The Perlmutter Leadership Roundtable event "Over the Horizon: Opportunities in Clean Energy Trade" will feature a presentation by a student panel whose research focuses on global clean energy, followed by a response from a panel of local executives and officials on global clean energy trade. A networking reception in the World Court will directly follow this event.
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Judith M. Dean, Professor of International Economics
Brandeis International Business School
Featured student panelists:
Helena Cardenas, MAief '11
Patricia Choque, MBA '12
Salman Chouwdhury, MAief '12
Jose Guadiana Chong, MBA '12
Carly Greenberg, BA MA, '12
Sean Greene,MA, '12
Vincent Ling, MBA '11
Hugo Meillat, MAief '12
Benjamin Zimmerman, MAief '12
Featured industry panelists:
DAVID CASH is the Undersecretary for Policy in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). In this role, Dr. Cash advises the Secretary of Energy and Environment on an array of issues including energy, land management, water management, oceans, wildlife and fisheries, air and water quality, climate change, environmental and energy dimensions of transportation, and waste management. Recently, he led the Secretariat's effort in developing a comprehensive clean energy and climate policy - advising the EEA Secretary on his determination to limit greenhouse gas emissions to 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 and developing the Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020, which lays out a portfolio of policies and programs that will lower energy costs, create clean energy jobs, reduce greenhouse gases and keep Massachusetts leading toward the clean energy future. The Assistant Secretary works across agencies (e.g., with transportation and economic development agencies) to develop and analyze policy options to further EEA's mission. Prior to working for the Commonwealth, Dr. Cash was a research associate at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a Lecturer in Environmental Science and Public Policy. He also taught science in the Amherst, Massachusetts public schools from 1990-1993. He received a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard in 2001, and a B.S. in biology from Yale University in 1987.
MICHAEL BRENIER is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s Tax Credit Investment Advisory Services practice. Michael has advised numerous clients on renewable energy related matters with a focus on the business and finance issues arising from the manner in which the US government subsidizes renewable energy projects through the tax code. He has worked with clients across a wide number of technologies including wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, and fuel cells.
Clients include private equity and venture capital investors, strategic investors, equipment manufacturers, project developers, tax equity investors, project lenders, and utilities. Services provided in this area include, financial modeling (project level and corporate level), strategic advisory, tax advisory, and financial and commercial transaction due diligence. Michael has also provided advisory services to renewable energy project developers seeking tax equity financing.
Michael is the author of the United States Renewable Energy Attractiveness Index, a quarterly report that evaluates renewable energy markets for various technologies across all 50 states. He has written multiple articles and has spoken at numerous renewable energy conferences on the topic of project finance. He received a B.S. in Accounting and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from Bentley College. He is a certified public accountant licensed in the commonwealth of Massachusetts.
MINORU TAKADA is Head of the Sustainable Energy Programme at the Environment and Energy Group of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York. He in charge of designing UNDP's corporate policies on energy and serves as the lead adviser on energy matters for UNDP's engagements at global policy making fora such as UN General Assembly and the Commission on Sustainable Development. He has been involved in policy and strategy development to expand access to modern energy services for the poor linking energy issues to poverty reduction, gender inequality and climate change in developing countries' context. He is the UNDP's lead focal point for technology transfer discussions in relation to climate change. He has led a number of policy analysis and tools development, including, most recently, Energy poverty: how to make modern energy access universal (2010), A Handbook for technology needs assessment for climate change (2010), and Capacity development for scaling up decentralized energy access programme (2010). From 1996 to 1998, Minoru was posted at UNDP in Angola, where he was the lead officer for energy and environment issues, and managed a wide range of projects covering such issues as financing for rural energy, waste management, national water master plans, biodiversity conservation and ICT for community development. Before joining UNDP, Minoru worked in Ghana as a community development officer, where he assisted in youth mobilization and community development projects. Minoru has written widely on renewable energy applications and energy and development. Minoru holds a PhD in renewable energy applications from the University of Mie in Japan, and Masters in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Hokkaido, Japan.
PAUL SELLEW is CEO of Harvest Power Canada Ltd. and of Harvest Power, Inc. Paul has been a leader in the organics industry for more than 25 years. In 1982 he founded Earthgro, Inc., which grew to be the second largest producer of compost-based lawn and garden products in North America. Paul has also been a senior executive with Synagro, Inc., helping to build it into the leading organics residuals management business in the U.S. He has also founded and led International Process Systems, Inc. (composting technology provider), Allgro, Inc. (a bio-solids compost marketing firm), Environmental Credit Corp. (carbon credit creation and trading), and Backyard Farms (hydroponic greenhouse tomato producer). Paul graduated from the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.