Judges review the pool of finalists culled by the Analyst Team and Advisory Council and select the winners by a voting system.

     As a delegate of the Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Mr. Endalew has been involved in negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change since 2008. Having been a core team member of the Ethiopian Negotiating team, he was elected Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group in the climate change negotiations process for a two-year term, beginning in January 2017.  Trained as a meteorologist, Gebru Jember Endalew holds a BSc in Physics and Mathematics from Addis Ababa University, an MSc in Meterology and Air Quality from Wageningen University, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Meteorology from the University of Nairobi. He is a member of both the Association of Ethiopian Meteorologists and the Association of Ethiopian Physicists.  Mr. Endalew now serves as Institutions Development and Strategic Partnerships Advisor with the Global Green Growth Institute on the Ethiopia Country Programme, providing strategic support to the government in the regional capacity building programme, the national capacity development programme, the GHG inventory framework, and in climate diplomacy.  Previously, Mr. Endalew was Programme Coordinator for the establishment of the Ethiopian Panel on Climate Change (2013 to 2014), Programme Coordinator for the Climate Change Forum-Ethiopia (2010 to 2013), Head to the Meteorological Research and Studies Department in Ethiopia (2009 to 2010), and a meteorologist with Ethiopia’s National Meteorological Agency , in the Department of Development, the Department of Weather and Early Warning and finally in the Climate Change and Air Pollution Studies Team (2000 to 2008).  Mr. Endalew was an author for Working Group I-Science of Climate change of the First Assessment Report of The Ethiopian Panel on Climate Change in 2015.

As a delegate of the Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Mr. Endalew has been involved in negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change since 2008. Having been a core team member of the Ethiopian Negotiating team, he was elected Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group in the climate change negotiations process for a two-year term, beginning in January 2017.

Trained as a meteorologist, Gebru Jember Endalew holds a BSc in Physics and Mathematics from Addis Ababa University, an MSc in Meterology and Air Quality from Wageningen University, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Meteorology from the University of Nairobi. He is a member of both the Association of Ethiopian Meteorologists and the Association of Ethiopian Physicists.

Mr. Endalew now serves as Institutions Development and Strategic Partnerships Advisor with the Global Green Growth Institute on the Ethiopia Country Programme, providing strategic support to the government in the regional capacity building programme, the national capacity development programme, the GHG inventory framework, and in climate diplomacy.

Previously, Mr. Endalew was Programme Coordinator for the establishment of the Ethiopian Panel on Climate Change (2013 to 2014), Programme Coordinator for the Climate Change Forum-Ethiopia (2010 to 2013), Head to the Meteorological Research and Studies Department in Ethiopia (2009 to 2010), and a meteorologist with Ethiopia’s National Meteorological Agency , in the Department of Development, the Department of Weather and Early Warning and finally in the Climate Change and Air Pollution Studies Team (2000 to 2008).

Mr. Endalew was an author for Working Group I-Science of Climate change of the First Assessment Report of The Ethiopian Panel on Climate Change in 2015.

Gebru Jember Endalew, Chair, Least-Developed Countries Group, INFCCC

     Robin L. Newmark brings over 30 years experience across the energy and environment innovation ecosystem, most recently working at the intersection of technology and policy. Currently Executive Director for Strategic Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), she has led or contributed to programs involving energy, climate and water issues, including the interdependence of water and energy systems. Prior to joining NREL, Dr. Newmark was at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where she conducted research focused on energy, environment and national security. Newmark is a Fellow of research institutes in Colorado and California and was a lead author for the U.S. Climate Assessment. Among her awards are the U.S. EPAs Outstanding Remediation Technology Innovation Award and the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer Recognition Award. Dr. Newmark received a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Phi Beta Kappa), a M.S. from the University of California at Santa Cruz, an M.Phil and a Ph.D from Columbia University.

Robin L. Newmark brings over 30 years experience across the energy and environment innovation ecosystem, most recently working at the intersection of technology and policy. Currently Executive Director for Strategic Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), she has led or contributed to programs involving energy, climate and water issues, including the interdependence of water and energy systems. Prior to joining NREL, Dr. Newmark was at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where she conducted research focused on energy, environment and national security. Newmark is a Fellow of research institutes in Colorado and California and was a lead author for the U.S. Climate Assessment. Among her awards are the U.S. EPAs Outstanding Remediation Technology Innovation Award and the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer Recognition Award. Dr. Newmark received a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Phi Beta Kappa), a M.S. from the University of California at Santa Cruz, an M.Phil and a Ph.D from Columbia University.

Robin L. Newmark, Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives, US Dept. of Energy's National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)

     George Polk is the Managing Partner of Tulum Trust, a private equity firm which manages private equity investments on behalf a small number of large family offices with a focus on generating excellent returns while having a meaningful impact on climate change. Prior to Tulum, George worked with George Soros and was Senior Advisor on Climate Change to McKinsey. For most of his career, George was a technology entrepreneur, most recently founder and CEO of The Cloud, the leading broadband wireless network operator in Europe, which was sold to Sky/News Corporation. George has also founded a number of non-profit organizations and initiatives, including European Climate Foundation and the Carbon War Room, and is currently on the board of the Rocky Mountain Institute. George was recognized as Global Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.

George Polk is the Managing Partner of Tulum Trust, a private equity firm which manages private equity investments on behalf a small number of large family offices with a focus on generating excellent returns while having a meaningful impact on climate change. Prior to Tulum, George worked with George Soros and was Senior Advisor on Climate Change to McKinsey. For most of his career, George was a technology entrepreneur, most recently founder and CEO of The Cloud, the leading broadband wireless network operator in Europe, which was sold to Sky/News Corporation. George has also founded a number of non-profit organizations and initiatives, including European Climate Foundation and the Carbon War Room, and is currently on the board of the Rocky Mountain Institute. George was recognized as Global Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.

George Polk, Managing Partner, Tulum Trust

     Mr. Silver is one of the country's leading clean energy investors and advisors. He is the Managing Partner of Tax Equity Advisors, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor with $400 million AUM, investing in solar projects on behalf of large US companies and also serves as an advisor to several of the country's largest renewables investors, bankers and owners.  During the Obama Administration, Mr. Silver led the federal government's $40 billion clean energy investment fund, leading investments in some of the world's largest wind, solar, geothermal, biofuel and nuclear projects. He also headed the $20 billion fund focused on electric vehicles, which included the initial investment in Tesla. Collectively, those investments helped jump-start the clean energy revolution.  Named one of the country's top-ten "influencers" in green-tech, Mr. Silver is, or has been, on the boards of numerous companies and non-profit organizations, including the American Federation of Scientists, American Forests and, the Solar Electric Light Fund and the Wind Energy Foundation.  Mr. Silver co-founded venture firm, Core Capital Partners, a top-decile investor in software and advanced technology and was COO of Tiger Management, one of the country's largest and most successful hedge funds. He has held senior operating roles in several media companies and began his career at McKinsey & Company, the global management consulting firm.  Mr. Silver has served as senior policy advisor to four U.S. Cabinet Secretaries: Energy, Commerce, Interior and Treasury and served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards. He is a former Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, where he taught the 2nd year MBA course on entrepreneurship  Mr. Silver has written for, and been quoted in, nearly all the leading newspapers in the United States and has testified before Congress on energy, finance and tax matters on numerous occasions.  Mr. Silver is a graduate of Harvard University and the Institute for Political Studies (Sciences PO) in Paris and has received both Rotary and Fulbright Fellowships. Mr. Silver lives with his wife and two children in Washington, DC.

Mr. Silver is one of the country's leading clean energy investors and advisors. He is the Managing Partner of Tax Equity Advisors, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor with $400 million AUM, investing in solar projects on behalf of large US companies and also serves as an advisor to several of the country's largest renewables investors, bankers and owners.

During the Obama Administration, Mr. Silver led the federal government's $40 billion clean energy investment fund, leading investments in some of the world's largest wind, solar, geothermal, biofuel and nuclear projects. He also headed the $20 billion fund focused on electric vehicles, which included the initial investment in Tesla. Collectively, those investments helped jump-start the clean energy revolution.

Named one of the country's top-ten "influencers" in green-tech, Mr. Silver is, or has been, on the boards of numerous companies and non-profit organizations, including the American Federation of Scientists, American Forests and, the Solar Electric Light Fund and the Wind Energy Foundation.

Mr. Silver co-founded venture firm, Core Capital Partners, a top-decile investor in software and advanced technology and was COO of Tiger Management, one of the country's largest and most successful hedge funds. He has held senior operating roles in several media companies and began his career at McKinsey & Company, the global management consulting firm.

Mr. Silver has served as senior policy advisor to four U.S. Cabinet Secretaries: Energy, Commerce, Interior and Treasury and served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards. He is a former Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, where he taught the 2nd year MBA course on entrepreneurship

Mr. Silver has written for, and been quoted in, nearly all the leading newspapers in the United States and has testified before Congress on energy, finance and tax matters on numerous occasions.

Mr. Silver is a graduate of Harvard University and the Institute for Political Studies (Sciences PO) in Paris and has received both Rotary and Fulbright Fellowships. Mr. Silver lives with his wife and two children in Washington, DC.

Johnathan Silver, Tax Equity Investors, LLC

 
     Qi Ye, a leading expert on China"s environmental policy, is a senior fellow and director of the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy (BTC) in Beijing. His research focuses on China"s policies on climate change, environment, energy, natural resources, and urbanization. His recent work examines low carbon development in China, including an annual report analyzing how China is balancing its economic growth and environmental challenges. Qi also headed up the design of China's first low carbon development plan for the city of Baoding in Hebei Province. Along with his duties as BTC director, Qi serves as the Cheung Kong Professor of Environmental Policy and Management at Tsinghua University's School of Public Policy and Management. He is principal investigator and chief editor of the Annual Review of Low Carbon Development in China which has been published in both English and Chinese since 2010.

Qi Ye, a leading expert on China"s environmental policy, is a senior fellow and director of the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy (BTC) in Beijing. His research focuses on China"s policies on climate change, environment, energy, natural resources, and urbanization. His recent work examines low carbon development in China, including an annual report analyzing how China is balancing its economic growth and environmental challenges. Qi also headed up the design of China's first low carbon development plan for the city of Baoding in Hebei Province. Along with his duties as BTC director, Qi serves as the Cheung Kong Professor of Environmental Policy and Management at Tsinghua University's School of Public Policy and Management. He is principal investigator and chief editor of the Annual Review of Low Carbon Development in China which has been published in both English and Chinese since 2010.

Qi Ye

Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy (BTC)

Cathy Zoi has spent 30 years in the energy and environmental sectors at the nexus between technology, management, and policy. In November 2017, Cathy was appointed CEO of EVgo, America’s leading electric vehicle fast-charging company. She is also Executive Chair of Odyssey Energy Solutions, a software platform she co- founded that serves the energy access sector. Cathy was founding CEO of Frontier Power, a rural electrification company incubated by SunEdison. She served in the Obama Administration as Assistant Secretary and Acting
Under Secretary at the Department of Energy, where she oversaw more than $30 billion in energy investments. Cathy was the founding CEO of both the Alliance for Climate Protection, established and chaired by U.S. Vice President Al Gore; and the Sustainable Energy Development Authority, a $50m fund to commercialize clean energy technologies in Australia. Cathy has been an energy investor at Silver Lake and Bayard Capital, a board member for
Ice Energy, SES and Pacific Solar, and a management consultant at ICF and Next Energy. In the early 1990s, she was Chief of Staff for Environmental Policy in the Clinton White House and she pioneered the Energy Star program while at the US EPA. Cathy has been an adjunct professor and Precourt Energy Scholar at Stanford University, where she taught and did research between 2012-17. Cathy has a B.S. in Geology (Honors/Magna cum laude) from Duke University and a M.S. in engineering from Dartmouth.

Cathy Zoi

CEO, EVgo