Opening Address

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Robert Armstrong

Director - MIT Energy Initiative

Robert Armstrong directs the MIT Energy Initiative, an Institute-wide initiative at MIT linking science, technology, and policy to transform the world’s energy systems. A member of the MIT faculty since 1973, Armstrong served as head of the Department of Chemical Engineering from 1996 to 2007. His research interests include polymer fluid mechanics, rheology of complex materials, and energy.

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Keynote Speakers

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Tony Seba

Co-Founder - RethinkX

Tony Seba is a world-renowned thought leader, author, speaker, educator and Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Seba is the author of the #1 Amazon best-selling book “Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation” and co-author of “Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030". He is the award-winning creator of the Seba Technology Disruption Framework™. His work focuses on technology disruption, the convergence of technologies, business model innovation, and product innovation that is leading to the disruption of the world’s major industries.  Seba has been a keynote speaker at hundreds of global events and organizations including Google, the European Commission, Davos, COP21, CLSA, J.P. Morgan, Nomura and Global Leaders Forum. He has taught thousands of entrepreneurs and corporate leaders at Stanford Continuing Studies. Seba has a Stanford MBA and an MIT degree in Computer Science and Engineering.


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Varun Sivaram

Philip D. Reed Fellow for Science and Technology - Council on Foreign Relations

Varun Sivaram is the Philip D. Reed fellow for science and technology at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also an adjunct professor at the Georgetown  University School of Foreign Service, a nonresident fellow at the Columbia University Center for Global Energy Policy, and a member of the advisory boards for the Stanford University Woods Institute for the Environment and Precourt Institute for Energy.

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MArk Z. Jacobson

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering - Stanford University

Mark Z. Jacobson is Director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Woods Institute for the Environment and of the Precourt Institute for Energy.



Petter Skantze

Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy - NextEra Energy

Petter is the Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy for NextEra Energy, engaged in M&A and Corporate Strategy across NextEra’s regulated and unregulated businesses. Prior to joining NextEra Petter was an investment banker at Deutsche Bank and Bear Stearns, and a strategy consultant with BCG. Petter received his BS, M.Eng. and PhD in Electrical Engineering from MIT.

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Jesse Jenkins

PhD Candidate and Researcher - MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society & MIT Energy Initiative

Jesse Jenkins is a PhD candidate at MIT's Institute for Data, Systems, and Society and a researcher at the MIT Energy Initiative. He conducts interdisciplinary research to improve policy and practice in the rapidly evolving electricity sector, with a focus on deep decarbonization and distributed energy resources.

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Closing Remarks

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Emily Reichert

CEO - Greentown Labs

Dr. Emily Reichert serves as Chief Executive Officer of Greentown Labs, the largest clean technology startup incubator in the United States. As the company's first employee, Emily has spearheaded the rapid growth of Greentown Labs into a global center for clean technology innovation, attracting visitors and partners from around the world.

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