Joint Keynote with YAE

David Lawrence

David Lawrence
Executive Vice President Exploration and Commercial
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David Lawrence is Executive Vice President Exploration and Commercial for Shell Upstream Americas. He was appointed to this position in June 2009.

From March 2006 to June 2009 Dave was Executive Vice President, Global Exploration. He was Executive Vice President Group Investor Relations from June 2004 to March 2006, and from 2002 to June 2004 he was Vice President Corporate Strategy for Shell, responsible for Group strategy, planning, portfolio and competitive intelligence.

Prior to this, he was Vice President Exploration and Development for Shell Exploration and Production Company in the US.

In his career with Shell, he has held a variety of leadership positions in Exploration and Production with responsibilities for exploration, development, production, commercial and research activities.

David began his career with Shell in Houston in 1984 in the Global Geology research section.

Before David joined Shell, he evaluated coal resources for the US Geological Survey in Wyoming, explored for uranium with Plateau Resources in Colorado and Utah, and taught at Yava
pai College in Arizona. He received his Ph.D. in Geology and Geophysics from Yale University in 1984.

In addition to his position in Shell David has held numerous leadership roles in industry and civic organisations. He currently serves on the Board of the National Ocean Industry Association and is a member of the API Upstream Committee. He is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Award from the American Petroleum Institute and received the 1992 the Wallace Pratt Memorial Award for best paper in the American Association of Petroleum Geologists bulletin.

Genetics and Bioenergy
Speaker Bios
Science Keynote

Anastasios Melis

Professor, University of California, Berkeley

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A Professor at the University of California Berkeley, Tasios Melis envisioned and pioneered the concept of “Photosynthetic Biofuels”, entailing the direct application of photosynthesis for the generation of bioenergy, in a process where a single organism acts both as photocatalyst and processor, synthesizing and secreting ready to use fuels. This has been successfully applied to hydrogen production and specific hydrocarbon products.

The Melis lab contributed with a breakthrough in the field, when several years ago they demonstrated, for the first time, how to divert the natural flow of photosynthesis in green microalgae and to sustainably generate hydrogen gas, instead of the normally produced oxygen. This technology is currently employed by many laboratories in several countries, and serves as the platform for further photobiological hydrogen production research in the field.  Professor Melis also pioneered and currently leads an international effort to improve, by up to 300%, the efficiency and productivity of photosynthesis in mass cultures under bright sunlight conditions. This is implemented upon genetically optimizing the size of the array of chlorophyll molecules that serve as antennae to absorb sunlight for the photosynthetic apparatus.  

In 2010, the Melis lab pioneered yet a new platform for the renewable generation of isoprene (C5H8) hydrocarbons, derived entirely from sunlight, carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O), and generated immediately from the primary products of photosynthesis. The process of generating isoprene (C5H8) hydrocarbons currently serves as a case study in the development of technologies for the renewable generation of a multitude of biofuels and other useful bio-products.


Martin LaMonica
Science Writer, CNET NEWS
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Martin LaMonica is a reporter at CNET News where he manages and writes for the Green Tech blog, an online source for daily news, analysis, and commentary on energy, materials, and water technologies.

LaMonica has over 20 years of experience as a reporter, editor, and photographer covering business and technology. Before starting to cover clean technologies in 2005, LaMonica reported on the IT industry, covering Web development technologies and business software at CNET News. Previously, he was executive editor at IT publication InfoWorld where he managed the news department and wrote a weekly column. He worked in Paris for five years during the 1990s as a freelance journalist and correspondent for IT news wire the IDG News Service.

Green Tech was a finalist for Editor & Publishers' EPpy awards in 2010 in the category of Best News or Political blog. The editors of Treehugger named Green Tech the best green science and technology blog in 2010. In 2009, a PR company picked LaMonica as one of the top ten clean tech journalists.

Industry Panelist

Noubar Afeyan
Managing Partner and CEO, Flagship Ventures
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Noubar Afeyan is Managing Partner and CEO of Flagship Ventures, a firm he co-founded in 2000 that focuses on inventing, launching, funding and building new ventures. He is also a Senior Lecturer at MIT where he has taught courses on entrepreneurship and innovation since 2000. In addition, he recently joined Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering as a visiting scholar.  

Dr. Afeyan has authored numerous scientific publications and patents since earning his Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering from MIT in 1987.  During his 23-year-long career as inventor, entrepreneur, CEO and venture capitalist, Dr. Afeyan has co-founded and helped build over twenty life science, technology and energy startups.   Currently Dr. Afeyan serves on a number of public and private company boards and he is a member of several advisory boards including the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation at MIT, the Whitehead Institute at MIT, the SKOLKOVO School of Management in Moscow and the National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia.  Dr. Afeyan's past and current ventures include: PerSeptive Biosystems, ChemGenics Pharmaceuticals, EXACT Sciences, Color Kinetics, Celera Genomics, Affinnova, Adnexus Therapeutics, BG Medicine, LS9 and Joule Unlimited.

Industry Panelist
Juan Enriquez
Managing Director, Excel Venture Management
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Mr. Enriquez is an experienced business leader, author, and academic who is recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on the economic and political impacts of life sciences. He is a Managing Director in Excel Venture Management, a venture capital firm that invests in life science companies whose products/services significantly change their field.

He was the founding director of Harvard Business School's Life Sciences Project. He then founded Biotechonomy LLC, a life sciences research and investment firm, where he remains as Chairman and CEO. In July of 2005, he co-founded Synthetic Genomics, Inc., a synthetic biology company focused on developing and commercializing genomic-driven solutions to address global energy and environmental challenges. He has been an active investor in early-stage private companies in the biotechnology and information sciences sectors. While at Harvard, he wrote various articles and case studies, won a McKinsey Prize, and published the best-selling As the Future Catches You, an analysis of the impact of genomics on business and society. His most recent publication is an eBook co-authored with Dr. Steve Gullans, Homo Evolutis: A Short Tour of our New Species, which describes a world where humans increasingly shape their environment, themselves, and other species. Mr. Enriquez serves on a number of boards including Cabot Corporation, Synthetic Genomics, Catch.com, Shape Up The Nation, the Public Interfaces Steering Committee of the Division of Earth & Life Sciences of the National Academy of Sciences, The Chairman's International Council of the America's Society, and the Visiting Committee of Harvard's David Rockefeller Center.

He earned a BA and MBA from Harvard, with Honors.

Industry Panelist
Michael McAdams
President, Advanced Biofuels Association
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Over the last four years, Mr. McAdams has successfully managed and grown an association of 32 advanced biofuels companies that have come to be the leading voice in the biofuels industry. He has testified before Congress and the executive agencies and has been quoted in national and international publications. He has also keynoted a number of advanced biofuels forums.

On June 21, 2010, Mr. McAdams was asked to speak at the House Agriculture Committee  Bioenergy Forum on a panel where he successfully advocated that Congress focus on drafting legislation that recognizes the need for technology neutrality, feedstock sustainability and parity on incentives. His leadership at such events and his dedication to the success of the advanced biofuels industry has put the ABFA and its member companies in a unique position to persuade the federal government to support advanced biofuels.

Mr. McAdams also delivered the keynote address at the "Advanced BioFuels Workshop" on June 14, 2010 where he discussed the need for cooperation in the industry. His speech was covered in Biodiesel Magazine, who praised Mike McAdams for his consistency in his message which they said has been unwavering. Mr. McAdams was recently named one of the top 25 people worth knowing in bioenergy by Biofuels Digest.

In 2008, Mr. McAdams was asked to serve as an energy and climate facilitator for the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City. He also was a recent guest participant at the invitation-only Cleantech Summit in Sundance, Utah. The annual event brings together 100 corporate executives, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, national lawmakers and other key leaders who discuss how they can help foster the next wave of clean energy innovation.

He has also worked in both the federal legislative and regulatory areas with specific experience in energy, climate change, air policy, fuels and tax policy.

In the private sector Mr. McAdams has worked for a number of advocacy organizations focused primarily in the areas of fuels and air policy on behalf of his clients.  He spent more than 14 years working for BP, where he was the Associate Group Policy Advisor to then Chairman of BP, Lord John Browne. In addition, he served as the Vice President of the Eastern United States for Government Affairs as well as Vice President of Government Affairs and Environment. 

During his tenure at BP, he was a major participant in the greening of the company, having been involved in their climate change efforts, clean fuels introductions and strategy for expansion in biofuels, solar and wind.  He was a leader in the negotiations for the legal settlement concerning new source review over all nine of BP's U.S. refineries.

Prior to his move in to the private sector, Mr. McAdams served as Legislative Director to Congressman Ralph Hall (R-TX) from 1981-1985, where he was responsible for Energy and Commerce Committee issues.  In 1980, he was a field coordinator for President Jimmy Carter's presidential campaign.  Prior to that, he served on the staff of Congressman Ray Roberts (D-TX). Mr. McAdams holds a bachelor's degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a J.D. from American University's Washington College of Law.

Solar Fuels
Speaker Bios
Science Keynote
Nate Lewis
Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology
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Nathan Lewis, the George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry, has been on the faculty at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) since 1988 and has served as Professor since 1991. He also served as the Principal Investigator of the Beckman Institute Molecular Materials Resource Center at Caltech since 1992, and is the Principal Investigator of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, the Energy Innovation Hub for Fuels from Sunlight. From 1981 to 1986, he was on the faculty at Stanford, as an Assistant Professor from 1981 to 1985 and as a tenured Associate Professor from 1986 to 1988. Dr. Lewis received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Lewis is Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, and a Presidential Young Investigator. He received the Fresenius Award in 1990, the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry in 1991, the Orton Memorial Lecture award in 2003, the Princeton Environmental Award in 2003 and the Michael Faraday Medal of the Royal Society of Electrochemistry in 2008. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Royal Society of Chemistry journal, Energy & Environmental Science. He has published over 300 papers and has supervised approximately 60 graduate students and postdoctoral associates.

His research interests include artificial photosynthesis and electronic noses. Technical details of these research topics focus on light-induced electron transfer reactions, both at surfaces and in transition metal complexes, surface chemistry and photochemistry of semiconductor/liquid interfaces, novel uses of conducting organic polymers and polymer/conductor composites, and development of sensor arrays that use pattern recognition algorithms to identify odorants, mimicking the mammalian olfaction process.


Matthew M. Nordan
Vice President, Venrock

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Matthew Nordan is a Vice President at Venrock, a premier venture capital firm originally established as the venture arm of the Rockefeller family. He focuses on breakthrough energy, environmental, and materials technologies from the firm’s Cambridge, MA office.

Prior to Venrock, Matthew was president of Lux Research, an advisory services firm for science-driven innovation that he co-founded in 2004. Under Matthew’s leadership, the Lux Research analyst team became a globally recognized authority on the business and economic impact of emerging technologies, advising corporations, start-ups, financial institutions, and governments. Before Lux, Matthew held a variety of senior management positions at emerging technology advisor Forrester Research in the U.S. and Europe.

Matthew has testified before the U.S. Congress four times on emerging technology issues, advised the Committee to Review the National Nanotechnology Initiative of the National Academies, and been an invited speaker at universities including Harvard, MIT, and Columbia. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies and has advised the OECD on technology development for energy and environmental applications. A regular speaker at technology conferences, Matthew’s views have been cited by news outlets including CNBC, ABC News, The Economist, Forbes, and Newsweek.

Matthew is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale University, where he conducted cognitive neuroscience research on the neural pathways mediating emotion and memory.

Josef Eichhammer

Industry Panelist

Josef Eichhammer
President and COO, Solar Trust of America

CEO, Solar Millennium

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Josef Eichhammer currently serves as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Solar Trust of America, LLC and is also the Chief Executive Officer of Solar Millennium, LLC, two companies globally prominent in the development and operation of utility-scale solar thermal electricity generating stations. Mr. Eichhammer holds over 25-years of experience in business development, project financing and project development across a range of industries. He has led leveraged lease financing for commercial aircraft and has also structured financing for large-scale power generation projects in Germany, India, Indonesia, and China.

In cooperation with international partners, Mr. Eichhammer has completed power plant projects in the United States, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Indonesia, India, and China. He has structured investment funds for oil tankers and real estate. During his career, Mr. Eichhammer has built up companies and teams in Europe, Asia, and North America.

Industry Panelist

Robert Friedland
President and CEO, Proton Energy Systems

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Robert J. Friedland is President and CEO of Proton Energy Systems. Mr. Friedland, a founder of Proton Energy Systems in 1996, has held several senior positions at Proton including  President and Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President Hydrogen Generation and Senior Vice President of Products and Manufacturing. He became President and CEO in July of 2008 upon the sale of the business to a private investment group.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Friedland was with the Hamilton Sundstrand Division of United Technologies. At Hamilton, Mr. Friedland held various positions of increasing responsibility
including Program Operations Manager of Navy and Electrochemical Systems. He is Vice Chair of the Connecticut Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition and is on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Technology Council.

Mr. Friedland earned a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Syracuse University and an MBA from Renselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Energy Storage and Batteries
Speaker Bios
Science Keynote
Yet-Ming Chiang
Kyocera Professor of Ceramics, MIT; Founder, A123

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Dr. Yet-Ming Chiang, a co-founder of A123 Systems, is also a full professor in the materials science and engineering department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Chiang’s research at MIT focuses on the design and synthesis of advanced materials as well as the development of new devices enabled by material advances, including new energy storage and mechanical actuator technologies.

In 1987, Dr. Chiang co-founded American Superconductor [NASDAQ: AMSC]. He has published widely in materials science and engineering, and served on numerous government panels and editorial boards of journals in his field. Dr. Chiang earned a materials science and engineering degree from MIT in 1980 and a degree in ceramics from MIT in 1985.


Michael Holman
Research Director, Lux Research

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Michael Holman is a Research Director at Lux Research. He leads a team of analysts responsible for providing ongoing intelligence and strategic advice to clients in a variety of emerging technology areas, including nanomaterials, solar energy, alternative power and energy storage, water technologies, biosciences, and green buildings. He and his team help clients – Global 500 corporations, leading institutional investors, thoughtful public policy makers – make better strategic decisions. Michael is frequently quoted in the press, and has been cited in publications like The Economist, The Guardian, and Congressional Quarterly on the commercialization of emerging technologies.

Michael is also deeply involved in public policy issues around emerging technologies. He is a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group, and was invited to address policymakers from the U.S. and EU at the Perspectives on the Future of Science and Technology program. He has helped the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) organize its Nanomanufacturing for Energy Efficiency Workshop, and helped draft a roadmap document for the DOE, guiding hundreds of millions of dollars in spending. He has been invited to offer guidance on emerging technology issues by regulatory agencies from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to the EC Health and Consumer Protection Directorate General.

Michael holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Columbia University, where he performed cutting-edge research as a part of Columbia’s Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center and authored numerous scientific articles and reviews. He also holds a B.A. in Chemistry and Philosophy from Rice University.

Industry Panelist

Alex Bok
Senior Director, Business Development & Government, Boston Power
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Alex serves as Boston-Power’s Senior Director, Business Development & Government Affairs and Corporate Counsel.  In those positions, Alex is responsible for the company’s business development efforts relating to utility and grid energy storage and for coordinating its legal and regulatory activities.  Boston-Power is a venture-backed lithium-ion battery manufacturer headquartered in Westborough and recently was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top 10 venture-backed cleantech companies in the United States.

Previously, Alex served as general counsel for Voter.com, the largest internet political news source in the 2000 US election, and for two national public affairs firms, Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications and Dewey Square Group. Before that, Alex was a partner at a Boston law firm and served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for 10 years litigating on behalf of the Commonwealth to recover for asbestos property damage.

Alex is the founder of Boston Baseball Field of Dreams, an effort to bring minor league baseball to greater Boston.   Earlier, Alex was as a member of the Boston Board of Health and Hospitals (which included Boston City, Mattapan and Long Island Hospitals) and the Massachusetts Solid Waste Commission. 

Alex is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Business School and Boston College Law School.  A lifelong resident of Boston, Alex lives in Bay Village with his wife Gaye and their three children, Kenzie, Abby (Yale’14) and Oliver.

Industry Panelist

Karim Kassam
Director, Corporate and Business Development, Ballard Power System

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Karim Kassam is responsible for planning, organizing and executing the Company’s corporate and business development activities. He leads the development and negotiation of significant strategic relationships with new and existing customers and partners in support of the market segments and corporate strategy worldwide.

Karim holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta, an MBA from Queens University, and is a designated CMA. His experience prior to Ballard includes international experience, particularly in Asia-Pacific and experience in a range of sectors, including commercial real estate, government and retail.

Industry Panelist

Frank Murray
President and CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

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Francis J. Murray, Jr. was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on January 26, 2009. 

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Murray served as Senior Advisor at the international environmental consulting firm Ecology and Environment, Inc., where he provided strategic policy and market development guidance on environmental and energy issues to a number of private sector and not-for-profit clients.  Mr. Murray also represented the Pace Energy and Climate Center and the Natural Resources Defense Council in the New York Public Service Commission proceeding to establish an energy efficiency portfolio standard program.

From 1996 to 1997, Mr. Murray was policy advisor to the United States Secretary of Energy, assisting in the development of the Clinton Administration’s national energy policy.

Mr. Murray served from 1992 to 1994 as the New York State Commissioner of Energy and Chairman of the NYSERDA Board of Directors, then a statutory function of the State Energy Commissioner.  At that time, he also served as Chairman of the State Energy Planning Board, a multi-agency statutory board charged with the responsibility of developing a comprehensive, integrated energy plan for the State that integrated State energy, environmental and economic development policies.

In 1985, Mr. Murray was appointed Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Energy and the Environment, a position he held until 1992.  He served from 1983 to 1985 as Assistant Secretary for Energy and the Environment in the administration of New York State Governor Mario M. Cuomo.  He represented New York in numerous national and regional energy and environmental activities, including the Coalition of Northeastern Governors, the National Governors’ Association, and the Council of Great Lakes Governors.  Mr. Murray began his work on New York State energy issues as legislative counsel and then as an energy and environmental policy advisor to Governor Hugh Carey from 1977 to 1982.  He began his career in public service as a legislative assistant to Congressman James V. Stanton (D-Ohio).

Mr. Murray serves on the board of numerous not-for-profit organizations, including the Alliance to Save Energy, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the National Association of State Energy Officials, the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership, the New York State Smart Grid Consortium (Vice Chair), and the New York Battery and Energy Storage (NY-BEST) Consortium.

Mr. Murray received his Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service cum laude from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.

Roundtable Speakers

Bill Blakemore (Moderator)
ABC News Correspondent
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ABC News Correspondent Bill Blakemore spearheads the news division's coverage of global warming, traveling from the tropics to the polar regions to report on the impacts and dangers of climate change, as well as possible solutions for it. Mr. Blakemore helped create ABC's multi-platform exploration of global warming on broadcast, Internet, radio, and print platforms. He reports for all ABC News' broadcasts and platforms and is also anchor of "Nature's Edge," a weekly program on climate and environment news on ABC News NOW, the network's digital channel. Currently, he is also reporting and lecturing on the many psychological aspects of the global warming story.


Mr. Blakemore is one of the few TV correspondents ever to win the Edward R. Murrow Fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he designed and ran a major study series on "TV News and American Foreign Policy." He has won  many of the most prestigious journalism awards,  some a number of times, including the DuPont-Columbia, the Society of Professional Journalists, the  Overseas Press Club, the Emmy, the Christopher, and  the Headliner for a wide range of stories including  the politics of John Paul, Israeli-Palestinian conflicts,  the science of addictive drugs (anchoring ABC's  special, "Alcohol and Cocaine: The secret of  Addiction"), the persistent problems of earthquake  rescue, the global extinction of montane amphibians,  and the unseen obliteration of ocean life. For ABC's Peabody Award-winning 24-hour Millennium 2000 special, Mr. Blakemore reported live from Bethlehem.

Hon. Lykke Friis
Danish Minister for Climate and Energy and Minister for Gender Equality
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Since 2009, Lykke Friis has served as Minister for Climate and Energy and Minister for Gender Equality, within the Danish Government. She received a M.Sc. in Economics from London School of Economics and Political Science in 1992 and earned an M.A. in Political Science from Copenhagen University in 1993, followed by a Ph.D. in 1997.

Minister Friis has recently spearheaded the Danish Government's “Energy Strategy 2050” which describes how Denmark can achieve independence from fossil fuels by 2050. Prior to her appointment as Minister, Lykke Friis was Pro-Vice Chancellor at Copenhagen University (2006-2009) and Director of European Affairs at the Confederation of Danish Industries (2003-2006). She was a Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Affairs (1996-2002), an Associate Professor at Copenhagen University (2003-2005) and since 2005 an Adjunct Professor at Copenhagen Business School.

Minister Friis has held close to twenty honorary offices, including Member of the EU Reflection group appointed by the European Council, Member of the Danish Defense Commission, Deputy-chairperson of The Danish Growth Council, and Member of the Board of the Danish Foreign Policy Society.

Minister Friis is married and is a keen supporter of the German soccer club FC Bayern Munich.

Hon. Marc Spitzer
Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
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Marc Spitzer was nominated by President George W. Bush to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a term expiring June 30, 2011.

Commissioner Spitzer believes the FERC’s primary missions are to ensure that America’s ratepayers have safe, economic, and reliable supplies of electricity and natural gas; and transparent, robust and competitive wholesale energy markets. Commissioner Spitzer believes that successful regulation of FERC-jurisdictional industries requires a balancing of all competing interests to ensure just and reasonable rates.

Commissioner Spitzer was elected in 2000 to the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) and in 2002 was elected Chairman by his colleagues. He received recognition for his leadership of the Arizona Commission from 2003-2005.

In 1992, after many associations with civic, philanthropic and political causes, he was elected to the Arizona State Senate for District 18. Commissioner Spitzer served in the Legislature as Chair of the Judiciary and Finance Committees and was elected by his peers to the position of Senate Majority Leader in 1996.

As an attorney since 1982, Commissioner Spitzer represented taxpayers in proceedings involving the Internal Revenue Service. He was first certified as a Specialist in tax law by the Arizona Bar in 1987.

After graduation from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, he attended the University of Michigan, School of Law.

Noubar Afeyan
CEO, Flagship Ventures
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Noubar Afeyan is Managing Partner and CEO of Flagship Ventures, a firm he co-founded in 2000 that focuses on inventing, launching, funding and building new ventures. He is also a Senior Lecturer at MIT where he has taught courses on entrepreneurship and innovation since 2000. In addition, he recently joined Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering as a visiting scholar.  

Dr. Afeyan has authored numerous scientific publications and patents since earning his Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering from MIT in 1987.  During his 23-year-long career as inventor, entrepreneur, CEO and venture capitalist, Dr. Afeyan has co-founded and helped build over twenty life science, technology and energy startups.   Currently Dr. Afeyan serves on a number of public and private company boards and he is a member of several advisory boards including the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation at MIT, the Whitehead Institute at MIT, the SKOLKOVO School of Management in Moscow and the National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia.  Dr. Afeyan's past and current ventures include: PerSeptive Biosystems, ChemGenics Pharmaceuticals, EXACT Sciences, Color Kinetics, Celera Genomics, Affinnova, Adnexus Therapeutics, BG Medicine, LS9 and Joule Unlimited.

Arun Majumdar
Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency, U.S. Department of Energy
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Arun Majumdar became the first Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), the country’s only agency devoted to transformational energy research and development, in October 2009.

Prior to joining ARPA-E, Majumdar was the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Environment at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. His highly distinguished research career includes the science and engineering of energy conversion, transport, and storage ranging from molecular and nanoscale level to large energy systems. In 2005, Majumdar was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering for this pioneering work.

At Berkeley Labs and UC Berkeley, Majumdar helped shape several strategic initiatives in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy storage. He also testified before Congress on how to reduce energy consumption in buildings. Majumdar has also served on the advisory committee of the National Science Foundation's engineering directorate, was a member of the advisory council to the materials sciences and engineering division of the Department of Energy’s Basic Energy Sciences, and was an advisor on nanotechnology to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Additionally, Majumdar has served as an advisor to startup companies and venture capital firms in the Silicon Valley.

He received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1985 and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989.


Ernest Moniz
Director, MIT Energy Initiative
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Ernest J. Moniz is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems, Director of the Energy Initiative, and Director of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has served on the faculty since 1973.  Dr. Moniz served as Under Secretary of the Department of Energy from October 1997 until January 2001.  In that role, he had programmatic oversight responsibility for the offices of Science; Fossil Energy; Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology; Environmental Management; and Civilian Radioactive Waste Management. He also led a comprehensive review of the nuclear weapons stockpile stewardship program and served as the Secretary’s special negotiator for Russia initiatives, with a particular focus on the disposition of Russian nuclear weapons materials. He is a member of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and of the DOE Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future.

At MIT, Dr. Moniz served as Head of the Department of Physics and as Director of the Bates Linear Accelerator Center, a DOE user facility. His principal research contributions have been in theoretical nuclear physics and in energy technology and policy studies, which is his current research focus.

Dr. Moniz received a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude in physics from Boston College, a doctorate in theoretical physics from Stanford University, and honorary doctorates from the University of Athens, the University of Erlangen-Nurenburg, and Michigan State University. Dr. Moniz is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Humboldt Foundation, and the American Physical Society and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Rajendra Pachauri
Chairman, IPCC, Director, TERI, and Director, YCEI
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Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri was appointed Director of the Yale Climate and Energy Institute July 2009. He is also Director-General of TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute). TERI does original research and provides knowledge in the areas of energy, environment, forestry, biotechnology, and the conservation of natural resources to governments, institutions, and corporate organizations worldwide. In 2002, Dr Pachauri was elected the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, established by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme, and re-elected in September 2008. The IPCC along with former Vice President Al Gore was awarded the “Nobel Peace Prize” for the year 2007. Dr. Pachauri was conferred with the “Padma Vibhushan”, second highest civilian award in India, for his services in the field of science and engineering in January 2008 by the President of India, and awarded the Padma Bhushan by the President of India in January 2001 for his contributions to the field of environment. He was also bestowed the “Officier De La Légion D’Honneur” by the Government of France in 2006 and was awarded the "Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star" by the Emperor of Japan in April 2010.

Tom Pincince
CEO, Digital Lumens
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With a track record of entrepreneurial and corporate success, Mr. Pincince is responsible for overall strategy and management of Digital Lumens. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Pincince was President, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Brix Networks, a global provider of converged service assurance solutions that was acquired by EXFO to serve as the foundation for its service assurance market entry. Previously, Tom was the Founder of New Oak Communications, a pioneering leader in Virtual Private Network (VPN) switches, which was subsequently acquired by Bay Networks (now Nortel Networks) to create the Contivity Extranet Switch product family.

Before starting New Oak, Mr. Pincince was an industry analyst, serving as Director of Forrester Research’s Network Strategy Service, where he focused on the commercial use of the Internet, and defined the market for corporate intranets and the possibilities of private data services over the public Internet. Earlier in his career, he held marketing and engineering positions of increasing responsibility at several Boston-area technology companies.

James Woolsey
Former Director, CIA, Chairman, Woolsey Partners LLC and Senior Fellow, Yale's University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
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Mr. Woolsey currently chairs the Strategic Advisory Group of the Washington, D.C. private equity fund, Paladin Capital Group, and he is Of Counsel to the Washington, D.C. office of the Boston-based law firm, Goodwin Procter.  In the above capacities he specializes in a range of alternative energy and security issues.

Mr. Woolsey previously served in the U.S. Government on five different occasions, where he held Presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations, most recently (1993-95) as Director of Central Intelligence.  From July 2002 to March 2008 Mr. Woolsey was a Vice President and officer of Booz Allen Hamilton, and then a Venture Partner with VantagePoint Venture Partners of San Bruno, California until January 2011.  He was also previously a partner at the law firm of Shea & Gardner in Washington, DC, now Goodwin Procter, where he practiced for 22 years in the fields of civil litigation, arbitration, and mediation.

In addition to heading the CIA and the Intelligence Community, Mr. Woolsey was: Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), Vienna, 1989–1991; Under Secretary of the Navy, 1977–1979; and General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, 1970–1973.  He was also appointed by the President to serve on a part-time basis in Geneva, Switzerland, 1983–1986, as Delegate at Large to the U.S.–Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) and Nuclear and Space Arms Talks (NST).  As an officer in the U.S. Army, he was an adviser on the U.S. Delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT I), Helsinki and Vienna, 1969–1970. 

Mr. Woolsey serves on a range of government, corporate, and non-profit advisory boards and chairs several, including that of the Washington firm, ExecutiveAction LLC.  He serves on the National Commission on Energy Policy.  He is currently Co-Chairman of the Committee on the Present Danger.  He is Chairman of the Advisory Boards of the Clean Fuels Foundation and the New Uses Council, and a Trustee of the Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments.  Previously he was Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Regents of The Smithsonian Institution, and a trustee of Stanford University.  He has also been a member of The National Commission on Terrorism, 1999–2000; The Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the U.S. (Rumsfeld Commission), 1998; The President’s Commission on Federal Ethics Law Reform, 1989; The President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management (Packard Commission), 1985–1986; and The President’s Commission on Strategic Forces (Scowcroft Commission), 1983.