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The EDTA Conference and Annual Meeting is the premier annual event for companies and industry professionals representing the entire electric drive value chain.

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Speakers

Speakers

The EDTA Conference & Annual Meeting always features the brightest minds and leading innovators in the electric drive community. Our program is currently being formed so check back often for updates on who is participating this year. Interested in speaking? Click here for more information.

Confirmed speakers

Formula E Holdings
CEO
Alejandro Agag is CEO of Formula E Holdings – a new FIA backed global motor racing Championing using cars powered solely by electricity, beginning in September 2014. Born in Madrid in 1970, Alejandro Agag enjoyed an international upbringing in Madrid, Paris and New York, gaining fluency in English, Spanish, French and Italian.
Qualcomm Technologies Incorporated
VP Strategic Development
Dr. Chris Borroni-Bird joined Qualcomm Technologies Incorporated as a VP of Strategic Development in August 2012 and is responsible for developing and implementing a transportation vision around wireless technologies (both wireless power for electric vehicles and wireless communications between vehicles).
Automotive Service Solutions, Robert Bosch GmbH
President & CEO
Tanvir has an entrepreneurial management style and is driven by innovative thinking. He has successfully expanded revenues and improved profitability at two mid-cap publicly traded global corporations while fundamentally transforming the business model to steer the business in high margin, expanding end markets.
SRA International
Energy Expert
Greg Moreland is employed at SRA International, where he provides contract support to the U.S. Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) as an Energy Expert. Greg’s responsibilities have been focused on the Market Transformation of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.
BMW of North America
Manger of Connected E-Mobility
Cliff Fietzek, Manger of connected e-mobility is responsible for all development related topics on BMW’s electric cars within BMW of North America.
Nissan North America, Inc.
EV Regional Manager
David Peterson is responsible for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure strategy and LEAF alternatives sales channels for the western U.S. Prior to joining Nissan, David led EV research at the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, and was a financial analyst and economic consultant based in Shanghai and San Francisco.
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Director of Transportation Efficiency
Karen is the Director of Transportation Efficiency at VEIC. In this position she develops and oversees the strategic direction for VEIC transportation efficiency efforts including their management of the Way to Go, Go Vermont and Drive Electric Vermont programs as well as the development of a Transportation Efficiency Utility (TEU).
Washington State Department of Transportation
Project Development and Communications Manager
Tonia supports a transportation program that seeks to form partnerships with the private sector for the advancement of innovative public projects, programs or policies.
AeroVironment
President & General Manager
Wahid Nawabi is senior vice president and general manager of Efficient Energy Systems (EES) at AeroVironment. With 20 years’ experience in advanced technology in diverse industries such as fuel cells, clean tech, industrial manufacturing, and energy management, Wahid is responsible for architecting the roadmap of AeroVironment’s Electric Vehicle “ecosystem” solutions offering.
US National Park Service
Branch Chief for Sustainable Operations and Climate Change
Branch Chief for Sustainable Operations and Climate Change in the US National Park Service. Responsible for energy conservation, renewable energy generation, climate change impacts, climate change adaptation and green house gas mitigation.
John Deere Electronic Solutions
Power Electronics Product Line Manager
Mr. Larsen is the Power Electronics Product Line Manager for John Deere Electronic Solutions, a John Deere Company. Since joining the company in 1998, he has held positions of increasing responsibilities in the areas of design, project management, and customer segment management before playing an important role in creating the Power Electronics Business Segment.
Andretti Autosport // Andretti Sports Marketing
Vice President of Marketing Partnerships
Doug Bresnahan serves as the Vice President of Marketing Partnerships for Andretti Autosport and Andretti Sports Marketing. In this capacity, he is responsible for business, client and partner development across all Andretti Sports Marketing and Andretti Autosport properties and initiatives.
UL, LLC
Principal Engineer Manager – Energy
Ken Boyce is Principal Engineer Manager – Energy at UL LLC. Ken has decades of experience in safety engineering across many sectors. Most recently he has served as the technical manager for energy technologies, overseeing standards development and technical operations for renewable energy, electric vehicle, energy storage technologies, biofuel and related equipment.
NRG eVgo
Digital Marketing Director
Juliana leads all digital marketing efforts at NRG eVgo including managing the brand’s website and social media channels. She’s been with the company since 2011 playing a vital role in the overall branding & marketing efforts, including eVgo’s messaging, tone and customer experience.
TM4 Inc.
Product Strategy Manager
Christian Pronovost received a B.S. degree in Electronics engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal in Canada in 1992. Mr. Pronovost has been with TM4 since 1998 as senior electrical engineer.
Odyne Systems, LLC
Director of Sales
Jarmuz is the Director of Sales for Odyne Systems and has overall management responsibility for the sales of propulsion systems for advanced hybrid electric medium and heavy duty trucks.
ALTe Technologies Inc.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Darren C. Post serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of ALTe Technologies Inc., bringing 35 years of vehicle, powertrain & component operations and product development experience from General Motors & Delphi Automotive, where he led automobile programs, engine and automotive component operations.
City of Indianapolis
Director of Enterprise Development
David Rosenberg serves on the cabinet of Mayor Greg Ballard as the Director of Enterprise Development for the City of Indianapolis. In this capacity, he has worked to further Mayor Ballard’s goal of eliminating foreign fuel from the city’s fleet by 2025.
Consumer Reports
Senior Associate Autos Editor
A lifelong car nut and outdoor enthusiast, Eric Evarts received a degree in journalism from Western Washington University, spending as much time as possible along the way at the school’s Vehicle Research Institute working on biofuel, natural gas, and even solar cars.
Navigant Consulting, Inc.
Senior Research Analyst
Lisa Jerram is a senior research analyst contributing to Navigant Research’s Smart Transportation program. She analyzes emerging markets for new technology vehicles and infrastructure, including electric vehicle charging equipment, electric and hybrid trucks and buses, fuel cell vehicles, hydrogen infrastructure, and carsharing services.
Hydro-Québec
Strategic Planning and Transportation Electrification
France Lampron joined Hydro-Québec 12 years ago and has specialized in electric mobility since 2008. She has since managed several of the company's EV pilot projects, and the recent deployment of Canada's first public charging network: The Electric Circuit.
General Motors
Director, Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy
Britta Gross is the Director of Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy at General Motors. She is responsible for steering the infrastructure and commercialization efforts for GM’s alternative fuel vehicle technology programs, including biofuel, natural gas, plug-in electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle programs.
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Program Manager for Electric Transportation
Dan Bowermaster is the Program Manager for Electric Transportation at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), an independent non-profit center for public interest energy and environmental research.
NGA Center for Best Practices
Program Director – Energy and Transportation
Greg Dierkers is a Program Director in the Environment, Energy and Transportation Division of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices. In this capacity he provides program and management support for NGA on state transportation policy, land use planning, clean fuels and vehicles.
Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.
National Brand Manager - Fuel Cell Vehicles
Ed La Rocque is National Brand Manager; Fuel Cell Vehicles for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. Mr. La Rocque is responsible for coordination of Fuel Cell Vehicle Launch and Marketing activities.
AAA
Director of Federal Relations
Avery Ash serves as Director of Federal Relations for AAA. In this capacity Avery is responsible for the Association's federal advocacy work on transportation, consumer automotive and energy issues. Avery publishes AAA's weekly Fuel Gauge Report, which provides analysis of gas prices and trends, and manages the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report, the most current and accurate source of gasoline prices surveying more than 100,000 stations every day.
KLD Energy Technologies
CEO
In 2007, after 20 years of bringing leading-edge products to market, Christian Okonsky founded KLD Energy Technologies, named after his oldest sons, to develop products that will help improve the quality of life for future generations.
Mayor
Indianapolis
Mayor Ballard’s leadership has helped to develop a more stable, affordable and pro-growth economic environment in Indianapolis. He has presided over four consecutive balanced budgets, and is proud of Indianapolis' AAA-debt rating.
Office of Governor Pat Quinn (IL)
Sustainability Director & Senior Sustainability Policy Advisor
Eric Heineman is the Sustainability Director and Senior Sustainability Policy Advisor for Governor Pat Quinn. This portfolio includes Energy, Recycling and Transportation. He currently helps manage the Illinois Green Government Coordinating Council, the Governor’s Sustainable School and Sustainable Universities Compact Program, legislation, and procurement.
Loan Programs Office, U.S. Department of Energy
Executive Director
Peter W. Davidson was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve as the Executive Director of the Loan Programs Office at the U.S. Department of Energy, the largest Federal project finance organization in the United States.
Fuji Electric Corp.
General Manager
Larry Butkovich, the General Manager of Fuji Electric Corp. of America’s EV Department, has been instrumental in launching their 25kW DC Quick Charger in the North American market.
San Diego Gas & Electric
Director, Smart Grid and Clean Transportation
Lee Krevat is director of the smart grid and clean transportation initiatives at San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), a subsidiary of Sempra Energy. SDG&E’s smart grid program, led by Krevat, is one of the most ambitious and comprehensive in the nation.
U.S. Department of Energy
Coordinator, Workplace Charging Challenge
As part of the Department’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, Sarah Olexsak serves as the Workplace Charging Challenge Coordinator where she works to increase workplace charging availability across the country.
ABB Inc.
Program Manager, EV Charging Infrastructure
Andy Bartosh is the Program Manager for ABB’s Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure (EVCI) business unit for North America. ABB (NYSE:ABB) is a $40B USD global power and automation company. ABB is a leader in DC charging of electric vehicles, with the largest install base of DC chargers in the world.
Southern California Edison
Director, Transportation Electrification
Edward Kjaer is the Director of SCE’s Transportation Electrification program. In his role, Ed is responsible for this broad corporate wide effort supporting transportation connecting to the SCE’s electrical system.
City of Sacramento
Mayor
Since taking office, Mayor Johnson has embarked on an ambitious plan to reshape how city government serves the citizens of Sacramento. His top priorities include improving public safety, creating jobs and economic development, launching green and sustainability initiatives, reforming public education, promoting good government and enhancing the quality of life for all Sacramentans.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Manager, Transportation Technology Deployment
As the Manager for Transportation Technology Deployment at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Alex oversees program coordination, customer relationship development, project portfolio oversight, quality assurance, new business development and strategic planning responsibilities for the lab in its transportation deployment activities.
Nevada Office of Energy
Governor’s Energy Advisor and Director
Nationally, Mr. Thomsen has served as President of the Board of Directors of the Geothermal Energy Association; Chairman of the United States Clean Heat and Power Association; and as an industry expert to the U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Program Blue Ribbon Panel. In Nevada, Thomsen served as the President of the Nevada Geothermal Council and sat on the boards of the Economic Development Authority of Nevada, Nevada Mining Association, and Nevada Lung Association.
Toyota Engineering and Manufacturing, North America
Dr. Mikat has been a Senior Principal Engineer and Technical Manager at Toyota for 15 years. His focus has been on Alternative Fuel Vehicle design and charging standardization.
Deputy Assistant and Secretary for Transportation
Reuben Sarkar is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation. He oversees EERE's Sustainable Transportation area, which includes the Vehicle, Fuel Cell, and Bioenergy Technologies offices. He oversees annual investment of more than $600 million with a focus to reduce our oil dependence, avoid pollution, and create jobs by designing and manufacturing petroleum alternatives and more energy efficient cars and trucks.
California Fuel Cell Partnership
Communications Director
For eight years, Chris has led communications, outreach and marketing for CaFCP. She identifies strategies and tactics that prepare communities, stakeholders and future customers for fuel cell electric vehicles and hydrogen stations. Before CaFCP, Chris was IBM’s spokesperson for new technology.
UQM Technologies, Inc.
Heavy Hitters May 21, 8:30 am – 10:00 am The medium and heavy-duty segments are embracing electric drive with exciting implications. Right-sizing vehicles to meet the need of fleet customers, creating a better experience and perception for delivery vehicles, and seamless on-site generation for our work-horse vehicles are all reasons to focus on this suite of opportunities for electric drive.
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
Supervisor, Electric Transportation
Bill Boyce has led SMUD’s Electric Transportation Program for the last 14 years. He is a co-chair on the Board of Directors of the California Electric Transportation Coalition. Mr. Boyce has a broad technical background that includes aerospace, environmental, mechanical, and mining engineering along with his electric utility experience.
Electric Drive Transportation Association
President
Brian Wynne is the President of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA). Appointed in April 2004, he acts as chief staff executive of this member-based international organization, which promotes battery, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell electric vehicles and infrastructure.
Qualcomm Europe Inc.
VP Business Development & Marketing
Dr. Anthony Thomson is vice president of business development and marketing at Qualcomm Europe Inc. With broad responsibility for the business interests of Qualcomm Halo technology, he is a driving force for growth and further development of operations on a global scale.
PlugInsights
Managing Director
Researcher, creative director, ad agency founder, musician and writer. Specialist in emerging technologies.
NAATBatt
Executive Director
Jim Greenberger is the Executive Director of the National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries (NAATBatt), a not-for-profit trade association of advanced battery manufacturers and their supply chain partners doing business in the United States. Mr. Greenberger co-founded NAATBatt in 2008.
Honda North America, Inc.
Manager of Fuel Cell Vehicle Sales and Marketing
Steve Ellis is manager of Fuel Cell Vehicle sales and marketing at American Honda. Steve’s career at Honda began over 20 years ago. He is responsible for Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle business planning and FCX Clarity deployment to retail consumers.
Drive Oregon
Executive Director
In just over a year of operation, Drive Oregon has issued just over $200,000 in grants which have leveraged over $2 million in outside investment in Oregon’s rapidly growing electric vehicle industry – an industry worth over $266 million annually to the state.
EnerDel
Vice President of Engineering
Sean Hendrix is the Vice President of Engineering for EnerDel. He has over 17 years of engineering experience in transportation and grid scale lithium battery systems and electronic controls. Mr. Hendrix is a founding member and leads the battery pack development efforts at EnerDel.
Autowatts
Founder and Partner
Michael Nieling is a designer, educator, father, and full time cyclone of energy. He is co-founder of Autowatts, Creative Director at Ocupop and teaches design and MIAD. Splitting time between offices in Hawaii, Colorado, California and Wisconsin, if he's not on an airplane, he's likely somewhere shouting about marketing and design.
Advanced Energy
Project Manager
Tyler Bray, Project Manager for Advanced Energy, works with communities to plan for and implement emerging transportation initiatives. Tyler manages several transportation projects including the NC Plug-in Electric Vehicle Taskforce, community planning, and workplace charging efforts.
Hydro-Québec
Vice President – Public and Government Affairs
A native of Québec, Mtre Desgagné holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Université Laval. He has been a member of the Québec Bar since 1992, the year in which he joined the Montréal law firm Grondin, Poudrier, Bernier, where he specialized in commercial and civil litigation.
Audi of America
General Manager of Product Strategy and Launch
Wayne Killen is General Manager of Product Strategy and Launch for Audi of America. In this role he is responsible for the strategic product definition of the Audi model portfolio and cross carline technologies in the U.S. market, including infotainment and powertrain.
Navigant Consulting, Inc.
Research Director
John Gartner is a research director leading Navigant Research’s Smart Transportation program, with a primary focus on electric vehicles, advanced batteries, and vehicle charging infrastructure.
VIA Motors, Inc.
Director – National Fleet Sales & Business Development
Jeffrey Esfeld has been at the forefront of developing and commercializing light duty plug-in electric vehicle powertrain technology. He has over 30 years of experience in technology review, business strategy and development, sales, and corporate finance.
Johnson Controls
Vice President Product Management and Strategy
Craig Rigby is currently serving as the Vice President Product Management and Strategy. Craig leads a team to research, analyze, design, communicate and drive business and product strategy for the Original Equipment (OE) group.
NY City Department of Transportation
Director of Alternate Fuel Programs
Mark Simon has served as Director of Alternate Fuel Programs for the NY City Department of Transportation since 1997. He designs and manages (along with his most excellent staff) 40 million dollars in federal grant programs to promote clean vehicle programs in the public and private sectors.
State of Oregon
Chief Electric Vehicle Officer
Ashley Horvat has been designated as the Chief EV Officer for the State of Oregon through a Memorandum of Understanding between Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Her role includes managing the statewide EV deployment program, EV advisor to the Governor’s office, chair of the Energize Oregon Coalition, and other statewide and national responsibilities.
IEEE Transportation Electrification Initiative
Chair
Lee Stogner is the President of the Vincula Group, a consultancy business in energy management, transportation solutions, systems integration and project management. Lee has over 30 years of design, consulting, project management and business development experience across a range of industries.
Duke Energy
Senior Project Manager
Zachary Kuznar works as a Senior Project Manager in the Emerging Technology Office at Duke Energy. In this role, he focuses on identifying, developing, testing and deploying technologies in the renewable generation, energy storage, and water reuse and reclamation space.
Green Sports Alliance
Executive Director
As Executive Director, Martin manages the overall vision and operations of the Green Sports Alliance, whose mission is to help sports teams, venues, and leagues enhance their environmental performance.
Covington & Burling, LLP
Senior of Counsel
Gary Guzy brings three decades of experience in environmental law, regulation, and public policy through his leadership in government, business, and academia. He is skilled at creating strategic partnerships and is known for bringing together diverse groups and resolving challenging public policy controversies through his close work with industry and environmental community leaders.
Energy Systems Network (ESN)
President and CEO
Paul J. Mitchell is President and CEO of Energy Systems Network (ESN), a consortium of companies and institutions focused on the development of Indiana’s alternative energy technology sector. ESN provides project development and coordination for joint ventures and cooperative partnerships between network members who are seeking to commercialize new energy technologies in a diversity of markets.
Nissan EV Infrastructure Strategy & Development
Director
Brendan Jones, Nissan’s director of EV Sales & Infrastructure Development, is responsible for developing and implementing the EV Sales & Infrastructure plan for Nissan LEAF and other EV related products.
Cunningham Strategic Communications, LLC
Founder and Principal
Ryan Cunningham leads Cunningham Strategic Communications, a Washington DC-based consultancy working with innovative leaders in the clean and renewable energy space.
GreenCarReports.com
Editor
John Voelcker is an automotive journalist and industry analyst. He specializes in advanced technologies, particularly powertrains and the energy policies that affect them. As senior editor at High Gear Media for almost five years, he edits GreenCarReports.com and contributes to TheCarConnection.com and MotorAuthority.com.
Momentum Dynamics
CEO & Founder, System Architect
Andrew Daga is the CEO and co-Founder of Momentum Dynamics, and a co-inventor of its wireless charging technology. He is a voting member of the SAE J-2954 (Society of Automotive Engineers) taskforce committee on wireless charging interoperability, and a co-chair of the commercial vehicle applications sub-committee of J-2954.
Blue Solutions (Bolloré Group)
Managing Director
Frederic Dittmar has been Managing Director of Blue Solutions since July 2013. Blue Solutions is the electricity solutions division of the Bolloré Group. Prior to this, Frederic was CEO of IER, a Bolloré subsidiary with activities in smart mobility solutions, airport technology and RFID applications.