Board of Directors

Carl Besaw, Chairman

Carl Besaw is a Project Manager with Southern California Edison’s (SCE) Tariff Programs and Services group. He is currently leading demand response (DR) emerging markets and technology efforts. In this role, he is responsible for identifying future technology solutions and evaluating them for DR capabilities, potential energy savings, compatibility with Edison SmartConnectTM meters, adherence to open standards, and integration with SCE’s portfolio of DR programs.

Carl began his career working for effectiveness expert Steven R. Covey where he supported software planning tools and other technology solutions. Prior to coming to SCE, Carl held project/product management and consulting positions with several niche software companies managing the development of software and other technology solutions for the insurance, finance, automotive, and equipment rental industries.

Carl holds a Bachelor degree from Brigham Young University and a MBA from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and was a founding board member of the OpenADR Alliance.

 

 

Girish Ghatikar, Vice-Chairman

Girish Ghatikar is a Program Manager with U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory overseeing Demand Response (DR) technologies, Open Auto-DR (OpenADR) standards, international Smart Grid, and energy-related services and markets. Ghatikar’s background and experiences are in key areas of information technology, standards, technology transfer, and business innovation for Energy Efficiency, DR, Smart Grid, and its applications. Ghatikar serves on the Board of Directors and is the Vice Chairman for the OpenADR Alliance, Steering and Technical Committees for OASIS (Organization for Advancement of Structured Information Standards), and user groups to advance open Smart Grid innovation and acceleration.

Ghatikar holds Master degrees in Telecommunication Systems/ Computer Technologies, and Infrastructure Planning/ Management, and Bachelors degree in Architecture.

 

 

 

 

Albert Chiu, Secretary/Treasurer

Albert Chiu is a Lead Product Manager in the Integrated Demand Side Management (IDSM) Department at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). In his 12 years in IDSM, he has developed and implemented residential, 3rd party, low income, commercial and local government energy efficiency and demand response programs for utility customers. He is the lead of the DR Technology and Solutions Team in the Demand Response Emerging Market Department at PG&E and his team is also responsible for all Auto DR/PLS technologies development and implementation. At PG&E, he focuses on how to utilize the new technologies to integrated DR with CA electric Wholesale Market and addressing Intermittent Renewable Resource challenges.

Albert chairs the OpenADR Task Force within the Utility Communication Architect Internal User Group (UCAIug) and serves at the OpenADR Alliance board of directors. He also participates in the NIST National Smart Grid activities such as Priority Action Plan 3, 4 and 9. He is in multiple Technical Advisor Groups with CA universities and national labs.

 

 

 

Venki Ramachandran, Director


Venki is currently the Director, Professional Services at AutoGrid. In this role he is eading the Professional Services team whose main charter is to manage the customer deployments in terms of scope definition, timeline creation, solution definition, solution testing, deployment, training to ultimately hand over the solution to the customer team and drive customer acceptance and satisfaction. Also, responsible for device integration, pre-sales support, demonstration of our solution and running the quality assistance team. 

Venki is an accomplished smart grid executive, who can read the utility market trends and translate that into concise vision for products and services. In the past, he has led several start up companies and has held various senior management positions within CellNet and Trilliant, having joined both of the companies at an early stage. He holds a M.S in Industrial Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso and a B.S. Mechanical Engineering from V.J.T.I Bombay University, India.

 

 

Jeff McAulay, Director

Jeff is the Sr. Manager of Strategic Partnerships at EnerNOC where he is developing a partner ecosystem to expand the company’s enterprise energy intelligence software suite. Prior to EnerNOC, Jeff was the founding TechBridge program manager at Fraunhofer CSE, an applied R&D organization focusing on photovoltaic modules, building energy efficiency and distributed energy resources. Jeff built an international partnership program across Fraunhofer Institutes to validate early stage companies and accelerate commercialization. TechBridge client technologies included advanced lighting systems, lightweight materials, energy data algorithms, and power electronics.

Jeff has an interdisciplinary engineering background, having also worked on medical devices at Boston Scientific and catalytic fuel reformation at Nuvera Fuel Cells. He holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University and a master's degree from the Engineering Systems Division at MIT.

 

 

 

 

Ed Koch, Director

Ed Koch is currently a Senior Fellow at Honeywell and co-founder and CTO for Akuacom, Inc., a leader in Automated Demand Response (ADR) software. Akuacom was acquired by Honeywell International in May 2010.  Mr. Koch is responsible for leading Akuacom’s R&D efforts and intellectual property decisions.
 
Mr. Koch also served as the lead for the working group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) that drafted the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) version 1.0 Specification. Working in partnership with LBNL, Akuacom drove development of the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) protocol, endorsed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as a key Smart Grid interoperability standard.  Mr. Koch continues to be actively involved in various Smart Grid standards efforts within SGIP, UCAIug, IEC, OASIS and NAESB.
    
Prior to founding Akuacom, Mr. Koch was co-founder and CTO of Coactive Networks where he led Coactive's engineering efforts and established its architecture and technical directions.  Previously, Mr. Koch managed the Automotive Systems Department of Navteq, where he led development of the first Automotive Route Guidance Systems, which are widely deployed today. He holds several patents in the areas of Distributed Control, Automation, Vehicle Guidance, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Embedded Systems, and has led standardization efforts for the Intelligent Vehicle Highway Systems and Consumer Electronics Associations.  Mr. Koch holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida.

 

 

Pierre Mullin

Pierre Mullin leads the Siemens Smart Grid software R&D team that develops Demand Response products for the global market.  

Pierre is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick Computer Science program and began his professional career at NB Power, working on the development and deployment of applications for the utility’s generation, engineering, marketing and customer service organizations. During his 20+ year career in the IT industry he has held leadership roles in product development start ups, consulting firms and corporate IT organizations.

Prior to joining Siemens, he was a Software Development Manager in Research In Motion's R&D organization.

He is currently sits on the boards of the OpenADR Alliance and the New Brunswick Information Technology Council.

 
 

Robert Nawy

Robert Nawy has served in the roles of Managing Director and CFO of IPKeys since its inception in 2005 and oversees the development and delivery of IPKeys’ Municipal and Smart Grid products and services. In addition to the Sponsorship Position with the Board of Directors of the OpenADR Alliance, Robert is an active member of the newly formed Advanced Energy Management Alliance (AEMA) that is committed to a mission that empowers and compensates customers to manage their energy usage to make the electric grid more efficient, more reliable, more environmentally friendly, and less expensive.

Robert led IPKeys efforts in delivering the "Prices to Devices" demonstration within the Energy Interop (EI) standard as part of their National Institute Standards and Technology (NIST) contract in 2010 and has supported the conformity of OPEN ADR 2.0  to the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Framework.

Previously, Mr. Nawy also served as CFO & VP Business Development of Exenet, the first Application Infrastructure Provider (“AIP”) and as CFO of Maden Technologies, a DoD focused high technology services provider.

Robert also holds MBA, CPA and Civil Engineering credentials from Rutgers University and has successful capital raising, merger and acquisitions, strategic partnership and solution implementation and delivery experience in evolving IP technologies. 
 
 
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