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May 4th - 5th, 2016Tesla FactoryFremont, CA

About the World Energy Innovation Forum

The World Energy Innovation Forum (WEIF), chaired by industry leader Ira Ehrenpreis, convenes the who’s-who in the energy innovation sector to discuss the important energy issues and opportunities of our time. The event will host the leading investors, entrepreneurs, corporates, policymakers, and other prominent members of the energy ecosystem for two days of conversation, dialogue, and networking.

Attendees will have the extraordinary opportunity to hear first-hand from Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, who will help kick off this year’s Forum.

The Forum will feature many other key leaders in the energy innovation sector, all of whom will take to the podium to address the pivotal energy issues and opportunities of our time.

This event marries the best in thought-provoking discussion with the best in industry networking in the most exciting venue in our industry.

Venue: The Tesla Factory, Fremont, CA

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In May of 2010, Tesla purchased the Tesla Factory in Fremont, California from New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. By combining top Silicon Valley engineering talent with the best automotive talent within a proven manufacturing facility, Tesla’s goal is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable transportation by building a full line of increasingly affordable electric vehicles.

The Tesla Factory has returned thousands of jobs to the area and is capable of producing 1,000 cars a week. Production of the Model S began in mid-2012. Tesla launched its crossover vehicle, the Model X, in September.

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Agenda

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Registration & Networking Breakfast

7:30 AM

Chairman's Welcome and State of the Energy Innovation Industry

8:00 AM

Ira Ehrenpreis

World Energy Innovation Forum
Chairman
DBL Partners
Managing Partner

 

8:45 AM

Elon Musk

Tesla Motors, SpaceX
CEO

Break

9:30 AM

 

10:00 AM

Dan Arvizu

National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)
Director Emeritus
National Science Board
Chairman

Ellen Williams

Advanced Research Projects Agency, ARPA-E
Director

 

10:45 AM

Moderator

Matt Rogers

Susan Kennedy

Advanced Microgrid Solutions
Founder and CEO

Pedro Pizarro

Southern California Edison
President

Dan Shugar

NEXTracker
Founder and CEO

Entertainment and Musical Interlude

11:30 AM

Vienna Teng

Singer, Songwriter

Networking Luncheon

12:00 PM

 

1:30 PM

Nancy Pfund

DBL Partners
Managing Partner

Lyndon Rive

SolarCity
CEO

Renewables in Developing World

2:15 PM

Moderator

Colin le Duc

Growth Equity Strategy
Founding Partner, London Co-PM

Akon

Akon Lighting Africa
Founder
Singer and Music Producer

Andrés Gluski

AES
President and CEO

Xavier Helgesen

Off Grid Electric
Co-Founder and CEO

John Morton

National Security Council
White House Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change

Kristina Skierka

Power for All
Campaign Director

Break

3:15 PM

 

3:45 PM

Ray Mabus

United States Navy
Secretary of the Navy

 

4:20 PM

John Hennessy

Stanford University
President

George Shultz

Former U.S. Secretary of State
Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow

Dinner & Reception

5:00 PM

Dessert & Entertainment

6:45 PM

Lior Suchard

Mentalist

Vienna Teng

Singer, Songwriter

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Networking Breakfast

7:30 AM

 

8:30 AM

Beth Comstock

GE
Vice Chair

 

9:15 AM

Steven Chu

12th United States Secretary of Energy
Stanford University
Professor of Physics, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Arun Majumdar

Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy
Jay Precourt Professor
Google
Former VP Energy

Break

10:00 AM

 

10:30 AM

Janet Napolitano

University of California
President

Jagdeep Singh Bachher

University of California
Chief Investment Officer and Vice President

 

11:15 AM

Tony Fadell

Nest
Founder and CEO
Google
SVP

Andy Karsner

The Emerson Collective
Managing Partner

Chairman's Wrap-up

12:00 PM

Ira Ehrenpreis

World Energy Innovation Forum
Chairman
DBL Partners
Managing Partner

Lunch, Tesla Test Drives & Factory Tours

12:15 PM - 5:00 PM

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Chairman

Ira Ehrenpreis

Forum Chairman
Managing Partner, DBL Partners

Speakers

Elon Musk

Tesla Motors & SpaceX

CEO

Steven Chu

12th United States Secretary of Energy

Stanford University

Professor of Physics, Molecular and Cellular Biology

George Shultz

Former U.S. Secretary of State
Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow

Beth Comstock

GE

Vice Chair

Ray Mabus

United States Navy

Secretary of the Navy

Dan Arvizu

National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)

Director Emeritus

National Science Board

Chairman

Akon

Akon Lighting Africa

Founder

Singer

Tony Fadell

Nest

Founder and CEO

Google

SVP

Andrés Gluski

AES

President and CEO

Xavier Helgesen

Off Grid Electric

Co-Founder and CEO

John Hennessy

Stanford University

President

Andy Karsner

The Emerson Collective

Managing Partner

Susan Kennedy

Advanced Microgrid Solutions

Founder and CEO

Colin le Duc

Generation Investment Management

Founding Partner

Arun Majumdar

Stanford University

Jay Precourt Professor
Former VP Energy Google, Founding Director ARPA E

John Morton

National Security Council

White House Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change

Janet Napolitano

University of California

President

Pedro Pizarro

Southern California Edison

President

Nancy Pfund

DBL Partners

Managing Partner

Lyndon Rive

SolarCity

CEO

Matt Rogers

McKinsey & Company

Director

Jagdeep Singh Bachher

University of California

Chief Investment Officer and Vice President of Investments

Kristina Skierka

Power for All

Campaign Director

Dan Shugar

NEXTracker

Founder and CEO

Ellen Williams

Advanced Research Projects Agency, ARPA-E

Director

Entertainment

Lior Suchard

Vienna Teng

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