2018 California Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Summit Speakers

Table of Contents:

Mark Abramowitz
Wolfgang Beez
Tony Brazil
Drew Bohan
Damian Breen
Dr. Jack Brouwer
Anand Chellappa
Teresa Cooke
Rob Del Core
Tyson Eckerle
David Edwards
Steinar Eikaas
Stephen Ellis
Yuri Freedman
Angelina Galiteva
Sandy Goldberg
Mark Griffith
Kevin Harris
Michael Hursh
Stephen Jones
Chris Kretz
Daisuke Kurosaki
Brian Lindgren
Randall MacEwen
Jesse Marquez
Chris McWhinney
Glen Naylor
Ben Nyland
Eddy Nupoort
Tanya Peacock
Jeff Plato
Dr. Jeff Reed

Siegfried Rivalta
Phil Robinson
Rocky Rushing
Tim Sasseen
Jesse Schneider
Jeff Serfass
Cory Shumaker
Nancy Skinner
Lauren Skiver
Steve Szymanski
Mary-Rose de Valladares
Pieter Veltman

Mark Abramowitz, President, Community Environmental Services

Mark Abramowitz served as President of the CHBC from 2010 to 2014 and is now the Immediate Past Chair. During his presidency, he led the restructuring of the organization.

In addition to his work at the CHBC, Mark has also served as an elected director of the Yorba Linda Water District and as a member and chairman of the Yorba Linda Planning Commission and Hearing Board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. He has also served on numerous other boards and advisory committees, including the board of the Association of California Water Agencies, Region X, and as President of the Association of Energy Engineers, Southern California Chapter.

Mark currently serves as a South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Governing Board consultant to the Governor’s appointee on the Board and runs his own consulting firm, Community Environmental Services. Mark works mainly with companies with innovative solutions that will improve air quality or with regulatory issues that can be addressed with innovative solutions.

Abramowitz has received numerous awards for his work, including the SCAQMD’s first annual Clean Air Award in public education. He has authored op-ed pieces in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, and his work has been the subject of news articles and TV features around the world. As a consultant and in other roles, Mark has successfully mediated difficult situations, helping clients and constituents avoid costly litigation.

Wolfgang Beez, CEO, Hitachi Zosen Inova ETOGAS

Wolfgang Beez is CEO of Hitachi Zosen Inova ETOGAS GmbH. HZI ETOGAS Power-to-Gas technology addresses power supply and grid stability by converting electricity into hydrogen using alkaline pressure electrolysis and a proprietary methanation process to produce synthetic natural gas. In 2013, HZI ETOGAS built the world’s largest and first industrial Power-to-Gas plant with 6 MW input power for Audi AG in Werlte, Germany.

Mr. Beez has over 15 years of international management experience in the renewable market space. His background spans from water treatment, energy storage and power to gas markets. Before starting with
HZI ETOGAS GmbH in Germany, he worked for Maxwell Technologies in San Diego, CA and was in
charge of partnerships with international utilities and independent power producers to introduce Maxwell’s energy storage solutions to the renewable power generation market.

Mr. Beez has held several executive positions with Georg Fischer subsidiaries in the US in marketing, sales and business development with international assignments in Germany, Switzerland and the USA.
Mr. Beez holds a Diplom-Ingenieur (Masters Degree) in mechanical engineering from the Rhein Main University of Applied Sciences and an Executive MBA from Paul Merage School of Business from the University of California in Irvine. He has a dual citizenship for the USA and Germany.

Tony Brazil, Chief, Transportation and Clean Technology Branch, California Air Resources Board

Mr. Brasil has 25 years of professional experience with the State of California and has more than 12 years in a management capacity.  His team is implementing existing regulations to clean up existing diesel trucks and buses, and is developing new regulations to accelerate commercialization of zero emission heavy duty trucks, buses, and other innovative transportation technologies to meet California’s air quality needs.

Drew Bohan, Executive Director, California Energy Commission

Drew Bohan is the Executive Director of the California Energy Commission, the state’s primary energy policy and planning agency. The Energy Commission’s responsibilities are: advancing state energy policy, achieving energy efficiency, certifying thermal power plants, investing in energy innovation, transforming transportation, developing renewable energy and preparing for energy emergencies.

Bohan has served Californians for more than 20 years. His public service includes leadership roles with the Energy Commission, California Environmental Protection Agency, the Ocean Protection Council, and the California Department of Conservation. Bohan also served as the executive director of Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, chief counsel to the House of Delegates in the Republic of Palau, and a litigation attorney at Heller Ehrman in San Francisco.

Bohan lives in Carmichael with his wife, Angela, and their two children, Linnea and Landon. He is an avid bike rider.

Damian Breen, Deputy Air Pollution Control Officer, Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Mr. Breen currently heads up the Innovation Section of Bay Area Air Quality Management District. This section executes the Air District’s Engineering and Permitting; Technology Implementation; Web and Data Systems; and Incentives programs to reduce criteria pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions.

Mr. Breen previously served as the Director of the Strategic Incentives Division where he oversaw the grants programs targeted by Air District to reduce diesel particulate matter and health risk at the Port of Oakland. He also worked for 10 years in the Air District’s Compliance and Enforcement Division; Home Savings of America Bank and various environmental consultancy firms in the United States and Europe.

He possesses a wealth of knowledge on national, international and California regulations pertaining to wastewater, hazardous materials and air pollution. Mr. Breen holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the National University of Ireland and a postgraduate diploma in Pollution Assessment and Control from the Irish Institute for Technology.

Dr. Jack Brouwer, Director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center, UC Irvine

Jack Brouwer is Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering, Director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC), and Associate Director of the Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).

Through Dr. Brouwer’s leadership, NFCRC and APEP are focusing research, education, beta testing, and outreach on high-efficiency, environmentally preferred energy conversion and power generation technology advancement with fuel cell and gas turbine systems as the principal targets. Current research projects address ultra-high efficiency and ultra-low emissions high temperature fuel cell systems, integrated hybrid fuel cell gas turbine systems, renewable power intermittency and integration, battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle evaluation and infrastructure development, advanced fuel cell and gas turbine dynamic operations, hydrogen and electricity infrastructure development, and power electronics and energy conversion devices for the smart grid. Prior to joining UCI, Dr. Brouwer was on the faculty at the University of Utah, a senior engineer at Reaction Engineering International, and a staff scientist at Sandia National Laboratories.

Jack Brouwer holds a doctor of philosophy degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with master and bachelor of science degrees in mechanical engineering from UCI.

Anand Chellappa, Director-IP & Special Advisor, Intelligent Energy Ltd.

Anand Chellappa is currently Director-IP & Special Advisor at UK-based Intelligent Energy Ltd. and has worked in the fuel cell industry for 15+ years. Prior to this, Anand served as VP R&T at US subsidiary Intelligent Energy Inc., splitting his time between technology development, patent prosecution, patent portfolio management, and business development. He helped to identify and forge strategic relationships with industry partners and universities. As a member of corporate deal teams, he led IP and technology due diligence during several M&A initiatives worldwide. Previously, he co-founded MesoFuel, Inc. in 2001 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to develop and market hydrogen generators for fuel cell power systems. As CTO and VP R&D, he built a solid patent portfolio, and secured funding from DARPA, SBIR, and NIST-ATP competitions to support technology development. MesoFuel was acquired by Intelligent Energy in 2004. Anand earned a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a JD (cum laude) from the University of New Mexico School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in New Mexico, and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a Patent Attorney.

Teresa Cooke, Policy Advisor, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Focusing solely on advocacy for more than a decade, Teresa Cooke has successfully represented trade associations and private corporations. Over the years, she has built an extensive network of relationships with key decision makers which along with her work ethic has allowed her to consistently deliver for clients.

Honesty, familiarity with her clients’ issues and a commitment to the highest level of service makes her an excellent resource for those looking for a change in state policy. Her work on tax policy, environmental compliance, energy policy, labor practices, emerging technologies and automotive issues makes her uniquely qualified to offer a comprehensive perspective.

Her work has included one of the country’s largest energy producers, an investor owned-utility, a major automobile manufacturer as well as numerous interests related to travel and tourism before the State Legislature, Governor’s Office and regulatory agencies.

Prior to joining Brownstein, she worked for a top-25 lobbying firm in Sacramento with a focus on the firm’s energy, transportation and tourism-related clients. In this capacity, Teresa led the passage of several high profile bills and her strategic counsel led to the defeat of numerous others. In doing so, she gained a deep understanding of the value of strategic messaging, coalition building and grassroots efforts.

Rob Del Core, Managing Director, Hydrogenics USA, Inc.

Rob Del Core is a seasoned expert in the hydrogen fuel cell and heavy-duty hybrid electric drive systems industry. He has over 17 years engineering experience in system integration and product development for zero emission transport, with a primary focus on hydrogen fuel cell power systems technology. Rob has successfully led more than 20 zero emission drive system programs for hydrogen electric commercial vehicles. One of his signature integration projects was leading an international team of engineers to design and develop the Fuel Cell Hybrid Buses for Transport for London, UK in 2010. In 2012, Rob rejoined Hydrogenics Corp with a mandate to develop the hydrogen heavy duty vehicles market, electrolysis and hydrogen refueling infrastructure market in US. He designed the latest fuel cell power system, CelerityTM and Celerity PlusTM for Hydrogenics, dedicated for heavy duty transportation with the goal to enable commercialization and mass deployment of heavy duty hydrogen-powered commercial vehicles, which led to two CEC awards to develop a fuel cell truck and a fuel cell bus with Celerity Plus. He is also the originator of the concept of Bundled Fleet and Fuel solutions that can remove the barrier of hydrogen heavy duty vehicle adoption by delivering perfect union of hydrogen on site generation and matching fleets.

Tyson Eckerle, Deputy Director of Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go Biz)

Tyson Eckerle serves as the Deputy Director of Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go Biz). In this role, he focuses on coordinating resources to streamline the development of the hydrogen and plug-in electric vehicle station ecosystem. Prior to joining Go Biz, Tyson served as Executive Director of Energy Independence Now, a non-profit dedicated to action oriented solutions to petroleum dependence and climate change.

Tyson holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of California, Davis and a Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

David Edwards, P.hD., Director and Advocate for Hydrogen Energy, Air Liquide Advanced Technologies

Dave is responsible for establishing and maintaining internal and external partnerships with industry, academia, and government entities as needed to advance the technology and business opportunities in Hydrogen Energy for Air Liquide in the US. Dave has more than 20 years with Air Liquide in R&D and Hydrogen Business roles. with responsibilities for Air Liquide’s investment and project efforts in California and other regions in US driving towards the adoption of Hydrogen Energy in the transportation and power sectors.He has established R&D programs and executed development strategies in areas of cryogenic air separation, rotating machinery, syngas production, energy, and process engineering and has led hydrogen technology programs in solid state storage, MOF materials, high pressure carbon fiber vessel designs, steam methane reformer catalysis development, high temperature SMR tube development, and small scale hydrogen production systems.

Steinar Eikaas, Head of Low Carbon Solutions, Equinor

Steinar Eikaas is heading up Low Carbon Solutions in Equinor, responsible for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and Hydrogen Solutions. Mr Eikaas has worked for 25 years in Equinor (former Statoil) and has previously held senior positions within international business development. He holds a Master of Science from The Norwegian School of Business and Administration (NHH).

Stephen Ellis, Manager of Fuel Cell Vehicle Marketing, American Honda Motor Company

Steven Ellis is Manager of Fuel Cell Vehicle Marketing at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Steve is responsible for the deployment of the Honda FCX Clarity, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle to retail consumers. He previously deployed the original FCX to government fleets and the world’s first retail sale to a consumer. Steve currently works with State of California, the U.S. Department of Energy, auto OEMs, energy companies, and hydrogen providers to develop a H2 station network. Steve was previously Board Chairman of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) and is now working to collaborate and introduce H2 USA.

Yuri Freedman, Senior Director, Business Development

Yuri has broad experience as a developer and investor in gas infrastructure and power generation assets. In his current role of Senior Director, Business Development, he manages the portfolio of growth initiatives and R&D activities of Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas). Prior to his current role he held the position of Director, Commercial Development for Sempra LNG and Midstream, and previously held the positions of Director, Infrastructure Investments for Sempra US Gas and Power, and Director, Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions for Sempra Energy.

Prior to joining Sempra Energy, Yuri was a Managing Director on the energy team of Fortress Investment Group and a Vice President in General Electric’s energy investment arm, GE Energy Financial Services. He began his career as a geologist working in Arctic regions of Western Siberia on the development and construction of oil and gas pipelines.
Yuri holds a MS in Engineering Geology from Moscow University (Russia), a PhD in Environmental Science and Energy Research from the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), and a MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Angelina Galiteva, Board of Governors, California Independent System Operator

Governor Jerry Brown reappointed Angelina Galiteva on January 17, 2017 to a second term on the California Independent System Operator Corporation Board of Governors that expires on December 31, 2019. Ms. Galiteva, of Fountain Valley, was first appointed on April 29, 2011.

Ms. Galiteva is currently President for NEOptions, Inc., a renewable energy andnew technology product design and project development firm. Her industry experience includes serving as Executive Director of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and head of its Green LA, Environmental Affairs and New Product Development Organization. While at the municipal utility, she was responsible for strategic positioning and the environmental compliance departments. Her career includes working with the California ISO and Power Exchange on their initial launches and she also worked as a power analyst for the
New York Power Authority.

Ms. Galiteva graduated from Pace University School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree in 1993 and a LL.M. degree in 1994 in Environmental and Energy Law. She specialized in electric utility strategic policy analysis and decision making focusing on pending industry transition and deregulation issues. Ms. Galiteva works to advance the deployment of renewable energy and distributed energy technologies worldwide. She also serves as Chairperson of the World Council for Renewable Energy, where she is one of the spokespersons, among other duties.

Sandy Goldberg, Advisor to Commissioner Cliff Rechtschaffen, California Public Utilities Commission

Before joining the PUC, Sandy was Senior Counsel at the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, working on energy and climate change laws and policies, and implementing energy and water conservation projects at state facilities.  She was previously a Deputy Attorney General at the California Attorney General’s Office, working on litigation seeking penalties for violations of hazardous waste laws and cleanup of contaminated soil and groundwater, and was a Staff Counsel at the California Coastal Commission, working on coastal planning and enforcement.

Mark Griffith, Senior Research Director, IHS Markit

Mark Griffith, Senior Research Director, IHS Markit, is the project manager for the IHS Markit multi-client study “Hydrogen in the Golden State”, which is focused on the potential role of hydrogen in facilitating a low-carbon economy, focusing on California as a case study.

An authority on energy market analysis and assessing how markets and government policies impact stakeholder decision making, Mr. Griffith’s research is focused on how industry trends like climate change policy and the competition among fuels and energy technologies can influence market participants’ operational and strategic decisions. As the research director for the IHS Markit North American gas and power scenarios research, he provides a continual flow of research and support to clients in the development and application of the IHS Markit scenarios to their decision-making processes, as well as advising clients on developing their own scenarios. He chairs the IHS Markit North American Scenarios client workshops, authors and edits the research area’s narrative content, and contributes to the development and communication of the IHS Markit Global Energy Scenarios.

Mr. Griffith advises a diverse group of clients, including electric and gas utilities, independent power producers, oil and gas producers, government entities, financial investors, and transportation and power equipment manufacturers. Prior to joining IHS Markit he held several senior positions in the energy consulting industry, specializing in the analysis of energy, capacity, ancillary service, emissions allowance and renewable energy credit markets, electric power asset transactional due diligence, and integrated resource planning. Prior to that, he spent 15 years in the electric utility industry, focused on power marketing, risk management, integrated resource planning, regulatory analysis, and fuel planning. Mr. Griffith has sponsored expert witness testimony in Kansas, Iowa, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and in private arbitration. He holds BS and MS degrees from The Pennsylvania State University.

Kevin Harris, North America Sales Manager, Infrastructure & Distribution – Hydrogen Business Unit, Hexagon Lincoln

Kevin Harris has been working towards the hydrogen energy economy since 2001 and currently works in the fields of Business Development, Marketing, and Sales for Hexagon Lincoln. Kevin is responsible for growing Hexagon’s business in the Americas in hydrogen refueling, stationary, and distribution applications.

He is actively involved in organizations that promote the use of hydrogen and fuel cells including the California Hydrogen Business Council, the California Fuel Cell Partnership, and the Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Association.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and is an MBA graduate from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Michael Hursh, General Manager, AC Transit

Mike was appointed the General Manager by the AC Transit Board of Directors in September 2015. He is a nine-year veteran of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), serving as the Deputy Director, Operations for Maintenance and Security, and between 2012 and 2015 as the Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Mike directed all VTA transit operations, including bus and light rail, operator training, accessible services, planning, scheduling, and facility maintenance. Among his previous positions, he served as Deputy General Manager for Maintenance, Safety and Training for the San Francisco Municipal Railway.

Mike is a champion for the environment and has a thorough understanding of public transportation in the Bay Area. He values customers, key stakeholders and employees who make transit systems work.

A native of Reno, Nevada, Mike is a long-time Bay Area resident and veteran of the United States Air Force, serving six years in active duty and five years as a reservist in the California Air National Guard. He is a past chair of the California Transit Association Rail Operations & Regulatory Committee and graduate of Leadership Contra Costa.

Stephen Jones, Managing Director, ITM Power Inc.

Steve joined ITM in 2005 as a research technologist and is currently Managing Director for ITM Power Inc. based in Irvine, California.
Steve has held positions in R&D, product, systems and business development roles and as such has an excellent understanding of the technical and commercial aspects of the business.
Steve is a board member of the California Hydrogen Business Council and Vice chair for its Energy storage working group. He holds a BSc and MPhil in Materials Science from Birmingham University, a MBA from Sheffield University and is a chartered manager.

Chris Kretz, MBA, PhD, Business Development Manager, Air Products

Chris is a 22-year veteran of Air Products and of making new things happen.  After A 3-year stint in Europe and working in most key businesses within Air Products, she has held positions of increasing commercial responsibility across 10 different markets and 6 different technologies.  She is currently a business development manager in Air Products’ Hydrogen Energy Business where she develops and sells hydrogen fueling solutions into the Transit, Material Handling, Automotive, Truck, and Marine Sectors in and outside North America.

Daisuke Kurosaki, Chief Coordinator for Hydrogen Supply Chain Development, Chiyoda Corporation

Daisuke Kurosaki is the Chief Coordinator for Hydrogen Supply Chain Development for Chiyoda Corporation, Yokohama, Japan. He has been in a business development role in the hydrogen supply chain business since 2014; his assignment has included promotion of Chiyoda Hydrogen transport technology business (SPERA) as well as responsibilities for the world’s first global hydrogen supply chain demonstration project between Brunei Darussalam and Kawasaki, Japan (1st SPERA demonstration).

Prior to joining the hydrogen business team, he was leading energy conservation studies for petrochemical complexes in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. He was involved in fuel cell cogeneration systems development and wind-farm projects development before joining Chiyoda, and has 20 years of experience in both technical and business development roles in hydrogen and related energy fields. Mr. Kurosaki has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Tokyo. As a part of his graduate studies, Mr. Kurosaki studied at the University of California at Berkeley.

Brian Lindgren, Director, Research & Development, Kenworth Truck Company

Brian Lindgren serves as Manager of Research and Development for Kenworth Truck Company. Mr. Lindgren began his career with PACCAR in 1977 as an engineer, and has held engineering positions at Peterbilt, Kenworth and PACCAR Global Sales. He worked as Kenworth’s Vocational Market Segment Manager from 1998 through 2002 and Director of Vocational Fleet Sales from 2003 to 2011 where he served vocational customers across US and Canada, before moving to his current position in May, 2011. Mr. Lindgren’s team studies ways to reduce fuel consumption and exhaust emissions by exploring hybrid powertrains, alternative fuels and powerplants, reduced idling, advanced driver assistance systems and through aerodynamic research. Mr. Lindgren holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Washington state.

Jesse N. Marquez, Founder & Executive Director, Coalition for a Sage Environment

Jesse N. Marquez is the founder and executive director of the non-profit community based Environmental Justice Organization the Coalition For A Safe Environment (CFASE).   CFASE was established in April 2001 in Wilmington, California to eliminate, reduce and mitigate the public health, public safety and community socio-economic impacts caused by International Trade Marine Ports, Freight Transportation Corridors, Petroleum Industry and Energy Industry.

He has over 20 years electronic industry experience as a test technician, test lab manager, production supervisor, production manager, manufacturing engineer, quality engineer, quality project engineer, technical writer and operations auditor.

Jesse N. Marquez’s non-profit organization experience includes: community organizing, family assistance, public education, leadership development, community empowerment, urban planning, community sustainability, emergency preparedness, community economic development, public policy & program evaluation, public advocacy, public comment preparation, public right-to-know, protection of public health, public safety, environmental, social justice and civil rights.

His professional experience also includes: community based science public health, public safety & air quality research, zero emission technology research, emissions capture & treatment technologies research, alternative renewable energy, environmental incident investigation, special investigative research & report preparation, CEQA & NEPA research, public comment & litigation, deposition preparation, professional photography and videography.

Randall MacEwen, President & CEO, Ballard Power Systems

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.

Chris McWhinney, Founder and CEO, Millennium Reign Energy LLC

Chris is from Dayton Ohio and has 15 years of on the job experience in design and engeneering of hydrogen production and stack design, storage, compression, purification and dispensing and the development, manufacturing and distribution of fully automated water electrolysis hydrogen generators and hydrogen dispencers. Experience in developing and placing into service many full scale working production models of fully automated water electrolysis products called AutoARK® that also double as a heat exchanger to heat homes and water.

Chris and his team have developed in partnership with CSA the IR 3 -18 for Scalable Hydrogen Fueling Aplliance interim requirement. This document is now being used for the attestation for receiving the CSA Mark on as many as 15 products under production at Millennium Reign Energy. This experience has provide a tremendous background in understanding the relivant codes and practically applying them in a manner that promotes the optimum safety measures while maitaning affordability of the products for the consumers.

Chris and MRE have developed an ambient temperature H35 and H70 fueling station with protocals that have been tested in both real life fueling events of fuel cell vehicals ranging from Cars, Busses, forklifts, ordinance loaders, street car trolleys, light carts, back up generators, and gas transport moduals. He has built and installed at least 10 hydrogen fueling stations in places like Hawaii, Dubia, Sonoma Ca, and Ohio State University for Automotive Research. This experience gives him a relationship well suited to be of assistance in developing Hydrogen fueling infrastructure codes and Standards, and for the last 3 years Chris has been a voting member and on Technical subcommittes on various standards in both CSA and SAE.

Glen Naylor, BA Sc., P. Eng. , Senior Technical Advisor, New Flyer Industries

Glen has a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He has practiced as a professional engineer in the bus industry for 30 years.

From 2003 to 2012 he was Director of Engineering – New Product Development at New Flyer Industries where he led the development of New Flyer’s next generation transit bus – Xcelsior. Xcelsior is lighter, more fuel efficient, quieter, and more accessible for the physically challenged, and is available in a wide range of propulsion systems – clean diesel, diesel electric hybrid, CNG, electric trolley bus, and Battery Electric with Rapid Charging.

In 2012, Glen transitioned to Sr. Technical Advisor focused on the technical and business development of fully electric battery transit buses and infrastructure. He passionately believes we should accelerate the electrification of transportation.

Ben Nyland, President & CEO, Loop Energy

Ben has been President & CEO of Loop Energy since 2015, following three years as the Company’s Chief Operations Officer. Prior to joining Loop, Ben was President of Rampworth Capital Services, a boutique management consultancy firm that assisted early stage technology companies mature across all business functions from engineering to operations to finance, leading to increased value and opportunities for liquidity. Ben has also held key leadership positions with Exro Technologies and Maclean Group Marketing, and holds a Bachelors of Computer Engineering from the University of Alberta.

Eddy Nupoort, Project Director, Nel Hydrogen

Since 2010, Eddy has actively contributed to the expansion of hydrogen refueling infrastructure. Eddy has successfully permitted, and installed more than 30 stations in eight different countries; for major transit agencies as well as global energy, and gas companies. He is an active member within several hydrogen standardization committees and has deep knowledge of hydrogen codes such as the NFPA 2.

His latest achievements include creating the world’s first UL system certification of a hydrogen refueling station and the establishment and management of a local Nel facility in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Eddy is currently responsible for hydrogen project activities in California and the USA.

Jeff Plato, President, Illuming Power Inc. – N.A. representative of SinoHytec

Jeff Plato is an engineer by training with senior management professional with performance awards in technical sales, corporate, project and business development, channel and executive management.  He has held senior positions at multinational corporations Hewlett Packard and GE interspersed and startup experience in the Test and Measurement, Industrial Equipment and Fuel Cell industries.  Jeff currently leads Illuming Power, a niche new energy engineering design and prototyping shop based in Vancouver Canada.

Tanya Peacock, Manager, Public Policy and Planning, SoCalGas

Tanya Peacock has extensive experience in energy and environmental policy development and implementation. In her current role managing the Public Policy and Planning team for Southern California Gas Company, Peacock is responsible for federal, state, and local legislative analysis, local and regional planning, development of outreach and communications strategies, and climate and renewable gas policy development.

In previous roles, she managed policy development and implementation of California’s carbon market (Cap and Trade), led SoCalGas’ rate design group, managed participation in interstate pipeline rate cases at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and developed energy efficiency programs.

Ms. Peacock is on the Boards of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters, the California Hydrogen Business Council and MoveLA. Ms. Peacock is a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the LA regional chapter of the State’s Assessment of Climate Change Impacts.  Ms. Peacock holds a B.A. in English Literature from Mills College and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Cornell University.

Dr. Jeff Reed, Chief Scientist, Renewable Fuels and Energy Storage at the Advanced Power and Energy Program, UC Irvine

Dr. Jeff Reed currently serves as Chair of the CHBC and Chief Scientist, Renewable Fuels and Energy Storage at the Advanced Power and Energy Program at UC Irvine.

Dr. Reed’s areas of focus include clean transportation, distributed generation, storage, renewable natural gas, efficient end-use technologies, and hydrogen-natural gas synergies. Prior to joining APEP, Dr. Reed was Director of Business Strategy and Advanced Technology for the Southern California Gas Company, where he led technology advancement activities. Jeff holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from University of California, Berkley and a master’s degree in management from Stanford University.

Siegfried Rivalta, Vice President, Winkelform Flowform Technology

Siegfried Rivalta is the Vice President of Winkelmann Flowform Technology – Fuel Systems (WFT-FS) a leading manufacturer of high- pressure Type 3 cylinders.

WFT-FS, formerly known as CNG cylinders international (CNGci) was acquired by the Winkelmann Group; a global corporation headquartered in Germany.

Rivalta joins WFT-FS from CNG cylinders international (CNGci) a producer of large diameter Type 3 cylinders which he founded in 2008.

Rivalta was the President of International Forming Technology, Inc. (IFT); a manufacturer of metal forming technology and equipment which he co-founded in 2004. His prior role was Director of Technical Services at Alcoa the leading aluminum company. Rivalta played a key technical role in Alcoa’s international expansion; leading growth from 15 to 23 Billion.

Prior to Alcoa Rivalta held numerous leadership roles including plant manager positions in South America, Europe and Canada as well as being the Technical Director of Reynolds Metals in Switzerland. Beginning his career at Siemens in Germany, Rivalta held various positions as start-up engineer and Plant Superintendent for Reynolds International, a subsidiary company of Reynolds Metals. Rivalta has more than 25 years of global executive management experience in growing and scaling both emerging start-ups and Fortune 500 technology companies.

A graduate in electrical engineering of the Institute of Technology in Austria, Rivalta has further attended technical and executive education programs at Elb Campus in Germany, and Case Western Reserve University, Ohio.

Phil Robinson, Vice President of Unmanned Systems, Ballard Power Systems

Phil is Vice President of Unmanned Systems for Ballard Power Systems, and is responsible for UAV and UUV power systems and commercial applications. He joined Ballard subsidiary Protonex in 2005 to head the fuel cell company’s engineering department, and was involved in the earliest UAV power systems, developed for US Air Force and US Navy hand-launched UAV programs. Phil has a background of starting technology companies to develop new technologies and markets in data communications, broadband delivery, and green energy.

Phil is also active in UAV standards efforts; serving as Technical Lead for the ASTM F38.01 workgroup WK60937, Fuel Cells for Use in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and as a charter member of the SAE E-39 Unmanned Aircraft Propulsion Committee – where he is involved in activities regarding fuel cell and hybrid battery propulsion systems. Phil has spoken at numerous conferences and events, on topics ranging from the technical aspects of hybrid systems to U.S. Government policies on innovation and acquisitions. He is a graduate of Georgia Tech, and has been granted 16 patents by the USPTO.

Rocky Rushing, Senior Policy Advocate, Coalition for Clean Air

Rocky Jaramillo Rushing brings to Coalition for Clean Air more than two decades of experience with the California Legislature. Rocky’s career in public service began as a field representative for the late Senator Tom Hayden in 1994. Since then, he has held several positions in the Legislature, including chief of staff in the Assembly and Senate and senior communications consultant to Senate President pro Tempore emeritus Kevin de León. Rocky lives in Sacramento and is married with two daughters. When he’s not in the Capitol, Rocky is on a hiking trail, or a trout stream, or listing to jazz or classical music.

Tim Sasseen, Business Development Manager, Ballard Power Systems

An electrical engineer at heart, Tim Sasseen has been deploying fuel cell electric buses since 2000, when he lead the engine control development team for the deployment the largest public fuel cell bus deployment to date. Tim followed these buses to Europe in 2003 to coordinate the operation and service of this fleet across 7 countries from the Daimler factory in Germany. Upon the successful completion of this monumental program, Tim lead the Ballard engineering team to create the HD6, one of the highest mileage heavy duty fuel cell modules in the industry. Since that time Tim has earned his MBA at UCSD, and has lead start-up developments in microgrids, wind power and stationary energy storage here in California. Tim is now responsible for business development for all of California for Ballard Power System’s medium and heavy duty fuel cell products.

Jesse Schneider, Executive Vice President Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Technology, Nikola Motor Company

Jesse Schneider is Vice President of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies at Nikola Motor. A noted hydrogen and fuel cell expert, Schneider is an automotive industry veteran who spent most of his career working for BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Schneider has spent nearly 20 years in vehicle electrification, fuel cells, electric and hydrogen infrastructure and tanks at automakers in Germany, the United States and China. He led a number of firsts related to fuel cell durability, hydrogen tanks and wireless charging.

Schneider also organized the worldwide standardization for electric and fuel cell vehicle infrastructure. He served as the chair of Hydrogen Fueling Standards and Specifications at SAE (J2601/2799) and ISO (TS 19880-1) and most recently, wireless charging at SAE (J2954).

At Nikola, Schneider will spearhead efforts with the Fuel Cell R&D Division working with Bosch in Germany and the hydrogen fueling technology team for the Nikola stations with NEL Hydrogen in Norway. He will also lead the development of the Nikola R&D Center in Phoenix.

Jeff Serfass, Executive Director, California Hydrogen Business Council

Since January 2012, Mr. Serfass has been serving as the Executive Director of the California Hydrogen Business Council. Mr. Serfass has been leading collaborative efforts to create industries and address both commercialization opportunities and barriers to market development for clean and renewable energy companies. For 22 years, Jeff was the founding President of the National Hydrogen Association, and he continues to serve as the President of the Hydrogen Education Foundation. Jeff served as the founding Executive Director of the Fuel Cell Commercialization Group, the Utility Biomass Energy Commercialization Association, and the Utility PhotoVoltaic Group (now the Solar Electric Power Association). He led the exploratory workshops and relationship building that led to formation of each of these organizations, and then went on to manage them through start-up, development and strategic transition phases. He also served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Advanced Ceramics Association.

Jeff has experience in public policies related to electric system regulation and issues, and in the commercialization of new technologies important to power system management. He has assisted the Electric Power Research Institute in facilitating the development of standard energy storage functional requirements and megawatt-scale battery energy storage demonstrations and has developed collaborative research efforts in creation of smart grid technologies.

Jeff was recently named to the Schatz Energy Research Center’s Advisory Board. He served on the U.S.Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee and served as the Chairman of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Energy Conversion Initiative Advisory Committee. He created and managed for several years the advisory council for the Sacramento Utility District’s renewable generation research program funded by the California Energy Commission. He is currently part of the team developing Total Energy USA in Houston, Texas. Previous roles include positions with the U.S. Department of Energy and Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Jeff holds B.S. and M.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

Cory Shumaker, Development Specialist, California Hydrogen Business Council

Cory Shumaker, MBA assists with various CHBC business and membership tasks as well as event planning, workshop planning, strategic planning, advising, and general council representation. As CHBC’s Development Specialist, Cory brings his experience with zero emission heavy duty vehicles to provide insight on behalf of stakeholders.

Cory has previously worked for Vision Industries Corporation and has received his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering at California State University-Long Beach, and received his MBA in International Business & Entrepreneurship at Loyola Marymount University.

Nancy Skinner, District 9, California State Senator

Elected in November of 2016, State Senator Nancy Skinner represents California’s 9th Senate District, which includes the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, El Sobrante, Hercules, Kensington, Oakland, Piedmont, Pinole, Richmond, Rodeo, San Leandro and San Pablo.

A social justice advocate, energy and climate change trailblazer, and accomplished legislator, Skinner completed three terms in the State Assembly.

In the Assembly, Skinner served as Chair of three key committees: Budget, Rules and Natural Resources. As Budget Chair she oversaw the largest funding boost to childcare and preschool in over a decade; increased state support to our State University and UC systems, cut the number of juveniles incarcerated in state facilities by half, and established a new dedicated fund to reduce prison recidivism.

Skinner took on the Gun Lobby, successfully passing two groundbreaking gun violence prevention measures. To get corporations to pay their fair share, Skinner authored the bill that requires Amazon and other internet retailers to collect sales tax which is now bringing close to a $1 billion a year in new revenue to support vital services for California families. An environmental and climate protection champion, Skinner carried measures that doubled rooftop solar and renewable energy.

A graduate of UC Berkeley with a BS and an MA, Skinner co-founded the labor union representing graduate student instructors and was a leader in the UC South Africa Divestment movement.
Senator Skinner began her public service in 1984 as the first and only student to be elected to the Berkeley City Council. On Council Skinner introduced the nation’s first Styrofoam ban and co-founded an international association of cities, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. After her term on the City Council, Skinner served as Executive Director of ICLEI’s US office and International Director of ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection program which engaged cities worldwide to take action to stop climate change.

Skinner is a past member of the East Bay Regional Park District Board, a former small business owner and an advocate to increase women in elected office. She served on the Board of the East Bay Women’s Political Caucus and launched the statewide Women in Power Pac (WIP Pac) to support Democratic women.

Lauren Skiver, President & CEO, SunLine Transit Agency

Lauren Skiver is the Chief Executive Officer of SunLine Transit Agency. Her responsibilities in this role include planning, budgeting, and operation of transit services for the Coachella Valley as well as supporting the advancement and implementation of SunLine’s zero-emission fuel cell bus program.

Ms. Skiver began her transit career as a maintenance clerk at Hillsborough Area Regional Transit. She went on to lead paratransit for HART and transitioned to the Maryland Transit Administration to serve as Director of Paratransit in 2006. Soon after, Skiver was promoted to Deputy Chief Operating Officer and was responsible for all MTA Operating Modes, including bus transportation and maintenance, Metro Subway, Light Rail, mobility paratransit, and MARC Commuter Rail Service. In 2012, Skiver became CEO of the Delaware Transit Corporation, and in late 2013, made the move back to her home state of California as CEO of SunLine Transit Agency.

Prior to her transit career, Ms. Skiver served in the US Army specializing in Military Intelligence as an Imagery Analyst and served during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Dr. Dan Sperling, Professor and Director, Institute of Transportaiton Studies, UC Davis  & Automotive Related Board Member, California Air Resources Board

Daniel Sperling is Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy, and founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis (ITS-Davis). Dr. Sperling has led ITS-Davis to international prominence by building strong partnerships with industry, government, and the environmental community, integrating interdisciplinary research and education programs, and connecting research with public outreach and education.

Dr. Sperling is recognized as a leading international expert on transportation technology assessment, energy and environmental aspects of transportation, and transportation policy. He was the 2013 chair of the California Fuel Cell Partnership and is 2015 Chair of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. He received the 2013 Blue Planet Prize for being “a pioneer in opening up new fields of study to create more efficient, low-carbon, and environmentally beneficial transportation systems” and 2010 Heinz Award for his “achievements in the research of alternative transportation fuels and his responsibility for the adoption of cleaner transportation policies in California and across the United States.” He is author or editor of over 200 technical articles and 12 books, including Two Billion Cars (Oxford University Press, 2009), and has testified 7 times to the U.S. Congress on alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technology.

He earned his Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley (with minors in Economics and Energy & Resources) and his B.S. in Environmental Engineering and Urban Planning from Cornell University. Professor Sperling worked two years as an environmental planner for the US Environmental Protection Agency and two years as an urban planner in the Peace Corps in Honduras.

Mary-Rose de Valladares, General Manager, International Energy Agency Hydrogen

Mary-Rose de Valladares is the General Manager of the International Energy Agency Hydrogen Technology Collaboration Programme (IEA Hydrogen), the global hub for cooperation and innovation in hydrogen R,D&D. She has a track record for leading the transformation of ideas, policies, projects, organizations, and technology from concept and development through financing and implementation. Formerly with the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Ms. de Valladares is the founding principal of M.R.S. Enterprises, LLC, which provides management consulting and government relations services in energy, environment and sustainability.  Earlier, she built wind and PV systems for irrigation and off-grid applications, as well as solar homes, in the southwestern United States. She was a founding member of the New Mexico Solar Energy Industry Association and served on the Board of the National Hydrogen Association. Proficient in four languages, she holds an MBA from Georgetown University, an MA in an urban planning field, and a Diplôme from the Sorbonne in Paris, France.

Steve Szymanski, Director of Business Development, Nel Hydrogen

Steve is Director of Business Development at Nel Hydrogen and has more than 28 years of technical and business development experience in the fields of process chemicals and hydrogen system solutions. In this role, he is responsible for developing strategic relationships and project opportunities for Government and emerging market applications for PEM and alkaline electrolysis. In addition to managing Nel’s Navy submarine business activity, he also has primary market responsibility for the hydrogen fueling and renewable energy storage sectors in North America. His previous experience includes several years as an engineer in the electrochemical technology group at United Technologies. In this position, he supported the development of PEM electrolyzer and fuel cell technology for space and defense applications. After pursuing a successful career path in process chemical technical sales and sales management, Steve joined Nel to contribute to the success of its electrolyzer commercialization and business development efforts. Steve serves on the Board of Directors and as Secretary of the California Hydrogen Business Council, as a Board Member and Secretary of the Ammonia Energy Association, and on the Board of Governors for the Connecticut Hydrogen Fuel Cell Coalition. He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and a Master of Science in Operations Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Pieter Veltman, Commercial Director, HyET Group

Pieter Veltman is the commercial director for the HyET Group. HyET is short for High-yield Energy Technologies. The group’s two main businesses are :

  • HyET Hydrogen: active as a manufacturer of electrochemical hydrogen purification & compression technology – a clean, silent and efficient proprietary technology to compress hydrogen up to 950 bar.
  • HyET Solar: a manufacturer of thin, flexible and lightweight solar modules

Pieter leads the commercial activities for both businesses. At HyET Hydrogen, his focus is on setting up strategic partnerships with companies in the hydrogen supply chain, including:

  • Hydrogen suppliers
  • Component manufacturers
  • System integrators active in refuelling stations

Pieter has a background in operational and commercial roles in a broad range of energy technologies including steam, fuel cells, gas turbines, wind turbines and coal. He started his career working for Hoogovens Steel as process engineer, sales manager and project manager in South Africa, the Netherlands and the USA. He then joined General Electric in the executive Commercial Leadership Program (eCLP) were, among others, he attained Six Sigma Black Belt certification. In his final role at GE, he was responsible for aero-derivative gas turbine maintenance in Europe, Asia and later, Africa. He then moved on to fuel cell manufacturer Nedstack B.V. in the Netherlands. He has work experience in South Africa, Germany, the USA, France and Sweden.

Pieter obtained his MSc in Applied Physics from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and holds an MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA.