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Peta Ashworth

The University of Queensland, Australia

Talk title: The energy transition down under

Peta Ashworth is the Chair of Sustainable Energy Futures at the School of Chemical Engineering, University of Queensland where she has responsibility for the Master of Sustainable Energy.

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Gary Dirks

Arizona State University, USA

Gary Dirks is currently director of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, the hub of Arizona State University’s sustainability initiatives. The ASU Wrigley Institute advances research, education and business practices for an urbanizing world.

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Nicole Horseherder

To Nizhoni Ani, Navajo Nation, USA

Talk title: Transition - colonization continued or self-determination?

Nicole Horseherder is Dine (Navajo) activist and organiser in her community on Back Mesa. Nicole is focused on protecting the water sources of Black Mesa which includes work on mining compliance and pollution control.

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David Olsen

Chair, CAISO Board of Governors, USA

Talk title: Decarbonizing electric service: A view from the grid

Dave Olsen has helped lead the California Independent System Operator, manager of the state’s electrical grid, since 2012. He is the former President/CEO of Patagonia, Inc., a leader in corporate sustainability initiatives, which he made one of the first US corporations to track its carbon emissions and get its electricity from renewable energy.

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Kartikeya Singh

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), USA

Talk title: Engaging with India’s energy transition

Kartikeya Singh is deputy director and fellow of the Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy

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Benjamin Sovacool

University of Sussex, UK

Talk title: Promoting novelty, rigor, and style in energy social science

Benjamin K. Sovacool is Professor of Energy Policy at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the School of Business, Management, and Economics, part of the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom.

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