Innovative Energy Solutions: Fueling a Clean Energy Future
Both the US and China face daunting challenges in the areas of national security, long-term economic competitiveness, and global warming.
Energy is at the center of all three, making it arguably the most important problem that we must solve in the coming decades.
While there are no magic bullets, the answer clearly lies in increasing energy efficiency in the short term and developing sustainable, carbon-neutral energy sources over the longer term.
This conference is the first to bring together leading clean energy specialists from business, government, and academia from both the U.S. and China. The San Francisco Bay Area, Beijing, and Shanghai are rapidly becoming the global centers for clean energy technology promotion, development, and investment, and there are enormous gains to be achieved through enhanced collaboration between the regions.
This conference, and a larger conference to be held in Beijing in November 2008, represent the beginning of an effort to encourage long-term collaboration between clean energy policymakers, researchers, businesspeople, and investors in the two countries- Asia Society
Mart Bailey founded Callaway Venture Partners in 2006, and serves as a Managing Partner of the firm.
Prior to founding Callaway Venture Partners, Bailey started his own banking firm, Callaway Private Equity Partners, to serve the private financing needs of growth companies in the medical technology space with mandates to raise over $200 million in venture transactions (Series A-J) led by institutions including Soros, Warburg Pincus, Goldman Sachs, NEA, and Johnson & Johnson.
Before Callaway, he spent the 1990s with Bear Stearns & Co., and a Bear Stearns spin-off, The Shemano Group, where he ran private equity.
He graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Asian Studies, also participating in UC Berkeley's EAP at Beijing University, studying (Mandarin) Chinese.
Gary D. Conley
Gary D. Conley is CEO of SolFocus (Palo Alto, CA), a company dedicated to providing solar energy generating capability at a cost equal to or better than traditional electrical generation. Conley talks about his company's concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) technologies and prospects for deployment and improving efficiency.
Conley was named the 2005 Clean Energy Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Renewable Energy Lab Growth Forum. In February 2006 SolFocus announced a strategic partnership with Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) for core patents and technology development in CPV. Conley previously founded H2Go to enable the hydrogen economy, and the company soon expanded its interests into solar. SolFocus was founded in 2005 to commercialize the CPV technologies developed at H2Go.
As Deputy Director Ren Dongming is working with Center for Renewable Energy Development (CRED), Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission as Renewable Energy Specialist, specializing in Renewable Energy Mandatory Market Share(MMS) and Wind Concession.
Before he joined CRED in 2000, he had been working on The Resettlement Exploitation and Sustainable Development in Three Gorges Reservoir Area for 5 years.
Neal Gutterson was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in February, 2007. He joined Mendel June 2002 and served as VP, R&D, and then Chief Operating Officer, prior to his appointment as President & COO in December, 2005. Neal is a member of the Board of Directors.
Before joining Mendel, he spent 18 years at DNAP, where he managed diverse research programs and corporate relationships, and then served as VP, R&D for several years. Neal has been involved in plant biotechnology since 1983, when he joined the fledgling biotechnology company AGS, to develop genetically improved microbial biocontrol agents.
He is a named inventor on more than 2 dozen patents and pending applications. Neal holds a Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Yale University. He also attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business for an executive education program.
He serves as a member of the Food and Agriculture Section Governing Body, as well as the full Board of the BIO organization.
Regis B. Kelly
Regis B. Kelly is executive director of California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) at the University of California, San Francisco.
N. Bruce Pickering
N. Bruce Pickering has been the executive director of Asia Society's Northern California Center since 2003, with a background in government, non-profit organizations and academia.
Previously, he was director of public affairs and development at the graduate school of journalism and special assistant to the director of the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He also served as program director of the World Affairs Council (1997-1999) and executive director of the U.S. Japan 21st Century Project.
Earlier in his career, he served as a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State, specializing in Political and Arms Control issues (1981-1993), and was deputy political counsel on the U.S. delegation to the Conference on security and cooperation in Vienna during the collapse of the Soviet Union (1988-1992).
He serves as executive director of the California State Assembly International Relations Foundation Board.
Thomas Rooney is Managing Partner, RCI Consulting; formerly CEO, Insituform Technologies.
Scott joined NEA in 1996 as an Associate, became a Partner in 1999 and a General Partner in 2000. Scott focuses on investments in information technology and alternative energy, and is responsible for NEA’s activities in China.
Present board memberships include Agami Systems, Bloom Energy, Data Domain (NASDAQ: DDUP), Dexterra, DreamFactory, Fusion-io, HelioVolt, SolFocus, Spreadtrum Communications (NASDAQ: SPRD), SugarCRM, Tableau Software, Telegent and Teneros. He also serves as Co-Chairman of the board of the Software Development Forum.
He has sponsored investments in 3ware (acquired by Applied Micro Circuits Corporation), Amplitude Software (acquired by Critical Path), Fineground Networks (acquired by Cisco), Neoteris (acquired by Juniper Networks, (NASDAQ: JNPR), NetIQ (NASDAQ: NTIQ), Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM) and WebEx (NASDAQ: WEBX).
Scott started his career at the Boston Consulting Group and later joined C-ATS Software as the company's first salesman. He founded and ran the European Subsidiary before attending Stanford Business School. During and after business school, Scott was a Product Manager at Microsoft, where he worked on Windows 95.
In addition to an MBA from Stanford, Scott holds an AB in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College.
Any of various renewable power sources to use in place of fossil fuels and uranium. Fusion devices (seenuclear fusion) are believed by some to be the best long-term option, because their primary energy source would be deuterium, abundant in ordinary water. Other technologies include solar energy, wind power, tidal power, wave power, hydroelectric power, and geothermal energy. The amount of energy in such renewable and virtually pollution-free sources is large in relation to world energy needs, yet at present only a small portion of it can be converted to electric power at reasonable cost.
Mixture of volatile, flammable hydrocarbons derived from plant material or animal waste and used as fuel. Some long-exploited biofuels, such as wood, can be used directly as a raw material that is burned to produce heat. The heat in turn can be used to run generators in a power plant to produce electricity. Sugars and starches from sugarcane, corn, and high-cellulose plants (such as switchgrass) can be converted into ethanol, which is used directly in internal-combustion engines or is mixed with gasoline (gasohol). Oils from plants such as the soybean or oil palm can be chemically processed and blended with petroleum diesel fuel to make biodiesel.