Mr. Gao established Trina Solar in December 1997. His success in developing Trina Solar over the past ten years originated from his experience with his prior two companies. Prior to founding Trina Solar, Mr. Gao established and managed Wujin Xiehe Fine Chemical Factory for five years. Earlier, Mr. Gao spent four years establishing and managing his first company, Guangdong Shunde Fuyou Detergent Plant. Mr. Gao currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the China Renewable Energy Society Solar Power Construction Committee and the standing Vice Chairman of New Energy Chamber of Commerce of All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce. He graduated from Jilin University with a MS degree in Physical Chemistry in 1988. He received his BS in Chemistry from Nanjing University in 1985.
Mr. Mark Ginsberg was appointed by the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) to serve on the EERE Board of Directors, effective July 1, 2002. In that capacity, Mr. Ginsberg and the Board direct EERE policy, strategies, and budgets and serve as "ambassadors" for the organization. He has great expertise in Asia Pacific energy futures and policy.
From July 1997 through June 2002, Mark Ginsberg served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for EERE's Office of Building Technology, State and Community Programs (BTS). In that position, Mr. Ginsberg oversaw a comprehensive set of programs to make buildings, equipment, and appliances more energy efficient; support state, community and low income energy programs; and pave the way for a healthy and prosperous future through high efficiency research and development, building codes, and appliance standards.
From December 1991 until July 1997, Mark directed the Federal Energy Management Program and, prior to joining DOE in 1991, Mr. Ginsberg served as Director of the Arizona Energy Office.
CURRENT is a leader in enabling electric utilities worldwide to deploy and manage a Smart Grid benefiting utilities, consumers and the environment. CURRENT provides sensing technology, high speed communications and analytic software and related services in integrated Smart Grid solutions. CURRENT is operating several of the world's largest Smart Grids including for Oncor Electric Delivery Company in Dallas, Texas which presently passes 125,000 homes and for Xcel Energy in its Smart Grid City project in Boulder, Colorado. CURRENT is also an active participant with some of the world's largest utilities in a series of European Commission funded Smart Grid projects. CURRENT, a private company, was founded in 2000 and has been recognized by several awards including being one of the 10 most innovative Clean Tech companies in Europe in 2008 by Dow Jones, the 2006 Platts' "Global Energy Commercial Technology of the Year" for its technology in relation to emissions reduction, practicality, reliability and overall commercial success, and Red Herring's 2006 "Top 100 North America."
Dr. Thomas Houlihan has been with Eco-Energy Solutions (EES) since it was incorporated in 2005. He started his career as a Professor of Engineering at the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. After 10 years, he left a tenured post in academia to enter industry and serve as the Senior Vice-President of Propulsion Dynamics Incorporated (PDI). At PDI he developed shipboard monitoring and control systems for US Navy gas turbine ships. At his next station, Dr. Houlihan served as Chief Engineer of the Jonathan Corporation in the US Navy Phased Maintenance (PM) Program in Norfolk, VA. Over his 12-year career in the PM Program, he was responsible for the timely delivery of design engineering services for over 15 ship modernizations valued cumulatively at $100M. Dr. Houlihan next served as an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Fellow in the Environmental Directorate of the White House Science Office in Washington, DC. He left this post to become Vice-President of Engineering at Clean Fuels Technology (CFT) in 1998. CFT assets were acquired by EES in July 2005. Dr. Houlihan presently serves as a Senior Research Engineer at Eco-Energy Solutions (EES) Incorporated.
Most recently, O was General Manager of GE's Lamps Asia Pacific, where he had direct P&L responsibility. He was instrumental in restructuring the organization, and drove profitable growth, for the first time in 10 years. Previously, O was the Six Sigma Quality Leader for GE's Asia Pacific Industrial System, driving Six Sigma and Lean strategies across five industrial manufacturing operations, on key initiatives to support operating targets, manufacturing productivity, and global fulfillment. O's career at GE started in GE's Information Management Leadership Program, and then joined GE's Corporate Audit Staff; performing audits across various GE's Industrial and Capital businesses worldwide. O's other work experience includes Merrill Lynch. Originally from Shanghai, China, O has also lived in South America, Europe and the USA. O obtained a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Louisville.
Steffen’s expertise is in sustainable cities and ‘Green Urbanism’. Since 1991, he has presented his work at more than 180 conferences in 12 countries. He has researched, built and taught on informal urban design, urban renewal and energy-efficient cities since the early 1990s. He is the editor of the US based Journal of Green Building (2006 – to date) and an advisor to government, city councils and industry in Europe, Asia and Australia. He holds three post-graduate degrees; after graduating from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London (1989) he worked with James Stirling in London and with Arata Isozaki in Tokyo. Before being appointed to a Professorial Chair in December 2002 in Australia, he ran his own ideas-driven practice in Berlin, for more than 10 years, where he designed numerous award-winning buildings.
During the 1990s, he was instrumental in the urban re-development of Berlin’s city centre and has built large-scale buildings in Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz, Hackescher Markt and Pariser Platz. In recognition of the international significance of his work, he has been invited as Visiting Professor to lead design studios at leading universities in six countries.
in 2008, Steffen received a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence.
Dr. Lieberthal holds several positions at the University of Michigan: William Davidson Professor of Business Administration at the Ross School of Business, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Political Science, Distinguished Fellow and Director for China at the William Davidson Institute, and Research Associate of the Center for Chinese Studies. He has been on the Michigan faculty since 1983. He earlier taught at Swarthmore College for 1972-83. He has a B.A. from Dartmouth College, and two M.A.'s and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.
Dr. Lieberthal is also Nonresident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies of the Brookings Institution, where he was a Visiting Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies for November-December 2000 and again for the 2004-2005 academic year.
Dr. Lieberthal served as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Asia on the National Security Council from August 1998 to October 2000. His government responsibilities encompassed American policy toward all issues involving Northeast, East, and Southeast Asia.
Dr. Lieberthal has written and edited nearly a dozen books and authored more than five dozen published articles. His books include: Governing China: From Revolution Through Reform (W.W. Norton, second revised edition 2004); Policy Making in China: Leaders, Structures, and Processes (Princeton University Press, 1988) and Policy Making in China's Energy Sector (U.S. Department of Commerce, 1986), both co-authored with Michel Oksenberg; Bureaucracy, Politics, and Decision Making in Post‑Mao China (U.C. Berkeley Press. 1991), co-editor with David Lampton; Revolution and Tradition in Tientsin (Stanford University Press, 1980); Paths to Sino‑US Cooperation in the Automotive Sector (US Trade Development Program, 1989), with Michael Flynn and others; and Central Documents and Politburo Politics in China (University of Michigan, 1978). His recent articles include: “Scorched Earth: Will Environmental Risks in China Overwhelm its Opportunities?” (with Elizabeth Economy) Harvard Business Review (June 2007), pp. 88-96; “Smooth Sailing: The Myths and Realities of Sea Lane Security” (with Dennis Blair) Foreign Affairs (May/June 2007), pp. 1-6; "China's Strategies and Goals toward Northeast Asia," Asia Policy 3 (January 2007), pp. 65-70; “Completing WTO Reforms,” China Business Review (September – October 2006), pp. 50-56; (with Mikkal Herberg) China's Search for Energy Security: Implications for US Policy (NBR Analysis: Seattle, April 2006); “Bridging the Gap,” Asia Policy (January 2006), pp. 7-15; “Why the US Malaise Over China?” YaleGlobal Online (January 19, 2006); “US-China Relations”(in Chinese), Caijing (December 2005); “Preventing a War Over Taiwan,” Foreign Affairs (March-April 2005); “The Coming Crisis Over Intellectual Property Rights,” Harvard Business Review (February 2005); “China Tomorrow: The Great Transition,” Harvard Business Review (October 2003), “China in 2033,” China Business Review (March-April 2003), along with several book chapters and also articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Financial Times, South China Morning Post and other newspapers.
1998 to 2001: Be named the outstanding director of Changshu.
1999: Elected as one of the 10 young leaders of Jiangsu Province, one of the 100 greatest individuals of the Communist Youth League, vice president of the Suzhou Township Entrepreneurs Association.
2001: Model worker of Jiangsu Province, one of the 10 greatest young entrepreneurs of Changshu.
2002: Elected as the deputy member to the 12th NPC of Changshu.
2003: Elected as the deputy member of Suzhou.
2004: Named as excellent private entrepreneurs in science and technology in China.
2005: Named as one of the 10 greatest figures in the news.
2006: Entitled as the outstanding innovation talent during the "Five-Year Plan" period.
Ms. Ma is the California State Assembly Majority Whip and a San Francisco politician, and a former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing district four, the Sunset District from 2002 to 2006, when she took her seat in the Assembly. Prior to her election to this position, she was a part-time district representative to a state senator. Her campaign for this position focused on improving services for her constituents. She is a member of the Democratic Party.
Ma is a CPA. She received an MBA from Pepperdine University and a master’s degree in taxation from Golden Gate University. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology. During her time in Sacramento, her major pieces of legislation have primarily focused on banning toxic chemicals in products for babies and small children, the creation of a state-wide high-speed rail bullet train, and giving equal rights to men and women to change their last names when they are married or become domestic partners. She is also a co-author of SB 840, a bill that creates a single payer universal health care system throughout California.
Roger Martella is a partner in the Environmental Practice Group at Sidley Austin LLP. He recently rejoined Sidley Austin after serving as the General Counsel of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, concluding 10 years of handling complex environmental matters at the Department of Justice and EPA. Roger’s practice focuses on three primary areas. First, Roger advises companies on developing strategic approaches to achieve their goals in light of rapidly developing demands to promote sustainability, address climate change, and utilize clean energy. Second, Roger advises multinational companies on compliance with environmental laws in the United States, China, the European Union, and other nations. Third, Roger handles a broad range of environmental and natural resource litigation and mediation.
As EPA General Counsel, Roger served as the chief legal advisor supervising an office of 350 attorneys in staff in Washington and 10 regional offices. In particular, Roger served as the chief advisor on legal options and frameworks for climate change regulation in response to the landmark Supreme Court decision Massachusetts v. EPA. Further, recognizing deficiencies in the China environmental law framework and the challenges for multinational organizations in understanding the laws on the books, Roger created the China Environmental Law Initiative in 2007. As part of the initiative, Roger created the only known website devoted to China environmental laws and organized with the State Environmental Protection Agency (now the Ministry of Environmental Protection) two separate symposia in China. A respected expert on the China framework in the United States and China, Roger has testified as an expert on this issue before the United States Congress, worked with numerous government officials at the national and provincial level in China, and has lectured with academics and students at leading universities and think tanks in both nations. Prior to joining EPA, Roger most recently served as the Principal Counsel for Complex Litigation at the Justice Department’s Natural Resources Section, where he focused on defending federal decisions relating to public lands, national forests, minerals, and Native American reservations.
Roger graduated from Vanderbilt Law School, where he was Editor in Chief of the Vanderbilt Law Review, and Cornell University, where he studied environmental science. Following law school, he clerked for the Hon. David M. Ebel of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Before joining OC, Tom worked in the steel industry for six years with Qualitech Steel and Nucor Steel (Trinidad Iron Carbide Operations), and started his career spending six years in the Nuclear Industry with both Westinghouse and General Electric.
Tom graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. Chemical Engineering and spent six years in the US Army Reserve.
David Mohler is vice president and chief technology officer for Duke Energy. Duke Energy, one of the largest power companies in the United States, supplies and delivers electricity to approximately 3.9 million customers in the Carolinas and the Midwest. Mohler is responsible for the development and application of technologies in support of Duke Energy’s strategic objectives. He was named to his current position in October 2006.
Most recently, Mohler served as vice president of strategic planning for Duke Energy. Prior to the merger between Duke Energy and Cinergy, he served in the same role for Cinergy. Mohler has operational experience in both nuclear and fossil power generation, as well as experience in corporate marketing, human resources and business development. While at Cinergy, he led the assessment and redesign of capital allocation and processes. Prior to that, he served as general manager of human resources and established the MBA rotational program. Before joining Cinergy, Mohler was employed by Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G). He served on the executive team that developed PSE&G’s first deregulated retail subsidiary.
Mohler earned a bachelor of arts degree from Indiana University, a bachelor of science degree from the University of the State of New York, a master of arts degree from Xavier University of Cincinnati, and a master of science degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed the Columbia University Marketing Management Program and Penn State University Executive Development Program.
John has worked on the design and construction of critical environments for several financial and internet related organizations including:
- -Level(3) Communications
- -Pihana (Equinix)
- -Global Crossing
- -Merrill Lynch
2005 – Current: Regional Director China, North Asia, Jones Lang La Salle
2003 – 2005: National Director, Jones Lang LaSalle
1995 – 2003: Director of SL&A International Architectural and Interior Design Practice
Stefano Negri joined McKinsey & Company’s Italian office in 2001 and is currently an Engagement Manager in McKinsey’s Shanghai office. He relocated there in June 2007 after becoming a McKinsey Global Institute Fellow. In this capacity, he has led a study to understand urbanization in China over the next 20 years and its implications for both businesses and policy makers. He is currently working with McKinsey’s India office to study the future evolution of urbanization in India.
During his career at McKinsey, Stefano has worked mainly with European clients in the public sector, the airline industry, and the telecom industry. In 2007, Stefano worked in Africa as a volunteer for Technoserve, an international NGO, to help them set up an entrepreneurship development plan for Tanzania.
Prior to joining McKinsey, Stefano worked as a Land Planning Engineer on the northern coast of Colombia for Ricerca e Cooperazione, an Italian NGO, and as an environmental consultant for city councils in Italy.
Stefano holds a Master of Science in Environmental and Land Planning Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano, where he was awarded an Erasmus scholarship to spend a year at the National University of Ireland. He also holds a MBA from INSEAD (France and Singapore).
Stefano’s mother tongue is Italian and he speaks fluent Spanish and English.
Anne Arquit Neiderberger has been working in the field of climate change and energy research, policy, capacity building, and consulting since 1989, shifting her focus from science to government policy and, since 2001, to strategic consulting. An expert on carbon markets, Anne was recently quoted in The Economist on the subject and conceived the innovative Swiss Climate Cent fund (www.stiftungklimarappen.ch), under which oil importers voluntarily contribute 1.5 Swiss cents to a climate mitigation fund for each liter of gasoline/diesel sold, thereby ensuring Swiss compliance with its Kyoto Protocol commitments and saving the Swiss economy hundreds of millions of dollars in lost motor fuel tax revenues annually. A dual Swiss-American citizen, Anne represented the Government of Switzerland in the UN climate negotiations from 1991-2000, serving as lead negotiator on the Kyoto Protocol market mechanisms, and has consulted on a number of energy efficiency and climate projects in China. She holds an A.B. degree with High Honors in Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Hawaii. She was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in 2003-04 and has published extensively on sustainable development, climate change and clean energy issues.
David Nieh serves as General Manager of Planning and Development for Shui On Land. He formerly directed the studio for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill's Shanghai office. He is a registered architect and certified planner, as well as a Leadership in Energy Efficient Design Accredited Professional. He was chief architect for the City of San Jose and Redevelopment Agency, and has taught architecture, urban design and urban studies at Stanford University. Mr. Nieh has served on boards ranging from strategic economics, creative communities, campus development, education, social innovation, biotech and public art. This past year, he was Co-Chair of the Global Leadership Forum for Economic and Cultural Development in Silicon Valley, hosting 15 international city-regions in conjunction with the ISEA 2006 Biennale (International Society for the Electronic Arts) and Pacific Rim New Media Summit (PRNMS).
His work has won numerous awards and he has been a guest speaker in Asia, North America and Europe. With social consciousness and energy sustainability as key principles, his projects are large-scale and urban in nature, focusing on the translation of strategic planning initiatives into the implementation of infrastructure, architecture and built form.
Mr. Nieh holds a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design degree from Harvard University and a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of California Berkeley.
Prior to moving to China, he served VP, OC Automotive and Global Marketing. In that role, he was responsible for the global growth and profitability of OC’s Automotive business, and for OC’s Composite Solutions Business Product Management and Market Development activities.
He has extensive experience in the Asia Pacific region, having previously served as Managing Director of Owens Corning (India) Ltd. and as Executive VP of OC Korea.
With Owens Corning since 1977, Nieman has also held a variety of positions in manufacturing, sales and sales management, product management, and supply chain. Nieman earned a degree in chemical engineering from Michigan Technological University.
Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) is a leading global producer of residential and commercial building materials, glass fiber reinforcements and engineered materials for composite systems. A Fortune 500 company for 54 consecutive years, Owens Corning is committed to driving sustainability through delivering solutions, transforming markets and enhancing lives. Founded in 1938, Owens Corning is a market-leading innovator of glass fiber technology with sales of $5 billion in 2007 and 18,000 employees in 26 countries on five continents.