Leslie D. Biddle is a partner and the president of Serengeti where she heads the risk committee and the firm’s energy research efforts. Previously, she was Global Head of Commodity Sales at Goldman Sachs and the CFO of the firm’s investments in the metals and mining sector. She was named managing director in 2004 and partner in 2006 and was a member of the firm’s Finance Committee, Business Practices Committee, Firmwide New Activity Committee, Structured Investment Products Committee and European Audit and Compliance Committees. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Ms. Biddle was a Vice President at The AES Corporation focusing on project finance and power plant development. She also served as a vice president at the Overseas Investment Corporation, providing political risk insurance and financing to U.S. companies expanding overseas. Leslie holds an A.B. from Colby College where she is vice chair of the Board of Trustees. She lives in New York City with her husband, George, and their three children and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Empire State Realty Trust (NYSE) and GoldMoney, Inc. (TSX).
Elisabeth has more than 25 years of experience growing companies and leading innovation across sectors including energy, technology, consumer food products and agriculture. Elisabeth joined AGL in September 2016 from New York Stock Exchange-listed Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) where she was Corporate Strategy Officer at the Unregulated Holding Company, running M&A, strategic investments and business strategy. She also led California’s exploration of New Energy Business Models, including policy changes that opened CAISO for Demand Response and other customer behind the meter innovations. Elisabeth was EVP of Operations for C3 Energy in Silican Valley leading development of IOT platform solutions for global energy companies. Previously Elisabeth was Chief Customer Officer for SMUD where under her leadership the utility achieved the #1 Customer Satisfaction Ranking for all energy retailers in North America. Earlier Elisabeth was an innovator in Silican Valley first as CEO and Founder of her own company which she grew and took to a successful exit and then as a member of the executive team at Loudcloud where she helped the company grow internationally and the IPO successfully. She is a science and humanities graduate of Principia College in Illinois, USA and is also a recipient of the prestigious Harry S Truman scholarship and a Lincoln Academy inductee, both in the USA.
Sydney McNiff Johnson is a senior advisor in Dentons’ global Energy practice, where she brings years of experience advising clients on domestic and international energy, environmental and government solutions within the government relations and public affairs arenas. Sydney routinely engages her strategic insight on project management for alternative energy and traditional energy clients, as well as her formidable communications strategies to increase client visibility and direct public opinion within government and commercial sectors. She is a skilled negotiator and facilitator with thought leaders and energy policy professionals on a global scale, and advises clients on current energy policy issues and long-term business decisions.
Michael Liebreich is Chairman of the Advisory Board of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the world’s leading provider of research for senior decision-makers in clean energy and transportation. He is also a Board Member of Transport for London, the capital’s transport authority, a member of the high-level advisory board of the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative and holds a variety of other directory and advisory positions in business and the non-profit sector. Michael founded New Energy Finance in 2004 and acted as Chairman and Chief Executive until selling it to Bloomberg LP in 2009. Now called Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the business is headquartered in London, with over 200 staff working out of 13 offices globally; its clients include most of the major ministries, investors, energy and technology companies in transport and energy.
Nancy E. Pfund is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners, a venture capital firm whose goal is to combine top- tier financial returns with meaningful social, environmental and economic returns in the regions and sectors in which it invests. Nancy is also the Founder of DBL Investors. As a leading player in the growing field of impact investing, DBL has helped to reveal the power of venture capital to promote social change and environmental improvement, and Ms. Pfund writes and speaks frequently of impact investing. Ms. Pfund currently sponsors or sits on the board of directors of several companies, including; Farmers Business Network, The Muse, Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Off- Grid Electric, Primus Power, and, prior to their public offerings, Tesla Motors and Pandora. She also served on the board of SolarCity from 2008 until its acquisition by Tesla in December 2016, on both the audit and compensation committees, and chairing its corporate governance committee; Prior to founding DBL Investors, Ms. Pfund was a Managing Director in Venture Capital at JPMorgan, having started her investment career at Hambrecht & Quist in 1984.
Previously, Ms. Pfund worked at Intel Corporation, the State of California, Stanford University and the Sierra Club. Ms. Pfund was featured #17 in the 2014 FORTUNE Inaugural World’s Top 25 Eco- Innovators; and appeared on Fast Company’s 2016 List of Most Creative People in Business. She serves on the Advisory Council of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University; the Advisory Board of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab); the UC Davis Center for Energy Efficiency, and co- chairs the Yale School of Management Program on Entrepreneurship. Ms. Pfund is also a Trustee of the National Geographic Society. She has been a Lecturer in Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Yale School of Management; and is a C3E Ambassador to the U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Program, led by the U.S. Department of Energy. She is also a founding officer and director of ABC2, a foundation aimed at accelerating a cure for brain cancer.
Ms. Pfund is the author, along with Benjamin Healey of the widely cited report on the history of U.S. energy subsidies entitled, “What Would Jefferson Do? The Historical Role of Federal Subsidies in Shaping America’s Energy Future”, co- authored with Michael Lazar, “Red, White & Green: The True Colors of America’s Clean Tech Jobs”, co- authored with Noah Walker, “Ask Saint Onofrio: Finding What Has Been Lost in A Tale of Two Energy Sources”, co- authored with Anand Chhabra, “Renewables Are Driving Up Electricity Prices: Wait, What?”, and co- authored with Kristofer Holz, “The 2017 Inauguration: Empowering a Clean Energy Nation”. Ms. Pfund received her BA and MA in anthropology from Stanford University, and her MBAfrom the Yale School of Management.
Fiona Woolf is an energy and infrastructure lawyer with CMS Cameron McKenna who has advised over 28 governments and the World Bank on energy reforms and infrastructure. She has 25 years’ experience in dealing with regulation, market design, implementation and major projects in the electricity industry – culminating in a CBE in 2002 for her contribution to the UK knowledge economy and invisible earnings. Much of her recent work has been for the World Bank on regional markets, regulation and infrastructure serving more than one country.