Janice Lin, Chairperson, GESA
Janice brings more twelve years of experience in clean energy strategy and market development experience, and more than two decades of general corporate strategy experience to Strategen. During this time she has advised a diverse range of clients including renewable energy equipment manufacturers and service providers, large corporations diversifying into clean energy, and real estate developers building sustainable communities.
Janice co-founded the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA) in 2009, and currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) and the Energy Storage Committee of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. Janice is also a Member of the Advisory Council of the German American Chamber of Commerce, the UCSD Strategic Energy Initiatives Advisory Council, and Chair of the annual Energy Storage North America (ESNA) conference.
Prior to founding Strategen in 2005, Janice held several senior management positions with PowerLight Corporation (now SunPower Systems), including Vice President of Product Strategy and Vice President of Business Development. During her tenure at PowerLight, Janice led initiatives in product and new market strategies, business development, regulatory affairs, strategic partnerships, investor relations, and customer finance.
Janice holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a BS from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Heiko Stutzinger, Secretary, GESA
Heiko M. Stutzinger graduated in business administration at the European Business School, Oestrich-Winkel (Germany), Universidad Argentina de la Empresa in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and the University of California in Berkley (USA). During his studies, he already gained practical experience at Ernst & Young, Arthur D. Little, the advertising agency Grey and Accenture. At the beginning of his career, he worked as a consultant at the Monitor Group and supervised numerous national and international projects there. Following, he founded a management consultancy and successfully worked on a multitude of strategies and solutions for small and medium sized enterprises.
In 2008, he initially started at Messe Düsseldorf as an Account Manager. Right at the start, he was assigned global responsibility for the trade fair product family in the area of glass and solar technology. In the summer of 2012, he was promoted to Head of Renewable Energy Fairs, and so today, he has global responsibility for the development of the product portfolio of Messe Düsseldorf in the area of renewable energies. Furthermore, he is responsible for the Energy Storage Europe in Düsseldorf/Germany, the Energy Storage North America, Energy Storage China, the Energy Storage Summit Japan as well as the Energy Storage India.
He is co-founder and board member of two leading associations in the field of Energy Storage: the German Energy Storage Association / Bundesverband Energiespeicher (BVES) headquartered in Berlin/Germany and the Global Energy Storage Alliance (GESA) headquartered in Berkeley/CA, U.S.A.
Rahul Walawalkar, Vice Chairperson, GESA
Rahul leads the Emerging Technologies & Markets practice for Customized Energy Solutions with focus on energy storage, renewables, demand response and smart grid technologies as well as international markets. Rahul has been involved in evaluating economics of emerging technologies in deregulated electricity markets since 2004. His activities have covered complete range of smart grid, demand response, microgrid and energy storage technologies. Rahul is founder and Executive Director for India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA). He is member of the Board of Directors of Electricity Storage Association (ESA) since 2009 and was elected as Secretory in 2013. He was nominated as Vice Chair for Global Energy Storage Alliance (GESA) in March 2014.
Rahul has been involved in providing inputs for the demand response and energy storage policy to various regulatory agencies in US and India. He has served as an expert evaluator for US Department of Energy for various smart grid and energy storage demonstration projects in US during 2009-12. In 2012, Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) nominated him as chairperson of working group on Integrating Renewable Energy Sources (RES), Micro-Grids and Energy Storage as part of Smart Grid Coordination Committee. In June 2013, he was also nominated as member of national taskforce for integration of Electricity from renewable energy sources in the Grid during the 12th Plan by Central Electricity Authority & Ministry of Power.
Rahul holds a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. Rahul has also obtained Smart Grid Maturity Model (SGMM) Navigator certification from Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute. He also holds Masters in Energy Management from New York Institute of Technology and undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Walchand College of Engineering.
Eicke R. Weber, Vice Chairperson, GESA
Professor Eicke R. Weber is Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and Professor for Physics / Solar Energy at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics and at the Faculty of Engineering of the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Germany. With a total staff of more than 1300 and annual budget exceeding Euro 80 M the ISE is one of the world-leading research institutes in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency. The focus of Prof. Weber’s own research is the analysis of lattice defects in Si and compound semiconductors. Recently he studied specifically how good solar cells can be produced out of upgraded metallurgical (“dirty”) silicon with somewhat higher impurity content.
Prof. Weber studied Physics at the University of Cologne, Germany where he obtained his doctorate in 1976. After postdoctoral research stays at SUNY, Albany, NY, and at Lund University in Sweden he received his habilitation from Cologne Univeristy in 1983. That year he accepted the appointment to the faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked till 2006, since 1991 as Professor of Materials Science. In 1990 he was appointed visiting professor at Tohoku University in Sendai and in 2000 at Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan. In 1994 he received the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award. In 2002 he was elected fellow of the American Physical Society. From 2004-2006 he served as Chair of the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Graduate Group in Berkeley. He was president of the Alexander von Humboldt Association of America (AvHAA) from 2001-2003 and in 2003 he was elected founding president of the German Scholars Organization (GSO). In 2006 he received the Award of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande) of the German President. In 2012 he was elected founding president of the German Federal Association for Energy Storage BVES.
In July 2008 Prof. Weber was appointed Director to the SEMI International Board of Directors. He received the Electronics and Photonics Division Award of the Electrochemical Society ECS in June 2009. In October 2009 he was elected Honorary Member of the Ioffe Physical-TechnicalInstitute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg. Since 2010 Prof. Weber is Member of acatech - the German Academy of Science and Engineering, Berlin. In 2012 Prof. Weber was appointed Managing Director of the Centre for Renewable Energy (ZEE) of the University of Freiburg. He was elected founding president of the German Energy Storage Association (BVES), Berlin in September 2012. In June 2013 Prof. Weber was honoured with the Einstein Award of SolarWorld. In January 2014 Prof. Weber received the highly-endowed Zayed Future Energy Prize in Abu Dhabi for his institute, Fraunhofer ISE, from the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates.
Professor Weber serves on several Boards and Technical Advisory Boards of companies working in the field of Green Energy.
Johnson Yu, Treasurer, GESA
Johnson Yu is the chairman of China Energy Storage Alliance(CNESA), as well as the founder and chairman of Ray Power Incorporation. CNESA is The first energy storage industry association in China. The Mission of CNESA is to encourage healthy growth of the energy storage industry in China Influence government policies and gain more acceptance and adoption in the power industry. Ray Power is focusing on energy storage system development to provide frequency regulation service in China. Before Ray Power, Mr. Yu is the founder and CEO of Prudent Energy, Prudent is focusing on the R&D and manufacturing of Vanadium Redox Battery(VRB). After the acquisition of VRB Power in 2009, Prudent became the global technology leader in VRB. Before Prudent Energy, Mr. Yu is the co-founder of V2 Technology Inc., a software developer specializing in advanced real time voice, video and data communications on the internet.
Mr. Yu holds MBA degree from Pepperdine University, and a BS in EE from Tsinghua University. In 2010, Mr. Yu is selected by Beijing Government as distinguished entrepreneur; he is also one of awardees of the recruitment program of global expert (1000plan.org) by central government.
Matt Roberts, Communications Officer, GESA
Executive Director, Energy Storage Association
Matt Roberts serves as the Executive Director of the Energy Storage Association, overseeing operations and strategic initiatives for the industry’s trade association. Matt has over 10 years of experience in energy policy, communications and association management with a recognized expertise in renewables, distributed generation, and sustainable infrastructure. Prior to joining ESA, Matt oversaw policy and operations for a global energy trade association focused on reforming the transportation infrastructure and expanding the use of renewable fuels. Matt started his career as a House staffer and speech writer, and has consulted in the energy industry with organizations and companies focused on solar, wind and geothermal energy policy and deployment.