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Dominguez leads ComEd, an Exelon company, which powers the lives of more than 4 million residential and business customers, or 70 percent of Illinois’ population. He is responsible for the safe and reliable delivery of electricity to customers and for empowering them to manage their energy use. He oversees the management of the electric grid for Chicago and most of northern Illinois and ComEd’s partnerships with the diverse communities it serves.
Before joining ComEd, Dominguez served as executive vice president of governmental and regulatory affairs and public policy for ComEd's parent company Exelon. In that role, he led the development and implementation of federal, state, and regional governmental, regulatory, and public policy strategies for one of the nation's largest electric companies with approximately $34 billion in annual revenues.
Dominguez joined Exelon in 2002 as associate general counsel, responsible for all litigation matters in the Mid-Atlantic region. In 2004, he was named general counsel for ComEd's sister company PECO. In 2007, he was named senior vice president of state regulatory and government affairs and general counsel of Exelon Generation. His role expanded in 2009 to include senior vice president of communications, and in 2010 he was named senior vice president of federal regulatory affairs and public policy for Exelon. In 2012, Dominguez became senior vice president of governmental and regulatory affairs and public policy for Exelon.
Prior to joining Exelon, Dominguez was a partner in the law firm of White and Williams, LLP, with a broad-based litigation practice counseling large and small corporations, institutions, and government entities. He is a former assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where he spearheaded the investigation and prosecution of numerous crimes ranging from money laundering to murder-for-hire.
Dominguez serves on several boards of directors and councils, such as Hispanics in Energy, the Rutgers Law School Corporate Governance Advisory Board, and the University of Maryland School of Engineering’s Energy Policy Advisory Board. He co-founded the Association of Latino Energy and Environmental Professionals, an organization focused on ensuring the Latino voice is heard in the energy and environmental industries, in 2011.
Dominguez received the Michael K. Smith Excellence in Service Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Adelante Award from APM, the Delaware Valley’s Most Influential Latinos Award, the Visionary Hispanic Energy Leaders Award, and the nuclear energy industry’s most prestigious award, the William S. Lee Award for Industry Leadership. Dominguez is an inductee of Rutgers-Camden’s Finest and a past Honoree of the Hispanic Bar Association of PA Legal Fund (HBALEF).
Dominguez earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He earned his law degree from Rutgers University School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude, and was recognized as a Dean’s Scholar and the school’s Ralph Bunche Distinguished Fellowship Scholar.
Damir is President and Founder of Quanta Technology, a subsidiary of Quanta Services, a Fortune 500 company. While at Quanta, he served as President of Quanta Energized Services, whose organization achieved a perfect safety record. Previously, he was Vice President of ABB Automation Products and President of KEMA T&D US. Dr. Novosel is also an adjunct professor of Electrical Engineering at North Carolina State University.
Dr. Novosel was elected to the National Academy of Engineers in 2014. He served as President of the IEEE Power and Energy Society. He is also a member of the CIGRE US National Committee and received the CIGRE Attwood Associate award. He is presently a member of the IEEE Standards Board and chairs the IEEE Industry Technical Support Leadership Committee, responsible for cooperation with global regulatory agencies and corporate engagement. He holds 17 US and international patents.
Damir Novosel, IEEE Fellow since 2003, holds a PhD degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University, where he was a Fulbright scholar and was selected Mississippi State University Distinguished Engineering Fellow.
Martin Rosenberg is a recognized journalist and thought leader in the energy sector.
He currently hosts the Grid Talk podcast for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Voices of Experience initiative.
He has written extensively about energy, technology, finance and international business. His freelance work has appeared in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, Japan Times and other publications.
He is the former Director of Content for Informa, where he launched Icons of Infrastructure, news site covering the public-private sector, and the Energy Times, informing utility executives and senior managers, state and federal regulators and policymakers and sector thought leaders.
He organized and chaired Informa’s Empowering Customers & Cities conference in Chicago in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and its Renewables Rush conference in San Francisco in 2016 and 2017.
He was editor-in-chief of EnergyBiz, a national publication covering the energy industry, from its launch under his direction in 2004 through 2014. The magazine was repeatedly recognized as the best publication covering the “energy/utilities/ engineering” sectors.
He was a business writer at the Kansas City Star and worked for newspapers in Oregon.
Dr. Shay Bahramirad is the Vice President of Engineering and Smart Grid at ComEd, where she serves as a strategic business leader, driving efforts to visualize and implement the 21st century power grid transformation and the new energy economy. She holds executive responsibility for ComEd’s vision of the grid of the future as well as communities of the future, developing frameworks for emerging technologies including distributed generation, microgrids, electrification, as well as investment strategies for enabling improved resilience, sustainability and energy equity. Dr. Bahramirad is an Editorial Board Member of Electricity Journal, an Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and the IEEE/PES Vice President of New Initiatives and Outreach, overseeing the organization’s engagement with policy makers globally, and developing strategies for next generation of standards and frameworks, including Smart Cities. Dr. Bahramirad holds multiple advanced degrees, including a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is also a graduate of Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern Women’s Senior Leadership program.
Earl C. “Duke” Austin, Jr., is president and chief executive officer of Quanta Services, a recognized leader driving the operations of the largest specialized contractor serving electric power, pipeline, industrial and communications customers across North America. Quanta Services is a Fortune 300 company with more than $12 Billion in revenue and 40,000 plus employees.
Austin serves on the Texas State University System Board of Regents, as well as on the boards of Southwest Line Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association, Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas, as an executive board member for the Greater Houston Partnership and as a member of the CEO Business Roundtable.
Austin graduated from Sam Houston State University, where he received his B.S. in Business Management/Accounting.
In his 20-plus years with Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc., Geoffrey Canada has become nationally recognized for his pioneering work helping children and families in Harlem and as a passionate advocate for education reform.
Canada founded the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ), which The New York Times Magazine called “one of the most ambitious social experiments of our time.” In October 2005, Canada was named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by US News and World Report. In 2014, he announced his retirement at the end of the school year, ensuring that he will continue to remain a passionate advocate for education and poverty issues.
In 1997, the agency launched the Harlem Children’s Zone Project, which targets a specific geographic area in Central Harlem with a comprehensive range of services. The Zone Project today covers 100 blocks and aims to serve over 10,000 children by 2011.
The New York Times Magazine said the Zone Project “combines educational, social, and medical services. It starts at birth and follows children to college. It meshes those services into an interlocking web, and then it drops that web over an entire neighborhood... The objective is to create a safety net woven so tightly that children in the neighborhood just can’t slip through.”
The work of Canada and HCZ has become a national model and has been the subject of many profiles in the media. Their work has been featured on 60 Minutes, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, CBS This Morning, The Charlie Rose Show, and NPR’s “On Point,” as well in articles in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, USA Today, and Newsday. Canada was prominently featured in the Davis Guggenheim documentary Waiting for “Superman.” Most recently, Geoffrey Canada was featured on the hit Netflix show Luke Cage, and appeared on HBO’s Insecure.
Canada grew up in the South Bronx in a poor, sometimes violent neighborhood. Despite his troubled surroundings, he was able to succeed academically, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College and a master’s in education from the Harvard School of Education. After graduating from Harvard, Canada decided to work to help children who, like himself, were disadvantaged by their lives in poor, embattled neighborhoods.
Drawing upon his own childhood experiences and those at the Harlem Children’s Zone, he wrote Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America and Reaching Up for Manhood: Transforming the Lives of Boys in America. In its review of Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America, Publishers Weekly said, “a more powerful depiction of the tragic life of urban children and a more compelling plea to end ‘America’s war against itself’ cannot be imagined.”
For his years of work advocating for children and families in some of America’s most devastated communities, Canada was a recipient of the first Heinz Award in 1994. In 2004, he was given the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education and Child Magazine’s Children’s Champion Award.
Canada has also received the Heroes of the Year Award from the Robin Hood Foundation, The Jefferson Award for Public Service, the Spirit of the City Award from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the Brennan Legacy Award from New York University, and the Common Good Award from Bowdoin College. He has received honorary degrees from Harvard University, Bowdoin College, Williams College, John Jay College, Bank Street College, and Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary.
A third-degree black belt, Canada is also the founder (in 1983) of the Chang Moo Kwan Martial Arts School. Despite his busy schedule as head of HCZ, he continues to teach the principles of Tae Kwon Do to community youth along with anti-violence and conflict-resolution techniques.
In 2006, Canada was selected by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as co-chair of the Commission on Economic Opportunity, which was asked to formulate a plan to significantly reduce poverty. In 2007, he was appointed co-chair of New York State Governor’s Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board.
Canada is also the East Coast Regional Coordinator for the Black Community Crusade for Children. The Crusade is a nationwide effort to make saving black children the top priority in the black community. This initiative is coordinated by Marian Wright Edelman and the Children’s Defense Fund.
Canada joined Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc. (then called the Rheedlen Foundation) in 1983 as its Education Director. Prior to that, he worked as Director of the Robert White School, a private day school for troubled inner-city youth in Boston.
The National Book Award-winning author Jonathan Kozol has called Canada, “One of the few authentic heroes of New York and one of the best friends children have, or ever will have, in our nation.”
Andrew Salkin is a Founding Principal of Resilient Cities Catalyst, leading RCC’s work connecting Cities and the Private sector to spur innovation and financing.
Andrew is an urban innovator with over 25 years of experience working in and with cities to drive transformation.
Prior to RCC, Andrew served on the 100 Resilient Cities leadership team, helping inspire cities leaders across the globe to tackle their toughest challenges. He also spent 16 years serving New York City government in several positions including: Deputy Commissioner of Operations at Department of Finance, responsible for collecting $30 billion annually; First Deputy Commissioner at Taxi and Limousine Commission, overseeing day-to-day operations of the agency, including the medallion taxi fleet; and Lower Manhattan Borough Commissioner at Department of Transportation, overseeing rebuilding post-September 11.
Andrew holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a BA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.
Jill Anderson is Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Power Supply at Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. She is responsible for driving business strategy across the company, ensuring that the integrated planning to support California’s clean energy transformation is closely aligned with the company’s procurement and dispatch of generation resources. She oversees strategy, resource planning, energy procurement and management, and the operations of SCE’s power generation fleet.
Previously, Anderson was Vice President of Customer Programs and Services at SCE, leading energy efficiency, demand response, clean energy, and electric transportation. Prior to joining SCE, Anderson was Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at the New York Power Authority (NYPA).
Anderson received a Master of Business Administration from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University.
Steve Morriss is Group President, Design and Consulting Services, Americas at AECOM (NYSE:ACM), a premier, fully integrated infrastructure firm that designs, builds, finances and operates assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries.
In this role, Mr. Morriss leads the group's technical services business, numbering more than 20,000 employees across the United States, Canada and Latin America. The capability of the business includes master planning, design, environment, planning, cost management, engineering, and project management for a range of market sectors including transportation, water, defense, power and energy, sports and leisure, education and healthcare.
He is a member of AECOM’s Executive Leadership Team at the enterprise level. Previously, Mr. Morriss served as President and Chief Executive of AECOM’s EMIA geography, which includes the U.K., Continental Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa - a team of 17,000 across 45 countries.
Mr. Morriss joined AECOM in January 2011 from Mouchel where he served as Managing Director of Government and Business Services. Additionally, his 30-year career includes senior executive roles with Serco PLC and WS Atkins. A Civil Engineer, he also served in the Royal Engineers and Royal Marines Reserve.
Military career. Joined Bristol OTC 1984. Commissioned 1988. Served as Troop Commander, Recruiting Officer, Training Officer and Squadron 2IC with Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers until 2001. Led the Regiment’s first Cambrian Patrol team to a Silver Medal. Attachments to 23, 26,32 Engineer Regiments and Royal Marines Reserve in Germany, Cyprus, Holland, France, UK and Belize.
Robert M. “Bob” is Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer. He also serves as President-Dominion Energy Virginia.
He oversees two of the company’s five operating segments: Dominion Energy Virginia and Contracted Generation. Dominion Energy Virginia is a vertically integrated electric utility with generation, transmission and distribution assets and provides electric service to about 2.6 million customer accounts in Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Contracted Generation consists of Millstone Power Station and dozens of solar generating facilities with long-term power purchase agreements in nine states.
Recent positions include Senior Vice President–Regulation, Law, Energy Solutions & Policy and President–Dominion Virginia Power. He was named President and CEO of the power delivery business unit in January 2017 and was promoted to Executive Vice President in May 2017. He assumed his current role in December 2019.
From 2002 to 2005, Blue served as counselor and Director of Policy for former Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner and was a partner with the law firm of Hogan & Hartson prior to that.
He is a member of the board of visitors of the University of Virginia and the boards of directors of the Virginia Healthcare Foundation and Communities In Schools of Virginia.
Blue is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Yale Law School. He also earned his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
Arne Duncan was the ninth U.S. Secretary of Education. Duncan served under President Barack Obama from January 20, 2009 through January 1, 2016.
As managing partner at Emerson Collective, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan returns to Chicago on a mission to improve the lives of young adults in his hometown. Through partnerships with local business leaders, community organizers, and nonprofit groups, Duncan aims to create job and life opportunities for disconnected youth between the ages of 17 and 24.
Emerson Collective is an organization dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity so people can live to their full potential. Established by Laurene Powell Jobs, Emerson Collective centers its work on education, immigration reform, the environment and other social justice initiatives.
Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Duncan served as Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Public Schools. From 2001 to 2008, Duncan won praise for uniting the city’s stakeholders behind an education agenda that included opening 100 new schools; expanding after-school, summer learning, early childhood, and college access programs; dramatically boosting the caliber of teachers; and building public-private partnerships around a variety of education initiatives.
Duncan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1987, majoring in sociology. At Harvard he served as co-captain of the basketball team and was named a first team Academic All-American.
Duncan is married to Karen Duncan, and they have two children.
Dr. Katharine Wilkinson is an author, strategist, and teacher, working to heal the planet we call home. She is Vice President of Communication & Engagement at the nonprofit Project Drawdown and the Senior Writer of Drawdown — the New York Times bestseller on climate solutions. The Boston Globe dubbed Katharine’s first book, Between God & Green, “a vitally important, even subversive, story” for its exploration of climate change and evangelical Christianity. Known for her work at the intersection of climate, gender equality, and women’s leadership, Katharine’s TED Talk on the topic has more than 1.7 million views. She currently advises on Mary Robinson’s feminist climate podcast, Mothers of Invention, and is co-editing an anthology of women’s climate wisdom with Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. In 2019, TIME featured Katharine as one of 15 “women who will save the world.” She speaks, moderates, and facilitates across diverse forums, including National Geographic, Skoll World Forum, and the United Nations. Katharine holds a doctorate in Geography & Environment from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
Gordon van Welie, President and CEO of ISO New England, oversees New England’s 32,000 megawatt power system, the multi-billion dollar wholesale electricity marketplace, and a robust system planning process.
Gordon is leading the strategic initiative to keep New England’s power system reliable while it undergoes a dramatic transformation from oil, coal and nuclear generation to natural gas, renewable and distributed resources.
Before ISO-NE, Gordon was Vice President and General Manager of Power System Control for Siemens. Earlier in his career, he worked with the South African utility, Eskom.
Gordon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.
Stephanie Jamison is the leader of Accenture’s Utilities business, responsible for a global portfolio of services that extend across the utility value chain. She has a proven track record of helping clients with energy transition and growth strategies while driving large scale business transformation programs for some of the largest and most innovative utilities across North America and Europe.
Stephanie initiated Accenture’s Smart Grid Leadership Network, a global community of over 75 utility executives focused on smart grid initiatives. She also leads Accenture’s diversity networks in Europe, Africa & Latin America. Located in London, Stephanie holds both a Bachelor and Master of Engineering degree from The Ohio State University.
Adel El Gammal is the Secretary General of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA).
EERA is the research pillar of the EU Strategic Energy Technology Plan and coordinates Research activities between 250 Research Organisations and Universities across 30 countries in Europe. Adel El Gammal is a senior expert and EU Affairs professional in the fields of clean energy transition and climate change. He advises in several boards of leading organisations and companies active in the low carbon power sector.
Before joining EERA as Secretary General, Adel was active for the last 12 years in the EU climate energy debate, notably as Director of the Becquerel Institute, a consultancy providing advanced research and intelligence on the role of PV in the energy transition, Executive Director of LowCarbonFacts (an European Climate Foundation programme) and Secretary General of the EU Photovoltaic Industry Association (now SolarPower Europe), where he launched the SET-Plan Solar Europe Industry Initiative (SEII), and conducted several major studies on the future of PV and renewables in Europe and Worldwide.
He also worked on several urban planning projects, notably the Sustainability Master Plans for the city of Rome and the Principality of Monaco, as member of Jeremy Rifkin’s Third Industrial revolution CEO roundtable.
Before focusing his activities on renewable energy and the energy transition, Adel held various international executive positions in blue chip companies active in the field of IT and Management Consulting.
Adel is civil engineer from Ecole Polytechnique of Brussels, holds degrees in Business Administration from Solvay Business School (Belgium) and Insead (France) and later specialized in Environment Management (IGEAT, Belgium).
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As president and chief operating officer, Donnelly is responsible for leading ComEd’s overall performance in the areas of service reliability, operations, engineering, safety, customer satisfaction, financial management, smart grid development, and the implementation of microgrid and other advanced technologies.
ComEd, a unit of Chicago-based Exelon, is the largest electric distribution company in Illinois. The company employs over 6,000 people and delivers electricity to over 4 million residential and business customers across northern Illinois – 70 percent of the state’s population – including the city of Chicago.
Exelon is one of the nation’s largest energy providers. The company has one of the industry’s largest portfolios of electricity generation capacity, with a nationwide reach and strong positions in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. Exelon distributes electricity and natural gas to approximately 10 million customers in northern Illinois, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The company is headquartered in Chicago and trades on The Nasdaq Stock Market under the ticker EXC.
Donnelly began his professional career at ComEd sister company PECO, Pennsylvania’s largest electric and natural gas utility, in 1983. He has 35 years of experience in the energy industry.
He was promoted to president of ComEd in June 2018 and has served as COO since 2012. Donnelly also previously served as ComEd’s executive vice president of operations, leading all energy delivery and transmission system operations. He has held several other executive positions covering a broad range of functions for ComEd and PECO.
Donnelly serves on the board of directors for the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, House Theatre of Chicago, and Big Shoulders Fund. He also serves as vice chair of the board of trustees and chair of the quality committee at La Rabida Children’s Hospital in Chicago.
Donnelly earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and MBA from Temple University.
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