Women in Clean Energy Symposium
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How can Fortune 500 companies (or visionaries within them) help to accelerate the adoption of energy efficiency or renewable energy technologies?
Moderator: Lisa Frantzis, @NavigantEnergy
Managing Director for Renewable and Distributed Energy
Advanced Energy Economy and Navigant
Ms. Lisa Frantzis is a Managing Director for Renewable and Distributed Energy at Navigant. With 30 years of experience in managing extensive technical, market, and economic analyses of renewable energy systems, she is recognized for her depth of knowledge and technical and strategic expertise. Her clients include policy makers, equipment manufacturers, oil companies, developers, utility companies, environmental groups, investors, and government agencies.
She has authored many journal articles and has been quoted in The New York Times, Business Week, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and other key publications on renewable energy issues.
Frantzis is a member of the Board of Directors of the Solar Electric Power Association and a member of the American Wind Energy Association, is a past member of the Board of Directors for the American Council on Renewable Energy, and served as a Vice President of the Solar Energy Business Association of New England. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the New England Clean Energy Council and on the Board of Advisors for the Advanced Energy Economy.
Dr. Danielle Merfeld is the Technology Director for the Electrical Technologies & Systems organization in GE Global Research, reporting to the Senior Vice President of GE Global Research. In this role, she leads a global team of over 500 scientists and engineers, responsible for advanced technology development in the areas of semiconductor devices and packaging, electronics, electrical power conversion, controls and signal processing, in support of GE’s Energy Management, Power and Water, Oil and Gas, Aviation, Transportation, Home and Business Solutions and Healthcare businesses. The ET&S team is organized into six Technology Organizations, which are distributed across GE’s four Global Research facilities.
Prior to her current role, Merfeld was General Manager of Solar Technologies at GE Energy. She initially joined GE Global Research in 1999 and led the Semiconductor Technology Laboratory, later serving as the Director of the Solar Technology Platform before transferring to her role at GE Energy.
Danielle received her BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University. She has authored or co-authored over 70 papers in refereed technical journals and has given presentations at conferences and symposiums around the world. She is a member of several technical associations (MRS, APS, ECS, IEEE and SWE), and is on the editorial board of Future PV journal.
Amy Chiang, @honeywell
Head of Energy and the Environment, Global Government Relations
Ms. Chiang currently oversees energy and environment efforts for Honeywell’s Global Government Relations Team. She has held a range of public and private sector roles over the past two decades with a substantial focus on clean technologies and China.
Ms. Chiang was appointed by President George W. Bush to the US Department of Energy as the Director of International Affairs for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Ms. Chiang led energy efficiency and renewable energy international activities for EERE. She also facilitated development of global partnerships. In addition, Ms. Chiang led public and private partnership outreach activities.
Ms. Chiang was the Cofounder and Managing Partner of China Capital Ventures, LLC, an advisory firm focused on energy and infrastructure investments in China. Prior to founding her company, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff for US Congressman Sherwood Boehlert, Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Science.
Ms. Chiang’s background also includes working on Wall Street as a foreign exchange derivatives trader and as a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton. In addition, she led a water technology-focused transfer mission to China for the United Nations Development Programme. Ms. Chiang has also held several research positions focusing on biomedical and materials science engineering. She was selected as a key member of “US Department of Commerce-China Small and Medium Enterprises Financing and Cooperation Working Group” and was member of the World Economic Forum’s “Nurturing the Early-Stage Investment Climate in China” team.
Ms. Chiang holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also holds an International MBA with concentrations in Finance and International Relations from the University of Chicago.
Director of Johnson Control’s Institute for Building Efficiency
Ms. Jennifer Layke is Executive Director of Johnson Controls’ Institute for Building Efficiency, a global initiative to provide information and analyses on the technologies, policies, and practices that can deliver high-performance buildings around the world. Jennifer leads the Institute’s research and collaborations with global experts. In addition, she supports strategic planning on corporate energy and sustainability goals.
Jennifer’s experience includes 12 years at the World Resources Institute where she was deputy director, Climate and Energy Program. She founded The Green Power Market Development Group which developed innovative energy procurement paths for corporate use of clean energy in the United States and Europe. Jennifer also launched corporate partnerships focused on strategies to reduce GHG emissions.
Jennifer’s international experience includes consulting for the World Bank and the US EPA on Montreal Protocol technology transfer. She has an AB in Asian Studies/Political Studies from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, and a MS and MBA from the University of Michigan. In 1990, she was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Foundation fellowship for a year of sociology research in Singapore, Malaysia, and Taiwan.