Speakers

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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).

 
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.

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.

 
Valerie Gardner

Ms. Valerie Gardner

Managing Partner

Nucleation Capital 

For much of the last decade, as a principal of Tiemann Investment Advisors, LLC (TIA), Valerie has been studying the impacts of carbon risks on economic activity and portfolio returns. Beginning in 2009, she began developing quantitative, data-driven strategies for reducing carbon risks within investment portfolios. While many of her peers were engaging in ESG-focused efforts, Valerie sought to understand where the most scalable clean energy solutions which reduce such risks come from. Her research led her in an entirely surprising direction—the nuclear industry—when she discovered that the vast majority of the U.S.’s carbon-free energy was and still is produced by nuclear power. Valerie designed TIA “Future Generation” portfolio in 2014, utilizing a unique methodology for constructing a “post-carbon priced” portfolio that substantially eliminates carbon risk without reducing holdings within the energy sector. In the course of developing the Future Generation portfolio, what Valerie learned about advancements being developed for the next generation of nuclear energy led to her decision to launch Nucleation Capital to invest in advanced nuclear.  TIA, the investment firm led by Ms. Gardner and Dr. Jonathan Tiemann, launched Nucleation Capital as an ERA in 2021.

Prior to TIA, Valerie served as co-founder, CFO and General Counsel of two innovative, high technology companies, Willow Peripherals in New York City and WebTV Networks in Silicon Valley, which was acquired by Microsoft. WebTV helped bring Internet access to more people, and through her early Internet surfing, Valerie learned enough to get concerned about climate change. In 2005, she embarked upon a more active period of research about key environmental issues, attending classes and lectures at Stanford University, UC Berkeley and the NASA Ames Space Center. It quickly became clear that burning fossil fuels to generate power was the primary cause of climate change. Valerie organized a range of community education programs, promoting renewables and home energy efficiency among other things. Despite a decade of effort, energy usage continued to grow. After recognizing that few people would ever deprive themselves of energy, Valerie knew that the only way to reduce emissions from energy was for grids to deliver 100% clean energy to homes, rather than delivering dirty energy and making communities feel bad for using it. To eliminate emissions, utilities could combine clean nuclear power with solar and wind—rather than dispatching dirty fossil gas—and people could use as much energy as they needed without adding emissions. But this wasn’t what was happening. In 2016, Valerie co-founded the Climate Coalition to advocate for “nuclear-inclusive” Clean Energy Standards and to bring climate activists together to prioritize zero-emission grids utilizing any or all zero- and low-emission technologies.  At the same time, Valerie was keeping an eye on the growing number of ventures innovating a new generation of nuclear reactors. By 2018, Valerie begn developing a team and a vehicle to invest in advanced nuclear. Unfortunately, despite the growing entrepreneurial nature of the sector, institutional investors had not gotten the memo and she struggled to win their backing for a traditional venture fund. Fortunately, in mid-2020, the introduction of a state-of-the-art investment platform made it possible to offer venture participation to a more knowledgeable community of high net worth technology, clean energy and climate investors at substantially reduced minimums. The team tested out this new formula, found substantial interest and, with just a few months of fund-raising, were able to launch Nucleation Capital as a subscription-based venture fund enabling participation by a far broader spectrum of discerning accredited investors.

Valerie earned a BA from Colgate University, a JD from Northeastern University Law School and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.  She has done angel investing since 2003 and has served as an advisor, virtual CFO and/or board member for a wide range of entrepreneurial ventures. She lives in Silicon Valley with her husband and daughters and enjoys running, cycling, tennis and skiing.

 
 
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.

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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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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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.

Chuck Tack

Mr. Chuck Tack

Vice President Nuclear Operations

Rocky Mountain Power

Chuck Tack serves as Vice President of Nuclear Operations for PacifiCorp (a Berkshire Hathaway Energy Subsidiary) where his primary responsibility is developing and ultimately operating a new Natrium Reactor as designed by TerraPower. Prior to his current role Tack was the Managing Director of Generation Support where his responsibilities included owner oversight, direction, and support of multiple resources including coal, natural gas, geothermal, hydro, wind, and solar operations.  

Prior to joining PacifiCorp, Tack worked for ATC (Environmental Engineering Firm), Kiewit, Omaha Public Power District (Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station), and Nebraska Public Power District (Cooper Nuclear Station), where he held progressive positions in engineering, operations, and regulatory affairs.  

Tack holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska Omaha – Lincoln, a Masters in Energy Business from the University of Tulsa, and a Masters in Finance from the University of Utah. 

Tack has a Senior Reactor Operator License (SRO) from Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station, a Senior Reactor Operator Certification (SRO-C) from Cooper Nuclear Station, and was a member of the 1997 National Championship Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Team.

 
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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.