Rabah Arezki

Chief, Commodities Unit, International Monetary Fund Research Department

Rabah Arezki is the Chief of the Commodities Unit in the Research Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He is also affiliated with several other institutions, including the University of Oxford and the Brookings Institution, and the CESifo. He has over 10 years of experience in research and economic policy. During his career at the Fund, he has advised many governments in Middle East and Africa and led and co-authored several country reports and multilateral surveillance documents including for the World Economic Outlook and the Spillover Report. Dr. Arezki has written extensively on energy and other commodities. He has published widely in academic and other journals and he is the Editor of the IMF Research Bulletin.

Dr. Arezki has co-edited two books published by the International Monetary Fund. The first, entitled Beyond the Curse: Policies to Harness the Power of Natural Resources, was published in 2011. The second co-edited book on Commodity Price Volatility and Inclusive Growth in Low-Income Countries was published in 2012. He also served as guest co-editor for several special issues of academic journals including the Journal of International Money and Finance and the Journal of Money Credit and Banking. He obtained his M.Sc. from the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique in Paris, France and his Ph.D. from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

Joseph J. Berry

Senior Research Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Joe Berry is the team lead for the National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV) hybrid-perovskite solar cell program at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He is a graduate of the Penn State Department of Physics, receiving his Ph.D. for work on spin physics of magnetic II-VI, III-V and hybrid metallic/semiconductor systems. After earning his Ph.D., he was awarded a National Research Council Fellowship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST/JILA), where he worked on the development and application of high-resolution spectroscopic techniques to solid-state electro-optical systems, including self-assembled quantum dots and related nanostructures.

Since joining NREL, Dr. Berry has worked on a range of next generation photovoltaic materials and devices with an emphasis on relating basic interfacial properties to device level performance. He has worked on these issues in several Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) to connect basic science developments to technological applications. His work at NREL continues to focus on addressing semiconductor heterostructure systems, but has moved beyond traditional compound semiconductor systems to include oxide, organic, and other hybrid semiconducting materials of technological relevance. His research interests have led to his current work as team lead on the metal-halide perovskite solar cells systems, a next generation technology of considerable interest.

Emily A. Carter

Founding Director, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment;
Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment;
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics

Emily Carter is the Founding Director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment, and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University. Her current research is focused entirely on developing and applying quantum mechanics methods to enable design of molecules and materials for sustainable energy, including converting sunlight to electricity and fuels, providing clean electricity from solid oxide fuel cells, clean and efficient biofuel combustion, optimizing lightweight metal alloys for fuel-efficient vehicles, and characterizing hydrogen isotope incorporation into plasma facing components of fusion reactors. Professor Carter received her B.S. in chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1982 (graduating Phi Beta Kappa) and her Ph.D. in chemistry from Caltech in 1987. The author of over 325 publications, she has delivered more than 485 invited lectures all over the world and serves on numerous international advisory boards spanning a wide range of disciplines.  Her scholarly work has been recognized by a number of national and international awards and honors from a variety of entities, including election to the National Academy of Sciences in 2008. You can learn more about her at http://carter.princeton.edu.

Shaun Chapman

Vice President, Policy and Electricity Markets, Solar City

Shaun Chapman is a renowned expert on renewable energy policy. He has been recognized by the Alliance for Clean Energy New York for outstanding leadership on clean energy leadership. He was a lead author of the nationally recognized “Feeding the Grid;” a survey of national best practices in net energy metering and photovoltaic interconnection policy. He has served on the board of directors for the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Business Association (REEBA) in Connecticut, as President of the New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA), and State Policy Chair for multiple states on the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) state policy committees. Mr. Chapman has been involved in the passage and protection of clean energy programs in over a dozen states. He oversees state and local electricity policy and markets in the Eastern U.S. for SolarCity. He has degrees in economics from Hartwick College and the University of Essex, and is a resident of Brooklyn, New York.

Paul Chirik

Associate Director for External Partnerships, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment;
Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Chemistry

Paul Chirik joined the Princeton University faculty as the Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Chemistry in 2011 and was appointed Associate Director for External Partnerships at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment in 2015. He is a pioneer in developing catalytic processes that rely on earth abundant transition metals, rather than more commonly used precious metals. His research group currently has collaborations in the pharmaceutical, petrochemical, fine and commodity chemical, and flavor and fragrance industries. He has published over 140 peer-reviewed papers and is an inventor on approximately 15 patents. Professor Chirik, a Philadelphia native, earned his B.S. in chemistry from Virginia Tech and his Ph. D. from Caltech. Following postdoctoral studies at MIT, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Cornell University in 2001and was named the Peter J. W. Debye Professor of Chemistry in 2009. His research and teaching have been recognized with an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, the Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists, a Packard Fellowship in science and engineering, a Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award, and an NSF CAREER Award. He has delivered over 300 lectures around the world and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Organometallics.

William L. Hallisey

Managing Partner, NewWorld Capital Group

William (Bill) L. Hallisey co-founded NewWorld Capital Group in June 2009 and is a Managing Partner. Before NewWorld, he was a Managing Director at GSC Group, a private equity firm, where he focused on deal origination and Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) investments. Prior to GSC, Mr. Hallisey managed private equity investments for Berggruen Holdings, a private-equity firm committed to theme investing in resource scarcity. Previously, Mr. Hallisey was a senior executive in the asset management and investment banking areas of ING Capital, with responsibility for managing private equity and institutional capital. Earlier, he originated and executed transactions for General Electric Capital and managed units in asset management, life insurance, leasing and principal investments for Xerox Financial Services.

Mr. Hallisey has broad experience in evaluating and executing environmental investments, including responsibility for financial, management, and regulatory matters. He was the business manager for ING Capital, responsible for the integration of strategy and operations in the Americas after the acquisition of Furman Selz and was on the management and operating committees at ING Direct. Mr. Hallisey graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in economics and political science and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Anne Hoskins

Commissioner, Maryland Public Service Commission

Anne Hoskins serves on the Maryland Public Service Commission, where she regulates electric, gas, telecommunications and transportation network services. As a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), Ms. Hoskins chairs the International Relations Committee and is a member of the NARUC Board of Directors and NARUC Committee on Gas. Prior to joining the Commission, she served as a Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton University in the Andlinger Center on Energy and the Environment where she conducted policy research on distributed generation.

Ms. Hoskins previously worked in the areas of energy, environmental, and telecommunications policy and law through positions at the Public Service Enterprise Group, Verizon Wireless, Bell Atlantic, and the law firm of McCarter and English. Earlier in her career, she served as a policy adviser in the New Jersey Governor’s Office and managed economic policy initiatives at a Washington, D.C.-based policy research and advocacy organization. Ms. Hoskins earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1994, an M.P.A. in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1986, and a B.S. in applied economics from Cornell University in 1984. She is admitted to practice law in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and New Jersey.

Marcus N. Hultmark

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Marcus Hultmark is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University.  His research interests include a variety of problems related to fluid mechanics, with a focus on problems involving turbulence, such as heat and mass transfer, as well as drag reduction and wind energy. An important part of his research is the development and evaluation of new sensing techniques to investigate these phenomena with high accuracy, including velocity, temperature and humidity sensors. Professor Hultmark received his M.Sc. degree from Chalmers University in Sweden and his Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo

Theodora D. ’78 and William H. Walton III ’74 Professor in Engineering;
Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Lynn Loo is the Theodora D. ’78 and William H. Walton III ’74 Professor in Engineering at Princeton University. In the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, her research emphasizes the structural development of complex materials for low-cost, lightweight and scalable plastic circuits and solar cells. Her work has spanned solution-processable molecular semiconductors, conducting polymers, and, of late, hybrid organic-inorganic composites. With her 2012-2013 work at NewWorld Capital Group, a private equity firm that focuses on investments in environmental opportunities, Professor Loo’s research has expanded to include macro-energy-systems analysis and carbon balance for processes that generate liquid fuels. Professor Loo received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2001. She is a fellow of the American Physical Society, has been recognized as a Top 100 Young Innovator by MIT’s Technology Review, and received the Alan P. Colburn Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the John H. Dillon Medal of the American Physical Society, and Sloan and Beckman Fellowships. She is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and was selected as a Blavatnik finalist in 2015.

Franklin (Lynn) Orr

Under Secretary for Science and Energy
U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Franklin (Lynn) Orr was sworn in as the Under Secretary for Science and Energy in December 2014. As the Under Secretary, Dr. Orr is principal advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on clean energy technologies and science and energy research initiatives.  In this role, he oversees DOE’s offices of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Fossil Energy, Indian Energy Policy and Programs, Nuclear Energy, and Science.  In total, these programs steward the majority of DOE’s National Laboratories (13 of 17).

Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Dr. Orr was the Keleen and Carlton Beal Professor Emeritus in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University. He joined Stanford in 1985.  He served as the founding director of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University from 2009 to 2013.  He was the founding director of the Stanford Global Climate and Energy Project from 2002 to 2008, and served as Dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford from 1994 to 2002. 

Dr. Orr holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. from Stanford University, both in chemical engineering.

Ismael Arciniegas Rueda

Head of Structuring and Product Management, PSEG Energy Resources and Trade

Ismael Arciniegas Rueda is a commodities professional with 13 years of international experience (U.S., Canada, Latin America) in energy risk management, pricing, structuring, fundamental analysis, and business development. He has broad expertise in both wholesale and retail energy markets. He is a published author on quantitative finance applied to energy markets. Currently, Mr. Rueda is Director of Structuring and Product Management at PSEG Energy Resources and Trade and he is a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Master in Quantitative Finance Program at Rutgers University. Mr. Rueda holds a Ph.D. in economics from SUNY Albany.

Nathan Serota

Analyst, U.S. Solar and Clean Energy Economics
Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Nathan Serota is a U.S. Solar and Clean Energy Economics Analyst for Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). His responsibilities include covering, interpreting, and forecasting developments in U.S. photovoltaic markets, with a main focus on the ‘downstream’ elements of solar (deployment) and where investment risks and opportunities lie. Mr. Serota has also completed research on the clean energy debt capital markets (green bonds and solar securitisation), power purchase agreements (PPAs), and regional electricity markets. Prior to joining BNEF, Mr. Serota worked as an investment banking analyst at Citigroup and completed climate science research at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He holds an A.B. in geosciences (cum laude) from Princeton University, where he studied climate science and energy policy.

Ronnie Sircar

Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering

Ronnie Sircar is Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University, and is affiliated with the Bendheim Center for Finance and the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics. He received his doctorate from Stanford University, and taught for three years at the University of Michigan in the Department of Mathematics. He has received continuing National Science Foundation research grants since 1998. Professor Sircar was a recipient of the E-Council Excellence in Teaching Award for his teaching in 2002, 2005 and 2006, and the Howard B. Wentz Jr. Junior Faculty Award in 2003. His research interests center on financial mathematics, stochastic volatility models, energy markets and exhaustible resources, credit risk, asymptotic and computational methods, portfolio optimization and stochastic control problems, and stochastic differential games. He is a co-author of the book Multiscale Stochastic Volatility for Equity, Interest-Rate and Credit Derivatives, published by Cambridge University Press in 2011.

Daniel A. Steingart

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

Daniel Steingart is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University. Previously, he was an assistant professor of chemical engineering at the City College of New York, a founding faculty member of the CUNY Energy Institute, and the founding director of the Kaylie Prize in Entrepreneurship at the Zahn Center. Since 2010, he has been a key member of two ARPA-E projects relating to next-generation electrical grid systems. The first project will realize a 5000 cycle battery that costs $100/kWhr. The second project will create a process to scale solid state capacitors for applications in power conversion and power factor correction.

Beyond these projects, Professor Steingart has developed a printing process for electrochemical energy storage, distributed sensors for large scale electrochemical processes, and thermoelectric power conversion circuitry for wireless sensor nodes in both academic and industrial laboratories. As a co-founder of Wireless Industrial Technologies (WIT), he was the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR. As a graduate student at UC Berkeley, he was an Intel Scholar, received an NSF EAPSI grant to study inkjet printing in Japan, received the Daniel Cubicciotti Award from the Electrochemical Society, and received a design award from the International Solid States Circuits Conference. He earned his Sc.B. from Brown University (with honors), and his M.S. and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley.

Sander L. van der Linden

Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Department of Psychology, and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Sander van der Linden is a social-psychologist based in the Department of Psychology at Princeton University, with joint appointments in the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is also a research affiliate at the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication at Yale University. At Princeton, Dr. van der Linden conducts behavioral decision research and directs the environmental decision-making group. His research has received numerous awards from institutions such as the American Psychological Association (APA), the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP), and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). His work has appeared in a variety of prestigious peer-reviewed journals such as Perspectives on Psychological Science, the Journal of Environmental Psychology and Nature Climate Change. Dr. van der Linden’s research has been widely publicized in the media, including outlets such as Scientific American (Mind), the Washington Post and the New York Times. His research explores the psychology of risk, judgment, communication and decision-making in a variety of societal contexts, with a particular focus on understanding pro-social and pro-environmental behavior and decision-making. He received his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Fabian Wagner

Visiting Research Scholar, the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs;
Gerhard R. Andlinger Visiting Professor in Energy and the Environment

Since fall 2014, Fabian Wagner is the Gerhard R. Andlinger Visiting Professor for Energy and the Environment at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, and visiting lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is visiting from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg (Austria), an international research organization with member organizations in 20 countries (including the U.S., Russia, China, India, and Brazil) that addresses challenges that are too large for a single country, generation or discipline to solve. Since joining IIASA in 2004, he uses optimization models and large-scale databases to support European institutions and member state governments to design cost-effective energy, climate change, and air pollution policies.

Professor Wagner holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics, master’s degrees in mathematics and in history and philosophy of science, and a Diploma in Russian, all from Cambridge University in the UK. After serving as a postdoctoral fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and UC Berkeley, and a holding a visiting fellowship at the Hamburg Institute for International Economics, he spent a year with the greenhouse gas inventory program of the Intergovernmental Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Japan. He has regularly consulted for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat on methods, inventories, emission projections and targets.

Wei Xiong

Hugh Leander and Mary Trumbull Adams Professor for the Study of Investment and Financial Markets; Professor of Economics

Wei Xiong is Hugh Leander and Mary Trumbull Adams Professor in Finance and Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics and Bendheim Center for Finance, Princeton University. His research interests center on capital market imperfections and behavioral finance. He has published in top economics and finance journals on a wide range of topics, such as speculative bubbles, asset pricing with heterogeneous beliefs, asset market contagion, limited investor attention, non-standard investor preferences, rollover risk, and other financing frictions faced by firms. His current research interests focus on financialization of commodity markets, belief distortions in the recent financial crisis, and China’s financial markets.

Professor Xiong has received various awards, including the 2012 Smith Breeden Award (first prize) for the best non-corporate finance paper published in Journal of Finance and the 2013 NASDAQ OMX Award for the best asset pricing paper presented at the Western Finance Association Annual Meeting. He received his Ph.D. in finance from Duke University in 2001 and B.S. in physics from University of Science and Technology of China in 1993. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and had been the finance editor of Management Science in 2009-2011.