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Toward Green-Tech Cities

Europe meets the Bay Area

A Policy and Business Dialogue in San Francisco

Thursday, November 6th, 2014, 5.00-8.30 pm

Fort Mason, Conference Center, Building A, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco (Map)

Cities and Regions around the globe are taking the lead in adopting new technologies to reduce energy intensity and carbon footprint. This is especially true of Europe and of California, particularly the Bay Area, which are leading the way in sustainable urban planning, smart grids and green cities.

Join us for a conversation with policy makers and business leaders on how the Bay Area and Europe can address this challenge cooperatively.

November 6th, Fort Mason, Conference Center, Building A, San Francisco

17.30 Welcome

Mauro Battocchi, Consul General of Italy, EU Local Chair

Sean Randolph, President of the Bay Area Council
Economic Institute


17.35-18.30 Panel 1 on Policy Drivers

Emerging Best Practices in Green City Planning in THE Bay Area and Europe

Moderated by Sean Randolph, President of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute

Francesco Profumo, former Research Minister of Italy, President, IREN

Debbie Raphael, Head, Department of Environment,
City and County of San Francisco

Hugo von Meijenfeldt, former Climate Ambassador,
Consul General of the Netherlands

Johanna Partin, Regional Director North America, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Sachu Constantine,
Director of Policy, California Center for Sustainable Energy



18.30-19.25 Panel 2 on New Business Opportunities

Smart Solutions to Green City Challenges

Moderated by Elisabetta Ghisini, Business Association Italy America

Valerio Vadacchino
Manager Smart Grid Business Development,
ENEL Green Power North America

Darron Brackenbury, COO, Cumulus Energy Storage

Nicolas Rader, Director of SF Operations, Project Director, Snøhetta

Peter Wijsman, Program Manager, Arcadis US

Mike Rosenfeld, Vice Consul,
British Consulate General, Senior Advisor Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, UK Trade & Investment

Carlo Iacovini
, Key Account Manager, Energica Motor Company


19.25-19.30 Conclusions

Nuno Mathias, Consul General of Portugal


19.30-20.30 Trade Show Session and Networking Cocktail

Companies showcase technologies and solutions in poster session with demo-tables.



Showcasing Companies: Enel Green Power; WSP www.wsp             ; IREN; Snøhetta; Green Vulcano; Arup; Energica Motor Company; ExpertSystem; Dhitech; Energie Valsabbia; Cumulus Energy Storage; Ray Magic; Uvax; Arcadis US

In attendance also: Alameda Municipal Power; Bay Area Joint Policy Committee; CITRIS, Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society; Green Cities California; Recology San Francisco; San Francisco Public Utilities Commission


For Registration:

Contact person for companies interested in the Trade Show Session:
Stefano Mancini,


Biographical notes:

Chairman of IREN, Francesco Profumo was Minister of Education, University and Research from November 2011 to April 2013. He was President of CNR (National Research Council), and Rector of Politecnico di Torino. He is Member of the Board of several joint-stock companies and holds leadership positions in many European and international Associations.


Sean Randolph is President & CEO of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, a public-private partnership of business, labor, government and higher education that works to foster a competitive economy in California and the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco, Oakland and Silicon Valley. The Economic Institute produces authoritative analyses on economic policy issues affecting the region and the state, including infrastructure, globalization, energy, science, and governance, and mobilizes California and Bay Area leaders around targeted policy initiatives.


Deborah Raphael is Director of the Department of Environment (SF Environment) where she worked previously for 12 years as the Program Director for Toxics Reduction and Green Building. Raphael has over 20 years of experience in environmental policy and government administration and most recently served as Director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control for the State of California.


Hugo von Meijenfeldt was appointed as representative for the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the 13 westernmost United States as of August 2013. He and his team, based in San Francisco and Los Angeles, focus on mutual investments in innovation: water and energy, food and nutrition, life science and health, and creative industries. Prior to his current posting, Hugo was Deputy Director General at the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. He was also Special Envoy for Climate Change at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2009 until 2013. In this capacity, he chaired the Dutch participation in the global diplomatic activities to reach a climate agreement.


Sachu Constantine, Director of Policy, Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), brings almost twenty years of experience managing and implementing complex clean energy projects and programs. Early experiences in community development and forestry as a Peace Corps volunteer highlighted the importance of an environmentally sustainable economy in the U.S. and abroad. As a policy professional, Sachu has striven to combine this perspective with a strong analytical and strategic approach to energy issues.


Promoted by:

  • Consulate General of Italy
  • Italian Cultural Institute
  • Bay Area Council Economic Institute
  • Business Association Italy America (BAIA)

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