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Innovation in Climate and Energy
Copenhagen 18-19 June 2008

Helge Sander
Danish Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation since 2001

Helge Sander was elected to the Danish Parliament in 1984. In 1998 he became Mayor of the Municipality of
Herning, and in 2001 he was appointed Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation.

Steve Chu
Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Steve Chu is Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California,
Berkeley. In 1997, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics “for development of methods to cool and trap
atoms with laser light.” Since 2004, he has directed the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory. Steve Chu
has made it his mission to challenge scientists to find environmentally friendly energy alternatives to fossil

Shai Agassi
CEO and Founder, Project Better Place

Shai Agassi was born in 1968, and he graduated with honors from Technion, Israel Institute of Technology,
where he received a Bachelor’s degree in computer science. In October 2007 he founded Project Better
Place, where he is the CEO. The company is focusing on a green transportation infrastructure based on
electric cars as an alternative to the current (rapidly depleting) fossil fuel technology. As outlined in the
company’s vision: “We see an oil-free future and a healthier, safer planet”.

Beth Burnside
Vice Chancellor for Research University of California, Berkeley

Professor Beth Burnside is Vice Chancellor for Research and Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology at the
University of California, Berkeley. As Vice Chancellor for Research Beth is responsible for university/industry
relations, research compliance, research communications and research support for the Berkeley campus.
Professor Burnside’s research interest is the cell biology of retinal photoreceptors.

Tim Flannery
Scientist and Author; Chairman of the Copenhagen Climate Council

Tim Flannery is an internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer, conservationist and author, and one of
Australia’s leading thinkers and writers. With the 2006 book The Weather Makers: The History & Future
Impact of Climate Change, Tim made an important contribution by explaining the science behind
anthropogenic climate changes. Tim Flannery was named Australian of the Year in 2007.

Lykke Friis
Pro-rector, University of Copenhagen

Lykke Friis joined the University of Copenhagen leadership team from a position as Head of European Policy
at the Confederation of Danish Industries. Prior to that, she was Head of Research at the Danish Institute of
International Affairs. Lykke Friis earned her Ph.D. in International Politics from the University of Copenhagen.
She is a frequent guest in Danish television as an expert on European affairs and is an assiduous blogger.

W. Michael Hanemann
Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Berkeley

Michael Hanemann is Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics and has been on faculty since
1968. Prior to coming to Berkeley, he earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. Professor
Hanemann’s research has focused largely on aspects of modeling individual choice behaviour, with
applications to demand forecasting, including conservation, environmental regulation and economic
valuation. He is a leading authority on the methodology of non-market valuation using techniques of both
revealed and stated preference.

Daniel M. Kammen
Director, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab, University of California, Berkeley.

Daniel Kammen is a Professor in the Energy and Resources Group, a Professor of Public Policy and
Professor of Nuclear Engineering. He is also the founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy
Laboratory (RAEL). Kammen is advisor to the Obama campaign for the U.S. Presidency and also advises
the U.S. and Swedish Agencies for International Development, the World Bank, and the President’s
Committee on Science and Technology. Furthermore, he is a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC).

Jay D. Keasling
Director, the Physical Biosciences Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Jay Keasling is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering. His research focuses on metabolic
engineering of microorganisms for degradation of environmental contaminants or for environmentally friendly
synthesis. To that end, the Keasling Laboratory has developed a number of new genetic and mathematical
tools to allow more precise and reproducible control of metabolism.

Riitta Kyrki-Rajamäki
Professor of Nuclear Energy Technology, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland

Riitta Kyrki-Rajamäki is a Professor of Nuclear Energy Technology and Vice-manager of the Department of
Energy and Environmental Technology. Professor Kyrki-Rajamäki is Finland’s leading national expert on
development, validation and application of three-dimensional reactor dynamics analysis methods on nuclear
reactor licensing analyses. She leads the New Type Nuclear Reactors project in the Sustainable Energy
research program of Finnish Academy 2008-2011, and chairs the Finnish Advisory Committee on Nuclear

Arun Majumdar
Director, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Arun Majumdar is a Professor in the College of Engineering and the Director of the Berkeley Nanosciences
and Nanoengineering Institute. He is also a member of the Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group to the
President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He currently chairs the Advisory Committee of
the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation.

Erika Mann
Member of the European Parliament

Erika Mann has been a member of the European Parliament (EP) since 1994. She is Senator of the Max
Planck Society, board member of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, and board Vice-
Chairwoman of the Frauen geben Technik neue Impulse (women promoting technology) Association. She is
also the EP Socialist group coordinator of the Committee on International Trade.

Katherine Richardson
Vice Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen

Katherine Richardson has been Professor of Biological Oceanography at University of Aarhus since 1988.
She currently serves as Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen and leads the
climate strategy of the University of Copenhagen. She also chairs the scientific steering committee of the
2009 Research Congress on Climate Change, which is being organized in collaboration with the
International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU).

James E. Rogers
Chairman of the board, president and CEO of Duke Energy Corporation

Rogers is chairman of the Institute for Electric Efficiency and the Edison Foundation, and serves as co-chair
of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency and the Alliance to Save Energy. He is a director of Fifth
Third Bancorp and Cigna Corp. and serves on the boards and Executive Committees of the World Business
Council for Sustainable Development and the Edison Electric Institute. He is also a board member of the
Nuclear Energy Institute, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations and the Nicholas Institute for
Environmental Policy Solutions.

S. Shankar Sastry
Dean, College of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

Prior to serving as Dean of the College of Engineering, Sastry was Director of CITRIS. In 2007, he was
appointed the faculty co-director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He chaired the Department
of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at Berkeley from 2001 until 2004. Most recently he has
been concerned with cyber-security and critical infrastructure protection, and has helped establish an NSF
Science and Technology Center, TRUST (Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technologies).

Laura D. Tyson
Professor of Business Administration and Economics, University of California, Berkeley

Laura Tyson is Professor at the Haas Business School. Prior to this, Tyson was Dean of the London
Business School and of the Haas School of Business. Professor Tyson served in the Clinton administration
and was the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers between 1993 and 1995, and the President’s
National Economic Adviser between 1995 and 1996. She is a member of the Boards of the Brookings
Institution, the Peter B. Peterson Institute of International Economics, Bruegel, Eastman Kodak Company,
Morgan Stanley Company, AT&T Inc. and 24/7 Customer.

Paul K. Wright
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Acting Director, CITRIS, University of California, Berkeley

Paul Wright was appointed Acting Director of CITRIS in July 2007. He also serves as co-chair of the
Management of Technology Program, co-director of the Berkeley Manufacturing Institute and co-director of
the Berkeley Wireless Research Center. His research and teaching are in high-tech product design and rapid
manufacturing. He is an expert in “battery-less” wireless systems for “demand response power

John Zysman
Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of BRIE, University of California, Berkeley

John Zysman’s writing has focused on corporate strategy and public policy. He has served on a variety of
public and private boards and served as a consultant to governments and companies in Europe, Asia, and
the United States. His most recent book is How Revolutionary Was the Digital Revolution: National
Responses, Market Transformations, and Global Technology. Professor Zysman received his Ph.D. in
Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.