Richenda Van Leeuwen, Former Head of Access of UN Foundation to give keynote address

Richenda Van Leeuwen
Former Head of Energy Access, United Nations Foundation

Richenda Van Leeuwen is a global executive with over 25 years of international executive management experience. She founded and led the UN Foundation's (UNF's) work on energy access and its engagement with the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Initiative.  A globally recognized expert on energy access, she built a network of enterprises delivering clean-power solutions to developing countries. From its launch in 2011, the network grew to over 2,300 members driving market-led finance and policy solutions for energy access in developing countries.

She joined UNF in 2010 from Good Energies, a global renewable energy private equity firm where she led emerging markets renewable energy investments. She was a founding board member of the Good Energies Foundation, focused on impact investing in renewable energy solutions for sustainable development and climate change mitigation.  Previously she spent nearly five years as CEO of Trickle Up, an international microenterprise development NGO focused on equity and training for women micro-entrepreneurs across the developing world.

A sought out global speaker on energy access, gender development and poverty issues, her career has spanned work on four continents.

Richenda  currently serves on the board of SELCO India, a leading Indian renewable energy social enterprise. She is a founding American women's  "Clean Energy Ambassador" within the Clean Energy Ministerial's C3E initiative, and is currently an advisor to many organizations delivering clean energy services in Asia, Africa and the Americas.

She gained her Bachelors and MBA degrees from Durham University, UK.

You can follow her on Twitter: @VanLeeuwenR

Announcing Microgrid Conference 2016 Keynote Speakers

Audrey Zibelmann
Chair of the New York State Public Service Commission


Audrey Zibelman, Chair of the New York State Public Service Commission will give a keynote address on November 7 at the HOMER International 2016 Microgrid Conference. Audrey Zibelman was confirmed as a Commissioner of the New York State Public Service Commission on June 19, 2013, and was named Chair on September 3, 2013. Her term runs through February 1, 2018. Ms. Zibelman has extensive experience in the public, private and not for-profit energy and electricity sectors. She is a recognized national and international expert in energy policy, markets and Smart Grid innovation.

As PSC Chair, Ms. Zibelman oversees the regulation and safety of New York's electric, gas telephone, cable, water and steam utilities. During her tenure, Ms. Zibelman has been responsible for designing and leading the regulatory and retail market changes of the electric industry under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Reforming the Energy Vision, New York's comprehensive plan to modernize and transform the State's electric industry.

Ms. Zibelman is a Founder and past President and Chief Executive Officer of Viridity Energy, Inc., which she formed after more than 25 years of electric utility industry leadership experience in both the public and private sectors. Previously, Ms. Zibelman was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of PJM, a Regional Transmission Organization that operates the power grid and wholesale power market serving 14 states throughout the eastern United States. Ms. Zibelman also held legal and executive positions at Xcel Energy, served as General Counsel to the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, and was Special Assistant Attorney General in the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office.

She is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Committee; a member of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Future Electric Utility Regulation Advisory Group. She is also a board member of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC).