Asst. Prof. Dr. Pruk Aggarangsi
Director of Energy Research and Development Institute- Nakornping, Chiang Mai University and Assistance Professor in Mechanical Engineering Chiang Mai University, Thailand
Asst. Prof. Dr. Pruk Aggarangsi is currently the Director of Energy Research and Development Institute- Nakornping, Chiang Mai University and Assistance Professor in Mechanical Engineering Chiang Mai University, Thailand.
He has a wide scope of expertise covering areas such as renewable energy, waste water treatment, numerical and finite element modeling, simulation and analysis, energy balance analysis, robotic system design and mechanical vibration analysis.
In Chiang Mai University. he conducts and co-conducts courses that include areas of Engineering Mechanics, Robotics Engineering, Problem Solving Using Computer Programs, Advanced Solid Mechanics, Mechanical Vibration, Finite Element Analysis, Advanced Mathematical Technique for Engineers, Renewable Energy
Ms. Kulwaree Buranasajjawaraporn
Executive Director, Bureau of Solar Energy Development, DEDE, Ministry of Energy Thailand
Mr. Thomas Chrometzka
Director of Renewable Energy for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Bangkok
Mr. Thomas Chrometzka is currently leading a team based at Thailand’s Ministry of Energy enhancing cooperation between German and Southeast-Asian companies in the framework of the “Renewables made in Germany” initiative. Previously, Thomas worked on European projects, solar policy analysis and global PV market development while at BSW-Solar. Earlier on in his career when Thomas was the Head of International Affairs he responsible for promoting the German Solar Industry abroad. Thomas has coordinated European funded projects such as PV LEGAL, aiming at removing bureaucratic barriers for PV system installations in Europe, or PV GRID, aiming at finding regulatory solutions for large-scale PV grid integration. Soon after he graduated in 2007, Thomas worked at the “European Renewable Energy Research Centres Agency”(EUREC) in Brussels in 2007 where he analysed European Renewable Energy support policies and administered the European Renewable Energy Master study programme.
Dr Peter du Pont
Climate Change Team Lead, USAID
Peter du Pont joined USAID’s Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA) In February 2016, as Climate Change Team Lead within the Region Environment Office. He has more than 30 years’ experience developing sustainable energy and climate programs in the U.S. and Asia.
Since 1989, Mr. du Pont has worked throughout the Asia region, in NGO, private-sector, and government-sector organizations to design and advise on the implementation of clean energy strategies and initiatives. During 2006-2011 was Chief of Party of the USAID ECO-Asia Clean Development and Climate Program (ECO-Asia); and he has served as Co-Chair of the Asian Development Bank’s annual Asia Clean Energy Forum, the premier regional meeting on clean energy in Asia, since 2007. Prior to joining USAID, he managed the development of the global consultancy Nexant’s clean energy business in the Asia region.
Mr. du Pont is a native of New Jersey and has a masters degree in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Delaware.
Mr. Frank Haugwitz
Director of Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory Co. Ltd. (AECEA)
Ms. Izumi Kaizuka
Manager of Research Division, RTS Corporation, Japan
Ms Izumi Kaizuka has extensive experience in the Japanese PV industry as well as internationally. She is currently the manager of the Research Division in RTS Corporation, a Japanese PV consulting company with a 30 year track-record based in Tokyo. She has been working as an analyst of PV markets and the PV industry for various projects on PV for Japanese governmental organizations including METI and NEDO as well as for the PV industry overseas. Prior to working at RTS, she was working for Japan Association for International Chemical Information, a non-profit scientific information organization. She has been Japan’s representative of Task 1, IEA PVPS since 2003 and one of the authors of IEA PVPS Trends Report. She has been conducting various research projects as a PV market and industry analyst for the government, research institutes and PV companies in Japan and overseas. She also regularly writes articles on the PV market for professional magazines.
Prof Ir Dr K S Kannan
National Project Manager United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, Malaysia
Currently he is at the helm of the UNIDO-GEF project on ‘Industrial Energy Efficiency in the Malaysian Manufacturing sector’ as the National Project Manager attached to SME Corp Malaysia. In July 2006, he was a recipient of the ASEAN Energy Award for Excellence in Energy Management. In January 2007 he was awarded the Fellow Member of ASHRAE and since July 1st 2008, he was a Distinguished Lecturer of ASHRAE for two years.
Ir. Dr. Kannan was a Professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). He has a B.Eng (Mechanical) (Universiti Malaya); M.Sc (Technology) (University of Manchester) and Ph.D.(Engineering) (Universiti Malaya). He is a professional engineer registered with the Board of Engineers, Malaysia and a Chartered Engineer registered with the Engineering Council, U.K. He is also a registered Electrical Energy Manager.
Mr. Sang Bong Lee
Senior Executive VP of the Energy and Environment Plant Division of KC Cottrell
Ir. Gaetan Masson
Director and co-founder of the Becquerel Institute
Ir. Gaëtan Masson is the Director and co-founder of the Becquerel Institute. He has been very passionate about PV and Renewables so after more than 10 years in the financial and IT sectors, he moved to the PV industry and developed the Business Intelligence of EPIA, the European PV Industry Association. Since 2013, he is the Operating Agent (chairman in IEA language) of the Task 1 of the PV programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA PVPS). He is also vice-chairman of the European PV technology Platform and participates to the Scientific Committee of EU-PVSEC and Intersolar Europe Conferences. He holds a Electromechanical engineering degree from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium as well as a Business Administration degree from Solvay Business School (Belgium) and a degree in Political Sciences and Environmental Management.
Dato’ Leong Kin Mun
President, Malaysia Biomass Industries Confederation (MBIC)
He is well exposed to various biomass business models and the biomass value chain especially pellet, power plant, eco-products, international trade, logistics, green technology commercialization as well as renewable energy projects within his capacity as the Technical Advisor for the EU-Malaysia Biomass Sustainable Production Initiative (Biomass-SP) between 2010 and 2014, an economic co-operation initiative between the European Union (EU) and Malaysia Government.
Dato’ Leong is a recipient of “The Outstanding Young Malaysian (TOYM) Award” and has been honoured with several high profiled recognition from the EU Commission, Channel News Asia (Singapore), Malaysia Canada Business Council (MCBC) as well as engagement with relevant government bodies in Malaysia to promote the development of biomass industries and biomass policy formulation. He has been invited to address several high-profiled International conferences organised by the government of China, Korea Green Promotion Agency (KGPA), International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and many more.
Mr. Abhishek Rohatgi
Gas, LNG and Power Analyst at Enerdata Singapore
Abhishek is Gas, LNG and Power Analyst at Enerdata with more than 4 years of experience. He has expertise in economic analysis of the gas/LNG markets with focus on supply/demand fundamentals, infrastructure developments, trade flows and prices.
He is responsible for Enerdata Singapore market intelligence products (more than 20 energy market reports for Asia Pacific, LNG market outlook and research notes on gas/LNG markets developments). He also leads the modelling and forecasting activities for the Singapore team.
He has experience developing economy wide energy models for quantitative and policy analysis. He has been involved in various projects related to gas/LNG trade modelling of the Asia-Pacific Region and Energy economy modelling of Singapore. He has also presented papers in international conferences/workshops organized by IEEJ – Japan, IAEE Europe, World Petroleum Congress and also quoted regularly in international press like Wall Street Journal and World Gas Intelligence. Abhishek holds a Masters in Energy Science and Technology from ETH Zurich, Switzerland and a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi, India.
Ms. Kimberly Roseberry
Consultant to UNESCAP in the area of environment and development
Ms. Kimberly Roseberry, is a consultant to UNESCAP in the area of environment and development. Her current area of focus is on strategic frameworks for supporting energy knowledge dissemination, cooperation, and decision-making within the Asia-Pacific region. She has led the development of the recently launched Asia Pacific Energy Portal, which serves as the knowledge foundation for a larger UNESCAP platform supporting continuous dialogue and cooperation among member States. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University.
Ir. Dr. Sanjayan Velautham
Executive Director of the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE)
Ir. Dr. Sanjayan Velautham has more than 25 years of experience in the industry, academia, research institutes as well as a decade of research and teaching experience with Kyushu University in Japan and University Technology of Malaysia. He has authored several publications, spoken at various international conferences and contributed to journals particularly in the field of energy. He was also a panel member in preparing the Thermal Energy Efficiency Guideline for Malaysia. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director of ACE, he worked with Singapore’s Agency of Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) as Deputy Director and then with General Electric as Country Manager for the Power Generation Services business. Ir. Dr. Sanjayan is a registered professional engineer (P.Eng.), with a doctoral degree in Engineering.
Mr. M.K. Balaji
P-FAN Asia Representative
An investment and asset management professional with over twenty years of experience in deal sourcing, structuring and negotiations, startups and setting up business sectors, C-Level management of portfolio companies during project development, startups, turnarounds, operations, construction, fully responsible for P&L and finance. As a Director of a private equity fund and as a member of the investment committee, he has participated in investment /exit decisions of over USD $100 million, throughout South and Southeast Asia.
Mr. Balaji is a skilled investment analyst and diversified project manager who creates vision, leads teams, and builds sustainable organizations in diverse business environments. He has overseen several startups in the B2B sector in industrial goods and renewable energy, managed companies in challenging foreign and market conditions, and built organizations local and expatriate professionals. In this work, he worked directly with developers and investors to create a strong deal pipeline throughout his network in South and Southeast Asia. Provided strategies for strengthening business plans of multiple deals both in the regional and throughout the world. In tandem, he has created and sustained relationships with financial stakeholders such as local banks and international finance institutions to support the raise of funds for several projects.
Mr. Balaji is also a strong project manager. In this role, he has created and implemented performance metrics and processes in line with corporate goals of the various organizations where he has held leadership positions. He has managed large and complex EPC contracts within stipulated timelines and budgets. As a trained engineer, he has handled multiple projects from concept to commissioning in a profitable manner by creating an appropriate framework of execution and management.
Dr. Ir. Ahmad Jaafar Bin Abd Hamid
Managing Director, TNB Energy Services Sdn Bhd
Earlier in his career, Dr AJ has been working with several departments in TNB but mostly with the planning and transmission divisions where he was responsible for carrying out transmission system planning, PPA technical requirements and compliance and power system operation. Dr AJ was also posted to TNBES is 2003 to set-up the power quality unit and also to initiate the PQ monitoring system for TNB.
He was the Honorary Secretary for the AESIEAP (Association of the Energy Supply Industry of East Asia and Pacific) Power Quality subcommittee from 2001 to 2003. From 2001 to 2004, he was also a member of the SIRIM technical committee on power quality responsible for developing power quality standards for the Malaysian industries. Dr. AJ was the elected as the honorary Secretary of the Malaysian National Committee of CIGRE for 2003-2007 terms
Dr AJ was appointed as the Secretary of the Malaysian Grid Code Committee chaired by ST in 2011 and during his tenure has helped in the development and enforcement of the MGC until 2013 when he vacated the position due to his move to TNBD.
Dr AJ has built a strong relationship with the local universities and in 2011 he was appointed as an Adjunct Professor from University Malaysia Perlis. He also has been invited to be the Industrial Advisory Panel for Electrical Engineering for the National University of Malaysia and University of Petronas since 2012.
From 2012 to 2014, Dr. AJ was the Head of Sustainable Energy Development section in Customer Service Department. His responsibility includes FiT Management which entails the implementation of FiT program in TNB covering wide-scope of tasks from collection of SEDA fund, RE project assessment, development and commissioning, recovery money and contractual obligations thru REPPA. His scope of responsibility also covers Energy Efficiency management of which currently is still at its infancy stage of full-fledge implementation in TNB.
Currently Dr AJ is the Managing Director of TNB Energy Services, a wholly own subsidiary of TNB. He also sits on the TNB Energy Services as Board of Director and also sits as a member of the TNB-Amcorp Sg Liang Boad of Director.
Dr. Yongping Zhai
Technical Advisor (Energy) from the Sector Advisory Service Division of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department at the Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Dr. Yongping Zhai has been working on energy development in Asia and Africa for about 25 years. Currently he is in charge of overall energy policy and operational support and coordination with ADB Energy Divisions of East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Central and West Asia as well as the Pacific Region. Previously as Director of the South Asia Energy Division (2010-2015) at ADB, he covered the energy sector operations in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. He has also led ADB’s support to renewable energy, energy efficiency and power trade in South Asia. Dr. Yongping Zhai as also served as an Assistant Professor at the Energy Technology Division of Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok, Thailand. He graduated from the Thermal Engineering Department of Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (1983) and received a Ph.D in Energy Economics from the University of Pierre-Mendès France in Grenoble, France (1989). He also holds the honorary titles of Distinguished Adjunct Faculty of the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand and Visiting Scholar of Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies from Renmin University, Beijing, China.
Mr. Amiruddin Kemat
Vice President, Corporate Planning Division of Malaysia Debt Ventures Berhad (MDV)
Amiruddin Kemat is the Vice President, Corporate Planning Division of Malaysia Debt Ventures Berhad (MDV).
The Corporate Planning Division core functions are to oversee Corporate Affairs & Development and Marketing. The principal activities encompass corporate planning; new product development; enhancing product offerings and service improvements; strengthening stakeholder and partner relations; maintaining close rapport with government ministries & agencies, financial and technical partners; Administer Syariah Compliance Policy & Framework; assessment of processes and methodologies; business development and undertake corporate finance activities in terms of structuring and negotiations of convertible loan and financing deals.
He is a graduate of University of Alabama, USA and obtained his degree in Bachelor of Science & Business Administration majoring in Corporate Finance & Investment Management. He has over 15 years of broad-based management and extensive business development experience in various industries. His credentials also include more than 10 years in the financial institutions undertaking credit evaluation, business development and structuring credit facilities for the SMEs.
He was previously with PBA Holdings Bhd (PBAHB) undertaking responsibilities on enhancing business network, strengthening stakeholder relations, identifying business opportunities, ensuring good corporate governance and overseeing the group risk management plan. His scope of work also expanded after being appointed as the Risk Management Committee Chairman of PBAHB group who leads and facilitates the implementation of risk management plan holistically.
Prior to this, he was the Business Development Manager of IFS Capital (M) Sdn Bhd which is responsible in building up revenue channels covering credit assessment, business development and identifying business potential and target sectors.
Ms. Michelle Gyles-McDonnough
UN Resident Coordinator for Malaysia
Michelle Gyles-McDonnough is the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Malaysia, UNDP Resident Representative for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam, and UNFPA Representative for Malaysia, beginning July 2013. Her previous positions with the United Nations include United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Barbados and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Programme Adviser in the UNDP Executive Office in New York, Chief of the Caribbean Subregional Policy and Technical Resource Facility, which Ms. Gyles-McDonnough established in Trinidad and Tobago in 1999, and Coordinator of the UNDP Liaison Office in Grenada to lead national post-disaster recovery, following hurricane damages of over 200% of GDP.
Prior to joining the United Nations, Ms. Gyles-McDonnough served as the first resident Legal Adviser to the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, D.C., Alternate Representative of the Government of Jamaica to the Organisation of American States (OAS), and Cabinet Adviser to the Secretary General of the Organisation of American States (OAS) on matters related to international trade, tourism, and Caribbean political and economic issues. She also practised as an attorney-at-law specializing in international trade with a private firm in Washington DC, USA.
Ms. Gyles-McDonnough holds a law degree from Columbia University School of Law, with honours in international and foreign law, a Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and also a Diploma in Executive Education from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Mike Swanston
Principal Consultant, the Costumer Advocate, Australia
Mike is a professional engineer with over thirty years of experience in the Australian electricity industry, crossing the boundaries of technical design, field operations and, for the past ten years, into the realm of renewable energy and Advocacy for energy customers.
Now, as Director of The Customer Advocate, an advisory body for energy consumers, grid operators, governments and regulators, Mike’s passion is to bring a strong understanding of the workings of the electricity industry – technical, commercial and social- to encourage and support the changing requirements of energy consumers.
Mike’s mission is the development of simple and engaging strategy and policies to effectively adopt new technologies and sustainable energy through intelligent and empowering tariffs, standards and communication – all with a focus on sensible, simple and efficient service to the energy customer.
Dr. Titiporn Sangpetch
Head of Distribution System Connection Planning Section, Transmission System Investment Planning Department, System Planning Division
Dr. Titiporn Sangpetch received her BEng in Electrical Engineering at Prince of Songkhla University, THAILAND, in 1994; MEng in Engineering Management at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, in 1998; and PhD of Power Engineering in Energy Management, majoring in power systems planning at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, in 2006, respectively.
Since graduating in 1994, she has been working with EGAT as a power systems engineer in Transmission System Engineering Division. At the division, her responsibility includes EGAT specifications of power transformers, instrument transformers, surge arresters, disconnecting switches and power circuit breakers through the rated voltages of 115-500 kV.
In 1997, she had an opportunity to further her studies by undertaking a MEng Degree in Engineering Management at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she graduated in December 1998. She returned to Thailand for the next two year and worked as a power system engineer at the Transmission System Engineering Division. During this period, she was appointed to be a working member of the steering committee on Grid Code restructuring scheme of electricity supply industry.
In 2001, she started her Doctorial research under the scholarship of Energy Policy and Planning Office (EPPO), Ministry of Energy, the Royal Thai Government at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. She finished in 2006 and received a PhD of Power Engineering in Energy Management, majoring in power systems planning.
Currently she is working at the System Planning Division, EGAT, as the Head of Distribution System Connection Planning Section. Her research interests include power systems planning, management and control, and economics along with Artificial Intelligent (AI) techniques applicable for power engineering. In addition, her work is centered on sustainable development by means of renewable energy and environmental management, distributed generation for long-term grid connection planning, and power system reliability assessment.
Mr. William Tan Soo Peng
President, Biogas Association Malaysia and Committee member of the Energy Institute Malaysia
Mr William S P Tan is a well-established entrepreneur in Electrical and Renewable Energy Technologies especially in the Waste Water Treatment and Biogas Industries. After working for several years as an electrical engineer in Singapore, he return to Malaysia to set up his own company SP Multitech Sdn. Bhd in 1996 to venture into M&E business. Since then, the company has handled numerous Environmental projects involving Sewage Treatment Plants and Pump Stations, Industrial Waste Water Treatment Plants, Leachate Treatment Plant for Landfill, Water Treatment Plants and Biogas Plants etc.
Mr William Tan is active in the Industry in International and National level . He is Honorary Secretary also the Council Member of AECCOM The Association of Environmental Consultants and Companies in Malaysia and Chairman of the Committee of Renewable Energy , he is also the President of BGAM, the Biogas Association of Malaysia. Committee Member of Energy Institute Malaysia , and Committee member of Environment and Green Technology Committee in MBAM ( Master Builder Association Malaysia ) . He is also active in giving lectures in various Universities, and involved in conducting Trainings related to Mechnical and Electrical Installations in various Technical Trainings organized by IWK and CIDB .
Mr. David J. Feldman
Senior Financial Analyst, of Washington D.C. Office in the Strategic Energy Analysis Centre
David Feldman has an extensive experience in the renewable energy finance projects, corporate finance and solar energy market analysis. His primary research interests in Economic and market analysis of renewable energy technologies, policy and corporate finance in energy sector. He received his M.B.A from the Yale School of Management, New Haven, CT in 2006 and prior to that he finished his B.A. from Amsherst College, Amherst, MA in 2000. Prior to working as the Senior Financial Analyst in the Washington D.C. Office, he was the Asst. Director of Finance in Soltage, Jersey City. Among of his publications are; Shared Solar: Current Landscape, Market Potential, and the Impact of Federal Securities Regulation which was reflected in the NREL Report.
Dr. Vicente Salas
CEO of the UC3M PV-Lab, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Dr. Vicente Salas is Associate Professor in the Power Electronic System Group (GSEP) in the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain. He is currently the CEO of the UC3M PV-Lab of that University with a 18 year track-record based in photovoltaic. Dr. Salas’ research has included the design and development of support in off-grid and grid-connected for large-scale Photovoltaic (PV) plants including activities of independent advisory in PV projects (to help assure the quality of power plants to enhance their bankability and increase the cost-efficiency). In addition, he participates in the international standardization (International Electrotechnical Commission- IEC- and CENELEC) as co-Convenor (of the IEC/WG6 TC 82) or as expert in different Technical Committees (TC 8, 21, 22 and 82). Besides of participating in numerous projects since 1999, Dr. Salas has published more than 50 papers in international journals (including reviews), in conference and books in the field of Photovoltaic Energy. In addition, currently he is reviewer of several major conferences and journals and associate editor in IET Renewable Power Generation.
Ms. Maggie Kuang
Lead Southeast Asia Analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Maggie Kuang is the Lead Southeast Asia Analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance and has been with the organization since 2006. Currently based in Singapore, Maggie leads BNEF’s research in the ASEAN power markets and renewable energy sector. She is also responsible for developing BNEF’s view on the global LNG market, particularly the pricing and demand in APAC. Prior to relocating to Singapore, Maggie spent a number of years in London and Beijing, primarily involved in research and analysis of equity securities in the global clean energy market.
Mr. Jayabalan Kathiravalu
Executive Vice President, Head, Business Development, SME Banking, Maybank
Graduated with Bachelor in Economics from University of Malaya and Master in Management from University Utara Malaysia. He is also a certified credit professional holding Professional Credit Certificate.
Started in 1989 Maybank, as an executive in banking operation. In 1991, he started as a credit officer in branch and move on as Credit and Marketing officer, managing commercial loans.
Assumed the role of Regional Head, SME in 2010 for the northern region of Maybank comprising Penang/Kedah/Perlis.
Worked closely with the agencies supporting SME Development and was also the trainer for the ABM Train the Trainer Project for the northern region.
A member of Business Banking Advisory Council, EFMA Europe and actively participates in sharing of best practices and development of SME initiatives.
Current role as the Head, Business Development of SME Banking , responsible for development of Maybank’s Retail SME Business and expansion of sales and distribution channels.
Mr. Jan Van Der Ven
Director, Asia for the carbon Trust
Jan Van der Ven is the Director, Asia for the Carbon Trust, and responsible for the development of the Carbon Trust’s low carbon corporate advisory, policy advice, certification, technology acceleration and venture capital activities in China and Asia.
Prior to becoming a sustainability advocate, Jan created the world’s most accurate personal ecological footprint calculator, greencred.me, he was Deputy General Manager for Maersk Logistics South China, Head of Strategic Planning at Maersk China, and Director of Production at Alibaba during its start-up days. Jan holds an Executive MBA from London Business School, and a degree in marketing from Karel De Grote Hogeschool in Antwerp, Belgium.
He has lived and worked in China for 15 years, and is fluent in English, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, and his native Dutch.
Mr. Kazuya Fujiwara
Chief Consultant Global Environment Section, Environment and Energy Division 1, Mizuho Information and Research Institute Inc. (MHIR)
Mr. Kazuya Fujiwara is a consultant in Mizuho Information and Research Institute Inc., which is a private consultancy company in Japan. He has been engaged in assessment on climate change policies by technology bottom-up model.
He is currently involved in the research project on low carbon society in Asian regions. The project aims to develop national and local policies for low carbon society, such as national appropriate mitigation actions, climate change action plans, etc.
He has collaborated with Asian researchers to develop policy roadmaps for realizing low carbon society in Thailand, Indonesia, etc. He has also performed the activities to design regulations for emissions reduction in building sector in Malaysian local authorities through the collaborative work with researchers and administrators in Malaysia and Japan.
Mr. Alexis Issaharoff
CEO of Antah Renewables
Alexis Issaharoff is currently CEO of Antah Renewables*. He has been working in renewable energy for the last 10 years as VP for the Nasdaq US firm Premier Power during 7 years & as VP for the German Holding WSTECH (Wind & Sun Technologies) Previously worked 10 years as Senior Corporate Executive for HSBC in LATAM.
Board member of a European PV Association and lecturer at solar energy conferences, Mr. Issaharoff also advises investment firms, foundations, private & institutional entities on Solar Energy (policy, implementation & fast track deployment strategies). He has been in charge of the construction & set up of commercial & utility scale solar energy systems in more than 20 countries.
Participates in a global PV Think Tank – a Solar Film Documentary – a Solar for Peace initiative & a Solar Program for Kids.
Master in Solar Energy Engineering (UNIA University), MBA (ISEAD), Post Graduate Degree in Business (UCA University) Bachelor in Business Administration & Economics (UB University). Studies also at Mc Gill University in Montreal and in Solar Energy at MIT in Boston.
*Division of Syarikat Pesaka Antah, a diversified group with businesses in renewables, healthcare, biotechnology , property and retail.
Mr. Deger Saygin
Programme Officer - Renewable Energy Roadmaps, IRENA on REMap
Deger Saygin is Programme Officer for Renewable Energy Roadmaps at IRENA and works on IRENA’s Renewable Energy Roadmap (REmap 2030) project. His work deals with techno-economic energy analysis, energy technology and policy. Deger Saygin has a PhD in Energy and Resources from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and graduated with a BSc in Environmental Engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey.
Mr. Amit Kumar
Dean (Distance & Short Term Education), TERI University, India
Mr. Kumar is a Mechanical Engineer with specialization in thermal engineering from University of Roorkee (now Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee) where he was awarded the University Gold Medal.
As Dean (Distance & Short Term Education), Mr. Kumar is responsible for development and outreach of University’s online courses, management & faculty development programmes, and other skill enhancement initiatives. Before he moved to TERI University, Mr. Kumar was leading research activities in the fields of renewable energy and resource efficient process technology applications in TERI.
He has been working on the development and diffusion of cleaner and renewable energy resources based technological solutions in India for over 32 years. His experience ranges from policy and programme formulation, through project implementation, to the design and development of renewable-energy technologies, as well as manufacturing of solar energy devices. His exposure combines different facets of renewable energy industry as well as research domain.
Mr. Kumar was actively involved in projects related to the development of Sri Lanka’s policy framework for renewable resource based electricity generation and the integrated energy management master plan for Bhutan, in addition to coordinating part of a multi-country GEF-supported study to assess solar and wind resources in developing countries. He has also managed design, construction and commissioning of one of the largest solar ponds in Bhuj in western India from 1987 to 1996, as well as Asia’s first solar powered cold storage in the early eighties. Besides leading the initiative to develop solar-biomass based cold storage-cum-power generation systems for decentralized, rural applications, he is also working on a programme for accelerated usage of biomass-based clean energy solutions in the rural villages and micro, small, and medium enterprises.
He is actively involved in taking forward South – South cooperation in Africa and the Pacific Island countries. In his capacity as the Regional Programme Advisor, REEEP(Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership) South Asia Secretariat; he oversees REEEP activities in the region. He has travelled widely as an invited expert.
Mr Kumar is also coordinating SE4All Capacity Building Hub; one of the global hubs of the UN supported Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4All).
Dr.-Ing. Matthias Eichelbrönner
Executive Director ACCERA AG, Managing Director E.Quadrat GmbH, Lecturer Mannheim University of Applied Sciences, Germany.
Matthias Eichelbrönner (1957) graduated in 1985 at Technical University Munich in electrical engineering. Until his doctor’s degree in 1999 at Technical University Berlin (thesis: ”Renewable Energy to supply electricity – implementation, operation and economy, an empirical analysis”) he worked as a research associate for different projects in renewable energy and energy efficiency. From 1990 to 1997 he worked as an officer for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency in Berlin for Forum für Zukunftsenergien. The main tasks were basic groundwork for renewable energy policy and penetration in Germany. After that He was one of the key-founders of “German Biomass Association” (Bundesinitiative Bioenergie, today Bundesverband BioEnergie e.V.), were he also was part of the management of the association. In 2000 Matthias Eichelbrönner changed to MVV Energie AG, were he started as technical adviser to the CTO. During this time he developed a concept for a spin-off of a renewable energy company which was realized in 2001 with him as a Managing Director accounting a balance sheet of Euro 114 mil. From 2000 to 2006 he was member of the board of directors of EPV Energy Photovoltaics Ltd., an US based company for solar modules manufacturing. At this time he also was member of the supervisory board of Biomass Rhein-Main GmbH and managing director of MVV BioPower GmbH, near Berlin, Germany. In 2006 he founded E.Quadrat, together with Daniel Heiler. Afterwards, he was involved in serval projects in Germany and Europe e.g. wind power in Poland and Spain and hydropower in Germany. In parallel and up to 2010 he held an interim management position as technical director of EPC inc., USA where he developed a photovoltaic project pipeline of 500 MW and photovoltaic module manufacturing plant. In 2010 different assignments from GIZ Germany followed to support local entities in India, Indonesia and Vietnam in matters of photovoltaic and bioenergy in respect to project development, quality control and project finance together with local banks. In 2011 a first private Indian assignment started to analyse the market for photovoltaic module manufacturing in India, more assignments from private companies from Germany followed. In Malaysian he started in 2014 in collaborating with a RE project developer. In 2011 he became Visiting Professor at University of Applied Sciences, Mannheim. He teaches lectures for renewable energy systems for industrial engineers.
Mr. Juergen Bender
Managing Director, Bender-IS Co. Ltd
Juergen has 30 years of experience in consulting and worked on a diverse range of projects across the Telecommunications and Utilities industries.
He represents our global utility practice and his role involves providing deep subject matter expertise, delivery execution expertise and development of assets. Juergen is also a well regarded industry participant and is a member of OPERA (Open European PLC Research Alliance) and the standardization body CEN/CENELEC As a well regarded industry expert he is a regular speaker at conferences in Europe, Asia and USA. He holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from MIT (Boston) and was Professor for Systems Design / Methodologies at Cologne University, Germany (1992 – 1998).
Juergen has spent his career in Consulting having both worked at a Board level and as an independent subject matter expert. Juergen has worked extensively throughout the Telecommunications and Utilities industry and is considered to be one of the industry’s leading experts in Powerline Communication (BPL/PLC). He was one of the pioneers of introducing BPL / PLC for AMR / AMI systems.
Juergen has been engaged with a diverse set of clients in countries all over the world as they have explored the use of various telecommunication technologies for all kinds of Utility application mainly for grid automation and more recently the transition to smart grid infrastructures. He has delivered several projects of this nature across SCADA systems, Distribution Automation, Demand Site Management Substation Control and Automation as clients have grappled with their evolution to Smart Grid concepts and architectures.
In the last few years, Juergen has been an industry subject matter expert for Smart Grid and AMI and participated heavily in industry working groups across APAC, Europe and Latin America. He has been the Chairman of the national HAN working group in Australia and had an active role in various national working groups for Smart Metering and Smart Grid. Juergen is also the main author of the Smart Grid Technology Action Plan prepared for the Major Economic Forum (MEF) of the G20. Since 2010 he is also a member of CEN/CENELEC and ESMIG supporting the standardization workgroups for Smart Metering and Smart Grid technologies.
Mr. Antonio Della Pelle
Managing Director of Enerdata Singapore
Antonio Della Pelle, the Managing Director of Enerdata Singapore, is a chartered chemical engineer with 20 years of experience working in the oil, gas, coal, electricity, renewables and emissions sectors. A recognised energy professional with worldwide experience particularly in Refinery, Petrochemical, Power, Gas and LNG. Antonio has advised Governments, major Oil & Gas and Utilities companies about Energy Security, Energy Management, Energy Planning, Energy Efficiency and Emission Reductions. Left Europe in 2003 to live in Japan first and China after, before relocating to Singapore where he has been living since November 2005. He is graduated from L’Aquila University in Italy CMEng (1st class) Chemical Engineering and INSEAD BUSINESS SCHOOL Singapore, Supply Chain Management programme. Antonio is currently a member of the board of the Institution of Chemical Engineers in Singapore.
Mr. Daniel Ruoss
General Manager – Energy Group SEA & Australia Region
Daniel is working since 20 years in the field of grid-connected Photovoltaics and has consulted and managed hundreds of MW of commercial and ground-based PV projects worldwide.
He’s was from 1996 to 2002 the Swiss representative for the International Energy Agency (IEA) PVPS program and was for nine years the lead International Consultant for a National PV Program in Malaysia (MBIPV) funded by United Nations Development Program and the Government of Malaysia.
Since 2012, Daniel is responsible for the project business for Canadian Solar Inc in SEA, Pakistan and Australia.