ISC2024 Speakers

•• Confirmed Speakers for the I-REC Standard Conference (ISC) 2024

•• Voices of the ISC2024

Our I-REC Standard Conference 2024 Speakers

Below you can find the confirmed speakers of the ISC2024:

Akoetey-Eyiah, Enam

Regional Director, Africa | I-TRACK Foundation

Almazeedi, Wa'el

CEO | Avance Labs

Braslawsky, Jared

Executive Director | I-TRACK Foundation

Caddy, Travis

Business Development Director at Evident 

Dobrovolsky, Oleg

Regional Director at The I-TRACK Foundation

Everson, Ed

CEO | Evident

Figueredo, Luciano

Project Manager at Instituto Totum

Gannoum, Elbia

Executive President at ABEEólica

Gerber, Ben

President & CEO at M-RETS

Götze, Hans Andreas

Director of Operations at Lock23

Herrera Vergara

Regional Director, Latin America | I-TRACK Foundation

Lee, Zhenlan

Country Manager, China | I-TRACK Foundation

Lizana, Verónica

Corporate Development Manager at SCX

Lopes, Fernando G.

Director, Instituto Totum

Munch Clausen, Ivar

Director of Business Development and Delivery at Ecohz

Paz De La Cruz Sepulveda, Maria

Board Member at I-TRACK Foundation

Poe Velasco Rosenheim, Roble

Director,Global Partnership and APAC, Regional Director, I-TRACK Foundation

Telle, Svenja

Director, Project Origination at Base Carbon

Terada, Rachael

Head of Clean Energy Programs | CRS / Green-e

Tsang, Michael

Chief Carbon and Sustainability Officer at Avance Labs

Wallace-Müller, Kenneth

Lawyer at DLA Piper

The ISC2024 Brochure

The ISC2024 Brochure is now available for download.

ISC2024 Terms & Conditions

These are the I-REC Standard Conference (ISC) 2024 Terms and Conditions held by the International Tracking Standard Foundation: founder of I-REC.

Enam Akoetey-Eyiah

Company: The International Tracking Standard Foundation: Founder of I-REC
Function
: Regional Director, Africa
Event: Pre-Conference A: “Introduction to Global EAC Markets” | Session 4A: “I-REC(E) Growth in Emerging Markets”

Enam Akoetey-Eyiah leads the growth and adoption of the International Tracking Standard Foundation: Founder of I-REC (I-TRACK Foundation) in Africa. She is working to leverage existing regional electricity power pools to establish single regional EAC markets across Africa and champion I-REC(E) for distributed and dispersed renewable energy devices to promote energy access, security, and just energy transition and democratize payments from ecosystem benefits.  

Enam has worked in development, sustainability, and environment for various organizations across the United Kingdom and Africa since 1998; Enam is the first Ghanaian woman to start a tree planting initiative that successfully equipped communities with inputs to raise over 500,000 seedlings for distribution to schools, communities, and agroforestry farms. Enam has worked with the Ghana government and the World Bank to replace 6 million incandescent with CFLs to conserve 254MW of peak demand and avert an energy crisis. She also developed a programmatic CDM- CFL4All energy efficiency project.

In recent years, Enam has worked on the first GHG Protocol – Scope 2 corporate greenhouse gas report in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Africa Policy and Programs Department of Christian Aid on advocacy projects such as the Africa-EU Economic Partnership Agreement and hugely successful campaigns such as ‘Trade Justice’ and ‘Make Poverty History.’ She has also championed inclusive development by encouraging and initiating partnerships with environmentally and socially driven businesses that did ‘good’ in Africa

Wa'el Almazeedi

Company: Avance Labs
Function
: Chief Executive Director
Event: Keynote 8: Interoperable Tracking Mechanisms across the Energy Value Chain

Wa’el Almazeedi is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Avance Labs.  He acquired his energy, project financing and technology commercialization experience working in the oil, gas, and electricity industries, multilateral development, and private equity, while stationed in (in alphabetic order): Boston, Dubai, Hong Kong, Kuwait, London, Yokohama, and Washington, D.C.

He is a recipient of the 2006 EY Entrepreneur of the YearTM Award in the Energy Category for the New England Region of the USA and currently serves on several national and bilateral hydrogen and energy transition committees in the MENA region.

Avance Labs is a global data-driven hydrogen accelerator spearheading the development of a universal energy attribute tracking and certification scheme for hydrogen and hydrogen derivative fuels and products accredited by the I-Track Standard Foundation (formerly the I-REC Standard Foundation) and enabled by data science and the Internet of things (IoT).

Jared Braslawsky

Company: The International Tracking Standard Foundation: Founder of I-REC
Function
: Executive Director
Event: Keynote 1: Standardizing Global Attribute Markets | Keynote 5: End-Users Round Table | Keynote 8: Interoperable Tracking Mechanisms across the Energy Value Chain

Jared Braslawsky is a leading expert on the use, implementation, and functionality of attribute tracking systems such as the United States REC, European Guarantee of Origin (GO), and the global International Tracking Standard Foundation (formerly I-REC Standard) adherent certificates [I-REC(E)]. He has held leading positions with GO industry organizations such as RECS International and currently holds the role of Executive Director of the I-TRACK Foundation.

Jared’s expertise has been used in a technical capacity by organizations such as RE100, CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project), the Association of Issuing Bodies (AIB), RE-DISS II, CEN/CENELEC, the European Commission, the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (under WRI), Energy Peace Partners, D-REC Initiative, Gold Standard, Energy Web Foundation, the Energy Tag Initiative, and many others. Beyond this, he frequently supports governmental and legislative policy creation around the globe. Jared dedicates time to speaking at public events on corporate carbon accounting, Scope 2 emission, and GO tracking market design. He is also regularly contacted by market players making use of these markets for questions and insights into the credible and robust use of GO markets around the world. 

Travis Caddy

Company: Evident
Function
: Business Development Director
Event: Session 3B: The Next Phase of Carbon Certification

Travis Caddy is the Business Development Director at Evident, working directly with the CEO in relation to strategy, partnerships, and innovation. In his previous role, Travis was the Product Manager for C-Capsule, one of Evident’s emergent registries for durable Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR). Travis has played an important role in Evident’s expansion and diversification into multiple registries beyond its primary product, the I-REC for Electricity, [I-REC(E)]. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography from University College London.

Oleg Dobrovolsky

Company: The International Tracking Standard Foundation: Founder of I-REC
Function
: Regional Director
Event: Pre-Conference C: Practical Implementation of the I-REC(E) | Session 3A: How legislation is impacting I-REC(E) markets | Session 6A: Volume and Prices – Value of Renewables around the world

Oleg is a Regional Director for the International Tracking Standard Foundation: Founder of I-REC (I-TRACK Foundation) with a focus on stakeholder support and market building in the EAC development for the Middle East & Central Asia. He is facilitating governments, renewable energy producers, and consumers across these regions in the development of voluntary markets and EAC standardization. Oleg is the active lead on the Research & Development and the CDR certification at the I-TRACK Foundation. He has a track record of market development in his previous engagements within environmental commodity trading. 

Ed Everson

Company: Evident
Function
: Chief Executive Director
Event: Keynote 8: Interoperable Tracking Mechanisms across the Energy Value Chain

Ed is the CEO of Evident. With over 25 years of experience in energy and environmental markets, he was a participant in the RECS Test Phase from 1998, a founding member of the Association of Issuing Bodies in 2002, and a national representative for several countries until 2015, advisor to the UK Government on the Renewables Obligation, and advisor to the European Commission on the Guarantee of Origin.

A former director with multinational engineering and environmental consultants Ramboll, Ed has also been Chief Finance Officer for many power project developers and advised businesses, banks, and governments on energy markets and project viability. As advisor or operator, he has been responsible for the implementation of verification services for renewable energy production in over 20 countries outside of Europe.

Luciano Figueredo

Company: Instituto Totum
Function
: Project Manager
Event: Session 6B: Managing Methane

Luciano Figueredo graduated in Business Administration and holds a postgraduate degree in Project Management. 

Luciano has over 10 years of experience in coordinating Sectoral Self-Regulation Programs and Quality Seals at the Totum Institute. His expertise encompasses quality and sustainability initiatives across various sectors, including energy, food and beverages, electronic security systems, and transportation risk management among others.

Elbia Gannoum

Company: ABEEólica (Brazilian Wind Power Association)
Function
: Executive President
Event: Pre-Conference Session D: Latin America

Elbia is a mother of three and an active contributor to the global debate on diversity and economic inclusion in the energy sector. Leading ABEEólica for more than a decade, she defends the idea of ​​transforming the Brazilian energy sector and has been strongly contributing to the development of renewable energies and new technologies. She is co-founder of “Energia da Transformação”, a collaborative platform to promote diversity and social inclusion in the energy sector. In 2019, she received the “C3E – Clean Energy Education & Empowerment – Woman of Distinction Award”, an international initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial and the International Energy Agency (IEA). She is a global ambassador for Brazil in the WomeninWind Global Leadership Program (GWEC-GWNET), designed to accelerate the careers of women in the wind industry. Elbia holds an Economist degree and a Phd in Engineering. She has a career of more than 20 years in the energy sector. She accumulated experiences at CCEE, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Ministry of Finance and at ANEEL. With books and articles published, Elbia is a specialist in Electricity Regulation and Markets, working in the area since 1998.

Ben Gerber

Company: M-RETS
Function
: President & CEO
Event: Pre-Conference Session A: Introduction to Global EAC Markets

Benjamin Gerber is the President and Chief Executive Officer of M-RETS. Under his leadership, M-RETS developed and successfully implemented an industry leading environmental attribute registry. Initially, this allowed M-RETS to increase its footprint from 15 states and Manitoba to all North America. The M-RETS platform brings unprecedented innovation to the industry as well as access to data in pioneering ways such as hourly production data and peak period production data. Under his leadership, M-RETS achieved the first of its kind hourly REC claim in collaboration with Google, where it was a focus on the Google Cloud Blog.

M-RETS recently launched a renewable thermal tracking system. This first of its kind system in North America facilitates market transparency, liquidity, and prevents double counting by issuing a unique, traceable digital certificate for every dekatherm produced by renewable thermal technology. M-RETS users retire certificates to comply with state policy or to serve the voluntary market and to ensure that certificates are not double-counted.

Ben attended the University of Michigan where he graduated with a degree in political science. He graduated from William Mitchell College of law and is admitted to the Minnesota State and Federal Bar. Ben is a sought-after speaker on issues related to environmental commodities as well as innovation in the utility sector. He has been published by energy news outlets such as Utility Dive, Greentech Media, and Forbes and appeared as a guest on local and national media and conferences to discuss renewable energy, decarbonization, and the role of technology and innovation in the utility sector.

Hans Andreas Götze

Company: Lock23
Function
: Director of Operation
Event: Session 2A: Managing Growth, Volumes, and Complexity

Hans supports some of the world’s largest brands to achieve deep decarbonization across their supply chains. He is responsible for the implementation of the Lock23 auditing protocol—a new tool that enables brands to link their Scope 3 emission reductions to Scope 2 decarbonization across their supply chains. In his capacity as Operations Director, Hans is responsible for ensuring the Lock23 protocol meets brand/supplier needs and is recognized by the major reporting frameworks(CDP, RE100, etc.). Hans has nearly a decade of experience working as an interpreter, delegate, and IT-specialist for the International Committee of the Red Cross, and is an expert in project management with high-level interlocutors.

Benjamin Herrera Vergara

Company: The International Tracking Standard Foundation: Founder of I-REC
Function
: Regional Director, Latin America
Event: Pre-Conference D: Latin America | Session 4B: Advancing the I-REC for Electricity | Session 6B: Managing Methane

Benjamin is Regional Director, Latin America for the International Tracking Standard Foundation: Founder of I-REC (I-TRACK Foundation), supporting market players from Mexico to Chile and Argentina. He is an electricity market professional with 15 years of experience advising investors, utilities, regulators, and multilateral entities. Benjamin holds an Industrial Engineering degree from the University of Chile and a master’s in finance from Cambridge University. 

Zhenlan Lee

Company: The International Tracking Standard Foundation: Founder of I-REC
Function
: Country Manager, China
Event: Pre-Conference B: China

Zhenlan Lee is the Country Manager of China for the International Tracking Standard Foundation: Founder of I-REC (I-TRACK Foundation) in China and a senior expert in Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and carbon assets. She has 15 years of extensive experience in renewable energy project development, REC trading, and carbon asset consultancy. Zhenlan is recognized as one of the earliest international experts in China’s carbon market, having been involved in nearly 60 carbon credit projects including CDM/VCS/GS/CCER/GCC.

Over the past decade, she has contributed to capacity building, training, and overall growth within China’s carbon market. Her expertise encompasses mechanism construction, policies, and transactions within China’s carbon market. She has also participated in research projects such as the Feasibility Study on the “Wenzhou Carbon Fund Mechanism” and “the Implementation Plan for Carbon Peak of Jiangxi Salt Industry Group.” Additionally, she has delivered lectures at prestigious universities including Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management on topics like “Carbon Asset Trading and Management,” as well as at Fudan University’s Sustainable Development Research Center on “Green Electricity and Green Certificate Policies Markets Transactions.”

With her expertise in RECs, Zhenlan will provide professional perspectives on I-RECs, GEC (China Green Electricity Certificate), green electricity markets coordinating with China’s industry transformation.

Verónica Lizana

Company: Santiago Climate Exchange (SCX)
Function
: Corporate Development Manager
Event: Pre-Conference D: Latin America

Verónica Lizana is Corporate Development Manager at SCX, Santiago Climate Exchange, a private organisation that develops and manages certification standards to support companies’ decarbonisation strategies. Verónica is a professional specialist in climate change and sustainability, with experience advising investors, governments, and companies. She has been a senior consultant for the Ministries of Environment and Natural Resources in Latin America and multilateral cooperation institutions such as the World Bank, IDB, and GIZ. She is a civil industrial engineer from the University of Chile and an MBA from the University of Adolfo Ibáñez, with specialisations at PUC and UCLA.

Fernando G. Lopes

Company: Instituto Totum
Function
: Executive Director
Event: Keynote 1: Standardizing Global Attribute Markets | Keynote 8: Interoperable Tracking Mechanisms across the Energy Value Chain

Fernando Giachini Lopes is the Executive Director and founder of Instituto Totum, the certification body responsible for the I-REC(E) energy certificates in Brazil, as well as the worldwide Code Manager for the Biomethane Certificate – GAS-REC / I-TRACK(G). He is also responsible for designing, developing, and managing various self-regulation programs in energy, safety, food, financial services, and Greenhouse Gas inventory verification services. Engineer and Master in Production Engineering from USP, specializing in Quality Management from the University of Tennessee, and in the years 2019 to 2022 was chosen as one of the 100 most influential people in the energy area.

Ivar Munch Clausen

Company: Ecohz
Function
: Director of Business Development and Delivery
Event: Session 3A: How legislation is impacting I-REC(E) Markets

Ivar Munch Clausen has worked in the renewable energy sector for the past 10+ years. He knows the ins and outs of the GO system in Europe, having been both responsible for the Norwegian Energy Certificate System (NECS) and the board chairperson at the Association of Issuing Bodies (AiB). Ivar now works at Ecohz, where he is responsible for Business Development and delivery. Ecohz has for the past 20 years been a pioneer in the world of renewable energy, providing our clients with renewable energy certificates all over the world. 

Ivar holds a Masters Degree in Economics from the Norwegian University of Technology and Science

Maria Paz De La Cruz Sepulveda

Company: The International Tracking Standard Foundation: Founder of I-REC
Function
: Board Member
Event: Keynote 1: Standardizing Global Attribute Markets

Maria De La Cruz is an accomplished executive with over 25 years of experience in the energy sector. She has held leadership roles in various organizations spanning trade associations, non-profits, development banks, and public institutions in Chile and the UK. Maria is deeply committed to promoting renewable energy and clean fuels, such as green hydrogen, and possesses a keen understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with the energy transition. Currently serving as a Board Member of the Green Hydrogen Organization, she is actively involved in initiatives aimed at accelerating the global development of the hydrogen industry. Maria Paz played a pivotal role in establishing the Chilean Hydrogen Association, achieving significant growth and recognition both domestically and internationally. Her dedication to combating climate change is evident through her work promoting renewable electricity certificates and advising on energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Maria Paz’s leadership extends to her tenure as Executive Director of the National Center for Innovation and Promotion for Sustainable Energies (CIFES) in Chile, where she played a key role in fostering the growth of the renewable energy industry. Maria Paz also serves as a Director of the I-TRACK Foundation and Pherousa Green Shipping. She is driven by a passion for creating impactful projects that benefit both people and the planet, demonstrating exceptional interpersonal skills, leadership qualities, and an entrepreneurial spirit throughout her career.

Roble Poe Velasco Rosenheim

Company: The International Tracking Standard Foundation: Founder of I-REC
Function
: Director, Global Partnership and APAC, Regional Director
Event: Pre-Conference B: China | Session 2A: Managing Growth, Volumes, and Complexity | Session 7B: Aligning the Industry: Corporate Accounting & Market Boundaries

Roble has a decade of experience supporting clean energy development in Asia and the Pacific. He is the Director of Global Partnerships and APAC for the International Tracking Standard Foundation: Founder of I-REC (I-TRACK Foundation), and the founder of SuSca Group. Through these roles, he supports governments, utilities, IPPs, and Fortune 500 companies to transact clean energy in line with the I-TRACK Foundation’s International Attribute Tracking Standard.

Roble’s work focuses on market building in the EAC space. Recently, he has supported governments and utilities across Southeast Asia to engage with the I-REC Standard Foundation. This has enabled the development of EAC markets across the region, and has supported dozens of brands and their supply chains to meet renewable energy targets in line with the RE100, Science Based Targets initiative, and other major reporting frameworks.

Previously, Roble helped process large-scale infrastructure projects for the Asia Development Bank and other development partners in the region. He is passionate about bridging public and private sector interests to support high-yield, low-carbon economic growth.

Svenja Telle

Company: Base Carbon
Function
: Director, Project Origination
Event: Session 3B: The Next Phase of Carbon Certification

Svenja is the Director of Origination at Base Carbon, advancing project opportunities from concept to execution in a cross-vertical approach. She oversees community engagement strategies and co-benefit monitoring in project origination, selection, diligence, financial structuring, and registration. Her focus also includes scaling emerging carbon removal technologies. Svenja is also an advisory council member to C-Capsule, a policy expert to the Paris Agreement 6.4 Mechanism, and holds other advisory and board roles.

As a former Director at a Direct Air Capture startup and analyst at PitchBook, she contributed to extensive financial research covering carbon value chains, carbon utilization, and ESG. She further holds a doctoral research fellowship at the Gund Institute for Environment and served as a climate policy advisor at the United Nations HQ where she gained deep insight into carbon markets and regulatory processes.

Rachael Terada

Company: CRS / Green-e
Function
: Head of Clean Energy Programs
Event: Session 4B: Advancing the I-REC for Electricity

Rachael Terada is the Head of Clean Energy Programs for the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS), a nongovernmental organization that promotes policy and market solutions to advance sustainable energy. She manages expert assistance initiatives for the organization and brings over 15 years of experience working in renewable energy markets. Rachael leads advisory service engagements on impactful renewable energy procurement goals and initiatives, clean energy verification, renewable energy certificate (REC) tracking system initiatives, and market development research for corporate and institutional renewable energy buyers, electric service providers, grid operators, and policymakers. She earned her M.S. and B.S. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Michael Tsang, Ph.D.

Company: Avance Labs | Three Pillars Consulting
Function
: Chief Carbon and Sustainability Officer | Oner and Principal Consultant
Event: Session 2B: Unpacking the Hydrogen code

Michael is the Chief Carbon and Sustainability Officer at Avance Labs (‘Avance’) which is based out of Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.  Avance is the Code Manager for the I-TRACK (HX) for Hydrogen and Hydrogen Derivatives, which was accredited by the I-TRACK Foundation in 2023. Michael’s primary responsibilities are ensuring that the code and certification process adheres to best international practice for product-level carbon accounting and life-cycle assessment.

Michael is also the Owner and Principal Consultant at Three Pillars Consulting (‘TPC’), an environmental and sustainability services company based in the Sultanate of Oman. TPC is the local accredited issuer for I-TRACK Electricity Certificates (‘I-REC (E)’) in Oman.

Michael has 13+ years of experience in the fields of environmental sciences, sustainability, and public health and how they are related to sustainable production and consumption within industry. Prior to these roles, Michael was a contract-consultant to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), in the department of Risk and Decision Sciences. There he worked on risk assessments, life-cycle assessments, and multi-criteria decision analysis for low-carbon energy sources such as biofuels and mitigation strategies for the civil engineering sectors. Michael was also a Research Fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C. within the Office of Research and Development’s (ORD) Chemical Safety for Sustainability (CSS) program. There, he worked on building life-cycle inventory datasets and life-cycle assessment models for emerging chemicals and technologies (e.g. nanomaterials).

Kenneth Wallace-Müller

Company: DLA Piper
Function
:Lawyer
Event: Session 3A: How legislation is impacting I-REC(E) Markets

Kenneth Wallace-Mueller is a lawyer admitted in England & Wales specialising in climate, energy and infrastructure law and finance, with a decade’s experience working on projects in Europe, the UK and internationally.

His focus lies in renewable energy procurement and trading (including under EU GO, REGO and I-REC(E) systems); biogas, hydrogen and biofuel production and trading; corporate PPAs, RTMAs, and battery storage optimisation agreements; power and gas market regulatory questions; and the structuring of robust renewable claims by corporates and industrials.

Kenneth has been drafting counsel on various market standard renewables agreements, such as the EFET CPPA, CMA, UK ETS Allowances Appendix, Hydrogen Trading Agreement and Biogas Trading Agreement; the RECS International EECS GO agreement, I-RECS STA, the CMIA UK ETS Allowances Appendix; and he has advised on the development of the I-REC, C-Capsule, Fly-i and the MIQ certificate systems.