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Speakers and Invited Guests

Listed Below is the Evolving List of Invited Master Class Lecturers, Class Presenters & Moderators:

Opening Session & Master Class


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Mayor Michael Nutter

Mayor of Philadelphia

Michael A. Nutter, the 98th mayor of Philadelphia, has set a course for America's sixth largest city aimed at growing the regional economy in a sustainable manner, dramatically improving public safety and investing in education and workforce development.

With a pledge to make Philadelphia the greenest city in America, Mayor Nutter has launched an aggressive strategy, Greenworks Philadelphia that will reduce the city's carbon footprint and train Philadelphians for new green collar jobs, from weatherization to solar panel installation. Long committed to careful planning of development, Mayor Nutter has reoriented city government, giving primacy to planning as the city prepares for future development along the Delaware River, the Navy Yard and Philadelphia International Airport. He has reorganized the city's Commerce Department to improve its assistance to small businesses and to foster minority- and women-owned business.

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Secretary Gary Locke

Former Secretary of Commerce / Current U.S. ambassador to China.

Former U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke has been appointed as U.S. ambassador to China, the first Chinese American to hold the post in American history.

At the Department of Commerce, Locke was charged with helping implement President Obama's ambitious agenda to turn around the economy and put people back to work. In particular, Locke is the administration's point person for achieving the President's National Export Initiative, which seeks to double U.S. exports by 2015, in support of several million American jobs.

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Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Energy

Dr. Kevin T. Geiss, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Energy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics, Washington, D.C. Dr. Geiss is responsible for providing oversight and direction for all matters pertaining to the formulation, review, and execution of plans, policies, programs, and budgets for the effective and efficient use of energy to support the global Air Force mission.

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Richard G. Kidd IV

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Energy & Sustainability)
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army
Installations, Energy & Environment

Mr. Richard Kidd became the DASA (E&S) on October 25, 2010. This is his third assignment as a Senior Executive within the Federal Government. In this position he is responsible for overall program direction, establishment of policies, development and refinement of strategies, and oversight for implementation of all programs and initiatives related to Energy Security and Sustainability within the Army. As the Army's Senior Energy Executive, Mr. Kidd coordinates and integrates both installation (traditional as well as expeditionary) and operational energy programs and strategies.

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Dr. Winslow Sargeant

Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy

Dr. Winslow Sargeant is the sixth Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, appointed by the President August 19, 2010. The Office of Advocacy is an independent voice for small business within the federal government with a mission of encouraging policies that support small business start-up, growth, and development.

As chief counsel, Dr. Sargeant directs Advocacy’s operations, which include conducting research on the U.S. small business sector, advocating for small businesses within the federal government’s agencies and rulemaking processes, reaching out to regional and state small business advocates and policymakers, and fostering public awareness of small business contributions and concerns.

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Director of Energy Policy in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Energy (IEN).

Ms. Carol Ann Beda is the Director of Energy Policy in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Energy (IEN). She leads the development of the Air Force Energy Strategy, creating innovative Air Force energy policy, directives and guidance for integration and implementation across the Air Force – from operations to installations and within the corporate business process for the effective and efficient use of energy to support the global Air Force mission.

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Carol Eicher

Business Group Vice President, Dow Building & Construction

Carol Eicher is business group vice president for Dow Building & Construction, a business group within Dow's Advanced Materials Division that includes the following businesses: Dow Building Solutions, Dow Solar and Construction Chemicals. Dow Building & Construction specializes in the development and production of materials and technologies enhancing energy efficient and sustainable building.

Before joining Dow (in 2009), Eicher spent 10 years at Rohm and Haas where she held multiple vice president and director roles. Most recently, she was business director for the Performance Monomers unit which provides essential raw materials to the company's coatings, construction and adhesives markets. Carol Eicher has extensive chemical industry experience, having previously worked at companies such as Ashland Inc., and DuPont.

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Michael Kontranowski

Strategic Market Director - Dow Chemical

Mike joined Dow in 1990 as an Engineering Technician in Michigan Operations. He has held roles in Purchasing, Sales, and Marketing in Midland and San Francisco.

From 2000-2006, Mike was responsible for growing the California and Nevada markets for Dow Building Solutions as well as being instrumental in developing a commercial roof strategy for growing STYROFOAMTM extruded polystyrene foam insulation sales in the west. Mike also represented Dow as Vice President of Industry on the board for Construction Specification Institute in San Francisco.

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Class Lecturers, Presenters & Moderators


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Director, Philadelphia U.S. Export Assistance Center, US Commercial Service

As the Director the Philadelphia U.S. Export Assistance Center, Tony Ceballos oversees programs in Pennsylvania and Delaware, which provide customized overseas services to evaluate global opportunities, identify and qualify potential business partners. Mr. Ceballos also establishes program partnerships with state and federal agencies and other public and private sector entities to create an efficient export assistance network for U.S. companies. Mr. Ceballos transferred from the West Los Angeles office, where he developed the services sector-a primary industry concentration in the LA area. Mr. Ceballos received his Master's of Arts in International Studies from the Claremont Graduate University. Mr. Ceballos also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Minor in International Relations from the University of California, Riverside.

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Jim Shih-Jiun Chen, Ph.D.

Professor of mechanical engineering at Temple University

Dr. Chen is a professor of mechanical engineering at Temple University. He received his BSME degree from National Taiwan University in 1976 and his Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University in 1985. He had three years of industrial working experience in piping system design and one year engineering experience in a US Naval Research Laboratory. His teaching interests are in the areas of Statics, Dynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, and Technology Transformations. He has published more than 100 refereed articles in temperature measurement and control, film cooling, jet impingement, accelerated/controlled cooling, melt spinning, electronics cooling, cryoablation, wind energy, and heat pumps. In education, he has advised students winning national and international competitions. In 1996, Dr. Chen received the Distinguished Faculty Award from the College of Engineering at Temple University. He has been a member of ASME since 1986. His current research interests and wind turbines and geothermal heat pumps.

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Erika Diamond

Vice President of Business Development at ThinkEco

Erika is VP of Business Development at ThinkEco, a NY based start-up developing smart plug-load technologies, as well as the Co-Founder and President of the Harvard Business School Green Business Alumni Association. She has 10+ years in business development and marketing for green companies and investors. Previously, Erika consulted for an environmentally focused private investor group as well as various online businesses, developing market opportunities, sourcing companies and managing partner relationships. She worked with the strategy and marketing consulting firm Green Order, where her clients included GE and Office Depot. Erika worked in Belize for the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment, including three years as the Director of Tourism Business and Development. She earned a BA in environmental studies from Vassar College, a MESc from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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David C. Dickson

District Director for the Philadelphia District Office of the Small Business Administration.

District Director for the Philadelphia District Office of the Small Business Administration. As District Director, Dickson is responsible for the delivery and management of the Agency's financial and business development programs throughout the eastern 40 counties of Pennsylvania.

For 4.5 years prior to his permanent appointment in January 2006, Dickson was the Plant Manager for Stanley LaBounty, in Two Harbors, Minnesota; a major part of The Stanley Works' Hydraulic Division. In that position he was responsible for the management and all operations for the manufacture and distribution of hydraulic excavator attachments (shears, universal processors, concrete pulverizers, and grapples) for the scrap, demolition, and general contractor markets.

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John P.(JACK) Dienna, Jr.

Executive Director & Founder of the Geothermal National & International Initiative (GEO-NII)

Mr. DiEnna, the Executive Director & Founder of the Geothermal National & International Initiative (GEO-NII), is a business development and marketing professional with over forty years combined experience in the electric utility industry and the renewable energy industry. He is a nationally recognized authority on all aspects of renewable technology and specifically geothermal heat pumps (ghp), including marketing, creative financing, and the resulting positive economic and environmental impact that can be derived from the use of renewable technologies. His expertise is internationally acknowledged as a valued resource by not only the renewable & geothermal heat pump industry but also by government officials, both national and international, trade allies, and all major market segment associations in the promotion of renewable technologies.

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Stephen D. Eule

Vice President for Climate and Technology at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, former Director of the Office of Climate Change Policy & Technology at the U.S. Department of Energy

Stephen D. Eule is vice president for climate and technology at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy.

Previously, Eule was director of the Office of Climate Change Policy & Technology at the U.S. Department of Energy. His prior experience includes a decade working in various public policy positions. He was a subcommittee staff director on the House Science Committee and also served as legislative director for Rep. Nick Smith. In addition, Eule was an environmental analyst in the Washington, D.C., office of New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman. Earlier, he worked for eight years as an Orkand Corporation consultant to the Energy Information Administration and at the Heritage Foundation, where he was assistant editor of the book Free Market Energy.

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Peter L. Hagelstein

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering

Professor Peter L. Hagelstein is a principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received the B.S. and the M.S. in 1976, and the Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1981, from MIT. He was a staff member of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 1981 to 1985 before joining the MIT faculty in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1986.

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Timothy H. Haahs, P.E., AIA


Timothy Haahs & Associates, Inc. (TimHaahs) understands the important role parking plays in development. A multi-disciplined engineering and architectural firm, TimHaahs specializes in planning - masterplanning for campuses, urban and high density areas, and transit related projects - and providing design services for parking and mixed-use buildings.

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Jason B. Kindt

LEED Green Associate Energy & Sustainability Analyst

Jason is focused on improving and promoting sustainability. His career consists of eleven years in project and client relationship management as well as business development in the fields of energy and emissions management and sustainable development. At Johnson Controls he provides subject matter expertise to public and private clients as well as manages sustainability initiatives including tracking and reducing energy and water consumption, reducing and reporting greenhouse gas emissions and addressing waste disposition. He assesses clients' needs, develops custom solutions and assists in change management.

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Xing Zhong Li


Xing Zhong Li (PhD(eq.), Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 1962; PhD, University of Wisconsin (Madison), 1983) is a professor in the department of Physics at the Tsinghua University. In addition, he serves as a member of the Fusion Research Advisory Committee of China, and the head of the Fusion Physics Laboratory at Tsinghua University. His current research interests are fusion physics and industrial plasma engineering.

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Dr. George H. Miley

Professor Emeritus Nuclear & Electrical Engineering University of Illinois

Dr. George H. Miley, Professor Emeritus Nuclear & Electrical Engineering University of Illinois, Fellow American Nuclear Society, Fellow Institute & Electrical Engineers, Senior NATO Fellow NSF, award winning published author of hundreds of articles in journals and books in the field. The subject of Cold Fusion technologies problems and possible solutions has been re-addressed in recent articles, at energy colloquiums and in recent segments on CNN and 60.

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Keith Owens


Keith Owens is a pioneering investigator in Cold Fusion specializes in the stabilization of nuclear energy by understanding the frequency at which the atom is amalgamated. He was a staff member of Tampa Power from 1989 to 2000 before starting his own business in 2000.

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Terry Penney

Principal Laboratory Program Manager
Advanced Vehicle and Fuel Technologies.

Terry Penney joined the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in 1979. Prior to joining NREL, he worked for Concentration, Heat and Momentum (CHAM) a consulting group headed by Prof. Brain Spalding based in London developing unique finite element computational codes for multiphase heat and mass transfer problems. He also worked Von Karmen Facility at the Arnold Engineering Development Center in middle Tennessee where he worked on the Space Shuttle program. At NREL he has worked on Ocean Energy, Buildings research, Optical and Thermal Fluid Science. More recently, he launched the Hybrid Vehicle program in 1992, which grew into a $300M Partnership for New Generation Vehicles (PNGV) between the government and GM, Ford and DaimlerChyrsler. Currently he is NREL's Laboratory Program Manager for Advanced Vehicle and Fuel Technologies responsible for both light and heavy-duty hybrid platforms.
He has more than 50 technical publications to his credit, including energy-related articles in Scientific American and the Encyclopedia Britannica.

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Sarah Wu

Policy and Outreach Manager in the City of Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Sustainability.

Prior to joining the Office of Sustainability, Sarah helped implement Opportunity NYC, an incentive program working to improve the health, employment, and education of New Yorkers in poverty. Sarah also served on New York University's Sustainability Task Force to help the University make green choices in its long-term planning and facilities management.

Before moving to New York, Sarah researched national environmental policies at a non-partisan organization in Washington, DC. Sarah holds an undergraduate degree from Williams College and a Masters in Urban Planning from New York University.

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Ngozi Bell

Region III Advocate

Most recently, Bell served as vice president of Birchmere Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm that focuses on investing in and developing startup companies in the medical, cleantech, and technoloogy sectors. Prior to that Bell was a senior director of technology and marketing at LSI, Agere Systems, and Lucent Technologies. She has also worked extensively on small business technology initiatives in the telecom and wireless sectors.

In 2005, Bell cofounded a not-for-profit Nigerian-American organization in Pennsylvania that focuses on education, cultural exchange, and economic development. She has also operated a small business in the fashion and small transportation sector. Bell received her master's degree in electrical engineering from Florida A&M/Florida State University and her bachelor's degree in physics from University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria.

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General Manager UGI Performance Solutions and General Manager of Thermmax ScientificRegion III Advocate

Chuck is responsible for the ongoing development and management
of the flagship performance environments brand Thermmax Scientific as well as the creation of the UGI Performance Solutions business. Leveraging expert
resources from the UGI HVAC Enterprises organization as well as key engineering and project management resources from within the UGI organization, Chuck will be responsible for the growth of the site based sustainability effort within UGI.

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Joseph E Barron

Joe Barron has over 30 years of experience growing and managing technology businesses from start-ups to multinational corporations and advising early stage technology companies at the executive level in the areas of funding strategy, business plan development and strategic alliances.

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Rami Mikhail

Solar Business Development Specialist, Siemens Industry, Inc.

Rami Mikhail joined Siemens to oversee the development of Photovoltaic (PV) projects and the Siemens power purchase agreement (PPA).

Prior to joining Siemens, Mr. Mikhail served as Vice President of a Solar Integration Company that resulted in an IPO in 2007. Mr. Mikhail was responsible for sales, marketing, engineering and operations for the company across the country.

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Michael Choi

Korea trade specialist, ITA U.S. Department of Commerce

Michael Choi works as a Korea trade specialist in the Office of Japan and Korea within the Market Access and Compliance unit of the International Trade Administration (ITA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) since 2006. He focuses on identifying barriers U.S. companies face in the Korean market and working with his ITA and USG colleagues to reduce them and increase market access for American businesses and workers. Since his start in 2006, Michael has been a member of the U.S. delegation to the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) negotiations, and he has traveled to Korea on numerous occasions to help address market access barriers. He has been an acting Commercial Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul in 2008 and 2010. He is also part of a team that frequently advises DOC senior leadership on KORUS and the U.S.-Korea commercial relationship. Michael's past experience includes working as a foreign relations advisor to a Korean lawmaker, a legislative analyst at the New Mexico Senate, and as part of the staff at JP Morgan.


Ivan Bragin

Managing Director at LED Engineering Co. Ltd.

Mr. Bragin is working in the field of energy efficient technology and renewable energy sources as the Managing Director at LED Engineering Co. Ltd., where he is developing the Russian market for innovative energy efficient technology, especially LED based lighting solutions. He is also working with a couple of companies through a partnership that aims to provide new independent energy systems based on solar panels and wind turbines.

Mr. Bragin completed his studies at the Saint Petersburg State Institute of Information Technology Mechanics and Optics with a specialization in Automatic Control Systems in 2006, at the Saint Petersburg State University of Economic and Finance with a specialization in Finance and Credit in 2009, and additionally at the Saint Petersburg State Academy of Economic and Management with a specialization in Management in 2011.

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John Heon, Ph.D.

Educational Coordinator and a Founding Executive Board Member of the China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia, Programming Director and Founding Advisor of the Penn International Sustainability Association

John Heon, Ph.D, is the Educational Coordinator and a Founding Executive Board Member of the China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia, a nonprofit that promotes collaboration on public/private cleantech and sustainable building initiatives between Philadelphia and the People's Republic of China. He is also the Programming Director and Founding Advisor of the Penn International Sustainability Association, an interdisciplinary group at the University of Pennsylvania that helps students launch green careers and entrepreneurial ventures through an extensive network of academic, corporate, and government organizations.

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Timothy Kim

Senior Loan Officer and founding member of the Renewable Energy & Environmental Finance Division at US Export-Import Bank.

Timothy Kim is a Senior Loan Officer and founding member of the Renewable Energy & Environmental Finance Division at US Export-Import Bank. In this capacity, he originates and structures credits across the broad spectrum of the industry including solar, wind, gasification and biomass. To date, Timothy has closed more than sixty international transactions, with an aggregate total of over $3 billion across the public and private sectors.

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Steven Chan

Deputy Director of the Office of China and Mongolia (OCM)

Steven Chan is the Deputy Director of the Office of China and Mongolia (OCM). OCM is part of the Market Access and Compliance unit in the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. OCM also covers Hong Kong and Macau. Before Mr. Chan joined OCM in February 2009, he served as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State with overseas assignments in China and Mexico, and a domestic assignment at the Office of Korean Affairs in Washington, DC. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Chan worked for Deloitte Consulting and Booz Allen Hamilton. He received a Master of Arts in International Economics and China Studies from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Lewis & Clark College.

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Executive Chairman of the WGES Council

Professor Robert J. Gallagher

Executive Chairman of the World Green Energy Symposium (WGES)Council

Professor Robert J. Gallagher serves as the Executive Chairman of the World Green Energy Symposium (WGES) Council. Professor Gallagher is responsible for globally promoting the WGES as a platform of education and information exchange on research, technology, policy, innovations, and economic impact of existing and future green energy & alternatives. As a respected leader and educator, Professor Gallagher works in tandem with universities worldwide, leading experts from education, government, industry and environment in the development of master lectures and speakers for the Symposium. Prior to serving as Executive Chairman of the WGES, Professor Gallagher served as Academic Advisor and University Supervisor of Students in addition to teaching at Marywood University. His passion for the mission of the WGES, combined with his experience as a successful business entrepreneur, dedicated educator and advocate for sustainable energy to strengthen the economy have served as the forefront of the respect of his colleagues in the field and the continued success of the World Green Energy Symposium. Professor Gallagher earned his postgraduate degrees from Adelphi University in Education and Health and his Bachelor of Science from Manhattan College. In addition, he has received numerous recognitions and holds several certifications.


October 19-21, 2011
Pennsylvania Convention Center Philadelphia USA

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