Keynote Speakers

Dr-Asami-Miketa Dr. Asami Miketa has recently joined the Innovation and Technology Center (IITC) of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Bonn, Germany.  The focus of her work at the IITC/IRENA is in the field of regional renewable energy deployment scenarios and capacity building in energy planning.

Dr. Miketa received a master’s degree in theoretical economics in 1997 and a Ph.D in media and governance in 2002, both from the Keio University in Japan. Her Ph.D thesis dealt with modeling of energy-economy linkage for Asian countries. From 1996 to 2000, she worked as a research assistant for APEC Economic, Environmental, and Energy Modelling and Database project supported by the government of Japan. Then in 2000, she joined the Environmentally Compatible Energy Strategies Project at International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria as a research scholar where she was responsible for a number of research projects, assessing long term energy supply options using various energy modelling tools. Before joining the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 2005 as an energy system analyst/economist, she worked for the Tokyo Institute for Technology, Science of Institutional Management of Technology in Japan for few months. During her 7 years tenure at the Planning and Economic Study Section at the IAEA she developed and conducted various energy planning training programs mainly in Africa and Asia and contributed to several energy assessment studies in these countries. Her main research focus is the assessment of various energy technologies in terms of cost effectiveness, including externalities.

Her scientific interests also include the development, implementation, and application of energy-economy-environmental models, scenario analysis, externalities of energy supply and use.

Dr-Shonali-PachauriDr. Shonali Pachauri is a Senior Research Scholar with the Energy Program at IIASA. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Global Energy Assessment (GEA) and is member of the Editorial Board of the journal Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy.

Dr. Pachauri received her Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) in 2002, following which she was a postdoctoral scholar with the Centre for Energy Policy and Economics at ETHZ. Since joining the Energy Program at IIASA, she has been coordinating and leading research on analyzing policy pathways for achieving universal modern energy access and assessing the wider impacts of this for sustainable development.

Her research foci include the analysis of the socio-economics of energy access, use and choice; resource use and access in relationship to lifestyles, poverty and development; energy access, demand and fuel choice modeling as well as the analysis of embodied energy of household consumption in developing countries.

Prof-Alex-Glazer Alexander Glaser is Assistant Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. He works with the International Panel on Fissile Materials, which publishes the annual Global Fissile Material Report, and is a member of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Glaser works on technical aspects of nuclear technologies and on policy questions related to nuclear energy and nuclear-weapon proliferation. He holds a PhD in Physics from Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany.

Prof-TomThomas Rutherford is Professor of agricultural and applied economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he in addition holds a position in the applied optimization group at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery.   As an undergraduate he studied Engineering and Applied Science at Yale University, and as a graduate student he majored in Operations Research at Stanford University.  He received his doctoral degree from Stanford in 1987 for his work in application of algorithms for nonlinear complementarity problems arising in economic policy analysis. Following a post-doctoral fellowship at the Yale University Cowles Foundation he was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Western Ontario in Canada.  From 1992 to 2005 he was a professor of economics at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and he was professor of Energy Economics at D-MTEC from 2008 to 2011.

Thomas Rutherford performs research on economic equilibrium modeling (including general equilibrium analysis, activity analysis of energy-economic interaction and estimation of models with applications to energy, environment and international trade and urban-spatial economics).  He work lies at the interface of energy economics, international economics, environmental economics and operations research. He has worked primarily on applied policy analysis, although he has several publications focusing on empirical methods and applied microeconomics.  In policy application he is interested in, the consequences of climate policy proposals, the consequences of environmental policy for economic growth and the role of transportation systems for urban development.

Filip-Filip Johnsson (born 1960) is Professor in Sustainable Energy Systems in Department of Energy and Environment  at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. He studied Mechanical Engineering as an undergraduate and he received his doctoral degree from Chalmers in 1992 (related to biomass conversion in fluidized beds). His current research areas comprise energy systems analysis and thermal conversion of solid fuels (fluidized bed combustion and gasification, oxyfuel combustion for CO2 capture). The energy systems analysis has an emphasis on infrastructural change of the energy system and large scale integration of renewable energy, especially wind power. Filip Johnsson is a board member of ELFORSK (The research and development company of the Swedish utilities) and member of the scientific advisory boards of VGB and the EU directorate Joint Research Center (DG-JRC) in the area of energy.

Erica Johnson joined Eskom in 1994 in the Distribution Division and holds a B.Sc and M.Sc degree in Electrical Engineering from UCT and an MBA from Wits. She worked in the Regional Control Centre as an operations engineer before moving in 1997 to the System Operations Department in the ESKOM Transmission Division, as the National Control Manager. Here, she demonstrated a high-level understanding of operational planning support, energy management systems and control room practices required in managing a constrained power system in a restructuring electricity supply industry.   In 2002 she was promoted to head up the System Operations business unit as General Manager.   In 2006 she received the Executive of the Year Award for the leadership and managerial skills she displayed during the power outages experienced in the Western Cape. Erica was promoted to Senior General Manager: Transmission on 1 October 2006 and soon thereafter, to Managing Director: System Operations and Planning, on 1 July 2007.

After major power system failures were experienced in January 2008 Erica was assigned the responsibility of Recovery Program Manager for ESKOM.  The main focus of the recovery program was to re-establish a secure supply of electricity in the country by bringing the power system back in to balance and containing the risks that the company faced. She was appointed as Chief Officer accountable for the Customer Network Business of Eskom (comprising of Transmission, Distribution, System Operations & Planning and Integrated Demand Management) in February 2008. In early 2011 Erica’s portfolio was changed to focus on Eskom’s Strategy and Risk Management Division. Her focus going forward is to build in Eskom Centres of Excellence in the field of scenario-based strategy and the field of resilience-building in high reliability organisations. In February 2012, Erica’s portfolio has been changed to Group Executive: Enterprise Development, which consists of Strategy & Risk Management, Regulation & Legal, Corporate Affairs and Group IT.

Mark Mark Howells is professor and Head of the division: Energy Systems Analysis at KTH. He recently joined after working at the International Atomic Energy Agency. Mark led his first research institute while in his twenties and was elected as the international spokesperson for the World Energy Council’s youth program. He was an associate of Stanford University’s Program on Energy and Sustainable Development. Working for the UN-System he oversaw and interacted with governments to build energy planning activities in Africa, Europe and Asia. At KTH his team is developing new planning methodologies that are being used by the UN-System to consider how we may better address various sustainable development challenges. Mark has consulted widely, co-authored several books and scores of academic articles.

Kate Calvin is a research economist at the Pacific Northwest National
Laboratory’s Joint Global Change Research Institute in College Park, MD.
Her research focuses on model development and scenario analysis with the
Global Change Assessment Model (GCAM), an integrated assessment models.
Her recent work has examined the impacts of bioenergy on land-use, the
implications of delayed participation in climate stabilization scenarios,
and the influence of second best policies on environmental effectiveness
and economic efficiency. She also coordinates regional model comparison
exercises focused on Asia and Latin America.  She received BS degrees in
Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Maryland and MS
and PhD degrees in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford
University.