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Speaker Biographies

(In order of appearance)

Maud Texier, Head of Energy Development, Google

Maud Texier is Carbon Free Energy Lead at Google. She leads a team responsible for developing and scaling 24/7 carbon-free energy for Google’s data centers worldwide with various initiatives including new technologies, clean energy supply and policy efforts. Prior to joining Google, Maud was Head of Industrial Energy Products at Tesla, leading the product management group for large-scale batteries for various applications across US, Europe, and APAC markets. Previously, Maud worked for Electricite De France as part of the Innovation office in charge of new technologies for the group. Maud holds an MS of engineering in Energy and Power systems from Ecole Centrale Paris.

Brian Rybarik, Director - Energy Market Americas Energy and Sustainability,  Microsoft

Brian Rybarik is a Director – Energy Markets on the Energy and Sustainability Team in Microsoft’s Data Center construction and operations division. In this role, Brian works with utilities to connect new data center projects to the grid and works across the Americas region on regulatory engagements related to energy supply and sustainability commitments for Microsoft’s growing data center portfolio. Prior to joining Microsoft, Brian held various policy, regulatory and legal positions in the energy field, including work at MidAmerican Energy Company, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator and the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.

Benjamin Gerber, Chief Executive Officer, M-RETS

Ben is a sought-after speaker, writer, and executive leader on environmental commodities, innovation in the utility sector, decarbonization, and how software and digitalization will drive the future of energy.

Christian Hofer, Senior Director, Sol Systems

Christian Hofer manages the investment research process in support of Sol Systems’ SREC aggregation and portfolio trading business. Mr. Hofer joined Sol Systems with over four years of direct transaction experience in the U.S. environmental commodities markets and was formerly the lead analyst at Skystream Markets, an institutional brokerage company focusing on renewable energy certificates and carbon credits. Additionally, he has held several roles in the capital markets ranging from trade operations to investment banking.Mr. Hofer graduated magna cum laude with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Business in 2010 with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Environmental Economics & Policy. His senior thesis studied the use of carbon offsets for reforestation projects. He currently serves as chair of the Market Principles Committee at the Environmental Markets Association.

Ali Shajrawi, Manager, Environmental Markets Analysis & Trading, LS Power

Ali Shajrawi is the Manager of Environmental Markets Analysis & Trading at LS Power, a developer, owner, operator, and investor in power generation and electric transmission infrastructure throughout the United States.

Michael Leschke, Director, Center for Resource Solutions

Michael Leschke manages operations of the Green-e® certification programs, including the implementation of the annual verification process, maintaining and overseeing the certifications of Green-e® participant organizations, and engaging in research on various renewable energy topics. Michael interacts on a regular basis, including in an advisory capacity, with various REC tracking systems and has delivered technical guidance on REC and tracking system development for markets in North America and abroad. Michael received a Master of Public Policy from the University of Southern California.

Michael Enger, Director, Austin Energy

Michael Enger, currently the Director of Energy Market Operations, joined Austin Energy in 2001 after graduating from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Economics and a brief stint with a mutual fund company. Michael has spent nearly all of his 20 years at Austin Energy within the Energy Market Operations group performing or overseeing a variety of wholesale market and risk management tasks and projects but takes the greatest pride when identifying new opportunities, programs, or revenue streams that create additional benefit to the Austin Energy new customer.

Kate Gerlach, Director Generation Development, PSEG

Kate Gerlach is Director - Offshore Wind Development at PSEG, a role she assumed in 2021 in PSEG’s newly-formed offshore wind group. In this role she is responsible for advancing various offshore opportunities, including support for the NJ Wind Port and PSEG’s JV Partnership with Orsted on the Ocean Wind 1 Project. Previously, as Director of Fossil Generation Development, Ms. Gerlach led the development efforts for the Sewaren 7 and Bridgeport 5 combined cycles. Since joining PSEG in 2003, Ms. Gerlach has served as Portfolio Strategy Manager for New England and New York, and Manager-M&A- and Development.  In these roles, Ms. Gerlach was responsible for development of regional strategy, market analysis, and maximizing the financial performance of PSEG Power’s New England and New York assets, as well as performing financial valuation analysis for potential mergers, acquisitions and other strategic initiatives.  She served as a witness in the annual Rate Case for PSEG New Haven’s peaking units. In 2009-2010, Ms. Gerlach participated in a rotational program with the Nuclear Energy Institute, where she served as a Senior Project Manager for Industry Infrastructure and was responsible for nuclear manufacturing infrastructure and supplier-related activities. Prior to joining PSEG, Ms. Gerlach worked for Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown as a financial analyst in the Media-Telecom group. Ms. Gerlach holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Wharton and a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University. 

Brendan Kelly, Managing Partner, EnerKnol

Brendan Kelly is a Managing Partner and Director of Business Intelligence at EnerKnol, North America's leading energy policy and regulatory data analytics company.  Brendan has extensive energy industry experience having worked at J.P. Morgan for 20 years in a variety of roles ranging from finance, risk management and deal origination.

Bob Shults, Head of North American Markets, Xpansiv

Bob Shults is Head of North American Markets for Xpansiv, the global marketplace for ESG-inclusive commodities. Bob has more than three decades of leadership in energy and environmental trading, origination, risk management, technology, operations, and project development. Prior to Xpansiv, he was a founding partner and Managing Member of Axiom Commodity Group, an OTC brokerage holding company focused on energy and environmental commodities. Previously, Bob was the Managing Director of Commercial Services and a member of the Executive Management Committee for APX, Inc., and served on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Markets Association. Bob is responsible for the commercial development of Xpansiv environmental commodity markets, as well as the development of differentiated digital fuels. These Intelligent Commodities™ bring transparency to markets, empowering participants to value energy, carbon, and water to meet the challenges of an information-rich, resource-constrained world. 

Scobie Mackay, Managing Director, Macquarie

Scobie Mackay is Head of Origination, Structuring and Sales for the Global Carbon business within Macquarie’s Commodities & Global Markets (CGM). He has over 17 years of experience across international trade law, structured cross-border commodity finance, physical commodity solutions and, most recently, carbon. Scobie joined Macquarie in 2015 prior to which he headed the Commodity Traders & Agribusiness Trade Finance Team for Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore. Scobie had been a lawyer before joining Standard Chartered Bank in 2010, holding positions with Norton Rose Fulbright in their Paris office and, earlier, the Australian Federal Government in both international and domestic law roles. Scobie is an admitted solicitor in both England and Wales and Australia and holds Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws degrees from the Australian National University and is currently an MBA candidate at the University of Oxford.

Adam Raphaely, Head of Emissions Markets at Mercuria Energy America

Adam Raphaely is the Head of Emissions Markets at Mercuria Energy America.

Stephanie Harris, Director, 3Degrees

Steph brings over six years of experience in portfolio management and environmental commodities trading and to the 3Degrees Carbon Markets team. She currently oversees all of the company's commercial carbon activity and primarily focuses on managing the carbon credit portfolio, supporting business partnerships, and originating new carbon projects. Steph first joined 3Degrees in 2015 as a REC originator and market analyst on the Environmental Markets team. Before joining 3Degrees, she completed a Master's degree in Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Matt Lithgow, Senior North American Environmental Markets Correspondent, Carbon Pulse

Matt is Senior North American Environmental Markets Correspondent for Carbon Pulse, based in Chicago. Previously, he worked as a market reporter and research analyst for PRIMA-Markets, where he covered trading activity and policy developments pertaining to the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Renewable Fuel Standard, and other North American clean fuels markets. Matt received his Master of Arts degree in International Development Studies from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Brought in to conduct research on climate change mitigation and carbon trading, his Master’s thesis focused on the environmental and social implications of a possible linkage between the California cap-and-trade programme and a jurisdictional REDD+ scheme in Acre, Brazil. Matt also holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Geography from DePaul University in Chicago where he wrote his Bachelor’s thesis on sustainable city design.

Natasha Beilstein, Manager of Renewable Fuels Marketing, WM Renewable Energy

Natasha Beilstein is the Manager of Renewable Fuels Marketing for WM Renewable Energy, a team developing renewable natural gas (RNG) on WM landfills and participating in the Renewable Fuel Standard, Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Clean Fuels Program, and a variety of other voluntary RNG markets. Natasha’s team is responsible for compliance, regulatory engagement on upcoming and current policies that impact the RNG business, marketing environmental attributes from WMRE RNG projects, and finding new markets to participate in. Prior to joining WM, Natasha was a Senior Regulatory Consultant at EcoEngineers, a renewable energy consulting company based in Des Moines, IA. During this time, she led a team of consultants in delivering training in all renewable fuel types and regulations, as well as managed projects on behalf of clients looking to access the Low Carbon Fuel Standard with unique technologies and production processes. Natasha holds a B.S. of Community and Regional Development, Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from the University of California, Davis. 

Graham Noyes, Executive Director, Low Carbon Fuel Coalition

Graham Noyes is the Managing Attorney of Noyes Law Corporation. Graham’s practice is devoted to fuel and carbon law, particularly the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard, other state level fuel policies, and the federal Renewable Fuel Standard.  Graham represents low carbon fuel producers, project developers, companies with carbon sequestration technologies, and fuel distributors on state and federal policy campaigns, rule makings, regulatory analysis, and credit generation strategies.  Graham represents many companies producing or developing the world’s lowest carbon fuels including the Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) Producer Group.  Graham also is Executive Director of the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition (LCFC), a non-profit dedicated to the expansion of low carbon fuel policies.  The LCFC works at the community, state and federal level to expand Clean Fuel Standards and build industry consensus in support of technology-neutral policies that are scientifically based.

Jennifer McIsaac, Director - Market Analysis, ClearBlue Markets

Jennifer McIsaac, Director of Market Analysis at ClearBlue Markets, has two decades of experience in policy analysis and forecasting environmental commodities—including regional compliance markets for carbon (California/WCI and RGGI), Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) credits. Prior to joining ClearBlue, McIsaac was Lead Analyst for Low Carbon Markets at S&P Global Platts and Director of Emissions and Clean Energy for PIRA Energy Group, acquired by S&P Global in 2016. Her professional experience in the energy industry also includes positions at NUI Corp., the parent company of several gas utilities, and at Exxon Company, International. McIsaac’s academic foundation includes a B.A. in mathematics from Drew University and an M.A. in economics from Cornell University. 

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