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Ilya Chernyakhovskiy
Ilya Chernyakhovskiy

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Ilya Chernyakhovskiy is the project lead and co-author of the Greening the Grid platform under the USAID-NREL partnership. He leads grid integration analysis and capacity building efforts in South and Central Asia countries, including India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Prior to joining NREL, Ilya was a researcher in economic development at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. He holds a M.Sc. in Resource Economics and Econometrics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Nate Blair
Nate Blair

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Nate Blair manages the Distributed Systems and Storage Analysis group within the Strategic Energy Analysis Center (SEAC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Nate has twenty-five years of experience in energy systems modeling and energy analysis. Before NREL, he worked at the Univ. of WI – Solar Energy Laboratory, Global Energy Partners, and Thermal Energy System Specialists, Transsolar, CSTB (France) and at Sandia National Laboratories, Nate has a B.A. Physics (1992) from Gustavus Adolphus College before a M.S.M.E. (1993) and an MBA (2002) from the UW-Madison. His 17 years at NREL include roles developing the System Advisor Model (SAM) and PVWatts – both well-known system modeling tools - as well as the ReEDS electric grid planning model. He currently manages a growing capability around distribution technology and storage analysis. Recently, he worked on assignment at the ESMAP program within the World Bank from 2015-2016 providing technical support on renewables and specifically variable renewable grid integration.

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Dr. David Jacobs
Dr. David Jacobs

International Energy Transition (IET)

Dr. David Jacobs is Managing Director and founder of the consulting firm IET – International Energy Transition GmbH. He has 15 years of experience in energy policy design. He is lecturer for Renewable Energy Policy at the Hertie School of Governance. Previously, he was lecturer for energy and climate related topics at the Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Applied Sciences HTW (Berlin). In addition, he was acting project director of the Transdisciplinary Panel on Energy Change at the Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam and director of renewable energy projects at the consulting firm IFOK. His research focuses on financing, policies and framework conditions for renewable energy sources. Mr. Jacobs has an academic background in Economics and Languages and a PhD in political science. He worked as a renewable energy policy consultant for many governments and international organizations. He authored more than 75 articles, reports, books and book chapters on sustainable energy policy design. He worked in a number of emerging economies and developing countries, including Azerbaijan, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Malaysia, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, Tunisia, Taiwan, Ukraine, and Vietnam. In addition, he presented on renewable energy framework design in more than 35 jurisdictions and gave advice to policymakers from more than 65 countries world-wide. Dr. Jacobs serves as expert for the Clean Energy Solution Center.

Christina Becker Birck
Christina Becker Birck

Cadmus

Christina Becker-Birck is Vice President of International Programs at Cadmus, where she leads the firm’s international development, sustainability and energy teams. An expert in renewable energy, climate resilience, international development, facilitation, and stakeholder engagement, Christina Becker-Birck works closely with national governments, financial institutions, and companies on program design, implementation, and strategies to reduce investment barriers. She has worked around the world and brings deep experience supporting countries on reaching their energy and resilience goals through the design and implementation of policies, plans, programs and regulations. Ms. Becker-Birck has worked around the world and in Asia she has supported clean energy and resilience projects in India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, and Vietnam. Prior to joining Cadmus she held positions with Meister Consultants Group, Deutsche Bank, and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Ms. Becker-Birck holds a Masters of Public Policy and Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies and Business Management.

Brian Hedman
Brian Hedman

Cadmus

Brian Hedman is an executive director at Cadmus, with more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry. Since joining Cadmus in 2002, he has managed more than 100 integrated resource planning, energy-efficiency and DSM-related projects, ranging from evaluation of residential and small commercial incentive programs to studies for large commercial and industrial custom programs. Before joining Cadmus in 2002, Mr. Hedman was employed at PacifiCorp for 20 years, where he held a variety of regulatory and DSM-related positions, including manager of Integrated Resource Planning, manager of Rates and Regulation, and manager of Demand Side Management Policy. He led the development of PacifiCorp’s 6th Integrated Resource Plan, and was a member of the company’s Environmental Policy Advisory Committee, where he was responsible for establishing policy and gaining regulatory approval for PacifiCorp's energy-efficiency programs. Mr. Hedman holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington and a Masters degree in Economics from Portland State University. He has been published in The Electricity Journal and Public Utilities Fortnightly.

Chad Laurent
Chad Laurent

Cadmus

Chad Laurent is a Principal at Cadmus where he leads the firm’s Sustainability & Energy Practice. He is an expert in sustainable energy laws and policy design. He has supported the analysis and development of energy policies in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, Europe and North America in partnership with organizations such as the World Bank, the Organization of American States, the United Nations, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory.In Asia he has supported clean energy and resilience projects in India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, and Vietnam. He has worked closely with local, state and national governments to design and implement renewable energy procurement pathways, model power purchase agreements, sustainable energy laws and policies. He has advised on the first solar net metering policy in Vietnam, developed a model power purchase agreement and PPA training for Trinidad and Tobago, and a model request for proposals for Antigua and Barbuda. He has also conducted a legal analysis of Indonesia’s solar PPA’s and geothermal feed-in tariff policy, and Azerbaijan’s draft renewable energy law. He contributed to the United Nations Environment Programme Law Drafters’ Guide that catalogues sustainable energy laws from more than 50 countries and provides sample text and guidance for policymakers in support of various renewable energy policy frameworks and goals. He holds a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School where he was a Rappaport Honors Fellow in Law and Public Policy (in collaboration with the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at Harvard University), and a B.S. from the University of Michigan in Environmental Policy & Behavior and Natural Resource Ecology & Management. He is a professionally trained mediator and facilitator, and is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar.

Joseph Wyder
Joseph Wyder

ITP Renewables

Joe has extensive experience in the renewable energy sector, covering research, modelling, economics, regulations, micro-grids and integrating renewable generation into diesel powered mini-grids. At ITP Renewables, Joe manages a range of our energy policy, feasibility studies and deployment projects. In 2015, Joe was seconded to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency to assist with technical and knowledge sharing aspects for the Regional Australia’s Renewables program. His experience prior to ITP Renewables includes working within the Australian Government on energy market reform, the development of the Renewable Energy Target, as well as designing and delivering renewable energy programs and assessing proposals. Joe has Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma (Energy Studies) from Murdoch University.

Muriel Watt
Muriel Watt

ITP Renewables

Muriel is highly regarded internationally for her expertise in solar and energy policy. She has worked with government agencies, universities and industry in the areas of renewable energy development, policy and application since 1980. Significant past appointments include Associate Professor, School of PV and Renewable Energy Engineering, University of NSW, Chair of the Australian PV Institute, Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society, Chair of the Policy Group for the Australian CRC for Renewable Energy, Australian Executive Committee member on the IEA PV Power Systems (PVPS) Implementing Agreement, member of the Australian Solar Institute Research Advisory Committee and member of the Solar Flagship Education Infrastructure Fund Advisory Board. Muriel has a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) from the University of New England and PhD from Murdoch University. Muriel is currently appointed to the Advisory Panel for Zero Emissions Byron.

James Hazelton
James Hazelton

ITP Renewables

James is an engineer and energy expert with over 10 years’ experience in the industry. As part of his PhD, he developed tools to reduce risk and improving the development outcomes of renewable energy mini-grid projects globally. He has previously held roles as a Commercial Analyst and Operational Team Leader at Infigen Energy, where he established the Operations Control Centre to manage over 550MW of renewable energy assets in the National Electricity Market (NEM) and the South West Interconnected System (SWIS). James has led and managed a variety of projects for ITP Renewables, most recently in the central Pacific where he supervised and managed a joint EU and New Zealand electrification program which interconnected 4 micro-grids on the largest coral atoll in the world. James has a Bachelor of Renewable Energy Engineering (Honours) from the University of New South Wales and a PhD in Engineering from the University of New South Wales.

Alexandra Aznar
Alexandra Aznar

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Alexandra Aznar is a project leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden Colorado. She works on clean energy policies and provides technical assistance to national and subnational policymakers. She lead’s the USAID-NREL Distributed PV Program. She holds a Masters of Public Affairs (M.P.A) with a concentration on energy and climate change policy from Indiana University and a B.A. in Government from Claremont McKenna College.

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Owen Zinaman
Owen Zinaman

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Owen Zinaman is a senior analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He provides targeted analysis, technical assistance, and training to energy offices, regulatory bodies, and electric utilities, and has authored more than 50 reports on the modernization of electricity systems. He has worked extensively with stakeholders in the United States and around the world, including South Africa, Mexico, India, Colombia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Also, Owen has worked as an independent consultant for the International Energy Agency, the International Renewable Energy Agency, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the 21st Century Power Partnership, and other organizations promoting best practices for power system transformation. He specializes in utility rate design and business model innovation, long-term power sector planning, distributed generation policy and program design, and strategies to support the integration of renewable energy into power systems. He received his Masters degree in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, with a focus on science and technology public policy.

Mohit Joshi
Mohit Joshi

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Mohit Joshi is a member of the Grid Systems Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center. He joined NREL in 2019. His work focuses on the integration of renewables in the power system, including strategies to make this integration efficient and effective. Prior to joining NREL, Mohit worked with National Load Despatch Centre (NLDC) of India, which is the apex body for power system operation in the country. He has more than a decade of experience in the power sector, with a focus on power system modeling, operations and planning, electricity markets, regulatory and policy issues, and implementing key power system reforms in India such as point of connection transmission pricing, deviation, settlement mechanisms, ancillary services, etc.

Jeff Logan
Jeff Logan

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Jeffrey Logan has nearly 30 years of experience in energy policy analysis, low-carbon market development, energy security, and strategic planning. Over the past 12 years at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), he has led innovative work on international power sector transformation, beneficial electrification, natural gas and renewable energy synergies, renewable energy policy design, and collaboration with key developing countries. He currently manages the 21st Century Power Partnership, a key initiative under the Clean Energy Ministerial. He also leads the Policy and Analysis Group at the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Logan served as Special Advisor and Review Editor for the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation, published in 2011. He had previous positions at the U.S. Congressional Research Service, the World Resources Institute, the International Energy Agency, and Pacific Northwest National Lab. Logan has served as an advisor to the World Bank, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and an assortment of utilities and policymakers around the world. He has published approximately 90 technical reports and journal articles, and testified to Congress 5 times. Logan spent 5 years living in Nepal, Mainland China and Taiwan, and has spoken around the world on energy and climate change topics. Logan has undergraduate degrees in aerospace engineering and liberal arts from Pennsylvania State University, and graduate degrees in public administration and environmental science from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA).

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