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Updated February 9th, 2015. Please note: Program is subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.

8-12pm

Display/Exhibit Set-Up

1-5pm

Registration – Santa Clara Convention Center

2-5pm

Individual Appointments w/ U.S. Commercial Diplomats Begin & Continue Daily

5:30-7pm

Reception – Poolside, Hyatt Hotel at Santa Clara Convention Center

   

7:30am

Registration Open – Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:40-8:55am

Welcome Remarks – Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets, Arun Kumar

8:55-9:15am

Opening Plenary
The Business Case for Sustainability: The view from NASA



 

Speaker:
Pete Worden
: Director, Ames Research Center – NASA

Tuesday
9:15-9:30am


Break


 

Choose From Three Panels

 

   

Tuesday
9:30-10:45am

How a Billion Future Commuters Will Get to the Office: Advanced Transportation Trends in China and Japan

 

From millions of electric scooters sold every year, to the installation of EV charging infrastructure and construction of fossil fuel free high speed rail, China and Japan are leaders in deploying alternative transportation technologies at scale. Do the demands of a rising middle class in China, and a call to find energy alternatives following Fukushima in Japan, provide opportunities for innovative firms to penetrate these markets in coming years?

 

Speakers:
Richard Dasher
: Stanford/U.S. Asia Technology Mngmt Cntr
Karl Kailing
: U.S. Commercial Service – San Jose, CA
Nihar Patel
: Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.
Lou Thompson
: Thompson, Galenson & Associates, LLC
Andrew Wylegala
: U.S. Embassy – Tokyo, Japan

Tuesday
9:30-10:45am

Nourishing the Nations: Solving Agricultural Challenges in Africa and Asia

 

Many experts predict that global food production will need to double by 2050 in order to meet growing demand.  Can this be achieved without further eroding natural resources?  New practices and technologies will have to be introduced, especially in regions in Africa and Asia where population is expected to grow the most.  What are the distinct challenges in each region, and what are some of the solutions already being deployed on the ground?

 

Speakers:
Stephan Crawford
: U.S. Commercial Service – San Francisco, CA
Pamela Marrone
: Marrone Bio Innovations
Travis Lybbert
: University of California, Davis
Jeremy Potash
: California-Asia Business Council

Tuesday
9:30-10:45am

Understanding Green Regulations and Standards: Navigating Country Requirements from the EU to China

 

National governments around the world are mandating reduced industrial and chemical waste, as well as demanding that companies incorporate less polluting, non-toxic materials in products sold in their markets. As the international community debates universal product standards, companies are increasingly faced with looming “green” product regulations within individual countries. This dynamic inherently produces great challenges. What are the opportunities for adaptable firms to develop innovative products that can take advantage of the regulatory conditions?

 

Speakers:
Ken Boyce
: Underwriters Laboratory
Louis Fredricks
: U.S. Mission to the European Union
Kellie Holloway Jarman
: U.S. Commercial Service – Portland, OR
Robert Rogowsky
: Middlebury Institute of Intl Studies at Monterey
Tseming Yang
: Santa Clara University

Tuesday
10:45-11:00am


Break


Tuesday
11:00-12:15pm

Connecting a Continent: The Modernized Grid in the European Union

 

The smart grid market is rapidly developing in Europe and the region’s determination to become a low carbon economy is creating many opportunities for innovative U.S. companies to supply smart solutions to integrate sustainable, secure, low carbon energy sources. The European Commission, member states national governments and the private sector are backing smart grid technologies with significant investments and incentive schemes: The European Union forecast an investment of $80 billion in smart grids by 2030, with over $9 billion invested up to date. Where are the opportunities for U.S. companies to gain a foothold in the European market?

 

Speakers:
Claudia Colombo
: U.S. Embassy – London, England
Shannon Fraser
: U.S. Commercial Service – San Jose, CA
Lawrence Jones
: Alstom Grid, Inc.
Sonita Lontoh
: Trilliant
Nand Ramchandani
: OSIsoft

Tuesday
11:00-12:15pm

Water, Water, Everywhere?
How the Middle East is Reclaiming a Precious Natural Resource

 

Water scarcity is a natural challenge throughout the Middle East, and desert nations have been forced by necessity to address technological advances to ensure their societies’ access to a most important natural resource. What lessons can be learned from the results of targeted public and private investments to pilot novel water technology development such as advanced desalination?

 

Speakers:
Laura Demmons
: Sylvan Source
Elizabeth Krauth
: U.S. Commercial Service – San Rafael, CA
George Messiha
: U.S. Embassy – Abu Dhabi, UAE
Laura Shenkar
: The Artemis Project
John Webley
: Trevi Systems

Tuesday
11:00-12:15pm

Navigating Uncharted Waters: Assessing Emerging Business Risk Across the Supply Chain

 

As weather-related natural events, such as soil erosion, flooding, drought and hurricanes become more common and volatile, global reinsurers and leading corporations are factoring into their business models new categories of risk that are associated with global environmental change.  What are these risks and how are they affecting supply chains now and in the future?

 

Speakers:
Stephan Crawford
: U.S. Commercial Service – San Francisco, CA
Marianna Grossman
: Sustainable Silicon Valley
Bob Dickinson
: Argos Analytics, LLC
Russ Drinker
: HOK
Cole Roberts
: Arup

Tuesday
12:30– 2:00pm

Luncheon Plenary
U.S. Insurers’ Response to Climate Change

 


Speakers:

Dave Jones
: California Insurance Commissioner


Tuesday
2:15-3:30pm

Developing Space to Sustain Humanity: A Special Panel Featuring NASA Experts

 

The 2014 NASA Strategic Plan calls upon the agency to meet the challenges of environmental change, and to improve life on our planet.  It also directs NASA to advance our understanding of the Earth and to develop techniques to improve the quality of life on our home planet.  NASA will do this by partnering with other federal government agencies, local governments, universities, international agencies, and others to provide science data products and applications that enable policy, business, and management decisions.

 

Speakers:
Chris Boshuizen
: Planet Labs
Dave Fiscus
: U.S. Commercial Service – Salt Lake City, UT
Gary Martin
: NASA
Sam Scimemi
: NASA
Rebecca Spyke Keiser
: NASA

Tuesday
2:15-3:30pm

Moving Millions: How Brazil and Mexico Manage Hyper-Urbanization

 

The UN estimates that rapid urbanization in the developing world will lead to the existence of 29 megacities – a population higher than 10 million - by 2025. In Latin America, Mexico City and Sao Paulo highlight the challenges and opportunities posed by rapid urbanization. What technological advances are available to counteract the natural negative impacts of rural-urban migration?

 

Speakers:
Marcelo Ignatios
: SP Urbanismo
Warren Karlenzig
: Common Current
Lewis Knight
: Gensler
Emerson Souza
: Itron
Cynthia Torres
: U.S. Commercial Service – Los Angeles, CA

Tuesday
2:15-3:30pm

The Future of Clean Tech Venture Capital: How Corporations Are the Newest Funding Source

 

Clean Tech VC funding has been in significant decline during the past five years, particularly as social media-related firms have produced outsized returns with breakout successes like Facebook and Uber. Increasingly, cleantech financing is being led by non-traditional venture players – corporate and strategic investors looking outside of their R&D departments for transferrable technology. Will these alternative venture investors fund the next big cleantech breakthroughs? How can companies access these funding sources?

 

Speakers:
John Balbach
: Adapt Capital
Karl Kailing
: U.S. Commercial Service – San Jose, CA
Michael Kanellos
: Eastwick Communications
Han Shen
: Formation 8
Abe Yokell
: Rockport Capital

Tuesday
3:30-4:00pm


Break

Tuesday
4:00-5:15pm

Juicing the Grid: Alternative Energy Generation & Storage in India

 

India’s grid infrastructure has long been a significant challenge for the country’s economy. While the nation has attracted impressive investment, its power outages detract from the country’s continued economic advancement. India’s government has responded to its grid challenges with significant investment and policy initiatives targeting alternative technologies and advanced infrastructure to address its power needs. How can American companies address these market opportunities?

 

Speakers:
Sanjay Dani
: Serra Power Solutions
Chris Hickman
: Innovari
Hemantha Parvathara
: Astonfield Renewables
Tom Riley
: BrightSource Energy
Cynthia Torres
: U.S. Commercial Service – Los Angeles, CA

Tuesday
4:00-5:15pm

Fields, Factories and Faucets: Ensuring Safe and Reliable Water for Future Generations in Asia

 

Ensuring safe and reliable water resources is a fundamental challenge for economies of all development levels in Asia. Advanced economies like Singapore have used their economic and political stability to address issues inherent to an island nation, and are clear examples of successful water use and conservation strategies. Can other Asian nations facing equally difficult water use challenges similarly succeed, even without similar resources?

 

Speakers:
Elizabeth Krauth
: U.S. Commercial Service – San Rafael, CA
Haw Cheng Ng
: U.S. Embassy - Singapore
Will Sarni
: Deloitte Consulting
Mark Stephenson
: Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)
Margaret Wong
: McWong Environmental Technology

Tuesday
4:00-5:15pm

Getting Your Foot in the Door: Leveraging Government Resources to Win Foreign Contracts

 

Investing in sustainability is not only good for the planet, it’s also good for business-- especially if the competitive playing field is level. US companies of all sizes can leverage the US government to help ensure and facilitate access to international markets. Several agencies and offices in Washington, DC and around the world exist to advise and advocate on behalf of U.S. firms, and to open doors to market opportunity. How can U.S. companies take advantage of these resources?

 

Speakers:
Leila Aridi Afas
: U.S. Trade Development Agency
Amy Benson
: U.S. Commercial Service – Boise, ID
Keith Curtis
: U.S. Department of Commerce (World Bank)
Rob Guthrie
: Exim Bank
Mack Tadeu
: U.S. Department of Commerce (Advocacy Center)

Tuesday
5:30-7:00pm


Networking Reception – Hosted by FedEx
Exhibit Hall, Santa Clara Convention Center

7:30–8:30am

Registration Open – Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:40-8:55am

Opening Remarks – Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for U.S. Operations, Antwaun Griffin

8:55-9:15am

Opening Plenary
The Business Case for Sustainability: The View from Space

 


Speaker:

Sam Scimemi
: Director, International Space Station – NASA

9:15-9:30am

Break


Choose From Three Panels

Wednesday
9:30-10:45am

Ubiquitous Commuting: The Software Revolution in the Global Auto Market

 

Advanced software applications are driving the future of the auto industry, including development of fully autonomous vehicles. Many of the world’s major car companies operate R&D centers in Silicon Valley. Technology is disrupting the traditional automotive industry.   As autonomous vehicles become more common in the decades ahead, will the advent of software-connected driverless cars and the supporting infrastructure transform global urban landscapes by eliminating congestion and lowering pollution?

 

Speakers:
Kurt Buecheler
: Streetline
Doug Davenport
: Prospect SV
Kellie Holloway Jarman
: U.S. Commercial Service – Portland, OR
Liz Kerton
: Autotech Council
John Suh
: Hyundai Ventures

Wednesday
9:30-10:45am

Making Rain: Financing Sustainability Around the Globe

 

Without finance, sustainable solutions to the world’s development challenges will remain an elusive goal. There is broad agreement that investment in sustainable development will have to scale rapidly over the next decade in order to support global prosperity, particularly in low- and middle-income nations that are especially exposed to resource scarcity and the effects of a changing climate. Where is this finance coming from now and how is it being deployed on the ground? What are the prospects for scaling it rapidly over the next decade?

 

Speakers:
Matt Cheney
: CleanPath Ventures
Shari Freidman
: International Finance Corporation
Morgan Hervé-Mignucci
: Climate Policy Initiative
Brian O’Hanlon
: Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Ryan Hollowell
: U.S. Commercial Service – Newark, NJ

Wednesday
9:30-10:45am

Battening Down the Hatches Strategies for Protecting Your Company’s Assets Around the World

 

We’ve seen the headlines about companies that have lost control of their intellectual property, or been unwitting victims of payment fraud. As U.S. firms seek new markets, how can they also ensure that their strategic assets are protected? In this panel, learn how your firm can protect and enforce intellectual property rights to get the most out of doing business abroad. Gain expert advice about common pitfalls when considering online payments. Pose questions related to patents, trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights and domain names, and learn what public and private sector resources are available to help your company succeed in international markets.

 

Speakers:
Jack Christin
: eBay Inc
John Clausen
: U.S. Customs & Border Protection
Tony Knight
: U.S. Patent & Trademark Organization
Elizabeth Krauth
: U.S. Commercial Service – San Rafael, CA
Nick Shenkin
: FBI

Wednesday
10:45-11:00am


Break

Wednesday
11:00-12:15pm

Razing the Roof: Bringing Solar to the Masses

 

Residential solar installation in the United States is expected to increase significantly in the next five years. This rise is enabled by the falling cost of solar panels, the rise of dedicated installers, and Wall Street financing that makes solar available to the masses. The increase in residential solar, particularly in high adoption areas like California and the Southwest, has the potential to impact the operation of centralized utility grids throughout much of the United States. Will other nations adopt these U.S – based innovations? Are there disruptive market opportunities for American companies as distributed energy generation becomes more commonplace globally?

 

Speakers:
Benjamin Cook
: SolarCity
Karl Karling
: U.S. Commercial Service – San Jose, CA
Mark McLanahan
: SunEdison
Tony Seba
: Stanford
Dave Williams
: Dissigno

Wednesday
11:00-12:15pm

Powering a Continent: Financing Clean Tech Deployment in Africa

 

Africa is a diverse continent, and has long been the recipient of funding from the world’s development agencies and NGOs. Recent trends on the continent have focused on providing localized economic development and empowerment of rural populations. Power and connectivity have been prime targets of these renewed efforts, and agencies and institutions like OPIC, the U.S. Trade Development Agency, ExIm Bank, and the International Finance Corporation have taken the lead in funding scalable advanced technology to enable development goals and “Power Africa.” How can U.S. technology companies take advantage of these new funding sources?

 

Speakers:
Stephan Crawford
: U.S. Commercial Service – San Francisco, CA
Linda Maepa
: ElectronVault
Sanjiv Malhotra
: Oorja Protonics
David Mozersky
: Humanity United
Brian O’Hanlon
: Overseas Private Investment Corp.

Wednesday
11:00-12:15pm

From Green to Gold: Implementing Sustainability in Manufacturing Processes and the Supply Chain

 

Manufacturing has been at the center of America’s economic prosperity. In the 21st Century, can a combination of technological advances and smart policy keep it “green” and “Made in USA”?  What are some successful examples of sustainability in logistics, and what role does shipping play in greening the supply chain? This panel introduces resources and business practices that US firms can leverage to innovate their manufacturing operations to optimize both sustainability and economic competitiveness.

 

Speakers:
Sanjay Baliga
: SEMI
Ryan Clark
: Liberty BottleWorks
Ryan Hollowell
: U.S. Commercial Service – Newark, NJ
Heather Tomley
: Port of Long Beach
Sudeep Motupalli Rao
: EPEA

Wednesday
12:30-2:00pm

Luncheon Plenary
The Business Case for Sustainability: A View from Industry Leaders


 

Speakers:
Jon Chorley
: VP, Supply Chain Mngmt Product Strategy - Oracle
Karen Blanks Ellis
: Managing Dir., Global Environment - FedEx Express
Russell Hancock
: President & CEO - Joint Venture Silicon Valley
Emma Stewart
: Head of Sustainability Solutions - Autodesk

Wednesday
2:00-2:15pm


Networking Break

Wednesday
2:15-5pm


Consultations with U.S. Commercial Diplomats Continue

Wednesday
5:00pm


Conference Concludes


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