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Leslie Biddle
Partner and President, Serengeti Asset Management

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 Brinton
Executive General Manager New Energy & Chair of the Global Advisory Board

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
Senior Advisor, Dentons

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
Chairman of the Advisory Board, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

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
Founder and Managing Partner, DBL Partners

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.

Dame Fiona Woolf, DBE
Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna LLP

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.