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David B. Coher
Principal, Reliability and Cybersecurity, Southern California Edison
An energy executive leading compliance for the President’s Office of Southern California Edison, David leads teams responsible for ensuring SCE’s compliance with a variety of regulatory matters governing the day-to-day business of an electric utility providing power to approximately 14 million Californians.
David has held a variety of roles with SCE, from his time as an attorney in the Law Department, where he handled litigation and transactional matters, to several leadership roles covering reliability and cybersecurity, commodity market matters, OSHA safety, procurement, and other areas. Throughout, David has sought to break otherwise complicated problems into simple, discrete issues that can be understood and solved without technical abstraction.
In addition, David is a sought-after speaker, serving as a frequent guest speaker on technology, energy, and regulatory matters. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the Georgetown Cybersecurity Law Institute, a Planning Commissioner for the City of Pasadena, California, Chair Emeritus of the State Bar of California’s Committee on Group Insurance Programs, and an active alumni leader of Long Beach City College, the University of Southern California, and the Georgetown University Law Center.
David and his family reside in Pasadena, California.
Manager Data Visualisation and Analytics, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Tom Martin is currently a Manager in Pacific Gas & Electric’s Emerging Grid Technologies team specifically focused on Data, Analytics, and Visualization in support of Electric Transmission & Distribution. Tom serves as a product manager and business lead to strategically align internal/external stakeholders and deliver new analytics and situational intelligence products for Pacific Gas & Electric. Previously, Tom was a member of the Smart Grid Program Management team at PG&E helping to set strategy for PG&E’s Smart Grid portfolio of R&D projects and manage the newly created California EPIC program focused on funding new electricity system innovations through technology demonstration and deployment. Prior to coming to PG&E, Tom was an Electrical Engineer in Black & Veatch’s Federal Services Division. Tom holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, both from the University of Notre Dame.
EVP and CIO, Schneider Electric
Prith Banerjee is Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and member of the Executive Committee of Schneider Electric, reporting to the Chairman and CEO. In this role he is responsible for driving innovation and technology differentiation, and coordinating the R&D activities of the company across its five businesses with 11,000 R&D personnel, and a 1.2 billion Euro R&D investment.
Previously, he was Managing Director of Global Technology Research and Development at Accenture. Formerly, he was Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of ABB, a power and automation company in Zurich, Switzerland. Earlier, he was Senior Vice President of Research at HP and Director of HP Labs. Formerly, he was Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Formerly, he was the Walter P. Murphy Professor and Chairman of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northwestern University. Prior to that, he was Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2000, he founded AccelChip, a developer of products for electronic design automation, which was sold to Xilinx Inc. in 2006. During 2005-2011, he was Founder, Chairman and Chief Scientist of BINACHIP Inc., a developer of products in electronic design automation. His research interests are in electronic design automation, and parallel computing, and he is the author of about 350 research papers in journals and conferences. He has also supervised 37 Ph.D. students. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Cray and the Market Strategy Board of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). In the past, he has served on board for the Anita Borg Institute, the Computer Science Board of the National Academy of Engineering, theSteering Committee of the Industrial Internet Consortium. and the Technical Advisory Boards of Cypress Semiconductor, Ambit, Atrenta and Calypto. He was listed in the FastCompany list of 100 top business leaders in 2009 and the Most Creative People in Business (MCP1000) in 2014. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM and IEEE, and a recipient of the 1996 ASEE Terman Award and the 1987 NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award. He received a B.Tech. (President’s Gold Medalist) in electronics engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana.
Director of Energy Efficiency Services, Austin Energy
Denise Kuehn is the Director of Energy Efficiency Services at Austin Energy in Austin, Texas. She manages, oversees and directs the implementation of Austin Energy’s demand side management programs for the residential, commercial, multifamily and industrial sectors. Utilizing an approximately $25 million budget and 50 full-time, contract and temporary employees, Ms. Kuehn plans, directs and coordinates the accomplishing of the 800 MW demand reduction goal by 2020 expanding to 900 MW by 2025. These efforts align with the City of Austin’s Climate Protection Plan and integrating the Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure (ECAD) ordinance into the community for all four business sectors.
She received her M.B.A. from Bellevue University and her degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Nebraska. Over her twenty seven-year career in the utility and demand side management area, Ms. Kuehn has worked for three utility companies, an engineering consulting firm and Johnson Controls. She has led numerous strategic planning, process improvement and change management efforts.
Ms. Kuehn was a founding member of four groups focused on sustainability within the utility, the local community, the state, and on a national basis. Within the Omaha Public Power District, she established a cross-functional sustainability effort. In Omaha, she partnered with others to unify the efforts of over fourteen different entities to form the Green Omaha Coalition. Collaborating with other utilities, they formed the Nebraska Energy Efficiency Partners resulting in the first state wide school-based education program with over a 90% participation rate. Nationally, she worked with other utilities to form the Large Public Power Council Energy Efficiency Working Group creating an electric utility effort for negotiating program offerings for approximately 12% of the energy consumers in the US. She was chairperson of the Energy Assistance Program, a board member of several groups including Keep Omaha Beautiful, the Nebraska Stakeholder Code Advisory Board and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers where she was awarded the Best Chapter President and Outstanding Chapter Award for Region IX.
Senior Security Systems Engineer, PSEG
Erin is a strategically-focused IT Professional with more than 12 years of experience driving operational excellence for leading Defense Contractors and Fortune 500’s, managing server infrastructure and data center operations across multiple platforms, including Windows, Unix, Linux, and Apple. I effectively plan, install, configure and optimize IT infrastructure to consistently achieve high availability and performance. I have a proven ability to create and deliver solutions tied to business growth, organizational development, and systems/network optimization. I am a skilled problem identifier and troubleshooter, and I’m experienced in managing systems, projects, and teams in a wide-range of IT environments. I effectively and quickly assess situations, identify issues, recognize business needs, and implement secure technology solutions that achieve and support desired outcomes using outstanding interpersonal and communications skills.
CEO, Amyx Global
Scott Amyx is one of the world’s foremost thought leaders in the Internet of Things. Scott received the Cloud & DevOps World 2016 Award for Most Innovative and was voted Top Global IoT Influencer & Expert by Inc. Magazine, Postscapes, Top IoT Authority by the Internet of Things Institute, and Top 10 Global Speakers by Speaking.com. Scott is a thought leader, speaker, and author on wearables and the Internet of Things and the Managing Partner at Venture1st and CEO of Amyx+. Scott has been nominated to the World Economic Forum as a committee member for the Future of the Internet. Scott has been nominated by global luminaries for TED Talk. The Republic of Korea nominated Scott to represent cutting-edge research and case studies on wearables and the Internet of Things at the ITU Telecom World 2015 in Budapest. Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG), AlphaSights, 10EQS, and other research firms look to Scott for unrivaled insights and pulse on the changing IoT landscape.
Scott has been featured on New York Times, TIME, Forbes, The Washington Post, WIRED, TechCrunch, Inc., Chicago Tribune, InformationWeek, Forrester, Gigaom, ReadWrite, Shots Magazine, Business News Daily, IBM Big Data & Analytics, Intel, Geektime, Examiner, TechBeacon, EE Times, IEEE, El País, Costco Magazine, and television and radio programs. He has spoken or scheduled to speak at TEDx, World Economic Forum, International CES, Internet of Things World, IoT Asia, ITU Telecom World, M2M Summit, Smart IoT London, Internet of Things Security, Wearable Technologies Conference, IBM Insight, IBM Amplify, IBM Watson IoT, Cloud & DevOps World, Internet Summit, Global Big Data, JCK Las Vegas, Customer Service Experience, IN3 Medical Device 360 Summit, Razorfish Tech Summit, Location & Context World, Wearables TechCon, K-Global Startup, and more. Scott is the co-author of The Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems Handbook, an academic publication by Jo
Dr Erin Boyd
Manager, CES Products Measurement & Evaluation, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Dr. Erin Boyd is an Energy Economist with 15+ years of experience, including extensive practice in discerning the economic and financial viability of investments (big, small, traditional, and disruptive), energy policy and regulatory design (prefers laissez-faire but admits a Keynesian touch may be required), crafting of incentives (people, companies, and government do not always act in the desired manner), and opining on and modelling of the drivers of energy supply and demand (theoretical, empirical, or otherwise). Half quant, half strategist, Erin leads a utility-leading research team responsible for developing, managing and coordinating PG&E’s broad portfolio of interval data-based research and analytical projects. These projects span PG&E’s portfolio of Demand Response, Time Varying Rates and Distributed Generation program evaluation activities, as well as foundational work related to Energy Efficiency Billing Analysis.
Dr. Murali Baggu
Manager, Power Systems Operations and Control Group, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Dr. Murali Baggu is Manger of Power Systems Operations and Control Group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; He works on advanced grid modeling and evaluation for future power systems with high penetrations of distributed energy resources. This includes advanced distribution management system applications, Microgrid applications and energy storage evaluations for multiple utilities. Earlier in his career he worked as a Lead Power Systems Engineer at GE Global Research, Niskayuna, NY. His research interests include grid integration of renewables systems (wind and PV), energy storage system integration, distribution automation and grid operations and control. He has a Ph.D. is Power engineering from Missouri S&T.
Technology Lead for Smart Grid Initiatives, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Half of Dan’s experience has been at PG&E where he managed the engineering for their 10M gas and electric Smartmeter project, implemented a fiber system for monitoring downtown network vaults and was responsible many other distribution line automation and line protection projects. Interleaved with this Dan worked at “startup” technology companies including establishing and directing the Utility Division of Energyline Systems, now part of S&C electric, and as a manager and executive at several start up AMI companies including Silver Spring Networks.
CEO & Founder, WorkforceAlpha
John Sturdivant is the CEO & Founder of WorkforceAlpha – a company on a mission to help the front-line worker achieve their full productivity and potential. Previously, he worked at McKinsey & Company for 5 years, where he served the largest oil & gas companies across the world and helped them create better operations. It was there that he ran into the same problem at every client: nobody really understood their front-line workforce behaviors or productivity levels; and thus, these companies were fighting an impossible battle when it came to trying to realize major improvements in worker productivity. Without an understanding of productivity, nobody could really understand their problems, nor could they build a consensus behind the answer to effect real change. John started WorkforceAlpha to use technology that fixes this problem and helps companies and the front-line worker understand performance and drive real improvement. John has an MBA from Columbia Business School, a Masters of Accounting from the University of Southern California, and is a former Certified Public Accountant.
Product Manager - Power, Utilities and Energy Management, Kepware Technologies
Glen Marquis is Product Manager for Power, Utilities and Energy Management at Kepware Technologies. Glen has 15 years of domestic and international product and project development and management experience spanning a wide range of advanced technology fields, recently in construction and alternative energy.
Prior to joining Kepware, Glen was Project Manager at Ocean Renewable Energy Company, responsible for the licensing and oversight of the nation’s first grid-scale marine hydrokinetic project off the coast of Maine. Working directly with all project stakeholders and contractors, Glen was an integral part in successfully managing relationships with regional and state public utilities.
Glen holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science and Public Policy from the University of Maine and is an active member in several local and regional industry and trade groups. He lives in Saco, Maine with his wife and three daughters.
VP Sales and Marketing, Skkynet Cloud Systems Inc.
A calculated risk-taker with deep technology experience, Xavier is a seasoned sales executive with a strong foundation in focusing on net new business in SaaS business environments. He has direct experience with cutting edge venture-backed software start-ups, and possesses extensive experience in technical sales in the wireless, ERP, and industrial automation solutions space. Over the course of his career, Xavier has won many professional excellence awards and is a valued and engaging speaker.
Chief Design Officer, Chai One
Since designing his first webpage in 1993, when there were only 5,000 websites worldwide, Jared constantly explored new areas of interaction design. With a user-centered design methodology, he leads our visual traditions and acts as chief user advocate within the ChaiOne design team. Jared has overseen projects at ChaiOne ranging from augmented reality of oil field sites to digital plant transformation at some of the largest nuclear power facilities in the US. He brings his global experiences that range from Texas, Sweden, and far eastern locales as Saigon, Bangkok and Shanghai.
Digital Transformation & IIOT Strategist - Former CIO of PG&E, Primitive Logic
John Keast leads Primitive Logic’s Industrial IoT and Utilities practice. John works with leading industrial manufacturers, end users, innovators and thought leaders to unlock business insights and value from the vast range of opportunities in the Industrial IoT.
Primitive Logic specializes in using complex data ingestion, big data, predictive analytics and visualization approaches and technologies to unlock actionable insights from both connected and non-connected IoT devices across a broad range of industries that include Utilities, Oil and Gas and Industrial equipment manufacturing.
John combines 30+ years of technology and business leadership experience that includes CIO roles at PG&E Corporation, DHL Worldwide Express and Apple Computer, COO of VEGAS.com, Founder and CEO of VentureAxis and Tasavo and has served as an independent consultant to Accenture Interactive and McKinsey & Co.
John has been recognized as a Finalist, Information Week CIO of the Year and a ComputerWorld Premier 100 IT leader.
Renewable Generation Consultant and Utility Programme Manager, Pristine Sun
Angela Plummer has worked in the utility interconnection space for 5 years and is well regarded for her expertise in small scale utility interconnection processes. A former PG&E Interconnection Manager, Angela left the Utility in order to work with Solar Developers helping them navigate through the Interconnection Process. She has also assisted in part of a feasibility study for the California High Speed Rail project for their cost projections on interconnection work. Working with developers has allowed Angela to gain great insight into the challenges of making Small Scale Utility Solar a feasible business model.
Angela has a B.S. in Computer Science and is currently the President of the Board of Directors for the Project Management Institute- Bay Area Chapter.
Export Manager, DCbrain
Thomas has a Research Master II in Geopolitics & Business Environments and an International M.B.A from Sorbonne University, Paris, France. Resourceful and knowledgeable about new technology development and international trade, Thomas has a track-record in implementing new technologies in the North American market for several start-ups.
Thomas is currently in charge of international Business Development at DCbrain.
Co-Founder, Trusource Labs
In July 2013 Alton co-founded Trusource Labs LLC, contact center supporting services and products that are complex, risky, or both. He developed Trusourcing as the business framework, which features complete operational and financial transparency with clients. Trusource now employs over 550 staff from three locations in Austin TX and one in Limerick Ireland. By implementing Trusource’s Make It Better methodology, we help clients to both provide an outstanding service but more importantly, improve product design at a lower cost. Clients include Nest, Philips, Canary, Plum, Sengled, Curb, eero, Airmega, and ten other leading-edge firms.
Alton is a globally recognized expert in applying performance standards and metrics in service operations. In 1996, he co-founded COPC Inc., a globally recognized performance model with associated metrics targeted for contact centers and business process outsourcing organizations. For seven years he ran COPC’s international operations in UK, India, Singapore, Japan, Australia, and Argentina. He served as the CEO until June 2009 when he founded a consultancy focused on applying Vested OutsourcingTM techniques in outsourced service operations.
He has worked with scores of leading organizations, including Accenture, American Express, Apple, CapitalOne, Canon, Convergys, Chase Bank, Convergys, Datacom, Department of Information Resources (state of Texas), Dell, DirecTV, Sitel, Sykes, Teleperformance, Maximus, Microsoft and Macquarie and many others in over 40 countries.
Dr. Eddie Kirby
Strategic Research and Innovation Manager, CPS Energy
Dr. Kirby is currently leading CPS Energy’s Educational Alliances efforts, where he is accountable for building the organization’s talent pipeline and developing key relationships, which enable current and long-term success. His previous role with the organization was Strategic Research & Innovation Manager where he led research efforts focused on electric vehicles, compressed natural gas vehicles and the required infrastructure for these alternative vehicles. He is also an Adjunct Professor at St. Mary’s University in the Engineering Department, where he teaches Engineering Systems Management.
Dr. Kirby holds degrees in Organizational Management, Engineering Systems Management, and Computer Science. He has also completed multiple certification programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the area of Technology and Innovation.