Victor Maxwell is a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland Business School where he is investigating technical evolution in socio-economic systems and specifically volatility effects in decentralized renewable energy based economies. Before beginning his PhD studies, Victor worked for the Patagonia Sur Foundation in Chaitén, a town in the northern part of Chilean Patagonia. In this role, he facilitated educational workshops and developed sustainability initiatives with the local community. These included a reforestation plan for areas that have suffered from volcanic eruptions and a pilot project for cold climate biogas digesters.
Prior to Patagonia Sur Foundation, Victor completed a Master’s of Science program in Sustainable Energy Planning and Management, where he focused on connecting renewable energy systems with community development. During this time, he worked on a variety of projects, including a household biogas digester initiative in rural South Africa, and a project to integrate wind energy and electric vehicles into a smart grid system on an island in Denmark. Prior to this, Victor worked on nuclear and particle physics experiments, part of which took place at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland. He was also involved in physics and mathematics education research, and worked as a teacher for high school and college level students. Additionally, he organized science education events in conjunction with the Miami Museum of Science.
Victor completed his Master’s of Science degree in Sustainable Energy Planning and Management at Aalborg University in Denmark, and completed his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physics at Florida International University.
Mihir Mathur is a interdisciplinary researcher who has more than seven years of experience working on climate change and development projects, with a focus on Ecological Economics, Carbon Neutral Development, and Climate Change Adaptation. He currently works at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi as an Associate Fellow in the Earth Science and Climate Change division. This work focuses on finding sustainable adaptation pathways using system dynamics modeling for policy formulation at the local and macro level. He teaches systems thinking and system dynamics to post graduate students as a visiting faculty member.
Some of his recent work includes Modeling Policies for Sustaining Resource Use and Economic Growth, Modeling Urban Carrying Capacity and Measuring Quality of Life, and Modeling Economics of Grassland Livestock Systems Using System Dynamics. Prior to TERI, Mihir did action research on local economics, climate impact assessment, livelihood resilience, and alternative energy at Watershed Organisation Trust, with village communities in Maharashtra. Before working on climate change and sustainability issues, Mihir was working in stock markets and commodity markets as a research analyst.
Mihir received his Bachelor of Commerce in Accountancy from Maharaja Sayaji Rao University and completed his post graduation in Finance with a focus on System Dynamics from Sadhana Centre for Management and Leadership Development.
Alison Mason is a mechanical engineer who has dedicated her career to finding solutions to global warming, expanding the use of solar energy, and connecting diverse ideas and initiatives to stimulate action and affect change. She currently works at Spirae, LLC, maker of the Wave platform for management and optimization of distributed energy resources, where she helps energy technology providers, project developers, and utility companies to develop control solutions to enable the integration of up to 100 percent renewable energy sources into large and small power systems.
Prior to joining Spirae, Alison worked on the Commercialization Team at SkyFuel, Inc., a manufacturer of parabolic trough concentrating solar power collectors. There she did extensive modeling of the performance and economics of solar power systems. After taking a solar photovoltaic design and installation course at Solar Energy International (SEI), Alison founded and operated a solar consulting and design business (SunJuice Solar), which installed small-scale solar energy systems.
As Chair of the Fort Collins’ Electric Board from May 2001 to February 2005, Alison drove the creation of Fort Collins’ first energy policy to include a mandate for renewable energy. Working with local environmental non-profit Trees, Water, and People, Alison helped launch a program with the Oglala-Sioux tribe to bring culturally-appropriate, renewable technology to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and at the same time establish a training program and a path to economic opportunity.
Alison is a Fellow of the American Solar Energy Society and received the first Women in Solar Energy award in 2004. She has presented and published numerous papers on various solar energy technologies. Alison completed a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering, with a thesis on stratification in solar thermal energy, from Colorado State University. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Materials Science from Rice University.
Sumedha Malaviya leads the energy efficiency practice at the World Resources Institute (WRI) India, and has more than seven years of experience in the climate change sector. At WRI India, she supports the implementation of the Global Building Efficiency Accelerator, one of the six accelerators under the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All (UN SE4All) global energy efficiency accelerator platform. Prior to WRI, she consulted for ICF International (ICFI), where she worked on energy efficiency projects with a focus on appliance energy performance standards and labelling, and demand side management. Sumedha also works for a large regional program for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) called the Low Emissions Asian Development (LEAD) program, which explores green growth.
Sumedha has also worked at the Center for Sustainable Technologies, Indian Institute of Science (IIS) in a large multi-disciplinary team of climate scientists, policy analysts, meteorologists, and climate modellers. Her time at IIS was a valuable learning experience that taught her the beauty and importance of strong science-based thinking on climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Sumedha spent close to two years researching biofuels, agroforestry systems, REDD, and climate change vulnerability and adaptation. During this time, she co-authored several papers for international peer-reviewed journals, including a book chapter published through Springer. Sumedha has supported several workshops, trainings, and technical assistance projects for program countries on implementing Low Emissions Asian Development Strategies or LEDS. Sumedha received a Master’s degree in Natural Resources Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Botany, both from TERI University.
Becky Xilu Li is an associate at the electricity practice at the Rocky Mountain Institute in Boulder, CO. She is working on power market design and business model innovation in both the US and China.
Becky is interested in energy and environmental policy analysis and practice. She has rich research experience in China’s energy policy, including writing reports on electricity market reform and conducting the first nationwide energy efficiency survey, during which she worked in partnership with both Chinese governments and US consulting teams, such as Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) and Energy Foundation (EF). She also has domestic project experience, including consulting work for local public agencies on behavioral energy efficiency program design. Her clients also include solar manufacturers and cleantech developers, for whom she conducted policy, economic, and business analysis and provided them market strategy reports.
Becky received a master's in Public Policy with an emphasis on Energy and Enviornemtal Policy from the University of California, Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy. She received a master's in Economics from Renmin University of China, and a bachelor's in Economics also from Renmin University of China.
Dan Kane is a soil scientist and ecologist interested in agroecology, soil carbon and nitrogen cycles, conservation and organic agriculture, and the links between agriculture and climate change. He is currently working towards his PhD at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies studying the application of open-source tools for rapid soil carbon quantification, how soil carbon may foster climate change resilience in agriculture, and how carbon is stabilized in soils.
Dan is passionate about implementing good ideas agricultural research generates to improve the management of agricultural systems and protect natural resources while beneffiting farmers. He views improving agricultural sustainability as a key component of 21st century land stewardship and our response to climate change. Dan is experienced in the design and management of field and lab research, statistical computing in R, data management and analysis, writing, and farming.
Dan has a MS in Crop and Soil Science from Michigan State University and a BA, cum laude, in Biology from Middlebury College.
Yuill Herbert is a director and founder of Sustainability Solutions Group, a workers cooperative in Canada. Yuill has worked on more than 35 community climate action plans across Canada as well as many other community planning and climate change-related projects.
He developed the highly regarded GHGProof energy, emissions and land-use planning model. Yuill has used this model to develop corporate and community energy plans with realistic targets, successful emissions reductions strategies and societal benefit. He also has modelling experience with district energy systems, transportation systems and land-use planning, allowing for analysis and recommendations that are holistic and precise.
Yuill is currently leading a project for the International Energy Agency to create a district energy model and is working on a sustainable development model for communities that analyses the economic and biophysical flows through a community. He is deeply committed to open source methods and tools and is involved in research projects with universities in Canada on municipalities and climate change, sustainability and education and measuring the impact of cooperatives on society.
Yuill is also on the board of the Canadian Worker Cooperative Federation and Tatamagouche Community Land Trust. He received his Master's of Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University and his Bachelor's of Philosophy from Mount Allison University.
Amanda Hong is an Environmental Protection Specialist with the US Environmental Protection Agency Region 9. Amanda's role is in the Zero Waste Section, working to prevent and properly manage waste to avoid the negative environmental and economic costs associated with them. Some of the work she undertakes includes assisting participants in the Food Recovery Challenge to meet their goals and track progress, holding webinars and training on food waste management tools like the Reducing Wasted Food and Packaging Toolkit, and assisting stakeholders in developing anaerobic digestion projects for food waste.
She is dedicated to identifying sustainable solutions to environmental problems relating to waste management, climate change, and energy crises, both domestic and abroad. Previously, Amanda spent two years working as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, collaborating with community groups to identify, prioritize, and develop solutions to local problems. Through the Peace Corps, her projects included starting women's literacty classes, developing a cereal bank and chicken raising operation, and small enterprise development for women's groups.
Amanda earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy, where she was able to apply the economic and quantitative analytical skills she learned to global energy and environmental issues. At the Goldman School, her client projects included policy suggestions for driving source reduction, recycling and composting of packaging waste in California, and a blue carbon assessment of mangrove conservation in Sri Lanka. Prior to her master's, Amanda received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a Public Policy Emphasis.
Zeke Hausfather is a climate scientist and energy systems analyst with a strong interest in conservation and efficiency. He is currently a research scientist at Berkeley Earth and the head of energy analytics at Essess, Inc. He was previously the chief scientist at C3, an energy management and efficiency company, and co-founded Efficiency 2.0, a behavior-based energy efficiency company.
Zeke received a bachelor's degree from Grinnell College, a master's degree in environmental science from Vrije Universiteit in the Netherlands, and another master's degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He has published papers in the fields of environmental economics, energy modeling, and climate science.
Zhen Han is completing her PhD in Ecology at Cornell University, with her research focusing on nutrient cycling in agro-ecosystems. Specifically, she conducted quantitative synthesis and field measurements to investigate the impact of various agricultural management practices on nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas.
Zhen is interested in environmental policy and international development, and was an Environmental Policy Fellow at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), where she worked on ecosystem-based climate change adaptation and gender mainstreaming. Through Cornell, she consulted on agricultural development both locally and internationally. Prior to graduate school, Zhen earned her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Zhejiang University, China.
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