Prof. Daniel Kammen - Dr. Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at theUniversity of California, Berkeley, with parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering. He is also the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), Co-Director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment, and Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center. He has founded or is on the board of over 10 companies, and has served the State of California and US federal government in expert and advisory capacities. He has authored or co-authored 12 books, written more than 240 peer-reviewed journal publications, testified more than 40 times to U.S. state and federal congressional briefings, and has provided various governments with more than 50 technical reports. Dr. Kammen also served for many years on the Technical Review Board of the Global Environment Facility. He is a frequent contributor to or commentator in international news media, including Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Financial Times. Kammen has appeared on 60 Minutes, Nova, Frontline, and hosted the six-part Discovery Channel series Ecopolis. Dr. Kammen is a Permanent Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Physical Society. In the US, he serves on two National Academy of Sciences boards and panels and, in April, 2010 was named by US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton as the first Energy and Climate Fellow for the Western Hemisphere. Daniel M. Kammen was also the World Bank Group’s Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. He was appointed to this newly-created position in October 2010 for one year, in which he provided strategic leadership on policy, technical, and operational fronts. Dr. Kammen was educated in physics at Cornell and Harvard, and held postdoctoral positions at the California Institute of Technology and Harvard. He was Assistant Professor and Chair of the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Program at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University before moving to the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Kammen has served as a contributing or coordinating lead author on various reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 1999.
Mary Louise Gifford was the founder of BREG in 2008. Her academic research was focused on improved cookstoves, microfinance of renewable energy projects and innovation in emerging markets. She currently is the V.P. of Innovation and Social Strategy at Silicon Valley tech company, Tribal Planet, where she leads of number of initiatives in ITC4D. Formally, she’s worked at the World Bank, UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),Clough Harbour Engineering Firm, Heinz Center for the Environment and the Natural Edge Project (Australia). She was co-founder and president of the Syracuse chapter of Engineers without Borders, in which she led to two energy projects in Latin America. She has a degree in environmental engineering from SUNY ESF, a masters of science at the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley.
Dimitry Gershenson is an Energy Access Program Manager at Facebook. Prior to his current role, Dimitry completed his MS at UC Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group, where he focused on decentralized electrification in East Africa, finance and investment for energy access, and the second-life applications of retired electric vehicle batteries. He received his Bachelors at Rutgers University, where he studied Natural Resource Management and Spanish. Dimitry is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served over 2 years working as a Protected Areas Management Advisor in Honduras.