Angelina M. Galiteva, Founder and Board President, Renewables 100
Angelina M. Galiteva currently serves on the Board of Governors for the California Independent System Operator, she is also Chairperson of the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) and a Principal of New Energy Options, Inc. (NEOptions). In addition, Ms. Galiteva is a founding member of Renewable Energy 100, a non profit dedicated to advancing Renewable Energy Solutions for the energy and transportation sectors. Ms. Galiteva specializes in formalizing strategic direction for renewable energy, new technology development and overall sustainable policy programs for public and private entities. Angelina Galiteva has unique industry experience working on a global scale and has successfully managed to bring key multi-stakeholder partnerships together in order to effectively implement green energy programs and initiatives for a variety of products and applications.
Previously Ms. Galiteva served as the Executive Director-Strategic Planning, for the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). In that capacity she was responsible for structuring and managing the Departments’ internationally acclaimed “Green LA” Environmental and Green Energy portfolio programs. She also led the Department wide effort to structure an Integrated Resource Plan which serves as the basis for LADWP’s overall power operations.
Ms. Galiteva, is an attorney with a JD and Masters’ of Law Degrees in International, Environmental and Energy Law.
Ben Kaun, Senior Project Engineer, Energy Storage, Electric Power Research Institute
Ben Kaun is a senior project engineer for the energy storage program at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), currently managing the analysis of value and impact for grid-connected energy storage technology. He has seven years of diverse experience in energy storage RD&D and management, including specification development and testing of fully integrated grid energy storage, development of tools and methods for energy storage valuation, testing of electric vehicle battery cells and packs, and development and commercialization of novel cell and battery architecture and manufacturing equipment.
Prior to joining EPRI, Kaun was acting CEO at Inventek Corporation, where he managed general business operations of an early stage technology company of six employees, including leading product development, commercialization, and venture capital fundraising efforts of lithium-ion battery technology for electric transportation applications. Prior to that, he worked as a contractor at Mission Motors and Tesla Motors, where he was responsible for sourcing equipment and implementing the first detailed testing of 18650-sized Li-ion cells to qualify potential suppliers for Tesla Roadster. He holds an MS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University and a BS in General Engineering from the University of Illinois.
Gene Hunt, Co-Founder, Trevi Communications
Gene Hunt is co-founder of Trevi Communications, a specialty marketing communications and PR firm focused on advancing emerging technologies and related professional services. A marketing communications strategist and writer with more than 30 years of experience, Gene works with new and established technology companies and innovators. With particular expertise in the energy sector, he combines a passion for sustainable solutions with journalistic insight to craft effective and compelling communications. Gene has created and implemented hundreds of successful programs in support of brand launches, IPOs, events, marketing initiatives and publicity campaigns.
Early in his career, Gene held communications management positions in both the U.S. and Europe for global B2B firms including Agfa-Gevaert, Bayer AG, Tyco Electronics, Raytheon and others. Since 2002, he has focused on energy storage and renewable energy, directing communications for clients covering a range of technologies including flywheels, compressed air, advanced batteries, and photovoltaic inverters. During this time (from 2003 till 2010), he also co-founded a full-service PR agency that grew to 40 employees. Gene holds a B.A. degree (magna cum laude) in communications from Suffolk University and speaks three languages.
Gopal Garg, Vice President Advanced Solutions, SunPower Corporation
Gopal Garg is a “New Initiative leader” with a track-record of profitably incubating and scaling businesses by identifying market-trends, creating/acquiring global teams and partners, improving operational efficiency, and influencing change. Gopal is currently Vice President – Advance Solutions at SunPower Corporation that currently include Storage and Power Conversion. In addition, he serves as an Advisor to both CREE high power devices, and a venture-backed touch-solution company. He is also co-chair of the TiE Silicon Valley Energy group.
In his several roles as GM, Gopal has scaled businesses up to $300M from the ground up in a variety of markets—Renewable energy / Power Electronics, LED Lighting, Water Purification, Mobile Handsets, Enterprise Data communication, Consumer Goods, and Defense electronics.
He brings a complete spectrum of experience, having worked in a small, revenue-funded startup company like Arcus, and mid-size and large public companies like Cypress Semiconductor, Synaptics, and Sun Edison—all at multiple locations in the US and Asia. In variety of roles at these companies he has also led multi-locational engineering teams and strategic acquisitions.
Gopal Garg has a B.E. from BITS Pilani, a premier private college in India, and an MBA from Punjab University in Chandigarh, India.
Dr. Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Program Manager, US Department of Energy Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
After taking a B.S. from Fordham University, Dr. Gyuk did graduate work at Brown University on Superconductivity. Having received a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Purdue University he became a Research Associate at Syracuse. As an Assistant Professor he taught Physics, Civil Engineering, and Environmental Architecture at the University of Wisconsin. Research interests included the theory of elementary particles, metallurgy of non-stoichiometric alloys, non-linear groundwater flow, and architectural design using renewable energy and passive solar techniques. Dr. Gyuk became an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at Kuwait University where he became interested in issues of sustainability.
Dr. Gyuk joined the Department of Energy to manage the Thermal and Physical Storage program. Later he managed DOE's research on biological effects of electric and magnetic fields. For the past decade he has directed the Energy Storage research program which funds work on a wide variety of technologies such as advanced batteries, flywheels, super-capacitors, and Compressed Air Energy Storage, as well as the Global Energy storage Database.. Work under his direction has received eight R&D 100 awards. Currently he also supervises the $185M stimulus funding for Grid Scale Energy Storage Demonstrations developing a portfolio of field tested storage technologies.