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Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director General UNIDO, Chairman UN Energy

Dr. Kandeh K. YumkellaIn December 2005 Mr. Kandeh K. Yumkella was appointed as Director-General of UNIDO, having previously worked in various high-level policy positions in UNIDO, including as Special Adviser to two previous Directors-General and as Director of the Africa and Least Developed Countries Regional Bureau as well as Representative and Director of the first UNIDO Regional Office in Nigeria. He was re-appointed as Director-General of UNIDO for a second four-year term in December 2009.
 
Prior to working for UNIDO, he was the Minister for Trade, Industry and State Enterprises of the Republic of Sierra Leone from 1994-1995. Between 1987 and 1996, while furthering his studies, he held various academic positions at Michigan State University and the University of Illinois.
 
Dr. Morgan Bazilian, Deputy Director, National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)
Dr. Morgan Bazilian

Morgan Bazilian is the Deputy Director of the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA). The Institute conducts leading-edge interdisciplinary research and provides objective and credible data, tools, and analysis to guide global energy investment and policy decisions. The institutional partners are the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, the University of Colorado-Boulder (CU), the Colorado School of Mines (CSM), and Colorado State University (CSU).

Previously, Morgan was the Special Advisor to the Director-General of UNIDO on international energy policy. In this role he was deeply engaged with the design and implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All initiative, and managed UN-Energy. UN-Energy is the UN’s interagency mechanism on all energy issues.                                                                             

Prior to his time in the United Nations, he held a political appointment as Chief of Cabinet for the Minister of Energy in Ireland, after directing the clean energy division of Ireland’s national energy authority for several years.

Morgan has been the lead climate change negotiator for the European Union on low-carbon technology, and a member of the UNFCCC’s Expert Group on Technology Transfer (EGTT). He has been a national representative to various International Energy Agency governing bodies and executive committees, as well as to the EU’s energy research and development programmes.

 
Martin Hiller, Director-General, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEP)
 
Martin HillerMartin Hiller has over 20 years of experience in policy and environmental campaigning, and in-depth knowledge of climate change and energy issues, with a focus on policy and business engagement. Using his background in biology and ecology, he has developed and implemented numerous campaign strategies in the international policy arena, communicating complex environmental and development issues and co-ordinating and managing cross-cultural teams and projects, and is a sought-after presenter. 
 
Recently Martin finished a long career at the environmental NGO WWF where for the last 8 years he had led campaigns and communications in the global climate and energy programme. Before that, he established the first EU-specific communications operation for any environmental NGO in Brussels, developed WWF’s regional communications operations across Europe, and created the first EU-specific policy campaigns.
 
Martin’s credo is to use communications to innovate and to create momentum for making solutions happen.
 
Dr. Lakshman Guruswamy, Director Center for Energy and Environmental Security and Professor of Law, University of Colorado at Boulder
 
Dr. Lakshman Guruswamy

Lakshman Guruswamy, the Nicholas Doman Professor of International Environmental Law at the University of Colorado at Boulder, was born in Sri Lanka, and is a recognized expert in International Environmental and Energy Law. Lakshman teaches International Environmental Law  and  Energy Justice at CU. He is also the Director of the Center for Energy & Environment Security (CEES) of the University of Colorado. This is an interdisciplinary Center that seeks to find practical renewable energy solutions for the energy deficits confronting the globe, and pursues environmental justice for peoples of the developing world.   He is widely published in international energy and environmental law in legal and scientific journals, and his present scholarship is focused on access to energy for the Other Third of the world. Prior to joining the University of Colorado, he taught in Sri Lanka, the UK, and the Universities of Iowa and Arizona. Guruswamy, is a frequent speaker at scholarly meetings around the country and the world. He is the author of: International Environmental Law in a Nutshell (4d ed. 2011), and the co-author of:  International Environmental Law and World Order (2nd. 1999), Biological Diversity: Converging Strategies (1998), Arms Control and the Environment (2001), and other books. He has also authored over 40 scholarly articles published in law reviews as well as peer reviewed journals.

 
Jude Biggs, Partner, Holland & Hart
 
Ms. Jude BiggsWith more than 20 years of experience, Ms. Biggs focuses on advising national and global employers on employment-related issues. As manager of Holland & Hart’s MyEmploymentLawAdvisor employment advice service, Ms. Biggs helps employers anticipate, avoid, and resolve workplace issues that distract from the larger goals of running a business. Her responsive advice, national and global contracts, tailored drafting, and persuasive negotiation and mediation skills take the pressure off you and keep you moving forward.
 
She provides sound advice to employers on a variety of employment law topics, such as complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Family and Medical Leave Act, layoffs and workforce reorganizations, drafting and enforcing covenants not to compete and confidentiality agreements, protecting trade secrets, conducting internal investigations, compliance with wage and hour laws, negotiating executive agreements, complying with immigration law, defending affirmative action plans, and reducing the risks of litigation.
She represents a wide variety of employers in individual and class action litigation, particularly disputes involving claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, and wage-hour disputes.
 
Ms. Biggs represents clients in the following industries: airlines; banks and financial institutions; construction; data storage and data mining; distributors; engineering; hotels; medical devices; mining; package delivery; pharmaceuticals; renewable energy (solar, wind); research institutes; retail; software; and staffing agencies and professional employer organizations (PEOs).
 
Before entering law school, Jude was vice president and director of marketing at Westview Press for six years.
 

Nii Armah Sowah

Nii Armah Sowah is a Ghanaian born arts educator. He holds a Master of Arts in Expressive Arts Therapies from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Over the years, Nii Armah has worked professionally as an expressive arts therapist, dancer, singer, choreographer, actor and public speaker. He currently directs the 1000 Voices Project, an arts organization that uses African songs, rhythm games, dance, and storytelling to facilitate personal growth, community building and cross- cultural understanding. He passionately believes that singing & dancing are a human right, and therefore offers presentations that are participatory, as he invites his audiences to engage physically, emotionally, and spiritually. His commissions have included residencies, keynote presentations and workshop facilitation for conferences and retreats. His clientele includes companies, universities, K-12 schools, and civic organizations across the U.S., Canada, Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean. Nii Armah was the recipient of the 2008 “Excellence in Teaching Award,” and was named the 2011 “Campus Global Citizen of the Year” at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he teaches courses in African Dance and Community Outreach.

 

Regent Kyle Hybl

University of Colorado Regent Kyle Hybl is a Colorado Springs attorney, a civic leader, an Air Force veteran, a higher education advocate and a proud CU alumnus. Hybl was elected to the CU Board of Regents in 2006, and his six-year term ends in January 2013. He was elected by his fellow regents as board chair for two terms (2010-2012). A Republican, he represents Colorado’s 5th Congressional District. Hybl earned a bachelor’s and a law degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder. After serving as a judge advocate in the U.S. Air Force, he returned to Colorado and now serves as vice president and general counsel for El Pomar Foundation; as general counsel for the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs and The Garden City Company in Garden City, Kansas; and as legal adviser to the National Homeland Defense Foundation in Colorado Springs. Among other civic activities, Hybl presently serves on the boards of directors for the Police Foundation of Colorado Springs (chairman), the Air Force Academy Foundation, the Colorado Springs World Arena and the Fund for American Studies.

 

Senator Timothy Wirth

Timothy E. Wirth is the President of the United Nations Foundation and the Better World Fund.

Both organizations were founded in 1998 through a major financial commitment from Ted Turner to support and strengthen the work of the United Nations.  Wirth began his political career as a White House Fellow under President Lyndon Johnson and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Education in the Nixon Administration. In 1970, Wirth returned to his home state of Colorado and successfully ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1974. As Chair of the Communications Subcommittee, he led Congressional initiatives to deregulate the communications industry in America.  Wirth also authored the Indian Peaks Wilderness Act of 1978, served on the Speaker’s Steering and Policy Committee, and was one of the founders of The Democratic Leadership Council. For eight consecutive years, he was selected as one of the 25 most effective Members of Congress.  Wirth was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986 where he focused on environmental issues, particularly global climate change and population stabilization. In 1988, he organized the historic Hansen hearings on climate change. With his close friend, the late Senator John Heinz (R-PA), he authored “Project 88”, outlining the groundbreaking “Cap and Trade” idea which became law in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. He authored the far-reaching Colorado Wilderness Bill which became law in 1993, and with Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY) as a co-sponsor, he authored major legislation focused on population stabilization.  Following two decades of elected politics, Wirth was national Co-chair of the Clinton-Gore campaign, and from 1993 to 1997 served in the U.S. Department of State as the first Undersecretary for Global Affairs.  He helped organize U.S. foreign policy in the areas of refugees, population, environment, science, human rights and narcotics. He chaired the United States Delegation at the 1994 Cairo Conference on Population and Development, and was the lead U.S. negotiator for the Kyoto Climate Conference. He resigned from the Administration in late 1997 to accept Ted Turner’s invitation to be President of the newly created United Nations Foundation.  As President of the UN Foundation (UNF) since its inception in early 1998, Wirth has organized and led the formulation of the Foundation’s mission and program priorities, which include the environment, women and population, and children’s health. The Foundation also engages in extensive public advocacy, fundraising, and institutional strengthening efforts on behalf of the United Nations.  Prior to entering politics, Wirth was in private business in Colorado. The son of teachers, he was a scholarship student and graduate of Harvard College, served as a Harvard “Baby Dean” after graduation, and received a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

 

Dr. Joseph Jupille

Joseph Juppille (University of Washington, 2000) is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Colorado European Union Center of Excellence (CEUCE). He previously served as Assistant Professor at Florida International University and Co-Director of the Miami European Union Center of Excellence. He teaches broadly across European, Comparative and International topics at undergraduate and graduate levels. His primary research interests lie in the area of institutional political economy. His first book, Procedural Politics, was published in 2004 by Cambridge University Press. He is currently writing 1) papers from NSF-funded surveys on sovereign debt (“Icesave”) referendum voting in Iceland (with Amber Curtis and David Leblang), 2) Institutional Choice in Global Commerce (with Walter Mattli and Duncan Snidal), and 3) Theories of Institutions (with James A. Caporaso, under contract at Cambridge University Press). His articles have appeared in Annual Review of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, European Political Science Review, International Organization, and West European Politics.

Dr. Charles Wilkinson

Prior to joining the faculty of Colorado Law School, Charles Wilkinson practiced law with private firms in Phoenix and San Francisco and then with the Native American Rights Fund. In 1975, he became a law professor, teaching at the law schools of the University of Oregon, Michigan and Minnesota before moving to Colorado in 1987. His primary specialties are federal public land law and Indian law. In addition to his many articles in law reviews, popular journals, and newspapers, his thirteen books include the standard law texts on public land law and on Indian law. He also served as managing editor of Felix S. Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law, the leading treatise on Indian law. The books he has written in recent years, such as 1992's The Eagle Bird, are aimed for a general audience, and they discuss society, history, and land in the American West. He won the Colorado Book Award for Messages From Frank's Landing, a profile of Billy Frank, Jr. of the Nisqually Tribe of western Washington. In his latest book, Blood Struggle: The Rise of Modern Indian Nations, he poses what he calls "the most fundamental question of all: Can the Indian voice endure?" Listen to an interview on Colorado Public Radio conducted by Dan Drayer about Blood Struggle. In his latest book The People Are Dancing Again: The Siletz Tribe Of Western Oregon, Professor Wilkinson writes about he history of the Siletz is in many ways the history of many Indian tribes: a story of heartache, perseverance, survival, and revival, watch video below. Professor Wilkinson has received teaching awards from his students at all three law schools where he has taught, and the Universities of Colorado and Oregon have given him their highest awards for leadership, scholarship, and teaching. He has also won acclamation from non-academic organizations. The National Wildlife Federation presented him with its National Conservation Award, and in its 10-year anniversary issue, Outside Magazine named him one of 15 "People to Watch," calling him "the West's leading authority on natural resources law." He has served on several boards, including The Wilderness Society, Northern Lights Institute, and the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado. Over the years, Professor Wilkinson has taken on many special assignments for the Departments of Interior, Agriculture, and Justice. He was a member of the tribal team that negotiated the 1997 Joint Secretarial Order of the Interior and Commerce Departments concerning tribal rights under the Endangered Species Act. He served as special counsel to the Interior Department for the drafting of the Presidential Proclamation, signed by President Clinton in September, 1996, establishing the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah. In December 1997 Agriculture Secretary Glickman appointed him a member of the Committee of Scientists, charged with reviewing the Forest Service planning regulations. Professor Wilkinson acted as facilitator in negotiations between the National Park Service and the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe concerning a tribal land base in Death Valley National Park; in 2000 Congress enacted legislation ratifying the resulting agreement. He is currently serving as facilitator in far-ranging negotiations between the City of Seattle and the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe.

 

Jose Ambrozic

José A. Ambrozic, born in Lima, Perú, is a consecrated layman, member of the Catholic Society of Apostolic Life Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, since 1972. He obtained his License in Business Administration from the Universidad de Lima in Lima, Perú; A Masters Degree in Education with emphasis in Humanities from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico; and is Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Theology & Philosophy with a research emphasis on Human Ecology in John Paul II and Benedict XCI at the Maryvale Institute, University of Liverpool-Hope. Mr. Ambrozic has been the Assistant General of SCV for Apostolate, Temporal Affairs and Communications.  From2003 to 2011 he was Superior of the SCV community and Director of Camp Saint Malo Catholic Retreat, Conference and Spiritual Center in the archdiocese of Denver, Colorado. Since it’s founding in 1997, Chairman of the Board of San Pablo Catholic University. President of Creatio, a non profit that promotes reconciliation between humans and creation as a response to environmental issues. Founding board member and member of the editorial committee of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders.

 

Dr. E. Christian Brugger

E. Christian Brugger is a Senior Fellow of Ethics and Director of the Fellows Program at the Culture of Life Foundation in Washington, D.C. and holds the J. Francis Cardinal Stafford Chair of Moral Theology at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, Colorado. He has master degrees in moral theology and moral philosophy from Seton Hall, Harvard and Oxford Universities and received his Ph.D. in Christian ethics from Oxford in 2000. He is the author of Capital Punishment and Roman Catholic Moral Tradition (Notre Dame Press, 2003) and has published over 200 articles in scholarly and popular publications on topics in bioethics, sexual ethics, natural law theory, as well as the interdisciplinary field of psychology and Christian anthropology. He is an ethical advisor to the bishops of Denver and the Colorado Catholic Conference and serves on the Ethics Review Board for Catholic Hospitals of the Archdiocese of Denver. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and is a Senior Fellow in Ethics and Director of the Fellows Program at the Culture of Life Foundation in Washington, D.C., where he publishes a bi-monthly brief on current ethical issues . Dr. Brugger lives on a farm in Evergreen, Colorado, with his wife Melissa and five children.

 

Jason Aamodt

Jason B. Aamodt’s practice concerns natural resource protection and restoration, water law, and federal Indian trust litigation. Jason teaches the International Environmental Law class and the Water Law class as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa, College of Law. He also coaches the International Environmental Moot Court team. Jason serves on the Board of Advisors for the University of Tulsa College of Law’s Sustainable Energy and Resource Law Program, and is a Board Member for the Sierra Club’s Oklahoma Chapter. Jason’s forthcoming publication, Rediscovering the Roots of Oklahoma’s Groundwater Law in One of its Newest Statutes: Senate Bill 597, University of Oklahoma Law Review, resulted from an invitation to address the Oklahoma Law Review in its annual symposium in 2012. Jason lives in Tulsa, with his beautiful wife, Bea, and looks forward to fishing trips with their niece, and their two large, happy dogs, Charlie and Frank.

 

Dr. Paul Chinowsky

Dr. Paul S. Chinowsky is an associate professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder and is currently conducting research in the area of high performance organizations in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. He is actively engaged in research including innovation in the engineering industry, the development of learning organizations, and the role of strategic management in organization success. Dr. Chinowsky has been extensively published in the area of organization management and consults with engineering companies to introduce the concepts of strategic management. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Chinowsky was an associate professor at Georgia Tech and a computer-aided design and knowledge-based system consultant for Stone & Webster Engineering in Boston. In his role at Stone & Webster, Dr. Chinowsky developed custom computer systems for power generation plants as well as for clients such as the U.S. Navy, Chrysler Motors, Sikorsky Helicopters, and Boeing Aircraft. With teaching responsibilities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, he brings his research into the classroom introducing students to emerging concepts and current developments in the construction industry. At the graduate level, Dr. Chinowsky teaches construction organizations and global engineering as part of the management track in the Construction Engineering and Management program.  Dr. Chinowsky currently serves as associate chair in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering and is actively involved in strategic planning efforts for the University of Colorado at Boulder. At the national level, Dr. Chinowsky is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) where he serves as a conference coordinator. He is also a member of several journal editorial boards.

 

Dr. Luka Powanga

Dr. Luka Powanga is a professor in the School of Management at Regis University and the Executive Director of the Global Commerce Forum. He is also the Managing Editor of the Journal of Global Commerce Research and the Journal of Current Research in Global Business. He is currently the US correspondent for Cargo News Asia, a trade magazine based in Hong Kong. He is also responsible for business outreach. He holds a BSC degree in Metallurgy and Mineral Processing, Masters and PhD degrees in Mineral Economics from Colorado School of Mines with a minor in Finance from the Graduate School at Denver University. He also holds a Masters degree in Computer Information Technology and Graduate Level Certificate in Object Oriented Programming from Regis University. His industry and academic experience spans over thirty years at middle and senior management levels. He consults in mining and international business management. He worked in the mining and telecommunications industry at middle and senior management level within and outside the United States. He taught at Colorado School of Mines before transitioning to Regis University. He has written a textbook in economics published by McGraw-Hill. Dr. Powanga is also an entrepreneur and works with start-ups and helps students and alumni to commercialize their ideas.

 

Dr. Andrew Yager

        Andrew Yager is a Sustainable Energy Policy Advisor in the Environment and Energy Group at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Headquarters  in New York. He works on energy access, climate change mitigation and alternative energy issues.  He is the UNDP manager of the LP Gas Rural Energy Challenge, a public private partnership with the World Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association. The aim of this initiative is to increase access to LP Gas among the rural poor in developing countries. He also represents UNDP at the Global Bioenergy Partnership, an initiative of the G8, chaired by Italy and Mexico.  Dr. Yager moved to UNDP Headquarters from Nairobi, Kenya in 2003 where he managed an industrial energy efficiency project aimed at increasing sustainable industrial development and decreasing global carbon emissions. He previously spent 3 years in Luanda, Angola as Renewable Energy and Rural Electrification Advisor to the SADC Energy Sector.  Prior to joining UNDP, he was Head of the International Development Section at the Institute for Energy Technology in Norway.  He received his Ph.D. in Energy Policy and Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1984.

 

Dr. Bernard Amadei

Dr. Amadei is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received his PhD in 1982 from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Amadei holds the Mortenson Endowed Chair in Global Engineering and served as Faculty Director of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities from 2009-2012. He is also the Founding President of Engineers Without Borders - USA and the co-founder of the Engineers Without Borders-International network. Among other distinctions, Dr. Amadei is the 2007 co-recipient of the Heinz Award for the Environment; the recipient of the 2008 ENR Award of Excellence; an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering; and an elected Senior Knight-Ashoka Fellow. He holds three honorary doctoral degrees.

 

Dr. Frank Barnes

Frank Barnes received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 1954, his M.S. Engineer and Ph.D from Stanford University in 1955, 1956, and 1958. He joined the University of Colorado in 1959. He has served as Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Acting Dean of Engineering and was a cofounder of the interdisciplinary program in telecommunications. He was appointed a Distinguished Professor in 1997. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2001 and received the Gordon Prize 2004 for innovations in Engineering Education from the National Academy. He is a fellow of IEEE, AAAS, and ICA and served as Vice President of IEEE for publication and as Chairman of the Electron Device Society.  He has been worked on a wide verity of research topics including laser, super conductors, and the effects of electric and magnetic fields on biology. He and his students have been working on energy storage and the integration of wind and solar energy into the grid for the last four years.

 

Corinne Hart

Corinne Hart is the Program Manager of Gender and Markets for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. She works closely on the gender impacts and livelihood creation opportunities within energy access issues. Prior to her work on increasing access to energy and clean cooking technology in the developing world at the UN Foundation, she worked in the Capitol Hill office of California Congresswoman Grace Napolitano. From 2003-2005, Ms. Hart was a corps member of Teach for America and taught special education for two years in New York City. In 2005, she traveled extensively through Latin America and taught at an orphanage in Sucre, Bolivia. She has a Bachelor’s in Critical Gender Studies and Political Science and a Master’s of Science in Education.

 

Jason Prapas

Jason Prapas has been working in clean technology development for over a decade. He has bachelor’s degrees in Physics and English Literature, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and is completing a Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering at CSU. He has spent the majority of his career working on algae biofuel, advanced insulation composites, and biomass energy systems. Jason's doctoral work involves the modeling and optimization of chimney-outfitted biomass systems for the developing world. As part of this work, Jason develops products for partner organizations such as Envirofit International and Trees, Water & People. He has participated in several international field trials of appropriate and sustainable energy technologies (ASETs). He also has a deep interest in progress and innovation through entrepreneurship and serves as an Ambassador to CSU Ventures, the technology transfer and commercialization wing of Colorado State University.

 

Jessica Alderman

With a diverse international background in communications, public policy, and public health, Jessica is leading Envirofit's branding and communications efforts across the globe. Jessica has a BA from Colorado College and a MPH in Health Communication and Health Behavior Change from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Before coming to Envirofit, Jessica worked as an international research and media consultant managing independent projects, needs assessments and program evaluations in Nepal, Kenya, Uganda, Israel and Palestine.

 

Stephen Katsaros

From his earliest days, Stephen Katsaros’ life has been filled with innovation. A mechanical engineer with a penchant for competitive ski racing, Steve began his colorful career with the invention of several commercial products for the ski industry. His first brush with “impact inventing” came in 2002 with RevoPower, a motorized wheel for bicycles. In early 2010, he came up with another bright idea – a simple, portable solar light bulb with the potential to revolutionize life for the 1.4 billion people in the world who live without access to electricity. Five months after his first sketch, Steve launched Nokero (no kerosene), a for-profit company that develops safe and environmentally-friendly solar products that eliminate the need for harmful and polluting fuels used for light and heat around the world, and, most importantly, are affordable to the communities that need them. He currently holds the title of Chief Inventor and CEO of Nokero International. Stephen has a BS in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) from Purdue University, is a patent agent registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office, and was a non-degree seeking student at the Bard Center of Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado from 1998-1999. He received the B.F. Goodrich Collegiate Inventors Award in 1995.  For more on Steve Katsaros see his in-depth interview by Idea Mensch.

 

Dr. Arjun Makhijani

Arjun Makhijani is President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research in Takoma Park, Maryland. He earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley in 1972, specializing in nuclear fusion. A recognized authority on energy issues, Dr. Makhijani is the author and co-author of numerous reports and books on energy and environment related issues. He was the principal author of the first study of the energy efficiency potential of the US economy published in 1971 as well as the first global study to analyze the issues of energy and agriculture in developing countries.  He is the author of Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy (2007). Dr. Makhijani has testified before Congress, and has appeared on ABC World News Tonight, the CBS Evening News, CBS 60 Minutes, NPR, CNN, and BBC, among others. He has served as a consultant on energy issues to utilities, including the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Edison Electric Institute, the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and several agencies of the United Nations.  He prepared a study on draft animal power in South Asia for the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment in 1990.

 

Dr. Angela Dino

Angela Thieman Dino is a cultural anthropologist who teaches on the faculty of the Presidents Leadership Class and Engineering Leadership Program at the University of Colorado--Boulder and was Visiting Fellow for the CU Law School's Center for Energy and Environmental Security.  Angela has founded and served on governing boards of local, national and international non-profit organizations with human rights, education and development missions.

 

Teju Ravilochan

Teju Ravilochan is a co-founder of the Unreasonable Institute, a mentor-intensive business incubator enabling young entrepreneurs to launch self-sustaining, globally scalable social ventures. After traveling to India on a research grant from his university to investigate the efficacy of non-profit approaches to poverty alleviation, Teju learned they typically proved ineffective. Discovering entrepreneurial approaches often had deeper, more scalable impact, social enterprise captured his intrigue. A stint at D-Rev: Design for the Other 90%, which engineers income-generating products for dollar-a-day customers, confirmed his passion for entrepreneurship and prompted Teju to launch the Unreasonable Institute with four of his best friends from college.

 

Dr. Rohit Khanna

Rohit Khanna is Program Manager of the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) at the World Bank. In this role, he oversees a portfolio of analytical and advisory activities in the energy sector. Mr. Khanna, an Indian national, joined the World Bank in 2000. Prior to assuming his current position at ESMAP, Mr. Khanna worked on the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Clean Technology Fund (CTF) at the World Bank. He has had country experience with the Bank in Cambodia, Ghana, Uganda, Mozambique, Thailand, and South Africa, and was part of the team that developed the CTF investment program for Concentrating Solar Power in the Middle East and North Africa. Before joining the Bank in 2000, he was a Programme Officer in the United Nations Environment Program and worked for Save the Children Federation in its Bhutan Field Office. Mr. Khanna is a graduate of the University of Delhi and has a Master of Public Administration degree from American University in Washington, DC.

 

Christian Burgsmueller

Dr. Christian Burgsmüller is a career EU diplomat with the European External Action Service (EEAS). Since 2010 he has been serving as Counselor at the EU Delegation to the US in Washington DC where he heads the Energy, Transport and Environment section. Christian is a lawyer by training and joined the European Commission in Brussels in 2000. Over the following 6 years he held posts both in the Commission's Directorate- General for Enterprise and Industry as well as in the Directorate-General for Trade. He finished his Brussels years as coordinator for EU-US trade and investment relations. Continuing his career overseas Christian headed the Political, Economic and Public Affairs section of the EU Delegation to Brazil in Brasilia from 2006 to 2010. Christian studied law in Freiburg im Breisgau, Geneva and Cologne and holds a Ph.D. in constitutional law from the University of Cologne. He has been a visiting lecturer on EU and German politics at Sciences Po Paris and the University of Sao Paulo.

 

Steve Grace

Stephen Grace is the Director of the nationally recognized Presidents Leadership Class (PLC) at CU Boulder. PLC is a rigorous academic and experiential four-year leadership training program for 200 students. Steve has more than 25 years of experience in academia, nonprofit management and broadcast journalism. Prior to his arrival at CU, he served as president of the Los Angeles Cable Television Corporation and as general manager of LA36, the largest educational access channel in America where he won an Emmy Award for local programming and the Carrie Chapman Leadership Award from the League of Women Voters for his efforts to disseminate local election information. He was also a member of the adjunct faculty of California State University Los Angeles. A former producer with NBC’s Today show, Steve holds a Masters’ Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri. This summer as the Director of PLC, Steve oversaw the transition of the program from an off campus nonprofit organization to a fully recognized academic program within the University. Last month he welcomed his younger daughter Perrie to CU as a transferring junior. With Steve’s encouragement and support, PLC and many students in the program have been actively involved in this Conference.

 

Andrew Romanoff

Andrew Romanoff is a former Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, the first Democrat to hold that post since 1975.Romanoff was first elected to the State House in 2000 and reelected in 2002, 2004 and 2006. He swiftly assumed command of the Democratic team, winning election as his party's leader in his second term. In 2004, Romanoff led the charge to capture a Democratic majority in the House -- the first such victory in three decades. Romanoff's colleagues twice elected him to the speakership, a post he held until he was term-limited out of the House in 2009.He entered the Democratic race for U.S. Senate in Sept. 2009, against Sen. Michael Bennett, who was appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter. Romanoff has taught graduate students at the University of Colorado at Denver's School of Public Affair and political science at the Community College of Aurora. He has also taught at Red Rocks Community College and at the University of Colorado's Graduate School of Public Affairs. He first began teaching in Central America and speaks fluent Spanish. Romanoff has served on the boards of the Center for Women's Employment and Education, the Colorado Children's Campaign, and the Colorado Health Foundation. He was the president of the Washington Park East Neighborhood Association and the Washington Street Community Center. And he has mentored at-risk students through Denver Kids. Romanoff earned a bachelor's degree at Yale and a master's degree in public policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government