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The Global Grid: Greening the Grid for Sustainable Future

The Global Grid: Greening the Grid for Sustainable Future

We have showcased time and again the economic and environmental benefits of switching to cleaner technologies, and yet we keep experiencing dramatic manmade natural disasters. What will it take to act?

The 2010 initiative was not just about presenting green solutions but also to address what problems a certain solution will solve — and why that is the best way to deal with it from an environmental as well as a market point of view!

The Global Grid: Greening the Grid for Sustainable Future

We have showcased time and again the economic and environmental benefits of switching to cleaner technologies, and yet we keep experiencing dramatic manmade natural disasters. What will it take to act?


Henry E. Gooss, Chairman SACC New York and Senior Advisor Investor Growth Capital

Keynote Speakers

Klas Eklund, Senior Economist, SEB
Ambassador Michael Wood, Chairman, Redwood Investments LLC


Andrew Frank, Managing Partner, KREAB Gavin Anderson
Hon. Jerry MacArthur Hultin, President, Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Sven-Christer Nilsson, President & CEO, Volvo Cars, Ripasso AB


Robert B. Catell, Chairman, Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center
Alexander T. Bok, Senior Director Business Development
Sylvia Burks, Partner, Pillsbury Winthop LLP
Alex Darden, Director, EQT
Christopher Flensborg, Coordinator, SEB Capital Markets
David Glendon, President & CEO, Sprague Energy Corp.
Fred Guterl, Executive Editor, Scientific American Magazine
Johan Ihrfelt, President & CEO, O2 Wind Power
Derek Malmberg, Partner, Deloitte & Touche U.S. Energy & Resources Practice
Salvatore Mauro, President & CEO, Volvo Group North America
Robert H. McCooey, Jr., Senior Vice President of New Listings and Capital Markets, NASDAQ
Stuart McKee, National Technology Officer, Microsoft
Warren Mitchell, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Clean Energy Fuels
Lars J. Nilsson, Professor of Environmental and Energy Studies, Lund University, Lund University
Hans Ollongren, Senior Vice President Public Affairs, SAS
Garry Pinkham, VP Investor Relations, Ericsson
Russel Read, Chairman and Managing Partner, C Change Investments LLC


    NASDAQ OMX is the world\'s largest exchange company with trading, technology and public company service capability spanning 6 continents.

  • New York Academy of Sciences The New York Academy of Sciences is a membership organization with over 24,000 members in 140 countries. They include research scientists at universities and industry, as well as representatives of business, government, and policy organizations .

  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman is a full-service law firm with market-leading strengths in the energy, financial services, real estate and technology sectors.  

  • Volvo Group North America is the corporate office that provides Group Representation, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications for North America.

  • In the United States, Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries have 45,000 professionals with a single focus: serving their clients and helping them solve their toughest problems. They work in four key business areas — audit, financial advisory, tax and consulting.   

  • Scandinavian Airlines is the flag carrier of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, and the largest airline in Scandinavia. The airline operates 198

  • Lund University is one of northern Europe's most prestigious universities and one of Scandinavia's largest institutions for education and research, frequently ranked among the world's top 100 universities.

  • Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company who collaborate with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments.

  • Axel Johnson is a Swedish investment company that invests in trade and trade-related services in the European market, with a main focus on the Nordic region.

  • Region Skåne, or Skåne Regional Council, is the self-governing authority of Skåne, the southernmost county of Sweden.

  • SEB is one of Europe’s leading banks. Their success builds on innovative thinking, an international presence and strong, long-term relationships and has done so for more than 150 years.

  • Swedish Foreign Trade Association is working to achieve an effective export promotion in Sweden.

  • Your Majesty is a creative agency based in New York, Amsterdam and Stockholm with offices underway in São Paulo, at your service.

The Global Grid: Greening the Grid for Sustainable Future

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The Global Grid: Greening the Grid for Sustainable Future

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Henry Gooss, Chairman of SACC New York, is Senior Advisor to Investor Growth Capital, Inc., the venture capital arm of Investor AB, a Nordic-based industrial holding company founded almost 100 years ago. He previously served as Managing Director and member of the Management Group from 1998 through 2008. Prior to joining Investor AB, Mr. Gooss was chief investment officer at Chase Manhattan Bank and its predecessors since 1986. His career began at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., and he holds an M.B.A. from New York University. Mr. Gooss serves as Chair of the William T. Grant Foundation, supporting research to improve the lives of young people, and as Treasurer of Goodwill Industries of Greater New York.

Klas Eklund is Senior Economist at SEB, and Adjunct Professor of Economics at Lund University. Mr. Eklund served as SEB’s Chief Economist from 1994 to 2007. Prior to this appointment, he worked as Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of Finance, and served as economic advisor to the Prime Minister. He was also Chairman of the Swedish government’s Productivity Commission. Mr. Eklund has published some 800 articles and columns and a number of books, including a best-selling Swedish economics text-book (translated into Russian and Chinese), books on the budget deficit, economic growth and financial markets. His recent work is focused on the economics of climate change. He is a board member of Mistra-SWECIA, a research project which aims to link climate and economic models, and of the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University.

Ambassador Michael Wood is Chairman of Redwood Investments LLC, an investment company concentrating in media, real estate and alternative energy. From 2006 to 2009, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Sweden. As Ambassador, he set an ambitious agenda to assess Swedish alternative energy companies that could benefit from cooperation with American venture capital and research institutions. The Ambassador’s List, culled from visits to all 21 Swedish provinces, includes 52 firms, and the resulting volume of activity between the Swedish firms and U.S. interests is estimated by the Embassy at $150-200million. For his contributions to Sweden, Ambassador Wood was awarded by the King of Sweden the insignia of Commander Grand Cross, Order of the Polar Star. Prior to his diplomatic appointment, Ambassador Wood was Co-founder & CEO of Hanley Wood LLC. He is on the Board of Trustees of the American-Scandinavian Foundation and on the Board of Directors of Capital Partners for Education. He is a graduate of Yale and received an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from Kettering University in Michigan.

Andrew Frank is Managing Partner at Kreab Gavin Anderson. He joined the firm in 1997 and works with a variety of clients, primarily creating communications strategies for companies involved with complex issues. These have included companies that have conflicts of interest or are in crisis due to financial and/or regulatory issues and litigation. His clients come from many sectors including technology, gaming, industrial and financial. Mr. Frank has worked on communications efforts with corporate counsels, outside law firms, advertising agencies, and lobbyists, and has coordinated efforts in over 40 states leveraging lobbying/PR and other communication skills. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Frank worked at the United States Information Agency, and was one of the founders of Volunteers for America. He has worked in a number of Eastern European countries as they transitioned to democracy 1989-1991, and worked on a numerous political campaigns, including the 1988, 1992, and 1996 presidential campaigns.

Hon. Jerry MacArthur Hultin is President of Polytechnic Institute of New York University. Mr. Hultin led an initiative to redefine Polytechnic’s role in the 21st century, focusing the Institute on the introduction of invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship. In 2008 Polytechnic became an affiliate of New York University, adding its technical prowess to NYU’s educational and resource strengths. Prior to joining Polytechnic University, Mr. Hultin was Dean at the Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management and Professor of Management at Stevens Institute of Technology. He has also served as Under Secretary of the Navy. He is a graduate of Ohio State University, Yale University Law School and served in the Vietnam War. Mr. Hultin worked 25 years in the private sector in areas of law, small business management, and business consulting.

Sven-Christer Nilsson is Board Member of the Sprint Nextel Corporation. He has an extensive career in the IT and telecommunications industry. Mr. Nilsson is now mostly involved as a corporate advisor to small and medium sized companies primarily in the U.S. and Europe. He serves as the Chairman of FMV, the Swedish Defense Material Administration, the civil authority which identifies, develops and supplies material and technological solutions to support Sweden’s security, and of the Swedish Public Service Broadcasting Foundation. He is also a member of the board of directors of Assa Abloy AB, and Ceva, Inc. Mr. Nilsson previously worked with the Ericsson Group for over 15 years, and held senior executive positions, including Executive Vice President & Head of American Standards, and President & CEO. He began his career with the (then) Saab-Scania Group. He is member of The Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences and is also a member of The Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences. He holds a B.S. in Computer Sciences from Lund University.

Robert B. Catell is Chairman, Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC), a partnership of academic and research institutions, energy providers and industrial corporations. Mr. Catell is also Chairman of the New York State Smart Grid Consortium, founded in 2008 to represent all major contributors across the energy chain to harness the unique resources of New York State as it manages collaborative development of the smart grid. Mr. Catell has broad executive experience in all facets of the energy sector. He was formerly Chairman & CEO of KeySpan Corporation and KeySpan Energy Delivery, formerly Brooklyn Union. He is also the former Chairman of National Grid, U.S., following its acquisition of KeySpan Corporation. He is a member of the Board of Directors of numerous industry and business organizations including: CAI Investments Advisory Board, Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies, New York Academy of Science, and is Chair of the New York Energy Policy Institute’s Advisory Council and other regional organizations. He is a past Chairman of the American Gas Association. Mr. Catell holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from CCNY.

Alexander T. Bok is Senior Director, Business Development & Government Affairs and Corporate Counsel at Boston-Power. Mr. Bok is responsible for the company’s development efforts relating to utility and grid energy storage and for coordinating its legal and regulatory activities. Prior to his appointment at Boston-Power, Mr. Bok served as general counsel for, and for two national public affairs firms. He was also a partner at a Boston law firm. Mr. Bok is founder of Boston Baseball Field of Dreams, an effort to bring minor league baseball to greater Boston. He serves on the board of Sherrill House, a Boston nursing home. He has been a member of the Boston Board of Health and Hospitals and the Massachusetts Solid Waste Commission. He is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Business School and Boston College Law School.

Sylvia K. Burks is Partner & Leader, Clean Energy Group, with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Her practice includes the representation of U.S. and foreign established and emerging companies in the areas of corporate, securities, finance, mergers, acquisitions and strategic alliances, intellectual property matters, as well as general corporate representation. Her focus is on cross-border transactions of public and private companies based in Europe and Asia and many other facets of client representation. Prior to joining Pillsbury, Ms. Burks was partner at Coudert Brothers LLP in their Global Corporate practice. She has practiced at Boden Oppenhoff & Schneider (now Linklaters) in Cologne, and in the Competition Directorate at the Commission of the European Union in Brussels. She holds a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, an M.B.A. from UCLA, a B.A. English and Sociology, Dallas Baptist University.

Alex Darden is Director at EQT, a group of private equity funds with investments in Northern and Eastern Europe, Asia and the U.S. The company’s activities focus on buyouts, growth financing and infrastructure. Prior to joining EQT in 2008, Mr. Darden worked at GE Energy Financial Services where he made structured debt and equity investments in energy industry assets and companies. He has also held various positions within ABB Structured Finance’s Advisory and Debt Underwriting businesses. Mr. Darden graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Business Management.

Christopher Flensborg is Head of Sustainable Products and Product Development for SEB. Over his career in banking he has mainly focused on developing new products and business areas. As Co-Developer of The World Bank Green Bond, Mr. Flensborg is one of the pioneers of Environmental Fixed Income products. He has an extensive background as an investment banker and has worked over 22 years throughout Europe at numerous investment banks. Mr. Flensborg has completed the General Management Programme (GMP) at INSEAD.

David Glendon is President & CEO of Sprague Energy Corp., an independent wholesale energy products distributor and marketer in Northeastern U.S. He joined Sprague in 2003, and has focused on driving execution of a customer-centric approach across all facets of the business. He was named President & CEO in January, 2008. Prior to his work with Sprague, Mr. Glendon was Partner and Global Account Manager at Monitor Group, a global consulting and merchant-banking firm. He was a founder and Managing Director of Monitor Equity Advisors, the business arm of Monitor dedicated to evaluating transactions and enhancing strategic positions of portfolio investments for leading capital providers. Mr. Glendon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Williams College, and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School

Fred Guterl is Executive Editor of Scientific American magazine since April 2010. Previously he was Deputy Editor of Newsweek International, where he directed the magazine’s coverage of science, technology, medicine and environment, as well as its digital strategy. Mr. Guterl has won awards for science writing from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Overseas Press Club, and his editing and writing have contributed to numerous awards and nominations from the American Society of Magazine Editors. Mr. Guterl holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester and has taught science writing at Princeton University.

Johan Ihrfelt is CEO & Founder of O2 Wind Power. Founded in 2005, O2 has developed and built one fifth of all wind power plants in Sweden, and is the country’s largest electricity producer and owner of land-based wind power. Before his entry into the energy sector, Mr. Ihrfelt worked in the IT, Media and Telecommunications fields. He founded the internet company Spray in 1995 and served as its CEO. He also served as Vice President in the firms Razorfish and Lycos Europe. Mr. Ihrfelt has a Master of Science degree from the Stockholm School of Economics, and has also studied at NYU’s Stern School of Business. In addition he has studied law at the University of Stockholm. of Business.

Derek Malmberg is a Partner in Deloitte & Touche’s U.S. Energy & Resources practice and serves as the Clean Tech Leader for the Northeast region. He has an extensive background in audit and transactional work for regulated, unregulated, energy transacting and clean tech companies, along with experience in the oil and gas industries. His areas of expertise include matters relating to merger and acquisitions, power purchase agreements, structured transactions, financings, and capital projects including solar and wind. In his previous role as National Office Clearing Partner, Mr. Malmberg was responsible for complex accounting consultation and development of thought leadership related to emerging accounting standards. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration, with a Major in Accountancy from the University of Richmond.

Salvatore Mauro is President, Volvo Group North America. He was named to the position in May 2010, and has a 25-year career with Volvo. He joined Volvo in 1985 as Manager of Operations & Financial Audits, then assumed a number of roles including Controller of Volvo Finance, and expanded his responsibilities as Vice President, Finance & CFO, GE Capitol Joint Venture and Vice President, Operations at Volvo Finance North America, Inc. Mr. Mauro spent several years in Brussels where he restructured the Volvo Car Finance European Operations. Prior to his current position, he was President & CEO of Volvo Financial Services. Mr. Mauro previously held financial positions as auditor with Deloitte Haskins & Sells CPA’s, and as Senior Financial Analyst in the Professional Products Division of Revlon. Mr. Mauro holds a B.S. in Accounting from Boston College.

Robert H. McCooey, Jr. is Senior Vice President of New Listings and Capital Markets, Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. He manages Nasdaq’s new listings efforts domestically, in the Americas, and in the Asia Pacific region. He also leads the Capital Markets Group, formed in 2006, and is responsible for venture capital, private equity, and investment banking outreach to further Nasdaq OMX’s business goals and growth plans. He joined Nasdaq in 2006. Mr. McCooey has an extensive background in capital markets. He served as CEO of the Griswold Company, an agency broker-dealer he founded in 1988, served on the New York Stock Exchange Board of Executives from 2003 to 2006, and was a NYSE Floor Official for eight terms. He has served on committees and boards in the financial sector including: NYSE’s Group Market Performance Committee, NYSE’s Technology and Planning Oversight Committee, the NYSE Foundation, the Securities Industry Automation Corporation (SIAC). He is a member of the National Organization of Investment Professionals (NOIP). Mr. McCooey attended the College of Holy Cross.

Stuart McKee is U.S. National Technology Officer at Microsoft. He joined Microsoft in 2004, and is responsible for driving a comprehensive set of technical and business strategies. Prior to joining Microsoft, Mr. McKee served as Director of the Washington State Department of Information Services, which included the position of Chief Information Officer for Washington State. In addition he has worked as Vice President of Global Internet Operations for the Walt Disney Company, where he directed operations for a number of the web’s most recognized and respected sites including,,, and Mr. McKee has also held positions in strategic planning and operational management of enterprise-wide systems for companies including Starwave and Infoseek. He holds an M.B.A. from Gonzaga University and a B.S. in Business Administration/Management Accounting from Lewis-Clark State College.

Warren Mitchell is Chairman of the Board of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. The company is North America’s leader in providing natural gas to fleet operators. Concurrently, Mr. Mitchell serves as Chairman of the Board of The Energy Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to energy management education. Mr. Mitchell’s experience as an energy executive spans over 40 years. Prior to his retirement in 2000, he served as Group President of Regulated Business Units at Sempra Energy; Chairman & President of Southern California Gas Company, and Chairman of San Diego Gas & Electric Company. He serves as Board Member and Board Secretary for the Fullerton College Foundation, and is Chairman of the Compensation Committee for Pegasus Solutions, Inc.

Lars J. Nilsson is Professor of Environmental and Energy Studies at Lund University. He has 20 years experience in the energy efficiency and renewable energy fields, as well as in energy and climate policy. Mr. Nilsson is a lead author of the forthcoming IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation. He is currently Director of the research program LETS: Governing Transitions to Low Carbon Energy and Transport Systems, a program funded by the Swedish EPA and other agencies. Mr. Nilsson is also a member of the reference group for the IEA Energy Efficiency Governance project and Chair of the Research Board of the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University. He is the Co-Founder of the start-up Devenz AB, a company which develops and produces unique types of specialty surfactants, or green chemicals. He has a Ph.D. in Energy Systems Studies and holds an M.S. in Engineering Physics from Lund University.

Hans Ollongren is Senior Vice President, Corporate Public Affairs and Advisor to the President at SAS, the leading airline group in northern Europe. Mr. Ollongren is responsible for the group’s public and regulatory affairs, including relations with governments. Mr. Ollongren has an extensive background with SAS. His responsibilities have included route management, pricing, as well as functions with focus on international relations. He has served in the organization abroad for 13 years, most recently (1996 to 2001) as SAS Group Representative for European and Public Affairs based in Brussels. He held the position Senior Vice President Corporate Communications from 2002 to 2007. He is a member of the Board of SAS as well as the Coca-Cola Environmental Foundation. Mr. Ollongren studied Business Administration at the University of Stockholm.

Gary Pinkham is Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, Ericsson, North America, and has led Ericsson’s Investor Relations activities from Stockholm and New York. His 24-year career with Ericsson spans numerous areas of the company, and he has recently been appointed to establish and lead a new organization for integrated communications to support Ericsson’s expanded business activities in North America. His responsibilities include employees, government, industry associations, investors, the media and the public sector. Mr. Pinkham was previously Vice President of Business Development and Data Networking for Ericsson North America. He has also held positions within product management, new account development, and in strategic business management for Ericsson’s wireline business. He is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute and served for several years on the Issuer Affairs Advisory Committee for the Nasdaq Board of Directors.

Russel Read is Chairman & Managing Partner, C Change Investments LLC. The company is dedicated to identifying, developing and commercializing technologies related to energy and natural resources. Prior to founding C Change in 2008, Dr. Read served as Chief Investment Officer for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), America’s largest pension fund. During his tenure, he spurred successful investment in green-related technologies and projects. Dr. Read is a founding member of the P8 Group, representing the world’s eight largest pension funds, and he is a member of the Board of Governors for the New York Academy of Sciences. He holds a a doctorate in Political Economy and a Masters Degree in Economics from Stanford University. Additionally, he received an M.B.A. in Finance and International Business and holds a B.A. in Statistics from the University of Chicago.

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With planning underway for this year's Green Initiative, From Farm to Fork 3, focusing on the future of the food chain, we decided to set the bar ambitiously high.

The Summit will address complex problems with innovative solutions, promising attendees limitless possibilities and vital new partnerships. The day-long Summit will bring together companies at the forefront of sustainable technology, academics at the center of groundbreaking research and investors at the helm of venture capital that have realized the challenges but also the opportunities within this global and critical issue.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts and welcoming you as a partner!

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