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The Honorable Kelly Ayotte

Former U.S. Senator, New Hampshire; Senior Adviser, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions

Kelly Ayotte served in the United States Senate from 2011-2016, where she chaired the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and the Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations.  She also served on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Aging... more

Jeffrey Ball

Scholar-in-Residence, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Lecturer, Stanford Law School

Jeffrey Ball is a writer whose work focuses on energy and the environment. Ball’s writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Fortune, the New Republic, Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Slate, among other publications. At the Steyer-Taylor Center for... more

Sally Benson

Professor of Energy Resources Engineering

Sally M. Benson, who joined Stanford University in 2007, is the co-director of Stanford's Precourt Institute. A Professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences; she studies technologies and pathways to reducing greenhouse... more

Jeffrey D. Brown

Research Fellow, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance; Lecturer in Management, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Jeffrey D. Brown is a Lecturer for the joint Law School/Business School course “Clean Energy Project Development and Finance”, co-taught with Professor Dan Reicher and fellow Lecturer Dave Rogers. In that course, first taught in Winter 2015, the instructors expose law, business, and engineering... more

David Fedor

Research Analyst, Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy, Hoover Institution

David Fedor is a research analyst on the Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy. He has worked in energy and the environment across China, Japan, and the United States. Formerly at the Asia Pacific Energy Research Center and Stanford’s Collaboratory for Research on... more

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Anne Finucane

Vice Chairman at Bank of America; Chairman of the Board of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Europe

Anne M. Finucane is vice chairman at Bank of America and also serves as chairman of the board of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Europe. As a member of the executive management team, Finucane is responsible for the strategic positioning of Bank of America and leads the company’s environmental,... more

Spencer P. Glendon

Senior Managing Director, Partner, and Macroanalyst, Wellington Management

Spencer helps lead the firm in analysis and discussion of economic, thematic, and social issues around the world. He pursues an active, idiosyncratic research agenda on topics ranging from climate change to the relationships between data, markets, and society. Prior to joining Wellington... more

Kate Gordon

Senior Advisor, Paulson Institute

Kate Gordon is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of clean energy and economic development. She provides strategic project and policy advice to a variety of foundation, NGO, and corporate clients, including as a Senior Advisor at the Paulson Institute, where she provides... more

Thomas Heller

Lewis Talbot and Nadine Hearn Shelton Professor of International Legal Studies, Emeritus

An expert in international law and legal institutions, Thomas C. Heller has focused his research on the rule of law, international climate control, global energy use, and the interaction of government and nongovernmental organizations in establishing legal structures in the developing world. He... more

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The Honorable John Kerry

Former U.S. Secretary of State; Chairman, Bank of America Global Advisory Council

John Kerry served as the United States’ 68th Secretary of State from 2013 to 2017. As America’s top diplomat, he guided the Department’s strategy on nuclear nonproliferation, combating radical extremism, and the threat of climate change. His tenure was marked by the successful negotiation of the... more

Joaquim Levy

Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, World Bank Group

As Managing Director and World Bank Group Chief Financial Officer, Joaquim Levy is responsible for the financial and risk management strategies of the World Bank Group and for the institutions that make up the Group. This includes development of new, innovative financial products and services,... more

Priscilla Lu

Managing Director, Sustainable Investments Alternatives and Real Assets, Deutsche Bank

Priscilla joined Deutsche Bank in January 2014 as Managing Director of Sustainable Investments Alternatives and Real Assets for Deutsche Asset Management in Asia. She heads up private equity and asset management investments for clean energy and environment industries in China, and is on the... more

Dr. Arun Majumdar

Director, Precourt Institute for Energy, Jay Precourt Professor, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and of Photon Science and, by courtesy, of Materials Science and Engineering

Dr. Arun Majumdar is the Jay Precourt Provostial Chair Professor at Stanford University, a faculty member of the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering (by courtesy) and co-Director of the Precourt Institute for Energy, which integrates and coordinates... more

Ashby Monk

Executive Director, Stanford Global Projects Center, Stanford University

Dr. Ashby Monk is the Executive and Research Director of the Stanford Global Projects Center. He is also a Senior Research Associate at the University of Oxford and a Senior Advisor to the Chief Investment Officer of the University of California. Dr. Monk has a strong track record of... more

Neha Palmer

Head of Energy Strategy, Global Infrastructure, Google Inc.

Neha Palmer has close to 20 years of experience in the energy sector.  She began her career at Pacific Gas and Electric, where she held roles on the Engineering, Energy Supply and Trading, Renewables, and Corporate Development teams. In addition, Neha spent time on Wall Street at Goldman, Sachs... more

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Dan Reicher

Executive Director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance; Lecturer, Stanford Law School

Dan Reicher is Executive Director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University, a joint center of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School, where he also holds faculty positions. Reicher came to Stanford in 2011 from Google, where he... more

Purna Saggurti

Chairman of Global Corporate & Investment Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Purna Saggurti is ​Chairman of Global Corporate & Investment Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York. The Global Corporate and Investment Banking business had $12.5 Billion in revenue in 2016 and the Investment Bank was ranked #3 globally. Prior to being named to his current role... more

Alicia Seiger

Managing Director, Sustainable Finance Initiative, Precourt Institute for Energy

Alicia Seiger is a lecturer at Stanford Law School and leads sustainable and energy finance initiatives at Stanford law and business schools and the Precourt Institute for Energy. A serial entrepreneur and pioneer of new business models, Alicia was at the forefront of the web advertising and... more

Gireesh Shrimali

Social Science Research Scholar

Gireesh Shrimali is a Precourt Scholar at the Sustainable Finance Initiative at Stanford University. He is also a visiting scholar at the Energy Technologies Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab as well as at the Center for Climate Finance and Investment at Imperial College. Previously, he... more

George Shultz

Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution

George P. Shultz is the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Advisory Council Chair of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford. He leads Hoover's Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy, which addresses energy policy in the U.S. and its... more

Sumant Sinha

Chairman & CEO, ReNew Power

Sumant Sinha is the Founder Chairman and CEO of ReNew Power, one of India’s largest clean energy companies.  In a matter of six years since the company was founded, ReNew Power has organically grown to own over 3,000 MW of commissioned and under-construction clean energy assets (for... more

Theresa Whitmarsh

Executive Director, Washington State Investment Board

Theresa J. Whitmarsh is Executive Director of the Washington State Investment Board, one of the United States’ leading institutional investors, managing nearly $116.5 billion of state pension, insurance, and other assets. The WSIB is a leader in private asset investing, with private equity, real... more

Raymond Wood

Managing Director, Global Head of Power, Utilities & Renewables, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Ray serves as a Managing Director and Head of the Global Power, Utilities & Renewables Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He leads coverage teams across the industry landscape of regulated utilities, independent power, clean energy and global manufacturing as well as private equity and... more

The Honorable Betty T. Yee

California State Controller

State Controller Betty T. Yee was elected in November 2014, following two terms of service on the California Board of Equalization.  As Controller, she continues to serve the Board as its fifth voting member. Ms. Yee was first elected to the Board of Equalization in 2006 where she... more