Energy Innovation Conference

Friday, February 16, 2024

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

UCLA Anderson School of Management

What are leaders in energy and sustainability focused on now and over the next decade? Hosted by UCLA Anderson's Energy and Cleantech Association and Center for Impact, the February 16th, 2024 Energy Innovation Conference revealed the innovation and opportunities that surround the cleantech space. Immersed in this year's theme of "Accelerating Cleantech Innovation," participants gained valuable perspectives as industry and public sector leaders discussed practical plans for innovation and adoption. The electrifying event highlighted how these leaders are contributing to an important era of energy transition, influencing the landscape through 2030 and beyond!

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2024 Energy Innovation Gallery

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8:00 – 9:00 a.m. 
Check-in and Breakfast
9:00 – 9:10 a.m.
Opening Remarks by Dean Tony Bernardo
9:10 – 9:55 a.m.
Keynote Matt Petersen, President and CEO, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator​
10:05 – 10:30 a.m.
Fireside Chat: ESG Challenges in High-Impact Industries
  • John Cook, Senior Director of Sustainability, Niagara Bottling
  • Bonnie Nixon, ESG and Sustainability Director, Long Beach Container Terminal
  • Moderator: Maggie Delmas, Faculty Director, Center for Impact at UCLA Anderson School of Management
10:40 – 11:05 a.m.
Fireside Chat: Future of Mobility​
  • Tom Solomon, Senior Director of Business Development, Rivian
  • Eric Walli, Assistant VP and Regional Planning Division Manager, Honda
  • Moderator: Sagar Pande (FEMBA '25), Co-Founder, Blaze Power
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Role of Governments in Cleantech: Global Insights, Local Impact
  • Mike Gatto​ (B.A. '96), Senior Managing Partner, Actium LLP
  • Katja Kotala, Senior Advisor, Business Finland
  • Christine Loh, Chief Development Strategist, Institute for the Environment, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Ariana Vito, Senior Sustainability Analyst, City of Santa Monica​​
  • Moderator: Ken Chawkins​ (B.A. '85), Lecturer, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
1:20 – 2:20 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
  • Microgrids for Resilience
  • SoCal Cleantech Startup Innovations
    • Kyle Brauer (B.A. '17, '23), CEO and Co-Founder, Pencil Energy
    • Zora Chung, Co-Founder and CFO, ReJoule
    • Terry O'Day ('04), Co-Founder and COO, InCharge Energy
    • Moderator: Smita Satiani, Climate Policy Advisor and Co-Founder, Alaya Tea
  • Evolving Role of Hydrogen​
    • Jawaad Malik, Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer, SoCalGas
    • Arnaud Namer (CERT '16), COO, Universal Hydrogen
    • Julia Thayne, Senior Principal, Climate-Aligned Industries, RMI
    • Moderator: Cameron Eibl ('24), Program Associate, EDF Renewables
2:30 - 3:15 p.m.
Unleashing the Power of AI to Drive Sustainable Futures
3:15 - 3:25 p.m.
Closing Remarks by Nurit Katz (M.P.P. '08, '08), UCLA Chief Sustainability Officer
3:25 - 5:00 p.m.
Networking Reception

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