

 

Sydney has also helped clients with FEMA, the National Security Council, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission,  FERC, the Departments of Defense and Energy and other agencies to facilitate strategic solutions.

 

Sydney’s ability to negotiate with engineers,  technical experts, and international regulators lends to tremendous shareholder value.  She has worked funding, permitting, regulatory and environmental matters for construction of highways, power plants, mines, subway systems and airports.

 

Sydney serves as an Ambassador to the Department of Energy for the C3E  program, promoting women in clean energy.  She serves as Vice-Chair of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Board of Directors, currently implementing $2.5 billion of assets in the Gulf coast states to remediate environmental and wildlife damage from the Transocean Oil Spill.

 
Kimberly Johnston

Ms. Kimberly Johnston

EY Partner - U.S. Energy Transition Leader

Ernst & Young LLP

Kimberly Johnston, a National Tax Partner in Ernst & Young’s Power & Utilities tax practice, serves clients, industry groups, and regional teams throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico to deliver sustainable value for tax operations, regulatory proceedings, and investment growth plans.  Ms. Johnston has 25 years of energy sector experience in corporate tax, including experience leading tax-efficient M&A  strategies, legislative advocacy efforts, regulatory proceedings, audit settlement negotiations, tax operational effectiveness, and merger integration and divesture plans.  Her areas of focus include serving investor-owned utilities, independent power producers and midstream energy companies on regulatory strategy, rate case proceedings, tax planning strategies, due diligence on investment growth opportunities, and tax operations. Prior to rejoining Ernst & Young, Ms. Johnston served as the Vice President of Tax for CenterPoint Energy and the Tax Director of Spectra Energy. 

 
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Mr. Carl Kress

Regional Director, Middle East, North Africa, Europe & Eurasia / East Asia

USTDA

Carl B. Kress is Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa and Europe Region of the

U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). As Regional Director, Mr. Kress is responsible

for developing and implementing the USTDA economic development program throughout the

region.

Prior to taking responsibility for this region, Mr. Kress served as Regional Director for the

previous Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia Region. Before joining the agency, he held

legal and legislative positions in government and the private sector. His previous experience

includes serving as counsel at the U.S. International Trade Commission and as an attorney with the law firm McDermott, Will & Emery where he focused on international trade matters.

A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Mr. Kress received his law degree from the

University of California, Los Angeles. He also holds a Master's Degree in German law from the

University of Hamburg, Germany.

 
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Mr. Ryan Lighty

Partner, Energy Practice Group

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Ryan K. Lighty is a Partner in the Energy Practice Group at the global law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.  Ryan represents and advises end users, technology developers, and investors in litigation, transactional, and regulatory matters before the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), other state and federal agencies, and in federal court.  Ryan regularly counsels businesses on a range of issues related to NRC licensing of power and non-power reactors, advanced reactors, small modular reactors, and medical isotope facilities.  Ryan has represented NRC licensees and applicants as counsel of record in more contested adjudicatory proceedings before the NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) and the Commission than any other attorney in the past five years, and has litigated a variety of technical, environmental, and financial matters.  He also routinely guides clients on multifaceted regulatory compliance issues and advises on complex domestic and international commercial transactions involving regulated nuclear assets.  Before joining Morgan Lewis, Ryan was an attorney in the NRC’s Office of the General Counsel and served as acting regional counsel in the agency's Region III office.

 
William Magwood, IV

Hon. William Magwood, IV

Director-General

OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)

Mr. Magwood took up his duties as Director-General of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) on 1 September 2014. He has extensive experience in both the regulatory and developmental aspects of nuclear energy, including at the international level.

 

From 2010 to 2014, he served as one of the five Commissioners appointed by the US President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). While a commissioner, he advocated the importance of nuclear regulatory independence and the necessity of maintaining strong, credible and technically sound nuclear regulation in the United States and all countries that use nuclear power.

 

Prior to his appointment at the NRC, from 2005 to 2010 he provided independent strategic and policy advice to U.S. and international clients on energy, environment, education, and technology policy issues. From 1998 to 2005, Mr Magwood was Director of the U.S. Government’s civilian nuclear energy programme at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). During his tenure, he established the Idaho National Laboratory; created activities that reversed the decline of U.S. nuclear technology education; and launched important initiatives such as the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) and the U.S. “Nuclear Power 2010,” which helped restart nuclear plant construction in the United States. He was also actively involved in the work of the NEA, serving as a Steering Committee Bureau member from 1999 to 2005, including a term as Chair of the Steering Committee from 2004 to 2005.

 

Prior to his experience at the DOE, Mr. Magwood managed electric utility research and nuclear policy programmes at the Edison Electric Institute in Washington, DC, and was a scientist at Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mr. Magwood, a US national, holds Bachelor degrees in Physics and English from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Pittsburgh.

 
Robin Manley

Mr. Robin Manley

Vice-President of New Nuclear Development

Ontario Power Generation (OPG)

Robin Manley is the Vice-President of New Nuclear Development at Ontario Power Generation (OPG).  OPG is the largest and most diverse nuclear operator in Canada, operating 10 CANDU nuclear reactors.  OPG is currently pursuing implementation of Small Modular Reactors at both on-grid and off-grid scales.  Robin has spent 30 years in the nuclear industry, including senior roles in Radiation Protection and Licensing, and since April 2019 has been accountable for the implementation of Small Modular Reactors and the Darlington New Nuclear Project.

 
Hon. Ernest Moniz

The Honorable Ernest J. Moniz

Former U.S. Secretary of Energy

Founder & CEO, Energy Futures Initiative

Co-Chair & Chief Executive Officer, NTI

Ernest J. Moniz is the CEO of EJM Associates and the Energy Futures Initiative. He served as the thirteenth United States Secretary of Energy from 2013 to January 2017. As Secretary, he advanced energy technology innovation, nuclear security and strategic stability, cutting-edge capabilities for the American scientific research community, and environmental stewardship. He strengthened the Department of Energy (DOE) strategic partnership with its seventeen national laboratories and with the Department of Defense and the broader national security establishment. Specific accomplishments included producing analytically-based energy policy proposals that attracted bipartisan support, implementing legislation, leading an international initiative that placed energy science and technology innovation at the center of the global response to climate change, and negotiating the historic Iran nuclear agreement alongside the Secretary of State. He reorganized a number of DOE program elements, elevated sound project and risk management, and strengthened enterprise-wide management to improve mission outcomes.

 

Professor Moniz (Pronounced MO-neez) previously served as Under Secretary of Energy from 1997 until January 2001 with science, energy, and nuclear security responsibilities. Before that, he was the Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy from 1995 to 1997, with responsibility for the physical, life, and social sciences. He was a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology as well as the Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee from 2009 to 2013. He also served on the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future that provided advice to the President and the Secretary of Energy, particularly on nuclear waste management.

 

Professor Moniz was a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty from 1973 until 2013 when he was appointed Secretary of Energy. Now, he is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems emeritus at MIT, as well as the Special Advisor to the MIT President. He is co-chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a non-profit organization that has advanced innovative solutions for securing nuclear materials, building international cooperation for nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation preventing the spread of disease and reducing radiological threats.

 

At MIT, Moniz was the Founding Director of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) and Director of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment. MITEI grew to involve over a quarter of the faculty across the entire Institute, launched new educational programs for energy, and established novel models for industry-faculty engagement that simultaneously provided individualized company research portfolios with a commons approach that lifted the entire energy enterprise.

 

Moniz was also Head of the MITDepartment of Physics during 1991-1995 and 1997 and Director of the Bates Linear Accelerator Center from 1983-1991. His physics research centered the development of a theoretical framework for understanding intermediate energy electron and meson interactions with atomic nuclei. Since 2001, his primary research has focused on energy technology and policy, giving him a leadership role in MIT multidisciplinary technology and policy studies addressing pathways to a low-carbon world (Future of Nuclear Power, of Coal, of Natural Gas and of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle). These studies had significant impact on energy policy and programs nationwide.

 

Professor Moniz serves on the Board of Directors of both publicly traded and private companies in the energy and security sectors. He also served on the Boards of several non-profit energy industry organizations and, through EJM Associates, is a high-level advisor to several energy related companies, investment firms, and policy makers.

 

He received a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude in physics from Boston College, a doctorate in theoretical physics from Stanford University, and several honorary doctorates, with some from European universities.

 
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Mr. Paul  M. Murphy        

Founder & Managing  Director

Murphy  Energy  &  Infrastructure  Consulting,  LLC

Paul  Murphy  is  the  Founder  and  Managing  Director  of  Murphy  Energy  &  Infrastructure Consulting,  LLC. 

Paul focuses on multiple aspects of the nuclear industry – from legal and policy matters, including international regulatory and treaty frameworks and issues regarding nuclear liability, to strategies for creating and financing nuclear power programs and the identification and mitigation of associated risks – representing developers/owners, investors, lenders, and contractors on nuclear projects internationally.

Paul is recognized as an expert in the development and financing of nuclear power programs by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the OECD’s Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation (IFNEC), and the US government.

Paul regularly teaches financing, contracting, and project development for the IAEA, Argonne National Laboratory, and Texas A&M University for their international training programs.  Paul has served (as a five-time appointee) to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s Civilian Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee, and he serves on ASME’s Clean Energy Technology Advisory Panel.  He is a three-time selection to the Who’s Who Legal / Energy and a member of the International Nuclear Law Association.  He is a Board Member of the United Nuclear Industry Alliance, and he is an Affiliate of Nuclear Economics Consulting Group.

Paul is a graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs and a graduate of Harvard Law School.

 
Ryan Nielson

Mr. Ryan Nielson

Investment Banking Associate

Citi Clean Energy Transition Group

Ryan Nielson is in Investment Banking  with the Citi Clean Energy Transition team in Houston, Texas. He previously worked at Credit Suisse in the Energy & Infrastructure investment banking group from 2018 - 2021. Ryan began his career with the United States Navy as a Nuclear Power Research Project Officer in Washington, D.C. (2011 – 2016). Ryan was responsible for reactor design, maintenance, operation, and disposal in Los Angeles Class submarines. Ryan holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, a M.E. in Nuclear Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University.

 
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Mr. Jeffrey Olson

Vice President of Business Development & Finance

Kairos Power

Mr. Jeffrey Olson is the Vice President of Business Development & Finance for Kairos Power, and has over 10 years of experience managing strategic growth initiatives for energy technology companies to develop, scale and manage their businesses. Prior to his direct engagement in the early stage energy sector, Mr. Olson spent the first half of his career in management consulting advising Fortune 500 companies on business growth and systems development.

Prior to joining Kairos Power, Mr. Olson led strategic partnership development and commercial operations at the artificial intelligence energy storage provider, Stem, Inc., as the company’s Vice President of Partner Operations. Mr. Olson joined Stem from the fuel cell sector in his roles in corporate finance and international business development with Bloom Energy. Mr. Olson also served as an executive with Accenture’s Strategy Group where he was a founding member of Accenture’s Global Sustainability Practice.

Mr. Olson graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with an MBA and a Certificate in Engineering & Business for Sustainability. He received his B.A. in Economics from St. Olaf College.

 
Ashok Pasricha

Mr. Ashok Pasricha

Managing Director, Engineering and Environment Division

Export-Import Bank of USA

Ashok is the Managing Director in the Engineering and Environment Division of the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. in Washington, D.C., performing technical, environmental, and financial evaluations of loan applications involving large and complex projects including nuclear transactions. He has worked with EXIM for 25 years and has worked on large project finance and nuclear transactions in several countries. He has experience in the power (fossil, renewable energy and nuclear), petrochemical, and environmental sectors.  Prior to EXIM, he worked with Bechtel in the design, construction and commissioning of the Hope Creek nuclear power. Later, he worked at the Hope Creek and Salem operating nuclear power plants with Public Service Electric and Gas Company. Ashok is a licensed professional engineer with an MS degree in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University, and an MBA. He completed an eight-month executive program in international finance and global markets from Georgetown University, and is author of 25 technical publications.

 
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Mr. Andrew Paterson

Principal 

Environmental Business International

Andrew "Andy" Paterson, EBI’s man in the Nation's Capitol, has more than 30 years' experience working in the energy and environmental sectors. He is a Principal of EBI financial affililate Verdigris Capital, advising a variety of clients and agencies on public sector and project finance. Previously he served as a Director for Econergy, a clean energy and carbon offset developer, where he managed consulting engagements on a variety of projects for energy, environmental and power sector clients in North America and abroad. During the last 10 years he served as a financial advisor on structuring federal energy policy programs, and as the lead commercial market analyst for a number of energy sector studies with the Department of Energy. Andy has a BA from Stanford University in Human Biology and Environmental Policy and attended the Cornell Graduate School of Business. He speaks on energy trends and environmental topics to a number of trade associations regularly, and is a moderator for the CCS Alliance. He was recently appointed a visiting Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council for their Energy & Environment Program.

 
Ranjani Sankaran

Ms. Ranjani Sankaran 

Executive Director, Project & Export Finance – Africa 

Standard Chartered Bank

Ranjani Sankaran, Executive Director, Project & Export Finance – Africa at Standard Chartered Bank, has over 15 years of experience in project finance, predominantly across sub-Saharan Africa and with particular focus on power and infrastructure project financings. Ms. Sankaran has been with Standard Chartered’s Project & Export Finance for over 11 years and has acted as financial advisor, structuring bank, and mandated lead arranger on numerous pathbreaking and award-winning project financings in Africa, for various MNC, private equity, and IPP clients.  

 

Prior to Standard Chartered, Ms. Sankaran worked at the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation from its inception in 2004, financing sovereign-sponsored projects in emerging economies across Africa, Asia & the Pacific, and Eastern Europe.  Prior to that, she worked on producing the Africa Policy Advisory Panel’s Report on capital markets and financial sector development in sub-Saharan Africa, whose mandate was to deliver innovative and actionable recommendations to Secretary of State Colin Powell as part of strengthening U.S-Africa policy.

 

Ms. Sankaran holds an MBA (Finance) from London Business School, an MA in International Development Studies (Economics) from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, and a BA with Distinction in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

 
 
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Mr. James Schaefer

Senior Managing Director

Guggenheim Partners

James Schaefer is a Senior Managing Director within Guggenheim’s Power, Energy and Renewables team and covers a number of electric and gas utility and renewable energy accounts for Guggenheim Securities. Mr. Schaefer brings to Guggenheim extensive expertise in energy‐related mergers, acquisitions and financing, developed over his more than 20 years in the financial services industry.

 

Prior to joining Guggenheim, Mr. Schaefer lead the Global Energy, Power and Renewables Practice at Blackstone. Prior to Blackstone, Mr. Schaefer was a Managing Director, Global Head of Power & Renewable Energy at UBS Investment Bank. Prior to UBS, Mr. Schaefer worked in the power groups at Lehman Brothers, Salomon Brothers and Chase. Mr. Schaefer has completed approximately $60 billion of strategic advisory assignments and over $30 billion of lead managed financings.

 

Mr. Schaefer graduated with honors in Finance and Accounting from the University of Michigan's MBA program and cum laude in Finance from the University of Vermont.

 
Jigar Shah

Mr. Jigar Shah
Director, Loan Programs Office
U.S. Department of Energy

Mr. Jigar Shah is the Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office (LPO). He leads LPO’s lending activities focused on innovative alternative energy projects in the U.S. including solar, wind, geothermal, biofuels, clean fossil, nuclear, and the related transmission and extraction infrastructure.

 

Jigar Shah was most recently co-founder and President at Generate Capital, where he focused on helping entrepreneurs accelerate decarbonization solutions through the use of low-cost infrastructure-as-a service financing. Prior to Generate Capital, Shah founded SunEdison, a company that pioneered “pay as you save” solar financing. After SunEdison, Shah served as the founding CEO of the Carbon War Room, a global non-profit founded by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Unite to help entrepreneurs address climate change. Originally from Illinois, Shah holds a B.S. from the University of Illinois-UC and an MBA from the University of Maryland College Park.

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Mr. Fred Thiel

CEO

Marathon Digital Holdings

Prior to serving as Marathon’s chief executive officer, Thiel co-founded and served as chairman of Sprocket, a blockchain and cryptocurrency technology and financial services company whose mission is to reduce the risk and friction of cryptocurrency trading across marketplaces, regions and exchanges by establishing a federation of exchanges that together create a single aggregated global trading marketplace with large scale liquidity, rapid execution, minimal counter-party risk, and price transparency. Prior to that, Thiel served as chairman and chief executive officer of Local Corporation, an $80 million Nasdaq-listed leader in online local search and digital media, mobile search monetization and programmatic retargeting markets with over 240 million unique annual visitors.

During his career while holding the title of CEO across multiple companies, Thiel successfully created in excess of $750 million in shareholder value, efficiently raised more than $150 million through both public (IPO and secondary offerings) and private capital sources, led multiple successful corporate transformations resulting in highly accretive exits, built high output agile product development organizations, and established corporate innovation groups resulting in the creation of new product businesses that generated significant new revenues in their first year.

 
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Dr. Aleksandra Gadzala Tirziu

Founder & CEO

Magpie Advisory 

Aleksandra Gadzala Tirziu, PhD is a globally recognized advisor on a range of geopolitical issues with unique focus on authoritarian systems and commercial growth. Her interests and approach drive outcomes through study of the nuances and explosive dynamics of technological advancements and international relations, notably China’s growing influence. Her global experience and presence have equipped her to shape policy and drive justice. Aleksandra’s expertise on foreign policy and business strategy has facilitated extensive counsel to international corporations and government entities on market entry, country risk, and stakeholder engagement.

Aleksandra founded Magpie Advisory to bring her depth of advisory services to business and policy leaders. As Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council, she has authored works on a range of issues in foreign affairs, specializing in U.S.–China and China–Africa relations. Complemented with her academic background as Lecturer at the University of Zurich, Aleksandra contributes to active dialog and development in international affairs. Aleksandra has been featured and interviewed in numerous international forums, including CNN Switzerland, Monocle, Axios, and The National Interest. Much of her commentary focuses on China’s global ambitions, U.S. foreign policy, innovation, technologies for economic development, and geopolitics. Her work has been influenced by formative roles as geopolitical specialist, country analyst, political and sovereign risk consultant, and research leader.

Aleksandra is a graduate of the University of Oxford, where she earned her PhD and MPhil in Politics, as well as Northwestern University with a BA in Political Science. Born in Europe and raised in the American Midwest, Aleksandra has lived and worked in six countries across three continents. She currently divides her time between Zurich, Switzerland, and Palm Beach, Florida.

 
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Mr. James M. Wolf
Vice President – Finance
ARC Clean Energy

James Wolf has over 15 years of experience in cross-border finance and private equity investments.

Since 2016, Mr. Wolf has served as Director of Curio Capital, managing cross-border investment & market entry between US & Japan in the health, wellness & sustainability sectors. From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Wolf was Managing Director for Las Vegas based digital out-of-home media company, Show Media.  He launched the Asian business, managing sales and operations teams to build the largest digital media network in Macau.

From 2007 to 2013, Mr. Wolf was a Partner of US$70 million emerging markets focused private equity firm, MKW Capital.  At MKW, he managed fund operations and investment execution in eleven portfolio companies in Macau across media & tourism industries sourcing several exits to listed companies.   

Previously, Mr. Wolf worked at the Tokyo office of US private equity fund Cerberus Capital Management executing large scale investments of over US$3.5 billion dollars mainly in the real estate & tourism areas.  He started his career at Deutsche Bank in New York as an investment banker in the telecommunications team.

Mr. Wolf graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Japanese (minor).

 
Richard Youngman

Mr. Richard Youngman

CEO

Cleantech Group

Since January 2016, Richard Youngman has been CEO of San-Francisco based Cleantech Group. This followed 7 years of driving the growth of Cleantech Group’s activities outside North America, especially in Europe and Israel, and Asia, based in Cleantech Group’s office in London.

Richard has more than eight years experience researching cleantech innovation, venture capital markets, and start-ups across Europe and globally. He is a regular keynote speaker at major cleantech events and is the driving force behind the annual Global Cleantech 100, a list of the world’s most promising private cleantech companies.

Before Cleantech Group, he was Vice President of Research & Operations at Library House, where he ran the Research team, which discovered and collected the information about high-growth companies that underpinned that company’s data, analytical, and event services. Before Library House, Richard ran his own advisory firm conducting research and consulting on the measurement and evaluation of intangible assets and intellectual capital for organizations such as the European Commission. This followed nine years building a broad-based finance and research background with leading financial institutions such as ABN AMRO, Barclays Capital and BZW in the City of London. His work was centered on the debt markets and revolved around financing M&A deals and advising clients on achieving alignment between their financial and strategic plans.

Richard has an MA from Cambridge University, and an MBA from Theseus International Management Institute, Sophia Antipolis, France.