Speakers

Angela Hultberg
Ikea Group | Head of Sustainable Mobility

She is leading the IKEA Group efforts in relation to the sustainable mobility agenda, reducing customer and co-worker travel emissions as well as achieving zero emission home deliveries and services. Previously, Angela was leading the sustainability work within Customer Fulfilment, focusing on creating a truly sustainable multichannel network for IKEA Group. This included lowering emissions, working with circular initiatives and waste reduction, supply chain management and much more. Angela holds a masters of law degree from Lund University and has worked for PwC and Scania before joining IKEA Group.

Anthony Eggert
ClimateWorks Foundation | Director

Anthony Eggert is a director at ClimateWorks Foundation which mobilizes philanthropy to solve the climate crisis and ensure a prosperous future. Anthony comes to ClimateWorks with 20 years of public and private sector experience working on clean energy technologies and policies. Prior to ClimateWorks, Anthony served as the founding director of the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy dedicated to leveraging university expertise to inform better policy. Anthony public sector experience includes serving as an appointee of Governors Jerry Brown and Arnold Schwarzenegger including as Senior Advisor to the Chair of the California Air Resources Board, Commissioner of the California Energy Commission and Deputy Secretary of California Environmental Protection Agency where he helped implement California’s landmark clean energy and climate policies. Anthony’s started his career as an automotive engineer and program manager at Ford Motor Company working on regulatory compliance and advanced vehicle technology development. Anthony received a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison and master degree in transportation technology and policy at UC Davis.

Dr. Anand R. Gopal
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation | Program Officer, Environment Program

Dr. Anand R. Gopal is a program officer in the Environment Program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Anand manages the program’s grantmaking on clean transportation within its climate and energy strategy. His grantmaking works at the intersection of transportation, electric power and related supply chains, supporting innovative approaches to transportation that give people more choice, flexibility, and connectivity, and that move goods and services more efficiently with the least possible greenhouse gas emissions. Previously Anand was a research scientist in clean energy and transportation at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). He led LBNL’s global research on transportation solutions for climate mitigation, and his research used interdisciplinary methods from engineering and economics to assess the intersection of electric power and transport. He has advised the development of policies to accelerate transport electrification in India, Europe, China and the United States. He is a member of the Transportation Research Board Committee on Alternative Transportation Fuels and Technologies. He has worked as a Research Engineer at the Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University and as a Guest Scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. He has a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from University of California, Berkeley, and M.S. in Environmental Systems Engineering from Humboldt State University and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.

Ben Mandel
CALSTART | Northeast Regional Director

Ben Mandel is Northeast Regional Director at CALSTART, where he works with private and public fleets to integrate cleaner, more efficient vehicle technologies. Ben leads CALSTART’s work on market acceleration and policy development in the Northeast, including administration of workplace electric vehicle charging and truck voucher incentive programs. Ben also works with regional partners on multi-state, market-driven policy solutions to reduce transportation emissions and elevate advanced technologies. Prior to joining CALSTART, Ben worked under Mayor Bill de Blasio at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, where he led policy development and implementation activities with City agencies on transportation and energy supply initiatives in pursuit of New York City’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% below 2005 levels by 2050. He also previously worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and was a fellow at NYU School of Law. Ben holds Masters degrees in Public Policy and Energy & Resources from UC-Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in Mathematical Economics and Hispanic Literature & Culture.

Bill Van Amburg
CALSTART | Executive Vice President

Bill Van Amburg is the Executive Vice President of CALSTART, the nation’s leading clean transportation technology organization. He has over 40 years of experience, including technology development, commercialization and marketing. He is considered an industry expert in advanced technologies for transportation. Bill is the Initiative leader for the medium- and heavy-duty truck and off-road equipment sector, the largest practice area at CALSTART. His responsibilities include heading up strategy and overseeing the Initiative's portfolio of activities as well as leading business development and other executive management activities for CALSTART. He and his team recently developed with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) a “beachhead” strategy for market transformation of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles for zero emission, low NOx and efficiency technology pathways that formed the basis for a multi-year investment plan. His teams also operate, among other projects, California HVIP, Drive Clean Chicago, New York Truck Voucher Incentive Project, High-efficiency Truck Users Forum (HTUF) and multiple technology development, demonstration and validation projects, from high-efficiency, ultra-low emission opposed piston engines for Class 8 trucks to all-electric and range extended drayage and delivery trucks and cargo handling equipment.

Caroline Watson
C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group | Program Director of Transportation

Caroline is Program Director of Transportation at C40 Cities. C40 represents over 90 of the world’s largest cities committed to tackling climate change. As part of a job share arrangement Caroline leads the strategic development of the transport program. Caroline also leads the Zero Emissions Vehicle Network, a network of global mega-cities striving to transition to zero emission vehicles. Caroline is working with city signatories of the C40 Fossil Fuel Free Streets Declaration to meet and exceed their commitments to procure only zero emission buses from 2025 and ensure a major area of their city is zero emissions by 2030. Previously, Caroline worked at environmental behavior change charity Global Action Plan where, as a Partner, she led their Air Quality Portfolio. Working with local authorities, cities, and the NHS, Caroline designed and delivered programmes to address dangerous air pollution. Prior to this, Caroline was Strategy Manager at the Energy Saving Trust managing electric vehicle research and delivery programmes. At EST she worked with business fleets to increase uptake of low carbon vehicles and chaired the Low Emission Vehicle Partnership car working group and the European Energy Network's Transport Working Group. Caroline has also worked as Policy Advisor in the UK's Environment Agency and as a Researcher to a Member of the UK Parliament. Caroline has a master’s degree in Environmental Politics.

Dawn Fenton
Volvo Group | Director of Sustainability & Public Affairs

Dawn Fenton serves as the Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs in the Volvo Group’s Washington, D.C. office, where she is responsible for coordinating the company’s North American CSR activities. Previously, Fenton spent six years as the Director of Policy at the Diesel Technology Forum, where she led the organization’s policy outreach and educational activities. She also spent five years working in the Washington, DC office of Asea Brown Boveri. Fenton has worked in the government relations field for more than 20 years across energy, environment, sustainability, foreign policy, and trade-related issues in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

David Peterson
ChargePoint, Inc. | Director, Fleet Solutions

David leads ChargePoint’s Fleet Solutions focused on developing market-leading products and services for light, medium and heavy-duty electric vehicle fleets. David joined ChargePoint from Nissan where he led teams focused on workplace charging, urban fast charging and network roaming for LEAF drivers, as well as working on innovative mobility pilots. Prior to Nissan, David was an investment analyst at ING Bank in Shanghai, and a project finance consultant to governments and private clients across Asia and the Middle East with AECOM Economics. He holds a BA in political science from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs (Institute of Transportation Studies).

Assembymember Eloise Gómez Reyes
California State Assembly | California’s 47th Assembly District

Eloise Gómez Reyes was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2016 to represent California’s 47th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Rialto, San Bernardino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy. Eloise, a proud daughter of immigrants, has been a champion for her community throughout her career. Eloise’s commitment to civic engagement is a culmination built over years of experience which goes back to her humble upbringing as a young girl picking grapes and onions in the fields with her family. Her determination, perseverance, and conviction to succeed has enabled her to be a voice for the voiceless and an asset for those requiring legal representation but are unable to afford it. Working alongside Legal Aid, she helped provide free legal services and represented the residents of the Inland Empire time and time again, giving dignity and providing proper representation to those in her community that needed it most. The lack of access to quality legal services in her community led her to become the first Latina to open her own law firm in the Inland Empire. Among her accomplishments, Eloise succeeded in representing the residents of Colton in their effort to prevent the development of a hazardous waste dump in their community. The lack of access to affordable health care led her to become a co-founder of the Inland Empire Community Health Center. She also served on the Dean’s Medical School Mission Committee for the University of California, Riverside. Her passion for civic engagement inspired her to a new career in higher education. As an adjunct professor at Cal Poly Pomona she continued to make an impact in the lives of students. For her excellence in the community work, she was a recipient of the Wiley Pro Bono Award from the California State Bar (1988–2015), and was recognized as Attorney of the Year from the Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association. She also served on the Executive Board for the Children’s Spine Foundation, the Board of Directors for the Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association, the San Bernardino Valley College Foundation, and the National Orange Show. Eloise graduated from Colton High School and received her A.A. from San Bernardino Valley College. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California, Eloise went on to earn her law degree from Loyola Law School. Eloise and her husband Frank reside in Grand Terrace and have a son, Kristopher.

Frank Rieck
Research Centre Sustainable Port Cities of the Rotterdam University of Applied Science | Research Professor Smart e-Mobility

Frank Rieck is Research Professor Smart e-Mobility at the Research Centre Sustainable Port Cities of the Rotterdam University of Applied Science. Educated as Mechanical Engineer and Industrial Designer. Has a background in various innovation, marketing and management functions in the Automotive Industry. Is currently, responsible for the research & innovation regarding future automotive mobility at the Rotterdam University of Applied Science and the Automotive Centre of Expertise (ACE). Moreover, he is chairman of Dutch-INCERT a national network of knowledge centres regarding e-Mobility and is representing the Netherlands as vice president of EU organization AVERE. In the commercial vehicle sector, he chaired a consortium that realized in 2009 the first electric city busses in service in the Netherlands. This eBusz is still in operation at the RET Rotterdam. From 2012 till 2014 as deployment manager at e-Traction, he was responsible for the industrialization of the unique electric wheel motors for busses and trucks. This led to the first commercial produced VDL Citea Electric city bus. Dutch-INCERT just published the government funded report ‘The King of the Road’ regarding the chances for electrification of heavy trucks. ACE is focussing on both battery electric and fuel-cell electric transportation vehicles.

Huiming Gong
Energy Foundation China | Program Director of Transportation Program

Mr. Huiming Gong is the Program Director of Transportation Program, the Energy Foundation China. In his role, he develops program strategies and implements projects to improve the energy efficiency and reduce exhaust pollution from transportation sector through supporting policymaking and enforcement. In the past more than 10 years, he has focused on improving vehicle fuel efficiency, fuel quality, and reducing tailpipe emissions in addition to sustainable freight strategy and roadmap, new energy vehicle strategy and incentive policies, and shared and autonomous vehicles. Before joining the Energy Foundation in 2005, he served as the Program Officer of the Auto Project on Energy & Climate Change in the Global Environmental Institute. Mr. Gong received two Masters’ degree, one in University of California, Riverside majoring in Environmental Toxicology and the other in Peking University majoring in Environmental Sciences.

Jack P. Broadbent
Bay Area Air Quality Management District | CEO & Air Pollution Control Officer

Jack P. Broadbent serves as the Chief Executive Officer/Air Pollution Control Officer for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Under Mr. Broadbent’s direction, the Air District strives to provide a healthy breathing environment for every resident in the nine county San Francisco Bay Area region. Mr. Broadbent led the Air District to become the first in the nation to impose a greenhouse gas fee on industries that emit greenhouse gasses to offset costs incurred by inventorying and reducing emissions in the Bay Area. He created a $3 million dollar grant fund to help initiate local city and county climate planning efforts. The Air District recently passed revised CEQA guidelines that help local jurisdictions reduce harmful air pollutants on residents of new or existing developments, promoting infill development while reducing impacts to public health.

John Boesel
President and CEO | CALSTART

John Boesel is the President and CEO of CALSTART, a national organization with more than 175 member companies that is dedicated to the growth of the clean transportation technology industry. John joined the organization as Vice President and was promoted to his current position in 2001. Prior to joining CALSTART, John worked as a legislative aide, focusing on environmental and energy policy, in the California State Assembly as well as being a commercial banker for Wells Fargo. In 1987, John taught English to graduate students at the Yunnan Institute of Technology in Kunming. John has an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis. He has participated in numerous task forces and advisory groups. He currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center at Stanford University.

John Gerra
BYD Motors LLC | Director of Business Development

John Gerra is Director of Business Development with BYD Motors - Electric Truck Division. He leads the business development efforts for the United States market, and is focused on Battery-Electric Truck applications including Delivery, Terminal, Drayage, Refuse Hauling and other heavy trucking operations. John currently works with large commercial fleet operators to identify how BYD Motors can support initiatives to maximize sustainability and efficiency. John has experience successfully developing markets for propulsion systems in various other sectors including maritime, defense and aerospace. John received a bachelor degree in Business at Skidmore College and a master degree in Transportation Management at New York Maritime College.

Jørgen Abildgaard
Executive Climate Program Director, City of Copenhagen

Since 2010 Jørgen has worked as Program Director for the 2025 Carbon Neutral strategy and plan for the City of Copenhagen. Jørgen is an experienced project manager and strategic adviser. He has worked on several projects in Denmark, Nordic Countries and internationally for companies, organizations and governmental administration. Jørgen has worked with a wide range of energy and climate change tasks, development and implementation of strategies and plans, stakeholder involvement, new partnership models, new financial models, strategic energy planning, green growth, sustainability, energy efficiency and retrofitting of buildings, research and development. From 2002 to 2010 Jørgen was director in the Nordic consultancy companies ECON and Poyry Management Consulting Denmark. Before that, Jørgen worked 2 years as special adviser for the former Danish Minister for Environment and Energy, Mr. Svend Auken and before that as adviser in several positions in the Danish Ministry for Energy. Jørgen have an extensive national and international network in cities, companies, universities and organizations. Jørgen holds a master in Urban Planning from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture and a B.sc. Commerce in Organization and Management from Copenhagen Business School

Karen Hamberg
Westport | Vice President, Strategy

Ms. Hamberg joined Westport in 2001 and was appointed Vice President, Strategy in 2012. Westport Fuel Systems engineers, manufactures, and supplies advanced clean-burning engines, systems, and components that enable the deployment of low-carbon fuels such as compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), hydrogen, and renewable natural gas (RNG). Headquartered in Vancouver, Westport Fuel Systems serves customers in more than 70 countries with leading global transportation brands. Karen is the Chair of the Board of Directors of CALSTART in Pasadena, California, the nation’s largest non-profit, member-driven coalition accelerating the growth of a clean transportation technologies industry. She was named to Canada’s Clean 50™ in 2017 for her contributions to advance sustainability in the transportation sector and is currently serving on the Government of Canada’s Economic Strategy Table on Clean Technology. Ms. Hamberg holds a Master of Arts degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba. An active volunteer, Karen is also Vice-Chair of the United Way of the Lower Mainland’s 2018 Campaign Cabinet tasked with raising nearly $25 million for critical social programs in metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. She received the 2016 United Way President’s Award of Distinction, the United Way’s most prestigious award for her ongoing commitment and dedication to building a strong, healthy, inclusive community.

Laura Renger
Southern California Edison | Principal Manager, Air & Climate

Laura Renger is the Principal Manager of Air & Climate in the Regulatory Affairs organization at Southern California Edison (SCE). In this position, Laura leads a team responsible for the utility’s regulatory and legislative policy concerning air quality, climate change and transportation electrification. As the regulatory lead for transportation electrification programs, Laura routinely speaks to a wide-variety of audiences, including conferences and industry events domestically and internationally. She has testified before the California Public Utilities Commission and represents SCE before the Commission regarding transportation electrification issues. Prior to this position, Laura was a Senior Attorney in the SCE Law Department, primarily focusing on air quality, climate, safety, and transmission project licensing. She is the past chair of the Environmental Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Laura also serves as the Secretary of CalSTART (an organization dedicated to the growth of the clean transportation industry) and as the Treasurer of the California Electric Transportation Coalition (a non-profit association dedicated to the promotion of economic growth, clean air, fuel diversity and energy independence through the use of electric transportation). Laura holds a B.A. from Occidental College and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. She lives in Los Alamitos, California with her ten-year-old son, Jack.

Lindsay Wiginton
Pembina Institute | Managing Director, Transportation and Urban Solutions

As managing director of the Pembina Institute’s transportation and urban solutions team in Toronto, Lindsay directs research, leads policy formulation and engages with stakeholders and partners to advocate for a cleaner transportation sector in Canada. Prior to joining the Institute — Canada’s leading energy think tank — Lindsay was a senior consultant at a public participation firm in Quebec, where she designed and led community and stakeholder engagement processes for major infrastructure projects, including transit planning, street redesign and energy projects. The Pembina Institute is one of the only non-profit organizations in Canada forwarding solutions to address the growing need to address goods movement from a climate perspective.
Lindsay holds degrees in Urban Planning and Civil Engineering and is a registered urban planner in the Province of Ontario.

Michelle Buffington
California Air Resources Board | Manager of the Off-Road and Agricultural Strategies and Incentives Section

Michelle Buffington, manager of the Off-Road and Agricultural Strategies and Incentives Section, joined the California Air Resources Board in 2007, and utilizes her expertise to help shape state policy for both fuels and vehicles. In her current role, Michelle oversees the development of several incentive programs aimed at reducing emissions from heavy-duty vehicles and off-road equipment. This includes programs intended to turn-over legacy fleets to the cleanest available technologies, as well as programs designed to propel California to its zero-emission future by developing innovative strategies to bring advanced technologies to the commercial marketplace.

Paul Stith
Black & Veatch | Director of Strategy & Innovation

As Director of Strategy & Innovation for Black & Veatch, Paul specializes planning and building sustainable transportation and distributed clean energy infrastructure. His projects span North America, Europe and Asia supporting OEMs, utilities, fleets and transportation service providers to electrify and automate light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles on the ground and aloft. Prior to Black & Veatch, Paul was Director, Business Development and Regulatory Affairs for EV Grid where he led policy initiatives with the CPUC, California roadmaps for VGI and Energy Storage, V2G school buses and second- life battery system interconnection with BMW’s Pacific Gas & Electric VGI pilot.

Randy MacEwen
Ballard Power Systems | President and CEO

Randy MacEwen has served as the President & CEO and a member of the board of directors of Ballard Power Systems since October 2014. Mr. MacEwen also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association and the International Hydrogen Industry Association and represents Ballard in its role as a supporting member of the Hydrogen Council. Mr. MacEwen has held various executive roles in clean energy companies for almost 20 years, including in hydrogen, fuel cell and solar companies. In his earlier career, he was a lawyer specializing in M&A and corporate finance. Mr. MacEwen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Law degree.

Sandra Roling
The Climate Group | Head of EV100

Sandra leads The Climate Group’s corporate leadership initiative on electro-mobility, EV100, bringing together major global companies committed to driving the transition to electro-mobility in their operations by 2030. She has held various positions developing The Climate Groups’ engagement work with companies as well as sub-national governments, and was part of the founding secretariat of the We Mean Business coalition, a platform bringing together the major global business networks working on climate change to jointly drive corporate ambition for the low-carbon economy. Prior to joining The Climate Group, she lived in Brussels for seven years, setting up the EU office and heading the public affairs team of a German political communications agency and representing an international environmental organization. Sandra holds a B.A. in European Studies from the University of Osnabrück, Germany, as well as an M.A. in Central and Eastern European Studies from the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland, and an MSc in Sustainable Development from the University of Exeter, UK.

Sergio Sánchez
Clean Air Institute | Executive Director

Over the past 12 years, Sergio Sánchez has led the Clean Air Institute’s efforts to internationally catalyze effective, large scale interventions to simultaneously address air pollution and climate change, including deployment of cleaner technologies and energy sources. Previously, from 2005 to 2006, he headed the World Banks’s Clean Air Initiative for Latin American and the Caribbean. From 2002 to 2005, he served as Director General for Air Quality Management at Mexico’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. From 1999 to 2001, he worked as the Coordinator in Mexico of MIT’s Program of Global, Regional and Local Air Pollution. And from 1993 to 1998, he also served and Mexico City’s Director General for Environmental Projects. Sergio has played a leading role in developing and implementing comprehensive programs and strategies to substantially improve air quality and protect public health, such as in Mexico City. He has also been in charge of a number of large-scale interventions to address criteria pollutant emissions and greenhouse gases in multiple sectors, including motorized transport. A substantial part of his work has been devoted to policy development and implementation for achieving ultralow and zero emission vehicles, as well as to engage and build support from key stakeholders at local, national and international levels.

Steven Cliff
California Air Resources Board | Deputy Executive Officer

Steven Cliff was appointed Deputy Executive Officer at the California Air Resources Board in the summer of 2017. Steve is responsible for overseeing programs to reduce emissions from mobile sources and the statewide monitoring and laboratory programs. These include the vehicle emissions testing and compliance programs, mobile source regulations, engine certification programs, the ambient air quality monitoring network, small engine regulations, and incentive programs. Steve started at CARB in 2008 where he working on the first climate change scoping plan under AB 32, and led the development of the greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program. In 2014, Governor Brown appointed Steve to Caltrans as the inaugural director for sustainability, and in 2016 appointed Steve back to CARB as Senior Advisor to Chair Mary Nichols. Steve earned his Bachelor’s and Doctoral degrees in Chemistry at the University of California, San Diego.

Tim Weaver
Chanje Energy | VP of Corporate Development

Tim provides leadership over a diverse array of topics at Chanje Energy. Business development projects include global policy and government relations, real estate, Europe, and exploring new markets. He is also one of the primary champions of the Organizational and Personal Development programs at the heart of what is making Chanje a very different sort of organization.

Prior to Chanje, Tim was President of the Kopis Group, a firm specializing in incentive procurement, economic development projects, and international ventures. He personally assisted manufacturers, fleets, and corporations access $262 million in funding for various projects and advanced technologies. Tim is also a member of multiple US Olympic Team coaching staffs and has a full catalogue of incredible stories about life inside the Olympic Village that he’s unfortunately not allowed to tell anyone.

Thomas Orberger
Hybrid Systems Siemens | Business Manager

Mr. Thomas Orberger, of Siemens Industry, Inc. based in Atlanta is Business Manager for Electric Commercial Vehicles and Rail Systems in the United States, Canada, Mexico. He received 1990 his engineering degree from University in Kiel, Germany, majoring in electrical Engineering. His past experience includes Project and Account Management in Siemens Building Technologies and Business Manager for Marine Solutions in Germany. In 2000 Thomas Orberger relocated into the US and facilitated the establishment of Siemens Marine Solutions US. In 2008 Thomas Orberger transferred into Siemens Industry Sales division to establish product sales into Marine & Offshore through channel partners, distributors and SII general sales force. Since January 2010 Thomas Orberger has responsibility as Business Manager for Electric Commercial Vehicles.